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posing as its end the best interests of reli- it are so justly appreciated by the inhabigion and civil society, and conducted by the tao!s, that their constant prayer is for an inapproved friends of both.

crease of its influence. Those who support It operations are carried op chief, by a society by whom sixteen. thousand souls are Beans of schools, planted throughout the re- thus daily cared for, their minds opened, zote and unenlightened districts of the their morals improved, their habits of indusNarth of Scotland, in which schools there try formed, their families gladdened, and Le regularly and daily educated, about their country benefited, may well-rejoice in sistets theusand children. Its effects have the though, tbat ibey are instrumental in been manifest on the manners and morality a work of such philanthropby, patriotismo; of the people, and the advantages attending and piety.

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16,000 men, in the direction of Badajoz, but Tot affairs of the Spanish Peninsula have to be greatly impeded in his march by the dergone no material change since we took Spanish guerillas. It was supposed he would ww lest monthly view of them. The fortress attack Badajoz. In the north of Portugal a Tortosa, in tbe province of Catalonia, fell the Portuguese militia had received a check konto the bands of the French, almost as soon from a body of French troops, under General as the trenches were opened. Ils surrender Chaperede, empluyed in keeping open the reas in atisbated, with a great appearance of pro- of Massena's aridy: babikty, to treachery. The force employed The death of the Marquis Romana, who in this siege was destined, it is said, to invest fell a victim to a fever, produced by overTarragona

exertion, and that of the Duke of Album Wah a view to diminish the resources of querque, which has since occurred, have de enemy in Catalonia, a landing was ef thrown sonje additional gloom over the faded from a British squarron in the bag of Spanish cause. The Spanish troops with which Palassos, by 600 men, under the command Romana had joined Lord Wellington's army, of Cept Fanie, of the Navy; and the batteries were detached under General Mendizabel, and ressels in the bay, consisting of three to the succour of Badajoz; but, on hearing tatissal vessels, and eight loaded merchant- of Romaua's death, they appear to have beri, were taken possession of without any halted. lous. The batteries were dismauled, the · Little or no progress has been made in the uitgazines ashore blown up, and the ships siege of Cadiz. The Cortez continue their either barnt or brought away. In reuring, deliberations within its walls; but it cannot benever

, from a post on a hill which had be expected that; cooped up as they are boat accepied, in order to prevent the enemy within the lines of a blockaded city, their from interrapting these operations, the men sittings should excite much attention, or their e into disorder, and, being attacked by a decrees produce much effect. In the mean party of the enemy, whe had been quiet time, the revolutionary: struggle in the Spanish Kectators of all that bad passed, 33 of the provinces of South America -seems 10 be exDers were killed, 89 were wounded, and 86 tending, and also to be assuming, we are (along whom was Capt. Fane himself) were sorry to say it, a inuch more sanguinary cha

racter.-Much blood has been shed in the La Portugal the hostile armies continue to oc- provinces of Buenos Ayres, Peru, Mexico, caps Learly their forruer positions, which they and ide Caraccas. In the first and last of tre trespectively employed in strengthening these provinces, the popular party appear to The French army is supposed to be again in enjoy the ascendancy; but in Mexico and was of prusisions; and it was expected that Peru, it is, for the present, retained by the lassene would attempt to cross the Tagus, and adherents of the mother country. advaret inte the province of Alentejo, both While such is the state of tire Portuguese with a view to relieve the pressure of this and Spanish cause, the North of Europe has want, and to effect a junction with Mortier, begun, if we may credit recent rumours, to

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assume a different aspect with regard to Bo- Our whole loss consisted in abont 70 men :: sia parte. 'On these rumors we are not in killed and 90 wounded. Six frigates, a cun doed disposied to place much reliance. Their vette, and" about 30 other ships, chiefly amount is, that a Northern Confederacy, prizes, were taken possession of by the Brie embracing Sweden, Denmark, and Russia, fish squadron, under Adnsiral Benier; so thias is likely to be formed with a view to their the French naval force is the Indian seas, mutual protection from the devouring pre- which has commiried so many depredalious tensialis of Bonaparte ; and that Bernadotte during the last 15 years, on our commerce, has tont hintself to this confederacy. One is entirety annihilated. Batavia is pow, itcircumstance; which has led to these surmises, deed, almost the only port in Asia in which a fras been a recent relaxation of the rigour of fag, hostile to Great Britain, can find shelter ; their commercial decrees towards Uris country, and it is supposėd'that General Abercrombie on the part both of Russia and Denmark. and Adiniral Bertier will proceed, without But we are inclined to apprehend that this delay, from the Isle of France, in order to relaxation has no other purpose in view Buč reduce it. The Durch Spice islands, Banda. to excite a disposition in the government Amboyna, &c. have already fallen into our and people of this country to renew those hands. The former of these was carried by trading speculations contre che

