ROMANCE IN REAL LIFE.
TK1AL OF CHEVALIEH WIKOFT,
r?R T RK
WVIffHft OF ItlKS J AVE CATHARINE GAMBLE. 1
to Fiftittf Leum ?( UkR* tdmWf and flr.
likolf PrwIstMl in Court,
TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION, j
Vaftrtar Criminal Court of Genoa.
TIRiirKKT ? THE CAYAI.lKli M AI-AfTINA
Pn n> t L. 8u*IUil< i Trit>n?uli < f Ocnoa IVli M |
Sien-ioN. Pkuktaky 9, 1W>2.
At ?hree quarters past ten o'clock. the court
imd wii.s opened, and there entered. escorted hy
Ike vrnitm mo. t Ii ree prisoners. vir..: ? Wikoff. Van
aeuo and Cavallari. who ??ck seats in the ap
pointed place in the dock.
The hr<t of these culprits was decently dressed,
? i?d hi* ape forty, or thereabout*. He was tall of
Mature hn?l chestnut hair, high forehead, natural
*e?ipl< xion. blue eyes, regular nose, and of a thought
Itil und tranquil eipre.sfion ot lace.
The second, whoee outer garment* consisted of
Cataloons" of gray cloth, was of low stature, with
ard and hair of a dark ehvstnut, blue eyes, round
feee. ami bvonred complexion.
The third individual *hh less attractive. He was
tall. hud gray hair, high forehead, of a dark com
plexion. und freckled.
An immense crowd tilled the court, and several
ladies wete in the oourt room, two of whom took
Ifceir seat* apart, behind the Judges.
In the vicinity of the bench entered the plaintiff,
aaeoiupanu d bv several ladies and her wituesses.
We resiaikcd the Knglifh and Aiueriean Consuls in
mrfei m Mam persons of hi^rh distinction were
present. and the greater part among them ? belong
ing to the various fort ign consulships ? took their
#??t* in flu' ci nire of flic court.
The pr ?execution for the State was represented by
T t'artu i? . substitute fiscal advocate. '1 be defence
wa? conducted 1>\ I". Or?ini, ti. Maumio, L. Leve
M'ki. and K Menaldi. who took their seats behind
The plaintiff's counsel . being constituted of a part
?f the civil bar. wore assisted by Advocate Carbella
?nd his substitute, Cnmani. The part ol' t be secre
tary was tilled by Hub-secretary (iianelli Castig
liene D?\id appeared as the interpreter of the l'ub
ftc Ministry, and Hignot Parodi for the Civil Affor
Tl?c Pre'idfnt afked the generalities of the ease
?f fk? first defendant'.
A. ? My name is Henry WikofT. of N? w York, un
atarried. passing through <<cnoa as a traveller, and
k?'f been eacioved as a diplomat'
Tb? second is l^ouis Vannoud, of Kwitierland; has
M permanent residence; come to Genoa employed
?? courier in the family of Mus (iaiuble.
The third replied as follows: ? lam L. t'avallari.
torn and residing iu Genoa. antiquary and dotnc?
ti? of travellers.
It Appeared from the testimony that Mr. WikofT
was accused of. and became implicated in, the illegal
vequestration of Miss ( '.amble, and of menacing her
person and confining her in an insidious manner,
The offence of Vannoud consisted of having be
come a principal agent and co-operator in the ab
duction and detention, by armed force, of the pcr
?b of Miss (iambic.
That of Cavallari, of having act*d as an accom
plice in the affair above designated.
Hcve the witnesses on the part of the plaintiff
were asked to retire.
The President informed Mr. AVikoff of the offence
?f which he was accused, and asked what he had to
#av in his defence.
Mi. Wikoff asked to speak French; and here is I
the translation of hit answer: ?
KVIDKKCK OK CHEVALIKlt WIKOFF.
1 knew Miss (iambic forsixteen years, nnd I knew
her in London, where she lived with her miole and
aunt; I wsu the intimate friend of her jtuveutf. and
?(ten dined with them; I gained the affections of
tikis lady, and in nil this time never declared my
Wy?: in Apiil Inst, knowing that the lady was
*e he foRiul in the country, at Bournemouth,
I wrote to her to know if ?be would consent to a,
visit; she replied yes, and 1 wont and stayed nine
days, during which time 1 declared my passion,
lacked whin 'he would give me her hand; she re
fused. but after, and while I wa? in Paris, jslie wrote
Me a letter, in which she informed me specially of
having refused to marry me: in the succeeding
hob lb of May. I received another letter, in which I
wi? informed tha: she had a great desire to see me;
1 left Paris iminediatelv: 1 visited her. and I asked
her if she would be united in the bond* of matri
merv : she replied in ambiguous terms, and we
passed a whole week reciprocal ing amorous atten
tions: tteing about to leave Kngland, I informed
her that 1 was going to Pari*: that she should not
?ot write me any more, as the would not
explain herself whether or no she wo aid
te hiVl.f! HiC* iUi'.l 1 left iumiclifttely
lor France. Whilst I was in Paris, she wrote me |
letters full of love, to which 1 replied to the saine :
purport. In the month of June, she wrote me that
hhe had visited Switzerland, and said thai it was j
the last lctiei 1 should receive from her. and gave '
Me her laM farewell. Two weeks after, to my great ,
aurprise. 1 received another very genteel letter, dat- |
ed Switzerland, iu which 1 read that soon, in June, i
j?be would be in Paris, and advised me to be careful !
Mt to marry any one. 1 did not reply to the letter. I
bel t x inc she was joking. Ten days allcr, 1 received
aaothei Tetter. in which she announced that ?he bad
aeon me in her dreams, nnd that she was very un
happy from not having received any reply, and urged
roe to reply to her letters. I replied in a very cour
teous manner; and after this I -tarted for Switzer
land. to put an end to this romantic correspondence,
and to ask from her whether she would be united to
ate or not; and having met her there, she shook
hand' in a manner to indicate me at her husband.
1 remained with her two weeks, in the mimic hotel ?
tack my meals with her. During this time, she oou
Hrm?d her promise, many times, to marry me ? at !
??hers ?hc refused. We agreed that she should de* j
?art for London, and thai 1 would join and marry ;
her there. Arrived in Loudon. I was joined bv the ;
lady; and there I learned from her own mouth, to |
my great surprise, that she had not well con si- .
de reu the matter of hti promise, and she re- j
tanked more time to think of the engagement. 1
Moreover, she said that 1 must speak to one of her I
relatives, who was not satisfied with her engage- I
infnt: I declined this arrangement, and gave her k
week to think of a final answer; she replied in an
ambiguous manner: then 1 conferred with one of
her friends, who condemned her conduct , in it writ- ,
Mig addressed to her. after which 1 left for Paris; i
while there, 1 received a letter, Jh rough the courier i
of the lady, iu which I was in/onncd that -die was !
very unhappy ? that her days were passed in weep- ;
irtg. and that she had repented of not lmving mar
ried me: duly required that I should leave Paris for i
Turin, where I became acquainted with the Prime
IfiniHcr Ajw-glio. and < . ( nvotir; I must "ay. more
over. that, before entering Turin, being in the boot
?1 tbc diligence, Isaw a carriage passing by. in
which 1 discovered Mis- (iambi, , her ladv com pan- !
ion. and the eourict . I informed that she was m
the Hotel 1'cder, and a- I could not find a parlor in
the Hotel Troniltelt-a, I left it. an d went to lodge ;n i
the former house: I availed myself o( the presence
*f the courier, and the otliei. to sjieak with Mi?
dauible: but. not withstatiiliug. the?e two persons-- '
especially the last. who was x parly to all-- say
ing thai they wi-he<i me married totliisyoung lady ?
that they bad done everything that I mi/hi have a |
meeting with herwlf. but that it was withdrawn ?
