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whole, Mr. Ireland, and pronouncing him, in the said undertaking, as not only meriting the thanks of his townsmen, but also the undivided support of the nobility and gentry, with that of the trading population of Brighton. Since the above event, his Majesty has condescended to permit the plan of the Gardens, &c. spoken of by Mr. Cripps, to be laid before him, when, not only did his Majesty express approbation of the design, but, with that readiness which has ever distinguished him, when any part of the common interests of this place has appeared as needing royal countenance, he also was graciously pleased to grant permission that, when ready for public accommodation, they should be opened, and continued, as under the protecting favor of his august support.
THE ILL-FATED MR. WILLIAMS.—CORONER'S INQUEST.-On the 24th Feb. an inquest was held at the White Horse Inn, at Rottingdean, on view of the body of Mr. Edward Williams, who had been missing from his lodgings here, from the preceding Thursday se'night, and of whom no intelligence could be gained, until his remains were floated to shore by the tide, near Portobello, on the Sunday, ten days after the time specified. The suposition of the friends of the deceased, was, that he had been murdered-nor was that impression done way, by the extraordi-, nary and unexpected situation in which the body had been discovered. The first witnesses proved the finding of the body, nearly naked, and its removal to Rattingdean. The next shewed the manner in which the deceased had passed the afternoon and evening with them, and to a late hour of the night in which he had disappeared ; but which involved nothing material, excepting that the deceased had quarrelled with a female, at a house of ill fame, and that the latter had thrown dirt at him, on his last leaving her in the street, because he had neglected to give her a pecuniary compensation for the time she had passed with him. Nothing came out in evidence, to shew that the deceased had been on the beach, or had evinced a disposition to go there, nor in any way to lead even to a surmise as touching the cause of the situation in which his remains had been found ; and much less did it go to prove, that mental abstraction, or an inclination to commit suicide had ever existed with him. The surgeons who had examined the body, three in number, gave testimony to a similar effect-the first, Mr. Sutton, deposed, that he considered the appearances of the corpse as incompatible with the ordinary condition of bodies, after drowning, and continued immersion, such as was supposed to attach to the instance in question. Here the common changes were pointed out, and the total absence of them with the deceased. All the ribs on the left side, then continued Mr. Sutton, were fractured ; the scalp was removed from the anterior part of the head, and thrown back; the nose, and several of the teeth were broken, and the lips
particularly injured. The arms, legs, and thighs, he concluded, appeared as if they had been forcibly grasped and bruised, while the blood had continued in a vital state. Mr. Tilt, unequivocally asserted, it was his fixed belief, that no accidental fall, could, from the elasticity of the ribs, have produced the degree of multilation which there existed ; the ribs, he said, were literally broken to pieces, and which nothing but an uniform pressure, or a continued repetition of force could so have effected. A cut on the breast of the deceased, though not sufficent to cause death, this gentleman was also of opinion, did not bear a character of accident about imit seemed to have been inflicted by some sharp cutting instrument. Mr. Ivory, the third surgeon's deposition, was in ample corroboration of the two former. The Coroner then summed up, in which he observed, that lunacy, or the crime of felo-de-se, in no wise appeared to him as deducible from any part of the evidence. The Jury having retired, in a few minutes returned, and gave in their verdict, AccidENTALLY Drowned !which verdict was recorded ! We have too much respect for Juries wantonly to impugn their findings—and we regret, as in the present instance, that any circumstance should occur, to apparently justify a dissent to such decisions in any part of the British public and yet that dissents have existed and do exist, it would be useless in us to deny ; but as to their accuracy, or the want of it, our readers must draw their own conclusions.
Since writing the above, the remains of Mr Williams, which had been buried in our church-yard, have been disinterred, and again submitted to the inspection of the surgeons. In the latter instance the body was opened, and hurts internally discovered, supposed to have been inflicted, prior to death, and which have strengthened the suspicion that the deceased was murdered. The magistrates, in consequence, have addresed a letter to the Secretary of State, involving a request that his Majesty's free pardon should be granted to any one concerned in the bloody deed, excepting its actual perpetrator, who should make discovery thereof—and that a pecuniary reward, to forward the ends of justice, should be added to the inducement. We may have it in our power, therefore, to make some more assential communications
upon the melancholy affair, in our next number. For the amusements of our sporting amateurs, Foxhounds and harriers, in this vicinity, continue, Sunday excepted, to throw off every day in the week.
The Local Catch and Glee Club was numerously attended at the Golden Cross Inn, at their last meeting, on Tuesday evening, and truly harmonious was the treat enjoyed—but the founder of the Club, the respected Incledon, was again absent, owing to indisposition.
EXTRAORDINARY OCCURRENCE.---On Thursday, as late as nearly midnight, as a gentleman, named Schwitzer, was passing from
the Marine-parade, to his Tavern, the Old Thip, he was accosted near the Gun Inn, by a stranger, who requested to be directed his road to the Steyne. The request was readily complied with; but as Mr. S. was in the act of extending his arm, to point out the route which the stranger should take, he received a blow on the eye, which brought him to the ground. Stunned, for a moment, he knew not where he was, and on recovering his feet, found himself alone, enduring much pain, and the blood flowing freely from the wound he had received. He had a valuable watch, and other property about him, not an atom of which was touched. Who the man was that struck him, he can form no conjecture, though he believes he should know him were he to see him again. Mr. S. has been under medical hands ever since. It is difficult to account for such a wanton and fiend-like act of barbarity.
