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sort of bye-plot, still deeper than any counting-house, signed by the name of stratagem hitherto practised; and un- Edward Meyer, dated 20th Decem, der the pretence of personal know- ber, 1809, purporting, that he could ledge of and respect for the marquis, now purchase, on very low terms, a to guard him against imposition, by a quantity of port wine, very good, at manæuvre, which was obviously and four and six months credit, which he insidiously calculated to lull all his sus- could sell in a few days again at risk ; picions, and to lure him into the very and if his lordship would allow him to trap against which it pretended to draw upon him for 30001., one half at guard him. This letter was signed four and the other at six months, he by the name of a person calling himself would purchase the wines, and his lordO'Brien, and pretending to be a weal. ship might draw upon him for 28001. thy merchant. It is not addressed to at 21 days, which would give him time the marquis, but to a lady then in his to put the wines again into his own house, who, it was naturally supposed,' stores, and sell them again to the trade, would communicate its contents to his without giving the business the ap. lordship. It professed an intimate pearance of a money transaction ; and knowledge of his lord ship's family, as soon as his own acceptances were and his property; it states a know- paid, he would shew the account, and ledge of Meyer having visited his lord. settle the balance to his lordship's saship, and cautions him against any mo tisfaction. This also was in John Sedney transactions with Meyer, whom it ley's hand-writing, and so little disstates to be an artful usurer, extremely guised, that on the slightest examinarapacious, and who had amassed an im- tion it might have been discovered to mense fortune by usurious transactions, be the same hand with that signed and who would exact the exorbitant O'Brien. This was followed by a se. terms of 8 per cent. It stated, that ries of other letters, signed by Meyer's this Meyer had advanced in this way name, and written in the hand of young large sums to certain branches of the Sedley, which ended in the obtainroyal family, and in particular 50,0001. ment from his lordship of the bills in to the Prince of Wales; that his mode question to the amount of 50001. A of negociating securities was by pre- day or two after those bills were passtended purchase of merchandize, of ed, a letter comes to the marquis, signwhich he usually made fictitious sales ed by G. Kieruft, dated from No. 4, to his clerks, at a pretended loss of 8 Panton-square, January 13th, 1810; in per cent, and charging the loss to the which the writer states, that he has rea borrower : thus artfully pretending to ceived from Edward Meyer his lordguard his lordship against usurious ship's acceptance for 5001. which he extortions, to which he knew he must very much wished to convert into two subinit, while it insinuated that Meyer bills, and he drew and inclosed two for was a man of immense wealth, who his lordship's acceptance at 6 months, had the means in his power of ac- the one for 3001. the other for 2001. commodating his lordship in all events, and saying that on Monday afternoon and thus lulled all suspicion of insecu. following, on receiving those bills acrity in trusting him with his acceptan. cepted from his lordship's porter, he ces. The draft of this letter was found should leave with him that which he amongst Sedley's papers, and the let. held. The letter concludes with this ter sent to the marquis is in the hand remarkable paragraph, that when the writing of his son John. Immediately bills became due, he should, if required, after this comes a letter from the same renew them, according to Mr Meyer's engagement with his lordship. Here. principle with regard to felony; for, ceived the two drafts as he requested. whether the party charged was waiting Kieruft, however, had denied all con. at a distance from the remainder of his nection with Sedley or Meyer, . gang, or whether by tapping at a door
Here Lord Ellenborough interpo- he induced the master inside to open it, sed. His lordship said, he had no and thereby procured entrance with a doubt of the correctness of the state. felonious intention, the guilt was the ment, but still, from the whole, it did same as if forced open by himself; but not appear there was any fact to sus. constructive proof could not be admittain the charge of a felonious taking ted to prove a felony under the present against either of the prisoners ; and if circumstances, although it might be even the fact of felonious taking had an act of trespass: beside, the exchange been proved against Meyer, if he were of the bills put the charge of felony present, the most that could attach out of the case, with regard to Kieupon the other prisoners was, as acces. ruft ; for his having any lien or pro, saries, or as receiving the property. perty in the bills for one moment obknowing it to be stolen: but the charge viated all charge as to his felony, in this latter case was obviated by the whatever might be the effect of those circumstance of exchanging the bills circumstances, if proved under another with Lord Headfort, upon whom, no form of proceeding. daubt, a most grievous fraud had been . Mr Alley then proceeded to state effected. But the court were now met another part of the transaction which to decide upon a charge of felony, he termed still more atrocious than all which could not, in his lordship's opi. the rest, and calculated, when Lord nion, be sustained upon the circum Headfort refused, by the advice of his stances, stated. What force those cir- friends, the payment of those bills out cumstances might have, if proved upon of which he had been defrauded, to trial for a fraudulent conspiracy, was terrify him into the payment by one of quite another affair ; but that case the most abominable insinuations ever was not now before the court; there- devised for such a purpose. A letter fore, although the court would not to Lord Headfort, signed by a person now give any opinion as to what might subscribing himself John Yeates, stated, be the result of another and a different that some friends of his held three of form of proceeding, the felonious steal his lordship's bills for 15001., drawn ing charged now could not be sustain- upon him by Edward Meyer, which ed by the circumstances detailed by the they very much wished to get rid of, learned counsel...
