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Risden was in the church-yard when they came out of the church, and accompanied them to Elm field, where they drank some bottles of wine, after which he went _______ witness about two o’clock in the morning.
This witness underwent a severe cross-examination, in the course of which he said he was in the vestry with Ninnis, who gave him two bottles of wine, and these he handed out to ___ through the window – is sure he never took anything else – was particularly pressed on that point, but denied having received any thing more than the wine, and a shilling from the poor’s box in the church – drank two bottles of wine with them, and shared a bottle each; Ninnis _____ his father’s garden and buried some of the ____ side of the hedge – did not know what, being very drunk - ___________ or it might have been three quarts ________ing the things, there were _______ appeared like a jug ________ lattice, never saw them ________ the garden, this he w____________. Next night Ninnis said ______ shewed him pieces wh__________ again. Went with Ninnis _______ asked him to take ________ Joseph’s to sell – Ninnis _______ silver came from the _________ never went into any _________ was taken into custody _______ at Redruth. In his further examination ________ much prevarication. The Judge ________ ever went to church. He replied _______ had never seen the sacramental v_______ church. Throughout his evidence ________ witness shewed himself to be a person ________ and dissolute character.
Ellinor Vercoe, servant at the _______ Falmouth, saw Bray with two men ________ room drinking on Wednesday in October _________ the robbery. Knows Bray, but did not know the other prisoners before, and is sure _______ at the Oak before she heard of the ______ Gluvias church.
Elizabeth Nicholas lives at Penryn ______ prisoners, Ninnis is a brazier and Risden is a ________ maker, who has a shop and a bed-room ______ house. Bray also lodged with her_____ the same bed as Risden.
Remembers ______ the 3d of October Risden and Bray were _________ when she went to bed, but that _______son, she does not know who, slept in _______ bed. Did not see Risden until eight ________ morning on opening his shop. Did not _______ that day – had seen Ninnis with _______. When Ninnis was in custody, went to ______ and begged him to speak the truth _______ would clear witness and her husband _______ had any concern in the robbery. _________ you will never be called upon to _________ thing that has been done in this ________.
Richard Beard is a constable _________ custody on the 13th of October. Was ______ Arms with him, but never said it would __________ or worse for him to confess. Risdon ________posed Bray had told all he knew of _______ when witness replied _________. Risden then said “I wish ______ there : I wished them to have put _____ again.” This witness gave Risden a ________ character.
_____ Piper is a gardener, was ________ where he saw the cushion and _______ marks – the mark of a rigid ______ and he cut a piece of paper to fit the _______ Risden at the Magistrate’s, and _______ answered the mark on the cushion. _______ was quite a mistake, that the mark _________ made by some person with a shoe ________ he was not there, but remained outside. ________tioned two persons who were ________ tioned not to name any person unless _______ and he said it was him. Examined ______ shoe, and it tallied with the measured. Some time after, in the prison, Risden said ________ been drunk they should not have committed the robbery; and he added that when they returned back from Falmouth he wished to go home, but the others laid hold of and compelled him to go down the street with them. This witness was cross-examined, but nothing was eleicited in contradiction of his testimony. He gave the prisoner a very good character.
George Barnicoat went to Swansea, ______ found Ninnis in custody. Never said ______ would be better or worse for him if he ______. On the passage home a seaman came to him on deck, and said prisoner wanted _______ him belew. Went and asked what ______. Prisoner wished to know what he had _______ when he arrived at home. Witness _________ no person was obliged to _________. Bray had brought himself into a bad ______ had said that he only received _______ the money that had been taken _________ was surprised that he could say ________ money had been exactly divided_______. Witness then informed him that B ________ things were hid in his father’s garden _______ Ninnis replied, then they are _______ have not been removed. The C________ that this witness had made _______ means to bring the prisoner to ________ monished him to be careful ______ other time to have a person in custody ______ of felony, not to attempt to ________ him by mentioning what another ______ have said elsewhere.
The Judge summed up the evidence ______ minuteness and with merciful consideration towards the prisoners, who were both _____ immediately found Guilty by the Jury. His Lordship, in passing sentence, said that _____ doubted the propriety of what he was _______ to do, but in consequence of the good character that Risden had received, he ____ record the verdict : and he hoped his rep_______ tion of that character, together with his recommendation, would have the effect of ___ening the punishment of that prisoner. _______ for Ninnis, he must not think of any punishment more lenient than that of leaving the land of his nativity, never to return. The passing sentence occupied his Lordship for some time, in consequence of the excellent advice and strong _____tations he gave to the prisoners to amend their lives.
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