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THE EXTRAORDINARY 

'LIFE & TRIAL 

OF 

ADAME RACHEL 



AT THE 

JENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT, 

OLD BAILEY, LONDON, 
THE 22, 23, 24 & 25 SEPTEMBER, 1868, 

BEFORE 

Mil, COMMISSIONER KEEli, IN THE NEW COURT, 

COUNSEL FOR THE PROSECUTION: 

MK. SERJKANT BALLANT1XE, MR. MONTAGU WILLIAMS, 
aud Mr. STRAIGHT. 

COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENCE: 

W. DKJBY SEYMOUR, Q.(\, MK. SKKJEAXT PARRY, MK. Si-lIl.JEAX'l 1 
SLI'ilGII, and MR. 11IGBY. 



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THE EXTRAOKDINAKY 

LIFE & TRIAL 



OF 



MADAME RACHEL 

AT THE 

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT, 

OLD BAILEY, LONDON, 

ON THE 22, 23, 24 & 25, SEPTEMBER, 1868, 

BEFORE 

MR, COMMISSIONER KERB, IN THE NEW COURT, 

COUNSEL FOR THE PROSECUTION : 

MR. SERJEANT BALLANTINE, MB. MONTAGU WILLIAMS, 
and MR. STRAIGHT. 

COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENCE: 

W. DIGBY SEYMOUR, Q.C., MB. SERJEANT PARRY, MB. SERJEANT 
SLEIGH and MB. RIGBY. 



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THE LIFE OF MAMIE RACHEL 



Madame Rachel, the subject of this most extra- 
ordinary trial, was born about the year 1806, her father's 
name was Russell, he was a man much respected by 
his neighbours, being of a very congenial turn of 
mind and a great humorist. Miss Russell was first 
married to a Mr. Jacob Moses, who was lost in the 
ship "Royal Charter," in 1859, off the Welch coast, home- 
ward bound from Australia; and afterwards married 
Mr. Phillip Levison or Leverson her present husband. 
Some years since she lived in the neighbourhood of King's 
College Hospital, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and we are given 
to understand that about the same time, she and her 
family were stricken down by a most fearful fever, which 
compelled her and them to seek relief from that Hospital, 
when it was found necessary that her head should be 
shaved. This greatly distressed her, for she was very 
proud of her hair, as well she might be, for her fine 
flowing locks were truly beautiful. The medical man, 
to pacify her under this severe loss, told her not to mind 
it, that he would give her something that should make 
her hair grow rapidly and be more beautiful than ever. 
When she recovered from the fever, strange to say, 
nature was so bountiful that her hair grew most wonder- 
fully fast, at which she was so delighted that she asked 
the doctor for the receipe, which he gave her. And 
now she, like a worldly woman, began to think of turn- 
ing it to account, and from this trifling circumstance, 
we arc told she commenced coloring grey hair, re 






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moving wrinkles, cheating old age out of its rights, and 
making women 

"BEAUTIFUL FOE EVER" 

In 1863 Madame Eachel published a pamphlet of 24 
pages octavo, entitled " Beautiful for Ever," a copy of 
which we have seen and read ; it is an extraordinary 
literary performance a perfect curiosity of its kind 
beating Rowland of old with his Kalydor in puffing. 
Herein she flatters women to their heart's content ; she 
begins with calling the fair " lovely as the bright sun- 
shine [at morning's dawn; beautiful as the dew-drops 
on the flowers ; so beautiful is lovely woman. Poets 
have praised her, artists have portrayed her, bards have 
sung her praises. She is the sculptor's beau ideal ; 
volumes have been written of her, volumes still are to 
be written of her ! " 

She says "Our first mother of the world, who claimed 
our love and pity for her beauty and sorrow, was a 
beautiful woman. From the beginning of the world 
she was the companion of man's youth, the solace of 
age. She is man's guiding star gentle, loving woman, 
who, by her gentle counsel, leads men to deeds of great- 
ness and renown." 

After this rhapsody on woman she brings in mother 
Eve by the hair of her head, and eulogises her as being 
the most charming creature that ever existed ; then she 
introduces her Majesty and the Royal Family with the 
most fulsome flattery, and next we find her among the 
Grim Tartars the Sisters of Mercy Florence Nightin- 
gale Jessie Maclean, the heroine of Lucknow and 
Grace Darling, of the Longstone Lighthouse, whom 
she calls Grace by name and Grace by nature how 
pretty and how witty the poor ballet girl Smith of the 
Princess's Theatre now conies in for her meed of praise 
for sacrificing her life in trying to extinguish the 
flames that enveloped her unfortunate companion. She 
forgets not to talk of frail and penitent woman led on 
to repentance by the beautiful of the beautiful bright 



faith, hope and charity and now for a touch of the 
sentimental from Othello " Nought extenuate and 
nought set down in malice." After a few words on the 
mental beauties of women, she goes on to say " It is 
our pleasing duty to embellish and add to their personal 
charms." Next comes the lovely, erring and repentant 
Magdalen, and another touch of the sentimental, bor- 
rowed this time from Tom Hood 

" Take her up tenderly, 

Lift her with care ; 
Fashioned so slenderly, 

Young and so fair." 

After some more edifying matter she puts in 
an extract, taken, as she says, from the Illustrated 
London News of January 24th, 1846, about some 
Morocco doctor and his wonderful powers, and then 
comes "The Magnetic Dew of Sahara and the Jordan 
Water" which are both spoken of in the Trial, as will 
be found on reading it through. The " Desert Water 
or Liquid Dew" she declares that she has purchased, at 
an enormous outlay, from the Government of Morocco, 
the exclusive right of using it ; and that it has gained 
for her, her world renowned name. 

We now come to a dissertation on enamelling the 
face which she says she manages to achieve, not by using 
dangerous cosmetics, but by the use of the Arabian 
Baths, composed of pure extracts of the liquid of 
flowers, choice and rare herbs, and other preparations 
equally harmless and efficacious, and tries to support her 
plan by Dr. Jenner's discovery of vaccination and Sir 
Hugh Middleton's bringing the new river water (not 
the waters of the Jordan) to London. 

She next informs us that almost all Cosmetics (except 
her own) are composed of deadly leads and other in- 
jurious matters, but that her preparations are made up 
of the purest, rarest, and most fragrant productions of 
the East far beyond the confines of Wapping. She 
now, by way of peroration, invites all ladies who have 
become wall-flowers to place themselves under her 
hands, and tells them plainly that she can remove all 



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personal defects, put a bloom on old visages, so as to 
make them look young again as in their youthful days, 
and thus manufacture antiquated belles into charming 
juveniles pretty girls scarcely out of their teens. Such 
is a condensed epitome of this rich and rare pamphlet, 
which has for its object one of the greatest, if not the 
greatest, wonders of the age, as its title shows, for what 
can be more wonderful than to make woman 

"BEAUTIFUL FOR EVER." 

We will now give a brief list of Madame Rachel's 
cosmetics, &c., and their remarkably low charges : 

WASHES FOE THE COMPLEXION. 

s. d. 

Circassian Beauty "Wash ... ... ... 110 

Armenian Liquid for removing Wrinkles ... ... ... 110 

Sultana's Beauty Wash ... 110 

Blauchinette Wash 110 

Magnetic Rock Dew Water of Sahara, for removing 

Wrinkles^ 220 

Liquid Flowers and Herbs for the Bath ... ... ... 110 

Pure Extracts of the China Eose 110 

Alabaster Liquid ... ... ... ... 110 

Do Lentla Wash 110 

Soothing Balms, for removing Irritation and Ecdncss 

from the Skin 110 

POWDEES FOE THE COMPLEXION. 

Arab Bloom Powder 110 

Favorite of the Harem's Pearl White 110 

Albanian Powder ... ... ... ... ... ... 110 

Disinfecting Powder, of the choicest Arabian odours ... 05 G 

Prepared Sponge, for the Complexion ... ... ... 056 

Indian Coal, for the Eyes 220 

Chinese Leaves for the cheeks and lips ... 110 

Youth and Beauty Bloom 220 

Circassian Powder for the hands and nails 220 

DENTEIFICES AND MOUTH WASHES. 

Teeth Enamel 110 

Arabian Perfume Wash 220 

Pearly Tooth Powder 110 

Balmy Eeed Powder 110 



Vll 

HAIE PEEPAEATION. 

Circassian Golden Hair Wash 220 

Madagascar, Arabian, Circassian, and Armenian Oils ... 220 

Preservative Cream ... ... ... ... ... ... 220 

Medicated Cream for rendering the hair black or chesnut 

brown ... 220 

Astringents and stimulents^for rendering the hair Italian 

brown 220 

CEEAMS FOB THE FACE. 

Lily Cream .. ... 220 

Sweet Jasmine Cream 

Eugenie's Cream 220 

Alexandra Cream 220 

Youth and Beauty Cream 220 

Eoyal Arabian Cream 220 

Senses of Peace 220 

Arabian, Circassian, and American Oils for the Hair, and 

Incense 220 

Eoseate Unguent 220 

Eoyal Bath Preparations ... 220 

The Eoyal Arabian Toilet of Beauty as arranged by 
Madame Rachel for the Sultana of Turkey, the fac- 
simile of which is used by the Eoyal European 
Brides, from 100 to 1,000 guineas 

EOTAL AEABIAN SOAP. 

Eoyal Nursery Soap 220 

Victoria Soap 220 

Alexandra Soap 220 

Honey of Mount Hymettus Soap 220 

Peach Blossom Soap 220 

Alabaster Soap 220 

Herb Soaps for removing Wrinkles ... 220 

Eoyal Bridal Bath Soap 220 

Albanian Soap 220 

Pure Extracts of Herbs for Preserving and Enhancing 

the Skin 220 



PERFUMES. 

Sultana's Bouquets ... ... 110 

Favourite of the Harem's Bouquet ... ... ... 110 

Fragrance of the Sweetest Flowers ... ... ... 220 

Vinegars for the Sick Eoom 110 

Arabian Fumigated Oils 220 



Vlll 

Bridal Toilet Cabinets, arranged from 25 to 200 guineas. 

Wardrobe and Jewel-case Odour ... ... 550 

Souvenir de Marriage from 25 to 100 guineas. 

Betrothal Presents 550 

Maiden's Keepsake 2 2 

Aromatic G-um (per ounce) 10 

Pure Oil of Myrrh 1 1 

Egyptian Kohl 5 5 

Jordan Water (per bottle), 10 to 20 guineas. 
Venus's Toilet, 10 to 20 guineas. 

Such is Madame Kachel's theory and remedies for the 
restoration and preservation of female loveliness. 



THE 

TEIAL OF MADAME EACHEL 

BEFOKE MR. COMMISSIONER KERR, 

IN THE NEW COURT, 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 18B8. 

And three following days. 



Sarah Rachel Leveison, 43, better known as Madame 
Rachel, was again placed upon her trial for having un- 
lawfully obtained from Mary Tucker Borradaile the sum 
of 1,400 by means of false and fraudulent pretences. 

Mr. Serjeant Ballantine, Mr. Montagu Williams and 
Mr. Straight again appeared for the prosecution; Mr. 
Digby Seymour, Q.C., Mr. Serjeant Parry, Mr. Serjeant 
Sleigh, and Mr. Butler Rigby were counsel for the 
defendant. 

It will be remembered that in consequence of the 
jury having failed to return a verdict upon the last 
occasion they were discharged, and the defendant was 
now again put upon her trial. She appeared to be very 
weak and ill, and was allowed to sit during the day. 

The Court was crowded, but not inconveniently so. 
Lord Ranelagh occupied a seat on one of the side 
benches. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE, in opening the case, said it 
would be idle to suppose that what had occurred in 
reference to the prosecution was unknown to the jury, 
because it had occupied a great deal of public attention, 
many comments had been made upon it in the press, 
and in all probability the jury themselves had formed 
such views upon it as in their judgment seemed correct. 

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To ask them, then, to dismiss all knowledge of the 
matter from their attention would be useless, but this 
he might ask them, and ask them with the most perfect 
confidence, too namely, to pay the fullest attention to 
the evidence which would be adduced in the progress 
of the trial, and not to assume that they were already 
acquainted with the whole of the facts of the case. And 
he was the more anxious to say this at the outset be- 
cause there were some small points to which he would 
have to draw their particular attention points which 
had not hitherto been considered, matters that might 
probably have great weight on their minds in guiding 
them to a decision. The case was one of the most ex- 
traordinary which had ever been brought into a court of 
justice not that it involved a great catastrophe or a grave 
crime, but that it was one of such a remarkable nature as 
to require their minds to be applied to every part of it in 
a manner the most assiduous. The main prosecutrix was 
a Mrs. Borradaile, a lady whose late husband had been 
an officer of distinction serving in India. She was, 
moreover, the daughter of an officer, so that she might 
be said to be a person of the highest respectability. As 
an officer's widow, she was entitled to the receipt of a 
comparatively small pension, besides which she had a 
sum of money amounting to between 3,000 and 4,000, 
part of which was in the funds, and the other part was 
sunk in an estate ; in addition she had some jewellery, 
clothes, and other property, so that, in all probability, 
at the time of the particular transactions in question she 
was worth somewhere about 5,000. With respect to the 
defendant, her name was Sarah Eachel Leverson, but 
she was more generally known as Madame Sarah 
Kachel, and tolerably well known, too, as a person who 
has a shop in New Bond-street, with a considerable dis- 
play of powders and soaps for sale. She professed in 
her advertisements to be able to do divers incredible 
things, probably things which were not very likely to 
deceive persons with strong, cultivated minds, but which 
were not unlikely to deceive those to whom those ad- 



vertisements were specially addressed. The character 
of those advertisements was confined to the fair sex, 
professing to make them " beautiful for ever," whether 
they were old or young, by means of powders and other 
stuff from Arabia. This was the miraculous effect they 
were to have on the faces of the ladies, this was the 
description she gave in her advertisements. Now Mrs. 
Borradaile, unfortunately for her, had been, no doubt a 
handsome woman in her more youthful days, and was 
still anxious to continue so ; and she, seeing advertise- 
ments of this promising description, was introduced to 
Madame Rachel. The first introduction was early in 
1864 or 1865. There was nothing then purchased, but 
subsequent interviews enabled Madame Rachel to obtain 
an insight into her character which induced her to work 
upon her feelings afterwards in a manner almost mirac- 
ulous. From this insight, for instance, she learnt that 
Mrs. Borradaile was possessed of the amount of money 
already mentioned. In 18G6 Mrs. Borradaile called on 
her again, and made some purchases, and then Madame 
Rachel suggested a mode by which she could be made 
" beautiful for ever," asking for 1,000 for making her so. 
Mrs. Borradaile was not unwilling to be made " beautiful, 
for ever," but as she did not like to part with the 1,000, a 
remarkable element was brought to bear upon her. 
Madame Rachel said she had been seen by a nobleman 
who had become enamoured of her. Mrs. Borradaile 
was naturally surprised, but glad to find that a nobleman 
had taken a liking to her. Madame Rachel told her the 
nobleman was Lord Ranelagh a nobleman well known 
and that she would introduce her to him ; and accor- 
dingly, before any of the transactions occurred which 
formed the subject matter of this indictment, Lord 
Ranelagh was one day talking to two ladies in Madame 
Rachel's shop, one of these being Miss Rachel (the 
prisoner's daughter), and the other a lady whose name 
he (the learned Serjeant) did not like to mention now, 
though it had come out on the last occasion, and then 
and there Madame Rachel introduced Mrs. Borradaile 

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to that nobleman. Upon that interview the whole pivot 
of this case turned ; and, therefore, he entreated the 
jury to look well to what occurred at it. That there 
would be a discrepancy in the evidence as to what then 
occurred might at once be admitted. Mrs. Borradaile 
would tell them that she then entertained some doubt 
that the person to whom she was introduced was Lord 
Ranelagh, whereupon he put his hand in his pocket, took 
out a card, and handed it to her ; and then she would 
add that she read his name upon that card. It would 
be denied that any card was handed to her by his 
lordship at that time. His learned friend (Mr. Digby 
Seymour) had said upon the last occasion that it was 
not consistent with the ordinary habits of society for a 
nobleman to hand his card under such circumstances. 
He (Mr. Serjeant Ballantine) agreed with his learned 
friend in that respect, and admitted candidly that it was 
extraordinary and unusual to do so ; but then was it 
not equally extraordinary and unusual for a nobleman 
like Lord Banelagh to be introduced under such circum- 
stances ? In point of fact, the whole interview was 
extraordinary, but then the jury would have to say not 
what it was but whether or not they credited Mrs. 
Borradaile. It was quite evident that Lord Kanelagh 
might forget that he handed his card, but then it was 
most probable that Mrs. Borradaile would not forget a 
fact which which to her was so important. This brought 
him to a matter upon which he thought it right at once 
to state the views of the prosecution. He asked them 
to believe Mrs. Borradaile upon the ground that she had 
been a virtuous wife, and since her husband's death a 
virtuous widow, and that the slightest stain or slur could 
not be cast upon her. It was true that charges against 
her had been whispered, but he challenged his learned 
friend to show that she had clone anything on any single 
occasion contrary to the principles of honour, integrity, 
or truth. If, then, she was telling that which was 
untrue, she was running the fearful risk of being indicted 
for perjury, because she alleged that the card was given 



to her in the presence of two ladies, one of them the 
daughter of the prisoner. If the assertion was a fabrica- 
tion on her part, the daughter could come forward on 
the mother's side and contradict it. But there were 
other facts. On another occasion Lord Ranelagh was 
pointed out to Mrs. Borradaile in Madame Eachel's 
shop, and upon a third occasion there was something 
said between his lordship and the prosecutrix touching 
theatricals at Beaufort House. These were the only 
occasions upon which his lordship seemed to have ap- 
peared upon the scene. Mrs. Borradaile at this time 
became perfectly satisfied that Madame Rachel had told 
her the truth, that her beauty had attracted Lord 
Kanelagh, and that his lordship had intimated from 
time to time that he had never seen any woman besides 
Mrs. Borradaile who would be such an honor and credit 
to hisname. Itnowbecame important thatMrs Borradaile 
should be acted upon so as to produce her money. 
From the first occasion, when she had been told that 
she could be made "beautiful for ever," and that if so 
made Lord Ranelagh would marry her, her mind began 
to work. 200 had then been paid by her, but 1 ,000 was 
asked to make her "beautiful for ever," and to raise the 
necessary funds Madame Rachel introduced her to a 
solicitor named Haynes, of St. James'-street, who met 
her at a stockbroker's in the city and sold out 1,460 
worth of her stock for 980, 800 of which found its 
way into Madame Rachel's hands, and for this the 
paltry equivalent given consisted of some powders and 
soap. Lord Ranelagh was supposed to have written a 
variety of letters with the view of enabling Madame 
Rachel to carry out this fraud ; and if it could be 
proved that his lordship was held out, not as the whole 
of the false pretences, but as a false pretence, to effect 
this fraud, that would be quite sufficient to sustain the 
present indictment. It was true there was no pretence 
for supposing that his lordship had written any of the 
letters, for, independently of there being no proof that 
he was the writer of them, the letters themselves showed 



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upon the face of them that they were not the productions 
of an educated man. The first letter was very warmly 
penned, and it was signed "William" a fictitious name 
by which it was said Lord Ranelagh wished to be known 
throughout the transactions. (The letters were here al- 
luded to at some length, and some of them created 
much laughter, but, as they were inserted in extenso in 
the Times on the last occasion, it is unnecessary to 
introduce them now.) The learned counsel continued 
to state that Madame Rachel never ceased to act upon 
the unfortunate Mrs. Borradaile until the whole of her 
property, amounting to 5,300, was engulfed, including 
the mortgage of her pension. Clothes, plate, jewels, 
pension all were gone, and she was literally penniless, 
except what she might get in future from the bounty of 
her friends. Even then Madame Rachel was not satis- 
fied. Lord Ranelagh's name was again introduced. 
Two or three scandalous stories were invented about 
his lordship having seen her in a bath, and about his 
having been intimate with her on a former occasion. 
Madame Rachel was determined that so long as there 
were clothes on her back, or money at her command, or 
the possibility of raising it, not a fraction, either in esse 
or in prospective, should belong to her. Accordingly 
she suggested to her the propriety of executing a bond, 
and a bond she actually executed in favor of Rachel for 
a further sum of 1,600. In the short space of three 
months she had been swindled out of 5,300, and now 
she caused a bond, which she was very unlikely to pay, 
to be suspended over her head. But now the climax 
was arriving. There was nothing more to be got out of 
her. She stood in her clothes. The money and stock 
were gone. All was swallowed up. Then it was that 
an application was sworn by Rachel, upon which she 
was thrown into prison, from which she was released by 
virtually handing over her pension to Rachel for the re- 
mainder of her life. In the whole category of human 
wickedness and human folly the equal of this story was 
undiscoverable. He believed the defence was, not that 



every half-penny of the money, together with the bond, 
did not come into the possession of Rachel, but that neither 
the money nor the bond was obtained by means of false 
pretences. The defence was that it was obtained because 
Mrs. Borradaile was a woman of loose habits, who was 
willing to prostitute herself, who had carried on an inter- 
course for months with a man, and that the sums of 
money handed to Rachel were so handed to her for the 
purpose of being used in some way by the person calling 
himself '-'William." This was the defence the last 
time, and it would most probably be the defence now ; 
at all events, if it were not the defence now, it was 
impossible to know what the defence would be. This 
presented the prisoner in this, position as a person 
allowing her house to be used for interviews between 
ladies and gentlemen, and herself promoting those in- 
terviews by all the means in her power, and sharing 
with one of the persons carrying on the interviews the 
profits of the transaction. There were certainly places 
of that kind in London, but then the bulk of them all 
was called by a less savoury name than that of a " per- 
fumer's shop." 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR here complained that the learned 
Serjeant was entirely mistaking the grounds of the de 
fence. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE said that whatever the de- 
fence might be, on this he would take his stand that 
no such person as " William " existed, or ever did exist ; 
that Mrs. Borradaile had never departed from honour ; 
that she had never carried on any intrigue with any 
person on the broad surface of London ; and that, on 
her solemn oath, she would state that the whole thing 
was a wicked fabrication. If there was a real " Wil- 
liam " not a myth and a fiction why did not Madame 
Rachel give some evidence respecting him ? If he was 
a real " William" he must have been a William in the 
flesh, and then there would have been no necessity for 
all the letters to have been written. Besides, why should 
he have allowed Mrs. Borradaile's money to filter through 



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Madame Rachel's hands ? The jury would bear in mind 
that the letters had been written in three different hand- 
writings, and that from the evidence of a lad who wrote 
one of them there was some proof to shew that " Wil- 
liam " was the concoction of Madame Rachel's brain. 
They would also bear in mind that if Madame Rachel 
should now be convicted Mrs. Borradaile would in no 
way be bettered, but that she would still remain the 
beggared widow of an Indian officer. The learned ser- 
jeant concluded by expressing a hope that the verdict of 
the jury would be found effectual in the future in throw- 
ing the shield of the law round the many, many weak 
women who in this great metropolis were duped by the 
cunning of the artful and the deceptive. 

After keeping the Court waiting for about three- 
quarters of an hour, 

Mrs. Mary Tucker Borradaile, the prosecutrix, entered 
the witness-box and was sworn. She said, in reply to 
questions put by Mr. MONTAGU WILLIAMS, In 1864 
I first went to the prisoner's shop. I am the widow of 
an officer, and was six years with him, in India. I spent 
170 with the prisoner in 1864 and 1865, and only got 
for it some soap and powder. In May, 1866, she asked 
me to spend some more money with her, but I told her 
I expected her to do something for my skin for the 170 
I had already laid out at her shop. She told me to call 
again, and when I did so she said Lord Ranelagh had 
taken a liking to me. I asked where he had seen me. 
She said he had seen me several times, both before and 
after my marriage, and that he was a very good man. 
When I called again Lord Ranelagh was present. Miss 
Rachel and Madame Valeria were both in the shop 
with Lord Ranelagh. Madame Rachel was in the little 
sitting-room, and I went in and sat with her, the door 
being shut. She said to me, " I will now introduce you 
to the man that loves you," and upon that she opened 
the door and introduced me to Lord Ranelagh. She 
said, " This is Lord Ranelagh." I saw Lord Ranelagh 
at the last trial, and he was the nobleman who was then 



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introduced to me. I see him now in court. I said at 
the time of the introduction, " Are you Lord Ranelagh ?" 
He said, " I am," and he handed me his card. I am quite 
certain he handed me his card. Madame Valeria must 
have seen the card. When I had read it I handed it back 
to his lordship, and returned to the sitting-room, where 
Madame Rachel said he would make me a very good 
husband. Two days afterwards I saw Lord Ranelagh 
again. Madame Rachel then asked me to take a bath, 
and I did so. There was some talk after the bath about 
going to the Beaufort-house theatricals, but Lord 
Ranelagh said they were not good enough for me. 
Shortly afterwards Madame Rachel asked me to be 
made beautiful for ever, in order that I might be made 
the suitable wife of Lord Ranelagh. I thought 1,000 
a large sum of money, and she said Mr. Haynes, an 
attorney, who was not a friend of hers, would sell out 
1,300 of stock I held. I went with Mr. Haynes and 
Madame Rachel to the city and sold out the 1,300 
stock for 980, 20 of which went in costs. No part 
of that 960 was ever handed over to me afterwards. 
Mr. Haynes brought me an order, which I signed, and 
by that order the whole of the 960 was authorised by 
me to be handed over to Madame Rachel. A receipt 
for 800, stated to be the balance of 1,000, was given 
me, which purported to be for a supply of cosmetics, 
bath preparations, attendance, and enamelling, to be 
continued until I should be finished by the process. (A 
laugh.) I only got some soap and powders for my 
money. I dare say J had 100 of the baths. (Laughter.) 
None of the powders were put into the baths. The 
powders were said to have come from Arabia. Madame 
Rachel said I was to be married by proxy, and that the 
courtship was to be conducted by letter. About a 
fortnight after I paid the money I began to receive the 
letters. Madame Rachel always told me that the letters 
which were signed " William " had come from Lord 
Ranelagh. The letters never came to me through the 
post. They were always given to me by the prisoner. 



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The handful of letters which were produced on the last 
occasion were written by me, as I thought, to Lord 
Ranelagh, and they were given by me to Madame 
Rachel upon the understanding that she would give them 
to his lordship. All the letters I wrote to him were 
dictated to me by Madame Rachel, who always said 
they would be delivered by her to him. When I com- 
plained to her about the bad spelling of some of his 
lordship's letters she accounted for it by saying that he 
had injured his arm and had to employ an uneducated 
amanuensis. Mention was -made in one letter about 
Belgium, and she explained that by saying his lordship 
was going there on business connected with the Volun- 
teers. I bought 400 worth of lace, and paid for it. 
That was to be part of my trousseau but I never 
received a yard of it. It found its way into Madame 
Rachel's hands, but where it got to afterwards she never 
told me, and I never could find out. The allusion in one 
of the letters about the lace had reference to its being 
redeemed from a pawnbroker in the Strand. I received 
a great many other letters from Madame Rachel pur- 
porting to come from the same source, but I always re- 
turned them to her. In July or August we had a 
conversation about diamonds. Madame Rachel said 
that I should want some for the wedding, and a necklace 
and coronet were ordered of Mr. Pike accordingly. 
When the jewels were brought to her house Madame 
Rachel put them on me and asked me how I liked them. 
The price of them was 1,260. I had no money at this 
time, but had property, of which Madame Rachel 
knew. In consequence of what was then said I 
went to Mr. Haynes, the solicitor, and consulted him 
about selling the property. It was sold for 1,540, and 
I gave him an order for 1,400 to pay for the diamonds, 
&c. The order produced was written on the suggestion 
of Madame Rachel, and in her shop. I never received 
the diamonds. I asked her what had become of the 
money. She said that it was required for " William," and 
I think she added for the purposes of the Volunteers. I 



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paid her on one occasion 32 for ornaments for the hair 
which I never received. She had other money from me 
at times, which she said was for Lord Kanelagh. She 
said a great many things would be required for my 
trousseau. I paid 160 to the Messrs. Hamilton, of 
Conduit-street, for dresses and clothing which I never 
saw. They were left at Madame Rachel's. I remember 
a Mr. Proctor, a linendraper, coming there in July, 
1866, with a quantity of ladies' wearing apparel, the 
price of which was also about 160. I never got one 
of the articles myself. I often asked her where they 
had gone to, and Madame Rachel's answer? were that 
" Dear William " had them. I remember Madame 
Rachel taking me to a carriage-builder's in New Bond- 
street for the purpose of selecting a carriage for the 
wedding. She got into one and said she thought that 
would do. It was to have Lord Ranelagh's arms 
painted upon it. She afterwards took me to see a 
house which she said was for me and Lord Ranelagh. 
I approved it, thinking it a nice place for two people. 
I had a quantity of plate, which belonged to my late 
husband, and a silver tea service which I purchased in 
Bond-street. It was taken away from my lodgings. 
Madame Rachel said it was not such as was suited for 
me. She thought, from what I had said about it, that 
it was much better. She said that all the things were 
to be put away together for the wedding. I had rings 
and jewellery, which she obtained in the same manner, 
and also my marriage settlement. I have seen none of 
this property since. There were some family seals and 
other things, as well as letters of my late husband's, 
which Madame Rachel obtained and packed up, as she 
said, for the wedding. On several occasions she gave 
me a cigar. I recollect her giving me one in February 
of this year. It was lighted, and as she gave it to me 
she said, " Here comes Lord Ranelagh." I saw a 
person pass out of the door at the time, but I could not 
see his face. Madame Rachel said the cigar was as 
warm as his love. (A laugh.) In December I exe- 



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cuted a bond to Madame Kachel for 1,600. She had 
got me to sign I O U's previously, and those were 
destroyed on the bond being given instead. I have not 
seen the bond since. She always spoke of what she 
was going to do for me with the money. I was arrested 
about this time, and taken to the prison in Whitecross- 
street, at the instance of the prisoner. She came to see 
me while I was confined there, and remained with me 
on one occasion nearly the whole of the day. I was 
induced while there to execute another document, as 
she said I could not get out unless I signed. I was 
liberated, but was again arrested while Madame Kachel 
was under remand from the police-court in Marl- 
borough-street. It was for 15 for goods which had 
been ordered by Madame Rachel, but which I never saw. 
I never knew or conversed with any other " William " 
except the person who was introduced to me by Madame 
Kachel. I never had any intercourse with any person 
either at Cheltenham or elsewhere. I remember a man 
named Stephens and another, who Madame Kachel said 
were Lord Kanelagh's servants. She told me his lord- 
ship had said in their presence that he intended to 
marry me. She afterwards said that the diamonds I had 
purchased would not be wanted for the wedding, but 
that there was a coronet belonging to Lord Kanelagh's 
mother which would answer the purpose, if the stones 
were reset. I parted with the whole of my money and 
jewellery, together with the bond and valuable securities, 
solely on the representations made to me by Madame 
Kachel. 

