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CAtifc OF MIS3 MAftUARf.V M'AVOY. Letter from Mr. Fgc too South to Dr. Tuubi Ktnwick, Lrfvervool. a a .1. . in hit former leuer, , numncu nwu iu simple Mid scrupulous relation or facts neither azT - tlur any theory ot my own, nor cooaio - nsuxitig that of any other person. I had seen Miss .vi'Avoy decipher very minute print, and other objects in light, wherein I could barely discern the leave of a bbok. With a baudage over ber ryes, through which, when applied to Bin. I could not ascertain tne uinerence ce - tween noon aiid mid - night, I w the tame young ladv determine accurately, the colon of cloth, ' riblmuJt, glass, aod other substances j and alto Tjeruse w tiling and printed book. All these nn - accom. table fcs's I taw with astonishment, and recorded with fidelity : but it certainly does not follow, at a matter of course, that, because I cotili not comprehend bow they were in reality ' effected, 1 mutt necessarily believe they were the mull of touch. - My doubts, which, f assure yon, are a kiocere as I believe your own faith to be, are not as you fancy, (banded opou the opinion of any new I am free indeed to confess, that the accounts given by others of the results of their interviews with Mia M'Avoy, hare had no small share in confirming the suspicions I uniformly entertained after my first or second visit. Before I proceed brieay to record the suspicions symptoms to which I have before alluded, it may be proper to notice, what strikes me as a most palpable inconsistency, between the theory of the young lady herself, atone time) and her prcti:e, at another. . It is well known to those who have been in the habit of rtsitinr her, that the interposition of any obstacle between her face and the object of her research, entirely deprives ber of the faculty to which she lays claim. It was necessary to ei plain a circa instance, to likely to ricite a suspicion that she derived her knowledge from the sight, ralner wan ine toucn . ana 11 was nccoru ingty given out, by neracii, mat a tree ana unm tsrruDted conuruuication between her hand and ber breath was absolutely inditpensible. goon after this convenient arrangement, she began, however, te assume powers completely at variance with thi condition ; and either effected or affected wonders, which, in my former letter, I took the liberty to characterise as truly prepos terous. It will be sufficient to my present pur pose, to select the following specimens from your " .... 1 . r own narrative, pages on ami 10. , With her hands placed behind her, upon the iriodow opposite to the communion end of the ' - hii - rh ihe told the figures of different people passing : and sometimes named the color of the Clothes," tc. Page 68. "She soon afterwards told a purple flower be bind her ; a light yellow, a marygold, and a small pincushion of red cloth under a white uandker cbiel. laying upon ber knee." page 78. . In these marvellous feats, unparalleled in the history of the world, there could be no comniu nication between her hands and her breath; which before, according to her own reiterated assertion, was a locality indupensibie to ber sue cessful performance l a tine ma non in default of which the "faculty uniformly left her." If there be not a most palpable inconsistency in this circumstance, I mutt have mistaken the meaniog of consistency. . I now proceed briefly to narrate a few, out of j many instances of entire failure on the part of Miss M'Avoy, wnicn contain very strong presumptive, if not direct, evidence, that "the eye a in some way or other concerned in these mysteries." I relate the following fact upon the very best authority, which is that of Dr. Taylor himself, wiit nntire stnnv with thnt nf the Reverend John Kates, wit itev. inot. uei sham, and others j when the following experi ment was tried, which I expect to see in tour second edition s Dr. Taylor borrowed, from one of the eentlemen present, a walking cane, upon the silver top of which was a large letter this ( ane to Miss M'Aoy, in an horizontal post tion. with the ferrule towards her, and, of course the top from her, in such a way, that had she possessed sight, she could not have seen the aforementioned letter. Upon being required to describe this cane, she immediately decided upon iti colour and, with as little hesitation, A scovered that the metal which surrounded the upper end was sdvert she could make nothing, however, oftlie name - piece ; but soon after the same cane was pre sented to ber in an upright position, wiien she ifurantly declared that there was a Urge R engraved upon the top t which was as true as thatB is the first letter of Belgium. Mr. C. whose name is at your service when ever required, from his first interview with Miss M'Avoy, which was in company with me, suspected that she could see, notwithstanding the bandages, tnrougn wnicu ne coma not discern any thing, prevailed upon a very intelligent friend to accompany him on his next visit, in order that his conjectures might be con - finned or removed. This friend wi. Mr. Bradbury, uutiiorof the recently published Travels in America ; a roan of sober judgment, and philosophic mind, as any with whom I have ever bad he pleasure to be acquainted. After the young lady had gone through the usual routine of performances with the goggles, she was asked to i.sme the colour of a piece of of cloth, placed behind her, which she attempted to do for some time, without success. In the mean time, Mr. C. had taken up