Armagh Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

26 August, 1845  


At the Cork Assizes, on Friday last, an action of this de- scription was tried, in which Miss Letitia Little, aged 27 daughter of Dr. Little, of Sligo, was plaintiff, and Mr. George Newenham, of Summer-house, Cork, widower, aged 53, de- fendant. The court was much crowded during the trial, and a great number of ladies were present.

It appeared, from the facts stated by Mr. Henn, counsel for plaintiff, that the defendant had met the plaintiff at the house of Mr. Beamish, of Cork, and was fascinated by her appearance. From that period he was unremitting in his attentions, and ultimately offered her his heart and hand. He also made proposal of marriage to the lady’s father, who consented to the union. Suddenly, however, a change came over the spirit of the defendant’s dream. A few days afterwards, this elderly gentleman wrote a most doleful letter to Dr. Little, expressing his regret that his means were not such as to warrant him in marrying the young lady ; or, to use his own words, “ the pressing state of my affairs renders marriage at present a most absurd thing for me to think of.” An action was consequently brought for this breach of contract, and damages were laid at £5,000. £500 was lodged in court by the defendant.

Mr. Bennett, who appeared for the defendant, admitted that the defendant was entitled to compensation, but submitted that the sum lodged in court was sufficient. In course of his observations he said—“ According to the case you have heard, this girl, beautiful, accomplished, and well educated, came to this town on the 23d of September last, and the defendant was invited to a gentleman’s house where he saw her at dinner. For some time it does not appear he paid her any particular attention, but on the 24th or 25th of January he appears to have asked her hand in marriage. He is, and was then, a widower, of the age of 53, and she is a beautiful girl—one of the witnesses said she is now 27 ; but what her precise age is we have not accurately learned. Gentleman, that he was in love, there can be no doubt ; and although I myself am past 53, I can conceive a man of 53—indeed something older—talking love to her, when his passions were moved as his were, and which were not cooled until he discovered he could not support her as he ought to do. He thought, therefore, the course he ought to pursue was to prevent the union taking place. He was threatened with an action, and he had then another course open to him— that of marrying her. He dared the action, for he preferred that to bringing unhappiness on her. Is there, I ask, a young lady who sees me now—and, indeed, I wish I had in this case a jury of pretty girls to address—(laughter)—and I could easily empannel [sic] them in this court, my lord. Were you, ladies, in that box, to you I would say no more than this—would you rather have a widower of fifty-three, with five little pledges hanging on his back, with a fortune say of £400 or £500 a-year in hand at your disposal? Ladies of the jury, have you agreed to your verdict? (great laughter). There was a famous poet who wrote of a lady—you have read this, my lord. After giving a history of the lady he described her as being fond of the male sex—(laughter)— indeed, I believe that is a propensity that most ladies have (renewed laughter). Now, she had to draw a comparison, not between a man of 53 and a girl of 26, but between a man of 50 and one of 25. The question was asked ; she look at each, and immediately and very candidly said, “I’d rather have two of 25 than one of 50” (immoderate laughter). But, gentlemen of the jury, the friends of this young lady think differently. They are of opinion that this widower of 53 should pay—for what? Compensation in damages for the loss she sustained? Why, I believe the damages she sustained could never be estimated at £500.

The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff—Seven hundred pounds damages and sixpence costs.



There was no procession or public demonstration held in this city, or, as far as we have learned, in the county, in commemoration of this glorious anniversary. Our city was filled with soldiers, for whom there was not least occasion, nor do we know at whose instance they were brought here.



THE CROPS.—During the past week the weather was very favorable ; but on Sunday a sudden change came, and the rain fell in torrents. In almost every part of this neighbourhood complaints are prevalent about the rot in the potato crop. It is thought that the wheat and oat crop will be very productive.



