And Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate, held for the City of London and County of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the OLD-BAYLY, The 12th. and 13th. of May, 1687.
And in the 3d. Year of His Majesties Reign.
THE Sessions of Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate; Held at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly; on Friday and Saturday, the 12th. and 13th. Days of May, 1687. Before the Right Honourable Sir John Peake , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, with others of His Majesties Justices of the Peace, for London and Middlesex.
The Jurors were as follow.
The Proceeding were as follow.
Ann Wood , of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripple-gate , was Tryed for Murthering her Bastard Male Infant, on the 25th. of April last , against whom, upon Tryal it appeared that she had been delivered of a Child but at twice, viz. First of the Body, and afterward of the Head; yet it being look'd upon by the Midwife, who was assistant to her, that it was an Abortive Birth, and she wanted so much of her time, that the Infant was altogether imperfect, and consequently not alive, the Jury Acquitted her.
Ann Selby was Tryed upon two Indictments; the First for Firing , the Second for Robbing the house of Catharine Lucas , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , on the 24th of April last; upon the Former it appeared by the Testimony of her Mistress and others, that being sent down Stairs to kindle a Fire for her Mistress to dress her by, she had with the help of Turpentine, and other combustible Materials which she found in the house, being an Oyl shop , attempted to fire certain Pitch Barrels; but it being timely discovered, before it took Effect, by the Smoke, it was prevented, nor did she deny in Court she had attempted to fire the house, yet could give no other reason for so wicked an undertaking, but that she was counselled to do it by one Evans a Porter, since fled into Ireland; and upon the latter it as plainly appearing, that at the same time making her escape: When she found her self prevented in what was mainly intended, she had taken wearing Apparel and other Goods, to the value of 18 or 20 s. which at the time of her being Apprehended, were found upon her; she was found Guilty of both the Indictments.
Francis Mathews and John Glover , were Indicted for stealing 4000 pound weight of Lead, from Edward Philips of St. Michael by Crooked Lane , London, value 30 l. on the 8th. of April ; the Evidence against them were Philips and others who deposed that in searching of Glover's house, they had found sundry parcels of Sheet-Lead, it was conjectured to be part of what had been lost out of the Plumary in the Neighbouring Church, for the covering of which it had been there deposited, but Glover pleading the Lead so challenged, was brought to his house by Mathews in his Absence, contrary to his knowledge, and Mathews not denying it, only alledging in defence of himself, that he found it in the street, Glover was Acquitted , and Mathews found Guilty to the value of 9 s.
R. together with Philip Stains not yet taken, was Indicted for breaking the house of Richard Goad , of St. Buttolphs without Bishopsgate , on the 8th. of March last, and taking thence Rings, Plate, Jewels and Money to the value of 40 l who upon his Araignment pleading not Guilty; it was proved against him upon Tryal, that himself and Stains coming into the house of the Prosecutor, and being admitted up Stairs to drink, under pretence of staying for more Company, with false Keys opened an adjacent Chamber, and in it the Locks of a Chest and Box, &c. out of which they took the Coin, &c. and paying the Reckoning departed, leaving the Door Lock'd as before; but the Plate and Money soon being missed, without any other persons having the opportunity of going up Stairs, unless the Prosecutor himself. R - the Prisoners after a long inquiry was found and Committed, yet in Court he pleaded Ignorance, and endeavoured to prove himself in another place at that time, but not being capable of making it out, he was found Guilty .
Charles Hopton , was Tryed for stealing 9 Yards of Mohair and Bengaul Silks, value 12 l. from Thomas Trimer , in the Parish of St. Edmunds the King, in the Ward of Longhorne , &c. on the 9th. of April last, agalnst whom it appeared, that having found an opportunity to take the Goods out of the shop of the Prosecutor about Eight in the Evening he fled , but being pursued into Fanchurch-street, he dropped them at two several times to stay the pursuit, yet at last was taken, though he denyed in Court to have stole them, alledging that he found them in the street, but the proof on the contrary being possitive, he was found Guilty .
