Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, being the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th of this Instant September, 1716. In the Third Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEfore the Right Hon. Sir CHARLES PEERS , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Thomson , Kt. Recorder, and several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.
The Jurors Names were as followeth:
The Proceedings were as followeth:
Robert Read , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted upon an Inquisition taken before the Coroner, for the Murder of Daniel Vaughan , with a Blunderbuss, value 5 s. charged with Gunpowder and Bullets , on the 24th of July last. The Indictment preferred to the Grand Jury for the Murder of the said Daniel Vaughan was returned Ignoramus
John Bill depos'd, That the Night before (viz. the 23d of July last) after he had shut up Shop, he went out for his Supper, and at his Return found several Watchmen at the Mug-house Door, which occasioned a great Mob, and he saw them throw Stones at the Windows, upon which two Gentlemen came out with their Swords drawn. Next Morning he saw the Windows broke very much, so that there was scarce 4 Panes whole; but saw none of the Watch endeavour to prevent the Mischief. After this he saw the Prisoner and a Grenadier go from the Mug-house Door to the End of Salisbury-Court, but were drove back by the Mob. Then he heard the Proclamation read, upon which the People advanced with great Shouts for the space of 3 Minutes, and then the Prisoner fired, the Mob being within 20 Yards of the Prisoner's House, the Deceas'd about 10 Yards before them, and the Prisoner 5 from his House. That he could not remember any particular or general Cry used among the Mob, but believed the Deceased did not belong to them, and that he had no Stick in his Hand; however he had heard he was a Mobber.
Charles Tuckey depos'd, That on the Day mentioned in the Indictment, he was in a Balcony over against the Mug-house, and about 1 a-Clock saw the Prisoner come out with a Blunderbuss in his Hand, and saw the Mob advancing from Fleet-street to the Mug-house Door hollowing, as the People did in the Mug-house; and being ask'd what their Cry was in the Mug-house, he answered, King George for ever. That some of the Mob had Sticks; That then the Prisoner push'd on 4 or 5 Yards from his own Door, and fired, and the Deceas'd fell, much about the same Distance before the Mob. He saw no Stick in his Hand. That 2 or 3 Soldiers came out at the same time, and one of them fin'd; but he believed the Prisoner did the Execution.
And Bill stood up again, and said, he thought the Blunderbuss did the Mischief.
Katharine Bennet depos'd, That she saw the Prisoner level his Piece at the Deceas'd. That she kept Shop over against the Mug-house, and heard a great Noise in it the Monday Night before, insomuch that she sate up all Night; and she heard some of the Gentlemen there say, Come, let's go to the Swan; which they did, and she heard them beat against the Windows; and when they returned, she heard a Voice say, Come Gentlemen of the Roe-buck, let us drink the King's Health. That about 1 a-Clock they went to the Swan again, and as they went she heard them say, Down with the Butchers, Down with the Barbers (whose Door was beat open) Down with the Pawnbrokers; and that they beat against her Door, but could not break it open. She saw no Watch nor Constable then. The next Morning about 10 a Clock, she saw the Mug-house Windows broke; there was no Stones thrown at them, till a Gentleman came out of the House, and several more with Sticks. That she saw a Mob in Fleet-street, but upon her Oath did not see them advance up the Court, but stood stock still, till after she saw the Prisoner kill the Deceas'd. That the Prisoner was 3 or 4 Yards from his House when he fin'd , and then she looked and saw the Deceas'd fall. That the Prisoner levelled his Piece once before, but it would not go off. And that she saw no Stick in the Prisoner's Hand when he dropt.
Sarah Dawson depos'd, That being a Servant at a Neighbour's House to the Prisoner, she was sent about eleven a Clock of an Errand, but the Crowd being very great she turn'd down a Passage into a fort of an Ally by St. Brides Church-yard Wall, and coming back again the same way, the Deceased stood at the End of the Passage; and she push'd him to get through, and the Piece went off at that time and the Deceased fell against her and frighted her. That there had been a great Disturbance all Night, that the Mug-house Windows were broke before this happen'd; and that she has been ever since under an uneasie Conscience, as fearing her self to have been in some measure the Cause of his Death.
Joseph Harris depos'd, That he was at work that Morning in Fetter-lane, where he heard there was a great Disturbance in Fleet street, upon which he went there to see what was the Matter, and saw the Deceased, whom he knew, and a great Crowd of People, and ask'd him what was the Matter; and the Deceased said, he did not know, that he would not be concern'd, but would go to work, and that he had some Bread and Cheese in his Pocket. That he saw the Mug-house Windows broke; but staid a very little while, and about a quarter of an Hour after he heard the Deceas'd was kill'd.
John Holmes swore, He was going through the Court about 10 a Clock, and staid till half an Hour past eleven, in which time he observ'd a great Crowd of Women and Children about the Mug-house Door, and a Constable and some Men come out of it, and read a Proclamation with three Huzzus ; and then saw the Prisoner bring out a Blunderbuss, which he discharg'd and the Deceased fell, who was about four Yards from him, as he was from his House. This Evidence being ask'd some Questions concerning a Mob, their Cry, and whether they had Sticks at that time; answer'd, Not as he saw, he heard nothing on it, he did not took towards Fleet-street.
Thomas Moultfier depos'd, That between ten and eleven a Clock on Monday Night he was going to Bed at a House overagainst the Prisoner's, and saw no Stones thrown then; but saw some Gentlemen in the Court, who went to the Swan, and beat against the Windows; after which some of them said, Come, Gentlemen of the Roc-buck, walk in. Next Morning about six a Clock he saw a Crowd about the Swan, whole Windows were broke, as some were at the Mug-house, but did not know who broke them. That he saw a little Gentleman read a Proclamation, and a great Number of People were then at the end of the Court, many of them with Sticks; and he saw them advance three or four Yards in the Court; but some Persons came out of the Mug house and drove them back into Fleet-street, but at last were forc'd to retire themselves; and he believes it was half an Hour after the reading of the Proclamation before the Prisoner fired, when the Mob was about twenty Yards in the Court; and he heard them cry, Down with the Mug-house. The Deceased was between the Prisoner and the Mob, and the Prisoner about a Yard and half from his House. He could not tell whether the Deceased came out of the Passage or no, tho' he saw him before he was shot, nor whether he had a Stick.
William Stratton depos'd, he was going to Work about 11 a Clock, and saw a great Mob in Salisbury-Court, and going in the saw the Deceas'd in the Swan, who call'd him to drink with him, and then told him there was a great Mob; but he was going to Work, and had some Bread and Cheese in his Pocket. By and by the Mob increased, and he heard the People at the Mug-house cry King George for ever, and the Mob High-Church and the King. But the Deceas'd said he would not meddle. That he heard the Proclamation read; That the Mug-house People drove down the Mob, but being forced back again, he and the Deceas'd went out, and they parted at the Corner of the Passage, where he left the Prisoner.
This was all the Evidence that appeared against the Prisoner to support the Indictment upon the Coroner's Inquest on the Behalf of the King. Then the Prisoner called his Witnesses, who being sworn, deposed as follows.
