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Charge of Bribery --John Henson, whose arrest, in Fluvanna county, was noticed in our last paper, appeared before Commissioner Watson yesterday for a preliminary examination. It appears that he was arrested upon information lodged by Rufus R. Rhodes, Commissioner of Patents, and Americus Featherman, a clerk in the Patent Office, to the effect that Henson did, on or about the 1st of January, 1862, offer to an officer of the Government of the Confederate States, a bribe, or present, or rewHenson did, on or about the 1st of January, 1862, offer to an officer of the Government of the Confederate States, a bribe, or present, or reward in money, or cause it to be offered, with intent to influence the decision of said officer in a matter pending before him in his official capacity. E. F. Husted, a "patent agent," was arrested yesterday morning in connection with the same affair. The evidence was partly heard, and the parties accused were admitted to bail for their appearance before the Commissioner on Wednesday week. The charges involved have reference to the issue of a patent.
Attempting to Herbe an officer of the Confederate States. --Allusion has been made to the arrest of John Henson, a citizen of Fluvanna, and E. E. M. Hughes, a Patent Agent, which was affected on information lodged by Rufus R. Rhodes, Commissioner of Patents, and Americus Featherman, a clerk in the Patent Office, to the affect that Henson did, on or about the 1st of January, 1862, offer to an officer of the Government of the Confederate States, a bribe, or present, or reward in money, or cause it to be offered, with intent to influence the decision of said officer in a matter pending before him in his official capacity. The case was partly heard beforribe to the officer, seemed so clearly established that the Commissioner sent him on for trial before the February term of the C. S. District Court.--Defendant was admitted to bail to answer at that time. The case against Henson, whose invention Hughes proposed to benefit by his intervention, was laid over until next Wednesday.
The alleged attempt to bribe the Commissioner of Patents. --The charge heretofore preferred against John Henson, a citizen of Fluvanna county, to wit: that he did, in conjunction with one Hughes, a paten agent, attempt to bribe the Confederate Commissioner of Patents by offering him money to procure a favorable report on an invention, was yesterday finally heard before C. S. Commissioner Watson, and resulted in the sending on of Henson to be tried before the February term of the District t John Henson, a citizen of Fluvanna county, to wit: that he did, in conjunction with one Hughes, a paten agent, attempt to bribe the Confederate Commissioner of Patents by offering him money to procure a favorable report on an invention, was yesterday finally heard before C. S. Commissioner Watson, and resulted in the sending on of Henson to be tried before the February term of the District Court. He was allowed to furnish bail. Hughes had previously been sent on for trail at the same term.
ct Court. --The following presentments have been made by the Grand Jury sworn in Judge Halyburton's Court since our last report, viz: One against Abner Jackson, late of Campbell county, Va., mail carrier, for purloining a letter addressed by John Dooley, of Richmond, to J. H. Sweeney, of Campbell; one against Abner Jackson, for stealing money out of a letter in his care and custody, as mail carrier; one against E. F. Husted, for trying to bribe the Commissioner of Patents; one against John Henson, for abetting Husted in the performance of the unlawful act; one against Charles Petz, for stealing Confederate Treasury notes. A venire facias was issued yesterday to try Abner-Jackson to-day. Roger Gregory, Esq., qualified to practice law at the bar of the Court, by taking the several oaths required by law. In the case against Allen P. Lee, to sequestrate the property of William and Joel Osborn, of New Jersey, as alien enemies, the Court directed an order of sale to be entere
C. S. District Court. --The time of this Court was occupied yesterday in the trial of John Henson, of Fluvanna county, Va, for an alleged attempt to bribe the Commissioner of Patents. P. H. Aylett for the Government; Thos. H. Campbell and A. H. Sands for the defendant, who was acquitted.