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LONDON NEWS.

FATE OF PEROUSE,

OBSCENE BOOKS AND PRINTI. The French Navigator.

Court of King's Bench. AFTER the laple of years lome glim

THE KING V. AITKIN. u merings of information has reached The defendant was brought up to re. Europe with resp et to the fate of the ceive judgment, for the publication of a French Navigator, Prouse. Or rea. libel, contained in a book of thocking ders may recoilect that he failed on a and icandalous obscenity, of which he voyage of discuvery with two frigates, was ford guilty. and that after performing part of his Mr. Pak observed, on the part of the voyage, he touched at Botany Bay - profecution, that in this cale, his public From the period of his failing from New duty l'equired that he thould say a few South Wales, no account was ever re- words : he owed it as a duty, not only ceived from him. A vefsel was sent from as an advocate in the caule, but as a France, under the coinm ind D'Entre member of society. General sentiments calteaux, in search of him, but the of compatiion for the defendant, he had search was ineffectual. At length an no dil culty in feeling ; but this was American thip, which had traverled the one of those cases which called for indigSouth Sea, brought to the Mauritius, in nation. The publication for which the February last, some information, which defendant stood for judgment, was of gives itrength to the conjectures such an infamous kind, that the read. that have been formed of the unfortu- ing of the whole of it was spared at the pate Navigator's having been mafsacred, trial, it being adinitted to be such as with all his crew.

ought not to be uttered in any language. The following article on this subject It was also proper to state, that this very appears in a Moniteur received yesterday. defendant had been under the sentence of

EXTRACT FROM A JOURNAL ENTI. the court, for a publication similar to TIED THE NOUVELLISTE LES ISLES the present part of which lentence was, DE FRANCE AND DE LA REUNION. "'That he thould pay a fine of 200l."

Mauritius, Feb. 14. He had obtained from the fountain of " Captain Ingenold, commander of mercy a remission of his punishinent as the American ship the Charlotte, arrived to the fine; and this, he said, was an from China, says, that he learnt, in his aggravation of the defendant's guilt. voyage in the South sea, at the Sandwich He wished it to be taken as a notice, that Iles, and on the vorth west coast, that there was a society now established, hav. before the revolution of France, without ing for its object the suppression of such being able to determine precisely the publications as this, and that they were year, a vessel from Brest had, in the determined never to lacken in their efmonth of April, anchored in the Bay of forts. Comshervar, a bay which is 53 degrees The judgment of the court was pro13 minutes north, opposite Englefield nounced by Mr. Justice Lawrence, who Bay, in the island called Queen Char. expatiated with great propriety on the lotte's Iand.

enormity of the defendant's case, and " That this vesel having a great then said, that the sentence of the court quantity of fick, was attacked by the upon him was, “ That he be impriilianilers, who got on board at the mo. foned in Newgate for six calendar months; ment the crew were employed in reefing that, during that time, he do stand in the fails; that they massacred the cap. and upon the pillory for one hour, in tain, who was on the deck, and the Leicester Fields, near the north-east corwhole crew, with the exception of a ner of that place; that at the expiration young man, whose fate is unknown. of that time, he do enter into his own

" It is added, that the islanders de- recognizance of sool. for his good be. stroyz8 the vessel, after having unloaded haviour for seven years; and that he be it. It is to be preluined that this vesel further imprisoned until such security be is M. La Peroutes's, or her companion,” given.”'

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a number of monfters and heads, several · The statute againt this fpecies of game pillars and other curious stones, a dei ing was put in force on Friday July 30, field ram's head, which measures about for the first time, at the Mantion-houle, four feet, trom the nose to the crown of before Mi. Alderman Boydel. Two the head, and in every other way proporwomen were brought there for receiving tionaie : the right hom is broken off. three pence of a third person, and agree. Two pyramidical obelisks, the four sides ing to return five millings it a ticket, of which are full of hieroglyphics ; a No. 58, in the Little Go, or private large cylindrical pillar, about 12 feet lottery, could be drawn at a certain long, three and a halt in diameter, and a time ; and also lixpence; to return half great variety of ancient Egyptian sculpa guinea, if another ticket, No. 30, in tures, highly curious, but much defaced the fanie Go, or lottery, should be drawn from the ravages of time. They were at another time. The case being made brought by land from Blackwall on out to the fatisfaction of the Magistrate, ledges, and many of them being so exthe prisoners were sent to the Compter, tremely mally, they were obliged to have to afford them an opportunity of turning temporary wooden frames made for them, King's evidence, and giving up their or they could not have been got on More. principal; in default of which they will One of the baths weighed about eleven be sent to the House of Correction, as she tons; eleven horses were obliged to be act directs, unless they pay the fine of had to draw it. The other weighed 100l, one-third of which goes to the in. about nine tons, and nine horses drew former, one-third to the constable that that. The whole of them that were deapprehended ther, and the other third posted in the Museum weighed about to the crown.

