On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, being the 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st Days of August, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 3d, 4th and 5th Days of September, 1695. And in the Seventh Year of his MAJESTY's Reign.
THE Sessions of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bayly, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, being the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st Days of August, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, being the 3d, 4th and 5th Days of September, 1695 before the Right Honourable Sir Thomas Lane , Kt. Lord Mayor of City of London, and Sir Salathiel Lovell , Kt. Recorder of the said City, with several others of His Majesty's Justices for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.
The Jurors were as follow:
The Trials are as follow:
William Penner of the Parish of St. Buttolph's Bishopsgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing two pair of Flaxen Sheets on the 11th day of May last, the Goods of Mary Northey Widow ; to which Indictment he pleaded guilty .
Mary Smith of the Parish of St. Buttolph's Bishops-gate , was indicted for stealing twenty yards of Muslin-Cloath on the 8th day of July the Goods of Josias Hale ; to which Indictment she pleaded guilty .
Mary Newman alias Scolthrope , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for picking the Pocket of St. John Dawzy of a Silver watch, val. 20s. on the 11th day of August last ; it appeared by the Evidence, That Dawzy coming by St. Sepulchres Church , met the Prisoner, and would have had her to drink with him, but she refused; and as they were together in the dark, she got his Watch from him, and was making her escape; but the Prosecutor missing his Watch, pursued after her, and brought her into the Watch-house, and she being going to be searcht, gave it to a Gentleman that was in the Watch-house, which was proved against her: the Prisoner alledged that she never saw the Watch, and that the Prosecutor would very fain have been naught with her; but that did not avail her, neither could she give any good account of her Life and Conversation; the Jury brought her in guilty .
Jane Brown alias Jenkins , and Elizabeth Hutton , were indicted for feloniously stealing of forty seven yards of Silk value 5l. 3s. on the 14th day of August , the Goods of Thomas House-Rouse of the Parish of St. Lawrence Old Jury ; it appeared that the Prisoners came on pretence to buy some Grezet, and the Prosecutor's Wife took them into the Warehouse, and shewed them several Goods, which they disliked; and Hutton having spied the Silk, said to her Companion, Here is Silk, Child; and the other replied, she had nothing to do with Silk, but that was but an excuse, for they took their opportunity and conveyed it away; Brown denied that she was in the Warehouse, and said she knew nothing of it; and Hutton believed that she was there, but saw no Silk; but the Evidence was positive against them, being known to be old Offenders, they were found guilty .
Elizabeth Wellings in the Parish of Alhallows Great, in the Ward of Dowgate , was indicted or feloniously stealing two hundred Rabbet-skins from Thomas Hazelwood on the 19th day of July last; it appeared that the Prisoner being a Work-woman to the Prosecutor, had the opportunity to take them away one or two at a time, which she confessed before a Justice of Peace, when taken; and her Lodging being searcht, there was several of the Goods found there; the Prisoner had nothing to say for her self, but that she was a very poor woman, and took great pains for her living; she was found guilty to the value of 10d.
Elizabeth Robinson of the Parish of Alhallows Barkin, in the Ward of the Tower , was indicted for Felony in stealing two Silver Spoons value 18s. on the third of July last, the Goods of Thomas Bland . The Evidence for the King deposed, That she came to the House and brought a Rabbet with her, intending to treat some Soldiers with, and sent Mrs. Bland to draw a Pot of Beer; and having spied her prey, in a Cupboard, very fairly took them, and pretended that she would go and buy Parsley and Onions for the Rabbet, but went away with the Goods, and left her Rabbet behind her. Mrs. Bland presently mistrusted and went to look, and found her Goods gone; but upon enquiry found the Prisoner in East-Smithfield, who denied the Fact, and said, That she was as innocent as the Child unborn; but it did not avail her, the Jury having considered of the matter, she was found guilty .
John Stocken and Dorothy Percival , both of the Parish of Alhallows in the Wall, in the Ward of Broad-street , was indicted for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Joseph Lever , on the 12th. day of August last, and taking thence one Muslin Head dress value 2s. a pair of Holland-sleeves value 1s., with divers other Goods of William Blaxley . The Fact appeared thus, they both came to drink at Mr. Lever's House, and Stocken pretended that he had an occasion to untruss a point, and Lever's Wife told him that he must go up three pair of Stairs to the House of Office, which he readily consented to; going up Stairs he unlatcht Blaxley's Room, and took the things away; in the mean time the Woman had paid the Reckoning, and they went away. Mrs Lever had some suspicion of them, sent Mrs. Blaxley up Stairs to see whether they had taken any thing and missed her Goods; then they pursued after them, and the Goods was found upon them; they had little to say in their own defence, the Jury found them both guilty .
Mary Davis of the Parish of St. Lawrence Old Jury , was indicted for stealing one pair of Flaxen Sheets value 5s. two Diaper Table-cloaths value 5s. and divers other Linnen , on the 17th day of August , the Goods of one John Carter . This Davis was Servant to Mr. Carter, and having opportunity took the Goods which was afterwards found upon search, in Rosemary-lane, at her Sisters; and Mr. Carter having his Goods again, the Jury having considered the matter, she was acquitted .
