cornwall england newspaper

1836 Articles and Other Items

4 MARCH 1836

- News from France re newly formed government
- Spain - plan for revising debt without interest, and to suppress all convents of friars, and move all nuns to a "few" convents
- Caste in India hindering Christian efforts - St. Ives breakwater - The Jersey tragedy "Trial of Marin" for the murder of Miss Bethell.  She took poison he supplied, after telling many people she wished to die.  He was found guilty, under aggravated circumstances; all his property was confiscated, he was banished from the Island of Jersey (not to return upon pain of death), and sentenced to be transported to "such place beyond the seas as the King may direct".

Liskeard - "On Tuesday last, Mr. Saml. Hender and Mr. Saml. Bone were chosen Assessors; and Mr. John Botterall, and Mr. Andrew Marks Auditors for this Borough.

Bodmin - Last week, a meeting was held at Bodmin, at which the Mayor presided, for the purpose of forming a Mendicity Society, the object of which is to relieve vagrants who may really be destitute. Owing to the active exertions which have been made by the constables, under the direction of the Mayor, in examining the lodging-houses twice a week, and not allowing the same persons to remain in the town a longer time than is necessary for the last few weeks, that town has been comparatively free of vagrants.

Falmouth - The Queen Regent of Spain, has, in the most gracious manner, conferred on a native of Falmouth, Captain William Symons, of the steamer "Royal Tar", belonging to the Dublin and London Company, the Knight Cross of the Royal American Order of Isabella, as a mark of her Royal approbation, for the services performed with that vessel on the coast of Spain. We understand this is the highest order her Majesty could confer on a foreign civilian. Times, Monday, February 15.

The CARNMARTH MURDER - Some slight technical errors having occurred in our report of the evidence given by the surgeon who was examined at the Coroner's Inquest, held of the body of Caroline Manuel, who was shot by her father. (details regarding her injuries follow, 1/2 column!)

Daring Robbery - On Friday night last, the office of Mr. Thomas Martyn, merchant, of Wadebridge, was broken into by some villains who availed themselves of Mr. Martyn's absence to effect their purpose.  The robbers were obliged to break open two doors before they could gain an entrance to the office; and having so far succeeded, forced a drawer in the desk, containing the key of the iron chest, which they opened and took there from the cash box, the lock of which they also forced. The plunderers were however disappointed as to the amount of their expected booty, the only money in the box being about £3 in silver, Mr. Martyn, a day or two previous to the robbery having removed therefrom a considerable sum.

St. Blazey - An inquest was held at the Cornish Arms Inn, St. Blazey, before J. Hambly, Esq. and a respectable jury, on view of the body of Mr. John Harris of St. Austell, who was found dead near the former place early on the morning of the day above mentioned.  It appears that the deceased had been sent by his brother-in-law, Mr. R. Williams, butcher, to a farm near Lostwithiel, and on his return he incautiously lay down to rest himself, and in consequence of the severity of the weather had become so benumbed as to have been unable to rise again, and in this state died.  Deceased was about 41 years of age, and has respectable connections "Verdict - found dead.

The Weather -  In consequence of the heavy fall of snow on Friday last, all the public conveyances to this town were much impeded in their progress.  The North Devon Telegraph from London, which ought to have arrived here at half-past eight on Saturday morning, did not reach here till nine on Saturday night. The snow on the Wiltshire downs was in some parts as high as the coach, and many narrow escapes from fatal accidents were the result.

Advertisement - WANTED - At Lady-day next, a CURATE for the Parish of TALLAND, near Looe. Apply for particulars, to the Rev. Nicholas Kendall, Lanlivery, near Lostwithiel. Feb 16, 1836

11 MARCH 1836 - price: seven pence

- the Tithe question (indirect taxation)
- repeal of the Newspaper Stamp Duty
- Bribery and Corruption at Oxford (the "rage of the Ulta-Tory clique at Oxford")
- (tax) relief for Dissenters
- King's offer to act as mediator between United States and France was accepted
- Petitions to prevent the moving of the Testamentary Courts to London

St. Ives - "The new line of road from Trelyoan to this town is staked out, and as there now appears to be no obstacle in the way of carrying it into execution, a subscriber wants to know why the work is not begun?  We hope some one will give him the information he seeks.

The smack "Harriet" of Cardiff, Wm Pettigrew master, arrived at Penzance on Friday the 19th ult, and discharged her cargo, which was taken on board at Waterford the previous day.  Such extraordinary expedition was never remembered by the oldest man at the port.  This vessel was built by Mr. Tredwen, at Padstow.

