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By the Court. There were only Re-examined by the Attorney-Ge. two or three up when he went to neral.—The story he told to the Cap. bed; but he admitted that, in his de- tain was not true. He told it to save positions before the Magistrates, he his life. Collins, (another convict,) had sworn there were twenty con- who had been called into the cabin, victs up at that time.

was in it when witness entered. The John Ryan, examined by the At- Doctor and the Captain asked him torney-General.-Was a convict on to say all he knew about it, but he board the Chapman, and remembersaid that he was as ignorant of any ed the 17th of April. There had thing about a mutiny as the child un. been no noise or disturbance of any born. The Doctor said, " I'll make kind among the prisoners before the you know : you shall be flogged first firing commenced.

and shot after.” The Captain then

" Cross-examined by Mr Alley.-- came, and importuned him to tell Witness was examined in the cabin what he knew, adding, that he would a few days after the 17th. On that save his life by confessing as Collins occasion he acknowledged that Mor- did; that he would be sent home, rison, M.Laughlin, Peier Allen, and and should have a great deal of mosome others, were the ringleaders ney. He then confessed all that of the mutiny, and that the object Collins told him, but it was not true. was to murder the Captain and crew, He told the same thing to Mr Campand to take the ship. He also said bell, but he was then a prisoner. on that occasion, that the reason why To a question by the Court, he the 17th was fixed upon was, that they answeredl, that he was not in irons, would then be near the Line, and of but could walk about along with the course nearer to the coast of Ameri. sailors. ca. The whole of the crew were to William Lea examined by Me be murdered, with the exception of Gaselee.—He remembered the night one sailor, who was to be kept as long of the firing : it lasted about two as there was any use for him, and hours and a half. He was brought then to be thrown overboard. A on deck the next morning, put on his hundred of the convicts were to be knees along with others, and was kept with irons on, in order to de. told, that as he was the

greatest ras. ceive any King's ship which might cal he should die first. He was then board them. Frank Murphy (one of asked whether he had a cap to pull the witnesses) was to be doctor, over his eyes. He said no, and one Morrison to be captain, and Peter of the sergeants pulled his shirt over Allen (another witness ) was to be his head. He was then informed chief mate. The plan was, (as he that he had but ten minutes to live, said then,) that a feint attack was to and desired to confess. He told them be made on one part of the ship, the he had nothing to say, but was ready better to cover the real one, which to die, and they might fire away as was to be made on another part. He soon as they liked. He was asked whe. told all this at the time, merely to ther he would take his oath that he had save his life. He told the same story not been sworn as to the mutiny. He when he arrived in harbour to Mr said he did not wish to be sworn, as Campbell, the Secretary to the Go. he was going to die. The Doctor vernor ; but when he got on shore then said that they (the soldiers) he denied it all, because it was not might fire away as soon as they pleatrue,

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Doctor and ordered to be fog. the matter, but received no answer. d; but he was not flogged. He was He then heard some of the soldiers d to a rope and thrown astern, and say, that the convicts were forcing ved after the ship for some time. the bulk-head. Soon after this he e was ducked nine or ten times. heard the firing. It was towards the his was by the Doctor's order. sick-bay. He heard no orders given hen he was taken on board he was to fire, and could not say whether it t able to speak or hear. He was was commenced by the soldiers or equently afterwards punished, and sailors. The firing lasted about a as kept chained to the poop for quarter of an hour. He did not see urteen weeks, until they were any of the convicts until after the ithin a few days' sail of New South firing had ceased. He then saw some Vales. On one occasion, he made of them come round under the main ome confessions to the Doctor; but hatchway, and heard them cry out e did so to save his life, and what for mercy, and say it was their own e said was not true. He only an- fault for beginning it. During the wered yes or no to the questions put firing he did

not see any of the three by the Doctor,

prisoners at the bar. Cross-examined by the Common Cross-examined by Mr Alley.Sergeant.—He used sometimes to When the convicts begged for merwork for the armourer, but never cy, and said it was their own fault, took any tools from him. He was mercy was shewn to them. There put in irons the day before the fir- was a number of persons dressed, ing, and was afterwards told that it and walking about; they did not apwas in consequence of his having pear as if they had been in bed. been accused as one of the ringlead. There was a great noise, as of a vioers.

lent rush. He remembered the inExamined by the Court.-When spection of the irons on the 12th. he was asked by the Doctor who was The rivets of many of them had been to be armourer of the ship, he said that filed off

