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now residing there was Lord Cochrane's, Mr. Thomas Christmas slated, that he and that they came in only on Friday last. was a clerk to Mr. Fearn, but could not reSayer asked the coachman if he had any re- collect having exchanged the notes in quescollection of the servant, he replied, that it tion; he, however, said, that he would was not the same footman who opened the not take his oath he did not. After much door on Monday when the Gentleman hesitation and apparent unwillingness, he alighted. At a subsequent examination, at length acknowledged that he had exSayer stated, that he had obtained informa- changed the four ten-pound and two fivetion in the neighbourhood, that Mr. Du- pound notes for Mr. Butt, to whom he derand left No. 13, Green-street, on Wed- livered the fifty one-pound notes. nesday, February the 16th, and that Lord Mr. Glover, from the Bank of England, Cochrane came in a day or two afterwards. investigator of Bank-notes, stated, that the
-Sayer being instructed to obtain the four ten-pound bank-notes which had been most correct information upon this subject, delivered by Mr. Butt to Thomas Christstated, at another examination, that he had mas, in order to get exchanged, were paid ascertained that Lord Cochrane came into on February 16, by Messrs. Bond and Co. the house, No. 13, Green-street, on Thurs- in part of the value of a draft for 751. drawn day, Feb. 17, but that it is uncertain whe- by Mr. Fearn, and payable to Mr. Butt. ther Mr. Durand slept there that night or Mr. Joseph Fearn, a stock-broker, stated, not; he likewise stated, that he had ascer- that he knew Lord Cochrane, the Honourtained that Lord Cochrane, his brother, able A. Cochrane Johnstone, and Mr. R.G. and three or four more men, live in the Butt; that he had been in the habit of house ; that the man-servant had been turn transacting business for each of them in the ed off, and another hired; that the servant public funds; that on the morning of the who let in the pretended Du Bourgh is sent | 21st of February, he sold for various pera into the country; that the maid-servant is sons Consols and Omnium to a very large not allowed to be seen or spoken to; that amount, in the whole about 928,000l. Of the house is Mr. Durand's, who has let it this sum there were sold for (furnished) to Lord Cochrane ; that Mrs.
Omnium. Consols. Durand has been seen to wear such a cap as Lord Cochrane 139,0001. None. the one which the pretended Du Bourgh is Hon.A.C.Johnstone 120,0001. 100,000l. said to have worn.
154,000l. 168,0001. Mr. Laurence (chairman of the com most of which had been purchased in the mittee) stated, that he had been to Messrs. course of the week preceding; that Mr. Bond and Co. bankers, and had ascer Butt often acts for Lord Cochrane, in his tained that the four 11. Bank-notes which instructions to buy and sell'stock, and that the pretended Du Bourgh is said to such bargains are always acknowledged as have paid away to the landlord of the correct by Lord Cochrane ; that Lord CochShip-inn, Dover, together with another rane, Mr. C. Johnstone, and Mr. Butt, 11. note which he had paid away on the were with him by ten o'clock on the mornroad, were in their hands between the hours ing of the 21st of February; that Mr. of one and two o'clock on Saturday, the 19th Cochrane Johnstone took an office for him of February; on being asked whether they in Shorter's-court, (next door to the Stock. could tell to whom they had paid away any Exchange) without his knowledge, and that quantity of il. notes after that time on Sa- he entered it on the morning of the 21st of turday, they said they could not without a February; that although he sold a great great deal of trouble, but that if Mr. Law- deal of stock on that day, yet (with the rence would mention the name of any per- exception of the three names above menson, they would turn to their account, and tioned) he did not sell for any one person endeavour to ascertain the fact : he request- above 55,000l. ; that Lord Cochrane bought ed them to see if any cheque of Mr. Fearn's 20,000l. of the omnium above mentioned, was paid on that day, wholly or in part, in on Saturday, Feb. 19, and Mr. Cochrane 11. notes; but it did not appear that any of Johnstone bought 60,0001. of it on Friday, · his cheques were paid in that way. One | Feb. 18; that he thinks Mr. Cochrane of his clerks, however, stated, that about Johnstone and Mr. Butt acted in concert on three or four o'clock on that day, Mr. Tho- Monday, Feb. 21, although at other times mas Christmas, a clerk to Mr. Fearn, re- they have occasionally acted different ways quested to have fifty 11. notes in exchange in the purchase and sale of stock; that the for four 101, notes and two 5l. notes, which whole of the above business was done for were accordingly given to him.
the next settling days, and not for money.
