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Monthly Chronicle.

FOREIGN EVENTS. FR ANCE.-On the 12th Inst. a project was presented to the Chamber of Depaties, for preventing French subjects from engaging, directly or indirectly, in the Slave Trade The first article of the project punishes with confiscation of ships and cargoes, any part taken in the trade by subjects of France, or by foreigners within the French dominions. The second article appoints the tribunals for determining the offence. The project was ordered to be printed and distributed, previous to its being referred to the bureaux.- The Paris papers relate some of the destructive effects of the tempest which happened in the earlier part of the month, and which extended it ravages to several parts of Flan. ders.

Spain. - The Madrid papers confirm the capture of Mina, and mention the honors conferred on those who had contributed to the defeat of his gallant troops., In a letter from Mexico, it is positively stated, that Mina was shot on the 13th of November, before the fort of San Gregorio. With the fall of their leader, the capse of the patriots, we fear, must fall also.-The Gazette of the Ist of March contains an edict relative to the Spanish exiles. It banishes for ever, from their country, all those who have acted under the usurper, in quality of counsellors, ministers, &c. all military officers down to the rank of: Captains, and generally, all who in any way abetted the cause of the usurpation. With these exceptions, all other fugitives are permitted to return under prescribed condi- : tions, one of which is, that they shall fix their residence in a determined place. His Majesty has put an end to the sequestration of property, which took place in consequence of late events.

Germany.- Preparations are making at Frankfort for the reception of the three sovereigns, who will arrive together from Vienna, and remain there for some weeks, after which they will proceed to Dusseldorff, where the Congress will meet. The Emperor of Russia will afterwards proceed to Brussels.

The noblesse of the duchy of Holstein have presented a new petition to the King of Denmark, in which they demand the constitutional institutions which were promised to them by the fendal act, and which, for two years, have been the object of the labourg of a commission.

The Prussian minister has made a declaration to the Germanic diet of the highest in. terest, respecting the 13th article of the treaty agreed upon at the Congress at Vienna, that the King of Prussia is firmly resolved' to fulfil his promise of a new constitution to his people, which has only been delayed from unavoidable causes that still continue to operate,

Hamburgh.- The papers which arrived from this quarter at the latter end of last month, brought the intelligence of the decease of Charles XIII., King of Sweden, who died on the evening of the 5th of February ; immediately after which, the Crown Prince Charles John (Bernadotte) was proclaimed, and received the oath of fidelity and allegiance from all the grand officers of state. It is worthy of remark, that at the time when these important events werc happening in Sweden, Gustavus, the legitimate beir tó the throne, was entered as a citizen of the Swiss repablic, at Basle.

Monthly Register.

PARLIAMENTARY INTELLIGENCE.

40-40-40-watto-do-fos GAME LAWS.

REPORT OF SECRET COMMITTEE. On the 18th ult. Mr. Bankes moved for The Duke of Montrose, on the 23d. ult. leave to bring in a bill to regulate the sale brought up the report of the Secret Commitof game; he thought that all persons tee in the Lords, the conclusion of which should be rendered liable to the penalties stated ihe convictionn of the Committee, for buying game.

Mr. Curwen thought that the government bad exercised the the penalties ought to be so regulated as powers vested in it by the two acts of the to apply equally to the rich and the poor. last sessions with discretion and modera- i Mr. Warre thought it impossible to pre- tion. Ordered to be printed. That of vent the sale of game. The laws on this the lower house, brought up by Mr. Bathsubject, like the forest-laws, were founded urst on the 27th ult, was much to the same on the same principle of tyranny, a most tenor. ubreasonable notion of permanent property

BRITISH MUSEUM. in wild creatures ; there was this differ

Op the 23d, ult. Mr. Bankes presented ence, however, between them, that while

a petition from the Trustees of the B. M., the former established one mighty hunter praying that they might be enabled to purthroughout the land, the latter had raised a

chase the library of the late Dr. Burney,' little Nimrod in every manor.

Motion

an eminent collector of the most valuafor leave carried by a majority of 32. ble works. Referred to a Committee. ASSIZES IN NORTHERN COUNTIES.

