Jersey Times 1848 - 8

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25 July - 8 August 1848
Royal Court
Tuesday 1 August 1848

Before The Bailiff and Jurats Le Couteur and Picot

Sworn in

Mr Edward Amy was sworn in as Measurer of Grain, Salt and Coals for the Harbour of Rozel; as was also Mr Edward Mollet, son of Philip, as Vingtenier for the Vingtaine of Faldouet in the parish of St Martin’s.


The Attorney-General read a report of Lieut-Col Mourant, of the 3rd or East Regiment of Militia, against Thomas Le Breton and Thomas Philip Monamy, for disobedience and unruly conduct towards Mr E Marett, Adjutant of the said corps, on Tuesday 25 July last. The accused were ordered to be brought up before the Court.

Friday 4 August 1848

Before the Bailiff and Jurats Pelgue and Le Gallais

Hard labour

Ann Henthershaw was placed at the bar to receive sentence for having, on 13 May last, been clandestinely delivered of a child, and not having used the necessary precautions. She was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour.

Contempt of court

Jonas Seward, alias Sandford, was placed at the bar for contempt of court in having, the previous day, refused to take his hat off when required to do so by Mr Sheriff Godfray, and for having created a disturbance.


Jane Falle, wife of Esnouf, and Jane Esnouf, her daughter, were placed at the bar for having caused a disturbance on Saturday 22 July, and for leading a vagabond and disorderly life. The prisoners denied the facts and they were both remanded.

Stole potatoes

Wm Marell and Samuel March were placed at the bar and accused of having stolen some potatoes from the fields of Mr Philip Buesnel and Mr E Le Cornu, in the parish of St Saviour’s; and for having threatened the lives of the latter gentlemen when they were in the act of detaining them. The prisoners pleaded not guilty and were remanded.

Sentenced to be whipped

James Derwin was brought forward and accused of having, on Saturday 16 July last, stolen from the shop of Mr Charles Nicolle in King Street, the sum of 38s 6d.

The Court, after hearing witnesses, condemned the prisoner to one month imprisonment, with hard labour, and to be afterwards privately whipped in the precincts of the gaol; and also, as due caution had been given to the parents on several similar occasions, if their son was again brought forward, the Court ordered that the family be sent out of the Island unless Derwin, the father, could find bail in the sum of £10.

Tuesday 8 August 1848
14 years transportation for assault and robbery

Edward Quenault, Edward Boudet, James Walker and John Lancaster appeared to take their trial before the Grand Jury of the Island for assault and robbery and for having threatened the lives of Mrs Anthoine and Mrs Cloak, her daughter, in the month of May last. The Jury found them guilty and they were sentenced to 14 years transportation.[1]

Melancholy occurrence – death at sea
Friday 4 August 1848

An occurrence of a most melancholy nature happened during the day of Tuesday last, on board the mail steamer Express, Captain Paul, on the passage from Southampton to Jersey, and which was the cause of the mail not reaching Jersey until Wednesday morning; Mr James Burgess of Bagot Tavern, Bagot, who had taken the passage from Southampton to Jersey, in apparent good health, having been found dead in his berth. For the following particulars we are indebted to a gentleman, a passenger by the Express.

On Monday night last, at about 12 o’clock, Mr Burgess arrived on board the Express from Southampton Pier, in good spirits, in apparent good health and perfectly sober. After a little conversation on board, he went down in his berth in the fore cabin of the vessel. During the early part of the voyage he appeared quite well, not even feeling sea-sickness, although the weather was so boisterous that the Captain felt it necessary to go into Yarmouth Roads.

He frequently called the Steward, who paid every attention to him, and, on his asking for a little brandy and water, the latter told him he could not procure any on account of the sea running so very high. In fact, so boisterous was the weather, that none of the fore-cabin passengers would procure the slightest refreshments before they arrived in Guernsey Roads at about 6 o’clock on Tuesday evening.

It was about half-past three o’clock in the afternoon when Mr Burgess spoke last, and that was to a passenger. About four o’clock, Mr John Goodridge, the mate of the vessel, in taking his round for the passage money, saw the deceased; and he appearing asleep he desired the Steward not to wake him, nor was it until six o’clock, on the arrival of the vessel in Guernsey, and when most of the passengers had disembarked, that on proceeding to his berth he was found in the sleep of death.

Captain Paul, on being informed of the melancholy occurrence, immediately sent for a surgeon on shore, as well as sent information of the event to the authorities. Dr Magrath was speedily on board; but when he arrived he declared the deceased had been dead some hours.