Mr. Hichens, a stock-broker, was sent Sandom and two other persons at Dartford, for, but it being understood that he was in a post-chaise and four; that he was or. confined to his bed with a severe fit of ill. dered to drive over London-bridge, through ness, Mr. Wakefield, (one of the Sub-com- the city, and over Blackfriars-bridge, down mittee) waited upon him, and learned from the New-cut, towards the Marsh-gate; that him, that although he had known Mr. the men had cocked hats with a white cockCochrane Johnstone for some years, yet he ade in each ; that the horses were decohad not done any business for him in the rated with laurel; that they came from Public Funds before the present year,--that Dartford to London in about an hour and about the 8th of February he began to make an half; that they all three got out about some purchases in Omnium, which had two hundred yards from the Marsh-gate, increased to such an extent, that on the where they arrived about twelve o'clock, 14th of February it amounted to 565,0001. and tying up their cocked hats, walked off -that of this sum 200,0001. was sold on in round ones; that he knows Sandom very February the 16th, and 115,0001. on Fe- well, but does not know the other two; bruary ihe 17th,--that the remaining sum that-these two others had blue great coats of 250,0001, was sold on the morning of on, one of which was laced across; that Feb. the 21st ;—that out of this sum of one of them is a thin man, and the other 250,0001, it was stated by Mr. Cochrane had a roundish face; that he thinks lie Johnstone, that 50,0001. was for a friend should know one of them again, but is not of his, and he consented to be a guarantee certain of knowing the other. Sandom for any loss which might accrue ;--that he gave the post- boys twelve shillings each, does not know Lord Cochrane or Mr. Butt. but did not settle for the chaise ; that he
Mr. Smallbone, a stock-broker, stated had seen Sandem since. that he had bought (a few days prior to Fe Mr. Wolfe stated, that on the evening of bruary the 21st) 40,0001. omnium for Mr. the 21st of February he was at the Carolina Cochrane Johnstone and 40,0001. omnium Coffee-house, where he saw Sandom, who for Mr. Bult; that both these were sold in said that he had received an order to bring the morning of Feb. the 21st; that the the two persons to town with him ; that bargains were made for the next settling Sandom shewed him the order, which was day, and not for money.
written in French; a gentleman present Mr. 3. M. Richardson, (a bookseller, copied it. but occasionally acting as a stock-broker), Mr. P. Foxall, master of the Rose-inn, stated, that on the afternoon of Saturday, Dartford, wrote to the Sub-committee, enFeb. the 19th, Mr. Butt applied to him to closing Mr. Sandom's order for the chaise, buy 150,0001. omnium for ihe next settling and at the same time mentioning that Sanday; that he had once purchased 20,000l. dom had not yet called to pay for it. omnium for him, and gained tbs per cent. Mr. Vinn stated, that on Tuesday, Fe. on the transaction; but that he declined en bruary the 15th, he met by appointment tering so large a speculation as the one at the Carolina Coffee-house, a person now proposed; that, however, he did pur- named Alexander M'Rae, whom he had chase 30,0001. omnium for him as he re- formerly known; that Mr. M'Rae proquested; and that he sold it on the morn- posed to him a plan similar in every respect ing of February the 21st.
to chat which was adopted on the following (From these statements it appears, that Monday by the pretended Du Bourgh; that on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 19, the if he would personate the Messenger, he three parties above-mentioned may be con- would have all his expenses paid, and would sidered as having purchased for the next be handsomely rewarded for his trouble. settling days the following sums, viz.--. Mr. Vinn, however, considering it to be a
Omnium. Consols. dishonourable transaction, declined having Lord Cochrane 139,0001. None. any thing to do with it, and has since been Hon.A.C.Johnstone 410,0001 100,0001. very active in endeavouring to find out Mr. Bute 224,0001, 168,0001. M'Rae, but hitherto without any effect :
M'Rae is considered as a man in distressed Total · 778,0001. 268,0001. circumstances, and as intentionally secretThe whole of which was sold on the ing himself from the public. morning of Monday, Feb. 21.)
