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Gordon was ordered to remain in custody; and Mrs. Lee and her servant went to the house of Mr. Parkin, her attorney, in Great Ormond-street.
Mrs. Lee and the Gordons underwent a long examination on Friday, at Bow-street. • Fanny Antonina Lee, of Bolton-street, Piccadilly, stated, that she was the wife of Matthew Lee, Esq. ; that she had known Mr. Lauden Gordon from childhood, and having lately had a dream, of wondrous yet intricate import, which she had communicated to him, he had written her a letter, solving the difficulty, and, with his brother Lockhart, dined with her last Sunday. Nothing particular occurred during the repast; but when their meal was concluded, and the glass had made a few circulations, Lockhart pulled out his watch, and exclaimed, “ 'Tis near seven o'clock ! you know the chaise was ordered here by seven !” She instantly demanded “What chaise » Lockhart replied, “ You are going with my brother to-night;" to which she answered, “ No. I am not, indeed.” Lockhart rejoined, “ Lauden has got a present for you.” She asked “ What present ?” Lockhart then pulled out a plain gold ring, such as is usually produced at weddings, and said to his brother, “Here, give it her.” They consequently attempted to put it on her finger, which she resisted ; but upon Lockhart Gordon drawing out a brace of pistols, she was so terrified, that she fell into a state of insensibility, and does not remember any thing till she found herself forcibly confined in a post-chaise between Lockhart and his brother. The horses and chaise were changed at two stages, and in the dead of the night they reached Tetsworth, nine miles on this side of Oxford, where, after knocking up the people of the inn, supper was ordered; after which, Lockhart told her to go to bed, which she complied with; and, in a short time, was followed by Lauden. No personal violence was used: but, from a firm persuasion that her
eath would be the consequence of resistance, and not from inclination, she and Lauden Gordon slept in the same bed that night. Next morning at breakfast, Lockhart said, “ In my brother, who adores you, you have now a protector for kife, and in me you have found the best friend you ever had; one who will never desert you whilst he has a drop of blood in his veins." After breakfast, Lockhart departed for town, and she was prevailed upon to proceed with Lauden to Gloucester.
Margaret Davidson, servant to Mrs. Lee, corroborated the production of the pistols, and the force used in carrying off her mistress, but admitted that twenty minutes passed between the time Mrs. Lee came out, and said to her that the Mr. Gordons were armed with pistols, and was afraid they would take her away, and the time they brought Mrs. Lee out of the dining-room, and took her into the chaise. · Mr. Lockhart Gordon having reproached Mrs. Lee with prosecuting his brother, whom, he said, she once tenderly loved, she answered, “ I am tender. ly alive to his situation and yours; and, so far as I have been enabled, have endeavoured to save you both; nor is it the first time that your lives have been in my power."
Mrs. Lee seems to be about 30 years of age; her figure is interesting, and her face handsome. She is a natural daughter of the late Lord Le Despencer. Her brother's name was Dashwood. Lord Le Despencer, on his death bed, bequeathed to Mrs. Lee, then Miss Dashwood, 70,0001. to be paid in her own hands
when she came of age. Mrs. Lee was then an infant. The money was placed in the funds to accumulate until the period of her taking possession. When in her fifteenth year she was courted by many young men of fashion, and she was then the belle of Bath, being the toast in every gay party. Among her suitors were, Lord Say and Sele, and a nephew of the Earl of Macclesfield; and she consented to be united to the latter gentleman. An equipage suitable to the lady's fortune was ordered, the wedding clothes were provided, the ring bought, and even the wedding dinner ordered; but the night previous the lady changed ber mind, and would not have him. Meeting a short time afterwards Mr. Lee, the elegance of his person, and his gentlemanly manners, made so deep an impression, that she agreed to elope with him for Gretna Green, which plan was carried into execution in a few days, the lady leaving behind her a numerous train of passionate admirers. The marriage with Mr. Lee took place in 1792, and about nine months after the parties were separated, owing, it is said, to use a fashionable phrase, to the whimmy disposition of the lady. On the separation taking place, she relinquished a part of her fortune in favour of her husband,
Lockhart and Lauden Gordon are first and second cousins to the present Earl of Portsmouth.
They are to be tried at the next Oxford assizes.
At the last meeting of the Antiquarian Society, was read a letter of Mr. Jack son, on the ancient Utica, which was next in extent and magnitude to Carthage, and in the same gulph. Here Mr. Jackson visited the subterraneous vaults, in which the ceilings were covered with bats of an enormous size, called by Virgil harpies, which, being disturbed, left their places, and nearly extinguished the flambeaux, and, but for a lanthorn, the curious visitors might have been lost in the dark. In the same place Mr. Jackson found foxes, burrowing in the underground ruins.
