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witches, dressed in the top of the fashion, to view the company enter the town. About six o'clock the Earl and Countess of Derby entered their house in this town, from Knowsley, to dinner. They came in a coach and six, accompanied by Mrs. Farren and Mr. Wilson Bradyl. They were followed by their attendants in two other carriages. We are sorry to say the distress for beds has obliged some to submit to the exorbitant prices demanded. A family has given fifty guineas for three beds in a very obscure and close part of the town.
The jubilee commenced this day, on which occasion the town was crowded with all descriptions of visitors. The scene commenced with a grand procession of the mayor and corporation, the different companies, manufacturers, &c. with their several flags and bands of music. The whole, presenting a most gratifying appearance, proceeded from the Town-Hall to the Parish Church, where they heard an excellent sermon; after which they paraded through the several streets of the town, amidst the plaudits of the admiring spectators. In the evening there was a brilliant assembly at the Guildhall. On Tuesday the mayoress, and several other ladies, graced the same procession with their company, and proceeded with it to church; after which the whole returned to the Town-Hall; and in the evening there was a play at the new theatre. The jubilee is to continue ten days longer.
The gentlemen who closed the first day's procession were collected from various parts of the United Kingdom, and headed by the Earl of Derby and Mr. Erskine.
One of the most pleasing sights in the procession was, an assemblage of young persons belonging to the different manufactories, among whom were twenty-four young women, who had been selected for their attractive charms, and the innocence and simplicity of their manners. Their dress wholly consisted of the manufacture of the town, white cambric, ornamented with blue ribbons and cotton fringe; each of them carried an artificial cotton tree in their hands; these trees appeared in full bloom: they were wholly made of cotton.
The second day's spectacle differed very little from that of the first. The ladies joined the procession, and to the pleasing scene added the charms of their grace and beauty. In the evening the usual entertainments took place.
The Guild has been kept up every twenty-one years since the granting of the charter by King Henry II. Duke of Normandy, who confirmed the charter, and ordered that a guild should be held every twenty-one years, for the freemen to renew their freedom. If they let one guild pass without renewing their freedom, either by themselves or by proxy, they are for ever excluded from all rights and privileges attached to the town of Preston. The first guild held under the charter was in the second year of the reign of Edward III. since which time this makes the eighteenth guild which has been held under the reign of twelve monarchs.
PRESERVATION OF CORN.-A correspondent of the agricultural society of Poitiers, has accidentally discovered a preventative against the destruction of corn by insects. Having occasion about ten years ago to repair the floor of his granary, he made use of the timber Italian poplars for that purpose. Previous to that time his granary was infested with weevils almost every year, in spite of every precaution; and since laying down the poplar flooring he has not seen
one. Many additional experiments have been made relative to his discovery, and with complete success.
A male tyger, which broke loose in Essex a few days ago, has been killed, but not until he mangled a young child in a shocking manner, and killed a number of sheep. He was so gorged with his prey, that he was overcome with little difficulty, in a sheep-fold near the spot where he made his escape.
BUXTON, Aug. 15.-The town talk here is upon a very singular affair, of which the following are the particulars :-A person, in appearance a gentleman, arrived about a month ago, and took lodgings at the principal inn, where he assumed all the consequence attached to fortune and great expectations. He called himself the Hon. Henry Howard, and introduced himself to the acquaintance of the most respectable people in the town, frequented the baths and other public places, and being a man of good address, was well received in all companies. Having thus established himself in their good opinion, he borrowed several small sums of money, and got on credit a variety of goods, consisting of linen, wearing apparel, &c. Some suspicious circumstances however appearing, an inquiry was set on foot, the result of which was, that the Hon. Henry Howard proved to be a common swindler, and to be the same person who defrauded the mistress of the inn at Weymouth of thirty pounds, and decamped on the evening of the day their Majesties arrived there, leaving a small trunk filled with stones. The inquiry was set on foot by Mr. James Cumming, a gentleman who had lent him £.50 on the supposition that he was the heir to the Norfolk Dukedom. Mr, Cumming gave immediate information to the magistrate of the county, who ordered the nominal Mr. Howard to be apprehended. On his second examination the following particulars transpired :—It appeared his name is J. B. Crossier, and that he formerly was a shopkeeper in London, where he failed in business. Soon after his failure he went to Ireland, where he assumed the name of Howard. In Dublin he kept the best company, and was thought to be a man of good fortune. After passing some months in the most independent manner, he found means to ingratiate himself so much into the favour of one family in Dublin, that he borrowed £ 500, the principal of which he promised to return as soon as a remittance from his steward could arrive, which he expected in three days at farthest. It is hardly necessary to add, that he decamped before the day of payment arrived. On his quitting Weymouth he went to Liverpool, where he practised the same system of deception, and, among other persons, he defrauded Mr. J. Bates out of £37. After pursuing the same course at almost every town through which he passed, he at last arrived at Buxton, where a period is likely to be put to his practices.
