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Monday, August 20th, 1827




Wanted, - A Postillion, light weight, not too tall, to be under a Coachman, who can have a good year's Character.- Apply to Mr.Jones, White Hart, Salisbury, personally.




Poole, August 17.

Birth.- The lady of Mr.John Etty, at Park Cottage, of a son.




Weymouth, August 18.

We are highly gratified in being enabled to announce that the extension of the Esplanade from the Belvidere to Brunswick-buildings is finally determined upon, and that the wok is to be carried into immediate effect. This improvement will add very considerably to the beauty and elegance of Weymouth. It will also be a work of real utility, forming, as it will, a strong barrier against the ocean. The corporation have liberally contributed 75 towards the undertaking.

Birth.- On the 10th inst. at Weymouth, the lady of George Arden, Esq. of a daughter.

Colonel Gore Langton and family have engaged a house in Pulteney Buildings.

Mr.and Mrs.W. Hicks Beach are arrived at their family residence, in the Belvidere.

The Theatre Royal will be opened on Monday next with the comedy of the Wonder, and the farce of Maid or Wife.




Winchester.

Saturday, August 18.

The Rev.Thomas Westcombe, A.M., Domestic Chaplain to the Earl of Enniskillen, and Vicar of Preston Candover, has been presented by the Dean and Chapter of Winchester to the vicarage of Letcombe Regis, Berks.

Nearly 2000 young persons were confirmed by the Bishop of Winchester at our Cathedral on the 10th and 11th instant.

The Hants Friendly Society dinner at Southampton will take place on the 28th instant, and is now expected to be honoured by the presence of a great number of the gentlemen of the county - Lord Ashdown in the chair.




The annual Melon Feast was held at the Globe Inn on Tuesday last, when the prizes were awarded as follows : 1st, to Mr.Merrifield, gardener to J.Dunn, Esq. Alresford; 2d, Mr.Leslie, gardener to J.Fleming, Esq. Stoneham; 3d, to Mr.Mason, gardener to -- Holland, Esq. Bevis Mount, Southampton.




A shocking accident occurred at Romsey on Saturday last, by which Mr.Richard Randall, a respectable farmer and land-surveyor, lost his life. The unfortunate man was in one of his own wheat fields super-intending the getting in of the crop, and was driving a loaded waggon out of the field, when by some means he slipped down, and both wheels went over his body. Surgical aid was soon procured, but it proved totally unavailing, and the poor man breathed his last on the spot, a short time after the accident.

A greater quantity of rain fell from one to two o'clock at Romsey, on Thursday last, than was ever before remembered to have fallen there in the same space of time. The streets were completely flooded, and the thunder and lightning peculiarly awful and grand.




Married on the 6th inst. at All Soul's Church, Marylebone, William Ramsden, Esq. son of Sir John Ramsden, Bart. of Byram, York, to Lady Annabella Paulett, eldest daughter of the Marquis of Winchester.
On the 13th inst. was married at Appleshaw, by the Rev.R.Evans, Mr.Charles Wayte, of Calne, to Elizabeth, only daughter of Thomas Baily, Esq. of the former place.
Monday se'nnight was married at Alresford, Mr.W.Gregory, watchmaker and silversmith, Basingstoke, to Miss Skinner, of Alresford.

A short time since five old boys were drinking together at the Bishop Blaze, Andover, whose united ages amount to 410 years.




The following inquests have been taken by Mr.Todd, during the present week :
At Romsey Extra, on the body of Mr.Richard Randall, who was killed by a waggon passing over his body. Verdict, "Accidental death."
At Exbury, on the body of Samuel Saunders, who was found dead in his dwelling-house there. Verdict, "Died by the visitation of God." - At St.Bartholomew Hyde, near Winchester, on the body of Elizabeth Pearce, who fell down in her room, and instantly expired. Verdict, "Died by the visitation of God"- At Hursley, on the body of a man unknown, who was found dead in a hedgerow by the side of the Turnpike Road; he was seen lying near the spot about three weeks ago, and it is supposed he died there at that time. No evidence could be obtained as to his connections; in his pocket were found some half-pence, a sixpence, and other articles of small value, together with a vagrant's pass, in the name of Patrick O'Neil, from St.Helliers, in Jersey, to Ireland. Verdict, "Found dead."




