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irritation and alarm exists in the island their efforts, however, were unavailing ; against the proposed measure for gradu. the preacher kept his post unmoved, wait. ally emancipating the slaves. In the ed with calmness till the annoyances ceas, House of Assembly, on the 5th, a Mred, and then proceeded with his functions. Barrett made a long and violent speech, Finding it impossible, by this mode, to on proposing a committee to prepare an drive him from his post, they had the address and petition to the King upon the audacity to invite, by written placards, subject, which he trusted would include an assemblage of the persons aggrieved a prayer for the dismissal of Lord Ba- for the following evening, when they pro. thurst from his Majesty's councils, as the ceeded to demolish the meeting-house in wool or ally of the African Institution which Mr Shrewsbury officiated, which The committee was appointed ; but the they did so effectually, that not a brick or Assembly declined acceding to a proposi- piece of timber was left standing, after tion received from the House of Assembly which they dispersed quietly to their of Dominica, for a combination of all the several homes. So bent were those peow colonies, not thinking it expedient to en. ple on this outrage, and so indifferent to ter into any communication, on political its probable consequences, that they were measures, with one branch of the legis. overheard to declare, while the work of latures of other British colonies, except destruction was in progress, that if interthrough the channel of his Majesty's re rupted by the appearance of the military, presentative the Governor. Mr Barrett, they would resist them to the utmost. A in the course of his speech, talked of a proclamation was issued the following day resistance in the islands, similar to that by Sir H. Warde, offering a reward of which ended in the independence of North £.100 for the discovery of any of the ac. America, if Great Britain should persist tors in the attack on the congregation. in fastening upon them the yoke of a par. house of Mr Shrewsbury. The day folliamentary legislation in what regards lowing, the rioters had the audacity to their internal concerns. Mr B. evident issue a counter proclamation, as follows: ly forgot the difference of circumstances. “ Bridge-Town, Oct. 23.-Whereas a If the colonies should declare war against proclamation having appeared in the BarEngland for endeavouring to ameliorate badian newspaper of yesterday, issued by the condition of the slaves, would not the order of his excellency the Governor, offer. slaves themselves become parties in that ing a reward of £.100 for the conviction war, and against whom? It is an awful of any person or persons said to be con. consideration for the whites. But though cerned in the said-to-be riotous proceed. there was violence in the speeches, the ings of the 19th and 20th instant; public proceedings of the Assembly itself were notice is hereby given, to such person or calm and moderate : and their answer to persons who may feel inclined, either from the speech of the Governor, the Duke of pecuniary temptation or vindictive feel. Manchester, on the opening of the session, ing, that should they attempt to come which recommended a continued attention forward, to injure, in any shape, any indi. to the comfort and moral improvement of vidual, they shall receive that punishthe slaves, was almost an echo of the ment which their crimes will justly de speech.
They are to understand, that to Barbadoes seems to be more ripe for impeach is not to convict, and that the mischief than any other colony. It ap- reward offered will only be given upon pears that a missionary of the name of conviction, which cannot be effected whilst Shrewsbury had been discovered, or was the people are firm to themselves. And suspected, to have sent home to the Society whereas it may appear to those persons by which he was employed, statements who are unacquainted with the circum. highly injurious to the moral character of stances which occasioned the said procla. the lower classes of the white population of tion, that the demolition of the chapel was Barbadoes, whom he represented as bred effected by the rabble of this community, up without any knowledge of Christianity, in order to create anarchy, riot, and insu. and incapable, from their depraved habits, bordination, to trample upon the laws of of acquiring any. This produced the high- the country, and to subvert good order ; est degree of irritation among the people it is considered an imperative duty to reaffected by these real or supposed state- pel the charge, and to state-firstly, that inents, and they repaired in a body to the the majority of the persons assembled chapel in which Mr S. officiated, provid- were of the first respectability, and were ed with catcalls, and other ncisy instru. supported by the concurrence of 9-10ths ments, which they employed in the most of the community ; secondly, that their violent manner, for the purpose of com- motives were patriotic and loyal-namely, pelling him to quit the pulpit, and desist to eradicate from this soil the germ of Me. from the performance of his duty. All thodism, which was spreading its baneful
influence over a certain class, and which the total destruction of the Chapel. To ultimately would have injured both church this information they have to add, that and state. With this view the chapel was the Missionary made his escape yesterday demolished, and the villanous preacher afternoon, in a small vessel for St. Vinwho headed it, and belied us, was com cent, thereby avoiding that expression of pelled, by a speedy flight, to remove him the public feeling towards him, personself from the island. With a fixed deter- ally, which he had so richly deserved. It mination, therefore, to put an end to Me is hoped, that as this information will be thodism in this island, all Methodist circulated throughout the different islands preachers are warned not to approach and colonies, all persons, who consider these shores, as, if they do, it will be at themselves true lovers of religion, will their own peril. God save the king and follow the laudable example of the Bar. the people !"
