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him into an admission of his guilt. The circumstances of the wife's visit to, and stay with her husband in prison, the purchase of the poison by his crony, Glasier, and the subsequent flight of that worthy, the discovery of arsenic in the body, all pointed to the suspicion of wife-murder, and it is not surprising that some persons should have openly avowed their belief in Robson's guilt. The Mayor, Jurats, and Recorder of Rye assembled, and it was decided to send for Robson.
" Neighbour Robson," said Mr. Francis Bolton, the Recorder, " we understand by one Glasier, that you had certain poison of him, which you caused him to buy. Now we have*sent for you to know to what intent you bought it ? For that you are suspected of the death of your wife, and by some manifestly accused."
Robson protested that he was as ignorant as a newly born child both of the death of his wife and of any such poison.
"Nay," said the Recorder, "if you be so obstinate, we will bring Glasier forth who to your shame shall testify it, and then you are guilty not only of the poison, but of the act doing. And therefore confess the truth, and shame the devil,"