BILL OF INDEMNITY. Mr. M. A. Taylor, in consequence of On the 25th ult. the Duke of Montrose what bad passed on a previous night on said it was his duty to present a bill for inthis subject, moved for a secret committee, demnifying His Majesty's ministers and to consider whether any, and what steps persons employed in apprehending priwere necessary for the purpose of giving soners under the late Suspension act.to the cor of Cumberland, Westmore- Without entering into its support at this land, Durham, Northumberland, and New.. stage, he should merely propose that it castle-upon-Tyne, the same advantage of be read a first time. The Earl of Lauderof having the assizes held twice a year, dale opposed it at the time, on the ground wbich was enjoyed by all the other coun that the Secret Committee had not then ties.- Motion immediately agreed to, and made their report, which might prove of committee thereupon appointed.

such a nature as to render a proceeding of REGULATION AS TO TITHES,

this nature highly improper. The Earl of Mr. Curwen, in moving for leave to bring Liverpool saw no cause for delay, and it in a bill to regulate the laws respecting was necessary the bill should pass before tithes, observed, that it was impossible for the holidays. Read a first time accordthose who turned their attention on this ingly:Onthe Friday following, the Duke subject, not to see the extent of the evil, of Montrose moved the second reading, The numberless causes of animosity which and took a review of the circumstances existed in tbe present system of tithe-laws which had occasioned it. He considered loudly called for some wiser arrangement, that the magistrates and government had and while it was his anxious wish to re- discharged their duties with prudence and spect the rights of vested property against humanity. The bill, he thought, was a any infringement, on which the House had necessary consequence of the Suspension always properly exercised a strict jealousy,, bill. The Marquis of Landsdowne was of yet he was equally desirous on the other a different opinion. He considered that hand to do away that great injustice which the disturbances had hy no means juga was incurred by the system as it now tified the strong measures which had been stood. Sir W. Scott did not rise to op- employed, and he demanded therefore a pose the motion, but to exhort the House more fuil enquiry into the conduct of minito great caution. Sir S. Romilly was sa sters, by hearing evidence on both sides. tisfied the object was not to put an end to He proposed, therefore, to defer the second the titbe system, but only to the inconve- reading for a fortnight. The Earl of Liniences with which it was attended. verpool argued the necessity ofgovernment

being vested with extraordinary powers,

Leave given.

and the equity and justice of protecting of imprisonment, wbich, in his own mind those who had saved the country from a or in the minds of those who had advised narchy by their exertions, in fulfilling it, produced the slightest feeling of remost arduous duties. Lord Erskine sup- proach: there was not one individual apported the amendment. The Lord Chan- prehended, against whom, under similar cellor thought the public safety the supreme circumstances, he would not proceed in law, and that the people would have lost a similar way. The accounts of the pritheir liberties if Parliament had not sus. soners, as to their treatment, furnished pended them. Lord Holland contended, by themselves, were full of the grossest that if ministers had only done their duty, exaggerations and falshoods, and he could and been guilty of no oppression, they enter into particulars to convince the would need no indemnity. The bill in House, did they concern the present dig. effect went to protect spies and inform- cussion. Oliver had done nothing to reers, and those busy magistrates who had gaire forgiveness; and he defied the no. employed them. Lord Sidmouth had a ble Lord to say, that he had made use of motive for rising quite distinct from per- him in any way repugnant to strict honor sonal considerations. Those who con or law, or that he had exercised his funcceived he asked for the bill to preclude tions in any way injurious to the constihimself from the necessity of disclosing the tution. Earl Grosvenor thought that if information which had come before bim, Oliver were innocent, the guilt would fall completely mistook his purpose and cha- the heavier on his employers, and the Earl racter. The individuals who had trusted of Caernarvon thought the petitions on the their names to his confidence, might have table should be examined before any defelt perfectly secure, even if this had not termination. The House divided, Conpassed ; for no consequences which might tents, 100, Non-contents, 33. Majority, 67. involve his own liberty, property, or re It was subsequently read a tbird time and putation, would ever have induced him to passed. It went through the lower House betray them. The noble Lord had heaped with much the same strain iu support and more abuse upon one individual than he opposition; and afterwards received the had ever heard, but which was, in fact, royal assent. totally unfounded and nojustifiable. He bad gone further. He had drawn a most degrading picture of the magistrates, who for leave to bring in a bill for the purpose

On the 25th ult. Sir S. Romilly moved were the main pillars of the internal of repealing such parts of the acts of 10th strength of the country, and whose cha- and 12th of William III. as took away the racters had hitherto been unimpeachable. benefit of clergy from persons indicted and The noble Lord might not wish to degrade tried for stealing in dwelļing houses, &c. them, but his manner had certainly that the bill had passed the Commons twice in tendency. The noble Lord had never on any occasion supported the measures which the present parliament, but had been rethe wisdom of Parliament bad thought ne

From 1805 to

sisted in the Upper House. cessary for the country's safety. As to the of these only 113 had been capitally con