they said she refused. nud wished in* tw return to
Paris, aud think ol bet no more: she left lor tie- 1
noa. where she arrived on Wednesday niglit. and
went to lodge at the hotel ol the "Cross of Malta;" ,
it was by chance that 1 learned this, beomisc, '
having followed her. I was informed that this was ,
Ihe same hole! where ) was brought by mere accident. |
Saving discovered t h i - . I left, mid goi another ho
tel and lodging in the Itealc. in order not to be com -
promised; already my intentions were to depart for
Marseilles, thenc< for Ph ri ? . isv diplomatic affairs (
no* permitting me to In absent from that capital for :
any length of time; nevertheless I desired to -]>eak j
with her. and us I could not carry her to the ltovnJ
HouJ. | got by means of the cicerone Peter, n house
?pponu , in order to have her tonic there by decep
tion: 'Peter cot me an apart moot in the Serra sneet
lot several days, although not requiring it but n few j
bfur*: the courier, who had eorue several lim< ? to |
aix hV: to me. at la"! found inc. and informed me that j
llins (.amble intended to depart; then fore I wrote 1
in a small note the name of the street wb< re might
be found the houv wbili I had nnM, and which
*** Wen* t re< t . where was the houae ?( the
Massian ( onsul; this accomplished. I praved him to
five him to under*tMid thai bis mistrc-'- had lost
er |*-s|Hirt. and <?. i,-i i.nemK ii ?*? 1 1 < e- - rv. in
order to haw another, be should to the Intend,
ant. and instead of going to the office of the Mini of
Police, he should tak. bet to the di?iguiitcd H)unt
Miiit. she to be accompanied by her waiting maid;
he at first refused, for f?ar ot some incomcim-nce';
hut I assured hiiu toy only d< -in wa Hn,j
speak wnh her; then his lean -ub'iiled: towards the
Middle of the Sabbath of the 15th of Ni.xinber, the
?eurier eondueted (iamhle to ihe hous, i
tat rn, accompanied with her friend; then I told
Peter to bring the woman alone which had dc-ired
ike iia^port: to Peter 1 had not explained my
?aitniicn ; the eommis ion siHvecded ; and I
leuiid myself ah ne with Mi? (.'atiblc: I in
ha IV tl&'u ' ui she. with nirpii'e, remained
iMJiiniillf. fa <?r?u?. and trW-d u l?av? the
kfUtatnt. I U>M her ther? was no >j?u?c for (bar,
?rtd. th?r*fore. ?juo t?4 k?r, And sh? sa! dowu: *n<l
k>> nruir ?>t 1'tUir, I 4uuoiw*? litwariir with I ho
*iki r lady : tin muricr refused, saying ho w#ul?l not
ft out without the orders ?!' h?* unstress; but I told
km I Wad I warned from Pe?er that such were tho
?rderw *f hi* mistress, and therefore they went out
together; Peter went lo bring some food, but Miss
(iunbie only l?f ted what whs pre|?ared; alter a
whiW, I followed ii | > my d< wand that she should give
me a final answi r. whether she would marry me or
net; she signified her wish to marry me, uid I said
it is to he ratified by a bond. seeiug that she had
?Ik n promised. but" had never kept tier word; I told
hrr it iiiiih l>e ri^ncd and sealed, and the condition
j was. that she was to give mc hall' her fortune in oa?o
i .-??he fhilcd t? keep lu r word; 'he said the would do
| it with pleasure; but such an agreement was void in
the eyes of the law, and which 1 did not contradict,
i but that I should have something to show her
frmtds how inconsistent was her conduct;' she wrote
all this of her own will, and having signed the paper,
handed it to mc; a moment after, arrived the wait
ing maid and the courier, who were seated near
Mi-* (tumble; they conversed sometime; and a little
utter, it might be fix o'clock, Peter went, to bring in
dinner; and, in the meantime, an individual entered
the room, whom I had never seen before, but, Peter
xiiid roust be a man of the house, who had been re
quired a- a waiter at table; I placed myself al
table with Miss Gamble; but she would not taste
of food, alleging that she had no appetite.
After dinner, we began to talk, and at last Miss
(?amble, contradicting all that she hud said and
done a little while before, wished to leave. 1 was
sorry at her proceeding, because 1 knew not when I
could see her again, being on the point of starting
for Paris, having been rejected as a suitor. I told
her to remain, but -he was angry, and, taking hold
of the poker, threw it against the window, breaking
a glass. The poker fell ill the street, and Miss
(?arable moreover threatened to set the house on
fire. 1 caused the aforetniti Pietro to be informed
of the foolish transactions of Mi** Gamble, and I
declined to let her go out in ?u< h a state of mental
aberration, in fact, ."he acted as a> m/.y woman, and,
throwing hosclfon the floor, she insisted that I
should let her go out. or kill her. After all litis,
Miss (iambic appioaejicd the table, eat with much
appetite, and little by little, "he grew calmer. It
Wing already very late, (it was t liree o'clock ? alter
midnight) I proposed to her to go to sleep in
anotlrn mom, with her chambermaid ; that I would
lie down cn the sola; but she refused. All my
att< mpts and words being of no avail, I went out of
the house, and took Mi's t iambic and her chamber
maid to the Hotel of the Iron Crown, being directed
by Pietro, a- Miss (iambic would not enter her hotel
at so late an hour. On our way to the Iron Crown.
Miss (iambic appeared sorry lor having acted so
foolishly in my bouse ; and when I bade her good
niglit, she shook hands w ith me in a. friendly niau
ner. The next morning, toward 9 o'clock. I went
with Miss Gamble to her own hotel, but for the sake
of delicacy I did not enter. An hour after this, her
courier came after me. saying that his lady wished
to speak to mo. n?id according to her orders, 1 wont
to the hotel. I talked with her ; but at this time
being visited by Miss Bennct. I retired, that lady
having ordered mc to leave. 1 ought to say that I
had brought with uic some letters which had fallen
from the muff of Miss Gamble when she was struck
at the idea of finding mo in the room instead of the
Chief of Police, and being constrained by Miss
Hennet to leave immediately, 1 forgot to return the
letters, which 1 have yet in my possession. After
this I did not see any more of Miss Gamble.
The prisoner, AVikofl", being asked through the
interpreter whether it was true that he caused Miss
Gamble, by throats, to sign the marriage declara
tion. and whether he had pulled out a pistol, saying
that ho would kill her should she insist iu refusing
him as her husband, or at least, in case she should
decline making him a donation of half of her
income, he replied, through the same interpre
ter: ? 1 carried with me two pistols, but they wore
not loaded, and 1 have never pulled them out from
the pocketsof my overcoat. I took them with me,
in case she had refused my hand once more, to pre
tend to kill mvself. but never to do her any harm,
but to try if she loved me.
lla\ ing been interrogated if lie possesses yet the
declaration made to him by Miss (tumble, and the
letters she wrote to him while in London and Paris,
and orderding him, if such being the ease, to present
thoni to the court, together with those dropped by
the lady, lie replied: ?
" I have not in my possession the correspondence
with Miss (iambic, but only a few letters which I
offer here to the court. [Here a clerk of the court
received from the prisoner Wikofl' fourteen letters,
which he certified to belong to Miss Gamble; live
other letters besidt s. and four pieces of paper contain
ing cx)ienses belonging to the said lady, and a part
of those which were dropped from her inuff. as well
as a half sheet of paper containing tho aforesaid de
claration. They were all written in the Knglish
Being oiicstioned through the interpreter, from
whom In hud received the two pistols, or whether
the same belong to him. and where they were now,
" The pistols of which I have spoken previously,
I obtained from t h?- courier of Miss tin in hie on t he
15th inst.; Vmt I did not tell him for what u-e and
purpose. They were soon after returned to the
President ? During the time that Mis- < Iambic
wa*- with you. in tbe Palace Serru, have you ever,
on any occasion, put your hands on tbe plaintiff'*
A. ? On entering the apartment she was asto
nished. and began to scream. and it was then I put
my hands on her mouth.
I 'resident ? Under these circumstances had you tbe
Answer ? Not on my person: but 1 believe I had
them in ft wardrobe, or <<u my mantelpiece.
1 'resident ? Do you recollect having threatened
Miff < laiublc with a pistol?
Answer ? Never.
I President ? Pid you curry a pistol in yourjiocket,
with tbe handle appearing uuteide!
Answer ? Never.
i President ? While you were in the Russian Con
sulate did you send for some sheets!
Answer ? 1 do not remember.
President ? Wlitn Miss (>amble refused to marry
? you, did you not threaten her that she should either
i marry you or sleep in that bed?
Answer ? She did not refuse; moreover she said
I .-he would marry me during the evening, or the
! next day. Jt is not true that 1 told her she must
slee p in that bed.
