Jeremiah Sullivan, Deception > forgery, 16th January 1751.

Reference Number: t17510116-42
Offence: Deception > forgery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

144. Jeremiah Sullivan , was indicted for making a false, forged and counterfeit letter of attorney, in the name of Arthur Murphy , to Sarah Brown , and for publishing the same, with intent to defraud , Sept. 11 . + .

Sarah Brown . The prisoner came to my house and desired to know, if Mrs. Sarah Brown lived there? He was answered by myself; said he, you have received some of my prize-money; said I, what is your name? Said he, Arthur Murphy ; said I, how can that be, he was lost in the ship Pembroke? Said he, I am a live man, and are here present. How came you to be alive, said I, when every soul was lost in the ship? Said he, I was saved; a ship was in distress, and 12 of us were lent out of the Pembroke, and I was one; said I, I cannot think that to be true, for when I searched the book, Arthur Murphy was mustered up to the day the ship was lost; said he, I do assure you it is true; saying, he could prove it by persons who were in the same sloop; said I, I have got an administration come from Ireland, in which John Murphy is administrator. I read it to him; he said somebody had forged it, for he had none but a half brother in the world; then I desired him to tell me his father's, mother's, and brother's names, which he did; I had them all set down on a piece of paper; he said his father's name was Jeremiah, and his mother's maiden name Eleanor Macartey ; I wrote over to Ireland, and in answer to that, I found it was a forgery. I have 27 witnesses to the certificate sent over, and they sent a letter, which Arthur Murphy had sent to his father; his father's name is John, and his mother's name Mary: He offered to make me his attorney, saying, he had as lies pay me poundage as another; he made, seal'd and delivered it to me September 11. it was filled up by my servant by his direction, in the name of Arthur Murphy ; I saw him sign it, after he and my servant John Purchas had been with my lord mayor.

Q. How came he to sign that to you?

S. Brown. I did not care to have any quarrel with him; I could not prove he was not Arthur Murphy ; so he proposed to take this power till I had time to send to Ireland to have proper instructions what to do; this was before the affidavit came over; after this he called every day, and often wanted to borrow money of me, and would ask if I had not received a letter. When I was satisfied about it, I told him what I before mistrusted was true; and I told him what was in the letter; he swore and d - d, and has brought four or five fellows of a day to use me ill, so that I could not go about my business; I shewed him the letter with the affidavits of the relations, and likewise shewed him the name who administered, who was his own brother, in answer to what he before had said, he had none but a half brother; after I found his right name was Jeremiah Sullivan , I told him I should take him up; then he arrested me in the name of Arthur Murphy , for 6 l. odd money, that I had taken of Arthur Murphy 's, for his brother John; he always took upon him to say his name was Arthur Murphy . When I took before my lord mayor, there he said the same; but after he was in the Poultry Compter, he owned his name was Jeremiah Sullivan ; this he did to me, and said, he hoped I'd be favourable to him. I have since received two letters from him, in which he calls his name Jeremiah Sullivan . [A letter produced, which he owned he wrote with his own hand.] It is read to this purport; directed to Mrs. Brown, living at Mitchel's Coffee-house, near the Navy-office.

Mrs. Brown,

Poultry Compter.

I crave your mercy a thousand times for what I have done, and I hope you will take it into consideration my being foolish to you. I will go to any part of the world; and I will make you a power to receive James Burrel 's money, that he left me for the Cape-Briton, which I have the last words that came out of his mouth in writing, and the captain knows the same to be true. Mrs. Brown, I hope you'll be favourable to me, and I'll never trouble you while I have breath in my body. Forgive me this time, and I shall always pray for you and yours; from

Jeremiah Sullivan .

The name Jeremiah Sullivan to the power of attorney was compared with this letter, and the writing agreed.

John Purchas . I am servant at the coffee-house; when the prisoner first came he brought a note from the agent, and asked for Mrs. Brown, and said, his name was Arthur Murphy , saying, she has received 6 l. 12 s. of his money, and wanted to know by what authority she received it ;

she said upon an administration; I fetched this power of attorney, and fill'd it up by his order, and saw him write the name Arthur Murphy to it; I am a subscribing witness to it ; I went before my Lord Mayor, and saw him seal and deliver it. When he was with Mr. Sharp, Mr. Sharp ask'd him what his name was? he said Arthur Murphy ; he desired he'd write his name on a piece of paper, which he did, and it was carried in before my Lord Mayor, and after it was executed, it was delivered by his own hand to Mrs. Brown. It is read in court in the common from, wherein Sarah Brown is made his lawful attorney.

Dated Sept. 11, 1750, sign'd, Arthur Murphy .

Seal'd and deliver'd being first duly stamp'd in the presence of John Purchas .

John Rogers . I have known the prisoner at the bar ever since the year 46; he went then by the name of Jer. Sullivan; I never heard him go by any other name; I ship'd him by the name of Jer. Sullivan, and one Arthur Murphy at the same time on board my ship, the George and William, a merchant-ship at Leghorn at that time; I have both their hand writings in my pocket-book. I think from the time they received their month's pay advance, to the day they were pressed, was two months; they were pressed the 29th of August, by the Syron, and the Success, two twenty gun ships; I saw the prisoner about 15 months after he was pressed at the Change, he then went by the name of Sullivan.

Prisoner. What ship did I go on board after I was press'd?

Rogers. I can't say which ship the prisoner went on board; the Syron was the senior captain, but how the press'd men were disposed on, I cannot tell.

Prisoner. When I went on board the Success, Arthur Murphy went by my name, and I went by his; he ran away from his ship.

Benjamin Brabrook . I was cook on board the George and William, in the year 46. I know the prisoner at the bar, his name is Jeremiah Sullivan ; I knew Arthur Murphy on board our ship; they continued on board about two months, and then they were press'd away, by two twenty gun ships. There were six of our men press'd that day, I know not what became of them after they were carried on board the commodore.

John Radmon . I am a clerk belonging to the navy office. I have the books relating to the Pembroke here; Jeremiah Sullivan entered on board, the 7th of March 46, and left the ship the 23d of Aug. 47, at Plymouth. Arthur Murphy belonged to the ship Pembroke, at the time she was lost which was the 23d of April 49. She was one of the ships lost in the East Indies. There appears to be due to him, neat wages 27 l. 8 s. 2 d.

The administration of John Murphy , lawful brother of Arthur Murphy , late a sailor on board his majesty's ship the Pembroke, read in court; dated August 14, 1750.

Prisoner's Defence.

I went by the name of Arthur Murphy on board that ship, and going thorough the gulph we were taken. Arthur Murphy was put on board the Royal Sovereign, and ran away from the hospital.

Guilty Death .


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