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urged upon him, he confessed that he himself was the person. He was then asked if he also was not a methodist preachers this he declined answering, and his counsel attempted to support the objection, but it being ruled by the court to be proper, he was compelled to answer in the affirmative.--He was then asked to tell the jury exactly what these freedoms were ; this seemed to trouble him sorely; but after a little hesitation it came out, that she had permitted him to wait upon her home, four or five times and to kiss her, and had once laid his hand to her neck; but it appeared from further examination, that she had resisted him, even when he attempted to kiss her, and had absolutely refused him when he attempted to take any further liberties. He acknowledged this was after she was in a state of pregnancy ; but denied that it was produced by any preconcerted plan between the defendant himself, or that he had done it with a view to inform the defendant or to assist him in his cause. After being interrogated, by Mr. Monroe about twenty minutes, and going through what may be called a sweating process, he was permitted to re
James Goursay was called to prove the defendant's circumstances, which he swore were quite penurious, but that his father might be worth 3 or 4001.
The evidence being closed, Mr. Evetson, for the defendant, arose and addressed the jury in behalf of his client. He said, he felt himself uncommonly at a loss what to say in this cause, which he thought was not supported by testimony; for the answer of the defendant to the plaintiff, “ that she “ could not prove that he ever promised her mar. “ riage,” was very equivocal evidence that he had
that the plaintiff having proved that she was a person of respectable connections, and rather above.
the defendant, instead of having the effect to increase the damages, ought in fact to lessen them; for it shewed he had not lost an opportunity of making a very good match. But what weighed most in his mind, her own behaviour, which he could not but consider as very reprehensible that it was a maxim in law, that a plaintiff should always come into court to ask for justice.“ with pure hands,” but as to this person, it having been proved by their own evidence, that she had had a child by means of illicit commerce, they could not think her a very virtuous woman; but that her behaviour to the witness, the Rev. Mr. Cloud, was in his mind a forfeiture of all character--for a woman who was courted by one man, to suffer another to wait upon her home, to kiss her and fondle with her so much as even to lay his hand upon her neck, evinced, he would say, “a violent propensity to « concubinage;" and no virtuous woman would do it, especially at the age of five and twenty, when the passions may be supposed in some measure to have cooled. He concluded by recommending to the jury to consider the defendant's circumstances.
Mr. Harrison then rose and in a speech of about half an hour, addressed the jury in that eloquent and impressive manner which always characterizes that gentleman when speaking under the conviction that he advocates the cause of the injured. He told the jury he found an embarrassment almost equal to that professed by the council on the other side, in what manner to express himself on this interesting occasion. It was his duty to strip the assuined cloak of religion, from the shoulders of vil. lainy, and expose it to the world in all its naked deformity. When the garb of sanctiry was borrowed for the vile and detestable purpose of seduction, when the face of devotion was put on to ac. Uz
complish the design of entering the unsuspected roof of hospitality, and planting a dagger in its vitals, no language could do justice to the subject, or give expression to the indignation that he felt. He would not, he said, detain the jury by a minute examination of the testimony; he submitted the force of it to them in full confidence that they would readily discern where the truth lay.--As to the pitiful defence which had been set up, that she had granted improper liberties to another person, at a time when she had received a promise of marriage from the defendant, he was unable to see, as the gentleman on the other side had done, the great crime in it. It was to be remembered that the witness had been received by her as the friend of her lover, and considering his extraordinary appearance of sanctity; she could not think there was much harm in granting hiin the liberty of kissing her cheek- perhaps after resistance- perhaps in some frolicksome mood. As to the plea of poverty in the defendant, if that was permitted, all morality 'would be at an end, it would only be for a man to say he was poor, and could not pay damages, and he might commit any crime with impunity. Since it had arrived to that pass, that public teachers of religion, instead of setting a pattern of virtue, exhibited the most flagrant examples of vice and in'famy, it had become the duty of courts and justices to exert all their powers and all their influence to preserve the morals of the community; and he would conclude by saying, that if the jury did not mark this case by a verdict of exemplary damages, he was very apprehensive of the pernicious effects it would have on society.
His Honour, Judge Kent, then stated to the jury the laiv, as it applied to the facts in the case, and gave them a summary of the evidence; he observed that they must not permit their feelings to con
trol their judgment; but it was for them to: con-'. sider if it did not appear from the testimony of M.Cloud, that there had been a plan concerted to seduce and ruin the plaintiff by two unprincipled hypocrites; but they were the proper and constitus ; tional judges of the facts, and he left the whole cause in their hands.
The jury brought in their verdict next morning: for the Plaintiff-Damages, Seven Hundred and, Fifty Dollars.
: YELLOW FEver. The dreadful scourge being now removed, for this year at least, we may, like a traveller who has escaped from the jaws of some ravenous wild beast, venture to look behind us. The following remarks, incidents, and fables, are extracted from FOLWELL's account of the yellow fever of 1798.
Humanity must surely recoil at the circumstance, but the fact is certain, that a poor, distressed object of human woe, was forcibly landed, on the morning of Friday last, from a vessel, at the public wharf at the hay-scales, in the district of the Northern liberties, at 11 o'clock; and lay exposed there, without shelter, the same night, and remained under the debilitating heat of Saturday, until one o'clock, when the poor sufferer expired, without receiving the friendly aid of humanity to support him in the last monents of life. His corpse was afterwards suffered to be interred at the expense of a few charitable citizens. . . . .
About the middle of August, a German, a stranger in the place, applied to be admitted into the Pennsylvania Hospital. His case did not come strictly within their cognizance, and he was refus sed. He then solicited an entrance into the alms- U3..
house ; but having the dysentery, and not being entitled to a place of residence there, he was un- , successful. His next application was to the healthofficer of the port; but he conceiving himself un. authorized to send him to the City Hospital, the poor wretch was turned away without any hope of relief. What became of him, is not known, but the despondency depicted in his countenance, produced a correspondent sentiment of sympathy in the minds of many, all of whom seemed to regrét his unhappy condition, though none knew in what manner to grant him the aid he required.
The body of a man was found in the house of Captain Stevens, which was almost ate up by vermin. The family had left the house about a month previous. Three days after which, it was opened to get out some goods, and shut up again till the end of September ; when a Captain Skaidmore procured the key to take out a chest. As soon as he opened the door, such an offensive stench issued out of it, as induced him and a boy who accompanied him, to retreat. They were both shortly after taken sick. The body was suffered to remain till evening; when two negroes were hired for sixteen dollars, to throw the corpse into the river. No trace was left to distinguish whether it was the remnant of a white or of a black man, excepting his having long brown hair.-It is true, though very extraordinary, that the family do not know how he got in, nor what soul had possessed the body. They left no person, to their knowledge, in the house. It was well secured, and they found it so. He lay under a cot-bedstead, and had nothing on but a shirt. Even a woman who afterwards cleansed the house, took sick and died. Hence, a father, a mother, a wife, or perhaps his children, will daily hope to find him ; but, while this anticipation may