Daniel Parret and John Thompson of the Parish of St Mary Aldermanbury, in the Ward of Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking the House of William Carret , on the 2d. of August , about three a Clock in the Afternoon, and taking thence a Silk Camblet Coat value 30s. 20 Yards of Serge value 12l. and 140 Yards of Calamanco value 14l. the Goods of Richard Mitten . It appeared, That they found the Key in a private place, and opened the Door, and cut open a pack and took out the Goods, and were discovered in Bell-alley, near Token-house-yard: And they met an old man and told him, That he should have nine pence to carry the Goods for them, which he did to an Ale-house near Moorgate, and being pursued the Goods was found upon Barret, and Thompson made his escape, and was seen peeping afterwards about Moorgate; was taken, and said, That he knew nothing of the Goods; and Barret said, That the Goods was given him by the old man, which was very unlikely to be true. For the King's Evidence declared that they said one to the other, Damn ye, you careless Dog, do you carry the Things so? As they were going down Bell-alley. The Prisoners could give no ac
William Dodd of the Parish of St. Martins Ludgate , was indicted for picking the Pocket of Richard Birchin , on the 25th. day of July last, of a Silver Tobacco-box . Mr. Birchin was going under Ludgate , through the narrow Passage, he was thrust to and again, and particularly by this Dodd; and in the Croud he lost his Box, and mistrusting him seized him, but could find nothing about him. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and so he was acquitted .
William Penner of the Parish of St. Olaves Jury , was indicted for Felony and Burglary in breaking the Warehouse of Susan Smith , Widow , on the 13th. day of July last, and taking thence 60 Yards of Serge value 12l. It appeared, by the Evidence, That he was seen to reach over the Spikes of the Hatch, and open it, and so went in, and took the said Goods. And Mrs Smith being asked whether she had sold any Goods; replied no, but I am afraid I am robbed. Then they pursued after him, and being likely to be taken he threw the Goods away from him. He denied that he knew any thing of the Goods, but said, as he was coming along, he heard them cry stop Thief, and wondered at the matter till they stop'd him. But it was thought a frivolous Excuse, and that he being no good liver, the Jury found him guilty .
Samuel Herne of the Parish of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing a Bay Gelding from one Mr. Benjamin Dukes of Devonshire , on the 11th. day of August last. It appeared, That he stole the Horse and sold it to one Mr. Peter Sands a Dyer for 5l. 10s. And being taken at the Sarcacen's head, in Friday Street, denied that he stole it; and likewise upon his Trial said that he bought it of Mr. Dukes man for 7l. but could not prove it. The Jury having considered the matter, he was found guilty .
Samuel Merriam of the Parish of St. Peters Cornhil , was indicted for Feloniously stealing from one John Orton one Silver Tankard value 5l. on the 15th. day of July last. It appeared, That Merriam and one Salter came to drink at the Wheatsheaf in Bishopsgate street , where they drunk Sixpence, and so went their ways. There was none that could swear positively that he stole it; and being taken by the Constable he denied it. The Jury having taken it into consideration, he was found not guilty .
Elizabeth Thomas of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Elizabeth Roberts , Widow , on the 16th. day of September , in the sixth year of the King and late Queen, between the hours of two and three in the night, and took one pair of Stuff Stays value 20s. a Crape Gown value 10s. and a Crape Silk Peticoat value 10s. the Goods of Mary Carter , Widow . The Prisoner desired to lodge with Mrs. Carter at her Lodging in Plumtree-street in St.Giles's in the Fields , which she accordingly consented to, and took the said Goods one morning and went her ways. The Prisoner said, That when she came out she left all things there, and that she did never meddle with any thing that was Mrs. Carters. The Jury found her not guilty .
Henry Oliphant and Hannah his Wife , both of the Parish of Stepny , were indicted for the Murther of one James Fletcher a Butcher , on the 26th. of July last, by giving him one mortal Wound (with a certain Penknife value 2d.) of the breadth of one Inch, and the depth of four Inches, on the right part of his Body, near to the short Ribs . It appeared, That Mr. Oliphant and his Wife coming over Stepny-fields, the deceased, being in drink, did abuse Mrs. Oliphant, and Mr. Oliphant asked the deceased why he did so? he replied, what do you think much of it, and endeavoured to strike at Mr. Oliphant; and Mr. Oliphant endeavouring to defend himself, there came a great Dog and flew at him and tore his waistcoat; but being parted they went each about their business. The deceased turned back again, and pursued after the Prisoner; then the Prisoner flew out of his Wife's Arm, and they went to fighting again; and they being both upon the Ground the Prisoner killed him with a Penknife. Then the Jury having considered the whole matter, that what the Prisoner did was in his own defence, they brought him in not guilty .
They were indicted a second time upon the Statute of Stabbing, but were both acquitted.
Joseph Reeves , John Spicer , John Sharpless and Thomas Reeves , all of the Parish of St. James Westminster , were indicted for the Murther of one Henry Ayliffe , on the 15th. day of May ; by beating him with a Stick value 1d. on the Head, Back and Breast, of which beating he languished on the 9th. day of July and then died . It appeared, That the deceased going over Brook-field Faer, by Hide Park , was set upon by these men, who picked a Quarrel with him, and then beat him that he bled at the Nose, and voided a great deal of Blood, which the King's Evidence said was the occasion of his death. The Prisoners called several Witnesses on their behalf, as the Church-wardens and other eminent men of the Parish to speak in their behalfs, who gave a very good account of the Prisoners; and the Apothecary and the Searcher declared that the deceased did die of the Spotted Feaver, which being considered by the Jury, they were all acquitted .
John Edwards of the Parish of St. Mary Matfellon alias Whitechappel , was indicted for Coining and Counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom, the 22d. day of November last, and making Twenty Halfcrowns, Forty Shillings, and Ten Sixpences, of Copper, Brass, Tin, and other mix'd Metals . It appeared, That the Constable having information that there was a Coiner in Black-lion-yard, in Whitechappel , went, and upon search found several Sheers, Flasks, and counterfeit Money; that he made the false Money out of drawn Plate, and then afterwards filed it; and that he had been seen to work several times with one Shelton. The Prisoner said he knew no more of it than the Child unborn, and said that he was above a hundred Miles off at that time, but could not prove it; then the Jury brought him in guilty of High-Treason.
