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I Vacker, Tomas

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS

ON THE

TRIAL

OF

AN INDICTMENT

AGAINST

AND

THOMAS WALKER OF MANCHESTER,

MERCHANT,

WILLIAM PAUL,
SAMUEL JACKSON, JAMES CHEETHAM,
OLIVER PEARSALL, BENJAMIN BOOTH,

JOSEPH COLLIER;

FOR
A CONSPIRACY TO OVERTHROW THE CON.
STITUTION AND GOVERNMENT,

AND
TO AID AND ASSIST THE FRENCH,

(being the King's Enemies)
IN CASE THEY SHOULD INVADE THIS KINGDOM.

TRIED
At the Assizes at Lancaster,

April 2, 1794,
BEFORE THE HON. MR. JUSTICE HEATH,

ONE OF THE JUDGES
OF HIS MAJESTY'S COURT OF COMMON PLEAS,

TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND

BY JOSEPH GURNEY. .

PRINTED FOR T. BODEN, MANCHESTER;
J. JOHNSON, NO. 72, st. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD;
AND J. DEBRETT, OPPOSITE BURLINGTON-HOUSE,

PICCADILLY, LONDON.

1794.

41779

ADVERTISEMENT.

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The following pages contain the account of a Trial, for a Conspiracy against the Constitution and Government of this kingdom, in which I have been made the principal defendant. The reader, however, will observe, that some circumstances occurred in the course of these proceedings which give them the complexion of a conspiracy AGAINST the Dea fendants ; myself in particular.

For the present at least, I shall only briefly state, that no falsehood or slander was too base or ma. lignant, for my persecutors and their adherents, to invent and propagate, for the purpose of injuring my reputation, both as a merchant and as a man; nor was any attempt omitted that could irritate the public mind against myself and the other defendants; and consequently prejudge our cause.

When the rights of the public are attacked in the persons of individuals, the public are, (and ought to feel) deeply interested in the rise, the progress, and the event of the conflict. I am in possession of a series of facts, which for this reason I doubt not would be deemed important, not only to myself, but, at least, equally so to the public, and would illustrate, in some degree, the confession of Dunn (the evidence for the prosecution) that he was BRIBED to become my accuser.

Perhaps the secret movers of this iniquitous conspiracy may be traced, by tracing the conduct of their inferior agents : but the present publi

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