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It is now positively asserted that Mr. Christian has accepted the office of Law Adviser a the Castle, which it was very generally believed that he had declined.

Mr. C. S. Grey, one of the private secretaries of Lord Sohn Russell, who has servAl for a long period in the Treasury, has received the ap- pointment of Paymaster of Civil Services in Ireland, lately held by Mr. Kennedy, one of the Commissioners of Woods and Forests. Sir James M'Gregor has restyled his appointment to the Meclical Staff of the Army. —Globe.

Mr. Osborne, the Member for Midcllesex, but intimately connected with the land of Ireland through his wife's property, has ranged himself against the Tenant Leaguers; making his declaration in answer to the Secretary's request that he sign a requisition for a public meeting in his county, with eharacteristic frankness and force- " Aceept my thanks for the flattering terms -in which you have alluded to any Parliamentary conduct. In order that I may not be unworthy of a Don- timuition of your confidence, I will candidly state the reasons which prevent me from siguitig the 'requisition' forwarded by your committee. As a cor- dial supporter of an improved tenant law,' founded on the principle of evenhanded jnseee, I dissent from the propriety of adopting- the principles of tenant law laid down and defined by a onesided Conference sitting in Dublin because, in may 'humble judgment, the principles are unsound and the details impracticable ; and, not being premed to support any measure which proposes to enforce a fixed standard for the payment of wages, or to regulate the prices of the necessaries of life by set of Parliament, I must decline cooperating with a league which seeks to obtain a legal sanction for forcing the letting of land by a compulsory valuation'; nor do I wish to mislead the tenant-farmers Of Ireland by fostering the delusion that the 'aforesaid principles; as defined by the 'Conference in Dublin,' will ever obtain a legislative sanction. "For these reasons, and because I am anxious that the cause of rational progress and improvement should not be prejudiced by the ventilation of visionary theories and unattainable schemes, I must respectfully decline your invitation to attend at Cashel on the Ifith instant : at the same time, you will do me the favour to inform the committee, that I shall deem it my duty to support the principle of any fair measure of tenant security which would insure the tenant such a tenure and compensation for unexhausted improvements as equity demands, and which, by removing the antiquated shackles of feudal tames, as well as all legal obstructions in the transfer and letting of land, shall leave the conditions of its purchase or hire to the com- mon sense anti free will of the parties engaged in the transaction."

Some of the Irish papers discuss the practical effect of the new Fran- chise Bill passed in the late session. The Cork Examiner calculates that the constituency of Cork county will be raised to above 20,000 electors ; it is thought that Antrim will gain a constituency of 10,000 electors, Queen's county above 4009, and so on with other counties, and proper- tionately with the boroughs. The Leinstar Express regards it as now quite certain that the few can no longer prevail against the many.

The Dublin correspondent of the Times gives the following letter from Cardlebar, dated the 13th October, without vouching for its "curious revelations"— " Mr. Commissioner Curran held a court here yesterday for the relief of insolvent debtors. There were thirteen applicants seeking to be discharged under the Insolvent Act ; but they *ere of a class of persons totally different from those who usually appear in courts of thisdescription. One is a landed proprietor, whose rental was estimated at from 2000!. to 30004 per year ; and he is also a Deputy-Lieutenant and Magistrate of this county. A.ncither is or was an extensive Government contractor, who some years since purchased A considerable estate in thiscounty, and was supposed to be eery wealthy. A. third is a landed proprietor and Justice of the Peace, possessing a small es- tate in the neighbourhood of this tome A fourth is a landed proprietor and Magistrate of this county, and an extensive grazing farmer. The fifth is one of the oldest and most upright Magistrates of the county, the owner of a mull estate, and also a very extensive grazing and tillage farmer. The ea* of this gentlemau excited eonaiderable interest in court, because of his age. (upwards of seventy years)) and the unblemished character for honesty and integrity which he had hitherto borne. His discharge was opposed by ant of his landlords, the grandson of a celebrated ex-Chancellor of Ireland, who appeared personally in court, and who had counsel and law and other agents. to Mid him. Alter the examination of several witnesses on behalf of the landlord, the insolvent was personally examined on oath. He stated, that he was extensively engaged in farming and grazing operations since the year 1806; that beheld from the predecessor of his present landlord and from himself the farm of land for the balance of the rent of which he was sued and east into prison; that he paid his rent mmctually for this farm for a period of thirty-eight years, leaving one year's rent only unpaid; that in 1829 he got from the father of his present landlord an abatement in the rent of 701. per year, which was continued to him for twelve or thirteen ye until, upon the death of that landlord, he was compelled to resume the old rent under the lease made to him of the farm in question ; and he wart obliged to pay this rent, which was double the actual value of the land, until within the last two or three years previous to the expiration of the " lease, when he got an abatement of 30/. out of the 70/. per year. The lease._ expired in 1837; and he then was continued as tenant from year to year at the former rent, less 70/. a year, the amount of the abatement of 1829. In. reply to other questions, the insolvent stated that he never before committed an act of insolvency; that a bill of his was never before protested ; that he paid his rents punctually to the present and several other landlords, by cheeks on La Touche's bank ; and that from the pressure of the times he was unable for the last four years to put more than half stock on the farm in question; and that that farm, from the high rent which he was obliged to pay for it, was the cause of his ruin. I refrain from obvious reasons from men- tioning names, fearing to hurt the feelings of many respectable persons; bet I send you, privately the names as a voucher for the authenticity of my statements.'

The report of a local paper, however, shows that Mr. Commissioner Curran did not take a favourable view of the case made by the insolvent, nor condemn the opposition made to his release. Mr. Curran. said-

" This is one of the cases in which the landlord is Bought to be held up to the odium of the public. The insolvent has, however, committed a breach of faith : he passed his bill to his landlord, which was renewed under the promise to pay it on the sale of his stock; he performed his promise in part ; he sold the stock, but did not pay the bill, but made a partial payraent to a member of his family." Mr. Curran decided that the insolvent was not entitled to his imme- diate discharge, and remanded him for four months.

The Armagh Guardian states, on the authority of a clergyman, that "since the improvement in the linen trade, now only a few months, the marriages celebrated by him in his parish have been more numerous than they altogether were fer the previous two and a half years."