Ireland Old News

Galway, Monday, March 1, 1824


     This great County enjoys at present the most uninterrupted tranquility. The calendar for trial at the next General Assizes is very light, and does not appear marked with any peculiarity as to enormity. Persons for trial, charged with Murder, 4; Rapes, 6; Abduction, 1; Bigamy, 2; Horse-stealing, 5; Cow, ditto, 9; Sheep ditto, 14; Robbery, 8; Minor Offences, 50; Total, 99, up to March.


     BETWEEN ORANMORE AND GALWAY, A BLACK POCKET-BOOK, containing Bills and Notes to a valuable amount. Any Person returning it to Mr. William Ryan, Oranmore, will be thankfully rewarded.
     March 1, 1824.

War Office, 20th February 1824

     2d Regiment of Dragoons, Charles Norman, gentleman, to be cornet, by purchase, vice Markham, promoted in the 9th light dragoons.
     10th Regiment of Foot- Major-General Sir J. Lambert, K.C.B. to be colonel, vice Sir Thomas Maitland, deceased.
     Lieutenant Richard Lane has been superseded, he being absent without leave.
     27th Do, - Ensign Edward Cerjat Spencer, from half-pay 24th foot (a gentleman cadet from the royal military college) to be ensign, vice James William Grant, who exchanges.
     28th Do.- Lieutenant John James Peters, from half-pay 1st West India regiment, to be quartermaster, vice Richard Reynolds, placed upon half-pay.
     63d Do.- Ensign W. Smith Sewell Doyle, to be lieutenant by purchase, vice Conroy, promoted in the 16th foot.
     Honourable George Spencer, to be ensign, by purchase, vice Doyle.
     76th Ditto- Lieutenant John Faincombe, to be captain, by purchase, vice Hamilton, who retires.
     Ensign Edward Kendall Champion, to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice Faincombe.
     Francis Carr, gentleman, to be ensign, by purchase, vice Champion.
     1st Royal Veteran Battalion- Lieutenant Leeson Patterson, from half-pay 57th foot, to be lieutenant, vice Mayes, appointed to the 99th foot.


     Major-General Sir Frederick Adam, K.C.B. to have the local rank of Lieutenant-General in the Ionian Islands.


     Brevet Major William George Moore, of the 1st or grenadier foot guards, to be deputy quartermaster-general to the forces serving in the Windward and Leeward Islands (with the rank of lieutenant-col. in the army,) vice Popham, deceased.


     Assistant Staff-surgeon David M'Louhglin, M.D. from half-pay, to be assistant-surgeon to the forces, vice Henry Clifford, who exchanges.


From the 25th of March Instant,
For such Term as may be agreed on, and immediate possession given,
The Neat and Commodious
Next to the Custom-House, lately held by Charles Costello, Esq.- Also the
In Abbeygate-street, now in the possession of Mr. Timothy Murray, Pawnbroker.
Application to be made to James Costello, Back-street- who has for sale a CARGO of
Which will be sold on the most reasonable terms.
Galway, March 1, 1824

From the 25th instant, or 1st of May next,

     Lately occupied by PETER WARD, Esq. a Good Garden and 14 Acres.
     ORAN HILL with 20 acres and Excellent Garden on the Woodstock Road, within 3 and 4 miles of Town. Turhary very convenient.
     Also, UPPER BOLLESKY, and DERRY RUSH, containing 846 Acres of Arable, Pasture and Good Mountain, on which a small FISHING LODGE has been lately built.
     The said Lands are situated within 9 miles of Galway.
     Proposals to be received by Edward O'Maley; or Mr. Austin Quin, Galway.
     March 1, 1824.

Galway, Monday, March 8, 1824

     FEBRUARY 25- Mr. Blackburne, attended by the Acting Assistant Barrister and
several Magistrates, entered the Court at 11 o'clock.
     Sixteen persons were tried- one of whom only was convicted.
     FEBRUARY 26- Three persons were acquitted.
     James Fitzgerald, absent at Kellebeg, in this County, on the 26th January
     The prisoner, it was proved, was absent from his home on the above night,
and at the critical time when the houses of person named Welsh and Croneberry,
residing in his neighbourhood, was attacked and robbed of arms. Other
circumstances also appeared during the trial very strong against the prisoner
and these, added to a very indifferent character, induced the Magistrates to
convict him. He as sentenced to seven years' transportation; and the business of
the Court was concluded after the disposal of this case.

     We believe there is no other portion of the Kingdom which would give a
wider extent to the above Patriotic Company, than the County of Galway. There is
scarcely any part of it which does not possess some peculiar advantage in this
particular, but more especially that long and neglected line of Country,
Cunnemara. In that place has been lately discovered a rich and valuable Quarry
of Marble of a light green colour, which is susceptible of the finest polish,
and can be wrought to great perfection. We have seen a few chimney-pieces made
from it, and we have no hesitation in stating it as our opinion, that it is
equal to (perhaps exceeds) the produce of any other Quarry in this or the Sister
Kingdom. Yet, we fear that it may lay by in rude and useless blocks, unless it
shall fall within the inspection and patronage of this useful Company, whose
attention we earnestly direct to this source of wealth and happiness to the poor
people of a miserable and peaceable district. In Arran, too, there are, we hear,
strong indications of a Mine of Iron; and, indeed, all along the Western Coast
we have little doubt but much good might be effected in this particular.

     We regret extremely that the Board of First Fruits has not thought fit to
grant either as a Loan or otherwise the sum applied for by a late Vestry Meeting
of this place, for the repairs of St. Nicholas's Church-not even although the
application had been warmly seconded by his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam. Thus,
then must the Inhabitants of this place be assessed with the ENORMOUS SUM of TWO THOUSAND POUNDS, "Public money flying about in all directions and not one
farthing alighting in Galway!!!"

     We are quite surprised that some attention has not been paid to the
disgraceful and disgusting state of the new street opposite His Majesty's
Custom-House. When the street  was opened, and when the old houses were taken
down, the public were emphatically told that the opening of this pass-way would
convey into that part of the town a wholesome current of air which would conduce
much to the health of the inhabitants. This was all fair and straight forward,
to be sure- but which of the tow will the public prefer--having the old ruin
standing, or suffering the present "new street" to being contagion into their
families, and, perhaps, visit that part of the town with a representation of
those melancholy scenes, the bare recollection of which makes one shudder. We
have no doubt but the worthy Port Collector must have observed and remonstrated
in the proper quarter about this filthy place; and yet Gentlemen will write that
the town is "excellently paved."- Truly and indeed the Gentlemen from the Board
who occasionally visit the Custom-House on his Majesty's duty, must have a
curious idea of Galway taste after viewing this part of our "ancient town." But
what can the good people do? Why, nothing at present.

     Take Notice that I, the Undersigned, have surrendered myself to, and am now
in the custody of the Governor of the Courts of Galway Prison, for the alleged
charge of the Murder of EDMOND BERMINGHAM, which took place at Curbally, in the
county of Galway, on the seventh of September eighteen hundred and twenty-three.
           JOHN COYNE.
     To the Right Honourable the Attorney-General for Ireland and all others

     From the first day of May next, for such Term of Years as it may be agreed
upon, the Lands of
As lately in the possession of John Fahy, containing about 150 Acres with a
Large Tract of Pasturable BOG.- Said Lands lie within three miles of Headford,
near Loughcorrib.
    Proposals to be received by W.H. Carter, Esq. Newpark; Blackrock, Dublin and
by John Kilkelly, Esq. Messfort, Tuam.
     March 8, 1824
     From the Twenty-fifth MARCH instant, or the INTEREST SOLD.
     The House in Back-street.
     Where Anthony Martin resides,
     For Particulars, enquire at said House.
Galway, March 8th.

     From the first of May next, and immediate possession given, if required.
              THE FOLLOWING LANDS,
in the Barony of Clonmacknoon and Parish of Clontouskerl:-
     The Farm of BOGPARK, about Eighty Acres, on which are two good Farm Houses
and Offices.
     Part of the lands of LOUGHTUSKE, Fifty Acres.
     LOUGHANBRANE, Thirty-three Acres.
     There is a considerable Tract of Bog and Waste attached to those Lands.
     Seventy Acres of the Lands of CARROWKEEL, there is a new House and Stable
on this Division; this Farm would be well adapted by the Dairy Business, (a
thing unknown in this part of the Country) being but four miles from
Ballinalsoe, and one-and-a-half from the New Line of Canal to that town.
     All of the above Lands are of a superior description, well watered and
plentifully supplied with Turbary and are well known to return from twelve to
fourteen successive crops; they lie about four miles from Ballinasloe, and two
of the New Line of Canal.
     Proposals will be received by A.J. McDermott, Esq. Ramore, Loughrea, where
they are to be Sold, and now ready for transplanting, a few thousand ASH, ELM,
BEECH and OAK;-they are from ten to fifteen feet high and would be most
profitably applied in hedge, row planting, being completely out of the reach of
Cattle and strong and well-rooted.
     Ramore, March 8, 1824.
     From the first of November last, or the 25th of March instant, the HOUSE,
Situate in a Sporting Country, within half a mile of the Shannon, distant from
Eyrecourt one mile; Banagher, five; and Portumna, six; - the Offices are in good
repair, and all slated. Attached to the House is an excellent Garden and an
extensive Orchard in full bearing; the Ground is in good heart, with some Winter
     Application to be made (if by letter, post paid) to George May O'Malley,
Esq. Prospect-House, Eyrecourt; or to Charles O'Malley, Esq. Hawthorne Lodge,
     The Furniture and Stock to be Sold by Auction, if not taken by the Tenant
at a valuation.
     March 8, 1824.

