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-# TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARDIAN SIR,-Iti reading your paper of tho 2nd instant, I observed an account of an inquest held on the body of a poor woman, who had been accidentally burned at Hirwain. On the Jury returning their verdict of Accidental Death," they also brought in a vote of censure against one of the relieving officers of Neath Union, without any foundation whatever. I think the following proceedings of the Jury ought to be made public, that the rate-payers of Neath Union may see which deserves to be censured—the jury, or the re- lieving officer A Copy of part of their Proceedings. Coffin, 12s.; Grave, 9h. 6d.; Shroud, 2s. Gel.; Dressing out the body, 2s. Gel.; Messen- ger, 2s. Watching the Body, Is. Oil.; Half a pound of Candles, 4d < £ "1 10 4 "I, Thomas Williams, of Blaen Neath, Ystradfellte, do hereby promise to reimburse the sum of thirty shillings to the officers and parishioners of Aberdare, for their expences and trouble in burying the body of Joan Jeiikiiis, pauper of our parish of Ystradfellte; and likewise will do my best endeavours in obtaining compensation for the loss of bed-clothes sustained by one Margaret Jones, with whom tho said pauper lodged at the time of her melancholy decease. (Signed) "THOMAS WILLIAMS." Feb. 25, 1839." c, If Thomas Williams had refused to answer for the amount, the Coroner's advice to the Jury was, that the body should be left uninterred, and an indict- ment made against your parish. (Signed), "P. TAYLOR, £ Witnesses "JOHN WATKIN, 5 ^ESSES. Taking the above into consideration, I beg to ask the Coroner, through the medium of your wide circu- lating paper, the following two questions On what authority could he give such advice to the Jury? Whether the said Thomas Williams can be legally called upon for the said amount of XI 10s. 4d ? His reply through the same medium, will greatly oblige several of your correspondents, besides, Sir, Your very obedient servant, HONESTE AGERE. TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE & GUARDIAN, SIR,-If you think it worth while to insert the v following lines, it may, perhaps, be a caution to the industrious labourer against being fatally deceived. I have seen in the London papers, and, I am sorry to say, in some of the country papers, notices of Joint Stock Companies for carrying emigrants abroad, by allure- ments of becoming farmers; -giY in a description of some climates, equalling the Elysiaa Fields,—of their fine reception out,-of their undoubted success as free citizens—without t-,ixcs-,tnd with land from tliecoin pany at low prices. Who are these pretended companies? Have they obtained an Act of Pitriianictit ? No they reckon upon obtaining passengers,and will land them upon the beau- tiful beach, wjiere, it will not be long before the mus- quitos, fever, and ague, carry off every man. The niaiu country below the Island of Jamaica, is a mere swamp; nothing is to be heard but thccroaking of frogs; and so hot, that for a white man to attempt to work in the burning sun would soon throw him into a fever, to die like a dog. Impenetrable are the forests, —and though there Ire rocks and high land in the interior, yet 1 know of none fit for cultivation, except by coloured people, who must bo inured to the cli- mate. The coast of America,toss than 301.1 north of tho line, is unfit for the constitution of an English- man. The mahogany cutters of Belize lire colourerl people; but the town consists of merchants, shop- keepers, c-ti led store-keepers, mahogany cutters, masters, fishermen, &c. The town is little abovo the sea level; aback of them are immense precipices of rocks, with a chasm through which the wrtvr descends in cataracts, bringing the mahogany from the back lands, after the negroes have performed their difficult task of dragging it to the place. Recollect that 200 passengers at £5 is Xlooo, besides the shares of the land :-flow much that may amount to is the grand speculation. The provisions found'on board are for, say five weeks one, two, three., or more thousand pounds, are thus put in the pocket of the company. Ttie poor creatures are landed,aud the ship sails away. Who is to supply them with food ? Even if they had the best of land ready cleared, and the seed maise ready, it wo.uld bo four months or more, and the plantain stools iu the ground, nine months, before the crops came to maturity. If one or two were lucky enough to escape alive to England, where is the company to be found, to bring an action against for the money ? Perhaps they may be all missing, not even a clerk left: Or, oh yes, perhaps, an agent may be, who says he is sorry. I am, Mr Editor, Merthyr, 20th March. A SEAMAN* "o:

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