THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE KING AND QUEENS COMMISSIONS ON THE Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex at Justice-Hall in the OLD-BAYLY,
On Thursday and Friday, being the 30th, and 31st Days of August, and Saturday and Tuesday, the 1st and 4th of September, 1694. And in the Sixth Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.
The Sessions of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, Held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bayley, on Thursday and Friday, being the 30th and 31st Days of August, and Saturday and Tuesday, the 1st and 4th of September, 1694. Before the Right Honourable Sir William Ashhurst 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:
Sarah Payne was likewise Arrainged, for that she did steal from Obadiah Hickman of St. Michael's Crooked-lane , two Silver Spoons, value 14s. one Sable Tippet 3 l. three Shifts 10s. two Silk Hoods value 5s. a Peak, a Pair of Point Ruffles , with other small Goods, &c. To which Indictment she pleaded Guilty .
John Harris was Tried for stealing a Watch with a Gold Case, value 8l. a Seal 40s. from Sir John Walters Baronet ; who swore that his Pocket was pickt of his Watch as he was going into St. Mary's Church at Oxford , to hear the Assize Sermon Another Witness, one Mr. John Martin a Watchmaker in Guildhall-yard, declared, That the Prisoner came to offer the Watch to Sale at his Shop, and told him that it was his Fathers that liv'd at Doncaster; and afterwards being stopt by Mr. Martin, he said he bought the Watch upon the Road, and that his Landlord at the Bell in Aldersgate-street, would testify it for him: But his Landlord could give no such Account. Besides, in the Street going thither, he endeavour'd to make his Escape. The Prisoner had nothing to say, but that he bought the said Watch upon the Road, which he could not prove; whereupon he was found Guilty of Felony.
Elizabeth Jones, alias Owen , was Tried for stealing Six Yards of Bonelace, value 10l. 16s. on the 13th of August . The Prisoner came to the Shop of one Mrs. Bassett upon the Royal Exchange , where her Maid was, and cheapened some Lace to make a Pair of Sleeves, and afterwards shifted the Lace under her Petticoat ; and rising out of the Chair, to go away, the Lace dragg'd after her: however she got away, but being followed, she was found standing in Castle-Alley, where being apprehended, and carried before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, but nothing was found upon her; for she had left the Lace behind her, which the Maid found under her feet, as aforesaid, and she had no money about her to pay for the Lace. The Prisoner denied the Fact, but had no Person to appear for her Credit; yet because she did not carry the Lace away, the Jury were so kind as to acquit her.
F- L- was Tried, together with P- L- and E- P- for Robbing one Mr. Robert Thare of 60l. weight of Linen-Yarn, value 40s. and 20l weight of Cotton Yarn, 3l. It appeared upon Evidence, that Mr. Thare's Goods were stole, and some of them were found upon the two Women; but it was proved that they bought them honestly of one Cooper in Goswell-street, and had no manner of hand in the stealing of them so they were acquitted : But L- was strongly suspected to have committed the said Felony, yet none could prove it upon him, so he was likewise discharged.
Richard Clements and William Brewer were both indicted for picking the Pocket of one James Shuttleworth on the 1st of August last, of a Bag, value 1d. and of 4l. in money . M Shuttleworth swore, That as he was going down Knight-Rider's-street , the two Prisoners and another, who lookt like a Gentleman, were standing in an Alley, playing with Farthings amongst some Children, and when he came to them, they jostled him, and turned him quite round, and immediately he mist his money, so he taxed them with it, and told them that his money was amongst them; O Sir, says one of them, sure you will not challenge the Gentleman with it: So says Shuttleworth in Court, My Lord, Seeing him appear so fine, and looking so much like a Gentleman, I did not think that he was a Pickpocket, so I let him go away; but since that I find they did all juggle together to get my money, but I cannot swear that either of these took the money out of my Pocket, but my money was gone, that I am sure of, at that very instant: They made but a weak defence, and could give no account how they lived; so they were both found guilty of being aiding and abetting to the Person that got away in picking the said Shuttleworth's Pocket.
Thomas Allen , commmonly called Tom the Dyer, who was not long since tried for his life in this Court; was now indicted again for Felony in stealing a silver Tankard, value 4l 10s. a silver Cup 50s. from one Mr. Curson ; the Prisoner and another man came to Mr. Curson's House in Ram-Ally and called for a drink, and after a little time the other man went away, and left Allen behind, so in a little time he came to the Bar, and paid for his Drink; and the Tankard being presently mist, he was stopt, and dropt the Cup at the Door, and the Tankard was found under his Coat; he pleaded for himself that he had no design to steal the Tankard, but to go to the
Daniel Wingfield was tried for robbing Edmund Jackson and Benjamin Jackson of Six pound weight of died Silk, val. 7l. on the 24th of July last . The Silk was carried into a Barge at George-yard to wash, and then it was lost; so afterwards the Barge being searcht in the Well-stern, half the Silk was found; the Prisoner belonged to the Barge as a Servant , and was charged only upon suspicion; for that he went down into the Well-stern, and came out again, and said he could not find the Silk; but at the same time the Diers man went down and found it; and there was no other person in the Barge but him when it was lost: so he was found guilty of Felony.