James Ivall, of the Stoke, was last week convicted before the Rev.Dr.Newbolt and the Rev.E.Poulter, for having smuggled brandy in his possession, in the penalty of 50.




Execution.- On Saturday last, William George, aged 24, convicted at our last assizes of burglary; Robert Ainsley, aged 22, and Benjamin White, aged 34, convicted of horse-stealing, were executed at the back of the county gaol. George was a native of Reading, and had latterly committed several depredations in Surrey and Sussex. Ainsley was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, where his friends are respectable. White was a native of this county, and well known in it, after the execution, his friends removed his body in a hearse to Woodhay, for interment.




Christchurch, Aug.18.

On Sunday last a sermon was preached in our Church, by the Rev.W.Guille, A.M. for the benefit of the national schools instituted in this parish. The principal object of the appeal to the benevolence of the congregation, was to give an opportunity to the numerous occasional visitors in the neighbourhood, to testify their approbation of the plan on which these schools are conducted, by contributing their pecuniary assistance in aid of the annual subscriptions. The Rev. preacher enjoined the bounden duty, and actual necessity, of the rich, to assist in imparting religious and moral education to the children of the poor, as the principal means, under God. of preventing the increase of irreligion, profaneness, and immorality; and of promoting habits of piety, industry, and economy, in that class of persons. The plates were held by four ladies of distinction, and the receipts amounted to upwards of thirty pounds.

On Tuesday was married Mr.Robert Hopkins, grocer, of Winborne, Dorset, to Miss Pike, daughter of the late Mr.Meshach Pike, of this town.- And on Thursday was married Mr.G.H.Hyde, to Miss Butler.

An inquest was held at Keyhaven on Tuesday, by W.Baldwin, gent. coroner for the hundred of Christchurch, on the body of Thomas Salter, who on the preceding day was in a boat sailing for a wager, when the boat upset, and he was unfortunately drowned. Verdict, "Accidental Death."




Mudeford is now filling rapidly for the autumnal season, which is always deemed most beneficial for sea bathing.- Among the latest arrivals of distinction are the Earl and Countess of Morton, Lord Aberdour, the Ladies Frances and Ellen Douglas, the Rt.Hon.Sir Chas.and Lady Eliz.Stuart, Mrs.Dent and family, Dr.Warren & family, the Rt.Hon.Robt.Peel, Capt.Walcott, R.N. and family, Major Rose, - Bandinell, Esq., the Misses Le Mesurier, Miss Emma Brunell, Mr.and Mrs.Matravers, - Tudor, Esq. and family, the Hon.Mrs.Fane, Gen.Sir Hussey and Lady Vivian, - Gibson, Esq., Mrs.Hodding, Gen.Griffiths, Rev.Mr.Vincent and family, Mrs.Mackey, George Marsden, Esq., - Reade, Esq., - Le Mann, Esq., H.C.Wise, Esq., - Field, Esq., Gen.Layard, Miss Williams, Rev.Mr.Allen and family, &c. &c.




Southampton.

Saturday, August 18.

During the past week this town has continued to be a scene of uncommon bustle and gaiety, occasioned by the continual arrival and departure of families of fashion on their route to and from the regattas at Cowes and Portsmouth. The steam boats have daily been filled to excess, and the lower part of the High-street and quay have been crowded every day from morning till evening.

On Monday last the Right.Rev. the Lord Bishop of Winchester held a confirmation in the parish Church of All Saints; the influx of country youth was very numerous, and gave the town an uncommonly interesting appearance.- We understand the number confirmed to have been 1450. For the future this ceremony is to be of triennial recurrence.

This town was yesterday visited by one of the heaviest thunder storms we remember to have witnessed for some years; the flashes of lightening were most vivid, and the report of the thunder followed them so quickly as to evince the proximity of the electric fluid. Considerable alarm was occasioned, but happily the storm was accompanied with a copious fall of rain, and we have not heard of any injury. During the storm, the wind, which at its commencement was about E.N.E. veered about every point of the compass, and as it cleared away, again returned to the northward and eastward.




Isle of Wight Regatta.