the gog - glers, which the had placed upon the table, and had fixed them upon his own face, declaring, that the light was thereby completely obscured, florin; Inn time be was thus blinded, and whilst Mr. Uradbury was seated by the fire, apparently tatting no notice of what was going forwards, he saw the lady quickly withdraw the cloth from behind ber, and ace it, for a moment, before her ; after which, the as rapidly replaced it, and then examining it with ber fiagers, for a few moments longer, she correctly named the colour. Upon another occasion, a gentleman, on his way to visit Mia M'Avoy, purcha - ed a common valentine, painted in the usual vulgar tawdry style of these amatory effoiioni. Having offered this to the young lady, she proceeded to explain the device, by placing it in the position which she generally prefers having the object stationed j but wlielber the paper sCpped, unobserved, or whatever was the occasion, so it happened, tht whilst the was describing the figures, lie. her fingers were actually tracing the blank paper, at some distance irora those figures. The gentleman's mode of explaining this was, that, under some favorable circumstance, the had caught a glimpse of the valentine, which having again lost sight of, she attempted to describe entirely from recollection. At this visit there was also a strange confusion Bade, by the I obstitutin of one watch for anoth er. to which it bore a perfect resemblance, ex cept in the hour of the day. as the Oncers had been purposely varied ; whilst the fingers of the lady are said to have remained unconscious of the stratagem. I shall describe one further experiment, distin gnitbed by what was either a singular chance or a very happy thought. During the visit of the gentleman last mentioned, in c - jmpany with several others, tome coloured silk was given to ber, which she bad undertaken to ascertain, with ber hands placed behind ber. Net succeeding in this at first, she occasionally brought her fingers near ber month, as they were not sufficiently warm for ber purpose, until they bed been breathed epos t wbeti, lo ! It was discovered, that small shreds of that silk accompaiiied her fingers, perhaps attached to the nails ; and as these shreds approached to near the month, tht gentleman concluded, with what reason I will sot presume to determine, that they could not be very far re - sjaovd from the eyes Hing nc'ded, I trust, my dear Sir, in siowicx, that my disbelief in to Die of toe prodigies related of Miss M'sVrtY rtct apos better fTouodV Cart " bu. tueertion, founded upon the opinioot of others; M ! mast further observe, that! attribute no motives to the lady in question, upon whose case 1 should feel deposed to put as favourable a construction, if possible, as that suggested by Feregrinator, in hi letter of the I7tb nit. within, after professing himself unwilling to charge ber with wilful imposture 'he aks, ' i it not possible that she is deluding herself ; and that sbe labours under the hallu cination of imaginary blindness i" Tbis strange hypothesis of Pcrrgrinator reminds me so forcibly of a passage in the works of.the inimitable Miss Edgeworth, that I cannot withstand the temptation of atoning, in some measure, for the dulnets of this long tetter by the following extract from her story of Harrington t - No ! to do myself justice, I reully had no intention to deceive, at least originally ; but, aj it often happens with those who begin by being dupes, I was in iminent danger of becoming a knave s now how I escaped it I do not know. For, here, child scarce seven years old, I sw myself surrounded by grown up wise people, who were accounting in different ways for that of which I alone knew the tetrti impU cause. They were all, without in tending it my dupes t yet, when I felt that I had them in my power, I did not deceive them much more than I deceived myself Vol. L pageu. 1 remain, dear Sir, Your's respectfully, EDGERTON SMITH. LONDON. Nor. 17. Wool, the newspapers have lately been tellinr us, bat risen 50 per cent, t rom private sources we hear, the rise is from 20 to 30. Whilst we, congratulate the agricultural interest on this rise, we cannot but regret that our neighboring manufacturers bad little er no wool in store. when they entered into contracts with the East' India company, for whom tbey are, in conse queoce of these circumstances, now working at a great loss. LONDON. Nov. 20, Canine Thief. Lately, in Dysart, Fifeshire, a bitch and cat, in the same family, brought forth young within a fews.days of each other. The former being deprived of her pups, attacked poor puss, and after several fierce encounters, drove her from her kittens, and carried them a - way in triumph to her kennel, where she has Drought them up. I ho bitch is of the water - spaniel kind, and seemed equally fond of her stolen cnarge as of her own progeny, and they no less nappy in ine oosom ol tneir rougn nurse than under the protection of their natural mo - tner. LONDON. Nov. S5. Important letter from Brussels, dated Nov. 21, 1BI7. " A political event has just occurred hero, which, perhaps, may make some noise in the world, and I have thought that a short account of it might be acceptable to vou. and vou mav depend on its authenticity. " It appears that some jealousies have existed for some time past between the K and the P of O . and that the latter has a de - cided aversion fas well as his Suosal to the Magus, to which place the court latelv removed for a year; last week the K made his re