On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, being the 7th, 8th, and 9th, Days of April, 1714. In the Twelfth Tear of Her MAJESTY's Reign.
BEfore the Rt Hon Sir SAMUEL STANIER , Knight, Lord-Mayor of the City of London, Lord Chief Justice Parker, Mr. Justice Tracy, Mr. Baron Bury, Mr. Serjeant Richardson, Sir Peter King , Kt. Recorder, and several of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.
The Jurors were as followeth,
The Proceedings were as followeth,
Thomas Higgins , of the Parish of St. Magnes the Martyr , was indicted for privately stealing 10 Silk Handkerchiefs, valu'd 14 s. out of the Shop of Richard Warkman , on the 6th. instant. Mr. Warkman depos'd, That the Prisoner came into his Shop pretending to buy a Handkerchief, and while he turn'd about, mov'd 6 which lay upon the Counter, and afterwards took them up, and was going away: But being stopp'd and search'd, he dropp'd them upon the Ground, but had 4 others found in his Bosom, which he had stoln out of the Shop Window. He had nothing to say in his Defence, and the Jury considering the Prosecutor had his Goods again, found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Abigal Morgan , of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing 18 Pewter Plates, valu'd 18 s. 2 Table Cloaths, a Brass Ladle, and a Riding-hood, out of the Dwelling House of Frances Ayres , Widow , on the 24th of February last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That she was hir'd as a Servant the day before, and in the Morning was gone, and the Goods missing. Being afterwards taken, she own'd she had them, and where she had pawn'd them, and did not deny it at her Trial, but said they were given her by her Master (Mrs. Ayres's Son) and some Circumstances appear'd which induc'd the Jury to believe her so far as to acquit her.
Samuel Lynn , of the Parish of St. Swithin , was indicted for privately stealing 3 Guineas, and 16 s. in Silver, from the Person of Dorcas Roberts , on the 16th of March last. The Prosecutor swore, That as she was coming from the Meeting at Salters-Hall , she had the Money mention'd in the Indictment in a Green Silk Purse in her Pocket; and her Footman swore, That just as she was stepping into the Coach, the Prisoner brush'd by, and he saw the Purse in his Hand, whereupon he seiz'd him, and took it from him. He had some Witnesses who said they never knew him do an ill thing before, and one Mary Ayd , who swore she saw him take up the Purse at a little distance from the Meeting-house; but she being catch'd in several Falsities, he was found Guilty of the Indictment, and she committed.
Anthony Gery , of the Parish of St. Laurence Jury , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Porringer, value 45 s. (the Goods of Elizabeth Fotherby ) from the Person of Elizabeth Whaley , on the 19th of March last. Whaley depos'd, That having been to fetch some Oysters in a Porringer, as she was coming home, she met the Prisoner and another; and while the other catch'd hold of her pretending to kiss her, the Prisoner snatch'd the Porringer, and being pursu'd and taken, threw it under a Stall, where it was found. The Matter was
Richard Warrel , of the Parish of St. Peter Cheap , was Indicted for privately stealing a Silver Snuff-Box, value 12 s. out of the Shop of Michael Boult , on the 5th, of February last. Mr. Boult depos'd. That the Prisoner came into his Shop on pretence of buying a Ring, and while he turn'd about to look the Scales, the Box was gone, but did not miss it just then; but the Prisoner coming about a Month afterwards to sell a pair of Buckles he stopp'd him, and then he confess'd where the Box was pawn'd which was found accordingly. He had nothing to say for himself, and was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
William Walker and Thomas Bolson , of the Parish of St. John Zachary were Indicted for privately stealing a Silver Tobacco-Box out of the Shop of Edward Cornock , on the 8th of March last. The Prosecutor swore, That Bolson came into his Shop pretending to buy a pair of Buckles; and he opening the Shew-Glass to take them out, while he was weighing them, Walker (who stood at the door) found an Opportunity to take the Box; which being miss'd, and they taken to be search'd, Walker was seen to lay it down slily. The matter was very plain, and they had no Defence to make, whereupon they were found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Richard Leech , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was Indicted for stealing a Silk Handkerchief from Sarah Harding , on the 29th of March last. It appear'd, that the Prosecutor going along the Street about 9 at Night, the Prisoner pass'd by her, and snatch'd the Handkerchief off her Neck; whereupon she seiz'd him, and call'd for help; but it could not be found upon him, he having two others in his Company, who were thought to go away with it. The Prosecutor was positive he took it, and the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Richard Thornbury, alias Cecil , of the Parish of St. Leonard Foster Lane , was Indicted for privately stealing a Silver Mugg, value 3 l. and 2 silver Casters, value 3 l. out of the shop of John Fawdry on the 12th of March last. The Prosecutor's Servants swore, That the Prisoner being in the shop, got behind the Counter, (which he had taken Opportunity to do while they were at Breakfast) and was found there, with the Mugg in his Hand, but the Casters he had thrown down. He made many frivolous Excuses, as that he went into the shop for fear of an Arrest, and deny'd his meddling with the Goods; but the Proof being very full and clear, he was found Guilty of Shop-lifting.
