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17th March 1827

A Pony, Chaise, and Harness, to be Sold for 20 Guineas; the pony is strong and quiet, has been constantly driven by a lady, who has not further use for him.

May be seen at Mr.John Randall's, French Farm, Langley.

H.Cook, Tailor, &c., begs respectfully to announce his removal from Eton, to No.6 High Street, Windsor.
Late Residence to Let - inquire as above.

Notice to Correspondents

A letter signed Amicus Ad Juvenem has been received by us. It assumes the character of an Advertisement to so great a degree that we cannot admit it into our columns.
We have before called the attention of our readers from sending us anonymous accounts of marriages, &c. We again notify that we cannot insert them unless satisfactorily authenticated.

Windsor and Eton

We are desired to contradict that part of the account of the Risborough Stag Hunt relating to Lord Maryborough, which appeared in our paper last week. His lordship did not present the stag as stated, nor was any application made to the noble lord from gentlemen in that neighbourhood, to be allowed the same sport as they experienced last year, from his Majesty's hounds hunting in the vircinity of Risborough.

It gives us the utmost satisfaction to state that the object which the inhabitants have been for some time most anxious to attain, has been carried into effect. At a Meeting of the shareholders in the proposed Company for the introduction of Gas, held at the Castle Inn, on Monday evening, the Mayor in the chair, after the formation of a Committee, and other preliminary arrangements, it was resolved, that the capital of the Company should be 8000, to be raised by shares of 20 each, and that they should be embodied under the designation of "The Windsor Royal Gas Light Company." W.J.Voules, Esq., was appointed Secretary and Solicitor; Messrs.Ramsbottom and Legh, Treasurers; and C.Hollis, Esq., Surveyor, to the Company. A deposit of 10 per cent to be paid to the Treasurer, on or before the 24th inst. - Since the above meeting was held the whole of the shares have been taken. It is an undecided point where the precise spot of ground is to be for the erection of the works.

We regret that the efforts of Mr.Bird, in the development of the interesting science of Astronomy , at the Townhall, this week, have not met with that success which he great exertions merit. His lectures have been very thinly attended.

On Tuesday last, the 67th Regiment, stationed at Windsor, underwent an inspection in their barrack-yard, by Major General Sir Henry Torrens. The superior manner in which the Regiment performed their various duties called forth the highest commendations. This Regiment have received orders to march from Windsor to Weedon barracks; the 1st division will leave on Monday, the 2d the following day. The 21st (North British Fuzileers), from Portsmouth, will replace the 67th.

On Monday last, Richard Jones was convicted before J.Voules, Esq. Mayor, in the mitigated penalty of 10s, for lopping an elm tree in the Long Walk, on the 7th inst.

On Thursday last, at the sitting of the magistrates, at the Townhall, Charles Jackson, was committed to our gaol to take trial at the next Borough Sessions, for stealing a linen sheet, on Monday last, from the chaise-house of Mr.Banister, in Goswell-lane.

Saturday evening, the house of Mr.Northway, of Henwick, near Newbury, was broken into; the thieves, who seem to have known the premises, possessed themselves of upwards of 90 in cash and notes from the bureau in the parlour. The house of --- Hatchett, Esq., of Harewood Lodge, near Newbury, was also burglariously entered, and some valuable articles of plate, linen, &c., stolen.

On Sunday night last, a most diabolical act of cruelty was perpetrated in a sheep-fold, belonging to B.Morland, Esq., of Sheepstead House. Some wretch entered the fold, seized a valuable ewe sheep, [please email me for details at the address above]. We are sorry to say, that at present no clue exists which may lead to the discovery of the perpetrator.


Robert Holt and John Smith were on Monday, committed to gaol by the Rev.Mr.Ashfield, on a charge of stealing hay, the property of Mr.Richard Gurney. They were stopped at Holdam, one of the watchmen of Aylesbury, on White Hill, in company with another man, whom he did not see enough of to know again, carrying a bundle of hay and a bag; the bag contained a net and a quantity of fish.

Butler v.Grimsdale - We understand that in this case, which was one of replevin 5 was offered by the defendant before his avowries were put in, together with costs, and the surrender of the rent due (three years), but refused. The plaintiff recovered 4 4s and taxed costs.

On the trial of two men, at the Bucks Assizes, John and Ambrose Lester, for being found armed in the night with intent to kill game, Mr.Bligh, the counsel for the prisoners, cross-examined George Ayling, an old man, a gamekeeper to the Duke of Buckingham, to try whether he could identify the prisoners, and put to him, the following question :- Do you know the Lesters; look round the Court and tell me if you can see them ? The witness seemed confused, probably having never before been in a Court of justice; he first made a scrutiny of the persons on the bench usually occupied by the Magistrates, then of the counsel, attorneys, and jurors; at length glancing his eyes on the prisoners he exclaimed, "Here they be !" in a loud and eager tone of voice that exorted a laugh from all present. We mention this fact as it goes some way to prove that the verdict returned by the jury on the trial of the Lesters for assault was a correct one. The juror who stood out against the other eleven , did so on the ground that identity of the prisoners was not sufficiently proved.