On the conclusion of Mrs. Borradaile's evidence, a 
number of letters were handed to her for the purposes 
of identification. She hesitated considerably before she 
answered the questions put to her by Mr. Digby 
Seymour for the defence, and said that some of the 
letters were like her handwriting, but she could not 
swear to them positively. She never wrote a letter 
except on the suggestion of Madame Kachel. Madame 
Kachel had great influence over her, and she always 
trusted her. 



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At this stage the trial was adjourned till this (Tues- 
day) morning. 



At the opening of the court this morning the trial, 
begun yesterday, of Sarah Rachel Levison, better known 
as Madame Rachel, for obtaining from Mary Tucker 
Borradaile money to the amount of about 1,400 by 
certain false and fraudulent pretences, and with intent to 
defraud, was resumed. 

Mr. Serjeant Ballantine, Mr. Montagu Williams, and 
Mr. Straight again conducted the prosecution ; Mr. 
Digby Seymour, Q.C., Mr. Serjeant Parry, Mr. Serjeant 
Sleigh, and Mr. Butler Rigby the defence. 

The court was again crowded, many of the audience 
being ladies, as on the previous trial. Lord Ranelagh 
again occupied a seat on a side bench. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR, Q.C., addressing the Court, said 
he had to mention a matter in the interest of his client, 
if not in his own interest. He referred, he said, to a 
charge made against him in one of the daily papers, and 
which was calculated, he thought, to prejudice the 
minds of the jury. He might add, as his learned friend 
(Mr. Serjeant Parry) had reminded him, that Judges 
had repeatedly condemned comments by the public 
press in reference to a trial which was still pending. 

Mr. MONTAGU WILLIAMS said his leader (Mr. Ser- 
jeant Ballantine) had not yet arrived, and he would 
only say in his absence, that he had no doubt the public 
papers would take care of themselves. 

Mr. Commissioner Kerr. I can only say, Mr. Sey- 
mour, if it be any satisfaction to you, that I did not see 
in your cross-examination of the prosecutrix yesterday 
anything in the slightest degree objectionable. 

Mrs. Borradaile was then recalled, and her cross- 
examination was continued. Replying to Mr. DIGBY 
SEYMOUR, she said, I first called on Madame Rachel 
in May or June, 1864. I heard very little about her 



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except from advertisements. I recollect her giving me 
a book and my paying her half-a-crown for it. [The 
Commissioner. Then you bought the book.] I think I 
did. She never said anything about 1,000 guineas until 
she told me I was to be made "beautiful for ever/' and 
that I was to marry this good and rich man, meaning 
Lord Ranelagh. She told me 1,000 guineas was her 
charge for enamelling. I never heard her say anything 
about 1,000 guineas. She did not say anything as to 
the time of the process. (A laugh.) I did not know 
what she was going to do. I cannot tell you how many 
baths I took. I took a great many. She said it was 
necessary for me to be made " beautiful for ever," but 
I told her in 1866 I did not intend expending 10 upon 
her, and that I thought she should do something for the 
170 which I had paid her and which I thought was a 
great deal. For that, all that I got was a few powders 
and soaps. Between that and May, 1866 I had not 
contracted any fresh liabilities to her. [Letter read, 
dated May, 1866, and which witness said was in her 
handwriting] was as follows : 

" 4, Francis-street, London-street, Paddington, May, 
1866. 

" My dear Rachel, My husband, Colonel Borradaile, 
died the 17th of May, 1861. Will proved by Mr. 
Nelson, city solicitor, whose brother lives in Grace- 
church-street, to whom I refer you, and he will arrange 
every thing to your satisfaction. I was left sole execu- 
trix to all he possessed in the world. He left one will 
in London with his nephew and Mr. J. C. Borradaile, 
Blackheath, and the other in India. I refer you to my 
mother, who resides at Scaley, Ham, near Haverford 
west, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. I am related to 
Lord Kensington, who resides in London. Therefore, 
my dear Rachel, you may feel assured I am mistress of 
my own actions, and may do what I think proper with 
my own, and this will at once convince you that I can 
fulfil my promises, and carry out any arrangement with 
you that I have entered into." 



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That letter was written in Madame Rachel's shop, but 
she told me to direct it from 4, Francis-street, Padding- 
ton. I had been staying there for a few days. I do not 
know whether it is a coffee-shop ; I do not know what 
it is. You can say nothing against my character. I 
cannot say whether it is a place with the word "beds " 
written over the door. I think the name of a coffee- 
house is over the door. A railway porter recommended 
me to go there. On the night I wrote that letter I was 
staying at 28, George -street. I had not been able to get 
rooms at the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, at the 
top of the house, and it was too expensive for me to 
take them on the first or second floor there. I went 
therefore to what I thought was a respectable lodging. 
I had left the coffeehouse when I wrote the letter. I 
.always addressed my letters as Madame Rachel directed 
me ; I was so foolish. She is a wicked and vile woman, 
and you (addressing Mr. Digby Seymour) are bad too. 

The COMMISSIONER. Content yourself with simply 
.answering the questions. 

"Witness. I wrote all the letters at Madame Rachel's 
shop, and all were dated from other places. I cannot 
tell what her object was in asking me to direct the letter 
from Francis-street. Lord Kensington is a descendant 
of a younger branch of our family. All that you have 
read in that letter is true. 

Mr. SEYMOUR. Did she not require from you a state- 
ment and particulars to enable her to make enquiries 
whether she could trust you that 1,000 guineas ? 

Witness. She found out all about me. I could not 
tell what her object was. 

Was there a bill given by you for 1,000, composed 
of 800 you owed to Madame Rachel and about 200 
you were indebted to a Mrs. Hamilton ? Nothing of 
the sort. I recollect Mr. Haynes paid Rachel 800, 
.and that was in addition to what I had before paid her. 
I remember Mr. Haynes had to do with paying Mrs. 
Hamilton. 

A letter you wrote to Mr. Haynes refers to the 



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destruction of certain bills and I O U's ; what do you 
mean by that ? 

Witness hesitated. 

By the COMMISSIONER. I have no idea what a com- 
mercial bill is. 

Cross-examination continued. I do not recollect 
writing a bill before June. I came to London about 
the 15th of May, 1866 not later. I never knew Lord 
Eanelagh before that time. Next December it will be 
22 years since I was married, and I have been seven 
years a widow. I had not lived long in India ; I was 
in bad health. I had gone the overland route. I moved 
in good society there, but I had bad health and never 
went out to parties or balls. The first time I saw Lord 
Ranelagh was about the middle of the day, and that 
was at Madame Rachel's. I was in the sitting-room, a 
small room off the shop with a glass door. The shop 
itself is a small place. The door was closed when I was 
sitting there. It was opened, and I expected to see the 
man who was in love with me, and who was expected to 
marry me. I asked him if he was Lord Ranelagh, and 
he said he was and gave me his card. I had asked him 
to give me his card, thinking Madame Kachel had told 
me what was not true. I did not exactly believe her at 
the time. I cannot explain why I did not keep the card. 
He certainly did give me the card, and I gave it back to 
him. I cannot say why. I left, the door was closed, 
and I resumed my seat in the little room. I did not go 
into the shop. I was never introduced to a gentleman 
before who gave me his card. I never thought much 
about it. A few days afterwards I saw Lord Ranelagh 
at Madame Eachel's again. Madame Kachel \v&s pre- 
sent. It was only to be introduced again that was 
all. 

Mr. SEYMOUR. Did you hear anything endearing 
from Lord Ranelagh ? 

Witness. It was too soon, I thought. (A laugh.) 
All that he did was to make his bow to me. Witness 
continued. Madame Rachel said there were some 



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theatricals going on at Beaufort-house, and he said he 
thought they were not good enough for me. I did not 
speak to him again until I saw him in Mr. Cridland's 
office. Madame Rachel said he had often seen me. Of 
course, I thought he was going to marry me. I saw 
him very often at Madame Rachel's. He was to have 
dined with me one day at St. James's-hall. Madame 
Rachel told me he had plenty of money. I afterwards 
found he was poor, and it then occurred to me that 
Madame Rachel had told me what was not true. That 
was about October, 1866. She always told me the man 
adored me. I don't think I quite disbelieved what she 
told me. (A laugh.) I cannot say ; I really forget. [A 
letter was here read signed " William," and addressed 
from Birdcage-walk. It ran thus : " What is it, my 
sweet love ? My own dear one, what you said last 
night I thought was in joke. Is it the bill that has 
annoyed you?"] I had not met Lord Ranelagh the 
night before. I could not understand a great many of 
the letters. I thought a great deal in them was remark- 
able. It was about September, 1866, that I wrote the 
letter in which I said I had called at Madame Rachel's 
" and she looked as black as thunder." 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Do you mean to tell the Court 
the letters you received were the productions of Lord 
Ranelagh ? Yes, I do. 

Do you think Lord Ranelagh would employ a servant 
to write a letter to his intended wife ? Madame Rachel 
swore to me most solemnly it was the case that he did. 
I have occasionally seen a Peerage Lord Ranelagh's 
name is Thomas Heron Jones. Thomas would have 
done as well as William. My maiden name was 
Edwardes. It was Madame Rachel who suggested that 
the name of Captain William Edwardes should be used. 
He is now a colonel in the Guards, and was here yester- 
day. The following letter was read : 

" 4, Francis-street, London-street, May 26 
" (postmark May 28), 1866. 

" My clear Love, I am sorry I cannot keep my ap- 

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pointment with you to-morrow, as I do not think of 
staying in these apartments, but I shall have no objec- 
tion to meet you any day next week that you may name. 
I am perfectly satisfied with the articles. They are all 
very good. I have given Madame Eachel what I pro- 
mised her, as I like to keep my word, and she has given 
me a month's grace. She will not trouble me for a 
month for the second promise. I hope we shall have a 
quiet day, as it will be more pleasant for me, as before 
I do not wish for any intrusion. With my best love, 
believe me, yours for ever, 

" MARY BORRADAILE." 

[This was addressed " Mr. Edwardes, care of Madame 
Rachel, 47 (a), New Bond- street."] I do not recollect 
writing that, but I suppose I did. I cannot swear it is 
my writing. I cannot swear either way. It may be 
my writing, I never recollect directing a letter to Mr. 
Edwardes. On the 26th of May, 1866, I think I was 
not lodging in Francis-street. I was six days at a coffee- 
house near the Paddington-station. After that I went 
to 4, Francis-street, where I was four days, and I after- 
wards went to the address in Great George-street. I 
cannot say whether I was at 4, Francis-street. I never 
wrote a letter there. I could not then say I was about 
to give up my apartments. I had not seen any 
" William," and I cannot explain what the words, " I 
do not wish for any intrusion " means. 

Mr. SEYMOUR. Then, that was a falsehood dictated 
by Madame Eachel ? 

Witness. Of course, it was ; she is quite equal to 
that. She always said I must trust to her. I really 
forget all about the letter. [A letter was here read, 
dated 28, George-street, Hanover-square, September 
1, 1866, and which witness thought was her letter. 
It ran thus : " My dear William, I am surprised 
and grieved at what you say, that I place more confi- 
dence in Mr. Haynes than yourself so far. I have 
not seen htm since Thursday, when I saw him at Mr. 
Clayton's office, and I do not wish to see him again 



21 

without I am obliged to do so, I shall write to him to- 
day as Rachel and myself have arranged our affairs 
amicably, I assure you I went after taking .my bath 
yesterday to the coffeehouse in Davies-street, nearly 
opposite to the baths, I went twice to see if I could find 
you, and I left word with the bath attendant, Mrs. 
Hicks, and I had to wait for her nearly half an hour, 
that if you called I had gone to Madame Rachel's, and 
in lieu of seeing you I received nothing but unkind up- 
braidings, I tell you again and again that it was my 
intention to go with you to Grindlay's yesterday, to do 
all in my power for you. You know my feelings to- 
wards you ; but I cannot do impossibilities. I Have 
heard nothing of Mr. Braham, Mr. Roger's Solicitor. 
I shall manage to arrange between this and Monday. 
In hopes that I shall see you shortly, and with fondest 
love, believe me your affectionate and devoted, MARY T. 

BORRADAILE."] 

Mr. SEYMOUR. Did you expect, to find Lord Rane- 
lagh at a coffeehouse in Davies-street ? 

Witness. Do you suppose he never goes to such 
places ? (A laugh.) She continued. I say those letters 
were all written under the influence of Madame Rachel. 
I don't know whether I expected to meet him there or 
not. The passage in the same letter, " I tell you again 
and again that it was my intention to go with you 
to Grindlay's yesterday, to do all I can for you," 
I wrote at the dictation of Madame Rachel, 
Grindlay's was a place were my pension was paid. I 
had not had any communication the day before with 
any one as to going there. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did Madame Rachel find fault 
with you for expending your money on a paramour ? 

Witness (indignantly). -^What paramour ? I never had 
one. 

Did she not blame you for expending money on a 
paramour ? No, never. 

Or that your family ought to be informed of your ex- 
travagance ? No, never, I will swear she never censured 

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me for squandering my money on a paramour. I said 
on the last occasion she might have mentioned it in my 
presence at Mr. Haynes's office, but I did not recollect 
it, nor what answer I gave if that was said. Mr. Cope, 
my brother-in-law (witness continued to say), came to- 
town in September, 1866. A letter, dated in that 
month, was read, It ran ; 

" My own dear William, If you knew what I have 
suffered since Saturday night on your account one 
unkind word would never have escaped your lips to me.. 
My brother-in-law went to the Carlton to see Lord 
Ranelagh. They told him he was out of town, and 
they said he would not be back for a week. My brot- 
her then went to New Burlington-street, and a servant 
told him there his lordship had been out of town for 
three weeks, and that all his letters had been sent to 
Lowther Castle . . . You would have been amused 
at the frantic manner in which he was running about 
town looking for the invisible person who could not be 
found, thanks to our lucky stars." 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Who was " the invisible per- 
son ?" Witness. That was Lord Ranelagh. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR continuing to read the letter, 
" Not content with that, he took us to Regent-street 
and bought a photo, of his Lordship, whose nose he did 
not admire. (Laughter.) Mr. Cope made me promise 
to leave my present lodgings, that he was under the 
belief that the people at the house and poor Rachel 
were in league together in fooling me into a marriage 
with Lord Ranelagh." To whom did you then believe 
you were writing ? 

Witness. I certainly believed I was writing to Lord 
Eanelagh. 

Do you mean to say you were doing that when you 
stated your brother-in-law " bought a photo, of his 
Lordship, whose nose he did not admire T (A laugh.) 
Yes. 

Did you think you were writing to Lord Ranelagh 
when you said, " Mr. Cope and my sister made me 



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promise I would not see Rachel again, as I led them to 
suppose she had been the promoter of his Lordship in 
intriguing with me? " 

Witness. I never had any such intrigue, nor with 
any other man. She (Rachel) dictated that letter to me 
and I thought I was writing to Lord Ranelagh. 

Do you consider marriage and intrigue the same thing?" 
Witness. I really do not know much about intrigues. 
I don't think they are equivalent expressions. All, 
letters were dictaded by Madame, and sometimes I 
altered them when I thought the grammar was not good 
I knew Madame Rachel got a boy to write letters. I 
have seen one or two boys writing there. [A letter 
dated September 5, from 36, Davies-street, Berkeley- 
square, was read. It said, "My dear William, I 
have been anxiously waiting to hear from or to see you. 
You are very welcome to anything and all that you have 
of mine. When I asked to have my letters returned, I 
did not mean what I said. It was said only when I 
thought you were cold and unkind to me. I did not 
deserve it. I have not called upon Mr. Haynes, as my 
brother-in-law wished me to do. My family have no 
power to control me or my affairs. My husband left 
me everything he possessed, and the right of doing what 
I thought proper with it, and I shall write to Mr. Haynes 
to-day and tell him so. I will wait here until 3 o'clock, 
and if you do not come to me I will leave town with- 
out you. Perhaps if I do it will not break your heart 
Do not mention the patience of Job when you think of 
me. I am afraid to go to Rachel's for fear of Mr. 
Bauer. She told me yesterday he had an execution 
.against me. I offered to give him the lace back, 
but he would not take it. With my fond love, believe 
me, your affectionate and loving MARY TUCKER 

BORRADAILE."] 

I never had the lace. I may have written that letter. 
J only recollect the reference to the patience of Job. I 
think Madame Rachel or Mr. Haynes, I forget which 
told me something about an execution. I think I had 



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been served with a writ at the suit of Mr. Bauer. I was 
then lodging in George Street. I was four times arrested, 
[Another letter, dated September 6, and from 36, 
Davies-street, was put in. It said, " My dear William. 
I have just received a letter from my sister Mrs. Cope, 
with a postscript from her husband, and he says he will 
be in town shortly after I receive it. He comes up in 
consequence of Madame Rachel having sent him a copy 
of a letter I wrote you just after you left for North 
Wales last Monday. She has exposed the whole thing 
about the lace. It was most foolish of her exposing my 
affairs, but she did it to prevent my being arrested. This 
affair has nearly broken my heart."] I recollect that 
letter and I recollect the lace, but I had never seen the 
lace. I did not expect she had exposed my affairs ta 
my family. My brother-in-law never told me I was in- 
corrigible, but he thought I was a foolish person. [A 
passage from a letter, dated September 13, was read 
thus, " My dear William, I shall see Mrs. Lilly as you 
desire, and she will, no doubt be of service to us."] I 
stayed four days at the coffee-house, 4 Francis-street. 
I never recollect meeting any one there. Mrs. Lilly 
may have been the person who waited on me there. 
[The letter continued "You know there are such 
things as talking birds. I feel better now that you told 
me we shall leave Charing- cross next morning. Will 
that morning ever come .... But you seem to 
know the overland route to my heart."] 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Who was the author of that 
expression, "the overland route to my heart," Mrs. 
Borradaile ? (A laugh.) 

Witness (smiling). I don't know 

MR. DIGBY SEYMOUR. It is a very happy expression, 
you know, and you have been to India and back. 

Witness. It was not mine. It was she (Rachel) that 
suggested it to me. I am sure I did not. 

MR. DIGBY SEYMOUR referred to a letter dated the 
17th of September, from 36, Davies-street, and running 
thus : " My dear William. I am happy to say your 



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kind message has made me much happier than I was 
yesterday, . . . How could it be otherwise, when 
instead of being in Paris I am in my lodgings and you 
were ill in bed ? The old saying, " The course of true 
love never runs smooth.'" That, of course, was also at 
Madame Kachel's dictation ? (A laugh.) 

Witness Yes. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR (reading). " Even that beastly 
Pike (a laugh) followed me into Madame Kachel's, .and 
wanted me to purchase the diamonds. He wanted me 
to sign for 1,600, but I was not such a fool." 

Witness. I think I have been a very great fool. I 
wrote all those letters to Rachel's dictation. Witness 
continued, replying to a question, I had selected some 
shirt fronts, but I cannot say where. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. What ! Shirt-fronts for Lord 
Ranelagh ? (Laughter.) 

Witness. It is very likely he may want them. 
[Shewn an invoice.] I never paid that. They were 
sent to my lodgings ; and I would not take them in. I 
ordered them but I would not pay for them. 

Mr. SEYMOUR. Now listen to this letter. "You had 
better get the hats at Johnson's, and whatever you do, 
my darling, do it as quickly as possible. My dear Wil- 
liam, I am quite ready to start if you will quickly send 
me word. I do not wish to live on bad terms with you. 
It would not be policy on your part." AVho dictated 
that letter ? Madame Rachel. 

Do you mean to say she dictated the words, " It would 
not be policy on your part " ? I think those were put 
in by myself, but I am not quite sure. 

Then is it the fact that, though she dictated, you put 
in some sentences of your own ? I sometimes improved 
a sentence, but she always dictated. 

The next letter is written to Madame Rachel. It says, 
" I told him (Lord Ranelagh) that you (Rachel) had 
many good qualities, that you were fond of your chil- 
dren, and gave to the poor." Do you mean to swear 



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that that letter was written by ycri to Rachel at Rachel's 
dictation 1 I do. 

Then it appears that all the letters written by you to 
William, to Rachel, and to everybody else were written 
at Rachel's dictation ? That is so. Madame Rachel 
told me on one occasion, in a friendly manner, that she 
was 80 years of age. (A laugh.) 

And did you believe her ? I did not. 

What did you say ? I told her I was 68 myself. 
(Laughter ) 

Then you were 12 years her junior. Now, here is a 
letter dated the 29th of September. Was that written 
by you ? I cannot say ; it is like my handwriting. 

Do you mean to say you don't know your own hand- 
writing ? I can only'say it looks very like my writing. 

It is dated from George- street, Hanover-square, and 
in it you say to Lord Ranelagh, " I am surprised at 
Madame Rachel's impertinence ; she had no right to be 
impertinent to you." Who dictated that? Madame 
Rachel. 

What ! Madame Rachel dictated that she had been 
impertinent to his lordship ? Yes. 

Then there comes this passage, " Tear yourself away 
from the little lady with the golden hair who is in the 
habit of scratching your face." (A laugh.) Who is 
this " little lady with the golden hair ? " Is it yourself ? 
No ; somebody else. 

The COMMISSIONER. Oh ! then there is a little lady in 
the case with golden hair, who scratches Lord Ranelagh's 
face ? (Laughter.) Did you say you wrote that letter 
to Lord Ranelagh ? I did. 

Was it exclusively intended for him ? It was. 

Mr. SEYMOUR. Who was it told you there was a 
little lady with golden hair who was in the habit of 
scratching his face ? Madame Rachel. 

And she dictated that letter ? Yes. 

In the next letter, dated the 3rd of October, 1866, 
you say, " My dear William, Madame Rachel had, as 
usual, some very high words with me to-day ; indeed, it 



was a serious quarrel, and all concerning you." Is that 
true ? She dictated the letter to me. 

Yes, but you say here " as usual ; " was it, then, usual 
for you and .Rachel to have high words ? It was not. 

What was this particular quarrel about ? I do not 
recollect. 

The COMMISSIONER. Then, was what you say about 
the " high words " an invention ? I don't recollect what 
the quarrel was about. 

Mr. SEYMOUR. In the next letter to Lord Ranelagh 
you say " Rachel wishes Mr. Haynes to write to you to 
return my property and money, I asked her how dare 
she or any one else to take such a liberty with me as to 
ask you to return my property and money. Therefore, 
my darling, whatever you hear from them on this 
subject, dont mind them. I am quite ready to meet 
you wherever you like, but don't let it be at that horrid 
place where the poor man was killed. I will comply 
with your wishes, but if you keep me waiting I will 
scold you." Where was this place where the man was 
killed ? I do no not know ; I never went to it. 

I have now to request your particular attention to 
your next letter to Lord Ranelagh, in which you say, 
" One of your kind friends, and your bosom companions, 
has informed me that you have been are now keeping a 
woman. Not one member of my family will hold any 
intercourse with me for forming such a degraded con- 
nexion. Did you then think that it would have been a ' 
degraded connexion to marry Lord Ranelagh ? Well, 
it is not exactly what a man is, but what he does, that I 
look at. 

Then you used the words " degraded connexion " 
advisedly ? Yes. 

Now, mark the entire of the sentence : " Not one 
member of my family will hold any intercourse with me 
for forming such a degraded connexion, as it is well 
known in Pembrokeshire that I have been living with 
you for some months." Did you write that ? 

Witness (very indignantly). I shall make you prove 
that ; you can say nothing against my character. 



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I said nothing against it myself : I was simply quoting 
what you said against your own character yourself. I 
ask you again, did you write that letter acknowledging 
that you had been living with Lord Kanelagh for 
months ? Yes, I accepted Madame Rachel's dictation. 
Trusting to that wicked woman that foul, wicked 
woman in the dock I wrote whatever she dictated. 

Then what you tell the Court and jury is this, that 
you, the widow of an Indian officer, the woman of virtue 
and integrity, deliberately wrote that it was well known 
in Pembrokeshire that " you had been living with Lord 
Ranelagh for months ? I have no recollection of 
writing that letter. 

The next sentence of it read as follows : " When I 
receive a letter from my daughter it is full of insults." 
Is that true ? Have you received letters from your 
daughter upbraiding you with anything ? Never ; her 
letters were always written with the kindest affection. 

The letter goes on, " You cannot be, and are not, 
surprised at this, considering the life we have been 
leading." I had not been leading any immoral life ; I 
had been living in George-street, Hanover-square, for 
months. 

Yes ; but what I have read is in your letter. You 
go on to say, " Am I to believe that the woman you 
travelled with, and whom you introduced to me as your 
sister, is your mistress ? " Is that true ? Did Lord 
Kanelagh introduce you to a woman as his sister ? No ; 
but Madame Rachel introduced to me a woman who 
she said was his lordship's sister. 

In the next letter, dated the 18th of October, 1867, 
you write, ' My own dear William, It was very kind 
of you to take care of my comb and frisette ; it is my 
own hair. The man who keeps the hairdresser's shop 
at the corner of High-street, Cheltenham, made it for 
me the man who used to shave jou when you were 
there." When you mean to say that you wrote that 
letter, and wrote it to Lord Ranelagh ? I do. 

Then you wrote to his lordship that he had been 



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shaved by a hairdresser at Cheltenham ? (A laugh.) 
Yes, I was told that he wore a wig. 

But what had his wig to do with his shaving ? 
(Laughter.) Were you at Cheltenham with him ? No ; 
but I was told he was there when I was there. 

The letter goes on to say/' Madame Rachel told me 
she had all my momey, and Mr. Haynes agreed with 
her that what had been done in the matter of parting 
with my money was sanctioned by me. I had a terrible 
quarrel with Rachel, but it is now made up." Is that 
true that Rachel told you she had all your money ? 
Yes ; she often told me she had all my money. 

The next letter reads as follows : " My own dear 
William, Your letters are safe in my possession, and I 
am rejoiced to read them over very often. I have no one to 
care for now but you, and I love you all the more for it. 
Therefore you must not doubt me. I have given you 
all a woman holds dear." What did you mean by that 
last expression ? That I had given him all my money. 

In your next letter you ask Lord Ranelagh how he 
can call himself an " old donkey " (a laugh), and then 
you go on to tell him that Mr. Cridland is about to bring an 
action at your suit against Madame Rachel for the 
recovery of your money, and that it would have been 
well if Lord Ranelagh had not sent a box of your letters 
to Rachel's the latter having a great motive in keeping 
them. Now, I ask you on your solemn oath, was that 
letter written at the prisoner's dictation ? Yes ; I have 
already told you that I wrote all my letters at her 
dictation. 

You next go on to say that you were sure Rachel 
would send your box of letters to Mr. Cridland, and 
that the latter had told you that he had sent your case 
against her to the Court of Queen's Bench. Did you 
bring an action against her in the Queen's Bench ? 
I did. 

I suppose you know that had that case been gone on 
with she could have given evidence ? Yes. 

I believe this criminal prosecution is not carried on 
at your instance ? It is not. 