Mr. John Boyles depos'd, That he was at the Mug-house the Night before, between 6 and 7 a Clock; and about 9 a Constable and several Watchmen drew up in a Rank against the Door, which occasioned a great Mob; and as Gentlemen came to the Mug-house, they hiss'd them; upon which he went to the Door to know why they hiss'd, but they threw Stones at him, and at the Windows, which had been broke once before to the Value of 7 s. 6 d. That afterwards being in the Coffee-Room, a Stone hit him on the Leg, and then he went to the Constable, one overs, and asked him, if he was not ashamed to suffer such Things, having Authority and Watchmen enough to prevent it, by securing such Persons as threw the Stones; who answered him, I was the People in the Mug-house that did it, and broke their own Windows; that his Hour was not come, viz. 10 a Clock. After this Mrs. Read sent a Quart of Ale to the Watchmen to drink the King's Health, but another Constable who was there then refus'd it, and forbid his Watchmen to drink it. Then one Mr. Hucks offered them a Crown, saying, Come, these look like honest Watchmen, there's a Crown for them to Drink; which they took, but the Constable made them return that also. Then a Constable who was in the House read the Proclamation, upon which the other with his Watch came in, and demanded the Reason of that Rout, and was answered by the other Constable, There was no Rout but what was made by your Mob, and therefore they had just read the Proclamation to disperse them; to which he replied, he was no Constable in that Ward, and therefore was not to direct him, and went away. A little while after some Mischief happened at the Swan Ale-house, and Mrs. Read beg'd the Favour of some Gentlemen to stay in her House all Night, as he and some others did; and about 6 a Clock the next Morning the Mob began togather, and continued till 9, throwing Stones at the Windows, and seemed inclined to do more Mischief; upon which the Deponent ventured out to them to reason with them, and to desire them to be easy and quiet, and not ruin a Man who had done them no harm; in which Time he received two Knocks by Stones, one of which broke his Head and made him bleed very much, whereupon he ran into the House for a Stick, and drove them, but struck no body but the Person who hit him with the Stone. After this, being informed that an armed Mob was preparing to pull down the Mug-house, they sent two Expresses, one to the Lord Mayor, the other to the Lord Townsend; and it was not long before a great Mob armed, with Sticks and Clubs, appeared in Fleetstrees making up the Court; whereupon they consulted what had best to be done for the Security of the House; and it was his Advice to attack them before they joined the Mob in the Court, and became too formidable; and so they did, having a Blunderbuss which was brought to them about half and Hour before in a Coach: He and the Prisoner went out, and after they were repulsed, the Prisoner bid the Mob have a Care, stand off, near a quarter of an Hour before he fir'd, which was done about a Yard and a half from his House, and then he went in to make a Barricade.
Thomas Arrowsmith (the Grenadier) depos'd, That he was at the Mug-house all Night; and from 8 a-Clock, as Gentlemen came into it, they were assaulted by the Mob at the Door, who threw Stones at them. That a Constable was there with his Watch, but did not discharge the Duty of his Office, but encouraged the Mob by Connivance. Next Morning about 8 a-Clock, the Mob (Men Women, and Children) began to show their Colours, by crying out, High Church and Ormond for ever, and Down with the Mug-house. At last, about 11 a-Clock, their Number was very great, and he having his Arms, drove them from the Door 2 or 3 times into Fleet-street. Then the Proclamation was read, which served but to encrease their Rage and Number, who threw Stones so thick, that the Gentlemen were obliged to go into the House; and then he with the Prisoner, who was also armed, went out and presented their Pieces, bidding them he gone, true a Care, stand off, &c.6 Minutes, during which Time they were pelted with Stones, so that they could take no Aim; the Mob still advancing upon them, and hollowing out Down with the Mug-house, and then they both fired; after which he posted himself for the Defence of the House, but in a little time some of them broke into it behind, and pushed him into the Court; and then he was so beat with Sticks and Clubs, and dragg'd along the Channel, that had it not been for the Guards and the Care of Mr. Tobias Cheesbrook , he had certainly been murdered; and others at the same time were pulling the House to Pieces. That before this he saw no Harm offered to any body by the Gentlemen of the Mug-house.
Mr. John Collins depos'd, That he was at the Mug-house all Night for its Defence; and the Society was informed, that a Gentleman was carried to the Swin, for crying out King George for ever; upon which some of them went in a civil Manner to speak with the Constable, and know what he had secured him for, and knocked at the Swan Door, but they would not open the Door; but some Persons up Stairs, opened the Windows and untiled the Penthouse, and threw the files upon the Gentlemen, which broke some of their Heads; and thereupon they broke some of the Windows with the Tiles that had been thrown at them, but that no Windows were broke at the Swin, till after the Tiles were thrown from the Penthouse.
Thomas Arrowsmith , the Grenadier, being then called again, deposed, that he was with them at the Swan, and received a Cut over the Nose by a piece of a Tile from the swan, tho' no body had given them the least Provocation; upon which some Gentlemen returned there Tiles, and broke their Windows.
Then Mr. Collins returned to his Evidence, and swore, That next Morning the Mob broke their Windows; and one of their Company went out, and took a Fellow whom the Mob called Vinegar, and brought him into the Mug-house, and about an Hour after he fell on his Knees, begged Pardon, and drank King George's Health, and then they let him go. After which the Mob much encreased, and he heard them cry out, High Church and Ormond, No King George, No Hannoverians, Down with the Mug-house. But some Gentlemen went out, and drove them quite down to the Street; but being repulsed, Mr. Read and the Grenadier went out again, and bid them stand off, keep back, &c. That the Deceased was at their Head, with a great Stick in his Hand, brandishing it and bauling out, Fall on, brave Boys, for the Duke of Ormond is landed with 20000 Men. And he verily believed he was the same Person they had released in the Morning, but was not sure; a little after which the Prisoner fired. Then the Mob fell upon them, and some Gentlemen got away, but he and some others went up Stairs, and made a Barricade upon the Stairs; after which they heard great clattering and breaking of the Goods below, which were thrown out, for their more speedy Destruction, to the Mob in the Court.
Richard Newell depos'd, That he was sent of an Errand into the Court between ten and eleven a Clock on Tuesday Morning; he had heard of a great Disturbance there the Night before, and was willing therefore to see what would be the Consequence. Whilst he was observing things, he saw a great Mob come up the Court, and a Constable come out of the Mug-house and read a Proclamation; and then the Gentlemen huzza'd for King George, and he made a Huzza himself; and the Mob huzza'd, after which they advanc'd to the House, and the Prisoner and some Gentlemen came out and sought the Mob, but were beat at last and forc'd to return; and then the Mob cried out, High Church and Ormond, No King George, No Hannoverians, Down with the Mug-house, louder than ever, with Sticks in their Hands. And being ask'd whether many of them said so, he answer'd, It was universal. Then he saw the Prisoner come to the Door, and lean there; and the Deceas'd with a Stick held up with his two Hands like a Quarter-staff , and he was making up to the Prisoner when he fell. That he saw some of the Mob-fling Sticks and Bricks at the House, whilst others advanc'd with Sticks in their Hands.
James Harbottle depos'd, That as he was talking with a Friend that Tuesday Morning about eleven a Clock near the Rose-Inn at Holbourn bridge, about a dozen Men past by him with Sticks, hollowing; and he followed them, and ask'd what was the meaning of it; and they said, they were going to attack the Mug-house; upon which he trac'd them, and at one Mr. Nicholls's a Soap-boiler by Fleet-ditch, about half a dozen Sticks were deliver'd to them; from thence they went down Shoe-lane, and at a Braziers near Adams's the Cook, they had more Sticks given them, and then they said, Come Boys, here's Sticks enough now. That he went to give the People of the House an Account of it; and the Mob having arm'd themselves with Clubs to their Satisfaction, and thrown away their small Sticks, they went directly to Salisbury-court; and after the Proclamation was read they press'd forward, but were beat back by the Grenadier; but growing stronger they return'd to the Charge with a very great Shout. Then he went up to the Mug House and hear'd the Prisoner say, Stand off, Have a Care, &c. and in a little time the Piece fired, the Mob at the same time throwing Sticks and Stones at the Prisoner and his House.
Dr. John De la Caste deposed, that he went with three Gentlemen through the Mob into the Mug-house that Tuesday about eleven a Clock in the Forenoon, and they followed him almost to the Door. When he saw Mr. Read the Prisoner, he asked him what Provision was in the House for a Defence; and finding none, he wrote a Letter to the Lord Townsend, to inform his Lordship of their Danger, and blamed the Prisoner for not doing so before; and by and by he heard a small Gun go off, which he thought was a Warning-gun for the Mob to fall on; for immediately after they did so with great Fury; and he, being above Stairs with some other Gentlemen, they got out at a Window behind the House; and the Sexton of the Church had the Cruelty to turn a Mastiss loose upon them; but they drew their Swords and told him, they were on the Defence of their Lives, and if he did not call him off,
Michael Burrel deposed, That he was going home about 10 a Clock on the Monday-Night before this Action happened, and heard a Noise in Salisbury-Court, where he had been informed their was a Mug-house, but he had never been in; and saw a Constable and some Watchmen there, who he thought incouraged and encreas'd the Mob. by taking no Care to keep the Peace, or to prevent the ling Stones to the Windows, tho' the Persons who threw there just by them, and all the Action done in their fight, and Stones were brought in Baskets and laid down by them. Being asked what Constable this was, he said some told him his Name was Johnson. That after the House had been battered some Time, the Gentlemen came down, and desired him as well as he could understand them (being at some distance) to do his Duty: but he went away, and left the Mob there. Next Day about Noon coming from his Chambers in the Temple, he saw a great Mob in the Court breaking the Goods of the Mug-house, and throwing them out at the Windows; and as they were gutting and pulling Things down, he heard some of the Mob say, just thus will we pull King George from the Crown, which is none of his own.
