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Mr Clarke addressed the jury. The Sarah Smith lived at Kenilworth in subject of this trial was the death of the year 1790. She remembered the a young man at Kenilworth, in this time when Whitton was found drowned. county, in the month of October, 1790. The evening before, she was going to He was found floating on the water, Mr Dunn's, the brother of her master, lifeless : at the time it was not known about eight o'clock in the evening; who it was that was the cause of his it was a very moon-light night. When death, but there appeared to be many she got opposite to Mr Lyttleton's, marks of violence on his body. Du- she saw a man come over the Hallyring twenty years nothing had trans. . bone-style, as it is called the man pired to throw any light on the myste.' was running very fast towards Mr riouscircumstances attending the death Lyttleton's factory; she knew him to of this unfortunate person, till about be Charles Lee: he was dressed in a eight or nine months ago, when Lee, light-coloured coat, with sleeves darkwho had been tried for an offence, and er than the body; his waistcoat was sent to the hulks, in a conversation unbuttoned ; his stockings were unwith a fellow convict, gave the parti. gartered, and slipped down. When culars of the whole affair. Oughton he met her, she said, “ Hallo, Lee !" was, in consequence, taken into custo. He held up his hand, clenched, and dy as an accomplice; and they were said, “ Hold your tongue, and don't now to take their trial, on suspicion speak a word !” He did not stop at of the above murder. I
ail, but ran on all the way very fast. Mrs Elizabeth Burbridge formerly Witness stopped and looked after him lived at Kenilworth. She knew the to see where he went, but lost sight deceased (Richard Whitton) before of him against Mr Lyttleton's factory. she was married; he was a young man. She went on till she came to a small She knew both the prisoners, Ough- wooden bridge in Mill-end, when she ton and Lee; they were both living at heard a great noise in the water, but Kenilworth. The last time she saw did not see any thing. The next mornWhitton was the night before he was ing she saw the prisoner, Charles Lee : found dead ; she thought this about she said, “ Lee, where was you going twenty years ago. Deceased overtook in such a hurry last night when I met witness as she was walking at Kenil. you ?" He said, “ I'll be
d d if you worth the night before, about nine met me: I was not away from home o'clock; they walked near Washbrook. after seven o'clock last night.” She bridge. Deceased had hold of her was quite certain Lee was the man she hand; but he slipt behind her. There met. was an orchard near the bridge where Mr Matthew Wilcox was a surgeon, he slipt behind her; she walkad slowly living at Kenilworth, in the year 1790; on, expecting him to follow. She heard he remembered being called in to exahim call; he said, “ Stop, Barnes," mine the body of young Whitton, (Mrs Burbridge's maiden name) two when he had been taken out of the or three times; he called in a whis, water two or three days : from the pering tone of voice, not very loud; examination of the body, he judged. she looked back, and saw him stoop. that the deceased had been strangled. ing down : this was near Lee's house. John Woodcock, Esq., was coroner She heard deceased run over the bridge: on the body of Richard Whitton. He she walked over the bridge after him, received the deposition of Mr Ridges, towards Lee's house, after which she a surgeon of Kenilworth, but who is saw no more of him.
since deceased, and who examined the
body, together with the last witness, thing they had seen in print, respect(the examination was then read,) by ing this transaction, against the prisonwhich it appeared to be his opinion, er Charles Lee. With respect to that the deceased was partly strangled Oughton, his lordship observed, that before he was thrown into the water. there was no evidence whatever to cri.
The next witness called was John minate him. After recapitulating the Clayton, a convict on board the hulks. evidence with much perspicuity, his He knows the prisoner Lee; he saw lordship closed by saying, it would be him on board the hulks at Langston the safest way to find the prisoner, harbour, near Portsmouth. It was Lee, guilty of manslaughter. some time in January last he was with The jury consulted for about five Lee, and had conversation with him minutes, and returned a verdict against respecting Whitton. About this time Lee-Guilty of Manslaughter; and a newspaper fell into his hands respect. an acquittal in favour of Oughton. ing the death of Mr Whitton, and that CRICKET MATCH. On Monday a man of the name of Oughton had last, the return match between the one been taken up for the murder. He arm and one leg pensioners of Green, told Lee of the circumstance ; previn wich Hospital for 1000 guineas, was ous to which, he asked Lee if he knew finally decided at Montpelier Gardens a man of the name of Oughton ? he in favour of the one armed players, by said he did. Lee then told the cir. 40 runs. This match was extremely cumstances of the case : “ I and well contested. The first and second Oughton went to get apples in Whit- innings were played on the 8th and ton's father's orchard. I left Oughton 15th inst., and was postponed for the to watch, while I went to the apple. third day, in consequence of the wet tree. Oughton saw Whitton coming, weather being so much to the disad. and called out to me, he was after us. vantage of the one legged side, who Oughton ran across a small meadow, several times lost or broke their tim. and Whitton after him. When I saw bers, which disaster befel three of them them run, I dropped down from the on Monday last. As soon as the match apple-tree, and followed them across was decided, the victors were conveythe meadow. Oughton leaped at the ed home to Greenwich in a triumphal mill-dam, and jumped into it. When car, with the usual trophies of rejoi. I got to the edge of the mill-dam, cing and exultation. The gardens Whitton and Oughton were struggling were well attended each day, and the in the water. Oughton called out to company highly diverted with the me, If you do not assist me he will sport. drown me ; he is tev strong. I ran Thursday morning, the body of a up, and jumped on the top of Whitton very respectable looking man was dis, in the mill-dam. Soon after, Oughton covered by one of the pew-openers in and I left the deceased in the dam.” the new Catholic Chapel, in Claren
His lordship then asked the prison. don-square, Somers’Town. The body er Lee, what he had to say in his de was removed in a shell to Pancras work. fence ; to which the prisoner replied, house. It is supposed that he had “ My lord, I have nothing to say, but died during divine service on Wedneshope you will spare my life.”
