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thing, however, occur to occasion a post. SLAVERY IN THE WEST INDIES. ponement of the motion, he should in that Mr Brougham moved that the resolu. case have no objection to state to the . tions of the House for the amelioration Noble Lord the intention of his Majesty's of slavery in the West Indies be read by : Government.
the clerk. He addressed the House at The Corn Importation and the Ware considerable length, and concluded by housed Corn Bills were severally read a moving a resolution, that the House third time, and passed.
would, in the next Session of Parliament,'s COURT OF CHANCER Y REPORT. take measures to enforce its resolutions
The Attorney-General, in moving for of the 23d May 1823, for the ameliora. leave to bring in a bill founded upon the tion of the condition of the slaves in the report of the Chancery commission, expa. West-India colonies. tiated at great length upon the various pro Mr W. Horton, Mr R. Ellis, and Mr positions suggested by the commissioners, Bernal, opposed the motion. Dr Lushand vindicated the Noble Lord at the ington and Mr Denman supported it. head of the Court from the illiberal at. Mr Canning said, the resolution would tacks and violent aspersions which have interfere with the proceedings of Governbeen so unceremoniously levelled against ment, who were determined to enforce him. His object, however, was, not to the former resolutions of the House discuss the various clauses of the bill Mr Brougham replied, after which the : during the present Session, but that it resolution was negatived. should be printed, to enable gentlemen to 26.-Mr Secretary Canning presented give every attention to a subject of so the convention of coinmerce and naviga. much importance to the judicial charac. tion between his Majesty and the King of ter of the country.
Sweden and Norway. Ordered to lie on 19.- The Lord Advocate presented the table, and to be printed. . . the report of the committee on Scotch Lord J. Russell rose, for the purpose prisons.-Ordered to be printed.
of moving resolutions relating to bribery Mr Hume presented a petition from a at elections. . poor weaver of Glasgow, complaining of Mr W. Wynn moved the previous his distressed condition, of the Corn question. Laws, &c. and praying for the affixing
praying for the affixing On the question being put, Mr Peel of a minimum on wages, as there was on confessed, that he should have been glad the price of corn.Ordered to be printed. had the noble Lord consented to have
Mr Baring presented a petition from postponed his resolutions until the next the manufacturing cotton-spinners of Session, as he was well inclined to the Glasgow, praying that the House would principle of them, but he objected to the extend to them, in their distressed situa. time of their being brought forward, se tion, some suitable measure of relief, veral members having supported the mo. IR reply to a question from Lord Milton, tion. The house divided when there Mr Canning declared, that it was not the were--for the motion 62. Against it intention of Ministers to propose any pe. 62. cuniary grant for the relief of the distress The numbers being even, the Speaker ed manufacturers.
gave his casting vote in favour of the THE GREEKS.
resolution, (lond cheering.) Mr Deacon presented a petition in fa
SCOTCH BANKS. vour of the Greeks, à cause that merit. Mr Peel brought up the report of the ed the support of this country. Mr W. select committee on the banking system Smith was of the like opinion. He should of Scotland. like some expression of the Government's On the question that it be read, Mr sentiments on this subject; it would be Tierney rose to call the attention of the most useful. Sir R. Wilson spoke of the House to the report of the committee on sacredness of the cause, and condemned the Scotch and Irish promissory-potes. the foreign enlistment act. Mr Hob. On this measure there was a great dif. house did not despair of the Greek cause, ference of opinion among men-of good though Missolonghi had fallen ; if Napoli judgment and understanding; but he di Romania defended itself with half the had given it all the support in his power, courage, it could bold out a long time from a conviction that it would ultiThe French had played an unfair part; mately be beneficial to the country. Mat, they had encouraged the Turks against the ters went on smoothly till Scotland was Greeks. He had a list of French officers, mentioned. of Ireland he should say on half pay, now serving the Pacha of nothing, because nothing conclusive had Egypt, and of Austrian vessels that res been stated in the report. With respect gularly aided the Turks. Petition order to Scotland, however, the case was difed to be printed.
