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"whether they be refuted or substantiated, infamy must attach somewhere, ei"ther upon the ACCUSED or the AC"CUSER.". -These were the words, and these words, lord Folkestone now, in the face of the House, after Mr. Perceval's speech, asserts to have been used, and no one contradicts him; therefore, we must conclude, that the reports of the several news-papers, which all agree as to these words in particular, were correct. That, by ACCUSER, Mr. Canning might mean the "conspiracy" is certain; but, taking in the former part, the “ responsible" part of the sentence, there is room to believe that he might, and did, mean Mr. Wardle; and, by the ACCUSED, it is utterly impossible, that he could mean any other person than the Duke of York.- -Mr. Perceval, when, in the close of this part of his speech, he complains of lord Folkestone's saying, that the inquiry had manifestly suffered from the fear of people capable of giving information, that their doing so might offend the government; when Mr. Perceval thus complains, and says, that such a statement is calculated to create unfounded suspicions in the country, he appears to have forgotten, that his lordship has spoken of a fact; that he had stated, that he himself had applied to a person to give up certain papers; that this person was unwilling to give them that the jet of his objection was, that, as the defence of the Duke had been "taken up as a ministerial measure, he was apprehensive that he would incur their displeasure, and the displeasure of those "immediately under them, which would probably operate to the ruin of himself and family." To this his lordship added: "I do assure the House, that this is not the only instance where similar appre"hensions have prevented persons in pos"session of strong testimony, from coming forward, particularly officers in the army, and where information was with"held from the manner in which the thing had been taken up by the king's ser"vants in that House." And, is not this very natural? Was there any need of the positive fact, stated by lord Folkestone, to make the country believe this? Is there one man amongst us, who would not have anticipated what lord Folkestone expressed? When the ministers and their friends began, when they received the charges, with denouncing as conspirators all those, who had wrote and talked against the Duke of York, was it not to be expected, that all those persons, who were, in any

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way, dependant upon the government, would, if they possessed information upon the subject, take 'special care not to let it be known? And would not this, in a particular manner, apply to officers in the army, whose sole means of preserving their rank in life, and even of obtaining bread, depended upon the ministry, including that very person, against whoi the charges were preferred? A conclusion so obvious could have escaped no man with unaddled brains in his head.It is useless to endeavour to stop the spreading of this way of thinking. It has, long ago, reached every soul in the country. The mind of the country is completely settled as to this point; and, indeed, upon the whole of the proceeding; all that is now necessary to be done being to place the facts upon record, in a way that they may be with facility referred to.-- -The diversions, in Spain and Portugal, will be of little avail. There is nobody that cares, or need care, a straw about them. The interesting scene is at home, where the taxes are laid and collected. To this scene. the people's eyes, after twenty-four years of blindness, are, at last, open; and, though it is possible, that they may be induced to wink for a while, all the arts in the world will never be able to blind them again. This is good. It is a great thing done. It is a firm step gained in the way of national restoration; and, for this great good, we have to thank, and the whole of the uncorrupt part of the nation most heartily do thank, MR. WARDLE. Botley, Thursday, 23rd Feb. 1809.

The following Letter, published in the Morning Chronicle of the 20th instant, complains of a mis-statement in my paper of last week. The mis-statement is not mine. The name of Dr. Glasse was mentioned in the evidence; but, I very gladly give the correction; and should be still more glad to be able, consistently with truth and impartiality, to expunge also, from these scandalous disclosures, the name of Mr. Glasse, his son, who, upon my return to England, was one of the first persons to shew me kindness; who, as of en as the occasion has occurred, has uniformly shown towards me the same disposition; whom I never had the smallest reason to suspect capable of meanness of any sort; but whom, on the contrary, I had every reason to regard as an upright and generous man,

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otherwise than by making to my private and personal friends, the solemn asseveration of my ignorance as to the steps taken with a view to serve me, by mis-guided zeal and erring gratitude; accompanied by such proof as the nature of the case admits.

