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buckram and whaleboue in the stays of Irish and appointed his brother to be ber guardian, chastity, which enables it to walk through and executor of his will. The lady was theu life as stately as a Duchess at a Coronation." about eigbteen; and if she happened to dic un
CHINESE THEATRICALS.-The following married, or if married, without children, her are the chief incidents in a piece of great ce fortune was left to her guardian and to his lebrity, performing for the amusement of the heirs. As the interest of the uncle was now Chinese, when the last accounts left that incompatible with the life of the niece, sevekingdom. The subject is one which occupies ral other relations hinted, that it would not the theatres of all countries the attempt of a be proper for them to live together. Whether libertine to poach on another's manor. A fe they were willing to prevent any occasion of male, who has a lover, not finding a better ex. slander against the uncle, in case of the young pedient to elude the attention of her husband | lady's death; whether they had any apprethan that of assassination, seizes the moment hension of ber being in dauger; or whether when he is in bed, (which is placed on the they were only discontented with the father's etage) and dispatches him by a dreadful cut in disposition of his fortune, and therefore prothe head with an hatchet! Her husband, on re pagated rumours to the prejudice of those ceiving the blow, leaps from his bed, and walks
who possessed it, cannot be known; the uncle, up and down the stage, with the hatchet firmly however, took his niece to his house near Epfired in his skull, uttering the most lamentable
ping Forest, and soon afterwards she disapcries, while thc blood fows in torrents down
peared. his face, and he at lengtb expires in the ut
Great inquiry was made after her, and it most agonies and convulsions. His cries hav
appearing what the day she was missing, she iog brought the neighbours in, a Mandarin 'vent out with her uncle into the forest, and (magistrate) is sent for; who examines the that he returned without her. He was taken woman, finds her guilty, and condemns her to | into custody, and in a few days afterwards he · be skinned alive. The audience Jose the treat went tbrough a long examination, in which he of seeing this operation, for jl is performed acknowledged, that he went out with her, and bebind the scenes ; but after it is over, the pretended that she found means to loiter befair inippled re-appears on the stage, and sings bind bim as they were returning home; tbat a few tender airs to her skinner, to ioduce him to be sought her in the forest as soon as he miss. he satisfied with her punishment, and to give ed her; and that be knew not where she was, her a full pardon of her crime.
or what was become of her. This account was SCOLDING WIVES.-The following para- thought improbable, and his apparent interest graph we copy by way of caution, from an early in the death of his ward, and perhaps the petu. volume of the Gentleman's Magazine :-"A lant zeal of other relations, concurred to raise Frit of detainer came down to Newgate against || and strengthen suspicions against him, and Richard Parrot, a husbaodman, who having || he was detained in custody. Some new circut his wife's tongue out, was committed until cumstances were every day rising against him. the issue should be known. The woman died, | It was found that the young lady had been adand the Coroner's Jury have brought it in wild dressed by a neighbouring gentleman, who had, ful murder. On Parrot's' examination he ap a few days before she was missing, set out on peared to be deaf; and his plea for cutting out a journey to the north; and that she had dehis wife's tongue was, that she was an intole clared she would marry him when he returned; rable scold !" This Parrot was by no means that her uncle had frequently expressed his a bird for the ladies. He probably was mis- diapprobation of the match in very strong led by tbe precept-"if thy right hand offend terms: that she had often wept and reproach. thee, cut it off.”
ed him with unkindness and an abuse of his SINGULAR RELATION.-A gentleman died power. A woman was also produced who possessed of a very considerable fortune, swore, that on the day the young lady was which he left to his only child, a daughter, missing, about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, No. XXVIII. Vol. V.-N.S.
