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FRANCE.-Paris papers to the 1st May have been received. The French budget has passed the Chamber of Deputies, by a majority of 199 to 77. The King of France has ordered a monument to Louis XVI. to be erected between the Thuilleries and the Elysian Fields, the place to be called the Place of Louis XVI. It is stated, that some serious disturb ances have broke out at Rouen, where the preaching of the Jesuits is not much relished. These fathers began the work of a mission on Tuesday the 16th instant, by a solemn procession through the city, headed by the Archbishop, who is both a Cardinal and a Prince. This public ceremony, though viewed with general dissatisfaction, was allowed to pass with out positive insult. On the 17th, the missionaries distributed themselves among the churches, of which the cathedral was one, and began their public exhortations without experiencing any opposition; but, on the 19th, when immense crowds had assembled in the cathedral, the most daring and profane outrages were committed. Explosions of fulminating powders took place; squibs and crackers were thrown about; the chairs which are usually found in Roman Catholic churches were thrown about the pavement; the services of religion were treated with sacrilegious derision; and the Archbishop himself, who mounted the pulpit to appease the storm, could not avoid being hissed and menaced. On Friday the 19th, precautions were taken to keep the cathedral clear of the rioters, but they assembled round the door, threw stones at the windows of the sacristy, and shouted, "Down with the Missionaries and the Archbishop!" In the evening, an attack was threatened on the Archiepiscopal Palace. Several persons have, it is said, been arrested.
Similar disturbances are said to have broken out at Montargis. In both places, the people never ceased to manifest the greatest respect for the regular clergy, and cried, "Long live the King! Religion and the Clergy! but down with the Missionaries! down with the Jesuits! their hands are still dyed with the blood of our King!"
SPAIN. It is stated in the French papers, as usual, that insurrections had broken out in several of the Spanish provinces, and that Charles V. the King's
brother, had been proclaimed at no great distance from the capital.
PORTUGAL. His Majesty's frigate Glasgow, Captain, the Hon. J. A. Maude, has arrived at Portsmouth, from Lisbon ; she sailed on the 29th ult. A Portuguese line-of-battle ship came out of the Tagus at the same time, bound to the Brazils, having on board a deputation of noblemen, to endeavour to prevail on Don Pedro (the Emperor of Brazil) to return to his European dominions. All was tranquil in Portugal. The French papers contain a long letter from Don Miguel to his royal sister, the Princess Regent, in which he expresses his perfect readiness to submit in all things to the will of the late King. He disclaims pointedly the most distant intention of authorising or countenancing, either directly or indirectly, any machination against the tranquillity of the State; and he calls on his august sister, in the possible event of any persons attempting to create disturbances, under the pretended sanction of his name, to make use of his letter for the purpose of disclaiming, on his part, any thing approaching to participation in their councils, or approbation of their measures.
RUSSIA-An express has arrived from Vienna in seven days, with letters communicating the important intelligence of the adjustment of the long-pending differences between Russia and Turkey. It appears, that the point on which the Divan has so long held out has been the alleged non-fulfilment by Russia of certain provisions of the treaty of Bucharest. These relate to the occupation of some fortresses on the Asiatic frontier of Turkey, which are still held by Russia, though a stipulation had been inserted in that treaty for their abandonment. The question involved in this part of the treaty has, it is now understood, been referred to arbitration, and two commis. sioners have been appointed on the part of the Turkish Government, who are to proceed to St. Petersburgh, for the purpose of settling it under the mediation of the Austrian Ambassador in that capital; and it is added, that, as a testimony of the good will of the Grand Seignor towards the Emperor Nicholas, these commissioners will carry with them a letter of congratulation on his accession to the throne, accompanied with professions of amity and good will. The evacuation of
the provinces of Moldavia and Wallachia, with the appointment of the Hospodars, under the protection of Russia, are to precede, as the letters state, the departure of the commissioners for St. Petersburgh; assurances have been given to the Divan, that the fulfilment of the treaty of Bucharest, as far as regards the abandonment of the Asiatic fortresses, will be strongly urged on the Court of St. Pe tersburgh by the rest of the European powers.
TURKEY AND GREECE.-Fall of Missolonghi.-Accounts have been received at the Colonial Office, from MajorGeneral the Honourable Frederick Ponsonby, Lord High Commissioner, - pro tempore, of the Ionian Isles, which announce, that the fortress of Missolonghi was carried by assault on the night of the 22d and 23d April. It appears, that on the 2d the Turkish commanders offered terms to the inhabitants, which engaged for the safety of their lives, on surrendering the town, but these offers were peremptorily rejected. The Greek fleet, under Miaulis, having failed in its attempt to throw supplies into the town, and the inhabitants being reduced to the utmost distress for want of provisions, the garrison resolved upon attempt ing to retire, and, for that purpose, made a sortie with a force of 800 men, under two of their most enterprising Chieftains, who were to direct their efforts against a battery on the water-side, and by that means to open a way for the rest of the inhabitants. This movement, however, had been foreseen by the Turks, and so tremendous a fire was directed against the assailants, that they soon fell into confusion, and fled in all directions to the mountains for shelter. The alarm created by the repulse of this advanced body was quickly communicated to those who succeeded; they abandoned the positions which they had hitherto occupied, and threw themselves in small bodies into such defensible posts as the neighbour. hood of the town presented. The Turks, in the mean time, availed themselves of the confusion into which the besieged were thrown by this failure, and carried by assault the fortifications, which in many parts were left without defence. The town was set fire to in several places, and instant measures were taken for subduing the inhabitants, which, in the course of the night, was completely ef. fected. The Greeks seemed to have fought with a degree of obstinacy which might have been expected from the reso. lution with which they have hitherto defended the place; for, although upwards of three thousand are reported to have
fallen in the town, and in the neighbour. hood of the mountains, only one hundred and fifty are said to have been taken alive. Of the women and children, a considerable number are stated to have destroyed themselves, or to have been drowned in the ditches adjoining to the town; but upwards of three thousand prisoners of this description are reported captured by the Turks. It does not ap. pear that Ibrahim Pacha was wounded in this assault, as various reports have for some time announced.
