Belfast Newsletter - Friday, 10 January 1834


Jan. 3, at Armagh, the Lady of the Rev. Cosby Stopford Mangan, of a son and heir.

At the residence of her father, Gallina, Monaghan, the Lady of John Ross, Esq. Ardsalla, county Meath, of a daughter.

Jan. 3, at Dundalk, the Lady of the Rev. J. H. Stubbs, of a son.


On the 7th inst. by the Rev. Dr. Cooke, Mr. John M'Conkey, to Margaret, relict of the late Mr. John Ingram, Belfast.

On Wednesday the 1st inst. in St. Ann's Church, by the Rev. Thomas Hincks, Mr. John Jones Myles, of Comber, to Lucy, daughter of the late Mr. James M'Cann, of Belfast.

On the 30th ult. by the Rev. John Orr, Portaferry, Mr. William Maxwell, Corrague, to Miss M'Donnell, Ballysparge.

On Saturday last, in Cork, Captain John Soy, of the City of Dublin Company's Steam Packet Britannia, to Violet, second daughter of Thos. W. Williamson, Esq. Warren's Place, Cork.

On the 24th ult. in the Cathedral, Derry, by the Rev. C. Seymour, John Marks, Esq. to Maria Lawrence, third daughter of the late Thomas Hunter, Esq. of Edenderry, King's county.

On the 28th ult. in the Cathedral Church, Lisburn, by the Rev. Thos. Thompson, Mr. Alex. M'Pherson, of Killultagh, near Hillsborough, to Miss Elisha Jane Watson, third daughter of Mr. Robert Watson, Maze.

At Corfe Castle, on 27th ult. Capt. W. Rochfort, R.N. son of the late Gust. Rochfort, Esq. M.P. for county of Westmeath, to Arabella Margaret, daughter of the late Right Hon. John Calcraft.

On the 30th ult. at St. Mark's Church, Armagh, Robert M'Clintock, of Dunmore, county of Donegal, Esq. to Margaret, third daughter of the late Robert Macan, Esq. of Ballynahone-house, Armagh.


At Carrickfergus, on the 7th inst. Miss Rose Rowan.

On the 10th of September last, in the City of Santa Fe (Republic of Mexico,) whither he had gone from St. Louis, (Missouri,) for the recovery of his heath, John Magenis, formerly of Belfast, youngest son of the late John Magenis, of Ballymacilreny, county Down, Esq.

On Friday last, in Gamble-street, Mrs. Kennedy, much and deservedly regretted by all who knew her.

At Ballygawley, on the 19th Dec. aged 30 years, Margaret, wife of Mr. William Stewart, merchant.

On the 17th ult. after a few hours illness, in the 82d year of his age, Mr. James Thompson, of Rouarbury, near Portnorris, formerly of Ballymacaratty.

At Paisler, on the 2d inst. in her 103d year, Margaret Carselaw, relict of the late Mr. Andrew Buchanan.


We direct attention to the advertisement of Mr. Greer, who has recently fitted up his Bookselling and Fancy Warehouse Establishment in a manner which, for elegance and convenience, reflects the highest credit on his good taste. In order that the beauty and advantages of this establishment should be appreciated it is necessary only that it should be inspected. Mr. Greer's collection of books is rich and valuable, and the terms on which they are offered are extremely Moderate. In the other departments we believe that nothing superior to it will be found in the North of Ireland; and Mr. Greer's plan of having a room above stairs to which gentlemen can retire and select, without interruption, such books as they may prefer, is, we believe, the first attempt that has heen made to introduce this valuable improvement into this town.


CONTROVERSIAL SERMONS. -- For the last three or four evenings the Rev. D. Bagot, of Newry, has been delivering a series of controversial discourses on the Deity of Christ to crowded audiences, in St. Ann's Church. Last night the series was concluded, when the congregation in attendance was so great, that numbers had to go away without being able to gain admittance. We trust that the collections taken on these occasions may have been so liberal as to free from its existing incumbrances the excellent institution for the instruction of the poor, to which we have more than once directed public attention.


The left wing of the 85th, or King's Light Infantry; arrived in Dublin on Friday, on board the William IV steamer, from Liverpool.


