Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 24, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated March 24, 1861 Page 1
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THE NEW YORK HERALD. WHOLE NO. 8962. SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 24, 1861. PRICE TWO CENTS. ROMANCE IN HI8N LIFE. m GREAT YELVERTON MARRIAGE SUIT. UV EPISODE IF THE CSWEAN WAR. k British Officer Attempts te Seduce a Bister of Charity in the Crimea? Fails? Afterwards larries Her fteeretly in Ireland, and then lepndiates the Marriage as Invalid. Exciting Trial in Dublin to Establish its Validity. Testimony of Both Husband and Wife. Aristocratic Pride and its Utter Humiliation. Romantic Incidents of the Courtship and its Consequences. SPECIMENS OF THE LOVE LETTERS. THE HUMMING U P. YEBDICr II FAVOR OF THE WIFE. Popular Demonstration in Favor of Mrs. Yelverton and Her Counsel. THE WIFE'S SPEECH TO THE PEOPLE, kit., Ac., Ac. The London and Dublin journals have devoted a large portion ol their space, for the ten or twelve days prior to the sailing of the last European steamer, to fall reports of a most interesting ease, known as the Yelverton marriage suit. It was ried in the Court of Common Pleas, Dublin, be fore Chief Justice Monahan and a special jury. The most eminent counsel at the Irish bar, in eluding Whiteside and Brewster, were arrayed against each other; and it would appear that no case surpassing this in romantic incidents has come up for judicial hearing in tha British courts for many a long year. Neither the Forrest divorce case nor the Sickles case, nor the Madeleine Smith case, attracted a larger share of public at tention, or developed more remarkable circum stances. the parties. The parties to the suit were in reality, though not in legal fiction, Mrs. Teresa Yelverton, nee Longworth, and her alleged husband, the Hon. Major William Charles Yelverton, of the British Artillery. A Mr. Thelwall is the nominal plain tiff. He sues Major \ elverton for the maintenance of his wife, tho object being to establish the validity of a secret marriage celebrated between Yelverton and Miss Longworth on the lftth o August, 1867, in the little Catholic church of Warrenport, near Rostrevor, in the county of Down, by one Father Mooney. There is a very unjust and oppressive law on the British statute books, which makes it a penal offence for a Catholic priest to celebrate a marriage between a Protestant and a Catholic unless the ceremony shall have been first performed by a Protestant minuter, and nullifies such mar riage. Yelverton, therefore, appears to have treat ed it aa a sham ceremony; and as he was an avowed fortune hunter, lie basely deserted the heroine of the romance, and on the 26tli June. 18.58? within *n y*l? .H16 ceremony at Kostrevor-he formed another alliance with the widow of the Professor Forbes, of the University "fi^b,Ur?'irh0 W|S s!ld be *?'th a quarter million of dollars. The deserted wife was at flrjt advised to have him prosecuted for bigamy but as it appeared there were difficulties in the way of a ? i 0WiPK ^'the Iaw referred to, that idea was abandoned, and this other mode of testinir the validity of the first marriage resorted to. 6 1 y described as being still an exceed ingly agreeable person. Without being positively handsome, she is said to be most prepossess ing and ladylike. Apparently she is not more than twenty-eight, but her thoughtful, re signed and almost melancholy features would in duce a belief that she had livfd a muc\ 1 ,? r life" t?e is of medium height, slight in figure, with a strikingly intelligent countenance, bright and vi vacious when animated, but almost sad in repose elverton is in his thirty-seventh year' having been born in September. 1824. He is the eldest 8?vh ing ?0n, being of the second niar ?*,Vf r VUJconnt Avonmore with ?rKeefe' da,u*htor of ** 'tto Charles O Keefe, one of the Registrars of irif,th??fUrt Chanccry- Major Yelver vi I therefore, the great grandson of Harry Yelverton? the first Viscount Avonmore, Barry f? abl? lawyer, a brilliant orator* ??i .* ?of A,t?rney General for Ire "a tw? Je?rs subsequently he wns eleva ted to the bench as Lord Chief Baron of the Kx ,n ? ypar 17M he WM created Lord Yelverton Baron Avonmore. Throughout the proceedings, which occupied ten days, the court was dally thronged with most fash ionable and distinguished people, whose symi.a fc'LT m ? d<,M,rtld wifo- "tr?KKliDg to guard the honor of her name from reproach, could not be re strained, but found ^expresion from time to time as the incidents of tho trial excited it. NARK ATI VK OF FACTS. .fa( ,"uin lh" case, as deUitad by Sergeant Sullivan. who opened for the plaintiff, are these ? wa\,b? bf,r *PP*rent to the peerage of hW wir* wbos* ?>?Hrn 2SS7 fZ?u.1T CZl '? to *? ancient and honor Zrtr nrJ LI 1 ' Md h*vln* lo"t h?r mother la emrl y life she waw taken to h ranee to be eduoate<1 and Uiough her family wer- all Protestants, she. from a very **rlJ Age, ww rwH in the doctrines of the Catholic church, and bad oontinued Mnce of that faith. she had a stoter married la Franc* to the son of the Ch'ef Justice of that empire, sad while coming over In 1 86 J from a I*!1 "J". Boutogne, she for the lint time met the Hon. Charles \ elver urn When she reached rT,'!0"' ?b7 ,tHtor' Mrs "f Ahergav.-nny C.stle, Wales, delayed fro in* or sen -tin* to meet tor OS the arrival of ihe steamer, and the 2?#MrV Yelveru?n. seeing her aline, called a ?*h for her, In which *he wont hom*. Tn * day * r ' " M?J"r Valvar ton aallod ?t her slater's "J*,d h'" "wpec??. ?"1 nothing followed e.tcept "i nterchange of civilities. In 1*43 Mts? rereta l/>ng fUta J2"^r.nt t0 ber "tudlss in the south of i ? ,n,r ln ?b<1 being desirous of sen 'ling iemtenearo wh<) w" ? commissioner m j "ouM h. nL-^r WM ^ bv a b?nlt"r ?l N'?Plef- that it ' be re r^sle,Tr^rKV 10 her letters sent U. Malta to oo us i nth r ou if h r, T"",n,*or*l send her letters to his ???r ? u!""'1 of bi"' I" Mi'tv Tfie jsa.-acys' Szzx Olmea, with the French ^ P;oc^,1"d 10 lb? the time she left "ranee At M-tor Tslvenos was on his w^r Vmm .h TT W?.s, where he h?d hee? serving ? .[T^n the ,0r| tillery, Knglsnd, and did not return Vo ?k? p ,?