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Hunt. That pistol bore upon it the marks cottage, and there sunk, as it had before of blood and of human brains. The spot been in Probert's pood, in a sack containing was afterwards still further examined, and a considerable quantity of stones. Huot more blood was discovered, which had been and Thurtell then went to London; and the concealed by branches and leaves, so that no appearance of the gig the next morning doubt could be eatertained that the murder clearly told the way in which it had been had been committed in this particular place. used over night; a quantity of blood and On the following morning, Saturday, the mud being quite perceptible at the bottom. 25th of October, Thurtell and Hunt left Pro. The parties heard that the report of the pisbert's cottage in the gig which Hunt had tol in the lane on Friday evening, and the come down in, carrying away with them the discovery of the blood in the field, had led to guo. the carpet-bag, and the backgammon- great alarm amongst the magistracv. Inguiboard, belonging to Mr. Weare. These ar. ry was set on foot, and Thurtell, Aunt, and ticles were taken to Hunt's lodgings, where Probert were at length apprehended. It they were afterwards found. When Hunt was found that Hunt had adopted a peculiar arrived in town on Saturday, he appeared to inode for the purpose of concealing his ideotbe anusually gay. He said, “We Turpin ity ; for when he was hiring the gig, and dolads can do the trick. I am able to drink ing various other arts connected with this wine now, and I will drink nothing but atrocious proceeding, he wore very long wioe.” He seemed to be very much elevated whiskers; but on the Monday after the murat the recollection of some successful ex- der, he had them taken off; and they all ploit. It was observed, that Thurtell's hands knew that nothing could possibly alter the
ere very much scratched, and some remark appearance of a man more than the taking having been made on the subject, he stated, away of large bushy whiskers. Strict in“ that they had been out oetting partridges, quiries were made by the magistrates, but and that his hands got scratched in that oc- nothing was ascertained to prove to a cercupation." On some other points, he gave tainty who was murdered. The body was, similarly evasive answers. On Sunday, however found on the Thursday, Hunt havJohn Thurtell, Thomas Thurtell, Noyes, and ing given evidence as to the place where the Hunt, spent the day at Probert's cottage. body was deposited. The evidence which Hunt went down dressed in a manner so very Hunt gave, and which led to the finding of shabby, as to excite observation. But in the the body, he would use : but no other fact course of the day he went up stairs and attir- coming out of his mouth, save that, would ed himself in very handsome clothes. There he advert to. He was entitled, in point of was very little doubt that those were the law, to make use of that. The fact only of clothes of the deceased Mr. Weare. He the disclosure by Hunt, in coosequence of had now to call the attention of the jury to which the body was discovered, was he pera very remarkable circumstance. On the mitted to make use of; and to that alone, so Saturday, Hunt had a new spade sent to his far as Hunt's confession weot, he would con
the cottage fine himself. But by reference to his conon Sunday. Wheo he got near Probert's versations with others, and to various cirgarden, he told that individual, “that he cumstances not adverted to by bim, he was had brought it down to dig a hole to bury the convinced that he should be enabled to ega body in." On that evening, Probert did* tablish a perfect and complete chain of evireally visit Mr. Nicholls; and the latter dence. He had now stated the principal said to him, « that some persons had heard part of the facts which it would be his duty the report of a gun or pistol in the lane, on to lay before the jury. Some of them, they Friday evening; but he supposed it was must observe, would depend on the evidence some foolish joke." Probert, on his return, of an accomplice; for Probert, though not stated this to Thurtell and Hunt, and the an accomplice before the murder, was coninformation appeared to alarm the former, fessedly privy to a certain part of the transwho said, “ he feared he should be hanged." action---to the concealment of the body---to The intelligence, however, inspired them all the concealment, consequeotly, of the murwith a strong desire to conceal the body ef- der. He must be looked upon as a bad, a fectually. Probert wished it to be removed very