Arrived on Friday the 19th inst, the brig Alice, (belonging to Messrs. Aspinall and Browne), 222 tons, Capt. John Hepburn from Liverpool 12th of Dec. with a general cargo; brings only one passenger, namely, Mr. Abel Stott for Sydney.
Arrived, on Wednesday, the 24th instant, the bark Henry Porcher, 485 tons, Captain John Baxter, from London 23d September, Plymouth 21st October. Owing to the num- ber of passengers the Captain was obliged to put in to Rio de Janeiro for a supply of water and other refreshments, but being during the Christmas festival, the vessel was detained a fortnight longer than it ought to have been the case owing to the cessation of all secular trans- actions. She left Rio on the 8th of January, and arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 30th of February, where she remained until the 1st of last month. Her voyage was also prolonged by being becalmed for a fortnight at the equator. She brings a general cargo of goods - passengers, Mr. Harrington, Mr. Cooper, Miss Hearing, Mr. and Mrs. Bur- gess and four children, Mr. and Mrs. Ander- son and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Marsh and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Styles and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Boulter, Mr. and Mrs. Barker, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Ollings, Mr. Joseph, Mr. and Mrs. Walker and two children, Messrs. Pil- grim, Blanchard, Pinro, Burgess, Knight, Mr. Dean and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Tyler; also for Sydney, Mr. Atkins, Mr. Taylor, Miss Witton, Mr. and Mrs. Garty and three children, and 27 others - in all 81 passengers.
Sailed on Sunday, the John Dunscombe, for
The Surry, we understand, will sail for Syd- ney, to-morrow.
The brig Lavinia, for Liverpool, has com- pleted her cargo, and will sail for England on Sunday.
The Duckenfield is nearly filled up, and is expected to sail for England in the course of a fortnight.
The Mary, 250 tons, Capt. Turcan, for Hobart-town, and the Brazil Packet, 200 tons, Capt. Crow for Launceston, both from the house of Buckle's & Co., were nearly loaded in November, and on the point of sailing for their respective destinations.
The ship Lunar, 200 tons, Capt, Tapper, and the Richard Reynolds of 303 tons, were both loading for Sydney.
The ships Hibernia, Princess Elizabeth Macclesfield and the bark Eliza, were loaded, and to sail for Van Diemen's land a few days
after the Alice.
The ships Platina, Indiana and John Clare, were taking in cargo for this place in Dec.
Two vessels were coming up the river last night when our paper went to press.
We regret to say that chiefly on account of the large quantities of wheat recently brought
to town, the price of that necessary article of life has fallen as low as from 4s. to 4s. 6d. per
bushel. This depreciation however is not ex- pected to be lasting. Cape barley 3s. a bushel, English ditto, 4s. to 4s. 6d., oats, 3s per
Hay is plentiful in the market and good at 31. 15s, per ton; straw £2. 10s. per ditto; potatoes £5; eggs -1s. 9d. per dozen; butter 1s, 9d. per lb; fowls 3s. a couple; kangaroo skins 5s. a dozen; bark none in the market.
A good deal of lamb's wool has come to the wharf during the week, which is disposed of
to the shippers at 10d per pound.
Shell lime 1s. a bushel. Firewood from 1
to 14s. the double or dray load, 7s. the single. Coals from Newcastle, which are now coming into pretty generalise, notwithstanding their unpleasant and unwholesome smell, 35s. a
Sawed timber 8s. per 100 feet measurement, Shingles 10s. per 1000.
The weather since the commencement of the new moon on Saturday has been singular- ly fine, clear and settled. The nights how- ever begin to be very cold, and the stars in the clear sky are singularly brilliant. Our young friends cannot but remark Procyon near the zenith, and the magnificent constel-
lation, the finest in the heavens, of Orion set- ting in majestic splendour, though upside down, over Mount Wellington. The season is particularly favourable to farming opera-