Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of New gate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly,
On Friday, and Saturday, being the 13th, and 14th, of January, 17 15/16. In the Second Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Before the Right Hon. Sir CHARLES PEERS , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Justice Dormer, Mr. Justice Pratt , Sir William Thompson , Kt. Recorder; with several of His 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:
, of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 pair of Shoes, value 2 s. 1 pair of Silver Buckles 8 s. and a small Gun 12 s. the Goods of Thomas Saunders , on the 2d Instant. It appear'd the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Servant , and having Opportunities, stole the Goods, which was fully prov'd. The Prisoner made no Defence; and the Jury found him Guilty .
William Llewellyn , a Boy , of the Parish of Alhallows on London Wall , was indicted upon two Indictments; the first for privately stealing a Hat, value 2 s. 6 d. from the Person of William Lewis , jun. (a little Boy ) on the 10th of December last: The other for privately stealing a Hat, value 7 s. 6 d. from the Person of Elias Wynn (also a little Boy ) on the Day aforesaid. Mr. Lewis depos'd, his Child and Elias Wynn were at Play in the Church Yard, and came home without their Hats; and sometime after going along with his Child, the Prisoner went by them, and his Boy told him it was he that took away his Hat; upon which he secur'd him, and carried him to Mrs. Wynn's, whose Child also knew him again, and charg'd him with the Fact. It appear'd afterwards by another Evidence, that the Prisoner confess'd the Facts, and discover'd where both Hats were sold; and upon Search, Wyan's Hat was found, but the other was dispos'd of. The Prisoner made a weak Defence; but the Jury, considering his Youth, found him Guilty of each Indictment to the Value of 10 d. only .
Edward Smith , alias Allcock , of the Parish of St. Vedast , alias Foster, was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Silver Spoons, Value 42 s. out of the House of Edward Rogers , on the 13th of Decembe r last. It appear'd the Prisoner came into Mr. Roger's House (the Naggs-Head Tavern in Cheapside ) and went immediately into the Kitchin, and call'd for a Gill of Wine; just before which the Cook-Maid had wash'd the Spoons and other Things, and put them into a convenient Place by the Sink to dry. The Prisoner was extraordinary gay and genteel, and complemented away his Wine to the Cook, and went very often to the Sink under Pretence of making Water; while the Cook was busied in dressing a Duck for some Company in another Room, which being near ready, before she had Occasion for Spoons to the Sauce, the Prisoner went away: When he was gone, the Spoons were miss'd immediately; and the abovemention'd Circumstances gave Mr. Rogers Reason to suspect the Prisoner, and forthwith sent away his Servants with a Description of him to all the Taverns about, who heard of him twice that Night. At last the Prosecutor became inform'd of a Coffee House he us'd, to which he went, and got him in Track and in Essex Street apprehended him, and charg'd him with the Fact; at which Time he humbly begged the Prosecutor to go with him into a House, to prevent being insulted by the Populace, and he would make him Satisfaction; which was complied with, when the Prisoner confess'd the Fact, and sent one of the Witnesses with a Note to a Woman whom he call'd his Friend. to recover the Goods which he had sold to a Goldsmith; which she did, and the Spoons were brought to them. The Goldsmith deposed, the Prisoner (but he could not be positive to the Man) brought the Spoons to him to sell, by Candle-light, very well dress'd, and told him he was his Neighbour and a Gentleman, but short of Money, and being willing to conceal his Misfortunes, brought the Spoons to him in the Dusk of the Evening. Upon this the Goldsmith bought them, and gave him 5 s. and 4 d. an Ounce. The Prisoner in his Defence said, A young Man of his Acquaintance came to him at the aforesaid Coffee-House, and told him his Mother was dead, and had left him some Plate, and desir'd him (being better acquainted with the World) to sell those Spoons for him; which he refus'd, but directed him to the said Goldsmith, to
