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"These were services that at once claimed and secured immortality.

"The life, however, of the present Chancellor, if it is destitute of eulo gium, is yet not without its moral, as his success will naturally stimulate the exertions of industry, and invigorate the efforts of genius. But let this character teach those who dare to consider successful ambition, not as the end, but as the road only to true greatness, that nothing but active worth can form the good citizen, and the great lawyer."




THIS is the Will and Testament of the Hon. Charles James Fox, of St. Anne's Hill, in the parish of Chertsey, in the county of Surrey.

Whereas the late Mr. Herdman, of Hatton Garden, did by his will give and bequeath unto me my legacy of 500 guineas, which sum I shall be entitled, at some future time, to receive, together with the interest that will become due for the same; now, I do hereby give and bequeath one moiety or equal part of all such monies unto my nephew, Henry Fox, son of General Fox ; and the other moiety or equal half part thereof unto Robert Stephen, a youth, now living with Lord Viscount Bolingbroke, in America",

And whereas, I am entitled to one annuity, or clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds, lately granted to me by his Grace John Duke of Bedford, for and during the term of the natural life of Harriot Willoughby, in the grant thereof named; now, I do hereby give and bequeath the same annuity unto my wife, Elizabeth Bridget, for and during the term of her natural life, if she, the said Harriot Willoughby, shall so long live; and from and after the decease of my said wife, unto the said Harriot Willoughby, for her own use and benefit.

I give, devise, and bequeath all the rest and residue of my personal estate, of what nature or kind soever, not by me before disposed of, and also all and singular my real estates, whatsoever and wheresoever, unto my said wife, Elizabeth Bridget, her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns for ever; only I wish her to make presents in my name of any books, pictures, or marble she thinks fit, as remembrances of me to the following friends :— Lord Holland, General Fox, General Fitzpatrick, Lord Robert Spencer, Lord Fitzwilliam, Mr. Hare, the Bishop of Down, Lord John Townshend, Miss Fox, and Mr. Bouverie. There are many others whom I love and value to the greatest degree, but these are my oldest connections.

I nominate, constitute, and appoint my said wife, Elizabeth Bridget, sole Executrix of this my will; and revoking all former wills by me made, do declare this only to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-first day of July, 1802. Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the said Charles James Fox, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in his pre

sence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereof.


C. J. FOX.


Parliament was dissolved by the Privy Council, on the 24th of October, the writs for the New Parliament are returnable on the 15th of December.

The royal crown of England has lately undergone considerable repairs, and was deposited in the Tower a few days ago. It is valued at 1,000,0001.

It has been erroneously stated, that peers, as well as members of the House of Commons, are deprived of the privilege of franking or receiving letters free during the dissolution of parliament. The fact is, that peers' letters are only charged with postage from the dissolution until forty days previous to the assembling the new parliament, when their franking recommences; and such members as are returned to the new parliament then begin to send and receive letters free of postage.

Mr. J. Hume, younger brother of Joseph Hume, Esq. of Nine Wells, Berwickshire, and nephew of David Hume, the celebrated historian, has put an end to his existence, by shooting himself through the head with a pistol, in a field oh his brother's estate.

The report of the death of Mungo Park, who was said to have fallen a victim in the interior of Africa, is now found untrue. Accounts have been received of him at Cambridge, which stated his arrival at Tombactoo, and that he is on his return home.

The following list of errata lately appeared at the end of a political work:

For the Potentates of the Continent, read Potatoes.
For Buonaparte's Gallic Dukes, read Ducks.

For some of our church Incumbents, read Incumbrance.

For Jerry Sneak, read Jerome Napoleon.

For French Vessels, read French Vassals.

Mr. Mills is appointed Chief Judge of the South Wales circuit, in the room of Mr. Lloyd, deceased.

The following is a statement of the operation of the Sinking Fund, up to November 1, 1806.

Redeemed by annnual million

Ditto by the 1 per Cent. per ann. upon all loans

Ditto by land tax

Ditto by 1 per Cent. per ann. on Imperial loan


52,156,420 22,645,280 719,016


The sum to be expended in the ensuing quarter, 2,267,1711. 17s.

Curious Duel.-The following singular duel lately took place at Bayran Sarah.---Two Negroe wenches, (he property of Mr. Bailey Chaney)


quarrelled during the absence of the family---a challenge was immediately given and accepted, they found means to procure their master's pistols, and repaired to an appointed spot, where they measured off the ground, and pro ceeded to obtain satisfaction from each other for the affront given. At the first fire, one of the sable heroines received a ball in the shoulder---and after ineffectually endeavouring to discharge her pistol, threw it contemptuously away, and the affair ended.---(New York Paper.)