Then Dr. De ls Coste said he had something more that was material to offer, and standing up, depos'd, That he heard too some of the Mob say, the Duke of Ormond, and some the Duke of Berwick, was landed with 20000 Men. That the Friday-Night before he was Chairman at the same Mug-house; and he received Information, that the Mob threatned to pull it down that Night; and fearing he should want Assistance, he sent a Messenger to the Loyal Society in Tavistock-street , desiring their Company and Assistance if Need should be, on that Occasion, who came very readily and disperst the Mob, so that no Mischief was done that Night; but a few of them went by with a Harp and Fiddle, playing The King shall enjoy his own again. Then the Court told him, that since he said he had been Chairman of that Mug-house; he would do well now he was upon his Oath to give an Account of their Orders and Behaviour. Upon which he told him, That about 8 a Clock at Night the President generally enters the Chair, and after profound Silence is made, they always begin a hearty Mug to the Health and Prosperity of His Most Sacred Majesty King GEORGE; some time after that another to their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales and their Issue, and all the Royal Family; a third to the Glorious and Immortal Memory of the late King William, and seldom or never miss a fourth to the Prosperity of the Church of England, sometimes with a supplement, as wishing she may never want Power nor Inclination to protect and encourage all Protectants, and sometimes without; for the rest, if any are inclined to stay longer, they fill up the Time with other Loyal Healths of lesser Note, as the Chairman or President shall think proper; but never to the Confusion or Damnation of any Person or Thing, as the Enemies to the Government and theirs have falsly given out.
Mr. Carleton Smith depos'd, That on the Tuesday aforesaid, my Lord Mayor sent him to the Mug-house in Salisbury-Court to see what was the Matter there; and he found the court full of Mob, which made him go thro' the Passage by St. Brides Wall to Mr. Read's House, and he turning himself about saw two Parties engaging, and the Grenadier making a Longe at the Mob with his Bayonet fixed; but at last they broke thro' his Force, and made him and the Prisoner retire, bearing down upon them with a great Torrent, the Deceas'd at their Head; and at the very Instant that he was endeavouring to save himself thro' the Passage, he heard a Piece go off, as the Deceas'd (to his thinking) was advancing to the Grenadier to close in with him. He did not observe the Prisoner particularly; but the Deceas'd fell down just by him, starting and heaving one of his Legs, and died, after which he helped to convey him into St. Brides Passage, and immediately he heard a violent Noise of Boards breaking and crashing, which made him think it high Time to give an Account of it to my Lord Mayor.
Mr. Paul Burdeau deposed, That he was in Salisbury-Court that Tuesday Morning, and saw a violent Mob affaulting the Mug-house; and going into the Coach and Horses, an Alehouse over against Mr. Read's, he saw 3 or 4 Constables; at which he was surprized, there being so much need of their Assistance elsewhere; and therefore told them he was asham'd to see so many Constables in that House, when just by there was so great a Call for them to Duty; and then they went out; but he did not see them afterwards in the Court. About ten a Clock, as he walkt about in Fleet-street to observe what passed, he heard a Fellow say, Damn that Granadier, if it was not for him we would have a little Fun; and the Deceased replied, Damn his Blood, I will have him down by and by; upon which he asked some who knew him, who that Person was; and they told him his Name was Daniel, the Captain of the Mob. After this he heard a Man was killed, and he went to St. Brides Wall, where he lay, and knew the Deceased to be the same Person.
Mr. Luke Whitson deposed, That he was at Salisbury-Court about 12 a Clock, and heard a Consultation among the Mob to pull down the Mug-house, upon which he went to Mr. Read's and told him of it, and then the Proclamation was read; which served but to increase the Mob, who made great Shouts. He saw the Deceased knock down a Soldier, after which the Mob pressed forwards with the Deceased at their Head with a Club in his Hand, and thereupon he bid the Prisoner fire, saying, You have Law, you have Justice, you have Reason on your side, why don't you fire; and presently the Deceased sell, and dropt his Stick. He heard him cry, High Church and Ormond, and Down with the Mug house.
Mr. Richard Bennet deposed, That he had been at the Mug-house the Monday Night before this Action, till past eleven a Clock, when the Mob was numerous, and the Stones thrown in great Plenty; that one of the Company going out, was wounded with a Stone, and came back to be dre . Next Morning he was told by one of his Boys, that a great Mob was in Salisbury-Court, upon which he went to them, and heard them say they would pull down the Mug-house; and getting up to it, he saw a Fellow bring out three Bottles in his Hand, kneel down by the Swan Door near the Channel, and drink the Pretender's Health by the Name of James the Third, and hollowed, and the People in the Swan hollowed too. He also saw the Engagement between the Mob and the Grenadier, who was knockt down, and his Boy took some care of him, and helped him up.
Mr. Edward Harding deposed, He saw the Deceased throw a Stone at two Soldiers, as big as his two Fists, about an Hour or two before, as they were going up to the Mug-house: He knew him very well, and some of the Mob called him Vinegar, some Little Daniel. After he was killed, he saw the Mob destroy all the Goods they could come at in the Mug-house; and by and by a Fellow came out with three Bottles and drank the Pretender's Health; between twelve and one. But Mr. Bennet standing up again, deposed, that he thought it was before the Deceased was killed.
And lastly, Mr. Badcock was sworn, who deposed, That having been informed on Monday Night by a Friend, that there was a Design to pull down the Mug-house; he being a Constable, and being desired to keep the Peace, went to the House and found a great Mob at the Door throwing Stones; and being asked whether there was any Riot or Disorder in the House, he said there was not. That a Constable (whose Name he did not know) and some Watchmen being before the Door, he desired the Constable and his Watch to keep the Peace; who replied, they in the House occasioned the Breach of it themselves; which was false, they having done nothing that could give a just Offence. That going up Stairs he heard a great Clatter against the Windows, and saw another Constable, one Johnston, whom he desired likewise to keep the Peace and disperse the Mob, promising to assist him, there being about 20 Watchmen with them; but he replied as the other, that the Mug-house People threw the Stones themselves, tho' he knew himself that that was impossible, (the Window-Shutters being shut; so that they could not fling any out. ) and that he had nothing to do there, not being a Constable of that Ward; the Mob throwing Stones all the while in their very sight. He also heard this Constable say the House deserved to be pull'd down; and then one of the Watchmen took hold of him, and would have pulled him out of the House; after which they came in, and made a Bustle and Disturbance in the House, so that he was obliged to read the Proclamation, the Mob throwing Stones at him all the while. The next Morning he went to see what Mischief was done, about 8 a Clock, and found the Windows broke, and a Gentleman wounded; That one of the Mob threw a Stone at him, and as he was about securing him, the Mob knocked him down and resoned their Brother.
The Prisoner had several Witnesses of Substance and Worth to speak to his Character and Reputation, but the Court thinking it needless, they were not examined.
The Recorder having summ'd up the whole Evidence, the Jury considered of it, and acquitted the Prisoner.
John Love , Thomas Bean (Servant to Cassie and Carnegy 2 of the condemn'd Rebels now in Newgate) George Purchase , Richard Price and William Price , of the Parish of St. Brides, were indicted upon the Statute of the first Year of the King, which makes it Felony without the Benefit of the Clergy, to demolish, or begin to demolish, any House, &c.
Thomas Arrowsmith deposed, That he was positive to none of their Faces but Purchase's; and him he saw with a Stick in his Hand, walking to and fro about an Hour before the Mug-house Door, on Tuesday the 24th of July last. That about 7 a Clock that Morning, the Mob began to break the Windows with Stones and Bricks, crying, High Church and Ormond;
Mr. Samuel Gott deposed, That he saw the Prisoner Love helping to break down the Sign, and breaking the Goods and Windows, about 1 a Clock. That Purchase and Bean were also there hurling Stones, and breaking the Windows with Stones and Sticks, for about an Hour and half.
