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therwere on board the Defence: they was perceived the horse stuck fast followed him with their eyes, and about twenty feet down, and with when they saw him reach the land great difficulty was drawn up alive alive, they threw themselves into the to the mouth of the well, when unwaves, and died together -Four fortunately the rope broke, and the guns and 47 barrels of gunpowder poor creature was with dreadful vehave been got from the Defence, and locity dashed down to the bottom, it is expected that a part of the St to rise no more alive, as it was pulled George will be saved.

up dead four hours after. A gentleman who left Gottenburgh DUBLIN.- COURT OF KING's on Thursday last, states, that the body BENCH.--Catholic Delegates. The of Admiral Reynolds, who was lost attorney-general announced this day, in the St George, has been found, that it was not his intention to pro. and that the King of Denmark had ceed to trial against any of the other ordered it to be brought to Copen. catholic delegates. He moved that hagen, where it is to be put into a Mr Kirwan be brought up to.morleaden coffin and conveyed to Eng- row, and that there shall be a nolo land.

prosequi entered relative to the other EXETER.-A most extraordinary persons concerned in violating the circumstance occurred in this city on Convention Act. Monday night last, which has excited 6th.--KIRWAN'S SENTENCE.the greatest wonder among the inha. This day Thomas Kirwan appeared bitants. About nine o'clock, as the incourt to hear judgment pronounced. carriage of J. Williams, Esq. bank. Shortly after the judges had taken er, of this city, was going from Col. their seats, Mr Justice Day addressleton Crescent to the theatre, just as it ed him to the following effect : passed the Friars in the middle of the - Thomas Kirwan, you have been public road, the off horse sunk into tried on an indictment founded upon the earth, and in an instant disappear. a statute, the 33d of the king, comed; the alarm the coachman was in we monly called the Convention Act, cannot describe, who, trembling for for having voted and acted at an what was to follow, leaped from the election of delegates, to represent the coach-box, called for assistance, and Roman Catholic inhabitants of the immediately cut the traces, when se. parish of St Mary's, in this city, in a veral persons assembled, and disco. general committee of the catholics of vered that the animal had fallen into Ireland. After a patient and dispasa large and tremendous old well, of sionate hearing you have been conabout ninety feet deep, which some victed upon clear, conclusive, and unyears since had been arched over in controverted evidence. The persons a most careless manner, with only a entrusted with your defence had insingle brick, thinly covered with deed themselves admitted the fact earth, and totally neglected, since it charged, for instead of contradicting became a public road. The late wet or controverting it, they resorted to weather had so penetrated the brick. three different modes of avoiding a work as to cause it, with the shaking direct issue, namely, Ist, to a chal. of the carriage, to give way in a mo. lenge of the array, which, after a disment. Having obtained a light, it cussion of two days, had been found to be false and ungrounded ; second- in a larger sphere of liberty than that ly to an unavailing and irrelevant enlightened and brave people are sacross-examination ; and, lastly, to tisfied with. Whether a jealous adavoiding the merits of the case, by herence to old maxims of civil freeresting upon a certain point of vari. dom, or an enthusiasm in search of ance, which, when referred to the de. new additions to their rights and pricision of the twelve judges, had been vileges pervaded the whole populawithout hesitation pronounced per tion of that great and respectable na. fectly futile and untenable,

tion, in their wildest excesses, a con« The act for which you have been vention such as that which had lately found guilty has been declared by the agitated this country, had never been legislature a high misdemeanour; not known amongst them. This species because it is contrary to any princi. of public assembly is the peculiar ples of religion, morality, or justice, growth of Ireland. It is superfluous but for its political character and ten- to point out how much it is in its na. dency. The statute has declared, ture calculated to produce mischief that all representations by delegation to overawe the legislature, and to are unlawful. Such is the precaution controul the deliberations of parlia. of the statute, that it proceeds to ar- ment. Such has been the convention rest them in their earliest steps to- of 1793, such has been the volunteer wards acting in pursuance of their ap- association of 1782, and such has pointment, and the very publishing been a memorable convention of an of a notice of their meeting, before earlier period, which was composed any possible knowledge could be had precisely of the same members as the of their transactions, is pronounced a convention, whose acts have lately high misdemeanour. Neither pre- occupied so much of the public at. tence nor no pretence forms an ob- tention, composed of peers, prelates, ject for consideration; the construc- and commoners. An assembly of this tion and constitution of the meeting description must by an easy and na. is what the legislature has pointed its tural transition degenerate from pu. attention to, and not the object or rity of action and intention into a purpose.