ferent ; and he believed that, since the VOL. XVIIT,
year 1745, there had never had been such - but then, he hoped that the Scotch a combustion-(hear, hear !)-raised in gentlemen would allow, that what brought that country, as had arisen when Minis. danger to England was a matter of some ters signified their intention of meddling importance to English gentlemen. Scotwith its banks. Nothing could exceed land, in fact, was in no respect what the firmness with which the Scotch mem. Scotland was thirty years ago. The sysbers had supported the new system, tem of the Scotch Banks was different until they found it approaching their own from that of the English ; but it was one doors: but then, had the House been at part of Lord Liverpool's scheme to assi. tacking all the rights of Scotland in one milate them as much as possible. Was single measure, the cry of alarm--the Scotland alone to set up for an exclusive call to resistance--could not have been system? Was a gentleman in Scotland, greater. The effect of the first demon. with £.20,000 a year, to enjoy the adstration was magical-such as he (Mr vantage of a cash-credit, while another Tierney) had no powers of eloquence system was to prevail in England, which equal to describe. Why was it that we would not permit it. He could not but had no inquiry in England that we had augur, when the report came to be perbeen so sure as to be able to run before used, the temper of the country in favour the law, 'not lag behind it? The plain of a gold currency, might change to one truth was, that the tried prudence--the in favour of paper. Why, he asked, approved integrity of our Scottish neigh. were not the English baukers examined boursa in impeachment of which pru. as well as the Scotch?--for it could only dence or punctuality, far be it from him be by such means that the merits or de (Mr Tierney) to say one syllable that merits of both systems of banking could these great qualities shed such a degree be fairly ascertained. He had no motion of sanctity over all their arrangements, with which to trouble the House, and that the least of them could not be med. he begged to say, that he had every redled with without deep inquiry; while in spect and regard, personally, for the NoEngland, without any inquiry at all, but bie Earl (Liverpool), but he wished he by the mere strong arm of the law, had possessed better nerves, and bad inand almost by the strong arm without it, dulged in less flash (Hear, hear, hear!) we put a change into instant operation, Mr Secretary Peel complained of this which, the fact could not be denied, had very irregular mode of proceeding the been felt from one extremity of the king report not yet being printed, and conse. dom to the other; for there could be no quently, not in the hands of Members. question that the first part of the late Mr Abercromby observed, that the soli. measures had been hastily brought about. dity of the Scotch Banks, in consequence Scotland was not now what she formerly of the great number of partners in them, was Hear, hear.) When she was was a reason why, above all others, they poor, it might be proper to connive at it, ought to be put under restraint as to the because every assistance was of great im. issue of their notes. portance ; but now this was not the case; After some remarks from Mr Ellice, he knew of no country which had made Mr Guerney, and Mr Grant, the report such advances in wealth and general was received. prosperity (and he said it with much 82. 31. Parliament was prorogued this tisfaction, for the prosperity of Scotland day till 14th July, pro forman It was was a part of the prosperity of England) dissolved on the succeeding day.
