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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1779, Sunday, May 2, 1830.


John Barnes? was on Thursday re-examined at Bow-street on the charge of having stolen 61 silver plates from the Marquis of Bath's house in Grosvenor-square. Some glass, identified as the Marquis's property, was found at his lodgings, and he was remanded in the hope of discovering his accomplices.

At Bow-street, on Friday, Lord William Lenox was charged by Thomas Price, a footman in the service of Captain Simpson, of No. 5, John-street, Bedford-row, with assaulting him. The complainant said he was at the stage-door of Covent Garden Theatre with his master's carriage, when Lord Lenox's coachman ordered Captain Simpson's coachman to drive on. He refused to go, and Lord Lenox gave the same order, which the coachman disregarded, and Lord Lenox asked to whom the carriage belonged. He was told by complainant that it belonged to Capt. Simpson, and his lordship said he was "a liar." Complainant told his lordship that he (Lord Lenox) was a liar, and his lordship beat him in consequence with a cane. Lord Lenox said that Lady Lenox, having concluded her theatrical labours on Thursday night, was anxious to leave the theatre for home, when the carriage to which the complainant was attached was found placed exactly opposite the stage-door, and her carriage could not draw up; he (Lord Lenox) requested the coachman in a very civil manner to draw off, which he refused to do, and an altercation ensued, in the course of which he called the complainant an impertinent fellow; and the latter, in reply, told him he was a liar, and he then struck him with a small cane. This statement was corroborated by Mr. Wood, the vocalist, and by his lordship's coachman. Sir Richard Birnie said the assault was a very slight one, and the complainant had brought it on himself by his impertinence. If he thought proper, he might go to the sessions and indict his lordship. The warrant was discharged.

An old woman was sent to the House of Correction for three months, from Hatton-garden Police Office on Monday, for pretended to tell fortunes and thereby extorting money. It appeared that she was an old offender, and on this occasion several young women had been detected at her residence in Saffron-hill, seeking information as to their future prospects in love and worldly happiness.

A lad of shabby exterior, named Atfield was on Tuesday afternoon placed at the bar at Marlborough-street, charged with having burglariously entered the dwelling house of Mr. Smith, part proprietor of Richmond stages. It appeared that the mother of the prisoner had absconded from her children, and the daughter of the prosecutor being aware of this, commiserated the lad's situation, afforded him shelter at night, and generally gave him one or more meals a day, entirely unknown to her father, at his house in King-street, Richmond. In the month of August last the prisoner absented himself from his kind benefactress, and a few nights afterwards the rails were forced from the kitchen window and the prisoner and his brother regaled themselves upon cold sirloin and apple pie, after which they deliberately walked away with a new crape shawl; and were no more heard of until Sunday night, when a second breaking and entering took place, and a very handsome mirror, which it appeared they had attempted to move, was broken in pieces. Information was forthwith given, and one of the police apprehended the prisoner with the duplicate of the shawl in his possession. The prisoner said his brother had taken the shawl and he knew nothing of it until after it was pledged. He admitted that he had "looked in" to refresh himself, but that was all; and with regard to the looking-glass he had not been in Richmond after six on Sunday evening.—The prisoners were remanded.