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LONDON, MOfnJV, FEBRUARY" 19. The Trench frigate Ja Canoniere, of 50 run, which has reigned-so long in the Eastern I seas, where she has so much annoyed our t-rade, has met at last with that fate which awaits French men of war when they venture out of their ports. She was captured last Sa. tnrday off L'Orient, by the Valiant, of 14 guns, Captain Bl;h, and arrived at Spithead yesterday afternoon. She has on board a large sum in specie, jewels, diamonds, and pearls, which, added to the value of her cost- ly hales of goods, will make her worth, it is said, nearly 2,000,0001. sterling. The celebrated Surcouf has slipped out from the port of St. Ma lues in a frigate, built un der his own inspection by the special order of Bonaparte. She is supposed to be the strong, est built frigate ever constructed, her scant- lingsbitn-, equal to those of a first rate: she is able to mount 50 guns, isfi tted out for a voyage to India and China, and is reported to have- presents on board. A very numerous meeting was yesterday held rn the open air. Palace-yard. of the freeholders o4 Middlesex, when resolutions were passed to present petitions to the King and the House of Commons for a parliamen- tary reform. A bill of indictment was, we understand, fonnd OR Saturday last, by the Term Grand Jury, against IRc. Proprietor of a respectable Morning Paper, for a libel on Lord- Castle- reagh, in the publication of Mr. Fiiiiierty's letter upon the subject of certain alleged grievances sustained in consequence of orders issued from the Office of the War Department, and, we believe, from the Admiralty, to pre vent Mr. Finnerty from going out with the Expedition to Walcheren, and to send him home if he had one. Such part of the letter ill question as consisted of a narrative of the facts that occurred during Mr. Finnerty's voy- age and his sojournment in Walcherei, was inserted in this Paper at the tliiie, ill compli- ance with a request contained in a letter from the author, which we published, stating, that though we could conceive many good reasons why His Majesty's Government should no' deem his presence desirable in Walcheren, stil- we thought it our duty to allow him, or an) individual who thought himself aggrieved every degree of facility that we conveniently could, to lav his case before the public. The greater part of the letter being, as well as we could judge, from a hasty perusal, the reca- pitulation of the items of an old political ac couat between Mr. Finnerty and the Irish Go- vernment, wiili which Lord Caslleieagh wa. sa Id to have been connected, we purposely Emitted it as irrelevant to the immediate matter of charge and grievance, arising out of the orders to send Mr. Finnerty home from W vlcheren. The part that we ommitted con- tains, we believe, the particulars upon which the indictment is founded. Lord Castlereagh, it seems, was no party to the order for send- ing home Mr. Finnerty. being out of town when it was issueti though his Lordship, it is admitted, approved of the order it is fur- ilier said in the Noble Lord's behalf, that he 1a id no concern wirh the transactions between the Irish Government and Mr. Finnerty, fur- ther than to remit an imprisonmenlto which Jflr. Finned y -walt sentenced.-Pildlt. # Sir Francis Burdett, and the other partisans of Liberty and Reform, have complained much of the interference of the Attorney-Ge- neral with the liberty of the Press; that is of the prosecution of the puhlishers of seditious libels. But how do some of these gentlemen themselves act when they have an opportu- nity fcf calling down the vengeance of the law upon obnoxious printers and publishers. It oaght to be known from Johnny Grote's botyse to the Litiid's-eii(l, that Gwilliru Lloyd Wardle, the pretended advocate of our liber- ties of the press, and of the nation, has de- pending, at this moment, no less than Four Jctions against various authors, printers, and publisher*, Jr. rOiJl menting upon his publit onoduei ll!l Besides one, which he consented f<» drop on payment of all costs (untaxed). and surrendering up the author to be proceed- ed a^ni ist instead of the publishers first, against Mr Gillet, printer, for the publication of a pamphlet, intitled, the Rival Impostors secondly, ag mist Me srs. liell and Decamp, Proprietors of the oiional Hegister$third- ly, aufainsf'the supposed author of certain se- vere strictures contained in the 28th number of the Satirist and lastly against the Propri- elor of The Morning /W■ • • — Pilot. The Catholic question, on which some po- liticians make the salvation of the British isles to depend, is expected to he speedily brought forward in Parliame.it. It is much to be re- gretted by the friends of religious liberty, that the cons'-ientious adherence to any form of worship founded on the faith of the scriptures, should disqualify able and upright men from advancing the mteresls of their country in public and honourable stations. It now ap- pears that the Irish Catholics have raised all insurmountable" stumbling block in their own way to enfranchisement, by refusing the pow- er of a negative in the el&ctiou of thfcir.bishop* to the King. The English Catholics, it is said, are willing to concede this; alld ata late meeting in London they passed certain resolu- tions highly cred.tabte to their loyalty and patriotism. Protestant Disseniers.