The Evening Post from New York, New York on January 20, 1818 · Page 2
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. From latt LeN1e paper. - COURT OF KING'S BENCH, Nor. IT. Murder MtrgAshvrd. Tfu King, w A. Thornton This Monun havinr kM appointed for receiving the plea - Abraham Thorn too, who stands appealed lor tb murder of Mary Ashfcrd, at Castle Broomwich, n the pari of .Sutton Coldueid, on the 27th day of Klar last, a great crowa whimh m the ave - act leadm to the court, at u early boor, scarce! ylee numerous than that witnessed at the trial of Dr. Watson, fa high treason. The doors of Um court were almost taken by storm, aod uothiu; but tha interference of tbe officers pre ' vented every part of tha building from being oc cupied by strangers. Tha grand and petit juries being in attendance to be sworn, added consul tr - ably to the confusion. At tan o'clock, Mr. Justice Bailey entered the court, and the name of the grand - jurors ba Ing called over, the ware sworn, and after the usual adlrm proceeded to the discharge of theen respective duties. On the departure of the juries, the counsel ob tained admission, but with great difficulty, bar ing la contend with the almost invincible curiosi ty eTUte multitude, who bad recourse to every F aerials stratagem to rain an entrance. It saay trstyee said that there was scarce a square foot of space ta the body of the court wtiicn did not find an occupant. Among other persons present ware lord Yarmouth and lord Montiord. bnort ly befare 1 o'clock the king's counsel took their places within the bar j soon alter wtucn William .fshfbrd, the appellant, and brother to the deceased, caaae in, and sras placed immediately in front of his counsel, Messrs. Clarke, Carney. andChittj he is a slight aada lad, about IT years ef, age, of short ttaUre, sandy hair and Naeerea. A bowl the tame time the appellee, Abrahass Thoioton, was coed acted m at the side door. the custody of Mr. Gibbons, one of the marshal's men, and the raster of Warwick Castle. Ashe came ap the hall the crowd pressed towards - him, m order to gain a view of his person, with such violence, as almost to preclude the poesi - bdity of his advance. lie is a man about Ave lse! four inches in height, very fat and robust, iwith full cheeks, fresh complexion, and altogether not a forbidding appearance. lie had a smile on his countenance, at if from confidence ia a favorable result to the proceedings which it has been thought at to take against him. ' At eleven lord EUeoborough and the other judges took their seats on the bench, baring pre - vieusiy naa a consultation m their private chamber, in the coarse of which they referred to all the ancient authorities on the subject. All other business having been deferred, in order first to dispose of this. Lord Ellenborough addressed Mr. Reader, counsel fer the prisoner, and asked him if fcs cli ent was in court. Mr. Reader He is. my lord. Lord EUenborough Let him be broujht for ward. The prisoner was then d laced at tha bar be tween Mr. Reader and Mr. Reynolds, both ef wbom are engaged in his behalf. Mr. Le Blanc, clerk of the crowa office, then called upon the prisoner to attend to the record while it was read. The prisoner bowed assent, ami Mr. Le Blanc proceeded to read the instru meat, which commenced by stating that he A braham Thornton, was appealed for the wilful murder of Mary disbJbrd. late of Castle Brom - Wich. on the 17th of May. at five to thesncrninr. by seiang her with both his hands, and casting and throwing her into a pool of water, whereby he occasioned ber death. In other respects the record contained an exact copy of the indictment , on which the prisoner was tried. - Mr. Le Blanc concluded by saving, are you guilty or not guil ly of the said tslony and murder whereof you eland aa enimalsrl vr Mr. Reader now put into the prisoner's hand sijt ot paper, irom wmca The prisoner read - Nolguillyf mud lam roods to defend tfu same U my bod." Mr. Reader had likewise handed a Mir of large gauntlets or gloves to the prisoner, one of wtMch he put on, and the other, ia pursuance of the old form, be threw down lor the appellant to take up. it was not taken upj and Mr. Reader moved that it should be kept in the custody of the officer of the court. Mr. Le Blanc Tour plea is that you are not guilty, and that you are ready to defend the said plea, wita your ooay r The prisoner It is. Lord EUenborough Is the appellant in court Mr. Clarke He is, my lord. ' f .onl Fllenborourh Call him bv aame. The usher then called M Wo. Ash lord come into court." The appellant then stood up in front of Mr Clarke.. Lord EUenborough What have you got to cay, Mr.Ularke.' Mr. Clarke My Lord, I did not expect at this tins of day that this sort of demand would have been made. I must confess I am surprised that the charge against the prisoner should be put to issue in this way. The trial by battle is an obsolete practice which has long since been out of use s aad It would appear to me extraordinary indeed if the person who has murdered the sitter should, as the law exists in these enlightened times, be allowed to prove his innocence by murdering the brother also, or at least, by an attempt to do so. Lord Ellenborough It is the law of England, Mr. Clarke, ad we must act call it murder. Mr. Clarke I may have used