Mighty preparations are-making in Edinburgh for the dinner to be given to Earl Grey on Monday the 15th. The list of stewards com- prises the names of two hundred and seventy of the most distinguished persons not alone in Edinburgh, but in Scotland, including nearly all the Liberal Peers, many Members of the House of Commons, and the Chief Magistrates of the principal towns. It has been found dif- ficult or impossible to procure a place of assembly sufficiently capacious to hold the company expected to be present—probably at least two thousand. The Parliament House would have held 1300 persons, by hard cramming: but objections have been raised to its being used on a party occasion. It was then suggested that the quadrangle in Heriot's Hospital might be covered over, and converted into a temporary dining- room. But this plan also has been abandoned ; and it has been deter- mined to erect a building on purpose,"on the Callon Hill, in the play- ground behind the High School. It is to be one hundred feet square, and capable of accommodating two thousand patriots and feasters, with galleries for the ladies. Mr. Hamilton the architect, and Dr. Reid, whose skill in acoustics is spoken of highly in the Edinburgh papers, are to superintend its construction ; so that it is hoped the company will be seated comfortably, and hear well.
The principal towns in Scotland, including Glasgow, Montrose, Aberdeen, &c. have resolved to forward through their Magistrates grateful and congratulatory addresses to Earl Grey, when he arrives in Edinburgh. The Town-Council of Edinburgh have voted him the
freedom of the city, to be presented in a gold box. sasses The following is the Tory account of the getting-up of the dinner : there is asemblance of truth, though with a good deal of exaggeration about it. It is not the mere love of shooting, or affection for Earl Grey, thathas sent almost every member of the Cabinet into Scotland at this particular time.
" People at a distance may imagine that this affair originated on the spot, and was the spontaneous effect of the feelings of the Whigs here. No such thing. It was projected in a totally different quarter—nay, sofas away as London. It was, in fact, first proposed by Lord Chancellor Brougham—by the man who politically slew his chief,' and who has intrigued, lied,' and done so many disgraceful things to get himself planted in the noble Earl's shoes. This fact may startle seine of the 1Vhigs themselves—it will to doubt surprise, and perhaps sick-n, Lord Grey. but the fact is nevertheless as we have stated it; and it is notorious that the Chancellor took measures to be in Edinburgh even before it was certain that Earl Grey would accept the invitation. We appeal, however, to Sir James Gibson Craig on the subject : he knows that the scheme of the dinner was communicated to him by a 'Metropolitan correspondent before he dreamed of speaking on this subject to a living soul in Edinburgh. It was Sir James who put himself forward as the ostensible contriver of the dinner ; but Lord Brougham has pulled the strings behind the curtain : not, however, so successfully as to conceal from us the person of the real operator. Whatever may be thought of the conduct of the Chancellor in getting up a dinner here to Earl Grey, and thus contriving to make the citizens of Edinburgh administer to his cunning and deceitful designs, there can be only one opinion as to his motives and those of his party. fle knows that Lord Grey is quite ready to abandon the present Ministry and their cause, and he dreads the less of his per- smell as well as political influence. This dinner is intended to be the means of reuniting the separated trunk of the Whig party, in order that its branches may for a little longer exhibit somewhat of their former luxuriance. They wish to pour oil upon the wounds which the noble Earl has suffered from the bands of Ilk intimate political associates. lint it is all hypocrisy, dishonesty, faith- lessness, selfishness, and humbug."—Edinannek Evening Post.
Mr. Ellice, has arrived at his shooting-quarters at Invereshie, in Badenoeh. Mr. C. Grant is expected shortly in Inverness.
Mr. Poulett Thomson has left town fur Scotland, to ascertain the state of manufacturing industry in Glasgow, Dundee, &c. Ile is nut expected to return for six weeks.
Among the people of rank and distinction now travelling in Scot- land, in addition to the Cubinet and other Ministers, we see mention made of Loid and Lady Han owby, Lord Grosvenor, Sir John Leach, the Dutchess of Bedford, Admiral Drummond, thief Justice Doherty, and Lord James Stuart. The great Scottish Thanes and their families are most of them at their country residences.
The Master of the Rolls, Sir John Leach, passed through Inverness out Tuesday weeks on his way to Dunrobiu Castle. The company at this ancient baronial residence is expected this season to be unusually brilliant. The Lord Chancellor, the Duke and Dutchess of Buccleuch, Lord and Lady Harrowby, and Chief Justice Doherty, are to be of the number.
The Marquis of Douro, Sir J. Ogilvie, Major Campbell, and Colonel Hare, were among the passengers in the splendid steam-ship Dundee, which sailed from the Downs on Wednesday.