she was coming through the forest, and heard y certaju is human testinony, even when the & woman's voice expostulating with great ea witnesses are sincere, and so necessary is i gerness; upon which she drew nearer the cool and dispassionate inquiry and determiplace, apd before she saw any person, heard nation with respect to crimes that are enorthe same voice say, “ Don't kill me, uncle, mous in the highest degree, and committed don't kill me;" upon which she was greatly with every possible aggravation. terrified, and immediately hearing the report COMPARATIVE VELOCITIES.-Accordiog uf a gun very near, she made all the baste she
to Dr. Bradley, an undulation of light reaches could from the spot, but could not rest in her the earth from tbe sun (a distance of 191,434 mind till she had told what had happened. - miles, or 1,010,771,520 feet) in one second of Such was the general impatience to puuish | time. The motion of sound is found to be a man who had murdered his niece to inherit
1130 feet in the same period. The velocity of her fortune, that upon this evidence he was
lightning is equal to 23 English miles in a condemned and executed.--About ten days second; and that of a hurricane, wbich tears after the execution the young lady came home. up trees and carries buildings before it, is It appeared, however, that what all the wit.
100 miles in an hour. According to the comnesses had sworn was true, and the facts were
putation of Cepede, the great northern whale found to be thus circumstanced :-The young swims at the rate of thirty-three feet in a se. lady declared, that baving previously agreed to cond, at which rate he might go round the go off with the gentleman that courted her,
globe, in the direction of the equator, in 564 he had given out that he was going a journey hours, or forty-seven days; while man is so to the north; but that he waited concealed at inferior in the velocity of his movements, that a little house near the skirts of the forest till
to traverse a space equal to the circumference the time appointed, which was the day she of the globe, would cost him three hours of disappeared. That he had horses ready for
hard walking, every day for seven years. himself and her, and was attended also by two
DR. JOHNSON'S COURTSHIP,-Tlie followservants also on horseback. Tbat as she was
ing curious account of Dr. Johnson's court. walking with her uncle, he reproached her
ship is extracted from the Letters of Anna with persisting in her resolution to marry a
Seward, and forms part' of one to James Bos. man whom he disapproved ; and after much altercation, she said with some heat, “ I have
well, Esq.; as it is not inserted in this gentleset my heart upon it, if I do not marry him
man's Life of Johnson, it may be interesting to it will be my death; and don't kill me, uncle,
many of our readers :-" I have often heard don't kill me;" that just as she had pro
my mother say she perfectly remembered his nounced those words, she heard a gun dis
(Johoson's) wife. He has recorded of her that
beauty which existed only in his imagination. charged very dear her, at which she started,
Sbe had a very red face, and very indifferent and immediately afterwards saw a man come forward from among the trees, with a wood
features, and her manners in advanced life, for pigeon in bis haud, that he had just shot.
her children were all grown up when Johnson That coming near the place appointed for their
first saw ber, bad an unbecoming excess of rendezvous, she formed a pretence to let her girlish levity, and disgusting affectation. The uncle go on before her, and ber suitor being rustic prettiness, and artless manners of her waiting for her with a horse, she mounted and daughter, the present Mrs. Lucy Porter, had immediately rode off. That instead of going won Johnson's youthful heart, when she was into the north, they had retired into a bouse upon a visit at my grandfather's* in John. in which he had taken lodgings near Windsor, son's school days. Disgusted by bis unsightly where they were married the same day, and form, she had a personal aversion to him, nor in about a week went a journey of pleasure to France, from whence wheu they returned, they
* The Rev. John Hunter, master of the Litchfirst heard of the misfortune which they inad
field Free-School, by whom Jobuson was eduvertently brought upon their uncle. So un cated.
