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»n hour, returned with a verdict for the plaintiff, for the repair of the houses on Bethnal-green and in Worship-street, 6251. and special, in the words of the Act, for furniture destroyed by persons assembled, 700L also for damnge done to the garden by the rioters, 30I.

, Thomas Dill was tried at '' the Old Bailey for the murder of Robert Curson, a young surgeon, pupil to Dr. Ford. The deceased was visiting an old gentleman, who laboured under a violent paralytic complaint. The prisoner was charged with having aflaulted the deceased while he was in the apartment of the old gentleman, in whose presence he was charged with having beat the deceased in a very cruel manner; and with having afterwards pushed him out of the window, three stories high, into the street, by which the deceased had his skull fractured to pieces, ard was killed on the spot.

There was only one witness who could speak positively to the fust; and this was the old gentleman, whom the deceased was visiting as a patient, when he was assaulted by the prisoner. He was 90 years of age, and so deaf, that it was with difficulty he could hear, and at the farce time he was so afflicted with the palsy, that he could barely answer by the monosyllables Yes and No. As therefore it was impossible for him to give the couit a narrative of the melancholy business, the counsel for the prosecution were going to put what they called leading questions, by which they would have told the Particulars themselves, and would fiave roquired only the monosylla

ble Yes from the witness to confirm the suggestions contained in their questions: but the court would not suffer this, as it was totally inconsistent wjth the practice of the courts of justice: however, this was an occasion on which this practice might perhaps have been dispensed with, without the least violation of justice: particularly as there was some ground, from what dropped from- sever:* persons examined on the trial, that this was the second murther with which the prisoner had been charged. The court, however, was determined; and as the old gentleman was disabled by infirmities from giving such testimony as the court would receive, the prisoner escaped from the hand* of justice, to the visible mortification of every one in court.

The mother of the deceased was in one of the galleries; and when she understood that the prisoner was discharged, she broke out into the most frantic rage, and prayed that the blood of her child might fall upon the heads of both court and jury for suffering his murtherer to escape with impunity. When me had spent her rage in bitter imprecations, she fainted away; and the court feeling no spark of resentment, for what they knew to be extremely natural in an afflicted parent, called out to the people near her, and requested that they would kindly take care of her, and sec that lhe did not hurt herself while out of her sense1.

This msrninj; was tried in , thu Court of King's Bench,' before Mr. justice Aihhurst, a cause wherein Mr. J. Maberley, of Little Queen-street, was plaintiff, aud two gentlemen of the Hundred Hundred of Ossulston, defendants. The action was brought for the recovery of 9031. for repairing his houses and. shops, and H59I. for furniture, stock in trade and utensils, destroyed in the late riots. The court, after examining several respectable witnesses, was fully satisfied with the justness of the claims, and the jury gave their verdict accordingly, making it special for furniture and stock in trade.

The same day the session ended at the Old Bailey, when the following convicts received sentence of death, viz. Patrick Madan, J. Eailey and William Chetham, for stealing in the shop of Charles Storer, in Sidney's alley, Leicester - square, four gold watch chains and thirty-eight gold rings; Elizabeth Hyletr, for stealing lour guineas and a half privately from the person of James Winihip; and Tho. Brown, for stealing a mare, the property of Barnaid Donally; Michael Daniel, for robbing Mr. Lane on the highway near Shepherd's-busti of two guineas; William Thompson, alias Bennett, for robbing Mr. William Johnson of some money near Kilburn Wells; Joseph Cook, for robbing Anne Marsano, in Palsgrave-place, of 7 s. or 8 s. and using her very cruelly and indecently; Joseph Caddie, for breaking open" the dwelling house of Mary Newfiead, with intent to steal her goods, &c. Nine were sentenced to hard labour on the river Thames; 19 to hard labour in the House of Correction; fix to be privately whipped, and one publicly; and six delivered on proclamation.

