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Percy-street, appeared to join in the their fellow-citizens. The multitude,
any attempts to compel them to it. end of Wardour-street was in the same Notwithstanding this, however, a parcondition ; and no great blaze or light
tial illumination commenced about six struck
eye until the specta- o'clock, in most parts of the Old Town, tor came to the head of Piccadilly. and in some inferior streets of the New From Coventry-street up towards Town, which, as the evening advanced, Hyde-park-corner, Piccadilly present- became more general. About nine ed an imposing view, which was ren- o'clock, riotous bands of young men dered more striking by the darkness and boys assembled, and paraded the in which Prince's-street and Whit- chief streets of the New Town, democombe-street were shrouded. St Mar- lishing, without opposition, the wintin's-lane was only partially illumina- dows which were not illuminated. At ted; but in New-street, King-street, an early hour the corners of the bridges Great Russel-street, and Covent-gar- were taken possession of by a disorden, not a ray of light, except what derly multitude, and whenever a person was afforded by the glimmering of of respectable appearance passed, the the gas-lights, was to be discovered. cry got up, “Off hats for the Queen," Brydges-street afforded a different and such as had the temerity to refuse spectacle, as did also the Strand, in compliance were immediately assailed which the generality of the house- with showers of mud and filth, not unholders seemed to vie with each other frequently accompanied by blows. In as to who should display his attach- the afternoon, the magistrates had asment to her Majesty in the most bril- sembled a strong civil and military liant manner. However, there were force at various points ; consisting of some in that neighbourhood who did the Edinburgh volunteer infantry and not sympathize in the delight felt by cavalry, a part of the 7th dragoon guards, and the high constables, and I had the honour to make to you this police of the city ; but this force was morning, I have now, by her Majesty's not called into action till near eleven commands, to inform you, that her o'clock, when they soon cleared the Majesty having understood that it is streets; but before this period, damage customary to perform divine service had been done to windows and other three times a-week in St Paul's Cathe. private property amounting to above dral, her Majesty selects Wednesday, L.2000. For their not fulfilling the the 29th inst., in preference to Sunday, promise of protection held out to the the 26th-feeling that perhaps the coninhabitants, while such a powerful course of people who might be drawn force was at their disposal, the ma- together would not be quite suited to gistrates have been by some persons the solemnity of the Sabbath-day. severely censured ; while others ap
“ KEPPEL CRAVEN. prove of their forbearance, and consider “ Right Hon. the Lord-Mayor." that byit the greater dangerwas avoided “The inhabitants of the wards within by not bringing the military in contact the city, and the parishes round Lonwith the mob, until the feelings of the don, having manifested an anxious delatter had been allowed to vent itself sire to present their addresses of con. in the work of destruction. Leith gratulation to her Majesty, in large was, on the same evening, partially il- bodies, instead of small deputations, luminated, and many of those who did her Majesty, desirous of gratifying not choose to do so, were visited in a their wishes, and disregarding all persimilar manner. A few windows were sonal fatigue, will receive their adagain lighted up in Edinburgh next dresses in any way most convenient night, but all was quiet.
to them. In order to facilitate any « Lower Brook Street, Nov. 17. arrangement for receiving such nu. " Mr Keppel Craven has received merous bodies, as the days are now her Majesty's commands to inform the so short, her Majesty will not receive Lord-Mayor that it is her Majesty's so many addresses in one day. Her wish to attend divine service at St Majesty will receive addresses on MonPaul's, on Sunday, Nov. 26.
day, the 4th of December, and on “Right Hon. the Lord-Mayor." every succeeding Monday till further
To this the Lord-Mayor returned an notice. Any persons wishing for any answer, intimating that her Majesty's information previous to their presentanotification should be attended to. tions, will please apply at 15, St
“ Lower Brook Street, Nov. 17. James's square. “Mr Keppel Craven has the honour “R. KEPPEL CRAVEN, Vice Chamto acknowledge the receipt of the Lord berlain to the Queen. Mayor's letter, in answer to the com- “ Brandenburgh house, Nov. 27." munication he made to the Lord. 27th.-Mr Fletcher, or Franklin, Mayor, by the command of her Ma- accused of fabricating and circulating jesty the Queen. Mr Keppel Craven inflammatory placards, (as stated at will not fail to lay the Lord-Mayor's page 357 of this volume,) has escaped, note before her Majesty, and to for- notwithstanding the vigilant pursuit ward to the Lord-Mayor any further of Mr Pearson the solicitor, along with information he may receive on the sub- one of the Bow-street officers. A re. ject.
