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her immediate appearance; and, inftantly ftanding erect, raifed bis right-hand to his breaft, and continued for fome time în a bowing attitude to the fpectators, to remove their perturbation of mind for his fafety. Her Majesty now entered, and appeared to be much agitated, clafping her hands with great emotion. On the entry of the Princelles the confufion attendant upon the outrage had not fubfided; and, on being informed of the caufe, August; fainted away, but was foon recovered by the tender attentions of her filter Elizabeth, and the Ladies in waiting. By this time, however, the Princefs Mary became no less affected at the alarming communication, and the fame means to effect her recovery were, with equal fuccefs, bad reconríe to. After the first moment of ftupor, the perons around him, and fome musicians from the orchestra, seized the man, and hurried him over the pallifades into the mufic-room. Mr. Wright, a Solicitor in Wellclofe-fquare, who fat immediately behind him, was the first to fecure him. He dropt the piftol, but Mr. Wright found it under the feat. The affecting scene being at length terminated, by the entire compofure of the Royal Females, "God fave the King" was awice fung, amidst the most enthusiastic fhouts of true loyalty and affection. The play then commenced. Mr. Bannister first same on, and attempted to proceed; but was interrupted by the audience, who eagerly enquired whether the affatlin was in fafe custody, at the fame time infifting that he fhould be brought upon the ftage. Mr. Bannister answered, that the villian certainly was in cuftody; Mrs. Jordan foon after came forward alfo, and affured the houfe of the fame fact. The audience now became perfectly fatisfied, and the performances were fuffered to go on without any further interruption. At the end of the fa.ce, "God fave the King" was again demanded; and the following ftanza (originally compofed impromptu at Quebec) was fung as the concluding verfe: it is needless to oblerve, that it was received with enthusiastic applaufe, and encored: "From ev'ry latent foe,

From the affaffin's blow,

God fhield the King!
O'er him thine arm extend,
For Britain's fake defend

Our Father, Prince, and Friend:

God fave the King!"

The royal party then left the theatre amidit the prayers and plaudits of the crowded circle, who, while they thus manifefted their fincere regard for a molt virtuous and gracious fovereign, fufficiently marked their indignation at the conduct of the treasonable affaffin, who bafely dared to aim a blow at the life of a Prince fo jufily endeared to all his people. When the King's carriage, on the way home, came

to the corner of Southampton-fireet, a perfon, by trade a fhoe-maker, who it feems had placed himself there for that purpose, hooted and hiffed his Majefty in the mot impudent and audacious manner, and coytinued following his carriage for fome time, difplaying every mark of contempt and difrefoe, till at length he was taken int cuftody. When the Royal Family reached the Queen's Houfe, fupper was immediately brought up, but none of the Royal Family fat down. Her Majesty drank a glass of wine and water, and then retired. The Princefs Amelia, who has been ill uear two years, fainted on entering her chamber; and the fits continued fo long, that her retoration to life appeared doubtful. Ha Majetty, who was during the whole eveuing perfectly cool and collected, on hearing of the fituation of Amelia, went to her Royal Highness's chamber, and attended her until recollection returned, when the threw herself into the King's arms, and faid, "She would be comforted." His Majetty, on leaving the chamber of Ame lia, went to Elizabeth, Mary, and Augufta, whofe fituation was nearly the fame as the Princess Amelia's; but a great flow of tears brought them relief, in which state they paffed the night. During this scene để confufion, the Princess Sophia (who has been for fome time indifpofed) repeatedly called to her attendant to know the caule of it. She faid, that the Princess Amelia had returned from the theatre ill. His Majefty, on paffing, faid, “Sophia, good night," and retired to reft: it was then one o'clock. We now proceed to ttate, as accurately as poffible, what followed the apprebending of the traitor. The Duke and Duchess of York were in their box at the time; and his Royal Highness, who was an eye-witnefs of the tranfaction, immed ately left it, and attended the examination of the offender in the room into which he had been conducted, and where he had been fearched to fee if he had any other fire-arms, or papers. He had none. Tamplin, a trumpeter in the band, whe affifted in taking him over the orchestra, recognized the man to be a foldier, and, pulling open his coat, found that he had on a military waiftcoat, with the button of the 15th Light Dragoons. It was an old officer's waistcoat. On being questioned by Mr. Sheridan, he faid, "He had no objection to tell who he was-it was not over yet-there was a great deal 'more and worse to be done. His name was James Hadfield; he had ferved his time to a work, ing filverfimith, but had enlisted into the 1th Light Dragoons, and had fought for his King and Country." At this time the Prince of Wales and Duke of York entered the room. He immediately turned to the Duke, and faid, "I know your Roya Highaefs-God bless you! I have ferved


