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COURT OF KING'S BENCH. !•? tne Court of King's Bench, Westminster, on 'Wri lay. on for the second ti;we, the (rial of fthecanse, Hyrne, v> Parkins. —The charge made against ttW defendant, the ec-Shtriff 1",irkii)s. was that, under the mask of charity, he collected sub- -scriptiOiis fr tin- plaintiff, with a view to his own private gain, and with that view that he retained portion of them in his own hands. The action v;ts to rt,ovk-r ttie i)alance. On the tirst trial of this cause the iury gave a verdict for Byrne, '"damage* 18U after deducting ull the sufns ad. vanced by tfee defendant; but on an application to the CoOrt of King's Bench, a new trial had "been gnrutert — Mr. Charles Phillips was-Counsel for Byrne, and his chief witness, on Friday, was; wlio was called to prove that Par- j Jiins had acknowledged to him having 150/. on Byrne's account, exclusive of a similar Sum ad- mitted to have been received by him since.—Mi1. Parkins cross-examined Mr. Cobbett at great, length, but in a very irregular manner, the latter generally answering the questions with great Toergy. As Cohbett was about to be sworn- i Ntr. Piirkin'; R.,tked- Pray, Mr. Cobbetty do you iielieve in the Bible? The Lord Chief Justiep.Tie quiet. Sir you an ask the witness no questions till ht has been, sworn, ,i Mr. Cobbett then took the oath. Mr. Parkins.-Now, Mr. Cobbett, let me ask, <clo you believe in tile Bible 1 Mr. Cobbett Let me ask you if youbeHeve that bastard child is your'sl (Great tmghter.) The Lord C tilef, Justice. P,ray,. Siri answer the question. Mr, Cobbetî.-It is not the Bible.- it is the T**l«i&eiit- Mr. Parkins.—Do you believe in it? Mr. Cobbett.—I do believe in it. Having deposed to the facts of the case, Mr. Parkins began to cross-examine Mr. Cobbett, iii the following manner :— I will ask you a few questions.—Pray what trade are you ? Mr. Cobbett.—What trade ? I am neither a dog seller nor a coach-maker. (Great ittitgkter.) The Lord Chief Justice, with much urbanity, said, That is not the way to answer the question." Mr. Cobbett.—Must I answer it, my Lord ? The Lord Chief Justice.—Why not? Cannot you say yen are a bookseller, if you are so? It is not for me to instruct you; but 1 have heard you are SO. Mr. Cobbett.-Well I I am a bookseller. Mr. Parkins.—And were you a bookseller when you became a bankrupt? The Lord Chief Justice.—Did a commission of bankruptcy ever issue against you? Mr. Cobbett.—Yes, my Lord. Mr. Parkins.—And do you mean to swear that you were described as a bookseller in those pro- ceedings I Mr. Cobbett.—I believe I was-really I don't txactly recollect. Mr. Parkins.—Oht you don't recollect And yet you pretend to recollect all this which you say I said. As Mr. Parkins was proceeding with great im. petuosity. The Lord Chief Justice, said—Listen to me, Sir. If YOIl will not condescend to put your ques- tions in a decent and proper manner, you shall not put them at all. Mr. Parkins.—Did you never apply to me for a Joan of ¡out.! Mr. Cobbett.(Witb tremendous power of voice.) No never! Mr. Parkins.—You mean to swear you .never applied to ine before Byrne came over? Mr. Cobbett.—No I never saw you but once before you spoke about Byrne, and that was in Catherine-street, when you told me you were the ton of the Duke of Norfolk, and that he owed you 28.0CM. (A loud laugh.) Mr. Park i-ns.- lvhat will you swear that I was the son of the Duke of Norfolk, and that he owed me 28,000/. ? Mr. Cot)bett.-O faith, no; not that it was so, but that you said so. I did not believe a word of it. (A laugh.) Mr. Parkins.—WiieH was it, pray ? Mr. Cobbett-NVhy I was going to see a fat bog, with Mr. Peter Walker, and you joined us. Mr. Parkins.—And you swear that I said that the Duke of Norfolk was my father? Mr. Cobhett-Aye, and m.ore-that you told me Lord Sidmouth had paraded his daughters before you, to get you to marry, one of them. (Great laughter.) Mr. Park iiis.-AVhat day was this? Mr. Cobbett—The day Whyitwasa few doys before I went off to America. Mr. Parkins.—Pray, had you never any thing to do with the Statesman newspaper! Mr. Cobbett.-Certainly I wrote for it. Mr. Parkins.—And for nothing? Mr. Cobbett (with a laugh).-O faith, no; not for nothing, I assure you. Mr. Parki ns. Prty, were you the editor? Mr. Cobb-ett.-Certainly not; I wrote when I rhoe; I never was at the otfice in my life." Mr. Parkins.-Did you not send that paper to me (pointing to one) for my approbation. Mr, Cobbett.— I think not it is impossible. Your approbation, indeed! (A laugh) Mr. Parkitis.-I)id you subscribe for Byrne yourselfl Mr. Cobbett.- In the whole, for this podr man and his family, I subscribed 40t ■v- Mr. Pai-kit)s.-Di(i you iiot ree.*minencl. nic to invest iWU. in Aiuericati Stock for liyi-tic ? Mr. Cobflett. —No, never, I it ever reco n i i-iteiid- ed stock to any-human beihsr— no paper money. Get your mousy, and ioekitup," i have stild so to c V(,r, body. (A great laugh. k ,\(; Mr. Parkins.—Did yoA aot recommend, that a be purchased, ainda paint- ing of a particular description pahited on the j.annels? Nir. Cohbett.eve,r-; I am an enemy to all quackeries and fopperies, of-the ktnd. Mr. Parkins—No, nttt-a tappery, somethiitg a worse. v ,°, Mr. C if I had proposed any thing 'indecent, it is most likely you would have agreed t, '\tr. Parkins their cross-examined as to Mr,, vobbett's his appointment to take the chair at tht. dinner; but dicÚëd nothing but this—" If I did, it was because you had the money." and I said, What are we to do? if we go on without. Parkins, he has the money, and he wii! sack it." (A laugh,) When the case for the plaintiff had closed, Mr. Parkins proceeded to address the Jury in his de- fence. His speech was uttered with the most un. measured emphasis. It embraced almost every possible subject except that immediately before the Court, and was altogether such an incoherent' rhapsody of sentiment ai'ul fiction as (f battle all powers of reporting. He then called Henry Hunt, a-ii some other witnesses. Mr. Philips.. in re- to tt)e.lit's I' litive iio more dnu.l; thai) that I stand" here, that this of rigmarole, of malignity and nonsense, 1 'ilfered for no one purpose, but persuade you -at the unfortunate utterer ofitis not in his right Gentlemen, I have no doub' ofit.-l'he >-vbr<v.:?bt in a verdict for the plaintiff, damages l £ i. bs. TlItf iTial lasted for twelve hours.


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