OLD BAILEY SESSIONS,—Edward Cooper, lately a coachman in the service
of Lady Nepean, was convicted of the forging of various receipts to the amount of 60/. with the intention of defrauding her ladyship. Ile had been intrusted with money to pay for the hay and oats, but this money he had applied to his own use, and gave her lady-ship receipts as if from the person who supplied the oats. The prisoner made no defence, but implored the merciful consideration of the Court, as he had a wife and five children to support. Three men were arraigned on a charge of highway-robbery, committed at Hounslow Heath. Hyatt, the prosecutor, had been drinkingswith another man in a public-house, till the landlord would give them nomore liquor ; and as they could not get a bed, they went to sleep under a hay-rick. Here they were assailed by some men, svho robbed Hyatt of two sovereigns, &c. In his cross-examination, he prevaricated considerably ; and reluctantly con- fessed that he had received 31. 15s. to keep out of the way last sessions, when the trial should have come on. The prisoners were acquitted.
John Coney was convicted of having sent a threatening letter to William Goodall, butler to the late Chief Justice of Chester, and sentenced to be transported for life,—the heaviest punishment the law would now allow. Three lads, each about sixteen years of age, were convicted of having as- saulted and robbed two infirm old men, both on the same evening. Sentence, death.
Sophia Stamp Sutton Cooke, alias Saunders, alias Sutton Cooke, stood indicted with William Barrett, alias Godfrey, with having stolen a piano. - forte, value thirty-six guineas, the property of George Rathmacher. During the interval since the last sessions, Cooke has given birth to a child ; and she appeared in a very feeble state. The evidence produced in support of the indictment, together with the circumstances connected with the various frauds imputed to this woman and her accomplices,-were minutely detailed in our Police report at the time of their apprehension. The counsel for the prisoner exerted themselves to find some tenable objection to the evidence of some of the witnesses ; they also tried to raise a doubt as to the identity of the woman, by confounding her with another female, extremely like her, and also having a child in her arms, who was standing on the floor of the Court. These arts having failed, it was next contended that there was no evidence of felony to go to a Jury, though a case of unlawfully procuring the piano-forte might be made out. The Judge, Mr. Sergeant Arabin, decided that there was evidence enough to go to a Jury. The point they had to de- cide was, whether the prisoners had not conspired together to get this pro- perty into their possession, for the purpose of converting it to their own uses. The female prisoner then put in a long written defence, in which she com- plained mightily of the newspapers having prejudged her case by calling her a swindler. The Jury found the prisoners guilty ; and they were sentenced to be transported for seven years. James Abbott was indicted for having cut and maimed his wife with the intent to murder her. The facts were formerly stated, and are not forgotten. The principal witness was Hannah, the prisoner's wife. Being cross-ex- amined by Mr. Phillips she admitted that. her husband was jealous of her. She could say nothing of the state of his mind. He had, she said, "no defect of intellect, save that of wickedness ; he was very wicked." Mr. Phillips- " Woman, you might have spared that remark ; you know this unfortunate man's life is at stake." Mrs. Abbott—" Well ! and I know that he put my life in danger; and I'm convinced I shall be in danger of my life." Mr. Phillips--." If he be not hanged ; that is what you mean, isn't it ?" Wit- ness—" No; I don't want that, I only want my life to be secured." Mr. Phillips—" Well, I'll ask you no more. These are not the feelings with which you ought to have come here." A great number of witnesses gave Abbott a good character for humanity. While the Recorder was summing up the evidence, the prisoner fainted, and was carried out of court. The Jury found him guilty ; but recommended him to mercy. Mrs. Abbott, with much earnestness, joined in the recommendation.
John Parsons was convicted of having sold four bottles of coloured water, at two shillings a bottle, on the pretence that it was sherry wine.
William Willis was convicted of having, on the 10th of August, uttered forged check for 641. 10s, with intent to defraud a clerk in the Times news- paper office.