could the beautiful verses t he addressed to her, teach her to endure him. The nymph, at length, returned to her parents at Birmingham, and was soon forgotten. Business taking Johnson to Birmingham, on the death of his own father, and calling upon his coy mistress there, be found her father dying. He passed bis leisure boars at Mr. Porter's, attending his sick-bed, and, in a few montbs, asked Mrs. Johnson's consent to marry the old widowe. After expressing her surprişe at a request so extraordinary—No, Sam, my willing consent you will never bave to so preposterous an union. You are not twenty-five and she is turned fifty. If she had any prudence this request had never been made to me. Where are your means of subsistence ? Porter has
died poor, in consequence of his wife's ex. pensive habits. You have great talents, but, as yet, have turned them into do profitable channel.-- Mother, I have not deceived Mrs. Porter : I have told her the worst of me; that I am of mean extraction ; that I have no money; and that I had au uncle banged. She replied, that she valued no one more or less for bis descent; and that she had no more money than myself; and that though she had not bad, a relation hanged, she had fifty who deserved hanging.'-And thus be. came accomplished this very curious amour. Adieu, Sir, go on and prosper in your ar. duous task of presenting to the world the portrait of Johnson's mind and manners.
STATE OF HIS MAJESTY'S HEALTH. three days (the examination was on the 14thi) his The following substance of the opinions on thic
Majesty's mind has been entirely lost în error; state of his Majesty, is collected from voluminous
does not expect recovery. reports which have been laid before both Houses
Sir H. Halford deems recovery very improba. of Parliament:
ble. Dr. Heberden considers his Majesty's recovery
Dr. R. Willis considers recovery all but impos.
sible. improbable, but not hopeless. He does not expeet the king will recover. Dr. Monro considers the present mental health
TRIAL OF B. Walsh, Esq.M.P.-Mr. Walsh of his Majesty insane ;. bis recovery very im
was arraigned at the Old Bailey, Jan. 18, and probable, but he does not entirely despair.
pleaded Not Guilty. He was dressed in a suit of Dr. Simmons says, that his Majesty's mental
black, and appeared much dejected, and during health is much deranged his recovery improba
part of the examination burst into violent fits of ble, but not hopeless.
tears, and twice withdrew.-Mr. Garrow address. Dr. John Willis says, that his Majesty's mental
ed the Jury. The indictment contained several health is in a high degree of derangement, and
counts; in the first set of which the prisoner was his recovery very improbable, hut not impossible;
charged with feloniously stealing a check of Sir has not an expectation of recovery.
T. Plomer, value £22,000 ; and in the other Dr. Baillie states, that within the last two or
counts with stealing Bank-notes to that amount.
Mr. Garrow detailed the narrative of the fraud at t Verses to a Lady, on receiving from ber a || length; the only probable doubt, he said, was as sprig of Myrtle :
to the law on the subject. He would prove a What hopes, what terrors does thy gift create, pre-existing felonious intention in the mind of Ambiguous emblem of uncertain fate; The myrtle, evsign of supreme command,
Mr. Walsh; that previous to the receipt of the Consign'd by Venus to Melissa's hand.
check and money, he had made préparations for Nor less capricious than a reigoing fair, Now grants, and now rejects a lover's prayer.
his flight out of the country; and that he had no In myrtle shades oft sings the happy swain, sooner obtained possession of them than he pro. In myrtle shades despairing ghosts complain ; ceeded to carry his felonious purpose into execuTbe inyrtle crowns the happy lovers' heads, The unhappy lover's grave the myrtle spreads :
tion. If this were not a felonious act, he was at O then the meaning of thy gift iinpart, a loss to know the legal definition of the term And ease the throbbings of an anxious heart ! Soon must this bough, as you shall fix his doom,
larceny. Tbere was, first, a felonious in tent; Adorn Philander's head, or grace his tomb. second, a taker; third, a chattel taken; fourth