Elizabeth Vaughan of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for stealing from Robert French eight Pewter Dishes value 5s. one stuff Gown value 5s. and one Silver Tankard value 5l. on the 7th day of June last. it appeared, that she stole the Goods and was stopt offering them to sale in Southwark, and the Gown was found upon her, and she confest before the Justice that she did take the things, and that she did it for want, she being very poor, but that did not avail her; she was found guilty of Felony.
Thomas Bayley , Ralph Bayley and Joan his Wife , all of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were indicted for High Treason in Clipping the currant Coin of this Kingdom, on the 23d. day of May last, and that they did clip Twenty Halfcrowns, Thirty Shillings, and Forty Sixpences . That the Constable having information that they did use the Trade, and upon search there was found in the House of Ralph Bayley, in Brook field , two Papers of Clippings that was wet, with divers Sheers, Files, Skales, Rubbing-leathers, in a Closet up one pair of Stairs, and divers Filings were found under the Window. And upon taking of Thomas Bayley they found a quantity of broad Money; and upon search of his Lodgings, in Horten-street , there was found a Rubbing leather. The Prisoners alledged that they knew nothing of it; and it appeared that Ralph Bayley was a poor honest man, and took great pains for his livelihood. And Thomas Bayley said that it was a malicious Prosecution brought by his late Landlord, who had caused him to be pressed to Sea, for bringing his Action against him for words, (That he was a Clipper.) He owned the Rubbing-leather, and said that it was the Neck of a Buck's Skin belonging to his Trade. And called several People as to his Reputation, and the Jury having considered the matter, they were acquitted .
Rebecca Berry , Wife of Edward Berry , not yet taken, both of the Parish of St. James Clerkenwell , were indicted for High Treason in Clipping the Currant Coin of this Kingdom on the first day of May last, that they with certain Shears and Files did Clip and diminish 20 Halfcrowns, and 20 shillings, and 20 Sixpences, of the lawful Coin of this Kingdom : It appeared by the Evidence that they took a Room at one Mr. Mumbay by Islington Wells , and that Mrs. Berry went every Sunday night there, and did clip till the next morning, and then her Husband used to go and fetch the Money which she had clipt, the Prisoner alledged that the Room was taken for her Sister, and that she had nothing to do there; there was one Evidence that swore positively that he did see this Rebecca Berry clip every Sunday night for three quarters of a year together; and the other Evidence, Mrs. Mumbay, derogating from her former Testimony before the Justice, and denying upon Oath that she knew any thing of it, the Court suspected that she had been suborned, committed her into Custody, and ordered an Indictment to be brought against her for Perjury; and there being not Evidence enough to convict the Prisoner, she was acquitted ; and the Lord Chief Justice told her that she must amend her life for the future, for he did believe that she was guilty of the said High Treason.
Mary Wade , Elizabeth Hartford, alias Gregory, alias Conyers , and Emilia Carew, alias Frimley , were indicted for Clipping 50 Halfcrowns, 100 Shillings, and 100 Sixpences on the first of June ; that upon information that there were Clippers at Wade's House by Red-Lyon Fields , they went and searcht and found a great paper of Clippings with a parcel of Shears hid under the Flore, and Elizabeth Gregory had a lump of Bullion found in her Pocket, and Carew had Clippings found
Daniel Juxon , and Jane his Wife , and Ann Wright , all of the Parish of St. Andrews Holborn , were indicted for High-Treason in clipping 10 Halfcrowns, 20 Shillings, and 20 Sixpences , on the sixth of June last; the Constable having information that there were Clippers in Lambs-Conduit Passage , he went and found in a hole at the top of the Stairs Shears and Rubbing Leathers with Clippings and Counterfeit Money in a Melting-pot, with other Tools fitting for the work; The Prisoners called several people, who spake very well of them: Daniel Juxon was acquitted , but his Wife was found guilty ; and there was no Evidence affected White, so she was acquitted .
Jane Pritchard, alias Lyall, alias Lark , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Edward Williams , on the 30th. day of June last, about the hours of two in the night, and taking thence one Cloath Peticoat value 30s. a Silk Peticoat 40s. a Laced Headcloath 4s. and 9s. in Monies numbred, the Goods of Jeremy Merrey It appeared, That she came and took Lodgings one Saturday night, and taking her opportunity broke open Mrs. Merrey's Box, and took the Goods and went her ways. She had little to say for her self; and being known to be an Offender, the Court ordered Mrs. Merrey her Goods again, and the Jury brought her in guilty of the Felony, but not of the Burglary .
F - S - and Eleanor Woolfe , both of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were indicted for High Treason in Clipping the currant Coin of this Kingdom, on the 9th. day of May last, that with Sheers and Files they did clip and diminish Three Halfcrowns, Fifteen Shillings, and Twelve Sixpences . There came a Letter form an unknown hand to the Beadle of St. Martins Parish, which acquainted him that there were Clippers in S - Lodgings. He got a Justice of Peace's Warrant for to search, and upon search found in Mrs. S - Trunk, in the Garret, several Sheers and Files, and searching further clipt Money. The Prisoner owned the little Money, and said that she took it for some work she had done, and that the Trunk was left her for a Debt by a Gentleman that is in Flanders. The Prisoner called several to speak as to her Reputation, and that she had been a good liver. The Jury having considered the matter, brought her in not guilty; and there was no evidence affected Woolfe; she was acquitted .
