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tion against Smith and Ainslie,) accused the 7th regiment, lining the street. Afof the alarming shop-breakings and thefts ter hearing an excellent fermon by the fome time ago perpetrated in this city, Rev. Mr Robert Lifton, minifter of the and for which difcovery Brown was ad- gospel at Aberdour in Fife, Moderator mitted King's evidence, are all commit to the last General Assembly, his Grace ted to the tolbooth, by warrant of the repaired to the Aile, where, having ta Sheriff, on fufpicion of being concerned ken his leat, the Assembly proceeded to in the murder of James Macarthur, on the election of a Moderator, when the the 20th of November last. The cir. Rev. Dr Archibald Davidson, principal cumstances of this case, we are told, are of the university of Glasgow, was una. as follow :-George White having nimously chofen : His Grace having pregone, when fomewhat intoxicated with sented his Majesty's commiflion, appointliquor, to the house of Macarthur, (al. ing him to represent his person in the Ar. ledged not to be one of very good repute) feinbly, allo-his Majefty's letter and warhad a quarrel with the landlord; the rant for the Royal bounty of roool. the consequence of which was, that he, af- fame were read, and ordered to be reo fifted by some women in the house, beat corded. His Grace then delivered an and bruised White very feverely. This elegant speech to the Adembly from the usage he soon afterwards coinmunicated throne ; to which a suitable return bato Peacock and Brown, who agreed to ving been made by the Moderator, á • refent his quarrel, and, for that purpofe, Committee was appointed to draw up an accompained White back to the house. answer to his Majesty's molt gracious A squabble iinmediately ensued, when letter. Macarthur, in turn, was used in a moft On Saturday the 24th of May, the fhocking manner. lle, however, furvi- play-bills announced the performance of ved his wounds about three weeks, and the new comedy, called, the Ton; or, the then died. Some tiine after that, White Follies of Fashion. As the treatment of was apprchended, but compromifed the this play on the London stage, which, it matter with the widow and eldest son of was laid, had been unfair, and the name the deceased. He was apprehended a- of its author had raifed the curiosity of gain, however, by warrant of one of the public, and as few copies of the piece the Lords of Justiciary, in confequence had reached this place, its appearance on of a petition for that purpose from a life our stage was acceptable to many. The ter of M'Arthur and a brother's fon; but, Edinburgh audience has long enjoyed a upon application for White, ftating all diftinguihed reputation for candout, for the circumstances of the cafe, his Lord. judgment, and taste, as well as for linguThip was pleased to grant warrant for bis lar indulgence both to authors and perliberation, upon his finding caution to formers. Hitherto, che tumultuary and the extent of three hundred merks Scots. "outrageous behaviour of a London audiThe procurator-fifcal for the county af. "ence, at an unsuccessful theatrical attempt terwards applied to the sheriff by peti- had been unknown in our theatre. The tion, in behalf of the public, alledging, -Edinburgh critics, had generally conthat White meant to compromife the demned without rancour or up-roar, they matter with the prefent private com- had received a bad play with coldness and plainers, as he had done with the for- neglect during the performance, and had mer; and therefore craving, that he fulpended the common mark of disapproshould be incarcerated in prison till liber- bation till the fall of the curtain. This ated in' due course of law. It is upon method of expressing dissatisfaction with this warrant, and finilar ones granted dramatic performances, is polite to the against Peacock and Brown, that they actors, and just to the audience: the all three are detained in the tolbooth. former are certain, that whatever opinion

May 21. The Right Hon. David Earl is entertained of the piece, their endeaof Leven, his Majesty's High Commif-vours are not the object of centure ; and fioner to the General Assembly of the they are allowed to perform their parts Church of Scotland, accompanied by a without interruption or distraction. Eve number of Noblemen and Gentlemen of sy auditor too, comes to judge for him. distinction, walked in procession from felf, not to be told what he is to condema, his lodgings, opposite to the City Guard by such as fancy themselves vendowed to the High Church, where he was re- with fuperior judgment; he is likewise ceived by the Magistrates in their robes ; entitled to receive all the entertainment the City Guard, and forne companies of he was promised, aad ought not to be de

prived of it by the partial opinions of a gáy, to censure the vices of the great, and lew individuals.'

to detestation the crimes of which the The reception, however, which the laws take no cognizance, though she may Follies of Fashion experienced in Edin- not be entitled to any high degree of lin burgh, exactly resembled that which it terary fame, she deferves the applause met with in London. The fame reports of the good, and ought to be protected had been circulated of its violating the from the abuse of the insidious. decency of the theatrical dialogue, and the · As far back as the 1971, a Society was decorum of the ftage. Parties of minor cri, instituted by certain Gentlemen in the tics seemed to have been stationed in the Medical Line in the UniverGity of Edinremoter parts of the house in order to op- burgh, for the purpose of promoting pofe its representation, and though thelé Physical and Medical Literature; and made but a fniall part of the audience, the accomplishment of these purposes he yet from their inteinperate clamour and ving answered their most fanguine exo unceasing interruption of the business of pectations, an application was lately the scene, they at last fucceeded in over made 10 his Majefy for erecting them coming the perseverance of the actors, into a Royal body corporate ; and it is and in tiring out the patience of the au- with pleasure we announce to the Public, dience : but their conduct thewed them That' bie Majekty has been graciously to be hardly competent to the office of pleafed to gran; letterspatent, constituring judges. Their marks of reprobation were and erecting this Society into a Rova indiscriminately and unskilfully directed; body corporate under the name and citie they were often pointed at those very of be. Roval Physical Society of Edin. sentiments which the author beld forth burgh, with ample prerogatiyes and prito deteftation; their clamour became móit vileges.--The patent is dated the se vociferous at the best scene ; and their May 1788. pretending to censure certain expressions