no appearance of a termination to them. Arbroath 10.-Trade has almost de. It is somewhat curious, that while wea. serted our town. Some weighty failures, ving is in so depressed a state here, and in the end of last week and beginning of still getting inore so, wages should be this, have spread dismay among all clas. improving in Forfar. ses. A great quantity of labourers, in 12. The question between the King's consequence, are out of employment." Printers and the Bible Suciety, as to the
Dundee. Our commercial horizon, right of printing or importing from Eng. gloomy and dark already, has beeome land copies of the Sacred Scriptures, more so by the effect of some ad. Psalm-Books, Confession of Faith, Caditional failures, which are threatening techisms, larger and shorter, and Books to be too common; when they will end, of Common-Prayer, was decided, this Ilearen knows ; but at, present there is day, by the First Division of the Court
of Session. The Lord President, Lords Forbes, the Lord President, the Lord Hermand, Craigie, and 'Balgray, were Justice Clerk, Baron Clerk Rattray, Lords unanimously of opioion, that the right Pitmilly, Alloway, and Medwyn, the of the King to print the Scriptures, and Solicitor General, Sir William Forbes, consequently the power of delegating Sir John Hay, Sir John Hope, &c. that right, belonged to himn as the civil The Lord Provost was called to the magistrate the natural guardian of the Chair, and addressed the meeting at conreligion of the State. Lord Gillies had siderable length. The Solicitor.General some doubts as to the privileges of the proposed the resolutions, which were seKing to print the Bible as an exclusive conded by Lord Forbes, and unanimous. right in Scotland. The interdict for ly agreed to. merly granted is therefore continued, Mr Solicitor-General read two letters, except in so far as regards Books of Com. one from Arbroath, and the other from mon-Prayer, which the counsel for the Paisley. The former stated that there King's printers passed from
were 2243 out of employment at present, HIGH COURT OF JUSTICICARY. and in the course of three weeks, 1835 15. This day, the court met for the first would be discharged. In Paisley, it was time after the Circuits, when the whole understood that there were 2000 families of their Lordships were present. Three out of work, which might amount to prisoners, in certified cases from Circuit 8000 persons. Courts, were placed at the bar, viz. Dun. Subscription papers were handed round can Clark, accused of the murder of his the room, and upwards of £.1500 subillegitiinate child, certified from Perth, scribed. 'The Lord Provost announced and James Reid and Margaret Sherriffs, that the Earl of Moray had sent him a for housebreaking and theft, certified note, authorising his name to be put from Aberdeen. . - down for £.100.-(Applause )
. The objection to the relevancy of the The meeting then broke up.. no . indictment in the case of Clark was ar. 17.-General Assembly. This evengued by Mr Smythe, on the ground that ing, according to ancient custom, the Lord he found that part of the indictment Provost and Magistrates waited upon the served on the prisoner at the bar-parti. Right Honourable James Lord Forbes, cularly that part descriptive of the locus his Majesty's High Commissioner to the delictiwas written on an erasure; and General Assembly of the Church of Scoton comparing this with the document on land, at the Royal Hotel, and presented the Porteous Roll, of which it should his Grace with the keys of the City. have been a literal copy, the part alluded On the following day his Grace proto was totally different. The Learned ceeded, under an escort of the 7th Hussars, Gentleman at some length contended for to the Merchants' Hall, where he arrived the sufficiency of the objection, but, after at half-past eleven, and held his levee, a few observations from Mr Alison, which was numerously attended. their Lordships repelled it. The diet At twelve o'clock his Grace walked in was deserted pro loco et tempore, and the procession to the High Church, supported prisoner was recommitted
by the Marquis of Tweedale and the The objection in the case of Reid and Earl of Moray, and accompanied by a Sherriffs was stated by Mr Cosmo Innes ; great number of noblemen and gentlemen, it was founded on the inventory of stolen forming the most splendid cortege that property accompanying the criminal let. has been seen for some years. , Is ters not having been signed by the clerk The Reverend Dr Cook of Laurence. of Court, but by the Advocate-Depute. kirk, the Moderator, preached an eloquent After hearing Mr Alison and the Solici. and impressive sermon from Romans iv. tor. General against the objection, and 25. After divine service, the Moderator Mr Menzies in reply, the Court ordered and members of Asscmbly proceeded to a Report of what had been the practice the Aisle, where the Lord High Com. to be given in, and in the mean time, the missioner took his seat on the throne, and diet to be continued against the prisoners. the Assembly having been constituted, The Court then adjourned.
