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ously himself, he was buried among the ruins and killed. The rest got out unhurt. The deceased was a young man lately married.
GuUdry of Edinburgh.—At an adjourned meeting held in Freemasons' Hall on Tuesday last, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved of. The code of bye-laws was again taken into consideration, and, after some discussion, it was agreed, that, with the exception of those relating to fines, they should be adopted, and be in force till next quarterly meeting in August. The clerk then produced and read a summons of declarator against the Magistrates and Town Council, which was approved of, and ordered to be executed.
A bill has at length been introduced, and is now in progress, for abolishing the sinecure office of Lord Justice-General of the Court of Justiciary in Scotland, at present held by the Duke of Montrose, who, how. ever, will continue to receive the salary, which is £2000 a-year, during his life.
Aberdeen.—We understand that a very extensive contract with Government, for the supply of granite to the public works at Sheerness, has been taken by some gentlemen in this place. The quantity required is about 700,000 cubic feet, which will give work to quarriers, labourers, &c. as weft as afford employment to shipping for some time to come.
The Lords of the Treasury have extended the privileges of the bonding system generally to the port of Dundee.
The body of one of the unfortunate sufferers by the shipwreck of the Forth Packet of Aberdeen, was found on the beach at Montrose last Monday, and decently interred. From the remains of his dress, it was ascertained that he had been in the service of the artillery. Various fragments of human bodies, and some articles of dress, &c. have been picked up since the melancholy accident, which leaves little doubt that most of the bodies were buried in the Annet, under the deck and some. tons of stones. We think it very likely that the present easterly storm, which has raised a tremendous surf, will shift the sand bank, and discover more bodies.—Mimlrusc Paper.
13.—Court of Session This day the
Court of Session met for the despatch of business for the summer session. The whole of tho Judges were present except Lord Succoth.
The second division of the Court took into consideration a petition for the Lord Provost and Magistrates of Edinburgh, reclaiming against a former interlocutor sustaining the title of Deacon Laurie and certain other persons, complaining of the last election of Magistrates for this city, which was ordered to be answered. A petition for Deacon Laurie, reclaiming against an interlocutor of the Court, finding him liable in .£160 of expenses to the Magistrates of
Edinburgh, the City Clerks, and the Keeper of the City Records, was refused: their Lordships adhering to their former interlocutor.
18—Air.—On Tuesday, the 5th instant, while the servant girl at New Dailly Mill was in the act of removing a quantity of dust from the lower floor of the mill, a heavy bag full of wheat fell from the upper floor upon her, broke the bone of one or her thighs, dislocated the bone of the other, and bruised her othcrways so dreadfully, that her life is in imminent danger. There are many circumstances attending this misfortune, tending to create a suspicion that the falling of the wheat on the woman was not accidental.
19—On Saturday se'ennight, at ten o'clock, a Committee of the Privy Council assembled at the Cockpit, Whitehall, to take into consideration the petition to the King in Council of the late Magistrates of Aberdeen, praying for the restoration of their ancient elective franchise; and also of the petition of the Burgesses of Guild, and a very numerous and respectable body of the inhabitants, praying for a new Set (constitution) of the burgh, for regulating the future elections of their Magistrates and Town Council. The members of the Committee who attended were more than usually numerous; they consisted of the following persons:—The Karl of Harrowby (President), the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Liverpool, Lord Melville, Sir W. Grant, Sir W. Scott, the Vice Chancellor, the Solicitor General, Mr Bragge Bathurst, and the Lord Advocate of Scotland. Council having been ordered to attend on both petitions, Mr Warren and Mr Serjeant Copley were heard on behalf of the Magistrates, and Sir Samuel Romilly and Mr MoncriefF for the Burgesses. In the course of his speech Sir Samuel Romilly said, that perhaps he could not express himself more strongly in support of the petition of the Burgesses, and of the necessity of a radical change in the constitution of the burgh, than by reading the declaration or manifesto which the Magistrates themselves, previous to their retirement from office in September last, had, after muture deliberation, printed and published in that paper; these very gentlemen, who now appeared as petitioners for the restoration of the former mode of election, stated, as their decided opinion, ** that the present mode of election of the Town Council, and management of the town's affairs, are radically defective and improvident, tending to give to any individual or party an excessive and unnatural preponderance, and to foster and encourage a system of concealment; that some change ought to be effected in the manner of electing the Council, and an effectual control given to the citizens over the expenditure of the public funds; and that to the absence of such checks in the constitution of the burgh, they ascribe
There were other two young lads in the boat, who escaped by swimming; but Miller, unable to keep himself until assistance was procured, sunk, and remained under water fully a quarter of an hour before he was dragged up, and notwithstanding every thing was done that could be devised by the medical people of the place to restore animation, no symptoms of it could be produced. Miller was an uncommon stout goodlooking man, aged 25, and was of the grenadier company. He has left a disconsolate young widow, far advanced in pregnancy, to deplore his loss.