Our second Regatta commenced on Monday last, when the following yachts started about ten o'clock in the morning from Cowes Road, for his Majesty's Gold Cup, value 100 guineas, viz.the Duke of Norfolk's Swallow, 124 tons; the Marquess of Anglesey's Pearl, 113 tons; the Earl of Belfast's Therese, 112 tons, and Harriet, 96 tons; the Hon.F.Grenville's Scorpion, 110 tons; Mr.Maxse's Miranda, 147 tons; Mr.Weld's Arrow, 85 tons; Mr.Smith's Menai, 163 tons; and Captain Brown's Dolphin, 58 tons.- The course was from Cowes Road to the eastward, round the Nab Light vessel, back through the road, round a vessel moored off Yarmouth, and from thence to the place of starting, which was abreast of Cowes Castle. - The Miranda, which was decidedly the favourite at starting, proved that her qualifications were not over-rated, by arriving at the place of starting between four and five minutes before either of the others.

The Therese, Menai, and Arrow came in close together, and it is supposed that the Harriet, had she not carried away her gaff top-mast, would have run the Miranda very hard.

On Tuesday the Therese won the 100 guineas Gold Cup at Portsmouth, and yesterday, the 250 guineas Lady's Challenge Cup at Cowes, beating the Miranda, Arrow, and Harriet.

A grand display of fire-works was to have taken place on Monday night, but was prevented by the weather; however the public were amply gratified last night by a most brilliant exhibition thereof, on the Parade, under the direction of Mr.Jones.




Salisbury.

Monday, August 20.

Blandford Races were never before so numerously attended as on this occasion; the town was filled with company, and every lodging occupied.

The great expectation which had been excited with respect to the splendid preparations for the races, were surpassed by the reality; and the series of unrivalled entertainments proved not unworthy of the illustrious guest who honoured them with attendance. There was not a family of fashion in the county of Dorset, with the exception only of such as were prevented by domestic losses, who did not attend, and form numerous parties, to do honour to the occasion. The families of Mr.and Lady E.Portman, and Sir John and Lady Smith, were in particular most numerously attended by their connections and friends, many of them coming from very distant parts of the kingdom. The party formed by the Steward and his personal friends and connections was no less numerous than splendid. This party arrived together on the course each day in thirteen carriages and four, containing, amongst other distinguished persons, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Charles and Lady E. Stuart, Earl and Countess of Falmouth, Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Ellenborough, Lord Andover, Lord Boscawen, Lady Folkestone, Lord Fitzharris, Mrs Fox Lane, Hon.Mr.Montague, Hon.Mr.Townsend, Lady Codrington, Hon.Miss Duncombe, Mr.and Miss Peach, Mr.and Mrs.G.Bankes, &c. &c. &c. The reception of the Duke each day was most enthusiastic, both on the course and on his Grace's return to Blandford.

As soon as his Grace was recognised on the down, cheers resounded from all quarters, and he appeared highly gratified with the scene, shaking hands with many who pressed forwards for the purpose.

The sport was excellent on Wednesday.

Thursday was stormy, accompanied by heavy thunder, but still the ground presented an assemblage of nearly an equal number to the first day. The Duke of Wellington was again on the course; and the Blandford band enlivened the scene with their harmony between the heats.

The Ordinaries were each day served up from the Greyhound, at the assembly-rooms; they were extremely well attended, and the tables presented every delicacy of the season.




The Balls.- That of the first night was attended by about 100, and was kept up with great spirit; but that of the second night was the chief attraction; in honor of the Duke of Wellington, it was announced as a full dress and fancy ball, and being the first of the kind that had ever taken place here, it had too great an attraction to be withstood even by many who had scarcely thought to be tempted to a ball again. There were upwards of 400 in the room. Fancy dresses of the most splendid kind, military costumes, the hunt coats, and plain full dresses blended together, presented to the eye a most splendid coup d'oeil.

His Grace the Duke of Wellington was in military costume, decorated with his different insignias; and orders and military costume were very prevalent.- Mrs.George Loftus, a rich Milanese costume - Mrs.Thomas Jacob, in a magnificent white and gold Persian dress - Mr.Thomas Jacob, as Rudolph, in the Opera of Der Frieschutz - The Miss Salisburys, as Abruzzi peasants - Mrs.Colonel Steward, in a splendid Turkish dress - Mr.T.Grove, in the court dress worn by Mr.Penruddocke in the time of George the First - Mr.and Miss Hanham, and Mr.Slade, in beautiful Russian costume - Mrs.Hamilton, as Margaret of Lorraine, a most elegant costume - the Miss Bakers, as Flora and Ceres - the Miss Wardles, as Swiss peasants - Miss Smith, in a Spanish dress - Mr.Wallace and the Misses Hodges, in Scotch costume - Miss Bastard, in bridal dress, La Rosiere - Miss Pinney, in a beautiful fancy dress - Sir J.W.Smith, in an ancient court dress.

