On the 1st of June, and Ended on the 2d.
Take the Account as followeth.
John Austin was Tryed for Stealing Goods to the Value of 9 Shillings from John Ashton in St. Martins in the Fields on the 10th of April which were afterwards found where he had sold them, but upon Tryal he utterly denyed that he knew any thing of the matter, affirming that he never was at that place, nor knew not where it was, but the party to whom he sold them, attesting that he brought them to him, and received Money for them, he found Guilty .
John Welling a stripling , was Tryed for Picking the Pocket of a Gentlewoman in Hony-Lane on the 6th of May , which was proved thus, the Person who lost the Money, being upon search of the Thief, a woman came to her and asked her if her pocket was not Pickt, telling her that she saw such a Boy put his hand in her Pocket: so that the Boy being apprehended, declared he had not the Money, but that 2 Boys that were in his Company had it, the which he likewise urged upon his Tryal, but the Evidence being plain he was found Guilty .
William Sims was Tryed for Robbing a house in St. Jameses on the 16th of April , taking thence Sheets, Table-Linnen, and other Goods to the value of 12 pounds , which he sold at a Brokers in Long-Acre, of which there being positive proof made, he was found Guilty .
Jane Hanison was Tryed for Robbing a Shop in Leaden-Hall-Street on the 10th of May , and taking thence Ribons, Gloves, and Linnen to a considerable value , but the things not being found about her, as 'tis supposed, having conveyed them away by a second Person, the Jury found her not Guilty of the Fact.
John Spittle was Tryed for breaking the House of Margaret Tryer in the Parish of St. Jameses Clarkenwell on the 20 of May , and taking away Grates, Kettles, Pots, and Pewter , which was proved thus, That a Drayman coming over Clarkenwell-green, perceiving a parcel of Fellows of which he was some what suspicious, he went to his Fellows and told them of it, but they refusing to assist him, he went himself, and meeting the Prisoner with a pair of Grates upon his back, stopp'd him and carry'd him into a house where he was taken into the custody of a Constable; but in Court he pleaded that the Grates were delivered to him, but the Evidence being plain, and that he was taken within Forty yards of the house that was broken open the Jury found him Guilty .
Ann Hinx was Tryed for Robbing the House of David Kingborne on the 20th of April , to which she pleaded not Guilty, whereupon the Evidence were produced, and first the Woman, Wife to the party in whose name the Indictment was laid, Swore that whilst she was absent, the Prisoner took
Mary Cuerton was brought upon her Tryal for an Accessary to a Robbery Committed by one Ann Stubs Convicted the last Sessions; for that she bought Goods of her that were stollen from Captain Faisby , she knowing them to be stole : but she pleading to the contrary, and there being no positive proof she was found not Guilty .
Henry Arnold was Tryed for stealing a Tobacco-box and Watch from one Mr. Vox , taking it privily from his Person , but it appearing that there had been tampering in the Case, and there being no positive proof, he was acquitted .
Robert Suetor was brought upon his Tryal for Robbing one Mr. Cralling Living in Drury Lane of 49 pieces of Gold, a Gold Watch, several Rings, half shirts, and a Silver hilted Sword, which he conveyed out of his Lodging, having been formerly a Servant to the Earl of Argloss, with whom likewise the Gentleman Lived. The Prisoner upon his Tryal denyed the taking the Goods and Money, although he had some time before confessed the Robbery, not only before the Justice, but likewise in Prison, but being urged by the Court to tell the Truth, he could no longer deny the Fact, but declared that he was Inticed to consent to the Robbery, and was aiding and abetting therein: but denyed he either broke open the door, or carryed away the Goods and Money, but owned that he had a share, as also the Gold Watch, whereupon he was found Guilty of the Fellony.
Thomas Hermitage was Tryed for Robbing the Lady Williams , by entring her House at a back Window, and taking thence Feather-beds, Carpets, Curtains, and the like, which being discovered in the place where he had conveyed them, he thought it not convenient to put the Court to farther trouble, but confessed he was Guilty.
