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28th April 1827

Umbrellas And Parasols
Manufactured and Repaired,
By. T.P.Pierce,
No.18, Market Place, Windsor.
The Trade supplied with Materials.
N.B.- Hardware, Haberdashery, Wholesale and Retail.

William Rolf
Wholesale and Retail Tea Dealer and Grocer,
George Street Windsor,
One Door from Thames Street.

Most respectfully informs the Nobility and Inhabitants of Windsor and Eton, that he has just received a large supply in the above line of business, and from the largeness of his stock he can sell cheaper than any other pretending agent shopkeeper. Teas of the very best quality at from 4s 6d in the lb., to 10s, and all teas from 5s and upwards, he will allow 6d in the lb. discount. The best Turkey Coffee, 2s 5d and 3s 3d per lb.; good Plantation ditto, 1s 8d and 1s 10d per lb.; moist and lump Sugar 5 per cent cheaper than any other house.

W.R. is the only agent for F.and R.Sparrow.

N.B. Ladies and gentlemen may pass to his warehouse without any interruption as the street is equal to any other street in the town for its respectability.

To Be Sold
A Stanhope Chaise, nearly new, with round pannelled back, painted green, and patent boxes to the wheels. Also a brass mounted harness, complete.
Inquire at Mr.Blunt's Windsor.

Bryning, Haircutter, &c., begs to announce to the Nobility , Gentry, and Inhabitants of Windsor, Eton, and their vicinities, that he has Removed from Peascod-street to 108, Thames Street, where he respectfully solicits a continuance of their favours.

Windsor, April 26, 1827.

Spring Fashions
Milliner, Dress and Corset Maker.

Begs leave respectfully to announce to the Ladies of Windsor, Eton, and their vircinity, that on Monday, May 7, she will have a Fashionable Assortment of Millinery, Leghorn Hats and Bonnets, &c., for their inspection, for which she solicits their patronage.
Mrs.D begs to call the attention of her friends to the very superior stock of Thread and French Blond Laces, and every description of fancy Handkerchiefs and Scarfs, Silk Mercery, &c., for the Season.

N.B. Apprentices wanted
111 Thames-street, Windsor.

Windsor and Eton

The anniversary of his Majesty's birthday was announced in the town on Monday by the ringing of the castle and parish church bells, and the firing of cannon in the Batchelors Acre. The bells continued to ring at intervals during the day. On this occasion a very excellent dinner was provided at the Swan Inn, of which a numerous and highly respectable company partook. Several loyal and patriotic toasts were given and received with marked enthusiasm . The evening was spent with great conviviality . A general and brilliant illumination in the town closed the celebration of this auspicious day.

Wednesday being the birth-day of her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester, the bells of the castle and parish church rang intermittent peals throughout the day. In the evening the houses of her Royal Highness's tradespeople were brilliantly illuminated.

Our theatre, during the week, has been engaged by M.Henry, whose entertainment, under the title of "Whims and Wonders," has attracted very numerous and respectable audiences, and drawn forth the greatest applause. M.Henry commences with some most amusing chit-chat, in which he launches into a variety of his travelling anecdotes, many of which are replete with wit and humour. The two first parts are thickly interspersed with songs and illusions; of the latter we find it difficult to speak in adequate terms. The songs were given in excellent style and elicited loud peals of laughter. The musical glasses followed, upon which M.Henry is a finished performer; we particularly noticed a shake which has hitherto been considered impracticable upon this delightful instrument. A series of beautiful views, which, by some optical illusion, seemed to dissolve into each other in a most extraordinary manner, were exhibited towards the close of the entertainment, and drew down well merited approbation. The amusements closed with a truly ingenious optical exhibition, during which many ludicrous subjects were introduced, the portraits of the most celebrated persons connected with the theatre, also those of Mr.Canning, the Duke of Wellington, &c., and lastly a handsome portrait of his Majesty. We see that from the numerous wishes that have been expressed for a repetition of M.Henry's performances, he has been induced to advertise them for Tuesday next, with a great accession of novelty - the Laughing Gas, &c.