bad man. He was presented to the from his pond; for, had it been found there, jury in that character. What good man he knew it would be important evidence could ever lend himself, in the remotest deagainst himself. He declared that he would gree. to so revolting a transaction ? An acnot suffer it to remain there; and Thurtell complice must always be, in a greater or less and Hont promised to come down on the extent, a base man. The jury would thereMonday, and remove it. On Monday, fore receive the evidence of Probert with Thurtell and Hunt went out in the gig, and extreme caution; and they would mark, in furtherance of that scene of villany with peculiar attention, how far his evidence which they meditated, they took with them was confirmed by testimony that could not Probert's boy. They carried him to various be impeached. But he would adduce such places, and finally lodged the boy at Mr. witnesses in confirmation of Probert's stateTetsali's, in Conduit-street. On the evening ment-a-he would so confirm him in every of that same Monday, Hont and Thurtell point, as to build up his testimony with a decame down to the cottage. Hunt engaged gree of strength and consistency which Mrs. Prohert in conversation, wbile Tourtell could not be shaken, much less overturned. and Probert took the body out of the pond, He would prove by other witnesses besides put it into Thurte!l's gig, and then gave po- Probert, that Thurtell set out with a comiice to Hunt that the gig was ready. In this panion from London, who did not arrive at manner they carried away the body that the ostensible end of his journey; he would night; but where they took it to, Probert prove that be bad brought the property of did not know. It appeared, however, that that companion to Probert's house, the douthe body was carried to a pond near Elstree, ble-barrelled gan, the backgammon-board, at a considerable distance from Probert's and the green carpet-bag ; he would prove that some time before be arrived at the cot. was a great stir in the court, as it was known tage, the report of a gun or pistol was heard that he had in his possession several articles i Gill's-hill-lane, pot far from the cottage; of great interest. He took his place in the he woald prove that his clothes were in a witness box, and in the course of his exambloody state ; and that, when he was appre- ination deposited on the table a pistol, and a headed, even on the Wednesday after the pistol-key, a koife, a muslin handkerchief raorder, he had not been able to efface all spotted with blood,---a shirt, similarly stainthe marks from his apparel. Besides all this, ed; and a waistcoat, into the pockets of they would find, that in his pocket, when apo which bloody hands had been thrust. A coat prebended, there was a peokoife which was and a hat marked with blood were also propositively sworn to as having belonged to duced. These all belonged to Thurtell, and Mr. Weare, and also the fellow-pistol of that he looked at them with an eye of perfect inwhich was found adjoining the place where difference. Ruthven then produced several the marder was committed,--the pair hav- articles belonging to the deceased,---the gun, ing been purchased in Mary-le-bone-street the carpet bag, and the clothes ;---there was by Hant. These circumstances brought the
t the the shooting jag
bistle case clearly home to Thortell. Next as to hanging at the button hole, the half dirty Hunt. He was charged as an accomplice leggings, the shooting shoes, the linen: and before the fact. It was evident that he ad- yet the sight of these things had no effect on vised this proceeding. For what purpose, either of the prisoners. but to advise, did he proceed to the cottage? Symmonds the constable, when sword, He was a stranger to Mrs. Probert and her took from his pocket a white folded paper, family; he was not expected at the cottage. wbich he carefully undid, and produced to There was not for him, as there was for the court the fatal pistol with which the murThurtell, an apology for his visit. He hired der had been committed. It was a blue a gig, and be procured a sack---the jury steel-barrelled pistol, with brass about the knew to what end and purpose. They would handle : the pan was opened, as the firing also bear in niad, thai the gun, travelling, had left it, and was smeared with the black bag, and backgammon-board, were found in of gunpowder and the dingy stain of blood. bis lodging. These constituted a part of the The barrel was bloody, and in the muzzle a plunder of Mr. Weare, and could only be piece of tow was thrust, to keep in the horpossessed by a person participating in this rid contents, the murdered mau's brains. crime. Besides, there
