Belfast Newsletter - Friday, 18 October, 1833


On the 11th inst. by the Rev. Robert Stewart, Broughshane, Mr. John Speers, to Miss Isabella Strahan, both of Rathkenny.

On the 7th inst. by the Rev. Robert Park Ballymoney, Mr. James Lyons, Drumagheagles, to Matilda, only daughter of Samuel Perry, Esq. Ballymoney.

On Saturday last, at St. George's Church, Hanover-square, London, the Venerable the Archdeacon of Dromore, to Caroline Anne, daughter of Henry Hanson Simpson, Esq. of Camden-place, Bath.

On the 15th inst. by the Rev. Robert Magill, Mr. Samuel Craig, of Antrim, to Margaret, daughter of the late Mr. William Molyneaux, of same place.


On the 7th of August last, at Society Hill, South Carolina, Mr. Samuel M'Master, brother to the Rev. Robert M'Master, of Carnmoney, near, this town. He was bred in the neighbourhood of Ahoghill, from which place he emigrated in 1825.

At Cincinnati, North America, of a bilious fever, in the 4Bth year of his age, Mr. Isaac Moore, formerly of Ballysallagh, Bangor, Co. Down.

On the 28th ult Mr. David Herron, of Banbridge. woollen draper, aged 33 years.

At Ballynahinch, on the morning of Wednesday last, in the 12th year of her age, Margaret, daughter of James Martin, Esq.

On the 8th inst. at Templeogue-House, Mrs. Ellis, relict of Thomas Ellis, Esq. Master in Chancery, and sister to the Archdeacon of Derry.

On the 7th inst. at Glenties, county Donegal, Captain Folvill, of the Royal Navy.

On the 13th inst. at the Mills, Rebecca, relict of the late John Bond, Esq. of Derry.

On the 13th inst. after a short illness, at the residence of her brother, Thomas Reyland, Esq. of Derry, Officer of Excise, Miss Martha Reyland, aged 38, sincerely regretted.

On the 11th inst. at the advanced age of 70, Mary, relict of the late Edward Stevenson, of Tullyally, Esq.

On the 10th inst. near Maghera, at the residence of her grand-father, Mr. Archd. Millar, Mary Jane, aged 16, eldest daughter of Mr. John Millar, or Petersburgh, Virginia.

On Monday the 14th inst. in the 78th year of her age, Susanna, relict of the late Joseph Berry, Edenmore, parish of Maralin.

On the 3d inst. John Magee, of Coleraine, aged 73 years. His remains were followed to the grave by an immense assemblage of people, amongst whom were many of the most respectable merchants.


The regiment of Queen's Royal Irish grenadiers has greatly distinguished itself. This battalion, raised by Col. Cotter (killed at Oporto), is now commanded by Major Anthony, whose services in the Peninsular war, and at the battle of Waterloo, are well known. This regiment is son effective, that it might rank with any troops in the British service in point of discipline.

The Confiance brings accounts of the loss of the City of Waterford, off the Burlings; crew and passengers saved -- but all the baggage, amongst which was the plate of the Duchess of Braganza, was lost, and also the Queen's carriage. Some of the passengers had been taken prisoners by the Miquelites, but were subsequently released, and had arrived at Lisbon. The Superb, in which Lady Napier went out, had also narrowly escaped being wrecked, and after sustaining some injury had arrived at Corunna.


The son of Earl Grey, appointed to the staff of the Marquess Wellesley, is not the Hon. Col. Grey, of the 73d, or Highland Regiment of Light Infantry, private Secretary to the Premier, but Lieut. the Hon. Harry Cavendish Grey, his Lordship's son, who lately purchased a Lieutenancy in the 53d Infantry, and whom the Marquess has made one of his Aides-de-Camp.


Mr. Pierce Butler, the gentleman to whom Miss Fanny Kemble is to be or has been, united, is reported to be a fine young man, with a fortune of 4,000 a year.

It is reported in the Theatrical circles, that Mr. Charles Kean will very soon be married to Miss Ellen Tree.

