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to Edinburgh, and some high words passed for propagating Christian knowledge in the between them. She persisted, however, in Highlands of Scotland, was delivered by her first intention, and carried her young the Commissioner, and a Committee was child along with her. On her way home, appointed by the Assembly to draw up a having been nearly two days without food, suitable answer. On the 23d, the Assem. (as she told some persons whom she met bly took under their consideration the On the road,) it appears, that either in case of marriages celebrated by the Scotch wrath or despair, she formed the dreadful church in India. After detailing the variresolution of exposing her infant. Instead ous steps which had been taken, in order to of proceeding homewards, horror-struck, procure the sanction of the Court of Direcprobably at the deed she had donc, in leav. tors, to have it found that marriages celeing her helpless child in a wood, she fled brated by a Scotch clergyman in British back, and has not since been heard of. The India were legal and valid, the Assembly poor man had seen the account in the were not only gratified to find the Directors newspapers of a child having been exposed of the India Fouse going heartily into the and found in the parish of Tranent, but he measure, but that his Majesty's Governcould not bring his mind to think that his ment had taken the subject into their sewife, although she had left him in bad rious consideration, and that a bill had humour, could be capable of such an act. been framed, and read twice in the House Being, however, casually informed of some of Commons, to render valid all marriages particulars concerning the little foundling, that had taken place, or that should take he was induced to come and see him. The place, betwixt the members of the Scottish mingled tears of the father and child at Church in British India, either where the meeting attested their relationship. parties were wholly belonging to the Scot
Bank of England. - It appears, from the tish Church, or either of them a member accounts just presented to the House of of that communion. This communication Commons, that the amount of the sums was received with the highest satisfaction; paid by the public to the Bank, as a re- and when the bill is passed into a law, it muneration for receiving the contribution's will place that branch of the Church of on loans, independent of the annual ex- Scotland in a situation of dignity, indepenpence of management, from the year 1793 dence, and respectability. The warmest to 1816 inclusive, is L. 397,086, 73. 3d. thanks of the 'Assembly were afterwards That the number of notes discovered by given from the chair to the Lord Advocate the Bank to have been forged from the of Scotland, for the great attention and 1st June 1812, to 10th April 1818, dis- pains he had bestowed on this subject, and tinguishing those from L.i to L.20 and in carrying forward this important measure upwards, is one hundred and thirty-one to so desirable an issue. On the 26th, the thousand, three hundred and sixty-one. Assembly proceeded to consider a reference That the total expence of prosecutions for from the Synod of Moray, for advice on e forgeries, or uttering forged notes, from decision in the cause of Mr John Clark, 1st March 1797, to 1st April 1818, a. minister of the gospel, and teacher of the mounts to the sum of L. 148,370, 9s. 3d. academy of Inverness, which had been That the nominal value of the notes, of brought before them by protest and appeal which payment was refused, from 1st Ja- against a sentence of the Presbytery of innuary 1816, to J0th April 1818, is verness, deposing Mr Clark from the office L. 74,760, and that the nominal value of of the holy ministry. It was admitted on forged notes paid by the Bank for the same the part of the Presbytery, that they had period, which was afterwards recovered on proceeded irregularly, and that there was the forgeries being detected, amounted only no adequate evidence in proof of the to L. 75. To shew the great and alarming libel. After hearing parties, the Assembly increase of forgeries of Bank of England unanimously agreed to reverse the sentence notes, the whole expence of their prosecu- of the Presbytery, and assoilzie Mr Clark tions in the year *1797 was only about from the whole charges laid against him ; L. 1500, while in the first three months of and they ordered the whole proceedings in the present year, it amounted to the enor- this cause to be expunged from the minutes mous sum of nineteen thousand eight hun- and records of the Synod of Moray, &c. dred and ninety pounds!