Mary Gardener , of the Parish of St. Vedast alias Foster , was Indicted for privately stealing 182 Yards of Silk Ferret, value 21 s. 19 Yards of black Ribbon, value 4 s. and 19 Yards of Silk Galloon, out of the Shop of Thomas Fletcher on the 8th of March last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner had come frequently to the Prosecutor's Shop, and seem'd very difficult to be pleas'd in Goods she pretended to buy, but on the Day mention'd in the Indictment she was narrowly watch'd, and seen to take the Goods, part of which she dropp'd and part was taken upon her. She had several Witnesses, who spoke well of her former Behaviour, but she herself could not deny the present Fact, whereupon she was found Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
William Jenkins of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing 52 s. in Money numbered, the Goods of Thomas Heron , on the 29th of March last. The Prosecutor Depos'd, That being a Gentleman's Coachman, whose Coach-house is in the Green-Yard , he went out about 4 a Clock in the Morning, and when he return'd at Night, miss'd the Money; and suspecting the Prisoner, (who was an idle Person lurking about the Yard) took him up, and had him before Sir William Withers , before whom a Constable swore he confess'd it. He had little to say for himself, and was found Guilty of Felony.
Ralph Parker , of the Parish of St. Bartholomew the Less , was Indicted for stealing a Cheshire Cheese out of the Shop of John Hunt ; on the 19 of March last. The Prosecutor's Servant swore That the Prisoner came into the Shop, and tasted several Cheeses, pretending to buy; and that about half an hour after she miss'd one, but cou'd not say who took it: But one who was an Accomplice with him swore, That the Prisoner went in on purpose to amuse her with Tasting and Talk, while he stole the Cheese. The Prisoner deny'd that he was there, and had got 3 Witnesses to swear he was sick at the same time; but the first of them faltering in her Evidence, and being examin'd by the Court, confess'd she knew nothing of the matter, and that she was hir'd to Swear for 5 s. by one of the other; whereupon the latter was committed, the former bound in Regonizance to give Evidence against her, and the Prisoner found guilty to the value of 10 d.
He was a 2d time Indicted for stealing 6 Holland Shifts, value 5 l. out of the House of Francis Broxton , on the 9th of March last. The Prosecutor's Wife depos'd, That the Goods were sent to her to Wash, and she lost'em off the Lines; and Hull (one of his Accomplices) swore, That the Prisoner and he, and one James Evans , not yet taken, going by the Prosecutor's House, Evans went in and fetch'd the Goods, the Prisoner stood watching at the door, and he stood at a further distance, to give Notice when any body was coming; and that Evans and the Prisoner sold the Goods, and gave him but Half a Crown for his share. The matter being thus plain, he was found Guilty of Felony .
