-- BALDOMERA ESPARTERO, the son of an humble joiner of the village of Garuntula, in the province of La Mancha, was born in 1793, and is consequently in the prime of life.  Being of a delicate constitution, he was educated for the priesthood; but, on the invasion of Spain by the French, he, at that time only fifteen years of age, joined the army as a private soldier.  He continued in that capacity several years, after which he was, through the influence of a relative, placed at a military school, near Cadiz, and in due course received the commission of ensign, when twenty-three years of age.  Soon after this, he went to South America, with the troops sent thither by FERDINAND VII, to reduce the rebellious colonists.  In 1824 he returned from the New World, after having distinguished himself there in several engagements, with £80,000 sterling, the fruit of his savings, and the rank of brigadier-general.  Shortly after his return, he married the daughter of a wealthy merchant of Legrogno, named SANTA CRUZ.  When the royalist war under CARLOS broke out at the close of 1833, he at once declared for the queen-regent and her infant daughter, and obtained employment in the north of Spain.  From that time up to 1836, he continued to rise by successive steps till he was at last appointed commander-in-chief.  In 1839, after the civil war had been brought to a close, he was created Duke de Victoria; in the following year he assumed the premiership, and in 1841 the joiner's son was appointed the regent of Spain.  On the 28th July, 1843, Espartero was obliged to take refuge on board the Malabar, an English ship of war, the people of Spain having revolted against him; and on the 19th of August he arrived at Falmouth.