Thomas Mercer was tried, for that he, not having the fear of God before his eyes, &c. in and upon one Bridget Gerrard , an Infant , aged 8 years and a half, he did make an assault, and unlawfully did carnally know and abuse the said Child against her will and consent . Mrs. Gerrard, the Mother of the Child, swore first, that she was from home in the Evening on the 7th of July last, and left none but the Child at home, which was standing at the door; and the Prisoner being a Lodger in the House, came home and took the Child into the House, and ravished her, and she striving with him, he clapt his hand upon her mouth, and almost stopt her breath. The Midwife declared upon her oath, That the Child was found upon search in a very sad condition, and much abused, which she said must be done by a Man, which was made appear by those natural Symptoms that are incident to Women; there were other Women that were Neighbours to the said Mrs. Gerrard, who said that there was a penetration of the Child's Body in their opinion, but there was no Testimony of a Surgeon in the case when first searcht: They did all concur, both Midwife and Women, that the Child was abused by a Man; and the Child being examined, very sensibly declared, That he took her from the Door, and bolted the Door, and then set himself in a Chair, and took her betwixt his Knees, and stopt her breath, and then pulled up her Coats, and first run his Finger into her Body, and afterwards enter'd her Body with his Yard: One Mr. Barnard, an eminent Surgeon, was sent for by the Court to search the Child, who afterwards gave his Opinion that her Body was not enter'd, but it was approached so far as that the Child had got a Clap: So the Jury acquitted him of the Felony and Rape, but then a new Indictment was order'd to be preferr'd against him for a Trespass, in assaulting the Child ; upon which he was afterwards tried and found guilty .
Sarah Harrison , Elizabeth Smith were both tried for stealing four pair of Stockins from one Mountague Wood , val. 8s. The Stockins were found upon Elizabeth Smith; they came to Wood's Shop to buy Hoods and Scarfs for a Funeral, as they pretended, they were both Confederates in the Theft , and they denied it; but however, Smith was found guilty of the Felony, but the Evidence not being so positive against Harrison, she was acquitted .
Knight Marsh was tried, for that he, together with John Miller , not taken, did steal a Silver Tankard, val. 5l. on the 3d. Instant, from Mary Howard ; Widow Marsh and Miller were drinking at Howards House in Seacole Lane , and had Drink and Victuals, and afterwards they slipt out of the House without paying the Reckoning, and carried the Tankard with them: The Prisoner argued that he was a Neighbour, and never did the Woman any wrong; and the said Miller was fellow Soldier with him at Sea, so meeting him accidentally, they went thither to drink, but he knew nothing how the Tankard was lost; so the Jury were so kind as to acquit him.
Isaac Syms was arraigned and tried for breaking the House of one Richard Kitchingman on the 19th of August last, and took away a Doe-skin Doublet, val. 30s. a silk Hood, a Scarf, a Pillowbear, and other goods , some of which were found at a Pawn-brokers in Hounsditch, where he was stopt, being brought by the Prisoner to Pawn, and the Prisoner was heard to confess the Fact, that he broke into the House, being a Lodger at the next Door, and a Journyman Shoemaker , and that he put a Coat of Kitchenman's into the House of Office, and that he sold the Buttons of the Coat to several Goldsmiths in Cheapside, and other places; he broke a Partition down in the Cellar between the House he lodged in, and the said Kitchenman's House, and so crept in; he denied all at his Tryal, the House was broke in the day-time, no person being there; So he was found guilty of the same.
William Carter , Thomas Cooper , two Boy s, and Christian Carter , were all three tried for stealing from Thomas Swynam of White-chappel on the 1st of August last, one wooden deal Box, val. 6d. one Gown 4l. one silk Petticoat with a Silver Fringe 4l. one pair of Stays 30s. a Cloth Coat 40s. a Wastcoat 20s. a pair of Breeches 20s. a Perriwig 20s. a pair of Shoes and Buckles, a Shirt and a Smock, &c. The Box was taken from behind the Sudbury Coach by Carter in White-Chappel Road , and afterwards Cooper helpt him to carry it away into the Fields near Church-Lane by Stepney, where it was afterwards found; and it was further sworn, That William Carter was seen to come over the Fields with the Box upon his Head, and Cooper was with him; They both denied the Fact stifly, they were Old Offenders, though but young Youths; so in the conclusion they were both found guilty of Felony; but there being no evidence against Christian Carter, she was acquitted .
