H́nh ảnh trang
PDF
ePub

floated in water. From that alone I judge that the child was born alive; but this is a very fallacious test-nothing more so." The chief baron here interposed, and said, that the prisoner must be acquitted. There was no proof that the child was born alive. The jury immediately found the prisoner-Not Guilty, and also acquitted her of concealing the birth. The verdict seemed to produce very general satisfaction; and immediately afterwards the prisoner was restored to the care of her friends. The assizes finished on Friday evening. Twenty-one prisoners received sentence of death. Two sheepstealers were left for execution..

14. Yesterday afootman named Martin Merrick was ordered to find bail for sending threatening letters to sir Ludford Harvey, who had discharged him from his service, and had prevented his procuring another place, by giving a true representation of his

character.

EDINBURGH.-The court met to pass sentence on Gilbert M'Leod, found guilty of sedition. He was sentenced to be transported for five years. Lord Hermand proposed the sentence, in which all the other judges concurred except lord Gillies, who went over a great many acts of parliament, and endeavoured to show, that the crime which the panel was convicted of, was verbal sedition, or leasing-making, and was comprehended in the act 1703, which limits the punishment to fine and imprisonment, or, in case the person be poor, and cannot pay a fine, he may suffer in his body. His lordship did not enter into the question, whether the banishment implied

transportation or not; but as the court had a discretionary power, and as the legislature had recently passed an act for England, ordaining imprisonment for the first offence, and banishment forth of the realm for the second, he thought that imprisonment was the punishment proper to inflict in this case. The rest of their lordships took a different view of this case, and considered it as real sedition, and punishable at common law by transportation; and that they could not, consistent with their duty, give a lighter sentence than that proposed by lord Hermand.

Extract of a Letter from Rossshire, dated March 2:—" We have all been agitated by a most unpleasant business, which occurred yesterday. The scene took place on a part of Mr. Munro's (of Novar) property, called Culrain, near Gladfield. The object of the sheriff's going was, to see his officers perform their duty of executing the summons which was to warn the people from their farms. As they had before resisted, the sheriff was obliged to take with him a considerable force, in order to carry the business into effect. About 50 special constables were sworn in, and a party of about 25 militia-men accompanied them. This force proved very inadequate; and a scene took place truly horrible, in which 13 of the sheriff's party were wounded, and of these one had his skull fractured by a stone, which hit him in the forehead. The sheriff was in imminent danger; he was hit by three stones, one of which cut his hat. He went amongst the people, thinking to soften them by reasoning, but it was all in vain. They called

out to him that he used to be on the side of mercy; that they thought he would protect them; but that he now came to oppress them like the rest. The mob appeared as if raving mad; and those who first attacked seemed furious, and were chiefly women. The men were drawn up on a height, and had taken quite a military position behind a wall, with their fire-arms in readiness. There were about 200 armed. The force with the sheriff could not attempt much; but the militiamen were ordered (in hopes of frightening them) to charge with bayonets, when the women, instead of running away, as expect. ed, literally rushed among the bayonets, crying out, We must die any way! better to die here than in America, or at the Cape of Good Hope; we don't care for our lives.' We fear it will be impossible to remove these people without bloodshed.'"

The city election terminated this day being the seventh of the contest. The windows even of the hall, so great was the concourse of spectators, were filled with well-dressed persons, who stood upon the window-sills. The chamberlain's box and the balcony over the grand entrance were equally thronged; and so great was the pressure in the body of the hall, that many persons, unable to sustain the fatigue and the heat, endeavoured to escape, by getting over the partition which enclosed them. A ludicrous scene of confusion was sure to follow these unavailing attempts: those who tried to intrude upon the vacant spaces and alleys, by which the electors came up to, and retired from, the hustings, were many of them caught

up and thrown over by the mul titudes behind them; and the moment they stood upon their legs they were chased out of the hall by the constables. Others, who were thus suddenly and reluctantly elevated in the arms of their neighbours, without being so speedily deposited upon the other side of the partition, in their fright and amazement manifested as much surprise and displeasure as they seemed to do at the close of the poll. In the course of the day the oaths were administered, as we were informed, to sir William Curtis, who gave a plumper for the Lord Mayor; and in the afternoon, Mr. William Smith, the member elected for Norwich, gave his vote for aldermen Wood, Waithman, and Thorp. Upon quitting the hustings he was greeted by loud and universal cheers. The polling was not quite so brisk as it was yesterday, and the contest appeared to lie, evidently, between the Lord Mayor and Mr. Alderman Waithman.

