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<hi rend="largeCaps">GEORGE FREDERICK MASTERMAN</hi> </persName> was indicted
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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t18500819-1441-offence-1 t18500819-name-444"/>William Finer</persName>.</rs> </p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MESSRS. BALLANTINE</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">COCKLE</hi>
<hi rend="italic">conducted the Prosecution.</hi> </p>
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<interp inst="t18500819-name-445" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM FINER</persName> </hi>. On Sunday, 7th July, I was sitting with my wife and a little girl, in the parlour—I sent up to the prisoner to tell him tea was ready—he did not come—I sent again, saying if he did not come I would order the things to be cleared away—he came and asked me how I dared to send such a message—I said I dared do anything in my own house—he called me a liar and blackguard, and threw me on my back—when I got up, I thought he was dead, and sent for a pail of water—he jumped up and said he had been in communication with his brother, about a criminal prosecution against me which would transport me—he knocked me on the bed, took me by my hand
<lb/>kerchief, twisted it, and very nearly strangled me.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined by</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. CLARKSON</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> Had you any notion of his intend
<lb/>ing much more violence to you?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> No.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">of an Assault.—</hi> </rs>
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<hi rend="italic">To find sureties to appear and receive judgment when called upon.</hi> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>

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