cornwall england newspaper

1836 Articles and Other Items

2 December 1836, Friday


Our Readers will find in our last page a further statement of the case of the Rev. William Malkin, late perpetual curate of St. Ives, which we give to the public just as we have received it, without a single word of comment. The case ...has .. been taken up by the Standard, and a powerful and ingenious attempt has been made by that print to justify the Bishop at the expense of Mr. Malkin's reputation as a Clergyman and a Christian. ....His Lordship (the Bishop) not only threatened Mr. Malkin for the loss of his gown for presuming to put his foot into a Conventicle, but also censured him strongly for permitting any part of his family to be present at a Methodist meeting.  The case will require a little more special pleading ... before the public will be quite satisfied that Doctor Phillpott's professed "love" for the Methodists "as brothers in the faith" is quite free from suspicion.

The Weather - For some time past, the weather has been particularly boisterous, and considerable damage has been done by the fury of the elements, both on sea and land; but on Tuesday morning last, about eight o'clock, the wind blew a perfect hurricane, which threatened destruction to every object that obstructed its course.

At Launceston, some new houses whose windows had been put in, were completely unroofed, and the walls forced out; and other new houses on the western road, lately inhabited, had the roofs, rafters and all, completely carried away; and in the surrounding country, the damage done was considerable.

At Liskeard, stacks of hay and corn were blown away, some of them to a distance of three hundred yards; trees were rooted up, and split in pieces - houses uncovered, the slates and tiles flying in all directions, and so great was the flood that the Liskeard and Looe canal overflowed its banks, and rivers and marshes were in many places one complete sheet of water.

At Newquay, the tide rose four feet in about five minutes - a small boat belonging to the pilots was blown over the cliff, and dashed to pieces - and houses in abundance were damaged in their roofs and chimnies; but neither the vessels in the pier, nor the boats belonging to the pilchard fishery received any damage.

At St. Ives, the effects on the roofs and windows of houses were similar to those already stated, and some chimnies were blown down which lay on the roofs like logs of wood. At Falmouth, the sloop "Emma" of that port drove on shore near St. Mawes castle, and bilged; several other ships lost their foretopsail and topgallant yards, etc., while still others were driven on the beach.  [The majority of the ships in the bay, however, did not receive damage.]  Great damage was done in the town by the slating of the houses being blown into the window shops, and upwards of two hundred panes of glass are supposed to have been broken.  The oldest building in town, situate on the Back Hill, was blown down; several houses have been more or less unroofed, and a number of chimnies yielded to the fury of the elements, doing great damage to the buildings on which they fell.

At Penzance, the damage to houses is beyond all precedent, and a part of the family of Mr. Berryman, builder, Clarence-street, had a narrow escape of their lives from the fall of a chimney, which made its way through the roof.  Mr. Stephens, a spirit merchant, who was assisting some workmen in securing his premises, had his pocket book blown out of his pocket, containing a considerable number of £5 notes, which were scattered in the air, and four of them lost, with several other valuable papers.

Caution - We understand that Mr. F. James, of Trevollans, in Probus, has been summoned by the Rev. F. Webber, for leaving a horse and cart without a driver on the road, near Tresillian bridge, but an apology having been tendered, and the expenses paid, the case was not brought before the magistrates.  We hope this may be a caution to drivers of carts, who are frequently to be met riding on their shafts, and often some distance from their teams, to the great inconvenience of the public.

Pilchard Fishery - On Thursday se'nnight several small shoals of pilchards visited St. Ives bay.  Six seans were shot, of which two missed; but one belonging to the Union company caught and landed about 140 hhds... The seaners are taken in pay again, and a few seans are kept in, with the expectation of further catches.  Three or four cargoes of fish have been sold at St. Ives for 40s per hhd, and pilchard oil sent from thence has been sold in Bristol at £41 to £45 per ton.

At Goran Haven, the season has been an extremely unprofitable one for the whole of the seans, and the fishery is now considered over....A letter received at St. Ives, on Sunday last, from Mr. F. Jenkyns, jun., dated Naples the 7th instant, it appears that notwithstanding the cholera, trade was not suspended, nor where there any restrictions from the board of health as to the consumption of pilchards.  Mr. Jenkyns was then disposing of the "Sheldrake's" cargo of Newquay fish, which had been grottoed there the last season, and which are in excellent condition, at 22dls. per hhd.