Richard Heber, Esq. who died a few days ago, was the son of Reginald Heber (who succeeded his elder brother as Lord of the Manors and patron of the rectories of Marton, Yorkshire, and Hodnel, Salop), and Mary Baylie his first wife, and was half-brother to the late amiable Reginald, Bishop of Calcutta, who was by a second wife. Towards his brother Reginald he acted a most affectionate part, brought him up at Brazenose, Oxford, and at one time, it is said, gave him 5,000. He was for some time M.P. for Oxford University, and distinguished himself in Parliament. After his travels on the Continent and the East, he lived in almost total seclusion, in which retirement he employed himself in making a collection of the most costly and curious books, disregarding all price, and, for a private gentleman, possessed the most extensive and curious library ever known. Mr. Richard Heber, inheriting from his father the patronage of the living of Hodnel, instituted his brother Reginald in it, which was his first living.

The celebrated race-horse Birmingham, formerly the property of Mr. Beardsworth, and afterwards of the late Thomas Scarisbrick, Esq. of Scarisbrick Hall, has been purchased by private contract, by Gen. Lounin, for the purpose of being sent to Russia. The price was 1,000.

Lately, at Rethel, three bailiffs having gone to a house to make a seizure for debt, the debtor went into his garden, and brought into his house a bee-hive, and having shaken out the bees, the annoyance was so great that the intrusive visitors were compelled to take flight.


PARTIALITY OF BRITISH SAILORS FOR MUSIC. -- Among the deaths occasioned by fever, that of Capt. Lechmere, who had greatly endeared himself to every body on board, was deeply lamented. When the fever was at its height, a variety of means had been tried in vain to assuage the restlessness of the sufferer. At length Captain Owen, who knew from experience that singing had a powerful effect in soothing extreme pain by diverting the mind from its sufferings, and fearful that the heart-rending expressions and cries uttered by Captain Lechmore might produce an injurious effect upon the other object of his solicitude, commenced that pathetic ballad, "Here a sheer hulk lies poor Tom Bowling." The first note produced a cessation of his frenzy, from raving madness he sank into a total insensibility, which continued till Captain Owens came to the words, "His soul is gone aloft," when a long guttural sound announced that his spirit was fled, which was instantly confirmed by his attendant saying in a melancholy tone, "He's gone, sir!" "And aloft, I hope!" replied the Captain, as he concluded his song. This is characteristic, to a painful degree, of the peculiar nature of the British sailor. He is soothed in his last moments by a song of the seas -- it calms his frenzy, and stills the last agony of death! - Owen's Voyages.



At length we have a true and particular account of a real bona fide appearance of this celebrated "Phantom Ship," and on such authority as it were heresy to doubt:-- "In the evening of the 6th of April, when off port Danger, the Barracouta was seen about two miles to leeward; struck with the singularity of her being so soon after us, we at first concluded that it could not be she, but the peculiarity of her rigging, and other circumstances, convinced us that we were not mistaken; nay, so distinctly was she seen, that many well known faces could be observed on deck, looking towards our ship. After keeping thus for some time, we became surprised that she made no effort to join us, but, on the contrary, stood away; but being so near the port to which we were both destined, Captain Owen did not attach much importance to this proceeding, and we accordingly continued our course. At sun set it was observed that she hove to, and sent a boat away, apparently for the purpose of picking up a man overboard. During the night we could not perceive any light or other indication of her locality. The next morning we anchored in Simon's Bay, where for a whole week we were in anxious expectation of her arrival; but it afterwards appeared that at this very period the Barracouta must have been about two hundred miles from us, and no other vessel of the same class was ever seen about the Cape. This is not told in order to authenticate the stories of fear or fancy, or to add to the visionary terrors of superstition, but it is recorded as a strange and at present unaccountable fact, doubtless attributable to natural and probably simple causes. In Simon's Bay we found the Andromache and Delight, ten gun brig, Captain Hay. Had this vessel seen the Flying Dutchman instead of us, the fire of superstition would by her subsequent loss have been fed with a little additional fuel; nay, many even now think that the Phantom mistook the vessel, and meant his visit for the unfortunate Delight; but we should imagine him too good and old a sailor to mistake a frigate for a ten gun brig." -- Voyage of the Leven and Barracouta, by Captain Owen.



