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ously himself, he was buried among the Edinburgh, the City Clerks, and the Keepruins and killed. The rest got out unhurt. er of the City Records, was refused : their The deceased was a young man lately mar- Lordships adhering to their former interried.
locutor. Guildry of Edinburgh.-At an adjourn- 18.-Air.-On Tuesday, the 5th instant, ed meeting held in Freemasons' Hall on while the servant girl at New Dailly Mill Tuesday last, the minutes of the previous was in the act of removing a quantity of meeting were read and approved of. The dust from the lower floor of the mill, a code of bye-laws was again taken into con- heavy bag full of wheat fell from the upper sideration, and, after some discussion, it floor upon her, broke the bone of one of her was agreed, that, with the exception of those thighs, dislocated the bone of the other, and relating to fines, they should be adopted, bruised her otherways so dreadfully, that and be in force till next quarterly meeting her life is in imminent danger. There are in August. The clerk then produced and many circumstances attending this misforread a summons of declarator against the tune, tending to create a suspicion that the Magistrates and Town Council, which was falling of the wheat on the woman was not approved of, and ordered to be executed. accidental.
A bill has at length been introduced, and 19.-On Saturday se'ennight, at ten is now in progress, for abolishing the sine- o'clock, a Committee of the Privy Council cure office of Lord Justice-General of the assembled at the Cockpit, Whitehall, to Court of Justiciary in Scotland, at present take into consideration the petition to the held by the Duke of Montrose, who, howKing in Council of the late Magistrates of ever, will continue to receive the salary, Aberdeen, praying for the restoration of which is £2000 a-year, during his life. their ancient elective franchise; and also of
Aberdeen.- We understand that a very the petition of the Burgesses of Guild, and extensive contract with Government, for the a very numerous and respectable body of supply of granite to the public works at the inhabitants, praying for a new Set (conSheerness, has been taken by some gentle. stitution) of the burgh, for regulating the men in this place. The quantity required future elections of their Magistrates and is about 700,000 cubic feet, which will give Town Council. The members of the Comwork to quarriers, labourers, &c. as welt as mittee who attended were more than usual. afford employment to shipping for some ly numerous ; they consisted of the followtime to come.
ing persons :- The Earl of Harrowby (PreThe Lords of the Treasury have extend. sident), the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of ed the privileges of the bonding system ge- Liverpool, Lord Melville, Sir W. Grant, nerally to the port of Dundee.
Sir W. Scott, the Vice Chancellor, the Soli. The body of one of the unfortunate suf- citor General, Mr Bragge Bathurst, and the ferers by the shipwreck of the Forth Packet Lord Advocate of Scotland. Council hav. of Aberdeen, was found on the beach at ing been ordered to attend on both petitions, Montrose last Monday, and decently inter- Mr Warren and Mr Serjeant Copley were red. From the remains of his dress, it was heard on behalf of the Magistrates, and Sir ascertained that he had been in the service Samuel Romilly and Mr Moncrieff for the of the artillery. Various fragments of hu- Burgesses. In the course of his speech Sir man bodies, and some articles of dress, &c. Samuel Romilly said, that perhaps he could have been picked up since the melancholy not express himself more strongly in support accident, which leaves little doubt that most of the petition of the Burgesses, and of the of the bodies were buried in the Annet, necessity of a radical change in the constiunder the deck and some, tons of stones. tution of the burgh, than by reading the We think it very likely that the present declaration or manifesto which the Magiseasterly storm, which has raised a tremen. trates themselves, previous to their retiredous surt, will shift the sand bank, and dis- ment from office in September last, had, cover more bodies.--Montrose Paper. after muture deliberation, printed and pub
13. Court of Session.—This day the lished in that paper ; these very gentlemen, Court of Session met for the despatch of who now appeared as petitioners for the res. business for the summer session. The whole toration of the former mode of election, stat. of the Judges were present except Lord ed, as their decided opinion, Succoth.
