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Publication: British Press April 21, 1820

British Press (Newspaper) - April 21, 1820, London, Middlesex Number 5421. LONDOl>r^EmOAy, APRIL 21,1820. Pkicb 7d. THEATJIK.ROYAL, DRVRY-LANB. larHHS EVENING. FRIDAY, April 21, his 1 Majefily'i Servanls wilt perform ibe Opera of ARTAXERXES. Ariaxerxtf, Mhdame Vmlria; Artabaiies, Mr. loclpdon-, AfbaRPs, Mr. Brtiliam. Mandane, Miss Carew) SeiBira, Mrs. Eland. Aner wliich, the Comedy of THREE WEEKS AFTER MARRIAGE. Sir Charles nnaket. Mr. Ellislon; Drosget, Mr. Dowtoii. tady Racket, M;s. Edwin; Mrs. Drugget, Mrx. Harlowe; Nancy, Mies Cari"; bioiity, Mrs. Orger, "ta which will bc^dUed, li�b lime, a Broad Farcical Pauto-mimical Urarpa, in two acts, eolitled SHAKSPEARE yHHSUS HARLEQUIN. Uarlequiu, Mr. llarley; Corporal Bonnce, Mr. Dowtonj Gascuiiadf, Sir. (iattie; Jue Snip, Mr. Mundeii; Abraham, Bfr. Kniifht; Simuu, Mr. Ojiberry; Forje, Mr. Russell; Taffy, Wr.Bugfa�; Mercury, Mr. T.Cooke; First Juatice, 3Wr. Butli>r. Mrs.. Snip, A/rs. Harlowe; Dolly Saip, Miss CubitI; Siik^y Chitlerlin, Mis.i Poveyi. ToDiorrow, Wild Oals, with Shakspeare versus Harie- Mr. Kean wBl make bis Srst appearance in King I.ear oa jHonihiy next.: THEATRE-liOYA t, COVENT-OARD^Bff, THIS EVENING, FRIDAY, April 2i, will be ucled a oew Musical Drama, called THE ANTIQUARY. Jonathan Oldbuck, Mr. LisloD ; Caxon, Mr. Blancbard; Hovel, Mr. puniset; Sir Arthur Wardour, Mr. Chapman; ItdieOrhiltre, Mr. Emery; Lord Gleunllan, Mr.Connor; Hec. lor W'Inlyra, Mr. Abliuit. Miss Isabella Wardonr, Miss Sheiibeus; Miss Maria M'Inlyre, Miss MatlUewa; Miss iii$, (afterwards Pantaloon), Mr. Barnes ; the Ba. rcnesn Poinpusini (afterwards Clown), Mr. Grimaldi; Pe-lUrigo Lou jshanks (afterwards Dandini), Mr. Norman. Cin-liierejla (h/ lerwards CDluinbiiie), Miss �. Dennett. The D,,orB will be opened at Half-past Six o'clock, and tte Play begin at Seveu. A Prii .lie Box may he bad for the season, or nightly, of rSr Bra mlon, at the Box office. Tu III >>rrow, first time, n new Musical Uomaoce, called 1 fenri r. kiifg within the said County in the Silk Manufactures : A PETITION having been pi-esented to his Majesty's ivsl'r "fs of the Peace for the said Cuunty of Middlesex, in Se.ssrt n assembled, by several Persons, whose names are tbeiii 1) subscribed. Journeymen Weavers, working within the � liil County in the Silk Manufactures, called Royal litun i of 20,0001. Consols must be drawn. As the First Prizi' in each Class will be entitled 10 20,000/. Consols, ovv-r and above whatever other Prize it is drawn, and as b,^^^ Tickets will be decided that Day, upwards of 20 other Ci ipitats may be expected to be then n TWENTY OTHER CAPITALS WILL be DRAWN. Every Ticket and Share, i f bought before NEXT THURSDAY, will have a Chance tliruugbuul the Lottery for FOUR..........Pr izes of..........�30,000 TWO..........Prizes nf..........�20,000 TWO.........Prize, of..........�10,000 &c, &c. Money at id Consols, forming 102 CAl'ITALS! TirketR and Shares are on iSale at the old-established and fortunate offices of HAZARl^ and CO. the Cooiracturs, Hi>yal Excbange-gale; 26, Cornl 'ill; und 324, Oxfurd-slreet, corner of Swallow-street, LoniV �; who shared and sold ill Ibe last Lottery Contract, 7,i* 0 111.0 0,656, 21I.OO0J. each, .-iBd in a recent Lottery all the f'e izis of 30,000/.!'. 1 �* Hazard and Co. have Agt nia in all the principal Towns throughout the Country. APPROACH OF THE DRAWING. SWIFT and CO. reBpectfull v inlorm the PuWic hat tlie Drawing of the LOTi'ERV will lake place 27lh THIS MONTH, when Two Prit fs of 20,000/. MUST BE DRAWN. The Wheel contains ll^e extraordinary num. ber of 108 Capitals, amongst which ar%- FOUR..........of......., ..�30,000 TWO..........of........20,000 TWO..........of........^. 