with your highnefs, and (pointing to a deep cut over his eye, and another long fear on his cheek, faid) I got thefe, and more than thefe, in fighting by your file. At Lincelles I was left three hours among the dead'in a ditch, and was taken prisoner by the French. I had my arm broken by a fhot, and eight fabre wounds in my head; but I recovered, and here I am." He then gave the following account of himself, and of his conduct, and he faid, that having been discharged from the army, on account of his wounds, he had returned to London, and now lived by working at his own trade. He made a good deal of money: he worked for Mr. Hougham, of Aldersgate-street. Being weary of life, he last week bought a pair of pistols of one William Wakelin, a hair-dreffer and broker, in St. John-treet. [Mr. Sheridan and Mr. Wigstead immediately fent perfons to bring Wakelin to the theatre.] He told him, they were for his young mafter, who would give him a blunderbufs in exchange. That he had borrowed a crown from his master that morning, with which he had bought fome pow der, and had gone to the house of Mrs. Mafon, in Red-lion-ftreet, to have fome beer; that he went backwards to the yard, and there he tried his piftols. He found one of them good for nothing, and left it behind him. In his own trade he used tead, and he caft himself two Nugs, with which he loaded his pistol, and came to the theatre. At this part of his narrative Sir William Addington arrived; and, taking the chair, went over the examination of the perfons who had fecured him, and who had feen the piftol leveled at his Majefty. Sir William faid, it was most material, to afcertain the fact, whether the piftol was leveled at the facred person of his Majefty, or fired at random; as the one cafe would be high treason, the other not. He asked Hadfield, what had induced him to attempt the life of the best of Sovereigns? He anfwered, that "he had not attempted to kill the king. He had fired his pistol over the royal box. He was as good a fhot as any in England; but he was himself weary of life; he wished for death, but not to die by his own hands. He was defirous to taise an alarm; but wished that the fpec tators might fall upon him.-He hoped that his life was forfeited." He was asked if he belonged to the Correfponding Society. He faid, "No; he belonged to no politioal Society; but that he belonged to a club called the Odd Fellows, and that he was a member of a benefit fociety." And being afked if he had any accomplices, he folemnly declared that he had none, and with great energy took God to witnefs, and faid his hand on his heart. From this time he began to fhew manifeft figns of mental derangement. When asked who his father was, he faid," he had been poftillion to fome duke," but could not say what duke,

