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EXCHEQUER BILLS. attack upon the author of a Poem called Mar. 20.-On the motion of the Chancel. Wat 'Tyler, which he condemned as the lor of the Exchequer for the third reading most seilitious bcok that ever was written; of the Exchequer Bills' Bill, Lord Coch. that government ought to repress this work, RAXE insisted, that this system of Exand punish its author, who was, he under. chequer Bills was the real cause of the rise stood, the writer of the 11th Article in the in the funds, in consequence of the bills be31st Number of the Quarterly Review, ing deposited in the hands of the bank, who which contained sentiments strangely in issued their notes to ministers, to enable contradiction to the spirit with which the them to go on without a loan. But this poem was written. Mr C. W. Wynn, in would ultimately be the ruin of the public reply, said, he was surprised the Hon. Gen- credit. The CHANCELLOR replied, that tlenian should amuse the House with criti. if the Noble Lord would take the trouble cisms upon two anonymous publications, to inquire at the Stock Exchange, he would and by personal reflections, in a place where find his opinion was totally wrong. (Ucar, the author could make no answer. Sir hear, and much laughter.) SAMUEL ROMILLY opposed the bill, ob
wer's PETITION. serving, that to control doctrine by force,
Mar. 21.-Sir SAMUEL RONILLY prewas as idle as to attempt to take a besieged sented a petition from John Weir of Glastown by syllogism. Mr Canning support. gow, complaining that he had been unjusted the bill, because, he said, persons went
ly detained in prison, on charge of sedition, amongst the poor, not that they felt their for two or three days, and then discharged. distresses, or were anxious to relieve them,
The Scots Lunatic Asylum Bill was read but that their voices might be called forth,
a first time. and that they might take advantage of the inflammability of the people, to goad them
ILLNESS OF THE SPEAKER. on to a subserviency to their own wicked
Mar. 24.-The Speaker being extremely purposes. Mr Brougham entered his ill, it was early in the evening understood, protest against the measure of putting the that all questions likely to excite discussion power into the hands of a single magistrate,
were to be put off. of arresting any person for uttering any thing which, in his opinion, tended to bring
Mar. 25.-Several petitions were present the government into contempt. A division ed from different places, praying relief from took place, when there appeared for the the poor rates; one of which, from Sudbury, third reading, ayes 179 ; noes 44; ma
stated, that out of a population of 4000 jority 135.
souls 2000 received parochial aid ; and that
the town lands paid 30s. per acre to the ORDNANCE ESTIMATES. Mar. 17.-_Mr Ward moved, that a
poor rates. sum not exceeding £258,000 be voted for
SEDITIOUS MEETINGS' BILL. the service of the Ordnance Department,
Mar. 26.-A message from the Lords from the 1st of January to the 30th of June stated, that they had added some amend1817.--Agreed to.
ments to the bill. It was ordered that the
amendments be printed, and taken into COTTAGE WINDOW TAX.
consideration to-morrow. Lord A. Hamilton presented a petition ABOLITION OF SIXECURES. from the landholders and freeholders of the
Mar. 27.--Mr DAVIES GILBERT apcounty of Lanark, praying for a repeal of peared at the bar, and stated, that he held this tax.
