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Hull, a premium of three guineas In the west of England the wool was adjudged to Ann Witty, of is all upon hand. In Lincolnshire, Driffield, he having served the and throughout the north, it has. longest in one place, viz. 40 years; been so for some time. This artialso a premium of two guineas to cle, that was formerly called the William Carr, of Tickton, he be- ftaple-commodity of England, will ing the next eldet 'servant, having now fetch no price. served in one place 36 years.

Died, Dec. 26, of a lingering Cordova, in ibe Tucuman, June 1, illness, in the 75th year of his age, 1779.

Thomas Hope, Elg; well known In the village of Altagratia there in the trading world, as one of the lives a negro woman, who ac. first characters that this or perhaps cording to the most authentic in. any other age ever produced. He formation and teftimonies taken was originally descended from the judicially, must be about 175 years elder branch of the family of Hope old; she is extremely thin, very in Scotland ; and, endowed with much wrinkled, and bent double, great natural abilities, he with onbut she can see at a few paces dif- remitting application raised the tance, and spins ; but what is credit and affluence of the houfe at most extraordinary, though the Amsterdam, which continues to cannot stand for any space of time, bear his name, to such a height, she still carries on the business of a as perhaps no other house of trade midwife with dexterity. She has in any country ever arrived. Nor five children by her husband, one were his thoughts in business conMichael, a negro, and she thinks fined to that object only, having hes grand children have grand. for many years prefided as reprechildren of their own. Old peo. fentative of the Prince of Orange, ple seem to be no rarity in that first in the West India, and aftercountry, as there are several ne. wards in the Dutch East India groes upwards of an hundred years Companies; where, particularly old, and one woman of 120, who in the latter, he established such retains her memory perfe&ly, and wise laws and regulations in their declares that the old woman in trade, as must make his memory question was arrived at woman's respected and adored as long as eftate when the first had the use of those companies shall exist. And her reason.

it will be remembered by the laceft In the course of this month, the posterity, that a merchant could price of corn fell almost one half at once prescribe laws to fovereigns from what it was only four years in the East, and, by his moneyed ago. The following is an accurate powers, greatly sway the scale of State of the prices in 1775, and in empire in Europe. He was just the present winter of 1779 and in all his dealings; and friendly, 1780.

where he had once placed his con.

fidence, to a degree that by many 1775.

might be thought to exceed the Wheat per load 15 o 2:7 10 0 bounds of prudence in trade. Barley per quarter . 1 10 0 19 0

01 At Wapping, Mr. Thomas Dil. Oats • • • 1 2 Peale • • • 2

& wort, well known for his many

4 Hay per load . . 4 10

useful publications.


At Stepney, Mrs. Armstrong, metropolis, and was alive at the end aged 110."

of the present year.

Last Sunday, between four

and five o'clock in the after. 9 FEBRU A RY. noon, one Garret of Surton, near

Retworth, in Suflex, hot bis wife The inhabitants of West' dead on the spot as the was fitting 2minfcr, to the number of before the fire. The more effec. 4000, met in Westminster-hall, tually to execute his diabolical in. pursuant to public advertisement, tention, he loaded the piece with to agree on a petition to parlia. two balls, and in the presence ment, to controul the shameful of his wife; who, remarking the waste of public money, &c.

fingularity of his loading, and The Hon. Charles Fox being asking him what he was going to called to the ch: ir, Mr. Sawbridge Thoot with bullets ? received for represented the necessity there was answer, small birds. But the foon for the presenting a petition fimi. found herself the devoted obje&t ; lar to that of York. He then read the fatal piece was levelled, and the petition, which was next read ere she could remonftrare, the balls by ihe chairman, and carried un, had pasied through her body, and animously.

killed her on the spot. A motion was then made, that A court of common a committee should be appointed council was held at Guildto correspond with the other com- hall, when, after a deal of altermittees through the kingdom; and cation, the vacaocies in the sethe Duke of Portland, the Earls veral commitrees were filled up Egremont and Temple, the Lords agreeable to the lift of the previous John and George Cavendith, the meeting. Hon. Thomas Townshend, Mesirs. The business for which this Sawbridge and Wilkes, and about court was called was next proceedninety other noblemen and gentle-ed on, viz. To take into consideramen, were appointed of the com- tion the expenditure of public mittee.