entry here unexpectedly, and various rumours were circulated in consequence of tliis visit (a rimproriso) among others, that the P had been placed in arrest. Ac. 1c. He certainly did not make his appearance in public for some days ; be that as it may, the K took his de parture lor Holland on the 1 1th, in the middle of the night. It now comes out, that this royal fracas has been occasioned by some manoeuvre! of the count Goltz (the under minister of war, a Prussian,) who had acted contrary to the in tentions oi me r , in transporting to Bata - via a certain number of officers, whom II. R. II. had recommended in his capacity of com - mandor in chief to be takes from half pay, and placed on home service. An appeal was made thereon to the K . who. it seems, sun nor ts mi minister, ana tne i bat in conseauence resigned all bis military appointments ; and on the 18th (the anniversary of the U 'a birth.') assumed the dress of Bourgeois ! ! 1 Last night he appoared at the Spectacle in this costume. and was received by a crowed house with great acclamations particularly by the military, who formed a part of the audience 2 . It is rather sin gular, that, after having been present at a fune ral sermon, preached at the English Chapel on Wednesday, on a late melancholy event, he threw off his ctblo dross, and now appears in a blue coat ! The r si has also assumed colours in her mourning costume. The former assisted at a concert of amateurs (Bourgeois,) on Thursday, and seemed in high spirits, in tripping oi the light fantastic toe.' II. R. II. is .extremely popular here, as is the Grand D ss, whose manners are very mild and ami able. She has been indisposed during the last week ; but yesterday again made her appear ante in the Tark, with her beautiful little boy, who it uuiversall y admired and caressed. It is given out, that the P - declared to the K he never would again serve as long as the count J remained in office. II. ft. J. was chief minuter of war and commander in chief, the e - moluments of which were 40,000 florins per annum. He it rery popular, especially with the army. It seems now doubtful if he will win - er at the Hague, though it is e - enerallv said that he sets out for that place ia a few days. For obvious reasons. I khall make no remarks on this curious affair ; the more especially, as it does not appear that the press is permitted to auvert io sucu subjects the public prmts hav. ing hardly mentioned the fracas. All the FntflL - h here are in deen mnurninz. and deeper affliction, for the sad and melancholy event of the death of our amiable priucess. . i - ... tuieu The above letter will be read with a lively interest, by all persons who are accustomed to udge ol the actual state of public affairs, by the indications which accident or passion bring forth. It teems manifest that the kiog of Holland and his counsellors are not the dupes of the deep po licy oi ine court with which tin son has allied himself and that he hat listened to the sujet - tiont of prudence, in not t .fferio? hit newlv ac quired dominion to be endangered by entering iuu a scueme oi aggrandisement that tins country could not view with indifference. We have no doubt but that at length our minirters are aware that they must take derisive measures as to the ill - disguised views of the great northern power. The claims of the Prussian court upon francs are said to be moderated obviously be - cruse an intimation has been given that they will not be seconded. PLYMOUTH, Nor. 15. By the American brig Cannon, capt. Delano, which came in here on Tuesday last, laden with coffee and sugar, in 40 days from the Havana, we learn that the president Petion is to ill of the dropsy, that his life is despaired of. Two par ties, one favorable ami the othr mimical to his interests, await the demise with anxiety. O ing to the late gales in the Channel, the Cannon had much difficulty in making a port, and had received some damage, which renders it Beces tary i.r her to refit, sad ber cargo taken oat xtir - YohK F.rejfixa post. MONDAY, JANUARY 19. The Society for the Promotion of Indttttrf. Without meaning to disparage other similar in stitutions, I cannot avoid saying, that thit is formed on a plan which yieldt to no other whatsoever, and is in tome respects superior to any oae. Its charities are bestowed in propo - tioa to the meritorious exertions of those who partak of them. It is the declared enemy of that idl uses which we ro assured tfoto.Uit bighert aulhorit j ii the proliAe mother of every rice. . Bat, why", tn - j quires the shrewd observer, wby does not this institution maintain itself? Why, if its affairs are skilfully managed, is it seen applying for assistance to the corporation and to individuals ? And is it possible, it should be kept up if it finds it accessary to resort to such extraordinary measures for support ? These, it must be owned, are not unmeaning, nor unreasonable questions ior shall an answer be evaded. . This institution is founded upon the principle of making employment the handmaid ol charity and in furtherance of a scheme so salutary, it rewards every applicant to the board in proportion to their industry. It pays them the wages they earn ; tit fruits of their labor are dis posed ef and the proceeds appropriated to the purchase of more raw materials, with which a gain to furnish other employment, and thus dis pense further charity to the industrious but uu fortunate daughters of indigence and affliction. This well planned round, so promising