Purchase said he had no Stick.
Mr. Gott swore, he saw Purchase throw a Stick up at the House and Windows, and that Love was assisting in throwing a Rope over the Sign, by which Means they drew it first on one side, then on the other, till it was loosened and fell down; and saw, him climb up the Rope almost to the very Sign.
Bean said, he could prove to the contrary.
Mr. Gott swore, he saw Bean break the Windows with Sticks thrown up against them.
Mr. Michael Burrel deposed, he saw Richard Price go into the House, and fetch out the Goods and break them. That he laboured very hard, and was extraordinary industrious to make use of that Time to the Destruction of the House and Goods; saw him in the Bar, pulling it down, and taking out the Papers, and employing himself every way to the said purpose. That he was at the Door when the Guards came, where he took the said Richard Price Prisoner.
Mr. John Collins swore, that he saw two Prices, Purchase and Love, but did not observe Bean in the Rio, plendering and destroying the Mug house and Goods: That Love swarmed up the Rope almost as high as the Sign, is order to sway it down; the Prices were employed chiefly within Doors in breaking the Bar and Household Goods, and Purchase in compleating the Ruine of those brought out, and breaking the Windows with Bottles and Sticks, bawling out all the while, High Church and Ormond. No Hannoverian, No King George, Down with the Mug-house.
Love said he was coming by, and a Man push'd him, upon which he took hold of the Rope to prevent his falling.
But Mr. Collins standing up, was very positive that he climbed up the Rope, and that he saw several other Persons with Pickaxes , but could not say who they were.
Mr. John Hasell junior swore, that he saw Bean running with great Joy from Fleet-street towards Ludgate-hill with part of the Sign of the said Mug-house, making a great Noise with a Mob that accompanied him; that a Cart standing at a Patters Door hard by, Bean put it into the Cart and returned; that there were the Letters R.R.E. upon the Sign, which made him take notice of it, and believes it by those Letters to be Mr. Read's Sign: That this was about one a-Clock. He was very positive Bean was the Man; for that he intended to have stopt him, in case he had come up so high as his House.
Mr. Carleton Smith deposed, that he saw the Prisoner Bean, in his Return to my Lord Mayor's from Salisbury-Court, with part of the Sign in his Hand, in a great Heat, running with it along in the greatest Joy and Triumph imaginable, towards Fleet-Disch; which sarprized him, he being a Servant to Mr. Cassie and Mr. Carnegy, two Rebel Prisoners now condemned in Newgate. But that he could not take him then, because of the Mob. Next Morning he met him in Newgate-street, and took him up and confined him in Newgate.
Mr. Luke Whitton deposed, That he saw William Price go in and out of the Mug-house several times, pull at the Sign with so much Force, that he thought the whole Front of the House was going to fall , beat the Soldier, and at last made off with the greatest Joy.
Purchase denied the Fact, and called 2 Witnesses to his Reputation, who did not appear; and said, he never said any thing of that sort in his Life.
Love denied the Fact too, but called no Witnesses: He said, he took hold of the Rope to save himself, as before.
Richard Price called his Master to his Reputation, who swore he saw the Prisoner in his House in Shoe-lane at 12 a Clock, but could not tell what became of him afterwards. This Evidence lived at the Temple Alehouse in Shoe-lane. He swore the Prisoner was a very honest, but a very silly , ignorant fellow ; and assisted him in brewing.
Bean called some Witnesses, but they did not appear. The Fact was full upon him, and he owned himself, that Mr. Smith spoke to him when he carried the Sign.
This being a very full Evidence against all the Prisoners concerned, the Jury found them Guilty of the Indictment.
John Mason , of the Parish of St. Faith's , was indicted for privately stealing a Pocket-Piece, viz. a Tuscan Crown, value 4 s 6 d. 1 Dollar, value 4 s. 6 d. 10 Iron Keys, value 1 s. and 2 Shillings in Money , from the Person of Mary Wenham ; on the 26th of July last. It was a plain Fact, and the Jury found him Guilty .
Thomas Simpson , of the Parish of St. Katherine Coleman-street , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Cloth Portmanteau, value 3 s. and in it several Goods to the value of 8 l. the Property of Ralph Sims , on the 6th of August last. Mr. Sims depos'd he was leading his Mare, and turning about, he saw the Prisoner take off the Portmanteau, upon which he cried out Stop Thief; and then the Prisoner threw down the Goods and ran, but he was taken before he could get out of the Evidence's Sight. There was no Defence on the part of the Prisoner, and the Jury found him Guilty of Felony .
John Cane , of the Parish of Alhallows the Great . was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 lb. Weight of Indigo, 4 s. and 1 lb. Weight of Starch, 4 d &c. the Goods of Miles Cox . The Fact was very well prov'd; but the Jury considering the Value of the Goods, and that it was the first time he appeared at the Bar, brought him in Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Joseph Marks , of the Parish of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe , was indicted for feloniously stealing 35 Deal Boards, value 35 s. the Goods of William Astill and Atkinson Sugby , on the 27th of August last. He was taken in the Fact, and found Guilty of the Felony.
Ruth Wilson and John Ingram , of the Parish of St. Brides , were indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch and Chain, value 4 l. from the Person of Thomas Jenkinson , on the 11th of August last. The Prosecutor swore he met the Prisoner Wilson in Fleetstreet , who had a Mind to talk with him, and as they walk'd together, she pick'd his Pocket; as soon as he discover'd it, he demanded his Watch, and then the Prisoner run from him to a Brandy-Shop, where was the other Prisoner; but he had nothing to say to him, but that he believed he was her Confederate. It appear'd to be a scandalous Prosecution, as far as it concern'd the Prisoner Wilson and the Prosecutor; but there was not the least Colour for charging the Fact upon Ingram; upon which the Jury Acquitted them both, and the Court order'd Ingram a Copy of his Indictment.
Mary Sutton , of the Parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for privately stealing 16 Yards of Callicoe, value 35 s. out of the Shop of Mark Stephens , on the 16th of August last. It appeared the Prisoner came into the Prosecutor's Shop, pretending to match a Piece of Callicoe, and took the Opportunity of his turning his Back to hide the Goods in her Cloths; after which, the Callicoes not liking, she went to the other side of the Shop, and ask'd the Servant (who saw her put up the Callico, but took no Notice) for some Holland, and bought as much as came to 4 s. 6 d. and threw down a Crown; but a Sixpence not being soon enough found, she grew impatient and went out without it, and then she was called back into the Shop, where she was seen to drop the Goods. The Prisoner own'd she bought some Holland, but would know nothing of the Callicoe. She was found Guilty to the Value of 4 s 10 d.
John Wynn , of the Parish of St. Mary Hill , was indicted for an Assault on the Person of Samuel Phillips , and attempting to rob him . Mr. Philipps swore he had just receiv'd 51. 11 s 6d. which Money he had put up in his Handkerchief which was in his Pocket, and coming by the Gun Tavern at Billingsgate with his Hand in his Pocket to prevent his being robb'd, the Prisoner met him, and by some jostle or Blow, which of 'em he could not remember, obliged him to take his Hand out, and immediately he caught the Prisoner's in pulling out his Handkerchief with the Money, but the Prisoner broke from him and run, nevertheless he was presently taken, and the Prosecutor was positive to the Man. He was also a notorious Offender. The Jury found him Guilty .
