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land against the Catholic emancipation. He declared, that although he was a Catholic from principle, he would not remain one an hour longer, if he thought it essential to the profession of that faith to believe that it was lawful to murder Protestants, or that faith might be innocently broken with heretics. However, at the suggestion of several gentlemen, Mr O'Connor consented to withdraw his motion, and it was agreed that a general exposition of the religious and political principles of the Irish Catholics should be drawn up, in the form of an address or appeal to the Protestants of Great Britain.

Bassorah Goats.-About a year ago, Mr Lee, of Lincoln, received from his son, in India, a pair of those beautiful animals the Bussarah or Bassorah goats, of whose hair are manufactured the Cashmere shawls. During the last week the female has brought forth two fine kids; and, from the success with which a former increase was attended, there is hope of inuring these delicate quadrupeds to the climate, which is very desirable, as their milk is considered a specific in cases of consumption.

City of Aberdeen.-A report has just been published by the trustees for the creditors of the town of Aberdeen, which states, that the property under the management of the trustees will afford a yearly revenue, sufficient, not only to pay interest at five per cent. on every debt, but also to leave a considerable surplus. It states, that the whole debts amount to £230,000, the interest of which, at five per cent. is £11,500; whereas the present revenue, feu-duties, &c. amount to £12,547, 8s. 8d. leaving a surplus of £1047, 8s. 8d. besides the value of the multures of the town's mills, and other subjects. In estimating the value of this property, the trustees did not take the amount that it would produce, "if feued or sold off in small portions, in the course of a great many years, but such as it may yield, with a prospect of advantage to the purchasers, if brought into the market at the present moment;" and therefore the property is estimated much below its real value.

vigable, a regular communication may be established through both canals, by means of steam-packets or otherwise, so as to afford a cheap and expeditious conveyance to the most remote parts of the Highlands.

The late Mr Meikle.-A tomb-stone has lately been erected in the church-yard of Prestonkirk, East Lothian, upon which the following lines are inscribed:- Beneath this stone are deposited the mortal remains of the late Andrew Meikle, civil engineer at Houston Mill, who died in the year 1811, aged 92 years. Descended from a race of ingenious mechanics, to whom the country for ages had been greatly indebted; he steadily followed the example of his ancestors, and, by inventing and bringing to perfection a machine, for separating corn from straw, (constructed upon the principles of velocity, and furnished with fixed beaters or skutchers,) rendered to the agriculturists of Britain, and of other nations, a more beneficial service than any hitherto recorded in the annals of ancient or modern science."

16.-Crim. Con.-The first action for criminal conversation ever tried before the Jury Court in Scotland, was heard in Edinburgh yesterday. The plaintiff, Kirk, who sued in forma pauperis, was a private soldier in the royal artillery; and the defendant a writer in Edinburgh. The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff—-Damages, £30.

15.-Port of Glasgow.-It is worthy of remark, that, during last month, and up to Monday, no fewer than 271 vessels arrived at the Broomielaw, Glasgow, whose register tonnage amounts nearly to 15,000 tons; a great part of them lately having been square-rigged vessels of from 70 to 160 tons register.

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Decreased in the Burials this year 348.

18.-Curious Sale.--A gentleman in Norfolk, possessed of property to the value of £5000 per annum, lately sold the reversion of his whole estate to another gentleman and his heirs, at the expiration of 360 years, for five guineas. However whimsical this purchase may seem, our readers will find, that the compound principal and interest of five guineas, for 360 years, will amount to £1,310,720!

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Shocking Accident. The following me34 lancholy circumstance occurred at Airdroch, between Thornhill and Sanquhar, Thursday last :-James Roan, a man about 60 years of age, was attacked by a bull in the most ferocious manner. There being no person at hand to render assistance, the poor man, after being thrown down, was trampled on with such violence by the infuriated beast, that his ribs were actually severed both from the sternum and the spine! consequence of which he expired on Saturday, in great agony.

Russian Missions.-The Rev. W. Glen, late minister of the Burgher congregation at Annan, who some time ago left this country as a missionary to Astrachan, in Russia, accompanied by his family, arrived at that place on the 4th October last, after a passage from St Petersburgh, down the Wolga, of 65 days, in good health. It may be gratifying to the numerous friends and acquaintance of that gentleman to be informed, that a letter has been received from him by a person in Annan, dated 14th Oc tober, stating that he had a more pleasant passage than he could have expected, and on his arrival had found provisions of all kinds plentiful and cheap, with every other convenience he could possibly desire.

