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valked 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, cil in their robes. Among other distin- 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 evimissioner 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 libei 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 evito 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 extowards the propagating Christian know. punged from the minutes and record of the ledge in the Highlands of Scotland, were Synod of Moray, &c. &e. read. After which the Assembly was opened Wednesday, May 21.- 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 Friday, May 22.-The Assembly ap as possible. In the mean time, the Mode. pointed Mr James Strachan, minister 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 Strai. 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 the 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 2” 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 proce. bytery to proceed to the settlement of the dyre; but the Assembly enjoin the Presby. presentee, according to the rules of the tery, if any such be taken, to sist prochurch.
nouncing a final judgment, until these apTuesday, May 26.-Dr Nicol gave no- peals be 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 ad. age during the vacancy of a parish ; a mea. vice and decision, a cause relating to the sure which, he 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 considerreference, 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 par. Henry Cockbum, Esq. Mr A. M.Lean, and ishioners, against certain proceedings of the Mr Peter Chalmers, for the ministers; and Presbytery of Lochcarron. 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 considera. steps may be proper for preserving the tion a petition from the Marquis of Tweed. rights 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 Ist 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 Macknight, Dr dismiss the appeal, and affirm the sentences Inglis, Sir H. Moncrieff, Mr Andrew of the Synod and Presbytery. Another moThomson, 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 Mackenzie, Ramsay, Mackellar, formance of public worship within his par. and Ritchie, members of the Synod, ap- ish, and to proceed to judge of the relevan. peared for the Synod. Mr Somerville,
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 from 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 conrecorded.
nected therewith. The unanimous and cor
dial thanks of the Assembly were given from of the church ; and in case such meetings the chair to the Sub-Committee, and more take place, the Presbyteries within whose particularly to Principal Baird, their Con, bounds they are held, are enjoined to report vener, for the singular zeal, diligence, and the same to the meeting of the General Asassiduity, he had shown in the accomplish- sembly next ensuing. Another motion ment of the very important business entrust. was made and seconded, that “ the Assemed to him. The Assembly also renewed bly having considered the references, find it the appointment of the Committee, Princi. unnecessary to emit any declaration relative pal Baird to be Convener, and directed them to the subject thereof, the existing laws of to proceed in their usual labours, until they the church being sufficient to prevent the shall complete the report respecting the few irregularity complained of ; and recommend parishes which had not returned an answer to the ministers of this church to exercise to the queries of the Committee, authoris- their usual vigilance in giving all due ef. ing them at same time to communicate, if fect to these laws." necessary, with the Committees of the A vote was taken on these motions, when Houses of Lords and Commons, upon the the first was carried by a considerable maPoor Laws, with respect to every subject jority, and therefore the General Assembly connected with the object of their appoint- declare, and enjoin in terms of the first moment.
tion. Dr Nicol, in pursuance of a former notice, Monday, June 1.- The Coinmittee on the moved that a Committee be appointed to Portobello Chapel made their report, which take proper steps to procure a legislative en went to admit the chapel into communion of actment to prevent the sale of the patronage the church, as a chapel of ease, and to apof a parish during its vacancy ; which was prove of certain regulations that had been agreed to, Dr Nicol to be Convener of said drawn up for its government. The AssemCommittee.