Being asked if the letters existing iu the exami
nation were written by himself or by her,
Wikofl said ? Yes.
Here the Saeretaty read all the letters of Wikoff: ?
i, tri ms oi cbevamkk wikokk whim-: in prison.
(ii voa. I'aiso* of St. Andiu w. I
November 17tb 1851. >
Mi-s .1 O ; ? Well, my dear .lane, to lie in h
firfoon a lieauliful amusement : I have fully enjoyed It
all the morning. I baTe at last succeeded in giving to
our long luve affair n dramatic form This will be an
astonirhing story for the public papers, magazines, and
even for raiuiwillri. When you left (ienevii. I had resolved,
in ease yon would not fulfil your engagement with lue.
without it-signing sufficient reason, to publish all our ro
mantic history, in order that the world should learn that
1 am not so easily deceived ; and when this story shall
apjw-nr in the papers, which will undoubtedly take place,
tin people will laugh at your, anil not at my expense I
inii?t add to this, tlait I admire Ibe manner yon play
your part : I shall try to imitate you. by all means 1
haie never <en on any stage, a more surprising dramatic
piece, which will lie rendered more interesting by your
hysterical scenes You hat* new-r been so ben ui fful and
seductive as vhen in my room, your long hair fell ?o luxu
riaiith on your white shoulder* If you had not been >-ii
enchanting i would have li Iterated you sooner.
I ruppo-e that you have been apprised that my army of
'.audit- ( i*i i-ted of my servant (the mine whom you
thought to I* a hiaro") who wa- extremely affrighted and
ot a little lay who watched at the doors and windows of
All I he. -i pi oplr tinned my I a I lad regiment, and if you
and Mary had attacked us with the poker and the Are
tongs, w i would have been compelled to leave you the
field aruiy and victory In short when this ??cnt shall
Ih will narrated it wilt attract public avtention. and 1
shall make it puhli< iu\ -<lf wli' ii I shall lie out ofpri-ou
\ on limy rely upon lay "lauwcnt
I brought yestcrd: > withlm your confidential letters
but yon d'-chiirged me Uf t- I had time to return iheui
to the deeliment. you shall have it ids" 1 rem mUr
< u-iy word Iif it
I .tin iii a very good humor, considering the strange
and romantic eaeet * fit our love, and at the idea that 1
am in prison as a hero Add to this all the imi.se which
will lie ruumd by my arrest and thinking that at present .
I would iiot'inarrj you for all earthly trtuieure as i begin
to lldnk that you and Mary both would have Im-cii too
heavy a burden for my arm* 1 hope that yen will have
time enough at present to.ureyonr nerves and hysteri
cal atto-i ke Try. for <lod - sake, not to injure your con
stitution although there is not much danger, at your ap
petite is pretty good IMcasc do not frighten poor l?oui*.
who would cxpo<* his lite to protect you from any true
li. number nie to Mary I hop< that ?heha? slept. wall
la?t night It was tin- tear that her life should be endan
gered that induced me to wi-l so soon the drama at that
time 1 ??.? extremely amused with you both . hut
"lien I saw you. my s-We?t .lane urtinv. towards midnight,
with an appi tite. my aniielia* oca sad.
In ta s* I aliould not lie condemned. 1 intend baring
bi-re as 1 had expressed to soma friends in Turin, and
fi.ing to I'aria. by the way of Marseilles. I suppose that
join intention is that ei| going to Home .1? rtrnir.
l.io not frighten boui- V our sineere riend.
M > In a i .Iass? I write you but a few lines, to say that
I ho| i to your spirit and appetite are ID a good condition,
and lieilei e that you slai-p very well Our affair I fear,
will turn very phranetic. and it is probable (hat it may
and vary seriously. You haw deluded rite you skilful
cwjMette, but the only reward I shall leave you. will be H
painful nil inory of your transaction i have always pur
riied the same course with my enemies The only thing
whic h grieves me is, that I am afraid that poor Mary
r< ally suffered the night I attempted to real lie my pro
je. t i ijui i ruing her All the histories 'it PlatiOO. and of
? iiicealcil weapons. are t'ltally untrue You see what I
think I must confess that you have never caused me so
n .a h mm i at ion for your person as on that evening I ,
nuer -aw any thing or mori beautiful and more dramatic
than v . hj ,1 s,., tl(. |J|| it egg had not IfCU M
J ItauUul, I JtftH JVU I'.w,., 1
An effWr rf poller v htrt, 1 prepoevd f M to prison to
n>t'ht, but my Consul 1* nppom d to it. aad the police doe*
??t dare fc. nolsle the thru-bold ol tta American ? ffi.nl
j I . are more for fhat poor devil cl my servant, wk,, h ,
a wife ami children. berid. ?? poor l.ouis. who would have
?*? "liied all I the handset a true
.iU'i >t was a mere play. and that you were
not in any danger. J
[This r ii- written without date or signature l
??->??*, Pkiwm 0K sT AtoRcw. \
T>? 'nJo.-Mj hi art would brin'k 'tuj I^n.o'writr leu
*h?" letter I walked ull the night in ray horrid ?*ll l
hare never uttered an angry word, nor did I w"ke anv
severe n ui.rk .gainst you. I have been thrown in a
pot t prifon. imk the most vulgar and filthy persons
vet I believe that such wax not your intention I ?
blame myself for this foolish* ?*?. as you saw la? Satur
day night when we were left alone, that I did not mv a
word or attempt ony act. whie.h could create any doubt
on the purity of my devotion towards yon I rime in
Genoa only to rnibark for Marseilles This I said to
many of my fmnds in Turin; but I was decided"* see
you previously: a?d knowing that you would not gran*
in. an interview. I employed thU foolish scheme Mv
design was to indure you. by meaun of these romautie
mearares. to marry me. having been also informed l.y
London J ?U Wtre UDhH"? wbcn 1 ?eft jou alone ,1
If I had known b?-f.ire this that you did not love me 1
would have never followed you here; and I tiiouelit th^i
Mr Bates' letter would settle all our difficulties Oood
Ood what a gloomy success ! 1 am locked up in a cell
without any fire? I have no ? omb? I hoar horrid *,Ui*ls
and voices, and had odor* surround me During the
, night there mine several men. at various in terrain I
could not understand their intentions First they de
prived me of my wi.teh? of some letters, two among
them which I had written to you yesterday Beforo this
1 was gay. but this blow was fatal.7 f WfaJlen into the
extremest degradation ! I see now that there is left form.'
no other means of salvation but to publish the whole H.?t
this would disgrace you in the cyesSf tLUridT^ll^t
ww v ttn,.uot- yo'J know ? brutal and impious man
*,i h hm futc- 1 'hall never otter a word
I wlnrh could injure you. 1 shall sign any paper which
yon desne ; write it. i:nd I shall sign it. nithout even
i reading the contents.
' tw JT^r'. rie,h my hmtrt- f,nr 4,11 ,hat 1 ?uffered
tor you; although f am insulted and tortured, yet 1 do
no reproach for ,t. ,M(.a?0. for Gotl ? Httk? do not
| proceed aci.iust Louik. who favors you. and desired vonr
| union with me; and Mary ofte,, told him that this would
I th^ lil'l r (KUr? V" Wh*the has done, it was with
lM h? 1 fhaf one day you would hav?? improved of it
| yniirri'U. Do not permit thut he should bi; rurn< d I aiu
, tlw only RUiltyprron in thin transaction, and liin m*at
I est ci iZ in oi buying loved you uio?t blimMy Write to
l ilfnil , 2 Jr,,,,r ,Ptte'"- *hieh I intended to
ill < p into the |H)st office I do not know what has brromc
0Mh.m Write again, for heaven s sake do h?e
iiu . and in the name of (lod show me. in these critical
wl'm v lurt rieV i"[ My foolislin- ss should
culm > our (.nel I know that L am wrong and T would
not ever don- to a.-k from you to be numbered among the
wrvjinlsof your house; but either free or a captive dn
nwt f.-ar me? because I renounce all idea, in this life, of
causing you any injury. II wiKOPK.
lhiriiiR this rending the Advoontc Parbella civil
prosecuting attorney, asked YVikofT if he 'should
read the seeoud interrogatories in presence of tke
prosecuting attorney, as they might contain some
contradictions about the circumstances of the facts
exposed in his answers, which might be prejudicial
to the interests of Miss (iambic. FJC
Protesting against this, the Advocat" Mcrialdi
replied, on the side of the law, and rcadinc the
interrogation s of the defendant, as these cannot
ifter new elements o i conviction against the priso
\hX arli.c,k 3,1 "r C?&, in whichPit is
declared that the evidence must be made by verbal
reports and witnesses. There was no instawe of
any departure from this rule.
