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son's house appears to have been the his argument? If it was not, what rendezvous of all these parties--the then as Mr Wilson, if a loyal man, meetings take place at his house– he is would have adopted a line of conduct the person to whom the message from directly opposite to that ; and that he Glasgow is sent he is the person, would, no two men would differ in in point of fact, at whose house all the opinion ; what is the legitimate and consultations and deliberations of the fair inference from a line of procedure preceding night take place, and which like that adopted by this man? terminated in these nocturnal disorders That is not all; you have the evi. and seizures to which I have alluded. dence of several individuals who were It is somewhat surprising, if I may in the house the night before you venture to judge of you by myself, I have the evidence of several men ; and should think it surprising is ten or I do not mean to throw imputations twelve traitors should come into my upon these men ; but I think, from the house and begin to make it the head- mode in which they gave their testiquarters, the place in which they were mony-from the shyness which some to consult and deliberate in their trea. of them exhibited, that at least you 80ns—that they should go out in the have not got more than is true from middle of the night, and return in the them. I think they have not exagmorning with arms-- that they should gerated or set down aught in malice on the following day march out from against Wilson. You have it in evimy house, I being a loyal subject, with dence from Shearer, from Steele, and colours Aying, armed as these men from several individuals who were in were armed Is that, I appeal to your the house the night before, when these knowledge of life-I appeal to your matters were discussed ; and one man understandings, whether a supposition was obliged to run away, because he of that sort is not so monstrous, so would not join them, to avoid being preposterous, as to be altogether un- run through with a pike. I ask you, worthy of belief? Is it, I pray you, what Wilson thought then? It apwithin the scope of human proba- pears the house was filled with a conbility ? is it a thing which is likely gregation of individuals throughout the to have happened ? and I ask you night. Five or six men were seen in the what you would have thought of it? morning going in at his back-door, Would not you have sent for the civil which is entered by a ladder from the power? would not you have reasoned church-yard, a place, therefore, of sewith them, and have said, Why, on cret approach, still treating this house what ground of impudence and auda- as the head.quarters, as the house of city have you dared to come here to the individual to take the command make my house a den of thieves, when of this expedition, or it was nothing at you know I am a loyal man? You know all. Then they march out. Does Wilson you are preparing for acts of treason march out under force ? does he marcha and revenge ; therefore go to your out manacled or guarded, as the other proper associates, men who are mixed man Mr Farey was? How does he with you in the enterprize. Would not march out? I think if I have company at that have been the language of loyalty? my house, and I am the last person, inWas that the language of the prisoner stead of marching out five or six yards at the bar? Was that the language, after them, I may shut the door and would that have been the language of say I do not like this ; these fellows a loyal man? If it would, did Mr Wil- have forced me as far as this, but I do son adopt it? was that his conduct or not like it. Would not you have done it, or would you have gone at all? I duced to bring two certificates_jg think not. Why hide the sword in his that an objection to her ? Certainly hand ? all of them say he had a sword; not. But what attempt has been made one man found the point sharp. “He to throw any imputation on that fe. had it here,” he said ; he only saw the male? she had a brother implicatedhandle ; it is not likely the handle where is the evidence of that? We should be there and the rest at home; have the gratuitous assertion of the a sword may be as good with a wood. other side, that she has a brother who en hộlt as with a basket one, or any has left the country. I take my learnother. How did he march out ? He ed friend's assertion for any thing out marched out, it is agreed on all hands, of Court, but for nothing in Court. and stated by the Glasgow hawker, What does that woman say to you, Rownie; he admits he marched out the Gentlemen ? and if you believe her last in the rear; some say two or three evidence, (and that you can disbelieve yards, but uniformly they state Wil- it, I cannot entertain the slightest apson was the last man of the detach- prehension)—what does she say? She ment, and marched out with a sword was in the house on the morning of in his hand in the manner I have sta- this presumed force and restraint. She ted. Is that marching out because I was there among a party of individuals am compelled to march? What was congregated for this expedition-she the compulsion on his mind? where saw
several persons she did not know, was it? we will come to it by and bye, and she did that which is natural to fe. and then you will see what a notable male curiosity, or any curiosity ; she thing it was. But what is the evidence says, “ Well, James, what are you of Mrs Hamilton, upon whose veraci- going upon this expedition !” “Yes." ty repeated attempts were made last is that the language of force—is not night, without success and my learn that, in point of fact, the language of ed friend having recruited himself, a man who was standing there as the again attacked it this morning, till he head of, I do not know what to call exhausted the subject; and then, in point them, but incipient traitors-traitors of fact, he says, she is the sister of one they were at that time, because at that of these men. What then? is there any time, if they had ceased, in point of imputation on her character or credit? fact, at that moment, they were all traiYou have that advantage which is a tors by the act of the preceding night. most valuable part of the constitution, But was not he set there, and what of which you are a part, namely, of does he say? The arms they got seeing the witnesses before you—of during the night were the subject of seeing their demeanour, and of having complaint by many of them—they an opportunity of seeing whether the complain of their arms ; and what does witnesses tell you the truth, and no- this man say, who was averse to Treathing but the truth, and the whole son, who was forced out? According truth; you will have an opportunity to the other side, he said, I am glad of of seeing and hearing what that wo. it ; you ought not to have any arms man said. You heard how she was arms! what, to subvert Government cross-examined ; was there an imputa- and the Constitution ? No; "you may tion attempted on her character? The get arms in your progress--you may poor woman had heard that an attempt get two muskets at Scott's, one at was meditated upon her character, and Park-head, one at Hock, and at such she with that honest simplicity which a place-you may get a gun at Mr belongs to truth and integrity, was in. Cooper's." They attempted to do that,
Now, I pray you again, ask your- friend belonging toit, I should have put selves, turn yourselves into yourselves, some questions on the subject, but none and ask your own minds, whether a were put. Now see how that stands; man who was about to be forced out after he got his tea, Thompson set him on a subject of this sort would have up the lane, or along the road, for a used that language on the eve of their certain space, about a mile, he said. In departure ?