the taking was against the will of the owner. perty and the possession, and, in lieu of it, he Mr. Scarlet, who, together with Mr. Alley, was expected only an equivalent, and not the monies counsel for the prisoner, rose to state bis objec. | themselves. Fourthly, the prosecutor gave an tions to the evidence, as not substantiating the undoubted credit to Mr. Walsh, as his Broker; charge of felony laid in the indictment. He, as he trusted him, and his possession freely gained well as the prisover, acknowledged the moral of the subject of trust could not be changed, in turpitude of the act; that act, as a moral offence, || the construction to be put upon it, by any evil, he should not attempt to paliate; but the legal intention in his mind; the prosecutor huimself construction of that act, and the penalties appli- ever acting upon that intention, so as to gain cable to it as a criminal offence, were now before the thing confided to him. Fifthly, the Bankthe court, and not the moral guilt. The indict notes, the fruits of the check, were never the proment, in different counts, charged the crime in perty or in the possession of Sir Thomas Plomer. two different modes. First, a felony in stealing | There were no specific notes on which he had a the check delivered to the prisoner by the prose- claim. Walsh was not his servant; so that it cutor, to which most of the counts applied (as if was not a case in which the possession of the serthe framer of the indictment despaired of the ef. vant was deemed to be that of the master. He fect of the other counts); and secondly, it charg- gained them upon contract, and in confidence, ed the prisoner with stealing Bank-notes to the and bis abuse of the possession could not be convalue of £29,200, the property of Sir Thomas strued into a larceny of the property.The Plomer, and from the possession of Sir Thomas Judges all agreed, that as it was a case in which Plomer. With respect to the check, there could many serious and important points might arise, be no felonious intent to take that individual and was certainly an arguable question, it would check, hecause part of it had been applied, and be best to take the verdict of the Jury generally, paid in to the banking-house of the prosecutor, as to the guilt or innocence of the prisoner, and as he directed. Again, the check could be no to reserve the main question, whether his act consubject of felony; it was no security, the term stituted a felony or not, to the solemn and delimade use of (and under which it could only be berate opinion of the twelve Judges, to be argued comprehended) in the statute of 2 Geo. II. cap. 25. before them early next term. The Chief Baron To steal the check was to steal no valuable chat then summed up to the Jury. The law of the tel; it was a mere order for money, and gave Sir case, he told them, was reserved for the highest Thomas no new credit with his banker. The tribunal wbich the country knew. His Lordship very point occurred in Mrs. Frippeau's case, and then stated, with remarkable candour and perspi. a check was not deemed a thing capable of felo- cuity, the main points on which they alone could nious appropriation. Next, as to the previous | decide, and the Jury found the prisoner-Guilty. felonious intent of the prisoner, when he received INTERMENT OP WILLIAMS. The premature the check, to convert it to his owo use. The mere death of Williams having defeated the ends of meditation of a felony was no felony. Felony was that justice with which it is probable, from the pot a cogitation, but an act; it was an intention
very suspicious circumstances that have transput into a substantive act, and which act and in- | spired, this wretched man would have been overtention jointly and concurrently constituted the taken, the Magistrates came to a resolution of act. There being no fraud, no circumvention, no
giving the greatest possible solemnity and pub. violence, actual or constructive, to gain possession licity to the ceremony of interring this suicide.of the thing alleged to be stolen, the mere naked | On Tuesday morning, December 31, about nine axistence of a felonious intention could not make o'clock, the High Constable, with his attendants, it felony. Thirdly, that where the party intend- arrived at the watch-house with a cart, that had ed to part both with the possession and the pro been fitted up for the purpose of giving the perty of the thing, as the prosecutor did in this greatest possible degree of exposure to the face case, for it was plain that Mr. Walsh might have and body of Williams. A stage or platform was received what change he liked for the check, | formed upon the cart by boards, which extended provided he fulfilled the contract which he made
from one side to the other. They were fasteved of purchasing the Exchequer Bills,-that, under to the top, and lapping over each other from the these circumstances, the felonious intention || binder part to the frout of the cart, in regular would not make it felony. The prosecutor parted, || gradation, they formed an inclined plane, on by the delivery of the check, both with the pro- which the body rested, with the head towards the