He talked in a myfterious way of dream and of a great commiffion be had received in his fleep; that he knew he was to be a martyr, and was to be profecuted like his great mafter, Jefus Chrift. He had been perfecuted in France; but he had not yet been fufficiently tried. He faid many other incoherent things in the fame style. William Wakelin, the perfon of whom he had bought the piftols, being brought to the houte, was examined. He faid, it was true that he had bought a pair of piftols of him, and that he had faid they were for his young mafter, who would give him a blunderbufs for them; but he had not yet got the blunderbufs. He knew very little of Hadfield, but knew where he worked, and had heard a good character of him, but that the leaft drink affected his head. Several perfons from the house of Mrs. Mafon, his acquaintance, confirmed this fact; and they faid they afcribed this to the very fevere wounds he had received in the head. The leaft drink quite deranged him. On this evidence he was committed to Cold Bath Fields, for re-examination; and the Dukes of Clarence and Cumberland, and Mr. Sheridan, conducted him thither. His Majefty's Privy Council, however; defiring to examine him forthwith, to dif cover if he had any Accomplices, he was taken to the Duke of Portland's Office, where he underwent another examination. Mr. Wright, Mr. Holroyd, Mr. Tampling Mr. Calkin, Mr. Parkinson, Mr. Francis Wood, Mr. Lion, and Mr. Dietz, the perfons who were instrumental in securing him, and whofe evidence is the most material as to his directing the pistol toward his Ma⚫ jesty's box, if not towards his facred per fon, alfo attended. After this the Duke of Clarence, Duke of Cumberland, Mr. Sheridan, and a number of officers, went back to the theatre; and, after their Ma jefties had withdrawn, the moft vict fearch was made for the flugs. A mark was discovered in the top of the canopy over the royal box, and, in the orchestra be low, a flattened and irregular piece of lead was found, fuppofed to have recoiled from the place where it ftruck. It was providential, that, at this theatre, the royal box is elevated more than 15 feet above the pit: fo that from the place where Hadfield levelled his piftol, he was between 30 and 40 feet diftant from his Majefty's perfon The Prince of Wales, who was at dinner at Lord Melborne's, was almoft immedia ately informed of the circumftance by Mr. Jefferys, M. P. for Coventry; who, thinking a variety of erroneous reports might reach his Royal Highness, inftantly left the theatre, where he had been an eye-witness of the circumftance, to inform the Prince of it, and of the King's fafety. His royal Highness immediately went to the Theatre to attend his Majesty.


nifh Fencibles. A mafter baker in that neighbourhood had very nearly received the fhot; as he and others were paffing clofe by the deferter at the moment, and heard no alarm till they faw the man drop, who had not run fix yards from his guard.

Wednesday, May 21.

This day being the anniversary of the Sons of the Clergy, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Clarence, with the Earl of Westmorland, and feveral other Peers, were in their feats at 12. The Prince was received at the West port'co, with due honours, by the Artillery Company. The Lord Mayor, The Light Infantry Battalion of the and 6 Aldermen, with Sheriff Flower; the Guards had a grand field-day in HydeArchbishop of Canterbury, with the Bi- park this morning, before his Majefty, the fhops of London, Durham, Exeter, Car- Prince of Wales, Dukes of York and Cumlife, Chester, Lincoln, Norwich, and Sa-berland, the Earls of Chatham, Harringlisbury, were seated on the left of the ton, and Chesterfield, and the General Prince. The Bishop of Chester preached.

Friday, May 16.

Officers. The men went through their evolutions with the utmoft exactness. The King, after the field-exercife, came to St. James's palace, where his Majesty held a levee, which was attended by the fullest and most numerous affemblage of noblemen ever witnessed. Several addreffes were prefented to his Majeft on his late providentialefcape. After the levee, his Majetty entered the Great Council Chamber, where, being feted on the throne, the King received the adddrefs of the House of Lords and Commons, and of the City. Saturday, May 31.'

The Prince of Wales, Dukes of York, Clarence, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Prince William, breakfasted this morning with their Majefties and the Princeffes, at Buckingham-houfe. The Princeh, were much better in the morning, but h. fuffered much from depreffion of spirits. The King came to St. James's Palace at one o'clock, guarded by a party of the Life Guards, where his Majefty held a levee, which was most numeroully attended. Present: his Highness the Prince of Orange, the Archbishaps of Canterbury and York, B.hops of London, Norwich, Carlife, Rochefter, Gloucester, and Kildare. The Imperial, Sardinian, Bavarian, and Wirtemberg envoys. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Watson, the Attorney and Solicitor General, the Matter of the Rolls, Mr. Common Sergeant, the Recorder of London, Dukes of Portland, Montrose, Beaufort, and Roxburgh, Marqu ffes Devonthire,fitted by Auftrian troops; and, while his Bath, Townthend, and Tic field; and nearly the whole of the Members of both Houses of Parliament and ther Volumen, who came on purpose to `congratulate his Majesty ou his miraculous escape.

A loyal and affectionate addrefs of the Lords and Commons united in parliament was agreed to nemine diffentiente, and in the city of London, a common council having been fummo red to meet for general bufiness, a very loyal addrefs of congratulation was, in k manner, unanimoufly voted.