going out of the house, the prisoner at Well, what does he do ?-He the bar said, “ Now, mind, if I should marches up the village along with these be called to account for this, you can persons, still preserving his situation in be a witness that I was upon business
Does he just see them out here.” Now, if he stated to us all that of the town ? No; he is found at Kil- took place before, the only business bride, at a distance of eight miles, in the was smoking, eating a roll, and taafternoon, and he goes to the house king tea ; there was no other business of a person carrying on the same trade, he went through. You cannot call the with whom he is acquainted. Now, I talking about this hose business, because beseech you, attend to the language and he was there by accident. What did conduct of this man at that time; and Thompson say in reply to that? “I if you should be of opinion that the
that you were here," negatilanguage and conduct of this man at ving his being there upon business. “ If that time shewed that he had been act. any thing happens whereby I should ing under the influence of permanent be called to an account, you will be a and durable force from the time of lea. witness to prove that I was upon busiving his house till that time, I ask you, ness here." “ I can be a witness that in the name of all that is right, and ho- you were here ;" and he certainly was nest, and honourable, to acquit him at as good as his word, because at least once. He goes in ; he says nothing. he proved yesterday that he was not I throw no imputations on that man. there upon business. Now, GentleI could make strong observations on men, that was a species of dilemma in him. I could make observations on which my learned friend felt himself the evidence of Thompson, which placed by that sort of evidence. He would affect, to a certain extent, his argued in this way ; says he, these were moral character; bat I abstain from friends and acquaintances and neighdoing it. What did he say when he bours, he did not like to say a word went in ? Nothing at all. He asked about it, and it was very unnatural for a pipe. The man sent out his that he should. Mark what he said to daughter for a loaf, and then he went that hawker ; “ Why, James, this is a himself for tea. During this time did bad business.” “ Ah," says he, “it is ; any conversation take place? None but I will get away as fast as I can." at all. We talked about stockings, He did not say a word of that at and new-invented stockings, panta. Thompson's. Why did he turn off at loons, and breeches ; but not a word Thompson's, if that was not the first about the party that passed, except opportunity for him to escape, because that he asked after the sons of a man they had encountered people ontheroad? of the name of Fleming, where they It was as clear as the sun at noon-day, were. Having got an answer to that, his when they arrived at Kilbride, that curiosity was gratified, and he ceased their expectations at Glasgow were at all further interrogations. I do not an end that the foundation of that know how it is, but if I had seen a pinnacle of glory which they anticipaparty of that sort, and seen an old ted was sapped and taken from under
them, and therefore it was wise for The Lord President summed up the them to take the hint and march off. evidence very fully, making observaWhat is that all to prove but the in- tions as he went along. tention with which he went out? You *The Jury retired for two hours, have it in evidence, that he had a after which they brought in a verdict sword, which he sharpened by cutting of Guilty on the fourth count of the the point a day or two days before ; indictment, but recommended him to and you have, moreover, that this man's the clemency of the crown. feelings and principles were of that The Lord President undertook to loyal nature and description which the transmit the recommendation, which other side would have you believe. was not, however, acted upon. The What is the case of Mrs Hamilton the executive, judging it necessary that an night before, when she said, “ You example should be made, caused the are an old reformer?” What do you sentence to be put in execution against say to these things ! - That was Mon. Wilson. day night she was alluding to. it the first time this had been broached
