8 JULY 1843, Page 7


SPAIN.—The accounts from Spain are still occupied with the pronunciamientos of towns and the movements of troops, with no decisive action. The Regent left Quintanar de la Orden on the 23d June ; and on the 25th he arrived at Albacete, the capital of La Mancha, forty miles from Valencia. From this point of time his movements are obscure ; but he appears to have been still at Albacete on the 28th. Thus far his progress seems to have been favourable : the people in the villages through which he passed gave token of affection ; and some of the troops in Valencia, 600 in number, hearing of his approach, returned to their allegiance, and came out to join him. Brigadier Enna had crossed the mountains of Teruel, with a regiment of infantry and two battalions of cavalry, to join Espartero before Valencia. On the other hand, mention is made of a disposition to desert among his own troops; and the Lnclaana regiment that was with him is said to have grown disorderly at Ocana, and to have pillaged the regimental chest. From some reports, it was expected that the opposition to him at Valencia would not be very obstinate.

The services of General Ramon Narvaez and General Concha, the Christino leaders, had been accepted by the Revolutionary Junta at Barcelona; and Narvaez had been appointed Captain-General of Valencia and Murcia; Concha being second in command. They arrived at Valencia on the 27th June ; and on the 29th Narvaez was organizing his troops to meet Espartero at Chinchilla.

In Catalonia Zurbano had effected a junction with Seoane at Lerida. While still at Ignalada on the 23d, he proposed to Brigadier Castro a suspension of arms ; he retiring behind Cervera, which was to beoccupied by neither party, and Castro remaining in his then position. Castro consented to suspend hostilities, the Generals warning each other twenty-four hours before the resumption of hostilities ; but he added, that it being impossible for him to answer for what should pass on the flanks of the army, he advised Zurbano to retire to Cervera as soon as possible ; which he did. The Paris Presse says that Castro's consent was wrung from him by the knowledge that Zurbano had in his power the wealthiest inhabitants of Igualada ; another account, that Zurbano's retreat was the result of no capitulation, but of the weakness of the insurgent force behind him. Castro took possession of Cervera.

In the mean time, the Junta at Barcelona had entered upon a bolder career. The Imparcial of the 29th June publishes the following decree " A Central Government being deemed indispensable to regulate the action of all the provinces, the Supreme Junta has decreed the following—Article 1. The Lopez Ministry is constituted. Until the Members of that Cabinet can meet, General Don F. Serrano shall be intrusted with all the Ministerial departments. 2. This Ministry shall be considered as the Provisional Government, until all the Provincial Juntas of the Peninsula, represented by two Commissioners, formed into a Central Junta, shall have given their adhesion to it."

The Journal des -Mats announces that General Van Haien had been obliged to raise the siege of Granada, and retire on Jaen, in consequence of the insurrection at Seville ; and that in his retreat he had been abandoned by a portion of his troops, and particularly by a battalion of the Regiment of Cuenca. Immediately afterwards, the expeditionary columns, which left Granada and Malaga, proceeded in various directions, in order to spread the spirit of insurrection through all Andalusia. One of the columns had passed through Lucena on its way to Cordova.

Among the places that newly declared for the revolt, was Pampeluna, on the 30th June ; and the Governor of the Balearic Islands, Palma, had also sent in his adhesion. The success of the revolt at Seville is attributed to some sergeants of artillery who carried over the guns to the insurgents.

There is a very confident report, that the leaders of the insurrection, despairing of subduing Espartero in the field, had hired a notorious spy, formerly employed by Ferdinand the Seventh, to assassinate the Regent. The assassin is positively asserted to have left Madrid for that purpose.

FRANCE.—Rtnnours that Louis Philippe is ill, so frequently repeated, have been revived with fresh confidence : the Courrier Francais described him the other day as scarcely able to walk. The Messager contradicts the report ; and the correspondent of the Times says that it was unfounded.

The Prince and Princess de Joinville (the newly-married Brazilian Princess) arrived at Brest on the 1st instant, from Rio de Janeiro.

Isere.—The overland mail brings intelligence from Bombay to the 20th May ; having left that port ten days earlier than usual, to avoid the monsoon and the consequent delay. The intelligence is not important.

Advices had been received from Hyderabad to the 10th May. Sir Charles Napier remained at his intrenched camp four miles from the city. It is reported that Shere Mahomed, the Scinde leader, was again at the head of a very large army of Belochees, and had sent a message to the British camp, to the effect that, having fought two battles for his country, he wished to have a third for religion. The General, determined on making every effort to crush the power of the chief, had ordered the Queen's Twenty-eighth up from Kurrachee ; and as soon as the regiment arrived, he intended to move out against him with the whole of his disposable force.

Shere Mahomed was at Sukkurind, on the Indus, fifty miles above Hyderabad; and his force is stated at 40,000 men, with 20 guns ; bat this is thought to be exaggerated. His artillery is supposed to have been supplied to him by Meer Ali Murad of Khyrpore, a " protected " chief, who obtained the very same artillery from the British.

The accounts from Afghanistan are obscure. Akhbar Khan was at Jellalabad, negotiating with the hill-tribes of the Khyber to permit the passage of his father, Host Mohammed, from Peshawur. The highlanders demanded 30,000/. It is reported that the Kuzzilbash tribe was at present in power in Cabnl ; and that a Persian chief, Mahomed Beg, was in possession of the Candahar district.

The mosque at Cabal, destroyed by our army on the ground that it had been built in commemoration of our expulsion from the city, is now declared to have been erected years ago.

The Maharajah Shere Singh, the ruler of the Punjab, had been attacked with palsy, and a fatal result was apprehended.

The British were in undisturbed possession of Khytul. The rebellious Ranee had been abandoned by her friends, and she found herself penniless at Pehoa. Taj Singh, a rebel leader, was arrested in his flight by the Rajah of Putialah, and sent back to Khytul in irons.

Bandelcund was never quieter, says one account ; but, says another, it is still in a disturbed state.

CHINA.—The latest date is the 28th March from Hong-kong. Colonel Malcolm had arrived on the 16th, with Queen Victoria's ratification of the Nankin treaty. He was again to proceed to England, the bearer of despatches, it is understood, which referred some points of detail to the Home Government, and pressed Sir Henry Pottinger's resignation. The authorities at Canton had strongly urged the Plenipotentiary to await at that place the renewal of negotiations, interrupted by the death of Elepoo ; and it was supposed that he had consented, and that Ke-Ying, the new Commissioner, would shortly arrive.

The hostility of the Canton populace towards the British appeared to be dying away.