Coroner's Inquests - Wilful Murder - On Monday last, an inquest was held before Hosken James, Esq. at the Western Inn, in this town, on the body of Elizabeth Stoddern, wife of John Stoddern, a tinker, whose death was occasioned  by a wound inflicted with a clasp-knife, by a youth named Richard May, about 16 years of age.  The following are [condensations of] the depositions of the principal witnesses:

Edward John Spry, Esq., surgeon of this town, stated that on Saturday evening last, between five and six o'clock, he was called to aid the deceased in Rosewynrow, and found her complaining of a great pain from a wound she had just received on her side.  Upon examination, he found a knife wound about 1 inch deep, which penetrated the left side of the abdomen a little within the ridge of the haunch bone.  The deceased informed him it was occasioned by a thrust made by a boy with a clasp knife, he having threatened to run it into her guts.  The doctor stopped the considerable bleeding, dressed the wound, and ordered the deceased be conveyed home in a chair to her house in Kenwyn-street.  Extreme pain and tenderness spread over the whole of the bowels, ...and proved fatal on Monday.  Witness had no doubt the death was caused by the wound inflicted by  the cutting instrument mentioned. The following day, during a post mortem, he found the initial wound penetrated both the small and large intestines, severe inflammation had spread, and the injuries inflicted were irremediable.

James Parsons, of Truro, labourer, deposed he lives in Rosewyn-row, and on Saturday had heard some women arguing.  He saw Jane May standing in her mother's door with a poker in her hand.  Deceased was there, and came to witness crying, and said "What do you think?  That young blackguard (pointing to Richard May, son of Jane May, who was by his mother's side) said he would run my bloody guts through with a knife."  At which time, witness saw a knife in Richard May's hand.  The deceased then threw a cabbage stump or leaf at Richard May, who at the request of his mother threw a stone at the deceased, upon which deceased ran and seized Jane May by her cap, and pulled her down in a pond just by.  Jane May cried "murder", and her mother came out of her house, and threw a stool at the deceased.  Richard May also came out with an axe in one hand, and a knife with blood on it in the other.  Upon receiving the blow with the stool, deceased went round a corner and rested against a door, at which time witness saw blood falling on the ground from her person, and she said she was dying.  A chair was soon brought for her, and she was taken into a neighbour's house, and Mr. Spry, the surgeon, was sent for.

John Stoddern of Truro, tinker and husband of the deceased, stated that on Saturday afternoon, between three and four o'clock, he and his wife were outside the fish market, on the back quay, and there saw Richard May.  His wife said "here is that boy who gave me that blow coming down Mitchell Hill the other day".  She ran after him, but could not overtake him.  Shortly thereafter, witness accompanied his wife to May's house, where she had words with his mother.  A scuffle ensued, and while Jane May was in the pool outside, her son came out whetting a knife on his hand with which he stabbed his wife on her left side.  The knife was a hooked pruning knife.

[Mary Rickard, of Truro, stated she had seen the quarrel, during which she saw Rd. May run from his grandmother's house and deliver a violent blow on the deceased's side.  Deceased then said to witness that Jane May's bastard had stabbed her, as he had threatened to do, and witness saw blood running down the side of deceased.]

[George Roberts, constable, of Truro, deposed he was called about four or five o'clock, came to where deceased was standing and saw the blood pooling at her feet.  Got deceased a chair, and had her taken to a house while the doctor was sent for. Deceased made the statement heard by Mary Rickard to witness.  The witness shortly thereafter went in pursuit of May, who had left his grandmother's house, and could not be found until about ten o'clock at night.]

The Jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of willful murder against Richard May, who has been committed to Bodmin Gaol for trial at the next Assizes.

On Wednesday last, another inquest was held by Hosken James, Esq. at the dwelling house of Elizabeth Henwood, innkeeper, in the parish of St. Columb Minor, on the body of Maria Matthews, a single woman about 22 years of age.   The deceased was courted by a labourer of the name of Thomas Dyer, by whom she was enciente.  On Sunday evening Dyer visited her at the house of her brother-in-law, Peter Burt, where she had been living the last week to assist her sister, who was unwell, and remained with her after Burt and his wife had gone to bed.  Deceased slept in the same room as her brother-in-law and sister, and when she went to bed, appeared as well as usual.  Some times afterwards she awoke Burt and his wife with her cries, saying she was very ill in her bowels. She denied being in the family way.  After three or four hours of great suffering, during which peppermint tea was administered, she died in convulsions.   Deceased had not been from the house for the week; the family were not aware that she had been taking any medicines; and Dyer was as attentive to her as usual, and talked of getting married to her in four or five weeks.  On a post-mortem examination, Mr. Lander found the stomach and intestine highly inflamed, and suspecting ...that deceased had taken some powerful poison, took home the contents of the stomach, which he submitted to several tests.  The result lead him to believe that arsenic had been taken in combination with some powerful vegetable poison, the sudden and violent effects of which had brought on premature labour pains and convulsions, of which she died.  After a careful consideration of the case, the Jury delivered the following verdict: "It is the opinion of the jury that a certain drug was taken by the deceased to procure an abortion, which terminated in her death."   This being a verdict of felo de se, the Coroner issued his warrant under the 4th Geo. 4 c 52, for the interment of the remains of the deceased privately, and without any funeral service, in Lower St. Columb Church Yard, on Thursday night, between nine and twelve o'clock.

