Queen vs. Thomas Donnelly, Theft Against Edward Ryan, 1878

Ry (Ryan) vs Donnelly

Statement of
Edward Ryan

On the 5th of March 1878 - I was in the village of Lucan in the afternoon. I had on my person $83.00 [...] I met Donnelly & Feely in Lucan that afternoon & we had a few drinks together - I drank only ginger wine perhaps ten glasses [...]I had taken out the purse showing the money to Donnelly & Feely. I left M Falls hotel in the company of Thos Donnelly & Feely between 8 & 9 o'clock on the evening of that day. After we had got a few yards from M Falls hotel Feely said he had forgotten something & sho go back. [...] Donnelly then walked along at my right side [...] When we had proceeded in this manner about 50 rods from M Falls' some one came up behind me and threw his arms around my body pinning my arms. Donnelly then put his right hand in my pocket. I struggled and shouted. Donnelly then took me by the throat with his left hand. I was thrown on the ground and Donnelly took the money out of my pocket [...].

Donnellys brother John offered me his father's note for the amt—for half the money if I would settle. I was threatened if I dared to proceed and my barn was burned down last September (1878)

Source: J.J. Talman Regional Collection, University of Western Ontario Archives, Donnelly Family Papers, B4877, File 24, Unknown, "Queen vs. Thomas Donnelly, Theft Against Edward Ryan," March 5, 1878.

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