Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
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Q. (to Ambler) What have you to say against the Prisoner?
Ambler. On Sunday the 29th of June, as I was coming from Hamstead, between Nine and Ten o'Clock at Night. I was set upon by seven Men. in the second Close on this Side Figg-Lane ; after they had pass'd me they all turn'd short and gave me several Blows (with Bludgeons ) on my Body, Head and other Parts; I made Resistance, but when they had master'd me they led me to the Ditch; in the Scuffle I lost my Hat and Wig.
Q. When they had got you into the Ditch, what did they take from you?
Ambler. My Cloth Coat, a Cambrick Stock, a Silver Buckle, &c. They robb'd Mr. Dunn at the same Time.
Q. Was that in your Sight?
Ambler. Yes. They robb'd Mr. Dunn of his Watch; then they turn'd to me again and took my Breeches.
Q. What were they?
Ambler. Black Leather Breeches. They took my shoes and also Mr. Dunn's Shoes; then they went away; but soon return'd again and took my Shirt from my Back; they had taken my Stock the first Time. On Friday the 4th of July I saw, in the Advertiser, the Advertisement of a Watch; that was stopp'd by Justice Dennis's Clarke; by the Description I knew it was Mr. Dunn's Watch; the Watch was found upon Parkison, a Soldier, who was then committed to Prison. I went to New-Prison to this Soldier, and I charg'd him with the Robbery.
Q. You did not see the Watch then?
Q. What Robbery did you charge him with?
Q. Where was it that you saw the Prisoner?
Q. Are you sure the Prisoner is the Man?
Ambler. He is the Man.
Court. Now inform us what you heard him say concerning this Robbery ?
Ambler. He said he was concern'd in the Robbery, and that he gave me Water to drink out of the Brim of his Hat.
Q. Had you Water given you?
Q. Did he say he was the Man, or one of the Men?
Ambler. That he was one of the Men; he also said there was one of them swore he would destroy me, and that he was the Man that prevented him from giving the Blow; and another of them desir'd him to murder me, saying, that it was better I should die than they.
Court. Then he positively declar'd that one of the Men would have murder'd you and he prevented it.
Ambler. Yes. And he told me the Name of the Person who wore my Coat was Ryly.
Q. Did he mention whether Ryly was in the Robbery?
Ambler. Yes, Sir; and that one Mathews was in the Robbery also.
Dunn. No Sir.
Q. Have you any Thing to lay to the Prisoner's Charge with respect to the Robbery committed on Sunday the 29th of June?
Dunn. I was robb'd then with Mr. Ambler.
Q. What Time of the Night?
Dunn. Between the Hours of Nine and Ten.
Q. Where was it?
Dunn. In the Foot-Path between Mother Red-Cap's and Southampton-Row.
Q. Who was it that robb'd you?
Dunn. I think there were nine in Company: Mr. Ambler was attack'd first; I might be about ten Yards behind; I hasten'd up to Mr. Ambler and found a Party of them attacking him.
Q. What had they in their Hands?
Dunn. They had Scymeters and Sticks; I heard one of them call it a Scymeter. I hasten'd up to him, then another Party of them enclos'd me: Ambler defended himself as long as he could; he had a Cane in his Hand, and they had a great deal of Difficulty to get it from him.
Q. Did you see them rob him of any Thing?
Dunn. I saw them take off his Coat; nothing else.
Q. Did they go away then?
Dunn. No, Sir. After they had rifled him they went about ten Yards distant, then they came back again and took his Breeches and Shoes from him.
Dunn. Yes. And he desir'd to speak to Sir Thomas privately; so Sir Thomas went with him into a private Room. Sir Thomas told me the Man wanted to turn Evidence; I said to Sir Thomas I should be glad to ask him some particular Questions touching the Robbery; so I traced him thro' the whole Robbery, and he told me all the particular Circumstances of it, who they first attack'd and what they took.
Q. Was there any Promise made to the Man of a Pardon in cafe he would confess.
Dunn. None at all, he offer'd himself voluntarily; he said he gave me Water out of the Ditch in his Hat.
Q. But what did he say about the Robbery?
Did he confess that he was one of the Persons?
Dunn. He said he was.
Q. Was you the Person that had Water given you?
Dunn. Both of us had Water. I lost a Snuff-Box and Tweezer-Cafe; I ask'd him if he knew where they were, if they had pawn'd them I would redeem them; he told me they buried them in the Ground, and the next Morning a Party of them went to fetch them, and he knew nothing more of them.
Q. Mr. Dunn, what Robbery did he own he committed?
Dunn. He said he was one that robb'd us.
Q. Was there any Thing said before Sir Thomas about Mr. Ambler's Coat?
Dunn. He said that one Ryly had it.
Q. by the Prisoner) Mr. Dunn, was it I that robb'd you?
Dunn. I don't say you did.
Prisoner. Those two Gentlemen gave me Liquor, and made me to drunk that I don't know what I said; Mr. Ambler, did not you give me Sixpence, &c.
Ambler. I did; I went on Sunday Morning and gave him Sixpence; I said if he made good his Confession he should not want a Sunday's Dinner while he was in Prison.
Ambler. I might say I would be a favourable Prosecutor if he would make Discoveries, &c. but none of the Persons he nam'd could be found.
Q. (to John Sergeant) What are you?
Sergeant. I am a Butcher by Trade; I was one of the Persons that took him.
Q. Where did you take him, and upon what Occasion.
Sergeant. Upon Parkison's Confession, the Soldier.
Q. Where did you take him?
Sergeant. In King-Street, Bloomsbury.
Q. After you had taken him what did you do with him?
Sergeant. We brought him to the Publick-House opposite the Place.
Q. Do you know any Thing of this Robbery ?
Q. Was there any Promise of Pardon for being an Evidence.
Sergeant. None that I know of.
Q. Was he sober at that Time?
Sergeant. He seem'd as sober as I am, my Lord.
Q. What Time did you take him before Sir Thomas?
Sergeant. About Ten o'Clock in the Forenoon.
Q. (to the Prisoner.) What have you to say in your Defence?
Prisoner. Please you, my Lord, I know nothing about it; he is a Thief-catcher, and will say any thing on account of the Money.
Sergeant. You are the first Thief that I ever caught.
Q.(to the Prisoner.) Have you any Witnesses?
Prisoner. I have no Witnesses.