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Humphrey Boyle, the Right Reverend Father in God, Percy Jocelyn, Bishop of Clogher, was torn from the embrace of a dirty Soldier, taken out of a pot-house with his small-clothes about his heels, and thus led through the streets of London, and before the residence of his Royal Master, the Prince of Bishops, hooted and pelted by an indignant multitude of what, I dare say, you sentimentally sensual Christians call the rabble. He happened not to be a blasphemer of the Christian Religion, and the Government connived at his discharge and escape of the Soldier; looking at the matter, I dare say, as Lord Ellenborough did at adultery when committed by a Marquis to be but a “venial offence!"
The Bishop and the Soldier are gone: and the Government blushes not at the accusation of being a party in the matter, as no trial, no escheating of recognizances, no parliamentary notice of the matter has taken place: and the union of the Priests and the Soldiers is, by custom, like Christianity, established as a part and parcel of the law of the land; The vice is only to be an offence at law when the untitled, unpensioned, and unliveried rabble shall dare to taste of these monkish, clerical and aristocratical pleasures, which, like game-hunting ands hooting, are preserved for the sole enjoyment of the undebauched loyal! Of the truth of this statement, you and Mr. Serjeant Bosanquet have helped us to another proof, in the case of the Reverend Thomas Jephson, Doctor in Divinity, a Resident Fellow and Tutor of St. John's College, Cambridge! The Bishop was a patron of Education in Ireland; and this Reverend Doctor in Divinity is an Educator! Oh! for a Christian Education at College!
This Reverend Thomas Jephson, Doctor in Divinity, was strolling in the fields, in the neighbourhood of Cambridge, in the month of May last, and so warm was he that a shower or rain could not cool him! At or about twelve o'clock in the forenoon, he met a young man, near twenty years old; and first: like a Priest, asked him, if he led a good life and second: like a Priest, asked him, if he liked
men! The astonished young man answered in the affirmative to both questions. The Divine Doctor then proposed to give the young man one of the esoterical and college lessons in divinity, and without further ceremony, began to handle him in the most disgusting manner! Horrid and unaccountable propensity! The young man really ignorant of the Parson's meaning, resisted as far as he could, and even promised to meet the Clergyman in the same place after dark in the evening! The preserver of souls kissed his complying companion and parted!
In the interim, the youth bad told this, to him wonderful matter, to his aunt, with whom he lived, and to all his neighbours; and it was agreed among five men, that the youth should meet the man in Holy Orders at the time and place appointed! The five men secreted themselves so as to see all that passed; and the burning Christian Lover was as punctual as Lovers to better purposes always should be! Scarce a word was exchanged; but, as if sure of his prey, the Minister of God's word prepared to enjoy it. The young man was found a "very hard young man" as the Scriptures say, or as the interpreter of the Scriptures said: and his holiness was much agitated and much disappointed. Whilst his trowsers were hanging about his heels, like those of the Bishop, out popped the five men, with: "now we have you; and we will lead you into Cambridge as the Bishop was led to the Watch-house with your trowsers about his heels." His reverence begged and prayed for release, acknowledged his guilt and shame at detection, and bribed them to secresy with all his money and his watch! Hoping the matter was hushed, or that his name was not known, he administered the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper before dinner on the following Sunday, which he had no sooner done, than whispers of exposure reaching him, he fled from Cambridge to London in a Chaise and Four!
The matter had gone too far to be concealed, and though the holy villain had charged the men who detected him with highway robbery, he voluntarily withdrew the charge.
after they were arrested; which was a plain and palpable plea of guilt on his own part: for either he was guilty, of the charge, or he was robbed; and there is no question, that if he had been falsely charged, but that he would have persisted in the charge of the robbery. It would have been criminal not to have done it: to say nothing of the necessity of clearing himself from the other imputation.
You, Mr. Denman, put your character at stake in defending this man. You boldly asserted his innocence, and asked for a verdict of Guilty if the Jury had a doubt of that innocence. The Judge (Sergeant Bosanquet) took the other course, and said, if you have a doubt of his guilt, acquit him. The Jury replied: we doubt both his guilt and his in
ence, unanimously, therefore, we acquit him! And that was as well as any way, for he would have had but a month's imprisonment in a Gaoler's House. Unnatural propensities are very unlike the natural propensities to speak the truth and publish blasphemy upon error and falsehood! They neither shake the tithes nor taxes! There would have been no four years imprisonment for the Christian.
Such is a true statement of the case, which you went out of your way to defend, at the late Cambridge Assize: and your calling the matter a conspiracy proved but one thingthat you were hired-that you conspired to defeat both Law and Justice.
You have given us ample proofs of your worth. We want nothing more as a finish to your real character. You are as ready to defend that which is most vile, as you are to suppress or to oppose that which is most virtuous. In your place, in the House of Commons, you lately rose and.. said; that you were sure the Judges would not have imposed such fines on me and my sister, had they known our inability to meet them, at the expiration of our sentences to imprisonment. You knew better, you did corrupt liar! and defender of the corrupt! You knew, that the Judges meant to impose fines that we should never be able to pay; and you further knew, that as well after my sentence, as after
my sister's, these Judges seized every thing they could find of mine; not to pay the fines, but to destroy the property for the purpose of preventing my capability to pay them! Neither of us should have been in prison an hour after the 16th of November last, but for that wanton destruction of our means to pay the fines. You and your brother judges are a set of base villains and base robbers. Say no more against "Nero"-but ask him for that promotion which you strive to earn!
Go to Giltspur Street Compter-converse with Humphrey Boyle; and see and say whether you think him a man deserving of eighteen month imprisonment. Go there-see him in his Gaol Dress, put to work without reward, to save himself from mingling with the most vile and most filthy of the Prisoners, and for the sake of being able to see a friend! Go to Giltspur Street Compter, ask Humphrey Boyle where he has. lived; go to his native place, enquire his character; the means he has had of obtaining instruction; hear and know all you can of him, and then ask yourself whether he ought to be imprisoned until he can find the securities you required of him. Go, you defender of Priests, their craft, and their crimes, go hang yourself, corrupt wretch!
I SHALL insert the correspondence of James Hall at the first opening. I have now so much matter waiting for insertion, that I was induced to abridge my letter to William Carver. The same cause compels me to defer a letter to Mr. George Harris of Bolton, from No. 6, to No. 7, on the subject of his printed Lecture on the Causes of Deism and Atheism. Harmodious and Mr. Watson's pieces are received and will appear as early as possible.
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