Joseph Hunton, draper, was indicted for havingc forged and uttered a bill of exchange, for 1621. 10s., with intent to defraud Sir William Curtis, and others. There were several indictments against the prisoner, of a similar nature ; to all of which he pleaded not guilty. He challenged no fewer than twenty of the gentlemen summoned on the jury. A jury having been at length sworn, he handed in a paper which was understood to contain a re- petition of a request which he had previously made, that his trial should be put off, on the ground that he had not bad access to the books and papers necessary for his defence, which were in the hands of his assignees. The Judges having consulted together, Mr. Justice Park said, that the Court could not comply with the wish of the prisoner, as no new ground for delay had been urged. He had been told before that his reasons for delay were in- sufficient ; hut after three days' consideration, the prisoner had thought pro- per to adopt a course to elude the administration of justice, the most singular he had ever known—indeed he had never before heard of an instance where a challenge of twenty jurors, the full number that the law allowed, had taken place ; and then, forsooth, the prisoner stood forth, and said he was not pre- pared to take his trial l "Let the trial proceed." At the prisoner's desire, as the trial was not postponed, his counsel, Mr. Adolphus and Mr. Phillips, threw up their briefs. Mr. Curtis junior, a partner in the house of Sir Wil- liam Curtis and Co proved that the bill for 1621. discounted at the bank, was a forgery. Mr. Justice Park—" Joseph Hunton, do you wish to put any questions to Mr. Curtis ?" Hunton—" I adhere to the paper that I delivered this morning." Mr. Justice Park—" I did not ask you anything about a paper, I asked you if you would ask Mr. Curtis any questions ?" Hunton- " No." The other evidence necessary to establish the charge having been gone into, one out of a number of letters seized with the prisoner when he was arrested, was read. It was addressed to the editor of the Times, as from a third party ; and stated, that the reports in circulation against the prisoner were unfounded ; that the forgeries of which he had been guilty, were not to the amount of 14,0001., as represented, but 50001,; and that the whole would have been paid, if the bankers had not refused to discount his bills.
When called upon for his defence, Hunton read the paper which he had previously given to the Judges. It merely stated that he was not ready to take his trial, and unable to make any defence, for the reasons mentioned in his first application ; and as he had not had access to his books and papers, he should not do either himself or his cause the injustice of making any defence. For this reason he had also refrained from asking any questions of the witnesses which his "persecutors" had brought against him. He was determined to let his "persecutors" have their own way, and quietly submit to their malice, and the awful consequences which might attend it.
Mr. Justice Park—" Are there any witnesses to character?" Prisoner—" I respectfully inform the Court, that I adhere to my written statement ; I offer no defence."
The Jury returned a verdict of guilty, accompanied with a recommendation to mercy. The Judge said that their recommendation would be ineffectual.
roe counsel for the prosecution having determined to try the prisoner on another charge, the Court agreed to delay the proceedings till Tuesday next ; and in the mean time, every facility was to be given him to establish his de- fence. When the courtesy of the Court was intimated to Hunton, he said that his own wish was, that the trials might be proceeded with, one and all, at present.
Allensley and Cooper, the individuals mentioned last week as having robbed an old man of his watch and money, white he was drunk, were tried and found guilty.
MIDDLESEX SESSIONS.—Four men were convicted of aggravated assaults on two females and a watchman. They were sentenced to different periods of imprisonment and hard labour.
John Gardner, the driver of a hackney coach, was tried for having cruelly assaulted his wife, now dead. It appeared that he had by his ill-usage actually driven the poor woman to commit suicide. He had repeatedly threatened to murder her, and then take away his own life, to save himself from the gallows. On the evening previous to her death, she was found stretched on the floor weltering in her blood, lie having severely wounded her with the tongs. Next day she was found in the street in the agonies of death, having swallowed arsenic. Gardner was sentenced to two years' im- prisonment and hard labour,—the heaviest punishment which the Judge could inflict.
James Henry Prince, a young man of fashionable appearance, stood indicted for a series of scandalous attempts on the persons of some girls belonging to the Female Parochial School of St. Giles's and St. George's, Bloomsbury. He was found guilty, and sentenced to one year's impri- sunment.
LONDON SESSIONS—The Magistrates have decided that steam-boats plying on the Thames are not under the jurisdiction of the Court of Alder- men; and that they have no right to regulate the fares.