On the same day, an inquest was held at St. Miniver, and Padstow, by Joseph Hamley, Esq., Coroner, on the bodies of two men supposed to have been part of the crew of the schooner that was lost last week, and verdicts of "found drowned" was returned.  At the time the inquest was held, it had not been discovered where the vessel belonged to, but one of them was marked with many bruises, with the name of John Symons on the arm.

[In a related article, the schooner was identified as the "Jane", which "had lost her mainboom, foretop-sail, and boat, and appeared to be waterlogged before she attempted the harbour.  Her crew ascended the rigging, and continued there till they were washed off.  During that time, every possible exertion was made to rescue the poor fellows from  a watery grave, but without success."  Captain Wade of the "Dewdrop", and some others, did save three men from the smack involved in the accident, and one correspondent said "great praise" is due their efforts.]

Schoolmaster Wanted - The following is a correct copy of a notice posted at a house at Buryan: A Selver Watch on gold lase Hat To Be fired for With Balls on Madren feast in Monday at Buryas Brudge in the parish of Madron  To commence at 2 O clock in the hafter noon persisely - November 28 1836

Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors - This Court was held at Bodmin, on Wednesday last before Mr. Commissioner Harris, when the following insolvents were examined relative to their several petitions and schedules:

William Perry MARTIN, a shoemaker, living in Penzance, and brought to Court by the keeper of the gaol at that place.  Mr. Webb, a currier of Penzance, was the detaining creditor, but as the insolvent was not opposed, he obtained his discharge.

William GILBERT was remanded from last Court, in consequence of not giving due notice to his creditors of his intention of petitioning for his discharge.  The Commissioner now declared him to be entitled to the benefit of the act, and he was discharged.

William HOBBS, was also remanded from the last Court, to produce a copy of the will of Mr. Arthur Williams, and certain other papers, by which will it appeared there was property left to his family, which he had not then accounted for in his schedule.  An office copy of the will was produced in Court, by which it appeared the property was left to insolvent's children, and that he (insolvent) could make no claim to it. He was accordingly discharged.

Charles DODGE was likewise remanded from the last Court, for neglecting to give due notice to his creditors.  This insolvent was discharged on consenting to give up to his creditors all his interest under his father's will, after the decease of his mother.  Wm. Warner, of London, the detaining creditor, and Mr. Thos. Hitchens, of St. Austell, or either of them, assignees.

William SEMMONS the younger.  This insolvent is a miner, of the parish of Crowan, and had been served with a notice of opposition; but it was withdrawn before the hearing of the case in Court.  Discharged.  Mr. Taylor, the detaining creditor, appointed assignee.

John WADGE.  The notice of opposition against this insolvent was served too late, according to the provisions of the act.  Discharged conditionally, on rendering to the Commissioner, in Dorchester, on the 6th of December, certain affidavits from a Mr. Peters, an auctioneer, of Callington, and Mr. Geach of Liskeard; and if the said affidavits are not produced, to remain in prison until next circuit, to produce them to Mr. Peters and Mr. Geach.  Mr. Greenwood, of Devonport, the detaining creditor, appointed assignee.

John White DIXON, a printer, late of Falmouth.  This insolvent was not opposed, and the Commissioner declared him entitled to the benefit of the act.  Discharged.  Mr. William Shepperd, one of the detaining creditors, and Mr. Richard Philip, of Falmouth, appointed assignees, or either of them.

Richard KNIGHT, a hatter of Liskeard, was discharged conditionally, on paying £56.17s.6d into Court, for the benefit of his creditors.

John HENRY.  This insolvent was not opposed, and from the result of his examination by the Commissioner, he was declared entitled to the benefit of the act, and discharged.

9 Decemberbr


- Debate on "secret suffrage"; use of a private ballot in elections
- Correspondence between Sir Wm. Molesworth (who was standing for Leeds) and Sir Hussey Vivian (who was consequently running for Eastern Cornwall)
- Spanish War coverage
- A Lecture on the Phenomenum of Metalliferous Veins, by W. J. Henwood FGS, London and Paris, Assay Master for the Dutchy  [full page]


Lostwithiel - The Storm, on Tuesday morning, the 29th ultimo, did but very little injury here - the town laying low, it swept over us; but the neighbourhood is full of disasters.  At Restormel, in the avenue leading to the Castle, there are upwards of 60 trees broken and torn up by the roots; and at Ethy, the scene is equally terrific.  The greatest part of the rookery is entire swept away, with several apple trees in the adjoining orchards, amounting in all between fifty and sixty trees.  Several hay-stacks, chimnies, &c, have been blown down in the parish of Lanlivery, and had the storm continued much longer, the result must have been awful.

