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2nd July 1842

Windsor Police - Monday
[Before John Clode, Esq. (Mayor), and W.Legh, Esq.]

Two girls of the town named Bridget Donovan and Ann Williams were charged by the police with disorderly conduct, but as it did not appear they had been in custody before they were merely reprimanded and discharged.

An elderly female, named Susannah Granagan was brought up by the police, who had found her singing in the streets, and apparently labouring under a species of insanity.
When brought into court the poor woman instantly resumed her singing, and it was evident that there was a strangeness in her conduct approaching to an aberration of intellect. At one time she would break out into a loud hysterical laugh, and the next moment she would sing "Rule Britannia."
The magistrates ordered that she should for the present be taken care of by the police.

[Before John Clode, Esq. (Mayor), J.Banister, and W.Legh, Esq.]

Rachael, the wife of Charles Ewers, was charged with threatening Sarah, the wife of William Mills, with some bodily injury. It appeared that the defendant's conduct had been exceedingly violent towards Mrs.Mills on account of some imaginary injury, and she had in consequence made use of threats against Mrs.Mills life.
The bench ordered the defendant's husband to be bound over for her keeping the peace in the sum of 40, and that she find two other sureties in the sum of 20 each.

John Scott, formerly a porter at the Eton Union Workhouse was charged with an act of gross indecency close to the shop of Mr.Saunders, butcher, of Thames-street, the previous night about ten o'clock while Mr.Saunders and his wife were standing at their door. It appeared he was drunk, and upon expressing his contrition for the offence, the magistrates reprimanded and discharged him.

A decently dressed married woman, named Mary Anne Shepherd, was charged with stealing a piece of bacon from the shop of Mr.Thomas Wells, grocer, Clarence-road, the previous morning. It appeared that the prisoner went into Mr.Well's shop for a quarter of a pound of bacon and an ounce of pepper, and when she left, a piece of bacon between two and three pounds in weight which had been placed on the counter, was missing. Mr.Wells sent his little girl after the prisoner, who came back directly and produced the bacon from under her shawl. She begged hard to be let off; but Mr.Wells, who had on two or three previous occasions had reason to suspect her of robbing him, gave her into custody.
The prisoner in her defence merely said she did not mean to steal the bacon. She was fully committed for trial.

The poor woman Granagan, who on Monday was believed to be insane, was again brought up. She was now more mild and rational, and she expressed her thanks to the magistrates for the care taken of her, assuring them she would now go home to Maidenhead. She was then set at liberty.

Mr.Parker, tailor, of Keppel-street, accompanied by another housekeeper, attended to make a formal complaint against Mr.Hazlehurst, beershop-keeper, next door to him, for keeping a brothel. Both parties described the house as a shocking nuisance, and Mr.Parker said even many of the tradesmen's sons of the town frequented it, and that early in the morning he had seen them "drop" from the windows of the house.
The magistrates said as the quarter sessions were so near at hand there would not be time to get up the case, and therefore they advised the applicants to appear early again on Monday next, when steps would be taken against Hazlehurst, who could then be made to find bail to appear at the succeeding sessions.

Staines, Saturday, July 2
Staines Horticultural Society

The first show of this season took place on the 17th ult., in a splendid pavilion erected on a plot of ground on the north-west side of the bridge, by which the town is approached from the west of England, and being on the margin of the river Thames, with a fine view both to the right and left of nearly a mile of the beautiful stream meandering along, and in the distance Cooper's hill, St.Anne's-hill, and on the horizon the principal Surrey-hills, rendered the situation highly picturesque and charming. Great praise is due to Messrs. Elcock and R.Young for putting up the entrance to the pavilion - it was, as last season, supported by two Corinthian columns painted to imitate white marble, decorated with flowers, and on the entablature was painted, in tricolour letters, "Staines Horticultural Society," surrounded with wreaths of flowers, the whole surmounted with banners and flags flying gaily in the breeze. The band of her Majesty's regiment of Royal Irish Hussars were in attendance, and gratified the company with many of the most popular pieces of the day.

We are happy to find that this society has been so well supported, indeed there seems to be a spirit to raise it superior to any in the neighbourhood. The company was numerous, consisting of the principal nobility and gentry for several miles round, and we believe Staines has never witnessed a more gay and animated scene, which called forth the praise of all present.

