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conduct. The proposed vote of thanks was sion of the House afterwards took place, unanimously agreed to, but accompanied respecting the L. 10,000 to the Duke of with a recorded opinion of the House, as York as Custodier of the Royal Person, respecting the conduct of Sir T. Hislop, in when 156 voted for the grant, and 97 against causing the killedar of the Fort of Talni-r it-majority 59. to be executed, the same as that expressed Cilidonian Canal.-On the 22d the by the Cominons on the preceding day. Ilouse agreed to grant 1.50,000 to carry (Vide p. 266, last number.)

on the Caledonian Canal ; it being underSilver Currency.-On the 10th an im- stood that L. 30,000 more will complete the portant communication was made by Nir undertaking. Hellesley Pole, respecting the future sup Scotch Statute Law.-On the 230 Sir ply of the silver currency. By a recent ar JOHN NEWPORT brought forward a morangement, he said, the Bank of England tion regarding the statute law of Scotland. would receive from thirty to thirty-tive That this important question might come thousand pounds worth of silver coinage more immediately under the consideration every week, which has been calculated of Government, the Right lionourable Bawould be found sufficient for the general ronet moved an address to his Royal Highpurposes of the retail trade of the country. ness the Prince Regent, praying that an This arrangement was to commence the inquiry might be made into the power asfollowing weck.

sumed by the Lords of Session to declare Winsor Estublishment. On the 16th statutes, or parts of statutes, to be obsolete, a discussion arose, on a motion of Sir A. or in desuetude. The Lord Advocate ob. HOPE, for maintaining six equerries on jected altogether to the motion, because, the Windsor Establishment, instead of four. although the object was deserving of supThis motion was secondeul by the son of the port, the motion was not likely to obtain late Mr Perceval, in a maiden speech. that object. The address was lost, on a On a division, it was lost by a majority of division; there being for the motion 15, 193 ; the numbers being 259 against 60. against it 33,-majority 18.

Westminster Election. On the 17th, Poor Laus.-On the 25th Mrs. BOURNE Sir F. BURDETT presented a petition, obtained leave to bring in two bills for signed by four electors of Westminster, a ameliorating the system of poor relief. gainst the return of Mr Lamb. It was or The first of the bills, if carried, will efdered to be taken into consideration on the fect a most essential alteration in that part 6th of May next.

of the poor's laws which relates to the set. Lords of the Admiralty. On the 18th tlement of paupers. By the existing sys. Sir M. W. RIDLEY brought forward a tem, residence, combined with other cir. . proposition for an address to the Prince

cumstances, gives a right to a parish settleRegent, praying his Royal Highness to

Those circumstances are, hiring make a reduction in the number of the jus (the servant being unmarried and childless) nior Lords of the Admiralty. On a divi- for a year—the renting, for 40 days, a tesion, the motion was lost by a majority of nement of the annual value of L 10-the 81.--the numbers being, for the motion, residing on an estate, of which a bona fide 164—against it, 245.

purchase had been made for L. 39 or upDutics on Salt.—The same evening, Mr wards—and the having served certain paCALCRAFT brought the subject of the du- ochial offices, or completed a term of apties on salt under the consideration of the prenticeship. Mr Bourne's plan is to conHouse. He allowed that the state of the fine the right of settlement to residence acountry would not admit of the repeal of a lone, (from three to five years, as may heretax that brought in a million and a half after be agreed on,) without any reference yearly to the revenue, he, therefore, con to the circumstances above enumerated. tented himself with moving for an account The object of this measure is threefold.of all the salt delivered duty free in Eny- 1st, To prevent the expensive litigation land for the last year, and the purposes to which so often takes place on points of which it had been applied, which motion settlement; 2d, to guard against the was agreed to, and the account ordered. injustice of sending back to parishes, in

Game Laws.-On the 19th, Mr Braxd's the decline of life, persons who have for bill, calculated to remedy some of the a series of years laboured, and spent their many evils produced by the game laws, wages elsewhere, without obtaining a setwhich have long disgraced our statute tlement; and, 3d, to remedy the evil inbooks, was read a second time by the vote flicted on poor persons themselves, who, of a majority of 110 against 83. The having passed the greater part of their days main principle of the bill is to give to every at one end of the kingdom, are liable to be possessor of land the same right over the removed, when they most want the friend. wild animals as over every other kind of ship and assistance of those whom they property it produces.

have long known, to remote parishes where Windsor Establishment.--Another divi- they are total strangers.

ment.