in his hand the First Report of the Com
mittee of Finance. (Hear, hear, and a Mar., ' 18.-Mr LYTTLETON moved, general cry of read, read.) As soon as that the existence of state lotteries is preju- order was restored, the clerk began to read. dicial to the people, and must ultimately di- and the substance amounted to this, that minish the financial resources of the country. such offices as might be considered in the The CuaxcELLOR of the ExchEQUER nature of sinecures, ought to be abolished contended, that most of the evils formerly on the death of the persons who now enjoy attending upon lotteries had been done them. “ They therefore recommend, that away with by the present mode of drawing, the following offices should be abolished, and he did not see how such a sum could viz. Chief Justices of Eyre, north and south be raised in a less objectionable way. Mr ---Auditor of the Exchequer-Clerk of the WILBERFORCE, in feeling and eloquent Bills--Four Tellers of the Exchequer-the terms, recapitulated the evils attending on Warden of the Cinque Ports--the Governor lotteries. The House divided. For the re- of the Isle of Wight-and the Commissary. solution 26 ; against it 72 ; majority 46. General of Musters.” Mr GILBERT said,
LUNATIC ASYLUMS IN SCOTLAND. it was unnecessary to go farther. Enough
Mar. 19.-Lord BINNING, in moving had been read to satisfy the House of the to bring in a bill for their better regula- spirit of the report. tion, staled, that there were 1500 lunatics On the motion that the amendments to in confinement, and about 2000 at large in the Seditious Meetings' Bill be now read, Scotland. Leave given.
they were postponed till to-morrow.
and a Committee of Conference to commuSEDITIOUS MEETINGS' BILL.
nicate with the Lords was appointed. Mar. 28.—The SOLICITOR-GENERAL Mar. 29.-Mr VANSITTART, Mr Broga moved, that the Lords' amendments to this DEN, and others, who had been appointed bill should be taken into consideration. to manage a conference with the Lords, Lord COCHRANE considered it his duty to stated, that they had left the bill, and a delay the progress of the bill by every means copy of the amendments, for their Lord. in his power; and under that impression, ships' consideration. A message from the he should have taken the sense of the House Lords informed the House, that their Lord, on every one of the fifty-four amendments; ships had agreed to the amendments. but as he could not find a seconder, he ADJOURNMENT OF THE HOUSE. must suppose the majority of the House Mar. 31.—The Speaker, attended by were right, and that he was wrong. Seve- several Members, went up to the House of ral verbal amendments were read, and a- Lords, and heard the Royal Assent given greed to. Mr BroUGHAM contended, that to several bills. Mr VANSIT TART moved, all the amendments could not be properly that the House, at its rising, should be ada considered at so short notice, and he journed till Monday fortnight. Mr Poxshould therefore move that the farther con- SONBY hoped, that ministers would, in the sideration of them be adjourned till Mon- mean time, take some measures that would day. The Ilouse divided. For the adjourn. lead to a complete removal of the distresses ment 31 ; against it 77 ; majority 46. The of the people. Adjourned till Mouday fort. several other clauses were then gone through, night.
have been voted by the Lord Provost and 1.-Mccting of Merchants.-A meeting Magistrates of Glasgow, and by the Town. was held yesterday, at the London Tavern, council of Paisley. Mectings for the saine of the principal merchants, bankers, and purpose have been called of the counties of traders of the city of London, Sir Robert Edinburgh, Haddington, Fife, Roxburgh, Wigram, Bart. in the chair ; and a declar- Renfrew, and in various other parts of Scotation to the following effect was unanimous. land. ly adopted : After deploring the criminal Grecnock.–First Ship from the East excesses which had lately disgraced the Indies. Yesterday morning, the ship Anna metropolis, it stated, “ that they were Robertson, Macfarlane, froin Calcutta, laden fully sensible of the distresses and priva- with sugar, cotton, indigo, &c. came into tions of the lower classes of people, and this port, being the first arrival in the Clyde, were anxiously desirous of using every practi- consequent on the breaking up of the East cable means of relief, at the same time pledg. India Company's monopoly ; and it is truly ing themselves, individually and collectively, gratifying to find, that the most sanguine to support the government and constitution anticipations then entertained of the beneas by law established ; and to resist every at. fits to be derived from throwing this trade tempt, whether of craft or violence, that open, bid fair to be amply realized. may be directed against civil liberty or 8.-Mildness of the Season. As a proof social peace." The opinion of this most of the extreme mildness of the season, the respectable body of men has always had following plants were observed in blossom great influence upon the public mind, and on the 30th ult, in a garden in the neighwill doubtless have a good effect at the pre- bourhood of Glasgow, viz. the wall-flower, sent crisis.