The production were of a very superior description, among which we cannot refrain from noticing the beautiful collection of roses exhibited by Messrs.Cobbett, nurserymen, Horsell, which won the head prize (a handsome silver cup); also the plants of W.H.Storey,Esq., Isleworth, and the heaths, &c., of Mr.E.Becks, Slate-works, Isleworth; as well as the fine collection of plants, pansies, &c., of Mr.G.King, of Iver-nursery; Mr.Willmer, of Sunbury; Mr.Small, of Colnbrook; &c.- The following is a list of successful competitors to whom prizes were awarded:-

First Class- Nurserymen.- 1st prize (silver cup) for roses, Mr.Cobbett, Horsell, 1st prize for collection of plants, 1st prize for 50 pansies, 1st ditto for pinks, and first ditto for seedling pansies, Mr.G.King Iver. 2nd prize for roses, Mr.Willmer, Sunbury; a prize recommended to Mr.Willmer for 12 pinks and a collection of pinks. 1st prize for bouquet, Mr.Small, Colnbrook.

Gardener's Class- 1st prize (silver cup), Mr.Piper, gardener to J.Scott, Esq., Shepperton; 1st prize for melon, and 2nd ditto for bouquet, 1st prize for grapes, 1st ditto for specimen plants, and 1st ditto for gooseberries, Mr.Shepherd, gardener to Col.Wood, M.P. 1st prize for 24 heartsease, and first ditto for cucumbers, Mr.Edwards, gardener to Col.Stapleton. 2nd prize for rose, and 2nd ditto for strawberries, Mr.Marsh, gardener to Miss Pope. 2nd prize for three specimen plants, and 1st ditto for cherries, Mr.Evans, gardener to Mrs.Maddeford. 1st prize for pinks, and 2nd ditto for a collection of geraniums, Mr.Weedon. 1st prize, box cut flowers, 1st ditto verbenas, and 1st ditto for strawberries, Mr.Dobson, gardener to Mr.E.Beck, slate-works, Isleworth. 1st prize for a collection of roses, Mr.Green, gardener to W.Clode, Esq.

Third Class - Amateurs - 1st prize for beans, and 2nd ditto for strawberries, Mr.Hodder. 1st prize for cherries, 1st ditto for cauliflowers, 1st ditto for peas, 2nd ditto for potatoes, Mr.Cousens, Phoenix Inn, Staines. 1st prize for strawberries, and 1st ditto for cucumbers, Mr.Yeldham. 1st prize for bouquet, and 1st ditto for collection of vegetables, Mr.G.Gammon, Bedfont. 1st prize for 24 heartsease (silver cup), and 1st ditto for 12 pinks, Mr.Bragg. 1st prize for potatoes, Mr.Voakes, Staines. 1st prize for apples, Mr.Roake, Wyrardisbury. 1st prize for 24 heartsease, Mr.J.Kent.

Henley , Saturday , July 2B

Horticultural Society - The second show for the season took place on Tuesday last in the grounds of Phyllis Court, and with the accessories of fine weather, the natural advantages of this beautiful spot, and the noble river scenery around, together formed a most delightful holiday. The Henley band was in attendance and continued to perform throughout the afternoon. The number of visitors was less numerous than on some former occasions, from a variety of accidental causes, many families being absent from the town and neighbourhood. The show was a very superior one, the principal tables exhibited some splendid specimen plants, and the trays of cut flowers and designs sent by C.Lane, Esq., and Messrs. Hoare, Hunt and others were much admired, and were very tasteful. The fruit and vegetables were very superior, and the cottagers table maintained its wonted excellence - the great merit of many of the productions excited the surprise of the company. The following were the prizes awarded:-

First Table.- Lord Camoys, cherries, melons, strawberries, turnips, cauliflowers, potatoes, French beans , and carrots; . .. [unclear]; Mrs.Hind, cockscombs; Mrs.Vernon, geraniums; Mr.Lynn, collection of plants, roses, stocks, peas and onions; Mr.Button, Irises; C.Lane, Esq., design in cut flowers; Sir.W.Clayton, carrots and cabbage; Mr.Batten, pansies, pinks, roses and antirhinums; Mr.Alleway, pinks, cherries, gooseberries, grapes, melon, raspberries, currants, red and white, strawberries and lettuce; Mr.Hunt, cut flowers, roses and pansies.
Amateur Table - Mr.Stubbs, cherries and stocks; Mr.Crouch, peas and potatoes; Mr.Hickman, geraniums, currants red and white, potatoes, gooseberries and lettuce; Mr.Collins, peas; Mr.Poynder, greenhouse plants; Mr.Hunt, pansies and roses; Mr.Benwell, roses, collection of roses, gooseberries, flavour peas, cabbage, carrots, French beans and cauliflowers; Mr.Byles, poppies and potatoes; Mr.Hoare, collection of plants, and fuschia's, cactus, tray of cut flowers, design in flowers, Irises, strawberries and cucumbers; Mr.Brakspeare, turnips and cabbage.
The next and concluding show of the season will be held at Phyllis Court, in September.

