governor, with the advice of his majeflyk council.

john Cotton, Dep. Sec. th By order of the houfe of 15 ' commons, the fpeaker gave notice, that one third part of the capital flock of 4. per cent. annui~ ties for 1763, lhall be reduced and paid off on the 5th day of July next. ' . An order of council was at the fame time ilTued, for putting the laws in force againft artificers leav- ing their country, and exercifing their refpeftive callings in foreign countries; for which purpofes thofe laws are recited in the Lon-

don gazette.

The fociety of arts came to a refolution to give the gold medal of the fociety to Charles Dingley, Efq; for his public fpirit, in erecting at a very confiderable ex- pence a {aw-mill at Limehoufe.

A molt {hocking murder was committed at Portfmouth 0n a marine, by a foldier who came to his quarters, and decoyed him out. The next morning the man was found with his head beat al- moft to pieces, the fcalp almofl: torn off, flabbed in feveral parts of the face and eyes, fuppofed

, with a bayonet. He came home

in the Montreal man of war, and had jufl: received the money due to him. The murderer has fince been apprehended, and committed to Winchefter gaol.

Came on in the court ofKing’s- bench, Guildhall, a trial between a captain of an Ealt-lndiaman,

and a furgeon of the fame fhip,

for the former beating and con- fining the latter fome time during the voyage; when a verdict was found for the furgeon, with 901. damages, and colts of fuit.


Ata court of common council zoo l. a year additional falary was voted to the recorder of London; and r 501. a year to the common ferjeant.

They write from Bridgewater, that a mofi extraordinary phaeno- menon has lately appeared in the villages of Limpefham, Burnham, Brent, and feveral other parifhes near this place, the fields of which are over-run with an incredible number of mice, which do infi- nite damage; the dogs and cats have killed great numbers, but are cloyed with them: The cattle will not touch the grafs where thefe vermin are, and we expect no relief but from a fever-e frott, which, it is hoped, will de- Rroy them. A fimilar circum- Ptance is not remembered by the oldelt perfon in thefe parts.

A poor woman in Kingfwood, near Briflzol, hanged herfelf in a liable, and was not difcovered till the was quite dead. It feems the canfe of her committing this rafh action was owing to her huf- band, who is a collier, having loft feveral of his horfes by the prefent epidemical dilitemper, which 0c. calioned his going behind-hand to the amount of four pounds to the coal-pit: She had with great dif- ficulty that morning raifed two guineas, in order to help to dif- charge the debt, but the creditor declared his refolution not to take lefs than the whole, and arref’: hcr

hufband immediately, unlefs it was paid. Struck with the im- pofiibility of raifing the (um

wanted, and dreading the confe- quence of her hulhand’s confine- ment, having three very frnall children to lhpport, the returned home, and after weeping over.