John Anderson, James Baker, Theft > burglary, 5th December 1733.

Reference Number: t17331205-21
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

25, 26. John Anderson and James Baker , alias Stick-in-the-Mud , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of Robert Rayner , and stealing three pair of Shoes, value 15 s. three Shoes, value 7 s. and one Boot, value 7 s. October 16. about the Hour of 8 in the Night .

Robert Rayner . I keep a Shoemaker 's Shop in the Haymarket ; about 8 at Night the Sash of my Shop was lifted up, and the Shoes and Boot taken away - I afterwards receiv'd a Letter from Abraham Wild , informing me, that he and the Prisoners committed the Fact.

Baker. Were the Shoes you lost squaretoed or round-toed?

Rayner. The two odd Shoes and the Boot were square-toed, and the rest were round.

Abraham Wild . The Prisoners and I set out from a Brandy- shop, the Corner of St. Martin's-lane in the Strand, between seven and eight at Night; we went up Pall-M, thro' St. James's-Square, and so to the Hay-market, and coming to the Prosecutor's Shop, Baker shov'd the Sash a little way up; we walk'd by, and coming back again, Anderson shov'd it a little higher; we pass'd by a second time, and making a quick Return, I shov'd it a little more, and so we took it by Turns till we had got it quite up, and then the Prisoners took out three pair of roundtoed Shoes, a square-toed Boot, and three odd Shoes, two of which were square Toes and one round, and brought 'em to me, for I stood two or three Doors off to watch; we shar'd them in the Street, one pair a piece, and I kept the odd ones and the Boot. Then we went to a Shop in Tyburn-Road, where we drank half a Pint of Cherry Brandy and parted. Not long after this I grew wary of keeping ill Company, and wanted to get clear of them, and so I went voluntarily before my Lord Mayor and made my information, upon which I was admitted an Evidence.

Baker. This was not the first time of your being an Evidence ; and besides, you have been transported.

Wild. I never was an Evidence before, but I own I was transported *about twelve Years ago, and I serv'd my Time out, and went to Sea afterwards, and liv'd honestly till lately I fell again into ill Company.

* Abraham Wild , in April 1721, was indicted with John Gascoyn , for robbing Ann Shaw on the Highway, of a Pocket, a Handkerchief, and half a Crown. John Unwin , an Accomplice, was an Evidence against them, but they were both acquitted. The Fact Wild was transported for was committed some Time after this.

Anderson. Where did you first come acquainted with me ?

Wild. At the Corner of Cornhill, about two or three Months ago; you were talking in the Street with Will. Isaacson, whom I had known a pretty while, for he was transported in a Maryland Ship that I belong'd to, after I had serv'd my Time beyond Sea ; the next Time I met you was in Smithfield, where we drank together, and I met you again with Frank Ogliby the Beginning of October, about Midnight, when we went and broke open this Gentleman [ Thomas Ryner 's ] House, and that was the first Fact I did in your Company.

Mr. Harding. I have known Anderson fourteen or fifteen Years; he work'd with me, off and on, about two Years - the last Time was about a Year ago, and he behav'd himself then very well.

Mr. Wakins. I have known him ten or twelve Years; he work'd half a Year for me, about a Year and a half ago; he was a sober honest Lad, and behav'd well.

Daniel Street. I have known him from a Child; I work'd with him at Mr. Harding's above a Year ago, and he bore a good Character.

The Jury found them both Guilty . Death .


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