On Tuesday, the Vestry of St. Martin's, Birmingham, with one- dissentient voice, agreed to petition Parliament against the compulsory payment of church-rates. . The resolutions and petition were moved by Mr. Pare, and seconded by Mr. Edmonds.' The Rector refused to Putt the question ; and the chair was in consequence taken by the Reverend Mr. Morgan.
There was what our contemporary the Globe calls a " mob-assail- meat" of the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday, in the archiepisco- pal city. His Grace had gone to Canterbury, with a view to hold a pri- mary visitation of his diocese. Ile was received with • great state by. the Magistrates ; who, distrustful of the intentions of the people, sur- rounded the Guildhall with barricades, to keep them off. The same overflowing zeal for the peace of the town seems to have urged their-sin ordering a sailor into custody, who was walking down the street, with- out, as the account goes, giving or intending offence to magistrate or priest. The people, with their usual discrimination, instead of visiting this piece of officiousness on the head of the author of it, turned their entire indignation towards Dr. Howley, whose carriage they 'pelted from the Guildhall to the Palace with all manner of filth. No damage was dune to the Archbishop ; but the coach was Much disfigured, and one of the windows broken. Dr. Howley is an Anti-Reformer; but lie is a learned, pions, and good man ; and nothing can be • more dis- graceful than to treat him with a rudeness and violence which the Devonshire clowns did not dream of offering even to Bishop Philipotts. The " Canterbury film" has yet to be wiped off.
His Majesty has granted an annuity of 300/. to the widow of the late Mr. Fairies, of South Shields.—Newcastle Journal.
A Conservative society was established at Hull on Monday. .
R. .Arkwright, Esq., has ordered his steward to ascertain the total number of sheep which died in consequence of the rot, upon his estates in Sutton, Duckmauton, and Normanton, Derbyshire; and at his late audit returned to each tenant ten shillings per head.—Nottingham Re- view.
The change of wind has brought in a complete fleet of merchant- men, which have been beating about in the Irish Channel for many days. On Sunday and Monday, not less than 104 vessels entered the river.—Liverpool Times.
On Saturday /miming, a smart shock of an earthquake was felt at Waverham, Davenham' Sandiway Bank, Delamere Forest, and Tar- porky. So great was the vibration, that a poor blind and deaf woman at W ;twain= called out to ask why they shook her bed so violently. The mansion at Sandiway Bank, the residence of W. H. Worthington, Esq., vibrated perceptibly several seconds. On Delamere Forest, some labourers in the fields were astonished at the motion of the trees; and at a farm-house, near Tarporley, the vibration was so great as to burst open the locks of two cupboards in the parlour.— Chester Chronicle.
On Wednesday last week, at Bradnich, Devonshire not less than forty-five dwelling-houses, together with the Guildla:11, the Baptist- Chapel, and the Gaol, were reduced to a heap of ruins ; the whole of Mill Street (both sides) was burnt down ; a millwright, named Inger- sent, fell a sacrifice to the flames. At Knighton, near Chudleigh, en. the following day, between fifteen and twenty houses were destroyed by fire.—Shrewsbury Chronicle.
The Shannon whaler, Captain Davey, from Hull, has been totally- lost ; being struck by an iceberg in the Northern Ocean, with a fearful. destruction of human life.
Last week a female belonging to Paisley, while bathing at Largs, was carried out of her depth and sunk. A gentleman sprung from a sailing-yacht, brought her to the surface, and conveyed her safely:to the shore, where she soon recovered.—Greenock Adverliser.
At Stockport, on Sunday morning, a man named Thomas Songe in a fit of jealousy, cut his wife's throat, and afterwards his own. There were six children of the unhappy pair in the house at the time ; one of whom, a girl about eleven years of age, was in the same room and saw the murder committed. The other children were asleep in an ad- joining room. The child states, that soon after her father and mother went to bed, she heard a long conversation between them, in the course of which they quarrelled ; and Songe taxed his wife with having suffered the apprentices to take liberties with her ; which she denied, and spoke of the absurdity of such a charge. He persisted in it, and told her that if she confessed he would forgive her, but if not he would murder her that night. She replied that, not being guilty, she would not confess to guilt ; upon which he jumped out of bed, and ran to the cupboard for the razor. The child screamed, and begged him not to put his threat in execution ; but he threatened her, that if she did not hold her tongue, he would cut her throat also.