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The charge was for cheating and pro- for her supernatural interference, ever curing money under false pretences. go to church? Did they not know,

The prisoner having been again in- that all assistance they could obtain in terrogated in presence of the jury, bettering of their worldly affairs and pleaded guilty to the fourth charge, situation in life, behoved to come from which was, of having, on various oc- the Almighty alone? How then could casions, during the months of Febru- any person, professing the doctrines of ary, March, or April 1818, within the Christianity, suppose that any person house occupied by John Macdougal, like the unfortunate pannel at the bar, manager of the Westthorn Colliery, in could be possessed of any supernatural the Barony parish of Glasgow, pre- powers, such as she, it would appear, tended to exercise or use witchcraft, had pretended to possess ? She had sorcery, enchantment, or conjuration, candidly confessed her crime, and, as and undertook to tell fortunes, and she had already suffered an imprisonespecially did then and there felonious- ment of five months, he should conly pretend, by means of incantations ceive, that a farther imprisonment of or enchantments, to be able to procure six months in the jail of Glasgow would for Ann Ross, servant to the said John be an adequate punishment for the of. Macdougal, a large sum of money to fence she had committed. A crime of the public prosecutor unknown, and this nature had not for many years did, under that pretence, cozen and come before the Court, and his Lordimpose upon the said Ann Ross, and ship sincerely hoped that none of a sidid persuade her, on various occasions, milar nature would ever again make its to pay to the pannel, and did cheat the appearance. said Ann Ross out of, and obtain from Lords Pitmilly and Reston entirely her divers sums of money, amounting concurred in the opinion given ; and in whole to the sum of L:27, 14s. ster, the Lord Justice Clerk, in a most {ing, or thereby

suitable admonition to the pannel, in The Solicitor General stated to the which he pointed out to her, not only jury, that he considered the ends of the wretchedness of her crime, in du. public justice obtained by the confes. ping a poor servant girl of so large a sion of the pannel to this one charge, sum of money (probably the whole sa. and that he did not mean to call any vings of her life) upon so absurd and witnesses to prove the other charges. evil pretensions, but also pointing out The jury then found the pannel guilty the folly and sin of people in an enin terms of her own confession. lightened age resorting to such foolish

Lord Gillies, in giving his opinion and superstitious resources, sentenced as to the punishment to be awarded, the pannel to six months' imprisonment stated, that it was strange to see the in the jail of Glasgow. absurdity and folly in this enlightened The pannel, before leaving the bar, age, of persons living in a land where assured his Lordship that she never the doctrines of Christianity were so would have committed the crime she openly and widely preached, becoming had been convicted of, had it not been the dupes of persons of the description for bad advice, and that she never again of the pannel

. Did the persons, he would put it in the power of the Court would ask, who resorted to the panne! to so reprimand her.


PROCEEDINGS IN CHANCERY RELA- Tempest to the date of the present

TIVE TO THE MARRIAGE OF LORD transaction. He referred to the Mas. STEWART WITH LADY FRANCES ter's report of 1814, made for the purVANE TEMPEST.

pose of settling a plan for the educa

tion of this young lady; and the MasCourt of Chancery.— Tuesday, ter thought proper to find, that Lady April 28.

Frances should not be allowed to live

with either of her guardians, but was From the great length of the pro- to be placed under the care of Mrs ceedings in this case, we are obliged Kay, a person of the highest respecta. to confine ourselves to the summary bility; and Lady Frances, by the same contained in the Chancellor's speeches. order, was restricted from making any His Lordship began as follows. visits, excepting such short and occa

