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were sentenced to death for housebreaking and a number of others were convicted on and theft, but have been since respited. their own confessions of thefts, assaults,
Two men were sentenced to seven years' and other petty offences. transportation, for assaulting the military 11. Edinburgh Jury Court.- This day, during the late disturbances; and two the case of the Paisley Bank versus James others, for the same offence, to 12 months M'Caul or Moffat was tried before this imprisonment.
Court. The defender, in this case, has oce NORTHERN CIRCUIT.- Inverness.- cupied a considerable share of the public April 2.- The Court was opened by Lord notice for eight or nine years past in this Pitmilly. The cases which came before place, having been engaged in our princihis Lordship were chiefly those of assault pal courts during all that time, in actions and deforcement, in which the parties were and counter actions, arising out of the ori. severally sentenced to ten or six months' ginal accusation against him, of having imprisonment
robbed, or being accessory to the robbery Aberdeen. Muy 2, 3, 4.. The business of, the Paisley Bank. Had our limits allow. here occupied the Court for three days. ed, we would have given a full report of The first and second days there was no this singular trial, which was rendered incase of importance. The third day, the teresting, not only by the notoriety of the Court was occupied in the trial of John parties, and of the case, but by the worBowrie and William Scarf, soldiers in the derful exertions which seem to have been 80th regiment, accused of murder, or cul- made to bring forward a body of circum. pable homicide, by having, while assisting stantial evidence, more complete than any some Excise Officers in the seizure of a thing of the kind that ever came under our quantity of whisky, in the neighbourhood notice. We can only mention the general of Banff, in November last, mortally wound. nature and result of the case. The issues ed one of the smugglers, who soon after remitted from the Court of Session were, died. The trial lasted upwards of four Ist, Was the defender guilty of stealing, hours, when both were acquitted and dis. or abstracting away from the premises of missed from the bar, after a suitable ad. the said Banking Company, the property dress from the Lord Justice Clerk, express charged ? sive of his approbation of their conduct, 28, whether he received the money, or from a sense of their having done their any part of it? duty.
3d, Whether the notes found on his Perth.-May 9.—The Circuit Court person, or traced to his possession, are the was opened here on Saturday last by the sadne that were stolen from the said Bank. Right Hon. Lords Justice Clerk and Pit- ing House ? milly. The first case that came before the Mr Cockburn opened the case for the Court was that of Alexander Reici, accused pursuers, and, in a speech of great distinctof sheep-stealing, who was found guilty, ness and ability, stated the nature of the and adjudged to be executed at Perth, on case, and the points they would be in a Friday the 23d Junc,
condition to prove; mentioning, that the Alexander Thomson, from the county of evidence to be adduced was only circumForfar, accused of forging a bill, in Decem- stantial, but of so clear and distinct & nature, ber last, for L. 197, which he afterwards that it could not fail of being, if possible, presented to a banker's clerk, in Montrose, more conclusive than direct testimony. The and received paymentof its contents, plead- witnesses called proved that Moffat, in comed Guilty, and the Jury returned a verdict pany with Huffey White, (since executed,) accordingly ; but, on account of his candid and French, (a transported felon,) after confession and former good character, un. residing in Glasgow for six weeks, were animously recommended him to mercy. Seen, on the morning of the 14th July After an impressive address from Lord Pit. 1811, when the Parsley Bank was robbed, milly, he was sentenced to be executed at sitting on a wall in Glasgow, counting Perth, on Friday the 23d June. Thom. notes: That they afterwards hired a chaise son has since been respited.
for Edinburgh, pretending that Moffat's Peter Garland was next brought to the brother was at the point of death : That bar, accused of assaulting and robbing they posted from Edinburgh to London, John Ells or Else, an English china hawk. having bundles with them that looked like er, of a pocket-book, containing L. 200 packages of notes: That Moffat had emsterling, on the evening of the 5th April ployed an English smith to make false keys, last, at Auchtermychty. The prisoner to be transmitted to Glasgow, which were pleaded Guilty, and the Public Prosecutor produced in Court: That 12,000 of the having restricted the libel to an arbitrary money was lodged in the hands of a perpunishment, Garland was sentenced to son of the name of Gibbons, to be restored, transportation beyond seas for the space of in order to save the life of White, who had
been apprehended : That Moffat bad acThree prisoners pleaded Guilty to the knowledged to White's wife, and to bis charges of coining and uttering base money, attorney, that he had bcen concerned in
the robbery of the Paisley Bank. The important improvement of steam-boats, for celebrated' Bow Street officers, Lavender the purpose of insuring certain and expeand Viccary, were examined, and a great ditious passage across. By this new plan many circumstances disclosed in evidence, the communication will be greatly faciliwhich we cannot now notice. After it was tated, as passengers may always calculate closed, Mr Grant was heard shortly for the on crossing from one shore to another in defender. It was not considered necessary the course of an hour. to say much on the part of the pursuers ; 22. Justiciary Court.Trial for Murand after the Judge had summed up the der.—This morning came on the trial of evidence, the Jury, after deliberating for P. Lawrie, at Loanhead, for the murder of twenty minutes, returned a verdict for the his wife, by having, on the 22d of Decempursuers on all the issues, but finding the ber last, inflicted on her head a severe defender liable in no damages.
wound with an axe. The jury returned a (A few days after the result of this trial, verdict, finding the slaughter to have been Moffat was apprehended, and lodged in committed by the prisoner, but that he Edinburgh jail for a small debt, where he was at the time of its commission in a state was immediately after served with a cric of mental derangement. The Court then minal indictment, to stand trial for the decreed that the prisoner should be con. above robbery. ]
fined as a lunatic for the remainder of his 15. Sentence on Hunt and others. The life, or at least till such time as his family celebrated Mr Hunt and his associates, and friends should give security that they found guilty of sedition, committed at would keep him in custody so as to preManchester in August last year, were this vent him from doing harm. day brought before the judges of the 29. General Assembly.- On Thursday Court of King's Bench, London, for judg. the 18th instant, the General Assembly of ment. The sentence was, that Henry Hunt the Church of Scotland met at Edinburgh, should be imprisoned in his Majesty's jail the Right Honourable the Earl of Morton at Ilchester for two years and a half; and being his Majesty's Lord High Commis. at the expiration of that time to find secu- sioner. rity for five years, himself in L. 1000, and On Tuesday the 23d, the Assembly had two sureties in L. 500 cach. The other under consideration a case from the parish three defendants, Johnson, Healey, and of Golspie, the circumstances of which are Bamford, were sentenced to be imprisoned briefly these :-- In the end of September in Lincoln Castle for one year, and to find last, at a pro re nata meeting of the Pressecurity for five years, themselves in L. 200, bytery of Dornoch, called by the Moderaand two sureties for L. 100 each.
tor, at the request of Mr M'Pherson, miSir Charles Wolseley, Bart. and Parson nister of Golspie; a letter was produced Harrison, for seditious language, &c. were from that gentleman, giving in his resignathen sentenced, the former to eighteen tion of the living, and stating that he had months' imprisonment in Abingdon jail, previously intimated his intention to the and to find security for five years, himself patron and parish. The Presbytery order. in L. 1000, and two sureties in L. 500 ed the letter of resignation to lie on their each, and Harrison to be imprisoned in table till next meeting, and in the meanChester jail for one year and a half, and to time appointed a committee of their num. find security for five years, himself in ber to wait on Mr MPherson, and use L. 200, and two sureties in L. 100 each. their endeavours to dissuade him from his
17. Edinburgh Magistrates. This day, purpose. The Presbytery met again in the the Second Division of the Court of Ses- end of November, and it appearing by the sion, after hearing counsel, unanimously report of the committee, and by a second refused the petition of the Magistrates of letter from Mr M.Pherson himself, that he Edinburgh, for setting aside the verdict of persisted in his resolution, the Presbytery the jury, in the case of Lawrie v. the Ma- accepted of his resignation, and declared gistrates, and for granting a new trial in the parish vacant in the usual form. In that cause.
