On Wednesday the 31st. of May, and on Thursday and Saturday the first and third of June, and by an Adjournment again on Thursday the eight of the same Instant 1693. And in the Fifth Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.
THE Sessions of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, Goal Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily, on Wednesday the 31st. of May, and on Thursday and Saturday the first and third of June and by an Adjournment again on Thursday the eighth of the same Instant, 1693. before the Right Honourable Sir John Fleet , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Sir Salathiel Lovell , Kt. Recorder of the said City, with several others of Their Majesties Justices for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.
The Jurors were as follow,
The Proceedings were these,
Mary Stephens alias White , was likewise indicted and arraigned for Felony in stealing on the 28th. day of April last, in London, two Silk Petticoats value 40s. one Crape Petticoat value 7 s. one black Scarf, and other Goods , from one Francis Howard , to which she pleaded guilty .
Joseph Stitch was arraigned for stealing on the first of January last a Silver Tankard value 7l. a Coral 30s. two Silver Spoons value 20s. two pair of Ruffles value 30s. three broad plates of Gold, and 15l. 15s. in Money ; from one George Hawksworth of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , to which he pleaded guilty .
Thomas Granger was arraigned for breaking the House of Jeremiah Wayte in Great Fish-street in London, in November last, and taking away three Silver Spoons value 30s. three Sugar Castors value 5l. one Suit of Head-cloths value 3l. 6 Gold Rings, and 100 l. in Money, to which he pleaded guilty .
Challis Searl a little Youth Aged about 12 Years, was tried for Felony in picking the Pocket of a Person unknown in Fleetstreet of 3s. 6d. there was no Evidence against the Boy , but his own Confession before the Justice, where he said that one Constantine being with him in the Crond in Fleetstreet the day Captain Winter was Executed, he bid him pick a Gentleman's Pocket; there were several neighbours who appeared for the Prisoner, that declared that the Boy was not given to any ill disposition, never guilty of pilfering nor stealing, and that he went constantly to School as was Attested by the School-master to whom he was a Scholar in Fetter-lane; he was acquitted .
Mary Underwood was tried for stealing a Gold Ring value 12s. from Mr. William Middleton in London; She came into the Shop and cheapened the Ring, and dropt a Brass one the stead thereof . Mr. Middleton found the Gold Ring upon her before she went off. The Prisoner said she had no ill design, and did it under a mistake, probably fancying to her self she might be under the benefit of the old Proverb, that Exchange is no Robbery; she was found guilty of Felony.
William Wise was Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard value 5 l. from one Thomas Lucas at the Cock behind the Exchange . Mr. Lucas said that he lost his Tankard, but he could not charge the Prisoner; other Witnesses made appear that one Hyllary Basley was most likely to have stole the Tankard, for he brought the Tankard to the Prisoner, and desired him to sell it for him, which he did, (not having any suspicion of him) for 5l.3s. and gave the Money to the said Hyllary, well knowing him to be a Workman to his Brother hard by, so it appeared that the prisoner had no hand in the Theft; so he was acquitted .
J - B - Widow , was arraigned for stealing Goods of a great value from George Smith in London, viz. 19 Yards of Silk value 9 l. one Flanders Lac'd Cravat value 20s. a pair of Lac'd Ruffles value 20s. with some other Goods , to which she pleaded guilty .
Elizabeth Clark was indicted for picking the Pocket of one Mrs. Collins on the 5th. of May . The Prisoner with another Woman who got away, met Mrs Collins in Cheapside and jostled her, and took out of her Pocket a Bag, wherein was contained 17 l. and 18 d. in Money, and a Handkerchief value 18 d. Mrs. Collins immediately missing the Money, the Prisoner was stopt, and seen to drop the Bag from her, which was proved by two, sufficient Citizens that were accidentally standing near Mrs. Collins when the Fact was done; she could make no defence; she had been an old Offender, do she was found guilty of Felony.
Thomas Hudson, alias Pierce , and John Hudson alias Pierce two Brethren, and both young Men, were indicted for stealing a Silver tankard from one Mr. Jones in Knight-Riders-street value 5l. They came both together to Mr. Jones's House, called for Drink, and after they had drank three Tankards they escaped away with the Tankard but were soon taken; one of them, to put a better Colour on their design, was drest up in Womens Apparel, which was found to be Thomas, who immediately confest the Fact upon his Arraignment, but John pleaded not guilty, and was tried for the Fact, and it appeared that he was at Mr. Jones's with his Brother John so Aparell'd as abovesaid; and that the Prisoner said to John, My Dear make haste home, and went away first with the Tankard; he could offer nothing to the Court material for himself, the matter being clear against him, so he was found guilty .
Richard Merrick , a Boy , and Joseph Sarner , were both indicted for stealing 17 Weather Sheep value each 20s. the Goods of Edward Waldor , Esq. of Harrow on the Hill, and a Mare price 25s. from Moses Edling , of the same Parish; the Box was found upon the back of the Mare, and Sarner on Foot, driving the Sheep along the Road towards London; Sarner declared for himself, That the Boy hired him to drive the Sheep in the name of his Master, who, he said, was one Daniel Osborn of Pynner, with whom he had lived heretofore, but not at the time when the Fact was done. The Boy said that Sarner hired him, and so they turned the Matter upon each other; and had no material evidence to disprove or invalidate the Evidence for the King, but no Evidence appeared that Sarner had any hand in stealing the Mare; So he was acquitted of that, but was found guilty of stealing the Sheep , and Merrick both of Sheep and Mare .