-But the pride of conscious innocence will not allow me to be silent, when I observe in several of the papers, and particularly in The Political Register of yesterday, the name of my honoured father confusedly blended with my own. It is to shield his fair fame from the possibility of censure, that I thus address you, Sir, requesting you to give the utmost publicity, to the declaration, " that the introduction "of Dr. Glasse's name into these miserable "discussions is totally and altogether "founded in error." To those who are acquainted with the tenor of Dr. Glasse's life during a ministry of more than fifty years, this avowal may be unnecessary; it would, however, be unjust, that an idea to his prejudice should even accidentally be imprinted on the mind of a stranger. By my own conduct, as far as honesty of intention goes, I am ready to stand or fall; and on that ground I am little affected even by the attacks of calumny; but I

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SPANISH REVOLUTION.-Twenty-fifth Bulletin of the French Army of Spain, dated Benevente, Jan. 5.

His Majesty being informed that the English army was reduced to less than 20,000 men, resolved upon moving his head-quarters from Astorga to Benevente, where he will remain some days, and from whence he will proceed to take a central position at Valladolid, leaving to the duke of Dalmatia the task of destroying the English army.-His Majesty, on being informed that in the places where the pri soners were collected, and where there are ten Spaniards for one Englishman, the Spaniards ill-used and plundered the English, gave orders for separating the English from the Spaniards, and for observing towards the former a particular sort of treatment. The rear-guard of the English, by accepting battle at Prievas, had to enable the left column, which was

confess myself unequal to enduring the composed of Spaniards, to form its chiefly thought, that the closing hours of a blame-junction at Villa Franca. He also hoped less and venerable man should be imbit- to gain a night, in order more completely tered by imputations abhorrent from his to evacuate Villa Franca. We found in character; or that he should be implicat- the hospital at Villa Franca 300 English ed in a charge, against which every feel sick or wounded. The English burnt in ing of his soul would not fail to revolt. I that town a large magazine of flour and am, Sir,-Your obedient humble servant, corn. They also destroyed several artilGEORGE HENRY GLASSE.' lery carriages, and killed 500 of their horses. We have already counted 1600 of them left dead on the roads. The amount of the prisoners is considerable, and increases every moment. In the cellars of the town we found several English soldiers who had died from drunkenness.The head of Merle's division, forming part of the duke of Dalmatia's corps, came up with the advanced guard on the 3rd. At four p. m. it reached the rear-guard of the English, who were upon the heights of Prievas, a league before Villa Franca, consisting of 5000 infantry and 600 cavalry. This position was a very fine position, and difficult to attack. Gen. Merle made his dispositions. The infantry advanced, beat the charge, and the English were entirely routed. The difficulty of the ground did not permit the cavalry to charge, and only 200 prisoners were taken. We had some 50 men killed or

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wounded. Gen. Colbert advanced to see if the cavalry could form; his hour was arrived, a ball struck him in the forehead, and he lived but a quarter of an hour. There are two roads from Astorga to Villa Franca. The English took the right, the Spaniards the left; they marched without order, were cut off and surrounded by the Hanoverian Chasseurs. A general of brigade and a whole division laid down their arms. The head-quarters of the duke of Dalmatia were, on the 4th in the evening, at the distance of ten leagues from Lugo. On the 2nd his Majesty reviewed at Astorga the divisions of Laborde and Loison, which form the army of Portugal. These troops see the English flying, and burn with impatience to get up with them. -His Majesty left as a reserve at Astorga, the corps of the duke of Elchingen, who has had his advanced guard on the passes into Gallicia, and who is enabled in case

of emergency, to support the corps of the

duke of Dalmatia. Since the 27th ult. we have taken more than 10,000 prisoners, among whom are 1,500 English. We have taken also more than 400 baggage waggons, 15 waggons of firelocks, their magazines, and hospitals. The English retreat in disorder, leaving magazines, sick, wounded, and equipage. They will experience a still greater loss, and if they be able to embark, it is probable it will not be without the loss of half their army. But informed that the army was reduced below 20,000 men, resolved to remove his headquarters from Astorga to Benevente. We found in the barns several English who had been hanged by the Spaniards; his Majesty was indignant and ordered the barns to be burnt; the peasants, whatever may be their resentment, have no right to attempt the lives of the waggoners of either army. His Majesty has ordered the English prisoners to be treated with all the respect due to soldiers who have manifested liberal ideas, and sentiments of honour. On the 4th, at night, the duke of Dalmatia's head-quarters were ten leagues from Lugo.-Gov. De St. Cyr's division entered Barcelona on the 17th. On the 15th he came up with generals Reding's and Vives's troops at Lieras, and completely routed them. He took six pieces of cannon, 30 waggons, and 3000 men.— We have received the confirmation of the news announcing the arrival of the 7th corps, under gen. Gouvion St. Cyr, at Barcelona. He entered that place on the 17th. On the 15th, he fell in with the troops commanded by generals Reding

