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May 9.-The house of Messrs. Fairly wich watermen, and the master of a and Co. having occasion to send to their peter-boat being on the spot when the establishment of Calcutta thirteen chests
chests were first discovered, claimed an of dollars by the Lady Campbell, lying equal right to their contents. A mallet off Greenwich, they were put on board and chisel were brought from the transthe Company's hoy Coromandel, for the port, and the chests were opened. Upon purpose of conveying them to that ship. ascertaining the contents, the Greenwich As the trust was valuable, the usual watermen, more prudent or more honest caution on such occasions was observed, than their colleagues, proposed that the and the crew on board was increased, and whole of the bags should be taken to the supplied with additional arms.
Water Bailiff for the benefit of the ownbetween two and three o'clock on Thurs
This was objected to, and the proday morning se'nnight when the hoy perty was divided; but, unfortunately reached Bugby’s-hole. A small craft came for the master of the transport, whilst alongside on pretext of asking questions. the boys were carrying a part of his share As only two men appeared in view in the to his house, they were seized by an boat, no serious alarm was excited, until officer, who had been all day on the looka tarpaulin was hauled on one side, and out. The boys, being interrogated, condiscovered about the number of twenty fessed where the remainder of their more. The hoy was now on the alert, master's booty was hid, and the dollars but it was too late ; the pirates were soon were immediately removed from their on board, and placing a pistol to the head hiding place in the sand. The next step of Mr. Abbot, the master, demanded his was to take the master into custody, and submission. Mr. Abhot and Mr. Cham to look after his colleagues; but, to the pion, the Company's officer, and the crew, credit of the Greenwich watermen, they were driven into the cabin, from whence came forward the next morning with the they discharged several blunderbusses at whole of their share of the spoil, and the banditti on deck.-The fire was re with an offer of their evidence as to that turned ; and an exclamation was made part of the transaction in which they had as if a person was wounded ; it was suc been engaged.-The watermen say they ceeded by a voice, saying, “ We will know the peter-boatman ; and it is, theremurder them all ;" which led the crew fore, probable that about three thousaud to the resolution of fighting for their lives, dollars, which came to his share, will be if the vessel was attempted to be scuttled, restored ; in that case, Messrs. Fairly as they apprehended. In the mean time and Co. will have recovered three thousand the villains broke open the hatches with pounds in dollars out of the 7,0001, that a crow-bar, and proceeded to rummage were carried off. Nearly a dozen persons, the hold. Their alarm, however, was so from first to last, have been examined on great, that they hurried into their craft the subject, but several of those, alonly seven chests of the dollars out of the though found with part of the dollars in thirteen on board. In each chest were their possession, do not appear to have contained four bags, with 1,000 dollars in had any thing to do with the original each, so that the whole amount of the robbery. There are four persons in cusbooty obtained would amount to about tody against whom there is much pre7,0001. The robbery being thus com sumptive evidence of guilt; their names pleted, the pirates ran the hoy on shore, are Spindlove, Corby, Brown and Conto prevent an immediate pursuit. The nor : these men constitute a part of same day, Thursday, a vigilant search was what is called the Blackwall gang. They set on foot by the police after the robbers, have been all examined and remanded, to but without success. A deposition to the give time for further evidence against above effect was given at the Thames po them. Since this daring piracy has been lice-office by the master and crew of the committed, the officers belonging to hoy. On following up the enquiry, it Lambeth-street Police-office, as well as appears that nine bags of the dollars have the rest of the police of the metropolis, been recovered. It would seem that, from have been on the alert to discover the the speedy approach of day-light, and real robbers, but more particularly Dalton the slackness of the tide immediately and Miller, who searched all the creeks after the robbery was committed, the vil- and corners to Gravesend ; the result was, lains were afraid to venture on shore with that they learnt that two persons well their stolen property, and had therefore known to them were principally concerndeemed it expedient to sink the whole or ed in the robbery, viz. John Brown, who part of the chests, as they supposed, had been tried at the Old Bailey some within low water mark, in Gallion-reach ; time back for stealing cloth from a vessel for about seven o'clock, at low water, in the river, and William Corby, a pubthree of the chests were observed un lican at Blackwall. On further enquiry, covered on the shore, where they had they ascertained that these persons had been just left by the tide. The command absconded into Essex, thither they er of an ordnance transport, two Green- pursued them on Saturday se'nnight,