He was a second time indicted for feloniously stealing 10 Silver Spoons, Value 5 l. out of the House of James Dunton (at the Greyhound Tavern in Fleetstreet ) in the Parish of St. Brides, on the 14th of December last. It appear'd, the Prisoner (as was his usual Method) came into the Prosecutor's Kitchin, and call'd for a Gill of Wine, so gay, that he was taken particular Notice of but not in the least suspected for a Thief. After he was gone, the Spoons were lost out of the Table Drawer; and Mr. Dunton being inform'd some Days after, that the Prisoner was in a Neighbour's House apprehended for such a Fact, went to him with the Drawer that serv'd him the Gill of Wine, who knew him again very well; and charging the Prisoner with the Theft, he confess'd it at last, and told where they were stopp'd. One Mrs. Riley depos'd, a little Man like the Prisoner (but she was not certain of him) brought her the Spoons to sell; but she questioning him how he came by them, he ran away and left the Spoons behind him. Her Daughter depos'd the same, but was positive to the Man. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and endeavour'd to make his Defence by taking Advantage in Point of Time; and brought two Witnesses, who swore Mr. Dunton's Boy gave out, that he saw the Spoons in the Drawer at 7 a Clock that Night, while they were in the Room (which was after the Prisoner was gone) upon which Mr. Dunton would have prosecuted them, had not the Prisoner been discover'd; but this being of no use towards clearing him of the Fact, and discovering his Innocence, the Jury found him Guilty of this Indictment also.
William Williams , of the Parish of St. Mary Somerset , was indicted for privately stealing 300 Weight of Cordage, Value 50 s. out of the Warehouse of Elizabeth Fry , on the 4th Instant. One Pollard swore, the Warehouse was broke open, and the Cordage stole; That he afterwards found Part of it in the Possession of one Luck, who depos'd he bought it of the Prisoner, but did not know it was stole. The Prisoner in his Defence said, He came by it honestly; That selling and buying of Cordage was his Business; That no Person could swear absolutely in such a Case to a Rope; And that Several Persons in and about the Court, when call'd, could clear his Reputation: They were accordingly heard, and the Jury thought fit to acquit him.
William Thompson , of the Parish of St. Gabriel Fenchurch , was indicted for privately stealing one Silver Watch, Value 4 l. 1 Silver Chain, 6 s. and a Seal, out of the Shop of Joseph Mumford , on the 4th Instant. Mumford depos'd, the Prisoner pretended to be the Son of one Captain Johnson, who was coming to his Shop, and begg'd leave to sit down till he came; which being granted, he took an Opportunity to steal the Watch, and went away; upon which this Evidence describ'd his Person to a Friend of his, who by chance had had Occasion to know him too, and the next time he pass'd by his Shop, apprehend ed him. The Prisoner denied the Fact; and the Charge against him not being made out to the Satisfaction of the Jury, he was acquitted .
Richard Currant , of the Parish of St. Mildred in Breadstreet , was indicted for breaking the House of Joseph Burridge , in the Night-time, and Stealing thence a small Quantity of Linnen, to the Value of 2 s. the Goods of Thomas Marley , and Michael Morehouse , on the 7th of January last. It seems the Prisoner was discharg'd from Newgate the same Day, and about the Dusk of the Evening, came into Gerrard's Hall-Inn , and took hold of Opportunity to commit the Felony and was afterwards taken in one of the Stables, with the Goods. The Burglary was not fully clear'd to the Satisfaction of the Jury; who therefore found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d. only.
Henry Eull of the Parish of St. Sepulchres was indicted for privately stealing 16 Guineas from the Person of Ann Boyden on the 23d of December last. Mrs Boyden swore, That she had occasion to go thro' Newgate on the Day aforesaid; but there being a great Crowd of People about it to see the Prisoners, who were going to Execution, she could not do it; That she kept her Hands in her Pockets where she had Money; but being push'd, she took them out to save herself from falling; in which Time she lost the Money, which was in a Box in her Pocket; upon which she cried out she was robb'd: But not being able to get out, in a little Time after she caught the Prisoner's Hand in her Pocket who she thought was come for another, which he might possibly feel, that was left there She depos'd he was one of those that push'd her the first Time, but could not swear positively he pick'd her Pocket of the Guineas: Upon which the Jury brought him in Not Guilty .
