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friendly to Reform, was held at Free-ma. thing before it. A vessel, supposed from son's Tavern, London, on the 17th current. France, went ashore to the eastward of Their ohject, they professed, was to direct J.yme, and all the crew perished ; another the public mind to a just mcdium between was wrecked to the westward, together wit the excremes of a too scanty and a too sweep- 17 fishing boats at the village of Bere. The ing Reform. Mr Waithman, who deliver. spray beat over the church spire of Lyme ed his sentiments at length, declared him- at seven o'clock in the morning of the 19th = self in favour of triennial Parliaments. Mr at eight, the walls, breakwater, and about Curran, late Master of the Rolls in Ireland, 200 feet of the centre part of the harbour in a speech of considerable length, express. gave way, and the stones cutting the cables ed his approbation of the principles laid of the ships, seven of thein, besides several down by Mr Waithman. This plan of re- fishing boats, were driven on shore.
The form coincides with the views of the Lon. damige is estimated at £.30,000. don Common Council who held another
Brighton, Jan. 12. meeting, and passed resolutions to this ef.
Loss of the Misletoc Sloop.-It is with fect, on Thursday the 23d. A Meeting of Delegates from several poignant feelings of regret, that we learn
the fact has been ascertained of the loss of towns, petitioning for Parliamentary Re. form, was held on the 22d at the Crown
this vessel by our fishermen. It appears,
from their testimony, that the Mi-letoe and Anchor Taveru. There were about
must have sunk in the late beavy gales, forty persons present, and the business was conducted with regularity. 'The leading
whilst she was lying at anchor about nine
miles oft* Rottingdean, near this town. The principles of Refurın in the House of Com
Misletoe had been cruizing off this coast a. mons were discussed, and the Meeting finally
gainst smugglers, and she had a comple. resolved, that every man having attained the
ment of 40 picked men, commanded by age of 21, and having a fixed residence for
Captain Blake. Every person on board pe. three months, should exercise the elective
rished; and what is more remarkable, none franchise-thai Parliament should be cho.
of the bodies have been washed ashore; sen annually that the counties be divided into electoral districts, in proportion to the
this is accounted for from the prevalence of
the eastern gales. She sunk in nine fupopulation, each district choosing one Re
thoms water. The masts are disceruable at presentative-that all elections be made by
low water. ballot, and that property be no longer a qualification for Members. These Resolu. tions are to be transmitted to Sir F. Bur.
JRELAND. dett, with a request that he emdboy them in The measure of reform is also stirring in a Bill for Parliamentary Reform, to be Ireland, and meetings have been recently brought in during the present Session. held on the subject at Dublin and at Cork.
But in addition to the ordinary topics, the
question of a repeal of the Union was in MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECKS.
troduced at a meeting of the Common Coun On Saturday night, the 20th current, a cil of Dublin, on the 22d instant, and vo tremendous gale was experienced at Ply- ted by a majority of twenty. mouth, by which several vessels were dri- The petition adopted at a late Catholi ven on shore, some of which are entirely Aggregate Nieeting in Dublin is the sam lost,-viz. His Majesty's schooner Telegraph which was drawn up and presented in 1812 under the Hoes, two of her crew reported and signed by the Lords and Gentlemen se to be lost. Sloop of war Jasper on the recf ceders. The following clause of domests of Mount Batton, 80 men, women and chil. nomination is the only addition :dren drowned; two marines saved. The “ In thus addressing the Legislature, we Captain and carpenter were on shore. The are naturally desirous to conciliate all opi Princes Mary packet in Deadman's Bay ; nions, and to obviate all objections; and we the master, his wife, two children, and two entertain a conscientious conviction, that al marines drowned. Several small craft, light. impartial opinions will be conciliated, an ers, &c. have sunk in the harbour ; and the all rational objections to our emancipation greater part of the shipping have received be defeated, by the measure of domesti more or less damage; boats were seen float. nomination of our Bishops a measure ing in the streets.
which our prelates have declared their rea In Newlyon pier, the damage done to diness to concur, and which, if introduced the fishing boats only, is more than £.2000. by the proper authority in our church Unfortunately it was at the top of the spring would meet with the most cordial approbe tide, which was very high, and swept every tion of the Catholic people of Ireland.”