-It issaid that Lord Sidmouth intends, in the present session of Parliament, tn bring forward the measure which his Lordship proposed in the last, for regulating the grantin of licences tk) Protes- taut dissenting preachers. The principal re- guiations we understand to be, that "persons chiming licences to preach, shouldsiate, if Dot the grounds of their dissent, the, deiiotiti- nation, at least, of dissenters to which Ihey profess to belong that they should be recom- mended by the religious society of which they are members; that they should be attached to a known and distinct place of public worship; and that they should not be at liberty to of- ficiate habitually elsewhere, vnthout a fresh licence." His Lordship also porposes an aug- mentation of the number of churches, or chapels ot ease, to accommodate theiucreased population. At the sitting of the Court of King's Bench, on Saturday se'nnigM, Mr. J. Richardson, barrister, who held the office of Filazer and Clerk of the Writs and Errors of the Court, in trust for tord Kenyen, resigned that-situation upon the noble Lord's attaining his full age. His Lordship attended in propria personrs, when the Lord Chief Justice delivered, the grant from the Crown into the hands of his Lordship, who was accordingly sworn into office with the usual ceremonies. A question of considerable importance to all manufactories, that require furnaces, forges, or large fires, came on to be heard before Mr. Holstern, the Sitting Magistrate, at the Public-office, Union Hall, in the Bo rough, on Monday, under the following cir cumstances :-A short time since fire was seen i coming out of the chimney of the hat-manu- factory of Mr. Pricket, who resides in the parish of St. Thomas, in the Borough ? and it being supposed to be a common chimney, and to he oiv fire, an alarm was given, and, inconsequence, engines attended, and those who took the first engine, applied for, and obtained from the Magitrates, an order upon the parish, for thirty shillings, the reward allowed hy Act of Parliament. The parish officers applied to Mr. Pricket for a remune- ration. which he objected to, on the ground that his chimney, as well as all others in his business, was built upon that construction, that it was impossible to sweel) it without pulling to pieces, and they all cleaned them- selves J and if he was liable "to pay for the fire, on that particular day, coming out of his chimney, he should be liable every day and he could not carry on his business with- out. He instanced the glass-houses and iron- foundries in various parts of London, Bir- mingham, and different parts of the country, where fire was seen coming out of their chim- nies continually. The worthy Magistate al. lowed all that Mr. Pricket said, but on exl- mining the Act of Parliament, there were no exemptions, and it described chimnies genera! iy. tit, however, declined determining til) such an important question, without consult- ing other Magistrates. The decision was therefore adjourned On the 13th February, 1809. his Majesty's schooner Viper sailed from Cadiz for Gibral- hr, and we art* sorry to say, has never since hcen heard of, consequently all hopes of hei safety are now at an end. In this vessel went passenger, Robert Arbuthnot, Esq. late Chief Hicretarv to Government, for the island 01 Ceylon, the loss of whutn is deeply lamented hy his relations and friends. Letters from the Cape of Good nope hy th; last ship's, communicate the following remark- able occurrence:—The Island or Bossen, or Penguin, sometimes called Seal Island, at the Wetcrn extremity of Taok Bay, has entirely disappeared beneath the waters. A cotivijl- iion was felt at Cape Town in December, only two leagues distant, by which SOllie damage was occasioned to the houses, but we do not find that any lives-were lost at that place, and it is supposed that the earthquake extended to liossen. The Island was about two miles in length, and one injireadth, and was. although flat, somewhat more elevated above the sur- face of the sea than the contiguous island of Elizabeth. The Dutch, when in possession of the Cape, kept a guard of twenty-four men on Bossen, and it was employed as a place of i banishment for criminals, to the ittii-nlllr of from 70 to 100, who dog limestones to supply materials for the buildings on the adjacent continent. No women were then permitted to reside here, not even the wife of the port- master, It was not allowed that strangers should visit it, since a Danish ship, which had lost great part of her crew, and was refused assistance at the Cape, sent a boat on shore, dispersed the guard, and received on board as many malefactors as was necessary ro navi- gate her to Enrope. At the Southern extre- mity of the island, a flag was hoisted oil the v approach of any vessel. The mock Earl Percy has made terms with Mr. Thomas, the London money-lender. The former has returned, in adrfitiuu to the 10,0001. already mentioned, 40001. more, thus making altogether 14,0001. of the 18,0001. advanced t,) him. As a douceur for the trouble the Yoble Lord has had, he is allowed to retain the balance, with a security for the past, and iniL.noifi' frkr th** futtir** The famous Spanish heroine Augusta Sara- gossa, had arrived at Gibraltar some days hfore the last letters came away, dressed in her uniform as an officer of the Spanish army. This ladv had her husband and son killed by her side at the siege of Saragossa, and herself received three wounds, in the ditferent action^ she was engaged in during the siege, .where she shewed the most heroic bravery. The French sent her prisoner towards France, but she made her escape at Pampeluna. She has a commission and a pension from the Spanish Government, and is now going to join her regiment in Arragon. She is a modest good looking woman, 30 years of age, and her maianers and her appearance are hi-hly pleas- ing. During the administration of Lord North, the friends of that Minister conceived they were serving his Lordship's interests by shutting the doors of the House of Commons against the reporters. Somehow or other, however," the newspapers were filled, as usual, with Par- liamentary debates and it was even alledged, that they wens furnished by the Members them- selves. Lord North, at last, stepped across the House one day to Mr. Fox, and saïd with great good humour." Heally, Mr. Fox, since we have turned reporters ourselves,thespeeches are so clumsy, there is so much misrepre- sentation, and so much nonsense, that we must open the gallery." .1