Joseph Ward , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver hilted Sword, value 50 s. from the Person of William Keene , on the 26th of December last. But no Prosecutor appearing, he was acquitted .
, of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 14 Silver Spoons, Value 5 l. 2 Pair of Shoes, Value 2 s. the Property of Thomas Baldwin , on the 29th of December last. Mr. Baldwin made it plain that he was robb'd of the said Goods, and some Roast Beef and Minc'd Pies; and being inform'd some Persons were seen at Colebrook with such Goods. he sent Man and Horse after them, who took the Prisoner in Piccadilly, who confess'd the Fact before a Justice; but the Examination was not in Court. One Bell swore the prisoner offer'd him 3 Spoons to sell, and being examin'd how he came by them, he varied in his Stories. The Prisoner said he bought them of a Dutch Man, and call'd a Companion that was with him at Colebrook to prove it: But the Jury not giving Credit to his Defence, found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
William Hammond , of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechappel , was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon, Value 7 s. out of the House of Thomas Hollis , on the 5th of January last. It appear'd the Prisoner was a Barber's Journeyman , and having the Opportunity of shaving Mr. Hollis at Home, made use of it to steal the Spoon. He was apprehended in offering part of it to Sale, by one Mr. Russel (who, to his Honour, has detected several others, who have been with him upon such Accounts) to whom he at last confess'd the Fact. The Prisoner said he was in Drink; and that it was his first Fact, and should be his last, Which the Jury considering, brought him in Guilty to the Value of 10 d. only.
William Smith , of the Parish of Edmonton , was indicted for privately stealing 3 Chain-Traces, Value 12 s. 1 Whip, 6 d. and a Sack 6 d. out of the Stable of John Cocker , on the 28th of December last. The Prisoner made no Defence; but the Jury taking it into Consideration, made it Felony to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. only.
John Hope , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 8 Dozen of Candles, Value 48 s. 1 Box, 1 s. 6 d. out of the Shop of Adam Hunter , on the 27th of December last. It was fully prov'd, that the Prisoner unbolted the Hatch, came into the Shop, and took away the Goods; upon which he was pursued and taken. The Prisoner denied the Fact, but made no reasonable Defence. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.
John Long , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Grapling Irons, Value 34 s. 1 Iron Chain, 4 s. the Property of Edward Jones , on the 30th of November last.
He was a second time indicted for feloniously stealing an Iron Anchor, Value 4 l. 1 Iron Swivel, 3 l. the Goods of Bartholomew Ward , on the 14th of December last. The Prisoner denied he stole them; but receiv'd the Goods from some Friends with Orders to sell 'em. The Prosecutors had their Goods again; which the Jury considering, brought him in Guilty of both Indictment under the Value of 40 s.
Mary Moor , of the Parish of St. Anne in Westminster , was indicted for Stealing 3 Iron Choppers, Value 4 s. the Property of Charles Betty , on the 5th of December last. One of the Choppers was found upon the Prisoner, who own'd she Stole it; and did not deny it upon her Trial, The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Johnson , alias Wells , of the Parish of St. John in Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silk Gown and Petticoat, 1 Hood and Scarf, and other Goods from John Ennis , on the 14th of December last. The Prisoner was taken with the Goods in her Apron; who having no other Defence but a flat Denial, the Jury found her Guilty .
Thomas Martin , was indicted for a Forgery in taking out a Warrant of Attorney for 120 l. in the Name of Thomas Broad . It appear'd the Prisoner was a notorious Offender in this Kind, and was suing Broad for a pretended Debt of 61 l. 15 s. to an Execution; upon which he went to an Attorney, and in Broad's Name took out the said Warrant . Two Letters were produc'd, written by the Prisoner: one in Broad's Name, and the other in his own; which exactly conform'd and prov'd the Forgery. The Prosecutor depos'd he ow'd the Prisoner nothing, who was a litigious Person; and the Jury found him Guilty .