having lately discovered that Meyer 5. Mr Alley, with great deference, was a person notorious for propensities stated, that the impression on his mind the most unnatural and abominable, had been, that constructive guilt of and had been twice punished under the conspiracy and combination could be sentence of the law for unnaturalcrimes. brought home in this case, as well as It stated, that the writer and his friend in that of libel or burglary ; where, were well satisfied that his lordship although the party accused is not guilty was unacquainted with this character of actually breaking open the nouse, of Meyer's when he accepted those yet, if it shall appear to have been bills, otherwise his lordship would not broken open by his procuration or blend his name on paper with such a stratagem, it is as much his guilt as if ruffian's ; neither did liis friend, who he actually forced the doors.
took the bills from Meyer, know any Lord Ellenborough admitted this thing of his character at the time, or they would not have had any thing to the walls of the metropolis with ten! do with him. The letter concludes, thousand posting-bills, in conjunction by offering to introduce his lordship with that of a proclaimed swindler and to a man who would lend him 10,0001, reputed monster. Now all these let. for any length of time, provided he ters from Phillips would, he said, be would agree to pay the 15001. out of proved to be in the hand-writing of it. This letter was in the hand-writing Sedley, and that the drafts of them of the prisoner Sedley, and dated from were found at his house. his residence, No. 5, Gray's Walk, Here again Lord Ellenborough in. Lambeth, zd of May, 1810. His lord. terfered, and said, that still it did not ship treated this letter with the con- appear there was any proof of felony tempt it deserved ; it was afterwards against Kieruft in this case. followed up by several other letters of MrAlley admitted the case as against a like tendency, signed by the name of Kieruft was not quite so strong as John Phillips, dated from 14, Swith- against Sedley; and not being able to in's-lane, Lombard-street, all tending sustain the felony, he should relinquish to terrify his lordship in the same in that part of the case as to him. If he famous way; and the last of which had sooner seen the indictment, ne after endeavouring to induce his lord. would have indicted Sedley at the ship to pay those bills, under the dread Quarter Sessions, as an accomplice beof blending his name with that of a fore the fact, and Kieruft as an accesman so implicated as Meyer, artfully sary after it. submits the copy of a posting.bill, ad. Lord Ellenborough repeated his vertising the acceptances of Lord Head former opinions as to the grievous fort, paid by Meyer to Mr John fraud upon Lord Headfort ; but the Williams, and by him to the said John question now to try, was whether a fePhillips, stating Meyer to be a com- lony could be proved. It would be mon swindler, notorious for another first necessary to prove the facts as to abominable crime, who never had any how the property was obtained, and residence at 14, Little St Thomas then see how the law applied. If the Apostle's ; had been twice pilloried bills were handed to Kieruft merely for the crimes already stated, and of. as a servant, or agent to obtain the fering a reward of 201. for his appre- money, and he had embezzled them, hension, payable by this John Phillips, then the felony would be complete ; at 14, St Swithin's-lane. He proposes but the fact of exchanging them for to send thirty of his own workmen to the bills with his lordship, repelled the paste up ten thousand of these hand- charge of felonious taking. bills all over London and its suburbs. Mr Alley then declined pushing the This by way of assisting his lordship, prosecution further, after the opinion whose consent he asked for the publi- expressed by his lordship; and no evication, to lay hold of Meyer, and get dence being offered, the jury, under from him the money to pay his own the direction of Lord Ellenborough, acceptances which he gave his lordship acquitted the prisoners of the felony. in exchange for his; or, in all events, Mr Alley immediately addressed the obliging him to pay the bill in Phil. court, and declared his intention of lips's hands, which was paid to him prosecuting both the prisoners at the for a valuable consideration : thus en- next Middlesex Session for the conspideavouring insidiously to terrify the racy, and therefore moved that they noble marquis to pay those bills, un- be detained. He afterwards, however, der the menaced alternative of paving consented to Kieruft's being enlarged
upon his former recognizance, in 8001., man named Baldwin, accused of a rape; until trial at the sessions.
that man had since been bailed: the Sedley applied to the court to be bailing of a person charged with capi. discharged upon his recognizance; but tal felony ought not to be ; there was the court refused, until it should be no power given to bail in such cases. known whether the grand jury should If it was a groundless charge, applicafind or ignore the indictment for the tion should have been made to the conspiracy.
