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some shot in the orchestra, as if cently discharged. (The pistol they had struck against the boards was of the same size used by Beland fallen down. Those which lingham, about six inches long.) struck the door had left a mark While conveying the prisoner to two feet nine inches from the Tothill-fields, he asked him how floor. The shot found in the or he could think of doing so rash chestra, and in the prisoner's an act—was it his intention to pocket, were the same size. shoot Miss Kelly? The prisoner
Mr. E. Knight was perform- answered "I tell you the pistol ing at Drury-lane theatre on the was not loaded with either ball or night in question. Remembered slugs." He admitted his intenthe discharge of the pistol. Miss tion was to shoot at Miss Kelly. Kelly was on the stage at the Cross-exainined.--Saw the prisarne time with him, on his
on theMonday following right hand. Saw the flash of .at Tothill-fields. He said he was the pistol, which came from his not sorry for what he had done, left; did not see who fired the and made a sort of a laugh. pistol. Thought he heard the Samuel Dickons accompanied rattling of shot against the or the last witness in taking the prichestra.
soner to Tothill-fields. The priCross-examined. Neither he soner said he intended to kill Miss nor Miss Kelly received the slight- Kelly, in answer to a question est injury.
from Baker, Baker then asked Miss Kelly was now sworn, why he intended this? The prievidently under great embarrass soner answered,
"She knows ment, and much affected. On very well what it's for." the night in question she was Here the evidence closed, when performing at Drury-lane theatre; the letters produced by Mis Kelly saw a light, and at the same mo were read. ment heard what she supposed to Mr. Dowling now announced be a detonating ball. Had not his intention to call evidence to the least acquaintance with the prove the insanity of the prisoner. prisoner to her knowledge; had The prisoner, on being asked never seen him before that period, by Mr. Baron Wood, said, he had nor till this day. [The prisoner nothing to say in his defence. was observed to smile, and look John Crockets had married the earnestly towards Miss Kelly.] prisoner's mother. The prisoner,
Cross-examined. --Received two when a boy, was always reserved letters signed with the prisoner's and gloomy; he would not play name. Never answered them, with other boys. At times he took the slightest notice of them, was very queer, and at his meals except to a friend. The letters would burst out a laughing withwere then put in.
out reason. He was apprenticed John Baker was in attendance to a law-stationer ; he went down at Drury-lane Theatre on the to Seven-Oaks, in Kent, as clerk 17th of February; saw Mr. Tay- to an attorney; he had not been lor produce the pistol now put long there, when witness was in ; it appeared to have been re sent for by his master to bring
him away, from the bad state of in his opinion his close applieahis mind. When he went down, tion to business had injured his he found him standing in the health. Witness recommended front of a gentleman's house, him to Mr. Claridge at Seven bowing: he had great difficulty Oaks, who wrote to him soon in getting him away.
About a afterwards, complaining of the fortnight after, the prisoner went prisoner's state of mind. Witness to Yarmouth; he returned in five sent his father for him. He was weeks, and went to work with correct in business till a day or Mr. Norcroft, a law-stationer. two before the offence with which He went to several other places, he was charged. He then apbut was always low and melan- peared in a very disturbed state choly. Three or four days before of mind. this transaction he was particu Mr. Riordan, also a law-stalarly low. He burst out into a tioner, spoke to the disturbed laugh, and on being asked what state of the prisoner's mind. he did so for, he said he had a Mr. Claridge was at Seven Oaks thought in his head.
when the prisoner was in his faOn cross-examination, the wit- ther's employment. He once obness said, he never had put the served the prisoner standing opprisoner in confinement, or had posite a gentleman's house at medical advice for him. He was Seven Oaks, gazing earnestly at harmless.
the windows. He was surroundMrs. Crockett, mother of the ed by a mob, who were mocking prisoner, said he was the son of him. This was in July 1813. Mr. Barnett, who was a waiter He was satisfied the prisoner was at the Piazza coffee-house. She not then in his right mind. In remembered his return from talking of theatricals, he said he Seven Oaks. He seemed very ill, could play better than Mr. Kean, melancholy, and low-spirited and was often incoherent in his The last week before this affair, manner. he appeared very imeasy and very The lady with whom the priuncomfortable. On Saturday the soner lodged at Seven Oaks also 17th of March, the day on which spoke to the circumstance alluded he committed the act, he was par to by the last witness.
