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TILE TBdAL. AND DEFENCE OF ,(1. W. GORDON. The following report of the trial and defence of the late Hon. G. W. Gordon is reported by the gentleman who acted as special correspondent at Morant Bay for the Jamaica eoloniaZ'Btanil,a,rdduring the late dis- turbances. The trial took place on Saturday, 21st October, at Morant Bay, before a drumhead court-mar- tial, consisting of Lieutenant and Commander Brand, -of tber gunboat Onyx president, 2nd Lieutenant Car- rington '-)f her Majesty's war steamer Wolverine; and Ensign Kelly, of the 4th West India Regiment—being one week after-thb disturbances had been quelled, and when, according to Governor Eyre's- statement, all danger of any further outbreak had ceased., Th& Trial. The President read the charges to the accused, wlaiche ,are as High treason and sedition. 2nd. Having complicity with eertain parties i the insur- rection at Morant Bay on the llfch October, 1865. To these charges the prisoner pleaded not guilty. The following witnesses were then called:— John Anderson (a rebel), sworn, states: The rebels told me if I did not join them they would shoot me. I saw Mr. Gordon at Stony Gut. I was forced to travel | away to'Leifch-haK Barracks, where Mr, Espent is. Old jj Bogle got up M'Laren to go up to the mountains to look man ei-nd cone to Morant Bay. I saw M'Laren going to the meeting with paper, and a piece of lead pencil in his ears. I heard George W. Gordon say to Bogle They are going to hold a meeting, and if we did not get the back lands they must all die." Cross-examined by the accused, through the Presi- dent of the court: I saw Mr. Gordea at StotJy Gat on a Sunday. I did not date the month. I think it was June or July, but it was this year. I did not date it down. There were plenty more persons there besides Bogle and himself. All who were there, heard it. It was in the morning after evening chapel.; the sun rose at about this time. Chapel was over throe p. m. I know Mr. Gordon quite well. The accused here asked the court for pencil and paper to take notes of the evidence, The court was ordered to be cleared to consider the application. The court opened and the application was granted. The accused was then furnished with pencil and paper. James Gordon (a rebel), sworn, states: In August last, M'Laren went up to the valley (Mount Lebanus), and says that George W. Gordon says that they must hold a meeting, because he wants to gather up men and that he (Gordon) sent a letter to the Queen, and if no answer came he would go himself to the Queen. (Here a deposition of the witness, made before the superintendent of prisons, and taken before Mr. M'Kenzie, a justice of the peace, was put in evidence, read and received, as follow -.—■" Mr. George W. Gordon, sent a letter to the valley, stating there would be a war, and they must be prepared for it, and that the people would get their lands free.") Witness continued: I still adhere to this deposition. He sent up afterwards to say that all the people must throw up money and send it to him, that he might pay for the letter to go home to the Queen; and if the letter won't go, he will go himself to see the Queen face to face. And when we tell him we won't able to do that, if it ia the Queen send we will do so. He said we must, try our endeavour; and i £ we get the money we must send it to any post-ofli';o, and direct to Mr. Gordon, and he will get it, and it must be signed G. W. Gordon at the back, and he will receive it anywhere at all- And from that I never heaard anything at all antil I 8a*r ft la?.-ge body q! thoia, Crossrexamined by the accused, through the Presi- dent of the Court: I know the letter came from Mr. Gordon. I don't know his signature, but, according to what the letter states, it comes frotn him. The Accused: I disclaim that letter I never wrote such a letter in my life. The Provost Marshal tendered to tliq court the dying confession of Thomas Williams (a tobel), and stated: That is my handwriting. -I wrote it in the presence of Lieutenant Jones, of the Royal Artillery. I waa sent for and told that the deponent was dying and wished to speak to me. I took other officers ^th me. I The deposition was then read, the salient points of which are a# follows :—"Mr. Gordon said, all the out- side land you will get for nothing. He had two meetings. He had tickets signed G. W. G. He said white man keep all the money and black people work for nothing, Mr. Gordon teach them. All is Gordon's friends at Stony Gut." The Accused: That is given on hearsay, and I deny it. The Provost Marshal, cross-examined by the Presi- dent of the Court: The dying man said all were Mr. Gordon's friends at Stony Gut, and Gordon teach them. The Provost Marshal tendered to the court a docu- ment signed 1, William Robertson Peart and James Fyfe Humber, of the parish of Vere," sworn to before Justice of the Peace Gibb, of the same parish. The document was read and received, and the following are the chief points William Robertson Peart and James Fyfe Humber were present at a meeting atYere, called to discuss the merits of Dr. Underbill's letter. We heard Mr. Gordon address the meeting. He said, We petitioned the Governor. He is a bad man, and not sound. The Governor sanctions everything done by the white man to the oppression of the black man. My people get 9-s, a week. What do you get ? (A voice, "28. 