the month of January following, a presenImprovement in the Communication bea tation to the parish of Golspie, by the Martween Leith and the Fife Coast.-By an ar- quis of Strafford, in favour of Mr Donald rangement made between the Tug and Ross, minister of Kilmuir, was given in, Dumbarton Castle, two of the finest steam and sustained by the Presbytery ; and after boats on the Frith of Forth, which run, be going through the usual steps of a transla. tween Leith and Grangemouth, one of these tion, appointed the 26th of April for the vessels is in future to make a trip between admission of Mr Ross. On that day, Mr Leith and Kirkaldy every morning, before M.Pherson appeared, and offered a petition she goes to Grangemouth; and the other, to the Presbytery, praying that farther after performing her Grangemouth voyage, procedure might be sisted, and he himself will run over to Kirkaldy, and return again restored to his situation as minister of the every evening. The trustees for the King. parish, on the ground that his resignation horn ferry have also resolved to adopt the had been given in whilst he laboured under
a depression of spirits, as rendered him un. Thomson, and seconded by James Mon. fit for appreciating properly the conse- creiff, Esq. advocate, viz.-" That it be quences of his conduct. The Presbytery declared by the General Assembly, that no refused to receive this petition, and against civil authority can constitutionally prewhich sentence Mr M.Pherson appealed to scribe either forms or heads of prayer to the Assembly. Dr Cook moved, “ That the ministers and preachers of this church, the Assembly find that the Presbytery of and that the orders in council, which have Dornoch acted irregularly, in accepting the been issued from time to time respecting demission of Mr M'Pherson beiore they prayers for the royal family, are inconsist had taken means to ascertain the state of ent with the rights and privileges secured his mind, and before they had called upon by law to our ecclesiastical establishment; the people to appear for their interest; and but that, as these orders appear to have when, as it appears from the record, that originated in mistake or inadvertency, and the Presbytery considered his reasons of not in any intention to interfere with our demission as insufficient : disapprove of the modes of worship, the General Assembly conduct of the Presbytery in proceeding to do not consider it to be necessary to proinduct Mr Ross, the presentee, in the face ceed farther in this matter at present. And of an appeal by Mr M'Pherson : Sustain the General Assembly embrace this opporthe appeal : Set aside the whole proceed. tunity of declaring the cordial and steady, ings of the Presbytery in the matter : De attachment of the Church of Scotland to clare that Mr M.Pherson is minister of their most gracious Sovereign, and to all Golspie : And instruct the members of the the royal family, and of farther expressing Presbytery of Dornoch to do what lies in their unqualified conf lence that, actuated them to contribute to his comfort, and to by the same principles of loyalty and reli. promote his usefulness." This motion was gion which have hitherto guided them, her opposed by Dr Nicoll, who submitted to ministers and preachers will never cease the house the following deliverance: “ That to offer up, along with their people, their the General Assembly do sympathise with fervent supplications to Almighty God in the situation of Mr M.Pherson in this case ; behalf of a family to whom, under Provi. but in respect that a resignation was given dence, we are indebted for so many disa in by him, and accepted of by the Presby- tinguished blessings, both sacred and civil." tery, and the parish declared vacant: That Another motion was made and seconded, a presentation was thereafter issued by the “ That whereas the independence of the patron in favour of Mr Donald Ross, and Church of Scotland in all matters of faith, sustained by the Presbytery, and that all worship, and discipline, is fully established the subsequent steps towards the settle- by law, the General Assembly finds it unment of Mr Ross had been taken without necessary and inexpedient to adopt any a challenge: Find that it was not compe- declaration with regard to the late or any tent for Mr M.Pherson to offer any objec. former orders in Council, relative to pras. tions on the day of admission. Dismissers for his Majesty and the Royal Family.' the appeal, and attirin the sentence of the A very long and interesting debate took Presbytery of Dornoch." An interesting place, in which a number of members discussion took place, and the principal spoke, among whom were Mr Andrew speakers in favour of the first motion were, Thomson, James Moncreiff, Esq. Dr Cook, Drs Singers, M•Lean, and Ice, Messrs the Solicitor General, Dr Nicoli, the Lord Donald M.Kenzie, Williain Inglis, Esq. Justice-Clerk, Lord Herinand, Dr Wilson, Jancs Gibson, Esq. and Walter Cook, Esq. Mr Fleming, William Inglis, Esq. John In favour of the second motion, the Pro. A. Murray, Esq. Walter Cook, Esq. &c. curator, Drs M‘Farlane, and Wilson, A vote was called for the first or second Messrs Fleming, Andrew Thomson, and motion, and the roll being called and votes Milne. The first motion was carried on a marked, there appeared for the second mo. division, there being for it 103, against it 42. tion, 126--for the first motion, 53_ma.
