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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1828, Sunday, April 10, 1831

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Their Majesties still continue at Windsor, where they enjoy excellent health, the King having wholly recovered from the slight indisposition which recently annoyed him. Their Majesties will remain here during the greater part of the summer, only going to town at intervals, on occasion of the drawing rooms and levees, (see The King's Levee) and various other court festivities which have been arranged to take place at St. James's Palace during the season.

We regret to hear that his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester is confined to his room from severe indisposition.

Preparations are making for placing the statue of the Duke of York on a pedestal, it is said, of 35 feet high, in the centre between the two flights of steps which are to constitute the opening into the Park at the end of Waterloo place.

In consequence of the improved state of public feeling throughout the country, the two prayers composed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, some weeks since, have been discontinued, and the "Thanksgiving for restoring public peace at home," was read on Sunday at St. Paul's Cathedral, and several of the churches in the city.

On Thursday, a deputation of millers had an interview with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in Downing street. We understand the object of their interview was to represent the injury the trade received by foreign flour being allowed to be imported free of duty. And in answer to which his Lordship informed the deputation, that it was not the intention of Government to propose any alteration of duties during the present session of Parliament, and in all probability, when an alteration was proposed, it would be a reduction of duty on corn, and not by laying a tax on flour. His Lordship added, whatever plan his Majesty's ministers might recommend, sufficient notice should be given to the trace.

The Gresham sub-committee have determined on the immediate erection of a Statue of his late Majesty, George the Fourth, in one of the (now) few vacant niches in the quadrangle of the Royal Exchange.

Private letters from Italy attribute the sudden death of the son of Louis Bonaparte to poisoning.

The family of Bonaparte have leave to re-enter France.

The Duchess de Berri declines conjugating with Don Miguel.—Figero.

The five portraits of the King painted by Mr. A. Morton, intended by his Majesty for the mess-rooms of the Royal Marines, were last week arranged in the Palace at St. James's for his Majesty's inspection, when he was pleased to express his approbation of their performance. On Monday the Colonels commanding the divisions of the Royal Marines, by command of his Majesty, proceeded to make their selection by lot.

Mr. O'Connell has addressed a long and able letter to the electors of the Queen's County, pressing upon them, by a variety of conclusive arguments, the obligation of again returning Sir Henry Parnell as their member; without a contest, and free of all expense.

The election for a representative for the city of Londonderry has terminated in the return of Sir R. Ferguson.

Mr. Maurice O'Connell was on Wednesday last returned for the county of Clare by a majority of 148 votes.

The Lord Advocate was on Wednesday elected for Malton, in the room of Sir James Scarlett.

The present Lord Mayor, and Mr. Alderman Thompson, are, it is said, both to be created baronets, by the special favour of the King, and entirely free from the usual fees consequent upon those occasions.

It is said that about two million sterling of gold and silver have either arrived, or are expected to arrive, in a few days, from China and different parts of the East, but principally from Canton. The Andromache has an immense freight of specie on board. The fact is, England is now the entrepot of the commercial world for the precious metals.

Large shipments of gold are making to Rotterdam by the steam boats, and most of the merchants connected with Holland are doing business more or less in that way, which is materially facilitated, compared with former periods, by the speed and security of those vessels. An extensive demand for gold on the Continent seems inevitable, if war ensues, for the pay of the armies; and in the event of a continuance of peace, for the loans which the increased expenditure of every European state has rendered indispensable.

It is believed in the City, that the circulation of Banknotes is much smaller at present than has been the case for a considerable time past, and that it does not exceed 18,000,000l.

We observe, by the Annual Report of the Society for the Discharge and Relief of Persons imprisoned for Small Debts throughout England and Wales, that no less than 1,786 debtors have been restored to liberty during the last year, at the trifling average expense of 2l. 12sd. for each person; a strong proof that much good may be effected by small means under careful management.

It is gratifying to find that Mrs. Palmer has subscribed for the relief and employment of the poor 4,000l.; one half for the Petit Sessions district of Westport, the remainder for the baronies of Gallen and Tyrawley. The benevolent inhabitants of Westport and vicinity have subscribed 700l. The name of John C. Garvey, Esq. of Murrisk, appears at the head of the list for 50l.—Castlebar Telegraph.

Captain Robert Tennant, late Barrack-master at Ayr, has left the following donations:—Poor's House of Glasgow, 800l., Hutcheson's Hospital, 500l., Royal Infirmary, 500l., Lunatic Asylum, 500l., Tennant's Mortification, 400l., Masons of Glasgow, 150l.; Kirk Session of Shettleston, 400l.

A most atrocious affair was perpetuated at Grimsby, by some unknown ruffians, on the night of Thursday last. They disinterred the corpse of a female 20 years of age, which had been buried about five weeks; and, after breaking in the coffin lid, left it upon a tombstone near the turnpike road, where it was discovered in the morning. It does not appear that they had any views in the transaction beyond that very brutal one of exposing the corpse to public observation.

On Thursday last, Joseph Dunnell, late of Swinton, near Doncaster, was committed to York Castle, under Lord Ellenborough's Act, for having, on the 17th ult. attempted to shoot John Dunnell, his own brother, at that place. There had existed a difference between them for some time respecting the cultivation of a garden, and on the day above-named the prisoner's brother had been planting some berry-trees, when the prisoner rooted them up, and a fight ensued. Joseph Dunnell went into the house and brought out a gun which he had ready loaded, and deliberately fired at John Dunnell, who was on his knees, and begged of him not to shoot him. The discharge took effect on the hip of John Dunnell, who was for some time in consequence in a very precarious state.—Leeds Intelligencer.

At the York assizes, Jonathan Westerman and George Milner were indicted for having been found armed in the night of the 6th January last, in a certain wood called Secker wood, situate at Woolley, near Wakefield, for the purpose of killing and destroying game. A dreadful fight took place between the keepers and the poachers, in which both parties discharged their guns. Both the prisoners were severely wounded, and are still suffering from the effects of the encounter. One of their companions was shot, and died in a short time, and one of the keepers also received a gun-shot wound, Mr. Spence, surgeon, deposed that one of the prisoners was maimed for life, and that the other was still in a bad state. The jury found the prisoners Guilty, and his lordship sentenced Westerman to eighteen months', and Milner to two years' confinement in Wakefield House of Correction, and to such labour as they are capable of performing.

A fatal catastrophe happened on Thursday last, to that industrious and useful class, the fishermen of Broughty ferry. On that day a boat, with eight of a crew, was overtaken by a gale which came on in the afternoon, and in endeavouring to make the land encountered a tremendous sea on the bar of Tay, by which the boat was completely overwhelmed, and all her crew perished. The fatal disaster was beheld from the shore, but it was impossible to render any assistance.

MESSRS. CHAMBERS' ESTATE.—Thursday a meeting was held at the Freemasons' Tavern, of persons having claims on the above estate. The meeting was very thinly attended. Mr. Wilton stated, that he had called the meeting without the authority of Mr. Chambers, but with a view, if possible, of coming to an arrangement with the creditors, to which he was sure he should obtain the assent of Mr. Chambers. He then laid before them his proposition, which was, that out of the 209,000l., the estimated assets of the property, a dividend should be made to the creditors of 10s. in the pound, and that the settlement of all matters between Mr. Chambers, the creditors, and the assignees, should be referred to an arbitration. A long discussion ensued, which led to nothing, and finally the meeting adjourned, sine die, without coming to any decision on the issue.