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try is printed on Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday. ,
All advertisements appear in both papers, ana
are inserted at the usual rates._
By the packet ship Caledonia, Captain Gra
ham, at New York, from Liverpool, London
papers of October 20th, and Liverpool of the
21st, have been received. The Caledonia was
to have .sailed on the 16th, but was detained
five days in consequence of contrary winds.
The was a very active demand in the Cotton
Market at Liverpool.
The most interesting item of intelligence fur
nished bv this arrival is the destruction of the
House of Lords, and of the Chapel of St Ste
phen by Are on the 16th of October. This event
had naturally excited a great sensation in the
British metropolis. “ It is not (the London Cou
rier observes) that the buildings were valuable
in an architectural sense, for a less sightly and
more inconvenient place for business can scarce
ly be conceived, that the loss is of such painful
interest; but because on that spot, in those halls,
have passed some of the most memorable events
in the history of our country. They were ‘ hal
lowed in our hearts’ by a loog train of associa
tions, and we could have better spared a more
splendid work. In them had been tendered to
victorious Generals the thanks of the assembled
nation—and in them had resounded those pa
triot words which hurried on the people indig
nantly to a national contest, or directed their en
ergies to improve the national institutions. In
them sprouted forth the germs of all our civil
wisdom: and in them was cheered, when the pea
cemaker took his seat, the end of our wars.—
They may be said to have been themselves an
epitome of our history by recalling all its strik
ing Hatures. They are now at an end, never,
we presume, to be restored; for, interesting as
they were, they had become, particularly the
People’s House, no longer fit for their intended
purpose, and, like the institutions framed or ad
vocated in them during many centuries, they re
quired to be adapted to the growtliofthe nation.
Wn it the demands of orators could not achieve,
accident has accomplished, and there must now
be a new, and, we hope, a convenient House of
The antiquitv of the House of Lords we do
not recollect—but the House of Commons was
originally a chapel built by King Stephen and
dedicated to St. Stephen the Martyr. It was
rebuilt in 1374 by ‘Edward III, and assigned by
Edward VI, after the reformation for the Se
sions of the Commons House of Parliament, to
which purpose it has ever since been applied.—
Both these edifices which have thus stood for
centuries, are now in ruins. As in most cases
of conflagrations, rumour attributed it to in
cendiarism. The latest London papers, how
ever generally concur that there is not the slight
est reason to suppose that its origin was other
than accidental.
The following account of particulars is from
the London Times:
London, Oct. 18.—Shortly before seven o’
clock last night, the inhabitants of Westmins
ter, and of the districts on the opposite banks of
the river, were thrown into the utmost confu
sion and alarm by the sudden breaking out of
the most terrific conflagration, that has been
Witnessed f >r many years past. Those in the
imme.t a e vicinity of the scene of this calamity
were q uC'Cly convinced of the truth of the cry,
that the House of Lords and Commons and the
adjacent buildings were on fire; the ill news
spread rapidly through the town, and the flames
increasing, anil mounting higher and higher
with fearful rapidity, attracted the attention of
not only the passengers in the streets, but if we
may judge from the thousands of persons who
in a few minuts were seen hurrying to West
minster, of the vast majority of the inhabitants
of the metropolis.
From the new pile 01 ouuoings, in which art?
