1 DECEMBER 1849, Page 9



The Paris correspondent of the Times communicates the important in- telligence, that the French Government has given notice to the British Government of its intention to exercise the right conveyed by the tenth article of the Joint Slave-trade Prevention Treaty, to discontinue the mainte- nance of its contingent to the joint blockade squadron on the West coast of Africa at the end of the first five years: that period will expire on the 29th of May 1850. The Times of this morning follows up the announce- ment in a paper so decidedly applauding the French Government for re- linquishing the fruitless blockade, that it may be taken as indication of Lord Palrnerston's tardy assent to the abandonment.

It is believed that the vexatious system of passports between England and France will be so far modified as to remove most of the inconveniences.. so often and with so much reason complained of by English. travellers.-:-0 Times Correspondent at Paris.

The Moniteur the Soir of Thursday contradicts the report of the Presi- dent's speech to the newly-made Prefects, as published in the Cridit.

A telegraphic despatch was transmitted from Paris on Thursday to re- call 4,000 men of the French army in Rome forthwith. It has been said that the men have not proper quarters for the winter.

The Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany has proclaimed an amnesty for all crimes of high treason and other political offences committed up to the 21st of last month, subject to several exceptions, including ringleaders and offenders against the religion of the state.

We learn from an authentic source at Berlin, that the Prussian Govern- ment has declared to the Danish Cabinet that it is indispensable to the carrying out of the negotiations for peace, to enter into a correspondence with the Stadtholdership of Holstein ; that if this be not done, the Prus- sian troops will be withdrawn next month, the negotiations for peace on the side of Prussia broken off, and Denmark carry on the negotiations di- rect with the Dutchies. By the lot December, the island of Alsen is to be placed on a footing of war; Sonderburg is to be palisaded, the entrench- ments armed with troops, and quarters have been bespoken for 10,000 men; the estate of Rowhof alone is to provide for 260 men. The Danish soldiers seem to have lost all spirit.—Letter frotn Flensburg, Nov. 24.

The Saxon Chambers were opened by the King in person on the 26th of November. The King's speech disappointed public expectation, from its formal tone and barrenness.