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(COPY) The accusations of Mr. Wilmot being thus difpofed of, an attempt of a very different, but equally atrocious nature, was happily defeated. About half an hour past three o'clock yeiterday morning, Mr. Hood, Mr. Nucella, and John Weildon, got into a coach with Mr. Wilmot, with an intention of conveying him fafely liome. Soon after leaving Wood's Hotel, Mr. Hood perceived a coach following that in which he was, having two fellows behind, and two were running on the parement with sticks in their hands. On reaching Chancery-lane, Mr. Hood called to the coachman to return to the Hotel, imagining that this would occasion the persons in the other coach to defift from any further pursuit. Finding, however, his mistake, he gave orders to the driver to proceed directly to Bethnal-green, the residence of Mr. Wilmot. The other carriage still following, Mr. Hood stopped his own coach, alighted, and addressing himself to the fellows who had ran along the pavement, he asked, “ Whether they were friends or
foes ?” They answered, that they did not intend to insult him. Mr. Hood then approached the carriage which had followed him, to discover, if possible, the persons who were in it. . After waiting a short time, a Mr. O'Brien let down the window, and Mr. Hood said, “ He thought his conduct very strange and unbecoming, and that “ he had not a right to follow him.” Mr. O'Brien replied, “ He had a right to go “ where he pleased.” Mr. Hood then returned to his carriage, and it was driven to Mr. Whitbread's brewhouse, where all the parties alighted, and Mr. O'Brien again appearing, Mr. Hood told him, “ That he was astonished at his conduct, and he asked if is he meant to assassinate him?" Mr. O'Brien anfwered in the negative, saying, “ That « he need not be under any apprehensions.” Mr. Hood returned this answer, “I
never received such treatment, and your actions are so suspicious, that the worst “ construction may be put on them." "By this time, the number of persons who had followed Mr. Hood's carriage were discovered to be fix; Colonel North, and Mr. Shove, Barrister at Law, being of the number. After walking for a few minutes in Mr. Whitbread's yard, and procuring a broomstick, as the only instrument of defence which could be procured, Mr. Hood and Mr. Wilmot returned to the carriage, and the coachman driving as fast as possible, the pursuers loft ground, but on looking out of the window, Colonel North, Mr. O'Brien, and several other persons, were observed running after the carriage.
On reaching the house of Mt. Wilmot, Mr. Hood received information that the coach, which contained Colonel North and his companions, had broke down, and the parties had crossed the fields towards Whitechapel, apparently for the purpose of overtaking Mr. Hood's carriage. Colonel North and his party meeting fome labourers, told thein, “ That the persons in the carriage which had passed, were rascals who had “ endeavoured to swear away the lives of several innocent men, who were committed to “ Newgate, and that Justice Wilmot was sent there hiinself.”
Thus providentially escaping whatever might have been intended, and having quieted the apprehensions of his family, Mr. Wilmot returned with his protector, to Wood's Hotel, which they reached about fix, Mr. Wilmot continuing there during the remainder of yesterday. About four o'clock in the afternoon the Reverend Mr. Bate, Sir Godfrey Webster and Sir William Milner, waited on him to tender bail for the rioters in Newgate. They were informed that a copy of the commitment would be necessary, and when that should be procured, the magistrate would finally decide the business. The gentlemen accorded with his proposition, and they announced their intentions of returning in the afternoon. About feven o'clock they came, and Mr. Wilmot being in the Sub-Commitee Room, it was found impracticable to obtain that immediate access to him of which the parties were desirons. Their attendance was announced,
and they were requested to stay ten minutes, at the expiration of which Mr. Wilmot would wait on them. The time elapsing, and the gentlemen declaring that they had a most pressing engagement to attend, the clerk of Mr. Crowder, an attorney, was in. structed to contrive the delivery of a notice to Mr. Wilmot, and the parties who came to tender bail left the house. On inspecting the notice, it was discovered to contain information that the prisoners were to be brought before the Justices Haines, Forster, Parker, Kelly, and Wiggins. This was rather considered as a manœuvre than a regular procecding agreeable to a justiciary form : and there being positive charges against three of the prisoners, warrants of detainers were sent to the othce of Mr. Haines, and they were remanded to Newgate, the remaining twelve being bailed by the interfering Magistrates.