Anne Smith of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting and robbing, (with one Jane Evans ,) one Richard a Negro, on the Highway, and taking from him a Silver Collar, Value 15 s. the Goods of William Jordan , on the 6th of December last. Mr. Jordan swore, he sent his Boy of an Errand, who was met by the Prisoner: and complaining to her, that he had been long on his Errand, and fear'd to go home, she told him, his Collar would betray him, and therefore advis'd him to let her take it off; and carrying him to a Fruit-Cellar, the Prisoner and Jane Evans broke the Collar with their Teeth, and took it away. After this the Boy came home, and told his Master of it, who took up the Prisoner, and carrying her before a Justice she confess'd, that Jane Evans took off the Collar, and that she sold it. The Jury considering the Matter, found her Guilty of Felony only .
Henry Hargrave , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for privately stealing 10 Pair of Worsted Stockings, Value 30 s. out of the Shop of Anthony Haslam , on the 10th of December last. The Fact was fully prov'd; but the Jury considering the Matter, found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. only.
Mary Chennery , of the Parish of St. Leonard in Shoreditch , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Silk Petticoats, Value 15 s. and other Things from Arthur Harrison , on the 9th of December last. It appear'd the Prisoner clean'd Shoes for the Prosecutor, whose Wife seeing her very poor, took her into the House, and gave her some Cloaths; but about a Week after, the Prisoner stole the Goods, and went quite away without Notice; but she was afterwards met with, and apprehended, with some of the stol'n Goods upon her which she confess'd before a Justice. The Jury found her Guilty of Felony to the Value of 39 s.
Samuel Ellis , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for that he, together with one James Filewood and Thomas Day , not taken, did assault one John Crowder on the Highway, and rob him of a Hat, Value 10 s. on the 30th of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That upon Complaint that several loose Persons harbour'd about the Play-House, by which means several Persons of Quality, and others, lost their Watches, Snuff Boxes, Ec. he and other Servants us'd to scour the Avenues; and on the Night aforesaid, he heard some Persons say, D - n him, this is he; let's knock his Brains out; and then they fell upon him with the greatest Fury, broke his Thumb to Shatters, bruised his Legs and Body barbarously, and stole away his Hat. He was sure the Prisoner was among them, but could not tell who had his Hat. The Prisoner was also noted for a Pickpocket; but the Evidence not being positive against him as to the Robbery, the Jury thought fit to acquit him.
John Gerrard , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Pictures, value 3 l. the Property of Sir William Cary , out of the House of my Lady Copley , on the 15th of December last. It appear'd one Mr. Blake a Joyner, had brought home the Pictures just before; but my Lady Copley saying there wanted some Rings to fix them, he went home for some, and as soon as he was gone the Prisoner went in, and said he was Mr. Blake's Man, and wanted the Pictures; my Lady Copley thinking he was only to put them up, order'd her Servant to give them him, and then he went away and sold them; but one of them being hung out by the Person that bought it, it was known and the Prisoner produc'd, who confess'd the Fact before Justice Ellis. The Jury considering the Matter found him Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Robert Godfrey , of the Parish of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Silver hilted Sword, value 30 s. the Property of Richard Hoo , on the 2d of January last. Mrs. Hoo depos'd, the Prisoner came to her House, and ask'd if it was Captain Hoo's; he said he was a Passenger, and came from the Captain at the New-England Coffee-House, who would be there presently; so the Prisoner came in and sat down; but took an Opportunity to take the Sword, which hung up in the Parlour; and then pretending he was a dry , went out, and promised to return immediately. Her Maid saw the Hilt of the Sword in his Bosom. After this, he went to another House with a Story of the same sort, and was apprehended in stealing a Spoon, which being in the Neighbourhood. Mrs. Hoo charg'd him with the Fact above-mention'd. He made no Defence; and the Jury found him Guilty .