Windsor Midsummer Sessions
This Day the General Quarter Sessions of the peace for this borough took place in the Town-hall, before the Hon.J.C.Talbot, Recorder.

The calendar presented a list of 12 persons for trial.
The Grand Jury having been sworn.

The Recorder addressed them. He said he regretted to find there was in the calendar a greater number of persons than had been the case at the last sessions. One of them was the case of Terrett and Richards for a burglary in breaking into a house and stealing property to a considerable amount; and the other was that of Jane Davis for feloniously cutting and maiming Samuel Gardiner. Those cases in themselves were simple enough, and did not require from him any lengthened comment . We regard to the case of burglary, the grand jury would ascertain whether there was sufficient proof in the identity of the persons as having committed the offence, for if they were the offence was properly charged, for there was sufficient in the offence to constitute burglary. To constitute that offence there must be a breaking into a dwelling house. In this case it appeared that a pane of glass in the window was broken, near which the goods were incautiously placed, and the parties having broken the window had nothing to do but take out the goods. That was sufficient to constitute burglary. It was not necessary that a party should actually break and enter the house to complete the offence. It was therefore only for the grand jury to ascertain if the prisoners were sufficiently identified as being the persons who committed the burglary.
With respect to the case of Jane Davis, to which he had alluded, the grand jury would have to decide whether she cut the prosecutor with a sharp instrument, and with intent, as laid in the indictment, to inflict grevious bodily harm, although not to the extent of endangering life. If they should so find it , then it would be their duty to send the case for trial. There was another case, that of Reeves and his wife, for keeping a disorderly house - an offence which struck at the root of all morality, and consequently it required to be dealt with very severely. The jury were to be satisfied that the parties accused kept the house, and that it was a disorderly house. The law in this case differed from the ordinary cases in which when a wife was charged with her husband the law presumed she was acting under the control of her husband; but in cases of this description the law presumes that the woman has much to do with the management of the house, and therefore it is that the law allows the offence to be charged against the husband and wife. The jury would therefore have to say whether the house was the resort of loose and abandoned persons, and that it was with the knowledge and permission of the accused persons, and if so to send them for trial. With regard to the other cases, they were of a comparatively trivial character, and such as the grand jury would probably have no difficulty in deciding; but if they should, he would be happy to assist them by any advice they might require.

The Grand Jury then retired, and shortly afterwards returned with some bills.

Charles Keene, 20, and John Dixon, 27, were indicted for having on the 9th of April, stolen about 50 yards of plaid gingham, the property of Mr.Wm.Newman, linendraper, &c., of Thames-street.

Wm.Newman deposed that on the 9th of April he lost a piece of cotton gingham, worth about 30s. He last saw it safe about half an hour before he had information that a person had taken it from a screen rail outside the window. He had never seen it since.

Kite stated that he was a chimney sweep. On the 9th of April he saw Dixon go across to Mr.Newman's shop, take hold of the piece of plaid gingham which was on the screen outside the window, and give it to Keene, who ran down George-street with it. Dixon ran in another direction, Witness saw no more of the plaid.

John Guthrie, a policeman, was on duty in Thames-street on the 9th of April, and saw the prisoners and two other persons in company at the top of George-street. This was about half past four o'clock in the afternoon.

Mr.Newman was recalled, and said it was about half-past four o'clock when he missed the plaid.

The prisoners denied the robbery.

The Recorder summed up, the jury returned a verdict of guilty.

The Recorder approved of the verdict , and from their having been some time in the gaol already, sentenced them only to six weeks further imprisonment in the Borough Gaol.

John Harding Davis, 30, was indicted for having on the 23rd of May stolen two coats, one pair of trousers, two shirts, and other articles, the property of William Jackson.

The prisoner pleaded Guilty.
The Recorder said he found no circumstances of aggravation in the depositions , and therefore he sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned in the Borough Gaol for one month.

