20th February 1822
Reference Numbert18220220-178
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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501. JOHN BARCLAY was indicted for a libel .

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.

MR. WILLIAM PAYNE . I am clerk at the Justice-room, Guildhall. I produce a pamphlet, lodged at Guildhall. In consequence of an information against John Barclay , the warrant was granted on an information sworn to by John Purton , on the 21st of December, by Mr. Alderman Thompson; it was to apprehend a man whose name was unknown, but whose person was well known, and who had refused to disclose his name; and on the 2d of January, he was brought to Guildhall. He gave his name not very reluctantly, Purton delivered the book into my hands.

JOHN PURTON . I am a constable, of Bow-street. I have seen the defendant serving in Carlisle's shop, No. 55, Fleet-street. I bought this pamphlet of him on the 21st of December, (Looking at it.) I saw him next day, selling behind the counter, and asked his name; he said it was a question he had no right to answer, and would not. I afterwards applied for a warrant, and got one, and went to see it executed about a week after. I had been several times to look for him in the mean time, but could never see him there till nine days after. I then went with a City officer, who apprehended him, he was behind the counter.

Cross-examined by MR. HILL. Q. What led you to know Carlile's shop - A. On account of a former conviction on the same week. A gentleman named Sharp applied to me to go there.

Q. Do you know whether he is Honorary Assistant Secretary to the Constitutional Association - A. I have heard so.

Q. You do this for the public good, you do not expect to be paid for it - A. I expect to be paid for my loss of time, I expect him to pay me.

Q. Did you ever see any body else belonging to the Constitutional Association - A. Mr. Murray.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. You were constable of Bow-street then, and are now - A. Yes.

(The libel was here put in and read, it was the same work as that produced on the trial of Vamplue (page 213.)

Mr. William addressed the Court and Jury on behalf of the prisoner, and called a witness who gave him a good character, and stated him to have been apprenticed to Mr. Sherwin, a printer.

GUILTY . Aged 17.

The Jury recommended the defendant to mercy, for reasons contained in a paper which they handed to the Court; we believe the principal reason was his having been articled to the printer of

"The Republican."

Confined Six Months , and to enter into his own recognizance for 100 l., to keep the peace for three years then to come.

London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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