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the said A. R. B. called at her house, at any time whatsoever when she the said M. E. B. was at home; and whereas in truth and in fact the said G. W. did not deny the said M. E. B. being at home when he the said A. R. B. called, at any time when the said M. E. B. was at home; and whereas in truth and in fact the said A. R. B. was not ever denied to be admitted to the house of the said M. E. B. under pretence that the said M. E. B. was not at home, or under any other pretence whatever, by the order of the said M. E. B.; and whereas in truth and in fact the said M. E. B. did, to the knowledge and observation of the faid G. W. long before, to wit, for fix weeks next before the fixteenth day of January 1777, seem to have a liking and inclination to marry the faid A. R. B. ; and whereas in truth and in fact the said G. W. at the time he was so sworn and exainined as aforesaid, well knew that the said M. E. B. long before, to wit, for the space of fix weeks next before the said fixteenth day of January 1777, had a liking and inclination to marry the said A. R. B.; and whereas in truth and in fact the said M. E. B. did intend to marry the faid A. R. B. long before the evening of the sixteenth of January 1777, to wit, for six weeks before the said fixteenth of January 1777; and whereas in truth and in fast the said G. W. at the time he was so sworn, and also at the time he was so examined as aforesaid, well knew that the said M. E. B. did intend to marry the said A. R. B. before the evening of the fixteenth of January 1777: And so the jurors aforefaid, upon their oath aforesaid, say, that the faid G. W. on the faid twentieth day of August, in the twenty-seventh year of the reign of our lord the now king, at the parith of St. Dunstan in the West aforesaid, in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, before the said T. W. esquire, then being one of the said matters in chancery, and so as aforesaid having fuch fufficient power and authority to adminifter the said oath to the said G. W. as afore. faid, knowingly, falsely, wickedly, maliciously, wilfully, and corruptly, in manner and form aforesaid, on his oath aforesaid, in and by his answer to the said third interrogatory, did commit wilful and corrupt perjury, to the great displeasure of Almighty God, in contempt of our faid lord the king and his laws, to the great damage of the faid A. R. B. to the evil and pernicious example of all others in the like case offending, and against the peace of our lord the now king, his crown and dignity.

W. FIELDING.

THE CITY OF BRISTOL, AND COUNTY OF THE SAME Indictment for CITY. The jurors for our lovereign lord the now king, upon perjury in a their oath present, that before the day of taking this inquifi- caufe in the co

clefiaftical court tion, to wit, on the eighteenth day of December, in the

year

for defamation, of Our Lord 1779, at the parish of Saint James, in the city of

Bristol,

Bristol, and county of the said city, Ruth Sheppard, wife of Francis Sheppard, late of the parish of Saint George, in the county of Gloucester, labourer, not having the fear of God before her eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, and contriving and maliciously intending to injure one

Richard Green, and to avert truth itself, came in her own You must be proper person before ). Camplin, then surrogate of the dean and careful as to this chapter of Bristol, and did then and there, that is to say, on the defcription. day and year aforesaid, at the said parish of Saint James, in the

aforesaid city of Bristol, and county of the same city, as a witness in a certain cause or fuit, to wit, a cause of defamation, then depending in the episcopal court of Bristol, between one Anne Jones, by the name of Anne Jones, of the parish of Saint George, in the county of Gloucester and diocese of Bristol, widow, againft the aforesaid Richard Green, by the name of Richard Green of the parish of Saint James, in the city and diocese of Bristol, clerk, take her corporal oath upon the holy Gospel of God, before the said J. Camplin (the said J. Camplin then and there having full power and authority to ad. minilter an oath to the faid Ruth Sheppard in that behalf), and then and there, to wit, on the day and year aforesaid, at the said parish of Saint James, in the aforesaid city of Bristol, and county of the same city, by her own act and consent, upon her faid oath before the laid J. Camplin (the faid ). Camplin then and there having such power and authority to administer the faid oath to the said Ruth Sheppard as aforesaid,) falsely, wilfully; maliciously, and corruptly, did fay, repeat, depofe, swear, and make deposition in writing, intituled as followeth, to wit, in the episcopal court of Bristol, Anne Jones, of the parish of Saint George, in the county of Gloucester and diocese of Bristol, widow, against Richard Green, of the parish of Saint James, in the city and diocese of Bristol, clerk, in a cause of defamation; depofitions on the libel, and containing therein, amongst other things, as follows, that is to say, to the fecond article of the faid libel (meaning a certain libel or articles of complaint which had been exhibited by the aforesaid Anne Jones against the aforesaid Richard Grecn, in and to the aforesaid episcopal court of Briftol, in the aforesaid cause or fuit of difamation, and in the second article whereof the faid Anne Jones had charged and accused the said Richard Green with calling her a whore and otherwise defaming her) this deponent (meaning herself the said Ruth Sheppard) faith, that she (again meaning herself the said Ruth Sheppard) was present at the dwelling-houle of the articulate (meaning the aforelaid Anne Jones) in the parish of Saint George, in the county of Gloucester, in the diocese of Bristol, on Monday the twenty-leventh day of September last past (ineaning the month of September in the year of Our Lord 1779 aforesaid), when she (meaning herielf the faid Ruth Sheppard) heard the libellate Richard Green (mean

