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Henry Hunter deposed to the counsel for the crown, but they same effect.

declined it; they also offered to Jocelyne Philips deposed, That prove, that the child had been well he was churchwarden of St. James's used, by the evidence of servants parish, and in that station first saw who had lived in their family; but the girl on the table, who was left the court thought it unnecessary. in the care of one Elearior Bradshaw Mr. Justice Robinson then openby Dr. Tisdall, and that he paid ed to the jury the substance of the for her subsistence 19 weeks, indictments, as before fet forth ; Dr. Dunkin deposed, That the and summed up

the evidence; conyoung lady produced by the de- cluding with his directions and obfendants, as their daughter, had servations upon it, to the effect been always reputed and maintain- following: ed as such, having known the fa 1. Although it is of absolute mily twenty years, and seen her, neceslity for the welfare and educaduring that time, very frequently; tion of children, that human laws but that she was fickly, and there- should leave the power of reasonfore did not come so often into able correction to parents, in whom company as' she would otherwise nature originally placed it;, yet have done.

abuses of that power, by excesses The reverend Mr. Rofs de- in the means or manner, are offenposed to the same effect; and that ces punishable by law. Upon this Miss Molly was well treated. principle, cruel chastisements, with

Dr. Charles Coghlan deposed weapons unfit for correction, are to the same effect; and that he at- assaults; and the desertion of chil. tended Miss Molloy for a scald dren, and expofing them to perish, head; for which it became necef or confining them without fufte fary to diet her, and give her phy- nance, to starve, are unnatural fick.

crimes of a very deep dye; so that, Mrs. Anne Darcy deposed, That without doubt, the facts, as charghe knew Miss Molloy, and had ed in the indictments, are offences known her from her birth; that indictable at common law. the young lady produced by the 2. In case, gentlemen, that you defendants, as their daughter, was believe, that the poor ideot girl of the ; that in 1752 she had a scald the hospital, produced upon the head, but was well treated. table, is not the defendants daugh

Mrs. Bridget Macaulay deposed ter, Sarah Molloy, there is then to the same effect.

no proof of

any
ill treatment,

since Mrs. Sarah Archbold also de- the year 1752 ; and consequently, posed to the fame effect; and that, the greater part of the charges of in 1752, Miss Molloy, the person the indictments, of course falls to produced by the defendants as their the ground. daughter, had a fore head, and fore Upon this supposition also, the toes, with an offensive discharge, whole evidence of Eleanor Campbut had no mark under her breaft, bell, Arabella Mara, and Mary or on her thigh.

Nary, must be utterly rejected, and The defendants offered their laid out of the case; for having daughter to be examined by the sworn so positively and deliberately

as they have done, to that fact; if Darcy, Mrs. Macaulay, and Mrs. they are false in that material part Archbold, of the general treatof their testimony, they are not ment of Sarah Molloy, by her to be credited in

any

other. And mother, and in the family, and to upon this supposition likewise, the confider, how far it takes off from present prosecution appears to be the evidence of Walsh, Eaton, set on foot, at a distance of ten Gardiner, and Gilleroy. You are years from the time the offence is also to take into consideration, the charged to have been committed. exceptions that lie against any of It is one of the blessings of our these witnesses, and to give them conftitution, that the opportunities their due weight. And here it for enquiring into criminal charges may be very material, to keep in return frequently; so that there mind, the difference in

age

between may be a recent examination, the ideot girl from the hospital, and while witnesses are forth-coming, Miss Molly; and their extreme and the fact, with its circumstances, unlikeness in features and comfresh upon their memory. And, plexion; circumstances that fhould although it is true, that, regularly, seem to exclude any posibility of no length of time will prescribe ever mistaking one for the other

. against a prosecution for crimes, at The usual evidence in afaults

, common law ; yet great delay, in is the oath of the party injured, bringing it (if not well accounted who is generally the prosecutor ; for) must ever raise a juft fufpicion but here the prosecutor is a stranger in the minds of juries against it. to the young gentlewoman and to You are therefore to consider, whe her family : and if you

believe the ther there is " fufficient reason af- person produced in court as Sarah figned for the delay in the present Molloy, to be really so, then it case.

appears to you, that the al3. Laying the evidence of those ledged to be injured, is forththree women out of the case ; the coming, of age and capacity to be ftroke on the head with the keys, examined on oath; and that the is proved by Margaret Gilleroy; prosecutor declines examining her. and this, the instrument being im

