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ANNUAL REGISTER who gave it him in the street, and the letter; and he said, No, he was that it required no answer.

afraid. Kello then went to his bro. When he had read the letter, and ther, who was waiting to know how examined the draught and bill it

went on, at Seymour's contained, having no suipicion of coffee-house in Pope's-head-alley. forgery, as the fimilitude was very It was there agreed that. John should great, he immediately set about send a verbal message by a chairobeying Mr. Partridge's orders. It man to Cotton, from the Antigalwas now about near the time when lican, defiring him to deliver to bankers fhut up their shops ; for him the letter that was to have expedition's sake, therefore, Kello been left at Sam’s for Mr. Rous. directed a blank cover to Mr. Rous, Kello then hafted back again to with which Cotton ran to Mr. Am. Cotton, and soon after the chairman yand's, taking with him the draught came for the letter. and bill : he happened to find Mr. , Mr. Cotton said he would go aMercer, one of the partners, who long with him, and see the gentle. expressed some surprize at his com- man to whom the letter was to be ing so late, but however gave him delivered; he did so; and the mila bank note of 1000 l, in exchange tress of the house told him the

gerfor the draught.

tleman was gone, but would reThis bank note he inclosed in turn in ten minutes : for John Kelthe cover directed by Joseph Kello, lo had the precaution not to stay and borrowing a wafer in the shop, in the house, but to watch the porsealed it, and went himself with it ter's return, and see whether he to Sam's coffee-house, in Exchange- came alone. alley, being well acquainted with a Cotton then sat down, waiting gentleman whose name was Rous, the return of the gentleman ; and who lived at Hackney, and for having stayed till near 12 o'clock, whom he supposed the barik note returned again back with the letter was intended by Mr. Partridge. and note, leaving a billet at the

He aked for the master or mis- coffee-house, purporting, that the tress of the house, but both were

letter should be delivered the next abroad; he then left the cover, morning at Mr. Rous's at Hackney, with the note sealed up in it, at the by 10 o'clock. bar, but did not leave the house. At his return, he found Joseph

Having waited there three hours, Kello still waiting, who asked, if he and nobody coming for the letter, had left the parcel : he said, No, he took it' back from the waiter, Why, says Kello, Mr. Partridge will and left a paper instead of it at the be very angry; you don't know the bar, on which he wrote, The letter consequence of not leaving it. Çotfor Mr. Rous is at 7. Cotton's, Al. ton, however, still continued firm dermanbury: he then went home, in his intention of carrying it him. where he found Joseph Kello fiill self to Hackney, in the morning, waiting, for he would not venture and immediately wrote a letter to to call or send for the letter till he Mr. Partridge, telling him what he knew Cotton was returned from the had done, and what he intended to coffee-house.

do; with which he and Kello both Kello aked him if he had left went to the Poit-office ; and it be.


ing past twelve, Cotton gave fix- it, and after dining with Mr. Cotpence to have it received.

ton, he went and acquainted John, Jof. Kello lay with Cotton' that that the note was left at the coffeenight; and in the morning he got house, and that he might now reup before fix, and went to his bro. ceive it. This he presently did, and ther John, and acquainted him with then both went into the fields by what had happened, and with Cot- Sadler's-wells, where they opened ton's intention of carrying the note the letter, and found the note. to Hackney.

About fix they agreed to meet at It was then agreed that another John's lodgings, at the Crown letter should be written to Mr. coffee-house, Peter-street, BloomfCotton, as from Partridge, to ac- bury, and there they talked of difquaint him that he had learnt by ferent ways of getting it exchanged. express, that he (Cotton) had not At length it was concluded that the acted agreeable to the direction in prisoner should go to Bristol as the the first letter, and defiring that he most eligible place, but, having no would leave the note at Sam's with money, Joseph borrowed ten guiout delay.

neas of a relation, and on Tuesday Joseph Kello leaving his brother morning the prisoner set out in a to write and send the letter, re- post. chaise for Bristol. turned to Cotton, whom he found On Friday, Sept. 3, Mr. Culversetting out for Hackney, and fet well, the landlord of the King'sout with him, in order, if poflible, to head, at Bridgewater, applied to find some means of delay. Mr. Mr. Baker, clerk to the general reCotton had proposed to call at the ceiver for the county of Somerset, Sun at London Wall, and while for money for 1000l. bank-note, they were drinking a pot of beer and Mr. Baker told out 888 guiKello pretended to have forgotten neas, and 24. which together, with his handkerchief, and made an ex- three forall ro:es, one of 301. one cuse to go back and fetch it. In of 251. and one of sol, made the Aldermanbury he was told by Mr. sum of 9971. 10 s. and 58. per

hun. Partridge's porter, that there was a dred, to wit, 21. 10 s. for exchange, letter left for Mr. Cotton, and he compleated the whole sum of a directed the porter to carry it to 1000l. Mr. Culverwell examined London Wall, where Cotton fill the cath, and the prisoner appeared was, to whom he right deliver as the owner of the note, and reit.

