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religious and moral habits of the people said that he wished to take the earliest oppor. are the most sure and firm foundation of tunity of calling the attention of the house national prosperity.”

to the late state prosecutions in Scotland, The customary address, in answer to the and would therefore give notice of a mospeech, was moved by the Earl of AYI.Es- tion on the subject for that day fortnight. FORD, and seconded by Lord SELSEA; The LORD ADVOCATE of SCOTLAND. and was carried, without any amendment When the motion of the Noble Lord being proposed.

(A. Hamilton) is brought forward, I Jan. 29.—The royal assent was given shall be prepared to shew, from the proby commission to a bill for the repeal of ceedings in the Court, and the issue of the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act, which the trial, that the charges insinuated had previously passed both Houses, the are wholly unfounded. I will shew, that standing orders for regulating the reading the imputation of ignorance in drawing up of bills being suspended, in order to acce- the indictment is completely fallacious; and lerate its progress.

from the issue of the trial, from the address Monday, Feb. 2.—Lord Sidmouth pre- of the Judge to the prisoner, on his being sented a sealed bag of papers, which he dismissed from the bar, when the Jury had said he was commanded by the Prince Re- returned a verdict, well known in the law gent to lay before the House. They re of Scotland, as distinguished from a verdict lated to the state of the country, and the of “ Not Guilty”-I mean a verdict of events that had happened since the second “ Not Proven".I will substantiate the report of the committee of secrecy last ses- fact, that the oath to which I referred was sion. On the motion of the noble Lord, taken by certain persons engaged in a traithe Peers were summoned for to-morrow. torous conspiracy at Glasgow. With re

Feb. 3.-Lord SIDMOUTH moved, that spect to another allegation of far more im. the papers on the state of the country be re- portance, namely, that I acted corruptly, ferred to a secret committee. The Marquis or that I suffered corrupt practices to be of LANSDOWNE, after animadverting on resorted to, for the purpose of influencing the conduct of the noble Viscount, sub- evidence ; instead of this statement being mitted, whether he (Lord Sidniouth) ought correct, I shall be able to prove to the sanot to state to the house the reasons which tisfaction of the House, that, so far from had induced him to propose the course of any thing corrupt having been done by me, secret investigation which his motion im or any other servant of the Crown, on the plied. Lord SIDMOUTH contended, that the occasion adverted to, we had, in fact, done course he had now proposed was that which nothing but what we could not have omithad always been followed by committees of ted doing, without being guilty of a great that house. The Earl of CAERNARVON dereliction of our public duty. said, if it was to be the province of the future Lord ARCHIBALD HAMILTON.-I am committee to inquire how ministers had desirous of making one or two observations, exercised the high discretionary powers in consequence of wbat has fallen from the that had been vested in them, the house Hon. and Learned Lord. I have no intenmust not delude itself or the country, by tion at present of entering into the subject consenting to go into inquiry upon such which has called forth his statement, but I information as should be furnished by mini. beg leave to say, that I not only dissent sters themselves. The Earl of LIVERPOOL from what he has advanced, but when the contended for the expediency of the mea proper time arrives, I will positively contrasure ; and, after some further debate, the dict what he has now asserted. question for referring the papers to a com

The SPEAKER then read a copy of the mittee was put and carried.

royal speech, when Feb. 5. The house proceeded to ballot MrWoDEHOUSE entered with much feel for the election of a committee to examine ing into the various subjects it contained, and report on the sealed papers on the and concluded with moving an Address to state of the nation, when the following the Prince Regent in answer, which was sePeers were elected, viz.

conded by Mr WYNDHAM Quin. The Lord Chancellor; the Earl of Har Lord FOLKSTONE, Sir S. ROMILLY, and rowby; Earl Graham, (Duke of Mon some other opposition members, took occatrose); Marquis Camden ; Marquis of sion to arraign the conduct of ministers, in Lansdowne; Earls Fitzwilliam, Liverpool, regard to the recent state trials, contending, and Powis ; Viscount Sidmouth, and Lords from the proceedings of the trials at Derby, Grenville and Reddesdale.

that the conspiracies so much talked of,

which had caused the suspension of the HOUSE OF COMMONS. Habeas Corpus Act, had no existence prior Tuesday, January 27. The Commons to the passing of that act, but were first haring returned to their own chamber, hatched about the beginning of June, at after having heard the speech from the the instigation of Government emissaries. throne,

They complained of the degradation to Lord ARCHIBALD HAMILTON rose and which the Courts of Law had been sub

jected by the impolitic, if not unjust persc- continued whilst the immediate effects of verance in the hopeless prosecution of Mr such arrangements should be in operation." Hone.