    In 1487, a dreadful war was carried on in Ulster, between the Chieftain
O'Neal and the neighbouring Chieftain Tyrconnell. This war had nothing more
considerable for its immediate cause, than the pride of O'Neal who demanded that
his enemy should recognize his authority, by paying tribute. The laconic style
in which it  was made and rejected would not have disgraced a nobler contest:-
          "Send me tribute, or else-"
was the message of O'Neal. To which was returned, with the same princely
          "I owe you none, and if-"

     Police Office, College-street- An interesting case came on before the
Magistrates of this Office yesterday, the facts of which were shortly as
follows: A complaint was preferred by Mr. David Lithgow, M.D. against Laurence
Clinch, Esq. It appeared that Mr. Clinch had called upon Mr. Lithgow, at his
house in French-street, for the purpose of ascertaining whether an extremely
offensive and personal pointed paragraph in the last number of The Antidote was
written by him, and, if not, by himself, whether he would give up the author?
Mr. Lithgow declined giving any kind of satisfaction, on which he was instantly
satisfied with several blows of a stick. A summons was subsequently issued from
the office for the assault; and the parties having attended, Mr. Lithgow
preferred his complaint. Mr. Clinch having been called on to reply, briefly,
candidly, and determinedly admitted the charge, without expressing the least
regret for the course he had taken. He declared that he would make no
concession. The consequence was, that informations were taken against Mr. Clinch
and he entered into bail to abide his trial before the Recorder.--Freeman's

     It is quite foolish to pretend as the Orange Prints have still the
confidence to do, that Munster is not subsiding into tranquility. The last
papers from the South do not supply a single paragraph in the way of facts,
which we should deem it necessary to transcribe. That terrible insurrection act
appears, at length, effectually, to have discharged its duty. There has been in
Cork a Session under this act, in which one man was found guilty of being out
after sunset-all the rest were acquitted. These truths, we know, are quite
distressing to our Ultras-but they are truths upon which we congratulate the
country. If, as we are tolerably certain, the peace of Ireland shall continue
during the spring and summer, the partisans of the Orange system, and even the
Grand Lodge itself must find out some other measure to annoy Lord
Wellesley.--D.E. Post.

     At Sandymount, near Dublin, on the 5th instant, of a typhus fever, in the
16th year of heritage, Miss Ellen Leonard, second daughter of Joseph Leonard,
late of Rock Lodge, near this town. This young and amiable creature was snatched
off after a few days illness, being the third victim of this truly afflicted
family to the unsatiable tyrant, Death, within the short period of a few weeks.

    On Wednesday night, at the early hour of ten o'clock, a number of
dwelling-houses, the property of Mr. J.D. Croker, were set on fire and totally
consumed on the lands of Upper Quartertowe (or Quartertown)?, near Mallow. The
houses were all occupied, and being  situate in the Manor of Mallow, were
Freeholders. Several men have been taken up on suspicion, but no clue had been
obtained that would lead to the establishing the guilt of the parties.
                       Cork Paper

     Dublin, March 6- We regret to have to state the loss of his Majesty's
cutter Dwarf, commanded by Lieutenant Gould, in the tremendous gale of Tuesday
morning, on the East Pier. She was lying at the Shamrock moorings, from which
she parted at 8 A.M. She had one anchor down, and immediately let go the other,
and rode by them until nine o'clock when she parted her small bower anchor and
drove on shore. The sea was making a break quite over the Pier, when she drove
alongside of it; the men all got safe on shore, except one, who fell overboard,
and was crushed between the vessel and the pier.

Galway, Thursday, March 11, 1824


     THE HOUSE and OFFICES, (save the Coach-House,) the GARDEN and small FIELD
at the rere, lately occupied by Mr. D. Dunlevy, containing about two acres and a
half, in the Town of Oranmore. The front of the residence occupied by Mr.
Dunlevy will be Let in LOTS for building upon. Long Leases, with such depth for
Gardens, and such encouragement for builders as shall be agreed upon.
From the 25th of March Instant,
For Grass Farms, those parts of the Lands of
Called Bushfield, Big-Wren, and the Bog, lately reclaimed and drained, and last
Season planted with Rape.
Two Hundred and Fifty Acres of the Lands of
Lately enclosed, and now in the possession of Mr. FitzGerald;- as also, another
part hereof, containing about Fifty Acres, called READ'S PARK.
The Parks in Currane,
In the Possession of Patrick Turk.
     Proposals (post paid) to be received by the Right Honorable James
Fitz-Gerald, Dublin, and John Egan, Esq., Tuam.
March 11, 1824.

From the first Day of MAY next, for such Term as may be agreed upon, the Lands
     As formerly held by the late Mr. Robert Thomas, and now in the possession
of Samuel Porter, Esq., together with the Lands of AUGHOLOSE, adjoining,
containing in the whole about 100 Acres situate within a mile and a half of
Tuam, on the Post Road, from thence to Dunmore.
     Written Porposals (post paid) to be received by Mr. Francis Mylet, Tuam; or
Mat Kearny, Galway.
Containing Forty four-and-a-half Acres, with a Small COTTAGE-This would be a
desirable Residence, having Eight Acres of Meadow-Turbary and Water at the door.
March 11, 1824.

     We hereby give Notice that we have surrendered ourselves to Thomas
Redington, of Ryehill, Esq. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the
County of Galway and are now confined in the County Gaol of Galway for the
alleged charge of the Murder of the late JOHN BURKE, of Tyaquin, Parish and
Union of Athenry, and County of Galway, on the 17th of August last, and we
further give Notice, that we intend to abide our trials at the ensuing Assizes
of Galway, for the alleged charge of Murder of the aforesaid John Burke, wherein
all persons concerned are requested to attend and prosecute if any they can.-
Dated and given under our hands at the County Gaol of Galway, this 8th day of
March, 1824.
              MARTIN THASSY.
              JOHN GREALY.
To his Majesty's Attorney-General of Ireland and to all others whom it may

     WE hereby give Notice that we have surrendered ourselves to the High
Sheriff of the County of Galway, and are confined in the body of the County Gaol
for the alleged charge of the murder of the late EDMOND BERMINGHAM, of
Springfield, in the Parish of Kiloran, Barony of Longford, and County of Galway,
on the 7th of September last and we further give Notice, that we intend to abide
our Trials at the ensuing Assizes of Galway, for the said alleged charge of
Murder of the aforesaid Edmond Bermingham, wherein all Persons concerned are
required to attend and Prosecute, if any they can- Dated and given under our
hands at the Gaol of Galway, this 11th day of September, 1824.
            JOHN COYNE.
To his Majesty's Attorney-General of Ireland and to all others to whom it may

War Office, 27th Feb. 1824
     6th Regiment of Dragoons-Surgeon Colin Allan, M.D. from half-pay 7th West
India Regiment to be Surgeon, vice John Bolton, who exchanges.
     10th Regiment of Light Dragoons-Ensign Anthony Mackdonnell, from half-pay
35th Foot to be Cornet, vice William Battier, who exchanges, receiving the
     12th Ditto-Brevet Major Alexander Barton, to be Major by purchase, vice
Erskine, who retires; Lieutenant Thomas Reed, to be Captain., by purchase, vice
Barton; Cornet Francis Anthony Morris, to be Lieut. by purchase, vice Reed;
George Marryall, Gent to be Cornet, by purchase, vice Morris.
     1st Regiment of Foot-Captain Thomas John-Harvey, from half-pay 66th Foot;
to be Captain, vice James Gifford Cowell, who exchanges.
     2d Ditto-Ensign James Littlejohn, to be Adjutant, vice Jones, appointed to
the 96th Foot.
     3d Ditto-Lieutenant John Cooke, to be Captain, vice Rylance, deceased.
Ensign Daniel Gardner Freer, from the 60th Foot, to be Ensign without purchase.
     16th Ditto-Peter Bernard, Gentleman, to be Ensign by purchase, vice
Colqultoun, promoted.
     29th Ditto- Ensign Robert Percy Douglas, to be Lieutenant, by purchase,
vice Browne, who retires; George Browne, Gentleman, to be Ensign, by purchase,
vice Douglas.
     40th Ditto-Major Michael Chamberlain, from half-pay 80th Foot, to be Major,
vice Sempromius Stretton, who exchanges.
     49th Ditto-Lieutenant Edward Robert Rundie, from half-pay 27th Foot, to be
Lieutenant, vice R.H. Reardon, who exchanges, receiving the difference.
     96th Ditto-Surgeon William Charles Callow, from half-pay, 20th Light
Dragoons, to be Surgeon. Assistant-Surgeon Alexander M'Andrew, from half-pay 62d
Foot, to be Assistant-Surgeon.
     Royal African Corps-To be Lieutenants, with permanent rank-Lieutenant John
Swanzy (with temporary rank.) Lieutenant James Jackson (with temporary rank.)
Lieutenant Thomas Mollan (with temporary rank.) Lieutenant Herbert Mends (with
temporary rank.)
               HOSPITAL STAFF
    Doctor Robert Calvert, from half-pay, to be Physician to the Forces, vice
Adam Neale, who exchanges. Assistant Staff Surgeon Samuel Hill, M.D., to be
Surgeon to the Forces, vice Burmester, deceased. Assistant Surgeon John
Williamson, M.D. to be Apothecary to the Forces, vice Burrowes, deceased.
     To be Assistant Surgeon to the Forces-Hospital Assistant James Low Waren,
M.D. vice Hill. Hospital Assistant John Perkins, vice Williamson.
     To be Hospital Assistants to the Forces- James Murray Drysdall, Gentleman,
vice Warren. George Tower, Gentleman, vice Perkins.
                   Office of Ordnance, 25th Feb. 1824
     Royal Regiment of Artillery-First Lieutenant William John Stokes, from
half-pay to be First Lieutenant, vice Dalzell, retired on half-pay.