Advocate Carbella replied, invoking the discre
tionary power of the President.
Advocate Merialdi opposed it. One such ca.se
w !i hy-^pMcd in the matter of inferior crimes,
by the President of the Court of Correction, where
G. Parodf ^ decided, annulling the ennsc of
if ,he Vari[tt dwiKed dc
tivelyu g incident court. They replied nega
Ucferencr. wag made to th.existenee of the pistols,
as the body of offence ; and he was asked if he re
CXJfly-fclid? bC th0SC 0f Whkh he hnd sP?kcn
The ' Prendent successively asked Lonis Vannoud
if l'e knew the Italian language; if he spoke it.
And as he replied affirmatively, he swked if Van
noud had anything to say concerning the ease of
which he was accused. h
KVIDENCg OF VANNOUD, THE COfRtEH.
\annoud replied? For nine years 1 have been
in the service of Miss Gamble, acting in the capacity
Mi? fW }lnl Ving' iu learned from
existence oi a relationship between
?h? i 'V' ^ a letter directed to lier, which
noim ?r,i <r J6aVe at fhc ?'00r? I returned on the
point of departure again. Mr. Wikof! called me
and informed me of his amours with my mistress
and he said to me: " You are the sole person in whom
1 1 ii nil Tw ? (It.,!u,8t lte remembered that, l^fore
liand, i had given him some information of mv ini?
tiess.) At this t ime he gave ine a check for five hun
bed i loimds sterling. Havingreturned toSwitxerland
J iiiloimed I Mr. Wikofl that my mistrtss MKh-d for
him, and had writteiiu note full of anguish for hi
|ciumiJ. mid wished VV ikofl should go there, so lhai
ins unstress : might Under him her hand, lie came
in fa. i, as desired, and 1 saw that my mistress n-cd
I mi with gr. ai faunlmrily, and ior some time they
hi W- r"e" 1 and they ate at the ,i,ne il
.It . Mi. W ikufi went awuy, and Miss (Jiunble sigui
, a desue to leave, saying she eo.ild no longer stay
in mot ies >? e arrived again at Turin in N'ovein
her, where I found Mr. Wikoff, who w shed to
speak with Miss (iamble; and he commissioned ine
0 seek a lodging in the same house with ,?>? mis
tress; but I do not know whether she had any inti
macy with him We left for Cenoa. where nc ai
I.'.ir w:'i! i ,Cv hv ( ^c,lcvp) of November. We
met Wikoff there ; but knowing thiU the ladies and
Miss (.amble were In mg at the < W of Malta, he
took a lodging at the l.'cale, from which be chained
me with the duty of engaging a waiter. I rot the
assistance of a cerfain Peter, who came to me by
introduction in ibis hotel, nud lie assisted in obtain
ing the apartment where J conducted my mistress.
Here I bad orders to return within un llour, and 1
employed myself in driving about the city with the
lady companion of Miss (inmble. This interval
passed, 1 returned to the apartment, and Pelcreame
n <1 \ go away? they would be back
n an hour; and" in this interval I took
I he young lady companion to her hotel.
1 returned thence, from my lady, and I was or
dered to go to the hotel and bring her some night
clothes, which the chambermaid herself carried; and
mounting the carriage with inc. we drove to the
j lady; remained attending orders, and towards
I ? t,YZ *wnf ordered to go and b.ing dinner; what
i 'ollowetloi happened I do not know. a? I went to
ti a6?' ? i i (lruKEC(1) When I awoke I went to
her !l , 1 v y\" m-v mistress to go with
r to the Knglish Consul s, and she prohibited me
from saying J had been in the house of Wikoff.
C,!l y?u the po8f96Mor of two pip
Hq.lv. ? Yes; 1 kq>t them in my trunk.
President. ? l>o you observe that these are the
same ! ?
Jtt*p) v ? Yes. t hey nre the same.
President. ? Were they lent by you to Signor
Reply ? Yes, sir.
President. ? Were they ehnrgetl or empty !
Reply ? Empty.
President ? For what purpose did he ask you for
Reply ? 1 am ignorant.
President ? When you were in the house of Mr.
Wikofl were you never near the room where your
mistress was routined'?
Reply ? When I was wailing near the door once, I
heard my mistress say t<> her waiting maid that she
would many liiin.
President ? Have you ever given your mistress any
notes ol Mi . W'ikoft previous to her being brought
to the house of Mr. W ikofl '
He ply ? Ye*, sir: 1 gave her a letter directed to
the house where was found Mr. Wikoff. written *y
: himself, and she lead it to the waiting maid.
President ? When you gav c hei the note, did she
I manifest any surprise
| Reply ? Y<s: and bejran to laugh, and told nte not
' to sav anything to Miss Bennet about it. lor she
thought they were engaged.
I're.-ident ? You recollect of having said in your
evidence lliat lie from whoiu you had the note was a
large old ina.ii!
Reply ? Yes. sir.
President ? And why hare you said this!
Ileplv ? So us not to compromise Miss (Jauible nor
The President then asked Cavallgri what he had
to say in his defence.
Answer. ? 1 entered into the service of this
pent U man at the request of Vannoud, on eon
dition that I would call myself Peter, to which
1 replied, they call me Louis; but lie said he
must call me Peter; I answered, it is indifferent
to me; then lie introduced inc to the gentle
man. who requested me to pet him a furnished
apartment; 1 showed him one. which be told me was
* table: therefore, I conducted him to Hignor Kali,
with whom we stipulated to take the apartment of
the Russian Consul, in Nerra street, at twenty-five
francs a day: he told ine to remove to this room on
the following day, so that I uii^ht attend him;
which I did, in the morning I met the gentleman;
toward* noon, the courier called and asked me if the
gentleman was in the house; 1 answered yes, and he
ascended with two ladies, whom 1 announced to
my master; hi told me to letch the lady who had a
paper to be -igned; 1 did as I was desired, and ac
cording to his order; I told the courier they might
return and take uwny the lady; they having re
turned fitter an hour, I wa? ordered to tell
them thev must return again; in the meantime, and
in much haste, T was ordered to prepare breakfast,
fdr which purpose I mounted the same carriage with
the lndy, and went a- far as the Post Office; took
breakfast at the Clicsnut House, and brought
breakfast for Miss (iambol; the lady partook
twice of soup, and afterwards of a little chop; j
a JiiHv Jfcttt J bftd vpJus t <j prcjar? tUwitr, *?d2 hi I
*??? *? it was ?*ady, to brine it frert l he Cbeseut
Hon?*, I had retired afterwards to the kitchen, ami
wns advised by the gentleman to keep wutch, for foar
the lady woulu set fire to tho curtain; I woo startlod,
and Raid, " For Heaven's sake do not fire the house;"
and they went with the courier to the rooin in which
the lady was; towards two a'clock my master aflkod
lor h carriage; I replied that the hour was late, and
thai it would be impossible to find one ; he then
told me to go with them to a neighboring hotel, and
be took the lady with him, under his arm ; I accom
panied them to the hotel called tho Crown of Iron;
then left the houM, when I found the courier in the
passage, who told me to go to bed ; in the morning,
' got together the silver of tho refectory, went
in *eareb of iny master, and conducted him to the
American Consul's; here I peiformcd many services,
and at night the Unardian of Public Safety requested
me to go to the Justice, where, once arrived, he or
dered thai 1 be transferred to prison, where 1 have
been confined for three months; i crave the mercy
of veur Excellency.
the President. ? When yon entered the service of
Kignor VV'ikoff, did the courier say you tnust obey
punctually everything he ordered you to do 1
Reply. ? Yes, sir.
President. ? When you served tie breakfast, did
the lady appear excited !
Reply.? She walked here and there, but ate her
President. ? Hod you nevcv heard her cry 1
Reply.? I heard her cry she would set the house
President. ? Did the lady say anything to you,
when you spoke to her near the ehimncy !