stock primrose, cowslip, polyanthus, daisy, 6.--The Level. The Prince Regent's hepatica, crocus, Christmas rose, green hel. levee, at Carlton House, this day, was one lebore, winter aconite, white coltstoot, whit. of the most numerous that is recollected, low grass, scurvy grass, golden saxifrage, 'as persons of rank and distinction, of all and early flowering heath; besides which, parties, were anxious to congratulate his many gooseberry-bushes, currants, roses, Royal Highness on his escape from the late honeysuckles, and even some plants of haw. treasonable attempt on his person.
thorn, had already unfolded their Icaves, *; 6.-Edinburgh Address.-At an extra- 10.-Thé Spufields Meeting. Every ordinary meeting of the Town-council of precaution was taken
prevent any riot or Edinburgh, on Monday the 3d instant, the disturbance from the ineeting at Spafields, Lord Prorost, Magistrates, and Council, vot- which was announced to take place this day. ed a dutiful and loyal address to the Prince About one o'clock several thousand persons Regent, expressing their detestation of the had assembled, when Mr Hunt made his angross outrage offered to his Royal Highness pearance; and, after stating that Lord Coch. on his return from opening the Parliament, rane could not attend, and that Sir Francis on Tuesday the 28th ult. Similar addresses Burdett would not, he delivered a long
desultory speech, concluding with a string strument is to be shipped for India by the of resolutions, having for their object to ob- next outward-bound fleet. tain annual parliaments and universal suf- 13.-Union Canal.-On Saturday the frage. The resolutions were then embodied 8th, the petition for leave to bring into Parinto the form of a petition, and carried by liament the Bill for the Union Canal was acclamation. It was taken, by the chair. despatched to London, signed and sealed by man of the meting, down to the House of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Commons, with the view of putting it into having the subscriptions of a number of rethe hands of Lord Folkstone to be present- spectable individuals of both cities, welled. The crowd gradually dispersed. Mr wishers to that much wanted and most useful Hunt paraded through several of the prin- undertaking. cipal streets, with an immense mob follow- 13.--New Coin.—The exchange of the ing his tandem, but, though rather turbu- new for the old silver coin commenced this lent, no mischief ensued.
day at the several banks and banking houses Mural Monument.--Soon after the com- in this city and Leith; and the issue is to pletion of the iron bridge at Bonar, in be simultaneous throughout the kingdom. the county of Sutherland, George Demp. - The new coins are very handsome, conster, Esq. of Dunnichen, expressed a wish sisting of crowns, half-crowns, shillings, to be allowed to have placed, at his and sixpences. On the crowns and halfexpense, in a conspicuous place at Bonar crowns is the head of his Majesty, with the Bridge, a mural monument, or tablet, words Georgius III. Dei Gratia, 1816; on of marble, with an inscription, expres- the reverse, Rex. Fid. Def. Britanniarum, sive, and as a lasting memorial, of the with the royal arms and motto encircled by patriotic exertions of the Commissioners for the collar of the order of the Garter, sure Highland roads and bridges.—The tablet, mounted with the crown. On the shillings which is of white marble, about four feet and sixpences is his Majesty's head, with in height, and three feet in breadth, with the words Geor. III. D. G. Britt. Rex. two pedestals of Portland stone, having been F. D. 1816. The arms on the reverse are safely landed at Bonar, the heritors, &c. encircled with the Garter, surmounted with of the county of Sutherland, at their last the crown. The raised rim protects the imMichaelmas Head Court, directed that it pressions, and each coin has a milled edge. should be forthwith erected, agreeably to 14.-Commitment to the Tower.- Wat. the wish of the patriotic donor, and voted «son, Preston, Ilooper, and Kean, alias thanks to Mr Dempster for the handsome gift, Kearns, having been ordered to be commitwhich were communicated to him by the ted to the Tower, four hackney coaches convener. The inscription is as follows:- were procured, and one prisoner put into TRAVELLER!