     James Bannatyne, Esq., of Limerick, Merchant to Harriet, third daughter of
the late Edward Fitzgerald of Ashville, Esq.
     Sunday morning in the Church of Ardnaree, by the Rev. C. Buston, Edward
Howley, Esq. of Ella, County Mayo, to Miss Atkinson, daughter of the late Thomas
Atkinson, Esq. Ballina.
     At Corrofin Church, the Rev. John Westropp, rector of Rathbourney, in the
Diocese of Kilfenora  to Anne, youngest daughter of the late Augustine
Fitzgerald, of Tuoreen, Esq.
     In Limerick, Mr. William Joynt, to Arabella, daughter of the late Doctor
     At Mulavilly Church, Anna Louisa, fifth daughter of the late Henry
Clendining, Esq. of Wheatfield, to Mr. Richardson Dalzell, of Armagh, Merchant.
     By the Right Rev. Doctor Marum, Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory, John
Brennan, Esq. of Mayhora, County Kilkenny, to Mary, eldest daughter of the late
William Sullivan, Esq. of that City.
     At Cove, Mr. Michael Fowlue, to Margaret, daughter of the late William
Maher, Esq. of that town.

     We feel gratified in announcing to the public of Galway the grant of 100l.
British, made by the benevolent London Tavern Committee, to be applied for the
Magdalen Asylum. This grant was made on the application of the Rev. Peter Daly;
but we are desired to say, and we do so with pleasure, that it was chiefly
effected through the humane and earnest exertions and representations of William
H. Hyatt, Esq. the late Agent of the Committee to this Country. This is but a
small item in the long account of benevolent efforts made by that Gentleman for
this Country; and wherever he may be placed hereafter, be taken with him the
gratitude and good will of every friend to charity and humanity. We hope and are
sure the money will be well applied, and that the successes of the Institution
will gratify its English benefactors.

     We understand the Rev. Joseph Kirwan is to preach the Panegyric, in the
Parochial Chapel of St. Nicholas, on the above most interesting occasion. It is
in vain to say that this is an exhausted subject. The longer we live, and the
more anniversaries we behold, the more pregnant do we find them with matters of

[From the Army List for March]

     General Roberts, late 111th F. Bruxeiles.
     Lieutenant-General Right Honourable Sir Thomas Maitland, G.C.B. and G.C.H.
10th Foot, Malta.
     Major Brunt, half-pay 4th Ceylon Regiment, Cape of Good Hope.
     Captains-Rylance, 43d Foot on passage from Gibraltar; Sir J A Gifford, Bt
half-pay, 24th Dragoons.
     Lieutenants- Corton, 4th Foot, Jamaica; Stephenson, of late 5th Veteran
Battalion, Plymouth; Clavering, half-pay 3d Dragoon Guards; Howard, half-pay 33d
Foot; Maepherson, half-pay 77th Foot; Sir B. Boothby, Bart, half-pay, 90th Foot,
Bologne; Besserer, half-pay 104th Foot; Pope, half-pay 5th Garrison Battalion;
Cane, half-pay 8th Garrison Battalion.
     Second Lieutenant Hay, Royal Engineers, Trincomalee, Ceylon.
     Ensigns-Holt, 2d West India Regiment, Bathurst, Saint Mary, Cape of Good
Hope; Fraser, half-pay, Glengarry Fencibles.
     Paymaster Humphreys, half-pay 48th Foot, Trumpington, near Cambridge.
     Quartermaster Blair, half-pay 21st Dragoons.
     Commissariat Department-Deputy Assistant Commissary General Corlett,
Barbadoes; Deputy Assistant Commissary General Pierce.
     Medical Department-Surgeon Burns, 18th Foot, Malta Assistant Surgeons
Gordon, half-pay 1s Garrison Battalion; Apothecary Burrowes, Jamaica; Hospital
Assistant J. Blair, on passage from Africa.

     In Dublin, Mr. John Matthews, of Bridgefoot-street.
     In Dame-street, of the measles, on the 5th instant, aged six years, Peter
Muntfort Archer, son of Alderman Archer of the City of Dublin.
     In Portarlington, Mr. Charles Cary, son of the late Henry Cary, Esq., aged
20 years.
     At Cheltenham, Bryan Sheehy Keating, son of the late John Sheehy Keating,
Esq. of Cork.
     At his residence, Sneed Park, near Bristol, aged 50 years, George Webb
Hull, Esq., late Secretary of the Board of Agriculture. His death was occasioned
by an injury to the head, received in a fall from his horse.
     At the advanced age of 75 years, William Copleand, Esq. late of Marybrook,
County Down.
     At Broomville, County Carlow, in the 77th year of his age, William Paul
Butler, Esq., granduncle to the Thomas Butler, Bart.
     In Limerick, Rebecca, wife of Phillips Cosby Lovett, Esq.,
Inspector-General of Excise.
     At Carrick-on-Suir, on Saturday morning, Pierce O'Donnell, Esq., aged 85
     On Monday last, in Anger street, Dublin, Mr. James Rainsford, formerly an
eminent Cabinet-maker in the city, aged 97 years.
     On Tuesday, sincerely and universally regretted, William Harding, Esq. one
of the Ordnance Department, Dublin.
     On the 29th of February, at Annagassan lodge, of a few days' illness, in
the eleventh year of his age, Arthur Henry McClintock, son of William Foster
McClintock, Esq.

Galway, Monday, March 15, 1824

(From the Limerick Chronicle)

     About three o'clock this morning, a party of men attacked the house of
Lieutenant Millwood, at Courtbrack, within about a mile of this city; they
entered by breaking the front door, and demanded arms, which not being
forthcoming, they proceeded to search the house and broke open a writing-desk,
in which they said there was a case of pistols concealed; they then entered a
closet where there was a valuable and curious dressing case, which they
destroyed; they afterwards demanded money, and Mrs. Millwood handed them five
tenpennies, with which they were not satisfied, they searched the bed and Mrs.
Milwood's pockets, from whence they took some silver and halfpence, and then
left the house. It appears that plunder was not their object, as they returned
Mr. Milwood's watch which they had in their pockets.

     The Assizes for the county of Wicklow commenced on the 4th instant, at ten
o'clock in the morning. The Chief Justice presided in the Crown Court, and Baron
Smith in the Record Court.- After the Grand Jury having been sworn, his Lordship
addressed them briefly. He dwelt very forcibly on the appearance of two
different charges of Ribbonism for administering secret and unlawful oaths, and
called upon the Magistrates of the County to act with vigilance, and check the
evil at its commencement. He drew a very striking distinction between the state
of tranquility in which the County was placed, and the disturbed state of many
of the Southern Counties.
     Having explained the meaning of some new Acts of Parliament, and the Grand
Jury having retired, the following prisoners were successively put on their
     Abraham Cooper, stealing. Acquitted.
     John Burne, stealing wearing apparel. Guilty.
     Bridget Foster, stealing a silver bowl, the property of Bernard Rogers.
     William Marcey, stealing fowl. Guilty.
     Richard Lyons, for stealing a horse, the property of Michael Dunn. Guilty.
     William Heron, stealing a cow, the property of James Dunn. Guilty.
     The only case of importance in the Criminal Court was the trial of a man of
the name of Rickards, who was tried for administering the oaths of a Ribbonman,
and convicted on the clearest testimony. The Secrets of the Society were, upon
the trial, fully disclosed, and their objects exhibited to public view, which
were to effect a separation between this Country and Great Britain, and a
general assassination of the Protestants of Ireland.
     The Chief Justice, when passing sentence (which was transportation for
life) delivered a most beautiful and impressive exhortation to the prisoner.- He
reverted to the scenes of bloodshed in the year 1798, the effects of which he
said, left many a woman a widow, and many a child as an orphan.- He pointed out
the madness of the attempt to separate the countries that were held together by
firm and constitutional ties, and which were governed by the best laws which any
nation upon the earth was blessed with. Laws, as he said, that the prisoner
himself was then enjoying the benefits of, for until a very few years ago, had
he been convicted of the same crime, that offense which was now only accompanied
with transportation, would have been stoned for at the gallows.
     The next trial of any interest was that of Colonel Whaley, who was indicted
for sending a challenge and using disrespectful language to John Colthurst Lees,
Esq., in his capacity as a Magistrate, by declaring that he (Col. Whaley) could
not get justice from Mr. Lees, but rather injustice. Colonel Whaley was found
guilty, after a most patient trial; and in passing sentence, the Chief Justice
told the prisoner that had not Mr. Lees, by an incautious proceeding, given an
excuse, whereby the feelings of Colonel Whaley were roused, he could hardly tell
what measure of accomplishment would be sufficient to inflict; but taking those
circumstances into consideration; he would sentence Colonel Whaley to one
month's imprisonment, and to pay to the King a fine of twenty pounds.
     Several other cases were tried, when Wm. Headen, John Hellehan and Dominick
Bolger were put to the Bar, and charged with robbing Joseph Byrn of 3l. sixteen
     The prosecutor gave a most accurate description of the manner he had been
robbed by the prisoners, who were fellow-travellers with him to Wicklow, to
purchase herrings, when two respectable witnesses were produced to prove that he
had told them he had fallen asleep and lost his money, and that he did not tell
them of his having been robbed.
     The Chief Justice here called up the prosecutor, and told him that he was
shocked at such a horrible conspiracy as it appeared he had entered into, to
take away the lives of these innocent men, for the purpose of getting back the
money he had lost, and that he ought to be prosecuted for perjury.- The
prisoners were acquitted and discharged, to the satisfaction of a crowded Court.
     The Magistrates of the county of Wicklow have voted an Address to John
Colthurst Lees, approving of his conduct in prosecuting Colonel Whaley, for his
disrespectful manner to him while sitting as a Magistrate.

