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(Signed) J. M'KENZIE.

To Admiral Young.

His Majesty's Hired Arm Brig Ann, to so superior a force, and their regret Plymouth Sound, Dec. 16, 1807. at not being able to sink the two Sia-In execution to your order of which had struck. I am, &c. the 14, I have to acquaint you, on the 20th November, at noon, being in latitude 41 41 N. and long. 10 80 W. Dover, Jan. 29. of my falling in with and capturing About half past ten a.m. yesterday, the Spanish lugger privateer Vansigo, the brig Catherine, of 111 tons, set pierced for fourteen guns, but only sail from Spithead. The only persons six four-pounders, and one long brass on board were the owner of her, with twelve-pounder mounted, with forty- his son and two men. About five five men; out eight days from Ferrol; p.m. a large lugger was discovered, had not made any captures: also, on which made towards the brig, which my entering the Straits of Gibraltar was then off the Owers, and boarded on the morning of the 24th, with a and took possession of her: she carfresh breeze from W.N.W. (the lugger ried 18 guns, and 100 men: when she in company) about half-past nine had taken the owner and his son from q.m. falling little wind, the island of the brig she put four men on board, Terriffa N. E. by N. observed ten of (two French, a Dane, and a person the enemy's gun-boats rowing towards whom they fear is an Englishman) me. At ten, the headmost fired a shot, and then left her. The captors were and hoisted a red flag. Finding it now steering for a French port, when, impossible to escape, I shortened sail after having kept possession for about to receive them. At a quarter past three hours, the prize-master, a ten, the three headmost closed, and Frenchman, went below, and the two commenced action. At half-past ten, English seaman, who had been left on seven more closing, the lugger struck, board, agreed to attempt a recapture, having hailed to inform me she had They accordingly attacked the rethree men killed. At eleven, dis- maining three. W. Francis began by masted one of the enemy's gun-boats, striking with a cutlass at the man at and two more having struck, discon- the helm, who returned it with a hay tinued the action; but did not think onst, and was stabbed in the breast, it prudent to attempt to take posses- and after a scuffle thrown overboard. sion, having on board forty-two pri- Francis then engaged a Frenchman, soners, and charged with dispatches, and was himself knocked down; but (my complement being only thir- being relieved by his messmate, J. ty-nine, nine of which were on Thompson, who had hiiherto stood board the lugger). At ten minutes centry over the prize-master and a past eleven, got the vessel round Dane who had escaped below, the by the assistance of the sweeps, and Frenchman "scudded," as Francis opened my fire on five who had taken termed it, down below, and hid himpossession of the lugger, and again closing on my starboard quarter with an intention to board; but finding my guns so well supplied with round and grape, and ready to receive them in case of boarding, at one o'clock p.m. they sweeped out of gun-shot, carrying off my prize. I am happy in having the pleasure to add, that al- It was now about ten o'clock, and though six of the largest were within the two Britons, having entirely subpistol-shot for nearly one hour and a dued their four opponents, took the half, I have not a man hurt. It would wounded man below, and covered be needless for me to attempt to say him up with a blanket, ordered two of any thing in favour of Mr. Olden, the their prisoners below, and kept one master, and each of the crew, only my on deck to assist them in working the great satisfaction on beholding the ship, which, about ten this morning high flow of spirits which is generally they brought safe into this harbour. manifested in the countenance of The wounded man was brought on every British sailor, although opposed shore, and carried to the hospital.

self in the forecastle, and never again exhibited his laurels till nine this morning. The man, supposed to be an Englishman, who had been thrown overboard, having got on board again attempted to renew the contest, but with the loss of blood fell down mo tionless.




R. LANCASTER, on Thursday A useful instrument is in use

Mast (F15) happening to be in this county for destroying thistles.

at Cambridge, on his return from This implement, assisted by a draft of Lynn to London, was prevailed upon horses, is calculated to force a horito give a public lecture upon the uti- zontal cutting share through the soil, lity of his System of Education for at a short distance beneath the surface, poor children of both sexes, in the in such a manner as to cut the roots evening at the town-hall, which was of the thistle completely across, which very numerously attended by gentle- entirely destroys them, as they are men of the university and town, the tap-rooted plants, and derive little or Rev. Dr. Ramsden in the chair. A no nourishment from horizontal roots. committee was soon afterwards ap- —The cutting instrument is about pointed, and a subscription entered three feet and a half long, is five inches into, which now amounts to about broad, and about an inch thick at the 2001.

