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fea this scheme' were the most abo- the defendant's conduct throughont
minable on the part of the de- the whole transaction, and which,
fendant. Mr. S. Boddington have he hoped, would make such an
ing observed something in his wife's imprellion on the minds of the
conduct that gave him reason to jury, when they heard the evidence
suspect his honour was in danger, which he should bring forward, 23
resolved to remove her for a time to induce them not to mitigate the
from the scene he dreaded, but did damages in the finallest degrec.
it in such a delicate manner as not He said, that he was well aware of
to create the least suspicion of the the defendant's intention by plead-
cause, either to his wife or friends, ing guilty, and had himself opposed
proposing a journey to Bath, and the matter coming into that court
then to Wales. He parted with for judgment, though he was cer-
the defendant in the most cordial tain their verdict would juthly
manner, little thinking that matters the decision of the court of King's
had proceeded so far as the result Bench, in suffering it to be re-
had proved. He was to return to moved.
town immediately, if business re The first witness called was Mr.
quired his presence. A few days Thomas Green, an attorney, who
after he got to Bath, he received a being sworn, was examined by Mr.
letter from the defendant, inform- ferjeant Runnington. Mr. Green
ing him that the West-India packet said, that miss Athburnham, pre-
had arrived, and that his presence vious to her marriagc with Mr.
was necessary in town, to attend Samuel Boddington, was princi-
a meeting respecting some exche- pally under his care; and that,
quer warsants. This letter unfor when her father sent for her to
tunately had the desired effect, Mr. Bombay, he, the witness, provided
Boddington immediately setting off every thing necessary for the voy,
for town in the mail, leaving his age, and saw her on board the vel-
wife at Bath. He must have been rel; but, on application being made
crofled on the road by the de- to him by Mr. Samuel Bodding-
fendant, who went thither and car ton, he consented to her coming
ried her away.. On Mr. Bodding- on shore, and remaining in England
ton's arriving in town, he found till her father's will mould be
the following letter left for him by known respecting the intended
the defendant: When we parted marriage, and who sending his con-
on Wednesday last, it was for the sent in about ten months after the
last time. This night I go from witness signed the marriage arti-
London never to return again. 1 cles, they were united ; that he vi-
have deceived you in sending for fited them frequently after, and
you to town, and will I had not in conceived them to be extremely
other things; if you see my father, lappy, and that the union was
for God's fake break the matter to founded in love on both sides. -
him by degrees. I have taken fe- Cross examined by Mr. Law.—He
yen hundred pounds.

said he had no knowledge of Mr. (Signed)

Benjamin Boddington, the deB. BoddingTON. fendant, though he believed he Mr. E skine, in very strong co dined with him once: he said that lours, then painted the enormity of Mrs. Boddington was married in



February 1792, is now about twen- observed any thing particular in the ty-two years of age, and extremely behaviour of the defendant toward beautiful and accomplished. Mrs. Boddington.

A lady of the name of Emerson Joseph Street, a clerk in the faid, she had known miss Athburn- house of Messrs. Boddington, was ham (now Mrs. Boddington) when examined. He described them to She was ten years of age, and had be West India merchants, who continued the intimacy ever since; traded to the amount of from that the confidered her perfectly 300,000 to 500,000l. per year. He virtuous till this affair took place : faid, that the defendant was adfe ipoke of her as being extreme- mitted a partner about three years ly beautiful and attractive in her ago; that for the first year he had manners; and said, that after nie only re-third share of the profits returned from on board the veffel of the business, but for the two at Gravesend, the was at the wit- last he had four-ninths. He spoke Dess's house for some time, and then of the great degree of happiness went to Mrs. Murray's school, at that appeared to sublift between the Kenfington. The witness was pre- plaintiff and his wife till their sepasent at the marriage, and conceived ration, and described her to have it to have been the result of love always been extremely reserved in on both sides, and that Mr. Bod- her behaviour. On being thewn dington appeared to make an ex the letters before alluded to, he cellent husband. She knew Mr. B. declared them to be the defendant's Beddington very well, and had writing, as were also the drafts for frequently seen him in company 200l. and sool. with the plaintiff and his wife. Cross examined by Mr. Law. -

On her cross-examination by He does not know that the money Mr. Law, she said, she thought the the defendant had in the bufiness defendant, at times, seemed to ex was advanced by his father, or that press too much attention and ad. he had any other source to resort miration to Mrs. Boddington, e to for money; he had frequently specially when they were not in seen the defendant at his father's, mixed companies; which circum- and thought he behaved as a ducifance she once mentioned to Mrs. ful son; he heard of his return to Boddington, about half a year be. town on Wednesday week followfore the separation took place; af. ing the elopement, and also that he ter which Me thought Mrs. Bode had been seen wandering on the dington did not behave with her Enfield Chace. He saw Mrs. Bodusual kindness to her husband. dington once at his house in Mark

