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<persName id="t17260420-67-defend383" type="defendantName"> Thomas Wright
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<interp inst="t17260420-67-off317" type="offenceSubcategory" value="sodomy"/> committing Buggery with
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17260420-67-off317 t17260420-67-cd318"/>5. Thomas Newton thus depos'd. Last January 12 Month, the Prisoner had the Carnal Use of my Body at his own House, in
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17260420-67-off317 t17260420-67-crimeloc319"/>: He was a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17260420-67-defend383 t17260420-67-deflabel320"/> by Trade, but he sold a Dram among such Company as came to his House. - He afterwards remov'd to Beech Lane, and there kept Rooms for the entertainment of Sodomites. He sold Ale, but he had it from other Ale-houses: He has often fetch'd me to oblige Company in that way, and especially to one
<persName id="t17260420-67-person386"> Gregory Turner
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<persName id="t17260420-67-person387"> William Davison
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<interp inst="t17260420-67-person387" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> and - Sellars thus depos'd. The discovering of the Molly Houses, was chiefly owing to a Quarrel betwixt
<persName id="t17260420-67-person388"> Mark Partridge
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<interp inst="t17260420-67-person388" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> and - Harrington: For upon this Quarrel Partridge to be revenged on Herrington, had blab'd something of the Secret, and afterwards gave a large Information of a great many others. The Mollies had heard something of the first Discovery, but did not imagine how far he had proceeded, and what further Designs he had upon them. - By his means we were introduced to the Company, at the Prisoners Lodging's. There were 8 or 9 of them in a large Room, one was playing upon a Fiddle, and others were one while dancing in obscene Postures, and other while Singing baudy Songs, and talking leudly, and Acting a great many Indecencies. - But they look'd a skew upon
<persName id="t17260420-67-person389"> Mark Partridge
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<interp inst="t17260420-67-person389" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and call'd him a treacherous, blowing-up Mollying Bitch, and threatned that they'd Massacre any body that betray'd them . The Prisoner was very fond of us, and kist us all at parting in a most indecent manner,
<persName id="t17260420-67-person390"> Edward Sanders
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<interp inst="t17260420-67-person390" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> in behalf of the Prisoner depos'd, That he never heard any such report of the Prisoner before; That he was born and bred at Newbury, and was esteem'd an honest Man, The Jury found him
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