22.-Attempt to Ravish. In the High Court of Justiciary this morning, William M'Ward, alias Ward, was brought to trial, accused of the crime of rape, or assault with intent to commit a rape, on the body of Agnes, daughter of John M'Callum, subtenant in Arnmannel, Stirlingshire. The jury found the prisoner guilty of the assault with intention of committing a rape, but found the rape not proven; and the Court sentenced him to 14 years transportation.

Fire. On Saturday evening, a fire broke out in the lower flat of a house in the West Bow, Edinburgh, which was not extinguished until two floors were consumed, by which ten poor families lost all they had in the world. About thirty other families residing in the upper part of the house, had much of their furniture damaged in removing it from the scene of danger. A liberal subscription has been made for the suf ferers.

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A Litter of Lions.-The great lioness at Exeter Change, London, on Friday the 12th, brought forth three remarkably fine cubs, two males and a female, being the second time this year; and, contrary to expectation, she suckles them herself. The last litter were obliged to be suckled by a spaniel bitch.

Glasgow.-Yesterday the new markets in Candleriggs Street, denominated the bazar, were opened, and numerously attended. The plan of the buildings is neat, and the accommodations are extensive. Besides thirty-six shops, a number of which are already occupied, in which provisions, &c. of almost every description, are retailed, there is sufficient space for the country people to sell their poultry, butter, eggs, &c. under covered sheds, fitted up with tables and scats. The area round the bazar, contain

25.-Trials for Blasphemous Libels.--On this and the two preceding days, Mr Hone, a bookseller in London, was tried in the Court of King's Bench, on three separate

er-officio informations, for publishing certain parodies on the Church of England's Catechism, the Litany, and the Creed of St Athanasius. The defendant pleaded his own cause with great ability and perseverance, speaking the first day for four hours, and on each of the two latter days between seven and eight hours. He rested his defence chiefly on the ground, that the authors of innumerable parodies of a similar nature, written by statesmen, clergymen, and lawyers, some of whom were still alive, had not been prosecuted. His parodies, he contended, were merely political squibs, and were never intended, nor were they calculated, to bring religion into contempt; but as they tended to expose the measures of Government, his Majesty's Ministers wished to bring down their vengeance upon him; from which he hoped the jury would shield him by a verdict of acquittal. The jury in each case found Mr Hone not guilty. A subscription has been opened in London, to indemnify Hone for the losses he may have sustained from these trials.

27-London Gourmands.--It is computed that upwards of 60 cwt. of turkeys were consigned to London during this week from Norfolk and Sussex; more than 35 cwt. having been entered at the book-keepers' offices at Norwich, previous to Wednesday evening.

Melancholy Shipwrecks.-This month has presented a melancholy detail of loss of shipping on the coasts of Britain and France, almost without parallel. In particular, we ray mention the loss of the Indian transport, with 193 persons on board, off Ushant, on the 8th or 9th of the month. She was bound from Plymouth to the Spanish main, with adventurers to join the patriot cause; and every one of them, as well as the crew, and several women and children, perished. His Majesty's sloop of war Martin, was lost near Kilrush, on the 7th, and a number of the crew were drowned. On the 14th, the inhabitants of Montrose beheld the melancholy spectacle of a packet, the Forth, from Aberdeen to Leith, dashed to pieces at their harbour mouth, and the Gew and passengers, 21 in number, perish, without the possibility of affording them succour. And on the 19th, the brig Gleaner, of Aberdeen, while attempting to take that harbour, was swallowed up, in view of innumerable spectators on the pier. The gales were still more destructive to the north of Aberdeen, and among the Orkney Islands, where many wrecks have come on shore, and almost in every case with the koss of all on board.

JANUARY, 1818.

1.-The "fortunate youth" has now been proved a complete impostor. A long account has been published in a London paper of his monstrous delusions, by which he

had persuaded many persons that some old gentleman had left him £700,000 a-year, in various countries. It is said he is now in France. (See page 182, last Volume.)