John Walker, 35, was indicted for having on the 15th of April stolen one apron, four cotton handkerchiefs and one pair of gloves, the property of Catherine Cox, of Clewer.
The prisoner also pleaded guilty.
The Recorder having looked over the depositions said he found no circumstances of aggravation . He found that the prisoner had said he took the goods in order to be sent to gaol. That was no plea for committing a theft, though if he were actually destitute it might form some mitigation of punishment. The sentence was that he be imprisoned in the Borough Gaol for a fortnight.

Mary Anne Shepherd, a respectable looking young woman, 36, was indicted for stealing on the 29th of June, 2lbs weight of bacon from the shop of Mr.Thomas Wells cheesemonger, &c., of Clarence-road.
Mr.Well's stated that on the 29th of June the prisoner came to his shop for a small quantity of butter and pepper. Directly after she was gone he missed a piece of bacon, between two and three pounds weight, which he had seen two minutes before she came in. He immediately sent after her and she returned and produced the bacon, saying it was not her intention to take it. She began to cry, and begged him to let her off. He gave her into custody; she was known to him, and he suspected her for the previous fortnight.
Mr.Williams addressed the Jury for the defence, stating that his case was, that she was not at the time in a state of mind to be accountable for her actions, and he called two respectable persons to prove that since the death of her mother her mind had been affected.
The Recorder summed up, and the jury, after some consideration, returned a verdict of Guilty, but recommended her for mercy.
The Recorder, after a few observations, sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned for one month in the Borough Gaol.

Lawrence McCanna, 25, a private in the 15th Regiment of Foot, now stationed in Windsor, was indicted for having on the 30th of June stolen two pair of blucher boots, the property of Henry Hill, beer-shop keeper in Sheet-street.
The prosecutor stated that, besides keeping a beer-shop, he dealt in shoes and clothing. He had a store room in his house, which was broken open on Thursday evening, between a quarter past eight and 20 minutes to nine o'clock. Hearing a noise up stairs, he went up, and met a soldier coming down, who made off as quick as possible. On going to the store room, it was found burst open, and the things in it were disturbed. The next day a corporal of the regiment showed witness two pair of blucher boots, which he identified as having been taken from the room.
Michael Blake, also a private in the 15th Foot, said that on Thursday evening the prisoner came into the barracks with a bundle, which he put behind a bed in their room. Witness told the corporal about it.
Cross-examined by the prisoner - Witness was convicted of felony since he had been in the regiment when at Winchester. He took 3 bottles of wine from the Head Inn, where he was billeted.
Lawrence Dwyer, a corporal, said in consequence of what Blake told him, he looked at the bundle and found in it the two pair of boots.
The jury found the prisoner guilty, and the Recorder, in passing sentence, said this was by no means the first offence of which he had been guilty of. It was therefore his (the Recorder's) duty to pass on him the sentence of 6 months imprisonment and hard labour in Reading gaol.

Joseph Collier was charged with being an incorrigible rogue for deserting his two children and leaving them chargeable to the parish of New Windsor, he having been convicted of a former similar offence.
Simms, the gaoler, stated to the court that the prisoner had been very useful in the gaol, and had been indefatigable in attending upon the sick prisoners there. In consequence of that fact the Recorder merely adjudged him to a fortnight's further imprisonment.

Jane , the wife of Charles Davis, 40, was indicted for cutting and maiming Samuel Gardiner, at Clewer, on the 7th of May. There were three counts in the indictment varying the offence. Mr.Williams attended for the prisoner.

The prosecutor stated that he had lodged in the prisoner's house, and on the evening of the the 7th of May he had some words with her about her having pledged some things of his. Subsequently he went to the house of a Mrs.Bolton, and while there the prisoner came in; he ordered he out, but she would not go. He tried to put her out, and in the scuffle the table was upset and the candle put out. He then found himself wounded in his left thumb, and he was also wounded in his right arm, and afterwards he found his neckhandkerchief cut through, and his throat slightly cut. She then went away.

Cross examined by Mr.Williams - Witness gave the prisoner a good shaking. Charlotte Pearson was in the room, he lived with her as her husband. Was now under a charge of being drunk and disorderly, but not for beating Charlotte Pearson. On this occasion was about half drunk and half sober - quite comfortable (laughter). [The witness gave his answers in a very flippant manner].

Charlotte Bolton corroborated the prosecutor's testimony. After the scuffle she saw the prisoner with a white handle knife, which she put in her basket as she was going out.

