three drops of blood fell from his nose! This Mr. justice Finucane, in charging the jury, was chought invincible proof of bis guilt by the repeated the evidence very accurately. He laid jury, and so thought the coroner.lt brought to down the law respecting treaton, nearly as it had bis mind the way an old woman once took to been laid down by counsel. He observed, howe prove that a ghost had appeared ; " how do you ever, that there were two counts, (those relat. know there was a ghoft in the room? Ob l'lling to religion) in the indictment, which not beprove to you there must have been a ghoft--for ing laid as with force could not fupport the the very moment I went in I fainted Aat on the charge of treason. The other counts might te Hoor! So says the Attorney General, “Oh, I'll reduced to two heads the first, for affociating convince you gentlemen, he designed to kill the and consulting with Detenders to affitt the French king, for' he laughed !" No man of common the second, for administering an oath to Lawa understanding would take the life of a man on ler to induce him to assist the King's enemies. fuch evidence the law of England would not do Either of these charges being proved, would it for the law of England while it suspended support the indi&ment;-but before the jury the sword of justice over the head of the guilty could find him guilty of either of these they mm, threw its protection around him if inno. must be convinced that he associated and consulte cent, to save him from the danger of such evi- ed with the Defenders, and also administered the dence--it did more-it threw its protection oath to Lawler coith a view to affit the French around him whose innocence might be doubted, if they thought the prisoner performed those acts but who was not proved to be guilty.

with any other intent, they must find him not Having argued on the nature of the crime guilty.--He allowed that there was nothing in and the testimony, Mr. Curran proceeded the oath itself which could fupport the indictment to animadvert on the credit of the wite out as it was connected with the other evidence, dels. Did it appear, he asked, that the witness it bore a very differenc appearance. As to what was of that kind on which a jury should excin- had appeared in evidence about a rising in the guith the fame, property, and life of an indivi. North, that they should leave out of their condual. The witnels was a man who was himself lideration, as nothing relating to such an event an acomplice in all the guilt which he charged was Itaced in the indi&ment, unless, indeed, on the prisoner. Mr. Curran appealed only to they believed that the object of this rifing was to the character which the witness had drawn of a lift the French. himself. What, according to his own words, It would have added greatly to the credibility worked his reformation Unappaller at the of Lawler’s evidence, in his mind, it it had apidea of lapping the blood of a part of the Pro- peared that Alderman James had come by the teftant body, it was only the heap of feftering papers which had been produced, by Lawler's dead which naufeated his Itrong ftomach! Would means—with respect to that they were in the a jury take the life of the prisoner on the testi- dark. He allowed, as Mr. Curran had said, that mony of him who had already acknowledged to there was nothing criminal in the inere name them that his conscience was tough enough for of Defender-but if it appeared to the jury that the murder of thousands, and that be heticated these men who were so called had certain princionly at the idea of complete extirpation ? Would ples, and that of these, one was to artist the the man who had felt nio qualm at the affaclinati. French; thea in proving that the prisoner was on of his king, feel compunction in plunging one of this body, the charge against him was the dagger into che breast of a subject--one who proved. - Their designs, he thought, were fully knowing his crimes might be to him an object of declared by Hart at Stoney-batter, when he dehatred and terror!--No surely! A jury there. clared publicly, and aloud, that they must get fore would not easily be induced to venture their arms to assist the French But Mr. Curran had fouls on the veracity of such a wretch, the said, that a man was answerable only for his own confefled traitor and the ready murderer! act--True, but here was an act of the prisoner

After adverting then to the principle of Eng, proved his administering the oath and catechism lifh law which requires the concurrent teftimony to the prisoner, binding Lawler to aslift the naof two witnefses to the same overt act in cases of tional convention-This writing declared the treason, and which, though not yet a principle of principles of the Defenders-The prisoner in adTrifk law, yet leemed a fair and cautious principle ministering the oath, adopted the principle, and of justice.

theretore the principle of aflifting the French was There were then produced to the prisoner's his. Mr. Curran had said too, that the expression character, James Reynolds, who knew him for of an individual could not prove that the affembly seventeen years, and Thomas O'Neil who knew were consulting - hat muit be determined by cirhim for twenty years, both of whom gave him cumitances, but the declaration of Hart, comthe character of an industrious and properly be- bined with the oath afterward taken by the combaved man.