Thomas Shorey , and Joan Pierce , of the Parish of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted (he as Principal) for breaking the House of Mary Archer and Eliz Anderson , in the Night-time, and taking thence 2 Petticoats, 2 Cloth Coats, 7 Yards of Persian Silk, and other Goods from the said Persons ; and she, as Accessory, in receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . It appear'd there was a slight Partition between one Mr. Briant's House and the Prosecutor's; that the Prisoner was Mr. Briant's Servant , and at proper Times took out a Board, and stole the Goods, as he afterwards confess'd he did at the Instigation of Pierce. The Place was once left open, which occasion'd the searching the Prisoner's Chest, where the two Coats, and some other Things were found. The Jury found the Man Guilty of Felony; but acquitted the Woman.
Henry Perry , of the Parish of St. John in Wapping , was indicted for breaking the House of John Prudam , in the Night-time, and stealing thence 90 Pound Weight of Sugars, value 2 l. 10 s. 2 Pound Weight of Nutmegs, value 20 s. on the 29th of December last. The Fact was fully prov'd, and he had confess'd the same before a Justice. The Jury found him Guilty .
James Bullock , of the Parish of St. Mary White-Chappel , was indicted for stealing 1 Hen Turkey, value 4 s. 15 Capons, 30 s. and 5 Hens, 7 s. the Goods of Nathan Samuel , a Jewish Poulterer on the 29th of December last. It was plain that Samuel lost the Goods, and that they were found upon the Prisoner; who giving no Account how he came by them, the Jury found him Guilty .
He was a second Time indicted, of the Parish of St. Leonard in Shoreditch, for breaking open the House of Robert Tutt , in the Night time, and stealing thence 1 Pewter Dish, value 12 s. 1 Brass Porridge-pot, 6 s. and other Goods, from the same Robert Tutt . It appear'd the Prisoner hir'd a Room in the same Tenement where Mr. Tutt had his; who having some Suspicion of the Prisoner, after he was rob'd, caus'd the Door of it to be broke open, and search'd the Room, and there found some of his Goods, with a great Quantity of all sorts of Poultry, and other Things, that look'd very suspicious upon him. He made no Defence, and was found Guilty .
He was a third Time indicted, of the Parish of St. Dunstan's Stepney , for feloniously stealing 3 Iron Crows, value 18 s. and a Hand-saw, the Goods of William Bruce and Thomas Dun , out of the New Church-yard in Spittle Fields , on the 17th of December last. These Goods were also found in his Possession and the jury found him Guilty .
Robert Passmore , and Thomas Pottle , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , were indicted, Passmore as Principal, in feloniously stealing 17 Pound Weight of Wool, value 12 s. the Goods of John Lemmet , on the 5th Instant; and Pottle, as Accessory, in receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . It was fully prov'd, that Passmore stole the Goods, and that Pottle received them; but he denied he knew them to be stole; and called some to his Reputation, who spoke very well of him. The Jury considering the Matter, brought Passmore in Guilty to the Value of 10 d. and acquitted the other.
