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afterwards by Mr. Grant, on be- Grand Jury have appointed me for half of the prisoner.
life, after a week's deliberation on Lord Succoth then proceeded my arguments, and to sum up the evidence. His Chief Justice.-Have you dislordship adverted fully to the se- charged the duties of a Chaplain veral points of law connected with since your appointment by the the statute founded on, and the Grand Jury? case at issue. We understood Mr. Duffy.My Lord, I would him upon the whole to be of opi. have done it, it iny Prelate had nion-1st, that the statute libelled not prevented me. on was in full force ; 2dly, that Chief Justice.—Was any vioa marriage celebrated by a Popish lence offered to you by any person priest, with or without the pro- in the gaol, which could prevent clamation of bans, between what your attendance ? parties soever, even when both Mr. Duffy.-Certainly not. are Catholics, was irregular and Chief Justice.-Then, Sir, you inowderly, and that the celebrator have not discharged the duty was liable to the penalties of the Mr. Duffy.--My Lord, spiritual statute ; and thirdly, that the obedience is a first principle of the Pannel had celebrated an irregular Catholic church, and I might as and inorderly marriage.
well attempt to destroy the entire The jury having for some time Christian church, as to subvert retired, returned a verdict, find- any one of the principles. ing by a plurality of voices the Chief Justice.-I merely wishlibel not proved, whereupon the ed to ascertain the fact, whether Pannel was assoilzied simplicitci, or not you discharged the duties and dismissed from the bar. The of Roman Catholic Chaplain to result of this trial appeared to the gaol of Newgate, and I find afford much satisfaction to the you have not. Our conduct is di. erowded audience that attended. rected by an Act of Parliament, -(Caledonian Mercury.)
which we are bound to follow
without either abating or exceedCourt of King's Bench, Dublin, ing its directions. It was our Nov. 13.—Doctor Troy and the province to recommend, if we Dublin Grand Jury.—This day, thought proper, to the Grand after twelve o'clock, the crier was Jury to appoint a Roman Catholic directed by the Court to call the Chaplain to Newgate ; we had Rev. John Duffy, who had been no power to particularise any inserved with an order to attend the dividual, and God forbid we ever Court.
should exceed our powers. The Mr. Duffy appeared, and was Grand Jury accordingly appointed directed to come as near as pos- this gentleman; but owing to sible to the bench.
some interference he has not disChief Justice.—How long, Sir, charged the duties of the station, since you were appointed Catholic and therefore must be removed by Chaplain to Newgate?
this Court, to which the LegisRev. Mr. Duffy.--I really do lature has entrusted the right of not know, my Lord; but the inquiry into the transaction.
Rey. Mr. Duffy.--My Lord, I one, most certainly, will not hear have not been allowed to attend.
you. Chief Justice.-All that is ne- Mr. French.—No, my Lord; cessary for us to know is, that the what I mean to shew is, that the gentleman did not attend. He duty has been performed by some says he was prevented ***
persons, and therefore, that it is Mr. Duffy-interrupting.)- not a case requiring the interfeBy my superior, my Lord. rence of the Court, as the object Chief Justice.--You may call of the Legislature has been satishim your superior, Sir, if you fied. wish; and I am sure you think Justice Osborne - The Statute him so, but I know nothing about does not permit that the duty him. Had the gentleman been should be done by proxy. prevented by illness, or any legi- Mr. French.—My Lord, Dr. timate cause of absence, we should Troy threatened to excommunicertainly extend to him the in- cate him. dulgence, which in such a case he Mr. Duffy.--Yes, my Lord, if would have a right to expect. We I would even distribute the bread. must direct his dismissal, and de- Mr. French.-He would not sire the Grand Jury to proceed to even allow him to distribute the the appointment of another. bread, my Lords. I have the let
Mr. Duffy-My Lord, I am ap- ter of the Prelate in my hands, in pointed for life, and am to receive which he threatens him. the salary whether in England, Chief Justice.-We must disIreland, France, or America. The charge our duty, and therefore Grand Jury have so determined. dismiss the gentleman. I cer
Mr. French.-My Lord, I would tainly lament his situation very beg leave to offer a few words on much, but we have no discretion behalf of Mr. Duffy.
left to us.