Looe - The wind blew tremendously on Tuesday se'nnight, but happily for a short time only.  No damage was done to the shipping, but a few houses partially unroofed, and the ancient tower of the West Looe Town-hall was blown down.  The neighbourhood round felt the storm more severely, and houses were unroofed and trees in plantations in different places blown up by the roots.

Important to Town Councils - Joseph Hosken James, Esq. Town-clerk of Truro, having deemed himself entitled to compensation for not having been reappointed clerk of the Borough Magistrates, took the opinion of Sir W. Follett on the case, which was as follows:

"According to the strict letter of the Municipal Corporations Act, I do not think Mr. James would be entitled to claim compensation for the loss of any emolument derived from his situation, as clerk to the Borough Justices, but it would seem from the Treasury minutes set out in the case, that it was the intention of the present Government, that compensation should be granted for the loss of such fees, and I advise Mr. James to prefer the claim for compensation."  W.W. Follett, Inner Temple

In compliance with this advice, Mr. James put in his claim for compensation, which, after due consideration, was rejected by the Town Council as invalid; upon which he applied to the Lords of the Treasury, and received the following answer:

"Treasury Chambers, November 23rd, 1836" - "Sir, Having laid before the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasure your letter of the 19th ult, stating your observations on the reasons of the Council of the Borough of Truro, for not awarding you compensation for the loss of the clerkship to the Borough Justices, I have it in command to acquaint you that my Lords are advised by the Law Officers of the Crown that you are not entitled to compensation." "I am , sir your obedient servant,  A. Y. Spearman"

This letter, of course, decides the matter, and will be regarded as a guide in similar cases by other Town Councils.

London, Exeter, and Falmouth Railway - This gigantic undertaking has reached its last stage previous to its receiving the sanction of the legislature; the plans, sections, books of reference, &c were deposited with the respective clerks of the peace, in compliance with the standing orders, on the 30th ultimo, and its agents are now using their utmost energy in preparing such an overwhelming mass of evidence as must ensure its success before Parliament. ... Too much praise cannot be be given to Messrs. Dean and Andrews, the original projectors, for their activity, energy, and talent; and also the various officers and agents of the company, which has been rewarded by the support of the King, the Duchess of Kent, the Princess Victoria, the Duke of Sussex, and a host of nobility.  The lithographic plan ... showing a view of the terminus of the line at Snow Hill, London, as well as the Breakwater at Penzance - chart of the Mount's Bay - Truro, Redruth and Penzance line - Helston and Penryn line - and the whole line from Snow Hill to the Breakwater at Penzance.......

Truro, Redruth, and Penzance Railway - The plans, sections, and books of reference were deposited with the clerk of the peace.... We are happy to find the measure meets with the support it deserves, and it unquestionably must prove very beneficial to the towns and districts through which it passes.  Considering the unprecedented wet and boisterous state of the weather, it is astonishing how the survey has been completed in compliance with the standing orders.  Great credit is due to the Engineer and Surveyors, composed principally of our townsmen, Messrs. Moyle and Dean for their exertions.....

Fat Sheep - Some very fat sheep, belonging to Mr. John Thomas, of St. Wenn, have lately been slaughtered, weighing from 20 to 24 lbs. per quarter, and having from 19 to 20 lbs of loose fat in them.

Coroner's Inquest - On Sunday last, an inquest was held before Hosken James, Esq. at the Consolidated mines, in Gwennap, on the body of John Scoble, a miner about 37 years of age.  The deceased worked as a sumpman at the Consolidated Mines; and, on Saturday, was engaged with other men at Taylor's engine shaft, in drawing up, by means of a capstan and shears, an old useless pump, and a rod about 30 feet long.   Between twelve and one o'clock, they had got the rod nearly to the surface, when it accidentally slipped about 12 feet through the rope to which it had been fastened, and striking deceased, killed him on the spot.  At the time of the accident, deceased was so nearly up that his head was seen above the surface, but the end of the rod knocked him back into the shaft, and he was found quite dead on a door 23 fathoms below.  He has left a wife and six children to lament their loss.  Verdict, accidental death.

Doctor Southey - We understand that this distinguished poet is expected at Helston about the middle of next week, on a visit to his nephew, the Rev. Derwent Coleridge.