*f ^ H-plemher 1?M. Miss I /.r.gworlil rsrn ?ln^r"n"a "D l" Si* months at the hospital st u*lsia and wh u" ?r Y-lverum i^lorne.1 he found h?r out ami ?l?luth"r that was tt* nr?t time he h*1 seen hlr In her sister -a house In 1S12. He then prof -JLiIL r ^est attachment for her, an ' asked berCZrr^,? fcbe Ms< nied nud agreed tr irate tho occnpattoB at wh.?' she vii employed to become bis wife, bat be arcompi ?tod bus proposal with a proposition to which (be could Ml umt ? that it should be it secret marriage celebrated there by any priest whom he ooukl lind. I'oueoqoetuly the marriage was deferred until they should arrive in England. An armlstMe took place in the Crimea, and Misa Longworth, who always moved in the first society, was Invited by the wife of Oen. Von Straubenlee, one of 'he officers of the British army, on a visit to theCcimea, to his bouse. She went, .aid during ber stay of five or six weeks, the Hod. Major Yelverton was constant in his visits. He renewed his professions of attachment and offers of marriage, and spoke of the happy Umos in store for thein in Kogluul. When urging the secret marriage Major Yelverton suggested that they should get married by a Greek priest in one of the churches of Balaklava, and he said that a Greek priest wan as good as a Catholic priest; but she was firm in her resolve? her moral prin ciple and sense of religion were so strong that no in ducement could make her yield from her determination that a priest of that religion which she professed should unite her in marriage. The reasons which the defeudant gave for desiring a secret marriage were, that in circum stances he was not very well off ; that he had an unole on whose bounty he very much depended, who would be annoyed if he married, but he vowed to her that nobody but she should be his wife. Miss Uxig worth returned to England tn the autumn of 1866, and went on a visit to her sister In Wale*, where she remained uutil February , 1867. From that she went on a Visit to Ei in burg, where she moved, as she always did, in the first society. She was then ; a lovely and accomplished girl, though now she was I changed, from the years of suffering she had endured. Ma jor Y elvertou was stationed at io-ith in 18(7, and the mo ment he heard of her arrival tn Rdinburg be renewed his visits to her and his vows as before. He laid before her the reasons why she should accede to his wish about the se ' cret marriage. He told her that a Catholic pr lest in Scot i land could be got to marry them, and there was no rea son why she should not agree to it; that other women I had done the same befjre, and that there was no breach : of morality in it. But she was firm In her resolve, she I refused to agree to a secret marriage. In April, 1867, be induced her to hear him read the marriage ceremony from a Church of Kngiand prayer book in the house of a Mr. tiamblo, at Kdinburg. He told ber that, by the law of Scotland, marriage by a priest was not necessary? that | mutual consent and promise made persons man and wife ? j and, having read the marriage ceremony, o proposed that it should legitimatize their position as husband and wife. She refused ? she regarded the proposition al most with horror. 8h? immediately left Edinburg, and went I" her sister's house in Wales, in April. 1867. The reading of this sorvioe hung upon her like a terrible cloud; for he bad told her that the affect of it was that be could claim ber as his wife ? that that position wss fastened on ber by the mere reading of the cere mony. She refused to be bound by it, and Med from him. While at her lister's house, he wrote to her asking her to come back to htm, Anally saying that ho would yield to her wishes, and that thoy should be married by a Catholic priest in lreltud, adding that if she livel with him the marriage should be kept secret. She yielded so far, and consented to a secret marriage, provided it was celebrated by a Catholic priest In a Catholic church. In 1867 she left" her sister's house, unknown to all; crossed over from Milford Haven to Watcrford, where she mot the defendant, in the month of August. The object of this meeting was, that they should be made man anil wife by the priest of that religion which she professed. They failed to get a priest in Waterford, and eventually, he having proposed that they should go to the North of Ireland, they reached lioslrevor ou the 10th of August, 1867. Between Miss 1/ongworth and the delendant no impropriety whatever existed during this period. She went to the parish priest or Rostrevor, the Rev. Mr. Mooney, and toll him her whole case: he referred her to tlio Bishop of Dromore. The bishop and the parish priest consulted together, and the result was that the bishop consented to the solemnization of the marriage by the Kev. Mr. Mooney. After they reached Hoctrevor, defendant came to Dublin for a few days, ami then went back to Koetrevor again, and on the 15th of August, 1867, Teresa longworth and William Charles Yel verton were married in the parish church of Kllloweivby the Rev. Nr. Mooucy , the parish priest. The time of The celebration of the marriage win after high mass on the Kiastol the Blessed Virgin ; (tie priest wiia robed iu his vestments; ttiev knelt down boforo him at the altar, and he pronounced the marriage benediction over them after they bad pledged their troth. Before the marriage the priest asked Major Yelverton whether he was a Catholic. He said, "I am, but a bad one, I'm afraid; but I am no Protestant.'' The priest asked that question, because by the law of the land a clergyman marrying a Catholic and a Protestant was guilty of felony, and he asked it to be sure he was not breaking the law. They afterwards went to Scotland, and subse quently to France, he always registering their names and procuring their passports as Mr. and Mrs. Yelverton. He left her in Prance, to return to his regiment, and there she was delivered of a stillborn child. As soon as her health permitted Rhe returned to Scotland, only to find that she had been entrapped by lum to whom she had trusted life and honor. In a few days afterwards, bnt unknown to her, he contracted his second mar riage. A 8CKKK IK court. The first witness placed upon the aland was Mrs. Teresa Yelverton. She was under examination, altogether, for some twenty hours, and is described as having given her evidence with a distinctness, an apparent absence of reservation, a dignity and candor that elicited the hearty sympathy, ana very frequently the loud applause, of a densely crowded court. At one point of her examination aha suddenly became much oanfused and agitated. She trembled violently? her eyes were steadfastly fixed on a gentleman who occupied a seat on on* aide of the side benches, immediately opposite the witness box. She fell back in au exhausted and fainting state. The greatest compassion was felt for her by all present, and restoratives had to be procured and used before aha appeared to recover. The solicitor for the plaintiff having communi cated with Mr. Whiteside, Mr. Whiteside said ? My lord, I understand the agitation of the witness is caused by the presence of the defendant. I would, therefore, my lord, request that your lordship would ask the defen dant to withdraw. The Chief Justice ? I cannot order him to do so. His presence is a matter entirely of taste and feeling. Mr. Brewster? Of course the defendant will withdraw. The defendant then got up to leave, but de layed some time, the agitation of the witness con tinuing. A Juror said? We are of amnion, my lord, that the defendant ought to withdraw, seeing that his presence discomposes the witness. The defendant then