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The Gazette of yesterday afternoon announces that dispatches have been received from Captain Hobson, R N., Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand, inclosing the Proclamations issued by him in the name and on the behalf of her Majesty Queen Victoria, on assuming the full Sovereignty of the Islands of New Zealand, in virtue of a treaty dated the 5th day of February last, made between Capt. Hobson on behalf of her Britannic Majesty, and the Chiefs of the principal Tribes of those islands. Her Majesty and Prince Albert and suites left the Castle at Windsor shortly after three o'clock on Thursday in an open carriage and four, with an escort of the Life Guards, for Claremont, where the Royal Pair purposed remaining until after the funeral of the late Princess Augusta. The Duchess of Kent also left for Ingestre House, and Viscount Melbourne for his residence in South-street, Grosvenor-square. Her Majesty put on mourning for the late Princess Augusta the day after the demise of her Royal High- ness, and will continue to wear it for three months. The court mourning is, according to precedent, for three weeks. The Globe of yesterday observes-" We hear that Parliament will be further prorogued on the 16th of the ensuing month." The Duke of Wellington is now entertaining the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort, the Marquis of Salis- bury, the Marquis of Bute, Lady Augusta Somerset, the Right Hon. Charles Arbu hnot, Lord and Lady Fitzroy Somerset, Miss Somerset, and a large party at Walmer The will of the late Earl of Durham has been proved in the Prerogative Courts of York and Canterbury. In the former the personal property has been sworn under 250,000/ and in the latter a much smaller amount. The will, which is entirely in the Earl's own own hand-writing, occupies merely the two first pages of a common sheet of letter paper, the attestation standing upon the head of the third page, and bequeaths ] to the Countess of Durham the whole real and personal estate of her lamented husband, without restriction or control. On Wednesday afternoon the foundation stone of the Nelson Memorial was laid on the site in Trafalgar- square, presented to the committee by her Majesty's government. The proceedings were conducted in a private manner, owing to the absence from town of noblemen and gentlemen comprising the committee. The stone was laid in order that the work may not be delayed. C. D. Scott, Esq., the honorary secretary of the committee, officiated on the occasion. The Gresham Committee assembled at Mercers' Hall on Wednesday last, when the plans of the new Royal Exchange, signed by the Lords of the Treasury, with their official approval of Mr. Tite's design, were laid before them. Mr. Tite was then appointed archi- tect and it was determined to divide the building under two contracts—the first for the foundations, which will be commenced immediately, and the second for the superstructure. The edifice is expected to be completed within ihree vears, and the area for the meeting of the merchants will, in all probability, be ready for their accommodation by the spring of 1843. At the City of London Registration Court on Wed- nesday, Mr. Mylne, the revising barrister, allowed the claims of solicitors to vote out of their offices. Last year they were successfully objected to. The claims of the Rev. Mr. Carver, Ordinary of Newgate, was re- jected on the ground that he only held the office during pleasure. The Tories claim on the result a majority of 296 votes. The Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs assembled on Wednesday at Guildhall, whence they proceeded in State to Westminster, and the Sheriffs were sworn in before the Barons of the Exchequer in the usual form. They then returned to dinner at Tallowchandlers' Hall, Dowga'e Hill. The festivities were kept up till a late hour; no politics alluded to, nor remarks made on the present election in the City; in a word, the utmost harmony prevailed, and good feelings met with nothing to disturb them. The Duke of Sutherland remitted, on the occasion of a late visit to his princely property in the North, upwards of 10,000/. due by his tenants who were in arrears to his Grace. The system of printing and extensively circulating advertisements on the postage envelopes will no longer be permitted by the Commissioners of Stamps. Private George Bennet, of the 1st dragoons, is about to be discharged. He is the last man left (except the quartermaster) out of 450 who served with the regi- ment at Waterloo, where 97 of his comrades were killed and 98 wounded. He was born in the regiment, and wears four rings for good conduct. Many inquiries having been made respecting the moneys raised for Grace Darling and others who assisted at the wreck of the Forfarshire steam-boat, we have authority to state that 7421. 