BELFAST THEATRE. -- Since the first representation in our Theatre of the celebrated national drama of the "Warden of Galway," which is founded on historical fact in the history of that ancient town, the demand for repetition of the piece has been so incessant, that it has been since performed each evening in succession, amidst the enthusiastic plaudits of the audience. In fact, the very incidents of the piece are so striking, and so full of deep interest, and the exertions of the spirited Manager, Mr. Burroughs, to bring it out with effect, have been so meritorious, as to entitle it to even a larger share of popularity than it has enjoyed. In the decoration the Theatre, and the unwearied attention which he has bestowed on every department of the management, so as to raise the character of Theatricals in this town to that condition of interest and respectability, without permanent success cannot be expected, Mr. Burroughs has merited the gratitude, and we trust that he will also receive the support of the public. It is only by the encouragement of spirited enterprise that this rational and instructive source of amusement can be permanently raised from that state of decay, and, we had almost said, of degradation, into which, for several successive years, it has unhappily fallen in Belfast. Last night, admirable drama referred to was repeated, but we regret to add that the audience was not so numerous might have been expected. Mr. Burroughs personated Connor very successfully, while Mrs. Burroughs, as Anastasia, was greeted with requent bursts of admiration. The other characters in the piece were also very efficiently sustained by Messrs. Phelps, Robson, &c. and as it performed this evening for the eighth time, we recommend such of our readers as have not yet witnessed this popular drama, to avail themselves of the existing opportunity. The performances concluded with the amusing farce, called "Two Strings your Bow." The part of Donna was admirably performed by Mrs. Burroughs; and Mr. Hudspeth; as the knavish valet Lazarillo, kept the audience in a continued roar of laughter. We observe by the advertisement that the performances of Monday evening are to be patronized by the Gentlemen of the Nelson Club.


We have to acknowledge receipt of the following contributions, in aid of the poor Weavers in Ballymacarrett, whose looms and webs were so much damaged by the inundation on 31st ult.:-- Mr. Thomas Hughes, 1; Friend, 1. -- We have also received 2s. 6d. from another friend, for the little girl who met with the accident in Alfred-street on the same day.


The Rev. John Kinahan has received from George Bomford, Esq. Churchwarden of the parish of Knockbreda, the sum of 1, 13s. 2½d. through the hands of Sir Robert Bateson, Bart. M.P. for the poor; being a moiety of the fines levied at the Petit Sessions.


CHURCH REFORM. -- Among the 134 Parliamentary notices, which stand on the order book for next Session, are the following relating to the Church of England:

"BISHOPS. - Resolution, that it would promote religion and morality if they were no longer summoned to the House of Lords, but were permanently residing in their respective dioceses." -- Sir W. Ingilby.

"Motion, that it is inexpedient they should sit in Parliament." -- Mr. Gillon.

"Bill to remove them from Parliament, by repealing the act of Charles II." -- Mr. Rippon.

"CHURCH -- Motion for reform of, for leave to bring in for that purpose, for appointment of Commission for its execution." -- Colonel Williams.

"Rates and Mortuaries -- Bill to abolish compulsory levies of." -- Mr. Divett.

"Lands of Ireland Select Committee to inquire into the actual value of, and whether, if let for that they are suficient to support the Clergy, and compensate the lay-holders of tithes. - Colonel Butler.

"CLERGY. -- Bill to regulate and render more equal their incomes." -- Mr. Faithfull.

"Bill to repeal so much of the act 41 Geo. III. c. 63, as may prevent persons in holy orders, not holding benefices with cure of souls, from being Members of Parliament." -- Mr. Prynne.



The steam-ship Corsair, Peyten, for Liverpool, sails on Tuesday, at twelve o'clock noon and the Chieftain, Owens, on Thursday, at one o'clock afternoon.

The Herald, Robinson, for London, clears to-morrow.

The Sarah, M 'Cully, has arrived safe at St. John, N B. -- Passengers and crew all well.

Arrived on Tuesday, Lord Goderiech, of London, J. Hopper, master, from London. On Friday, Jessie, of Belfast, D. Gilmore, master, from Quebec. On Sunday, Abeona, of Dundee, John Gibb, master, from Riga.