Reply. ? I did not approach the chimney, and she
said nothing te me ; but, however, when I carried
in her dinner, she put one hand on my chest, at
which 1 was greatly puzzled, and said to me, " A
thousand francs to the Cross of Malta ? I will give
you a thousand francs if you will take inc to the
Cross of Malta."
President.? Did the gentleman promise you two
thousand francs !"
Reply. ? He approached me, anil said that he
would have given me two thousand dollars if he had
President.. ? Did you observe that Mr. WikofThad
a pistol piotrudirg from his pocket; and had it a
suspicious look !
Reply. ? No, sir.
President. ? Did you observe that Vannoud, the
courier, bad an unquietauoimer, and wcut spying to
the door !
Answer. ? He spoke some words with Mr. WikotF
President. ? While Miss Curable was in the house,
did Mr. Wikoff close the doors!
Answer. ? No, sir; they were shut in by them
selves, and the door latched.
President. ? Did the courier say that he had con
ducted the lady into this houso to make her marry
Mr. Wikofl, and that if they staid one niglit. in this
home, the next day they should be married!
Reply. ? He only told me; and asked ifthcrc was in
Geneva an English minister, because in the morning
they tfould be married, the English law requiring a
lady who had passed a night with a gentleman to
President. ? When you entered the service of Mr.
WikofV, did he say a lady would come after him!
Reply. ? He told me two ladies would come.
President. ? But did he not say to you that a lady
would come who had many times bantered him with
her promise of marriage; that he would have to
make a declaration, and lie had already the assist
ance of her courier!
Reply. ? lie told me there must come two ladies,
and let that one enter who wanted the paper, and to
say to the other to return in half tin hour.
President. ? While Vannoud was in the house, did
you sec him approaching the door to listen to their
Reply. ? He concealed himself, and he went out;
when 1 returned it was three o'clock P. M.
Here the advocate of the civil part said, that
there should bo in the casein the instance above
proposed, an order to read of the written inter
rogatory. On the part of the defence it was in
sisted that this part should be rejected.
After a brief silence, the civil attorney ceased to
press his proposition.
The plaintiff was here Introduced. She is a lady
ofmedocre stature,ofa sprightly appearance, interest
ing physiognomy, vivacious eyes, chestnut hair,
dressed in black, and wrapped in a mantle of watered
silk; she wore a black hat, and a small eye
glass, and held in her hand a small perfnme bottle,
she was interrogated by means of the interpreter,
Peter Perodi, who was presented to her and asked
*' what language she would speak!" She replied,
" the French; and in that language she made
her replies, by means of the interpreter.
BVIDKKCF. OK JJJS9 (> AMI1I.E.
A to You Jane Catharine Gamble!
Keply. ? Yes* born at T unb ridge Wells, a small
fit \ of England; aged 40, and living in London.
A Iter this the interpreter invited Miss (iambic to
e.\| ose, in brief terms, the origin of the prosecution,
aiid life in such narrative, the truth; and, it being
iuti rprettd by the interpreter, she related it in the
following tarns. 9
It was in 1885 that 1 first knew Mr. Wikoff ; I
1 s \ * <1 with an umle and aunt, who adopted mo ;
Mi Wikoff (.aiue from the United States, with coin
ii:? noations to my uncle, and was received as one
? if the family ; he was afterwords attache to the
A ii i ricHii Minister at London ; in 1810 he went to
An. erica, and 1 no more jaw him until the middle
nt A ] i il after, nt the moment that 1 had lost the
ln-t of my parents, whose fortune 1 inherited; he
ufteiwnrds madt int two propositions of marriage,
which 1 refused ; he returned to Paris, and from
thence wrote me two letters, asking my friendship;
I replied to that letter from Han Goar, without
giving him my address : 1 did not love him, but he
interested me much, a- he revived the memory of
my parents, whom I loved fondly; before I left
London he introduced me to the acquaintance of
Mrs. (Jrote ; she knew him very well, and spoke to
me of his noble qualities, without concealing his
dwfects ; depicting him to mc as a mun of sensibili
ties, but impracticable; telling mc that 1 was
I beloved by him, and she feared something serious
' if lie were disappointed ; all this caused a deep
impression, more particularly under the grief of
; having lest a brother, whom I doted on, and who
j loved me with equal fondness; at San Goar I had a
remarkable dream about Mr. WikofT, and I wrote
him to ponder over what he was to do; I left Lon
don in June ; 1 received three letters at Lansanne,
in the August following, in which he wrote how he
had been always allured by me ; 1 was afflicted, and
1 sought to undeceive him with regard to my
sentiments; after this, with surprise. 1 saw him in
Switzerland; I could not persuade him to return to
Paris, and finally, at Geneva, according to his desire
and that of my waiting woman, whom 1 loved as a
second mother. I promised to espouse him, if my
relations were willing ; he proposed marriage iinruc
mediatcly, and so strenuously insisted ujion it,
that 1 thought him a little demented ; and I prayed
him to disengage me from my promise, and
leave with this refusal; but he followed me al
ways; having gone toOhchcy, Mr. Wikoff promised
not to follow me, on condition of my consulting Mr.
Kates upon the subject of our alliancc: he would not
riply to this, and I wrote him upon the subject; I
received several letters from Wikoff ; they were of a
violent and threatening tone; I returned to London
on the 7th Oct.; Mr. Bates told me that he did not 1
think it proper that I should marry this Wikoff ; J
th? opinion of Mr. Bates agreed with mine, and
during the visits paid to mc by Wikoff, while I |
was in London, 1 told him that T could not marry i
him; lie became enraged, and said he had already
I spoken with many people about this marriage, and
he would not be disappointed; I told him at a more
propitious time I would signify my final determina
tion; F consulted again Mr. Bates, who told mc ac
cording to information received concerning this !
Wikoff, his person could never be adapted to my !
pretensions, and that I should have nothing more j
to do with him; 1 wrote to Wikoff decidedly, with- :
out mentioning anything but my firm detennina- !
tion; he replied ?? my decision, saying I had done i
fi i the best, but in his last visit 1 used terms injuri- j
i n* to his character; then 1 asked him to come and
m '? nne before F should leave London, adding T 1
would receive him that evening, against my cus- j
? "in, as I had forbidden him to visit me at a late
hour; he refused the invitation, nnd I thought ,
everything adjusted and ended; lie asked '
afteiwards to see me, but 1 refused to ad- (
niit him, anil 1 gave positive orders to J
my domestic? not to let him pass my threshold ; he \
wiote to mc, conjuring mc in the name of my dead !
foufin, and threatening suicide if I refused an in- :
terview; 1 invariably declined; then I began to be
afraid of Mr. Wikoff; Mrs. Gortc wrote mc that he !
was furieus against her also, and that he had 1
threatened her ; Mrs. Horsley begged mc to grant !
him an interview ; I refused ; I was about to depart i
fur Italy, when 1 was informed thst Wikoff was in i
my own bouse, bending me a letter in which lie
begged mc to s?e him once more ; I complained
with the people of the house for liaving let him
come in, but not to promote any scandal, T assonted i
to see him ; it was always the same story, love and
matrimony; f was inoen.'cd ; I reminded him that
he had accepted my decision, that he had promised
to let m< alone; he insisted; then F left the room
anil went to ween in the anus of my female com
panion, saying to tier that Wikoff did not cease to
persecute we. and that he threatened to conic after '
me in case ] went away ; she quieted my fears, say- |
ingthatthis would not happen, as lie was acquainted ,
with my determination a- to an alliance with him.
F left London on the 27th of October, and or. the 8th
of November 1 arrived in Turin; the next day the
cou Her announced tome that an Englisli lady (Mrs.
