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seemed to have had tea, and a manchet untouched. He then took up the chamber pot, and vomited; the sweat running down his face beyond any thing he ever saw. Mrs. Jackson was folding a cravat. Witness left the room. In about a quarter of an hour, Mrs. Jackson came to him, and said, “he was not finished nor cleaned yet.” Witness went up again in about ten minutes-found the prisoner sitting in a chair. Mrs. Jackson said, “ that she understood that he was to have irons put on him—that it was a sight she could not endure she was six months gone with child, and the shock might be fatal.” This was about 12 o'clock; she took her leave and went down ; witness put her into the carriage, and returned to the prisoner, who was sitting up, but his eyes looked very ill. His whole face was incredibly changed. Witness offer. ed him some mint-water, and desired him to lie down and compose himself. Witness then saw the sheriff, and represented to him the prisoner's state of health, which, upon feeling his pulse, he attributed to fear. When the prisoner was coming into the carriage with the sheriff, he complained that the curiosity of the crowd hurt his feelings, and leaned backwards to conceal himself. When he came into Castle street, he exclaimed, “O! I am very ill !" When he came into the dock, every body saw how he appeared.
Surgeon Hume and Surgeon Adrien were both sworn, wio, after opening the body in the view of the jury, seemed to have some little difference of opinion, as to the certainty of his having died by poison. They both agreed, the stomach was very much inflamed. Mr. Hume alleged that no sudden affection of the mind, however it mighi occasion deah, could produce excoriation in the stomach. It was true, he said, that where the subject had died suddenly of the grut, there was often found symptoms of inflammation in that part of the stomach, resting upon the gut, particularly when the stomach has been full, but the affection generally comnenced in the toe.
He was asked by Mr. Powell, whether this appearanıe in
the stomach inight not have arisen from putrefaction, as he had been so long dead ? It does not follow from poison that the stomach, in particular, should putrefy. He did not think the poison had passed from the stomach into the remainder of the system. It was probably prevented by spasm from circulating. Therefore, the infection was entirely local, and the contents still rested in the stomach. He had known many die from agitation of mind; but then there were no such symptoms. He had been called to persons who had been poisoned by means of copper vessels, but never knew them to die suddenly. They generally vomit for twenty-four hours before death. The usual symptoms resulting from very violent poisons were extreme distress, and agitation of the body, attended with profuse and deadly sweats. He did not think any man could live two moments with a stomach so affected. Never knew of any dying by metallic poisons without great pain : but knew that laurel water had been taken by Sir. Theodosius Boughton, of which he had instantly died, without suffering, probably, much pain. And, upon the whole, gave his opinion, that the prisoner's death must have been occasioned by poison.
Mr. Gregg was further examined, and said, that the prisoner in the dock several times complained much, and “ wished that it was all over !"_but witness then thought he alluded to the sentence, or execution of it.
Verdict of the Inquest. « We find, that the deceased Wil. liam Jackson died on the 30th of April, in consequence of some acrid and mortal matter taken into his stomach; but how, or by whom administered, is, to the jury, unknown.”
A small trunk was opened by sheriff Powell, which had been the property of the prisoner, in which were found his own answer to Paine's Age of Reason, an elegant miniature picture of his wife, and the following extracts from the psalms:
“ Turn unto me, O Lord, and have mercy upon nie; for I am desolate and afflicted.
"The troubles of my heart are enlarged, O bring Thou me out of my distresses.
“ Look upon mine affliction and my pain, and forgive all
“ Consider mine enemies, for they are many; they hate me with a cruel violence.
“O keep my soul, and deliver me. Let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in Thee.”
Upon which Counsellor Powell took occasion to remark to the jury, the improbability that a man, who had employed his last labours in vindication of the chri: religion, should have put an end to his existence in a way so incompatible with its principles.
COUNSEL for the crown : -The Attorney-General, the Solicitor-General, Mr. Prime Serjeant, Messrs. Frankland and Trench: Agent, Mr. Kemis.
COUNSEL for the prisoner :-Assigned, Mr. Curran and Mr. Ponsonby : Assistants, Messrs. M.Nally, Guiness, Em. met, Burton, Green, and Sampson: Agent, Mr. Keane.
OF AN ACTION OF ADULTERY, BROUGHT BY 'THE EARL OK
THIS was an action on the case brought by the Right Ho. norable Geo. Fra. Nugent, Earl of Westmeath, to recover damages from the Honourable Augustus Cavendish Bradshaw, for criminal conversation with the Right Honourable Mary Anne, Countess of Westmeath.
On the 20th of February, 1796, the jury being empannelled and sworn, Mr. Solicitor-General proceeded to state the case to the court and jury. He said, that he felt with peculiar reluctance the duty which fell to his lot this day, but the task, , however painful, was such as his duty to his client indispensably bound him to perform. In common with every friend to morality and conjugal happiness, he felt for the depravity and incontinence he should have occasion this day to lay be. fore a respectable and conscientious jury, who would, he was convinced, estimate, from their own feelings, the irreparable
* This trial, whilst it exhibits Mr. Curran's abilities in another line, may be a seasonable relief to the reader's mind, already disgusted with plots and stratagems, treasons and treacheries. Like an interlude between the acts of a tragedy, it will call his attention, for a little while, from crimes to follies. He will here get“ a peep behind the curtain,” a degrading view of human na. ture, of that part of it called high life among "the better sorts of people the well-borns of the land,” who certainly ought to show other examples to " the swinish multitude." It is the duty of the moralist to expose vice in every rank, and show that it is particularly odious in the female sex.
injury sustained by the noble earl, who came this day to claim, from the laws and justice of his country, some reparation, in damages, for the wound inflicted on his honour, his domestic happiness, and the comforts of his bosom, which no damages, however great, could heal.
The case was of itself so strong, and so very atrocious, as to render little comment, indeed, necessary beyond the facts which, he was instructed, would be substantiated in evidence.
The crime was of a nature as injurious to society as to the individual, and peculiarly so, as it was perpetrated in that rank of life which, while it aggravated the guilt, was most likely to render the example pernicious. In stating this case, it would be incumbent upon him to keep, indeed, very much within the limits of his instructions, and instead of going to the extent he might, in explaining all the circumstance's attendant on this shameful business, he should confine himself to those bounds which decorum, and respect to the court and so respectable a jury, necessarily prescribed.
The noble earl, in this case, was several years ago mar. ried to his countess—a young lady of most respectable family and connections, polished education, high accomplishments, and great beauty of person. The match, on the part of the noble earl, was purely the result of love to the lady, and by no means founded on any considerations which could arise from her fortune : and the lady accepted his lordship's hand as well from motives of reciprocal affection, as from the considerations of rank, honour, and the respect which she was likely to enjoy in an alliance with a nobleman of his lordship's high rank, splendid fortune, and illustrious connections. It could not, indeed, be supposed the lady, or her friends, could have any possible objection to a match at once so eligible and advantageous. The slightest pretence of this sort never appeared or existed, and, therefore, the compulsion of parental authority in urging a young lady into a match violatory to her affections, or her delicacy, with a man of a disagreeable person, or advanced years, so fre