Robert Royston and Elizabeth Royston his Wife, not yet taken, were indicted for clipping Twenty Halfcrowns and Twenty Shillings , on the 9th. of July last. It appeared, That the Constable having information that there were Clippers at Mr. Royston's House, in Dunnings-alley, in Bishopsgate street , he went to the Door and asked for Mr. Royston, who looked out of the Window, and told him he must speak with him; then he came down and leaned over some Pales that was in the Yard, and the Constable told him that he had a Warrant against him for High-Trason, then he flew back and shut his Door, and the Constable got over the Pales, and finding a pain of Glass broke in the Window, he opened the Window and went in, and found under the Dresser two Papers of Clippings, and in the Cellar he found two great Candles lighted, and seven pair of Sheers with a Paper of Money half Clipt, and Stools and Chairs lying in a confused manner, as if they had been frighted. The Prisoner said that he was innocent of it, and called several Persons, who said that he was a very civil man, and that they did not think any such thing by him; but it did not avil him, he was found guilty .
Thomas Barnes of the Parish of St. Mary Magdalen Old Fish-street , was indicted for High-Treason in Forging and Making Twenty false and counterfeit Shillings, and Twenty false Sixpences of Brass, Copper, Tin, and other mixt Metals , in the 22d. day of August last. It appeared, That upon an Information the Constable went to Mr. Barnes's House, in Old Fish-street , and going into his Work-room they found the Flasks a drying over a Fire, with false Metal and a Mould to run the Metal in; he was seen to make Eleven Shillings of this counterfeit Money. The Prisoner alledged for himself that it was the first time that ever he made any, and that he did it only to support his Wife and Children, but that did not avail him, he was found guilty of High-Treason.
John Carter of the Parish of St. Olaves the Bridge , London, was indicted for picking the Pocket of Catherine Karrsone on the 15th. day of June last, of a Silver Box and 15s. in Money . Mrs. Karrsone buying some Oranges on London-Bridge , the Prisoner saw her put her Box and Monies into her Pocket, and came up to her and pickt her Pocket; and a young man being by saw him do it, askt Mrs. Karrsone whether she had lost any thing she said she had lost her Box and Money. And he pursued after him and took him, and being searcht, the Box and Monies were found in the Knee of his Breeches. The Prisoner denied it; and being known to be an Old Offender, he was found guilty .
Elizabeth Cooke of the Parish of St. Olaves the Bridge , was indicted for Feloniously stealing from Joseph Evans three Yards of Woolen Cloath , which was found upon her when taken, on the 30th. day of July last. She was found guilty to the value of 10d.
Martha Angel of the Parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate , was indicted for High Treason in Clipping the currant Coin of this Kingdom , on the 30th day of June last. The Evidence for the King deposed, That they saw her set down upon a Bed and clip about Fourteen Shillings. The Prisoner utterly denied it, and said she took great pains for her living. The Jury having considered of the whole matter, they brought her in not guilty .
Mary Hawkins of the Parish of St. Buttolph's without Aldersgate , was indicted for High Treason in Clipping the Currant Coin of this Kingdom on the 20th day of June last; that upon an information the Constable went and searcht her House in White-Lion Yard in Barbican , and found Shears, Skales and Weights, and other Implements belonging to the Clipping Trade; she denied that she ever clipt, and that the Shears were her Husband's, and that he used them in his Trade, being a Taylor; the Jury having considered of the matter, brought her in not guilty .
Ann Bayley of the Parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate , was indicted for High-Treason in Clipping and Diminishing 20 Halfcrowns, 20 shillings, and 20 Sixpences, on the 13th day of June last, with Shears, Files, and other Iron Instruments ; it appeared upon her Trial that she was seen to file and diminish about 30 or 40 Halfcrowns; the Prisoner alledged that she took great pains for her livelihood; the Jury found her not guilty .
Sarah Burrows, alias Welsed, alias Hill of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for High-Treason in Clipping 20 Halfcrowns, 20 Shillings, and 20 Sixpences , on the 30th day of June last; it appeared by the Evidence that she did clip 20 or 30 Shillings with a pair of Taylor's Shears, and that she was seen filing 14 or 15 Shillings, and that she had been formerly transported, and came over into England before her time; the Evidence was very positive, and she had nothing to say on her own behalf, the Jury brought her in guilty of High-Treason.
Elizabeth Metcalfe and Ann Metcalfe , both of the Parish of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , were indicted for High-Treason in Clipping 20 Sillings and 20 Sixpences on the 28th of September , in the Sixth Year of the Reign of the King and the late Queen; it appeared by the Evidence, that going up staires in hast, they found them at work with the Doors open, and came upon the Prisoners before they were aware of themselves; the Prisoners alledged and said, that they never did any such thing in all their lives, and that they always endeavoured to get an honest Livelihood; the Jury them both not guilty .
Thomas Gray of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for Feloniously stealing one Silver Tankard, value 11l. the Goods of John Wilson , on the 30th of October , in the Sixth year of the King and late Queen. To which Indictment he pleaded guilty ; and was acquitted by the late Act.