Aiisiim ) desired to ee me; I went with the couricr,
who pretended to accompany me to the apartment
of Mi-. An line; there we found the door of the ]
parlor ' pen. and light within; 1 did not ce any
one. and J did not wish to advance} 1 returned
to my room', and <nt the courier to inquire of the
lady whether she desired my visit for the evening;
V iinn oud returned, saying tFiat the lady wa- very
tired, and would see ni?: the next day; on the follow
>J'K J wat Mvjim J 1 y J' ) wwnnton
that, in t??.d ef Mr*. Au?fine, it w?? f'bcvalier 1
Wikoff; I. became indignant vf it; I wiotc u> bun to j
leave the kolvl instantly, ami lie an- wen <1. bi j.'j<ing
me to allow him an interview; I refused: ami .In n I
he wrote inc that be wi.s going lo Pari*, which I
believed, it having been reasserted by m,i cornier; I
started for lii'nuu. where I arrived on I he- I'ith of
| November; three days after the courier informed i
me of having lost my passports, ti)toii which I de- I
! cided to go with him and my female companion to
i the Intendant's oftice, to get others; In found a
carriage, and thus wo went; we arrived at a house,
| and I asked whose it was, and on a piece of ('iijier
handed to me by the courier, I read " House of
1 ltussia, Serra street;" having ascended tin' stair
case, a man introduced me aloue into a small parlor,
and, while 1 wus waiting for the lutciulant. uehelil i
Mr. Wikoff; (here Miss Gambit- began to weep:) 1
was indignant at this duplicity and intrigue, and
he, laughing ut my astonishment, si id that he had
' caused me to conic' there to constrain me to marry
1 him; I began to scream; he put liis hands on my
? mouth, and threatened me: he said, moreover, that
be was surrounded hv a great number of confidential
persons ( lattclites ), that I need not hope for uiiv
assistance or help, that he would keep me there all
that night, and, on the next morning, he would
send for a pi iest to marry us; he threatened also to
linvc mc carried on board a boat, which was lying
at anchor in the port of Genoa, at his disposal,
and which would sail with us for the Archi
pelago; he placed a paper before ine, and he con
strained mc by force to write a declaration of uiar
"rioge, or to lose half my income; 1 wroto: ?
'?I. the undersigned. Und myself to marry Mr Henry
Wikoff, with wli< m 1 had eontructed a mntriniouiid en
gagement during my ?t?y in Geneva aud Anehy. or to
lose one hnlf*nf my ineoine. I iniike this declaration of
my own free will ?nd consent, in consideration of having
often violated, to the present day. iny solemn promises
made by mc to the said llenry Wikoff.''
(Signed) JANE 0. GAMBLE.
(Here Miss (ianible ngain began to weep.) The
lndy requested the gentlemen of the Court to
excuse her. After a while, I heard a noise from the
contiguous room, and 1 knew it to be the voice of
my female companion; 1 ran to her and remained in
her company; she and myself begged Wikoff to let
ns go out; he refused, saying that he preferred to
kfli me with the pistol, and afterwards he would
commit suicide. I look hold of the pokt r and threw
it against the window, breaking the glass, and cried
aloud, that sonic person might hear me. lie put his
hands again on my mouth; he threatened to have
my female companion tied and locked up in the cel
lar; I wrote on the card which I threw from the
window, tho following reward: ? " 1 offer a thousand
pounds to the person who shall inform the police."
I wus so overcome with grief that Wikoll'. assuming
a pitiful air, said that he would set us free if a man
who was in the hou.-e would permit it; and that he
would speak with him. 1 attempted to bribe the
servants, but it wiis of 110 avail. Wikoff. returned
several times to the room, saying that the myste
rious man would not let them go; finally, after long
entreaties, towards three o'clock, after midnight, we
went out, accompanied by Wikoff himself, who took
us to another hotel, where we slept.
President ? Show Miss Gamble the copy of a letter
of Mr. Bates, found in possession of Wikoff, in which
I lie wrote that he consented to her marriage with
Lady Gamble, and was asked whether she Inul with
licr the original letter. A. ? I recognise all these
letters in court us my own, but besides these thir
teen there should be another.
President. ?Does the civil part insist that, the said
letters ef Miss (Jaiublc should be read in court!
The Advocate Cabella remarked, that as it had
been ascertained that these letters belonged to Miss
Gamble, he protested against the reading.
The advocate of the defence took a different
ground, and insisted upon the reading of the letters.
The advocate Cabella said, ns there were many
errors in the translation, lie wished that they should
be verrified before reading.
The President of the Court ordered the Secretary
: to read all the letters. The Secretary read; ?
lettejis ok MISS <; AMIil.K.
Loxdov. J imr 0, 1851,
You will render mr justice in future ? rf not in this
world, it will be purely in some other, where all com
plicated circumstances of thin life will appear in light
colors. 1 wished that iny conscience might bo lVee of any
remorse as it is free from anv fickleness toward" you; but
it is useless to spenk of it. You will eall it a want of sin
cerity in me. Gotland the angels alone saw my thoughts,
and they proved to be good and guardian, anil they
would not haTc blamed my aetiMft so unjustly as you
have done, who possoss the eye and conscience of a
mortal. Ilad you read. theu. ii} heart, perhaps your re
spect for one would have been greater; but are you uot.
too. a little Inconsistent with yourself You clubs my
friendship: but if 1 were the coquette you pretend me to
be. I should not deserve your respect. You admit that
while we were at Bournemouth. 1 was sincere ami ingen
uous: and in the meantime, you say that it would take
very little to make of me the most low and contemptible
object. As great wrong* and hard t rials can turn in a
single night tlie hairs of men. you thought that they
could change also human feelings and morals; but 1 had
not been tried yet so far. If jou la-Ucved me ingenuous
and true, while at Bournemouth, how can you justify
your after impressions .' if 1 bad played a traitor s
paitin the country, there would be a great contradiction
in my conduct hereafter. You speak ol my skilfulnesa
and of my capacity a.- a coquriit iuc*.
Truly, the most simple country girl would have shown
more art. You ask from me whether my indignation, in
rending your letter. was similar to tbut of a coquette
who has lost the good opjsort unity of playiug with the
honest intentions of uu affectionate man I became
indignant, it is true, but this was not the cnuse.
It is true that I was more angry with myself #?au
with you. Anger, youtay. is not excusable for s? solemn
an Occasion. I was punished enough for uiy mistake,
ns every on<i shall be tor the faults committed in
thin world. My conduct caused y?'U a great deal
of anxiety ? you cannot justify the apparent con
tradiction; and while j*u feel constrained to con
demn me, new impression* direct your memory to
times past, and make you doubt the hard sentence twice
pronounced by yourself Is it not so? I read your
thoughts better than you read mine. I believe that you
are attached to me; and moreover. 1 think that you would
endure the trials and pains of the occasion, if you would
believe me unworthy of all reproach. There is no senti
ment more painful than the indignity of the person whom
we love? but true love cannot last long without respect.
This should be your reflection. If your intention is to
think of me. I wish you would consider my character the
same as when we were at Bournemouth.
[No Signature. 1
San tlo*n. June 'Z. 1861.
1 did not intend to write you any more, and I acquaint
ed Mrs. (iroie with my positive division: but I fear I shall
be constrained to contradict myself. 1 believe that even
the marble Madonna of I'igmaglione has committed some
little sin since she descended from her pedestal. Not
witlutaiiding that. I intend to write you a serious letter
You serm anxious to know whether 1 enjoy the thought
of having tundc you unhappy. If I was not flattered by
the thought that I am dear to your heart, this would be
an act of insensibility on my part, and you would be the
first to reproach me with it. But it docs not gi\e me any
satisfaction to know you are unhappy : on the contrary. I
would like to hear that yon were more quiet, and less dis
posed to nndertakc a course which might prove very
wrong, nnd you might yet repent of it. If I exercise any
influence upon you. let it be for good and uot for evil
Time has a remedy for all things except for remorsa
of errors wc have committed. If we do all things
in n right wny. that will Iring us the peace to our soul"
which is the element of happiness; prosperity seems to lie
the fortune of some persons, (perhaps reserved for those
of good principles.) but then misfortunes an- more
difficult to endure. Perhaps my nature required a more
hard discipline; in one word, the wheleofmy life bus been a
contiuunl hard trial. Kul my faith never failed, and
during every temptation and sorrow, t feel it to lie alitor
the best; nnd I submit myself to a su|>reuit! will. Il?re I
do not sic whut you coll destiny.
