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produced the two letters given up by Mr high situation of public trust and confidence Cobbet. One was dated the 29th of Octo- he had held. Afflictive indeed would it be ber, and the other the 28th of November, to such a man, whose whole time and atten1803, and they were both signed Juverna. tion had been devoted to the support of

Mr Cobbett was then examined: he the Government and Constitution of the stated, that in 1803 he received a letter, country, and the laws, in the administration with the Irish post-mark on it, from Mr of which he had been so materially con. Budd, of Pall Mall, where at that time all cerned, to have it recorded of him that he communications for his Weekly Register had been guilty of so malevolent an act, as were addressed, enquiring whether it would that of sending into the world an anony; be agreeable to him to receive from Ire. mous libel, to destroy the fame of the imland some useful and true information re- mediate representative of the King, vilify specting public affairs there; and if so, he the first Law Officer of the country, reflect was desired in his next number to state upon the honour and character of a brother where such communications were to be Judge, and by the general scope and tensent, and Mr C. accordingly intimated that dency of the publication, to excite a spirit of they should be addressed to Mr Budd, No. discontent and disaffection to his Majesty's 100, Pall Mall. The letters, the subject Government, and the eminent persons enof the present indictment, soon arrived, and trusted by him with the higher functions of were accordingly published soon thereafter. the State. If the Crown had produced four The libel, signed Juverna, was one of witnesses, who, speaking only of their know. them.-The manuscripts he preserved, but ledge of the defendant's hand-writing, five the envelopes in which they were sent, he or six years ago, conceived that the manubelieved, were destroyed, at least he had script was written by him, he should, in opnever been able to find them. He admitt position to their testimony, produce more ted that he had never sent to the printer than an equal number of witnesses, who for them, and upon that omission a point had been the intimate friends of the defenwas saved to be hereafter determined. dant during the whole of his life up to the

Mr Richard Waller stated, that he had present moment, who were as well acquaintfrequent and repeated meetings with the ed with the character of his hand-writing defendant; he often received writings from as with his features. These persons would him, and had seen him write; he knew his state that the libel, instead of being the hand-writing perfectly, at least as well as production of the defender's pen, had not that of any other man, and, to the best of the least resemblance to his manner of writhis belief, he swore to the two letters shown ting. him as the hand-writing of Mr Justice The first witness for the defendant was Johnson.

Sir Richard Jeb, a medical gentleman, who Mr Charles Ormsby, who had known said he had been intimately acquainted with the defendant 20 years, stated, that he had him for upwards of thirty years. He look. many opportunities of seeing the defendant's ed at the manuscripts of the libel in ques. writing on franks, in opinions and amended tion, and declared they were totally unlike pleadings, when he was Counsel for the the hand-writing of the defendani-there Revenue Board. He had seen the libels was not the least similitude. On the crosstwelve months ago, and believed they were examination of this witness, it appeared, the writing of the defendant.

that some experiments had been tried at Mr Joshua Nunn, Deputy to Lord Do- his house for the purpose of shewing that noughmore, and one of the Secondaries in it was easy to imitate the defendant's handthe Remembrancer's office, in Ireland, who writing, and that in fact, there was a perhad known defendant since 1792, de *son of the name of Carr, who had written poned that the letters were the hand-writ- the libel, but would not avow it, for fear of ing of Mr Justice Johnson. A gentle- his father being dismissed from a place he man, named Edwards, who knew Mr John- held under government. Four other wit. son's hand-writing, gave a similar testi- nesses deposed nearly in the same terms, mony.

positively denying the least resemblance beThe allusions of Cambridgeshire Earl and tween the libel and the defendant's ordinary Stout Chancery Pleader, contained in the writing. libel, were then proved by Mr Charles Lord Ellenborough went over the whole Crowe, as applicable to Earl Hardwicke, of the case, and recapitulated all the eviand Lord Redesdale.

dence. He remarked upon several incon. Mr Adam then commenced a most able groities in the evidence of the defendant's defence for the accused Judge, whom he witnesses, particularly the utter improbabidescribed as a gentleman, who had passed lity of the defendant's knowing the real a long life in the honourable exercise of author. The Jury, in five minutes, returnthose important duries demanded by the ed a verdict of Guilty.

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Scottish Chronicle.

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Eurl of Moray,

Marchmont", ELECTION OF Pers.

Dysart,

Hopetoun,
N virtue of his Majesty's proclamation of

Dundonald, Visc. Falkland,
Kintore,

Stormont,
for Scotland came on a' Holyroodhouse on

Dunmore, Iord Torphichen.--16 Thursday Dec. 4. Their Lordships were attended by John Pringle and James Wal- After going through the usual ceremoker, Esqrs. two of the Principal Clerks of nies, the Clerks declared the following Session, as Deputies of the Lord Clerk Re- Noble Lords to be duly elected :gister, by Drs Grieve and Somerville, two

William Earl of Errol...... ....44 of his Majesty's Chaplains, and by the

Thomas Earl of Elgin and Kincardinc... 46
other
proper
officers.

