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8. Great Skaiting Match.-A skaiting match, which had excited extraordinary interest in the sporting world, and on which many bets were depending, was decided on the 4th inst., on the feus near to Isleham, four miles from Ely, and eleven from New market. The wager was to skait a mile in three minutes, and the person selected to perform it was a countryman named Girdham, residing in the neighbourhood of the fens. Previously to the match being performed, the man was the favourite, and was backed at odds at Tattersall's and other places. He started a few seconds before the time, and came up in speed to the scratch at the moment appointed, and performed the distance seven seconds under the three minutes. Poor Girdham, after gining profit to his employers, and fame to himself, ended his skaiting and his mortal career the same evening. In returning home to his own house in the dusk, and running at great speed along the fens upon skaits, he came violently in contact with the root of an old tree, and was killed on the spot by the fall.
14. High Court of Justiciary.-On the 9th instant, Alexander Mill, indicted for falsehood, fraud, and wilful imposition, by obtaining from merchants, in the city of Edinburgh and its neighbourhood, goods under false pretences, as also theft, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to fourteen years' transportation. John M Kechnie, or McKechney, Peter M'Gee, and Murdoch or Murday Chisholm, accused of theft, by means of housebreaking, in Dublin Street, Edinburgh, were convicted and sentenced to seven years' transportation.
On the 10th, Thomas Steel, late mate of the ship Harmony of Greenock, was brought to the bar, accused of the murder of Charles M'Phail, late a seainan on board the said ship, on the 12th of March last, near the island of St Thomas, West Indies. After several witnesses had been examined, the Lord Advocate abandoned the charge of murder against the pannel, as it did not appear from the evidence that the man died from the violence that had been used, but contended that the assault had been fully proved. The trial occupying the Court to a late hour, the jury were desired to bring in the verdict on the following morning, which they accordingly did, finding the pannel guilty of the assaults libelled. He was then sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.
Same day, James Pirie was accused of three different acts of theft and housebreaking, committed at Eglintoun Castle and in Edinburgh, which were the more aggravated, as they were done while he was engaged as a painter in the house, or in those adjoining. He pleaded guilty to the charges, and having adhered to his con
fession before a jury, he was sentenced to transportation for life.
Mary Brown, charged with child 'murder and concealment of pregnancy, pleaded guilty to the concealment; the Lord Advocate having passed from the charge of murder. She was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.
14. This day, Andrew Greenfield was placed at the bar, charged with rape, and with assaulting Sarah Andrews, with intent to perpetrate that crime, on the 15th of October last, on the highway, leading from Linlithgow to Queensferry. The prisoner pleaded Not Guilty, and the Court, as is usual in such cases, was cleared. We understand that the Public Prosecutor gave up the case on the examination of the first witness, Sarah Andrews, who declared that the prisoner was not the guilty person.
18.-Execution.-Yesterday morning, Samuel Maxwell, convicted of breaking into and robbing the house of James Arneil, at West or High Capley, in the parish of Neilston, Renfrewshire, was executed, pursuant to his sentence, at the accustomed place. During the devotional exercises on the scaffold, the unhappy man seemed deeply attentive, and remained on his knees whilst the Rev. Doctor offered up a prayer to the throne of grace on his behalf.-Previous to being tied up, and after shaking hands with the Magistrates and Clergymen, he continued a minute or two in conversation with Mr Porteous, but did not attempt to address the spectators as was expected. About half-past eight o'clock, every thing being adjusted, the drop fell, and he was launched into eternity.-He struggled very hard, and seemed to die with great pain. He was a stout, good looking young man, of 31 years of age; and has left a widow and five children, the eldest of whom is only 12 years of age.
