1837: Base Ingratitude as employee caught in a 'very questionable' situation with employer's wife...

Globe - Monday 18 September 1837

Base Ingratitude.—At the Lewes Adjourned Sessions, on Friday, Fitzwilliam Burt, aged 22, was ordered to find good bail, and give 48 hours’ notice thereof, for threatening to do Mr. Charles Robertson, of Cuckfield, some bodily injury.


It appeared that some time since the prisoner, who is a miller, was out of employ, and Mr. Robertson took him into his office as a clerk. On one occasion Mr. R. quitted home on business, and on his return be found his wife and the prisoner in a very questionable situation.


Mr R returned home and found his wife in a compromising situation with his employee c1932 lithograph

The latter was immediately desired to leave the premises, upon which he became very violent, and threatened to put a pistol bullet through Mr. Robertson’s head, and remarked that he would not be satisfied until he had pawned the linen off complainant and his wife’s back.


The prisoner subsequently decamped to London with Mrs. Robertson, where they lived together until she was reduced to the greatest misery and want. Ultimately Mr. R. consented to receiving his wife back but the prisoner continued his annoyance by writing letters to her, and hovering about Mr. Robertson’s house. He had also expressed his determination to be revenged to several persons.


A letter was read from prisoner to Mrs. Robertson, which was dated from No. 2, Verulam buildings, London, and commenced with “My dear Sally.” After a long tirade of nonsense, telling her she might rely on his love, he subscribed himself her ever true and sincere lover, and concluded by wishing that God might bless her.


The prisoner was removed to jail.


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