each, under the care of a king's messenger Stop and read with gratitude and a Bow Street officer. Sir Anthony The names of the Parliamentary Commis. Conant rode in the first coach. They left the
sioners appointed, in the year 1803, to di- Secretary of State's office about five o'clock, rect the making of about five hundred and proceeded to the Tower. As soon as miles of roads through the Highlands of the coaches had entered, the gates were Scotland, and of numerous bridges, par. closed, and the Deputy-Governor and Col. ticularly those at Beauly, Scuddel, Bonar, Sutton, the colonel of the guard on duty, Fleet, and Helmsdale, connecting those took charge of the prisoners, and conducted roads ;---Viz.
them to second rate apartments which had Right Honourable Charles Abbott. been prepared for their reception ; each is Right Mouourable Nicholas Vansittart. confined in a separate room. Two wardens Right Honourable Williain Dundas. (ycomen of the guard) are to be in cach Sir William Pultency, Bart.
room constantly with them; and at the Isaac Hawkins Brown, Esq.
outside of each room door there are two Charles Grant, Esq.
centinels. William Smith, Esq.
15.—Naval Monument.A numerous To whom were afterwards added,
meeting of the subscribers to the naval mo. Archibald Colquhoun, Esq. Lord Ad. nument to be erected to the memory of the vocate.
late Lord Melville, was held at Oman's Charles Dundas, Esq.
Hotel in Edinburgh, on Tuesday, when Right Honourable Nathaniel Bond. the state of the funils was laid before them; This building was begin in September 1811, and it was unanimously resolved, that a
and finished in November 1812. committee be formed for carrying the said Thomas Telford, architect.
work into execution, and that they be inSimpson and Cargill, builders.
structed to fix upon a place for erecting the This stone was placed here by said monument, to procure plans, to decide GEORGE DEMPSTER of Dunnichen, in the upon the same, and proceed forthwith in
the execution thereof. Organ. A superb organ has just been 15. County Merting.--Yesterday, a built, at an expense of 4000 guineas, as a very numerous meeting of the county of present from the Countess of Loudon and Edinburgli was held in the Parliament Voira to the church at Calcutta. This in. House, when an address to the Prince Re
gent, on the late outrages, was proposed, speech of considerable length, he read the and unanimously agreed to.
declaration, which stated the determination 18.-Dreadful Pire.The worsted mill, of the society, to promote constitutional rebelonging to Messrs Edward and Joseph form in the Commons House of Parliament, Pease of Darlington, has been entirely de- and concluded in the following words: stroyed by fire. The damage is estinated “Waving, therefore, the discussion of all at £35,000, and upwards of 500 people will particular tenets, and details of reform, rebe thrown out of employment for many sisting corruption on the one hand, and viomonths to come.
on the other, this meeting pledges itThe Gazette of this day contains a pro- self to leave no legal and constitutional means clamation, offering a reward of £500 for unexerted, for inducing the legislature to the apprehension of James Watson the take the grievances of the people into its Founger; and likewise a reward of the early and serious consideration, and (by asame sum for the apprehension of Arthur mending the state of representation) to renThistlewood ; with a full description of their der the House of Commons, in fact, as it is persons.
