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gatur&a# to LONDON, FEB. 12. WE stated in our last that the young' Duke of Ne- YV mours had been elected King of Belgium. It appears, however, that the King of the French had re- fused the crown for his son, to avoid giving offence to the other Continental Sovereigns, and in conformity with the Protocol of the Five Great Powers that no relative of the mediating Powers should occupy the throne of Belgium. The French funds have got up in consequence of this. A deputation from the Belgic Congress, sent to offer the Crown to the young Prince, consisting of nine Members, with the President, arrived at Paris OIl Sunday. Three of them had preceded the rest by some hours, and were immediately presented to King Louis Philip by the Belgic Envoy Count de Celles. His Majesty is said to have received them in the most gracious manner, to have presented them to his family, and to have dismissed them with hearts full of gratitude. An hotel of the Government is assigned to the deputation during its stay, where its expenses will be defrayed at the public cost. The Brussels papers, received to the 9th inst. are unwilling to believe that the King of France is serious ia rejecting their Crown. These 0 papers give a fright- ful picture of the state of fermentation, bordering on anarchy, which prevails in Belgium. In Ghent there are almost daily contests between the party of the Prince of Orange and that of the Provisional Govern- ment and Congress. A skirmish that lately took place, in which some were killed and wounded, has been seized as a pretext by the government for suspending all the authorities, and declaring that city out of the pale of the law. A Pro-consul has been sent from Brussels, who treats the inhabitants of Ghent as foreign •enemies, and dismisses with insolence the magistrates from the Hotel de Ville. The Duke de Nemours had been proclaimed King at Gheut, and in all the other towns of Belgium, as soon as the accounts had arrived from Brussels of his election. The Dutch papers shew the continuance of a good understanding between the States-General, and of his Majesty's unimpaired popularity in Holland. The "Dutch Court seemed to be inspired with some fresh hopes of an intervention by the Great Powers favour- able to the Prince of Orange's accession to the throne -of Belgium. The decision of the National Congress was not known at the Hague when these accounts left. Accounts from Warsaw, in the Hamburgh .papers, leave little hope of accommodation between the Russians and Poles till after the decision of victory. 'The Polish Diet have declared the throne vacant, or, in other words, deprived the Emperor Nicholas of the Crown. General Diebitsch has been appointed Go- vernor of Poland, and is reported to have moved his head-quarters from Grodno on the 11th of January. No actual hostilities, however, had yet been commenced. The Poles do not seem to be.,dispirited at the nearer approach of the enemy; patriotic gifts continue to pour into the Treasury, and instances of individual devotion are as numerous as before. Prince Radzivil fhas addressed a proclamation to them, the object of which,is;to sustain them, upon-the eve of the encounter,, ••by representing, that even should the first chances of war be against them, the fate of Poland could not be decided upon the field of battle. The Polish army is posted upon Praga. These papers represent the public indignation at Warsaw as very great at the treachery -on the part of Chlopicki, the late Dictator. There seems to be no doubt but that he .was in constant cor- respondence with the Grand Duke rConstantine throughout; and letters have been found in which he takes credit to himself for having',restrained the people from further revolutionary excesses. A motion .lias been made in the diet to. impeach him of.treason; but for the present it is suspended. General Diebitsch has been appointed by the Emperor Governor of Poland. The accounts from Spain savour of a war in the: highest degree. Great augmentations of the troops are every day taking place; the strong places are being put into a state of defence, and great efforts are making- (to procure, for. the Government the necessary supplies for the.sinews of war. The object of all this,is. said toj be the restoration of the exiled family to the thorne of France, by means of a co-operation with the Carlistsl in the., interior. New York papers; to the ,5tli ult. have arrived. Hi would appear from their contents that the last accountsj received from this country, on the 1st of'December* had raised an expectation that war would soon break out in Europe. A good deal of. excitement was pro-j duced by those accounts on the New York corn market 'where a tendency to high prices had previously existed] and a rise of from iM) to 62i, cents per barrel consei quently took place. Dispatches have been received from the, Duke of Cambridge at Hanover. They are stated to recam-t taend to his Majesty some concessions to the people of that country, and that the recommendation is to be im4 mediately acted upon. Cabinet Councils were held on Tuesday and Thurs- .day; and immediately on thebreaking up of the former .iXtord Palmerston joined the. Conference of the Repre4 sentatives of the Great Powers on the affairs of Bell gium, which continued upwards of four hours. Des-j patches were sent off the same evening to Lord Pon-f1 Bonby at Ba-us^els^and. to Lord Granville at Paris.