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foot of the Pico, and there are yet Powers was backed by two or three several pieces of timber and spars float- who entered Richmond's house with ing among the rocks.
him; and as the wrath of the multi" We all look upon the opening of tude present was eminently displayed this volcano in the sea as the most au- against the blacks, Richmond stood spicious and providential thing that by his friend, and young Belcher, who could have happened to the island, and had witnessed the whole affair, lent that it will have the effect of relieving protection also to Molineux. us from earthquakes in time to come, A battle, which lasted seventeen mi. in the same manner as was formerly nutes, took place, which will best be experienced, when the caldeiras of the conveyed by a general description, Furnas brokeout. From Ginetes round An irregular sort of a ring was formto Ribeira Gravede, shoals of dead fish ed, and at the first sets-to Powers nobhave been cast ashore, supposed to bed his adversary about the head and have been killed by the sulphureous got away; and this, to a man of science,
is easily done, as Molineux possesses ." The old legends of St Michael's but little of that requisite; but his relate, that some hundred and seventy fighting is of another kind, which Crib years ago, an island appeared in this can testify. Powers was not able to neighbourhood, but which was again move the black, and after hitting he buried in the bowels of the ocean. was pursued by Molineux into the Strange revolutions have happened in crowd, but the latter was not able to the Furnas, by which it appears, that plant a hit. In other rounds an irre. copper mines were worked there in gular close took place, and both men former times, a vast deal of ore having fell. Towards the conclusion, Molibeen discovered, with the apparatus neux got a hit at his antagonist's head, for a laboratory."
but it was at too great a length to ef. THE CHAMPION MOLINEUX AND fect much ; but in the subsequent POWERS.-The astonishment of the round, he gave Powers a doubler in the amateur of pugilism will in a high de- body. Whether that had the effect gree be excited by the following ac- of putting an end to the combat, a count of a pugilistic contest between white feather, or suffering from the Molineux and Powers, who is a second blow, the vanquished best knows, but rater, about equal with Dogherty, but Powers would fight no more. The a stone heavier. The cause of the black had an eye-lid swollen, and a cut battle, or which might rather be term- in the lip, but he afterwards accompa. ed a turn up, was in consequence of an nied four ladies to the theatre. ungenman-like allusion to tawny com- , NORFOLK ASSIZES.—The King vo plexion on the part of Powers, who, Lord Clermont.-This was a criminal with more energy than elegance, swore indictment, traversed from last assizes, destruction to the fraternity of black charging William Charles Fortescue, millers, although he had been vanquish- Lord Viscount Clermont, with an ass ed by Richmond some time since. On sault on Sarah Lumley, widow, of Sa. pointed insults over and over again be- ham Toney. The assault was sworn ing given to Molineux, in the house of by the prosecutrix herself to have been Richmond, whose forbearance entitled of a most violent, cruel, and outrageous him to praise, Molineux and Powers kind; and the evidence of another poor stripped, and had a few rounds, not for woman, and that of a surgeon, went in hundreds but for love (technically term- corroboration of the statement as to ing it), and that love on rough stones. the bodily injury she had thereby sus. tained. On the part of the noble de. the hotel, ať his own expence, who fendant, it was attempted to discredit started about 20 minutes before 12 Mrs Lumley's evidence altogether, on o'clock, and arrived at Glocester a lit, the ground of its improbability, and tle after two, twenty minutes after the three witnesses were brought forward, culprit had been turned off, and who viz. Lord Clermont's steward, the was then suspended on the drop! master of the Clermont Arms public. 26th.-CAMBRIDGE. This being house, in Saham Toney, and a blackthe day when the University was to be smith of the same parish, who several. stow on one of the two rival candidates ly swore, that, from their knowledge of the prosecutrix, they did not think
• The laureate wreath that Cecil wore, she was to be believed on her oath; the the place was a most amusing scene steward likewise stated, that Mrs of bustle and activity. The Duke of Lumley had told him a different story Rutland had been here for many days. on the day the transaction was alleged His illustrious antagonist perhaps bet. to have taken place. The jury, after
ter consulted the dignity of the Senate hearing the evidence, together with and his own by abstaining from a perthe arguments of counsel on both sides, sonal canvass ; but his friends were at considerable length, and receiving energetic in his support. His Royal the judge'scharge, found the defendant Highness the Prince Regent was likeguilty; and Lord Clermont, in person, wise said to have pledged his services received the sentence of court, which upon this express condition, that his was to pay a fine of 50 marks to the royal relative should decline a canvass. king, and to be imprisoned until the It was understood, by communication same should be paid ; which was in- from the committee in London, that stantly done, and his lordship retired four hundred and seventy votes had
On Saturday last, William Townley been actually promised to the Duke was executed at the drop in front of of Glocester. No one anticipated the of the county gaol, Glocester, agree. presence of a greater number than nine ably to his sentence. A short time hundred voters; and this was deembefore his execution, he is said to have ed pretty strong assurance of ultimate admitted his full share in the crime for success. which his life became forfeited to the On the contrary, his most noble an. laws. On Friday night last (says a tagonist was deemed to possess no orBath paper) “a reprieve for the above dinary strength : the support of the man was put into the Post-office of prime minister, and the conformity of Hereford, addressed by mistake! to his grace's politics with those of the