EXTRAORDINARY SAGACITY OF A Dog ---On the 21st ult, at the Pub. "lic-Office, Worship-street, Wm. Tweed was examined on a charge of felony,
The prosecutor, nanied Scott, said, that the prisoner, who lodged with him, had broke open a box, and stole thereout a quantity of wearing apparel. He was apprehended at the Pitt's Head public-house, in Old-street, by means of a small terrier dog, belonging to Mr. Scott, who flew at him with the greatest fury, which attracted the notice of the landlord. He observed the dress of the prisoner, and that the coat he had on was his brother's, who had been robbed of it. When the prosecutor's brother was sent for, he recognized his coat; and on the prisoner boing searched, several duplicates were found on him, descriptive of the other articles which he had stolen. The pawnbrokers not being all present, the prisoner was committed for re-examination.
The cow-pock, it seems, is not a preventive of the plague. Dr. Valli, with a view to ascertain the point, inoculated himself with the plague, after having subjected himself to vacination; he at length took the plague, but the last accounts from Vienna, state, that he was expected to recover.
. Dr. Sacco has produced the cow-pock on most domestic animals, and has had the same ,success with equine as well as vacine matter. He has subjected sheep to the cow-pox, but without acting as a preventive against the clavelee. The practice of clavelisation is now rapidly extending in Germany.
EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE.---Sylvester Godlia, one of the persons cona cerned in the late forgery on the bank of Portugal, and who was sent thither in
custody a few months ago, with Gillington and Farrel, against whom he was a principal witness, having escaped out of the prison at Lisbon, was lately apprehended at Bethnal-Green. He effected his escape by an old nail, which he found in his cell, and a chain, with which he forced up a plank in the floor, and made his way through it to another dungeon, where he found a cutlass, which enabled him to open a door ; and, having previously engaged the sentinel.placed near the door in his favour, they both went off together. He was seven weeks in making the apparatus in the floor, as he was forced to act with the greatest caution to elude the observations of the guard that brought him his victuals; then putting his cloak over the spot, and sweeping the dungeon himself, having contrived the piece of the plank cut out, to fix in at the time. After his escape, he concealed himself in the house of an English woman, at a place called Bonisiras, and, then went on board the Lord Nelson privateer; and, after cruizing about ten days, was cast away at Vigo, in Spain, where he remained eight hours in the sea, by which the cramp taking him, he clung to a piece of wood, and, in that situation, almost senseless, was taken up by a Portuguese vessel, who landed him at Vigo. After undergoing many hardships by land, he got to Bilboa, and thence to England, by a Spanish vessel, bound for Cork, but which, on account of the damage she had sustained at sea, put in at Ilfracombe, Devonshire.
A most simple, accurate, and expeditious method of measuring coals has lately been contrived, and which promises to remove all the objections to which the present mode is liable. By this method every bushel is gauged, the gauge ascertains the legal quantity put into the bushel, and is managed by a sworn labouring coal-meter ; by which means the public will be benefited, and more particularly, as it will be impossible for a handful of coals to be spilt after passing through the medium of the bushel. By the old method, it is well known, that the coals are tilted three times previous to their being placed into the waggon, and that in all the several motions, as well as during their conveyance from the barge to the waggon, a quantity is liable to be spilt. By the new mode, the coals are only raised sufficiently to be above the waggon, and are then measured by either one, two, three, or four bushels, which work at the same time, and by a motion at once simple and expeditious. It is said that 200 chaldrons may be measured in the above manner, in the space of ten hours. Such a quantity appears to be incredible; and if the facts are as above stated, the invention must be very important, and prove highly advantageous to the public.
VOLUNTEER RESIGNATIONS. King's BENCH.--- The King v. Dowley.---Mr. Dowley had been convicted by the magistrates in certain fines, for non-attendance at the meetings of his corps; upon which he brought his case into the Court of King's Bench, which was argued at great length by Mr. Erskine and the Attorney General. Lord Ellenborough stated, that the case appeared to the court to lay in the narrowest compass. They must decide it on the facts which appeared on the face of the conviction, which might or might not apply to cases arising in future. It was un necessary to go through all the facts stated in the conviction, for they were fresh in the recollection of every body ; but from them it appeared that the corps of Southwark Cavalry were formed upon the regulation of the .acts of the 34th and 42nd of the king; the rules of the corps were also set forth, but they were totally silent as to the period of service; but by the 42nd of the king, it was enacted, that every volunteer had the power of notifying his intention of discontinuing his services in the corps; and it proceeded to enact the consequences of such discontinuance, namely, that the person resigning should be liable to serve in the militia, by himself or substitute, if he had been previously balloted, and that he should lose all his exemptions. By this clause of the act, it;therefore appeared, that whatever agreement the volunteer made, it was under an implied right of resignation. It was therefore necessary to see if this right was, by any subsequent act, taken away. By the 43rd of the king, commonly called the Levy en Masse act, four sorts of volunteers were named, viz. the corps already formed, and those volunteers under the act, and by the fifty third section, the king was empowered to suspend the operation of that act, when the volunteers, already formed, amounted to a certain proportion ; but it was to be observed, that nothing was said about the period of service for which they were to serve. It was merely stated, that, if the numbers were kept up to a certain proportion, or that they should agree to serve on certain conditions, that then the act was to be sus. pended ; if not, then the levy en masse was to go forward. It was true, that the twenty fourth section speaks of the period of service, but that section was applicable only to volunteers under the act, and was totally silent as to the volunteer corps then already formed. The last act upon the subject, the 43rd of the king, chap. 121, left this point untouched. The act had no retrospective yiew upon this matter; it enacted that persons should be liable to the fines and regulations of their respective corps, but made no provision as to the point in question. From the consideration, therefore, of the whole of the acts, considering that the power of resignation was expressly recognized by the 43rd of the king, and that that power was no where afterwards expressly taken away, and that the defendant had exercised that power, the court were of opinion that the conviction ought to be quashed.
