"This is John FOREST'S child, which I think it my duty to send hi, as he as behaved to me more like a brute than a human being. I acknowledge my guilt in being a mother. I have sinned and also suffered, and if John FOREST perseveres a hard and as steady to bring up and educate his child as he has done to win me, he will have done his duty and atoned for his conduct towards his God and an orphan child. It has nearly broken my heart to part with the baby, and had I had a house I would not have done it. I am well known in Galashiels to be a respectable girl, and also thought I had a respectable man to deal with, but such he has proved himself not to be. My friends, owing to what has happened me, have cruelly denied me a home. I have therefore been left with my helpless infant to live or die amongst strangers, as God might see fit. In the state of health I am in, and the child being delicate, and as I am cast on the world in this cold and inclement weather, I don't wish the child's death or mine to lie on John FOREST'S conscience. I therefore send it to him, trusting that it will be well taken care of. He has a home, a father and mother, and health to work; besides, he is a man, and I am a woman, therefore better able. I enclose the vaccination paper, which has to be done within three months, or you are under a penalty of 20s -- the paper then sent to the address. I have taken every care that the child should suffer no harm by sending him this way, and I think it better than an exposure in the newspapers, as I would have to summon him, and as I have letters from him and too many witnesses against hi, the case would go hard with him. The baby is now a month old. Anything else you want to know John FOREST will tell you, and I hope will tell the truth. May the Lord bless you with health, happiness, and prosperity, not forgetting my infant. -- I remain, yours truly Fanny BRUNTON."
Mr. RUTHERFORD led evidence as to the girls previous good character and respectability, when Mr. RANKINE, sub-inspector of poor, said that he had that morning seen FOREST, who admitted that he had visited the accused, and had met her by appointment at Edinburgh and Galashiels. Mr. RUTHERFORD explained that the accused had been in indifferent health, and had been confined at Berwick. She wrote two or three letters and also telegraphed to FOREST, but got no reply, and came on at last to Galashiels. He would not say that she had exercised a wise discretion in what she had done, but it could not be a case of exposure. She had rapped at the door and waited about until she was certain that the child was taken in. She went to Edinburgh and tried to get a situation, but found that she could not get that without a reference; and, seeing from the newspapers that FOREST denied the paternity, she came back to Galshiels, and was there to clear herself from this charge, and also to establish the paternity of her child. -- The Fiscal said, in the circumstances, he could not press the charge -- an accouchement which was received with applause in a crowded court. The Magistrate said it was one of the saddest cases possible, and concurred in the withdrawal of the charge. -- While the case was proceeding, the accused -- who is young, delicately formed, and rather prepossessing in appearance -- looked pale and agitated, and shed tears. A number of gentlemen in the room, including the magistrate and court officials, subscribed on the spot to relieve her distress.