MEXICO. The intelligence from Mexico, as regards its financial administration, is highly favourable. It is said, that a remittance of nearly 300,000 dollars have been shipped on board the Pyramus, the arrival of which in England may be expected in a few days, and is meant as a provision for the dividend due in October next.
Arrangements have been made for shipping the amount requisite for each dividend, four months before the period of its becoming due in England. It is also ascertained, that the expedition against Cuba, undertaken in conjunction by Mexico and Colombia, is to be abandoned. A resolution in favour of it had passed the Mexican Senate, but on its being sent to the House of Representatives, the question was disposed of by a vote, that it was inexpedient to come to any decision until the subject had undergone deliberation at the Congress about to assemble at Panama. Deputies from Colombia had arrived at Mexico to concert the plan of combined operations against Cuba, but, on account of the vote of the lower House, their representations had received no attention. In this way, an expedition, which was considered dangerous as well as expensive and ill-timed, is likely to be laid aside. The letters from the mining districts speak in more favourable terms of those under. takings which English capital has originated there; and the great mine of Valenciana is said to have been so far drain. ed of its water, that the ore raised from it was sufficient to cover the expenses.
Official accounts of the surrender of Callao have been received. General Rodil and the garrison surrendered by capitulation on the 23d of January, to General Solom. The besieged amount. ed to about 500 men. They were allow. ed to march out with the honours of war, and are to be transported to Europe at the expense of the Government of Peru, in British transports. The negotiation was begun on board a British ship; and
General Rodil embarked on board his Majesty's ship Briton, which has arrived at an English port. The Marquis of Torre Tagle, formerly president of Peru, but who betrayed the independence of his country, died in Callao previous to its surrender. There is now only one fortress in South America in possession of the Spaniards, viz. Chiloe, which, since the date of the above intelligence, has also surrendered. ted with Chili.
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UNITED STATES.-Boston, April 14. The annexed account from the Philadelphia Democratic Press, of a duel fought between the Secretary of State and Mr Randolph, is confirmed in the most of its particulars by private letters. The chief variation in the account is, that Mr Benton Missouri attended Mr Randolph to the field, together with Colonel Tatnall.
"On Saturday afternoon, a duel was fought on the banks of the Potomac, between Henry Clay and John Randolph. General Jessup and Henry Johnson of Louisiana were the seconds of Mr Clay; Colonel Tatnall of Georgia, and Colonel Hamilton of South Carolina, were Mr Randolph's seconds. In the Senate of the United States, Mr Randolph had been permitted by the presiding officer, Mr Calhoun, on more occasions than one, to call Mr Clay a gambler and black-leg. Mr Clay gave Mr Randolph an opportu tunity to explain, by calling upon him in writing, to know whether he intended to call him a political gambler, or to attach the infamy of such epithets to his private life? Mr Randolph declined any explanation. A challenge became inevitable it was sent by Mr Clay, and accepted by Mr Randolph, and the parties met at four P.M. The first fire, Mr Randolph's pistol went off by accident, and Mr Clay declined to fire. The accident being corrected, both parties fired and missed. A second fire was had without effect, when Mr Randolph stepped up to Mr Clay, gave him his hand, and made the proper acknowledgments-and thus the affair ended."
The Cherokee Indians, in national council, have determined to establish a printing press at Newton, the seat of Government, for the purpose of printing the New Testament in their language, and the laws, &c. in English; and also to institute an academy for the youth of the nation; and have appointed the clerk of the council, Elias Boudinot, to receive donations for these objects.
WEST INDIES.-Two proclamations
have been issued by Sir Ralph Woodford, under the authority of the King's Government at home, addressed in a spirit of great liberality and kindness to the inhabitants of Trinidad:-The first of which secures to the free people of colour on that Island the rights and pri vileges of naturalization as subjects of His Majesty, in a more favourable manner than they had hitherto been permitted to acquire them; and the second rescinds an old series of coercive and mortifying regulations, which had borne with harshness upon the same class of free people of colour, but are now repealed, in consequence of their complaints to Government. Among those now condemned severities, was one which imposed the obnoxious office of Alguacil, exclusively, upon the above order of inhabitants; another laying a tax of 16 dollars upon balls (dances) given by these people of colour-surely, under such circumstances, miscalled "free;" and a third, compelling all people of colour, as well free as in bondage, to be at home by halfpast nine o'clock at night.
EAST INDIES.-It is with much satisfaction we have to announce the termination of the war with the Burmese, by a treaty, the terms of which are highly honourable and advantageous to the East India Company. An overland dispatch has also been received at the India House, dated the 4th February, from Bombay, announcing the fall of the fortress of Bhurtpore, which was carried by storm, by the army under the command of Lord Combermere, on the 18th January. Doorjun Sal and his son were taken prisoners; and the whole of that important fortress, with its troops, ammunition, and property of every description, had fallen into the hands of the British Commander. The military operations before Bhurtpore have occupied a period of little more than five weeks. The army took up a position before it on the 10th December, and all attempts to induce its surrender having failed, the trenches were opened on the 25th. The British loss during the siege, it is stated, amounted to 500 men, and 18 officers killed and wounded. The casualties from the 23d to the 28th December only have been published, which includes only five officers wounded, viz. Captain Chambers, 9th light cavalry, Captain Palmer, Captain Smith of the engineers, Lieutenant Brooke, and Ensign Geils.