10,000 FOUR..........of........... 1,000 . Money and Consuls; . alto a great number of smaller Prizes, iu tin' usual gradation from 300{. down lo I6(. The Schemes at large may be had at SViVIFT and Co.'s old and fortunate Offices, No. 11, Poultry; 13, Cbariog. cross; and 31, Aldgste High street. - ACIDULATED ESSENCE OF ANCHOVIES, "Iflt decided Preference this NEVV SAUCE has experienced during the short period it has been before the Piibtir, having occasioned some spurious Imitations, E. LAKENBY and SON respectfully inform the Nobility and Gentry, ihe Original Article is prepared only at their Warehouse, No. 6, Edward-street, London, and 23, Parli.iment-streel, Dublin. The Label on each Bottle signed " Elizabeth Lazenby." N. B.-Fiom its peculiar Preparation the Acid Anchovy Sance will he fuunn very delicious with steaks, hashes, &c, as well as all kinds of fish, and claim a decided preference for exportation; is warranted to keep in any climate, and does not turn rancid when opened. NORTH WILTS.-FREEHOLD DAIRY FARM. TO' BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION, At the Marl, nesr the Bank of England, on TUESDAY, the Olh day of Mnynexl, THE REVERSION IN FEE EXPECTANT on the Death of a LADY aged 73, of and in a ver^ desirable FKEEHOLD ESTATE, called BREACH FARM, situated in the Parish of Sirallon, Si. Haigarel's, in the County of Wilts, near the beautiful Vale of White Horse, in the centre of market towns, with eond roads; a short distance only from the Wills and Berks Canal, tbres miles from Highwortli and Swindon, nine milesfrom Far-ringdon and Crickl.ide, and 77 from LonJon ; comprising, witha suitable Farni-house,aiid all requisite buildings, nearly fifty-eight acres of line ancient meadow ao�i p-.isture-land, extremely productive, well diviiled, fenced and watered, for which a rent of 150/. a year may at any lime beobtaioed from a responsible tenant. The tithes payable ate about fi/. lOi. the poor rales are moderate, and the land-tax is redeemed. The estate is chargeable with Ihe payment of two annuities ollOI. each, the one during the life of a person of 42, the otlier for the life of a person of 50. To be viewed by leave of .Mr. Edmund Huwse, ihe present tenant; and-'further particulars may be had of Mr. Crowdy, Solicitor, Swindon; Messrs. Mrggisons and Poole, Hattoii-garden, London; Mr. Taylor, at the Auction Mart; and of Mr. Walsh, Law Stationer, Inner Temple. CHESTER ASSIZES, Apuil 18. the king V. harrison, for seditious words. The indictment in this case charged lh:it the Defendant, Joseph Harrison, behig an evil-disposed person, did, upon the 15tb of August, 1819, unlawfully and seditiously, with intent to bring into hatred'and contempt, &c., and lo excite to tumuli and iusurrertion his Majesty's liege subjects, use and ulter Ihe following words: the words were then set forth-7'but the Government had starved the people ; and that it was right thnl the people should starve the Govern. roenl." " That it is necessary for the consent of all three of the Estates, King, I^rds, and Commons, lo make laws, which caoaol M'terwnrds be altered but by Ihe same consent." 'That the. C|>m^ion� House was the House of Assembly of the people, wliiFre their riifbls should be protected : but that when the peOpKasked for their rights they threatened to make war upon them," Can lawB proceeding from such a source be called the laivs of the land? or is it fit that we shuuld obey them ?" Mr. BenyoS, for the Crown, stated, that he shoold he very brief in his address. The Defendant, Joseph Harrison, stood charged with having used Ihe expressions imputed lu him in the indictment, Willi a view to excite Ihe people tu tnmull nod iiisurrection, am) stir up a hatred and cuntempt of the Government, I'lie day upon which Itiose expressions were stated to have been used was upon the 15th Aiigust, 1819, oue day pieriouB to the celebrated meeting kl Man. rhesttr. The Jury would find that the .Magistrates of Manchester, aware of the meeting which was tu lake phce there upon the 16lh of August, and hearing