He was a 3d time indicted for stealing 90 l. weight of Soap out of the Shop of Jane Vaughan on the first of March last. To prove which, Mrs. Vaughan swore, that he came into her shop pretending to buy a quarter of a Pound of Raisins, and kept her busie in talk, finding fault with the Weight, and the while she lost her Soap; and a Neighbour telling her somebody
Edward Podger , and John Best , of the Parish of Fulham were Indicted for stealing a Cock and Coulter of a Plough , the Goods of Joseph White , on the 28th of February last Podger pleaded Guilty , and an Accomplice in the Fact swore, that Podger and he stole the Goods; but cou'd say nothing against Best.
They were a 3d time Indicted for stealing a pair of Harrows, and the Cock of a Plough from William Hackman on the same day. To this also Podger pleaded Guilty , and the Evidence not affecting Best, he was acquitted of all 3 Indictments .
Joseph Wilson , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, value 20 s. out of the Stable of the Honourable James Bridges Esq ; on the 18th of March last. The Evidence was Mr. Bridges's Servant, who swore, That having lost his Coat out of the Coach-box, he took the Prisoner with it upon him. He had nothing to say in his Defence, but that he was much in Drink, and knew not how he came by the Coat; and had a Witness who swore he saw a Man drop the Coat in the Street; but he was very deficient in his Story, and rather expos'd than excus'd the Prisoner, who was found Guilty of Felony.
George Whale and Robert Price, alias Johnson , of the Parish of Pancrass , were Indicted for stealing 10 Ells of Flaxen Cloth, value 15 s. the Goods of James Douglas , on the 25th of March last. The Prosecutor swore, That seeing the Prisoners together in a Ditch near his House, husling something between 'em, he had a suspicion; and being afraid to venture on them by himself, went and fetch'd his Dog; and they running away, he pursu'd and took them, and found the Goods upon Price, which he swore to be his, and that they were stoln out of his Garden. The Evidence was not full enough against Whale, whereupon he was accquitted , and Price found Guilty of Felony.
Thomas Kerny , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields was Indicted for stealing 6 Silk Handkerchiefs, value 11 s. the Goods of Frances Gain , on the 29th of January last: But no Prosecutor appearing against him, he was acquitted .
Elizabeth White , of the Parish of St. Margeret Westminster was Indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, value 7 l. 2 Seals, and a pair of Silver Buckles, the Goods of William Bruce , out of the House of George Philips , on the 22d of January last. Bruce Swore, That the Prisoner came into his Room to ask him a Question he being in Bed; and that getting up, he left her in the Room while he went out, and his Watch was hanging up, and the Buckles lying on a Table; and that coming in again, he met her, and she ask'd him the way to the Necessary house, and so went away, and he miss'd his Goods, and thereupon took her up the same Night at a Publick House she us'd. She in her Defence brought Witnesses who swore she was at home all that Day, and others that the Prosecutor had charg'd another Woman with it, who is fled, and had also several to her Reputation, whereupon the Jury acquitted her.
Lydia Cane, alias Cayler, alias Jackson , and Margaret Wade , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , were Indicted for breaking the House of John Gilpin on the 20th of February last in the day-time (he the said Gilpin being then therein,) and stealing thence a Cloth Wastcoat and Breeches, a Quilted Petticoat, and other Goods . The Evidence being not sufficient to prove the Indictment, they were acquitted .
They were a 2d time Indicted for breaking the House of John Hatchet on the 21st. of December last in the day-time, and stealing thence a Cloth Coat, a Drugget Suit, and other the Goods of Thomas Bugg , who depos'd. That being a Lodger in Hatchet's House, he lost the Goods in the Indictment, and one Sarah Barnet (who had been an Accomplice with the Prisoners) swore, That as they were going along in Spittle-fields , Cane pitch'd upon the House, and that she went with her, and saw her open the door with a Picklock-key, and they both went in and took the Goods, Wade in the mean time standing upon the Watch to give Notice when any body came. A Constable depos'd, That taking up the Prisoners and the Witness as suspicious Persons, he found a Bunch of Picklock keys in Cane's Pocket, and soon after Barnet confess'd this and the former Robbery. They deny'd they ever had any thing to do with the Witness, yet Cane said she had the Picklock keys from her. The Jury upon the whole matter, found them Guilty of Burglary .
