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ed, the court giving as its decisive In the mean time to be committed to opinion, that the defendant could not the custody of the marshal of the Mar. be suffered to go into a justification of shalsea. a confessed crime, but that he mustM r Peter Finnerty, on leaving the confine himself merely to pleading for bar, said," I thank your lordships." mitigation of punishment.
EXTRAORDINARY CASE.-A few It was then asked, if he had any affi- months since, a great part of Ashdown davits, which were free from the same forest, in Sussex, was inclosed by a set . objections ? The defendant put in se- of men called foresters, and also by veral other affidavits, but they were all the Rev. Robert Bingham, the curate rejected, as tending to the same object, of the parish of Mayersfield; which and all equally inadmissible.
being deemed to be the right of the • After several ineffectual attempts Duchess of Dorset, the same were to prevail on the bench to receive his thrown down by order of her grace, affidavits, the defendant addressed the Lord Whitworth, and Lord Sheffield, court in a speech, so replete with mat- the acting magistrate for that county. ter infinitely more strong than the libel This act irritated all those that had which was the subject of the prosecu made inclosures, and some of them tion, that it would not be prudent nor were heard to make use of threatening just to give it publicity, unsupported language, which caused some little by any evidence that could be received alarm among those concerned in desin a court of justice. The court had troying the inclosure ; but no partifrequent occasion, during his harangue, cular notice was taken, or any act done, to repress the warmth of his expres- except swearing in a number of resions, and confine him to matter more spectable inhabitants as special constarelevant to the subject in question. bles, to be ready in case of an emer• The Attorney-General and Mr Gar- gency. row severally addressed the court in On Sunday the 16th of December, support of judgment, urging the con- a letter was found on the road near duct of the defendant on this day as Mayersfield by the sons of Mr Richard an additional reason why a very severe Jenner, a respectable farmer, directed measure of punishment should be dealt to their father. The boys took it out to him ; as well to repress similar home; but their father being absent, conduct on his part, as to shew to the they gave it to their mother, who, on people of England that their laws were opening it, discovered that it was headed not mere dead letters, and that justice in large letters, “ Fire ! Murder ! and was to be found in the Courts of Revenge !” and the contents threatWestminster.
de ened destruction to the parson, churchThe court than proceeded to con- wardens, farmers' houses, barns, and sider of the sentence, and after a very stacks. The boys told their mother, short consultation, Mr Justice Grose that after Mr Bingham performed the delivered a suitable comment on the morning service at Mayersfield church, enormity and malignity of his offence, he got on horseback to ride to a neighand sentenced the defendant to be con- bouring parish to do duty there in the fined for eighteen calendar months in afternoon. He passed them, and when his Majesty gaol in the city of Lincoln, he was at a short distance from them, and at the expiration of that period to they saw a paper drop from his pocgive security for his good behaviour ket, which they were positive was the for five years, himself in 5001. and two letter they picked up. sureties of 2501. each ; and to remain The letter so much alarmed Mrs in custody until the same shall be given. Jenner, that she sent off one of her
sons after her husband, who was in suspicious circumstances, a warrant London. The circumstance caused was granted against Mr Bingham, and considerable alarm in that part of the one to search his premises, when Adi country. Lords Whitworth and Shef. kins found in the roof of the privy a field published an advertisement, offer- variety of valuable papers concealed,
ing a reward of 2001. for the discovery together with other suspicious circum. of the writer of the letter. A num. stances of his having set his premis · ber of men were employed to watch ses on fire for the purpose of defrauding Mr Jenner's premises, and to patrole the Union Fire Office, and he was in in different parts.
consequence taken into custody, and On the 16th of January last, Mr on Friday underwent à final examinaBingham's house was discovered to be tion at Lewes, before Lords Chicheson fire, and although timely assistance ter and Sheffield, and was fully comwas given, great part of the premises mitted for trial. were desttoyed. It was ascertained 6th.-A Dublin paper, of Wednes. that the fire broke out in the school day last, contains the following para. room, where there were several fag- graph :-Assassinating committees are gots laid. (See report, in page 16.) again in activity. In the course of Mr Bingham reported that he had last week, several gentlemen received no doubt it was one of the foresterg anonymous letters, threatening death, who had set fire to his premises. The and desiring them to prepare for their account he gave of the fire and his fate. One gentleman seems to have conduct, was, that his family went disregarded the caution he was way. to bed about ten o'clock-zhe was the laid on Sunday night in Gardinerlast up. About half past ten o'clock street, attacked by a posse, knocked he heard the noise of footsteps : he down, and when on the ground, a cara looked out of his window, but could bine, loaded with several balls, was finot see or hear any person.
