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the chance of disappointment in one or two articles. If very impor- KELLY was a fine piece of broad comedy.-We have also to notice tant relief indeed be not afforded to the nation in the next session, it new operatic piece, entitled The Wedding Present, which, owing to : will be justly inferred—either that Ministers have no real faith in accidental oversight, we regarded, when announced, as an old on their professed principles, confirmed as they are by the most satisfac- It went off, it seems, indifferently.

Q. tory experience; or that they are deterred from extending their operation by a mean and corrupt repugnance to the inconsiderable MR MULOCH AND HIS OXFORD PROCEEDINGS. diminution of patronage consequent upon partial remitting of taxes.

Mr Muloch, who so lately figured in an orthodox riot at Oxford,

has published a long letter in the daily papers, explanatory of the conTHEATRICAL EXAMINER. duct which led to the disgraceful scenes exhibited in that learned city.

He was charged, it may be recollected, among other things, with pro

COVENT GARDEN. pagating opinions that led to the separation of man and wife; and it On Tuesday last, the comedy of Rule a Wife and Have a Wife founded one. It seems that the wife of one of his congregation, a

does appear, from his own statement, that the charge is not an unwas revived at this theatre with very considerable success. It is a delightful treat to see an old drama, and (we were going to say) con

Mrs Susannah Taylor, whom Mr Muloch describes as “a wicked sequently a fine one, well sustained through all its characters; and person-a manifest reprobate concerning the faith-an irretrievable this (with some triding modification) was the case the other evening. apostate from the living and true God,” had been expelled from thei

: We came away well satisfied that Mr CHARLES KEMBLE made an Mo Nuloch says, “ I enjoined him

to depart immediately from a wife

society by his order. Her husband applied to him for advice, wher, excellent Leon: his performance of the latter part of the character was who had crucified Christ afresh and put him to an open shame. I de diguified and graceful,- perhaps a little too boisterous once or twice for the elegantly accomplished husband; but his assumed idiotcy was sired him, moreover, to appropriate to her exclusive use the whole or a finished piece of acting. We will not compare him with his his income (60l. a-year) derived from property over which his marbrother, who may have been more lofty; or with Mr KEAN, who may exactitude, and then commenced a persecution as malignant and

riage gave him a control. All this was done with the most scrupulous have been more energetic without shouting ;-but taking the performance as a whole, we prefer him to either. Mr Cooper made the intendedly mischievous as any that the annals of intolerance record." most of that very unequivocal and up-hill character, the Duke. We

-From this statement, it does not appear that Mrs Taylor had were pleased with his maintaining the aristocracy of the character in offended in any other way than that of differing in religious opinion repelling the familiar advance made to him in common with the other with Mr Muloch; for had she been “ a reprobate” in any other sense, guests by Michael Perez, when welcoming them to his house. His he does not seem to be the man who would be tender of a woman's and KEMBLE's attitudes of defence were highly graceful. This actor reputation, and hide her misdoings. For this offence, therefore, her will certainly become a favourite ; he is judicious and indefatigable, poor deluded spouse was persuaded to abandon her by this Teaches and moreover, has the good luck of not being a spoilt child from of " glad tidings;” and though we highly condemn the conduct of the precocious applause. Jones's Copper Copper Captain-was very Oxford mob in personally assailing Mr Muloch and his disciples, who amusing. PARLEY's Cacophogo, too palpable-we mean that he should be put down by reason and ridicule, not by howling and mud, made this, as he does all his characters, abrupt and melo-dramatic. we really cannot be greatly surprised at such a manifestation of popaMrs Faucit was respectable in Margueritte; and Miss Chester's lar disgust. But this was not the only case of the kind. “A persoa evening. The house was well attended; the Pit full even to standing He stated to me"

(what I now firmly believe to be a vile untruth) that Estifania, to our liking, the most uniformly good performance of the named Thomas Lord (adds Mr Muloch) who had been for some time

under my ministry, asked my advice for the regulation of his conduet. room; and the piece was announced for repetition to the accompani- he felt desirous of bearing his part in defraying the expenses of the ment of two rounds of applause.

On Wednesday evening, a gentlemặn of the name of FitZHARRIS Church which he had voluntarily joined, but that his wife contuma. made his first appearance at this theatre in the character of Othello. ciously withheld from him every shilling of his property. I told him We hold it waste of time to dwell at length upon a decided failure that we did not want his money (my own wife's portion being appliWith nothing very defective in conception, and certainly with nothing welcome to share such things as I possessed ; but that having named

cable to the need of the Church) and that, on the contrary, he was approaching to superiority or originality in that direction, Mr Firze HARRIS had to labour against the physical impediment of a voice, his case, nothing was more scripturally clear to me than that no which was equally ineffective in its upper and its lower tones. Só Christian man should remain in slavish subjection to his wife, who is strikingly apparent was this bar to success, that it evidently put the enjoined to reverence her husband, and submit to him as her acknowaudience out of doubt in the very first açt. For the rest, it may be ledged head, she receiving in return the kindly affection and due generally observed, that his person was tall and not inelegant, and his honour which are to be rendered to her as the weaker vessel. I desired action free and graceful. For the first three acts, the house was tole- him, therefore, to exact mildly, but firmly, implicit obedience from his rably patient, although its very silence was significant enough; but wife, who is (it may be passingly noted) what is termed in the religious open symptoms of discontent then began to prevail, and the effect world,“ a professor of the Gospel." Upon her violent, abusive, art upon the debutant was evinced in the increased languor of the remain- blasphemous refusal (I call it blasphemous, for it was accompanied der of his performance. The mistakes in self-appreciation are very the proper course for a Christian to pursue, as set forth in the word of

with reproaches against Christ's truth) I pointed out to Thomas Lord curious. Possibly, next to Richard, Othello, of all the characters of the Shakespearian drama, was the best calculated to