Bucks Lent Assizes, Saturday (Continued)
Before Mr.Justice Gazelee

Benjamin Denny and Joseph Hutchins were indicted for burglariously entering the dwelling house of Thomas Roberts, at Preston Bissett, in the night of the 1st of December last, and stealing a quantity of coals therein. - Guilty - Judgement of death recorded.

Edward Daniels, Thomas Bull, and Thomas Woollhead, were indicted for assaulting John Kightly James, on the King's highway, and feloniously stealing 5s in copper, and goods of the value of 2s from his person - Woollhead Not Guilty; Daniels and Bull to be Transported for life.

James Peppiatt was indicted for burglariously entering the dwelling-house of Mr.Wetherell, at the parish of Newton Longville, and stealing two coats therefrom, of the value of 50s, the property of Robert Warner. - Seven years transportation.

Charles Lear was indicted for a burglary at Thomas Pettifer's, at Mursley, - The prosecutor kept a shop, and in the morning of the 10th of December last it was found broken open, and a large quantity of drapery, worth about 8, taken away. A hole had been made in the bricks, and a coulter of a plough was left among the rubbish. The prisoner was stopped by John Holdham, the watchman of Aylesbury, early the same morning with a large bundle of drapery on his back. He said his master was on just before; on which Holdham sent Markham in pursuit of him, but he got away leaving his bundle behind him. The prisoner confessed that he and the other man had broken into a into a house eight or nine miles off, with the coulter of a plough. Being asked what he had to say for himself, he said that he met another man; they neither of them had any money, and went to lay in a barn; but in the night the other man went away for some time, and then brought two bundles, of which he asked him to carry one. He consented, and when they were on the road the other man told him how he got them. - Guilty - Judgement of death recorded.

John Brown, Job Jones, and William New, three boys from 13 to 16 years of age, were indicted for a burglary. The principal witness was absent from illness. - It appeared that they and another lad agreed to rob the shop of Mr.Hulls, at Chepping Wycombe; they went in under pretence of buying a trifling article, and stole several knives which were found upon them. Jones Not Guilty; Brown and New Guilty of stealing under 40s in the day time - One months imprisonment to hard labour , and a whipping. Jones has been imprisoned five times within the last year. He was seriously admonished by the Judge.

Edward Higglestone was indicted for stealing a quantity of earthenware, of the value of 7s, from the wharf of John Osborn, at the parish of Linslade, on the 27th of February last. The prisoner was a boatman, and took the goods out of a crate, in the wharf, directed to Mr.Jones. The property was found under his bed, in his boat, and he attempted to hide himself in another boat when it was discovered. - Guilty - Seven years transportation.

Before Mr.Serjeant Firth.

Wm.Evans, being arranged for stealing on the 28th of February, at Emberton, three saws, three chisels, and three squares, the goods of Thomas Tandy, and two saws and two chisels, the goods of John Bamford, pleaded Guilty, but on a suggestion from the Court that the plea would not operate in mitigation of his sentence, he retracted it and pleaded Not Guilty. - It appeared that the house of Bamford, who is a carpenter at Embleton, was broken open on the night laid in the indictment. He went with others in pursuit of the thief on the Newport Pagnell road, and overtook the prisoner with the tools in his possession. - It was proved that the prisoner after hearing the facts stated by the witnesses before Mr.Pretyman, the committing Magistrate, voluntarily said, "The charge is true, I own to it." - The prisoner being called upon for his defence, said that extreme distress drove him to the commission of the act with which he was charged; he had walked "hundreds, nay thousands of miles," in search of employment without success; it was his first offence, and he begged the mercy of the Court. - Guilty. - Three months hard labour.

James Todd was placed at the bar on a charge of having stolen, on the 31st of January last, a hempen sack, value 1s, the property of Joseph Tame Lichfield, of Newport Pagnell. - Guilty. - Three months hard labour.

John Fall was indicted for having stolen, on the 13th of February, three pecks of potatoes from a garden, at Stoke Hammond, the property of Martin Miles. - Guilty. - months hard labour.

Charles King and Henry Weston were indicted for stealing two live pigs, at Penn, on the 12th of November, 1825, the property of Edward Hancock. - Not Guilty.

Charles King was then tried alone on an indictment charging him with having broken open and entered a house in the occupation of Wm.Lunnon, in the parish of Wooburn, and stolen two casks and 72 bottles of wine. - Guilty.