Laft Mond y fe'nnight, about 7 o'clock in the morning, as a pary of the guards were conveying to the Savoy two defeaters, whom they had brought from the country, in paffing down Jamesftreet, Covent Garden, it was difcovered that one of them (William Jukion) bad flipped from the handcuff, and was at tempting to efc pe, by running down Hartftreet. Chades Boxton, one of the guards, immediately fired, and thot the fugitive dead. The bal! penetrated the back part of the neck, and came out at the fide of the mouth. The body, after lying a confiderable time in Hart ftreet, was conveyed to Covent Garden watch houfe. The deceafed was by birth an Irishman, 22 years old, and had lately deferted from the Curs GENT. MAG. May, 1808.

With moft fincere regret we announce the melancholy fate of the Queen Char lotte, of too guns, Lord Keith's flag thip, in the Mediterranean. His Lordship, we understand, had thought it expedient to attack the ifland Cabrera,, of which the French are still poffeffed, about 20 or 30 miles from Leghorn. The attack was to have been made by the British navy, f

Lordship was making the neceffary ar rangements with the Austrian Commander on-fhore at Leghorn, he sunt, on the night of the 16th, the Queen Charlotte, having 837 perfons on-board, to reconnoitre the island. On the morning of March 17, he had the mortification of difcovering the Queen Charlotte on fire, 4 or 5 leagues at fea. This fight rendered Lord Keith almoft frantic; he immediately gave orders for all the vetiels and boats to put off, and every affistance to be given; and, in this service he was zealoufl feconded by the Auftrian General, and all ranks in Leg


An American veffel, feveral tartans, and fome fhips of the line, immedi ately best their fails. The fire, however, notwithstanding all the efforts of the crew, continued to increase. Between 8 and 9 o'clock, the mafts and rigging caught fire, and made a mott awful blaze: the crew, however, cut the mafts by the board; and, they going over the fhip, no longer threatened mifchief: but, the fire had taken frong hold of the body of the vell 1, and contined to rage. The guns now began to go off, and the people in the boats, and other veffels, who had gone from Leghorn, were so much alarmed for fear of the shot, that they would not approach the ship.


Here we must mention, that a part of the
Queen Charlotte's own crew behaved with
the most generous bravery. Defpifing all
danger, they approached the ship, and
faved many of their gallant countrymen.
The hip, at 11 o'clock, blew up with a
tremendous explosion, funk, and, in a mo-
ment, left not a wreck behind. The re-
ports are various, respecting the origin of
the fire; but the most credible account is,
that it was occafioned by fome hay which
had been put on-board, and lodged on the
booms. It was neceffary to remove this
hay, to make room for the launch; and,
fome of it falling upon the match-tub,
caught fire, and blazed up with aftonishing
rapidity. It fuddenly caught the fails and
rigging, and fpread the flames fo quickly
on all fides, that they could not be over-
come by any exertions. Immediately after
the accident, the wind freshened, and pre-
vented the other fhips from feturning into
port. At length, about 11 at night of the
fame day, a tartan came in with 30 En-
glish feamen, together with the Admiral's
Lieutenant, Mr. Stuart. Shortly after, 5
other tartans came in, among which was
an Auftrian one, the General Ott. She
had faved 85 failors, 2 foldiers, 2 quarter-
mafters, and 2 mates; they were quar-
tered at Della Scalla Sancta. Yefterday,
the xebec the Prince de Conti came to
an anchor: she had on board 23 English,
of whom 3 were dead. The Triton alfo
came in, in her company, with 26 English
fcamen, and I officer. On the 28th, at
noon, a large floop, which belonged to the
burned veffel, arrived, with 24 feamen,
and 3 officers. The number of the crew
faved amounts to 158. The Captain re-
mained to the last moment upon the quar-
ter-deck, giving directions for faving the
crew, without regarding his own safety in
the leaft. The difpatches from Lord Keith,
with this melancholy intelligence, were
brought, by the way of Hamburgh, by a
meffenger, accompanied by Major (now
fir John) Douglas, who has loft confider-
able property by the fate of the ship. They
are dated Leghorn, March 18. All Lord
Keith's papers have been deftroyed; a
circumftance which, it is feared, will im-
pede his Lordship's operations, till fresh
inftructions are fent out to him from Eng-
land. The Queen Charlotte was Lord
Howe's fhip in the memorable first of
June; and it was on-board of her that the
Royal Family went, when the King re-
viewed the fleet at Spithead after that glo-
rious victory. We regret her lofs; but we
moft deeply lament the fate of her gallant
crew, which confifted of fome of the most
choice and brave men in our navy. The
Queen Charlotte was launched in 1790,
in immediate fucceffion off the flip of the
Royal George, and was allowed, both as
a prime failer, and for her other fuperior