withdrew, but the witness was unable to answer Mr. Whiteside for some mo ments, owing to her continued trembling. MRS. TKJ.VKRTON'S DIRECT KJ AM IN AT! OK. The following are the important points of her testimony: ? My maiden name was Teresa Long worth; I was born in Checkworth. in Lancashire, but afterwards lived at SmVdley, in that county; my father and mother are now both dead; 1 was educated in a convent in France, and ho were my two sisters: I was brought up In and believ'ed the Roman CMOtte religion: I often visited France, and had a sister residing; in Boulogne: her name is Madame l^febre; I paid her a visit in 18.Vi: in July or August of that year I was returning to Eng land. and then met the defendant for the first time; he was introdm ed to me bv the parties who brought me to the vessel; he was then a captain; we had conversation on the voyage and Journey to London: when 1 arrived be got me a cab. as my sister did not call to meet me as I expected; I re sided at No. 27 Nottingham place, when in Lon don, with my sister. Mrs. Bellamy: Mr. Bellamy resides at Abergavenny Castle, in Houth Wales; the defendant, called once at Nottingham plsce; after some short time 1 went to Italy; while there I wanted to send a letter to Albania, and I applied to my banker to have it sent; M^jor Yelverton was tnen at Malta, and we through this circum stance got into correspondence, but did not see each other for a long time; 1 returned to Kngland in about two years, and went to my sister In Wale?: after some time 1 went out with the French Bisters of Charity to Constantinople: I was at tending the sick there, when I again tuet the de fendant, and he said he had come out from Eng land on purpose to see me: he then proposed for me. and I accepted him, but stated I could not leave until the war was over: he said he was afraid 1 would get some serious illnesa; in some time I went on a visit to General Stranbenzee, in the Crimean camp; Major (then Captain) Yelver ton was there, and visited m>- at the General's: he ?isited me every day, and did so as my suitor; the General and his family saw 1dm: I was there for six weeks; he told me tor the first time that 'he was under pecuniary difficulties, and that he pro mised he would not marry unless he met with a lady who could pay his debts: I said I could not give him my money, which was very little: I aaw him again in about a week, and 1 asked him why lie came again, and he said it was because he could not keep away: he proposed on this oocasion that we should be married at the Gre?k church at Bal aklava; I refused to consent to this, as it was not the Roman Catholic church; I then returned to England: when I came to England f went to my sister in Wales: a new correspondence took place between m<' and the Attendant when I came to England: he was quartered at Leith; I was also in Edinburg for a time with a lady named McFar lane; while there the defendant called to see me every day; I went Into society in Edinburg: Major Yelverton proposed that we should have a Scotch marriage, which could be solemnised without a priest, and that all that was necessarv was the consent of the parties; I said I should be married by a Roman Catholic priest; I told him marriage was a sacrament , and he said it was a sacrament which we could confer on ourselves; Mrs. McKarlane was a Protestant, and one day he took a lhrotestant prayer book and read the service throngh, and said I was his wife; he took me by my hand and said," This makes you my wife;' after that I went with him into the next room to Miss MeFarlane, and said to her, in hi* nresette, ' "We have married each other; 1 did not live wth ; him then a* his wife . and refused to live with h|n | on Much a marriage; I left Udinbarg on the 27th if < April, remained a week in Hull, then spent aboit a fortnight in London, and subsequently went to j Wales: from Wales I left my sister's and came to Waterford, by Milford Haven, to meet Major Yet verton; 1 met him in Waterford at the hotel; h? I oame the second day after 1 arrived; we went t? Newry and Rostrevor, where we remained a weet; when we got there we went to mass at the chapfl at Warreupoint; the defendant went through tie ceremony of maws; after the servioe we went to gether to speak to the clerk about oar marriage the clerk said the priest had gone to his breakfaft, and we did not see him, but returned to Rostrevfr; 1 applied to tl v. Mr. Mooney. (The witn(M here identified tiie Rev. Bernard Mooney, who MM in court.) Major Yelverton went to Dubta; I had several interviews with the Rtv. Mr. Mooney; he returned in three or four days, and I told him what occurred be tween me and the Rev. Mr. Mooney. who promised to marry us if he got a dispensation from Jte bishop, and that 1 had sent to the bishop for it; tip to that I had not lived with him as his wife; 1 laid I ought to have paid for the dispensation, bnt lad no money, and he afterwards paid for it: we wfere to be married the next morning after high maw; it waB the feast of the Assumption; we were latefor the mast*, and when we got to the church found that the Rev. Mr. Mooney was waiting for an; tie ?riest was near the altar, dressed in his vestments; iajor Yelverton had a ring, which he said )e bought in Dublin; he showed me the ring In Water ford (ring produced); this is the ring; I walked up to the altar rails, and Major Yelverton commenced to talk to the priest: the priest asked was he free to marry , and he said he was: he then asked was he a Catholic; and he replied that he was, but he was afraid he was not a very good one; after this Major Yelverton came ana knelt down by my side, and the priest got up to the altar rails and read the marriage service, which was pretty much the same as we had read in Gdinburg toge ther; he said he took me as his wife, and 1 said I took him as my husband, and he then put the ring on mv linger: we were kneeling; the nriest then asked for a piece of money, and made nim give it to me; he first put the ring to the top of the thumb and then to the top of each finger until he came to the third finger, when he put it on, and the priest said "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen;" the priest then congra tulated us, and Major Yelverton gave him ?10? ?5 for hiniBelf and ?5 for the bishop for the dis pensation; the Rev. Mr. Mooney wished us all happiness, and went away; I had gone to him previously for confession; the ?5 dispensation mo ney was for dispensing with the banns; according to my belief 1 would not consider a Scotch mar riage sufficient; I saw Major Yelverton twice at mass in Gdinburg before this; he said he believed in Roman Catholic doctrines, but did not practice them; after the ceremony we returned to the ho tel, and remained for two days at Rostrevor; we lived as married people after the ceremony, but not before; I made a promise to Major Yel verton to keep the marriage Becret, and did so; the name