"God-Come out from among them and be ye separate."

expose sical and other deficiencies of Mr FITZUARRIS,--and he chooses it


Jndgiug from the tone that prevails throughout the letter, it seems quite accordingly! The reproof has been conclusive. Mr WARDE played clear to us, that Mr Muloch is an intemperate fanatic-one of those Iago with his usual general sound discrimination and good sense; but Christians who do not turn the left cheek when the right is smitten—there is a bonhommie and kindliness of expression in the countenance follower of John Calvin rather than of Jesus Christ--one who would of this gentleman which unfit him for Iago, or at least which render burn rather than bear with a mistaken brother-and is more disposer it difficult for him to duly exhibit the malignity and persiflage of that to brandish a cutlass with St Peter, than to exclaim “Go and sin mo most accomplished villain: the Mephistophiles portion of the demon more" with his benevolent Master. was wanting. COOPER was the Cassio; but the drunken scene is However reprehensible the conduct of Mr Muloch's opposers, conaltogether out of the way of this improving performer, especially on sidering that they certainly had some grounds for their distaste, w boards which have been trod by Mr C. KEMBLE in the same charac- must say that the language he employs respecting them is anything *ter. Mrs Sloman enacted Desdemona, and in the chamber scene but decorous. Charity (says the Apostle) suffereth long and is evinced simplicity and nature. Mrs FAWCIT, in Emilia, was ani- kind;" but Mr Muloch is pugnacious and bitter in the extreme. He mated in the final scene; but to say the truth, before the tragedy was is fierce and foul-mouthed, like the renowned Dragon of Wantleyconcluded, both spectators and performers seemed to feel the absence

“ With a sting in his tail of a sun to their system, and Ennui was the presiding spirit of the

“ As long as a flail, evening. Much attention has been paid to costume in getting up

“ Which made him grow bolder and bolder.” Othello, and the contrast of the dresses of Cyprus with those of Venice Mercy on us! what a torrent of hard words is poured out in this one was picturesque. At the conclusion of the tragedy, the friends of the epistle! His opposers are said to utter “filthy falsehoods” and new performer made a stand. It was the service of the forlorn hope “abominable lies." The Oxford Herald is “an unclean thing," which --devoted and faithful. * If you fall,” says a great authority, “ fall he casts into the mire of the street;" and its Editor, he says, “ he with grace."

boldly denounces as a liar and a slanderer.” The Oxford mob he

DRURY LANE. describes as certain lewd fellows of the baser sort," who were, he is Cibber's comedy of She Would and She Would Not was revived at persuaded, “ instigated by Professors of Religion;" and "the per this theatre on Wednesday. The claim of a new Othello prevented sonal violence," he says, "offered to his friends, could not be displeas

* attendance, but we are informed that the Hippolyta of Miss ling to some Guardians of the Public Peace, whose principles of

the phy


Justice are about as equal as the legs of the lame!-Of course, all I am aware that the Accoudtant-General grants what are termed "volunMr Muloch's enemies are the enemies of truth and of God. " It is tary certificates" of the fund in Court, but those certificates are not sufmy uncompromising proclamation of Divine Truth (he says) in the ficient for the prosecuting an enquiry before the Master or the informa-' midst of a crooked and perverse generation of false religious zealots

, tion of the

Court, by reason that they do not state the times when the whom my preaching reproves of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, ted, and at what price: they will answer a general purpose only, viz., the rancorous enemies of Christ, while carrying on in their respective to show the actual amount of stock and cash in Court; and in this, Synagogues of Satan, a blasphemous mockery of Divine things; this it is great difficulty is thrown in the way of the suitor, by the non-attendance that has caused the persecution which rages so furiously but so fruit-1 of the clerks at the Accountant-General's office until the 1st of Novemlessly against me. You will perceive from the tenor of this letter how ber, whereby the suitor is unable to get such certificate, by the practice little I am affected by it, yea, how I am armed against all opponents. In that office, until two days after the office opens. The prejudice to the The truth of the Gospel is my sword, and belief in it is my shield.” public by the non-attendance of the clerks before the 1st of November is,

What Mr Canning could find in such a spirit to induce him to that the first petition day is last to the suitor, and the suitor is obliged to become his associate, we cannot divine; and that the Foreign Secre- wait for an order

for his money, until the next petition day, which tary has bad the benefit or disgrace of his friendship, Mi Mulock is fixed for the 29th of November-a grievance, also, which ought plainly avows in the following passage, the only good one in his letter, of gratuities by a clerk in a public office; it may not, however, be which is otherwise written in a spirit of rancour and intolerance to be impertinent to observe, that the commissioners, in their report of 1816, found only in a furious fanatic :-“ I cannot have any reason for with found that gratuities were taken in the Accountant-General's-office, holding the fact, that for more than ten years I have enjoyed the friend- but they did not find that in any case a gratuity taken exceeded two ship of Mr Canning—a friendship, however, not to be confounded guineas, and that such were taken for advice. Whether others than with the servile connexion of patron and dependant, but generous in the actual clerks in that office were examined upon the questione, I don't its formation, and cemented by such an interchange of good offices, as know, but I suspect not; it is quite ludicrous to talk of advice being given to leave me under no other obligation than that which Mr Canning's Solicitor of the CourtLord Bacon has well observed that " gratuity is favourable opinion is sure to confer."

the mother of extortion.” That the practice of taking, gratuities is by

far too prevalent in most of the offices at this Court, and that it tends to ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE.-COURT OF retard the general busigess of the suitor, I well know; for instayce, if CHANCERY.

