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rose, in pursuance of his notice, to move On the report of the bill for building for leave to bring in “ a bill to amend the new churches being brought up, Mr BROWN act for the encouragement of savings'objected to the clause depriving the rector banks.” He stated, that the object of the of the power of removing the curate, and bil was merely to remove some technical confiding that power in the bishop of the difficulties in the act of last session, and diocese. observed, that the prosperity of these estab The CHANCELLOR of the ExCHEQER, lishments had far exceeded the most san after observing that it would be proper to guine expectations. How much would the enter into questions of minute detail at a framer of these bills have been delight. further stage of the bill, stated, that the ed, had he lived to witness the success of law was in most cases nearly the same as his efforts! From the 26th of August to at present. the 7th of March, no less a suin than Mr Grant was happy to hear that the L. 675,000 had been invested in the Bank measure would be extended to Scotland, as of England by different savings' banks. there were parishes there sixty miles long The right hon. gentleman most sincerely and thirty miles broad. hoped that they would continue to prosper, March 18.-Mr Douglas obtained leave as he considered them intimately connected to bring in a bill for the protection of sav. with the morals, frugality, and industry of ing banks in Scotland. the people. Leave was given to bring in March 19.- The House met, and went the bill.

through the several orders of the day withMr BROGDEN brought up the report of out discussion, after which an adjournment the committee of supply.

took place till the 2d of April.

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of the new church at Dunfermline took 10.-AT a numerous meeting of the Ca. place, amidst a vast concourse of spectators, ledonian Hunt, the propriety of erecting a

and under circumstances peculiarly grati. National monument to the memory of King fying to the feelings of all present. The Robert Bruce, whose body has recently stone was laid by the Earl of Elgin, with been discovered amidst the ruins of the the usual masonic accompaniments. Abbey of Dunfermline, was suggested, Melancholy Shipwreck. The brig Leanand highly approved of, and a subscription der, Fish, 236 tons per register, of and for opened for the purpose.

Shields from London, in ballast, being driven 13.-Jury Court.-Crim. Con. In this northward by the late furious gales, in the case, which was tried in the Jury Court of night between the 4th and 5th inst., struck Edinburgh, General Matthew Baillie of on an outer rock, at Longside, near Slains Carnbroe was plaintiff, and James Bryson, Castle. The vessel being thereby thrown surgeon in Hamilton, who is married to on her beam ends, fell with her gunwale Mrs Baillie's sister, was defendant. The under a shelving rock on the mainland, on act of adultery was positively denied, and which, at this awful moment, two of the the charge rested solely on circumstantial crew jumped, and had with difficulty only evidence. The trial lasted from ten in the just secured themselves, when, looking morning of the 12th till five next morn round, they found their unfortunate vessel, ing, when the jury, after consulting toge with all left on board, eight men, and a ther half an hour, found the charge not young woman passenger, had totally disapproven. This verdict was hailed by a peared. Left in this nearly hopeless situa. crowded court with great applause. Theretion, the survivors, Andrew George and were 150 witnesses in attendance for the James Durward, clung to the rock, exdefence.

posed to all the horrors of that most tem16.-Fatal Effects of Passion. In the pestuous and dreadful night. On the rebeginning of last week, a farmer, near turn of day-light, they found themselves Stirling, having an altercation with his under an impending precipice of prodi. servant girl, on account of her refusing to gious height, from which there was hardly do what she was desired, he, in a rage, a possibility of their being seen from the threw a pair of tongs at her, which missed land, or of their escaping from their perithe servant, but struck his own child, a girl lous situation, but by the ocean ; into about 14 years of age, on the head, of which, after passing the day in a state of which she died soon after.

despair not to be expressed, the poor seaDunfermline. On Tuesday the 10th, men, although much exhausted, threw the ceremony of laying the foundation stone themselves; and, swimming round a point,

got to an accessible part of the steep cliff, session of the first Parliament of Charles and with the greatest exertion gained the II. (1661, cap. 34,) entitled" An act against summit in the evening, relating the melan- clandestine and unlawful marriages,”. choly particulars of the disaster to some whereby it is enacted, “ that the celebrator fishermen, who could hardly believe the of such marriages be banished the kingsorrrowful tale, until confirmed by part of dom, never to return therein, under the the wreck discovered afterwards.

