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depted on this important occasion that the fort was too strong and has no parallel in Indian warfare, inaccessible to be taken was, howand indeed is the first instance of ever, şoon over; and his fate will bringing forward means adequate answer a useful purpose in showto reduce a fortress of great mag- ing others, should there be any of nitude and strength, in the short- similar views and characters, how est period of time. In such cases idle are the notions which induce the bravery and resolution of the them to believe their fastnesses enemy are of no avail, and the impregnable to European science. lofty and massy walls cease to be it is a great consolation that no impregnable to a species of ord- assault was made ; for, judging nańce which involves the interior from the manner in which Dya. of the building in conflagration ram's horsemen effected their esand ruin, and makes it too dread- cape, and the bravery and devotion ful for the garrison to endure. to their chief which they displayThe tactics which substitute sci- ed, great loss would have been ence for personal courage ave thus inevitable in the breach. But, certain to abridge our military setting aside the politieal importoperations in oçcurrences of a şi- ance of the conquest, we consider milar nature. There can be no that the manner by which it was glory to the asgailed in prolonging effected forms a memorable era in resistance, when the incessant fir- the military history of India. The ing and explosion of shells and Rohilla cavalry which went in rockets burn and destroy the very pursuit of the fugitives had recitadel, and from which there is turned on the 3d, without having no refuge. At Hatrass the stoutest been able to come up with Dyaheart was struck, with horfor and ram. It appears that all the fedismay. The garrison supk under male part of his family had es. the dreadful operations which ex- caped in disguise. There are acposed thein to certain death, with- counts of one of his women havout having any means.of repelling ing taken refuge with a neighor defeating tie object of the be- bouring Zemindar, who had resiegers. Their cannon were of no ported the circumstance to the use, although they kept up a con- inagistrate, and who had been distant but ill-directed fire. Yet the rected to treat her with respect in fa tuation of
Dyaram was such, and consideration. that he would give no signs of Previous to the commencement submission. By his resistance he of operations before Hatrass, the had already forfeited all claim to inhabitants of the gunge had been pardon, and therefore he unavail. warned by the British authority ingly sacrificed everything to his against resistance, and the greater stubbornness, and the proud hut part of them had in consequence empty boast of unconquerable va- abandoned their property, and relour, as if under such circum- tired to a distant village. Since stances yalour could have been the fall of the furt, we understand exercised to any advantage. The they have returned to resume their delusion which led him to imagine property and occupations..
REMARKABLE TRIALS AND LAW CASES.
the country into contempt, and to
stir up the people to disorder and Court of King's Bench, June 5. sedition. He afterwards noticed The Kingv. Thomas JonathanWooler. the libel upon Lord Castlereagh -This was an information filed and Mr. Canning, arguing that against the defendant by the At- the purpose of it was the same, torney-general for printing and though its malignity was restrictpublishing a libel.
His plea was,
ed to two individual members of Not guilty.
the government. The Attorney-general said, that Benjamin Steill was next called the libel charged in the informa- to prove the publication, but it tion was contained in a periodical was admitted by the defendant as paper called The Black Dwarf, of his own act. which the defendant was the au- Mr. Law then read all the parts thor and printer. The number charged in the accusation as libels. comprised in the libel was dated The defendant then commenced April 2d, and the information his address to the jury; and it contained two counts: the first cannot be denied that the spirit of was for a libel on the ministers it obtained the applauses of a great employed by the king in the ad- part of the audience, which the ministration of the government; sheriffs found it difficult to reand the second was for a libel press. on two distinguished individuals, Mr. Justice Abbot, the judge, members of that administration. whose office it was to charge the
The Attorney-general, after jury, began with stating the genesome remarks by way of prelimi- ral nature of the crime of libel. nary, proceeded to read the libel It is open (said his lordship) to in question. He particularly dwelt every subject of the kingdom to upon the charge, that the admi- discuss the measures of governnistration “ talked of patriotism ment, provided it is done reasonwhen they meant plunder ;” and ably, fairly, and impartially; but that their object in embarking in if he chooses to issue forth to the a war against France was not to world slander and calumny, he is conquer that country, but our- a libeller, and becomes amenable selves. And he appealed to the to the law. He then noticed good sense of the jury, if the various observations made by the whole were not a gross, scanda. defendant which were not correct lons, and seditious libel, calcu- in point of fact; and he concluded lated to bring the government of with expressing his opinion very
decidedly decidedly that the productions in three of the jurymen stated that question were libels.