At a sitting of the magistrates at the Town Hall on Thursday, a long and patient investigation took place on a charge made by Charles Wiltshire, a stonemason, of Clewer, against Edward Welsh, one of the band of the 21st regiment, for cutting and maiming him with a sword, at the Red Lion, in Thames-street, on Monday last. The prisoner was finally committed under Lord Ellenborough's act, to Reading gaol, to take his trial at the next Berkshire Assizes.

The Quarter Sessions for the Borough of New Windsor, commenced at the Town Hall, on Friday, before Maurice Swabey, Esq., (who presided for Sir Giffin Wilson, Recorder,) J.Voules, Esq., Mayor, and J.Clode, Esq., Justice.

Mary Anne Cotterell, aged 13, was indicted for stealing on the 11th of April, a silk shawl, the property of Mr.Hildyard, linendraper.
The evidence in this case we gave at the examination before the magistrates; it was here repeated against the prisoner.
Mr.Swabey recapitulated the evidence to the jury, rather, as he observed, on the account of the extreme youth if the prisoner than from any other conviction of her innocence.
The jury returned a verdict of Guilty; but strongly recommended her to mercy.
Mr.Swabey, in passing sentence, said that the prisoner had been convicted on evidence which he thought admitted not of a shadow of doubt. He extremely regretted the commission of a crime by one of such tender years; and through the recommendation of the jury would considerably mitigate the punishment awarded, yet he had a duty to perform to the shopkeepers of this borough to prevent the recurrence of similar frauds, that he trusted the present sentence would operate as a lasting warning. There could be little doubt , he thought, but that from the force of example had led to the present offence. The sentence was, that the prisoner be committed to the county gaol, at Reading, for three months.

John Williams and Joseph Alloway pleaded Guilty to the indictment charging them with having stolen a pair of trowsers, from the shop of Mr.Saunders, clothier, on the 4th of April - Sentenced to six months hard labour in the house of correction at Reading.

The same prisoners were also arraigned on another indictment charging them with having stolen a cap and 12 worsted caps from the shop of Mr.Hodges, on the 4th of April. Alloway pleaded Guilty, and Williams not guilty.

- The evidence on the commitment of the prisoners we have lately given in a former paper. The same was now brought forward. - Mr.Swabey observed to the jury, that in their decision they must separate the two prisoners as one had pleaded guilty. It was therefore for their consideration whether Williams assisted (for it was evident that he did not steal the articles) the other in the transaction; if so, he was as morally culpable as his companion. He should only allude to the noise made at the window, and also the manner in which Williams endeavoured to draw off the attention of Mr.Hodges (as Mr.H imagined) whilst Alloway was bargaining with the lad; and leave the rest to their judgement. - The jury found a verdict of Guilty, - and the Court sentenced the prisoners, at the expiration of their former sentence, to six months hard labour in the house of correction at Reading.

George Pizzey was indicted for stealing two loaves from the shop of Mr.Aldridge, on the 17th of January. The fact was clearly proved; but it appearing that, at the examination before the magistrates, the loaves were not produced or identified, Mr.Swabey informed the jury that the error was fatal; and though no doubt could be entertained as to the guilt of the party, under the circumstances they must acquit him. The prisoner was accordingly acquitted. The Court marked its sense of the conduct of Mr.Aldridge in thus defeating the ends of justice by not allowing any of the expenses.

Charles Jackson was indicted for having stolen a linen sheet from the chaisehouse of Mr.Banister on the 11th of March. It was proved in evidence that the prisoner was seen on the premises on the day of the robbery; and when accused of it and told to fetch the sheet, he accompanied a person named Miles Chilton to the house of James Manley; Manley gave him the sheet; it was marked S.I.V., and was the property of Mr.Banister.

Manley said he recollected the prisoner coming to him with a handful of rags, which he purchased of him for 6d; he was in the habit of buying such things.

