Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
140. (M.) James Davis , was indicted, for that he, on the King's highway, on Elizabeth, wife of Francis Manning , did make an assault, one linnen handkerchief, one linnen apron, and thirteen pence in money, the property of the said Francis, from her person did steal, &c . July 29 . +
Elizabeth Manning . On the 29th of July, between nine and ten o'clock at night, going home through Drury Lane , the prisoner ran after me, and swore G - d d - n your eyes you b - h. stop, and struck me as I was going cross the kennel, I don't know with what, he took my apron and thirteen pence out of my pocket; I cried out murder ; he gave me a second blow, and again said, d - n your eyes you b - h; he cut my eyebrow, and it bled a great deal; he snatched my handkerchief off and ran away; I took great observation of him when he came up to me, so that I knew him by his cloaths and his voice; I knew him as soon as I saw him in the goal from the rest of the prisoners, and he knew me; I charged him with robbing me, and said, I remember your handkerchief was the colour of this, shewing me one he had on; (it was near the colour) and that he cut my apron off; and that afterwards, said he, you thought I went into the Harlequin, but I went into the Fox and spent your money. This was in the presence of the constable and Mary Jones .
Prisoner. I had been in goal two months before she came to me.
E. Manning. I did not hear he was in goal till about two months after he was taken up for another robbery.
Thomas James . I am constable in St. George, Bloomsbury : I was employed to search for some leather that was lost, which I found in the custody of the prisoner at the bar: In September last he was sent to prison, and detained as an evidence ; when the prosecutrix, I, and Mary Jones, went to see him in prison; she knew him and he likew ise knew her; she said she was sure he was the man that robbed her, and he owned she was the woman that was robbed in Drury-lane.
Q. How came the prosecutrix to go ?
James. She came and told me she heard there was a man taken that had committed many robberies in and near Drury-lane, and desired to go to see if she knew him. When she asked him how he did, he said, Dame, I don't know you: said I, don't you remember such a time you robbed me in Drury lane; he said, I know you are the woman, it was of an apron and silk handkerchief, and thirteen-pence in money, and that he cut her over the eye, and pointed up to her eye, saying, it was this eye, I believe. (The prosecutrix shewed a scar, which, she said, he made.) He said also, he went to the Fox and Goose, and spent her money, and shared the things, there being others concerned.
I was not on the same side the way; there were about sixty people looking at the affair as well as I: I had been drinking in a house with one Peter Dun , they were to go to bed together, she went along with him arm in arm; she missed her apron in the Fox and Goose in the Play-house Passage, and had a man searched there; I did not act a part in it, or receive a farthing of value from it ; I was not in the same parish when it was done.
Q. from the prisoner. Ask that witness if he did not see the prosecutor drinking at the Fox and Goose in Drury-lane.
Hurst. I don't know the woman.
See No. 7, in this Mayoralty.