one of the Master's clerks receives a gratuity of 60 or 80 guineas (which

has been the case) for what is called expediting a report in a particular Str.--Observations baving been made respecting the delay in the cause, may it not be supposed that his attention will be more vigilant to payment of the Chancery Suitors' Michaelmas Dividends, i am inclined that cause than to other general and more ordinary matters and causes ? to make a few remarks on the present practice in the above office. However, such latter causes, though not so great as to property or parWhether the Commissioners who are now proceeding with the inquiry ties, are not the less important to the suitor who is immediately interestdirected by Parliament will interfere with this office, I know not. 1 ed in them, whether on the question of costs, or otherwise. Some idea have not heard that any evidence has been laid before them as respects may be formed of the extent of these gratuities, when it has been lately it. It may be necessary to observe, that so long ago as 1816, the Com- said that the average emoluments of one of the Master's clerks, during missioners, previously appointed for the purpose, made their report of the the years 1822, 1823, and 1824, amounted to 2,3001. per annum; and duties, salaries, and emoluments of officers in courts of justice, which that clerk, I believe, a certificated attorney too; those emoluments are report has, however, never been acted upon; the present Accountant, also exclusive aud independent of his practice as such. Clerks in public General was one of those commissioners; they have there stated the offices ought not to act for their owo personal gain during office Lionry; hours of attendance at the Accountant-General's office to be from 9 ull 2 and although there is an order of the Court that the Master's clerks shali and from 4 till 7. Now, in respect to that statement, it is material to

not act as solicitors, I believe it will be found that many of them do so observe, that the business of the office, so far as the suitors are concerned, act, either directly or indirectly. But it will be said that such order is begins at 11 and ends at 2 o'clock, and is mere mockery. The senior obsolete ; 'I observe that many orders of Lord Hardwicke

are either obsoclerk has a salary of 6001. per annum, and the three senior clerks in the lete or evaded by the officers whose particular duty, it is to obey them. three departments, whose duty. it is to prepare checks for the payment of I shall not lengthen these observations ; it is not my intention to remark of 500l. per annum; their attendance is not after 2 o'clock; but their not disposed to do so, for the reason only that commissioners are now sitparticular attendance ought, for the suitors' benefit, to be from 9 until 2, ting to make certain enquiries. Should their report not be to the extent and from 4 until 7. The suitor has a right to demand it, and the Ac? which the public have a right to expect and demand, I probably shall countant-General ought to compel such attendance; the grievance to the then be inclined to do so. li is a great pity and a serious inconvenience public, in consequence of this limited actual attendance is very great,

to the public that nothing bas been done under the Commissioners' reand should be remedied. Checks for the payment

of money due to the port of 1816. The public have a right to know the reason for this : those suitors are not ready for several days after they are bespoke, and in many commissioners stated the fees due to the several officers of the courts, the cases creditors and legatees prefer giving a gratuity for expedition, to remaining in town at an expense, or being put to the delay and charges and recommended to be taken in future. The not carrying this report of a power of attorney and affidavit to receive their just due. Solicitors and recommendation into a law has occasioned in the Masters' offices are un warrantably complained of by the public for this and other such much altercation and great expense to the suitor. Some of the Masters delays ; powers of attorney and affidavits are prepared by clerks in the adhere to the fees as established by law, others of the Masters adhere to Accountant-General's office, the costs of which fall heavy on the suitors, the fees recommended to be taken; and in consequence of this differenco and frequently exceed the sum which a suitor has to receive; the conse

of opinion, and the officers of the court demanding what by law they are quence of this is, that the debt remains in the Bank of England, as money

not entitled to demand, motions have been made by the suitors to the belonging to the suitor, unemployed: these elerks are neither public Lord Chancellor upon the subject, but no order has been made, nor has officers nor certificated conveyancers--nor are they in any character any thing decisive been

done; the question still remaiús open, and there entitled to charge fees for preparing powers of attorney and affidavits

, is the same difference of opinion now as there was in 1816: surely

it is the the doing of which, in office hours, diverts their attention from iheir oth duty of some person to settle this between the officers and the public? cial duties. In prosecuting a suit in which the funds have been trans

I am, Sir, your humble servant,

J. H. ferred into the Accountant-General's name, it becomes necessary to have

Southampton-buildings, Oct. 27. an account or transcript of the funds from the books of the AccountantGeneral ; one of the Accountant-General's clerks prepares such account

EASTER DUES OR OFFERINGS. or transcript, and for which the suitor is obliged to pay to him so much

TO THE EDITOR OF THE EXAMINER. per side according to the rule laid down amongst the salary clerks in that office, and an exorbitant payment also from time to time for making up remarks on the subject of Easter Dues, &c. Allow me to call the atten

SIR ---In your Paper of last Sunday, I perceived some excellent that account half-yearly, or when wanted for the information of the tion of your readers to a view of the subject, which may, I think, prove Court or Master. The consequence of this also is, that such clerks are extremely useful. not only paid for their official daties out of the suitors' unclaimed money, The Ministers of the Establishment prefer what are called Easter Dues, but are extravagantly paid for labour done during that time which or Easter Offerings, to other modes of payment, because they are mote the public have a right' to. This grievance is very great, and profitable. I remember some four years since, when the Parson of the should be put a stop to; the suitors ought to have their accounts parish in which I then lived (Paddington) gave up some other mode of regularly made up-ihat is to say, after each dividend day-without payment, writing a “ pastoral letter, in which he informed his " beloved being subject to the enormous charges elaimed by the Accountant-Gene- parishioners," as he termed them, that he should, in future, in conformity ral's clerk for doing (as I submit) a public duty. They are paid out of to ancient practice, call upon them for Easter Offerings. the suitors' money for their time, and they ought to keep the suitors' ac- Now, Sir, the benefit to the Parsous, and the consequent injury to the counts without extra charge. If this was inquired into, it would be public is this: The ancient law or practice was, at the very utmost, to pay found that the salary paid them was not only sufficient, but liberal, for a certain small sum-four-pence, I believe, per head; and in some places these duties; and their stated hours of attendance, as mentioned by the com- a pretence of a larger modus has been set up. But in collecting the missioners in the report of 1816, more than sufficient time for the purpose. Easter Dues, this limitation of amount is studiously concealed by the Their stated attendance at the office, from 4 until 7, which they ought to, Reverend Collectors; and even where it is known by the parties called bus do not, Altend, would, if they were so employed, remedy the evil. 19 10 pay, there is a reluctance to pay so small a fractional fun, to

