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JEU d'ESPRIT

On Thursday last, at Parramatta,  

Where the glad Natives met to patta*,  

A Friend remark'd, in careless prattle,  

" Are you for joining yon black cattle?, ; " I beg it may be known : for me,

" I sanction no such mummery/' v The other answered rather tartly,

And some will think a little smartly " I certainly should like to go,

" And take a transient peep or so :

" But for yourself, my worthy Friend, " I own that I would recommend, " Your visit rather to delay et Unto some fair day,

" When horned cattle you may find,

" Far better suited to your mind ! Squibí, * The native term for eating, and alluding to the festival provided for them.

         

Accidents.-On Christmas Eve a labouring man was struck dead by lightning at Cornwallis; and

Another was drowned last week in the Hawkesbury  

River.

On Friday last Mr. Matthew Everingham, settler and district constable at Portland Head, fell overboard

from a Hawkesbury boat, and was unfortunately   drowned.- On the finding of the body an Inquest was convened, who returned a Verdict Accidental Death. He leaves a large family to deplore his premature destiny.  

On Christmas Day a fine youth, son of Robert Fitz, Esq. of the District of Windsor, fell from his horse, and expired the morning following, probably in con- sequence of a violent concussion of the brain. The acuteness of suffering which the melancholy event entails upon the worthy parents and family of the

young Gentleman must be left to the mind of sensibi- . lity to conceive, while those that have ever known him have feelingly to regret the premature destiny of a youth who was generally beloved.

A Gentleman favors us with the subjoined Copy of a census taken by order of the British Parliament in June last, comprehending England and Wales, and arranging 24 of the most populous towns, cities, &c. according to their numerical extent of population : Towns, Cities, and Inhabited Number Total of

Names. Houses, of Families. Persons. 1 London. 127,239... 221,073... 964,845 2 Manchester ... 13,474... 19,102... 89,211 3 Liverpool . 12,378.r, 17,589... 81,920 4 Birmingham... 14,578... 15,982... 79,672 5 Bristol . 11,101... 14,913... 69,245

6 Leeds. 11,958... 12,130... 48,194. 7 Plymouth. 4947... 10,984... 45,930 8 Newcastle. 4381... 9941... 37,963 9 Norwich . 8316... 9384... 37,854 10 Bath. 4581 ... 6985 ... 35,195 11 Portsmouth ... 5710... 7437... 33,895 12 Sheffield . 6911... 7133... 32,139 13 Hull . 5962... 7890... 30,345 14 Nottingham ... 5432... 7659... 29,861 15 Exeter . 3692 ., 4960... 18,398 lo Leicester . 3590... 3997... 17,846 17 York. 2907... 3989... 17,145 18 Coventry . 3420... 3845... 16,987 19 Chester. 3401... 3822... 15,894 20 Dover . 3394... 3850... 15,640 21 Yarmouth. 3271... 3759... 15,374 22 Stockport. 2987 ... 3475... 14,934 23 Shrewsbury ... 2980... 3495... 14,921 24 Greenwich ... 2345... 3245... 14,878

This List is followed by a continuation of 84 cities, towns, &c. whose population exceeds 5000 persons.-. It is remarkable the great irregularity which appears to exist between some towns and others, as to the pro- portion between houses and inhabitants; as for exam- ple, between Newcastle and Norwich ; the former of which, although possessing only half the number of houses, exceeds the latter in population.

The general population of England and Wales is a»

follows :

Males Females Total of persona. England 4,598,671 4,785,322 9,383,993 Wales 277,178 304,368 581,546 Armv,navy, &"}

seamen in re- 5» 401,378 401,378

gistered vessels j

Convicts.-Male

and Female ' 2301 Grand Total... 5/J77,227 5,089,690 10,369,218

There are 87,245 uninhabited houses in England, and 4721 in Waies.-By the census taken in the year 1802, the population of England and Wale» amounted to 9,343,578 persons ; therefore it appears, that not- withstanding the devastating wars which have con- vulsed Europe for the last 14 years, the popula- tion of England and Wales alone has increased up* wards of a million of persons. - .

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