6d.") Look at your clothes. You are half naked and starved. They represent to the Queen that you are thieves. The Queen's advice is all trash; it is not her advice. Mr. Price and a few others are worthy peeple. You work on Sundays. Why are you putting fire to your own souls ? Sabbath-breaking is bringing down a curse upon you. I hear your over- i seer has said that if you attend to this meeting, he will tear down your houses. He can't do it. Do as they do in Hayti! The Accused I said that the labourers in England got that. As to Hayti, I never thought of it; and my heavenly Father knows it. The Provost Marshal tendered to the court a letter seized by him in the house of a rebel, called Chisholm, one of the ringleaders, which the Provost Marshal swore to as being in the handwriting of George W. Gordon. The letter was read and received, and the following are extracts: Dear Chisholm,-I have much to say to you, but can write. Please send and J tell M'Intosh, Clarke, and Bogle to inquire for letters. They are all starving in Vele. Pray to God for help I and deliverance." The Provost Marshal handed to the court a deposi- tion of Charles Chevames, sworn to before Mr. Bick- t I nell, police magistrate for Kingston. The deposition I was read and received; the following are the chief points of it:—"Shortly after the trial, Gordon v. the I Baron, Mr. Chevames expressed his regret to Mr. I Gordon as to the result. Mr. Gordon said, Never. mind, if I don't get revenge, my people will.' I The Provost Marshal handed to the court a. deFOei- | tion sworn to by George Thomas (a rebel), not able to I attend the court, being sick in the hospital, taken before Daniel Marshalleck, jastice of the peac?» The deposition was read and received, and is as fallows I, George Thomas, residing at York, id the parish of St. Thomas-in-the-East, do solemnly swear—that these three weeks they begin on it, Paul Bogle and Moses Bogle. They sent to call me and several others. When I went they swore me, and told me that on the appointed day I would see what waa done. The day appointed was Wednesday, the 11th of October, 1865. They told me that I was entitled to 4s. a day, and we never get ifc. Mr. Gordon never came at the meetings. Mr. Paul Bogle got Mr- Gordon's handwriting, and he (Mr. Gordon) was the, person who told Mr. Bogle to do all this, rebellion. They said if I did not swear they would kill me. Tuesday night, the lOfch October, 1865, was the last meeting we had. I heard them say they weiie not to trouble Mr. Genges, because he is a friead of Mr. Gordon. I repeat that Mr. Gordon is, the head of the rebellion. He (Mr. Gordon) put up the Bogles to do it. I heard Paul Bogle say on Wednes- -ina- the 11th October, 1865, 'Good God, we can t get no are. :J#u>k at the white men killing all the black people.' He eailed for the tire. I have heard Mr. Gordon advise the people not to; pay for their lands, and they must seek for the white people first. Monday, the 9 th October, 1865, I saw four policemen come to Bogle's yard; they were Faller, Lake, and two constables whom they pressed. Iknevr one of the constables, he is named Liston Davis, and one named Betty. I have seen James Dacres at one of the meetings. I have seen William Bogle and the other brother, who works Mr. Marshalleck's log-wood dray, at the meetings. M'Laren, of Church-corner, and a man named Grant, of Stanton-land, used to write at the meetings; and I have seen a small man from town (I hear he is a friend of George Clarke)1 at Paul Bogle's house, and he at all time write there. George Clarke and his father-in-law (Paul Bogle) got out, and he, Clarke has nothing to do with this raw. I never saw him at the meetings." His GEORGE X THOMAS. mark. Sworn to before me, this 18bh day of October, 1865. DANIEL MAIRSHALLEC-KI J-P-, iLn Parish of St. Thomas. in-the-Eaat. The Accused: That io-quite untrue. The Provost Marshal handed to the court 300 pla- cards found in Mr. George W. Gordon's portmanteau in Kingston. The placards were read and received, and the following is one:—"Public Meeting.—A. public meeting will be held at on the day of forthepurpoaeóf Chair to be taken at o'clock by The Provost Marshal handed to the court a pIa., card, supposed to be printed at the Watchman office headed State of the Island," which was written in June last, and has been reproduced in all the public prints of this country. Elisabeth Jane Gough sworn, states: I am post- mistress. There was a oorrespoadence between Ms. Gordon and certain parties, George M'Intosh, William Grant (the saddler), William Chisholm, James M'Laren. I have seen letters for Paul Ble, but very seldom. I saw two packets of papesrA come through the post-office. I can swear to the hand- writing of Mr. Gosdon. (Printed placard handed to witness and identified,) This was one of the two papers addressed to Paul Bogle and Chisholm. It had a wrapper in the handwriting of Mr. Gordon. I can and do swear to the handwiiting. I never saw one posted to a treeill front of M'lntosh's house. (Letter of Mr. Gordon to Chisholm handed to witness and identified.) It is Mr. Gordon's handwriting, and signed by him. Question by the President: Was it not customary for Mr. Gordon always to attend vestry meetings ?