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The Society for the Diffusion of Religious Instruction through the medium of the Irish language, lately held their annual meeting at the Rotunda, Dublin, the Earl of Roden in the chair. The report for the past year having been read, a number of reverend gentlemen addressed the meeting at great length, and pointed out the advantages which had already accrued from the system of communicating religious instruction to the lower and unenlightened orders of the Irish people, through the medium of their vernacular tongue. Accounts the most flattering were given of the great proficiency which the missionaries .# the society have made in the language, and of the wonderful effects which the use of their acquired knowledge had produced, in cases where the English language utterly failed to make the impression.

May 19. A meeting of the freeholders, agriculturists, and occupiers of land in the Eastern division of the county of Kent, was held on Barham Downs, near Canterbury, for the purpose of determining upon a petition to Parliament in favour of the principles of the Tithe Commutation Bill, introduced by Ministers. The High Sheriff of the county presided. There were present Sir E. Knatchbull, Bart. M. P., Sir B. Bridges, Bart., Sir H. Montresor, Sir W., Cosway, J. P. Plumptre, esq. M. P. the Right Honourable S. R. Lushington, and several others of the principal gentry, in this division of the county. A petition in favour of the ministerial measure having been submitted to the meeting, an amendment was proposed, “That instead of the commutation proposed by the Bill now before the Lower House of Parliament, this meeting is of opinion that a levy of two shillings in the pound, on the bona fide annual rents, in lieu of, and in substitution for, the tenth of the produce of the soil—which includes the farmer's capital, skill, and industry—would be a more equitable remuneration for tithes, simple in its construction, easy of collection, and more likely to ameliorate the condition of those interested in agriculture than the complicated plans proposed for that purpose.” The amendment, after some discussion, was carried, and a petition embodying its views was agreed to, and directed to be presented to both Houses of Parliament.

Part of the skeleton of a mammoth in a state of great preservation, has recently been discovered embedded in a cliff at

the back of the Isle of Wight, consisting of a cylindrical bone, probably of the leg, one of the vertebrae, the bones composing one of the feet, and part of another.

The Poor LAws AMENDMENT Bill has called forth much opposition on the part of the ol. ... especially in the Metropolis. In the parish of St. Pancras the Vestry agreed on a petition condemning the extensive powers of the central board, but avowing “no objection to a board whose powers should be merely judicial and executive, to effect uniformity in practice, strict observance of the laws, classification in work and exercise, and useful education.” At St. George's, Hanover Square, a numerous vestry came to the following unanimous resolution—“That this vestry deems it expedient to suspend the declaration of any opinion on a subject of such vital importance to the country as the Bill for the Amendment of the #. Laws, until it shall have been more fully discussed in its progress through the legislature.” At St. Martin in the Fields, a full board of Overseers was specially convened, who unanimously agreed to resolutions deprecating the entrustment of such extraordinary powers to the Central Commission; particularly as regarded their power to unite parishes without consent, and to appoint and dismiss all salaried officers.

he vestry of St George's, Middlesear, agreed on a petition to the House of Commons complaining of the central commission clauses, and also of the alteration of the laws of settlement and of bastardy. The parishes of St. Saviour's, Alderogate, St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, St. Giles-in-the-Fields, Limehouse, and St. Clement Danes, also held meetings, at which sentiments were expressed in hostility to the Bill.

LONDON AND ITS WICINITY.

April 25. The first stone of a new building at the School for the Indigent Blind, was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the President, attended by the Bishops of Winchester, the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, &c. &c. The front will extend from its present angle, far towards the Bethlem Hospital; and will be in the domestic Pointed style, from a design by Mr. John Newman. After its completion, the Institution (which was founded in 1799, and incorporated in 1826) will be able to increase the number of its pupils from one hundred to two hundred and twenty.

