Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 The Newgate Calendar: Charles Frederick Wysenthall


Transported in the year 1756, for subornation of perjury.

This was a foreigner, and a very bad character. He was a Dresden lace-maker, took female apprentices to his business, and a most unworthy master he proved himself; constantly corrupting their morals, and violating their persons.

He was tried at the Old Bailey, on the 4th of May, 1756, charged with subornation of perjury. Inasmuch as the receiver of stolen goods is by the law considered criminal as the thief, so the suborner of perjury is equally guilty of the destructive crime, as the man who himself takes a false oath.

The offence of Wysenthall was marked with every aggravation. Two of his apprentices, whom he had debauched, he influenced to swear a rape against an innocent man, whom they had never known even by sight. As this offence, if fully proved, affects life, this villain deserved a halter; but he was only sentenced to a year's imprisonment in Newgate, and at the expiration thereof, to be transported for life to the plantations in America.