of Yelverton was not mentioned at the ceremony, bnt the priest knew it; after that we went to the Giant's Causeway, and after wards to Scotland; he left for a time to see his family, and returned in about ten dayi to Gdinburg; MisB McFarlane was in a convent, tnd I fot her to come and reside with me in his ab since; e said I might tell her of the marriage, and also Mr. and Mrs. Thelwall, and 1 did so; when Haior Yelverton came 1 introduced him to Mr. and Mrs. Thelwall as my husband; I did not use the word husband, but 1 told them we were married lefore Ms arrival, and when he came introduced him; after that we saw Mr. and Mrs. Thelwall in Hull, and were with them for about two months; wo went as husband and wife; Major Yelverton soon after went to France? (book produced) ? I a#e his and my name in this book in his handwriting; it iM "Mr. and Mrs. Yelverton;" this book belongs ta Doone Castle; we afterwards got passports to go abroad in his and my name ? (passport produced)? this is my passport, which he got; the name in it is "Teresa Yelverton;" I went abroad as his wife; we were at Bordeaux and Paris; while at Bor deaux he left me there to return to London; I resided at Madame Andre's? (certificate of mar riage produced)? this is the certificate of my mar riage, which I got from the Bev. Mr. Mooney. I got this certificate in a letter by poet from the Rev, Mr. Money; when in France I said if I became a mo ther it would be my duty to the child to publish the marriage immediately; he said my duty l#y more to him than the child; I wrote about tw&nty four or twenty-five letters to Major Yelverton after the marriage; I had a correspondence with him when I was at liordeanx. (The learned gentleman then read the several letters from the defendant to the witness, which she proved she received, and explained.) The resolution re ferred to in the letter written on Christmas day, 1857, was my reuolution to proclaim the marriage, which I had done in my previous letter to him, and which he quoted in his reply; 1 remained at Bordeaux until May, and then went to Boulogne, where I was ill; I remained there until the 20th of June, 1857: his letters were addressed to me there M "Madame Yelverton;" my married sister wrote to M^jor Yelverton, at his request, when T was ill: he wrote to me to caution me as to how I signed my name in my letters, (tatter nroduced.) In this letter he calls me his "fair wire;" before he left Bordeaux he promised to tell his mother of our marriage, and asked me to keep it secret. In June, 1858, 1 returned to Scotland, and saw Major Yelverton at Leith; he said he was a ruined man. and asked could I make a sacrifice to save him; J said I would make any sacrifice, and he then pro posed to send me off to New Zealand; he said he would take me to Glaagow, and see me off, and that in about six months we would meet again; h< stated if I did not do what he proposed he would be a ruined man: I asked why, but he refused to tell me, and said I should not ask any more ques tions; upon the Monday or Tuesday following 1 heard of his marriage in Gdinburg: I know a per son named Stewart; he accompanied me on board the steamer at Hull, and Major Yelverton intro duced me to him as his wife; upon our visit to Scot land he frequently called me and introduced mean his wife; on one occasion he asked a worfian to hold my horse; she said she was airaid, and he re plied, "My wife's horse is very quiet;" my circum stances have changed for the worse oflate, as my father's property has got into chancery. HER CROSS -EX AMIS' ATION. On her cross-examination she testified as fol lows:? In 1852 T went to my sisters at Boulogne; I do not recollect whether any person accompanied me: my sister Sarah was on a visit with Mr. Long worth; 1 do not recollect how long I stayed there; I remember coming home; I have reason to re member ft; I met Major Yelverton for the first time on the steamer; we left Boulogne in the even ing; the night had fallen; my sister and brother in-law came to the boat ana obtained the consent of two ladies to take oharge of me; Major Yelver ton was a member of the ladies' party; I heard the names pf the ladies, but I do not recollect them; the ladies stayed on deck all night: the night was very warm, and I think all the passen gers remained <>n de< k. it was so hot in the cabin; my aister had thrown me a shawl on board as we were starting, and Major Yelverton assisted to put it round my shoulders; during the night Major Yelverton and myself sat tis n-n's with his plaid thrown over both oar knees: the plaid did not go over the shoulders of either of us; we did not sit Ws-fl-tis the entire night: we walked about; the ladies, on our arrival in London, left us; Major Yel verton got me a cab, but did not get into It along with me: I went home by myself; he called the following day; he did not come home with me to my htnse, nor did he dre?s himself there; I swear that most positively; the house I went to waa own ed by the Marchioness de la Holeine, who is since deaa: I told Major Yelverton where I was going to stop: we arrived in London early in the morn ing, the sun had risen: cannot swear that I aaw him twice in London; when he called he made a visit of about two hours; I thanked him for his ci vility: he told me on board the steamer that he was an officer in the artillery: I do not know that I fell in love with him on that oocasion; I do not know whether I was in love with him when he called on me; I thought I should like to see him ag*in; he said he would call again, hut I di<l not see him afterwards; I am not certain whether I s?w Major Yelverton a second time in London, bat 1 have a strong impres sion that I did; I recollect the conversation that took place, but I do not know whether it was all on the one day or on two consecutive days; there was nothing said about love; I did not see him again ontil 1865; 1 continued to remember him; mv re collections of him were agreeable: I was not anx ious to have further acquaintance with him: I had a vague, bnt not a positive desire to see him again: the next communication between us was opened by Mr. Turner, the banker; my cousin was then Consul at Monastir; I had written to him before 1852; 1 maintained a not very swift correspond ence with him; we interchanged letters; In the lat ter end of 1852 I went to Boulogne, and thence in the winter I Went to Italy; I sailed from Marseilles, to which I went by the road from Parle; I tra velled with persons named Whitehead, mother and 1 ton, whom I bad met in London; 1 then went to [ live with an Italian marches, to whom 1 had 1 taken letter* or introduction from an Italian lady resident in l'arif; it was for the purpose of sena ing a letter to my contain that I spoke to Mr. Turner; he told me that it would be necessary to }?ave the letter reported at Malta, and asked me if 1 knew any person there; 1 mentioned Major Yel verton, and Mr. Turner said he knew him, and tfcathe was quartered in Malta; the letter was accordingly sent under cover to Major Yelverton, bnt I did not write to him; I subsequently re ceived a letter through a Mr. Itoe, a friend of Major Yelverton's, saying that he would be happy to render me any service in Malta; this waa a merely formal letter; there was a cor respondence between Major Yelverton and myself; Mr. Roe is mentioned in this letter; after being introduced to me, Mr. Roe cultivated my acquain tance ha had a yacht at Naples and he asked me to go on board, but 1 refused; he was an agreeable man sometimes; I perceived he was a gentleman,