May 12. A numerous meeting was held at the London Tavern, for the purpose of considering the propriety of petitioning Parliament for a separation of the Church and State. Joseph Hume, esq. took the chair, and on the platform appeared Mr. Blake, M.P., Mr. Vigors, M. Fo Mr. Roebuck, P.M., Mr. Crawford, M.P., Mr. Buckingham, M.P., Mr. Finn, M.P., Mr. Wallace, M.P., Mr. Ruthven, M.P., Mr. O'Connell, M.P., and Sir W.Ingilby, M. P. Mr. Hume, after stating that he attended at the request of a numerous body of his constituents, addressed the meeting at great length. He thought the connection of Churchand State was prejudicial. There might have been a time when it was necessary, but it existed no longer. The Rev. Mr. Fox said the requisitionists were not hostile to the Church; they did not wish to deprive it of prosperity, or interfere with its forms; they only wished to be exempt from its rule. He moved the first resolution, which was—“That the alliance of Church and State is an extension of the authority of the civil power beyond its legitimate province; that it taxes the industry of the community; and that it establishes an influence which continually opposes itself to salutary measures of reform and national improvement.” Mr. Buckingham seconded the resolution, which was carried. The Rev. Dr. Bennett, Mr. Wire, and Mr. Gibson, severally moved resolutions, merely varying the phraseology of the above; the last calling on the meeting to adopt a petition, founded on the rest. May 12.-A most daring and extraordinary outrage was committed on the person of Mr. Gee, a respectable Solicitor residing at Bishop's Stortford. In consequence of having received a letter from a person signing himself W. Heath, relative to the disposal of some property, he met a man by appointment at the Bull Inn, Aldgate, and proceeded in a hackney-coach, to 27, York-street, Com

mercial road. Having cntered the house the door was closed upon him, and he was suddenly seized by three persons, who dragged him down into a back kitchen, in which had been erected a timber cell surrounded by earth, where they placed him on a seat, and not only chained him from behind, but fastened his feet tightly to the flooring by means of very strong cords, so that he could scarcely move his person, hands or feet. Having accomplished this, one of the party represented himself as the brother of a client of his, by the name of Mrs. Canning, and told him that he should not be released until he gave a check on his banker for the payment of the 800l. of her money which he had in his hands, and an order for the delivery of the deeds of the property in which the 1,200l. had been previously vested. Being apprehensive that if he refused their demands they would murder him, he complied with their requests. and wrote a check on his bankers, the Messrs. Gibson, of Saffron Walden, for 800l.; and a letter to Mr. Bell, a gentleman residing near Stortford, who is one of the executors of the late Mr. Canning, for the delivery of the deeds. After he had done this, the parties left him. By a powerful exertion, after two hours, he fortunately managed to extricate himself, and, after clambering over several garden walls, succeeded in reaching the public street. The parties were all subsequently apprehended without having attained their objects, and committed for trial. The principal son was a blind man, by the name of John Edwards, who, it appeared, had lately been married to Mrs. Canning, under an assumed name; and his object was clearly to gain possession of the property, which, in reality belonged to the children of Mrs. Canning, pursuant to the will of her late husband; and then to abscond to AmeTica.

—O— PROMOTIONS, PREFER MENTS, &c.

GAzette PRoMotions. April 21. Royal Regiment of Artillery–Major Gen. W. Millar, to be Col. Conmandant. April 22. The Right Hon. R. Montgomery, Lord Belhaven, to be his Majesty's High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. April 25. 1st Foot Guards—Lieut.-Col. Arthur Lord Templemore, to be Captain and LieutenantColonel. Unattached—Capt. J. Pennycuick, to be Major of Infantry. May 1. Adm. Sir J. H. Whitshed, G.C.B. of Kill incarrick, co. Wicklow, to be a Bart. of the United Kingdom. May 2. 1st Foot Guards—Capt. F. W. Har. court, to be Capt. and Lieut.-Col. Ceylon Reg.—Capt. ió Anderson to be Major.