George Matson , was Tryed for stealing 60 Yards of Dyed Linnen value 50 s. from Henry Beaker , of St. Lawrence Old Jury , on the 14th of April last. The Evidence was, that coming into Beaker's Yard who is a Callender , he took the Cloath and departed, but one of the Apprentices perceiving it, followed him and took it about him, nor did he deny but that he had it; yet in his own defence, said that he found it in the street, near unto the Kennel, designing to detain it no longer that till it was owned, and that when it was owned, he offered to surrender it without any hesitation, but the contrary appearing by possitive Testimony, he was found Guilty .
Ann Clark alias Parkham , was Tryed for stealing from William Allison , of St. Andrews Holbourn , Curtains, Sheets, Pillowbeers, a Table-Cloath, Chamberpot, Candle-stick, Looking-Glass, and other things of considerable value, under pretence of taking a Lodging in his house , on the 25th. of March last. The proof against her was, that she agreeing for a furnished Room in the house of the Prosecutor over Night, and pretending to be up about Business early the next Morning, carryed away the Goods without returning any more, to which she pleaded she never took any such Lodging, nor was ever at the house of the Prosecutor, offering the Testimony of a Woman & her Daughter to prove her at another place, but they differing in their Account, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
William Harris , Elizabeth his Wife , and Benjamin Buttler , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were Tryed upon an Indictment of High-Treason, for Coining divers Counterfeit Pieces in imitation of the New Mill'd Groats, &c. on the 8th. of April , and upon Tryal it appeared against them, by the Testimony of Francis Paylor and William Williams , that William Harris had at sundry times Coined pieces in the like imitation, with a Stamp made for that purpose, and that Benjamin Buttler was assisting to him therein, especially in washing or silvering them over, as also in puting them away as Currant Moneys, and further, by the Constable and others that Apprehended them, that much Counterfeit Moneys of this kind, together with the Stamp produced in Court, &c. was found about William Harris , and in his house; he and Buttler were found Guilty of the Treason, but the proof being in no wise possitive against the Wife, she was Acquitted .
Michael Hair , and Mary his Wife , of St. Pauls Covent-Garden , were Tryed upon a like Indictment as the former; but the Evidence against them amounting to no more than that they had put away Counterfeit pieces in imitation of New Groats, and the suspition of their Coining them, only arising from the Latter of the Prisoners having a Coining Stamp in her possession , but neither of them known actually to Coin, they were Acquitted .
T - M - of St. Martins in the Fields , was Tryed upon a like Indictment of High Treason, for Coining on the 10th. of November last, pieces, False and Counterfeit, in imitation of New Mill'd Half-Crowns , some of which were produced in Court; but the stress of the Evidence only lying upon his puting them away, and not on his Coining them, he was Acquitted of this Indictment.
William Woodhouse , of the Parish of St. James's Clarkenwell , was Tryed upon an Indictment for Murther, and upon the Coroners inquisition of Manslaughter for Killing Jone Davis of the same Parish, on the 2d. of April last , against whom upon Tryal, it appeared that the Prisoner and the Deceased being Silk-twister s, worked together in a house, and a difference arising between them, about the Formers giving the Latter a Blow on the Neck with his Hand, it so far increased by the throwing of Bobings at each other and provoking Words, that the Prisoner coming up to the Deceased, forcibly, struck her on the Face, with his hand, causing thereby a Blackness on her Eye, as likewise Kick'd her on the Hips, whereupon the next day she fell sick, and languishing till the 6th. of April Dyed; but the Chirurgeons who had opened the Body, not finding any cause of her Death to proceed from the ill-usage, but rather from the Effects of a Feaver, and no Mallice fore-thought proved, the Jury brought in their Verdict that the Prisoner was not Guilty , but that the Deceased Dyed of a Natural Death.