The members of Mr.Farquharson's hunt, who were present, appeared in hunting coats.

About half-past one, the supper room was thrown open, in a style of princely magnificence; ornaments of the most costly description; delicacies of every kind, ices, Champagne, in short every thing to please the palate and the eye, were to be found in boundless profusion.

Collinett's band was most sweet and delightful; they had come from Paris expressly for the occasion.

The Duke of Wellington attended both the balls and ordinaries, and expressed himself highly delighted and pleased with the two days festivities. The Greyhound Inn and Assembly Rooms were illuminated both evenings with variegated lamps, and never before did Blandford present so gay an appearance.

Among the company were observed the following persons :

The Duke of Wellington, Marquis of Douro, Lord and Lady Ellenborough, Lord and Lady Falmouth, Lady Folkestone, Lord Boscawen, Lord Chesterfield, Lord Ashby, Lord Andover, Sir Chas.and Lady E.Stuart, Lady Elizabeth Baker and family, Mr.and Lady Charlotte Sturt, Lord Fitzharris, Sir John and Lady Smith and family, Sir Scroope Moreland, Sir Wm.Bowle, Mr.and Lady Emma Portman, Mrs.and the Miss Portmans; Colonel Mansell, Colonel Cleveland, Colonel, Mrs., and the Miss Bowers, Colonel and Mrs.Robbins; Captains Peyton, Portman, Smith, Burnby; Captain and Mrs.Turner; Dr.Lanford, Dr.Heywood, Mr.Bankes, Mr.and Mrs.George Bankes, Mr.and Mrs.Prichard, Mr.and Miss Peach, Mrs.Hanham and Miss Theobald, Mr.and Mrs.Duncombe, Mr. Mrs.and Miss Bethell, Mr.and Mrs.Loftus, Mr.and Mrs.Windham, Mr.and the Miss Slades, Mr.and Mrs.Farquharson, Mr.and Mrs.Jacob, Mr.and Mrs.Hanham, Miss Pleydell, Mr.and Miss Hodges, Rev.S.Mrs.and Miss Bastard, Mr.and Mrs.Radclyffe and family, Mr.and Mrs.T.Grove, Mr.D.Stuart, Mr. Mrs. and the Miss Seymers, &c. &c.

After supper the dancing recommenced, and morning dawned ere the company unwillingly tore themselves from the fascinating scene.

Sir Edward Baker has accepted the Stewardship for the ensuing year, and liberal subscriptions have been entered into.





Fete Champetre at Erle-Stoke Park.

On Tuesday last Mr.and Mrs.Watson Taylor gave one of the most splendid fetes ever witnessed in this county. The invitations were principally confined to Devizes and its neighbourhood, but many respectable families from different parts of the county attended; and the number of persons present could not altogether be less than seven hundred. The gates of the park were opened at two o'clock and the company began to arrive. The carriages drew up at the front door, and after passing through a spacious entrance-hall (the butler announcing the names as they entered) the company was received in the library in the most polite and affable manner by both Mrs.and Mr.Watson Taylor. They then passed into a beautiful flower-garden, where, after promenading for some time, they proceeded to the pleasure grounds. The excellent arrangement of the walks in these grounds (extending over 600 acres) and the order and care in which they are kept, excited the highest admiration. In different parts were stationed bands of music.

About three quarters of a mile from the house, and on an ample lawn, gently rising above the water which winds its course through the pleasure grounds into the park, was a temporary erection, 70 feet square, and of proportionate altitude. This erection was neatly thatched, and the pillars supporting it tastefully decorated with laurels and evergreens; within, and on the turf, four long tables, at which 500 persons could sit, were laid; and from the variety and fanciful arrangement of the viands, they had a most pleasing appearance. At a short distance, a room between 60 and 70 feet in length, with an excellent flooring , was erected for dancing, supported by columns decorated with wreaths of flowers and evergreens, forming a beautiful arcade, with a piazza on either side. In front of these rooms, on the lawn, was the principal promenade before dinner, and it is impossible to imagine a more imposing and fascinating scene. No one could view, without delight and rapture, the numerous groups of lovely females gracefully parading to and fro upon the lawn; whilst a few parties perambulated the various walks. Soon after 4 o'clock, the company repaired to the dinner-room, where there was an ample supply of the best viands, the choicest wines, and all the delicacies of the season. Confectionery, in great variety, was provided under the direction of Mr.Kemp, of South Audley-street, whose arrangements evinced great taste and judgement. The room for dancing was, in the mean time, lighted with variegated lamps, formed in festoons; and at half-past five o'clock quadrille parties were arranged, and quadrilles danced with grace and softened animation, to the music of an excellent quadrille band from Bath. Other parties separated to a distant part of the lawn, where the more rural country dance was kept up with great spirit; but the greater part of the company indulged in the pleasures of the promenade.

