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Between 10 and 11 in the forenoon of Wednesday last an express was received in town, stating the almost sudden death of Mr.   Thomas Smyth, Provost Marshall. On Thursday morning the body of the deceased arrived in Sydney ; and by His Excel- lency's Order an Inquest assembled to enquire into the circumstances that occasioned             the above Gentleman's death ; Mr. Tho- mas Moore appointed to act as Co-


At 11 in the forenoon the Inquest was

convened ; when from the most respectable and undoubted testimony it appeared the deceased had gone to the house of Mr. Wil- liam Baker of Hawkesbury, storekeeper, on Sunday last, and appeared to enjoy a much

better state of health than he had for some months past ; but that between two and three on Tuesday afternoon he was seized suddenly with a convulsion, which rendered it necess- ary to call in the assistance of Thomas Arndell, Esq. Magistrate and Residentiary Surgeon at the above Settlement, by whom he was attended accordingly ; that during his illness which lasted until between the hours of twelve and one on Wednesday morning every possible attention was paid to him, as well by Mr. Arndell as by Mr. Ba- ker, and Family ; but that every appearance of life then disappeared.

Mr. Smyth's death is much regretted, as he was universally respected for his humanity in acquitting himself of the duties of his office ; the generosity and benevolence of his heart ; the affability of his manners, and the placidity of his disposition.

The hour appointed for the interment was five on Wednesday evening ; which turned out rainy and unfavourable ; but neverthe- less, the most respectful attention was shewn to the passing bier by all classes of inhabit- ants; and notwithstanding the extreme bad-   ness of the weather, the procession was con- ducted with a solemnity suited to the occa- sion, and to the general regret—moving in the following order :

Regimental Fugalman

Officer and Firing Party of fifty Soldiers

Full Band, playing the Dead March in Saul.

The Rev. Mr. Marsden

THE BIER Supported by four of the Sydney Loyal Association  

Eight of the Association to relieve alternately    


Female mourners

Male ditto

Officers of Police

Seamen belonging to His Majesty's ships    

Buffalo and Investigator

Royal Marines

Sydney Loyal Association New South Wales Corps  


Civil, Military and Naval   Two troopers  

His excellency's carriage   Governor's orderly Sergeant One Trooper


About six o'clock the procession reached the burial ground ; and after the funeral obsequies were concluded, three rounds were fired over the grave by 50 of the New South Wales Corps, in token of the high respect due to the remains of a true Patriot, a loyal Subject, and a worthy Member of