Saturday 12 Aug 1815 (p. 2, col. 5 + p. 3, col. 1+4)
When our Paper was put to press yesterday evening the Assizes were not concluded—we shall give further particulars in our next.
IMPORTANT TITHE CAUSE.—The very important tithe cause, which has excited so much interest in this and the adjacent counties, was decided here on Wednesday last,—and for the particulars of which we refer to other parts of this paper. It will be seen, that the defendant had resisted the claim of the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle for tithes upon the newly inclosed land of Inglewood Forest; and that, after a very long and patient hearing, a verdict was given in favour of Mr. COLLINS. During the speech of the learned counsel (Mr. PARK) for the Dean and Chapter, he took occasion to make some observations on paragraphs which had appeared in a certain Provincial Newspaper; and very properly reminded the Jury to divest themselves of any prejudice that might have been excited thereby.—It would be affectation not to say, that we are alluded to; but we trust, that so long as we have an opportunity of advancing the public interest, neither threats, insinuations, nor calumnies, shall divert our steps from the progress of truth and justice.—We are not vain enough to suppose that our disinterested exertions have had any influence upon the verdict in question; for the gentlemen who composed the Jury (and we speak from personal knowledge of many of them) were in general men of too extensive literary and scientific acquirement, to give a verdict on slight grounds.—Whilst touching upon this subject, we make free to remark, with that candour which shall ever distinguish us, that the learned counsel for the Plaintiffs (Mr. PARK) made some observations which we conceive to be erroneous; and therefore, as coming from authority, we are more imperiously called upon to contradict the statement. The learned gentleman stated, that lime acted not otherwise than as a pulveriser of the soil, and exposing a greater surface of it to the air, in the same manner as ploughing did; only that one liming had the effect of three ploughings; it was merely a stimulant, and in no respect served as the food of plants.—From what source Mr. PARK obtained his agricultural knowledge we shall not attempt to ascertain; neither did he attempt to give an exposition to the Court in what manner the soil turned itself over and over in order to expose all its superficies to the atmosphere without the help of manual labour. We hesitate not, however, to affirm, that lime is not only a stimulant, but forms a part of the food of plants; for on analyzation, it is found that this substance is always detected.
The assize sermon, at Carlisle, on Sunday last, was preached by the Rev. E. ANDERSON, A. M. from Eccl. chap. 12, verses 13, 14, at the Cathedral, which was excessively crowded. The sermon was very appropriate; and was not less suitable to the Rev. preacher, than gratifying to his numerous audience. We give this **ed of praise the more willingly, because sermons on these occasions too generally savour of political dogmata;—but, in the present instance, the discourse united the soundest christian doctrine with whatever was interesting to the present and eternal interest of mankind.
The illustrious Hero of Barrossa was in Carlisle this week. His Lordship (Lord Lynedoch) appeared in remarkably good health; and, we doubt not, will be again capable to sustain the honour of his country, should circumstances unfortunately demand his exertions.
Lord Morpeth passed through Brampton to Naworth Castle, on Tuesday evening last, after finishing his important duties as foreman of the Grand Jury at our Assizes.
The Carlisle Waterloo Subscription now amounts to upwards of £1100. We trust that it will be still more; and have no doubt that those who have not yet tasted the luxury of doing good will be eager to participate in the rich feast of administering to the necessities of those who by themselves or their relatives, have contributed so largely to the national character, which is of itself a mine of wealth.
On the 31st ult. a meeting was convened by public advertisement at the Golden Lion inn, Maryport, to promote a subscription for the widows and orphans of the sufferers at Waterloo, H. SENHOUSE, Esq. of Nether Hall, president; when spirited contribution was entered into, and followed up on the plan acted upon in Carlisle.
The attraction of Mrs. DAVISON (late Miss DUNCAN) has contributed materially to fill our theatre during the assizes. The merits of this excellent performer are universally known; and it would be consequently superfluous to make remarks upon what is already known to all our intelligent readers. Mr. M'CREADY, the manager, has spared no expence to gratify the public taste; and it is with pleasure we observe that the public, in return, have given this gentleman no cause to complain that his exertions have been in vain.
This season were pulled in the garden of Mr. John STODART, manufacturer, Cockermouth, red gooseberries, some of which measured 4½ in. in girth by 4 in. 6-8ths, and weighed 1oz.
As a labourer of the name of James SCOTT was removing some rubbish from an old building on a farm called Fountain-head, in the parish of **ston, belonging to Mr. ROBSON, on the 3d inst. he found 104 pieces of silver coin, of from 6d. to 5s. value each. They were chiefly of Queen Ann's coinage.
A few days ago, a match of 50gs. was run by two horses, belonging to Capt. POTTINGER, of Clea Hall, and Mr. YOUNG, of Wigganby,—the distance to be between Wigton and Carlisle; and the owners to be the jockies. The match was won by Mr. YOUNG, as Capt. POTTINGER's horse took sick before it got to Thursby, and was incapable of proceeding further.
We hear that the Rev. Richard BURN, jun. curate of Armathwaite, is presented by the Earl of Lonsdale to the rectories of Kirkandrews and Beaumont, vacant by the resignation of his father.
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