in theory, has not, it cannot be concealed, hitherto found its expectations answered by ths reality. Where, then, is the miscalculation ; for, that there is a miscalculation somewhere, no member of this re spectable institution will deny. To persist trying to get on by the extra assistance of pri vate or public donations, is but a discouraging attempt, and must fail in the end. Where, then, does the defect lie, and can it be remedied i f In a word, I venture to say, the great difficulty it in not fading a ready market for the articles as fast as they are made : The remedy may e.ily be afforded. Let the corporation agree to receive their goods at a fair price, and dispose of them mong the poor, of every denomination under their, care.aud to all who are employed by them. Only let this arrangement be made, equally ad vantageous to the corporation and the institution, and I venture to say, this society will forthwith increase and prosper, and becorao both a bless sing and honor of no ordinary magnitude, to the city of New - York, We understand that instructions have been received from Washington by the marshal! of the district to proceed immediately to the collection of all the fines incurred within his jurisdiction during the late war, and that the amount will be between two and three hundred thousand dol lars ! A court martial constituted under gover nor Tompkios, is said to be still in session, with an annual salary something like three thousand dollars a - piece to each of the members. Who says the war did nobody any good Muterial mis - ttattment. The Daily Adverti ser, of this morning, in the report of the cases tried at the last Sessions, states, that "Mr. No ah was found guilty of a misdemeanor in publiih - ing a letter, stated to be found broken open," Ac. I mean to take no part in the dispute connected with this letter ; but it is important that a mis take so material as this should not pass unnoticed: The misdemeanor of which Mr. Noah was found guilty, was not for publishing, but, ex pressly, for 6reafcing open the letter in question. From Curraeoa We learn from capt. Woos - ter, of the schr Major Croghan, in 27 days from Currarna. Ihat thioi. forces on the other side of the Oronoke were very strong, and it wat expected they would soon attack Caraccat and Lagui ra. Both these places, it was said, were miserably defended, and would fall into the hands of the patriots without much bloodshed. On Friday last the common council of Philadelphia presented commodore Oliver II. Perry with an elegant sword, as a mark of respect for his skill and gallantry as a naval commander, and which was so conspicuously evidenced in his victory on Lake Erie in the late war. A Friend to Merit bas been two days under considers tion,and although it is written in a style that would do no discredit to any newspaper, yet it is declined, in the belief that no good can arise from pursuing Uie subject further. No newspapers from any place south of Baltimore, were received by this morning's southern mail. TBtATBICAt COMXCSICATION'. The play announced for this evening, is The Ctmqucit nf Taranto ; to conclude with the very extraordinary frts of strength, agility and ledg - erdemain by the East Indian jugglers. Tlie Conquest of Taranto is written by Di amond, the author of The Broken Sirordi and Brother and Sinter, which have lately been ex hibited on our stage with such applause, besides a number of oilier pieces, auJ is not behind either of those popular dramas in incident or fc,ble. The brief history of the plot is as follows : When the play - pens, A ben Hamet, admiral of the Saracen fleet, has effected a secret landing on the shore of the Adriatic, 'near the castle of Taranto, for the purpose of assaulting the for tress and sacking the town, lo gratify a revenge which he had long harbored for the death of his wife, Alzonda, slain oa that coast in a war with its governor, Ganxales nearly twenty years before. Oriana, the governor's daughter is beloved by Valentio, a Spanish nobleman belonging to the court, to whom he declares himself, but meets with a repube, her heart being already secretly engaged to Rinaldo, ua orphan of mysterious birth, who had been brought np in the family of Gonzales, and who was secretly in love with her in return. But Valentio being her equal in all respects, having been told by her that nothing but her father's command could ever maks her yield ber band, meanly, bas recourse to that extremity tad asks her father to exercise his authority over her ; but be refuses, and upon this Valentio goes lo the camp of Hornet, and under pretence of being an injured man, proposes to deliver the citadel of Taranto into bis hands, on condition that he will reward him with ths sin gle treasure he shall ask for, oat of the spoils of ihe town. The SJ act opens with an interview between Gonzales and Oriana, in which she declares ber aversion to Valentio and her secret predil'Hion for Rinaldo, but assures her father Rinaldo hat ever made a declaration ef his par tiality for ber ; Gonzales then make known to btx Rioaldo it hit nephew, bnt it tht Mat time informs ber thai it matt remain a secret, perhaps during hit life ; and that only one distant chance for a discovery, - which is not named, is open to him. Valentio having settled the terms of his treachery, and agreed to admit the Moors by a subterranean passage, on a concerted signal, returns to the castle to prepare to carry his plan into execution. For this purposo he contrives that Rinaldo