Since our late publication, there have been pleasing entertainments at the York and Gloucester Hotels, each consisting of a ball and supper, planned for, and supported by, a select number of the resident tradesfolks. The first took place at the York Hotel, and cheerful and brilliant was the scene exhibited. That at the Gloucester Hotel included the junior branches of our resident establishmentş---the former, the greater number of the heads of families. It was the first fete of the kind ever attempted at the latter place. It will long be recollected. It was prettily managed---nothing was wanting that could add to its interest--the supper viands, without extravagance, exhibited profusion--the decorations of the tables combined elegance with simplicity--and, throughout the night, youth and buoyant spirits, delighted feelings, and hearts responsive to the beat of innocent recreation, were in close and constant alliance. Both entertainments are to have a plurality of repetitions. The Brighton Chain PIER.---The Shear, for driving the fourth, and last cluster of piles, of the intended suspension chain pier, is planted; this last group will terminate the extremity of the pier, in length, about a thousand feet, from high water mark. It is probable, that the equinoctial gales, together with the full of the tides, (said by mathematicians to be highest about the vernal equinox) may partially interrupt the progress of the works, which have hitherto been so indefatigably and perseveringly carried on, in defiance of the opposing elements.
History, Biographical Traits, tc. (tc.
EPITOME OF BRIGHTON.
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DORSET-GARDENS.-Branching northward from St. James'sstreet, are Dorset-gardens, consisting of an uniform range of lodging houses, with an enclosed garden, green-plat and gravel walks in front, between which and the former, is a good carriage road, and a well-laid pavement of Portland stone. This situation is much and deservedly admired. The north entrance into Dorsetgardens is from Edward-street ; and into which street, nearly the whole of those from St. James's-street, also terminate.
To the north of Edward-street, upon the rise of the down, are Patriot-place, Carlton-street, and various other places and buildings of agreeable import.
Lodging HouseS.--The houses in Brighthelmston, as is common at watering places, are usually let by the week or month, agreeably to the wish and stay of the visiting applicants, and the prices vary according to the season in which they are engaged ; as for instance, buildings that command from five to fifteen guineas per week, during the months of June, July, August, September, and October, may be had for considerably less than a moiety of those prices at almost any other period of the year.
PRIVATE FASHIONABLE RESIDENCES.-There are various families of opulence and rank, who contribute much to the interests of this town, by passing a considerable portion of the year here, and who have elegant residences of their own; among which number are the Earl of Egremont, before noticed, Mrs. Fitzherbert.
Robert Burnett, Esq. T. R. Kemp. Esq. &c. and buildings of such a private description, have, of late years, been much on the in
The seat of T. R. Kemp, Esq. occupying an eminence to the west, is often a subject of admiration for its construction and beauty of situation.
ARTILLERY-PLACE AND BATTERY.-To the west of Russell-street is Artillery-place, with a battery of six pieces of cannon in front of it. “Attached to the Gunner's house, is a military guardhouse, with a secure magazine at the back of it. The lodginghouses here are remarkably neat, and very seldom without fashionable occupants, even during the winter months of the year.
King's-Road.—The houses on the King's-road generally consist of elegant residences and excellently constructed lodginghouses, Bedford-square, Regency-square, Belle-vue, Paragon Houses, West-field Lodge, Cannon-place, Queensbury-place, Western-place, Preston-street, St. George's-place, &c. being all in this neighbourhood : and Grenville-place, Clarence-place, &c. almost overlook the whole of them, from the distance and gradual rise of the ground on which they are situated 'northward.
LATEST IMPROVEMENTS.—The houses to the east of the Steyne, the west of West-street, and to the north of North-street, with but very few exceptions, are of recent origin ; and great alterations and additions have taken place in the central situations of the town also, of late years. The last improvements, northward, are very extensive, and there are others yet in more extensive preparation, to add to its importance and value. To the west, Regency-square is not yet completed-the uniform elegance of its buildings cannot be viewed without a feeling of admiration, and often, not without a desire of becoming an occupant of the place.
LITERATURE.-The desirable number of Academies and Schools to be found in this place, is a pleasing proof, that, in the midst of its gaieties and pleasures, literature is not neglected. We forbear the detail, from a motive precisely similar to that which we have expressed respecting the Boarding-houses, as particulars may easily be gained, by an application to the Libraries or Postoffice. We shall, therefore, briefly observe, that at these establishments, generally speaking, qualified' masters are to be met with to instruct the pupils in the several branches of the useful and polite arts; and, it is pleasant to add, that an encouragement, severally, is bestowed, such as the unquestioned abilities, attention, and tenderness, in the proprietors, well deserve : and as private tuition is often preferred by families, for children, during their uncertain sojourns here, qualified masters are to be found, who devote their time to that mode of conveying instruction also.
Post Office.--The Post Office, In this town, is situated in East