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of January laft, in the parih of St. though the letter of the law may not James's, wilfully and maliciously assault apply to the cruel conviction I have Ann Porter ; and that you did, with suffered, prejudice but arms justice force and arms, tear, spoil, cut, and with 'new whips to fcourge me-my deface her garment, namely, a filk cafe remains the same that it ever did; gown, and other apparel ; and the jury the very fame it was five months ago. have found you guilty, but your coun- I have no new evidence to offer ; such fel have arrested the judgment upon of the family as were present with me two grounds : First, to the form of in Dover-street when Miss Porter was the indictment ; secondly, to the ap- wounded, have already given their tektiplicability of the act of parliament to mony; that teftimony has not been your particular offence. A majority of credited ; as it was the true, and being ihe judges have, after solemn considera. on that account the only one I had to xion, determined that both the objec: produce, if it did not avail me then, Lions in arrest of judgment are well it will not avail me in future. Much founded. The objection to the words as I have been abused and libelled in of the indictment, that you did then the public prints, and bad as an unjuft and there make an assault, and cut and perfecuting world is disposed to and tear Ann Porter's garment, be- think of me, I will neither bring peoing flated to be done both at one and ple to perjure themselves by fiearing the same time is bad in law, for the to a different alibi, nor by pleading Not affault might be made at one time and Guilty will I be the cause of more perplace, and the cutting and tearing jury among my persecutors. My inat another. In framing indictments nocence, however, has not wanted for upon acts of parliament which affect advocates; one gentleman in particular, life, the law requires that the utmost after whose publication were I to stand precision should be oblerved. With another trial with the same people, the respect to the second objection, namely, fame perjury that puled them on to that your crime is not within the in- convidt me before, would only be mul tent of the act, it is considered that the tiplied with new force, for the purpose act is made for a particular purpose, of strengthening those very weaknesses that of wantonly cutting, tearing, &c. which the learned gentleman in his for the mere sake of mischief, and not letter to the judge who tried me has fo with any previous malicious intention. fully pointed out; and therefore, my Now an assault, cutting, &c. must Lord, I do not feel the lealt exultation have such a premeditated intention, in discovering, that after a cruel and and therefore the indictment is not bitter confinement of lix months, I within the purview of the act. But only exchange a Jefs misery for a although the lenity of the law has so greater. Good God! for what am I jar judged favourably of your cafi, reserved! without friends, without yet God forbid that the common law money, either to fupport me in my of the land should not reach fuch an difficulties, or to enable me to stand enormity as you have committed, and another trial with those whom reward that you fould not be punished for has enriched, and whole cause has your temerity; you are therefore to be made friends of all men-it is imposremanded to take your trial for the fible that a poor and helpless individual misdemeanor at common law.”
Nould struggle with the form or conPrevious to his retiring from the vince thole who are determined they court, he begged to be indulged with will not be convinced. a few words. From a paper he then “ My Lord, I stand an instance of read as follows:
fingular misfortune, -that while my, “ My Lord, -After a confinement passion for the sex had nearly ruined of six monilis, as disgraceful as it has ine, a fanguinary charge of a nature been uitrelling to me, I feel little fatis- directly opposite should complete my faction at the interpretation of a statute, deftruction. I have now nothing 10 which has neither cleared my character hope or to look for in this world, to as a man, nor eftablished my innocence my God alone (to whom my innocence in the eye of justice. Alas, my Lord! is known, and whom in this instance I am only relerved for fererer trial; at least, I have not offended, I turn
. for comfort and support, though justice cloaths rent, and found herself wound. be denied here; a father fo kind and ed. He gave her another blow on the merciful will not refuse it me, as I breaft and ran away. She called out demand it of my persecutors on that murder feveral times, and ran into the great day, when the judges of this court where she lived, which was close world will themselves be tried. Haded by. Mrs. Garrowson, her landlady, it been his gracious will, most cheer- hearing a noile came doen, opened the fully should I have sought, among door, and let her into the parlour, where savages, in a barbarous country, that the immediately fainted. She faid, that protection which has been denied me the had taken particular notice of him here."
every time he addressed her, and that The roth, he was conveyed from he wore a light-coloured coat, with Newgate to Hicks's Hall, and being buttons of the same, and lapels. On there arraigned for misdemeanors, he the 14th of June the saw the prisonei pleaded Not Guilty. On Monday the at Bow-street, and pointed him out 13th, he was put to the bar to take his amongst a crowd of people. She swore trial on eight indictments exhibited positively to his perfon. against him ; but the first alone occu- Sarah Garrowfon corroborated the pied the whole day, and lasted from teftimony of the last witness. ten o'clock till after one the next morn- Patrick M'Manus, one of the Bowing.