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In point of fact you have no wish to prosecute her ? 
I have not. I would rather not prosecute her criminally 
because I have no desire that the case should be 
made so public as it has been. I would rather proceed 
against her in a civil court ; but what could I do, when 
I could get neither my money nor my clothes ? 

In the next letter you say that " Rachel growled like 
a bear " and that " she was like a witch, because there 
was nothing she did not know." Did you write that ? 
I do not think I could have made use of such an 
expression as that " she growled like a bear " but I do 
recollect writing that " she was like a witch." 

Your next letter reads in this way " My own dear 
William, Any sacrifice you have made for me I shall 
never forget. I am glad for your sake as well as for my 
own that you are economizing. I cannot thank you, 
but I will kiss you, or you shall kiss me, which I shall 
like better. (Laughter.) I should, indeed, have been 
sorry if you had gone to Ireland, that wretched place. 
What good could you do, my darling, by mixing your- 
self up with the Fenians, or having anything to do with 
them ?" Now, did you think when you wrote that letter 
that Lord Ranelagh had been at any time connected 
with the Fenians ? I do not recollect that letter. 

Did you ever see a man named O'Keefe ? Yes ; by 
Mr. Cridland's wishes he called on me at Paris. 

Did O'Keefe take a considerable part in the Fenian 
meetings which were going on ? He did. 

He had a nephew or a son, I believe ? I cannot tell; 
I know very little about him. 

In one of your letters you speak of him as a man who 
had been once with the Fenians, who was to have nothing 
to do with Stephens in the future, and who had in the 
past squandered all his money in a hopeless cause. 
Now, does that description recall to your memory any of 
the relations of O'Keefe in particular, a half military, 
half sporting-looking man ? I know nothing whatever 
about such a man or such a letter. 

Had you and O'Keefe any business transactions 



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together ? No, except that he thought it the wisest 
plan to prosecute the prisoner, in order to enable me to 
get back my money. 

You probably thought Madame Kachel would settle 
with you if you instituted a prosecution against her ? 
Yes, I thought she would not have had the audacity to 
keep my money and clothes and that she would not 
stand a trial. 

Did he tell you rather than have a criminal charge, 
advanced against her in this court she would pay you ? 
I have already told you that I never thought myself she 
would keep my money and clothes after the prosecution 
had been commenced. 

Did you employ O'Keefe to go to Kachel's to try to 
settle this matter ? No. 

Do you know that he went there ? I know nothing 
at all about it ; he never told me he was going. 

Don't you know he went to Rachel's house and 
offered for a sum of money to settle the matter ? No ; 
nor do I believe he did. 

Here is a letter written at the end of 1867, which 
commences with " My own dear William, If you look 
at the enclosed bill you will see that I am not the extra- 
vagant person your sister says I am. I bought Florence 
my daughter, a pair of boots and three pairs of stockings 
but not before she wanted them." Did Rachel tell you 
to write and tell Lord Ranelagh that you bought a pair 
of boots and three pairs of stockings for your daughter? 
(A laugh.) She did. 

The letter goes on " Your sister ought to see that 
your stockings are mended. (Laughter.) I cannot 
see why she cannot mend them herself, and put some 
buttons on your shirts. (Laughter.) It would be 
better than gossipping with the woman next room to 
her. Send all your clothes that want mending to me." 
(Laughter.) Now, did Rachel really tell you to write 
to a nobleman like Lord Ranelagh, with instructions 
that he should get his stockings darned, and buttons 
put upon his shirts, and that he should send his 



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tattered garments up to you to be mended ? (Renewed 
laughter.) She did ; she meant that all his clothes that 
wanted mending were to be sent to me. 

So says the letter : but let us proceed : "As you 
want boots we shall go to a maker in Oxford-street and 
get a pair. (More laughter.) I am surprised to find 
that your flannels should be worn out (great laughter), 
though you have not had them more than six weeks. 
It is the result of bad washing. There is a man living 
in a court oft' Regent-street who mends coats cheaply, 
and I think you might give him a job." (Renewed 
laughter.) Now I ask you on your solemn oath, did 
you, when you wrote that letter to this shirtless, button- 
less, stockless, bootless, flannelless, hatless individual 
(roars of laughter), think that yon were writing to 
Lord Ranelagh ? At that time I found out that he 
was not a rich man. 

I ask the question again. On your oath, did you 
then think you were then writing to Lord Ranelagh ? 
I did. 

You sign that letter, " Your affectionate and loving 
Mary." In your next letter you ask him whether he 
has seen the Daily Telegraph, and then you express the 
shame with which you read an account of " poor 
Tommy" (meaning his lordship) having been fined 20s. 
for smoking a cigar in a railway carriage. You also 
express a wish that he may never do worse, and then 
you inform him that Mr. Cridland, your attorney, is 
coming down upon him for the recovery of your money. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE here complained that new 
letters had been introduced that day which were not 
produced upon former occasion. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR said that all the letters now in- 
troduced were in court upon the last occasion. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLAUTINE promised to argue at a future 
stage of the trial that several of these letters were not 
authentic. 

Cross-examination continued by Mr. SEYMOUR. In 
a letter written to Lord Ranelagh in January, 1868, you 



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say " Mr. Cridland's clerk has served Each el with a writ 
for 4, 0001. I am very sorry for you, as Rachel is sure to 
expose the whole affair. I think of my feelings. They 
told me it was a case of transportation, and I am quite 
sure Rachel would assist to transport you." Now, did 
you really think when you wrote that letter that Rachel 
Avould assist in transporting his lordship ? I have no 
recollection of that letter. The letter produced, dated, 
" Great Western Hotel, May, 1 866," I think is in my 
handwriting. (The letter alluded to the return of some 
receipts, and it stated that Mr. Lovejoy had summoned 
her that morning.) Lovejoy is the keeper of a 
coffee-house in London-street. He never retained any 
of my property. Forsomeshort time past I lodged in Fran- 
cis-street, but I discovered that it was not such a place 
as a lady ought to be in, and in the letter I asked 
Madame Rachel, not to mention my address to any one 
The letter, dated November 26, 1866 is in my hand 
writing. (This letter expressed confidence in Madame 
Rachel, and stated that if she, Mrs. Borradaile, thought 
proper to place her affections on a man who had not a 
shilling she should so, and that if he wanted a hair 
of her head he should have it. (Laughter.) The books 
produced were given by me to Madame Rachel (The 
prisoner here gave an hysterical sigh, and was allowed 
to leave the court for a few minutes.) I wrote to Mr. 
Cridland and Mr. Haynes, I think, to obtain from 
Madame my box of letters. This letter was written 
at the prisoner's dictation. The letter dated February 
1868, was written by me. It asked Madame Rachel to 
give her back the box of letters, and put an end ot her 
misery, and it added, "You shall not be made a victim to 
serve other people, as you have kept my confidence, 
and I shall repay you as a lady ought to do.") I cannot 
tell what were the intentions of Madame Rachel 
whether she would give the letters to me or to Mr. 
Cridland. She had said that she would do either. She 
had my authority to give them to Mr. Cridland. I 
wished her very much to do so. I and Madame 



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Rachel did not go into the question of accounts in the 
presence of Mr. Haynes. We went to his office to get 
him to arrange things amicably to get back my clothes 
and such like, without having to go to law about them 
There were numbers of letters read on the last occasion 
about which I recollect nothing whatever. The 
enclosure to the letter of March 26, 1867, is not my 
writing. (The written enclosure stated that the 
witness had entered into an engagement to pay 
Madame Rachel 150. per annum out of her pension 
on consideration of her giving up a mortgage deed for 
600. Which witness had given her.) My pension is 
350 a year. I never remember writing the letter to 
dear Tommy telling him that he must remember he was 
not the only man who loved me, that he might think a 
certain Duchess very charming, but that he ought to 
have found her out by that time, and reminding him 
that he had seen me in a bath in Davies-street. 

At this point the trial was again adjourned till this 
morning, and is likely to last the whole of the day, if 
not longer. 



SECOND DAY. 

The trial of Sarah Rachel Levison, better known as 
Madame Rachel, begun on Monday, on the charge of 
obtaining from Mary Tucker Borradaile, by certain false 
and fraudulent pretences, the sum of 1,400 with intent 
to defraud, was resumed this morning on the opening of 
the Court. 

The public interest in the case has rather increased 
than otherwise, and at times during tne day the atmos- 
phere of the court, from overcrowding, was almost in- 
supportable. Many of the audience, as before, were 
ladies. Lord Ranelagh was again present, and occupied 
a seat at a side bench, 

Mr. Serjeant Ballantine (with whom were Mr. 
Montagu Williams and Mr. Straight) conducted the 
prosecution ; Mr. Digby Seymour, Q.C., Mr. Serjeant 



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Parry, Mr. Serjeant Sleigh, and Mr. Butler Rigby the 
defence. 

Mrs. Borradaile, the prosecutrix, whose cross- 
examination had lasted throughout the whole of Tues- 
day, was recalled and re-examined by her leading 
counsel, Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. She said, replying 
to the questions put by him, When I arrived in 
London I went to the Great Western terminus. I had 
come from Cheltenham. I arrived in the evening. 
Occasionally before that I had gone to the Great 
Western Hotel, but on that evening it was rather full. 
I could only get a room on the first floor, and that I 
thought was too expensive for me. I was told I could 
get lodgings at Lovejoy's, and I went there, remaining 
about six days. So far as I know, it was a respectable 
house. I had been recommended to go there. From 
Lovejoy's I went to a coffee house, owing to a dispute I 
had with him. I asked him to change a 10 note for 
me, and he did so. It was late in the evening, and he 
sent me up the change. He afterwards said he thought, 
on counting his money, that he had sent me up 12, 
instead of 10. I replied I was sure I had not re- 
ceived more than 10. I left in consequence. A 
druggist in the neighbourhood, to whom I applied, sent 
for a cab for me, and I asked a railway porter to take 
me to a respectable lodging. He took me to 4, Francis- 
street, where I remained four days. There I only occu- 
pied only one room, paying 2s. a day for it, I think. No 
one visited me at either Lovejoy's or the house in 
Francis-street, and as to Francis-street, there was cer- 
tainly nothing to induce me to believe that I was living 
in an improper house. I think I saw Madame Rachel 
the day after I arrived in London. I went to see her. 

It was about that time that the letter to Mr. Edwardes 
was written ; but I never recollect directing a letter in 
that way to Mr. Edwardes. The writing looks certainly 
like mine, and I believe it to be so. It is dated from 
4, Francis-street. I never wrote a letter from Francis- 
street. 



Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Have you any idea at all 
how Madame Rachel has been enabled to produce these 
letters I mean those directed to " William," which you 
supposed you were writing to Lord Ranelagh ? 

Witness. Not at all, except that she kept them. I 
had supposed they were always delivered to the person 
for whom they were intended, and until the last trial I 
had not the least idea that those letters were in her 
possession. She told me about letters, but I had na 
idea they were the letters that I supposed had been 
delivered. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. You have said all the 
letters you wrote in connexion with this matter were 
written at the dictation of Madame Rachel. 

Witness. Yes, every one, except two, which she 
thought were not well written, and she told me to take 
them to George-street and copy them, which I did. 
Witness continued, In Madame Rachel's house there 
is a small parlour communicating with the shop. I have 
seen her daughter Rachel there, and her granddaughter, 
Miss Leonti. I think the daughter told me she was 
upwards of 50 years of age, and Madame Rachel told 
me she herself was 30. I cannot tell you whether that 
was a young lady who said she was past 50 " they are 
so made up." (A laugh.) Miss Leonti, her grand- 
daughter, is a young woman. The granddaughter was 
always there. I have seen Leonti write, and I think I 
might know her writing if I saw it again. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. You have said Madame 
Rachel was in the habit of dictating to you what you 
should write. 

Witness. Yes. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Explain now what occur- 
red, and whether anybody was present. 

Witness. It was always in the evening, when the 
shop was shut up. There was a servant-man there 
named Hendry, who has seen me write ; and Leonti 
has seen me write. Madame Rachel never allowed any 
one to be present when I was writing, but they have 



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gone in and out when I was so engaged. I have also 
written some letters at 50, Maddox-street, which I think 
she told me was her daughter's house. Leonti has seen 
me write letters there, I used to be writing very late 
at Madame Rachel's sometimes as late as 11 o'clock. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. While you were lodging 
at the house of Mr. Smith did anybody visit you there? 

Witness. No one, except Mr. Cope, my brother-in- 
law and one or two solicitors. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Did you see any one re- 
presented as "William?" No; I know no one so called. 

Witness continued. Leonti was generally at her 
mother's house, but she was always at her grandmother's 
when her grandmother was out of town. She was there 
often also when her grandmother was in town. The 
servant-man, Hendry, was also there. On one occasion 
I gave him a letter I had copied to be handed to 
Madame Rachel. It was the letter directed to Captain 
William Edwardes. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Had you any communi- 
cation with any man at Madame Rachel's, except the 
slight communication with Lord Ranelagh ? 

Witness. No, not one ; never. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. During the whole time 
you were in the habit of going to Madame Rachel's, 
have you ever walked about the streets or gone to 
coffeehouses with any man whatever ? 

Witness. No ; not with any man at any coffeehouse, 
nor have I had communication with any man, except 
such as I have told you, and that I say on my solemn 
oath. Witness continued, I have looked at a great 
many letters which have been read, and they are mostly 
in my handwriting. Of some I have a recollection of 
their contents, of others I have not. When I wrote the 
letters I trusted to her (Rachel). That is how I wrote 
them. Madame Rachel used to give me whisky. That 
was before I wrote the letters. I had never taken 
whisky before, and have never since. I think she 
generally gave me whisky before I wrote the letters. 

D 2 



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Not that I think that there was anything in the whisky. 
It was proper whisky, because I saw her take it herself. 
I have mentioned the whisky to several people before 
this. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Never in your evidence. 

Witness. I mentioned the matter to Mr. Lewis, my 
solicitor, and also to Mr. Montagu Williams, I think. 
I had not been in the habit of taking spirits before. I 
used to take brandy and soda-water by a doctor's advice, 
but very little of that. 

By the COMMISSIONER. I don't know whether this 
was whisky or not. I was told by her it was whisky, 
and I have heard her send for whisky. I took it in 
little liqueur glasses. Madame Rachel said it had done 
her a great deal of good. She dictated, and I wrote. 

Witness continued her re-examination. I have seen 
a young man named Horace writing there in 1866. She 
had a boy named Williams, who also used to write. He 
copied the letter that was sent to Mr. Cope, my brother- 
in-law, in North Wales. From Francis-street I went 
to George-street, and remained there a little more than 
three months. Thence I went to 36, Davies-street for 
a fortnight, and then to 7, George -street, where I re- 
mained till the prosecution was begun nearly two 
years. I had been living very economically. I paid a 
guinea a week for my lodgings, and I am sure my clothes 
in the year did not cost me 20. At first I took my 
dinner at the Scotch Stores, but on Mr. Smith, my land- 
lord, suggesting that it was not a very fit place for a 
lady to dine at, I took dinner at his house. Never at 
the Scotch Stores, nor at any of the lodging houses at 
which I stayed during the whole time I was in London, 
had I any companion. I have said I took about 100 
baths. It may not have been so many. I paid for them. 
All that I had for my 1,000 was some soap, some 
powders, and something to put in the bath. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Was that " dew from 
Arabia?" (A laugh.) 

Witness. I believe it was some magnetic water. 



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Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Did it produce any effect? 

Witness. Madame Rachel may be clever with res- 
pect to theskin,but sheneverdid much for me. (Laughter.) 
That was all I had for 1,000. I afterwards parted with 
other sums of money. The history of the photograph 
mentioned in one of my letters is this : It was the 
photograph of Lord Ranelagh, which I purchased at a 
shop in Regent-street, and which I hung up in my bed- 
room in George-street, Hanover-square. It had been 
hanging there about a fortnight. I told Rachel I had 
it. 

Then how did it happen that, if you had it hanging 
in your bedroom, you took it into your head to remove 
it to a warmer position namely, into bed to you ? 
(Great laughter, in which the witness joined heartily.) 
There is no harm, you know, in having a photograph in 
bed with you (more laughter) ; but what I want to 
learn from you is, did anybody suggest to you that you 
should take it into bed ? No ; it was my own sugges- 
tion. 

When you mentioned to Rachel the fact of its re- 
moval from the wall to the bed, did she say anything ? 
Yes ; she said, " When next you are writing to Lord 
Ranelagh don't forget to tell him that you took it to 
bed to you." (Laughter.) When I noticed the bad 
spelling in the first letter of Lord Ranelagh which con- 
tained it, I said to Rachel that I would refuse to take 
any more letters from him which were badly spelt. 
Rachel then explained that the letter would not have 
been mis-spelt if Lord Ranelagh had not hurt his arm 
and been obliged to employ an ignorant amanuensis. 
In love letters ladies usually only sign their Christian 
names, but I signed mine " Mary Tucker Borradaile " in 
full, because I was so foolish. 

Now, here is a letter in which you say that after you 
had one of your baths at Rachel's you went to a coffee- 
house opposite to ask whether a gentleman had been 
inquiring for you. How was that ? Rachel told me 
to go to the coffeehouse and make the inquiry. I went 
and made it, but did not go inside the door, as I saw 
several gentlemen there. 



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You have been asked whether Kachel spoke to you 
about spending money upon a paramour. Did you 
spend any money upon a paramour ? Never. 

Did you ever post your letters to Lord Ranelagh ? 
No ; I addressed them to him either at Birdcage-walk, 
New Bond-street, or the Carlton Club, and handed 
them to Rachel, who was to have them delivered to 
him. She said I was to be married to him by proxy, 
that the courtship was to be carried on by letter, and 
that she had lately married two couples by proxy. I 
certainly wrote in one of my letters that not one of my 
family would hold any communication with me, but that 
is not true, and I cannot account for writing such a 
letter. Mr. and Mrs. Cope and others of my relations 
are in court, and they will all tell you that not one of 
them ever reproached me or refused to hold any com- 
munication with me for having formed a degrading 
connexion with Lord Ranelagh. I would not have con- 
sidered a connexion with his lordship degrading. I 
never formed a degrading connexion with any one. I 
again repeat that I cannot account for writing such 
a letter. I never recollect writing such a sentence 
in it as this : " It is well known in Pembrokeshire that 
I have been living with you for some months." It is 
not true that I had been living with him or with any 
one for months. My daughter was always with me in 
Wales, and must have seen me living with Lord Rane- 
lagh if there had been any truth in the allegation. I 
repeat that there is not the shadow of a foundation for 
saying that I had been living with any one in Pem- 
brokeshire or anywhere else. 

Can you in any way account for writing such a letter? 
I cannot ; I must have been a lunatic to write it. 

And you are not a lunatic, I believe ? (A laugh.) I 
think not. I have been a virtuous, prudent woman all 
my life, and never lived with any man ; and I can only 
account for these letters by supposing that they were 
written by somebody else. I have already stated that 
I met a Mr. O'Keefe in Paris for the first time. There 



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is no truth in the insinuation that I have lived with a 
son of his. 

The COMMISSIONER. I think the insinuation was that 
she had been living with Mr. O'Keefe himself, not with 
his son. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Yes, that was the insinuation. 

Examination continued. I never knew Stephens, the 
Head Centre of the Fenians, although I appear to have 
made some mention of him in one of my letters. I 
recollect Rachel speaking to me about the Fenians, and 
telling me that Stephens was Lord Ranelagh's servant. 
(Laughter.) I do not remember writing to his lordship 
and saying that I was glad he had not mixed himself up 
with the Fenians. The letter in which that is said is 
like many of the others. I cannot explain them. There 
is a letter purporting to have been written by me to 
Lord Ranelagli, in which I say, " I feel better now 
since you are leaving Charing-cross to morrow ; will 
that to-morrow ever come ?" I recollect writing the 
words " Charing-cross ;" but I can only judge of the 
letter being mine by recognising those words. I was 
handed a letter by Rachel which contained initials at 
the top. She told me those were the initials of Lord 
Ranelagh. 

The COMMISSIONER (looking at the letter). But they 
are not his initials, and the word " Charing " in the 
other letter is not correctly spelt. 

Examination continued. When I was told that my 
pension would be stopped if I married I was induced to 
hand the 1,600 bond to Rachel, giving her a mortgage 
on it. I think I may have written ten letters to "Tom" 
as Lord Ranelagh. I may have written others. Madame 
Rachel asked me for the letters written to me by my 
late husband. I gave them to her and never got them 
back since. The reason I wrote to " dear Tom ; ' was 
because Madame Rachel said I was now oft' with 
William, and that I must commence with " dear Tom." 
(Laughter.) I wrote almost all the letters to Lord 
Ranelagh at Rachel's house. Some of them I wrote at 



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Maddox-street in Leonti's presence. Leonti was in 
court yesterday. There is this passage in the letter 
now produced : " The Marquis of Hastings lost all in 
one day more than my poor William ever had to lose." 
I did not know anything about the Marquis of Hastings 
or his fortune. In the letter it is said : " If you (Lord 
Ranelagh) have not taken the cough mixture, take it." 
(A laugh.) I heard at that time he had a cold. I never 
borrowed any money from Rachel. There was an ac- 
count produced on the last occasion, the authenticity of 
the handwriting of which I then denied., I still deny 
its authenticity. It is there said that I received 500 
from her. That is an absolute fabrication. These 1 
receipts for 50, 200, 10, 18, 85, 80, 70 are all 
fabrications. I never received any portion of those 
moneys, and if the receipts are in my handwriting, I 
cannot account for them. There are other receipts pur- 
porting to be given by me to Rachel for further sums, 
and for 50 alleged to have been paid by her for under- 
clothing for me. The entire of these amounts comes to 
2,200, and I solemly swear, upon my oath, that not 
one single sixpence of that sum did I ever receive. 

By Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. on the last occasion there 
might have been a letter put in written by me to Mr. 
Haynes acknowledging the receipt of 700 from Rachel, 
but a farthing of that I never received. 

Did you not say on the last occasion that this long 
account of money owing and money received by you 
was in your handwriting ? I said then what I say now, 
that I have no recollection of writing it, but that part of 
it appears to be in my writing and part not. 

I ask you again on your oath ? don't be so con- 
stantly reminding me of my oath. 

The Serjeant has asked you upon your oath a dozen 
times Well, I don't like it ; I know I am on my oath. 

The COMMISSIONER requested the prosecutrix to con- 
tinue to give her evidence without telling the counsel 
how he was to shape his questions. 

To Mr. DIGDY SEYMOUR, The figures " 700," and 



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" 1,600," in the account are not like my handwriting. 
Others of the figures are like it. The " 85," is some- 
thing like it. The "5" of the "500," looks like it ; 
the others are not at all like it. The " 85," is something 
like it. Madame Rachel said something to me about 
her keeping an account with me. I asked her what she 
meant by that. That was in 1866. There is mention 
made in the account about some underclothing having 
been purchased for me Rachel told me that 50. worth 
of underclothing had been purchased for me from a 
shopkeeper named Himus. She further told me that 
she had purchased 30 more of underclothing for me 
from Himus. If Rachel has been compelled to pay that 
30 since she has been in Newgate I can only say that 
I knew nothing about it, I did not receive any under- 
clothing from her, but I admit that she was to purchase 
all the clothing necessary for my marriage. I may have 
said that I wrote one of the letters to Lord Ranelagh 
which was produced at the Marlborough Police-court, 
because I had nothing better to do. 

To Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. I swear positively I 
never received any underclothing whatever from Madame 
Rachel. I never received the tenth part of a shilling 
from her. (A laugh.) 

To the COMMISSIONER. I have said that I often saw 
Leonti write, and that her handwriting is not unlike 
mine. 

The prisoner here said she had sent for her daughter, 
and that she could be examined as a witness in disproof 
of the prosecutrix if it were wished. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR requested of the prisoner to leave 
the conduct of her case in his hands. 

Prosecutrix to Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. I may have said 
on the last occasion that one of the receipts was in my 
handwriting, that I had never received a shilling from 
Rachel, and that she had dictated the receipt, and had 
immense influence over me. The receipt I then ac- 
knowledged, because I thought at that time, and still 
think, the handwriting to be like mine, was for 500. 



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I think I wrote the letter of the 21st of September, 
1866, now produced, authorising Kachel to dispose of 
all the property of mine she had in her possession, but 
if she did dispose of it I never had a farthing of the 
proceeds, neither had I any portion of the 500 men- 
tioned in the receipt. 

Mr. Joseph Haynes, called and examined by Mr. 
Serjeant BALLANTINE. I am a solicitor in St. James- 
street, and the mortgagee of the house in which Madame 
Kachel lived, at the corner of New Bond-street. I had 
never acted as her solicitor. In the June of 1866 she 
brought Mrs. Borradaile to my chambers, and on the 
llth or 13th of June I acted as the latter's solicitor. 
Rachel said that Mrs. Borradaile owed her some money 
I do not recollect how much and there was an ap- 
pointment made to go into the City to sell out her stock. 
Rachel then only owed me one quarter's rent 62 10s. 
That was due from the preceding March. A carriage 
was sent for me. I went in it to Rachel's, where I 
found Mrs. Borradaile, and the result was a visit to the 
City, when there was a sale of Mrs. Borradaile's stock. 
That sale produced a sum of 963. 2s. lid. A check 
for that amount was given to me by the stock-broker, 
and I paid that into my banker's. That was on June 6, 
1866. On the same day that I received the check from 
the stockbroker I gave Rachel a check for 550. I 
have made a mistake in saying that Rachel only owed 
me a quarter's rent in March. The fact is, she then 
owed me half a year's rent, and I believe it was in con- 
sequence of my applying for the payment of that rent 
that she brought down Mrs. Borradaile to my office to 
sell the stock. I recouped myself for the half-year's 
rent out of the balance of the 960, after giving Rachel 
the check for the 550. The rent for the half-year came 
to 125, but then on the 21st of the same month (June) 
there was another quarter's rent due, so I charged 
Madame Rachel for that quarter also 62. 10s. 

In point of fact, then, in the matter of her rent, you 
appear to have taken tolerably good care of yourself (a 



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laugh), for altogether you kept for nine months' rent 
187. 10s. What was to become of the balance ? The 
balance was to be retained in an account between me 
and Rachel. 

You were, I suppose, to retain that balance some 
70 or so as a satisfaction for her future rent ? I 
was. 

So that out of the money Rachel was to have you 
kept about 250 for yourself for the rent ? Yes. 

The COMMISSIONER. Do you mean to say that Mrs. 
Borradaile did not get a farthing out of the proceeds of 
the sale of her stock ? I do. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. It appears that we have 
made some mistake about these figures. You say the 
stock sold for 960. Out of that you gave Rachel a 
check for 550, and you kept 250 for the rent. That 
leaves a balance of about 160. What became of that ? 
I gave an acknowledgment for that, and after a sub- 
sequent settlement Rachel told me that she had paid 
that 160. to Mrs. Borradaile. 

Well, now, that was the first transaction. The second 
I believe, was on the 14th of June, when Mrs. Borradaile 
called on you again. Was she alone ? She was. 

What did she want ? She was then being sued for 
debts, and in order to release her from them I sold the 
reversion of her estate through the Reversionary Society. 

When did you do that ? In August, 1866. 

What did you raise for her on the reversion deed ? I 
raised a sum of 1,340. 

What did you do after that ? I sent in an account on 
the 15th of September to Mrs. Borradaile, in which I 
included a sum of 1,400 alleged to have been paid to 
Rachel on the 13th of August, 1866. 

How could that be ? How could you pay 1,400 to 
Rachel out of the reversion of 1,340 ? Because Mrs. 
Borradaile called at my office and paid over to my clerk 
60 the difference between the 1,340 and the 1,400 
and that 1,400 was paid over to Rachel as I understood, 
in discharge of the debt which Mrs. Borradaile owed 
her. 



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Then was that 1,400 paid to Kachel at that time ? - 
Not exactly. 

How was it paid ? In anticipation of receiving the 
money from the sale of the reversion I advanced Rachel 
on the 24th of August, 40. 

What did she say upon that occasion ? That as Mrs. 
Borradaile owed herjmoney, and that as I was raising 
money for her upon the sale of the reversion, she asked 
me if I would let her have 40. 

Go on. What more did you give her ? On the 30th 
of August I gave her a cheque for 20, and on the 31st 
of August I gave her another check for 200. 

May I ask what became of the 1,340, the proceeds 
of the sale ? Oh, that had been paid into my banker's 
in the first instance. 

Go on with your payments to Kachel. I had an order 
to pay Eachel the whole of the 1,400 and my next 
payment to her was on the 1st of September, when I 

fave her a check for 220. On the 15th of September 
gave her a check for 150, and on the same day 
another check for 120. 

Now, was Mrs. Borradaile arrested about that time? 
Afterwards she was. 

Yes, but was she not arrested in July for a sum of 
50? She was. On the 27th of September I gave 
Eachel another cheque for 100, and on the 29th of 
September, quarter-day, I put down 62 10s. for the 
rent. 