Elizabeth Wilson and Jane Hutchenson , were both Arraigned for stealing seven Yards of Calico, value 8s. from the abovesaid Elizabeth Crane , on August 24 To which Indictment they both pleaded Guilty .
Jane Hutchenson was a second time Arraign'd by the Name of Jane Brown , Wife of James Brown , for stealing 44 Yards of Spanish Ribbon, value 30s. the Goods of Mary Hammond , which the Prisoner confest upon her being Arraign'd.
Henry Sherry was Tried for breaking the House of one John Cole of Westm. Between 11 and 12 at night, and taking away six Pair of Flaxen Sheets, value 4l. two Table cloths 20s. and other Goods, &c. Mrs. Cole swore that the Prisoner was formerly a Lodger in her House, and one of his Buttons was rubbed off by his coming over the Wall, the Family was fast asleep; it was on the 4th of July the Door was opened by putting back the Bolts, and she lost as much New Linen as she was forced to pay above 5l for: And as to the Button, it was own'd by a Soldier that lodged in her House, one Ogleby, who is now in Flanders, and he said he sold it to the Prisoner. All these were but Circumstances, so upon the whole he was acquitted .
John Wild and John Stephens of St. Giles's Cripplegate , were both Tried for High-Treason, in Clipping 40 False Halfcrowns, 100 Shillings, and 20 Sixpences, with certain Shears and other Instruments, &c. And for making 20 Halfcrowns, and 40 Shillings, and ten Sixpences, of counterfeit Metal. There was found in Wild's Cellar in Cherry-Tree Alley , a pair of Shears, and several Brass Sixpences, and a Parcel of Brass Clippings. In the House of Office was found a great deal of False money spread upon the Excrement, and under the Stairs in the House was found a Parcel of Brass money all Clipt. There was one John Seale , Robert Duke , and John Jesson , concerned with them, who are not yet taken. The Evidence against Stephens was, that he gave two of the Halfcrowns, and two Shillings to another Man, for some Service he had done him; and that Stephens was to watch at the Door, whilst Seal and the rest stampt the money. Under the stairs in the cellar, was found several Blank Halfcrowns unkempt, which were False Metal, and the Blows were heard to be given by some that stood at the door; and in Stephen's Pocket was found a Parcel of clipt money that was naught, and made of False Metal. There was no Witness against them that could say they saw them Clip or Coin, only one Witness who was concerned with them, swore that he saw a Stamp to Coin sixpences, and that Seale told him that he was going to work, and bade him get him gone to the Door, or to some Alehouse, for he must not see him work. Wild said that he Let his Cellar to the said Seale to make Spurrs, and that he knew nothing of the Clipping or Coining, calling some Witnesses for his Reputation, who said that he was a Smith , and made Edg'd Tools; and the Reason of the Cellar Door being shut up was, because he was in danger of being Arrested for Debt; and that they had seen him work in his Cellar, and never heard any bad Report of him. So said some for Stephens, that he was a poor honest Fellow, for ought as ever they saw. There was no Proof that they did either of them actually work at the Clipping or Coining Trade, so they were acquitted of both Crimes.
Thomas Jones was Tried for Clipping, Making and Counterfeiting several Halfcrowns, Shillings and Sixpences, which were made of Brass, Pewter and other mixt Metals, and of Clipping the Currant Coin of the Kingdom . The King's Evidence swore, That upon searching of his Pocket, there was found Five Sixpences, and Two Shillings, and a Clipping, which was stuck in a piece of Bees-wax, and the money was False Metal; which was produced in Court. The Prisoner's Defence was, That he took the money for Shoes of a Stranger
Joseph Peny was likewise Tried for High Treason, in Counterfeiting and making 20 Shillings of False and Unlawful Metal, to the likeness and similitude of the proper Coin of this Kingdom , which he did on the 28th of August . The Prisoner's Garret being search'd in Grays-Inn Lane , he was found sitting in a Chair, rubbing an Halfcrown between his Fingers, with a certain Powder the Clippers have to make it smooth. There were several other Halfcrowns that lay by him ready done, which were produced in Court; besides a Coining Press, Stamps, Screws, Molds and Flasks, with melting Pots, Scissers, and all Instruments fit for Coining, as also several Halfcrowns that were made of False Metal. This was full Evidence; and he was heard to say, that he was undone, and desired the Constable to be kind to him, for, Lord have mercy upon me, I am a dead man, he says. There was a melting Pot in the Room, and a Fire, and all things lay in a posture fit for working. The Prisoner alleg'd in his defence, that the things did not belong to him, nor the Room, but to one William Peny his Brother's Son, who was gone away. He having nothing else to say, was found guilty of both Clipping and Coining.
