1 FEBRUARY 1840, Page 10

The Sfteen Judges, assembled in the Exchequer Chamber, were oc-

cupied during the greater part of Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, m hearing arguments of counsel against and in support of the objection founded on the non-delivery of the list of witnesses to Frost, Williams, and Jones, at the same time with the copy of the indictment. Sir Frederick Pollock appeared for Frost, Mr. Fitzroy Kelly for Williams, and Sir Wiliam Follett for Jones. The counsel for the prisoners con- tended for the strict interpretation of the statute, which declared that the list of witnesses and a copy of the indictment should be delivered " at the same time." The Attorney-General argued, that the require- ments of the statute were complied with if both documents were delivered at the same interval of time—that is, ten days before trial ; also that the objection to be valid should have been made before the prisoner pleaded. The Judges came to a decision on Wednesday- 1st. On the proposition " That the prisoner had not the list delivered according to the statute, and that the objection was good if made before the prisoner pleaded," ten Judges voted in the affirmative—Littledale, Patteson, Williams, Coleridge, Parke, Erskine, Alderson, Rolfe, Colt- man ; in the negative, fire—Lord Denman, Lord Abinger, Chief Justice Tindal, Bosauquet, Gurney, Mottle." 2nd. On the proposition "That the objection ought to have been made before the prisoner pleaded," nine voted in the affirmative—Lord Denman, Lord Abinger, Chief Justice Tindal, Bosanquet, Gurney, Manic, Alderson, Rolfe, Coltman ; in the negative, six—Littledale, Patteson, Williams, Coleridge, Parke, Erskine.

Thus it appears, that the objection is good in itself, but that the neglect of the prisoner's counsel to make the objection at the proper time, deprives them of the full benefit of a statute passed expressly for the protection of persons accused of treason.

The Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General, with some of the Judges, had an interview with Lord Normanby, at the Honte-Oflice, on Wednesday evening. A respite was sent off to Monmouth. An im- mense nunther of petitions from all parts of the country, imploring mercy for the prisoners, have been received at the Home Office.

Addresses to the Queen to remit the sentences of death passed on Frost, "Williams, and Jones, have been adopted at meetings of Chartists held in London, Glasgow, Bath, Frome, Trowbridge, and other places. Some of these were very numerously signed; the petition from Bath had 11,000 names. The Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne refused to call a meeting for that purpose.

Yesterday the rule for a criminal information, obtained on behalf of Lady Gardiner against the proprietor of the _Morning Post, was dis- charged, with costs—a full apology front the defeudaut having been accepted.