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of navy, vićtualling, and transport

May 11. bills.

Act for raising the sum of fourAct to explain and amend the teen millions five hundred pounds augmentation militia act.

by way of annuities. Act to explain and amend the

May 25 . provisional cavalry act.

Act for guaranteeing the pay. A&t to explain and amend the act ment of the dividends ou a loan of for railing men in the several cuun. one million fix hundred and twen. ties for the army and navy.

ty thousand pounds to the emperor March 3, 1797.

of Germany. An act to remove doubts respect. Act to amend the act on stamp ing promissory notes of the governor duties of attorneys' indentures. and company of the bank of Eng. Act to revive and amend the ad land, for payment of sums of money to suspend, for a limited time, the under five pounds.

operation of two acts of the 15th March 24.

and 17th of his present majesty, for Act for the regulation of the ma. restraining the negotiation of prorine forces while on shore.

missory notes and inland bills of det appointing commissioners of exchange.' the land-tax.

Act to revive and continue the March 27.

Scoich banking bill. See March 27. Ad to continue the commercial Act for granting to foreign ships act with America.

the privileges of prize ships, under A&t for defraying the pay of the certain regulations. militia in England.

June 6. A& to explain an act for raising Act for granting additional duties men for the army and navy in Scut on the amount of certain taxes. land.

Aet for the better prevention and Ad to allow the Scotch banks to punilhment of attempts to seduce issue notes for sums under a certain persons serving in the arniy or navy amount.

from their duty and allegiance. April 24.

June 19. Act for increasing the rates of A& for allowing certain discounts SubGistence to be paid to inn-keepers, to the contributors of eighteen mil&c. on quartering soldiers.

lions, raised by annuties. May 3.

June 22. An act for confirming and con- Act for granting certain stamp tinuing, for a limited time, the re- duties, and securing the duties op striction contained in the minute of certificates of solicitors, &c. council of the 26th of February, Act for continuing the act of re1797, on payments of cash by the striction on payments in cala by the

bank. See May 3. Act for making certain annuities

July 4. , created by the parliament of Ire Act for carrying into execution land transferable, and the dividends the treaty of amity, commerce and thereon payable at the bank of navigation with the United States England.

of America. May 9.

Aet to amend the act of the zift Ac for increase of pay and pro- of George II. for the due making vision to the seamen and marines. of bread.

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BIOGRAPHICAL

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CH A R A C T E R S.

1797.

BIOGRAPHICAL

ANECDOTEŚ AND CHARACTERS.

CHARACTER OF James I. KING OF SCOTLAND.

From the first Volume of Mr. PINKERTON's History of SCOTLAND

under the House of STUART.]

H A FTER two weak and in- his character; his hours of leisure

A active reigos, and two re- being frequently dedicated to elegencies of no superior character, a gant writing, and miniature paintmonarch is to succeed, whose go. ing, to mechanical arts, and to the vernment is to be distinguished for cultivation of the garden and the its novelty and vigour; and the orchard. house of Stuart is at last to know a “The features of his government fovereign. James had now attain- it is more difficult to discriminate. ed his thirtieth year; and his prime If we believe some writers, not of life was yet further recommend less than three thousand men were ed by every advantage which na. put to death in the two first years tural' talents, and a complete edu- of his reign; and after the inroad cation, could bestow. In person of Donald Balloch, three hundred he was rather under the middle highland banditti met with the fize, but endued with such firm- same fate. Happily these matters ness and agility as to excel in every are quite unknown to contempo. manly exercise. ln wrestling, in rary and authentic monuments of the manageinent of the bow, or our history: the justice of James the spear, in throwing the quoit, fell only on a few nobles, and some in ruinning, in horsemanship, he chiefs of clans; but the numerous yielded to none. But his mental dependants of those victiins of eabilities were vet more conspicu- quitable severity embraced every ous. A man of science and learn- occasion to excite difcontents, and ing, an excellent poet, a master of propagate falsehoods against the go. music, the fame of his acconiplish. vernient, falsehoods which have ments reflected glory even on the even past into the page of history, throne. Illustrious in every per- for one of the misfortunes of the sonal virtue, free from any personal house of Stuart has coolisted in the vice, his very amusements adorned prejudices of several Scotish hifto. rians. If any blame must fall, let latter as their own, and faw not it fall where it ought, upon the that the king in crushing the aris. mis-rule of the house of Albany." tocracy was doing the most effen. To a people who had lived for half tial service to his people. The a century under a loose and dele- plans of James were fagacious and gated government, and who had profound, but sometimes incur the been accustomed to regard licence charge of temerity; and while as liberty, it is no wonder that the they partake of the greatness of gepunishinent of crimes seemed quite nius, they are limited by the want a new and strange cruelty: that a of a sufficient power in the Scotish salutary strength of government ap- monarc:y for their complete exe. peared despotism : that a necef- cution. In a word, James is fully sary and legal taxation assumed entitled to the uncommon characthe shape of tyrannic extortion. ter of a great sovereign, in the arts The commons, led by the nobles, of government and of peace," absurdly regarded the cause of the

The Life of Pope Leo X.

[From Mr. Noble's Memoirs of the ILLUSTRIOUS House of Medier.]

“N IOVANNI, a younger fon at the lowest ebb, and seemed

U of Lorenzo the Magnifi. linking into ruin. The Pirans, hav. cent, obtained by the care of his ing been joined by Genoa and Lucfather a cardinal's hat, when only ca, bid defiance to the Florentines: fourteen years of age, it having instead of acting only upon the debeen conferred upon him by the fensive, they attacked' and took favour of pope Innocent VIII. the Arezzo. Cortona fell a victim to friend of Lorenzo. From bis high Lodovico Sforza, surnamed the rank, and the youth of his brother Moor, duke of Milan, whose fears Pietro's children, he was set, by the of France only kept him from lay. Medici, at the head of his family, ing liege to the capital; and when to whom they looked up for pro- this perfidious monster was, in tection in the grievolis misfortunes 1500, expelled his dominions by that overwhelmed thein.

Lewis XII. it gave no advantage “ The cardinal had been includ- to Florence; and to fill up the ed in the proscription which his measure of her misfortunes, 'Bali. brother's ill condut had drawn one, her general, deserted to her upon the Medici, and he had un enemies. dergone a series of ex'raurdinary “ Froni thefe misfortunes, and adventures; but he found in the the unbappy divisions in the repub. courts of Guido and Francesco, lic, Giovanni flattered himself be dukęs of Urbino, a friendly aly: might lie able to procure the return lum

of himselt and his family, especi“ Florence, it must be remark. aly as cardinal ufo za, as it united ed, after the death of Pietro, was by similitude of fortunes, deciared

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