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Orders have been given to reduce the Navy of Great Britain to 12,000 Seamen, and 5000 Marines. Twelve sail of the line are to be kept in commission for guard-ships, and one ship of the line for the East India station. All ships bearing flags on foreign stations are to be of the rank of 50 guns.

Lord Exmouth is to have the command of Portsmouth, and hoist his flag in the Caledonia.

Admiral Sir J. Duckworth has the Impregnable for his flag-ship at Plymouth.

Sir Charles Rowley is to have a flag at Sheerness, and Sir Benjamin Hallowell at Cork.

Two hundred sail of men of war are under orders to be paid off.

We are happy to announce the safe arrival of the following ships from the East Indies:-- Glatton, Coutts, Surat Castle, Royal Charlotte, Thames, and Henry Addington, from China; Prince Regent, and Lord Duncan, from Bengal; Somersetshire, from Batavia; and Orpheus, from the Cape. The Warren Hastings parted from the fleet off the Cape in May last, in a gale of wind.

Persons who possess the means of being well-informed say, that a great coolness exists between Talleyrand and Fouche. The latter is said to be greatly incensed at the obstacles thrown in the way of his son's marriage with Mademoiselle de Beauveau, of which he accuses Talleyrand as the author.

Maret and Thibaudeau have been arrested in Switzerland, and are now on their way to Paris, escorted by Gendarmes. Madame Thibaudeau called at Fouche's on Sunday, who refused to see her. Upon which she poured out the most invectives against the Minister, and said she would never quit his door without an audience. She collected a great crowd round her by her cries and lamentations, and she was at length obliged to be removed to her house by two Police Officers.

A private letter from Paris gives the following description of the conduct of the Parisians:-- "There have been very great riots and cries of Vive l'Empereur, under the windows of the Thuilleries? and on Sunday evening last, they actually broke into the Chateau, astounding the poor old King with "Vive Napoleon--a-bas Louis jupon." -- ("Long live Napoleon-- Down with the Priest ridden-- Petticoat governed Louis.") He rode thro' Rue St. Honore yesterday, and the Duchess to-day. I saw them both days. Not a single voice raised to greet them? every one affected to turn the head aside, and a hackney coachman would scarcely get out of the way to let Madame's carriage pass."

The impressment of seamen is directed to be discontinued at all the sea-ports; as also the receiving of volunteers, except for the peace establishment.

Orders have been issued at the different ports to pay off the Navy; and the seamen are to be sent to their respective homes in small vessels, to be in readiness for that purpose.

The naval command at the Cape of Good Hope, which was to have discontinued, is to be re-established there, and Admiral Sir George Cockburn is appointed to the command.

We hear that the Duke of Wellington has declined granting leave of absence to Officers belonging to the English army who are effective, and able to do their duty in the field.

Private letters from Paris state, that the Bois de Boulogne is likely to be entirely destroyed, the wood being in constant requisition for fuel for the camps in the neighbourhood.

Mrs Patterson, former Madame Jerome Bonaparte, has been for some time at Cheltenham, affected by an indisposition; she is under the care of Dr. Sir A. B. Faulkner, and is now in a fair way of recovery.

According to the letters of the 21st July, from Lisbon, the Regency is under considerable alarm (as well it may) for the just offence it has given this country, in the instance of refusing to send its quota of troops to aid in the war against Bonaparte. Matters have proceeded to such lengths, that Marshal Beresford requested of the Regency the use of a Portugese frigate to convey him to Rio Janeiro, in order to come to proper understanding with the Prince Regent, This Don Miguel Forjaz thought proper to refuse. The Marshal, nevertheless, persevered in his determination, and engaged the Fama, Portugese vessel, to transport him to the Brazils to carry into effect his intentions.

It seems that a principle highly favourable to the German manufacturers has been adopted, namely, to purchase as far as is possible all that is necessary for the army, except provisions, in Germany, and to pay for it with French money, in order by this means to bring back to Germany the immense sums which France has been drawing from it for so many years past. We wish, however, that in this attention to the interests of the Germans, Ministers had a little consideration for the distresses of our own manufacturers.

The encroachment on the liberty of the press has given an increased interest to the confidential letters from the French Capital, and they contain some intelligence indicative of the state of the public mind, and of the conduct of the existing Government, that deserve particular attention. It is asserted that seven or eight executions have taken place at Paris, of which we have had no intimation in the public Journals. On one occasion, as Louis was proceeding to Mass, a ruffian presented to him a petition, and as his Majesty was opening the paper, to examine its contents , the person who presented it made an attempt to stab him, but was prevented from accomplishing his purpose by the surrounding guards. The delinquent was taken from the intended scene of his crime, before the Tribunal, and the proceedings were conducted with a rapidity unknown to British justice. He was arraigned, tried and executed on the same day.

Provisions have risen during the last fortnight in Paris double the price they were purchased for previous to that period. The English who visit that city for the purpose of cheap living, will find themselves miserably disappointed.

The Strand, from Somerset-house to Charing-cross, if well begged, is considered the most productive district in Westminster. It is now taken possession of by a number of fellows, pretending to be lame sailors, who on an average make twenty shillings a day each, and beat off all mendicant obtruders.

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