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EXTRAORDINARY FORGERIES. (From the American journals received by the Acadia,) Colonel Monroe Edwards has distinguished himself in a manner to render him an object of interest on both sides of the Atlantic. Therefore, we have thrown to- gether the following facts in relation to his past life, deeds, and misdoings --Monroe Edwards is a man about 32 years of age about five feet seven inches and a half in height, rather well made, but not very stout built, a sharp, keen restless, voluptuous eye, rather a low forehead, and is something of a coxcomb in his dress. He was born in Sbelbyvilla, Kentucky, where his father resided till recently. His father's name, we believe, was Amos Russell Edwards. The old gent'e- man removed some two or three years since to Texas, where lie died soon after. Of the early life of yoong Monroe Edwards wehnvebeen ableto learn but very little, except the rumour of a forgery of his father's name for a tt,,e. scjuction of, ,t young lady who was at a boarding school it1 Korituckjfy and who has stiil a living victim jf her shmne tonoftc and take care of. Ti. « e are other rumours of forgeries of his in earlier life, but they want authentication. It was after all the hard fighting in Texas was over, and after it was well ascertained that there was no longer any danger to any one who visited that country, that Monroe Edwards condescended to honour it with his presence. Of course he located himself near the seat of Government, and, with funds furnished him by his father, continued to. make quite n passable appearance in tolerably good society there for a time. After the death of his father he evinced signs of wildness and dissipation, which he had before contrived to keep hidden from sight. One of these was an attempt to seduce a young lady in Houston, which nearly cost him bis life. Failing in this lie took up with a misera- ble negro wench, and at last, by some means, bought a black girl, 14 or 15 years of age, debauched her* taught her the English language, and christened her Kitty Clover. After this, finding himseU getting low in funds, he forged the title-deeds to a valuable estate in Texas, and forged a conveyance of the sante tosom person for about ten thousand dollars. In tbis ma- noeuvre he was detected, and for this be was beld to bail, and whilst under bail, as we are inforawd, madet his escape from Texas, carrying the black girl, Kitty- Clover, along with him, dressed in boy's efotbes. 01) his return from Texas he stayed sonn> fcitnc in New Orleans, where he was suspected also of a small for- gery 011 one of the banks, and more than suspected of a liaison with his landlord's wife.. For these little foibles he felt himself under the disagreeable necessity of removing his quarters, and soon made the best of his way up the river to Cincinnati. Here an entirely new idea seemed to strike him. He resolved to wor't on the feelings of the abolitionists, and feeling desilolas. of travelling to Europe he determined to do so, if pos-. sible, at their expence. For this purpose, he manu- mitted the black girl, Kitty Clover. He also caused a statement to be published in some of the western. papers, that Colonel Monroe Edwards had manumitted 200 of his slaves in Kentucky, and this act of apparent liberality was trumpeted forth in all the papers on th' northern seaboard, and made the subject of laudator comment at all the abolition lectures in this and otht,, cities and towns, and Colonel Edwardtf himself held up as a burning and shining light among the woolly^ heads, and a noble, example for all others to follow His bait having taken remarkably well, the C, then came on to this place, put up at the uliel and lived in fine style with his bifto* vlty Hotel, by, was tbe girl Kitty Clov by-the- after he came here r' Soon Tappan as th.. "e introduced himself to Lewis 200 Colonel Kdwards who had liber ited s in the west; and he also introduced Kilty lover -to Lewis as his black Tom, who had a twin sister in New Orleans, so like him that when the two were together nobody could tell which from which. Lewis was highly delighted at the interview, took Edwards and the wench round all the abolition circles of the city, and introduced them to a great nniribcr of riecent white ladies and sympathizing gen- tlemen. All this was very well while it lasted, and went no further. But by and by the Colonel (though where and how he obtained the title of Colonel nobody knows) talked of an act of great injustice committed by the Texlan Government as lie said, in keeping some slaves brought direct from Africa, in violation of the laws of nations in relation thereto. He said he was going to England to prevail on the British Viftrn- ment to make a demand of those slaves, and so forth. He also hinted at being employed as a delelPate from the Abolition Society of this city to that of London to see into the case. Finding that his hints were not sufficiently plain or readily acted upon, he came out bo'^ly, and asked for the loan of a sum of money from the society of five thousand dollars, for the purpose of proceeding to England to settle the business. The reason he adduced for wanting so large a sum was the necessity of keeping a carriage and making a first-rate appearance. This modest request startled Lewis Tap- pan, who then wrote to Cincinnati, and found out that no 200 slaves had been liberated by the Colonel. He wrote to Edwards, who replied back angrily two or three sharps notes passed the;Colonel demanded all his letters back but Lewis, who keeps an office for lookmgaltcreverybody's businessbuthisown, thought they might come into use some day, and kept them. The Colonel then raised the wind somehow, and went to England in one of the Boston steamers, taking Kit- ty Clover along with him. In London be forged let- ters to Lord Brougham, Dan O'Connell, Earl Spencer, and others, in the name of Daniel Webster, &c, He also forged the names of Mr. Van Buren and Mr. Forsyth two letters of introduction. From Broughmn he got nothing from Dan-the cunning Dan—he got lOt. or 201., on the streugth of his affection for the negroes, one of whom was then with child by him. From Earl Spencer he got 250/. After he arrived here it appears be went sor.th to Philadelphia. The girl, Kitty Clover, lay at our Almtionse, and then followed him to Philadelphia with his and her child.He is suspected ofcoinrrtit- ting other forgeries before those in August, on Brown, Brothers, and Co., and Flet-cher, aiid Alex- ander, and Co.; but these are aU that can be posi- tively traced to him at present. The particulars of the two forgeries, and the method by which he was arrested, we have already stated in detail. But there i* one very singular fact which has not been stated. The letter which was sent to him describ- ing the funds forwarded for Fletcher and Co., was dated August 28th, and addressed to Alexandria, D.C. He got this money August 30th; and on the 8th of September he or some one bought a bill of exchauge on London for Colonel Monroe Edwards, from the house of Prime, Ward, and King, here, on Baring and Co., London, for X255, the exact sum he borrowed of Earl Spencer. The bill of exchange was found in his trunk. This would appear as if the frtow really had some spark of sensibility left in his heart; and his apparent desire to provide for the miserable wretch be had seduced, and his mulatto child, caused him to remain in Philadel- phia over Friday and Saturday. He intended to go west and south on Saturday, lie was arrested or Saturday. Had he gone he uever would bav e; been arrested,

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