—j The Ministers of the Great- Powers had another meet4 ing on Tuesday, which continued three hours. Their Majesties continue in the enjoyments of unin- terrupted good health, and take daily carriage airings > aver the beautiful, Downs. Seket parties dine at the Royal table everyj day.. Their Majesties will visit Drury-lane Theatre on the 22d inst., when the School for Scandal will be ^cted and ,two days after they .will visit Covent- Garden, on which occasiott Miss* F. Kemble will per- form Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing. The boxes are already taken at both houses. The Brighton Guardian says-" A paragraph has ■ appeared in a weekly paper, and copied into the Lon- don Papers, stating that a fracas had taken place be- tween the young gentlemen at the Pavilion and the juvenile visitors, the details of which have but one fault, and that is a bouncer—they are destitute of truth. The matter so gravely alluded to was of a light and laughable character, and totally unmeriting par- ticular notice." The Duke of Sussexis said to have completely re- covered from his late indisposition. An order in Council, in Friday night's Gazette, de- clares- the port of St. George', in the island tof Grenada, a free warehousing port. The 50th Regiment, will be gazetted in a few days .-as a Royal Regiment, his Majesty. having been gra- ciously pleased to confer this idistinction, by styling '•them the Queen's Own. Some few months ago a discovery was made at the Custom House of a fraud, to a considerable amount, having been committed by one of the clerks of the es- tablishment, who has since absconded. Within, the last two or three days another discovery of fraud has been made, and the guilty party, like his predecessor in crime, has safely decamped. It is greatly feared i.that frauds have been committed to an immense extent, as almost every week brings to lightsome transaction 'of the kind. By mere accident it was discovered on Tuesday that 15 puncheons of rum had been obtained from the West India docks, with perfect documents, without CMC,farthing of the duty having been paid The term of Mr. Alexander's imprisonment in New- gate for political libels, expired on Thursday. It is stated that considerable alterations are about to be made by the Lord Chancellor in the offices of the Masters of Chancery, the Registars, and the Six Clerks' offices. Mr. Stanley, who was defeated by Mr. Hunt at Preston, has been returned for Windsor in the room of Sir H. Vivian and Sir R. B. Williams Bulkeley, Bart. for Beaumaris in the room of his father, deceased. Mr. Scales has defeated his opponent, Mr. D. W. Harvey, as a candidate for the Aldermanic gown of; Portsoken Ward, by a majority of 28. A scrutiny has however been demanded by both parties, which is to take place on Monday. It is said, that the enlisting of sailors for the navy, is quietly going oil in the vicinity of Wapping, where a considerable number of men are daily picked up by the naval officers employed in the recruiting service. The Civil List Committee met on Tuesday, and appointed Sir Henry Parnell their Chairman. The following are the members:—Sir H. Parnell, Mr. Goulburn, Sir R. Peel, Lord Althorp, Mr. Arbuthnot, Lord Morpeth, Mr. Herries, Mr. Humei Mr. F. Lewis, Mr. Baring, Mr. Bankes, Mr. M. Fitzgerald, Sir E. Knatchbull, Mr. Ward, Mr. Maberly, Mr. J. JE. Littleton, Sir John Newport, Mr. H. Drummond, Mr. Palmer (Berks), Mr. T. S. Rice, and Lord Lowther. A Charter, which now only awaits the royal signa- ture, it is stated, is to be granted to the University of London, bestowing on it all the privileges and powers at present enjoyed by other universities, the granting degrees in theology alone excepted; in compensation for which privation the University of London is to be enabled to grant newly-invented degrees of Master of; Medicine and Surgery, in addition to those better known of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Medicine. On Saturday the deputations from the different East India Committees, who are at present in London, had an interview with Earl Grey. Their principal object was to impress Ministers with the necessity of a speedy decision and declaration on the snbject of the trade with China. The interview upon the whole is stated to have been satisfactory, though nothing at all decisive was elicited. The Glasgow deputation has arrived in London since the interview, having been de- tained by the weather and the state of the roads. The General Committee, composed of all the deputations, is about to resume its labours. A meeting of the gentry and other inhabitants of Dublin, was held on the 5th at the