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. (97) the suspicion of his brother, who admitted, defendant's counsel, Mr. had a family of seven children. sergeant Lens, proceeded to call He accordingly set to work, and several witnesses in support of the calling upon a medical gentleman defence ; whose evidence went to of Bristol, (Mr. D. of Park-street), prove that the plaintiff had often who attended the elder De:asy's fa- visited the residence of the defendmily, that gentleman peremptorilyant--at times imperatively demandrefused to give liim any answer, ing a sight of her child-at other and seemed extremely anxious that times these visits were presumed he should leave the house. This to be with the consent of the deof course added to his suspicions; fendant and his wife, as she brought and on further inquiry, it turned clothing and caps for the child's out that, Mary Doland having be- use.--After a reply from serjeant come pregnant by a fellow servant, Pell, the learned baron summed up she had been delivered of a son in the evidence ; when the jury, withLower Berkley-place. There she out leaving their box, returned a was waited on by the above medic verdict for the plaintiff of the cal gentleman, by whom she was amount sued for, with all arrears intreduced to Mrs. Deasy, and the to the present time. bargain made, though with reluctance on the part of the mother.The child was taken away with The trial of Huffey White, due caution and secrecy, and on the Richard Kendall, and Mary Howes, 28th of September 1809, was alias Taylor, for the robbery of christened by a Bristol minister of the Leeds mail, occupied the court the catholic church, in the name of upwards of fourteen hours and a Edward Garrett Deasy. For a half, nearly forty witnesses being considerable time the mother did examined, whose connected chain not know where the child had been of evidence afforded the most insecreted, as the nurses had been disputable proof of the guilt of the often changed; but she at length two men. In the first instance, the found out, and was permitted to arrival of the mail at Kettering, on remain with it for about two Monday the 26th of October last, months. The defendant and his at the usual hour, with the differwise then left Bristol with the in- ent bags all safe, which were forfant, and travelled about the coun. warded from thence with the Kettry to avoid detection.- Mary Do. tering and other by bags, was land, it appeared, had executed an satisfactorily proved ; as likewise agreement never to divulge or the whole being safe at Burtonmake known any of the circum- Lattimer, three miles from Ket. stances respecting her said child, tering, when the guard, after tra. nor to approach near theresidence of velling about three quarters of a the defendant or his family ; upon mile from Burton, quitted his seat, an alleged violation of which and went over the roof of the coach agreement the defendant resied his and rode on the box with the opposition to the obligations of the coachman till they approached bond.-Mr. sergeant Pell having near to Higham Ferrers, when he made a most eloquent exposition of resumed his seat behind the coach. the circumstances thus briefy de. Having arrived at Higham, the tailed, and proof of the bond being guard, on going to unlock the mail 1813.

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box, discovered that the lock had times ; notwithstanding Kendall, in been broken off, and on opening the his examination before the magis. lid, that the bags had been taken trates, denied having any know3way. At the different post-towns ledge of the person who rode with the rest of the way to London, the him in his chaise cart on the day of the guard gave information of the the robbery, and stated it was a robbery ; and on his making the person he accidentally met with and circumstance known at the general took up on the road. It further post-office, the postmasters-general appeared in evidence, that about immediately dispatched several half an hour after the mail passed Bow-street officers to endeavour to the obelisk at Finedon, two, men ascertain how and by whom the were observed in a cart or gig robbery had been committed. On travelling towards Wellingborough, Lavender's arrival in the country, and that one of them said to the he learned that Kendall, a known other, “It's a complete job, den suspicious character, lived at Wel you, drive on;" and that shortly lingborongh, in quest of whom he afterwards one man in a cart or gig immediately went, and caused him went through the turnpike gate to be apprehended, when on in- between Finedon and Wellingquiry, it appeared that Kendall, borough, who before he arrived at with another man, had travelled in the gate was heard speaking to a chaise-cart from Keyston toll- another person, who passed the gate gate, Hants, through Thrapston to on foot. The turnpike-gate-keeper Wellingborough in the afternoon stated that no other cart or gig had previously to the robbery, and that gone through the gate that night. It they would arrive at the point was then proved that White and Ken. where the road from Thrapston to dall were seen togetheratWellingboWellingborough crosses the Lon- rough the next morning (Tuesday don road, near the obelisk, in the the 27th), from whence the former parish of Finedon, before the mail took post-chaise at Rythorne, which coach would pass, and near to is near Keyston-gate, then kept by which place it was supposed the Mary Howes, who went by the robbery was committed, from the name of Taylor ; but at a short dicircumstance of four small by-bags stance before he arrived there, he being found on the road unopened. ordered the post-boy to set him On further investigation respecting down in the road, and he walked Kendall's companion, there appear. towards the gate. It appeared ed very strong reasons to suspect that after his arrival at the tollthat White was the party, as it gate, Mary Howes requested a was ascertained that he had occa. person who was going through the siunally been residing at Keyston- gate to order a chaise and pair gate, but was known by the name from the George inn at Thrapof Wallis. In consequence of these ston, to be sent to the gate to go circumstances, rewards were imme- to Huntingdon. The chaise ar. ciately ofiered for his apprehension, rived in a short time, and in which which was at length effected. White and Howes immediately set From the evidence, adduced it was off for Huntingdon, which they clearly proved, that White was the reached about eight o'clock on companion of Kendall, and that Tuesday evening, and then walked they had been seen together several together to Godmanchester. There

