1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Smith

Anonymous, in "The Literary Police Office, Bow-Street, London" Port Folio [Philadelphia] S4 15 (June 1823) 506.



H. SMITH, and JAMES SMITH, two brothers were put to the bar on a very serious charge of forgery. The office was crowded by those who had suffered from the ingenious arts of these offenders. Some of the papers were produced at the time of examination, and were found to be executed in the most masterly manner. They seemed to be engraved on steel! The Rev. Mr. Crabbe could not swear to his hand-writing — and one or two forgees were dead at the time of the forgeries; upon which the magistrates observed, that post obits of this nature were dangerous cases to commit upon. However, Mr. Fitzgerald swore at the forgery upon him, and the prisoners were committed. One of the brothers has, since his committal to Bridewell, escaped to the continent. The other is very penitent, and exhibits great cheerfulness in his confinement. Jem is a sort of thin melancholy man, with one eye, which is always bent on a joke.