perfectly seditious association. I am « It is not, sir, the province of the fully aware of the high honour and bench to vindicate the acts of the le- public virtue of several characters gislature, but it would be easy to who had formed members of the late show that no hardship is imposed by committee. I am persuaded that if the statute. It restrains both pro- ever they would be betrayed into a testants and catholics ; yet, by a su- violation of the provisions of the con. perabundance of caution, it saves the stitution, they would err innocently. sacred right of petition, as established But it is the nature of man, when he at the glorious Revolution by the fa. passes the boundary of the law, to mous Bill of Rghts. This all of his forget his legitimate motives, and to majesty's subjects here enjoy, whether launch into excesses from which his protestants or catholics, in the same head and his heart would at first re. spirit and purity in which it is enjoy. coil. When those excesses are not ed by the subjects in England. I countrouled, they soon acquire com. shall never, for my part, wish to move . mand and dominion; all the mişchief vous and delusive passions rise to the not by violence that the legislature 'top like chaff, while those of intrin- can be persuaded that the claims of sic value and merit sink to the bot- the catholics are just. The Solicitortom and are lost. Under those im- General's fascinating display of all pressions the government of this that was great in the mind or brilliant country stepped out to interfere with in fancy will not be unavailing; I do the proceedings of the catholic com- not only not despair that the catholic mittee. Their energy and vigilance committee will profit by it, but I enhave not been more laudable than tertain the most sanguine hopes that their moderation and conciliatory it will be serviceable to the entire exertions have been praise-worthy. kingdom. The act shall resume its When their object had been effected, vigorous operation ; it shall awake the Attorney General had seized an from its long slumbering, and in fu. opportunity of indulging the mild ture remain vigilant ; the catholics impulse of his nature; and he entered will bow to it they were heretofore a noto prosequi in all other actions, only ignorant of its force. Under convinced that the loyalty and obe. these impressions, and imitating the dience of the catholics of Ireland will mild demeanour of the Attorney-Ge. bow with respect to the law. neral, the court mean to punish you

“ It is fair to say, that the Roman with only a nominal penalty Catholics did not wilfully violate the "I cannot conclude, sir, without provisions of an act upon which able reprobating in strong terms, some and virtuous lawyers had entertained scandalous practices which you have much doubt. The transactions here- been guilty of upon your trial, espe. tofore are therefore consigned to ob- cially the transaction of the affidavit, lívion ; but henceforward things must with which you had sought to throw be otherwise. No subject, protes. -an unfounded imputation on a most tant or catholic, can any more vio. “respectable gentleman in the jurylate the law by inadvertence or from box. Having discharged the duty want of knowledge, therefore a trans- that devolved on me, I shall pronounce gression must necessarily be visited the sentence of the court, and that is, with rigour and severity.

that you Thomas Kirwan do pay a " Give me leave, sir, to recommend fine of a mark, and then be discharto the consideration of the catholics ged.” of Ireland, the sage counsel of the So- Mr Kirwan bowed and retired. · icitor-General, one of their best LONDON.-At nine o'clock last

friends. I am convinced with him night, the Park and Tower guns an. that the catholic committee has been nounced the important intelligence the most pernicious 'enemy that ca. that Ciudad Rodrigo was taken by tholic emancipation ever saw. It storm on the 19th ult. The dishad diverted the public mind from patches from Lord Wellington arri. the great and material qnestion, and ved about 7 o'clock. They were effected no good. Emancipation can. brought by one of his lordship's not be legally discussed except in : aide-de.camps, Major Gordon. Soon parliament. It is not by trampling afterwards the following letter was upon the law that its objects can be - transmitted to the Lord Mayor :effected. It is not by intemperance

Downing-street, Feb. 4, 1812, that bigotry can be conciliated; it is “My LORD.The Hon. Major Gor

don, aide-de-camp to General Lord Wel- act made in the 49th year of his pre. lington, has this moment arrived at my sent majesty, to prohibit the distillaoffice, with the satisfactory intelligence tion of spirits from corn or grain in of the capture of Ciudad Rodrigo by the united kingdom, as relates to storm, on the evening of the 19th Jan.

Great Britain ; and to revive and con

Croot Boi The French Governor-General, Barnier, about 78 officers, and 1700 men, are ta.

tinue another act made in the 49th ken prisoners, and 153 pieces of ordnance,

year aforesaid, to suspend the importincluding the heavy train belonging to

ation of British or Irish made spirits the French army, and great quantities of into Great Britain or Ireland respecammunition and stores were found in the tively; and for granting certain du. place.

ties on worts, or wash made from su: “ The particulars of this most import

gar, during the prohibition of distillaant event will be immediately published

tion from corn or grain in Great Briin an extraordinary gazette. .. “I have the honour to be, &c.

tain-to an act to raise ten millions “LIVERPOOL.

five hundred thousand pounds by Ex" To the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor,” chequer bills to an act to raise one

Windsor Castle, Feb. 1. million five hundred thousand pounds His majesty continues nearly in the by Exchequer bills-to' an act to con. same state in which he was last week. tinue the duties on malt, sugar, to(Signed.) H. HALFORD. bacco, and snuff--and to an act to