Thomas Whitmore , of Finchly ; was tried for Felony, in stealing 4 s. in Money from one Gober on the 8th of May last; Gober swore that he met the Prisoner in his House, he and his Wife having been abroad, and found the Money about him; the Prisoner resisted against the said Gober, and threw him upon the Ground, where after having struggled a while, Gober was too hard for him; he denied it, although there were other Corroborating Witness against him; and there was a pair of Buckles found about him, which was owned by the Prosecutor; and others swore that they saw them fight; So though he had the impudence to deny it, yet he was found guilty to the value of 10 d.
Arthur Cole of Heston ; near Hounslow-Heath; the Linnen was hang'd out to dry, and was stole off the Hedge; which Linnen was found upon them where they were taken, which was in a little old House uninhabited, where they were lying upon a Wad of Straw; they both confessed that they were coming out of the Countrey to London, and Poverty pinching them, caused them to take the Linnen off the Hedge; They were found guilty to the value of 10d.
William Brathwayte , of St. Anns Westminster , was tried for stealing a Steel-hilted Sword value 2s. 6d. a Cane 5s. a pair of Gloves value 4d. The Prisoner was met running down Old So-ho, and was stopt, and the Goods were found upon him; all which he could not deny; he alleged that the Goods were given him by a Soldier, but had no Witness to prove it; So he was found guilty of Felony.
Mary Boatey , Wife of John Boatey , of St. Martins in the Fields , was tried for stealing (on the 29th of April last) one pair of Flaxen Sheets value 10s. a Wastecoat, some Pillow-bears and Bolsters, and other small Goods , from one Robert Dowtey of Drury-Lane , who said, That he let a Room to a man, who went for her Husband, where the Goods were; the man went away, and after that she went away, and a while after she was taken in the Street near the place; she pleaded in Court that her Husband had taken the Goods, and sold them, and was gone to Sea; but said, that when he came back, he would given them ten times the value of them; there was none could disprove, but that the Person was her Husband that had so taken, and sold the Goods; So she was acquitted .
Mabel Symmonds was tried for stealing three Gold Rings, value 3l. and 41s. in Money from one Mary Postern , Widdow , of the Parish of Christ-Church ; The Evidence was Mrs. Postern, and others; Postern swore, That she entertained the Prisoner, being a Servant to her Brother, into her House, and on the 7th of May last she mist her Rings and Money, she leaving her in her House when she went up to church, but she could not be sure that she took it, no further than no Person was in the House besides her, at that time when she lost her Rings and Money; it was sworn by one Witness, that the Prisoner was seen at a Goldsmith's, weighing a Ring, but he could not say it was the Prosecutor's; and two others said, that they knew it to be so by the Posey, which was thus (Christ and thee my Comfort be); but the matter seemed to arise somewhat from a Quarrel that had been between them: and none was positive that the Prisoner stole the Rings, &c. She was acquitted .
B - C - was tried for a Trespass, in putting off False Money ; the Evidence swore that the Prisoner had offer'd one bad Half-Crown at one time, and three at another, this was done between Michaelmas and Christmas last; there was a Brazier, who declared, that those Neighbours who had received the bad Half-Crowns of her, brought divers Half-Crowns to him, there being more Brass in them than true Mettal, so more properly to be applied to a Brazier, than to a Goldsmith; the Prisoner called one Witness, who declared upon Oath, That she had offer'd very good Money to those she had any dealing withal; and that they chose to take that Money rather than the other, &c. it favoured of Malice; She was acquitted .
Mary Allen , and Mary Pead were both tried for Felony, in stealing from Mary Morris in Holborn (on the 25th of July last) four Gold Rings value 50s. one Sable Tipper value 5s. 3 pieces of Gold value 3l. 10s. a Guinea, and 10s. in Money she stole at the same time from Mrs. Elizabeth Harwood , a Cloth of Gold Petticoat value 40s. a Silk Gown value 14s. another Petticoat value 40s. and from Mrs. Jollen a Cloth Gown, and a Silk Gown, &c. Morris swore, That she being entrusted with Mr. Lee's House, her Master, near Bedford Wall, whilst he was in the Countrey, and having some acquaintance with Pead, she gave her leave to be in the House with her, in the interim of which time she robbed her, and the two other Persons abovementioned, who were Persons belonging to the Family, and lived in the same House; as for Morris she could never get any of her Gold again, but the two Gentlewomens things were found at Goates's the pawn-brokers in Shooe-Lane; the Prisoner Allen denied the Fact; Pead said, That the said, Morris lent her the Cloathes to pawn to raise Money to lend her, to go to her Husband to Portsmouth; but that was but a feigned Story, they were both found guilty of Felony.
Maudlin Bevell of St. James's Westminster , was tried for Robbing Robert Groydon of a Lac'd Tippet value 3l. a Muslin Handkerchief with Silk, and Laced with Flanders Lace value 3l.a Silver Girdle, a Muff, a Gawle Hood, 10 Yards of Ribboning, &c. this was done by the Prisoner on the 10th day of May , she being a Servant to Mr. Groydon, she conveyed the Goods in a Pasteboard Box out of the House, and left them at a Herb-shop in Pall-mall over against the said Mr. Groydon's House, which were found there, and owned by the Prosecutor to be his Goods, particularly a Fan which was very remarkable was found in her hands. The prisoner denied the Fact, and said she knew not what was in the Box; all this would not serve her turn; she had some Witness, who said she had liv'd honestly in the Countrey, particularly in the Service of Sir James Herbert in Monmouth-shire. The Jury considered of the Fact according to their Evidence, and there being nothing found to be taken by her but a few small things found in the Box; she was found guilty but to the value of 10d.