MARRIAGES. as indecent or indelicate, may be confie April 29. At London, Edward. Addidered as in fome degree an infult offered fon, Eig; of Surry Street, to Miss Jane to the f-w but respectable individuals that Campbell, daughter of Major James graced the boxes, who had, no doubt, Campbell, Member of Parliament... read the play before they came there, April 29, At Ayr, Mr Andrew Hunand whole judgment of what-is indecent ter merchant, to Miss M'Culloch of that or indelicate, ought to have been respec- place. ted in preference to the quranith decision, May 1. Çapt. Simon Bailie, in the fore of a few pretenders to virtue.

vice of the Hon. the East India Company, It is not here meant to enter into a de to Miss Alfon, daughter of the late Mr fence of this play, as a piece of theatrical Andrew Alion, merchant in Edinburghia entertainment. It may, however, be alm. 30. At Murthly, the Reverend der ferved, that though it is not fuch a pete Buckly, to Miss Stewart, daughter of formance as would have come from the Sir John Stewart of Grandtully, Bart. pen of a Colınan or a Sheridan, yet, con- John Fuller, furgeon in Berwick upon fidering the low state of modern coinedy, Tweed, to Mifs Elizabeth Johnlton of and viewing this as the first attempt at Templehall.. dramatic composition made by a lady, , , BIR Í H s. it ought, at least on the Edinburgh ftage, May 5. Mrs Lindlay Carnegie, of to have met with more civil ufage, and fou. Inight well have received one impartial 8. Mrs Uurquhart of Braclangwell, chearing. When we review the pieces, of a fon at Newhat.

that of late ycars,liate not only beun to- 10.At Balnabeth, the Hon.Mrs Ogilvy vlerated, but applauded both in the Lon- of Clova, of a fon. don and Edinburgh theatres, we will 12. The Rigkt Hon. Lady Balganie, venture to assure thofe who have not of a loni, ac his Lordihip's hoofein Spring read this play, that its treatment has Gardens, London. been rathee fevere; and that it is as free 22. The Lady of Sir Robert Burnst, of indecencies and indelicate allufions, as Bart. of a fon. Alanost any, modern comedy whatever. When a lady of fashion, at a time of

high-openeral dissipation, boldly ventures forth. and exposes to ridicule the follies of the The Lif of Deaths in our next.

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Edinburgh Magazine,

E OR LITERÀRY MÍSCE L L A NY;

FOR J'UN E 1988.

With a view of the Abbey of LINCLUDEN.

- CONTENTS:

Page

Page Register of the Weather for June, 392 dia, brought into Parliament by Abbey of Lincladen, • 393 Mr:Fox and Mr Pit; with exOf Filial Piery in China, ibid planaiory Observations: By R. Of the Putugonians ; formed from B. Sheridan, Esq; . : 421

the relation of Father Falkener, ! Strictures on the late P 's a fefiit, 'who had resided among . Character confuted, • 424

them thirty-eight years, 399 Letter from a Country Elder, a Doctor Ziinmermann's Conversa ", member of laft Gen. Affembly, 425

tions with Frederick ilie Great, Anecdotes of Frederick the Great,

late King of Prillid, . 402: late King of Prufia, · 427 Observations made in à Tout in Letters from the late King of Pruf

Swifferland in 1786; by Mons. . fa to Madame de Camasi 434

de Lazoryki, -* : 405 Account of Arabia the Happy, 437 Thoughts on the Abolition of the Extracts from a Work in manu

African Slave-trade, considered script, enuitled Ma Robe de chiefly in a Prudential and Po- : Chambre, by M. d'Elmotte, 439 litical View,.

- 410 A Sermon on Alms, by the Rev.Mr Particulars of the Seizure of the Charters, Minister of Wilton, 441

Princess of Orange, ** 413 Abou Taib; an Eastern Tale, 443 Letter to the People of Great Brió Abridgement of M. Metherie's re

tain on the Cultivation of their . -* trospective View of the State of

National Hiftory, ; : " 416 Natural Science for 17876 444 Extraets from Papers circulated on: Account of the Manners of the In

the part of the British Manufac- habitants of Moldavia and Waturers in Cotton, relative to the lacbia; by M. Carid, 449 prescnt Competition between the Account of some late Foreign LiCallico and Muslin Manufac- terary Publications,

453 totes of Great Britain, -:-418 A Druid's Tale ; written by himComparative Statement of the two felf, :

462 Bills, for the better Government Poetry,

of the British Poffeffions in Inc Monthly Register. Vol. VII. No: 42.

State

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