On Saturday, the 30th of August, instant, at Lisdrumard and Killynure, about two miles from Armagh, (by order of Messrs. Thomas and William Oliver,) ELEVEN LARGE PIKES of PRIME WELL-SAVED FORCE GRASS HAY, the growth of the years 1843, 1844, and 1845. Sale to commence at Lisdrumard, at eleven o’clock.— Terms at Sale. DANIEL M’ALLEN, Auctioneer. Killynure, 19th August, 1845.



The Leitrim Grand Jury have presented a complimentary address, with £50, to Robert Stewart, of Drumderig, farmer, for his gallant repulse of a ribbon gang, who attacked his house.



The annual cattle show of the above Society was held at Markethill on Monday, the 11th inst., when a great many very superior black cattle were exhibited. The milch cows were the best ever offered for competition in the Society, and clearly proves the care, skill, and attention given lately in this neighbourhood to improve the breed. The bulls were of quite an improved breed and appearance. There were fewer two-year-old heifers exhibited than at any former show, in consequence of the great demand for that particular kind, and temptingly high prices. The year-old heifers and calves were very promising ; the pigs were more numerous than has been exhibited at any previous show, and of a very superior description.

After the show, the members of the Society sat down to a public dinner at Mr. POLLARD’s Hotel, when Earl GOSFORD (the patron of the Society) presided, and Mr. M’CLURE, of Millview, vice-chairman. When the usual loyal toasts had been given, His Lordship said, his great object at such meetings as the present—where so many of the most intelligent tenantry and their good neighbours met—was that there might be some improvement and advantage derived ; and with his accustomed clearness described the different breeds of cattle, and the care and attention necessary to them. After considerable discussion, his Lordship called on the judges, Messrs. DANIEL M’CLURE, and JAMES YOUNG, for their decision, which was as follows :--
BULLS.—1st Prize, to Mr. Henry Dongan ; 2d, Mr. James Black.
COWS.—1st Prize, to Mr. Henry Dongan ; 2d, Mr. James Black.
TWO-YEAR-OLD HEIFERS.—1st Prize, to Mr. Thomas Bell ; 2d, Mr. William Martin.
ONE-YEAR-OLD HEIFERS.—1st Prize, to Mr. George Stewart ; 2d, Mr. William Martin.
CALVES OF THIS YEAR—1st Prize, to Mr. Alexander Grier ; 2d, Mr. James Black.
PIGS.—For best Boar, to Mr. James Scott ; best sow, do. His Lordship gave the health of the Judges, whose decision was received without any exception.

His Lordshp [sic] appeared highly pleased with the working of the society, and said he was happy to bear testimony to the great improvement in the neighbourhood, in consequence of the stimulus given through the Society’s premiums.

This is what may be naturally expected when there is a good resident landlord, and one who takes pleasure in visiting and seeing his tenantry comfortable. Lord Gosford is a happy example of what a nobleman ought to be, enjoying the unlimited confidence of his tenantry, and ready to encourage them in every endeavour to improve



This individual, who three or four years since excited some attention in the metropolis, by professing to exist without sustenance, liquid or solid, expired on Sabbath last, in rucoat’s-lane, in his 32d year. He had recently kept a huckster’s shop, in which he had failed. He had gone by an assumed name, and his right one did not transpire till shortly before his death. His brother, who was with him when he exhibited in London, was present. The deceased was of parsimonious habits, and often reduced to great extremities, but has left money in bank



On the 1st instant, four year old heifers, the property of one HUGH COX, were stolen off the lands of Cavanacross, near the demesne of Castle Coole, county Fermanagh. The thief drove them to Fivemiletown, a short distance from which he obtained grazing from a respectable man named DAVID GRAHAM, for them till 1st November, at which time it is supposed he thought all search would have ended, and by payment of the grazing money have had the booty. We are happy to add they were discovered, and returned to the owner.



On Tuesday last about 120 stone of new Flax was shown in our market. Seventy stone of this—scutched at Mr. ADAMS’ mill, Monaghan—brought 8s. per stone; 29 stone, the property of J. T. NOBLE, Esq., Russell-street, sold for 7s. 9d. For the remaining 20—the property of JOHN CARDWELL, Esq., Tullyelmer—there was 9s. 6d. asked, but we could not learn whether it was disposed of or not.