too strong an expression, my, lord, ia saying murdering the brother j bat, at all events, it is not less than killing. I apprehend, however, that the course to be taken is, in a great measure discretionary ; and it will be for the court to determine, under all these circumstances, whether they wUl permit a battle to be waged in this case or not. It is not entirely with the appellee to decide what it will be At to do. The court will no doubt look le the person of the appellant, and seeing that he is weak of body, as it is evident, and by no means capable of combatting in battle with the appellee, they will, perhaps, not permit the issue to bo put upon the personal contest. Mr. Justice Bailey Have you any authority, Mr. Clarke, to support that proposition I Mr. Clarke My lord, I have no express authority to adduce beyond example, and the natu ral suggestions which occur to the minds of every person on a view of the case. Mr. Reader. My lords, I apprehend the only course of proceeding which my learned friend can take in this case is to put in a counter - plea, and not to occupy the time of the court by argument upon the poUVy or impolicy of suffering battle to be wvged. All his observations on this subject will answer no good end, but must lead rse, in the course of reply, into matter from which I would rather be excused. Lord Ellenborough. Mr. Clark, do you wish to put in a counter - plea? Mr. Clarke. Yet, my lord ; and I humbly move, on the part of the appellant, that I may have time to plead.' ' Lord Ellen borough In a matter so antiquat ed, and in a proceeding so obsolete, it is, perhaps, due to justice tint this application should be ac ceded to : perhaps it will meet with no resist anre on th prt ol the appellee. Mr. Reader. Certainly not, my lor J 5 the defendant is him1f under considerable obligation for the indulgence granted to him 1 and it would be e(trrnly ungracious m hi 31 to snste any objection to the.t course which the court may tbiak fit to approve. Lord EUenborough. What time, Mr. Clarke, will it be convenient for you to put ia your coun ter - plea. Mr. Clarke. On Thursday, my lord, I think f shall b prepared, if that will meet the conve nience of the coon. is of of it at lb! Lord teabereugereu9l Friday or 8 turdar would better suit the time of the court. Mr. Clarke I shall he reedy whenever your lordships stuui appoint. LerdQleehorwach. Let it be Saturday tlseav Af r. Reader. My lords, with your lordships' indalgencv, I will oAerone word, which I do without meaning the slightest eAence to any body. I need not comment on the awful situation ia which the defendant is placed, both with regard to your lorcUhipips and to the pobne. My learned friend (Mr. Reynolds) and myself, la the performance of the anxious duty which has devolved upon as, have thought it right to advise the defendant to put m the plea which has been re corded, and we have ae difficulty declarins that we have done so m consequence of the est - hraordinary aad unprecedented prejudice which has been disseminated against him throughout the country. Mr. Gurney now requested a copy of the de fendant's plea, wmca was waansstaa sum by Mr, Header. Lord Ellenborough. Let us understand this clearly, Mr. Clarke. Do you pray this delay for the purpose of couater - pleadinjr. ormerelv as nw usee generally r Mr. Clarke - For the rmDOSo of counter pleading, aiy lord. Lord QlenbroagVLattbiHSsocUnow remanded, and let him be agate brought up on aeiuruay neii, wnen 1 expect UM appellant will be ready with hie counter - plea. m d prisoner was then conducted out of court am same form in whsch be bad entered. He 1 agaj the object of intense cariosity, and J wtffl OB&calty be conveyed to the carriage mwtjehae was taken back to the Manhalsea. TJm crowd soon afterwards dispersed. His mMlentood. that the onlv tlea which Mr. Chsrke caa pot in, on (few part of the appellant is, that he is incompetent, from bis youth and want of bodily streesgth, tairiy to meet the appellee in battle. Upon this plea aa argument will be founded as to the power of the court to waive the right of battle, and direct a new trial by ju ry. Upon the existence ef Uus right, according to the ancient and narepeeJed laws of England, there is great doubt, and ultimately the interests of the proceeding is still kept alive, and the result is anxiously looked for. From the Liverpool Mercury, tfov 22, APPEAL Or MURDER. William JMwd a. Akfhm The interest which the paW feel m this extra ordinary case increases hourly. The notification, that the appellee would be brought up this morning, for the purpose of hearing the counter - plea of the appellant, attracted a vast concourse of people to Westminster - Hall, and the court, at an eany nour, was crowded to excess. Many laoies enaeavoreu to gain admittance, and seve ral were fortunate enough to attain their object, liter stood at the too of the stem, on tha riM hand side of the bench a very inconvenient po - siuon 0111 conosirj is not ceremonious. A little before 9 o'clock. Thornton was brought into court, by the private entrance, in the custody of Mr. Gibbons, the tipstaff, bv this means escaping ine gate ol u)e anxious multitude. He immediately took his seat at the centre of the bar, one of the turnkeys of the Kiss's Bench be. ing behind him. About half past 9 o'clock, the