T'uesday, Feb. 3.--Lord C 1STLERE AGH Lord CASTLEREAGH and the ATTOR- presented several papers respecting the inNEY-GENERAL vindicated the conduct of ternal state of the country, which he proGovernment; and asserted, that, on inqui. posed should be referred to a committee, ry, it would be found that, whilst Ministers to be appointed on Thursday next. had exercised the power which had been Lord BINNING moved for leave to bring entrusted to them in promoting the ends of in a bill to authorise the erection of district justice, they had also been cautious to lunatic asylums in Scotland. After a short temper that power, on all occasions, with conversation with Lord A. Hamilton, Sir R. mercy.

Ferguson, and Mr W. Wynne, in the After a few words from Mr BROUGHAM, course of which Lord Binning stated the the Address was agreed to nem. con. objections formerly urged against a measure

Jan. 28. Some discussion took place re of a similar description, to have been for the garding Lord A. Hamilton's motion re most part obviated, by the manner in which specting the State Prisoners in Scotland, this bill had been framed, leaye was given the Lord Advocate wishing it postponed to to bring in the bill. an ulterior day, in consequence of his be February 4.-The House, in « Coming obliged to attend the Scotch Courts, mittee of Supply, voted, on the motion of the which did not rise till 12th March.

CHANCELLOR of the ExchEQUER,25 mil. Lord CASTLEREAGHmoved that a Message lions, and 9 millions of Exchequer bills, to of Condolence should be sent to the Queen take up outstanding Exchequer bills to the upon the death of the Princess Charlotte. same amount issued last year ; and also 8

Mr CalcrafT felt it very painful to dis- millions of Exchequer bills, to take up the sent from this measure; but such was his amount issued by the Bank, to make good feeling upon the subject, that he felt he the deficiencies of the public revenue in the should be wanting in duty to himself and year 1816. to the public, did he not give his negative The following sums were vored also :to this motion. He would use no harsh L.611,000 for the wages of 20,000 seamen words, nor would he enter into any ex and marines for thirteen lunar months ; planation on the subject ; but he felt some 1..512,000 for victualling them ; L.530,000 thing within liim which compelled him to for wear and tear; L. 29,000 for ordnance. express his marked dissent.-- Hear, hear, February 5.---Lord CASTLERE IGU movfrom the Opposition Benches.)

ed for the appointment of a Secret CommitLord CASTLEREAgu said, that as no de- tee, by ballot, to take into consideration the finite objections had been stated, he had no papers respecting the internal state of the reply to make.

country.- Mr TIERNEY contended that the Mr M. A. TAYLOR expressed his strong Committee should be an open one, as every dissent to the motion.

one knew bow Secret Committees were The motion was then put; there was a elected. He stigmatised the proceeding by general cry of " Aye! from the Treasury ballot as a coarse juggle by which no one side of the House, and as general a cry of could be deceived. He was followed in a * No" from the other side.

kind of skirmishing attack upon Ministers The SPEAKER.-I think the “ Ayes" by Sir S. ROMILLY, the Hon F. have it. (It was then agreed that Col. DOUGLAS, and Sir W. BURROWES. On Desbrow should present the Message to her the other hand, Sir J. SEBRIGHT, Mr Majesty.)

B. BATHURST, and Mr C. WYNNE 3SThe Noble Lord then moved a similar serted the upright intentions of GovernMessage to Prince Leupold, which was ment, and the advantage which the warmly approved of by Mr Calcraft and late measures had produced to the counMr Brougham, and passed unanimously. try. A division at length took place

Jan. 29.-In answer to a question from on the question for electing the memMr Grenfell, respecting the resumption of bers of the Committee by ballot, when the cash payments by the Bark, the Chancellor vumbers were-For the ballot, 102; against of the Exchequer replied, that the Bank it, 29. had made ample preparations for paying in February 6.-The Committee upon the cash—that there was nothing in the internal sealed papers were appointed as follows: state of the country, or in its political re Lord Milton, Lord G. H. Cavendish, Mr lations with foreign powers, to prevent its C. W. Wynne, Lord Castlereagh, Lord paying in cash ;-but that it was well Lascelles, Right Hon. C. Bathurst, The known “ that financial measures, and pe- Hon. William Lamb, Sir A. Piggott, Sir cuniary arrangements, were in a course of W. Scott, Sir J. Nicholl, The Solicitor Geproceeding amongst foreign powers, of such nerał, The Attorney General, The Right a nature as might, by possibility, make it a Hon. G. Canning, The Right Hon. c. question for the consideration of Parliament, Yorke, Mr W. Egerton, Mrow. Wilberwhether the restriction ought to be further forec, Mr B. Wilbraham, Mr W. Dundas,