Wilton, Esq., Under Sheriff, people in power, were circumstances Herefordshire,” instead of Glocester- of great weight ; and many, who were shire, some time after the post-letters not swayed by political motives, were for that night had been delivered out, biassed by fox-hunting ones, to give and of course remained there till next him their votes ; his grace's hounds morning, when, about half-past eleven, being, as is supposed, among the best it was opened by Messrs Bird and Wol. packs in the kingdom. laston, under sheriffs for the county Wednesday Morning, One o'clocki of Hereford, and immediately the im. The contest has terminated in fa. portance of its contents to the wretch-' vour of the Duke of Glocester. The ed object of intended mercy was ascer poll continued until twelve o'clock at tained. An express was sent off with night, when, no more votes being tenthe utmost celerity by Mr Bennett, of dered, the boxes were closed : in half an hour after, the numbers for each can- his brother and a cousin returned home didate were declared to be as follows: with him. Mr Bingham overtook
For the Duke of Glocester'. . 470 them on horseback ; he said, in a joke, For the Duke of Rutland . ... 356 he would ride over us. After Mr
Bingham got by, he saw a letter dropMajority for his Royal Highness the ping to the ground. He was then
Duke of Glocester ·::.114 distant about six rods; he thought it When the result of the contest was came from Mr Bingham, but he was announced, the gownsmen in the gal. not sure ; he thought so, because he lery of the Senate-house rose from their saw it flying in the air before it reachseats, and gave three cheers.
ed the ground: it was wavering in the COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.- air. He came up, and picked up the THREATENING LETTER.-The Rev. letter. Mr Bingham rode forward, Robert Bingham was arraigned on two but looked back very much. He car. indictments, the first charging him ried the letter home, and gave it to his with sending a letter without a signa, mother. ture, threatening to burn the houses, William Jenner, aged 11, cousin of barns, &c. of Richard Jenner, and the last witness, John Jenner, was in comother charging him with setting fire pany of last witness at Mayersfield to his own house, to defraud the insu. church. He did not see the paper unrance-office.
til he nearly came up to it ; his cousin He was put to the bar, and tried on John picked it up. Before they came the first indictment. It stated, that up, John said, “ There, William, there he, on the 1st of December last, fe is a letter dropping to the ground.” loniously and wilfully did send a let. When they picked it up, John said, he ter, without a name, addressed to Mr thought it was Mr Bingham's writing ; Richard Jenner, and which letter was he said he thought it was not. as follows:
Mr Richard Jenner deposed he was “FIRE! MURDER ! AND REVENGE ! a farmer at Mayersfield, occupying the
« Fifty of us are detarm'd to keep Dairy Farm, on which there is barns, our lands or have revenge. Therefore oxen, sheep, corn, &c. He is called pasons churchwards and farmers your by his familiar friends “ Dick.” He barns and houses shall burn if you take was in London when the letter in ques. our lands, your lives two shall pay your tion was found. He had known Mr sheep we will eat your oxen we can Bingham five or six years, and their mame, your stacks shall blaze, and families lived on friendly terms ; and Dick you shall be shooted as you re. he should have thought him the last turn from the market or fair. We person to do him an unfriendly act. are united and sworn to stand by one He apprehended himself to be meant another 50 good fellows." To this he by “ Dick” in the letter, and that the pleaded Not Guilty.
threats were directed against his lands The first witness called was, and cattle, &c. He has had frequent
John Jenner, who said his father correspondence with Mr Bingham, and lived at Mayersfield; the prisoner was is well acquainted with his hand-writ. clergyman at Mayersfield; he went to ing. (Looking at the letter.) He school to him, and he taught him to believes it to be Mr Bingham's hand. write. He has seen Mr Bingham writing. write. He and his brother went to On his cross-examination he said, he church on Sunday, the 16th of De first suspected that the letter came cember; Mr Bingham was at church; from some of the foresters.. Mr Bingham has been curate many years of the prisoner six or seven years ; he Mayersfield, and had always duly per. was always attentive to the morals of formed his clerical duties. He had his parish, and exemplary in his own also been instrumental in founding a conduct. charity-school for the poor. There I. M. Cripps, Esq. gave a most excelhad been lately many inclosures in the lentcharacter to the prisoner for integriforest, which had been thrown down ty and honour, in every relations of life. by order of the lords of the manor.. The Rev. Mr Turner, the Rev. Mr
Richard Trill, Mr J. Knipe, and Bradford, Mr Claude Matte of Trant, John Maynard, believed the letter to and the Rev. Sackville Bayle, all spoke be his hand-writing. .
of the prisoner in terms of the highest Robert Turner, attorney, at Lewes, praise, both as a gentleman and a cler. Mr Attree, and Mr Eusan, all said gyman. ..., they believed the letter to be the hand. The Lord Chief Baron then sum. writing of the prisoner.
med up the evidence with great miThis closed the case for the prose-. nuteness, and impressed the jury strongcution.
ly with the necessity of their being Mr Bingham then read a writen de- perfectly satisfied, as there was no mofence, in which he very feelingly com- tive in evidence which could induce mented on his unhappy situation, and the prisoner to send this letter.. argued on the improbability of his wri. The jury, after considerable delibe. ting a threatening letter to his friend ration, found the prisoner Not Guilty. without any motive.
