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SIR,

Edinburgh, December 1764. S

care should be taken to render them as exact and complete as pollible. With ebis view, I see you frequently request notes to be fent, of the time, place, and proper designations, that you may be enabled to give a short, but diftina, account of Marriages, Births, Deaths, and Preferments. If these lists were complete, you justly observe, the relations of different families, the offices apyed by, and the times of any changes in them, might at any time be reatily discovered, by curping up your indexes; which would not only be a great Gatisfaction to private persons, but would often help to throw light on the history of our country. Sure, then, every man who has the least spark of public fpi. tit, mult blame himself for any neglect of duty in this respect to his family and his country.

When a person of any consideration dies, a note is commonly inserted in the Dews-papers, somewhat resembling a mellige-card, as a notification to the rela. tions. These cards are of use: but they are frequensly written in a very slovenly manner. Sometimes neither time nor place are mentioned ; if the time is mentioned, the place is often omitted ; and we are feldom or never told in what county the place is, or the marriage and issue of the deceased.

This method of notification was introduced by the late Lord Drummore, on the death of Sir John Schaw of Greenock, in 1952. His Lordfhip ornitted none of the above particulars; and he concludes with telling by whom the notification was given, and what his relation was to the deceased, thus: “Hew Dalrymple of Drummore, Esq; one of the Senators of the College of justice, Sir John's bro. ther-in-law, to avoid mistakes which probably right happen in giving particular potice to the numerous relations of the decealed and of his widow, takes this method of acquajoting them of their friend's death." [xiv. 156.]

There is great propriety, and something of dignity, in this conclusion; and bis Lordship's example was followed for some time: but we have by degrees dwindled into the careless form above described ; and the conclusion is as mean the rest of the card is florenly: “ It is hoped bis [the deceased's] relations will accept of this as a fufficient notification of his death;"- as if the notificatipa was given by the news-writer ; — because, one must think, no person of character could be fopod who would own any relation to the poor defund ! What would a lady or gentleman think of the person who would send them such a card on the most trifling occurrence ? and fure greater deference is due to the friends and relations of a family when addressed in general, than to a private person : nor is there perhaps any occafion on which a proper decorum should be more picely observed, than in notifying the death of a parent or near relation. ki may justly be considered as a part of the last offices due to his reinains. Bat pofterity are still more interested in this matter than the present generatios. The records of baptisms and burials are often resorted to for clearing up difpated claims; your lists are already of some use in this respect; and the longer you Magazine sublists, they will be of the greater use. Should a dispute fall out a cotory hence among the descendents of Sir John Schaw, a tree of the family. fight be formed from your lifts, if they be made complete. The marriages of his two grandchildren are to be found in your two volumes next after that in which bis death is recorded. Several articles in the list of deaths in the prelett volume are likewise tolerably complete; as Lord Prestongrange's, p. 291.; Sir Jahn Stewart's, p. 350.; the Earl of Findlater's. p. 35: ; Sir Patrick Murmy's, p. 464.; and Mr Lockhart of Carnwath's, P. 576. Law- fuits may very por.

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fibly be prevented by appealing to thee in after times, when the descendents persons whose marriages and issue are not lo diltiactly recorded, may be invo ved in a tedious and expensive litigation.

None of the articles above specified are so full in the news.papers; and per haps it is not necessary they hould be altogether fo full, in loose papers, whic are feldom preserved, and in which, though preserved, it would be often difficu to find what one wanted. But however short such notes be, the persons in fer ing them, whether a gentleman or a lady, and their relation to the decease should always be mentioned.

For your Magazine the form might be to the following effect, for a noble man or gentleman who dies in the country. « On the

died, at his leat of

in the county of in the year of his age,

[Here infert bis name, furna " and title, and the offices be beld, if be held any]. By his lady, -,

-, (only (or e “ deft, fecond, &c. or youngest daughter (or child] of

[Her ** insert the name, furname, and tile, of the lady's father), deceased), who survive “ be has left issue, fans, viz.

and daughters, vis [mentioning the names of all obe children, in the order of jeniori ty, and the marriages of luch as are mai ried, and obe offices or employments of tb fons if they are fetiled in life). This note is fent by

(or by in the absence of

-), eldest son and heir of the deceased, to b “ inserted in the Scots Magazine. The proper alteration may easily b made in case the lady be dead, or her father alive, and a note may be easily ad apted to any other case.

