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Sufferings of Lieutenant George Spearing in a Coal Pit. 147 greatest horrors, still thinking my near me. I fincerely believe they felf in the pit; so that in fact I wished to perform a cure; but suffered as much by imagination being, as I thought, the best as from reality.
judge of my own feelings, I was I continued fix weeks at the resolved this time to be guided miller's, when the roads became by my own opinión; accordingly, too bad for the doctor's to vift on the ad of May, 1770, my leg me, so that I was under the was taken off a little below the neceffity of being carried in a knee. Yet, notwithstanding I ledan chair to my lodgings in had so long endured the rod of Glasgow. By this time my right affliction, misfortunes 'stilt folfoot was quite well; but in noy lowed me. About three hours left foot, where theabove-mention- | after the amputation had been ed black spot appeared, there was performed, and when I was quiet a large wound, and it too plain in bed, I found myself nearly ly proved that the os calcis was fainting with the loss of blood ; nearly all decayed; for, the sure the ligatures had all given way, geon could put his probe through and the arteries had bled a con. the centre of it. The flesh too liderable time before it was disa at the bottom of my foot was covered. By this time the wound quite separated from the bone's was intamed: nevertheless, I was and tendons, so that I was forced under the neceffity of once inore to submit to have it cut off. In ! submitting to the operation of the this painful "ftate I lay several needle, and the principal artery months, reduced to a mere ske- was fewed up four different times leton, taking thirty drops of lau before the blood was stopped. I danum every night; and though suffered much for two or three it somewhat eafed the pain in my days, not daring to take a wink foot, it was generally three or of sleep; for, the moment I fut tour in the morning before I got my eyes, my stump, though con: any reft. My situation now be. ftantly held by the nurse) would came truly alarming: I had a take such convulfive motions, confultation of surgeons, who that I really think a stab to the advised me to wait with patience heart could not be attended with for an exfoliation, when they had greater pain. My blood too was not the least doubt but they thould become fo very poor and thin foon cuie my foot. At the same that it absolutely drained through time they frankly acknowledged the wound near a fortnight after that it was impossible to ascertain my leg was cut off. I lay for 18 the precise time when that'would days and nights in one position, happen, as it might be fix, or even not daring to move, left the li. twelve months, before it caine to gature should again give way; pass. In my emaciated but I could endure it no longer, dition I was certain that it was and ventured to turn myself in not poffible for me to hold out bed contrary to the advice of my half the time;'and, knowing that furgeon, which I happily efa I must be a very great cripple | fected, and never
feli greater with the loss of my heel bone, I pleasure in my life. Six weeks came to a determined resolution after the amputation, I went ont to have my leg taken off, and ap- in a sedan chair for the benefit of pointed the very next day for the the air, being exactly nine months operation; but no surgeon came fince the day I fell into the pita
Soon after, I took lodgings in the For the SPORTING MAGAZINE. country; where, getting plenty of warm new milk, my appetite The BULLOCK HUNTER. and strength increased daily; and to this day, I bless Gad, I do en
THERE are a description of joy perfect health; and I have men always floating on the Gince been the happy father of surface of active life, that are canine children.
pable, and not unfrequently guilty GEORGE SPEARING,
of the worst of crimes, but who
cautiously avoid endangering their Greenwich Hospital,
necks, by keeping within certain Aug. 1, 1793.
bounds in the cominission of those
crimes :--For instance, a lawyer P. S. The above narrative is a will rob another of his estate, plain fimple matter of facts, and
but then he will do it by thew of affords a very useful lesson to
legal means; end though he de mankind, viz. never to give way ferves, yet, by his ingenuity and to defpondency, be their fituation
under colour of his profesion, ever so deplorable: let them con will escape that just punishment fidently rely on Almighty Pro-which would await his nefarious vidence, and I fincerely wish, and
conduct. So it is by swindlers doubt not, but their misfortunes
and sharpers ; look but to the life will terminate as happily as mine. of F, alias F -J; that
G, S. man has, for twenty years, been
at the head of a gang of robbers : On the 20th of September, 1769.
not the same mėn; for many have
been hanged, and their places ALMIGHTY God! who, on this day, supplied by fresh recruits; yet My life from death didit fave,
Fn, still lives, and may fand To thee I now presume to pray,
a chance to die in his bed. But And future blessings crave.
this luck does not always attend Oh! grant I ever may confefs
the knowing and cautious tribe. Thy goodness shewn to me;
They sometimes are caught in With grateful heart and tongue express their own traps. Two or three The praise that's due to thee.
instances of which we will men. While in the dreary pit I lay
tion, in order to introduce the My life thou didit Tuftain;
person who has given occasion to And, toʻmy comfort I may say,
this article, namely, the Bullock Thou gav'it refreshing rain.