bnt I did not know anything of his rank or fortune; I knew he had been fn the army; 1 neither liked nor disliked him; 1 used to waver very much in my liking or disliking for him; be did not make any improper advances to me; he Bpoke in a bitter manner of everybody, 1 do not know that he spoke bitterly against me: 1 wrote that h>> exercised a most evil influence; it is an unfortunate expression that I should liave n->ed the word "evil;" 1 meant nothing sinful or bad, but disagreeable and pain full; the disputes between him and me arose from his having quarrelled with my chaperon, and for insisting on accompanying me on board his yacht to Monaatir; it was in consequence of this that I refused to avail myself of his offer of the yacht; he 1 never said a word that would cause me to blush; there was an ordinary flirtation carried on between ns; Major Y elverton told me that he had sent ltoe to Naples to discover what my character and disposition were; in this letter I used a French adage, which being translated, means to "return to our first love:" it is appli cable to anything as well as to love; in this case it referred to a renewal of tirst impressions: prior to this he had proposed coming to Naples; 1 went to the camp in February or March, and remained about six weeks with Lady 8traubenr.ee, the Ge neral's wife; 1 went up when the armintice took place; I went up in a French vessel; she was a man-of-war; I expected to see the defendant; I went to the camp on an invitation and was there Bome days before 1 saw Major Yelverton: he was away from home riding a race; I told l.ady Strau benzee we were engaged, and she wished to for ward the matter; the General invited Major Yel verton: his tent was in sight of the General's; he was often asked to come, and he came every day after he returned to the camp; while there we spoke of marriage; he asked me how I would like to be an officer's wife; 1 said I would rather like it; Lady Straubenzee left us as mueh together' as 1 she could; he told me one day of his difficulties, and that he could not marry unless he got a lady who would pay his debts; I asked how much he owed; I said 1 had an income of ?200 a year but could not touch the principal, and he said at all events he would never uiurry any one else, but remain single until he was in a posi > tion to marry; he then wanted me to mar ry him in the Greek church, but I refused; I 1 had told my sister in England that he had pro nosed for me before 1 went to the camp: Major , Yelverton did not say to me at the General's that the word "marriage should never be used between | us; I do not recollect if Major Yelverton told me he got a letter from my sister; I knew it was about ! myself; I have read his answer to my sister, but she did not give it to me; after leaving the General's 1 I was t<> go back to the hospital; 1 returned: tho General and Major Yelverton saw me off; the Major wanted me to go to Constantinople and gat mar 1 ried at the Greek church; all tne time we were I there we were on deck; I went down to my cabin 1 and went to bed, and did not see him again; tho ' vessel sailed in the morning, and just before she I sailed I awoke, and thought tliat 1 had been awoke | by Major Yelvert<jn, who had come to take a last look at me; I did not see him or speak to him, but fancied he had opened tho door of my cabin; on that occasion he gave me the plaid; the casting off of the ropes awoke me; the events of that night made an impression on me; he went down on ins knees two or three times, asking me to go onshore at Valakluva, and he had to get up as the sailors pasted and repassed; no improper intimacy took place between us on that occasion. Mr. Brewater? Now, Miss Longworth, I must re fer to another letter. Witness? My name is Teresa Yelverton. (Ap plause.) Mr. Btewster? Well, Era. Yelrerton, or what ever name joa like. Mr. Whiteside ?This witness is, at all event*, a lady, and should be treated as such. Yon ought tc address her as Mm. Yelverton, when your client did so in his letters read here yesterday. The Chief Justice? The lady was sworn as Hn. Yelverton, and should be addressed as such during He trial, whatever may be the result. It cannot affect the result. To Mr. Brewster? I did not ask Lady Htrauben r.ee if Major Yelverton was a Roman Catholic; I did not care to ask, but I thought he was one, and when he told me he was a Roman Catholic, in February or March, 1857, 1 believed him, and had no doubt about it; previous to that I had no dis tinct idea what he was; what religion he was did not occur to mte; on my oath I did not tell the Rev. Mr. Mooney that he was a Protestant. Mr. Brewster Did you under the >?eal of con fession? (Loud marks of disapprobation.) The Lord Chief Justice? 1 never beard such a queation asked before. Mr. Brewster ? I would not put it to a clergy man, but to this lady it is a different thing. Mr. Seijeant Sullivan -1 am not afraid even to let the confidences of the confessional be revealed by my unfortunate client, and she may answer the question if she chooses it. The Chief Justice ? Mrs. Yelverton, you may answer the question or not, just as you please. Witness ? I never told him anything or the kind. (Applause.) Mr. Brewster? I never heard such conduct, my lord, in a ceurt of justice. The Chief Justice? It is hard to control feelings, Mr. Brewster, and I never heard such a question in a court of justice. Witness to Mr. Brewster? Lady Straubenzee wished that I should marry another officer and not Major Yelverton; she was disappointed because the matter between me and the Msior wu not brought to a ? oncliisloa that is, that we were married ? still she preferred I should marry ano ther; I refaaed to marry Major Yelverton in the Greek church? that was my objection: Out I would have married him in a Roman Catholic chapel; after we then parted I wrote offering to let the engagement be broken off, as there wm no imme diate prospect of our union; I asked him to let the matter be brought to an end ? that is, either broken off or not; I think my sister wrote moro than one letter to Major Yelverton. While at Baalbek did you hear that he had gone by the Danube' 1 must have had some intimation or sus RMM that he had gone that way. (letter read om witness to defendant, in the course of which she