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quently pleaded in extenuation for similar infidelities, could not be applied in this.

The noble earl and his lady lived together several years, apparently in the happiest intercourse of reciprocal affection and domestic felicity, surrounded by all the blandishments which high rank, ample fortune, and fashionable splendour, could confer. The lady bore his lordship several beautiful children.

His lordship, under all the tortures to which his feelings have been exposed on this occasion, impressed by the fondest affections of a parent to his offspring, the tender pledges of a once happy union with the woman he loved, had great unwillingness to bring forward this matter ; but prompted by a sense of injury to the honour of his family, to the happiness of a husband and a father, he s urmounted all obstacles of private reluctance, and resolved to appeal to the laws of his country for redress.

Mr. Solicitor here repeated to the court and jury, what he had been instructed to say would appear to them in evidence, and then concluded with observing, that he had heard it whispered, since he came into court, this action was not a serious one, and that it was not the object of his noble client to amerce the defendant in very considerable damages; but this insinuation, he declared, was utterly false and unfounded. Would it be believed, that the noble earl, who sued in this case, was so insensible to his own honour, or to the solemnity of a high court of judicature, as to play with a subject of this sort, or to bring forward a trial so materially interesting to the honour of his family, himself, and his children, as a mere matter of form? Would it be believed, that any man of profession, who held any regard for his own character or interest, would come forward as privy to such a pretended trial, and conspire to impose on a court and jury? The thing was too absurd and ridiculous to be believed for a moment. The noble lord had too great à regard for the dignity of his own rank, to harbour so mean an intention. The damages in this


case were laid at 20,0001. a sum which, considering the rank of the parties, the irreparable injury sustained by his client, on whose domestic happiness an incurable wound had been inflicted, and the affluent fortune of the defendant was by no means adequate to the offence. But, to the feelings of the jury, upon the justice of the case, he would submit the evidence, not doubting that their candour and impartiality would vindicate the confidence which the constitution and their country this day reposed in the important duty committed to them.


The Rev. George Lambert being sworn, said, that he had married Lord and Lady Westmeath, on the 27th of April, 1784—that during the first six years of their marriage, he was in the habit of visiting the family frequently, and therefore could venture to say with safety, that his lordship and lady lived in the greatest harmony and comfort during that time; but what has taken place since he does not know.

Cross-examined by Mr. Curran. Mr. Lambert said, he believed that Lady Westmeath lived in London, and Lord Westmeath in Ireland. Admits that his lordship was a man of a gay, social, and convivial turn, and was a good deal in the society of gentlemen-the lady also was fond of gay company, that is “the high fashionable circles." He did not think that any of those ladies were methodists or swaddlers. He could not say, whether the objects of the noble lord and his lady were very different things—He can't answer for what happened in London with respect to lady Wesmeath's private affairs; thank God, he knew nothing of that sort.

Mr. Curran. ” Now, Mr. Lambert, do you take upon you to swear that seriously?"-A loud laugh in court.)

Answer. « I mean as to connections of a criminal kind."

Mary Cuttle-Was housemaid in his lordship's house in Portman-square, London, and proved the very frequent visits

of the honourable Mr. Bradshaw to the right honourable Lady Westmeath; he usually came alone, and staid very late.

Mary Dunn, the countess's nurse, also proved the frequent and unseasonable visits of Mr. Bradshaw, and that on these occasions she had orders never to bring up the childrensaid that Lady Westmeath slept out several nights, &c.

Eliza Leeks was “ her ladyship's own woman"-frequently saw Mr. Bradshaw with her lady, and that she several times slept abroad during his lordship's absence--she described the condition of the sofas; couches, &c. after these meetings, and how her ladys hip went to the masquerade one night by stealth when Lord Westmeath was confined to his room by sickness.

John Doogan, her lady ship's coachman, with a considerable quantity of brogue, gave a laughable description of the meetings of Mr. B. with lady W. “in her towers round the circular road."* The side blinds were up, but then the front' curtains had not been completely let down, so that he had no doubt of what was going on in the carriage.

