CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS SESSIONS.
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                                    Carlisle, January 2, 1844.
 
    The sessions for the present quarter commenced on Tuesday last, and were attended by the following magistrates: -- E. W. HASELL, Esq., Dalemain, chairman;  H. D. MACLEAN, Esq., Carlisle;  J.K. WILSON, Esq., Evening Hill;  T. S. SPEDDING, Esq., Mirehouse;  G. H. OLIPHANT, Esq., Iton-field;  T. H. GRAHAM, Esq., Edmond Castle;  W. HODGSON, Esq., Houghton House;  W. N. HODGSON, Esq., Carlisle;  J. FERGUSON, Esq., (Fisher Street), Carlisle;  the Rev. J. HEYSHAM, Sebergham;  Sir James GRANT, The Hill;  Francis Baring ATKINSON, Esq., Rampsbeck Lodge;  The Rev. W. REES, Carlisle;  T. SALKELD, Esq., Holme Hill;  T. A. HOSKINS, High Setmurthy;  W. P. JOHNSON, Esq., Walton House;  W. WILDE, Esq., Carlisle;  R. FERGUSON, Esq., Harker Lodge;  J. SALKELD, Esq., Croft House;  T. FEATHERSTONHAUGH, Esq., The College;  Thomas SCOTT, Esq., Penrith;  the Rev. Dr. JACKSON, Lowther;  Isaac SHAW, Esq., Bootle;  T. IRWIN, Esq., Calder Abbey;  R. BRISCO, Esq., Low Mill House;  the Rev. Alexander SCOTT, Egremont;  the Rev. Henry LOWTHER, Distington.
                                    Carlisle, January 2, 1844.
 
 
 
After the usual formalities the following gentlemen were sworn on:
 
THE GRAND JURY.
John COULSON, Cumwhinton, foreman.
John CARRUTHERS, Castle Street.
Thomas PHILIPS, Low Crosby.
Hugh M'ALPIN, Spittal Moor.
John DOVER -- Dalston Forge.
William Ashbridge THOMLINSON, Greensyke.
Midford ATKINSON, English Street.
George BROWN, Pack Hours Lane.
Thomas Jefferson, English Street.
William LAMB, King's Arms Lane.
Henry RELPH, Chapel Street.
Thomas STORDY, Cross Hill.
Arthur FORSTER, Whiteholme.
John Lamb WAUGH, Seat Hill.
John De VITREE, Stapleton.
Thomas MORLEY, Cumwhitton.
John HODGSON, Howend.
George HETHERINGTON, Lonsdale Street.
Thomas HUTTON, Botcherby New Road.
Jeremiah BROWN, Harraby.
William Reed, The Moat.
 
    The usual proclamations were then read, after which:
 
    The Chairman proceeded to charge the Grand Jury.  He congratulated them upon the state of the calendar, which was, he said, light as to the number of the prisoners, and light as to the character of the offences laid to their charge.  The number of the prisoners was not more than half what it usually was at these Sessions, -- which were held in the middle of winter, when it was generally found that crime was on the increase.  That the calendar was light told well for the county and for the endeavours of the magistrates to diminish the amount of crime in the county, -- with that view they had introduced a system of religious instruction into the gaol during the last half-year, which it was hoped, would have the effect of supplying the great want perceivable in almost all the prisoners committed.  The Chairman then dwelt upon the importance of religious education, and said that a heavy responsibility rested upon all to promote it to the utmost of their power, which it was especially desirable should be done by men in the situation of the Grand Jurors, by attending the day and Sunday schools in their neighbourhoods, and causing to be instilled into the minds of the children the principles of education and religious knowledge founded upon the first requisite of religious truth.  The Chairman then noticed the several cases at some length, and on discharging the Grand Jury requested them to take the shortest cases first, so that the Court might not be kept waiting unnecessarily.
 
    The Barristers attending the Sessions were Messrs. FAWCETT, GREIG, RAMSHAY, HOSKINS, DYKES, BELL and LAWRIE.