Street Officers, deposed, that on the The four Miss Porters, their bro- apprehension of Williams, he went to ther, and four other witnesses, gave his mother's lodgings, and found a their evidence on the trial, which was coat of his that exactly answered the nearly the same that occurred on their description given of it by Elizabeth former examination.
Davis. He produced the coat in court, The Jury, after a short deliberation, and it appeared to correspond with the withdrew, and brought in a "verdict account the had given of it. Guilty.
Mr. Angerstein on his examination Next day he was again put to the bar, said, that Tometime after Elizabeth to be tried on feven other indi&tments, Davis was wounded, the came to his attended with circumstances resem- house in Pall-mall, and described the bling those attached to the former cafe. circumstances to him; he thought
On the first indictment he was ar- Williams wore a blue coat, but she insaigned for affaulting Elizabeth Davis, formed him he wore a white one. on the 5th of May.-Elizabeth Davis When the evidence was closed, the faid, that the lived in Clark's-court, chairman asked the prisoner, Whether Holborn ;
that on the 5th of May, she he had any thing to say in his defence ? had been out on some business, and Mr. Swift deliring him to say nothing, was coming home through Holborn he followed his counsel's advice. Verwhen the prisoner accosted her—he de- dict, Guilty. manded where she was going; she said, He was then convicted of a similar home-he asked where the livedhe affault on the two Miss Bauns. replied, not far off. Having then fol. The chaii man, after dwelling on lowed her for fome distance, he held the impartial decision of the jury, out a boquet of flowers, and asked if passed sentence on hiin,-That he they were not pretty fowers for that Iould be imprisoned two years for each time of the year. He desired her to of the three indictments, and then find 'fmell to them. She told him Me was security for his good behaviour for seven not partial to flowers. On her saying years, himself in a bond of tivo hun. this, he preffed them up to her face, dred pounds, and two fureties in one and she thought from their hardness, hundred each. they could not be natural, but that
HYDROPHOBIA. they were artificial ones, ing to express her surprise, when he An extraordinary instance of the caught hold of her by the throat with hydrophobia happened lately at Eaton, one hand, and with the other gave her near Windfor. À large yard-dog, bea blow on the thigh. She heard the longing to the master of the Christopher
She was go
inn at Eaton, being bit by a mad dog, ferocity incident to its nature, and tors was chained up, under the vulgar notion, her in a manner too shocking to partithat if canine madness does not make cularize. The cries of the poor tinforits appearance in nine days, the animal tunate, and of the children, reached has not received the intečtion ; and no Rogers and the bear ward, who almost fymptoms at the end of that time ap- at the same moment entered the house, pearing, he was let loose, and instantly and beheld a light fufficient to appall bit a poor lad of the name of Nagee, the most callous mind; what then must who was not only sent to the salt-water, have been the feelings of a husband? but took the Orníkirk medicine; yet, He flew to the animal, but was unable notwithstanding all these precautions, to wrench its jaws from the object of he died milerably in a few days. He its fury. The bear ward then struck was perfe&tly sensible to the last, and it on the head with a hammer, but the what puzzles the medical gentlemen haft flying off, the blow was powerless; who attended him, actually drank a it however turned the bent of its rage quart of cold water a thort time before on him, and it pursued him until he he expired, although he had from the was nearly exhausted with fatigue, and time he was firat seized not been able to he must have fallen a victim had not endure the smallest drop of that ele. the neighbours, alarmed at the outcries, ment, and even expressed the most come up with him, and, at a second shocking sensations on feeling the out- fot, laid it dead. The woman exward air from the opening of the doors pired in dreadful agony two days after. or' windows, or the coulness which The following melancholy accident happened from persons in the room lately happened at Reading : -Mr. occasionally passing between him and Barton, at Anvil Farm, near Basing. the fire.
stoke, sent a servant with a horse and
cart to fetch his children home from a ACCIDENTS.