Unattached, Capt. R. B. Edwards, to be Major of Infantry. May 3. Knighted, Rear Admiral John Ferris Devonshire, of Alwington House. Devon, K. C.H. May 6. Thos. Wathen Waller, esq. to be Secretary to his Majesty's Legation in Gree-ce. May 7. Thomas Chapuan, esq. to be Marshal of the King's Bench. May 9, 1st Foot Guards—Capt. W. Greenwood, to be Capt. and Lieut. Col. 34th Foot—Major the Hon. H. S. Fane to be Lieut.-Col.; Capt. R. Airey to be Major. Mary 12. W. Wright, of Brough-haul, co. York. esq., to assume the surname and bear the arms of Lawson only. Robert Jacomb, of Bardon-park, co. Leicester. esq., to take the additional surname, and beer the arms of Hood, quarterly in the first quarter with his own family arms.

EcclesiasticAL PREFERMENts.
Rev. H. Atkins, to a Preb. in Chichester cath.
Rev. C. Pilkington, to a Preb. in chichester cath.
Rev. J. Berry, Nantwich R. Cheshire.
Rev. E. Bird, Tattenhall R. Cheshire.
Rev. C. Bland, Donnington v. Sussex,
Rev. G. Casson, St. John's R. Bethnal Green.
Rev. T. Davies, Llangadock V. co. Carmarthen.
Rev. A. Fitzroy, Great Fakenham R. Suffolk.
Rev. A. Jones, Brenton P. C. co. Hereford.
Rev. T. Littleholes, Butlers Marston v. co, warw.
Rev. A. Low, Keig Ch. co. Aberdeen.
Rev. J. Lowther, Wythorpe P. C. Cumberland.
Rev. B. Maddy, Albright P. c. salop.
Rev. H. L. Mojendie, Great Dunmow v. Essex.
Rev. C. Palmer, Leigthorn R. co. Warwick.
Rev. J. Parry, St. John's R. Wapping.
Rev. W. Plummer, Heworth P. G. Durham.
Rev. J. Smith, Ealing V. Middlesex.
Rev. S. Smith, Borgue Ch. Kircudbright, co.

Dumfries.
Rev. H. M. Wagner, Eastbourne R. Sussex.
Rev. W. Walker, Slingsby R. co. York.
Rev. D. Watkins, Thornbury V. Bucks.
Rev. D. A. Williams, Llau finangel P. C. co.
Carmarthen.

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IBIRTHS.

April 17. In Gower st. the wife of W. Whiteside, esq., a daughter. 18. At Waltham rectory, Hants, the wise of the Rev. W. Fraser, a soil. 19. At Co. seley House, near war. minster, the wife of Lieut.-Col. Fawcett, a son. The wife of W. Ryves, of Ryves Castle, co. Limerick, esq., a daughter. 20. The wife of Edw. Woolmer, esq., Mayor of Exeter, a dau. 21. At Mereworth rectory, the Hon. Lady Sta. pleton, a sou. At Greenwich, the wife of Charles J. Caritar, esq., a daughter. 22. At Harefield, Lympstone, the wife of the Rev. W. Sykes, a son.—23. At Sandwell, the Countess of Dartmouth, a son. At the Gothic, Kentishtown, the wife of Sir James Williams, a son.—— 26. The lady of Sir Codrington Edmund Carring. ton, of Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks, a dau. 27. In Yorkshire, the wife of the Hon. and Rev. R. Plunket, a dau.-28. In Upper Harley street, the wife of Edm. Pepys, esq. a son. 30. At Strete Raleigh, the wife of Capt. Buller, R. N., a son, 30. At Upton House, the Hon. Mrs. Doughty, wife of the High Sheriff of Dorset, a dau. 30. In Eaton-place, Mrs. Lubbock, a son and heir.

May 1. At Adlestrop, Gloucestershire, the Hon. Mrs. I wisleton, a son. 2. At Shenstone Moss, Staffordshire, the wife of Major Wyndham, Royal Scots Greys, a daughter.—1. The wise of R. S. Courtis, esq. Mayor of Falmouth, a dau. At West End, the wife of Smith Henry Bigg, esq. a son. 9. The wife of Sir Francis C. Knowles, Bart., a dau. 10. In Sloane-street, the wife of W. B. Lynn, esq., a dau. 11. At Herring Court, Richmond, the Right Hon. Lady Louth, a dau. 13. In Torrington-square, the wife of Arnold Wallinger, esq. Barrister-at-law, a dau. 1*. In Hanover-square, the wife of Dr.