borse ; and so much elevated as to be com the servant of the late Mr. Marr, to attend, and pletely exposed to public view. On the body || give such information touching them, as lay withwas a pair of blue cloth pataloons, and a white in their knowledge. Mrs. Vermilye stated, that shirt, with the sleeves tucked up to the elbows, || she had often seen trowsers of the description bat neither coat nor waistcoat. About the neck produced before the Magistrates, but she could
was the wbite bandkerchief with which Williams not pretend to say that she had ever before seen · put an end to his existence. On the right hand the identical pair in question. Sailors, in com
side of the bead was fixed, perpendicularly, the ing from the East Indies, used to wear such trow. maul with which the murder of the Marrs was sers on board ship, and they generally had them committed. On the left, also in a perpendicular on when first landing ; but she thought they were position, was fixed the ripping chissel. Above too shabby for Williams to hare worn when on his bead was laid in a transverse direction upon shore. He was always very smart in his dress, the boards, the iron crow; and parallel with it, but particularly so when in the house. Holbrook the stake destined to be driven through the || and Hewitt deposed as to the finding of those body. About half past ten the procession moved articles; and both of them declared, that the stains from the watch-house. An immense cavalcade of
on the trowsers were those of blood. Hewitt prothe inhabitants of the two parishes closed the produced a chalking chissel, which he found in a cession. On arriving opposite to the house of drawer in the lumber-room at the Pear Tree, with Mr. Marr, the procession halted for about ten the letters J. P. pricked upon it in the same manminutes, and then proceeded down Old Gravel ner as those letters were marked upon the maul bane, Newmarket-street, Wapping High-street, found in Mr. Marr's house. The other tools beand up New Gravel-lane, when the procession longing to John Patterson were not marked in again'stopped opposite to the King's Arms, the that way upon the iron, but only upon the wood. hotise of the late Mr. Williamson; from thence This new discovery still more strongly confirms it proceeded along Ratcliff Highway, and up the identity of that fatal instrument with the Capnop-street, to the Turnpike.gate, at which house wherein the suicide had lodged. The identhe four roads meet. About half past twelve
tificaiion of the scissars remains doubtful, until o'clock a man mounted the platform, and laying Catharine Stillwell, the grand-duugliter of the hold of the suicide by the wrists, precipitated him late Mr. Williamson, comes forward. The murinto the hole, and then descended and drove a derous instruments, the maul aud ripping-chissel, stake through the body with the identical pin- of which so much bas been said in relation to the maul which had been used in murdering the fa murders at Ratcliffe, have been deposited at the mily of Marr, amidst the shouts and vociferous Public Office, Bow-street, by order of the Secreexecrations of the multitude ; the hole was then tary of State. filled up and well rammed down.
WILLIAMS, THE SUICIDE.-A most important THE LATE MURDERS.-In consequence of the discovery has lately been made, which removes orders given by the Magistrates of Shadwell Of every shadow of doubt respecting the guilt of the fice, the privy belonging to the house of Mr. Ver- late suicide Williams. It was proved before the milye, was lately searched for the purpose of as Magistrates of Sbudwell Ofice, thai three weeks certaining whether Williams had concealed there before the murder af Mr. Williansson and his fain any evidence of bis guilt. In the discharge of mily, Willians had been seen to have a long this duty, the officers found a pair of old blue cot
French knife with an ivory handic: I hat kuite ton seaman's trowsers, part of a sempstress's hus
could never be found in illians's triuk, or sif, and a pair of clasp scissars. The scissars amongst any of the clothes he let behind him at were attached to the latter, and it was supposed, the Pear-tree public-house. The subsequent were the property either of Mrs. Williamson or search to find it has been success!ul. A short Mrs. Marr. The trowsers, were washed, and time since, Harrison, one of the lod ers of the after the filth had been cleaned away, there Pear-tree public-house, in searcbing among some appeared upon them the most evident marks of old clothes, found a blue jacket, which he immeblood in every direction. With a view to identify diately recognised as part of Williams's apparel. some of these articles with the suicide Williams, He proceeded to examine it closily, and upon the Magistrates ordered Mrs. Vermilye, John looking at the inside pocket, he found it quite Harrison, the sail-maker, and Margaret Jewel, stifi'with coagulated blood, as if a blood-stained