pain of death."- It was proved by the two 18.-Dissenters. Two cases of special soldiers and their wives, that they were marinterest to dissenters were tried at Salis. ried by Mr Robertson, without having obbury assizes, both brought forward by the tained the certificates of proclamation, whicle Society in London for protecting the Reli- the session-clerk of Si e uthbert's refused gious Liberty of the Dissenters. The first to give them, because they had not prowas to establish the right of individuals to duced the sanction of their officer. Ropass toll-free through turnpike gates in bertson married them, and proposed to get their way to places of worship, even when the certificates for them afterwards, through such places were not within the parish in the means of Pearson, who, for this pur. which the parties reside. A verdict was pose, got from each cruple 7s. Cd., while given in favour of the dissenters.—The Robertson received 2s. Ed. for marrying other was against the Reverend W. Easton, them. Some days after, the prisovers de perpetual curate of Anstey, J. Jerrard, the livered marriage lines to the parties, pur, tything man, and eight others, for assem- porting to be signed by Mr Ross, session. bling with cow. horns, large bells, and other clerk of North Leith; but which were pro, instruments, and annoying therewith a con ved by Mr Ross and his son to be forgregation of dissenters, so as to interrupt geries. Mr Robertson was found guilty of the said congregation while assembling for having celebrated the clandestine marriages, the purpose of divine worship, and follow. and both pannels guilty of uttering fabriing the Rev. Mr Hopkins, the minister, cated certificates, knowing them to be so. to the boundaries of the parish, with oaths, They received sentence this morning, or, execrations, and the above discordant sounds; daining them to three months' imprisonof which the Reverend Mr Easton, J. Jer. ment in the Canongate jail ; and, after, rard, and seven others, were found—Guil. wards, Robertson to be banished Scotland ty.

for life, and Pearson for 14 years. 19.Floating Church.-A meeting was 21.-Commission of the Peace for Fife. yesterday held at the City of London Ta- shire.--The names of Dr Charles Stuart of vern, for the purpose of providing for our Dunearn, and Mr James Stuart, younger seamen the means of attending divine ser of Dunearn, which were omitted from the vice in the port of London. The plan last Commission of the Peace for the coun, proposed met with general approbation, ty of Fife, owing to the Lord Lieutenant and a resolution for carrying it into effect not recommending their names to be inwas unanimously agreed to. It was as fol- serted in it, were, a few days ago, restored lows :-To fit out a large vessel, (to be call. by the special order of the Lord Chancel. ed " The English Ark,") capable of con- lor, who was at the same time pleased to taining 700 or 800 persons, who may as- desire, that it might be understood that he semble to hear preaching and prayer. This conceived the rule to be, that a name once vessel is to be kept afloat upon the river; inserted in the Commission ought not to so that she may be removed for congrega- have been omitted without cause shewn tional purposes ; and no distinction of re to the Great Seal, of which the Chancellor ligious opinion is to be maintained ; all would judge for himself, after dye and just are to act according to conscience, and true investigation. blue is to be the insignia or flag of the Illicit DistillationOn the 18th, in ship.

the forenoon, Mr Mackenzic, supervisor, High Court of Justiciary. Celebrating accompanied by Mr Watson, supervisor, Unlawful Marriages. Yesterday the Court and Messrs Gorrie and Meikle, officers proceeded to the trial of Joseph Robertson, of Excise, made an important seizure in minister of the gospel, and William Pear. Halkerston's Wynd, Edinburgh. Upon son, spirit-dealer in the Canongate of Edin- searching the house to which their inburgh, accused of celebrating unlawful formation pointed, they could discover marriages, and of forging, or causing to be nothing wrong, although the smell clearforged, marriage lines, as if from the ses- ly indicated the near vicinity of their obsion-clerk of North Leith, upon which ject. Hearing some noise, however, in a two soldiers of the 88th regiment were dark closet, which they had already searchmarried by the said Joseph Robertson to ed without effect, they entered it a second two young women, servants to Mr Grant time, and found a man there, without any of Rothiemurchus. The act of the Scot visible means of his having got in. He attish Parliament, under which celebrators tempted to escape, but, upon being threate of clandestine marriages are liable to be ened, pointed to a small place which openbrought to trial, is the 34th act of the first ed by a spring; and the Excisemen har.