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MARQUIs of BREADALBANE. March 29. At Taymouth Castle, Perthshire, after a short illness, aged 72, the Most Hon. John Campbell, Marquis of Breadalbane and Earl of Ormelie (1831), and Baron Breadalbane of Taymouth Castle (1806), in the peerage of the United Kingdom ; fourth Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Viscount of Tay and Paintland, Lord Glenorchy, Benederaloch, Ormelie, and Weik, in the peerage of Scotland (1681, with precedency from 1677"); and the eighth Baronet, of Glenorchy (1625); a Lieut.General in the army, and F.R.S. The Marquis was not descended from any of the former peers of his family ; but was fourth in descent from Sir bert the third Baronet. He was the elder son of Colin Campbell, of Carwhin, by Elizabeth, daughter of Archibald Campbell, of Stonefield, Sheriff of the County of Argyll, and sister to John Campbell, of Stonefield, a Lord of Session and Justiciary. His Lordship was educated at Westminster school, and thence repaired to Switzerland, and resided for some time at Lausanne. He succeeded his father in estate in 1772, and in 1782, shortly before he came of age, he succeeded as heir male to the titles and extensive landed property of his cousin John Earl of Breadalbane (the grandfather of the late Countess de Grey). At the general election in 1784, his Lordship was elected one of the sixteen Representatives of the Scottish peerage, and was re-chosen in 1790, 1796, and 1802. In 1793 his Lordship raised a fencible regiment for the service of Government, which was afterwards increased to four battalions, of one of which he was constituted Lieut.-Colonel April 17, 1795, and it was numbered the 116th regiment. This patriotic service led to his holding the permanent rank of a field officer, being appointed Colonel in the army 1802, Major-General 1809, and Lieut.-General 1814. By patent dated Nov. 4, 1806, his Lordship was created a Peer of the United Kingdom, by the title of Baron Breadalbane, of Taymouth; he was raised to the rank of a Marquis by pa

* The first Earl had in that year been confirmed by patent to the Earldom of Caithness, which he had purchased from the preceding Earl of the §: family; but in 1681 the heir-male of the Sinclairs

overed it by decision of the Privy Council.

tent dated Sept. 7, 1831, together with the Marquis of Ailsa. The Marquis of Breadalbane was of retired and unostentatious habits, devoting much time to the improvement of his vast estates, by plantations, roads, &c. In the year 1805 he communicated a memoir to the Society of Arts, on the plantation of forty-four acres in the parish of Kenmore, for which he had received the Society's gold medal. His castle, in the Gothic of the Wyatt or Tunbridge-ware school, is a very magnificent but not very elegant structure; consisting of an immense square house, with regular rows of windows, a round tower at each corner, and a square lantern in the middle. The park of Taymouth is the most beautiful and extensive in Scotland. In 1819, when Taymouth was visited by the present King of the Belgians, Lord Breadalbane summoned his tenants to attend in honour of their illustrious visitor, when about two thousand men (many of them the veterans of the 116th regiment) assembled before the Castle, in the Highland costume, and after going through various evolutions, formed into detachments, and retired by different avenues to the sound of their respective pibrochs. It was a proud sight to see the clansmen gathering as in the times of old, not assembling for war or carnage, but, full of joy and peace, to call down blessings on a mild and generous chieftain. His Lordship married, Sept. 2, 1793, Mary Turner, eldest daughter and coheir of David Gavin, of Langton, co. Berwick, esq. by Lady Elizabeth Maitland, eldest surviving daughter of James seventh Earl of Lauderdale. By her Ladyship, who survives him, he had issue two daughters and one son, 1. Lady ElizabethMaitland, married in 1831 to Sir John Pringle, Bart.; 2. the Most Hon. Mary Marchioness of Chandos, married in 1819 to the Marquis of Chandos, and has issue; 3. the Most Hon. John, now Marquis of Breadalbane, and late M. P. for Perthshire; he married in 1821 Elizabeth, eldest daughter of George Baillie, esq. heir presumptive to the Earldom of Haddington, but has no children. The whole of the personal estate of the late Marquis, it is said exceeding 300,000l., has been directed by his will to accumulate, at compound interest, for 20 years, and at the end of that period to be laid out in estates, which are to be added to the entailed property, which has come into possession of the present Marquis by his father's death. A small landed estate has been left to each of the Marquis's daughters. The following sums are bequeathed as charitable donations: —To the Charities of Perth, 5,000l. of Edinburgh, 2,000l.—To the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge in the Highlands, 1,000l.—To the Caledonian Asylum, London, 500l.—besides various gratuities to the tenants.