Remarkable Longevity.-There are now living in Dumfries, in the Friar's Vennel, and within a few yards of each other, seven persons, whose united ages make the astonishing number of G01 years.

Port of Leith.--By a comparative statement just published, it appears, that the number of ships entered inwards from abroad at the port of Leith in 1817, exceeds that of 1816, by 310 vessels; and the number cleared outwards in the same period, exceeds that of 1816, by 197. In the coasting trade, the excess of vessels inwards is 304, and outwards, 423. The number of vessels at present belonging to the port is 197; their tonnage, 24,159 tons.

2.-Dense Fog.--On Wednesday the 31st ult. a fog of uncommon denseness and duration enveloped London. Upon an average, ten feet was the distance at which objects became invisible out of doors. Within them, it was impossible to read without a

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5.-Successful Navigation.-The Union, of Arbroath, Captain Caithness, arrived at Leith on the 3d inst. with a general cargo, from Rotterdam. This vessel has, since the 21st February last, performed six foreign voyages, namely, from Arbroath to Riga, and back; thence to St Petersburgh, and back; and then to Liebau, and back; and, since her return from the last Baltic voyage, she has been thrice from Great Britain to Rotterdam, and back, with cargoes out and home.

The brigantine Antelope, Captain Nicol, arrived at Dundee last week, with a cargo of wheat from Dantzic, having performed the voyage out and home in thirty-four days. During the past season, this vessel has been five times up the Baltic from Dundee; the first one to Liebau, the second and third to Riga, and the fourth and fifth to Dantzic. In the course of that period, a number of vessels have made four voyages, which is considered very good; but the Antelope, we believe, is the first instance of any vessel from Scotland or England making five voyages to the Baltic in one season.

Extraordinary Fast Sailing.-The Ontario, Captain Goold, which sailed from Dublin on the 28th of September, arrived in New York in 31 days. This ship has made four trips across the Atlantic this year-twice from New York to Dublin, and twice from Dublin to New York; and during the four voyages, was altogether only 109 days at sea.

8. The Lunatic Asylum for the West Riding of Yorkshire, was opened last week, having received 150 patients. It cost upwards of £40,000.

Scottish Burgh Reform.Several of the

incorporations of Glasgow have had meetings, and passed resolutions, expressive of their determination to employ every legal means to obtain a new set for the burgh. -The inhabitants of Lanark, and of the burgh of Inverury, are now also at issue with their magistrates on the subject. The contest between the corporations and magistrates of Edinburgh, still remains undecided; but on the 16th ult. the other public bodies were joined by the guildry, who

CAP. XCI. To enable Justices to settle the Fees to be taken by the Clerks of the Peace of the respective Counties and other Divisions of England and Wales.-July

10.

BRITISH LEGISLATION.

Acts passed in the 57th Year of the Reign of George III. or in the Fifth Session of the Fifth Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Justices at the annual, general, and quarter sessions, to settle a table of fees to be taken by the clerks of the peace, who shall not demand more, on penalty of L. 5 for every offence. Printed or written copies of such tables to be hung up in some conspicuous place where the sessions shall be held; and a penalty of L. 5 upon clerks neglecting so to do. All suits by virtue of this act to be brought within three months after the offence committed.

Cap. XCII. To regulate the Administration of Oaths in certain cases to Officers in his Majesty's Land and Sea Forces.-July 10.

held a meeting in Freemasons' hall, about 400 in number, and passed resolutions to support their fellow-citizens in procuring the desired reform; and also to use every means in their power to regain the management of their own funds out of the hands of the magistrates.

This act enables the secretaries of state, or other persons lawfully authorized, to deliver commissions or warrants to officers both naval and military, without requiring them previously to take certain oaths, and subscribe certain declarations, enjoined by former acts, which practice has been long disused in the army; but this act does not extend to the oaths to be taken by officers after receiving their commissions.

Cap. XCIII. To regulate the Costs of Distresses levied for Payment of Small Rents. July 10.