At half past 3 the final close of the poll was exhibited: the numbers being

For Thomas Wilson, esq....5,330

Mr. Alderman Wood...5,328 Sir William Curtis......4,887 The Lord Mayor........4,236 Mr. Ald. Waithman....4,077 Mr. Alderman Thorp...3,898 The exhibition of these num

bers was hailed with the usual mixture of applause and hisses. The four first are members.

16. This morning, Samuel Booth, who was convicted, on Friday last, of the murder of William Parker, game-keeper to Mr. Stuart Wortley, underwent the sentence of the law. At half

[ocr errors]

past 12 the unfortunate man was conducted to the platform behind the chapel. He was accompanied by the chaplain to the gaol, with whom he joined in prayer for about 10 minutes, during which time, though he appeared at intervals to attend seriously to the reverend gentleman, he occasionally looked about with an air of composure, almost bordering on indifference. When placed upon the drop, he looked towards the immense crowd who were assembled, and said, with the utmost coolness, "Good bye lads! I die innocent." The drop immediately fell, and he died apparently without a struggle. The two young men who were sentenced to death for the same crime have been respited.

We copy the following from a daily paper.

"Letters have been received in town from the Queen, dated Rome, the 28th of February, and 6th of March, in which her Majesty speaks positively of her intention of returning to England, and of having ordered persons to meet her at Calais. Her Majesty expresses much indignation at the omission of her name in the Liturgy of the Church of England, and mentions those persons whom she supposes to have been the instigators of what she terms a gross insult. Notwithstanding this interdiction, her Majesty expresses her hopes, that the people of England will still pray for her in their hearts; and she assures them she is well, and sensibly alive to the machinations and plots of her enemies."

21. Hereford LENT ASSIZES. -The King v. Pace.-This was an indictment against John Pace, for an assault upon Elizabeth Ed

wards. The circumstances were peculiar.

Mr. Jervis, for the prosecution said, that as both the parties were necessarily in court, and as the object of the proceeding was merely to afford protection to a lady, who was most reluctantly compelled to come forward upon the present occasion, he should state the facts as briefly as possible to the jury, cautiously ab staining from every topic which might be likely to give pain to the individuals concerned.

The complainant in this case, the learned gentleman said, was a young lady of considerable fortune, eminently gifted with personal attraction, and highly accomplished, resident at Tewksbury the defendant dwelt in the same town, and exercised the profession of an attorney. The defendant, Mr. Pace, having been professionally employed by the family of Miss Edwards, had become acquainted with the nature of her fortune, and had sought to obtain her as a wife. The addresses, however, of the gentleman, had not in the end been agreeable to the lady; and in the month of September last, the jury would find, in order to avoid the importunities of her suitor, Miss Edwards had retired, with her mother, to a watering place, called Aberystwith: it was there that those circumstances had occurred, which had given birth to the present indictment. Although Miss Edwards had taken every precaution to conceal from Mr. Pace the place of her retreat, that gentleman soon discovered the spot, and proceeded in pursuit of her. He arrived at Aberystwith, and on the morning of the 10th of September, at seven

o'clock, he was seen by a Mr. Gittens, a friend of Mrs. and Miss Edwards, reconnoitering the house in which those ladies resided. Mr. Gittens, finding the defendant, at eight o'clock, in the same situation, and being aware of some unpleasant occur rences which had before taken place, acquainted the family with what he had seen; and between eight and nine o'clock, he accompanied Miss Edwards, and a lady of the name of Hatch, to walk on the Marine-parade. The party had scarcely reached that public promenade, when they were accosted by Mr. Pace, who addressing himself to Miss Edwards, asked "Whether her mother would see him?" No answer being returned by the young lady, the defendant repeated his question several times; upon which Mr. Gittens said, "that Mrs. Edwards was unwell, and that he (Mr. Pace) acted unhandsomely in annoying the ladies." The de fendant continuing his intrusion, Mr. Gittens added, "Mrs. Edwards will not see you; but I am to be found at the Talbot" (an inn in the town). Mr. Pace then said, "I want no explanation," endeavouring several times to force his way to Miss Edwards, who was walking between Mr. Gittens and Miss Hatch; and at length Mr. Gittens said, and he was well justified in saying so, "These ladies shall not be insulted." Upon hearing these words, Mr. Pace fell behind the party: when, a moment after, Miss Edwards received a blow on the shoulder, and Mr. Gittens turning rapidly round, saw the defendant with a pistol in his hand, the muzzle of which was pointed at the lady. The two VOL. LXII.

