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his ship, on account of ill health, and doing so ; he acknowledged he had came to London for advice, and was done wrong, and said he intended to living at the Northumberland coffee- enlist for a soldier, and he should have house, Charing.cross, where the per- the bounty money. son complained against came, calling The applicant having discovered that himself the Reverend John Shepherd. he was an impostor,applied to Mr Read, He told the landlord he was just come at the above office, when he not being from the country, and wanted a bed, able to make out the case of more thana and his trunk would be brought there debt, no warrant could be granted. In directly ; he was accordingly shewn the afternoon of the same day, informainto a bed-room. In a short time after tion was given at the same office by a a trunk was brought; the man who gentleman against an impostor, a pres brought it the landlord knew to be a tended clergyman, who he had got actrunk-maker; and on enquiry learnt quainted with at a coffee-house, styling that there were no clothes in it, but himself the Reverend Mr John Tucker, that it was a new trunk he had just Recorder of Exeter, and lately of Baliol purchased. This caused a suspicion and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford. Healthat he was a swindler, and the trunk ways appeared during his acquaintance maker insisted upon being paid : upon such a character as a clergyman ought which Shepherd, with much confid to be; he had seen some of his sermons dence and address, went up to the ap. that he said he had written, and when plicant, who was sitting in the coffee- he had called upon him he appeared room, stating himself to be a clergyvery busily employed writing other man just arrived from the country, and sermons; and he had gone to church unfortunately without cash, and ob- to hear him preach. He had obtaintained a 11. bank note from him. On ed several sums of money from him, the following morning, the landlord and this applicant had just ascertained still suspecting Shepherd, went to him, that he was not a clergyman, and was and presented him his bill, apologizing a most gross impostor. From the de. by saying, it was his custom to have his scription of his person, there was no bill paid daily by strangers.--Shep- doubt entertained but that he was the herd appeared perfectly satisfied with same man against whom information such conduct, and said he was just go. had been given by the clergyman of the ing to call for it, and in a short time man of war in the morning, but going paid the amount. This, however, pro. by the names of Shepherd and Tuc. ved to be with the applicant's money, ker. A warrant was issued against him, as he obtained 51. from him under false and Rivett having learned that he was pretences, applicant not being able to about to enlist for a soldier, by diligent refuse a brother of the cloth. Shep- enquiries, and with the assistance of Co. herd contrived to get so intimate with lonel Robinson, at Pimlico, it was as. the applicant, that he took him to certained that he had enlisted into the Portsmouth with him, and introduced 21st regiment of light dragoons, reprehim as a clergyman among his connec- senting himself as a young gentleman tions there, who are extremely respect of highly respectable family, and when able. Shepherd at length contrived to it was known that he was enlisted he get 301. of his money, and left him. should be bought off. In consequence The applicant met him on Monday of this representation of himself, swearmorning in London, and asked him for ing him in was delayed, and he had his money : he confessed he could not been living at the expence of the ser. pay him, nor had he any prospect of jeant, to the amount of upwards of 11


On Tuesday he was taken into cus. by the naked eye, Mr Sadler waving tody by Rivett, and, in the evening of his flag, and the lieutenant waving his that day, underwent an examination hat, to the great satisfaction of the before Mr Nares. Previous to the spectators. The balloon then ascended commencement of the examination, higher, still keeping in sight for upthe magistrate enquired for the prison, wards of ten minutes, until it became er, and, to his great surprise, found no larger in appearance than a bird, he was sitting close to him. He en- and at length was lost to the view. quired if he was not a clergyman - The balloon followed the course of he acknowledged he was not. The the Thames, and after a flight of one prisoner, with much presumption, con- hour and a half, descended at Tilbury tinued to keep his seat, till Mr Nares Fórt, opposite Gravesend, at ten miordered him to stand ; when, on inter- nutes past four. rogatories being put to him, he frank- MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.---On ly acknowledged that he had preached, Monday se'nnight, a coroner's inquest married a number of couples, and exe- was held on the body of Charles Skincuted the duties, in several churches, ner Matthews, Esq. A. M., second of a clergyman. ... in

son of Colonel Matthews, of Belmont, Mr Nares expressed his horror at Herefordshire, and late Fellow of the wickedness and mischief his con- Downing College, Cambridge, who, duct would occasion, as all the parties whilst bathing in the Cam, on Saturmust be married over again. The day preceding, became entangled in above charges were then gone into the weeds, and was most unfortunateand he was committed for further exa- ly drowned. The superior talents of mination,

which this much-lamented gentleman 8th.--MRSADLER'S ASCENT IN HIS made an early display at Eton, carried BALLOON.—This venerable and in- him successfully through the usual trepid aeronaut made his seventeenth course of academical competition at excursion into the regions of air yes. Cambridge, where he was much disterday, from the gardens of the Mer- tinguished at Trinity College, by his maid Tavern, at Hackney. He was excellent abilities, and great attainaccompanied in his flight by Lieut. ments in classical literature. The ex. Paget, of the navy, the gentleman who tent and variety of those attainments was to have ascended with him from were subsequently still more strikingly Cambridge, on the occasion of the displayed by his triumphant competiinstallation, but who, from unavoidable tion with many rival candidates of both circumstances, did not go up. universities for a fellowship of the new