badians, in putting an end to Methodism As soon as the rioters had effected their and Methodist Chapels throughout the work of destruction, and before the Go- West Indies." vernor's proclamation appeared, they is If these papers be genuine, Barbadoes sued the following hand-bill :
may already be said to be in a state bor56 GREAT AND SIGNAL TRIUMPH OVER dering on rebellion.
METHODISM, AND TOTAL DESTRUC DEMERARA.-By the ship Clyde, arTION OF THE CHAPEL !
rived at Greenock from Demerara, let“ Bridge-Town, Oct. 21, 1822.- The ters and papers have been received to the inhabitants of this island are respectfully 26th November. The sentence of the informed, that, in consequence of the un. Court-Martial upon Mr Smith was given merited and unprovoked attacks which in to the Governor on the 24th, but had have repeatedly been made upon the com not been made public on the 26th. The munity by the Methodist Missionaries, letters seem to agree that the decision of (otherwise known as agents to the villa- the Court was Guilty. Tranquillity still nous African Society,) a party of respect- prevailed, but Martial Law was conti. able gentlemen formed the resolution of mued, and in consequence of the fatigues closing the Methodist concern altogether; of military duty, sickness was beginning with this view, they commenced labours to prevail amongst the white population. on Sunday evening, and they have the The reinforcement of troops from Bri. greatest satisfaction in announcing, that, tain would reach the Colony early in Deby twelve o'clock last night, they effected cember.
The Court granted the motion, and ap· HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY. pointed Monday next, at 10 A. M., for On the 17th, their Lordships took up the receiving the viva voce arguments of case of James Anderson, who had been counsel. found guilty on his own confession, before The next case was that of William the last Circuit Court of Perth, of wilful Campbell, certified from the Circuit on and corrupt perjury, for the purpose of an objection in arrest of judgment upon concealing from his creditors the real state a conviction of assault and robbery. The of his affairs. A petition was presented case being restricted to an arbitrary puin the name of the pannel, expressive of nishment, the Court sentenced the pricontrition, and imploring the lenient con soner to be transported for 14 years. The sideration of the Court. Lord Hermand prisoner seemed very much afflicted at the said he could not propose any smaller pu- idea of parting with his wife and family, nishment than transportation for fourteen and applied for permission that they years. This proposal was agreed to by should accompany him. He was informthe Court, and the Lord Justice Clerk ed by the Lord Justice Clerk, that Go. passed judgment on the prisoner accor vernment had recently permitted the dingly, admonishing him with respect to wives of 20 convicts to be sent out to his future conduct. After sentence had them ; and if he conducted himself well in been pronounced, Mr Cowan, for the pri- the colony to which he was going, there soner, stated an objection affecting the Gas a hope of the same privilege being regularity of the Court's proceeding, and extended to him, on his applying to the moved for leave to be heard, and for time proper quarter. to prepare his argument on the objection, William Laing pleaded Guilty of being waving, for the intermediate period, the armed for the purpose of unlawfully killpannel's claim to letters of liberation. ing game by night, and was sentenced
four months' imprisonment, with hard mother knew, he had been in bed all the labour at the tread-mill. The Lord Justice night of the robbery. The libel had been Clerk, in passing sentence, said the object restricted to an arbitrary punishment, and of the statute was not to preserve game,
a verdict of Guilty was returned by the but to put an end to a notorious and dan. Jury. Their sentence was transportation gerous practice.