DOLLARS.---Mr. Bolton, of Birmingham, has engaged to re-stamp several millions of dollars, in the manner of the English silver currency, and in imitation of our own crown pieces, with the difference only that the present edge milling of the dollars is to remain. The experimient has already been successfully tried, and a specimen of this new coin has been presented to his majesty, and received the royal approbation. In this improved state, it is said, the dollars will be issued at their actual value, 4-s. 9d. each, and those now in circulation, will be received at the bank at their present price of 5s.
The distribution of the French officers lately arrived in England from St. Domingo, we understand to be as follows:
At Ashbourn, in Derbyshire---Rochambeau, general in chief; Jacques Boye, general of division; Gaston O'Gorman, aid-du-camp and colonel ; An, toine Rene, secretary ; Jean B. Allegre, interpreter; ------ Eustache, black servant; Albert Violette, servant; Gregoire Guidet, boy; Severe Maynard, aid-du-camp and colonel ; Francis Pagott, general of brigade ; P. Couapon, servant.
At Leeke, in Staffordshire---Francis Felix, colonel ; Charles Le Clerc, cap-' tain of engineers; Theodore Renault, inhabitant and planter ; Louis Tellier, servant.
At Chesterfield, in Derbyshire----Henry La'Poype, aid-du-camp and colonel ; Jean La Poype, general of division; Sperat de Veyrier, brigadier general; and five servants.
Sudden DEATH.---On Monday morning, Feb. 6th, about nine o'clock, Captain Fitzgerald went to the Northumberland coffee house, where he was well
known, and occasionally lodged, to ask for a bed. On being shewn to his cham. ber, he desired that he might not be disturbed till six in the evening, stating that he had been up the whole of the preceding night. When the waiter went to call hiin at the appointed time, he found the captain, though yet warm, to his great astonishment, quite dead. A neighbouring surgeon was instantly sent for by the Tiraster of the house, who opened an artery, but without effect. The coroner's jury sat on Tuesday upon the body, at two o'clock, and after a very ininute investigation of the circumstances, pronounced a verdict of---Died by the visitation of God. The deceased was a captain of marines, and was known in the fashion. able world by the name of fighting Fitzgerald, from the number of duels that he had been concerned in. He had dined on the previous Sunday at the Northumberland coffee house, in company with a friend, in apparent health and spirits, and may be considered a recent instance of the frailty of human nature.
LADY AUGUSTA MURRAY.---The late application of this lady to the court of chancery having excited much curiosity, we are enabled to gratify our readers with the substance of the bill filed on her part. It begins with reciting • deed executed between her and his Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex.
The deed then states that his Royal Highness was married to her ladyship at Rome, according to the ceremonies of the church of England, in April, 1793; and that they were afterwards married in England, in December following, at St. George's, Hanover-square, which last marriage, but not the former, had been declared void. The deed likewise states, that there was issue of the said marriages two children, a son, now near ten years of age, and a daughter; that his Royal Highness felt himself bound in law, conscience, and honour, to consider the said Duchess as his lawful wife ; that as he then resided abroad, and his return to England was uncertain, he was desirous of making such a provision for her du. ring his life, as would enable her to support an establishment suited to her rank and dignity, and to maintain and educate their said children; and on those considerations, he, by that deed, granted an annuity of £.4000 to her trustees, to be payable out of any income or pension he then had, or should afterwards have, out of the civil list, or any parliamentary fund, or otherwisc; which £.4000 a year, it was thereby directed should be applied for the maintenance of the Duchess, and the maintenance and education of their said two children. The bill then states, that an annuity of £.12,000 had been granted to the Duke of Sussex, by authority of parliament, commencing from the fifth of January, 1802, which annuity Messrs. Coutts had received, under a power of attorney from his Royal Highness, who is now at Lisbon.
The bill next states, that his majesty had, in the year 1795, been graciously pleased to grant an annuity to Messrs. Coutts, but in trust for lady Augusta, of
£.1200, subject to taxes and deductions, that reduced it to £.900, which pension she had in 1800 (before the duties' annuity took place) permited to be made a security for the payment of a rent of £.600 a year, reserved on the lease to his Royal Highness, of a house in Grosvenor-square; t'e bill then stated, that no part of the annuity of £.4,000 had been paid to the Duchess, or her trustees, and that the pension of £.1,200 a year liaving been applied in payment of the rent of the said house, and the taxes and assessinents. She was not only deprived of all means of subsistence for herself and her children, and their education, but likewise charged with demands froin divers tradesmen, to the amount of £.7,000 and upwards, many ot' whose bills included debts contracted by his