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respectable a gentleman,' and '80 'reverend to boot, as the Parson of the and general subscription, made by rich communicants, to gladdea at parish. The consequence of this is, that it is the practice to pay the Par- joyous season the hearts of their poorer brethren; the priest probe son, under the form of Easter Offerings, a sum very considerably larger being selected as the most proper person to be the common almona than his legal claim. One Parson I have heard of, who declared that he the district. Likely as this conjecture appears to be, I am more inci never took less than gold ; and it consists with my own knowledge, that to think that the • offering" was made for a purpose which appear a sovereign or a gainea are commonly given on these occasions.

in'ruder times more especially devotional. At this season it was Now, Sir; to members of the Church of England, who sleep regularly custom of the Church, in imitation, or supposed imitation, of the printrin their own pews, and support the venerable Establishmento these Christians, to burn upon their altars, gold, frankincense and myrrh, ai I say nothing; but to Dissenters, to men who disbelieve the doctrines of grateful offering to the Omnipotent Author of Nature ; and this more the Church; and who, front enlightened or other views, profess not to wish I was a voluntary contribution to defray the purchase of these costly art to uphold it,--to such, Sir (and there are doubtless many such among your cles, and other expenses incidental to the performance of this bolyti readers), allow me a few words.

With the propriety or absurdity of such a practice we have nothing We must all admire the resolute and probably conscientious conduct do; the questions are:-Do either of the suppositions shew the pa of the individuals who have' refused to pay these claims at all, and pose for which “ Easter Offerings" were originally made, and if so, e Tesisted their enforcement by legal means. All, however, are neither ihe money so applied ? Now it is notorious, that it is neither bestowe disposed to make this sacrifice, nor capable of making these exertions. upon the poor, nor consumed upon the altar. What follows? Why, tai Thus much; however, they can do, and thus much, I think, as a matter if the first supposition be correct, these pious Priests are " reverer of righe and duty; they ought to do--they can refuse to pay one farthing rogues in robes,” and plunder the poor, whom they are bound in more than the party himself claims as his legal due. Excuse the appa peculiar manner to proiect, who were especial objects of their Grea rent egotism of stating my own case. On the claim being made, 1 ad- Master's solicitude, and for whose benefit the money was contributed : dressed a note to the Parson of the parish, asking him to state in writing and if the second supposition be the true one, they defraud the door, his legal demand. He did so state, and I paid the pence be claimed. I and bilk their God. In short, they are no other than reverend impostare treated him as I would an imposing'hackney-coachman, to wliom we say, who, instead of proceeding against others, ought to be proceeded agaie " What is your fare ?" intending to pay his demand, and appeal against for obtaining money under false pretences. — Yours, &c.

S any extortion to the Commissioners. The Parson was, as you may sup: High Holborn. pose, extremely nettled at this position. In a parish of “ 55,000 souls, he said I was the only individual who had raised a difficulty about pay

PROCEEDINGS RESPECTING NEWGATE. ing these dues. I happen to know that this representation was a little

TO THE EDITOR OP THE EXAMINER. "exaggerated ; and even if true, it amounted only to this, that of the many SIR,—I beg leave to inform you, that Mr Jorgenson was sent off th: thousands of Dissenters in the parish, I was the first, in this respect, to morning to the hulks, so that you will go more be troubled with km show the example of acting consistently: '

impertinences and lying excuses. In bis last to you, he seemed to its If this example were followed generally, it would, I am persuaded, do ouate that he had not been permitted to make his defence. The fact wa much good in lessening, in some degree, the enormous receipts of the he could make none. He was present during the whole time while I wa Church, which are swelled by the monstrous anomaly of being increased substantiating my charges before the Lord Mayor, against which he coac by the contributions of Dissenters. I know it is with many minds difficult say nothing, there being so many corroborating evidences against him. to do what would appear shabby; but the best maxim is to do what is I cannot conclude withont remarking, that I as clearly substantiated by right, regardless of appearances; and it is clear that we act morally charges against Dr Box, as I did those against Jorgenson, for the troub ef wrong, when, by voluntary contributions, we assist in supporting an which I appeal to the Lord Mayor and Alderman Wood; yet no novice already too wealthy Establishment, of which we wholly disapprove.

has been taken of his neglect of duty. All ihat has been said above applies equally to marriage and to some

With many thanks for your assistance, without which, I believe, I other fees. Disseoters are compelled,-against their belief and their con- should never have succeeded in obtaining justice for Jorgenson, sciences, they are by law cumpelled to approach the altar, and partake

I remain, Sir, your obedient servant, in the worship of the Church of England. The Priest tells his victims

Chapel yard, Nerogate, Oct. 27th, 1825.

JORN CLARKL (for such they are) that they must pay him a fee; the "customary fee,” according to the direction of the Rubric, he is “ to place on the PORTSMOUTH MECHANICS' INSTITUTION. book.” Surely, under such circumstances, not only is he not bound to pay

TO THE EDITOR OF THE EXAMINER. more than the accastomed fee, but he is in honour and in conscience, SIR-Conscious of the pleasure you derive from the increase of José being a dissenter, bound to abstain from any compliment to the Minister tutions tending to promote the diffusion of knowledge, I have thout who is the instrument to wound his conscience, and not to pay one proper to communicate to you a few of the details of one lately establishfarthing beyond what the Priest can legally compel. Every penny whicled, known by the appellation of " the Portsmouth, Portsea, and Gospet he gives beyond this is a contribution on his part to support the system Mechanics Institution." which oppresses him.'

