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13th of September last. The details his wife, that the prisoner had come of this transaction are as follows:- to the barrack on the morning of the
Hewton went as guide to Mullow- 26th of March, and introduced himself ney and Moore, (who were tythe proc- to the soldier as a name-sake. He tors), in order to shew them different had been formerly in the 9th dragoons, denominations of lands for the purpose and is now a pensioner; and he said, of valuation. They were attacked by his cow had calved yesterday, (meantwo men, who had six stand of arms; ing that he had received his pension,) two short guns slung under their great- and that he was able to give him a coats, and four pistols. On coming treat. Accordingly he sent for spi. up with the tythe proctors, these fel. rits, of which Edward MʻLaughlin, lows immediately called to the latter his wife, and some other persons parto stand and deliver their books, which took ; and he gave the wife haif a was done. The robbers then desired crown to go out to buy breakfast : the proctors and Hewton to go away, she went out for that purpose, but beand, on their returning, when they had fore she returned, the prisoner had proceeded about forty yards, a shot left the barrack. was fired, from which some slugs About twelve o'clock the same day, lodged in Mullowney's neck, and some the prisoner and Edward M.Laughlin more in the cape of Moore's coat. The drank some porter together, and in prisoner, and Leamy (who was found the evening, shortly before drum-beat, guilty at the last special commission) the prisoner came back to the barrack then overtook the proctors again, and and invited the soldier out to a neighdesiring Hewton to go out of the way, bouring public-house. His wife was and Mullowney to stop, made Moore unwilling to let him go, lest he should go on his knees and open his breast, pot return to his barrack at a proper in order to shoot him, Moore did so, time; but he being prevailed on to go, when one of them struck him a violent she accompanied him and the prisoner blowin the pole of the head, and knock to the public house. They went up ed him down on his face; then jumped stairs, and after having finished a pot on his loins, and afterwards turning of porter, the prisoner requested Rose him round, kicked him in the belly. M.Laughlin to go down stairs for anThey then a second time desired the other. Just as she was returning into proctors to go away; and when they the room, the prisoner tapt Edward had done so, the prisoner and his com- M Laughlin on the shoulder, and whis. panion presented at them a second time, pered to him, “Go down to the barand Corcoran had his arms presented rack and fetch a musket, and I will when Leamy fired.
buy it from you.” The soldier an4th.--DERRY ASSIZES.--ATTEMPT swered," You scoundrel, do you TO SEDUCE A SOLDIER FROM HIS AL- know who you are talking to ?" and LEGIANCE.-Mark MLaughlin stood immediately knocked him down. The indicted for having endeavoured to se- wife did not hear the prisoner's words, duce one Edward M-Laughlin, a sol- but she saw him whisper to her husdier of the King's County militia, band, whoinstantly knocked him down. from his duty and allegiance ; an of. She then laid hold of her husband, fence which is made a capital felony and brought him to the barrack. The by a statute passed in the 37th year of wife had offered to return the change George III.
of the half-crown to the prisoner, but It appeared from the evidence of he refused it. the soldier, and of Rose M Laughlin Quin deposed that he was sentry at
the barrack gate after drum-beat ; a pensioner. On being pressed by and after Edward M.Laughlin had re. Colonel Atkinson to disclose for what turned to the barrack, between 9 and purpose he wanted arms, the prisoner 10 o'clock, the prisoner came to the at length said, “ I wanted them for gate, and asked whether there was not my own defence; I am a Roman ca a man named M.Laughlin in the bar. tholic, and I know the Milford men rack ; said he wanted to see him, and do not like me, because, as I am an insisted on getting in, which the wit. old soldier, they think I may be teach. ness refused to permit.
ing the Ribbon men the use of arms.?! Mr M-Clean, the adjutant of the re- Colonel Atkinson then committed the giment, deposed, that between nine and prisoner to the custody of the civiļ ten o'clock at night the prisoner came power. Here the evidence closed, rat to his quarters, which were very near Mr H. Moore, counsel for the prie the barrack; he said he came to com- soner, submitted to the court, that the plain of one M Laughlin, a soldier of offence which the legislature in making the regiment, who had struck and ill- this statute intended to punish with treated him, and that he must either death, was not made out in evidence. be sent te the guard-house or the black The statute forbids any attempt to se: hole, or be brought out to fight him, duce a soldier from his duty and alle Witness enquired into the circumstan.. giance; that is to corrupt this princes, and finding the prisoner rather ciple, and to render him a disloyal unwilling to answer, declined to inter- subject. A soldier might be seduced fere : upon which prisoner şaid, " I from his duty, (as by selling his necould transport M.Laughlin, for at. cessaries, or even his arms) and yet not tempting to sell his arms.” Witness be at all seduced from his loyalty and then left the prisoner in charge of his allegiance; and the proof in this case servant, and went into the barrack, went no further.
