Sir Philip Sydney, the King's son-in-law, has been appointed to
the office of Surveyor-General of the Duchy of Coniwall, vacant by the death of Mr. Timothy Brent. [ Of course this is no sinecure, or it would have been abolished, according to the oft-repeated pledges of Ministers. Sir P. Sydney therefore will, we have no doubt, take up his residence in the neighbourhood of the tin misses, without delay, and set himself seriously at work to discharge his" important duties.] Sir Henry Hardinge, having the advantage of being a hearty Tory, and it boson) friend of the " dear. Duke," has been appointed to the command of the 97th Regiment, over the heads of fifteen other Major-Generals, many of them men distinguished for their services as soldiers, but unknown as politicians. The Horse Guards, in fact, is a regular Conservative establishment. The Military Secretary to the Commander of the Forces, Lord Fitzroy Somerset, under the direc- tion of the Duke, is supposed to have nearly the whole of the patron- age at his disposal.
The Committee upon the Oxford election having displaced Mr. Stonor, upon the ground of bribery, a new election for that place com- menced yesterday. The candidates are Mr. Hughes Hughes, Mr- Towneley, a Roman Catholic, and Mr. Maclean, a Conservative. At ten o'clock yesterday, the state of the poll was—for Hughes, 130; Maclean, 54; Towneley, 46.
Mr. John Charles Ramsden has been returned for the Borough of Melton, vacated by Viscount Milton, who has been elected member for the Northern division of Northamptonshire; in the room of his father, now Earl Fitzwilliam.