back, and sharp at the front: it has Died.] Feb. 18, after a short illness, strong uprights of iron rising from in the 828 year of his age, the Rev. each end of it, connecting it to the John Barker, D.D Master of Christ frame by which it is drawn, by passing College. B.Á. 1748, M.A. 1752, D.D. through square perforations formed in 1781. He was elected master in the it to admit them, in which they are year 1780, and served the office of fastened tightly by wedges, &c. This vice-chancellor for that year. Dr. implement is likewise useful in eradiBarker held two livings in Lincoln- cating those weeds whose roots only shire, in the gift of the crown. And extend to the depth of four or five on the next day died, in the 76th year inches. It is thought by some persons, of her age, Mrs. Barker, widow of the that if the ground was first cleared of said Dr. Barker, at Christ College the bean-stalks to make room for the Lodge. Their remains were interred horses, it might be used to good purin the College chapel. They were a pose for cutting down a bean crop, truly respectable couple, charitable for cutting peas, and taking up turto the poor, hospitable to all. They nips and rape. The implement, howlived beloved, and died lamented.- ever, might be considerably simpliFeb. 11, Lieutenant Francis, of the fied in its mode of operation. second battalion of the 9th regiment of foot, second son of the Rev. John Francis, M.A. formerly vicar of Soham, in this county.



Milbrook Common, which has hitherto been waste land, is now inclosed and cultivated; and the goodness of the soil promises well to the occupiers.

Died.] At his seat in Cheshire, From the enquiry instituted, in conRichard Pennant, Baron Penrhyn, of sequence of the rumours circulated of Penrhyn, in the county of Louth, Ire- several persons having had the smallland. His lordship was the son of pox, at Ringwood, after vaccination, John Pennant, of Penrhyn, esq. and it appears by the statement of three was created a Baron the 26th of Sep- surgeons, Messrs. J. Ring, W. Blair, tember, 1783. In 1765, his lordship, then Mr. Pennant, married Ann Susannah, only child and heiress of Lieutenant-General, Hugh Warburton, of Winnington, in Cheshire.


Accidentally drowned, William H. Milbourne, esq. of Armathwaite Castle, who, on Wednesday the 10th instaut, while walking by the river side near his own house, unfortunately slipped in, and, no person being near to give him any assistance, perished.

and T. S. Knowles, published by order of the Jennerian Society, that there was no satisfactory evidence of any person having caught the smallpox after being properly vaccinated, on the contrary, upwards of two hundred persons, who had been properly vaccinated, were protected from the small-pox, although exposed to its infection in different ways. There were various instances of imperfect vacci nation, or where the vaccine inocculations did not take effect, and where,


consequently, the susceptibility to the A great quantity of ale was brewed in small-pox still remained. The ru preparation, to gladden the hearts of mour of two persons having died of the surrounding neighbourhood. vaccine ulcers appeared to be without foundation.



He is suc

ceeded in titles and estates by his
only son Philip, who is about twelve
years of age. His lordship married
Miss Monckton, daughter of the Hon.
Colonel John Monckton, by whom he
has left the above son and several