No person making any distress for rent, where the sum due shall not exceed L. 20, shall take other charges than mentioned in the schedule annexed, nor charge for any act not done. The remedy is by complaint before a justice, who may adjudge treble the amount unlawfully taken, with costs. Brokers, auctioneers, &c. are to give copies of their charges to the persons distrained.The only charges allowed by the schedule are,-Levying Distress, 3s.-Man in Possession per day, 2s. 6d.➡Appraisement,

The magistrates of Dingwall have acceded to the wishes of the inhabitants, in applying for a change in the set of the burgh.

whether by one broker or more, 6d. in the pound on the value of the goods.--Catalogues, sale and commission, and delivery of goods, Is. in the pound on the net pro duce of the sale. A printed copy of the act is required to be hung up in every sessions' room in England and Wales. Party aggrieved to apply to a justice, who may adjudge treble the amount unlawfully taken, to be paid with costs, which may be levied by distress. No judgment to be given against any landlord unless he personally levies the distress. Brokers to give copies of their charges to persons distrained.

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count Gage, in the counties of Gloucester and Monmouth, for the sum of L. 155,863, and the commissioners of woods are empowered to sell other possessions of the Crown to raise the purchase money. They are also empowered to purchase, on behalf of the crown, other lands lying adjacent to the royal forest, and to sell parts of the crown lands to provide the purchase money, The old Palace, and other buildings belonging to it at Newmarket, to be sold.

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Cap. XCIX. To consolidate and amend Les relating to Spiritual Persons Welding Farms; and for enforcing the Refidence of Spiritual Persons on their Benefees; and for the Support and Maintene of Stipendiary Curates in England.— July 10.

Cap. C. To renew the Powers of exrating Small Livings and Charitable Institutions from the Land Tox, and for aking further Provision for the Redempfres of the Land Tax.-July 10.

Commissioners under the Great Seal may exonerate small livings and charitable institutions not exceeding L. 150 a year from land tax, without payment of any consideration. After the passing of this Act, and before June 24, 1818, the consideration for redeeming the land tax on messages and premises not exceeding one fourth of an acre, to be calculated at eighteen times the annual amount, to be paid in one sum, in three months from the

Late of the contract.

Cap. CI. To continue an Act intituled, As Act further to extend and render more fectual certain Provisions of an Act pas

in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of

his late Majesty King George I., intituled, An Act to prevent frivolous and vexatious Arrests," and of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of his Majesty King George II. to explain, amend, and render more effectual the said former Act; and of Two Acts passed in the 19th and 43d years of the reign of his present Majesty, extending the Provisions of the said former Acts.-July 11.

Cap. CII. To defray the Charge of the Pay, Clothing, and contingent Expenses of the Disembodied Militia in Great Britain

and of the Miners of Cornwall and Devon; and for granting Allowances in certain Cases to Subaltern Officers, Adjutants, Quarter-masters, Surgeons' Mates, and Serjeant Majors of Militia, until the 25th day of March 1818.-July 11.

Cap. CIII. For defraying, until the 25th day of June 1818, the Charge of the Pay and Clothing of the Militia of Ireland; and for making Allowances in certain cases to Subaltern Officers of the said Militia during Peace.-July 11.

Cap. CIV. To reduce the Number of Serjeants, Corporals, and Drummers, in the Militia of Ireland, whilst disembodied. July 11.

Cap. CV. To encourage the Establishment of Banks for Savings in Ireland.July Ï1.

Cap. CVI. To provide for the Establishment of Asylums for the Lunatic Poor in Ireland.-July 11.

The lord lieutenant may direct any number of asylums for the lunatic poor to be erected; each asylum to contain not less than 100 nor more than 150 patients.Money to be advanced for the purpose out of the Consolidated Fund.

Cap. CVII. To provide for the more deliberate Investigation of Presentments to be made by Grand Juries for Roads and Public Works in Ireland, and for accounting for Money raised by such Presentments. July 11.

Cap. CVIII. For the Regulation of levying Tolls at Fairs, Markets, and Ports, in Ireland.-July 11.

Cap. CIX. To abolish the Subsidy and Alnage of the Old and New Dra peries, and of all Woollen Manufactures, in Ireland; and to authorize the Payment out of the Consolidated Fund of an Annual Sum to John Lord de Blaquiere, during the Continuance of his Interest in the Office of Alnager.-July 11.

Cap. CX. To make further Regulations for the better collecting and securing the Duties upon Spirits distilled in Ireland-July 11.

Cap. CXI. To suspend, until the 10th day of October 1819, a Part of the Duties on Sweets or Made Wines.-July 11.

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