27.-Tumultuous Meeting of the London Bankers, &c.-A number of the Merchants, Bankers, &c. of London, having, at a pri vate meeting, voted and subscribed a loyal address to the King, the political principles of which did not accord with the feelings of many other members of that respectable body, a requisition, numerously signed, was presented to the Lord Mayor, to call a meeting at the Mansion House on the 24th, for the purpose of voting an address more suited to the views of the requisitionists. On that day, accordingly, most of the merchants who signed the requisition attended, in order to propose or support resolutions founded thereon, but the opposite party, who signed the former loyal declaration, also attended in great numbers, and a more noisy and riotous scene has never been witnessed in the city. The principal speakers were Mr A. Baring, Mr Bosanquet, Sir Wm. Curtis, Mr John Smith,
(banker,) and some other eminent merchants; but from the noise kept up by the opposing party, nothing of their speeches could be heard. Resolutions were passed, containing professions of loyalty to his Majesty, attachment to the Constitution, and condemnation of the conduct of Ministers. A shew of hands was taken on the previous question, which had been moved by Sir W. Curtis, but it was decided that a majority of 3 to 1 were in favour of the resolutions.
Burgh of Edinburgh Election. This day, the Second Division of the Court of Session gave judgment on an important point of the long protracted case of Deacon Lawrie and others against the Magistrates and Town Council of Edinburgh.-An objection was brought forward by the Counsel for the Magistrates, some months ago, that Mr Duncan Cowan, who was chosen an Old Bailie at the contested election at Michaelmas 1817, had not been summoned as a party. Answers, replies, and duplies, having been given in, the Court, by a majority of four to one, repelled this new objection, and found expences due to Lawrie and others. The Lords Justice Clerk, Robertson, Bannatyne, and Glenlee, decided for repelling, and Lord Craigie for sustaining the objection.
County Meetings.-The following is a list of the county meetings in Scotland, at which loyal addresses to his Majesty have been voted:
Aberdeenshire-For the address
Ayrshire For the address
Edinburghshire For the address
Fifeshire-For the address
Kirkcudbright-For the address
For the amendment
For the amendment
Majority Banffshire, Berwickshire, Caithness-shire, Dumfries-shire, Dumbartonshire, Haddingtonshire, Inverness-shire, Kincardineshire, Linlithgowshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Ross-shire, Selkirkshire, Stirlingshire, and Wigtonshire, unanimous.
Newspapers.-The following is a statement of the number of stamps, (exclusive of the Irish,) which were issued from Somerset House during the last two years, for the London and country newspapers, at fourpence each:-For 1819,21,838,004; for 1820, 24,820,307, being an increase to the revenue, during the last year, of 2,982,213 fourpences; which, deducting the discount allowed to the newspapers for prompt payment, amounts to L. 39,762 sterling.
Monument to the late Lord Melville in Edinburgh.-It has at length been arranged that this ornamental structure is to be placed in St Andrew's Square; the naval committee having acceded to the wishes of the Lord Provost and Magistrates, abandoned their intention of erecting this column in Melville Street, and the proprietors of St Andrew's Square having sanctioned the erection, the work has already commenced. It is to be a solid column, without an inside stair, as at one time proposed, and, placed in St Andrew's Square, it will fill up the blank occasioned by the alteration of the original destination of St Andrew's Church, which should have stood where the Excise Office is, in a line with the end of George Street, to which the column will now form a magnificent termination.
Seditious Libel.-On the 19th ult. Mrs Carlile was tried in the Court of King's Bench, London, on a criminal information, filed against her by his Majesty's AttorneyGeneral, for a seditious libel, approving the intentions of the Cato Street conspirators, and found guilty. On the 3d instant she was brought up for judgment, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment in Dorchester jail, where her husband is now confined for similar offences, and at the expiration of this time, to find security for three years, herself in L. 200, and two sureties in L. 100 each.
Acts passed in the First Year of the Reign of George IV., or in the First Session of the Seventh Parliament of the United Kingdom.