It was projected a month or two since by a few philanthropic GenteMoney forms the sinews of war. This is a maxim in Church as well men of the three towns, who called a meeting of the Mechanics, and other as State ; and an attention to the above suggestion may not be without favourable to it; at which all its advaniages were pointed out, and effect in the ecclesiastical warfare now waging against the best interests seemed duly appreciated by those who attended ; although it must be of mankind - Yours, very respectfully,

DELTA. confessed the number of its members is but small, when the immens Oct. 26, 1825.

population of these towns (being 50,000) is considered, and of whicb : MR EDITOR, -I am bappy to find by an Article in your last Number, great portion are Mechanics. However, it is confidently hoped that the that the legality of extorting what are termed " Easter Offerings," is number will be trebled, and even quadrupled before this Society si about to be tried in our principal Court of Jurisprudence : for to a people have been twelve months in existence; and when it shall have recovered so harassed by exactions as the English are, every amount, however trio from the shocks of the thunders which illiberality, ignorance, and Aling, becomes an object of serious consideration. If this were not the misrepresentation are now hurling at it, its numbers will, I think, be case, if the smallness of the amount made it a matter of no moment in a

incalculable. pecuniary point of view, yet if it be not legal, it is an imposition, and But to proceed :-The members at the First General Meeting, which what Englishman ever submitted without grumbling and resistance to was held at the Old Town-hall, Portsmouth (where, by permission di this species of robbery? But small as the demand is, there are niany, and the Mayor, future meetings will be held), elected their officers, wb? those not the poorest, who have frequently felt the exaction a real incon with twenty-four others then chosen, are to form a Committee, of which venience. There is one peculiarity connected with this levy that is two-thirds be it recollected must be of the operatives themselves, wb. worth noticing; all persons above the age of sixteen pay the same in will all serve for the ensuing year. amount, so that its very equality reoders it unequal, and therefore' un- On Monday the 24th instant, its first weekly meeting was held, whes just in its operation. No reference is made to the rank of the party, or an appropriate and elaborate address was delivered by the President, i his ability io pay; the gorgeous coronet of the peer, and the paper-cap which he forcibly urged the happy results of the union of Theory win of the mechanic, are, in this instance, placed upon a level. But my mo- Practice, and ably and scientifically pointed out the benefit that indtive in writing, is to ascertain the origin and object of this tax. Like my vidual trades would derive from the knowledge which the lostitution is neighbours, 1 have paid it year after year, but ihe collectors could never intended to afford. He also adverted to the support which a Goveresatisfy me as to its origin or purpose ; my habits, it is true, are not paro- ment, founded on the principles of universal freedom, must derive from chial, my pleasure is not in penetrating parish mysteries, nor have 1 an enlightened population, and that it was only such as knew no las leisure to consolt Dupin, Mosheim, or any other Ecclesiastical authority other than that of power, and that rest on ao basis other than that of upon the subject. All I could gather is, ihat it is the Rector's right, but 'yranny and oppression, that have cause to fear the penetrating and sit I have a suspicion that he has no right of the kind--that the Clergy have surmounting rays of knowledge. He further held up for imitation extaken advantage of the ignorance of parishioners, and bave “ time out of amples of men who had from the greatestobscurity auained immortaliy. mind” been misapplying the money they obtained at this season. The The names of Franklin, Gregory, Ferguson, Ludbeck, as well as maay levitical tribe, from the time they appropriated the " Flesh Pots " in others. were introduced in this interesting discourse. Egypt to the present day, have taken ample measures for self-preserva- After which the two Vice-Presidents favoured the meeting with many tion, and needed no spontaneous contribution for the perpetuation of their judicious observations, in which much talent was displayed. The Secreo order.

tary then announced that there were 154 names enrolled ander our batThe term "offering" suggests two ideas, either of which may account for pers, after which there were about 20 more names handed to bim. The the practice of presenting money at Easter. It might have been a volub- Librarian also acknowledged the receipt of some valuable donations, tary offering on the part of those who could afford to those who could which with the books our funds will already allow us to purchase, wall not, to enable them to celebrate shat great Festival of the Church- a free shortly form a circulating library. -

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Now, 'Sir, too great results cannot, I think, be expected from such l'anoe with the Royal Exchange was effected under some mistake, and that institutions, and I sincerely hope that ere long the kingdom will abound I must immediately insure in the Sun Office." Nor is this all; for though in them; but as publicity will in all probability further their progress, I should be sorry to charge the Directors of the Sun Fire Office with I have to request the favour of an insertion of this in your columns. direct collusion with those of other offices, yet it is a singular fact, thata Portsmouth, Oct. 26, 1825.

A MEMBER. on the following day, I received the visit of a fresh Inspector from the

Royal Exchange Ofice, who informed me the policy was granted under MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE.

some mistake," and ultimately demanded precisely the same premium as Dr John Gordon Smith, of Dorking, delivered an Introductory Lecture

had been previously demanded by the Sun Fire Office !

