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THE

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

AND

LITERARY MISCELLANY;

A NEW SERIES

OF THE

SCOTS MAGAZINE.

JANUARY-JUNE 1824.

XCIII

Ne quid falsi dicere audeat, ne quid veri non audeat.

VOL. XIV.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND COMPANY.

1924.

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The Essay entitled “ The Influence of the French Revolution on English Litera. ture" will be left at the Publishers, as the author desires. The “ Young Shepherd" must really be a tender-hearted swain, much addicted to the melting mood ; the production of his “ beloved kinsman,” which affected him so much, is every whit as silly as we were going to allude to a certain performance of an Old Shepherd ;” but really we must not be cruel at the commencement of the year. The “ Lines by an Invalid" are inadmissable.“ Luther, a fragment,” won't do." A Lament for the Balladers. has some good things in it, but lacks deplorably the novissima cura.--" The Journal of my Voyage curtailed” might really have been interesting, if the author had ever been at sea : but there is a slight difference between a voyage to the Parliament House, and one round the Cape. The work to which C. calls our attention has already gone, we sha'n't say where. The able article entitled the “ Edinburgh Pula pitis inadmissable, and for this reason, which we hope will prove satisfactory, that the aathor, not afraid to blame, has been too parsimonious of his praise. We cannot afford to expose ourselves to every species of misrepresentation and obloquy by publishing it. “ Great is Diana of the Ephesians”-Great is the “ Triton of the Minnows!” We have no time to notice a multitude of flying leaves, the productions of embryo sonneteers and weanling rhymsters. In the next edition of his able System of Chemistry, Dr Thomson means to class them among the “ supporters of com. bustion."

At the cominencement of another year, we beg leave to offer to our friends and the public our most cordial felicitations, coupled with hearty acknowledgınents for the liberal support we have received from both, and which cannot fail to prove a motive for additional cfforts on our part to merit the continuance of the favour and patronage we have already experienced.

THE

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

AND

LITERARY MISCELLANY

JANUARY 1824.

PLURALITIES, AND DR. MACFARLANE I am decidedly of opinion, in spite duty of every Judge, of the Supreme of all that Burns of Paisley has so for- Court in particular, to hear both cibly urged to the contrary, that, pre- sides, and to endeavour, betwixt vious to the sentence of the Supreme those two extremes into which speCourt upon any one subject of ap- cial pleading is apt to run, to strike peal or reference, all public and et a kind of moderate or balanced departe discussion or pleading is an cision. " I cannot avoid," a memevil. It is at once unconstitutional ber, for example, of the ensuing Geand inexpedient, inconsistent with neral Assembly may say, " I cannot the great ends of justice, and calcu- altogether avoid hearing and reading lated to form a very dangerous pre- the statements and views which are cedent. Yet, notwithstanding this now, and have been, for some time decided and unmodified opinion, as past, in circulation, respecting the to the great point of expediency, it case of ' Double Livings,' in its apso happens, that, in a free country, plication to Principal MacFarlane; and under the blessings as well as and thus situated and circumstanced, inconveniences arising from a free my best plan is, to put myself, by all press, such a suspension of discussion possible means, in possession of the and opinion is not practicable. The whole facts and pleadings.” Periodical Press of the day, unless It is with the vicw, therefore, not expressly and constitutionally in- of prejudging this interesting questerdicted, reports the proceedings tion, which I am neither entitled nor of Inferior Courts, adding various disposed to do, but of giving, in all commentaries and statements. The humility, and with unfeigned defermatter at issue, particularly in cases ence, to the awards of the renerable where the interval betwixt the origi- Assembly of the Church of Scotland, nal agitation and the final decision about to meet in May next, what is protracted, becomes, of necessity, appears to me

fair and an unprea subject of general conversation and judiced statement and argument of discussion; and even those who were,. the case, in its leading and essential by law, constituted as judges in the facts and bearings, that I have case, are exposed to all the biases brought myself, in the absence of a arising from party pleading and par more qualified pen, to the resolution tial statements. In such a state of of addressing you upon the subject. things, which is the actual one, In the first place, then, I pledge and which, though not the best, has myself, to discuss the subject at still its advantages, it becomes the least with charity and temper. Re

* Although the term Pluralities, on the South of the Tweed, is generally under. stood as implying two or more clerical livings, its acceptation, in the following dis. cussion, is more general and popular, including the Union of Professorships with Church Parochial Charges in particular.

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