Margery Thompson and Jane Dempster , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn , were Indicted for breaking the House of Mary Parker on the 16th of March last in the day time, and stealing thence two Gold Rings, a Stuff Gown and Petticoat, and other Goods . The Prosecutor swore, That she left her Goods in the House when she went out, and her door lock'd, and a Neighbour of hers depos'd, That seeing Thompson come down Stairs, she suspected and stop'd her, and found the Goods upon the Stairs. Thompson said in her Defence, That she went to see the Prosecutor, but did not meddle with the Goods, and brought some to her Reputation; and the Evidence not affecting Dempster, who said she only went along with Thompson for Company, they were both acquitted .
William Doughty , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn , was Indicted for stealing a Livery Coat, a great Coat, Wastcoat and Breeches, and a Hat, the Goods of William Gore , Esq ; on the 10th of January last. It was prov'd, That the Prisoner having been a Servant to the Prosecutor in his Gardens in the Country, was sent to London to do the same Office, Mr. Gore intending to take him into his House as a Domestick Servant; but as soon as he came, telling the Maid his Master had order d him to have a Livery Suit which he knew was in the House, he put it on, and went his ways. He
Richard Chapman , of the Parish of St. James Westminster was Indicted for the Murder of Elizabeth his Wife , on the 17th of February last, by giving her a Mortal Bruise with a Rolling Pin on the side of her Head, of which she languish'd till the 3d of March, and then dy'd . The Witnesses were several Persons who lodg'd in the House, by whole Evidence it appear'd, That they hearing a very great Noise, ran up Stairs, and found the Deceas'd lying on the Floor as dead, and one of 'em saw the Prisoner strike her two or three Blows with the Rolling-Pin as she lay; and catching hold of him, ask'd him, why he kill'd his Wife? To which he answered because she wou'd have kill'd him; and being afterwards ask'd the same Question, he said the Devil lay under the Bed, and bid him do it. The Fact was very plainly prov'd; but several People appearing to prove him Non compos mentis, and one Woman particularly, who swore that the Deceas'd told her she was afraid to be with him because of his Distemper, and had agreed with her to take him to her House for a white, and look after him, he was acquited .
John Ralph , of the Parish of St. Clements Danes was Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 10 l. 2 Tumblers, value 3 l. 12 Silver spoons, a Silver Ladle, a Porringer, and other Goods out of the House of Henry Robins , on the 18th of November last It was prov'd, That the Prosecutor took him in as a Servant about 10 a Clock in the Morning, and about 5 in the Afternoon he went away with the Goods; and Printed Bills being given about, he was stopp'd at Plastow in Essex, and the Goods found upon him. He said nothing in his Defence, and was found Guilty upon the new Statute.
Timothy Dunn , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was Indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, value 7 l. and a Chain and Seal, from John Smart on the 19th of January last. The Prosecutor swore, That as he was coming through St. James's Park about 7 a Clock at Night, a Woman came to him, and clasp'd her Hand about his Middle, and immediately the Prisoner and another Man came and jostled him from one to th' other; and he hearing, something jingle, cast his Eye down, and saw the Prisoners Hand go from his Pocket, and endeavour'd to take him, but he went away, and clapt his Hand upon his Sword, swearing he wou'd kill him if he follow'd; however, he still pursu'd him, till he saw him go up close to a Soldier, to whom he believ'd he gave something; whereupon he call'd out for help, took hold of him, and secur'd him. The Prisoner said in his Defence, That the Prosecutor was in a Centinel Box with a Woman, and she might take his Watch, and had some to his Reputation; but the Prosecutor being very positive in his Evidence, the Jury found him Guilty of privately stealing.