Lambeth Whaley was tried for breaking the House of John Kneves of Hackney on the 29th of April last. The Evidence swore that he broke open the Window and took a Flitch of Bacon value 18s. about ten a Clock at Night , and he sold it to a Woman in Petticoat-lane for 7s. where the Prosecutor found it which he did confess when taken, besides he was met in the way with the Bacon under his Arm the same Night. It was not dark, so he was acquitted of the Burglary, but found guilty of Felony .
John Evans , Andrew Evans , and John Bowman , were all three indicted and arraigned for stealing three Weather Sheep value 5l. on the 4th of May last, the Goods of one John Moor of Thistleworth, to which they all pleaded guilty .
Morris Morris a young Youth, was tried for stealing 800 Half-pence and Farthings , the Goods of Joan Locker . The Boy was left in Locker's Shop in Leaden-hall , being wont to go of Errands for her, she did not mistrust him, but he took away the Farthings, and when he was before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London he confest to have taken them, and that he and another Boy were to divide them the next Morning; he was found guilty of Felony to the value of 10d.
D - P - of the Parish of St. Paul's Covent-Garden Gent. was indicted and tried for the Murder of one Ambrose Cave Esq ; giving him one Mortal Wound near to his short Ribs of the depth of Six Inches upon the 21st. of February 1689. of which he died the day following , upon which Mr. D - absconded until this time, hearing that one Mr. Stanley was dead, who was the chief Witness against him. The Counsel for the King opened the Indictment to the Gentlemen of the Jury, and told them that the said Cave was Barbarously Murdered. The Evidence was first Mr. White the Coroner, who declared that he sate upon the dead Body, and that one Mr. Stanley who is now dead was the chief Witness of the matter of Fact, and his Examination was read in Court, which set forth that Mr. Cave that was Kill'd, and he, and Mr. D - were all at the Chocolate-house in Bridges-street in Covent-Garden on the day abovesaid, and Mr. D - presently charged Mr. Cave with taking off his Hat and Perriwig on the Night before. Mr. Cave would not answer the question at first, but after did, saying he did do it; then Mr D - drew his Sword upon him, and first struck him over the Head in a manner, and then Mr. Cave endeavoured to avoid the Prisoner's fury and went back, but Mr. D - followed him and gave him the Wound aforesaid, of which he died; there were others that saw him in the Room. The Information of Mr. Stanley was allowed as good Evidence in Law. The Prisoner being asked what he had to say, he answer'd, That he was not the man that did it, and there were others of his Name in Town; he utterly denied the Fact, and presumed that there was no Evidence that affected him; being asked again if he could prove where he was at that time when Mr. cave was Kill'd, and if he had any Witnesses to call, to which he replied, That he had none, and no more to say, being very willing to submit himself to the Judgment of the Court, the Jury giving this Reason for their Verdict, that because Cave did acknowledge to Mr. D - that he was the Person that did so affront him, it therefore was a fresh provocation, and so they found him guilty of Manslaughter . Not burnt, being remitted by the Act.
Thomas Carter , Gent. and Ralph Nichols , Yeom. Were both indicted upon two Indictments; the first, for the Murther of one Philemon Quoyne a Soldier , the second, for stabbing of him . The Counsel for the King opened the Indictment, then the Witnesses were called, and sworn, and then gave this Account; That on the 27th of May last the Prisoners were at Enfield, at the Green Dragon , and there Nichols sat on Horseback, drinking, and there was one Thomas Casey , a Soldier, coming by them, desired them to make way that he might come by, which they refused, damning, and swearing great Oaths; and the said Quoyne interposing, they made two passes at him, upon which the Deceased cried out; then they followed him, he running from them to save his life, and fell down upon him, and stampt upon his Breast, and Head, crying out, God damn him, is not the Dog dead yet? There were several other Evidences that gave the same Account, how that the Prisoners both pursued the said Quoyne, and Carter was seen to run him into the Belly, upon which he dropt down dead, and the blood gushed out at his Mouth by the force of Carter's trampling upon him; this was the Evidence for the King. The Prisoners were demanded what they could say in their defence; Carter said, That he being coming out of the Necessary House, he saw several of the Soldiers about Nichols with their Swords drawn, and he coming to his assistance, the Deceased struck at him with a Sword, to save which blow, he held up his Arm, and received a wound from him upon the same (which he shewed in Court); then he retreated to some adjacent Pales, and set his back against them, and then the Deceased coming after him, he drew his Sword to defend himself, which he called some Witnesses to arrest; Nichols alledged to the same purpose, how that the Soldier Casey challenged him to fight; and told him, that he deserved to be knocked off his Horse, for that his Horse stood cross the Gate-way, which hindered the Soldiers passage, which he had Witness to attest; and that there were almost 20 Swords drawn upon them at the latter end of the Fray; and if they had not made opposition, they might have been killed, &c. So the Court directed the Jury, in point of the Evidence on both sides; telling them, That there was no doubt to be made, but that Quoyne was kill'd by the hands of the Prisoners; but the Evidence was not full enough to make it Murther; So they were both found guilty of Manslaughter , and were acquitted upon the Statute of Stabbing.