The Right Hon. R. Peel, Sir W. Curtis, obtaining the Loan of Six Millions from Admiral Franks.

the Bank," said Mr Vansittart, “ has The members of the Opposition produced been attained ; and Government can now no lists, and Mr Calcraft, one of the scru. obtain such accommodation on much better tineers, said, that “ of 103 lists given in, terms--on terms which, in the course of 97 were not only identically the same, but two years, will cause to the public a saving in the same hand-writing.”

of Two Millions !In a debate on the Ways and Means, the To a question by Mr Hammersley, wheChancellor of the Exchequer distinctly ther the Government was to guarantee the stated, that Government would pay the repayment of Loans now advancing by cerLoan of Six Millions to the Bank in money, tain private speculators in this country to and not in Exchequer Bills, a statement foreign powers : Lord Castlereagh distinctly which Mr Tierney, who put the question, stated, “ that those who should make such was evidently not prepared to receive, and investments had no claim whatever upon which tended to shew that the resources of the British Government; and that, in the Government were superior to what the Hon. event of any war, or the conclusion of any Gentleman had anticipated. “ The imme- peace, no such transactions would be entidiate object which the Government had in tled to the consideration of Government.”

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Rise in the value of Land. The abund. 10.-Revenue.-At page 181 will be ance of money, from the high price of found a comparative statement of the pro- the funds, is gradually finding its way to duce of the revenue for the years and quar- the real property of the country, which ters ending 5th instant, from which it ap- is rising in proportion. The fine estate pears, that the revenue for the year 1817 of Corsewall, in the county of Wigton, is about ten millions less than that for the which has been offered to sale for some year 1816. The difference, however, is years past, was sold in Edinburgh yesteroccasioned, not by any defalcation of the day, after a smart competition, at the price rerenue, but by the loss of the property of L. 100.350. tax and other war taxes, which were re 17.-Severe Gale.On Thursday a sepealed. Making these deductions, the re vere gale of wind, rain, and snow, was exvenue of 1817 is greater than 1816. by perienced over the greater part of Scotland. L. 2,207,010. The amount of the public in Edinburgh, slates and chimney-tops income for the year 1817 amounts, by this were flying in all directions throughout statement, to L. 47,277,456. The expen- the day; and in houses fronting the west, diture, according to the estimate of the much mischief was sustained in breaking Chancellor of the Exchequer, would a of window-glass, stripping the lead from mount, with all the retrenchments made, the roofs, dashing the cupola windows from to above 60 millions, which still leaves a their frames, and shivering them to atoms. deficiency of betwixt 12 and 13 millions in the forenoon, all the large and small to be provided for.

minarets on the top of St John's Chapel, Inverness.-In every place that aims at west end of Prince's Street, were blown commercial prosperity, the accommodation down, leaving the tower a complete ruin ; of shipping is unquestionably an object of two of the larger ornaments were carried primary and vital interest ; yet, until with. 30 feet beyond the base of the tower, and in the last 18 months, the harbour of In- penetrated not only the roof of the church, verness would not admit loaded vessels of but also the floor, breaking into the vaults a size above 130 tons burthen, and only beneath. These pinnacles were only six these at high tides. This was a certain feet high, exposed only a surface of four bar to the increase of shipping, to the feet square, and were fixed to the top of prospect of its possessing a portion of fo- the tower by bars copper above an inch reign trade, and even to any attempt in broad, and five-eighths of an inch thick ; the Greenland fishery. Recent additions, yet such was the force of the wind, that it however, have supplied this great and long tore one of these copper bars from its place, deplored defect ; for Inverness has now a and twisted one of its arms, which was harbour competent for ships of 400 or 500 eight inches long, through an arch of 90 tons. The importance of the acquisition is degrees, as if it had been a slender piece too striking to require any comment, of lead. The gale commenced on Monday,