ing crept through it, found themselves in a articles of value ; and that they had fre. large vault, formed by one of the dead quently spent nights in it, fearlessly caarches of the North Bridge, where a fine rousing, and afterwards deliberately laying copper still, of 30 gallons content, was in themselves down to sleep in some of the full work, from sugar and molasses. The beds. still, they learned, had been working for The Jury returned a verdict, unaniabove a year, to the great prejudice of the mously finding both pannels Guilty of revenue and the fair trader. The passage the crimes libelled, but Aitchison Not by which the casks and other necessary ap- Guilty of being habit and repute a thief. paratus had been introduced, was carefully Thereafter the Chancellor of the Jury built up and plastered over, and no en- stated, that the Jury, by a very great trance left but that by which the Excise- majority, almost amounting to unanimity, men had got in ; and they were obliged to recommended Aitchison to mercy procure instruments to break open the ori. Lord Gillies stated, that this was a most ginal entrance, before they could complete melancholy and distressing case ; for it was their seizure, which they at length con a lamentable fact, that the greater part of veyed safely to the Excise Office.

the crimes committed in this country were 24.---Jury Court.-Case of Damages.-- by youthful depredators, of which the This day, Mr Leven, a Collector of Excise, numbers who had lately appeared at that obtained in the Jury Court, Edinburgh, a bar were most woful examples. verdict of L. 2000 against Messrs Young, Lord Hermand procecded to pass sendistiilers at Burntisland, for having trans tence of death upon the prisoners, when a mitted to the Lords of the Treasury ground scene of the utmost distress presented itless complaints against him, in consequence self. The prisoners cried most piteously; of which he had been dismissed.

and, when desired to stand up, fell down 26. Juvenile Depravity.--High Court below the bar.–After some minutes delay, of Justiriary. Yesterday came on the trial they were supported by the Police officers; of Patrick Main, George Stewart, George and Lord Hermand, after a suitable admoAitchison, and John M‘Nicol, accused of nition, in delivering which he seemed to theft and housebreaking, and of being ha- be extremely agitated, and was often in. bit and repute thieves, “in so far as, on terrupted by the cries and lamentations of the 13th September 1817, they did wic- the prisoners, sentenced them to be exekedly and feloniously break into and enter cuted at Edinburgh, on Wednesday the the house in Coates Crescent, in the parish 29th day of April. of St O‘uthbert's, and county of Edinburgh, The following letter, which Main had belonging to Philip Hay, Esq. of Bal. written and contrived to send out of jail to makewan, but which was at the time unoc- Cameron, one of his young associates, was cupied, by forcing asunder one of the staun- produced in evidence, and shews the macheons, or iron bars, of one of the lower turity of vice to which these young of. back windows thereof, and violently break- fenders had reached. The explanation of ing open the fastened shutters of the same; the flush terms with which it is so abunand they did all and each of them steal dantly interlarded, and which rendered it and theftuously carry away a vast quantity inexplicable to any but the gang, was given of ladies' and gentlemen's wearing apparel, by Alain in his examination before the gold rings, napery, necklaces, bracelets, Sheriff. gold seals, and a great variety of other ar "6Dup up Cane,'(a) Oct. 1, 1817. ticles.”

" DEAREST BIFF,' (6) One of the pannels, Stewart, had hang " I heard you' wheising' (C) up to my ed himself in prison since his indictment com rade • Gow.' (d). I am down on (e) was served upon him ; and John M‘Nicol • Buckets' () spliting,' (g) as Spiers has was outlawed for non-appearance, having done the same whid' (1) to Gow and made his escape from jail.

* Cocky' (i) to cut the viles.' (k)- Tip' (!) Main and' Aitchison, and the others my compliments to the Votes,' (m) and named in the indictment, the eldest of whom is only 16 years of age, are part of a numerous band of young depredators, 2.-Lock-up-House. who have long infested Edinburgh, and b.-A nickname for Cameron. for whom the punishment of bridewell, -Speaking which they had frequently experienced, d.--George Stewart. seemed to have po terrors, and several of -Angry. whom have been recently transported for

4.-M Nicol. various offences.

g.-Speaking out. The fact of the robbery was distinctly h..Tell. proved against the prisoners, chiefly by the i.-James M‘Kay. evidence of their accomplices; from which k. Quit the town. it appeared that they had gone out and in 1.Give. to the house for several weeks, carrying off M. Robert Wilson and David Kids