Now, I wish to ask, Mr.Editor, whether these proceedings do not on this subject at the Crown and Rolls Room, Chancery Lane, on Friday savour somewhat of hardship, if not of oppression ; for, as I am bound by evening, to a respectable and numerous audience.

my lease peremptorily to insure in the Sun, the Directors may without He produced an outline of the whole course, which it is his design to scruple demand whatever premium they may think proper; and if the pronounce in the investigation of this branch of the healing arl. His tenant demurs, they have only to sound the tocsin to the other offices, and first division explained forensic or judiciary, medicine from medical the unfortunate leaseholder is by this means inevitably, hunged into their police. His topics were the general importance of correct medical own toils. knowledge in the agents and witnesses upon trials involving physiologi- I believe the Duke of Bedford's name appears in the list of the Direc cal points in courts of justice the awkward effects of ignorance in the tors of the Sun Fire Office, but surely his Grace can never have contem, counsel examining, or the medical professor examined and the dans plated the effect which the mere exhibition of his high name is, of course, gerous consequences tó society. This branch comprised al cases of calculated to produce, when thus held in terrorem over his humbler bodily harm which became questions before the tribunals. The proper tenantry; nor would he allow it to be used for the purpose of sanctioning arrangement would be, therefore, to begin with the most comprehensive a proceeding, which is, in fact

, equivalent to raising the rent of the whole head-death occasioned by violence, and to consider violence under the of his leaseholders.--lam, Mr Editor, your constant Subscriber, two-fold view of derangement in the internal economy, and fracture or

7 Oct. 24, 1825.

W.C. breaking up of any part of the animal structure. He expiated on the niceties to be explored by medicar'skill, put in evidence as to the means of violence and the mode of operating death, whether by outward vio- last, has conferred a great obligation upon the public; by calling the

Sirg-Your Correspondent R. I. E., in your Publication of Sunday lence or poison, together with all the relative knowledge necessary to attention of Insurers to the terms under which their Policies are granted determine not only the agency of destruction, but the comparative state with respect to the Certificate to be procured from the Minister and! of the humours and health of the supposed victim. The heads under Churchwardens of the Parish, to enable sufferers by fire to recover the which he proposes to treat this part of the subject are-homicide-poi- amount of their loss, an obligation which, I trust

, only, requires to be sons--suffocation (whether by absence of a due spiratory medium, as the known to be generally condemned. fumes of charcoal and other gasses, or the intervention of a condensed There is one point upon which however I shall, in common' with .!. body, as in drowning : or the imposition of a foreign body upon the im. others, be obliged to your Correspondent for further information. The mediate organs of breathing, as in hanging ; or the accidental contact of additional

number of days allowed by all Insurance Offices for the pays,.". substances with the opening of the throat, as in choking)-suicide-pro- ment of the Premiums after the expiration of the period for which the hicide, distinguishing criminal abortion from the murder of new-born last Insurance was effected, is generally considered, and, I believe, children-maiming the evidence of which has been rendered far more legally so, as at the risk of the office, and not of the insured. Your Cora easy by Lord Ellenborough's Act-mala praxis, including the whole respondent however states, that it has been decided otherwise, and if so, body of evils suffered by patients from defect of skill in professors--moral he would sound an alarm to all Insurers, from Dan to Beersleba, by and physical disqualifications, distinguishing real from pretended, with stating the facts under which such a decision was made, and what Ina suitable censure upon the inhuman cupidity of those who had prepared surance Office in London has had the temerity to avail itself of so mean the Living Skeleton for exhibition legitimacy and priority of birth, and a deception upou its customers, a deception which, from the 'ténor of all the question of survivorship in the event of the same death overtaking the notices for payment of Premiums have seen, can be considered in two persons on whom a descent of the same property descended-her- no other light than as obtaining money under pretences which t do not maphrodism, which, for its utility, might, without much daoger, be think it expedient to name. classed with witchcraft. Under the head of medical police, must he I had once occasion to inquire this point at the Guardian Office, upon. classed all those subjects which affect the salubrity of the air, the water, a Policy for Life Assurance, and was informed by the Otficers of that the food, or the general safety of the community. The doctrine of con- Institution that losses had been paid by them uoder such circumstances, tagion or non-contagion of the plague was the most illustrative of the and that their office considered the risk as their own, but if this is not, branch. Anotlier instance was the statute which made it misdemeanor the general practice, I should wish to know,whichBoard of Direclors; 'n to carry a child affected with the small-pox though the streets, even for ought to be avoided in future. I am, Sir, your obedient servants, the purpose of obtaining medical advice. Other questions of the same October 24, 1825.

A, S." nature were those of nuisances indicted at law. There were no less than 10,000 treatises written on forensic medicine; few in English, but they

FROM THE LONDON contained all that need be read by practitioners. More medical know

Tuesday, Oct.: 25. ledge ought to be required of Coroners, the verdicts being, one with the another under their direction, very nugatory in the sense of medical J. Pritchard and J. Burton, Yewsley, Middlesex, brick-makers.

INSOLVENTS. science. He noticed the attention which the French Ministry have recently given to the necessity of aiding the tribunals, both at home and in T. B. Rigg, Caroline place, Chelsea, commission-agent. the colonies, with more professional lights than they have hitherto en

S. Green, Kingsland, plumber. joyed, and the frank admission of the medical schools of Paris, that they were at present qnite unable to provide the home tribunals with a sufficient J. Wilson, King street, merchant. Solicitor, Mr Gates, Cateaton streets oumber of pupils qualified in forensic medicine. He advised a similar | J. Parr, Nottingham, victualler. Solicitor, Mr Capes, Holborn court, improvement in our institutions. The lecture gave bigla satisfaction R. Orme, Burton-upon-Trent

, draper. Solicitors, Messrs Battye and Co. to those who attended it.

Chancery lane.

W. Tensley, Arnold, Nottinghamshire, blacksmith. Solicitors, Messrs FIRE AND LIFE ASSURANCE.

Hurd and Johnson, Temple.

