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Prescott ought to be found guilty upon this ; but unless you are satisfied of
his guilt upon one or the other part of the charge, if doubt remains upon
your minds, you ought to place considerable weight upon the character given
him. A great number of respectable gentlemen in the city of London have
' concurred in stating, that up to this time Mr. Prescott had borne an excellent
character for honour and integrity : a kind-hearted and honourable man. They
put it in different phrases, but that is the substance of it. A higher character
could not have been given to any body ; and if the evidence leaves doubt in
your minds of his guilt, that character ought to turn the scale : but if the
evidence leaves no doubt, then, although he may have for so many years borne
this high character, he may at last have fallen into error and guilt. If you are
satisfied of his guilt, you cannot do otherwise than say he is guilty ; if you
have any doubt you will acquit him. As to the case of Despard, you will
probably agree with me in thinking there can be no doubt.

The jury consulted together for twenty minutes, and then pronounced
John Edward Despard, Guilty ;
Charles Elton Prescott, Not Guilty.



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Online LibraryEast India CompanyProceedings of the court of directors and of a secret select committee appointed by the court ... 2d May 1827, to investigate transactions connected with an abuse of patronage; together with a report of the trial in the Court of king's bench → online text (page 17 of 17)