Exactly at eighteen minutes before College of Downing, to which he was three o'clock, the signal being made, unanimously elected. He was only in the balloon gradually arose (clearing the fourth year of his enjoyment of the trees) in a slow and truly majes. this envied distinction ; about to be tic manner; Mr Sadler and Lieutenant called to the exercise of that profession Paget saluting the spectators as they (the law) to which he had early devoascended, the spectators returning their ted himself, with the fairest prospects salute by reiterated shouts of applause, of extended reputation ; enjoying life, and clapping of hands. In this man- and rendering it valuable to others; ner the balloon kept slowly ascending, when the above fatal accident abrupttaking a south-east direction for near ly terminated his short but honourable 20 minutes ; during the whole of this career, at the early age of twenty-six. time the travellers were distinctly seen At the examination of the Grammar

School of Dumfries, a young lady, all most imprudently ate. They were from the parish of Kirkmahoe, sup- instantly attacked with the horrible ported the honour of the Greek class, symptoms attendant on taking vegetaand completely demonstrated the fit. ble poison, and notwithstanding assist. ness of the female faculties for recei- ance from most eminent medical aid, ving a classical education. She made they all fell a sacrifice to its virulence. Latin and Greek exercises and ver. The grandson died at eight o'clock, sions, read Homer with ease, and an- the daughter-in-law a quarter before swered every question which was put eleven, on Thursday evening; the to her in philology, antiquity, or gram. youngest daughter, of fifteen, a quarter mar, with accuracy and promptness. before one, and the eldest at ten on the

10th --EXETER ASSIZES.--Jane Cox following morning. was indicted for the wilful murder of A lady, in high dress, attended by John Trenanman, an infant, 16 months a footman in livery, went on Thursday old, and Arthur Tucker, as an acces- night into a box in the Haymarket sary before the fact. The latter is a theatre, and begged pardon for intru. respectable farmer, living at Hather. sion, as the box she had engaged was leigh, in this county, and the infant occupied by a genteel party, whom was his natural child. It appeared that she did not wish to displease. She was Jane Cox had, on the 28th of June politely accommodated, and after the last, administered to the child a quan- first act, conversed ingeniously as to tity of arsenic, by putting it into the its incidents with one of the ladies in child's hands, and which it put into its the box. At the end of the second mouth and ate; in consequence of which act she attached herself to the other it died in about two hours. The prie lady who was fascinated with the brilsoner, in her written confession, had liancy of her remarks. The fair stranimplicated Tucker, as having persua- ger was observed never to move her ded her to do the fact ; and stated his arms, and to be considerably advanced having taken the arsenic from under in pregnancy. Thethird act commenced, the roof of a cottage and given it to when she pretended to be seized with her, and promised her a one-pound the fits of the mother, which brought note if she would administer it to the to her aid the two ladies and a gentle

man; she soon, however, recovered, and The prisoner, Jane Cox, after a trial refusing to be escorted home, ordered of seven hours, was convicted, and or. her footman to call for a coach. The dered to be hanged on Monday next, ladies soon after wished to know the and Tucker was acquitted. He call. hour, but their watches were gone. ed a great number of respectable wit. As she never moved her arms, there nesses, who all gave him a very high was reason to believe that she had false character.

ones, and pregnancy was assumed by NEWRY.-TRAGICAL CATASTRO. the aid of a bolster. The alarm was PHE..It is our melancholy task to re- given, but the Bow-street runners were cord one of the most calamitous events unsuccessful in discovering her. that can be found in the local disasters MERITORIOUS CONDUCT OF A Boy of a country. On Sunday se’nnight OF TWEĻVE YEARS OF AGE.-On two daughters, with a daughter-in-law Wednesday evening week, three little and a grandson, of Mr Macgowan, of boys, from eight to ten years old, had Newry, went out to walk in the fields, got on a log of timber in the basin, where they picked a poisonous fungus Grangemouth, when it canted round, resembling a mushroom, of which they and they were all three precipitated


into the water; the two eldest found Messrs Smith and Co. of Burton-street, means of getting on a raft which lay as a person of rank, who wished to near them, and immediately gave the give them a handsome order ; an introalarm of their young companion being duction for which these gentlemen felt in the basin. David Crauford Swin themselves peculiarly grateful. The ton, a boy of twelve years of age, be- baron immediately gave directions for ing at some distance, no sooner heard the manufacture of plate of the value of the cry than he darted to the spot, 14001., half of which he desired might over rafts and spars which lay in his be got ready without delay, promising way ; and having thrown off his jacket at the same time that he would, on the as he ran along, dashed into the basin delivery of the articles, pay for them and saved the little boy when he was by a bill at three months, on the disa just going down, apparently for the charge of which, and not till then, the last time, having been down and up remaining half of the order was to be several times before he could be got put in hand. This proposition appear. at.-D. C. Swinton is son to Mr Swin ed so extremely fair, that Messrs Smith ton, merchant, Grangemouth. at once agreed to it, and immediately

