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204 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Moray Place. ~~ reputation, but he was too much a votary of the regular old rhetorical style of poetry to be capable of appreciating the Lake school, or any others among his own contemporaries; and thus he was apt to make mistakes, draw wrong deductions as to a writer?s future, and indulge in free-and-easy condemcation. He \vas passionately attached to his native city, Edinburgh, and was always miserable when away from it. It was all the same through life - he never could reconcile himself to new places,new people, or strange habits ; and thcs it was that his letters, in age, from Oxford, from London? and America, teem with complaints, and longing for home. His in. dustry was indefatigable, and his general information of the widest range, perfectly accurate, and alway- s at command He died in 1850, in his seventyseventh year, and was borne from Moray Place to his last home in the cemetery at the Dean. In No. 34 lived the Hon. Baron successively Sheriff of Berwickshire and of West Lothian, Professor of Scots Law in the University of Edinburgh, and Baron of Exchequer till the abolition of the Court in 1830. His great work on the Criminal Law of Scotland has been deemed the text-book of that department of jurisprudence, and is constantly referred to as an authority, by bench and bar. It was published in 2 vols. quarto in 1799. He died at Edinburgh on the 30th August, FRANCIS, LORD JEFFRLY. (A/er fhe Pmt7a.i 6y Cnluin Smith, R.S.R.) David Hume, of the Scottish Exchequer in 1779 and 1780, nephew of the historian, and an eminent writer on the criminal jurisprudence of the country, one of the correspondents of the Mirror Club, and who for many years sat with Sir Walter Scott, at the Clerks? table in the first Division of the Court of Session. . No. 47 was long the abode of Sir James Wellwood Moncreiff, Bart., of Tullibole in Kinross-shire, who was called to the Scottish bar in 1799, and was raised to the bench in 1829, under the title of Lord MoncreifT, and died in 1851. His contemporary Baron Hume, tilled various important situations with great ability, having been 1S38, and left in the hands of the secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh a valuable collection of MSS. and letters belonging to, or relating to his celebrated uncle, the historian of England. In Forres Street -a short and steep one opening south from Moray Place-No. 3 was the residence of the great Thomas Chalmers, D.D., the leader of the F r e e C h u r c h movement, a largehearted, patriotic, and devout man, and of whom it has been said, that he was preeminently in the unity of an undivided life, at once a man of man of the world. God, a man of science, and a He was born on the 17th of March, 1780. As a preacher, it is asserted, that there were few whose eloquence was capable of producing an effect so strong and irresistible as his, without his ever having recourse to any of the arts of common pulpit enthusiasm. His language was bold and magnificent; his imagination fertile and distinct, gave richness to his style, while his arguments were supplied with a vast and rapid diversity of illustration, and all who ever heard him, still recall Thomas Chalmers with serious and deep-felt veneration. He is thus described in his earlier years, and
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