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The Times, Saturday, Mar 07, 1829; pg. 4; Issue 13856; col C-D

         NORTHERN CIRCUIT. - CARLISLE, MARCH 4.    [cont.]

                                      CROWN SIDE.

Robert WARDLOW was indicted for having, on the 8th of November last, cut and
maimed Thomas BLACKEY, with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

Thomas BLACKEY, the prosecutor, stated that he resided at Stanwix, near
Carlisle. On the 8th of November last he was in Carlisle. About half-past five
o'clock in the afternoon of that day witness was standing in a lane called
Rosemary-lane, in conversation with the wife of the prisoner. They were asking
one another after their children. That was the only subject of their
conversation. Witness suddenly felt himself wounded in the hip by a blow from a
sharp instrument. He turned round and saw the prisoner standing by with a knife
in his hand. Prisoner made another blow at witness, which witness received on
the arm. Witness had previously known the prisoner. He had no quarrel with him,
except a slight difference which had taken place the preceding Easter over a
game at cards.

Cross-examined by Mr. ARMSTRONG. - Witness slept last night in prison; had been
ten weeks in prison; had been once in prison before. Prisoner had never accused
him of carrying on an improper intercourse with his (prisoner's) wife. Knew that
prisoner had said so to other people. Upon his oath there was no foundation for
the suspicion. Did not recollect being at the prisoner's house on the night of
the 12th of October last. Could not tell whether he was obliged to jump out of a
window into the street; did not fall out, nor was he thrown out. Would not
swear, because he recollected nothing about it. Had seen the wife of the
prisoner since the prisoner went to goal. Had seen her once at the house of a
Mrs. FELL.

Mr. NICHOLSON, a surgeon, proved that he had attended the prosecutor, and had
found two wounds, one on his hip, and the other on his arm, which appeared to
have been inflicted by a sharp instrument.

Mr. BATTY, the head of the Carlisle police, having proved that he apprehended
the prisoner, Mr. ARMSTRONG inquired whether the witness knew what sort of a
house Mrs. FELL kept, but

Mr. Baron HULLOCK would not allow the question to be put, observing, that they
were not then trying the character of Mrs. FELL; and that if these collateral
issues were allowed to be raised, there would be no end to the business of the

Several witnesses spoke to the character of the prisoner, and described him as a
humane and mild man.

Mr. Baron HULLOCK, in charging the jury, observed, that it was not difficult to
surmise the feeling under which the prisoner had acted, but it did not seem that
he had acted under any sudden excitement produced by a discovery of any
circumstance which might have justified the suspicion which he entertained of
the prosecutor's conduct towards his (prisoner's) wife. Had that been the case,
the prisoner would not be liable to conviction on the present charge, because if
death had under such circumstances ensued, the offence would not have amounted
to murder. It was, however, for the jury to take the whole case into their
hands, and give such a verdict as they thought the evidence would warrant.

The Jury, after a few minutes' consideration, returned a verdict of Not Guilty.

Mr. Baron HULLOCK told the prisoner that he had had a narrow escape, and
admonished him to be more careful in future how he suffered his passions to
hurry him into acts of violence.


Another one that got away with a serious offence he had clearly committed!
(Although Thomas BLACKEY seems to have been a bit of a lad himself...)


The Times, Saturday, Mar 07, 1829; pg. 4; Issue 13856; col C-D

         NORTHERN CIRCUIT. - CARLISLE, MARCH 4.    [cont.]

                                      CROWN SIDE.   [cont.]

William MOSES and James SMITH, two good-looking young men, were tried upon three
several indictments, which charged them with horse-stealing. The prisoners lived
together near Darlington, and had taken the different horses which they were
charged with stealing, from that neighbourhood, and carried them into Scotland.
The evidence clearly traced the prisoners from place to place, until they were
apprehended at Carlisle.

The prisoners were found Guilty, and Mr. Baron HULLOCK told them to prepare for
the severest sentence of the law.

There were two more indictments against the prisoners for similar offences, but
they were not tried.