Katherine Ely , Elizabeth White and Anne Bartley , of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted for an Assault on the Person of William Fife , and robbing him of a Pair of Silver Buckles, Value 12 s. on the 3d Instant. Fife swore he was going over Tower-hill about 6 a Clock at Night, and there met Katherine Ely, who told him it was very cold, and desir'd him to make her drink; which he, not being acquainted with such, sort of Persons, complied with; and she led him to a House in Church Lane by Rag-Fair , where they drank some strong Drink and Geneva. White was in the Company, and ask'd him if he had any Money, and swore she would have it, which made him try to get out, but was prevented by the Prisoner Bartley, who bolted the Door; then they all fell upon him, and White held out a Knife to him, and swore she would cut his Throat if he made any Resistance; and then took his Buckles out of his Shoes, and his Breast-Buttons off his Shirt, and at last turn'd him out of Doors, where meeting with an Officer, he was afraid of being murder'd, supposing him to be one of their Bullies; but the Headborough, who had the same Thoughts of him, hearing him say, For God's Sake, Sir, now you have robb'd me, don't murder me too, was mightily surprised, and ask'd him, Who had injur'd him; and being inform'd of the whole Transaction, bid him take Courage, and he would stand by him; so they forc'd open the Door, and took them all. There were two Witnesses who swore, White offer'd him his Buckles, on Condition he would not prosecute. Thus the Fact was prov'd by the Evidence for the King. As to the Prisoners, they denied it stifly, and brought a most impudent Prostitute, whose extraordinary Progress in all sorts of Wickedness had gain'd her the Name of Pretty Lady, to swear, that Fife chuck'd her under the Chin, as she was standing at her Door, and ask'd her if she had any Fire; to which she replied Yes, and ask'd him to come in. That they went to Bed together, and that he gave Her the Buckles for Satisfaction. Upon the whole the Jury found the Prisoners all Guilty of Felony; and their Evidence was order'd into Custody by the Court, for her extraordinary Impudence.
John Daton , of the Parish of St. Mary in White-chappel , was indicted for breaking the House of Edward Barlow in the Night time, and stealing thence 15 Yards of Muslin, Value 40 s. 6 Gawze Handkerchiefs, 10 s. 6 Silk Ditto, 10 s. and other Goods, the Property of the said Edward Barlow on the 22d of October last. The Proof not being full, he was acquitted .
John Thomas , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Flaxen Sheet, Value 12 s. the Goods of Nicholas Clark , out of the House of Sarah Tweedee on the 17th of December last. Tweedee was a Washing-Woman, and another Evidence being in the Room where the Goods were, saw a Hand take it out, which he pursued, and found the Goods under the Prisoner's Arm. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Thomas Cane , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Looking Glass, Value 10 s. the Goods of Jonathan Downes , on the 16th of December last. Mr. Downes depos'd, he was at work in his Cellar, and heard his Door unlocked, and the Noise of some Person in his House: upon which he went up Stairs, and saw the Prisoner go out with the Glass, which made him go after him and stop him, telling him he had got his Glass. Have I, says he, then take it; which he did, and the Man too. The Prisoner's Defence was very trifling, and the Jury Found him Guilty ,
William Willis , of the Parish of Bromley , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Bushels of Malt , the Goods of Henry Toby , on the 2nd Instant. The Fact was prov'd, and the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
William Bowman , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for an Assault on the King's Highway, on the Person of Edward Carter , and robbing him of a Callicoe Gown, Value 5 s. the Goods of William Lewis , on the 11th Instant . The Robbery was prov'd but not the Assault. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
William Veal (a Boy ) of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Cloth Coat and Wastcoat, Value 30 s. 1 Handkerchief, 1 Pair of Stockings, 2 Neckcloths, and other Goods from Thomas Brooks , on the 9th of December last. Mr. Brooks swore; That having lost the Goods, he took up the Prisoner upon Suspicion, who confess'd the Fact, and where he had sold the Goods. The Jury considering his Youth, found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d. only.
Hannah Mansfield of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 20 l. in Money , the Goods of James Hart , on the 8th Instant. The Jury not thinking the Proof satisfactory, acquitted the Prisoner.
William Clark , of the Parish of St. James's West-Minster , was indicted for breaking the House of Jane Bradshaw , in the Night time, and stealing thence 1 Pair of Holland Sheets, value 12 s. 1 Callicoe Quilt, value 4 l. with Napkins, Tablecloths, Aprons, Ec. the Goods of the said Jane Bradshaw , on the 1st Instant. The Fellow was taken with the Goods upon him, bundled up in the Quilt, but the Burglary was not prov'd: The Jury found him Guilty of Felony only .