shall have command at this place, and having given the signal agreed upon, the enemy enter and seise Rinaldo as their prisoner: but in consideration of his bravery, hown on the occasion, the Saracen chief releas es him, and presents bim with a ring which ; secure him afree pan from Taranto, and to car' ry with him any other captive, excepting Gonza les. He names Oriana, and the chief consents, But Rinaldo recollecting himself, resolves not to abandon Gonzales, and at the same moment fa ther and daughter present themselves to his view Seeing him at liberty, and not knowing who had been the traitor, Gonzales at once concludes that he must be the man who bas betrayed the city, and, after loading him with the bitterest reproach es, leaves him. Rinaldo sinks under his execra tion, but, at last, he depends on Aben Hamet to proclaim his innocence, and rushes out in search of him In the mean time Valentio claims of Ha. met the performance of his promise and demands Oriana. Hamet refuses her, and tumt away in scorn, taunting him with hetray ing his country The scene now opens and discovers a canopied throne on which Hairt is seated, and a scaffold is erected opposite, for the execution of Gonzales after be shall have been condemned, when Valentio rushes in, and having obtained his request to speak one word in secret to the chieftain, ad jures him to renew his promise of concealment of bis name as the traitor ; which Hamet does Gonzales is now led to the platform for execu tion, when in a short conversation that passes between him and Hamet, it turns out that he was Alzonda's brother ; and that he had recciv od her in hit arms in her last moments, and that at the same time she had been delivered of a ton. inch he had educated and brought up in his own bouse. At this instant Rinaldo breaks thro' the croud with the ring m his hand, demands the life of Gonzales, which is granted, and Hamet it informed that Alzonda's child; whose life be had preserved, wat Rinaldo, the monster that had betrayed Taranto. Thit declaration brings the real traitor Valentio to light, restores Ri naldo to bis former place in the affections of Goo sales and Oriana. and he finds a father in Aben Hamet. who. with transport, exclaims : " Son of Alonzo ! my son ! Oh ! di finest transport mine .' rise, bear my banner and divide my power glory and slate shall welcome thee to Mos lem's bowers." Such is tbe ontline of this piece ; a piece which bas been played to successive croaded houses in London ; although here in New - York it has not yet metwilh an encouragement, at all, adequate to its great merits. The above hasty sketch is made, in the hope of exciting at leatt interest enough in the public, instead of permitting it to die of neglect, to give it a candid hearing, and then pronounce a fair and impartial verdict. AN - IM - SPEC. front tltr Natinnnl Intelligencer cf F riilaij, Jan. 1C. The lateness of the hour at w hich the House of Representatives adjourned would have prevented, if the lentrth nf the proceedinirs of the Coloni sation Society had not, the publication in detail of the Proceedings of Congress of yesterday ; which is therefore reluctantly deferred until our nrtt The Senate did not transact any important pub lic business The proreedinn of the House of Representa tives were, however, far from being uninteresting. 1 hey came to a decision on the rase of Lol. An derson, so far as, passing bv a direct voterespect - : , . f ' i i l - I UK mrir own jmwer, to reiuse to uisrnargr nun, uv a majority of 119 to 47, and by a like majority to direct him to be brought forthwith to the bar. He was accordingly brought to the bar ; and, being interrogated, acknowledged his name and the delivery of the letter, fee. When questioned whether he' had anv thing to offer in defence, he intimated that he had a defence in writing, which he wished to offer to the House. A nnmher of witnesses were then railed and examined, toiirhme the character heretofore sustain ed by Col. Anderson : of which they testified, as far as their knowledge extended, in very nich terms. Among these w itnesses were two members of the House, (Gen. Hitrrisoii and Col. Johnson.) A question put to one of the w itnesses towards the close of the examination, bore awny the attention of the House from the enquiry before them, resectiiie the conduct of John Anderson, to one very different ; namely, whether, in the person id know ledge or general belief of the witness, money wa, in any case, received bv nnv of the officers of the poverninent, of any grade, for hastening claims, or for extra services f The w itness had heard of such things, but personally knew nothing. How had he heard ol tliem, nnd by wbom receiv ed, was the next question. The w itness was about to state what lie had heard on the subject, when a debate arose on the propriety of thus going into an examination ; improper now, it was said, be - ennse irrelative to the question before the House, and because tending to implicate, on tne authority of mere rumor, those who might be very just anil upright officers. 1 hese circumstances excited considerable agita tion ; the short debate ol the moment resulted in adjournment, in order to consider more cooly on the course proper to be pursued. 