Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Thomas Revell , of St. Paul's Convent-Garden , was indicted for feloniously stealing a silver Tea Canister, two Cases of Desert Knives, three silver Caters, eight large silver Spoons, a Pair of silver Snuffers, a silver Candlestick, and Exstinguisher, a silver Bason, four Salts, three Salvers, and several other Pieces of Plate, to a great Value, the Property of the Lady Thorold , and 30 Guineas, and three Pounds in Silver, the Property of the late Mr. Sentement , and in the dwelling House of the said late Mr. Sentement, on the 28th of July last.
Katharine Broadway depos'd, That her late Master Mr. Sentement was gone to Marybone, and only herself, Mr. Charlwood the Apprentice, and the Prisoner at the Bar, who was the Coachman , were left at Home.
That on the Morning after the Robbery was committed, the Prisoner knock'd at her Door, and told her, the House was robb'd. That she went up into the Stow Room, where the Lady Thorold's Trunk stood, which was full of Plate, and found the large Plate scatter'd about the Room, and the Trunk open. That going into another Room, she found her Mistress's Cabinet, and her Master's Desk were likewise broke open, and going into the Celler, saw the Frame of the Window, in which several Bars were fasted, was broken down. That she was certain she bolted the Cellar down over Night, and that it was found open when she went into the Cellar. That a Room in which was nothing of Consequence, had a Seal upon the Door, that was never broke, upon which Observation, the Prisoner said, he believed it must be done by somebody who knew the House.
Benjamin Charlwood depos'd, That when Mr. Sentement was in the Country, he usually lay in the House, and that Mr. Sentement being in the Country on the 4th of July, early in the Morning, he was distrub'd in his Sleep, by a Noise in the House, and he believed he heard a Pistol go off, but getting up, and hearing nothing more, he went to bed again. That at Seven in the Morning, the Prisoner came and told him, there were, or had been, Thieves in the House. That he went down Stairs, and found the Prentice bound in his Bed, and unbinding him, the Disorders had been committed as mentioned by Katharine Broadway.
Thomas Dawlin , depos'd, That he being an Apprentice to M. Sentement, to long whom the Prisoner was a Coachman, the Prisoner had for a long Time endeavour'd to perswade him to be Confederate in robbing his Master; that at length, with frequent Importunities, he was prevail'd with to a Complyance. That on the Day mentioned in the Indictment, he the Prisoner, took the Opportunity of Mr. Charlwood's, and the Maid's being Abroad, and with false Keys opened several Doors, and took out the Plate from the Lady Thorold's Trunk, and the Money from his Master's Desk, and brought down his Hands full of Guineas. That he went up Stairs a second Time, and brought down more Plate, and then broke open his Master's Till, out of which he took a broad Piece, a Guinea, a half Guinea, and some Silver; that they shar'd the Money, and the Prisoner hid the Plate in the Still-Room. That in the Morning betimes, after this, he got up, and pull'd out the Frame of the Cellar Window, and then ry'd this Deponent down in his Bed to put a Colour on the Knavery, as if it was done by common Housebreakers; after which, he went up Stairs, and fir'd off a Pistol, to amuse the Neighbourhood, and Alarum the Family, with the Apprehension of Thieves and Robbers.
That some Time after, none of them being in the least suspected, and the Prisoner's Money exhausted, he consulted with this Deponent about melting down the Silver, and accordingly they bought a melting Pot, and after melting it, ran it upon the Hearth, and the Prisoner dropping it afterwards in the Dirt, perswaded this Deponent to go with him to a Silversmith, to vouch for him, That he see him find it in the Dirt; but the Silversmith being cautious, stopp'd the Plate, and very honestly, and industriously discover'd the Scene of Iniquity; and upon the first Appearance of a Discovery, this Deponent made a full Confession, and was admitted an Evidence.
Mr. Weaks the Silversmith corroborated the latter Part of this Deposition, in relating every Circumstance of their coming to him with the Plate, his Suspicion, and their being apprehended.
Several Gentlemen of Worth appear'd for his Character, who gave him an extraordinary good Word, he having serv'd some of them as a Coachman, others as a Footman, and all to the best of their Knowledge, as a faithful Servant; but notwithstanding his former Character, the Fact appear'd plain, upon which the Jury found him Guilty . Death .