that a meeting at Stockport was to be held upon the l&lb, had sent over lo Stockport Mr. Matthew rowper,"iu order to nutice and report to ibein what miglit pai.s. Upnu Mr, Cuwper's arrival in Stockport, be bad found s large as. bembly occupying the Union room. Mr. Harrisuu tbe De-fcudsHt, wa� preacbiug n sermou'-a serinou iu �bich there had bern, � Ibe Jury would find, a great deal of sedition and a'iftlle religion, Mr. Cowper bait taken notes of what hehad'hcsrd, and be would be called'bcffpre the Court, If Ihe Jury believed Mr, Cuwperi fbey ��>hJ4 ��y fenilk'trt had uttered the wyrda imputed Mil^im; nad more �e-ditloTt, iu the tame campan,'he!*()he CAiinsel} had never lieard. Tbe qiiealioof [i^ Ihe Jury wouliL be-firsT, whether Ihe words wereutlei^ 6f thu DefendaHt? and, next, whether those words bad itie'neaninginipo'tetlln tbem in tbe inuendoes nf the indictitienl! ;Df|>aii oeiilirr of these ques. , ti.->ns did it appear to him (Mrl Benyon; that tbe lightest doubt could arise. Matbew Cowper examined ily.^M'r. MANLT.-Is H pbblic accountant in IV|ancheBier. 'O0. tbe 15lh of August (Sunday) went to Stockport, 10 atienil a lecture advertised at the WindmiU-room6 upon that day. Went lo the rooms about : six in Ibe evening. When he.^ (here, found Mr. Harrison preaching to a large coiicourse nf persons, Harrison had hegiin preaching before wilnes* conjil get into the room, llierefore be had not faeard'tlie-^'lKgiuning nf his diicnurse. Harrison wasina pulpit, .His riipcourse continued, witness should suppose, three quiirlers of tin hour. Wituess, as soon as he left the room, tnolc ootes of �hat he bad heard. By the Court-^Tfii>i!|ht a (hniwaud persons mast have been present. The iw>in'QU>cl> Cruwde^, '�rBy Mr. Maki.T-^WitoeM wetArvlherieron purpose t* iake riptes. Was instructed by the Alagislrates of Manchester to do so. Could not take notes in the room on account of the crowd. Tuoli his notes at tbe Bulkeley 'Arms, within a >d beard at Stockport ou tbe day after, Monday, Did not bear the text. Was not present wheu the Defendant was praising tbe constitution of England, Mr. George Hemming, examined by Mr. Manlt.-Attended the Windmill rooms on the 15tb of August, by or. der of the Magistrates, When he went in, heard Defendant say-He was liappy that bis lowospe'ople had refrained from driuking; if they would stick to the eysfero, the system that bad starved tbem, they wonld starve. They had a dark valley to go through, and thunder might roll over their head, and lightning flash in their face; but if they would stick to that, they would gain their point. Went to Stockport wilh Mr, Shaw, the last-.witness. Did not go with Mr. Cowper. Cross-examihed by Defendmit-Is a labourer-works at any thing he can get to do. Has been a soldier iu Ibe arlil. lery. Was at Malta. Never fought there. Did not run away. Never leaped into a draw-well lo screen bimself from the enemy. Re-examined by Mr. M4,ni.V-Were you drilling the Radicals ou the 8th of August?-I was nut. This was the case for the prosecution, Mr. Harrison addressed the Court in his defence. He stood before the Jury, the Defendant said, under different circumstances from those in which be had been placed upon a former day. The present indlclment was something more credible than the former; but slill it bad not specified when, where, bow, and nuder what situation Ibe words had been spoken, and he had therefore found jt difiicnit to make out a defence. He miKbt possibly have made use of some of tbe words charged in that iiMlictmenl; but if he had made use of all, in bis opiuion there would have been but little of sedition in bis conduct. By the common law any thing might be construed into sedjtion- " For learned lawyers at their ease, " Twist words and phrases as they please," He could not take up his Bible and read three chapters without uttering something which might be called seditious. He could not afford to employ counsel, but be would have employed a sulicitor if he could have found one ; hut solicitors were,aowiUing to act for reformers, and he therefore was bis ot^n attorney and his own counsel, onless so far as the Learned Judge would, as the law expressed it, assist Ibe Defendant; that was lo say, the Prisoner. If persons were tu be prosecuted for preaching, the best days of old England were over-they were gone-they were fled. He should not be long aloue. He should have company enough. As long as money was tu be got by hiformers, there would be no want of prosecutors or of prosecutions. At the last trial, he had entri'iained no hope of acquittal, Tbe Attorney. General had on that occasion pleaded hard against him; but it was his duly to bis employer. The Learned Judge had summed up bard against him; but he, too, must please bis employers. The Chief Justice-I have no employers, Mr. Harrison, and you know that well. What I said, upoii Ihe occasion tu which yon allude, I said because'I thought it. Go on in yonr defence, but confine youmelf wilhin Ibe bounds of de. cency. The Cburt caniiufperuit reflections to be cast upon persons sitting in this place.. Mr. Harriauu could take the bint. That which he had said, be also had said because he thought it. Times had been when bills of in.deranily could not protect the guilty. Empsoo and Dudley had been banged with their bills of in-demiiily about Iheir'necks. If preacliera were lo be prose, euted, they had better not preach at all.-{Here Mr. Harrisoii opened his Bible, aiVd 4itJen. pie. On this conduct he wuuld stand ur fall. There was, he thought, a law in the reign of Queen Anne, that no man should be prosecuted fur words spoken. Another law had been passed in the last reign, that no man should be prosecuted fbr words spoken, unless infnrmation were given of those words within four days, JBul now, they might see truth, but they must nut speak it: and Ibis ptrociple was to be sanctioned by the Juries of Ihe Country ! R�t1i0(io] not. He hoped belter things. Surely the Gentlemen of the Jnry could not sell themselves to work snch wickedness. The Defendant then went on to observe upon the evidence. The first witness, Matthew Cowper, had not heard the beginning of his discourse. He bad picked up a few words which, wilh a little twirling and iwiniug, might serve the purpose of bis employers. He had not taken notes at the time; but he had lold Ibe Jury that the De!feHd,int bad advised the people to abstain from exciseable articles, anil that they would then starve Ihe system which had starved tbem. He did not remember tl> have used such words. He miiiht have said that he was glad.to see the people abstaining from druukenness, by which'too often their families had been starved. Another witness had charged him, the Defendant, with advising the people to make war. He thought war was now made upon him ; a war such as he had often characterised in bis speeches as " an illegal legal war." The witnesses against him had been police.olficers of Maocbesleri they had masters to serve, employers to please ; and the Jury would find that he (Mr. Harrison) bad been an injured man. One witness had spoken of Ihe adwrtisemeUta of iho lectore, but be bad not seen ihem ; there had been uo advertisements but what were common omsocli occasions. The eighth count of Ibe'Indictment charged him with a' heavy crime v lio proof had been given in support of that count in ihe evidence for tbe prosecution ; but it was iu the iiiilirlment, and be (Mr. Harrison) must disprove it.-[Heie the Defendant read Ihe 8lh count.]