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not over accommodating, he was to the morning when he came to busia take two notes of 10001. each, and the ness : but this trouble was spared him, other 90l. any way; and then to go by a note which he received the same to the Bank of England to get notes evening, inclosed in a parcel, in which of 501. and 301. for the two 10001. was his pocket-book, and two 11. notes, and to meet him at the Moor- notes. The note expressed, that un. gate Coffee-house, Fore-street. The expected business had called the mas. cheque was paid by the banker with. ter suddenly from town to Liverpool ; out suspicion, and the large notes ha- that the two pounds were for the trou. ving been changed at the bank in the ble he had had ; but that his further manner desired, the young man went services would for the present be disto the coffee-house, but no master had pensed with. This strange proceedcome to meet him. After waiting for ing awakened suspicion in the young two hours in great anxiety, he set off man's mind, and the following day, for Francis-street, and was there in- by the advice of some friends, he went formed that his master had gone out to the banking-house, when they first soon after him, and had not returned. discovered that the cheque was a for. The young man went a second time to gery. It is hardly necessary to state, the Moorgate Coffee-house; still no that the parties never returned to their master, but he found a note had been lodgings in Francis-street. left for him during his absence. On - A cannon-ball, weighing ninety-six opening it, it was from his employer, pounds, and measuring upwards of 30 dated the White Hart Tavern, Hol. inches in circumference, has, within born, corner of Warwick-court, whi. these few days, been dug out of the ther he was desired immediately to re- ruins of the old castle in Berwick. pair, where his master was waiting for According to Fuller, in the year 1405, him. On his way to Holborn, he was a conspiracy was formed in Berwick joined by a man who forced his con against Henry IV., in which the Earl versation on him, and to whom he re. of Northumberland and several others lated where he was going, and what were the principal leaders. The earl he had been about. They parted at held possession of the castle at that the door of the tavern, and the clerk time, when hearing that Henry was went in to ask for his master; still no bringing against him 37,000 men, with master was or had been there. The engineers and artillery properly fitted young man having been permitted to for a siege, he retired into Scotland. remain long enough in the tavern for The royal army advanced to Berwick those outside to ascertain that he was with some engines of destruction which not followed by any person from the had never before been brought against banking house, or Bank of England, it; and which were on this occasion the person whom he had the conversa. for the first time employed in Britain. tion with in the street, came into the The first discharge from one of these house, and told him that his master was cannons of a large bore demolishing crossing the way. The young man one of the principal towers of the caslooking out, saw his master, to whom tle, the garrison was thrown into such he went up, and was most graciously consternation, that it made an instant received, and relieved from any further surrender. From this account it is trouble respecting his charge ; and the probable that this is the identical ball master, to save trouble, taking the which, four hundred and six years ago, youth's pocket-book, in which were occasioned the surrender of Berwick the 20901., promising to return it in to the English arms.
A most horrid attempt was made prisoner went by the name of Barclay by a man who resides near Dockhead, at the inn, and he represented himself on Friday last, to poison his wife and as a private gentleman, who wished to three children. He took a leg of reside secluded from the gaieties and mutton home, and ordered it to be pleasures of the metropolis. He spent roasted for dinner. His wife ac. his time in the association of the gencordingly roasted it, and got it ready tlemen yeomen in the country, with by the time he appointed. He did whom he used to take the sports of not come home to dinner, and his wife the field, and his wife, who had just and children made their dinners from gone through an accouchement, was some provisions that were in the house, the only person who knew his situa. and did not eat of the leg of mutton. tion. The prisoner was surprised in The husband did not arrive till supper. bed, first by the hostess of the inn, who time, and made an excuse for not com- informed him three gentlemen wished ing to dinner. His wife offered him to see him, and after one of the gen. some of the leg of mutton for his sup- tlemen had been introduced, Foy fol. per, but he declined it, saying he had lowed and took him, and conveyed brought home some fish, which he him to London in a chaise and four. wished to have fried. His wife fried He was taken to Marlborough-street them with the dripping produced from office, and after having been identi. the roasting of the leg of mutton, and fied, and some other necessary forms he ate heartily of the fish. In the night gone through, he was committed to he was taken extremely ill, and has. New Prison, Clerkenwell, for exami. continued in the most excruciating nation on a future day, where he now torture ever since. He enquired how remains doubly ironed. .. . the fish had been cooked, and being YORKSHIRE ASSIZES. Trial of informed, and also that none of his fa- James Whitehead, for attempting to mily had partaken of the mutton, he murder Ann Ockleton.--The prisoner, acknowledged his guilt by saying, the on being arraigned, pleaded guilty, deadly and diabolical scheme he had laid which plea he persisted in for a con. of poisoning the whole of them had siderable time; but, by the advice of fallen upon himself; having laid the the court, and the repeated entreaties leg of mutton in a quantity of arsenic of his counsel and friends, he relucfor a considerable time, and also having tantly withdrew his plea, and pleaded rubbed it into the meat. The miser not guilty. The prisoner, who was a able wretch is languishing in the great. good looking young man, seemed greatest torture of body and mind. ly affected during the whole of his trial.