qualities, to be the finest ship of war that ever difplayed English colours: though rated 110 guns, the carried 120.-The following account is dated off Leghorn on the 17th of March.

The mac

"Mr. John Braid, Carpenter of the Queen Charlotte, reports, that, about 20 minutes after 6 o'clock yesterday morning, as he was dreffing himself, he heard, throughout the ship, a general cry of "Fire."—On which he immediately ran up the fore-ladder, to get upon deck, and found the whole half-deck, the front bulkhead of the Admiral's cabin, the mam mait's coat, and boat's covering on the booms, all in flames; which, from every report and probability, he apprehends was occafioned by fome hay, which was lying under the half-deck, having been fet en fire by a match in a tub, which was usually kept there for fignal guns. fail at this time was fet, and almost entirely caught fire; the people not being able to come to the clue garnets on account of the flames. He immediately went to the forecaftle, and found Lieutenant Dundas and the Boatfwain encouraging the people to get water to extinguish the file. He applied to Mr. Dundas, feeing no other officer on the fore-part of the ship (and be ing unable to fee any on the quarter-deck, from the flames and smoke between them), to give him affistance to drown the lower decks, and fecure the hatches, to prevent the fire falling down. Lieut. Dundas accordingly went down himfelf, with as many people as he could prevail upon to follow him; and the lower deck ports were opened, the fcuppers plogged, the main and fore hatches fecured, the cocks turned, and water drawn in at the ports and the pumps kept going by the people who came down, as long as they could Band at them. He thinks, that by thats exertions the lower deck was kept free from fire, and the magazines preferved, for a long time, from danger; nor did Lieut. Dundas, or he, quit this ftation, but remained there with all the people who could be prevailed upon to stay, till feveral of the middle deck guns came through that deck. About 9 o'clock, Lieut. Dundas and he, finding it impoffible to remain an longer below, went out at the foremost lower-deck port, and got upon the fore caftle; on which he thinks there were then about 150 of the people drawing wa ter, and throwing it as far aft as poffice upon the fire. He continued about hour on the forecastle, and, finding l efforts to extinguish the flames unavailing, he jumped from the jib-boom, and twam to an American boat approaching the hip. by which he was picked up, and put into a tartan, then in the charge of Lieut. Stewart, who had come off to the affiftance of the thip." JOHN BRAID P. 185.

P. 186. The Rev. Thomas Samplon was formerly curate of Wandfworth in Surrey; chaplen to a volunteer company raised there in the rebellion of 1745; afterwards min. ter of Hammersmith; and had two livings in Sillex given fiim by Lord Chancellor B-thurft. He was more than 80 years old.

P. 183. Mrs. Rudd was the person who haj fo narrow an efcape for her life on her trial for the forgery for which the two Perreaus were hanged. See our vol. XLV. p. 003. For fome years the gained a competent living by writing for the Reviews.

P. 390, b. Mr. George Rashew had been a fervant 40 years in a gentleman's family in Yorkshire; and having faved, with fragality and a good character, 4001. he entered into partnership in the corntrade, where he loft three of his hundreds; the remaining hundred he lent to a falfe friead, and loft it, and, at 60 years of age, was without a fhilling in the world! His mafter took pity on him, supplied him with money to feed and cloath him, and to mfwer all other his expences, fuitable to his deferts and his ftation in life. Behold a fcene not very common: a fervant, faithful and frugal for 40 years, finking under misfortune, faved by a munificent master!

