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290 Monthly Commercial Report. [April 1,

fore them, as well as all the mercantiie associations in the towns of Manchester, Sheffield, 3.eeds, Birmingham, and London; and who, as well as this Chamber, consider these regalations to be essentially necessary to the establishment of a wholesome system of Bankrupt Law in Scotland, and without which any law on this subject must be very defective: that as the extending the sequestration law to landholders, &c. was not considered an advisable measure to be attempted at present, it would be proper to alter the bill in that respect, as well as to introduce some additional classes, which were considered to be improvements, and which had occurred since it was first prepared ; and that the clause which provides that the money shall not be lodged in any private bank, or banking house, who are creditors of the bankrupt ; as also the clause prohibiting a partner of a bank or thanker from being elected a trustee, should be expunged.—The meeting expressed their sense of the great and essential services which Mr. CAMPEELL has rendered to the commercial interest and the public in general, by the salutary provisions that are contained in the bill he has prepared at the request of this Chamber. There has been a revival in the demand for cottons during the last week. The sales were estiniated about 3700 packages, chiefly taken on speculation. The greater proportion of the sales are in Brazil cottons, and there is no other description at market, with the exception of East India, which remains without enquiry. The sales of the last week —1600 Permans, very ordinary to fair, 2s. 10%d. a 2s. 11; i.; 1300 Bahias, very ordinary to good, 2s. 8%d, a 2s. 10%d.; 390 Maranhains, 2s. 10%d. 130 Boweds, fair to good, 2s. 8%d. a 2s. 9%d.; 74 damaged, 2s. a 2s. 6id.; 90 good Cayenne, 2s. 9d.; Surinam, ordinary to good, 2s. 8; d. a 2s. 10%d. 70 Surats, fair, 21d. Cotton Twist unvaried in the prices—little business doing, Liverpool market experienced a very fair demand for cottons last week, principally from the trade, who, being lightly stocked, had been compelled to purchase freely. The sales of the week consist of 400 bags Boweds, middling to good, 2s. 8; d. a 2s. 10d. ; 200 *}emeraras, fair to good, 2s. 10d. a 2s. 11d. ; 2260 Permams, ordinary to fine, 2s. 11%d, a 33. 1d. ; 1650 Maramhams, middling to good, 2s. 9%d a 2s. 11d. ; 600 Bahias, ordinary to good, 2s. 841. a 2s. 11%d.; 123 Bengals, fair to good, 20; d. a 21d. per lb.; amounting to about 6000 bags. mostly Brazils. Tow.—The prices uncommonly high; yet the purchases bear a profit of 2d. per lb. in the market. - 1. * Spices.—Pepper continues to decline, it may now be quoted 18; d.-There has latterly been no Pimento put up to public sale : last week a small parcel taken in without offers being made at 16d. ; the prices continue to decline, and the sales very limited. *ice continues in considerable request. Fruit.—The export demand for fruit continues very considerable. Turkey figs and red Smyrna raisins continue in request. w Sugars.-The demand for Muscovades last week continued limited, but apparently some revival in the enquiries; the purchases made were about 1s. below the quotations of the previous week.-The demand for foreign sugars of every description continues very limited. No public sales. The shipments of sugar are more general than formerly, yet the high rates have deeply affected the export to the Continent.--Tite average price of stigar in the last Gazette was 93s. 1d.-More than last 2s. 93d. Coffee.—The request and the prices of Coffee are improving. There were six public sales last week, two of them rather extensive, yet the demand appeared so general, that they might be stated to have gone off freely, though with no great briskuess, at an improvement generally of about 2s. per cwt. ; the finer qualities selling higher in proportion than the inferior descriptions. Rum, Brandy, and Hollands.--The shipments of Rum continue considerable, and very general; the request continues steady, the prices at littie variation. The imports of Geneva are greatly deficient of the expected quantity, the prices rising.—Brandy continues to decline. It appears by an official report lately published by the Commissioners for managing the Sinking Fund, that they had purchased, on the 21st of Dec. 258,409,466i. 15s. 6d. of capital stock,which bore an annual interest of 7,833,066l.; and that, as the public debt of the country on the 5th of January, 1786, when the SINK iNG FUND was first established, was but 238,231,245. 5s. 23d., more than the whole debt which then existed has now been liquidated, by above 26 millions. - . It appears also by another official document, that the outstanding Exchequer Bills, or unfunded debt, amounted on the 5th of January last to 47,156,800l. of which 3 millions are held by the Bank of England, without interest, and 3 millions at 3 per cent. itterest, paid six months after peace. - - -By a published List it appears that the SUN FIRE OFF!ce paid in duties last year 101,000l. ; the PHOENIX 59,000l. ; the ALBioN 18,000l.; and the ATLAs but 11,000l.