Fox Hunt - On Tuesday last, the F. B. hounds were led on the scent of a bag fox, at Roscrow.  They went in full cry after Reynard towards Calmanjack wood, passing near Anorne, across the moors, where only one of the gentlemen crossed.  They all came up close to the brush, and pursued on in fine style till the fox drew round towards Budock church, passing near to Tregenver, and on the beacon at Falmouth.  He was there lost sight of by all the riders in a singular manner, together with the hounds, who ran him ultimately to the stables of the Green Bank hotel, and he was caught on the rocks below.  There was not one of the hunters in at the death.

On the 17th ult, the Endellion harriers found a fox in Foxhole Wood, in the parish of St. Kew, at nine o'clock in the morning.  The case continued through the parishes of St. Kew, St. Tudy, St. Breward, Blisland, and St. Neot, and reynard was killed at Vaux Tor, in the parish of Northhill. The run lasted one hour and fifty-five minutes, and was over a distance, at a moderate computation, of 25 miles. .....

Advertisement - PORT of GWEEK - By Order of the Honorable Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs - On TUESDAY, the 13th of December, 1836, at Eleven o'clock in the Forenoon, will be SOLD at AUCTION, at the Custom House. 175 Gallons of BRANDY - 25 Gallons of GENEVA - 5 Pieces of Fir TIMBER - A large quantity of CUT ANCHORS - And sundry unserviceable Stores returned from the Coast Guard Stations, in the said Port, for ready money only. The goods may be viewed by applying at the Customs House, the day before the Sale.

PROBUS, CORNWALL - To be LET, at Rack Rent, for the Term of one year, and so on from year to year, determinable by either party, on six months notice, all that WATER GRIST-MILL - With the Mill House, Dwelling-House, Orchard, Garden, and a Meadow containing about One Acre of Land, called Probus Mill, formerly in the occupation of Mr. John Hugo. Possession may be had at Christmas or Ladyday next. For view, apply on the Premises, and for further particulars, to Mr. Chilcott, Solicitor, Truro. December 7,1836

CORNWALL INFIRMARY - Admitted this day, five in-patients, and two out-patients -  Discharged, two in-patients, cured, four in-patients, relieved; and two in-patients, incurable. Five beds vacant.

16 December


- Cornubia  -  St. Michael's Mount
- Northampton Great Reform Meeting

The Weather - During the tempestuous weather, on Thursday night last, very considerable damage was done by the lightning to the church and tower of St. Breward, between Camelford and Bodmin, in this county, amounting it is said to upwards of £100; and a short distance from the church, three pigs were so much injured that the owners were obliged to kill them the following morning, several of their bones having been broken by the electric fluid, which was awfully vivid throughout the neighbourhood.

Padstow - Last week, this town was lighted with 20 lamps, to the great convenience of the inhabitants.

New Road from St. Austell to Bodmin [condensed somewhat] On Saturday last, a meeting of the trustees of the St. Austell and Lostwithiel Turnpike-road was held in the Market-house at St. Austell, and was attended by Sir J.S. G. Sawle, Bart, J. H. Tremayne, Esq., Edward Coode, Esq., and the Rev. T. S. Smyth.  Several Gentlemen also were present, subscribers to the new line of road, and for which an Act of Parliament was obtained during the last session.  An interesting discussion ensued as to the propriety &c, of its immediate commencement, as it appears from the Surveyor's estimate £1,000 will be required to complete it, of which £2,000 has been given by public subscription.  The two principal landholders on the line, Sir J.S.G. Sawle, Bart., and J. H. Tremayne, Esq. have each handsomely come forward with £300, and the public generally have subscribed very liberally.

The great importance to the County of this new cross Turnpike is, perhaps, not generally appreciated. ...When the new Assize-Halls are completed at Bodmin, the whole of the County judicial business will be transacted at that town. ... The communication East and West, since the splendid improvements on the Truro and Liskeard Trusts have been (or will be) executed, are excellent.  This, however, does not apply to the South, embracing an important section of the County, and comprehending a population of from 20 to 30,000.

The present Turnpike through St. Blazey... is excessively hilly, and the direct route an execrable one, and positively dangerous for vehicles at night. ...the populous parish of St. Austell (population 10,000) with the fertile farming and maritime parishes of St. Ewe, Mevagissey, Gorran, and Veryan will be principally benefited.   Several thousand acres of unenclosed land may be reclaimed when an easy carriage of lime and other manure from the coast can be obtained.  This applies to the parishes of St. Austell, Roche, St. Wenn, and St. Columb Major.   Heavy articles of coal, timber, castings, &c are also required for the numerous mines in this extensive mineral district, which are now carried over miserable roads.  The China Clay and Stone trade of this neighbourhood has, within the last quarter of a century, assumed a comparative degree of county importance, from 20 to 30,000 tons of these articles are annually now exported from Charlestown and Pentuan to the Staffordshire, Welsh, French, and Belgian potteries. ....From a correspondent.