[From the Dublin Gazette of Saturday]
Dublin, Castle, March 5, 1824.
     His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the
following Gentlemen to be High Sheriffs for the ensuing Year-
ANTRIM...........Francis Turnley, of Cushindall, Esq.
ARMAGH........James Johnston, of Knappa, Esq.
CARLOW......John Alexander, jun. of Milford, Esq.
CAVAN............John Hazard of Bawnhoy, Esq.
CLARE..Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur, of Kilrush
CORK..Robert Uniacke Fitz-Gerald, of Lisquinlan, Esq.
DONEGAL...........George Knox, of Prehen, Esq.
DOWN......William Montgomery, of Grey Abbey, Esq.
DUBLIN............Sir John Ribton, of Woodville, Bart.
FERMANAGH..Michael Jones of Lisgoole Abbey, Esq.
GALWAY.........Robert French, jun. of Monivea, Esq.
KERRY.......Richard M'Gillycuddy, of Whitefield, Esq.
KILDARE..Captain George Burdatt of Loughtown House.
KILKENNY.......William Ponsonby, of Bayswell, Esq.
KING'S CO.......George Minchin, of Bushertown, Esq.
LEITRIM......Loftes Anthony Tottenham, of Manorhamilton, Esq.
LIMERICK..........Joseph Gubbins, of Kilrush, Esq.
LONGFORD........John Thompson, of Clonfin, Esq.
LOUTH............J.T. Townley Tisdall, of Bawe, Esq.
MAYO......Colonel George Jackson, of Enniscoe, Esq.
MEATH..........J. Charles Preston, of Swainstown, Esq.
MONAGHAN......E?? Shirley, of Carrickimacross, Esq.
QUEEN'S CO.......Henry Smith, of Mount Henry, Esq.
ROSCOMMON...Thomas Coury, of Strokestown, Esq.
SLIGO............John Frederick Knox, of Ballina, Esq.
TIPPERARY....Sir H.R. Carden, of Templemore, Bart.
TYRONE.....William Steward Richardson, of ??om, Esq.
WATERFORD...William Christmas, of Whitfield, Esq.
WESTMEATH........T.J. Fetherstone, of Bracklin, Esq.
WEXFORD....J.G. Richards, of Owna Varra, Esq.
WICKLOW.....Robert Holt Truell, of Clomannin, Esq.

(From the Clonmel Herald)
     On Sunday the 29th ultimo, in consequence of information received of a
murder being committed at Carrigeen, near Fethard, on the body of a man named
John Hackett; that very efficient Chief of Police, with a mounted party of his
men, repaired to the spot and succeeded in apprehending a young man named Ryan,
who was charged with the murder, and has since been committed to the County
gaol, under the Coroner's warrant, an inquest having been held on the body the
following day, when a verdict of Wilful Murder was returned against Mr. Ryan.
     The same day, after his return home, Mr. Morgan, aided by his son and the
police under his command, dispersed a riotous and tumultuous mob, that assembled
in Killen?ule and were pelting stones in every direction, and secured five of
the principal rioters, who were since committed to the Cashel Bridewell, by that
very active Magistrate Nathaniel Taylor, Esq. to await their trial under the
Insurrection Act.
     On the night of the same day, the above mentioned officer in pursuance of
directions from F. Despard, Esq., Magistrate, after a night's severe fatigue,
succeeded in apprehending three men for the burning of Walter Skehan's house,
who were transmitted to the county gaol by Francis Despard, Nathaniel Taylor and
Richard Millett, Esqrs.
     On Tuesday evening last, a miler in the employment of Mr. Murray, of
Clogheen, was robbed of a pound note and a few shillings in silver, at a place
called Gapp, situate on the road from that town to Lumore, by two armed
footpads, who subsequently attacked and robbed another poor man, named
Prendergast, of about two pounds; as also a third, from whom they took a few

    One of the alleged murderers of the late Major Going will be tried at the
present Assizes of Limerick.- His name is Bridgman.

(From the Limerick Chronicle)
    Two stocks of corn were maliciously consumed near the lands of Friarstown,
in this county, on Monday night.
     On Wednesday night, at the early hour of ten o'clock, a number of dwelling
houses, the property of J.D. Croker, Esq., were set on fire and totally
consumed, on the lands of Upper Quarterstown, near Mallow.
     On Monday night last, a sheep, the property of George Hastings, Esq., of
Killaloe, was maliciously killed, on the lands of Ballina, and the carcass and
fat taken away. We regret to add, that several similar acts of outrage have,
within the last fortnight been committed in that neighborhood.

     The 95th Regiment, now raising, are to be faced with yellow, and no lace.
     The 94th Regiment of Infantry marched in two divisions, viz. on the 20th
and 21st ult. from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
     The last company of the 75th Regiment, of Foot has arrived on board the
Prince of Orange, at Portsmouth from Gibraltar.
     Major-General Sir Patrick Ross is appointed to the Staff of the Ionian
States, in the room of Lieut. General Sir Frederick Adam, near Lord High
     The 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot, which marched on the 25th and
26th ultimo, from Brighton to Portsmouth, has embarked and sailed for Cork.
     The 94th and 95th Regiments of Infantry will shortly be ordered on foreign
     Military Officers who accept of Barrack-masterships, forfeit half-pay
during their continuance in office.

Galway, Thursday, March 18, 1824

[From the Irishman]

     We do not believe the memory of our Patron Saint was ever more honoured in
the town of Belfast than it was on Wednesday last. Parties of 12,20,30 and 40
met to celebrate the christian labours of our Irish Saint. A large and highly
respectable party, containing about 40 persons, dined at Falloon's Tavern, in
Sugar-house entry. The chair was filled on this occasion by James M'Clean, Esq.-
Vice President, John Lawless, Esq. It was a night of harmony, good humour, and
good sense; all appeared anxious to please and be pleased. Some excellent Songs
were spirited among the speeches, which were delivered, and the talents of our
Belfast Harper, (the first, by far, in Ireland,) crowned the feast. The dinner
was admirably served up by Mrs., Falloon. The following toasts were given
alternately by the President and Vice-President:-
     "The Memory of St. Patrick."
     "The King-may the unequalled hospitality be enjoyed in Ireland encouraged
his Majesty to revisit her shores."
     "The People-the only legitimate source of Royal authority."
     "Civil and Religious Freedom to all men of all climes and denominations."
     "The British Constitution, and a speedy reform of the abuses which now
obscure its beauty."
     "May the spirit of liberality which characterises the present Ministers of
the British Empire, with regard to Commerce, Trade and Manufactures, soon infuse
itself into their Political & Religious opinions."
     "The Friends of Freedom in Spain-may they soon resume the station they
deserve in their native land."
     "The People of Greece-may their great name be once more restored to the
world they have so long illuminated."
     "The Belfast Academical Institution, the offspring of public spirit, and
may its Proprietors never forget the duty they owe to the object for which it
was founded."
     "The United States of America-the unanswerable proof to mankind that their
peace and happiness are ever best secured by the participation of equal rights
and privileges."
     "The Institutions of Belfast-may they ever be as they now are, directed and
controlled by the voice of the people."
     "The Reformers of England and Scotland, and may their ranks be shortly
enforced by the accession of Ireland."
     "The Memory of William Drennan-the unbending and eloquent advocate of the
Rights of Man."
    "The Marquis of Donegall, and the Nobility of Ireland, who make their native
land their constant abode."
     "The Memory of John Hancock-the refuge of the oppressed, no matter what
their Country or their Religion."
    "A Free Press- the poor man's protection-the Tyrant's terror."
     "The Memory of Charles James Fox, the wisest and most benevolent Statesman
England ever boasted of."
     "The President of the United States, James Monroe-may the Country over
which he presides for ever be the terror of the Tyrants of Europe."
     "The memories of Grattan, and Curran, and Ponsonby, the eloquent and
uncorrupted advocaters of Ireland's Freedom."
     "Charles Sugrue, Esq., and the Chamber of Commerce of Cork."
     "The Independent Citizens of Galway."
     "Doctor Tennent."
     "The Stewards who regulated the present celebration of St. Patrick."

   The County of Kildare Magistrates have memorialled the Lord Lieutenant to
withdraw the Insurrection Act from their Balliwick.
     Kilkenny is again become the residence of a Collector of Excise, and the
Carlow district is to be placed under his care.
     All the corn tillage in the South of Ireland looks remarkably well.

    Two steam boats are now in forwardness to ply between Limerick and Dublin,
by Canal and from thence to Liverpool. The proprietors will engage to deliver
goods, during summer in three days at Liverpool, and in winter, in four days
from Dublin harbour.
     Steam trading vessels are about to be established between Dublin and
     The Supberb steam packet is daily expected to ply from Cork to Lisbon and
Naples; the fare twenty guineas to Lisbon and thirty-five guineas to Naples.
     A small vessel, between forty and fifty tons burthen, was seen to go down
near Blackwater, in the gale on Thursday morning. The violence of the gale was
extreme, and no assistance could possibly be afforded. Unfortunately all the
persons on board perished. Another vessel about the same size was seen in
distress the same morning off the Saltees, and it is supposed met the same
fate.-- Waterford Mail.

     On the 15th instant, in Bruff Church, by the Rev. Mr. M'Cullogh, Rector,
Lieutenant Meyrick, Adjutant of the 39th Regiment, son of the Rev. Edward
Meyrick, of Bath, to Catherine, daughter of John White, of Upper Dominick
street, Galway, Esq., and cousin to Sir J. White Jervis, of Bally-Ellis, in the
County of Wexford, Bart.