Parliament offices, down to the end of the
speaker’s house, the flames were shooting fast
and furious thro’ every window. The roof of
Mr. Ley’s house, of the House of Commons,
and of the speaker’s house had already fallen
in, and as far us they were concerned, it was
quite evident that the cpnttagration had done
its worst. The tower, between these buildings
and the Jerusalem Chamber, was a light on eve
ry floor. The roof had partially fallen in, but
had not yet broken clean through the floors.—
The rafters were all blazing, and from the vol
ume of flame which they vomited forth through
the broken casements, great fears were enter
tained for the safety of the other tenements in
Cotton-garden. The fire, crackling and rust
ling with prodigious noise as it went along, soon
devoured all the interior of this tower, which
contained, we believe, the library of the House
of Commons. By 11 o’clock it was reduced to
a mere shell, illuminated, however, from its
base to Us summit, in the most bright and glow
ing tints of flame. The two oriel windows,
which fronted the river, appeared to have their
frame-works fringed with innumerable sparkles
of lighted gas, and as those trame-works yield
ed before the violence of the fire, seemed to
open a clear passage right through the edifice
for the destructive element. Above the upper
window was a strong beam of wood burning
fiercely from end to end. It was evidently the
main support of the upper part of the building,
and as the beam was certain to be reduced in a
short time to ashes, apprehensions were enter
tained of the speedy tall of the whole edifice.—
At this time the voices of the firemen were dis
tinctly heard preaching caution,and their shapes
were indistinctly seen in the lurid light flitting
about in the most dangerous situations. Simul
taneously were heard, in other parts, of the
frontage to the river, the smashing of windows,
the battering down of wooden partitions, and
the heavy clatter of falling bricks, all evidently
displaced for the purpose of stopping the ad
vance of the flames. The engines ceased to
play on the premises whose destruction wasln
evitabto, and poured their discharges upon the
neighboring houses which were yet unscathed.
A little after 12 o’clock the library tower fell in
ward with a dreadful crash, and shortly after
wards the flame, as if it had received fresh ali
ment, darted up in one startling blaze, which
is almost immediately quenched in a dense
■imn of black smoke. - As soon as this
-e cleared away, the destructive ravages of
-e became more evident. Through a vis
'«ning walls yon beheld the Abbey frown
Ing In melancholy pride over its defaced and
shattered neighbors. As far as you could judge
from the river, the work of ruin was accom
plished but too effectually in the Parliamentary
buildings which skirt its shores.
The appearance of the fire from the corner
of Abingdon street was also exceedingly strik
ing. For a length of time the exertions of the
firemen appeared to be principally directed to
ggve that part of the House of Lords which
consisted of the tower that rose above the por
tico. All the rest of the line of building was
enveloped in flames which had extended them
selves along the whole (except the wings) of
that part of the adjacent building to the left
that front Abingdon street, and the upper stones
of which were committee rooms, while at the
basement were the stone steps leading to the
House of Commons. The wing of this build
ing, however, which rose high above the rest,
the upper part being a portion of Bellamy s,
and the lower being used as a receptacle of
great coats, &c. of members of the House of
Commons, was for some time, like the tower
above the portico at the entrance of the House
of Lords, but slightly injured by the flames, and
these two objects seeming to boumfthe ravages
of the fire and to offer successful resistance to
its further progress, while all between them was
in one uninterrupted blaze, attracted universal
attention. The flames did not, in fact, extend
beyond these two points, but seemed to exhaust
themselves in the destruction of them. They
took fire nearly at the same moment, and burn
ing furiously for nearly half an hour, the whole
structure from the entrance of the Commons
to the entrance of the House of Lords, presented
one bright sheet of flame. At length the roofs
and ceilings gave w’ay, and when the smoke
and sparks that followed the crash of the heavy
burning mass that fell had cleared away, no
thing met the eye but an unsightly ruin, tinted
with the dark red glare reflected from the smoul
dering embers at its feet.
Half past two o’clock.—w estmmster-hall is, we
think, quite safe. The fire still burns furiously
among the ruins it has made, but its power to
do further mischief appears to have ceased; it is
confined within the limits of the walls of the
two houses already destroyed. Fresh engines
and fresh supplies of men are coming to the
scene of devastation, and a continual roll of wa
ter is showered upon the ruins; but our ordi
nary engines are totally incapable of contend
ing with such a conflagration, and our engine
system wants the great element of efficiency—a
general superintendent. Each fire-office acts
according to its own view; there is no obedience
to one chief, and consequently, where the com
pletes! co-operation is necessary, all is confusion
or contradiction. Up to the last we observed
no disturbance: and indeed, before three o’clock
there was scarcely a person to be seen except
the soldiers and firemen. The myriads had all
quietly dispersed; and the only sound heard was
the crackling of timbers, or the heaving of the
fire pumps.