proved so a most gallant coup de main ; the attacking gainfal to the Continent; and so injurious to party amounting to not more than a fourth Great Britain, not only in a political and part

of the garrison that surrendered. This commercial, but in a moral point of view, conquest was etfected, without any loss, by i Doubtless, when our merchants liave been small squadron, consisting of two frigates and sedhurced again to risk in the posts of the 4 sloop, under Captain Cole. Contineut a sufficient amount of property to Nothing farther has transpired with re render such a measure advantageous, that spect to the state of our relations with property will be again confiscated and con- America. A Minister (Mr. Foster) lias af demned without scruple.

lengtlı been appointed by our Court, to s06The most important occurrence of the cceð Mr. Jackson, as its representative with present months has been the fall of the Isle the United States ; and it may now therefore of France, the last remaining colony whịch be hoped that something will be done to heal France possessed in any quarter of the globe. the irritation that has prevailed between the inte This important conquest was happily gained two countries during the last four years with very inconsiderable" loss. The troops Dr. Perceval has declared that his Majesty's, under General Abercroindie first etfected à Government is disposed to make every ani.net Finding on the 29th of November, and on cable concession to the United States, which the qd' of December the French governor does not involve a sacrifice of those maritime proposed' terms, which led to the capitu- rights that are essential to our own esHition of the whole colouy and its dependen: istence. eles on the succeeding day. The only un- The only particulars in the internal policy usual article in the capitulation is that which of Bonaparte during the present " month, stipulates that the garrison shall not be con- which have attracted our attention, have been sidered as prisopers of war; & stipulation a decree imposing fresh restrictions on the which we think to have been perfectly justi. press, and one which places all the Female leite fied on the part of our commanders by the Penitentiary Houses in Paris under the probicod and time which it probably saved. reation of Madame his mother.

GREAT BRITAIN, The expectation, which we repre- Regent for the whole of the conduct sented in our last as existing, of a which he has pursued under all the approaching change in the adminis difficulties of his case. They de tration, has not been fulfilled. The scribe some of the most material of reason, doubtless, has chiefly been the these difficulties as consisting in very discernible improvement in the the restrictions under which he has health of his Majesty. The appo- been laid; as if the inability to sition party is considered, by some create peers, and give away of the warmer ministerialists, as the few places which might fall

, deeply mortified by this apparently constituted any serious impediment new turn in their affairs; while the to the adoption of the views of his opposition themselves applaud the Royal Highness, and to the due ad

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ministration of the public affairs, difficulty like the present, necessarily doriog the little interval which is placed, and more especially if he likely to elapse before his Majesty inclines to a policy somewhat difshall be able to resunie his func ferent from that which he finds to tions. We are inclined to think that be acted upon. A letter of the the opposition, plainly perceiving Prince Regent to Mr. Perceval, that the period for which they could calling upon him and his colleagues espect to be in power would, in all lo continue in office, and the anbacan prubability, be extremely swer to it, have been published in shout, have been, to say the least, some of the newspapers. In the tery well disposed to acquiesce in letter of his Royal Highness, feeling he decision of his Royal Highness. for the king is made the ground on If they bad come into place, they which the ministry is continued, woold have had to undergo new and a preference to the other party elections, and to encounter at once is plainly manifested. May we the attacks of those to whom they venture to express our doubt, whe, should succeed, and the rude pello ther sensibility towards his royal ing of the party of Sir Francis Bure father ought to have been made so det; and they would bave felt ex. prominent, we had almost said so tremely embarrassed as to the de- exclusive, a ground for detaining gree of change in the public mea. the ministry in their places? Some lures which they ought to suggest. wish, not to disturb a course of pro. If they had altered nothing, or next ceeding, to which, in the event of to nothing, as would probably have the king's recovery, the government been the case, then the cry would would be not unlikely to return, have been resumed, that one set of may surely be considered to have men is exactly like another; and also deserved a place in the mind of that what an oppositionist desires, his Royal Highness. The present is not reform, or change of measures, system, though not the best in et possession of office. If they the judgment of the Regent, might had giveo a new direction to any yet be better than a very temporary part of the political machine, then change. If indeed the ministry the party of Mr. Perceval, and es- were, in the opinion of his Royal pecially after their return to power, Highness, utterly contemptible, or would have no less vehemently, and their measures plainly and rapidly perhaps still more reasonably, have tending to the ruin of their country, exclaimed against the precipitancy then the men ought, at any rate, and presumption of men, who, to be changed, and the progress tothough they knew that their tenure wards destruction arrested. Surely, might only be for a few weeks, had then, a certain degree of respect for disordered the public affairs, and the existing administration may fairthos involved their sucessors in the ly be inferred from the disposition most serious embarrassment. Mr. to keep them in power; and the Cobbet, in one of his late numbers, general sentiment which we have Represents the Prince as deprived of stated might not improperly have all means of acting according to been intimated. How far the mea, kis individual judgment, through sure lately adopted in Ireland may the toils in which he has been en create new embarrassment to his Langled by Mr. Perceval and the Royal Highness, we will not now parliament. The Regent is un