Mr.Banister said that he had inquired into the conduct of the prisoner, and he had learnt that previous to this affair he had borne a very good character. Mr.Batcheldor also spoke of his honesty and good behaviour in the workhouse.

Mr.Swabey severely reprobated the conduct of Manley in purchasing articles without examining them to find a mark.

A verdict of Guilty was returned; and in consideration of the excellent character sustained by the prisoner before the charge, he was sentenced to one weeks imprisonment in the borough gaol.

John Clark was indicted for stealing a piece of bacon from the shop of Mr.Hewitt, on the 23rd inst. The theft was clearly proved against the prisoner. A witness was called to his character, who had employed him for the last three months, during which time he had attended punctually to business, and was very honest - Guilty.

The prosecutor recommended him to the mercy of the Court, on account of his large family.

Mr.Swabey observed, that to a certain degree the recommendation would be acted upon; but it was not to be understood that because a man has a large family he is to commit offences of this description; on the contrary , children ought to look up to their parent as a strict example or moral rectitude - Sentenced to one months hard labour in the house of correction at Reading.

Richard Swain was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief from Joseph Kempster, of Eton, at the Anchor, in Thames-street, Windsor. The theft was fully established, and the prisoner found Guilty - Sentenced to one months hard labour in the house of correction at Reading.

The Berkeley Hunt ball took place on Monday night at the assembly rooms, Uxbridge, in commemoration of the birth day of his Majesty. The ball room was elegantly decorated with all sorts of artificial flowers and laurel branches; chandeliers of the purest cut glass and candelabras, with wax lights, gave a quiet and serene light. At the bottom of the room was a balcony or Chinese orchestra, wherein John Weippert's celebrated band were stationed, who performed in a very superior style. Dancing commenced about half past ten, with a new set of quadrilles from La Schiava in Bagdad, and was followed by a waltz and quadrilles alternately during the evening. The company was both numerous and select, and consisted of the first families of distinction.

On Wednesday last, the magistrates for the county of Berks appointed Mr.Eaststaffe successor to his father, as governor of the county gaol, Reading.

The Berkshire Easter Sessions were held at Newbury on Tuesday last, when the following prisoners were tried :-

Thomas Allen, for stealing a quantity of deal boards, the property of George Trimmer and Jonathan Griffin, at Clewer - Two months hard labour.

Timothy Baverstock and William Clements, charged with having on false pretences, obtained 56 pounds of white lead, the property of Daniel Atlee - Also, in like manner, having obtained a quantity of white lead and Prussian blue, the property of Thomas Wooldridge Fielder - Baverstock to be imprisoned six weeks, - Clements was discharged.

John Bitmead[?], alias Martin, charged with stealing a fowl, at Hungerford, the property of James Little - Discharged.

William Brent[?], for stealing a watch, at Woolhampton, the property of Richard Hearne - Twelve months hard labour.

William Brightwell, charged with stealing two ash timber trees, from a field at Finchampstead, the property of John Clacy - Discharged.

John Carter and Charles Perris, for stealing a quantity of cleft wood, at Westbrook, the property of John Goddard, the younger. Each fourteen days hard labour.

James Durley, charged with stealing about a bushel of barley, from the barn of Thomas Palmer, at East Garston - Discharged.

Thomas Hamblin, charged with stealing 10, the property of John Rowland - Discharged.

Joseph Heath and James Stevenson, for stealing a quantity of hay , at East Hanney, the property of Daniel Trinder, of Wantage - Heath to be imprisoned six months, - Stevenson was admitted evidence.

Mary Hockley, for stealing a quantity of butter and bacon, the property of John Purdue[?], of Newbury, - To be confined seven days at Reading.

John James for stealing 37[?] yards of copper wire, the property of Wm.Mount, Esq., at Wasing - One year hard labour, and to be flogged.

George Kimber, for stealing a pair of shoes, at Woolhampton, the property of Timothy Skinner - Seven days hard labour.

Sarah Nicholas, for stealing 20 fagots, at West Woodhay, the property of Matthew Batten - Six months imprisonment.