The Painted Chamber and the whole cf the
House of Lords and Commons, including the
Library and Mr. Ljy’s house, are entirely de
stroyed; and the south wall of the Library has
fallen in; part of the Speakers house is also de
stroyed. The Parliament offices, at the west end
of the House of Lords, which are entered from
Abington street, by the gateway at the Star and
Garter public house, arc saved, together with all
the books and papers they contained, and all
the books from the Library. The books and
furniture of these two buldings were removed
early by the police, and placed in the yard ad
joining, and in the terraced garden, covered
w.ith carpets and tarpaulins.
The following is the Official Report upon the
damage done to the buildings, furniture &c. of
the two Houses of Parilament, the speakers offi
cial residence, the official residence of the Clerk
of the House of Commons, and to the Courts of
Law’ at Westminster Hall, occasioned by the fire
on the 16th of October, 1834, as far as can at
present be ascertained:
The House Robing Rooms, Committee
Rooms in the west front, and the rooms of
the resident officers, ns tar as the Octagon Tow
er at the south end of the building—totally de
The Painted Chamber—totally destroyed.
The north end of the Royal Gallery abutting
on the Painted Chamber—destroyed from the
door leading to the Painted Chamber as far as
the first compartment of columns.
The Library and the adjoining rooms, which
are now undergoing alterations, as well as the
Parliament Offices and the Offices of the Lord
Great Chamberlain, .together with the Commit
tee Rooms, Housekeeper’s Apartments Ac. in
this part of the building, are saved.
House or Commons.
The House, Libraries, Committee Rooms,
Housekeeper’s apartments, Ac. are totally de
stroyed (excepting the Committee Rooms, Nos.
11. 12, 13, and 14, which are-capable of being
repaired ) ‘
The official residence of Mr. Ley (Clerk of
the House)—this building is totally destroyed.
The official residence of the Speaker. The
State Drawing Room under the House of Com
mons is much damaged, but capable of resto
All the rooms from the oriel window to the
south side of the House of Commons are de
The Levee Rooms and other parts of the
building, together with the public galleries and
part of the cloisters, very much damaged.
These buildings will require some restoration.
No damage has been done to this building.
The furniture, fixtures, and fittings to both
the Houses of Lords and Commons, with the
Committee Rooms belonging thereto, is, with
few exceptions, destroyed. The public furni
ture at the Speaker’s house is in great part de
The furniture generally of these buildings
has sustained considerable damage.
The strictest inquiry is in progress as to the
cause of this calamity, but there is not the slight
est reason to suppose that it has arisen from any
other than accidental causes.
Office of Woods, <fc. 17tA October, 1S34.
On receiving intelligence of this national dis
aster, the King immediately placed the palace
newly erected in St. James’s Park at the dis
posal of the nation.
The Sun gives the following account of the
origin of the fire. In the removal of papers
from the Exchequer to the House of Lords,
some men were employed in burning a great
number of old documents unnecessary to be
kept Th doing this, the chimney caught fire,
and communicated with the timbers of the
The loss, considered as an ordinary busi
| ness affair, Is estimated at half a million ster
The weather continued uncommonly fine in
England, more so than had been known for a
length of years. A second growth of apples
had been formed on a tree at West Derby on
the second week in October.
There had been several frauds on the Dum
fries banks. A man by the name of McGeorge
had obtained £1000 under false pretences. He
was traced to a packet ship bound to New York,
and there arrested, by a private creditor, who
compromised his debt of £150 for £50, on his
pleading poverty. Being released, instead of
taking passage in the ship he secreted himself
in lodgings on a remote part of the Cheshire
shore, but the police, suspecting he was the
man whom the proprietors of the Dumfries
Bank wanted, kept watch upon his movements,
and they ascertained that he had made ar
rangements-with boatmen to be put on board
the Virginia after she had passed the rock. In
the mean time one of the bank partners arrived
in search of McGeorge, and applying to the po
lice, discovered where he was staying, and he
was apprehended, in company with his brother,
at their lodgings in the neighborhood of Liver
pool. He was, when taken, in possession of 400
sovereigns, and a considerable quantity of sil
ver, besides articles of value. The prisoner
was recognized by the party in search of him,
and conveyed back to Dumfries.