wrote, "you have placed miles between us.") Does that expression recall to you where m wrote that letter' It must have been some Mac* on the Bocphorus; at the time I wrote that letter I was suffering from a low fever; I was ill in body and mind; it was true, as I wrote in that letter, that I had not courage to tell my sister that I could not give Major Yelverton up; if Major Yelverton had said deridedly in the letter just read that he gave me up, I would hnve gone at once into a convent; but he did not do ao, but left me in a vague undefined state. Did you communicate to Yelverton the preposition which you say Bishop Bore made to you to marry you both privately if he came to Il.ialbek? I am not sure if I did or did not; the Hi&hop proposed it to me, and not I to the Bishop; but 1 Cold him that I wished to be married to Yelverton. Did you ever go to Egypt? I did; when J left the Close's yacht; when I was at the Bosphorus, I went ia the steamer to Alexandria with Mrs. McKay, a friend of Lady Close's; I think she is a Hcotch woman; the Closes reside at Naples but they go aboat a good deal in their yacht; when I went to Alexandria I went next to Cairo, and from ihence to see the pyramid*; we then went up the Nile as far as the first cataract; W* were at Thebes, but I forget, the names of a great number of the places we went to besidea; we Joined the ship again at Rosetta; she was tho amc ship we came out in; I don't know who hired he ship; every person paid a share of their ex penses; I don't think the steamer was hired ex pressly for us; there was some arrangement with the captain to wait for us ; we tra velled on donkeys; there were about twenty of us altogether ; there was a Mr. Town send and a Mr. Thears with us. Had Mr. Thears ever been a lover of yours? He made me an offer of marriage during that trip; I had never seen him before I went to tha Crimea; he was a lieutenant in the navy; there was a Mr. KIs bnrn with us also. (Counsel reads letter from plaintiff to defendant, dated 19th November, 1866.) "The Interpretation of your note is deeply grieving to me." Did that expression refer to the note Yelverton wrote to your sister? I believe It did. Did she send yon a copy of the latter? Bh# did not; she spoke very severely of him, a* jwt being straightforward; the interpretation I pot upon the not* wan that nj sinter wax mistaken; his letters to me were at that time, an I thought, lost; they went astray in a carpet bag, which I afterwards got back with the letters; i never knew where I lost them, bnt I missed tfiem at Malta, on board Mr. Close's yacht. Her testimony in reference to the Scotch mar riage is as follows: ? To Mr. Brewster ? I did not wish a Scotch mar riage without the intervention of a clergyman; he went to chapel, but not with me, in Kdinburg; I saw him there twice, and he might have seen me; he did not ioin me then, or come home with me from chapel; he did not visit me 011 Sundays; Mrs. (?amble objected to visiting on Sundays; once I saw him in uniform in chapel; 1 did not see any soldiers with him; I saw soldiers there, but not artillery; the artillery quartered in l?eith went to the chapel in Leith; Minor Velverton was, 1 be lieve, quartered at Leith all the time that I was in Kdinburg; he may have been a few days there, but 1 cannot say; I believe firmly in the doctrines of the Roman <'atholic church, and am a strict Cath olic; marriage is a sacrament in iiiv church, ami a solemn ceremony, and 1 did not, therefore, wish a Scotch marriage; 1 proposed to have the marriage according to tlie rites of my church; he only de clined it because he did nut think it could be cele brated safely; he told me he was a Roman Catho lic then; 1 heard he was a Roman Catholic, and [ thought he was; he told me his mother's family were Catholics, but that bis father was a Protest ant; I would have married him all the same if I knew he was a Protestant. The Chief Justice? How long before he read the service for you did he say he wait a Protestant.' Witness- It was before It, but not long before; 1 could not exactly say. To Mr. UrewBter? He told me I10 was a Roman Catholic before the time of the Scotch marriage; 1 know what it is to profess a religion; 1 no to chapel every Sunday, for instance, and so profess my religion; I don't know if you mean by profes sion a statement from a person that they were of a certain creed; if by profession you mean asser tion he did profess; if it is meant by practice, as I practiced, he did not; I never understood that he went to confession, or received the Sacrament as a Roman Catholic. Did he say how he was baptised? Witness? He did. ? Mr. Brewster ? What did he say? Witness ? He said he did not recollect. ( Laughter,) To Mr. Brewster ? I asked if he was confirmed, and he said he was never confirmed at all; he said he did not believe the Protestant religion, and never did; I said if he was never confirmed, and did not believe in it, he was not a Protestant; I did not think because he was not a Protestant he must be a Roman catholic, but 1 asked him if he believed in confession and absolution, and he sa[id he did; it is usual for persons in my church to confess before marriage; I told tfie Rev. Mr. Mooney that 1 did not think Major Tel* verton would go to confession, and he said it would be passed over, ami would not prevent the marriage taking place; I did not myself receive the communion the day before the marriage, but I did the day after the marriage. (Letter dated July 10, 18r>7, from the witness to the defendant.) Read this allusion to his being at mass so as to show him that going to mass would not prove him a good Catholic no more than his statement that he ?ai one, if he really was not so in Ids heart; at'Edinbnrg he saw me to the steamer, or to the pier, after our marriage, in 18/?7; he made no in quiries about the cabin I was to have that I am aware of; he went down to the cabin with me; we 1 were first in the public cabin together, and after wards in the ladies' cabin; we were then alone. | Did anything happen there? Witness? 1 don't , know what you mean. I Mr. Brewster? 