Charles King was tried on a third indictment , for stealing a pair of boots, value 3s, and a fowling piece, value 3, the property of Robert Lunnon, brother of the prosecutor in the last case. - Guilty.- Seven years transportation.

John Westley, aged 17, was indicted for stealing, at Winslow, on the 24th of January, three fowls, value 4s 6d, the goods of Lancelot Wyatt and George Maydon. - The prisoner, it appeared, was caught in the prosecutors farm yard by Daniel Holt, a person in their employment. Holt went to the spot in consequence of hearing the fowls holloo, and saw the prisoner near the henhouse door, from the bottom of which a piece of board had been broken; three fowls were laying dead on the ground. - Guilty. - Three months hard labour.

Joseph Wansborne, aged 21, was tried on an indictment charging him with stealing a shovel, value 2s, the property of Wm.Piner, at Farnham Royal. - It appeared that the prisoner had formerly worked for Mr.Piner; the shovel in question was stolen from his toolhouse on the 29th of January. He found it on the 5th of February in possession of the prisoner, who was then at work at a brickkiln at Hedgerley Dean, the prisoner told he bought of a man at Beaconsfield. - Guilty - Three months hard labour.

Monday, March 12.
Before Justice Gazelee

William Lawrence, aged 75, was indicted for having stolen a quantity of wheaten flour, value 5s, the property of Joseph Barnard, and a sack, value 2s, the property of Thos.Proctor, of Billington, out of a mill at Eddlesborough, in the occupation of the said Joseph Barnard, on the 21st of January - Both Guilty - Wm.Lawrence Six months hard labour; Joseph Lawrence One Week's hard labour from the commencement of the Assizes.

Jesse Oakley was indicted for having received 6lbs of bacon; knowing it to have been stolen from the dwelling-house of Charles Davis, at Lewknor, in Oxfordshire, and also with being an accessory to the robbery, before the fact. - Not Guilty.

James Gates was placed at the bar to take his trial on a charge of having stolen a quantity of wool, at Wooburn, the property of Sir Charles Hulse.- Guilty - Seven years transportation.

John West and Joseph Brackley were indicted for having stolen, on the 26th of December last, a quantity of oak timber, of the value 40s, the property of the Right.Hon.Robert Lord Carrington. - Guilty - Twelve months hard labour.

Wm.Stevens, who was last week found Guilty of stealing fowls, the property of Mr.Gudgeon, at Linford, but whose sentence was deferred, was placed at the bar to receive judgement - Mr.Justice Gazelee observed, that on account of the frequency and extent to which the crime fowl-stealing was carried in this county, he thought it necessary to make a severe example, and sentenced him to Transportation for seven years.

John Lester and Ambrose Lester, who were Acquitted at the early part of the Assizes on a charge of being found armed in the night-time in a close belonging to the Duke of Buckingham, with intent to kill game, were this day placed at the bar and indicted for assaulting George Ayling, one of the gamekeepers, on the 19th of December, 1825 - Mr.Taylor, for the prosecution, having given a clear statement of the facts of the case, observed, that although so long a period of time had elapsed since the assault with which the prisoners were charged had been committed, he trusted that the ends of justice would on that account be frustrated; the prisoners were not known until lately to be the persons who had perpetrated the outrage; the evidence he should offer would be for the most part circumstantial, but it was not therefore the less deserving of credit; for the exercise of our reason upon a number of circumstances was one great means designed by Providence for the discovery of guilt. - The facts of this case were given last week, but being necessary for the understanding of the arguments of the counsel for the defence, we repeat them, they were briefly as follows:-

Four of the Duke of Buckingham's keepers (Daniel Humphreys, George Ayling, James Beckett, and John Turpin [?],) being out in the night of the 19th of December, 1825, heard a hare cry in the direction of Welsh Lane; they went towards the lane, and on their way heard another hare cry and a dog bark. When they approached they saw five men standing on the shady side of the lane, who on seeing them made for a gap in the hedge; the keepers followed, and Humphreys, the foremost of the keepers, caught the last man by the shoulders as he was going through the hedge; the keepers were all armed; three had sticks, and Ayling a flail. When Humphreys seized the man, one of the party exclaimed, "Let go that man, you are not going to have him," and came up to rescue him. A conflict ensued, in which Ayling warded off a blow aimed at Humphreys, with the flail, and struck the person who aimed it; but before the keepers could strike again, Ayling's flail broke; three of them were knocked down with bludgeons carried by the other party, and the fourth sought his safety in flight. - Near the place where the fight occurred, which was in a wheat field on the other side of the gap, one of the keepers, on recovering his senses, found a purse-net, and the next day a gate-net and a bag were found in the hedge on the roadside near the gap.- The proof of the prisoners being concerned in the affray rested entirely on Ayling, who deposed, that Ambrose Lester was the person whom Humphreys seized, and that John Lester struck him with a blow which knocked two of his teeth out, and from which he "never revived again."