Mr.W.R.Holderness, surgeon, was called to the prosecutor on the night in question, and found two principal incised wounds, one on the right arm and the other on the left thumb. There was a slight abrasion on the forehead, and there was a very superficial wound on the throat of no consequence. The wound on the arm was not at all dangerous, though it bled largely; that on the thumb was more severe, because it just opened the joint.

Cross examined - It was very likely that it might have been the result of an accident in the scuffle.

Daniel Grass, a policeman produced the clothes of the prosecutor, which bore the cuts. He found the prosecutor bleeding when he was called it. He afterwards apprehended the prisoner.

Mr.Williams addressed the jury, contending that the case was only one of common assault at the utmost, submitting at the same time that the assault was first committed by the prosecutor in endeavouring to put her out of the house which was not his own, and therefore he had no right so to act.

The Recorder having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty of the felonious assault, but strongly recommended her to mercy, in which recommendation the prosecutor joined. The Recorder then addressed her on the enormity of her offence, and the heavy punishment which empowered him to inflict, which might be transportation for life, or for 15 years, or to imprisonment for three years. Some years ago the punishment was death. However hoping that he should hear no more of such crimes, and considering the recommendation of the jury and the prosecutor, he should adjudge her to imprisonment and hard labour in the county gaol at Reading for six calendar months.

The grand jury ignored the bill against Wm.Terrett, 38, and Chas.Richards, 23, charged with having committed the burglary at Mr.Millard's.

The last bill of indictment returned by the grand jury was a lengthened one, in four counts, against Thomas Hopkins, shoemaker, in Peascod-street, for disobedience of the order of the Justices, made under the Parochial Assessment Act, the 6th and 7th of William IV, chap.96, sec.7. It may be recollected that some time ago Mr.Hopkins appealed against the poor-rate, but failed in his appeal; costs were applied for under the Parochial Assessment Act, to be paid to the parish officers and the magistrates who dismissed the appeal awarded 3 to be paid as costs by him. This order Mr.Hopkins has refused to obey, and hence the indictment, which will be tried next sessions.

[Besides the above, Elijah Reeves and his wife were indicted for keeping a disorderly house, but the trial had not terminated when we went to press; a report of this case will therefore be given in our next.]

Berks Midsummer Sessions

On Monday last the Quarter Sessions for the County of Berks, was held at the Town-hall, Abingdon, before W.Mount, Esq., and a full bench of magistrates.
The calendar contained a list of 36 prisoners for larceny, and four for assaults and misdemeanours. The following are the results:

George Grover, 48, for having, on the 29th of March, stolen a pair of shoes, the property of the guardians of the Wokingham Union, was sentenced to two months hard labour.

Mark Butler, 16, for having on the 2nd of April, at Hungerford, stolen a pair of corduroy trousers, the property of John Dobson; and a fustian jacket and great coat, the property of Elias Dows, was sentenced to seven years transportation.

John Clements, 20, and George Knight, 17, for having on the 9th of April, stolen a quantity of oats and beans, the property of Oliver and Gilbert King, were each sentenced to 14 days hard labour.

Sarah Alder, 21, for having on the 11th of April, at Wantage, stolen a silver watch from the person of George Hill, was sentenced to one month's hard labour.

Edward Lockey, 16, for having on the 12th of April, at Eaton Hastings, stolen two coats, two handkerchiefs, and other articles, the property of Geo.Lockey, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour, two weeks of which to be in solitary confinement.

Jas.Johnson, 16, for having on the 14th of April, at Maidenhead, stolen a pair of trousers and a hat, the property of Benj.Sawyer, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour.

Thos.Rivers, 16, and John Roe, 21, were convicted of having on the 17th of April, at East Garston, stolen a sack of oats, the property of Wm.Henry Palmer. Rivers was sentenced to one months hard labour, two days of which to be in solitary confinement, and Roe to two months hard labour, two days of which to be in solitary confinement.

Wm.Hart, 30, was charged on three charges of larceny on the 17th of April; the first for stealing at Dry Sandford, a sack and a quantity of potatoes, the property of Henry Hastings; the second for stealing at Cumnor, a pickaxe, the property of Mary Shepherd; and the third, for stealing also at Cumnor, a spade, the property of Joseph Hounslow. He was convicted and transported for seven years.

Wm.Whiting, 26,for having on the 8th of April, at Greenham, stolen a fustian jacket, the property of Richard Whale, was sentenced to seven years transportation.

Edward Ware, 27, for having on the 24th of August, at Hurst, stolen two fowls, the property of John Targett, was sentenced to nine months hard labour.