In the meantime, the authorities directed Captain Paul to stop until an inquest had been held on the body. The Court of Guernsey having been summoned, they met at half past eight in the Courthouse when, after hearing Captain Paul, Mr T J Simpson, Mr Webster, the Steward of the vessel, and one or two other passengers, as witnesses, the Court drew up an act of which the following is a copy:

At the Royal Court of Guernsey

1 August, 1848, before Peter Stafford Carey, Esq, Bailiff. Present: Sir Wm Collings, Thos Le Retilley and Edgar Mac Calloch Esqrs, Jurats.

Justice having been informed that James Shirley Burgess had died in the afternoon of this day on board the steamboat Express during the passage of the same boat from Southampton to this Island of Guernsey and was brought in the said steamboat into the roads of this Island; and the officers of the Queen having caused a surgeon (Dr Magrath) to be summoned, and other credible witnesses, to ascertain how he came to his end; the Court, after having heard several witnesses on oath, and heard the conclusions of the said Officers of the Queen, has permitted whomsoever it may appertain to cause to be interred the body of the said Burgess in consecrated ground, after it having appeared to the Court that the said Burgess died suddenly a natural death.

Signed Chas Le Feuvre, Greffier of the Queen.

A shell, having been procured from the Hospital, the body was put in; and arrived in Jersey about six o’clock on Wednesday morning. The deceased had been in the Island some years, and was very much respected among a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who will all greatly deplore his loss. We understand that Mr Burgess had been subpoenaed as a witness in a case at Chancery Cross. He leaves an inconsolable widow to mourn his loss.

A splendid lithograph
Tuesday 25 July 1848

A splendid lithograph representing the reception of Queen Victoria Her Majesty, Victoria Pier, Jersey, 3 September 1846, is about to be published by subscription; containing portraits of Her Majesty, Prince Albert, the late Lieut-Governor Sir Edward Gibbs, the Bailiff and Jurats, the Clergy, Officers and Ladies who were there present.

Comprising nearly two thousand persons, a large proportion of whom are perfectly recognisable, the Original Sketch having been made at the time on the spot and the Portraits painted in from life, by E P Bedwell, Esq, RN.

The Lithograph will be on the most magnificent scale, to admit figures from eight to twelve inches in height, according to the number of Subscribers to whom only, proof impressions will be delivered at ten shillings each; a list of reference will also be published therewith, indicating the name and position occupied by each subscriber or family, thus ensuring not only a faithful representation of that brilliant scene, but a lasting record of the families and individuals who there rendered homage to Her Majesty.

No loyal subject in the Island should be without a copy of this interesting picture, which is now nearly completed, and may be seen between the hours of two and four o’clock in the afternoon over the Commercial Bank, 11 Broad Street.

The crops
Tuesday 8 August 1848

On Friday last a special extra visit was made by the Committee of the Agricultural Society and their friends to the various farms in the Island, for the purpose of inspecting the wheat and potato crops.

They started at between 9 and 10 in the morning, and returned at half past six in the evening, having seen farms in St Helier, St Saviour, St Martin, Trinity, St John, St Mary and St Lawrence parishes. Farms of every class were inspected, from the highly-tilled pleasure farm of the wealth agriculturalist to the self-worked farm of the small land-holder.

The result is most satisfactory, for although disease is prevalent in the potato crop, still it is partial, and as yet, not of the alarming character which it exhibited in 1846.

The wheat crop is below the average, but still there will be a fair return; and although in many farms smut is visible, and the grain deficient, it cannot be said that there is a failure, or that injury has been as yet materially sustained.

The following gentlemen were the visitors: Charles Robin, Esq; Philip Janvrin, Esq; John Hume and P C Patriarche, Esqrs; J J Le Touzel, Esq; Rev Charles Marrett; E G Marrett, Esq; W Cuming, Esq; Mr Saunders and Mr Ramie, Jun

Melancholy accident
Tuesday 1 August 1848

On Saturday afternoon last Mr Reardon, accompanied by a young lad named Shannon, about sixteen years of age, left the harbour in a small cabin boat, The Jersey, on a pleasure excursion. Having landed at St Aubin’s, they prepared to return to St Helier’s at about six, when half-way across the bay, in jibbing the boat, she upset and both met with a watery grave.

The deceased Mr Reardon leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss. Shannon was apprentice to Messrs Sherwood and Overing, sail-makers, the owners of the ill-fated boat. Up to the present moment, neither the bodies nor any portions of the boat have been found.

Thief brought back
Tuesday 1 August 1848

Anne Lake, lately convicted of robbery at St John’s Manor House, and sentenced to seven years’ transportation, and who, with Berryman and Risley, left on Friday week by the steamer Atlanta for the hulks at Portsmouth, returned to the Island on Tuesday last, the medical men having declared she was not in a fit state of health to undergo her sentence. She will remain in the hospital for the present.

