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<p>MR. PRENDERGAST conducted the prosecution.</p>
<persName id="t18291029-157-person1253"> WILLIAM WILLIAMS
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-person1253" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am parish-clerk of St. Mary, Newington, in Surrey. I have the register of the marriages in that church (reads), "On the 11th of September 1820, William Skilton, bachelor, and
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-victim1254" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , spinster, were married by banns by me, J. B. Saunders. Signed W. Skilton and
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<p>Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. You do not recollect either of the parties? A. No.</p>
<persName id="t18291029-157-person1256"> WILLIAM WYLD
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-person1256" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am the brother of Mary Ann Wyld. She lived as cook in the service of a gentleman to whom the prisoner was gardener; I afterwards saw them living together as husband and wife in Adam-street, Manchester-square; he called my father and mother, father and mother, and me, William - this signature is my sister's writing; I saw her on the 16th of September alive.</p>
<p>Cross-examined. Q. Is there a person of the name of Skilton here? A. I have not seen him; I do not know Catherine Rowe.</p>
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-victim1257" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I married the prisoner at
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18291029-157-off887 t18291029-157-cd885"/>; I know his hand-writing - this signature is his; he lived with me till the 28th of last January - I had two children by him; he left them with me - he paid for one of them for three months after he left me; he ill-used me, and pinched and kicked me.</p>
<p>Cross-examined. Q. You parted by mutual consent? A. Yes; we had quarrels - he did not complain of my making use of twenty-two weeks' rent; I was obliged to pawn some articles from necessity, but not the furniture - we each took one child; the person with whom he placed one child gave it up, because the payment was not kept up after the first four months.</p>
<p>COURT. Q. What were you before you married? A. I was servant to Mrs. Wall, of Hoxton-square - I had been there ten months; the prisoner courted me twelve months and twenty days - he represented himself as a single man; he never told me he had been married - I accused him of it, but he denied it; he was gardener to a gentleman at Upper Clapton; I had no fortune.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. The witness has sworne false.</p>
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<p>WILLIAM WILLIAMS. I am parish-clerk of St. Mary, Newington, Here is the register of the marriage of William Skilton, bachelor, and
<persName id="t18291029-157-person1259"> Mary Ann Wyld
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<p>WILLIAM WYLD. I am the brother of
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<persName id="t18291029-157-person1261"> JOHN JONES
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-person1261" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am parish-clerk of Lewisham. I have the register of marriages at
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<persName id="t18291029-157-person1262"> William Skilton
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<persName id="t18291029-157-victim1263" type="victimName"> Esther Pink
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-victim1263" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> were married by Evan Morgan, curate, in the presence of Georgiana Jeffries and John Jones - this is my signature; the prisoner is the man - I have a perfect recollection of him.</p>
<persName id="t18291029-157-person1264"> GEORGE MEADOWS
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<interp inst="t18291029-157-person1264" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I apprehended the prisoner at Isleworth, in Middlesex; I went to No.2, Angel-row, but he was not at home - I followed a woman, who went with a dinner to the prisoner; I said, "I want you for having
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="182910290055"/>three wives;" Wilkinson and Pink followed me - Wilkinson said to him, "You are a blackguard, you will serve this poor thing as you have served me and your first wife;" he said, "Hold your noise, or I will make you;" I said,"I will have none of this: if you go about marrying women in this way, you must expect they will say something;" he said, "What if I have had three wives, two of them turned out d - d bad ones, and now I have got a third I suppose you wont let me keep her."</p>
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