about the Against the back of the pan were the short Deck of Probert's wife, a chain, which had curled hairs, of a silver sabled hue, which belonged to Mr. Weare, and round the neck had literally been dug from the man's head: of the murdered man there was found a they were glued to the pan firmly with crustshawl, which belooged to Thurtell, but ed blood! - This deadly and appalling inwhich had been seen in the hands of Hunt. struinent made all shudder, save the murderin giving this summary of the case, he had ers, who on the contrary looked unconcernnot stated every circumstance connected edly at it, and I should say their very unconwith it. His great anxiety was, not to state cern, when all others were thrilled, was · that which he did not firmly believe would guilt! be borge out by evidence. One circum- Thomas Thurtell, when called, seemed af. stance he had omitted, which he felt it nec. fected--and his brother seemed calm. Miss essary to lay before the jury. It was, that a Noyes was very plain and very flippant. watch was seen in the possession of Tburtell, Rexworthy, the billiard-table keeper, spoke which he would show belonged to Mrs of his dead friend with great decision; but Weare. After Thurtell was apprehended, the brother of Weare was truly shocked, and and Hunt had said something on the subject his'sincere grief exposed the art and trickery of tbis transaction, an officer asked Thurtell of many serious and hysterical witnesses. what he had done with the watch ! He an- The landlords were all thorough-bred landswered that " when he was taken into custo. lords, sleek, sly, and rosy. Mr. Field of the dy, be put his hand bebind him, and chucked Artichoke, with a head which Rexworthy it away." Tbortell also made another dis. could have cannoned off, was a very meek clasare. He said, when questioned, “that kindly tapster. His little round head, with other persons, dear the spot, were concerned a little round nose to suit, a domestic nose, in it, whom he forbore to mention. As to that would not quit the face, with a voice Thuriell, the evidence would, he believed, thin as small ale, was right pleasant to beclearly prove him to have been the perpe- kold. The ostlers were rather overtaken,--trator of the murder; and with respect to all except he of the stable in Cross-street, Hoot, it was equally clear that he was an Jim Shepherd, a thin, sober, pert fellow, accessory before the fact.”
who said all be knew clean out. Old John
Butler, of the Bald Faced Stag, had steadied I have to the best of my ability given you himself with very beavy liquor, and he conthe circumstagces as detailed by Mr. Gurney, trived to eject his evidence out of his smock aod bare omitted his preliminary remarks frock with tolerable correctness. Dick and observations as to evidence.
Bingham, another hero of the pitchfork, The officers and constables gave their ac- was quite undisguised, and he seemed to be counts plainly, firmly,and ungrammatically, confident and clear in proportion to the coras gentlemen in their line generally do; and dials and compounds. Hr. Ward, the surgeon of Watford, descri- Little Addis, Probert's boy, was a boy of bed the injaries of tbe deceased in a very
uncommon quickness and pretty manner. intelligent manner, in spite of Mr. Plati,
He was a nice ingenuous lad. When you whose questions might bave pozed the clear
saw his youth, his innocence, his pretty face est beads. When Ruthven was called, there and frankness, you shuddered to think of the
characters he had associated with, and the 3 ATHENEUM VOL. 1. 2d series.
scenes he had witnessed. His little artless with a great deal of work about it; it was foot had kicked up the bloody leaves; he such a chain as this, I think (the chain was had seen the stains fresh on the murderer's shown her). He offered to make it a present clothes. His escape from death was miracu- to me; I refused it for some time, and at last Jous !
he gave it to me (she was shown the box and The cook, Susan Woodroofe, bad no pre. chain produced by the constable at Watford). possessing appearance. She had no great I recollect giving that box and the chain to skill too in language, like Dan in Joho Bull, the constable, in the presence of the magis
viated, said--- trates. When I and Miss Noyes went up No!--- he always whistled :--she in speaking stairs, we left John Thurtell, Hunt, and Mr. of the supper, when Mr. Bolland asked her Probert in the room. I did not go to bed if it was postponed ! she replied--- No! It immediately; I went from my room to the was pork!