At Mountsorrel, is to be an extraordinary vine, which contains about one hundred yards in Much damage has been done along surface, extending from a single this coast during the late storm; many stem upwards of twenty yards invessels have been driven on shore. length, and about five yards in The fall of snow, on Thursday, Feb. height. It is at this time supposed 11, was the severest experienced for to have a burthen of three hundred a length of time. Of twenty mails weight of grapes; a considerable quanthat usually reach the general post tity of good wine is annually made office in London early on Saturday from it. morning, ten remained due at one Died.] At his seat at Stapleford, The aco'clock in the afternoon. counts received from various parts of the Right Hon. Philip Sherard, Earl the interior are very distressing, and Baron of Harborough, and Baron Many persons have lost their lives, of Leitrim, in Ireland. His lordship some of whom were frozen to death, was in his 41st year. and others killed by carriages upsetting. The fall of snow was particularly heavy upon the north road, in many parts it drifted from forty to fifty feet deep. In every direction it was found necessary to put an additional number of horses to the coaches, but in few instances only was the difAt a late meeting of the principal ficulty thus overcome. In the vicinity of Biggleswade, the Newcastle and merchants of Yarmouth, the Mayor in the chair, the following was unaniseveral other mail coaches were commously agreed to-"We the underpletely buried in the snow, and it was only by the greatest labour and exer- signed, having examined the appations the passengers were rescued from ratus invented by Captain Manby, In other Barrack-Master, &c. and many of us their perilous situation. places, the mails were taken out, and having seen experiments successfully tried, are of opinion, that the system forwarded on horseback; but even this mode of conveyance was inter- is fully adequate to the laudable purrupted in some cases. Several horses pose of the inventor, and likely to were killed, either by falls or exces- prove highly serviceable in saving the lives of persons stranded in vessels on sive fatigue. The damage done at sea, we fear, has been very considerable, a lee shore; we therefore think it a duty to recommend it to the serious particularly on the north and eastern attention of his Majesty's executive government, &c." The plan is perfectly simple, and consists in throwing from a cohorn, a rope over the stranded vessel, by which the people are able to communicate with the shore. In the same manner, a grapnel may be thrown from a howitzer, in order to haul a boat over the surf, for the assistance of ships in distress.



BELVOIR CASTLE.-This splendid and venerable castle, and seat of the Duke of Rutland, has undergone A new tower great impro ements. has been built on the south side of the castle, and all the alterations were completed by the 4th of January last, when his grace entered his 30th year; a new flag was hoisted, and a grand ball was given in honour of the day. The apartments are fitted up in the greatest style of elegance; they are hung with crimson and sky-blue velvet, surmounted with rich draperies.

A Telegraph is erecting upon the hills leading from Norwich to Thorpe, It is to be commanded by a naval officer, and the object of it is to open and maintain a prompt communica tion with Yarmouth on the one side,

and with the telegraphs between this trees from his plantations, (which are city and London on the other.

An application will be made to Parliament to sanction a plan for a good communication to the Great North Road, by means of a bridge over the

river near Wisbech.

regularly and carefully pruned by the best system of pruning) in the same manner as turnips are thrown to stock upon a farm and with them hay is given in racks. The sheep are driven to them regularly every evening; and before they go out to turnips the next A picture of superior excellence day, the leaves are all stript from the has just been finished in this county, boughs of the firs. Afterwards, the by Mr. Weaver, an eminent artist at boughs are carefully tied up in fagShrewsbury, at the request of the gots, and sent to be burnt in the brickprincipal agriculturists at large, but kiln. Mr. Coke has pursued this memore especially of those in the county thod during the last snows and frosts. of Norfolk, chiefly for the purpose of The saving has been a load of hav obtaining a likeness of Mr. Coke, daily; the sheep have thriven well their liberal and much-respected upon the food; the plantations are patron. The subject is one that the better for being thus pruned and nearly interests them, and the por- cleared; and the pasture ground has traits are all taken from life. Mr. received the benefit of the teathe of

Coke is represented as taking down the sheep as regularly as if the fold minutes of the most prominent ex- had been struck every day. cellencies of some South Down sheep, Died.] After a few days illness, in under the inspection of Mr. Walton the 60th year of his age, much reand two Holkham shepherds. The gretted, the Rev. Joshua Larwood, likenesses are truly impressive, and Rector of Swanton Morley, in this the tout ensemble most exquisite. county, and inany years Chaplain on An engraving will be immediately board the Britannia; author of Ertaken from the painting, for the gra- ratics, and several useful publications. tification of Mr. Coke's numerous Aged 88, Francis Colombine, friends. Esq. of Norwich, who served the office On Thursday se'nnight Mr. J. Lan- of Sheriff in 1769, and of Mayor in caster delivered a Lecture on his im1776, hut had resigned his Alderman's

proved method of Education, to nearly

300 auditors, at the Quakers' Meetinghouse, Downham Market, when the same was received with every mark of respect and attention.-His plan has, in part, been some months carried into effect by the liberality of friend Zachariah Clarke, of the same parish, at whose expence the boys are educated.-Subscriptions were not entered into, but recommended for a future consideration, in behalf of the females of that and the parishes in the neigh


gown some years.