Charles Wade, alias Weight , of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for assaulting Samuel Slap on the Queens Highway, and taking from him a Hat, and 20 s. in Money , on the 8th of February last. Slap depos'd, That coming from Stepney , to Mile-End about 10 at Night, in Company with two others, they were set upon by 6 Men, 3 of whom were Executed last Sessions, and one made an Evidence, who had accus'd Wade to be one likewise; and that hearing Wade was in New-Prison, he went to him, and there he confess'd it: But James, the Evidence, swearing the Prisoner was not the Man he accus'd, and that he was not in the Robbery, he was acquitted .
John Johnson , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster was Indicted for stealing 3 Suits of Cloths, a Riding-Coat, Linnen, and other Goods out of the Stables of the Lord Paget , on the 17th of March last. It was depos'd That about 9 at Night the stables being found open, and a Man seen go by with a Bundle, he was pursu'd, and thereupon drew a Pistol, and fir'd at one of the Pursuers, but was taken, and threw down the Goods. He said in his Defence, That he was coming from Chelsea, and the Cloaths were given him to carry, and that he deliver'd 'em as soon as they were own'd; but the Matter being very plain, the Jury found him Guilty . - Note, This pretended J. Johnson is Cullum who kill'd Mr. Perry the Turnkey of New-Prison.
John Clark , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch was indicted for Felony, in Marrying Mary Gray , Widow , on the 15th. of June 1710 his former Wife, Elizabeth Millisent being then alive . He own'd his last Marriage, but deny'd the first; but that being very plainly prov'd upon him, he was found Guilty of Felony.
Ann Hall , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster was indicted for stealing a Mohair Gown value 3 l. (the Goods of Elizabeth Cox ) out of the Dwelling House of Edward Whitfield . It appear'd, That the Prisoner was an Apprentice in the House, and the Gown being taken out of a Trunk, she was suspected, and being taken up, own'd where she had pawn'd it for 10 s. She did not deny it at her Tryal; but said she had lost some of her Mother's Mony, and pawn'd the Gown to make it up for the present, intending to restore it again; and had several People who gave her a good Character, She was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
George Morgan, alias Williams , and Rebekah Tayler , of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted for stealing 8 plain Gold Rings, a Diamond Ring, a Ring with a Turquois Stone, and 70 l. in Money, out of the Dwelling-house of David Green , on the 18th of March last. The Prosecutor's Wife depos'd, That at the earnest request of Tayler (who is her Neighbour) she permitted Morgan to lodge in her House, and Tayler came frequently to him, and said he was a very honest Man; but after a few Days he went away and the Goods and Money were miss'd, the Dressing-Box wherein they were being taken away, and found broken to pieces upon his Bed, and one of the Money-Bags over the Tester. Being thus gone, upon Intelligence they pursu'd him to Reading, and there took him with the Rings, some Gold, and 6 Silver Spoons upon him. He said in his Defence that he receiv'd the Things from Tayler; but there being no other Proof, the Jury found him Guilty of privately stealing, and accquitted her.
Thomas Macmullen and Thomas Ashburn of the Parish of St. James's Westminster , were indicted for stealing 4 Holland Shifts on the 10th of March last. The Witnesses swore, That Ashburn was seen walking about by the door, and Macmullen came and brought him out a Bundle; and being pursu'd, they were taken, Ashburn having the Linen upon him. They had nothing material to say in their Defence, and were found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Richard Marryweather , Esq ;) out of the House of Ann Lee . It appear'd by the Evidence. That the Prisoner came and took a Lodging, pretending it was for Sir John Cass 's Nieces; and when she was gone, the Spoon was miss'd, and she fetch'd back again, when sitting down in a Chair, after she got up the Spoon was found under her. She said in her Defence, that she intended to come back again, having left her Handbasket there, and that she desir'd to be search'd when taken: but the Evidence being very positive the Spoon was not in the Chair before she sate down, and no such Persons appearing as she pretended to take the Lodging for she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Boyle , of the Parish of St. Mary-le Bone , was indicted for stealing 3 Suits of Head Cloaths a Bible and other Goods out of the House of Daniel Whitfield , on the 17th of March last. The Witnesses swore, That the Prisoner came and call'd for a Pint of Drink, but would not sit in the Kitchen, pretending she had sore Eyes, and that Room was too light for her; whereupon she was had into another Room, where the Goods were in a Chest of Drawers, which she open'd, and took them out. Mrs. Whitfield having Notice she was taken, went to her, and she presently fell a Swearing at her. Did she come for her Bible? and ask'd what she valu'd her things at, She deny'd it all at her Tryal, and behav'd her self very rudely; but cou'd say nothing to the purpose, whereupon the Jury found her Guilty .
