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Madras (Lord Elpbinstone), was appointed to take temporary charge of the residency in Capt. Douglas's absence. Mr. Bayley, finding reason to believe, from his communications with the Rajah of Tanjore, that Capt. Douglas had been in the habit of receiving presents from the Rajah, communicated the fact to the Madras Government, and Mr. W. Kindersley (now deceased) was directed to proceed to Tanjore and institute a searching inquiry into the matter. Mr. Kindersley, on arriving at Tanjore, communicated in writing to Capt. Douglas the nature of the general charges alleged against him, and requested from him a specific answer. The reply from Capt. Douglas was considered by Mr. Kindersley not to afford such answer, and he addressed him again, repeating the charges, stating particulars, and the names of the parties upon whose statements they rested. Capt. Douglas, in his further letter, charged these persons with collusion ; but he refused to produce his private account with Messrs. Parry, at Madras, his bankers and agents, to his credit with whom some of the sums of money were charged to have been transferred. One of the letters, which was dated 20th December, 1811, and which was relied upon by the SolicitorGeneral, on the part of the prosecution, as an unequivocal avowal by Capt. Douglas of his own guilt, is as follows:-
“My dear Kinnersley, I have some hopes that you may be spared a duty wbich I am sure must be most disagreeable to you, from a letter which I have addressed to the Government, and of which I enclose you a copy. Pray shew it the official; if you think proper, to Bayley, with my regards, if he pleases to accept them,--certainly with my respects. He has acted honourably and fairly to me, according to the impression which he received; but I wish he could have read my heart, or, which would have answered the same purpose, the heart of the wicked rajah. He bitterly deceived! No; it is I that have been most bitterly deceived. I have not the least intention of denying the fact of having lent myself to a system of some forty years' duration. The cruelty of Sir Frederick Adams's ineasure-my deep and hopeless state of embarrassment-the refusal of the Court to grant me any redress, because I was employed out of the regular line of my profession, though they acknowledged the injustice and oppression I had met with from their Governor at Madras—the inattention of Lord E. (supposed to be Lord Elphinstone) to their orders for my appointment to Travancore by way of compensation--the reduction of my salary at Tanjore, when I did return there, by upwards of 5001. a year-the entire failure of my health, and with it all hopes even of release for the debts I had incurred for others- I could add to the list; but though I did so for ever, it would be no excuse; the best, the only really palliative part of the proceeding is, that I did not deceive the rajah. He was told I would unflinchingly perform my public duty; and I did so, hoping against hope. I told him repeatedly I would leave him to his fate, never to return; and I did s0,-at how great a sacrifice, let the present wellfounded, as likely to happen, apparent ruin, to which Bayley's belief of the rajah's assertions exposes me and mine, testify. Good-bye. I have been very foolish, boping against hope, and misled by the rajah's promises, and at times even his semblance of amendment. If your inquiry should proceed, even in spite of my letter, it should commence with the installation of Sirpagee in 1799, and Mr. Torins and his annuity of 1,0001. per annum; Colonel Blackburn, ditto, ditto; Fife's ditto; and, above all, to entertain the fact whether or not I made any alteration in the method left me by poor old M'Clean. No Asint.Journ.N.S. VOLJY.No.23,
excuse ; I know it, and deeply feel it. It does not signify whether it was the mere bite of the apple, or the eating it all. Touch not-taste not. The Act of Insolvency was the choice left me, and I was weak.
"I am, faithfully, yours,
“ A. DOUGLAS. “ Addressed to W. Kinnersley, Esq., Tanjore."
The case having been laid before the Attorney-General, he filed an ex officio information against Capt. Douglas (then in England), and a mandamus was granted by this Court to the Supreme Court at Madras, for the purpose of taking evidence in support of the charges, which was accordingly taken on the spot, and copies of such evidence were transmitted to this country. On the part of the defendant, Mr. Kelly objected to the reception of this evidence, on the ground (inter alia) that the original transcript, and not copies, should have been transmitted, which point the judge reserved.