July 24, 1820. in mind or contemplation? What do you, an old reformer, say to these William M·Intyre, Alex. Graham, things? What did he say?" Why," John May, Matthew Bogle, William says he, “I hope they will win it.” Campbell and George Allan, were pus Win what? When you talk of win- to the bar ; but the Lord Advocate ning, you play for something ; there stated that, although he had evidence must be some slake. When I talk of against them, yet as it did not appear a contest, there must be some contest that they were ringleaders, or proper or emulation, or it would be idle. objects to make examples of, he did “Where so many lives will be lost.' not mean to produce any. Alexander What does he say?-_They cannot Graham had previously given in the be lost in a better cause.” That was plea of Guilty ; but it was not acthe cause which they expected to win. cepted of. Then it was a cause in which he thought life and death might be at is. sue ; in which he thought there was to DUMBARTON, July 26. be a warlike competition—a warlike force ; something which might entail The Court, consisting of the Lord upon the parties certain death and de. President, Lord Justice Clerk, Lord struction. That, Gentlemen, is the Chief Baron, Lord Pitmilly, met here, evidence on the part of the Crown; and proceeded to the trial of Robert and I ask you, whether, as it stands, Monroe, cotton-spinner at Dumbarton. you can have any doubt, with respect, The charge against this man was, for in point of fact, to all these circum- having assisted at the manufacture of stances necessary to constitute this of. arms, with a view to their being emfence on the part of the prisoner at the ployed against the King. The trial bar?
lasted two days, and is the end the The learned counsel then proceed. Jury found a verdict of Not guilty. Mr ed to shew the nugatory nature of the J. P. Grant conducted the defence. evidence which had been produced for Upon the verdict being read, the authe defence, and finally called for such dience behaved rather indecorously, a verdict as the judgment and con- in expressing their satisfaction, and sciences of the Jury might dictate. one person, who rendered himself con
spicuous by cheering and clapping, After the business of the Court was was sent to jail by the Court. The concluded, the Lord Advocate rose evidence against the other five persons, and expressed his satisfaction that the formerly arraigned here, being similar Commission was now ended, except in to the first, the Lord Advocate de- so far as it related to those who had clined prosecuting them, and they were escaped the hand of justice.-Bills had all liberated.
been found against no less than 98 individuals ; of these 51, the principal
ringleaders, had escaped apprehension, PAISLEY, September 1. and of them he would say, that if they
ever presumed again to shew their The Court sat here to try the pri- heads, trusting to the conclusion of soners accused of stopping the cotton. the Commission, they would be miser. works at Johnston and its neighbour-ably disappointed, as the proceeding hood, on the 3d of April last, when against such as had fled would be reJohn Speirs, a leader on that occasion, moved into the Court of Justiciary, was put to the bar. After a trial of for the purpose of obtaining an outDearly ferty hours, the Jury found the lawry against them, which, in the case prisoner guilty of striking work hin- of treason, was tantamount to a verself, and of compelling and persuading dict of Guilty. There had been only others to do so ; but the Court inform two acquitted after trial, and although ed them, that, as this only amounted he did not wish or intend to call in to a misdemeanour, the verdict could question any verdict of a Jury, he must not be received on a trial for High say that there was much doubt as to how Treason. The Jury were afterwards far one of these acquittals was founded enclosed three different times, and re. on sound principles of law; and a cer. turned amended verdicts; their last taio distinguished individual, who com. was Not guilty. The prisoner was then posed one of that Jury, had expressed dismissed from the bar. John Lang sentiments somewhat similar. Of those was then brought to the bar, but the who remained, there were 24 on whom Lord Advocate declined to bring wit- capital sentences were pronounced, and nesses against him, and he was also dis. he was much afraid that, out of that charged.
number, some examples must of necessity be made. The remaining 21 were
acquitted without trial. The Learned Ayr, September 9.
Gentleman hoped that the manner in
which he had treated the different pri. The business of the Special Commis. soners would give satisfaction ; and he sion was concluded here this day, when did not doubt that much good would Thomas Mackay, one of the prisoners, be derived to the country from the late retracted his former plea and pleaded trials, as the picture which had been Guilty. The Lord Advocate, consider- exhibited to them of the pure justice ing that the ends of justice would be administered in this land must have the sufficiently answered by the convictions effect of rendering them more loyal, by which had already taken place, declined giving them a higher idea of the excelproceeding against the remaining three lence of the Constitution. Still, how. prisoners, and they were accordingly ever, the country would require to be discharged. Mr J. P. Grant acted as looked after, and for this salutary.su. counsel for the prisoners, both here perintendence he would trust to the and at Paisley and Stirling.
vigilance of the Magistracy.