Hunter. Warren, and another of In this, thy providential care
the money dropping squad, who Is to the world made known,
had enticed a man with some And teaches us to fhun despair;
property about him, to go into a For, thou art God alone,
public-house, and lay wagers
with them, were both capitally Then, since my life thou didft preserve, Oh ! teach me how to live ;
convicted some months ago at Let me not from thy precepts swerve : the Old Bailey. Their defence This bleffing to me give.
was, we won the money of the So will I yearly, on this day,
gentleman." The prosecutor, My grateful tribute bring,
however, proved that they forci. In humble thanks to thee alway,
bly took it from him, and which My Saviour, God, and King.
constituted what they did not ap. G, S, prehend, a capital felony.
149 Another artful character has fingling out one with a bald face, likewise paffed the rubicon, viz. drove him from the rest; the droOld Innis, who expiated' his ver pursued, and meeting a pacrimes by being publicly executed trole, by his aslistance the bul, before the debtor's door of New- | Inck was restored to the other gate, on the uth of the pre- nine;, but they had not profent month. This man, by mak-ceeded far before the prisoner ing an insurance at the Equit came again, and selected out the able Society's Office, in Bridge- same bullock; the drover fol. street, and procuring a forged | lowed, but was beset by such a will to furnish him with creden. number of people with sticks, tials to demand the pretended that he was obliged to take shelter forfeiture on a life insured, had in Old-street Turnpike-house. nearly carried his point; for on In about four hours after, they the trial of an action which he were told were the bullock was, brought against the society to re and from that information he cover the insurance, he had wit. was recovered. nesses ready to swear to his pur. The defence set up by the pripose; unluckily, however, for foner's counsel was, an attempt him, one of them faultered, to get rid of the greater crime by and disclosed the whole scene the admission of a lesser; the fact of villainy. The respectable of driving away the bullock was plaintiff then in court, was not denied, but then it was con. ordered by Lord Kenyon, to be tended it was not done with an taken to Newgate. Soine efforts intent to steal, but merely for were made by two of his relations what is called bullock-hunting; the to save his life on the trial, at jury, however, after being out of the Old Bailey, which availed
a quarter of
hour, nothing to him; and to them brought in their verdict-Guilty. little mort of conviction for the perjury. To Mew that a man may sometimes get his deserts COURT OF KING': BENCH. without previously dreaming of such a confequence befalling
CRIM. CON. him, we shall here add the particulars of the case of Richard
LORD CADOGAN V. COOPER Goodwin, the bullock-hunter, tried at the Old-Bailey, on Wed.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12. nesday the 4th of June, for steal HIS was an action cominen. ing and driving away a bullock ced by Lord Cadogan against value 71. the property of Mr. the Reverend Mr. Cooper, to reEdmund Fearnley. The circum cover a compensation in damastances which came out on the ges for a criminal intercourse trial were there :
with Lady Cadogan, the wife of Fearnley, the prosecutor, who | his lordship. lives at Bell Bar, Hertford hire, Mr. Erikine, leading counsel sent ten bullocks by his drover to for the plaintiff, opened the case Smithfield-market; on their way with his usual ability. He said, thither, the prisoner, with some that the plaintiff was a nobleman other persons, met them, and of most estimable qualities, and VOL IV. No. XXI,
for many years had been the kind
Law Intelligence. friend and patron of the defen with great regularity, order, and dant, who had conftantly access decorum, and that his lordship to his house, and an apartment was a very tender and affectionate provided for his accomodation. husband. The defendant Lady Cadogan was the daughter confidered as an intimate friend of very honourable parents, and of his lord Arip, and at the time maintained irreproachable the adultrous connection took character 'up to the period at place, lived in his house. which the criminal intercourse The witnesses examined to was discovered. She had been prove the criminal intercourse married to his lord ship about were domestic servants of the eighteen years, and the fruits of plaintiff. They ftated many cirtheir marriage were seven chilocumstances, the principal of dren, the eldest of which was a which were, that in the months daughter fixteen years of age. of May and June laft, the defenThe age of Lady Cadogan was dapt, between twelve and one about forty-nine. She had lived o'clock in the morning, went upon terms of the greatest fe- | into the bed-room of Lady Cadolicity with the plaintiff, who had gan, dressed only in his bed-gown always conducted himself and flippers; the bed appeared in wards her with the utinoit tender a condition to induce the wit. nels and affection.