Waiter Kennedy, another coachman-his testimony went further to ascertain and expose the shameful conduct of this meretricious woman in these coach interviews, at noon day in the face of the public. They frequently took place. One in particular he remembered; it was on an evening, as they were driving on the circular road; Mr. Bradshaw came into the coach-the blinds were up, but the silk curtains were not down, so he could not be mistaken as to the nature of the business.

The cross-examination of the witnesses by Mr. Curran (who is a complete master of the vis comica) afforded much amusement to a very crowded court. It was with great difficulty that even the judges could maintain their gravity.

* The circular road is a beautiful promenade and riding-place surrounding the city of Dublin, where all the beauty and fashion of the country go to show themselves, some in carriages, some on horseback, and many, rather than not be seen at all, on foot.

But we decline particulars; we must not disturb the decorum of our readers.

Mr. Curran, on behalf of Mr. Bradshaw, addressed the jury with his usual ability, in a speech of considerable ength and ingenuity, through which we shall only attempt to follow him in his principal points, for, indeed, it was scarcely possible, in the bustle and pressure of an extremely crowded court, accurately to follow the rapid and argumentative eloquence of that able orator.

He said, that he was taught to expect from the strong and pathetic picture drawn by the learned solicitor-general, in stating this case to the jury, that some proofs would be adduced to establish what seemed so material to the founding of any claim for damages in this case against his client. He was taught by that statement to expect, that a body of evidence would be brought forward, to prove to the jury, that his client had been guilty of an enormous breach of friendship, of honour, of hospitality, towards the family of the noble carl, who was the plaintiff in this case. He was taught to expect, that strong and irrefragable proofs would be adduced to show that much intimacy and confidence had existed between his client and the noble earl, and that much of both had been violated and betrayed. He was taught to expect it would be shown, that the noble earl was a man whose sole happiness lay in the fidelity of his wife, and that by the loss of that, through the consummate artifices of an arch seducer, in his client, the happiness of the noble lord was lost for ever. He was taught to expect some proof beyond doubt, that his client had made a base use of an intimacy with the noble earl to practise upon the innocent, inexperienced, and unwary mind of his lady, and to avail himself of the corruption of her morality and honour, in some unguarded moment, by triumphing over her chastity, the inestimable jewel of her rank and sex. He did expect, and so he presumed must the gentlemen of the jury expect, that proof would be adduced to show, that his client was a man hackneyed in the trade of

seduction, and hardened in the depravity of inexperienced years; that Lady Westmeath was an innocent, virtuous, inexperienced, unsuspecting girl, in her teens, ignorant of the world, and unguarded against the snares which a wicked, hardened, and experienced seducer might cast in her way.

But did any such point whatever appear in the evidence brought forward this day? No such thing. No acquaintance amounting to what would be called intimacy, much less confidential friendship, had been proved to have existed between his client and the noble lord ; no arts or stratagems of seduction appeared to have been practised on the part of his client towards the lady; and unless those points, upon which the whole stress of the claim of damages seemed to be rested, were fully and substantially proved, he trusted, that a jury of twelve rational and respectable men, would not suffer themselves to be cajoled upon

the mere representations of counsel, unsupported by evidence ; would not suffer themselves to be swaddled into a verdict of dama. ges unfounded upon any just claim, even supposing the facts in evidence to be all true.

The jury would take into their consideration, that suppose the whole of the charges adduced this day against his client were false, how was it possible for Mr. Bradshaw to contradict the evidence, however innocent he may be of the facts. The charges were made against him by the servants who were in Lord Westineath's employment and about his lady's person; they might be actuated by motives of malice, or the hope of a reward; they might have abused the mind of Lord Westmeath himself; and how was Mr. Bradshaw, under such general charges, without any date specified, to be able to bring his recollection to proofs in his defence, more especially from those scenes in England, where the very privacy sworn to by the witnesses, baffles any possibility of evidence on the part of his client, to disprove their charges.

The sum of damages in such a case as the present, could only be ascertained by the indubitable proof of the facts charged, Voli 1.


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