Alexander Earl of Leven and Melville 45
Thomas Earl of Selkirk

46 PEERS PRESENT.

48 Duke of Buccleuch,

William Earl of Northesk..
Earl of Aboyne,

.53 Alexander Earl of Balcarras...

Breadalbane,
Argyle,

.43 Earl of Errol,

Aberdeen,
George Earl of Aberdeen.....

.44
John Earl of Stair .....
Caithaess,
Stair,

50 Morton,

George Earl of Glasgow..
Glasgow,

.53 Home,

James Lord Forbes...
Viscount Arbuthnot,

William Lord Cathcart.....
Strathmore, Lord Forbes,

....53
John Lord Elphinstone.....
Kellie,
Cathcart,

..47
John Lord Somerville....
Haddington,
Sinclair,

.51
Robert Walter Lord Blantyre......
Galloway,
Semple,

.45 Lauderdale,

Eric Lord Reay......
Elphinstone,

42
Charles Lord Kinnaird............
Kinnoul,

Blantyre,
Elgin,
Napier,

UNSUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.
Dalhousie,

Reay,

Earlof Strathmore 32 Earl of Aboyne 38
Leven,
Elibank,

Kellie . . 35 Lord Saltoun
Selkirk,
Belhaven,

Haddington 34
Northesk,
Rollo,
Dalhousie 97

Napier 36
Balcarras,

Kinnaird. 36

Those marked thus $ are new, in room of

the Earls of Eglintoun, Cassillis, and BreadHis Royal Highness

albane, lately created British Peers; and Duke of Rothesay, Proxy. the Earls of Strathmore, Kellie, Dalhousie,

(Pr.of Wales) to the Earl of Lauderdale, and Aboyne, and Lord Napier.
Duke of Lennox,

Elgin,
Gordon,

Aboyne,

This was one of the keenest contests Queensberry, Stair, that ever took place on any similar occaEarl of Crawford,

Kellie,

sion. All those having right voted, except Eglintoun, Duke of Argyle, the Duke of Hamilton, Marquis of Lothian, Cassillis, Lord Elphinstone,

Earls of Buchan, Wemyss, and Findlater, Abercorn, Earl of Aberdeen, Lords Gray, Saltoun, Fairfax, and Ruthvena, Portmore,

Stair,

some of whom are at present abroad. The Deloraine, Duke of Buccleuch, Marquis of Tweedale, Earl of Dumfries, Viscount Dunblane, Earl of Elgin,

and Lord Cranston, are minors.
Lord Somerville, Lord Cathcart, The election was not over till half past

Colville, Earl of Breadalbane, five o'clock. The place in the gallery alloc-
Kirkcudbright Lauderdale.-14

ted for the admission of Peers' tickets was

filled early in the forenoon. A number of SIGNED LISTS.

Ladies of the first distinction were present, Duke of Athol, Earl of Hyadford,

and many could not obtain admission. OwMontrose,

Roseberry,

ing to the great attention paid by the offiRoxburgh',

Bute,

cial people present, every thing was con

ducted in a proper manner. The title of Duke and Earl of Roxburgh, is claimed by Brig.-Gen. Walter Ker of Littledean. His vote was received,

* The title of Earl of Marchmont is but was protested against by some of the claimed by Lieut. Alexander Home, of the Peers, and also by another claimant. royal navy, who also voted undes process.

PROXIES.

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Dysart,
Leven,
Dalhousie,
Elgin,
Kinnoul,
Lauderdale,
Galloway,
Hadinton,
Kelly,

Abercorn,
P.

Strathmore,
Home,

Moray,
L.

Cassillis,
P.

Eglinton,
P.

Morton,
Caithness,

Errol,
Earl of Crawford,

Roxburgh,
Montrose,
Athole,
Argyle,
Queensberry,
Gordon,
Lenox,

Buccleuch,
P. Duke of Rothsay,

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Particular State of the Votes at the Election of Scots PEERS, December 4th 1806.

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Earl of Selkirk,

Northesk,
Balcarras,

Aboyne,
L.

Dundonald,
Kintore,
Breadalbane,

Aberdeen,
L.

Duumore,
L.

Marchmont,
L.

Hyndford,

Stair,
L.

Roseberry,
Glasgow,
Portinore,

Bute,
L.

Hopetoun,
P.

Deloraine,
L. Viscount Falkland,
L.

Stormonth,

Arbuthnot,
P.

Dumblane,
Lord Forbes,

Cathcart,
Sinclair,
Sempill,

Elphinstone,
L.

Torphichen,
P.