Catharine Cook was Tryed for stealing several Silver Spoons from Sir Robert Jason in Fetterlane, she being a Servant in the House, and having them under her charge: But she Pleaded that she never had them, but did verily believe that a Woman who came in to ask for a Person, took them: but the Witnesses alledged that she promised to pay her share towards them: but she producing several Witnesses to support her Credit, who gave Testimony that she had behaved her self very well in many places in which she had been a Servant, and that she had had great charges of Plate and Money in her Custody, the Jury by reason no positive Evidence were produced, acquitted her.
Liddia Letsworth was Tryed upon an Indictment Exhibited against her for that she living with one Mr. Thead in St. Giles Criplegate, and having several opportunities to go into a Closet where several parcels of Money lay in a Cabinet, the which she took out, it amounting in Gold and Silver to the value of 13 pounds, which she carried to one of her acquaintance, and desired her to keep it for her; but whether through fear or an honest principle, is uncertain, she hearing of the Robbery restored the Money. At first the Prisoner denyed it, but being but a young Thief could not long out-face it, whereupon she was found Guilty of the Fellony.
Ann Bland was Tryed for Picking a Market-womans Pocket of 5 or 6 shillings as she was sitting in Hony Lane Market, taking it out of her Pocket Apron, and went off with it, but the woman well noting her, in a short time found her out, but she stifly denyed the Robbery; but upon the positive Oaths of the Evidence, she was found Guilty, it appearing in Court that it was her usual practice to haunt Markets and other places of resort.
Abraham Kent was Tryed for stealing Iron-work from on Ship-board, being the Goods of James Yemans , being taken in the very Fact, yet he denyed it upon his Tryal, till at last it was proved some part of the Goods were found in his Breeches, then he said that they accidentally drop'd into them, but he could not so impose upon the Jury, for they found him Guilty.
Jane Kent was Tryed for a Witch, for that she sometime past had bewitched Elizabeth Chamble the Daughter of Richard Chamble on Mile-End-Green, as likewise his Wife; he first gave Evidence, and told the Court a long story of two Sows that he had had bewitched, by reason he would not trust Jane Kent for two Pigs that she had bespoke, and that he never killed any Pigs, but she would send to ask whether he had killed any of the Pigs she bespoke: and farther, that after the Death of his Swine, his Daughter fell sick and dyed in a strange Manner; and that his Wife falling sick likewise, he went to a Doctor in Spittlefields, who advised him to a Medicine, that as he said took off the Spell, and put the Prisoner into such pain, that she came howling to his door, although he did not see her, being charged to keep the door shut. A woman likewise swore that she had an unusual Tet, and several other strange marks: But Evidence being given for her, that she was a laborious Woman, and frequented Religious Assemblies, she was acquitted.
William Stafford one of the Life-guard, was Tryed for killing one Roundvaith near Hide-Park in fighting; the Defendant having received several Wounds, but the Prisoner pleading that it was se Defendendo, and that when the Deceased drew, he retreated as far as he could; And there appearing no former grudge, the Jury gave their Verdict that he was Guilty of Manslaughter.
John Johnson was Tryed for breaking open the Chamber of Esq; Turner of the Temple, on Sunday last; the nature of the Fact being this, he having Picklock Keys, endeavoured to open the door, but finding it bolted, he with a Betty forced it open, but entring found the Landress there, whereat he cryed he was betrayed, and then drawing a Pistol out of his pocket Swore that unless she would let him depart without making any discovery he would Pistol her, which for fear she promised, but he was no sooner gone but she shut the door, and cryed Thieves, whereupon he was taken, upon Evidence he was found Guilty.
A Person was Tryed for Robbing the Chamber of Mr. Hoile in the Temple, and taking thence Silk Curtains, to the worth of 20 pounds, part of which was taken in the possession of the Prisoners Wife, as she was going to pawn them at a Brokers, and the Prisoner having confessed it, he was found Guilty.
Several Presentments were made this Sessions of Recusants, many of them being of note.
There were 4 Condemned, 3 women and one man, viz. John Welling , Liddia Littlewoth , Ann Blane , and Elizabeth Hunt , 6 Burnt in the Hand. 2 to be Whipt, one to be Transported; and one Fined 20 Pounds, and so ended the Sessions.