,< A motion was made be,3tt1' fore the Lord Chancellor,

in LincolnVInn-Hall, to set aside a late order against Mr. Morris, for contempt of court, in not obeying an order to bring the body of Miss Harford, with whom he had eloped in her infancy. Mr. Erstcine, as counsel for Mr. Morris, contended, that several mal-practices had been used in the course of the late proceedings; that the affidavits were at least irregular, if not false; that the bills filed were antedated; and that though he could not undertake to invalidate the accuracy of the Register Offices, yet the plaintiffs should be obliged on oath to prove the authenticity of tho dates; his client having left England previous to any process being instituted against him in Chancery, and consequently the late order should be set aside. These were the principal facts on which the motion was founded. The Lord Chancellor observed, that he could not set aside a motion of his predecessor, or suppose it improvidendy granted, upon bare assertions only; and thar Mr. Morris should have come prepared to contradict the grounds on which the order was made, by well-attested affidavits; that he was ready then, or at any other time, no enter into such a hearing, and to receive such testimony if it could be produced; but that till such evidence could be fairly brought before him, he could not, in his own opinion, set aside the order. The Lord Chancellor therefore declined giving any judgmen:, and the motion tor discharging the order is to be made again de novo, and the whole matter re-argued.

The cause between Mr. . Langdale plaintiff, and the *5' Sun-fire office defendant, came on

to to be tried before Lord Mansfield, when a verdict was given against the plaintiff, there being an exception in the policy of assurance against sires occasioned by civil or military ctmmotions, ice. .

. Two Jew ladies of emi

'* nence were baptized at the King's chapel, St. James's, by the Rev. Dr. Bailey. _, Mr. Morris's adjourned

'motion in the Court of Chancery, to be released from the order of the late Chancellor for his commitment for a contempt, came to a final decision, after many ingenious arguments' and eloquent speeches, as well by Mr. Morris's counsel, Meff. Macdonald, Sclwyn, and Ei(kine,as by the counsel against him, who were the Solicitor-general, Mr. Kenyon, and Mr. Jackson. The business lasted four hours, and at the end of it. the Chancellor was pleased to determine that he would neither set aside the order nor enforce it: so Mr. Morris went out of court, and the whole affair is just as it was before it began.

A Society of Antiquaries was instituted this day at Edinburgh. An association of this nature has lung been a favourite object of the Earl of Buchan. His lordship communicated the plan he had formed to some of the most accomplislicd and respectable gentlemen in this country, and was happy to find that it not only received their approbation, but excittd the strongest wilhes to fee an institution, which promised so much utiiiiy to the nation, elttblished on a firm and permanent basii. - Emboldened by this encouragement, his lordship ventured at last to invite a number of persons, whom he

thought qualified to be members of such an association, to meet at his house on the 14th of November last. To these gentlemen he read a discourse, containing a view of the principal objects in the History and Antiquities of Scotland, which required elucidation, and of the regulations to be observed in the proposed society; both of which received the unanimous approbation of the members present. At a subsequent meeting, his lordship was prevailed on to permit the discourse to be printed, that the public might have proper ideas concerning an institution so interesting to the nation. It was then agreed, that a meeting should be held on Monday the 14th curt, for the purpose of electing office bearers. The members accordingly met, and the business of election being finished, a paper was read, giving an account of various Roman weapons discovered in dragging the Marie from the bottom of Doddingston Loch; and we learn that the worthy proprietor, Sir Alexander Dick, is to give specimens of them, to be preserved in the society's museum.

T/jt following it a lift of the OjfktBearert, "President, the Right Hon. the Earl of Bute; ill vice president, the Right Hon. the Earl of Buchan; ad vice president, the Hon. Sir John Dalrymple Hamilton Macgill, Bart. 3d vice president, John Swinton, of Swinton, Esq; 4th vice president, Alexander Wright, Esq; advocate; 5th vice president, William Tyler, »f W'oodhouslee, Esq; treasurer;. Sir Wm. Forbes, of Pitstigo, Biirt. secretary; James Cummyng, Esq; keeper of the Lyon Records."

Died,

Died, At Carrickfergus, in Ireland, Mr. JamesO'Brkn, aged 114. He served as a paymaster serjeant in the wars in Ireland, in the reign of James If.

Near Buxton, Derbyshire, Sam. Fidler, aged Icj. He walked from his own house to Buxton, within three days of his death, which is upwards of five miles. He has been for three years past a constant attendant at St. Anne's Well in Buxton, and was supported chiefly by the company why resorted there to drink the waters.