Intelligence had been received in England of
the extreme illness of Lord Bentinck, Governor
General of India, at Bangalore.
The Camden, a fine ship from Canton, had
arrived at Greenock, the first tea ship ever hav
ing entered at Scotland.
John Patterson has been elected Governor of
the Bank of England, in the room of Richard
Mee Raikes, who had become disqualified. 1 i
mothy Curtis is recommended by the Directors
ns the successor to Mr. Pattison in the office of
Deputy Governor.
Lord Ealmerston, it is stated, will be propos
ed to th^Court of Directors by Government as
the new Governor Genera! of India. They are
said to have decidedly rejected Mr. Charles
The Tea Ttade.—The clearance or teas con
tinued pretty extensive. The week (October
18) it amounted to 1S9 large chests, 86 half
chests, and 736 quarter chests; making in the
aggregate 581,906 lbs. The company’s decla
ration for the December sale is equal in amount
to the last, and some curiosfcy is felt to learn
the result, as, before it commences, several
large arrivals of free-trade tea will come in
from Singapore.
Attempt at Assassination.—The Liverpool
Mercury of October 18 says:—
“A most diabolical and cold-blooded murder
was attempted yesterday morning at the Custom
house, on the person of William Southgate, Esq.
Surveyor of the warehouses at this port. He
was crossing the Court Yard in the interior
of the building about ten o’clock, when a
man named Norman Welch (a weigher) went
close to him, drew a horse pistol from beneath
his coat, and deliberately fired at him. Mr.
Southgate perceived the pistol and stepped back
which prevented the ball passing directly through
the vitals. It entered the left side, just be
neath the heart, and passing through the body,
lodged on the opposite side, so as easily to be
felt on examination. The ball has since been
extracted by Dr. Hannay and Mr. M’Culloch
who declare their patient to be in imminent dan
ger. Inflamation has supervened, and his con
dition is as unfavorable as was anticipated by
the worst fears of his attendants.
P. S.—Mr. Southgate expired on Sunday at
noon, after lingering in great agony from the
time he received the fatal wound. Welch has
been committed to Bridewell.
Mr. Livingston our Minister to the Court of
France arrived in Paris on the 13th of October.
It was reported that Mr. L. was authorized by
the American government to reduce its claims
by one-third.
The Paris Constitutional, however of die 14th
Oct. states that it has been authorized by Mr.
Livingston, to declare that he has received no
instructions from the Government of the United
States to agree to any compromise whatever,
relative to the 25.000,000, claimed of France,
and further that Mr. Livingston is sure no such
instruction will ever be transmitted to him.
Intelligence was received yesterday from Mar
seilles of the cholera having broken out at Oran
on the 10th, and some of the soldiers had alrea
dy fallen victims to it. Notice of this lamenta
ble event had been communicated to the Boards
of Health at Marseilles and Toulon, in order
that they may take the necessary precautions.
French paper of Oct. 17.
The cost of the French Army during the pre
sent year, is a fraction short of ten millions ster
The affairs of the Queen Regent are said to
be unpromising in the northern provinces.—
Don Carlos had assumed the offensive and at
tacked Jaureguy on the 3d at Villa Franca. A
captain of the garrison at Echarri, Aranza. had
promised to betray that place to Zumalacarre
guy, but as a body of Carlists were scaling it by
night, a musket went off by chance, gave the
alarm and the surprise failed.