     It gives us pleasure to hear that Robert French, Esq. of Monivea Castle,
our present High Sheriff for the County, has been kind enough to give a LEASE
FOR EVER, of an Acre of Land to a Parish in his neighbourhood, as a site for a
Roman Catholic Chapel about to be erected on it; and has also subscribed
handsomely towards the Funds of a School established on a liberal principle,
under the conduct of the Parish Priest and principal Parishioners. Such acts as
these may be naturally expected from a branch of this patriotic family, and it
is not for the purpose of bestowing well merited praise, but for the purpose of
holding up the example to others, that we mention the circumstances of this

Galway, Monday, March 22, 1824


     On the third day of the Assizes of Trim, Geo. Nugent, a Police Constable,
was indicted for he willful murder of Christopher Ledwidge, on the 27th of
October last, by discharging at him a carbine loaded with gunpowder and a leaden
bullet, in consequence of which, the said C. Ledwidge, instantly died. The
prisoner, who is a young man, was arrested in a police uniform, and had a mild
and respectable appearance.
     Mr. Riky, the Clerk of the Crown, having read the indictment at full length
to the prisoner, called on him to plead. He pleaded Not Guilty.
     The panel, which was of great length, was handed into the Clerk of the
Crown, signed by the Under Sheriff. No less than 30 Gentlemen were challenged by
the Attorney assisting the prosecution, Mr. Ford. This necessarily occupied much
time. About 12 o'clock the prisoner was given in charge to the Jury.
     Mr. Henry Kemmis, K.C., stated the case for the prosecution, as it would he
said, in evidence before the Jury. Witnesses were then produced.
     William Killcast, sworn and examined by the RECORDER.- Witness said he knew
C. Ledwidge, who is now dead; saw him dead on the 27th of October last; he was
shot on the lands of Haberstown, which is in the county of Meath, on that day;
witness identifies prisoner to be the man who shot Ledwidge; witness was on the
lands of Harberstown, which is in the county of Meath, on that day; witness
identifies prisoner to be the man who shot Ledwidge; witness was on the lands of
Jamestown, which is separated from Haberstown by a ditch. This was about 11, or
between 12 and 1 o'clock; witness was digging potatoes with Patrick Brady, and
saw deceased going towards Mr. Waller's lands, running in a moderate trot; when
he first saw Ledwidge, he also saw the prisoner running along the ridge. The
prisoner leaped across the ditch, and presented his piece at the man (deceased)
who was running; Patrick Brady asked witness "was the Policeman going to shoot
the man?" Witness replied, "he is putting himself in a fair posture for it."
Heard the shot fired and saw the man fall; prisoner was five or six and twenty
perches from the deceased when he fired; witness knew the prisoner before he wa
a Constable at Athboy; did not hear him say anything before he fired the shot;
prisoner continued the chace after the shot was so fired; he screwed on his
bayonet, and re-charged his piece; when the Policeman was gone, witness went up
and took Ledwidge in his arm; his brains were coming out of his right temple
every time he would endeavour to breathe.
Cross-examined by Mr. Wallace
     Witness lives in Jamestown, about one hundred perches from where he was
digging the potatoes. Knew John Dowd; he was not in the next house; he lives
next that spot; Dowd had a family living with him; Dowd was charged with a
felony- Witness has only one wife; she is now at home; was not married before;
knows Catherine Harvey; cohabited with her; his wife came back and he turned off
Catherine; Dowd was charged with stealing clothes belonging to Catherine Harvey;
his wife was not charged with having these clothes; cannot answer for any one
but himself; his wife went to see her friends-cannot tell how far the prisoner
was from his home-save the information he is now giving to Mr. White, the
evening of the day the deceased was killed; did not recollect at first swearing
that the prisoner presented his piece a second time; Mr. White asked him if he
recollected anything else; did not go to Mr. White and tell him he had more to
swear,  but when Mr. White spoke to him a second time, he then recollected the
presenting of the piece a second time-had a conversation with the neighbours
between his first and second time of seeing Mr. White-on his oath he will tell
the Jury he saw the prisoner load his piece a second time-Ledwidge was walking
leisurely when the shot was fired; prisoner was running in a cross direction to
get before him, but cannot say they would have met if they had gone on; cannot
say how many minutes he saw the prisoner before he fired; prisoner had to leap a
ditch; his wife is at home; has not Catherine Harvey here; did not mention to
any of the neighbours that he saw the prisoner present a second time, but he did
to Mr. White- when the prisoner was pursued into Athboy, the serjeant's wife
took the piece from Hoy and saw her the wife priming out of it, and give it to
the sentry. This was in the hall of the ??on at Athboy. After the death happened
he lost sight of the prisoner- did not know the police were going to give up the
prisoner to the next Magistrate.
Patrick Brady examined by Mr. Arabin
     We knew the deceased, Christopher Ledwidge; he is dead; saw him last alive
on the Monday before Hollan?ide day; saw him running along a double ditch, and
a Policeman after him; he crossed the drain at Harberstown; the deceased
slackened coming near the hill; the Policeman put himself in a posture of
shooting; when the shot was fired, saw the man fall; the Policeman loaded his
piece again; cannot identify the prisoner; pointed out to Mr. White the spot
where the deceased was shot; and the spot from which the policeman fired.
Cross-examined by Mr. Walker.
     Witness admitted that when he first came on the ??ble he could speak
English; learned it very soon, however; cannot tell how far Dowd's house is from
where they were digging potatoes; after the shot had been fired, the policeman
ran towards Ledwidge,and appeared as if he lost him; he loaded again, when
beyond the place where the deceased was lying.
John Hoy examined by Mr. Kemmis
     Was convenient to his own House in Jamestown, when he saw the deceased
going to where he was killed; Ledwidge wsa in Harberstown, running one time and
walking another; saw a man in Police dress, running from Jamestown to
Harberstown; the Policeman was running as if to catch the deceased; witness
thought he was in pursuit of one Dowd; as there was a warrant against him; did
not know it was Ledwidge he was pursuing; did not see the Policeman fire, but
saw the man fall; there was ditch and a gripe between the policeman and the
deceased; he was on the off side from the policeman; it was near a quarter of an
hour before witness went up to deceased; he was then working for death; the
policeman pursued on after the deceased fell.
     The witness was not cross-examined.
Thomas Smith White, Justice of the Peace, examined by the Recorder.
     Witness arrested the prisoner; asked him if he was the man who fired the
shot; he replies he was, and that he was going to give himself up to Mr.
Cross-examined by Mr. Wallace
     Does not mean to say the Police were evading arrest; heard they had a
warrant to arrest a man by the name of Dowd; saw the police within 30 or 40
perches of Athboy; put them under arrest; his first impression was that all the
police were concerned; saw Killcast the day deceased was killed; went to where
he was and directed any person that knew any thing of the matter to follow him;
took the information leisurely; Killcast, on the following day said he had
something to add to his information, and that witness had made a mistake,
witness read the informations to Killcast; he said all was right; but he forgot
to mention that the policeman took him, and put up his piece and fired
deliberately; saw the piece and examined it; it was not loaded, but had been
removed before he so examined it to the barracks; directed Morgan, the
policeman, to bring him back the piece; he did so, and he inquired of him if it
was in the same state as when it was taken from prisoner; he replied it was;
prisoner, when he heard that the man was shot, was not the man he had the
warrant against, he almost fainted; never saw a man more affected; Brady, in his
information, did not see he saw the policeman load after he had fired.
     Here the case for the prosecution closed, and the prisoner was called upon
for his defense.
     A warrant which was admitted by the Crown Solicitor "under the hand and
seal of John W. Charleton, Esq., a Justice of the Peace for the Co. of Meath,
dated the 2d of October last, directed to Captain Henderson, and all and every
the Constables of the County of Meath, reciting that an information had been
made upon oath of Catherine Harvey, of Jamestown, widow, that on Friday the 26th
of September last, one John Dowd, of Jamestown, forcibly and feloniously did
take from her a bundle of clothes, amounting in value to 4l.8s.71/2d. and
commanding the said Constables to take the said John Dowd."
     Henry Nixon sworn and examined.- Witness was along with the prisoner and
others of the party that went to arrest John Dowd, under the warrant for a
felony; Catherine Harvey, accompanied them to point out Dowd's house, as he
escaped  before from the Navan Police, the prisoner went in the direction of the
Green Hills, to prevent any escape; witness, with another Policeman, went to
Dowd's house, the remainder took other directions. Witness was not with Nugent
when the shot was fired, nor was any of the Police; when the shot fired, they
returned to their barracks; the carbine was examined; it had been taken with
others from the room where the inquiry was going on, to the barracks; it could
not have been loaded; it was not loaded.
     Thomas Hoy examined- Is a Policeman; was in the room when the examination
took place;-Nugent was resting on his carbine, when, by the order of Mr. White,
he was stripped of his arms; on his oath there did not any Serjeant's wife, or
any woman, take the piece, and throw the priming out; prisoner did not know the
     Captain John Battersby examined by Mr. Cruise- The prisoner was in his
corps; he was man of humane and excellent good character; in consequence of
which he recommended him to the Police.
     William Blaney Wade, Esq. gave the prisoner a similar character.
     The Lord Chief Baron summed up the evidence, and laid down the law, as it
applied to the case; and the Jury having retired for some time, returned a
verdict, finding the prisoner Guilty of Manslaughter.
     On the following day, the Chief Baron announced the sentence of the Court
in a most feeling and impressive manner, and adjudged that the prisoner should
be burned in the hand, and confined in his Majesty's gaol of Trim for 12 months.

MONDAY- MARCH 15, 1824

The King at the prosecution of Patrick Harney Masterson and others against
George Weir.