1 be course thnt w ill lie pursued on this tuliiect, we have no doubt, w ill be, to appoint a committee, with power to send for persons and papers, to make inquiry and to n pr.ii to the House such farts relative to it, as they may he able to ascertain. It would perhaps not be proper to dismiss this general statement, without adding our impression that the practices referred to are not of that criminal nature which, at the first blush, and without enquiry, mielit be attached to them. The only instance particularired bv the witness, was the cane of a clerk receiving five dollars from a claim ant for obtaining for him a land w arrant. Of the hrinoiuness ol this offence, the reader w ill judge for himself. We will only add, that it is a fact as notorious as the advertisements of a newspaier, that clerks have done agency business, as they do also pursue mercantile or other business, and even exercise professions, when disengaged from the ordinorv routine of public duties. Whether this be criminal orunt, whether it be right or wrong, we say not ; but the fact is unquestionable, and has esisted as long at the government. We have omitted mentioning the name of the witness, because in our next we shall give a full statement of the whole occurrence, as w e shall of lite result of the enquiry when concluded. MOSCOW, (N. Y.) Jan 8. Fins 'Between the hours of seven and eight, last evening, the mills of Mr. Oney T. Rice, near this village, were discovered to be on fire. The grist - mill, where the fire originated, with a cons derable quantity of grain, was entirely consumed. 1'he end of the sawmill, adjoining the grist - mill, caught, and was considerably injured ; but, through the exertions of the spectators, the flames were soon extinguished. Mild II 'inter JFtvifW. In this vicinity, for a week past, the weathei bas been remarkably i . ... . . - mild and pleasant We understand that a geuUcaUA farmer has plowed, aod i own to rye, sirke Chrlstmu day, about twenty acres of tbe Mount Morris flats. Yesterday morning wt had a small flurry of snow, which was immedi - atcly succeeded by clear mild weather. On the 6th inst we saw three fresh full blown wild flowers, on one ttem, which were picked on the same day, near this village, in the open field. Cmcra - NATi Ohio, Jan. 3 The eastern mial which lett tins place on Wednesday, was lost in crossing the east fork of the Little Miami, as will be seen from the following ' CEUTITICATX I We. the undiiuitmed, do hereby certify, that on the night of the thirty - first day of December 1817. at or about the hour of 7 o'clock, as Harrison McConn was carrying the United States' Mail, his horse took lum into tne east fork of the Little Miami above Samui 1 Perrin's mills, in the county of Clermont, (the nign being dark) in consequence whereof, the ma was lost, and the carrier with the greatest ex ertions, by assistance, narrowly escaped per ishing. In testimony whereof, we tlo hereby set our hands, fee. this first day of Jan. A. D 118.M (Signed) Samuel Pcrrin, , John Charles, Nicholas Wood, Eli Longnecker, Jeremiah Williamson. The Post - Mister at Milford states, that Harrison M'Conn left his office on Wednesday evenins - . the 31st of Dec with the U. States Mail fur Chillicothe, to appearance in a state of sobriety. BOSTON, Jan. 17 A fire broke out, at about 1 o'clock, oa Thurs day morning, at Northampton, in a large new three - story brick bmlding, called the lown House, which, with all its contents, wat entirely consumed. The building belonged to the llamp hire Bank, and contained a large hall, occupied by the town, for the purpose of holding town meetings, anJ a number ol other apartments, occupied as office - and stores. .Among these. were the Pott Ulhce and the olhccs ol the non, Eli P. Ashrnun, and Lewis .Strong, Esq. ; the store of Messrs. Windsor .Smith and Son, and the fancy goods store of Miss Williams. - The fire caught in Miss Williams's store, from which nolhiii? wat taved. A few articles only were tuved from the store of Messrs, smith & Son. The libraries of Messrs. .9sbmuu & strong, together with all their office - books and papers, were consumed. The very valuable library of gov. Strong wat in the office of hit ton, and was also wholly destroyed. From the post - omce nothing was saved. Happily, the At bany and Boston mails had been taken from the office the evening before. The fire had raged about two hours and was nearly subdued when tbe ttage left Northampton. Latest from Amtlia hland.Hy the arrival. last evening, of the schooner Rfvenge, capt, Akins, in 7 days from Si. Mary's, we learn that Com. Aitry, with part of his forces, had left tbe Island in one of thr prize vessel. It was reported that he was fitting nut an expedi tion, consisting of the brigs Mexican Congress, Republican, formerly the Mortriana) America Free, and four schooners, with nil his patriotic troops i their destination unknown. D. Any, At a meeting of the directors of the U. States' Branch Bank at Middletown, a few days tince, for the choice of officers, Enoch Perkins, esq. was elected president of that institution, in place of Mr. Dana, resigned. MAtUUKD, On Thursday evening last, by the Rev Mr. Borke, Mr. John E. N. Stevenson, to Miss Ma ria Gilbert, all of this city. DIED, At Philadelphia, on Friday last, Mrs. Barba ra Harriet Fennel), widow the late tragedian, James rennell. At Cincinnati, (Ohio) Mr. Simeon McKin - non, formerly of this city. Ef'EXLVG POST XARlJfE LIST. CLEARED. Ship Telegraph, Caswell, Charleston Brig James Scott, Ellis, Surrinam Schr Frank, Cole, Darien A HMVKl) THIS Brig Roxcr, Hall, 12 days from Havana, with sugar and coffee, to Goodhue & Co. G Van Home, and to o: der. Markets dull, flour 23 dolls, molasses 10 bits, coff ee 18, to 19 Left, ships Fair