pany, that they would come again with arms on Counfellor M‘Nally spoke a few words in de- Monday night to go out for arms, was a full fence of the prisoner.

proof that tpe allembly were consulting to afliit Mr. Prime Serjeant then spoke to evidence, the French. On the whole he observed that the which he did in such a manner as became a man proof of the charge retted entirely on the evi. doing his duty and yet feeling the impressions of dence Lawler, and he certainly was- an evi. humanity.

dence liable to very weighty objections. He was


an accomplicemeone who had declared he would because it did not appear to be Ari@tly regular, not fcruple at one time to kill his sovereign.-He but every man had eyes and ears, and a Jury was also a man who did not ftudder at ihat at were to judge by all their senses. The witnes which human nature thudders, a massacre of his lowever, had given consistent testimony ; it was fellow-lubjects. All bofe objections however, entirely for the Jury to judge of his credit.did not locally destroy his credibility, for he was with regard to what had been done at the other a competent witness, and therefore credible, for assemblies at which the prisoner had not aslifted, if he was not credible he could noi be compe- the Jury were to attend to is only as explanatory tent.--It was objected to the prisoner that if he of the papers which had been read and which had been innocent of administering the oath he were brought home to the prisoner ; and he demight have proved an alibi, but that the nature fired it might be remembered that it was with of the evidence prevented him from doing be- tha: view only that this evidence had been adcaule no precife time is mentioned for his com- mitted. mitting that faci.

The Jury now retired and in 15 minutes Mr. Justice Chamberlaine after corroborating brought in a verdict of-GUILTY. all the obfervations of judge Finucane, remark The court adjourned at 8 o'clock having fac ed, that the cath which limited the allegiance to eleven hours. the period of living under the king's government appeared to him from that circumftance a cover for

Affairs of France. an unlawful association for without that oah every subject is bound to allegiance during the (Continued from page 496 of our Magazine for joint lives of himself and his majesty.--The acts December, and enung with the Formation of of those persons who used the private higns the new Government, according to the Consti which Weldon bad communicated to the witness, tution decreed and accepted in 1795.) appeared to him to be good evidence to illustrate the meaning of that paper, and therefore it was FTER the triumph of the convention over that the court had admitted it. With refpect to the insurgents of the sections of Paris, the fecond oath or catechism in the inuendo of their time was chiefly occupied in preparing the National Convention for periods exercising the necessary regulations, to establish the form of power of government in France, and of gs government prescribed by the new constitution. for kings appeared 10 bim very naturally and Accordingly on the 22d of October; it was deproperly filled up, and he believed it would be a creed, that, on the 26th of that month, those refinement not to say that the traitorous intent members of the convention, who had been electin this paper was very obvious.

ed into the legislative body, or the council of He stated as Itrongly as judge Finucane the five hundred, should be formed into an electoral objections to the credibility of Lawler, but al. body, and complete the two thirds of the memlowed that the objections against his credit would bers of the convention who were to remain in have been tronger had he not informed against the council of five hundred. Weldon while be (Weldon) was yet at liberty. The last acts of the convention (on the 26th He recommended it to the jury to consider whe. of October) were to decree, that che punishment ther there was any corroborating circumstances of death should cease at the general peace, and to strengthen the evidence, for it seidom hap- to annul all proceedings and accusations relative pened in the history of the English law that a to the events of the revolution. It was further jury ventured to take away the life of a man decreed, that all those who were in prison on on the evidence of a single witness unsup- that account should be liberated, if no charges por ed by any corroborating circumstances. If existed against them respecting the late conspithere occurred any luch in this case it was that racy; and all who opposed the putting of the these papers had been seen by him in Kennedy's new constitution into activity, with the fabricahands and were afterwards found in his poffeffion tors of false aflignats, se transported priests, by Mr. Carleton, and yet even that circumstance and the emigrants, were excepted from this demay only itrengthen bis evidence against Ken- cree. The convention chen declared its fittings nedy, and not against the prisone.--If on the as a convention were terminated ; and it imme. whole of the case, the jury did not find their diately resolved itself into an electoral body, in minds coerced to believe Lawler's teftimony, order to complete the numbers deficient in the they must acquit the prisoner.

