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TRISTAN D' ACUNHA.

A letter appeared in our number of Thurs- day last, containing sundry extracts from the London Weekly Review on the state of this interesting island. We are ¡nformed, however, that the writer quoted by our Correspondent is not correct in his state- ments, and having been favoured by     an intelligent gentleman, who touch- ed there on his passage by the Pyra- mus, with several particulars of the actual condition of the island, we have pleasure in subjoining them for general information especially as they may be useful to the commanders of vessels trading between England and these Colonies or India.

Glass, who is now the head man in their little community, was originally sent to Tristan d'Acunha about fourteen years ago,   with a company of Artillery, in which tie was Corporal, under Captain Clouts, who was ordered to take possession of the island during Napoleon's residence at St. Helena ; and when, on the ex-Emperor's death, the party was withdrawn, Glass was permitted, in compliance with his own request, to remain behind, and to take charge of the cattle and stores. Being a man of great energy and perseverance, he has made surprising im- provements. When the Pyramus touched

there, in January last, the population con   sisted of 7 men, 6 women, and 14 children, of whom 8 or 9 were the offspring of Glass. They had 300 acres capable of cultivation - the finest pasturage - and most excellent water. Their stock consisted of 7o head of horned cattle, of the best breed, and the cows superior milkers; 100 sheep, the wool of which had sold at the Cape for 2s. 6d. a   pound ; pigs in abundauce ; and thousands of wild goats roaming on the hills. They had fields of wheat and barley growing in luxuriance, and a crop of potatoes which, though several ships had been supplied out of it, would, it was calculated, yield about   twelve tons for each man's share. The   most remarkable proof of their industry is,   that they have fenced in their cultivated   land with a wall of soil & stone three miles in     circumference, on which Glass was em-     ployed nearly ten years. He has also built   himself a very comfortable house.  

When the Pyramus approached the island,   she fired a gun, and was immediately visited     by a fine whale-boat with four men, com-   manded by Glass, who had brought with   him a keg of milk, butter, potatoes, and   sundry other acceptable supplies. The   potatoes, we are assured, were equal   to any in the world. The island had   lately been visited by H. M. S. Jas-   sour, Captain Lyons, by the Resource, and   by a brig, which had been supplied with     poultry, water, &c.- Glass requested that  

their circumstances might be made as pub- lic as possible, that vessels might be indu- ced to touch for provisions; and he stated     that he should at all times be prepared to   supply them with beef, mutton, poultry,   fish, potatoes, vegetables, milk, butter,    

water, &c. &c. He is a kind, open-hearted    

man, and is proud to shew every civility to strangers ; and the gentlemen who have  

visited his dominions, speak of him and  

the island in she warmest terms of commen-  

dation.

It was stated, a week or two ago, by one of the other papers, that Mr. George In- nis (one of the subscribers to the Address)   was in possession of considerable grants of land, and had been appointed to the situa- tion lately held by Mr. John Stephen. The inuendo of this was, that Mr. Innis had signed the document from sinister

motives. Now the fact is, Mr. Innis did    

certainly, in the ordinary straight-forward way, formerly receive a grant of land,   which,not answering his purpose, he after- wards sold ; and of the three grants he now holds, he purchased every one. His name   was put to the Address three weeks before

Mr. Stephen's situation became vacant.   Where, then, is the ground on which he   can be charged with sinister motive ?  

A contemporary of Saturday last, has

strangely distorted our late review of the I conduct of the Sydney Magistrate, and has   in various ways put an unwarrantable co-   louring both upon the review and upon the transactions themselves. If, on further consideration, we shull deem it necessary to reply, we may probably advance a few ob-

servations in our next.

A valuable opportunity is now presented to a few steady persona, of either sex, who may be willing to join the choir of St. James's Church; Mr. Pearson baving offered to instruct, in the beautiful science of music, any who will lend their services on the Sunday, and attend the weekly practices.

We omitted to state in our last, that fif- tren cows of a very superior breed, belong- ing to Hannibal M'Arthur, Esq. wre shewn at the Meeting of the A¿ricultiual and Horticultural Society,on Thursdiy las».

A settler named Kenyon, living at Woodlands, near Painmatta, exhibit;d ? quantity of turnips of an enormous vize, at the Agricultural Meeting on Thursday. Some of them were nearly as laige 113 a

small bucket.

Bergami, a beautiful Naples boar, the propeity of Edward Riley, Esq. of Ruby, is the sire of the pig!« that obtain-d the prizes at the last Agricultural Meeting. They were bred by Mr. Rthcv, and tdcen from the dam when about two mouths old by the preaeut owner, Mr. Cowpeii, since which time they were rea 1 ed solely upon milk till about three weeks ago, when from five to six cobs of maize were given them daily. Very large sums have been offered and refused for the sire, und the owner of tho prize animals declined the offer of 15 guinsas for them.

The unfortunate female at present undei sentence of death in the Sydney gani, has been removed to the ward uppropiùted to female confines, owm¿ to the ill »tate of health she wus reported to be 10 by the visiting surgeoi. The man wbo was convicted with her still remum» in tim con- demned cell.

A report was in town on Saturday, that the Lord Liverpool pucket had beau pirati- cal ly seized by same pi boner«, but we are glad to bud it had nu lound ilion.

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