The Moderator stated, that the AsPublic Meeting.-17.-This day, a sembly had now, according to custom, highly respectable meeting of the inha- to appoint a successor to him in the chair bitants was held in the Assembly Rooms, which he then filled, and to which ho. George Street, agreeable to a notice from nour he proposed that Dr Thomas Tay. the Magistrates, for the purpose of sub lor, minister of Tibbermuir, be elected. scribing for the relief of the present dis. This motion having been seconded by tress under which the manufacturers in Principal Nicoll, was unanimously agreed various parts of the country are suffering to; whereupon Dr Taylor was called in, Among those present we observed Lord and his election intimated to him,
Dr Taylor having taken the chair, his be selected from all the Presbyteries of Majesty's commission was then read, and the Church, to hold its meetings in Edin. ordered to be recorded, as was always the burgh, for the direction and management
of all the concerns of the proposed es. His Grace the Commissioner then ad tablishment. dressed the Assembly, in course of which 2 0. Dr Baird produced and read the he aptly alluded to the successful efforts report of the committee on the means of of the committee of last Assembly on the increasing education in Scotland, than subject of education in the Highlands which a more important report had never and Islands, towards which object he been communicated to the Assembly. now presented his Majesty's warrant for The Reverend Principal first alluded to £.2000. 1
the voluminous documents referred to in The Moderator replied to his Grace's the report; the first of which consisted address.
* of the four large folio volumes then on A letter from Dr Mack night, sub. the table of the Assembly. In these four elerk of the Assembly, was produced and volumes were embodied the hand-writing read, intimating that the state of his health of every minister of the Church of Scot. put it out of his power to appear at this land, and they contained returns in reAssembly, and throwing himself upon gard to the state of education in every the indulgence of the House, that they parish in Scotland. Another volume might appoint a person to supply his place which he presented contained the subin the present Assembly. A keen discus. stance of all these returns in a tabular sion then arose, whether a clerk should form ; in it there were not less than 56 be appointed pro tempore, or whether the columns, and 47,000 separate entries. appointment should be permanent. The Having also given in the minote-book, House divided on the subject, when letter-book, &c. of the committee, the there appeared in favour of the first pro reverend Principal proceeded to read the position 66_of the second 134. Ma- report, from which it appeared that te jority for making the appointment per turns had been made from every parish manent, 68.
in Scotland, comprising a population of Dr Nicoll then moved that Dr Lee be 2,903,850; that collections had been appointed sub-clerk conjointly with Dr made in 420 parishes, averaging Macknight, which was seconded by the £.11.11w6d." each, making a total of Solicitor General, and unanimously agreed £.4863.6.3d., besides donations amount
ing to £.448.12s.6d., and £.78 of an• 19. The Assembly met. The draft nual subscriptions. From these, together of the answer to his Majesty's letter was with interest, and several sums intimated, read and approved of, and the Moderator but not yet paid, they might reckon on a authorised to sign it in name of the As. fund of £.5800. The first school had sembly; and his Grace was requested to been established at Ullapool, in the parish transmit the same to his Majesty. of Lochbroom, a parish 58 miles in
Some extracts from the records of the length by 38 in breadth, and the whole proceedings of the Trustees of the Wi. number of stations where the committee dows' Fund were read, from which it at the present date had agreed to estabiish appeared, that the collector of that fund schools, amounted to 42. There were is in future to receive £.200 per annum other applications for schools before the of salary, his clerk £.100, and the clerk committee, but these, as they had been to the trustee a similar sum. Principal more recently presented, had not yet Nicoll, after paying a compliment to the been sufficiently considered by the como diligence and zeal of Sir Henry Monereift, mittee. The report concluded with conwho had not, he said, been in any way gratulating the Assembly on its success. instrumental in procuring the necessary Dr Nicoll warmly complimented the increase of salary, moved that the con. zeal and diligence of the committee, but duct of the Trustees be approved of particularly of its convener, Principal
The report of the Committee for the Baird, who took the opportunity of euloPropagation of the Gospel in Foreign gizing the conduct of his colleagues. Parts was given in and read, from which The Assembly proceeded to the conit appeared, that the Directors of the sideration of the overtures on small East India Company have given all the livings of the Church; and, after some pledge that could be expected of them, or discussion, a committee was appointed, is usually given in such cases. 'Dr Inglis with instructions to report to a subas received the thanks of the Assembly for quent meeting of this Assembly. •!. his exertions in this cause; and it was The Assembly next took ap the re subsequently agreed that the General ference from the Synod of Angus und Assembly shall appoint a committee, to Mearns, relative to the profanation of the
Sabbath. It particularly complained of that the Presbytery got from Mr M‘Leod the conduct of the fishermen, in exercis a statement that there were 47 children, ing their calling on the Sabbath, at all under three years of age, unbaptized in hours.
the parish, and that for the two years After some discussion, it was agreed and a half that he had been incumbent, to print the statute anent the violation of he had only baptised seven. The Presthe Sabbath separately, and circulate bytery then resolved on a Presbyterial visi. it throughout the Church, with a general tation, when the elders and heads of recommendation to enforce the law re- families were called before them. At a lative to the profanation of the Sabbath. forenoon meeting of Presbytery, four per.
