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We are huppy to state, that ioCOLONEL GÓRE had Mr. Adolphus the afternoon of yesterday, Colonel sitting by his side during the trial! Gore received a letter from John And, that OOLONEL Gone, in his Beckett. Esq; Judge Advocate, defence, used the following words: congrutulating 'him upon the result

"When I assert, as I am corifiof the deliberation of the Court, viz. a 'full and honourable ucquittal.

" dent I shall prove, - that the The letter added, that the charge " charge and all the evidence was pronounced uicked and mun upon as it relates to me, 'is >dicions; - apd that an immediate . prose- utterly false and unfounded, it cution would be instituted against " may naturally be asked what the Corporal. Of course the de can have indaced the prosecu cision of the Court must have re- 4 stor to make such an accusation, ceived His Alujesty's opprobation pre-, when he knews it to be utterly vious to this communication.'

6 unfounded! I am unable to de *}*. I have great reluctance to med-1" fine, or even to surmise the per-' dles with any of the curious affairs " sonal motives of the individual; of these fi red-coated gentlemen. but, I am sorry, to observe, that But, having hade my attention these times are fruitful in in. drawn to the matter by this cu- "stances of the extraordinary rious paragraph s struck with the excesses, to which men may be happiness which the Editors of the carried by envy and hatred of newspapers: 80 unanimously felt their superiors in rank and auupon the occasion ; and perceiv- "thority, and by the distinction ing their happiness was not to be which they hope to gain in cerat all

disminished by the prospect 6 tain classes of society by maof seeing an immediate prose-1“ lignant aspersions and daring cution" of the Corporal, I was led " attacks upon those who are eleto look a little into the matter; and". vated above them in station and having looked into it. I soon dis-" in character.covered a great deal more than I will not say that it was not sufficient to account for this ex- this which prevailed over my retraordinary happiness. On the luctance to meildle with a matter 16th of the month the Report of the of this sort. Here is a general attrial appeared in the Old Timės, tack upon the people al large. pretty much at length; but, merely Here is a repetition of the cuckoo a notice of the nature of the charge cry of want of respect for our appeared in the Morning Chroni- betters." Where are these darcle, which, however, had in the ing attacks that COLONEL Gore Knew edition of the whole ? Was it 'omabove paragraph. On the 19th a has perceived to be so

Mr. in the New Times, which edition Adolphus, that discovered this - will be found subjoined to the ar- pretty reason for the Corporal's

ticle I am now writing. chargeWhere did Colonel fyri* When I came to read this new discover that there were persons edition, the subject assumed, in in society beneath him? T'alinost my eyer, additional importance. became literally sick at reading Perbaps, after all, I should not several parts of his defence; but have taken this sort of notice of the part where he talks of being the affair, had I not found that well born, I really must impule to

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his Learned Friend. However, question; but to give a sort of as I shall come to it again by- suniming up of the evidence; which and-by, I will say no more of it appears to be the more necessary, here; and will proceed, to state, as no such summing up has been in the first place, the nature of the put into print, though the delence, charge, and then, to state niy view at full length, containing the above of the evidence and the defence, quoted political doctrine, bas duly

As to the nature of the charge, and truly made its appearance, the best way will be to take the through all the newspapers of the description of it given in the news- kingdom. pápers, which is as follows :: Before, however, I proceed to

"* A Court-martial was held on this summing up, there are some, Friday at Portman Barracks, and preliminary remarks, which sugcontinued on Saturday, for the trial gest themselves as necessary to of Lieutenant - Colonel Thomas give us a fair start into the matter, Gore, of the Coldstream Guards, to give us a sort of history of the on a charge of having on the 20 proceedings; for, unless we have of August last, at a public-house in Oxford-street, associated with, and

This, we musi blunder along readjoined company with, and drank ing or talking about things, withbeer with Corporal Samuel George, ont having scarcely an idea of the of the Coldstream regiment of Foot sources whence the several inciGuards; such conduct being unbe- dents spring. .coming the character of an officer and a gentleman, and to the preju: ing scene took place on the 2d

It appears, then, that the drinkdice of good order and military of August; that George matle discipline.