Katharine Scott , of the Parish of St. Paul Shadwell , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Bag, value 1 d. and 32 s. in Money, from the Person of Thomas Handy , on the 12th of December last. Handy depos'd, the Prisoner got acquainted with his Wife, and being out of Place, and having no Lodging, desir'd leave to sit up in their House, by the Fire, which was granted; but
Samuel Cozens , of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Neckcloth, value 18 s. the Goods of Elizabeth Measures on the 15th of April last. The Evidence not being sufficient to convict him, he was acquitted .
James Goodman , alias Footman of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney was indicted for feloniously stealing (together with one John Stephens ) a Bay Gelding, Value 8 l . the property of Philip White , on the 17th of December last. Mr. White depos'd, That on the 9th of October last, between Stratford and Ilford in Essex , he met three Highway-men on Horseback, one of them he believ'd was the Prisoner, who took from him his Horse, his Spurs, and 15 s. in Money; after this, on the 17th of December last, he met the Prisoner upon his Horse at Bow in Middlesex and Stevens with him, upon which he sent his Servant to the Prisoner to demand his Master's Horse ; which being done they set spurs to their Horses and rode away; but being pursued, the Prisoner flash'd a Pistol close at Mr. White, but it did not go off, and then they quitted their Horses, not being able to leap the Ditch, and took to a Field; hereupon Mr. White gave his Servant a small Gun that he had with him, and order'd him to pursue them. The Prisoner fir'd twice at the Servant, who had it in his Power (his Gun being loaded with small Shot) to have made a Cullinder of his Scull; but not knowing the Law, he miss'd him, and kept a little out of his Way; whereupon he heard the Prisoner say to the other, D - n is, we'll kill or be kill'd; we won't be taken alive: Let's turn upon them and fire; our Lives are as good as theirs; which made him charge his Gun again, and put some Pebble Stones into it, with which he hit the Prisoner behind the Head, who immediately fell down and was taken. The other Highway-man was also taken by another Mr.White, no Relation to the former, who was accidentally upon the Road, and being appris'd of the Matter, leap'd over the Ditch and pursued him, with his Hanger drawn: Stephens seeing himself hard put to it, presented two Pistols to him, who thereupon bid him fire, but told him, if he miss'd, he'd cleave his Scull; whereupon, seeing his Companion already taken, he surrendred, and dropt his Pistols. They had two Musquetoons and a Screw Pistol, of a particular Make, and very unfair, one of them being loaded with 3 Bullets, and the others with 2 each. The Prisoner in his Defence said, the Horse was lent him, and to prove it call'd two Persons, one of which swore, Four Men came in November last to his Inn, where they put up their Horses, and one of them (which was that mention'd in the Indictment) being lame with a Cut on the Knee, one Smith came to him, and desir'd that a Farrier might be sent for to cure him; and then they all went away, and left him for that Purpose; and being cur'd, Smith's Brother came and paid for it, and had an Order to deliver the same to the Prisoner; which was confirm'd afterwards by the Farrier, who receiv'd the Money for his Cure. But this making nothing for him, the Court being of the Opinion they were all Accomplices, which the Jury considering, brought him in Guilty of the Indictment.
This Desperado, after he was Convicted, was put into the Bail-Dock, it being thought the safest Place for such Persons, since the Murder of Mr. Spurling, in the Hold; but about 7 a-Clock on Saturday-Night, (while the Court and the Keepers were employ'd about another Cause) with the Assistance of some other Criminals in the same Place, he threw himself over the Spikes into the further Passage, tho' fetter'd and made his Escape, before he receiv'd Sentence .
Stevens was admitted to Bail, and not appearing was not tried this Sessions.