Mr. Cline, surgeon, said, he had lane, after thie had left the deknown Mr. S. Boddington for fendant, and that the came to see seven years: that he had frequent- her children. - In answer to a ly visited him after his marriage, question from Mr. Erskine, he deand that he thought Mrs. Bodding. clared that the plaintiff was not reton appeared to be extremely at conciled to his wife. tentive to her husband, and affec. The evidence being gone through, tionate to her children, the eldest Mr. Law, as advocate for the de. of whom was four, and the other fendant, made a very able speech two years of age. He had fre- in mitigation of damages, and in quently dined with them, but never which he endeavoured to convince


the jory that the matter was not a great ftions here. The folicitor premeditated thing on the part of for the crown came from London: his client, who, he faid, was very and the counsel for the proterutiou young, and inexperienced in the . were, the attorney-general of tie ways of the world. It was merely circuit, Mr. Phillips, Mr. ferjee the very powerful effect of the Williains, Mr. Touchett, and Nir. lady's charms, to the blaze of which Dancey for the prisoners, Mr. Be was conitantly exposed, from Milies and Mr. Blackstone. The

the frequent opportunities he had two prisoners were brought up to - of being in her coinpany, and plead to their indiétments on Tuci.

which receiving no check, ex- day evening. Mr. Milles took love panded till it broke out in all the objections to the form of their, at fever of distracted love, and led the fame time declaring his deter: him to the commislion of an act mination, and that of the prison. that must for ever render him a ers, to bring on the trials, and con miserable outcast of society. He to interpose any delay. The judges had already forfeited every world-over-ruled the objections, and ly benefit, and, if heavy damages Thursday morning, at seven, was were given, what must be the re- fixed for their trials. The public fult? he muft either perish in a expectation had been much raiset, prison, or the weight must fall on and more than 140 gentlemen were the innocent and unhappy father, fummoned upon the jury. A large with eight daughters to provide for. additional number of persons were Mr. Lai admitted that his client sworn in'as constables, and every merited a severe puniihment, but precaution was taken to preserve prayed that it might not be be the peace. At seven the court af

. yond his means of paying, which, fembled, and the jury were called, he declared, did not amount and after many challenges and more than 3cool. the sum invested some debate between the counsel as his share in the business being and court upon points as they advanced by his father. After arose, a most respectable jury were fome other obfervations on his sworn; Mr. Barlow, the member client's conduct, he conclude !, by for Pembroken was the foreman, intreating the jury to tincture their The attorney-general made a very juitice with mercy, and only award impressive and difpaffionate speech, a fair retribution,

ftating the evidence most distinctly · Mr. Burgall, the deputy sheriff, which he fhould bring against the then fun med up the evidence in a prisoner: and after having examinvery clar and concise manner; ed two or three witnesses relating and the jury, after retiring out of to the apprehension of the prisoncourt for about twenty ininutes, er, called one of the French prireturned with a verdict of ten thou- foners to prove the facts which he fand paundids damages.

bad stated. He was an Americant, Eztiad of a Letter from Haver- and could speak very good Eng.

fordwesi, September 10. lish. He refused to answer any « The trials of the two prisoners question relative to the proceedings confined in our jail for high trea in the camp, or to the prisoner at fon, for joining with and allitting the bar, saying, that he would stay, the French upon their landing at and hear what the other FrenchFuhguard, were brought on at our men would say, and then he would



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(139) say as they did. Many attempts failure, than one of the partners were made to get the facts from haftened from town, and overtook him, but in vain. The counsel the goods at Portsmouth; which for the prosecution then attempted be instantly feised, and would not to go into an examination of what fuffer to proceed. Now this was had paked from him before the an action of trover brought by the juftice of peace and the grand jury: aflignees of the Hunters, io recover This was refifted by the counsel the value of the tobacco so seised for the prifoner, and very ably 'by the defendants; and upon this and eloquently argued, and the ground; that the vessel in which it. Cranfel were heard upon a variety was thipped by the consigners was of questions which occurred in a chartered thip of the consignets, this part of the trial, when the and that, therefore, it was an actual judges rejected the evidence, and delivery to them.

