Sitting Magistrate for the ensuing Week.
Thomas Jamison Esq.
Assign of Bread for the ensuing week., Wheaten rye
failing ; Household nine pence the loaf of 2/s
? pence new ; or 2/ s. when one day old.
Yesterday íe'right before a Bench of Ma-
gistrate the persons concerned in taking away a boat, &c. with intent to escape from the co-
lony, were sentenced severe corporal punish- ments; and J. Hern, for seditious expressions was ordered 500 lashes, and gaol gang 3 years.
SHIP NEWS,- Remain with His Majesty's ship Porpoise, armed tender Lady Nelson, and schooner Estramina, the ships Lucy, Star, Santa Anna, King George, and General Wellesley.
Yesterday morning sailed the ship Argo and brig
On Monday the Speedwell arrived at Hawkes-
bury from the Straits
Last Monday the sloop Hawkesbury of 18 tons, out 5
months, arrived from Otaheite in 8 weeks, having touched at Norfolk Island, on her return from whence she sailed a fort-night since. From Mr. Edwards, the master, we learn that the Island of Otaheite is
perfectly ; tranquil ; and that the Missionaries settled: there are in good health, Mr. Jefferson excepted, that gentleman having laboured under a dangerous illness
for some time past. Mr. Edwards succeeded in procuring at Matavai about 9 tons of pork, the salting down of which be inspected himself, and is said to be
better preserved than any before received from thence. Pork was rather scarce at Matavai owing to a festival
that had shortly before taken place, as on such occasions the natives voraciously devour the flesh of
swine in quantities that must very soon demolish their
whole flock, unless prevented by an interdiction of the
King's against the use of it. At Ulitea it was
supposed to be more plentiful. Mr: Edwards
entering inquisitively into the manners and the prejudices of the people, describes them as partial to the customs of the English as they are represented to be,
though to their religious persuarsions they will continue as obstinately attached as ever. From a Prince of Wales
Island Gazette we copy the following interesting narrative : - On the 10th of November 1805, the Betsey schooner, burthen about 75 tons, left Macao, bound for New South Wales.- The crew consisted
of William Brooks, commander; Edward Luttrell, mate, (son of Mr. Surgeon Luttrell, at Sydney) ; one
Portuguese gunner, three Portuguese seacunnies, three Manilla and four Chinese lascars.- From the 10th of November to the 20th, nothing particular hap-
pened, but on the 21st, at half past 2 A. M., the vessel struck upon a reef, going 7½ knots ; instantly lowered down the boat, and sent out a
small anchor astern, but on heaving, parted the cable ; they began to make a raft of the water casks, but the swell was so great, it was impossible to effect it.
At day break found the vessel had forged upon the reef 4 or 5 miles, not having more than two feet water ; the reef extending to the s. 9 and 10 miles, E. and w. 4 or 5: during three days and nights
every exertion was used as to get her off , but to no
effect, and the crew were so weakened that they could
hardly be persuaded to construct a raft, the vessel at this time being bilged on the starboard side. On the 24th made a raft, and left the vessel ,
the jolly boat in company, bearing for Balambangang. Captain Brooks, the mate, gunner, and two seacunnies were in the jolly boat, provided only with six bottles of water and a
small bag of biscuit ; on the raft whose one
Portugese, four Chines and three Malay much better provided ;- they parted company the same day, it coming on to blow a brisk gale from the N.W.
and the raft was seen no more as the Island of Borneo bore S.E. There is a probability of its having drifted upon it - From the 24th until the 28th it continued blowing hard, from the N.W. with an enormous sea and then fell calm : the water was by this time entirely expended, and the remainder of the biscuit wet with
salt water. At day break on the 29th saw land,
which they supposed to be Balabae, the people really exhausted with pulling, it being perfectly calm and under a burning sun,
adding to which they were reduced to the
necessity of drinking their own urine : at night it blew so hard from the N.E. that they were
were obliged to bear up for Bangary, the N.W. point of which they reached at day light next morning, and instantly went in search of water, they soon discovered, and drank to excess - Being in search of fruit, rambling in the woods, they were met by two malays, to whom they made signs of being in want of food : this being understood, the malays went away, and in the afternoon returned with two coconuts and a few
sweet potatoes, which they gave in exchange for a silver
spoon. At night went on board the boat, next morning five malays made their appearance and brought some indian corn and potatoes, for which they received spoons; these people pointing to
Balambangan , gave them to understand, that the English had quitted it some time : returned on
board with their little stock, and attended next morning to receive a promised
supply ; 11 Malays appeared on the beach, at their landing, and after a little conversation, one of them threw a spear at Captain Brooks, which hit him in the belly ; another made a cut at Mr Luttrell, who being armed with a cutlass
parried it off and ran to the boat. Captain Brooks withdrew the pike and ran a short distance, but they followed him and cut off both his legs ; the gunner was likewise
severely wounded, and reached the boat covered with blood : at this time, they saw
malays stripping the dead body of Captain Brooks, the gunner expired in about fifteen minutes.
They immediately made sail, and on examining their stock of provisions, found it consisted of ten cobs of Indian corn, three pumpkins, and two bottles of water, with
which, trusting to the mercy of
Providence, they determined on shaping a course for the Straits of Malacca. --From the 4th of December until the 14th, nothing material occurred : they had been fortunately supplied with water
by frequent squalls, but were nearly exhausted by constant watching and hunger. On the 15th they fell in with a group of islands in lat. 3N. long. about 100 w? -- in
approaching the shore they were descried by three Malay prows, which immediately attacked them
and in the pursuit one of the seacunnies was speared, and died instantly, the other was wounded :
Mr. Luttrell had a very narrow escape, a spear having passed through his hat : - thus overpowered, the malays took possession of the boat, and immediately deprived
them of their property, the sextant, log book some plate and clothes keeping them in a prow exposed to a burning sun, without any covering,
and with only a small quantity of sago, during three days ; after which they were taken on shore to the house of a rajah on an island
named Sube, where they remained in a state of slavery, entirely naked, and subsisting on sago
until the 20th of April, on which day the ra- jah sailed in a prow for Rhio, taking with
him Mr Luttrell and the seacunny : they arrived at that place, after a tedious passage of
25 days, nearly famished.
Their distresses however, were her allevi ated by Mr. Kock of Malacca who treated them in the kindest manner and the ship Kaudree, Captain Williamson, arriving the following day, bound for Malacca, they ob- tained a passage for that port.
The Betsey was lost in Lat 8 49N. long. 114 E4 E.
A London paper of the 11th of last May
acquaints us with the death of the French Admiral Villeneuve ; who being permitted by the British Government to return to France,
put an end to his existence at Rennes on the 9th of the same month.
A Penang paper dated the 25th of October mentions that Sir Thomas Troubridge Bart intended shortly to proceed to the Cape for the purpose of taking the naval command there.