     This case excited a very intense interest at Cavan among all classes of
people. This was not to be wondered at. The Partisans of Weir, and they were
many, thought it monstrous that a man in office, however low, or however
criminal, should be charged with any dereliction of duty by anyone one of the
mere People. Accordingly they talked very fondly of the character of the man
accused- of his ardent loyalty and unmitigated devotion to the reigning Faction
of the town-they hinted, darkly, at certain conspiracies to sear away the lives
of all the loyal Police, and declared how unfortunate it was that Weir was the
first of the Body these Indendiaries happened to meet with after the commission
of the act, which they affected to deplore, inasmuch as the Perpetrator had fled
the Country, and they knew him well. They forgot, however, that his very
admission on their part was in some sort a proof that they knew a great deal
more about the matter then any body else.- The moderate and respectable in Cavan
appeared also to be deeply anxious as the toe the result of the day's
proceedings. They were all agreed as to the murder-they all admitted it was a
foul one-they knew that it originated from that hostile and intolerant  party
spirit  which almost all of the little great men in the Town and County are so
anxious to preserve in full force. Here they saw at once cause and effect, and
when the latter appeared at once so disastrous  and melancholy, it was not to be
wondered that they wished to see the perpetrators of such mischief punished to
the full extent of his crime.
    Notwithstanding the wetness of the morning, the Court was thronged at an
early hour with eager and impatient spectators. The doors were opened at half
past eight o'clock, and at nine the galleries and space under the table was
completely filled. The Gentlemen of the Bar and Press were readily admitted; but
all those whom idleness or the gratification of an anxious curiosity had led
thither, were disappointed in their efforts to gain entrance.
     At ten minutes past nine, George Weir was put to the Bar; and on being
asked whether he was ready for his trial, Mr. Armstong, his Agent, replied in
the affirmative.  Weir is a man below the middle size, and rather meanly
dressed. He appeared very anxious and agitated, bit his lips frequently, and
betrayed the most intense emotion, by the frequent rolling of his eyes, to and
fro, without steadily fixing them on any object.
     At twenty minutes past nine o'clock the Crier made Proclamation, when the
Panel was called over, and at length the Jury were impanelled.
     An interchange of lists of Witnesses then took place, by mutual consent.
     The Prisoner was now given in charge to the Jury. He was indicted for that
not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved by the instigation
of the Devil, he, on the night of the 24th of February last, in the fifth year
of his present Majesty's reign, did feloniously kill one John Smith, by
inflicting a bayonet wound in the left side of his head, of which wound he died.
     After the Evidence on both sides having been closed, The Learned Judge then
entered upon addressing the Jury, stating, that the present case was one of the
most singularly barbarous, cold-blooded, and unprovoked murders which had ever
come before him- and singular to account how the Prisoner at the Bar, possessing
as he did, so exemplary a character, should, without any visible reason, or even
any excitement of the passions, deliberately and coolly embrue his hands in the
blood of his fellow man. His Lordship felt it extremely hard to reconcile the
commission of so cold-blooded an atrocity., in the absence of all evidence as to
any previous ill-will existing between the parties, and in such cases, character
must have a considerable influence with the Jury, where doubt and improbability
existed, that the prisoner charged with the crime was at all guilty.
     His Lordship then went over the evidence and the charge concluded at ten
minutes before seven. The mail however being about to leave Cavan before the
Jury had retired, our Reporter was unable to furnish us with the result.

Cavan, Ten o'Clock, Monday Night.
     The Prisoner has been acquitted. I have not a moment to write more

Galway, Thursday, March 25, 1824

     KILKENNY, MARCH 20- Little did we (Leinster Journal) imagine, when we
penned the article for our last in reprobation of the protection afforded to an
armed ruffian and an avowed murderer in Galmoy, that a horrible assassination
would be perpetrated in that ill-fated barony before the paragraph was printed
off at Press. The gentlemen to whose melancholy fate we allude, was a Roman
Catholic, and his murder affords a singular illustration of the principles of
Whiteboyism. He dared to extend his possessions in spite of that system of
numerous threatenings, and of several attempts on his life; but the immediate
cause of his assassination is said to have been his having lately taken some
land, formerly held, for more than a century, by a Protestant family, whose
present representative, we are told, is an Orangeman! Will any recreant Irishman
hereafter libel his country by saying that the misguided & infatuated wretches
who hare bringing so much misery into the families and such odium on their
native land, are actuated by a planned proscription of Protestants? No, no; the
murderer regards no religion; and the Rock system, illegal and ferocious as it
is, is perfectly impartial in the distribution of its horrors. The following is
an extract of a letter from Galmoy:
          "Galmoy, March 18, 1824.
     "About seven o'clock on the evening of Tuesday last, as John Marum, of
Mount Stepford, Esq., accompanied by his son Edmond, (whose marriage you so
lately noticed,) was returning by the Eirke road, from a house he had lately
built at Rathpatrick, to their dwelling at Whiteswall, in this barony, he was,
within half a mile of the latter place, waylaid and fired upon by a party of
ruffians, who were concealed behind a hedge , at a sand-pit. The son, being
nearest the ditch, received most of the charge (which was snipe-shot,) on the
side of his face and head. His horse immediately ran off, by which means, most
probably, his life was saved. He, however, lost his seat on the saddle, and hung
by the stirrup-leather, until he came to a cabin, when he extricated himself,
and went into it for protection. On the shot being fired, the father's horse, it
is supposed, plunged and threw him, or that he was knocked off by the blow of a
stone, on which the sanguinary villains leapt the ditch, and most barbarously
murdered him. He received five desperate bayonet wounds for the region of his
heart, one cut in the back of the neck, and his scull was literally broken to
pieces. Two or three grains of the shot from the blunderbuss were also lodged in
his shoulder. He had not been abroad after sunset before, for several years, nor
during the same period, until that day, had he travelled without pistols.
     "On leaving the new house, Mr. Marum directed his servant boy to go to
Whiteswall before him, to announce that they were coming home.- The boy having
observed some persons suspiciously assembled near the road, doubled his speed
towards home, and having arrived there, obtained his master's pistols, and
returned with them, hoping to meet them; but, unfortunately, Mr. M. and his son
had taken another road, although Mr. M. had told his servant he would go home by
that road which the boy had retraced in the hope of meeting his master.
     "On the night of the murder, the Police searched several homes in the
immediate neighbourhood of the fatal spot, and in the cabin of a man named
Delany got a blunderbuss, which appeared to have been recently discharged, and
which was broken across the  butt end, just at the guard. It answers the
description given by young Mr. Marum, who distinctly saw the piece leveled by
which he was wounded. In another house they apprehended a man named Keeffe, with
whom was found a threatening notice, which he attempted to swallow, but one of
the Police very opportunely gave him a punch in the back with the but end of his
piece, which knocked the paper out of the fellow's mouth. He is at present in
     "A few nights since two other most inflammatory threatening notices were
posted on the doors of two houses in this barony.
     " On Monday night a home near this town; on the Spa-hill, was maliciously
burned to the ground, and the unfortunate inmates only escaped destruction
through the clemency of one of the incendiaries.
     "Unfortunately we have no Magistrates in this turbulent barony, and as for
our well paid and wonderfully efficient Police Magistrate, we have very seldom
the benefit of his presence. An inquest was held yesterday. It was adjourned to
this day, so that I am not able to send you the result.
    "The inquest was adjourned to yesterday at John's-town. Several rather
suspicious characters have been arrested by the police; but we have not learned
that the atrocious deed of blood has been brought home to any of them. Under the
skillful attention of Dr.Purcell, of this city, who reached Whiteswall at five
o'clock on the morning of the 17th, Mr. E. Marum, we are happy to say, is in a
fair way of recovery.
     "Since writing the above, we have obtained a copy of the verdict. After a
close ...of two days, the Jury, which was highly respectable, returned "wilful
murder against persons unknown."--Leinster Journal.
     We are deeply grieved to have to state that another murder was perpetrated
in this county on the same day, and in an adjoining barony. No correspondent has
furnished us with the particulars of this melancholy case, but we learn that
Edwd. Long, a process server, residing in Caligh, went out on that day to
distrain under a decree for tithes obtained nine months ago against a farmer
named Delany, since deceased. He seized some cattle belonging to deceased's son,
but was set upon by a mob who rescued the cattle, compelled him to swallow his
decrees, and bet him so unmercifully, that though he was able to crawl into
Kilmanagh, he expired the next (ie. Thursday) morning.--Idem.
     "Captain Barry of the Iverk police sent into the county gaol, yesterday
afternoon, two prisoners, one of whom is committed as an accomplice in the
atrocious butchery of the Sheas, and the other under circumstances which require
silence for the present.--Idem.

On the 17th of March Instant
Amount-Thirty Pounds
Payable to Murty Glyn, Gort, by Jas. Lahiff, Esq.
     Any persons finding said Note will be handsomely Rewarded.--Gort, March 20,
From the Twenty-Fifth Instant
In Quay-street- at present occupied by Michael Morris, Esq.- Lowest Rent, Twenty
Guineas per Annum.-Apply to P.M. Lynch, Back-street.- March. 15, 1824.

From the 1st day of May next, for such term as may be agreed on.
     Containing near 100 Acres. The House is good and commodious to accommodate
a good Tenant. It wils be Let, with any number of Acres required. The Ground is
well known to be of the best quality for Fattening, Meadow, and Tillage; distant
5 miles from Loughrea, and 16 from Galway.
     Application to be made (if by letter, post paid) to Miss Keary, Carreen,
Loughrea; or Mules Burke, Esq., Fort-Hill, Gort.
     No preference promised nor will be given.
    March 18, 1824.

