MARYLEBONE-OFFICE. - Margaret WALKER, a very pretty young woman, whose dialect
discovered that she came from the north, told Mr. RAWLINSON on Wednesday, that
she was married 18 months ago, at Gretna-green, to the son of a respectable and
affluent gentleman (solicitor) in London, and that after living together in the
city of Carlisle until within four months of the present time, he had brought
her 300 miles from her friends, and deserted her, and she requested Mr.
RAWLINSON to advise and assist her.
Mr. RAWLINSON inquired into the circumstances which led to the alleged marriage,
and whether he had been guilty of violence towards her, as well as desertion.
She said Carlisle was her native place; she lost her parents when she was very
young, and not being otherwise provided for, she "was very well to do as a
dressmaker," and her brother was her protector; but at the age of 16 she was
persuaded to run away and get married, and that had brought her into trouble. He
behaved very well to her while they remained in Carlisle, and they were
comfortably supported by a liberal allowance of pocket-money, which her
husband's father supplied; but after they came to town, and took lodgings in
Newman-street, he treated her with coolness, spent his money elsewhere, and was
often absent at night. A fortnight ago, a dispute arose out of these matters,
and he knocked her down, and entirely left her with only one shilling in her
pocket, and a fortnight's rent due for the lodgings; and she had since found out
that he was living with another woman, at No. 16, Charlotte-street,
Portland-place, and that he had deceived the lady who keeps that house by
introducing this woman as her (complainant's) own self.
Mr. RAWLINSON immediately granted a warrant on account of the assault, and WALL,
the officer, was sent to Charlotte-street, in company with the complainant, to
apprehend him. WALL brought him to the office, and the landlady turned the woman
into the street as soon as she could get her clothes upon her back (for they
found her in bed), and desired the complainant to take possession of the
apartments there in her husband's right.
The young lady's statement was admitted by the defendant to be true, and the
reason he assigned for deserting her was, that if he did not do so, his father
threatened to disinherit him.
Mr. RAWLINSON asked him if his father preferred his living in a state of
prostitution. He made no answer, but insinuated that a Gretna-green marriage was
no marriage at all. This produced a strong effect upon the feelings of the
complainant, and, under great agitation, she drew from her bosom her "lines
(certificate) of marriage," and handed them to the magistrate. They were in form
similar to those of the Church of England, but more imposing in appearance; they
bore a magnificent display of the Royal arms, were prefaced "Kingdom of
Scotland, county of Dumfries, parish of Gretna," and subscribed by the
blacksmith "Simon LANG."
Mr. RAWLINSON told the defendant he was acting very unlike a gentleman. He had
made, or pretended to make, her his wife, and he had induced her to come to a
great distance from her friends, and therefore he was bound to maintain her, and
treat her with kindness, and he required him to give bail for the assault upon
The defendant asked if he might be allowed to make an arrangement with her?
Mr. RAWLINSON said yes, if he gave security for its fulfilment, and time was
allowed until one o'clock on Saturday for that purpose.
On Saturday the defendant disregarded his undertaking. The complainant showed
marks upon her shoulder of additional violence committed by him on Wednesday
night, and Mr. RAWLINSON said he should be re-apprehended.