red at him. Two balls passed through About half past eleven o'clock he his hat without injury to his person; was alarmed again : he looked out of a third wounded him, but not mortalthe window the second time, but did ly, in the head. not see any person; but a little before HOTEL ROBBER.--A man was taone, he heard a noise at the school- ken into custody on Saturday, on the toom door ; and he states, that he saw charge of having robbed divers hotels. i man walking from the house, but Several charges were made against the could not tell whether he had on a prisoner, and it appeared that he was blue coat or a smock frock. This ac- in the habit of entering the hotels with count being so very extraordinary and all the sang-froid imaginable, and with unsatisfactory, Lord Sheffield sent to a candle in his hand he took his walk the Public-office, Bow-street, for an through sets of rooms, and at opporactive and intelligent officer, and Mr tunities conveyed away such light mo. Read sent Adkins. Upon the officer's veables as he could get at. Amongst arrival, after making enquiries, he his booty was a writing-desk, which strongly suspected Mr Bingham had contained a quantity of guineas, and set his own house on fire, and in conse. which he could not get at ; but while quence placed several men to watch. he was employed cutting the article to One of them he stationed in the stee. pieces, Foy interrupted him in a tap: ple of the church, when they discover- room, and took possession of the pro. ed him to bring a great quantity of perty. The prisoner was remanded for books from his stable, and bury them another examination this day. in his garden. From a variety of other On Thursday, the 24th ult., a fox
was unkennelled at Ystradgunlais, in Cork, and a party of military. This the county of Brecon, which was pur. daring villain, whose name is Laffan, sued by a number of men on foot to had been for a long time a sort of Ruthe extremity of the parish of Llough, gantino in Cork, exciting terror whereor, in Glamorganshire, where Reynard ever he made his appearance. It was became quite exhausted, and was kill necessary to manage a man of this deed, after a chace, which, in a direct scription with very great circumspecline, was not less than 30 miles ; 'but, tion and stratagem, as his vigilance in the winding direction which the fox eluded every effort that had been made took, is supposed to be nearly 50 miles. to arrest him. He was at length, how. The pursuers were all in at the death, ever, so well watched, as to have his but could not muster a hat or shoe haunt discovered, which was so judiciamongst them, 80 eagerly had they ously surrounded as to leave no possifollowed their game, and the dogs bility of his escape. Before he knew were completely knocked up. The any thing of the sheriff's arrangement hardy fellows, after taking some rea for detecting him, the room in which freshment, set out on their return he worked (at brogue.making) was home.
entered by Mr Collis, one of the peace 7th.-DUBLIN.—The special com- officers, whose zeal and exertions in mission, for the trial of the persons ac. this, as in many other instances, decused of being concerned in the recent serves every commendation. The rufoutrages, was opened at Clonmel, on fian immediately took a posture of reMonday, by the Chief Justice of the sistance, and threw his working seat at Common Pleas, (who delivered an im- Mr Collis, without however, fortunatepressive charge on the occasion to the ly, doing him any mischief; he made grand jury), and the Chief Baron of another blow with a loaded stick, the Exchequer. Several persons were which had more effect: it fell upon arraigned under Lord Ellenborough's Mr Collis's hand, which it injured sea act; but, on the application of their verely. Finding, however, that Mr counsel, the court allowed their trials Collis was not to be deterred from to stand over, the prisoners not having seizing upon him, and that a rein. had sufficient notice of the nature of forcement was following him into the the offence with which they were room, he bolted through a window, charged. Andrew Kerwick and Low- and got over a wall. Here he was rence Dwyer were tried on an indict. beset by the sheriff's party, which he ment charging them with having been resisted with extraordinary ferocity unconcerned in stopping the Cork mail- til he received several wounds. He coach, and taking from the guard two was, however, finally seized upon and blunderbusses and two pistols. The lodged in gaol. There are different evidence for the prosecution, and that indictments against this ruffian for ca. for the defence, exhibited a striking pital offences ; and he is also a deserter example of contradictory swearing from the 95th rifle corps, and from The prisoners were 'acquitted. On other regiments. the following day, the 5th, two un. A few mornings ago, as the carts fortunate men were capitally convicta belonging to the Lanark Mills Comede,
pany were proceeding from Glasgow, A few days ago, a notorious offen. The principal carrier stopped for a litder, and most formidable ruffian, was tle to settle with the tollman at the taken by Mr Sheriff Bernard, accom- Gallow-gate ; and on coming up with panied by some of the peace officers of the carts," he discovered that a box,
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containing a thousand pounds in notes, The dragoon instantly cut the corde had been abstracted from one of them. that bound her hands and feet to the Suspicion having naturally lighted on tree, and having in some measure rethe carter, he was apprehended, and stored her to the use of her limbs by confessed that he took off the box, rubbing them, wrapped her up in his and tossed it over a hedge, where his cloak, placed her on his horse, and father and two other accomplices were proceeded on to his quarters, where in waiting. The whole of them are he soon after arrived ; and as he was now in custody, and almost all the conducting the shivering object of his money was found on the person of the care into the house, she looked through father.
