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, , ealy (768) ANNUAL REGISTER be under their protection, should Ringe, then about 19, and from be exposed in the capital itself, to that time the behaved with less ... an insult, which he never foffered kindness to her husband, and they among barbarians, who have i al. were frequently displeased with each ways respected hospitality in regard other, though they do not appear to to him.

have lived together upon what the
** [The puerility of the foregoing world calls « ill terms.'
addrefs is so glaring, that we do not But at whatever time Mrs. Bed-
think there can be any necesity for dingfield firft conceived an inclina-
inferring the answers to it. But we'tion for Ringe, she did not discover
cannot help remarking with one of it till he had lived in the family fix
these answers, that thirty thousand months, and from this time they
of M. De La Condamine’s country- seem to have taken little pains 10
men are gone home to refute the conceal it from others; both the
charge of barbarism against us. We maid servants had seen him kiss
are more in pain for what the cha- her, and found her fitting in his
racter of M. De La Condamine him. lap, knew that they were often
felf may suffer from so filly a per- alone together, and sometimes in
formance, as we think that no other her chamber; fuch, indeed, was
apology can be made for it, than Mrs. Beddingfield's unaccountable
that old adage of, Nemo mortalium indiscretion, that the frequently fet
omnibus beris fapit.]

one of the maids to give notice of
her master's coming when the and

Richard were alone in his abfence:
Some account of the murder of John. She also wrote letters to him, though
Bedding field.

in the same house, and fent them

by the maids. Theit criminal inJOT OHN Beddingfied was a farmer' timacy, however, had not been car

of Sternfield in the county of ried to the lait excess, if Ringe's Suffolk. He was a young man, dying declaration is to be believed, scarce 24 years old. When he was bar Mrs. Beddingfield's mind being about 20, he married a young wo

more and more alienated from her man scarce 17:- Abont Michaelmas husband, she became impatient to 1761, fomewhat more than a year' get him out of the way, that the and a half ago, they hired two great obstacle to her conne&ion fervants, Richard Ringe,' and Elj- with Ringe might be removed. She zabeth Cleobold, a nurse-maid, they at length went fo far as to tell

not more than will her husband was dead, that the three months old. There also lived might marry him. To this he said with them at that time Eliza'éch he paid little regard for some time, Riches, William Mailerson à Tad but it being often repeated to him, about 14; and John Nünn a boy: he at laft listened with too much of ten years old.gr

attention, and it was agreed be Till this time the young couple tween them that Bedding field fould had lived very happily together,' be murdered. but it happened, unfortunately, that "After this resolution had been Mrs. Biddingfied took a liking to taken, Mrs. Beddingfield was weak



enough to throw out intimations that being slightly out of order took a somebody in the house would die; vomit, and the water, with which that it would happen soon, and that he was to work it off being made fre thought it would be her hul- too hot, Ringe was sent to the pond band; and one day being putting to get some cold water to mix with on her cap in her chamber, and it; into t’is water,

he was Cleobold the nurse-maid coming in, bringing it from the pond, he 'put the defired her to purin her ear-rings, some arsenic, which he had bought saying, It would not be long before she of an apothecary. ' at Aldeburgh, faould want black ones. In the mean and being mixed with the hot water time Ringe was taking measures to some of it was given to his master; accomplisn chese. predictions, but but his master observing somewhat was under the same infatuation with, at the bottom of the cup, refused his mistress: As he was one night to drink it, though without the fitting up for his master with Eli. least suspicion that it was poison, zabeth Riches, his mistress being and so for that time escaped the gone to bed, he took the strange danger. resolution of telling her, that he From this time the murderers had procured some poison to poi- seem to have given over all thoughts fon his master, and urged her to of eifecting their design, by poiadminister it, by putting it into the fun, and to have formed the prorom and milk that he drank for jeet of firangling Beddingfield in breakfast. The girl refused; but his bed. he continued his sollicitations, say, , The house seems to have had two ing, He would be a friend to her rooms on the ground floor, besides

as long as he lived, and that no., what was called a back-house; one • body would know it. The girl of these rooms was a kitchen, the honeftly and fenfibly replied, Ibat other a parlour, over there there

if it was hidden in this world, it were two chambers, the first from I would not be hidden in the world the landing place was called the

to come; and refused to concur in kitchen chamber, being over the his horrid proposal fo firmly and kitchen, and out of this was a door warmly, that he urged it no more. that went into the other chamThe girl, however, not sensible ber, which being over the parlour of the guilt the would incur by was called the parlour chamber, concealing a design to commit a and could only be entered through murder from the person against this door; on the other side of whom it was formed, norstruck with the landing place was a chamber, a sense of the expediency of so do- called the back-house chamber, being, to prevent the murder from because it was over the back-hausen; ing actually committed, took no no- and joining to that, but divided tice of what had passed. j'ai i from it by a partition of lath and

