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last Monday of Januárv (this anniverfary,) by the figned lilis oi a majority of the members present at fucn meetings, any five of the said Directors to be a quorum, with power to elect a Chairman for the time, in absence of the Chairman and deputy Chairman ; and that a Treasurer and Secretary shall be annually elected at the same time, and, in the same manner..

6. That the faid-board of Directors shall hold four stated meetings in each year, viz. on the laft Monday of January the laft Monday of May, the last Monday of June, and the last Monday of November ; with power of adjournment; and that there shall be also four general meetings of the whole Society held on the fame days.. .so .s e nu

ģ. That upon requisition made by three Directors to the Chairman or deputy Chairman, or in abfence of both, to the Secretary, Extraordinary Meetings of the court of Directors shall be called; and that extraordinary General Meetings of the Society shall be also called, on application as above, by any nine of the members ; eight days previous notice of such extraordinary meetings of the Directors, and 14 days previous notice of such extraordinary general meets ings of the Society, being always given in the Edinburgh Rewspapers.

a. L'actrili : .8. That the Directors and other office bearers shall, for the enfuing year, consist of the following: Noblemen, and Gentlemen, viz.

gli luseid in Sir John Sinclair Bart. Chairman ,' , gaixo • Sir Alexander Ramsay, Bart. Deputy Chairman iyong

DIRECTORS.. F i n' s -: His Grace the Duke of Argyle

to list ." Right Hon. Earl of Dumfries . in i. Right Hon. the Earl of Hopetoun "The Right Hon. Lord Sheffield

til .Right Hon. James Montgomery, Lord Chief Baron 3 ; Right. Hon. the Lord Provost of Edinburgh'obres

Sir John Edward Swinburne, Bart.
· Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. President of the Royal Society
Sir James Foulis of Colinton, Bart.
John Erkine, Esq. of Mar
Robert Oliphant of Rollie, Esq.

ban Robert Belehes of Greenvards Efq, if
. 9 George-Ramsays Esq younger of Barnton s

3/ Gilbert Hamilton, Elqi of Glasgow Sprint
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usiopiston . -* Sir William Forbes, Bart. Treasurer, ta r si si James Horne, writer to the figuet, Secretary, yait,

19That the subscription of each member. fhall be one guinea per annum, or ten guineas at admission, the Society being desirous of having as many perfons as possible connected with it, and confiding in the farther support of patriotic individuals, and of public fpirited bodies of men, in

the prosecution of the great national, objects they have in · viewo) ...?,, si :9;, .;' a,

10. That the Chairman, deputy Chairman, and Directors, do, betwixt this and the last Monday of June next, draw up fuch-laws and regulations as may appear proper for the future government of the society, to be laid before the genéral meeting to be then held; and that they be in the mean time empowered to take such steps as may seem proper to them for promoting the views and interests of the Society i warisi . 11. That the thanks of the meeting be given to Sir John Sinclair, for his patriotic affiduity in instituting this So-. ciety and that he be requested to permit the able fpeech he has this day delivered to be published, as tending to excite attention to the great objects in view, by diffusing a knowledge of their importance and practicability : · 12. That the thanks of the meeting be also given to the Earl of Hopetoun, for his warm and patriotic zeal for the

fuccess of the establishment, and the inforniation his Lord- thip has now communicated on that subject. ::::91'

13. That these resolutions he published in the London, Edinburgh, and other newspapers, for the information of ail perfons who may be inclined to become members of the - Society

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"Estracted from the minutes of the meeting, byr

James Horne, Secretary.

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in iftar :: Sir John Sinclair's patsiotic exertions have not been confined to the foregoing object only: His active mind, which fuffers no abatement of exertion when useful improvements are in view, has been, for some time past, busy in pursuit of another object of great national importance, which he has now the prospect of bringing to a happy conclusion. In the course of his extensive inquiries respecting the finances and refources of this country, he had innumerable occasions to remark, that without an accurate knowledge of the real itate of the country at the present time, when compared with that at former periods, with respect to population, industry, commerce, and other circumstances, a financier muft procceed in the dark, and be not only obliged to grope his way at firft, without being able to discover any ray of light to direct his steps, but must go on in the same way without either he himself or his fucceffors being able to know whether the measures have proved hurtful of beneficial.

