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Their descent was seen for a considerable distance round, and two reports distinctly beard at Hillsborough, a distance of thirty miles. A fragment, weighing a pound and three quarters, struck a tree in the new ground of a Mr. Taylor, near where some woodcutters were at work, who, apprehending the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, ran home without once looking behind them. Encouraged, however, by a woman, whose curiosity was superior to her fears, they returned with her to the place, and brought away the stone, which was still hot. It is of a dark brown colour, porous, and contains iron. The rivers and lakes of the lower pro vinces of Venezuela and Caraccas are full of the electrical eels, called Tremblados by the Spaniards, and Anguilles Tremblantes by the French colonists of Guiana. They are also found in the smaller lakes which are scattered at intervals in the vast plains that lie between the rivers Oronoco and Apura. The ancient road which led near Urittica has been abandoned, on account of the dangers run by those who crossed the waters, in which the mules were suddenly struck with an invisible commotion, rendered paralytic, and often drowned. Very often the fisherman received an electric shock, the conductor of which was his line. The electrical eel is six feet long. The Indians have so great a dread of this creature, and such repugnance to approach it while living, that M. de Humboldt had the utmost difficulty to obtain subjects for his experiments. He waited several days for this purpose in the little town of Calaboza, having learned that here they abounded. The owner of

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the house where he lodged exerted himself to procure some, but in vain. At length be resolved to repair to the spot where these eels were met with. Here occurred a spectacle of the newest description, and most extraordinary kind. About thirty mules and horses had been quickly driven toge ther from the neighbouring savannahs, where they live almost in a wild state, and are so numerous that the price of any one is but seven shillings, when the proprietor can be ascertained. The Indians, by driving them on all sides, forced them to seek refuge in the water, where they kept them by presenting harpoons fixed at the end of long canes, and by violent shoutings. The elec trical eels, roused by this tumult, rose to the surface of the water, and swimming abou like so many livid serpents, pursued the luckless quadrupeds, and gliding under their bellies, communicated the most violent and rapid shocks. The terrified horses, suffering agonies, raising their manes, and flashing fire from their straining eye-balls, rolling in pain, in vain endeavoured to escape. Ir less than five minutes two of them sun under the water, and were drowned. Vic tory seemed now to declare for the gymnoti But their activity began to diminish: fatigue by the repeated exertions of their nervou energy, they less frequently discharge their electric fluid. The horses which ha survived the early attacks, gradually recc vered their strength, and at the end of a hour the gymnoti retired from the comba in such a state of languor and exhaustion that they were without difficulty drawn to th shore by cords, having hooks at their ends.

LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

TEEOLOGY.

Cookson's Book of Common Prayer; with the Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England; with a Table of Contents, by means of which a child may refer to any particular part. No. 1. 9d.

A Refutation of Calvinism; in which the Doctrines of Original Sin, Grace, Regeneration, Justification, and Universal Redemption, are explained; and the peculiar tenets maintained by Calvin, upon these points, are proved to be contrary to Scripture, to the writings of the Ancient Fathers of the Christian Church, and to the Public Formularies of the Church of England. By George Toulmine, D. D. F. R. S. Lord Bi

shop of Lincoln, and Dean of St. Paul London. 8vo. 12s.

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MISCELLANEOUS.

A Picturesque Voyage to India, by th Way of China. By Thomas Daniel, R. A and William Daniel, A. R. A. Folio, with fif engravings, 121.

The New Chronicles of England ar France. By Robert Fabyan. Named himself the Concordance of Histories. R printed from Pynson's edition of 1516:0 first part collated with the edition of 15 and 1559, and the second with a manuscri of the author's own time, as well as the su sequent editions: including the differe Continuations: with a Biographical and I terary Preface. By Henry Ellis. 4to. 31.

The remainder of the List of New Publications will be inserted in our next

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

BRISTOL AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY.