William Fletcher, Esq. has been appointed to a seat in the 'Irish Court of Common Pleas, in the room of Judge Johnson.

PRUSSIAN JEWS.---It is confidently reported that the Jews of Prussia have declined sending any of their rabbies to the grand sanhedrim convoked by the French government, and now actually sitting at Paris. In consequence of the invitation sent to them, the rulers and heads of tribes among the Prussian Jews have assembled, and declared in the most unequivocal, clear, and solemn manner, that Prussia is their country, that they never wish for a better, and that it is not a point in their religion to prefer the Holy Land to any other, as has been supposed by the Christian divines. Conformable to this doctrine, they have notified, in the most public and authentic manner, this declaration, and have invited his Prussian majesty to receive their homage and oath of fealty, before the altar, at the grand synas gogue at Potsdam. It is said that his majesty has expressed much satisfac tion at this declaration, and has given the Jews to understand, that he will attend at their place of worship on his return from the army. The voluntary subscriptions of the Jews at Berlin are without example, some of them having subscribed 1000 guineas, and none under 1001. sterling.

FAMILY EMOLUMENT.---The following estimate of the sums paid out of the public money to the Grenville family, is, we understand, rather under than over the actual receipts of the emoluments and salaries attached to their respective places:

The Marquis of Buckingham, Teller of the Exchequer, nearly

about per year The profits many years ago were 24,00001. and they increase annually, as the public revenue becomes heavier.

Mr. Thomas Grenville, C. J. of Forests South of Trent, per

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Lord Grenville, Auditor of the Exchequer
First Lord of the Treasury

Lord Temple, Paymaster General

Lord Cary fort, his brother-in-law, Postmaster General

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MURDER.---Lately was apprehended, in Carlisle, by Spence, a messenger from Paisley, Matthew Smith, accused of the murder of a female child, about three months old, in Paisley. The infant was the illegitimate offspring of a writer, in Paisley, who had given the mother of the child (Agnes Kelly) the sum of 31. to assist in maintaining her offspring, which was consumed in drink, between her and Matthew Smith, with whom, it appears, she had some connection. Not knowing where to get a fresh supply, Smith strangled the innocent, and laid it beneath the root of an old tree in the garden, and sent for the apprentice of a doctor in Paisley, it is supposed, with a view of selling the body for the purpose of dissection !---When they had arrived at the spot, the child having somewhat recovered, was crying. The monster, Smith, then took it by the heels, and dashed its head against the ground with all his force, five or six times; but the mould being soft, this experiment was not sufficient to terminate the existence of the poor little sufferer. The child still breathing, the doctor's apprentice tied a handkerchief, as tight as possible, round the stomach, to prevent the playing of the lungs. Notwithstanding these various devices, life was not yet totally extinct. In order to complete their hellish intent, Smith held the child's head in a bucket of water, which terminated its sufferings. The child was then put into a rag cellar, and was discovered shortly after, by the nauserous smell, with one of the feet, and part of the leg, eaten away by rats. Such complicated barbarity could not escape the all-seeing eye of a just Providence. The very means which were used for the accomplishment of this most strange and most unnatural murder, were the means of its discovery. The handker chief which was tied round the infant's body belonged to the master of the ap prentice, and was marked with his name. Accordingly he was suspec ed; he owned the handkerchief, but denied any knowledge of the transaction. The apprentice then confessed, and turned evidence for the crown; whereupon messengers were dispatched in every direction; and Smith was discovered as above related. He was next morning sent off to take his trial.


In Cumberland Place, the Lady of Sir Wm. Blackett, Bart. of a daughter.


In the 26th year of her age, the Right Hon. Lady Eliz. Digby, daughter of the late and sister to the present Earl of Digby. Lord Ponsonby, fatherin-law to Viscount Howick, at his house in Seymour place. Toptham, Devon, General Simcoe. In Cavendish-street, Lady Alva, aged about 90 years. In Brook-street, H. Hayes, Esq. one of the commissioners for the affairs of taxes..

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Anecdote of a Cornish Borough.. 364
Oliver Cromwell .....
Biographical Sketch of Mr. Ray-
Miscellanea. No. II.-Anecdote
of Alexander the First......... 372
Extract from a Paper, never print-
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and public Diversions of Spain 375
Civilized and Barbarous Nations. 380
Conferring and receiving Favours 383

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Dellingborough Castle
Pilkington's Violet Vale
The Belgian Traveller
Bishop of London's beneficial Ef-
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teinporal Concerns of Mankind 401








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By J. Wright, No. 38, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell. And published by Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, in the Poultry sold, also, by all the Booksellers in

the United Kingdom.


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Speech of the Lords Commissioners
to both Houses of Parliament 424

Domestic Events, &c.



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