W. Shelton, Burnett, New London street, merchant. Solicitors, Messrs MR EDITOR --Your last Paper contained some very pertinent remarks Sweet and Co. Basinghall street. relative to Premiums paid to Fire-Ofices; but there is one hardship upon. J. Mizen, South Wraxhall, Wiltshirą, baker. Solicitors, Messrs King which you have not touched, namely, the exorbitant premium de- and Lukin, Gray's Inn square. manded by some Fire Offices, in consequence, as it would appear, of W. Godden, Portsea, carpenter. Solicitor, Mr Sutcliffe, New Bridge the Directors being aware that the tenant is bound by a clause in his street, Blackfriars. lease, to insure in that particular office. I am a tenant of his Grace the R. Harding, Chapel street, and New road, Somers town, timberDuke of Bedford, and have been for many years insured in the Sun Fire merchani. Solicitors, Messrs Freeman and Heathcote, Coleman street. Office.' Upon the expiration of my policy last quarter, I received G. W. Harris and C. Evans, Southampton' and Portsea, linendrapers. notice that they could not insure my premises, unless I paid a conside- Solicitor, Mr Hartley, New Bridge street, Blackfriars. l, rable advance of premium, amounting in the whole to ten shillings and G. Wilson, Constitution row, Gray's Inn road, coro-chandler. Solicitor, , sixpence per cento! Considering this to be little short of an imposition Mr Carpenter, John street, Bedford row. (as not the slightest alteration had been made either on my premises or W. Patterson and W. Elliott,

Basinghall street, merchants. Solicitor, ihose of my neighbours), I applied to the Royal Exchange Fire Office, Mr Rushbury, Carthusian street, Charterhouse square. whose Surveyor examined the house, and granted me a policy of insur

Saturday, Optober 29. ance, at three shillings per cent.!. Considering an insurance in the Royal

INSOLVents. Exchange equally eligible to one in the Sun, I presumed this would be W. Blizard, Petersham, Surrey, butcher. sufficient to satisfy the Duke of Bedford's agents, some of whom certainly G. Perminter, Earl street, Blackfriars, coal-merchant." didappear staggered at the discrepancy of ihe premium required by two R. Perkins, Egham, Surrey, carpenter. offices in their opinion equally respectable. I was desired, however, to T. Marten, Upper Thames street, corn-dealer. state the circumstances of the case by letter, which I did ; and after some time (during which, I apprebend, the agents of the Sun were conferred J. Woods and H. Williams, Hastings, grocers. Solicitors, Mesers Spence with) I received for answer," that they had reason to bolieve the insur- and Desborough, Sise lane.


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Ion square.

E. Davies, Walnut-tree walk, Lambeth, engineer. Solicitor, Mr Mey- theology alone, in the native Catholic Colleges; but undoubtedly mott, Great Surrey-street, Blackfriars road.

difficulties abound on every side, and always will do so while ascenW.Dunham, Colemah-street, victualer. Solicitor, Mr Blachford, Fen- dant priesthoods encounter each other. In respect to Belgium, the

church buildings: T. Bartram, Warwick, slater. Solicitor, Mr Platt, New Boswell court, mere artificial process, and will always turn an inviting aspect t

disputes are peculiarly critical, as it is evidently united to Holland by a Lincoln's Inni T. Trott, New Gloucester-street, Hoxton, builder. Solicitors, Messrs Catholic France on a renewal of hostilities. Michael Cassio wonders Pope and Brewer, Bloomfield'street, London Wall.

how it is, that man should be so foolish as to put that into his mca J. and J. W. Knowles, Bent Mills, Wilsden, York, cotton spinners. Soli- which will steal away his brains. It would seem as if half mankiai citors, Messrs Ellis and Co. Chancery-lane.

over-dosed themselves with faith, in order to quarrel with their felloa T. Lawson, Manchester, cotton-spinner. Solicitors, Messrs Miloe and creatures, and regularly established a train of professions to set then Parry, Temple.

together by the ears. 'Will this be the case for ever?—not in the same M. Pierpoint, Cock and Bottle, Strand, victualler. Solicitors, Messrs degree, we trust. When Madame Pandora opened the fatal toi,

Jessopp and Jordan, Thavies Inn.
T. Roby, Tamworth, Staffordshire, tanner. Solicitors, Messrs Burfoot, vantic proverb—“ Patience, and shuffle the cards !".

Hope at least remained behind; and as to the rest—to borrow a Ca-
King's Bench walk, Temple.
C. S. Gilbert, Devonport, Devonshire,chemist. Solicitor, Mr Sole, Gray's tion to the result of the mission of Mr Huskisson to France, whose

It seems that the mercantile world is looking with much expestaW. Reynolds, Liverpool, cotton broker. Solicitor, Mr Chester, Staple Inn. gracious reception by, and long consultations with, the Frenca King, W. Masters, Duke-street, Aldgate, woollen-draper. Solicitors, Messrs are much spoken of in the Paris papers. We shrewdly suspect that Watson and Broughton, Falcon square.

BOURBON brains are impervious to lectures on political economy; bet W. Pearman, Euston street, Euston 'square, music-seller. Solicitor, Mr nevertheless hope, that as Legitimacy has but little to do with the Farris, Surrey street, Strand.

subject, the Gallic Executive may be open to certain salutary CORTE J. Wilson, Leeds, frizer. Solicitor, Mr King, Hatton garden,

tions in relation to the freedom of tradhe. Our merchants, we are J. Stevens, Pallmall, boot maker. Solicitor, Mr Phillips, Bedford street, told, look for a treaty of commerce ; but whether this be effected or

Covent garden. W. M'Murdie and W. C. Pout, Epping, stationers. Solicitor, Mr Rich- not, it is of the highest importance to induce France to accompany a ardson, Walbrook.

in a commercially liberal career. The great argument of each special T. Tatton, Gerard street, Soho, grocer. Solicitor, Mr Drake, Old Fish interest opposed to non-restriction, as each opportunity for alteration street, Doctors' Commons.

arises, is furnished by the opposite policy of other nations, and more J. Humphrey., Harlow, Essex, builder. Solicitor, Mr Baddeley, Leman especially France. This argument disposed of by the agreement of two *street, Goodman's fields.