Dorothy Hall , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted, together with Catharine Rider alias Kelley , not yet taken, for stealing privily from the person of Henry Lecount , and without his Knowledge a Purse, value 6 s. six Guineas, two half Guineas, and 43 s. in silver . The Evidence against Hall upon her Tryal was the Prosecutor and others, by whose Testimony it appeared, that she and Catharine Rider had picked him up, and carryed him to the Anchor-Tavern near St. Clements Church in the Strand, and in drinking a pint of Wine, picked his pocket of the gold and silver mentioned; that the Prisoner and her Companion leaving the house without the knowledge of Lecount, had bid the Drawer conceal her Name, and further, that being soon after Apprehended, she had procured the Robery to be Compounded, and not in Court denying the Fact, alledging only that her Companion did it, and being known to be a common Night-walker, she was found Guilty .
James Nowland , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster , was put upon his Tryal for stealing a silver Candle-stick, one silver pair of Snuffers, and a silver snuffing dish, value 6 l. laid in the Indictment to be the Goods of Mary Cuffick , but it appearing the Propriety was in her Master, the Plate being only in her Trust, through the defect of the Indictment he was Acquitted yet a further Prosecution ordered in the Name of a true owner, &c.
John Fortier , was Tryed for Robbing George Calow in the High-way, near Kensington in the County of Middlesex, on the 9th. of April , and taking from him a Hat, Crevat, Coat, Snuff Box, and 7 d. in Money . The Principal Evidence was Calow, who deposed that himself and one Davis, coming from Kensington between 10. and 11 in the Evening, met six Men who set upon them, strip'd them, and left them bound, and that by his Face, Cloaths, Wigg and Voice, it then being a Moon-shiney Night he knew the Prisoner to be one of them, whom afterward he had Apprehended, upon his coming to take a Lodging in the house where himself had a Chamber. As for Davis, he gave Evidence that himself and Calow were Robbed at the day and time specified; he having his Breeches a Key and a Tobaco Box taken from him, but as to the Prisoner he was not possitive; yet he not being able to make out where he was at that time, though he laboured to do it, the Jury upon the possitive Evidence of Calow, found him Guilty of the Robbery.
Thomas Winton , was Tryed for Breaking and Entering the house of Mary Meggs of Thistleworth in the County of Middlesex, on the 4th of April in the Night, and stealing thence Linnen and Plate to the value of 5 l. Upon his Tryal it appeared, that being at Brainford, and there lying Drunk in the street, part of the-Goods were taken about him, and that he had after ward Confessed the Robery, he was found Guilty , tho' in Court he pleaded he found them in the Walks of the Prosecutor's Garden.
Peter Minchin , was Tryed for Breaking open the house of Susannah Wanham , of St. Andrew Holbourn , on the 14th. of April last, and taking thence five Hoods, value 10 s. a Petticoat, Scarfe, a pair of Gloves and other things, to the value of 50 s. Upon Tryal it appeared, that the Prisoner and another person came into the house of the Prosecutor, and calling for a Pint of Wine, took opportunity to break open the Chamber and Closet-door, as also a Trunk where the Apparrel was; yet not so silently but the Noise discovered it, and thereupon Minchin was taken with the Goods in the House, but his Companion escaped, nor in Court did he deny it, only alledged he did not open the doors, &c. but an Iron being found with him
Joyce Fletcher , was Tryed for stealing five Gallons of Rhenish-Wine, five Gallons of Clarret, and five Gallons of Beer, and sixty Glass-Bottles , from Annis Kinsmal , of St. James's Westminster , on the 1st. of April last: Upon Tryal it appeared, that she being employed in the nature of a Charwoman , found means to purloin the Liquors and Bottles, and that she had confessed twenty five Bottles of Wine, which she said she sent into the Country; and having nothing material to offer in her own defence, she was found Guilty, though but to the value of 10 d.
