A. Court of Directors'was held at the East India House on Wed- nesdaywhen the following ships were thus timed. Inglis, for Bengal. and aim, to be afloat on the lath instant, sail to Gravesend the 24th instant, stay there twenty-one days, and be in the Downs on the 14th of January ; Scaleby Castle, for China direct, be afloat on the 4th of March, sail to Gravesend on the 25th of March stay there twenty-one days, and be in the Downs on the lath of 461. Captain Joseph: Dudman was sworn into the command of the ship Inglis.
At a meeting of the subscribers to Lloyd's, held on Wednesday, the sum of 105/. was voted from their funds towards the subscription for the distressed widows and children at Shetland, and 50/. to the Arctic land expedition.
On crossing London Bridge from the Southwark side to the City, the wide avenue named William Street leads up to Great Eastchcap which forms the intersecting street on the north. On the left, or western side, a new range of buildings is erecting, bending to the north.. west : from these a 11CW street is to branch off, diagonally, from the re- maining angle of Cannon Street to the Mansionheuse. On the right, or east side, a str—t is to fall into Graeechurch Street. The interval between these two streets will be an ornamental frantage, a little re- tired from the present northern line of Great Easteheap. Corre-;- sponding- with the north and south line of new buildings Ort,the east, will be a similar line on the west. The entrance into Gracechurett Street, frail William Street, forms at present nearly a right angle with Cannon Street ; consermently, to make the branch street, before that Side can correspond with the other, some of the houses at that end of Gracechurch Street must be removed. It is intended to take down the corner one' occupied by Messrs. Naish and Blenkinsop, which is to be set a little back. Sir R. Smirke is the architect under whose superin-, tendenee these new buildings are being erected.
On Monday evening, the anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy, the distribution of prizes for the intermediate year (the grand distribution being only biennial) took place, when the following rewards were adjudged :—
To Mr. Frost, a silver medal, and copies of the Lectures of Barry, Opie, and Fussell, for the best copy in the school of painting.
To Mr. Hartnall, a silver menial, for the secoad best copy. To Mr. Novell°, a silver medal, for the best ■Irawing from the life.
To Mr. Brandon, a silver medal, f r a drawing of the principal front of the Bank. To Mr. Horsley, a silver medal, for the best drawing from the antive. To Mr. Picketsgill, a silver medal, for the best model from the antique. The number of houses at this time untenanted in some of the hitherto most sought-for parts of the town, both for residence and business, is quite appalling.—Hcrald. A young woman, named Jane Thomas, attempted to drown herself in the Thames, at London Midge, on Wednesday night about ten o'clock. Buck, a watchman of Bridewell, saw her go down the north-west stairs; and, following her, asked her business. She at first answered pertly, but afterwards said sine was to wait there for a young man ; and on being told. the Maaistrates would not allow any persons to wait down there after dark, she exclaimed, " Then I must !" and rushed to plunge into the water. Buck-, however, caught hold of her clothes, and took her to the Compter. On questioning her, she admitted that she had twice attempted to poison herself, but had been saved by the prompt use of the stomach-pump.Hera/d.
Another young lady, named Hutchinson, who was attempting the seine prank in the course of the week, was also saved. In her pocket, which it is the rule to search on such occasions for the benefit of the gentle- men of the press, was found the following bit of sentimentalism— •
"My dear Father—The reason that has induced me to commit so vile and fatal au act is, because I have been disappointLvl in matrimony by the lamented death of my sincere and affectionate lover, Thome Anderson Mitchell, late of High Holborn. E was to have been married on Friday, the ad of last month, had he not died the pre. ceding Tuesday ; and his death so preyed upon my mind, that his spirit is continually haunting me. I cannot rest night or day, either in bed or up, for him. • I have hail other lovers besides Mr. Mitchell, but none to equal him; and, in my opinion, thew, never was one to equal him, or ever will Inc in tints world. He has gone a true and sin; care lover, and his loss nill not be felt by me alone. but severely felt by the poor. Ati death has terminated his fate, mine must now end: so Etrewell to all my friends, and accept of the same yourself, from your affectionate daughter, "
[We would strongly advise the friemls of these young women to prie them :on a strict regimen of boards-scouring, carpet-beating, Wry
snaking, and clothes-washing, with an antiphlogistic diet of bread and water, for the next six months. Such course of cure has been tried and found infallible.] On Monday morning, while the clerks were engaged in the County Treasurer's office, ClerkenWell 'Green, a woman entered in great haste, and, laying an infant on the desk of one of the clerks, she ran away, leaving the child, which is about ten months old.
About seven o'clock on Sunday evening, a fire suddenly burst forth from the house of Mr. Riley, a jack-screw maker in Church Row, St. George's in the East,, which in a short time spread with such rapidity that the house, furniture, and steiek were destroyed. The family were absent when the flames were discovered. The house of Messrs. Cheesemau and Joyce, pawnbrokers, adjoining, was in danger for some time, and a great number of people earnestly implored that their pledges should be delivered up, and much excitement prevailed. The request of the poor people was refused ; and the firemen, by their unwearied exertions, saved the premises.
On Wednesday, a young lady, between thirteen and, fourteen years of age, the second daughter of Mr. 'Edward Sinton, George Street, i Portman Square, while in the act of placing some papers n a card- rack over the mantelpiece, set fire to her clothes. In a few seconds she was enveloped in one entire flame; and, in this dreadful situation, rushed into the passage uttering the most piercing shrieks. Her fa- ther ran to her assistance ; and, with great presence of mind, snatched down a travelling cloak that was banging in the ball, and, wrapping it round her, succeeded in putting out the flames ; but the injuries she sustained were so serious, that she was not expected to survive.
On Sunday afternoon, between two and three o'clock, an alarming fire broke out in the shop of Mr. Tucker, oil and colourman, York i Street, Westminster, which n a short time communicated to the house No. 39, occupied by Mr. 'Miller, staymaker, and also No. 41, belong- ing to Mr. Price, butcher. The fire burnt with great rapidity ; and by three o'clock the building and stock of Mr. Tucker were entirely destroyed. One of the poor sufferers in the fall of Jossen's houses in the same street, lost his little all in this second alarnity.
On Monday morning, between four and five o'clock, as the crew of the collier brig Pelion, from Sunderland, lying in Elephant Stairs tier, -off Rotherhithe, were about to haul into another birth, one of the ap- prentices, named John Baxter Jones, was sent aloft by the mate to clear the lift from the main-yard. He had gone above scarcely a minute when the mate beard a noise of something heavy falling, and on looking up missed the lad. He immediately ran into the main chains, expecting to find him overboard, but could not see him. At the same time, how- ever, the crew of the Constantine, another ship alongside, hearing some- thing like a crash on deck, were alarmed, and on groping about, found the lad on the deck without any signs of life, and his head crushed in a shocking manner. The Captain of the Pelion instantly sent for me- dical assistance, and before the arrival of a surgeon he very properly bled the boy, but life was extinct.— Times. [The bleeding in such a case,so far from being " very proper," was the mos'L improper thing he could have done.] On Friday last week, Mr. Peter Keir, engineer, of College Street, Camden Town, terminated his existence by shooting himself through the head. The deceased had been formerly in very good circum- stances; but from various misfortunes he had latterly been reduced to the greatest state of want, which preyed heavily on his mind.
An elderly female was surrounded by a gang of pickpockets in St. Martin's Lane, on Thursday; and falling in the struggle, was so much injured, that she expired in less than an hour afterwards.