John Moare Esq ; of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for murdering one Thomas Hurst Gent. on the 21st of July last, with a Sword value 5s. and giving him one mortal Wound of the breadth of one Inch, and of the depth of Six Inches in his Breast near to his Right Pap, of which he instantly died . The Prisoner and the deceased were drinking together at the Blue Posts in the Haymarket, till about Two a Clock in the morning, and words were heard to arise between them, and the Prisoner bid him pay his Reckoning, and go his Ways. Then they sat down together, and the Prisoner called for some Wine, endeavouring to pacify him, and drank to him, saying, let us be good Friends. Then the Reckoning being paid, the Prisoner was going home, and the Deceased would go with him: Being come upon the paved Stones, the Deceased drew his Sword upon the Prisoner, then the Prisoner drew, and the Deceased was seen to fall. The watch being called, some Chairmen came, and the Prisoner desired them to carry him home, which they refused; then the other Chairman being call'd, they carried him home, and the Prisoner went his way. The Prisoner alledged, that he had been his Company-keeper; that they did use to lie together, and had supported him with money divers times, and called abundance of worthy Gentlemen as to his Reputation. The Jury found that he killed him in his own Defence .
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Thomas Pastmore and Rosamond Pastmore, alias Goldsmith , both of the Parish of St. Andrews Holborn , were indicted for High-Treason for Forging and Counterfeiting Eighteen false Halfcrowns on the 27th of May last. It appeared by the Evidence, That they having information of the Prisoners, they sent for them to the Bear Tavern in Holborn, and the Constable came and found an Ingot of silver on the man buttoned up in his Coat Pocket. Then the Constable went to his Lodgings, in Eagle-street, near Red-Lyon-Fields and found a Stamp and a parcel of false Money. And it was further deposed, That they saw him cut the said pieces out of flatted Plate fitted for that purpose, and that he was allowed 12d. in the Pound for Coining of it, and that he would give Thirty false Halfcrowns for Twenty good ones. The man was found guilty , but his Wife acquitted .
They were likewise a second time indicted for Clipping the currant Coin of this Kingdom , on the 20th. day of May last. The Evidence said, That they did see him clip above Ten Pound at a time, and that his Wife did afterwards file it, and that they had clipt and filed several Hundred Pounds. The Evidence for the King was very positive. And the Prisoner said he took great pains for his livelihood, he being a Cane-Chairmaker , and called several as to their Reputation; but it did not avail them, they were both found guilty .
George Bilby of the Parish of St Martins in the Fields , Goldsmith , was indicted for a Misdemeanor, for that he after the first day of May 1695, not regarding the Laws and Statutes of this Kingdom, did on the 15th day of May last buy of one Jane Hews Twenty two Ounces of Silver Clippings, of the currant Coin of this Kingdom, after the rate of 4s. and 12d. for every Ounce . There being not Evidence sufficient to convict him, he was acquitted .
Duke Cooke of the Parish of St. James Clerkenwel , was indicted for Clipping Twenty Halfcrowns, Twenty Shillings, and Twenty Sixpences, the lawful Coin of this Kingdom , on the 2d. day of April last. That upon search after him he was taken at the Halfmoon Tavern in the Strand, where there was found upon him a considerable quantity of false clipt Money. And the Evidence said, That they did see him clip Sixty or Seventy Pounds. The Prisoner said that he did take great pains for his livelihood, and had formerly kept a Goldsmiths Shop on Snowhill, but falling into decay he took up the Trade of making of Tips for Essence Bottles . And being askt by the Court how he came by this clipt Money, he alledged that he found it on Ludgatehill by the Three Tun Tavern; which the Jury taking to be but a weak Defence, found him guilty of High-Treason.
William Hind , alias Old [Text unreadable in original.] of the Parish of St. Andrews Holborn , was indicted for Felony and Burglary in breaking the Chambers of the Worshipful Sir James Butler , in Lincoln-Inn , on the 20th of March last, and taking thence one Gold Ring with two Diamonds and one Emrauld value 6l. one Stoel Seal 10s. six Gold Rings 3l. and two Snuff Boxes 6s. Sir James said, that he went out of his Chambers about half an hour after eight, and left his Clerk there, who lockt up the Chamber Door; and about nine word was brought that his Chamber was robbed. Sir James sent some Persons to look after the Robbers; and the Prisoner was taken in Hoglane, in St. Giles's, who confessed that they broke open the Chamber Door with a Lamp Iron, and that he sold the Diamond Ring to one Dearnell, a Silversmith for 30s. The Prisoner said that he had nothing more to say, but would lay himself to the mercy of the Court. So the Jury found him guilty of the Felony, and was acquitted by the late Act .
G - W - of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for Feloniously stealing one Silver Salt, one Silver Caudle Cup, one Silver Porringer, seven Silver Spoons, and 36l. in Monies numbered , on the 9th. day of July last, the Goods of Elizabeth Bence , Widow , The Prosecutor alledged, That she put the Goods into a little Trunk, and the little Trunk into a great one, which was in the Prisoners Room; and about a week afterwards the Prosecutor went to look into the great Trunk mist the little one, and charged the Prisoner with it. The Prisoner called several as to her Reputation, and there being no Evidence that did affect her, she was acquitted .
William Burton of the Parish of Chiswick , was indicted for a Robbery on the Highway committed upon the Wife of one Thomas Chambers , on the 19th of June , and taking from her one laced Headdress, and one Vizard Mask, one half Guinea in Gold, and 20s. in Monies numbered . Mrs. Chambers going down in the Worcester Coach, was set upon in The Prisoner called several Witnesses on his behalf [Text unreadable in original.] that he would give her some of her Money again, for that it was the beginning of her Journey, which he refused; then she being in a passion told him, she hoped she should see him hanged at Tyburn. Then he rod round the Coach, and took hold of her Headcloaths and tore them off her Head; but she caught hold of the two ends, and kept them. And the Prisoner put her Headcloaths into his Breeches, which was found upon him when taken; he was found guilty .
