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Safety of the Realm, especially to the laudable
Association of Antigallicans," 1755, 8vo. :

A considerable time ago, a man of the name of Wood escaped from Dublin goal and found his way to this island. He was either traced, or discovered by advertisement; and a correspondence respecting him ensued, between the Governor of Man and the Secretary of State for Ireland. The nature of his crime I have been unable to learn, but am informed that it was not felonious. He was finally escorted back to Dublin. ..ii

Scotch bankrupts refusing to surrender themselves, have sometimes been apprehended on this island and sent back to Scotland, even at a time when such conduct was not in that country felony. ... ., · A few years ago a stock broker of the name of Daniels, nephew to Mr. Goldsmid, arrived here from London with about eleven thousand pounds in his pocket. He had been employed' by a 'person to sell out stock to the amount of sixteen or eighteenthousand pounds, and received the money of the purchaser. He gave his employer, as is usual, a draft upon his banker for the amount; but not thinking proper to pay in any of the sum' received, and not having sufficient effects


there, the draft was returned for non-payment and the drawer was not to be found. It appears evident from the transaction that his design was fraudulent; but not more so than that of any person purchasing goods, re-selling them, and making off with the money ; which latter practice is deemed in law, unless the articles be bought under false pretences, to be a private and not a public wrong. There is no law to prevent a man's drawing upon his banker for a greater sum than the effects in his hands. The vendor, in accepting the draft instead of cash, took it upon the reputed credit and integrity of Daniels: and although many persons considered the transaction as a fraud which the law could reach, yet the greater number of those, well informed on subjects of this nature, did not imagine it to be so. Of the former opinion was the Chief Magistrate of the city of London, who, on complaint being made to him, gave immediate directions to have the offender advertised in all the papers, with a reward for his apprehension. These advertisements very accurately described his person; and the Higb Bailiff of Douglas was the first who perceived a resemblance between their description and a gentleman who had lately taken lodge i ings in that town. He communicated his suspicions to others, and an examination was determined upon. The account which he gave of himself was so contradictory as nearly to determine their opinion; and, instead of conveying him to the Castle, the more lenient measure was adopted, of placing sentinels at the door of his apartments till the Governor's pleasure could be known. He afterwards confessed to Lieutenant Governor Shaw and the High Bailiff, that their suspicions were well founded. The Council was convened upon the occasion, and it was determined to deliver him into the custody of two Bow-street Officers, who had come in pursuit of him. It was thought expedient to gain Daniels” consent to his return. This and the money in his possession were obtained by the Officers, on giving their promise that no criminal prosecution should be carried on against hiin. On his arrival in London, a process of this nature was, nevertheless, immediately commenced, and he was finally acquitted by the jury,

This transaction gave rise to a long paper war, carried on by the High Bailiff and a resident of Douglas, supposed to be Sir John Macartney, through the medium of the Manks

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Weekly Journal, respecting the legality of the arrest. It was affirmed by the former to be legal on account of the criminality of the party; and of precedence in similar, or less fraudulent cases. The latter urged, with some plausibility, that it was at least a question which admitted of doubt ; ! that it had been the immemorial custom in all doubtful cases, to summon the Keys and take their opinion upon the subject; and that the de livery of Daniels, without previously so doing, was an illegal act

Soon after the agitation of this question, the High Bailiff published in the Manks paper, a resolution which he intended to move in the House of Keys, himself being a member of that body, that all privileges enjoyed by foreigners should be annulled, and that the island should be no longer an asylum for the unfortunate, or the fraudulent. His former opponent was again roused to action. He asserted, that much of the prosperity of the country arose from its being the residence of strangers (himself being one), and that without them it would be a miserable place. The framer of the bill replied, that it would be more creditable to the island to be without such strangers as he alluded to. The

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controversy died away, either without any bill of the kind being submitted to the consideration of 'the legislature, or of its being quietly negatived.

Since the affair of Daniels an attempt was made to apprehend and take away a gentleman now resident at Douglas, for having sent a challenge to a nobleman in Ireland, both at that time residing there, and having been consequently indicted by the Grand Jury for his breach of the peace. A correspondence again took place between the Governor and the Secretary. The former finally declined to issue any order for his apprehension, probably not thinking it a matter of sufficient criminality, and knowing that the object of the indictment was merely to procure his return to Ireland, where he might have been arrested for a debt to the very large amount of 20,0001. due to his Lordship, for damages recovered in an action against the defendant for criminal conversation with bis lady. For the debt, indeed, he was here arrested according to the Manks law; and for a short time confined in the castle of the metropolis, the plaintiff being. apprehensive that he would otherwise make his escape from the island, while the more important

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