Truro Town Council - At a meeting of the Town-Council of this borough, held on the 5th instant, it was resolved to petition his Majesty in Council, to grant a separate Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the Borough, and to recommend the appointment of Thomas Paynter, Esq. to the office of Recorder.

Accident - A most melancholy and fatal accident occurred at Penzance, on Saturday morning last, by the falling of the floor of a loft, at the Quay, in which a cargo of oats had been recently landed. At the time of the accident, three children belonging to Mr. John Colenso, shipwright, were under the floor, two of whom, aged nine and five years, were buried alive, and when taken out were found, side by side, quite dead.  The other very narrowly escaped a similar fate.

Coach Accident - On Monday last, as the Packet coach, which runs between Devonport and Falmouth, was crossing a place called the Watering, near St. Austell, the axle of one of the fore-wheels broke, by which means the coach was upset; but although there were eight passengers on the coach at the time, they fortunately escaped unhurt. No blame whatever is attributable to any one, the misfortune being purely accidental.

Court of the Chancery, Monday, Dec. 5 (from the Times)   [condensed]

The Lord Chancellor... gave judgment in this case.  It was an appeal from an original decree of the Master of the Rolls. [Evidently, Onesiphorous Harvey, one of the sons of the testator, borrowed heavily from the bank.  However,  Mrs. Harvey, executrix, had not authorized any lien be placed on the trust.  The bank took funds from the trust to pay off  the loans.]

The first point was whether Messrs. Bolitho, bankers, had notice Mrs. Wm. Harvey was appointed executrix and trustee for her husband's estate.  The bankers contended they did not know she was trustee.   It was proven by testimony of John Harvey that she notified the bank in writing that the trust amounted to between £2,000 and £3,000, and formed part of the estate of Mr. Wm. Harvey of Penzance, who died in May, 1819.   Furthermore, bank entries showed they maintained a separate trust account, and followed her requests as to investments.   Second, the bank maintained they "could not be held liable for misapplication of funds by their customers", and that her correspondence granted them "an appointment" to handle trust matters.   It was proven to his Lordship's satisfaction that the bank did know she was trustee, and that they applied trust funds to discharge the balance due them by Onesiphorous Harvey - leaving only £50 in the trust.  Since the law held bankers "must not receive trust money, and knowing it to be such, apply it to the liquidation of their private debts"  the decree [for the bankers to repay the trust] was held to be right.  The particular balance in the bankers' hands is to be determined.  [in 1826, it had been £2,010] Decree confirmed.

Coroner's Inquests - On Monday last, an inquest was held before Hosken James, Esq. at the dwelling house of Thomas Letcher, innkeeper, at Blackwater, in the parish of St. Agnes, on the body of Ann Hicks, a child of about three years of age.  The deceased was the daughter of Thomas Hicks, a miner, who lives in Skinner's Bottom, St. Agnes.  About three o'clock in the afternoon of Tuesday, the 6th instant, she was with three other children, the eldest aged eleven.  They were playing with a bladder containing gun powder at the kitchen fire when it exploded, and injured her so dreadfully that she died shortly afterwards.  The other children lie dangerously ill from the effects of the explosion.  Hicks, it appeared, had removed to the house in question about a week before, the house he and his family had previously occupied just by, having been blown down in the late hurricane.  In the confusion of removing the goods, the gunpowder (about three quarters of a pound) had been put into a drawer within reach of the children.  There were two other children up stairs, but they were fortunately not injured.  The explosion, however, so much shook the walls and roof of the house, that it has been necessary to take it down and rebuild it. Hicks was at work at the United Hills Mine at the time of the accident, and his wife had gone to a neighbour's house.  Verdict, accidental death.

On Tuesday last, another inquest was held before the same Coroner at the St. Clement Inn, Truro, on the body of John Jory, a child about two years of age, whose father, W. Jory, works in the gardens of L. C. Daubuz, Esq.  It appears from the evidence that about nine o'clock on the previous morning, the clothes of the deceased accidently(sic) caught fire at the kitchen grate whilst his mother was out on an errand, by which he was so dreadfully burnt that he died the same evening.  His mother had desired a boy to take care of the deceased in her absence, but instead of attending to his charge, he had been attracted by music in the street, and during the few minutes the child was left alone the accident occurred.  Verdict - Accidental death.

On Wednesday last, a third inquest was held before Hosken James, Esq. at the house of John Sampson, innkeeper, at Chacewater, on the body of Josiah Wasley, a miner, about 20 years of age.  Deceased worked with a man named James James as a tributer, in Wheal Busy Mine in Kenwyn.   While engaged in driving West in Pulley shaft, a rock 7 or 8 tons weight unexpectedly gave way in the level, fell on the unfortunate man, and killed him on the spot.  Verdict - Accidental death.