armed with pistols and cutlasses; and Prince Regent. His Royal Highness was after tracing them through different places, · received at the door by Prince Leopold, at length received information that they who conducted him to the drawing-room, were to come out of the marshes at a at the entrance of which he was received certain part of the road near Plaistow, by his royal daughter. The dinner was about four o'clock on Monday afternoon. most sumptuous, and consisted of every The officers during the day remained in rarity and delicacy of the season. disguise at a public-house there, and at All the ships which were re-commisthe appointed hour went in a cart to sioned at Portsmouth for the peace sermeet them. Driving on slowly, they per- 'vice, have now proceeded to their several ceived two men coming along, dressed in stations. They were nine months obclumsy jackets and trowsers, who, on ap- taining their complement of men. Those proaching the cart, recognized the officers which have sailed are, the Amphion, and ran off. Miller, however, at the first Capt. Bowles, and Hyacinth, Captain effort, seized Brown; and Dalton pre- Sharpe, for South America ; Pactolus, sented a pistol at Corby, who succeeded Captain Dobbie, for Halifax, Rifleman, in getting over the ditch, declaring he Capt. Allen, for Jamaica ; Griffin, Capt. would blow his brains out if he did not Murray, (Captain Hewson having been instantly surrender. This had the effect invalided from ill health) for St. Helena of preventing him running away. He and the Cape ; and the Nimrod, Capt. contrived, however, to pull off his jacket Ferguson, for the Leith station. and hat, regardless of all threats, saying By a return made to the House of Com. he would not be easily taken. The offi mons of the Poor-rates or other Rates cer, perceiving this, sprung across the paid in the year ending the 25th March, ditch, when the other darted into the 1815, it appears that the amount paid by marshes again, and in attempting to leap 12,889 parishes of England, and 1033 over another ditch in the rear, stuck in parishes of Wales, was £7,023,386 185.88. the mud, and was taken before he --773 parishes of England and 81 parishes could extricate himself. Here a des of Wales have made no return. So that perate battle ensued, Corby being a most the sum total paid by this part of the powerful man; but after some minutes United Kingdom cannot be less than fighting and tumbling in the ditch, Corby eight millions sterling per annum. was compelled to surrender, and the offi The doubts* respecting the genuinecer brought him handcuffed to his com ness of the Asiatic Prince, who call. panion on the road, who by this time was ed himself son and successor to the secured by Miller, after considerable re Emperor of the Birmans, are fully justified sistance. Having chained them together, by a letter which we have just received the officers proceeded to search their hats, from one of our correspondents at Bujackets, and clothes, and found on each charest. Unhappily for this “ nephew of about 500 of the stolen dollars, all wet, the Sun, and relation of the Moon, of which they brought with them to the of Lucifer and all the Stars," Major Stew. fice. Connor had his last hearing on art, aide-de-camp to the Governor-GeTuesday, at the Thames police-office, neral of India, Lord Moira, was at when Martin, a waterman from Wool Bucharest on his way to London. The wich, deposed, that he was awakened be- Major, who, by a ten years residence in tween 2 and 3 o'clock on Thursday mor India, is as well acquainted with the ning se'nnight, by a rumbling noise in language, customs, and manners, of those the street, and on looking out of the win- countries, as with those of his own coundow, he saw three men dragging along try, was very desirous to get acquainted what appeared 10 him to be a large heavy with this descendant of the Blessed chest. One of them was a tall man in a Friend and Cousin of the Almighty God." light jacket, the other two men rather He the more easily found an opportunity, short. He enquired of the party what it as the Prince of Wallachia, who had alwas o'clock, but no answer was given, ready conceived some suspicions respectexcept that one replied, “ never mind, old ing this pretended descendant of the Royal Martin.” The tall person he conceived Family of the Birmans, requested him to to be the prisoner, he had known him for visit, since nobody could be better quatwo years, he had always known him by lified to find out the truth, or rather the the name of Mat, and that was the name falsehood. Major Stewart fulfilled the he heard him called by his comrades. A Prince's wish, and with the English Conreport having prevailed that Connor and sul residing at Bucharest, went to see his companions had taken the chest to this adventurer, when he not only disMrs. M'Farlane's, who keeps a public covered irrefragably all his lying asserhouse at Woolwich, but was refused ad- tions, but by addressing him in the Inmittance, enquiry is making as to the fact. dian language, of which the impostor did
May 24.—Yesterday the Princess Char- not understand a syllable, threw him lotte and Prince Leopold had their first into such confusion and perplexity, that dinner party, at Camelford-House, which he found it advisable to quit Bucharest. was honoured with the presence of the * See Asiatic Journal, page 407.