venture to discuss. On the whole, doubtedly much limited in his we still cling to the opinion, or rapowers, but he is restrained by ther perhaps to the wish, expressed the general circumstances in which in our last number, that the present etay Regent, who expects to exer- events may serve in some degree to sie bis fonctions only for a few mitigate the mutual animosities Teeka, is, in times of contention and between the heads of our two great parties. A Prince Regent, the people on bis account. In announcing though more especially a King, has this determination to the house, Mr. Perceval the means of moderating the tone justly observed, that by this act of selfof all those leaders in ihe senate denial, this economical and benevolent come who aspire to be his ministry; and sideration of the necessities of the public, the dangers and distractions of the the Prince Regent had drawn round his empire at this singular era of the

character more real splendour than he could world, imperiously call upon our

acquire by the most brilliant establishment.

2. The installation of the Prince Regent statesmen and politicians not to mag- took place on the 6th instant, at Carlton nify their differences of opinion, by House, in the presence of a most numerous an inflamed description of them, be assemblage of privy councillors. On the yond their true dimensions. Mo. 12th a Speech was made to the two houses derate reform, increased economy of Parliament, in the name of his Royal in the public expenditure, and, Highness. It opens with lamenting in above all, a ferveni patriotism and strong terms the state of his Majesty's exact integrity, are rallying points

health, and with expressing a confidence in towards which fair men of different

the wisdom of Parliament, and the attachsides may safely, as we think, in- under the great ditficulties of his trust, which

ment of a local people, for effectual assistance cline; and it is our earnest wish to be will endeavour to discharge so as to sh sée party spirit subside, and, after no

advance the prosperity and security of great lapse of time, some new ban- his Majesty's dominions. The capture of ners displayed, which may be in- the Islands of Bourbon and Amboyna, and scribed with these characters. the successful defence of Sicily, are than

adverted to in appropriate terms. Ig PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS. Portugal and at Cadiz, the designs of the 1. The bill appointing a Regent received enemy have hitherto been frustrated. “The the royal assent by commission * on the 5th consummate skill, prudence, and perseverance instant. The debates upon it run to great of Lord Viscount Wellington, and the dislength, and ministers were defeated on cipline and determined bravery of the officers several divisions in intermediate stages of and men nnder his command, have been the bill. It passed, however, finally, with conspicuously displayed throughout the out any material variation from the plan whole of the campaign," and have served. originally proposed by Mr. Perceval; that it is added, to inspire our allies with confis to say, it restricts the Regent, for the dence and energy. And Parliament is space of twelve months, from granting called upon to enable his Royal Highness peerages, or places for life; and places the effectually to assist the brare nations of the Household Establishment, during the same Peninsula, in whose success the best interests period, out of his controul. With respect to of the British empire are deeply involved. the propriety of these restrictions, opinion's With respect to America, it is observed that are, of course, much divided; but surely discussions are now depending, which it is their importance kas been magnified far be. hoped will be brought to an amicable termiyond the truth. What difference can it nation, consistently with the honour of the make, in the vigour of the Prince's govern- crown and the rights and interests of the ment, whether he grants a peerage or not, kingdom. On the subject of the Rere during the first twelve months of it; or nue, it is remarked, that, " although the whethier he gives away permanenuly the difficulties under which the commerce of few places for lite (not more, probably, than this kingdom has laboured, have in some one or two) which may fall vacant in that degree affected a part of his Majesty's time? It was intended by Mr. Perceral to revenue, particularly in Ireland, yet the propose to Parliament an arrangement for an

revenue of Great Britain in the last year, increased establisbment for the. Regent, though unaided by any new taxation, is which would amount to 16,000L. ; but his greater than was ever known in ang preRoyal Highness declined it, being deterinined ceding year." The speechi closes with to suster wo additional burden to be laid on declaring, " that it is the most anxious

wish of bis Royal Hiyliness's heart, that he * To this commission the Great Seal was may be enabled to restore unimpaired, into put in consequence of a joint resolution of the hands of his Majesty, the government of the two houses.