council of five hundred*. Baron George concurred in what had been said Ar eight o'clock at night, on the 27th of Ocby his brettiren, except that he did not believe tober, the electoral body had completed the nowith judge Finucane, that Lawler's testimony minations it had to make amounting to 105. wou be strengthened it it were proved that al. During the night the appel nominal took place, derman James gor the papers through Lawler's in- for determining those of the re-elected members , formation. He dwel: however, on the doubi- who were forty years of age, and who were ful credibility of that witness, and in addition married. to the remarks which had been made by the

NOT E. other judges, and which he again urged, he * Legendre having exprefed his astoni Ahment, thought it would be worth the attention of the that the name of Thomas Paine was not to be jury to consider how he hesitated at Mr. Curran's found in the list of electors, it was aniwered, , quelson concerning his belief of a Deity.The that he had been no where re-eleetod. uit had not enforced an answer to chat question,


The verification of powers was hnished, with members were chosen from the fifty candidates to tot any difficulty, on the 28th; and the depu- be elected members of the executive directory. des disided themselves into two chambers, and The following five had the majority of voices : retired to their respective balts. The council of Lareville Lepaux 216, Letourneur (de la Manche) five hundred then proceeded to form a list of fifty 189, Reubel, 176, Sieyes, 156, Barras 129 ; candidates, from which were to be chosen the in consequence of which the prefdent profive members of the executive directory. claimed them members of the executive directo

The council of elders (anciens] was employed, ry: This nomination was notified to the council on the 29th, in electing a president, four fecre- of five hundred, to the elected members, and to turies, and other officers. The prefident is the committees of government; buc Sieyes deLarevelliere Lepaux ; the same day, the council clined accepting the charge. of bre bundred elected Danou, president.

On the 4th instant, the council of elders proOn the zoth, in the council of elders, it was ceeded to the choice of a member of the execurefedved that the constitutional, organic, and tive directory in lieu of Sieyes, when Carnot, regulating laws, hould be collected in a single member of the legislative body, was chosen, teze, and a copy be given to each member. The and proclaimed the fifth member of the executive pældent then announced, that the council was directory. complete, being composed of 167 ex-members The same day, the executive directory entered se the convention, and 83 new deputies. It upon business ; and elected Reubel their prefident declared, that it was definitively constituted, and for the firft three months ; having afterward dureed that this circum'tance Should be commu- appointed the minister of justice, the minister of the licated by a state meflenger to the council of interior, the minister of war, the minister of exteEve bundred. The melienger was called, andrior of the exterior regulations, and the minifter advanced as far as the balustrade. The president of finance, the government was now considered as difered to a fecretary, a dispatch sealed, with in a Itace of activity; and, as it has fince appeared she state feal, and thus addressed. The council that the British court have acknowledged, that the of elders to the council of five hundred.' The present government of France is now capable of lecretary delivered it to the fate messenger, who maintaining the accustomed relations of peace ccompanied by two vshers, carried it to the and amity, and consequently that the revolution Council of five hundred. After this the president is so far terminated, we shall here close this isvited his colleagues to attend the fittings every history as a separate article, and refer to the burning at ten, that they might be enabled to article of our continental advices for the future rtez an earlier hour in the evening.

events that may attract attention to that country. The bezi day, in the council of elders, five

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And was not pleas'd a little to behold
That wealthy corporation's members rangid,
Dire&ors, secretaries, clerks and all
In their respective stations, busy each
Ading his part in that economy juft.
This to my memory the discourses brought
I'd heard and read concerning public Trust.
The thoughts which were revolving all the day
Gare the whole night employment to my mind,
So that I fell into a formal dream
Laengbły, which settled and dispos’d
Lato a vifon all my contemplations.

To the great hall methought I had return'd,
Which I had visited the morn before,
But, in the place of those 1 there had left,
To my surprise law at the upper end
Of the wide hall, a virgin mild and fair,
Seated on a lofty throne of gold.
I learn'd that Publick Credit was her name.
The walls, inttead of being deck'd with maps

At the lower end was plac'd the act
Of settlement, put fully to the view
Of the fair virgin that sat upon the throne.
The hall each fide with acts were overspread
Made for the founding of the public funds.
Upon this furniture the lady leem'd
To set a value not to be describid,
So much that often the her eye regal'd
With them, and often (mild with secret joy
As the survey'd them, and disquiet show'd,
If aught approach'd by which they would be

In ail her ways most timorous she appear'd:
And, whether 'twas from conftitution weak,
Or that by vapours she was sore disturbid,
(As I was told by one who was her foe)
The colour chang'danon upon her check,
And gave a start at every thing the heard.
A Valetudinarian she was too,
Greater than e'er I'd meet with (as I found)
In her own sex, and to such sbort decays


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Expos'd, that in the twinkling of an eye, The heaps of money wondrousy were chang'd, From a complexion of the lovelieft red,

The bill of monev bags were shrunk and void, And body of the strongest, healthiest state, And not one tenth o'chem with money charg'd. Into a skeleton The'd fall and waste.