On the 27th, the Assembly had transmitted
to them from the Committee of Bills, ex1.-General Assembly.—The General tract minutes from the Presbgtery of DunAssembly of the Church of Scotland was fermline, referring to the Assembly, for opened at Edinburgh on the 21st ultimo, advice and decision, a cause relating to the by William Earl of Errol, his Majesty's ringing of the bells of the parish church of Lord High Commissioner to that court. Dunfermline on the Lord's day of the 12th The Rev. Dr John Campbell, one of the of April last, which had been brought be. Ministers of Edinburgh, was chosen Mo- fore them by a reference from the Kirk derator. The customary letter from the Session. It seems, that on the day men. Prince Regent, with the grant of L. 2000 tioned, a sermon was to be preached for
some charitable purpose; and the Magi- tablished congregations, to contain the strates of Dunfermline, in order to make whole of the parties who made this applithe collection as high as possible, obtained cation. Dr Meiklejohn followed on the the use of one of the dissenting meeting- same side, and enforced the same arguhouses, which was larger than the parish ments. Mr Henry Cockburn, as counsel church. The minister of the parish refused for the petitioners, in a speech of two hours to allow the church bells to be rung on the and a half duration, endeavoured to con occasion ; but the Magistrates persisted in vince the Assembly of the propriety of their order to that effect, and sent some of granting the prayer of the petition. He their officers, who made their way to the went into a history of the Church of Scotbelfry in spite of the beadle, and rung the land, the progress of dissenters, and in the bells. The Assembly, after hearing parties most feeling terms, appealed to the Asseinin this case, found that the power of regu- bly whether or not two thousand Christian lating the time and manner of ringing the souls, knocking at the doors of the church bells of the parish church, as connected to become menibers of the Establishment, with ecclesiastical and religious purposes, should be rejected, when, comparatively belonged exclusively to the minister or speaking, the increased population had been ministers of the parish, and that the pro- far greater than the accommodation made ceedings in this cause, on the part of the by the Established Church during the last Magistrates of Dunfermline, were irregu- fifty years. The learned Counsel concluded lar and reprehensible; at the same time, a most able speech, by calling upon the the Assembly remitted to a committee to Assembly, as they valued the best interests consider what steps might be proper for of the Church of Scotland, to reverse the preserving the rights of the church. On sentence of the Presbytery of Edinburgh. the 28th, the Assembly took into consider Mr Sommerville, minister of Currie, also ation an appeal of Dr Thomas Macknight, addressed the Assembly on the same side, member of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, in support of the judgment of the Synod of against a sentence of the Synod of Lothian Lothian and Tweeddale. Parties being and Tweeddale of the 5th May, reversing fully heard ard removed, it was moved a sentence of the Presbytery of Edinburgh and seconded to sustain the appeal and in December last. This appeal related to complaint, reverse the sentence of the Sya question which has excited considerable nod, and affin the sentence of the Presinterest in this city. On the 1st December bytery. Another motion was made and last, the Presbytery of Edinburgh had pre- seconded to dismiss the appeal and comsented to them a petition from several plaint, affirm the sentence of the Synod, inhabitants of the city, in name of them- and reverse the sentence of the Presbytery; selves and about 300' heads of families, and the vote being called for, it carried by stating, that they had purchased, for a great majority first motion; and, thereL. 4000, the late Episcopal chapel in Cow. fore, the General Assembly did, in terms gate, and praying that the same might be of the first motion, sustain the appeal and erected into a Chapel of Ease, in commu- complaint, reverse the sentence of the Sr. nion with the Established church. The nod, and affirm the sentence of the Presby. Presbytery, after much discussion, refused tery. In consequence of this decision, we to comply with the prayer of this petition, understand the congregation, assembled in conceiving the said erection unnecessary the Cowgate chapel, under the care of the and inexpedient. Their sentence was Rev. Simon Fraser, have made a proposal brought by appeal before the Synod of to join the Relief Synod.--On the 29th, a Lothian and Tweeddale, who, upon hearing petitior and appeal was presented to the parties, reversed it; and it was against the Assembly, from the Rev. James Russell, sentence of the Synod that Dr Macknight, minister of Gairloch, with concurrence of supported by other members of the Presby- upwards of 150 of his parishioners, against tery of Edinburgh, now appealed. Parties certain proceedings of the Presbytery of being called, Mr Andrew Thomson, on Lochcarron. Parties having been heard, the part of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, it was unanimously agreed to sustain the argued against the expediency of erecting appeal, reverse the sentence of the Presbythis chapel into a Chapel of Ease. He tery, dismiss the accusation and petition stated, in the course of a long speech, that against Mr Russell, of 20 September 1817, the established churches of Edinburgh had as irregular and incompetent; assoilzie more than two thousand seats vacant, and Mr Russell from all the charges contained which the petitioners might have access to in said petition, prohibit all further proif they really wanted accommodation in the cedure thereon, and ordain the minutes of established church. The Rev. Gentleman all proceedings already held on these further stated, that this was nothing but charges to be expunged from the records an attempt to create a new congregation of the Presbytery and Synod.