   In the Matter of   } Pursuant to an Order of
   BLAQUIER,      }the Lord High Chancellor
      a Lunatic         }made in this matter bearing
_____________   }date the 4th day of October last and also one other Order made
in this Matter bearing date the 24th day of December last, at the hour of one
o'clock in the afternoon, at my Chambers, on  the Inn's-quay, Dublin, at set up
and Let, by Public Cant, to the highest and fairest bidder pending the Lunacy or
for such term as may be agreed on, part of the Lands of Newhall, containing 52
acres; part of the Lands of Castletown, containing 23 acres, 2 roods, and 20
perches; and another part of Castletown, called Deerpark, containing 30 acres, 3
roods,and 30 perches, & another denomination of Castletown, called Middlepark,
containing 14 acres - Dated this 28th day of November, 1823.
               RODERICK CONNOR
     The above Setting is adjourned to Monday, the 29th day of March, at the
time and place aforesaid.
              RODERICK CONNOR.
     The Lands of Newhall and Castletown are within one mile of the Town of
Gort, in the County of Galway, and are in prime condition for Feeding or
     Any person taking the Lands will be required to take out a Lease, and have
two solvent persons to join them in a Recognizance, conditioned for the payment
of the Rent, and performance of the Covenants to be entered into.
     Any further information can be had by applying to William Beauman,
Solicitor, No. A2, Rutland-square, West; Messrs. Fletcher & Roe, No. 5,
Foster-place; and Francis Cruise, the Receiver, No. 41, Lower Gardiner-street,
     Mr. John Manton, of Gort, will shew the Lands.
     March 25, 1824.
     The Public are hereby cautioned not to take in payment, or otherwise, our
joint Notes, passed to JOHN GLYNN, of Cuddugh, dated the 24th of March, 1823, as
we are determined not to pay the amount of said Notes, having received no value
for them.- Dated this 25th day of March, 1824.

     This day, about four o'clock, the Hon. Justice Burton arrived in Town, and
shortly after went to the County Hall, when the following Gentlemen were sworn
as the

Robert Burke, Esq., St. Cieran's, Foreman.
2. James Daly, M.P., Dunsandle
3. Hon. Gonville Ffrench, Castlefrench
4. Christopher Dillon Bellew, Mountbellow
5. Valentine Blake, Menlo Castle
6. Arthur F. St. George, Tyrone
7. John Kirwan, Castlehackett
8. Robert Joseph Ffrench, Rahasane
9. Robert Henry Blakeney, Abbert
10. Major-General Taylor, Castletaylor
11. James H. Burke, St. Cierans
12. James Staunton Lambert, Cregclare
13. Chistopher Redington, Kilcornan
14. Denis H Kelly, Castlekelly
15. Henry M. Blake, Windfield
16. Walter Laurence, Bellevien
17. Henry Blake, Lehinch
18. John Martyn, Tullyra Castle
19. William M. Burke, Ballydugan
20. John Bodkin, Anna
21. Michael J. Browne, Moyne
22. Francis Blake Foster, Ashfield
23. Martin J. Blake, Brooklodge, Esqrs

... After his Lordship had done charging the County Grand Jury, he retired to
the adjoining Court, when the following Gentlemen were sworn on the

The Hon. Martin Ffrench, Glenlo', Foreman
2. Valentine Blake, Menlo' Castle
3. Manus Blake, Prospect-hill
4. Lachlan M'Lachlan, Back-street
5. Patt Burke, Danesfield
6. Walter Joyce, jun., Mervieu
7. George Maunsell, Shantalla
8. James Lynch, Castle
9. Denis Clarke, Flood-street
10. Geoffrey Martin, Upper Dominick-street
11. Andrew W. Blake, Furbo'
12. Francis Fitzgerald, Back-street
13. Henry Cannon, Dominick-street
14. Anthony O'Flaherty, Kockbane
15. James Joyce, Eyre's-square
16. James Burke, Back-street
17. John Moore, Prospect-hill
18. Michael Morris, Spiddle
19. Samuel Shone, Dominick-street
20. Nathaniel M'Lachlan, Back-street
21. Coll Kelly, Esqrs., High-street.

Galway, Monday, March 29, 1824

     We, the Undernamed Roman Catholics of the County of Galway, and County of
the Town of Galway, request a Meeting of the Roman Catholics of said County, and
County of the Town, on Wednesday, the 31st of March instant, at the hour of 12
o'clock, at the Parish Chapel of St. Nicholas for the purpose of Petitioning
Parliament for the Repeal of those Penal Laws which still exclude us from the
enjoyment of our Rights and Privileges as British subjects.
                         Galway, March 27, 1824.
Henry Blake, M.D.,
Thomas Bodkin, Rahoon,
J. James Bodkin, Kilcoony,
Christopher D. Bellew, Mountbellew,
Walter Joyce, Merrieu,
Francis Blake, Cregg,
Walter Joyce, jun.
William M'Dermott, Springfield,
P.M. Lynch, Henmore-Lodge,
Richard Martyn,
Anthony French, Prospect-hill,
Patt M. Burke, Danesfield,
Andrew W Blake, Forbough,
Anthony Martyn, Spiddle,
James Joyes, Eyre's-square,
Robert Power,
J. Kirwan, Garden-field,
Mark Lynch, Prospect,
Patrick Joyes, Newtownsmith,
Richard Adams,
Francis Fitzgerald,
N.J. French, French-Lawn,
Andrew Lynch, Castle,
Henry Joseph Blake,
James Lynch, Lowberry,
Bryan Burke,
William M. Keogh,
G. Martyn,
Edward M'Donnell,
Arthur Ireland,
James Morris,
Walter W. Lynch,
Warden Ffrench,
Richard Joyes,
James Costello,
T.E. Gill, Curate of St. Nicholas,
Gonville Ffrench,
Thomas Ffrench,
John Cheevers, Killian.

Procession of Ribbonmen
     On Saturday morning some letters were laid before the Hon. Baron
M'Clelland, b some gentlemen of the Grand Jury, respecting procession of
Ribbonmen, at Toome & Cushendall, on Patrick's day. In consequence of this, the
Learned Judge addressed the Grand Jury, and portrayed, in very impressive
language, the evils resulting from party spirit and party processions. In the
course of his observations he remarked that on this subject he did not speak
theoretically, but from long experience in his judicial capacity. The mischiefs
resulting from these processions, as evinced in other counties where he had gone
circuit, are recorded (said the Baron) in characters of blood. It is your
duty-it is your interest, Gentlemen, to put a stop to all such assemblages of
people, in this county, whether of the Protestant or Roman Catholic communion,
as promptly and as efficaciously as possible. It is doubly imperative on you to
effect this, both as principal landed proprietors; and as Magistrates whose
office it is to preserve public tranquility. As you value the prosperity, the
peace, the and the vital interests of your country, I earnestly call upon you
toe exert yourselves to the uttermost to sepress the party spirit displayed in
such odious colours, on all these occasions. Let it not be tampered with, lest
it may become too strong and too general to be qualified by the ordinary power
of the law. Irritating procession of one religious party naturally produce
irritating processions of their opponents, and thus a spirit of animosity is
kept in continued action. Some time ago a procession of Ribbonmen had taken
place at Middletown, in the County of Armagh, and some of the parties having
been prosecuted, one of the witnesses for the prosecution who appeared with an
Orange ribbon in his waistcoat, was asked whether any attack had been made upon
his party. No, said he, pointing to the symbol on his bosom-they dared on assail
us- we were too strong for them. After the trial had closed, I exhorted (said
the Baron) the Magistrates to prevent the recurrence of a similar assemblage of
any party, in future, and cautioned the people through them, to refrain from
such meetings in future. Accordingly, the practice was discontinued in that
district; but a procession of an opposite nature having been suffered in a
neighbouring place, it was there resumed. This fact his Lordship urged in proof
of his position, that one illegal and irritating procession produces another
equally illegal and irritating, but of an opposite nature, and hence he inferred
that it was their duty to put an instant stop to all such processions, whether
of Orangemen or Ribbonmen. Magistrates, whether convened in Special Sessions or
acting individually in their local situations, were fully competent to effect
this object. For if, in any particular instance, any credible person were to
make affidavit on good grounds, before any of them, that he had just and
sufficient reasons to believe or apprehend that such a procession would lead to
a breach of public peace, the Magistrate would not only have power to prevent
the procession, but it would be his bounden duty to do so, as promptly as
possible, because the preservation of public order is committed to his care. If
(added his Lordship) in our private capacity, any of us hold different opinions
from others, either on political or religious subjects, these ought never to
interfere with, or bias our judicial or Magesterial acts, nor prevent us from
impartially correcting offences by whomsoever pepetrated - and we should
remember, that the processions on either side are equally illegal since they
equally tend to a breach of the peace.
     As to the opposing parties engaged in these processions, they altogether
mistake the mild nature of the religion which they respectively profess, and
whose benevolent precepts the clergy of every communion are anxious to
extricate. When they seek to make religion a cause of hatred to their
neighbours, they outrage the kind and benevolent spirit of christianity in all
its forms. Our pure religion would, in its natural operation, diffuse peace on
earth, and good will to man, and would, of course ,dissuade from every act that
ends to excite a spirit of resentment or revenge. A claim to exclusive loyalty
is not Protestantism, and they who wish to arouse painful emotions in the minds
of their fellow christians are not Protestants but a disgrace to the name of
Protestants, which they assume. On these subjects his Lordship expatriated at
considerable length, and then apologized to the Gentlemen of the Jury for having
so long occupied their attention in their discussion; but it was, he said, of
prime importance to the community that the processions which he had alluded
should be finally stopped, and he again entreated them, most earnestly, to act
with vigour and promptness in effecting so desirable an object.
     The Hon. Baron's address was delivered after the business of the Crown
Court was closed.