Trader, Myrick, for Boston, loading ; Minerva, Bates, uncertain j Farmer, Satter, do ; Globe, just arrived from Boston ; Pallas, for N York, with molasses, uncertain ; Ann. Lincoln, for Boston 3 days ; brigs We - saweskeag, Lake, for N Orleans ; Fame, Stan - wood, uncertain ; Robert, Pope, Boston ; Comet, Percival, do ; Caroline, Gorham, do ; Venus, Twj cross, lo ; Ellen Maria, Stacy, do , - James Coulter, Hull, for Philadelphia ; Perse - verence, Armstrong, discharging; Polande - , (of Charleston,) Richardson, for Savannah, 10 or 12 days ; Argo, Greely, of Fortland, waiting for molasses ; Gal. n, Keating, of do for NYork with molasses; Albert, Price, do discharging ; John k, Charles, Coombs, do waiting molasses ; Francis, Brazier, do do ; Francis, Merrill, do do Cordelia, Totman, do do ; Mechanick, mall, do do ; Mary, Stackpole, do dn j Samaritan, Greely, do ; Stattira, Truman, do do ; George, Wildrirlge, do do j Portland, Minot, just arrived ; Diligence, Jones, waiting molas ses i Pacific, Blake, do do ; Hazard, Rogers, just arrived from Boston ; Catharine, for New lork, with moi asses, 6 days t I.ydia, of Bath, for Savannah 5 days i schrs Mary, Ross, discharging j Retrieve, White, for N York , Archer, (of Middletown) Butler; Georgians, Sanboum, for N Orleans. Spoke nothing Bi itish brig Edward Byam, Leader, 16 days from Antcgtia, with rum and molasses, to R Mckev. Lat 23 68, spoke brig Chance, 60 days from Isle of France for Boston. Schr. Major Croghan, Wootten, 27 days from Curracoa, with coffee, skins and specie, to L M. IVixotto, R. S. Hallctt. J. Narr, J. B. Graves, J. Shiproan, H. &. G. Barclay, J I). Woodside. Sailed in co. with scbr. r rindship, for Philadelphia. The brig Holkar, Baker, tailed about a week before. Ten days ago, lat. 22, Ions. 74. spoke schr Little George, from Cartha - pi.na, for Philadelphia. Two days ago, spoke a French ship from Bordeaux for Baltimore. Died on the 24th Dec. in lat. 13, lung. 70 Mr. Nathaniel Tucker, formerly mate of the schr Diligence, Burn, ol uiouresti r. fassenger, Mr. James U. Woodside, cf Washington City. Returned, on account of head winds, schr. Industry, bound to Mogadore. Britu - h Packet Princess Elir.abeth.Flore'd.ile, in 60 days from Falmouth, via Bermuda, JO days fr. the latter port, wuh the rSovcmbermau. Passenger, Mr. Kerr, of Charleston. ling Aurora, 1 hompson, I rom ew - Urleans, and 17 davs from the Balize, with sugar, cotton, log wood, tobarro. hides, kc. to Tott ii M'kinne, F. Dentin. J. L. Rowiie. Kubiuson Ai. Rhinelnnder. N b D. 1 alcott, S Robinson, and R. M. S. Russell. Sailed from the town Dec. 27, and from the Balize on the 1st inst. Left at the tow n, bhips Isabella, Prince, N. York, not begun to load, for Havre ; Othello, Sucll, N. York, begun; Gleaner, do. up for freight ; Superior, Gill, do. do. ; Richmond, Rugan, for Philad. in 10 ; Greyhound, West, N. York, no fi. ; LvergVecn, do. gone up the river for sugar ; Gov. Griswold, do. no ft. ; Bolize, Harding, rone up the river, for sugar ; Caroline, Ser - rill, do. ; Ajax, 53 days from Boston, in the river ; Mohawk, Gray, loading ; Jones, Goodav, laid up; Orleans, dis. ; John - Watson, no ft. ; Tennessee, Oliver, tip for Philad. ; brigt Bliss, Bailey, for N. York; 1 hamet, Wbite, for do. nearly ready; U hilBflL Rr.tl lw,...l n r:r . fr... ." - ' Robinson, do.; Georgia, Smith, for France; Pa - triot, Woodbury, ia. ; Gov. Brooks, Ajlen, for do. nearly loaded. At Eng.Turo, ship Annitqnant, $5 days from N. York. - In the river, brigs Olive, of Newbtiryport, for Havana; Catharine, SO days from Bordeaux j Calisto, of Boston, 60 days from do. Between the Turn and the anchorage, outside the Bar, were 61 toil. Sloop Com. Patterson, Morton, from Havana, wat in the river. Spoke, off die Double Headed Shot Keys, Jan. 6, schr. - Retrieve, 3 days from Havana, for N. York. Jan. 15, lat. 2j, '."2, long. 73, taw a brig supposed to be a patriot privateer. Brig Areihusa, Holmes, 5 days from Charleston, rice, nr.. to Fitch k Goodwin, owners, Mulford U Leffiugwell, S. Trowbridge, jr. J. B. Lafonta, Buck Coit, Sallus, Son k Co. and A. G. Phelps. Passengers, Kir. Hughes, capt. Barker L Son, of Warren, and Mr. Bobev Left ship Corsair, Sutton, for .V York same day ; ii scbr. Fen wick, do. ; schr. South Carolina, Allen, just ar. from do. Met Jroing over t'.ie bar, ship lndependeucevof N. Bed - old ii. several others. Sailed iu co. shins Canton, Kogen, for Liverpool; Manchester Packet, Burke, ' for Havre; Comc - t, Center, .for Europe; brig - Margaret and Sarah, for Havre ; brig Monies - J mien, for Amsterdam ; brig Arrow, of VViscassett or W. Indies. Brig Sw iftsure, of Bolton, had not arrived. Experienced a severe gale on Tuesday offllatteras. from N. N.W.nnd lay to 12 hours. Brig Amelia, Mott, 5 days from Savannah, with cotton, to Tliaddeus Phelps (& Co. owners, J. Montgomery, Vandervoort ii Flandin, De Rham k. De Lessort, L. Gotidain, and B. Desobry. Left, ship Rockingham, from New York and spoke in the ofl'mg, shin Prudence, 12 d. from N. York, bound in. Sailed in co. ship Mexico, for Havre ; and ship Justina, for Liverpool. ung iT, in i w...t. - - v.v, with logwood, indigo and specie, to J. IS. LAionta, jr and the captain. The schr. Elizabeth, sailed 2 days nclorc lor Baltimore. L.eitui snip u.iiuc, for Charleston iu 15 dnvt. Jan. 1st, spoke a Spa nish brig 76 days from Malaga Tor Havana. Brig Mary - Ann, Lewis, 8 dayt from Pbiladel - nliia. uiiih flour, to P. Care. Jun chr. Catherine liongert, itricnum, irom v u - mmgton, IN. C nnUOdayt ironi uie war, witn w heal, flour, cotton, sugar, and naval stores, to G. Gibbs, W. Burges, N. Rogers Son, E. Wilkings, and others. Left no vesseli for N. York. Spoke nothinir. Schr. Union, . - Nicholson, - anyt irom Minion, rs . . C. . . . . . i - .T' " ft. C. with staves and tar, to Waring it fcnuucriy. Schr. Astora. Skidmore, 10 dava from Murlreet - bnro'. with turpentine and staves, to Waring Hi Kimlierlv. and U rn. Res. Sclir. Fhcnix, Phumey, 3 days from IScwbem, N. J. with naval stores and staves, to Win. Rea, U Waring A: Kiiulx - rlv. Passed in Noose River, sloop Mary, Harding, ol Bum, 4 aays irom itew - i ork. Schr. Arabella. Godlrev. 