În answer to a paragraph that appeared in the Morning Herald of Thursday last, in which is the following passage: “ It is, however, to be regretted, that Mr. Sheldon, “ the gentleman that was lent by Mr. Fox's Committee to visit the deceased before “ his death, on Monday night, was not allowed to see him.". The following facts are submitted to the impartial public: late in the evening of the day that the unfortunate Mr. Casson lost his life, Mr. Adair, Colonel Byron, Mr. Clarkson, and several other friends of Mr. Fox, together with Mr. Sheldon, Surgeon, in Great Queen-street came to Wood's Hotel for the purpose of visiting the decealed : Mr. Sheldon then understanding that no gentleman of the faculty had been sent for, but Mr. Jackson and Mr. Atkinson meeting those gentlemen in the Coffee-room, and informing them, that Mr. John Hunter had seen the deceased, and declared that he was in imminent danger, and had given particular orders that he should be kept quiet, and that no person should be admitted to see him, Mr. Sheldon declined visiting him, and said he was perfectly satisfied. Mr. Jackson insisted, that Mr. Sheldon should see the deceased; but he again declined, saying he did fo in delicacy to Mr. Hunter : Mr. Sheldon was then answered, that Mr. Hunter should not again visit Casson without Mr. Sheldon being present, and that Mr. Hunter should be immediately waited upon, to fix a time for that purpose : Mr. Sheldon and other gentlemen were pleased to compliment Mr. Jackson and Mr. Atkinfon, on their candour, and left Wood's Hotel perfectly satisfied. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Atkinfon immediately went to the house of Mr. Hunter, to fix a tiine for his meeting Mr. Sheldon the next morning, and not finding him at home, left a note to inform him of the purport of their visit: some little time after their return, word was brought by Mt. Wood, that he feared the deceased lay at the point of death, and a messenger was immediately dispatched to Mr. Hunter, to request his attendance, and Mr. Jackson and Mr. Meyer went to the Shakespeare, to desire Mr. Sheldon also to attend; Mr. Louton was the only gentleman they found there, who was informed of their errand, and requested to send for Mr. Sheldon, as Casfon was fupposed to be near expiring, to which Mr. Louton answered, I fuppole you killed him, aud then went away: surprised at this extraordinary behaviour, one of the waiters was sent in all possiblé halte to Mr. Sheldon's houfe,' who foon after came to Wood's Hotel, but Caffon had expired a few minutes before his arrival.
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Caption and Discharge of a RIOTER. May 17.] On Friday evening Patrick Kenny was taken into custody, for’assaulting and violently striking a Constable in the discharge of his duty, on the same day when the Peace Officer was murdered. Kenny was apprehended in Saint James's ftreet, and his caption was no sooner announced, than the constable who took him was surrounded by a numerous party of Mr. Fox's friends, some of whom dexterously picked the constable's pocket of the warrant which authorized him to detain the prisoner. When Kenny reached the watch-house, the peace officer having thus lost the warrant, was of course deprived of the rule which would have been his guide in making a proper entry in the nightbook; and, not having read the warrant, he presumed the charge against the prisoner to be that of felony, and as such he entered it in his book. The lucceeding morning (Saturday) Kenny was brought to Litchfield-street for exainination before the fitting magiftrates.'' Colonel North, being fomehow or other interested in the fate of his friend at the bar, contended, that the prifoner should only be questioned as to the acculation alledged against him in the watch-house night-book; and not a "fyllable of the alaust on the constable being found in that book, the Colonel affirmed it would be an extraneous matter to hear any evidence on the subject. Sir Robert Taylor, as impartially as juftificially, coincided in sentiment with Colonel North. Mr. Hale, however, was not to easily converted to an opinion founded on absurditv. He said, that the warrant for the apprehension of the prisoner had been issued by him: that the charge was that of beating and maiming a peace officer in the execution of his duty. Mr. Hale added, that he had with his own hand delivered the warrant to the constable who took Kenny into custody; and was it because some of the party had conveyed away the instrument of caption, that justice should be as grossly evaded as common honesty had been notoriously violated? The warrant had been stolen ; perhaps by a confederate. The trick was ingenious, and it fhewed to what lengths persons of a certain description were capable of carrying their nefarious proceedings. Mr. Hale concluded by desiring, that the constable might be permitted to depose upon oath to the loss of the warrant. This was granted, and the prisoner was committed to Tothill-fields Bridewell, where he remained until yesterday morning, when he was brought a second time to Litchfieldftreet, for a final examination.