day afternoon. Mr Baron Thomson then addressed A peasant, of the name of J. Angely, the jury. He requested they would was convicted at Mentz, on the 10th dismiss from their minds any circum. ult., along with a woman with whom stances they had heard related, or any he cohabited, of having murdered ten
persons during thelast thirteen months, POISONING HORSES. POLICE OF, It appeared by the evidence, that the FICE, MARLBOROUGH-STREET.--It. criminal was a wood-cutter, and resi: will be recollected that certain horses, ded six miles distant from the city, which were to have run at the last Being idle, and desirous of subsisting Spring Meeting at Newmarket, and without labour, he determined to rob upon which considerable bets were all single travellers who passed through pending, under an expectation that a neighbouring wood; for this purthey would eventually beat those horses pose he used to conceal himself in a which were expected to be opposed ta high tree, and take deliberate aim at them, were poisoned. Suspicion fell his victim : if he fell, he descended to upon several persons, andit was shrewd. finish his work, and after plundering, ly imagined that the authors of the buried the body; if, on the contrary, base and diabolical deed were indivi. he missed his aim, or the person, though duals of no unimportant consideration wounded, attempted to escape, he gave in society; and that, although mean, a signal to a dog which he had trained, er agents were employed for the bar. and which effectually prevented that barous deed, the emoluments arising design. The number of persons who from it were to fall into the pockets had suddenly disappeared while jour- of men of certain note. How far in. neying through the wood, gave rise genious investigation has discovered to suspicion, and led to the apprehen- any proof of this, does not publicly sion of Angely and the woman, both appear; but it seems there was evi, of whom, struck with remorse, made dence enough for a grand jury of the a full confession of their guilt. An- county of Cambridge to find a true gely and the woman were executed on bill against Daniel Dawson, for an of the 12th, and the dog was shot by or. fence of this extraordinary nature. der of the magistrates.
The bill having been found, Thomag 24th.On Monday afternoon, about Foy got the warrant for his speedy apfive, o'clock, a sailor, in a state of insa- prehension ; and that officer, with his nity, mounted the lamp-iron upon the accustomed assiduity and zeal, found centre arch of Westminster bridge, and · Dawson at Brighton, and brought to the no small surprise of the specta. him immediately up to town. Yestertors, who stood and looked on, he took day he was brought up before Mr his hat off, flung it into the river, and Conant, and was fully committed for immediately leaped after it. He at trial. first sunk, but, after a short interval, EAST INDIES.—BOMBAY,June 24th. rose, and swam remarkably well. He -Kitson v. Sterling.–When thecause was picked up by some boatmen, and was called on in the Recorder's Court, conveyed to the Red Lion public- the defendant and his wife took their house, where he partook of some bran. seats near his counsel. The Recorder, dy; and when asked the reason of his Sir James Mackintosh, intimated to jumping into the river, he said he did the defendant the propriety of Mrs it with a view to drown himself, as he S-'s absence; and advised her to reknew he should be hanged, having tire into an adjoining apartment. The committed murder, and various other defendant, however, said, that he could crimes too numerous to detail. In the not dispense with her attendance ; that course of his observations he was found it was as much her cause as his ; and to be very incoherent, and in a delirous that he also required her assistance in state: he was conveyed in a coach to taking notes, as he himself was deaf. one of the receptacles for lunatics. The sequel of the cause, however,
shewed that this was a mere pretext, cause the frequency of such charges and explained the reason of his reluc- undoubtedly afforded the strongest , tance to suffer her to leave himn for a presumption of their falsehood in the moment. She was suffered to stay. particular case before the court; that
Mr Woodhouse, for the complain. as this evidence had been received, the ant, stated, that this was a suit in defendant would be allowed to rebut equity brought to set aside a bond for the presumption, by proving the truth 20,000 rupees, executed by the com- or even the probability of these charges plainant in favour of the defendant's in the case of three officers, against wife, on the ground of its having been whom they had been made, and that extorted from him by fear and without any reasonable time would be granted consideration. The complainant and to him for preparing that proof, on the defendant married two sisters, the condition of his immediately specifying daughters of a Mr West, of that place, the times and places of these supposed the former in July, and the latter in offences. The defendant appearing October, 1809; from which time till unable to satisfy this last condition, no the 7th of December, the families of answer was made on his part to the Re. the complainant and the defendant had corder's proposal. constantly visited each other on the Sir James Mackintosh then observed, kindest and most cordial terms. On that he now conceived it to be his duty the 7th of December, the defendant to ascertain whether certain horrible set up a charge against the plaintiff of suspicions, which had haunted his mind having taken unlawful liberties with during the whole day, were or were his (the defendant's) wife previous to not well founded. He called upon her marriage, and at length, by a suc. Mrs S. to leave the side of her huscession of threats, induced the plaintiff band and come up to the bench; on to sign the bond in question.