, and some rope-yarn stuffed he was. When asked, where the ship into the place of them. By this means was to be taken, he said to America. they thought to pass muster, and He had said before that no person when they got down they could ea. had told him any thing of the mutiny, sily shake their irons off. About sixty and that he only answered yes or no of them were found with their irons to the questions of the Doctor. He off one morning. They frequently now said that his memory was bad, broke them after their being repair. and he could not recollect positively. ed. On the day after the firing, he

Thomas Turner, a soldier of the found the bar under the scuttle had guard on board the Chapman, re- been bent, which must have been done membered the night of the 17th of from below. If those bars had been April, as he was on duty from six to removed, the convicts could have eight o'clock. He got orders to fire come on deck four at a time. There if the prisoners should attempt to was such confusion on deck, that the come up. He got no orders on that soldiers did not know for some time night different from those he received whether the ship was their own, or on other occasions. He heard a noise in possession of the convicts. in the prisons below, as if a rush was By the Court. The lock and the made fore and aft. He called down hinge of the door of the partition to the convicts, to know what was were broken; not as if struck by a

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bullet, but by force of another kind. teen, was indicted under Lord ElDuring the confusion, he heard some lenborough's act, for feloniously and person in the prison say, that if the maliciously stabbing and cutting convicts could get the upper hand, George Gibbs, with intent to murder they would give no quarter.

or do him some grievous bodily harm, Richard Vickary was a soldier on on the 15th instant, at the parish of board the Chapman. The prisoner, Storrington, in the county of Sussex. Lieutenant Bustead, was his com- George Gibbs, a youth about sixmander. On the night of the 17th teen, the unfortunate victim of the of April, the sick-bay door was bro- prisoner's ferocity, appeared in the ken open, and he heard a rush. All box, dreadfully emaciated, and still the soldiers were ordered to arms, labouring under the effects of the and to muster on the quarter-deck outrage which he had suffered, (his In about five minutes after, the fire wounds being yet green,) and gave ing commenced ; and during the fire the following statement :–His fa. ing, Bustead was the only one of the ther was park-keeper to Lord de la prisoners he saw.

Zouch, who lived at Parham-park. Cross-examined. — There was a In the evening of the 15th of March, rush aft and a-head at the same time. about eight o'clock, his father sent The soldiers all thought their lives him with a message to the Crown were in danger ; and if the convicts public-house, a short distance from had got possession of the ship, none Parham, when he met the prisoner, of the crew would have been left a- near the end of his father's garden. live.

The prisoner had a stick over his The evidence having proceeded shoulder, and although the night was thus far, Mr Justice Best addressed rather dark, he could see him by the the jury, observing, that the Learn- light of a lantern which he carried in ed Counsel, on the part of the pro- his hand. The prisoner was then secution, at the suggestion of him. alone, but appeared to have parted self and his learned brother, had re. from another young man, named frained from calling any more wit. Duke. When the prisoner approachnesses until the opinion of the gentle ed him, he was about to wish him men of the jury had been known. It good night, when the former struck was the opinion of the Bench, that him over the head and face with the the provocation in this case given by stick which he carried. He was nearthe convicts completely justified the ly stunned by the blow, which being rigorous measures taken to quell this repeated, he was knocked down, and insurrection.

from the violence of the blow the The jury immediately acquitted stick was broken. The witness im. all the prisoners, and they were con- mediately cried out—“Oh! Jemmy sequently discharged.

Gibbs, don't murder me;" and beg. ged for mercy. The prisoner then

went round him, and immediately CUTTING AND MAIMING. pulling out a pocket knife, cut him Susser Assises, Horsham, Thursday, twice under the chin; but his sangui.

March 25. Crown Side. Before nary design having failed by these Mr Justice Bailey.

means, he stabbed him behind the

right ear, with the same weapon. James Gibbs, a youth of prepos. Witness struggled to get from him, sessing appearance, aged about eigh. and in doing so, disarmed him of the

knife, and in the scuffle the prisoner broken in two or three pieces, which drew it through his hand, and wound- articles he produced, and which were ed several of his fingers. The pri- proved to be the prisoner's. soner then took him round the waist, Mr Dennett, a surgeon at Stoningand dragged him to a gate-post, and ton, who was called in, described the endeavoured to swing his head a. wounds which had been inflicted on gainst it. Witness cried out for mer- the prosecutor.