CAP. LXIII. To continue, until the fifth day of July. One thousand eight hundred and twenty-two, an Act of the
twenty-ninth year of King George the Second, for granting a Bounty on certain Species of British and Irish Linens export
ed; and for taking off the Duties on the Importation of Foreign Raw Linen Yarns made of Flax.-July 15, 1820.
Cap. LXIV. To continue, until the fifth day of July, One thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, an Act made in the fifty-eighth year of his late Majesty, to repeal the several Bounties on the Exportation of refined Sugar from the United Kingdom, and to allow other Bounties in lieu thereof; and to reduce the Size of the Packages in which refined Sugar may be exported.-July 15.
Cap. LXV. To continue, until the thirtieth day of July, One thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, an Act of the fifty-fourth year of his late Majesty, for the effectual Examination of the Accounts of the Receipt and Expenditure of the Colonial Revenues in the Islands of Ceylon, Mauritius, Malta, Trinidad, and in the Settlements of the Cape of Good Hope. July 15.
Cap. LXVI. To continue, until the end of the next Session of Parliament, Two Acts of the fifty-fourth year of his late Majesty, for the more effectual Administration of the Office of a Justice of the Peace in and near the Metropolis, and for the Prevention of Depredations on the River Thames.-July 15.
Cap. LXVII. To continue, until the first day of August, One thousand eight hundred and twenty-two, the Low Duties on Coals and Culm carried Coastwise to any Port within the Principality of Wales. -July 15.
Cap. LXVIII.-An Act for the better Administration of Justice in the Court of Exchequer Chamber in Ireland.-July 15.
Cap. LXIX. An Act to alter and amend an Act passed in the fifty-sixth year of his late Majesty, for erecting a Harbour for Ships to the Eastward of Dunleary, within the Port of Dublin; and to provide for the erection of a Western Pier to the said Harbour of Dunleary-July 15.
Cap. LXX. An Act for improving the Roads between London and Chirk, in the County of Denbigh, by Coventry, Birmingham, and Shrewsbury.-July 15.
Cap. LXXI.-An Act to enlarge the Time and Powers for carrying the New Street Act into Execution; and to extend the Provisions of an Act, for ratifying an Agreement made with Lord Gage, and for the better Management and Improvement of the Land Revenues of the Crown.July 15.
Cap. LXXII.-An Act for granting to his Majesty a Sum of Money to be raised by Lotteries. July 15.
Cap. LXXIII.-To extend the Period allowed to Persons compounding for their Assessed Taxes, and to give further Relief in certain Cases therein mentioned.--July 24.
Cap. LXXIV. To grant certain Duties
in Scotland, upon Wash and Spirits made from Corn or Grain, and upon Licences for making and keeping of Stills; and to consolidate and amend the Laws for the Distillation of such Spirits for Home Consumption; and for better preventing private Distillation in Scotland.July 24.
Cap. LXXV. For charging a Duty of Excise on certain Sorts of unmanufactured Tobacco imported into Great Britain from the Place of its Growth. July 24.
Cap. LXXVI. To repeal so much of an Act of the fifty-seventh year of his late Majesty, as prohibits the Sale in England of any Spirits not being Spirits of Wine, British Brandy, British Gin, or Compounds.-July 24.
Cap. LXXVII. To continue, until the fifth day of July, One thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, several Acts for regulating the Trade in Spirits between Great Britain and Ireland reciprocally, to consolidate the countervailing Excise Duties payable on the Importation of Irish Spirits into Great Britain; and to amend the countervailing Excise Duties paid on the Importation of Irish Spirits from Scotland.July 24.
Cap. LXXVIII. To reduce the Duties payable upon Licences for the Sale of Spirituous and other Liquors by Retail in certain Cities, Towns, and Places in Ireland; and to amend the several Acts for securing the Payment of the Duties of Excise upon certain Licences in Ireland; and also to amend the Laws relating to licensed Brewers in Ireland.-July 24.
Cap. LXXIX. For Making Allowances to licensed Brewers in Ireland, on account of the additional Duty on Malt used by them within a certain Period. July 24.