ward of L.100 was offered by the “ Right Hon. the Lord-Mayor." Queen's Plate Committee, and another
“ Lower Brook Streel, Nov. 17. of L.200 by Government, for his ap. “In addition to the communication prehension, but without effect. A let
ter has been received from Franklin, by the case of that eminent person, and one of the Bow.street magistrates, of many others, who have since condated Dunkirk, 19th instant, avowing ducted themselves in the same manner, his guilt, but ridiculing all attempts to the honour they conferred on the Uni. apprehend him. On the 17th a war- versity nearly compensated that which rant was granted at Bow-street against they had received from it ; and they Mr Dennis O'Bryen, charged, on the might not, therefore, feel any very oath of a bill-sticker, with being con. strong call to express their sense of cerned with Franklin in the manufac- an obligation which was almost repaid ture of those atrocious placards. Mr by its acceptance. On the present oc. O'Bryen attended voluntarily at the casion no one can feel more intimately police office, but on a subsequent day -no one, indeed, so intimately as Í the warrant was discharged, the bill do, that the obligation is all on one sticker having declared that he was side, and that the whole of the honour mistaken in the person.
is that which is done to me. I cannot 27th. Mr Jeffrey was installed Lord help feeling, therefore, as if I should Rector of the University of Glas- be chargeable with ingratitude if I gow. The ceremony excited an unu- were to leave to be inferred from my sual degree of interest; and in a few silence those sentiments to which I am minutes after the doors were thrown abundantly aware I shall do little jusopen, the hall was crowded to excess. tice by my words. At three o'clock Mr Jeffrey entered, “ In endeavouring, however, to exand was received with the loudest press the sense I have of the very shouts of applause, and with every de- great and unexpected distinction that monstration of respect and attachment. has been conferred on me, I must be Mr Jeffrey was accompanied by Mr permitted to say, that it has in it every Campbell of Blythswood, M. P. Dean thing that could render any honour or of Faculty, the Principal and Profess- distinction precious in my eyes. It is ors of the University, Mr K. Finlay, accompanied, I thank God, with no (late Rector,) and by Messrs Thom. emolument-it is attended, I am hapson, Cockburn, and J. A. Murray, py to understand, with not many or advocates, Professor Pillans, and se. very difficult duties—it is chiefly of a veral other gentlemen, who had gone literary and intellectual characterwith Mr Jeffrey from Edinburgh. Af- and it has been bestowed, without any ter the installation Mr Jeffrey address- stir or solicitation of mine, by someed the audience in the following speech, thing that approaches very nearly to which called forth reiterated shouts of a popular suffrage. applause :
" These considerations would cer" It will easily be understood that tainly be sufficient to render any simithis is to me a moment of great pride lar distinction in any other seminary and gratification. But I feel that it is of learning peculiarly grateful and flatalso a moment of no little emotion and tering. But I must say, that what disturbance; and on an occasion where chiefly exalts and endears this appoint. Burke is reported to have faltered, ment to me is, that it has been bestowand Adam Smith to have remained ed by the University of Glasgow. It silent, it may probably be thought was here that, now more than thirty that I should have best consulted both years ago, I received the earliest, and my fame and my comfort, if I had by far the most valuable part, of my followed the latter example. It is im- academical education, and first imbibed possible, however, not to feel, that in that relish and veneration for letters
which has cheered and directed the impossible for me not to cast back one whole course of my after life; and to glance of melancholy remembrance and which, amidst all the distractions of veneration to the distinguished indivirather too busy an existence, I have duals by whom it was then adorned, never failed to recur with fresh and and from whom my first impressions of unabated enjoyment. Nor is it merely intellectual excellence were derived. by those distant and pleasing recollec. Among these it is now a matter of tions--by the touching retrospect of pride and gratification, that I can still those scenes of guiltless ambition and recollect the celebrated Dr Reid, then youthful delight, when every thing verging indeed to his decline, but still around and before me was bright with in full possession of his powerful unnovelty and hope, that this place and derstanding ; and, though retired from all the images it recalls are at this mo- the regular business of teaching, still ment endeared to my heart. Though superintending with interest the la. I have been able, I fear, to do but bours of his ingenious successor, and little to honour this early nurse of my hallowing, with the sanctity of his vestudies since I was first separated from nerable age, and the primitive simpliher bosom, I will get presume to say, city of his character, the scene over that I have been, during all that in- which his genius has thrown so impeterval, an affectionate and not an inat. rishable a lustre. tentive son. For the whole of that
“ Another potent spirit was then, riod I have watched over her progress, though, alas ! for too short a time, in and gloried in her fame ; and at your the height and vigour of his strong Literary Olympics, where your prizes and undaunted understanding- I mean are distributed, and the mature swarm the late Mr Millar, whom it has al. annually cast off to ply its busy task ways appeared to me to be peculiarly in the wider circuit of the world, I have the duty of those who had the happi
: generally been found a fond and eager ness of knowing him, to remember and spectator of that youthful prowess in commemorate on all fit occasions, bewhich I had ceased to be a sharer, and cause, unlike the great philosopher to a delighted chronicler of that excel- whom I have just alluded, no adequate lence which never ceased to be sup. memorial of his extraordinary talents plied. And thus, the tie which origi- is to be found in those works by which nally bound me to the place was never his name must be chiefly known to allowed to be broken ; and when call. posterity. In them there is indeed em. ed to the high office which I this day bodied a part, though, perhaps, not assume, I felt that I could not be the best or most striking part, of his considered as a stranger, even by the singular sagacity, extensive learning, youngest portion of the society over and liberal and penetrating judgment ; which I was to preside.