She was a 2d, time indicted for stealing 2 Gold Rings, value 30 s. and other Goods value 40 s. out of the Dwelling house of Mary Lambert on the 23d of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd. The Prisoner took a Lodging of her, and was to come to it the Tuesday following; but she came on the Monday Night, and the next Morning betimes went away with the Goods. Being describ'd, and enquir'd after by the Name of Betty the Cook, she was in 3 hours time taken, and part of the Goods found upon her. She had nothing material to offer in her Defence and is known to be a very notorious Offender; so she was found Guilty of this Indictment also.
Daniel Lovet , of the Parish of Harrow on the Hill was Indicted for stealing a Weather-sheep and 6 Ewes from Thomas Corbet on the 23d of March last. It was prov'd that the Prisoner had mark'd them, and sold one; which he did not deny at his Tryal, but said he had been drawn aside by a Master he had liv'd with. He was found Guilty of Felony.
Alexander Stone and Francis Jackson , were Indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Fox on the 16th of March last. And stealing thence a pair of Drugget and a pair of Leathern Breeches, an Iron Goose, and other Goods. The Prosecutor swore, his Shop was broke open; and the Prisoners being taken upon Suspicion, Stone confess'd it, and where he carried the Goods; but there was no Evidence against Jackson, so he was acquitted , and Lovet found Guilty of Felony only , the Shop that was broke not being part of the Mansion house.
H - J - was indicted for stealing 7 Yards of Sattin value 41 s. (the Goods of Elizabeth Emerson ) out of the House of Joseph Andrews , on the 9th of January last. The Prosecutor being a Dyer , lost the Goods off his Lines; and giving Notice amongst the Dyers and Calenders, found where they were carry'd by the Prisoner. She said in her Defence, that her Mother keeps a Broker's Shop, and a Woman who is a Customer brought it to her to get it Callender'd, which she endeavour'd to prove by another Witness, but she appear'd to be a Woman of ill fame, and the Prisoner was found Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
Martha Holt , of the Parish of St. Clements Danes was Indicted for stealing a Camblet Riding-Hood, value 8 s. and diver other Goods belonging to several Persons, out of the House of Robert Jordan , on the 16th of March last. It was depos'd, That the Prisoner having been a Servant to Mr. Jordan about 3 Weeks, went away with the Goods, part of which taken upon her and she confess'd the Fact before Justice Clare. She said now in her Defence, That she had an extravagant Husband, who coming to her for money, and She having none to give him, he stole the Goods, and gave 'em her to make Money of. She was found Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
Mary Pool of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing a Silver Watch value 7 l. (the Goods of John Curstal out of the House of Thomas Ford . The Prosecutor swore. That as he was going home, he met the Prisoner and another Woman, who ask'd him for a Quartern of Brandy, which he gave them in Ford's House; and that while he was there, he laid his Watch upon the Table, and it was gone, and taken afterwards upon the Prisoner. She said in her Defence. That he gave it her in lieu of a Crown; but that not being believ'd, she was found Guilty of Felony .
Thomas Cooper , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields was Indicted for breaking the House of Richard Penlington on the 20th of December last in the Night-time, and stealing from thence a pair of Silk Stockins, and 2 s. 6 d. in Money . The Prosecution was after the same manner with that of William Sheppard , who was try'd last Sessions for the like Fact, and acquitted, the Prosecutor's Daughter letting him into the House, as it was also prov'd she did this Prisoner, and that she gave him the Stockins; whereupon he was acquitted .