Somerville,

Blantyre,
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Napier,

Reay,
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Rollo,

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New MIMISOL PARLIAMENT TOR of the war, were prisoners of war, the SCOTLAND.

measure being contrary to the law of naCounties.

tions, and altogether unprecedented in the Aberdeenshire, James Ferguson

annals of civilized society. It would thereAyrshire, Sir H. Ham. Dalrymple

fure be highly improper in the electors of

this country to sustain such an objection, as Argyllshire, Lord John Campbell

it would in fact be sanctioning and approve Banffshire, Sir William Grant

ing what the Government of the country Berwickshire, George Baillie Bute & Caithness, Hon. J. S.W.Mackenzie law of nations. Mi Adam, on behalf of

had reprobated as a gross violation of the Clackmannan and

Hon. Geo. Abercromby Kinross,

Mr Fenguson, quoted two precedents, Dumbartonshire, * Charles Edmonstone

where gentlemen sinailarly situated had ob

tained seats in the Parliament of Great Dumfries-shire, Will. Johnstone Hope

Britain-General Burgoyne during the s. Edinburghshire, Hon. Robert Dundas Fifeshire, *Robt. Ferguson, jun. of merican war, and Lord Yarmouth, who

had been lately elected ; the latcer, in parRaith

ticular, was in the same situation as his Forfarshire, Hon. Willianı Maule

Hon. 'Friend. The votes for Mr FerguHaddingtonshire, Hon. Charles Hope Inverness-shire, Charles Grant

son were 82, for General Wemyss 72. The Kincardineshire, # William Adam

former was of course declared duly elected,

but Gen. Wemyss contended, that altho' he Kirkcudbright, Hon. Mont. Stewart

was in an apparent minority, yet upon the Lanarkshire, Lord Arch. Hamilton

grounds stated in his several protests, he Linlithgowshire, Hon. Alexander Hope

considered himself as duly elected. Morayshire, James Brodie

FREE MASONS. Nairn&Cromarty, *Lt. Col. F.H. Canıpbell

St Andrew's day falling this year upon Orkneyshire, Robert Honyman Peebles-shire, Sir James Montgomery sembled on Monday, Dec. 1st in the New

Sunday, the Grand Lodge of Scotland as Perthshire, Thomas Graham

Church Aisle, to elect the Grand Officers, Renfrewshire, William Macdowall

when the following were chosen for the enRoss-shire Maj. Gen. A. M. Fraser

suing year : Roxburghshire, John Rutherford Selkirkshire, • Wm. Elliot Lockhart

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,

Grand Master Mason, and Patron of Stirlingshire, Hon. Chas. E. Fleming

the Order. Sutherlandshire, Rt. Hon. Wm. Dundas Wigtonshire, Lt. Col. Wm. Maxwell

The Right Hon. Francis Earl of Moira,

Acting Grand Master under his Royal Boroughs. Edinburgh,

Highness. *Sir Pat. Murray, Bart.

The Hon. William Maule of Panmure, Aberdeen, &c. * Hon. John Ramsay John Campbell

M. P. Deputy Grand Master. Anstruther, &c. • Sir John Anstruther

William Inglis, Esq. Substitute Grand

Master.
Dumfries, &c. Hon. Henry Erskine
Elgin, &c.

James Mansfield, Esq. of Midmar, bank-
George Skene
Glasgow, &c. * Archibald Campbell

er in Edinburgh, Senior Grand War

den. Inverness, &c. Col. Francis W. Grant

Robert Ferguson, Esq. younger of Raith, Jedburgh, &c. * Hon. William Lamb

M. P, Junior Grand Warden.
Brig. Gen. R. C. Fer-
Kinghorn, &c.

John Hay, Esq. of Hayston, banker in guson Linlithgow, &c. Sir Chas. Ross

Edinburgh, Grand Treasurer.

The Rev. Sir Henry Moncrieff Well. Perth, &c. Sir David Wedderburn

wood, Bart. Grand Chaplain. Stirling, &c. * Sir John Henderson

Mr William Guthrie, Grand Secretary. Tain, &c. Brig. Gen. J. R. Mac

Mr James Bartram, Grand Clerk. kenzie Wigton, &c. * Hon. Edward Stewart

Mr A. Cunningham, Grand Jeweller.

Mr A. Lawrie, Grand Bookseller and Those marked are new Members.

Stationer. At the warmly contested election for the William Reid, Grand Tyler. County of Fife, Gen. Wemyss protested a- And, Alex. Patrullo, Assistant Grand gainst the admission of several new Free- Tyler. holders; he also objected to the eligibility

Higu COURT or JUSTICIARY. of Mr Ferguson, as being a prisoner on pa. role. Mr Ferguson in reply said, that the On Monday, Dec. 8. the Court proceed. Government of this country had never ad- ed with the trial of Thomas Smith and witted that the British subjects, who were George Stevenson, two persons from the detained in France at the commencement neighbourhood of Newcastle, accused of

steal

Ayr, &c.

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