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old Jemmautdaar Bear me

%t± ‘ Notorious fraud of a fugitive friefl. Vol.1, from appearing wneti they -were held up to the light.

zdly. When the Bishop had separated the note written over his name from the paper on which it was pasted, there appeared two thin places, one where the v/oxifree Riust have been written, sup- posing the paper to have been a frank, the other where the hook used to be, which on a frank the fiishop always used to put after his name.

3 dry. There appeared a larger erasure towards the fop of the aqtq, where the direction of a frank would have reached too low fqr a aol£ to be written underneath it. And,,

4thly. The mate had a fold te the iek foaisi, which must have been, supposing it to be writtea over the name ob a frank, and which would scarce be supposed to happen otherwise, as by this fold the writing weald be Jest on the outside of die paper, .

After having wade these observations, the Bi- Ijhop returned the notes to Mrs. Fournier, by Mr, TyrreL as he had promised to do.

It is not improbable, that at this very time Fournier himself was concealed jn London, un- der some fictjitioiis nanje j for,- in the month of June following, he .went down to Ipswich in Suf- folk, under a total disguise of name, habit, and profession, and advertised himself, in the Ipswich Journal, as a teacher of French, under the name and character of John Becquei-, a man of feijers, from Paris.

It might reasonably have b,een thought, that $f there had been any person at Ipswich, who re- membered tp haye seen the fame man officiating as a minister in Jersey, by the name of Fournier, who had now assumed the character of a layman, called himself Becquer, and pretended to be front Paris, such person would have consideredhim as a man of suspicious character, and have been ex- tremely cautious in admitting him to his acquain- tance, and listening to any stories he should tell to the prejudice of others; yet it happened just contrary : Mr. Chevaliier, a gentleman of for- tune, to whom this letter is addressed, though he had known Fournier in Jersey, and saw him un- der this treble disguise at Ipswich, yet immediate? ly renewed his acquaintance with Mm, and impli- citly believed all the stories of the notes which he was pleased to relate, however absurd, vari- ous, and inconsistent. That the accounts given to this very Mr. Chevaliier were various and in- consistent, the Bishop has proved beyond contro- versy ; and that they were believed, or at least, that Mr. Chevaliier acted as if he believed them, is manifest; for he not only gave him the encou- ragement of his countenance, but bestowed upon him the perpetual curacy of a chapel, and pro- cured him a vicarage to be held for a minor till he should come of age. He had indeed the pre- caution to bind Fournier to the resignation oi it by a bond, under a sufficient penalty, diough he afterwards, supposing die ch’cumstance of the

bond not to be known, mentions this very resig- nation as a proof of Fournier’s honesty.

[To be continued.] A genuine account of the deplorable

deaths of the English gentlemen and ushers, who were suffocated in the Black-hole at Calcutta, on the night of the zoth June 1756, inn letter front J. Z. Holwell, Esq.

BY accounts lately made public, -it isknown, that of one hundred and for- ty-fix prisoners, one hundred and twenty- three were smothered in the Black-hole pri- son, in the night of the 20th of June, 1756, when Calcutta was seized, ‘she narra- tive before us is a simple detail of this moll melancholy event, delivered in the ge- nuine language of sincere concern. The reader may judge of jt from the follow- ing specimen.

*’ The Suba^ or Viceroy of Bengal, a«>d his troops, were in possession of the fort before six in the evening. At 3 third interview with him, before seven, he repeated his assurance to me, on the word of a soldier, that no harm should come to qs; and, indeed, I believe his orders were only general, that we should for that night be secured ; and that what follow- ed was the result os revenge and relent- menf i>i the breasts of the lower Jemmaut. daars, or serjeants (to whole custody we were delivered), for the number of their order killed during the siege. Be this as it may, as soon as it was dark, we were all, without distinction, directed, by the guard set over us, to collect ourselves in- to one body, and sit down quietly under the arched Veranda, or PiazEa, to the west of the Black-hole prison, and the Ijarracks to the left of the court of guard. Just as it was dark, about 4 or 500 men, who were drawn up upori the parade, advanced, and ordered us all to rife and go into the barracks, We were no soon- er all within them, than the guard ad- vanced to the inner arches and parapet- wall ; and with their muskets presented, ordered us to go into the room at the southermost end of the barracks, com- monly called the Black-hole prison. Few amongst us, the soldiers excepted, had the least idea of the dimensions or nature of

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Sap. 1757 Deplorable deaths of the Englijh at Calcutta. 385-” aptace we bad never seen : for if we bad, we should, at all events, have rushed up- on the guard, and been, as the lesser e- vil, by our own choice cut to pieces.

” Amongst the first that entered, were myself, Meffi-s. Baillie, Jenks, Cooke, T. Coles, Eniign Scot, Revely, Law, Bu- chanan,^-, l.got possession of” the window nearest the door, and took Meffi-s. Coles and Scot into the window with me, they being both wounded (the first I believe mortally). The rest of the above-men- tioned gentlemen were close round about me.: It was now about eight o’clock.

– ” Figure to yourself, my friend, if pos- sible, the situation of a hundred and tor- ty-six wretches, exhausted by continual fatigue and action, crammed together in a eube of about eighteen feet, in a close sul- try night, in Bengal, shut.up to the east- ward and southward (the only quarters from whence air could reach us) by dead walls, and by a wall and door to the north, open only to the westward by

. two windows, strongly barred with iron, from which we could receive scarce any she least circulation of fresh air.

” What must ensue, appeared to me in lively and dreadful colours, the instant I cast my eyes round and saw the size and situation of the room. Many unsuccessful attempts were made to force the door ; for having nothing but our hands to work with, and the door opening-inward, all endeavours were vain and fruitless

” Amongst the guards posted at the windows, I observed an old Jemmautdaar Bear me, who seemed to carry some com- passion for us in his countenance. I call- ed him to me, and pressed him to endea- vour to get us separated, half in one place, and half in another; and that he should in the morning receive a thousand rupees for this act of tenderness. He withdrew ; but in a sew minutes returned, and told me it was impossible. I then thought I had been deficient in my offer, and pro- jriised him two thousand : he withdrew a second time, but returned soon”, and (with, I believe, much real pity and concern) told me, that it could not be done but hy the Suba’s order, and that no one dared a- wake him.- . – • .

 

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