Mr. Kelly, for the defendant, contended that he had merely followed the practice of his predecessors in receiving presents, without which the income of his office would not have defrayed his expenses, and he complained that Capt. Douglas should have been selected as a victim. The Company had arrested him as a deserter, and when he obtained his release by habeus corpus, they instituted this proceeding. He entreated the jury to deal justly, but mercifully and leniently, with him. The jury returned a verdict against the defendant. Lord Denman, in his address to the jury, commended the conduct of Mr. Bayley, who, when offered presents which had not been rejected by former residents, had not forgotten that he was an Englishman, and preferred the performance of his duty to the gratification of his interest.
A column is to be erected by subscription to the memory of the late Sir William Nott, near his native place, Carmarthen.
Our letters from Alexandria (Feb. 8, 1815), referring to Mr. Galloway's projected railroad, state that that gentleman, having brought the subject to the Pasha, the latter desired him to prepare a plan, saying that he would look at it after his return from Upper Egypt. In the meanwhile, Mr. Galloway has been measuring the ground on the spot. The notion of the canal across the isthmus seems to be dropped. - Times, Feb. 25.
In the Diario do Governo of Lisbon, of the 15th February, is published a copy of a decree issued by the Chinese High Commissioner Ki, dated the 31st of October last, in which, by order of the Emperor, the port of Macao is de. clared open to the trading-vessels of Portugal, and of all other nations.
Sir James Dowling, Chief Justice of New South Wales. ---Sir James Dowling died at his residence, at Darlinghurst, Sydney, on the 27th of September. He was born in 1787, and was called to the English bar, where he acquired a high professional reputation; the reports bearing the name of " Dowling and Ryland," are well known. He had been some years at the bar, when, in June, 1827, he was appointed to the office of puisne judge in New South Wales; and in August, 1837, on the retirement of Sir Francis Forbes, he was elevated to the Chief Justiceship, on which occasion he received the honour of knighthood. Sir James had obtained leave of absence for two years, in order that he might visit his native country, with a view to the restoration of his health, which had completely broken down under the pressure of excessive labour, occasioned by the withdrawal of Judge Burton to Madras. Sir James was then left to discharge all the duties connected with the Courts of Equity, Common Law, Admiralty, and the Criminal Court, with only one coadjutor, Judge Stephens. These duties completely broke him down, and he was thrown upon his bed incapable of further exertion. His medical attendants at once pronounced the necessity of immediate withdrawal from all active employment, as well as the expediency of a change of cli ate. Under these circumstances, the governor granted him permission to return to England; and he had taken his pas. sage with Lady Dowling, in the hope that he would be able to resume his duties hereafter. Unhappily, however, a temporary convalescence was succeeded by a relapse, which carried him off, to the regret of all the inhabitants of the colony, by whom he was sincerely respected, not only on account of his great talent, integrity, and impartiality as a judge, but for his unceasing benevolence as a man, having been a liberal contributor to every institution calculated to promote the happiness or advantage of the colony. Previous to his death, the legislative assembly, impressed with the value of his past services (having been 17 years on the bench), voted him the full amount of his official salary (2,000l. a-year) during his absence, although it is customary on such occasions to reduce that moderate stipend one-half. Farewell addresses of the most flattering description were presented to him by the corporation and every institution in Sydney; while the bar not only offered the strongest ex. pressions of their sympathy, but handed to him a valuable piece of plate, commemorative of the high regard which they entertained for him, and the deep sorrow they felt at the cause of his departure. “It is a source of painful reflection to the family of the learned judge,” observes the Globe, “that, three years back, when labouring under ill-health, arising from his incessant application, he applied to the Governor (Sir G. Gipps) for permission to return to his native air to recruit his strength, but was refused on the ground of economy, and on the plea that his medical men would not certify that he was incapable of continuing his duties without danger to bis life. The economy by this fatal determination secured was a saving of 5001. a-year, for two years. One-half of Sir James's salary would have been apportioned to some gentleman of the bar, who would have been placed on the bench, and this sum would have been increased to 1,500l. per annum, the salary of a puisne judge, out of the colonial funds. This refusal is the more extraordinary, as a similar license had been granted to his predecessor, Sir F. Forbes, and to Judge Burton, next in seniority to himself, without hesitation. Judge Burton, on his return to the colony, was appointed to a better post at Madras, and thus Sir James and Judge Stephens were left to perform the whole judicial duties of the colony, and the life of a valuable public functionary has been sacrificed.”
