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Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1782, Sunday, May 23, 1830.


The example of Rowland Stephenson has extended even to Gainsburgh, and has found an imitator in the conduct of Mr. Anderton, late clerk to Messrs. Brightmore and Co. wharfingers, who a fortnight ago absconded with somewhere about 1,000l. the fruits of his depredations, to America. His plans appears to have been excellently laid, and his escape singularly well-timed before any suspicion was entertained of his purpose, and while his principal was confined by ill health at Buxton. Latterly Anderton had done a little on his own account in the corn trade, which enabled him to extend the sphere of his operations, and to get such a sum into his hands as to make it worth his while; and several farmers in the neighbourhood will thus have reason to regret their so readily giving credit to specious professions. On Monday, the 3d inst. he set off for Doncaster, professing to be going to York on business: at Doncaster he managed to get some bills turned into cash; at Sheffield he succeeded in converting all his local paper also into specie and on the Wednesday or Thursday after, he sailed from Liverpool for New York. When at sea he gave to the pilot a letter to his wife, which was the first intimation of his intentions, and the only clue to his escape. Anderton, who, although only a young man, has already figured in various characters in life, and travelled over much of France, Italy, and the southern portion, of Europe. Being, it is alleged, the natural son of the late Mr, Thompson, publican of Newark, his early life was that of a post-boy; and afterwards as an ostler at Sleaford he commenced his career of adventure. Subsequently he served both in the army and navy; but whether he thought it necessary to wait to be regularly discharged from either service, is doubtful. We next hear of him as a clerk in a merchant's counting-house at Trieste; but the steps by which he subsequently progressed are not very well known: it is enough to state that from a timber merchant's yard at Bourn, he went to Gainsburgh, to learn the art and mystery of a corn merchant; and although the transition does not appear to be a very regular one, he was thence taken into Mr. Brightmore's counting-houses as a wharfinger. Being an active man with no little speciousness in his address be contrived to place himself in such a situation as to enable him to gather a considerable sum together to transplant himself and his fortunes to another hemisphere.—Stamford Mercury.