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his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me. And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? and he said, I am thy son, thy first'born Esau. And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me; and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed. And when Esau 'heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. And he said, Thy brother came with 'subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing. And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birth-right; and behold, now he hath taken away my blessing: and he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me? And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and 'all his brethren have I given to him for servants, and with corn and wine have I sustained him and what shall I do now unto thee, my son? And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. And Isaac his father answered, and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew ' of heaven from above. And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother: and it shall come to pass when ⚫ thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke <from off thy neck. And Esau hated Jacob, because of the "blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in

his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand, then will I slay my brother Jacob. And these words of Esau 4 her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold thy bro<ther Esau as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. Now, therefore, my son, obey my voice: and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother, to Haran: and tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away; until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day? And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life, because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?' (To be Continued.).

Printed by JANE CARLILE, 55, Fleet Street.

No. 4, Vol. 3.] LONDON, FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1820. [PRICE 6D.


On Monday last the Court of King's Bench passed sentence on the following persons:-Sir C. Wolseley, 18 months imprisonment in Abingdon gaol, and to find securities for his good behaviour, himself in 10001. and two other persons in 5001. each. Mr. Harrison, 18 months, and securities, for 5 years, himself in 2001. and two others in 1001. each. Mr. Hunt, 2 years and a half in Ilchester gaol, and securities for 5 years, himself in 10001. and two others in 5001. each. Johnson, Healey, and Bamford, one year each in Lincoln gaol, and securities during 5 years, each himself in 2001. and two others in 1001. each *.

On Tuesday, the 9th inst. the court passed the following sentences on Messrs Watling, Harris, and Shorter, six weeks imprisonment in Cold Bath Fields Prison; Luke Whitehorn one month in the same prison; Messrs. Cahuac and Francis, one month in Horsemonger-lane Prison, with some trifling recognizances attached; James Sainsbury was dismissed without any imprisonment, by entering into a recognizance for good behaviour. We could not have expected, that the Judges of this court, who have on so many occasions shown themselves the back-bone supporters of the faction in power, could have been found in so merciful à mood with any any persons nected, however remote, with the Republican. We rejoice at the circumstance, because the individuals now imprisoned on account of the Republican, no more deserved punishment for what they had done, than the Attorney-General, or even the Judges themselves. The Attorney-General has been the chief agent in the extensive circulation of the Republican, the


• We did not receive the above particulars in due time to make any observations upon them this week we must therefore defer it until the next.

VOL. III. No. 4.

Printed and published by J. Carlile, 55, Fleet Street:

individuals now under punishment, were nothing more, than the agents of those persons who might wish to read them, they were the agents of those customers from whom they gained a livelihood; they were not our agents, because, if they had refused to supply their customers with those numbers of the Republican, they would have lost their custom for newspapers and other publications, whilst those customers would have had but very little trouble to come or send to the place of publication for them. It is a most cruel and barbarous measure to prosecute the vendors of publications, whilst the author and original publisher is always forthcoming. There might be some degree of plausibility on the part of the Attorney-General, if the pamphlets were anonymous, and published originally by some person whom he could not reach, or who might confine his sale to those vendors only. Here he would have a fair excuso; but the Republican has always been retailed at the place of its first publication, and the proprietor always to be found. The gentleman will find that the prosecution and punishment of those persons will produce no further advantage to his employers than to encrease the enormous burthen of public odium they have already incurred. The Attorney-General himself pockets a neat fee for every information that he files, which in some measure accounts for the number he has filed without any intention of bringing the party proceeded, against to trial. He has a fortune to make both for himself and family, and is sufficiently a Republican to perceive that he has but a short time to make it in. He and the Chief-Justice, Abbott, are playing just the same game, they have got hold of two lucrative situations, and are bustling hard to enrich their families whilst the public spoil is at their disposal. They know the summer will be a short one, so they are making their hay whilst the sun shines.

