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dud thaakx of the Assembly were given from the chair zo tr_; Sub-Ccvrurittee, and mow parucularrr to Principal BaiM, their Convener. £» Uk c^ignW real, diligence, aod sjsaJ-jjcy. he had"shown in the accomplishment of the very important business entrusted to him. The Assembly also renewed the appotccnert of the Committee, Principal Rjlrd to be Convener, and directed them to proceed in their usual labours, until they shall complete the report respecting the few parishes which had not returned an answer to the queries of the Committee, authorising them at same time to communicate, if necessary, with the Committees of the Houses of Lords and Commons, upon the Poor Laws, with respect to every subject connected with the object of their appointment,
Dr XiooL in pursuance of a former notice, moved that a Committee be appointed to take proper steps to procure a legislative enactment to prevent the sale of the patronage of a parish during its vacancy; which was agree d to, Dr Nicol to be Convener of said Committee.
The Assembly took into consideration extract minutes of the Presbyteries of Strathbogie and Aberlour, referring to them the conduct of Mr John Macdonald, Minister of Urquhart, in preaching in other parishes than his own, within the bounds of the above Presbyteries. Mr Cruickshanks, a member of the Presbytery of Strathbogie. was heard in support of the reference, and Mr Macdonald in explanation. After long reasoning, a motion was made and seconded, that "Having considered the references, the Assembly declare, that the performance of Divine Service, or of any part of public worship or service, by ministers of this church, in meeting-houses of Dissenters, is irregular and unconstitutional, and ought on no occasion to take place, except in cases which, from the peculiar circumstances of the parish, its minister may find it occasionally necessary for conducting the ordinary religious instruction of his people; and the Assembly further declare, that the conduct of any minister of the church who exercises his pastoral functions in a vagrant manner, preaching during his journeys from place to place in the open air, in other parishes than his own, or officiating in any meeting for religious exercises, without the special invitation of the minister within whose parish it shall be held, and by whom such meetings shall be called, is disorderly, and unbecoming the character of a minister of this church, and calculated to weaken the hands of the minister of the parish, and to injure the interests of sound religion ; and the Assembly enjoin Presbyteries to take order that no countenance be given by ministers within thei: oounds to nich occasional meetings proposed to be held for Divine Service, or other pious purposes, as may, under the pretext of promoting religion, injure its interests, and so disturb the peace and order
of the church: and in case such meeting* take place, the Ptesbi mies within whose bounds they are held, are enjoined to report the sane to the meeting of the General Assembly next mrumg.' Another motion was made and seconded, that •• the Assembly having considered the ruutms, find it unnecessary to emit any declaration rclxivc to the subject thereof, the »vi<wy tors of the church being sufficient to prevent the irregularity complained of; and reovomend to the ministers of this church to exmise their usual viguanee in giving all due effect to these laws."
A vote was taken on these motions, what the Jtr$t was carried by a considerable majority, and therefore the General Assembly declare, and enjoin in terms of the first motion.
Momd*ti, Jumt 1—The Committee on the Portobdlo Chapel made their report, which went to admit the chapel into communion of the church, as a chapel of ease, and to approve of certain regulations that had been drawn up for its government. The Assembly entirely concurred in the sentiments of the report, and unanimously approved of it accordingly.
The Assembly added to the instructions already given the Committee appointed to draw up answers to Mr Brougham s queries, that they take all competent and advisable measures for inquiring into, and ascertaining the state or the means of, education, particularly in the Highlands and Islands. and to communicate with the clergy and others, as to all useful matters for attaining the object of their appointment.
The next cause was a petition from Mr Andrew Thomson, as member of the Synod of Lothian and Twcrddale, and of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, appealing against a sentence of that Synod ot 5th May last, affirming a previous sentence of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, which refused to sustain the certificate of Mr George Crone, attendant on the Second Divinity and Church History Class in the University. Mr Thomson and Mr Dickson, jun. appeared as appellants against the several sentences. Mr Robert Buchanan appeared for the Synod, and Dr Inglis for the Presbytery. Parties having been heard, it was moved to dismiss the appeal, and affirm the sentence of the Synod and Presbytery. It was also moved to sustain the appeal, and reverse the sentence, &C. ; and the votes being called, then appeared for the first motion 67, for the second 24, affirming the sememe of the Synod and Presbytery by a majority of 83.
The usual routine business being disposed of, his Grace the Commissioner, in a speech from the Throne, dissolved the Assembly in name of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, on behalf of his Majesty. The Moderator then dissolved the Assembly in the usual form.
The next General Assembly is appointed to meet on the 20th May 1819.
COMMERCIAL REPORT.-^un* 11, 1818.
