Humphrey Anger, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th August 1723.

Reference Number: t17230828-69
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

Humphrey Anger , of the Parish of Hornsey , was indicted for assaulting Martin Lewen , Gentleman , on the High Way, and taking from him 7 Guineas, and 16 Shillings in Silver , the 23d of December, 1720 . Martin Lewen , the City Marshal depos'd, That as he was riding to Muzzle-Hill, the 23d of December last was two Years, being about the Middle of the Lane between Highgate and Hornsey , about five a Clock in the Evening, he saw two Men on Foot before him, with their Hats slapping, in browaish colour'd Coats, and in such Posture, that he was apprehensive they were Foot-pads, and had some Thoughts of turning back; but at last resolving to venture, went forward, and as soon as he came up to them, they both flew at his House, and Dyer caught hold of his Bridle, and the Prisoner took hold of his Leg, and was going to throw him off from his House, but he desired him not to do it, for he would voluntarily alight, and did immediately, he having almost Slung him off, and after clapping Pistols to his Breast, which were large Pistols with Brass Caps, he desired them to take away the Pistols, and he would give them what Money he had; he gave to Dyer 7 Guineas, that Dyer kneel'd down on his Knees and broke off the Button of his Breeches, and finding 16 or 17 Shillings that he had forgotten in the Hurry, they damn'd him, and threatned to shoot him for telling them a Lye, and rattled their Pistols very much about him: That having consented to let him go, Dyer was for cutting his Horse's Bridle, but he prevail'd upon them not to do it, the Lane being dirty and so he left them. Mr. Lewen being ask'd whether it was light enough for him to distinguish the Person; he reply'd it was, and though he would not swear positively, he did verily believe Anger was one of those that robb'd him. The Prisoner at the Beginning of his Tryal desired that Dyer might be put out of the Court, and not hear what the Prosecutor depos'd, which was done, and being afterwards call'd in, depos'd as the prosecutor had done, varying in no Circumstance, except that whereas the Prosecutor thought it was Dyer that took the Silver out of his Pocket, he depos'd it was Anger that took it, and added, that Anger would have had him took away his Horse, and would have had him shot the Prisoner for not giving them the Silver: And that having done robbing Mr. Lenen, they got over the Hedge and went off. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, or that he had any Acquaintance with the Prosecutor at that Time; but being noisy, and too outrageous, so far over shot himself, as strenuously to affirm, that he not Dyer, the Evidence, could not be in that Robbery, because they were at that Time both in Custody, having been taken up on Suspicion of another Robbery: To clear up this Matter, the Court ordered the Books of the Jayl of Newgate to be produced, and search'd in Court, and it appear'd, that the Time of their being apprehended together, was near three quarters of a Year distant from the Time of the Commission of this Robbery.

He was also indicted a second Time, for robbing John Sibley on the High-Way, and taking from him 9 s. 6 d. in Money , the 21st of September, in the Year 1711 . Edward Herring the Waggoner depos'd, That between Knights-Bridge and Hyde-Park Corner , two Men called him by his Name, and bid him stop, and John Sibley being in the Waggon, they commanded him to come out, and took from him 9 s. 6 d. but he could not swear to the Persons, it being about two or three a-Clock in a dark Morning: Here he made a Mistake as to the Time the Waggoner depos'd the Robbery was committed; in answer to which, he reply'd. That indeed he had been in a Mistake as to the Time, being so long since; but had he had his Pocket Book he could have been very punctual, but he had the Misfortune to lose it, for in that he had entred down a particular Account of all the Robberies he had committed: Being ask'd by the Court what was his Design for keeping a Journal, whether it was upon the Perusal of his Robberies, he might the more particularly repent of them? he reply'd, no, but it was for his own Safety, that he might be the more exact when he should have the Opportunity to save himself, by becoming an Evidence. As to the Manner of robbing John Sibley, he depos'd it was done by himself and the Prisoner, at the Place. and after the Manner the Carrier had depos'd, and the same Day they went to Southwark Fair, and from thence to Black Heath, and there having committed another Robbery they were pursued, and he shot the Pursuers Horse. The Prisoner also deny'd this Fact, wishing he might find no Mercy in this World, or the World to come, if he was any Ways concern'd in either of them; but being well known to be an ill Person, it did not avail, the Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments . Death .


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