The following vessels were driven on shore on the 31st ult. in our Lough, as published in Lloyd's List: The Sally, Byers, from Belfast to London; Alexander and Jenny, Beck, from Wick to Bristol; Mary Ann, M'Lachlan, from Glasgow to Kirkcudbright; Lime, Cobb, of Irvine; and the John Kitten, of Killough.

The Arethusa, Jaques, from Limerick to Liverpool, was driven on shore in Cavin Bryan Bay, 31st ult. -- The Diana, Cowan, bound to Liverpool, was driven on shore at Galway, 31st. -- The Diana, Campbell, from Glasgow to Ballina; Perseverance, of Dumfries; and the Benbullen, Hawk, of Sligo, were driven on shore at Sligo, 31st ult. -- The Hope, from Newry to Runcorn, is on shore in Bosble Bay. -- The John, of Strangford, is on shore near Formby. -- The Providence, Howard, from Wisbeach to Leeds, was driven on shore near Wainfleet on the 2d inst. -- Crew saved.

The barque Brothers, of Liverpool, Edmund Salmund, master, from Bahia, bound to Liverpool, laden with hides, cotton, and horns, was wrecked on the 19th ult. on Cefu, Shidan Sands, near Pembrey, Carmarthenshire. The crew sixteen in number, were all drowwed, except the carpenter, who was providentially saved by lashing himself to part of the wreck.


BELFAST MUSEUM. -- We have perused the annual report of the Belfast Museum, in which the gratifying fact stated that this excellent institution, which is an ornament to town, is now free from debt. In consequence of the change, which was made in one of the rules, by which change shares in the Museum were made to be permanent and transferable like other property, the sum of 738, 11s. was raised in two months, while the entire debt amounted 727, 1s. 2d. This is highly creditable to the spirit of our town, when it is considered that the Belfast Museum is the first that was ever established in Ireland by voluntary subscriptions. The following paragraph from the report shews, however, that a number of improvements are still requisite, for which we have no doubt that ample means will soon be provided:-- "The Belfast Museum has beep brought to its present state at an expense of upwards of 2300, and is now free from debt or incumbrance. It is not, however, in a complete or finished state. The ordinary meeting-room is insufficient to accommodate the number of visiters who assemble on each successive public night, and an adjournment to a large but unfinished apartment has been rendered indispensable. This room, forty-seven feet in length, and twenty-seven in breadth, is in a very unfinished condition, as is also the room intended for the Library. The collection of specimens is displayed in a room complete in every respect, except that some additional cases for their proper display would be required. Those specimens which at present cannot be exhibited, consist of native birds, of the minerals of the basaltic district from Belfast to the Giant's Causeway, of rocks illistrative of the geological formation of this neighbourhood, and of fossil remains imbedded in its several strata. A collection of many tropical birds, and of amphibious animals from the West Indies, and from Ceylon, would likewise be added to the collection, as soon as arrangements could be made for their reception. They at present remain in the several packages in which they arrived. It is therefore an object of primary importance to all the friends of the Belfast Museum, that the interior of the building should be finished in a style corresponding to the elegance of the exterior; and that every specimen that has been presented, should be exhibited, with name of the donor attached, in the place fitted for its proper display und preservation."


CORPORATION OF CARRICKFERGUS. -- On Monday last the Commissioners ended their laborious duties in this Corporation. We are happy to find, notwithstanding the insinuations industriously circulated against the corporate body, that the Commissioners, have expressed themselves highly satisfied with the information they have received, the fair and candid manner in which such has been offered, and the anxiety evinced to throw every light on the subject of their inquiries. We are aware that some exertions have been used to induce the public to believe that a large portion of the respectability of Carrickfergus is opposed to the perpetuation of the franchise. This, from our own knowledge of the Corporation, and its capabilities of affording a constituency perhaps as respectable, as to independence, numbers, and property, as any other borough in Ireland of the same, or even greater extent, certainly surprised us; but we find that the investigation before the Commissioners, and the examination of persons connected with all parties and politics, have most incontrovertibly proved, that, with almost a solitary exception, the opinion is in favour of the franchise. We are aware that the adjoining Northern counties are highly indignant at the idea of the total disfranchisement of this borough, knowing, that with some (and certainly a necessary) change in its present form a highly respectable constituency can be procured.