A few days since as a lady was passing by the new buildings on Snow-hill, she was greatly alarmed by the violence of a restive horse, and in endeavouring to escape out of his way, her clothes unfortunately caught a piece of timber lying in the road, and actually tore her muslin dress from her side. Her situation may easily be conceived by those who have observed the present fashion of our females. She continued to fly amidst the shouts of the crowd, in no respects differing in appearance from our common parent, till surrounded by several other females, who attempted to supply the loss by the loan of an apron, until the torn
fragments were restored to their former situation, and the lady's beauties effectu ally secured from the prying eyes of the vulgar.
The agricultural society at Meux, in France, has invited all those who think proper to make use of the following very simple method of preserving grain from weevils and other insects, to communicate the result of those trials:Soak cloths, made of flax, in water, wring them, and cover your heaps of grain with them; in two hours time you will find all the weevils upon the cloth, which must be carefully gathered up, that none of them may escape, and then immersed in water, to destroy them. A plant of henbane, placed in the middle of a heap of corn, drives them away. In this case it is necessary to watch and crush them as fast as they come out, which they do in a very short time.
Fonthill-house which has long been under repair, is now open to public inspection every day except Sundays. Mr. Beckford has lately sold the fine altieri claudes to Lord Radstock for 650 guineas. The gothic abbey, when finished, will have cost £. 500,000.
Mr. Fox-The audience given on the 2d to the corps deplomatique by the first consul, was more brilliant and more numerous than any that has preceded it. It is, indeed, a grand, solemn, and affecting sight, to see this assemblage of all the ambassadors of Europe restored to peace. What added to the interest of this audience was, the presence of a man who had defended, with so much ability, that peace which had been conquered by so much glory. It was at this audience that Fox was presented. Among the English, who surrounded the ambassador, we remarked great lords and peers of the uni= ted kingdom; but national pride imposed silence upon all other pride, and Fox, the patriot Fox, was placed in the front rank even by the peers; it was not only Mr. Merry, it was the whole English deputation, that presented the first man of England to the First Consul of France. It must have been to Mr. Fox one of the sweetest moments of his life; and the distinguished reception from the Chief of the Nation must have been the best recompence for the contests which that friend to peace maintained in parliament, against the miserables who had the tremendous courage to call for war. Twice did the First Consul accost him, and among many flatttering things, said, "that there were in the world but two nations; the one inhabits the east, the other the west. The English, French, Germans, Italians, &c. under the same civil code, having the same manners, the same habits, and almost the same religion, are all members of the same family, and the men who wish to light up again the flame of war among them, wish for civil war. These principles, Sir, were developed in your speeches with an energy that does as much honcur to your heart as to your head.". Alderman Combe, the late lord mayor of London, was presented, at the same audience; and the Consul said to him, that the firm and paternal conduct he had adopted, during the scarcity in London, ensured him the esteem and gratitude of all governments, and of all statesmen. Mr. Fox dined on the same day with the First Consul; who had a very long conversation with him, in presence of a numerous company.
A gentleman was lately walking through St. Giles's, where a levelling citizen." attempting to pick his pocket of a handkerchief, which the gentleman caught in time, and secured, observing to the fellow, that he had missed his aim, the latter, with perfect sang-froid, answered, "better luck next time, mas:er."
The following melancholy catastrophe occurred on Friday last :-Mr. Otto, junr. Mr. Shergold, junr. and Mr. Coulson, being shooting near Handcross, attended by Master Edwards, a young gentleman about 15 years of age, and nephew to Brian Edwards, Esq. who having expressed a strong desire to join the day's excursion, was allowed to do so; and about two o'clock in the afternoon Mr. Coulson's gun went off on the half cock, and unhappily shot the young gentleman as he was standing hard by, holding Mr. Otto's gun, whilst he leaped a gate. The whole charge entered his right side, broke two of his ribs, wounded the aorta, and occasioned his immediate death. The coroner's jury. on Saturday, returned their verdict-accidental death.
In Stonehouse-lane, Plymouth, a most daring robbery was committed by a soldier, on Mr. Parry, one of the serjeants at mace of that Borough. The villain knocked him down: Mr. Parry got up, and struck him over the nose; but the fellow succeeded in taking away a bundle with his wife's cloak, with which he made off across the marsh; a hue and cry took place, and he was taken the same night in his barracks, and being recognized by Mr. Parry, was fully committed for trial on the following day by the mayor. Another robbery was committed the same night by some persons unknown, in the counting house of the brewery of Messrs. Langmead, Elliot, and Co. The villains cut out two squares of glass and got into the counting-house, rummaged all the desks, and succeeded in carrying off about £. 230 in cash and bank and country bank notes, with some drafts. It is supposed they were concealed in the brewery during the evening.
