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asking what place she was at then, the coach, took a return chaise, he said it was the Bricklayers' and told the post-boy to drive to Arms. The prisoner impiediately Brighton. At about half-past cried out, “O! that is right, I two in the morning witness got believe, for it is from this place back to London, and upon going the Brighton Coaches go.” Wit- into his room as usual, his wife ness said, that it was not, and that said to him, Why, Woolhead, the Brighton coaches went from there has been a hue and cry after the Elephant and Castle. At this you; there is a child stolen." In time the child was very "wrangle- consequence of the information some.”
The prisoner asked for of his wife, the witness went to something to drink, and witness Mr. Porter's house, and after some brought it to her. While she was conversation, put a pair of horses drinking, seeing her in trouble, he to his coach, and set off with the said, “Dear me, why do you flurry prosecutor and his father in search yourself so much : the child is of the prisoner. He first went to only a little wranglesome and Croydon, then to Reigate, to cross.” Witness then went back Crawley, Brighton, and from as desired to the Elephant and thence to Chichester, where he Castle ; and when he arrived, by arrived about two o'clock in the her request, asked whether there evening of the next day, and there was any stage, or return chaise, saw the prisoner and the child at going to Brighton. There, how- the Golden Fleece inn. ever, was no conveyance of any Henry Porter was a butcher by kind going that road. After hav- trade, and resided at No. 3, Queing got a little milk for the child, bec-street, Portman-square. He and some more drink for the pri- was married on the 14th of April, soner, she asked him what he 1816. In the month of June last would charge to take her to Croy- Louisa Wood was employed in his don? Witness replied that he service, to attend particularly to would take her for 258. She said his child. About half-past five in it was too much, but finding she the evening of the 6th of June she could get no other conveyance, she went out with the child to take a said, “I find you are very civil, walk, and about a quarter before and I wish you would go with seven o'clock a person informed me." The agreement was made, him that his child was stolen. and witness was to stop at a house Witness and his wife immediately or two on the road, to give some went in search of the child, one thing to the child. He then pro- going one way and the other anoceeded on the road, and when he ther. At a little before three in arrived at Streatham, the child the morning Woolhead came to again began to be "wranglesome." his house ; and witness, in comHe stopped at the Horse and pany with his father, proceeded in Groom, where the child was a coach to Chichester. He found nursed and fed for about 20 mi- the prisoner at the Golden Fleece putes. He arrived at Croydon at at Chichester. She then about half-past 10 o'clock at night, leaning over the child, which was and the prisoner, after paying for lying crying on the bed. Witness
said to his hild, “Ah! Henry, property of R. Preston, Esq. sen. u har have I found you ;" and the and in the second count as the child immediately began to smile. property of W. S. Preston, Esq. The pri-oner appeared much con. jun. fused. He immeiliately went for John Sharp, clerk to Mr. Pres. a constable, and had her taken ton, sen. proved the sending of into custody, carried up to Lon. the letter on the 16th of Octodon, and placed in Marylebone ber, 1815, and Mathew Cromartie watı bhouse.
proved the delivery of it to the After some further evidence, bellman, who put it in his bag. the prisoner handed in a paper of
James Fisher Park, letter-carfour or five fulio sheets, in her rier for Charlotte-street, Blackdefence, in which she stated that friars-road, had no recollection of in taking the child she had no receiving the letter on the 16th of malicious intention, or of depriv. October, 1915; but if he did reing the parents of their child for ceive it, is positive he forwarded any length of time. It then pro- it the same evening to the General ceeded at much length to enter Post-office. The letters being into a statement of the facts of the once put into the bag could not case ; and concluded with beseech- be taken out till the bag was reing that the jury would duly weigh ceived at the Post-office, where the all the evidence, and not to suffer key was kept. their minds to be intluenced by Philip Franks, clerk in the Gepublic reports.
neral Pust-office, stated, that if the The jury found a verdict of letter was put into the bag in Guilty.
Charlotte-street, he had no doubt whatever that the letter must have
been forwarded. HUNTINGDON ASSIZES, JULY.