DERRY CORPORATION INQUIRY. -- Mr. Moody was engaged on Monday last in taking evidence respecting the Londonderry Corporation. Messrs. J. S. Hyndman, C. Lecky, and D. Porter, were examined; but their evidence was not of much general interest.


HYDROPHOBIA. -- Several cases of cattle being seized with this dreadful malady, owing to their having been bitten by dogs in a rabid state, have lately occurred near Irvinestown, on the Tyrone side. -- Derry Sentinel.


DREADFUL ACCIDENT AT KINGSTOWN. -- On Saturday, four workmen named Brennan, Louth, Byrne, and Daly, who were employed in excavating the bank at Salt-hilll, Kingstown, part of it fell in, and killed Brennan, and broke Byrne's thigh. -- Louth was severely hurt, but Daly escaped with some slight injury. -- Dublin Paper.


The revenue of the Penny Post-office, Dublin, which in 1800 was only 230, in 1880 amounted to nearly 5,000.


FIRE. -- On the night of the 30th ult. a fire of a most alarming kind broke out in the Cotton Factory of Mr. M'Aulay, Randalstown. In the commencement, the flames raged with uncontrolled fury, and threatened the destruction of the entire premises. However, in consequence of the extraordinary exertions of the inhabitants of the town, and police, the fire was shortly got under, and its progress arrested. Two persons received severe wounds in their efforts to save the property; for which all present felt as lively an interest as if it had been their own. Particular praise is due to George Hancock, Esq. J.P. and to Mr. Heatley, Jun. Of the former gentleman, it may with truth, be said, that his prompt obliging manner, and impartial dispensation of justice, have merited the thanks of all persons the town and neighbourhood.


BALLYSHANNON HARBOUR. -- Our readers will be gratified to learn that Colonel Conolly, the public-spirited, patriotic, and popular Member for Donegal, has satisfied the Commissioners of Public Works in security for 5000, to be laid out on the harbour of Ballyshannon. They have recommended this work in the strongest manner to the Lords of the Treasury, and entertain no doubt of their sanction, which is expected in due course of official communication.: It is likely that Colonel Burgoyne will himself see the work and take the direction of it. -- Erne P.


DREADFUL HURRICANE AT BALLYSHANNON. -- We have to announce another tremendous hurricane, which commenced here about four o'clock on Tuesday morning. -- At about seven it was at its height, when, the sea rolling mountain high, the quays were torn up, and the vessels in the Port washed on the beach, several yards above the water mark. A sloop at anchor in the channel was left in Mr. Green's yard, at the salt works; the Mayflower was driven into a creek at the Salmon Leap; and the Josephine was left near the old cholera hospital. The new Presbyterian meeting-house had part of the gable blown down; Mr. Allingham's bonding yard was levelled, after being rebuilt, since the late storm; Mr. Lipsett's stores were stripped in several places, as were most of the dwelling-houses in town. A house on the Rock was blown down, and the new Catholic chapel was much injured. Several boats were washed up the Fall and smashed; fish bave been found dead on the beach, many yards from the shore. The accounts from several places along the coast are awful -- boats smashed, and lives lost in many places: The sloop Inventus, M'Intosh, bound from Glasgow to Limerick, was driven into Boylagh, and wrecked; J. Stewart, the mate, and a sailor named Evans, were washed overboard and perished. A. Cassidy, Esq. of Bruckless, has acted in the most praiseworthy manner for the preservation of the cargo, and in providing for the sailors. The country mills are unable to work for three weeks past, so great is the accumulation of water. -- Ballyshannon Herald.


PETTICO, JAN. 1 -- The storm of Monday last was so great, that a boat of 13 feet keel was driven from her mooring at Muckross, about three' miles from Pettigo, 50 yards into a field; in her way she went over march ditch of 10 yards high. There has been little damage sustained here, but the neighbourhood has suffered.


SLIGO. -- The storm here was awful in the extreme. The John, of Irvine, was driven up to the wooden bridge, at the Mardyke; the Valiant, of Sunderland, on shore at the Mardyke; the Argo, of Workington, stranded near the pool, and several other vessels driven on shore. The custom-house stores were inundated and the sugars much injured. The tide got into Mr. Martin's mill, and the flour, which lay in stages in the stores, was wet half-way up the bags. Several houses are stripped and otherwise damaged. Fortunately, the Glasgow steamer went to sea on Monday morning; had she been in port she must have been injured. It was the greatest storm, and highest tide known for fifty years.