ceived the money as it was retold. This stratagem produced the de- Mr. Baker aked the prisoner his fired effect. Mr. Cotton, upon name, that he might enter it in his reading the contents, carried the book ; and he faid, John Hyndman. letter with the bank note in it to the The prisoner having now fuccoffee-house, and returned to Alder- ceeded to his with, in tead of en. manbury to Kello, shewing him the deavouring io make his escape, as letter he had received, and telling he probably might have done from him what he had done.

Brikol, returned to Westminster, to As the body of the letter was the house where one Phæbe Lafard written by John, and the name by lives, in Wood street. To this Joseph, Joseph took care to destroy woman he gave both the money


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up to London, and carried on a kind in a bag, he pretended to be half- of commercial correspondence with pence to the amount of about 51. fome persons there, that produced and the bills, he said, were foreign but little profit; and having rather bills, of no use to any body but him. a turn for pleasure than business, his felf: the bills me afterwards deli. friends had long expected some unvered to a porter that was sent for lucky issue to his affairs, tho' not so them, and the money was carelesly fatal as to affect his life.

He was laid about, at one time on the dres- about 26

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and in many fer, and at another time in the win- respects, what is commonly called dow, till at length Sir John Field- a clever fellow. ing, having got some information where the prisoner might be found, caused him to be apprehended.

The constable who found him, A summary acoount of the proceeding's found also the money in the bag, in regard to Jime strange noises, and when he was examined, the heard the beginning of the year at bills were found upon him. The a house in Cock-lane West Smithparticulars here related were all field. authentically proved upon his trial; and when he was called upon to

P- the clerk of make his defence, he endeavoured St. Sepulchre's observing to throw the whole blame upon the morning at early prayers, a genteel brother, and appealed to the court couple itanding in the aile, ordered which had the appearance of most them into a pew; and, being afterguilt. The master of the coffee- wards thanked for his civility by house, where he lived, gave him the gentleman, was aked if he the character of an extreme sober could inform him of a lodging in man, but the jury paid no regard to the neighbourhood: Pm offered his former character, but brought in his own house, which was accepted their verdict, guilty, death.

of. Some time after, in the absence He was soon afterwards executed of the gentleman, who was in he at Tyburn, pursuant to his fentence. country, Mr. Parsons's daughter, He behaved during his confinement, a child of 11 years of age, being with great obstinacy and indecorum taken by Miss Fanny (the name the making little account of religion, gentlewoman went by) to her bed, and the comforts a christian faith. Miss Fanny complained one mornHe said, he had some particular opi. ing to the family, of both having nions of his own, that he should ne- been greatly disturbed by violent ver quit in this life, nor after it. He noises. Mrs. P, at a loss to is said to have been the son of a account for this, bethought herself merchant in Houndsditch, who gave of a neighbouring industrious shoehim a liberal education, and left him maker, whom they concluded to about 3001. with which he equip- be the cause of this disturbance. ped himself for Virginia, and hav. Soon after, on a Sunday night, ing readed there some time returned Miss Fanny, getting out of bed,



called out to Mrs. Pm-,“ Pray and several clergymen, afilted at the does your shoemaker work so hard vagaries of the invisible knocker on Sunday nights too?" to which and scratcher, and though no difbeing aniwered in the negative, covery could be made, by the seveMrs. P-, &c. were desired to ral removals of the girl to other come into the chamber, and be houses, where the noises still followthemselves witnesses to the truth of ed her, (the supposed ghost protestthe affertion. At this time several ing she would follow her wherever persons were invited to affilt, and she went) though wainscotsand fooramong the rest the late reverend ings were torn away to facilitate Mr. Linden, but he excused him- a detection of any imposture, to na felf; and the gentleman and lady purpose; yet the rational part of the removing into the neighbourhood town could not be brought to believe, of Clerkenwell