20th.-INSOLVENT DEBTORS. put the articles in hand. In a few SURREY SPECIAL SESSIONS.---The days, however, the baron called again Baron De Weichter, a Danish noble- at their house, and appeared extremely man, was this day opposed, under the anxious to have the whole of the order 36th clause of the act, for having ob- completed forthwith, alleging, as his tained goods under false pretences. reason for this hurry, that he was de

Mr Lawes, counsel for the opposing sirous of making a display adequate to creditor, stated, that the prisoner came the importance of the situation he held. into this country in May, 1808, and Messrs Smith expressed a desire to from his rank soon became intimate comply with his wishes, and used the with the first families in the kingdom. greatest expedition in completing the Amongst others with whom he be- order. Notwithstanding all their accame acquainted, was the Marquis of tivity, however, they were too tardy Hertford, at whose table he often sat, for the baron, who, under pretence of and who introduced him to Monsieur giving large dinners, took away him. De Ton, a gentleman well known in self a pair of massive silver candle. the political circles of London. To sticks, and other things of considerthis gentleman the baron represented able value. When the order was about himself as a person employed by the one half completed, Mr Smith began Danish government to enter into a ne- to entertain some suspicions of the regociation with the English cabinet, for spectability of his customer, and under the purpose of concluding a treaty of this impression called at his house in alliance. This representation Monsieur Baker-street ; where, instead of find. De Ton fully credited, from the nature ing, as he expected, an establishment of the baron's introduction. In March, of servants, he only saw a man and wo. 1809, the prisoner begged Monsieur man of mean appearance, and a house De Ton to introduce him to a silver. not one-fourth part furnished. In desmith who could supply him with a spite of this circumstance, however, upservice of plate, which he wished to on consultation with his partner, and on purchase, in order that he might sup- considering the nature of the baron's port the appearance his diplomatic si. introduction, he continued to send in tuation required. Monsieur De Ton plate till the quantity so sent amount. without hesitation introduced him to ed to 12001. In the month of July, some other circumstances took place casions, it was not to be supposed he which induced him to call again at the had any intention to commit a fraud. baron's house, and demand a view of In addition to this, no proof had been the plate. Upon this occasion the adduced that the baron was not in baron was ill in bed, and on being ask. truth what he represented himself to ed for the plate, he said it was locked be, namely, a person employed by the up in a chest, the key of which he had, Danish government. It might be said, but was so unwell that he could not that if he was so employed, it became then go to it. This answer only in- him to bring proofs of the fact; but creased the suspicions of Mr Smith, when the unfortunate state of the conand he declared he would not leave tinent was considered, and the injury the house until he saw it. The pric which would be sustained by the Da. soner then confessed that he had pawn. nish government, were such a discloed it, and a writ was shortly afterwards sure to take place, from the tyranny issued for his arrest; and on enquiry, of France, he hoped the court would it turned out that he had sold the pair admit that his client would not be auof candlesticks first mentioned to Mr · thorized in resting his defence on such Sherbourne, of the Strand, to whom a ground. Supposing then the existhe represented that he had received ence of some négociation, which was them from an old lady, who had been not improbable, it might fairly be conpresented with them by a young gen. cluded that the baron had obtained the tleman, for whom she procured a place plate with a view to meet existing exiin the War Office. This story Mr gencies, with the full intention of paySherbourne believed, and gave him ing the debt he incurred, which he nine guineas for the pair. He also would be fully enabled to do from the told Mr Sherbourne, that he had a presents that were at all times attend. great variety of other plate, which he ant on the conclusion of a negociation; was desirous of selling. The remainder and this being the case, was it fair or of the plate, it was discovered, had been liberal to apply the 36th clause to his pawned at a pawnbroker's, in Frith. unfortunate situation ? street, Soho, for 6001. These circum. Mr Serjeant Onslow, although he stances led to new investigations, aná admitted the ingenuity of the learned it finally appeared that the prisoner counsel's argument, could not admit had made a false representation alto. its justice. He was of opinion that gether, having no connection whatever the baron had obtained the goods unwith the Danish government. Mon. der false pretences, with a view to dissieur De Ton, however, stated, that pose of them; and not, as he had rehe had heard from the Duke de Char- presented, to support his dignity as an tres, that the prisoner had been em- ambassador. With these sentiments, ployed as ambassador for the Danish he did not think him entitled to the government in the Circles of the Rhine; benefit of the act, and therefore order. that the royal family of France were ed him to be remanded. indebted to him in a considerable sum; The baron is at least seventy years and that he was a nobleman of high of age, and although considerably brorespectability in his own country. . ken down by adversity, bears the stamp


Mr Nolan entered into an ingenious of dignity in his person. defence of the prisoner, contending : WARWICK ASSIZES.--Trial of John that, from the circles in which he had Oughton and Charles Lee, for the been in the habit of moving, as well as murder of Richard Whitton, at Kenil. from the rank he held upon former oc* worth, about twenty years ago.

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