fifty tons. · A very curious stone has been pre. The following is the amended clause sented to the Antiquarian Society by in the police act, empowering magifCaptain Turner, who lately arrived from trates to apprehend reputed thieves, and Egypt ; it is one that was taken from we have no helication in saying, that if the French at the famous battle of Alex- police officers were to pay a strict and andria, in which the brave Abercrombie proper attention to in the desperate Tignalized himself so much. It mea. gang's of plunderers which at present insures feven feet long, and five feet square, felt the metropolis, would be speedily and has three inscriptions in different annihilated. languages, the Egyptian, Greek, and “ And whereas divers ill-disposed and Hieroglyphics; the Greek has been de suspected persons, and reputed thieves, cyphered, and proves to be an edict of frequent the avenues to places of public their priests for deifying one of their refort, and the streets and highways, with Ptolemys, for his great and good deeds intent to commit felony on the persons done for the welfare of his country; the and property of his majeity's fubje&is inscrip: ion in the Egyptian and Hiero, there being; and although their evil glyphics are supposed to be on the fame purposes are sufficiently manifeit, the lubjects.

power of his majeity's justices of the A number of other great curioîties peace to demand of thein fureties for have been sent to the British Museum Their good behaviour, hath not been of within these few days, which were sufficient effect to prevent them from carbrought over in the same vefsel. They rying their evil purposes into execution ; connit of an immense Itone bath, covered be it enacted, that froin and after the on the inside and out with bieroglyphics. paffing of this act, it hall and may be The latter measures about jo feet long, lawiul for any conftable, headborough, and five feet deep and over; a second patrol, or watchman, to apprehend bath, of imaller dimenfions, likewise every such person, and convey him or covered with hieroglyphics; a maffy them betore any juitice of the peace; Itone coffin, infcribed with hierogly. and if it shall appear before the said juba phics; a prodigious hand in stone, part tice, upon the oath of one or more cre. of a ftatue, which must have been one dible witne's or witnefits, that such per. hundred and fifty feet in height; two fon or perions is or are a person or perfine marble statues, in Roman habits; fons of evil fame, and a reputed thjet or

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thieves, and such person or persons shall not be able to give a satisfactory account of him felf or themselves, and of his or their way of living, and it hall also ap. pear to the fatisfaction of the said justice, that there is just ground to believe that fuch person or persons was or were in

such avenue, Atreet, or highway aforefaid, with such intent as aforesaid, every such person shall be demed a rogue and vagabond, within the meaning of the statute made in the 17th of George II. and as such liable to imprisonment for fix months.

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August 26. that thirteen individuals condemned to THE late depredations of the Dey of death as contumacious, for having af. 1 Algiers are still the subjects of com fallinated several wealthy proprietors of plaint in the French official papers; they national property, are with him, and apenumerate the sums paid the barbarians pear to enjoy special protection." by the various European powers, and re. We have nothing to say to the truth cord the outrages they have perpetrated or falsehood of thele affertions, only, that during the lait fix months. This repe. coming through the channel of the offi. tition of grievances may be looked upon cial French papers, they thew that an as a justification of the intended attack uncommon degree of rancour continues by the French upon the piratical states; to actuate the French government against and we accordingly find by the Paris pa. this country: pers received on the 25th, that one or The Paris papers of the 24th contain two French squadrons which have failed the important declaration of the Emperor from Toulon, are in the first inhance to of Russia and Bonaparte, concerning the visit the Bey of Tunis and the Dey of indemnities of Germany, in which, the Algiers, perhaps to make a thew at least, cause assigned for the interposition of the of a disposition to accommodate differ former is, “ the fulfilment of the treaty ences : but Thould the French have re. of Luneville." Thus it cannot escape course to hoftilities, there is little doubt the notice of the most indifferent obof their intention to establish themselves ferver, that the Emperor of Russia and in Africa, secure both sides of the Me. Bonaparte are the only powers which give diterranean, and carry their connection a tone, a vigour, and a command to the as near as possible to Egypt, their ulti. new arrangements, and that the Empe. mate view being manifeitly directed to a ror of Germany, our most faithful ally, participation in the trade to the East In. as a bye- ftander, is obliged to pass over dies, which is also a point to which they the plan, uttering no sentiments but the will direct the attention of their allies as coinplaint, " that the agreement be. much as pollible, but with no friendly tween Russia and Bonaparte was without gye to this rival country.