1816, (10 years,) 655 had been indicted ; system of espionage, he disdained it as

victed, not one executed. Of simple lar• much as any man ; he abhorred, with all his heart, whatever tended to shake the ceny 365 had been found guilty. Num. confidence of the private dwelling, or wea

berless fraudulent bankruptcies occurred ken the bonds of private intercourse be

every year, and yet how few convictions tween man and man; but placed as he punishments, if they did not destroy or

were carried into effects. Sanguinary was in a moment of danger, he could not, diminish the evils, were attended with the as an' upright minister, or an honest man, resist the means he had of saving the coun

worst of consequences. There was great try from insurrection. He only wished danger to the moral feelings of the people that he could, consistently with his duty, paid to lives.- Leave granted.

in letting them see there was light regard disclose wbat bad passed between himself and Oliver. Though he had disclosed it to the Committee, he could not do it to the The Chancellor of the Exchequer,

in country generally. His noble friend moving for leave to bring in a Bill to a(Lord Erskine) had asserted, that he mend the existing act, stated that the obmust be conscious of at least one instance ject of it was merely to remove some techof injury to some innocent person, or in- nical difficulties. He observed their predemnity would not be asked; but he could sent prosperity far exceeded the most san: broadly say, there was not one instance guine expectations. From the 28th of

PUNISHMENTS.

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January to the 7th of March, no less a continued depressed. The Chancellor of sum than 875, 0001. bad been invested in the Exchequer thought a favourable change the Bank of England by different Saving was taking place, and he entreated the Banks. Connected, as they were, with House to consider how they made such sethe morals, frugality, and industry of the rious encroachments on the revenue, as people, he sincerely hoped they would the repeal of the salt duties and on leather continue to flourish.- Granted.

would occasion. On a division, Lord

Althorp's motion was carried by a majority On the 10th inst. Mr. Calcraft moved of 10, in a House of 178. The second for a Committee of 21, to take into consi- read ing is appointed on the 6th of April. deration the salt-duties, with a riew to remedy the evils resulting therefrom Mr. On the 12th inst. Mr. Bourne moved for Egerton thought it was not of more be- leave to bring in a Bill for amending the Defit to the morals than to the agriculture Poor Laws. The numerous evils which exist of the country. The Chancellor of the Ex- under the present system are too, well chequer admi ted its great importance, but known to peed detail. We can only draw reminded the House that a large part of the attention of our readers to the subject, the revenue was involved in it. Mr. Cod. and refer to the report of a Committee craft could not propose any alteration, now coming forth for particulars.- Leave withent the idea of finding some substitute. granted. Committee appointed. LEATHERTAX.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved Lord Althorp, on the 12th inst. moved a committee to consider of that part of the for leave to bring in a bill for repealing the Prince Regent's speech which related additional duty upon leatber,

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to this subject, and took a clear view of depression in this particular branch of the condition of the country, which, with business, and the number of bankruptcies the exception of our large cities, went to both before, and particularly" after this prove the want of accommodation through: tax was imposed, together with the nume- ; out the country; be therefore proposed sous petitions which had been presented, the issue of £1,000,000 in Exchequer bills, were proofs prefumptivë, he thought, that to be applied, ander certain regulations, țbe trade was in great distress. While all 'towards erecting additional charches and other trades were improving, this still chapels in England.- Agreed to.

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notes ;- the latter of w.hom employed two Murder and Suicide.-The inhabitants boys, to pass off his paper, one, Kelly, of Toftenham and its neighbourhood were 15 years of age, the other, Spicer, 17. The tbrown into the utmost consternation on first of these bad been for some time in his the morning of the 20th ult. by the disco. employment; the latter was apprehended, very of the bodies of a man named-Koigh- it would seem, even before he had attemption and better wife, who were found with ed to pass off any of Finney's. wares. The their throats cut in a bed-room of their wretch had gone out with the two boys, house, wbich had been shut up for a week and directed Kelly into a butcher's shop, preceding this dreadful discovery. Ani where he got change for a 51. note; on inquest was held over the bodies, and every coming out he handed the money to Fin. effort made to elucidate the transaction, ney, who instantly gave it to $picer. The but as there was not the slightest appear trio walked to a little distance, when ance of any individual having been in the Limbrick the police-officer came behind bouse, the jury concluded that Koighton Kelly, who was walking by the side of had first murdered bis wife and then

com. Finney, and seized him, calling at the mitted suicide, he not being in a state of same time to another officer who accomsanity at the time.