Court of King's Bench. His lord. Kieruft, who had been out upon ship added, that he noticed this, behis recognizance, appeared so extreme- cause he was afraid the circumstance ly agitated when first put to the bar originated in some mistake as to the for arraignment, that he burst into right of magistrates to take bail ; but tears and was near fainting. He is a he hoped such of them as heard him man of a gentlemanly appearance, and would take care that a similar occur. on being given the choice usual to all rence did not again take place. foreigners on such occasions, preferred THE MAPLESTROM.- A Danish a jury of all Englishmen.
paper states, that this dreadful whirlSedley betrayed no want of firmness. pool, situated to the westward of the His counsel, Mr Adolphus, applied to coast of Lapland, has, within the last the court to have his papers restored; two years, increased its phenomena. It and he himself stated, that a printed now stands fifteen minutes every fifth book had been taken away with his pa- hour. Vessels at the distance of eight pers, of inestimable value: but Lord El. or nine English miles are no longer lenborough said, he could make no or- safe ; and its attractive force, when der to restore any papers which might agitated by a storm, will even reach risk the destruction of evidence on ei them, or the larger kind of animals, at ther side. The papers must thereforere. the distance of ten miles, and impetumain with the clerk of the court, where ously hurry them to certain destructhe prisoner might have access to them tion in the gulph. Two vessels, from for the purposes of his defence; but it Norway to the Vigten Islands, having was more peculiarly incumbent, his lord- been driven last summer within nine ship added, to refuse to restore those pa- miles of the Maplestrom, and imagipers now, as he had just been informed ning themselves secure, as its operation by the respectable magistrate of Union- was thought to be confined to six Hall, who committed him, that a great miles, were on a sudden carried away number of the papers seized at Sedley's by the torrent, and with their crews house were of such a nature, that he entirely lost. felt it his bounden duty to lay them At the April meeting of the Moray. before the Secretary of State, in whose shire Farmer Club, they bestowed their possession they now were.
annual honorary rewards on the fol. At the assizes last week at Thet- lowing six faithful and attached serford, for the county of Norfolk, the vants. These rewards consisted of a judge, in his charge to the grand jury, coat to each, from the manufacture of after congratulating them on the very Messrs Johnstone and Sim, of Newmill, few great crimes contained in the pre- (of the same quality as is worn by all sent calendar, observed, that in a can the members of the club) with plated lendar which had as usual, and very buttons bearing this inscription : properly, been sent to him, he remem- “ The reward of faithful service." bered a name which did not appear in James Gray, 36 years farm servant the calendar now before him ; it was a to Sir James Gordon, Bart., of Leta
terfoury, and his father.--William suspicion, however, fell upon the priShand, 18 years farm servant to Wil. soners ; nor was it necessary for the liam Young, Esq., of Inverugie.-A. ends of justice, for their consciences lexander Ross, 17 years farm servant so lacerated them, after the first hour to the Duke of Gordon.-James In- they had committed the crime, that, glis, 14 years farm servant to the Duke as they confessed to their comrades, of Gordon.—John Shiach, 14 years they had no rest day or night. Their farm servant to Mr Alexander Russel, voluntary confession led to their trial, Oakenhead.-George Nichol, 10 years and they told the court they had not farm servant to Mr John Lawson, slept since, but were constantly visited Linkfield.
by a distempered imagination of being The British Navy.—There are in the presence of the deceased's ghost! at present in commission 150 ships of Both of them, it afterwards appeared, the line, 20 from 50 to 44 guns, 168 were notorious characters ; one of their frigates, 153 sloops of war, five fire. names was Brown. They died very ships, 174 armed brigs, 37 cutters, 76 penitent. schooners and luggers, making altoge- A young gentleman of family and ther 792 ships of war : besides which, fortune, from the neighbourhood of there are building, repairing, and in or- Cheltenham, lost, or, to speak more dinary, as many as make the grand to correctly, was robbed of seven thousand tal 1065, of which 256 are of the line. pounds, on Sunday morning, at a low
Two marines wereexecutedon board gaming-house, in the neighbourhood his Majesty's ship Zealous, at Lisbon, of Pall-mall. on the 8th ult., for the murder of a ser. The vestry of St Martin's parish jeant of marines. Their trial disclosed preferred seven bills of indictment, the following wicked, and, in other re. which have all been found, against spects, singular circumstances :- The keepers of houses of ill fame in Oxendeceased serjeant had been sent with don-street, Whitcomb-street, &c., and the two prisoners to do duty on board a great number of witnesses are named one of the prison ships in the Tagus. on the back of each bill, to prove the In the course of the night they plan. cases. ned to call the serjeant from his cot FROM A BARBADOES PAPER.We under pretence of being wanted. On have been furnished by a gentleman, his proceeding to the part of the ship passenger on board the ship Cornwall, requested, they way.laid him, and sho. Captain Peat, bound to Jamaica from ved him overboard. It must be sup- London, which arrived on Sunday posed that he had made himself ob- last, with the following particulars of noxious to them ; but this did not ap. her voyage here, after having lost her pear. On the deceased's being missed, rudder in a gale she encountered in the it obtained general belief on board the Bay of Biscay. The Cornwall had prison-ship, that he had jumped over- 200 recruits and 16 officers on board, board ; but it was not warranted by for the different regiments in the West the man's general character, for he was Indies; the whole under the command a sober, discreet man, and a good sol. of Captain Cameron, of the 6th West dier. The first intimation of his death India regiment. to his shipmates on board the Zealous, On the 3d of January, in lat. 45. was by the sentinel upon deck seeing 18., she encountered a very severé his hat pass by the ship in the Tagus. storm, which increased in the evening The sentinel instantly knew it belong with such violence, as to endanger her ed to him, and enquiry ensued. No safety. During the night, the gale