--The Assemunder a favourite clergyman, while there bly then proceeded to consider a petition was a Chapel of Ease in the neighbourhood, from the Marquis of Tweeddale and other quite competent, along with the other eso heritors of the parish of Channelkirk, against a sentence of the Synod of Merse functions in a vagrant manner, preaching and Tiviotlale, of date 28th October 1817, during his journeys from place to place in affirming a sentence of the Presbytery of the open air, in other parishes than his Lauder, of date 24th June 1817, refusing own, or officiating in any meeting for reto serve Mr Brown with a libel. It ap- ligious exercises, without the special invi. peared from the petition, that, in 1816, a tation of the minister within whose parish difference took place between Mr Brown it shall be held, and by whom such meetings and the heritors, relative to some additions shall be called, is disorderly, and unbeclaimed by the former to his manse and coming the character of a minister of this offices, and repairs to the parochial church. church, and calculated to weaken the hands The heritors agreed to a certain part of Mr of the minister of the parish, and to injure Brown's claims, but not to the extent he the interests of sound religion; and the reqnested; and, in consequence, the Rev. Assembly enjoin Presbyteries to take order gentleman discontinued the exercise of his that no countenance be given by ministers duties for about eight months, after the within their bounds to such' occasional month of November in that year. The meetings proposed to be held for divine heritors, in consequence, presented a libel service, or other pious purposes, as may, to the Presbytery of Lauder, which the under the pretext of promoting religion, so Presbytery refused to serve on Mr Brown; injure its interests, and so disturb the peace but recommended him without delay to
and order of the church: and in case of recommence preaching from a tent, or such meetings taking place, the Presbyany other convenient place, till a new teries within whose bounds they are held, church, which was in progress of building, are enjoined to report the same to the should be completed. The Synod of Merse meeting of the General Assembly next enand Tiviotdale affirmed this sentence, and suing.' Another motion was made and the matter was now brought by appeal be. seconded, that “ the Assembly, having con. fore the General Assembly. Parties be- sidered the references, find it unnecessary ing heard, it was moved and seconded to to emit any declaration relative to the subdismiss the appeal, and affirm the sentences ject thereof, the existing laws of the Church of the Synod and Presbytery. Another being sufficient to prevent the irregularity motion was made and seconded, to sustain complained of, and recommend to the mini. the appeal, and reverse the sentences of the sters of this Church to exercise their usual Synod and Presbytery, and remit to them vigilance, in giving all due effect to these to serve Mr Brown with that part of the laws." The question being called for, it libel which charges him with giving up the was agreed that the state of the votes should performance of public worship within his be first or second motion, whien it carried, parish, and to proceed to judge of the re- by a very considerable majority, first molevancy thereof.. The votes being taken, tion. The General Assembly, in consethe first motion was carried by a great ma- quence, declare and enjoin in terms of said jority, The Assembly, in consequence, motion.-- This day (June 1st) a committee, affirmed the sentence of the Synod of Merse to which a proposal had been referred for and Tiviotdale and the Presbytery of Lau. admitting the chapel at Portobello into a der. On the 30th, the Assembly took into communion of the church, as a Chapel of consideration, extract minutes of the Pres. Ease, gave in a report, approving of certain byteries of Strathbogie and Aberlour, re- regulations that had been drawn up for its ferring to them the conduct of Mr John government. The Assembly entirely conM‘Donald, minister of Urquhart, in preach- curred in the sentiments of the report, and ing in other parishes than his own, within unanimously approved of it accordingly. the bounds of the above Presbyteries. Mr After some routine business, his Grace the Cruickshanks, a member of the Presbytery Commissioner, in an elegant speech from of Strathbogie, was heard in support of the the Throne, dissolved the Assembly in reference, and Mr M‘Donald in explana- name of his Royal Highness the Prince tion. After long reasoning, a motion was Regent, on behalf of his Majesty. The made and seconded, that, “ having consi. Moderator then dissolved the Assembly in dered the references, the Assembly declare, the usual form. The next General Assem. that the performance of divine service, or bly is appointed to meet on the 20th of of any part of public worship or service by May 1819. ministers of this church, in meeting-houses Singular Incident. On the 27th ult. an of dissenters, is irregular and unconstitu- ox, belonging to Mr Ronaldson, butcher in tional, and ought on no occasion to take Leith, became furious in driving to the place, except in cases in which, from the shambles, and, after a circuitous route peculiar circumstances of a parish, minithrough the town, pursued a man up a ster may find it occasionally necessary for turnpike stair in Bath Street, to the height conducting the ordinary religious instruc- of four stories, including the attic story, tion of his people; and the Assembly fur. and entered a garret room, where an old ther declare, that the conduct of any mini. woman (the mother of the man it had ster of the church who exercises his pastoral pursued) was in bed; she fortunately sugo
ceeded in escaping from its fury, but the in the chair, assisted by Robert Innes, Esq. animal remained till he tore to pieces the as deputy. The chairman, in proposing bed-clothes and bedding, broke the bed- the health of their visitor, Mr Forsyth, stead, and every article of furniture in the and after expressing his regret that the apartment; and it was not without some task had not fallen into abler hands, ad. considerable difficulty he was dislodged and dressed to him a few words, expressive of taken down stairs.