they had not brought in their verAfter the jury had consulted a dict, Guilty. short time, one of them asked his Mr. Justice Abbot. When I lordship, supposing they consider- put the question, the foreman ed the facts stated to be true, were answered in the affirmative, that they still by law bound to find the it was the verdict of the whole publication a libel.
jury. Mr. Justice Abbot answered Mr. Chitty. Three of the jury (but not quite audibly), that the understood that they were to go truth of the fact did not justify back and reconsider, as your lordthe libel—and he read to them ship could only receive a general Lord Raymond's opinion upon the verdict. question.
Mr. Justice Abbot. I take it for The jury retired for two hours granted that the crown only wishes and a half, and then returned to to obtain a verdict by legal means. the court, the foreman standing No gentleman objected to the verwith three of his fellows at the dict at the time; and an answer door of the judge's room: the other was given that they all concurred. jurymen were behind them. It may be extremely dangerous,
Mr. Law (clerk of Nisi Prius) if, after a jury has retired after then put the question in the usual giving in their verdict, any attenform, whether they found the de- tion could be paid to the statement fendant guilty of the misdemeanor of some of the individuals. I cercharged in the information, or not tainly do not wish to infringe guilty ?
upon the privileges of the jury : The Foreman answered, We find but after a verdict has been rehim guilty ; but three of the jury ceived and recorded, I cannot allow wish to state special grounds. a part of the jury, after they have
Mr. Justice Abbot said, your withdrawn, having delivered in verdict nust be a general verdict the verdict as the verdict of the of guilty or not guilty. Do I un- whole, to say that they did not derstand you to say: that you
agree. the defendant guilty ?
Mr. Wooler said, that the jury The Foreman bowed, and ap- offered a paper to his lordship, peared to answer “Yes."
who declared that he would not Mr. Justice Abbot. Is the ver- receive their objections. dict of guilty the verdict of all the Mr. Justice Abbot affirmed that gentlemen of the jury?
he said, he would receive any thing The Foreman again bowed, but that proceeded from the whole of if he said any thing, it was in the jury, but nothing that proaudible beyond the bench.
ceeded from a part of it. He askAfter the jury impannelled for ed, in a tone of voice quite audible, the trial of the second information if the verdict of guilty were the had retired, Mr. Chitty said, that verdict of all, and he was told that he hoped it would not be consider it was. ed as an impertinent intrusion, if Mr. Wooler. The whole of the he mentioned to his lordship, that jury is here ; they have never se
parated; and the verdict at pre- found the defendant guilty, but sent is only the verdict of nine, three of them were desirous, or not of twelve.
had desired him, on their part, to Mr. Justice Abhot. I have de. add something. I then interposed, livered my judgment upon it: if and observed, that I thought I it be incorrect, you will have an could not receive any thing coming opportunity of correcting it here. from a part only of the gentlemen after.
of the jury; that the verdict must Mr. Wooler. I have no means be the verdict of all; and I then of appealing against your lord- asked (speaking, as I thought, in ship's judgment hereafter. This a very distinct and audible voice) cannot be justice, my lord! The whether all the jury agreed in the three jurymen are ready to depose verdict? I was answered that they on affidavit that they did not con- did, and at that time I heard no sent to the verdict.
dissent expressed by any person.