John Smith , late of the Parish of Greenford , in the County of Middlesex, was indicted for Burglary, for that he violently, and with force and arms, maliciously and feloniously did steal from Thomas Johnson 48 pound weight of Bacon, val. 24s two Lamb Pies 2s. an Applepye 1s two Bollard Aprons , the Goods of Susan Windred ; a Lamb-sack 12d. the Goods of John Franklin ; The Evidence first was Thomas Johnson, who swore that he went out about 7 a Clock in the Morning, and lockt his Doors, and left no body in the House, and returning home about 11 a Clock the same day, he found his Doors and his Windows open, and a hole broke into a Buttery where the Bacon and the Pies lay, and the Goods gone: So he got three more of his Neighbours to watch that afternoon, till 12 a Clock at night, about the Fields near the House, and there they saw him come and take the things out of a Hedge, so they stopt him, and apprehended him; the Prisoner flatly denied the Fact, and said that he was going to Brandford that way, it being the nearest way as he was informed, and that he was never near the said Johnson's House; It being done in the day-time, he was acquitted of the Burglary, but was found guilty of Felony to the value of 10d.
J- B- was tried for feloniously, maliciously and wilfully making an assault upon one Mary Frazier , and throwing her into an Horse-pond fill'd with water, on the 12th of July last, of which she died on the 14th of August last . The first Evidence for the King was Mr. Frazier, the Husband of the said Mary, who deposed that his Wife was cast into a Horse-pond, near Woodmonger's Hall , and that she was up to the Armpits in water, and she said that the said B- had cast her in, because she came for a Pale of water at the Cock; and the Prisoner was seen standing in a Corner near the place, for he belonged to the Yard, as Keeper of Stables ; there were several Women, Neighbours to the said Frazier, that all agreed in their Evidence, that Mrs. Frazier declared to the last that B- was the man that put her into the Pond, and that she fell very ill upon it of a Fever, and oftentimes had Fits; and the Apothecary declared upon Oath, that the Affright was the occasion of her Disease; and her Husband and others declared that she was always a healthy Woman; there were others that swore that they saw her in the Pond, and Frazier swore that B- threatened to put him in the Pond too; and that his Wife said further, That she received a blow upon her Head against the Wall by the swing he gave her into the Pond, and that she always cried out against the said B- that he had ruined her, as aforesaid: It was further evidenced, that the Woman was pretty well again, and was buried without any Coroner's Inquest, and that Frazier and the Prisoner had put the Matter to reference, and Frazier had received some money in lieu of satisfaction. But then the Prisoner denied the Fact, and called some Evidence for himself, some Women, besides the Searchers, who said that she was well again after, and that there was no hurt found about her Body; others said that the Pond lay shelving, and it was an easy matter for any person to fall into the said Pond; and that the Woman was given to Fudling and Tipling. All these things put together, and the Jury having well weighed the Evidence on both sides; they returned his Verdict, That the Prisoner was guilty of Manslaughter .
Matthew Dowtey was Tried for marrying two wives; one he married at St. Mary le Bowe, namely, Sarah Suddrey ; which was fully prov'd by the Person that gave her in Marriage. And the second, namely Ann Padle , he married at the Fleet Chappel ; which was evidenced by the Minister of the Fleet, who gave them a Certificate after he had married them, and the Clerk confirmed the same. Others proved their Cohabiting together. The Prisoner owned Sarah Suddrey to be his Lawful Wife; the other, he said, was but his Servant. Being asked by the court, Why he would marry two Wives, was not one enough, but he must have two? He replied, I have no more than one, indeed, my Lord. The Prisoner was acquitted , the last Evidence, not being positive that he was the very same man.
William Ayliffe was Tried for High-Treason, in Cutting, Clipping, Filing, and Diminishing the Currant Coin of England , on the 7th of August . His House being searcht in the Old Change , there was found a little Bag, in which was some few Filings of Silver; and in his Working-room, (where he made Beams for Skales) there was found abundance of Clippings, which were produced in Court; and 35s. was found in his Pocket, newly Clipt, and a little Bit of Silver was found stuck in the Sheers, besides Files, Thumb-stalls, Skales, Sheers, &c. And then it was further evidenced for the King, That Mr. Ayliffe called out to some body above stairs, saying, Make all fast above. But upon breaking open the Door, there was found all the Utensils, as aforesaid. He was taken up two pair of stairs, and the Sheers were ready mounted with a piece of Silver in the mouth of them. The Prisoner in his Defence, told them that the Room was his, but he had let it; and procured some persons to speak on his behalf, who gave a fair Account of his Life, that he was a man of a very Civil Conversation, and they never heard nor suspected that he was a Clipper: Yet the Gentlemen of the Jury were so well satisfi'd with the Evidence, that they found him guilty of High-Treason.
Anthony Hancock and Samuel Eades were both Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard from Mr. William Thorp of the Parish of Christ-Church , value 6l. 10s. Mr. Thorp swore that Hancock was in the House when the Tankard was lost, but he could charge neither of them with the Fact, so they were both Acquitted .