but they reveal nothing of that magi“It has not been unusual, I believe, cal vivacity, which made his conversa. on occasions like the present, to say tion and his lectures still more full of something of the fame of the Univer- delight than of instruction ;--of that sity, and of the illustrious men who frankness and fearlessness, which led have from time to time contributed to him to engage, without preparation, extend it. I shall not now, however, in every fair contention, and neither to enter upon such a theme. But on find. dread nor disdain the powers of any ing myself, after so long an interval, opponent; and still less, perhaps, of once more restored to this society, and that remarkable and unique talent, by reassumed as one of its members, it is which he was enabled to clothe, in
concise and familiar expressions, the stores of learning the quick sagacity most profound and original views of and discriminating taste by which he the most complicated questions; and was so much distinguished, an unexthus to render the knowledge which tinguishable ardour and genuine enhe communicated so manageable and thusiasm for the studies in which he unostentatious, as to turn out his pu- was engaged, that made the acquisition pils from the sequestered retreats of a of knowledge, and the communication college, in a condition immediately to of it, equally a delight ; and who, with apply their acquisitions to the business - habits and attainments that seemed and affairs of the world.
only compatible with the character of “In indulging in these recollections, a recluse scholar, combined, not mereI am afraid I am but imperfectly intel- ly the most social and friendly dispoligible to the younger part of my hear. sitions, but such a prompt, lively, and ers, to whom the eminent individuals generous admiration of every species I have mentioned can be known only of excellence, as made his whole life as historical or traditionary persons. one scene of enjoyment, and
gave But there is one other departed light of the moral lessons which it daily held the same remote period, in referring out to his friends and disciples, a value to whom, I believe, I may reckon up- not inferior to that of his more formal on the sympathy of every one who instructions. now hears me, and over whose recent “ I have permitted myself to say and sudden extinction all will be equal. thus much of the dead. Of the living, ly ready to lament. It is melancholy however unwillingly, I believe I must -and monitory, I trust, to us all,-to now forbear to say anything. Yet I reflect, that, in the short space which cannot resist congratulating myself, has elapsed since my election to this and all this assembly, that I stiíl see office, this seminary has been deprived beside me one * surviving instructor of of one of the oldest and most distin- my early youth, the most revered guished of the teachers by whom it has the most justly valued of all my inever been adorned ; and it is no small structors ;-the individual of whom I detraction from the pleasure which I must be allowed to say here, what I promised myself in appearing here to have never omitted to say in every day, that I cannot be welcomed by other place, that it is to him, and his the indulgent smile of that amiable and most judicious instructions, that I owe eminent individual. I had the happi- my taste for letters, and any
little liness of receiving a very kind message terary distinction I may since have from him, dictated, I believe, the very been enabled to attain. It is no small day before his death, and when I was part of the gratification of this day, far, indeed, from suspecting that it to find him here, proceeding with unwas to be the last act of our inter- abated vigour and ardour in the emicourse on earth. I need not say that I nently useful career to which his life have been alluding to the late excellent has been dedicated. And I hope and Mr Young, a man whose whole heart trust, that he will yet communicate to was to the last in the arduous and ho. many generations of pupils those innourable task to which his days were estimable benefits to which many may devoted, and who added to the great easily do greater honour, but for which
* Professor Jardine.