Mr. Holloway, having requested to at. F. Baldrey stated, that he is a post-boy tend the Committee, stated, that although at the Rose-inn, Dartford ; that on Monday, he knew Mr. Sandom and Mr. M'Rae, yet February the 31st, he took up Mr. Á he was totally unacquainted with the plot,
which was carried into effect on February called Lord Cochrane, having been appointthe 21st ; that he certainly did sell some ed hy the Lords Commissioners of the Adstock on that day, but not so much as he miralty to active service (at the request, I bad been in the habit of doing at other believe, of Sir Alexander Cochrane) when times, when a rise in the public funds took I had no expectation of being called on, I place.
obtained leave of absence to settle my priMr. R. Sandom having requested to at- vate affairs previous to quitting this countend the Committee, stated that he resided try, and chiefly with a view to lodge a speat Northfleet ; that about an hour before cification to a patetit relative to a discovery day-light on the morning of February the for increasing the intensity of light. 21st, iwo men, dressed like foreigners, and That in pursuance of my daily practice of pretending to have come recently from the superintending work that was executing for coast of France, landed near his house from me, and knowing that my uncle, Mr. Coch. a six-oared galley, and having called him rane Johnstone, went to the City every mornup, delivered to him a note, purporting to ing in a coach, I do swear, on the moruing of have been written by a person of the name the 21st of February, which day was impressof Partridge, whom he had forinerly known ed on my mind by circumstances which afterat Dover, requesting him to take these two wards occurred, I breakfasted with him at persons to London, who had great public his residence in Cumberland-street, about news to communicate to Government, but half past eight o'clock, and I was put down not to suffer them to be at any expense; that by him (and Mr. Butt was in the coach) on he accordingly did order a chaise from Dart-Snow-hill, about ten o'clock. That I ford, and they proceeded (in the manner had been about three quarters of an hour at already described) to Marsh-gale, where Mr. King's manufactory, at No. 1, Cockthey alighted; that they then went to Westo lane, when I received a few lines on a small minster-bridge, and took a boast to White- bit of paper, requesting me to come inmehall, and ou entering one of the passages diately to my house; the name affixed, from of that building, the two men took leave of being written close to the bottom, I could him, by saying they had no farther occasion not read: the servant told me it was from for his services : that he has not seen or an army officer, and concluding that he heard of them since; that he has, however, inight be an officer from Spain, and that seen Partridge, and finds that the order sent soine accident had befallen to my brother, to him was a forgery. Mr. Sandom stated, I hastened back, and I found Captain Bethat he had no account in the Stock Ex- renger, who in great seeming uneasiness change; that he had disclaimed all know- made many apologies for the freedom he ledge of any of the parties in the plot, and had used, which nothing but the distressed said that for some time he believed the re state of his mind, arising from difficulties, port (which was circulated) to have been could have induced him to do. All his
prospects he said had failed, and his last Lord Cochrane's Affidavit. hope had vanished of obtaining an appointHaving obtained leave of absence to come ment in America. He was unpleasantly to town in consequence of scandalous para- circumstanced on account of a siim which graphs in the public papers ; and in con- he could not pay, and if he could, that sequence of having learnt that hand-bills others would fall upon him for full 8000l. had been affixed in the streets in which, I He had no hope of benefiting his creditors have since seen, it is asserted that a per- in his present situation, or of assisting him. son came to my house, at No. 13, Green self. 'That if I would take him with me, street, on the twenty-first day of February, he would inmediately go on board and exin open day, and in the dress in which he ercise the Sharpshooters (which plan Sir had committed a fraud, I feel it due to Alexander Cochrane I knew had approved inyself to make the following Deposition, of). That he had left his lodgings, and prethat the Public may know the truth relative pared himself in the best way his means alto the only persou seen by me in Military lowed. He had brought the sword with him, Unisorm at my house on that day.