John Lewis was indicted for a Misdemeanor in forging a Warrant of Attorney in the name of John Sweetapple , Goldsmith, to enter a Judgement in the Common pleas for 5140l. at the Suit of one John Roberts a Gentleman in the Kingdom of Ireland . The King's Council opened the Indictment to the Jury, and told them that this Prisoner was wont to practice such Tricks as these, and went by several names; and that he took the whole Concern upon himself. The Witnesses were called, the first of which was a Scrivener in the Temple, who said that the Prisoner brought the Warrant of Attorney to him, and two Affadavits annext, sworn before the Lord Chief Justice Treby, and he desired an Attorny to enter it up, which Warrant and Affidavits were produced in Court, and he paid the Attorney a Guinea and about 5 or 6s. which was for entering it up; and it was to be done, Non sum Informatus, but not be Cognovit Actionem; which was corroborated by the Attorny in Court, and he desired him to bring the Witness to swear to it, but he could not do it, but brought the Affadavits, and then fled, but afterwards taken at the Flying Horse in Mitre-Court; and that he confest the whole matter when taken, and that the Judgement was never enter'd by reason the Attorney suspected it to be a Cheat, because he could not bring the Witnesses; and besides all this, there was one Robert Lewis concern'd, who was Brother to the Prisoner, not taken; and the matter could not be fully fixed upon him, that he forged the Warrant, but rather his Brother. So he was, after a long hearing, acquitted .
Christain Penny alias Parker , late of London, Wid. was arraigned and tried for clipping the Currant Money of England ; she was taken the 7th of August last in the Old Change where Mr. Ayliffe lodged, before tried for the same Fact; she was Mistress of the House; the Trial was to the same effect as Ayliffe's and the same Evidence, but nothing was found in her Chamber, neither could any swear positively that she was concerned with Mr. Ayliffe in the Fact of Clipping; her Neighbours justified her Reputation, and she said that she let two Rooms to Ayliffe, but what he did there, she knew not; she workt hard for her living by fetching Drink from the Brewhouse, had three Children; The Evidence could not reach he, so she was acquitted .
Peter Oliver was arrainged upon two Indictments, the first for robbing one Mr Brooksbanke of 60 yards of Woollen Cloth, val 5l. the second for stealing 90 yards of Manchester Bays 5l. the Goods of Mr Morgan ; the Prisoner was employed as a Clark in trust with the Goods in Blackfryers , but he being discharged from that Office, afterwards the Goods were
Richard Jenkins and Samuel Eades were both Tried for a Robbery on the Highway committed upon John Bealing , and taking away a Sword with a Steel Hilt, value 5s. a Gold String 18d. The Evidence against them was first Mr. Bealing, who swore that he was set upon in James-Street, Covent garden , by some men, and robbed of his Sword; But he could not charge the Prisoners to be the persons that robbed him. Another Witness, a French man, deposed by the help of an Interpreter, that Jenkins was one of them, and that he was presently taken in the Fact, so was Eades. They were both found guilty of the Robbery.
Richard Jenkins was singly Tried, for a most Notorious Robbery committed upon one Mr. Samuel Hosey in the Highway , on the 24th of February last. Mr. Hosey swore, that six persons stopt him, whereof Jenkins was one, upon Honslow-Heath , and stript him of what he had, being a Watch, value 6l. a Horse, his Pistols, a piece of Gold, three Gold Rings, and other Goods, besides 20s. in money, and left him nothing but three Farthings, bound him, left him almost naked, which was plain Evidence: So he was found guilty of the said Robbery.
Ralph Kemp of Stepney Gardener was Tried, for shooting one Abraham Knight , from off an Apple-Tree, with a Gun, value 10s. charged with a Bullet, giving him a Wound upon the Stomach, of the depth of Four Inches, on the 20th of July last past . Upon Evidence it appeared, that the Prisoner kept a Garden in the Parish of Stepney, in the Hamlet of Bednal-green, and that the Deceased came to Rob his Orchard, and the Gardener shot his Gun off in the dark, and kill'd him. Some Neighbours that heard the Noise of the Gun, went to see what was the matter, and found the said Abraham Knight lying dead under the Tree, with his Pockets full of Apples. The Gardener, upon his Defence, proved by Witnesses, that his Orchard had oftentimes been Robbed, and the Night before by three Soldiers, having sustained great Losses before; That the Gun was but a Birding-piece, and that he called out, Who is there? No body answering him, the Piece went off accidentally, and that he had been threatned to be kill'd by several Thieves before. So the Matter was found Special . Upon the Coroner's Inquest, it was brought in that the Deceased was kill'd by Misfortune.