Mr. Francis Vivares, the celebrated landscape engraver.

At his house in the Close, Salisbury, in the 73d year of h<s age, James Ha-rk, Esq; b\ R. S. Trustee of the British Museum, and mem-, ber for C'hristcluirch, Hints, which he represented in several successive parliament-.—In the year 1763 he was appointed one of the Lords Commissioners of t,he Admiralty, and was scon aster removed to the Board of Treasury. Jn 1774 made Secretary and Comptroller to the Queen, which post he enjoyed till his death. He was the sui ot |ames Harris, Esq; and the Lady Elizabeth Ashley his wife, third daughter of Anthony, 26 Earl of Shaftefbury, and siifcr to Anthony, 3d earl, the celebiat;d author cf the Characteristics, whose elegance and refinement of taste and manners Mr. Harris inherited. In the theory and practice of music he had few equals. He was a native of the Close, and educated there under the Rev. Mr. Hele, in the grammar-school now kept by the Rev. Mr. Skinner, from whence, in the year 1726, he went to Wadham College, in Oxford. He married Elizabeth, daughter os John

Clarke, Esq; os Sandsord, in Somersetshire, by whom he had several children, three of whom are still living, viz. Sir James Harris, K. B, his Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary s,nd Envoy Extraordinary at the Cou.t jf St. Petersburg, Katherinc Gertrude, and Louise Margaret Harris, The world is indebted to him for several very ingenious and learned publica tipns, particularly three treatises, published in 1745, on Art, Mofic, Painting and Poetry, and Happines-.—In 1751, he published a second volume, called Hermes, or a Philosophical Enquiry concerning Universal Grammar. In 1775, *"> Philosophical Arrangements made their appearance. It is with great pleasure that we learn this gentleman had finished, just before his death, another ingenious work, entitled Philological Inquiries. His good qualities as a man are well known to a large circle of his fiiends and acquaintance in this country; and his great abilities as an author acknowledged aid esteemed by the literati throughout Europe.

In Harpur-strect, Dr. John Fotbergill, one of the people called Quakers, aged 69. He was born near Richmond, in the county of York, studied at Edinburgh, and came to London about the year 1740, without any other patron than his own merit, which brought him rapidly into a most extensive practice. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh, of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies in London, and a member of other learned as well as medical institutions, in this and foreign nations, in which his great reputation as a physician is universally sally established. The. exertion of hi* great abilities was not confined to the practice of medicine and the study of nature, but was unremittingly employed to the promotion of the general good and happiness of mankind: and as his extensive knowledge, public spirit, and many virtues, were not less eminent than his medical flcill, he will be deservedly ranked among the illustrious characters of the present age.

Near Canterbury, Sir A. Manwaring, aged 96.

Near Ellesmere, Shropshire, Mrs. Eliz.DalJass.aged 103.

In Lincoln's-Inn-fields, Dr. Gilbert Kennedy, F, R. S. many years physician to the factory at Lisbon, aged 100.

At Barnes, Mr. Maycock, market-gardener at that place. His death was occasioned by the shock his spirits received from the storm in October last, during which he went to the stables to look after his horses, attended by his man, who was struck down and killed close to him by a flash of lightning, and the stable itself forced to a considerable distance from its original situation: and, to complete his alarm, part of the room in which his wife was lying-in (having been delivered but a few days) was torn away by the violence of the storm.

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BIRTHS for the Year 1780.

January.

The lady of Lord Vise. Galway, a daughter.

Lady of Sir Roger Twisden, Bt. a daughter.

Lady of Chal. Arcedekne, Esq; a son.

Lady of the Hon. Mr. Fane, a daughter.

Lady os Right Hon. Charles Townshend, a daughter.

Lady of Sis Harry Tralawrwy, a son and heir.

Lady Bagot, a daughter.
February.

Dutchess of Beaufort, a son.

Lady of Right Hon. Thoma* Townshend, 3 (on.

Lady of Lord Viscount Mahon, a daughter.

Lady of Sir Guy Carleton, K. B. a son.

Lady of Hon. Charles Finch, a son and heir.

The Princess of Asturias, of a
[$L] prince,

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