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SKETCH OF FROST'S LIFE.

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SKETCH OF FROST'S LIFE. (Private Correspondence of the Times.) JOUN FROsr AND LORD JOHN RUSSELL. As Mr Frost is described in the Vindicator in the following terms:—The virtues of this great man his noble and disinterested patriotism—his love of country—.his whole patriotic career—have so en- deared him to me, and, 1 believe, all who know him, that I am decidedly of opinion that his capture will bo the signal to make Wales a scene of most terrible devastation, it may be worth while to inquire who Mr Frost, the Lord John Russell justice of the peace, is. The following brief history of his career I have obtained from the most authentic source. I have seen the documents referred to in it, and therefore can pledge myself to its accuracy ill every parti- ticular John Frost was brought up a tailor, but, having married a woman of small fortune, he became a shop- keeper. In 1821 he published a series of libels against a gentleman at Newport, before publishing the first of which he sent a printed copy of it to the person who was attacked, with a letter, in which he endeavoured to extort money, by informing the person he addressed that unless reparation were made to him for injuries which were never done he would publish the libel on the following day. The person libelled took no notice of his intended publication (or letter,) and the following day he exhibited in his shop win- dows printed copies of the libels. He had then be- come a printer, and he printed and published his own writings. That pamphlet having sold freely, he pub- lished several other pamphlets, in which he attacked not only the gentleman against whom his first pam- phlet was directed, but several other of the most respectable persons in the neighbourhood. For the libels published in the first pamphlet an action was brought against him, and tried before Chief Justice Abbott and a special jury, in the Court of King's Bench,in Middlesex,and a verdict obtained against him for £ 1000 damages. To avoid paying those damages, he procured himself to be arrested by his step-father, and went to gaol. Having given notice of applying for his discharge to the magistrates at the quarter sessions under the then Insolvent Debtors Act, his discharge was opposed, and he was ordered to be im- prisoned six months in the county gaol of Monmouth for fraud, the present Mr Justice Bosanquet being the chairman of the sessions at which he was so sentenced. The fraud that he was proved to have committed was concealment of property from his cre- ditors, and opening a shop in the name of his son, John Frost, a mere boy. He was subsequently in- dicted by the same gentleman who had obtained the verdict against him, by two bills of indictment, for libels contained in two subsequent pamphlets, which indictments were removed into the Court of King's Bench, and tried before special juries at Monmouth, and he was convicted on each indictment. When he was brought up for judgment he prayed that, if the Court sentenced him to imprisonment, he might be imprisoned in the county gaol at Monmouth where- upon he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment in Cold-bath Fields Prison, which sentence he under- went. In passing sentence upon him Lord Chief Justice Abbott said, It is our duty to see that you are removed from that county where you have done so much mischief, at least for a time.' About that time, when he thought a revolution was at hand, in a printed letter he addressed the lower orders of people thus :—' Look out, my boys; I recommend every one of you who has received any injury from one of these fellows to fix on a house or farm. I have already fixed on mine: it is Weradee, and when my injuries and the losses 1 have sustained are considered, every one will think nie very moderate.' Werndee is an estate near Newport, of Sir C. Morgan, from whom he had never received the slightest injury or affront He subsequently was a bankrupt. After the formation of the town council at Newport the council intended to have sent to the Secretary of State for the Home Department the name of the person who had proceeded against Frost and of Mr Brewer, to be placed in the commission of the peace for the borough. Frost wrote a letter 10 Lord John Russell, informing him that the firt- named person was an attorney, and his Lordship immediately replied to Frost's letter that the name of that person would not be placed in the commission, because he was an attorney. It was true that gen- tleman's name was on the Rolls, and was in one of the most respectable firms in the county: but he had retired from any practical participation in the busi- ness, and was a person of considerable fortune iu the county.* Frost showed Lord John Russell's letter to the council, and, to the astonishment of most persons, he got himself named by a majority of the council, and his name was sent to Lord John Russell to be put into the commission. The gentleman who had been superseded hearing that, wrote to Lord John Russell a statement of all the circumstances (detailed in this paper), but his Lordship had not the courtesy to acknowledge the letter, and Frost's name was in a short time afterwards placed in the commis- sion. Yet after this, and Lord John Russell's being made acquainted with the whole of Frost's conduct some time afterwards, when a discussion took place in of House of Lords on the appointment of borough magistrates, Lord Melbourne said that his noble friend (meaning Lord John Russell) had exercised great caution and vigilance before he made those appoint- ments, and had not made any but after the fullest inquiry as to the fitness in every respect of the persons recommended to be placed in those borough commis- sions. In Mr Frost's case, after the statement that was sent to him under the signature of the gentleman sending it, who also stated who he was, can Lord John Russell justify himself for the appointment, without having made inquiry, at least, into the truth of the statements ?" Was a large coal proprietor, in addition to being on th Rolls, employing upwards of 500 men, and at that period doing one-fifth of the entire coal trade of New- port. to which I can add. from personal observation, that he is a gentleman of education, skill, and in every way most fitting to have been appointed. A SPECIAL COMMISSION, consisting of Sir N. Tindal, Sir James Park, and Sir James Williams is to be sent down to Newport for the trial of the parties concerned in the late outbteakiu that neighbourhood. Morning Chronicle.

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