M - S - took her Tryal for Murthering her Male Bastard Infant, on the 26th. of April last ; the proof was, that she had had a Child which was found dead in her Chamber; yet she not attempting to conceal it, but on the contrary had been to bespeak a Midwife, at whose house she intended as she said to Lye in, and nothing appearing to the contrary but that it might be Born Dead, she was Acquitted .
Thomas Smith took his Tryal for receiving Clipings to the Encouragement of Clippers; as also for hiding and concealing Clippings and Melting Instruments, also a pair of Shears, a Melting-pot, &c. being proved against him; and he not capable of giving any good account of himself, or how he came by those Materials, he was found Guilty of the Trespass.
T - M - having been Acquitted upon the Indictment of High-Treason preferred against him, was a second time Tryed for a Trespass, for buying and disposing of Clippings to his profit , and the proof being plainly made out against him, he was found Guilty .
John Wood , was tryed upon an Indictment of Burglary and Felony, for breaking the house of Sir John Roberts , Barronet , Scituate in Bromley by Bow , on the 23d. of April last, and taking thence ten Peuter-Dishes, a Peuter Cestern, a Brass Pot, &c. it was proved that the Goods mentioned, were found in an adjacent Pond, and those that found them, resolving to watch who would come to fetch them thence, the next Night they started out of the places where they were hid up-upon three Men, whom as they suppose by their Actions and discourse, came to get the the Peuter and Brass out of the Water, but two of them geting away, and he pleading they were in the Dark mistaken in the Man, he was Acquitted .
J - M - was tryed for a Trespass, in buying Clippings ; and it appearing that two Bars of Standard silver was found about him, supposed to be Clippings melted down; as likewise with other suspitious Marks; and he not capable of giving any satisfactory account of himself, he was found Guilty .
Elizabeth Evans , of St. Mary Islington , was tryed for stealing a Lac'd Cornet, and two Lac'd Coifs, value 9 s. from one Callow , but the Prosecution being in a manner groundless, & no Evidence to the purpose appearing in Court, she was Acquitted .
Richard Hollis , of St. Andrews Holbourn , was tryed for stealing five Aprons, a Scarse, a Night-fall, a Frock, two pair of Holland Sleeves and other Goods, in all to the value of 30 s. from William Mariot , on the 1st. of May last, against whom upon Tryal it appeared, that upon taking the Goods he had been pursued, and they being taken about him, he had confessed them before the Justice; and in Court having nothing to say relating to his Reputation, more than that he was a Broad-Weaver , and worked sometimes at his Trade, he was found Guilty of the Felony.
Peter Maxfield , of St. Buttolphs Aldgate , was tryed for stealing an Iron Anchor, value 5 s. being the Goods of Jonathan Ingram , on the 30th. of April last; but it no wise appearing that it was ever in his Possession, or that he had any knowledge of it otherwise than that he was in the Company of a person that falsely owned it to be his proper Goods, he was Acquitted
Mary Wright , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was tryed for stealing one pair of Sheets, a Pillowbear, Calico Curtains, two Shirts, two Neckcloaths, &c. from George Rice , on the 25th. of April , and it being proved she had confessed her unlawful taking them, neither in the Court, she being altogether capable of denying the Fact, the Jury brought her in Guilty, yet in consideration it was her first Fact, only to the value of 10 d.
Robert Dale , of St. Anns Westminster , was tryed for taking from the person of Robert Fletcher , on the Kings highway, a Beaver Hat and Perriwig, value 4 l. on the 27th. of April , last ; but upon Tryal, it appearing that the Prisoner being a Coachman , the Prosecutor much disguised in Drink, & getting late in the Evening into the Coach, was driven by the Prisoner, and not being capable of giving him directions whither to drive him. so as he might be received, he carryed him home in the end to the house of his Master, whose Coach he drove, by whose advice Mr, Fletcher was delivered into the hands of the Constable of the Night, at what time he challenged the Prisoner with the Things mentioned to be lost, but by many eminent testimonys, it being apparant he was an honest Man, the Jury Acquitted him.