ing the faid Richard Green hereinbefore-mentioned) abuse the articulate Anne Jones (meaning the faid Anne Jones hereinbefore. mentioned) in a very scandalous manner, and call her (meaning the faid Anne Jones) a whore several times; and that afterwards on the same twenty-seventh day of September last past (meaning the month of September, in the year 1779 aforesaid), she (meaning herself the said Ruth Sheppard) was in company with the said Anne Jones, in Wade-street, in the parish of Saint Philip and Jacob, in the county of Gloucester and diocese of Bristol, when the libellate (meaning the said Richard Green) took hold of the bridle of the horse on which the articulate Anne Jones was then riding, and again called her a whore several times, as by the said deposition (reference being thereto had) will, amongst other things, fully appear: Whereas in truth and in fact the said Ruth Sheppard was not present at the dwelling-house of the aforefaid Anne Jones, in the parish of Saint George, in the county of Glouces. ter, in the diocese of Bristol, on Monday the twenty-seventh day of September, in the year 1779 aforefaid, nor did the then hear the aforesaid Richard Green abuse the aforefaid Anne Jones in a very scandalous manner, and call her a whore several tiines; and whereas in truth and in fact neither the said Richard Green nor the said Ruth Sheppard was present at the dwelling house of the said Anne Jones, in the aforesaid deposition mentioned, on the twenty-seventh day of September 1779, nor did the faid Richard Green then or at any other time abuse the aforesaid Anne Jones in a scandalous or any other manner, nor did he then or at any other time whatsoever call her a whore several times in the hearing of the faid Ruth Sheppard; and whereas in truth and in fact the aforesaid Richard Green did not on the aforesaid twenty-seventh day of September, in the year 1779 aforesaid, call the aforesaid Anne Jones a whore, or in any other manner whatsoever defame the faid Anne Jones, and so the faid Ruth Sheppard well knew at the time of her taking her aforesaid oath and making her aforesaid deposition in that respect as aforesaid ; and whereas in truth and in fact the aforesaid Ruth Sheppard was not on the aforesaid twenty-seventh day of September 1779 in company with the said Anne Jones in Wade-ftreet, in the parish of Saint Philip and Jacob, in the county of Gloucester and diocese of Bristol, nor did the aforesaid Richard Green take hold of the bridle of the horse of the aforesaid Anne Jones, as in the aforesaid deposition is falsely and corruptly alledged, and again call her a whore feve. ral times; and whereas in truth and in fact the faid Richard Green did not on the aforesaid twenty-seventh day of September, in the year 1779 aforesaid, take hold of the bridle of the horfe of the aforesaid 'Anne Jones, and call her a whore, as the faid Ruth Sheppard hath, in her deposition aforesaid, falsely, wilfully, and corruptly deposed, and so the faid Ruth Sheppard well knew at the time of her making her aforesaid deposition in that respect; and whereas in truth and in fact the aforefaid Richard Grech did

not

not at any time on the aforesaid twenty-seventh day of September 1779, call the aforesaid Anne Jones a whore: And so the aforefaid jurors, on their aforesaid oath, do fay, that the aforesaid Ruth Sheppard, on the said eighteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord 1779 aforesaid, at the said parish of Saint James, in the city of Bristol and county of the same city, before the aforesaid J. Camplin (the said J. Camplin then and there having full power and authority to administer the aforesaid oath to the faid Ruth Sheppard in the respect aforesaid), by, of, and through her own act and consent, in manner and form aforesaid, upon her aforesaid oath did fallely, maliciously, wilfully, and corruptly, commit wilful and corrupt perjury, to the great displeasure of Almighty God, in contempt of the laws of this realm, to the wicked and evil example of all others in the like case offend. ing, to the subversion of public justice and good government of this kingdom, to the great damage of the aforesaid Richard Green, and against the peace of our lord the now king, his crown and dignity.