Tuz first anniversary of this society was held on the 7th instant, Philip Protheroe, Esq. the mayor, in the chair. The report of the committee for the preceding year was truly gratifying, and evinced the high degree of seal and activity which they and the officers of the society had etaployed in conducting in affairs, as well as the great liberality of the inhabitants of Bristol and its vicinity, In the support they have given to it. The Rev. Mr. Owen, who was present, in an minated and highly impressive speech, laid before the meeting an able and luminous expasition of the measures adopted by the parent society, and its auxiliary societies throughout the world; in the frigid, and in the torrid zones; from Labrador to Pega, and from Chili to Kamschatka. The meeting came to several unanimous resolutions, confirming their past proceedings, ordering the repart now read to be printed, and returning thanks to the Bishop of Bristol, their president, and to the other officers of the society, and also to Mr. Owen, Mr. Hughes, and Mr. Steinkopff, the secretaries of the parent institution.

EDINBURGH BIBLE SOCIETY,

The committee of this Society, some time , remitted two donations of 501, sterling, the Evangelical Society at Stockholm, to be employed in diffusing the sacred Scripare among the poor of Sweden. They have lately received an answer, acknowledging the receipt of these sums, in the warmest terms of gratitude. The following is an extract, translated from the French. "The committee of the Evangelical So-, ciety, bave charged us to express their most vely gratitude, and to present the respects des to your noble sentiments, and your ardent zeal in diffusing on the earth the salutary doctrine contained in the Holy Scriptures, which we have the happiness of revering with you, as the only touch-stone, of all life-giving wisdom, and of all divine

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ready taken steps, which enable us to assure you, that, for the half of your donation, (i, e. 50. sterling), about 1200 bound copies of the Books of the New Testament shall be found, about the end of this current year, among the hands of the poor, who, withoot doubt, will thank, with all their hearts, the donors of these precious (etrennes) newyear's gifts. The remainder of the sum shall be similarly disposed, according to your orders, as soon as an occasion pre

sents itself.

"You will learn with joy, undoubtedly, that, in every part of our country, the demands for our copies of the New Testament, (the Old being not yet finished), are so numerous and so urgent, that, when the third edition, (consisting of 6000, which, with the two preceding, amounts to a quantity of 11,000 copies) shall have left the press, there will still remain, anexecuted, orders for many thousand copies, which will constrain us to put a fourth edition in hands, without delay."

The intelligence lately received by the Edinburgh Bible Society from Ireland, is very encouraging. The Hibernian Bible Society held their annual meeting in Dublin on the 29th ult., when it appeared, ‹ that their disbursements amounted to near 2,800L. Irish, and they came before the public with a balance of no more than 16. 10s. 84. On the morning of that day, however, they were informed of a donation from the Edin-burgh Bible Society of 2001. sterling, which has been acknowledged in terms of the warmest gratitude. This donation is in addition to three former ones, of 100l. each, in all 5001. The Hibernian Bible Society, aided by its various branches, has been the means of circulating, by sale, at low prices, during the current year, no fewer than 5,915 Bibles, and 8,714 Testaments, making a total of 14,629! The demand, so far from ahating, is rapidly increasing; and the sacred Scriptures, are now exposed for sale, and purchased in some of the most popish partò of that country.

HIBERNIAN BIBLE SOCIETY,
The statement contained in the close of the

preceding article, is confirmed in all its parte
by the report of the Hibernian Bible Society
for the last year, which has been recently
published. The meeting, at which this re-

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port was made, was held in the Royal Exchange, Dublin, on the 20th of November Jast, the Bishop of Kildare in the chair. We insert an abstract of the report.

The report rea at the last annual meeting, led the committee to enter on their official duties with strong expectations of success. These expectations have been fully realized.

The committee's first care was to publish the report, with addresses to the people of Ireland at large, explaining the views of the society, and soliciting support. These appeals have not been made without effect.

During the year, two additional branches of the society have been formed; one the Tullamore branch, under the patronage of the Right Hon. the Earl of Charleville; and the other, the Mayo and Tuam branch, under the patronage of his Grace the Arch bishop of Tuam and the Lord Bishop of Killalla. And another right reverend prelate has announced his intention of encouraging a branch of the society in his dio

cese.

In their endeavours to circulate, the Scriptures in Ireland, the society continue to meet with the greatest encouragement and the most effectual co-operation from the friends of religion and social order in other parts of the empire. At the last meeting the liberality of the British and Foreign Bible Society towards this institution was mentioned. Considerable aid has since been received from two Bible Societies in Scot land; the East-Lothian Bible Society and the Edinburgh Bible Society. They also notice the liberality of the Right Hon. Lord Calthorpe, who has presented them with a donation of 501. The support which has thus been received from England and Scotland, while it displays the purest and most .disinterested benevolence in those who have given it, likewise furnishes the society at once with an approbation of its past-labours, and a powerful incentive to future exertion.

