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from the town. This Mrs. Bowditch had
two sons, James and William, who resided
with her, and also two daughters, Susannah
and Elizabeth. Mrs. Mulraine, a young
married woman, was also lodging at the
farm-house. Two little daughters of Mrs.
Tuckett's, one five and the other four years
old, accompanied their cousin to Holway

The communication between the gentleman's
household and that of the Somersetshire
farmer was frequent. Mrs. Tuckett,
who was an invalid, frequently drove over
to see her niece and her children, while,
except when the sessions or assizes at
Bridgwater detained him in court, Mr.
Tuckett walked or rode over to Holway,
sometimes even twice a day. Nearly every
day, too, Mary Whitby, the servant, who
waited on the children, went over to Taunton
for their food, as the farm-house fare
was considered too rough for them.

Miss Glenn returned to her uncle's house
at Taunton, on the 2nd of September, and
was the next week to be sent to a school
at Chelsea. On the 16th of September,
early in the morning, Mrs. Tuckett was
informed by her servant that Miss Glenn
was not in her bedroom, nor could she be
found until the day after, when it was discovered
(from information given by country
people who knew the family), that James
Bowditch, a son of the widow at Holway
Farm, had carried her off (it was supposed
by force), and that she was then at Thornford,
at the house of a Mrs. Paul, a married
daughter of Mrs. Bowditch. Mr.
Leigh, Mr. Tuckett's solicitor, at once
proceeded in search of Miss Glenn, and
brought her back to her uncle's house.

The following history of the supposed
abduction was then given by Miss Glenn,
and to it she ever afterwards adhered. She

"On the Saturday previous to the 2nd
of September, Mrs. Mulraine and Mrs.
Bowditch came into the room to me, and
Mrs. Bowditch asked me whether it was
true that it was my uncle's intention to
take me away, as had been mentioned to
her, and whether he intended on the following
Monday that I should leave. I told
her it was: then Mrs. Bowditch said that
her son was lost, and asked me what
would become of her son; upon which
I asked her what she meant. Mrs. Mulraine
then said, that I could not be ignorant
that I could not have been so long
there without being sensible of the attachment
of James Bowditch. I told her that
I was excessively surprised, and asked
what my uncle and aunt would think if
they knew they had spoken to me in such
a way. I begged them to say no more, for
I could not believe it, and they distressed
me very much. I then took my two cousins
by the hand and went up-stairs. On
the Tuesday evening, which was the evening
before I went home, Mrs. Mulraine
came into my room where I was with my
two cousins, and, I believe, the servant,
and entreated me to come out and speak
to Mr. Bowditch; for, since he had heard
that I was going to leave, he was like one
distracted, and that all the family had tried
to reason with him, but to no effect; and if
I spoke he would be contented. I refused
for a great while, as I thought it extremely
wrong; but at last I did. I went to the
door by the garden. It was very dark. I
saw a man whom I took to be James Bowditch.
As nearly as I can recollect, I told
him I was surprised at what I had heard;
for on the Monday before I had told his
sister what his mother had said, and how
uneasy it had made me, and she then said it
was merely a joke of her mother's. I told
him I was surprised to hear it spoken of
again. Mrs. Gibbons was the sister who
had said this. I persuaded him to give up
all thoughts about it. He made no reply,
and I then returned to the parlour. Mrs.
Mulraine accompanied me home on the
Wednesday, and on the way she told me
she was exceedingly sorry at what had
passed, and how foolishly James Bowditch
had behaved; but it was not to be helped.
When there was such a young girl, and
such a nice young girl, in the house, it was
not to be supposed a young man could help
being fond of me. She begged me not to
be uneasy; she was sure he would be sensible
of the difference between us, and it
would all come to nothing. On September
15th, Mrs. Mulraine and Betsy Bowditch
(afterwards Mrs. Gibbons) called upon me
at my uncle's house; and Mrs. Mulraine
desired me to ask my aunt's leave to walk
out, as she had something very particular
to say to me. I said, I could not think of
asking my aunt's leave, as I was persuaded
she would not allow me to go. I went,
however, to ask my aunt, and she would
not allow me to go. When I told this to
Mrs. Mulraine, she said to Betsy Bowditch,
' So I thought.' She then said that James
Bowditch was like one distracted; that he
was determined not to live, but to murder
me, and himself afterwards. She said that
I could not suppose it was any interest to