In the official announcement of the event, in the Sydney Gazette, the governor expresses his assurance, that the public in general will join with him in deeply regretting the loss which the colony has sustained by the death of his Honour, and in a desire to pay all possible respect to his memory,” and his intention to attend the funeral of the deceased Chief Justice, which he invites all officers of the civil government also to attend.
Sir James has left behind him a widow, two daughters, and a son, in the colony. Mr. James Dowling, his second son, is at the English bar, and was on the eve of his departure to the colony, hourly expecting the arrival of his father. His family in this country is well known as members of the bar, and by their connection with our periodical and general literature.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.
Jan. 20. At Roehampton, the Hon. Mrs. Leslie Melville, son.
At Stockton-on-Tees, the lady of W. C. Gibson, Esq., Ceylon Civil Service, son.
11. At Bishopstoke, the lady of Captain Walter, Bombay Cavalry, daughter.
13. In Upper Grosvenor-street, the lady of James Weir Hogg, Esq., M. P., son.
18. At the East-India College, the wife of the Rev. Henry Melvill, B. A., daughter.
24. At Warley Barracks, Essex, the wife of Capt. W. F. Hay, E. I, Co.'s depôt, daughter.
Feb. 4. At Tonbridge-wells, James A. Durham, Esq., to Maria Helen, daughter of William Thomas Toone, Esq., late of the Hon. East. India Company's service.
At St. Pancras Church, Mr. George Wickens, of Southwark, second son of George Wickens, Esq., of Rotherfield, Sussex, to Anna Maria, youngest daughter of the late William Cole, Esq., Bengal Civil Service.
At Edinburgh, A. Easter, Esq., to Jessie F. Steel, eldest daughter of the late Lieut. col. J. Taylor, Bengal army.
6. At St. George's, Hanover-square, Percy Tackin Snow, Esq., 3rd Madras Light Infantry, to Louisa Maria, eldest daughter of T. A. Shaw, Esq., late of the Bengal Civil Service.
11. At St. Paul's Churclı, Edinburgli, Sir William Cornwallis Harris, Major of the Hon. the East India Company's Bombay Engineers, to Margaret, only daughter of George Sligo, Esq., of Seacliff, in the county of Haddington.
12. At Carron-hall, in the county of Stirling, North Britain, Lieut.- Colonel Armine S. H. Mountain, C.B., of the Cameronians, to Charlotte Anne, eldest daughter of Lieut.-Colonel Dundas, of Carron-ball.
14. Ac Monkstown Church, county of Dublin, Lieut. Archibald J. M. Boileau, of the Madras engineers, son of Thomas Boileau, Esq., of the Madras Civil Service, and Judge of the Northern division, Masulipatam, to Georgiana Elizabeth, eldest daughter of George Wilson Boileau, Esq., of Monkstown, county of Dublin.
15. At Woodbury, near Exeter, Capt. A. R. Witson, 14th regt. Bengal N. I., to Anna Saunders, eldest daughter of the late Capt. W. R. Smith, R. N.
Oct. 22. On board the Poictiers, returning to England for the recovery of bis health, Lieutenant Edmund Leicester, 52nd Regiment Madras N. I., second son of the late Rev. G. C. F. Leicester, of Hatfield Broad Oak.
Dec. 27. At Demerara, John T. Rothney, Esq., of the Civil Service of that colony, aged 25, sixth son of Mr. Alexander Rothney, of the East-India Company's home establishment.
Jan. 26. At Wiesbaden, duchy of Nassau, Susan Maria, youngest daughter of Captain H. A. Drummond, late of the Hon. East-India Company's Service, aged 10 years.
Feb. 4. Colonel Andrew Creagh, C.B., late commanding 81st Foot, and Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty William IV.
9. In Air-street, Piccadilly, in his 56th year, F. W. Morgan, Esq., late Captain in the Hon. East-India's Company's service.
il. At his residence, Herne hill, Surrey, James Hine Ball, Esq., late of the East-India House, aged 62.
12. At Southampton, Lieutenant E. N. Kendall, R.N., marine superintendent of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Company. He served on several expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and accompanied the last expedition of Sir John Franklin to the Polar Sea, between the years 1825 and 1827, and was the companion of Dr. Richardson on that branch of the expedition which discovered and delineated the northern coast of America lying between the Mackenzie and Copper-mine rivers.
Feb. 14. At Guernsey, T. H. Davies, Esq., late President Madras Med. Board.