DONEGAL. -- The storm, on Tuesday last, has done serious injury to the traders along the coast. The tide arose to an unusual height, while the wind blew with such violence, that it caused the vessels, even in the harbour, to drag their anchors, dashing them furiously against the quay, and driving them ashore in a disabled state. The following are among those damaged:-- The Zephyr, belonging to Mr. M'Donald, Donegal, driven so far up that she cannot possibly be got off before next spring tide. The Sir R. Barclay, of Montrose, ashore on Forster's Island. The schooner Mary, of Dartmouth, laden with oats, for London, ashore on St. Ernan's. The Eliza, of Donaghadee, carried away a part of Mr. Mulreany's stores, and is now high and dry on the top of the quay, nearly at the foot of the street; great doubts are entertained of getting her off without considerable damage. The sloop Mary Fullerton, of Saltcoats, was driven on the top of the quay. The Susan and Jane, with oats, for Liverpool, ashore.


GALWAY. -- A little after midnight, on Tuesday last, a gale burst over this town, and blew. with fearful violence during the entire day. Almost all the fishing boats belonging to the Claddagh had gone out to sea the preceding evening, and the greatest apprehensions were excited for their safety. Just after day-break, the first of them was seen making for the harbour, and when only two or 300 yards from the beach was capsised and foundered. Four men who were on board of her all perished! We are happy to learn that the other have all returned in safety. -- Galway Advertiser.


IRISH MANUFACTURES. -- The Queen has been pleased to order several dresses of Irish Velvets from a manufacturer in the Earl of Meath's Liberty. The Marchioness Wellesley is determined to patronise in every possible way the use of Irish Tabinets in the ensuing season. This beautiful article of manufacture forms now the most favorite dresses at the Court at Brighton Palace. -- Dublin P.


EXTRAORDINARY ABDUCTION BY TOM STEELE. -- Mr. Steele having heard that there was a huge natural rock of several tons weight near Birr, King's County, which, during the operation of the penal laws against Catholics, had been used as an altar for the celebration of mass, determined to obtain possession of it, and remove it all the way to Lough O'Connell, his mansion house in county Clare. -- He proceeded to Birr last week, and obtained the permission of Mr. H. Rowe, the owner of the field where the rock lay, to take possession of it. After two days' labour, and some opposition from an individual said to be an under-driver to Lord Oxmantown; son to the Earl of Ross, the rock was detached, and, with the aid of six horses and fifty men, was conveyed to Birr, the crowd cheering all the way. A timber carriage was prepared to place the rock on board the canal boat at Portumna, by which it was to be transmitted to Limerick, and from thence to Lough O'Connell. This carriage, however, was broken by the immense weight, and some carpenters were employed to repair it. During these proceedings a row took place between the friends of Mr. Steele and those who opposed the removal of the rock, and several broken heads were the consequence. -- In the morning Mr. Steele harangued the mob, and stated his resolution, at all hazards, to take away the rock; and he eventually succeeded in carrying away the prize, amidst tremendous cheers for O'Connell and the repeal of the Union. It afterwards appeared that Lord Oxmantown had given no orders with regard to what had occurred, and was ignorant of the entire transaction.




