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a perplexed and intricate, to a his majesty's subjects in the island of more simple and intelligible fyftem. Newfoundland, to bread, flour, In

To trace this alteration through dian corn, and live stock, to be imevery branch of the business, to ported in none but British-built mark all its effects, that it does not hips, actually belonging to British in anywise difturb the pay of the subjects, and navigated according to army, perplex the accounts, or law, clearing out from ports of his throw difficulties or delay in the majesty's European dominions, and passing them; to point out the steps furnished with a licence according by which it ought gradually and to the form thereunto annexed. methodically to be introduced, is a An act for augmenting and af. work of long serious attention and certaining the income of the rectors accurate examination; but the ap. of the parish church and parochial pearance this plan carries with it of chapel of Liverpool. being practicable, and the advan An act to explain and amend cero tage it holds out to the public, in tain provisions of an act made in the an office, that certainly stands in 24th year of the reign of his preneed of some reform, afford us suf- fent majesty, respecting the better ficient reason for submitting the regulation and management of the consideration of it to the wisdom of affairs of the Eaft India Company. the legislature.

An act for obviating all doubts Guy Carleton, (L. S.) which have arisen, or might arise, T. Anguish, (L. S.) with respect to the exclusive power A. Piggott,

(L. S.) of the Court of Directors of the Rich. Neave, (L. S.) East India Company to nominate Sam. Beachcroft, (L. S.) and appoint the governor general

Geo. Drummond, (L. S.) and council of the prefidency of fort Office of Accounts,

William in Bengal. Surrey-street,

An act for vesting certain sums in loth August 1781.

commissioners at the end of

every quarter of a year, to be by them

applied to the reduction of the naHeads of the principal Acts of Par- tional debt. liament which passed in the 3d Sef

An act for regulating the time of fton of the 16th Parliament of the imprisonment of debtors impri, Great Britain, commencing on the foned by process from courts initi24th of January, 1786.

tuted for the recovery of small debts ;

for abolishing the claim of fees of URTHER continuation, for a gaolers and others, in cases of fuc'h

limited time, of the acts passed imprisonment; and for ascertaining in the 23d and 24th years of his, the qualification of the commit. present majesty's reign, relative to fioners. the commercial intercourse betwixt An act for the further relief of the United States of America and debtors, with respect to the imprihis majelty's dominions.

sonment of their persons; and to An act for confining to a limited oblige debtors who fall continue in time the trade between the ports of execution in prison beyond a certhe United States of America and tain time, and for sums not exceed

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ing what are mentioned in the act, An act for appointing commisto make discovery of, and deliver fioners further to enquire into the apon oath, their estates for their cre- losses and services of all such perditors benefit.

fons who have suffered in their An act for augmenting and fixing rights, properties, and possessions, the salaries of the lords of fession, lords during the late unhappy dissensions commissioners of justiciary, and ba. in America, in consequence of their rons of exchequer, in that part of loyalty to his majesty, and attachGreat Britain called Scotland. ment to the British government.

An act for the further regulation of An act for appointing commisthe trial of persons accused of certain fioners to enquire into the losses of offences committed in the East In- all such persons who have suffered dies; for the repealing so much of an in their properties in consequence act made in the 24th year of the reign of the cession of the province of of his present majefty, intituled, Eaft Florida to the king of Spain. « An act for the better regulation An act to empower the Archbiand management of the affairs of the shop of Canterbury, or the Archbi. East India Company, and of the shop of York, for the time being, British poffeffions in India, and ef. to consecrate to the office of bishop tablishing a court of judicature for persons being subjects or citizens the more speedy and effectual trial of of countries out of his majesty's persons accused of offences commit- dominions. ted in the East Indies ;' and for the An act for appointing commifmore easy proof, in certain cases, fioners to enquire into the state and of deeds and writings executed in condition of the woods, forests, and Great Britain or India.

land revenues, belonging to the An act for appointing commis- crown, and to sell or alienate feefioners further to enquire into the farm and other unimproveable rents. fees, gratuities, perquisites, and An act for incorporating certain emoluments, which are or have been persons therein named, by the name lately received in the several pub- and style of “ The British Society lic offices therein mentioned, to ex for extending of the fisheries, and amine into any abuses which may improving the sea coasts of this Kingexist in the same, and to report such dom ;” and to enable them, when observations as shall occur to them incorporated, to subscribe a joint for the better conducting and ma- stock, and therewith to purchase naging the business transacted in the lands, and build thereon free towns, said offices.

villages, and fishing stations, in the An act for appointing and enabling highlands and ifands in that part commissioners further to examine, of Great Britain called Scotland, take, and state, the public accounts of and for other purposes, the kingdom.

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Character * of Dr. Samuel Johnson. haps the elevation of the thought

Extracted from Mrs. Piozzi's would have been disgraced by a dress Anecdotes concerning him.

less fuperb. He used to say, “ that

the fize of a man's understanding T is usual, I know not why, when might always be justly measured by

a character is given, to begin his mirth;' and his own was never with a description of the person ; contemptible. He would laugh at a that which contained the soul of Mr. stroke of genuine humour, or sudden Johnson deserves to be particularly fally of odd absurdity, as heartily described. His stature was remark- and freely as I ever yet fqw any man, ably high, and his limbs exceeding- and though the jelt was often such ly large: his strength was more than as few felt besides himself, yet his common I believe, and his activity laugh was irresistible, and was obhad been greater I have heard than served immediately to produce that such a form gave one reason to ex- of the company, not merely from the pect : his features were strongly notion that it was proper to laugh marked, and his countenance parti. when he did, but purely out of want cularly rugged; though the original of power to forbear it. He was no complexion had certainly been fair, enemy to fplendour of apparel or a circumstance fomewhat unusual: pomp of equipageLife (he his fight was near, and otherwise would say) is barren enough surely imperfect; yet his eyes, though of with all her trappings ; let us therea light grey colour, were fo.wild, so fore be cautious how we strip her.” piercing, and at times fo fierce, that In matters of itill higher moment fear was I believe the first emotion he once observed, when speaking on in the hearts of all his beholders. the subject of sudden innovation,His mind was fo comprehensive, that “He who plants a foreit may doubtno language but that he used could less cut down a hedge; yet I could have expressed its contents; and so wish methinks that even he would ponderous was his language, that wait till he sees his young plants lentitnents less lofty and less folid grow.than his were, would have been en With regard to common occurcumbered, not adorned by it.

rences, Mr. Johnson had, when I Mr. Johnson was not intentionally first knew him, looked on the still

er a pompous converser; and shifting scenes of life till he was thoug he was accused of using big weary; for as a mind flow in its

as they are called, it was only own nature, or unenlivened by in

little ones would not expreis formation, will contentedly read in his me aning as clearly, or when per- the fame book for twenty times per* In

our preceding volume there is a character of Dr. Johnson, hy Mr. Bof

The characters of eminent men become the more interefting, from being delineated by such different persons as had the best opportunities of knowing them. Volu XXVIII.

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