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and continued, with little intermission, till work greatly reduced in value to a new Thursday night. On Monday, the turrets purchaser. He gave immediate notice to on the top of Libberton church, in this the police and his brother booksellers, but neighbourhood, were also blown down. with little hope of seeing them again. In On Tuesday, an old man and his wife, go- less than half an hour, however, he had ing home from Gilmerton to Loanhead, the satisfaction to receive them, after they were blown into a ditch, and, unable to had gone through four different hands, viz. extricate themselves, unfortunately perish- the thief, the resetter, the depositary, and ed. Two buildings were blown down in the police. Paisley on Thursday; and in Glasgow, 26.—A Liverpool paper of this date and several other places, similar damage says,-“We are happy to inform the pub. was sustained. Large trees were torn up lic, that, by the wise recommendations of by the roots in various parts of the coun some of our principal physicians, and actry, and some bridges in the north were tive exertions of our parish officers, no less either broken down, or completely carried than 2880 apartments, cellars, &c. the off by the flooding of the streams. On the abodes of the poor of Liverpool, have been coasts, the violence of the gale was attend. cleansed and white-washed; and 533 have ed with more melancholy effects : the loss also been fumigated, after having been vi. of shipping and lives having been very sited by contagious fevers. Estimating great.

that five persons, on an average, may inGlasgow Mortality Bill.-It appears by habit each of these abodes, an important this document that the number of burials service has thus been rendered to 17,065 in the city and suburbs of Glasgow, in the human beings. year 1817, was 2757 ; being a decrease, Affecting Incident.- A fishing-boat of compared with the deaths in 1816, of 521. Newhaven, near Leith, having been lost in In the year 1816, 212 died in the city of the Frith of Forth on Tuesday the 20th inst. the measles ; in 1817, only 32, being a de- about sixty fishermen were yesterday emcrease, on that malady alone, of 180; and, ployed in the melancholy search for the boif this disease hias been equally mild in the dies of the sufferers. While one of the suburbs, which we believe to be the case, boats was dredging within a few yards of the whole decrease may be attributed to the spot where the accident had happened, the mildness in that particular complaint. and a brother of one of the sufferers, of the The number of funerals in the city and name of Hume, was anxiously looking over suburbs, for 1815, was 2717, being 40 less the side, the body in quest of which he had than in 1817.

been most earnestly engaged, came to the 16.-Twelve mails were this day due at surface of the water so suddenly, and with Belfast from Donaghadee, the boisterous such a force, that the faces of the two browest and south-west winds having prevent thers came almost in contact. This inci. ed vessels from getting out of Portpatrick dent so deeply affected the surviving brother, harbour.

that he fainted away. 22.-Combination.--It appears that a M. de Kasadowlew, Minister of the In. combination had existed among the colliers terior of his Imperial Majesty the Emperor in the counties of Lanark, Ayr, Renfrew, of Russia, has transmitted, through the Dumbarton, Stirling, Clackmannan, and medium of his Excellency Count Lieven, Linlithgow: having, for its object a rise his Imperial Majesty's Ambassador at the of wages. As Tollcross was the focus of Court of London, a very elegant and mas. the conspiracy, a warrant was granted by sive gold medal, presented by the Imperial the Sheriff, and early on Saturday morning Free Economical Society of St Petersburgh, it was executed by a party of peace officers, to Mr James Smith, of Deanston Works, near aided by a detachment of dragoons, who Stirling, as a mark of the esteem with which seized Gray Dennistoun Edmiston, and se- they regard his invention of the reaping macured a vast number of books and papers chine, a model of which was some time ago belonging to the association. Edmiston presented to the Minister of the Interior by has since been admitted to bail.

Mr Smith, through the medium of Dr HaA bookseller in Paisley having sold a mel, of Russia, and after which model the set of the Scots Magazine from its com- Society have had a machine made. mencement, consisting of 79 volumes, on Vaccination. Since the great discovery Monday evening last, placed them on the of vaccination, no fewer than 14,535 chilcounter for the purpose of packing them, dren have been vaccinated at the Edinburgh in order to their being sent to the pur- Public Dispensary alone, besides a great chaser, but in a short time he missed the number at the New Town Dispensary, in volumes for 1740 and 1741. After due all of which the inoculation has taken place consideration, he was convinced that they with the greatest facility and mildness. had been stolen from the counter, and his Importation of Port Wine.--The quanchagrin and vexation were extreme, as tity of port wine shipped at Oporto for the these volumes could not be replaced for United Kingdom in 1817, was as follows: moncy, the present sale was lost, and the For England, 19,400 pipes Scotland, 2500

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mand Ireland, 4500. The quantities shipped for other countries may be also worthy 2.Union Canal.-A third of the line of record in this place, viz. France, 34 pipes of canal between Edinburgh and Glasgow, -Holland, 45—Sweden, Hamburgh, westward from Edinburgh, is now con147—Denmark, 54 Prussia, 33--Russia, tracted for; and the operations, which will 212--North America, 71–Gibraltar, 58

soon commence, will have a beneficial efNetherlands, 1_Genoa, 81– New Or- fect on labour.) leans, 3.-In all, 27,147 pipes.