Ann Harris and Esther King were both tried for Picking the Pocket of one Mr. Thomas Harrison , of London, of three Guineas , on the 17th of May last; Mr. Harrison was going up Cornhill in the Evening, and the two Prisoners came to him, and askt him to give them a Pint of Wine; he said, he did not much mind them; but however, he went into the Nags-head, in Leaden-hall-street , and they both followed him in, and when he saw them, he called for a pint of Wine, and told them, that he had received 100 Guineas lately, which set them presently at work to examine his Pockets, which they did after this manner; says Ann Harris, This Gentleman seems to be good humour'd, I will sit nearer to him, which she did, and he took her hand in his Pocket, and the Guineas dropt upon the ground; and when they were before the Justice, there were six found upon King in her Stockings at the bottom of her Foot, and three upon Harris; and some Clippings were squeezed out of Harris's Throat, which she had endeavoured to swallow, as was presumed, which she said was a Powder she was wont to take for Fits that she was troubled withal; she said in her defence, That Mr. Harrison gave her the Guineas to lie with her, which she refused; but however, was willing to keep them being frankly given her; it was not proved that King pickt the Pocket, but had the Guineas given her by Ann Harris; King had several of her Neighbours appeared for her, who said, that she had behaved her self very fair heretofore; but as to her late behaviour, they could give no good account; Harris had no Friend for her Credit; but on the contrary, the Constable gave the Court an account, that she was a drinking, swearing, debauched Woman; So they were both found guilty of Felony.
Morris Moor who was nominated the last Sessions in the Indictment against William Martin and Robert Presley , since Executed, for Robbing Sir John Friend of Hackney , was now arraigned, for that he, together with the aforesaid persons, did break the House of the abovesaid Sir John Friend on the 15th day of March , and carried away two Silver Monteths value 50l. two Silver Basons value 40l. three Salvers 15l. a Beaker 10l. two Jarrrs 20l. 8 Candlesticks value 18l. two Silver Candlesticks more value 4l. two Chafingdishes 3l. two Tumblers 4l. seven Salts 7l. a Mug 3l. two Cups 3l. 8s. two Chamber-pots 8l. two Head-pieces value 10s. two pair of Snuff-dishes 12l. four Silver Tankards 20l. six Porringers 12l. thirteen Spoons value 4l. 15s. twelve Silver Spoons more value 6l. six Silver Combs 25s. two Plates 6l. one Sugar-box 50s. a Mustard-pot 20s. a Silver Funnel 20s. a Spoon 2s. 6d. another Spoon 2s. 6d. a Silver Skillet value 5 l. two Watches 12l. eleven Gold Rings value 12l. a Silver Tobacco-box 20s. a Gold Rings set with a Diamond value 20l. 100 Broad pieces of Gold value 107l. 10s. the Plate and Money of Sir John Friend as abovesaid ; being asked what he had to say, whether guilty of not guilty, he answered, that he was guilty of the whole Indictment.
Richard Whitworth , William Clement , and William Nixon , were all three tried for breaking the House of Thomas Beacon the Elder of Stepney , on the 21th. of May last past, and taking away threescore and nine pieces of Coined Gold, one piece of Broad Gold, another piece value 11s. 9d. and 180l. in Moneys numbred ; the matter of Fact was thus; Whitworth was Servant to Mr.Beacon, he being a Brewer , and whilst Mr. Beacon was abroad, and only leaving his Son and Daughter, and some Servants in the House, the House was broke open, and Whitworth confest that they had been long a contriving the matter, and that he was not in the Robbery, but that the Fact was done by Clements and one Belcher, and another that is since fled, one English; and Mr. Beacon declared further upon Oath that there were several pieces found about Whitworth, and 29 Guineas were found upon the Beds-Tester in the Room where Whitworth Lodged by his direction, and 6s 6d. was found about Nixon in his Pocket, one of which Shillings had a particular remark by which Mr. Beacon knew it; and 10l. more was found upon Nixon's Bed-Tester, which Mr. Beacon owned to be his; it was sealed up with their own Seal, which Nixon said was given him by Belcher; as to Clement he was taken to Leaden-hall-street for another Fact; and being carried before the Lord mayor, there was 26l. found in his Custody, which Mr. Beacon owned to be his Money. The Prisoner Whitworth denied the Fact, and said he knew nothing of the Robbery, but the Money was given him, which he kept for his Master; Nixon denied all the matter of Fact too; Clement alledged that he was a Housekeeper at Reading, and that the Money in the Bag marked F.E. was lent him by a Man whom he did not know, upon the Lease of his House, it appeared farther that he had been Burnt in the hand before for a piece of Cloth he stole from one Aswater at Reading at the last Summer Assizes; and a Silver Seal was found about him at Reading, which he said he bought of a Gentlewoman whom he did not know neither, all which was lookt upon but as vain excuses: then the Jury was Charged, and having considered, they found them all three guilty of Felony and Burglary.
Thomas Kent , Devereux Beasant , and John Barker , were all three tried for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Ralph Tempest of St. Paul's Covent Garden , on the 25th of May last; they took away about the Hour of ten in the Night 8 Silver-handled Sword value 8l. another Sword 3l. 6 other Swords value 3l. Mr. Tempest and his Man swore that the Shop was broke open about Ten a Clock, but by whom they could not tell; the Constable swore that he found the Prisoners at the Two Brewers in Long-Acre, and in their Custody there was a dozen new Swords, and a Hanger, and several pieces of Cloth; and they were hiding a Sword in the Mantle-Tree; all which Goods were owned by the Prosecutor to be his, and were produced in Court as a further Evidence against them. Kent flatly denied the Fact, but had no Evidence; Barker said, he came to drink with the Prisoner Kent, being his Acquaintance, and that he knew nothing of the Swords; Beasant was taken in their Company, and made no defence, but none could say he was at the breaking of the House, so he was found guilty of Felony only , but the other two of Felony and Burglary .