stairs to listen; I leaned over the banisters. When Probert was called, he was usher. What I heard in leaning over the banisters, ed through the dock into the body of the was, I thought, about trying on clothes. The court. The most intense interest at his en- first I heard was, “ This, I think, will fit you tering the witness box was evidently felt by very well." I heard a noise like a rustling all persons, in which indeed even the prison- of papers on the table; I heard also someers joined. Hunt stood up, and looked much thing like the noise of papers thrown into the agitated : ---Thurtelleyed the witness steroly fire. I afterwards went up to my own and composedly. Probert was very well chamber. Out of doors I saw something; I dressed ; and had a pair of new gloves on. looked from my window, and saw two genHe did not seem the least ashamed of his tlemen go from the parlour to the stable ; situation, but stood firmly up to answer Mr. they led a horse out of the stable, and opened Gurney, who very solemnly prefaced his ex• the yard gate and let the horse out. Some amination, with charging him to tell the time after that I heard something in the garwhole truth. The face of Probert is marked den; I heard something dragged, as it seeinwith deceit in every lineament. The eyes ed, very heavily; it appeared to me to come are like those of a vicious horse, and the lips from the stable to the garden; the garden is are thick and sensual. His forehead recedes near the back gate ; it was dragged along the
ly in amongst a bush of grizzly dark walk; I had a view of it, when they black hair---and his ears project ont of the dragged it out of the dark walk; it seemed like cover. His head and legs are too small very large and heavy; it was in a sack. It for his body, and altogether he is an awk was after this I heard the rusting of papers, ward, dastardly, and a wretched looking an- and the conversation I bave described. After imal. He gave his account with no hesita- the sack was dragged out of the dark walk, I tion, or shame, and stood åp against Mr. had a view of it until it was half way down Andrewes's exposare with a face of brass. the walk to the pond. I had a good view of Indeed he seems to fear nothing but death or it so far. After this I heard a noise like a bodily pain. His grammar was very nearly heap of stones thrown into a pit, I can't desas bad as 'is heart!
cribe it in any other way; it was a hollow Mrs. Probert is by no means possessed of sound. I heard, besides what I have before só a well-favoured face."---It has a good and mentioned, some further conversation. The a constant colour, which io moments of great first I heard was, I think, Hunt's voice; he grief and hysteric passion, is a great comfort, said, “let us take a 51. note each." I did
--but her forehead is ill-shaped and large... not bear Thurtell say any thing; then--- I and her sly grey eyes have a wildness which am trying to recollect-- I heard another I should be loth to confide in. She gave her voice say, "6 we must say there was a hare evidence drop by drop, and not then without thrown up in the gig on the cushion---we most great squeezing. Every dangerous question tell the boy so in the morning.” I next overcame her agitated nerves,---and she heard a voice, I can't exactly say whose. very properly took time to recover before "we had better be off to town by four or five she aoswered. Her sudden vehement and o'clock in the morning;” and then, I think, tearful joy at the safety of her husband was John Thurtell it was, who said, "we had late but timely, for, to my certain knowl- better pot go before eight or nine o'clock;" edge, Mr. Nicholson had informed her of it and the parlour door then shut, I heard John on the 5th of December, just one month be- Thurtell say also (I think it was his voice), fore her bysterics. In truth, my dear friend, “Holding shall be next." I rather think it so abominable a farce never was played oft was Hunt who next spoke: be asked. “has in a Court of Justice; but it had its effect, he (Holding) got money?" John Thurtell refor it touched his Lordship and made Mr. plied, “it is not money I want, it is revenge ; Gurney weep !---This was the son of her ev. it is,” said John Thuriell, “ Holding who has idence:
ruined my friend here." I did not at first un" I remember the night of the 241h of Oc- derstand who this friend was; I believe it tober, wben Mr. John Thortell and Mr.lopt meant 'Mr. Probert, my husband, I cannot came to Gill's bill Cottage, to have heard the say whether Holding had any thing to do sound of a gig passing my cottage. It was in the transactions of my husband's bankabout eight o'clock, I ihink. The bell of ruptcy. “ It was Holding,” said Joho Thurour cottage was rung nearly an hour after. tell," who ruined my friend here, and desAfter that ringing nobody came into our troyed my peace of mind.” My husband house. My husband came home that night came to bed about half past one or two nearly at ten. I came down stairs, found o'clock ; I believe it was; I did not know Mr. Probert. John Thurtell, and a stranger. exactly the hour." in the parlour. My husband introduced that At the close of the evidence for the crown, stranger as Mr. Hunt, to me. I saw John although io answer to his Lordship's inquiry, Thurtell take out a gold chain, which he the jury decided on going through the case ; showed to me. It was a gold watch chain r--they revoked that decision at the desire of John Thurtell ; who strongly but respectful- the perpetrator of a murder, under circumly pressed on their attention the long and stances of greater aggravation, of more cruel barassing time he had stood at that bar; and and preineditated atrocity, than it ever bebegged for a night's cessation to recruit his fore fell to the lot of man to have seen or strength previous to his making his defence. heard of. I have been held forth to the Huot said nothing :--but Thurtell's manner world as a depraved, heartless, prayerless was too earnest to admit of denial, and the villain, who had seduced my friend into a Court adjourned-an officer baving been sequestered path, inerely in order to despatch sworn to keep the jury apart from all per him with the greater security---as a spake sons.
who had crept into his bosom only to strike I should not have omitted to mention an a sure blow---as a monster, who, after the admirable piece of presence of mind and perpetration of a deed from which the hardbye-play whick Thurtell showed towards est heart recoils with horror, and at which Clarke the publican, who had been an old humanity stands aghast, washed away the acquaintance: on Ciaike's turning to bow to remembrance of my guilt in the midst of rihim when he entered the witness box, in ot and debauchery. You, gentlemen, must which he was about to speak to the prison. have read the details which have been daily, er's ideptity ;---Thortell received the bow I may say hourly, published regarding me. with a look of ignorant wonder,---and eleva. It would be requiring more than the usual ted his eyebrows as though to say, " How! virtue of our nature to expect that you ---bow to me!--I know you not.” This should entirely divest your miods of those could but have been instantaneous, but the feelings, I may say those creditable feelings, intention of the prisoner was evident, and which such relations must bave excited ; but the trick was inimitably well performed. I am satisfied, that as far as it is possible for
At half-past ten at night we were allowed men to enter into a grave investigation with to return to our houses and our food :---at minds unbiassed, and judgments unimpaired, half-past seven in the morning we were again after the calumpies with which the public wedged together, in the same Court.
mind has been deluged--- I say, I am satisfiThortell, with the exception of a white ed, that with such minds and such judgments, kerchief round the neck, was dressed as on you have this day assumed your sacred office. the previous day ;--- he looked as though he The horrible guilt which has been attributed had passed a good night; and yet he must to me, is such as could not have resulted from have been busy in the brain through all the custom, but must have been the iogate prindark hours !--Tbere was a more sallow pale. ciple of my infant mind, and have grown ness on Hunt's face, ---and less care seemed with my growth, and strengthened with iny to have been taken in the arrangement of strength. But I will call before you gentlemen his Coort-dress.
whose characters are unimpeachable, and The jory were re-assembled.--and the trial whose testimony must be above suspicion, proceeded.