The premiums may be taken at a sum under the amount of the duties, and out of these :

are to be paid all expences and losses.—The departmcats of L1RE INsukANce, which aré

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are attended by more temporary advantage to these institutions, have, we are told, during the present winter, occasioned unusually large drafts on their capital, by the unparalleled mortality which has taken place among the aged part of the community. , Bank notes to the amount of 10s. each, so long talked of, it is said, are to be issued for circulation very speedily. By a statement published at St. Petersburgh, it appears that the importations there, which in 1812 were valued at 1,085,000 rubles, amounted to 5,800,000, in 1813. In proof that the policy of Russi A is not confined merely to the acquisition of provinces from TURKEY and Pepsia, and to the overthrow of the military barrier of Europe, it appears that she is now engaged in completing two military and commercial establishments

on the N.W. coast of North America; that the Russian government have for nearly

ten years past had a fort, mounting a few pieces of ordnance, on the Island of Rodiak, in lat. 55 N. and long. 160 W. being the nearest point of the American continent to their establishment at Kamtschatka; and that within these four years they have begun another establishment on the peninsula of California.

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At Messrs. Wolfe and Co.'s Canal Office, No. 9, Change Alley, Cornhill; Commer. cial Dock shares fetch 150l. per share.—West India ditto, 160l.--The Grand Junction CANAL shares fetch 235l, per share.—The Grand Surry, 331. 10s.-And the Leicester Union, 1121.-The East London WATER-WoRKs, 701,–The Grand Jametion 471.-And the West Middlesex, 321.-The Albion INSURANCE OFFICE shares fetch 461.--The Globe 1131.-And the Imperial 48l.

The 3 per cent, cons. on the 26th were 66; 5 per cent. 94; onnium, 18,


THE late gradual thaw has been extremely fortunate for the country, in the avoidance of those heavy calamities which must always attend the sudden overilow of waters. Nor has the repetition and continuance of frost and snow, almost beyond all former experience, been productive of greater losses, public or private, than must appear unavoidable in such astate of the weather. The loss of lambs has already been considerable in the north, and in all parts where the necessary precautions had been neglected. $heep and even the larger cattle, from neglect, at no rate creditable to the husbaudry of the country, have perished in the snow, The turnips every where injured,


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292 Meteorological Report. [April 1,

in many parts totally destroyed; fattening of sheep have lost, instead of acquiring, flesh, and good mutton will be scarce for some time to come. Many sheep were lost from the mere effects of cold ; some, with their lambs, deprived of sight. The Swedish turnips, although they resisted the weather better than the common kind. were much injured by the thaw and subsequent frost. Potatoes, insufficiently secured in store, were hurt, but the crops, both potatoes and turnips, were so large, that no want of either has been experienced. The abundance of hay and straw has been an invainable resource. - - - Wheats and other crops have a promising appearance upon the whole, and are thickly planted, although alarming reports have been made in some northern districts of the wheats having been so withered by the frost that not a blade was to be seem. The clovers are backward, but healthy. All country abour, by consequence, in arrear, and much of the spring sects, oats particularly, will be scuffled in, according to R}r. Greg's plan, in order to save time. The lands work beautifully, where they are not too wet, but dry weather is wanted. Wool a rising market. Corn rather on the decline again. Simithfield: Beef 6s. to 7s.--Mutton 7s, to 85. 6d. --Veal 6s. to 3s.--Lamb 20s. to £5s. per quarter.—Pork 7s. to 10s.. —Bacon 8s. 8d. to 9s.-Irish ditto 8s. to 8s. 6d.Fat 6s. 8d.—Skins £0s. to Co.—Oil cake 18l. 18s.-Potatoes 3}. to 5l.—Chat ditto 1]. 1 (os. to Ji. Corn Exchai:28: Wheat 65s. to 88s.--Barley offs. to 45s –Oats 20s. to 38s.The quarterm loaf 134.—Hay 31, to 5!. 10s.-Clover ditto 6]. to 71. 7's.-Straw 11. 13s. to 2i. 3s. .

o o METEOROf OGICAL IREPORT. : Perometer. Thermometer. Highest 36.05 March : G & 17. Wind East. Highest 50". March 23 & 24, Wind South, JLowest 26.30 —— 2. Wind West. Lowest 18°. Feb. 25 & 26. — E.