Robert Barrow was tried for stealing a Horse from Mr. Thomas Griffith , of the Parish of St. Pancras , Middlesex. Mr. Griffith lost a Horse in February last, and said that he found the Horse upon the Prisoner, but could not say he stole it; the Prisoner made out that he bought the Horse in the Countrey and that he did use the Horse, driving him about the Streets in his Coach for two months together, he being an Hackney Coachman , and had the Character of an honest man, and a good Housekeeper. So he was acquitted .
Mary May and Elizabeth Cox were indicted for stealing a Mantua gown value 8s. from John Dighton of St. Martins in the Fields ; Cox confessed the Indictment, but May pleaded Not-guilty, and was tried; the Evidence was only Mr. Dighton, who said, That two Women came to his Shop to cheapen Goods, and one of them pretended to be in a Fit, and while
John Edwards was tried for High-Treason, in Clipping the Lawful Coin of this Kingdom of England ; he was taken the 25th day of May last at the Griffen upon Windmill-Hill ; and was seen to rub a piece of Money upon a Tyle, through a Crevas of the Door, which Tyle was produced in Court, and a pair of Scissers were found in his Pocket, and two Sixpences were produced in Court, which a Woman said she took for Drink; the Prisoner denied it, and said he had a half-Crown to pay for his Drink besides the Sixpences, and there was nothing else found about him that was suspicious; So he was acquitted .
Alexander Milbourne a Printer , was tryed for Composing and Printing a Scandalous Libel, with an intent thereby to disturb the King and the Present Government, in which false and pernicious Libel there were several Virulent and Malicious Expressions ; the Prisoner was seen to put the Libel under a Bolster of a Bed, which he owned to be his at the same time, which was proved by Two Witnesses, but they might be mistaken; and Mr. Milbourne by his Counsel called several good Men for to vindicate his Reputation; one of which was the Minister of St. Sepulchres Parish where the said Milbourne lived, who said that he always apprehended him to be a very honest discreet Person, and a man well-affected to the present Government, and that he always frequented the Church; the same was Corroborated by some Booksellers with whom he had dealings, all which being considered by the Court, he was Acquitted .
John Abbot and Sarah Abbot his Wife , were tried for a Misdemeanour in buying, getting, obtaining, and acquiring a great number of Clippings about 20 Ounces, which was cut off the Currant Coin of England , and shewed to the Court. The Evidence for the King said, that the Clippings were found in Mr. Abbot's Compting-house in a Drawer, on the 24th of March last, and some Clippings were found in a hole in the Chamber; the House of Abbot being searcht upon suspicion of Felony, about my Lady Dartmouth's Goods, that she was Robbed of not long since, The Prisoners by their Counsel called several Evidences, first to prove that he was out of Town, secondly to his Reputation, who declared, that he was out of Town when the House was searcht, and that he had a Partner one Goring, who is since absconded, that he left in the House; others declared, that he was a Person of a fair Credit and Reputation, and a fair Dealer, and a Reputable man amongst his Neighbours, but then there was other Witnesses for the King, who Swore, that they saw him buy Clippings several times, some at his own House, and some at the Crown Tavern near Cripplegate; one Witness, a Woman, Swore, that she had received Money of Mr. Abbot for Clippings, so he was found guilty of the Indictment, but his Wife was acquitted .
John Webb was tried for stealing a Sattin Petticoat value 20s. a Flanders Lace Scarf 8s. a Hood value 8s. on the 17th day of October in the Fourth Year of the Reign of King William and Queen Mary, which Felony he confest before the Justice of Peace, and that he took the Goods out of the House of Roger O Neale in Pepper-street in Southwark , and that he lifted the Door off the Hinges, which in Law was a breaking of the House , but yet he was not found guilty of the Burglary, but of felony only .
Elizabeth Smithson was tried for stealing from Thomas Cooper on the th of May, one Alamode Hood value 10s. a Holland Apron 4s. and a Womans Sleeve value 12d. The Evidence Swore, that the Prisoner and a Man came to drink at Coopers's House and after they had gone the Goods were missing, but none could swear that the Prisoner stole the Goods, and she had good Witness on her side, she was acquitted .
Richard Hurt was tried for a Misdemeanour in getting, keeping and concealing in his Custody several Clippings contrary to the law, to the number of about 70 Ounces ; they were found between Mr. Hurt's House, and the next in the le of the House in a Basket, and in his House below Stairs were found a small parcel more in a hole in a Closet up one pair of Stairs, which were all produced in Court. The Prisoner said that he knew not how the Clippings came into his House, and called his Neighbours, who gave a fair account of his Life, and that he was an honest Man, and had known him so to be for many years, but yet he was found guilty .
Alice Randall was tried for keeping a disorderly House, and entertaining Evil-disposed Persons therein . The first Evidence Swore, that he went to the House one Evening, and being up Stairs, the Prisoner brought him a brisk young Girl, who presently had the Impudence to pull up her Coats, and laying her hand upon her Belly said, Here's that that will do you good, a Commodity for you, if you'll pay for it you shall have enough of it; with that he took his Cane, and gave her two or three good daubs (as he called them); she was found guilty of the Indictment.