the gratification felt by the company at 4.--Magisterial Delinquency. In the seeing Mr Forsyth among them, and of the Court of King's Bench last term, Mr J. esteem and respect which they entertained for Merceron was convicted on an indictment his many virtues. “ Animated (he observed) charging him, that, being a magistrate for with these sentiments, and a just sense of Middlesex, and well knowing that certain your hospitality and kindness to them on public-houses, (his property,) in the parish every occasion, your countrymen have deof St Matthew, Bethnal Green, were disor- puted me to offer you this gold stuff-box, derly, did concur with the magistrates of as a testimony of the attachment they feel the district in granting licences to those to your person, and of their respect for houses; and with embezzling L. 925, 1s. 22. your character ; and in presenting it for of the poor-money belonging to the parish your acceptance, I find i cannot do it in of Bethnal Green. Yesterday morning he more appropriate terms than in the lanwas brought up to receive judgment for guage of the inscription which it contains :these offences; when the court, taking into *To Isaac Forsytu, Esq. of Elgin, this consideration his having refunded the slight emblem of esteem and attachment, money embezzled, with interest thereupon, is offered by the Gentlemen of Morayshire, pronounced sentence, that the defendant residing in London; who acknowledge, with should, for the first offence, be recommitted pride and gratitude, the benefits and
the lus. to the custody of the Marshal of the King's tre which, in their absence, their beloved Bench for six months, and pay a fine of Country derives from his public spirit, chaL. 200; and for the second, be iinprisoned racter, and example.'-Wishing, Sir, that twelve months, to commence after the ex- you may be long spared as a blessing to your piration of the six months for the first family and to society, we have the pleasure offence. Mr Justice Bailey added, that the of drinking your health.”. This toast was case should be laid before the Lord Chan- drank with three times three, and was folcellor, that his Lordship may use his dis. lowed by testimonies of great satisfaction cretion as to striking the defendant out of and applause.—Mr Forsyth returned thanks the Commission of the Peace.
in the most appropriate terms of gratitude Landed Property.--Within these last and respect, and with that flow of genuine six months, there have been more estates eloquence with which he is so highly ensold in the public rooms of Edinburgh, dowed. than there had been for the three previous 6.-Executions. On the 3d, William years, and at inuch higher prices. As a Baird and Walter Blair were executed in proof of the rising value of ground near front of the New Jail, Glasgow. They our metropolis, we understand that'a small had been found guilty of robbing, on the property on the road to Broughton, about 230 August 1817, George Liddel, and of half a mile from our New Town, measur. attacking, at different times on the 25th of ing little more than four Scots acres, was, the same month, Thoinas Heugh, Jolin on Wednesday, sold judicially at the price Sommerville, William Watt, and Richard of L. 3300, being at the rate of about L:800 Ferrie ; from all of whom they only got a sterling per acre. Within about these 43 guinea note, a silver watch, a few shillings, years, this same property was sold by one 2 lbs. of gunpowder, and several other of our wealthiest hospitals for L. 335, so trifling articles. These unfortunate men that, during that short period, it has risen made a fruitless attempt to escape from jail to nearly ten times its original price. the evening before, for which they after
It is at all times gratifying to see pri- wards professed much contrition. Baird vate worth, public spirit, and patriotic ex- and Blair were good-looking met, about ertion, meeting with their reward in the 22 years of age. The former was brought approbation of those who are most capable up a farmer, and for some time kept a shop of appreciating their effects ; and we have in Glasgow, both as a servant and master. much pleasure, therefore, in recording the The latter was well-known in Glasgow, of singular marks of respect which have been which he was a native. He attended the just shown by the gentlemen of Moray. Grammar School and University, and was shire, residing in London, to their coun. remarkable for his close application and getryman, Isaac Forsyth, Esq. of Elgin, on neral good conduct. He studied medicine, his late visit to the metropolis. These and was for some time assistant surgeon gentleman invited their countryman to an on board one of his Majesty's vessels. elegant entertainment at the City of Lon- Yesterday, James Ritchie suffered death don Tavern, where upwards of thirty of at Aberdeen, for sheep-stealing. The most them sat down to dinner, John Masson, Esq. zealous endeavours were made to obtain a
remission of his sentence, on account of his of Forfar took place on the 20th ult., when youth, (being only 17 years of age,) and it was unanimously resolved to petition his behaviour subsequent to his trial. Pe- Parliament for a reform in the present titions were transmitted from the Clergy burgh system, &c. and Professors of the University, &c. in his City of Aberdeen. On the Ith ult., a favour ; and the Duke of Gordon also ap- committee of the Privy Council assembled plied for a pardon to the unhappy youth: at the Cockpit, Whitehall, to take into conbut was refused by Lord Sidmouth, on ac- sideration the petition to the King in Councount of the magnitude of the theft, the cil of the late Magistrates of Aberdeen, prayfrequency of the crime in that neighbour. ing for the restoration of their ancient elec. hood, and the systematic manner in which tive franchise, and also of the petition of the it was carried into execution. Such, at Burgesses of Guild and a very numerous least, had been the views of this melan- and respectable body of the inhabitants, choly case, which had been suggested to praying for a new set (constitution) of the his Lordship.