Fowey - "The "Vensus" of this port, (belonging to J. T. Austen, Esq.) Warne, master, foundered on Wednesday morning last, about a mile and a half to the eastward of Fowey harbour. The crew, consisting of the master, one man, and a boy, sunk to rise no more, the two former have left large families to deplore their loss.  Too much praise cannot be given to Mr. Rd. Johns, pilot of Fowey, for his exertions with six others, who instantly repaired to the spot when they were informed of the melancholy occurrence.  The boat, binnacle, &c, have been washed ashore, but none of the bodies have as yet been found. The crew of the "Providence" Bate master, from Cork, states that about ten a.m. they passed the wreck of the said vessel, and saw a man in the water, but owing to the tempestuous state of the water, were not able to render him any assistance.

Megavissey - The weather for the last few days being exceedingly unsettled and boisterous, several vessels have been obliged to put back, and we are sorry to say that a barge, timber laden, from Plymouth for Truro, which put into this place three weeks since, foundered between this and Falmouth.

    Court of Relief for Insolvent Debtors - "At the Court house in Bodmin - 31st day of March instant, at the hour of Ten in the Morning precisely:
    Thomas TREGONING, (sued in the name of Thomas Tregonning) formerly of the parish of Gwennap, and late of the Parish of Kea, both in the County of Cornwall, Miner, Butcher, and general Grocery and Drapery Shopkeeper.
    John JOHNS, late of the Parish of Saint Mabyn, in the County of Cornwall, Butcher, Farmer, Malster, and Innkeeper.
    William DELBRIDGE, formerly of the Parish of Saint Agnes, afterwards of the Parish of Lower Saint Column, and late of the said parish of Saint Agnes, both in the County of Cornwall, Stone-Mason.
    Bennett TRELOAR, formerly of the Parish of Wendron, in the County of Cornwall, afterwards of the Borough of Helston, in the said County, and late of the said Parish of Wendron, Butcher, Farmer, and Innkeeper.
    William FIDOCK, FORMERLY OF THE parish of Newlyn, afterwards of the Town of Penzance, and late of the said Parish of Newlyn, all in the County of Cornwall, Labourer, Waggoner, and Common Carrier.
    Eldred Lewis Blight PEARSE, formerly of the Parish of Bodmin, in the County of Cornwall, Attorney's Clerk, since of the Town of Coburg, in Upper Canada, North America, and late of the said Borough of Bodmin, out of business.
    Thomas GILBERT, late of Wadebridge, in the Parish of St. Breock, in the County of Cornwall, licensed Hawker, and dealer in China, Glass, and Earthenware

Take Notice -
    1 - "If any Creditor intends to OPPOSE a Prisoner's Discharge, NOTICE of such intention must be given to said Prisoner IN WRITING, three clear days before the day of hearing, EXCLUSIVE of Sunday, and EXCLUSIVE both of the Day of giving such notice and of the said Day of  Hearing.
    2 - BUT in the case of a Prisoner, whom his Creditors have removed, by an Order of the Court, from a Gaol In or near London, for hearing in the County, such Notice of Opposition will be sufficient, if given One Clear Day before the Day of Hearing.
    3 - The Petition and Schedule will be produced by the proper Officer for INSPECTION and EXAMINATION at the Office of the Court in London on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of Ten and Four"..
    4 - ..the Duplicate of the Petition and Schedule, and all books, Papers and Writings filed therewith will be produced for INSPECTION and EXAMINATION by the Clerk of the Peace, Town Clerk or other person"..etc.

18 March 1836  - Vol XXVI no 1,340

-  Mr. Buller's plan for the Improvement of Election Committees
- "Asonishing" expense of maintaining a standing army
-  serious stage coach accident, Derby Diligence

Truro - Sunday riots - Mary Ann Hocking, of Penzance, and Elizabeth Sims, of the neighbourhood of Truro, women of bad character, were tried Monday last, before the Mayor, Edmund Turner, Esq., Dr. Taunion, Capt. Pengelley, Borough Justices, and N. F. Bassett Esq., the late Mayor, on a charge by the constables of this borough with having been found drunk in the public streets, and conducting themselves in a riotous and disorderly manner, on the morning of Sunday last, about the time of divine service. "it was proved from the evidence given that these women had been harboured on board a vessel at the town quay, and supplied with beer by the crew." They were convicted and sentenced to one month's imprisonment at hard labour.  The Mayor, after passing this sentence stated that he regretted no heavier punishment could be awarded, and expressed hope that the owners of the vessel, which is named the Agnes, of Plymouth, would learn the conduct of the Captain and deal with him as he deserved.  Robert Bennett, of Chacewater, who was in the company of the women, Hocking and Sims, was fined five shillings for being drunk, and in default of payment will be placed in the stocks.