Elizabeth Elye was likewise indicted for keeping a House of evil Repute . The Evidence Swore that oftentimes there was Swearing, Roaring and Damning all the Night long, drinking to such a pitch, that they would fall out, and cry out Murder. Her House is in Flower-de-luce Court in Fetter-Lane , where there have been several Lewd Women seen to resort, which did great damage not only to the Youth of this City, but to their Masters also; for the Witness Swore that there was a Mercer's Apprentice in the Town that used to bring his Master's Goods to the Prisoners, and give them to her, and other Lewd and Wicked Women; she was found guilty .
Leonard Po-Jenner and Attbut Remmington were both tried for Publishing a most base and scandalous Libel, Entitled, The Kings Speech to his Parliament . The Witness swore, that he being at Clench's Coffee-house in Mitre-Court , in November last, when the Parliament first sate, comes Mr. Jenner, and pull'd out the Libel, and askt him if he had seen it, and gave it into his hand, telling him, it was the King's Speech to his Parliament, the Witness read it, and told him, that it was not the right Speech, and askt Mr. Jenner how he durst carry such papers; in the mean time Mr. Remmington came into the Room, and would have had it from him, but he would not; then he went away and came again, and askt him for it again, telling him that he had a Quarrel against him, because he kept his Paper from him; adding, that it was his Closet-goods, The Counsel for the Prisoner argued that Mr. Jenner found the paper upon the Table, and called several Credible Gentlemen, who gave account that Mr. Jenner was well-affected to the present Government, and had often drank King William and Queen Mary's Health, heretofore, but lately he used to drink it by the Name of the King's Health, without naming King William and Queen Mary; so in the end they were both acquitted , Mr. Remmington because no Evidence affected him.
J - B - was a Second time indicted for Feloniously taking from John Press[Text unreadable in original.] on the 15th day of September last, one Callion Petticoat value 10s. and another with a Thread Lace value 5s. to which she pleaded guilty .
Joseph Stitch was indicted again, for that he did break the House of one Brooks of St. Giles's in the Fields the 16th of April last, no Person being therein, about Eight a Clock in the Morning . The Prisoner confest when he was taken at Wapping, that he did break the House, and took a Sattin Petticoat value 40s. a Beaver hat 40s. 36 Napkins 20s. and 5l. in Money and that he might have the better opportunity, the Prisoner took an empty House next Door to Mr. Brooks ; he said that a Man, one Peter was with him, but he did not know his Surname, and one Benn and his Wife were assistant to him in the Robbery who are fled; he said at the Trial that he did take the next House, but he did not break the House, neither did he know how it came to be broke, nor did he confess it when taken, but the King's Witness added, that he did not only confess it, but said he was a dead man; he was found guilty of the Indictment.
Susan Boreman was tried for stealing a Silver Tankard value 8l. a Cup value 15s. and 32s. in Money from one Thomas Francis of Wapping , on the 30th. of March last was 12 Month . The Evidence was Mrs. Francis and others, who deposed, that the Prisoner came to her House to bring her a Rose-Tree, and went up Stairs, and after she was gone the Plate and Money was missing, which was found Pawn'd at a Baker's in Ratcliff Highway by the Prisoner; she said Mrs. Francis gave her the Plate to Pawn, which was confirmed by some Witnesses on her side; there was no Colour of Evidence to find her guilty, she was acquitted .
John Earl a Youth , was Indicted for killing one William Prosser in the Parish of St. Mary Savoy on the 25th of May last, giving him a Mortal Bruise on the left part of the Head, of which he instantly died . The matter upon Evidence appear[Text unreadable in original.] Boys were going to Procession, and they fell o the Prisoner was seen to knock the said Prosser down with a Stick, holding it in both Hands. The Surgeon said that the deceased's Skull was broke, which put him into a Feavor and Convulsion, of which he died. The Prisoner called some Youths, who gave account of the Matter Fact, how that the Prisoner was pursued by the Boys, and put to great extremity to save himself from the danger; so he was found guilty of Man-slaughter .
Bridget Laytus a Mantua-maker , was tried for a Misdemeanour in Composing and Publishing 2 false and Seditious Libels, one called, A Song made upon the King, another, A Song made upon the Queen, the Burden of which Songs were, A dainty fine King, A dainty fine Queen, indeed, indeed . The Witness Swore that she saw her write the Papers, and was heard to sing the Songs, and that the Prisoner did not deny it when first taxed about it, and said, that she thought it was no harm to sing them; the Prisoner by her Counsel called some Evidence to her Reputation, who gave the Court an account she workt hard for a living at her Trade, and that they never heard her speak against the Government, nor was any ways disaffected, but that would not serve, she was found guilty .
John Anderson was indicted for breaking the House of Mary Corbet of St. Giles in the Fields in the third year of the King and Queens Reign . The Evidence declared, that the House was broke open about Seven or Eight a Clock at Night, and the Goods lost were 11 Guineas, a Broad piece of Gold value 20s. a Spanish Pistole value 9s. and 16s. in Money. Mrs Corbet Swore that she was aboard at the Temple being a Laundress, and when she came home about Nine a Clock at Night she found the Lock of the Door pickt; and the Door standing upon the Latch, and her Gold and Money gone, but she could not charge the Prisoner home; other Witnesses said, viz. a young Woman, that the Prisoner offer'd her Five Guineas and would have enticed her to go in the Countrey to live with him &c. but none could Swear it was the Prosecutor's Gold; the Evidence for the Prisoner declared, that about the time the Robbery was said to be done, he lent the Prisoner 11 l. part of it in Gold and part Silver, so he was acquitted .