and Vives, and completely dispersed them. He took from them six pieces of cannon, 30 caissons, and 3000 men. By means of the junction of the 7th corps with the troops under general Duhesme, we have a large army at Barcelona.-When his Majesty was at Tordesillas, he had his head quarters in the outward buildings of the royal convent of St. Claire. It was to this convent that the mother of Charles V. had retired, and where she died. The convent of St. Claire was built on the scite' of a Moorish palace, of which about two halls remain in fine preservation. The abbess was presented to the Emperor. She is 75 years of age, and for 65 years she had not gone out of her cloisters. She was considerably moved when she passed the threshold; but she conversed with the Emperor with much presence of mind, and obtained several favours for her friends. Intercepted Letter to the Marquis De Romana:

"Sir, I should not have detained your instructions so long, had not sir John Moore returned very late to Villa Franca. He arrived greatly fatigued. I delivered your letter to him, to which he cannot return an answer till to-morrow; but he desired me to inform you, that he would set out at an early hour. There are at Benevente, 2 or 300 of the French cavalry, who annoy our stragglers between Benavente and Villa Franca. General Moore begs you will place a battalion on the heights over the road, where they may fire on them without any risk.-There is no news. We know nothing of the movements of the French, and we continue to retreat. I am not certain that sir J. Moore will allow me to return to your excellency. In that case, permit me to express an hope of meeting with you in London, in better times; for be assured, sir, I retain a grateful recollection of your kindness, and am with the greatest respect, &c. M. LYMER." Villa Franca, Jan. 2, 1809.

Twenty-Sixth Bulletin, dated, Valladolid, January 7.

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[rance, excite discord and blood, you are not the ministers of the Gospel! The period when Europe beheld, without indignation, the massacre of Protestants celebrated by illuminations in great cities can never be revived: The blessings of toleration are the first rights of man; it is the first maxim of the Gospel, because it is the first attribute of charity. If there was a time when some false teachers of the Christian religion preached intolerance, they had not then in view the interest of heaven, but those of their temporal influence; they wished to be powerful amongst ignorant people. When a monk, a theologist, a bishop, a pope, preaches intolerance, he preaches his own condemnation; he gives himself up to be the laughing-stock of nations.The duke of Dalmatia will be to-night at Lugo. Numerous columns of prisoners are on their march thither.-Gen. Davenoy proceeded with 500 cavalry to Toro. He came up with two or 300 men, the remains of the insurrection. He charged them, and killed or took the greater part. The colonel of the Dutch hussars was wounded in the charge.

celona is to the praise of gen. Duhesme, who has displayed great talents and firmness. The troops of the kingdom of Italy have covered themselves with glory; their excellent conduct has sensibly affected the Emperor. They are in truth chiefly composed of the corps formed by his Majesty in the campaign of the year five. The Italian picked men are as wise as they are brave; they have given rise to no complaint, and have shewed the greatest courage. Since the time of the Romans, the people of Italy had not made war in Spain. Since the Romans, no epoch has been so glorious for the Italian arms -The army of the kingdom of Italy is already s0,000 strong, and good soldiers. These are the guarantees which that fine country has of being no longer the theatre of war. His Majesty has removed his head-quarters from Benevente to Valladolid: He received to-day all the constituted authorities.Ten of the worst of the lowest ranks have been put to death. They are the same who massacred gen. Cevallos, and who for so long a time have oppressed the better sort of people. His Majesty has ordered the suppression of the Dominican convent, in which one Frenchman was killed. He testified his satisfaction at the convent of San Penete, whose monks are enlightened men, THE duke of Dalmatia, after the battle who, far from having preached war and of Prievas, proceeded to expel the English disorder, of having shewn themselves from the post of Piedra Fella. He there greedy of blood and murder, have employ- took 1500 English prisoners, five pieces of ed all their cares and efforts to calm the cannon, and several caissons. The enemy people and bring them back to good order. was obliged to destroy a quantity of bagSeveral Frenchmen owe their lives to them. gage and stores. The precipices were The Emperor wished to see these religious filled with them. Such was their preci men; and, when he was informed they pitate flight and confusion, that the diviwere Benedictines, whose members have sions of Lorge and Lahoussaye found always rendered themselves illustrious in among the deserted baggage, waggons literature and sciences, both in France and filled with gold and silver; it was part of in Italy, he condescended to express the the treasure of the English army. satisfaction he felt at owing this obligation property fallen into our hands is estimated to them. In general the clergy of this city at two millions-On the 4th, at night, are good-The monks who are really dan the French advanced guard was at Casgerous are the fanatic Dominicans, who had tillo and Nocedo. On the 5th, the enemy's got possession of the inquisition, and who rear-guard was come up with at Pueste having bathed their hands in the blood of and Ferren, the moment it was going to a Frenchman, had the sacrilegious cow- blow up a bridge, a charge of cavalry ardice to swear on the Gospel that the un- rendered the attempt useless.-It was the fortunate man who was demanded of them same at the bridge of Cruciel.-On the was not dead, and had been carried to the 5th, at night, Lorge and Lahoussaye's dihospital, and who afterwards owned, that vision were at Constantine, and the enemy after he had been killed he was thrown into a short distance from Lugo. On the oth a well where he had been found: Barba- the duke of Dalmatia was on his march to rians and hypocrites, who preach intole-reach that city.- (To be continued.)

