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No. 1, Vol. 3.] LONDON, FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1820. [PRICE 6D.
TRIALS FOR HIGH TREASON.
A verdict has been obtained by the law officers of the Crown, against Thistlewood and others, on a charge of High Treason, arising out of what has been called the Cato Street Plot. In taking notice of this affair at its rupture, I observed, the trial would prove that the ministers were the instigators of this business. I think my assertion has been fully borne out by the evidence adduced on the trial. I shall proceed to particulars. Lord Harrowby asserted, that he had received an intimation of the projected assassination a month before the. time of explosion. An annunciation of a "grand Cabinet Dinner" appeared in the "New Times," and that paper only. Edwards, the modeller, who has been the spy, or the agent of the ministers, produces this annunciation, on the day of its publication, to Thistlewood and others of the party, and recommends it as a good opportunity for their object. This same Edwards attends all their meetings, and is very active in preparing all the weapons of destruction. Whether Edwards was present or not in the loft, has not appeared; but it appears that he was the only individual who knew the retreat of Thistlewood, as he accompanied him to that retreat, and must have immediately made his communication to the Police. In
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the list of witnesses, Edwards is falsely described as a resident at Ranelagh Place, whereas, he has resided in Fleet Street and its neighbourhood, upwards of twelve months last past; and an apartment has been taken at Ranelagh Place, for no other purpose than to mislead. The wife and children of Edwards have continued in a third floor of the bookseller's at the corner of Johnson's Court, Fleet Street, where he has resided since midsummer last, whilst he and some Bow Street officer have gone in the day time to Ranelagh Place, and just boiled a few eggs, by the way of taking possession. However, there is something too black between the ministers and Edwards, to have him produced as a witness. The principal accomplice produced is Adams, who, it appears, in conjunction with Edwards, lodged the ammunition and weapons at the lodgings of Tidd, on the morning after the parties were arrested, and who, no doubt, were acting in conjunction with the Police Officers, as the latter reached Tidd's lodgings within a quarter of an hour of them. It appears, that Adams has been lately discharged from the army to follow his business as a shoemaker, the better to adapt him for a spy, or an instigator. Of Monument, I shall say nothing, because it really appears that he was decoyed to Cato Street, ignorant of the object about to be pursued. But what are we to think of Lord Sidmouth's famous companion and spy, Thomas Dwyer? A villain, who, at the time he was giving information against Thistlewood, was identified as one of those horrible characters, who are in the habit of extorting money from respectable persons, by a false accusation of an unnatural crime, and actually has boasted of finding this a good way for making money. I am sure, that if the manner in which this Cato Street conspiracy has been male to burst, and to petrify the minds of the public, had not raised a strong prejudice against the accused, the Juries would have rejected the evidence adduced by the Crown with indignation. It is more atrocious than that adduced on the former trial of Dr. Watson. The
Very counsel for Thistlewood could not palliate his projects, and gave him no hopes of escape from death, on one of the indictments; but the charge of High Treason should have required more respectable evidence of the plans and intentions of the parties. Another circumstance is much to be lamented, that any other man should fall a victim to the insanity of Thistlewood. It may not be amiss to give a brief statement of what has been the extent of Thistlewood's political careerit scarcely deserves the term, political, but has rather been a career of folly and madness. In the early part of the French revolution, he held a lieutenancy in the militia, from thence he exchanged into some regular regiment, and went out to the West Indies. He left the army, from what cause is not generally known, and visited the United States from this moment may be dated the origin of those principles which have brought him to his present hapless state. From the United States he embarked for France, and remained in Paris during the whole career of the Robesperian party, and has unfortunately shewn himself, ever since, to be deeply impregnated with the principles of that party, and all the worst passions that disgraced the French revolution, and finally tended to destroy its benefits.
From Paris he returned to London, and being quite a stranger to the political characters of that day, his return from France formed the ground of an introduction to many of them, who were in the habit of assembling at the shop and house of Daniel Isaac Eaton, a bookseller in Newgate-street. Although, I have met with many of the old acquaintance of Daniel Isaac Eaton, I could never learn anything of the general tenor of Thistlewood's conduct at that time, and it appears to me, that he was never sufficiently countenanced by any of them, so as to form an intimacy with them. From this time up to the Spa-fields meeting, I have no knowledge how in what manner he spent his time further, than that he spent a considerable