burgh, for regulating the future elections Caledonian Canal.—This great national of their Magistrates and Town-Council. undertaking, to which Parliament has just Their Lordships, after hearing counsel on voted L. 50,000, will be finished soon, at behalf of the different parties, resolved, bean expence of nearly one million, and when fore coming to a decision, to remit the case completed will be of the utmost import to the Crown lawyers of England and ance to the Highlands. The advantages Scotland, for their opinion. of the Caledonian Canal, to the district Deacon Latorie and others, versus the through which it passes, begin already to Magistrates of Edinburgh.-On Saturday be manifest. English coals, which former. the 6th instant, the Second Division of the ly were carried over land from Inverness to Court of Session advised this important Fort Augustus, and sold there at 4s. 6d. case, when, upon one of the points of the per barrel, have been sold this summer in libel, the complaint of the petitioners was that neighbourhood, when brought by the sustained the election was declared null canal, at 2s. 6d.
and void, and the pursuers found entitled 8. Resetting.-- This day, in the High to their expences. This judgment is found. Court of Justiciary, came on the trial of ed on an informality in the election. The Catharine Stewart or Ferrier, and Robert set provides, That after the deacons shall Stewart, both lately residing at the Rus- have been received and authorised in their sian tap-room, in the Canongate of Edin- offices, the meeting of Council at which burgh, and Margaret Cowan, lately resid- this is done shall chuse furth of the said fouring in said Russian tap-room, and widow teen deacons six to be the Ordinary Counof the deceased Thomas Ferrier, tacksmancil Deacons for the next year. The meetof Melville Muir colliery, charged with ing at which this is done must consist of twelve different acts of reset of theft, ag. trocnty-five persons. On the 17th Septem. gravated by their being persons habit and ber, the Council being made up to the repute resetters of stolen goods. Margaret requisite number of twenty-five, among Cowan was outlawed for not appearing; which number was Mr Denholm, as Trades and the trial proceeded against Stewart and Councillor of the former year, the fourteen his wife, for nine of the charges of reset of deacons were introduced, and took the theft, which were found relevant. The oaths, and among these Mr Denholm, as Jury, after a few minutes deliberation, re- Deacon of the Waukers, then sitting at the turned a viva voce verdict, finding two of Council-Board, and continuing to act in the charges Not Proven, and finding the his old character of Trades' Councillor, prisoners Guilty of the other seven charges voted for his own appointment as an Ordi. in the indictment. The Court, after an nary Council Deacon, thus acting in two impressive address from the Lord Justice different capacities. Mr Denholm, beClerk, sentenced the prisoners to transporta ing thus received and sworn as a deacon tion for life.
under the new election, could no longer be 11. Scottish Burgh Reform.-A meet- considered as a Trades' Councillor; his place, ing of the burgesses of Dundee was held up therefore, in that capacity, should have on this subject on the 7th ult., when several been filled up before the meeting proceedresolutions were unanimously agreed to, ed to elect the six Council Deacons out of for an alteration of the set of the burgh; the fourteen. This, however, was not and application to be made to the Conven- done; consequently, the election of the six tion of Royal Burghs for that purpose. Council Deacons, of whom Mr Denholm The meeting adjourned to the 22d July, was one, was made only by twenty-four being the second Wednesday after the Councillors and Mr Denholm himself. AU meeting of the Convention of Royal Burghs the judges, namely, the Lord Justice Clerk, at Edinburgh.
Lords Glenlee, Robertson, Bannatyne, and A very numerous and respectable meet. Craigie, were present. The last was the ing of the burgesses and other inhabitants only dissentient judge.