. and called out Edward M.Laughlin, The learned judge acceded to this who gave him the same account of the construction of the statutę, and direct. transaction he had now given. Wit- ed the jury that, whatever opinion they ness then put the soldier into confine-, might entertain of the mischievous de.. ment, and returned and took the pria sign of the prisoner, they could not a soner to Colonel Atkinson’s lodgings. convict him of the offence charged in
Colonel Atkinson deposed, that up- the indictment. The jury acquitted on the prisoner being brought to him, the prisoner ; but a bill of indictment he asked him where he lived ? he an for a misdemeanour having been found swered, up and down;" he refused against him, he was again put on his to tell where he had lodged the last trial; and, upon the sanie evidence, night, but mentioned a person of the the jury, without hesitation, found him name of Gibson, where he had lodged guilty. ... , the night preceding. On searching The Solicitor General immediately him, Colonel Atkinson found in his passed sentence :pocket seven ball cartridges (such as Mark M Laughlin, you have ese are delivered to the military,) and four caped the punishment of death by the blank cartridges, which he refused to mercy of those very laws to which, I tell how he had come by. There much fear, you are a sworn enemy. I were also in his pockets a stone of con.. am now to pronounce such a sentence siderable magnitude, a Roman catho- upon you as will be commensurate to. lic Prayer-book, and a tin case, in your crime, and will, I hope, be an which he kept his certificate of being example to others,
“In the course of your trial, I la- an entire iron boat, which will carry ment to say, have appeared, for the first eight tons; it is nearly finished, and time, traces of what I did not think will be launched on the Tavistock existed in this peaceful and respected canal in the morning of Easter Moncounty. You have been a soldier : day. Great discoveries have recently you have worn the king's cloth: you been made in the tunnel under Mor. have received his pay, and, monstrous weldown, which forms part of this ingratitude ! you are at this moment canal ; rich veins of copper ore of amaa pensioner living on his bounty : and zing thickness begin to shew themon the very day before you had comselves, and promise an abundant harmitted this crime, you had received vest of profit to the proprietors in that bounty. And what is your crime? this spirited undertaking. An endeavour to seduce one of his SHOCKING ACCIDENT.-A boat, in Majesty's soldiers (yourself having been which were four men and five women, once a soldier) to give up to such a sunk at eleven o'clock on Monday miscreant as you the arms intrusted night, below Chelsea College, on reto him for the defence of the country. turning from Battersea fair; and two What appears further? You not only of the women, one named Smith, who endeavoured to procure arms, but were resided in Hogg-lane, Lambeth, the found with your pockets loaded with other a servant of Mr Shore, of Black. ammunition. For what purposes could friars-road, were drowned, and the such a wretch as you want these? bodies have not yet been found." Your story is incredible. You did DECAYED HOUSES.- At the inquinot want them for defence: I am sa- sition held on Thursday before the cotisfied you wanted them for the worst roner for Middlesex, on the bodies of of purposes. It!.
- three persons, who were killed by - The sentence of the law is, that the falling of two houses on Mon-' you be imprisoned for twelve months ; day se'nnight, in Ironmonger-row, St and that you do pay a fine of 50). I Luke's, the coroner observed to the inflict that fine, though you may be jury, that the number of untimely unable to pay it, in hopes that those deaths which were continually occur. who have employed you for such dia. ring, from the falling of decayed build. bolical purposes may be obliged to ings, had been, and were much deserpay it. You must further give secu- ving to be, the subject of public ani. rity for your future good behaviour, madversion. The existing laws hard. yourself in 5001. and two sureties in ly seemed to furnish an adequate reme5001. each ; and if you have not friends dy, and the coroner comes when all the who will be your bail, see whether mischief is over. It is true, as nui. those incendiaries who employed you sance, decayed buildings are within the will come forward in your behalf. I jurisdiction of the court leet, or they trust this first example in this county may be presented by the parochial ofmay be productive of future tranquil. ficers to the grand inquest of the couna lity and security.”
try ; but, to redress the grievance efSuch is the scarcity of money from fectually, a public responsibility should the pressure of the times, that the late attach either on the district surveyors, Duke of Queensberry's Tokay only or some officer should be constituted fetched eighty-four pounds per dozen with power to pull down public build. quarts, that is 71. per bottle!
ings, in danger of falling, or of proThere is now building at the Mount perly repairing them on the exigence Foundery, from works in Tavistock, of the moment. In the present in.
