The reversionary sinecure in the Prerogative Court in Doctors' Com- mons, to which the son of the Speaker will succeed on the death of its present possessors, is of very great amount. Dr. Moore, Arch- bishop of Canterbury, divided the profits between three of his sons during their lives. There are three or four deputies, each of whom has from 1,000/. to 1,400/. per annum. With the exception of Register of the Court of Admiralty, held by Lord Arden, who, during the war, received nearly 40,000/. a year, it is the most productive sinecure in the kingdom. [The bill by which the reversion was granted, was introduced, if we recollect aright, about three years ago, and carried through by the Duke of Wellington's Administration. As the son of Mr. Sutton will have 3,000/. a year certain, the present time is perhaps the best that could be chosen to abolish the sinecure. The mere reversion, we should suppose, is not worth to him a greater sum.] Nothing could exceed the friendly reception given to Lord Durham on his arrival a St. Petersburg. The Emperor Nicholas not only visited him in person on board—a compliment very unusual—but, find- ing the crew of the Talavera at their dinner, insisted on drinking our - King's health in grog, and immediately invited Lord Durham and his family to a splendid fete at his palace at Peterhoff, and to the review of his army in the neighbourhood. The negotiation is proceeding with the most perfect good temper and feelieg.—Globc.
The Grenadier and flank companies, Foot Guards, marched from 1 town to Hounslow Common, on Thursday ; and were to pitch their tents in Windsor Park yesterday. They .muster fourteen com-
panies, eighty men each. It is expected they will remain in camp four days. The two regiments of Horse Guards, and the Eleventh Foot, lately returned from Corfu, will be present at the encampment, and de- tachments from other regiments. The troops will perform their various evolutions as on service—sham fights,' storming of garrisons, &T. [The Globe says all these will be represented as near to reality as pos- sible. It is perhaps to be regretted that Windsor is so quiet a borough. Could a good sound Tory candidate, like Mr. Irving, be got up for it, the town might be submitted to a partial sack, and some twenty or thirty obstinate Reformers have their cars sliced off, as at Clitheroe, in order to exhibit, as near to reality as possible, the capture of a borough as well as the storming of a garrison.]
We were wrong in announcing the close of Covent Garden Theatre last week. Laporte still keeps it open—making hay while the sun shines.
At the conclusion of La Sylphide, on Monday evening, Taglioni
proceeded to the Tower Stairs, accompanied by her father and brother, and embarked on board a steam-packet for Calais, on her way to Paris. Iler suitor, the son of a peer of France, went passenger by the same vessel. M. Laporte accompanied Mademoiselle Taglioni to the packet, -which left the river at two o'clock on Tuesday morning. It is rumoured that Mademoiselle has already become the bride of the gentleman to 'whom we have alluded, a mutual attachment having long subsisted between them.
Mr. Kemble and his daughter Fanny sailed from Liverpool for New York on Wednesday last week.
Mr. H. Forester died on Saturday morning in consequence of the injury he received from an attempt to hang himself on Thursday. Several months ago, he made a will, in which he bequeathed his body to a surgeon of Portsmouth, "to be anatomized, skeletonized, or other- asvise appropriated to such surgical operations as he might deem proper." In reference to this bequest, he wrote to his executor the following in- structions. " On my decease, you will send to Mr. Martell to remove the carcass, to be disposed of as he may think fit. In case Mr. Mar- tell does not remove the carcass within twenty-four hours after my de- cease, you will offer it to any other professional person ; and in the event of your not getting a customer, you will cause it to be sewed up .in old canvass, and to be sunk off St. Helena or the Needles, as the
tide may suit, always observing to confine the eXpense within two pounds."—Portsmouth Herald of Sunday.
In the Swiss canton of Fribourg, a short time ago, the thermometer, after having risen to 25 degrees Reaumur, fell to the freeziegloint, so• that in the marshy places the potatoes vere frozen.
Don Pedro, during his stay in this country, raised a large sum from a Jew capitalist, with whom he left in pledge jewels and plate of great amount, and other property, including his carriages.—Globe.