5: Upon the whole, there is no proper for correction, is an asfault, evidence against the father; so that in strictness of the law, by the he must be acquitted. mother; the circumstances also of 6. As to the mother, you are to confinement, and hard treatment with acquit, or convict her, of the af respect to food, in 1752, are sworn fault, and confinement, as charged by Walsh, Eaton, Gardiner, and in 1752, according to your beGilleroy : and if you believe them, lief upon the evidence : but in case you ought to find the mother guilty you find her guilty of them, you of the assault, and confinement, as should acquit her of the other charged in 1752, though you ac- charges of the indi&tments, for quither of the rest of the indict- which there is no proof. If you do But in settling your opi- not think her guilty of the assaults

, nions upon this point, you are to

or confinement, your verdicts must weigh, against this evidence, the be, in general, NOT GUILTY, account given by doctor Dunkin, upon both indictments. Mr. Rols, doctor Coghlan, Mrs.

The

party

ments.

The jury then withdrew, and, fed chiefly upon bread and water. in less than a quarter of an hour, In all and

every

article her mistress returned with their verdicts, that took care to fulfil these directions both the defendants were not guilty. to the utmost.

The verdicts being recorded, the Mrs. M-K-y, her mistress, counsel for the defendants moved (for her own interest) instructed. to have copies of the examinations Miss Sally to work very well plain of Eleanor Campbell, Arabella work, which she was kept strictly Mara, and Mary Nary, in order close to; her talk was given her in to their being indicted for perjury. the morning, which she was obliged Which motion the court granted. to complete before she went to bed,

which was sometimes not till two

or three o'clock in the morning. Letter relating to the foregoing intri- Miss would often complain and say, cate affair.

no creature was ever used fo cruelly

as she, and that no tongue could Gentlemen,

expresswhat she had gone through; ON reading a narrative * of the he said her complaining only

most cruel treatment of Miss brought worse treatment, so the M-y, I met with a passage, was determined, if possible, to wherein he says, “My daughter bear it with patience till time he cannot be, as she is, and has should put a period to it either one been for several years past, at a

way or another. Miss

very

seldom boarding school in England.” Now went out except in the garden. if you think the following will be One day, as she was in the garden, of any fatisfaction to the public, the picked up an apple under the you may, if you please, give it a tree, for which her mistress whipplace in your next publication. ped her with stinging nettles, and

About six years ago, an Irish hung a string of apples about her gentleman, whose name was M-y, neck by way of disgrace. She lay and his daughter, whom he called in a little place by herself on the Sally, came to the Falcon at ground on a few feathers, without Gravesend, and enquired for a sheets, bolster, or pillow. When boarding school; the people of the her mistress was without a servant house recommended him to one (for she seldom kept one above a Mrs. MÖK y, in Milton Back- month at a time) The used to do fide

; she rents a house of five the work of the house. Miss was pounds a year, keeps a common never suffered to come near the working school, and sometimes' fire but when business called her, has two or three boarders. Mr. so that some of her toes, I am inM-y foon agreed with her for formed, were perished. She althe price, and strict charge was ways appeared very mean in habit. given, that miss should be used Her usual breakfast was a few hard with all the severity possible, to crufts put into a bason, and hot be under strict confinement, and water out of the tea-kettle poured

We have omitted this piece, the substance of it being contained in the trial.

thereon,

thereon, with a little milk, but had a bad head. I did not hear oftener with none; at her dinner she that the mayor signed the certi. was allowed bread and cheese, with ficate to any body else except those a little small beer. · One day her above-mentioned. The

mayor mistress was engaged out to dinner, asked Miss Sally, whether the and they insisted on her bringing would swear, that that gentleman miss along with her. There was (pointing to Mr. M -y) was a fine piece of roasted beef for din- her father? she replied, that she ner, but on the meat's coming into would not swear that he was her the room, miss was obliged to father, but that she always called leave it; she was asked what was

him
papa,

and that he was the the matter? The answered, the gentleman that brought her to victuals overcame her; her mistress Gravesend. immediately observed that Miss Whether this or the other be Sally feldom eat any meat.