On the morning of Saturday, 2d inst. the workmen in one of the coal pits belonging to Mr Houston of Johnston, at Quarleton, had unfortunately taken out the coal too near an old pit filled with water, when the water broke in and inundated the work, by which seven men, it was feared, had lost their lives. Though B powerful steam engine was instantly set to work, and continued to do so night and day, it was observed by the following Monday, that such was the vast accumulation of water, that little progress had been made, and there was no prospect of speedily getting at the men who might be above the level of the water by this means; it was therefore resolved to drive a mine from the pit to the place where it was probable the men might be. Accordingly, on Tuesday morning, the 5th inst. the mine was begun, and completed on the morning of the 12th inst.; this mine was about four feet by three, and only two persons could work at a time. From the plans kept of the workings of this coal-work, it was known for some days, that by Monday or Tuesday the mine would be driven through, and the public anxiety was excited in no common degree to learn the result. The opening of the mine into the work was considered to be attended with danger from the foul air, and it was arranged that Robert Hodgert, and his brother William, should encounter this danger. When they broke through, the foul air instantly extinguished their lights, and the feelings of the parties may be more easily conceived than described, when the words, "Is that you, uncle?" saluted the ears of Robert Hodgert. These words were uttered by his nephew, William Hodgert, who, along with his brother James, had heard the sound of the mining for, as they conjecture, two days, and were waiting for deliverance from one of the most awful possible situations. They immediately entered the mine, and got out, and fortunate it was that they were able to do so, for their father and uncle declared, that such was the effect of the bad air on them, that they would not have entered to render them assistance. Their only sustenance for ten days and ten nights, in total darkness, amidst bad air, was the impure water of the pit and three pieces of oat cake, which, by groping round the work, they found in the pockets of the clothes left by some of the S Y
men who escaped. The only person in the same awful situation with themselves, that the Hodgerts had any communication with, was Alexander Barr, but whose voice they had ceased to hear, as they suppose, for at least two days before their deliverance. From the time they heard the miners at work, they occasionally threw stones at the place from which the sound proceeded, in order that the miners might know they were alive, but the miners did not hear them. To enter the mine is now impracticable, owing to the bad air, and it will be a number of weeks before the water is drawn from the pit j consequently the fate of the remaining five men is certain. The names of those who have not been got out are, James Brodie, James Inglis, Alexander Barr, Alexander Shaw, and John Hunter. The last mentioned was a man of 85 years of age. Shaw is a young lad, and A lexandcr Barr is said to have left a large family. At the time the accident happened, there were in the coal work 25 persons and four horses. Eighteen of the men made their escape when they heard the rushing of the water, the two Ilodgerts were got out, and the above-mentioned five persons and the four horses remain in the work.