RICHARD ARMITAGE.---This cele "Mr Tindall stated, that this was a brated character, of whom so much prosecution under what is called Lord has been heard respecting his transac, Ellenborough's Act. The prisoner tions with Roberts in forgeries upon lived sérvant with a Mr Brown of Hethe Bank of England, in which esta- don, at the same time that Ann Ockleblishment he was a clerk, was taken, ton, the prosecutrix in this indictment, on Tuesday morning, at an inn about lived there as a domestic, and a consi, three miles from Ipswich, in a cross derable degree of attachment existed country road, by John Foy, accompa- between them at that time. After nied by two gentlemen from the bank, Ann Ockleton left the service of Mr a reward of 300 guineas having been Brown, their intercourse with each offered for his apprehension, as long other was necessarily less frequent, and since 23 the 11th of August. The her father having expressed some disapprobation of the connection, a shy- in milking. On their return home, at ness on the part of the young woman a short distance from the close, they took place, which probably led to the met the prisoner, who spoke to her catastrophe detailed in the following aunt, and desired her to leave her with evidence :
him, as he wished to have some talk · Ann Ockleton, a young woman of with her, which her aunt declined; about 20 years of age, was the first when the prisoner swore, and said he witness called ; but she was so ex- did not care for her, and, turning himtremely agitated, as to be unable to self round, stood before them, and said, give her evidence. The judge recom- “Stop!” and drew a knife from his mended that another witness should be pocket and opened it; on which witplaced in the bar until she was more ness and her aunt set up a loud cry, composed; but as it would occur first and the witness let fall the milk-pail. in the natural order of the trial, we She then ran back two or three yards, shall give it that place in our report. and was followed by the prisoner, who
Ann Ockleton stated, that she first caught her in his arms, and threw her became acquainted with the prisoner on the ground, he falling with her ;
n December, 1809, when she lived he then cut her throat' with a knife, with Mr Brown, with whom she was and, after being wounded in the neck, his fellow servant. During the time she wrested the knife from him, and in which she lived with Mr Brown, threw it over the hedge, and, while he which was until April following, the was seeking the knife, supposing she prisoner paid his addresses to her, or, had dropt it near the spot, she extrias she expressed it, kept her company. cated herself from him, and run away, After quitting the service of Mr Brown, the prisoner pursuing her, and almost she lived at a public-house at Sproat- immediately she met Isaac Ellard, who bey, where her sweetheart occasionally took her under his protection.. visited her ; on leaving Sproatley, Jane Ockleton gave a similaraccount she went to live with her father at of all the transactions which preceded Aldbrough, where she was visited by her niece being thrown down by the the prisoner once or twice, at which prisoner, and added, that she, the wither father expressed some dissatisfac- ness, called to him, and said, “ You tion: she also stated, that she had left villain, do you mean to take her life .!" the service of Mr Brown on account He replied, “ Yes, damn her; I will of her intimacy with the prisoner. On murder her, and then I will murder the evening of the 4th of September you, and then there will be nobody to last, she went with her aunt, Jane tell." Witness immediately ran to the Ockleton, to milk in a field about half town for assistance. In about a quara mile from Aldbrough. On their way ter of an hour she saw her niece again ; thither they were met by the prisoner, her neck was cut, and she bled prowho said to her, “How do you do, fusely ; her fingers were also much Nancy?” She answered, “ Very well, cut. thank you.” The prisoner then stopt, Isaac Ellard said, on the 4th of Sep. and she said, “If you mean to go with tember he met Ann Ockleton in the us, I will return home.” The prison- lane, and James Whitehead pursuing er replied, “ No; I do not want to go her ; she exclaimed, “ Save my life! with you ;' and then turned, and walk- and witness shouted out, “ My friend, ed towards the town, and the witness what have you been doing ?" To which and her aunt went forward : they were the prisoner replied, “ I do not mean employed about a quarter of an hour to hurt you, or any man or woman on the earth, but Ann Ockleton; and I passion might be induced to commit ; mean to have her life, if it be possible. and no evidence had been given to in. Give me your hand, for I shall be duce the jury to think that the prihanged for her; and so I will go to soner was not in a sane state of mind at the gallows and be hanged like a dog." the time this act was perpetrated. The Witness said, “No, my friend, I hope jury, without leaving the box, found you have done nothing yet that will the prisoner Guilty, but recommended hang you.” Prisoner said, “ Yes, I him to mercy on account of his good have cut her throat ; and if I had not character. The prisoner, on leaving lost the knife, I should have killed her the bar, said, “ May God be the comupon the spot, and she would now have fort of my prosecutrix.” been a dead woman.” During this It is hoped that the following acci. conversation, himself, the prisoner, and dent, which occurred in the garrison Ann Ockleton, were walking towards of Plymouth Dock, on Saturday, will Aldbrough. The prisoner wished to operate as a warning for recruits geshake hands with her, which she re- nerally. Some men, who were all of fused. The witness did not observe that description, had fired nine rounds. any appearance which indicated de. One of them, finding his piece did not rangement of mind.
