Newry Commercial Telegraph
March 28, 1828
Newry, County Down
At Pisa, the Countess de Salis, of a son.
On the 26th inst., at St. Mary's Church, Newry, by the Rev. George Edmonds, the Rev. James Collins, of Cavan, to Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Rev. Josiah Erskine, Rector of Knockbride, in the Diocese of Kilmore.
Died,At Belfast, on the 23d inst. the Rev. John Thomson, late Presbyterian Minister of Carnmoney. For many years he was distinguished as the leading member of the General Synod, and in all the deliberations of that body his opinion was regarded with filial deference. For a period of thirty years he was never once absent from a meeting either of Presbytery or Synod. He died in the 87th year of his age, and the 62d of his ministry.
At Lisburn, on the 20th inst. Samuel Thomas Gregg, Esq., M.D., in his 26th year.
At Clifton, England, Mrs. Wright, relict of the late Joseph Wright, Esq. of Belfast.
On the 9th inst., of a paralytic stroke, Mrs. Mac Dougal, wife of Archibald MacDougall, Esq. of Belfast; and on the 18th, in the 17th year of his age, of palpitation of the heart, Alexander MacDougall, second son of A. MacDougall, Esq.
We noticed in our last the committal of Margaret M'Gloan to Down Gaol, for trial at next Assizes, for robbery. We understand that an immense number of pawnbrokers' duplicates (between 40 and 50 in number) were found in her possession, for various articles of wearing apparel, pawned by her at the offices in Newry, and supposed to have been stolen. A large quantity of prints and drawings were also found at her lodgings. Any person having lost such would do well to call on the Police of Newry, in whose custody they now are.
We are happy to inform our Agricultural friends that the Riga and Dutch Flaxseed is this year of prime quality, and the prices are moderately low. Good Flax, on the contrary, still maintains a high price--the best quality of Foreign now selling freely at 11s. @ 14s. stone. Is it wise--is it creditable to our country, we ask, to pay so extravagant a price to foreigners for an article which we can grow equally as well and as good ourselves?
At the Fair of Mullacrew, on Tuesday, very little business was transacted. There was a large show of pigs, both store and bacon, but owing to the great decline of prices, very few of them changed owners. The supply of inferior beef was considerable, most of which went home unsold. The only cattle that appeared to be in request were early springers by the north country jobbers, and from the large quantity of potatoes and fodder on hand, many were induced to buy dry cows to fatten.--Drogheda Journal.
CHAMBERLAIN'S OFFICE,Dublin Castle, 20th March, 1828.
There will be a LEVEE at the Castle on Monday the Fourteenth of April, at One o'Clock; and a Drawing Room on Thursday the Seventeenth of April, at Nine o'Clock.
As mistakes unavoidably occur by Persons attending the Drawing-Rooms at the Castle neglecting to bring their Cards, it is particularly requested that each Person will bring two cards, with their name and place of residence; one to be delivered to those appointed to receive them in the Corridor, the other to be delivered to the Chamberlain.
Armagh, March 26.--Hutcheson, the soldier, yesterday underwent a public flagellation, pursuant to his sentence, to the visible gratification of thousands of anxious spectators. He was removed from the gaol at 12 o'clock, and whipped round the outside of the Mall: it was over in about 8 minutes: the wretched man bore the suffering with much seeming fortitude. On the nearest calculation there could not be less than 10,000 persons, of both sexes and all ages, present on the occasion. No accident occurred.
In the paragraph relative to the conviction of the individual above-mentioned, which appeared in The Telegraph of Tuesday, the name of the Regiment to which he belonged was unfortunately misstated in the hurry of publication. Hutcheson and the prosecutor (Doolan) were both attached, it appears, to a Recruiting party of the 31st (not the 72d Regiment, as erroneously reported,) then stationed in the City of Armagh. The Surgeon, in whom Doolan's child was submitted for examination, did belong to the 72d Depot, and hence, probably, arose the mistake--certainly an accidental one--which we deeply regret, and to remedy which we most cheerfully give place to the annexed Letter from Major Maclean. We request that such of our cotemporaries [sic] as have copied the former statement will also, in justice to the aggrieved Corps, copy the explanation we now give.
To The Editor of the Telegraph."Sir,--Having seen, this day, a paragraph in your publication of Tuesday the 25th March, stating that 'John Hutcheson, Corporal of the 72d Regiment, was indicted for assaulting Bridget Doolan, an interesting child only 8 years of age, and the daughter of a private soldier of the same Regiment, with intent to commit,' &c. I feel imperatively called upon to address you on the subject of so gross a misstatement. Neither of the parties implicated, Sir, did, or does, belong to the 72d Highlanders--in justice to which corps I call upon you, as you seem to have taken your authority for this publication from a source either maliciously or accidentally incorrect, to consult speedily such records as will enable you to ascertain who the parties really were, and, by giving publicity to this letter, to contradict, most fully, a statement fraught with so much injustice to the 72d Highlanders.
"I have the honor to be, Sir,
"Your most obedient humble servant,
"Major 72d Regt. Commg. Depot.
"Armagh Barracks, 25th March, 1828."
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