He was likewise indicted a second time for Assaulting Charles Knowles , Esq ; alias Earl of Banbury, on the said 19th day of June , on the King's Highway, at Turnham Green , That he with four more not yet taken did endeavour to rob him the said Earl of Banbury ; and the Prisoner endeavoured to stop his Lordship's Coach. His Lordship shot him into the Head, upon which he endeavoured to make his escape, but was taken; he was found guilty o the Assault.
James Scott of the Parish of St. Olaves Southwark , was indicted for the Murther of one John Barnes , on the 29th. of June last, by striking him with a Wooden Stretcher of no value on the right part of the Head, near to the Forehead, of which striking he died the same day . It appeared, That the deceased was a Waterman , and hired by some young Women to carry them to St. Mary Ovaries, and when they were come into the middle of the Thames the Prisoner rowed up to them, and caught hold of the Boat, and the deceased bad him let the Boat go, or else he would give him a slap of the Face. The Prisoner took an Oar and would have struck the deceased, and the deceased made him lay down the Oar; and the Prisoner took up a Stretcher and struck him on the Head, and then rowed way. The deceased, after he had landed his Fare, went to find the Prisoner, but could not, and came back to St. Mary Ovaries and took some of the same Company to carry them back again, and he carried them as far as Marygold stairs, and then drop'd down and let go his Oars; and they called for help, and got assistance, who landed them at Essex-stairs where he was taken and carried home. The Prisoner alledged that as he was going by Water the young Women called to him, and he rowed up to them, and the deceased bid him keep off; but he had a mind to see the young Women, and the deceased struck him on the Face; and the Prisoner catching up the Stretcher did give this unfortunate blow. He said he was heartily sorry for what he had done, and he had no malice against him. The Jury considered the matter, found him guilty of Manslaughter .
Elizabeth Robinson and Dorothy Goby , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , were Indicted for Feloniously stealing on the 9th of June last, five yards of Flanders lace value 30s. and 10s. in monies numbred , the Goods of Thomas Howard . To which Indictment they pleaded guilty .
Paul Walters of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the West , was Indicted for Clipping 20 Halfcrowns, and 20s. on the 20th day of June last. It appeared that the Constable having a Warrant went and searcht the Prisoner's house in Newport-street ; the Prosecutor being sent with a Letter, the Prisoner took her up Stairs, where she continued a while, and did see him Clip divers Sums of money. That going at another time, she accidentally saw a Gentleman filing of Guinea's as she went up stairs; and being come up to the top of the Stairs, she saw the Prisoner a Clipping in his Work room. He utterly denied it, and called several people as to his Reputation; whereupon the Jury found him not guilty .
Lydia Edwards, alias Jeffery , of the Parish of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for Clipping 20 Shillings, and 20 Sixpences , on the 30th day of June last. The Prisoner was seen to Clip in Jewen-street about 6l. at one time. It was further alledged, That there was brought 20 [Text unreadable in original.] 2 s. in Broad money; that she sate down and Clipt it, giving the persons their own money again, and 9d. for the Clippings. The Prisoner alledged that she knew nothing of the matter, and called Witnesses, who said that she was out of Town, and did not return till a month afterwards. So the Jury having considered of the whole matter, they did find her not guilty .
Elizabeth Collins and Elizabeth Bale , both of the Parish of St. Butolph Bishopsgate , were indicted for Feloniously stealing from Joseph Hale ten yards of Scotch Cloth, value 10s. on the 30th day of August last. The Prisoners came into his Shop pretending to buy Calico for Window Curtains, and seeing a considerable quantity of Goods upon the Compter, shuffled them under one of their Petticoats , and then they endeavoured to go their ways, but were stopt by Mr. Hale. The Prisoners had little to say for themselves, and could give no good account how they lived. They were both found guilty to the value of 10d.
John Goodall of the Parish of St. Butolph Billingsgate was Indicted for a Misdemeanour; For that he, the 30 of April last, did procure and get into his hands the Sum of 500l of Broad money, with an Evil Intent to make an Unlawful Gain thereof, for that he would give the Sum of 22l. Advance for Broad mony, to the Intent the same should be Clipt . And having a Correspondence in Norfolk, they did drive this way of Trade for some time, and some Canting Letters each to the other, to the end that there might be no Discovery made: But it hapned, that on the said 30th of April, the Commissioners of the Customs coming to search Mr. Southgate's Warehouse, the Norwich Wagoner at the Green Dragon in Bishopsgate-street, did light upon a Wooden Box marked A. L. directed to John Goodall, and opening it, found it stuft with Straw and Litter, and a Bag of money with Notes in it tied in the middle, wherein it did express that there was 45l. Best, and 7l. Midling. The Commissioners suspecting the matter, ordered that if any person should come for it, they should not deliver it till they came. In the Afternoon Mr. Goodall came to demand this Box, but was stopt and searcht, and a Letter was found in his Pocket dated the 25th of April, and subscribed by two Letters J. G. in which it was exprest, that he had sent Mr. Goodall 45 of the best Silk Naps, which was construed to be the 45l. of Broad old money, with seven middling Naps, which was likewise construed to be the 7l. of middling money, in a Box marked A. L. It farther appeared by his way of Corresponding, that he had received above 550l since the 11th day of January last, to the 21st of March. There being not Evidence sufficient to charge him with the Fact, the Jury took it into consideration, and acquitted him, though not without great Suspicion of his being guilty.
Elizabeth Hartcliff of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for a Misdemeanor, for that she, after the first day of May 1695. to wit, the 13th day of July , did buy of divers persons unknown, half an ounce of Silver Clippings, and knowing the same to be the Clippings of the Currant Coin of this Kingdom . It appeared that Information was given that she did buy and sell Clippings, and upon search they found them at the farther end of a small Cupboard. The Prisoner alledged that she knew not how they came there, so the Jury brought her in not guilty .
