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MONMOUTHSHIRE SPRING ASSIZES.

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MONMOUTHSHIRE SPRING ASSIZES. These assizes were held at the couivty hall Monmouth, on Monday, the 26th inst., and following days, before Sir Thomas Coltman, Knight, one of the justices of the Court of Common Pleas and Sir Thomas Joshua Platt, Knight, one of the Barons of the Court of Exchequer; J. A. Herbert, Esq., Llanarth Court, being H;gh Sheriff. At an early hour on the previous Saturday the bells, although unmeaningly, yet merrily began to peal, and about one o'clock the high sheriff, escorted by a great number of his friends and tenants, and his javelin-men, gaily equipped, arrived, with the intention evidently of going in a pompous procession to meet the judges. But the Fates appear to have decreed that they were not to be gratified with this piece of antiquated folly. Their lordships having been detained by some intricate cases at the Hereford Assizes longer than was expected, did not arrive till a very late hour in the night. Sergeant Talfourd, however, eame in from Hereford in the afternoon, and about six o'clock, in the absence of their lordships, opened the com- mission. Their lordships on Sunday attended divine service at St. Mary's church. The sheriff with his javelin-men escorted them in, but being a Catholic he no sooner saw them iu than he turned out and went under the ministry of a priest of his own persuasion. He had however returned against the close of the service, when he politely conducted their lordships to their lodgings, while the flourish of trumpets ridiculously screamed every time he popped into or out of his carriage. The sheriff, although a Catholic himself, was in this instance laid under the obligation of providing a Protestant chaplain, (the Rev. Augustus Morgan,) who, in delivering the assize sermon," dwelt largely on the efficiency of education as a pre- ventative of crime. On Monday morning both the nisi pruts and Crown courts were simultaneously opened at ten o'clock. The following gentlemen were sworn on the GRAND JURY Sir C. M. R. Monran, Bart., foreman. C. O. S. Morgan. Esq., M.P. J. F. Brickdale, Esq. S. R. Bosanquet, Esq. Geo. Cave, Esq. Capt. R. Flemming, R.N. I J. M. Herbert, Esq. Capt. J. King, R.N. P. Jones, Esq. I G. G. H. Ralph, Esq. I I J. E. W. Rolls, Esq. F. H. Williams, Esq. W. A. Williams, jun., Esq. T. Wakeman, Esq. T. Gratrex, Esq. R. Scommart, Esq. T. Tindon, Esq. J. Roberts, Esq. I The proclamation against vice, immorality, &/)., having been -read, his lordship delivered his charge to the grand jury, in which he remarked that the cases which were to come before them were for the most part of an ordinary character, being those of larceny, &c. The calendar contained only one in which life had been in danger, one of manslaughter, two of wounding and cutting, with intent to murder or to do some grievous bodily harm, one of violence, and one of the conceal- ment of the birth of a child. This last case required their particular investigation in order to decide whether the parties implicated in the affair had actually attempted to conceal the child, or had merely left it negligently where it was found; there was another case which was not in the calendar, requiring their whole attention, that of Mary Howells, in which they had to determine whether her child had been born alive, or not. He was sorry that there were so many cases of cattle and sheep stealing, and that there were one or two cases of forgery to come before them, which latter were not usually very numerous. The petty jury having been sworn, the court proceeded to try prisoners.

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