no public mention of this until Now, as to the nature of this the 11th of August; that after this charge, we must not lightly ob- there was two eraminations of serve that there was no crime in George, and of Shaw and Magiving a Corporal a pot of beer, son, by the officers of Colonel and, even, drinking with a Corpo- Gore's regiment. We are left ral; for, it is against the orders of to conjecture here, whether the

army; it is contrary to all the GEORGE was in the same regiusages of our army; and Colonel ment with the Colonel, or not. Gore himself calls it a disgraceful In the charge, it is said, that they act, and says, that the charge had are both of the Coldstrecem filled his mind with the deepest Guards; and yet. George talks anxiety. I agree, then, that the of Colonel Gore's officers, and charge, if false, amounted to a frequently we have the mention great offence in the Corporal; of the officers of Colonel GORĖ's and that it was of a very serious regiment. However, it appears natóre with regard to the person that by officers of some sort or accused.

other, there were two examina- · There can be no doubt then tions previous to the trial. We that he must have been extremely find, also, that there was a meetbappy at being acquitted of this ing of Colonel Woodford, Sir charge;'and I am not about to HENRY BOUVERIÉ, Colonel Hachallenge the acquittal; to call ulton, Colonel GORE, Mr. GORE the propriety or justice of it in (the father), and a friend of Mr.

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Gore's, at some time or other, I said, “ that if he had been at previous to the trial ; that at this “ liberty he might have found meeting Mr. Gore, the father, "other persons to corroborate his: was examined, and that Colonel testimony." Upon which Col. Woodford took a note of what he Woodford said, that, so far was said.

George from being prevented The reader will bear all these “ from looking for witnesses, that previous steps in mind. We " he had full permission to go out gather, (for we only gather it, “ whenever he chose for that purfrom Colonel Gore's defence) ihat" pose IN COMPANY WITH this same Col. Woodford was the " A SERGEANT.” The Serperson who acted as prosecutor geant being present confirmed before the Court, or, perhaps Colonel Woodford's statement, we should call it introducer: for and said that he repeatedly asked Col. Gore begins his defence by George, whether he wished to go acknowledging, “ with heartfelt any where, as he was ready to “gratitude the very handsome accompany him.... " and liberal manner in which This, to be sure, was an odd : " the charge against him was in- sort of way to further the prose" troduced by Col. Woodford.” cution, which Colonel Gore says Col. Woodford, we shall find, he was so anxious should take afterwards becomes a witness for place; but these are the facts as the defence. This may be all they are stated. It seems sinvery proper; but, it is a circum-gular to us who wear coats of all stance to be attended to. :

sorts of colours that he who was And now, let us turn a little to charged should be at liberty and Corporal George. He had un- that he who made the charge dergone two examinations, at should be kept in confinement. which Colonel Woodford assist- This seems to us a little like reed, and, from the 14th of August, versing the order of things; and he had been, where, think you ? if it were adopted in common life, Why, in confinement! He said, it would certainly save Judges that, from the first mention of the and Juries a great deal of trouble; business, in the public canteen, for the thing of all things for: a on the lith, he was solemnly man to be afraid of would be that charged, on pain of confine- of imputing crime of any sort to "ment to hold his tongue on the any human being. This is, howsubject, even on perit of his ever, it seems, agreeable to the

life.. He was put into this law military, with which we have confinement on the 14th of An- nothing to do ; but, as far as re-, gust. Upon his saying this, Co- gards our present inquiry, we Ionel Woodford said, that:" he have to bear it in mind; for he " had liberty to go out whenever must be a stupid man indeed, " he asked. The President of who does not perceive that it the Court remarked; " that it ought to have considerable weight

was fit he should be restrain with us from one end of our ob6 ed from circulating . such a servations to the other.

story, till the facts were pro- From the character in which perly inquired into." George Colonel Woodroro appears as

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prosecutor or introducer: frem fthe above circumstance safely in his coming afterwards with Major our minds, let us now proceed to BextixCK as a witness to what take a view of the evidence and the Corporat said at his previous defence, and first of all, it will examinations zo from his appearing he necessary to read the whole

a third time with his notes to say through with attention. what passed at the meeting when The reader will perceive, that Colonel Gore's father was ex- the triah lasted two days, and that amined : from all this at would the party tried hail from three appear that he was one of those o'clock on the first day to the persons called the Officers of Co. time that the Court met on the lonel Gore's regiment. Now, as second day, to fashion bis ride. he was the prosecirtor, may one tence. George, it will be-horne te permitted to ask of him, why in mind, had undergone two exGeorge had not kiis Mr. Adolphus aminations before. These were at his elbow as well as Colonel | down in writing ; $u thats Color Gore? .,Or was there not another nel Gore and bis learned friend Mr. Adulphas to be found upon had plenty of maferials whereon the face of the earth !-Colonel to work for a defence. This Woodford, 100, is the person to might be all very right; but, at answer George, when the latter any rate, they can never say that complains of not being able to go they were taken by surprise. We to look for witnesses. He contra- now proceed to the account, pub dicts him, and says that he had lished in the New Times of the full permission to go in company 19th, which will he found subwith a sergeant ! So that, one joined to this article. looks about in vain for somebody

