A contemporary letter from Mary McCracken to her brother referring to the trial of William Orr.
Cited in "The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken" by Mary McNeill.

Sept. 27, 1797

We are informed [wrote Mary to Harry] that Bills of Indictment were found at Carrick Assizes against all the State Prisoners who are present confined in Dublin, and all those who have been liberated on bail except Wmavidson, but are not sorry to hear that the Trials cannot come on before Feby, as that of Mr. Orr’s trial has clearly proved that there is neither justice nor mercy to be expected, even the greatest Aristocrats here join in lamenting his fate, but his greatness of mind renders him rather an object of envy and admiration than of compassion. I am told that his wife is gone with a letter from Lady Londonderry to her brother [Lord Camden, the Viceroy ] on his behalf, if this be true I think it shows her to be equal in firmness and energy of character to her husband. If you have not already heard it you will be surprised when I tell you that old Archd Thompson of Cushendall was foreman of the Jury, and it is thought will loose his senses if Mr. Orr’s sentence is put in execution, as he appears already quite distracted at the idea of a person being condemned to die thro’ his ignorance, as it seems he did not at all understand the business of a juryman. How~ ever he held out from the forenoon till six o’clock in the morning tho’ it is said he was beat and threatened with being wrecked and not left a sixpence in the world on his refusal to bring in the verdict guilty, neither would they let him taste of the supper or drink which was sent to the test, and of which they partook to such a beastly degree. Was it therefore to be much wondered at if an infirm old man should not have sufficient resolution to hold out against such treatment? It will not much surprise you I suppose to hear that two Attorneys have turned Informers Downpatrick, one of them cousin to Charles Brett, a doctor also has acted the same worthy part which is extraordinary from the liberal education they in general receive, but if we live long enough I suppose we will not be surprised at anything.

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