Elizabeth Wallbank , of the Parish of St. Andrew in Holbourn , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Mugg, value 3 l out of the shop of Richard Baker , on the 25th of February last. It appear'd the Prisoner was a Basket-woman that plied in the Market, and was imploy'd to carry some Meat to Mr. Bakers, and being in his Shop, while the Maid was busy she snatch'd the Mugg off a Shelf and put it under her Cloak, and went away; but it happen'd to be full of Milk, which running about made the Discovery, and the Servant was so frighted, that she ran after her only crying, My Mugg and my Milk, my Mugg and my Milk, which was not time enough understood by the Neighbours to stop the Prisoner. But about 3 weeks ago the Prisoner coming to the same Market, the Butcher who imploy'd her when she committed this Felony, knew her and apprehended her. The Prisoner denied the whole Matter, and said she never was in the House; but the Butcher was positive she was the Person he imploy'd, and another swore he recommended her to him; and the Maid was positive the Mugg was taken away upon that Occasion:
Thomas Mullineur , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres was indicted for breaking the House of Edward Bond in the Night-time, intending to steal his Goods , on the 21st of August last. It was proved by two Witnesses that the Boy d up the Sa between 9 and 10 a Clock at Night and had got his Arm and Head in the Shop, reaching at a Wigg; but he being young, and nothing stole, the Jury had Compassion to him, and acquitted him of the Indictment.
George Robinson , Thomas Revett and Mary Bury , were indicted for feloniously stealing 100 Yards at Blue Bays, value 25 s. a Bundle of Bags, some Linnen and wearing Apparel , in the Parish of Alhallows on London Wall , on the 5th of July last. It appear'd upon Evidence, That the Goods were packt upon a Horse in Holbourn; which Horse was taken out and miss'd by the Carrier, and upon Enquiry they learnt he had been unloaded at Moorgate, and that the Prisoners were l concern'd in the Fact. There was another Person who was employ'd to hold the Horse while the Prisoners Robinson and Bury carried away the Goods, the Boy R only helping to unload: Wherefore they made it their Bu to find him out, who told them, he had seen, the Prisoner evers often in Moorfields, where he used to play and cheat the Boys; and looking for him found him there, by which Moons they inform'd themselves of the other two, and found some of the Goods at the Woolpack in Houndsditch , where Bury lodg'd. Robinson is unloading the Goods had cut his Hand, which they being inform'd of, defi'd to see, but he respled to shew it them when apprehended. Upon Trial the Woman and Boy said they were hired by the other; who when he saw the Evidence was full, own'd it, and took all the Blame of the Crime upon himself. The Jury found him Guilty , and acquitted the other two.
Mary Gardner of the Parish of Alhallows on London-Wall , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Sagathie Coat and Wastcoat , the Goods of John Leveridge , on the 15th of August last. They were found upon her; but she proved she bought them, and did not know they were stole. She was acquitted .
William Camley , of the Parish of Alhallows the Great was indicted for stealing 4 empty sacks, value 4 s 22 Bushels of value 39s. the Goods of John Harvey on the 28th of August last. One who was concern'd with the Prisoner in the Fact, swore it very positively upon him and his Evidence was confirm'd by good Circumstances. The Jury found him Guilty .
William Rumney , of the Parish of St. Martin Vintrey , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Quarts of Spirits, value 2 s. 2 Cakes of Ginger-bread, 2 s. the Goods of John Niel , on the 24th of July last. There was a fair Proof against the Prisoner, who but denied the Fact, and the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Samuel Kempton , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Watch and Case, value 4l out of the Shop of Thomas Martin , on the 20th of Decemb last. It was proved, That the Prisoner came into the Prosecutor's Shop pretending to buy Watches to send beyond Sea, as his Father he said had done before, and staid some time in the Shop waiting for him, and then went out as he said to the Exchange to look for him, but came again and ask'd for his Father (calling him Captain,) who not being there he desired Mr. Martin to lay some Watches before him that he might examine them against his Arrival, which he expected every Moment; when this was done, in about half an Hour he went away, but took none of those said before him, and never came again: The next Morning the Watch in the Indictment was missing, which hung upon a Nail in the Window, and applying to Jonathan Wild with a Description, he was known to be particularly famous for Facts of that sort upon this Wild went to him, and told him of it, who desir'd him to be his Friend, for he was able to make up all his other Troubles, but could not make Satisfaction for that; but Wild took him up, and carried him to a Tavern, and sent for the Prosecutor and his Servant, who knew him immediately from the rest, tho' several were in the Room; Mr. Martin knew him best by his Voice. The Prisoner own'd he was in the Shop; but said he was sent for some Watches by one Mr. Farmer and not his Father; but could not prove it: However he denied he stole the Watch, which did him no, Service upon his own Credit, and the Jury found him Guilty .
Thomas Hardwick , Gent. of the Parish of St. Swithins , was indicted for the Murder of John Laskinby , Gent. by giving him a mortal Wound with a Rapier on the Left Part of his Body, under the short Ribs, of the breadth of half an Inch, and the depth of 3 Inches, on the 11th of July last, on which he languished to the 12th and then died . He was also indicted upon the Coroner's Inquest for Manslaughter. It appear'd by the Evidence. That the Prisoner and the Deceas'd were very intimate dear Friends; never happy out of one another's Company, but continually falling out when they were together. The Night before the Fact was committed, they were with some other Persons at the Swan Tavern in Red-Lion-Square, where a great many Fallings-out and Reconcilements had pass'd between them, which was so common that it was not much minded by the rest of the Company. It happened that the Prisoner was indebted to the Deceas'd who urged him to pay him the Money, and this occasioned their last Quarrel; high Words passed between them, and the Prisoner told him he might go out; upon which the Deceas'd replied, He did not some these to fight, he could fight a better Man than he was; Thus he had left an Ozhen Stick at a Friend's House, and was going to Tottenham-Court, and if he should light of him in his Way be would beat him first, and let him know robat Fighting was afterwards; but this passed, and they staid together till 5 a Clock; that Morning, when they parted very much in Wine. Three or four Hours after, the Deceas'd and another Gentleman called upon the Prisoner at his Lodgings and would have him out, neither of them being yet sober to get him to take up 41 1. at his Uncle's due to a Note he h in his Hands, to pay off their Demands, which being done they went to the Nagg's Head Tavern in Cheapside , and there they fell out again, one saying, You did not do honourably by last Night, and the other replying the same, threatning to fight, as usual; but this passed too, and they all agreed to take Coach to the Swan Tavern on Fish-street Hill, and Sir Knowles who was with them, where the Money was to be paid; but before they came to London-Stone. Mr. Knowles went out of the Coach to call upon a Friend; and being left to themselves they grew uneasy, and in a very little Time the Coachman was called to stop again, and the Deceas'd went out first, and the Prisoner followed; and while he was beating up his Seats the Business was done; the Prisoner was much wounded and down, and the Deceased was seen to strike him with the Hilt of his Sword; very furiously , and heard to say Damn him, he has hisled me, but I have mapled him for it. They were both carried to the Swan Tavern, and dressed, and laid the fault upon each other. The next Day the Deceas'd died. Upon the whole, considering they were both in Wine, and that their Blood had not time to cool, the Jury brought the Prisoner in Guilty of Manslaughter only .
Henry Wisman of St. Stephen in Coleman street was indicted for stealing a hankerchief from the Person of William Whitebeak on the 21st of July last. The Fact was fully prov'd, and the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d. considering the Value.
Samuel West of the Parish of St. Vedast alias Foster , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Callico Pocket, value 3 d. a Silk Purse 6 d. a Thimble 6d. 1 Common Prayer-Book, 36 and 49 Shillings in Money from the Person of Katharine Williams ; on the 5th of August last. He was a notorious Rogue, and this Fact being prov'd to the Jury's Satisfaction, he was found Guilty .
Robert Jones of the Parish of Alhallows on London Wall , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Bible, value 20 s. the Goods of Bridget Meazy , out of the House of Robert Healing , on the 20th of July last. Mr. Healing swore, the Prisoner came into his Shop for a Dram of Waters, but seeing a more convenient Room, he made an Excuse to go into it; and stole away the Bible without drinking his Waters, and made off. Some time after, he found his Book at a Book-binder's in Duck-Lane, who gave 9 s. for it (which was a fair Price) and said it was his; upon which, when the Prisoner came again (2 Days after, with 2 more Books to sell), he apprehended him, and sent for Mr. Healing, who knew him again, very well. The Jury considering the Book was valued much above the common Price found the Prisoner Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Charles Powel , of the Parish of St. Bennet Graveschurch was indicted for privately stealing a Steel hilted Sword, value 10 s. from the Person of Michael Burrel , on the 26th of August last. Mr. Burrell depos'd, That as he was coming up Grance-church street about 1 a-Clock at Night, he lost his Sword from his Side, and was positive either the Prisoner or a Person who was by and immediately lost, must have taken it away, and therefore secur'd him, and he confess'd that he was not the Person that took it; but it was his Business to fall into Fits and gather a Crowd, whilst some of his Gang, who were always near at hand, pick'd their Pockets. He made no Defence, and the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d. upon the said Confession.