a window that commanded a view of HOTEL ROBBER.-The man who the kitchen, suddenly shrunk back, was taken into custody on the charge and in a faint voice exclaimed, « There of having robbed divers hotels, was are the two men that robbed me of my re-examined yesterday. The prison- all, and used me so cruelly !” The sol. er's name is John Lawler. He was dier, in consequence, entered the kittaken into custody at Wake's Hotel, chen, and secured the men, who were in Brook-street, where he was seen to the next day taken before a magistrate, go into a sitting room, and return with and, after the necessary examination, some great-coats and boots, on Sunday fully committed to Winchester jail, for last, when he was challenged in the trial at the next assizes, hall by the waiter. Another charge 8th.-During the late embarkations was made against the prisoner from of the dragoon horses, at the DockMorris's Hotel, Oxford-street, where yard, Plymouth, two of them were he obtained access to a lady's bed-room, found so completely ungovernable as and stole articles of jewellery, &c., part to frustrate all endeavours to sling of which was found in his possession. them, and they were, in consequence, The office was crowded with proprie sent back to their barracks ; but on tors of most of the hotels in the me. Thursday last, a singular occurrence tropolis ; but the prisoner was recogé happened during the embarkation of nized by three prosecutors only, and the 11th dragoons. A fine spirited on their several charges he was com- horse had baffled all the efforts of the mitted for trial.
dragoons, &c. to sling him, and be A few days ago, as a dragoon was came so ungovernable as to render it on his return from duty to his quar- dangerous to approach him ; however, ters, a small public house, called Barn. a sailor, with characteristic indifference dean Hut, in the Forest, near Peters- to danger, dragged the animal to the field, in Hampshire, his attention was jetty head, and proceeded to put the arrested by the cries of some person slings under his belly, but he soon rein distress, which induced him to ride ceived a severe kick on his forehead, up to the spot from whence they pro- which laid it open, and the horse got ceeded, where his humanity was shock- loose and dashed off; when, to the asto. ed on beholding a woman tied to a nishment of the by-standers, he wheel tree, with the tears, which her situation ed round, and returned to the sailor, and suffering had produced, actually who lay at his full length near the frozen to her cheeks, and, horrid to jetty, or pier, and, with his right fore relate, quite naked, having been strip- foot, pushed him off the jetty into the ped and robbed of every article of sea beneath. The sailor, though near dress by two villains, who afterwards ly stunned, swam on shore, mounted left her in that deplorable condition. the jetty, seized the animal, and, we and bleeding as he was, finally succeeded to visit him with a greater punishment in slinging and sending him on board. than was commensurate with it: but
9th.-CONSISTORY COURT OF LON- the statute was imperative upon him, DON, Doctors' COMMONS.-Cox v. and left him but little discretion to ex. Gooday. This case was a criminal ercise. In complying, therefore, with proceeding, at the instanceof Miss Cox, its injunctions, he felt it his duty to against the Reverend W. Gooday, of- suspend him (Mr Gooday) from his ficiating minister of Terling, in Essex, ministry for the space of one fortnight; for a disturbance in the church. It and, after a suitable admonition, the will be recollected, that the particular learned judge concluded with obsercircumstances attending it were fully ving, that, as the reverend gentleman detailed in our report of the hearing had attended personally to receive the on admission of the criminal articles. sentence of the court, he should not (See Vol. 3. Part 2. p. 254.) B ut think it necessary to direct its being
Mr Gooday having this day person published in the church. ally admitted the facts charged in the Mr Gooday then bowed and retired, articles, the counsel for Miss Cox, af-evidently much affected. He ter a few observations, moved for the AMSTERDAM.-The female, named judgment of the court, as expressed Madelaine Albert, has been apprehendin the statute upon which the suit was ed. The following is the extract of founded.
o a letter on this subject, transmitted The learned judge (Sir W. Scott) on the 22d of January, by the subthen, in a very impressive manner, ad- prefect of Gannat, to the prefect of dressing himself to the reverend gen- the department of the Alliers tleman, delivered his judgment. He “Sir,--I have the honour to inform observed, that the offence charged you, that the female, named Madeagainst him (and which he had just laine Albert, was apprehended yesteradmitted) was that of having wanton- day, the 21st of this month, in the lv interrupted the performance of reli- commune of Saien Ignat, three leagues gious service in his own church, by from Rione: she was to-day conveyaddressing Miss Cox, in the midst of ed to the prison of Gannat. The mul. the service, in the language of uncall. titudes which assembled from all parts ed-for reproof, mixed with a consider- to see this monster were prodigious; I able degree of intemperate warmth; cannot describe to you the fury of the he reminded him, that it was the duty populace. If the gens-d'armerie had of the church-wardens, and not of the not protected this parricide, I believe minister, to repress any indecorum that she would have been torn to pieces. It manifested itself in the church, and was with the utmost difficulty she was that his thoughts ought to be other- saved from the sticks and stones with wise occupied : they should accompa- which she was assailed.” ny those of his congregation in the GLOCESTER ELECTION.--Six micontemplation of divine objects, and litary cars, each calculated to carry the observance of religious duties, and forty persons, and drawn occasionally should rise superior to every thing mi- by six or eight horses, are employed litating against those important consi- by the friends of Sir William Guise, derations. He was willing, however, in conveying voters to and from the to impute the offence of the reverend poll at Glocester: gentleman to an excess of zeal, un- In the grand contest for the county restrained by the suggestions of pru- of Glocester, in the year 1776, the dence; and should be sorry, therefore, number who voted, during a poll of