sent mode of election of the Town Council, The second division of the Court took in- and management of the town's affairs, are to consideration a petition for the Lord radically defective and improvident, tending Provost and Magistrates of Edinburgh, re- to give to any individual or party an excesclaiming against a forner interlocutor sus- sive and unnatural preponderance, and to taining the title of Deacon Laurie and cer- foster and encourage a system of concealtain other persons, complaining of the last ment; that some change ought to be effect. election of Magistrates for this city, which ed in the manner of electing the Council
, was ordered to be answered. A petition for and an effectual control given to the citizens Deacon Laurie, reclaiming against an in- over the expenditure of the public funds ; terlocutor of the Court, finding him liable and that to the absence of such checks in in £160 of expenses to the Magistrates of the constitution of the burgh, they ascribe
" that the pre
the heavy calamity which has befallen it." There were other two young lads in the Mr Warren being heard in reply, the Court boat, who escaped by swimming ; but Milwas cleared, but the result of their Lord- ler, unable to keep himself until assistance ships' deliberation on the petitions will not was procured, sunk, and remained under be declared till it has been communicated water fully a quarter of an hour before he to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent. was dragged up, and notwithstanding every The decision will be important, as it will no thing was done that could be devised by the doubt forn a precedent in the future deter- medical people of the place to restore ani. mination of all petitions to his Majesty in mation, no symptoms of it could be produCouncil respecting the elections of the Ma- ced. Miller was an uncommon stout goodgistrates of the Royal Burghs of Scotland. looking man, aged 25, and was of the gren
20.-Air.-On Monday se'ennight, about adier company. He has left a disconsolate two o'clock in the morning, the farm-house young widow, far advanced in pregnancy, to of Teabarn, in the parish of Fenwick, pos- deplore his loss. sessed by John Lindsay, was discovered to On the morning of Saturday, 2d inst. the be on fire. Scarcely had the family time to workmen in one of the coal pits belonging escape, when the whole steading was in a to Mr Houston of Johnston, at Quarleton, general conflagration. The whole furni. had unfortunately taken out the coal too ture was destroyed, and the cattle, consiste near an old pit filled with water, when the ing of fifteen cows, some horses, calves, &c. water broke in and inundated the work, by were burnt to death. A precognition was which seven men, it was feared, had lost taken on Tuesday by the Justices of that their lives. Though a powerful steam en. district, in consequence of a strong suspicion gine was instantly set to work, and conti. that the fire did not arise from accident. nued to do so night and day, it was observ.
20.-Early on Monday morning, an ed by the following Monday, that such was Irishman of the name of Bernard Loverty the vast accumulation of water, that little alias M'Quid, of the county of Donegali, progress had been made, and there was no stole from the house of a countryman of his prospect of speedily getting at the men who own, in the parish of Campsie, a silver might be above the level of the water by watch, and various articles of wearing ap- this means; it was therefore resolved to drive parel, to the value of about £20. He was a mine from the pit to the place where it apprehended in Glasgow on Tuesday, and was probable the men might be. Accord carried to the police office. The watch was ingly, on Tuesday morning, the 5th inst. got in his possession, and a shirt which he the mine was begun, and completed on the had on was taken off him, being one of morning of the 12th inst.; this mine was 2those he had stolen. On Thursday he gave bout four feet by three, and only two persons information, that if an officer would go could work at a time. From the plans kept along with him, about three miles out of of the workings of this coal-work, it was town, he would shew him where the re- known for some days, that by Monday or mainder of the stolen articles were ; he, ac- Tuesday the mine would be driven through, companied by a police officer, went accord and the public anxiety was excited in no ingly, and proceeded as far as Cadder, and common degree to learn the result. The went into a house occupied by a numerous opening of the mine into the work was con. Irish family. He had not been long there sidered to be attended with danger from the when he found means to run off. The po- foul air, and it was arranged that Robert lice officer immediately pursued him ; and, Hodgert, and his brother William, should on the fellow's seeing that the officer was encounter this danger. When they broke nearing him, he threw off his shoes, and through, the foul air instantly extinguished ran into the river Kelvin ; he swam a con- their lights, and the feelings of the parties siderable way with his face downwards, may be more easily conceived than describthen he threw himself on his back and rest- ed, when the words, “ Is that you, uncle ?”. ed himself ; some time after he sunk, but saluted the ears of Robert Hodgert. These soon came up; he again sunk, and rose no words were uttered by his nephew, William more. The officer then went to the house Hodgert, who, along with his brother James, from which he had run, and told the land. had heard the sound of the mining for, as lady what had happened, on which she ex. they conjecture, two days, and were waitclaimed, " Oh, the d-1 help him, he had ing for deliverance from one of the most nothing ado to go into the water.”
