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missioned officer or soldier, or any person so transported in pursuance of such order from the king, “ shall afterwards, ** (without leave from his majesty, or from the governor or “ commanding officer of the place to which he shall have been “ transported, return into, or be found at large, without leave “ as aforesaid, or other lawful cause, within any part of Great “ Britain or Ireland, or in any of his majesty's possessions “abroad, other than the place to which he shall have been
transported, before the expiration of the term limited by such “ sentence or order, and shall be convicted thereof in the or“ dinary course of law, he shall suffer death as a felon, without “ benefit of clergy." (9) By the ninth section of the statute upon the sentence of transportation being notified in writing by the commander in chief, or, in his absence, by the adjutant-general, to any justice of the King's Bench or Common Pleas, or baron of the Exchequer in England or Ireland, such justice or baron is to make an order for the transportation of the offender, upon the terms and for the time which shall be specified in such notification ; (r) and shall also make such other orders, and do such other acts consequent upon the same, as any such justice or baron is authorized to make or do by any act or.acts in force, at the time of making any such orders, in relation to the transportation of offenders; and such order and orders so to be made, and all such acts as shall be so done as aforesaid, shall be obeyed and done by such person, in whose custody such offender shall at that time be, and all other persons whom it may concern, and shall be as effectual, and have the same consequences as any order made under the authority of the said act with respect to an offender in the said act mentioned ; and every sheriff, &c. and all constables and other persons, shall be bound to obey the said orders, be assistant in the execution thereof, and liable to the same punishment for disobedience, or interrupting the execution of the same, as they would be if the same had been made under the authority of the said act; and every person so ordered to be transported as aforesaid shall be subject respecttively to all the provisions made by law and now in force, concerning persons convicted of any crime, and sentenced to be transported, or receiving his majesty's pardon on condition of transportation. (a) By a subsequent section, if any offender under sentence of death by a court-martial shall obtain a conditional pardon, all the laws then in force touching the escape of felons under sentence of death shall apply to such offender, and to all persons aiding, &c. such escape from the time when such order shall be made by such justice or baron, and during the several proceedings had for the said purposes. (b) And a provision is made in some of the mutiny acts that an order, made under any act or acts of parliament, in force at the time of making such order, in relation to the transportation of offenders, and every act consequent upon such order, shall be as effectual, and have all
(9) Sect. 4, 5.
deliver a certificate of conviction, &c. (r) Sect. 9.
S. 12. relates to the notification, &c. (a) 6 Geo. 4. c. 5. s. 9. The notifi- of sentences of transportation in India, cations, &c. are to be filed in the office &c. of the clerk of the Crown, who is to (6) 6 Geo. 4. c. 5. s. 13.
the same consequences as any order made, or act done, under the authority of any act or acts of parliament in force at the time, in relation to the transportation of offenders, with respect to any offender in any such act or acts of parliament mentioned. (s)
Provisions of a nature nearly similar are usually contained in the acts relating to the regulating of the royal marine forces while on shore.(t)
By the 30 G. 3. c. 47. his majesty may authorize the governor of New South Wales, &c. by writing under the seal of that government to remit, either absolutely or conditionally, the whole or any part of the term of transportation : and such instrument is to be of the same force and effect as a signification of the royal mercy under a sign manual. The 6 G. 4. c. 69. regulates the punishment of offences committed by transports sent to labour in the
colonies. Points decided It may be useful to mention some of the points decided upon
the statutes which formerly related to the offences treated of in this
Chapter. Indictment Where a capital convict had a conditional pardon and escaped, and certificate and the indictment against him stated, that the king's pleasure of former con
was notified to the court, and the court thereupon ordered, &c.
(s) See 56 Geo. 3. c. 119.
G. 3. c. 74. s. 28. (1) See the last act 6 Geo. 4. c. 6. S. (6) S. 23. ante, 398., and see also s. 7, 8, et sequ.
2. anle, 394. (a) Rex v. Treadwell, Mich. Term, (c) Rex v. Sutcliffe, East. T. 1788. 1781. MS. Bayley, J. The statute MS. Bayley, J. Russ. and Ry. 469, then in force upon the subject was 19 470.
only that the prisoner had been convicted of felony, were insufficient; and the prisoner was remitted to his former sentence.(d)
Where an indictment stated the condition upon which the royal mercy was extended to have been general, whereas it appeared not to have been general but specific, viz., that the prisoner should be transported to places specified, the variance was held to be fatal. (e)
Where the prisoner had received a pardon on condition of trans- Evidence of porting himself beyond the seas, within fourteen days from the the day of the day of his discharge, and it was incumbent on the prosecutor to charge. prove the precise day on which the prisoner was discharged, it was holden that the daily book of the prison, containing entries of the names of the criminals brought to the prison, and the times when they were discharged, though generally made from the information of the turnkeys, or from their endorsements on the backs of the warrants, was good evidence to prove the time of the prisoner's discharge. (w) And it was held, that though, if a convict on his trial for returning from transportation before his time was expired should confess the fact, and acknowledge that he is the man, the court would record such confession ; yet, no such confession being made, it was necessary to produce the record of conviction, and give evidence of the prisoner's identity. (x)
When a convict was sentenced to transportation for seven Evidence of a years, and received a sign manual, promising him a pardon, “ on sign manual. “ condition of his giving a security to transport himself for that
period within fourteen days,” and upon his giving such security was discharged from prison, but neglected to transport himself within the fourteen days : it was holden that he could not be indicted for being unlawfully found at large before the term for which he had received sentence of transportation had expired, on the ground that such sign manual, and the recognizance entered into in consequence of it, were good evidence that he was lawfully at large; although he had not substantially performed the condition on which the promise of pardon was granted. (y)
; (d) Rex v. Watson, Mich. T. 1821. and that though the king might reRuss. and Ry. 468.