House of Lords, March 1.-A motion rily, but from ignorance of what was reals was made by Lord King, the object of ly the situation of our affairs in this reswhich was to learn what means had been pect. He should make this the subject taken by Ministers to obtain payment, of a motion on a future day, and should - 1. of a loan to Austria in 1793 ; 2. conceive the present intimation of his in, The balance due from France on account tentions as a notice of that motion. of prisoners of war ; 3. The state of the April 2.-The Marquis of Buckingham Russian loan ; and, 4. The loan of moved for a committee to inquire into £600,000, and subsequently of £300,000 the state of Ireland. The House having to Portugal. The motion was negatived divided there appearedwithout a division.
For the Motion, Present,.... 26 7.- The Duke of Bedford rose to make
Proxies,.... 41 the motion of which he had given notice,
67 for an inquiry into the state of the nation; Against it, Present,.... 68 but solicited the indulgence of the house,
Proxies,.... 69 on account of indisposition. He had not
-137 proceeded far when he became too unwell to proceed, and was obliged to sit
70 down." Lord Liverpool then proposed
May 3.--Earl Stanhope moved, That that the debate should be adjourned to
the House do resolve itself into a ComTuesday next, which was agreed to.
mittee to consider the best means of ar12. The Duke of Bedford moved that ranging the Statute-book into distinct the House should resolve itself into a
and proper heads. The Lord Chancellor Committee on the state of the nation.
moved an amendment, that a select ComOn' a division there appeared for the mo
mittee should be appointed, instead of a tion, 71 ; against it, 140 ; majority 69.
Committee of the whole House ; which 14. The Earl of Liverpool brought
was agreed to. down a Message from his Royal Highness
May 13.—The Earl of Essex (a second the Prince Regent, acquainting the House
time) complained of being obstructed by that his Royal Highness had given the
the military in his passage along the Royal Assent to a marriage between his
streets, and moved a copy of the order daughter, the Princess Charlotte Augusta,
under which the military had acted. On and his Serene Highness tlie Prince Leo
a division, the motion was negatived by pold George Frederic of Cobourg-Saals
33 to 36. feld, and requesting a provision for their establishment. Lord L, afterward moved
House of Commons, Feb 26.-Numeran address, which was carried nem. con.
ous petitions were presented, on this and 15.–The Marquis of Landsdown mov
other days, from the city of London and ed for an address against the proposed
most other parts of the kingdom, against peace establishment.
On a division the
the proposed renewal of the Property
Tax. The House having gone into a numbers wereFor the Address, present,. 27
Committee of Supply, a discussion took Proxies,.... 42
place on the army estimates. Lord John 69
Russell and Mr. Frankland Lewis spoke
at length against keeping on foot a miliAgainst it, Present,.... 65 Proxies,.... 74
tary force, as being pregnant with danger to the liberties of the country.
Yorke (from the Treasury Bench) defendMajority,.... 70
ed the proposed establishment. Mr.
Brougham spoke against it. Lord PalINDIA.
merston went into the detail of the estiMarch 22.--Lord Grenville wished to mates, and the debate was adjourned, call the attention of their Lordships to a Feb. 27.-Sir S. Romily charged minissubject of great importance to the coun ters with purposely delaying the meeting try as counected with its Indian possessi of Parliament till an unusually late peons; he alluded to the great inconveni riod, in order to give it no opportunity ence of blending the commercial and po of a full consideration of the Property litical Reports of the India Company by Tax. If, at the last enactment, it was the Governors of our different possessions intended to continue this tax, why was in the East. He wished to get informa it not openly stated? The Chancellor of tion on this subject, and to know why the Exchequer explained, that when the that distinction should not be observed tax was last year before the house, he in those departments which had been par had thought that the Bank would be able ticularly observed in the Charter. He to resume its payments at the end of the did not seek this information unnecessa year ; but circumstances had arisen which
rendered that measure impracticable. all he had heard, that there existed no The adjourned debate on the army was cause for jealousy or alarm on this subresumed. The speakers were Messrs. ject. He highly esteemed many members P. Grant, Robinson, Freemantle, Peel, of the Military Club, and had the honour Sir R. Heron, Sir J. Newport, Sir F. Flood, to call Lord Lyndoch his friend ; but and Lord Binning. The debate was ad- personal character could have no weight journed.