V. LAWES.

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Indictment for MIDDLESEX, to wit. The jurors for our lord the king, upon perjury before a their oath present, that the borough of Cricklade, in the county of committee of the Wilts, is an ancient borough, and for a long space of time two house of com.

burgesses of the same borough have been elected and sent, and have ing bribery and been used and accustomed, and of right ought to be elected and treating at the sent to serve as burgesses for the same borough in the parliament of Cricklade clec. this kingdom, to wit, at the borough of Cricklade, in the county

of Wilts; and that on the seventeenth day of February, in the fifteenth year of the reign of our sovereign lord George the Third, king of Great Britain, &c. an election of an apt and discreet burgess of the faid borough to serve as a burgess for the aforesaid borough of Cricklade, in the place of William Earle, esquire, then decealed, in the then parliament of our faid lord the now king, came on, to wit, at the borough of Cricklade, in the said county of Wilts, and thereupon one Samuel Peach, esquire, and one Joha Dewar, esquire, were returned to serve in the said parliament for the faid borough of Cricklade: And the jurors aforesaid, upon their oath aforesaid, further present, that afterwards, to wit, on Thursday, the nineteenth day of January, in the fifteenth year of the reign of our faid lord the king, the said John Dewar did prefent a certain petition in writing to the lower house of parliament of our faid lord the king, then held at Westminster aforesaid, to wit, in the parish of Saint Margaret, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, directed to the honourable the commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled, thereby setting forth, among other things, that at the late election of a burgess to serve in parlianient for the laid borough of Cricklade, in the county of Wilts, in the room of the said William Earle, esquire, deceased, and Samuel Peach, esquire, the petitioner were candidates; and

tha:

that at the said election, which came on the twenty-seventh day of December then last before Thomas Carter, bailiff, and returning officer for the said borough, a great majority of legal votes was given for the petitioner, who ought to have been returned accordingly, but the said returning officer, notwithstanding such majority, had returned the said Samuel Peach and the petitioner, instead of the petitioner alone, to the great injury of the petitioner, and in violation of the rights of the electors of the laid borough, and such petition therefore prayed that the said return might be amended by erasing the name of the said Samuel Peach therefrom, and that the said petitioner only might be declared duly elected, or have such other relief as the house thould think meet: And the jurors aforesaid, upon their oath aforesaid, do further present, that afterwards, to wit, on Thursday, the nineteenth day of January, in the fifteenth year of the reign of our said lord the now king, the faid Samuel Peach, esquire, did present a certain petition in writing to the lower house of parliament of our faid lord the king, then held at Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, to wit, in the parish of Saint Margaret, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, directed to the honourable the commons of Great Britain in parliament afsembled, thereby setting forth, among other things, that at the late election of a burgess to represent the borough of Cricklade, in the county of Wilts, in parliament, in the room of William Earle, esquire, deceased, the faid Samuel Peach, the petitioner, and John Dewar, esquire, were candidates, that the said election came on about eleven of the clock in the forenoon, of the twenty-seventh day of December then lalt pait, and the returning officer proceeded to take the poll in the church, as the most convenient place for that purpose, and continued the poll till four of the clock of the afternoon of the fame day, when only forty-one out of near two thousand persons having a right to vote had given their fuffrages; that the poll being adjourned to the same place, and at the hour of nine on the next morning, the petitioner, with his counful, agents, and a very numerous body of electors who meant to vote for the petitioner, appeared ac the church-porch pursuant to the said adjournment; that as the returning-officer and the candidates, together with the electors, were entering the church, in order to proceed to the place of polling, a riot commenced, which obliged the returning-officer immediately to close the poll, and on that account he returned the said John Dewar and the petitioner to represent the faid borough in the room of the said William Earle; and that the petitioner, by reason thereof, was prevented from receiving the fuffrages of a large majority of the electors for the said borough, and of obtaining a legal right to represent the said borough for the renainder of the then present parliament; that from the time of the decease of the said William Earle unto the close of the poll, the town of Cricklade, by means of the feasts and entertainments daily and constantly given by and at the expence of the said John

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