The same prisoner was then indicted His counsel then called the follow. for setting fire to his house, with a ing witnesses.
view to defraud its owner, the Rev. Mr William Cramp, keeper of the house Rivett, his rector, and the Union Fireof correction at Lewes. In the month office, in which he had insured furniof January (the 12th,) Mr Richard ture, &c. to the amount of 5001. The Jenner called upon him, and conversed evidence on this trial was long and on the subject of the letter ; he said complicated ; but the only circumhe wished to have some conversation stances which appeared to make against with a man in custody on a charge of the prisoner were, that he, the day bes felony, of the name of Best. He ob- fore the fire, busied himself in causing served, he supposed witness had heard to be removed from one outhouse to a of the letter; he replied he had. He nearer, the stacks of wood with which then said he wished the witness would the house was fired, (as the prisoner examine Best, as he had no doubt but stated his supposition at the time, ma. that Best knew who the writer was, liciously) his depositing of a few priThere was no doubt but it was written vate papers and quills over, the privy, by one of the foresters.
and of his burying a quantity of copy Lord Sheffield said, he had known books of no great value in his garden, Mr Bingham about five years. In planting over them a flower for better doing his duty, in redressing disorders concealment. It was proved, howin the county, no man had been more ever, that the prisoner's plate and diligent. He had had a very good watch, which might have been more opinion of Mr Bingham, and he was profitably removed, were, burnt, and convinced he had incurred a great deal that he had actually sent for the latter of rancour by his attempts to repress on the evening of the fire to the house the disorders of the foresters.
of a neighbour, where he had been viMr Archdeacon Doyley has known siting, and where he had forgetfully
left it. The prisoner had, immediate. Burke, above 70, appealed to the court ly before the fire, been in town to trans. through her counsel, Mr Peat, to quash fer insurance of 501. upon a cottage to a conviction against her, had on the a further security of his furniture ; but 21st instant, before Mr Fielding, one that cottage, it was proved, he had be- of the magistrates at Queen's-square fore sold. He then stated to his friend, Office, for being a common cheat and the secretary to the insurance-office, impostor. The circumstances deposed that he was afraid his house would be against her were by a police-officer, burnt, in consequence of the incendiary who knew her occupation as a prospirit of the neighbourhood, and always found dealer in destinies. He saw her stated, to those to whom he told the going towards her temple, in the attic story of the fire, a presentiment, which regions of a house in Charles-court, in possessed him on the evening of the the Strand, on the 21st instant, fol. fire, that the casualty would happen. lowed by two damsels, in the occupaIt was proved by the prisoner's bro- tion of children's maids, and he gently ther, the Rev. Richard Bingham, in- ascended after them, at a respectful cumbent of Gosport chapel, and ma- distance, and saw them enter the sybil's gistrate for the county of Hants, and apartment: he peeped through the Captain Joseph Bingham, R. N., that key-hole, and observed a dozen other the prisoner's books and furniture were lasses, who were also votaries of the worth from 9001. to 1000l. ; and that prophetess, waiting to consult her on he was in far from distressed circum- the dispositions of the Fates towards stances, otherwise he would have ap- them. The sybil herself was occupied plied to the former brother, as he had in poring over the hand of one of the before done, and always been relieved; damsels, and alternately consulting the and that the latter brother had lately dregs at the bottom of a mystical coflaid down a large sum to free the pri- fee-cup, in order to discover her future soner from his embarrassments, upon fortunes ; and in a little while, with the positive assurance that the prison- grim aspect and solemn voice, she proer had told his brother the extent of nounced, that the girl must have to his debts, and was made a free and encounter many misfortunes, but would happy man. Many of the prisoner's overcome them all : that a young man, neighbours and servants also spoke of with light-coloured hair, was in love the value of his furniture, linen, &c. with her, and would ultimately marry
The prisoner on this occasion also her; but that before marriage he would read a written defence, and the learned take a liberty with her, which she Chief Baron recapitulated and com- must not resist, and that he would af. mented on the whole of the evidence, terwards become her most valuable adopting the prisoner's expression, that friend. The constable, however, able must have been mad to have com- ruptly entered, told the prophetess she mitted the crime of which he was char- was mistaken in the colour of his hair, ged, if the testimony of his honoura- but that he must take a liberty with ble brothers were to be at all credit- her, which she must not resist, and ed. The jury found the prisoner Not carry her before a magistrate.
The Chairman, however, was of opiThe trial of these indictments lasted nion, from this evidence, that 'as no from 8 o'clock in the morning till money was seen to pass, owing to the nearly 9 at night.
officer's precipitancy, the charge was 29th.-WESTMINSTER SESSIONS. not made out to warrant a conviction, A withered prophetess, named Alice and it was therefore quashed.
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