Thos.Hatch, 23, for having on the 13th of April, stolen two 5 notes, the property of Thos.Brand, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour, the last two weeks in solitary confinement.

Robt.Little, 16, for having on the 29th of April, at Inkpen, stolen two gallons of clover seed, the property of Richard Reeves, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour.

Jas.Bond, 27, for having in May last, at Glage, stolen a quantity of sacks, the property of George New, was sentenced to one months hard labour.

Edward Shepherd, 16, and John Keeley, for having at Hurley, on the 20th of May, stolen four bushels of oats, the property of Chas.Plumridge, were each sentenced to six months hard labour.

John Reason [?], 20, for having at Lambourn, on the 22nd of May, stolen a smock frock, the property of Thos.Smith, was sentenced to one years hard labour.

Wm.Cripps, 42, for having on the 11th of May, at Buckland, stolen four halfcrown's and a sixpence, the property of James Robins, was sentenced to one months hard labour.

Wm.Dell, 23, and Geo.Cue, 22, were convicted of having, at Basildon, broken open and entered the dwelling house of John Richmond, and stolen a great coat and other articles, his property; and also a hat, the property of James Love, servant of the said John Richmond. Dell was transported for 10, and Cue for 15 years.

John Wilson, 46, for having on the 10th of June, at Faringdon, stolen a loaf of bread, the property of Thos.Hedges, was sentenced to three months hard labour.

Hannah Wise, 44, for having at Maidenhead, stolen a shift, three caps, and other articles, the property of Chas.Lucas, was sentenced to six months hard labour, the last week in solitary confinement.

Jane Hammans, Ann Monk, and Wm.Monk, were tried for having at Watchfield, on the 14th of June, stolen two faggots, the property of the Right.Hon. The Earl of Radnor. Hammans and Ann Monk were convicted, and sentenced each to six weeks hard labour, Wm.Monk was acquitted.

Abigail Nalder, 32, and Ann Waite, 25, for having stolen a quantity of oak wood, the property of the Earl of Craven, were each sentenced to one months hard labour.

Wm.Stimpson, 21, for having in March last, at Frilford, embezzled 15s and upwards, the monies of John Aldworth, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour, the last week to be in solitary confinement.

Joseph Saunders, 14, for having at Maidenhead, obtained a savory cake and other goods, the property of Frederick Eeles, was sentenced to one weeks imprisonment, the last two days in solitary confinement.

John Layton, 42, for having on the 27th of Feb., ran away and left his wife chargeable to the parish of Old Windsor, was sentenced to six months hard labour and to be once privately whipped.

James Turner for committing an assault, was ordered to pay a fine of 2 and then to be discharged.

The following prisoners were acquitted:-

Jesse Prior, 39, committed for having at East Hagbourne, stolen a quantity of bricks, the property of George Milner.

Thos.Floyd, 35, committed for having, on the 23rd of May, at Cumner, stolen a hat, the property of Robt.Bennett.

Joseph Freeman, 10[?], committed for having at Greenham, stolen a brass net [?], the property of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company.

John Wernham, 40, committed for having on the 13th of May, at Beedon, stolen 4 bundles of oak laths, the property of Sir J.Reade, Bart.

Francis Horner alias Davis, committed for having on the 24th of May, at Sunninghill, stolen a pair of plated candlesticks and other articles, the property of Frederick Windsor.

Thos.Wise, 37, committed for having, on the 26th of May, at Beedon, stolen 4 bundles of hurdle rods, the property of Mary Appleby.

As against the following not true bills were found by the grand jury:-

Henry Smith, 19, committed for having, on the 25th of March, at Bucklebury, stolen one gallon of beer, the property of Walter Keen.

Thos.Booth, 44, and Harriet Smith, for having on the 30th of April, stolen a piece of oak wood, the property of John Nash and Henry Gurney.

James Trusler [?], 15, committed for having on the 26th of April, at Winkfield, stolen part of a steel watch chain and a gilt seal, the property of Joseph Fisher.

The New County Gaol

Among the miscellaneous business relative to the civil business of the county, was the discussion of the report of the committee for the erection of the new County Gaol. There was considerable discussion on the subject, but eventually on the motion of Lord Radnor the subject was postponed to an adjourned sessions, to be held on the 27th instant.

Bucks Midsummer Sessions
On Thursday last these Session commenced at Aylesbury, before Sir Thomas Aubrey, Bart., and G.Carrington, Esq. (chairman), and a full bench of magistrates.