P. 392. Mr. Lyfons's intereft in his uncle's eftates, we are affured, is only reverfionary.

Mr. Urban, In re ding your last Obituary, p. 394, I accidentally inet with the correct and elegant farewell eulogy on the late Mr. Dandridge. I wish it were equal ly in my power to add my teftimony to the accuracy of the writer's information. With regard to the character and merits of Mr. Dandridge, as reprefented by the writer 'H,' I have nothing to remark, never having had the good fortune of his acquaintance; but, where I am justified in giving my opinion, I certainly have detected error. It were to be wished that thofe who undertake to offer any thing to the publick would exert their fagacity in tracing the truth of the facts they would relate. The erratum I would with to point out is at the conclufion of H's remarks on his deceafed friend, and runs, 'the meritorious Cipt. Cookes, who was [wprized and murdered by a marauding party of Orange-men, in the late unhappy rebellion of our fifter kingdom.' Sir, The truly meritorious Capt. Cookes in queftiou was not furprized and murdered, but fell at the head of a small detachment, after having made repeated attacks upon num. bers of rebels, who were firmly entrenched at no great ditance from the fort of Kildare. When we read that fuch an offiser was furprized, the very term im lies rathness or imprudence; which qualities,

from my perfonal acquaintance with him, I am fully juftified in affirming are totally inapplicable to the foldier-like character of that lamented officer. PHILALETHES,

P. 396. Mr. Parker had no other benefice than thofe of Lutton and Slawton; and in the latter place he is fucceeded by the Hon. and Rev. Richard Stopford, foa of the Earl of Courtown, and brother to Lord Viscount Stopford, Mr. S. is alfo rector of Barton Segrave, co. Northampton,


April N Dorfetfhire, the wife of Thomas Buckler Lathbride, efq. a daugh.

Lately, at his Lordship's refidence at Pera, near Conftantinople, the Countefs of Elgin, a fon and heir.

May 2. In South Molton-street, the lady of the Hon. Liedt. col. Browne, of the 13th light dragoons, a fon.

5. The lady of Sir Wm. Rowley, bart. of Tendring, Suffolk, a fon.

8. At Cafwick-houfe, near Stamford, co. Lincoln, the lady of Sir John Trollope,

bart. a fon and heir.

14 In Baker-ftreet, Portman-fquare, Lady Arabella Ward, a daughter.

17. The wife of Thomas Fatfett, efq. of Surbiton-place, Surrey, a daughter.

21. The wife of John Puget, efq. of John-ftreet, Bedford-row, a daughter. At Chefhunt, Herts, the wife of Vincent, efq. a fon.

25. At his Grace's houfe in Hill-freet, Berkeley fquare, the Duchefs of Rutland, à daughter.

26. At Broughton caftle, co. Oxford, the wife of Lieut.-col. Maxwell, a fon.



ATELY, at Bombay, in the E. Indies,

Rob. Steuart, efq. fugeon in the East Indra Company's fervice, to Mif Frederick, daughter of the late Col. F.-At the fame place, Lieut. James Taylor Warren, adjutant and quarter master of the 2d reg. of native infantry, to Mifs C. A. Goodwyn,

At Caldicut, John Smee, efq. to Mifs Margaret Nugent.

At Calcutta, Alexander Wright, efq. to Mifs Jeffop, daughter of Lieut. col. J.

At Gothal, A. Stephens, efq. of Keerpoy, to Mifs Touchet.

At Poondamallie, Lieut. J. L. Jones, fort-adjutant, to Mis Makenzie.

At Columino, J. Lavalliere, efq. to Mifs Scherir, daughter of P. Sluytkin, efq. late governor of the Dutch factory at Surat.

At Madras, J. Taylor efq. fecretary to the Board of Trade, to Mifs Williams.

At Cawnpore, Cornet James Hays, of the 27th light dragoons, to Miis Fawcert, dug. of Capt. F. of the Eaft India Company's Bengal cavalry.

At Kingiton, Jamaica, the Hon.Alex. Roberts, to Mifs Elizabeth Reid.


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