John Peirce, Joseph Slade, and George Stacey, charged with stealing about half a bushel of oats and beans, the property of John Betts and Aurelius [?] John Ellis Drewe - Discharged.

John Stimson, charged with stealing a gun, at Radley, the property of John Vinden Collingwood.- Discharged.

Mary Ann Tuson[?], charged with stealing a watch, at Newbury, the property of Richard Richardson - Discharged.

Matthew Warren, charged with stealing a cart-line and a bundle of rick-pigs, the property of John Pasmore, at Ruscombe - Discharged.

George Wilkes, charged with stealing a cheese from the shop of John Arnold, at Kintbury, - Discharged.


Appointments of the Lord Lieutenant of the county of Bucks, in the Third Regiment of Bucks Yeomanry Cavalry - The Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint William Swabey, Esq., to be Captain, by commission bearing date 17th April, 1827, vice Pinfold , promoted; Cornet Robert Collison, to be Lieutenant, vice Lieutenant James Pinfold, resigned - commission dated 17th April 1827, Cornet Edward Cowley, to be Lieutenant, vice Gent, resigned - commission dated 18th April, 1827; and George Pike, Gent., to be Cornet, vice Collison, promoted - commission dated 17th April, 1827.

The Aylesbury Florist Society held their first exhibition this season at the Bull's Head inn, on Thursday. The prizes were awarded as follows :- For auriculas - the first prize to Mr.Clewley, the second to Mr.Robertson; for polyanthus (only one lot of flowers shown) - the first prize to Mr.Robertson; for cucumbers - the first prize to Mr.Clewley, the second to Mr.Simons, the third to Mr.Robertson, and the fourth to Mr.Dainty.

Wm.Massey, an old offender, was brought to Aylesbury gaol on the night of Friday, the 19th instant, having been summarily convicted of trespass, and sentenced to three months imprisonment. When passing the shop of Mr.S.Jackson, a shopkeeper, in Walton, he asked the constable (Hailey) to allow him to go in and purchase a pennyworth of tobacco. Leave was given; Massey entered the shop and contrived to secrete under his jacket a fine spring of pork. The pork however was missed immediately he left the shop; he was pursued and overtaken just as he was entering the gates of the gaol, (about 200 yards from the shop,) and the pork found upon him. This incorrigible fellow has several times before been in the gaol.

On Monday last, a serious accident occurred to the Rev.Mr.Lockhart, of Hartwell. As he was returning home on horseback his horse taking fright at a bird that flew from the hedge, suddenly plunged forward and threw him, and one of his feet became entangled in the stirrup, he was dragged some short distance in that perilous situation , his head beating against the ground. The accident occurred not far from his own house, and providentially a person was near the spot, who ran and stopped the horse, and conveyed him home. Medical aid was immediately procurred and, we are happy to learn, that the reverend gentleman, though severely bruised, is not in danger.

Bucks Easter Sessions, Tuesday, April 24.

His Grace the Duke of Buckingham took the chair shortly before twelve o'clock, supported by the following gentlemen, Magistrates of the county :- The Marquis of Chandos, Sir T.F.Fremantle, Bart., Sir C.E.Carrington, T. O'Loghlin, Esq., G.H.Dashwood, Esq., Col.Browne, Dr.Scobell, D.D., Rev.T.Archer, Rev. -- Drake, Rev.I.King. In the inner Court were heard the


Aylesbury Appellants, Whitchurch, Respondents.

This was an appeal against an order for the removal of Elizabeth Mason from Whitchurch to Aylesbury. The pauper came to look after a child at Mr.Hodgkin's at Aylesbury, twenty years ago, and remained there eighteen months without any specific agreement as to time or wages, Mr.Hodgkins finding her in clothes. This was deemed a service conferring a settlement in the parish - order confirmed.

Stoke Poges Appellants, Farnham Royal Respondents

This was an appeal against an order for the removal of Robert Chawn[?] to the appellant parish. The pauper rented a cottage and garden at Farnham Royal, for two years from 1815, at six guineas a year, but left it and lived the last quarter of a year at Stoke Poges, in a cottage at the rent of 6 a year, continuing to take the produce of the garden at Farnham and paying two years rent there. - Order confirmed.