     Peter Eva, who formerly resided in Helston, which town he left about three years since, was charged by John Rapsey and George Hall, two Borough policemen, with assaulting them in the execution of their duty, in taking him into custody for being drunk, and creating a disturbance in the public streets on Sunday morning last.  It appeared that Eva, when intoxicated, is extremely violent in his temper, and that he evaded the constables and secreted himself in a house in Charles-street, until a warrant was granted by Dr. Taunton, and he was taken into custody.  The assault being clearly proved, he was convicted in the sum of £3, fine and expenses, and in default of payment (is) to be committed to the gaol at Bodmin.
     William Rapsey was also charged by John Rapsey with an assault on him in the execution of his duty, and in attempting to rescue Peter Eva, when he was conveying him to the town prision.  Rapsey stated that William Rapsey in a violent manner wrested from him the constable's staff and did all in his power to prevent him from taking Eva into custody.  William Rapsey pleaded in justification that the constable used unnecessary violence towards the prisoner Eva.  This was proved not to be the case from the evidence of Mr. Wilton, a tradesman of Truro, who swore that no more violence than was necessary in order to secure the prisoner was used, indeed less so than his conduct warranted.  William Rapsey was found guilty of the assault and fined with expenses 30s.

Launceton - Arthur Kelly, Esq. high-sheriff of this County, has appointed the Rev. Samuel Rowe, Vicar of Crediton, and late of Stonehouse, his chaplin.

St. Ives - The tempestuous weather during the past week has prevented the owners of the mackerel boats from making any attempt at fishing.

The meeting which was intended to be held this week respecting the proposed Breakwater at St. Ives, is we understand obliged to be postponed.

On the 5th instant, the Duke of Leeds gave a free dinner to his rack tenants for the manor of Godolphin, at the Angel Inn, Helston; after dinner, the steward, Glynn Gryllis, Esq. addressed the company, and said, that as there were persons present who thought and acted differently with regard to drinks, some considering one kind injurious, which others considered beneficial; he wished every one to be persuaded in his own mind, and should give each one present liberty to order such as he thought proper. The announcement was received with applause, and the evening spent in the greatest harmony.

On the 4th instant, at the Justices meeting, Camborne, an innkeeper of Relubbus, near Marazion, was fined £3, for keeping late hours and a disorderly house.  A Mr. Beater was also fined 10s. for assaulting the constable, as he was trying to clear the same house of drunkards at a very late hour.

Coroner's Inquest - An inquest was yesterday held at Egloshayle before Joseph Hambly, Esq, Coroner, on the body of a woman named Elizabeth Bate, of Borlorn, near Polbrook, who was that morning found drowned.  It appeared, from the evidence given, that the deceased had been for some time in an unsound state of mind, occasioned it is believed by a fortune teller stating to her that one of her sons who resided in America was drowned on his passage home.  Two women had the care of the deceased, but she escaped their charge yesterday morning, and it is supposed must have thrown herself into the river.  A verdict of insanity was returned.

A man named Canenon was killed on the 10th instant at the Carnbrea Mines, in the parish of Illogan; a train which he had laid for the purpose of blasting a rock exploded and crushed him so much, that he survived the accident but a few hours.


There is now at Five Lanes, Cornwall, in the possession of Mr. Isaac BROAD, Innkeeper, a BAY MARE PONY, with a switch tail, black list over the back, marked under it's near ear with a half-penny, and fore feet trimmed.  Whoever will own the same, and pay all expenses, may have it again.  March 10, 1836

TO be SOLD, several 64th PARTS or SHARES to all those well known prosperous TIN WORKS called the SAINT ERTH STREAMS, situate in the Parish of St. Erth, and now making a handsome profit to the Adventurers. Apply to Mr. ALFRED MAY, Ironmonger, &c, Camborne. All letters must be post paid.

25 March

Editorial -
    "We are gratified at learning that it is the intention of Ministers to propose, as a cabinet measure, the removal of civil disabilities from the Jews.  The last time such a Bill was introduced, it was thrown out by the Lords; but one more experiment is to be made, to prove whether the noble and right-reverend prejudices of the upper House are wholly invincible."
    "It is impossible to urge any valid objection against Jewish Emancipation. Even the arguments which were, at one time, opposed to the Catholics - granting, too, they were all sound - are wholly inapplicable to the Jews. Few in number - without any object of political ambition - having no secular admixture in their religion, and eminently peaceable in their conduct - what danger can accrue from admitting them to an equality of civil rights."
    "When the bill was rejected by the Peers, the Bishops contended that, as a Christian State, we ought not to receive Jews into the legislature; and to this contemptible dogma their claims were sacrificed"..... ......"We would submit to have the question of the Jewish disabilities decided by the sermon on the Mount."