W. HEBERDEN. permit sugar, the produce of Marti.
M. BAILLIE. nique, and other conquered islands in

the West Indies, to be taken out of R. WILLIS. warehouse, on payment of the like His majesty continued through the duty for waste as British plantation whole of last week in a state of com- sugar. parative quiet, but without any indi. At the sale of the library of Sir cations of mental improvement. The James Pulteney, Bart. yesterday, at skill of the regular physicians has Christie's, the Variorum Classics sold preserved his bodily health through at sums unprecedented, and the rare all the violence of his malady, and volumes of the Delphini Classics sold even now, that all hopes of curing the at the following prices : disease are extinguished, there is a Ciceronis Opera Philosoreasonable hope, by the continuance phica, editio vera, pur. of the same professional attention to chased by Mr Dibdin him, during his occasional paroxysms, for Earl Spencer, . . L59 6 0 that his life may be preserved for Prudentiùs, - - ... - - 16 5 6 years.

Statius, - ........ 54 12 0 7th.-WESTMINSTER.- This day NATIONAL SOCIETY.This day the Lords being met, and the Com. was holden, at St Martin's Library, mons having come, the royal assent a meeting of the general committee was given in virtue of a commission of the national society for the educa. from the prince regent, in name and tion of the poor ; present, the Archon behalf of his majesty, to an act to · bishop of Canterbury in the chair. revive and continue until the 31st day Archbishop of York ;: Earls of of December, 1812, so much of an Shaftesbury and Hardwicke; Bish

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ops of London, Durham, St Asaph, veral writings mentioned in the first, Salisbury, Norwich, and Chester ; second, fourth, fifth, and sixth, Lords Grenville, Redesdale, and Rad- charges, of the foresaid criminal listock ; Right Hon. the Speaker ; Sir bel; and, by a great plurality of John Nicoll ; Deans of Canterbury voices, they find the said John Lind, and Barking ; Archdeacon Cam. Say Crawfurd guilty, and the said bridge ; Dr Barton; Rev. H. H. James Bradley guilty, of feloniously Norris ; Rev. R. Lendon ; F. Bur. falsifying the letter mentioned in the ton, Esq. M, P.; G. W, Marriot, third charge of the said criminal li. Esq., Joshua Watson, Esq. ; W. bel. Further, they, all in one voice, Davis, Esq. ; James Trimmers, Esq, find the said John Lindsay Crawfurd

It is a most gratifying considera. guilty, and the said James Bradley tion, that in the furtherance of the guilty, of feloniously forging the se. object of this most noble and lauda. veral writings mentioned in the seble institution, we find the first in venth, eighth, ninth, tenth, and ele. rank and character of both political venth charges, of the said criminal li. parties in the state cordially unite, bel; and they, all in one voice, find and give their best support to a sys. both the said pannels guilty of felo. tem, the adoption of which must re- niously uttering the writings mentionflect eternal honour upon its founders, ed in the first, second, third, fourth, whilst its effects in improving the fifth, and sixth charges, of the said minds of the rising generation, cannot criminal libel, knowing the same to but prove a truly inestimable and last. be feloniously falsified, and feloniousing blessing to the empire,

ly uttering the writings mentioned in 8th.-EDINBURGH -High COURT the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and OF JUSTICIARY.--This day came on eleventh charges of the said crimi. the trial of John Lindsay Crawfurd, nal libel, knowing the same to be fe, some time of Dungannon in Ireland, loniously forged." and James Bradley, some time school. When their lordships had delivered master and clerk at Castle Dawson, their opinions, Lord Meadowbank county of Londonderry, Ireland, ac- (the presiding judge) after an adcused of having forged or falsified cer- dress of great ability, pronounced the tain writings, for the purpose of sup- sentence of the court, ordaining the porting a claim made by the said John prisoners to be transported for fourLindsay Crawfurd, under a brieve teen years beyond seas, from chancery, directed to the sheriff The following is a sketch of the of Edinburgh, to be served lawful and circumstances of the case :nearest heir-male of John Crawfurd, Some time after the death of the first Viscount Garnock. This, from late Earl of Crawfurd, the prisoner, the multiplicity of papers produced, John Lindsay Crawfurd, supposing and the length and intricacy of the that a relation of the late earl had examination, was not concluded till lived as steward at Castle Dawson, 7 o'clock on Teusday morning. The thought that if he could prove a pro. jury gave in their verdict on Wednes. pinquity to him, he might by that day at one o'clock, all in one voice means obtain the earldom, and cerfinding “the said John Lindsay Craw. tain estates in Ayrshire ; and for this Jurd, and the said James Bradley, purpose he repaired to Kilbirnie, in guilty of feloniously falsifying the se. Ayrshire, and, in the hands of a de.

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