The situation, however, was such, June 6.—The King v. Thomas Jo- the jury not having all of them nathan Wooler.
come into my view, that it is not Mr. Justice Abbot, at the sitting altogether impossible that some of the Court, addressed the rest of mistake or misapprehension might the Bench as follows :
have taken place; it is not imposI wish to take the earliest op- sible that some might not hear portunity of reporting some cir- distinctly what had been said. cumstances which occurred yester- The jury having then retired, day at Guildhall, in the course of and the door being shut again, I a trial which took place before me. proceeded to sum up the cause in The case to which I allude was progress; and when I had conan information by the Attorney cluded, (it not being decorous to General against a person of the interrupt me), and after the sename of Thomas Jonathan Wooler, cond jury had retired to consider for a libel. After the case had of their verdict, a gentleman at been gone through, the Jury re- the bar suggested, that some of tired to consider of their verdict, the gentlemen of the first Jury had and while they were absent another not concurred, nor intended to case was called on, the trial of it concur, in the general verdict dewas proceeded in, and just before livered; or had been desirous that the reply in the second case was the verdict should be received with concluded, the door on my left some degree of qualification. I hand was opened, in order to ad- have not the words very distinctly mit the gentlemen of the jury, who now in my mind, but the circumhad returned after considering of stances I have stated. I farther their verdict; and as soon as the understood, that some of the jury reply was finished, in one or two were present, in or near the court. sentences, the names were called I then said, that the verdict of the over by the officer in the usual way, jury had been recorded, and that and answers were given in the or- it seemed to me, that sitting in dinary manner. The foreman of that place, I could not do any thing the jury then said, that the jury in the matter. I do not know whether I made use of the senti- This fact supplies a distinction from ment; but it certainly impressed all the cases that have usually come my mind, that it would be ex- before the Court. A verdict is tremely dangerous if, after the generally given, the jurors standjury had retired from the bar, a ing together in the presence of the judge then in Court could receive judge ; and they have full opporand act upon any communication tunity of hearing what is profrom them. I therefore was of pounded by the foreman, and of opinion that the verdict must expressing their dissent if they stand as the verdict of the jury. thought fit so to do. If it could I wished to take the earliest op- be satisfactorily made out, from portunity of stating this occur- the position and nearness of the rence to my Lord and my brothers. jury, or from the situation of the
Lord Ellenborough (after con- judge, that all the jury did hear, sulting with the other judges).- and that none of them dissented,
The Court cannot, according to it would perhaps be too much to the authorities and precedents of disturb the verdict, and the Court law, receive an affidavit from a could not receive any affidavit juryman upon the subject of his against it. But the perfect evi. verdict; and the reason why he is dence of their hearing, and their precluded from making the affi- means of assenting or dissenting, davit is, because, from the circum- seem to be wanted here ; and, stances, it must have been intended therefore, I suggest, for the conthat that verdict was given with sideration of my brothers, whether his assent. In order to imply this in this case, under the uncertainty, assent, it must unquestionably ap- (for any uncertainty is to be pear that he heard what was pro- avoided, especially in a criminal pounded by the foreman on behalf proceeding,) it should not be allowof himself and his fellows; and the ed to the defendant to have the addifficulty that occurs to my mind vantage of a new trial, if he should is, whether in this case there is be disposed to desire it. sufficient evidence for the Court The Attorney - General. — It safely to act upon, that the jury would ill become me to gainsay did all hear what was propounded any thing that has fallen from for them, and on their behalf, by the Court; but I apprehend, the the foreman. The jurymen were not utmost extent to which your Lordall within the view of the judge, ship has said the defendant shall for it seems that a part of the jury be indulged, would be, that he were in the room behind. I say, might be permitted to show grounds therefore, that we have not in this for a new trial. I should apprecase the ordinary means existing hend, with great deference, that it in others, for presuming that every cannot be granted in this case. The one of the jury heard what was jury were certainly all called over, propounded by their foreman. If, and they answered to their names. indeed, they did not hear it, they Lord Ellenborough. We asnot furnished with any
sume that. means of contradiction, or of sig- The Attorney - General - All nifying any dissent er qualification. were within hearing at the tine.