JOHN BYRNE.
14th January 1789
Reference Numbert17890114-59
VerdictNot Guilty

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156. JOHN BYRNE was indicted, for that he, on the 4th of December last, did falsely and feloniously utter and publish as true, a certain false, forged, and counterfeited letter of attorney, with the name Patrick Donnaghue thereto subscribed, dated 16th July, 1786, witnessed by T. Wright, mayor, with intention to defraud Charles Pinkstone , well knowing the same to be forged .

A second Count. For uttering the same, with intention to defraud Henry Mattocks .

CHARLES PINKSTONE sworn.

I am a navy-agent . On Thursday, the 4th of December, the prisoner brought me a power of attorney, saying he wished me to receive what was due upon it; I looked at it, I saw it to be the power of attorney of Patrick Donnaghue , late belonging to the Tartar frigate, the prize-money for which ship was paying on that very day; from the appearance of the power of attorney, I suspected it to be a forgery. He asked me if I had seen Ann Beach , I said no, nor did I know her; he came in soon

The Remainder of this Trial in the next Part, which will be published in a few Days.

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14th January 1789
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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON; AND ALSO The Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex, HELD AT JUSTICE HALL in the OLD BAILEY, On Wednesday the 14th of JANUARY, 1789, and the following Days;

Being the SECOND SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honourable William Gill , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND BY E. HODGSON, PROFESSOR OF SHORT-HAND; And Published by Authority.

NUMBER II. PART V.

LONDON:

Printed for E. HODGSON (the Proprietor) And Sold by J. WALMSLAY, No. 35, Chancery Lane, and S. BLADON, No. 13, Pater-noster Row; and J. BELL, Royal Exchange.

MDCCLXXXIX.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON, &c.

Continuation of the Trial of John Byrne .

after, and brought a little woman with him, whom he called Ann Beach ; she said, in the prisoner's presence, that was her name, and she was the attorney. I desired them to go to a publick-house adjoining; I went and tendered the letter of attorney, where the prize-money was paying; and I returned to the prisoner, whom I found with the woman; and I told him to call on me at the Artichoke, and bring the woman with him; the prisoner agreed, but the woman refused, saying she was a servant, and would call another day. The prisoner came to the Artichoke, and tendered the power of attorney, which, I believe, is in the possession of Mr. Mattocks.

HENRY MATTOCKS sworn.

The last witness applied to me with a letter of attorney; I suspected it; about two or three in the afternoon the prisoner came, and said the woman was gone home to her place; I told him I would pay nobody but her; he said he would go and fetch her; he came back between five and six, and said he could not find her; he said she told him she was a servant in the Borough, but he did not know where she lived. This is the power which Mr. Pinkstone tendered to me.

(Read and examined by Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel.)

Mr. Garrow. Did you ever see that woman after? - I never saw her before.

Did you see a man of the name of Lyons? - I did see him when he was brought before Sir Sampson Wright .

What is become of him? - I believe he is in custody.

Did you hear Lyons examined? - I did.

The prisoner came to you as other agents do? - Yes; he said it was given him by Beach, the attorney, in the presence of Lyons and one Hagan, at Hagan's lodgings; I presume Lyons was apprehended by the prisoner's friends; the prisoner told the same story.

Have any attempts been made to find Beach? - Not by me.

JOSEPH GARDNER sworn.

This is not Mr. Alderman Wright's hand-writing.

Mr Garrow submitted, that there was no proof that this was not the hand-writing of Donnaghue.

Prisoner. I received this power from Lyons and Hagan together; Lyons gave the power to Ann Beach, and desired me to go with her to any navy agent; and I went with her to Mr. Pinkstone.

Court to Jury. There being no tittle of evidence to prove who this Patrick Donnaghue is, or what connection he has with this woman, Ann Beach, undoubtedly the evidence is very slight; for aught we know Donnaghue himself may have fraudulently uttered this deed, pretending it to be executed before the Lord Mayor, when in fact it was not.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON; AND ALSO The Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex, HELD AT JUSTICE HALL in the OLD BAILEY, On Wednesday the 14th of JANUARY, 1789, and the following Days;

Being the SECOND SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honourable William Gill , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND BY E. HODGSON, PROFESSOR OF SHORT-HAND; And Published by Authority.

NUMBER II. PART V.

LONDON:

Printed for E. HODGSON (the Proprietor) And Sold by J. WALMSLAY, No. 35, Chancery Lane, and S. BLADON, No. 13, Pater-noster Row; and J. BELL, Royal Exchange.

MDCCLXXXIX.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON, &c.


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