Tuesday 1 August 1848

On Saturday morning last, Dr George Jones amputated, just above the knee, the leg of a young woman named Williams, an inmate of the General Hospital. The operation was performed when the young woman was under the influence of chloroform and so little was she conscious of it, that, on awaking, she asked when the doctors were going to cut her limb off. We understand that she is doing as well as can be anticipated. The operation was performed in the presence of Drs Maereight, Leigh and two or three other medical gentlemen.

Boat towed in
Friday 4 August 1848'

The cutter boat Jersey, which was capsized on Sunday last in St Aubin’s Bay, and in which unfortunately two persons were drowned, was towed into St Helier’s Harbour on Wednesday evening last, apparently having sustained very little damage. The bodies of the two men have not yet been found.

Bread price increase
Friday 4 August 1848

Bread rose ¼ d a pound on Monday in St Helier in consequence of the Jersey millers having raised the price of their flour 6s a sack.

Tuesday 8 August 1848

On Friday night last, the inhabitants of the town were thrown into alarm by hearing cries of “Fire!” and shortly after hundreds of persons were seen wending their way to Queree Street branching off from Great Union Road, the seat of the fire. The fire broke out in the house of Mr Elias Rive, occupied by Mr Downer, a blacksmith, and Mr Barling, a tailor.

It appears that Mr Downer went to the Theatre on Friday evening and, it is supposed, some sparks from the candle must have fallen in the bedroom, when he was dressing. The flames broke out shortly after eleven, and in less than two hours the whole house was burned to the ground.

We understand that Mr Downer did not save a vestige of his effects; that Mr Barling saved a portion of his, but in a damaged condition. Neither the tenants nor the landlord were insured.

Situation wanted

A young man of first-rate abilities who has had several years in a large establishment in London, is desirous to obtain a situation in a cutting room. No objection to making himself generally useful.

Address A B, 21 Devonshire Place, St Helier’s.

Money advanced

Upon gold and silver plate, watches, jewellery and property of every description, at No 21 Hue Street. The long experienced integrity and real solvency of the establishment (some twenty years in existence) offer a safe security to the public against fraud or imposition of any kind, and insures the longest possible indulgence to those who need temporary loans.

The strictest secrecy is observed.

Pic-Nic Omnibus and Fashionable Carriages

Gregory’s Livery Stables, Ann Street: S G returns grateful thanks to the Nobility, Gentry and Public generally, for their liberal patronage, and begs to inform them that S G. had added to the Stock of Fashionable Carriages a Superior Southampton built PIC-NIC OMNIBUS (to carry ten inside and one on the box), fitted up in the first style, with good horses and careful drivers, able to vie with any in the Island.

NB:- Gentlemen’s horses taken at livery. Close coach house. Standing for private carriages by the day, week, month or year etc. All orders gratefully received and punctually attended to.

Wood’s Little Tea Shop, 43 Charing Cross (bottom of Broad Street)

We are now selling a really useful Cougou at 1s 2d, 1s 4d, and 1s 6d; Souchong, strong Pekoe flavour, 1s 8d, 2s, and 2s 6d; Young Ilyson, 1s 4d, 1s 6d; Gunpowder, 2s, 3s, and 4s. Our system is to buy and sell for cash exclusively, and never to recommend any article unless the quality is such as to justify our doing so. The quotation of low prices to articles, the quality of which will not bear out the description, is a mere deception and only tends to disappoint the purchaser.

A respectable family, residing in one of the most desirable parts of St Helier, would wish to receive two ladies or a gentleman and his wife to board. Reference given and required. For cards of address enquire at the offices of this paper.

The Cheapest Establishment in the Island for New and Second-Hand Furniture of Every Description

Mrs Wincey, No 10 Charing Cross, in soliciting a continuance of the extensive patronage bestowed upon her, begs to acquaint her friends and the public generally, that she has constantly on sale a very large assortment of excellent new and second-hand household furniture, feather beds, hair, wool and flock mattresses, palliasses, china, glass and earthenware, furnishing ironmongery, and every article requisite in the furnishing of a house, which she is enabled to offer at the lowest prices. Furniture lent on hire. Registry Office for Servants. Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Wardrobes.

Theatre Royal, Crescent

Under the Management of Mr W H Maddocks

Last night of the Season

By desire and under the patronage of Sir Thos Le Breton, Knight Bailiff

On Friday evening, 4 August 1848

  • Woman’s Love
  • Our Mary Ann
  • The Male Flirt

Prices on the occasion: Dress Boxes 3s, reserved pit seats 3s, upper boxes 2s, pit 2s, gallery 1s. Half-price at 9 o’clock.

Tickets and places for the boxes may be obtained at Mr Sullivan’s, Halkett Place and of Mrs W H Maddocks, 5 Belmont Road.

Notes and references

  1. See Edition 4 for the full story of their crime
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