which, Mr West, jun., brother to Mrs Kit. Mr Advocate General (counsel for son and Mrs Sterling, gave evidence the defendant) observed, that he hoped to shew the impossibility that the li. his lordship was now about to do what berties alleged could have been taken he had long wished, though from his with his sister on the day mentioned, as situation he felt a difficulty in suggesthe being in the house, not far from his ing it-to ascertain whether Mrs s. sister at the time, must have known it. acted under the influence of terror and It appeared by the testimony of other violence, and to apprize her, if she did, witnesses, that the defendant had char- that by swearing the peace against her ged several other persons with taking husband, she would acquire the pro. improper liberties with his wife, and tection of the law. . had endeavoured by threats to extort The Recorder then put several ques. money from them.
tions to this poor young woman; but Mr Advocate General, for defend. she was in such a state of indescribable ant, was proceeding to address the weakness and agitation, as to be unable court, when the honourable the Re- to give any coherent answers. He corder observed, that he had admitted then enquired whether her mother was the evidence of a charge of criminal near, and being informed that she was connection with Mrs Sterling having in one of the adjoining apartments, he been made by the defendant against desired Mrs S. to go to her mother several other persons, but that he ad. for a short time, that, under her soothmitted it with some hesitation; be. ing care, she might recover presence
of mind enough to give an intelligible he felt himself bound to say, that he account of her real condition. At the had nothing to offer which he could mention of the word “ mother,” she oppose, with any hope of success, to started, and said, “ My mother! I what had appeared against his client. dare not see my mother !” She was The court decreed according to the asked why? She answered, “ My hus- prayer of the bill with costs. The Reband forbade me to see my mother." corder expressed his regret that the The Recorder said to her, “What honourable uniform of his country sort of husband can he be who forbids should still be disgraced by remaining you to see your mother? Can his pur- on the defendant's shoulders, and that pose be good ? Can you be bound to he was not standing as a criminal inobey'such a prohibition ?” She faintly stead of appearing as a defendant. repeated, “ I dare not go !”
In the course of an hour, when the Sir James Mackintosh then turned young woman had recovered, and felt to the defendant's counsel, and said, assured of the kindness of her family, that if the defendant did not wish that and the protection of the law, she the court should think him capable of swore that she was in fear of death any atrocity, he must withdraw this from her husband, and a warrant was unnatural prohibition. The defendant accordingly issued to imprison him, till muttered a hurried and reluctant con- he should find sufficient sureties to keep sent. His poor wife leapt from the the peace. bench with all the eagerness of joy. The Recorder led her to the apartment where her mother was, into AGRICULTURAL REPORT.-The whose arms she rushed, and crying harvest has been nearly closed within out, “ Oh my mother!” she fainted. this month, with finer weather and The Recorder returned in a few mi more dispatch than has been known nutes, and said, that though the un for many years before; we wish that fortunate young woman had not yet we were able to add with the prospect recovered her serenity of mind; though of an abundant produce. The wheats she was still influenced either by dread, in most districts have suffered very conor by the remains of affection for her derably from the mildew, particularly unworthy husband, she had already in the rough chuff lands. It was for. disclosed enough ; for she confessed tunate, however, this happened so late that the present, and all the other char that the ear was nearly ripe, or the ges of a similar nature, some of which defect would probably have been more she had sanctioned upon oath, were seriously extensive. The beans have false. The Recorder then desired to suffered generally from the same cause, know whether the defendant had any and in many parts the barleys and oats, defence to make ?
which is not very usual, have also Mr Advocate General, evidently been blighted to a considerable degree. much affected, in common with the On a general review, there is too much. whole of a most crowded court, said, reason to apprehend that none of the that unless the court should itself white crops will yield two thirds of an think it unsafe to act under the in average produce. The wheats of Nore Auence of feelings so strongly excited folk this year are superior both in as those of every person present were, quantity and quality. Potatoes are and should on that ground postpone every where an abundant crop. The the farther consideration of the case, later turnips are full of plant, and