“ This matter first came before me sional visits to Lady Antrim and Mrs by a petition presented on the 11th of Taylor, as was consistent with her the present month ; and it is a mate- plan of education ; and visits to other rial document, being a petition present persons were not to be made without ed by Mrs Taylor, (lady of Michael the previous mutual consent of Lady Angelo Taylor, Esq.,) and supported Antrim and Mrs Taylor, the two tesby an affidavit, which rendered it my tảmentary guardians; and without such duty to make an order, according to previous mutual consent, no persons the common course of the Court, to re- were to be allowed by Mrs Kay to vistrain Lord Stewart from contracting sit the infant at home. That report of matrimony with Lady Frances Vane the Master was confirmed by the Court Tempest, or having any further com- on the 23d of May, 1814. It appearmunication with her upon that subjected that applications were made from until my further order. I had hardly time to time to the Court, with referdisposed of that petition by making ence to the situation of this young lasuch an order, when another petition dy, founded upon a view of what her was presented by Lady Frances, which health required, and particularly that petition prayed an immediate reference there was an order made, upon the peto the Master to receive proposals of a tition of Lady Antrim, stating what settlement upon a marriage, of which had passed in the Master's office, and she approved. I have thought it my the confirmation of the report, and reduty upon this occasion to endeavour presenting that it was proper, with to ascertain what has been the situation regard to the health of this young laof the ward, and of the nature of the dy, that she should be allowed to go guardianship of those entrusted with to the sea-side, and praying that the the care of her, appointed on the death Court would find funds to answer for of her father, which took place in Au- the expence of that alteration in her gust, 1813, at the time this young la situation. The Court granted this or. dy was about 13 years of age.” His der, and it was given under the conlordship then entered into a minute ception that no visits were to be made statement of the facts which occurred by or to the young lady, unless by the from the death of Sir Henry Vane mutual consent of the two guardians, Lady Antrim and Mrs Taylor. While guardian to the plaintiff. These were at the sea-side, in the spring of 1816, circumstances, his lordship observed, it appeared by the affidavit of Mrs which might not only have been conTaylor, that some proposals were made tradicted by Lady Antrim, but by to the young lady of marriage. Al. other persons conversant with the af. though it had been represented at the fair. But these facts had met with no bar, that no answer was necessary to contradiction. Mrs Taylor had reasonbe given to this assertion, yet that ed, upon this conduct of Lady Anstatement appeared to his lordship to trim, that it was inconsistent with what be one which had been most properly was due to the plaintiff, and to herself, made to the Court, because Mrs Tay- as guardian. To this observation he lor had referred to that fact as form- would add, that if it were true that ing a main ground for her apprehen- the Countess had been guilty of such sion that a similar transaction had ta. conduct, it was altogether inconsistent ken place in 1818. The affidavit sta- with the duty Lady Antrim owed to ted « that she has been informed, and the Court, considering the situation in believes, that early in the spring of which she was placed. Not long after 1816, (the young lady being at that this transaction, an application was time about 16 years of age,) while at made to the Court, and indeed it was the sea-side, the Countess of Antrim high time an application should be entered into a plan with a gentleman made, to vary the plan of education connected by marriage with a noble which had been adopted ; and it now Irish family, to accomplish a marriage appeared upon a report, which the between the plaintiff and a near con- Master had not been enabled to make nexion of his, to whom the plaintiff until 8th March, 1818, that, in bis was unknown. That the nobleman opinion, an alteration should be made was sent for, and arrived from Ireland, with reference to this young lady's as she is informed, and believes, with education. This report had been made the previous concurrence of the Count. in consequence of an application made ess, for the purpose of being introdu- to himself in the year 1817, that the ced at the house of the Countess ; and young lady might be introduced at previous to such introduction, the court, and into society; and the Mas. Countess explained to her daughter ter, in his report, had declared, that the object she had in view, and in- by agreement this young lady was to structed the plaintiff not to communi- be introduced at court by Lady An. cate what had passed to Mrs Kay, or trim, and to visit with Mrs Taylor and to her guardian, Mrs Taylor ; and she Lady Antrim ; but added, that if any has heard, and believes, that Mrs Kay inconvenience should be felt by this ar. had no knowledge of such intended rangement, a notice by each of the marriage, until a request was made to parties would operate as a discharge her by the gentleman before alluded of his opinion. His lordship then proto, to permit his friend to see and com- ceeded." I thought it my duty to municate with the plaintiff, who had state these circumstances, for the purbeen ordered for her health to the sea- pose of intimating that it is the opinion side."

of the Court, that a proper care of the Mrs Taylor. then stated, that, in interest of the ward has not been taken consequence of her remonstrances, all by Lady Antrim, and I feel it my duty communications were broken off, and to say this, it having been hinted to she insisted that she did this, enter- me that there was an idea that I should taining just and proper feelings as not do my duty. The world shall