tnDellant made bis appearance, and took his station on the floor of the court, near the students' box. The Judges took their seats at half oast 10 i - cioca, wnen nr. Bedford, the appellant's soli citor, banded to him his counter - plea, and made him affix his mark to an accompanying affidavit, iu vonncauonw toe tacts staled in the counter - plea, which was then given to .tfr. Le Blanc, for um purpose 01 neing reao. lae counter - plea being sworn - Mr. ts Blanc fexhibitimr the countsr - nlea. and addressing himself to the appellant) " This your counter - plea, and too swear the con Lents of your affidavit are true f" Appellant" Yes." Mr. Reader The master will be rood e - nough to read the counter - plea slowly ." Afr. Le Blanc then read the counter - plea, which was a repetition of the evidence adduced at the trial, and concluded with a prayer that the said Thornton might not be permitted to wage oatiai wita tae appellant. Mr. Reader then, on the part of Thornton, prayed time to reply to the counter - plea thus puim wmca was granted until the second day next term. NEW - YOHK KfEJflSfQ POST. TUESDAY, JANUARY 20. An appeal murder. In the latter end of last summer some of the English newspapers contained an account of1 the evidence given on the trial of Abraham Thornton, for the murder Mary Ashford, by throwing her into a well, after having violated her person, with circum stances of the most attrocsous cruelty; but of which charge he was acquitted, though the pre sumptive evidence was fully satisfactory, some witnesses but swore that be was seen at least three miles distant freea the spot where and when the murder was committed, which they knew by the striking of a village clock. So convinced of bis guilt was every person that heard the trial, especially when it was discovered that some im portant circumstantial evidence had been kept back by the deputy sheriff, that measures were immediately put in train to try him again for the murder. And accordingly a criminal process was instituted against him, called on appeal of mmier, which is an old form of criminal prose cution, long grown into disose, in the name of the next of kin to the deceased demanding pun - haunt on account of the private injury. The detail of facts that came out in evidence on the former trial were too shocking to decency, to be drcaUled ia a aewspapcr, and accordingly only one piper in the city republished them. But the particulars of the last prosecution, as far as has gone, are extremely curiout, and are given length in various London papers, from which wo have extracted them. Col. AndertonU east The end of punish ment, saith the elementary writers, b not to give pain by way of revenge, but to deter others by the example, from committing a similar offenee. Nov, therefore, ye impudent applicants to the favor of the congress of the United Slates, behold and consider well, to what a hazard you expose yourselves if yon should dare to offer a bribe to any of its members. t Behold, I say, the awful punishment to which you expose your - sehes read the reprimand of the speaker and stand appalled. We have been requested by several respectable persons to mention in this public way, ia onpes it may meet the eye of the Hon. Mr. Hop - Itinson, that the citiiens of New - York feel a deep interest in the motion lately made by him, respecting dUtrict - ettorniet, notwithstanding neither of their represent lires have stepped .forward on this occasion, and that it will not nroha. J be long before fat bean from them again. I I Utlmu eytus4QsV writmf tha fc r. marta last week en the subject cf lotteries, I un derstand it it in cwtempUtVm to make one m this state, upon the plan then, recoounended, as respects tha price of the tickets, bat that it ntaoded to prolong the drawing upwards ol 30 days 1 and that this at the express request of certain lottery - office keepers, whose names have not heard. But, be they who they may, if such a plan is on foot, I trust the mentioning m this public manner, may have the salutary ef fect to cause it to be abandoned. Rather say the lottery shall be completely drawn in 3 days, which is quite feasible, by putting only prises in, to the wheel, as is done in England, and drawin them out against such numbers as happen to come up first, until such numbers are exhaust. ed, and then counting those left behind as blanks. The greatness of the high prise in the Baltimore Surgical Lottery, and also that in the Pennsyl vania Grand State Lottery, tempt adventurers of the richer sort from every state in the union, and will tempt them, notwithstanding penal sta. lutes, to vest their money in those lotteries, in preference to our own, unless we make our lot teries on the same great scale. The first class of the Surgical lottery of Baltimore caused hun dreds of thfnwvl of dollars to take flight from this city to that, and will have the same effect a second time ; as will aWo be the case with re spect to Philadelphia, judging from the popular scheme I have just looked over. It is to be 1 mooted that no other palliative for the evil which lotteries always bring upon the community, pre sents. but bv wav of self - defence, to lessen or take away the temptation from the people to send their money abroad. But, I repeat it, let it not fail to make part of the scheme to draw and finish in three successive days, Mr. Staniilat. In oar advertising columns, of tbis evening, will be found one signed by this graflennn, which' we hope will not fail to attract the attention of all. The eahibitions of science which Mr. Stanislass there promises cannot fail to instruct, as well as in the highest degree to surprise and amuse every one present. From Ike National Intelligencer. Jan. 17. The house of representatives has at length fi nished the trial of John Anderson, for a contempt of its privileges. He was yesterday solemnly reprimanded by tbe speaker, and discharged. 