The Morning Chronicle (London), Monday, September 4, 1837
ATTEMPT TO RESCUE CONVICTS – on Wednesday morning, Harris, Bryan, Birbeck and Corfield, desperate characters who had been convicted of highway robbery, housebreaking, and who long had been a terror to our city, were removed to the Ganymede Hulk to undergo their various terms of transportation. Mr. Lavender, the governor of the gaol, received information late on Tuesday night that a number of desperate characters having been informed of their intended removal by the coach next morning, had determined to rescue the thieves. He immediately applied to the mayor and obtained the services of the police, who accompanied the coach on which they were chained out of town, to the Sebright Arms were they were saluted with a volley of stones and abuse from some of the most desperate characters of the city. A mob of about 500 ruffians had assembled near Whittington, where they intended to have carried their plan into effect, but the coach drove through Spetchley without stopping and disappointed them. When the enraged miscreants returned to the town, a woman named Corfield, sister to the convict, sprung upon Inspector Douglas and most grossly assaulted him. She was immediately taken into custody by the police, but the mob led on by a blacksmith, named Budgen, after a desperate struggle, rescued her. Budgen was himself secured and placed in gaol. About twelve o’clock he was taken before the mayor and other justices of the city, where, after an examination, he was convicted in a penalty of five pounds, or three months imprisonment and hard labour. Mr. Lavender, who was present, said that had it not been for the courage of the police the intention of the mob to rescue the convicts would have been effected.