The calendar presented a list of 60 prisoners for trial. The following are the decisions upon them:-

John Collins, aged 43, for having on the 4th of April, at Burnham, stolen 18lb of copper, and 23lb of lead, the property of the Right.Hon Ann Baroness Grenville, was sentenced to six months hard labour.

Charles Smith, 18, for having on the 8th of January, at Hitcham, stolen one ewe lamb, the property of Richard Webster; and another lamb on the 10th of the same month, the property of the same person, was sentenced to four months hard labour, the last week in solitary confinement.

Thos.Peppiatt, 42, for having at Stewkley, maliciously killed a calf, the property of Robert Dickens, was sentenced to four months hard labour.

Geo.Grimes, 40, for having on the 5th of March, at Beaconsfield, stolen from the dwelling house of Wm.Box, four yards of linen, two silver table-spoons, and one silver tea-spoon, was sentenced to four months hard labour.

Richard Martin, 79, for having, on the 8th of April, at Great Marlow, broken into the dwelling house of Wm.Brown, and stealing a pair of breeches, his property, and also for having, at Wargrave, stolen a net and a jacket, the property of Peter Robinson, was sentenced to 10 years transportation.

Job Eyres, 40, for having at Great Missenden, stolen a quantity of hay, chaff, and barley, the property of George Bong, was sentenced to three months hard labour.

James Bovington, 27, for having on the 10th of December 1840, at Woburn, stolen a bushel and a half of coals, the property of Wm.Wethered, was sentenced to one months hard labour.

Wm.Critch, 44, and Joel Wright, 30, were indicted for having, on the 10th of April, at Bledlow, stolen nine tame rabbits, the property of Jesse Brooks. Critch was convicted, and sentenced to six weeks hard labour, Wright was acquitted.

John Hopkins, 35, for having on the 6th of April, at Cheddington, stolen a hive of bees, the property of John Andrews, was sentenced to 21 days hard labour.

James Spring, 23, and John Fellows, 31, were convicted of stealing at Denham, on the 11th of August, 102lb of lead, the property of Benj.Way, Esq. Spring was sentenced to seven years transportation, and Fellows to six months hard labour.

Jas.Purcell, 16, for having on the 18th of April, at Bradwell, stolen six quarts of ale, a wooden bottle, and a half pint mug, the property of Thos.Byfield, was sentenced to one months hard labour.

John Wintern alias Munday, 56, for having on the 25th of April, at Ivinghoe, stolen 6lbs of cheese and 1lb of Lard, the property of John Mellor, was sentenced to three months hard labour.

Benj.Putnam, 34, for having on the 15th of April, at Amersham, stolen a copper coal scoop, the property of Geo. Robt. Jones, was sentenced to five months hard labour.

Thos.Tranter, 26, for having on the 27th of April, at Wexham, stolen a saw and two sacks, the property of John Botham and another, his masters, was sentenced to one months hard labour.

Moses Wilkins, 33, for having on the 27th of April, at Little Missenden, stolen one ewe sheep, the property of Robt.Ramshaw, was sentenced to 15 years transportation.

Francis Dancy, 18, and Geo.King, 21, for having on the 26th of April, at Little Missenden , stolen one ewe sheep, the property of Robt.Ramshaw, were each sentenced to 10 years transportation. Wm.Rodwell, 17, who had been also committed for the offence, was admitted as a witness for the Crown.

Jas.Webb, 19, for having on the 10th of May, at Halton, stolen a smock-frock, and a knife, the property of Joseph Stevens, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour.

Henry Akerman, 19, for having on the 7th of May, at Stoke Poges, stolen fourteen hens, a cock, and four chickens, the property of George Burgess, was sentenced to three months hard labour.

Geo.Tifield [?], 26, for having on the 30th of April, at Soulbury, stolen a wether sheep and a ewe sheep, and feloniously killing 14 other sheep, the property of John Mead, was sentenced to 15 years transportation.

Sarah Durrant, 33, for having on the 20th of May, at Amersham, stolen 3 sheets and a pair of stockings, the property of the guardians of the poor of Amersham union, was sentenced to six months hard labour.

Richard Darvill, 53, for having, at Aston Clinton, stolen a quantity of wheat and a sack, the property of Thomas Collier, was sentenced to six months hard labour.

Jane Groves, 21, and Elizabeth Shorey alias Shirley, 17, were indicted for stealing a pair of boots, the property of Mary Howell, at Chepping Wycombe, Shorey was convicted and sentenced to six months hard labour. Groves was acquitted.