The Indicateur de Bordeax of the 14th ultimo,
has the following:—“The health of Mina im
proves daily. His nomination has not only been
received with joy by the army, but' also by the
entire population of every part of Navarre and
A Law’ had unanimously passed the Cortez
declaring Don Carlos and his descendants to
have forfeited all right to the Crow n of Spain,
and forbidding him to re-enter the Spanish terri
The Indicateur de Bordeaux, which first ac
credited the report of the capture of Bilboa.
contradicts it, saying that a trincadera had ar
rived, which had left Bilboa on the 10th, and
declared the rumor groundless. The town was
said to have been taken on the 8th. The Car
lists appear to have attacked it on the 5th, with
out success.
A telegraph from Bayonne, dated the 15th
Oct. announces, that on the 9th General Loren
zo assumed the chief-command ad interim, of
the army. Order prevails among all corps of
the Queen’s forces. Cordova is pursuing Zu
malacarreguy in the direction of the Amescoas.
Oraa is in Borunda to second his movement.
There is a great want of money at the Span
ish Treasury. It is so great that Count Toreno
is said to have declared it quite impossible to go
on much longer without money, and to have
formed the intention of resigning if the loan
cannot be contracted for before the end of the
month. 4
Charles Kemble had just arrived at Paris,
from a tour in Germany and Switzerland.
At Germany there were under arrest between
2 and 3.000 individuals, under charges for poli
tical offences.
The bodies of forty-three persons had been
taken from the cellars, who ha(j been burnt at
a dreadful fire at Wiemer, near yj.
From the Correspondent of the Newark Daily
Chribtienstadt, Santa Cruz, Oct. 2,1834.
When 1 tell you that the delicious climate or
these Islands is a sovereign specific for the com
mon pulmonary affections of our country, you
may smile, and think of the near sighted doctor
who wrote, upon the unexpected recovery of a
certain French patient after eating a bit of her
ring, that “red herring cures a Frenchman of
fever!” But, nevertheless, I hazard the asser
tion and call upon a numerous company of re
stored invalids, a “cloud of witnesses,” to sup
port me in it. My surprise is that hitherto so I
little has been said on the subject. Time out of
mind the healing virtues of the climate of Santa
Cruz have been more or less known and expe
rienced. None have been here without acknow
ledging it, yet you seldom hear it named, while
multitudes are yearly sent abroad to pursue
health in far less congenial latitudes. I will not
pretend however, to speak so much from com
parison, but one thing 1 know positively, that
whereas I was sick, now I am well. Of this
there can be no mistake.
The great recommendation of the island to
invalids, is its mild and uniform temperature.—
We came out in January, and during the whole
interval have not experienced a single day of
unpleasant weather; unless you would call the
occasional sudden showers which drench the
Island, such. The extremes of heat and cold
which so try feeble constitutions in the United
States, are never felt here. Summer and winter,
spring and autumn are all the same, or nearly
so—During the past summer the thermometer
never rose higher than 90, and in the coldest
day we ever experienced, it stood at 60 meridi
an. The average I should state at 70. \ ou
will not be surprised therefore, when I say
coughs and colds never originate here. Perpet
ual verdure clothes the whole island; and there
are trees on the place from which I now write
containing at the same time fruit and flowers.
But the most striking evidence of the almost un
varying mildness of the weather is the fact that
the cattle of the Island graze in the fields all the
i year rounu.
The few families in town who keep cows with
out land, buy their supplies, new mown grass,
lrom day to day, of the negroes from the planta
tions. Living is expensive, owing to the remote
and insulated situation of the island. All the
i supplies come from New York or Copenhagen,
i The arrival of the monthly packet from our
Commercial Emporium, you may be assured, is
: a momentous event with us: for it brings all we
I can know'of the world from which we are sepa
I The inhabitants, who are chiefly Danes, (the
I Island belongs to Denmark) know little, and
i care less about the political and commercial re
: volutions which agitate the rest of the world,
i They have no politics: no newspapers, except a
i tiny semi-monthly sheet, which is about as much
like a leafof one of Noah Webster’s old spelling
books, as it is like a newspaper. But still they
are a kind folk: as mild, bland and hospitable
as their climate. The slaves are treated with
the greatest kindness throughout. Each fami
l ly has a snug little hut by itself, and on Sunday
I they are released from all sevice. They then
j come into town and give themselves up to the
j pleasures of music and dancing. They are not
otherwise vicious in the remotest degree. In
deed, the low and debasing vices which cha
racterize other civilized society are wholly un
known in Santa Cruz.