The steam-ship Corsair, Peyton, for Liverpool, sails on Tuesday, at four o'clock afternoon; and the Chieftain, Owens, on Thursday, at eight o'clock morning.

Smack Iris, Shaw, for London, clears to-morrow.

The schooner Ann, White, from London and, Whitehaven, arrived on Tuesday, and clears for London, on Monday next, 21st inst.

The schooner Express, for London, has sailed.

The Ceres, of Belfast, outward bound, was lost, 27th ult. upon Fowlan Island (Shetland).

WRECK OF THE SMACK ZEPHYR. -- On the evening of Wednesday, the 9th inst. the smack Zephyr, burthen 156 tons, Fitzsimons, master, of and for Belfast, from London, ult with a general cargo, struck on a sunken rock near the Tuskar Lighthouse, about two leagues leeward of Greenore point. On receiving an account of the disaster on Thursday morning, the 10th inst. Mr. William Powell, agent to Lloyd's, Liverpool, proceeded at an early hour with the Abbey steamer to the assistance of the vessel, and succeeded in saving over 200 chests of tea, (about 40 of which are partly damaged) and a few bales of old clothes, which were lodged in store in this town. On repeating his visit to the place the day following, it was found that the vessel had gone to pieces -- parts of the wreck are being picked up by small boats. The steamer has returned to the quay with such parts of the cargo saved as it was found necessary to leave on Tuskar rock on the first. -- Wexford Conservative.

LOSS OF THE SHIP ESSEX BY FIRE. -- The Essex of this port was on her voyage from New Orleans to Liverpool, and was discovered on fire on the 10th Aug. to the southward of Bermuda. Her Capt. (Vaughan) died the previous day. The crew were landed at New Providence. -- The mate and six of the crew are on board the Lydia from Nassau, N.P. now off this port. The Essex was burnt to the water's edge. -- Liverpool Paper.


BELFAST PETIT SESSIONS. -- On Monday, Messrs. Daniel M'Clean, John Fitzsimmons, G. G. Laird, John M'Auley, and other publicans, were summoned before the Magistrates, at the instance of a common informer, for selling spirituous liquors, on Sunday the 6th inst. contrary to the provisions of the Statute. The informer had used sundry stratagems for the purpose of entrapping his victims, and had in the greater number of cases succeeded; the Bench were convicting the offenders, under the old act, in the penalty of 5 each, until Mr. Fitzsimmons produced the recent act of last Session, which altered the proceedings. The new act not being in force till the 10th inst. their Honours were in a very serious dilemma. Mr. Young, Solicitor, argued with considerable ingenuity, that the old act ceased to be in force, from the time of passing the new one; and, in fact, at the time alleged, there was no such law in existence, as the one under which the convictions were sought. They were of course quashed; subject, however, to the opinion of the Assistant-Barrister. In the course of the proceedings. Mr. Young also stated, that a common informer is not qualified as the act requires, for superintending the conduct of the spirit-dealers.


IMPORTANT REVENUE TRIAL. -- On Friday, Saturday, and Monday last, a trial for a breach of the Revenue Laws took place at Bangor, before the Right Hon. Lord Dufferin, W. Sharman Crawford, Esq. Col. J. Ward, and W. S. Nicholson, Esq. The parties charged were G. Heasley, a pilot; W. Hunter, and Ross Murdoch, seamen; and John White, Esq. of Ballyholme. The circumstances were, that, on the 26th Sept. G. Heasley and his crew went out in his boat from Groomsport to Donaghadee, where they saw, at a distance, the Reliance, from Leith, laden with coals, in which vessel Mr. White was interested as a proprietor. Not getting the job which they expected, they were lying off the shore, when Heasley saw Mr. White, and asked him if he wanted to go on board. The party remained on board till 10 o'clock at night, when they set out for Groomsport, and on landing, two jars of rum were discovered amongst the ballast by the Coast Guard. The parties were consequently seized and sent to Downpatrick jail, and on Friday last the Magistrates assembled to investigate the case. Alexander Montgomery and R. Davison, Esqrs. appeared as Counsel for the prisoners, and the evidence, which was sufficiently voluminous, went to establish the facts which we have mentioned, but no proof was given how the spirits were obtained, or that any of the prisoners were aware of their being secreted in the boat. The result was that Heasley, the two seamen, and Mr. White, were convicted in a penalty of 100 each, and to be imprisoned till this fine should be paid. From this decision Mr. Crawford dissented in each case, and strongly argued against it. Mr. White declared that he would submit to imprisonment or any other punishment, rather than pay the money under the circumstances. The parties were, consequently, committed to jail.