1 hit punisbment, connected with bis confinement for more than a week, whilst it vindicates the in jured feeling of the house, appears to us not to nave neen 100 lenient, consiaenng bji me circum stances under which Uus case presented itseli. t he character heretoiore sustained oy 1.01. An deesoa : his sufft rings, sacrifices and services du ring the war ; his solemn declarations of having onered me money mereiv as a compensation tor extra services to one who, as cnairman ot a com mittee, has a most laborious duty to perform ; hitentue submission to the house, not having taken anv legal exceptions to the course pursued bv it. together with tbe explanation be gave of nis motives, comoine iu wipire cuiuiuuBcrauun for his situation, rather than any vindictive seo - timent towards him. With respect to the legality of the proceedings, the luminous views afforded by the debate, now in a progress of publicattm, have induced us to be silent. Whilst, on me one nana, 10 pennu attempts on its integrity to be made with impunity, would tend to lessen the respect of the people tor that body which is tbe peculiar guardian 01 their property and rights ; on the ntiier, to admit that the house, in the exercise of an unlimited discre tion, can. at will, drag from their borne cituens removed eveo a thousand miles irom tbe place ot its eiltins. would be to establish a power too de - siKJtte for the nature of our institutions. These, it may be said, are extreme cases, not tney are both possible, as tbe law ol congress is bow set tied by the late decision. We should be glad, therefore, to see a law passed, constituting anii defining: the offence of contempt or breach of pri vilege ol either housed longress, and aiming a Dunisnmeoi utereio, .' cuuviruuu uciurc cuiw court of the United States. We are the more inclined to prefer such a course, from personal observation of the trouble and fatigue, not to sneak of the consumption of time, which has at tended the late investigation of as plain a case as may generally be expected to occur in any ques tion respecting contempts of privilege. ' Tbe following is Col. Anderson's apology to the house, and the speaker's reprimand. "Arraigned at the bar of the highest tribu nalof the nation, for an alleged infringement oi its privileges, an attack upon its dignity, and the honorable feelings of ene of its members, to express the sincere regret I experience, and to a - pologize for the error I have committed, ought not to suffice. To that body and to myself, I owe an explanation of the motives which governed my conduct. That I have been found in the ranks of mv country's defenders, is known to many ; and that I hare sustained a character, unblemished by any act which should crimson my withered cheeks, has been amply proven to you. by men, whose good opinions are the greatest boon of merit. The commencement of the late war found me environed by all the comforts of life: blessed with a sufficiency of property to enable me to wipe from the face of distress the falling tear, and to flatter myself that want was not to salute me before the return of peace. The fallacy of my hopes has been too clearly demon - itrated, by tbe ravages of the war on the bor ders of Raitin, (my residence,) and the destruc tion of all the property which my industry had amused. A Iter having seen the streets of French - town overgrown with grass ; sighed unavailingly over the ashes of my own and my neighbors' houses, and witnessed their necessities ; reduced to sustain life by means of wild animals, (musk - rats,) whose very smell is repulsive to the stomach $ I gladly hailed the beneficence of my govemmeut in the enactment of the law, usually called the property act, and, in tbe month of January, 1817, 1 took leave of my friends and! fellow - sufferers, and repaired to this city to man age their claims ; on my arrival, I found that the act under which tney expected relief had been suspended, and I was forced te return with this unwelcome information ; tears of disappointment suffused the countenances of every one my heart sympathised with theirs, and I then determined to prosecute their claims to a result. With this view, I had been in this city more than a month t over - anxious to accomplish my object, exalted with the success which had attended soma of the claims, and convinoed that the committee of claims was overwhelmed with business, my inexperience in reference to legislative proceedings induced me to suppose that, to infure despatch, I might without impropriety approach the chairman of that committee with a proposal tocompeasata him for "extra trouble." That have erred, grossly erred, 1 am convinced, and my only coosolalion is, that error is no crime, when