Trials of the Prisoners
Before Sir Edmund Carrington

Enoch Asbury, Thomas Hewitt, William Smith, and John Smith, were indicted for having on the 28th day of March last, stolen from a boat on the Grand Junction Canal, in the parish of Fenny Stratford, a quantity of tea, the property of Messrs.Pickford and Co. - Mr.S.Taylor stated the case for the prosecution; Mr.Wallinger was for the defence. It appeared that on the 26th of March, a chest of tea, directed to Mr.Aldridge, Southam, was put on board a barge called the Conqueror , belonging to Messrs. Pickford and Co., and then lying in the City Basin, London; it was weighed before it was put into the boat with great nicety, and its weight was then exactly 1cwt, and half a pound. On the arrival of the barge at Fenny Stratford, on the 28th, Jonathan Adams, a person employed by Messrs.Pickford as an overlooker of their boats and horses, went on board the barge, and observed an iron wrench sticking in the tea chest, the lid of which was raised, and the cord with which it was bound slackened and pushed aside, and a small quantity of tea scattered about. He asked Asbury, the captain, and the other prisoners, who composed the crew of the boat, if that was the way they went out ? Asbury on this went into the cabin, and was soon after followed by Adams, who saw him with one hand pushing something under the hollow at the bottom of the boat, and with the other mixing up some ashes. Adams immediately sent for a constable and caused the whole crew to be taken into custody. On afterwards searching the cabin, he found another iron wrench; a small pump made of tin, so small at the bottom that it would easily go into a hole of the dimensions usually made in casks for the admission of air when the contents are drawn off, and a small bottle of liquor. The chest of tea was afterwards weighed, and found to be exactly 1cwt, being half a pound deficient of its original weight. - The Jury returned a verdict of Guilty against all the prisoners - In passing sentence the Chairman observed, that the offence of Asbury was more aggrieved than that of his companions in crime, being a violation of the confidence towards his employers, who had entrusted him with the care of the boat and its cargo, and he should on that account inflict on him a more severe punishment, and sentenced him to be Transported for seven years. With regard to the other prisoners who were necessary to his crime, but in an inferior degree, he should sentence them to Eight calendar months hard labour.

Richard Holt and John Smith were indicted for having stolen in the parish of Aylesbury, on the 13th of March last, 40lbs weight of hay, the property of John Gurney. - Mr.Best was for the prosecution in this case, and Mr.Wallinger for the defence - Holt, Not Guilty; Smith, Guilty - It appearing that Smith had been convicted at the Epiphany Sessions, 1823, of stealing fowls, for which he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, the Chairman told him that it was clear he was one of those who did not take warning by lenient punishment, and the Court would be fully justified in sending him out of the country. It would, however, allow him at present to remain, but he must take care after the period of imprisonment which he would undergo was expired, that he did not again appear before him. He then sentenced him to Twelve months hard labour.