in questions of constitutional importance ; Feb. 28.-Several petitions against the and he knew, from good authority, that Property Tax were presented, and se great influence had been made use of to veral members expressed their sentiments induce individuals to become members of concerning it; after which, the debate this institution; and that regular returns on the army estimates was resumed. On had been made to an illustrious personage the motion for the house going into a of the names of those who acceder, and Committee on the estimates, it was car those who did not.-The House having ried by 241 against 121.
gone into a Committee of Supply, the adMarch 4.-Colonel Foley, on present- journed debate on the Army Estimates ing a petition from Leominster against the was resumed. The speakers were Lords Property Tax, observed, that it also Castlereaglı, Palmerston, and Nugent ; called the attention of the House to the Messrs. J. Ward, Protheroe, and Bankes.' formation of a Military Club, under the The debate was again adjourned. sanction, and with the approbation of the Commander-in-chief; and expressed
March 5.- Mr. W. Dundas, in presenta hope that the House of Commons, with ing a petition against the Income Tax, due jealousy, would not fail to watch the
from the inhabitants of Ediuburgh, and proceedings of such a formidable body,
five smaller ones from the same neighthe effect of which would be to separate bourhood, begged to state, that he differthe military establishment from the other ed from every word of the allegations classes of the community: a distinction
contained in the petitions.-Mr. Broughinconsistent with the true principles of lic feeling from Scotland : in Ediuburgh,
am said, there was no interpreter of pubthe British constitution. Mr. Gooch, looking to the glorious achievements of
from which the hon, member derived his the members of the Military Club, thought eighteen,
or at most twenty-five voters.
seat in parliament, there were but it unjust to hold them up to the world in the odious light of oppressors of a free
-Lord Castlereagh observed, that the people, and subverters of the happy consti- speeches made on
this subject were solely tution of Great Britain.--Mr. C. Wynne
for the purpose of exciting clamour; to protested against the language used by
which Mr. Horner replied, that the strongthe hon. member, which tended to des
est epithets, and the most marked avertroy the freedom of debate, and to limit sion, Vad proceeded from gentlemen who the right of the House to interfere in a
usually voted with ministers.- The Chansubject which, by many, was deemed to
cellor of the Exchequer, after going be highly dangerous to the constitution. through the history of the Property Tax, Colonel Wood, in consequence of state
from its first enactment, observed, that ments made that night, felt anxious to
not only the amount had been raised by give the composition of the Club. In it
the opposition, when in power, but it there were many naval and army officers ; Chancellor) to make it perpetual, or, at
was the plan of Lord Henry Petty (then there were also many East-India officers, who had made fortunes in that country ;
least to mortgage it for a certain number there were thirty-six Colonels of militia.
of years, without regard to peace or war. Gentlemen might be surprised at their
-Mr. Holme Sumner, and Sir Edward number, but that was it, formidable as
Knatchbull, were not averse to the tax, they were. There were likewise Lord
as modified by the Chancellor. Lord Lieutenants of counties; and he was sure
Cochrane presented thirteen charges that this Club could not mean any danger against Lord Ellenborough, respecting his to the constitution. Mr. G. Rose stood
conduct on his trial. On his lordship’s up, in order to state that he was a mem
motion, seconded by General Mathew, ber of the Club Cloud laughter), though their merits,
they were ordered to be
who did so because he knew nothing of he was neither a military or naval character. The honour had been conferred printed. on him, not in his individual, but in his March 6.-The adjourned debate on official capacity. Lord Milton said, he the Army Estimates subject being resumed, must confess that what had been stated Mr. Calcraft, in an excellent speech, by the right Hon. the Treasurer of the went through the estimates, pointing out Navy, instead of extenuating the objec- where the reductions might be made. tions to the Military Club, had, on the The House afterward divided upon Mr. contrary, done every thing to add to its' Wortley's amendment for reducing the exceptionable charaéter. Mr. Brougham amount of the peace establishment about said he was by no means convinced, after 10,000 men. On a division, the amendo Asiatic Journ.No. VI.
ment was negatived by 202 to 130.-Ma On a division there appeared for the rejority for Ministers 72.