What, more rent ? (Laughter.) I thought you had 
got the entire year's rent before. What did you pay in 
cash to Eachel ? That I cannot exactly say, for I had 
an account of the sums paid to her in cash, which, as 
she was unable to read or write, she took away to get 
receipted and she never brought it back. On December 
8th I paid her 5, and on January 23rd I gave her a 
check for 272. There was then a balance of 147 in 
my hands, and that was subsequently arranged between 
her and me. 

What do you mean ? Do you mean to say that you 
paid that money to her ? I do. 



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At all events, whatever you paid her, Mrs. Borradaile 
never received a farthing ? Not a farthing. 

The COMMISSIONER. Did you never ask if she had 
any claim of any kind ? I did, but I always understood 
that Rachel had been paying away money for her, and 
that the checks I was giving to Kachel went to reim- 
burse her for the money so paid. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Did you ever of your own 
knowledge, find out that Kachel had advanced a single 
farthing for Mrs. Borradaile ? I did not of my own 
knowledge find that out ; but Eachel has herself told 
me that she had advanced money on Mrs. Borradaile's 
behalf, and that she had advanced it to Captain William 
Edwardes, Mrs. Borradaile's cousin. 

Did she say how much she had advanced ? She did 
not. 

Did you ask her ? I did, and I told her she would 
be brought to an account some day for these advances. 

What did she say to that ? She said that she had re- 
ceipts for all the money she had advanced to Captain Ed- 
wardes and others on Mrs. Borradaile's behalf. In fact, 
I understood from the conversation that Eachel was a 
sort of private banker for Mrs. Borradaile. 

Her private banker? How could you think that? What! 
to make a private banker of a woman who couldn't pay 
her quarter's rent ! Could you for a moment believe that 
a lady like Mrs. Borradaile would make a perfumer her 
banker ? (A laugh.) But go on. Well, as I have said, 
the 1,340 had been received in respect of a portion of 
the Streatham Estate. There remained, however, 
another portion of that estate belonging to Mrs. Borra- 
daile upon which a further sum could be raised, and 
accordingly that portion was sold for 1,380. That sum 
was paid to me by the sellers in two checks, which I 
passed into my banker's. A cash account was rendered 
which showed that there was a balance of 544 10s. 4d. 
owing to me. 

Explain how that balance was brought out ? It was 
brought out in this way : I had paid various sums on 



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account of Mrs. Borradaile. The first I paid was a 
debt and costs against her of 153, she having given an 
acceptance in June, 1866, upon which she was sued. 
I then paid 11 6s. 4d., being the amount of costs in an 
action brought against her by a Mr. Hamilton ; and 
bear in mind that none of these were my costs, but that 
they were those of the solicitors to the execution of the 
suits. Then I paid 100 on her account to a Mr. Pike. 
She had given Mr. Pike an acceptance for 160 
for some diamonds, and I got him to cancel the trans- 
action with her for 100 he keeping his diamonds, with 
which, indeed, he had never parted. 

I, take it, then that Mr. Pike was all right ; he had 
his diamonds the wedding diamonds I suppose and 
he received 100 for nothing. (Laughter.) But pro- 
ceed with the story, what next did you pay ? I next 
paid 100 on her behalf to a Mr. Moore, a laceman, 
being the balance of an account owing by her for lace. 

Do you recollect what was the original amount owing 
for that lace ? Yes, the original amount was 384 ; but 
payments had been made, and the balance at last was 
reduced to 100. 

That accounts for 554 out of the 1,480 ; what 
became of the rest ? I paid over 700 of the rest by 
Mrs. Borradaile's orders, or at her request to Madame 
Rachel. Part of the 700 was paid to Rachel on the 
24th of April, in two checks one for 500 and the 
other for 60. On the 25th of March I debited her for 
another quarter's rent. 

What ! rent again ! (Great laughter.) Why, that 
is the fifth quarter's rent, as I calculate it, that you 
charged her for. I suppose that came to 6:3 10s., as 
before ? It did, and finally there remained a balance of 
27, which has since been laid out by me on Eachel's 
account. Almost all the checks I gave her were made 
payable to order. The largest check was for 270, 
and that was neither crossed nor was it made payable 
to order or to bearer. 



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The COMMISSIONER. Well, but I suppose it has some 
sort of a banker's mark upon it. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. I cannot discern any 
mark upon is, but perhaps as your Lordship is more 
conversant with checks than I am (laughter), you can 
see something on it which I cannot. 

The COMMISSIONER, having held it up between him 
and the windows, said the banker's mark upon it was 
plainly visible. 

Cross-examined by Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. The first 
time I saw Mrs. Borradaile was on the fifth of June, 
1866. She then told me she owed Kachel about 800., 
and that she wished me to sell out her stock to pay it. 
She said there was money due by her upon an ac- 
ceptance to Hamilton, which she would require to be 
given up when the 800 was paid. Hamilton was 
afterwards settled with. There was nothing said as to 
how the 800 had originated. Mrs. Borradaile said she 
was owing money to Rachel on I O U's and bills. 

A long discussion here arose between counsel on both 
sides as to whether Mr. Digby Seymour could cross- 
examine the witness on points which had not been 
alluded to on the direct examination. Mr. Digby Sey- 
mour, of course, alleged that this was a right which he 
possessed, and that, in fact, the privilege of counsel 
would be at an end if a witness like Mr. Haynes pro- 
duced on the part of the prosecution, were to be allowed 
to tell all he knew against the prisoner, and if he were 
to be prevented from answering any question which 
would tend to exculpate the prisoner. 

Mr. Serjeant PARRY followed on the same side, con- 
tending that whatever had occurred between Mrs. 
Borradaile and the witness in conversation ought fairly 
to be elicited on cross-examination. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE argued that the cross- 
examination must be confined to the matters which had 
come out in the direct examination. 

The COMMISSIONER agreed with Mr. Serjeant Ballan- 
tine ; but said he should consult the learned Judge in 



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the Old Court, Mr. Justice Keating, who had had more 
experience in these matters than himself, upon the sub- 
ject. 

Accordingly, the COMMISSIONER, having retired for 
this purpose, said, on his return, that the learned Judge 
was of opinion that the view taken by Mr. Digby Sey- 
mour was substantially correct, and that he had a light 
to cross-examine the witness on all the matters 
brought out on the direct examination by the prose- 
cution. The cross-examination, however, must pro- 
ceed upon the answers the witness gave, not upon 
any voluntary statement he might choose to make, 
because a voluntary statement might lead to the in- 
troduction of new matter. In the present case Mrs. 
Borradaile must be looked upon as a witness, not as 
the prosecutrix, the Queen being the prosecutrix, and 
any conversations between Mrs. Borradaile and Mr. 
Haynes (if they were not privileged in right of his being 
an attorney) he might be cross-examined upon. He 
believed these were legal points which Mr. Serjeant 
Ballantine would not dispute. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Oh! certainly not. lam 
always unwilling to be as strict at a criminal trial as I 
might be at Nisi Prim. 

Witness, in continuation to Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. 
Afterwards Mrs. Borradaile told me orally and in 
writing what had become of the bills and I O U's she 
he had given to Kachel. In writing she said that had 
found out that Rachel had paid 1,400/. on her account, 
for which she (Rachel) held bills and receipts. I have a 
long list of letters here, written by Mrs. Borradaile, in 
which she makes some general allusions to the accounts 
between herself and Rachel ' In one of these she 
informed me that she had settled with Rachel, and that 
she would trouble me to sell out a portion of her 
estate to complete that settlement. I produce an 
authority also from her with reference to other parts I 
took in the management of her transactions. I have a 



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letter by Madame Rachel to myself respecting the 
delivery of the box of letters (letter read) ; and also 
one from Mrs. Borradaile. I had several; interviews 
with Mr. Cridland between December, 1866, and April 
of the present year. I first saw Mrs. Borradaile in 
June. Upon that occasion she said nothing with refer- 
ence to her proposed marriage She was alone when 
she gave me instructions with reference to the bills and 
the money, and upon her directions I acted. She ap- 
peared to understand perfectly what she was doing. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did Mrs. Borradaile at any 
time say anything to you about Captain William 
Edwardes, 

Witness. She did ; it was in answer to my remark 
why she was spending so large a sum in diamonds. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did Mrs. Borradaile tell you 
that she was going to marry her cousin, Captain 
William Edwardes ? 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE objected to this and other 
questions, and a legal argument ensued. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did she say so with reference 
to the matter you have mentioned ? 

Witness. I was told by Mrs. Borradaile that she 
was going to marry her cousin; she said this more 
particularly with reference to the diamonds. I had 
asked her why she was paying for such an extravagant 
thing as a set of diamonds while she was being sued for 
a debt of 70 or 80. She then said she was going to 
marry her cousin. Madame Rachel and Mrs. Borradaile 
were together at my office on other occasions. I 
remember reference being made in one of the letters to 
a scene that occurred there. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Can you tell us what it was 
about ? 

The COMMISSIONER. Was there a scene ? 

Witness. Yes, a violent one. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Do you remember what was 
said? 

Witness. Madame Kachel was remonstrating with 

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Mrs. Borradaile as to her general extravagance, when 
she became angry. I can give you the reason. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. I would rather you did 
not. (Laughter.) 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUK. Can you recollect what was 
said? 

Witness. The word " paramour" was used, and I was 
astonished to hear it. Madame Eachel said, "You 
know you have been spending your money recklessly 
upon your paramour." 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did Mrs. Borradaile make 
any reply. 

Witness. She did not. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Had you previously acted as 
the solicitor for Madame Eachel ? 

Witness. No ; I had not received a shilling at that 
time on account. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Have you a cash account ? 

Witness. It is on a sheet of paper which Madame 
Rachel has. I have no other. On that paper I entered 
the moneys paid from time to time. I have no book or 
any other record of them. I might be able to make 
up an account from my banker's book, perhaps. I lent 
the paper to Madame Rachel, and unfortunately she 
has it. I paid about 50 or 60 in cash to Madame 
Rachel ; the rest in checks. I have no other acknow- 
ledgment for the payments except what appears on the 
sheet of paper in question. When she received the 
money she used to put her mark to it. I was not 
satisfied with that, and gave her the paper to get her 
signature attached. I expected she would have got her 
daughter to sign it. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Then if she chose she could 
have burnt the paper or destroyed it. Had she done 
so should you have had any other entry or memorandum 
to refer to ? 

Witness. I could have referred to the checks that 
were paid. I can produce them to morrow. 
. Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR asked that they might be 



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produced. There was a check for 270. payable to 
bearer. Was there any other acknowledgment of the 
payment of that check ? 

Witness.- Nothing but what appears on the sheet 
of paper, Madame Eachel said that she wanted the 
money to send to Paris, and I gave her the check on 
the Union Bank, where I believe, she obtained the 
money. The banker's books will show the notes that 
were paid. 

He-examined by Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. In the 
letter of the 21st of September allusion is made to a per- 
son whom Mrs. Borradaile styled " my friend." Whom 
did you understand by that ? 

Witness. T have no knowledge. I had an idea, but 
it might have been an erroneous one. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Did you think it was to 
her cousin, Captain William Edwardes, that she was 
going to be married ? 

Witness, I did. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. And that the 1,400 
had been expended in the diamonds, with a view to her 
marriage with him ? 

Witness. Yes. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Will you allow me now to 
call your attention to a paragraph in your bill of costs, 
which is dated September 28th, 18G6 " Attending you 
when you stated that Madame Rachel had deceived you 
by stating that she had paid 1,400 on your own 
account to Lord Ranelagh, and advising you thereon." 
(Produced.) How do you account for the name of Lord 
Ranelagh being there ? 

Witness. It was mentioned either by Mrs. Borradaile 
or Madame Rachel. Mrs. Borradaile had complained 
of the money being borrowed for Lord Ranelagh. It 
was previously to this that I thought she was going to 
be married to Captain Edwardes. After then I thought 
it was Lord Ranelagh. It might have been mentioned 
on more occasions than one. 

James Minton, a youth, an assistant to a linen draper 

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in Holborn Bars, examined by Mr. STRAIGHT. I first 
saw Madame Rachel at 47a, New Bond-street. It was in 
a back room. Her daughter was there. I went several 
times in an evening when I was in the employ of Mr. 
Taylor, an auctioneer, for the purpose of writing letters 
for her. I wrote several according to her dictation, and 
others I copied. She sat by me and told me what I was 
to write. There was a young man present whose name I 
understood was Edward. I heard Madame Rachel call 
him by that name. I remember having a letter given to 
me to copy in January or February, 1867. Edward was 
present at the time. After I had finished copying it, 
Madame Rachel said the writing was like a schoolboy's. 
She showed the letter to Edward, who said he could 
make a better one himself, and he folded it up and put 
it in his pocket. I recognise the letter (produced and 
read). I went there about a dozen times altogether. I 
wrote a letter to Mrs. Borradaile asking for money. 

Cross-examined by Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. I was 
examined at the Marlborough-street Police-court. I 
know a person named O'Keefe. He did not speak to 
me then. I was at the office of Mr. Cridland, the 
solicitor once before the case came on. I saw the 
letters for the first time at the office of Messrs. Lewis 
in Ely-place previously to the first trial. I did not read 
the whole of the report of the examination at Marl- 
borough-street. I merely read my own evidence. I 
did not make any memorandum of the evidence I was 
about to give there. Something "might have been 
written by me in pencil in a pocket book, but I thiifk it 
is merely the time when I attended the police court, and 
when I was to go again. I was asked by Mr. Cridland's 
clerk to state how I became introduced to Madame 
Kachel, in order that he might fill up the brief. I 
believe that I supplied it in pencil, and left it with him. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did you not make five pages 
in pencil of the evidence you proposed to give at the 
Marlborough-street police-court ? 

Witness. I do know that I did, but I will not swear 
to it. 



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Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. You say you can tell me how 
I got those leaves ? 

Witness. I saw something had been torn from my 
pocketbook, and my mother told me she had given it to 
a gentleman who had called to get a specimen of my 
handwriting. He had told her that he could get me a 
good situation, that he had come up from the country a 
long distance that morning and wished to see me. My 
mother said I was absent at business, and he then asked 
for a specimen of my writing. She saw that my pocket- 
book was lying about, and she told him that was the 
only thing she could find. He said that it would not 
make any difference so long as it was my writing. She 
then gave him the pocket-book. He looked at it and 
abstracted some of the leaves. He declined to leave 
his address, and said that the situation would be in an 
architect's office. I took my pocket-book with me when 
I went to the office of Mr. Cridland. I might have left 
it open on the table beside my hat. I am not sure 
whether the clerk did not write in it. It is just like 
what I told the lawyer in Lincoln's-inn-fields ; it is 
nearly word for word the same. 

Ee-examined by Serjeant BALLANTIXE. The leaves 
were taken from the book before the last trial, but 
nothing was said about them then. I am sure they have 
never been returned to me. I can produce the pocket- 
book to-morrow, and my mother can attend most likely. 
I have never had any quarrel or dispute with Madame 
Rachel, and I nothing of Mrs. Borradaile whatever. 

The trial was then again adjourned till this morning. 

THIRD DAY. 

At the opening of the Court again this morning at 10 
o'clock the trial, which commenced on Monday, of 
Sarah Rachel Leverson, better known as Madame 
Rachel, on the charge of obtaining from Mary Tucker 
Borradaile moneys to the amount of about 1,400 by 
certain false and fraudulent pretences, and with intent 
to defraud, was resumed. 



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As on the previous day every available seat in the 
Court room was occupied, and even those on the bench 
were at times inconveniently crowded. A considerable 
part of the audience, as before, was composed of ladies. 
Lord Ranelagh, who had been summoned as a witness, 
was again in attendance. 

The prisoner took her place in the dock a few minutes 
after 10 o'clock, and was again allowed to sit. She 
appeared in much better health than on any previous 
occasion during this or the last trial. 

Mr. Serjeant Ballantine (with whom were Mr. Mon- 
tagu Williams and Mr. Straight) conducted the prose- 
cution ; Mr. Digby Seymour, Mr. Serjeant Parry, Mr. 
Serjeant Sleigh, and Mr. Butler Rigby, the defence. 

At the outset, Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR, addressing the 
Court, suggested that it would be desirable, in the 
interests of justice, that the jury at the end of the day 
should be afforded an opportunity of inspecting the 
premises of Madame Rachel, in order to understand the 
structural arrangements of the house. 

Upon this suggestion some discussion arose, in the 
course of which the COMMISSIONER said the jury might 
have a plan of the premises if they wished it, but that 
he never before heard in a criminal case of an applica- 
tion for a view. There was, at the same time, he said, 
nothing to prevent an individual juryman, or even the 
whole body, if they wished, going of their own option 
to see the premises at the close of the day. 

Mrs. Mary Ann Minton was then called and examined 
by Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. She said she was the 
mother of the lad of that name called as a witness on 
the previous day, and remembered a person calling at 
her house before the last trial, and taking some leaves 
from a pocket-book he had asked to see. She did not 
see what was written on those leaves, and she had not 
seen them since. They had not been brought back. 
The book produced was not the pocket-book, it was 
older than the one produced. 

The boy Minton was recalled by Mr. Serjeant BAL- 



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LANTINE, and said the book which had been shown to 
his mother was the same book to which he had referred 
in his evidence on the previous day. 

Replying to Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR, he said he bought 
the book about the Saturday previous to his first exa- 
mination at Marlborough- street Police-court; that 
leaves upon there might have been writing, and very 
likely was, had been since taken out of the book by a 
man, and that the leaves produced were in his (wit- 
ness's) handwriting. There was a stroke of black ink 
at the top of the front leaf which he did not remember, 
and would not swear it was not made at Mr. Cridland's 
office. 

To Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Since yesterday he had 
made inquiries, and now remembered he had written 
what appeared on the leaves after his examination at the 
Marlborough-street Police-court to refresh his memory. 
He had spoken on the subject to his father, who had 
reminded him of having done so. 

Colonel William Edwardes was called by Mr. MON- 
TAGU WILLIAMS. He said in 1867 he was a captain, and 
was promoted in March of that year to the rank of 
colonel in the Coldstream Guards. Mrs. Borradaile was 
distantly connected with his family, through a branch 
dating from many generations back. In 1866 he never 
communicated with her by letter or word of mouth. 
He forgot whether he had seen her in that year in 
Wales, but he thought he had not. He said, emphati- 
cally, he had never received one shilling from Mr. 
Haynes or from anybody connected with Mrs. Borra- 
daile. He never knew anything of the matter until he 
read the report of the first proceedings at Marlborough- 
street, and then he conferred with his solicitors. He 
never set eyes on Madame Rachel until he saw her a 
prisoner in the dock of this court on the former trial. 

To Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR He spelt his name Ed- 
wardes. There was no other Captain William Edwardes 
-but himself in 1866, so far as he knew. 

Mr. Alexander Cope, examined by Mr. Serjeant 



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BALLANTINE. I am brother-in-law of Mrs. Borradaile. 
I am of no profession. I live in Flintshire, North Wales, 
and am a magistrate of the county and chairman of 
petty sessions. I visited my sister-in-law, Mrs. Borra- 
daile, in London, while she was staying at Mr. Smith's. 
I came up for that purpose on Saturday, the 1st of 
September, 1866, and went on the following Monday to 
Madame Rachel's, accompanied by Mrs. Borradaile and 
my wife. We arrived there about 12 o'clock in the day. 
Madame Rachel shook hands with Mrs. Borradaile and 
also with my wife. She wished to do so with me but I 
declined. (A laugh.) She then said she wished a pri- 
vate interview. I replied, " Certainly not." Madame 
Rachel said she was sorry she could not receive us then. 
I am not quite sure whether I told her then or subse- 
quently what business I had come upon. She asked us 
to call again at 2 o'clock. We did so, and I then im- 
mediately asked Madame Rachel for what purpose she 
had received such large sums, and if there was any truth 
as to the introduction of Mrs. Borradaile to Lord Rane- 
lagh. She said she knew nothing at all about it, upon 
which there was an exclamation on the part of Mrs. 
Borradaile and my wife. I then merely said we had 
better leave and put the matter into the hands of a 
solicitor. She said she knew nothing at all about the 
money. We accordingly left with that view. We were 
only in the shop about five or six minutes. Nothing 
else was said about the subject of money by the prisoner 
in my presence. 

By Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. As far as my recollection 
serves me, those were the exact words. It must have 
been from what I heard that I asked about the intro- 
duction and receipt of large sums of money on her part. 
I returned to Wales the same Monday evening. On the 
following Tuesday or Wednesday I received a commu- 
nication from Madame Rachel by post. 

The letter containing the enclosure was then put in 
and read. It was dated " 47 'A, New Bond-street, Sep- 
tember, 1866," and in it Madame Rachel said it was her 



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duty to inform him that after he left London on the pre- 
vious day she was led to understand by Mrs. Borradaile 
that she had given him her word of honour not to hold 
any further communication with her until she had con- 
sulted Mr. Haynes, and that she should remove from 
George-street at once ; that she (Madame K-achel) had 
explained to her the importance of her consulting her 
solicitor that morning, for her own sake as well as her 
(Rachel's), after what she said about her in his (Mr. 
Cope's) presence on the previous day, but that she had 
retused up to that time. Madame Rachel went on to say 
in the letter he (witness) would please to remember that 
it had been said the people in the house and she had 
formed a league against Mrs. Borradaile, but that so far 
from that being so she assured him she did not know 
the people ; that Mrs. Borradaile requested a youth in 
her (Rachel's) employ to obtain lodgings for her on the 
previous evening, and that he got her apartments in 
Davies-street, to which she went ; that Mrs. Borradaile 
was aware there was a judgment out against her on a 
bill of exchange she had given to a dealer in lace. 
Madame Rachel concluded by saying she enclosed him 
(Mr. Cope) a copy of a letter signed by Mrs. Borradaile 
to her lover, to .the original of which he was quite 
welcome, and that Mrs. Borradaile had led her to believe 
for six months that she was to be married to her cousin, 
Captain William Edwardes. 

To Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. On the receipt of that 
letter and enclosure, I came up to town and saw Mrs. 
Borradaile, to whom I showed the enclosure, and asked 
if she had really written the original, and she said she 
had. On the previous Monday, when I saw Madame 
Rachel, she made no allusion to Mr. Haynes nor to any 
other lover but Lord Ranelagh. When Mrs. Borradaile 
said she had written the original of the enclosure I, 
asked what had induced her to do so. She said she 
was under the magnetic influence of Madame Rachel, 
and that she wrote it to her dictation. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Madame Rachel says in 



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a statement of accounts I hold in my hand that on the 
1st of September, 1866, that being the clay on which 
you first came up to London, she lent 700 to your 
sister-in-law. 

Witness. She says so according [to that statement, 
but not a word was said about such a loan when I saw 
her on the following Monday. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR observed that on his examination 
on the first trial the witness had said nothing about 
" magnetic influence." 

Witness said he believed he had used these words on 
his first examination ; he had not the slightest doubt 
that he had. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE, speaking from recollection, 
thought the witness had not, and that he was under a 
mistake in believing that he had. 

Mr. Thomas William O'Keefe was next called. Being 
apparently in weak health he was allowed to sit while 
giving his evidence. 

He said, replying to Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE, I have 
been staying in Paris for nine or ten weeks. I saw a 
report of the proceedings in this case in Tuesday's 
paper. I am not subpoened on either side, but in con- 
sequence of seeing my name in the paper E come for- 
ward voluntarily. There was never any improper 
connexion of any kind between Mrs. Borradaile and 
me. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. Your son's name has also 
been mentioned. Let us know something about your- 
self and your family. 

Witness. I have a son, and he is in Ireland. He 
has not been in this country for three years and five 
months. I had another son who died 15 years ago 
my eldest son. My other son is married and has five 
children ; he is about 34 years of age and extremely 
delicate looking. 

j Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE (quoting) He is not "a, 
dark, tall, half-military, half-sporting looking man with 
a moustache ?" Nothing of the kind. 



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Has he worn a black moustache lately ? Never ; he 
is very fair. 

Witness continued. I saw Mrs. Borradaile for the 
first time in April last. I found her staying in the Rue 
Castiglione, one of the most respectable streets in Paris. 
I presented a letter of introduction to her, and that 
brought her back to London. 

To Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR, in cross-examination. I have 
never been to Madame Rachel's in my life. I never 
heard of such persons as Cradock, or Crabbe, or Houston, 
nor ever saw them. I saw Mrs. Borradaile first in Paris. 
I had a communication with her in London about this 
trial. I had twice an interview with her in Paris and I 
recommended her to come to London and contradict 
certain scandalous rumours that had been spread about 
her. I was not then aware that civil proceedings had 
been taken against her. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did you ever suggest to Mrs. 
Borradaile that she would be able to make better terms 
by criminal than civil proceedings ? 

Witness. I did nothing of the sort. I recommended 
her, in the presence of Mr. Cridland, to take criminal 
proceedings against her (Rachel), but I said nothing 
about terms. I believe I said it would be the best way 
of recovering her property. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Have you had any experience 
in your own career of the use of criminal proceedings 
in enabling a person to recover money ? 

Witness. Now, I know what you refer to. Some 15 
years ago I was tried in this court for obtaining money 
from a lady under a promise of marriage. I was found 
guilty by the jury, but the learned Recorder discharged 
me on my own recognizances, and shortly afterwards the 
lady made a confession on oath that her charge was not 
true. [A voice in court " That's not true."] Mr. 
Serjeant Parry was my counsel on that occasion. 

Did you pay back any money ? I paid back what 
they considered was advanced 100. I think it a 
cruel thing to introduce this subject, for she is a respec- 
table married lady. 



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You made some restitution and the jury found you 
guilty ? The jury found me guilty ; the lady fully ex- 
onerated me in the court, as did also the Recorder. 

Was there any order for you to pay 20 a year ? 
Nothing of the sort. 

Where did the lady make that oath ? She made it in 
the presence of a solicitor, Mr. Wontner, I think, and 
in some court. I could produce the document, if 
necessary. It is in Paris. 

The COMMISSIONER. We must have it. 

Witness continued in cross-examination. I saw the 
boy Minton in the police-court at Marlborough-street, 
but never before. Upon my oath I believe I did not 
speak to Minton before he gave his evidence at Marl- 
borough-street. I am not bound to swear where I am 
in doubt. I know a Miss Sutton, and have known her 
a long time. She gave me a letter of introduction to 
Mrs. Borradaile in Paris. I have heard she made Mrs. 
Borradaile's acquaintance in Whitecross-street debtors* 
prison. I saw Miss Sutton very often at various places, 
and sometimes in my own house. She used to call there 
on business once or twice a week. Mrs. Borradaile has 
been at my house once or twice, and I think Miss Sutton 
was there once when she called. Miss Sutton has taken 
care of my house while I have been in Paris. It is a 
furnished house. I was so ill in Paris that I sent to 
London for my own servant, and Miss Sutton took care 
of my house afterwards. I know Mrs. O'Donoghue, 
the widow of one of the proposed bail for Madame 
Rachel. Her husband was bail for a short time She 
lives near the Olympic Theatre, I think in Wych-street. 
I went to her house to ascertain whether Mr. O'Donoghue 
was good bail, and I found him to be a respectable man 
I recommended him to Mr. Cridland has good bail. 
That was for 1,000. I had some conversation with 
Mrs. O'Donoghue when I went there. She told me that 
she knew Madame Rachel. I said to her I thought it a 
great pity Madame Rachel should be so foolish as to 
defend so bad a case, and that I should advise her 



husband not to be bail. I said nothing about terms at 
all, nor about a compromise. I suggested that it was 
Madame Rachel's duty to pay Mrs. Borradaile. It was 
a natural conclusion that if she paid, the criminal pro- 
ceedings would cease. The amount was not mentioned. 
I said she had better settle the action with Mr. Cridland. 
I understood Mr. Cridland had a judgment against her 
for the amount in a civil action. 

By the COMMISSIONER. I meant that she should pay 
on the action, not on the criminal proceedings. 

To Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. I think it was after pro- 
ceeding at Maiiborough-street that I said it would be 
better for her to pay, but I am not sure, Madame 
Rachel was then under commitment for trial. Mrs. 
Borradaile was not aware of my interview with Mrs. 
O'Donoghue. I do not know that Mrs. Borradaile was 
indisposed to prosecute if she could get her money. 
Since the prosecution she has told me she pitied Madame 
Rachel, and very much regretted it. I did not mean to 
convey to Mrs. O'Donoghue that by coming to a settle- 
ment the criminal proceeding would be abandoned. My 
impression was that if Madame Rachel was bailed she 
would never appear to stand her trial, and I cautioned 
and advised Mrs. O'Donoghue not to let her husband 
become bail. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Did you imagine Madame 
Rachel would settle a civil claim when a criminal pro- 
ceeding was pending against her ? I thought it advi- 
sable for her to do so. 

By Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. I had not the smallest 
authority from Mrs. Borradaile to say anything to Mrs. 
O'Donoghue. I did it out of good nature. 

The witness, as he was about to leave the box, said, 
addressing the Court, that as his character had been at 
stake in reference to the criminal prosecution to which 
he was subjected some years ago, he would bind himself 
to produce the document to which he had referred, not 
for his own sake-, as a man of the world, but having 
regard to the society in which he moved. 



