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Glamorganshire Midsummer Quarter…


Glamorganshire Midsummer Quarter Sessions. The general Quarter Sessions for the county was held at •Neath, on Tuesday, before the Right Honourable JOlIN c NICIIOLL, and the following county magistrat.es:- The Marquess of BUTE, K.G.K.T., Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum. Sir JOlIN MORRIS, Bart. Bey. II. L. Blosse Rev. Robert Knight Rev. John Collins Henry Lucas, Esq. L. Ll. Dillwyn, Esq. || Griffith Llewellyn, Esq. Rev. Samuel Davies Robert Lindsay, Esq. Richard Franklen, Esq. Richard Hill Miers, Esq. F. Fredericks, Esq. T. D. Place, Esq. John Grove, Esq. Thomas Smith, Esq. H. J. Grant, Esq. C. H. Smith, Esq. Rev. Wm. Hew son, D.D. M. P. Traherne, Esq. Rev. John Harding T. Edward Thomas, Esq. Calvert Jones, Esq. Henry Thomas, Esq. Rev. Calvert Jones N. Y. E. aughan, Lsq. W. Ireland Jones, Esq. Rees ~S\ illiams, Esq. R. O. Jones, Esq. William Williams, Esq. The following persons were sworn on the Grand Jury: .\11". George Dods, Foreman; Alleii Mr. Philip Jones Ai-tliiir Thomas Jones William Davies :1" Thomas Thomas Philip Donne William Morris Geo. Frederick Slaler Itees Morgan John Grainger William Patteson Lewis G riffilh II" Rees Joseph Ilybert Wm. Young Rees John Jones DaTid Smith Evan Jones On the proclamation against Vice and Immorality being I read, The Chairman addressed the Grand Jury. He had, he %aid, to congratulate them and the county at large on the ligh tness of the calendar. On the present occasion it was satisfactory to find, that notwithstanding the unexampled pressure of the times, and particularly on one great branch of industry, materially affecting the county, that the aggre- gate of crime presented before them on the present occasion, did not exceed the ordinary amount presented to them on the last three occasions. This was a subject of peculiar gratitication to them and to the county at large as evidencing propriety of feeling and sound principles among the inhabi- tants of the county. It was satisfactory to nnd that there were few, if any, cases presenting any difficulty. 1ft Veould, perhaps, except one which was a charge of stealing money. The prisoner was entrusted by his master with 2s. for the purpose of paying tolls on some coal. Instead of going the high-road he thought proper to go a by-way, and 80 evaded the toll, which he appropriated to his own use. He had doubts whether this could be considered a larceny, The chairman said it was material to keep ill view the dis- tinction which the law set up between larceny and embezzle- ment. A man receiving money from his master for a particular purpose, and applying it to his own purpose, con- Itituted, in the eye of the law, a lareeny. There was one other subject to which he would beg to direct the attention of the corporation of the town of Neath.—the erection of a station-house. On some previous occasion, he requested a grand jury to look at it, in order to report on its condition. The grand jury unanimously presented, that it was in an Unfit state for the reception of prisoners. Nothing material had been done up to last quarter sessions to improve the station-house. The magistrates said, that on that occasion, unless an improvement, commensurate with the exi- gencies of the town took place in that lock-up-house, the sessions should not be held there. He had been told that some improvement had been made but from what he could learn, totally insufficient for the number of prisoners there. Under these circumstances the quarter sessions had been held there but he might tell the corporation, that unless increased accommodation shall be given-until, in fact, a commodious lock-up is built, that another quarter sessions 'hall not be held in that town. There were few or no appeals, and he would request the grand jury to proceed with all possible expedition with the bills. He would Jreeommend them to take those first that were from distant parts, and bring the bills into court. He was not aware that he had anything further to trouble them with, except to recommend them to their duties. The magistrates retired from the body of the court, and proceeded to the consideration of the COUNTY BUSINESS. The Chairman laid before the magistrates a communication from the Secretary of State, for the Home Department, pur- porting to be a reply to the magistrates in sessions assembled, as to the place of secondary punishment, to be set apart for •"onviet.s. The Millbank Penitentiary was announced to be the recepticle. Convicts would be detained there preparatory to their being sent off to their destination and that with respect to the convicts themselves, no mitigation or commu- tation of the sentence of transportation was to be inferred from the circumstance of a temporary detention in the Peni- leutiary. CAPTAIN HOWELL'S COMPENSATION. The Marquess of Bute rose and said, h, had a communi- tatifiii of some interest to make to the magistrates. He had the honour, some weeks since, to have the wishes of the magistrates conveyed him, that he would lay before the Secretaries of State and War, their recommendation respect- ing the compensation sought by Captain Ilowells. He had How to inform the magistrates, that lie had done so. He had mentioned the matter to the Secretary of State, who said there was no fund available for that purpose. Subsequently he took occasion to have the matter again introduced with 2io better effect. An intimation was then given that Capt. ilowells had already received a suitable compensation, and 'hi;; pretensions might again be taken into consideration. T'lwg indisposition formally to entertain the claim, coupled with a mere consideration of it, was, lie thought, a pretty "distinct but courteous intimation that nothing further was to be expected. REVISION OF LISTS OF JURIES. The Chairman said there was another circumstance to which it was necessary he should direct their attention. It Was the necessity of the revision of the lists of jurors. There Were various abuses in these lists which required reform. Dy the fith of George the 4th, power was given to magis- trates to carry out this reform. Persons had been classed Under various heads, such as merchants, esquires, &c., by which exemption could be pleaded, and means given to escape from the office and responsibility of jurors. This practice necessarily threw the duties of special juries in jparticular on others. This inconvenience was so manifest, ithat he knew it was only necessary to submit the affair to !their notice to