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By the Saghalien, which arrived on Sunday last, we have English news to the 22d of May, the day of her sailing from the docks. There appears to be some slight abatement of the distress which has prevailed in Ireland and Scotland, caused by the large importations of grain, principally from America. On the mother hand, the high price of food in England has caused serious riots in various parts of the country — in Devonshire, Cornwall, Somerset, some of the midland counties, and in Jersey.The whole country was busily preparing for the general election, which was expected to take place in July, and some sharp contests were anticipated. Many of the Conservative members, who supported the commercial policy of Sir Robert Peel, were to be opposed hy thorough going Protectionists. Sir Charles Napier, M.P. for Marylebone, has had bestowed on him the command of the Lisbon squadron, sent out to Portugal to uphold the reigning family, who are in danger of being overthrown by one of those revolutionary movements so common in that country. Lord Besborougli (formerly Lord Duncannon), Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, died on the 16th of May, sincerely regretted by all parties. Lord Clarendon has been appointed to succeed him. A report of the death of Mr. O'Connell had reached London. The event was said to have taken j place at Genoa ; but the story wanted confirmation. Another conspiracy has been i detected in Paris, the object of which was to overthrow the present dynasty, This had le.d to several arrests. Events aje approaching a crisis in Spain. The misunderstanding between the Queen and her husband is not disguised. Food riots were occurring daily on the continent: in France, Belgium, Spain, Saxony, Bavaria, and Bohemia. In France, the riots have assumed a political aspect, and the demands for cheap bread are coupltd with " Vive la Republic," or " Vive Henry Cinq." The Austrian Government had forbidden the export of wheat for the five ensuing monihs, and other states have authorized the free importation of grain where duties were previously levied. The Queen has directed that, during the present scarcity, none but seconds flour shall be used" in the palace, and this example has been followed, by some of the clubs in London. The* Derby stakes, at Epsom, were run for on the 19th of May. The number of subscribers was 188; the value of the stakes, £5,250. Thirty-two horses started. The winner was Mr. Pedley's Cossack (Templeman) ; Mr. Bouverie's War Eagle, second ; and Lord Eglinton's Yon Tromp, third. The race was easily won by a length. A warm discussion had taken place in the House of Commons ou a Poor Law Amendment Bill ; but Ministers had a most triumphant majority. In consequence of the scarcity of vegetable food, the disease of scurvy is becoming very general in England. The town of Rohrau, in Austria, has been completely destroyed by fire. Accounts from the agricultural districts in England state that a far greater breadth of land than usual has been sowm with wheat this season. The latest average price of wheat in England and Wales was 855.; superior samples had brought 15s. a bushel. Potatoes were selling at from £11 to £12 ton. J- tin of Tuam has addressed a letter to Lord John Russell, rating him for " doggedly " refusing to import "that cereal which nature, experience, medical science, and human instinct, point out as the only sustaining food for man."

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LATEST ENGLISH INTELLIGENCE., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume VI, Issue 291, 2 October 1847

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LATEST ENGLISH INTELLIGENCE. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume VI, Issue 291, 2 October 1847