John Randall was indicted for a Robbery upon the Highway committed upon one David Mot on the 28th of May last past ; the said Mot and one more were walking one Evening in Southampton Fields , and the Prisoner and three more Rogues met them, and bound them, and took from Mot a Cloth Coat value 50s. a Wastecoat value 20s. a Hat value 15s. and several other things from the other Person, besides 20s. in Money from Mot. The Evidence was very sure that the Prisoner was one of the Men that set upon them. The Prisoner called some Women, &c. who said that he was in another place at the same time, but their Evidence was not Credited by the Jury, because they were found in several Stories, so were entrap'd by the Court; he was found guilty .
E - C - was tried for Felony in stealing a damask Table-cloth 5s. three Smocks value 30s. two Wastecoats value 5s. and divers other Goods , which was fully proved; she had nothing to say against it, but stood silent, she was found guilty .
Katherine Harwood was tried for making an assault upon one Hannah Jones , and putting her in fear, and taking a Ring off her Finger, which she run away with ; but was taken about a week after; the Prisoner call'd some witnesses to her Reputation, viz. her Neighbours where she lived, which was at Fulham, and that the Prisoner never fled away; it was lookt upon but as a trifling matter; She was acquitted .
Thomas Shakemaple was tried for High-Treason, in Clipping the Currant Coin of England : Two Persons who were Evidence for the King, swore, That as they were drinking at an Alehouse in Holborne, the Prisoner came by, and they having a suspicion of him by information, they stopt him, and took him into the Horn Tavern, and drank a Pint a Wine; and after searching of him, they found a large Paper of Clippings, and a Paper of Filings in his Pocket, near 80 Ounces, which he told them he found in a Ditch coming from Tatnam Court; so he said upon his Trial too: he had some Witness, who said, they always took him to be a very honest man; and of late he was a person that dealt in Second-hand Goods, and sold them for a Gentlewoman, and employed himself besides in getting in all Debts for any Body that did employ him, and that he had lived in good Families, and in good Repute, and was intrusted to the value of 10000 l. at a time; which gave satisfaction to the Jury, that they found him Not guilty .
John Dudley , a Nailer of Stepney , was tried for the Offence of High-Treason in Cutting, Clipping, Filing, and Diminishing the Lawful Coin of England ; The King's Witnesses deposed, That they went and searcht his House in Ratcliff Highway , and found him in his Chamber, with a pair of Sheers and a File in one hand, and nine Ounces of Clippings wrapt up in a Cloth in the other hand, and the File and Shears were in a paper; The Prisoner said, That he could not deny, but that the Clippings and Shears were found in his House; but he said farther, that they were put there by some Persons that owed him a spight, because he asked them for Money they owed him; there was a Blunderbuss and a Gun found in his House very well loaded; he pleaded his Loyalty to his King and Countrey, and his integrity upon all Accounts; to prove which, he produced a great many of his Acquaintance, but that did not avail him; He was found guilty .
ON Thursday in the Afternoon, William Anderton , Printer , was brought to the Bar, and an Indictment of High-Treason was read against him; for that he did Compose, Print and publish Two Malicious, Scandalous and Traiterous Libels, The first Entitled, Remarks upon the present Confederacy, and late Revolution in England. The second Entitled, A French Conquest neither desirable, nor practicable . After the Indictment was read, The Prisoner pleaded Not guilty; And the Court upon his Request ordered him a Copy of the Pannel, and gave him time till Saturday to prepare for his Trial. Accordingly, on Saturday morning about Nine a Clock he was again brought to the Bar; and the Gentlemen that were summoned to appear to try the Issue were called over, and their Appearances recorded; and the Prisoner had liberty to make his Exceptions, according to the Prescription of Law, which he did to the number of 35, being the full number, &c.
The Jurors sworn were these Gentlemen whose names follow, viz.
Then the King's Council opened the nature of the matter of Fact contained in the Indictment, telling them, That the Offence that was contained in it, was High-Treason in the highest degree, (viz.) The compassing and designing the death of the King and Queen; and that there must be some Overt Act to discover the Intention of the man; and that which made the Overt Act in this Case, was in Composing, Printing, Publishing and dispersing of two Treasonable Libels, as they had heard read to them; in which there was contained, the Rankest, Vilest, and most malicious Treasons that ever could be imagined by any man to be put into Paper; for he had no other name for the King, but the Prince of Orange; and the design of it was merely to incite all the King's Subjects to stir up, and raise War and Rebellion against him, and to restore the Late King James. After which the Evidence for the King were called and sworn, the first of which was Mr. Robert Stephens , Messenger of the Press, who declared, That he had known the Prisoner for above these two years to be an Offender against the Government in printing Seditious Libels, but never could tell where he worked till on the 2d day of May last spying two Journey-men Printers, who he had missed from the publick Printing-houses this half year, he followed them, and saw them go exactly into the House of one Skudamore (where the Prisoner was found) and where he suspected they worked privately: So having got the Beadle, and another person or two with him, to assist him, he went to the Door, leaving the other a little way off, to avoid any suspicion, &c. When he came to the Door, he first asked what Lodgers they had, then turning his head aside, he saw the Prisoner's Mother in the Yard, and she well knowing Mr. Stephens, she immediately cry d out Thieves, and came up to him, (her Daughter, the Prisoner's Wife, being with her) fell upon him, and tore his hair off his Head, crying out Murther; at which time the Prisoner came out of the House, and fell upon him, and abused him in a very uncivil manner, telling him he scorned to be a Subject to Hook-Nose; then the Beadle and the other person came to his assistance, and took the Prisoner, but not without a great deal of trouble: Mr. Stephens, and, the other who were with him made a particular search, and in a Chamber, which the Landlady said was the Prisoner's Lodgings, and that he went by the name of Williams, and a Lapidary by Trade, and where he owned he had been asleep. There they saw him shoving a Bed, which run upon Wheels, close up against a Wall, which gave suspicion to Mr. Stephens to remove it, which having done, there he found a Door which opened with a Latch, and entring a Room, where he found a Printing press, Letters, and all other Materials fit for the Trade; and searching farther, he found in an old Trunk a great quantity of Libels, and Li
Then the Lord Chief Justice Treby summ'd up the Evidence to the Gentlemen of the Jury, Telling them what dangerous Consequences such Treasonable Libels were of; and that it was as great, and as malicious a Treason as ever could be imagined; but especially when considered to be done against so good a Prince, who had done so much for this Nation, with so great a mind, and so good an intent: This was done only to exasperate, and to stir up Sedition and Rebellion amongst us; therefore if they did believe what the Witness for the King had sworn, to be sufficient Evidence that he printed the Libels, then they must find him guilty, otherwise acquit him.