1 would explain myself, my lord, more fully, if there were no other ladies in court. The Chief Justice? The question must be asked. Did anything improper pass between you? Wit ness ? No, my lord. (Loud applause.) To Mr. Brewster ? Nothing of the kind alluded to ever occurred anywhere until after the marriage in Ireland; I considered I was married in Scotland as far as Scotch a marriage could go ; he said we were man and wife, and be could claim me, but I said I considered we should have the sacrament ; we had a great deal of discussion on the matter 5 he insisted, after the Scotch ceremony, to enjoy the rights of a husband, and I rejected his over tures; I considered it would have been a sin at the time; bat if I knew then as much as I do now, I would not have rejected him as I did, for I have since heard from my own clergyman that I might have considered myself his wife after the ceremony: I was not surprised at his reading the Protestant ceremony to me when he told me lie was a Roman Catholic previously; it was an accident, the prayer book being a Protestant book: it was his sugges tion to read it; I knew nothing of the forms, or as to whether the ceremony should be read from a prayer book; I thought it was immaterial whether the book was a Protestant or a Roman Catholic one. (Letter dated r?th May, 18.17, from Mrs. Vel verton to the defendant read.) I was very miser able leaving Major Yelverton after such a cere mony; it made me miserable, as I fancied it would only make me his wife in Scotland, and there might be some question about it; I wished that we should be otherwise married, and that if he was to make me do anything I might consider a mortal sin, I would not survive it, and that I would be lost in this world and in the next. In regard to the Irish marriage she testified as follows:? I was two (lays at Waterford before Major Yelverton arrived; 1 continued all the time at Cummins' Hotel; I remained one night after he came to Waterford; we stopped one or two nights at Thomastown, near Waterford; we went there to seek for the clergyman; we went to the chap pel together; we did not see a priest in Thomas town; we were told the priest was from home; i saw a prieat in Waterfora before Major Yelverton arrived there; we came to Dublin and went on through to Malahide; we did not go on direct by rail to Maiahide; I think the name used in the coarse of the Journey was " Power;" he had hia letters addressed to Mr Power; we remained two or three days in Malahide; in the house we occu pied in Malahide there were two bedrooms and a sitting room; we did not Bleep in the same bed; I have never seen a woman named Kose Pagan; whilst in Malahide we visited Dublin I recol lect going to Weatland How chapel; Major Yelverton came into Dublin with me, but he did not go to the chappel; from Mala hide we went to Newry: 1 don t know the name of the person at whose house we stopped there: we remained a day and a night there; we had there two bedrooms also; there the bedrooms went one through the other; they opened into one an other; he never went into my bedroom; we did not sleep in the same bedroom; I may as well slate here, once for all, if that is what yon mean, that I never did consent to be Major Yelverton's wife until after the Irish marriage ceremony; Ma jor Yelverton went from Warrenpoint to Rostrevor to engage rooms; we left Newry in an open car; there was a dispute about a bill there; I .angster was the name of the person in whose hotel I stopped at Bostrevor; the marriage ceremony was performed on the 16th of August; Major Yelver ton did not stop at Rostrevor; he came to Dublin on account of nis health, and to look for a clergy man, for the clergymen in the the country said we should have the banns published; wo remained in Rostrevor three days after the marriage; I went to Warrenpoint to mass with Major Yelverton before the ceremony; the Rev. Mr. Mooney took me to the Bishop, whom I saw in his own house at New ry on the Friday before the mrrriage; we were married on the following Saturday; it wa? by invitation of Major Yelverton I came to Ireland to be married; after the Hcotsh ceremony, when I re fused to consider myself his wife, he said that he would never call me "mia" again until we were married: It will be observed that in the lettets written by him, between that and the Irish mar riage, the word is never used; but after the mar riage in Ireland he resumed the word, and I call myself in my letters "tua;" when I aarived in Ros trevor, Mr. Mooney took mo to the Bishop; he took me twice after our marriage; Major Yelver ton always went to church with me, and always said his prayers with me; he said that he had never said any prayers before his marriage. To the Chief Justice - Those prayers were st night and at home. To Mr. Whiteside? We did not kseel together, bnt the prayers were said in our chamber; I thought my husband would become a religious man; Mr. Mooney gave me instructions as to how 1 was to proceed with him? not*to harass him too much at first, but to Induce him to go to church by degrees; I got my marriage certificate from Mr. Mooney; I did not offer him anything for sending it to me; I gave the certificate about a year ago to Mr. Tihelwall, while staying at Mr. Thelwalfs; Major Yelverton read a letter from his sister, ask ing him if it were true that he had become a Roman Catholic, and saying she had it on good authority ihat he had; he said it mnst have been the prieat thst told it; at I-eith, on the 24th of June, 1858, on the day before his marriage with Mrs. Porbes, my bnsband told me that his family had heard of our marriage; he said that they had learned it by the opesiog of a letter written to him by me; 1 wrote that letter from Rordesux, and signed myself his " wife." That wm is May or Jane, 1868; when the letter was forwarded to him he Mid, " th's ba? evidently been opened, and they now know K AT 11 ICR MOONRT'g TOBTIMONY. The Rev. Bernard Itooney, parish priest of Kll lowen, testified to the circumstance of the mar riage; the ceremony took place in hid church on A holiday, after mas*; the two knelt before the al tar and responded affirmatively to the nana! ques tions; there wan no piece of money produced, and he had no knowledge of seeing a ring until he waa giving a short exhortation; he pronounced no be uediction; he asked the gentleman what waa his religions belief, and the answer was, "I am not much of anything;" "are you a Roman Catholic?" "1 am not;*' "What are you?" "don't mind," said the lady, "he is not continued yet; he went with me frequently to Catholio places of worship, but he is not confirmed yet;" he repeated the question, and tiif gentleman answered, "J am a i'roteatant Catholic"; then he married them; the lady gave him two notes of ?5 each; he kept them, and did not give any to the bishop; the gentleman did, audibly ana distinctly, repeat the words in the language of the ritual or the church; I repeated the words before him, in order to enable him to do ho; I said the words from memory, and he repeated them distinctly afier me. Kneeling at the altar ? Tea. And she by his side, kneeling at the altar? Yes. And you married them? I renewed the consent that waa given in the Scotch marriage; I did not marry them; it was solely to remove Mr. Whiteside? I object to this gentleman giv ing that answer; 1 object to any oue, if he were the Archbishop of Canterbury, even telling un what a marriage is. If he gown through the form, it is for your lordship to decide what it is. Witness subsequently, at the request of the lady, sent her the ordinary marriage certificate. Mr. Whiteside ? Are not the words "lawful in marriage'' in that certificate? Yes, but 1 have a right to explain why i gave it in that form; the reason