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his room into her own, about two in brought to bed. Prisoner did not tell the afternoon of the 24th, with her her why she was to have these things, child. She staid a minute or two, only that she should have them. and went down stairs without the Sarah Tapper is the daughter of the child; but returned in a minute or first witness, and lived with him in two at farthest, when he heard her, October 1817. Witness recollects seea minute or so after her return, cry, ing prisoner at 6 o'clock in the mora. “ The child is dying.” The child ing of that day, and again between ten had not before been crying; it cried and eleven : prisoner was by the fire as if strangling. She repeated the suckling her child, and nothing was child was dying. Prisoner went down then the matter with the child. Wit. again with her child and returned. ness was going to suckle her own The child was healthy.

child; her child was ill: witness told Cross-examined by Mr Tonkin.- prisoner so: prisoner said, “I do not Witness took no particular notice of think mine is a long-lived child.” the child on that day. Prisoner did Witness asked why she thought so, not appear alarmed when she cried and said, your child is much more out the child was dying; when she likely to live than mine was at three ran down, she did not appear in weeks old. Prisoner said she had a great distress.

nice bosom of milk to go a wet-nurSarah Maddick is in her twelfth sing, if her child should die ; but year, and knows the nature of an added, if her child died, she would dry oath. Witness lived with Susannah up her milk and go into the country. Veysey, the wife of the first witness, She said she was going to have her in October 1817. Prisoner lived order next day, but did not think the there at the same time. It was a- child would live long for any order. bout the tinie of Buckfastleigh fair. Witness went to work, but returned A little before the fair, prisoner de. about half past 12. Prisoner was sired her to go to R. Butcher's then sitting in the same place. Witfor a pennyworth of oil of vitriol. ness asked prisoner why she had not R. Butcher is a druggist.

Prisoner dressed the child ; to which she an. gave her a penny and a bottle. But- swered the child had been asleep all cher gave her a pennyworth of oil of the forenoon. Witness saw prisoner vitriol, which she gave to prisoner. about 2 o'clock the same day; she was Butcher told her to tell prisoner not in the kitchen with the child in her to drink it, or it would kill her, arms, in a dreadful way, crying the Witness told that to prisoner, who child was dying. Witness observed said, “ No, no.” When witness something on the child's mouth and brought prisoner the oil of vitriol, nose. The child was very bad, the back she was by the fire, down in the kit. part of its mouth and throat being chen. Prisoner told witness not to all purple. Some liquor was running tell Susannah Veysey that she had out of its mouth. It ran upon the been for oil of vitriol. When she whittle and apron, which were stained went to the shop, she told her to say red. Witness asked if the child had it was for the people of the house, bled. Prisoner said, “ Yes.” Then and said she would give witness a she saw her wipe the child's mouth penny at Buckfastleigh fair, and when with her apron, which was burnt by she had a child, and got to her mo- it, and turned the same colour as the ther's, would give her a habit shirt. whittle. The prisoner tried the child This was six weeks before she was to suckle, and witness tried it too,

but it would not. The child never vitriol : where you had it I know closed its lips after; it lived twenty- not.” Prisoner did not answer. The two hours. Witness was in prison. child was three weeks old; and up to er's room two days after, on the 26th, that time, it was quite healthy. The with her little sister, who took a spoon child died the next day, about twelve out of her mother's box, where the o'clock. I know about oil of vitriol. prisoner kept her bundle. Witness I never had it in my house. I had took the spoon and wiped it, but the used it when a young woman for the white fur would not come off." It was toothach ; and it burnt all the teeth an iron spoon; the white was in the out of my head. I found a bottle in bowl of the spoon.

the fire the Tuesday after. The Cross-examined.-When prisoner bottle on taking out broke, and the in the afternoon said the child was liquor was spilt on a stick which was dying; she was not crying herself, in the fire: it burned the stick. I but the child was.

found vitriol in the bottle : I kept Susanna Veysey.- I am the wife of the bottle some time, and showed it William Veysey. On Friday the 24th to the constable, who had it a week of October, I went down into the gar- in his possession. It was produced den near the house, and on my return at the former trial, and then broken, I heard a dreadful screeching, the being let fall. screeching of the prisoner. I came Richard Butcher, a druggist at in while she was screeching; she Buckfastleigh, corroborated the evi. was kneeling in a chair, and had the dence of Sarah Maddick, and added, child in her arms. She said the that the oil of vitriol she took away child was dying, upon which I said, was sufficient to cause death. how can the child be dying, since it Thomas Rowe.-1 am a surgeon at was quite well when I parted from Buckfastleigh ; I was called to Veyyou. I asked her to give me the sey's house at a quarter after two, to child, but she said she would not see the child. It looked as if it had spare the child to any body. She been strangled; the mouth was burnt ran up stairs with the child; I ran and excoriated, and some white liquid after her: she ran half way up, and ran from the lips. I remained twenty came down again ; I took the child minutes, and attended again at half from her; some liquor was boiling past seven. Next day the child was upon the child's mouth with froth. very bad, and convulsed all over. I The back part of the mouth was pur. impute the state of the child to the ple. There was something on the application of some acid. Oil of vi. child's nose, which turned red, then ol would produce the same appear. white: there was a place on the ance. I ascribe the death to suffocacheek that seemed burnt with the tion from swelling of the throat. I liquor that ran from the mouth. I have been twenty-six years a surasked what she had done it for ; and geon. she said it was her mother's fault. I Cross-examined.--A sent for the doctor. Prisoner staid not know oil of vitriol from any oin the house. The child's whittle ther corrosive acid by the taste. I seemed bloody; I put my finger to it, myself could not; a chemist perhaps and put my finger to my tongue; it might. If oil of vitriol were ap. burned my tongue. I said, “What plied to a person's mouth, I think have you done to your child ? You suffocation is not the only mode by know that you have given it oil of which it would operate.' It would