Mr. My's daughter, time, it About three weeks ago, Mr. is to be hoped, will make appear. M y came again to Gravesend, All I have to say is, that I assure in order to take Miss Sally away the public, what I have related to carry her to Ireland; he brought above is ftri&ly true, as it has been, with him cloaths, that Miss might and is ready to be attested by se appear in her proper character, veral very creditable people, inhaand drew up a certificate to be bitants of the town, and from no figned by the mayor, minifters, other motive than charity in behalf and churchwardens of the parishes of the distressed, which is a duty of Gravesend and Milton, &c. incumbent on every individual. that Mrs. M-K-y keeps a grand boarding-school, and that his Gravesend, Nov. daughter was well done by, or 5th, 1762.

Gfomething to the same effect, which the minister of Gravesend inadvertently figned, and the minister The history of the famous madam of Milton, being a young man, d'Escombas, executed a few years and seeing the minister of Graves

ago at Paris, for being privy to end's hand, without hardly look the murder of her husband by a ing over it, figned it also, for which they are greatly blamed by the inhabitants. Mr. My, TLL suited matches are productive the mistress, and Miss Sally, was of such complicated misery, that before the mayor for his figning; it is a wonder it should be necefthe mayor asked the mistress several sary to declaim against them, and questions with regard to Mifs Sally, by arguments and examples, examong the reft, why she did not pose the folly, or brand the cruelty, bring miss to church with the rest of such parents as sacrifice their of the children ? she made answer, children to ambition or avarice. that miss had not cloaths fit to ap- Daily experience indeed shews, that pear in ; she was asked what was this misconduct of the old, who, the reason Miss Sally never came by their wisdom, should be able to to a fire ? she replied, because the direct the young; and who either

I am yours,

former lover.

have, or are thought to have, their A citizen of Paris, who, though welfare alone in view, is not only he could not amass wealth, for the subversive of all the bliss of social acquisition whereof he had an inor life, but often gives rise to events dinate passion, made, by his un of the most tragical nature. As wearied efforts, wherewithal to any truth that regards the peace of maintain his small famlly handfamilies cannot be too often incul- fomely; he had a daughter, whose cated, I make no doubt but the beauty seemed to be the gift of following history, the truth of heaven, bestowed upon her to inwhich is known to some in Eng- crease the happiness of mankind, land, and to almost all France, though it proved, in the end, fata'l where it happened, will prove to herself, her lover, and her husa acceptable to the public. At Paris, band. Monsieur d’Escombas, a whole splendor and magnificence citizen advanced in years, could ftrikes every stranger with surprise, not behold this brilliant beauty where motives of pleasure alone without desire ; 'which was, in seem to direct the actions of the effect, according to the witty obinhabitants, and politeness renders fervation of Mr. Pope, no better their conversation desirable, scenes than wishing to be the dragon of horror are frequent amidst gaiety which was to guard the Hesperian and delight; and as human nature fruit. The father of Isabella, for is there seen in its most amiable that was the name of the young light, it may there, likewise, be lady, was highly pleased at meetseen in its most shocking deformity. ing with so advantageous a match It must be owned, without a com for his daughter, as old d’Escombas pliment to the French, that shining was very rich, and willing to take examples of exalted virtue are fre- her withont a portion ; which cirquent amongst them: but when cumstance was sufficient, in the they deviate from its paths, their opinion of a man, whose ruling vices are of as heinous a nature as passion was a fordid attachment to those of the most abandoned and interest, to attone for the want of dissolute heathens. The force of person, virtue, sense, and every truth has made monsieur Bayle ac other qualification. Isabella, who knowledge, that if all the poison- had no alternative but the choice ings and assassinations which the of a convent or of Mr.d'Escombas, intrigues of Paris give rise to, were preferred being consigned to his known, it would be sufficient to monumental arms, to being, as it make the moit hardened and pro were, buried alive in the melanfligate shudder. Though such choly gloom of a convent. The bloody events do not happen so confequences of this unnatural often in London, they are, not union were such as might be exwithstanding, but too frequent; pected; as madam d’Escombas in and, as the avarice of the old secret loathed her husband, her sometimes conspires with the par- temper was in a short time fowered fions of the young to produce by living with him, 'and she tothem, the story I am going to re- tally lost that ingenuous turn of late, will, I hope, be not unedi- mind, and virtuous disposition, fying to the inhabitants of this' which she had received from na city

ture.

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