David Perry alias Lewis , Edward Brown and John Rogers , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , were indicted for feloniously stealing 30 Bushels of Oats, value 35 s. the Goods of John Tidman , on the 7th Instant. There was no Doubt in the clear Evidence against them, and the Jury found them Guilty .
Mary Pewterer , alias Finch , of the Parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for assisting in a Rape on the Person of Phillis Delpeck , a Virgin between 9 and 10 Years of Age , Upon Trial, the Child, who was very little, depos'd, the Prisoner us'd to lie in the Glass-house in the Minories,(as many more in the Winter-time use to do) and was call'd the Queen of the Glass-house, took her out one Night to an Alehouse, and held her in her Lap, whilst a Man not yet known; abus'd her Person and gave her the Pox; and two Nurses of St. Thomas's Hospital swore, they never saw a Person more afflicted with that Disease that she had been. But the Jury not thinking the Evidence of so young a Child sufficient to convict the Prisoner, they Acquitted her.
Elizabeth Greening , of the Parish of St. Bennet Grace-church , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Pair of Gold Ear-rings, value 4 s. out of the Shop of Henry Harfield , on the 6th Instant. This was sworn upon her, and the Story appear'd likely, upon which she was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Copman , was indicted for feloniously marrying Henry Pollard , her first Husband William Burkitt being then alive . The Prisoner own'd her first Husband (Burkitt) to whom she was married the first of February, in the 6th Year of the late Queen, but not hearing from him in 4 Years, being a Sailor , and having been told that he was dead; she did also marry Mr. Pollard on the 1st of March in the 10th Year of the late Queen. The Jury considering the Matter acquitted the Prisoner.
Susan Newton , and Margaret Allen , were indicted for privately stealing 8 Guineas and 2 s. from the Person of Henry Bassett on the 6th of August last. The Prosecutor swore they pickt him up and carried him to a Place where they sold Wine, and afterwards being all together in a Coach, they pickt his Pocket. But the Women said he was drunk, and swore he would go home to their Lodging and forc'd them into a Coach; but when they came by the Watch near Newgate cried out, and then he swore they had pickt his Pocket. The Watchmen swore he was so drunk, that he could not put up his Breeches when he came out of the Coach. The Jury acquitted the Prisoners.
Rebecca Darby Martha Dykes , Hannah Rogers , and Elizabeth Slate , of the Parish of St. Dunstan Stepney , were indicted for an Assault on the Person of Abraham Major , and robbing him of 2 Gold Rings, value 25 s. 1 Pair of Silver Buckles, 7 s. 6 d. a Silver Tobacco-box, val. 5 s. and 18 shillings in Money , on the 12th of June last.
Rebecca Darby , Martha Dykes , Elizabeth Slate were second Time indicted of the same Parish, with Katharine Lawson and Ann Bolton for an Assault on the Person of the said Abraham Major and robbing him of 26 Guineas,1 Broad-piece and 11 Moydores on the 14th of June last. It appear'd the Prosecutor was coming thro' Church-Lane (a most notorious Place) and Darby and Rogers took him into a House, and Dykes and Slate and 4 or 5 more came to their Assistance, who forc'd him, into some Ren where they bound and robbed him, and then anci went away and left him in a strange Place; but finding the Way out he got a Constable the same Night to search the House and Rents; but they could find no body. Next Morning he put the Gold mention'd in the d Indictment into his Pocket, and went alone to one Pritchard, who was of the Gang,(since executed) to get his Rings which he very much valued, and for two Guiness had them again; after which Pritchard invited him to take a Glass of Rum at the House where he was robb'd before, who, being a very stupid Fellow, notwithstanding he was advised to the tary by the Man of the House where they drank; consented to it, and then Pritchard went to the Prisoners who were in the Rents adjoining to the Three M in the said Cl Lane and child them there was, ly and went away: Then they (the Prisoner at the Bar and same others) fell upon him, robb'd him of his Gold, said by throwing Dirt, and others Abuses, had almost frighted him out of his Wife ; when his Wife happily came to his Relief and sav'd his Life. One of the Gang made herself as Evidence in this Matter and confirm'd all the Circumstances, and said tho' she was not in the first Robbery she receiv'd lt her Fellow-Women's Share, they being oblig'd by Agreement among there themselves, whoever makes a Boo to divide it i manner. But the Prosecutor and she agreed Dykes was not prsent at the second; nor was they very positive to Bolton: Upon the whole Darby, Dykes Rogers and Slate were found Guilty of the first indictment, the Evidence being positive against them; and Darby, Slate, and Lawson of the second, of which Dykes and Bolton were acquitted
Rebecca Derby and Christian Flood of the same Parish, were indicted for an Assault on the Person of John Wisler and robbing him of 15 s. on the 21st of July last. This Fact was of the same kind as the last, and committed in the same Rents; but the Evidence was not full against Flood, who only pass'd thro' the Room, nor any other but Darby, tho' 6 or 7 more were concern'd in the Robbery: The Jury therefore found her Guilty , but acquitted Flood.
Margaret Wood , and Elizabeth Radcliff , of the Parish of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted for privately stealing 45 s. from the Person of James Morphew , on the 18th of August last. But it appear'd to be a very unaccountable Prosecution, and the Prisoners were acquitted .
Mary Williams , of the Parish of St. Mary in the Savoy , was indicted for privately stealing 70 Yards of Stuffs, value 45 s. out of the Shop of Thomas Wood ; on the 4th of June last. The Fact was fully sworn upon her, and she was known to be an Offender in that Kind. She was found Guilty .
Robert Hinde , of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Gold Ring, value 20 s. and 36 l. in Money, the Goods and Money of Thomas Skellan , and other Things of little value , on the 29th of July last. The Prosecutor swore, he lost the Goods and Moneys out of his Chamber while he and his Wife were at Market, leaving the Prisoner to take Care of his other Servants, who was seen by them to go into the House, and afterwards to that part of the Prosecutor's Grounds, where sometimes afterwards he plowed them up wrapt in a Cloth; but this was no fixing the Fact upon the Prisoner, and the Jury Acquitted him.
Walter Shaw , of the Parish of Margaret's Westminster ,, was indicted for privately stealing 1 Peruke, value 9 l from the Person of Thomas Brailsford , on the 5th of August last; which being a very plain Fact, he was Guilty .
Elizabeth Glew , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Stuff-Petticoat, value 10 s. 1 Pair of Clogs, 4 s. 1 Pair of Pattins, 10 d, the Goods of Elizabeth Starling and 1 Gold Ring, value 10 s. 1 Silver, Chain, value 4 s. and a pair of Sciffars, value 1 s. the Goods of Mary Stennet , on the 10th of May last. There was a very great Mismanagement in the Prosecution, on the part of the Prosecutors, that made it suspected to be malicious and triffling; upon which the Prisoner was Acquitted ,
John Potten , was indicted upon Two Indictments, for forging and counterfeiting an Order in Imitation of the Orders of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty for taking off R's, by which means two R's were taken off, one from the Name of Elisha Johns from the Muster-Roll of the Enterprize Man of War, the other from the Name of John Dolphin in that of the Saphire . It appeared the Prisoner made himself acquainted with a young Gentleman, a Clerk in the Admiralty-Office, and was concerned with him in Busines of that Office, after a lawful Manner, for about a Year, when he persuaded him, having first suddled him, and after many Repolses , to copy out an Order of his drawing up, which was conformable to those of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, for taking off and R's, and then burnt his Original, and engag'd him to sign it with 3 of the Commissioners Names, by Virtue of which he received about 40 l, that had been due to the said Elisha Johns but for the said R's, by which it was forfeited to the Crown. After this he came again with another R to be taken off by the same Means, and threatned the Clerk (who he thought was now in his Power) to take away his Life, to make him lose his Place, and to ruin him for ever, by informing against him, If he did not comply to his Measures; and thus by Threats on the one hand, and Fears on the other, not daring to break thro' them, he was brought into so Slavish a Condition, that the Prisoners had taken up above 1000/ l. of the Nation's Money by these counterfeited Orders, before they were discovered. The Facts in the Indictment were both prov'd and the Jury found him Guilty of the same.