know this, that I will not go out of he should recollect that this nobleman this world disgracing myself by enter- was a widower, and had a son, which taining those principles which have son would interrupt the descent of the never affected my heart. There never title and of the property to the issue existed a more tímid judge in one re- of this marriage, if it should take place. spect than myself, for I am always He had a very serious command last fearful lest I should do wrong. Let night to desire that he would not forthose who think proper to slander me get that fact. With regard to this with anonymous letters know, that I anonymous letter, although instances serve a master whom I would not serve did exist where these anonymous comif it were possible to be conceived that munications had a beneficial effect, yet, I should not do my duty. Having with regard to private families, they said thus much upon this subject, I did an infinite deal of mischief; and will now proceed with the question by those who address such letters to before me.” His lordship then ad- judges in their judicial capacity, it verted to the proposal of marriage ought to be understood that they are which had been made by Lord Stew- criminal in the highest degree. What art, and accepted by Lady Frances, on was the conduct of Lord Hardwicke, the 9th of April. That' having been when he discovered certain persons communicated to Mrs Taylor upon the published partial accounts of trials ? 18th April, it produced a petition from he sent them all to prison ; and those that lady, supported by an affidavit. who are guilty of writing anonymous In this affidavit Mrs Taylor stated the letters to judges, are deserving of no grounds on which she opposed this less a punishment. The next statement union :-" That, recollecting the plan in the affidavit was, that Lord Stewformerly entered into by the Countess art “is the younger son of an Irish to effect a marriage between her daugh- peer, without any fortune or proviter and a nobleman, without having sion." The Court would judge what consulted the wishes of the plaintiff, was the mischief of such representathe deponent became apprehensive lest tion. How she obtained that infora similar project might again have been mation she did not state, but the affidevised without the knowledge of the davit of Lord Stewart had most fully plaintiff.” The affidavit then proceed. contradicted this allegation. In the ed to enumerate the various personal same affidavit it was also alleged, that objections to Lord Stewart, and first, Lord Stewart was in embarrassed cir" that he is forty years of age, or cumstances, and that his habits were thereabouts.” His lordship would be dissipated and irregular ; and that there thirty-nine years of age in the month were other circumstances objectionable of May next ; and again, “ that he is which ought not to be mentioned in a widower, with a son not many years open court. First, then, with respect younger than the plaintiff.” That, his to the allegation, that Lord Stewart lordship observed, was a very material was 40 years of age, the information fact, and one which might' illustrate was nearly correct, and the belief was the anxiety which existed

out of doors well founded. It was a circumstance, with respect to this csse.

It was

in his judgment, which should be atthought, he said, necessary, by some. tended to. In the letter written by body, to address an anonymous letter Mr Whitton for Lady Frances, it had to him, to inform him of a fact which been treated ligbtly, but it was a fact the writer supposed he could not have deserving great consideration. That known before, that it was quite right Stewart was a widower, with a son not much younger than the plain. so, that it must be so ? • And because tiff, were circumstances which also re- this affidavit contained these allegations, quired consideration. With regard to was it to be said that Lord Stewart the imputation, that Lord Stewart had must have been in dissipated and irreno fortune, and was in embarrassed galar habits? He did not mean to say circumstances, he conceived that the that his lordship decidedly was not so assertion was groundless, and ought to excepting from his own allegations in have no credence, considering the man- his affidavit, but, for anything he knew ner in which it had been met by the to the contrary, Lord Stewart might affidavit of his lordship. He had no be a man of as good a private life as less a sum than L.26,000 in personal any man in existence. Whether this property, and was free from all debts. was or was not the fact, it was the du. The next point in Mrs Taylor's affi- ty of the Master to decide. With redavit was, that Lord Stewart was in spect to the reference to the Master, dissipated and irregular habits. What he wished here to observe, that, supthe habits of Lord Stewart were he posing that should be his determina. could not say ; but he could with great tion, that reference would have no eftruth affirm, that he knew nothing fect in deciding the question ; and the against the private character, and every Master did not understand his duty if thing in favour of the public charac. he entertained a notion, that, by send. ter, of his lordship; and although some ing it to him, it was deciding the whole persons, going to the fashionable par- matter. The question, he observed, ties at the west end of the town, might was then reduced to this point-whe catch hold of some idle reports, he in- ther Lord Stewart's conduct in the dividually knew nothing against his negociation for the marriage had been lordship. But what was the condition such, that for that reason, and that of any man placed before the eyes of alone, the reference ought to be refuthe world with such general allegations sed. He had no difficulty in saying against his character? He could do that if it was justly impated in the afnothing more than repel the calumny. fidavit, that Lord Stewart had been A man might be the favourite of his guilty of that conduct which amountsovereign for his great military ex. ed to collusion and concert, in order to ploits, and diplomatic services, and acquire possession of the young lady's might, as had been observed, naturally fortune, he would not grant the referattract the attention of a young girl ; ence; or even if that charge was apand all this might conduce nothing to parently made out, he should hesitate domestic felicity; but, good God, was a long time before he should give such it to be said that because it might be a person the opportunity of making

* Sir Samuel Romilly had observed, “much had been said respecting the favour of the Prince Regent, which Lord Stewart enjoyed ; but without, in the slightest de gree, meaning anything disrespectful to his lordship, he would only observe, that it often happened that a man might be followed from place to place by the shouts of an admiring multitude, might rank high in the opinion of the country, enjoy the most flattering marks of royal favour, amidst the envy of surrounding courtiers, and yet in his retirement would be found discord instead of tranquillity, mistrust and jealousy instead of mutual affection and concord. Ile disclaimed the slightest intention of considering the royal favour an objection to his lordship, but royal favour was not an essential requisite to conjugal felicity. That felicity depended not on the number of honours, or the glittering show of military decorations.”

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