of right, a control upon the executive go20.- The Queen's Birth-day.—This day vernment, and an express image of the feel being appointed to celebrate her Ma ings of the nation. Several gentlemen, jesty's birth-day, her Majesty held a draw- particularly Mr Curran, delivered their sening-room, which displayed a most magnifi- timents very freely, but all of them disclaimcent assemblage of rank and beauty. The ed the idea of annual parliaments and uni. Prince Regent had commanded notice to be versal suffrage ; and the meeting was congiven in the Gazette, that the celebration ducted with that degree of moderation which of the Queen's birth-day, and his own, should be an example to all the true friends stould be considered as public court festi- and advocates of reform. vals, and that those who attended the court, Striking the Fiars. The act of sederunt should appear in dresses of British manus of the Court of Session (December 21, 1723) facture only; and he set a laudable example, constitutes the law with regard to the strik in ordering all his state officers, and others ing of the fiars; and as this is a subject of of the royal establishment, to appear in new great and increasing importance, we insert costly dresses, in which every article, not of the following short outline of its proviBritish manufacture, was strictly prohibit- sions:ed; which, as a pattern to the higher or- 1st, Fifteen persons, who have“ knowders generally, will be a great benefit to ledge and experience of the prices and trade numberless industrious families. Indeed, of victual" (not fewer than eight of thera all the company present shewed they had heritors) shall be chosen as a jury, to sit be. been cqually anxious to relieve their suffer- tween the 4th and 20th February. ing countrymen, by affording them employ. 2d, Witnesses shall be examined, conment, which is the only permanently useful cerning the price at which victual has been mode of relief.
" bought and sold, especially since the 1st 20.--A London Gazette was published of November iinmediately preceding," and this day. It consists of ten pages, and also “ concerning all other good grounds is eritirely filled with addresses of congratu- and arguments” for establishing the just lation to the Prince Regent, on his late fiar prices. happy escape
3d, Any persons “present in court," may 24-Pilgrimage to Jerusalem.--Such is “ offer information to the jury concerning the infatuation of the believers in the doc- the premises and the evidence adduced." trines of that ridiculous old woman, Johanna 4th, The Sheriff, if necessary, may ad. Southcote, that several persons in Leeds are journ to a subsequent day, but must proactually quitting comfortable situations in nounce sentence on or before the 1st of life, to einbark on a pilgrimage to Jerusa- March. lem! where, they are fully persuaded, they 5th, The Sheriff, if needful or customary, are to live without money, or labour, or may strike the fiars more than once every SOTTOW, or pain, for at least 1000 years ! year.
24-Friends of Public Order.--A meet- 6th, The fiars must be recorded in the ing of the friends of public order, retrench- sheriff books, and extracts shall be given ment, and reform, dined together on Satur- by the clerk, when demanded, on payment day last, at the Freemason's Tavern. At of seven shillings Scots for each, and no half-past five o'clock, Mr Lucas took the chair, with the Hon. Thomas Brand on his 27.-Arrests at Glasgow.On Saturday right, and Sir Francis Burdett on his left night, the 22d instant, about eleven o'clock, side. Amongst the company present were, eighteen men were taken up, under a Shethe Hon. Douglas Kinnaird, J. Philpot riff's warrant, in a small public house at Curran, Alderman Goodbchere, Mr Waith the head of the Old Wynd, Glasgow, and man, Mr Phillips, &c. A declaration was lodged in jail for examination. It is un. banded, by the chairman, to his friend Mr derstood that they are charged with having Peter of Cornwall, with a request that he met for treasonable purposes. On being would preface the reading of it with some questioned as to the object of their meeting, observations of his own; when, after a they declared, it was solely with the vit w
of concerting measures for ascertaining the The proficiency of the pupils, forty-eight in question how far they were entitledi, by law, number, in all the branches of education, to patochial relief. A schocimaster and a was calculated to give universal satisfaction; writer's clerk were in the company, the rest and it is scarecly possible to imagine a more were apparently very poor people. Seven truly gratifying spectacle, than the exhibimore men of the last description were taken tion of so many young persons, rescued from up by warrants in the course of the night, the most deplorable state of infirmity and and another on Sunday, making in all privation, and introduced, by the exertions twenty-six.