George Graves , of the Parish of St. Paul's Shadwell , was indicted for stealing 101 l. of Iron, the Goods of Thomas Kirby . On the 24th of February last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That he had lost a great deal of Iron, and the quantity mention'd in the Indictment was found upon the Prisoner; who said in his Defence, That he was hir'd to carry it for 6 d. and was carrying the last piece when taken; but there being none to prove that, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
James Blundel , (a little Boy ) of the Parish of Harrow on the Hill , was indicted for stealing 8 Yards of Lustring, and a Silk Hood, out of the House of John Saucer , on the 23d of February last. The Prisoner being a Parish Child of St. Andrews Holborn, was nurs'd next door to the Prosecutor's House, who fancying the Boy, took him upon liking to be a Servant , and while he and his Wife were abroad he was left at home to look to the House, and the Goods were gone; and they threatning to bring him to London to a Cunning Man, he run away to his Nurse, who protected him. The Boy upon his Trial said, That it was one James Cock his Nurse's Grandson, who stole the Silk, and carry'd it home to his Grandmother, who receiv'd whatever they stole. Upon the whole, he was acquitted and the Prosecutor order'd to proceed against his Nurse.
John Hopkins , of the Parish of Wapping , was Indicted for that he, together with one William Freeman , not taken; did steal 5 Gallons of Red Lisbon Wine, and 2 Stone Bottles from Captain Samuel Moody , on the 23d of January last; and Joseph Green for receiving the same . Captain Moody having lost a great deal of Wine from on Board his Ship was inform'd that his Servant had sold some to Green, whereupon he got a Warrant, and went to Green's House, who readily own'd the Buying it, and that he gave 12 s. for it, but said he bought it of Freeman and not of Hopkins, and knew nothing of its being stole. He had several Witnesses to prove that it is customary to buy such parcels of Wine of Sailors, and a great many to his Reputation, whereupon he was acquitted , and Hopkins found Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Joseph Gunter , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for stealing 2 pair of Leather Boot Legs, 2 pair of Upper Leather, a pair of Plush Breeches, the Goods of John Turner , and and a pair of Pincers and other Tools of John Moore . It appear'd the Prisoner was a Lodger with Turner, and went away; and being taken, confess'd he had the Goods, and where he had pawn'd them. He said upon his Trial, That Turner had given him the Boots to make up, and that he pawn'd 'em to buy Wax and Thread; and that he was to give 2 s. for the Breeches; and as to the Tools, 'twas customary for 'em to use one another's. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
John Clap , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for breaking into the Chamber of James Steward on the 3d instant, and taking thence 3 Perukes . The Prosecutor swore; That being at Work in his Chamber, the Prisoner broke in upon him under pretence of arresting him for 6 s. 8 d. and at the same time his Wigs were taken away. The Prisoner produc'd a Writ in Court to arrest the Prosecutor, and brought Witness that he open'd the Door himself, and then he thrust in his Arm, and and arrested him. Another Witness who went along with him, swore there was no Wig in the Room. The matter appearing plain in the Prisoner's behalf he was acquitted .
Mary Gill , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn , was Indicted for stealing a Feather Bolster and Pillow, a pair of Sheets, a pair of Blankets, and a Holland Pillowber , the Goods of John Willington , on the 30th of November last. The Prosecutor's Wife swore she let the Prisoner and her Husband a Room furnish'd, and they lay there 3 Weeks, and then took the Goods, which the Prisoner own'd when she was taken, and told where they were. But her Husband taking the Room, and lodging there with her, she was acquitted .