Throughout the evening, ices and refreshments of every description were distributed in abundance. Variegated lamps forming two large stars, and various festoons in different parts, illuminated the walk leading from the ball-room to the gate at the entrance of the village of Stoke, at which place the carriages were brought up : and it was between nine and ten o'clock before the great bulk of the company thought of separating.

The day will never be forgotton by those who were present; the extreme affability and politeness of Mr.and Mrs.Watson Taylor excited an impression that can never be effaced.

Silk hats, ornamented with flowers or feathers, were generally worn by the ladies; amongst the company were observed, the Hon.Captain, Mrs., and Miss Bouverie; the Hon.and Rev.Canon, and Mrs.Bouverie; the Hon.Mrs.Harris; Sir J.D.Astley, bart. M.P. and Miss Astley; Sir Edward and Lady Poore. and 2 Mr.Poores; Mr.and Mrs.Estcourt and family; Mrs.and the 2 Misses Pearse; Mr.and Mrs.Clutterbuck; Mr., Mrs.and the Misses Locke; Mr.Phipps, Mr.E. and Miss Phipps; Mr.and Mrs.L.Phipps, Mr.and Mrs.Scott, with Miss Jephson; Mr.and Mrs.Salmon, Col.Wroughton, Capts.Montague, Capt.and Mrs.Macdonald, Capt.Tayler, Miss Smith (the daughter of the former proprietor of Erle Stoke Park), Mr.and Mrs.T.Moore, the Rev.Mr.and Mrs.Bowles, the Rev.Mr.and Mrs.Fisher; Mrs.Archdeacon Fisher; Mr.and Mrs.Ernle Warriner, of Conock; Mrs.and Miss Puget (the widow and daughter of the Admiral of that name); the two Misses Penruddocke; Mrs.and Miss Biggs of Stockton; Misses Salisbury, Col.and Mrs. A'Court, Mr.and Mis Ludlow of Heywood-house; Rev.Dr, and two Mr.and Miss Starkeys; two Mr.Awdrys, and Miss Awdry, of Notton; Rev.Jeremiah, ; Rev.A.and Mrs.Smith, of Old Park; Mr.and Mrs.Collings, of Sandridge; Dr.Headley, the Mayor of Devizes, and his family; and almost every respectable inhabitant of the town, with several families from Warminster, Melksham, Lavington, &c. Mr.Watson Taylor, with his accustomed attention, sent into Devizes on the following morning, to ascertain the safe return of his friends.

Between 40 and 50 pair of horses were ordered from the Bear Inn alone, upon the above occasion; and the excellent arrangement of the carriages, and the personal attention of Mr.E.Parsons, reflects great credit on him.




Devizes.

The anniversary meeting of the Bear Club took place on Friday, J.Pearse, Esq. M.P. President, supported by the Mayor of Devizes, Sir J.D.Astley, T.G.Estcourt, Esq., G.W.Taylor, Esq., Sir Charles Wetherell, and about 80 gentlemen who partook of an elegant dinner served up in Mr.Parsons's best style, consisting of turtle, venison, and all the delicacies of the season; an abundant desert of pines, melons, grapes, &c. followed. The worthy President dilated at great length on the extensive advantages derived from this excellent charity, and other gentlemen followed on the same animating subject. The Steward then announced to the company the gratifying intelligence of the flourishing state of their funds, from which they were enabled to select 10 boys from the school to be apprenticed. The health of our gracious Sovereign was drunk with enthusiasm; the healths of the rest of the Royal Family followed, with numerous other toasts. Mr.Harrington, who is one of the members of the club, kindly sung some songs with happy effect, although evidently suffering from fatigue from his arduous undertaking at Blandford the preceding evening; he also joined in some beautiful glees, with Messrs.Biddlecombe, Osmond, and Tubb. The names of many new members were announced to this excellent institution, and the company broke up soon after ten o'clock, highly delighted with the attention of their much-esteemed president, and having enjoyed the feast of reason and the flow of soul, the evening closed with the national anthem of God save the King, sung by Messrs.Harrington, Biddlecombe, Osmond, and Tubb, in which the company joined.