beyond seas for life. Three young men, Alexander Macgilli. James Anderson, who pleaded guilty Fray, Henry MacGirr, and James Hill, at the last Perth Circuit, to a charge of were convicted of being actors, or art and fraudulent bankruptcy, and upon whom part, in stealing silver spoons from the a sentence of fourteen years transportation house of Robert Baird, Esq. of Newbyth, was passed in this Court last Monday, and the two latter prisoners with also re was again brought to the bar, and the obsetting the same The Court sentenced jection which was taken after the senMacgillivray and MacGirr to be trans tence was read, that the prisoner had never ported for 14 years. Hill, owing to his seen his letters before sentence was proconfession of guilt, and the expectation nounced on him, having been sustained inferred from it that he would be reformed by the Court, he was dismissed from the by a milder punishment, was sentenced bar. to be imprisoned 12 months, and employ
DECEMBER. ed during that period at the tread-mill. High COURT OF JUSTICIARY. Macgillivray, whose conduct had previ On the 1st instant, Robert Watson, Henry qusly bordered on contumacy, now put on Murray, and David Ronaldson, were his hat, and openly reviled the Court in brought to trial on a charge of housebreak. the most indecent language. When the ing and theft, aggravated by their being clerk read that part of the legal denoun habit and repute thieves. The pannels ciation of being hanged as felons, if they, pleaded Guilty, which plea, as it appear. Macgillivray or MacGirr, should return ed, did not proceed from the advice of before the expiry of their sentence, with their counsel, but was entirely of their out lawful cause, Macgillivray put his
own accord. The Lord Advocate restricthand to his neck, and mimicked the last ed the libel to an arbitrary punishment, convulsions of nature. On going out, he and the Jury found the prisoners Guilty, said to the Judges, “ We shall be better in terms of their own confession. Sen. off than you sitting there--you would tence delayed.-Andrew Rhind and John have sent us to h- if you could, you Murray were next brought to the bar
-3." Macgillivray is from Glasgow, upon a like accusation, saving that the which the Lord Justice Clerk described as latter prisoner was not charged with habit “ the great source of vice in this country." and repute. Murray pleaded Guilty, as
24.-George Mackenzie was put to Rhind also ultimately did. As in the the bar, charged with falsehood, fraud, preceding trial, the libel was restricted to wilful imposition, and forgery.
an arbitrary punishment, and the pannels the evidence brought, it appeared that the convicted. The three persons first tried pannel, by forging an order purporting to were now brought in for judgment along be signed by Hugh Graham, a labourer, with the present convicts. From a conhad succeeded in procuring from Mr James sideration of the different degrees of turpiSteuart, two sums of Money, (£.10 and
tude of the crimes libelled, and their ac£.22.) belonging to Graham. The cir. cession to them, the Court sentenced cumstances detailed of this transaction are Watson, Rhind, and Murray, to transno way interesting. The fraud was dis. portation for life, and the other two for covered by the wife of the real Hugh fourteen years. The Lord Justice Clerk Graham presenting herself to draw money stated, as a warning to the prisoners to at a time when her husband was out of preserve a good behaviour in the place of employment. The proof was clear against exile to which they might be sent, that no the prisoner, and the Jury returned an less than twelve persons had been executed unanimous verdict of Guilty. Sentence there within a very few months. William imprisonment for 12 months.