Thomas Oved, alias Ovid , and Elizabeth his Wife , and Ann Rawbone of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were Indicted for High-Treason, for that they the 25th of July last did Clip 50 Halfcrowns, 100 Shillings, and 200 Sixpences ; that the Constable having Information, went and searcht Mr. Ovid's house in King-street by Golden Square, Soho , found in a Closet behind some Hangings a Cupboard, in which was found a Paper of Filings with Clippings and Shears, and other Instruments fitting for the Clipping Trade, with a Bag of money newly Clipt. The Evidence said, that Ovid's Wife had the Key of the Cupboard, but the Prisoners both denied it; and there being no Evidence against Rawbone, the Jury brought them all in not guilty .
Peter Lawman of the Parish of St. Mary Islington , was Indicted for Felony; for that he, being above the Age of 14 years, was seen to wander up and down, calling himself an Egyptian, from the 10th day of June last, to the 12th of June following . The Prisoner alledged for himself that he was a German, and no Egyptian; nor that he did say at any time he was an Egyptian; but the Evidence for the King being very positive against him, the Jury brought him in guilty of Felony.
Francis Buckley of the Parish of St. Mary Islington , was likewise Indicted for Felony, for that he being above the Age of 14 years, was seen to wander up and down from the 10th of June to the 12th following, calling and counterfeiting himself to be an Egyptian . The Evidence for the King was very positive, that they did hear him say he was an Egyptian, and king of the Egyptians. He was taken in a Barn, at Hampstead, covered over with Straw, and two Egyptian Women sitting upon him; and they being made to rise, they discovered his Legs, and so pulled him out of the Straw. There was found upon him a Pistol, with a Scinsteer, and Rich [Text unreadable in original.]. He had a Mare likewise hard by that was worth 20l. The Prisoner had little to say, but that he never declared he was an Egyptian. The Evidence fully proving it against him, he was found guilty of Felony.
William Bromfield of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was Indicted of High-Treason, for Clipping 30 Halfcrowns, 40 Shillings, and 20 Sixpences , on the Seventh day of August last. It appeared that being at work at his house in Great Russel-street in Bloomsbury , he made a Fire bigger than ordinary, which caused People to think that his House was on Fire. So the Neighbourhood sent for the Constable and his Watch, who went in and found a Furnace, Melting-pot red hot, Filings and Ingotts; there was not so much as a Chair or Stool for to sit upon throughout the which House. The Constable urged him to tell where his Dwelling-house was, which he confessed was in Red-Lyon Fields . Thereupon the Constable searcht his house, all but one Room, and found nothing, went his way; but mistrusting somewhat, came again about an hour after, who saw the door open, and found about half an ounce of Clippings, File-dust and Skales. The Prisoner denied the Fact, whereupon the Jury brought him in not guilty .
He was likewise Indicted a second time for a High Misdemeanor, for that he, on the Seventh day of August last, knowingly had in his custody half an Ounce of Silver Clippings of the Currant Coin of this Kingdom . It appeared by the Evidence that they were found in his Room, and that no body went into it but himself. The Prisoner would fain have evaded it, and called abundance of Witnesses as to his Reputation, but it did not avail him. The Jury having considered of the matter, found him guilty of a High Misdemeanor.
Edward Naseby of the Parish of St. Margarets Westminster , was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the house of Abraham Mansell on the 19th. of June last, taking thence a Gold Watch, value 7l. three Gold Rings 30s. four Guinea's and a half in Gold, 7l. in Silver . It appeared by the Evidence that he did take the Goods, and pawned the Watch to one Sheeres in Gravesend for 20s. The Prisoner confest the matter when taken, and made but a slender Defence for himself. The Jury found him guilty of Felony, and not of the Burglary .
William Whitehead of the Parish of St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel , was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the Henhouse of Thomas Greene , on the 25th. of August , stealing thence one Cock, two Hens, and five Chickens, the Goods of the said Greene . It appeared that he found the Henhouse broke open, and the Goods taken away. Mr Greene's Neighbour having lost a Copper out of his Shed, went to search for it in Peticoat-lane, found the Prosecutor's Goods. The Prisoner alledged, that as he was going along, he kickt something before, and took it up, which proved to be Mr. Greene's Fowls wrapt up in a Cloth. He utterly denied the breaking of the House. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10d.
Richard Darby , Elizabeth Ellis , and Elizabeth Edwards , all of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted for stealing three lambs, value 5s. on the 10th of August , from one John Dickenson . The Jury considering the whole matter, they were all acquitted .
They were likewise Indicted a second time, for stealing a tame Fawn, value 5s. from Ralph Cook . The Constable upon his Search found it hid under the Cellar-stairs, but the Prisoners said they knew nothing of it. They were all acquitted .
Elizabeth Smith, alias Jackson , a Girl of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for stealing a Coral set in Silver, with a Chain , from the Child of Mr. Tho. Hurst , on the 19th. of July last. It seems she pretended to play with the Child, and took it away, and confessed she sold it to one Mrs. Page for 6d. and some Victuals. She was found guilty to the value of 10d.
Sarah Babb of the Parish of Twittenham , was Indicted for stealing a Black Cow on the eighteenth Day of May last, from Dorothy Harrison Widow . The Prisoner being plainly charged with the Fact, the Jury found her guilty .
Nicholas Falcony a Swede, of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for High-Treason, for Forging Six pieces of false and counterfeit Coin, in likeness of Shillings . There being not Evidence enough to convict him, he was acquitted .
