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cent, Brelon, Jones, and Mason, were found guilty at Ihc Middlesex sessions, of a conspiracy to extort money. Breton and Jones were sentenced to two years imprisonment in the House of Correction, and Mason to six mouths.
— 24. A grand musical festival was given in the Abbey, to raise funds for the rebuilding of Westminster Hospital. 3000 spectators were present.
. lu the Court of King's Bench, on
an information for libel, the following was quoted from the Republican of Oct. 20th, 1820:—'-There is not a vice which the King can put his hand upon his heart and say I am innocent of. He has inherited the gross obstinacy of his father, with the avarice and meanness of his mother, without any of their domestic qualities; and to these he has added all that vice can teach or conjecture.'' The defendant, Mr. Beve, admitted the grossness of the libel, but pleaded ignorant of the contents of that uumber, and brought evidence to his loyal character. Verdict—Guilty.
On the same day was an indictment for a libel, which, among other things, spoke of the Bible as "a book so full of wickedness and contradiction, that it could not be the word of God." The defendant, Mary Ann Carlile, had copied the article from an American paper, and alleged that she was a servant, at fixed wages, to her brother. "The common law," she said, "was common sense." Verdict—Guilty.
— 25. At the Old Bailey, the foreman of the London Jury, by direction from his co-jurors, requested permission to read an application for mercy to the convicts of the session, but was repeatedly interrupted by. the Common Serjeant, who threatened to commit him. The paper slated that the jury were:embarrassed in their verdicts by the sanguinary character of the criminal code. j
26. A letter to the different Revenue Boards, from the Treasury Chambers, announced an act of grace for the release of certain prisoners confined for penalties.
31. This day's Gazette contains a notice respecting the claims of British subjects on the French government. Established claims to receive 65 per cent.; 813 claims settled, since passing the act, May 19th, 1819.
Aug. 7. The following appeared as a supplement to the London Gazette of this date: "Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 1821. Yesterday evening, at 25 minutes after ten o'clock, the Queen departed this life, after a short but painful illness, at Brandenburgh House, at Hammersmith"
— 9. Intelligence received by the prisoners confined in London and its vicinity, at the suit of the Crown, of their discharge by an act of grace ; a measure of benevo
Monthly Mac. No. 358.
lence for which we feel it our duty to compliment the government.
—9. W. Thompson, Esq. elected Alderman of the ward of Cheap, vice Rothwell, deceased.
— 10. The Eail Moira packet lost off Liverpool, and GO persons perished.
— 11. The King lauded in Ireland.
— 14. The Gazette of this day contains an order for the Court going into mourning for the late Queen,on Wednesday the 15th.
The Queen's funeral; for further
of which sec the Memoirs, and Public Affairs.
From the report of the Common Council committee, it appears that great abuses have been practised in framing the special jury lists. The secondary has the power of placing or removing names, at his option. Out of an immense number of qualified persons (resident householders worth one hundred pounds) only 485 are named, and of these 226 are not resident. Of the remaining 259, only 88 are merchants. Several jurymen have served thirty, forty, or fifty times each in a term—while 87 served but once and 28 but twice I
— 24. The Coroner's inquest on Francis, killed on the 14th, brought in a verdict of wiLrUL Murder against one of the Life Guards.
— 25. Public funeral of Francis and Honey, when the Sheriff of Middlesex, at the head of the posse romitatus, was assaulted by the Life Guards, at Knightsbridge.
J. Graham, esq. of Lincnln's-inn, to Eleanor, daughter of E. Curties, esq. of Windmill-hill, M.P. for Sussex.
R. Angelo Browning, esq. of Stamfordstreet, to Elizabeth, daughter of the late. H. P- Engstrom, esq. of Loughton, Essex. . Is. Wilcox, esq. of Bread Street-hill, to Miss Giblet, niece of J. Hunter, esq. of, Brixton.
Lieut. Col. J. Camack, of the 1st regt. of Life Guards, to Miss Wingreve, of Brittenham Park, near Ipswich.
W. S. Best, esq. eldest son of the Hon. Mr. Justice B. to Jane, youngest daughter of the late W. Thoytes, esq. of Sulhampstead House, Berks. •.-.,.
At St. George's, Hanover-square, Capt. Hyde Parker, R.N. to Caroline, youngest daughter of the late Sir Fr. Morton Eden, bart.
■ The Rev. J. Brewster, vicar of Greatham, Durham, to the eldest daughter of G. F. Lockley, esq. of Half Moon-street. - XV. A. Orlebar, esq. of Charlotte-street, Bedford-square, to the 2d daughter of the late B. Longuet, esq. of Bath.