POLICE or LognoN.—Davis and Green were again examined at Bow- street, on Monday, on the charge of having defrauded Mr. Thomson, of Long-
acre, of four patent bedsteads. The evidence went to show that Green had participated in the fraud. He was also charged with having obtained some clothes from a tailor in Bond-street, for which he had not paid ; but that, it . was contended, was a mere debt. The magistrate committed them for trial. Green, before he was brought from prison, cut his throat. The wound ex- tended almost from ear to car ; but no vital part was touched. While in the office he attempted to tear open the wound. Three wretched-looking men, nearly naked, were on Monday brought to Lambeth-street office, charged with stealing potatoes from a field belonging to Mr. Gardener, cow-keeper, Mile-end-road. The prosecutor stated, that though he had suffered considerably by this species of theft, he did not bring the prisoners before the magistrates with a view of punishment, but merely that something might be done for them, as he conscientiously thought that it was absolute necessity that compelled them to commit the offence. The magistrate, out of mere charity to the miserable creatures, sent them for a month to the House of Correction ; and as they were leaving the office, Mr. Gardener gave them Is. each. Charles Beaumont, a young man of respectable appearance, was on Tues- day remanded from the Mansion-house, on a charge of forgery. He had given a hill for 50/. purporting to be drawn by George Gwyune upon Meesrs. Waters and Co., toJoseph Manton, the gun-maker, in payment for a gun, charged at the rate of 40/. The prisener, under the assumed name of Colo- eel Francis Blake, has lately defrauded several tradesmen in Caerinarthen and Newbury. A case of extreme misery was heard, on Wednesday, at Union-hall. Mary Saunders stole an article of apparel from a pawnbroker's door, to sell it again to buy food for herself and starving husband. Her affection led her to conceal that her hueband had participated in her crime ; but his cries and distress betrayed him. They had for some tim e been without either food or shat- ter, and had passed two nights in the streets. The pawnbroker not only refused to prosecute, but gave the unfortunates some money for their relief; the magis- trate also contributed, and dismissed them, with injunctions to apply to the parish. John Hall, a caster, has been fully committed for the robbery of his em- ployers, after twenty years' blameless character as a servant.
Thomas Bennett, alias Barrett, was brought to Lbw-street, on Thursday, charged with having, in October, committed a . daring robbery in the house of a gentleman in Gieet Ormond-etreet, Bloomsbury, Ile was appreltemled
soon after the robbery, but contrived to escape from Eagle-street watch.. house. The prisoner keeps a china-shop in James's-street, Oxford-street; and on Thursday morning he was arrested by a patrol as he was taking down the shutters of his shop. He was brought to the office heavily ironed; but as the gentleman to whom the stolen property belonged was not present, he was remanded till next week.
A gentleman complained to Sir Richard Birnie, that on Tuesday morning the house on the banks of the Thames, near Fulham, which had been occu- pied by the late Lord Ranelagh, had been entered by thieves, who had deg- • trously cut from the walls of the drawing-rooms upwards of 500/. worth of plate looking-glass. They took no other booty. The glass was afterwards discovered itt the boat-house at the end of the garden, carefully packed up for removal. Steps were ordered to be taken for the apprehension of the thieves.
Sir Richard Birnie mentioned that he had received a letter, signed " A Friend to the Protestant cause," enclosing- 51. for the benefit of Earle, the principal actor in the fraud connected with the getting up of Anti-Catholic petitions, mentioned some weeks ago. Earle is in prison for debt. The magistrate said he believed the letter was from Lord Kenyon. It was sug- gested that the money might perhaps be intended for the use of the man, Sparrow, who had been swindled out of his 30/. by Earle ; but the magis- trate said that the money was hgended for Earle, in " consideration of the expense he had been at in printing the Protestant petitions." Matthew Riley, who has been in custody for some time charged, with the forging of a check for 180/.10s. on the banking-house of Messrs. Grote, Pres- cott and Co. was yesterday examined and committed for trial. The unhappy man has attempted to commit suicide since his apprehension.
James Stevens, alias Robert Stanley, was examined on a charge of robbery committed in time house of Earl Harrowby, some time since. He was de- tected selling some articles of plate. . lie is committed for trial.