reached Edinburgh from around the world, sometimes brought by the ships
arriving at Leith, sometimes by Overland Mail, often taking several
months to reach Edinburgh
and Public Meetings
year began with Notices of an anti-Corn Law Conference in Edinburgh, and
the Christening of the Prince of Wales in January.
Public Meeting was held, and concern was expressed in the Press, over
proposals by to run trains on the Sabbath when the Edinburgh &
Glasgow Railway opened in March.
"entire destruction of the British Cabool forces - one European
escaped" was reported in April.
was a report on 10 March, that the Niger Expedition had been "a
were reports for much of the year on the War in Afghanistan - a subject which
featured in Gordon's Diorama
from July until October.
attempts on the life of Queen Victoria, in London, were reported in June
Victoria arrived at Granton
Harbour on 1 September, on a two
week visit with Prince Albert to Scotland. A large engraving
of Queen Victoria's arrival at Granton appeared in the Caledonian
Mercury on 12 September 1842.
horse-drawn service was provided by the Edinburgh,
Leith and Newhaven Railway to view the Royal Fleet in the Firth of