The knife being cy, and called “Murder," upon shown to him, he said it was dull on which the prisoner caught hold of the edge, and in his judgment that him by the throat, which he griped circumstance alone prevented the with both his hands, in order to pre wound being fatal. vent his making any noise. He im. Here the case for the prosecution mediately afterwards let go, but closed. seized his throat a second time, and Mr Justice Bayley asked the prithen the witness lost his senses,' soner what he had to say in his deand remembered nothing afterwards. fence. When he recovered, he found him. The prisoner said, “I don't know self with his friends. He swore po- that I can say any thing." sitively that he never in his life had John Gibbs, the father of the priany quarrel with the prisoner; that soner, came forward in a state of pithey were namesakes, though not re- tiable agitation, so much so that he lated; and that he had known the could not stand, and stated, that he prisoner as a passing acquaintance, was a labouring man, and that his son and had seen him occasionally, but and he were in the habit of working was by no means intimate with him. for Mr Emery, a farmer at Parham. He could in no manner account for On the day mentioned in the indictthe prisoner's attack upon him. ment, after he and his son had per

George Whale proved, that he formed their daily labour for their heard the cry of “ Murder on the employer, they came home to do - evening in question, and went to the some work in their own garden. He

spot whence it proceeded, when he observed that there was something saw the prosecutor weltering in his singular in the behaviour of the priblood, and in consequence of the a. soner, who seemed not to work with larm which he gave, the prisoner was his usual cheerfulness. At supper pursued.

time in the evening, about seven William Moore proved, that he o'clock, the prisoner seemed lowwas attracted to the sanguinary scene spirited, and ate every little food. He in consequence of hearing the prose- kept back from the fire, instead of cutor cry out “ Murder”_" Jemmy coming forward as usual on such ocGibbs don't murder me !"

casions to join in the humble cheerDaniel Duff stated, that he appre. fulness of their meal. About halfhended the prisoner between nine past seven the prisoner went out and and ten the same night on Wrack- never returned. He did not know lan Common.

of any quarrel between the prosecuJohn Braby was present when the tor and his son. last witness seized the prisoner, Sarah Gibbs, the wretched mother whose hands and face were very of the prisoner, also in an agony of bloody.

grief, stated, that she observed someDaniel Nash picked up the pocket- thing singular in the behaviour of her knife, which was smeared with blood, son during supper-time of the night and a stick, resembling a broomstick, in question. He ate little, and sat quite behind the rest of the family. ted, and the penal consequences Ilis aunt was present, and was about which must follow a conviction for to go home. He was asked to ac- that act must be visited upon his company her, but he made no an- head. swer, and stood dejected against the The jury, after a few moments' decupboard of the room. Witness liberation, found the prisoner Guilty. knew of no quarrel between her son The Learned Judge immediately and the prosecutor. They always pronounced the awful sentence of appeared to be on good terms with death, in a manner so impressive and each other. The prisoner was a quiet, pathetic as not to leave a dry eye in affectionate, and industrious lad, Court, at the same time holding out worked early and late, and was not to the prisoner no hopes of mercy. given to gusts of passion or ill temper. Anne Price, the prisoner's aunt,

MURDER. observed his conduct at the supper. time above mentioned; his behaviour Lent Assizes, Kingston (Surrey) was very different from what it us.

Monday, April 5. ually was ; he appeared very low. When he was nursing witness's child, Thomas Osborne was indicted for he threw it up in a great flurry, and the wilful murder of Eli Cox, on the not with his usual and tender care 2d of August last, at Epsom, in the of the child, of which he was very county of Surrey. The indictment fond. The prisoner was mild in his charged the death of the deceased manners, dutiful and attentive to his to have been produced in three difparents, and extremely diligent in his ferent ways—by striking with a stick, employment. On that night the wit. cutting with a knife, and strangling ness asked him to see her home, but by means of a stick and handkerhe made no answer, and stood silent chief. and dejected. He used to see her The trial of this case excited an home at night on the like occasions. uncommon degree of interest, from

Mr R. Emery, a respectable far. its singular circumstances, and the mer at Parham, stated, that the pri- barbarous manner in which the de. soner worked for him three or four ceased was murdered. years. He was an extremely good The prosecution was conducted by workman, and a very industrious, at. Mr Gurney, Mr Bolland, and Mr tentive lad: he always bore the cha- Adolphus. racter of a civil, kind-hearted young It is unnecessary to enter into a man, and was never known to quarrel full detail of the evidence which was with any body.

adduced on the part of the prosecu. Mr Justice Bayley then summed tion, and in the defence. The folup the whole of the case with great lowing were the most important feaminuteness, and adverting to the de- tures of the case. The deceased, a fence which had been set up, told youth about nineteen years of age, the jury, that if they were of opi. was employed in the service of Mr nion that the prisoner, at the time Tessier, of Woodcot-park, near Ep

. he committed the dreadful offence som, as under game-keeper. On imputed to bim, was possessed of Saturday evening, the 1st of August sufficient reason to distinguish right last, he had supped with his fellowfrom wrong, he was answerable to servants at his master's house, and the law for the act he had commit. about ten o'clock he loaded his pis

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