, (where the foon but what there was some fraud in after died) the noise discontinued at the affair, considering the known fathe house of P—, from the time culty many people called Ventriloof their leaving it, to the iit of Ja. qui have had of uttering strange nuary, 1762, or thereabouts, the noises, and making them appear to space of above a year and a half ; come from any place they thought and then began this second visita- proper, without any visible motion tion, as for distinction's fake, we of their lips ; and this suspicion was may venture to call it.

confirmed by the attestations of In this visitation, then, the child, the clergymen, and some gentleupon certain knockings and scratch- men of the faculty, who visited the ing, which seemed to proceed from deceased in her illness, and of some beneath her bedstead, was some- other persons of unquestionable cretimes thrown into violent fits and dit; and the guilt of the impofture, agitations; and a woman attendant, in some measure, fixed


the or the father, Mr. put questions rents and their friends, by some to the spirit or ghoft, as it was sup. facts contained in the following adposed by the credulous to be, aud vertisement. they had also dictated how many To the public. We, whose knocks should serve for an answer, names are under-written, thought it either in the affirmative or negative; proper, upon the approbation of the and though these scratchings and lord-mayor, received on Saturday knockings disturbed Fanny before lait in the afternoon, to see Mr. her death, it was now supposed to P- yesterday, and to ask him in be her spirit, which thus harrassed respect of the time when his child the poor family. In this manner Thould be brought to Clerkenwell. of converse the charged one Mr. He replied in these words. “ That

whose first wife was her sister, he consented to the examination and with whom the afterwards lived proposed, provided that some perin fornication, with having poisoned fons connected with the girl might her, by putting arsenick in purl, be permitted to be there to di. and administering it to her, when ill vert ber in the day time.” This of the small-pox. Numbers of was refused, being contrary to the persons, of fortune and character, plan. He then mentioned a wo.



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man, whom he affirmed to be un. ther was to be there; not suffered conneEted, and not to have been with to be in the room, but in a parlour

Upon being sent for, the where there could be no sort of came, and was a person well known communication, attended with a by us to have been constantly with proper person. A bed, without her, and very intimate with the fa- any furniture, was to be set in the miliar, as she is called. Upon this middle of a large room, and the he, Mr. P, recommended an chairs to be placed rouud it. The unexceptionable person, the daugh- persons to be present were fome of ter of a relation, who was a gen- the clergy, a physician, forgeon, tleman of fortune. After an en- apothecary, and a justice of the quiry into her character, he inform- peace. The child was to be un. ed us, that this, unexceptionable dressed, examined, and put to bed person had disobliged her father, and by a lady of character and fortune. was out at service. Upon this we Gentlemen of established characanswered, “ Mr. P, if you ter, both of clergy and laity (amongst can procure any person or persons, whom was a noble lord, who de. of strict character and reputation, fired to attend) were to have been who are house-keepers, such will present at the examination. We be with pleasure admitted." Upon have done, and still are ready to do this he required a little time to feek every thing in our power, to detect for such a person. Instead of an imposture, if any, of the most coming, as he promised and we ex. unhappy tendency, both to the pubpected, one William Lloyd came lic and individuals. by his direction and said as fol


Rector of St. John's, Clerkenwell. “Mr. Parsons chooses first to con

JAMES Penn, fult with his friends, who are at pre

Lecturer of St. Ann's, Aldersgate. sent not in the


before he gives In pursuance of the above plan, a positive answer concerning the many gentlemen, eminent for their removal of his daughter to the Rev. rank and character, by the invitation Mr. Aldrich's."

of the Rev. Mr. Aldrich, of ClerkSigned, Will. LLOYD, enwell, assembled at his house the

Brook-street Holborn. 31st of January, and next day apWithin three hours after, we re- peared the following account of ceived another message from Mr. what passed on the occasion. Parsons by the same hand, to wit: “ About ten at night the gentle.

“ If the lord-mayor will give his men met in the chamber, in which approbation, the child shall be re- the girl, fuppofed to be disturbed moved to the Rev. Mr. Aldrich's." by a spirit, had, with proper caution,

The plan before-mentioned was been put to bed by several ladies. thus set forth in the public pa- They fat rather more than an hour, pers: The girl was to be brought and hearing nothing, went down to the house of the said clergyman, stairs, where they interrogated the without any person whatever that father of the girl, who denied, in had, or was supposed to have, the the strongeft terms, any knowledge least connection with her. The fa. or belief of fraud.


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