Henry Rapley , was indicted upon 3 several Indictments, for stealing 3 Cows, viz one from Esther Wellefar , another from Thomas Marsh , and a third from Mary Allan , in all to the value of 17 l. to which Indictments upon his Arraignment he pleaded Guilty .
Lorina Cary , of St. Martins in the Fields , was tryed for stealing a Sattin Mantua Gown. value 3 l. a pair of Embroidered Staies, a Petty-coat with Silver and Gold Lace, &c. from Richard Dawson , on the 20. of March last: The Evidence against her was, that under pretence of being a Lodger in the house of the Prosecutor, she had the opportunity to carry away the Goods; but being soon after taken, she had confessed the Robbery before the Justice, and although in Court she endeavoured to excuse or deny her former Confession; the proof being plain against her, she was found Guilty of the Felony as laid in the Indictment.
Michael Haire , and Mary Haire his Wife , were a second time indicted for a Trespass in uttering false Monys knowingly , and the proof being plain as to the former, he was found Guilty , but the latter as being his Wife on whom he had power to lay his Commands was Acquitted .
John Johnson , was indicted for stealing 200 l. of Lead, value 20 s. from James Ferman , of White-chappel , on the 20th. of April last: But upon Tryal no Witness appearing to prove any thing of that kind, he was Acquitted .
William Clark , of St. Martins in the Fields , was tryed for that he, together with John Clark , stole on the 29th. of April last, a Cloath Coat, a Stuff Coat, a Serge Gown, a Crape Gown, &c. to a considerable value , from John Oaks , between Eleven and Twelve of the Clock the same day; and upon Tryal it appearing that the Goods or part of them, were found in the Prisoners Custody, of which he could give no manner of Account, the Jury found him Guilty of the Felony.
Daniel Durone , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 5 l. from George Hermitage , of St. Pauls Covent-Garden , on the 29th of April , against whom it appeared upon Tryal, that coming into the house, he took the opportunity of running away with the Tankard but being over taken he dropped it, yet was taken in the pursuit; whereupon, though he pleaded they had taken a wrong Man in the Croud, that then happened, and that being looked upon as a frivelous Excuse, he was found Guilty .
William Webb , of St. Cathrines by the Tower , a Sail maker , was tryed for Ravishing and Carnally knowing Mary Sidercomb a Girl , not exceeding eight years of Age, on the 10th. of April , and at divers other times : The proof against him was that he being a single Man, and having undertook the Wardship of the Child, at the request of the deceased Mother, he had obliged her
Thomas Gervas , was tryed for Robbing the house of Solomon Modena , of St. James Westminster , by entering at the Window, on the 15th. of April , and taking thence a pair of Fring'd Gloves, a Napkin a Laced Coif, a Bag, and a parcel of Lace, &c. The proof against him was, that being discovered in the Act he fled, but upon pursuit was taken and part of the Goods found about him, and he offering nothing material in his own defence, the Jury found him Guilty .
Morrice Duaun , of White-chappel , was tryed for stealing 60 Yards of Cable Rope, value, 6 l. from James Foreland , on the 25th. of April last. The proof against him was, that he having made Forelands Servant drunk on board a Ship lying in the River, cut the Cable mentioned from a longer piece, and by the help of a Boat conveyed it on Shoar where it was found; and it further appearing that before the Justice he had confessed the Fact, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Bagnall , of White-chappel , was tryed for stealing 6 Pinner Caps Laced, value 20 s. a Muzling Apron &c. from William Harding , on the 24th. of August last. the Evidence against her was, that she had been seen with a Laced Cap or Pinner and Muzling Apron, which she offered to pawn, saying she did it for her landlords Daughter and at the same time she was a Lodger at Harding's house; but she pleading they were her own, and no possitive proof made to the contrary, she was Acquitted .
Hannah Casar , was put upon her Tryal for stealing 2 Silver Watches, value 3 l. a Brass Watch, value 5 s. a pair of Silver Buckles and other things of value from a person uknown; but no Evidence appearing in Court against her, she was Acquitted .
