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Rev Peter /FALLE FENN [16788]

bullet   Another name for Peter was FENN.


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Colonial Times (Hobart) Friday 9 Oct 1829
Peter Fenn
The Rev. Peter Fenn, on being asked the usual question, when sentence of death was passed upon this unfortunate Gentleman, at the Old Bailey, on the 20th of October 1828, what he had to say why he should not receive judgment to die according to law? addressed the Court to the following effect :-
My Lord,-The question that has just been put to me is both solemn and awful. In reply to it I could say a great deal; but I suppose it is put more as a matter of form than in the expectation of receiving any answer to it. I shall, therefore, confine myself to a very few words. Had the witnesses who attended on my behalf been heard, they would have clearly proved that my defence was a true one; their evidence was, however, though irrelevant in a Court of Justice, yet the evidence of the attorney who conducted the prosecution against me, whose conduct was reprobated by the Judge who tried me, and who stigmatised it as abominable and scandalous in the extreme, as well as that of John Cooke, one of my prosecutors, against whom a true bill has since been found for perjury, committed by him in giving evidence in the Court of Common Pleas, and who has since absconded, was admitted and suffered to outweigh that of individuals whose character is without spot or blemish. I have nothing to say to prevent the sentence of the law being passed upon me; but one thing I have to request, that the Editors of the Public Press will give publicity to what I have said at this bar, to the truth of which statement I stake the salvation of my soul I claim this as an act of justice they ought to render me, after the calumnious ex-parte statements they published against me, at the instance of my prosecutors "
The Rev. Peter Fenn, whose offence was forgery, was however respited and his sentence commuted to transportation for life. It has been reported that he arrived in one of the recent transport vessels, at Sydney.
Ref. E L Fenn 2013

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I notice that you have the Colonial Times article on Peter Fenn on your interesting and informative site. I have been researching the life of the notorious reverend and have found out that his surname was not really Fenn but Falle. He came from Jersey, one of the Channel Islands. I have found no documents that suggest that he was connected to any Fenn families and the choice of name probably came about to cover up his past money problems.
S. Fisher 2016

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