Character's should always be confined to what is historical. Every man F presumed to be irreproachable in his morals; and the encomiums of friendshi are justly disi egarded ; nay, fometimes, provoke censure. [xix. 297.] If you approve of these binis, I shall expe&t to see this letter inserted ; and am, &

RECORD. Mr Record's plan, so far as depends on us, shall be carefully executed, wirbou eny charge to these wbo send us ftch notes, orber than paying the poliage of them.

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A CHRONOLOGICAL SERIES of Events, continued from our preceding volume

To every article is annexed the number of the page of this volume in which it is to be found. 2763.

July 16. Major Adams defeats a body of the Nabob Coslim Aly Cawn's troops. 162,
Aug. 2. Major Adams defeats another army of the Nabob. ib.

Od. A number of British prisoners in India barbarously murdered. 343.
2764.
Jan. 19. Mr Wilkes expelled the house of Commons. 52.529.

convicted of publishing the North Briton and the Efray on Woman, 1oz March The Edinburgh banks take the benefit of the option in their notes.

16. A proclamation issued relative to the settlement of the islands ceded to G. Bri

tain by the peace. 164. 27. The Archduke Joseph elected King of the Romans. April 3. An amicable agreement between Sir William Johnston and the Seneca Indians

336. 19. The bank of England continued a body-corporate till Aug. 1. 1786. 647. July 15. Prince Ivan, the deposed Emperor of Rullia, barbaroully murdered. 450 Sept. 6. Count Stanislaus Poniatowsky elected King of Poland. 509. Očl. 12. A proclamation ifived permitting the importation of salted provisions from

Ireland to England. 522.
Nov. 1. Sentence of outlawry pronounced against Mr Wilkes. 629

17. Prince William Henry created Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh. 637
30, The ports opened for importation of grain into Scotland. 686.

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N TS. HISTORY. A fummary or recapitulation of || An address concerning the BANK OF ENGthe public affairs of last year 1.-.

Foreign affairs 41.-41. Gov. Franklin's | An abstract of the Act 3o Geo. IIT. for fee fpeech to the assembly of New Jersey 44. curing the payment of the malt-duties 2'1.

Acts palled by the British parliament 47: EXTRACTS from the Considerations on the highe 50. Themarriage of the Hereditary Prince wars in Scotland 22. of Brunfwick with the Princess Augusta of The CANADA Bills explained 28. G. Britaia 48. . Addrelles on that occasion A charge against Gen. AMHERST 28. 49. The reception of their Ser. and R. MINISTER's intitled to be tried legally, and Highnesies in Holland so. Accounts of Mr protected from Aander 29. Wilkes 31:

OF BANKING, as pradifed in Scotland är. A public granary to be erected at Long- Advice to defroy CATERPILLARS 33. ford in Ireland sz.com

NEW BOOKS, with remarks and extracts. Refolutions relating to paper-currency, Ridley's life of Bishop Ridley 34. Stewart's the highways, 5c. 20. $3: The marrying || distance of the run from the earth 36 of persons from England disclaimed by some Poetry. To Melancholy 37: A pastoral of the Edinburgh clergy 53. Edinburgh re dialogue 38. Mymen 39 t Flavia and

Luquations relating to weights, c. 54. Car

To Epirick sefolutions for preserving the game 5s. gram ib. Song, in a new taste ihy The Lords PROTEST, on the resolution, Lists of Marriages, Births, Deaths, and PreThat privilege of parliament does not ex ferments 55, 6. Prices of meal and grain tend to the case of feditious libels 9. $6. Edinburgh mortality-bill is. NumPescedings in the Douglas law-fuit iz. ber of patients in the Edinburgh infrmary The Savoyard curate's CREED 14.

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A fummary or recapitulation of the PUBLIC AFFAIRS of the year 1963.

SUMMARY recapitulation throne, while every, bey has at the faine of public affairs during the last time endeavoured to act like a lovereign year, is intended, not only for in his particular, district. The principal

refreding the memory of our competitors for some years past have been Teaders, by colleşting the substance of Prince Heraclius of Georgia, a country in katered relations within a narrow com- fome measure dependent on sthe Turks, Mals, bot more especially for making such and two natives of Perfia, namely, Fat accounts as we may have occasion to give Ali Kan, and Kerim Kana This last has for the future to be the better under for a considerable tinie had the superioribord.

