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the maintenance of its constitutional “ 6. The King of Holland shall be rights, its independene, the whole of its, a Grand Dignitary of the Empire in possessions abroad and at home, its poli. perpetuity, under the title of Corstable. tical, civil, and religious liberty, such The functions of this office, however, as is ordained by the existing laws, and may, with consent of the Emperor of the abolition of all privileges with re- the French, be performed by a Prince, spect to taxes.

Vice Constable; whenever the Empe" 2. Upon the formal request made for may think proper to create such a by their High Mightinesses the Repre. dignity. sentatives of the Batavian Republic, *7. The members of the reigning that Prince Louis should be appointea family in Holland shall remain personal. and crowned Hereditary and Constitu- ly subject to the disposition of the Contional King of Holland, his Majesty has stitutional Statute of the 30th of March

yielded to their wishes, and has autho. last, forming the law of the Imperial i rised Prince Louis Napoleon to accept Family of France.

the Crown of Holland, to descend 'to 8. The charges of the State, those him and his male heirs legitimate, to the belonging to the personal service of perpetual exclusion of females and their the King's household excepted, can ondescendants.

ly be conferred upon natives. “ In consequence of this permission, “ 9. The Arms of the King shall be Prince Louis Napoleon will take the the ancient Arms of Holland, quarterCrown, under the title of King, and ed with the French Imperial Eagle, and with all the power and authority deter. mounted with the royal crown. mined by the constitutional law, which “ 10. A treaty of commerce shall be the Emperor Napuleon has guaranteed immediately concluded between the by the preceding article.

contracting parties, by virtue of which, “ 3. It is nevertheless agreed, that the the subjects of Holland shall at all times Crowns of France and Holland can never be treated as the most favoured nation, be united in the same persons.

in the ports and upon the French ter" The Royal domain consists of ritory. His Majesty the Emperor and

First, a Palace at the Hague, which King also engages to mediate with the is to be the residence of the Royal Powers of Barbary, to obtain the reFamily.

spect due to th· Dutch flag, equal to “ Second, the House in the Wood. that of the French.

Third, the Domain of Loesedie. “ The ratification of the present Fourth, a landed income of 500,000 Treaty shall be exchanged at Paris withDutch florins.

in the space of six hours, “ The law, besides, assures to the

“ C. M. TALLEYRAND. King a farther revenue of fifteen hundred “CH. HENRY VERHEUIL,T.T. A.GOGEL, thousand florins, payable by monthly in- J. VAN STYRUM, W. Srx, & G. stalments. (L.166,666 13 4 sterling.) BRANTZEN." Paris, May 24 1806.

4. In case of a minority, the regen. On the 7th of June, the two, Dutch ay shall belong by right to the Queen, Deputies Verheuii and Van Styrum left and in her default to the Emperor of Paris for Holland, and arrived at the the French, in his quality of perpetual Hague on the ioth. The President Head of the Imperial Family. He shall Verheuil aunounced to the Council of chuse among the Princes of the Royal State, and to the Assembly of their Family, and, in their default, among the High Mightinesses, the speciał mission natives. The minority of the King sball which had been entrusted to him by his be completed with his 18th year. Majesty King Louis, with a copy of

" 5. The slowry of the Queen shall be the Treaty for the organization of the determined by her marriage contract. Batavian monarchy; and that his Majesty At present it is agreed to fix it at the had appointed him, as interim Grand annual sum of 25,000 florins, to be taken Pensionary, to exercise the executive from tbe domains of the Crown; this power until bis Majesty's arrival. On sum being deducted, one half remaining the rih a Proclamation was issued at of the revenues of the Crown shall be the Hague, announcing the acceptance appropriated to the maintenance of the of the royal dignity of Holland by housebold of the minor King; the other Prince Loris, which was followed by half to go to the expences of the Re- several discharges of artillery. gency.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY. vacant, the Assembly should immediately Tursday, May 2?d, the General As proceed to elect a Procurator.

