Joseph Wicks, John Clark, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 25th April 1750.
365. Joseph Wicks , and John Clark , were indicted for assaulting on the king's high-way Barbara , the wife of John Harrison , and taking from her one gold ring val. 5 s. the property of the said John, against the will of the said Barbara, from her person .
April 11 .
Barbara Harrison . I live in Fetter-Lane; I had been in Devereux-Court the Eleventh of this month, about 10 at night coming through King's-bench walks, under the arch that goes into Mitre Court , I saw two men, one of them went up
the steps before me; they stood and talked. I made a stop. Clark came up to me and swore bitterly, that if I made the least resistance, I was a dead woman; he took hold of my right arm, and another person pulled off my glove and took my ring, he in a very slow voice bid the other not frighten me, he went away; then Clark afresh went to feel in my pockets, he damn'd me, and said your capuchin, your apron, and your hat, this minute, or you are a dead woman. He held something over my head; I looked to see if it was fire-arms, and I saw it be a stick. Said I, don't frighten me, and I'll give you any thing I have. He said to his companion, Jack, the bitch will not give me her things. I was so frighted, might I have had the world I could not untie my apron. He clapp'd his stick under his arm, and went to untie my apron, and then he felt for a knife; (at this time I apprehend he heard somebody coming.) He said I'll wait on you at eight o'clock to morrow. I turned my head, and saw two gentlemen ; one of them named Dangecote, whom I knew, he said, what is the matter? Sir, said I, I have been robb'd.
Peter Dangecote , Robert Sheet , Mr. Delafield, and John Brown, deposed to the pursuing Clark, and taking him in a big-house in the Temple.
Charles Williams , the foot-boy, said, he went and fetch'd people to the Prosecutrix's assistance, and both he and his mistress were positive as to Clark only.
Wicks Acquitted .
Clark, Guilty , Death .