ladies, as the jury would suppose, were greatly alarmed-they fled for shelter to the nearest house; and Mr. Gittens rushed towards the defendant, who immediately fired at him. Fortunately, Mr. Pace missed his aim; and although he instantly drew another pistol from his pocket, he was secured before he could discharge it. The second pistol was found to be loaded with ball. Upon these facts the jury would found their verdict.

Mr. Richard Gittens proved the facts as they had been stated by Mr. Jervis.

Cross-examined by Mr. Taunton.-He admitted that he had attempted to seize the defendant before the latter discharged the pistol.

Miss Elizabeth Edwards deposed to her having been accosted by Mr. Pace, on the 10th September, in the manner described by the last witness, and to the fact of the blow.

The personal attractions of the young lady, which justified the report of her counsel, formed a striking contrast to the appearance of her ci-devant admirer, who was diminutive in figure, and of a countenance by no means prepossessing.

Cross-examined by Mr. Russell.-Q. I believe you have formerly been upon terms of great intimacy with Mr. Pace ?-A. I have.

Q. You had given him reason to suppose that he might possibly become your husband?

Mr. Jervis objected to the question.

Q. I believe he had been very much attached to you?-A. He had expressed himself so.

Q. You have spoken of this tap
G

on the shoulder which you received?—A. It was more serious than a tap.

Q. It might have been given by a person passing by ?-A. I think it could not.

Mr. Taunton, for the defendant, took a formal objection; the complainant was described as one Elizabeth Edwards; now her mother was also named Elizabeth Edwards, and therefore the description ought to have been, Elizabeth Edwards, junior.

Mr. Justice Holroyd.-The point shall be reserved.

Mr. Taunton then addressed the jury. He would not dwell, the learned counsel said, upon the monstrous improbability of the defendant's having aimed at the life of an individual to whom he had been on the point of being joined by the closest and tenderest ties which could unite man to woman; but he would put this simple question-if Mr. Pace had really entertained any intention of injuring Miss Edwards, how was it that he had not carried his purpose into execution? The same interval of time which had sufficed for the trifling tap of which the jury had heard, would have been sufficient for the discharge of the pistol. If the defendant had meditated such an act, what had there been to prevent its accomplishment? It must be proved, the learned gentleman contended, that the blow had been given intentionally, or it would not amount to an assault. The assault, if any, had been committed upon Mr. Gittens; and of that offence it did not belong to the jury then assembled to take cognizance. Upon every view of the case, the defendant was entitled to a verdict. Mr.

Justice Holroyd, in summing up, reprobated severely the conduct of the defendant. The learned judge held, that the mere act of producing a pistol under such circumstances, with a view to terrify the ladies (and with what other view could the defendant have acted?), would have amounted to an assault: in his opinion, however, his lordship said, the blow had been fully established.

The jury, without hesitation, found the defendant Guilty.

The following is a copy of the will of the lamented duke of Kent. It was proved on Tuesday in Doctors' Commons. The property is sworn under 80,000l., and 1,050/. have been paid for the probate duty. The will was made on the evening immediately prior to his royal highness's death:

"I, prince Edward, duke of Kent, being of sound mind, do make my will, in manner following: and first I do nominate, constitute, and appoint my beloved wife, Victoire, duchess of Kent, to be sole guardian of our dear child, the princess Alexandrina Victoire, to all intents and for all purposes whatever; and under a confident hope, that my just claim on government will be yet considered, for the purpose of liquidating my debts, I give, devise, and bequeath unto Frederick Augustus Wetherall, esq. lieutenantgeneral in the army, all and every my real and personal estate of every sort and nature whatever and wheresoever situate, upon trust, and for the entire use and benefit of my said beloved wife and dear child, in such manner, on such occasions, and at such times, as my said dear wife shall direct. And I do vest the said Frederick Augustus Wetherall, and John

[ocr errors]
« TrướcTiếp tục »