The Annual Register, Or, a View of the History and Politics of the Year Volume 98

The Annual Register, Or, a View of the History and Politics of the Year Volume 98

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...A verdict of Not Guilty was accordingly returned. 31. Trial For Murdering Ah Infant.--Ann Matthews, aged 32, James George, aged 19, and Richard Jose, aged 35, were indicted for the wilful murder of an infant, born of Matthews, at Truro, on the 27th of March. A second count charged Matthews and George with harbouring Jose after he had committed the murder. The details of the crime with which the prisoners were charged were singularly atrocious. Matthews was a widow, with three children, and was accounted respectable. About twelve months ago, she met with the prisoner Jose; an intimacy arose between them, and soon afterwards he came to lodge at her house, and from that time, they had lived in a state of adultery--for Jose was a married man. In the same house were living the prisoner George, and a young woman, named Eliza Burns, 19 years old, who maintained an improper intimacy with George. Matthews became with child. The greatest secrecy as to this fact was maintained, because she had an allowance from the pariah for herself aud her children, which she was afraid would be withdrawn if she had a natural child. Some attempts had been made to procure abortion, but had failed. On the evening of the 26 th of March, the pains of labour appear to have commenced. Mat thews complained of being very ill, and retired early to bed. Jose came home from his work, but did not go to bed that night. George and Burns went to bed, leaving Jose sitting up in the kitchen. About 4 o'clock on the morning of Thursday, the 27th of March, Matthews rose from her bed and went down into the kitchen, and was there delivered of a female child. Jose also was down stairs, and he called the girl Burns, and asked her to come down to assist Matthews. Burns soon went down, but...show more

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 835g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987160
  • 9781236987167