Wm. Joseph Wall, teller in the This was an indictment against General Post-office, made up the Jane, the widow of John Scarbo. bags for the York mail. If such rough, a respectable innkeeper at letter came to his hands, he had Bugden, on the North-road. The no doubt it was regularly forwardprisoner, a respectable looking ed by the mail-coach to Huntingwoman, about 40 years of age, don. stood at the bar, accompanied by John Hatfield, post-master at her daughter, a beautiful young Hunting lon, received and forwoman about 19. The indictment warded the letters for Bugden charged the prisoner with feloni. as received on the 17th of Octo. ously stealing a letter, containing ber. a remittance of a 201. Bank of Wm. Cox, an elderly man, England note, from Richard Prese stated that he is post-master at ton, Esq. of Lincoln's-inn, bar. Bugden. On the morning of the rister at law, M.P. which was ad- 17th of October, 1815, remembers diessed to his son, W. S. Preston, that he received by the bag from Esq. a pupil of the Rev. Dr. Malt- Huntingdon a letter, which he deby, at Bugden. In the first count livered to Mrs. Scarborongh, the the note was charged to be the prisoner at the bar. He tvok it to
her because he could not make out and other persons, generally frankthe direction, which was much ed by his father, were all severally blotted, and not legible. Mrs. received, except the one in ques. Scarborough received it from wit. tion; and it was not until some ness at the bar of the George inn days after its miscarriage, that, at Bugden, saying, “I know the having been disappointed of a regentleinan for whom it is direct- mittance, he ascertained the fact ed, and will deliver it to him; of such letter never having been you had better leave it." Witness received. saw Mrs. Scarborough some days Cross-examined. Does not reafter, who intormed him the letter colleet whether or not he received had been safely delivered to the per a letter on the 17th of October ; son to whom it was directed. On but is certain that he never recross-examination, witness admit ceived the letter in question, ted that he was frequently in the Wm. Jervis, clerk to an attorhabit of delivering letters to the ney at Peterborough, had an inprisoner for persons whom he did terview with Mr. Bond, an attornot know, and particularly for ney at Leicester, together with travellers upon the North-ruad, Mrs. Scarborough, at the Bell inn, who put up at her inn. He is
He is Stilton, kept by Mr. Green, who is positive that letter was never re son of the prisoner. Mr. Bond turned to him. When Dr. Malt had a claim against Mr. Green of by came to the witness, some days 481. which Mrs. Scarborough paid after this letter should have been for her son, to Mr. Bond The received, witness told Dr. M. he payment consisted of one note for had no recollection of having re- 201. one for 101. three for 5l. and ceived any such letter. It was not three Il. notes. These Mr. Bond till several monihs after, when put in his pocket, and took away witness received a letter on the with him. subject from the Postmaster-gene Mr. Robt. Bond stated, that he ral, that he recollected that on the is an attorney at Leicester. He had day in question he delivered a let- a debt against Mr. Green, son of ter to the prisoner, the direction the prisoner, and came to the inn at upon which he could not distinct- Stilton for the purpose of obtaining ly read. The circumstance in- payment. Hedid not see Mr. Green, quired into by Dr. Maltby did not but saw the prisoner, who paid bring it to the recollection of wit- him the notes in question. He ness then; but near twelve months put them into his pocket with after, the letter he received from other notes, but he had no other the Postmaster-general brought Bank of England notes in his these circumstances and conversa- pocket than those he received tion with the prisoner to his en- from the prisoner. On Thursday tire and perfect recollection. following he paid the 201 to Mr.
Mr. Wm. Scott Preston, stated Price of Leicester. This that he was a pupil of Dr. Maltby, about the 20th of September last. from May 15, until the following Mr. Price lives at Leicester. September ; his letters, of which He received that note from last be received many from his father witness on the 23d of September,
1816. He immediately forwarded ters were frequently left at her it to Mr. Fourdrinier, wholesale house for strangers, whom she stationer in London.
knew not further than their in. Mr Charles Fourdrinier proved quiring for letters so left with her. the receipt and delivery to Henry The 201. note she gave to Mr. Hunt, his clerk.