sembly of the Church of Scotland met at A debate of some length took place. It Edinburgh.-His Grace Francis Lord Na. was contended on the one hand, That it pier, his Majesty's High Commissioner, at- was too precipitate and indecorous to protended by the Earls of Buchan, Haddington, ceed immediately to the election: That Dalhousie, and Hopetoun, Lords Sinclair come days should intervene, in order to and Torphichen; Lieut. Genr: Fraser, and give time to revise the conmissions, many the whole North British Staff; Adiniral of which, it was believed, were informal, Yashon, and a number of other Noblemen and consequently the votes given in virtue and Gentlemen of distinction and Military of such cominissions would fall to be rejecOfficers, walked in procession (a detachinent ted: That is the person elected should, of the Argyllshire Militia and New City after a scrutiny, be found nor duly chosen, Guard lining the streets) from his lodging's it was placing himn in a very disagreeable in the King's Arms Tavern, to the High situation : That no harm could result from Church, where he was received by the Ma- the delay, but much evil might be occagistrates in their robes, and an excellent sioned by precipitancy. These and other rea

was preached by the Rev. Dr sons were ably urged by Principal Brown, Hamilton, minister of Gladsmuir, Modera- Solicitor-General Clerk, Mr Johnstone of tor of the last Assembly, from Titus ii. 15. Crossmichael, Mir Adam Gillies, Mr Mal“ Let no man despise thee."

colm Laing, &c. After sermon, his Grace went to the As- It was answered, That the delay consembly Room, and the Members proceeded tended for was improper, as the Poncurator, to chuse a Moderator, when the Rev. Dr in virtue of his office, had not only to be Wn. Taylor, jun. of St Eroch's, Glasgow, consulted about the affairs of the Church, was unanimously elected. His Grace's but had even to be consulted on some apcommission, and his Majesty's letter and plications for aid, that would probably have warrant for 1000l. for propagating the to come before the present Assembly, and Protestant Religion in the Highlands and that it was an office which buglit immeIslands of Scotland, being read, as usual, diately to be filled up: That as a scrutiny the Assembly was opened by an elegant would be granted, no harm could result to speech from the Throne, to which a suit- either candidate, although the validity of able reply was made by the Moderator. the commissions were not previously ascer

An address to his Majesty was then tained: That it was the firm belief of those moved by Dr Hamilton, and seconded by who would vote for one of the candidates Dr Hunter, and a Comnittee was appoints to be proposed, thathis majority would be so ed to prepare it, and an answer to his Ma- great, that there was no fear of his being jesty's lettér.

under the necessity to relinquish his situaDr Grieve presented a letter from the tion by his votes being improper : That as / Hon. Lord Robertson to the Assembly, in there was so full an attendance, it was then forming them that his Majesty having been most proper to proceed. Several other argraciously pleased to call him to a seat on guments to the same purpose were insisted the Bench, he resigned into their hands on by Principal Hill, Dr Grieve, Mr Nicol, the office of Procurator for the Church, &c. It was at length agreed, without a which he had held for twenty-eight years, vote, to proceed to the election, both parties Dr. Grieve then moved, that a Committee being allowed a scrutiny. be appointed to wait on Lord Robertson, to Dr Grieve, after a short speech, proposed return him thanks for his long, faithful, and John Connell, Esq. advocate, for Procuraable services to the Church, and for his tor-Principal Taylor of Glasgowseconded polite attention to the interest of every the motion. Dr Hunter proposed James clergyman who applied for advice to him. Moncrieffe, Esq. advocate for that office -The motion was unanimously agreed to. - He was seconded by Principal Brown of

Principal Hill, after a speech of consider- Aberdeen. The roll was then called, when able length, in which he entered into a there appeared for Mr Connell 260-Mr history of the election of the last three Moncrieffe 54-Majority 206. Mr ConProcurators, moved, That, as the office was nell was then duly elected, and, after s June 1806.

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short adůress of thanks, took the oaths, and Tuesday the Assembly heard a Petition his seat at the table. The number of Mem- from the Synod of Aberdeen, respecting bers who voted were 314, being the greate the re-building of a Bridge over the River est number ever present since the institu- Dee; and agreed to recommend a Collection of this Supreme Court. The Assem- tion for that purpose in Synods lying bebly.room was quite full of spectators, and twixt the Moray Frith and the Tay-- the many were disappointed for want of room. money collected to be remitted to Baillie