it is of the head not of the heart Had I acted with less precipitation, and consul led the views of others, I should not at tbis time find myself in the disagreeable dilemma that I am. should have acted more consistent with myself : Whatever semblance my request of secresy may assume, I can with truth aver that its basis in my mind was a desire that those for whom I act should have to acknowledge their increased gratitude for tbe promptitude with which their claims should have been acted upon, h cannot be denied, that, after being assured that my own claims would be allowed, I bad less canse to think or obtaining by corruption the See of conrres. coull not raf t ia the ariuel - payment of claims which I alsaoxt knew the jus - to dispalch, then, was all I wished for, all I ootid nini and I think that the world and this honorable body, will admit that the benefit of the relief would be in proportion 10 me ume wmt elapse in affording it 1 at least, that in this view it would be appreciated bv those who have yet (nth in their recollection that a husband, a wife, a father, a child, a brother, or sister, was toma - hawked, shot, or burnt alive by the savage ene - I . i 1 inkm.nlv tnrn imm their co rny, weir J . . . . . Ait, and whilst vet smoking with the vital heat. were triumphantly exhibited to their weeping mmmm I Jit It H reGOllM'lCU UldL U1CT u. ... - . .... u ... whiUl wanderinr without shelter, and almost unclothed, the heart - rending scene, dead bodies exposed to the voracious appetites of the swine, and these animals eagerly contending for a leg or an arm. i.esi uus picture way my nosed to be exasperated, I annex the correspond ence which took place between the hon. A. B. Woodward and gen. Proctor, in tha year 1813, and shortly after tbe event occurred. Let it be known that most, if not all, the articles they could collect from the ruins of their houses, were generously, most generously, appropriated in the purchase of prisoners of war, for the purpose of screening them from the bloody tomahawk that these purchases were made under such circumstances as not to entitle them to reim bursement under the " Act relating to the ran torn of American captives of the late war ;" and let it aim be known that such are the sufferers, such the msritsol the claimants I represent and I feel confident that the clouds of indignation which, for a moment, threatened to burst over my frosty head, will be dispelled by tbe benign influence ol pruianinropy an innuence wmca has ever, and I trust ever will, characterise my conduct. That I should be anxious to afford a prompt solace to the sufferings of my fellow - citizens, will not be wondered at, when it is known that they extended every kindness and protection to my family, (Arm whom I was separated during most of the war,) and at a time when the Indians were accustomed to dance before the door of my house. calling upon my wife to come out and select her husband's scalp. Reiving upon the maxim, mat " to err is nu man, to forgive divine," I throw myself upon the indulgence of this honorable body, and the mas - nanimitv of the honorable gentleman whose feeliue - s I have had the misfortune to wound. If my services form no claim to indulgence, per. haps mv sufferings and those of my family may. I stand here prepared to meet all the conse quences of an error committed witnout any sinister intention. In conclusion. I must be permitted to remark that, during a confinement, from which 1 have fin - home in Hont anv leeal measures to extri cate myself, the only feelings of pain which have had access to my breast, were inose produced by the knowledge that an opinion was prevalent that, presuming on the misfortunes of my fellow sufferers, I had boufrht up their claims at a very reduced price. If this honorable body would permit, I would, under the solemnity of I an oath, call upon tiod to bear testimony mat tli is opinion is without basis. JUIIM AiXULIWU.V" January 1818, ?It was then resolved. That John Anderson has been euilty of a contempt and a violation of the privileges of the House, and that he be brought to the Bar ol the House mis day, and be there reprimanded bv the Speaker for the outrage he has committed, and then discharged from the custody of the Sergeant at Arms. Whereupon John Anderson was brought to the Bar of the House, and addressed by the peaker as follows : "John Anderon : You have been brought before this House upon a charge of having committed a breach of its privileges in attempting to bribe one of its If embers fillinp a hisrh and lesponsible situation. The houxe has patiently heard you in jour defence, and, m proportion to the pleasure wmcn it nas derived from the concurrent tentimonies in sup port of pour character and good conduct here tofore, is iu deep regret that you have delibe rately attempted to commit a crime so entire ly incompatible with the high standing you have heretofore maintained. You have the less apology for the attempt which you made, because you had yourself experiencet! the justice of this house but a few clays before, by the passage of two bills in your favor, founded on petitions presented to tbe house. Your attempt to corrupt the fountain of legislation, to undermine the integrity of a branch of the S'atiunal Legislature is a crime of so deep a dye that even you