Ralph Matthews, Royal Offences > coining offences, Royal Offences > coining offences, 13th July 1693.

Reference Number: t16930713-13
Offences: Royal Offences > coining offences; Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

Ralph Matthews , a Naylor , was tried for Clipping the Currant Coin of England, on the 18th day of March last ; there was found in the Room where he lodged and was taken (upon Saffron-Hill ) Shears, Files, and other Instruments, &c. besides 21 Ounces of Clippings, which were produced in Court; he leapt out at the Window, and was taken again in Field-Lane, and brought back to the House; and being askt why he fled, he said, what would a man do to save his Life? all this was plainly made manifest by the Evidence for the King, and that no Person lodged in the Room but the Prisoner and his Wife, and whenever he went abroad, he took the Key with him. The Prisoner said he had lodged but a little while in the Room, and pleaded his innocency in the matter, but had no Witness on his behalf. He was found guilty of High-Treason.

He was a second time tried by the aforesaid Name for High-Treason, in Coining and Counterfeiting several pieces of False Money made of Copper, Tin, and other Metals ; some of which was produced in Court, and shewed to the Jury; and one Piece was found in the Prisoner's House at Westminster , and another false Piece was found at his Lodging on Saffron-Hill; and a Great Mill was found at Westminster in his Garret, which was used to flatten Money; and the Prisoner owned that he had such a Mill; but it was for the use of Button-makeng as he said; but the King's Evidence said, That such a sort of Mill was only for the proper use of Coiners. The Prisoner had no matter that was material to offer for himself, and it appeared that he fled for it; So he was found guilty of High-Treason upon this Indictment also.

[Death. See summary.]


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