A Committee of the Assembly met again Charles Farquharson in Aberdeen. at eight in the evening, to revise commis- The Assembly thereafter took up the case sions, when an objection to those unstamp- of Mr John Carmichael, presentee to the ed was brought forward, by Adam Gillies, parish of Kinloch, in the Presbytery of Esq. advocate, who was followed on the Dunkeld, and Synod of Perth and Stilling. same side by Malcolm Laing, Esq. advocate, Mr Carmichael was taken upon trials, at and Solicitor-General Clerk. The objec. intervals, by the Presbytery so far ack as tion was answered by David Boyle, Robert the years 1793 and 794, when his knowHamilton, Archibald Campbell, Esqrs. ad. ledge of the Greek language was found to vocates, Mr John Peat, writer, Archibald be defective;, and in consideration of that Colquhoun, Esq. advocate, &c. The de- deficiency, new trials were prescribed for bate lasted till twelve o'clock at night, when him. the Committee agreed to report an opinion, From the great extent of the Presbytery, that the objection was futile, and onght to their meetings were held, sometimes at be repelled.

Dunkeld, and sometimes at Weem. In SepFriday the following Gentlemen were tember, 1794, the Presbytery having 'conappointed to preach before his Grace the vened at Weem, Mr Carmichael was there. Commissioner :-the Rev. Mr Simmie, at duly licensed. Rothiemay, on Sunday the 25th, in the A subsequent nieeting of the Presbytery forenoon; Mr Brewster at Craig, in the held at Dunkeld, in October following, disafternoon. The Rev. Mr Pollock, at Go- sented from the judgement of the Presbyvan, on Sunday June Ist, in the forenoon; tery at Weem, and renitted Mr Carmi. and the Rev. Mr M-Lauchlan, at Dundee, chael to his studies; but from this sentence in the afternoon. But the last two gentle. no complaint was made, or appeal token, men having declined, Mr Dick at Currie, so that Mr Carmichael enjoyed the fulī beand Mr Stirling at Dunblane, were substi- nefit of his licence. tuted in their room.

In 1805, the Church of Kinloch, in the 'On Saturday the draughts of the Ad- above Presbytery, having become vacant; dress to the King, and of the answer to his Mr Carmichael obtained a presentation to Majesty's letter, were read and approved it from the undoubted Patron, his Majesty: of, and his Grace the Commissioner, at the When Mr Carmichael gave in his presenAssembly's request, was pleased to under. tation to the Presbytery in the month of take to transmit them to his Majesty, October last, the respondents in this case,

Mr Johnstone, on the part of Mr Mon- who are heritors, elders, and heads of famicrieff, after a handsome compliment to Mr lies in the parish of Kinloch, exhibited a Connell, the successful candidate for the libel against him, charging him with adulProcuratorship, relinquished the proposed tery, accession to a simoniacal transaction, scrutiny.

whereby the presentation was obtained, Monday the 26th the Assembly had fraud, &c. transmitted to them a Petition for the The Presbytery resolved to lead a proof Rev. Dr Meek of Cambuslang, and Pro- of such of the articles of the libel as they fessor Jardine, Members of the Kirk Ses- found relevant. Mr Carmichael appealed sion of Cambuslang, appealing from sen- to the Synod of Perth and Stirling. The tences of the Synod of Glasgow and Ayr, Synod having affirmed the sentence of the relative to the votes of Elders, &c. in the Presbytery, Mr Carmichael appealed to the parish of Cambuslang. The Assembly sus. General Assembly. tained Mr John Dunlop's right to vote as Parties being heard, after a good deal of an Elder in the Kirk Session of Cambus. , reasoning, the Assembly unanimously suslang, who had objected to him, as being tained the second, fourth, and sixth ara non-resident, and that the sentences of ticles, and Simoniacal practices, and remitthe Presbytery of Hamilton, and Kirk Ses- ted the same to the Presbytery of Dunkeld, sion of Cambuslang be Reversed, which to be admitted to proof. was agreed to without a vote; and found The Assembly found the fifth-article, re. that Mr Robertson, assistant and successor lative to altering the accounts of the late to Dr Meek, was not a constituent Mem- Col. Campbell of Athalader, and others, too ber of the Kirk Session of Cambuslang, and vague as aid ; but remitted it to the Preshad no right to vote.