solution 210; against it, 128 ; majority March 7.-In a conversation on the 82. Income Tax, Mr. Brougham mentioned Lord Palmerston next moved that an instance of some Property Tax Com- 333,6921. be voted for the service of the missioners having sold to a cheesemonger, cavalry and waggon train for the year a lot of waste paper, some bundles of 1816. For the resolution 126, against which contained the returns made under it, 62 ; majority 64. the Income Tax.-Mr. Western concluded Mar. 13.-The sum of 514,2861. for a long and lucid speech, by moving the the infantry of the line in Great Britain following resolutions, which embody the and the islands in the Channel; 143,8721, substance of his discourse :-1. That it for the cavalry of Ireland, and 718,1001.. was the opinion of parliament that the for the infantry of the line of Ireland.agricultural part of the community labour And 1,539,7861. 108. 4d, for defraying ed under the most unexampled distress. the expenses of cavalry and infantry. 2. That however various were the causes abroad, except in France, and onr posfrom which it originated, the demand for sessions in the East-Iudies.--452,7621. the produce of land was not now such as for miscellaneous services on the military to enable the cultivator to sell its produce establishment of British regiments, at a price sufficient to indemnify him for 119,8561. for the miscellaneous services his expences. 3. That the consumption of the regiments of the line to be staof barley, and consequently the demand tioned in Ireland. – 20,835l. for five for it, were reduced by the tax on malt, troops of dragoons, to be stationed in and that this duty ought to be abated or Great Britain.-550,0007, for militia in repealed. 4. That relief ought to be Great Britain and Ireland, in an embogranted to the holders of agricultural pro- died state, and which was to continue so duce, by advancing money to them on the during the year.—182,7271. for the pay security of that produce, and collecting of general officers, not being colonels of înto public granaries, in a year of surplus, regiments.-314,0001. for pay of superabundance against the return of scarcity. numerary officers.-460,8901. for half-pay 5. That it was expedient to repeal so of officers of land forces.-19,6771. for much of the Corn Act of last year, as re reduced officers.- 916,0001. for Chelsea lated to the warehousing of foreign grain. and Kilmainham.-64,4241. for compas6. That it was expedient to encourage
sionate list.-189,4001. for Irish comthe exportation of corn for some time by missariat.—179,0001. for the barrack deá bounty. 7. That it was expedient to partment in Ireland.-35,0001. for British encourage the growth of our own soil, by officers attached to the Portuguese army. imposing duties on the importation of 87.-On a division on the nayy estiseeds, and other articles of agricultural mates, the numbers were—Ayes, 124 ; produce, from abroad. 8. That the tithes Noes, 38. and poor-rates were felt with increasing 29,
The Chancellor of the Exchequer severity in the present general distress ; moved the third reading of the Bank-adand that it was expedient to consider of vance bill. For the Bill, 116 ; against some mode of easing their pressure. The it, 56 ; majority, 60. honorable gentleman then moved for a April 3.-Mr.Tierney moved an address committee of the whole House on the to the Prince Regent, praying for the distressed state of agriculture. — Mr. abolition of the additional secretaryship Frankland Lewis seconded the motion. for the war department. On a division, Messrs. Robinson, Vausittart, and Hus there appeared, against the motion, 182 ; kisson, with Lord Castlereagh, said they for the motion, 100 ; majority, 82. would give the remedies proposed the 4-Lord Milton complained of the most diligent and patient attention in a employment of the military on Court-days, committee; and suggested that the reso and Lord Nugent moved for a copy of the lutions should be printed.
instructions which were given to the March 8.-In a Committee of Supply, troops stationed on duty this day at Messrs. Cocks, Newman, W. Wynne, Westminster. — For the motion, 31 ; Wilberforce, Tighe, and others, opposed against it, 48 ; majority, 17. the large peace establishment; which was 29.-General Lord E. Somerset atsupported by Messrs. Grant, Courteney, tended in his place to receive the thanks Colonel Foley, Lord Palmerston, &c. of the House for his gallant conduct at The House ultimately divided on Waterloo. amendment, that the report be re-com Lord Cochrane moved that certain mitted, when it was negatived by 190 to charges which he had preferred against 122. Majority for Ministers 68. Lord Ellenborough should be referred to
Mar. 11. Lord Palmerston moved a Committee of the whole House. The that the sum of 385,2751. 98. 6d. be House divided. For Lord Cochrane's granted for defraying the expense of the motion, himself and Sir F. Burdett.-household troops till December 1816, Against it 81.