Peter Curtis, Thomas James Grundy, Johanna Grundy, Theft > burglary, Theft > receiving, 21st May 1724.

Reference Number: t17240521-5
Offences: Theft > burglary; Theft > receiving
Verdicts: Not Guilty; Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

Peter Curtis , alias Friend , Thomas James Grundy , and Johanna Grundy , of St. Mildred's Poultry , were indicted, the two first, for breaking the House of Fluellin Aspley , in the Night Time, and stealing thence a Silver Tea-Pot, Value 9 l. a pair of Silver Candlesticks, value 7 l. and divers other Pieces of Plate to a considerable Value, and also Wearing Apparel , the 11th of January last; and the Latter for receiving it, knowing it to have been stolen . The Prosecutor depos'd, That on Friday the 10th of January, he went to Bed between 10 and 11 of the Clock, and the next Morning one of his Servants came up to him, and told him the House had been broken open; that he coming down, found that the House had been entred at a Window which belong'd to the Necessary House that look'd into a Neighbour's Yard, and that there being an Iron Bar, he had measured the Distance, and did believe it must have been entred by a Boy, there being but 8 Inches Distance between the Bar and the Frame of the Window. Ann Wright his Servant depos'd, That the Family in general went to Bed that Night between a 11 and 12 of the Clock, and that she made all fast before she went to Bed, and that the Plate mention'd in the Indictment was then standing on the Side-board; that the next Morning she rising the First, was inform'd by a Neighbour that had rung at the Door, that they suspected the House had been broken open, by Reason of what there was perceived by the Window before mentioned. Charles Shellow depos'd, That the Prisoner Peter Curtis, came to him on Saturday the 11th of January, and desired him to lend him three Guineas on some Clothes that he brought, and a little silver Ladle, telling him that they were his Master's, who was an unhappy Man, and at the same Time wanted to take out some Goods that had before been pawned to him, which, he said, were his Mistresses, and some Wearing Apparel, to the Value of about half a Guinea, that thereupon he did lend him the Money, and did redeem the Womans Clothes; that he came again soon after, and desired to have half a Guinea on the Clothes again, saying, that that Money he had had before did not answer his Master's Occasions. That on the 24th of April he came to him again with some other Plate, to borrow 2 Guineas more, but he having seen an Advertisement that had been given out by the Prosecutor, told him he must give him Satisfaction how he came by the Plate, and who his Master was, or he must secure him, and did so; that the Prisoner begg'd very heartily that he would let him have his Liberty, and he would make him ample Satisfaction; but he told him he could by no means do it, and having secured him, sent to the Prosecutor, and the Prisoner was committed, and what followed after could best be declared by the next Evidence. Joseph Winnet depos'd, That he being a Constable, when the Pawn-broker had stopp'd the Prisoner, was sent for; and went and search'd the Lodging of Peter Curtis, which was in the House of the Prisoner Johanna Grundy's, but could find nothing; that he went again, when Curtis was in Newgate, and told her it would be better for her to discover what she knew of the Prosecutor's Plate, whereas if she did not, perhaps she and her Son might come to be hang'd for it, but still she would not own that she knew any Thing of it. That soon after she came and said she said had a Dream, and it had put her into a great Hurry and Confusion; she having dreamt that she was muddling among Dirt and a great deal of Plate, among which was a Coffee-Pot, and several Things, such as the Prosecutor had lost; pretending to be very glad that she was likely, by the Providence of God, to be Instrumental in helping the Prosecutor to his Goods again, and wanted him to go and search in the Cellar; that he not giving much heed to it, till she pretended the Dream was repeated, and was very urgent, at last he did go, and in her Cellar, in a certain Corner, he found the Prosecutor's Plate, and the Coffee-Pot uppermost, and it was in a Basket that was the Prisoner Johanna Grundy's. And it did appear that it had been hidden in the Ground in the Cellar, and the Ground had been digged up. That then he afterwards went to Curtis in Newgate, and he own'd the Fact; that he had lifted the Boy, Thomas James Grundy's over the Wall, put him in at the Window, and he open'd the Street Door, and himself and Joanna Grundy's came in, and they carried off the Goods; and he desired to be made an Evidence against the Grundy's. The Prisoner at last own'd at the Bar that he was guilty of the Fact: But there being not sufficient Proof against Johanna Grundy, that she was privy to it, the Jury acquitted her; and there being no Evidence against the Boy Thomas James Grundy, but what Curtis had said, which was not Evidence in Law, he was acquitted likewise, but Curtis was found guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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