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY.
tioned in the litel, in so far as it charged
the prisoner with stealing " a quantity of Monday, Dec. 16. 1816. thread lace and other goods, agreeably to an WALIAM HIGHET, from Ayr, and David inventory or invoice, thereof, herein after
Kennedy, collier, at Knockshogle, were mentioned"-and Mr Hume, in his trea. accused of stealing, in the month of August tise on criminal law, laid down that no last, two steep of the South Down breed, proof could be led upon the words “ other the property of Richard Alexander Oswald, goods." The inventory and invoice men. Es of Auchincruive. Kennedy not ap. tioned in the libel ought also to have formpearing was outlawed. The trial proceeded ed part of the record; and a copy ought to against Highet, when several witnesses have been served upon the prisoner along were examined, whose evidence, with the with the indictment. declarations of the prisoner, gave a complete The Solicitor General replied for the detail of the perpetration of the crime. An Crown ; and the Court having considered tjection was stated by the prisoner's coun. the objection, their Lordships gave their xl, to the second declaration, as having opinions at length, in which they all held, been elicited by a prospect of mercy being that every prisoner is entitled to have serheld out; this objection was not sustained ved upon him a particular list of articles by the Court.
charged against him as stolen, and that he Mr Solicitor-General addressed the jury is not bound to go to the Clerk of Court to in an able manner for the Crown, as did see what is charged against him. The obMi Cockburn, for the prisoner.
jection was accordingly sustained, and the
Cross-examined Witness cannot swear
do; and also of picking pockets on the
Crown, and argued that the designation
East Linton, for the crime of stealing John Turnbull!” parcel containing thread lace, and other Mr Grant replied, and the Court unaniInte, to the value of £.83, from the house mously sustained the objection. George Hay, stabler, at the South Back Mr Ivory, junior Counsel for the prisoner, the Canongate, or of resetting the said stated an objection to the production of the res, knowing them to have been stolen. invoice or inventory upon the table, on vate pennel pleaded not guilty to both char. rious grounds, and in particular, that it was 1, and said he found the parcel below the only a copy sent afterwards froin Glasgow,
of the South Bridge, Cowgate, Edin- and not the one described in the libel. krzh
The Solicitor General answered, and Mr Mr Grant, as Counsel for the prisoner, Grant having replied at some length, the Heated to the prosecutor being entitled to Court unanimously held that there was no -se any article but the thread lace men- evidence that the invoice produced was an
accurate copy from the original. The evi. assault to commit a rape bad taken place, dence of Walter Turnbull had been set a. there was not a shadow of doubt. The Jury side, who was the only person who could prove were then inclosed. the fact.
Wednesday, Jan. 8. In this stage of the trial, Mr Grant sub.
This morning the Jury, in the case of mitted to the Counsel for the Crown, the
Stanfield, returned a verdict, finding him, impropriety of taking up the tiine of the
by a plurality of voices, guilty of rape, but Court longer in this case, but the Solicitor
the Chancellor of the Jury stated, that by a General having insisted on going on, the
great majority of votes, they recommended next witness called was
him to mercy. George Mather, one of the proprietors of
The Lord Justice Clerk said, that had the daily post waggon between Edinburgh the Bench voted in the Jury, they certainly and Glasgow. This witness proved, by a
would have voted with the minority, in so note from his book, that on Monday, the
far as it appeared to them more a case of 27th of November, 1815, a parcel came
assault with an intent to commit a rape. from Glasgow, addressed, “ H. Peacock,
It was however the verdict of the Jury, Fisher-row." By the delivery book it ap.
which the Court had no reason to doubt pears that it was carried to Hay at the back
was pronounced according to their views of of Canongate.