AU' I shall say in adJustice Osborne --Do you mean dition to what I have already to deny the fact of non-attend- stated is, that if the power of the ance ?
Legislature of this Court, and of Mr. French.-Certainly not, the Grand Jury, to appoint a Ro
man Catholic Chaplain to New. Justice Osborne --Then you gate is denied, I certainly will can say nothing for the gentle- not admit the authority of any
other superior. Mr. French.-1 declare, my Lord, 'tis very hard if a respect- Trial of Mr. Joseph Blackburn, of able officer of the Court, who is Leeds, for Forgery. threatened with dismissal, will
York Castle, March 18. not be `allowed the benefit of
It being generally known that counsel.
the trial of this unfortunate genJustice Daly.--Mr. French, if tleman was to come on this mornyou mean to contend for the legal ing, the Court was filled to excess admissibility of the cause which at a very early hour. prevented his attendance, I, for Sir Simon Le Blanc entered
the Court a few minutes past nine turday the 11th of February last, o'clock, when Mr. Blackburn and in the same state in which he reMr. Wainewright were placed at ceived it. the bar.
Mr. Thomas Taylor stated, that After the swearing of the jurors, he knew Mr. Blackburn very well; Mr. Wainewright was removed employed him to inake a mortgage from the bar, and the Court pro- for him about last November, for ceeded to the trial of Mr. Black- the society known by the name of burn.
the Clothiers' Friend Society, and Mr. Richardson opened the in- took his deeds for that purpose to dictment, and stated the facts Mr. Blackburn; the sum to be which he intended to establish by secured was 1801. Witness afthe testimony of the different wit- terwards saw the mortgage-deed, nesses in support of the prosecu- which is that now produced, and tion.
which was prepared for him by Mr. John Atkinson, attorney at Mr. Blackburn. Witness does law, Leeds, produced a deed, not recollect whether any person which he stated to have been re- but Mr. Blackburn was in the ofceived from Mr. John Scott, one fice when he called. of the stewards of a benefit soci- Charles Smith was employed in ety, on the 11th of February, and the office of Mr. Blackburn, to which had been in his possession engross deeds. On the deed in ever since.
question being shewn to the witMr. J. Scott stated, that be ness, he said it was engrossed was a steward to a Society, cal- by him in November last, and was led the Clothiers' Benevolent So- either delivered! by him to Nr. ciety. There is a chest, in which Blackburn, or left in his office. are deposited the deeds and secu- Witness looked at the name of rities belonging to the society; one of the attesting witnesses, the witness took the deed, pro- signed “Jo. Blackburn," which duced by Mr. Atkinson, out of he said was the hand-writing of this box on the first Monday in Mr. Blackburn. February, and delivered it to the Mr. Musgrave stated, that he landlady of the house where the
was one of the attesting witnesses box was kept, and received it back to the deed in question, and that on the Saturday following. Mr. Blackburn was the other.
Mrs. Mary Fluker, the landlady, Witness did not go to Wakefield stated, that she received a deed to register the deed, nor did he from the last witness on the day take any oath on that occasion. he had stated; that she delivered The word “sworn,” he stated, it to him again on the Saturday was written opposite to Mr. Blackfollowing, and that in this inter- burn's name. val it was never out of her pos- Mr. Abraham Smith said that session.
