The American papers contain a letter from China, dated April
10th, seventeen days later than the accounts received by the regular Indian mail, with extracts from the Chinese papers. Some doubt, but on no stated grounds, is thrown on the authenticity of this intelligence. It seems in part to confirm and in part to contradict that of a later date received this week in London. The Emperor, according to the Ame- rican account, had issued a furious edict, declaring that one or other power must fall ; and he had sent three persons, one of them Yishan, his own nephew, to superintend the extermination of the English at Canton. The two inferior commissioners of extermination arrived in Canton merely to witness the total destruction of the forts ; and they signed a temporary truce, which it was expected would be per force confirmed by Yishan. Canton has been evacuated by all the native
families who could afford to do so : the Mandarin., an to move their goods on the 2d April. Teas were scarce, green reds "very scarce," and prices 30 per cent, higher than last season ; and the Hong mer- chants would only sell for cash. The following official notification, dated April 7th, had been issued at Macao, by Captain Edward Bel- cher, Commander of the Queen's ship Sulphur, to the following effect-
" I am commanded by Sir Le Fleming Senhouse, senior officer, &c., to com- municate to the British merchants at M tcao, that he found every thing at Can- ton satisfactory in relation to the trade, and all going on in harmony, with trifling exception. That he has left a strong force, and made the most cautious arrangements to rescue our countrymen from the factory, and our ships at Whampoa from any attempt unexpectedly made by the Chinese."
Mr. Bligh and Mr. Toole, mates of the Queen's ship Blenheim, and Mr. Field, late chief officer of the schooner Snipe, were murdered near the Nine Islands. The body of Mr. Fir id was found.