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TRADE AND SHIPPING.
SAILED. January 27.-The Brig Java Packet,
Frederique A. Mace, Commander, T. J.
Pitman, Esq. Owner, for Sydney, chiefly in ballast. Passengers, Mr. R. Davison, and three others.
On Thursday the Currency Lass arrived at Ho- bart town, from Launceston, with wheat and other goods.
LAUNCESTON, Jan. 28, 1828.-On Tuesday the Cutter Caroline sailed, for Sydney, with a cargo of wool.
On Wednesday the Fanny arrived from Circular
On Saturday the Van Diemen's land Company's ship, Caroline, arrived from England, which she left we learn, nearly six months ago, and therefore brings no news. She will proceed it is understood to Cir- cular head, but we have to complain of the Company and all its resident officers, that they keep us, and consequently the public, wholly uninformed of their proceedings. Whether this silence is caused by the magnitude of these proceedings, which engross all their time and attention, or whether they be of too little moment to record, we will not pretend to say, but the company is a public body from whose opera- tions the colony has been taught to expect great things, and the public has a right to know them what- ever they may be.
On Saturday the schooners Resolution and Henry, arrived from Hobart town, and the Hetty from Sydney.
Remain in port, the ship Caroline, brig Tranmere, schooners Resolution and Henty, and cutler Fanny.
The ship Caroline had been so long on the voyageI that considerable anxiety was entertained for her
safety. About the equator we learn she was board- ed by a Spanish privateer, who robbed her of some articles, and exchanged some valuable sheep for others of less value,
Among the passengers by the Greenock, who remain in this colony we have remarked, Mr. and Mrs Hep- burn, and eight children, Mr. Taylor, son of Mr.
George Taylor, of the Macquarie river, and Messrs. Wilson and Manifold, nephews of W. Barnes, Esq
Mr. Shoobridge's hop garden, at Providence valley, to the left of the New town road, is now in full luxu- riance, and will well repay an evening's walk from
Hobart town to visit it.
We have had occasion, this season particulaily, to | remark the great luxuriance of what is called the
Kangaroo apple, or New Zealand potato, a species of Solanum common to this country and New Zetland. One plant of an inch high, with three leaves, which was planted this spring, is now n beautiful evergreen shrub, with dark verdant leaves, of at least a yard in height, and three in'ciicumference. Tt is covered with small round apples, which when ripe cat exactly like bananas, and a soit of vams grow at its root, it
is both oinameutal and useful.
Fiftee i/and sixteen shillings a head have been offer- ed fur fat wethers during the week.
The harvest goes ou îapidly, though many settlers are lamentably in want of hand», and after many have reaped the good crops, they refuse lo cut down the bad and shoit ones but ut an advanced price, which the settler can ill afford. Three or lour wicks may be calculated to conclude the whole, which may in gene- ral be estimated at half an av et age crop.
Notwithstanding the accounts in the Sydney news- papers,some of which wc have copied, respecting the discoveries made by Captain Dillon, of the wreck of Perouse, fireat doubt still hangs upon the subject Captain Dillon, we learn, having appointed a parti- cular day fora numerous paily to como on board the Research, to view his relics, was obliged to disappoint his visitors with the apology, that he had left his key onshoTC, and all that was shewn wc hear, was a dol- lar stuck in a piece of sloac.
Wo last week copied from tim Monitor newspapir of Sidney, a short paragraph which »o had not time lo comment upon, that the new bishop of Calcutta would cull at Hobait town, nu his way to India; but the renders of our journal were already informell that he had long since passed the. Cape of Good Hope, aud must long befnu: this have lauded in India. It ¡s howcvci, wo believe, his Lordship's intention, to pay triennial visits to this part of his diocese.
Judge Best has given it as his opinion that it is illegal to lend money to foreign potentates.
The tonnage of tin» United Slates vessels ,now en- gaged in foreign trade is 900,000 lons, in the coasting trade, 700,000. - ' ,
American -vessels of war are now chiefly manned hy Eúglisli sailors. Out of ti crew of ,500 on boaid tile Boston sloop of war. at Rio Jnnuiiu, therc'weic only twelve Americans, the rest being all English.
» The Criminal Court has been occupied during great part of the week with that most painful trial of Fow- ler for the assault on the little child Emma Groom, who was found murdered in the precincts of the town in July last, and which trial was postponed until the 4>oys who were chief witnesses should bo taught the nature of no oath. He w as found guilty.
The Court of Quarter Sessions at Hobart town opens on Monday, but we omi scarcely ucoount for the small number of causes that are bl ought before it.
The first temi of the Supreme Com t for the pre- sent year also commences on Tuesday. The civil law business of the colony appear«, however, tobe gradually decreasing, with Ile exception of convey- ancing nnd other regular matters ol'lcgal employment. That ardent spirit of litigation which u few years^ ago so geucrnlly prevailed, has now, vvc trust, subsided, -and matters of no small intricacy have been, and are daily decided by the less expeiuivo mode of arbitra-
tion. ' >.
A soldier of the Veteran Company has lately been successful in discov eiing some of the mineral curiosi- ties of the island. 0<t the summit of Mount Welling- ton he has foatid several angular pebbles of a reddish brown colour, which on being broken in two by a stroke of the hammer, shew a beautiful petrifaction of a small moss or lichen, so arranged in its natural position as to present io the eye a pleasing landscape of sylvan scenery. . We should be happy to learn the opinion of scientific men and geologists on the forma* lion of .these interesting objects of natural his- tory.. Wo shall next week present our readers among our literary notices, with a short view of the theory of Messieurs Quoy and Gaimard, of the French Corvette Astrolabe, respecting the formation of sub marine coral in these southern seas.
Yesterday Wiliam Burton, formerly watchman in Elizabeth street, near the Ship Inn, and Thomas Henley, tailor at Mr. Cox's, were fully committed for
trial, for robbing Mr. Cox of a large quantity of cloth,
wearing apparel, &c. This robbery was discovered by the ingenuity and activity of constables Rhind and Byron.
The formation of Davey street is now considerably advanced, and from its beautiful, terruce~-like situation, and command of the harbour, will be one of the most desirable abodes in Hobart town. Mot however until the nuisance we have so often alluded to, proceeding from the gaol and factory, be removed. The Engineer will piobably give some ulfeution to this subject while the labourers ure in (hat quarter.
On Wednesday the funciál of the late Lieutenant S. Collins, of the lîojol .New South Walt's Volerait Company, was performed with military honour*, und attracted a laigc concourse of the inhabitants to view it. The funeral sorvioo was read by the vendable the Archdeacon, and Ilis Excellency lha Lieutenant Go- vernor, and must of the civil and militai y ulliccis at- tended in procession. When the multitude was as- sembled in the churcli-yaid, scattered over the rising mounds o.f the dendnhcady intcircd there, o sensation of wonder forced itself on tho spectator, how so greal a number of civilized inhabitants should have been collected on a spot, which so lately vvas kaowtionly to th« wild savage. And, yet, but a very shoit time must elapse before avery one of the moving multitude before U3, must be laid in tho silent grave. So short is the life of utah I thu! life which seems so long in prospect, and' so slim t lo look buck on the past ! /. view indeed of lime most indicative of our inunoital state. For, a speck of time may, by tho Almighty power, he expanded into a thousand yeais, und a thou- sand years be couti acted into n single moment. Three scoio years and ten, the most icngtlfencd life of man, onn appear uo mote to tile Angels ol' Heaven, than tile evanescent hours of the ephemeral flv seem to us.