The mercury This variation ocfell, between the curred between the Greatest 2 60-lium- Y mornings of the Greatest mornings of the 20th variation in } diedths of (96th ult. and variation in 9. 11”. { and 21st inst.: in the 24 hours, an inch. the 1st instant, 24 hours, former the mercury from 29.57 to was 29°, in the latter 28.83. V at 40°. The quantity of rain fallen during the three months of this year is but equal to about an inch in depth, but what has been wanting in rain has been abundantly made up in snow. Turing the present month there have been coilsiderable fails of snow in this neighbourhood, and in various other parts of the island. The average height of the thermometer is but little above the freezing point, viz. 32°.44; that of the barometer -9.41. So song and severe a winter has never been known by the present race of inhabitants of this island: at the moment of writing this (March 24,) there is scarcely an opening bud of any kind to be seen in the gardens or hedges, but this may not be unfavonrable to the produce of the country. The wind has chiefly been from the east; the number of brilliant days only 5 out of 23, On eight days there has been snow, and on about three others rain, but in small quantities.


As an accommodation to Booksellers who have duplicate Numbers of this Magazine, and to cnable them to complete their sets, or parts of sets, we will cheerfully erchange back Numbers for other back Numbers, previous to the current year, provided they are not torn or spoiled, and are sent free of carriage.

We earnestly crave the patience of many valuable Correspondents. The following Papers shall have place in our meat:-W. S.; T. L. Cursham; R. H. : Delta; Air, Horn olower; T. D. l'. ; sifr. Loffs on Vaccination, &c.; D. Copsey; W. How; C. Ilail ; Candidus ; J. Ross; J. N. ; Varro; Inquisitor; N. W. &c.

S. F. is informed that we always court and respect communications of Biographical Memoirs of cminent Persons recently deceased, and local facts of every kind.

Articles for the Varieties, titles of New Books, Śe, should always come to handlefore the 20th.

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As long as those who write are ambitious of making Converts, and of giving their Opinions a Maximum of Influence and celebrity, the most extensively circulated Miscellany will repay with the greatest Effect the curiosity of those who read, whether it be for Amusement or for Instruction.—Johnson.

Sir Joshua Reynolds, ... on being questioned in regard to the cause of the inferiority of counterfeits and imitators; answered, that their being copyists was of itself a proof of the inferiority of their power...and that while they continued

to be so, it was impossible for them to attain superiority.

** It was like a man's resolving to go behind another, and

whilst that resolution lasted, it would be impossible he should ever be on a par with him.”-NORTHCOTE.

conti NUATION of the Account of the recent ERECTION of PUBLIc BUILDINGS in various PARTs of the BRITISH EMPIRE.


.* IIIS magnificent structure, which for its purposes is unequalled in size and splendour, has recently been erected by Mr. Foulston, of St. Alban's-street, London, and deserves to be considered as a model, and as an example worthy of being imitated in all other towns in the empire. About three years since a subscription for the purposes of this building, was entered into by the corporation and inhabitants, on the principle of a Tonti NP, devolving ultimately on the corporation. The shares were 100l. each, in three classes, and 300 in number; but it has since heen found necessary to add another 100 shares, making a total capital of 40,000l. which sum has been expended. The plan was to unite a spacious Theatre, with a splendid public Hotel, Assembly Rooms, and public Stabling, on a scale worthy of the improving state and increased wealth of Plymouth. The TheAtre, which unites all the usual points of elegance, possesses the peculiar features of having the whole of its interior made of cast iron, cased with split deal, a wrought iron roof of 64 feet span, and a separate stair-case and access to the upper boxes. It will hold from 150 to 1801., and occupies in the building the right wing, as viewed in the rint. - * The Hotel, is at once magnificent and Monthly Mac, No. 254.

commodious, adapted to every class of travellers,and equal to the accommodation of 20 or 30 families. It is provided with a Coffee and News Room, with a Sale Roon for shipping and prove goods, and contains, as part of its establishment, a beautiful Assembly Boom, about 80 feet by 45, a corresponding Tea Room, several Card and anti-rooms, a Billiard Room, &c. &c. The entire building is of Devonshire marble, covered with Parker's cement, and presents a fine coup d'ail. The grand colonnade or portico consists of eight Io

nic columns, 40 feet high, little inferior

in size to those at the west front of St. Paul's cathedral. The other porticoes consist of four columns of the same height. This noble erection is situated at the west end of George's-street, towards the town of Stonehouse, within half a mile of the Guildhall, or centre of Plymouth. The Theatre has been engaged on a lease by Mr. Hugh Es, of the Weymouth company; and the Hotel has been taken and splendidly fitted up by Mr. WINnsor, late of the King's Arms. a It is just to add that the design of this fine establishment originated with Mr.” EDMUND Locky ER, an eminent prize

agent; and that its execution by Mr.

Fou Lston, has afforded the highest satisfaction to the subscribers, while it can. - 3 foot

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