[From the Belfast News-Letter]
     In our last number we gave a sthort account of a procession of Ribbonmen,
which took place at Toome, on the 17th inst. (St. Patrick's Day.) We have now to
add, that in various other places there were processions of a similar nature at
the same time. A correspondent informs us, that during the night of the 16th,
and morning of the 17th, a body of Ribbonmen kept sounding horns through the
streets of Downpatrick. In the morning about 200 of them assembled on the
Course, about a mile from that town, into which they marched about 11 o'clock to
the music of fifes. In Bridge-street, they assailed some Protestants, who
resisted, and, after a severe conflict, compelled them to retire. The Ribbonmen,
however, got round to the Windmill Hill, from which eminence they poured down
vollies of stones on Bridge-street, some of which broke Mrs. Millar's window.
Her son, however, fired blank cartridges towards them, to intimidate them, which
had, in some degree, the desired effect. Meanwhile, Alex. Millar, Esq. J.P.
called out a military force, read the riot act, and dispersed the mob, some of
whom he imprisoned. An anonymous correspondent informs us that there was a
similar procession at Castlewellan.-We subjoin his letter:-
     To the Editor of the Belfast News-Letter.
     "SIR- It is with pain I have to inform you of the disturbed state of part
of this county.
     "Yesterday being the 17th of March, the Roman Catholics met in
commemoration of St. Patrick. About 11 o'clock great numbers of men marched into
this town in rank and file, with fifes & drums. They were generally armed with
pistols & bludgeons. At one o'clock they were all assembled. The number exceeded
2000, who marched in ranks which reached nearly a mile and a half, with music
playing, firing alternately, and threatening any person who might oppose them in
their unlawful proceedings. It was 3 o'clock when they left this place in a
state of intoxication. When these misled people could find no person of a
different religion to quarrel with here, they began to fight and beat each other
in a most inhumane manner.- If Government shall permit such mobs to assemble,
the peaceable inhabitants of this district will feel themselves deserted by the
State, which they were always ready to support, and in which, under Providence,
they place their dependence. I understand that those Ribbonmen shot a man on his
fields, about two miles from this, for no other reason than his being a
Protestant. I shall write you more fully on the subject. And remain, Sir, your
obedient servant,     "A LOYAL OBSERVER.
     "Castlewellan, March 18, 1824."
     We have also received accounts respecting assemblage of Ribbonmen at
Santera, Cushindall, and various other places, which at present we postpone
inserting, till we have received further information on the subject.

War-Office, March 12, 1824
     4th Regiment of Light Dragoons-Captain Thomas D. Burrows from the 8th Light
Dragoons, to be Captain, vice Brett, who exchanges.
     8th Ditto-Captain Richard Rich Wilford Brett from the 4th Light Dragoons,
to be Captain, vice Burrowes, from the 7th Dragoon Guards to be Lieutenant, by
purchase, vice Weslenra, who retires; Lieutenant William Glanville, from the 7th
Dragoons, to be Adjutant and Lieutenant, vice Weslenra, who resigns.
     1st or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards-Captain Harry Calvert, from
half-pay 52nd Foot, to be Lieutenant and Captain, vice John Madan Maitland, who
exchanges, receiving the difference.
     3d Regiment of Foot Guards-Lieutenant John George Robinson, from half-pay
of the Regiment to be Ensign and Lieutenant, vice John Raymond Barker, who
exchanges, receiving the difference.
     1st Regiment of Foot-Ensign Alexander Graham, to be Lieutenant by purchase,
vice M'Beath, who retires; John Beauchamp Kerr, Gent. to be Ensign by purchase,
vice Graham.
     4th Ditto- Ensign William Lonsdale, to be Lieutenant, without purchase,
vice Cotton, deceased; Henry J. Warde, gentleman, to be Ensign, vice Lonsdale.
     10th Ditto- Lieutenant Richard Lane, lately superseded, has been reinstated
in his rank.
     18th Ditto- Assistant-Surgeon William Lindsay, from the 36th Foot to be
Surgeon, vice Burns, deceased.
     24th Ditto- Ensign Edward Thurlow Cunnynghame, from the 82nd Foot, to be
Ensign, vice Buckley, who exchanges.
     41st Ditto- Captain Henry Vanspall, from the 86th Foot, to be Captain, vice
Crawford, who exchanges.
     45th Ditto-Lieutenant William Potts, from half-pay 17th Light Dragoons, to
be Lieutenant and Adjutant, vice J K Taylor, who exchanges.
     48th Ditto- Lieutenant Charles Campbell, from half-pay of the regiment to
be lieutenant, without purchase.
     49th Ditto- Captain Robert Bartley, to be Major, by purchase, vice Hill,
who retires.
     51st Ditto- Lieutenant William Timson from half-pay of the regiment, to be
lieutenant, vice Francis Kennedy, who exchanges, receiving the difference.
     63d Ditto- Major Charles George James Arbuthnot, from half-pay to be major,
vice Robert Martin Leake, who exchanges.
     75th Ditto-Assistant Surgeon Samuel Barry, M.D. from half-pay 25th Light
Dragoons, to be Assistant Surgeon, vice William Goodison, who exchanges.
     82d Ditto- Ensign William Henry Buckley, from the 24th Foot, to be
Paymaster, vice Makenzie, retired upon half-pay.
    1st West India Regiment- Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Eyre Browne, from
half-pay 6th West India Regiment, to be Lieutenant Colonel, vice Cassidy,
appointed to the Cape Corps Frederick de Daubrawa, Gent. to Be Ensign without
purchase, vice Miles, deceased.
     2d Ditto- Major David Joly from half pay 6th West India Regiment to be
Major, vice Sackville Berkely, who exchanges.
     Cape Corps- Lieutenant Colonel James Cassidy, from the 1st West India
Regiment, to be Lieutenant Colonel, vice John Ross, who retires upon half pay
6th West India Regiment. Assistant-Surgeon Robert Turnbull, from half-pay Royal
African Corps, to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Clarke, promoted.

     To be Majors in the Army- Captain Anthony Lyster, of the 3d Royal Veteran
Battalion. Captain C. William Kerr, of the 3d Royal Veteran Battalion- Captain
William Forrest of the Honorable East India Company's Service, (Inspector of
Military Stores.) to be Major in the East Indies only.

     Doctor Thomas Putnam Macabe, Assistant-Surgeon to the Forces, has been
permitted to resign his commission. To be Assistant-surgeon to the Forces.-
Assistant-Surgeon Michael Fogarty, from half-pay 19th Light Dragoons;
Assistant-Surgeon John Ross Palmer, from half-pay 30th Foot, vice Macabe,

Land Surveyor,

     Impressed with a deep sense of gratitude for the Patronage he experienced
in the County of Galway since he came there to reside in 1815, and offered
himself to the notice of the Nobility and Gentry of that County-From the general
satisfaction he has had the good fortune to give, he is emboldened to say (but
with the humblest confidence) that he can refer such Gentleman of Landed
Property as he has not yet the honor of being known to, to EACH, of many of the
first respectability, that he has made Extensive Surveys for, and flatters
himself with hopes, on enquiry will be found to possess these essential and
indispensable requisites- ABILITY & INTEGRITY adequate to the Great Trust that
must unavoidably be reposed of a Land Surveyor.
     Commands addressed at any time to him, Post-Office Loughrea, will be
immediately forwarded, and duly attended to, or to Belview Eyrecourt, until the
1st of May. As Mr. Kelly is at present engaged in the Survey of the Estates of
Lord Clanricarde in the neighbourhood of Galway, any commands addressed to him
at Connolly's Hotel, until the 4th of April, will be attended to.
     March 20, 1824.


     James Donnelly was indicted for conspiring with Thos. Ashenhurst, of the
Belfast Post-Office, in August last, to secret a letter addressed to "R.
Marshall, Ayr," containing a 20 Note of the Edinburg Commercial Banking
Company; also (2nd indictment) for knowingly receiving the said Bank Note of
20, which had been abstracted from a letter by Thomas Ashenhurst, who was
employed in the Post-Office, in Belfast.
     Thomas Ashenhurst (approver) proved that, in August he was in the
Post-Office, Belfast; he was about a year in that situation; his duty was to
sort and give out letters at the merchants' side; has known prisoner from the
third or fourth day after he went to the Post-Office; he was about the Office
with another Clerk; they were often together; Donnelly lived in an entry, off
William-street; prisoner told witness that the boys who were in the Post-Office
before him had been in the habit of opening letters, and were never found out;
and he encouraged him to do the same; witness opened several letters; in one he
found 5l. in another 10l. in another 3l. in another 2l. in another 1l; Donnelly
got one-half the money, by agreement; recollects one letter directed to Robert
Marshall, Ayr, which contained a 20l. Scotch Note, and a 1l. 1s. Note; gave them
to Donnelly next day, who proposed to go to Scotland to get the large one
changed, that it might not be detected in Belfast; he was to pay his passage
with the 1l. 1s. Note; he said to witness that he had his passage taken; this
was on Sunday, the 3d; he was to sail on the Monday following; when he gave the
20l. to Donnelly, the latter was to return to him ten pounds.
     Cross-examined-Does not recollect the directions of the other letters he
opened; the date of witness's indenture was September 23, 1822; witness went
with some of the money to the Theatre; he was before the Grand Jury, but was not
told that if he told the truth against Donnelly, he would get off; was told by
his father that if Donnelly was found guilty, he (witness) would get off; his
father told him he learned this from a gentleman of the Dublin Post-Office.
     Other witnesses were examined, whose testimony left no doubt of the
prisoner's crime.
     The Learned Judge summed up the evidence at considerable length. His
Lordship highly complimented Mr. Harday, the superintendent of the Glasgow
Post-Office, and the Police-Officer from Glasgow, for the perspicuity of their
evidence, as well as for their sagacity and promptitude. The Jury then withdrew,
and returned with a verdict of - Guilty.
     This awful result did not appear to have been contemplated by the unhappy
young man, who did not appear to be more than 17 years of age. He appeared
petrified for some moments, and afterwards retired to the back of the dock in an
agony of tears; he was finally carried to prison in a dreadful state of
agitation; his moanings being distinctly heard in Court while he was conveyed
through the adjoining passages to gaol, occasioning a thrill of horror which
pervaded a very crowded Court.

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