Aberdeen—The interlocutor pronounced by the Second Division of the Court of Session, on the 11th March last, upon the petition of George Still, &c, praying for the appointment of an interim magistracy for this city, was brought under the review of the Court lately, upon a reclaiming petition by Bailie Garden and others; when their Lordships were pleased to decern as follows:
Copy Interlocutor of the Second Division of the Court of Session, on the Reclaiming Petition of Messrs Garden, Fraser, and
Johnston 19th May 1818 The Lords
having considered the said petition, with a minute for George Still and others, nominate and appoint Robert Garden, David Chalmers, and James Milne, Esquires, and the survivors of them; and failing the acceptance of any two of them, Alexander Duncan and Charles Walker, Esquires, to act as managers of the city of Aberdeen, and of the common good thereof; and to set the said common good yearly, from year to year, or for three years certain, bat for no longer space; and to administrate, on the part of the burgh, the affairs of the works, mortifications, and hospitals, and to control the management of the factors, they being obliged, before entering on their offices, to find caution to the satisfaction of the managers of the burgh. And also nominate and appoint the said managers of the burgh to act as bailies and magistrates, m taking care of the police of the said city, and in receiving and discharging, and awarding aliment fo prisoners under the act 1696, commonly called the " Act of Grace," or otherwise; and to exercise the whole powers of the said act: And also for receiving resignations,
and granting infeftments thereon, on the cognition of heirs, more burgi, in burgage tenements, and lands held of the burgh: And also for regulating the assize of bread, weights and measures, and superintending the public markets. Farther, the Lords nominate and appoint Robert Abercrombie, Esq. merchant in Aberdeen, to act as treasurer of said city; he finding caution to the satisfaction of the said managers, for his intromissions with the funds, before entering on his office. They also authorise and empower Alexander Bannerman, Esq. to act as Dean of Guild of the said city: And lastly, they nominate and appoint Alexander Dingwall, Esq. to act as Master of Kirk and Bridge Works; John Forbes, Esq. to act as Master of Mortifications; Alexander Forbes, Esq. to act as Master of Guild Brethren's Hospital; and William Johnston, Esq.: and failing his acceptance, Alexander Rhind, Esq. to act as Master of Shore Works And declare, that the nominations made by this deliverance shall endure and continue for the space of two years from this date, unless the same shall before that time be recalled or altered by the Court; or unless the corporation of the city of Aberdeen shall be restored to a legal Magistracy by poll election, or otherwise; and decern. And with these variations adhere to the interlocutor brought under review; and appoint this deliverance to be recorded in the books of sederunt; and dispense with the minute book.
(Signed) D. Boyle, /. P. D. Signed 21st May.
The Lady of the Lake steam boat left Ncwhaven one day last week, went to Stirling, and returned back to Newhaven, adistance of more than 100 miles, all stoppages included, in ten hours and ten minutes.
At a general meeting of the inhabitants of Edinburgh, held on Friday last, the report of the committee recommending that the law-suits in regard to the buildings on the North Bridge should be compromised, was unanimously adopted. One storey is accordingly to be taken off the three southmost of the tenements at present built, and the southmost one, which is building, is only to be two, in place of four stories above the bridge. The committee was re-appointed for the purpose of seeing the compromise carried into effect.
Wednesday, May 20.—This evening the Right Hon. the Earl of Errol, his Majesty's Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, held a levee at half past seven o'clock, in the Merchants' Hall, when the Lord Provost and Magistrates were, according to custom, introduced, and presented to his Grace the ancient silver keys of the city, in the usual form.
Thursday, Ms Grace, after holding a levee. walked in procession from the Merchants' Hall to the High Church, where he was received by the Magistrates and Town-Council in their robes. Among other distinguished persons in the procession, we observed the Earl of Hopetoun, the Earl of Moray, the Earl of Wemyss, Lord Gray, Lord Ashburton, Lord Robert Kerr, the Bishop of Kildare, Sir James Douglas, Sir H. Elphinston, the Lord Provost, Lord Advocate, General Hope, Sir Gregory Way, General Duff, Colonel Wauchope, Hon. Captain Napier, Colonel Wallace, and other officers of the 88th regiment, the Lord Chief Commissioner, Baron Sir John Stuart,' Baron Clerk Rattray, Commissioner Fothringham, &c &c
The streets were lined by detachments of the Scots Greys and the 88th regiment.
After divine service, his Grace the Com missioner went to the Assembly Room, when the members proceeded to choose a Moderator. The Rev. Dr Campbell, one of the ministers of Edinburgh, and secretary to the Society for propagating Christian Knowledge in Scotland, was unanimously elected.
The Prince Regent's commission in name of his Majesty, a letter, and also B warrant for two thousand pounds, to be employed towards the propagating Christian Knowledge in the Highlands of Scotland, were read. After which the Assembly was opened by his Grace the Commissioner, in a speech from the throne, to which the Moderator made a suitable reply.
