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night. I spent the whole of the would prove a clear alibi on the evening of the 18th of October part of his client. with a Mrs. Reynolds and a Mr. Mr. Hunt now addressed the Northern.
court and jury on the part of the In cross-examination by Mr. defendants. The indictment in Hunt, witness admitted that he this case had been prepared ever occasionally went to fetch the since last spring assizes, and had newspaper from Mr. Woodward's been laid before the grand jury as house, and to take it back, but he soon as ever James Harris, who did not see either of the young was described as having been so ladies there. He did not visit at much injured, was acquitted. He Mr. Woodward's. He could play begged to state to the jury, that the Aute. Once was invited to shis acquittal had taken place, not play the flute at Mr. Woodward's, from any direct discredit attached when there was a party there. He to the evidence of the prosecutrix, did not see the young ladies there but upon a rule of law : for as that evening; he was in another soon as ever Susannah Woodward room, and when Mr. Woodward had gone through her testimony, rapped at the door he played. He Mr. Sergeant Blossett got up and paid his addresses to Mr. Wood. told the jury, that by a rule of ward's servant-girl. Admitted evidence, which had been made that he, on one occasion, accom- a rule of law, the prisoner must panied Miss Susannah on the road be acquitted. The prosecutrix, he towards Olney. She was on a said, had concealed the fact of the pony; but being afraid to ride he violation of her person for eight iook the pony back to Harrold, and months, and this concealment, by she went on to Olney in a chaise. law, prevented the conviction of
Ann Robinson remembered the person accused. It would having seen Susannah Woodward be observed, from the course of for a long time before her preg. cross-examination which he took, nancy was publicly known. She that he was anxious to see wheappeared ill, and wore a large ther any attempt would be made cloak. She saw her soon after to cast any reflection on the James Harris was sent to prison. character of this young lady ; and She then perceived she was in a that, in no single instance, howfamily way very plainly. Her
Her ever minute, had any thing like sister used to say she wore the levity or impropriety of conduct cloak to keep out the fever. Her been attributed to her. The jury size was such, that no person had, no doubt, watched with becould live with her and not see coming attention the manner in that she was pregnant.
which Harris had on this day ġiven Mr. Sergeant Blossett was about his testimony. They must have to call further evidence, but the observed the boldness with which learned judge conceived he had he, in the first instance, denied already submitted sufficient to sup any acquaintance with Mr. Woodport his case.
ward or his daughters, after he Mr. Sergeant Blossett said, he quitted school; but upon being was prepared with witnesses who pressed, he admitted that he had
gone to the house to play the It was said, that when before the Hute, and went there frequently magistrate he prompted his daughfor the newspaper : anr, upon ter as to the kind of night on being still closer pushed, he al- which the violation had been comlowed that he had once accom mitted. Why, could any thing panied Miss Susannah towards have been more natural? The Olney. How much oftener these unfortunate girl, in the agony of meetings took place it was not his her mind, returned an answer interest to confess. He was at a different to that which she had loss to know by what means Mr. before given him; and in the anxRobert Woodward, the father, iety of a parent, alive to every could be made a party to their circumstance which she could recrime. Had the character of that late, Mr. Woodward set her right, gentleman been impeached in the openly, and in the hearing of every slightest degree? Had the breath person. Was here any thing like of calumnny in the most minute secret concert ? instance affected his moral con Mr. Baron Graham observed, duct? Certainly not. Then what that the jury had to decide whether were the grounds upon which his the three defendants, two, or any guilt were supposed to rest? Why, of thein, had been guilty of the forsooth, that his daughter could offence imputed to them. not have been 8 months pregnant der to commit the crime of conin his house without his knowledge. spiracy, two must necessarily have Good God! Could any thing be been concerned ; therefore, in this more absurd than this? Was a case, the jury must either find two father, who had brought up his guilty, or acquit the defendants children in the strictest paths of altogether. The learned judge virtue, to be watching them with then read over the whole of the suspicion, and to be