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of the interest of the country, and es- out some of the probable consequences pecially of its judicial establishments so as there may not subsequently existante

che i which belongs to his office, informed any just cause of complaint, if, when the people of Scotland of the attempt the act is put in force, such inconwhich was making to innovate on their veniences should be found to result system of criminal law, by one whom from it." they might naturally have expected to The county gentlemen, who are al mes before have felt a well-grounded pride in its ways alive to the real interests of their purity and its excellence. It is im- country, and whose sagacity cannot be possible to figure any measure in which overreached by the flimsy eloquence mobile the people of Scotland, and especially of a self-sufficient inexperienced lea the couatry gentlemen, eould be more gislator, or the flippant remarks of a deeply concerned. They have a direct peevish reviewer, saw the matter in its interest in every thing which relates true light, and with very few excep, to the administration of the criminal tions, all the counties of Scotland law, under which they live; and they passed resolutions condemnatory of the have, if possible, a still more direct in bill. The reviewers have given a terest in every thing which relates to number of inconsistent reasons for this those duties connected with the crimi- uniform opposition of the counties of nal law which it belongs to them to dis- Scotland to Mr Kennedy's bill. In charge. They therefore felt the obliga- one place (p. 206) they ascribe it altion they were under to the Lord Advo- most entirely to the “ threatened ad'cate for informing them of the measure, dition to their own personal trouble :" and of its probable consequences; and in another place (p. 177) they ascribe they lost no time in taking the matter it entirely to “ their sympathy with into their consideration. The review- the possessors of power”- they, deny ers have sneered at the Lord Advo- that any respectable opposition” has cate's conduct in communicating to the yet been made to it; and they assert counties his own opinion of the effects that they " never remember any subof the bill ; but it is impossible not to ject on which intelligent men, who see that this sneer is occasioned by the gave their minds to it candidly and invincible power of those reasons by without party feeling, were nearly-so which his lordship's opinion was sup- unanimous. It may be so, but sureported. The counties of Scotland were ly the unanimity was all against the entitled to trust that the Lord Advo- bill; for in no one county, or public cate, the first law officer of the coun- body of any description, was there a 'try, would watch over the judicial esta- single resolution passed in favour of it; blishments of Scotland, and protect while, as already mentioned, in almost them against encroachment--they were every county in Scotland resolutions entitled to the aid of his experience were passed against it. But, say the and knowledge, and to rely on his as- reviewers, the opposition was merely

, sistance and co-operation, whenever it by the “ FREEHOLDERS of Scotland, became necessary to resist the machi, who, having received from the Lord nations of rash, speculative, theoretical Advocate “a signal to rise against it," legislators- the most dangerous of all “called meetings,” &c. and then the visionary schemers.

reviewers launch into their favourite But while the Lord Advocate com- theme of invective against the "freemunicated his own opinion of Mr Ken- holders of Scotland,” and “ the unfore nedy's bill, and his own reasons for tunate system on which the elective opposing it, he added, “though my franchise among us depends,” and the own mind is made up against the po- reviewer exclaims, that it is not worth licy of the proposed provision, I do while for him, a man of sense, to not desire to be understood as wishing waste his leisu re" on the subject. unduly to influence the county geutle Now, in all this, we again see the men in the decision which they may reviewer's spleen oozing out, mingled form regarding it, but merely to point with his ignorance. Every person in

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* The only exceptions noticed by the reviewers are three, viz. Lanark, where the matter was discusssed ; and the feeling was so strong against the bill, that all the power of the Hamilton faction, so predominant in that county, barely prevented resolutions from being passed against it.-- The matter was referred to a committee as a sort of neutral

Kirkcudbright and Wigton did nothing. I could, if necessary, account for * apparent supinedess in these two counties.


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, Scotland, who is not an Edinburgh ren what they are discoursing about, nor tly ex viewer, knows perfectly well that not what it is that they themselves wish

a single meeting was called in any to say.. As an example in support county

, to consider Mr Kennedy's bill, of this observation, the reviewer quotes and not a single resolution of freehold- a resolution of the county of Dumbar

irs passed upon the subject ; that the ton, (which he obviously does not unho are de

matter was brought before the several derstand,) founded on the terms of the 3 of the counties, at the stated annual meetings articles of union. The resolution

of the 30th of April; and that these are (fraught with sound reflection and leBloquear sot meetings of Freeholders ot all, but gal knowledge,) which has drawn forth enged he meetings of a much more extensive this cutting, or rather hashing remark arks de kind-meetings of Commissioners of from the arrogant reviewer, did, how

Supply, &c. comprehending, no doubt, ever, receive the sanction, and, if I

ximost all the freeholders, but com- mistake not, was the production of one Sential prehending a vast number of other of the most distinguished and experiarjate persons also; so that the state of the enced lawyers of whom Scotland can

elective franchise, and the dispositions boast; an individual whose superior s for those of the freeholders, whether good or wisdom and penetration, in all matters

bad, had nothing to do with the mat- relating to the judicial establishments

ter. The resolutions were the result of of Scotland, have, for more than half a be is ab the strong conviction of the impolicy century, been universally acknowledge of the bill