stance, a high degree of culpability at. sequence had dealings with some of taches on the proprietor of these hou. those persons who frequently adverses, which were in a ruinous condition tise to accommodate noblemen and when they were let, and in a situation gentlemen in want of money; and an much too dangerous to be inhabited. offer was made to procure money Such an instance of neglect and incau- upon his acceptances, and by thus get. tion, shews a gross and culpable inat. ting his negociable securities in their tention to the public security. “ Deo. hands, to commit the grossest frauds dands," said the coroner, « are pecu- upon him. In the month of October, liar to the coroner's court; their public 1809, the prisoner Sedley communiutility is, that they are a fine, in some cated to a man named Walker, who measure discretionary, in the hands of would give his testimony for the proa jury, to punish the misconduct of secution in this case, that he knew the persons who have offended, but not so marquis, the extent of his fortune, and as to incur a felonious breach of the his perfect. competence to pay any criminal law. The whole of the ma. securities into which he might enter; terials which fell are a deodand, the and between them they resolved to value of which you are to assess, not send his lordship a letter, offering their exceeding the true amount."-Ver- service to procure any money he wantdict-Casual Death. Deodand, 1001. ed, upon his acceptances. Both Sedley
Old BAILEY.-Yesterday the Ses. and Walker, so far from being able to sions commenced before the Recorder advance loans of money at the time, were of London, Lord Chief Justice El. actually paupers, and prisoners within lenborough, and Mr Justice Bailey. the rules of the Fleet ; and Walker The first prisoners brought forward especially, in so ragged and tattered a for trial, were Davenport Sedley, and state, that he could not venture to apCharles Gabriel Gustavus Kieruft, pear to the marquis in the character it commonly called Baron Kieruft, in- was proposed he should assume. In dicted, together with Edward Meyer, this dilemma, Sedley requested of (who has fed from justice) for a felony, Walker to apply to some person of in stealing bills of exchange to a con- his acquaintance out of prison, to alsiderable amount from the Marquis of low of letters to be received for him Headfort.
at his house, and others sent from The indictment was stated by Mr thence, without incurring a charge of Curwood.
forgery; and Walker did in conseMr Alley, in stating the case for quence prevail on a person of his own the prosecution, observed, that the name, having a house in Robert-street, Marquis of Headfort, the prosecutor Bedford-row, to allow of letters to be for the crown in this case, is a noble- dated from thence, and others received man of rank in Ireland, and that he has on his account. Sedley then writes extensive estates in that country ; that a letter to the marquis, which Walker his lordship, within the last year or copies and sends to the marquis, in two, was occasionally in want of large which he states, that if his lordship is sums of money; and rather than be under any difficulties to raise money, he obliged to trouble his friends, or im- would undertake to procure for him 50 mediate connections, by applications or 60,000l. upon his securities; and if to them for loans, he chose to make necessary for present exigency, tooblige application to those who were in the him with an advance on his acceptances practice of procuring such loans for of 8, 10, or 12,0001. : but at the same pecuniary consideration. He in con- time enjoining the marquis to the pre
foundest secrecy on money matters, rities for four or six months longer ; and requesting the matter might be un- and do the like again, if it should not known to any person but his lordship be perfectly convenient for his lordship and the writer, until the marquis should to pay the money. This letter is dareturn to England. This letter was ted the 14th of December, 1809, from sent to the marquis's town residence. 21, Little St Thomas Apostle's ; the He was in Ireland at the time he re- very counting-house, which, as he was ceived this letter ; and, on his return, ready to prove on the testimony of the he was not surprised that a knowledge widow from whom it was rented, had of his pecuniary embarrassments should been taken by the prisoner Kieruft, have reached the writer. He there. and the rent paid by Sedley, both of fore answered the letter, and desired a whom were frequently there together. personal interview; but Walker was This letter also enjoins profound se in such a state of rags and wretched- cresy; it appears to be copied in the ness, that he could not appear; and yet hand-writing of John Sedley, the son those wealthy gentlemen, who were of the prisoner; and the original draft, so ready to procure for the Marquis of in the prisoner's own hand, is found Headfort 60,000l., could not, amongst amongst his papers, on his apprehen. them, raise money enough to purchase sion; so loosely and incautiously will a suit of clothes in which to dress their such persons sometimes act, when wrapt chosen actor for the purpose of play- up in an imaginary security from all ing his part at the proposed interview; discovery. The marquis, in conseand therefore another person was cho- quence, agrees to an interview. Mr sen, whose name, in charity, he would Walker's absence is accounted for by not mention, because his evidence this a statement, that he is in the country, day might be adduced in further ex- confined with the gout. The Count posing the machinations of this foul Meyer comes to the marquis elegantly and fraudulent conspiracy. Upon some dressed, and being a man ofspecious ad. further consultation, it was agreed that dress, found no difficulty in imposing Walker had blown up the plot, and on the credulity of the marquis, nor another person, named a Mr Edward would, perhaps, on the discernment of Meyer, a count, by titular assumption, persons much more acute and convera, was chosen at the recommendation of sant with the practices of such persons. Mr Sedley, and a second letter was The marquis asked Meyer how he prosent to the marquis from Meyer, pro- posed to accommodate him; and Meyer posing to lend the money.
answered, by purchasing merchandizes In this letter Meyer recurs to the for the securities, and then turning accommodation proposed by Richard them into money. The noble marquis Walker-offered, as he states, to the however, decidedly objects to this mercantile house in which he is a part- mode, and to every thing like having der : but as his partners have rejected his securities brought into the mercanthe business as out of the way of their tile market ; but insists, that whatever concerns, he (Meyer) states, that ha- was the amount received must be in ving solely taken, on his own private money. Upon this Count Meyer took account, a business wholly unconcern- his departure ; but on the very next ed with his partners' export trade, day the marquis receives another letter, he is, if his lordship stands in need, the contents of, and the circumstances ready to accommodate him with 6 or connected with, which, it would be of 80001. for four or six months; after the utmost importance to the jury to which time he would renew the secu- attend to; because it would develope a