At twelve o'clock yesterday, Kenny was put to the bar of the Rotation-office, Litchifield-street; and Mr. Morgan attended as counsel for the Crown, charging the prisoner, not only with the assault on the constable, but as one of the rioters on the day when Nicholas Caffon was murdered ; and having been therefore guilty of constructive murder, precisely on the same grounds which occasioned the conviction of Balfe and M'Quirke, Mr. Morgan fairly apprized the bench of his intentions, informing them, that the evidence he meant to adduce, would, in his opinion, go to prove, that the prisoner had attended from day to day, armed, with the other rioters, with a bludgeon, which he had unmercifully exercised ou the head of a peace-officer; and that, having been a party in the riot which occasioned the murder of a fellow-citizen, the prisoner was as guilty of that murder as if he had struck the fatal blow. Sir Robert Taylor was quite of a different opinion. The prisoner was charged with an assault. To that charge the evidence should be specifically confined ; and as it was fubftantiated, the prifoner should be called on to give bail for his appearance.
Several evidences were called in proof of the assault on the constable; and indeed the wounded condition of his head displayed the barbarous treatment which he had expe
rienced. No sooner, however, did Mr. Morgan put any question relative to the riot, or to the time and circumitances when and by which Ntcholas Casson lost his life, than he was interrupted with extreme rudeness and indelicacy. A tprig of the law, who exactly answered Charles Churchill's defcription of a
Pert, prim prater of the Northern race, had the presumption to stake his profesional experience against that of Mr. Morgan, although he was but the other day called to the bar! This frothy declaimer ventured to affirm, that the questions put to the witnesses by the Counsel for the Crown would not be permitted at the Old Bailey.. Mr. Dyfon, Solicitor to the Adiniralty, and one of the fitting magistrates, contradicted this affertion. And Mr. Morgan, pressing his hand to his buiom, pledged his honour, his character, and his profeífional credit, that every question he had propounded wouid have been perfectly orderly at the Old Bailey.
After repeated cavils, and reiterated attempts made by Mr. Morgan to bring the riot and murder into consideration, which were as repeatedly defeated, the point was given up, to the entire fatisfaction of Lord Robert Spencer, and several other distinguished friends of Mr. Fox, who attended in the customary ftile, thus favouring the presumption, that they felt themselves deeply interested in the fate of an IRISH CHAIRMAN.
When Sir Robert Taylor proposed that the prisoner should be discharged as to the murder, and give bail for the assault, Mr. Dylon defired “that it might not be confi/ “ dered as the unanimous determination of the Bench, because he for one objekted to the
“ measure in the strongest and most pofitire terms." To this mark of disapprobation Mr. Morgan adduced his testimony; for, when bail was proposing for the prisoner, Mr. Morgan laid in the heariug of the Bench, “ You had better save trouble, and determine “ that the man has not committed any assault.” Mr. Morgan fubjoined this opinion :--en The expence of Counsel in behalf of a prisoner may be saved, when a majority of « Justices present follow that excellent maxim, that the Judge thould be Counsel' for " the prisoner, althongh it is merely the duty of a magistrate to hear and determine iga
partially AFTER he hath heard."
This opinion is too judicious to require support; and every observation on a felfevident proposition is impertinent.
Wood's Hotel, May 15, 1784. Interment of the Murdered Constable.
On Thursday afternoon, about five o'clock, the unhappy widow of Nicholas Casson, the constable, who was inurdered on Monday by a party of hired ruffians, came to Wood's Hotel, and requested to be informed, “ where the parties resided to whom the “ should make application respecting the interment of her husband, as the designed to “ have his body buried the ensuing day in the church-yard of Covent Garden. Being directed to the lexton, and by him accompanied to some of the church-wardens, she was asked, “ at what hour she was desirous of having the funeral rites performed ?" and replying, “ that as her place of residence was situated at a considerable distance, and she #6 would wish to return home as early as possible, the intended having the body brought “ to the church at three o'clock.” The hour was objected to, and she was requested to return to Wood's Hotel, where, if she waited about a quarter of an hour, the should seceive a final answer as to the propriety or impropriety of admitting her request. Redying on the validity of this assurance, The returned to the Hotel, and waited two hours