"Sheriff's Court, Red Lion-square London, June 2. Breach of Promise of Marriage.: -
This was an action for a breach of promise of marriage. The damages were laid in the declaration at one thousand pounds. The plaintiff was coachman in the family of Mrs. Bowen, at Colnebrook, and the female was also a servant in the same family. At first she entered the service from a charity school, and her letters proved that she had benefited by the education she there received. On her first entering the service of Mrs. Bowen, she received no wages; but as her industry and diligence made her a better servant, she had fourteen, and then sixteen guineas a year - a very handsome sum! At this period, the courtship between the parties began. He expressed to her his intentions of marrying her, and fixed all his hopes of happiness upon its being shortly realized. About this time, the female defendant, Sarah Burchett (Mrs. Boulter), purchased the sixteenth share of a lottery ticket, which, unhappily for all parties, came up a prize of 20,000 pounds. The learned counsel then read several letters written by the female defendant, after this good fortune, in which she still professed her intention to marry the plaintiff, and proposed that a public house or shop should be opened by them when thus united. She, at length, however, altered her mind and married her present husband; and that she did after the wedding ring had been got ready, and the banns had been out-asked in the church. After the witnesses had been examined, and Mr. Creswell had replied for the defendant, Mr. [Francis?] Henchman [Solicitor/Under-sheriff for the County of Middlesex] proceeded to sum up the facts to the jury. It was clear, he said, that a promise had been given and broken; and it was the province of the jury to say what damages the plaintiff is entitled for the disappointment he had sustained. The jury retired, and in a few minutes returned with their verdict assessing the damage at £200.