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tell them that I expect to see them soon. son of John M‘Diarmid, a corporal on the Tell them that they must not wear the Staff of the Perthshire Militia, who, being things which they got. I would thank you dressed in black clothes, went through the to send me up a pack of 'flatts ;' (1) if you ceremony in due form, from the Common send them up, direct them to John Beaton. Prayer Book, and received 5s. for his ser. -Send a line with them ; direct it to the vices from the bride. After the ceremony, same. Gow and I are still keeping up our the party regaled themselves plentifully hearts. Go down to my aunt, and tell with spirits, &c. at the bride's expence; her that I am not very well, and that she and, having spent in drink all the money need not send up any pick.' (0)—Be sure she had brought with her, amounting to to come and see me when I am full exa- 30s., they stripped her of her pelisse, to mined.Remind my aunt to send up my pay for 16s. worth of more spirits, and old clothes, and a pair of stret hers; (p) then kicked and turned her out of doors. as also a clean shirt and a handkerchief. I By the vigilance of the sitting Magistrate, again remind you to tell the Votes what I Jamieson and M‘Diarmid were committed told you. Show them this ugly scribble. to jail on Monday, and Brodie on Tues.

“ I will write you the next when you day, to answer for this disgraceful outsend me the cards. I and ever will be rage. your friend. (Signed) · STALKER." (9) Edinburgh, Dup up Cane."

1.-Rinal Infirmary of Edinburgh

So far back as the 7th of July last year, Pitt Club of Scotland. On the 24th, Dr Craigie, Dr Lee, Mr Glover, and Mr the members of the Pitt Club had their an. Sims, clerks of the Royal Infirmary, gave niversary dinner in the Assembly Rooms, in a statement to the managers of certain George Street, Edinburgh, where upwards abuses in the domestic management, which of 200 assembled. The chair was fill- had come under their observation, while ed by the Lord Advocate of Scotland, one attending their duty in the Hospital ; and of the Vice-Presidents. His Lordship was which they had been led to investigate, in supported by the Lord Provost, the Earl of consequence of complaints from several of Moray, Vice-Admiral the Honourable Sir the patients, of their food being stinted, Alexander Inglis Cochrane, G. C B., Lord and of bad quality ; and of a wilful inatCringletie, Sir George Clerk, Bart. M. P.; tention, on the part of the nurses, to their Sir James Steuart Denham, Sir David comfort, in regard to cleanliness, &c. These Baird, and Sir Howard Elphinston, Baro- complaints became the subject of occasional nets, Sir James Douglas, K. C. B. &c. &c. discussion in one of the Edinburgh news. Mr Graham Stirling of Airth and Strowan, papers, and were the quent pics of who acted as Croupier, was supported by conversation ; when at a general court of Mr Baron Clerk Rattray, Sir William contributors, held on the 5th January last, Forbes, Sir John Hope, and Sir John Mr John Wigham moved for the appointHeron Maxwell, Baronets, &c. &c. The

ment of a committee, to inquire into the Preses of the meeting introduced the lead. existence and the extent of the alleged ing toasts upon the occasion with appro- abuses. This motion gave rise to rather an priate addresses: and the whole company, intemperate discussion, some of the manaas on former occasions, seemed impressed gers and their friends conceiving, that, to with the strongest feelings of respect and accede to the motion, would be to pass a veneration for the departed statesman whose vote of censure on their own conduct. Mr memory they had assembled to commemo

Wigham and his friends disclaimed any rate.

such intention; and the appointment of a Atrocious Ou ge. -On Friday, the committee to inquire into, and report on 20th, about twelve o'clock at night, John the subject, was at length agreed to The Brodie, a young man from Dunkeld, ac- inquiry accordingly proceeded, and the recompanied by a woman of the name of port, which had been previously printed, Margaret Robertson, from the parish of and sold to the contributors at 10s. 6d. é Auchtergaven, came to the house of Allan copy, was taken into consideration at an Jamieson, St John's Street, Perth, for the adjourned meeting of contributors, held on purpose of being married, and remained Monday last the 30th March. there for the night, Jamieson having told The report of the committee, which is them that he would get a clergyman to of great length, goes into a history of the marry them next day, for 30s. A clergy- general economy of the hospital, and speaks man was accordingly procured, in the per- in high terms of the excellence of the me

dical treatment of the patients ; but admits,

at the same time, on a review of the eviN.-A pack of cards.

dence, " that there have existed some er-Meat.

rors and defects in the ordinary domestic po-Stockings.

economy of the house, and that the esta9.-A nickname by which Main went blished arrangements have failed to preamongst the gang.

