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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.