Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
+ 35. William Wardlow was indicted for assaulting on the King's highway, and putting in bodily fear Josiah Rogerson , and robbing him of 1 silver watch, val. 3 l. the goods of Thomas Walker , and 19 s. in money the property of Josiah Rogerson , the 22d of July, 1746 .
Josiah Rogerson . On the 22d of July, 1746. as I was walking by Old-street Church in the pathway, I was stopt by two men, they told me to make no noise, but deliver what I had; upon my making some hesitation, one of them took out a pistol, and said I was a dead man: I would have given him my watch, but one of them trembled so that he could not take it, but the other did. I gave them the silver watch and 19 s. in money; then they ordered me to make no noise, nor take any notice; he with the pistol had on a light wig, and his hat tied down, the other had a dark wig; I advertis'd
Q. Do you know when he pawn'd it?
Akins. The 23d of July, 1746.
Q. How came you to bring this watch to Mr. Rogerson?
Akins. It was advertis'd, when I came to Mr. Rogerson I ask'd him what sort of a man it was that robb'd him, and he said it was a man in a seafaring dress, and had on a checkt shirt; the person that brought the watch answer'd to the description given by Mr. Rogerson. I am sure the Prisoner is the person that brought the watch to me.
Thomas Walker . Mr. Bloodwick came to me and said Mr. Rogerson had bespoke a watch of him, and as he was very busy and had diappointed him, he begg'd I would lend him one for him, which I did, and is the watch now produc'd in Court.
Court to the Prisoner. What have you to say by way of Defence?
Prisoner. I belong'd to the Kouly-kan privateer, and had prize-money due, and I borrowed 5 l. upon it, and with part of it I bought this watch; I gave two guineas for it of one of my ship's company, I went to the place where they lodged, and they had been gone to sea for a twelvemonth, but I am quite innocent of the fact.
Robert Steff . I have known the Prisoner above ten years, I lived next door to his brother, he has used the sea about five years, and I have seen him backward and forwards, and I can give him a character for an honest man.
Guilty Death .