J. M. Bennet, esq. of the East India service, to Miss Bennett, of Upper Nortonstreet, Portland-place.
by a widow and a daughter, who married a Mr. Russel, by whom she has a large family. Mr. C wtis in possession of the family papers, relics, and portraits, which descend to his daughter.
At Camberwell, 74, Mr. J, Temple, above 30 years much respected as the keeper of Guildhall, London.
Mrs. E. Huntley, wife of W. Lucas, esq. of Blackheath.
At Croom's Hill, Greenwich, 61, A.Foggo, esq.
Mr. W. Clark, son of Mr. C. solicitor, of Chertsey.
in Caroline Place, Mecklenburgh Square, Capt. J. K. Franklyn, of the East India Company's service.
In Grosvenor-street, the Countess Dovaar,er of Ehj, widow of John, Earl of Ely, of Ireland.
In Abingdon-street, Westminster, J. Jordan, esq. of the Island of Birbadoes.
At Chelsea, iu his 52d year, IV. Dermer, esq.
Aged 18, Margaret, eldest daughter of J. Greenwood, esq. of the Adelphi.
In Nottingham-street, 74, Mrs. Pen. Cholmley, aunt of Sir M. C. bart. of Easton, eounty of Lincoln.
At Paddington Green, 74, J. Thrupp, esq.
W. J. Waldie, esq. of Queen-street, Cheapside.
Mr. Simon*, of Grafton Court, Highstreet, Islington. He was found dead in his bed, though in high spirits the preceding night. ■ ■• L
Mr. T.Smith, a gentleman residing at No. 10. in Queen-street, Grosvenor-square. He was poisoned by taking oxalic acid in mistake for salts.
At Woolwich, 69, John Bonnycastle, . Esq. Professor of Mathematics in the Royal Academy. He was, from an early age, employed in educating youth,and for some time kept an academy at Hackney. After continuing some years at Hackney, he removed to Woolwich, and was introduced as a mathematical master, in the Royal Military Academy there. Here, on the retirement of Dr. Hutton, he was appointed professor of mathematics to that institution, in which situation he died. The best account of this ingenious man, is to be found in a letter which he wrote to the Duke of Richmond, then Master-General of the Ordnance, on seeking an appointment in the Royal Military Academy: "To avoid, as much as possible, the disagreeable task of mentioning my own qualifications, I shall lay before your Grace such particulars of my life as will afford the most ready means of making known my pretension. Your Grace needs not to be informed that a mind of moderate powers, strongly determined to any particular pursuit, can easily over
come these obstacles, and be even benefited by the difficulties it has to encounter. I was bom at Weedon, in the parish of Hardwick, near Aylesbury, in the county of Bucks. My father was a plain, honest, reputable farmer in that village, and designed me for the same occupation; so that the learning he gave me was only what was to be obtained from a school education, and such as would qualify me to manage that business with propriety. Disliking the business of a fanner, and from my attachment to mathematical studies, being but ill qualified to pursue it, my father consented at the age of eighteen, to let me go to London, and try whether I could find any encouragement as a teacher of these sciences. I accordingly went to town, and without a single friend, or acquaintance, to apply for assistance, so far succeeded in my design, as by means of attending on schools mid private pupils, to procure a scanty but decent subsistence. Ever since that time, from the age of eighteen to thirty, which is twelve years, I have followed the same employment, and by means of continual application, and constant experience, I think I may venture to assert, without arrogance, that I am now prelty well acquainted with the whole compass of mathematical learning, and the best means of communicating it to others. The Rev. Dr. James, of Greenwich, and the Rev. Dr. Crawford of Chiswick, in whose schools I have attended twice a week, for these several years past, can give your Grace every necessary information respecting my behaviour and conduct in these situations; and the parents of the different pupils I have had at the same time, in London, would be disposed to give the same impartial testimony in my favour. For this half-year past, I have been in the family of the Earl of Pomfret, in order to complete his children in some branches of the mathematics, which a former tutor had instructed them in; but the term of my engagement being nearly finished, and as he means to direct their attention to other pursuits, I should' be very happy to change my situation for one that would be likely to be more permanent. These, may it please your Grace, are the principal circumstances in my life worth mentioning. With respect to what more intimately concerns my abilities and qualifications, Dr. Hutton, who does me the favour to deliver this to your Grace, is the best able to judge. Mr. Wales, the mathematical master of Christ's Hospital, and Dr.Priestley, of Birmingham, have likewise known me for some years, and would be ready to give any information required. It will not be considered as improper if I likewise mention to your Grace, that I have engaged in writing an Introductory Course of Mathematical Science, and have already
published published tlireo volumes of Uiat work, which has met with the most favourable reception/'
Mr. Bounycastle was the author of the following much-admired works:
'Tfct^tH-liolar's Guide to Arithmetic. 12mo.