: To remove this uncertainty in a matter of fo much importance, no method appeared so natural to ourenlightened legislator, as that of obtaining an authentic account of the present state of the country, in respect to every particular that can tend to affect, directly or indirectly, the happiness and the prosperity of the people ;--and to obtain this, with respect to Scotland, he has called in the assistance of the clergy, a set of men in this country, which, considered as a body, is perhaps as respectable a community as any on the globe. By his own vigorous exertions, and the assistance of these worthy men, he has already obtained, as we are affu, red from the most undoubted authority, materials for giving a very perfect statistical * account of many parishes in that country ; in digesting which into proper form, Sir John has been bufily employed during the short recess of parliament, and in the prosecution of which, we are affured, he will go on with unremitting diligence, during every hour that can be fpared from his active duties as a British senator. , ifte

Statistical is a word hardly yet naturalized in the country. With out entering into a laboured lety mology of the word, it is sufficient to inform our readers, that it means an account of the state of any country respecting population and industry.

Sir John has just finished the printing an account of four
parishes in Scotland, which he means to distribute to all the
clergymen in that country, as a specimen of his intended
work, and as an incitement to those who have not yet finished
their accounts, to go on with their inquiries, which for the
honour of all concerned, we hope and sincerely believe, will
be the most complete and authentic account that ever was
published.' .
trift is only néceffary farther to add, that with that difiite,
fested philanthropy, which is so commonly the attendant
of great minds, Sir John Sinclair has appropriated the whole
profits that Mall be derived from the sale of this work to
the augmenting the funds of a society lately instituted in
Scotland, for the relief and support of the children of such
clergymen as shall be left in hampered circumstances.
to the following extract is offered as a short specimen of
the work. It respects the town of Port Patrick, near which
is the thortest ferry between Ireland and Britain,

SR The Packet-Bonts to Irelund. The mode of conveying
the nail between the two kingdoms, has undergone many
changes. At first regular packet-boats, with salaries, were
eitabiilhed. But before the quay was built, and while the
paffage was attended with the difficulties above described.
delays were frequent. The failors, especially as their wa-
ges at all events were running on, often chose to rest them.
felves. Elablished packets were therefore abolished, and a
rule fixed, That whoever failed first should have the mail,
and a certain sum for carrying it. This operated as a pre-
mium, and produced for some time a very good effect. '
Soon after, however, as trade increased, the allowance made
by government became of less consequence. The packets
were no longer the fame object. It often happened, that
á boat would not fail with the mail, unless she had fome.
thing elfe to carry. The mail coach also was established,
and the conveyance of travellers became an object of at
tention. The boats which carried cattle, were peculiarly
offensive to passengers, not to mention that such a cargo,
witli' a gale of wind, was even dangerous. Paliengers were
therefore disgusted or deterred, and were often induced to
take another rout. It was one great branch of Mr Pala
mer's public-spirited plans for promoting the commercial

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intercourse of the British empire in general, to unite as much as pomble the three great offices of London, Edin. burgh, and Dublin. His mail coaches regularly went from Dublin to Donhaghadee, on the one side ; and from London and Edinburgh to Port-patrick, on the other. Nothing therefore remained to complete the chain, but to obviate the inconveniences of the ferry at Port-patrick; this he did by restoring established packets. We have now four elegant vefrels fitted up with every accommodation, whose only object is to forward the mail, and to convey travellers from the one island to the other..

• The town, which is in a great measure supported by the concourse of travellers, has in a peculiar manner felt the benefit of these improvements. Almott every house is an inn, where strangers may find accommodation suited to their circumstances. The money they leave is the great fund out of which the inhabitants pay their rents, and support their families. The rapid change however, which has taken place, is greatly to be attributed to the late Sir James Hunter Blair, who happened to live at the critical period when the change began. He had fagacity enough to foresee the many advantages which must result from it, and forwarded the projected improvement as much as possible, by filling the harbour immediately with veslels, and building almost ene tirely a new town, to accommodate the inhabitants and the travellers who passed through it. Such is the origin and the progress of improvement which is generally, owing, whether in a great capital like Edinburgh, or a provincial townlike Port-patrick, to the spirit and exertions of particu. lar men, who seem born for the purpose of rousing the maltitude from a state of ignorance or torpor, from which they are too often unwilling to be emancipated...,

Manufactures.--Manufactures have not yet made their way to Port-patrick. Ship building is the only one as yet attempted. Under the auspices of the active and public fpirited citizen above mentioned, fome companies of thipwrights have been formed, who are likely to carry on that branch successfully. The depth of the water, and the shortness of the run, render it one of most convenient launches that can be conceived.

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