the evidence, and according to their consci. Mr Grant objected again to such evidence,
ences, and as such the Court was bound to and the Court held that it was the bounden
receive it. duty of the public prosecutor to have pro
His Lordship then, after a suitable admo. duced those books in Court, and they, there.
nition to the pannel, in the course of which fore would allow no farther examination of
he exhorted him to prepare for death, not. this witness.
withstanding the recommendation of the The Solicitor General here gave up the
Jury, which could only meet with attention
from the proper fountain of mercy, sen. The Lord Justice Clerk having very short
tenced him to be executed at the common ly addressed the Jury, they, without leaving place of execution, on Wednesday the 12th the box, found a verdict of not proven.
day of February next. The prisoner, be The Lord Justice Clerk then admonish
fore leaving the bar, earnestly implored the ed the prisoner with regard to his future
mercy of the Court, and the Lord Justice conduct the impropriety of concealing and
Clerk again told him his case would be laid disposing of the goods, even if he had found
before the Prince Regent, from whom alone them in manner described. He was then
mercy could come. assoilzied simpliciter, and dismissed from
The Court then proceeded to the trial of the bar.
Larg, Mitchell, and Steel, for robbery, &c Tuesday, January 7.
-Steel was outlawed for non-appearance, This day the Court proceeded to the trial and, on the motion of the Counsel for the of George Stanfield, innkeeper at Belton- other two, their trial was postponed til ford, in the parish of Dunbar, charged with Monday se’ennight. rape, or assaulting, with intent to commit a rape, Frances or Fanny Carrick alias Black,
Thursday, Jan. 9. (widow of John Black, late serjeant in the John Bell and Thomas Douglas were pu 3d battalion Ist regiment, of foot,) servant to the bar, and an indictment read agaips of Lieutenant John Lapslie, residing at them, charging them with forging, utter Tynefield, in the parish of Dunbar and ing, and vending notes of the Thistle Ban! county of Haddington, upon the evening of of Glasgow. the 13th day of June last, on the highway In the case of Douglas, the Lord Adro leading from Haddington to Dunbar, by cate deserted the diet pro loco et tempore drawing her into a plantation on the south and recommitted him on a new warrant side of the highway.
and Bell having put in the plea of guilty To this indictment the pannel pleaded the Lord Justice Clerk stated it to be th not guilty, but the Court having been clear. duty of the Court in every case which cam ed, as is usual in cases of this nature, we before them, notwithstanding the admission are unable to give a detail of the evidence. of guilt by the prisoner, to ascertain the re The trial lasted until a late hour, and in levancy of every libel, which his Lordshi summing up the evidence, we understand said was not the case in this instance. the Lord Justice Clerk seemed to be of opi. The Lord Advocate then expressed a wis! nion, that the charge of rape had not been to be heard by the Court on that point, ti fully made out, according to the most cele- which the Court unanimously objected, an brated writers upon the criminal law of ordered informations to be given in on th Scotland, but that a bruļal and aggravated relevancy within 14 days.
Friday, January 10. middle, when Kennedy tripped up his heels, The Court proceeded to the trial of John and he fell with Campbell above him. It Campbell, calico printer in Renton, in the was some time before he recovered, when jarish of Cardross, and county of Dumbar- he saw Campbell attack his father, and got toa; John M.Leish, changekeeper in Bon- a fork from the barn to assist him, which Mil; Alexander Kennedy, calico printer at was taken from him, and he afterwards filed Charleston; John Cameron, residing at to à neighbour's house at a distance. He Dambead of Balloch, and John Campbell, lost some blood on this occasion. Both faresiding at Portnellan, all in the county' ther and son denied being concerned in illis foresaid, charged with assaulting, beating, cit distillation, but the son admitted he, as a and bruising Mark Scott, farmer at Ruch. carter, had driven malt to these distilleries. atmoss, in the parish of Bonhill, Dumbar. Two witnesses were examined in excul. toashire, on the 14th and 16th days of Au. pation, whose testimony did not prove much gust last.