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they endeavoured to hire a horse perspicuity, and humanity, found and gig to convey them to Kishy's the priscrers White and Kendall hut, a public-house about three guilty, and acquitted Howas, under miles and a quarter from Caxton, direciion of the judge, upon a point in Cambridgeshire. Not being able of law. Immediately after, the to procure a gig, they went on the judge passed ihe awsul sentence of outside of the Edinburgh mail to death upon the two culprits, who the hut, where they stopped a short were lett for execution. time, and were conveyed from

TRIAL OF NICHOLSON. thence to Caxton by the landlord, in his taxed cart. From Caxton

Maidstone, Aug. 20. they travelled the direct road to The doors. of the court-house London in post-chaises ; arriving were opened at a quarter before in Bread-street, Cheapside, about eight o'clock in the morning, and eight o'clock on Wednesday morn- in a few minutes it was crowded. ing, and were set down in the street. Exactly at eight o'clock Mr. jusIt appeared, that in a short time tice Heath was on the bench, and after, White, accompanied by a Nicholson was brought to the bar, woman, went to the Bull's head His appearance was composed. He tavern in Bread-street, where the pleaded “ Not guilty,” in conselatter stopped till Thursday even- quence, he said, of the persuasions ing, and the former till the Saturday of several persons. following. During White's stay Mr: sergeant Shepherd.-"Gen. at the tavern, and previously to the tlemen of the jury, this is an inwoman's departure, one Samuel dictment for petty treason commitRichardson, a noted character, and ted by a servant in the murder of who has been connected with the his master, in whose service he was desperate gang of public depreda- at the time of his perpetration of tors lately apprehended,

the atrocious act. What in orthat White had shown to him a dinary crises is called simply murconsiderable number of notes and der, ibis, under peculiar circumbills, which he told him had been stances, the wisdom of the law has taken from the Leeds mail, and denominated treason, ranking it particularly a bill of exchange for next to offences against the state : 2001. which became due on the and this is ordained for the comfort following day; (Friday, the 9th,) and security of life in its domestic and offered to sell them to Richard relations. Against external vioson; but the purchase of which lie lence there may be some guard ; declined, saying that they would against domestic treachery there not suit him. The above 2001. can be no protection, unless the bill was identified as having been law thus stepped in, and interposed stolen from the mail the night it more awful sanctions to make exwas robbed. After the production, istence valuable.--The case would of a variety of other testimony, all be proved so fully by the different agreeing in the most satisfactory witnesses, as to leave no doub:, inmanner to substantiate the guilt of dependently of the confession, that White and Kendall, the jury, on the untortunate man at the bar had receiving from the learned judge committed the dreadful crime im(M. baron Thompson) a charge puted to him. On the 31st of last distinguished for its impartiality, May he was in the service of Mr.

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Bonar, in which he had lived for lighter and more portable than the abcut three weeks; he was the on- other there was also a broken jy man servant who slept in the candlestick which belonged to the house, the rest sleeping in outer servants’-hall. The prisoner after.,. apartments over the stables : he wards went up with the servants lazy in a room called the servants'. into the bed-room, and took away luull: Mr. xd Mrs. Bonar slept in two sheets with blood upon them: il 100m at some distance, to which he carried them down stairs, and there was an anti-room. At twelve tied them up in a sheet taken from o'clock Nicholson retired to bed : his own bed'; one of the sheets so Vīrs. Bonar was not in bed till two brought down and tied up was o'clock. The next morning the evidently a sheet belonging to Nimaid servant went up stairs, and choison's bed; and in it he had no found the door of the anti-room doubt clothed himself when he lucked on the outside, which unu- went to perpetrate his horrible crime. sual circumstance showed that A groom was sent to Bromley for somebody had been to the room : a surgeon: the prisoner meantime she was also alarmed by a strange evinced great anxiety to go for Mr. smell, and by discovering that the Astley Cooper, and went to saddle f'lish-light, which was commonly a lorse for that purpose, but was left in the fire-place, had been car. so agitated that he could not do it,

