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No. 4, Diary of John Bird 1987

Appendix A : the trial of Dr Richard Griffiths at the Hereford Assizes, 1790.

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ard short-hand writer, Clifford's Inn, London. Printed in the year 1791. A copy
of the booklet can be consulted at the Cardiff Central Library's Reference
Department.
Lazarus: a game of chance. In essence the game involved the dealer dealing
the pack into any number of piles and the players placing sums of money on
any one or two of those piles. The bottom card of each pile was then turned
up. If the player's card was higher than that of the dealer he won the stake, if
lower he paid the banker. Blanchard's description of the trial includes a de-
tailed account of the rules of the game.
Appendix B
The Trial of John Webbom at Cardiff Great Sessions, 1799
John Webborn, a Rhossili farmer, was indicted at Great Sessions for the mur-
der of his servant William Thomas, a child of eight or nine years of age, by
depriving him of adequate food, clothing and accommodation. Webborn
pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, but was convicted on the evidence
of eye-witnesses to his inhuman treatment of the boy, and sentenced to death.
Shortly after the trial John Bird printed an account of the proceedings, entit-
led: A short account of the trial of John Webborn who was found guilty at the
late Great Sessions for the county of Glamorgan of the murder of Wm. Thomas
his servant and who was executed in pursuance of his sentence on Friday March
26th at Cardiff. The booklet also includes Judge Hardinge's address to the
court on passing sentence of death and 'An address to all inhuman masters and
mistresses'. Bird dedicated the work to Judge Hardinge, Sheriff Goodrich and
the gentlemen of the county who had composed the Grand Jury. A copy of the
booklet can be consulted at the Cardiff Central Library's Reference
Department.
Appendix C
The Court of Great Sessions and the Assize Courts
The Court of Great Sessions for Wales was established in 1543 (27 Hen. VIII
cap.26). Twelve of the thirteen counties of Wales were organised into four
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