Williamson was then charged with the The next trial was in a case of house very same crime as the five former pannels. breaking and theft, charged against John He pleaded Not Guilty ; but after some of Quin and William Macdonald. One of the evidence was gone over, by the perthe prisoners, Macdonald,) was only mission of the Court, he retracted this eleven years of age, and six convictions plea, and pleaded Guilty. Certificates of against Quin, and five against Macdonald, his previous good character were produwere proved from the police books. An ced, in consequence of which, the Court alibi was atteinpted to be adduced in the pronounced upon him the lenient sentence case of Macdonald, which amounted to of transportation for seven years. nething more than that, for unything his 8.-This day John Dunlop, James
Hunter, James Armour, and Jean Beith much better done than in Ireland, there or Armoor, were placed at the bar, on could be no necessity for sending goods Criminal Letters, charging them with there to go through that operation, and theft and reset: the men pleaded Not he was quite certain the various kinds Guilty, and the woman was outlawed for in Court had been stolen from his premi. not appearing. David Wilson was called, ses. The average value of an unbleached who stated himself to be foreman to Mr piece is about 10s. to which the bleaching Peter Hutchison, manufacturer, Bruns. adds a shilling more. On going to Dun. wick-Street, Glasgow, who carries on busi. lop's house with the officers, a piece of ness on a very extensive scale. From the muslin was found, which he immediately evidence of this witness, which evinced knew to be his property. Dunlop said he considerable intelligence, it appeared that a knew nothing about it, and alluded to his great number of pieces of muslin had been wife having a knowledge of it: he then extracted from time to time by persons in leapt from the window, one storey high, the employ of the prisoner Dunlop, who but was pursued by the officers, and rewas one of Mr Hutchison's muslin-singers. taken. Witness accompanied Mr Hardie, In consequence of information received superintendant of Glasgow Police, to Mr from Belfast, witness went there, and in Muirhead's bleachfield, where they disthe Police Office of that place saw 137 covered 125 pieces in a bleaching state, pieces of muslin, which he knew to be the which he knew to be his property; these property of Mr Hutchison, and at a neigh. he was doubtful might be injured if not bouring bleachfield he discovered about finished off, and therefore were not lodged sixty pieces in a bleached state, and 20 in process. The number of pieces manupieces which were not of Mr Hutchison's factured weekly averaged about 4000, the manufacture. The prisoner Armour had immensity of which prevented the keepbeen apprehended at Belfast before wit- ing of books to ascertain loss, and there. ness went over, who had never, during fore they rather chose to submit to it. the 23 months he had been in Mr Hutchi. The goods go out every day to the bleachson's employ, known of more than one in. ing. The remaining evidence in this stance of muslin being sold in a gray state, most irksome case occupied the Court till and on that occasion the pieces were of a half-past eight o'clock, after which the different destription and length from Jury were addressed, at considerable those now in Court. The witness detailed length, by the Lord Advocate, for the prowith great minuteness the process of the secution, and by Mr Jeffrey, in an ingemuslin manufacture, and the method of nious defence, for the prisoners, which marking the pieces, and, in conclusion, de. occupied about two hours. The Lord clared, that although many of the marks Justice Clerk, at great length, recapitulahad been picked out, he was perfectly ted the evidence to the Jury, who found satisfied that nearly the whole numerous
John Dunlop Guilty of Theft ; James pieces shown him, both in a gray and Armour, Guilty of Reset of Theft ; and bleached state, were of the manufacture against James Hunter the charges Not of Mr Hutchison, which he was more Proven: the two former were sentenced particulary enabled to do from a peculiar to be transported for fourteen years, and gold ornament at the end of many of the the latter was dismissed with a suitable pieces. Mr Hutchison stated himself to admonition. be one of the most extensive manufac. 15.-Charles Beaton, a boy of no more turers in Glasgow. Dunlop and Hunter than fifteen years of age, was put to the were employed as singers, to whom the bar, accused of having broken into the pieces with a twisted gold ornament were shops of J. and T. Picken, watch-makers, given, the pieces with the plain gold ore Grassmarket, and stolen several articles nament being at the same time lying in. therefrom. He pleaded Guilty, and a discriminately in the room. He did not certificate being produced from his master think it was practicable, from the extent of his uniforın good conduct for five years, of his business, to ascertain if goods had he was convicted by the Jury in terms of been stolen by attempting to balance the own confession, and sentenced to fourteen goods, even if hundreds of pieces had been years transportation. taken, but on seeing the goods, he knew Jean Campbell and William Mackay that a theft must have been committed. were next charged with the crime of rob. He once sold a particular order in an un bing Alex. More of his watch in Septemfinished state, but the goods were of a
ber last, with the aggravation of being different description to those in ques. habit and repute common thieves. They tion; the white goods recovered at Bel. both pleaded Not Guilty. The evidence fast were not finished by him, which he produced was found by the Jury sufficient can clearly ascertain from its inferiority. to establish the guilt of the prisoners in The bleaching in this country being so the present instance, and it farther ap
peared, that they were known to be cha. gave way to a temper of mind more suit. racters of the most depraved and reckless able to his situation. description. The woman had been ten Glasgow. There have been a great times convicted and confined in Bridewell many additions built to the old cottonfor theft, and upon application being made mills at Glasgow, this summer, besides to her before she was apprehended, to re the new ones erected in various parts of store the watch upon condition of not the city. One of the mills is calculated being farther molested about the matter, to cost £.40,000 sterling. This has been she declared that she cared nothing for altogether an unprecedented year of build. being tried, and would not restore it. The ing. Masons, bricklayers, &c. are still boy had been twice convicted before. The kept as busy as they were in the midst of robbery was committed in this case by summer, and new hands can scarcely be Campbell, who conveyed the watch to got for money ; and it is expected that Mackay, he being in readiness to receive the same spirit and activity will continue and make off with it. The prisoners in the ensuing spring. The consumption were sentenced to be transported for the of stones, bricks, and other materials for term of their natural lives.