Died.] In Walcot Poor-house, Bath, Jas. Waite, aged 108, he was born in the house adjoining the White Horse Cellar, opposite Walcot Church, and was never out of the parish a twelve-month together; he lived as a servant to old Squire Hooper 16 years, but was the greater part of his life a chairman: he remembers when there were only eighty houses in the parish of Walcot, and no poor rate! There were two The East India Company's annual capital clothiers in it; Waite had orders for Camblets, called broad three wives; by the first he had five Whites, have been issued, and about children, one of whom survives him, 24,000 pieces have been contracted and who is likewise a chairman: he for by the manufacturers of Norwich, went into the poor-house April 7, which has given temporary employ- 1797; and was then, by his own acment to numerous distressed journey count, 97, though it was reported he was 103 he had lived there nearly 11 Economy in feeding Sheep.-Mr. years, and always expressed himself Cake, of Holkham causes to be strewed grateful for the humane attention he upon the pasture grounds of his park experienced: he perfectly recollected a certain quantity of the boughs of fir- hearing about the death of Queen

men weavers.

Anne, and the Coronation of George I. was justly celebrated as a writer His faculties were clear till within three or four days of his dissolution.


among that class of readers whose zest is for novels, and in which line she may be ranked with a Fielding and a Richardson. Possessed of a THE ARTS.-The Marquis of Staf- well-informed and highly-cultivated ford has displayed more taste and spirit mind, she delineated characters with in his exertions to promote, encou- peculiar success, and had all the other rage, and patronise the fine arts, than requisites of an excellent Novellist most noblemen in this country: he is description, sentiment, humour, and at present engaged in erecting a gallery pathos; considerable knowledge of at Trentham Hall, in Staffordshire, to life, and the happy art of displaying be entirely appropriated to the pro- that knowledge to advantage. Her ductions of English artists. For the first work was " Anna, or the Welch decoration of this, the noble Marquis Heiress," in 4 vols. an impression of has purchased a number of the best which was disposed of on the day of selected paintings from the British publication. She afterwards wrote Gallery, at a considerable expense: "Juvenile Indiscretions," in 5 vols. these, together with several others, Agnes de Courci," in 4 vols. "Ellen, which his Lordship has collected from Countess of Castle Howel," in 4 vols. other sources, are shortly to be sent "The Beggar Girl, and her Bene down to enrich this new depository of factors," in 5 vols. The last effusion the arts. The gallery is to be 60 feet of her pen that was presented to the long, and is to be constructed in the most magnificent and elegant style that the taste of Tatham, the architect, can devise.

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public was, "Vicissitudes Abroad, or the Ghost of my Father," in 6 vols of which two thousand copies were sold on the day it made its appearDied.] After a long illness, which ance; and we understand the public he bore with great fortitude, Matthew will soon receive a continuation of Talbot, of the White Hart, Bridgford, this novel, under the title of "Vicisnear Stafford, aged 46. Some time situdes at Home." The estimation previous to his death he was seized in which her works are held by the with a lethargic complaint, commonly public, may be justly inferred from called a trance, in which he continued the circumstance of their having for several days, as in a profound gone rapidly through several editions, sleep. He then awoke for a short time, in a most impatient state of hunger. Having satisfied the cravings of nature, he again gradually fell into the same drowsy and insensible state, from which nothing could rouse him. In this fit of lethargy he continued for whole week, when he awoke only to meet the sleep of death.


both here and on the continent, where they have been translated into French and German. It may be truly said, that her writings appeal most successfully to the heart, and that her pen was ever guided by nature, delineating a men and manners as they appear in real life. Virtue was held up to esti mation, and vice and folly shewn in their native deformities. The fune ral took place on Sunday, the 21st of February. The solemn procession arrived from Brighton at the Horns, on Kennington Common, about 12 o'clock, where it was joined by a nu merous and most respectable train of friends, who attended her retains to the grave, anxious to pay that last tribute to the memory of departed worth, but whose works will live so long as a chaste style, and dignified sentiments, expressed in the cause of virtue and morality, diffuse their influence on mankind.

Mr. Fuller's election for this county having been petitioned against by Colonel Sergisson, he has informed the House or Commons, "that it is not his intention to defend his said election or return."

Died.] At Brighton, Mrs. A. M. Bennett. This Lady, whose remembrance will long be cherished with grateful fondness by those whose happiness it was to experience her friendship, and who has left a numerous family to regret her irreparable loss,

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