Thomas Sherman and Margaret his Wife , were Indicted for High-Treason in Clipping the Currant Coin of this Kingdom . The Evidence being not full, and they calling several persons as to their Reputation, the Jury found them not guilty .
John Munford , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing from John Jones one Silver Tankard, value 5l. on the 26th. of June last. The Prisoner calling Witnesses to his Reputation, the Jury brought him in not guilty .
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Thomas Roper and Jane Roper of St. Margarets, Westminster , were Indicted for Clipping the Currant Coin of this Kingdom . They denied that they knew any thing of the matter, so the Jury found them not guilty .
He was a second time Indicted for Counterfeiting the Currant Coin of this Kingdom , and likewise found not guilty .
John Edwards and Edward Howell were indicted for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Rowland Spencer , and taking thence divers Goods ; the Jury brought them in both guilty of Felony, and not of the Burglary .
William Griffin and Bridget Griffin his Wife , were indicted for Felony and Burglary In breaking the House of Jane Leech , Widow , and taking thence divers Goods ; the Woman said she found them upon a D[Text unreadable in original.] so the man was acquitted and the woman was found guilty of the Felony only .
Sarah Demsdale was indicted for Counterfeiting the currant Coin of this Kingdom . It appeared, That she had made several counterfeit Sixpences; and had but little to say for her self. The Jury found her guilty of High Treason.
Daniel Juxon and Ann White were indicted for a Misdemeanor, for having in their Custody 10 Ounces of Clippings of the currant Coin of this Kingdom, and knowing the same so to be ; the Jury found them not guilty .
Ralph Bayly and Jane Bayly were likewise indicted for a Misdemeanor for having 30 Ounces of silver Clippings of the proper Coin of this Kingdom, and knowing them so to be , the Jury found them both guilty of the Misdemeanor.
Robert Chapman was indicted for a Misdemeanor in having 11 pieces of false and counterfeit Money, or to the likeness of the currant Coin of this Kingdom; he knowing them to be false ; the Jury considering of the matter, he was found not guilty .
Mary Wade , Elizabeth Hartford and Emilia Carew , were Indicted for a Misdemeanor, in having 30 Ounces of Silver Clippings of the Currant Coin of this Kingdom, and knowing them so to be . They were found guilty of the Misdemeanor.
John Collins was indicted of a Misdemeanor, for that he, with one George Shipside , not yet taken, did conspire to poison Thomas Plume Dr. of Divinity , but it pleased God that it was timely prevented by the discovery of one Rowland Day . The Jury found him guilty .
Sarah Townley, alias Williams , was Indicted for a Misdemeanor, in having two Ounces of Clippings of the Currant Coin of the Kingdom, knowing them so to be, did melt them . The Jury found her guilty .
These Persons following having formerly pleaded their Bellies, their time being expired, they were called down to their former Judgment, and received Sentence of death .
Ann York , Catharine Oakelshot, alias Ballet , Ursula Whitfeild , Margaret Pritchard , Jane Hancock , Mary Williams , Christian Carter , Margaret Townley , Susanna Holding , Jane Pettishall , Elizabeth Hartley , Susanna Davis , Mary Water , Susanna Clayton .
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as follows.
Received Sentence of death Sixteen.
Mary Newman, William Penner, Samuel Herne, John Edwards, Jane Juxon, Robert Royston, Thomas Barnes, John Carter, Sarah Burrows, Thomas Pastmore, Rosamond Pastmore, Duke Cooke, William Burton, Peter Lawman, Francis Buckle, Sarah Demsdale.
A Jury of Matrons being Impannelled, to inquire whether Sarah Burrows, Jane Juxon, Rosamond Pastmore, and Sarah Demsdale were with Child? It was found they were all with Quick-Child.
These Persons following having formerly pleaded their Bellies, their time being expired, they were called down to their former Judgment, and received Sentence of death .
Ann York , Catharine Oakelshot, alias Ballet , Ursula Whitfeild , Margaret Pritchard , Jane Hancock , Mary Williams , Christian Carter , Margaret Townley , Susanna Holding , Jane Pettishall , Elizabeth Hartley , Susanna Davis , Mary Water , Susanna Clayton .
Burnt in the Hand Seventeen.
Mary Smith, Jane Browne, Elizabeth Hutton, Elizabeth Robinson, John Stocken, Dorothy Percivall, Daniel Barrett, Mary Seager, Elizabeth Vaughan, James Scott, Elizabeth Perkins, Edward Naseby, Sarah Babb, Mary Syson, Edward Howell, Bridget Griffin, Mary Bond.
Ordered into His Majesties Service Five.
John Stocken, Daniel Barrett, Edward Naseby, William Whitehead, Edward Howell.
To be Whipt Seven.
Elizabeth Wellings, Elizabeth Cook, Unica Frankilin, Elizabeth Collins, Elizabeth Bale, Elizabeth Robinson, Elizabeth Smith, alias Jackson.
Edward B[Text unreadable in original.] for running through the City of London, and saying, that K. William was dead, was fined 100 Marks, and to stand in the Pillory at the Royal exchange, Cheapside Conduit, and within Temple-bar, and to remain in Prisoner till he pay his fine.
John Scott to be imprisoned for a Twelvemonth.
William Grantham fined 100 Marks, and to stand in the Pillory without Temple Bar, at the May-pole in the Strand, and at Charing-Cross, and to remain in Prison till he pay the same.
John Collins fined 900 Marks, and to stand in the Pillory without Temple-bar, and the May-pole in the Strand, and at Charing-cross, and to find Sureties for his good Behaviour, and to remain in Prison till he pay the same.
The Court respited the Judgement of the other Criminals, for melting and having of Clippings, till a farther time.