EARL of GALLowAY, K.T. March 27. At Hampstead, Middlesex, aged 66, the Right Hon. George Stewart, sixth Earl of Galloway (1623) and Lord Garlies (1607) in the peerage of Scotland; second Baron Stewart of Garlies in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright (1796), in the peerage of the United Kindgom; the fifth Baronet (of Nova Scotia 1627); K.T., and an Admiral of the Blue. His Lordship was born March 24, 1768, the eldest son of John the seventh Earl, and K.T. by his second wife, Anne, second daughter of Sir James Dashwood, the second Bart. of Kirklington Park, Oxfordshire, and M.P. for that county; sister to Elizabeth Duchess of Manchester, and niece to Anne Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon. He entered the Royal Navy in March, 1780, under his uncle, the Hon. Keith Stewart, and served in the Berwick 74, in the action with the Dutch fleet off the Doggerbank in 1781, and the relief of Gibraltar in 1782. He was appointed a Lieutenant Aug. 8, 1789, and served in that year, in the Aquilon frigate, on the Mediterranean station, from whence, in the following spring, he returned to England as a passenger in one of the Smyrna traders, having been promoted to the rank of Commander. He afterwards commanded the Vulcan fireship, from which he was promoted to post rank in 1793. Being soon after appointed to the Winchelsea frigate, he accompanied the expedition destined for the conquest of the French islands in the West Indies, and materially assisted at the reduction of Martinique, St. Lucia, and Guadeloupe. Sir John Jervis, in his despatches relative to the landing of the forces in Guadaloupe, April 11, 1794, wrote to the Admiralty that “Capt. Lord Wiscount Garlies acquitted himself with great address and spirit on the occasion, although he received a bad contusion from the fire of a battery, against which he placed his ship in the good old way, within half musket shot." The three guns of the battery were, in consequence, soon silenced. At the general election in 1790 Lord Garlies was chosen Member for Saltash; but in Feb. 1790 he resigned

his seat to his brother the Hon. William Stewart. In 1795 Lord Garlies was removed into the Lively 32, in which Sir John Jervis sailed from England to assume the command in the Mediterranean; and which shared in the glorious victory off Cape St. Vincent, Feb. 14, 1797. His Lordship brought home the news of that signal action, with Sir Robert Calder and Lord Minto, Viceroy of Corsica, and suite, who were on board during the battle. About Nov. 1799, Lord Garlies commissioned the Hussar frigate, at that time fitting out in the Thames; and he commanded that ship in the Channel and on the Irish coast, to the spring of 1801, when he removed into the Bellere) hon 74, employed in the blockade of Brest, on which service he remained until the suspension of hostilities. After the renewal of the war he commanded the Ajax 80. On the 30th of April 1805 he was appointed one of the Lords of the Admiralty, and in the following July he was returied to Parliament on a vacancy for Cockermouth. On the change of administration in Feb. 1801 he quitted the Board of Admiralty. At the general election of 1806 he was chosen for Haslemere; but, before the meeting of Parliament, he succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father, Nov. 14, 1806. On the 28th of March 1807 the Earl of Galloway was appointed Lord Lieutenant and Sheriff Principal of the county of Wigton. On the meeting of Parliament in 1808, he moved the Address to the King. He attained the rank of Rear-Admiral {} Vice-Admiral 1819, and Admiral 830. *

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