The slave population is about 20,000; having i
never heard of “the rights of man,” and igno
rant of “the Age of Reason,” they know’ no
thing of those indefinable aspirations, that ach
ing void within, which produces such continual
restlessness in our happy country, and are con
sequently quiet and content; all their iritsona
ble wants being supplied. Nothing can exceed
the tranquility which prevails here, and 1 have
often exclaimed, in contemplating the establish
I ments of the ancient families of the island,
“If Happiness is to be found in the world,
The heart that is humble might hope for it here.”
As you have probably already surmised, there
is nothing like enterprise among this quiet peo
ple. Indeed there is hardly room for it on a
speck in the ocean whose w’hole circumference
is scarcely fifty miles. And when I tell you that
the imports of the Island have been for years
I more than twice the amount of its exports you
j w’ill readily conceive that society must be in a
1 retrograde mo'ion.
ZCj* We are requested to announce Phii.ip N.
Amiss as a candidate to represent the County of
Rappahanock in the next General Assembly of
of Virginia.
fcjp YVe are authorised to announce to the
voters of the Congressional District composed
of the counties of Westmoreland, Richmond,
Northumberland, Lancaster, King George Staf
ford and Prince William, that John Taliaferro.
Esq., has, in compliance with the wish of many
voters, consented to become a candidate at the
next election of a Representative for that Dis
trict in the Congress! of the Pnited States.
Valuable Farms atul Merchant Mills For Sale.
BEING desirous to remove to the west, the
subscriber offers for sale the FARM on
which he lives, on Apple Pie Ridge, four miles
north of Winchester, containing 250 acres.—
The improvements consist of a two story brick
dwelling house, barn, stable, and all neces
Jjjiiisary out-houses. A never failing stream of
water runs through it, and the fences are in
good order.
Also—A farm of 140 acres 'ying near the
mountain, 6 miles from Winchester, a good ta
vern stand, and now occupied as such by
Patrick Molon.
Also, the STONE MILL lying on Babb’s Run,
within half a mile of the last farm, and two
miles of the first, with between 70 or 80 acres of
land. All communications by mail (post paid)
will be attended to. JOEL LUPTON.
Frederick county, nov 18—eotf
JUST received by the subscribers, a fresh
supply of the Petersburg Cotton Osnaburgs,
a superior article. Also, on hand, three bales
Negro Kerseys. A. C. CAZENOVE <fc Co.
nov 14
FROM off my counter, on Saturday evening
last, between the hours of 5 and 7, 1 piece of
Merino, containing between 25 and 30 yards, i
(of a dark plum color); also, 9 or 10 yards of I
blue-black Velvet. Five Dollars reward will be <
given for apprehending the thief and securing I
the goods, or Two Dollars for the goods. 1
nov 19—3t BETSY CROOK.
Ndllification in Georgia.—Some weeks
we stated that another citation had been i i?°
ktr tha finnromo Pnnrt In Ikn Ot.i. * _ ^
t>y the Supreme Court to the State of Georp
n relation to an Indian lately tried and con ’
ed in that State, on a charge of murder. Jv
brings up, again, the old question of jurisdict **
over the ladian Territory within the limnT*
the State of Georgia. The Governor ofGen' ?
has sent a message to the Legislature on the^*
ject. In it he says—‘i shall wholly
says-»l shall wholly diSregardj:
such unconstitutional requisitions, of w|)dtev^
character or origin, and, to the utmost of *
power, protect and defend the rights of
State, and use the means afforded me to nr
tain the Laws and Constitution ofthesame'
This sounds much like Ncluficatiox, althoiJ
forsooth! the Governor is a Union man and*
is the State of Geoigia a Union State! A Inter
from Milledgeville says:—“In the House, t|*
message and accompanying documents wfp,
ordered to be printed, and the subject was o
ferred to a Select Committee. The subject till
have to betaken up in the course of next
as Graves has been sentenced to be hungoti
Friday, the 21st of this month, and the final,
tion of the Legislature may have to he com*..