ACCIDENT. -- On Sunday last, Mr. Allen, the Coroner, held an inquest at Larne, on the body of Joseph Gilmore, who had, on Saturday, fallen from a cart he was at the time, driving, in which was a restive horse. He was perfectly sober at the time of the accident. Verdict, accidental death.


On Saturday evening, as Mrs. Maguire, of Magheralone near Downpatrick, and her daughter, a young girl of about twelve years of age, were returning home, accompanied by two men, Pat. Maguire, and Pat. Conagher, when within less than a mile of their home, observed three men approaching, calling out "to hell with the Pope!" and other insulting expressions. Pat. Maguire said, that such was improper language. and should not be used, when Conagher told Maguire not to take any notice of them, as they seemed to be intent on some bad work. Almost immediately Conagher and Maguire were attacked by these assassins, one of whom was armed with a large clasp-knife, or dagger, adapted for the most deadly purposes. Maguire received a thrust in the breast, which, it is feared, will prove mortal, also several other stabs in different parts of his body. Conagher is also dreadfully mangled; but none of his wounds are deemed mortal. Mrs. Maguire and her daughter effected their escape, and gave an alarm; but the assassins had made off. On Sunday information was received against three men, one of whom has since become approver against his associates, who, as yet, have eluded being apprehended. The two unfortunate victims of these monsters are in the County Infirmary; but no hopes are entertained of Maguire's recovery. -- Correspondent of the Newry Examiner.


92d HIGHLANDERS. -- The depot of the 92d.(Gordon) Highlanders, under Major Winchester, was inspected on Tuesday the 8th inst. by Major-General M'Donnell, C. B. being the first since their separation from the service companies at Fermoy.


ARREST OF A MURDERER. -- On Monday evening, Thos. Hogan (charged with the murder of Mr. A. Tweedy, steward of R. French, Esq. of Brockley Park, in Nov. last, near Stradbally, Queen's Co.) was arrested in a house at Derrygarron, same county, as he was preparing to take his departure for one of the ports to emigrate for America.


MURDER. -- On Wednesday night a party of armed men entered the house of one Ryan, outside Thurles, and murdered him while lying in fever. This dreadful murder was the consequence of a dispute about ground -- Clonmel Herald.


Capt. Wathen, 15 Hussars, who is about to be tried at Cork by court-martial, on charges preferred against him by Colonel. Lord Brudenell, of the same regiment, arising out of alleged disrespectful behaviour on the parade-ground, is married t0 Lady Elizabeth Leslie, daughter of George William, ninth Earl of Rothes, and has commanded a troop in the 15th since 1826.

The 99th regiment is ordered from the Mauritius to the East Indies.


HUMANITY. -- Capt. Bedlington, of John Barry, of Sunderland, brought to Elsinore, on 16th ult. the captain and ten men of the Swedish ship Swea, whom he had taken out of the tops of said vessel, while waterlogged in the North Sea. They had been in a destitute condition for 48 hours, the sea breaking over the hull after the late gales. Capt. Bedlington treated these people with the greatest kindness and had them on board 14 days.


Married -- On 25th ult. at St Mary's Islington, Francis Budd, Esq. to Miss Mary Ann Little:--
     Though autumn's come, this Budd's of use,
          And blooms as if 'twere noon;
     And nine months hence it may produce
          A LITTLE Budd -- in June.,



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