person could

dissolve the coats of the stomach; former trial three masters had sont but it might operate both ways, and up a good character of her. produce mortification, or such ge.. Mr Justice Best observed, that a neral inflammation as would cause charge of murder must be considerdeath.

ed as proved where the death is ocNicholas Churchill.-I am a sur- casioned by the act of the prisoner, geon at Buckfastleigh, and was call. unless the evidence is sufficient to ed to a child at the house of William reduce it below that degree of Veysey, at four o'clock in the after. crime. The only question here was noon of the 24th of October, and found not the degree of guilt, but whether the child breathing with difficulty, the child died by the act of the and unable to swallow. The whole prisoner. If the evidence now adsurface of the body was livid, and duced could have been adduced the surface of the mouth destroyed under the former indictment, then by strong mineral acid: from the ap- she has once been tried, and canpearance of the nose, I am convinced not be tried again ; but this is a it was oil of vitriol. While the matter question to be submitted to the was fresh in my mind I tried oil of vi- twelve Judges. The question for triol on my own finger, and the colour the Jury was, did the poison, by the produced was exacily the same as that means stated, produce the death of on the child. Oil of vitriol, if dropped the child? The learned Judge then on linen, would destroy the texture, commented ably on the evidence, and and turn it brownish; the apron was observed, that many circumstanchecked blue and white, and was ces of small import individually conturned red. The die of the blue is sidered, when occurring together, indigo, and the natural effect of oil acquired a cumulative force, which of vitriol would be to turn it red. I in many cases gave to circumstanthink a person might distinguish oil tial evidence a weight beyond that of vitriol from other acid. I think of almost any single positive testithe child died from inflammation, mony. causing swelling and suffocation, and The Jury, after a pause of a few that that was occasioned by applica- minutes, pronounced a verdict of tion of a strong acid, which I believe Guilty. Objections were then taken to be oil of vitriol.

to the indictment, which the learned Cross-examined.—I did not open Judge stated should form part of the the body. If oil of vitriol were pour- case which he intended to submit for ed suddenly into the mouth, it is the opinion of the twelve Judges. possible, but not probable, that it would find its way into the stomach. The throat would contract. If it got to the stomach, it would not so sud

COINING. denly cause death as inflammation of the throat and suffocation would. It Staffordshire Assizes.-Crown Side, would excite vomiting. The child

August. did not vomit, as far as I saw.

Prisoner put in a paper denying Joseph Wilkes, Thomas Earp alias lier guilt. She alluded in it to her Reddail, and John Duffield, stood having brought up other children indicted for having, at the parish of tenderly, complained of prejudices Darlaston, in the county of Stafford, against her, and stated that on the seloniously and traitorously made and counterfeited a certain piece of Earp had a parcel, containing 1140 coin to the likeness of a shilling. blanks of a similar kind. Shortly.

Mr Jervis, the leading counsel for afterwards Wilkes arrived with an the prosecution, said, that the ass and a pair of saddle-bags, in charge against the prisoners was which were found 2589 base shil. high treason. The principal evin lings, all impressed, complete and fit dence he should call was an accom- for circulation. Duffield was not plice of the name of Bolton, whose present ; but in his house was found testimony it would, therefore, be the à base shilling, which would be produty of the jury most minutely and ved to have been struck from the carefully to watch, and not to be- same die as those in the saddle-bags. lieve it unless fully supported by On the premises were also found two other and unimpeached evidence. iron presses and a large stamp, inIn March last Bolton went to Dar- struments which he used in his busilaston, where he met Duffield, who ness. With regard to the prisoners lived there, and proposed to walk in Duffield and Wilkes, there could be the fields. When they were there, no doubt as to their conviction, from Bolton asked him whether he knew conversations held by them with the Mrs Bissaker, (a woman lately exe- constables ; and there would be no cuted at Warwick for coining.) He difficulty as to Earp's case, he having said he had known her. Bolton then been seen by Mr Green, on the 17th asked if he would do some work (by of July, to exchange parcels with which was meant coining) for bim. Wilkes, and having been apprehendDuffield agreed, and the price to be ed with a large quantity of the paid for stamping the impressions blanks in his possession. upon the blanks was 3s. per gross.