He someticularly umeasy. She remember times sat in church with his hat edd his firing a pistol in the yard on, and, in fact, conducted himon that day. She did not see self in an insane manner. much of his mind the few days Mrs. Mary Haggerty lived in before Saturday. She knew he Castle-street, Holborn; the priwas going to the play on Satur soner lodged with her. She knew day. She never knew of his the prisoner. Once, when one having a pistol till the day in of her children was dying, she question. He was very unsettled asked him what he thought of it? in his mind.
He went to the sofa on which the Mr. Norcroft, a law-stationer, child lay, and, after looking at with whom the prisoner had it earnestly, laughed in her fice, worked for a year, deposed, that and quitted the room. He often
danced all night in his room, and them, Lieut. Stanhope and the was guilty of such extravagances, said other person, or one of them, that it was her firm belief he was of the losses and gains in the insane.
course of the play, he, Lieut. StanMr. John Want, a surgeon, hope, claimed to have won of thought the prisoner insane. Lord Beauchamp the sum of
Mr. Baron Wood proceeded to 8,0001. and upwards, and the said sum up the evidence. With re other person claimed to have won spect to the letters which had of Lord Beauchamp the further been read, he said that they bore sum of 7,0001. and
wards. evident symptoms of insanity.
“ That in further pursuance of The jury found the prisoner the said concert and conspiracy, Not Guilty, on the ground of in- he, Lord Beauchanıp, at the same sanity.
time and place, was required by
Lieut. Stanhope to write and sign Horse Guards, November 18. two promissory notes or engageAt a General Court-Martial held ments to pay at the expiration of at Cambray, in France, on the three years the said several suns 23d of September, 1816, and of money so claimed to have been continued by adjournments to the won of him, Lord Beauchamp, 26th of the same month, Lieu- by Lieut. Stanhope and the said tenant the Honourable Augustus other person respectively. Stanhope, of the 12th regiment “ That he, Lord Beauchamp, of Light Dragoons, was arraign was at that time about 16 years ed upon the undermentioned of age, ignorant of and unused charge, viz:
to play, and affected by the wine “ For behaving in a scandalous, he had been prevailed upon to infamous manner, such as is un take by the parties." becoming the character of an offi Upon which charge the Court cer and a gentleman, in conspir- came to the following decision : ing with a certain other person, “The Court having maturely and to draw in and seduce Lord Beau- deliberately considered the charge champ to game and play with exhibited against Lieutenant the them, for the purposes of gain and Hon. Augustus Stanhope, of the advantage ; and that, in pursu- 12th regiment of Light Dragoons, ance of such conspiracy, he, together with the evidence proLieutenant Stanhope, (having en duced on either side, do find him gaged Lord Beauchamp to come guilty of the said charge, and do to his quarters in Paris, on Sun sentence him, Lieut. Stanhope, day the 17th day of March, 1816, to be discharged his Maje-ty's upon an invitation to dine with service accordingly."
His Royal him), did, in company and in Highness the Prince Regent has concert with such other person, been pleased, in the name and on draw in, seduce, and prevail upon the behalf of his Majesty, to apLord Beauchamp to play with prove and confirm the finding and them at a certain game of charce sentence of the Court; and the with cards, for very high stakes, Commander-in-Chief directs, that whereby, on an account kept by the foregoing charge, preferred
against the Hon. Augustus Stan- getting out of prison disguised in hope, of the 12th Light Dragoons, his wife's clothes, lay concealed together with the finding and in Paris, should put on an Engsentence of the Court, shall be lish uniform, and be conducted entered in the general order book, by Sir R. Wilson beyond the barand read at the head of every reg;- riers in an English cabriolet, ment in his Majesty's service. which should carry him to ComBy command of his Royal High- piegne, whither an officer named ness the Commander-in-chief. Ellision shouid bring Wilson's HARRY CALVERT, Adj.-Gen. own carriage : into this they were
to enter, and to pass through Trial of Major-Gen. Sir Robert Cambray to Mons.
