Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death; Death
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Thomas Gwillin. On New Year's Day at Night about 7 o'Clock, going to Stepney , near the Halfway-house, it being Star-light, I met the Prisoner; he asked me what a Clock it was: I told him, I did not know; he passed on, and I had not got above ten Yards beyond the Halfway-house, before he came back; You are soon come back, says I; yes, says he, I have got two or three more with me. I went on, and he followed me, and struck at me with a Club; I turned and got hold of the Club, but he wrenched it out of my Hands, and struck me twice; then I tumbled down; he asked me what Wig I had got: I told him it cost me 18d. tho' the Wig cost me 3l. He took it, and said he must strip me; then he hit me down again, and stripped me naked; he left me nothing on, but my Stockings and Garters, and I had 3 Fields to go over in this Condition. I got to the House I was going to and gave an Account of my being robbed. I met no one but an Oyster-man, who sprung with Surprize from me: I can swear to the Prisoner, because I walked over some Fields with him. He had my Breeches on when he was before the Justice, they were Grey Breeches, and had been seated; my Knee Buckels were in them, they were two odd Mettal Buckels, they are here in Court, and are the same he took from me. I was robbed on Thursday, and on the Tuesday following he was taken, and carried before Justice Farmer. I had this Pipe-picker in my Breeches Pocket, this we found in the Breeches upon him, and it is the same that I lost with my Breeches; the Things have been in the Custody of the Constable ever since.
Mary Chandler . I lodged in the House which the Prisoner frequented, 'tis in Love-Lane at the lower End of Old-Gravel-Lane. On New-Year's-Day at Night he went out; he had on when he went out a new pair of Trowsers, which he rolled up about his Knees, and tied up with a piece of Rope; he had a Handkerchief about his Neck, which he took off, and tied about his Wast pretty tight; then he lifted up his Hat, and tucked his Hair under it. As he was going out, I said, Tom, where are you going? he answer'd, G - d D - n his Blood, this very Night either to win the Saddle, or lose it. He came in again about 9 o'Clock, with a new Hat, a white Wig, a Bird's-Ey'd Handkerchief about his Neck; a white Coat with open Sleeves, a black flowered Wast-Coat, a pair of Grey Breeches, with Knee Buckels in them. I took Notice enough of the Breeches and Knee Buckels to swear to them again: (Then they were produced.) Yes, I will swear to these Breeches, and to these Buckels; he had a pair of new Shoes, and a white Shirt, pieced in the fore Flap. when he came in he sat down by the Fire, and Tom, says I, where did you get these Cloaths? 'tis pity you are not charged with an Officer: G - d D - n your Blood, says he, tell me of an Officer, and you shan't tell who did your Business for you.
Q. What sort of a Coat and Wastcoat did you lose?
Gwillim. A whitish Coat and black flowered Calamanco Wastcoat.
William Lilly . I assisted likewise in taking him, and having sent for the Prosecutor, the Breeches and Buckles were found upon him, when he was before the Justice. They were odd Buckles, the one White, the other Yellow. He was searched, and in one of his Pockets this Pipe-picker was found; You Rogue, says Mr. Gwillim, this confutes you. Mr. Farmer bid him pull off the Breeches; and asked him, if he had any to put ou? No; says he, without you'll let me send for my Trowsers.
The Prisoner denied the Fact, and called Clemency Sutton to prove his buying the Breeches in Rag Fair; but no one appearing, nor any one to his Character, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
He was a second Time indicted as above.
Geo Fd . Coming from Work at Lime-house-Hole, December 30. I came thro' Stepney ; my Mother lives near the Half-way-house, so I called in there, and came out again, about 6 o'Clock in the Evening. There were two Men talking at Torkington's Door, and as I turned the Corner,