It was stated at the last annual meeting, that the issue of Bibles and Testaments from the repository during the year ending November 1809, had nearly doubled that for the former one, and amounted to 9,034 Bibles, and Testaments. The issue of the last twelve months has exceeded that by more than 5,600 Bibles and Testaments. It amounts to 5,915 Bibles and 8,744 Testaments, making a total of 14,659. The society's funds have also considerably increased.

Of the good which has been done by the society, the committee can entertain no

doubt. They have too high an opinion of the word of God to suppose, that from 14 to 15,000 Bibles and Testaments could have been circulated during the last year, withous considerable influence on the religion and morals of those who have purchased them. Nor are they without positive information on this subject. Among other intimations of this kind, a communication from one of the branches of the society states, that ** the members are convinced, that the benefits by the circulation of the Scriptures in their vicinity have been considerable, and they ardently hope for an increased extension."

To conclude the committee have noticed with satisfaction the increasing interest the institution has excited, and the progress it has made under the fostering care of that Providence which has hitherto blessed it, and which they trust will continue to bless its exertions to disseminate among their fellow-countrymen," the law of the Lord, which converteth the soul-the statutes of the Lord, which make wise the simple."

SOCIETY IN SCOTLAND FOR PROPAGATING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS,

We willingly comply with the request of a correspondent, in inserting the following communication.

The friends of that excellent institution, the Society in Scotland for propagating Christian Knowledge in the Highlands and Islands, will learn with pleasure, that on Sanday, the 9th of December last, its cause was eloquently pleaded by the Rev. Mr. Basil Woodd, at Bentinck Chapel, Lisson Green, before a numerous and respectable audience. As soon as the nature and benefits of this institution were made known to this benevolent clergyman, he not only consented to be its advocate, at their last anniversary in May, but, in a manner the most liberal, undertook to make its merits still better known, by another sermon in its behalf. It is highly gratifying to see this institution patronised by able and respectable members of the Church of England. The institution is under the immediate care of the established church of Scotland, and its affairs are managed by her ministers with the greatest economy and effect; and there is little doubt, that, were it sufficiently known, among the members of their sister, church in England, it would receive that extensive and zealous support, which is never withheld by them from any institution, built, like the present, on sound principles, pro

posing as its end the best interests of religion and civil society, and conducted by the approved friends of both.

Its operations are carried on chiefly by means of schoole, planted throughout the remote and unenlightened districts of the North of Scotland, in which schools there are regularly and daily educated, about sisteen thousand children. Its effects have been manifest on the manners and morality of the people, and the advantages attending

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VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. Tax affairs of the Spanish Peninsula have undergone no material change since we took. our last monthly view of them. The fortress of Tortosa, in the province of Catalonia, fell into the hands of the French, almost as soon as the trenches were opened. Its surrender wattributed, with a great appearance of probability, to treachery. The force employed in this siege was destined, it is said, to invest Tarragona.

With a view to diminish the resources of the enemy in Catalonia, a landing was effected from a British squadron in the bay of Palamos, by 600 men, under the command of Capt. Fane, of the Navy; and the batteries and vessels in the bay, consisting of three national vessels, and eight loaded merchantmen, were taken possession of without any loss. The batteries were dismantled, the agazines ashore blown up, and the ships either burnt or brought away. In retiring, however, from a post on a hill which had been occupied, in order to prevent the enemy from interrupting these operations, the men fell into disorder, and, being attacked by a party of the enemy, who had been quiet spectators of all that had passed, 33 of the Den were killed, 89 were wounded, and 86 (ong whom was Capt. Fane himself) were naken prisoners.

In Portugal the hostile armies continue to occupy nearly their former positions, which they are respectively employed in strengthening. The French army is supposed to be again in

of provisions; and it was expected that Massena would attempt to cross the Tagus, and advance into the province of Alentejo, both with a view to relieve the pressure of this want, and to effect a junction with Mortier,

who is said to be advancing with 15 or
to be greatly impeded in his march by the
16,000 men, in the direction of Badajoz, but
Spanish guerillas. It was supposed he would
attack Badajoz. In the north of Portugal
the Portuguese militia had received a check
from a body of French troops, under General
Chaperede, employed in keeping open the rear
of Massena's army.