awful possible situations. They immediateThe Magistrates have received a remission ly entered the mine, and got out, and forto Patrick Main and George Aitchison, res- tunate it was that they were able to do so, pited prisoners in the tolbooth of this city, for their father and uncle declared, that such on condition of transportation ; the said was the effect of the bad air on them, that Patrick Main for life, and George Aitchi- they would not have entered to render them son for fourteen years.
assistance. Their only sustenance for ten A melancholy accident happened at the days and ten nights, in total darkness, South Queensferry, on the 4th inst. by the amidst bad air, was the impure water of the oversetting of a small boat in the harbour, pit and three pieces of oat cake, which, by whereby Ďavid Miller, private of the 42 groping round the work, they found in the regiment, was unfortunately drowned. pockets of the clothes left by some of the
men who escaped. The only person in the and granting infeftments thereon, on the saine awful situation with themselves, that cognition of heirs, more burgi, in burgage the Hodgerts had any communication with, tenements, and lands held of the burgh : was Alexander Barr, but whose voice they And also for regulating the assize of bread, had ceased to hear, as they suppose, for at weights and measures, and superintending least two days before their deliverance. the public markets. Parther, the Lords From the time they heard the miners at nominate and appoint Robert Abercrombie, work, they occasionally threw stones at the Esq. merchant in Aberdeen, to act as treaplace from which the sound proceeded, in surer of said city'; he finding caution to the order that the miners might know they were satisfaction of the said managers, for his alive, but the miners did not hear them. To intromissions with the funds, before enterenter the mine is now impracticable, owing ing on his office. They also authorise and to the bad air, and it will be a number of empower Alexander Bannerman, Esq. to weeks before the water is drawn from the act as Dean of Guild of the said city: And pit; consequently the fate of the remaining lastly, they nominate and appoint Alexanfive men is certain. The names of those der Dingwall, Esq. to act as Master of Kirk who have not been got out are, James and Bridge Works ; John Forbes, Esq. to Brodie, James Inglis, Alexander Barr, act as Master of Mortifications; Alexander Alexander Shaw, and John Hunter. The l'orbes, Esq. to act as Master of Guild last mentioned was a man of 85 years Brethren's Hospital ; and William Johnof age. Shaw is a young lad, and A. ston, Esq. : and failing his acceptance, lexander Barr is said to have left a large Alexander Rhind, Esq. to act as Master of family. At the time the accident happen. Shore Works. And declare, that the noed, there were in the coal work 25 persons minations made by this deliverance shall and four horses. Eighteen of the men endure and continue for the space of two made their escape when they heard the rush- years from this date, unless the same shall ing of the water, the two Hodgerts were got before that time be recalled or altered by out, and the above-mentioned five persons the Court; or unless the corporation of the and the four horses remain in the work. city of Aberdeen shall be restored to a le
Aberdeen. The interlocutor pronounced gal Magistracy by poll election, or otherby the Second Division of the Court of wise ; and decern. "And with these variaSession, on the 11th March last, upon the tions adhere to the interlocutor brought unpetition of George Still, &c. praying for der review ; and appoint this deliverance to the appointment of an interim magistracy be recorded in the books of sederunt ; and for this city, was brought under the review dispense with the minute book. of the Court lately, upon a reclaiming pe- (Signed) D. BOYLE, I. P. D. tition by Bailie Garden and others; when Signed 21st May. their Lordships were pleased to decera as The Lady of the Lake steam boat left follows:
