Thomas Collingham, Miscellaneous > other, 7th June 1753.

Reference Number: t17530607-39
Offence: Miscellaneous > other
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

309. (M.) Thomas Collingham , the younger, of Houlton, near Holsworth, Suffolk , was indicted for not surrendering himself according to the king's order in council . +

Samuel Kellet , Esq; I am one of his majesty's justices of the peace for the county of Suffolk.

(He produc'd the information of John Leader , taken upon oath February 15, 1747.)

This is my hand and seal upon it; I transmitted it by post to his grace the duke of Newcastle.

It is read in court.

The purport of it was against Thomas Collingham the elder, of Houlton near Holsworth, and Thomas Collingham the younger, John Carbald , otherwise Giffling Jack, John Carbald otherwise Cockeye, Thomas Catchpool , John Pawling , and others, to the number of 30, and upwards, on the coast of Suffolk, on Feb - were assembled at Benacre, in the county of Suffolk, with fire-arms, and other offensive weapons, in order to the landing and running uncustomed goods; and that he did run about 30 hundred weight of tea, and a large quantity of brandy and wine.

The certificate was read to this purport:

I Samuel Kellet, one of his majesty's justices of the peace for the county of Suffolk, do hereby command, under my hand and seal, this information of John Leader , taken upon oath before me, and return'd it to his grace the duke of Newcastle, one of his majesty's principal secretaries of state, against Thomas Collingham , and the several persons therein mention'd, &c.

Mr. Sharp The duke of Newcastle laid this information of John Leader before privy council, on the 22d of March, 1747. I receiv'd directions to issue out an order of council, requiring all the persons nam'd in the inform to surrender themselves within 40 days after the publication of it, to the chief justice of the king's bench, or some other of his majesty's justices of the peace. This order was issued ; I sent one to the printer cl the Gazette, to be printed the two next succeeding Gazettes; and likewise I sent another order to Mr. Lamb Bury, the high-sheriff of the county of Suffolk.

Mr. Owen. I am the printer of the Gazette. This is an order of council I receiv'd of Mr. Sharp,

(Holding one in his hand.)

Q. to Mr. Sharp. Look at the order.

Mr. Sharp. This is the same order of council that was made in consequence of that information mention'd.

Mr. Owen. I publish'd it in the two succeeding Gazettes I receiv'd it the Gazette-day, of the 22d of March, 1747, and it was put in that day, and the next Gazette day after.

(The Gazettes read, and compar'd with the written order)

Mr. Sharp. I transmitted one also by a messenger, Mr. Parker, in order to be proclaim'd.

Thomas Parker . I receiv'd a packet from Mr. Sharp directed to Mr. Lamb Bury, the high-sheriff of Suffolk. I carried it to his house, and deliver'd it to him the 25th of March 1748, in the same condition I receiv'd it.

Mr. Crowfoot. I was under-sheriff for the county of Suffolk in the year 1748.

(He produces the order of council.)

Mr. Bury sent his servant with this to me. I directed my clerk Robert Swetman to make two copies, which he did, I examined them with him, they were exactly true.

Robert Swetman . I was clerk to Mr. Crowfoot. I examin'd the orders, and found them true on Saturday the 26th of March 1748. I went to Beccles in Suffolk, being market-day, and between the hours of 12 and 1, I proclaim'd the order there, and fix'd a copy of it upon the cross; and on the Thursday following I went to Southwould, and betwixt the hours of 10 and 11, I proclaim'd it there, and fix'd a copy of it up there in the market place; these two towns are in the county of Suffolk.

Benjamin Branston . I have known the prisoner about 10 years; his name is Thomas Collingham , call'd the younger, of Houlton near Holsworth, Suffolk ; I apprehended the old man and this too.

Q. Was this of any trade?

Branston. I never knew he was of any,

Q. Were there any other Thomas Collingham in that place ?

Branston. I never knew any but the father and son.

Q. How long have you known that place?

Branston. I have known it 30 years.

Thomas Knight . I know the prisoner; there are no more of the name than father and son in that country. I had some conversation with him before he was taken ; he and two more came to me, they said there were determin'd to leave the practice they were in; they desir'd me to speak to a gentleman to know if there were any farms to be had in Scotland, they wanted to go there, and settle in the farming way, and leave off smuggling.

Q. How long is this ago, it is about 2 years ago, they said they intended not to stay here; for, if they were taken, it would he had for them.

Prisoner's Defence.

There is another Thomas Collingham , four years younger than I, my own cousin; I did not know

whether it meant him or I. He lives in the same parish I did.

For the Prisoner.

Sarah Gardner . I liv'd with the prisoner's father the same time he was sworn against. There were three Collingham's in the parish of Houlton all farmers ; the father of the prisoner, and his cousin.

Q. How old is that cousin?

Sarah Gardner . He is about 22 years of age; he was servant to Mr. Brown.

Q. Where does his father live?

Sarah Gardner . He is dead.

Q. How far is Brown's house from where the prisoner liv'd?

Sarah Gardner . It is about a mile distance.

Q. When people talk'd about your master and the prisoner, how did they name them to distinguish them?

Sarah Gardner . They call'd my master old Thomas Collingham , and the prisoner young Tom Collingham .

Mary Bulling . I liv'd at Houlton almost 11 years; there were three Thomas Collingham 's.

Q. Are you any relation to the prisoner ?

Mary Bulling . I am own sister to him.

Q. How old was the other Thomas Collingham the cousin, in the year 1747.

Mary Bulling . He was about 15 years.

The jury found the issues for the king .

Death .


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