, entertained in almost every ed and admired. county in Scotland, by those most in In the other counties, there was no terested in the matter to which it relao want of ability and intelligence to dis

tel. Even in those counties where the cuss the merits of Mr Kennedy's bill; dicht

influence of Mr Kennedy's political and if any information of a legal or friends prevails, the people did not re- technical nature was required, there frain from expressing their sentiments, were in all the counties professional --for instance, the county of Argyll, gentlemen well qualified to give that which is particularly mentioned" by information. It cannot be supposed the reviewers. In that county, as every that Mr Kennedy is the only intellione knows, the freeholders are repré- gent country gentleman in Scotland; sented in Parliament by an opposition and it is 10 be hoped that there are a member unanimously returned ; and great many who better understand the the prevailing and unresisted power in subject of his bill. Such, however, is that county, is the individual by whose the arrogance of the reviewers, that breath M& Kennedy is seated in the they cannot even treat with respect House of Commons--yet, at the stated any opinion—Iet it come from what annual meeting in that county, and quarter it may, which differs from within the very burgh which Mr Ken- their own. And when, as frequently nedy represents in Purliament,* resolu- happens, they are unable to cope with tions condemnatory of the bill were opinions which they are forced to enunanimously passed, and a petition counter, they discharge their duty to against it resolved upon--so strong and their own perfect satisfaction, by mereuniversal was the feeling.

ly describing these opinions as “deIt is truly disgusting to hear a pert plorable absurdities. and ignorant reviewer (at all events,

But it is needless to say any more there can be no harm in calling him an on the subject of the resolutions passignorant one, since we have already ed by the counties—the sense of the proveel him to be so) uttering such county gentlemen has been decidedly untteasured expressions of condem- expressed, and nothing can more clearnation and affected contempt of the ly shew the weakness and impolicy of resolutions passed by the gentlemen Áfr Kennedy's bill, than the fact, that of all the counties of Scotland, as it is attempted to be forced through

:- In every instance against the wishes and opinions of they seem to have fallen into some of those without whose wishes and opithose deplorable absurdities, which nions no alteration of the kind conmust always mark the statements templated is excusable. of men who are speaking under the

DETECTOR. double confusion of neither knowing

Inverary is also one of the towns in which the circuit courts are held.

the following:


Song III.
To the tune of " When this old Cap was new."

When this old book was new, 'Tis more than twen-ty year;


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The enemies of our land

Were much delighted then,
To have at their command

A troop of brisk young men;
Who fought their battles here,

In the Yellow and the Blue,
While "THE PLUCKLESS” shook for fear,
When this Old Book was new.

Now Kit has humbled all

Who were our land's reproach ;
Their pride has had a fall,

And more warily they poach.
These Blue and Yellow men,

Now look all over blue,
Which was not thought of then,

When this Old Book was new.

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2. When this old cap was new,

The nobles of our land
"Tis since two hundred year,

Were much delighted then,
No malice then we knew,

To have at their command
But all things plenty were :

A crew of lusty men,
All friendship now decays,

Which by their coats were known,
(Believe me, this is true)

Of tawny, red, or blue,
Which was not in those days,

With crests on their sleeves shown
When this old cap was new.

When this old cap was new.

Their heartless ribaldry

Was cherished then of many;
But now what jokes they try,

Are not approved by any,
Unchristian hearts wax cold,

Disloyal tongues be few,
This was not in time of old,-
When this Old Book was new.

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Where'er you travell’d then,

In buggy, gig, or shay,
Young women and young men,

Went laughing on their way,
Bestowing much applause

( lay
Upon this Whig Review,
No Qudrterly there was
When this Old Book was new.

All men on quarter-day,

To Constable's then went,
And gladly came away,

When they their cash had spent,
On that which now they scorn,

The Yellow and the Bluè,
For Blackwood was unborn
When this Old Book was new,

A man might then behold

Blue Stockings, great and small;
Who worthy men would scold,

And excellent wits miscall,
If only they were bidden

By the Yellow and the Blue,
The Quacks from the gates were not chidden-

When this Old Book was new.

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Now pride hath banish'd all,

Unto our land's reproach,
When he whose means are small,

Maintains both horse and coach :
Instead of a hundred men,

The coach allows but two;
This was not thought on then,
· When this old cap was new.

Good hospitaļity

Was cherish'd then of many :
Now poor men starve and die,

And are not help'd by any :
For charity waxeth cold,

And love is found in few;
This was not in time of old,
When this old cap was new.

Wherever you travell’d then,

You might meet on the way
Brave knights and gentlemen,

Clad in their country grey,
That courteous would appear,

And kindly welcome you ;
No puritans then were,

When this old cap was new.

Our ladies, in those days,

In civil habit went ;
Broad-cloth was then worth praise,

And gave the best content :
French fashions then were scorn'd:

Fond fangles then none knew ;
Then modesty women adorn'd,
When this old cap was new.

A man might then behold

At Christmas, in each hall,
Good fires to curb the cold,

And meat for great and small :
The neighbours were friendly bidden,

And all had welcome true ;
The poor from the gates were not chidden,
When this old cap was new. *****

Black jacks to every man

Were fill'd with wine and beer,
No pewter pot, nor can,

In those days did appear :
Good cheer in a nobleman's house

Was counted a seemly shew,
We wanted no brawn nor souse,

When this old cup was new,

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9. We took no such delight

In cups of silver fine,
None under the degree of a knight

In plate drunk beer or wine :
Now each mechanical man

Hath a cupboard of plate for a shew, Which was a rare thing then, When this old cap was new.

10. Then bribery was unborn,

No simony men did use ; Christians did usury scorn

Devised among the Jews : The lawyers to be feed,

At that time hardly knew; For man with man agreed,

When this old cap was new.

11. No captain then carous'd,

Nor spent poor soldiers' pay, They were not so abus'd

As they are at this day ; Of seven days they make eight,

To keep them from their due; Poor soldiers had their right, When this old cap was new.

12.. Which made them forward still

To go, although not prest; And going with good will,

Their fortunes were the best : Our English then, in fight,

Did foreign foes subdue ; And forced them all to flight,

When this old cap was new.


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