An Introduction to Algebra, ]2mo, 1782.
Kuclid's Elements. 1789.
General History of Matheinatirs. 1803.
A Treatise of Plaiunnd 3phciical Trigonometry. 1806.
Intrndt ctionio Arithmetic; beii'gthe first part ofa General Course of Mathematics. 1810.
A Treatise of Algebra,? vols.
At his house, Gloucester-place, New Road, 56, Major Charles James, a native of Warwickshire, well known as a writer on military topics, and as an elegant poet. He served originally in one of the regiments of the Yorkshire Militia, but being related to, or respected by, some noble families, he left that regiment and settled in Loudon. His first work was an Opera, translated from Beaumarchois, 1787; Poems, in 2 vols, 1789; Hints, founded on facts, respecting our Military Establishments, 8vo, 1791; Suicide Rejected, a Poem; Poems 8vo, 1791. All these works evince a fine imagination, and his political epigrams have long been celebrated for their wit. Few men ever evinced more activity in all the transactions of life; and in his profession his various works prove that he had not been an inattentive spectator. Iu 1794 he published a work on the abuses ia the militia, wilh a plan for its better regulation; and in 1797, he brought out ano. ther work on the abuses in the militia, and lie lived to see most of his plans adopted at the War-office. The Regimental Companion came out in 1789; but his chief military work, and one of the best in the language, was his Military Dictionary, published in 180-2, and of which he lived to revise a fourth edi ion. Major James was an ardent lover of civil liberty, and was much elated with the prospects which opened to the world at the beginning of the revolution in France. In 1792 he published Audi Alteram Partem, or an Extenuation of the Conduct of the French Patriots. His gentlemanly manners procured him many friends among the higher orders of society. By the Earl of Moira he was particularly patronized, and he acted for sometime as his confidential secretary; and when that excellent nobleman was at the head of the Ordnance, he appointed Captain James to be major of the Artillery Drivers, a situation which he did not hold long after his patron retired, and from which he retired on a remuneration. On the appointment of his lordship to be Governor General, it is believed that Major James might have chosen his own statiou, but he would not sacrifice his health, the society of London, and his domestic comforts, to prospects of wealth and vain ambition, and, to the great surprise of his
friends, he remained in England. As a lyric poet and epigramatist, he was above mediocrity. Some of his songs are the best iu the language, and his epigrams have for many years gratified the readers of the Morning Chronicle, and sometimes of this Miscellany. His collected poems exhibit specimens of his varied powers of versification, but his strength will be found in his songs and epigrams. He was one of the most liberal hearted of men; his muse— his time—and his purse were at the service of persons in distress, to whom he always listened with a tear starting in his eye. Yet be was also a man of the world, and with some mental reserve, mixed in the circles of high life. Altogether he was heloved by every one who knew him, and the notice of his death in the newspapers gave acute pain to his friends, because his vigour and activity warrauted the expectation of greater length of life. He has left a widow and four sous, youths of considerable promise.
At Belle Vue, near Southampton, Sir R.R.Bligh. He was born in Cornwall, in 1737, of a family long connected with the navy, and had the good fortune to have Lord Rodney, then a captain,to be his godfather. Under bis auspices he entered the sea-service, but did not attain the rank of post captain until 1777. In 1794, he commanded the Alexander, in which ship he was taken by a French squadron of five seveuty-four gun ships and three large frigates, but did not strike his colours until he had evinced a spirit and resolution never perhaps surpassed in our naval annals. He was promoted in his turn to be rear and vice-admiral, and to be admiral; in April, 1804, he was named Admiral of the RedWhen the King encreased the number of Knights of ihe Bath, he was nameda Grand Cross. At the time of his decease he was the eighth on the list of flag officers. After he had resigned the command of the Leith station, in 1804, he retired, and died at the age of 84. He was twice married, but baa left only a son, Capt. G. M. Bligh, R.N.
At her house in Flintshire, aged 79, Mrs. Estker Lynch Piozzi. This lady was the daughter of John Salisbury, Esq. of Bodvil, in Caernarvonshire, born about the year 1748, and in 1768 married to Henry Thrale, Esq. an emiuent brewer of Southwark, and MP. for that borough. That gentleman dying in 1781, Mrs. Thrale bad many suitors, but in 1784 she gave her hand to an. Italian music master, nam'd Gabriel Piozzi. With bim she visited the continent, and resided some time at Florence. The celebrated Dr. Johnson had been patronised by her first husband, and is said to have aspired to succeed Mm. The choice shemade of the Italian gave the doctor great offence. On his death she published letters and anecdotes of that singular character,