ty, being mailer of Ispahan, the capital, TERSIA has, for a good many years, and a large territory around it. Accordbeus afiliated and depopulated by all

the ing to accounts received in the course of efius calanities of civil war. Ever since last year, Keriun Kan had obtained a ligthe famous Kouli Kan, who made such a nal sictory over Fat Ali Kan, near the ci. Srbe in that kingdem, was cut off by ty of Tauris, of which he atterwards bea£nation, there has been a continuat cadie master: The deieated Kan, findcepetition among the great lords for the ing liitself without either army or reseur VAL. XXVI.

ces, had submitted to the conqueror at ject; but with private instructions, as discretion. Azad Kan, the Agwan chief was said, to accept of any acknowledge who once made a great figure as a compe inent by way of palliative. It cannot be titor, had also thrown up his pretensions, doubted, but that a breach at present and was in Kerim's power. We were with fo great a power, which, in consetold, that Zancharim, Kan of the Tar- quence of long peace, must be supposed tars connected with Persia, was marching to abound as much in men and inoney as towards Ispahan, at the head of a nume- at most times heretofore, would be very rous army, with which he proposed to imbarralling to the Empress-Queen, lateplace a descendent of the famous Kouli ly almost exhausted of both, by a tedious, kan on the throne. Of that attempt we expensive, and destructive war. Of those had no further notice; but received po- who allowed that the behavioar of the Nterior advices, bearing, that Kerim was Turks looked like the effect of hostile inbecome master of all the vast Persian em- tentions, fome, ascribed it to the disposi. pire except Corazan), which still adhered tion of their then grand vizir, who has to Shah Rouk, Kouli Kan's grandson, since been removed from his office; while who would not be able to maintain him- others reckoned, that it was the conseself there. We are informed, that since quence of a league, entered into a confiKerim Kan clearly gained the ascendant, derable time before, between the Porte the highways have been safe, caravans and the King of Prullia. It was indeed have been frequent, trade has revived, affired, a good while before the concluand het een 15 and 20,000 Persian fa. fion of the late war, that the Grand Sig. milies, who had retired to Bagdad in the nior had engaged to allist his Prullian Ma. Turkish dominions, have been returning jesty, in case his enemies wanted to crush successively to their own country, which, hiin entirely. Now that peace is restored, under his wise and vigorous administra- it is not ealy to see what good the Porte tion, seeins to be on the point of recover can do to that monarch, by even the aping its ancient fplendor.

pearance of intending to break with any During the year under review, we neighbouring powers on his account, owere told, from time to time, of great therwise than by increasing his importwarlike preparations making by the OT ance in their eyes, and so conducing to TOMAN PORTE. This gave some unea- prevent their entering into future conliness to the courts of Vienna and Peters- federacies against him The Grand Sigburgh; hut as to appearances the former nior's taking to remarkable a step, as to had most reason for it. Early in summer send a public minister lately to Berlin, a body of Turks invaded the Austrian can scarcely fail of having effects to this Croatia, pillaged several villages, and purpose. Whatever inight be interded carried off nuinbers of cattle, with a 'by the military preparations of the Turks, quantity of forage and provisions. They and whatever the cause of the excelles who wanted to put the most favourable they committed, the court of Vienna construction upon this conduct, fuid it took measures to be prepared against all was owing to great scarcity in that neigh- events. The Austrian troops were not bourhood, occasioned by the plague's only kept on as respectable à footing as breaking out among the Turks, which during the war, but orders were at length had caused the communication to be stop. given for raising 5000 additional cavalry ped between them and the subjects of the and 15,000 infantry, beside the lending Empress-Queen. Not long after, an ire immediately of reinforcements and re. suption was made into Elclavonia, from cruits to the frontiers. whence a picket of Austrian troops was For a good part of last year, there carried off. One account of this invasion were altercations between the King of hore, that it was not made by the Turkish Po:AND and the court of Petersburg. militia, but by a company of banditti. The occasion of them was this. In 1737, Another allured, that it was both at the John Ernestus Biron, whom Anne. Ema instigation of, and by Turks, whether press of Ruffia bad raised, from the lowest the Grand Signier would think fit to coun. rank, to the highest honours in her own tenance his people in tuch proceedings or dominions, was chosen, by her influence jint; that for coming at the kvowledge to be Duke of Courland, which is a fief of of his sentiments, orders were sent to the Poland. At the same time he continued Austrian minister at Constantinople to to have the chief direction of affars at make proper representations on the sub- the court of Peteriburg. The Euérpress

Anne,

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