- J. C. Grant, Esq., eldest son of the late Dr. W. L. Grant, Bengal establislıment.
15. At Torquay, aged 23, William G. H. Vos, Esq., youngest son of the late Dr. Vos, of Calcutta.
Dr. W. A. Hughes, formerly of the Madras med. establishment, aged 50. 16. At Camberwell New-road, Captain William Orrok, of the Hon. East. India Company's 16th Regiment of Bombay N. I., aged 35.
17. At Brighton, Miss Julia Sophia Cross, aged 12, niece and adopted daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Cogan, Upper Mall, Hammersmith.
21. At his house in Grafton-street, Piccadilly, Guy Lenox Prendergast, Esq., aged 66, late of the East-India Company's Civil Service, formerly chief of Surat, Member of Council at Bombay, and M. P. for Lymington.
ARRIVALS. Jan. 29.- Scindian, Bengal, Downs ; Gertrude, Batavia, St. Albau’s Head -30. Persian, Madras, Eastbourn, -- 31. Louisa, Van Diemen's Land, Port. land; Isabella, Mauritius, Downs. - Feb. 1. John Edward, Bengal, Downs; Bahamian, China, Liverpool ; Andromache, Singapore, Dover.-3. Carshalton Park, Manilla, Dover. – 4. Augustus, South Australia, Isle of Wight; Caledonia, Batavia, Isle of Wight.-5. Carthaginian, Bombay, Liverpool ; Siam, Bengal, Sandgate.-6. Dauntless, Bengal, Downs; Hortensia, Cape of Good Hope, Portsmouth ; Sirene, China, Brest--7. David Malcolm, Bengal. Fal. moutlı; Montefiores, Mauritius, Falmouth; T'imandra, Bengal, Falmouth.9. Duke of Cornwall, Madras, Brighton.-10. Regia, Mauritius, Plymouth; Bengal, Moulmein, Plymouth ; Sanderson, China, Liverpool; Delhi, Bombay, Liverpool; Theodosia, Bengal, Liverpool; Elizabeth, Mauritius, Falmouth; Admiral Troup, Batavia, Torbay; Arab, Bengal, Falmouth.-11. George IV., Singapore, Hastings. --- 12. Haidie, N. S. Wales, off the Wight; Earl Durham, Bengal, Portsmouth; Esther, Bengal, Liverpool; Isabella Harnett, Bengal, Liverpool; Meloc, Singapore, Bordeaux.-13, Robert Matthews, Van Diemen's Land, Portsmouth ; Braganzu, (St.) Constantinople, Portsmouth; Athol, Bombay, Clyde. - 14. Earl of Durham, Madras, Portsmouth; Poictiers, Ben. gal, Falmouth; Mc Leod, Mauritius, Isle of Wight; Lady Feversham, Madras, Portsmouth; Mary Ridley, Bengal, Eddystone ; Douglas, Cape of Good Hope, Dublin.-15. Inglewood, China, Liverpool ; Isabella Blyth, Mauritius, Torbay ; Unicorn, Mauritius, Dover; Thomas Young, Bengal, Downs; Cookson, Mauritius.—17. England's Queen, China, Downs; Reliance, Penang, Downs ; King of the Netherland's, Batavia, Dover.-19. Skerne, N. S. Wales; Samarang, Batavia, Plymouth.--21. Patna, China, Liverpool. – 22. Akbar, Mauritius, Cork.--21. Urania, Batavia, Plymouth ; Earl of Liverpool, China, Portsmouth; Robert Small, Bengal, Dover ; Belle Creole, Mauritius, Downs ; Emma Engenia, ditto; Colombo, Bengal, Downs; Jack, Mauritius, Downs.25. Queen of England, Bengal, Liverpool; London, ditto ; Governor, Cape of Good Hope, Liverpool; Wild Irish Girl, Bombay, Liverpool; Harrison Chilton, Bengal, Liverpool; Achilles, Ceylon, Folkstone; Emma, Bombay, Liverpool; Medusa, China, Downs; Duke of Portland, Madras, Sandgate; Plancius, China, Downs.
From Liverpool. - Jan. 17. Ranger, Batavia. - 28. Syren, Calcutta.—29. Hope, Ceylon ;-Argyle, China.-31. William Mitchell, China; Invoice, Mauritius.