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tholdj but h * is evidently a man of very inferior intellect . He waft the authdr bT the * Political Handkerchief / a puerile attempt ' to out-manoeuvre the stamp-office , by printing political articles on calico , or rather on crossed cotton threads , saturated with damaged American flour or plaster of Paris , The thing was unreadable after a single 4 manhandling , ' becoming a dirty mass of printer ' s ink and white powder . He could
not even have looked at the act of parliament , or he would have seen that the stamp duties were protected by the words , paper or any other material . ' A man thus shadow , could be but a blind guide to Glhere . In stealing the boa—supposing him not to be possessed of the idiosyncrasy peculiar to some persons , of appropriating every thing they lay hands on—he must haVe been actuated by one of two causes—actual want , or utter profligacy . If the latter , he was a worthless being ; if the former ,
it is an evidence of the absence of intellect , or beggarly pride . A writer , in want , would scarcely be refused employment as a labourer in a printing house , and a man of moral feelings would at once have said , it is better to labour for a bare existence , than to break down the barrier of integrity . Nothing but the pangs of hunger can warrant any man in taking the property of his neighbour without hia leave , and even then the violence only becomes excusable on the plea that hunger ia like madness ,
preventing a man from being the master of his own actions . Had there been a fragment of . high mind in Henry Berthold when put upon his trial , he would at once have crossed his arms and said , ' I am guilty , and the cause of my guilt was want or profligacy , for which I am content to bear the punishment the law awards / But not so , he meanly shuffled and prevaricated , and endeavoured to controvert direct and positive testimony by a trick ao absurd and glaring , that a child would have been ashamed
to attempt it , as an imputation on his intellect . Still more contemptible than this , was his citing such persons as the Dukes of Clarence , and Gloucester , and Wellington , in proof of his good character . A portion of his business , as a public teacher , had been to bring into contempt the factitious respect attaching to such men on account of their rank , and upon the principle of the cringing meanness ever inhabiting the soul of a sycophant ; only upon that principle can his conduct be accounted for .
A man of high mind , even after the commission of a crime , would at once have disdained such disproof of his own unworthiness . Yet * the Recorder told the prisoner , that if he had respectable witnesses who could depose to his character and mode of life , he would hear their evidence before he passed sentence . ' That sentence when translated , means If you abjure all your former radical doings , and can by proper sycophancy to sundry dukes and duchesses , persuade them to give you letters of recommendation , I will let you off . ' How perfectly this tallies with the statement of the * Schoolmaster in Newgate / that great men can influ-4
ence the punishment of a prisoner , from hanging and transportation down to respite and reprieve / It is another proof of the mischief of suffering a * pardon power * to lie in irresponsible hands , thus making it a tool for political tampering . Punishments should not be defined by law , save under the direction of unprejudiced philosophers , and when
thus defined , they should be imperative , not left to the regulation of the passions of a judge . Thus far , Henry Berthold criminal ! Turn we to Charles Phillips , the hireling advocate of criminals . When Julian Hibbert the witness who presented himself to speak to
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1834, page 83, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2629/page/85/