panied bim, to " go forward and nipper Blood-money Plot.--Since our last a him," pointing to Spicer. Spicer was apcoalition of the most diabelical nature has prebended : he and Kelly were dragged been discovered to have taken place be- into a shop, while Finney was allowed to tween an officer of the police and a man look on and walk off.-- These circumstan: named Finney, a dealer in forged Bank ces were communicated to Alderman Wood

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when visiting Newgate, and in couse ber of firemen were very promptly on the quence of his representation to Lord Sid. premises : but no water could be got for mouth a reprieve was granted to the two three quarters of an hour! The firemen boys. The police-officers have been exa were running from plug to plug, and no mined hefore a committee of the House of water could be got, wbile the thieves were Commons, and Limbrick suspended. Fin- plundering the premises, and carrying off ney absconded, but has since been appre- the property. At length some of the hended near Shrewsbury, and conveyed guards arrived, who were placed at the to Town.

disposal of the civil authority. The flames Calamitous Fire.-On Sunday morning raged with great fury, so that at half past March 1st, a few minutes before six o'clock eight o'clock, the honses of Mr. Wheater, an alarm of fire was given at the house of Mr. Ashman, pawnbroker, Mr. BuckingMr. Wheater, grocer, No. 460, Strand, bam, brush-maker, and Mr. Rowley, carnearly opposite Hungerford-street. And

ver and gilder, with property incalculashouts of “fire!” became so general from ble, were destroyed, and six others behind one end of the Strand to the other, that in in Hewit's-court, nearly gutted. Besides a few minutes after the first alarm, a sight Mrs. Wheater, with the shopman Tasker, of the most heart-repding description took another shopman named Surgeon, is found place- men and women were seen rushing to have perished in the flames; and doubts out of doors in their night-clothes, and

are entertained of the recovery either of children actually in a state of nudity. Mr. Wheater, Lloyd the shopman, or the At the house of Mr. Wheater a sight more

child. This lamentable catastrophe is bedreadful was witnessed ; at the front win

lieved to have been caused by some sparks dow, second floor, was observed Mrs.

of fire from the flue used in warming $t. Wheater, with an infant in her arm : she

Martin's Church, which were noticed on leaned out of the window, holding the

the previous evening by the inhabitants. child by its clothes for a considerable time, Hurricane, Mar. 4.- The metropolis was endeavouring to excite the attention of this evening visited by a most destructive person's underneaih to catch the child. hurricane, by which not only several She dropped the infant, and it fell upon shells of houses, but houses which bad been the heads of the crowd ; at the moment slightly built in the vicinity of the metroshe loosed the child, a blaze and volume polis, are entirely levelled to the ground, of smoke rushed through the window particularly in the east. Trees in St. where Mrs. Wheater stood; she was not James's Park were blown down, houses afterwards seen, and fell a victim to the were uproofed during the storm, and tlames. In about a minute after, one of chimney-pots were falliog in almost every the shopmen of Mr. Wheater, named Tas, direction. Considerable damage has been ker, was seen at the wivdow of the third done to the shipping in the river. Sere. fibor, enveloped in fire and smoke; see ral of the mail-coaches did not arrive till ing vo hopes of relief, he tbrew himself two hours beyond their time, and many out of the window, fell upon his head, of the heavy coaches were four hours later and instantly expired; before the body than usual being stopt by trees blown across was carried from the ground, another of the roads. -Upwards of two cwt. of lead Mr.Wheater's shopmen, named Lloyd, fell was blown from the roof of Surgeon's-hall. upon the pavement; he had thrown bim- · Lincoln's-inn-fields. During the preraself out of the third floor back-window: lence of the storm, the wall of the old his fall was broke by his dropping upon building on the eastern side of the avenue à projection, but he was injured so dread to the Waterloo-bridge came down with a fully, that no hopes are entertained of his dreadful crash. recovery. At the back of the house Mr. At half past 10 o'clock, as Mr. Kinnaird, Wheater was found, nearly insensible, on one of the magistrates of the Thames Pothe ground. He had thrown himself lice, was sitting in his back parlour, at his through a back window at the top of the house in Holborn, with Mrs. K. and his stairs on the landing of the first floor. He daughters, a stack of chimpies fell ią upon was injured very much by the fall, and them. They had just a moment's time for was carried into a house in Hungerford- escape. The chair in which Mr. Kinstreet, where he was put to bed, his in- . naird was sitting was broken into shivquiries after his wife and child were troly ers, as well as the flap of the table on which distressing. His child was shown to him; he was leaning. The assistant also, who his little feet were burnt, and his head was sitting in the counting-house, nar. cut, though not dangerously. Aneighbour rowly escaped. What makes the above had the child to suckle it. A great num.

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