For the exeThomas Wilson, Michael Bruce, Esq. cution of this design, passports and Captain John Hely Hutchinson, were procured from Sir Charles for aiding and assisting in the es Stuart, at the request and upon rape of General Lavalette.
the responsibility of Sir R. Wil. Although the trial under the son, for a fictitious general and above title took place in France, colonel, which were duly counits remarkable nature, and the tersigned ; and Elliston having country of the persons interested obtained them, hired post-horses in it, appear to give it a just claim for the carriage of the supposifor admission into the part of our titious colonel, and took for him work destined to the record of an apartinent and a coach-house memorable occurrences in this at an hotel. Bruce procured Laclass.
valette's measure, which HutchOf these gentlemen, the first inson gave to a tailor for providhas rendered himself conspicuous ing a great-coat, waistcoat, and by the vigour of his military ser- pantaloons; and it was determine vices, and by his account of the ed that on the evening of Sunday, Egyptian campaign under Gene- January 9th, La alette should be ral Abercrombie, in which he removed to Hutchinson's lodgings, brought a heavy charge of cruelty in order to be taken up there on against Buonaparte), and his the next morning. At the hour work on the Military Force of the appointed, Wilson, Bruce, and British Empire. He was at this Elliston having repaired to Hutchtime out of active service. The inson's apartments, Lavalette was second was a private person visit introduced by a person who had ing Paris ; the third a British of- conducied him, but dill not enter ficer, with his regiment quartered the room. The fugitive was in that capital. The following dressed in a blue uniform, and narrative of the escape of Lava- disguised in such a manner that lette, is extracted from a letter he might pass without remark written by Sir Robert Wilson to among Englishmen. He appearEarl Grey in England, and ac- ed greatly moved ; but that he knowledged by himself.
might not give vent to his senti. The plan agreed upon was, that ments of gratitude, Wilson and Lavalette, who, after having suc Filliston withdrew. ceeded, on December 200h, in On the following morning, at
half-past seven, Wilson was at and returned by a different route Hutchinson's door with his ca. to Paris, after an absence of sixbriolet, in which the fugitive was ty hours. soon seated, Hutchinson accom From the official account pubpanying them on horseback, and lished by the French government, they passed the barrier of Clichy it appears, that the first proposal with little observation. Lavalette of assisting in saving Lavalette having very marked features, was made to Mr. Bruce on Janusome alarm was excited at La ary 2d or 3d, when a person Chapelle, where they changed brought him an anonymous lethorses, by four gendarmes, who ter, acquainting him that Lavahovered about them ; but Hutch- lette was still in Paris, saying inson gave answers to their ques- that he (Bruce) alone could save tions which satisfied them. They him, and requesting an answer passed other gendarmes who had on the subject. This was sent ; bills containing a description of and of all that followed, Sir R. Lavalette, which had been disper- Wilson was entirely ignorant, till sed throughout France. Some he was informed of the matter by grey hairs appearing from under Bruce, who prevailed upon l.im his brown wiy as they were ap- to contribute his efforts to eflect proaching Compeigne, Wilson the escape of Lavalette. Captain with a pair of scissars acted as Hutchinson was associated in the his friseur. In that town they same project. These gentlemen were conducted to a retired quar were influenced partly by comter, where they waited till the miseration of the unfortunate incarriage from Paris arrived with dividual, and partly by their poliElliston. Wilson caused the lamps tical sentiments. Of those of to he lighted, that they might ap- Wilson, conclusions were drawn pear without apprehensions, and from the correspondence between having taken leave of their friends, himself and his brother Ellward they set out well armed ; prepar- in London, of which the French ed to resist in case they should government obtained possession. experience any obstacle. Though The letter to Lord Grey, from much questioned at the stations which the preceiling narrative is for rel:ys, they were not detain- drawn, being intercepied by the ed, till they reached Cambray, police, occasioned the arrest of the when they were kept three hours three gentlemen who are the subat the gate through the fault of jects of this vial. Sir Charles the English guard. In passing Stuart, the British ambassador', Valenciennes they three being informed of this circumtimes strictly exanıined ; and un stance, wrote a note on the same derwent another and last exami- day, Janunvy 13th, to the Duke nation at some distance from that de Richelieu, intimating, that as garrison. They safely reached he had repeatedly mamtested his Mons to dinner ; and after Sir deter:nination to extend his p!OR. Wilson had made all suitable tection to no person whose conarrangements for the fugitive's duit en langered the saiety of that further journey, he took his leave, governinent, he should have been