The rearrangement of the entire Ministry has lingered throughout the week ; but the Cabinet would seem to have been completed by Wednes- day. The changes that have taken place are these: Lord John Russell goes to the Colonial Office ; Sir George Cornwall Lewis becomes Chancellor of the Exchequer ; Sir Charles Wood, First Lord of the Admiralty ; Mr. Vernon Smith, President of the Board of Con- trol. The Presidency of the Board of Trade is filled by the ap- pointment of Lord Stanley of Alderley ; the Chief Secretaryship for Ire- land, by Mr. Horsman ; the Secretaryship of the Board of Control, by Mr. Danby Seymour. Mr. W. Cowper succeeds Mr. Fitzroy at the Home Department. It is stated that the Lordship of the Treasury vacated by. Lord Alfred Hervey has been declined by Mr. Monckton Milnes; that the Clerkship of the Ordnance has been declined by Mr. Laing ; and the Vice-Presidency of the Board of Trade by Mr. Charles Villiers. 5 Robert Peel is said to be appointed Under-Secretary for the Colonies. Lord St. Germans has resigned his post as Lord-Lieutenant of Irelat; and Lord Carlisle has been appointed his successor. The Chancello4P of the Duchy of Lancaster will therefore be vacant. Some change has taken place in the Irish Law-offices. By the rte. tion of Mr. Brewster, Mr. Keogh becomes Attorney-General, fleforf. J. D. Fitzgerald succeeds him as Solicitor-General.
Sir William Burnett, K.H., after serving thirty-three years chi, the Naval Medical Department, has placed his resignation in t"'"`"' of Government.
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Yesterday' the 2Ymes Lord Lucan arrived in London on Thug,' Raglan, complaining published a copy of a letter addressed by him The second Supplement to the London Gazette of Tuesdaltine.stainnso eared proclamation by the Queen "for a day of solemn fast, efholirehArn:fghty prayer." It ordains that Wednesday the 21st instant " served— " That so both we and our people may humble oursel
of the use of the phrase "misconception of instructions" in his despatch accounting for the Light Cavalry charge at Balaklava. Lord Lucan says that on receiving the order from Captain Nolan he urged the uselessness of such an attack ; whereupon Captain Nolan said, authoritatively, that he was to attack immediately. " I asked him ' Where, and what to do ?' as neither enemy nor guns were within sight. He replied, in a most disrespectful but significant manner, pointing to the further end of the valley, There, my Lord, is your enemy ; there are your guns.' " Lord Lucan considers this positive, and says that he dared not disobey an order written by his commander, and "given from an elevated position com- manding an entire view of all the batteries and the position of the enemy." This letter, it is stated, Lord Lucan, when asked, declined to withdraw; Lord Raglan referred the matter home ; and the Duke of Newcastle and Lord Hardinge thought it would be inexpedient to retain in command a general of cavalry so seriously disagreeing with his imme- diate.superior : hence the reed of Lord Lucan.
The deaths registered last week amounted to 1604, against 1475 in the previous week; an increase of 129. "The season of cold," says the Re- gistrar-General, "has now, we may hope, passed over. Its effects have been seen in the tables of the last six weeks, when the deaths of 9408 persons have been registered. Those deaths exceed the average by 1968; which appear under various diseases, and were the effects of low tempe- rature."
Lord Palmerston gave a grand banquet on Saturday to the Prince of Nassau and a distinguished circle; and Lady Palmerston held an assembly. The guests at the Speaker's banquet on Saturday were of a miscellaneous cast as to politics.
The Fox Club had their second dinner of the season, at Brooks's, on Saturday.
General La Marmora, the commander of the Sardinian contingent, about to proceed to the Crimea, arrived in London on Monday.
The Countess Walewski held an assembly at the French Embassy on Tues- day evening. The Prince of Nassau and General La Marmora attended.
The French Ambassador entertained at dinner, on Thursday ,Prince Nicholas of Nassau, General la Marmora, the Earl of Cardigan, I.ard and Lady Palmerston, the Earl and Countess of Clarendon, the Sardinian Minister, the Countess of Shaftesbury, Viscount Chelsea, Sir Hamilton and Lady Seymour, and Colonel the Honourable George Cadogan.
The aged Bishop of Durham has met with a bad accident. While stand- ing before the fire in his library at Auckland Castle he was seized with a fainting-fit, and fell forward against the grate : though he was not very severely burnt, serious consequences were at first apprehended ; but the last reports are more favourable.
The remains of Mr. Hume were brought from his seat in Norfolk, and were interred in the family vault at Kenn]. Green Cemetery on Thursday. The funeral was as private as possible, in compliance with the wishes ex- pressed by the deceased. Beyond the members of his family there were only a few personal and political friends among the mourners.
It happened that M. Thiers in stepping incautiously from his house dur- ing the frost, fell, and fractured his wrist. Much has been made of this in the journals, and the frequency of the calla of the Emperor's aide-de-camp has been duly chronicled.
A letter from Scutari mentions that Miss Nightingale had been ill of fever, but that she was recovering. It is stated that she has been obliged to cut off her "beautiful hair."
M. Sayer has left London for Scutari, to superintend the dietary of the hospital.
A very old commission-firm at Manchester has failed—that of Gibson, Ord, and Co.—with liabilities for 30,0001.
The estate of the South Sea Company, consisting of the South Sea House and three houses in Threadneedle Street and Broad Street, was sold by auc- tion on Tuesday, and brought 56,7501. ; the purchaser was Mr. T. M. Nel- son, architect.
Mr. G. T. Braiae, a London merchant largely engaged in the East India trade, is in difficulties. He stopped in 1847, for 300,0001., but paid every one in full in little more than a year. His present liabilities are supposed to be not very heavy.
Mr. Adam Spielmann has written to the Times to state that the full value was given by Spielman and Co. of Paris for the two 5001. bank-notes re- specting which there was a trial last week, only. 36s. being charged for changing them. The fault committed by the Paris house seems to have been the taking of the notes without a strict inquiry as to how they had come into the hands of the person offering them—hitherto the general prac- tice on the Continent, which the result of the trial will no doubt change.
The inaugural address of M. Berryer on being admitted a member of the French Academy was thought to be displeasing to the Government. Com- plaints are made that the Academy has degenerated into a mere arena for political speeches. Thejournals were at first prohibited from publishing Berryer's speech, but a "higher personage " removed the prohibition as un- necessary—the Empire was not in danger from it.
The Atlantic, and the Pacific are now connected by railway, and a tra- veller can pass from ocean to ocean in a few hours ; the Panama Railway having been opened for traffic throughout on the 28th January.