rent the occasional occurrence of circun

stances injurious to the comfort of the kenzie, and gave rise to a lengthened patients, and affecting the general charac. and warm discussior ; in the course of ter and repute of this most interesting and which, the following gentlemen, among most useful adjunct to the great medical others, delivered their sentiments, name school of Edinburgh." The committee at ly, Sir William Rae, Mr Jeffrey, Genę. the same time expressed their conviction, ral Dundas, Sir John Dalrymple,

Cap. " that the evils which may have existed tain Lowis, Sir George Clerk, Mr Craig, have arisen even in spite of great zeal, and the Lord President, the latter of anxiety, and active benevolence, on the whom spoke for about three hours, in part of the ordinary managers, in the defence of the management of the hosdischarge of their official duties". The

pital. Dr Charles Stuart afterwards defects alluded to by the committee regarded the cleanliness of the persons and attempted to address the meeting, but

was prevented by loud cries of

quesbedding of the patients. With regard to

tion." A vote was then taken, when the bedding, they report, " that in the there appeared in favour of the resolucourse of last year, such measures had tions 175, against them 32.—Majority been adopted and carried into execution, 143. Thanks were voted to Mr Jaras appear to have left little

or no ground of dine, the treasurer of the Infirmary, complaint on this head; and they suggest and to the Lord Provost, the chairmap to the managers, to provide such a quanti; of the meeting. ty of body linen, as may insure personal cleanliness.” In regard to diet, after observ.

Thus terminated this important in. ing, that, “ in the preparation, as well as in quiry ; and whatever difference of opi. the quantities served out to the patients, the nion may have existed as to its neces practice of late years has occasionally erred sity, a general conviction is entertained, on the side of too rigid an economy ;"_they that the result, so far from diminishing, add, that the complaints on those heads, will tend materially to increase the conwhich had gone abroad, have been in some fidence of the public in this admirable instances exaggerated much beyond what charity. The skill, humanity, and un. the facts now in evidence appear to justify, wearied care and attention of the mediwhile in some other instances they are un cal gentlemen attached to it, are known, supported or disproved." The report was and universally acknowledged ;-whatsigned by eleven members of the commit- ever may have been formerly amiss, in tee, namely, Messrs Francis Jeffrey, Tho- the domestic economy, has been care. mas Thomson, J. A. Murray, J. F. Ers- fully remedied; and from what came kine of Mar, Alexander Monro, Lieuten out in the discussions on the subject, it ant-General Maxwell, Sir William Fettes, appears, that the whole management Bart. Messrs Adam Maitland, Leonard t present approaches as near to perTurner, John Craig, and John Wighain. fection, as it is perhaps possible to bring Seven of the committee, viz. Lord Balgray, any human establishment of the like Şir William Rae, Reverend Principal Baird, nature. Messrs William Arbuthnot, Alexander

Ireland. Typhus Fever. - We learn, Duncan, Robert Dundas, W. S. and James with regret, from the Irish papers, that the Dundas, W. S. dissented from the general typhus fever is increasing in several parts admissions of the report; their reasons, at of Ireland. The prevalence of this dissome length, being subjoined.

temper in Kilrush, in the county of Clare, The report and dissent having been has made it necessary to postpone the ses. read at the meeting on the 30th March, sions from the 6th of April to the 11th of Professor David Hume proposed a short May. series of resolutions, bearing, that the Scottish Burgh Reform.- Kirkcudbright committee had not discovered any abuses and Stranraer have, since our last, declared in the management, – that such in. in favour of reform. It appears, that, of stances of inattention, as had acciden- the sixty-six Scottish royal burghs, thirty, tally crept in, had been discovered by or nearly one half of the total number, the managers themselves,--that some of have already voted resolutions in favour of these were rectified, and the rest in the reform. And it also appears, that the pocourse of being so, previous to the ap- pulation of those burghs who have taken pointment of the committee,--that it decided measures for procuring the abowas therefore quite unnecessary for the lition of the practice of self-election, is to meeting to give any recommendations the population of those who have not yet to the managers on the subject,-and expressed themselves on the subject, nearthat the cordial thanks of the meeting ly as four to ONE. be given to the managers, for their uni

8.-Revenue.-By an account of the toform and zealous attention to the in- tal net produce of the revenue of Great

Britain and Ireland, distinguishing that of terests of the charity. These resolutions were seconded by Mr Henry Mac. Great Britain, and that of Ireland, in each

of the years ending 5th January 1811,

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