day school in the neighbourheod, but Some workmen, on the 20th, digging when they were arrived within a few in the cellars of a cotton-work, the yards of their own house, by the carecorner of Hanover-ftreet, Manchester, lessness of the servant, the horfe run too near the foundation, the building along a foot-bridge, and overthrew the gave way, and several people were cart into the river, by which accident buried in the ruins; many were dug Mr. Baiton's only son, about four out alive, and carried to the hospitals, years of age, was killed, and three of but their existence is despaired of. Two his daughters, with some other chil. men and two women were crushed to dren that were in the cart, very much death. Mr. Leach, a publican, to bruiled. Mrs. Barton was the first whom the building belonged, had, person who heard the Orieks of the Itabling under it, and upwards of thirty poor children, to whose relief fhe imhorses in them; they were all except mediately flew; and ran into river, four four dug out almost unhurt. It hap.. feet deep, and speedily fetched out the pened about eleven o'clock; and a girls ; but could not find the boy for molt melancholy spectacle it was. The fome time, till at last the discovered building was fix stories high.
him under the cart, dead. The horse A circumstance not less dreadful in was drowned before he could be disenits consequence than disgraceful to.a tangled from the harness. civilized nation happened at High Green, The 7th, a most melancholy accident a few miles from Sheffi Id, the begin. happened at Iron-gate Wharf. Two ing of this month. A bear, kept there men working the crane, one of them for the amusement of the country peo- a triding occasion left his comple at their wakes, got loose, and en: panion to manage the engine, but his tered the dwelling of a person named strength failing him in lowering down Rogers. The unfortunate wife of the above twelve hundred weight of cop. man was fitting with one child on her per, the wheel threw him with such lap, and another beside her, when the violence against the beam, that he was creature seized her with all the lavage instantly jammed to death.
The 6th, as Mrs. Barker, wife of henfion of a mortification in her extreMr. Barker, of Attleburgh, farmer, mities, it is thought the cannot reand Mrs. Warren, of the same place, cover. were going to Norwich in a market
MURDER. cart, they were met near the bridge in Very numerous have been the riots, Damgate-street, Wymondham, by a robberies, and depredations committed ftage-waggon, againit which, owing to at Portsmouth, fince the thips have bethe dark ness of the morning, they drove gun to be paid off; but on the 6th, a the shafts of their cart, which was ipectacle of the molt horrid nature prethereby overset, and the two women lented itself; the body of a man in lail. were thrown with such extreme violence or's cloaths was found just outside of against the waggon wheels, as to occa- one of the ports near the Sally Port, on fion their instant death.
the Beach. His skull was quite beat LONGEVITY.
in, apparently by a hammer, and many There is at present in the island of other marks of violence appeared about Jura, one of the Hebrides, a woman of him. He was most probably murdered the name of Carberine Lindsay, who in one of thole infamous houses at the has now attained to the surprising age of back of the Paint, and the body, thrust one hundred and fix. In all the course through the port-holes, with intent that of her long life she has enjoyed unin: the fea might wash it away. It was kerrupted good health. She gained her taken to the work-house, and the coharvest fee last year; she can milk a cow,
roner's inquelt brought in their verdict, nurse a child, and thinks nothing of
Wiltul Murder by persons unknown. walking five miles without hoes. Her It is, however, Itrongly supposed to have teeth are entire, and the ftill enjoys the been committed by a woman with whom use of all her faculties. Her hulband is he had previously cohabited.
A moft barbarous murder was, in living, who is upwards of ninety. In the night of the 17th, or early on the the same illand of Jura, which does not contain more than seven hundred inha. morning of the 18th, committed in the bitanıs, there were found last year, hy
house of Mary Skotton, an old woman, an actual survey taken by the minister who lived in New Gravel-lane, Rata of the place, eighty people who were said he had been discharged lajely from
cliffe Highway. A German failer, wher fourscore years of age and upwards.
, had taken a lodging in this WANT.
woman's house the beginning of laft A poor girl was found, the beginning week. John Appleton, a mate of a of this month, in a barn in the neigh coasting vessel, was likewise a lodger in bourhood of Hereford, in a moft de- the house. He had come home about plorable. Itate. She gave the following feven o'clock the preceding evening. account-That the is a pariArioner of The sailor returned about nine, and Ross, and had been on a visit to some went to bed. in the night, the failor, relations near Ledbury; but on her re- it is fupposed, as he has since absconded, turn fainted, owing to the fatigue of her went into the room of Appleton, and journey. She was taken up by a, per
cut his throat from ear to ear, and ion on the road, who conveyed her to the einptied his pockets, besides taking away place in which he was discovered: the the cluaths he thought fit. person there left her, -promifing to-re- fented with this favage cruelty," he then turn and render her that affittance she lo went into the room of the poor old much wanted; but he inhumanly neg.: woman who kept the house, and murlected to realize those hopes which the dered her likewise, and rifled her room femblance of benevolence had inspired. of money and articles of value to rile The poor girl added, That'fhe remained amount of fixteen pounds, and then ab. in a miserable face of incapacity, and fconded. In the course of the night, without sustenance, several days; and he was heard to strike a light. In the law no person whatever till Me was ac- morning the milkwoman not finding cidentally discovered. She was con- the old woman answer her knock at the veyed to the Infirmary; but, frony her door, fufpected mifehief, and called for emaciated condition, and the-appre- aliitance. Some neighbours entered VOL. II.
