John Osborn, John Longmore, Mary Angel, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Theft > receiving, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 25th May 1732.

8, 9. John Osborn , and John Longmore , were indicted for assaulting John Elliot in an open Field near the Highway, in the Parish of Stepney , putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, a Wig, a Coat, a Waistcoat, a pair of Shoes, and a pair of Buckles, and 5 d. in Money . the 10th of April last.

At the Prisoners Desire the Witnesses were examined apart.

John Elliot. On Easter-Monday at Night, about 10 o'Clock, as I was going from Stepney towards Shadwell ; I was followed by 4 Men, and in Sun-Tavern-Fields , one of 'em came up, flash'd a Pistol close to my Ear, and bid me stand, and presently the others came about me, searched my Pockets, and took out 5 d. robbed me of my Hat and Wig, stripped off my Coat and Waistcoat, and then pushed me down, and pulled off my Shoes. I was getting up again, when one who stood behind me, knocked me down, and the Prisoner, Osborn, whom I knew (for I had seen him 2 or 3 times before) stabbed me in the hand with a Knife, and then they went off, and I got up again, to Hopes they were quite gone; but presently I heard one of them say, Damn him, he knows I'll give him a home thrust; and then somebody came trip, trip, behind me, and turning about I saw it was Osborn. He stept up, and stuck me in the Breast with a Knife. I fell down, and so he left me again. Two Men came to me in a little while after, I was afraid they were some of the same Gang, who were come to see if I was alive still, so that when they called to me I made no Answer at first, but I soon found they were Friends, they took Care of me, and led me home.

Court. Do you know if Longmire was one of those that attack'd you? Elliot. I knew none of them but Osborn.

William Fleming . The two Prisoners, and Jemmy Tripland, and I were drinking at a House in Stepney, where the Prosecutor was drinking too; about 10 at Night he went to the Door, and we followed, though with no Thoughts of robbing him; for we had a Design upon another Man who was going over the Fields. But the Prosecutor sitting down upon the Bench at the Door with some others, he told them, that he had not spent all his Money yet, for he had enough left to pay for a Crown Bowl of Punch. Upon hearing this, we concluded that he was the fittest Man for our Purpose. It was not long before he got up, and went away in Company with 3 Men and 2 Women. We followed at a Distance till his Company parted with him, and then mending our Pace, we came up to him in Sun-Tavern-Fields and stapp'd him; we took some Half pence from him, and his Hat and Wig, and Coat and Waistcoat, and Shoes; we knock'd him down, and Osborn stabb'd him in the Hand, and so we left him, and were going quite away, but Osborn said, Damn him, he knows me, I'll go buk and give him another Stab; and so he did. As we were going off we met 2 Men who went towards the Prosecutor, I followed them as far as to where the Prosecutor lay, and asked what was the Matter, they said, Matter enough; a Man had been robb'd; and so I left 'em, and went again to my Companions. Osborn pull'd off his own ragged Coat, and left it in Stepney-Fields, and put on that as we took from the Prosecutor. His Wife afterwards sold the Coat and Waistcoat in Chick-Lane, but she would never tell us what she did with the Hat and Wig. I was apprehended first, and on my Information the others were taken up.

Ann Bond . This Coat and Waistcoat were all bloody when I first saw them at Osborn's House, and his Wife ask'd me to go with her to sell them.

- Townsend, Constable. I found this Coat and Waistcoat at Macdowall's in Chick-Lane, he delivered them to me readily.

William Jacobs . I and another were going

over Sun-Tavern-Fields, just after the Robbery, 3 Men ran by us; my Friend said, They seem to be in a plaguy Hurry. Ah, says I, they have over staid their time I suppose. Going forward, we saw something white at a little Distance; we stept up and found a Man lying in his Shirt; we call'd, but he made no Answer, for I suppose he was afraid to speak, but we soon satisfied him that we were Friends. I lent him my Hat and my Coat, and we led him Home to Shadwell-Market.

Court to Fleming. Which of you attack'd the Prosecutor first? Fleming. Tripland, and then I took his Money and his Shoes, Longmore took his Hat and Wig, and Osborn took his Coat and Waistcoat, but gave them Tripland to hold while he went back to stab the Prosecutor. Osborn. I never saw Fleming nor the Prosecutor in my Life, before I was taken up for this Robbery. Longmore. I came from on board a Ship but that same Night, and I had no Acquaintance with Fleming. Fleming. We were altogether at Stepney all that Day.

