Edward Dalton, Violent Theft > robbery, 13th July 1715.
Edward Dalton , of the Parish of St: Mary Hill , was indicted for assualting Andrew Shields , putting him in fear of his Life, and robbing him of 12 Guineas, a Broad piece, and 18 s. in Silver , on the 30th of May last. The Prosecutor swore, That being a North Britain, and a Stranger in these Parts, the Prisoner got into Talk with him at Billingsgate , and had him to drink at a House there; where they had not been long, but a third Person came into the Room in a great hurry, pretending to look for a Note he had lost; which pretended Note having found, he sat down, and drank Brandy with them, and in a little while found a Pack of Cards, with which he wou'd have had the Prosecutor play; but he expressing an Aversion to it, the Prisoner pretended to play with him, and to lose his Money; after which, he came to the Prosecutor, and ask'd him
to change him a Guinea; and he going to pull out his Money, the Prisoner thrust one Hand into his Pocket, and took away his Money and Gold, while with the other he held him by the Throat; the third Person at the same Time drawing a Sword, and shortning it, swore if he made the least Noise he'd kill him immediately. Under this Terror they kept him all the while he was in the House, now and then telling him he should have his Money again, and such Stories, till they had conducted him down Stairs into the Street, and then they left him. He went into the House afterwards, to enquire if they were known there, and the Drawer did know the Prissoner's Name, by which the Prosecutor after much search found him out, and discover'd the other's Name to be Whittle, who is not yet taken. The Prisoner in his Defence pretended he did not know Whittle, and said the Prosecutor lost his Money at play with him: But the Jury not crediting that Story, found him Guilty of the Indictment.
[Death. See summary.]