Ringe, finding that he could not plaifter, was another chamber, which get Riches to administer the poison, was also over the back-house, and resolv'd to take fome opportunity to which fome back;fiairs led from of administering it himself; while below, it having no communication he was watching for such oppor- above stairs with the rest of the tunity it happened that his master house. Beddingfield and his wife


usually lay in the parlour cham. and got his cap; then he came ber; the kitchen chamber seems back again, and endeavoared to to have been a spare room. Cleo- perioade his wife to come to him, bold and Piches, the two maids, which she ilil refusing they párted, lay in the back-house chamber, and and though with some discontent Ringe and the two lads, Maiterion on His part, yet without anger, for and Nunn, in the chamber joinicg they wihed one another a good to it, the lads in one bed, and Ringe night. When Beddingfield went in the other.

into the parlour chamber to bed, · In order to give Ringe an op- Riches retired to her own room, portunity of killing his master in the back-houfe chamber; Ringe and the night, when he should think the boys had been in bed an hour, ciscomitances most favoured his and every thing was fileat in a dengn, Mrs. Beddingfield found short time. fome pretence for lying alone in the But Ridge, though he had rekitchen chamber, and he lay in the tired about ten o'clock, and preparlour chamber,

tended to go to bed, had taken On the 27th of July last, Bed- off only his coat, waistcoat, and dingfield had been busy in the shoes, and lay down with his harveft field, and had pitched a load breeches and stockings on. of wheat; he had also fold a beast He had observed that his master to one Scarlet a butcher, whom he drank freely in the evening with brought home with him early in Scarlet, and thinking he would go the evening ; with Scarlet he drank to bed fuddled, supposed he should part of two bowls of punch, freely, attack him with advantage, and but not to be fuddled. Mrs. Bed- therefore determined to make his dingfield left him over his liquor attempt that night as foon about ten o'clock, and went to bed he should be fallen into his first in the kitchen chamber, but as he sleep. had given some intimation that he Having this in his mind, he lay would not lie alone that night, and awake, watching to hear his matter as she was, notwithstanding, de come to bed; he did accordingly termined he should not lie with her, hear him come up, and go into The ordered Cleobold to come to bed the chamber, and having waitedto her, which she did; Riches, the half an hour after that, and find other maid, was left to sit up till, ing the house in a profound filence, her master went to bed. In about he concluded that he was fallen ahalf an hour Scarlet went away, sleep, and determined that he should and Riches lighted her master up wake no more. Itairs ; - when he came into the He had given no intimation to kitchen charaber, and perceived his miftress of his having deterthat Cleobold was in bed with his mined to commit the murder that wife in that room, and as he could night, nor did he know but that, not go to bed to her there, as he as his master lay alone in the parintended, he defired her to go lour chamber, the lay alone in the into bed in the parlour chamber kitchen chamber: However, he with him ; this the refused, and got out of bed, and without puihe went into the parlour chamber ting on his coat or waillcoat, he


went into the kitchen chamber said, Does any body know it but you where his mistress lay, and finding two? to which the answered No. the door into the parlour chamber Cleobold now knew it was Richard, open, he went into that, and com- and said, How came you bere? His

ing up to his master's bed-fide, conscience referred the question to El found him asleep. He food, he what he had been doing, and he

faid, by the bedfide, almost a quarter: answered, I was forced to it. The of an hour, doubting and irrefo- women immediately began to get lute, before he could lay hold of their cloaths on, while Ringe staid him ; but at last he threw himfelf in the room, and having fome of upon him, catched hold of the fore them on, and the rest in their part of his throat, and endeavoured hands, Ringe, knowing that Cleoto ftrangle him : he struggled very bold was now privy to the murmuch, and, in ftriving together, der, said he would go to his own both fell off the bed, and in their chamber to be called up, and acfall broke down the curtain rod : cordingly went down ftairs. Soon in the fall, also, Ringe loft his after, Mrs. Beddingfield having hold, but immediately recovering conjured Clepbold not to discover, it again in the same place, and went with her into the back house griping him hard, he foon killed chamber" to the other maid, Elizahim.