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"A cowardice, too, of the basest kind, participating of the most depraved and odious qualities, deserv"ing of that execration which the best feelings of humanity would pronounce on the base assailant of female weakness.'MR. CANNING, in the Debate of 27th Jan. 1809.

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DUKE OF YORK. (Continued from page 314.) BEFORE I proceed with my Analysis of the cases, I shall offer some observations, upon the Letter, with which the Duke of York has treated the House of Commons and the public; but, previous even to those observations I feel myself called upon to notice the re-examination of Miss Taylor, who, as the reader will recollect, was a principal witness in the case of French and Sandon's levy, and whose testimony, he will also recollect, remained unshaken, up to that part inclusive, which was wrought into the analysis of the case, in my last number. This re-examination appears to have arisen from a man of the ame of Frederick Shmidt, or Smith, having given information to some one, that Miss Taylor's father was, at one time, called Chance; and, from a discovery, which had been made, that she was not a legitimate child; that her father and mother were not married. I shall now give this re-examination as I find it reported, including the intervening observations of the several members, who spoke upon it. BY MR. BRADSHAW.

Do you recollect your paternal grandfather?-I do not, he was dead before I was born.

Might not your father have taken the name of CHANCE without your knowledge, and from pecuniary embarrassments? How then should I know it.

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Has not your mother been confined under an execution for debt in the Fleet prison? [The witness, much agitated, drew back from the bar, with these expressions My mother's misfortunes have nothing to do with the object of the present Inquiry."]

Has not your mother been in custody for debt?

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The witness was ordered to withdraw. MR. PERCEVAL stated that gentlemen opposite, when ready to depreciate his mode of examination, appeared to forget that the witness had represented herself, in her former examination, as the legitimate daughter of married parents, although it was now clear, by the imprisonment of her mother, that she never was married to the father of Miss Taylor.

MR. W. SMITH did dislike the tenor of the examination which was followed by the opposite side. It had in the previous part a tendency to cast imputations upon the character of the witness herself; but, that having failed, her veracity was to be questioned, because she had the misfortune to be the offspring of an illicit connexion. Her delicacy in endeavouring to conceal that circumstance, in his opinion, instead of weakening, strengthened her yet unshaken claims to credit.

MR. WHITBREAD considered the question for the decision of the Committee was not, whether Miss Taylor's birth was respectable, but whether her testimony was credible? Besides, he believed the Chancellor of the Exchequer had assumed more than the evidence would justify, when he asserted that Miss Taylor had represented herself to the Committee as the daughter of married parents.-Her former evidence was then read, and it appeared that no such statement was made by her.

SIR JOHN SEBRIGHT declared, that the impression which the first answer of the witness, on her former examination, namely, that she was the daughter of a gentleman, made on his mind, was, that she was an illegitimate child.

MR. W. WYNNE said, it was not to be endured, that because, from an amiable reluctance, the explanation of the witness

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