16 NOVEMBER 1867, Page 3

Mr. Laing, M.P. for Wick, unable to visit his constituents,

has addressed to them a letter very Whiggish in tone. He is inclined to let the existing redistribution remain as a "resting-place," hopes the workmen will show political sense, believes that Scotland can- not get her additional members without an increase in the numbers of the House of Commons, warns Mr. Gladstone that it would bo unfair to cicleat the Scotch Reform Bill, and pronounces emphati- cally for the abolition of the Irish Church, and the appropriation of its revenues to denominational education. The address is cool and sensible, but it is characteristic of men like Mr. Laing that he avoids any declaration of opinion on the real Irish issue, the tenure of land.