18 davs from Forto Rico, vt tih culler, hides and fruit, to E. Malibran. Left schr. St. Helena, of Philad. to sail Jan. 1 ; brig Murv. ISeaves.for Iew oik, 15h March. Schr. Jersey, Doane 5 davs from Alexandria, with flour and flaxseed, to L ffonimcdicuU Brown, owners, and others. pclir. Almira, Jenkins, 12 clays trom riymoutn. .V C. with naval stores, wheat ana peas, to ireu - well 1L Thome, nnd Rloiiut ti Jackson. Schr. Revenge, Aikins, b days from Si. iviarys. w ith lumber and fruit, - to J. W. Richardson, and thf miitnui Sloou Schoharie. Driers. 14 diiys from Holguin, nnrtn sine oi (.una. wnn luuucco aim nun, w u. . " . T . " i r ... c A. I laike Co. SIood Trinler. Clark, 3 davs from ISorfolk, w ith 70 discharged seamen from t lie U.S. ship lnde - - npmlpnn Sloop Liberty, Collins. 4 days from Edenton, with naval stores, lac. to Blount i Jackson. Scbr. - ITiiioii. for ft. Y ork. sailed in Co. Moop Barstow, Barstow, a uays irom tt asniDr - ton, N. C. with naval stores, staves ana naxsreu, to Beekman, Bray i Co. It. ot C. tv . uavenpon . co. a I rovincetow u tioop wmcu nun " ou the bar, had got up. Kit, tenr uniario, reauy lor .cw - l orfc. ... The following were among the vessels which went to sea from this port on Saturday : vis. the ships Criterion, for London ; Mount - Vernon, far ivrrpool ; iris, lor cork ; Vermont, lor juisuon , and Illinois, for Bordeaux. The shin Triton, Babcock, from Hamburr for New - York, wat at the Elbe, the 17th November, w ind bound. The ship America, Heath, w as to sail from Lon don, for savannah, on the - Jth lov. BALTiaoas, Jan. 17. Arrived schr. f ara - mount, Crawford, from Boston, Brig Town, Jones, 8 days from N York, i'ch Bethiah L Betsey, from Boston, is in the river, in the ice. NoaroLa, Jan. 13 Arrived scu. Two bro thers. Updike. NYork 43 hours. Sch Washington, Chandler, N. YorK 4 asys. Sch Unity, Van - Name, NYork 48 hours. .91uop Caroline, Baker, New - Bedford, 63 hours THEATRE. THIS .EVENING, Jan. 19. Will be presented THE CONQUEST OF TARANTO, Or, St. Clara's Eve. After the Play, the 4 East Indian Jugglers, re cently arrivea in wis country, win exnioii their Feats of Legerdemain, Strength and activity. Performance to commence at half past six o'clock precisely. COTILLION PARTIES. ffcr - The Managers give i : notice that the next Cotillion party will be at the City Assembly Ko'.in, City Hotel, on the Evening of Thursday. tbe iv:d instont. Jan 19 4t (y - A1K. KEENL respectfully begs leave to announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of New - York, that be intends taking a Concert at the City Hotel, on Tuesday the 3d February, in which he will be assisted by several professors and amateurs of the first talent! at will be expressed in future advertisements. Jnn 19 lw A bunch of small keys on a steel ring was lost yesterday. The finder shall be handsomely rewarded by leaving them at No 5 gtatc - strect. Jan 19 2t (r JACOB ISAACS informs bit friendt and the public generally, that be bat commenced tbe Brokerage & Exchange Business, in its variout branches, in the lower office of Merchant's Hotel, Wall - street. Jan 19 lw JVElf' EJVGLAJM SOCIETY. fJT At the annual meeting of the New - England Society of the city and state of New - York, held at the Bank Coffee House, on Wednesday, ihe 14tb day of January, 1818, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year. Ebenezer Stevens, President, Jonathan Little, 1st Vice President, Peter Hawet, 2d Vice President, Zechariah Lewis, JoBracketJCountellor., Uonld Moyt, J I....... I... i . a v. i . i a, Samuel St. John Win. W.Chester, David R. Lambert, George Richards, Stephen Whitney, Jonathan Goodhue, William Caboone, . Jan 19 It Assistants. (Cy Tbe creditort of Mrs. SYDNEY HEWITT are requested to tend in their accounts, regularly proced, at or before 1st day of February oext, to Mr. BLAKE, No. 3 Law Buildings, for the purpose of having them settled agreeably to arrangement. All persons neglecting to produce their claims at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of that day, will bo excluded from a participation of the fund which is to be applied for the settlement of her debts. New - York, January 19th, 1818. GEORGE GIBBS,) ..,feMM JOSHUA SECOR, ) A'8B - Jan1912t Hit Royal Hghneu tlie Prince Hegmt. XT From the number who are coming forward to join in the address of condolence and resolutions passed on the 15th inst. it is deemed proper that the parchment for signatures should remain during this week at the consulate office, SI Bmad - street, before it is ibrwardeJ, in order to afford an opportunity to every loyal British tub - ject in the city of New - York to prove bis attach ment to the royal family and the bntun constitution by signing the same. Office open from 10 on til X JAJ. BUCHANAN, Chairman, j. JW19 lw '

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