Mr. Sheridan gave a grand harvest home on Tuesday 7th Sept. to the labouring pe ple in the neighbourhood of his beautiful seat at Pollsden. A large tent was erected on the lawn, capable of accommodating 300 persons, who were treated with true English cheer and ancient hospitality, and the industrious and deserving girls of character were rewarded each by an harvest present from their amiable hostess.
Kemble is still at Paris, where he has been, in general, received with so much attention, and where there is so much to excite cuviosity and surprise, that it is no wonder he should be detained. He proceeds on his journey to Spain in about a week.
Barrett, the Greenwich balloor ist, is gone to Swansea, and has publicly engaged to ascend from that place yesterday, intending to make a trip to Ireland. People from all parts have flocked into Swansea to see him.
At Montreal, Kent, the Right Hon. Lady Amherst, of a son and heir. Lady Elizabeth Halliday, and the Lady of Southey, the celebrated Poet, of daughters.
At St. George's, Hanover-square, Henry Jodrell, of Bayford, Esq. M. P. to Miss Weyland, eldest daughter of John Weyland, Esq. of Woodeaton. At Lyme, Wm. Beadon, Esq. of Taunton, nephew of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, to Miss Hammet, daughter of the late John Hammet, Esq. M. P.
for that town. At Putney, Robert Dallas, M. P. and one of his Majesty's Counsel, to Miss Justina Davidson, of Bedford-square. By the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, the Most Noble Aubrey Beauclerc, Duke of St. Alban's, to Miss Manners, daughter of Lady Louisa Manners, and sister to Sir William Manners. As soon as the ceremony was performed, the happy pair left town for Hanworth Park, a seat of his Grace's, near London. At Abergele, in North Wales, the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Kirkwall, to the Hon. Miss Anna Maria Blacquiere, eldest daughter of Lord de Blacquiere.
On Monday, 16th Aug. at Barn-hill, Stamford, aged 29, Samuel Jackson Carr, Esq. elder son of the late Rev. Samuel Carr, D. D. Rector of St. Andrew Undershaft, with St. Mary Axe, London, and St. Mary, Finchley; and one of the Prebendaries of St. Paul's. This young gentleman bore an illness of 13 years, during which period he seldom had the use of his limbs, with the utmost resignation, and died with perfectly christian serenity and composure. At Worthing, where he went for the recovery of his health, the Hon. Augustus Philip Monckton, third son of Viscount Galway. In the King's Bench Frison, of a deep decline, M. Bossi, a Musical Professor of eminent talents. At Lisbon, on the 22d July, where he had been on the Staff of the Army in Portugal as aid-de-camp to General Fraser, Captain Simon Fraser, of the 72nd regiment, son of James Fraser, W. S. Edward Hippesley, Esq. of Isleworth, aged 86, one of the Directors of the South Sea Company. At Clapham, in his 57th year, George Griffin Stonestreet, Esq. a Director of the Phanix Fire Office, and the Pelican Life Office. At Leicester, the Rev. Wm. Arnold, D. D. Canon of Windsor, Precenter of Lichfield, and formerly SubPreceptor to the Prince of Wales. At the Curragh, Kildare, at the very advanced age of 108, Mr. Marmaduke Bell, Deputy Ranger or Judge at the Curragh for these last fifty years. On the 15th inst. at Warwick Castle, in the 20th year of his age, the Hon, Henry Greville, third son of the Earl of Warwick. At Belin, Sarti, the celebrated composer, aged 74. Jeffrey Jackson, Esq. at Woodford Bridge, aged 73, formerly a Commander in the service of the East India Company. At West Green, Hants, General Sir Robert Sloper. At Castle Thorpe, Bucks, Mrs. Mary Savage, in the 102d year of her age; and also, at Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire, Mrs. Reynolds, aged 104. They both retained their faculties till the hour of their deaths, and could see to read without spectacles. At Buxton, in the 56th year of his age, the Right Hon. Henry Thomas Fox Strangways, Earl of Ilchester, Lord Ilchester and Stavordale, Baron Strangways, of Woodford Strangways, in Dorsetshire, and of Redlinch, in Somersetshire. His Lordship is succeeded in his titles and estates by his son, Henry Stephen, Lord Stavordale, now Earl of Ilchester. At Paris, Mr. Bianchi, the celebrated performer on the violin, in the 27th year of his age. In the 66th year of his age, the Rev. John Bell, rector of St. Crux, Pavement, and St. Margate, Walmgate, and curate of the perpetual curacy of St. Sampson, all in York, and master of the grammar school, endowed by the late William Haughton, Esq. also in that city.