News - The Prince Ferdinand of Portugal held a levee yesterday at Kensington Palace, when his Royal Highness received an address from the Portuguese residents in London; after which his Royal Highness gave some audiences. Count Levradio, Baron de Moncorvo, and the rest of his Royal Highness's suite were present.

Mr. Gill, the Mayor of Plymouth, proceeded on Thursday to London, to concert Measures in furtherance of the tea trade from India direct to the port of Plymouth.

Penzance - On Sunday last, the "Royal Tar" steamer, Symons, master, in the employ of the Queen of Spain, put into Falmouth, with recruits of board for her Majesty's service, for a supply of coals and water.  Some of these fellows formed a plan of escape, and took possession of a collier the "John", which was alongside taking out coals, and got her under weigh, with the intention of running her on shore.  After some threats and arguments had been used to persuade the men to return, they suffered the vessel on Monday to be brought back to the "Tar".  Capt. Symons passed his cable chain round her foremast, round the "John", and towed her to the outer roads, then with his crew armed, forced the rebellious soldiers on board the steamer and proceeded on his voyage. (there was a previous story re honors from the Queen of Spain for Captain Symons, Mar. 4)

Cornwall Assizes

The Judges, Sir Joseph Littledale and Sir William Bolland, in consequence of the press of business at Exeter have determined to adjourn the Commission Day to Saturday the 26th instant. Their Lordships will arrive at Launceston on Saturday evening, and the business of the Court will commence as early as possible on Monday morning next.

The following are the names of the prisioners for trial -
Priscilla HILL (36) for the murder of her illegitimate female infant; committed on the 9th of September last, by the Rev. Richard Buller and the Rev. Arthur Tatham.

John SCUDDEN (23) committed on the 28th of January, by Samuel Borlase, Esq., for stabbing Richard Hosking, of the parish of Ludgvan.

John SCOWN (xx) committed February 6, by George Boughton-Kingdon, Esq. for having broken into a cellar and stolen whole ham and bacon, the property of William Scown.

Joseph JONES (24) committed February 8, by the Rev. Richard Polwhele, for having stolen a purse, containing five shillings in silver from Miss Sarah Pascoe.

Honor PROSER (24) committed by R. Taunton, Esq. MD for stealing from Joseph Cursow, of the parish of Kenwyn, a cotton bag, containing two five-pound notes, four sovereigns, and six shillings, in silver.

Eliza KEAST (30) committed February 20, by the Rev. W. Fookes, for having stolen three shawls, the property of Mr. Richard Clogg, Liskeard.

Philip MANUEL (61) committed February 22, by William Pender Roberts, Esq., for having discharged a gun at his daughter, Caroline Manuel, from which she received a mortal wound.

John George Perrin ELLIS, committed Feb. 20 by the Rev. William Hockin, for having broken into the home of Richard Hocking, and stolen a ferret.

David Dingle MARTON (23) committed by Thomas John Phillips, Esq. for having stolen three pecks of wheat.

John RICHARDS (64) committed March 15, by Lord Eliot and the Rev. Tobias Farneaux, for having tendered a counterfeit shilling, knowing it to be such.

Grace PAYNTER (42) committed March 16, by Richard Penwarden, Esq., Mayor of Launceston, for having stolen a soverign, the property of Priscilla Bevan.

Henry HAWKES, jun (22) committed March 23, by the Rev. Charles Lyne, for having broken into the dwelling house of Mr. Thomas Hicks, of St. Wenn, and stolen some money therefrom.

CAUTION to Braziers, Brass-Founders, and Others
    Whereas as large BELL METAL CROCK about fifty pounds weight, was stolen from LISKES, in the Parish of Kenwyn, near Truro, on Wednesday night the 23rd instant.
    This is to give notice that if any such article shall be offered for sale in any place or town, it is requested that the person or persons who shall offer the same, may be retained with the aforesaid Crock, until the owner therof, Mr. Baynard of Liskes aforesaid, shall be sent for to identify the same.
    Strong suspicion falls on two men, pretending to be razor-grinders, one of them a tall man of pale countenance, dressed in a round Barragon jacket and trowsers, and the other man of low stature, likewise, rather pale, dressed in a Barragon Coat, a corded small-clothes, white wool stockings, and half boots.
    Whoever shall adopt such measures as shall detect the thief or thieves, shall be handsomely rewarded.

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