Home Site Map Back

Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1862, Sunday, December 11, 1831



On Monday G. Wylie, Mr. Hume's clerk, was brought up, charged on his own confession of having appropriated to his own use a check for 43l., with which he was entrusted to get cashed. On being placed at the bar the Magistrate read a letter he had received from Mr Hume, which stated that the prisoner had been in his service as clerk for a considerable period, and that up to the time he absconded the writer had respected him much, on account of his talents and good conduct, and should, if he had remained with him, have served him to the utmost of his power. He did not lament so much the loss of the money as the misery which the prisoner had inflicted upon his unfortunate wife and child, as well as himself. He preferred leaving the prisoner to be punished by his conscience, and thought the best thing he could do was to go to the New World, where, by his talents and by prudence, he might be able to retrieve his circumstances. The Alderman feelingly expatiated on the folly of the prisoner's conduct, and dismissed him so much affected that he wept as he left the room.