he is one of the stampers at the Mr. J. Scott then proceeded to Stamp-office, in London, and has state, that he delivered the deed been in that situation 16 or 17 so received from Mrs. Fluker, to years. When the stamping for Mr. Atkinson, at his office, on Sa- the day is copeluded, the dies are
put into strong boxes, and placed King's arms on the blue paper in the strong room, and locked had come from the stamp-office up. They are taken in and de- at one time or other, but that livered out, by one of the clerks both the numerals II, and the in the Stamp-office, who keeps word Pounds, were forged. the key of the room. Witness William Kappen, Esq. Secrestates, that they never, on any oc- tary to the Stamp-office, also casion, stamp any labels without proved the fact of the stamp bebeing attached to the parchment, ing a forged one. and, of course, that the stamps Mr. John Atkinson is an attorare never issued in a separate ney at Leeds ; he stated that he state. There is a die for 21. Wit- received a great number of artiness then examined the stamp on cles from Farmery, the consta. the deed, and stated that the nu- ble ; received the dies on the 13th merals II and the words Pounds of February, and the stamps at the were not a genuine impression same time, which were in a box from the die used by the Commis- now on the table : he had kept sioners, but were forged and coun- them in his custody, locked up, terfeit, but that the device on the ever since the time he received King's arms and the rest of the them, and they were now in the stamps, were genuine. Witness same state they were delivered to proceeded to point out the differ- hini. Witness also received from ence betwixt the impression of the Robert Barr the contents of a pargenuine stamp and that affixed to cel, which was sealed up, and this deed, which consisted in this: which consisted of a great variety In the genuine stamp the whole of blue stamps for deeds. of the impression was struck at Mr. Butterworth was examined onoe, both the King's arms and by Mr. Park; he stated that he the letters; but in ihe stamp on was an engraver at Leeds, that he the deed now produced it was evi- was employed by a person whom dent that the numeral letters I he afterwards knew to be Jaques, had been impressed by one instru- to engrave for him on a copperment, and the word Pounds by an- plate the words, This Indenture, in other, and these marks had been German text characters; he did made upon a genuine stamp, from not give his name, or say on whose which the original letters bad been account he came. The engraving by some means erased. He also was executed according to his orlooked at the back of the deed, der, and Jaques came from time and he said it was clear it had not to time for impressions from the been stamped at the office, because plate, which were taken upon if it had, the impression would parchment. Witness afterwards hiave penetrated the parchment, made another plate for Jaques, and made an indentation thereon. with the same words, but in less Witness stated that the stamps characters, and from this plate imwere under the management of pressions were from time to tinie the Commissioners. Nothing ma- taken, by order of Jaques. The terial occurred on his cross-exa- first plate was engraved about miuation; he repeated that the Jung, 1910; witness kept the
plates in his possession. Jaques he did not keep impressions from did not mention to him that the the dies he had made for him.plates were for Mr. Blackburn: Witness was now desired to exaand the witness was paid for the mine the stamp affixed to the deed, plates, and the working of them, and to state whether the impresby Jaques. Witness did not know sion “Il Pounds” was, in his that Jaques was clerk to Mr. opinion, an impression from the Blackburn. On his cross-exami- dies made by him. After comnation, he said that he never saw paring the impression with the Mr. Blackburn upon the subject; dies, he said he could not state poand that his name was never men- sitively whether it was or not; he tioned to him by Jaques on any could not speak to it, and being occasion. Jaques represented him- further pressed, whether he could self as a writer for attornies. He not form an opinion upon it, he never gave his own name, nor did replied that he could not form any the witness ask him, as he paid idea upon the subject. him for the work he had done.- Mr. Abraham Smith, the stamWitness did not know his name per from London, being asked the until December last.
same question that was proposed Mr. Samuel Topham is an en- to Mr. Topham, stated, after graver at Leeds; has been in that comparing the die with the imbusiness about six years ; knows pression on the stamp, that he Mr. Blackburn, and was employed had no doubt but that it had been by him in the way of his business, made from the die; they corresin October, 1812, in making for ponded so exactly, that the one him a number of pieces, resembling must be an impression from the wafer seals; they were made of other ; he also stated that the imbrass, and consisted partly of nu- pression “I! Pounds, "must have merals and partly of words; the been made by two dies, and not whole number he inade was 14. by a single instrument. Mr. Topham was then shewn a William Kappen, Esq. examinnumber of dies, produced by Mr. ed the dies with great attention, Atkinson, which were only 13 in and after fixing them with great number. After looking at them care upon the impression of " JI for some time, he said they were Pounds” in the stamp, gave it as the same he had made for Mr. his opinion, that it was made by Blackburn; they were made un- the dies he held in his hand. Mr. der his direction, and witness em- Butterworth having examined the ployed a person to fix the handles engraving, This Indenture, at the to them. Witness does not recollect head of the dee:l, said he had no to whom they were delivered, but doubt but it was an impression they were paid for by Mr. B : the from the plate he engraved for sum he received for them was Jaques, and which he had before Il. 128. Witness said he could not produced in Court. undertake to swear positively that William Kappen, esq. then prothe dies were the same he had ceeded to describe the different armade for Mr. Blackburn; but he ticles, in a box produced by Nir. believed they were. In answer to Atkinson, and which contained a a question from the Judge, he said great variety of articles found on