Being cross-examined, he said he noticed the Lesters particularly, for "they made him take notice of them." - Mr.Bligh addressed the Jury for the prisoners. It was, he said, a most severe proceeding to put men on trial a second time, who has once been acquitted on the same facts. The former Jury had, under his Lordship's direction, acquitted the prisoners, and that verdict was conclusive upon the present indictment. If the men were not found armed nor guilty of any offence, then the keepers had no more right to lay their hands upon them than they would have had upon any one of the Jury who should have by accident been passing through that gap; and the resistance they met with was no more than the defendants were justified in making.

- Mr.Justice Gazelee said there were two questions for the Jury to decide; first, whether the prisoners were the persons who committed the assault on the gamekeepers; and secondly, if they justified in what they had done. The learned counsel for the prisoners was mistaken respecting his address to the Jury when the prisoners were tried on the former indictment. What he had said was, not that the prisoners were not guilty of being found armed in the night-time, but that there was not proof of their being taken in that particular close in which they were said in the indictment to have been found armed and he had on that account directed the Jury to acquit them. The present indictment was for an assault, and it was a subject of consideration whether the prosecutors had a right to detain the party they found in the lane. They were gamekeepers, it appeared, and out at night in the exercise of their duty; and they had a right to take persons who were engaged in taking game. The words of the Act of Parliament were, "If any person or persons shall enter into any close with intent to destroy game, it shall be lawful for any keeper or keepers, or any other person, to take the party before a Magistrate." If they believed the prisoners were out , armed, for the purpose of killing game, and looking at the evidence there could be little doubt of the fact, the keepers were justified in taking them, and the resistance was an assault. The Jury having consulted some time, the Foreman came forward and said that eleven of them were agreed to find the prisoners Guilty, but that the other was not satisfied that the prisoners were the persons who had engaged in the conflict. - His Lordship told them he could not receive their verdict unless they were unanimous; and as it was the last case, desired them to retire, and when they were agreed to send for him. - The Court was then adjourned, it being half-past eight. - The Jury were shut up without meat, drink, or fire, until twelve at night, when the dissentient Juryman gave in; the Judge was sent for; and an unanimous verdict of Guilty returned. - The prisoners were sentenced the next morning to Three months hard labour, and to be bound in their own recognizances of 40 and two sureties in 20 each, to keep the peace for twelvemonth.

Wm.King was indicted for stealing a carpet bag, containing a quantity of wearing apparel, the property of Henry Kingscote, Esq. - The property was taken from the Cirencester waggon on its way to London, and the prisoner broke open the bag at a public-house at West Wycombe, where he left great part of its contents, on the 5th of November; he took some of the things to the Punch Bowl, at Little Marlow, and demanded 8s for the carriage, saying that a gentleman was to call for them. - Guilty - Seven years transportation.

James Scott was indicted for having stolen one piece of gold coin, called a sovereign, a half crown, and a shilling, on the 14th of April last, the property of Wm.Spurling. - The facts were these :- As the prosecutor , an infirm old man, was conveying a boat on a four wheeled carriage, to Wyrardisbury to be launched, the prisoner came up to him, put his hand in his breeches pocket, and took out his purse; he then went a few yards off, and having abstracted a sovereign and some silver, returned and put the purse in Spurling's waistcoat pocket. In answer to a question put by the prisoner, the prosecutor said he was not so tipsy but that he knew what took place, he had had only three pots of beer at one place, and two at another - It was proved the prisoner tendered a sovereign at the Chequers public-house, in payment for beer he drank there on the day following the robbery. - The prisoner in his defence, asserted that Spurling was so tipsy that he could not know what passed, for when he was lifted from the boat he could not stand, and he laid rolling on the ground; and said he dropped his money at a public house where he paid for some beer. - Guilty - The months hard labour.

Thomas Lawrence was indicted for having stolen on the 19th of February, 14 fowls, the good of Wm. and Thomas Fladgate, in the parish of Penn. - It appeared that Mr.Wm Fladgate who lives in Penn, had missed several fowls from his premises; five were missing on the 20th of February, which he had seen the day before; they were afterwards shown to him by a higgler named Howard, who had purchased them of Thos.Greenfield, a publican, and Greenfield had bought them of the prisoner, who was then in the prosecutors service. - A confession made by the prisoner at his examination before the Magistrates was put in, the purport of which was that he intended to tell his master he had taken the fowls, and pay him on the following Sunday. He owed his tailor a bill, and sold the fowls to enable him to pay it; five of them he had sold to Mr.Greenfield. - Guilty - Six months hard labour.