monies, and other grievances, After which, Mr. Fox was pro- Upon which, a motion was made posed as a candidate to represent and seconded, that a perition be the city of Westminster at the next presented to the honourable the general election, and was received House of Commons from that with the loudest acclamations. court; which, after some debates,

th . There is now in the pos- was put, and carried unanison feflion of Mr. Benj, Penny, mously. near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, A committee of eight aldermen a bull calf, about three weeks old, and fixteen commoners was apwith two heads, four ears, and pointed to draw up the petition, two tongues, quite perfect. It which was agreed upon. This cats with both mouths, and is committee was desired to correlikely to live. This monster has spond with the committees of the been thewn to the public in the several counties.


Yesterday morning, pur. cases, but are guilty alike, you ito suant to an order of the are sentenced, each of you, to King's Bench, on Saturday last, pay a fine to his majesty of 1000l. Meff. Stratton, Brooke, Floyer, and and to be imprisoned until that Mackay, were brought up to the sum is paid." The fines being bar of that court, to receive fen- immediately paid in the court, tence, having been found guilty they were of course discharged. of removing Lord Pigot from the A cause was tried before, presidency of Madras, and im- Judge Nares at Guildhall, 15 prisosing him for nine months, between Mr. Robert Tayler and which was said to be the cause of the owners of one of the Colchester bis death.

ftages. The action was brought Mr. Juftice Ashurft being the for the recovery of damages for the judge appointed to pass sentence, injury which Mr. Tayler suffered before he pronounced it went from the coachman's driving against through the heads of the evidence, his horse near Stratford, by which both for the prosecution and the the horse was thrown down, and defence.

Mr. Tayler's legs run over by the He made several remarks as he hind wheel of the coach. The went through it, in which he ob- learned judge in fumming up the served, that if Fort St. George evidence informed the jury, that had belonged to the crown, the the law was clear in making the depriving Lord Pigot of the presi. owners of stage coaches account. dency would have been high trea. able for the misconduct of their fon; but, as it was under the East. coachmen, and told them to find a India company, it was only a mif. verdict for the plaintiff, if it apdemeanor. He took 'notice that peared from the evidence that the . the defendants had imprisoned coach was not on the left side of Lord Pigot for dismiffing several the road, for that if so, the accident members from the council, yet they had happened in consequence of chemselves had done the like in that misconduct. The jury rethree instances; but he could say, tired for about ten minutes, and that, while they held the reins of brought in a verdict for the plaingovernment, every thing succeed- tiff, with 150 1. damages. ed, both in trade, and in the army; His majelty has been and thac the prelidency of Bengal, pleased to grant a free par. 7". to whom the whole of the business don to Richard Mealing, convict. was referred, gave an opinion in ed in September feflion of felo. their favour. He then proceeded niously receiving goods, the proto the sentence, as follows:

perty of James Pentecross, knowing 6 Mell. Stratton, Brooke, Floyer, the same to be stolen. Mackay,

His majefty also bath been pleaf* Gentlemen,

ed to grant a free pardon to John " You are now called upon to Field, convicted the same feflion of receive sentence for an offence coining thillings and lixpences. which you have committed, and On Monday was tried been found guilty of; but, as in the court of King's 29 there is no diftinction in your Bench, before the Earl of Manr.