In addition to the afore-mentioned persons, the Right Reverend Father in God, Robert Wedderburn, received the sentence of the Court, that he should be imprisoned two years in Dorchester Gaol. We might call it a BASTILE from the mode of treatment shown to what are termed State Prisoners or Blasphemous and Seditious Libellers. The prisoners confined in the Bastile, were generally well fed, that is to say, very different from the usual prison allowance in other prisons, whilst here, there is no allowance of fire nor food, no friend admitted to see you, nor any means of breathing the open air, without a turnkey dangling the massive key of your door all the time at your elbow, and at the expiration of an hour cry

ing out "COME SIR, YOUR TIME IS UP, YOU MUST BE LOCKED UP." Another circumstance still worse than all, is, that there are but two men employed to do all the work of the prison, lock and unlock the prisoners, fetch all errands and food for debtors, and all the prisoners. These the governor calls his servants, and they must be at his and his family's beck just as if they were family servants. Whatever kind of bread or food these servants of the governor bring you, you must be content with. Four or five priests come round in the character of visiting magistrates once a quarter to know if you have any complaints to make, and should you have any complaint, they are sure to tell you, with a most charitable meekness, that they are extremely sorry your complaints are such as they cannot remedy. We take this opportunity of cautioning all persons not to put themselves out of the way with an expectation of visiting Dorchester Goal, for we have learnt that many friends, and relatives even, have been denied admission, although the governor gave us a solemn pledge that whoever called should find admittance. It appears that the Right Reverend the Archdeacon of Dorset and some of his brother clergymen, think that solitary confinement is the most proper punishment for those who doubt the truths of their holy religion and preachings, and the pious Lord Sidmouth says, Amen, so be it.

It will be recollected by our readers that Alderman Christopher Smith, who was once the intimate friend of Thomas Paine, and, who was the last to take his leave of him at Dover or Deal, was the foreman of Wedderburn's jury, and that in the name of his fellow jurors, he distinctly recommended the defendant to mercy, in consequence of his not having been educated in the Christian religion. What has been the result of this? Two years solitary imprisonment in Dorchester Bastile! Merciful judges! Whitehorn and Francis were also recommended to mercy, which in cases of libel and timid juries, intimates that the defendant has published the alledged libel without any bad intention, and that he ought not to be punished. But our judges are grown too independent of the PEOPLE to be dictated to by Juries, they are dependent only on that administration which has the power of increasing their emoluments. Whitehorn and Francis are punished equally with those who were not recommended to mercy, and Wedderburn is punished agreeable to the dictates of HOLY MOTHER CHURCH, which has merey for none but hypocrites,

We shall use our best interest to get Mr. Wedderburn appointed Chaplain to the Bastile or New Inquisition Prison. The present chaplain is so extremely fat, that he can hardly ascend the pulpit, and after getting there does not recover himself from the exertion of getting up the steps, so as to deliver his prayers with sufficient solemnity, or his sermon with due emphasis. It is high time that he was superannuated, and we consider the present a favourable opportunity, as we doubt not but that Mr. Wedderburn will be satisfied with a 17. note for every sermon, whilst the present chaplain gets 30s. Thirty shillings every Sunday! There is much room for economy here, and Mr. Wedderburn is sufficiently an eccentric to amuse the prisoners, whilst, at present, they are obliged to be driven into chapel like sheep, and come out with about as much satisfaction as sheep would from a fold to graze on a good crop of grass. We should further observe that whilst the present chaplain is officiating at the Bastile, his own parishioners (for he has another living) are at home cold, prayerless, and comfortless, or straying about the fields and hedges. Just as we have often witnessed in the country a parson gabble over the business of the church in about twenty minutes, have a horse ready saddled at the church door, and gallop off to the next parish, and so on to perhaps half-a-dozen in the course of the day and as we have often seen the sexton's wife fetch our old school-master (who was a clergyman) away from his scholars, to read prayers in a church where another belonged, who had gone a shooting or a hunting, and neglecting to appoint some one to officiate in his room, to the great disappointment of two and sometimes three old women, who were past coquetry.


FASHIONABLE ARRIVAL AT DORCHESTER CASTLE-The Right Reverend Father in God, Robert Wedderburn, V. D. M. D. D., &c. from a visit to the Abbot of St. George's Abbey, Surrey. The Right Reverend Prelate will make a long stay at the Castle to study metaphysics and attain a true knowledge of the three Gods in one God, and one God in three Gods! He intends again to resume the college gown and hat, before he recommences his labour in the vineyard.

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