22.-The Procurator for the Church sons having children to be baptized were. proceeded to make his report on the examined three of whom were found state of the funds of the Church, from entitled to have the ordinance adminiswhich it appeared, that the debts due tered, and one unfit. Two of whom when he last made report, amounted to had their children instantly baptized, but £ 1350. By the subscriptions of Mini one man's (R. Shaw) child, Mr M‘Leod sters, it was reduced to £.1231-16-6d. positively refused to baptize, because By the votes of the House, however, of Shaw had been impertinent, and also belast year, the Church was pledged for an cause he was not a regular attender of additional debt of £.620. The contribu. the ordinances of religion. In this retion of the lay members last year amount fusal the Presbytery acquiesced for the ed to £.450, but, notwithstanding that time. At the Presbyterial examination, large sum, the Church was either indebt. Mr M.Leod still refused to baptize ed, or pledged for £,1467.
Shaw's child, in consequence of which The Assembly then called for the refusal, the Presbytery suspended Mr overture from the Synod of Dumfries, M'Leod until he should agree to baptize anent clandestine marriages.
the child; but the Moderator was au. Reverend Mr D. Wright appeared in thorised, should Mr M'Leod comply, to support of the overture. The evil, he call a pro re nata meeting, and remove said, had long been permitted to exist this sentence of suspension. Against this within the bounds of the Synod of Dum sentence Mr M.Leod of Snizort dissented, fries. He did not wish it to be under and appealed. stood that they had come to the Assembiy After parties had been heard, and without trying what could be effected by several Members of Court had delivered regulations, but no regulations nor com their opinions, Dr Nicoll, on the ground operations on the part of the Presbytery that, if subordination was not adhered to, could be effective, unless the conduct and every Minister might set up an indepractice of the Magistrates were also re- pendent congregation of his own, moved, gulated. The conduct of these func. in effect, that the sentence appealed from tionaries, he trusted, he would be able to should be affirmed. show were quite contrary to the statute. . Dr M Gill considered it rash to judge law of the land. To put an end to such of the conduct of a Minister who had re. evils, so destructive to the virtue, happi. fused to baptize a child, without weighness, and well-being of society, must be ing well all the motives on which his rethe wish of all who valued the interests fusal might be grounded. He moved of piety and morality ; and to do so, no that the sentence of the Presbytery of new laws were necessary, but only to put Skye should be reversed. in force those already in existence. He The vote being now loudly called for, concluded by moving, that a committee the House divided, when there appeared, he appointed to consider of the best for Principal Nicoll's- motion, 108-for means of putting down the evil com. Dr M‘Gill's, 73-majority, 35. plained of, and to report. After several 23.-The Assembly met at 11 o'clock, members of Assembly had delivered their but it being understood that the question opinions, a committee was appointed to on the union of offices was to come on, report.
the gallery appropriated to strangers was The Asssembly next proceeded to con- filled soon after 9 o'clock, and, by the sider the petition and appeal of the Rev. time of meeting, the House was crowded Malcolm M'Leod, minister of Snizort, in every part. There were a number of against the sentence of the Presbytery of ladies on each side of the throne, and in Skye, suspending the Rev. Roderick the gallery. M'Leod, minister of Bracadale, for contu. Overtures against the union of profes. macy.
sorships, or other offices, with parochial The minutes of Presbytery were read, charges, were read from the Synod of detailing the various proceedings which Fife. the Presbyteries of Glasgow, Kirke had taken place, from which it appeared, cudbright, Irvine, Paisley, Dunblane,