On Wednesday, the 24th, upon a motion jority, 73. Against this decision Mr An. being made and seconded, the Assembly drew Thomson, and several other memcalled for the order of his Majesty in Coun. bers, entered their dissent. cil, transmitted by Government to the Mo The doors of the Assembly were crowd. derator of last General Assembly, and ed for hours before the time of meeting, communicated by the said Moderator to and there never was a fuller audience in the members of the Church of Scotland by the Aisle than on this occasion among the medium of the newspapers. Dr Mac- whom were a number of well dressed Farlane accordingly laid betore the Asseme ladies and gentlemen. bly the said order in Council, together with This day, the 29th, the Assembly proa letter which accompanied the said order ceeded to the discussion of an overture of froin the Clerk of Council, which order Dr Bryce of Calcutta, respecting certain was read, and also the letter. The delio calumnious passages that had appeared in berations of the Assembly upon this sub- a number of a periodical work, entitled The ject were opened by the following motion, Christian Instructor. which was inade by the Rev. Mr Andrew The following are the strictures which
were the subject of the overture:-“If we Church. But the General Assembly have were not speaking of the venerable Assem. ing duly considered, and deliberated on the bly, we should certainly denounce such a matter set forth in the overture, and having measure as iniquitous, cruel, and tyran- thus solemnly declared their high disapnical in the extreme. As to the drivellers probation of the above passages in the said who supported it by their votes, we think publication, do not find it expedient to them vastly silly, and not a little malig- make this overture the ground of any fur. nant; but as to those who conceived and ther procedure, and therefore dismiss the proposed it, we have not words to express same."-This motion was seconded by Dr the terror that we should feel if they were Lockhart. invested with that power in the state which . Dr Cook of Lawrencekirk, Mr Wightthey have most unaccountably acquired in man of Kirkmahoe, Mr Horne, advocate, the church.--Of those who will sit in the Mr James Gibson, W. S. Mr Milne of capacity of judges, and after spending 3 Dollar, Mr Tawse, Dr Macfarlane, Mr day in prayer to the God of righteousness James Moncreiff, advocate, Principal Tay: for light and direction, deliberately and lor, and Mr Andrew Thomson, delivered coolly condemn any man, or body of men, their sentiments on the question, and many who have not been permitted to appear in of them at considerable length ; after their own behalf—we will venture to say which Dr Bryce replied. Upon the vote that there is no injustice and no mischief being called, there appeared, for the first of which they are not capable.".
motion, 83 for the second motion, 82Dr Bryce having addressed the Assem, majority in favour of the first, I. bly on the subject, Dr Nicoll then read Which judgment being declared, Dr the following motion :-" That, whereas John Brown entered his dissent in his own the language brought under the review of name and that of all others who might ad. the Assembly by this overture, and con, here to him, to which the following mem. tained in Number CXI. of the above pub, bers added their dissent :-Mr Thomas lication, (The Christian Instructor,) is, in Maitland, Mr Alexander Fleming, Dr the opinion of this Assembly, highly cao John Lockhart, Mr Andrew Thomson, Mr lumnious, calculated to injure the charac. Daniel Kelly, Mr Andrew Rutherford, Mr ter of many Ministers and Elders of this George Brewster, Mr James Gibson, Dr Church, who were members of the last Robert Colvin, Mr James French, Dr An. General Assembly, and to vilify and de- drew Stewart, Mr Robert Doig, Mr David grade the Supreme Judicatory of the Murray, Mr James Sievwright, Mr ArchiChurch in the estimation of the country, bald Lawson, Mr James Grant, Mr Wm. The Assembly, therefore, remit the matter Paul, Mr John Fraser, Mr Horatius Can. to the Procurator, who is hereby instructed nan, Mr George Lyon, Mr Robert M.Nair, and enjoined to take such steps as may Mr Ebenezer Bradshaw Wallace, Mr appear to him to be competent and expe. George Ross, Dr William Brown, Mr dient for correcting the present, and pre. John Robertson, and Mr James Moncreiff. venting the repetition of similar offences; All routine business having been dispos. and, if any difficulty shall occur in carry- ed of in the usual manner, his Grace the ing this into effect, the Procurator is far. Commissioner, in an eloquent speech from ther instructed to apply for advice and di- the throne, dissolved the Assembly in name rection to any of the stated meetings of the of his Majesty. The Moderator then disCommission; and the Assembly hereby solved the Assembly in the usual form. authorize the Commission to receive any The next General Assembly is appointreport made by the Procurator, to give die ed to meet on Thursday the 17th May, rections, and finally to decide in this mat. 1821. ter as they shall see cause."-Dr Irvine seconded the motion.