Advertisement - The Creditors who have proved their debts under a Fiat of Bankruptcy, awarded and issued forth against Thomas DANIELL, formerly of Trelissick, in the County of Cornwall, afterwards the City of Bath, since of Michaelchurch Court, in the County of Hereford, and now or late residing at Boalogne, in the Kingdom of France, Copper-Smelter, Dealer, and Chopman, are desired to meet the Assignees of his Estate and Accounts on Thursday, the Twenty Second of December instant.... in order to consider the opinion of Counsel which has been taken upon the effect of the Settlement made upon the marriage of the Bankrupt's Son upon the Estates of the Bankrupt, and in regard to the several incumbrances thereon, and to determine the course to be pursued in consequence thereof....  Dated, December 15, 1836

23 December

Letters to the Editor

Sir - As the turnpike westward extend only to Redruth, I beg permission to call the public attention to the gross and scandalous neglect of duty shown by the way-wardens of the parishes through which the road to Penzance passes, and particularly of the parishes of Camborne, Gwinear, GWITHIAN and PHILLACK.  This line is a scene of activity and traffic, I believe, unequalled on any mere parish highway in the west of England employing, directly or indirectly, all the population of the district and consequently relieving the parishes, at least one magistrate frequently passes a part of it, and more than one must traverse it in attending the meeting at Camborne; yet, I think I speak within limits in saying there are thousands of pits from half a foot to a foot and a half in depth, ruts without number, and in most places it is covered with mud for some inches in depth.

I believe a representation of the case is about to be submitted to the Postmaster-General, as endangering the safety of the mail to and from Penzance - which passes it in the dark both upwards and downwards, and is conveyed in a one-horsed vehicle, guarded only by a single person.

I think the public patience and safety have been far too much trifled with by the ignorance and inattention of the waywardens who have obviously been appointed to posts of responsibility for which they are unfitted. I remain Sir, Your very obedient servant,

A Frequent Traveller on the Western Road, Dec. 19, 1836 - Truro, Dec. 19, 1836

Gentlemen - The time has certainly arrived when a Night-watch is absolutely necessary to patrol our streets. In this large and increasing town it cannot be expected that the disturbances will often arise at night, from those unfortunate abandoned females that infest our streets, with parties of besotted men, if not held in check by the presence of some efficient peace officers.  It was but last night (Sunday) that a most dreadful fray took place in the vicinity of Pearce's Hotel, when cried of "murder" were often heard to the great fright of those who reside in that neighbourhood. These disturbances certainly demand your attention and more especially as you can so easily remedy a recurrence of them.  Your obedient servant, FOQAT

"The duty of half the Livings in the Exeter Diocese is performed by 323 Curates, their average stipends being £80 per annum, and the average income of the incumbents £281.  There is an abstraction in the Diocese of above £63,000 per annum, or more than £200 a year to each of half its Clergy for doing nothing."

Sir, The above paragraph has very recently been in extensive circulation through the provincial press, and seeing the vast importance, at the present moment, of detecting and exposing the misrepresentations to which the adversaries of the Church resort, I have had the curiosity to ascertain, from a source which admits of no doubt, the real facts; and I send them to you, being contented that for the sake of truth, you will readily insert them in your next publication.

[Arguments:  1.  by the Ecclesiastical revenue returns [1831], it appears the average stipend for Curates was £89, not £80. - 2. the report stated there were 323 total Curates; however, in 1836, there were 120 Assistants, earning £80 per year, and 170 Parochial Curates, which do all the duty,  earning £100. [there were 639 Livings in the Diocease, in all. 3. Therefore, the true amount of the "abstraction" should be £22,000 per Annum, or about one third of what was stated above.]

It is a very favourable specimen, therefore, of the continual misrepresentations with regard to the Church, by which the public are daily abused. I am, Sir - Your obedient servant, CL - December 11, 1836

To the Editor of the West Briton - Sir: Some of your and your contemporaries correspondents have been of late loud in their exclamations against the Tin Smelters for combining to buy and sell Tin below its real value, and for dividing among themselves the proceeds of the trade thus carried on. Now, it is well know to everyone acquainted with the Trade that so strong a personal feeling exists among them, as to prevent any consultation, not to say combination, between some of the principal Smelters. If the Tin be both bought and sold under its real value, how can the Smelter profit by such a transaction?  Who has been the gainer by the Smelter selling for five pounds that which he purchased for Six?  Surely not the Smelter himself.  What then does the Miner cry out for?  That the Smelter, having been driven to this step in some cases, is illiberal enough to discontinue purchasing on similar terms. These I take to be the obvious interpretations of the complaints which have lately abounded. I am Sir, YMOS, Samuel Smelter - Dec. 21, 1836


The War in Spain, and the British Legion.....Pensions are likewise granted to the widows of such as have fallen, or may fall, before the disbanding of that force. [the Legion].....As to the £10,000 advanced by Mendizabal to defray the expenses of the Legion, nothing more need be said than ten times as much would fall short of liquidating the Legion's pecuniary claims upon the Spanish Exchequer.