bly entirely concurred in the sentiments The Assembly took into consideration ex of the report, and unanimously approved tract minutes of the Presbyteries of Strath- of it accordingly. bogie and Aberlour, referring to them the The Assembly added to the instructions conduct of Mr John Macdonald, Minister already given the Committee appointed to of Urquhart, in preaching in other parishes draw up answers to Mr Broughan's queries, than his own, within the bounds of the above that they take all competent and advisable Presbyteries. Mr Cruickshanks, a member measures for inquiring into, and ascertainof the Presbytery of Strathbogie, was heard ing the state of the means of, education, in support of the reference, and Mr Mac- particularly in the Highlands and Islands, donald in explanation. After long reason and to communicate with the clergy and ing, a motion was made and seconded, that others, as to all useful matters for attaining “ Having considered the references, the As- the
object of their appointment. sembly declare, that the performance of Di. The next cause was a petition from Mr vine Service, or of any part of public wor Andrew Thomson, as member of the Synod ship or service, by ministers of this church, of Lothian and Tweeddale, and of the Presin meeting-houses of Dissenters, is irregular bytery of Edinburgh, appealing against a and unconstitutional, and ought on no oc sentence of that Synod of 5th May last, afcasio2 to take place, except in cases which, firming a previous sentence of the Presbyfrom the peculiar circumstances of the par- tery of Edinburgh, which refused to sus. ish, its minister may find it occasionally tain the certificate of Mr George Crone, at. necessary for conducting the ordinary reli- tendant on the Second Divinity and Church gious instruction o: his people ; and the As. History Class in the University. Mr Thomsembly further declare, that the conduct of son and Mr Dickson, jun. appeared as apany minister of the church who exercises his pellants against the several sentences. Mr pastoral functions in a vagrant manner, Robert Buchanan appeared for the Synod, preaching during his journeys from place to and Dr Inglis for the Presbytery. Parties place in the open air, in other parishes than having been heard, it was moved to dismiss his own, or officiating in any meeting for the appeal, and affirm the sentence of the religious exercises, without the special in Synod and Presbytery. It was also moved vitation of the minister within whose parish to sustain the appeal, and reverse the sen. it shall be held, and by whom such meet tence, &c. ; and the votes being called, there ings shall be called, is disorderly, and un- appeared for the first motion 57, for the becoming the character of a minister of this second 24, affirming the sentence of the church, and calculated to weaken the hands Synod and Presbytery by a majority of 33. of the minister of the parish, and to injure The usual routine business being disposthe interests of sound religion ; and the As- ed of, his Grace the Commissioner, in a sembly enjoin Presbyteries to take order speech from the Throne, dissolved the As. that no countenance be given by ministers sembly in name of his Royal Highness the within their bounds to such occasional meet- Prince Regent, on behalf of his Majesty. ings proposed to be held for Divine Service, The Moderator then dissolved the Assembly or other pious purposes, as may, under the in the usual form. pretext of promoting religion, injure its in The next General Assembly is appointed terests, and so disturb the peace and order to meet on the 20th May 1819,
COMMERCIAL REPORT.-June 11, 1818. Sugar. The market is now generally better supplied with new Muscovadoes, and the business considerable, at about Is. per cwt. lower in price. The refiners and grocers only purchase small quantities at a time, in order to supply their immediate wants, in anticia pation that, as the arrivals become more numerous, the prices will decline. Fine Sugars are, generally speaking, scarce. About 1000 hhds were sold in Liverpool last week. In London, 5255 bags East India Sugars were disposed of at a decline of 2s. to 3s. per cwt. in price. The Refined market was heavy and declining. The demand for Molasses was steady and considerable. The arrivals from the West Indies may now be expected to be. come daily more numerous, and the crops in some of the islands are now ascertained to be only equal to that of the preceding year, which was short-Coffee. The yery great advance which had taken place on this article, rendered it probable that a decline would take place. Accordingly the market of late has rather been dull, and prices on the decline from 2s. to 3s. per cwt. The last advices from the Continent, however, are more favourable; and the market has accordingly become more steady, and inquiries more numerous.