go off, pursued a practice which is too Mr John Mann, surgeon, described common, of loading afresh, and had acthe wound, which he was called in to tually put nine cartridges into his piece, examine, as an incision in the neck, which, bursting, tore off his right arin, about three and a half inches in length, killed the right hand man next him, by and a quarter of an inch in depth, a driving a part of the excluded musket little before the tracher ; he also said, three inches long into his head ; blew that several of her fingers were much off the hand of a third, and most dreadcut.
fully shattered the arm of a fourth. On the part of the prisoner, Mr It is said, that on an examination of Robert Stubbing, the partner of Mr all the muskets, another was found Brown before referred to, stated, that with eight cartridges in it. The prac. during the time the prisoner lived with tice of polishing muskets with ramrods them, which was about nine months, is also extremely injurious, as a great he conducted himself with propriety, number of pieces in the army are there. and seemed to be of a humane disposi- , by reduced to a thin shell.. tion and good temper.
. Some disturbances have taken place The learned judge, after recapitula. in the neighbourhood of Nottingham.' ting the evidence, said it was possible The letters from that place state, that the prisoner was much attached to the on Tuesday last the workmen, to the young woman, whom he suspected of a number of one thousand, assembled in coldness towards him; and that, under the market-place, and from thence prothe influence of these feelings, he had ceeded in a body to Arnold, a distance worked himself into à violent phrenzy of about five miles, where their numof passion. But his lordship obser. bers were increased to between two ved, that the violence of passion would and three thousand. Thus augmented not justify or extenuate an act that in strength, they shortly evinced a dedeliberately aimed at the life of a fel. termination to adopt measures of vio. low creature ; if it did, a door would lence, and parties proceeded to enter be opened to all the excesses and crimes the houses and destroy the frames of which persons under the impulse of several of the manufacturers. The - VOL. IV. PART II.
ANNUAL REGISTER, 1811. [MARCH 11. cause assigned for these outrages was gistrates from government, the offer the distress suffered by themselves and was acceded to. The other two refamilies, in consequence of the stop- ceived their whipping. page of work. With any further par. Last week two prisoners, who had ticulars we are at present unacquaint.. been confined in the county gaol of ed; but we have to express our sincere Cork, effected their escape from that hopes, that these mistaken men must prison under the most hazardous cirhave been made sensible, that, by the cumstances. They succeeded by some destruction of the property of others, means in getting to the top of the they not only could not alleviate their outer wall, which is 30 feet high, when own misery, but that, on the contrary, they made an effort to jump into a tree they must materially increase it. in Mr Walker's demesne, at the west
On Sunday evening last, the Royal end of the prison, in which one of them Powder Mills at Ospringe, near Fa- succeeded, but the other was unable to versham, blew up. No lives were lost. effect his object, and had his back bro
The remains of the late Queen of ken from the violence of the shock. France, consort of Lewis XVIII., The other prisoner, who escaped withwere removed from Westminster Ab- out any injury, very humanely took bey on Tuesday, and put on board a the disabled man on his back, until he vessel in the river, to be conveyed to lodged him in a cabin at a village at Sardinia for interment.
some distance, where he was discoverThursday morning, in a house near ed the next morning and brought back the barracks, Glasgow, a servant girl to the prison, but in such a dangerous put up a folding bed, in which a fine state that he is not expected to recover; child of about 17 months old was sleep. the other effected his escape, and has ing, without knowing the circumstance; not since been apprehended. The unand although the accident was soon fortunate man who has been injured afterwards discovered, yet the child was confined on a charge of rape"; the was smothered.
other, who has escaped, was charged The Elizabeth, cartel, arrived on with stealing gunpowder from the maMonday at Dover, from off Calais, nufactory of Ballincollig. whither she proceeded from Chatham, 11th.- LORD SOMERVILLE'S CAT. with 18 French prisoners of war, in TLE SHOW.-On Monday, a very large lieu of those sent from Dunkirk be. concourse of agriculturists assembled longing to the Elizabeth East India- in Mr Sadler's Yard, in Goswell-street, man, but was not permitted to ap- to examine the many fine animals which proach the harbour, as the batteries were exhibited for his lordship's prize fired at her, and an 18-pound shot cups, and implements of agriculture, struck, and went quite through the &c. cartel, providentially without doing Lord Somerville exhibited a pair of any harm.
seven year old Devon oxen, which had · Eleven men, convicted of a tumul- been shewn last March in a barren state tuous assembly at Notsdown, near from the plough, and weighed at that Cashel, were on Saturday last brought time, their weights being 150st. 71b. out to suffer the first of their whip- and 150st., after having worked 101 ping's, when nine of them supplicated days each ; since which they have been to commute their punishment for en grazed on his lordship's farm, near listment for general (sea or land) ser. Cobham, and since travelled twenty vice; and, in conformity with a pre- miles to the show. They were on vious communication made to the ma. Monday weighed again, and their