Then the Jury having withdrawn for about three hours time, they brought a Verdict, That the Prisoner, Mr. William Anderton, was guilty of High-Treason.
The last day of the Sessions he was brought to the Bar, and asked what he had to say why Sentence should not pass upon him according to Law: He read a Petition, wherein he desired the Court would please to allow him Counsel, to plead to a point of Law; the Court told him there was no matter of Law did arise. Then he desired that he might have a longer time than the rest; to which he was answered, That it was in the power of the Queen to do that and not the Court.
Angell Rolph Wife of John Rolph , and Edward Boyce appeared in Court, and an Indictment of Felony was Read against them, for that whereas one [Text unreadable in original.] was Convicted the last Sessions of Felony and Burglary, for that they the fifth day of April last, did break the House of William [Text unreadable in original.] and stole 2 Yards of Bone-lace for a Cravat value 5l. and and other Goods, &c. and that the said Angell Rolph knowing the said Felony and Burglary to be done , the said Grace Dempsey , &c. did receive from her the said Dempsey and Edward Boyce, knowing the said Felony and Burglary to be done, did receive, harbour, comfort and maintain her against the Peace of the King and Queen, &c. To answer which they found Bail to appear next Sessions.
Whereas in the Trial of Ann Spadings alias Parker, alias Abigail, alias Hall , the last Sessions, it was said in the Paper, That she had a Husband; and that the Child she was Indicted for the Murther of was not a Bastard Child, is to make manifest, That it was proved in Court that the said Child was a Bastard Child, she having no Husband at that time the Child was Born, nor for some years before.
The Presentment of the Grand Inquest for the City of London at the Session.
Against the Butchers in Stocks-market, for killing their small meat there.
Against the Singers and Sellers of Ballads about the Street of London and Liberties hereof
Against all Lotteries and Unlawful Gaming houses in and about London.
Against all Taverns and Alehouses that entertain Persons on the Lord's Day, and that keep their Doors open on that Day.
The Trials being over the Court proceeded to give Sentence as follows:
Received Sentence of Death, 16.
Thomas Granger, Isabella Clark, Ann Harris, Esther King, John Webb, Richard Merrick, Morris Moor, Richard Whitworth, William Clement, William Nixon, Thomas Kent, John Barker, Joseph Stitch, John Randall, John Dudley, and William Anderton.
Isabella Clark, Ann Harris, and Esther King, Respited after Judgement.
Burnt in the Hand, 17.
Ann Forster, Mary Stephens, Mary Underwood, J - B -, Elizabeth Starr alias Osborn, Joseph Sarner, John earl, Mary Allen, Mary Pead, Mary Harris, Ann Bayley, Mary May, Elizabeth Cox, Elizabeth Adams, Susanna Phillips, B - C-, John Jennings, former Convict.
To be Whipt
Morris Morris, Maudlin Bevell, Elizabeth Miller, Thomas Whitworth, and Prudence Sanders.
Ordered into Their Majesties Service
John Hudson, William Brathwait, Ambrose Whaley, John Evans, Andrew Evans, John Bowman, Deveraux Beasant, Bryant Lamb, Thomas Paddison,, a former Convict.
To be Transported 1.
Thomas Carter and Ralph Nichols Respited from Burning by Vertue of Her Majesties Letter, but to remain in Prison half a Year.
Fined John Abbot 100l. and to find Sureties for his good Behaviour for a Twelvemonth.
Richard Hurt Fined 100l. and to find Sureties for a Twelvemonth, and to remain in Prison till they perform it.
Alice Randall Fined 20l. and Elizabeth Ely 20l. and to find Sureties for their good Behaviour for a Twelve month, and to remain in Prison till they pay the Money.
Bridget Laytus Fined 200l. and to stand in the Pillory on Monday the 12th of June at the May-pole in the Strand, and on the Friday following at Charing-Cross, and to find Sureties for a Twelve month.
The Trial of William Canning and several others, for publishing King James's Declaration are put off till next Sessions.
The next Ensuing Sessions was order'd to begin at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily, on Thursday the 13th of July next, by 7 a Clock in the Morning.