must acknowledge and be sensible of it. And if, John Anderson, you could have been successful in such an attempt ; if it were possible that Representatives of the people could have been found, so lost to their duty as 10 accept your offer, you must yourself see the dreadful consequences of such a deplorable state of things : In your turn you might fall a victim : for your rights, your li berty. and your property, might in the end e - quail y suffer with those of others. The house has seen with pleasure, that, at a very early period after making your base otter, you dis claimed, with symptoms ol apparent repentance and contrition, any intention to corrupt the m tegrity of a member 1 and, in directing me to pronounce your discharge, the house indulges the hope that, on your return home, you will be more fully convinced of the magnitude of I your offence, and by the future tenor ot your life endeavor to obliterate, as tar as it may be possible, the stain your conduct, on this occa sion has impressed on the high and honorable character you appear to have previously sus tained. You are discharged from the custody of the Sergeant at Arms." Whereupon John Anderson was discharged from custody : And the house adjourned to Monday In the House of Representatives that course has been taken which we anticipated, in regard to the case supposed, of Clerks in the Public Offices improperly receiving compensation for extra services from individuals having claims before those Offices. It appears, that rumors have been afloat in the country of such practices: we can only ssy, the informal ion is new us and we trust and believe the enquiry will result in a conviction that nothing of the sort has occurred, more blameable then the receiving a compensation for labor done at hours when the ofiicers were not open, and when the time and labor of the clerks employed in them are ef course their own property. J'. Intel. House Breaker The numerous robberies that have recently occurred in our city, call loudly as well for thevigilance of the watch as for tbe attention of the citisens to their own security. An evi dence of tbe latter necessity may he found in the otiowing. sometime 00 Saturday last, som villains secreted themselves, in the upper loft of tbe store No. 1 1 1 Pearl - street, where they made a regular encampment, and on Sunday commenced at leisure me wora 01 plunder by breaking open the desks and almost every package of goods that came in their way, alleviating their fatigues by copious libations of some old Madeira which bad been leit in the garret of the store. They selected such articles as they deemed most valuable, aod sewed them op in a wrapper, which thev orenared to carry off. but it is sen - posed they must have been alarmed ia tlieir ope - ranins, as tney ten uie package sn natu quo, and returned by breaking open a stable in the rear, through which they escaped into Slote - lane, taking with them a few articles of small value aod about $30 in cash. We understand that this, with many other stores, is without any doors or barriers tothe upper stair cases. A trifline exne would have prevented these rogues from getting up stairs without tbe knowledge of the occupant : and the circumstance should swakeo our merchants to the necessity of examining their stores previous t0 ,huttu,S G"' , Post - office, Kew - York, January 17, 1818 ) The northern and Albany mails, will be car - hereafter, durimr the winter term, ever day in the week (except Sunday on tbe east side of the Hudson j and will close every morning at eight o'clock. Three times a week, that is to say, every Monday, 'Wednesday and Friday, they will be dispatched with the way mails ; and every 1 uesaay, 1 nunuay " Sa turday by an extra conveyance. THEODORUS BAILEY, P. M. At a meetine yesterday of the Board of Di rectors of the City Bank, B. Desobry. Esq. was unanimously appointed a Director 111 that institution, in the place of F. Boisgerard, de ceased. FROM OUR CORRESPOJiTDFXT. Exchange Coffee - house, Reading and 7 News Room. Boston. Jan. 18. S Arrived, last night, sctuv Comet, Cole, 22 days from Matamas. Left, ship Guira, l'ratt, for N. York, uncertain ; brigs Factor, Noyes, do. do s Radius. Granger, for Frovidence, do .Venter, Carr, for Newport in 7 days ; Brothers, Smith, for Warren, R. I. uncertain ; Pomona, Hodge, do ; Charity, Atkins, for Boston, and se veral others, names not recouecieu. Rrin Geo. Wajhinsrton. from Baltimore : He ro, from Savannah, and schr. AfcDonough, from Philadelphia. J. HOOPER, Jr. iTinnnujii Last evening by the Re?. Mr. Mallaod. Mr, U1DDILM1 Stepnen :ienara, 01 raimaeipiua, iu mio i. . n .it - .rjL:. Edward M. L. Kenney, Esq. of the Island of Santa Crux, to Miss fclna Hewitt, 01 tmsciiy. At New - Rochelle, on Saturday evening last. bv the Rev. Mr. Kearney. Mr. William Law - ton, of thiscitv. to Miss Maria R. Guion,daugh tor of Frederick Guion, Esq. of the former place rJfUfG POST MARINE LIST. CLEARED. Bris? Gen. Ward. Sacket ' Brazil: a Suydam Si Wyckoff Schr Humming - bird. Marshal Petersburg Virginia. Mesrath Kicnraono ARRIVED THIS FORENOOJ. Sch. Linnett. Caussins, 29 days from Port Rico, with molasses, hides and coffee, to the captain. The Linnett wa bound to ewbern, N. C. and nut into tbis port in distress, ror . . . . . 1 - . 