On Tuesday last HIS EXCELLENCY gave an entertainment to the Commander and Of- ficer's of His Majesty's Ship Calcutta, at which a number of the Colonial Officers attend- ed with their Ladies ; and in the evening a Ball took place which lasted till a late hour.
On Monday last the Civil Court met, when a number of Writs, Capias's, and Summonses were issued ; as was also the case upon the
two following days, and on Wednesday the Court adjourned to Wednesday next the 11th Instant, when some of the Writs are return-
Last Monday and Tuesday, the residue of Spirits brought by the Betsey was issued by Permit granted by HIS EXCELLENCY, prin- cipally to Settlers.
Yesterday sen'night the pupils of Nelson's Academy were by HIS EXCELLENCY or- dered with their Instructor to attend Go- vernment House, where he was pleased per- sonally to examine into the progress of their Education, on which occasion MRS. KING also assisted. Afterwards HIS EXCELLENCY was pleased to confer a Donation upon the children, as an encouragement to future emu-
lation, and to promise a further notice in proportion as their affinity might hereafter recommend them. On Tuesday last a second little retinue were received with the same cordiality; and we sincerely hope that the flattering notice which has been shewn on this occasion will be considered by Parents and Preceptors as too strong a pledge of the interest that is felt by Government in the welfare of the young Colonists, to admit of relaxation on their part, in fulfilling their duty to society and the Country at large.
Some days since a labouring man in a boat laden with wood for the use of the Gaol, was overtaken by a sudden squall of wind off Gar- den Island, and the sheet being imprudently lashed, the boat was upset before he had time to call it off. Capt. Scott, who witnessed the accident, immediately ordered his own boat to the assistance of the man, without which human interposition, his fate appear- ed to be inevitable ; he was taken up when almost totally exhausted, and the boat, with the help of some fishermen, was afterwards recovered, as she had not sunk, but everything
she contained was lost.
Among the Travelling Conveniences we have hitherto noticed, none appears better en- titled to eulogium than a Hawkesbury Cara- van - SARA that set out on Wednesday with all the precaution necessary to a journey
across the Desarts. From the sun's inclemen-
cy it was sheltered by means of a large tilt, closing in front and rear as necessity should require. In its external appearance it resem- bled nothing more than a Common-stage Cart; but its interior Accommodation sur- passed that of any other vehicle: A bed was spread upon the floor; a handsome larder filled one corner, with necessary kitchen requi- sites in another; in a third was placed a liquid treasure poured from the Betsey's bosom; & in the center RESIDED the little family, tra- velling in all the eccentricity of Persian fable.
On Wednesday last Capt. D WOODRIFFE, Commander of His Majesty's Ship Calcutta, with a party of his Officers, dined with his HONOR the LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR.
On Thursday next at 12 o'clock, the Launch of His Majesty's Colonial Cutter Integrity will positively take place.
On Thursday a quantity of Twine and Can-
vas, which was totally destroyed by the White Ants, and condemned by Survey, was burnt in front of his Majesty's Stores.
The Disease among the Government Cat- tle, and some belonging to Individuals, still continues, and will most probably go through the whole of the Government Herds, which
now amount to 2104 Head. None have died of this Disease, which begins with a sunguous swelling on the Tongue, preventing them from eating until it is removed ; when vine- gar with allum is applied to it with success after which it invariably falls into the Hoofs which require to be constantly attended to and kept clean, and anointed with cooling applications.- - - We do not hear that any of the Cattle have died or this Disease ; but that they soon after recover their usual good ap-
On Thursday the centers were removed from the Bridge, and a number of spectators beheld the work with much agitation, as an Opinion had been formed that the arch was not likely to stand. But this conjecture, which only could have preceded from a want of Judgement in the principle of build- ing, was happily disappointed ; and we con- fidently trust that this Edifice will stand a lasting monument of our industry and early improvement.
An Order being issued to take cognizance of free LOUNGERS who appeared to be in WANT of employ, half-a-dozen were the same day set to work at filling in the ends of the Bridge. To discourage idleness is to encourage industry, and it is more laudable to
reclaim the DRONE than totally to expel him
A visitor from Hawkesbury some days since lost his watch in a singular manner by a breach of trust in some person unknown. He had repeatedly sent it by way of token to the house of a dealer in Spirits, who know- ing it complied with every order that accom- panied it ; but like the pitcher that went too often to the well, so the watch went too often to the FOUNTAIN as it has never yet returned, and the owner's recollection was too much
impaired at the time to render him any as- sistance in tracing the messenger to whom he last entrusted the time piece.
On Tuesday night a burglarious attempt was made upon the Warehouse of Mr. Simeon Lord, in which an extensive property was known to be deposited ; but a guard being constantly kept in it, the design was frustra- ted. They had torn down a part of Mr. Gowen's fence in Government Row, forced the locks from two garden gates, in order to accelerate the passage to and from the back windows of the Warehouse, in raising one of which the noise was productive of instant alarm, and the assailants were induced preci- pitately to retreat.
A cutaneous eruption, attended with vio- lent inflammation, lately appeared in several instances, has been attributed by the parties attacked, though perhaps erroneously, to the heat of the weather, but is likely to proceed from a still STRONGER cause ; and what strengthens the latter conjecture is, that the persons labouring under the malady are with- out exception the avowed disciples of FAL- STAFF, who renouncing " this petations," invariably " addict themselves to ARRACK."
The late intense weather has been very fa- vorable to the amateurs of Cricket, who have
scarcely LOST a day for the last month. The frequent immoderate heats might have been
considered inimical to the amusement, but were
productive of very opposite consequences as the state of the atmosphere might always re- gulate the portion of exercise necessary to the ends this laborious diversion was originally
intended to answer.