building, has been so great, that a numExecution of Thomas Black.--The beber of the quarties and brick-fields are exhaviour of this young man after his con hausted, and there is, in consequence, a demnation was such as became his me. considerable rise in the price of these ar. lancholy situation. The final sentence of ticles. Bricks, which sold in the early the law was carried into effect upon the part of the season at 25$. a thousand, are unhappy criminal on the morning of the now 40s. a thousand. There are numbers 10th instant, at the ordinary place of exe of new brick-fields to commence in the cution, and was witnessed by an immense ensuing spring, in addition to the former number of spectators. He was attended old ones; and the workmen are engaged to the scaffold by the Rev. Dr Grant and at higher wages on that account. Buildthe Rev. Mr Porteous, who had previ- ers, in general, are in high expectation ously assisted him in his devotional exer. that the new grand opening at the Cross, cises in the lock-up-house. Black appear. or Trades' Land, will commence in the ed perfectly calm and resigned. On reach. spring of the year, to give full scope to ing the platform a psalm was sung, and their energies, and the ultimate ornament an impressive prayer offered up by Dr and improvement of the city. Glasgow Grant, in both of which the prisoner ap Chronicle. peared with great fervour to join. He 20.-Lord Erskine.--In consequence then advanced to the side of the platform, of an invitation circulated among the and in a firm and audible voice addressed members of the legal profession in Lonthe multitude, exhorting those who had don, a meeting was held in the Hall of children to correct them betimes, and not Lincoln's Inn, on Monday last, Mr Scar. suffer them to keep bad company. The let in the chair, when a resolution was young he advised solemnly to take warn moved by that gentleman, seconded by ing by his own untimely fate, to avoid Sab Mr Brougham, and unanimously adopted bath-breaking, drinking, and evil com " that a subscription be opened for the pany; the indulgence in which vices had purpose of erecting a statue to the late brought him to the shameful situation Lord Erskine, and that a Committee be in which he now stood. He then said, named, for the purpose of carrying the that he died in peace with all mankind, resolution into effect.” Before the meet. and bidding them farewell, he ascended ing separated, a number of persons put the drop. After the executioner had down their names as subscribers. made the necessary preparations, Black Union Canal.--Owing to the rapid inprayed for a few seconds, and then giv. crease of trade on the Union Canal, the ing the signal, the drop fell, and he died present basin at Port Hopetoun has been after a short struggle. Black was about found inadequate to accommodate the seventeen years of age, rather tall, and of numerous barges which are now plying a fair complexion. The crime for which on that navigation. The Canal Company he suffered was breaking into and rob. have therefore resolved to construct, anbing a house at Summerfield, South Leith, other basin, in addition to the present one, in company with an associate John Reid, considerably larger than it, and in the who was tried and condemned along with same neighbourhood. For this purpose, him, but has since been respited. Reid they have purchased ground immediately was about six months younger than behind Semple-Street, upon which it is Black, but it is generally understood, understood they are soon to commence that he was the oldest in crime by some operations. Within the last few months years. He displayed the most hardened the coal-trade has been carried on to an indifference on his trial, which afterwards immense extent, and is still to be greatly