John Lloyd , of the Parish of St. James Westminster , was indicted for breaking the House of John Armstrong , and stealing thence 5 Perukes, value 15 l. and other Goods . One Mills made himself an Evidence, and his Depositions were confirm'd by others. It was a plain Fact, and the Jury found him Guilty .
Richard Griffith , of the Parish of Hadley , was indicted for the Murder of Richard Davis , his Fellow- servant by giving him a Mortal Wound with a Pitchfork on the hinder part of the Head, of which he instantly died , on the 1 st of February last. He was also indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder.
He was a second time indicted for an Assault on the Person of the said Richard Davis, and robbing him of 2 Coats, 1 Waistcoat, and 1 pair of Breeches, value 12 s. on the Day aforesaid.
One Mrs. Taylor deposed, the Prisoner and the Deceas'd lay together in the Stable, and on the 1 st of last February the Prisoner told her the Deceas'd was gone to Esq; Caser's about selling a Horse, with which she was contented; but hearing nothing of him in 2 or 3 Days, when she saw the Prisoner again, she ask'd him, if he had heard any thing yet from Richard
Another Evidence (one Bisbop) depos'd That missing his Fellow-Servant, he asked the Prisoner what was become of him, who made him the same Answer as before; upon which he ask'd him what Cloaths he went in, and he said, in his own Cloaths, and had left his Livery in the Stables. That some time after this, being in the Field where there was a little Dunghill, the Prisoner, who was in the Yard, called to him, and asked him to drink, and fetcht a Pot of Beer, and afterwards another; appearing to be pretty full of Money, and then asked him if he had turn'd the Dung yet, and he told him No, it had not had time to rot. That next Morning he had Occasion to fetch a Wheelbarrow off the Dunghill, where he found a Human Skull, which struck him with Terror, and made him believe it was Richard Davis's, but it was pickt clean to the very Bone, which he believ'd might be done by the Hogs who were in the Field. With this Surprize he went to the Prisoner, and said, Lord have Mercy upon us, Richard, there's Skull upon yonder's Dunghill; but he replied not a Word, and immediately went off. Then he went to a Neighbour's and told him what he had found, who going with him to the Place found the Body also in the Livery, but no Buckles in the Shoes, where the Deceas'd us'd to wear Silver ones, not Money in his Pockets, tho' it was well known he did not use to be without it.
Two Women swore, the Prisoner brought them some Cloaths to pawn, and to sell for him, which proved to be the Deceased's; but it was remarkable, that the Prisoner had stript off the Silver Buttons which were upon some of them, before he brought them.
One Mr. Smith confirmed much of this Evidence, and depos'd, that the Prisoner was missing a great while after the skull was found, but at last was taken at Richmond, when he confessed the Fact.
Upon Trial he seem'd to be stung with the most sensible Remorse of his crying Guilt, not daring to look his Judge nor Jury in the Face; but being often ask'd what had mov'd him to so great a Sin, he at last said, that the Deceased and he had quarrel'd, upon which he kill'd him; but denied he cut off his Head. The Jury found him Guilty .
Thomas Currier , of the Parish of East Bedford , was indicted for Assaulting Mary the Wife of John Morton , on the King's Highway, and robbing her of 1s.4 d. on the 16th of July last. The Prisoner it appear'd by the Evidence was a sort of a Wild Man, who haunted the Bushes and wild Places about Kingston with a Club as big as the Bar of a Field-Gate; and as Mrs. Morton was coming from Kingston Market, he met her, and took hold of her Mare's Bridle with one Hand, and with the other holding up his Club demanded her Money, with an Aspect so terrible, that the very Thought of him have ever since made her tremble, and took from her the 16 d. damning her for not having more, and saying, if he had thought that was all he would not have followed her so long; then went away. After this her Mare soal'd, and she durst never come from Market alone, because it was always about the Evening; but having a Friend with her, and both well mounted, another Evening they met him again, and were forced to go out of the Road with all their Speed to avoid him. At last he was taken, and she was positive to the Man upon his Trial; but he stifly denied it, and it depending only upon her Evidence, he was acquitted .
Thomas Perry , of the Parish of St. Mary in the Savoy , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Stuff Gown, value 10 s. a Petticoat 4 s. 1 Pair of Shoes 2 s. the Goods of Susanna Hope , on the 12th of July last; but the proof not being Satisfactory to the Jury he was acquitted .
William Gualter , of the Parish of St. Paul Covent Garden , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Camblet Riding-hood, value 23 s. the Goods of Charles Moring , on the 20th of July last. The Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Servant , and stole the Goods and hid them in a Cellar in a Dust-basket in order to carry out of the House, which was prov'd by the Evidence, and the Jury found him Guilty .
Thomas Allen , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for Breaking the House of John Hales , Esq ; in the Night-time, and taking thence 5 Sets of China, 12 Silver-hasted Knives, 1 dozen of Table cloths, and other Goods to the value of 30 l and Elizabeth Dunn for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . They were both notorious for such Facts, and one Shepherd impeach'd, who with the other Witnesses proved them Guilty , and they were accordingly found so.
Elizabeth Bates , of the Parish of St. Paul Shadwell , was indicted for feloniously stealing 9 Yards of Callico, value 15 s. the Goods of Mary Corny , on the 16th of Aug last. One Evans depos'd, the Prisoner came to his House when he was Lame with another Woman, and ask'd how his Wife did; who demanded what Business she had in his House, for he had no Wife at all; so it's a sign, said the Prisoner, see what a Pickle your House is in, Come, come, we must clean it for you, and immediately fell to tumbling his Goods about to see what they might carry away; but finding nothing fit for their Purpose but the old Man's Spectacles, they took them and went into his Yard, which also belong'd to the Prosecutor, where she had Goods a drying, and took those above mentioned off the Lines, and came back again thro' the House; but the old Man seeing them with each a Bundle in their Apron, asked them what they had got there? What's that to you, said the Prisoner, nothing of yours. But you lie, you Whores you (said the old Man in a great Passion) Have you got my Spectacles? and then took hold of them, but being lame they got away. However, in a little time after being well again, he met the Prisoner in the Minories, and secured her. She only denying it on her Trial, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Ann Deverell and Trefina Top , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for breaking the House of William Thorp in the Night time, and stealing thence a Quilt, some curtains, Napkins, and other Goods to the Value of 24 l. the Property of , on the 29th of August last. It was plain upon Tryal that Top lodg'd in the House over Mr. Mitchel, and whilst he was at work abroad (being a Joyner) she broke a Hole in his Chamber, and stole the Goods. It was as plain that Deverell pawn'd some of them; but the prov'd she was not in Town when they were stole, upon which she was acquitted , and Top found Guilty of Felony only .
Elizabeth Ogden , of the Liberty of the Old Artillery Ground , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Aprons value 2 s. 1 Stuff Wastcoat 6 d and 1 Child's Frock 1 s. 6 d . the Goods of Thomas Lewis , on the 12th of July last. The Fact was proved upon her, and the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Nicholls , Frances Williams and Mary Harding of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for privately stealing 12 Yards of Callicoe, value 28 s. out of the Shop of William Oliver , on the 6th of July last. Harding pleaded Guilty , and the other two were prov'd so by the Evidence, and found so by the Jury . They were all common, Shop-lifters.
William Thompson , of the Parish of St. John Wapping , was indicted for privately stealing 1 pair of Silver Buckles value 5 s. 6 d. out of the Shop of Samuel Redhall , on the 23d of July last. But there being no further Prosecution he was acquitted .
Elizabeth Holland and Ann Hewes , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Spoon value 8 s . the Goods of Robert Slade , on the 23d of May last. It was prov'd that Holland pawn'd the Spoon; but there was no colour for the Prosecution of Hewes, only as they were both hir'd to wash and scower in the House when the Spoon was missing. The Jury found Holland Guilty to the value of 10 d. and acquitted Hewes .