LOCAL NEWS - Caution to Persons Sending Newspapers to India We are requested by the Post Office department to announce that as many persons are in the habit of putting newspapers for India into the Post Office without paying the postage, such newspapers are not forwarded from London.  The Act of Parliament requiring that the Penny be paid with each newspaper, and that they be deposited in the Post Office within seven days of the date of publication.  Exeter Flying Post.

Some evil disposed person killed a sheep belonging to Mr. Andrew, of Polmesk, in Philleigh, on the night of Wednesday, and left the skin in the field.  We understand that a reward of ten guineas has been offered for the discovery of the offender.

Launceston - The Duke of Northumberland, having most munificently offered to pay the Borough rate of Launceston, a numerously signed petition was presented to the Common Council of the Borrough, praying them to accept the liberal offer of his Grace.  We understand that the inhabitants of St. Stephens, considering they possess a stronger claim on his Grace's bounty, are about to present him with a petition praying him to pay their parochial rate, as they have not a Borough rate.

Accident on the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway - On Tuesday last, a young lad named Stephen Sloggett, son of the late Mr. Christopher Sloggett, of Bodmin, was riding on some blocks of granite, which were being conveyed to Bodmin, for the building of the New Assize Hall at that place, when he slipped off, and one of the pieces falling on his head, killed him on the spot.

Hunting appointments - Mr. Phillipps' hounds will meet on Monday next, the 26th instant, at Chapmanswell; and on Friday the 30th, at Dowsland Barn; each day at half-past ten o'clock. The Western Hunt Hounds will meet on Tuesday next the 27th instant, at Sennen Green, and on the Friday following at Tregenna Gate (St. Ives), each morning at half-past eight o'clock.

ADVERTISEMENT -Education - The Young Ladies of Mrs. Hogg's Establishment return on FRIDAY the 27th of JANUARY, 1837. Ten being the number received, there are Vacancies for Three.  Mrs. Hogg's Establishment embracing the finishing part of Education, young Ladies not wishing to enter generally into the common studies of a School will be received as Parlour Boarders, to be instructed in the accomplishments - viz., Music, Dancing, French, Drawing, Oil Painting, and Fancy Work in all its branches; the Young Ladies are treated (as far as regards their comforts) with all the indulgences of home, at the same time the greatest possible care and attention is given to their instruction, manners and behaviour.   The style and plan of the Establishment is not usual in Provincial Schools, being similar to select Seminaries in London or Bath, unattended by the expensive charge. Day Scholars not received. Trennick House, near Truro. Dec 22, 1836

Bellevue House Classical, Mathematical, and Commercial Academy - Near PENRYN - Established AD 1830  -  Mr. Barwis

Windsor-House Establishment - Windsor Terrace, Plymouth, Conducted by Mr. T. M. Burt

Tavistock School for Young Gentlemen - Conducted by the Rev. J. A. Wood, B. A. late of Catherine Hall, Cambridge - Terms - 10 guineas per Annum - Day Boarders 20 - Day Pupils 8 - Subjects of Instruction - The English, French, Latin, and Greek Languages; Ancient and Modern History and Geography; Algebra and Geometry; Arithmetic, Writing. Dancing and Drawing, by the first Masters, at the usual terms. Mr. Wood will have much pleasure, in referring to the Parents of these Young Gentlemen, whom he has now  under his tuition. The School will re-commence on the 23rd of January.

ENTIRE HORSE FOR SALE - FOR SALE by PRIVATE CONTRACT, a dark Chestnut HORSE, descended from the stock of that well known horse Merry Andrew, fifteen hands and a-half high, five years old, and well adapted for any gentleman residing in the country, by being calculated for saddle or harness and breeding.  Price FORTY GUINEAS - For further particulars, apply to Mr. PASCOE, Redruth; (if by letter post paid.) Dated December 21st, 1836

TO  MALTSTERS, FARMERS, and OTHERS - FOUND near Truro, about a week or ten days since, a BUSHEL and a HALF BAG, with the initials J. M. with a P directly under, marked in four places on one, and three on the other side. The owner of the above property may hear of some thing to his advantage by applying to Mr. Wm. ROWE, Kenwyn-Street, Truro. Truro, Dec. 22, 1836

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