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Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Have you ever paid more of 
the money than 20? I was discharged from that debt. 
I will not answer the question. The witness retired. 

Miss Sarah Sutton was next called. She said, reply- 
ing to Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. I am in the literary 
profession. I met Mrs. Borradaile in Whitecross-street 
Debtor's Prison, where I saw her for the first time. I 
was liable at that time for a lady to whom I had given a 
power of attorney to save her a large amount of money, 
and she did not pay at the time, though she paid after- 
wards. I was in Whitecross-street a fortnight or three 
weeks. Mrs. Borradaile there made a communication 
to me about Madame Eachel. I have known Mr. O'Keefe 
for several years, and it was through me that Mrs. 
-Borradaile became acquainted with him. I gave her a 
letter of introduction to him in Paris. Prior to that I 
had never seen Madame Eachel but once. Mrs. 
Borradaile, who was then about to leave town, had asked 
me to accompany her to Madame Rachel's to ask her to 
-supply her with some things for which she had paid her 
a large sum of money, and I went there with her. I 
believe they were cosmetics, clothes, and other articles. 
Madame Eachel said she would send them. Mrs. 
Borradaile said to her " When are you going to get 
me the money Lord Eanelagh owes me ?" Madame 
Eachel said, turning to me, "Lord Eanelagh has 
not had any of her money ; has she told you that 
he had ?" I said, " Yes." Madame Eachel said, 
" Her William has had her money, and he will not 
allow her to leave town. He has been walking back- 
ward and forward outside for the last two hours." I 
asked Mrs. Borradaile what all that meant She 
replied ' That horrid wicked woman has been deceiving 
you. There is no William ; Lord Eanelagh is the man," 
Madame Eachel appeared confused, and said " Oh, no ; 
it's your ' William.' " I said to Madame Eachel " I think 
you are both in love with Lord Eanelagh one lending 
him her money, and the other screening him from pay- 
ment." (A laugh.) Mrs. Borradaile said several times 



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there was no William, that Madame Rachel was telling 
stories, and was a homed, wicked woman. I asked 
Madame Rachel to call William in and let me see him. 
She replied " Oh, my dear madam, I cannot do that ; 
I never tell my ladies little intrigues." She did not call 
him in. We then left, and when I got outside I looked 
all round. Mrs. Borradaile asked what I was looking 
for. I never saw anybody looking for her. I accom- 
panied her home to George-street, and stayed with her 
two hours. I have seen a great deal of her since 
January last. 

By the COMMISSIONER. I have not been examined 
before, though I have been subpcened on both trials. 

The witness was not cross-examined. 

Mr. Joseph Pike. I am a jeweller at 136, New 
Bond-street. I remember Mrs. Borradaile coming to 
my shop about 1866, in May, June, and July con- 
tinuously. No one came with her. I remember her 
ordering a diamond necklace and tiara. That was, I 
think, in the early part of June, 1866. I afterwards 
went to 47 A New Bond-street, and there I saw Mrs. 
Borradaile and Madame Rachel. In the first instance 
I understood there was a to be marriage, and was asked to 
take some diamonds there. Mrs. Borradaile told me 
that in the presence of Madame Rachel. I went and 
brought the diamonds, and showed them to Mrs. 
Borradaile. Madame Rachel was present, and the 
diamonds were ultimately ordered by Mrs. Borradaile, 
and formally delivered. I had them on hand a con- 
siderable time, and I got 100 for cancelling the 
transaction. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Mrs. Borradaile came alone 
to my place after that, and I think she examined some 
diamonds. She took a look round as ladies will do. 
She appeared to understand what she was about, and 
to be a shrewd woman of business. 

Mr. William Procter, examined by Mr. Serjeant 
B ALLAN TINE. I am a draper, and supplied goods to 
Mrs. Borradaile in May, 1866. They amounted to 



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150, which she paid me. They were sent to 47a, New 
Bond-street. Some of them were wedding goods. 

Cross-examined by Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. Mrs. Bor- 
radaile selected them, and appeared to be a woman of 
business. 

Lord Ranelagh, examined by Mr. Serjeant BALLAN- 
TINE. I remember seeing Mrs. Borradaile on two 
occasions once at Rachel's, where I was introduced to 
her by the prisoner. I never had the slightest intention 
to marry her. I never sent her a vinaigrette or any 
article belonging to any relation of mine. I do not 
know the person so frequently alluded to here by 
the name of William, and I never gave Rachel any 
advice or information about William. Every single 
word in the letters read in this case, so far as I am con- 
cerned, is false. I kept a man-servant in 1866 named 
-Long. I have no recollection of ever having given 
Mrs. Borradaile my card. 

Cross-examined by Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR. I most 
solemnly declare that I never gave her my card. On 
the top of one of the letters produced there is a cipher, 
but it contains neither my crest nor my monogram. 
The second time I spoke to Mrs. Borradaile was at Mr. 
Cridland's office. That was about two years ago. I 
cannot at this distance of time recollect what I said to 
her ; beyond wishing her " Good morning." I always go 
for amusement to the theatricals at Beaufort-house. 

Mr. Smith, examined. I live at 7, George street, 
Hanover-square. Mrs. Borradaile had apartments in 
my house for nearly two years, during which time she 
never had any gentlemen of any kind to visit her. As 
a general rule she was in the house every night at 9, 10, 
and sometimes she was out as late as 11. She lived 
very economically. 

Cross-examined. She came home one night about 12. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE here announced that this 
was the case for the prosecution. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMouR^said the witnesses he proposed 



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to call for the defence would be very short in their evi- 
dence, and that, with the sanction of the Court and the 
learned serjeant, he should put them into the box at 
once, and thus close the evidence on both sides, 
this arrangement having been at once assented to, 
Mr. William Henry Roberts was examined by Mr. 
Serjeant PARRY. I have, he said, acted as attorney for 
Madame Rachel since the 3rd of June last. I was not 
attorney for her when she was examined at the Marl- 
bdrough-street police court. My clerk and I have been 
examining her case. The whole of the letters produced 
were handed to me by Rachel, and have remained in my 
custody. All of them produced on the last trial are 
here now, and were duly shown to Mr. Digby Seymour. 
All that was done on the last occasion was done at the 
discretion of counsel. I employed a person to ascertain 
if possible Minton's hand-writing, and to make inquiries 
as to his character, but I never gave that person 
instructions to promise him a good situation. 

Miss Rachel, examined by Mr. Serjeant PARRY. My 
name is Rachel Leverson, and I am 27 years of age. 
I am the eldest daughter of the prisoner. I have a 
sister named Leonti. She is 20 or 21. My mamma 
has seven children. They are all younger than me and 
my sister. The youngest is seven years. I have one 
brother. In 1866 he was at school. He is now a 
medical student in Paris. His name is David. We 
never had any man named -Edwardes coming to our 
house to work in 1866, or at any other time. My mam- 
ma occupied the shop 47a New Bond-street. She only 
occupied the shop and a small back room. The room 
is a very small one, and the shop is long and narrow. 
There is a glass door to the room through which persons 
can see from the shop into the room and from the room 
into the shop. I remember Mrs. Borradaile coming to 
our shop. She was constantly there, but beyond that 
I know nothing about her. So far as I can tell, I 
know of no relation between her and my mother. I 
know nothing of her except that she, like other ladies, 

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was a customer of our shop. The articles we sold 
were very expensive. Though we kept the shop, we 
resided at Blackheath in 1866 and 1867. In Septem- 
ber, 1866, we took a house, in Maddox-street. That 
was used only as a private house, and to my knowledge 
Mrs. Borradaile was never at it. I have never seen 
her write. 

I must ask you as regards all those letters signed 
" William ;" do you know anything at all about them ? I 
do not 

Have you ever written those letters yourself ? I 
have not. 

It is said that some of the letters purporting to be 
written by Mrs. Borradaile were written by somebody 
else. Have you ever done so ? Never. 

Nor anybody to your knowledge ? No. I do not 
recollect the introduction of Lord Kanelagh to Mrs. 
Borradaile. The boy Minton has never to my know- 
ledge been employed by my mother to write letters of 
any kind. He was in the employment of an auctioneer 
named Taylor. I know of his being turned out of my 
mother's house on one occasion. He used to come to 
our place with messages from his master, and as he was 
complained of upon more than one occasion for his 
impertinence we "turned him out. 

Cross-examined by Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. I was 
not examined at the last trial. I was not then in court, 
except upon the first day. I afterwards remained at 
home. I think we had the Maddox-street house about 
six months before December, 1866, but, as it required 
a great many alterations to be made in it, we did not 
get into possession until December. My mother took 
an opera box at the commencement of the season of 
1867. It was a pit tier box she took. I went to Paris 
in 1867. I used to sleep at the end of 1866 and the 
beginning of 1867 at Blackheath, and sometimes I used 
to go there at late hours. My mother sometimes 
accompanied me, but not always. She occasionally 
remained for the night in London. She cannot write. 



Leonti generally wrote for her. There was a boy in the 
shop named William. His age was 14 or 15. I can- 
not tell what has become of him. I saw him last after 
I came from Paris, ancl before the last trial. I then 
saw him at the office of Mr. Boberts, the attorney for 
the defence. That was after the proceedings at the 
Marlborough police court in this case had appeared in 
the public papers. He came into my mother's service 
some months before I went to Paris. I cannot tell 
whether he was there when I went to Paris, nor do I 
know whether he is now ] 7 years of age. He looks 
very young. I swear upon my solemn oath that I 
never saw Mrs. Borradaile at our place in the evening. I 
have often been there in the evening myself, but again 1 
swear that to my knowledge I never saw her in our 
parlour on any evening whatever. I have already said 
that I have often seen her there, but it was always hi 
the daytime she came. She has been there in the 
parlour as well as in the shop. It was at the com- 
mencement of 1867 I went to Paris. On my mother's 
return from the French capital I took her place there 
to conduct her professional business. It is now a very 
long time since I saw Mrs. Borradaile. I knew of my 
mother receiving sums of money on matters of business 
from Mr. Haynes, the attorney. Our shop was closed 
at [7 o'clock in the winter months, and at a later hour 
in the summer. I do not know of my mother receiving 
any letters from Mrs. Borradaile, nor has she ever told 
me that she has received any from her. I never 
heard of my mother receiving any letters to be given to 
Mrs. Borradaile. My mamma was a good deal at home. 
Generally speaking, I used to leave the shop in the 
month of September about 6 o'clock, but the time of 
leaving depended very much upon the amount of busi- 
ness that was going on. It is a great mistake to 
suppose that September was the dead season with us, 
though it is perfectly true that balls and parties are not 
so rife in London then as they are in the height of the 
season. Sometimes Leonti used to remain at the shop 

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later than I did. I knew nothing of Minton being 
turned away for rudeness, except from what my sister 
told me. I never saw him in my life. "We never kept 
any books at our establishment. There was a letter 
sent from our place to Mr. Cope, Mrs. Borradaile's 
brother-in-law, and that is in the handwriting of the 
boy William. I know his handwriting, because I 
have seen him directing parcels. 

Several letters were here handed to the witness, and 
she was asked if she could identify the handwriting in 
any of them. She replied that she could not. They 
were not, she said, written by her, nor by Leonti, nor by 
William. The long account produced during the trial, 
which purported to contain a listof various sums of money 
paid by Eachel to Mrs. Borradaile, and which the latter 
receipted, was next handed to her. The body of this 
the account of the sums paid was, she stated, written 
by Leonti, and the receipts were in the handwriting of 
Mrs. Borradaile. 

Cross examination continued. Leonti went to Paris 
in 1867, and there she assisted in mamma's professional 
business. Before she went she was at the Maddox 
street house. William the shopboy is the only William 
I knew. I never heard of any other, except that I 
know the name to be a very ordinary one. Mrs. 
Borradaile used to be in and out our shop a great many 
times during the day. 

Now, as you used to assist in the shop, of course 
you are well acquainted with the business your mother 
carried on there ? I am. 

Then listen to this list of your charges, which I quote 
from one of your pamphlets : " Royal Nursery soap 
two guineas a bottle ; lioyal Palace soap, two guineas 
a bottle ; Victoria soap, two guineas a bottle ; Princess's 
soap, two guineas a bottle ; Alexandra soap, two 
guineas a bottle ; Prince of Wales's soap, two guineas a 
bottle ; Honey of Mount Hymetius soap, two guineas a 
bottle ; Peach blossom soap, two guineas a bottle." 
(Great laughter.) These, I believe, were some of the 
soaps you sold ? They were. 



Then you sold "Magnetic Rock Dew Water of Sahara, 
for removing wrinkles (renewed laughter), two guineas 
u bottle ;" and "Liquid flowers and herbs for the bath, 
a guinea a bottle." I find among the various other 
preparations that you sold "a bottle of Jordan water 
for 10 guineas and 20 guineas." (Great laughter.) 
Now, I ask you, Miss Leverson, did you believe this? 
Did you believe that this Jordan water was a reality 
or sham ? I believed it to be a reality. 

That is, you mean to tell the Court and jury on your 
oath that you believe that water for which you were 
charging 10 and 20 guineas a bottle came from the 
river Jordan ? I believe it is water brought from the 
east. 

From the east ! Well, but that is very indefinite, for 
you know the east may mean Wapping. (Great 
laughter). What I ask you is, do you mean to say it 
came from the river Jordan ? Yes. 

How do you know that ? Because it was consigned 
to us sometimes. 

By whom ? Oh ! I cannot expose our professional 
secrets. (Great laughter.) If you will come to our 
shop and buy a bottle, I may tell you. (Renewed 
laughter.) 

I never like to be rude to a lady, but I really must 
press you for an answer to my question. I ask you 
again, do you mean to swear upon your solemn oath 
that this water came from the river Jordan ? I say I 
believe it did come from there, but, of course, I did not 
see it brought. 

And you say it was consigned to you ? Yes. 

By an agent ? Yes 

By whom ? Oh ! You want our professional secret 
to come out, but I cannot answer your question. 

Well, now, where is the river Jordan ? (A pause.) 
Tell me where it is ? Is it not near Jerusalem ? 

And do you say that you have an agent there ? I 
don't know whether he is at the Jordan, but I say he 
consigns the Jordan water to us. 



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Who is he ? I'll not tell you. (Great laughter.) 

Well, now, here is another pamphlet of yours, which 
I beg to hand up to you. I want to know who wrote 
that pamphlet ? My sister and myself composed it. 

Then listen to this extract from it : 

" In the interior of Sahara, or the Great Desert, is a 
magnetic rock, from which water distils sparingly in the 
form of dew (laughter), which is possessed of extraor- 
dinary property. Whether a latent electricity be im- 
parted by magnetism, or an additional quantity of 
oxygen enters into its composition, it is not easy to say 
(More laughter.) But it appears to have the property 
of increasing the vital energies as it restores the colour 
of grey hair apparently by renewing the circulation in 
its capillary tubes (great laughter), the cessation of which 
occasions greyness ; and it gives the appearance of youth 
to persons of considerable antiquity. (Great laughter.) 
This water is brought to Morocco on swift dromedaries 
for the use of the Court, and its virtues are much 
extolled by their physicians. It might be called the 
antipodes of the Lethean Styx of ancient times." (Roars 
of laughter.) 

I have only another question to ask you namely, did 
you know of the 1,000 your mother obtained from 
Mrs. Borradaile ? I did not. 

Did your mother never tell you of that ? Never. 

He-examined by Mr. Serjeant PARKY. The prices for 
the soaps and powders to which my attention has been 
called are charged to all our customers alike, and we 
have had a vast number of customers besides Mrs. 
Borradaile. 

Now, do you state positively that the extract read is 
from the Illustrated London Neivs ? I do. I have 
heard that Mr. Haynes transacted a large amount of 
business for my mother for two years before Mrs. 
Borradaile became known to her. The boy William 
was discharged for theft. That fact was brought to the 
knowledge of our attorney (Mr. Eoberts), who acted on 
his own discretion in not examining him at the last trial. 



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When the London season is over we supply articles in 
our business to Brighton and other fashionable places. 
Fashionable names, such as the Alexandra soap, the 
Prince of Wales's soap, and so on, may be applied to 
soap as well as to other articles. 

Miss Leonti Levison, examined by Mr. Serjeant 
PARRY -I am the younger sister of the last witness. 
In 1866 and 1867 I assisted my mother in the business 
in New Bond-street. I recollect seeing Mrs. Borradaile 
frequently in 1866 and 1867. I have never written a 
sham letter to my mother in the name of " William." 
Nor have I written any of the letters produced 
upon this trial in the name of " William." There 
was a young lad named William in my mother's 
employ. I never knew anybody in our employ named 
Edward. The boy Minton used to come round to our 
shop with messages from his master, Mr. Taylor. I 
never saw him write. He used to be in our small 
parlour sometimes. I complained of his impertinent 
conduct to Mr. Taylor, and I turned him away on one 
occasion. There was no friendly feeling between him 
and my mother. 

Cross-examined by Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. My 
sister and I managed my mother's business. I know 
nothing of the 1,000 my mother got from Mrs. Borra- 
daile. I had a great deal of anxiety about it, but 
I swear I do not up to this moment know whether 
my mother received that money or not. I recollect my 
mother paying notes and gold on one occasion to Mrs. 
Borradaile. I cannot tell the day of the month, or the 
month, when those notes and gold were paid. It was in 
1866 or 1867. I often saw mamma lend Mrs. Borra- 
daile money, but I never saw Mrs. Borradaile return 
what she borrowed. It was in the evening when it was 
given to her. I cannot tell you within six months when 
it was lent. Mrs. Borradaile was always borrowing 
money twice in some weeks, and oftener in others. 
Almost from the first of their acquaintance and 
mamma knew Mrs Borradaile for years the latter was 



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borrowing money. She was borrowing in most of the 
months of June, July, August, September, October, 
November, and December, 1866. I cannot say about 
the largest amount she ever borrowed. On on occasion 
she borrowed either 100 or 200, I forget which. 
Whether that was the largest amount she ever borrowed 
I cannot tell. She borrowed the 100 or 200 in 1866 
or 1867. (A laugh.) I think it was a few months 
before the end of 1866 or a few months after the 
beginning of 1867. That is the nearest date I can give. 
She borrowed it in our shop. What she said when she 
borrowed it I do not know. She did not say what she 
wanted the money for. She did not say, "Madame 
Rachel, I would feel obliged by your lending me 100 
or 200." Shortly after mamma gave her the money. 
Whether mamma took out the money from her pocket 
or not I cannot say. I do not know where the money 
was got from. Mamma had no banker, and never had 
one to my knowledge. She kept her money in the 
house. The reason I did not pay more attention to this 
transaction was because I was attending to some heavy 
business in the shop at the time. Mamma was in the 
habit of lending money to ladies. She kept her money 
in a cabinet in the little parlour. I cannot point to any 
date or time when any more money was lent to Mrs. 
Borradaile. I do not know whether mamma asked 
Mrs. Borradaile for a receipt for the 100 or 200. 
Mamma started the opera-box at the beginning of the 
opera season in 1867. I was not the young lady that 
Lord Ranelagh was talking to when mamma introduced 
him to Mrs. Borradaile. I never saw Mrs. Borradaile 
at the shop after dark, but I know mamma lent her 
money in the evening. I cannot tell from 10 to 100 
times how often money was lent to her in the evening. 
Mamma very seldom went out during business hours. 

Re-examined by Mr. Serjeant PAKRY. When the 
100 or 200 was lent my attention was not particularly 
drawn to the transaction. Mrs. Borradaile might have 
called at our shop as far back as 1864. I and my 



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sister were busily employed in papering up the powders 
and making other preparations for sale, and, therefore, 
we had nothing to do with money transactions. My 
father is alive, but he and mamma are not on very good 
terms. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE. He lives at 25 King- 
street, Soho-square. 

To the COMMISSIONER. We did not sleep at the shop. 
We slept at Blackheath. I only stopped in London at 
night when Mamma was ill. 

The account was here handed to the witness, which 
purported to contain receipts from Mrs. Borradaile for 
the 100, 80, 70, and other sums already mentioned, 
and she said these receipts were written by Mrs. Borra- 
daile. Letters were also handed her, but the hand- 
writing she said she was unable to identify. 

This having closed the evidence for the defence, 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMONR proceeded to address the jury on 
behalf of the prisoner. He commenced by saying that 
he was there for the second time to argue in the name 
of justice for an acquittal of his client. He complained 
of the injustice manifested towards her by those who 
had piled up publications against her around the doors 
leading to that court publications, which were of the 
very vilest description, not containing in them a particle 
of legal truth, which had nothing about them except 
the malice of those who had put them together, and the 
sole object of which was to create a prejudice in the 
mind of the jury against the woman at the bar. Again, 
it was an injustice, in these days of a free press, that 
from day to day, while the jury were sitting, sworn to 
give an impartial verdict in this case, comments should 
have been made in the columns of daily newspapers 
which were tinged with a feeling of partisanship. He 
cared not for the comments made in those newspapers 
upon himself. He thanked God that he felt sufficiently 
armed against such attacks as to be able to declare 
boldly that no philippics or taunts should ever have the 
effect of preventing him from discharging his duty in an 



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intrepid manner. The remarks of which he did com- 
plain had reference to what was said respecting the 
evidence of particular witnesses, the mode and legal 
sequence of the arguments, and the conduct generally 
of the defence ; and such was the prejudice which these 
remarks were likely to create that the jury ought to go 

ble 



down upon their knees and pray that God would enable 
them to do justice in this case. He saw that pens were 
at work in the press calculated to deprive the jury of 
their reason (a laugh), and to prevent them from exer- 
cising that impartial and unbiassed judgment which 
juries were always expected to evince. He candidly 
believed that those responsible for this prosecution 
would never have put Mrs. Borradaile a second time 
into the box as a witness if they had not calculated on 
the fact that such an amount of prejudice would be 
created by the press as would prevent the jury from 
deciding on the actual issue now before them. But 
though he had thus enlarged upon this subject at the 
outset, he could not believe however, some of the 
jury might have been affected by the prejudice created, 
and he would not believe until he had some proof to 
the contrary that when he had addressed the 12 
men then in the box upon the iacts he should appeal 
to them in vain. On the contrary, he entertained hopes 
that in the end, alter that appeal, they would return a 
calm, impartial, and honest verdict. What meant the 
introduction into the case of the Jordan Water ? Were 
they now trying a question as to whether high-sounding 
names should be given to articles of trade ? Why, there 
was not an article sold, nothing which we ate, drank, or 
wore, that had notfrom time to time been dignified by dis- 
tinguished appellations by tradesmen. For instance, the 
names of the Queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess 
Alexandra had been freely used in shops, and the intro- 
duction of these names had been considered pardonable 
upon the part of those who in this manner brought their 
wares more prominently than they otherwise would have 
been brought under the notice of the public. The jury 



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therefore, were not trying now whether the prisoner 
had given her cosmetics to the world under high-sound- 
ing names. That was not the charge against her, and 
he hesitated not to say that the attempt of the learned 
serjeant opposite to make that the question for decision 
was practically to insult the jury, and to occupy their 
minds with something utterly foreign to the issue. It 
might be that the prisoner had asked very high prices 
for her preparations ; but if she obtained customers at 
those prices, if the fashionable world lent themselves to 
create a demand for those cosmetics, was she to be 
punished for having furnished them with a supply ? 
Whatever might be the hidden key for explaining the 
mystery of Bond- street, whether Lord Kanelagh was 
William, or whether somebody else was William, one 
thing was certain, that what occurred was between 
Mrs. Borradaile and the prisoner, and that there was 
something clandestine, something in the nature of an 
intrigue, could not be doubted. Whatever might be 
said against the prisoner, this must be admitted that 
she had given her children a good education. The real 
question for decision was whether the prosecution had 
satisfied the jury that the prisoner had obtained the 
money by means of false pretences. That there was 
something strange on the part of Mrs. Borradaile was 
clear, else why was she living in London, moving about 
from coffeehouse to coffeehouse, while her daughter and 
other relations were all living in Wales ? That there 
was a "William " in the case, though he had not been 
produced, was as true as that the sun shone ; and that 
the correspondence was genuine, and not a forgery, as 
the learned serjeant alleged, but failed to prove, was 
equally beyond dispute. The learned counsel dwelt 
forcibly upon the comparison which existed between 
the letters and documents, and said that he would ap- 
peal to the judgment of the jury whether there was any 
foundation for the suspicion that a forgery had been 
committed. Could it be conceived that a hundred 
letters, written at all times upon each sides of the paper 



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crossed and doubly-crossed, with post-scripts and 
double postscripts, were forgeries ? How could they 
reconcile it in their minds that persons who would be 
capable of forgery would be capable also of giving, in 
their own handwriting, the means of their detection. 
The next theory of the prosecution was that Mrs. 
Borradaile wrote the letters as an unconscious being, 
that she was, as it were, under " magnetic influence " 
a widow bewitched ; that she had drunk some 
strange waters, with some strange and fancied impulse 
thrilling through her brain ; that she had been operated 
upon by some secret influence ; and that she was a cap- 
tive in the hands of the chief juggler Madame Rachel. 
They had heard of such things as electric biology, and 
of a mysterious affinity being created towards persons 
of both sexes by which two hearts and two minds had 
been brought together. The present was an age of 
wonders, no doubt, but could they satisfy their minds 
that this strange magnetic influence was at work when 
Mrs. Borradaile called at the linendraper's and selected 
the apparel, and when it was proved she did her business 
like any other woman in her proper senses ? At that 
time, then, had she drunk the poisoned draught ? Had 
she then been filled with those waters which disturbed 
the power of her mind, and neutralized the thinking 
being within her ? Again, he would ask them, was she 
under the influence of this magnetic power when she 
proceeded to her jewellers, selected the diamonds, and 
cheapened the price ? So far from being a fool, she 
appears to have been a shrewd woman of business, and 
quite capable of knowing what she was doing, for she 
wrote in a flowing hand the check and the words, "Pay- 
able at Grindlay's and Co.'s Mary Tucker Borradaile." 
Could they, as reasonable and sensible men, accept, after 
this, the preposterous notion of the magnetic influence ? 
It was also alleged that she had fallen suddenly into the 
hands of a charmer ; but would this apply to what 
occurred in May, 1866, when she resumed her acquaint- 
ance with Madame Rachel ? Was it not too much to 



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say that this educated woman had become suddenly 
paralyzed, fascinated, and subdued by the overwhelming 
power and strange witchcraft of his client ? And the 
prosecution had propounded another and an equally 
strange theory, viz., that of ardent liquors. He would 
ask them if it was not too bad to assert that for the 
first time now. The learned serjeant, however, had 
thought proper to infer that Mrs. Borradaile had been 
placed under the influence of drink. If she was, in 
reality, a woman who would indulge in ardent drinks^ 
they would be able to value her character ; but they 
must remember that if she indulged one day the in- 
fluence would have been gone by the next, and that it 
was not likely that she would go again to be intoxi- 
cated. He contended that there was no ground for 
that suggestion, but that, on the contrary, Mrs. 
Borradaile was a clear-headed and business-like woman. 
In proof of this he alluded to the admirable way in 
which many of the letters were written, clearly 
showing that Mrs. Borradaile was under no such in- 
fluence whatever. They were not the compositions of a 
woman whose hand trembled and whose brain was con- 
fused by intoxication, but they were evidently written 
when she had her senses about her. Neither was there 
any suspicion that Mrs. Borradaile had been drugged 
by the prisoner, and altogether he must protest against 
such a monstrous thing as that propounded by the pro- 
secution. Then, again, there was that of the dictation. 
Mrs. Borradaile was not in her teens ; she was a widow 
of an officer who had seen the world ; she was evidently 
in " the winter of her discontent," and a little beyond 50. 
She had seen life, and knew how to draw and what to 
do with her money, and yet they were asked to believe 
that she did everything at the dictation of Madame 
Rachel. He trusted they would look at this theory as 
something which was totally inconsistent with reason 
and sense. Could they rest satisfied with the theory 
that Lord Ranelagh was to lead from the steps of St. 
George's, Hanover-square, a blooming, renovated bride 



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in the person of Mrs. Mary Tucker Borradaile ? The 
scene surely would be too strange for them to believe. 
Mrs. Borradaile, the customer of Madame Rachel and 
the widow of a colonel, happened to go into a shop in 
Bond-street to make purchases, and, no doubt, to 
execute an arrangement for the restoration of her faded 
charms. She saw outside a gentleman, and was told 
that he was to be her lover ; the door opened, and then 
the introduction, " Lord Eanelagh, Mrs. Borradaile," 
followed and nothing more. One would have expected 
more than this, but still this appeared to have been all. 
There must be some beginning to love. He saw that 
his friend (Serjeant Ballantine) shook his head. His 
love had no beginning (laughter), and he (Mr. Digby 
Seymour hoped it would have no end ; he was not the 
man to want any magnetic influence to aid him : cer- 
tainly no ardent spirits (renewed laughter) ; but in the 
case of Mary Tucker Borradaile, one would have ex- 
pected to see a little more delay and a little more coy 
resistance and delicate difficulty. (Laughter.) Here 
was a widow who had been married six and twenty 
years, and whose husband had been dead for seven 
a widow who was beyond her prime, but a widow who 
evidently had extraordinary confidence in the powers 
of her old charms, and in the matchless influence of 
her voluminous locks was she the person, then to 
believe that the man whom she had only momentarily 
seen outside was Lord Ranelagh, and that he was the 
man who was going to marry her ? Could they for one 
moment conceive that when she was introduced at the 
door to an English nobleman she was under the belief 
that he intended to make her his bride ? It would be 
monstrous to conceive such a thing. But this was, in 
fact, the whole point of his case. They must be satisfied 
that there was some false pretence of an intended mar- 
riage, and that Mrs. Borradaile believed it. It would 
not do for her simply to say she believed it. As jury- 
men they must bring to bear their own experience 
of life before they accepted any such theory. They 