The second bill is to prevent a misappli- any condition or stipulation ; and it did cation of the poor-rates, by paying the not appear that the object was to obtain wages of labour out of them. This will political support. That, on the 21st of apply chiefly to persons who, having a September, Mr W. Quin admitted to Mr large family, receive a certain weekly allow- C. Smith his expectation of political support ance for each child above the number which from T. W. Grady, but on the 12th of Oc. they state themselves able to inaintain.- tober disclaimed such an expectation; that Instead of money, it is now proposed to the intention of procuring political support, take their children, and put them to work, in this manner, appears to the House imcombining with labour a proper degree of proper and blameable, and, if acted upon, education. This will secure a double eb- would call for severe reprehension." ject. It will train up the children of the Upon this a discussion took place which poor into habits of industry, and it will did not end until four o'clock on the mornprevent the money, which is now disbursed ing of the 1st April. The House at length in weekly allowances to the parents, from divided on the original resolution, and it being applied by them, as is too often the was negatived by a majority of 162 to 73. case, to any object rather than to the bene. There was then a division on the amendfit of their children.

ment, and it was carried by a majority of Purity of Election. The attention of 154 to 81. the House has been a good deal taken up In the course of the proceedings in this during the month with a charge preferred case Mr Grady and his father were both against the Hon. Wyndham Quin, the committed to custody by the House for & member for Limerick. On this subject a breach of its privileges, in writing threatenvoluminous mass of evidence before the ing letters to the witnesses. House was ordered to be printed ; and Case of Aberdeen. On the 1st April was taken into consideration on the 31st. Lord ARCHIBALD HAMILTON brought The nature of the transaction, and the forward a motion for certain papers respectcharge against Mr Quin, will be found ex. ing the late election of magistrates for the plained in the following resolution propos- burgh of Aberdeen, by warrant of the Pried by Sir R. Wilson, who took the lead in vy Council. The noble Lord contended that the proceedings against the honourable the issuing of the said warrant was an ilegal member.

exercise of authority on the part of his Ma. " That Mr Quin had been appointed jesty's Privy Council; and to shew the eustos rotulorum of the county of Lime- corrupt state of the magistracy of that rick, in July last, by virtue of which office town, he stated, that the magistrates had, he obtained the power of appointing the for a great number of years, been selfclerk of the peace. That in the month of elected ; and that they had, by not very proSeptember, thereafter, he appointed Ricli- per means, obtained secret minutes of the ard Smith clerk of the peace; that he sti- town-council, in consequence of which they pulated that out of the emoluments of the had run the burgh so much in debt thas clerk of the peace, which were L. 400, it had, at last, to use its own expression, L. 200 a-year should be paid to T. W. “ dissolved in its own rottenness, and be Grady ; that on a conversation with Mr come bankrupt to the enormous amount of Carew Smith, on the 21st of September, he L. 230,000.” The motion was opposed by stipulated that the L. 200 should be paid the LORD ADVOCATE, who contended for to T. W. Grady so long as he should re the legality of the warrant. He was se. main politically connected with him, but conded by Lord CastLENEAGH, who in. that T. W. Grady was at perfect liberty to sisted that the cry for burgh reform was a withdraw his political support from him, mere pretence ; and that it was parliamén. and renounce the L. 200 ; that the subé tary reform which was aimed at. The stance of this conversation was reduced to motion was supported by Mr Joseph Hume, writing, and with one correction approved Mr Findlay, and several other members of; that in consideration of L. 200 a year, for Scotland, as well as by Mr Wilberforce given to T. W. Grady, Mr W. Quin was and his friends; and ministers negatived to have the political support of T. W. Gra. the motion by a scanty majority–105 voting dy; that, in so doing, Mr W. Quin haul for the motion, and 110 against it. The acted inconsistently with the duties of cus announcement of the numbers was retos rotulorum, violated the freedom of elec- ceived by loud cheerings from the opposition, and committed a breach of the privi. tion benches, and, in consequence of the leges of that House."

extreme closeness of the division, Lord A. To this Mr B. Wilbraham moved an a. Hamilton gave notice, that after the holi. mendment the following effect : days he should again bring the subject be

“ That in July, 1818, Mr Quin offered fore the House: L. 200 a-year to 'T, W. Grady, without