5.-Rogalia of Scotland. The examinaTyphus Fever. The city of Armagh is tion of the Crown-room and chest, supposed now pretty free from the typhus fever; but

to contain the regalia of Scotland, by comit is still making great ravages in other parts missioners appointed by the Prince Regent, of Ireland. Within a short time, 91 per- took place yesterday at one o'clock, and was sons have died of it in the townland of Car- attended with complete success. Nothing noon, county of Donegal, and the disease

was found in the room but a large oblong continues unabated in many parts of that oaken chest. The commissioners directed county. The entire inhabitants of several the chest to be forced open, which was efhouses in the townland just mentioned have fected with much difficulty. It was found fallen victims to the contagion, and num

to contain the Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of bers of the poor are, we lament to learn, in State of Scotland, in a state of perfect and want of almost every thing likely to stop its splendid preservation. There was also a silver progress. It has likewise made considerable rod of office, of which the peculiar use is not ravages in Findhorn and Burghead, and is

yet ascertained. So soon as the existence now communicated to Forres, in Scotland.

of these venerable and precious reliques was About the year 1798, a fever of a de- ascertained, the Royal Standard was hoisted, scription similar to that now so fatally pre- and the soldiers cheered a salute, which was valent in Ireland, raged in Edinburgh, and heartily echoed from the Castle-Hill

. The was peculiarly severe among the young. regalia were replaced in the chest, which Without being generally known or adopted, was again properly secured, until a report in medical practice, ycast was then in some

can be made to the Prince Regent on the eases resorted to, and with the happiest ef- subject, when it is expected that his Royal fects. 30.—Queensberry Legacies. The import- tion of these ancient emblems of the na

Highness will authorize the public exhibiant cause between the Duke of Buccleuch tional independence of Scotland.* and the trustees of the late Duke of Queens. berry, respecting the leases granted by the burgh. In the case which has been for

Buildings on the North Bridge, Edin. latter, which was remitted by the House of

some time before the Court of Session reLords to the Court of Session

for revision, garding these buildings, (see page 486 of has been decided against the Duke of Buc- last volume,) a majority of the Court on dleuch. By this judgment a very large sum Tuesday agreed to pass the bills of susof money, now standing in the name of the fery, will become the property of the lega- into the right of servitude claimed by the Accomptant-General of the Court of Chan- pension, but without interdicts. The ques

tion is thus left open for deliberate inquiry tees under the will of the Duke of Queens. proprietors of Prince's Street over the berry, should it be affirmed by the House of Lords

. The whole of the funds left by his ground on which the buildings in question Grace, with the accumulated interest since

The Fife Cause.--This important case, his death, now amount to upwards of a mile which has excited great interest in Scotland, lion sterling! 3).-State Prisoners.--About the be- been decided by the Court of Session, in

as involving property to a large amount, has ginning of this month, Lord Sidmouth favour of the Earl of Fife. The late James signed warrants for discharging all the re

Earl of Fife, his uncle, had acquired in his maining state prisoners, upun giving

their life-time by purchase, estates to the value own recognizances to appear at the Court of upwards of L. 20,000 a year, which he of King's Bench on the beginning of the conveyed to trustees, the rents of which term, to answer any charge which might be

were to accumulate for an indefinite period, brought against them. With this condiprisoners, Mr Evans, senior and junior, ever in those estates. An action was brought tion they all complied except two London excluding his nephew and heir at law, the

present Earl, from any future benefit whate and a man from Manchester. The Messrs

before the Supreine Court in Scotland for Evans continuing firm in their refusal to accept of a conditional liberation, Lord Sid. mouth ordered them on the 20th to be set at liberty without any stipulation whatever; * As soon as the report of the commiss and in the Court of King's Bench this morn sioners can be made public, we hope to be ing, on the motion of the Attorney-General, enabled to present it to our readers, along the other prisoners were discharged from the with some curious historical notices of these recognizances into which they had entered interesting and splendid reliques.

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