— A. He is always on th&Bay the day before the vestry. Question by the president: Was it not an excep- tional instance that he was missing ia attending the vestry on that very day ? A. It was. The slaughter commenced in. the He was not in the Court- house.. J Question by the Presideat: Have you seen or heard of any meetings in Morant Bay I have never heard of any. Question by the President: Were they kept secret ? i — A. I don't know. (Cross-examined by the accused through the presi- dent of the court.)-—Q. Are you net aware that I have been for some time corresponding with Bogle.—A. I ivir11 ri tell. Some time before my husband's illness Mr. Gordon had written to my husband to pay Bogle for snipping wax and sugar. I only remember that letter. Q. When was my last letter through the post-office to Bogle ?-»A. I can't remember. Q. Was it more than two or three weeks ago ?—A. It may be more or less. I can t remember the exact time. Q. Are you not aware that Chisholm has been an old servant of mine, and that I have been corresponding with him more or less P—A. I am not aware he was a servant of Mr. Gordon. Q. Was he a friend of mine ?—A. I don't recollect hig writing Chisholm; but when he comes in late on the Bay, I have heard hitu talk about getting grass from Chisholm. Q. Did not a title come through the book post lately for M'lntoah ?-A. There was a paper with a penny stami5 on it for whioh came through the post btely" Q. What induced you to take that placaid from tha wrapper?—A. It is always a habit of thepost-office here to take off the wrapper of the newspaptrs, and read them, and return them. Q. Was the seal broken off the wrapper F -A. I jqbt squeezed the book-post parcel and took it out. Q, Have you happened to hear that I have beet labouring lately under indisposition ?-A. I have never heard so. James M'Laren (a rebel, under sentence of death), sworn, states: I know Mr. Gordon as a member of the House of Assembly for this parish, and as a vestry- man. Question by the President of the Court: Do you know Mr. Gordon has something to do with the rebel- lion?—A. I know I am going to be hanged this night. I don't know if he has anything to do with it. Question by the President of the Court: Did yra ever hear of Mr. Gordon being connected with IUUI Bogle?—A. Paul Bogle is a freeholder, and a^ays give vote for him. Mr. Warren is Paul ogle's minister. (Cross-examined by the accused throughj1ae Presi- dehfc of the Cotirfc.) Q, Do you know a 'n yarned James Gordon ?—A. I know several jaxr-d Gordon. Q. Have I ever sent up to tell you get up a sub- scription and not to pay for the land anc* to get upa rebellion, or to advise them to any a?. No. I heard Mr. Gordon at th/' meeting OE the 12th August, advise me P&F ou* taThe Provost Marshal hai>-«d f^9Qc0?^ dated I2fch October, addres^o "Private," and signed G W. Gordon. Thslettewas received and read, and^ follows. far yours of the mh but the door to money letters are closed. 1 lame^deeP^ the death of Hire-to be attributed to the .ikferary po wer of the baron. People can't hope for justice. Tnia is the truo cause ot the discontent." The Accuse I admit that to be my writing; bufc there is no latent there. This ei-ied the case for the prosecution, r The Defence. Tie Accused applied to the court for permission to call a witness. The application being granted, Theodore Feetard was called, pIVorn, and examined by the accused through the President of the Court. Q. Did you not recently e^'i upon me in Kingston, and found me in ill state of health, about two weeks ago ?—A. I saw Mr. Gordon on the sofa, but I don't know if he waa sick. I went at Mr. Mesquitto's, and finding he was out, and heard he was at Mr, Gordon's, I went to Mr. Cordon's. I saw Mr. Gordon on the sofa. I saw him dressed. Mr. Mesquitto and myself The^Accused: May I be allowed to examine Dr.- Major as to tll" state of my health, which prevented my attendiu, the vestry, The Presi-i0at: Dr. Major is not in court, nor is he, OIrj^e Jjcused then made the following oral atate- Yoir honoura-I have to state that I was not taken Bp,.r but when I heard there were suspicious rumours avout me, and feeling I was innocent, I gave myself ap. I went to the general's house in company with Dr. Fiddes, and teld his excellency that if I were re- quired for anything concerning the disturbance here, I was at command. He told me he had no authority over me at all, and when about taking leave of him. his excellency the governor came in with Dr. Bowez- bank; and as I was about stating the same thing to his excellency (here the accused aaked for water, which was given to him), when his excellency said he had come fur me, and would take me on board the Wolve- rine and immediately Dr. Bowerbank escorted me to j my lodgings, took me to the Ordnance Wharf, and I was taken on board the Wolverine. I have been entirely brought up with Europeans from, my early days, and my best and confidential friends are of that class at this moment. I have