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The Gresham Committee received, on Friday, the report of the Sub- Committee respecting the arrangements for laying the first stone of the Royal Exchange. The ceremony is fixed for the 17th January ; -when Prince Albert has consented to lay the first stone of the building. The spot is to be as near as possible to the actual site of the foundation-stone, of the old Exchange, which was laid by Gliarille cfruka, An amphitheatre containing seats for the ac-

corn tion of 1 20d .visiters has been constructed round the spot. VroCifed and decorated in the manner of a tent.

• Way to the arena from Cornhill, where the cT,he company are to assemble between the YA1 two, Prince Albert will be met at the dermen„thence to proceed in pro- 460 entrance at Comhill. A banquet will be given in the evening, at the Mansionho

four hundred cards of invitation have been issued.

A deputation from the weavers of Spitalfields waited on e Lord Mayor, at the Mansionhouse, on Wednesday, to solicit an immediate distribution of the funds subscribed for the relief of the unemployed weavers and their families. The deputation were received by Alderman Wilson, in the absence of the Lord Mayor. They complained that several private and select meetings had been held without reference to the local committee. The deputation also declared the distress to be increasing to so alarming an extent, that if relief were not administered without further delay, the most fearful results might be anticipated. Alderman Wilson said that the Lord Mayor was in some difficulty with regard to the distribution of the funds at his disposal. Several deputa- tions had waited upon him, all anxious V) have the money at their dis- posal; but be would not part with the contributions without the colipe- ration of Mr. Hanbury and the other influential friends of the poor belonging to the district. At a meeting at which Mr. Hanbury had presided, it had been resolved that the existing distress was not so urgent as to call for the immediate distribution of the funds, and that it would be better to delay the relief for a week or two ; as the distress would probably increase : however, Mr. Hanbury had since written to the Lord Mayor, expressing himself willing that the business of distri- bution should be commenced. With no better satisfaction, the deputa- tion withdrew. Maurice Pitcher, a clerk in the mercantile house of Eyre and Massie, in Philadelphia, was brought up at the Mansionhouse yesterday, on a charge of forgery. He had forged checks in the name of his employers upon various American banks, to the amount of 13,200 dollars, and absconded with the proceeds. Four-fifths of the property was found upon him at Liverpool when he was arrested. His brother Augustus accompanied him, and has also been arrested. They were remanded till Monday.