William Walker was likewise tried for the Murther of one Lydia Stockwell , Spinster at Chiswick , by shooting her with a Gun, val. 5s. upon the Stomach, giving her a mortal wound of the depth of three Inches . She came into the Orchard about Nine at night to steal Apples, and he shot off his Gun at random, and kill'd the Girl . The Prisoner said he did it by accident, and that he was very sorry for it; He was found guilty of Manslaughter .
Elinor Wyndsor was tried for robbing the House of one Collonel Wilkins in Dean-street at Westminster , on the 2d day of June , taking away 3 Silver Salvers, val. 10l. with divers other Goods worth about 400l. Nothing being positively prov'd she was acquitted .
Margaret Molloy was Tried for Clipping the Currant money of England, viz. 5 Halfcrowns, 6 Shillings, and 10 Sixpences . The Evidence was, that there was found in her House, in a Room, (which she said was her Lodgers) all manner of Utensils for Clipping, and were shewed in Court. Her Neighbours giving a credible Account of her Reputation, the Jury acquitted her.
Francis Pyper was Tried for stealing a Mare coloured brown, value 10l. a Gelding coloured Black, 10l. from Osweld West in Wiltshire. The Prisoner when Arraigned, would not plead to the Indictment, but stood Mute: So the Statute was read to him, that he should be prest to death, yet he would not plead. Then the Court was pleased to give him time to consider of it, and on Saturday, he was Tried. The Witness for the King swore, that the Horses were both found in the Prisoner's Custody, and Mr. West own'd them to be his. He could give no just Account how he came by them, so he was found guilty of Felony.
Elizabeth Long, alias Lloyd, alias Wood , was Arraigned for High-Treason, in Clipping the Currant money of England . She was also a second time Indicted for Felony, in stealing from Claudius Moree on the 27th of August , one Silver Pendulum Watch, value 4l. a Silver Fork, and some Knives, with 9l. in money, besides other Goods . As to the Felony, it was sworn that she was a Nurse in one Johnson's House, and so took the Goods. She acknowledg'd that she knew several Clippers, and that a Woman at Bridewell-bridge taught her to Clip. She was found guilty of a Felony in stealing the Goods, but acquitted of the High-Treason.
Jane Moram was tried for robbing his Grace the Duke of Newcastle of 8 yards and an half of gold and silver Fringe, value 40s. one yard and a quarter of Cloth of Gold 8l. The Prisoner came to my Lord Duke's House to live on the 2d of July to instruct a Woman there to wash Gloves, and she might, its possible, steal the Goods; but the Prisoner called some Ladies, with whom she had been hired as a Servant, who gave an honourable Account of her Reputation. So she was acquitted .
Patrick Dawtrey and William Dawtrey were both tried for breaking the House of William Stocker at Ratcliffe-Cross on the 21st day of August , and taking away 10 pair of Stockins, value 20s. and 6 pair of Worsted Stockins 10s. there were found 7 pair about Patrick and one pair were found in William Dawtrey's Chamber: Mrs. Stocker swore positively to the Goods, that they were her Husband's: the Prisoner Patrick declared that William gave him the Stockins to sell, they being Soldier s, and quartering together, and he had some good account given of him; So he was acquitted , but William Dawtrey was found guilty .
Ann Getherington , Elizabeth Marchall and Margaret Whattey , were all three indicted for stealing one Feather-Bed, val. 3l. 15s. a Bolster, a Rug, Curtains and Valens, and a pair of Sheets &c. They lay in the House as lodgers, and took away the goods; they could say nothing material, and were found in several Stories; yet Ann Getherington was found guilty , but the other Women acquitted .
Thomas Gray , John Slater and William Sheldon , were indicted for robbing William Bomen of three quarters of a pound weight of Beladine Silk, value 20s. The King's Evidence proved that Thomas Gray did take the said Silk, and when he was called back, did pull the Silk out of his Breeches and threw it behind the Compter ; and they swore, That he offer'd to give a Bond of 50l. for Composition of the matter; and said if they would be easy in the Prosecution he would defend their Shop from being robbed hereafter. Gray said he was a Salesman in Long-Lane, the other two were Actor s in Bartholomew-Fair, they pretended not to know each other, but said they severally came in to buy Buttons; when they were searched it appeared that Gray and Slater came to buy without money; they were persons of ill repute; and the Actors called many Witnesses to their Reputation, but none appeared; so Gray was found guilty , but the two Actors were acquitted .
Anne Boucher, alias Davis, alias Smith , was Indicted for breaking open the House of John Smith in the day time, and stealing out of a Chest of Drawers about 12l. a Silk Mantua Gown and Petticoat, and much other wearing Apparel, Bedding and other Houshold Goods . One Witness proved that the said Boucher hired a person she met in the street, to carry the Goods for her to Barbican, and gave her Twopence for her pains. The Prisoner in her Defence alledged, That she had them of her Husband, who is a Thief; but she her self was known to be an old Offender, so she was found Guilty of Felony.