The first observation to make to dssist the Corporal, who comes. is, that the Corporal's story, as in fact, from out of confinement far as relates to some man going into the Court, while the person into the public house, and there who is being tried is not only at getting the pot of beer, and giving large, but is handsomely and li- some of it to George, is completely berally treated by his prosecutor, confimed. The precise nioment and has, at his-elhow, a lawyer of time is not stated by any of famed at Hicks's Hall and at the them; but, CATHARINE Hair, and Old Bailey, not in his wig and Marr MCARTHY fully corrobogown, that we know of; but still rate and confirm the fact about a he was there with that magazine gentleman's going and getting the of knowledge, acuteness and re-beer and doing as George had source, 80 visible in his counter said. The question, therefore, is, ** pance. To this gentleman the to ascertain whether it he lon be

Colonel was, doubtless, indebted, not proved that Colonel Gore was for much of that point and ele- that gentleman. For the affirma. gance which we find in his written tive of this proof we have nothing defence] George had had à but George's path, Nei her of lawyers and one that would have the women recognized Colonel done what they know so well how Gore; and one of them, though todo, what might not have been the she had seen him since had no consequerce / However, keeping recollection of ever having seen him before. She recollected the there for the purpose of false gentleman, and a soldier Mer swearing for the purpose of description of the dress agrees helping her peor-brothy's out with George's description. The of a scrape, she certainly would other, MARY MCARTHY, said she have made no bones of the mat. should know the soldier, hut that ter ; she would have sworn roundly she had no recollection of the gen- to the man; she could have said tleman. She agrees also in the she saw his face, and that she description of his dress given by knew him again. Her evidence, George. She related what the therefore, is not to be wholly disgentleman said to her about being cartled as good for nothing; but, inárried. Being asked to look at on the contrary, stends further Colonel Gore, and say if she tocorroborate the evidence of knew him, she first said she did George not, that she had never seen him It must be observed here that before to her knowledge; but then Mary M'Carthy, though she reagaint she says that she cannot collected seeing George on the sea say, whether he as the gerittet cond of August, did nntierecollect man with the soldier or not. having seen Colonel Gore:: She : 'Out of all this we gather a per- had never seen him before to her fect confirmation of George's tes knowledge. This is what she said timony, as far as relates to the when she was bidden to s look at fact of there having been a gen- Colonel Gore. Now, this might tleman at the public house with be, and yet Colonel Gore might him, dressed as George descrilved be the man, unless he

was at the him to be dressed, and doing the time when she looked at him in the things which George said he did. court, in the same dress that the

Next comes Elizabeth Green, gentleman was in at the time when ** whose appearance," the New she saw him at her master's house. Times" tells ** ús, « indicated that He was possibly not dressed in " she did not belong to the most regimentals at the Court Martial “chaste and respectable part of I believe that the regulations of * society.". It appears in the end, the army require that he should that it was ferreted out that this he dressed in regimentals." It ke woman, whose husband lives se- were so dressed, it is not at all parated from her, has passed for surprising that she should not res George's sister, and that, she was cognise the man that she saw Hot likely to be a vestal. - Never- dressed in a shabby brown cuat, theless, her evidence is not to be white trowsersi svery dirty and all wholly disregarded. She looked over grease, and a black hat, which round the room, said that Colonel was round of course. To identify Gore" resembled the gentleman a man thus dressed when you more than any body else tas»

to come to see that man in regimen size and thinness; but that she tals, is difficult indeed ; and if the could not swear to him, as she Colonel were not dressed in regia did not see his face when she saw mentals at the Court Martiak, be him in Oxford-street. Now, though was, doubtless, dressed in a man one would not choose such a wit- net very different from that nf the ness as this, yet, if she had been gentleman of the 2d of August. W»

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