Friday, May 22 The Assembly appointed Mr James Strachan, minister of Cavers, to preach on Sunday, in the forenoon, and Mr Robert Buchanan of Peebles, in the afternoon;—Mr John Paul of Straiton, on Sunday the 31st, in the forenoon, and Mr William Shaw of Langholm, in the afternoon.
Monday, May 25 The Assembly heard
the reference and appeal from the Presbytery of Paisley, with respect to the patronage of Kilmalcolm. The case, as stated by the parties, was this, viz. "Whether the right of a patronage can be acquired during the vacancy of the church, end whether that right can be exercised by the patron in giving away the presentation of that rice f"
After much reasoning, the Assembly found, that it did not appear to them that there was any law of the land to prohibit such a right from being acquired and exercised, and therefore sustained the reference, dismissed the appeal, and desired the Presbytery to proceed to the settlement of the presentee, according to the rules of the church.
Turtday, May 26.~—Dr Nicol gave notice, that he would, in a future diet, move for the appointment of a committee to take the proper steps for obtaining a legislative enactment to prevent the sale of B patronage during the vacancy of a parish; a measure which, he confidently trusted, would
meet the cordial approbation of the church and of the country.
The Moderator stated to the Assembly, that he had received a letter from Henry Brougham, Esq. chairman of a committee of the Hon. House of Commons, appointed to inquire into the education of the poor of Great Britain. Ordered to lie on the table.
The Assembly took under consideration a reference from the Synod of Moray, for advice on a decision in the cause of Mr John Clark, minister of the gospel, and teacher of the academy of Inverness, which cause had been brought before them by
?protest and appeal against a sentence of the 'resbytery of Inverness, deposing the said Mr Clark from the office of the holy ministry. It was admitted on the part of the Presbytery, that they had proceeded irregularly, and that there was no adequate evidence in proof of the libel Parties being heard, the Assembly found that the libel against Mr Clark had been irregularly laid and proceeded in; that there was no evidence of the articles contained in the libel; and therefore they unanimously agreed to reverse the sentence of the Presbytery, and acquit Mr Clark from the whole charges laid against him; and they ordered the whole proceedings in this cause to be expunged from the minutes and record of the Synod of Moray, etc &c.
Wednesday, May 27—A Committee was appointed to draw up an answer to the queries contained in Mr Brougham's letter, and to transmit the same to London as soon as possible. In the mean time, the Moderator was instructed to write a respectful letter to that gentleman, to inform him that the Assembly will pay the earliest attention to the subject.
The Assembly had transmitted to them, jsom their Committee of Bills, extract minutes from the Presbytery of Stirling, referring to the Assembly a libel which had been given in to them against Dr Robert Moodie, minister of Clackmannan, and a member of that Presbytery, by certain heritors and parishioners of that parish, and one of the elders. The Assembly unanimously agreed to instruct the Presbytery of Stirling, at their first ordinary meeting, to serve the libel on Dr Moodie, thereafter to proceed to judge of its relevancy, and if no appeal be taken against their judgment, to go ,on to the probation of the libel without delay, acending to the rules of the church, and to finish the same, notwithstanding any appeals which may be taken against their procedure; but the Assembly enjoin the Presbytery, if any such be taken, to sist pronouncing a final judgment, until these appeals be disposed of.
The Assembly had also transmitted to them, from their Committee of Bills, extract minutes from the Presbytery of Dunfermline, referring to the Assembly, for advice aud decision, a cause relating to the ringing of the bells of the parish church pf Dunfermline on the Lord's day of the 12th of April last, which had been brought before them by a reference from the Kirk Session. The extract of the Presbytery being read, and Mr Bryce, a member of the Presbytery, having been heard on the subject of the reference, the Assembly agreed to sustain it. Francis Jeffrey, Esq. was heard as counsel for the magistrates of Dunfermline; Henry Cockbum, Esq. Mr A. M'Lean, and Mr Peter Chalmers, for the ministers; and Robert Thomson, Esq. for the Presbytery and Kirk Session; after which the Assembly found, that the power of regulating the time and manner of ringing the bells of the parish church, as connected with ecclesiastical and religious purposes, belonged exclusively to the minister or ministers of the parish, and that the proceedings in this cause, on the part of the magistrates of Dunfermline, were irregular and reprehensible. At the same time the Assembly remitted to a Committee, to consider what steps may be proper for preserving the rights of the church.