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must apply the test to this as to any other case, and 
decide whether, in their opinion she believed she was 
an affianced bride at the time. It would be impossible, he 
submitted, for them to believe it. Was it true that she 
asked for his card, and, if so, why did she take it ? Was 
it that she might know his name and address or was 
it that she might call upon him ? If she did all this in 
her senses what became of the theory that she was 
under the influence of potent whisky ? The learned 
counsel then proceeded to argue that if they were true 
the jury could not convict, and if they were false they 
could not convict either, unless they charged one person 
with falsehood upon another person who was confessedly 
false. He would ask them to throw the balance of 
probability into the scale, and then the testimony of 
Lord Ranelagh, in respect to the giving of the card, 
would be found to outweigh that of Mrs. Borradaile. 
She had sworn that she got his Lordship's card, while 
he denied having given it her ; but if such really was 
the case as she had asserted, why had not the card been 
preserved ? She had sworn that she got the card, but 
she had no memory of where it came from. If he was 
to have been her lover, would she not have kept it as 
some indication of the introduction. He ventured to 
assert that it was not until those absurd letters had 
been brought to light the letters of " Dear Tommy " 
that Lord Ranelagh exchanged a word with Mrs. 
Borradaile. The contention all along had been that the 
letters were written at the dictation of Madame Rachel, 
she being at the time the manager of a matrimonial 
intrigue between Mrs. Borradaile and Lord Ranelagh. 
If so would Madame Rachel have suggested to Mrs. 
Borradaile that she should address the very first letter 
which she wrote from a coffeehouse at Paddington ? 
He would ask them to mark this well. Madame Rachel 
was said to be a woman of the would clever, though 
ignorant, crafty, though illiterate, a woman of expe- 
rience, who knew that she was dealing with a lady, and 
yet it was said that she suggested such an address on 



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the very first Jove letter between the widow of a colonel 
and Viscount Ranelagh. Mrs. Borradaile had said that 
Lord Kanelagh was introduced to her as a rich and 
good man, and yet she, the careful widow, said the 
suggestion was made to her that she should date her 
first letter from a small coffeehouse. There was some- 
thing about this which was remarkably strange It would 
be found there were two letters written at the same 
time one to Madame Rachel, the other to " William," 
supposed to be Lord Ranelagh. The latter was dated from 
the coffeehouse, but that to Madame from the Great 
Western Hotel. What was the meaning of that ? How 
could that be explained ? Was it likely that Lord 
Ranelagh would have paid attention to any lady at a 
coffeehouse ; would he have gone there to see his 
intended bride ? Fancy Lord Ranelagh being made to 
go as a lover to a coffeehouse at Paddington ? The 
letter was written evidently before she was quite over- 
come by the magnetic influence which afterwards was 
said to operate over her. In the letter there was this 
remarkably phrase, " As before, I do not wish for 
any intrusion." If such a letter as this had fallen into 
the hands of any of the jury, and they knew that it 
came from a lady, would the inference not have been 
that some prior meeting had been held a meeting, it 
might have been, between her and " William ?" It was 
consistent, at all events with the suggestion that there 
was some other person, not Lord Ranelagh, who had 
visited her at the coffeehouse. The learned gentleman 
again alluded to the letters and to the theories of the 
prosecution, and said that for it to be suggested that 
Mrs. Borradaile was not in her right senses when she 
wrote them was a monstrous, a base, and a preposterous 
invention, and an endeavour to do by prejudice what 
they had not dared to establish before the jury by testi- 
mony upon oath. The letter sent by Mrs. Borradaile to- 
" Dear William" asking him to meet her at a coffee- 
house near the Davis-street baths, was next read and 
commented on, and the learned counsel called attention 



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to the fact that no attempt had been made by the 
prosecution to support Mrs. Borradaile in respect to 
this, or to prove that a message had been left at the 
house as suggested. He then passed on to observe that 
the question of the bath had occupied the attention of 
people who had exposed Madame Rachel to ribald 
songs and cruel jests, songs as wretched in composition 
as they were wicked in invention. There were headings 
in various papers, and pictures in police sheets also 
utterly and abominably cruel, which had been pre- 
judicial to the woman who was then on her trial. He 
would venture to assert that if the jury were to inspect 
her house they would find nothing to indicate those 
deeds of uncleanness and immorality which it was said 
had been practised there. Talk of baths ! Why there 
were no such things there, and the assertion that had 
been made about " eyes of eager lust" was altogether a 
wicked and abominable invention. There was no pre- 
tence for it. The only bath that Mrs. Borradaile took 
was at the public baths in Davies-street, and it was a 
monstrous thing to enshroud the prisoner with such a 
cloud of prejudice as required all the efforts of her 
counsel to tear the veil away, in order that justice 
might be done her. It would not do for advocates to be 
nice or tender about feelings ; their duty was to get at 
the truth. It did not lie upon the prisoner affirmatively 
to prove her innocence, but upon the prosecution to 
establish her guilt, and if he succeeded in the proposi- 
tions he had laid down, then he doubted not that an 
acquittal was clear and certain. The learned counsel next 
proceeded to argue that "Dear William" was some person 
other than Lord Ranelagh, and that the allusion which 
had been made to his lordship was made by Mrs. Borradaile 
for the purpose of clearing herself of the imputation 
which lodged upon her, as was proved by the words of 
Madame Rachel when she accused her of spending her 
money upon a paramour. She was evidently playing 
off a trick upon her friends by pretending that her 
lover was Lord Ranclagh ; but were the flannels, the 



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shirts, and the socks for his lordship, or were they not 
for some other " Dear "William ?" with whom she was 
about to fly to Paris. 

At 5 o'clock Mr. Digby Seymour said it was impos- 
sible to conclude his address that evening, being physi- 
cally unable to proceed further. 

The trial was again adjourned till this morning. 



FOURTH DAY. 

This morning, at the opening of the Court, the trial 
of Sarah Rachel Levison, better known as Madam 
Rachel, began on monday, on the charge of obtaining 
from Mary Tucker Borradaile, by certain false and fraud- 
ulent pretences, the sum of 1,400. with intent to 
defraud, was resumed. 

As from the first the court-house was crowded 
throughout the clay. Lord Ranelagh was again present. 

Mr. Serjeant Ballantine (with whom were Mr. 
Montagu Williams and Mr. Straight) conducted the 
prosecution ; Mr. Digby Seymour. Q. C., Mr. Serjeant 
Parry, Mr. Serjeant Sleigh, and Mr. Butler Digby the 
defence. 

A conversation arose between the Commissioner and 
Mr. Digby Seymour as to the admission of some letters, 
and the production of Mr. Haynes' bill of costs. 

A juryman asked to be allowed to see the bill. 

The COMMISSIONER said he had looked over it, and 
found there a number of matters, the charges amount- 
ing altogether to about 140. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR submitted that in no shape or 
form could the bill of costs be put in as evidence against 
Madame Rachel. It had been produced on the part 
of the prosecution. He wished to see the cash account 
to which Mr. Haynes had referred. 

THE COMMISSIONER asked if Mr. Haynes was present ? 

His son (who was in court) replied that he was to ill 
to attend, owing to a spasmodic affection of the 
heart. 



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Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR intimated his intention to 
dispute the account. 

The COMMISSIONER said Mr. Haynes had sworn that 
the only knowledge he had of the different sums he had 
paid was contained in a sheet of a paper which bore 
Madame Rachel's initials, and which had passed into 
her hands. He had also stated that he thought he 
could make up the account from other documents which 
he had in his possession. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR said if the draught was produced 
he would not complain, otherwise he should have to 
comment upon the circumstance in the course of his 
address. 

The COMMISSIONER said if Mr. Hajnes could not 
attend the matter would have to stand as it was. 

Mr. DIGBY SEYMOUR then resumed his address. He 
thanked the jury for the patient attention they had 
given to his remarks so far, and reminded them that 
he had concluded on the previous day by referring to 
the remarkable letter of the 4th of September. Hav- 
ing looked at the contents of that letter backward and 
forward, and thought of it constantly, he confessed he 
was unable to see by what legitimate argument his 
learned friend could reconcile it with the guilt of the 
prisoner. It was a letter to Mr. Cope, the exposure of 
which, they must remember, would have spoilt the 
game it was alleged Madame Rachel was then playing 
would have had the effect of stopping the receipt of 
money from Haynes to herself, and have enabled the 
family of Mrs. Borradaile to frustrate the fraudulent 
scheme Madame Rachel was then said to be practising. 
Mr, Digby Seymour next alluded to letters dated 
August, I860, and March and May, 1867, and said that 
if their whole tone and the postscript were considered, 
the conclusion was irresistible that they were the com- 
position of Mrs. Borradaile, and not the language of an 
uneducated woman like his client. The allusions they 
contained showed that a communication was being held 
at the time between Mrs. Borradaile and the mysterious 



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being" William." Her statement as to not wishing to 
go to Mount-street was proof that it could not refer to 
Lord Ranelagh, for his Lordship did not reside there. 
The letter contained these sentences : " I was at Mr. 
Haynes' yesterday, and he has arranged everything 
satisfactorily between Madame Rachel and myself." 
Again," I have ordered the shirt, and they will be sent 
home to-morrow morning," and " Madame Rachel has 
promised, in the presence of Mr. Haynes, that she will 
not trouble me about money matters, as she will be 
satisfied with any arrangement I may think proper to 
make." Could this be the language of Madame Rachel, 
and was it dictated to Mrs. Borradaile ? Could they 
for one moment doubt that it was the language of Mrs. 
Borradaile, and that she was dealing with the relation 
that evidently, existed between herself and "William." 
" I am afraid to go to Rachel's for fear of Mr. Bauer ; 
she told me yesterday he had an execution against me. 
I offered to give him back the lace, but he would not 
take it." Surely these were remarkable facts. That 
Mr. Bauer had an execution against her was true, and 
if she had been told so by Rachel, was it likely 
she would go to her shop to write this very letter at 
her dictation ? Mrs. Borradaile could not have been at 
the prisoner's when that letter was written. It was 
clearly one of those things which spoke for itself. 
Again, "She has exposed the whole affair about the 
lace, the very thing I did not wish to be known. It 
was most foolish of her, exposing my affairs to my 
family. She says she did it to prevent my being 
arrested. This affair has nearly broken my heart. I 
did not know that you were ill, or I would not have 
upbraided you for coldness and unkindness ; but I 
thought you had neglected me." By what possible 
argument could it be said that this was the dictation of 
the prisoner ? Would Madame Rachel have suggested 
the words, " She has exposed the whole affair," the very 
thing that Mrs. Borradaile did not wish her to do ? 
Then, again, the purchase of the neckties and socks. 



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Could it be suggested for one moment that they were 
for Lord Ranelagh ? It was a proposition, upon the face 
of it, absurd to say that Madame Rachel told her to put 
down all this awake or asleep, or under whatever 
magnetic influence Mrs. Borradaile at the time might 
have been. " All my family have cut me. They say 
they will have nothing to do with such an incorrigible 
as they thought I was !" Was this language to send to 
Lord Ranelagh to the man who loved and admired 
her ? " My dear William, I shall see Mrs. Lilley, as 
you desire ; she will, no doubt, be of service to you." 
Who was Mrs. Lilley ? He had tried to ascertain, but 
failed. At all events, it was certain that the allusion 
was made to some person in no way connected with 
Madame Rachel. Neither had there been an attempt 
on the part of the prosecution to connect the prisoner 
with that lady. No doubt she was known to Mrs. Borra- 
daile, but that she was a person who was not associating 
with Lord Ranelagh was clear. The next passage was 
as remarkable as the others : " It seems you know the 
overland-route to my heart." Surely that could not be 
the language of Madame Rachel ! Mrs. Borradaile, 
they must remember, was a lady who had travelled ; she 
had been in India, and was the widow of a Colonel. 
Mr. Seymour commented upon other passages, relating 
to the inspection by Mrs. Borradaile of the lace, the 
diamonds, the carriage, and the house, and said it was 
remarkable that none of the tradesmen had been pro- 
duced by the prosecution to verify the assertions that 
were made. Where was the coachmaker and the house 
agent, and where was the house situate ? " My own 
dear William, I am very much surprised and annoyed 
at Madame Rachel's impertinence." Very remarkable, 
this! "It was a serious quarrel, and all concerning 
you." What on earth could the quarrel be about ? Why 
should Mrs. Borradaile and Madame Rachel quarrel ? 
" A serious quarrel," they would remember, " and all 
concerning' you." They had heard something of an ex- 
traordinary scene at Mr. Haynes', it was true, some 



allusion was made by Madame Rachel to Mrs. Borra- 
daile's extravagance in spending her money on a para- 
mour ; and probably this was the solution of the 
passage. " Not one member of my family will hold any 
communication with me for forming, as they say, such a 
degraded connexion with you." What could this be ? 
A degraded connexion with whom ? Certainly not 
with Lord Ranelagh, but probably with some un- 
known lover under the pretence of being Captain 
William Edwardes. W T as Madame Rachel likely to 
dictate such words as "a degraded connexion with Lord 
Ranelagh ?'' It was more probable that the allusion 
referred to a paramour, such as had been referred to 
before before Mr. Haynes. "Am I to believe that 
the woman you are travelling with, and whom you in- 
troduced to me as your sister " could this be the dic- 
tation of Madame Rachel, or would it support the theory 
that had been set up by the prosecution that Mrs. 
JBorradaile when she wrote was under the influence of a 
charmer ? " My own dear William, it is very kind of 
you to take care of my comb and frissette, which is my 
own hair." Was not this the language of Mrs. Borra- 
daile ? It was a small matter, perhaps, but it would aid 
the jury in solving the labrynth of mystery by which the 
case was surrounded. "The hairdresser in the High- 
street, Cheltenham, made it the man who used to 
shave you." How could they reconcile this with the 
theory that it was Lord Ranelagh ? It was certain that 
he had not been under the hands of a barber for years. 
(Laughter.) And when interrogated, how had Mrs. 
Borradaile tried to get out of it ? She said that his 
head was shaved. (Laughter.) That was just like Mrs. 
Borradaile. " I have no one to care for me but you, 
and I love you all the more for it. I have given you all 
that a woman holds dear." A terrible passage this. 
As men of the world, what would be their opinion if 
they read this in a book ? But what was Mrs. Borra- 
daile's account ? With a smile upon her countenance 
she said that all a woman held dear was her money. 



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There was nothing to show that the prisoner had oper 
ated on the vain mind of Mrs. Borradaile. The request 
that " dear William " would not join the mob lest he 
should be shot, the taking of the photograph to bed, 
and the attempt to screen him from her family were re- 
ferred to as being consistent with the theory of the 
defence that they were not dictated by the prisoner, but 
were the ready effusions of Mrs. Borradaile. He never 
could sufficiently impress upon the minds of the jury 
that, by whatever means the letters came into the pos- 
session of Rachel, they had no right to entertain scruples 
of delicacy or queries of difficulty as to the mode in 
which that strange circumstance had occurred. Tie was 
not called upon to supply the fact as to how that had 
happened. It was for the prosecution to make out their 
case without any flaw or loophole ; it was not for the 
defence to sustain the weakness of the prosecution. If 
there was a flaw left, creating a doubt, the benefit of 
that doubt ought to be given to the prisoner. She was, 
of course, obliged to be silent, and could not throw any 
light upon any part of the transaction. Upon the ex- 
tremely mysterious point as how the letters came into 
her possession the whole thing was wholly inexplicable 
upon the theory of the prosecution. Mrs. Borradaile, 
who according to her own account, seemed throughout 
this case to have been walking in her sleep drugged, 
subdued, captivated, enamoured of some man named 
William did not pretend to account for it. All she 
could say was that she had written the letters to Lord 
Ranelagli at Rachel's dictation, in one of those letters 
saying to his lordship, " You have forgotten having seen 
me in the bath." And this she wrote to an English 
nobleman ! Was this the invenl ion of a disorganized 
brain ? He (Mr. Seymour) recollected a case which had 
'been tried at Westminster Hall, when it appeared that 
certain letters then produced, written by and to a lady 
were the mysterious workings of the human brain of 
'One and the same individual. He should be glad, if he 
.could, to account for the eccentricities of Mrs. Borra- 



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daile by supposing that she was labouring under 
some affliction of Providence, but even that hypo- 
thesis could not be set up in her defence, for it 
appeared that upon almost everything, save her over- 
weening vanity, she was perfectly sane and collected. 
In others of her letters she went 011 to speak to " dear 
Tommy " about horse racing, what he was to win by 
backing horses next season, and what the Marquis of 
Hastings had lost in a single day ; and then there 
followed in one of them this very remarkable passage : 
"I will go to the baths at the Argyle Booms this 
evening ; I will then wait for you at the publichouse at 
the back of Regent-street, and will ask for a private 
room for us there." I will put on a dark dress and veil 
and do you put on your Sunday beard and whiskers." 
(A laugh.) Here she was absolutely appointing an 
interview with a nobleman in a common publichouse. What 
was the meaning of her breaking off with William and 
taking on with Tommy ? This, that having spent her 
money partly on William without being able to get him 
to marry her, she now thought she would excite his 
jealousy by addressing her future letters to Tommy. 
He (the learned counsel) contended that there was not 
one honest, solemn, reasonable particle of truth in the 
allegation of Mrs. Borradaile that Rachel had dictated 
the letters. Minton's evidence was utterly unreliable 
and if the jury credited it for a moment they would be 
relying on a broken reed. At Marlborough-street that 
boy was wholly unable to identify the handwriting of 
any one of the letters. But afterwards, when the whole 
of the correspondence had appeared in the newspapers, 
he came to the conclusion that he thought he could 
identify an " o " in one of the letters. If this case rested 
solely upon the evidence of Mrs. Borradaile the jury 
would not hang a cat (a laugh) ; if it rested on that of 
Minton, and he was believed, then undoubtedly the 
indictment might be sustainable. But he could not be 
believed, particular!}' when the jury recollected what he 
said about the pocket book, and about his going down 



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as a volunteer to Mr. Cridland's office. That pocket 
book contained five pages of a pencil entry by him which 
were copied by Mr. Cridland's clerk. Why had not that 
clerk been produced ? The pencil entry consisted of 
what he had read in the newspapers of his own evidence 
at Marlborough-street, and in that entry he stated that 
one of the letters purporting to have been written by 
Lord Ranelagh to Mrs. Borradaile was like his own 
handwriting at a time when he said he had been em- 
ployed by Rachel to write a letter from his lordship to 
the prosecutrix Then he said in the entry that he con- 
veyed various letters from Eachel to Edwardes. The 
entry, being the result of an afterthought, must be at 
once rejected ; and that being so, and there being really 
only the one witness, Minton, in the case, there was 
nothing to affect the home, hearts, or household of 
Eachel. Of course, to listen to the prosecution the 
prisoner was something like the Witch of Endor, but 
now that the whole of the evidence against her had l3een 
produced it was abundantly clear that she was wholly 
guiltless of any charge whatever. There was one letter 
upon which the prisoner must be acquitted. That was 
a letter written by Mrs. Borradaile containing this 
passage : " I cannot tell you how grieved I was to 
hear of your sad accident, and so was my dear William, 
He will call upon you to-morrow." Did William call, and 
to whom was this letter addressed ? These were mysteries. 
Again she said in a letter she had called at Cridland's 
and found Lord Ranelagh there ; that she thought 
his lordship, who was drunk, would have struck her. 
She then went on to say that his lordship had spoken of 
her " William," and that in consequence she called him 
" a liar and a thief, and a cowardly, unmanly vagabond." 
(Laughter.) The learned counsel having quoted at 
length from other letters of Mrs. Borradaile to Rachel, 
he proceeded to observe that the letters she had ad- 
dressed to Mr. Haynes, the attorney, were clear, busi- 
ness-like, and practical, the productions of a woman of 
the world, perfectly capable of telling her attorney how 



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to conduct her case. He then asked in a loud voice, 
"Where is Mr. Haynes?" There being no response, 
Mr. Seymour said, " I wished now to further examine 
Mr. Haynes, but it appears he is not here, and that the 
only answer to my question of ' Where is Mr. Haynes V 
is that of ' Echo answers, where ? ' " And now that his 
speech was drawing to a close he desired to do again to- 
day what he had done yesterday namely, to remind 
the jury that they were not trying Rachel for having 
charged enormous prices for her preparations, or for the 
high-sounding names she had given to her soaps and 
powders. These were things done everyday by trades- 
men. A man could not take up any newspaper, in- 
cluding the Thunderer, without seeing the enormous 
extent to which puffing was carried on in these days, 
distinguished, perhaps, from all preceding days by com- 
petition, being the grease which kept in perpetual mo- 
tion the wheels of industry. Nay, the very newspapers 
themselves were competing with each other in red 
flaming placards of enormous length, the letters 011 
which were as big, not as his leg, but as his bod} r . 
(Laughter.) On one of these placards might be read 
the words, " The largest paper in the world," and on the 
other, " The largest circulation in the world." (Renewed 
laughter.) Before competition of this kind Jordan 
water and Arabic perfumes sank into insignificance. If 
the jury did not pity the prisoner, at all events let them 
sympathize with the cause of justice. What had she 
received from Mr. Haynes ? A check ? He denied it, 
for there was not a particle of documentary proof in 
support of the allegation. If on the last trial justice 
had not been done the prisoner, let justice be done her 
now. If before she had not been dealt with impartially, 
let her be dealt with impartially now. She had not at- 
tempted to escape the hands of justice, though there 
were occasions since this matter was first talked about 
when she might have absconded to Paris. She made 
her appearance at the Marlborough Police-court, and at 
all times when wanted she was forthcoming. His task 



was done. Whatever the issue of the case might be, he 
felt that he had discharged his duty. He had tried to 
be animated and stimulated by the belief that he should 
not make his appeal to the jury in vain. The counsel 
who maintained the dignity of his profession, and en- 
deavoured to support the interests of his client by fair 
play, and not by sophistry, usually obtained the approval 
of the Court and the respect of his fellow-citizens, but, 
above all, he had the satisfaction of enjoying the ap- 
proval of his own conscience. If he believed and was 
satisfied that the jury then in the box could realize the 
importance of this case, not only to the present genera- 
tion but to posterity, he should believe in the triumph 
of his contention whether the verdict was for or against 
him ; but if he could suppose that, after all, their minds 
would still remain prejudiced, then he would appeal 
from their anticipated conviction to the justice of his 
country. 

The learned counsel, who had on the two days occu- 
pied with his address spoken for eight hours and five 
minutes, here resumed his seat amid some applause, 
which was at once suppressed by the officers of the 
Court. 

Mr. Serjeant BALLANTINE, in replying upon the whole 
case, said he would only occupy the attention of the jury 
for a comparatively short time, during which he cer- 
tainly should make none of those inflammatory appeals 
to their consciences in which his learned friend had in- 
dulged, and which were quite unnecessary in a trial of 
the present kind. He should also forbear from touch- 
ing on many of the matters upon which his learned 
friend had commented, and especially would he take 
>care not to imitate Mr. Seymour in making any boast of 
the place (though it was London) which had given him 
birth. (Laughter.) All references of this kind, how- 
ever able and eloquently they might be made, accom- 
panied with all that vehemence to which they had just 
listened, were altogether misplaced. The case itself had 
unquestionably excited great interest in the press and 



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on the part of the public, but then in many respects it 
was only a trumpery affair, and there was no pretence 
for telling the jury that the eyes of the world were upon 
it, and that it would go down to posterity as one of the 
the most memorable trials of the age. Parts of it 
admitted of no question of doubt. It was undeniable, 
for instance, that Mrs. Borradaile had lost all her money, 
her property, and her pension, and the only question 
was whether all that had been lost by means of the false 
pretences made use of by Rachel. And this being the 
simple issue, he could not forbear thinking that much 
valuable time had been consumed in the conduct of the 
case. The only defence set up was that Mrs. Borradaile 
had had an intrigue with some man named William, 
and that to that intrigue Madame Rachel was a party. 
If, then, this was the simple issue, and this defence, the 
vehement indignation of his learned friend seemed to 
have been entirely and uselessly thrown away. The 
prosecution admitted at once that Mrs. Borradaile was 
a weak, credulous, foolish, and vain woman ; but, then, 
she was not the only weak and credulous woman in the 
world. The jury had doubtless all heard lately of 
the celebrated Chancery case of " Lyon v. Home," 
the plaintiff in which believed that Home could 
communicated with the spirit of her deceased hus- 
band in the other world. That was a case in 
which a picture was exhbited of quite as much folly, 
credulity, and weakness as ever Mrs. Borradaile had 
shown, and, moreover, while the latter had lost only 
some 5,000, Mrs. Lyon was out of pocket to the tune 
of about 60,000 in respect of Home's pretended con- 
versations with her dead husband. (Laughter.) There 
was no analogy between the high-sounding names given 
by Rachel to her cosmetics and those given by trades- 
men to their wares ; neither was there any point in the 
argument of his learned friend respecting competition 
and the flaming red placards of the Telegraph and 
Standard. Competition and high sounding names there 
might be in all branches of trade, but then, in that of 



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Rachel there was a quantity of worthless trash collected 
by her and put into bottles and sold at enormous prices. 
The truth was that she carried on a system of whole- 
sale fraud under the plea of having a perfumer's shop. 
The shop and all its contents were a mere matter of form 
and of trickery, under the pretence of conducting 
which she had other objects in view ; and, before this 
case was concluded, such new facts would be opened 
up as would cause the jury unhesitatingly to pronounce 
a verdict against her. Early in 1865 she discovered 
that she had got one of her victims in the person of 
Mrs. Borradaile a woman of original beauty, which 
was now beginning to fade, and one who was very 
anxious that she should be made " beautiful for ever." 
Rachel, being a woman of great craft and very consider- 
able mind, brought that craft and mind to bear upon 
her victim, and succeeded in possessing herself of the 
whole of the money belonging to the latter. Then came 
a change. When first she knew Mrs. Borradaile she 
owed half a year's rent, but the money now obtained 
not only enabled her to pay that rent, but to furnish in 
-a most costly manner a house in Maddox-street, and to 
purchase an opera-box season ticket for 400. Now, 
the jury would have to say whether the name of Lord 
Ranelagh had been used by Rachel in a manner and 
with a view of operating upon the mind of Mrs. Borra- 
daile. That his lordship was in the habit of gossiping 
on several occasions in the shop was true enough, and 
that on one of these he was introduced by Rachel to 
Mrs. Borradaile was equally true. And here it was not 
undeserving of remark that, although Miss Rachel said 
the business was extensive that she could not see where 
her mamma took the money from to lend to her custom- 
ers, yet both Rachel's daughters were always kind enough 
to engage in conversation with Lord Ranelagh. True 
it was that it was somewhat curious to find his lordship 
in the shop ; but there lie was. The shop was a highly 
exceptional one. Shops of the kind had existed some 
centuries ago. They were places where, commencing 



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with the perpetration of moderate frauds, other acts 
were done which had better not be more particularly 
mentioned now, except to add that the sooner such dens 
were rooted out of London the better. He wished all the 
ladies who had heard or read this case would learn that 
if once they crossed the threshold of such places they 
would come out with a taint upon them. Although he 
did not impute any impropriety to Lord Ranelagh for 
being introduced to Mrs. Borradaile at the shop, yet 
that introduction ought to have created surprise in his 
mind, and if he had been prudent he would not have 
gone there again, for he could scarcely fail to see that 
Rachel had an object in causing the introduction to be 
made. There was no doubt that Mrs. Borradaile was 
attracted by the appearance of his lordship, and that she 
possessed at the time an inordinate idea of a lord. (A 
laugh.) Londoners generally did not view lords in quite 
so-exalted a manner as the ladies in the country seemed 
to do (laughter), and accordingly Mrs. Borradaile, being 
a lady fresh from the country, no doubt went home 
after her introduction to Lord Ranelagh with her vanity 
particularly gratified, and then followed the false pre- 
tence of Rachel that his lordship would marry her, and 
her parting with her money and property. Now, if 
Mrs. Borradaile had gone to any respectable attorney 
in the first instance, he would have taken her out of 
Rachel's hands. But was the use of talking to a lady ? 
(Laughter.) It was very easy now to say that she 
ought to have done this and that ; but if once a lady's 
mind was bent upon doing a certain thing, she would 
do it in her own way and after her own fashion. (Great 
laughter.) Accordingly it was to Mr. Haynes she went, 
an attorney, who undertook the case because he 
saw that out of her money he could recoup him- 
self in the matter of the rent owing by Kachel. 
He (the learned Serjeant) had no hesitation in 
saying that Mr. Haynes was a man who was 
a disgrace to his profession a profession which 
was as honourable as any in existence, and which 



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numbered among its members men in whom more 
of trust and honour was reposed than perhaps in any- 
other profession in the world. The first transaction in 
which Mr. Haynes took part was the sale of 960 worth 
of Mrs. Borradaile's stock, and then speedily followed 
the sale of all her other property. If he (the learned 
Serjeant) possessed the eloquence, and could employ 
the rounded periods and powerful accents of his learned 
friend, he would paint Mrs. Borradaile as the woman of 
honour and of truth who had been plundered of all she 
possessed in the world by the prisoner in the dock a 
prisoner who, not satisfied with her new house in 
Maddox- street and the opera- box ticket obtained out of 
her money, had the heartlessness to throw her into 
Whitecross-street when she had nothing more of value 
of which she could be plundered. (Applause.) And 
yet the prisoner had been treated by his learned friend 
as a sort of angel (laughter) as an ill-treated woman 
as one deserving of the sympathy of the jury, 
and around whom they ought to throw a halo ! What 
had Mrs. Borradaile got for her 1,000 given to this 
angel ? Literally nothing whatever. She certainly got 
what was called the soap from Hymettus (laughter), 
and the distilled dew-water brought by the swift 
dromedaries from Sahara (great laughter) ; but not one 
drop of the water brought from the Jordan did she get. 
(Eoars of laughter.) Baths she had, and baths to the 
number of 100 (more laughter) ; but then the price of 
them was not covered by the 1,000, for it appeared 
that for every one of the baths she had to pay out of 
her own pocket. Sums of 1,200, 700, 1,400, and 
so on, were next obtained from her by Rachel After 
these came the bond, and the end of the drama White- 
cross-street Prison. There was one point which would 
settle the guilt of the prisoner in the mind of any hu- 
man being, and to this he now wished particularly to 
draw the attention of the jury. It would be remem- 
bm'd that the letters which professed to come from 
William were in four or five different handwritings. 