Bond she received of a stranger Henry Hunt received the note who came to Stilton, and changed from his employer, and marked it horses, only a day or two before. as received from Mr. J. Price, of She had no means of finding out Leicester. He took it to the Bank, who he was; he sat on the dickey where it was stopped as stolen of the coach, and her servants property.
would prove the fact that she so Mrs. Scarborough (who bore took it: but she added, she did this investigation with great com- not believe it was the same note posure, that might have credited which she was charged with payher innocence), gave in a written ing to Mr. Bond. She lamented defence to the following effect : that the gentlemen of the post“ She trusted in her deliverance office, who were in fact both prosefrom the present charge, which cutors and witnesses against her, she did not blame her prosecutors had thought proper to bring her for instituting against her. She to trial. All she could rely upon could only lament, that she had for her defence was a character fallen under it through the most until this time, not merely unimstrange and unhappy circumstan. peached, but free from suspicion. ces. She trusted the honourable She regretted the absence of the judge and the jury who tried her Lord Bishop of Lincoln, and of would allow her to know herself John Hodgson, Esq. as they would incapable of such a crime as dis- have added tu the honourable teshonesty. She had held her situ- timony she should produce in ation for 30 years, and for 20 favour of her general character. years as innkeeper herself, since She trusted to the favourable rethe death of her husband. She ception she hoped to receive from had brought up a family of sons the court and jury, that she and and daughters in respectability, her family might be once more all of whom, except the one who restored to happiness and peace of sat beside her, were well mar- mind; and that which alone could ried, and themselves had families. restore her to society and the reMany thousands of pounds had spect of mankind, which she and passed through her hands in carry- her family had so long enjoyed, ing on an extensive business; and was a verdict of Not guilty." the first families, including nobi The prisoner's counsel called lity, were in the habit of using her servants. her house. These would not sus Thomas Standish, a waiter, said pect her of dishonesty, much less he returned this letter to Cox, the that she should have committed post-master, by desire of his missuch an act as that with which tress. He did not put it into his she was now charged. She had band, but laid it on the table of no knowledge of this letter. Let- the kitchen, where Cox then was.
Her housekeeper and hosiler setting the said ricks on fire, or saw her take a 201. note of a with being an accessory thereto. stranger the day before she paid The trial is one of the greatest Mr. Bond. They could not swear iinportance. When the prisoners to the identity of the note.
were put upon their trial, Mr. The following witnesses were Justice Park commented with then called to her general charac- considerable force on the improter : Sir James Jubilee, George priety of Archer being admitted to Thornton, Esq. Lawrence Rey- bail upon a charge of such nolds, Esq. Dr. Maltby, George heinous and important nature. James Gora, Esq. banker, Dr. John Buckett deposet, that he Alaway, &c.
is son to the prosecutrix, Mrs. Chief Justice Gibbs remarked Ann Buckett, of Great Bourton : upon the strong testimony and she rented a small farm there. coincidence of circumstances to On the 27th July his mother had prove the prisoner guilty. There the misfortune to have her ricks was, however, great allowance to burnt ; the fire took place about be maile for persons in her situa
two o'clock in the morning; they tion not being able to account for were barley, and clover hay. The the possession of notes which barley was of the year 1815 harmight be changed at her house by vest, the hay was of the summer strangers passing or using her 1816. They stood about half a house, and whom she could know mile from his mother's house, benothing of. The jury would say tween 18 and 20 yards from each to which side the evidence prepon- other. The clover rick was not derated, and return their verdict thatched : it had been put together accordingly.
about ten days : it was put toThe jury retired till a late hour. gether dry: it was not at all heatThe judge having gone home to ed. There is a footpath from his Judgings, waited to receive thence down to Great Bourton. their verdict. After several hours' On the night before, at ten o'clock, deliberation, they found the pri- witness came home, and found soner Guilty-Death.
one Ward at his mother's house. Witness went to bed a little before
eleven o'clock, and at two o'clock OXFORD CIRCUIT.-MARCH 7.
he was awoke, and found the
clover rick nearly burnt down, Setting fire to Hay and Barley and the other about half burnt. Stacks. William Archer, an opn- The wind was north-west, and lent farmer, who had been out blew from the barley to the clover upon his own recognizance, was sick, and if the clover rick was indicted capitally, for maliciously set on fire, the barley rick could setting fire to two ricks, on the not have been burnt. The barley 27th of July last, at the parish of rick would have taken longer to Great Bourton, the property of have been burnt. The outsides Ann Buckett; and John Haycock, of both ricks were burnt. About also a considerable farmer, was seven yards from the clover rick capitally indicted for feloniously there was some straw, which was