John Bolton said, he was originally Many subsequent meetings of the a die-sinker, but had not worked at prisoners would be proved, and that that business for many years. He on one occasion the son of Mrs knew the prisoner Duffield; he met Bissaker was present. On Saturday, him in March last at the Waggon the 17th of July, the prisoners Earp and Horses, in Darlaston, and proand Wilkes, and the accomplice Bol- posed to walk in the fields : when ton, met in a lane at Handsworth, they were there, he asked him whewhere they were seen by a Mrther he knew Mrs Bissaker. He Green to exchange parcels, and answered, “ Yes." Witness then were also overheard to make an ap- asked him if he would do the same pointment for another meeting, near for him as he had done for her. The the same place, on the Wednesday prisoner said, “ What's that?” Witfollowing. On that day, the 21st of ness replied, “ Stamp some shil. July, the constables of Darlaston, lings.” The prisoner said he would, in consequence of information from and asked when he could send any Green, attended at the New Inn, over? Witness said, in a few days Handsworth, and apprehended the he should come to Birmingham, and prisoners. Bolton and Earp came they agreed to meet at a publicfirst; and, when seen, Bolton drop- house in Livery-street. The prisonped a small parcel into the ditch, er said he would have 6d. per score, which, however, he said belonged but witness agreed to give him 3s. to him. (pon examination, it was per gross : witness was to find the found to contain 1740 metal blanks blanks and dies. In two or three silvered, of the size of a shilling. days witness met Duffield alone at the Three Tuns, Livery-street, Bir. places. On Wednesday, the 14th of mingham. He met him again alone July, witness and Earp met Wilkes, at the same place in a few days. in a lane at the back of the New Inn, Shortly afterwards they met a third Handsworth, and delivered him 50 time at the same house, when Duf- lbs, of blanks, to be stamped and field brought Wilkes with him; and brought to the same place on SaturWilliam Bissaker, the son of Mary day following. When witness and Bissaker, was there. Witness, Wilkes, Earp got there on the Saturday, and Duffield, met next at the Leo. they found that Wilkes had arrived, pard, in great Hampton-street, and and that he had his son and an ass afterwards at the same place two or with him. They left the lad sitting three times. They drank together on a bank, and went farther down at those places, and paid jointly: the lane, when they received back a there was no work yet ready. A- part of the 50 lbs. stamped, and de. bout two days after, they met near livered to Wilkes 50 pounds more St Paul's Chapel. Witness did not blanks, which he was to bring back then deliver any thing to Wilkes; stamped, on the Wednesday after, but between that place and the and they appointed to meet in a lane, Leopard he gave him a pair

him a pair of shil- opposite the New Inn, leading to Jing dies, and about 30lbs. of blanks, Smethwick. They then went into silvered, and ready for striking with the New Inn, where they saw a perthe impression. Duffield was pre. son, whose name the witness now sent, and witness said he had knew to be Green, sitting on a table. brought the dies and blanks. Duf. On Wednesday, the 21st, the witfield told him to give them to Wilkes. ness and Earp went, between ten and A day or two after witness met eleven in the morning, to the lane Wilkes at the Leopard, and received appointed, and were apprehended by back the 30 lbs. of blanks, stamped the constables of Darlaston.' Witwith the impression on both sides, and ness had a parcel, inside his umbrel. paid L. 3 for them, being at the rate la, containing about 15 lbs. of blanks, of 3s. per gross, as agreed. Two or and Earp had one containing the three days after, he met Wilkes at same quantity. They were taken the Queen's-Head, Handsworth, by to the parlour at the New Inn, where appointment, and took Earp with Wilkes, and the saddle-bags, with him. They delivered to Wilkes a. the counterfeit coin, were shortly bout 30 lbs. more blanks, in the brought. Witness got the dies from same state, and to be stamped as be- Mrs Bissaker-one head and two tail fore. Nothing was said as to what was dies. He delivered one of each to to be done with them, but Wilkes Wilkes, as before stated; and the otook them : the blanks were wrapped ther tail die (the former having been in separate papers. They had some broken) at Wilkes's house, in Dardrink, which witness and Earp paid laston, some time after. for. In a few days, Earp and the Mr Twiss, counsel for the prisonwitness received the blanks stamped ers, said, there were here a number on both sides, from Wilkes, who of charges against them, and he brought them on an ass to the same thought it but fair that the one upplace, when another parcel of blanks on which the other side meant to was delivered to him. This traffic proceed should now be named. The was carried on wo or three days a Learned Judge acquiesced; and Sir week for some time, and at different W. Owen, in Mo Jervis's absence,

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