secure a remedy. When Sir Robert Peel Was Secretary of State in 1820, the abuses of the system Were brought under his notice, and lie introduced some re- medial measures that had the effect of palliating the evil. The Cardiff gaol accounts, as audited, were then passed, The chairman then read the resolution of the finance committee assembled at Cowbridge, attributing the increase iu. expenditure to the expense incurred in the transit of pri- soners aud that in future such expense should be regulated by the certificate of the visiting justices. ,FEM AT ASSIZES. The chairman then said, that since the last quarter ♦sessions, when a conversation had taken place relative to the tees paid to the clerk of assizes, he had made some inquiry into the matter. He found that, taking into *onsidera,tk>)j the amount of mileage which the clerk of the assize had to travel over, the time expended by him upon this county, together with the small amount of criminal business, which was his chief source of remuneration, the e-itiolurneiits of his office were not too much. He believed the clerk of the assize realised about 1:500 a-year by his office, which certainly was not too large an income for a person who filled such a responsible situation, and who must have had a very expensive education, and who was expected to fill the position of a gentleman in society. He (the chairman) had communicated with the present clerk of assize mpoii the subject, who had evinced every disposition to meet (the views of the magistrates. He would therefore propose "that he should communicate with the judges, and should as- certain from them what amount of remuneration they might •deem'necessary for the clerk of assize. The magistrate? Would perceive the necessity of consulting the judges upon the subject as their sanction was necessary in forming a Slew table of fees, He would propose that the subject should !and over to the Michaelmas quarter sessions, in order to afford him time for communicating with the judges. HOUSE OF CORRECTION AT SWANSEA. From the report of the visiting justices of this prison it appeared that on the 20th of June last the town council of Swansea had sent tf) the justices, informing them that the price of the ground (half an acre and twenty perches) re- quired for making the alteration and extension in this prison ',b:¡ E172 and should the county determine upon purchas- ing the whole field, the council would charge them £ 500 for ,it- a snin which the magistrates generally considered most exhorbitant, The chairman expressed his surprise that the corporation liad not sent in their demand previously, so that the magis- trates might have time and opportunity for taking the subject ilito consideration. At present the magistrates had no means of ascertaining whether the price fixed by the council ^as reasonable or otherwise. Besides, he had been informed a,hat there was a lease of the ground. Mr. T. Edwaid Thomas said the small of ground ^•is indispensably necessary; but the large piece wi»s alto- gether a matter of policy. It was then resolved, that as a nppeared by their surveyor the price demanded by the council for the ground was far beyond its real value, they (the magistratee) declined paying that sum; and also that unless a much more i-ea sonable sum were named, they should take the verdict of a Jury as to its value. GOVERNOR OF THE SWANSEA HOUSE OF CORRECTION. 'This appointment occupied the attention of the magis- trates, The clerk of the peace read an application for the situation from Lieutenant Edward Moxey, which was ae- "elImPanied by a recommendation, dated February, 1842, and ^igned by the magistrates of Swansea and the neighbourhood. estimonials from naval officers, under whom Lieutenant -"laxey had formerly served, were also put in and read. There was another application for the situation from Mr. ^illiam Cox, who stated that he had assisted his father (the late governor), during the last fourteen years in the dis- charge of the duties appertaining to the office, Mr. Cox's application was accompanied by a testimonial signed by a majority of the magistrates of the neighbourhood. The Chairman repeatedly asked whether any gentleman wished to propose Lieutenant Maxey to fill the situation. Not receiving any reply, he put the same question with regard to Mr. Cox, when Sir John Morris rose, and after alluding in the most com- plimentary manner to Lieutenant Maxey's position in society, stated that as he conceived Mr. Cox to be from his long experience the most eligible person to fill the vacant office, he (Sir John) would wi;h much pleasure propose him as a fit and proper person to he elected. This proposition was briefly seconded by the Rev. Dr. Hewson. The chairman then put the motion to the meeting, when Mr. L. L. Dilhvyn rose and proposed Lieutenant Maxey as a fit and proper person to be elected to fill the vacant situation. This proposition was seconded by Colonel Jones, and supported by Mr. Grove, but after a few minutes was with- drawn by Mr. Dilhvyn. Mr. Cox was therefore unanimously elected. A conversation ensued respecting the office of matron of the prison, Mrs. Cox having intimated a wish to retire from that office. It was ultimately arranged that Mr. Cox should be requested to retain the office for some time longer until her successor could be conveniently appointed. INSPECTOR OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. Three year' salary, at £10 a-year, due to Mr. Henry Taylor, Swansea, as Inspector of Weights and Measures, was ordered to he paid. THE COUNTY TOLICE. The following was estimated as the amount of expenditure for the several districts named below for the current quarter Merthyr, £ 317; Newbridge, 247; Ogmore, £111; Swansea, £].17, A COUNTY RATE Of one penny in the pound was ordered. A desultory conversation ensued respecting the NEATH STATION Itol'sE. The inhabitants of Neath evinced the utmost willingness it_ to meet the wishes of the county; but a difference of opinion on some minor point prevented the terms of the building being completed at these sessions. Captain Napier's quarterly report was read by the clerk of the peace. BRIDGEND TOWN HALL AND STATION HOUSE. After a protracted discussion, it was resolved that the sum of £ 350 should be paid hy the county towards the erection of this huilding; and that, at a pepper corn rent, the county magistrates should have the use of the ground floor, for the purpose of transacting all public business appertaining to the magistracy.

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