in favour of the pannels. John Campbell in Renton, John M.Leish, The Lord Advocate, in a short speech, and Alexander Kennedy, appeared at the addressed the jury for the crown, as did bar, and pleaded not guilty. The libel as Mr Jardine for the pannels. The whole
Joha Cameron was departed from ; and was summed up by the Lord Justice Clerk, John Campbell, at Portnellan, was outlawed in his usual impartial manner. The jury for not appearing. A jury was then chosen, were then enclosed, and in a short time reand the trial proceeded.
turned a verdict, unanimously finding John It appeared from the evidence of Mark Campbell and John MʻLeish guilty of both Scott, senior, Mark Scott, ji aior, Jean and assaults, and Alexander Kennedy guilty of Agnes Scott, his daughters, and Mrs M'Aus- the second assault ; but that it did not aplane, that the pannels John Campbell and pear that Mark Scott's life was endangered John M'Leish, on the 14th of August, came by either of these assaults. Sentence deto Scott's house, and wished to speak to the layed. elder Mark Scott, when an angry alterca
Saturday, January 11. tica took place, the pannels accusing Scott Came on before the Court the trial of of informing against M‘Leish, for being John Campbell, who was tried on Friday, wacerned in illegal distillation ; Scott de. Hugh Macfarlane, and Thomas Crichton, nied this flatly. M'Leish struck him a vio. from Dumbartonshire, accused of an assault. lent blow on the left breast, which húrt him The diet was deserted against Crichton, and maned; but his son, daughter, and Mrs he was committed on a new warrant. M'Auslane, drew him into the house, and It appeared from the evidence adduced, riones were thrown at him, one of which that on the evening of the 18th of April, a nearly struck him: Campbell was seen with party of eleven revenue officers, and six solStornes in his hands. The same day he went diers, left Port-Glasgow for Dumbartonshire, to Dumbarton fair on horseback, but was in search of illegal distilleries. That early s ill, that he returned in the evening on on the morning of the 19th, they fell in foot, in company with two neighbours, be. with one about four miles from Dumbarton, ing unable to sit on horseback. There were to which place they carried the spirits in several others in company with the pannels, the morning, and lodged them there. That but none of them were active. That on about one o'clock, when they were going the 16th of same month, in the morning, a from that place, they were attacked neat noise was heard in the stable, where Mark Dalreoch toll-house, by a number of people, Seoll, jun. was attacked by Kennedy and and William M.Bryde, James Gardner, and Campbell
. His father ran to his assistance, James Gentle, three of the revenue officers, tad was attacked by Kennedy with a hoc, were severely beat and bruised, and recei. who said " You I will do for you.” ved several wounds.—That the pannels, Campbell threw stones at him, one of which Campbell and Macfarlane, were present, Founded him in the leg. That Campbell and thid assist in this assault. That the Literwards threw the elder Scott down, when same day, the pannels and others attacked he was severely cut and bruised, and his James Drummond, and James King, also clothes torn from his body, except his belonging to the revenue service, at the beeeches. That he was nearly three months house of William Menzies, feriyman at confined, and it was two months before he Cardross Ferry, and did beat, bruise, and was better, and he said he could not see wound them severely-the pannels, it was mell with his left eye at present.
clearly proved, were present. I likewise appeared, that, on the second Two witnesses were examined in exculpasault, Mark Scott, jun. was attacked in tion, who said the revenue officers were se stable by Campbell, with an oak slick, partly drunk, and that one of them had inwedto save himself. he seized him by the sulted the people of Dumbarton. January 1917.