Thomas Lambeth was Indicted for stealing 114 Foot of Purbeck Stone, val. 25s. the Goods of Thomas Raper ; he denied the whole matter, saying he was to pave a Kitchen for a Gentlewoman that was Evidence against him, but he could not prove it; but the Evidence being Circumstantial, he was Acquitted .
Elizabeth Bird was tried for stealing on the 9th. of August last, 5 Holland Smocks val. 50s. 3 Aprons 7s. 4 Muslin Neckcloths, with other small goods , owned by Nicholas Philips and Christopher Milner : The Linnen was sent to washing to a Washer-woman in Bell-Ally in Aldersgate-street , and the Prisoner was seen hovering about the door all Afternoon the day the House was Robbed. She was found guilty .
Anne Goodard, alias Wilson , was Tried for breaking the House of Isabella Morgan Widow , at Hackney and taking away a Gown val. 20s. a Pair of Stays, 10s. a double Silver Tankard, 6l. a Coat, 40s. two Wastcoats, 40s. and other Goods, the Goods of James Edwards Gent. who lodged in Morgan's house; who said that the Lock of the Desk was pickt, and his Goods were taken away ; and a Stockin was found upon her, owned by Mr. Edwards. She was found Guilty .
On Friday morning, about Ten of the Clock, (the Court being late) the Prisoner was set to the Bar, having been the Day before Arraigned of Felony and Murder, for killing the aforesaid Mr. Dodd. The Prisoner had Liberty to make his Exceptions against the Jury, after which these gentlemen were sworn to try the Issue, &c.
Then the Jury were counted, and the Clerk read the Indictment as followeth:
Edward Reppington. Hold up thy Hand. [Which he did.]
Gentlemen: You that are sworn, look upon the Prisoner, and hearken to his Charge. He stands Indicted by the Name of Edward Reppington, late of the Parish of St. James, Westminster , Esq; For that He, not having the Fear of God before his Eyes, but being instigated and seduced by the Devil, on the 27th day of July last past, with Force and arms, and of Malice before-thought, in and upon John Dodd, Esq; in the Peace of God, and of our Soveraign Lord and Lady the King and Queen, he did make an assault with a certain and Rapier made of Iron and Steel, value 5s. which he had in his right hand held and drawn, in and upon the Breast near the left Arm-hole of him the said John Dodd, he did strike and thrust in, giving him the said John Dodd, near to his left Arm-hole as aforesaid, one mortal Wound of the breadth of half an Inch, and of the depth of 6 Inches, of which he then and there instantly died; so that he the said Edward Reppington in manner and form aforesaid, did kill and murther him the said John Dodd against the Peace of our said Soveraign Lord and Lady the King and Queen, Their Crown and Dignity, and against the form of the Statute in that case made and provided. Upon that Indictment he hath been arraigned, and thereupon hath pleaded Not guilty; And for his Tryal hath put himself upon God and his Countrey, which Countrey you are. Your Charge is to enquire whether he be guilty of this Felony and Murther, whereof he stands indicted, or not guilty; If you find that he is guilty; you are to enquire what Goods and Chatels, Lands or Tenements he had at the time of the Felony and Murther committed, or at any time since. If you find him not guilty, you are to enquire whether he fled for it. If you find that he be fled for it, you are to enquire of his Goods and Chatels as if you found him guilty. If you find him not guilty, nor that he did fly for it, you are to say so, and no more, and hear your Evidence.
Then the King's Council opened the Nature of the Fact as said in the Indictment, to the Gentlemen of the Jury, and told them what a barbarous Fact the Gentleman at the Bar had committed, how malicious it was in all parts of it; not at all making any severe Reflections upon the Prisoner. Then the Witnesses were called and sworn; the chiefest of which were these Three, viz.
John Goodchild , the Inn keeper, at the White-Horse in the Hay-Market , where the Fact was done; Mr. Dodd's Footman, and his Groom, who were all sworn, and were Eye-witnesses to the matter; besides several other Evidence by way of confirmation. But first let us begin with the occasion of this Misfortune; You must note, the Prisoner and the Deceased were of kin, and not only so, but very conversant together; Mr. Dodd had a Horse to sell, that the Prisoner had a mind to, so Mr. Dodd gave him leave to ride him; and if he liked the Horse, the price was to be 20 Guineas; having given the Groom a Guinea in earnest for the Horse. When he had so tried the Horse he complained to Mr. Dodd that the Horse stumbled; why, says Mr. Dodd, If it be so, Cousin Reppington, and you don't like him, I'll take him again; No, says the Prisoner, it may be the fault may be in the shoeing of him; I'll take him to my Farrier, and he shall look upon his Feet; Nay, repl'd Mr. Dodd, I wont agree to that; if you will be off of the Horse, let it be this Evening, or else tomorrow I shall expect you shall stand fast to the Bargain; to which Mr. Reppington seemed to yield; but after this he comes to the Groom, Mr. Dodd not being at home, and told him that the Horse, was not for his turn, and refused to pay Mr. Dodd for the Horse, upon which Mr. Dodd arrested him for the 20 Guineas, this relished so ill with the Prisoner, that he grew very angry, came to the Groom again at Mr Dodds House on the Friday before the Fact was done, and bid him tell his Master, That he was injured, and would have satisfaction, and that the Point of the Sword should decide the matter; and that he should be glad to meet him behind Montague House; and that he wore a Sword as well as he, &c.