16s. 6d. stock have been vested in the funds for Grace in the names of the Duke of Northumberland, the Rev. W. N. Dar- nell, Archdeacon Thorp, and Archdeacon Singleton; 246/. 12s. 7d. has been paid to William Darling, and 271. to each of the seven boatmen.—Newcastle Journal. The Rev. Dr. Solomon Herschell, the chief priest, or rabbi, of the Jews, met with a severe accident one day last week in stepping out of an omnibus in the Poultry. He was in the act of aligning, when, before he had time to put his feet to the ground, the omnibus conductor, as is too often the practice, called out all right," and the Rev. Gentleman was thrown with great force into the road. It has since been ascertained that the hip bone was put out of joint, and the medical gentleman who attends him is of opinion that he will never be able to use his righ' leg again. The police succeeded, we believe, in taking the conductor's number. BUITISH FLEET IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.-The fol- lowing is, we believe, a correct list of the British fleet now in the Mediterranean —Princess Charlotte, 104 Powerful, 84: Ganges, 84; Thunderer, 84 Bellerophon, 78; Revenge, 7G; Cambridge, 78; Asia; 84; Implacable, 74 Hastings, 72 Benbow, 72, Edinburgh, 72. On passage ollt-Rod- ney, 92; Vanguard, 84 Castor, 36; Inconstant (at Gibraltar, it is said), 36. Fitting—Britannia 120; Howe 120; Calcutta, 84 Belleisle (uo men), 72. BILL TRANSACTIONS.—-In the Insolvent Debtors'Court on Friday, J. P. Johnson's discharge was opposed by a Mr. Ridley, who had discounted a hill for the former person, on the supposition that it was accepted by Mr. Mivart, sen., the hotel-keeper, whose son it turned out was the acceptor. The bill was for 75/ the discount paid by Johnson upon it uas upwards of 171, a Mr. Chambers getting 12Z. The Court remanded the insolvent for a period of nine calendar months from the vesting order, for fraudulently contracting the debt with Mr. Ridley. BI.ACKFRIARS-BRIDGE.—The bridge was opened on Thursday for the passage of carriages. The improvement which has been effected is very apparent. The ascent is very trifling when compared with what it was in former times, and the relief to horses will he most valuable. The harriers were not taken away till five o'clock, so that the great majority were not awa e of the opening, and, conse- quently, the traffic was very trifling. The whole of the piles have not yet been taken up, and until that be accomplished, a serious impediment to the navigation of the river will remain. The roadway has been raised from the end of Earl-street on the City, and from Stamford-street oil the Surrey side. THE LI; D LOW CASE—A subscription has been com- menced by the commercial men of the United Kingdom, to compensate Mr. Mackreth for the inconvenience and suffer- ing sustained by him from the late honible attack on his life at Ludlow, The amount of subscription is limited to one shilling each, and the subscription list is to he kept open till the 20th of May, 1841, in order to give commercial gentle- men who have circuits of from three to six months an op- portunity of showing this mark of respect and sympathy to a highly esteemed colleague. KLOI'KMUXT AND CAPTURE.—In the early part of last week the landlady of all inn at Droitwich thought fit to ab- sent herself from her abode, in company with a gay" "a vi- gator," after upwards of fourteen years' conjugal and happy life, taking with her a large box of her husband's pmpeity, besides a considerable sum in money. The brother of the forlorn husband hy chance met the lady and her paramour on Friday afternoon in Cheltenham, and by the first train towards Droitwich communicated the occurrence to the hns- band, who, in company with the parish constable, quickly came in t'n"sn)t, and traced them per Masters' waggon, to the Ship Inn, in Cirencester, thence to their private lodgings, and a-cending to the bed-room found the two worthies in bed. The paramour and the lady were quickly apprehended, dressed, and conveyed by the Era, on Saturday evening, en route to the Bell Inn, at Droitwich. Cheltenham Chronicle.

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