1. nrovisions and water. Left, bnsr Agcnora. of Kennebunk, to sail 1st of Feb'ry 1 brig Water - witch, Bunce, to sail in 10 days tor Philadei phia. Dec 22d, on the coast of Porto, was boarded by a Carthagenian privateer sch havinir a slooo and schooner prizes in co. 14 days ago, spoke ship 1 nomas, irom Liverpool for Charleston or Savannah. About 15 miles N. E. of Cape Hatteras. fell in with the wreck of a sloop, with her mast about 8 feet out of 1 water, and to appearance, had not long peen sitr.k. Schr. Jane. Callin. 90 days from Alexandria with rlnurnnH flaiseedtn J. Smith. N. & G. n 11 : I ... 1 1 I ) j k - U.a. .ml Ranlrin. flnrl W. inn h Snn. Sloon Borealis. Wvnkooo. 14 days from Rich mond, with flour and tobacco, to Doorman and Johnston, and others. IN THE SOUND, Brig Agent, Lewis, in a long passage from M. - irseiles the Agent was off this port some days ago, and was blown off. 0.1 lur.u THIS tUKKjruusr. Ship Ganges. Brown, for Cork and a market Ship Ann. Crocker, for Liverpool. Ship Maria Caroline, Macy, for N. Orleans Schr Favorite, for North Carolina, ana Schr Laura, for Savannah. The ship Elizabeth - Wilson, Girdler, 55 days from Liverpool, tor Portsmouth, w. tt. got a. shore on Thursday, at Edgartown flats andlre mained there on Friday, but it was expected would be tmt off without damage. Sch. Jacqtiemel Packet, Dominick, has arri ved at Jacquemel from this port. Sch Linnet, S29 days from Porto - Rico, with molasses, coffee and cocoa nuts, was cominr ur last night in tow of the Ulysses pilot boat, hav. ing fallen in with her at sea crew sickly. The Linnet was bound to Norfolk, and bad but one anchor and cable. Br. sch Perseverance, Fox, 40 davs from St Lucie, J .m. in ballast, to S b I Hillycr Si Co I'be Perseverance, was bound to St. Johns, N. B. and put in here for provisions. Sloop Java, Vail, 8 days from Baltimore, with staves and lumber, bound to New Bedford. FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT. Office of the Freeman's Journal, ? Philadelphia, Jan. 17. S Herewith yon will receive a list of vessels now lying at Reedy Island Piers : brigs Manu tacture. Warner, tor Xewry; Active, Gaul, Limerick i schrs. Mary, Morse, Wen Indies; Eagle, Ulackman, N. York ; Pocahontas, Sey bert, do. The schrs Express, Webb, from NYork, and Edward D Douglass, Douglass, from Richmond, have just arrived. Norfolk, Jan 15. Arrived sch Romeo, Lit tie, Boston 11 days. Sch Patriot, Hill, Stco, (Me.) 10 days. Sloop Caroline, Baker, New - Bedford 3 days Sloop Brothers, Coquen, N. Bedford 3 days. Sloop Joseph, Jones, (of Providence, R. I.) from East River, in distress. The J. was bound to Baltimore, but loss an anchor while riding, and put in for another. A pilot from below informs that the northern built sloop which ran ashore on Monday on the back of Old Point, had not got oil yesterday evening did not learn her name. THEATRE. Mr. Finn's 2d appearance is America, and last night nut one 01 01s engagement. On Wednesday Evening, Jan 21, will be presented the Play of r THE IRON CHEST. Sir Edward Mortimer, Mr. Finn To which will be added LOWINA OF TOBOLSKOI, OE, TBK FATAL SHOW STORM. Lowina, Countess Romanoff, Mrs. Barnes Performance to commence at half past six o'clock precisely. (7 - At an Election held 00 Tuesday last the following gentlemen were chosen officers of the American" Academy of the Fine Arts, for the eusuing year. John Trumbull, President. John R. Murray, Vice President. UIK.EUTUK9. Cadwallader D. Colden William Cuttin David Hosack Benj. W. Rogers Archibald Kubertsoo John O. Bogerf James Ren wick William Dunlap John M. Comb - Samuel L. Waldo Charles Kinr. And at a meeting of the Board on Saturday lait they appointed William Dunlap, Keeper. John I'intard, Treasurer. Alexander Hobertsoo, Secretary. Jan 29 It THE FORUM JU" Will be opened on Friday evening neat, the 23d instant, at the assembly - room, City - Hotel, when the following question will be discussed : " Is it probable that the present pacific state of Europe will be of long coutinuance Tbe discussion will commence precisely at 7 o'clock. Tickets to be had at D. Longworth's, Park, and at the door, at 2j cents each. A ticket admits a lady and gentleman. The surplus receipts to go to the Female Mis - 110117 Society. jaa 20 - 4t following gentle men were jreeterv 1 Directors of the Pacific Insurance Coin pen .vki - Jonathan H. Lawrence John H. Howland Francis Thompson Isaac Wright Robert Center George Griswold John Adams Austin L. Sands Thomas Buckley, and Lewis Larue Francis Depart Stephen Whitney John T. Lawrence John Johnston Perez June Sylvan us F. Jenkins C. C Cambrel ene. And, at a meeting of tbe Board last evening1, J. H. Lawrence, esq. was unanimously re - elected President, and L Larue, esq. Assistant. jan 20 It NOTICE. . The annual meeting of the New - York Manumission Society, will be held this evening, at the Society's School - Room, in William - street, at 6 1 o'clock. ROBT. WHITE, Asst. Secretary. 