The rest that the same space had occupy'd But, her recoveries often were as quick And made a figure like the bage that swellid As her consumptions, insomuch that the With real specie, were blown up with air, From a wasting illness wou'd revive

And to my memory call'd the bags of wind, Anon and blow in all the pinks of health. Which Homer tells his hero as a gift

Receiv'd from Eolus the god of storms.
Shortly an opportunity I had,

The piles of gold on either fide the throne,
Of seeing those quick changes in her frame. To be but heaps of paper now appear'd,
Sat at her feet two secretaries, who

Or little piles of sticks in bundles bound.
From every quarter of the globe received
Epistles every hour, which were aloud

Whild with deep lamentation heav'd my breaft Incessantly by one or other read ;

At this quick desolation, the whole scene And in proportion to the news the heard,

Vanith'd anon: and in the room of those To which the gave a most attentive ear,

Horrifick spectres, other phantoms sprung
She'd colour change, and many symptoms (how In second dance agreeably oppos'd,
of roseate vigour, and of ficknels pale. And the whole group a loveliness display'd.

Monarchy at the right of Freedom plac'd
Behind the throne a monstrous heap of bags Were the first pair: the second Moderation
Of money, which were on each other pild Conducting in Religion; and the third
So high as they the ceiling touch'd, the floor, A person whom before I'd never seen,
Upon her right hand and upon her left,

with Britain's genius. Ar the first ingress
Was cover'd o'er with sums immense of gold Reviv'd the lady, to their former bulk
That role in pyramids at both hur sides; Were swellid the bags, the heaps of paper changid
But, I at this was not so much amaz'd,

And piles of dicks to guineas rear'd in hills. When 'pon investigation I had learn'd

My heart expanded with so much delight That she had the same virtue in her touch, And transport, that I instantly awoke. Which poets say a Lyojan king poffels'd,

1. G. And that the cou'd convert what'er the pleas'd Trinity College Into that metal most pursu'd and priz'd.

Epigram on hearing a Gentleman censuring his , After a little dizziness of thought,

Friend for living at the remote part of she Which oft a person in a dream befalls,

Methought the spacious hall was much alam'd,
The doors flew open wide and in there came TEASE, Sir, such bitter words to say,
Six phantoms of the most terrifick shapes

Forbear so much to blame,
Ie're (e'en in a dream) had seen.

How often do we every day
They enter'a two by two, and seemed in louks Find Man in the exireme!
As if they were not link's in social bonds,
Yet mix'd together in a kind of dance.
Their babits and their persons to describe

The Complaint.
It wou'd be tedious, therefore I'll but tell
Him who is pleas'd this vision to pecuie,

THAT a strange world is this to view, Fell Tyranny char rules with ruthless pow'r,

So cross are all its ways, And Anarchy that in dread chaos joys,

'Tis hard to know well what to do, Were the first pair, the second Bigotry

Or who to please! And Atheism deadliest bane of man, The third the Genius of a common wealth, If a man's c'er polite and kind, And a young man of twenty years and two, He's then a flatterer fam'd, Whose name I cou'd not learn ; in his right hand If he's in manners less refin'd, He had a {word, which, as he danc'd he shook

A clown he's gam'd. At the act of settlement; and a cit Who by me stvod, in gentle accents said, Sappho possess’t of generous heart, That in his lett hand he a spunge descry'd.

And every mental pow's The gambol of so many jaring natures

That can intruction sweet impart, Put me in mind of the sun, moon, and earth,

And gild the hour. That dance tog ther for no other end

If to her mansion I'd repair, But seemingly each other to eclipse.