Thursday, May 28.—The Assembly took under consideration the petition of Dr Macknight, appealing against the sentence of the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, of 5th May current, reversing a sentence of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, of 1st December 1817, refusing the petition of certain inhabitants of Edinburgh, craving that the Cowgate Chapel be received into communion of the church as a chapel of ease. Parties being called, there appeared in support of the appeal, Dr Macknigbt, Dr Inglis, Sir H. MoncriefF, Mr Andrew Thomson, Dr David Ritchie, Mr Dickson,
C. members of the Presbytery of Edingh; and Dr Meiklejohn and Mr Buchanan, members of the Synod, appeared as dissenters against the sentence of the Synod. Messrs Mackenzie, Ramsay, Mackellar, and Ritchie, members of the Synod, appeared for the Synod. Mr Somerville, compkiner against the sentence of the Presbytery, appeared for himself, and Francis Jeffrey and Henry Cockbum, Esqrs. appeared as counsel for the petitioners. Parties having been fully heard, it was moved to sustain the appeal and complaint, reverse the sentence of the Synod, and affirm that of the Presbytery. A counter-motion was also made to dismiss the appeal, &r. The vote being called for, there appeared for the first motion 98, and for the second 32; majority 66. And the Assembly thereby sustained the appeal and complaint, reversed the sentence ot the Synod admitting the chapel into communion, and affirmed the sentence of the Presbytery.
Friday, May 29 Dr Gibb presented B
letter which he had received from Sturges Boume, Esq. Chairman of the Committee of the House of Commons, upon the Poor Laws, which was read and ordered to be recorded.
The names of Sir Henry Moncrieff, Dr Macknight, and Mr Andrew Thomson, who are not members of Assembly, were ordered to be added to the Committee upon the Portobello Chapel.
The Assembly then took under consideration the petition and appeal of the Rev. James Russell, Minister of Gairloch, with concurrence of upwards of ISO of his parishioners, against certain proceedings of the Presbytery of Lochcarron. Parties being fully heard, it was unanimously agreed to sustain the appeal, reverse the sentence of the Presbytery, dismiss the accusation and petition against Mr Russell, of 2d September 1817, as irregular and incompetent; acquit Mr Russell from all the charges contained in said petition, prohibit all further procedure thereon, and ordain the minutes of all proceedings already held on these charges to be expunged from the records of the Presbytery and Synod.
The Assembly then took into consideration a petition from the Marquis of Tweeddale and others, heritors of the parish of Channelkirk, appellants, against a sentence of the Synod of Merse and Teviotdale, of the 28th of October 1817, affirming a sentence of the Presbytery of Lauder, of 2+th June 1817, refusing to serve with a libel Mr John Brown, Minister of Channelkirk. The appellants charged Mr Brown with a wilful and continued dereliction of the duty of public preaching, and other duties and functions of his office. All parties being heard, after a short debate, it was moved to dismiss the appeal, and affirm the sentences of the Synod and Presbytery. Another motion was made to sustain the appeal, and reverse the sentence of the Synod and Presbytery, and remit to them to serve Mr Brown with that part of the libel which charges Mr Brown with giving up the performance of public worship within his parish, and to proceed to judge of the relevancy thereof. A vote was then taken, when the first motion was carried by a great majority; therefore, the General Assembly, in terms of said motion, dismissed the appeal, and affirmed the sentence of the Synod of Merse and Teviotdale, and the sentence of the Presbytery of Lauder.
Saturday, May 30.—The report of the Trustees of the Ministers' Widows' Fund was given in by Sir Henry Moncrieff Wellwood, the Collector, and ordered to lie on the table till Monday. The thanks of the Assembly were then given from the chair to the Collector, for his diligence, tenderness, and fidelity, in the discharge of his duties, and for his attention at all times to the interests of the Fund.
The report of the Commute upon the management of the Poor was given in by Principal Baird, Convener of the Sub-Committee, together with various schedules and documents referred to in the report, or connected therewith. The unanimous and cor