Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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Samuel Snow of the Parish of Stanwell in the County of Middlesex, was indicted for Assaulting James Grant on the High Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Sorrel Horse, the Goods of Charles Bratley ; and 2 Males value 4 l. the Goods of our Sovereign Lord the King , on the 29th of January last. The Council for the King in Opening the Indictment set forth, that the Prisoner met the Post Boy about 2 a Clock in the Morning, and carried him into a Field took the Horse and Males from him, and bound him; that he took the Letters out of the Bags, and several Bank Bills out of the Letters, leaving the Letters open on the Ground, and rid away; that when he was gone the Boy found means to loose himself, gather'd up the Letters he had left on the Ground and brought them to the Post Office in London; whereupon the Post-Master sent immediately to the Bank of England to st p the Payment of such Bills as were mentioned in the Letters, and to secure any who should come to the Bank to receive the Money for them; that one Sarah Snow came soon after to the Bank to receive the Money for a Bill No 43. which was put into the Post House at Bristol in a Letter, which Letter was brought to the Post Office in London by the said Boy, and mention'd the Number and Value of the Bill, whereupon she was stopt, and own'd that she had the Bill of the Prisoner, who was not at his Lodgings in Covent Garden all that Night; that when the Prisoner was taken and carried before a Justice of Peace he confest the Fact to him. That then the Council calling their Evidence to prove the Indictment against the Prisoner, (who had pleaded Not Guilty on his Arraignment) he said to this Effect, My Lord. I will not give the Court any farther Trouble; I own the Fact I stand indicted for; and that I sent the Gentlewoman to the Bank to receive the Money for the Bills; I desire the Mercy of the Court, having the more Hopes of it, for that I took great Care of the Merchants Letters. Upon which the Jury found him Guilty . Death .