nations of such paramount influence, inclusive also of the Netherlands, J. Jackson, Dorvill's row, Hammersmith, shopkeeper. Solicitor, Mr | it is obvious thai Ministers might proceed with much more facility in Coleman, Tysoe street, Wilmington square.

releasing general commerce from its remaining ligatures. While our s. Williams, Finsbury square, merchant. Solicitors, Messrs Barrow and own Corn Laws exist, however, we cannot speak in an altogether

Viecent, Businghall street.
J. O. Smith, High street, Southwark, draper. Solicitor, Mr Parton, convincing style to other countries. They are the mote in our own
Bow Church yard.

eye, which we must remove before we can talk very conclusively on W. S. W. H. Baker, Kennington lane, Newington, hat manufacturer. the blindness of other people. Should anything be effected with Solicitor, Mr Howorth, Warwick street, Golden square.

France favourable in a manufacturing or commercial point of viev, D. Lewis, Lampeter Pout-stephen, Cardiganshire, innkeeper. Solicitor, that fact, coupled with the repeal of the other half of the Window, o Mr Williams, Bond court, Walbrook.

a portion of the House-tax, would enable Ministers to close the exE. Kirk, Manchester, cotton-merchant. Solicitor, Mr Edge, Manchester. suing Session with grace, and to encounter the sense of the people

(as far as the existing system of representation will convey it) in the Tue Fonds.--Both the Home and Foreign Markets have been con- following election with proportionate confidence. siderably heavy during the week, and the fluctuation, such as it is, has been rather downward. Every description of share is also lower, The Calcutta Gazette Extraordinary of the 29th April contains the including the Real del Monte Mining Shares ; which having been refused official confirmation of the capture of Doonabew aod Prome. The at 15001. premium, are now quoted at from 701. to 50l. Why they have intelligence is not so late as that brought by the Swedish ship Calcutta, fallen so low is as great a secret as the cause of their elevation, for as to but it adds some particulars not previously known. At Donna bew, it the assigned reason--that of the Mines still containing a great quantity appears, considerable resistance was made; at Prome, none; the of water, difficulties of this nature must have been expected from the death of BUNDOOLAH, who was killed at the former place, having commencement. Heavy losses must have accrued to several speculators apparently deranged all the plans of the enemy., At Prome very comin this concern. Latest quotation :

siderable magazines have fallen into our hands. Prome, which, Consols, 87!

New 4 per Cents. 103} {
Reduced, 8616
Consols for Account, 87/

according to the maps, is just above the Delta of the Irrawaddy, is in 3} per Cents. reduced, 9441

a commanding and elevated situation, and would have been capable, PRICES OF FOREIGN STOCKS YESTERDAY.

if well manned, of offering the most serious resistance. It is a posiChilian Bonds, 681

Mexican Bonds (1825) 761 Colombian Bonds 747 *

Ditto for Account, 76

tion most favourable for the cantonment of our troops during the bad Ditto (1894) 734 35

Ditto Scrip (1825) 9), 1.dis. season, which had so nearly approached when Sir A. CAMPBELL Ditto for Account, 73; }

Ditto Account, 819104 1 dis,
Greek Bonds (1825) 28 26
Peruvian Bonds, 604 1} 604 1

occupied it, that here it is presumed the campaign--the second of the Guatimala Scrip, 5. dis. Portuguese Bonds, 84

war, will end. Whether with the campaign the war also will close at Ditto Account, 5% dis. Prussian Bonds, 981

Prome, is as yet entirely matter of specularion. It does not appear Mexican Bonds, 69 87 8} Russian Bonds (1822) 92

that the Burmese, who disdain no species of fraud, have seriously Ditto for Account, 694 Spanish 5 per Cents. 171 1 1 1

intended to make any propositions of peace, though they have pur

posely induced our commanders to believe that they wished to enter A letter is left at the Examiner Office for the author of “ Adam and Eve."

into negociations. THE EXAMINER.

The partial and irregular manner in which the judicial power of in. ficting Fines is exercised, is a signal disgrace to the jurisprudence of

the country. We saw last week, that the grey-headed wretch MurLONDON, OCTOBER 30, 1825,

head, a man of fortune, was fined five hundred pounds, as part of his

punishment for an offence shocking to human nature. This sum, at Toe foreign news of the past week calls for little observation. It the expiration of his imprisonment, the hoary criminal will pay by a appears, that the kingdom of the Netherlands . is afflicted with a cheque on his banker, the trouble of writing which is probably the kindred disorder to our own Hibernian one, in a conflicting system of only inconvenience to which this part of his sentence will subject him. ascendancy in respect to the Protestant and Catholic population. Such is the pecuniary infliction on a guilty possessor of wealth. A Perceiving that the children of the wealthy and middling classes of poor bookseller, Richard Carlile, was however fined fificen hunthe latter were denationalized by a French and foreign education, the dred pounds, not for committing any moral crime, but for daring to King has sought to obviate the evil by decreeing, that no native sub- promulgale opinions which those in power thought or chose to term ject, who has not attended a course of study at certain Universities of irreligious. And to pay this monstrous fine, his whole stock in trade the country, shall be capable of national employment. While we was seized; that is, he was deprived of his only means of accumuladuly appreciate the motive of this policy, and the extent of the evil it ting the sum required! Yet this is called a country where justice is is intended to remove, it may be doubted if it is the best way to coun- dispensed equally to rich and poor! The case of such an offender as teract it. At all events, it is by no means surprising, that the Catholic Muirhead is one peculiarly fitted for the infliction of a heavy fine: it priesthood should oppose such a regulation. The best plan would is just, that men sinning so disgustingly against nature should be made probably be, the insistence of a certain routine of study, leaving to feel sensibly the partial loss of the rank and wealth they bare

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