Chapter Seventeen

AuthorRichard D. Schneider
Cae Svnee
 ,  then commenced presenting the wit-
nesses he had assembled for the defence, starting with M’Naughten’s
father, also named Daniel M’Naughten. After arming that he pres-
ently resided in Glasgow and worked in the wood-turning business, he
described for the court his relationship with the accused:
“e prisoner, who is a natural son of mine, was apprenticed to me, and
after he had served about four years and a half became my journey-
man, in which capacity he continued for about three years. When he
left me he went into business as a turner on his own account, and was
always a very steady, industrious young man, and exceedingly temper-
ate in his habits.
“After he went into business I did not see him so often, although
I saw him then frequently. He seemed to me more distant than for-
merly; but I knew of no reason for his being so. He would frequently
pass me in the street and not speak to or notice me.
“About two years ago I recollect the prisoner calling at my house,
and, upon seeing me, he expressed a wish to have an interview in
private. We went into a room alone, and he then told me that vari-
ous prosecutions [sic] had been raised against him, and begged that I
would speak to the authorities of the town upon the subject, in order
to have a stop put to them. He particularly mentioned the name of
Mr. Sheri Alison as one of the persons I was to speak to.
“I asked who the persons were that persecuted him, and he told me
that Mr. Sheri Alison knew all about it. I told him I was extremely
sorry to hear that he was so persecuted, and endeavoured to persuade
him that he was labouring under some mistake. I told him that I was
not aware of any person being persecutive in Glasgow.

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