she house, and found the two murdered FORCE OF READING ROMANCES, bodies weltering in their blood.
Sir K. Aindie, who succeeded for
James Porter, as Britifh minitter at the JUSTICE.
Porte, is, after more than fifteen years The 13th, the feflion's ended at the residence there, about to return re: Old Bailey, when judgment of death
luctantly to his native
country. It is was palled upon thirteen convicts ;
no less singular than true, that the petwenty received fentence of trang portation for seven years, one to hard rutal of the Arabian Night's
EntertainJabour on the River Thames for two Eastern manners, and a Hrong and un
ments first inspired him with a taste for years, twelve to be imprisoned in New
abating defice to visit Contantinople. gaté,' eight in Clerkenwell Bridewelly His patron, the earl of Rochford, a eleven to be publicly whipped, one fined one thilling, and thisteen were fouthern department, accordingly gra
that tiine secretary of late for the discharged by proclamation.
rified his curiosity by the appointment On the morning of the fame day, he now holds, and after procuring for Edward Welfh, for the wilful murder him the honour of knighthoost, difmified of Margaret Lane, was executed in the him on his embafly. -On his arrival, Old Bailey, and his body afterwards for Robert, in his house, his gardens, delivered to the surgeons for dissection, and his table, assumed the tyle and agreeably to his fentence.
fashion of a Muffulman of rank; in fine, At a court-martial held on the 16th he lived en Turc, and pleased the natives at Porttinopih, on board his majesty's fo much by this seeming policy, which Hip Royal Wiiliam,, came on the trial
was no other than the gratification of his of John Underhill and Thomas Fox,
own inclinations, that he became more feamen, belonging to his majesty's fhip popular than any of the Chriftian miniFormidable, for disobedience of orders, Kers. He has, on several occasions, reand for striking a lieutenant, boatswain, ceived the most honourable marks of and maker's mate, belonging to the said attention, not only from all the great hip, when on duty at the dock-yard. officers of the divan, but also from the The coart, after examining several wit lait and the present fultan : his resignaneffes, and confidering the several cir- tion will therefore be ferious lots to cumstances, fentenced the former to be the English fettled in the capital of the hanged, and the latter to receive one
Turkith dominions, and to all fuch as, hundred lashes round the feet.
either from business or curiosity, may be
inclined to visit any part of that extenThe 8th, at night, a 'fire broke out five empire. at Cumberwell-house, near Bradford,
NEW SOUTH WALES. Wilts, the property of the Rev. Dr. Lieutenant King, of his majesty's Taunton, which consumed the same, navy, arrived from Harwich at lord with all the plate, furniture, books, &c. Grenville's office, and the Admiralty, on &c. It was with the greatest difficulty' the 20th, with dispatches from governor the family escaped with their lives; Philips, dated at Sydney Cove, the 13th two of the servants jumped out of a of April last. We learn by this conveye window, one of them broke her leg, and ance, that the new settlement was in as the other her back, a third lid down flourishing a State as could reasonably the leaden pipe of the house, and for- be expected'; the soil is found to be un. tunately escaped the flames. The but- commonly fertile and luxuriant, and ler going into the house, in order to will in a short time, it is hoped, yield a save fome valuable notes, writings, &c. sufficient nourishment for its new inha: belonging to his master, perished in the bitants. Government has received fam. attempt. The loss is estimated at up. ples of its produce of wheat, barley, and wards of five thousand pounds, no part rice, all of which are of the finest qua. of which, we hear, was infured. This lity, and very abundant in their growtha melancholy accident is supposed to have The harvest of last year already probeen occasioned by soine linen being put duced three hundred bushels of corn. to dry too near the fire in the laundry, A principal chief among the natives before the family went to bed, lives with governor Philips, in his house;