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houses, to the value of forty shillings, 1119, Fire Offices. An account of the amount of whom 17 were executed—of forgery of duty paid by the different fire offices in 501, of whom 207 were executed-horseLondon, in the year 1818:

stealing 852, of whom 35 were executed Sun,

house-breaking in the day time, and larceL.118,491 14

0 Phenix,

73,987 6 3

ny, 761, of whom 17 were executed-of

murder 229, of whom 202 were executed Royal Exchange,

50,749 3 1 Imperial,

-robbery on the person, the highway, and

38,769 10 1 County,

other places, 848, of whom 118 were exe

30,087 15 Globe,

29,566 3

cuted—sheep-stealing 896, of whom_43 British,

16,809 10 2

were executed.-Making, with other offen. Eagle,

ces of a capital nature, within said interval,

16,099 2 7 Albion,

16,003 2 7

a gross total of convicted 3130, of whom Westminster,

1035 were executed.

15,116 8 Hand-in-hand,

14,014 3 5

12.High Court of Justiciary. This Hope,

13,203 14 11 Ofice at Åberdeen, was tried and convicted

day George Warden, late clerk in the Post Atlas,

12,456 8 4

of the crime of stealing and abstracting L'nion,

12,253 10 11 London,

letters containing various sums of money. 9,1-19 1 10

It appeared from the evidence of James

Shearer, one of the surveyors of the GeneL. 466,876 15 2 Being an increase over the former year having been made of letters containing mo

ral Post Office, that frequent complaints by the following offices of County,

L. 2,424 6

ney being missing in passing through A.

berdeen both from south and north ; the Union,

2,248 15

officers of the General Post Office, in order Sun,

1,618 165

to discover the depredator, sent a number Imperial,

1,503 14 6

of experimental letters, containing money, Atlas,

976 ] British,

550 18 5

to pass through the Aberdeen Post Office,

and finding they did not reach their desti. London,

430 7

nation, the witness went off immediately to Westminster

399 15 8 Hand-in-hand,

Aberdeen, had the pannel apprehended, 352 9 0

and in searching his drawers found one of L. 10,505 14 6

the missing letters, and a number of bank

notes; and another missing letter, in which a Friendly Societies. A case of some im- one pound note had been inclosed, was found portance relative to these institutions was in the pocket of his small clothes. It aptried at Kelso on the 26th ult. before his peared also in evidence, that the prisoner Majesty's Justices'of the Peace. The Kel. had been formerly of unblemished characso Friendly Society of Tradesmen and others ter, and was most respectably connected. summoned two of its members, who had His counsel, speaking in his behalf to the neglected for some time to contribute to jury, reprobated strongly the conduct of the the funds of the society, without having in- officers of the Post Office, for throwing out timated their resignation, to pay up their a snare to entrap the pannel. The learned

The defenders refused to comply counsel observed, that in passing the act of with the demand, on the ground that, by Parliament upon which this trial proceedceasing to contribute, they had lost all ed, it must have been the intention of the claim to any benefit from the society, and, Legislature to protect the fair trader alone of course, were virtually no longer to be against frauds committed upon them by considered as members. The Court, how. the servants of the Post Office, and never ever, decided, that every member of the in could have been intended to encourage the stitution is bound to pay up all arrears of laying of schemes to entrap any one to subscription, fines, &c. till he has formally commit a crime. The jury found the given notice of leaving the society.

pannel guilty, but a majority of them Crimes.-From an official return, print recommended him to mercy. The Lord ed by order of the House of Commons, Justice Clerk passed sentence upon him, presenting in one view an accurate repre- ordaining him to be executed at Edinburgh sentation of the state of crimes made capion the 14th April. tal by the law, from the year 1805 to the 15. John Macgregor and John Westyear 1818 inclusive, it appears, that the to wood were this day found guilty by the tal number of persons convicted of burgla- Court of various acts of theft, and sentenry in the said interval was 1874, of whom ced, the former to seven years transporta199 were executed of larceny in dwelling- tion, and the latter to be transported for life.

arrears.