Elizabeth Longmore . My Son, Longmore, was mostly at Home all that Monday. Court. At what time was he at Home in the Evening? Elizabeth Longmore . I think he came Home about 7 or 8, and I don't know that he went out again that Night. Court. How came you to remember that it was the same Night as the Robbery was committed? E. L. Because it was Easter-Monday. Court. And where was he on Tuesday Night? E. L. I don't remember. Court. And why can't you remember one as well as t'other. E. L. I believe he might be at Home then too; but he is a harmless, half-witted, foolish Lad. The Jury acquitted Longmore, and found Osborn guilty of the Indictment. Death .

8, 9. John Osborn, and John Longmore, were a 2d time indicted for assaulting Joseph Allam in an open Field near the Highway, in the Parish of Stepney , putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Wig, a Cloth Coat and Waistcoat, a Woollen Waistcoat, a Shirt, a Pair of Holland Sleeves with Cambrick Ruffles, a pair of Shoes, a pair of Buckles, and a pair of Gloves, and 15 d. in Money , Apr. 12 .

10. And Mary Angel, Spinster, alias Osborn , Wife of John Osborn , was indicted for afterwards on the same Day, receiving in the Parish of St. George in Middlesex , a Cloth Coat and Waistcoat, and a pair of Gloves, part of the said Goods, knowing them to be stolen .

Joseph Allam. On the 12th of April, about 10 at Night, I was got pretty well in for't, and was going Home; and by the way I met some of these Gentlemen.

Court. What Gentlemen? Allam. The Prisoners. Court. Look at 'em, are you sure that they were any of the Gentlemen? Allam. No, I don't know who they were, but I was seduced by somebody or other that pretended out of Kindness to shew me a higher way Home, and when they got me into the Fields, they stripp'd me of my Coat and Waistcoat, and Shirt, and Wig, and Shoes, and Sleeves, but I don't know whether they took any Money from me, or whether I had any about me.

William Fleming . I and Jemmy Tripland, and Osborn and Longmore, met Moll James and Black Peg in Ratcliff-Highway; they shew'd us a Hat, and said they had just taken it from a Man that was drunk, and bid us go after him; we went, and the two Women with us, and they would fain have got him into a Baudy-house, at the Three Tobacco-Rolls and Sugar-Loaf , but we would not let them. Osborn knew the Man, and said, that he kept a Boarding-School at Poplar, and so telling him we'd take care of him, and shew him the nighest way Home; Osborn took him under one Arm, and I under the other, and led him into the Fields; Osborn thrust a Handkerchief into his Mouth, and then we two stripp'd him naked, while Tripland and Longmore stood at a Distance to watch, and then help'd us to carry the Cloaths to the Black-Boy in Well-Street , and there Osborn gave them all but the Buckles to his Wife, Mary Angel , alias Osborn (the other Prisoner) to sell for us; Longmore kept the Buckles himself, and he has them now in his Shoes.

Court. Let the Prosecutor see those Buckles.

Prosecutor. I can't swear to the Buckles.

Fleming. Mary Angel sold the Cloaths in Chick-Lane, but she sunk part of the Money, and gave us but 8 s. 6 d. for the Coat and Waistcoat, and 2 s. for the Shoes (they were Wooden-heel'd Shoes, and 1 s. she spent. We shared the Money equally, and had Half-a-Crown a-piece. Court. Four Half Crowns are but 10s. and you say she gave you 10s. 6d.

Fleming. Then I mistook 6 d. she gave us but 8 s. for the Coat and Waistcoat. I made the Discovery the last Day of last Sessions, and sent for the Prosecutor.

James Tripland . We met the Prosecutor in Ratcliff-Highway, Fleming and Osborn pretended to be his Friends, and led him into the Fields and suppos'd him, while I and Longmore stood at a lift Distance to watch. We carried the Things: the Black-Boy in Well-street, where Osborn gave them to Angel, and she sold 'em, and gave us 6 s. for the Coat and Waistcoat, and 2 s. for the Shoes. The Cloaths were worth Half-a-Guinea, but she sunk the rest of the Money. We divided the Money, Share and Share alike, and had Half-a-Crown a piece.

Court. What out of 6 s. and 2 s? Tripland. Six Shillings! No, I believe it was 6 s. 6 d.