Newhaven one day last week, went to StirCopy, Interlocutor of the Second Division ling, and returned back to Newhaven, a of the Court of Session, on the Reclaiming distance of more than 100 miles, all stopPetition of Messts Garden, Fraser, and pages included, in ten hours and ten mi. Johnston. -19th May 1818.- The Lords nutes. having considered the said petition, with a At a general meeting of the inhabitants minute for George Still and others, nomi- of Edinburgh, held on Friday last, the renate and appoint Robert Garden, David port of the committee recommending that Chalmers, and James Milne, Esquires, and the law-suits in regard to the buildings on the survivors of them; and failing the ac- the North Bridge should be compromised, ceptance of any two of them, Alexander was unanimously adopted. One storey is Duncan and Charles Walker, Esquires, to accordingly to be taken off the three southact as managers of the city of Aberdeen, and most of the tenements at present built, and of the common good thereof; and to set the the southmost one, which is building, is onsaid common good yearly, from year to year, ly to be two, in place of four stories above or for three years certain, but for no longer the bridge. The committee was re-appointspace; and to administrate, on the part of ed for the purpose of seeing the comprothe burgh, the affairs of the works, mortifi. mise carried into effect. eations, and hospitals, and to control the management of the factors, they being 0.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY. bliged, before entering on their offices, to find caution to the satisfaction of the mana- Wednesday, May 20.--This evening the gers of the burgh. And also nominate and Right Hon. the Earl of Errol, his Majesty's appoint the said managers of the burgh to Commissioner to the General Assembly of act as bailies and magistrates, in taking care the Church of Scotland, held a levee at half of the police of the said city, and in receiv- past seven o'clock, in the Merchants' Hall, ing and discharging, and awarding aliment when the Lord Provost and Magistrates to prisoners under the act 1696, commonly were, according to custom, introduced, and called the “ Act of Grace," or otherwise ; presented to his Grace the ancient silver and to exercise the whole powers of the said keys of the city, in the usual form. act: And also for receiving resignations, Thursday, his Grace, after holding a levee, walked in procession from the Merchants' meet the cordial approbation of the church Hall to the High Church, where he was re- and of the country. ceived by the Magistrates and Town-Coun. The Moderator stated to the Assembly, sil in their robes. Among other distio- that he had received a letter from Henry guished persons in the procession, we ob- Brougham, Esq. chairman of a committee served the Earl of Hopetoun, the Earl of of the Hon. House of Commons, appointed Moray, the Earl of Wemyss, Lord Gray, to inquire into the education of the poor of Lord Ashburton, Lord Robert Kerr, the Great Britain. Ordered to lie on the table. Bishop of Kildare, Sir James Douglas, Sir The Assembly took under consideration H. Elphinston, the Lord Provost, Lord a reference from the Synod of Moray, for Advocate, General Hope, Sir Gregory Way, advice on a decision in the cause of Mr General Duff, Colonel Wauchope, Hon. John Clark, minister of the gospel, and Captain Napier, Colonel Wallace, and other teacher of the academy of Inverness, which officers of the 88th regiment, the Lord Chief cause had been brought before them by Commissioner, Baron Sir John Stuart; Ba- protest and appeal against a sentence of the ron Clerk Rattray, Commissioner Fothring. Presbytery of Inverness, deposing the said ham, &c. &c.
Mr Clark from the office of the holy mini. The streets were lined by detachments of stry. It was admitted on the part of the the Scots Greys and the 88th regiment. Presbytery, that they had proceeded irregu
After divine service, his Grace the Com- larly, and that there was no adequate evi. missioner went to the Assembly Room, dence in proof of the libel. Parties being when the members proceeded to choose a heard, the Assembly found that the libel Moderator. The Rev. Dr Campbell, one against Mr Clark had been irregularly laid of the ministers of Edinburgh, and secretary and proceeded in ; that there was no evi. to the Society for propagating Christian dence of the articles contained in the libel ; Knowledge in Scotland, was unanimously and therefore they unanimously agreed to elected.