Sir William Wallace.--On the 10th missioners for the herring fishery, it appears instant, a meeting was held in Glasgow, to that the number of barrels of white herconsider of erecting a monument to the rings esported for the year, ending the meinory of Wallacc, in the neighbourhood 5th April 1818, was 262,3394. of that city. The Lord Provost of Glasgow 24. New Churches...The new church at in the chair. The meeting was numerous- Cockpen, which was begun about this time ly attended, and the business was opened last year, is now about half finished, and by the Earl of Buchan, in a speech, in the promises, when completed, to be an uncourse of which he alluded to the historical commonly fine building. The plan, which documents which had been brought to light is Gothic, was furnished by the late Mr in favour of Monteith, who, his Lordship Richard Crichton of Edinburgh, and was said, had been most unjustly charged with among the last designs of that ingenious betraying Wallace. The meeting was also architect. This church stands on an emic addressed by the Rev. Mr Lapşlie, Mr nence in the centre of the parish, about Molleson, Mr George Provand, the Lord half a mile north of Dalhousie Castle, and Provost of Glasgow, &c. when the resolu- will be a great ornament to the surrounditions were unanimously carried, and a ing country. It is seen in all directions committee, embracing all the noblemen of for many miles. We are glad to tind the the west of Scotland, was appointed to car taste for rendering buildings of this sort ry the object of the meeting into effect. ornamental to the country becoming so

18.-Shocking Muder.--On the ever- prevalent. It is said that the heritors ing of Monday the 15th instant, Alexander of Kilconquhar, in Fife, have resolved to Fyfe, farmer, parish of Houston, Rentrew- build a church on the same plan. shire, was barbarously murdered while The present demolition of the old parish sitting by his own tireside. This inhuman church at Dunbar has been the means of act was perpetrated by some assassin, who attracting the attention of the public to a fired at him through a pane of glass in the very curious specimen of sculptural workwindow of the farm house. The piece had manship in the aisle at the east end of the been loaded with cominon shot, such as is building. The mornment of the last Earl known, among sportsmen, under the dc- of Dunbar is the curiosity alluded to. Acsignation of No. v, and the poor man re- cording to report, it was executed in Italy ceived the contents chiefly in his breast and by an artist of that country. throat, and is said to have died almost in 29. Southwark Bridge. - This bridge was stantaneously. His wite and a servant opened with a grand procession on the 25th girl, the only other inmates, were in the instant. It is composed of three iron arches ; house at the time, and the wife was sitting the centre one is 240 feet in span, being on a lower seat than iier husband, stooping four fiet more in span than the celebrated forward sewing by the light of the fire, Sunderland iron bridge, and larger in span and, from the situation she was in, it ap- than any bridge in the world, save the fapears the slot must have passed over her bled flying bridges of China. The two head. He had recently succeeded to some site arches are 210 feet each in span. The property in Paisley, and had given direc. quantity of iron used is nearly 5000 tons tions to his writer to make his will. It is in weight, and many of the single castings said he had received several threatening weighed ten tons each. letters on the subject.

Singulur «decident.- On the evening of Marquis of Annandale. This title, one the 26th, as a man, in a state of intoxica. of the most ancient of the Scottish peerage, tion, was riding full speed out of Irvine by which has lain dormant since the demise of the Grecnock road, his horse went with the late Marquis in 1792, we understand such violence against the toll-gate, that it is likely to be soon revived ; the claimant, was killed upon the spot. The poor ani. Mr Johnston of Molesworth Street, Bel. mal was literally cloven in two, the gate fast, having at length obtained the certit:- having penetrated almost to the hind thigh, cates of certain registries, wills, &c. which tearing away the whole fore leg and shoul. were wanted to establisha liis claim to the der. By a convulsive effort, however, it titles of the Annandale family.

succeeded in disengaging itself; but stagElection of a Scots fecr. This day gereel, fjl, and immediately expired. The came on, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, 'ground rear it was covered with blood, and Edinburgh, the elestion of a Peer to sit in from the account of an eye-witness, it must Parliament as one of the representatives of have presentedi altogether a shocking specthe Scots nobility, in the room of Williain tale. Fortunately the man escaped withEarl of Errol, deceased, when Robert out any material injury. Montgomery, Lord Belhaven and Stenton, Courts of Justice in Scotland.The fifth was elected by a majority of ten votes, report of the commissioners for inquiring there being for his Lordship 29, and for into the duties, salaries, fees, and emoluthe other candidate, Thomas Earl of Sel ments of the several officers, clerks, and kirk, 19 votes.

maisters of justice of the Courts in Scot. Herrings.---By a report from the come land, lias been printed by order of the