which had been his father's, and to that and to
COCHRANE. Sir Alexander he would trust for obtaining 13, Green-streel, March 11, 1814. an honourable appointment. I felt very
uneasy at the distress he was in, and knowNo. 13, Green-street, Grosvenor-streel, ing him to be a man of great talent and March 11, 1814.
science, I told him I would do every thing I, Sir Thomas Cochrane, commonly in my power to relieve him; but as to his
going immediately to the Tonnant with I cannot speak of my own knowledge, bayany comfort to himself, it was quite ing been almost constantly from home, arimpossible. My cabin was without furni- ranging my private affairs. I have underture; I had not even a servant on board. stood ihat many persons have called under He said he would willingly mess any where. the above circumstances, and have written I told him that the ward-room was already notes in the parlour, apd others have waited crowded, and besides, I could not with there iu expectation of seeing me, and then propriety take him, he being a foreigner, gone away; but I most positively swear, without leave from the Admiralty. He that I never saw any person at my house seemed greatly hurt at this, and recalled to resembling the description, and in the dress ny recollection Certificates which he had stated in the printed advertisement of the formerly shewn me from persons in official Members of the Stock Exchange: I further situations; Lord Yarmouth, General Jen- aver, that I had no concern, directly or kinson, and Mr. Reeves, I think, were indirectly, in the late imposition, and that amongst the number. I recommended him the above is all that I know relative to any to use his endeavour to get them or any person who came to my house in uniform other friends to exert their influence, for 1 on the 21st day of February before alluded had none; adding, that when the Tonnant to. Captain Bereniger wore a grey great went to Portsinouth, I should be happy to coat, a green uniform, and a military cap. receive him; and I knew from Sir Alexander -From the manner in which my chaCochrane, that he would be pleased if he racter has been attempted to be defamed, it accomplished that object. Captain Beren- is indispensibly necessary to state that my ger said, that not anticipating any objection connection in any way with the Funds arose on my part from the conversation he had from an impression that in the present faformerly had with me, he had conie away vourable aspect of affairs, it was only neceswith intention to go on board, and make him- sary to hold Stock, in order to become a self useful in his military capacity; he could gainer, without prejudice to any body: that not go to Lord Yarmouth, or to any other I did so openly, considering it in no degree of his friends in this dress (alluding to that improper, far less dishonourable: that I which he had on), or return to his lodgings, had no secret information of any kind; and where it would excite suspicion (as he was that had my expectatiou of the success of at that time in the rules of the King's affairs been disappointed, I should have Bench), but that if I refused to let him join been the only sufferer. - Further I do the ship now, he would do so at Portsmouth. most solemnly swear, That the whole of Under present circumstances, however, he the Omnium on account, which I possessed must use a great liberty, and request the on the twenty-first day of February, one favour of me to lend him a hat to wear in thousand eight hundred and fourteen, stead of his military cap: I gave him one amounted to one hundred and thirty-nine which was in a back room with some things thousand pounds, which I bought by Mr. that had not been packed up, and having Fearn (I think) on the twelfth ultimo, at a tried it on, his uniform appeared under his premium of twenty-eight and a quarter: great coat ; I therefore offered him a black that I did not hold on that day any other coat that was laying on a chair, and which sum on account, in any other Stock, directly I did not intend to take with me: he put or indirectly; and that I had given orders up his uniform in a towel, and shorıly af- when it was bought, to dispose of it on a rise terwards went away in great apparent un- of one per cent. and it actually was sold on easiness of mind; and having asked my an average at twenty-nine and a half preleave, he took the coach I caine in, and mium, though on the day of the fraud it, which I had forgotten to discharge in the might have been disposed of at thirty-three haste I was in. - I do further depose, and a half. I further swear, That the that the above conversation is the sub- above is the only Stock which I sold of any stance of all that passed with Captain kind on the twenty-first day of February, Berenger, which from the circumstances except two thousand pounds in money attending it, was strongly impressed upon which I had occasion for; the profit of my mind: that no other person in uniform which was about ren pounds. -Further was seen by me at my house, on Monday, I do solemnly depose, That I had no conthe 21st of February, though possibly other nexion or dealing with any one, save the , officers may have called (as many have done above-mentioned, and that I did not at any, since my appointment); of this, however, time, directly or indirectly, by myself, or
by any other, take or procure any office or the Committee of the Stock-Exchange, for apartment for any Broker or other person inserting falsehoods as infamous and un. for the transaction of Stock affairs.
sounded as ever appeared in publication. COCHRANE.