James Cumberland, 47, for wilfully neglecting his children and leaving them chargeable to the parish of Lavendon, he having before convicted of a like offence, was sentenced to six months hard labour.

Wm.Green, 26, for having on the 7th of May, at Aylesbury, feloniously embezzled two pence, the property of Thomas Hinds, his master, was sentenced to three months hard labour.

James Roads, 31, for having, at Steeple Claydon, stolen a quartern loaf and a pound of mutton, the property of James Madkins, was sentenced to four months hard labour.

Joseph Mead, 22, Joseph Kempster, 27, and George Webb, 16, were convicted of having, on the 25th of May, stolen 7 tame rabbits, the property of Charles Horner; and also with having on the same day unlawfully taken two fish called Jack, from a stream of water belonging to the said Charles Horner. Mead and Kempster were transported for seven years, and Webb sentenced to three months hard labour.

Abraham Worster [?], 22, for having, on the 31st of May, at Chepping Wycombe, stolen one ewe lamb and a hay knife, the property of John Clarke, was sentenced to be transported for 15 years.

John Hubbs, 52, for having, on the 5th of June, at Hardmead, stolen a quantity of milk, the property of John Finch, his master, was sentenced to three weeks hard labour.

Thos.Clisby, 31, for having on the 12th of June, at Chalfont St.Giles, stolen 11 fowls and 2 ducks, the property of John Goodman, was sentenced to six months hard labour.

Ann Eliza Perfect, 18, for having at Chepping Wycombe, obtained by false pretences from Seymour Pile Ball, two muslin de laine dresses, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour.

Thos.Barby [?], 18, for having at Littlingstone Dayrell, stolen a smock frock, the property of John Chatwell, and a wooden bottle, the property of Richard Liddington, was sentenced to two months hard labour.

Joseph Wood, 25, for having, on the 19th of June, at Iver, unlawfully had in his possession 11 counterfeit half crowns, knowing the same to be false and counterfeit, was sentenced to 18 months hard labour.

Wm.Wren, 9, for having on the 26th of June at Eton, stolen 2 half crowns, 22 shillings, 10 sixpences, and 5 fourpenny pieces, the property of George Burgiss, was sentenced to be transported for seven years.

The following prisoners were acquitted:-

Stephen Hooker, 21, and Thos.Rippington, 16, committed for stealing 8[?] brass plugs, the property of William and James Magnay, of Bledlow.

John Hobbs, 35, had been committed as the receiver, but was admitted as evidence for the Crown.

Richard Bull, 46, committed for having, at Padbury, stolen 2 drakes and 4[?] ducks.

Francis Cadd alias Howell, 23, committed for having at Preston Bissett, stolen two sheep skins, the property of Alfred Hayward.

Wm.Cook, 22, and Wm.Allen, 23, committed for having at Ivinghoe, stolen a quantity of fowls the property of Edward Augustus Meacher.

Wm.Ingram, 26, committed for having, at Winslow, stabbed Henry Saving, with intent to do him some bodily harm.

Henry Brown, 23, committed for want of sureties to appear and answer [unreadable]

Richard Pitt, 16, committed for having at Burnham, stolen one duckling, the property of Jane Simmonds.

Wm.Valter alias Walter, 15, and Thos.Grange, 17, committed for having at Taplow, stolen one rabbit, the property of Wm.Montague.

As against the following prisoners, the bills were ignored by the grand jury:-

James Briant, 20, and John Parker, 20, committed for having stolen half a bushel of turnips, the property of James Salter.

John Dack[?], 23, committed for having at Denham, stolen from the person of John Watkins, a sovereign, three half sovereigns, five shillings, and four sixpences.

Edward Stone, 32, committed for having, at Great Marlow, stolen a bottle of ink, the property of Thos.Wright.

Mary Ann Lloyd, 18, committed for having, at Newport Pagnal, stolen a fustian purse containing a sovereign and seven shillings, the property of Thos.Martin.

As against Jas.Kay, 44, committed for want of sureties to answer the charge of assaulting Ann Kay, there was no prosecution.

The trial of John Smith, 37, and Wm.Hedges, 37 (both out on bail), charged the former with having at Aylesbury, on the 14th of June, stolen a mare, the property of Emanuel Hicks, and the latter with siding and abetting him in the felony, was postponed to the Assizes.

The civil business of the county contained nothing of general interest.