She went to the lady's and the coachman was forced to do maid, and told her what she had it for him. He mentioned this, to observed; and mentioned that show that his perturbation was there were marks of footsteps com- greater than the ordinary and naing from the bed-room of Mr. tural emotion on such a melancholy Bonar, though she had not then as- occasion, and plainly arose from certained whether they were dirty conscious guilt. There were seveor bloody. The other, learing ral other important circumstances : these extraordinary circumstances, the windows of the servants’-hall, was instantly struck with a suspi- which were shut in the evening, cion of that event which had real

were seen open at four o'clock on ly taken place, and exclaimed “ My Monday morning by a washer. master and mistress are murdered!” woman who went to the house; from Some time afterwards Nicholson which uncommon appearance, it was observed in the hall, staring was obvious that some person had round him, with evident signs of opened them between iwelve and perturbation and horror in his coun- four o'clock, and that person must tenanee. The servants then pro. have been inside ; and as there was ceeded to the bed-room, where the no outward breaking of the house, body of Mr, Bonar was geen lying it was clear that Nicholson must dead upon the floor, withi several have been the only person in the wounds in his head, his appearance house. Other circumstances in. aliogether denoting a violent strug- duced suspicion, and he was taken gle with his murderer. Close to him up. While he was in custody, and was a poker, which was obviously the coroner's inquest was sitting, he instrument of his destruction. he made an unsuccessful attemps It was not the regular poker of the on his life: the wound was sewed servants’-hall, but one which was up by a surgeon on the spot, and frequently used there, as being there was a probability of his re

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covery. After a few days the wound in, and saw her master on the floor
broke out afresh ; and then being covered with a counterpane; there
under an apprehension of death, he was blood all about the room ; did
sent for Mr. Bonar, and freely and not see the prisoner in the room.
voluntarily made a confession in This was about half-past seven. A
the presence of several persons : it surgeon was sent for; prisoner sail
was afterwards signed by a magis- he would go for a surgeon ; Saw
trate (Mr. Wells), who was sent for the prisoner bring some sheets very
to render it perfectly regular. It bloody from her master's room into
was made, no doubt, in the expec- the servants’-hall, and wrap them
tation of death, and under the im- up (she believes) in a sheet from
pression that it was the only possi. his bed. After the discovery, he was
ble way of reparation for his dreads the first man who went into the
ful offence. It was credible, for it room ; he came down and said his
gave a clear detail (corroborated master was dead, and his mistress
by circumstances) of the whole of still breathing; told them to go up;
this horrible transaction. All these she found a japan candlestick which
facts, together, induced a certainty belonged to the house, but not to
as to the perpetrator of the crime. her master's room; it was usually

Susannah Curnick examined.- kept in the pantry, near the ser-
She was a servant of the late Mr. vants'-hall.
Bonar: the prisoner had been there Mary Clarke was the maid of
a month or five weeks; he was Mrs. Bonar; saw her master and
footman, and wore his master's mistress at ten o'clock on Sunday ;
livery ; saw her master and mistress went to bed at two, and rose at
at ten o'clock on Sunday night; half-past seven; the house-maid
prisoner slept in servants’-hall; no told her there were foot marks in
other male servant slept there : at the anti-room; went with her and
half-past six on Monday morning saw the marks; went to the door
went to the anti-room of her mas- of the bed-room, but does not
ter's chamber, found the door of the know whether she went in; called
anti-room locked on the outside; the laundry-maid ; they hesitated
never saw it locked before: went which should go in; the laundry,
into the breakfast-room adjoining, maid opened the shutters, and
saw foot-marks leading from her screamed out ; went down and saw
master's bed-room; and the rush. the servants in the hail; does not
light, which usually was burning in know whether prisoner was one ;
the anti-room, was gone; then went lost her recollection : on recovery
down stairs; saw the prisoner about saw the prisoner with bloody sheets
seven o'clock in the passage near in the servants'-hall; he told her
housekeeper's-room; he was dress- to go up stairs ; she went and saw
ed all but his coat; he was clean, her master lying on the floor cover-
and looked round it her ; nothing ed with a blanket; he appeared
particular in his manner : at hall- dead.
past seven called up Mrs. Clark ; Penelope Folds was laundry-
they went together to the anti-room; maid: on the morning of the 31st
knelt down and saw the footsteps of May was alarmed by the ser-
were bloody; went down and saw vants, and went with Mary Clarke
Penelope Folds, who went into the to her master's bed room; she went
room : she afterwards herself went and opened part of the shutters;

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