The entertainments at Cooke's Circus in this city continue highly attractive, - and indeed far more so than any exhibition of the kind ever witnessed here. The performances, whilst pleasing in the extreme, are for the most part astonishing beyond description; and no better proof of their general excellence can be adduced, than the very great patronage with which the Circus has been honored by the higher classes of society. Miss Cooke and Master H.Cooke, take their benefit this evening, with an entire change of performance; and we understand that the Circus will close in a few days.




At Britford Sheep Fair on Monday last, there were 38,000 sheep and lambs penned, being 4000 more than were penned last year. The sale of every description was very dull, and the prices obtained were scarcely equal to those of last year; which was chiefly attributed to the want of sheep-feed in the northern parts of the kingdom. Wethers fetched from 24s to 34s; Ewes 16s to 22s; and Lambs 9s to 14s per head. There were a few lots which fetched higher prices; Mr.Portman of Bryanstone, obtained 40s per head for a prime lot of 6-tooth fleshy Wethers. Mr.Sidford, of Stoke Farm, got 26s per head for Ewes. Mr.Bell, of Harnham; and Mr.Maton, of Newcourt Farm; got 20s per head for Lambs.- There was a great show of horses, but they also met with a heavy sale.

The August Ploughing Match instituted by the Bath and West of England Society, will, it is understood, take place on Wednesday the 22d inst.on an old ley, at Horfield Court Farm, in the occupation of Richard Evans, near the two mile stone, on the road from Bristol to Gloucester.




Birth.- On the 11th instant, the Lady Frances Bankes, Lady of the Rev.E.Bankes, of Corfe Castle, Dorset, of a daughter.

On the 10th inst.died at Whichbury Manor Farm, Mr.Robert Selfe, aged 69 years, - a man universally respected : he had been a tenant to the Earl of Shaftesbury for 37 years.
On Tuesday last died, at an advanced age, Mr.Stephen Tabor, of Ugford, near Wilton.
Thursday died Mr.Alexander Harwood, of Coombe, near this city, aged 21 years.
Died on the 31st July, after a few days illness, Mr.William Withers, of Corton, aged 56 years, universally respected and regretted.
On Thursday the 2nd inst.died, Mr.John Green, of Holwell Farm, Dorset.




Mr.Whitmarsh held an inquest on Monday at Barford, on the body of Wm.Winter, a waggoner in the employ of Messrs.Brown and Co. It appeared that the deceased had been riding on the fore part of the waggon which he was driving, when, by some means he fell to the ground near the above village, and one of the wheels passing over his head, killed him on the spot. Verdict, "Accidentally killed."

Committed to Fisherton Gaol :- John Knighton, of Monkton Farley, labourer, charged with maliciously cutting James Smith in the arm, with a reaping hook, thereby endangering his life.




Execution.- Robert Webster, aged 24, was on Tuesday last executed at Fisherton gaol, for robbing his master, the Rev.Mr.Jones, of Elm Green, in the parish of Kemble. He was convicted at our last assizes of secreting and selling his master's family plate (a large quantity) which had been placed in his charge as butler. We understand that his master, in whose service he lived three years, had humanely endeavoured, though in vain, to obtain a reprieve for him. The unhappy man met his fate in a becoming manner. From the time that sentence of death was passed on him, he strictly followed the admonition given him by Chief Justice Best, "to employ the short time he had to live in making his peace with God;" and to the moment of his execution, his prayers to the Almighty for forgiveness were incessant. The sincerity of his penitence and contrition cannot therefore be doubted. To all young men placed in confidential situations, Webster's fate holds out an awful, and it is hoped, a salutary warning : it shews to them the danger of indulging in any extravagant habits that may tempt or induce them to appropriate to their own use the property of their masters or employers.




Martha Smith, convicted at the last Wilts Lent Assizes of house-breaking in Chippenham, and sentenced to 7 years transportation, was removed last Wednesday on board the ship Louisa, lying at Woolwich, to be removed to New South Wales.