of enlightened benevolence, to all the use27.-Attempt at Rescue. On Tuesday, fulness and comforts of social life, and to the 25th instant, two men were apprehend the enjoyments, the hopes, and the consolaed in Anderston, and committed to jail tions, of rational and immortal beings. under similar charges with the above. On 4.-Hourding of Silder.--Lately, an their way to prison, near the Broomielaw, old man, apparently poor, with a very a considerable crowd collected, who attempt- clownish gait, wis observed walking to and ed a rescue. The soldiers were obliged to fro betorc the Britisi Linen Company's fire, but no person was hurt. Three of the bank at Dumfries; after considerable hesi. ringleaders of this mob were apprehended, tation he ventured in, and inquired for " the and also lodged in jail.
head of the house. "_" I am the head of 28.-Petition of the Livery. A meeting the house," said Mr C. ; “ what was it you of the Livery of London was held in the wanted ?"_" I want to ken gif ye hae Common Hall, for the purpose of petition. power to tak the auld siller?”–* Oh yes, ing parliament against the suspension of the I take the old silver ; how much have you? Habeas Corpus Act, when Mr Waithman, perhaps five pounds ?"-" I hae mair than in a long speech, declared it as his opinion, that I hae five hunnet punds !" that there were no grounds to warrant such 4-Curious Fact in Natural Itistory. an encroachment upon the liberty of the Some time ago, at Lochmaben, two crows, subject, and after ridiculing the contents of which had been accustomed to build on the the green bag, and the alarm which they same tree, being considered troublesome by had excited, a petition, founded upon reso consuming the seed-corn, were ordered to lutions which had been proposed by Mr be shot. °Immediately after, a number of Flavel, was unanimously agreed to. A si. crows assembled, and made a considerable milar petition was also unanimously agreed noise, apparently communicating with one to be presented to the House of Lords. another. Two of their number were then
deputed to attend the young brood belong. BARCH.
ing to the crows which had been killed, and 1.-Nero Vilage. The Earl of Fife has which duty they diligently performed, and generously offered to settle on his estates brought the young ones to maturity. various families of the western islands, 5.-Robbery of the Mail.-- On the 3d inwho were ready to emigrate to America ; stant, the mail between Edinburgh and and we observe, with pleasure, that he is Stirling was robbed of a parcel containing building a new village ncar Keith, where bank notes amounting to £5000. The robevery encouragement is offered to the settlers. bery must have been committed by three
General Assembly. The Right Hon. men, who had previously taken places. The Lord Napier having retired from the office parcel was safely lodged in the coach; and of Lord High Commissioner to the General one of the men, having a great coat thrown Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the over his arm, got into the coach, and was Right Hon. the Earl of Errol is appointed shortly after followed by the others, who to that high station.
did not appear to have any knowledge of 3.-l'olont Gall.--This morning it blew cach other. Just before the mail started, a strong gale of wind from the W. N.W. the man who first entered said, that he had It was high water at Leith 34 minutes past forgotten certain papers and documents, iwo in the morning, about which time the without which it would be fatal to his intide ran strong into the harbour; for which terest to proceed on his journey, and he several vessels were obliged to make, owing quitted the coach with his coat actuss his to the violence of the gale; some attempting arm in the same manner as he entered it, to go out at the same time, they ran foul of taking with him, however, (as it is supposed) cach other, and great confusion and damage the parcel concealed under his coat. The ensued. Out of ten vessels thus circum- other persons quitted the coach before its stanced, no less than five sunk at the Fer. arrival at Stirling, at which place the notes ry-boat Stairs, and it is feared will be to- were made payable, and where the robbery tally wrecked.
Several small boats were was discovered. Notwithstanding the most also dashed to pieces, but happily no lives diligent scarch, by officers from Bow Street were lost.
and Edinburgli, no traces of the delinquents 3.--Deaf and Dumb Institution. The have yet been found. annual general meeting of the members of 6.-Melancholy Accident, -On Sunday the Deaf and Dumb Institution, and public afternoon, the ed instant, as Mr Perry, examination of its pupils, took place in the manager at Messrs Todd & Shortridge's Avsembly Roons on Monday, 24th wt. printfield, with two boys, his children, was