The Solicitor General for the crown, and Clerk, after a very animated and impressire Mr Jardine, for the pannels, severally ad. address, sentenced Campbell, who had been dressed the jury. The Lord Justice Clerk convicted of four different acts of assauit, summed up the whole in a concise speech. to be transported beyond seas for seven The jury returned a viva voce verdict, una- years; M.Leish and Macfarlane, who had nimously finding the pannels guilty of both been convicted of two acts of assault, to be assaults; but that they were not such as to imprisoned in Dumbarton jail for twelve endanger the lives of any of the sufferers. months, and at the expiry of that time to
Monday, January 13. find bail each of them to the extent of £.40 Alexander Fraser was put to the bar, and sterling for their good behaviour for three an indictment read against him, charging years; and Kennedy, who had been guilty him with tive different acts of falsehood, of one act of assault, to be confined nine fraud, and wilful imposition, by going into months in the same jail, and to find similar different cloth-merchants' shops, in the city caution. of Edinburgh, when the proprietors were
VISIT OF THE RUSSIAN PRINCE NICHOLAS absent, and producing a pattern of cloth, and pretending that he came froin some neighbouring cloth-merchant, did cozen and On Monday the 16th Dec. the Grand impose upon the shopmen and apprentices, Duke Nicholas of Russia, brother of the and carry off quantities of cloth.
Emperor Alexander, arrived at the Royal The pannel pleaded guilty to the first, Hotel, Prince's.street, with bis suite, con. fourth, and fifth charges in the indictment, sisting of Baron Nicholay, Sir W. Congreve, viz.–Of having gone into the shop of Messrs Generals Kutusoff, and Saurasoff, Dr CrichCampbell and Yule, and obtained from them, ton, Monsieurs Klinker, Marsell, and Pa. in the name of Charles Maclean and Co. rosky; when a grenadier guard of honour merchants, St Andrew's-street, a piece of of the 92d Highlanders was immediately pelisse cloth ; of obtaining from the shop of mounted in front of the hoţel. On TuesMr John Turnbull, merchant, in name of day morning, the Lord Provost, accompaMessrs M.Kinlay and Co. some yards of su. nied by the Lord Advocate, Admiral Hope, perfine cloth; and of obtaining from Mr and General Hope, Commander of the For. Sharp Callender, merchant, in name of ces, waited upon his Imperial Highness, to Messrs Alexander Allan and Co. some yards congratulate him on his arrival, and the of brown cloth, all of which he applied for Lord Advocate entertained the Prince and his own use; and having adhered to his suite, and a select company, with a dinner confession in presence of the jury, they and ball in the evening, at his house in found him guilly accordingly, in terms of Queen Street. Wednesday the Grand Duke his judicial confession.
was occupied in visiting the Courts, Public Mr Brodie, as counsel for the prisoner, Libraries, College, Register Office, Holy. addressed the court shortly, in mitigation roodhouse, and other objects of curiosity in of punishment, and read certificates of his character from his late inaster, and stated, While in the Parliament Square, the that he was driven to commit the acts en- Grand Duke visited the apartments of Mr tirely from necessity.
William Allan, and conversed for a consi. The court having shortly consulted a- derable time in French and Russ with that mong themselves, and their lordships have artist. He inspected every painting mi. ing delivered their opinions, the Lord Jus- nutely, and expressed his surprise and plea. tice Clerk, after a suitable admonition to sure at the correctness with which the cos. the prisoner, a young man about twenty tume of the various tribes of Circassians, jears of age, sentenced him to transportation Cossacks, &c. were preserved and exhibited. beyond seas for the space of seven years. Having examined Mr Allan's collection of
John Campbell, John M'Leish, Alexan. the arins and costumes of the different na. der Kennedy, and Hugh M*Farlane, who tions inhabiting the Russian empire, he were tried on Friday and Saturday, were complimented the artist on the laborious di. then brought to the bar.
ligence displayed in collecting such a mass Mr Sandford shortly addressed the bench, of useful materials for delineating correctly in mitigation of punishment, in respect that the manners, custoins, and appearance of two of the prisoners were men who had fa. his countrymen. Oo Allan's producing the milies, and one of them was afflicted with sketches from which his pictures were coman asthmatic complaint.
posed, Prince Nicholas displayed no small The Judges
ving made several obser- degree of taste and discrimination in the sevations as to the relative degree of guilt of lection of a few. He expressed his wish the individual prisoners, and the sentence that if ever Allan re visited Russia, he to be inflicted upon them. the Lord Justice would wait upon hiin.