-He was confident no verdict of guilty could be found upoii any count. The Attorney-General bad laid a stress upon the circumstance of this lecture having been given Ihe day before the great Manchester meeting. He was quite unconnected wilh that meetiug ; he had uot attended Ihe meeting; be Irad walked towards Manchester on the day of the meeliug, but before he arrived that meet-ingbad been dispersed by the swoids of tbe cavalry. If it could have beeo shewn that iu his lecture he bad even alluded lo tbe Manchester meeting, then indeed tbe Jury might go along with 51r. Bruynn, and connect the Iftlh of Augnst wilh the 16th. But persons attended bis lecture, who wuuld have retired in disgust if any attempt bad been made by him tu excite the people lo rebellion i>r to bloodshed. He was not a malicious roan. He wished no harm lo his Worst enemy, and he trusted tbe Court would permit him to bring an evidence ur two iu his favour. Stanley Hamilton examined by Defendant.-Was at the WiDdmill-rooin on tbe I5th of Augukl, about ten minutes before the service begau ; and coniinned there until after it was over. Every thing was regular, as became a place of worship. Mr. Harrison preached from tbe Scriptures. He exhorted the people to be peaceful, sober, and industrious ; and nut lo go to the public-houses, which were Ihe ruin of themselves and of their families; heard nothing aboat starv-ing the Government. Jnbu Burgess examined.-Was at tbe Windmill on the 15ih August, Joined in worship ou that evening; there was �ingiugaod prayer. The room was not so full as he has seen it; there were about SOU present. ' All was peaceable. Defendant preached not from a newspaper, but from tbe Scriptures. Did not hear the word government meoliooed. Heard tbe Defendant exhort the people tu sobriety. He said, many, by drinking, had brousht their families 10 starvation. No. thing was said about tbe people starving the Government, nor that it was a corrupt Government. Witness must have heard Defendant if he had said so, Robert Jump was at tbe Windmill-rooms onthel5lhof August, The preacher, in hjs. discourse, encouraged tbe people to peace and good or'der, and advised them to ab. stain from public-bouses. Heard nothing spoken disrespect, fully of Guveruraenl, Heard iiuibing said uf arms. Did not hear Defendant advise the people to reform the Parliament by force. Should have heard it, lie thinks, if it had been said. Cross-examined by Mr. manly-Has something to do with the Union-rooms. Lets the seals sometimes. Wasdoo--keeper on the evening of the meeliug: was uot actually present during the whole discourse. Randall Wilkinson deposed lo the same effect, Mr. Benyon replied. Tbe CniEr-JusTiCE the proceeded to sum up the evidence. The Jnry, after five minutes' coiisultaliou, returned a verdict of GUILTY, the king V. harrison. The Attorney-Gbnerai. said, this was an indictment for misdemeanor against the Defendant, on which be had an opportunity of challenging any of the Jury, if he pleased, Harrison-I shall ccrtainlv challenge the whole Jury, my Lord. The Chiev Justice-If you do, you must assign a rea. son for it, Harrison-My Lord, Ibey have found me guilly on nne indictment, which 1 tliougbt they could nut do, and I think that is a sufficient reason why they should nut try me.agaio, TbeCHier Justice-Thai is nut a legal reason. Sir. Mr. Justice Marshall-No, no ; that is not a legal reason. The AttobnetGeneral-My Lord, we will get a fresh Jury if the Pefendniit wishes ; I have no objection. Tbe Chiep Justice-Well, do so. Yon act. very fairly ; only I wish it lo he Hiiderstuod that tbe Defendant raniiut have it as a matter of right, unless he assigns s Ugal objec tiuu lo the present Jury, ' Another Jury was ihen called, . Harrison-My Lord, 1 understandlhal some of Ibe Jury are again called, Mr. Justice M ARSHAi,!,-That is no matter. Harrisuu-My Lord, I shall not say a word in my defeiice, linleas I have a new Jury ; the Attorney General may iak� what course ha pleases. The Ciiiet JtJSTicB-You will lake wbjl course you pleasf, Mr. Harrison,,in your defence. Harrison-I have not a list of Ihe Jury, my Lord. The PttoTHoNOTARY-You shall have one'if you wis'i it, Harrison-Burn says, thiit a Juryman haviiie ser�ed on one trial,- is a sufficient