1st mo 20 It NOTICET (CJ - The Co - partnership of VAN SCHAICR li Gl VAN, is this day dissolved by mutual con sent. The business or that concern, will be settled by either of the subscribers, at No. 163 Pearl - street New - York, January 19, 1918. M. VAN SCHAICK, jan 20 6t JOHN GIVAN. U. S. MAIL COACH FOR PHILADELPHIA, WITH A GUARD. fr The public are assured that this line is enual to any in uie u. o. ior iue convenience and comfort of the traveller. With the addition of the guurd, the passenger may rest secure as to his baggage and - personJ safety the coach never being left whilst changing at the post offices, without a person 00 the box. The way mail Is put in separate bags and changed in the European style. Tbe U S. Mail Coach will start from the coach office, old No. 1 Courtland - stivet, New - York every day at 2 o'clock P. M. and arrive at Philadelphia neat morning at 6 o'clock t onlvS passengtrs admitted in tbis coach. For seats apply to TH03. WHITFIhLD, at the old Couch and Stage Office, old No. I, second office from Broadway in Courtlandt - strect, or to A. T. GOODRICH a Co. No. 124 Broadwav. corner of Cedar - street, New - York. N. B. All goods aod baggage at the risk of the owners. J. LYON & SONS, Powles Hook. WILLIAM GULICK & CO. Kingston. CHESTER BAILEY, Philadelphia. Expresses sent to any part of the Continent by jan 20 THOS. WHITFIELD. RICHMOND. Jan. 16. Ibl8. Messrs. O. C. Gracie & Co. New - York, ft7 I noticed in tbe New - York papers of the iOUi and 1 1th inst. a copy of a letter from your house in this city, which is not sufficiently explicit, and in imin to myself, have to state, that in the late Washington tlooument Lottery I scld two capital prizes 01 $20,000 each, and one of 10.000, to gentlemen of this city, (n (lie Surgical Institution I sold tbe fl M'.tins capital prizeof 20,0i K), and 2 of 500. The 6000 dollar prise that came here was bought at Colieu's office in Baltimore, and the 1000 dollar prite from Hie of fice of G. It R. Waite. of said citv. I heard not of any prize sold in either of the above mentioned lotteries by the Heine of O. C. Gracie Co ; Annas you oil tne columns 01 your cuy papers with the rood fortune of Richmond. I eip ct. un less I give to the public thearts, your house here will receive similar abstracts of the good fortune which attends New - York. JanSOltt J B. KURSHEEDT. CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC. THE public are respectfully ioformed, that a Concert of Sacred Music, for tha bene fit of the New - York Female Union Society for the promotion of Sabbath Schools, aad the New - York Sunday School Union society, will be given on the 11th February next, by Messrs. E W. vtorse, It. sage and s. fjarie particulars here after. It is believed from the talents and exertions of the gentlemen whose liberality to these important institutions has induced them to offer thee? - gratuitous services, and from the assistance they have procured, that the concert will be highly worthy the attention of Uie admirers of Sacred Music and of the friends of Sunday Schools. JS. EASTBURN, 1 FRANCIS HALL, f Committeee of G. P. SHIPMAN, f Arrangements. D. L. DODGE, ) Jan 20 31 For LONDONDERRY. The fine fast sailing ship FOSTER, N. Moran. master, having 7 - 8ths of her cargo ready to go on board, will he despatched without delay, r or freight of 100 to 200 tierces seed, or passage, apply to the master on board at pier no. 13, or to Jan 20 W. & S. CRAIG. For NtrV - URLEANS, (a regular trader) The fine coppered and copper - fastened brig CHARLES, capt. Wihray, cow loading and will sail on Sunday next. For freight or passage, having excellent accommodations. aoolT to the captain onboard, or to M'UrlEA It oLIDELL, Jan 20 No. 41 South - et. Pauage for LIVERPOOL. Tbe regular trading coppered ship CAROLINA - ANN, M. Reeves, ssae - ter, wtll positively sail on Sunday next, fwiod and weather permitting,) and can handsomely accommodate ten passengers. Apply on board, at pier no. 20, east side Burling - slip,' or at no. 80 South - street, to Jan 20 5t ROWLAND St BRAINE. FOR S.ILF., The fast sailing ship SILENUS.206 tons burthen, built at Rochester, Mast. n be sent to sea at a small expence. For terms, apply on board, at Steam boat - wharf, or to J. Si J. CODDIXGTON, jan 20 lw 204 Front - street - y H1TE HAVANA SUGAR, BRAND!, 40 boxes 1st qual. white Havana Sugar 10 pipes Bordeaux Brandy 3 do old Cognac do (Martells brand) 12 hhds old Jamaica Ram - 50 bags old Java Coffee. For sale by J. It i. CODDINGTON, Jan 20 1w 204 Front - street : 1ALCUTTA GOODS. 25 bales col'd Cal - cutta Goods, consisting of Blue Mamoodies, Sooty Rornale ' Red, blue and white Madras Pattern Hdkfs Bernagore aod Begery Checks 25 bales Beerboom Gurrahs all entitled to debenture. For sale by HUKUS Sr. WALL, Jan 20 65 onth - ttrret. ALEXANDRIA FLOUR. 450 barrels se - Derfine Floar. landinc from schr. Jersey from Alexandria, for sale by U. BiVI. HUNKS IU. Jan 20 92 Coffee House Slip. n RANDY 40 pipes Grays Brandy. 1st ana 4lh proof, for sale by JAl&SUll Jan 20 t WOOLLEY, 75 Wall - street GENTEEL BOARDING. AGEN TLEM AN and bis wife, or two single gentlemen, may be handsomely accommo dated with board and lodging, 00 reasonable terms, by applying at No. 49 Dry - street. A COACHMAN. (r Wants a place as coachman, a coloured man, who periecuy understands ius dusukwi sober and honest, and has lived for the last three years in a respecuDie private family in urn n'j Apply as aoore. jsswi - JVne and Elegant Books. AT. GOODRICH, ii Co. 124 Broadway, I.,ti init iwrived bv the Hercules, a superb collection of Bookx 'in elegant bindtotT. abo Kmc n:w works. j 20 , 03 - day e

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