Certainly, we find ourselves in different circumstances,
without teing favored by our own will Hut consequence*
depend upon the 'manner we behave. If. after having
made ail wotfh) attempts to obtain what we desire, it Is
denied to us. we may ascertain that it would not Im- well
for us to possess It; but our attempts turn to our ad
vantage. as they strengliten our moral character. To
read your thoughts as enchantment or witchcraft is not
my gift. Wo learn by suffi ring, as Shelley asserts, 'what
we tench by song." 1 am eudowi d by uat ore with h poeti
cal and romantic disposition, and those who have suffered
much eaneasly sympotl i/e w.ili the grid's oi others. Itisa
pity that you have not * good opinion of women. Itecuuse.
believe me. they do not ? t< serve such a wrong judgme nt ?
no matter how unworflij ur. soun among thein W mneu
are the trtu martyrs of til th and love, and II we should
recall the history of ma nj lliey would appear, in - pile of
rnian men. the heroes of tin eaith I pr fess a great re
spi ct for women, and nothing gr.evei me more 1 h?n to see
tin ir standard trainpbo bj a single fan i /?/? I bine not I
had anything to reproieh myself will, since >ou left j
Bournemouth. 1 sa> this while looking on the immense i
aud b< autiful nature w l ieb surrounds nn andbefon wiiicli
no mortal should provi to be false. I confess (but my con: |
duet during this unhappy acquaintance with you is no
without blame, nor am Isuiiiriacd at your eomioents.and >
I am (Xtnmly sorry for any trouble I could have caused j
to your sensible heart On loy return next spring. I |
shall llsit I'nris. and we shall meet in good friendship j
Do not rely on foollsh#ncdttation or errors; remain where ]
you are. aud. whatever might happen, do not ninrry any i
wi man whom you could not love You would he unhap
py. and she too. You tay in your letter, that my person
is always in your mind, if such Ik1 the case, may my me
nu ty preserve you froni any evil, until another woman, ,
more worthy than myself can conquer the affection of |
your noble soul. Should you despise my friendly advice. ;
yo* "hull repent sooner or later I N o signature |
Fmitvosr.iluly 2- 1M1.
In spite of all my resolutions I write you anew, and I
must confess my fwbleiiess of spirit I aui superstitious,
and Inst night I had a dream which caused nic a great
deal of inquietude, and all eonceming your person.
have received during this dream so many advices tor me
and for others, thai 1 caunot despise tnem .
was very vivid, yet 1 did not .-.collect any part icula s
when i awoke, but only ? slight remembrance tlmt you
were accomplishing -on., thing against m> "/'Y^ m cd
attempt' d to divert yon from It. but I could n '
Til" last time you wrote to ine you W. re much irritatid.
and I would not be surpisi d should I hear that you nnglit
have a. > < mpllshed something for which you ought to re
gret I havo in vi r siH,ntancousJy .lone wrong to any
m rson nor even involuntarily, to my knowledge, unless
through some words pronounced without consideration
1 bar# suffered much and in various manners, thinking
that I might be the muse of lln wrong you might
accomplish, or seive as a justification to ?oini' of
your inconsiderate actions. I wish that I could be
your good genlou* rather than an evil one l?o
not suppose that writing to you a> I do. I pretend
to exercise any Influence upon your heart ; but I beg yoti j
to listen to truth and rec son By your talents and many
noble qualities you can lilpe yet to run a brilliant and use- j
ful cftieer; but to reach this point you tbould not yield to
sudden impulse* no matter how stn ng tb> y may appear
;?)'U >'? 'f t not li<U ? lf-d*i?inl | at ? n? ? md p?r?e- I
*?rwt*r? ike greaUwt roquisin* to "h .mi your aim
Tri Ui 4??ri? htiiiiiww ?)<1 kKiurr ihkl v 'i ^liall And
it one dn v Perliaps my advice m?? annoy ? ???i >?ul don't
despise *? entirely
Wo arrived last Sundsy. after Inning > "I Waycnoe
and Wiesbad. u We shall remain here nut . ? ;.unday next,
during which time the coach which 1 I ot.M' " !i ^ K'tdj
to carry us iuto .-witacrlniid Whenvoi i>.? -?-?t th?
people paid us great attention. and?v?ti |> ? '' honors
I believe they thought uir a prince? tr..* up ? c^iu'a
Alt tbe gentlemen who disco*. ered the ' 1 ' my voyage
and my projects seemed to woudei ;it ?? % ?? ? ?"'?K'*- um'
they professed <-o lunch u*ixi**ty 1?'?" e 'hat I t*t?u
to fancy myself a heroine, not with-tuio. ? i?k my fears.
Ijidy Bonnet i* convenient to m> mission : nd U.ni? (Mm*
courier) and Mary, tln-y fruti ?riiv.e ???> . , ?? ?>?!>'? tally. An
Louis believes um to be something of m.ije-tir. n?J
sublime. and from tb? beginning hating : ?>i<t linn that toy
will wa? absolute in all things ami over ml person* at
tached to lay service. he never dare- toiud)<ale his de
sire* or explain hi.i opinion- lie imr- n.v hoidiMirs. 1
told him tluit if any thing should hiippi n to mr nude I vra*
under bis care. his lite would atifwcr tor t 'I'll- other
day I told him that it was niv intention to ;.s id the
liigi (a summit of the Alps.) Hiul Mono. Bernardo.
Louis appeared to be struck at my dctennin..iion. yet I
will fullill uiy intention. lien- we liav < Itoou at the
Opera ami Mr Bottonau promised u? his t.ox for the
uext uiglit l have not received any letter from
England, and I do not ex poet any until I ax
rive at Lausanne. where I ordered they should !??
direrted. and where reside# the sister of my good Iriend.
door go Jones. I hope that he will favor us with his com
pany. and accompany Us in all our excursions. as he may
prove to be a most worthy guide. W?ite me. and ad
dress your letters to the eare of Mr. Felix Marwel. in Lau
sanne. that I tuny know that you have received this let
ter; then, and not before. X shall feel happy, for not hav
ing neglected what I thought, to be my duty; aud upoit
you alone will full, in future, the consequence*, (or. better
to suy. the remorses) of every false step you may make.
I cannot say. positively, that it would grieve me. should
you act imprudently. I liave written this letter so badly
that l can hut hope that you will be able te read it. *
Dfar Mr. Wiitorr:? I have thought more seriously on
the business, and have decided that we should not mact
any more. Meanwhile, do not attempt to sec me. because
you would oblige ine to cause to be announced. ?? She Is
not ul home''? which the servants may think wrong.
Yours, sincerely, J. CO.
Pkar Mn. Wikokk; ? This moraingT received your note,
from Mrs. lirote in which she said she was to be #t Kl
tluim. and she would like to see me, were I to go there
to-morrow or Monday next. I shall not be able to go. as
I um leaving for Steen. If she comes again in town next,
week. I hope to sue her at that time Whttl I huve to say
o her concerns me alone. I -ball In pleased to -ce you
to-morrow, at twelve o'clock, if such is yourwi-h. For
this, you alone ought to decide. My opinion i?. that we
hould not sec each other any more Yours, siuoerely.
.I C OA Vt BLK.
Portland S<(> aki del I IMsl .
Di ah Mr. YVikof*' ? You ought to h>t\<- Known. I be
lieve. by my last dccluration. the tvui ..t-nfiny seirti
meutswitli regard to a matrimonial aili;.ne. with you.
Calm reflection, during two days iniet-wo ol solitude
passed at home, litis more strongly continued my impres
sion. that such tin alliance can never uuilto us truly
happy. I greatly regret that any :in*i< ty or doubt should
hare possessed your mind; but that will soon l?e forgotten
in the active career you bave marked out for yourself.
Your talent and energy will, undoubtedly, iidvaiiitc you;
and it w ill give me sincere pleasure to tear of your suc
cess. I shall always revert to you w il Ii toolings of be
nevolencc, as much from the memory ol iliose who knew
and loved you. as fhmi your many nobt< anil generou*
qualities. He kind enough to return the loiters which
you promised J should have, aud any others which you
may have in your hands. If you have iiiiy oral communi
cation, l shall be at home t0-iuorrow. from one to tw ?
o'clock. Yours most sincerely, JAN K ? '. <> \ vf BLK.