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There was no explanation of that differences offered by 
his learned friend, but there was one answer given on 
the cross-examination by the two Misses Rachel who 
had been called, the importance of which could not be 
exaggerated. Much had been said by his learned friend 
respecting the education beauty, and propriety of man- 
ner of these two young ladies, but he (Mr. Serjeant 
Ballantine) ventured to say that there never were two 
ladies in the box who, in the comparatirely short space 
of time they were in it, had told more lies than the 
two in question. He undertook to state that not one 
word of truth had escaped their lips, except one, and 
that consisted of an admission, the effect of which they 
did not understand, but which would be utterly damag- 
ing to the prisoner. One of the documents produced 
was partly in one handwriting, and partly in another. 
It proposed to authorize Rachel to receive 50 a year, 
payable quarterly, being the amount of Mrs. Borradaile's 
pension ; and the latter said that though she had 
written these words at the head of it, "I authorize 
Sarah Leverson to receive," the other words fol- 
lowing the word " receive "namely, "150 a year 
payable quarterly, out of my pension," were not in 
in her hand writing. The two Misses Rachels had recog- 
nized the 150 a year payable out of the pension to be 
in the handwriting of their younger sister, who was now 
in Paris. His learned friend had asked the jury if they 
would charge forgery against that younger sister. Why 
of course they would if she was guilty of it, and here there 
was evidence to show that guilty of it she Avas. This ad- 
mission en the part of the two Misses Rachels led to 
an examination of the handwriting of some of the letters 
signed "William," and the result was thatona comparison 
of writing there was every reason to believe that three of 
the letters signed " William " had been written by this 
younger sister. If this were so then the prisoner was com- 
pletely convicted of getting her daughter to commitforgery 
and Heaven only knew what other crimes she made her 
daughters perpetrate in the little back-parlour which 



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was constantly open in New Bond-street until 12 o'clock 
at night. He would not attempt to paint the picture of 
that little back-parlour, when Rachel there instigated 
the forgeries and acted as the go-between in the carry- 
ing on of the intrigues. He submitted that the counsel 
for the defence might, if they had chosen, have proved 
who and what " dear William " was. It was an utter 
fabrication and fraud, to say there was any such person; 
but if, as to all appearance, it was true Madame Rachel 
to excite the silly fancy of Mrs. Borradaile, had used 
the name of Lord Ranelagh, and had fostered the idea 
of a marriage with him in order that she might plunder 
her victim of all that she possessed ; having done that 
she had the cruelty to turn round and say that every- 
thing which she had received had been handed by her 
to the lady's paramour. The next question for the jury 
was how that packet of letters got into the possession 
of Madame Rachel ; how did she get them back, when 
did " dear William " bring them, and under what cir- 
cumstances. He believed that those letters were never 
out of the possession of the prisoner, and that they were 
safely locked up in her cofters until they were to be 
used by her as evidence against her accuser. He would 
ask them by their verdict to crush, before it became 
too powerful, one of those engines for fraud and extor- 
tion which unhappily existed at the present day, which 
terrified persons and prevented them coming into courts 
of justice persons who would sooner submit to felony 
and fraud than that their names should be exposed to 
the public. While Mrs. Borradaile was having the 
money dragged from her pockets, while it was finding 
its way into the Levison opera-box, and into her gaudily 
furnished house in Maddox. street, the letters were being 
concocted for the purpose of showing should the time 
arrive for doing so that her victim was a vile and stupid 
member of society. This was what Madame Rachel 
intended from the beginning ; but he ventured to say 
whatever might be the weakness or the folly of that lady, 
that to the end of her days she would deserve the thanks 

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of society for having been the means of exposing so 
heinous a crime. An insinuation had been made to the 
effect that Mrs. Borradaile, gentlewoman that she was 
for she was gentle in birth, manners and demeanour 
was living at the time when those letterswere written with 
a paramour, and had supported him till he had impover- 
ished her. He would ask, who had dared so to instruct his 
friend who was the liar ? he might say. He could now 
with satisfaction approach the termination of this re- 
markable case, and ask them with confidence to pro- 
nounce a verdict in accordance with their sense of 
justice. On the part of the Crown his desire had been 
to conduct this prosecution fearlessly, frankly, and 
honestly, and if the jury were satisfied of the guilt of 
the prisoner he would ask them to be equally fearless 
and honest, and to pronounce such a verdict as would 
lead them to feel they had satisfied the ends of justice 
and done their duty to their country. 

The COMMISSIONER asked the jury if they wished the 
trial to be concluded that evening. 

The Foreman replied he believed that to be the wish 
of his colleagues. 

Mr. Commissioner KERR then proceeded to sum up 
the case. He could not refrain from saying that a good 
deal of irrelevant matter had been introduced into the 
case, and it was only fair to the prisoner that that matter 
should be swept away in the first instance. He did not 
think any good would be done by calling their attention 
to the different counts in the indictment ; the charge 
% substantially was that the prisoner, by representing that 
a marriage was about to be effected by her means 
between the prosecutrix and Lord Ranelagh, had induced 
Mrs. Borradaile to part with large sums of money and 
property of considerable value. Whatever the amount 
of that property, whether it was 5 or 500, was no^a 
matter for their consideration ; they must be satisfied 
that by the representations of the prisoner Mrs. Borra- 
daile was induced to part with her money, and that 
those representations were false and fictitious. Much 



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had been said and written about the business which was 
carried on by Madame Rachel in Bond-street. That 
they must altogether exclude from their mind, and no 
prejudice must be allowed to weigh with them in 
arriving at the verdict which, by their oath, they were 
bound to pronounce. No doubt, attractive advertise- 
ments were published, which led man} credulous per- 
sons to become her customers ; but with this they had 
nothing whatever to do. The Commissioner then pro- 
ceeded to comment upon portions of the correspondence, 
observing that it was not necessary to comment upon 
all of it, as for the purposes of the defence one letter 
was as good as a dozen, and he specially singled out the 
letter of September 3, 186G. (This was the letter com- 
mencing with the words " My own dear William, If 
you knew what I have suffered since Saturday night on 
your account, one unkind word would never escape 
your lips to me," &c.) A current of conscious humour 
played through this letter, which showed that Mrs. 
Borradaile might really have known that she was 
writing to Lord Ranelagh, although she addresssed 
"Dear William." There was a remarkable fact 
about several of the letters which it would be 
well for the jury to consider. Fortunately he had 
been able to secure the services of Mr. tlnder- 
Sheriff Roche, and he had asked that gentleman to look 
at the water-marks of the paper on wliicfc the various 
epistles were written. Some of the letters were written 
on black-edged paper, and some were not ; and it was a 
remarkable coincidence that some of those which were 
sent by Airs. Borradaile to " Dear William," and by 
Madame Rachel to Mrs. Borradaile bore the same water- 
mark namely, Joynson, with the date 1865, 1866, or 
1867. There was a great similarity in the paper upon 
j^kicn others of the letters were written, several of them 
bearing a stamp with the Prince of Wales's feather in 
the corner. It would be for the jury to say what was 
the effect of these similarities upon their minds, and 
whether they were satisfied that when Mrs. Borradaile 

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wrote these letters she was acting at the dictation and 
under the influence of Madame Rachel: They must be 
satisfied that the prosection had made out their case 
before they ventured to return a verdict of guilty against 
the prisoner ; and if they entertained any doubt, any 
reasonable doubt, it would be their duty to give her the 
benefit of it and acquit her. 

The jury at a few minutes past 8 o'clock retired to 
consider their verdict, and, after an absence of a quarter 
of an hour, returned into court. On being asked 
whether they found the prisoner guilty or not guilty. 

THE FOREMAN said that it was the unanimous opinion 
of the jury that she was Guilty. 

The CLERK of the ARRAIGNS. And that is the opinion 
of you all. 

The FOREMAN. Yes. 

The prisoner then rose from her seat and approached 
the edge of the dock. Addressing the Commissioner, 
she said, My Lord, Will you allow me to speak one 
word ? May I request Mr. Roberts to hand in the 
affidavit sworn to by Mr. Haynes ? 

The COMMISSIONER assented and the document was 
produced by the solicitor for the defence. 

The Prisoner. I must ask your Lordship kindly to 
read it. 

The COMMISSIONER. Yes. if you wish it. (He read 
it accordingly, but not aloud.) Do you want me to read 
this French letter as well ? I have read the affidavit 
and the other letters. 

The Prisoner. Will your Lordship read it aloud. 

The COMMISSIONER. That I cannot do. 

The Prisoner. It is a sworn affidavit my Lord. 

THE COMMISSIONER. That it may be, but it has no 
reference to the matter in hand. 

The Prisoner. He swears, my Lord, that I am a poor 
distressed woman in his evidence, and not able to pay 
my rent. Now he swears that I am a rich woman. 
Then he swears that I have received the money, but, my 
Lord, I never had the 500. Her paper she purchased 



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in Bond-street, where I purchased mine. There she is, 
ask her. I have been defended by most able counsel, 
and I have nothing to complain of. They have done all 
in their power for their client. I have only to thank 
the gentlemen who have defended me. Far be it from 
me to make any speech or to create any sensation, but 
that which is known as the Bond-street mystery will 
remain a Bond-street mystery still. Pass the sentence 
upon me if you please. 

The COMMISSIONER then said, The jury by their 
verdict have found that you have obtained from Mrs. 
Borradaile, by false pretences, very large sums of 
money. They have believed the story, the theory, that 
has been put before them by the prosecution. 
They have arrived at the conclusion, upon the evidence 
laid before them, that Mrs. Borradaile first addressed 
herself to you in May, 1866, and that you, under the 
pretence of effecting a marriage between her and Lord 
Ranelagh, obtained from her large sums of money, 
thousands of pounds, together with jewellery, plate, 
lace, and goods of various kinds, which you had induced 
her to buy for her marriage. I do not recollect any case 
in which the obtaining money by false pretences, at all 
times a serious crime, has presented more aggravating 
features than this. This foolish and misguided woman 
trusted herself entirely in your hands, and I do not 
think that the language of the prosecution, now that 
the jury have decided upon the facts, was at all uncalled 
for. You pillaged her of everything she had, you have 
left her with nothing except the pension which her 
husband gained. All the rest of her property, I fear, is 
irretrievably gone, and to a very large amount, and then 
when she found herself in difficulties as to paying for 
the very goods you induced her to buy, you came down 
upon her mercilessly, and was the means of shutting her 
up in prison. I cannot conceive, now that the jury 
have come to the conclusion they have, any 
case of obtaining money by false pretences which 
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either as regards the length of time which the fraud was- 
carried on, the means by which it was effected, or the 
results which have attended it. Mrs. Borradaile, I say, 
intrusted herself to you, and now she finds herself little 
better than a pauper. She has been exposed to the 
public gaze I will not say to the public contempt, but 
certainly to public pity. Her position in society has 
been destroyed to some extent, and the case has been 
described as "a Bond-street mystery." But there is 
now no mystery about it all the mystery has been 
dispelled by the ordinary exercise of common sense on 
the part of the jury, who have so patiently listened to 
the evidence as it proceeded. Mrs. Borradaile not only 
finds herself in the position, I have mentioned, but her 
daughter, who might have looked forward to some 
fortune, is entirely dependant upon her relatives. 
Every shilling which should have come to her has gone 
into your hands. First of all, you attempted to set up 
a pretence that you had in reality paid this woman 
2,700. The jury have found that this was all a part of 
the fraud and untrue ; then what was still worse, as the 
jury must have seen, after robbing this woman of all her 
property, you concocted a scheme to blast her character 
by saying that she had been spending her money upon 
a paramour. The jury have negatived that also. I 
certainly shall not be doing my duty to society if I pay 
any regard to observations which may be made as to 
your position, your age, or your family,. I should be 
unworthy to set here if I did not mark your case with 
some severity. I must pass upon you the whole sentence 
of the law, which is that you be kept in penal servitude 
for five years. 



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OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. 



THE TIMES. 

Our readers will be relieved to find that the great 
E,ACHEL-and-BoRRADAiLE case is at length over. When 
it was dismissed at the last session of the Central 
Criminal Court few expected, and still fewer, we fancy, 
wished, that it would really be renewed this session, 
and up to the last moment some hopes were entertained 
that, by an arrangement of some kind between the con- 
tending counsel, the original dimensions of the case 
might be considerably reduced. So far from this, how- 
ever, the second trial has occupied more than twice the 
time occupied by the first. The counsel seems to have 
been put upon their mettle partly, no doubt, by the 
unsatisfactory result of the last trial, in which each 
probably thought that he had fairly earned the victory, 
and partly, perhaps, because of the unusual amount of 
public attention which the case has, for obvious reasons, 
excited. Hence every nerve has been strained by both 
sides to make each the most of its own view. Fresh 
witnesses have been produced and fresh theories 
advanced, which, however, had little more than their 
complete novelty to recommend them. The prosecution, 
for instance, have discovered that the "bewitchment" of 
Mrs. BORRADAILE was due, not entirely to Madame 
RACHEL'S hocus-pocus and broomstick fascination, but 
also to what the poor lady, in her innocence, calls 
" whisky," but what was, no doubt, some mysterious and 
potent drug. The defence, on the other hand, have 
made the scarcely less startling discovery that, so far 



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from being the crafty schemer, the stag % e villain of the 
Bond-street drama, poor Madame EACHEL is the artless 
victim, the unhappy dupe. The wily widow of 50 had 
fooled her by an ingenious story of intended marriage 
with a cousin, Captain Edwardes. Indeed, the counsel 
for the defence so warmed with his own eloquence as 
he expiated on this tearful theme that at last he drew 
a picture of his injured client better suited to a ST. 
THERESA or a Mrs. FRY than to a woman who, by his 
own confession, had encouraged an intrigue in which 
the wily widow " squandered her money on a para- 
mour." Such a picture was in itself damaging enough 
to the client from its intrinsic absurdity, but it did even 
more mischief by giving the counsel for the prosecution 
just a shadow of excuse for a series of wholly irrelevant 
and unfair appeals to the powerful prejudice against 
Madame RACHEL'S high prices and equivocal business 
a prejudice which had nothing whatever to do with the 
points at issue in the trial, although it has probably had 
a good deal to do with the verdict. 

We call attention to this sort of advocacy merely 
because it tends to introduce into the case diffi- 
culties which give it an importance and singularity 
which, from any but the forensic point of view, it can 
scarcely be considered to possess. If each advocate 
must not only have an angel for his own client, but 
must also be able to show that his opponent's client is, 
if an angel, one of quite another kind, he cannot help 
exposing various points of attack so weak that they fall 
to pieces as soon as they are touched. In the present 
case it seems to us that, on the hypothesis maintained 
by each counsel, there are certain facts for which it is 
wholly impossible to account. The forensic contest 
becomes a battle in which the right wing of each army 
defeats its antagonist, and driving it far from the field 
in headlong route, naturally claims to have won the 
victory. But of course the outside public are not 
altogether bound either by one forensic hypothesis or 
the other. They may accept just as much or as little 



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of either as they please. It is not necessary to believe 
either, with the counsel for the defence, that Mrs. 
Borradaile is a monster of pruriency because she "takes 
a photograph to bed with her," or, with the counsel for 
the prosecution, that she is so artless and innocent of 
the ways of this wicked world as to be "bewitched" 
into utter helplessness by "what she calls whisky." 
Nor, on the other hand, need one impale oneself upon 
either horn of a dilemma which presents Madame 
Rachel as an intriguer of more than human ingenuity 
or a wretched dupe. For our own part, we must frankly 
confess that although we have no doubt whatever that 
the case made out against Madame Rachel was not one 
that ought to have condemned her in a court of law, 
we, nevertheless, cannot conjure up any sympathy with 
her now she is condemned. Whatever may be the 
difference of opinion about the prisoner's legal guilt, 
about her moral guilt we take it that there can be no 
doubt whatever, unless, indeed, the counsel for the 
defence has really fallen a victim to his tearful eloquence. 
And as for Mrs. Borradaile, it will probably be thought 
that, whether she ought or ought not to have won her 
case, she has, at least, been so cruelly punished both in 
purse and person that the sternest critic need not grudge 
her whatever of her reputation the verdict can restore. 
But though the verdict, considered simply and solely 
in its action upon the principal parties concerned in this 
on the whole satisfactory enough, we regret to be obliged 
to take a very different view of the way in which it was 
obtained. We need scarcely point out that the trial in- 
volved public interests of far greater importance to the 
community at large than either the punishment of 
Madame Rachel or the character of Mrs. Borradaile, 
and these interests, we fear, have gravely suffered. 
Though Madame Rachel's conviction will, perhaps, 
surprise no one who knew the universal prejudice existing 
against her, or who heard the Commissioner's charge to 
the jury, there can be few whom the charge itself will 
not astonish. As our readers have by this time heard 



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over and over again, the strong point in the case for the 
defence consists in the mass of letters written confessedly 
by Mrs. Borradaile to "dear William," but which she 
swears she wrote under the impression that she was 
writing to Lord Ranelagh. We need scarcely here 
repeat all the arguments which have been advanced to 
show how wildly improbable and untenable this theory 
is. They must suggest themselves to any reader who 
has taken sufficient interest in the case to read the 
letters for himself. On no hypothesis whatever, how- 
ever wild assuming no matter what folly in Mrs. Bor- 
radaile or depraved ingenuity in Madame Rachel, taking 
Madame Rachel, of course, as she stands, an illiterate 
shopkeeper, not a witch nor a miraculous genius can we 
reconcile the letters either with Mrs. Borradaile's belief 
that she was writing to Lord Ranelagh or with the non- 
existence of a "dear William." The Recorder, when he 
tried the case last session, frankly confessed that Mrs. 
Borradaile's theory was inexplicable and incredible, and 
on this ground summed up for the prisoner. What is 
still more remarkable, the counsel for the prosecution 
than whom no more intrepid and few abler counsel 
exist has deliberately in both his speeches shrunk 
from any attempt fairly to get over the difficulty. And 
as Serjeant Ballantine is famous for his skill in gliding 
as swiftly and lightly as possible over treacherous 
ground, this is only, we may remark, what everybody 
expected from him. In neither of his two speeches 
did he attempt fairly to prove that Mrs. Borradaiie 
wrote the letters when in the possession of her 
faculties as an ordinary human being. In the first 
speech he took refuge in a vague psychological theory, 
to which he scarcely devoted more than a paragraph of 
a singularly able speech, about the ascendancy which 
one mind may acquire over another. In the second 
feeling, probably, the hopeless feebleness of this argu- 
ment, he fell back in despair upon the scarcely less 
desperate theory of the drug which Mrs. Borradaile 
called " whisky ; " and even this theory he worked rather 



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indirectly, and in the way of passing appeal to the anti- 
Rachel prejudice, than by boldly putting it upon its 
own merits. 

Mr. Commissioner Kerr, however, is, it appears, a 
bolder man, and he rushed in fearlessly where neither 
Serjeant Ballantine nor the Recorder had dared to tread. 
He had a theory by which to show that Mrs. Borradaile 
while in the possession of her faculties, neither bewitched 
nor drugged, might, in writing these letters, have fully 
believed that she was writing to Lord Ranelagh, and a 
most astonishing theory it is, considering that it comes 
from the bench, and was the keystone of a charge which 
left the jury no alternative but to convict. If it had 
come from an advocate, we should certainly have never 
dreamed of noticing it. The Commissioner, after re- 
marking that the counsel for the defence spent many 
hours on commenting upon all these letters, declared 
that this time was wasted, as, for the purposes of the 
defence " one letter is as good as a dozen." He then 
takes one letter out of the mass and shows ingeniously 
enough, we admit that,Mrs. Borradaile may possibly 
have addressed it to "Dear William" under the belief 
that she was writing to Lord Ranelagh. " A current of 
conscious humour" plays through it all, and this one 
hypothesis, because it happens to be suitable to this one 
letter, and to account for its possible, though not 
probable, character, is gravely and confidently advanced 
as if it also accounted for a mass of letters of a totally 
dissimilar kind. Whatever may be the satisfactory 
features of the trial, we fear we cannot include among 
them the fact that it was tried by Mr. Commissioner 
Ken-. 



DAILY TELEGRAPH. 

After five days of protracted inquiry, the Rachel 
trial has terminated in the conviction of the prisoner. 
It could not have been otherwise, if common sense and 
common justice were to be allowed a hearing. All was 



110 

done that could be done to obscure the plain and simple 
issue on which the jury had to decide. Of the nature 
of the defence, by which it was attempted to shield the 
miserable creature now sentenced to five years' penal 
servitude of the manner in which the evidence was got 
up of the mode in which that evidence was commented 
on by the counsel for the prisoner, it will be our duty to 
speak again. For the present, we are concerned only 
with the question which the jury had before them. Did 
Madame Rachel defraud Mrs. Borradaile of her money 
by false pretences, or was she guilty only of the lesser 
offence of having aided an unprincipled woman to carry 
on a guilty and degrading intrigue ? About the sub- 
stantial culpability of Madame Rachel no reasonable 
person could entertain the slightest doubt. It was 
proved, beyond the possibility of suspicion, that Mrs. 
Borradaile had parted with all her property, with every 
shilling she could raise, with every article of value she 
had in her possession. It was admitted on both sides 
that this property had all passed into the hands of the 
purveyor of female loveliness. So far, therefore, as a 
moral conviction of Rachel's guilt was concerned, it was 
enough to show that she was utterly unable to account 
for the disposal of the funds entrusted to her. The de- 
fence put forward on her behalf at Marlborough-street, 
and sustained till the closing scene of yesterday, was, 
that Mrs. Borradaile had had an intrigue with some man 
called William ; that, on this paramour she had squan- 
dered all her money ; that, in order to divert the sus- 
picions of her friends, she had concocted a baseless story 
of an engagement with Lord Ranelagh ; that Rachel 
had assisted her in deceiving her relations and prosecut- 
ing the intrigue ; and that, at the last, Mrs. Borradaile 
had turned upon her accomplice and accused her of 
having purloined the money squandered on the secret 
lover. It was, as Serjeant Ballantine said, " a very 
dirty story ;" but it was a story not impossible or even 
improbable, and it was one eminently capable of proof. 
Had it been true, nothing upon earth could have been 



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easier than for the prisoner to corroborate it. She had 
been the go-between, by whom letters had been passed, 
during a period extending over many months, from the 
hands of William to those of his mistress, and from the 
hands of Mrs. Borradaile to those of her paid adorer. 
She had been the financial agent who had conducted the 
many pecuniary transactions by which Mrs. Borradaile 
had secured the affections of her treacherous lover, and, 
if there was one thing absolutely and morally certain in 
the whole of this strange narrative, it was that, had 
there existed a William at all, his name, position, and 
history must be within the knowledge of the woman who 
stood in the dock. 

Yet, with a tenacity capable only of one solution, 
she declined to bring forward the slightest indication 
by which this man's existence could be established. 
Her counsel were instructed to assert positively that 
such a man existed ; they threw out insinuation after 
insinuation that he was sometimes one person, some- 
times another ; but they persisted in refusing to advance 
the very slightest clue by which his identity could be 
traced. It cannot be said that this omission was due 
to any want of appreciation on the part either of the 
prisoner or her legal advisers respecting the extreme 
importance of producing the alleged paramour. It was 
known that at the last trial the chance of any informa- 
tion regarding William had all but proved fatal to her 
case. It was matter of notoriety that she owed her 
temporary escape simply and solely to the obstinacy of 
one of the jury who tried her ; and yet, knowing this 
knowing that a terrible punishment was her almost cer- 
tain doom in case she failed to prove that there really did 
exist a William having several weeks during which 
any necessary inquiries could be made having resorted 
to any means, however unscrupulous, to damage the case 
for the prosecution she still maintained her unaccount- 
able silence. What possible solution is there for this 
silence except the simple and obvious inference that 
there was no William in existence, and that, therefore, 



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no proof could be adduced as to his identity with any 
person, whether dead or living, at home or abroad? 
But though this presumptive evidence of guilt was so 
overwhelming as to amount to moral certainty, it was 
not absolute legal proof ; and upon the supposed ab- 
sence of clear legal testimony the whole defencfe was 
based. Fortunately for the ends of justice, and, we may 
add, for the interest of the public, this attempt to 
escape under a pretence of "not proven" was defeated 
by the remarkable patience, skill, and ability with which 
the prosecution was conducted. From the time when 
Mr. Digby Seymour commenced his harangue by 
an attack upon the press for the part it has taken 
in bringing a most noxious criminal to justice, it 
was clear that the defence had nothing to rely 
upon except clap -trap appeals for mercy, insinuations 
that could not be established, and allegations which 
could not be maintained. With consummate talent 
Serjeant Ballantine swept away the irrelevant issues 
which had obscured the case. He showed that Mrs. 
Borradaile's narrative was credible in itself, that its 
apparent improbabilities were explained by the various 
circumstances elicited during the trial; and that the 
evidence against the prisoner was so overwhelming that 
in fact, if not in theory, the burden of proof rested with 
the defence, not with the prosecution. 

Still, notwithstanding the skill with which the prose- 
cution was ^managed, there might well have been a 
second miscarriage of justice if the- learned Commis- 
sioner had shrunk from the duty imposed upon him. In 
a case which is sure to attract public comment, a judge 
has always a great temptation to avoid the responsibility 
of expressing a distinct opinion on one side or the other. 
If the charge from the bench on the occasion of the 
last trial had been as clear, as exhaustive, and as con- 
clusive as that which was enunciated yesterday, we 
might have been spared the necessity for this most 
painful and protracted investigation. Mr. Commissioner 
Kerr will unquestionably stand higher in professional 



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repute for the signal ability which he displayed in his 
summing up of this very intricate inquiry. While 
giving full weight to the arguments which told in favour 
of an acquittal, he did not shrink from pointing out to 
the jury that, being called upon to strike the balance, he 
found it weighed on the side of a conviction. Nor do 
we think it less to his credit that when the jury, after a 
brief deliberation, had agreed upon the only verdict 
they could have found consistently with their oath, he 
had resolution enough to deal out strict and stern 
justice. Five years' penal servitude is a severe sentence 
severe in itself, still more severe when we take into 
account the age of the unhappy woman upon whom it 
was passed, the life she has led, the habits of luxury 
she has formed. From a box in the opera to a cell in 
Millbank, from Bond-street to Pentonville, from enamel- 
ling complexions to picking oakum is indeed a cruel 
change. But, severe as the sentence is, it is light com- 
pared with the offence for which it was inflicted. Never 
was a helpless woman who fell amongst thieves plun- 
dered more pitilessly than Mrs. Borradaile ; and very 
little knowledge of the world is required to know that 
she was only one amongst scores of other ladies who have 
fallen into the clutches of the harpies of the establish- 
ment in Bond-street, and only escaped ruined in pocket, 
tarnished in reputation degraded, if not denied. The 
conviction of this miserable creature, who trafficked in 
the vanity of women, and the passions of men, is a boon 
to the community at large. There are scores of other 
persons, doubtless, who pursue the same trade in 
London, ply the same arts, and live upon the same vile 
secrets. But this Sarah Levison, late Madame Rachel, 
was the chief offender of the tribe ; and for a time at 
least we shall hear no more of the arts by which women 
are made " beautiful for ever " at the cost of their for- 
tune, their peace of mind, their character, and their 
honour.. 