This article is, however, so very high in price, that it is not probable that any great advance can now take place upon it. At the India House, 2658 were last week brought forward and disposed of. The price of Coffee may fairly be stated to be generally on the decline, and the market heavy.- -Cotton. The sales of Cotton at Liverpool have been regular, but by no means brisk. The supplies have of late been considerable; but the demand has, generally speaking, been in proportion, and the prices, accordingly, tolerably steady. The sales in Liverpool, of the former week, amount to 3800 bags. In London the purchases amounted to 500 bags; and the East India Company have declared a sale, on the 26th inst. of 16,860 bags. Advices from the Southern States of America state, that considerable damage has been done to the young Cotton by black frosts in the spring. Corn. The Corn market has been, in several instances, not only steady but on the advance. The supplies, either of home or foreign Grain, have of late been but limited. There is little doubt, however, but the present uncommon settled and warm weather, which seems to be general over all the northern hemisphere, will produce early and abundant crops, and at last reduce the price of Grain greatly.-Irish Provisions. The shipping demand for prime Provisions continue. Bacon is heavy, and good Butter is scarce. Some parcels of new Butter are, however, beginning to come to market, and the supply will soon be equal to the demand. Rice. The market for Rice has been heavy, and the price declining. A sale of 6652 bags at the India House, some days ago, went off better than could have been anticipated. Carolina Rice, for home consumption, continues in regular demand.Hemp, Flax, and Tallow. The price of Tallow is merely nominal, and sales limited, In Flax there is no variation. Accounts from Petersburgh, stating that an advance of five roubles had taken place in the price of Hemp, had no effect on the London market.
-Naval Stores. There are no sales of rough Turpentine. Spirits are declining; and in the other articles there is no variation. - i. Every description of Oil may be stated at a decline in price, and the market very heavy. The stock of Palm Oil in Liverpool is very low. Tobacco. In this article there has lately been few transactions. There is very little doing in Shumac. There is a fair demand for Pearl Ashes.-American Tar, offered for sale in Liverpool, was withdrawn on account of the low prices offered.--Pine T'imber is very dull of sale, as is also Quercitson Bark. All other articles in commerce may be stated as in our last Report.Rum, Brandy, and Hollands. The Rum mar. ket has been heavy and declining. Geneva is lower; and Brandy, chiefly of inferior quality, is still declining in price.Wine. There is no alteration in price since the Tate great rise on Port Wine, though it is rumoured that a still farther advance will take place on almost every description. The exchanges have become much against this coun. try, which, of itself, has occasioned an increase of 5 per cent. in price.
The Revenue of the country continues to improve in a regular and progressive manner ; and the declaration of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that he would neither require loans, nor have recourse to funding any more Exchequer Bills, either for this year or next, cannot fail to have a beneficial influence upon the money market, and consequently on trade in general. The amazing quantity of goods sent out to the West India market, had lately rendered the market dull, and consequently the same thing was felt in our manufactures ; but there is now greater activity displayed, and the preparation for shipments becoming more numerous and extensive than these had been for some weeks back.
Since the success of the Spanish Royalists in Mexico, and other parts of the main land of America situated within the tropics, the trade with our West India settlements for manufactured goods has been more steady and extensive. It is with the settlements which continue in peace and in subjection to the royal authority that our trade is greatest, or with these, indeed, that we have any trade at all. The provinces in a state of rebellion are completely laid waste, and there is no security in them for either persons or property, and consequently commerce must fly from these distracted abodes. In our next we ex. pect to shew this from the important fact of the real anjount of the exports, from the Clyde, of our Cotton and Linen manufactures to the different depots from whence Spanish America is supplied.
PRICES CURRENT.May 8, 1818.
DUTIES. B. P. Dry Brown, cwt. 77 to
73 to 77 72 to 77 75 to 78 Mid. good, and fine mid. 84 88 78
£1 10 0 Fine and very fine,
88 Refined, Doub. Loaves, 150 155
144 162 Powder ditto, 124 128
129 113 121 Large ditto, 112 114 110 112 113
112 Crushed Lumps,
73 MOLASSES, British, cwt. 38 38 6 38
36 6 COFFEE, Jamaica : cwt.
0 7 64 Ord. good, and fine ord.
129 118 125 Mid. good, and fine mid. 130 137 129
135 Dutch, Triage and very ord. 115 119
110 120 112 120 Ord. good, and fine ord. 122 138 120 131 122
0 73 Mid. good, and fine mid. 134 139 132 137 130
137 132 136 St Domingo,
128 123 PIMENTO (in Bond) Ib.