Pear Mr. Wikoff ? I assure you it was with little
courtesy that 1 refused yesterday to m-c you; bnt il i<
best for both of us. 1 think we should not meet at
present, aud if I should say to you it causes m- pain. [
feel assured you are not so egotistical ??< to in;-i?t upon a
repetition. Your reproaches at our last conversation, did
not leave auy impression upon my spirit, because I kuen
1 did not deserve them, and I kmiw that, afterwards, you
acquitted me of blame. Coquetry is k mutti'i- uuknown
to me. aud your foible is not to discover easily the real
truth. I nm never deceived by any man: but I'linte who
know me best, are aware how easily 1 eontiiie in t hem. It will
be always with sincere pleasure, us I have previously de
clared. to hear of your successes. A line and prosperou'
career is before you. aud felicity always bo your fuithful
companion. Your present reproaches will toe soon for
gotten, if you divert und occupy yourself: i;sd I hope
when we meet again, we may appear old friends, and in
terested in each other's welfare, Kxcuso my haste. I
have so much to do that I do not know what to begin
first Believe me. with sincerc consideration, yours, mod
sincerely. J t.\ (iAMBLG.
I\ S. ? Have you seen the letters written ine by a cer
tain person ? they coutainvd all that 1 knew about you.
My decision is my own.
When I received your nc>t?. and did not reply. 1 was in
rompaujkM'ith a dutches*. 1 cannot sec you this evening,
but if you desire to come to-morrow at 12. 1 will see you
then, hut all tliif vexation must rod: you haTe never
HBfnhnM M I feel for you: but mere friendship
and nothing more and the remembrance mid intercourses
of pott ymo: arc the cauacs why I treat you with more
consideration than uthers. 1 do not intend to excuse
myself, but circnui-tuuce* have much connection with my
conduct. If you hud known inc. you would have better
understood uiy rnotU of acting. Should t \v to yoo the
cause of any trouble or grief, believe in< I flioukt bo fery
sorry. 1 urn sincerely. .1. r. i.'AMlil,K.
Dcad Mn Wikou: ? I lug you to come and -co me
before you leave Loudon. 1 make this it ntutid as au
e?p< c'.al favor. J fluid depart from evety il'n|Uctte. and
re< eive you as an itit mate lVi"lid. \o.ii> sincerely.
.1 > ? > AMBLE.
I i.iiirr wsmio.
Di.ar Mk M'ikoi i : ? In your note ofyesl< rday you say?
?'from your injurious -u-picious m ixi>.l ioo to myself.
I know the motive.- for wliiih last I riil?\ " K< . tee., tit.
In vain did I try to ml! to mind what ! -Hid n did that
yon could have ground fur your sn-pieii n? t have no
such suspicions. nor have J cxci had nny intention ??
offend you. Jufact .it i.- impossible for hi imagine
whut all this means. I know that you lime aid hard
thing? of me. but I forgive nil You have judged me to*
hastily as you have yourself confessed, but this mistake
had its origin in y our affection, and you deserve ray re
proaches. You have made another mistake. s|M uking too
freely of all these things with others. (I except Mr*.
Urate.) These faults aio very light. I had the courage
to write, and to nsk front Mm, Wrote an interview (br to
day. 1 desired to explaim to her certain fact*, and to
learn her opinion about them llut I hear she in out of
town, aud will not return until Tuesday next. On Sun
day I shall go to ? tec li; in ca?e Mm. finite should consent
to ret- me. I shall return expressly, although it in moat
pr< luil le 1 shall not remain longer thau a day or two. I
had no wish or desire to go to SSteen. but Mrs. H. would
admit ot uo refusal 1 want some protection to defend me
against uiy false friends 1 do not know how far tha
rumors of a certain person have gone against me. Kroui
my knowledge. I hate never offended any person. and I
believe that my life, up to the present time, liu been
totally InofTi'tuive. and *o far retired as to excite the eort
tent ion of no encmiea. and my unprotected situatiau
would have disarmed them; but this *?> net the ease. It
is not this thai griovo* me. ?). t'. <1 AMBLE.
SiTinniv. Ootolier 18. 1861
After some reflection. I believe it will he imprudent f?r
us to set* each other ag.iin. I have seen Mrs. Urate, and
I am not surprised at your enthusiasm: vet 1 believe you
do her a great injustice in calling her a masculine woman
It appears to me she i# effeminate, in every -ensc of that
term Hie was vei v kind in procuring me a travelling
companion. hut I had already made iny arrangements
with Miss Ben net. This clioiae was more from sympathy
than anything el?e. Iiecousc she is too young for such a
charge. Now. here I am upon the point of starting with
my companions, like ono again young, io search of adven
tures. If tliey come like satires, unobserved, let them
come; I am prepared At all events there will be ne
cause of com plaint Hera I am. once, more in the fre?
mountains, ?urrounded by gay rivulets I shall feel my
youth renewed and happy us the Iieniitifiil r-rcation ot
r'oquet Auiline. that enchanting idealist of my own im
perfect nature. The shadow ou my spirit will lie deep?r
with the advance of my footsteps towards the grave We
ought to write uo mom; it would be imprudent, and for
uianv causes vcrv incoiivonient. This is my last.
Adieu. J. (' 0.
| No date.]
I left London on the 18th. and crossed to Auverse.tbeiiev
1 continued iny voyage here. As I wanted some rest I
stopped in this enchanting place, which is on< of the nusl
delightful on the Kliine We are all well. my company 1'
very modest aud genteal. ami my courier is a ireniure
He is a joflng man lull of life, speaks different languages
takes grout cure of me; and what is better yel. lie pays
(he most assiduous attention ta my old Mm,), lie has
travelled much with ladies, aud as on the beginning I
told him thai no person could impoae upon in- he is very
inild aud obliging lie. too. has been utifon imale in hi
loves, and for iliit : !??> I am rnueh interested iu his wel
fare It appear- that lit- sweetheart, during lii? alieence.
married a Mr 'inller a very handsome man lie nar
rated tome all his adventures, and laughed when 1 tried
to console him nring him that he should I ??? rery hap
py of having In en reli a-cd of a girl so capt eien? as that :
but the good youth en nix* forget her. and ofo n -peaks of
her in a sorrowful manner. I start for Kraiiktort. an*
shall buy a couch, and afterwards continue my vojrng#
to Switzerland: there I intend to remain ilirei month',
and shall leave agaiu for Italy. Every when we |.Hss we
meet with the greatest attention; but my ? oiiipanlras
are the cau-c of attraction and speculation. a* I Imvc yet
the bad method of taking off my gloves tYom time to titne.
On board a steamer we met the Baroness V il?en. wli*
was travelling with her three daughter, and ? sister
without any servant. We are nlmnstjourucylug for th?
same place ' and we hope to meet again I know net
whether you will be able to read this letter Yours, sin
cere. .1 0. B.
!? p. ? To-morrow we undertake an excursion with
asses, which frightens me a little; but it is only in nrd?r l?
accustom oar-elves to eross the Alps.
PaaTMrrn f<ji ask. October '.'<1 18fll.
Di.aii Mn. Wixotr ? ] ain extremely sorry of having re
ceived from you a letter couched in such terms as yaur
last one Yoii are very much deceived concerning what
I told you to-day. I am curtain that you would he sorry
to lofc my esteem. I lieg you not to act any further. I
would Ik' sorry to think so wrongly of you ho not per
secute me unv longer; this is most wretched, and you
>hall never succeed in vour at tempts, do hack to Purls,
attend your diplomatic hiii-inca* ? cau-e me tile pleasure
to meet you in Pari* when I shall return there? this will
be in a trw months, and 1 hojic then to see >ou placed ill
s vi r) hifc l> diplomatic position. Hioiild vmi insist in
your protiorals towards me and others, all lit I he end. will
turn against you. It would 1? very piilntnl to me; but It
would satisfy your wlrhas. I have su Ifered very much ;
and if you -ball e.?us? me other troubles von -lutll linvj
my contempt. Instead of my affi'ctloii It'i iin n lo I'arif.
and think more seriously ? calm yoursell i In state of
uu nicntous agitation will ecasi At present von cannot
list en lo the voice of reason No one i> v our cnem\
Mr- tirote bus always spoken of you in very high terms:
and In our last Interview I told her that l uumirid the
wn> you defended I lie cliaincter of Canny Kbsler Tn t.hi<
Mi- tin te answered, lie is very eavallei -ueb tieing hl? '
disporitlon 1 am certain of not having divcUm! you
under uny circumstances You desin that I shouM
marry you and I iVel that taking Mich a .ti p I conbl
luorbeliapiv Wc to nun t contra) our in?)inatlon?
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