nelles to believe that the defenThe defendant was a clergy. dant had committed adultery with man, and the eldest son of Sir her lady ship. Upon cross-exaGrey Cooper. He was about mination, the witnesses said, that thirty years of age, and married the defendant was so intimate to a young, beauiiful, and ac with the family, as frequently to complished iady, who had pro- be permitted to visit Lady C. in duced him toor pledges of their her bed-room while she was ill, inutual affection. The crime in the presence of the plaintiff; imputed to the defendant was and that he had also sometimes aggravated by several circum- access to her when she was attired stances, inasmuch as it was com- ' in her bathing dress, and even mitted in breach of the laws when she was at the cold-bath, of hospitality, confidence, and and in the water. friendship The evidence in Mr. Law made a very able support of the criminal inter- speech for the defendant, but cal. course would not reft upon any led no witnesses. positive proofs, but upon several Lord Kenyon delivered an excircumítances, which, taken to cellent address to the jury upon gether, muft afford an irrelistible the whole of the case, which he conclufion, that the defendant considered to be of the greatest had been guilty of a criminal importance to the parties, and to connexion with Lady Cadogan. the laws of virtue and morality, This was equal to positive proof. His lord ship said, it has been his The marriage
between the misfortune to try a great number plaintiff and his lady was then of causes for criminal conversaproved. It was also proved that tion; and in all of them he had they had lived together upon laid it down as a principle of terins of the greatest conjugal law, that pregnant circumstances felicity, and that Lord Cadogan connected together, and afford kept a house governed in general. ing to a rational mind an irrefft.
On Play and Luck.
151 ible inference of a criminal in- , and the always increasing or ditercourse between the parties, minishing greatness of it. In was of equal force with positive most cases we are used to call in testimony. His lordship then the aid of an invisible influence; commented upon all the circum. and, if we can but shift the cause stances given in evidence, and into the hand of heaven, or of said, if the jury thought the an invisible agent, our ignorance charge was brought home to the is relieved, and we give ourselves defendant, his crime was of a no farther trouble about the matmost aggravated nature. He had ter. It would be acting better, not only robbed the noble plain and more philofophically, if we tiff of his peace of mind, ditho. Successively recounted to ournoured his wife, and withdrawn selves the causes of things, how his attention and affection from one foliows upon another; and his children, but difgraced the if at length we fiould cease to clerical profession, and violated meet them in circles, then let usthe laws of hospitality and friend-hang thein, in God's name, any
where, or nọ where, in heaven The jury withdrew for a short or in hell. time, and returned with a verdict By this way of proceeding, we for the plaintiff Damages Two
Thould always come to some certhousand Pounds.
tainty; and we should, at least, find whither this or that matter tended, and from which side we
were io derive our destiny. On Play and Luck.
Now, as to what relates in E ara told by a
to games , thorthat is the
that allurement to play arises from tune which we seek in cards, the pride of believing that we dice, and the like, we must take are under the immediate influ- Datural things into the account; ence of some superior being.” as for instance, the structure, and
From the context of this par. the mechanical constitution of sage, it was to be imagined that our hand, as having, doubtless, a the author had nothing in his great
influence thereon. On mind but the ordinary and com these very often act the impulmon sport of chance; and, as my sion of our nerves, and the cirfate leads me at times to this kind culation of the blood; and these, of fruitless employment, I con again, are set in motion by our ceived it to be well worth my
humour and in ward temper; so pains to pursue the enquiry, that that we at last no longer know to perhaps I might occasionally ube which of the various circumstan. tain a moral use froin what to ces we owe the freaks of'fortune, seldom yields me any other. or the obftinacy of fate; and
Now fortune, or luck, is in whether a word quite foreign to general a phenomenon, the the game, some look, or unexground and effence whereof is to pected appearance, inay not have a great degree inexplicable. We given rise to the ravages commitknow it, for the most part oniy, ted in an evening on the tablets from its effects, and can give no of our fortune. certain account either of its na In general, however, fortune tyre, or of its mode of action seems mostly to affect a serene