Court. And that with the 2 s. makes but 8 s. 6 d. how then could 4 of you divide Half-a Crown a-piece? Tripland. A Mistake of 6 d. will break no Damage. Court. But Fleming says it was 8 s. she gave you for the Coat and Waistcoat. Prisoner Osborn. Tripland was convicted here and transported 5 Years ago, by the Name of James Ogborn . Tripland. 'Tis no such thing; I sold my self indeed 7 Years ago at the Black-Boy on London-Bridge.

Osborn. I own I am guilty of the Fact, and desire to dye for it; but Longmore is innocent.

Prisoner Longmore. I was on board a Ship when the Fact was committed. Court. Call your Witnesses to prove it. Longmore. The Ship is now failed, and my Witnesses are in it, but I have some to my Reputation.

Peter Andrews . I have known Longmore six Years, he liv'd with his Mother, who sells old Cloaths, and I never heard any Harm of him before.

Edmund Newsham . I have known him ten Years, he and his Mother lodg'd in my Room; I never heard any Ill of him, he always kept good Hours, and had the Character of an honest, just Man. Court. Did you never hear that he was committed for a Robbery before this? Newsham. Yes; he was sent to New-Prison once on Suspicion of a Robbery, but no Body appeared against him. Court. And yet you could swear that you never heard any Ill of him.

Arthur Bernfree . I have known him three Years, he used the Sea, and had the Character of an honest Fellow; but I have heard some Suspicions of him.

Fleming. When Osborn gave the Coat to Mary Angel it was a little bloody, and she wash'd it before she sold it, and chaulked the Wig. She gave us 6 s. at first, and then 3 s. and afterward, 1 s. more, which she told us she had sunk. Court. You said before that she gave you 8 s. at first. Fleming. That was because she paid 2 s. for the Reckoning. The Jury found Osborn guilty of the Indictment. Death . Longmore guilty of Felony only , and acquitted Angel.

11. John Longmore was a third time indicted for assaulting Joshua Panton , in an open Place, near the Highway, in Whitechapel Parish, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 3 l. and 4 s. 6 d. in Money , April 20 .

Joshua Panton . On the 20th of April I went to Mile-End with half an Anchor of Brandy, and as I came back over Whitechappel-Fields , in that Field where the Windmill stood formerly; the Prisoner came up and asked me, if I was paid for my Jobb? It was then near half an Hour after Eight in the Evening. Presently several Sticks were about my Ears.

Court. Several? Panton. Yes, I was attacked by three or four Men. Court. Did the Prisoner strike you? Panton. Yes, he struck me first, and several times afterwards, and the others laid me on as well as he, but don't know any of the others; I made what Resistance I could, upon which one of them swore, Damn him, Does he Rebel? Cut his Eyes out. At last I was knock'd down, and lost my Watch and 4 s. 6 d.

Court. Which of them took your Watch and Money? Panton. I don't know, I was fast. Court-Fast ? Panton. Yes, I had no Senses left, I lay upon the Ground like a dead Calf. Court. Was it dark? Panton. No. Court. Was it Moon-Light? Or were there any Lamps? Panton. Neither, but being in the open Field it was Light enough, I could see his Face as plain as I do now, and he own'd the Money before Justice Philips, but said he knew nothing of the Watch; and that if there was a Watch, his Companions had sunk it from him. Sunk is a Term of Art among them for conceal'd.

Mr. Philips. When the Prosecutor was before me, he said he believ'd the Prisoner was one of them, but was not positive. He described the Prisoner to be such a sort of a Man, but could not then swear to him directly.

Panton. Nine Days after I was first before the Justice, he sent for me from my own House, and told me that the Prisoner had own'd to him that he had my Money, but not my Watch, for the Man who had it was not taken.

Mr. Philips. The Prosecutor is a little mistaken in that particular, I did not say that the Prisoner told me that he had the Money, but that one of the Gang, who was in Newgate, told me, that the Prisoner told him that he had the Money.

Samuel Case . As I and the Prosecutor were going together on the 21st of April, he saw the Prisoner standing in the Street, and said to me, That's the Man; and so we took him up, and charged a Constable with him.

Prisoner. I work'd on board a Ship from the 16th to the 25th of April, and came Home every Night.

Alexander Johnson . I never heard any thing worse of the Prisoner, than that he was an ignorant, literate, silly Fellow.

James Cunningham . He is an innocent foolish Boy, but I never heard that he was guilty of any other Misdemeanour. Two or three other Witnesses swore that they knew no harm of him. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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