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lers, if they shall see cause, to give in a still the Fund would, at any after period, second condescendence.

when a reduction of interest might be neThe Assembly unanimously affirmed the cessary, be no worse than it was now, and sentence of the Synod, sustaining the second in the mean while, the widow's would have article of the charge, and quo ad ultri, re. been receiving annually an addition of five Versed the sentence of the Synod, in so far hundred pounds. After stating these reaas it found that part of the fifth article rele- sons for supporting the overtures, so far as vant, which relates to others, and dismis- they went, Mr Nicol made some observased the same.

tions with respect to the subject in general. Wednesday, May 28th the Assembly con- The Fund, he said, had been instituted in sidered the overture on the subject of the 1743, when an annuity of twenty-five property tax, and unapimously agreed to pounds had been assigned to widows of the reinit to a Committee, with instructions to first class; that class would now receive at to lay before the Officers of State what is an average about thirty-four pounds, withtherein set forth, on the claim of the Clergy out any possibility of an increase ; and of the Church of Scotland to an exemption twenty-five pounds in 1743, he contended, from the property tax, and to report to was a sum which would go as far then as next Assembly

three times, the amount would do at the The Assembly then considered a reference present period; so that if the expence of livto them by the Synod of Lothian and ing should increase as much during the Tweeddale, respecting a difference be- next thirty years as it had done for thirty tween the minister and schoolmaster of years past, the situation of widows and faDalmeny, regarding the legality of the lat- milies of Clergymen, who depended solely ter's election to the above office. The As- on the Fund, would exhibit a scene of sembly, after a short debate, unarimously penury, which it was painful to think of, sustained the reference ; but, in respect it The orly remedy for this growing evil, Mr was a question of a civil nature, remit to Nicol stated to be the establishing of a the Presbytery of Linlithgow, with instruc- Sinking Fund, to answer the exigencies of ticns to find, that the question of right was, future years, and proceeded to throw out in the first instance, incompetently brought several suggestions aş to the manner of probefore them as a Church Court; referring curing such a Fund; he mentioned particu

to Mr Greig, the minister, and those in- larly a subscription among the contributors, interested, to proceed against Mr Cooper, from which he had great expectations. The

the schoolmaster, in a Civil Court, as he present was a measure in which the Church shall be advised.

would cordially unite, and the efforts of The Assembly afterwards proceeded to its membe would be credit:

to their consider the overtures anent irregular mar- feelings as men, and highly for the respecriages, and unaniniously agreed to in tability of their order as clergymen. They struct the Procurator and Agent for the had of late years been called upon to subChurch, to lay these overtures before the scribe on various occasions, and he was conLord Advocate of Scotland, for his advice fident no man would grudge, önce in his and direction ; and to report to the next life, to contributé liherally in a case such Assembly,

as the present, which must so strongly in. The Assembly thereafter proceeded to terest his humanity, his natural affection, take under consideration, overtures from and his professional feelings. the Synods of Aberdeen and Angus, propose Another measure which he would suging a recommendation to the trustees of the gest, 'was a small addition to the annual Widows Fund, to take measures for raising rates, to the extent of 10 per cent. upon the the interest payable on their bonds, from present rates, which would be to contributfour one half to five per cent. Mr Nicol, tors of the first class, about 135. to those of member of the Synod of Angus, in support the second class, jos. 6d, and to the third of these overtures, argued, that the recom- about 8s. This, he thought, would not be mendation ought to be given, because it very sensibly felt by the Church, and it was evident, that the legal interest could would yield Five Hundred Pounds yearly to be obtained at present, on the first security be applied to the purposes of the Sinking in the kingdom; because, even in the time Fund. This Fund, he suggested, should be ol.peace, there was every probability of the allowed to accumulate for 14 years, when same interest being procured, from the the contributors might apply a certain part peculiar advantages which the Fund holds of it towards increasing the annuities. Hav. forth to the borrower, who knows that the ing made these general observations, and money will remain with him as long as he earnestly requested that the contributors, requires it, and who is thus saved the trou- would revolve the subject in their minds, ble and expence of writing new securities; so as that it might be regularly taken up and because, if this should not be the case, some future occasion he moved thao

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the Assembly, in the mean time, should re- taining the trials of Mr Simon Fraser, precommend it to the Trustees to take mea- sentee to the parish of Kilmorack, and resures for increasing the interest payable on solving to proceed to his settlement with the money of the Fund, from four and a all convenient speed. Parties being heard, half to five per cent.