Then calumny wou'd low,

Then I'd receive a wound fevere. The lady, as may justly be suppos’d,

From all I know. That filled the throne, wou'd have terrify'd To madneis, had ihe any one beheld

If in a boisterous crowd I'd fee Of those dread spectres; what must then hase Much pressid her lovely frame, been

Shou'd I from rudeness let her free, Her fituation when the law them all

I'm liander's theme. Adembled ? at the light the Swoond away.





$bord I, when health her cheek forfakes The gentle youth falutes his timid bride, Make hatte her mind to cheer,

With soft embrace his lips her blushes hide ; Then babling fame unkiadly speaks,

While mutual raptures, ecstacy and bliss
And gives a jeer. Flows from the dear, transporting, balmy kiss

Delicious banquer, source of sweet delight, Shou'd an evening fine invite

Sublime enjoyment where fond souls unite ! Us down to yonder plains,

The folks we meet Atraight us unite,
In wedlock's chains.

Sonnet on Winter.
Shoa't I choose Sappho blithe and fair
As partner at the ball,

EEN is the cutting wind; fierce winter Then che sarcastic smile and stare

hoar Is giv'n by all. Grasps nature in his killing cold embrace ;

Submiss and came is every beast of chace, Should I, her converse to enjoy

And each Sweet bird forgets its dulcet lore; Beside her take my seat,

Humble and homely round the cottage door Usjust remarks my bliss defroy

They fluttering croud, though late so wild and With idle prate. Thy;

And pity's tribute wilfully implore I fhe a gift receives from me,

From those in happier days they wont to iy. 1 Or, I from her a boon, Abroad it flies then that we'll be

So can misfortune low the proudeft crest; United soon. Shew arrogance and folly what they are ;

Strike deep instruction to presumptioa's breast, 'f I to her a note should pen,

And vice and pleasure's baiced hook lay bare. 0.1, her in poesy praise, A fille and evil turn then

But, oh, hard teacher ! tho' che passions fly,
Is giv'n my lays. With them all genius' fire, all fancy's glories

die ! Orten the action that I trust

Most people will commend, Does oftentimes the most disgust,

On the Discovery of the Gold

Mine, in the County And most offend.

of Wicklow. By Jane Elisabeth Moore. Bar conscience cries with fou'reign voice, . “ You may contemn such talk,

AY ; keeping where you've made your choice,

This myitic metal in its native clay ; Discretions walk." Which numbers long indiftant climes have foughty I. G. And from its corrid regions millions brought

The glittering ore, thus grasped with ardent To Miss E


Has harmless millions doomed at times to bleed! THAT have I done thou lovely fair, And though by poets long has been despised,

That now my soul must ever weep By them poffefTed its pleasures have been prizod, Ps palt, my fighs must swell the air,

To nature yielding in her state depraved ; y hopes are fled that once so sweet ;

Perverted gifts which they before hai craved. Oft they dispeld my deepest cara',

Prolific bounties Wicklow, long thy boalt, Asd pleas'd my soul with soft alarms ;

Beam now in golden rays upon thy coat, Til lome foul-tongued detractive fair

Which vie all Europe, Alia rich defy, H23 robb'd has corn thee from my arms,

And dread Hispaniolian maxims hall decry?

HORATIO. No harrafled victims to the torture brought, Largan, Dec. 3, 1795.

Shall (ully true magnanimity of thought;

But by pure efforts of industry gained,
On a late visit to a noted Blacksmith. Shall not by ghaftly avarice be arraigned ?

Replete with hope shall commerce swell her fail, "HE maid who fondly loves, dreads no alarms, And deep the plough in culture fresh prevail ;

With the lov'd youth, entrusts her virgin The cattered peasant by this bounty clad,

Witte railing hope shall make his children glad !
Serere the struggle, between love and duty, Own'd by the great, the virtuous, and the good,
While both contending, off flips smiling beauty! Who long that spectre vice have ftill with tood;
Honour directs the loving pair, express, What gladdening rays of happiness combine,
To Gretna Green, the scene of happiness ! Where arts and (cience, in a country shine ;
0.1 Vulcan cries, who dare forbid the bands, Those well united in a nation's cause,
And quickly riveted their willing hands! Shall yield protection to its pristine laws.
Hymen his blessing tenderly did give,

Thus if disposed on reason's solid ground And bid affection with them ever live;

Shall gold diffuse its use, to all around,

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