never had any other but a feeling of love and affection for them. I have imported European labourers myself; know- ing they would be of benefit to the country, j able to instruct the negroes; and I have I desired to see the Earopeans introduced^ into tb0 j country, as a blessing to it. Instead of driving them out, my desire is their increased locality here. Then, the extensive possessions of land which I have, would, I think, be a sufficient guarantee for wishing th&safety of property; and, therefore, rebellion would be the last thing I. would wish to see, I have always recom- mended the people, who have frequently complained to me, to patience and perseverance; and, as a proof of that, I have always endeavoured to have their votes recorded, so as to obtain legitimate position. And r j solemnly, before my Maker and this court, declare that I never knew from Paul Bogle, or any person i» this pariah, of any intended insurrection. If I die 1 will die triumphantly. That I knew nothing o* will die triumphantly. That I knew nothing of it until I was informed by a policeman in Kingston- I then went to the police-station, and next to my friend, Mr. Airey, who is connected with this friend, Mr. Airey, who is connected with this parish, to know if he had heard anything about it. I never heard from any of the parties of their movements or intentions in the, least degree. I admit that the circumstantial evidence isver-y sns- pieious on me, but I can't help that. Paul Bogle, I admit, is my political friend, and it was his duty by his profession to have practised peace and goodwill, and I was astonished to hear he was at the head oi this disturbance. I can hardly believe it. I regret it, but cannot control it. M'Laren I have lately known, chiefly since the last meeting here. My reason for not attending the vestry w** solely \<>m ill-health. I got afflicted with a severe eough, which shook my whole frame. When Dr. Major called upon me iii September, he regretted I would not be able to attend the vestry, as I was so poorly. Then I was obligedto see Dr Fiddes, and 1 could not possibly come up. also mentioned to Mr. A ry, to whom I refer you, that my kHees were so weak I could hardly standand he said I had better be away. This will, I hope, satisfao- ( torily answer the suspicions about my not being at ( the vestry. late eastos and myself were old and familiar friends; and,, although we have (! had political differences, fought on their own merits, I should never have done or wished him any personal harta. I would have protected his per- eon at any time. In proof of this, at the last elec- tion there was a slight disturbance, and I went to the Baron, and said, I hope he would allow thing's to go on quietly, although we were not on speaking" terms, and I advised the people to be quiet tow^?s him, and generally. And as to the Rector, I told jam he ought to love me as his own son, and that I h&a no animosity against him. The President: That closes your defence? The Accused I beg, Mr. President, you will now that the evidence Of Gordon is not correct, being hearsay, and Anderson seems to be a volunteer wit- ness. It is not correct, I solemnly declare. I have only been at Stony Gut chapel once. I am sorry tO, keep you so late. I wish to clear my character, if 1 die or live. And then it was a Sabbath meeting, whe?' we could have nothing but religious. conversation; if I said anything, they must have misunderstood Øe, The statement of the man at York seems to be » general statement. I dôxft know him, aad I deny what he attributes to xne. In the deposition (Humber and Peart) the words attributed to HI0' especially is reference to Hayti, are incorrect; and 1 solemnly declare I never thought of Hayti when I Was at the meeting at Vere; and these words, supposing they were correct, were spoken in another parish hav- ing nothing to do with this. And I emphatically de- clare that I never made a disrespectful reference to the governor, nor did I say he was a bad man on that oo" oasion. I was in a most chastened spirit on that day I emphatically deny the statement of Mr. Chevames« Revenge is a feeling not in my breast. With reference to the parties Paul Bogle and Chisholm writing thei» letters, I have been in correspondence with them icr some time on general and political matters, and I have no letter from them which I would not wish this ootirt, or the world to see. I have, no secret correspondence from them. I hope it may be the pleasure of te court to take further information that no charge i& made against me for being concerned in any rebellion I had expected, if any crime or misdemeanour wer& charged against me, I should have been tried on wie merits in Kingston, as I was not taken up m a rebel- lious act, nor on rebel ground, neither within any mar- tial law district. As I said before, I freely gave my self up to his exoelloncy the governor so soon aa heard that suspicions were held against me. The delivery of the statement, and the time oceu. pied in writing, took over an baur. The court was then ordered to be cleared, After sitting in deliberation for nearly half an hour, the court was re-opened. On its re-opening, tVe^President .U11- court is dissolved." x