11th Light Dragoons: Lieut. W. Roebuck to be Capt. by pur. vice Handley, retired; Cornet A. Walker to be Lieut. by pur. vice Roebuck; R. M. Darnell, to be: Cornet, by pur. vice Walker. -- 14th: Lient. E. Tenison to be Capt. by pur. vice Smith, prom.; Cornet J. Henderson to be Lieut. by pur. vice Tenison; Gent. Cadet H. E. Doherty, from the R.M.C. to be Cornet, by pur. vice Henderson. -- 12th Foot: Capt. W. Senhouse, from the 26th, to be Capt. vice Paterson, exch. -- 25th: Capt. J. R. Young to be Major, by pur. vice Robertson, prom.; Lieut F. F. Laye to be Capt. by pur. vice Young; Ensign T. W. T. Thompson to be Lieut. by pur. vice Laye; E. Hamilton to be Ensign, by pur. vice Thompson. -- 26th: Capt. J. Paterson, from the 12th, to be Capt. vice Senhouse, exch. -- 28th: Lieut. F. Adams to be Capt. by pur. vice Doyle, retires; Ensign W. T. Woodhouse to be Lieut. by pur. vice Adams; H. D. Smart to be Ensign, by pur. vice Woodhouse. -- 29th: Ensign H. M. Turnor to be Lieut. by pur. vice Foskey, retires; G. Brown to be Ensign, by pur. vice Turnor. -- 85th; Lieut.-Col. G. L. Goldie, from half-pay as Inspecting Field-Officer, to be Lieut.-Col. vice. G. Teulon, exch. receiving diff.; Lieut J. H. O. Moore to be Capt. by pur. vice Amos, retires; Ensign T. J. G. Chatterton to be Lieut. by pur. vice Moore. -- 49th: H. Pearson to be Ensign, by pur. vice Baker, retires. -- 55th: Lieut. V. Browne, from half-pay 13th, to be Lieut. vice Webster, whose appointment has not taken place. -- 57th: Lieut. J. Patullo, from half-pay 92d, to be Lieut. vice Cumming, whose appointment has not taken place; Nicholson, M.D. to be Assist.-Surgeon, vice Hennen, deceased: -- UNATTACHED: Major J. M. Robertson, from 25th, to be Lieut.-Col. by pur. -- Capt. J. S. Smith, from 14th Light Dragoons, to be Major, by pur. -- MEMORANDUM: Lieut.-General G. Meyrick has been permitted to retire from the army, by the sale of an Unattached Lieut.-Colonelcy. -- Capt. J. Winkler, upon half-pay Unattached, has been allowed to retire from the army, by the sale of an Unattached Commission, he being a settler in N. America.

OFFICE OF ORDNANCE, DEC. 31. -- Royal Artillery -- The following Gentlemen Cadets to be 2d Lieutenants -- P. H. Mundy, vice Tybe, prom.; G. E. Turner, vice Dalton, prom.; W. Henderson, vice Forbes, prom.; A. S. Dickson, vice Wood, prom.; S. H. Kettlewell, vice Jephson, prom.; C. J. Torrene, vice Popham, prom. ; G. C. Evelegb, vice Tuite, prom.; W. J. Smythe, vice Heitland, prom.; D. W. Paynter, vice Innes, prom.


The Lieutenancy of Mayo, vacated by the Marquess of Sligo, has been conferred upon Dominick Browne, Esq. one of the Members for the county.


HOLYHEAD MAIL PACKETS. -- An order has been issued, that Kingstown, and not Howth, shall be, in future, the harbour from which the Government steamers are to depart for Holyhead.


A PROLIFIC VILLAGE. -- At Carnaleage, county Waterford, since our last publication, the following births have occurred:-- The wife of William Ahearn, of one male and two females; the wife of John Leahy, of twin daughters; and the wife of Maurice Downey, of twin sons. The children all died immediately after baptism. -- Mail.


THE LORD BLAYNEY. -- The owners intend proceeding against the Liverpool Dock Committee to recover the value of the yessel and cargo, as in the absence of the floating light, for which the Dock Committee should have provided a substitute, or replaced her on the Wednesday afternoon, the vessel was lost.


BURNS. -- In two cases of burns (occurring in young children) which was lately admitted into the hospital: (Westminster) the application of flour has been attended with the most favourable results. Mr. White strongly recommends this mode of treatment, when the burn is not deeper than the cutis. The instantaneous good effects of dredging with flour are really surprising; on its application to the parts effected the pain is instantly removed, and the patient, from being in a state of agony, is completely free from uneasiness. -- London Med. and Sur. Journal.


A WOODEN LEG IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS. -- When Captain Ross had been two months in Boothia, he discovered a native whom his companions called "Tullooahia." He had lost his leg by the frost, and had been drawn about on a sledge. Captain Ross made him a wooden leg, and when the natives saw him again stand erect, their surprise and delight were depicted in their countenances, and afterwards their demonstrations of gratitude were evinced to Capt. Ross, who, with his brave crew, were thus secured a hearty welcome during the severe winter they passed among these natives.


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