And then on the 27th of July last, the day that this unhappy Accident fell out, he came to the White Horse Inn in the Haymarket again, and there he was much indisposed, and lookt angry; and Mr. Dodd's Footman standing in the Inn Gate-way, waiting for his Master's calling him to go abroad, as also the Groom; Mr. Dodd immediately approached near them, and coming up towards Mr. Reppington, he very kindly saluted him with a How do you Cousin Reppington, I am your most humble Servant, putting his Hat off very low, with all the loving Respects imaginable; but Mr. Reppington made but little return of his Courtesie, only just mov'd his Hat, shewing a stern Countenance; thereupon Mr. Dodd came to him very mildly, took him by the Button in a friendly manner, desiring that the Quarrel might be friendly accommodated; Mr. Reppington replied, No, nothing but the point of the Sword shall decide the Controversie; immediately throwing off his Hat and Perriwig, giving a little back, and drew his Sword, with that Mr. Dodd drew his, and to't they went; Mr. Reppington making the first pass at Mr Dodd, which he put by, then Mr. Reppington came at him again, and he defending himself, Mr Reppington laid hold of his Sword with his hand, held it by, and so run him into the left Armhole in the mean time; Mr. Goodchild, and the Footboy and Groom, went to get a Dung-fork at the Stables, or elsewhere, or some such Instrument, to part them, and to beat down their Swords, but before they could come back, Mr. Dodd had received his mortal wound, and was dropt down dead the blood issuing out at his mouth; upon which Mr. Reppington immediately surrender'd himself to them, not offering to make the least flight, was carried before a Justice of Peace, and committed for the Fact, and was found guilty of murther upon the Coroner's Inquest. This was positively sworn by the groom and Footman, and by Mr. Goodchild.
The Prisoner cross-examined the witness against him, and did all that in him lay to evade the proof; and called a poor Woman, who, he alledged, saw the whole matter; She declared, that she was accidentally going that way, and being weary, sat down upon the Bench at the Inn-Gate to rest her self, and turning her head into the Inn, she saw the Ingagement, and that Mr. Dodd gave the first Pass at Mr. Reppington, and drew his Sword first; But this was contradicted by Mr. Godchild, and the Footman and Groom; who further deposed, that they saw no such Woman there, and were very confident that there was no Woman at all there at that Juncture of time; The Prisoner, after he had been very much indulged, and very patiently heard by the Court, made his defence, declaring that the Deceased was his beloved Friend, and that he had no malice propense against him, Lamenting the loss, of so precious a Friend; then he called abundance of Witnesses, and those Persons of no mean Quality, to give a testimony of him, in the general, as to his Conversation heretofore, who all agreed in their declaration concerning him; how that he was a person of a very quiet, composed behaviour, and that they never saw any thing come from him, but what was like a Gentleman; and if he had at any time injured any person, he always begged their pardon, and made ample satisfaction. That they never found him to be quarrelsome. He pleaded very strenuously for himself, took up a great deal of time (viz.) the space of 6 or 7 hours; the Court very patiently hearing him all that he had to say.
Then the Gentlemen of the Jury having considered of the matter for about two hours time, they returned this Verdict, That Mr. Reppington was guilty of wilful Murther upon this Indictment, as also upon the Coroner's Inquest. Then the Prisoner was remanded to Newgate.
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Sentence, as followeth.
Burnt in the Hand 15.
John Harris, Daniel Wingfield, Katherine Browne, Sarah Payne, Prudence Turner, Elizabeth Smith, William Walker, William Dawtrey, Thomas Gray, William Pym, Elizabeth Wilson, Jane Hutchinson, Jane Humphreys, Elizabeth Long, Ann Getherington,
Received Sentence of Death 12.
Elizabeth Budd, Richard Clements, William Brewer: Isaac Sims, William Ayliffe, Joseph Penny, Richard Jenkins, Samuel Eades, Ann Boucher, Francis Piper, Ann Goddard alias Wilson, Edward Reppington, Esq;
Several of whom were kept to strict Reading, in order for Transportation.
To be Transported 4.
Thomas Allen, Erasmus Townsend, William Carter, Thomas Cooper.
Fined, Thomas Mercer, 20l. and to stand Three times in the Pillory.
To be Whipt, John Smith.
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