Cap. LXXX. An Act allowing Im porters of Sugar in Ireland to give Certificates for Sugar sold by them in lieu of Permits.-July 24.
Cap. LXXXI. To amend several Acts made in the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Years of His late Majesty, for the Advance of Money for carrying on Public Works, and for other purposes, so far as the said Acts relate to Ireland.-July 24.
Cap. LXXXII. To amend an Act of the Fifty-ninth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty, King George the Third, for the Encouragement and Improvement of the Irish Fisheries.-July 24.
Cap. LXXXIII. To amend Two Acts of the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Years of His late Majesty, for the Encouragement of Banks for Savings in England. July 24.
Cap. LXXXIV. To regulate the Payment of Army Prize Money.-July 24.
Cap. LXXXV. To make further Provisions respecting Naval Prize Money. July 24.
Cap. LXXXVI. To defray the Charge of the Pay, Clothing, and contingent Expences of the Disembodied Militia in Great Britain; and to grant Allowances in certain Cases to Subaltern Officers, Adjutants, Quartermasters, Surgeons, Surgeons' Mates, and Serjeant Majors of Militia, until the Twenty-fifth Day of March One thousand eight hundred and twenty-one.-July 24.
Cap. LXXXVII. For enabling Landlords more speedily to recover Possession of Lands and Tenements unlawfully held over by Tenants.-July 24.
Cap. LXXXVIII. To continue, until the Thirty-first Day of January One thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, an Art of the Fifty-seventh Year of His late Majesty, for letting to farm the Post Horse Duties, and to amend the Acts relating to the Post Horse Duties.-July
Cap. LXXXIX. For imposing additional Rates and Duties on the Conveyance
of Letters between Port Patrick in Scotland, and Donaghadee in Ireland.-July
Cap. XC. To remove Doubts, and to remedy Defects, in the Law, with respect to certain Offences committed upon the Sea, or within the Jurisdiction of the Admiralty. July 24.
Cap. XCI. To authorize the Paymasters of Royal Marines, to issue Pay not exceeding a certain Sum, to the Representatives of deceased Officers and Private Men, without Probate or Administration-July 24.
Cap. XCII. For the further Prevention of forging and counterfeiting of Bank Notes. July 24.
Cap. XCIII. To amend and render more effectual the Provisions of divers Acts, for securing to certain Artificers, Workmen, and Labourers, in such Acts mentioned, the due Payment of their Wages. July 24.
Lt. Col. South, fm. 20 F. with Lt. Col. Ogilvie, h. p. 8 F.
BL. Lt. Col. Lord C. Fitz Roy, fm. 55 F. with Major Mill, h. p. 27 F.
Fitz Simon, fm. 65 F. with Major Dumas, h. p. York Chass
Major Broomfield, fm. 16 F. with Bt. Lt. Col. Shaw, 22 F.
Capt. Simson, fm. 6 R. Vet. Bn. with Bt. Maj. Spinluff, h. p. 18 F.
-Hadden, fm. 6 Dr. rec. diff. with Capt. Irwin, h. p. 20 Dr.
Edgell, fm. 4 F. with Capt. Hovenden, h. p. 60 F.
Ginger, fm. 81 F. rec. diff. with Capt. Gordon, h. p. 6 F.
Stewart, fm. 82 F. with Capt. Meech, h. p.
- Barry, fm. 2 W. I. R. with Capt. Parsonage, h. p. African Corps.
Lieut. Darke, fm. 7 Dr. Gds. with Lieut. Everard, 24 F.
De Lorentz, fm. 7 F. rec. diff. with Lieut. Bourke, h. p. 1 F. G.
Dobree, from 22 F. rec. diff. with Lieut. Potenger, h. p. 36 F.
Cosby, fm. 45 F. with Lieut. Butler, h. p. 75 F.
Colls, fm. 63 F. rec. diff. with Lieut. Harding, h. p. Rifle Brig.