Sh/toi: The market is now generally better supplied with new Muscovadoes, and the business considerable, at about Is. per cwt lower in price. The refiners and grocers only purchase small quantities at a time, in order to supply their immediate wants, in anticipation that, as the arrivals become more numerous, the prices will decline. Fine Sugars are, generally speaking, scarce. About 1000 hhds were sold in Liverpool last week. In London, 5255 bags East India Sugars were disposed of at a decline of 2s. to 3s. per cwt. in price. The Refined market was heavy and declining. The demand for Molasses was steady and considerable. The arrivals from the West Indies may now be expected to become daily more numerous, and the crops in some of the islands are now ascertained to
be only equal to that of the preceding year, which was short Coffee. The very great
advance which had taken place on this article, rendered it probable that a decline would take place. Accordingly the market of late has rather been dull, and prices on the decline from 2s. to 3s. per cwt. The last advices from the Continent, however, are more favourable; and the market has accordingly become more steady, and inquiries more numerous. This article is, however, so very high in price, that it is not probable that any great advance can now take place upon it. At the India House, 2658 were last week brought forward and disposed of. The price of coffee may fairly be stated to be generally on the
decline, and the market heavy. Cotton. The sales of Cotton at Liverpool have been
regular, but by no means brisk. The supplies have of late been considerable; but the demand has, generally speaking, been in proportion, and the prices, accordingly, tolerably steady. The sales in Liverpool, of the former week, amount to 3SO0 bags. In London the purchases amounted to 1600 bags; and the East India Company have declared a sale, on the 26th inst. of 16,860 bags. Advices from the Southern States of America state, that
considerable damage has been done to the young Cotton by black frosts in the spring ■
Corn. The Corn market has been, in several instances, not only steady but on the advance. The supplies, either of home or foreign Grain, have of late been but limited. There is little doubt, however, but the present uncommon settled and warm weather, which seems to be general over all the northern hemisphere, will produce early and abundant crops, and at last reduce the price of Grain greatly.—Irith ProvUiotu. The shipping demand for prime Provisions continue. Bacon is heavy, and good Butter is scarce. Some parcels of new Butter are, however, beginning to come to market, and the supply will soon be equal to
the demand. Rice. The market for Rice has been heavy, and the price declining.
A sale of 6652 bags at the India House, some days ago, went off better than could have been anticipated. Carolina Bice, for home consumption, continues in regular demand— Hemp, Flax, and Tallow. The price of Tallow is merely nominal, and sales limited. In Flax there is no variation. Accounts from 1'etcrsburgh, stating that an advance of five roubles had taken place in the price of Hemp, had no effect on the London market. Naval Stores. There are no sales of rough Turpentine. Spirits are declining; and in the other articles there is no variation. VU. Every description of Oil may be stated at a decline in price, and the market very heavy. The stock of Palm Oil in Liverpool is
very low Tobacco. In this article there has lately been few transactions. There is
very little doing in Shumac. There is a fair demand for Pearl Ashes American Tar,
offered for sale in Liverpool, was withdrawn on account of the low prices offered. Pint
Timber is very dull of sale, as is also Quercitson Bark. All other articles in commerce
may be stated as in our last Report Rum, Brandy, and Holland*. The Rum mar.
ket has been heavy and declining. Geneva is lower; and Brandy, chiefly of inferior
quality, is still declining in price. Wine. There is no alteration in price since the
late great rise on Port Wine, though it is rumoured that a still further advance will take place on almost every description. The exchanges have become much against this country, which, of itself, has occasioned an increase of 5 per cent, in price.
The Revenue of the country continues to improve in a regular and progressive manner; and the declaration of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that he would neither require loans, nor have recourse to funding any more Exchequer Bills, either for this year or next, cannot fail to have a beneficial influence upon the money market, and consequendy on trade in general. The amazing quantity of goods sent out to the West India market, had lately rendered the market dull, and consequently the same thing was felt in our manufactures t but there is now greater activity displayed, and the preparation for shipments becoming more numerous and extensive than these had been for some weeks back.
Since the success of the Spanish Royalists in Mexico, and other parts of the main land of America situated within the tropics, the trade with our West India settlements for manufactured goods has been more steady and extensive. It is with the settlements which continue in peace and in subjection to the royal authority that our trade is greatest, or with these, indeed, that we have any trade at all. The provinces in a state of rebellion are completely laid waste, and there is no security in them for either persons or property, and consequently commerce must fly from these distracted abodes, in our next we expect to show this from the important fact of the real amount of the exports, from the Clyde, of our Cotton and Linen manufacture to the different depots from whence Spanish America is supplied.
PRICES CURRENT—May 8, 1818.
U. R. Dry Biown, . cwt.
Mid. good, aud fine mid.
Fine and very fine', . . Refined, Doub. Loaves, .
Crushed Lumps, . MOLASSES, "A cwt. COFFEE, Jamaica . cwt.
Ord. good, and fine ord.
Mid. good, and fine mill. Dutch, Triage and very ord,
Orrl. good, and fine ord.