Christopher Plunket , Esq ; of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the West , was Indicted for the Murder of Robert Moor , Gent on the 23d of February last, by giving him a Mortal Wound on the left side of the Body near the Groin, of the breath of half an inch, and the depth of two inches, of which he languished till the first day of March, and then dy'd . It appear'd by the Evidence, That Mr. Moor came to the Bar at the Horn and Horse shoe Tavern in Chancery-Lane, and enquir'd for one Mr. O Hara, who being there in Company with Mr. Plunket and several other Gentlemen, Mr. Moor went in, and Saluted the Company all round after a very friendly manner, but refus'd to sit down, or to drink, having drank very plentifully before. After mutual Salutations, he took Mr. Plunket aside, where they talk'd together a while, and then went out, and were gone sometime before the Company miss'd them, and concluded they were gone to Bed, it being past One of the Clock in the Morning; but some time after the Prisoner came in, and brought the Deceas'd Sword and Cane along with him, telling them he was afraid Mr. Moor was hurt. Bass, the Beadle of that part of the Parish, swore, That the Deceas'd call'd to him as he went along, and when he came to him, he found him bleeding very much, and led him home; and asking him how he came in that Condition, he told him 'twas an old Grudge, but would not say who did it. When he came to his Lodging, the Maid asking him where his Sword was, he said in Bream's Buildings, and told her likewise that one who ow'd him an old Grudge had paid him, but did not say who. Another Evidence depos'd, That the Deceas'd said he was barbarously us'd, the Prisoners Sword being in his Body before he was upon his Guard, his Cane hanging upon his Wrist at the same time. [Here the Beadle was call'd up again, and being ask'd whether it was light enough for one Man to see what another did at some distance, could not say it was.] Mr. Adrian Moor depos'd, That the day before he dy'd, the Deceas'd told him Mr. Plunket had done it; and Mr. Humphreys swore, That being at a Coffee house in the City, he saw the Prisoner; and asking him if he had heard of Mr. Moor's Misfortune of being wounded, he said Yes, and I am the Unfortunate Man that did it. By which Evidence it plainly appear'd the Prisoner did kill the Deceas'd. To prove it to be a premeditated Quarrel, some Witnesses appear'd, who swore that they fell out and fought together about 20 Months ago at the Swan Ale-house in the Butcher-row, and the Prisoner's Sword being broke, they parted; and others declar'd that Mr. Moor had divers times us'd very hard words against the Prisoner. Mr. Plunket, in his Defence, own'd that he had such a Skirmish with the Deceas'd, but that all was over, and reconcil'd long ago; to prove which, he brought several Witnesses, who declar'd that since that, and even a day or two before their last unhappy meeting, they had been extraordinary friendly, and us'd the most endearing expressions that could be to each other, and that the Prisoner had help'd the Deceas'd into several Causes, and once particularly favour'd him in the Court of Chancery, when by mistake he had made himself liable to a Penalty. As to the Crime for which he was indicted, he said. That the Deceas'd calling him out of the Tavern, they walk'd up Chancery-Lane together (he being in his way home) and the Deceas'd began to talk of a Bill of Costs to be paid by Sir John Talbot in a Cause wherein he (the Prisoner) was concern'd, by which he fell into such a Passion, that he first struck him on the Head with his Cane, and afterwards drew his Sword; whereupon he drew his, and in parrying the Deceas'd got, his Wound; which was strengthen'd by a Witness who swore the Deceas'd, a little before he dy'd told him it was his own fault. He further prov'd, That as soon as he heard Mr. Moor was dead, he surrender'd himself to Mr. Justice Le Neve, and that he had never absconded from his Lodging during the whole time of his Illness. He also had a great many Persons of Distinction, who gave him the Character of a peaceable Man, and one readier to appease, than create Quarrels; and the Court summing up the Evidence in a very impartial and judicious Manner, the Jury brought him in Guilty of Manslaughter .
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Sentence as followeth.
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 10.
Burnt in the Hand, 14.
Mary Gardener, William Jenkins , Edward Podger , Joseph Wilson , Robert Price , William Doughty, Christopher Plunket , John Clark , Ralph Parker , Daniel Levet , Alexander Stone , H - J - Martha Holt , Mary Pool .
To be Whipt, 12.
Lydia Cane , Margaret Wade and Elizabeth Boyle , severally pleaded their Bellies; and a Jury of Matrons being empannell'd they found the first to be with Child, but not Quick; the Second with Quick Child, and the Third not with Child.
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