William Cox, aged 23, was indicted for stealing a pint of milk, value 2d the goods[?] of John Lines, dairy man of Preston Bissett
A lad named Robert Way being brought forward as a witness against the prisoner, was questioned as follows, by the Chairman "Do you know the nature of an oath ?" , - "Yes, sir, ", "What are you bound to do when you take an oath ?" - "To go to h--l, Sir." - On a further examination, however, it appeared that his answer arose from a misapprehension of the question, and the Court being satisfied with the boy's explanation , his evidence was received. From the evidence of Way it transpired that both he and the prisoner are in the service of Mr.Lines, and that the prisoner when milking his masters cows drank, on Saturday, the 7th of April, some of the milk. - A confession of Cox, made at the time of his examination before the Magistrates, was also put in as evidence against him, and which was as follows :- "I have milked Mr.Lines's cows for my brother several times, and have drank a drop of milk now and then. I drank some last Saturday night." - When asked what he had to say in defence, the prisoner called his father, who said that his sons, himself, and his family, for some generations, had been in the service of Mr.Lines and his family; he had endeavoured to bring up his family honestly; and this was the first offence laid to his son's charge. - Mr.Lines, being asked what was the character of Cox, said he was a good labourer.- Sir Edmund Carrington charged the Jury that the drinking of the milk openly , in the way the prisoner appeared to have done although it might be a trespass, did not in his opinion amount to a felony. The milk was drank in the presence of the boy, who went directly and told his master. It was however for the Jury to decide on the nature of the offence as well as whether the prisoner was guilty . - The Jury having consulted together returned their verdict Guilty of Trespass. - The Chairman said he could not receive such a verdict under the present indictment. If they thought he was not guilty of felony, they must then say not guilty. The Jury immediately gave in their verdict Not Guilty. - The Chairman observed to the prisoner that although owing to a merciful interpretation of the law he had been acquitted, yet there could be no doubt that he had been guilty of a dishonest act, and advised him for his own sake to be careful in future.

Thos.Cox, aged 16, was also indicted for stealing a pint of milk, the property of Mr.Lines. -The circumstances were in every respect the same as those of the last case. Cox was in the service of Mr.Lines; Way saw him drinking milk; and the prisoner made a confession of the fact before the Magistrates.- The result was also similar, the Jury, under the Chairman's direction, returning a verdict of Not Guilty.

John Tasker was next placed at the bar on an indictment charging him with stealing a pint of milk, the property of John Lines, of Preston Bissett. - In this case Mr.Lines was the witness who saw Tasker drinking milk; and there was also another difference from the former case; the prisoner was not in Mr.Lines service, and had been forbidden to come on his premises. A confession of the prisoner was also put in. - Guilty. - Two weeks hard labour.

Francis Heasey and Edmund King were placed at the bar, and indicted for having assembled with others and made an affray in the parish of Brill, on the 2d of February last; a second count charged them with an assault on Edward Stuchfield in the execution of his duty as constable; and a third count with common assault. The facts of the case are these : Stuchfield was sent for late in the evening to control some disorderly young fellows at the Sun public-house, Brill, kept by Mrs.Adkins. He found several persons in the house, and two of them, named Heasey and Pullen, were quarrelling, but on Stuchfield's interfering they sat down quietly. A young fellow of the name of Guntrip, however, suddenly started up, and said he came on purpose to fight Pullen, and fight him he would. They then went out of the house, and Guntrip and Pullen commenced fighting, Stuchfield followed them, ran in between the combatants, and parted them. The prisoner King came up to Stuchfield and said he was no constable that the combatants should not be stopped; and on having encouraged them to proceed, by exclaiming , "Fight on, my boys!" gave Sturchfield a blow that made him reel four or five yards, and then laid him prostrate on the earth. Sturchfield quickly recovered his feet, and in his turn knocked down his assailant. Guntrip and Pullen afterwards finished their fight in a close. - In giving evidence Stuchfield acknowledged that Heasey had taken no part in the affray, but had merely cried, "as young people will, 'Fight on!' " and that for doing this he had afterwards expressed his sorrow. - King, in his defence, said that Stuchfield took him away by the collar before he struck him, and when he (Stuchfield) got up, he not only knocked him down, but said that if he had not been a constable he would have given him such a hiding as he never had in his life. - The Chairman observed to the Jury that there was no evidence against Heasey, and consequently he must be acquitted; but it seemed clear that an assault had been committed by King on Stuchfield whilst he was engaged in the execution of his duty. - Guilty - In passing sentence, the Chairman observed that the constable deserved credit for his boldness in endeavouring to prevent the affray; for a constable without courage was an instrument of mischief rather than of good, because he brought the laws into contempt. The constable therefore was to be commended; and the prisoner must be punished in such a manner as would be an example to others, and check the spirit of pugnacity which seemed prevalent in the village of Brill. - He then sentenced him to Two calendar months hard labour, and to enter into his own recognizances of 20 to keep the peace for two years.