The death of the Marquis Romana, who
fell a victim to a fever, produced by over-
exertion, and that of the Duke of Albu-
querque, which has since occurred, have
thrown some additional gloom over the
Spanish cause. The Spanish troops with which
Romana had joined Lord Wellington's army,
were detached under General Mendizabel,
to the succour of Badajoz; but, on hearing
of Romana's death, they appear to have
halted.

siege of Cadiz. The Cortez continue their Little or no progress has been made in the deliberations within its walls; but it cannot within the lines of a blockaded city, their be expected that, cooped up as they are sittings should excite much attention, or their decrees produce much effect. In the mean time, the revolutionary struggle in the Spanish provinces of South America seems to be extending, and also to be assuming, we are sorry to say it, a much more sanguinary cha racter. Much blood has been shed in the provinces of Buenos Ayres, Peru, Mexico, and the Caraccas. In the first and last of these provinces, the popular party appear to enjoy the ascendancy; but in Mexico and Peru it is, for the present, retained by the adherents of the mother country.

While such is the state of the Portuguese begun, if we may credit recent rumours, to and Spanish cause, the North of Europe has S 2

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assume a different aspect with regard to Bosiaparte. On these rumours we are not in doed disposed to place much reliance. Their amount is, that a Northern Confederacy, embracing Sweden, Denmark, and Russia, is likely to be formed with a view to their mutual protection from the devouring pretensions of Bonaparte; and that Bernadotte has lent himself to this confederacy. One circumstance; which has led to these surmises, has been a recent relaxation of the rigour of their commercial decrees towards this country, on the part both of Russia and Denmark, But we are inclined to apprehend that this relaxation has no other purpose in view but to excite a disposition in the government and people of this country to renew those

trading speculations which have proved so gainful to the Continent; and so injurious to Great Britain, not only in a political and commercial, but in a moral point of view, Doubtless, when our merchants have been seduced again to risk in the ports of the Continent a sufficient amount of property to render such a measure advantageous, that property will be again confiscated and condemned without scruple.

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Our whole loss consisted in about 70 men
killed and 90 wounded. Six frigates, a cor
vette, and about 30 other ships, chiefly
prizes, were taken possession of by the Br-
fish squadron, under Adnäral Bertier; so
the Trench naval force in the Indian seas,
which has committed so many depredations
during the last 15 years, on our commerce,
is entirely annihilated. Batavia is now, in-
deed, almost the only port in Asia in which a
flag, hostile to Great Britain, can find shelter; e a ar
and it is supposed that General Abercrombie "at
and Admiral Bertier will proceed, without
delay, from the Isle of France, in order to
reduce it. The Dutch Spice islands, Banda,
Amboyna, &c. have already fallen into our
hands. The former of these was carried by
a most gallant coup de main; the attacking
party amounting to not more than a fourth
part of the garrison that surrendered. This 192)
conquest was effected, without any loss, by
small squadron, consisting of two frigates and
a sloop, under Captain Cole.

"The most important occurrence of the present month has been the fall of the Isle of France, the last remaining colony which France possessed in any quarter of the globe. This important conquest was happily gained with very inconsiderable loss. The troops under General Abercrombie first effected a Finding on the 29th of November, and on the 2d of December the French governor proposed terms, which led to the capituFition of the whole colony and its dependen eles on the succeeding day. The only unusual article in the capitulation is that which stipulates that the garrison shall not be considered as prisoners of war; a stipulation which we think to have been perfectly justified on the part of our commanders, by the blood and time which it probably saved,

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Nothing farther has transpired with re-a spect to the state of our relations with America. A Minister (Mr. Foster) has at length been appointed by our Court, to succeed Mr. Jackson, as its representative with the United States; and it may now therefore he hoped that something will be done to heal the irritation that has prevailed between the two countries during the last four years t Mr. Perceval has declared that his Majesty's Government is disposed to make every cable concession to the United States, which does not involve a sacrifice of those maritime rights that are essential to our own existence.

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The only particulars in the internal policy of Bonaparte during the present month, which have attracted our attention, have been a decree imposing fresh restrictions on the press, and one which places all the Female Penitentiary Houses in Paris under the proteption of Madame his mother.

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