reverse the sentence of the Presbytery, and The Prince Regent's commission in name acquit Mr Clark from the whole charges of his Majesty, a letter, and also a warrant laid against him; and they ordered the for two thousand pounds, to be employed whole proceedings in this cause to be ex, towards the propagating Christian know- punged from the minutes and record of the ledge in the Highlands of Scotland, were Synod of Moray, &c. &c. read. After which the Assembly was opened Wednesday, May 27.--A Committee was by his Grace the Commissioner, in a speech appointed to draw up an answer to the from the throne, to which the Moderator queries contained in Mr Brougham's letter, made a suitable reply.
and to transmit the same to London as soon Friday, May 22.- The Assembly ap- as possible. In the mean time, the Mode. pointed Mr James Strachan, ninister of rator was instructed to write a respectful Cavers, to preach on Sunday, in the fore- letter to that gentleman, to inform him that noon, and Mr Robert Buchanan of Peebles, the Assembly will pay the earliest attention in the afternoon ;-Mr John Paul of Straj- to the subject. ton, on Sunday the 31st, in the forenoon, The Assembly had transmitted to them, and Mr William Shaw of Langholm, in from their Committee of Bills, extract mithe afternoon.
nutes from the Presbytery of Stirling, referMonday, May 25.—The Assembly heard ring to the Assembly a libel which had been the reference and appeal from the Presby- given in to them against Dr Robert Moodie, tery of Paisley, with respect to the patron- minister of Clackmannan, and a member of age of Kilmalcolm. The case, as stated by that Presbytery, by certain heritors and the parties, was this, viz. “ Whether the parishioners of that parish, and one of the right of a patronage can be acquired during elders. The Assembly unanimously agreed che vacancy of the church, and whether to instruct the Presbytery of Stirling, at that right can be exercised by the patron in their first ordinary meeting, to serve the giving away the presentation of that vice ?” libel on Dr Moodie, thereafter to proceed to
After much reasoning, the Assembly judge of its relevancy, and if no appeal be found, that it did not appear to them that taken against their judgment, to go on to there was any law of the land to prohibit the probation of the libel without delay, acsuch a right from being acquired and exer- cording to the rules of the church, and to cised, and therefore sustained the reference, finish the same, notwithstanding any appeals dismissed the appeal, and desired the Pres- which may be taken against their procebytery to proceed to the settlement of the dyre ; but the Assembly enjoin the Presbypresentee, according to the rules of the tery, if any such be taken, to sist prochurch.
nouncing a final judgment, until these ap. Tuesday, May 26.-Dr Nicol gave no- peals le disposed of. tice, that he would, in a future diet, move The Assembly had also transmitted to for the appointment of a committee to take them, from their Committee of Bills, ex. the proper steps for obtaining a legislative tract minutes from the Presbytery of Dun. enactment to prevent the sale of a patron- fermline, referring to the Assembly, for adage during the vacancy of a parish; a mea- vice and decision, a cause relating to the sure which, hic confidently trusted, would ringing of the bells of the parish church of Dunfermline on the Lord's day of the 12th The names of Sir Henry Moncrieff, Dr of April last, which had been brought before Macknight, and Mr Andrew Thomson, who them by a reference from the Kirk Session. are not members of Assembly, were orderThe extract of the Presbytery being read, ed to be added to the Committee upon the and Mr Bryce, a member of the Presbytery, Portobello Chapel. having been heard on the subject of the The Assembly then took under consider. reference, the Assembly agreed to sustain ation the petition and appeal of the Rev. it. Francis Jeffrey, Esq. was heard as James Russell, Minister of Gairloch, with counsel for the magistrates of Dunfermline; concurrence of upwards of 150 of his parHenry Cockburn, Esq. Mr A. M.Lean, and ishioners, against certain proceedings of the Mr Peter Chalmers, for the ministers; and Presbytery of Lochcarton. Parties being Robert Thomson, Esq. for the Presbytery fully heard, it was unanimously agreed to and Kirk Session ; after which the Assem- sustain the appeal, reverse the sentence of bly