The leading would noi allow from the papers a couníel for the defendants made a question to be put to him. As very eloquent and ingenious speech they could not get any thing more to the jury : in which he innited from him, he was diimissed, and trongly on the circumftance, that the examination of two or three his clients, while settling the mode of the Frenchmen, who did speak of conveyance with the Hunters, cut, affected the prisoner so little, had never once asked the question, that the counsel for the prosecu- whether the ship was chartered or tion, upon consultation with them- general; from whence he inferred selves, relinquished the profecii- proof of no eilestial difference exifttion. The other prisoner was then ing between thein. Some other points brought to trial. “Against him the were ably urged; and he concludevidence was still fighter, and that ed, by reminding the jury of the profecution was given up in less great importance of this cause to than an hour.”

the commerce of this country, and II. At the nisi prius bar at Brif- of the pernicious consequences to, a cause of great imporiance to

which would result to credit, the the mercantile world came on, to very life-blood of the state, if they be tried before fir Nah Grose, and should give a verdiet for the plaina special jury. The circunstances tiffs. Before the leading counsel on of the care are thortly these: Mr. the other fide addrefied the jury in Taggart and co.tobacco-merchants, reply, the judge said, it was his of London, struck a bargain with duty to declare, that he had never the Hunters and co, merchants at known a stronger or a clearer point Bristol, to fell them a quantity of of law: that a chartered vetrel was unmanufactured tobacco (to the indubitably the particular wareamount of 1300l.) for a bill at house of those who chartered hier, three months, payable in London. and that of confequence no person The goods were thipped off the could legally ftoji or detain any larter part of February; about the goods shipped on board such vessel, beginning of March of the same without permission of the owners. year, the house of the Hunters' Upon this a verdict was instantly became insolvent, which was pre- given for the plaintiffs to the full vious to the time when M'Taggart's value of the tobacco. bill on them became due. They, From this decifion, it will betherefore, no sooner heard of the come prudent for merchants to en

quire whether the tip, which is and the corvette remained fast to convey their goods, be chartered ground, but deserted by her pes. or not. Because had it been a ge- pie, and much damaged: as I did neral fhip, the M‘Taggarts would not think it possible to let her on have been justified in detaining the fire with the boats of the squadron, tobacco.

there being little wind, and the Admiralty-office, Sept. 16. tide of flood setting us upon the! Extract of a letter from the right coast, we hauled our wind to the

hon. lord Bridport, K. B. com- southward. mander in chief of the channel I have the satisfaction of it. fieet, to Evan Nepean, esq. quainting your lordship, that is dated on board his majelly's has occafioned a delay for some fhip, Royal George, at Torbay, time of the 'enemy's supplies arthe 13th September, 1797. riving at Brest, as one of the velleis SIR,

is deitroyed, and it is doubtful if Herewith you will receive copies the other can be repaired so as to of letters, with the papers therein be of any use in future. referred to, from commodore fir J. The thips of the squadron hare Borlase Warren, which I transmit sustained very trifling damages. A for their lord hips' information. return of the killed and wounded I am, &c.

in each ship is inclosed.

BRIDPORT. I have only to lament, that a La Pomone, at Sea, August 12, 1799. more favourable moment did not My Lord,

present itself, to afford the officers I beg leave to inform your lord- and men an opportunity of distinfhip, that on the morning of the guishing themselves; but the ene11th infiant, a convoy of the ene my must have suffered considerably my, with a fhip corvette, a brig on board the veslels and in the fort, and schooner gun boats, two arm- from the number of shot that ftruck ed luggers, several chaffe marées them. and brigs, were discovered stand Some hot shot were fired from a ing to sea, out of the Pertuis de battery of five guns, which set fire Breton, from Rochfort. I attempt- to the Sylph ; but any ill effects ed to cut them off or destroy them were prevented by the exertions of with La Pomone and Jason, who the officers and men of that rellel, attacked a fort; in order to corer who cut them out, and behaved the Sylph, who was anchored near otherwise with much spirit and the two corvettes, having left the zeal. Triton in chase io windward ; the I have the honour to remain, &c. enemy, perceiving our intention, (Signed) anchored at the entrance of the ri P. $. Since I began this letter, ver of Sable d'Olonne, close under not having an opportunity of sendthe fort, the fiip corvette and gun- ing it to your lordfhip, I have reboats with spring upon their cables. ceived information from three vessels

At eleven, being near enough, who had left Sable d'Olonne fublethe firing commenced and conti- quent to the above affair, and the folnued for an hour, when the gun- lowing is the result of these reboat slipped her cables to run on ports : shore, but funk before she got in • The Whip corvette is in the harthe river, near the small vefsels, bour, but so damaged as to be nd.



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