nicated to the sheriff of Walker county, before
the day of execution. After this message 0fth«
Governor, and the approbation which the Union
men have given, and will give, to the principle,
expressed in it, I believe that every one will p*r.
ceive how puerile it was to bestow, so lavishly,,
it was done, on the members of the Union pan,
the term submissionists.” So then, it st*emV
that Nullification is reprobated in Georgia, only
when it is practised by South Carolina. "Tbt
case being altered, alters the case.”
Our reuders will thus perceive, that the old
trouble is revived afresh. What complexion it
may now assume, we cannot tell. We shall
watch its progress with some solicitude. The
Governor of Georgia seems to be in earnest in
his course. He recommended in his annual
message to the Legislature, to make it highly
penal for any citizen of his State to give aid or
counsel to the Indians, or bring any question
touching their rights before any tribunal of that
State or of the United States! And he conclud
ed the same message by saying—“A deep sense
of official duty, and a fixed and unalterable de
termination to maintain the rights of the Slate
from whatever quarter, and under whatever
disguise they muy be assailed, compel me to per
form my duty to my constituents, regardless of
all personal considerations.”
Destruction or the British Parliament
House.—Our columns, to-day, contain the par
ticulars of the burning of the buildings used,
for a long series of years, for the sitting of the
British Parliament. The loss of the buildings,
as architectural productions, is not lamenied
for they were both paltry in style, inconvenient
in their arrangements, and in every way but
little creditable to the national taste: but there
were ancient and powerful associations con
nected with these dusty halls that would render
it imposible to contemplate their ruins with
out emotion. “Here,” says Bell’s Messenger,
“ within these walls the most memorable of free
dom’s battles were fought—here the Great Char
ter of English liberty was first unfolded for the
protection of the people—and here an humble
member of the House of Commons (Hampden)
dared to brave the power of a royal despot.
Within the now bare, blackened, and roofless
walls of St. Stephen’s Chapel did Willliam Ru
fus, with the nobles of his court, prostrate him
self in prayer, and Edward III. gave to Hea
ven hours which were not devoted to the happi
ness of his subjects. The House of Lords, too,
—the first Legislative chamber in the world—
was not without a host of recollections which
rendered it an object of venerable respect in
the eyes of the country. Here stood Elizabeth,
in all the pride of regal triumph, announcing
the destruction of the Spanish Armada—whose
foundering fleet formed the never-to-be-forgot
ten needle work decoration of the lofty walls;—
here William III. gave the Bill of Rights to
Englishmen;—and here the final words were
spoken which gave toleration to the Dissenter,
emancipation to the Catholic, and freedom to
the slave.”
Mr. Parker's Balloon Ascension has been port*
poned until Friday next.
The last weekly report of interments, k°®
the Baltimore Board of Health, mentions 35
cases cs arising from Cholera. The H‘,ar<*
state that the disease is declining. W e sincere
ly hope so.
The Globe contradicts the report that a sa
lute was fired from a Revenue Cutter at Haiti
more in honor of the Jackson triumph in
Pen and Ink Drawing ‘has been brought W
admirable perfection in England. In portraiu
it is used with the greatest neatness, delicacy,
and brilliancy. •
Cobbett recently gave three lectures in Pnh
lin relating chiefly to poor laws. They were
well attended that he cleared one hundred and
hirty pounds from the receipts.
A circumstance of the most unparallell^j,
trocity recently took place in the upper pa
Charles county, Maryland. The facts, a
s they have come to light, and there has
o concealment, are briefly these: A free
ion by the name of Ben Day, had. it ’
xcited feelings of jealousy in the husband
lack woman belonging to Mr. John M. ’
f the same county, which caused him m
ie bloody revenge, for a real or supp'J®
rievance, which I am now about to recot
he husband, upon returning home from •

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