voke his intended grace on account (e) Rex v. Fitzpatrick, Russ. and of this apparent fraud ; yet, as he had Ry. 512.
not in fact revoked it, and as the (w) Aickle's case, 1 Leach 391, 392. prisoner bad literally complied with
(3) 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 47. Return the condition, he ought not to have from Transportation, s. 21. The late been convicted upon an indictment statute, 5 Geo. 4. C. 84. s. 24. makes a for being fouod at large, without any certificate of the conviction, &c. suffi- lawful cause, before the expiration of cient evidence. Ante, 398.
his term. With respect, however, to (y) Miller's case, 1 Hawk. P. C. c. a condition being considered precedent 47. Return from Transporlatian, s. 22. or subsequent, it has been holden that Cas. C. L. 69. 1 Leach 74. 2 Blac. no precise technical words are requiR. 797. It appears that the Judges site for that purpose; that it does not considered, that the sign manual was depend upon its being prior or posleimproperly worded by mistake of the rior in the deed, but that it depends officer : that it should have been, upon the nature of the contract, and
upon condition of the said Miller the acts to be performed by the par* transporting himself, &c. and of his ties. Robinson v. Cumyns, Cas. temp.
giving security to the satisfaction, Talb. 166. Hotham v. the East India "&c.” and not merely“ upon condi- Company, 1 T. R. 645. “ lion of his giving security, &c.".
As to the of
In the last case, the prisoner was referred to his original senfender being referred to his
tence of transportation, as not having performed the condition original sen- upon which his pardon was to be granted; that is, he was partence of trans- doned on condition of transporting himself within fourteen portation.
days. (z) And in another case it was holden, that a prisoner convicted of a capital crime, whose sentence was respited during the king's pleasure, and who, having received a pardon on condition of transportation for life, was afterwards found at large in Great Britain without lawful cause, should be referred to his original sentence. (a) In a subsequent case, where the prisoner, having been convicted of simple grand larceny, had received judgment of transportation to America for seven years, but had afterwards been pardoned, "on condition of transporting himself beyond the
seas for the same term of years, within fourteen days from the day of his discharge, and of giving security so to do,” and, upon giving the security required, had been discharged, but had not complied with the other part of the condition, by transporting himself, it was doubted whether he could be convicted of a capital felony in being found at large, without any lawful cause, before the expiration of the term, or whether he ought to be remitted to his former sentence. The former cases were cited as authorities that the prisoner's discharge was a lawful cause for his being at large, notwithstanding he had forfeited the recognizance of himself and his bail, by breaking the other part of the condition, in not transporting himself within the fourteen days : but one of the Judges thought that, as the prisoner had not complied with the terms on which he was pardoned, he must be considered as having been at large without lawful authority, as soon as the fourteen days had expired. Another Judge considered it as a doubtful question whether the non-performance of the condition had not rendered the whole pardon null and void : and he also thought that the offence with which the prisoner was charged was not within one of the statutes then relied upon, namely, the 16 G. 2. c. 15., because he had not agreed to transport himself to America;
(2) Miller's case, I Leach 76. the court gave their opinion that, as
(a) Madan's case, Old Bailey, 1780. he had broken the condition of the 1 Leach 223. _In 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 47. pardon, he remained in the same state Return from Transportation, s. 23 (re- in which he was at the time the parferring to Cas. C. L. 197.) this case is don was granted, viz. under sentence cited as having decided that the pri- of death, with a respite of that sensoner was so referred back to his ori- tence during his majesty's pleasure. ginal sentence, on his being indicted The report further states, that afterfor returning from transportation, wards it was submitted to the Judges, and acquilted. But in the report whether the prisoner would not have in Leach, it is said that no indictment been liable to suffer death without bewas ever preferred against the pri- nefit of clergy, if he had been indicted soner for the new felony; but that, and convicted under a statute then being in custody, a notice was served existing, namely, the 8 G. 3. c. 15., or upon him to shew cause why execu. whether he bad been properly referred tion should not be awarded against to bis original sentence. No opinion him on his former sentence: that af- of the Judges is stated: but it apter this notice he was put to the bar, pears, that at the Old Bailey, April and his identity and the record of his Sess. 1782, the prisoner was informed former conviction proved ; and he not by the court that it was his majesty's being prepared to prove the truth of pleasure that he should be transported certain facts alleged in his defence, to Africa for life.
amount to a
and that it was not within another statute, namely, 19 G. 3. c. 74. because that act related only to pardons granted to offenders who had been convicted of felonies by which they were excluded from clergy.(d) In the last mentioned case, one point was clearly agreed upon, Poverty and
ill health namely, that as the prisoner had, at the time of his discharge, a real intention to quit the kingdom within the time, but had been lawful excuse prevented from carrying it into execution by the distress of for not having
quitted the poverty and ill health, these impediments amounted to a lawful
kingdom. excuse. (e)
(1) Aickles's case, Old Bailey, 1785. ed beyond the seas. But he thought, cor. Gould, J., Hotham, B., and Adair, that when the condition of the king's Recorder. The Recorder thought, pardon was broken, the pardon was that the indictment was perfectly sup- gone. There being, however, a difported under the clause of the 16 G. ference of opinion, it was intended to 2. c. 15. adopted by 19 G. 3. c. 74. have submitted the case to the opioion which made it a capital felony to be of the twelve Judges, if the prisoner found at large in Great Britain within had been found guilty. the term for which a convict, who was (e) Aickles's case, I Leach 396.; and liable to be transported to America, see Thorpe's case, id. ibid. note (a). had recrived sentence to be transport