William Eckersly and William Walton , of the Precinct of St. Katharines , were indicted, Eckersly for feloniously stealing 2 Yards of Shagg, 2 Coats, 1 Wastcoat, several Drawers, Shirts, Handkerchiefs, and other sorts of Slop Goods , from William Jesson , on the 10th Instant; and Walton as Accessory in receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . The Fact was plainly prov'd upon Eckersly, who did not deny it at his Trial. It was also prov'd that Walton did receive the Goods, but he denied he knew them to be stole; which not being prov'd to the Jury's Satisfaction, they acquitted him, but found Eckersly Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Deborah Green of the Parish of St. Paul at Shadwel , was indicted for stealing 1 Worsted Camblet Riding-Hood, Value 10 s. and 17 Shillings in Money , the Goods and Money of Thomas Medcalfe , on the 30th of December last. It appear'd to be a very trifling Prosecution, and the Jury acquitted the Prisoner.
John Moor , of the Parish of Pancras , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Black Gelding, Value 20 s. the Good of Francis Hope , on the 6th Instant. Hope depos'd, That he had turn'd his Horse loose in the Evening aforesaid, that he might go Home as he us'd to do, but finding him not there, he enquir'd after him, and at last heard he was secur'd in Kentish Town. Another Evidence depos'd, The Prisoner came to his House, and knock'd him up, wanting a Lodging; That going down, he wonder'd to see a Man with a Sword by his Side upon a Car-man's Horse with his Harness on, which made him inquire how he came by him; upon which the Prisoner, who was in Drink, and had been thrown by him into a Pond, answer'd, D - n him, he found him in Hampstead Road, but he was quite tir'd of him, and did not care if the Devil had him, so they were parted. The Prisoner, it seems, was a very honest Man, a Trooper , and being in Drink, thought what he did was a very harmless Frolick; upon which the Jury acquitted him.
Jane Collins , of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the West , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Silver Tea-Spoon, value 5 s. 1 Tobacco-Box, 5 s. a Gold Ring, and 5 l. in Money , the Goods of Humphry Dearn , on the 28th of December last. Mr. Dearn swore, That while he and his Wife were abroad, the Goods above-mention'd were stole; and an ingenious young Woman, who lodg'd in another Room in the same House, depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Case of Drawers (out of which the Things aforesaid were stole) to her, desiring it might be lodg'd there a small Time, because there was not then Room enough in her Son's Shop, which was over the Way; and that some Writings (of Consequence only to the Prosecutor) was given to her, by a Person in that Shop. The Prisoner called some Witnesses to her Reputation, who giving her a pretty good Character, the Jury acquitted her.
Cornelius Ash , of the Parish of St. Mary White-Chappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 56 Pound Weight of Iron Nails, value 15 s. the Goods of , on the 30th of November last. But there being no Prosecution she was acquitted .
Alice Douglass , Frances Nightingale , and , of the Parish of St. Mary in White-Chappel , were indicted for breaking open the House of David Duncomb , Clerk , on the 7th Instant, in the Night-time, and stealing thence 1 Hat, value 10 s. 1 Common-Prayer Book, 2 s. with some Plates, Candlesticks, and other Goods belonging to the said David Duncomb , It was plain, that Mr. Duncomb's House had been robb'd, and that the Prisoner H - T - broke it, and stole the
Mary Knight and Margaret Hopkins , of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , were indicted for privately stealing 9 Guineas, and 14 Shillings, from the Person of William Cane , on the 10th of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That going home to his Lodging, he met the Prisoner Knight, and ask'd his Way of her, being a little in Liquor, and not acquainted with the Town; That she answer'd him, she was going that Way; and to oblige him, provided he would make her drink, she would light him home: He complied, and away they went together; but instead of Home, he found himself conducted to the Ship in Church-lane , where he went to Bed, and was robb'd. The Prisoners confess'd the Fact before a Justice, and were both found Guilty of the Indictment.
The Trials being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as followeth:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 7.
Burnt in the Hand, 20.
V - E -, G - C -, William Smith , John Long , Elizabeth Johnson , alias Wells, Anne Smith , Henry Hargrave , Mary Chennery , John Gerrard , Robert Godfrey , Thomas Shorey , Katharine Ely , Elizabeth White , Anne Bartley , Alice Douglass , Thomas Cane , William Eckersly , William Bowman , William Clark , and Frances Nightingale .
To be Whip'd, 8.
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