found, that the power of regulating the the Presbytery, dismiss the accusation and time and manner of ringing the bells of the petition against Mr Russell, of 20 Septemparish church, as connected with ecclesiasti- ber 1817, as irregular and incompetent; cal and religious purposes, belonged exclu- acquit Mr Russell from all the charges consively to the minister or ministers of the tained in said petition, prohibit all further parish, and that the proceedings in this procedure thereon, and ordain the minutes cause, on the part of the magistrates of of all proceedings already held on these Dunfermline, were irregular and reprehen- charges to be expunged from the records of sible. At the same time the Assembly re- the Presbytery and Synod. mitted to a Committee, to consider what The Assembly then took into considerasteps may be proper for preserving the tion a petition from the Marquis of Tweedrights of the church
dale and others, heritors of the parish of Thursday, May 28.-The Assembly took Channelkirk, appellants, against a sentence under consideration the petition of Dr Mac. of the Synod of Merse and Teviotdale, of knight, appealing against the sentence of the 28th of October 1817, affirming a senthe Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, of tence of the Presbytery of Lauder, of 24th 5th May current, reversing a sentence of June 1817, refusing to serve with a libel the Presbytery of Edinburgh, of 1st De. Mr John Brown, Minister of Channelkirk. cember 1817, refusing the petition of cer- The appellants charged Mr Brown with a tain inhabitants of Edinburgh, craving that wilful and continued dereliction of the duty the Cowgate Chapel be received into com- of public preaching, and other duties and munion of the church as a chapel of ease. functions of his office. All parties being Parties being called, there appeared in sup- heard, after a short debate, it was moved to port of the appeal, Dr Mackvight, Dr dismiss the appeal, and affirm the sentences Inglis, Sir_H. Moncrieff, Mr Andrew of the Synod and Presbytery. Another mo.
Thomson, Dr David Ritchie, Mr Dickson, tion was made to sustain the appeal, and jun. members of the Presbytery of Edin- reverse the sentence of the Synod and Pres. burgh ; and Dr Meiklejohn and Mr Buch- bytery, and remit to them to serve Mr anan, members of the Synod, appeared as Brown with that part of the libel which dissenters against the sentence of the Synod. charges Mr Brown with giving up the perMessrs. Macķenzie, Ramsay, Mackellar, formance of public worship within his parand Ritchie, members of the Synod, ap- ish, and to proceed to judge of the relevanpeared for the Synod. Mr Somerville, cy thereof. “A vote was then taken, when complainer against the sentence of the the first motion was carried by a great maPresbytery, appeared for himself, and Fran- jority; therefore, the General Assembly, in cis Jeffrey and Henry Cockburn, Esqrs. ap- terms of said motion, dismissed the appeal, peared as counsel for the petitioners. Par- and affirmed the sentence of the Synod of ties having been fully heard, it was moved Merse and Teviotdale, and the sentence of to sustain the appeal and complaint, reverse the Presbytery of Lauder. the sentence of the Synod, and affirm that Saturday, May 30.—The report of the of the Presbytery. A counter-motion was Trustees of the Ministers' Widows? Fund also made to dismiss the appeal, &c. The was given in by Sir Henry Moncrieff Well, vote being called for, there appeared for the wood, the Collector, and ordered to lie on first motion 98, and for the second 32; the table till Monday. The thanks of the majority 66. And the Assembly thereby Assembly were then given from the chair sustained the appeal and complaint, reversed to the Collector, for his diligence, tenderthe sentence of the Synod admitting the ness, and fidelity, in the discharge of his chapel into communion, and affirmed the duties, and for his attention at all times to sentence of the Presbytery.
the interests of the Fund. Friday, May 29.-Dr Gibb presented a The report of the Committe upon the letter which he had received frorn Sturges management of the Poor was given in by Bourne, Esq. Chairman 'of the Committee Principal Baird, Convener of the Sub-Com. of the House of Commons, upon the Poor mittee, together with various schedules and Laws, which was read and ordered to be documents referred to in the report, or con. recorded.
nected therewith. The unanimous and cor.