From the Marlborough Street Court records, we know Tumblety posted bail on November 16, 1888. The following is from the Central Criminal Court:
This document shows that Tumblety was transferred by Magistrate Hannay at Marlborough Street Court to the Central Criminal Court. Interestingly, the date with Tumblety is November 19. Even though the marlborough Street Court was in session daily, this shows that the Central Criminal Court was in session periodically. The 'Nil' for December 10 seems to mean there was no one with a last name beginning with a 'T' set for court. We do know that Tumblety absconded, or jumped bail, because he did not want to face the gross indecency music. It seems that the 19 November date was a pre-trial session in order to set the court date. If it wasn't going to be December 10, then the next date seemed to be in January 1889. Am I interpreting this correctly?
I don't want to say too much because I have just read the proofs of a soon-to-be-published article [not written by me] which makes an extremely sound case for Tumblety being held on remand at the time of the Millers Court murder.
Your dates are correct.
The November Sessions at the Central Criminal Court opened on 19th November. 75 cases were heard, some of which were adjourned until the December Sessions which opened on 10th December, by which time Tumblety was tucked up in New York.
Francis Tumblety did not appear during the November sessions.
As there is no documentary evidence to support the contention that "A hearing was held on November 20th at the Old Bailey and the trial postponed until December 10th" it can reasonably be assumed that after being bailed on Friday 16th Tumblety flew the coop during the weekend of 17/18th November 1888.
This makes perfect sense. Tumblety would have had two days' head-start on the authorities. By Monday 19th November, when it was realised he was a "no show" at the Old Bailey, he had already arrived in France on his way to Le Havre.
So, on the 17/18 weekend, he was not at his 'usual haunts'. I find it extremely intriguing that he chose the same method of exit out of England (Dover instead of his usual Liverpool) that numerous Irish Nationalists used, since the French tended to be simpathetic to them.