In a late Centinel
, a paragraph, extracted from a Dublin paper.
gave some account of Mr. Cox
, the celebrated bridge architect, having been tried in a judicial Court, in that city, on a charge of inticing artizans to quit Ireland
We are happy, by being in possession [p. 48]
of letters from the son of that gentleman (Wm. Cox
) now in Europe
, to give some explanatory intelligence on the subject and present the following Extract of a letter dated Liverpool
, May 29:—
‘As bad news always flies fast, I suppose you may have heard, that my father was taken up and obliged to give bail in £ 2000 to stand trial for (as was said) having seduced artificers.
It was not the case, but as follows:—Three tradesmen came to him and asked how their business would answer in America.
He very candidly told them.
They wished him to advance them money to take them over but he told them it was of no service to him their going over, but if it was and he should do it he would be liable to 500 fine and twelve months imprisonment.
About three months after, one of these fellows took it into his head to lodge information against my father for which he stood trial and was honorably acquitted.
The jury did not leave their box.’ ( Columbian Centinel, 23 Aug. 1794.)
In 1666, on the second of September, a fire broke out on Fish street hill in London
which burnt over thirteen thousand houses, eighty-seven parish churches, six chapels, the Royal
Exchange, Custom House, Guildhall
, and other public buildings, among them fifty-two halls of the London Trade
To commemorate this disaster Christopher Wren
designed a column known as the Monument, which was built of Portland
stone two hundred and two feet high and fifteen feet in diameter.
During the eighteenth century it was used for astronomical purposes, but it was found that it vibrated, and the alarm was so great, about 1795, that tradition states that while in Great Britain Lemuel Cox
was approached by the Corporation of the City of London
to take down the structure as being unsafe, but his price being too high the shaft still stands as one of the sights of London
[To be continued.]