who will tell you, that the time was when my Ruthven and Thomas Thurtell were re. bosom overflowed with all the kindly feel. called on some trifling points---and in a short ings; and even iny failings were those of an time, Mr. Justice Park informed John Thur- improvident generosity and unsuspecting tell, that he was ready to hear apy observa friendship. Beware, then, gentlemen, of an tions he had to make. Thurtell intimated, anticipated verdict. Do not suffer the reiu a murmer to Wilson, which Wilson inter- ports which you have heard to influence your preted to the Court, that he wished his wit- determination. Do not believe that a few Desses to be examined first, as though he short years can have reversed the course of thought their evidence would interfere with nature, and converted the good feelings bis eloquence : but this was refused, as be which I possessed into the spirit of maliging contrary to the practice,
napt cruelty to which only demons can alThartell now seemed to retire within bim- tain. A kind, affectionate, and religious self for half a mioute,--and then slowly,-- mother directed the tender steps of my intanthe crowd beiog breathlessly silent and anx cy, in the paibs of piety and yirtue. My 1905,--drawing in his breath, gathering uprising youth
breath. gathering 00 rising vouth was guided in the way that it his frame, and looking very steadfastiy at should go by a father whose piety was unithe jory, be commenced his defence.---Heversally known and believed ---whose kindspoke in a deep, measured, and unshaken ness and charity extended to all who came tode;--accompanying it with a rather studi- within the sphere of its influence. After ed aod theatrical action.
leaving my paternal roof, I entered into the
service of our late revered monarch, who « My Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury,... was justly entitled the “ father of his peoUoder greater difficulties than ever man en ple.” You will learn from some of my honcountered, I now rise to vindicate my char- ourable companioos, that while I served unacter and defend my life. I have been sup- der bis colours, I never tarnished their lustre. ported in this hour of trial, by the knowl. The country which is dear edge that my cause is heard before an en served. I have fought for her. I have shed lightened tribunal, and that the free institu- my blood for her. I feared not in the open tions of my country have placed my destiny field to shed the blood of her declared foes. in the hands of twelve men, who are unid. But oh! to suppose that on that account I flgenced by prejudice, and unawed by pow. was ready to raise the assassin's arm against er. I have been represented by the press, my friend
nd, and with that view to draw him which carries its benefits or corses on rapid into secret places for his destruction---it is wiogs from one extremity of the kingdom to monstroos, horrible, incredible. I have been the other, as a man more depraved, more represented to you as a man who was given gratuitously and habitually profligate and to gambling, and the constant companion of croel, than has ever appeared in modern gamblers. To this accusation. in some part times. I bave beca held up to the world as my heart with feeling penitence plead,
guilty. I have gambled. I have been a unless he was paid a bonus of 3001. upon his gambler, but not for the last three years. debt beyond all the other creditors. This During that time I have not attended or bet. demand was backed by the man who was at ted upon a horse-race, or a fight, or any pub- the time his and my solicitor. I spurned the Jic exhibition of that nature. If I have er- offer---I awakened his resentment. I was red in these things, half of the nobility of cast upon the world---my all disposed of .. the land have been my examples; some of in the deepest distress. My brother afterthe most enlightened statesmen of the coun- wards availed himself of my misfortune, and try have been my companions in them. I entered into business. His warehouses were have indeed been a gambler---I have been destroyed by the accident of a fire, as has an unfortunate one. But whose fortune have been proved by the verdict of a jury on a I ruin'd?---whom updone? ---My own family trial at which the venerable
DOW bave I ruin'd--- I have undone myself! At present presided. But that accident, unforthis moment I feel the distress of my situa- tunate as it was, has been taken advantage tion. But, gentlemen, let not this misfor- of in order to insinuate that he was guilty of tune entice your verdict against me. Beware crime, because his property was destroyed of your own feelings, when you are told by by it, as will be proved by the verdict of an the highest authority, that the heart of man honest and upright jury in an action for conis deceitful above all things. Beware, gen- spiracy, which will be tried ere long before tlemen, of an anticipated verdict. It is the the Chief Justice of the King's Bench. A remark of a very sage and experienced wri. conspiracy there was---but where? Why, in ter of antiquity, that no man becomes wick the acts of the prosecutor himself, Mr. Bared all at once. And with this, which I earn