Colonel Murat, son of the late King of Naples, embarked on Thurs- day at Falmouth, in the Zephyr, for Oporto, to join the Constitutional troops.
The remains of the Duke of Reichstadt lay in state on the 24th July, in the church of the Palace at Schoenbrunn. In the evening of the same day, the heart was deposited in the Loretto Chapel of the church of the Augustines, the entrails at St. Stephen's ; and the bcdy in the Imperial family vault in the Capuchin Church. The crowd to see the body lie in state was great. The Archduchess Maria Louisa set out on the 24th for Persenberg, whence she was to return by way of Innspruck to Parma.— Vienna Journals.
THE GRAND TOUIt.—The .7Ifessager des Chambrtes of Thursday fortnight, contained a paragraph respecting the intended occupation of Constance by an Austrian army with 128 pieces of artillery, which it accompanied by certain remarks on the distance between Constance and the confines of France. We gave the substance of the paragraph this day fortnight, and this day week noticed the fact of the account having received no confirmation. The Sentinelle Genevoise quoted the account verbatim from the Messager ; Galignani copied it from the Sentinelle ; on Thursday morningot figured in the Times, under the head of " Express from Paris, half-past three a. at." copied from Galignani ; and on Thursday evening it appeared in theGlobe, where we leave it
11(j, Coste, one of the editors of the Temps, Paris newspaper, having given some offence to the nice feelings of the police, by an article on their conduct, six of them paid him a visit, and, according to his state- ment, not merely abused, but struck him. The Commissary ( Super- intendent) of Police denied the nudeness and the blow, and a challenge was the consequence. The meeting took place on Wednesday. M. Benoit, the Commissary, was attended by the chief clerk of the private oflice . of the Prefecture of Police, and another Commissary. The seconds to M. Caste were Dr. Pasquier and M. V. Schoeler, a man of letters. The parties were placed at fifty paces from each other, with an understanding that they were to advance to the distance of twenty paces. Both having arrived at this point, M. Benoit desired M. Coste to fire ; this, however, he declined, and the seconds desired that they should fire together at a signal. The two shots went off within a second of each other : the ball of M. Benoit went through the collar of the coat of M. Coste, while that of M. Costa entered the right side of his adversary, and went through his body, coining out on the left side about three inches higher. He died next day.
Galignani's Messenger of Friday the 3d, says—" The thermometer of M. Clievallier marked ón Wednesday, at midnight, 15 5-10 degrees . above zero, Reaumur, or 67 degrees Fahrenheit ; yesterday morning, at six- o'clock, 15 degrees R., or 66f degrees F.; - at noon, 23 3-10 de- grees R., or 85 degrees F.; at one o'clock, 24 5-10 degrees R., or 86 degrees F.; at two o'clock, 242-10 degrees R., or 861 degrees F. Soon . after five, a thunderstorm came on [the very time it commenced in Lon- don] and the rain fell heavily: but it soon passed over, the thunder and lightning being far from violent."
President Jacksbn has refused his assent to the law which renews the charter of the National Bank of the United States. His principal reason is, that three years and a half have yet to elapse before the pre- sent charter expires.
It appears by a proclamation of the Governor of Illinois to the citize • of that State, that a bloody engagement had taken place between the hostile Sacks and Foxes and a detachment Of volunteers. Fifty-two of the latter were killed, among whom were two Colonels, one Major, and one Captain. A private letter says, that the "Indians were ap- proaching Chicaco, and intended to cut their way through to Canada." —Upper Canada Herald.
A grand square has been completed at Algiers ; it is 170 yards long by 70 wide. The principal mosque was blown up to make way for the square.
According to the accounts from Sydney (New South Wales) which came down to the 27th of February, the conduct of General Bourke, the new Governor, .seems to have given great satisfaction. Among other reforms, be has directed publicity to be given to the proceedings of the Colonial Council, which were previously kept secret. The Caledonia schooner, on her passage to Torres Straits to collect the wreck of the America, was boarded while in Morton Bay by a party of convicts, and taken with her crew out to sea; she was victualled for four months. The Zebra man-of-war was about to proceed in quest of the pirates.