his kingdom ; and that his Royal Highness

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tomestly prays, that the Almighty may be present moment, when there appears to be pleased in his mercy to accelerate ihe termi- so near a prospect of complete emancipa. sation of a calamity so deeply laroented by tion; and the Committee are convinced the whole nation, and so peculiarly afflicting that their emancipation can now be retarded bo bis Royal Highness himself."

only by criminal apathy or neglect amongs The aduiress of both houses was carried the Catholics themselves.” They then suggest without any division, and indeed with little the appointment of ten managers of the *** debate ; the leaders of the opposition petition in each county, but add a caution parts intimating theic wish, both on-tbis not to suffer any species of delegation or re-' uderery other occasion, to cause as little presentation to talie place, as that will be a umecessary embarrassnyent as possible to the violation of the law; and, " ergayed as we prenument of the Prince Regent,

are in a struggle for legal and constitutional 1 One of the Physicians who was ex- rights, it is our duty, as well as oar inclinasined at the bar of the House of Lords tion and decided determination, st tò vio* to his Majesty's health, having given late the spirit, nor even the letter, of the law. some details respecting the course and The Committée, after quoting a passage from daration of a former indisposition of his Ms. Burke's writing Your enemies are Majesty, daring the administration of Mr. embodied : what becomes of you if you are Addlington, now. Lord Sidmouth, which only individuals?"-go on to disclaim any inseemed to imply that his Majesty was not in terference with the mode of nomination, * capacity to exercise bis Royal, functions,“ save that it must not be by any election or a certain periods, when it appeared that appointment to represent any person or per. te had been done in his name, such as sons, or any district or place whatsoever." the mixing of the great seal, which required They suggest the propriety of expedition, la distinct authority; notice has been given, and request to receive as soon as possible the

Led Grey in the House of Lords, and names of the persons who may be thought fit Wr. Wbilbread in the House of Commons, " to manage the petition in your county." of their intention to investigate the trans- "-In appointing these managers, the Comaction, and eventually to impeach the parties

mittee solicit your attention to the many aticerned in it. Lord Eldon was Chancellor vantages to be derived from naming ma-: at the time ,

nagers, whose avocations reqnire, or whose 4. The state of Ireland bas attracted the leisure permits, their permanent or oceasional attention of Parliament, in consequence of residence in Dublin, where the ultimate arthe circulation of an order of the Irish Go- rangements as to the Petition can best be vestiment to the sheriffs and chief magis- made." We can have no doubt that such a trates throughout Ireland, requiring them, proceeding as this required the interference parably to the provisions of an act of the of the Government; particularly as there is 34 of Gea III. chap. 29., to prevent un-, far 100 much ground for fearing that the bufd assemblies of the Roman Catholics,

minds of a great part of the population of for the purpose of choosing delegates to re- Ireland are in a very perturbed state. Whepresent them in Dubliu, or elsewhere; and ther the best mode of interference was 1. mest and commit to prison all persons

adopted, is a point on which we do not feet esecerned in publishing any notice to that. competent to give an opinion. The debates izi, or attending, soling, or acting with a, that are likely to take place in Parliament rica to the choice or appointment of such

will not fail 10. throw light on the subject. delegates. This order was giren in conse

5. Notice has been given of a Bill to be pesace of a circular letter having appeared brought into Parliament for rendering more le the General Committee of the Roman effectual the laws abolishing the Slave Trade. Catholics of Ireland, meeting at Dublin, ad derred to the Roman Catholic body at

HIS MAJESTY'S HEALTH. latge, in which they state their conviction It is with heartfelt satisfaction, and with tzat an increase of their nunber is neces. gratitude to the Giver of all good, that we , tary, in order that there may be managers of announce to our readers the gradual a Ivance their petition to Parliament connected with of the king towards recovery. The bulletins every distria ia Ireland. “It is highly de- of the physicians, during the present month, sirable," they say," that the Committee stwuld have been uniformly and progressively ta. bere the depositary of the collectire vourable ; and it is said his returning heulila vision of the Catholic body, and that it has been accompavied with a pariial restotauld be able to ascertain, in order to obey, ration of his eye-sight, so that he is now able live vides of all tizeit Catbolic fellow. to distinguish objects, and even to know ilic mbjess. This is the more requisite at the features of those who approacha him.

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