14. Arrival of the Qucen in England. Mr Brown of Langton, in a speech of This event, which now engrosses the atten. some length, opposed Dr Nicoll's motion, tion of all ranks throughout the united and concluded by proposing the following, kingdom, took place on Monday the 4th as containing the sense of the Assembly :- instant, when her Majesty, after an absence “ The General Assembly, having consider- of four years and ten months, landed at ed the overture, and the particular expres- Dover from the Continent. This resolution, sions quoted therein from The Christian on the part of her Majesty, being for some Instructor, as requiring the animadversion time known by the King and his govern, of the Assembly, Find, that the said ex- ment, Lord Hutchinson was dispatched to pressions are not only highly exceptionable the Continent to make certain propositions and indecorous, buí most injurious and to her, in order, if possible, to prevent her disrespectful to the last General Assembly, coming to Britain. That nobleman, acand this Assembly think it their duty to cordingly, met her Majesty at St Omer's, express their marked disapprobation of in France, where, after being introduced, language so improperly applied to the de- and stating the object of his mission, he cisions of the Supreme Judicatory of the through her Majesty's Attorney-general,
Mr Brougham, delivered in writing the her character and those rights which have terms he had been instructed to propose on devolved upon her by the death of his late behalf of the King. These were in sub- Majesty, in whose countenance and prostance, that the Queen should receive an tection she always felt secure. annuity of L. 50,000, on condition that * Her Majesty sees with surprise that she should not assume the style and title of the attention of the House has been called Queen of England, or any title attached to to certain papers relative to her conduct the royal family of Britain, and that she abroad, and still more surprised to observe, should not reside in any part of the united that it is in contemplation to refer these kingdom, nor even visit England.
papers to a secret committee. It is now These humiliating proposals her Majes- fourteen years, from this day, since the ty immediately and indignantly rejected ; first charges were brought against her, and ordered her carriages, and drove off for her Majesty at that period declared that Calais, from whence she embarked, and she was then, as she is at this moment, landed at Dover, as already stated. There, ready to meet any accusations. But ber and everywhere on her journey to London, Majesty claims an open investigation as well as in that city, she was received claims to see the charges, and to meet the with most enthusiastic acclamations by the witnesses-a mode of trial which is not people. The inhabitants and corporations, denied to the meanest subject ; in the face in some of the towns through which she of Parliament and the country, she propassed, offered addresses of congratulation ; tests against an examination before a se and the people took her horses from the cret tribunal, which is a course of procarriage, and drew her in triumph through ceeding unknown to the judicature of this the streets.
free country. At Si Omer's her Majesty had written “ Her Majesty relies with the utmost to the Earl of Liverpool, requesting a confidence upon the support of the House house to be prepared for her, and to Lord of Commons to defeat the machinations di. Melville, for a royal yacht to bring her rected against her. The treatment she to Britain ; but neither of these requests has already experienced has notoriously being complied with, her Majesty crossed prejudged her case, by the omission of her the Channel in one of the packets, and, on name in the Liturgy, the refusal of a conher arrival in London on Tuesday evening, veyance to England, and of a residence to she took up her residence in the house of which she is entitled. These grievances, Alderman Wood, in South Audley Street, together with the studied slights of secret who had accompanied her from the Contie agents abroad, and the open insults of fo.
rcign Governments, she submits to their On the evening of the Queen's arrival, consideration.” his Majesty sent the following message to In both houses thanks were voter, as both Houses of Parliament:
customary, to the King for his gracious “ The King thinks it necessary, in con- message, and ministers proposed that the sequence of the arrival of the Queen, to papers accompanying it should be referred communicate to the House of Lords (Com. to secret committees, to report what farther mons) certain papers respecting the con- steps should be taken in the case. In the duct of her Majesty since her departure House of Lords it was agreed to without a from this country, which he recommends division and with little discussion ; but in to the immediate and serious attention of the Commons the general feeling seemed the House. The King has felt the most to be, that it would be expedient, if posapxious desire to avert the necessity of a sible, to quash such a painful discussion ; discussion, which must be most painful to and in order, if it was yet possible, to allow his people as well as to himself ; but the time for the parties to come to an arrangestep taken by the Queen leaves him no ale ment, Mr Wilberforce, on Wednesday the ternative. The King therefore feels, in 7th, moved that the debate on the motion consequence of this communication, the should be adjourned to Friday, which was utmost confidence that the House of Lords unanimously agreed to. On that day, ou will adope that course of proceeding wbich the motion of Lord Castlereagh, it was far. the justice of the case and the honour and ther postponed till Monday, in conse the dignity of the Crown will require." quence of the following communication,
Next day, the Queen sent the following wbich had been received from the Queen communication to the House of Commons : late on Friday : “ The Queen, in com.
“ The Queen thinks it necessary to in- pliance with the advice of her counsel, and form the House of Commons, that she has of several members of the House of Com been induced to return to England by the mons, thinks it proper to inform Lord insidious measures which have been prac- Liverpool, that she is ready to receive any tised abroad against her honour and her proposition that is consistent with her peace, and which have lately been conniv. honour, which his lordship may be dised at by the Government of this country; posed to make on the part of his Majesty's and farther, by an anxious desire to defend government."