subornios estly request you to bear in mind, I proceed witnesses, and who will be proved to have to lay before you the whole career of my paid for false testimony. Yes; this profeslife. I will not tire you with tedious repetis sed friend of the aggrieved.--this pretended tions, but I will disclose enough of my past prosecutor of public abuses---this self-aplife to inform your judgments; leaving it to pointed supporter of the laws, who panders your clemency to supply whatever litue de to rebellion, and lias had the audacity to raise fects you may observe. You will consider its standard in the front of the royal palace--my misfortunes, and the situation in wbich I this man, who has just head enough to constand---the deep anxiety that I must feel.-- trive crime, but not heart enough to feel its the object for which I have to strive. You consequences---this is the real author of the may suppose something of all this; but oh! conspiracy which will shortly undergo legal no pencil, though dipped in the lives of heap. investigation. To these particulars I have en, can portray my feelings at this crisis. thought it necessary to call your attention, Recollect, I again entreat you, my situa- in language wbich you may think perhaps tion, and allow something for the workings too warm---in terms not so measured, but of a mind little at ease; and pity and for that they may incur your reproof. But-give the faults of my address. The conclu
“The flesh will quiver where the pincers tear, sion of the late war, which threw its lastre upon the fortunes of the nation generally,
* The blood will follow where the knife is driven." threw a gloomy shadow over mine. I eoter. You have been told that I intend to decoy ed into a mercantile life with feelings as kiud, Woods to his destruction; and he has said aod with a heart as warm, as I had carried that he saw me in the passage of the house. with me in the service. I took the commer- I can prove, by honest witnesses, fellow-citicial world as if it had been governed by the zens of my native city of Norwich, that I same regulations as the army. I looked up was there at that time, but, for the sake of on the merchants as if they had been my an amiable and innocent female, who might mess-companions. In my transactions I bad be injured, I grant to Mr. Woods the mercy with them my purse was as open, my heart of my silence. When, before this, did it evas warm, to answer their demands, as they er fail to the lot of any subject to be borne bad been to my former associates. I need down by the weight of calumny and obloquy not say that any fortune, however ample, wbich now oppresses me? The press, which would have been insufficient to meet such a ought to be the shieid of public liberty, the course of conduct. I, of course, became avenger of public wrongs--- which, above all, the subject of a commission of bankruptcyshould have exerted itself to preserve the puMy solicitor, in whom I had foolishly confid- rity of its favourite institution, the trial by ed as my most particular friend, I discover. jury---bas directed its wbole force to my ined, too late, to have been a traitor--a man jury and prejudice; it has heaped slander who was foremost in the ranks of my bitter- upon slander, and whetted the poblic appeest enemies. But for that man, I should still tite for slanders more atrocious; nay more, have been enabled to regain a station in so- what in other men would serve to refute and ciety, and I should have yet preserved the repel the shaft of calamny, is made to stain esteem of my friends, and, above all, my with a deeper dye the villanies ascribed to own self-respect. But how often is it seen me. One would have thought, that some that the avarice of one creditor destroys the time spent in the service of my country clemency of all the rest, and forever dissi- would have entitled me to some favour from pates the fair prospects of the unfortunate the public under a charge of this nature. debtor. With the kind assistance of Mr. But 'no; in my case the order of things is Thomas Oliver Springfield, I obtained the changed---nature is reversed. The acts of signature of all my creditors to a petition for times long since past have been made to cast superseding my bankruptcy. But just then, a deeper shadow over the acts attributed to when I flattered myself that my ill fortune me witbin the last few days; and the pursuit was about to close--that my blossoms were of a profession, hitherto held honourable ripening --- there came "a frost---a nipping among honourable men, has been turned to froat.". My chief creditor refused to sigo the advantage of the accusation against me.