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200] ANNUAL REGISTER, 1780. field, at Westminster-hall, an in- his power, they allowed the case dictment found by the grand jury varied materially. Lord Mansfield of Wellminster, againit a middle. faid, that the justice had refused fex justice, for commitment of a to hear evidences, whom he was freeman of London, and a mem. not empowered to exclude: the ber of the fellowship of ticket-por- justice was not to refuse the examiters, to the Savoy, under the au. nation of witnesses offered : it was thority of the impress act, thereby his duty to hear and judge accorddeclaring him to be an idle and ingly, and not to be biassed by disorderly person, whereas in truth improper motives; but as to that and in fact the prosecutor was an consideration, it was for the jury industrious sober man, of extraore to determine. The justice was dinary good reputation. The found guilty, and is to receive prosecution was conducted by the sentence next term. The trial direction of the court of aldermen, lasted till four o'clock. to protect the rights of the fellow. The feflions at the Old fhip, they being all freemen, and Bailey, which began on the 50 governed by an alderman. The preceding Wednesday, ended, when indi&tment was laid also against seven convicts received sentence of two conftables, for the original death : William Herbert, for reaffault, prior to the examination turning from transportation ; Chris. before the justice; but the noble ftopher Burrows and John Burden, lord who presided on the bench for robbing Sarah Gifford in the gave a direct intimation to the Green-park, St. James's; Robert jury, that they in point of law Andres and Richard Palmer, for were juftifiable; and they were robbing the house of Sir Richard without hesitation acquitted. The Lumm; Christopher Plumley, for point rested solely as to the crimi. robbing the house of John Abbot ; nality of the justice, and whether and John Pears, convicted in Sephe was any ways liable to be called tember sessions of hiring a horse upon for the injury done to the and selling the same. This case prosecutor, who had been hand. had been referred to the twelve cuffed, and led like a thief through judges, who were of opinion the the streets; and besides, had suf. offence was capital. fered in the Savoy a miserable A man was carried beconfinement, and even debarred fore the lord mayor for de- .40 the vifits of his friends; so that frauding a woman of some bank by mere accident a writ of Habeas Atock. It appeared on the examiCorpus was obtained by the city nation that he pretended to be a to discharge him out of a loath. broker, and prevailed on the wofome room. The counsel for the man to give him half a guinea, justice relied upon the act of par, and to sign a paper empowering liament as a sufficient answer to him to transact some business for the charge, saying, that the justice her at the bank, her husband beexercised his dilcretion, and was ing abroad. The woman not benot to be confined within any par. ing able to read, put her mark, ticular line of conduct : if it could and when the went to the bank to be proved he had wantonly abused receive her next dividend, she


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28th. found that all her stock was sold the proprietors of oyster beds in and transferred to another person. the county of Eflex; the oysters The impofition being committed meters claimed a specific sum for in the outparts, he was sent there work which they had an exclufive for further examination.

right of performing by custom and During the night the immemorial usage. On the part gu. atmosphere exhibited the of the defendancs it was contend. most extraordinary appearance that ed, that the right infifted on was has been observed for many years. abolished by the acts of the 10th The light resembled that of a great and i1th of William and Mary, fire, and the whole element seemed which made Bilingsgate a free to be in one continued Aame. At market, and settled the fees. The intervals flashes of' sparkling fire jury, which was special, after hearfhot from the horizon to the ze. ing the arguments on bock fides. nith, and seemingly extinguished gave a verdict for the plaintiffs. in a point. The same appear. which established their rights. ance extended to France and Ger. The Stamford waggon many, and probably over all Eu- took fire at five o'clock in sth, rope.

the morning, three miles beyond Besides the petition agreed to at Hertford, by the carelessness of the county meeting held at York, the driver, who left the lantern as mentioned under Dec. 30, fimic in the basket with a candle, which lar meetings and petitions have burnt to the rocket, and nothing been held and agreed to in the escaped but a barrel of porter, and counties of Middlesex, Hampshire, the bottom and one wheel of the Chehire, Hertford, Huntingdon, waggon. The passengers and wag. Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, Cumber. goner were much scorched in at. land, Esex, Bedford, Gloucester, tempting to throw off the loading, Somerset, and Wilts; as also by which, on account of the approach. the corporations of Nottingham ing fair, was of confiderable value, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

and the damage is estimated at DIED, AC Combe, Joseph above 1oool. Ekins, a labouring man, aged 103, This morning at a court who never knew a week's illness; of common-council held at oth. and for the last 40 years subfilted Guildhall, a motion was made by entirely on bread, milk, and ve. Mr. Deputy Leaky, That the getables.

thanks of this court be voted to Francis Walkern, a carpenter, Sir George Bridges Rodney, for aged 104, who till within a few his late very gallant action againft days of his death was never trou. the Spaniards; and also that the bled with fickness, or any diftems freedom of this city be presented per whatever.

to him in a gold box of iool. va. lue, which were both agreed to.

Two young women were. мА R с н. . . taken out of the New River '4th.

locked arm in arm with their A cause was tried, and legs tied together, and both *** learnedly argued, between drowned. It has fince appeared the oysker-meters of London, and they were tambour-workers, bad

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