viewing them evidence. From this evidence, he as commor prostitutes ? Could observed, it was clear that the any parent, who loved and con- father must have known that his fided in his offspring, harbour a daughter was in a state of pregsuspicion so foul as that they nancy. In the first place it apwould prostitute their persons in pears, that not a syllable of this the way in which they must have charge came to the knowletige of done to have produced the appear- James Harris till seven or eight ance described? Of all men living, months after the fact was alleged a father, in his belief, was the last to have taken place ; and then man who would have made such what was done? The charge is a discovery. What was Mr.Wood. preferred, the prosecutrix is exward's conduct when he did find amined, and upon coming into a out what had happened? Did he court of justice finds no credit. not immediately carry his daugh. Now it is said, not with the strictters before a magistrate ? Whatest and most perfect correctness, else could he have done to show that the prisoner was acquitted his indignation ? And then comes upon a point of law, and not upon the last ground upon which sus the merits of the case. This, I picion could be attached to him, am satisfied, is not true; the fact
is, that the improbability of the man himself, who swears most charge was the true ground upon positively that he never had any which the acquittal took place; connexion with her whatever ; and certainly nothing could wear and that his evidence is at all demore the face of improbability serving of discredit, I can in no than that, if the criine alleged had respect discover. He is a respectbeen committed, it would have able young man, and has given been kept secret from the month his testimony in a very unquesof October to the June following ; tionable manner. I protest I was but it becomies still more inpro- most anxious and desirous, for the bable, when the situation of the sake of this unfortunate family, parties is considered : the one a that something might occur which young woman of education and would lessen the enormity of their modesty, and the other a young guilt. The natural compassion of man living in the same parish. one's feelings in seeing a man of Can any one believe, that the education, and in holy orders, daughter of a clergyman could work up his mind to an offence have been so ignorant of the state for which there is no palliation, of society as not to know, that without using a harsher observashe would have been sufficiently tion, led me to hope some circumprotected from the violence with stance might arise to lessen the which she said she was threatened; enormity of his guilt. It is with or that she would, after having pain, however, that I am driven been so atrociously abused, under to say no such circunstance has any feelings of terror, have lost a transpired. What could be the moment in proclaiming ber dis motives for concealing the real grace, and asking for vengeance father, and fixing it on an innocent on her violater? but still less man, is beyond our ability to dislikely is it that she would have cover? If the charge of violation concealed a disgrace to which her against James Harris is false, the own sister had been an eye-wit- next question for our consideraness. These, I apprehend, were tion is, did the defendants agree the grounds on which the acquittal to bring forward the charge, took place, and not, as has been knowing it to be false ? With stated, on a mere rule of law. If respect to the young women, as the young woman had been treated they both swore to being present with the violence she has describ- when the fact took place, no doubt ed, she must and would have told of their guilt can exist. As to the her parent. That she was with father, perhaps the evidence is not child is a matter beyond doubt, so conclusive. In the defect of and it might, by possibility, hap- the evidence against the father, pen that this young man was the you have nothing but the general father of that child ; but the vio- circumstances of the case, and the lation must be put altogether out palpable falseness of the charge. of the question. Even this sur You will corsider whether the mise, which I have made for the natural sagacity of a man of good benefit of the young woman, is education could really have perset aside by the oath of the young suaded him to give credit to so
foul a charge. If you are not for two years; and that bis fully satisfied of his guilt, you daughters, Sarah and Susannah, will acquit him by your verdict. should each be imprisoned one The same observation applies to year in the same ganl. the daughters; but if you think The defendants seemed deeply they were all privy to the con affected with their situation. Mr. spiracy; you will find your verdict Woodward is a man about 50 years accordingly.
