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PRINTED FOR ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND COMPANY,
By J. Ruthven and Sons.
EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY,
For JANUARY 1814.
View of different Proposals for the Situation of the NEW JAIL, with the Plan of a Bridge and Road across the CALTON HILL.
"Respice finem." TO THE EDITOR.
SIR, MANKIND, we are told, is naturally pleased with new things, and when at the same time they are set in an agreeable light, this very much heightens the pleasure. There are few subjects, however, but what have been so often considered, that it is not to be expected they should afford many thoughts entirely new; but the same thought set in a different light, or applied to a different occasion, has in some degree a claim of novelty-this is all we can hope from the hints now to be given in this paper. For, although among the various improvements which from time to time have been projected, or successfully carried into execution, in this, renowned and prosperous city, there is none, in our opinion, which at all appears to involve so many and so wonderfully important consequences to all classes of the community, as connecting Prince's Street in a direct line with the Calton-hill ;-still no claim can be laid to novelty in the scheme, since nearly forty years ago
this plan was projected by our illustrious countryman, the great architect Adam.
In our last number, we presented our readers with the Report of Mr Rae, the very respectable Sheriff of the county, touching the most proper situation for the erection of a New Jail. Mr Rae's report had the good effect, not only of throwing light upon the question, but also of rousing a spirit of enquiry, and exciting considerable interest on the subject. The public attention was called to it by a series of papers which appeared in the Caledonian Mercury; and whilst we testify our approbation of the disinterested conduct of the publisher of that paper, by inserting them to the exclusion of more profitable matter, we shall proceed to give an abstract of their contents, and offer a few general observations on this topic.
It was generally admitted, that the Sheriff had been successful in proving the impropriety of Forrester's Wynd,
the situation first suggested for the purpose; but insuperable objections were very soon raised to that on the south-side of Prince's Street, which he proposed to substitute as a site. "A. Z." wrote thus :
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