his knowledge or affent,” And, as if Complaints againit the English news: France meant to improve the humiliation papers occupy the last Paris Journals re- of this once great power, friendly to Bri. ceived, couch.d in strong and bitter tain, by crushing ano:her of our allies, terms; and which on the part of the we have just learnt from Lisbon, that French Government have been followed the French General Lafnes, ambassador up by a leizure of all the English newid to the court of Portugal, had suddenly papers in the Parisian coffee houses, &c. quitted that city on the roth, a circumand a probibition of their introduction in Itance which is said to have delayed the future.

sailing of the packet two days, and to On the subject of prcteEted emigrants, have been occasioned by the court of Por. as they term them, we are sorry to see tugal's ietuial to dismiss the minister of that the Moniteur of the 22d contains an police, upon the demand of General article from St. Brieux, dated Aug. 10, Laines, for searching his baggage in the ftating, “ that a person of the name of discharge of his duty. The depression Desjardins, one of the most ferocious of of the stocks is now imputed to the above the Brigands of the Cotes du Nord, has intelligence. established his relidence at Jersey, and

SUMMARY

SUMMARY OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS.

· HOUSE OP LORDS. exonerated Holland from supplying any WEDNESDAY, April 28.-The Bill part of it. He would now call the at. for repealing the Income Tax, the Lon. tention of the House to the Cape of Good don Port, and Exchequer Bills Bill, and Hope. By a something called economy, seven Private Bills, were brought up this valuable poffeffion had been surren. from the Commons, and read a firit dered to the enemy in full sovereignty. time.

In periods of war, this ceffion would be The order for the second reading of felt" severely. The noble Lord then Lane's Divorce Bill, which stood for to. turned to Malta; and entering at confimorrow, was ordered to be discharged, derable length into the history of the and Tuesday next appointed in its stead. Order, he contended that it was now

A Petition was presented from certain degraded, that great part of its estates Insolvent Debtors confined in Devon. out of the Inand was confiscated, and shire, which was ordered to lie upon the that the remainder would soon share the table,

fame fate. To place the island under the Counsel were heard further in the guarantee of Naples, was, in effect, to Scotch Appeal between the Incorpora. give it to France. tion of Fleshers in Edinburgh, and the By the present Treaty, no provision, Provosts, and other Magistrates of that he urged, was made for enforcing the City.--Ordered to proceed on Tnesday claims of British creditors ; the inhabinext.

tants of the ceded countries were abanFRIDAY, April 30.—The Royal Ar- doned ? and, by the article which refent was given by Commission to the lated to prisoners, we were made to pay additional Affelled Tax, and to the for cloathing and arming the Russian Malt and Beer Duty Bills; and also to troops againit ourselves. But the cirseveral Private Bills which had passed cumitance which appeared to him more the two Houses of Parliament.

fraught with danger than any he had just May 4. - Lord Grenville brought mentioned, was the non-renewal of anforward the motion respecting the Peace, cient treaties : a priuciple equally new of which he had given notice.