berh Riches; and, pretending to be In the mean time the wife of this very much frighted, said, Berryga unhappy “man was awaked by the and cuild up Richard, 'meaning Kinge, noise, and, in her first fright;' Jomething is the matter with your awaked Cleobold the maid, who master. Riches, whose chamber lay, was in bed with her, and who, partly behind the kitchen chamber, having been up all the night be and partly behind the parlour chamfore, was so fast alleep that the noifeber, one end of it coming against did not awake her : the immediately the partition which divided those heard a groaning, as if somebody chambers from each other, had was in an agony, and, being ex. been alarmed already by the noise, tremely' frightened, begged her which the described to be like the mistress to get up; but her mistress, crying of children ; fe therefore having by this time recollected the role, and called Ringe haftily: He horrid business that was doing, faid," had again flipped into bed with his They had better lie flill. In about breeches and stockings on, and, two minutes the noise ceased, and when Riches called him, he preRinge, coming into their room, tended to be half furprifed and half and standing on that fide of the angry,'' and cried out, What the bed where his mistress Tay; he said, devil'sthe matter now ! but did not I bave done for him; to which she immediately rise. Riches therefore replied, Then I aineely Cleobold, went into his room, and called him in her confusion, ftarted up in the again, begging him to get up, and bed, and thinking it was Bedding- come-away. He then rose, and it field, called Majler! Ringe, who appears by the trial, that he got a imagined his mistress had been in tinder box, and went into Riches's bed alone, cried, Hold your tongue; chamber and struck a light: This and, speaking again to his miltress is a strange particular, for it looks

as if this whole dreadful tranfaction If I had said to you what you have passed in the dark. Cleobold be- jaid to me, I jhould be afraid of ing aked, said, there was no ever going into this room alone, for candle in the room, where she and I fhould think my mafter would appear her mistress was in bed, when Ringe to.ne. came in alter he had committed the Riches having seen the body, remurder. It no, where appears that

turned to her mistress, and the other Ringe had a light when be went maid, who were fill in the backinto his master's room, nor is there house chamber, and they continued any reason to suppose that a candle there till the morning dawned, the was lelt burning there, but the mistress seeming uneafy, and hav.“ contrary, as Riches, who lighted ing lain down on the bed in her him up, seems to have itaid till he cloaths, went to bed, merely to take the In the mean time Ringe, having candle away, that the might go returned into his chamber, called to bed by it herself.. Neither does un Masterson ; “ For God's sake, it at all appear where the children will, says he, get up and come lay, or who lay with thein, though down, your maiter has fallen cut as they were very young, they of bed,' and has killed himself. could not be left alone ; nor, in. The lad immediately rose, and deed, could those who were with Ringe carried him allo' to see his them be conveniently without a matter's bodv, which he found in light. However, a light being struck, the same fituation in which it had and a candle lighted, Ringe was

been seen by Riches, except that ordered by his mistress to go into the band was placed under it on the the parlour chamber, for the be- throat. He aliifted Ringe to lift Jieved, she said, fomething was the the body from the ground, and matter with his master : he aca' place it upon the hed; and then cordingly went, leaving his mistress went to fetch his unhappy master's with both the maids, in the backu: mother and fifter, who lived not houle chamber, and in a very few far off, and who both came be ore minutes returned, with much seem- it was broad day. They asked if ing surprise, and faid, His majer the doctor had been fent for; to was dead, Riches cried out, No, - which Mrs. Beddingfield replied, Jure ! and immediately went to fee;" What fignifies sending for the Ringe went with her, and the found 1 doctor when he is dead ?" him lying with bis face downwardIn the forenoon of that day he upon the floor, at the further side 2 was laid out, and a fheet thrown" of the bed, with his head towards over him ;' the servants then faw the foot; his deeks appeared black him again, took notice that his and swelled, two buttons were torn face was black, and his throat and off the shirt collar, i and it was rent neck almost around. out of the gathers, the bed-currainn The next day the coroner came; was down, and the rod bent. It is obut his inquest seems to have been not clear whether Riches even now very negligently and fuperficially suspected that her master was mar- otakan. dered, but remembering the affair"? The servants i were examined of the poison, the faid 40 Ringe, a upon oath, particularly Riches and


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