Offences: Theft > housebreaking; Violent Theft > robbery
Thomas Gibson . The Time mentioned in the Indictment, my Servant and I were at Work in the Bake-house; I sent him into the Yard for something, and hearing him cry out, I took up a long Pole and ran to the Door; this was about two o'Clock in the Morning; I had no sooner got to the Door, but a Man fired a Pistol at me, and wounded me in my Arm and Breast. A Second fir'd and wounded me in the Face, and beat me backwards. Then I saw three Persons, they took me in their Arms, unbottoned my Breeches, took out my Money, and laid me down; they brought my Man into the Bake-house, tied his Handkerchief over his Eyes, his Hands behind him, and sat him down by me. The Prisoner stood over me, swearing with horrid Oaths, if I spoke a Word, he would blow my Brains out, while the others got Candles and robb'd the House. They took many more Things than are mentioned in the Indictment; all that I had that was Valuable they took with them. The Prisoner was taken at Bridgewater in Somersetshire, and made a Confession before the Mayor and Alderman. One of the Rogues had been my Servant, and, I suppose, he was the Director in the Affair; the Prisoner I am positive was the Man that stood over me; I can't say whether they broke any Lock to get in; I believe they got over the Wall that is next the Fields, but they broke several Locks in the House to get the Goods.
The Confession being prov'd, it was read.
Parish of Bridgewater. The Confession of George Ward , taken the 24th of Feb. 1735, before Ambrose Hosee , Mayor, and Sam Smith , Justice of the Peace for the said Borough, who says, 'That he is about 24 or 25 Years old, ' born at Dublin, and was brought up a Joyner ; ' that he came from thence to London about last ' March was twelve Months, and work'd with ' one King, a Joyner, in Covent-Garden, lodged ' in Newtoner's Lane, at the House of one Fitzgerald, ' and at two or three other Houses near ' Drury-Lane, all the Time except about two or ' three Weeks that he lodged with one Conolly; ' that about the Beginning of March he went to ' Bristol, staid there three Days, and lodged in ' the House of one White; that he took Shipping ' there for Dublin, with Patrick Hall, and ' Edward Dillon . Dillon came into Bristol in Company ' with this Examinant, and Hall came to ' Bristol some Days after them; that he did not ' expose to Sale the Goods of any Person whatever. ' That in August he came to England, ' went to London, where he work'd at his ' Trade.
The 2d Confession of George Ward as aforesaid: Who saith, 'That notwithstanding his former ' Examination, yet he, for the sake of the ' Discovery of the Truth, and in hopes that his ' Majesty will shew him mercy, and admit him to ' be an Evidence, Farther confesseth, and faith, ' That he was present with, and assisting to ' Patrick Hall , Edward Dillon and Row, in ' entering the House of Thomas Gibson at Clerkenwell, ' about the Hour of two in the Morning, ' the 26th of March last, and robbing the ' said dwelling House of 2 Pieces of Gold, two ' gold Rings, several Shirts, a pair of silver ' Buckles, a silver Cup, a silver Porringer, Spoon, ' and other Goods, which were sold, and the ' Money divided between them and this Examinant: ' That Hall had been a Servant to Gibson, ' and had left his Service: That Hall, Row and ' Dillon being in company together, Hall proposed ' the committing this Robbery, telling them ' if they would try to get Money, his Master ' had Money, and he knew how to get into the ' House; that the Matter being agreed upon, ' the Night before the 25th of March, they ' went to the House; Hall led them to the Back-door, ' and that Gibson and his Man were up at ' Baking; the Man coming out of the Bake-house; ' He this Examinant, rush'd into the said ' Bakehouse and secured Gibson, while the others, ' rifled the House; and that the said Row, Hall ' and Dillon, are all in, or about Dublin.'
Bryan Bird . I was Servant to Mr. Gibson at the Time he was robb'd and was then with him at Work. I had occasion to go into the Yard for the Scovel to sweep the Oven, and which hung on the back of an Oven facing the Bake-house: As soon as I had laid hold on the Scovel, I heard a Noise, and turning about, I saw 4 or 5 Men, I am not positive to the Number, for I was much surprised: They rush'd upon me, and knocked me down, and silenced me, by threatning to blow
Q When you went out of the House into the Yard, did you shut the Door after you?
Bird. I don't remember whether I did or not. The Lock of the Yard Door was not broke, but they broke several Locks in the House, particularly, the Lock of a Chest of Drawers, and some large Locks on the Doors of the Rooms. Guilty , Death .