R. G. Burt. Sworn at my House in Great Queen Ibbelson's Hotel, Vere-st. near Bond-st. street, Lincoln's Ion-fields, in the
March 12, 1814.
Such are the documents illustrative of
A. GRAHAM. this transaction; and, I think, it is hardly Mr. Cochrane Johnstone's Letler.
necessary, even upon the showing of the MR. EDITOR, -Although the public Comunittee themselves, to pronounce, that newspapers have of late been filled with the parties accused have been falsely accused statements affecting my character, origina and shamefully aspersed by the public ting from the Members of the Stock-Ex. prints. What are the circumstances upon change Committee, I have thought it to be the Hoaxer (for I will call him neither cheat
? , my duty to remain silent until the Report, daily promised from that Committee, should Cochrane. Grant this to be true; does it
) of Lord be printed, and that I should be put in pos-follow that my Lord Cochrane knew of the session of it. Having this day seen it by hoax? His Lordship has shown, that he accident, for it is only circulated among had very good grounds for listening to the their own body, although it was the bounden duty of the Committee, if they had been story of Mr. Berenger, and, in a subsequent men of honour, to have sent me a copy of publication, he has shown, that the idea of it, I can no longer refrain from publicly Mr. Berenger going out in his ship origicontradicting the infamous and unfounded nated, not with himself, but with Sir Alex. statements contained in the said report, also had, in some sort, given their counte
ander Cochrane, and that the Admiralty which can be done upon oath by the parties stated by the Committee to have nance to the thing. Bur, supposing these given them the information. I have in circumstances not to have existed at all, structed my Solicitors immediately to adopt ought it to be concluded, that Lord Cochthose measures which my Counsel
rane was privy to the Hoax, merely be
inay deem proper, in order that justice may be cause the Hoaxer went directly to his house done to my character, and to punish those
from the Dartford post-chaise? Will any who have dared to put their names to the man in his senses believe, that Lord Cochmost unfounded statements which malice rane, if he had been a hatcher of the could invent, and which they must have scheme, would have so arranged matters as known to have been false at the moment
to bring the Hoaxer to his own house dithey were affixing their names to the Report. rectly, and thereby to give a clue for sure A. COCHRANE JOHNSTONE. above all things in the world, have avoided
and inevitable detection? Would he not, No. 18, Great Cumberland-streel, March 12, 1814,
doing this very thing, upon which the
charge has been built, and upon which he Mr. Bull's Letler.
inust have been quite certain that such a MR. Editor, -As I have delayed re- charge would have been built? The plying to the infamous and gross falsehoods Hoaxer, himself, too, if he wished to avoid circulated in the public papers, defamatory detection, took the worst way in the world to my character, relative to the late fraud to accomplish his purpose, supposing Lord upon the Stock Exchange, until the Report Cochrane to have been a party to the boax, should make its appearance from the Com- and supposing the detection of this party mittee appointed to investigate the circum- to have led to his own. For, how does he stances attending the inquiry, and having go to work? He alights, in the open street, to-day been favoured with a perusal of it, from a post-chaise; gets into a hackneyI beg you to insert this letter in your paper coach; drives directly to the house of a immediately, in which I positively deny nobleman, well known. A very ingenious the accuracy of the statement therein made, mode of proceeding, if he meant there to and the evidence there declared can be borrow a new dress, and to take shelter denied upon bath by the parties themselves, elsewhere ; but, will any man in the world who have been stated by the Committee to believe, that he would have gone to that have given the evidence so described. My house if he had wislied to keep Lord Cochsolicitors have received orders from me in- rane from being suspected ? He knew that slanuly to commence a prosecution against it was as easy to trace him to that house as