This motion was the Assembly unanimously affirmed the seconded by Mr Johnston of Crossmichael, sentence of the Presbytery of Dingwall, in an impressive speech, and, after reason. and instructed the Presbytery to proceed to ing, unanimously adopted, in substance, by Mr Fraser's settlement at Kilmorack, the General Assembly.

with all convenient speed. Thursday the Assembly had transmitted Saturday a state of the Widows' Fund, to then the peti ion respecting the Norris. and a report of the trustees were given in, ton Fund. - Parties being fully heard, the and the thanks of the Assembly were voted Assembly unanimously found, that the elec- to Sir Harry Moncrieff Wellwood, for his tion of Mr Richard Knox, by the Presby- fidelity, attention, and prudence, in the matery of Dumblane, on the sth of Nov., to be

nagement of the Fund. factor on the Norriston Fund, is legal and The Assembly had transmitted to them valid, and the procedure of the Presbytery from the Committee of Bills, a petition of subsequent to that date, was highly irre. John Sinclair, Esq. of Barrock, appealing gular.—They therefore appointed the Pres- from the proceedings of the Presbytery of bytery to install Mr Knox in the office. Caithness, in a libel exhibited by them a

The Assembly had afterwards under ganst him. Parties being heard, the As. their consideration the overtures respecting sembly unanimously sustained the appeal; non-residing Elders. After reasoning, the found that the question respecting the Assembly, without a vote, agreed to dis- charge of Incest was incompetently entermiss the overture as unnecessary, in respect tained by the Presbytery in this case, and that, when change of residence renders it dismissed the libel as irrelevant; and ordainimpossible for an Elder to discharge the edthelibel itself, and all subsequent proceedduties of a member of the Kirk Session of ings in this cause, to be expunged from the that parish in which he formerly resided, records of the Presbytery ;-leaving it to it is competent for the Kirk Session, and is the Kirk Session of Bower afterwards to in many parishes of Scotland the usual prace take such steps, in regard to any other tice, to find, (if he does not, within the charge against Mr Sinclair, as they should space of twelve months, reside) that he can judge for edification, according to the rules no longer continue one of their members, of the Church. and to intimate to him by letter that they Monday June 2. the Assembly was dishave come to this resolution.

solved with the usual forms, and the next Thereafter the Assembly took under Assembly appointed to meet on the 21st of their consideration the overture respecting May 1807. ordained assistants and successors. This overture in substance bears, that the As. A numerous meeting of the Commissiosembly may enact, that an assistant and suc- ners of Supply of the county of Renfrew, cessor can neither preside nor sit as an ele was held on the zoth April when the unani. der in Kirk Sessions, except when the Mi. mous thanks of the meeting were voted to nister is incapable of exercising the right the Lord Lieutenant, Vice Lieutenant, and vested in him, when the Presbytery may Deputy Lieutenants of the County, for grant authority to the assistant, to summon their very meritorious attention and troue meetings of Session, and to preside thereat; ble in the execution of the Defence Act, and may also, if they see cause, grant him au- whereby the county has been enabled to thority to sit in the Presbytery and Synods, raise its full quota of men, and thus avoid and a title to be elected a member of the being liable in penalties for deficiencies. General Assembly ; but that the authority On Saturday evening, May 3d. Dr Ure of the assistant shall cease, whenever the concluded the annual Course of Lectures, Presbytery find that the Minister of the delivered in the Andersonian Institution, parish is restored to the capacity of exer- Glasgow, for the instruction of mechanics cising his constitutional right!

in the principles of machinery, and in the The Assembly, after reasoning, agreed, leading outlines of physical science. It was without a vote, to transmit this overture to attended by nearly soo students. On the the consideration of the Presbyteries of the termination of the Lecture, Mr Young. Church, with instructions to report their one of their number, stepped forward, and opinions to next Assembly.

presented the Doctor with a Miniature of Friday the Assembly took up the com- him, painted at their request, by Mr Heuplaint and appeal of Mr Donald M-Kenzie, chan, a member of the class, and elegantly from a sentence of the Presbytery of Ding- set in gold, with a suitable inscription, in wall, passed upon the 1st of May 1806, sus. testimony of their esteem and gratitude.

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