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House of Commons. It recommends an tions of Glasgow, the Magistrates and Counincrease of allowance to the Judges for cil of the said city have unanimously detheir expences on circuit, the present rates creed, that the burgess oath be rescinded having been fixed so far back as the year and annulled, and the following certificate 1748, in which interval these expences of entry be substituted in its stead :must have considerably increased. It also “ These certify that A. B. having paid his recommends the abolition of the right of freedom fine, has been admitted as burgess sale of all subordinate offices in those courts, and guild brother of this burgh ; and is enand that the clerks of justiciary and macers titled to all the civil rights and privileges by should have a fixed salary in lieu of fees law belonging to, as by his acceptance here. and perquisites.

of he becomes bound to perform all the ciThe Weather. The newspapets were vil duties and obligations by law incumrecently filled with examples of the extra- bent on a freeman citizen of Glasgow." ordinary mildness of the season. The late 7. Royal Births,-Yesterday the inteseason, however, was not in this respect resting information was received that the without parallel, as appears from the fol. Duchess of Cambridge was delivered of a bwing extract from the Caledonian Mer. son on the 26th of March at Hanover. cury of 18th November 1723 :-" The Her Royal Highness and the infant were weather is so favourable, that we have very likely to do well. This intelligence is surprising accounts of the fine appearance announced in the London Gazette of last of Howers in most of the gardens of this night. The same official paper gives the city as fine as in the spring, and of rooks account of a less happy royal accouchement. building their nests and sitting on them as On the 27th of March, at Hanover, the in March ; so that the birds seem to have Duchess of Clarence was delivered of a femistaken themselves, and to have forgotten male child, which expired a few hours after their natural instinct." Our readers will its birth. probably recollect, that, on the 25th Dc. Hydrophobia.-Another melancholy excember last, a brood of sparrows took flight ample of the fatal effects of this disorder from a hole above a window of this of occurred a few days since in the person of fice.Caledonian Mercury.

a man named Leadbeater, at Sheffield. The

deceased was a stone mason, who had about 3. Grand Naval Fete.-Last night, a three months ago been in the habit of givgrand supper, ball, &c. was given by Cap- ing physic to a pointer dog, afflicted at tain Maitland and the officers of the Ven- that time with the disease. In doing so, a geur flag-ship, on board that vessel, in portion of the offensive matter had freLeith Roads, to a number of the nobility quently fallen on his hand, which, probably, and gentry of Edinburgh and its vicinity. from being somewhat lacerated by the exThe company amounted to about 400 la. ercise of his occupation, might facilitate dies and gentlemen, who assembled at New- the absorption of the poisonous substance haven at six o'clock in the evening, where into the human system. It was only a few boats were in waiting to convey them to days previous to his death that the usual the vessel. The entertainments commen- symptoms of hydrophobia, or canine madced with the play of A Cure for the Heart. ness, first appeared, the symptoms of which ache, and the farce of Raising the Wind, continued to increase till the time of his which was performed by the midshipmen dissolution, and were manifested by a loathof the Vengeur, and afforded a great fund ing of liquids, and a frightful appearance of amusement to the company. Supper of horror whenever any thing of the kind was then served up in the first style of ele- was offered to him, medicinally or othergance, with a profusion of the choicest wise. wines. After supper, a ball commenced, 10. Execution. On Wednesday the 7th and dancing was kept up with great spirit instant, Alexander Robertson was executtill five o'clock this morning. T'he officers ed in front of Glasgow jail, pursuant to of the Enniskillen dragoons arrived at nine his sentence, for breaking into the City in the evening in a barge, accompanied by the Auction Mart, Candleriggs, on the 4th of band of the regiment, which assisted the band October last. The prisoner made a full belonging to the Vengcur during the rest confession of his crimes. Robertson was a of the night. The ship was most tastefully native of the parish of Falkirk, and was and beautifully lighted up on the occasion, about 28 years of age. and ornamented with a number of transpa 12. Increase of Buildings in Edinburgh. rencies, among which a full length likeness -At no period, we believe, in the history of the Prince Regent was most conspicu- of Edinburgh, was the spirit for building ous. The Nimrod gun-brig, also in the more generally alive: new and elegant roads, was, in compliment to the occasion, structures are daily rising to view,

and decorated with the Hags of all nations. proceeding with unexampled celerity; and

6. Burgess Outh.-In consequence of a what has long excited surprise is, that, petition from the committee of the elders though dwelling houses and shops have for and sessions of the four seceding congregas a considerable time been rearing in such

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