was this: I received a letter from the lady telling me that she expected the arrival of a little stranger, asking me for a certificate, and I gave it for the purpose of uroving that she was validly married, and that her child might be baptized legitimately; that was the reason, and if 1 h.td thought it would have been used for any other purpose than that for which I gave it ? to have the child baptized legiti mately?to satisfy the foreign clergyman into whose hands i thought it was to fall; ir I thought it was to be used for this purpose I would have cut ofT my right hand sooner than have given it. Before you go back to Uostrever answer me a question ? Is it the practice, or is it usual, for Ca tholic priests to certify falsehoods under their hands? No. You may go down now. TUB DKPKNCX. Other witnesses were examined to prove colla teral facts, and then the case for the plaintiff closed. Mr. Brewster opened for the defence. He did not attempt to palliate or excuse the base con duct of his client. He denounced it as it deserved, although he at the same time impnted to Mrs. Y el verton's romantic notions and her determina tion to win her husband at all hazards the misfor tune of her present condition. Both the Scotch and Irish marriages, he contended, were nullities in the eye of the law, and the lady in this case could occupy no other position in regard to the defendant than that of nis mistress. EXAMINATION OF MAJOR YXL VEBTON . The first witness for the defence was the defend ant himself. On being sworn he repeated the words of the oath "so help me Cod" emphatically. He detailed the circumstances of the first meeting on board the Boulogne steamer substantially as Mrs. Yelverton did, except that he said he accom panied her to the house in Ix>ndon, and there changed his clothes. In reference to their meet ing in the Crimea he testified as follows: ? It must have been just three or four days before the fell of SebastopM that 1 saw the latly at Calata, in Con stantinople, for the fall of Sebastopol waa on the 7th of September, and we went up just in time to see it; it was about the 4th of September; she waa acting aH nurse for the French sick and wounded soldiers in a convent belonging to the Swum de Charite there; I ascertained where she was by a letter; it was about midday when I first saw her; 1 was in her company fbr about a couple of hours. State the substance of what passed' She was dressed in the black gown, white collar and cap worn by the sisters; she took off the cap; we sat in n private room and conversed for some time, and 1 embraced her and kissed her two or three times; I did not refer to any intentions of any de scription. Sergeant Sullivan? State what occurred, air, and nothing else. Chief Justice? State what occurred. Witness ? 1 referred to the probability of our meeting again in case she came to the CTimea; I referred to our former correspondence; I made some love, my l<ord; I can't put it into other words. Chief Justice ? We want to know the sort of love. Witness ? That is what I want to nay. Chit- f Justice ? In other words, did you make dis honorable advances to her? Witness? No, air, I did not; in words I did not. (Sensation.) Sergeant Armstrong? Did yon tell her yon had come from England on purpose to visit her ? Witness ? No, 1 did not. Examination continued? I was going to the Crimea at 'this time, nnder orders; I was in com mand of a battery of siege artillery on board the Transit steamer. Did yon on that occasion make the lady an offer of marriage ? I did not. Did yon ?romise to marry her on that occasion ? I did not; went from that to the Crimea ? to Balaklava; the Transit was lying in the outer harbor; next after that 1 saw the lady in the beginning of 1866? in February, I think, in General Straubensee'a hnt: 1 was aware of her arrival about ten days before I visited her. Did yon make or renew any oftr of marriage then ? Mr. Whiteside objected. Witness?! did not; I did not tell her there that I was nnder a promise to my family not to marry any lady that could not pay my debts; I told her I wae under considerable pecuniary difficulties, bnt I made no statement at the time that 1 was not able to marry then, any more than at any other time; I mean that I did not say that I was not able to merry in two years, or three years, or five years hence: I did not mention any time at all. Chief Justice? Yon spoke of marriage, bnt did not propose it? Witness? Precisely so, sir. Sergeant Armstrong ? State in what terms mar riage was talked of. Witness? I spoke of it as, nnder the circum stances in which I was placed, a thing I could not engage or enter into with Miss Longworth; for three or fonr weeks I was in the habit of seeing her at General Straubenr.ee 's tent. Did you during that period make an offer of mar riage' I did not. Did yon refer to yonr circumstances more than once? (After a pause)? It is very long ago; I made the statement once for all; I never went back of it. Did you ever repeat it? There was more than one conversation, but there was no necessity to repeat the thing; I left it upon the one statement and followed it up. The witness was asked if there was an interval in his visits to General Straubenzee's tent, and said? I recollect no such interval; I did not pro pose to her there a secret marriage; 1 did not pro pose to her that I should get married in the Greek church at Balaklava; I have no reooUectton of any talk about "Greek" Catholics and "Roman" Catholics; 1 left the Crimen af ter she left General Htraubencee's quarters; Chief Justice? Did you see her on board the steamer when she was leaving the Crimea? Witness? I did, my lord; I took her down on ? car, accompanied with General Straubeneee and Capt. Straubensee. to Balaklava to the steamer; her passage hsd been obtained by General Straa beii7.ee: I left with them, snd afterwards returned back to the steamer. Q. Did you no on yonr knees and implore of her to go on shore and get married? A. I did not. Q. Did you go on your knees at all, then, while on board the steamer? ?ie*tion repeated by the Court. Itness No, my lord. By Serjeant Armstrong? I had not to get ap from bit knees several times to let sailors cross where I was; there were not many neonle on kosrd at the time. F F Q. Did any familiarities take place between era t n that occasion? A. Yee. State what they were? Chief Justice ? And in what pert of the vesael they occurred? witness ? I sat with her on the raised part of the vessel, with my arm around herwatet; I kissed her several times, and attempted to take farther liberty? towards taking possession of her. Chief Justice ? la other words, yon attempted her virtue? Witness? I did: thongh I should explain that did not go to any very great extent. Chief Justice - Better explain how for It went. Witness? There are some points that I don' know ? The Chief Justice? T thtak the ladies should re Ure. Any who chooae to remain will expow