Mid. good, and fine mid.
PIMENTO (in Bond) l
Jam. Bum, 16 O. P. gall
Grain Whisky, WINES,
Claret, 1st Gro*ths, hhd,
Portugal Red, pipe.
Spanish White, butt.
LOGWOOD, Jam. . Ion
Campeachy, . . .
Christiansand (dut. paid)
St Domingo, ditto
TAR, American, . brl.
0 10 1 8
I) Ii 9 10 0 10 10 0 12 0 0 15 10
Course of Exelmnge, June. Amsterdam, 36 : 10. B. 2 Us. Antwerp, 11: 9. Ex. Hamburgh, 34 2J Us. Frankfort 141 J. Ex. Paris 24: 25. 2 Us. Bordeaux, 2425. Madrid, 39 effect Cadiz, 38j effect. Gibraltar, 35. Leghorn, 514. Genoa, t Malta, 52. Naples, 44J. Palermo, 130 per oz. Rio Janeiro, 66. Oporto, 58J. Dublin, H. Cork, 11. Agio of the Bank of Holland 2.
Prices of Gold and Silver, per oz.—Portugal gold, in coin, £1, Is. 6d. Foreign gold, in bars, £4, Is. 6d. New doubloons, Lt New Dollars, 5s. 6d. Silver, in bars 5s. 5fdNew Louis, each 0s. Od.
Alphabetical List or English Bankruptcies, announced between the 1st and 31st May 1818, extracted from the London Gazette.
Alpe, J. P. W. Cooper, and T. H. Birch, Ken-
pastry cook Carnaby, J. Morpeth, Northumberland, brewer Clark, Manga, Isle of Ely, Cambridge, carpenter Clarke, W. London, merchant Clcgg, S. Sal ford, l^ncaster, saddler Clifford, M. <fc J. Kingston-upon-Hull, merchants Coleman, W. Orton, Wapping, slop-seller Crook, W. Blackburn, Lancashire, farmer Dean, J. Deansbuildings, Poplar, baker Dorn, A. Vauxhall, victualler Eelm, G. R. Warwick Court, Holborn, furrier Farrar, T. Halifax, Yorkshire, manufacturer Fisher, J. Throgmorton Street, merchant Forilor, W- Basingstoke, Hampshire, stage-coach
Hains, J. Longton, Lancashire, common carrier
buckle maker Holden, H. Halifax, York, grocer Hooper, W. Tenbury, Worcestershire, maltster fagleby, T. Birmingham, common carrier Kennel, J. & J. P. Kennel, Church Street, Westminster, army and navy agents.
Kingsall, J. Blackwell, painter
Le Plastrier, J. Minories, watch-maker
Liddell, J. Huddersficid, cordwainer
Malkin, T. Burslem, Staffordshire, blue colour
Man, H. S. Calcutta, dealer
Alphabetical List of Scotch Bankruptcies, announced between the 1st and 31st May 1818, extracted from the Edinburgh Gazette.
Davidson, John, late merchant, Edinburgh, presently one of the individual partners ox* Hutchinson x Co. spirit dealers, Glasgow
Fo*kls, llcnw, 6t Co. merchants in Glasgow, and Henry Ko'vlds, merchant there, individual partner of that company
Isles, A. cu rier an 1 leather-merchant, Edijburgh
Kalley, John, manufacturer, Glasgow
Maxwell, Robert, nerchant in Dundee
O'Hara, Hen. builder in Dean Street, Stockbridge, and tacksman of !lavelston iuTry
Purse, John, merchant, Dingwall, 'floss-shire
Scott At Balmannn, .lerehjiits, Glasgow, and who carry on business to the West Indies under the firm of James Jaque \ Co. and Joseph Scott, and Matthew Balmanno, the individuals of these concerns
Suter, Alex, merchant, Inverness
Wilson A; Liddel, merchants, Glasgow, as a company, and Salter Wilson and John Liddel, the individual partners thereof
Brown, William, senior, merchant, Edinburgh; by
Blake, George, corn-dealer at Lynns, parish of Tor-
Gilchrist, the lite William, merchant, Falkirk : by
Hunter, J. A; P. and Co. merchants, Port-GLisi»ow,
Motlram, Charles, merchant, Leit.'i; bv Alexander Brodie, merchant ther
More, John, lately agimt for the Uoyal Bank, Glas-
Oughterson and Co. merchants, Greenock; by Wm
Stewart, David, late merchant, Leith; by John
Sutherland, John, glazier, Edinburgh; by John
Tail, Mrs Janet, alias Anderson, merchant and ha-
Wheat. 1st, 43s. Od.
2d, 40a. Od
3d 36a. Od
Average of wheat, £1
lit, 26s. Od.
td 23a. Od.
3d, 21a, Od.
1st, 28s. Od.
2d 27s. (XL
3d, (6a. Od.