reason agaiust bis sitiiug uu it seciiHd agkiast the same person. The Chief Jusrice-^No, no ; you will not find il any where fur a misdemeanor. Tbe ATTORNey-general-My Lord, wishing lo have every thing fairly done, I luld Mr. H.irrison.tbai 1 would g-1 anew Jury, Not wishing to retract ihis promise, I shall, if yitor Lordships do nut feel it necessary to piess Ibelrml, put il ufFto the nrxl AssiiEis, TheCouRT-We cannot express an upinioii uii the sub* ject-it is for the parlies lu agree about ii. The Attorney-General-Then, my Lord, I slwll giri; Mr. Harrison his choice, if hewishrs il. Mr. Justice Marshall-I think, .Mr. Aiinrney-Gcnprai, you bad better bring the case on now, ami pui lui tn.l lu 11. Some delay occurred iu endeavouring to procure a new Jury. Mr. JiiiUea MAn^HAlx said, that in fnlure it w.uuliLbe nreessary to impose flues upon those who did uot answer when called upon. Some persons in Court were calletl npon; hut' The ATTonNEY-genrral said, thai Ihe citizens of (Ties, ter claimed the privilege of exemption from serving on County Juries. Mr. Justice .MARSiiALt.-I think we must dispute ibiit privilege. The High Sheriff is acroniilabli- f..r lhi Constables, Constables, Sheriffs, Deputy Conslshles, and Bailiffs, are all currupt, and the time is near at band wheu Ibey will be upset. The people should ri>e en miiste to snp-presssuch n tyrannjcal Government as Ibe one Nf tliis country; and it will not be long, but very soon, lhal it shall Im overturned, and many a bloody battle may be fonsbi, itnd many 3 one incarcerated in prison, before it shall be accomplished." The Attorney-General said, this indictment charged the Defendiint iviih maliciously and seditiously .Ttlemptiiii; to overturn the Government of the conniry, and lo exciii; contempt and ilisaffeclinn in Ibe minds of Ins Irfie Miijenty's subjfcts He should prove that tb.'8e words wtre uttered on the 5lh December, at Stockport, in a Sfnnoii preached by Defendant at his cliapel during evening Servirr. It would be for the Jnry to say whether these words-were seditious, and if lliey were used with the inleutiun rburgi d upon the Defendant. If Ibey could ou their oaths say tlml the Defendant bad no snch motives, then you will arijuit him, and if otherwise, they wonld find him guilty. Mr. John Robinson examined by Mr. SIanly-What are you, Mr. Robinson? I have been a barrack-master occasionally. I attended at the Windmill rooms, at Stockport, ou the 5th December. I saw Parson Harrison and a crowd of people Iher'e, I went there in consequence Of having seen an advertisement of tbe meeting; I went to tbe steps leadiag to the room; I was sufficiently near In bear what was said. Mr. Harrison was preaching, 1 could specify my reasons for going, if Judge MijtaiiALi,-Confine yourself to answering the questions put lu yuu,Sir. Witness-I heard Harrison say, that nil Kin�ilh the last witness ; 1 did not see Harrison, but 1 luJurd his voice ; 1 never heard it b.fore; 1 heard him spenk, but not a-i a preacher; 1 knew .bis voice, because Smith said to the preacher, " Mr. RohiusAu is at the door;" and the sam� voice said, �' If Robinson is at the door, let bim come in" The voice seemed lo come from a pnlpK ; 1 did not see a pulpit; 1 heard bim staling ihe slate of corrnptii.n before the Antediluvian world. He said the pcip'e in iho�e days were corrupt, apitthal it almost repenteil (iod lhal hu had maile man i,.aiia iha^J�I.oah, as i pi.-ucb. r ..f ngbteons-nesB, had'warned the, .ijeotile for.the space of Jmi years lu prepSriiig of the Ark, m .which only eight person- were saved, 1 tlieij l^eaid ihe saiKK voice treat u|>uii the Roman last GoTernmeof,..6esaid it wa^ tyrannical. He then compare"! that Goyerument to the present Government of thishiug-dom, a'nil said that King, Lords, Dukes, Commuo8,Arch-bi�h.jps, Bishops, Rectors, Sliertfl's, Pulicc officer?, Higl� ;

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