Harris, fm. 77 F. rec. diff, with Lieut. Maclean, h. p. 3 F. G.
Goodwin, fm, 89 F. rec. diff. with Lieut.
Resignations and Retirements.
Lieut. Col. Master, 3 F. G.
Capt. Gill, 46 F.
Burns, 80 F.
Lieut. Baillie, 20 F.
Cornet Gulston, 3 Dr.
Dep. Storekeeper Gen. Jas. Smith
Gen. Gwyn, 1 Dr. G. London Lt. Gen. Monro, Bath
13th Jan. 1821. 3d Jan.
Maj. Gen. Chester, late of Coldstream Gds. London 5th Jan.
Hare, late of 22 Dr.Bangalore, on Staff at Madras 20th Aug. 1820. Col. Vise W. de Serrant, late Irish Brig.
F. A. L. Baron De Arentsschildt, 3 Huss. Germ. Leg. Hanover 10th Dec. Lt. Cols. Handfield, Royal Eng. London
8th Jan. 1821. Sir F. H. Flight, Bt. Paymaster, R. Mar. Capt. Bates, 16 F. Gray, 67 F. Camp near Mally, Bombay 8th June 1820. Roberts, Royal Eng. Barbadoes, 17th Nov. Spence, h. p. 1 Gar. Bn. Londonderry
Meister, h. p. 2 Huss. Germ. Leg.
Wilson, 46 F. Cuddapah, Madras
3d Oct. 2d Dec. 11th July. 9th June
Mackenzie, 8 Vet. Bn. Fort George, North
Additions and Alterations.
Brevet. Maj. T. H. Dawes, h. p. 22 Dr. to be Lt. Col. 7th Nov. 1818. Capt. C. Middleton, h. p. 22 Dr. Major 8th Feb. 1819.
13 Dr. Lieut. Parlby, fm. h. p. 22 Dr. Lieut. vice Clark, exch. rec. diff.
18th Jan. 1821. Capt. M'Pherson, fm. h. p. 21 F. paying diff, vice Hamilton, 81 F. do. Capt. Gordon, fm. 81 F. Captain, viee Cairnes, exch. 17th do.
Gent. Cadet Chaloner Ogle, fm. R. MIL
Keith, h. p. 69 F.
Cathcart, fm. 91 F. rec. diff. with Lieut. Burne, h. p. 64 F.
Cornet & Sub-Lt. Honeywood, fm. 1 Life Gds. with Ensign Fletcher, 45 F.
Cornet Hall, fin. 6 Dr. Gds. rec. diff. with Cornet Daintry, h. p. 21 Dr.
Dent, fm. 5 Dr. with Cornet Trollope, 10
T. G. Mattison, Ensign by purch. vice Fitz Roy, 3 F. G. 11th do. Capt. Cairnes, fm. 19 F. Capt. vice Gordon, exch. 17th do.
Cameron, fm. 5 F. rec. diff. with Ensign Burchell, h. p. 2 Prov. Bn. of Mil.
Blythe, fm. 3 F. with Ensign M.Nab, h. p. 91 F.
Miller, fm. 3 F. with Ensign Pigott, h. p.. 7 W. 1. R.
Smith, fm. 22 F. with Ensign Burlton, h. p. 69 F.
Dixon, fm. 70 F. rec. diff. with Ensign Westenra, h. p. 94 F. Surg. Rule, fm. 86 F. with Surg. Cunningham, h. p. Gleng. Fenc.
Capt. Hamilton, fm. 17 F. Capt. viee Adams, h. p. 21 F. rec. diff. 18th do. Gent. Cadet Hon. J. Stuart, fin. R. Mil. Col. Ens. by purch. vice Campbell, 16 F. 4th do. Med. Dep. Ass. Surg. J. Davy, M.D. fm. h. p. to be Ass. Surg. to the Forces 25th Dec. 1820.