Mansion-House, to adopt measures and collect subscriptions for the relief of the poor in this extremely inclement season. The Lord tytayor presided. The sum of 1,2701. was sub- scribed qn .the spot. ;Of this the Lord Lieutenant gave 3001. the Bank of Ireland, 2001. T. D. Latouche, Esq., 1001. the Archbishop of Dublin, 201.; Arthur Guinness, Esq., 501. The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland has, at his own private ex pence, chartered vessels at Cork and Larne, and ^hipped potatoes, for .the relief of the distressed peasantry in the western and south- western parts of Ireland. The Dublin Evening Mail asserts, that a brig had just put into the Shannon, as though in distress, and was boarded by an inspector of the Coast Guard, who, it is supposed, had private information respecting the vessel. On a minute examination, she was found to have concealed on board her 25 cases of arms, con- taining 50 stands, each, which were seized and lodged in the King's stores, Lord Londonderry's exertions for the removal of the tax upon sea-borne coals, promise not only to be highly beneficial to the consumers of that article, but to his,Lordship himself. His Lordship is at present laying down rail-roads from the mouth of his coal pits in the north, to Seaham, where he is building a small town, and constructing n commodious harbour for the .embarkation of his coals. The ^vorks, when completed, will, it is said, make an addition of from 30,0001. t,o 40,0001. a year to this nobleman's income. Mr. Cobbett announces his intention, with the close of the present year, to close the greatest of all his labours, his immortal Register, and end his days in quiet country life and humble repose." Mr. Knight, the president of the Horticultural Society, has lately given it as his opinion, that were the potato more generally used as food for cattle, the quailtity of animal food would be materially increased. The Dumfries Journal confirms the account of the death of the Edinburgh, mail guard and coachman, whose bodies had been. found in the snow in the neigh- bourhood of Moffat. The Caledonian Mercury gives an account of the loss of the smack C?ar of Leith, in a heavy squall of snow near the North Berwick on Friday last. Nine of the crew were saved, but the remainder, five in number, including the master, and thirteen passengers, are said to have perished. It has been fully ascertained that the fire at St. Peter's church, Birmingham, was not the work of an incendiary, but was caused by the imperfect construc- tion of the flues, which were overheated, and commu- nicated the fire to the rafters. The; Minister of St.; Peter's Church,. Birmingham; the Rev. A. J. Clarke. has, since the fire, been pre" sentedwith a living ^Somersetshire by the Lord Chan- cellor, who handsomely and spontaneously made the offer. to the Rev. Gentleman's father," N. C., Clarke, Esq. K. C In the Court of, King's Bench.pu Thursday, George Cftnnon, aboQksellprin Ryder-street, Leicester-square, was found guilty of publishing immoral,and.indecent books and prints. The prosecution was instituted by the Society for the Suppression of Vice. In an action for crim con., tried in the Court of Common Pleas on Friday last,-—Calcraft v. Lord Har- borough, the plaintiff obtained a verdict of 1001. The damages were laid at 1,5001. The lady was the cele- brated Miss Love. In the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday a ma- riner named Kelsey, aged 18, recovered a verdict da- mages 501. against Captain Burnett, of the Scaleby Castle East Indiaman, for twice inflicting corporal pu- nishment upon him, and also for illegally putting him in irons during a voyage from China in 1829, on the pretence of drunkenness, and general misconduct, which was satisfactorily rebutted. The fourth action to try the validity of Mr. Cham- bers's bankruptcy (banker, of Bond-street) came be- fore Lord Lyndhurst and a Special Jury, in the Court of Exchequer, on Tuesday, when a verdict was found that Mr. Chambers had not committed an act of bank- ruptcy. The verdicts in three previous trials were di- rectly opposite. It is stated that the expenses already incurred are enormous, and that this last verdict will saddle the assignees with some very large sums. Many amusing scenes were exhibited in the height of the late demand at the banks of Limerick. The country people were, of course the urgent and almost only applicants. One of the lads in the bank, seizing a fire shovel, jvhicli was red-hot in a coal fire, brought out a lot of sovereigns on the burning metal, and threw them on the bank counter. The country fellows started with surprise at the dazzling spectacle, and their asto- nishment was increased when the clerk exclaimed in a quick voice. Here, boys, here they are; easy and we'll coin enough of them for you." The peasantry, whose eyes spread upon the shining heap, actually ima- gined there was a mint in full work at the bank, and it was funny to see them dropping the heated sovereigns, which, an instant before, they fingered with the cupidity of a miser.