10 9 99 SPIRITS,
0 097 Jam. Rum, 16 0.P. gall. 38 7d 3s 9d 3s 5d 338d 3s 3d 3s 5d 3s 2d 58 60 Brandy, 12 0 13 0
10 0 12 6 B.S. Geneva, 3 9 4 0
3 3 3
0 17 050 Grain Whisky, 7 3 76
0 17 1128!
13 6 WINES, Claret, 1st Growths, hhd.) 50 54
SB.$. 2143 18 0 £35
EO (F.S.) 5 148 4 Portugal Red,
6 pipe. 48 54
54 Spanish White, butt. 34 55
B.S. LE 95 11 0 Teneriffe, pipe. 30 35
- 98 16 0 Madeira, 60 70
96 13 0 LOGWOOD, Jam. ton. £9 9
8 5 8 10
(F.S.) 99 16 6
8 17 90 8 10 8 15 Honduras,
8 8 9 0 9 5 9 10 8 15 90 Campeachy,
09.14 10 10
10 0 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 0 10 10
10 0 12 0 14 0 15 0
1 4 63 INDIGO, Caraccas fine, ib. 95 6d 11s 6d 8 6 96
10 6 11 0 TIMBER, Amer. Pine, foot. 2 3 2 4
0 0 413
28 Ditto Oak,
4 6 5 0 Christiansand (dut. paid) 2 2 Honduras Mahogany 1 0 1 6 0 10 1 8 1 3 1 5 is 2
16 0 St Domingo, ditto 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 3 1 9
8 14 2 TAR, American, brl.
15 6 17 0 19 6
F.S.) i Archangel,
19 0 21 0 22 6 PITCH, Foreign, cwt. 10 11
8 6 TALLOW, Rus. Yel. Cand. 73
(F.S. 10 1 74 78 80 75 77 75
0 3 2 Home Melted,
74 HEMP, Riga Rhine, ton. 43 49 51 54
B.S. 0 9 13 Petersburgh Clean,
50 49 FLAX,
(F.S.) Riga Thies. & Druj. Rak. 76 77
0 0 43 Irish, 56 62
F.S. OO 7% MATS, Archangel, 109. 105
B.S. 1 3 9
F.S.) 1 4 113 BRISTLES,
B.S. 0 3 6 Petersburgh Firsts, cwt 16 0 16 10
F.S.) 0 3 115 ASHES, Peters. Pearl, 51 62
0 4 68 Montreal ditto,
(F.S. 06 58
66 53 55 62 64 Pot,
0 1 7 OIL, Whale, tun. 38 40 43
35 Cod, 54 (p. brl.)
79 40 TOBACCO, Virgin. fine, Ib. 96 104 103 110 8 093 Middling,
0 10 91 0 6
8+ COTTON'S, Bowed Georg.
O 6+ 75
1 95 1 8 1 10 Sea Island, fine,
3 10 4 0
3 6 2s 5d 3s 6 good,
3 6 3 9 3 4 3 6 middling,
3 5 2 0 3 3 Demerara and Berbice,
50c.f. ton. per 12 brls.
0 10 0
per 100 lbs.
8 2 0 1 9
1 10 Pemambuco,
17 1 10
2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 Maranham,
2 2 2 0 20% 1 114 2 0
Course of Exchange, June Amsterdam, 6:10. B. 2 US. Antwerp, 11:9. Ex. Hamburgh, 34. 24 Us. Frankfort 1415. E. Paris 24 : 25. 2 Us. Bordeaux, 2425. Madrid, 39 effect." Cadiz, 384 effect. Gibaltar, 35. Leghorn, 515. Genoa, 474. Malta, 52. Naples, 445: Palermo, 130 per . Rio Janeiro, 66. Oporto, 581. Dub. lin, 11. Cork, 11. Agio of the Bank of Hollnd 2.
Prices of Gold and Silver, per oz.- Portugal rold, in coin, £4, Is. 6d. Foreign gold, in bars, £4,1s. 6d. New doubloons, £0. New Dollars, 5s.6d. Silver, in bars 5s. 5 d. New Louis, each Os. Od.