We are happy to announce the arrival of two emigrant vessels freighted under Governor Bourke's new regulations, but our satisfaction has received a drawback in the Scotch vessel being placed in qua- rantine. It was rumoured that many deaths had taken place on board this vessel, but it has been contradicted. Our shipping report states, that the dis- ease on board is but slight, and that her detention in quarantine will be but
The name of the Scotch vessel is John Barry, from Dundee, Robson, master ; Dr. Thompson, R. N. Surgeon-superin- tendent. She brings 312 souls, consist- ing of men, women, and children. The Irish vessel is called the Adam Lodge, Mayne, master, Surgeon-superintendent Dr. Osborne, R. N. She brings 379 souls, consisting of 83 married males, 81 married females, 20 unmarried females, and 195 children.-Sydney Monitor, July 14.
The Rev. James Allen, appointed by Lord Glenelg, chaplain for the emigrants in the Adam Lodge, from Londonderry, preached yesterday for the first time, in the forenoon, in St. Andrew's Church, and in the afternoon in the Scots Church, Sydney, with much acceptance. This gentleman, and the Rev. Mr. Hethering- ton, by the John Barry, we are inform- ed, have received appointments as Pres- byterian Ministers in the Colony.
A gold and silver mine has been dis- covered about thirty miles beyond Segen- hoe, the estate of Mr. T. P. Macqueen several specimens of the ore have been forwarded to the Colonial Secretary ; the discoverer is a Russian who was employ- ed as a stockman in the neighbourhood of the discovery-the mine is on Crown
land.- The Australian.
A most horrible murder has been
committed at the Murray river. It ap- pears, that ten men, assigned to Mr. Ebden and Mr. Agin of Yass,. took the bush, and shortly after quarrelled, when two of them agreed to murder the others when asleep, which they did by knocking the brains out of four and shooting the rest, and then burnt their bodies one by one.-Sydney Gazette.
Colonel Arthuh.-House of Com- mons, 18th March.-Mr. T. Duncomb presented a petition from Lieut.-Colonel Bradley, stating that he had received positive information thatColonel Arthur
had landed on Saturday last at Plymouth from Van Diemen's Land, and praying that the House would immediately ap- point a committee to enquire into and report upon the alledged illegal and cri- minal acts with which the said Colonel Arthur stands charged by the petitioner, as sot, forth in his petition presented on the 17th February last. The honorable gentleman moved that the petition be printed with the vetes, in order to afford an opportunity for its further considera- tion.-The motion was agreed to. Times, March 20.
House of Commons-March 22. New South Wales-Mr. H. Bulwer asked when it was the intention of His Majesty's government to bring forward their New Bill for the better govern- ment of New South Wales. Sir G. Grey replied, on as early a day as possible after Easter.-The Australian.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE COURIER.
Bothwell 2nd August 1837.
Sir, % J
I beg to inform you that myself, and several of my friends in this district, have observed with singular satisfaction, that the leading mem- bers of the late defunct political association, have formed themselves into an association for the preservation of game in this colony. We are exceedingly anxious to co-operate with the association, but as we are in want of proper information for guidance, we would ask (by permission through the medium of your columns) several explanations. We cannot reconcile the
beginning with the end of the first resolution:
" That it is necessary, &c."
This resolution asserts that it is necessary to prevent the destruction of game, &c.-and " to protect the settlers from the unauthorized tres- passes of individuals, who, without any interest in the land or stock of the colony, have been in the habit of breaking fences, destroying flocks, and committing other depredations under a pretence of seeking for game." If persons tiespass merely under a pretence, then in reality game is not destroyed, and therefore we should imagine the law ought rather to be levelled at such pretenders and trespassers.
We arc al-o, Sir, at a loss as to the quantity of imported game in this colony, for we can only gather norn the proceedings that two hares have yet reached the colony, and we believe that Mr. John Bisdee is in possession of about half a dozen of partridges. We therefore imagine, that the views of the association reach to the presei vation of Kangaioo and Opossums, and if so, ctery co-operation will be given in our district. Itis, ccitainly, true that since the removal of the blacks, the wild game of the colony has cncrcascd amazingly, and committed great devjslatio'i amongst our cultivated fields, in destroying wheat, &c, but this will be greatly overbalanced by future good. Butchers meat is now extravagantly high in price, in so much so, thut the poor can scarcely subsist, and therefore by preserving the Kanguroo and Opossums for two years to come we shall, at the csphation of that time, be enabled to supply the needy with wild game in the greatest abund- ance, and at a very low rate.
Wc perceive, also, with much pleasure, that the sixth lcsolulion includes Oystcis as game. The legislature of any country may in the plenitude of its power decide what is, or, what is not, game ; and if oysters are considered so, wc should advise that one elaine in the act, should restrain wild dogs from destroying sheep, and another clause provide for the pre-
servation of bees.
Any light which you can throw upon the subject, will oblige many of your well wishers
in this district.
1 am sir, your obedient servant,
TO THE EDITOR OF THE COURIER.
As a member of the Agricultural Society of Swan River-it is my duty to request, that you will*correct an unintentional error, or misprint, in .your last number. Under the head of " Statistical Society oF London" there is a re- port from Western Australia, of which the fol- lowing is an extract. "The crops of wheat on alluvial land-average eighteen bushels to the acre-Hiebest weighing 4ß pounds." These figures arc misplaced-it should have been 64, pounds. This is an error of very little impor- tance to the generality of your readers, but it is one, of considerable consequence (as a misrepre- sentation, which may go the round of the world)-to the farmer's of that colony,-and as the progrcsss of the Swan River Settlement, has been very materially retaided, by such mistatements,-I beg you will do me the favour
to insert this letter.
J. Morgan. I
[We have, no doubt, that our correspondent is correct in his supposition that 46 should be C4-the mistake, however, if it be one, exists in that highly respectable paper the Alhenmum, oí March 4, from whence we took the. report. -En.]