and dangerous: thus we had abolished · The speech of his Lordship was long, the old public law. The gum trade, animated, and full of argument. It oc- and right of cutting logwood, would cupied nearly two hours and a half. To also be injured or loft; the safety of our him, the Definitive Treaty appeared to East Indian poriellions endangered, and depart most importantly from the Preli. the honour of the British flag impaired. minary Articles. It could excite in his He then entered into a review of the rebreast no feelings but those of disgust, of cent acquisitions of France in America regret, and humiliation. It presented and Italy; and concluded by moving, to the world, on the very first view, the that the Houfe should take the Definitive picture of national honour sacrificed, of Treaty into consideration on Friday national good faith broken. By the se'nnight. Preliminaries, we were to maintain the Lord Pelham declared, that he should integrity of Portugal. Instead of this, reserve his answers till the day on which we had confirmed the cession of a terri. the question would be debated. That tory to Spain ; and what was more, had day, he thought, should be Tuesday or given to France new boundaries in Guin Wednesday, instead of the day moved by ana, which would enable her with ease the noble Lord. His Majesty's minito attain in that country any objects of sters, he said, had made as good condiher ambition. Let us now turn to an. tions as they were able; and, inadeother ally, the Prince of Orarge. He quate as they might be held to be, he too had been shamefully abandoned. flattered himself, that, could the sense We had, indeed, ftipulated for his in- of the people be taken, they would rademnification, but had omitted to notice ther have the peace, such as it was,' when, how, or by whom, it was to be than a continuance of the war. furnished. It was scarcely necessary to The Treaty was also defended by the mention the juggle by which France Lord Chancellor, Lord Thurlow, and Gol, III, Churchm. Mag, Aug. 1802.

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Lord Auckland ; the latter of whom communication had been made to the pledged himself to prove that our Indian British government. rights could not be injured by the omis. After some observations, the first and fion to renew ancient treaties.

second motions were agreed to, and the The Treaty was strongly objected to third was negatived. by the Earl of Carlisle.

May 6.-Lord Temple moved for cer. After some conversation, the amende tain Papers relative to the island of Malment, that the Treaty be taken into ta. His Lordship ftated as his reasons, confideration on Wednesday se'nnight, the change which had been made in the was put and carried.

constitution of the order ; the loss of the May 7.-Lord Spencer, after expatia. revenues of the knights; the imperfect ting on the importance of Malta, and guarantee which was obtained for the the evil which might result from its illand ; and the intrigues which were, falling into the bands of the French, and would be carried on by France to concluded by moving for an Account of obtain poffeffion of Malta. His Lord. the Territorial Revenues and Commer Ship then proceeded to consider the usur. cial Duties of Malta, from its surrender pation of the Italian Republic, and the to England to the present time.

cession of Elba! on both which subjects The question was put and carried. he dwelt for some time. His Lord thip

May 10.-Lord Minto brought for then moved for an Account of the Reve. ward a motion for the production of Pa- nues of Malta; a copy of the Laws of pers relative to the Italian Republic, and the Island referred to in the tenth Article the ceffion of the Ifand of Elba. i. of the Treaty; and a copy of the Trea

In a speech of some length, his Lord. ty of Luneville. ship stated, that on the Continent, fo The first motion was agreed to, but disgraceful were the terms of peace con. the second and third were negatived. fidered, that when the preliminaries ar. May 7.--Mr. Nicholls brought forrived at Vienna, they were believed to be ward his motion relative to Mr. Pitt. the fabrication of France. His Lord. Tracing his measures from the com. Thip next adverted to the Establishment mencement of the war, to the time of of the Italian Republic ; the Cession of his leaving office, he contended that Elba; and concluded by moving an Ad. they were all equally censurable. The dress to his Majelty for such Official Do. war had been undertaken to protect Holcuments as related to these transactions. land, and deliver the Low Countries :

The motion was opposed by Lord those objects were not attained. A Pelham, on the grounds that no such peace was now concluded, which placed documents were in possession of govern. France in an alarming fituation. At ment. The formation of the Italian home, the liberties of the subject had Republic had, he allowed, excited a been destroyed; and the ftrength of the great degree of alarm in minifters ; but country reduced. Every mode of corit had been thought imprudent and im- ruption had also been employed. The politic to break off the negotiation on Honourable Gentleman concluded by that account.

moving an Address of Thanks to his

Majesty for having removed the Right HOUSE OF COMMONS. Honourable William Pite from his coun. May 5.-Mr. Elliot moved for differ. cils. ent Papers connected with the Defini. He was followed by Lord Belgrave, tive Treaty, viz. the Treaty of Badajos, who entered into a warm panegyric of that be:ween Portugal and Spain, and the late minister, and in conclufion Copies of any Conventions or Armif. moved, that the Houle should pass a tices concluded between Portugal and Vote of Approbation of those measures Spain in the year 1801, and communi. which had been held forth as the objects cated to the British government.

of censure. Lord Hawkesbury declared, that to This motion was seconded by Mr. S. the first motion he had no objection, nor Thornton, and gave rise to along de. to the second, if confined to the Treaty bate. of Madrid ; and as to the third, no Sir H. Mildmay moved, as an Amend.

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