Robert Frances, Killing > other, 16th July 1685.
Robert Frances Gent. Indicted for assaulting Th: Dangerfield in the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , with a Bamboo Cane, to the value of 6 d. striking it into his Left Eye, of which wound the said Thomas Dangerfield is since dead . The Witnesses against the Prisoner were many, and most of them very positive, deposing, That they saw the said Robert Frances coming to the side of the Coach in which Mr. Dangerfield was in, and that there he thrust his said Cane into his Eye, after which running into St. Thavies Inn in Holbourn, he was presently seized, and sent to Newgate, where when he went in, one of the Retinue of the Prison telling him that Dangerfield would dye; he the said Frances replied, That if he should die, it would save the HANGMAN a labour. Mr. Dangerfield, after he was carry'd to the Gaol, cry'd out very much of the anguish of his Eye, saying, Oh my Eye! Oh my Head! forbear to make a Noise. The Physitian being brought to give his advice, whether it was requisite to bleed him, he found him desperately ill, and vomiting extremely. The Chyrurgion likewise being sent for, probing the Wound, found it to be mortal; and he, with others, did verily believe that it occasioned his Death. Mr. Frances, in his own Defence, alledged; That coming to the Coach, he asked Dangerfield, If he had not been heated? Upon which, Mr. Dangerfield calling him Son of a Whore, he in his passion, gave him a slight Blow with his Cane, which he verily behaved could not kill him; that he did it not out of any malice. He call'd some few Witnesses, which spoke very little to the purpose, whereupon he was found Guilty .