Alice Serjeant , tryed for stealing two Gold Rings from John Gunning , of St. Mary Magdalaine Old Fish-street on the 7th Instant: The Evidence against her was Gunning and others, who deposed that she had the Rings and sold one of them for 7 s. and her self confessing that she did take them out of the Prosecutors Chamber, of which she finding the Door open entered whilest he was a sleep; the Jury brought her in Guilty of the Felony.
James Nnowland , was a second time Indicted for stealing a silver Candle-stick, a pair of Snuffers and a Snuff-Box , the proper Goods of Simon Luttrel of Westminster , on the 28th. of March last, against whom it appeared that he having free Access to Mr. Luttrels house, had watched his opportunity to take them out of the Kitchen, and that being Apprehended, he confesed the Fact, &c. and not being well able to deny it, he was found Guilty of the Felony.
Elenor Rooks , was tryed for stealing a silver Thimble a Whistle of silver with Bells, &c. from a person with whom she lived in the Nature of a Servant on the 8th. of April . The Evidence against her was, that being taxed with the Goods mentioned, she confessed she had taken them out of a Drawer, and had sold the Whistle to a Goldsmith in Bishopsgate-street for a Shilling, where it was found, though without the Bells; and she upon her Tryal made but a slender Defence, yet the Jury in consideration the things were of small concern, found her Guilty to the value of 10 d. only .
Mary Jones , was tryed for stealing 10 Yards of Lute-string, value 30 s. out of the shop of William Wolfe , at the Royal-Exchange , on the 16th. of April . The proof against her was, that coming into the shop under pretence of buying some Silks, but seeming to like none, took her opportunity to shuffle the parcel mentioned under her Arm, and thereupon to depart the shop but being pursued, it was taken upon her; and she having nothing material to offer, only alledging it was given her by one Mrs. Hide a great Shop-lift, which she said was with her when it was taken, the Jury found her Guilty of the Felony to the value of 9 s.
William Borrough , of St. James's Westminster , was tryed for stealing a silver Tankard, value 8 l. from Edward Godard by breaking the Window and taking it out at the Casement; but the Evidence not being possitive he was Acquitted .
Elizabeth Roberts and another person of the same Name, was tryed for stealing a Ring value 8 l. from William Roberts of St. Giles's in the Fields , on the 1st, of Novem. last. The Witness against her was, that being in the house with the Daughter of the Prosecutor, she found means to take it out of a Cabinet, and sold it soon after to a Goldsmith, for 6 s. 6 d. and she likewise confessing the like in Court, alledging only that her Mother had agreed to pay for it, she was found the value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Roberts , of the Parish of St. Leanord Shoreditch , was tryed for stealing 10 pounds weight of Worsted Crape, value 40 s. and a Bible with Brass Clasps value 1 s. 6 d. from Thomas Willan , on the 1st. of May the proof against her was, that she proffering the Bible to sale, it was discovered to be stolen by the Prosecutors name being written therein, and she Apprehended whereupon the manner of her taking the Worsted was discovered, and she not greatly denying the fact in Court, was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Thomas Barow, alias Leviston , was tryed for Robbing the house of the Right Honourable the Lord Preston , in the Parish of St. Ann Westminster , and taking thence of, in Mony, with several other Goods of value , upon Tryal it was proved that he put Richard Hide , one of his confederates in at the window, who deliver'd him out the Goods and Mony, which was afterwards shared, whereupon he was found Guilty .
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as followeth.
Sentence of Death passed upon 9 Persons, viz.
Persons Burnt in the Hand, 9. viz.
Ordered to be Transported 3. viz.
Sentenced to be Whip'd. viz.
Sentenced for Trespasses, &c. 4 viz.
T. M. and Michael Haire, to pay 20 a Marks as a Fine to the King, and to suffer a Weeks Imprisonment.