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DAILY NEWS. 

The jury must have had immense difficulty in separat- 
ing their disgust at Madame Rachel's calling and con- 
duct as admitted by her defenders, from the impartial 
acumen required to pronounce upon her guilt or inno- 
cence of the particular offence of which she was charged. 
It is easy to insist glibly that there was no evidence 
against her ; that she had a right to sell her stains, and 
dyes, and potions for what they would fetch, that Mrs. 
Borradaile richly merited her punishment, and that the 
despoiler was legally guiltless. But the 5,300 of which, 
according to Mr. Serjeant Ballantine, this hapless widow 
had been defrauded, the assumption that even if Madame 
Rachel did not pocket the whole of the money she must 
have acted in collusion with the "William" who did, and 
the certainty that the Bond-street shop was the trap by 
means of which the foolish bird had been caught, were 
arguments it was impossible to overlook. If "William" 
were Lord Ranelagh, as Mrs. Borradaile declares her- 
self to have believed, then Madame Rachel took the 
money in his name. If he were, Mrs. Borradaile's 
unidentified paramour, to whose extravagance she 
ministered, and for the sake of whom she voluntarily 
made herself a beggar, then a plausible inference was 
that he was a creature in the pay of the accused. Any- 
how Madame Rachel was morally guilty, and the jury 
has found that she was legally so. The twopenny 
mystery, enveloping the chief personages in this 
wretched sordid drama, extends to the subordinate 
characters ; and how it was that an elderly nobleman 
of varied experience, like Lord Ranelagh, visited 
Madame Rachel's shop, to be unconsciously used by 
that harridan as fowlers use a decoy duck ; how a 
solicitor of the acknowledged standing of Mr. Haynes 
ever placed himself in the painful position he has occu- 
pied in the course of these trials, are, to say the least,, 
inexplicable riddles. 



115 

MORNING POST. 

The defence amounted to this, that there was no pre- 
tence and no delusion at all, nor anything to do with 
Lord Ranelagh in the matter, and that Madame Rachel 
had in fact received the money, not for procuring a 
marriage with anybody whatever, but for carrying on 
an intrigue between Mrs. Boitadaile and a third person 
not produced. We think it impossible keeping 
mysteries out of sight to read the evidence without 
coming to the conclusion at which the jury arrived, 
that the pretence did exist, and was the cause that 
induced Mrs. Borradaile to part with her money ; and 
that the third person was purely fictitious, and the 
references to him in the letters inserted advisedly as a 
means of answering any such charge as Madame 
Rachel's former experience led her to suppose might 
possibly be eventually made against her. 



STAR. 

Not only is the argument of Mr. Seymour tremen- 
duously hard to get over, but each new perusal of the 
letters renders it more difficult to suppose that all their 
natural circumstantialities were inventions of Madame 
Rachel, dictated to the self-confessed idiot in a half- 
bemused state. However, this, though a very interest- 
ing part of the case, is only of collateral interest. Mad- 
ame Rachel's counsel confessed that she might have 
assisted Mrs. Borradaile in a low intrigue ; and when a 
woman of Madame Rachel's other characteristics con- 
fesses thus much there is little need for anyone to 
sympathise with her, especially under a conviction, 
which she could easily have avoided, had she not been 
substantially guilty. 



MORNING ADVERTISER, 

The second prosecution of Madame Rachel has ex- 
tended our view of the extraordinary transactions out 

I 



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of which it arose, but we cannot say that it has so 
materially added to its distinctness as we could have 
wished. Two facts come clear enough out of the evi- 
dence the characters, namely, of the prosecutrix and 
the prisoner. There is no lack of examples of the 
extent to which human folly will go, or human iniquity. 
But it would be impossible to find a more striking 
example of either development than is to be found in 
Mrs. Borradaile on the one hand, and Madame Rachel 
on the other. Mr. Digby Seymour claimed credit for 
the prisoner for the exemplary manner in which she had 
brought up her children. It is the only thing to her 
credit which has come out in the course of these pro- 
ceedings. 



EXPRESS. 

The chief topic of talk this morning has been the 
sentence recorded yesterday against the woman Rachel. 
It is not too much to say that everyone felt glad and 
relieved on taking up his newspaper to find that the 
supply of nauseous details were at last at an end. The 
doubts which have found expression from time to time, 
as to precise legal value of the evidence establishing the 
moral guilt of the accused, seem to have been com- 
pletely blotted out by the prompt verdict and heavy 
sentence. It is not easy to over-estimate the evil 
wrought by Rachel and her arts. The folly of her 
dupes and the amusement derived from laughing at 
their weaknesses are apt to blind people to the 
villanous nature of her calling, and to lead them to 
gloss over the dark deeds transacted in the Bond- street 
shop. Our contemporaries take different views of the 
judicial conduct of Mr. Commissioner Kerr, some 
thinking that his impartial summing up will add to his 
professional reputation, and others maintaining it to be 
an unfortunate circumstance that the case was tried by 
him. But that Rachel is heavily punished all are glad. 
If it were possible to lift the veil from the past career of 



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this woman, the charge upon which she has just been 
righteously convicted, would, perhaps, by the side of 
other and worse offences, sink into comparative insigni- 
ficance. Criminals do not acquire the deep cunning and 
terrible proficiency in evil displayed by Rachel without 
having served a long and painstaking apprenticeship. 
We know of the victim whose folly and losses are in 
everybody's mouth ; but how many other victims are 
there who have sunk quietly and unresistingly out of 
sight ! The threat of exposure and the fear of public 
shame have, we may rely upon it, made many a sufferer, 
and all friendless sufferers, silent. The creature who 
" never told of ladies' little intrigues" has been punished 
at last ; and those who have pushed the matter to a 
conclusion have rendered a substantial service to the 
community. 



PALL MALL GAZETTE. 

The trial of Madame Rachel was brought a close last 
night. Serjeant Ballantine, in replying upon the whole 
case, said that the only defence set up was that Mrs. 
Borradaile had had an intrigue with some man named 
William, and that to that intrigue Madame Rachel was 
a party ; but, if that was the case, the counsel for the 
defence might, if they had chosen, have proved who 
and what " Dear William " was. It was an utter fabri- 
cation and fraud to say there was any such person, but 
if, as to all appearance, it was true Madame Rachel, to 
excite the silly fancy of Mrs. Borradaile, had used the 
name of Lord Ranelagh, and had fostered the idea of a 
marriage with him in order that she might plunder her 
victim of all that she possessed ; having done that, she 
had the cruelty to turn round and say that everything 
which she had received had been handed by her to the 
lady's paramour. While Mrs. Borradaile was having 
the money dragged from her pockets, while it was find- 
ing its way Into the Levison opera-box, and into her 
gaudily-furnished house in Maddox-strcet, the letters 

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were being concocted for the purpose of showing 
should the time arrive for doing so that her victim was 
a stupid and vile member of society. This was what 
Madame Rachel intended from the beginning ; but he 
ventured to say, whatever might be the weakness or 
the folly of Mrs. Borradaile, that to the end of her days 
she would deserve the thanks of society for having been 
the means of exposing so heinous a crime. Mr. Com- 
missioner Kerr, in his summing up, commented upon 
portions of the correspondence, observing that it was 
not necessary to comment upon all of it, as for the pur- 
poses of the defence one letter was as good as a dozen, 
and he specially singled out a letter dated Sept. 3, 1866. 
A current of conscious humour played through this 
letter, which showed that Mrs. Borradaile might really 
have known that she was writing to Lord Ranelagh, 
although she addressed " Dear William." There was a 
remarkable fact about several of the letters which it 
would be well for the jury to consider. Some of the 
letters were written on black- edged paper, and some 
were not ; and it was a remarkable coincidence that 
some of those which were sent by Mrs. Borradaile to 
" Dear William " and by Madame Rachel to Mrs. 
Borradaile bore the same water mark namely, Joynson, 
with the date 1865, 1866, or 1867. There was a great 
similarity in the paper upon which others of the letters 
were written, several of them bearing a stamp with the 
Prince of Wales's feather in the corner. It would be 
for the jury to say what was the effect of these similari- 
ties upon their minds, and whether they were satisfied 
that when Mrs. Borradaile wrote these letters she was 
acting at the dictation and under the influence of 
Madame Rachel. The jury, after a quarter of an hour's 
deliberation, returned a verdict of guilty. Mr. Com- 
missioner Kerr, in passing sentence, said that he could 
not recollect a more aggravated case, not only with 
regard to the offence itself, but to the means with which 
it was accomplished. The jury had confirmed the view 
of the case that was taken by the prosecution, that the 



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prisoner having deprived the prosecutrix of all her pro- 
perty, had then contrived a scheme to answer any claim 
that she might make upon her, that scheme being an 
attempt to blast her character and ruin her for ever 
in the estimation not only of her own friends, but of 
all the world. The jury had found that there was no 
foundation for this defence, but the prosecutrix would, 
no doubt, for a very long time, be pointed at as the 
heroine of the Bond-street mystery. The case really 
did not come within the description of a mystery, and, 
in point of fact, it was a very simple case when it was 
looked at by men of the world. It was a very bad case 
indeed, and the result of the prisoner's conduct had 
been to deprive the daughter of the prosecutrix of the 
fortune to which she would have been entitled, and 
made her dependent on her family. Under these circum- 
stances he felt that he should not be doing his duty if 
he did not pass upon her the full sentence of the law, 
which was, that she be kept in penal servitude for five 
years. The prisoner fainted on hearing the sentence. 



SATURDAY REVIEW. 

Except in the way of an advertisement for Mrs. Levi- 
son's beauty factory, one can hardly see what is the exact 
object of the trial which has in its way amused news- 
paper readers during the present week. As it drags its 
weary length along there arises the suspicion that the 
Jewish purveyor of female charms may subside into 
something of the dignity of a martyr. Martyrdom is, in 
these days, a good investment ; the sufferings even of a 
victim of the Central Criminal Court and the Assizes 
pay. We almost begin to suspect that Mrs. Levison 
understands this, and has it has come out that the pro- 
secution is not conducted at Mrs. Borradaile's instance, 
it becomes a matter of some little interest to speculate 
who can benefit by it always excepting the professionals 
engaged except Levison herself. On the strength of 
the notoriety which she has attained, Mrs. Levison has 



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beautified her shop, and the value of the paint and var- 
nish which she bestows on her patients may be estimated 
by its effects on her shutters. Possibly she has been to- 
some extent reimbursed for her sufferings in Newgate 
by the abundant flow of customers in Bond- street ; and 
the miscarriage of justice in the first trial, when she 
ought certainly to have been acquitted, is likely to pro- 
duce what it is the fashion to call an ovation in her 
favor, when, not without triumph, she will escape from 
her recent familiarity with the gaol, and her interviews 
with irrepressible Mr. Serjeant Ballantine. 

The second trial has not done very much to improve 
on the tediousness of the first. A twice-told tale is 
proverbially tedious, and there are jokes which do not 
bear repetition. A longer and more tiresome pleasantry 
than Mrs. Borradaile's account of her intercourse with 
Mrs. Levison it would be impossible to conceive. The 
widow Borradaile's story that she was induced to part 
with all her property, to run into debt, to take up 
her abode in the most questionable of quarters, to 
incur disgrace, contumely, and prison on the repre- 
sentation that she was to marry an Irish peer who 
had fallen in love with her, is confronted by a his- 
tory which hangs well together, and is supported 
in every particular by the evidence of her own 
handwriting and acknowledged letters. Mrs. Borra- 
daile's story is pmmd facie of the wildest improbability, 
and it happens to be supported by no facts at all. It 
rests simply on her own unsupported oral evidence. 
Mrs. Levison's story, on the other hand, is not at all 
antecedently improbable, perhaps not so very uncommon ; 
it hangs with close cohesion together, and it is supported 
by very strong evidence in Mrs. Borradaile's own letters, 
preserved in an historical series, and primd facie con- 
necting and forming a perfectly consistent and intelli- 
gible history. As detailed in the letters and this is 
Levison's case Mrs. Borradaile had formed a disgrace- 
ful liaison with an unknown person addressed as William, 
who, it is suggested, but does not appear, was a Fenian 



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adventurer, who had some relations with the notorious 
head centre Stephens. On this wretched adventurer 
a penniless, shirtless, flannelless, sockless vagabond 
Mrs. Borradaile (such is the theory) lavished all her 
substance ; got into debt and difficulties for him ; exhi- 
bited, and as it seems not without cause, the usual 
jealousy which an old woman usually has to feel for a 
young lover paramour, as the confidante calls him. 
The ardent letters produced as Mrs. Borradaile's contain 
the most unmistakeable references to the actual disgrace 
of this connexion. In a way the senescent Sappho 
seems to feel it, and after a fashion to deplore it. But 
the guilty passion is too strong for her ; it generally is in 
such cases. She persistently requires that the young 
and purchased lover should take her abroad. He, as 
would be likely enough, prefers to be petted and 
subsidised, and to retain his liberty. The old woman 
tries alternate threats and coaxings to secure "her 
friend "; the friend contrives to be opportunely sick 
or sorry just as every arrangement for the happy future is 
made by the lady. When a woman, especially an old 
woman, keeps a man, especially a young man, this is what 
is most likely to be the history of the amour. If Mrs. 
Borradaile's letters do not contain a story (there is no ro- 
mance, except the very ugly romance of a vulgar and dis- 
gusting chapter of sin and shame) which on the face of it 
shows real life, we must say that never perhaps was a fic- 
titious narrative composed with so many inherent evi- 
dences oivraisemblame, and also so many chance touches 
of truth, about it. To have invented all the details of 
these letters of Mrs. Borradaile would have done 
credit to any fictionist. We much question whether 
many French writers of slippery and scrofulous novels 
have the skill to do it. 

But then there is Mrs. Borradaile's allegation that, 
even if she wrote them, she is not responsible for their 
contents. Although it is not very distinctly that she 
admits the authenticity of this wonderful series of 
anatomy epistles, she does not venture distinctly to 



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swear that they are forgeries. Hints were thrown out 
that their authenticity would be contested, or rather the 
authenticity of some of them. But, as a whole they 
pass without much attempt at denying them. Indeed, 
there is a raison d'etre adduced for them. They were 
possibly, probably in Mrs. Borradaile's handwriting; 
but then there was not a word of truth in them. They 
were all dictated by Mrs. Levison. In writing them out 
Mrs. Borradaile was merely an instrument, and quite 
passive in the astute Levison's hands. Levison con- 
cocted the story ; Levison invented the details. Plot 
and colouring were alike Levison's. If this is so, we 
can only say that Madame Rachel Levison has, after all 
missed her vocation. She deserves, in that case, to take 
very high rank among the female geniuses of the day. 
Miss Braddon and that remarkable authoress whose 
offensive novel, Sorrow on the Sea, has, very much to 
the publisher's credit, just been suppressed by him, had 
better look to their laurels, or their nightshade, or what- 
ever the chaplet is which crowns the brows of the female 
writer of the sensation story, or the nasty story. For 
here is sensation and plot quite as thrilling as Lady 
Audley's Secret, with situations and morals nearly as 
offensive as those which the purveyors, foreign and 
domestic, of fornicating literature commonly venture 
upon. Mrs. Levison, we are asked to believe, could 
invent this plot, and is master of this language ; and yet 
Mrs. Levison cannot write, and probably can hardly 
read. But, given that Mrs. Levison possesses this 
literary genius which might have made that fortume 
in depicting putrescent characters which she has, as it 
seems, failed to do in repairing damaged charms the 
question remains, what was to come of all this lavish 
expenditure of talent in faction ? What could Mrs. 
Levison gain by representing on paper Mrs. Borradaile 
as carrying on a guilty intrigue with a non-existent 
" Dear William," who, for no purpose whatever, 
was only imagined to be without a shirt to his 
back, and an accomplice in the Fenian conspiracy ? 



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If, as Mrs. Borradaile says, Levison's only object was to 
get her money, this was the most tortuous and unintelli- 
gibly stupid way of getting at it. And, on the other 
hand, why should Mrs. Borradaile submit to the indig- 
nity of writing herself down, not an ass, but another 
monosyllable of which, as one of her letters shows, she 
knew the force ? To get Lord Kanelagh for a husband 
might possibly be admitted as a conceivable object of 
ambition to one woman in a million ; but that this series 
of dirty letters could be a means towards that very 
questionable end is simply inconceivable. To this Mrs. 
Borradaile's answer, which she dwelt on during the first 
trial, was that Levison bewitched her ; that she did not 
know what she was about ; that she acted only as in a 
dream, or trance. The case then reverts to the psycho- 
logical inquirer to what is called the mad doctor and 
to him only is the case interesting. Very interesting 
indeed such a study must be to the experts in so-called 
possession and magnetic influences, but to no other 
human being. For all purposes of vulgar law and 
commonplace justice, Mrs. Borradaile's presence at the 
Old Bailey is as useless as that of Tom o'-Bedlam. And 
here the matter must end. Mrs. Borradaile's account 
of the existence of her own letters is either so stupen- 
dously false or so ridicuously absurd that her evidence 
is utterly worthless. No conviction can, or ought to be, 
grounded upon it. 

On the other hand this expression, by the way, is 
quite irrelevant, for the question has not two sides at 
all Mrs. Levison does not account for her being mixed 
up with Mrs. Borradaile's concerns, or amours, or 
money-matters. But Mrs. Levison is not called upon 
to say what her relations with Mrs. Borradaile were. 
Her business transactions and her sale of the magnetic 
water have nothing to do with the specific charge on 
which she is tried. That charge is that she got hold of 
Mrs. Borradaile's property by reason of a special and 
single false representation. Such false representation 
is not proved ; and it is nothing to the purpose to say 



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that she had some other purpose equally bad, and made 
some other representation equally false. The man is 
charged with murder ; he is not to be hanged because 
it is vehemently suspected, indeed well known, that he 
stole a horse. That is what the Irish jury is said to 
have thought ; and it is on something of this view of 
justice that the late London jury, or at least the majority 
of them, were disposed to act a few weeks ago. Mrs. 
Levison, however, while she denies that especial con- 
nection with Mrs. Borradaile's private affairs for which 
she is criminally indicted, will not of course explain her 
real motives for interference. If, taking her version of 
the matter, Mrs. Borradaile was spending her substance 
in a profligate liaison, why was Mrs. Levison privy to 
it ? why did she advance money to carry it on ? how 
and why did she become possessed of the love letters ? 
What has become of the plate and the trosseau, the lace, 
and sundry other pickings which passed through her 
hands ? Why did she introduce that remarkable man 
of law, Mr. Haynes, on the scene ? What about all 
the actions and counter-actions, the suing and being 
sued, the suggested danger of transportation, and all the 
rest of it, which will remain unexplained because it is 
nobody's business to explain it ? Above all, if Mrs. 
Borradaile does not prosecute this indictment, who does, 
and who is to be benefitted by it ? Or is it, after all, as 
we have already suggested, only a very long and well 
considered advertisement of beautiful for ever ? Mrs. 
Levison boasts, in reference to a trial in which she 
figured some years ago, that " the act of ingratitude " of 
the gentleman who refused to pay for his wife's invest- 
ment in the Rachel wares " has been amply compensated 
for by the generosity of others." That is to say, she 
made a good thing by that trial ; and we are rather 
afraid that the only result of the affaire Borradaile will 
be the doubling of Madame Rachel's "fees." 






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SECOND NOTICE. 

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DAILY TELEGRAPH. 

British justice so Mr. Digby Seymour declared, in 
one of the loud appeals with which his sensation speech 
in the Rachel case was interlarded was at stake in the 
issue before the jury. No doubt the cause of justice is 
at stake whenever a pickpocket is tried for stealing a 
handkerchief, or a street drab is fined for being drunk 
and disorderly. Taken in this plain sense, Mr. Seymour's 
statement is the tritest of truisms; taken in any other, it is 
a simple piece of ineffective rhodomontade. The trial was 
remarkable chiefly because it was dragged out for five 
days, and because the prisoner's counsel contrived to 
declaim for eight weary hours. There were circum- 
stances which attracted a great amount of public in- 
terest ; but, from the legal and professional point of 
view, the case was eminently common-place. We must 
protest against the attempt to exalt so miserable an 
affair to the dignity of a State trial. Language which 
would have been high-flown and bombastic if the counsel 
had been pleading before the House of Lords, on the 
impeachment of a royal personage, was applied to the 
issue whether a wretched woman had or had not con- 
trived to steer clear of the law in one particular trans- 
action of an infamous career. Nevertheless, though 
British justice is likely to survive so ineffable a calamity 
as Mr. Seymour's loss of his cause, there are certain 
incidents in the defence of the prisoner which, in the 
interest of justice, cannot well be left unnoticed. From 
the commencement of the proceedings it was determined 
to rest the defence upon a purely negative basis. This 
course was prompted by such a knowledge of the facts 
as only the legal advisers of the prisoner could possess; 
and there is no reason to doubt the expediency of their 
decision. A prisoner is not bound to offer any expla- 
nation of circumstances which seem to establish his 
guilt, and he may fairly take refuge in the plea that the 
presumption of guilt does not amount to proof. But Mr. 



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Seymour having elected to stand upon the defensive, 
endeavoured to obtain for his client the advantage of a 
contrary policy. He declined to produce " William " in 
court ; he refused to bring forward one tittle of evidence 
to show that such a person had ever existed ; and yet 
he assured the jury that there was a " William." The 
inevitable result, if not the obvious purpose, of these as- 
surances was to convey an impression to the jury that 
Mr. Digby Seymour knew who "William" was ; though 
for some unintelligible reasons, his client could not bring 
him into court. Now either Mr. Seymour was speaking 
from book or not. Either he was commenting on facts 
which were not and could not be know^to the jury ; or 
he was using language calculated to create an erroneous 
impression in the minds of his hearers. In either case 
he exceeded the fair licence of an advocate. 

Another important question must be asked with res- 
pect to the mode of defence. Was the attempt to 
impugn the lad Minton's evidence in accordance with 
the usual rules by which British justice is administered? 
Mr. Seymour endeavoured toexplain away that singularly 
unpleasant transaction by a mass of sonorous verbiage, the 
plain English of which appeared to be, that in law you 
must not stick at trifles. It may be so, but, in that 
case, the professional idea of a trifle must be very diff- 
erent from the common estimate of ordinary morality. 
At the examination before Mr. Knox, the boy Minton 
gave evidence which was damaging to Madame Rachel's 
case. The solicitor for the defence then endeavoured 
to obtain information which might invalidate his testi- 
mony. A detective was engaged on the job. Going to 
Minton's home the man trumped up a story that he 
could get the lad a good situation, and persuaded 
Minton's own mother to show him a specimen of the 
lad's hand writing. Getting hold in this way of a 
pocket-book which contained certain entries respecting 
the evidence given in court, he tore out the leaves on 
which these entries were made, and went away without 
leaving an address. The memoranda thus obtained 



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by fraud were handed to the detective's employer ; the 
solicitor gave them to Mr. Seymour ; and the counsel 
did not hesitate to use notes which had been got by 
fraudulent means from the boy's own mother, to sup- 
port the assumption that the lad had committed wilful 
and deliberate perjury. Mr. Roberts stated on oath 
that the ruse to use the singularly mild term by which 
Mr. Seymour described the transaction was concocted 
by the detective without his own knowledge ; and we 
cannot suppose that, before the facts were disclosed in 
court, Mr. Seymour knew how the memoranda had 
been obtained. Yet we cannot acquit him of grave in- 
discretion. After a night's reflection he attempted to 
justify the transaction, and asserted that he was equally 
responsible with the solicitor. Do we err in believing 
that some solicitors would decline to get up evidence in 
such a fashion, and that some counsel would decline to 
use it when so obtained ? 

When you have no case, abuse the plaintiffs attorney. 
This used to be one of the traditional maxims of the 
Old Bailey ; and the modern translation of the rule 
appears to be, When you have no case, abuse the press. 
Whenever Mr. Seymour was at fault for matter to spin 
out his eight hours' oration when he was not ex- 
patiating on the depravity of the witnesses who sup- 
ported the prosecution, appealing to the immut- 
able principles of eternal justice, dilating on the 
domestic virtues of his injured client, or singing the 
praises of his own rectitude, fearlessness, and independ- 
ence he attacked the press. At the commencement 
of his speech he besought the jury to fall upon their 
knees and implore the assistance of heaven, in order 
that they might be enabled to resist the pernicious 
influence of certain criticism which had been made in 
our own columns and those of our contemporaries ; and 
he had the audacity to assert, that but for the prejudice 
which the press had created against his client, the 
prosecution would never have been sustained. With 
characteristic recklessness he first denounced the news- 



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papers for commenting on the case at all, and then 
quoted at length from an article of a journal which has 
distinguished itself by its hostility to the prosecution. 
In reality, our offence in Mr. Seymour's eyes is, not that 
we commented on the trial, but that we commented on 
it fearlessly. If we had adopted the tone of most our 
contemporaries if we had said that there was nothing 
to choose between prosecutrix and defendant ; if we 
had thrown cold water on the attempt to bring the 
offender to justice ; if we had ignored the grave public 
interest involved in the question whether Rachel should 
be allowed to pursue her vile trade unpunished and un- 
molestedthen we should have had the advantage of 
Mr. Digby Seymour's approbation. Because we pur- 
sued a contrary course because we insisted that 
the subject must be thoroughly sifted that the prosecu- 
tion must be continued until the truth of the charge 
should be proved or disproved our self-constituted 
censor charges us with such an outrage upon justice 
that its baleful influence could be diverted only by 
Divine interposition. We are quite content to let the 
public decide between us and the advocates of Madame 
Rachel. From the beginning we have endeavoured to 
present to tfoe public faithful reports of the evidence ; 
while we have sought to point out the salient features 
of the case on the one side as well as on the other. 
The forensic complaint respecting the criticism of the 
press is becoming wearisome ; and, as the public know, it 
is intended solely to divert attention from the weakness 
of the complainant's position. When a cause is con- 
ducted in such a fashion that there is nothing to hide, 
nothing to keep back, not a word is said about the un- 
fairness of newspaper comment. We do not need to 
be taught our responsibilities. We know that one of 
the first of those responsibilities is to uphold the 
character of justice. We have to see that in courts of 
justice invective does not supply the place of solid 
argument ; and we should have failed in our duty had 
we commented with less freedom and emphasis on the 
trial which has closed the Bond-street Mystery. 



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To THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES. 

Sir, Will you allow me to call your attention to, and 
to protest in your columns against, the course taken by 
Mr. Commissioner Kerr in avowedly adopting a sug- 
gestion of Mr. Under-Sheriff Eoche that some of the 
letters written by Mrs. Borradaile bore the same water- 
mark as some of those purporting to come from 
-William." 

The learned Commissioner during the long trial never 
once called the attention of Mr. Digby Seymour to this 
matter, but seems to have kept it as a surprise for the 
jury m his charge to them. 

To show the utter fallacy of the argument deduced 
from the resemblance, I have to-day been in several 
offices, and have found the same watermark, " Joynson, 
1865," and " 1867 " on various specimens of note-paper, 
and you will see that the paper on which I am writing, 
<ind which bears the printed address for use in my office, 
has the name (in the watermark) of the same eminent 
maker. 

Is it not a startling thing that this "mare's nest" 
discovery of the Under-Sheriff' s should be solemnly put 
to the jury as evidence of the forgery of the letters in 
question, and that those letters should be specially 
selected and handed to the jury to be examined by them 
on this point alone, to the exclusion of the mass of the 
other letters and documents put in during the course of 
the trial, and that this casual coincidence of a water- 
mark in note-paper should be deemed conclusive of the 
unhappy prisoner's guilt ? 

I am Sir, your obedient servant, 

W. H. EGBERTS. 
46, Moorgate-street, London, E.C., Sept., 26. 



To THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES. 

Sir, Sincerely do I trust that there is nothing in 
Mr. Commissioner KBIT'S watermark argument ; for 
on lifting up three sheets of apparently different paper 



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lying in my blotting-book just now, imagine my horror 
to find them all marked " Joynson, 1865." 

Temple. Yours truly W. 



To THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES. 

Sir. Mr. Commissioner Kerr made a great deal in 
his extraordinary charge to the jury of the fact that a 
few of the letters to and from the mysterious " William" 
bear the same watermark, that of " Joynson, 1867." 

The jury were evidently affected by this startling 
discovery. 

I write this note, as you perceive, on my private 
crested paper, and the watermark is also "Joynson, 
1867." So much for the learned Commissioner's argu- 
ment. 

Your obedient servant 

Temple, Sept., 26. ONE WHO WAS PRESENT.