His eldest daughter, The jury, after a few minutes Sarah, has nothing prepossessing consultation, found all the defend- in her manners or person, and is ants Guilty.
about 25. The youngest, SusanMr. Baron Graham immediately nah, is rather a pretty girl, of fair proceeded to pronounce sentence complexion. Their fate has exon the defendants. He observed, cited but very little commiseration that during the whole of his ju- in the county. dicial life he never felt more pain than in the performance of his
COUNTY MEATH ASSIZES. duty on the present occasion. It was impossible to imagine a case
Trial of Roger O'Connor, Esq. more melancholy than that which Second Day, Tuesday, Aug. 5. was now before him: a clergyman A few minutes after nine o'clock of the Church of England, a cha- this morning, Mr. Justice Daly racter which stood so high in this resumed his seat on the bench, country, convicted on the clearest and the trial of Mr. O'Connor was and most satisfactory evidence, of immediately proceeded in. of the most abominable and atro When the officers of the court cious conspiracy-a crime which had taken their places at the table, became still more dreadful from Benjamin Rikey, Esq. the Deputy his having induced his two unfor- Clerk of the Crown, inquireil, as tunate daughters to follow him in is usual in cases where more than his career, and to bear a part in his one prisoner is arraigned for the foul load of infamy. He confessed samc offence, whether he (O'Conhe knew not how to do justice. nor) would join with his alleged Compassion for the infirmities of coadjutor in the felony, in the human nature might induce him challenges ? He answered, that to alleviate the severity of punish- he would not. mient; but in this case all com It was then intimated to him passion was swallowed up in the by Mr. Rikey, that he would be contemplation of the scene before tried separately from Martin him~a soene which presented to MʻKeon, who had just arrived in his view a man, who, in spite of the custody of the under gaoler, the benefits of education, and the and taken his station in the dock. dictates of religion, had sunk to Notwithstanding this intimation, the last degree of human crime. the trial of M.Keon was subsc
The sentence of the court was, quently proceeded in. that the Rev. Robert Woodward Some desultory conversation should be imprisoned in the con here ensued, between the counsel inon gaol of the county of Bedford for the prosecution and Mr. Ben
nett, one of Mr. O'Connor's coun- draw, until respectively called sel, in reference to the panel, and upon to give evidence. In this to the manner of the challenges ; arrangement the court and counand after the usual formalities, the sel for the prosecution readily names of the panel, which were acquiested, and they, the witnesvery numerous, were called over, sés, were ordered to retire accordon a fine of fifty pounds.
ingly. A considerable portion of time The indictment having been read, was consumed in recalling the Mr. Sergeant Jebb, as leading panel, and owing to the many counsel for the prosecution, stated challenges made on behalf of the the case against the prisoners. The crown and prisoners. Notwith learned counsel confined himself to standing the number that ap- a simple relation of the facts which peared to their names, the panel grounded the alleged charges of became exhausted, and it was now felony, and adverted in brief terms found necessary in order to c011) to the evidence and circumstances plete the jury (four of the number upon which he was instructed those of which were yet deficient) to charges would be sustained. In select from those challenged, pre- reference to Mr. O'Connor, perviously to the following gentle- sonally, he regretted, as much as men, who tried the issue, being any individual even amongst the sworn :
friends of that unfortunate GenJohn Ruxton, Esq.
tleman, the unhappy situation in Henry Walsh, Esq.
which he was placed; and symJames Kellett, Esq.
pathizing, as he did, in common Henry Owens, Esq.
with those around him, in its painWilliam Henry, Esq.
fulness, he declared he should feel Christopher Carleton, Esq. the most sincere gratification in his John Ross, Esq.
acquittal. Frederick Dyas, Esq.
Mr. Bartholoniew St. Leger, of Robert Sterne Tighe, Esq. Dublin, coal-factor, was the first Thomas E. Barnes, Esq. witness called. He was the person John Otway Cuffe, Esq. and from whom the watch and keys,
Jantes Somerville, Esq. for which the prisoners were arThe four gentlemen last men- raigned, were stolen, and he merely tioned were those who had been proved that the mail was robbed objected to by the crown, but were on the ed of October, 1812, at called and sworn after the panel Cappagh-liill; that he was a paswas exhausted.
senger ; and that these articles The jury having been sworn, the were taken from him. prisoners were formally given them The next witnesses were John in charge.
Pollock, and Arthur Hill Corn. It was suggested by Mr. O'Con- Wallis Pollock, Esqrs. Clerk of the nor's counsel, that lists of the Crown for the province of Leinster, several witnesses to be examined who proved the record of the conon either site should be handed viction of Richard Waring (brother in to the judge, in order that they to one of the approvers) for the mail might be commanded to with robbery in question,