It will be seen elsewhere, by an extract from the Evening Post of Thursday last, that the deputation from this city which waited on his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, on the subject of obtaining the establishment of a college in our city, was most favorably and auspiciously resolved.



August 3, at Wall-end, Warwickshire, the lady of John Hancock, Esq., of Lurgan, county Armagh, of a son.

August 10, in Enniskillen [Co Fermanagh], Mrs. W. Alexander, of a son.

On Sunday, the 10th inst., in College-street, Armagh, the lady of J. Lester, Esq., Principal of the Armagh Boarding and Day School, of a daughter.



On the 13th inst., in St. Mark’s Church, Dublin, by the Rev . Mr. O’Meara, Mr. Samuel Lindsay, of William-street, to Lydia Matilda, second daughter of Mr. John Barret, Westmorland- street.



On Tuesday the 12th inst , Thomas Kennedy, of Brackagh, county Tyrone, Esq., aged 43 years. For his steadiness, benevolence, and urbanity of manner, he is most deservedly lamented by a numerous circle of friends, whose only consolation is, that he sleeps with the Lord Jesus, on whom he placed his hope.

On Thursday last, at Belleek [Co Fermanagh], color- sergeant Digby, 5th Fusileers, sincerely regretted by the officers and men of the regiment.

On the 20th inst., at Clogher [Co Tyrone], Mr. James M’Quade, Innkeeper.

On Monday the 18th inst., of apoplexy, Mr. Robert Kidney, merchant, Enniskillen [Co Fermanagh]. And on Tuesday, his brother, Thomas who had been ill of decline for some time.



Sergeant Gibson, of the Glenfarn station, proceeded to Glen, on the night of the 11th instant, with a strong party of police, and after ranging the mountains for seventeen hours, succeeded in capturing three persons, John and Lawrence Dolan, and John M’Loughlin, together with a large quantity of ammunition, and one of the yeoman muskets taken some time ago by this lawless party. The gun has been registered bearing No. 1334, the above parties were afterward marched to Manorhamilton, where they were examined before N. Loftus Tottenham, Esq., and H. H. Wades, Esq., R.M., who had them committed for trial. N. Loftus Tottenham, Esq., kindly ordered dinner in Gerne’s Commercial Hotel, Manorhamilton, for the constabulary who had been out on this harassing duty



FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUG. 23.—Admitted during the week, 8 ; remaining last week, 403 ; discharged, 31 ; total remaining on the above date, 380.



LIMERICK, TUESDAY MORNING, ONE O’CLOCK, --An awful fire broke forth last evening about eight o’clock, at Hagerty’s metal-foundry in Roche’s-street. How the fire originated could not well be ascertained. If there had been any wind out the consequence must have been awful. On the one side of the foundry was an immense corn store five stories high, belonging to Mr. Osborne ; on the other side the great baconstore of Mr. Ryan, both of which fortunately escaped. The military, as in all such cases, behaved with the greatest energy ; but for their exertions, and an ample supply of water, the consequences must have been most destructive.



The 4lb. loaf is now raised to 8d. in this city.



A new barracks is immediately to be built at Belleek, in this county, by order of government. Our respected townsman, Mr. ROBERT GLEGG, has become contractor.



The weather during the last week has been very variable—alternate sunshine and shade; a good deal of heavy rain has fallen, but a lively breeze generally blowing has kept it from doing much injury. Should Provi- dence favour us with one week of fine weather, our harvest will be crowned abundantly.



The finest sample of ripe Siberian oats and golden drop barley, we have ever beheld, have been sent us by Mr. JOHN ALLAN, and grown on the Palace farm. The barley and oats were shorn last week, and fully ripe. They were grown on thorough-drained land of last year’s draining, which, we understand, adds greatly to the early maturity of any crop. The samples lie for inspection at our office.



In the case of HEATH a. HEATH, we understand an appeal has been made by the impugnant to the Court of Delegates

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