Christopher Tedder alias Morgan , of the Parish of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for breaking the Ware house of William Bird on the 2d of August last in the Night time, and stealing thence 24 Hats, value 40 s. and Elizabeth Sellman for feloniously receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . Mrs. Bird swore her. Warehouse had been broke several times, and particularly the Night abovementioned; and the Fact was fix'd upon the Prisoner partly by one of the Gang who impeach'd him, and partly by his own Confession to a Watchman. Abel Downes , who impeach'd them, swore the Prisoner Sellman bought several Quantities of Goods of them, and particularly those mention'd in the Indictiment. She was a notorious Receiver, and Tedder as notorious a House-breaker; and the Jury found them both Guilty of the Indictiment.
William Barton , of the same Parish, was indicted for breaking the Warehouse of the said Mr. Bird, on the 14th of April last, in the Nigh-time, and stealing thence a Dozen of Hats, value 30 s. the Goods of the said Willam Bird . Mr. Bird swore her Warehouse was broke, and that the Goods were stole as mentioned in the Indictment. Abel Dawnes swore, the Prisoner was concern'd with him in the Fact, and told how it was committed; which the Prisoner denied, and said, Dawnes told him his Uncle was afraid of an Execution, and desired him to help him to remove the Goods; but they got in at a Window by a Ladder; which made his Story unlikely, especially being a Fellow of no Reputation but for his House-breaking; so the Jury found him Guilty .
Mary Sandford , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Pewter Dish, value 2 s. 1 Pewter Bason, 2 s. 1 Pewter Plate, 6 d . on the first of August last. The Prisoner confessed the Fact, and did not deny it upon her Trial. The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
William Deveral , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the House of Eliz. Davis , between the Hours of 3 and 5 in the Morning, and stealing thence a Porridge port, value 30 s. 1 Fish-kettle 40 s. 2 Stew-pans 30 s. and other Goods , the Property of the said Eliz. Davis, on the 24th of August last. There were abundance of Circumstances which proved the Fact beyond Contradiction, and the Jury found him Guilty .
Elizabeth Griffith , of the Parish of St. John Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Stuff Gown and Petticoat, and other Goods, to the value of 20 s. the Property of Matth.ew Haines , on the 6th of August last. She had confessed the fact before a justice, and had nothing to say for her self upon Trial. The Jury found her Guilty .
Thomas Jackson alias Purchase , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Field , was indicted for breaking the House of Edward Barrel in the Night time, and stealing thence a Silver Watch, value 30 s. 4 Gold Rings 4 l. and other Goods of considerable Worth , belonging to the said Edw Barrel , on the 10th of March last.
He was a second time indicted for an Assault on the Person of Alexander Jefferies , on the 15th of August last on the King's Highway, and robbing him of a Peruke, value 15 s. in the Parish of St. Clement Danes . Both Facts were fully proved, and the Jury found him Guilty of them.
John Field , of the Parish of High Barnet , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Bottles of Sider, value 16 d and other Goods of little value , the Property of William Nelson , on the 15th of July last. But the Prosecution appearing trifling and malicious, the Jury acquitted him.
Elizabeth Bale , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Smocks and other Goods, to the value of 20 s. the Property of Daniel Parker , on the 10th of June last: Which was well made out; but the Jury, upon Consideration, found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Sarah Ellison , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing Goods to the value of 10 s. belonging to Isaac Furthin . Upon the Evidence, the Jury thought fit to find her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Richard Scott and Margaret Thurland , of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , were indicted for privately stealing 21 lb. Wt. of Worsted-Yarn, value 3 l. out of the shop of William Lowen , on the 7th of July last: Which being proved to the Jury's Satisfaction, they were both found Guilty . It was remarkable, that this Felony was committed the same Day Scott was discharged from Newgate.
Christmas Dinen , of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 6 Ounces of Silk, value 17 s. the Goods of William Powel , on the 20th of March last. The Evidence against him was not positive, and he was Acquitted .
Roger More , Elizabeth More , and Patience Blinman , of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 pair of Breeches, 1 pair of Silver-Buttons and other Goods, to the value of 40 s. the Goods of John Molloy . on the 11th of August last. the felony was proved only upon Blinman, who was found Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Sarah Cox , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn was indicted for feloniously stealing one Silver Spoon, value 5 s. two Holland Smocks, one lac'd Muslin Apron 5 s. and other Goods of Joseph Cobham , on the 26th of June last. But no Evidence appearing to support it, she was Acquitted .
Margaret Greenwood , of the Parish of St. Mary White-chappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Copper Pot, value 3 s. 2 Candlesticks, 1 s.4 d. the Goods of Joseph Odele on the 22nd of August last. The Fact was sworn upon her and the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Pope , of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for privately stealing 180 Yards of stuffs, value 6 l. 18 Stuff Petticoats, value 7 l. and other Goods out of the shop of Robert Pyke , on the 3d Feb. last; and Humfrey Burton for feloniously receiving the same, knowing them to be stole .
John Pope was a second Time indicted for breaking the House of Judith Dumonrie , on the 16th of December last, in the Night-time, and stealing thence Goods to the Value of 50 l. out of the Shop of Matth.ew May . The Jury having heard the Evidence against the Prisoners, for the Support of each indictment, found Pope Guilty of the Burglary, and Burton of receiving the Goods knowing them to be stole.
Christopher Wade , of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-House of Eliz. Pigott , and stealing thence Goods to the Value of 6 l. on the 15th of December last. The Jury not being satisfied with the Evidence, acquitted the Prisoner.
Martha Pillar , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Gold Rings, value 3 l 1 pistole, 5 Guineas, and other Goods , belonging to James Millesoy . on the 10th of August last. It appeared to be a slight prosecution, and the Jury acquitted her.
Katharine Wood , of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indcted for feloniously stealing 1 Holland Shirt, value 2 s.1 Flaxen Table-cloth 5 s. and 4 Napkins 6 s. the Goods of Eleazer Smith . on the 10th of August last. The Evidence not being strong enough to convict her, she was acquitted .
He was a second time indicted for feloniously stealing 27 s. the Goods of John Staples , on the 6th of July last. He was convicted of both Felonies . The Nature of his Trade was this, Having a good and a bad Guinea, or a good and a bad Moydore, in separate Purses, exactly alike, he goes to a Shop to buy 2 Bisket, or a Handkerchief, and offers his Guniea or Moydore to change, pretending a great Value for his Gold, and a great unwillingnes to part with it, which being changed, a little after he comes and pretends a great Desired to have his Gold again, throwing down at the same time the Value in Silver tied up to a Purse, except a 6 d. or some such Trifle, and takes up the Gold; but the Deffciency, being discovered, he throws down another purse with the Counterfeit, and takes his Silver up again, leaving is Purse with them till he had made up his Money, and then makes off.
Mary Pool , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting John Lorimer near the King's Highway, and robbing him of an Agate Penknife, value 5 s. and 7 s.6 d. in Money . The Prosecutor was very positive, and she was known to be a very lewd Woman, and the Jury found her Guilty .
William Emmery , of the Parish of St. Andrew in Holbourn , was indicted for privately stealing 300 lb weight of Iron, value 57 s. out of the Shop of Joseph Stanley , on the 26th of July last. The Fact was sworn upon him by several Witnesses; however there appeared to have been some tampering in the Case, which the Jury considering, found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s.10 d.
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Mary Baker , of the Parish of St. Jame's Clerkenwel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Gold Ring, value 20 s 11 Guineas, and 15 s. in Money , the goods and Money of Nathanael Unitt . But the Evidence against her being weak, she was acquitted .
Ann Williams , and Mary Murrell alias Scott, alias Jones , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for privately stealing a Diamond Ring, value 20 l. 8 Guineas, and 7 Louisd' Ors, from the Person of Peter-Paul Guyon , on the the 3d of August last, in the Dwelling-house of William Jones . But the Evidence could not fix the Fact upon the Prisoners, and the Jury acquitted them.
Jane White , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Alexander Lovit in the Day-time, and stealing thence Goods to the Value of 35 s. on the 25th of July last, to which she pleaded Guilty .
Mary Theader , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Sliver Cup, value 8 l. and other Goods belonging to , on the 16th of July last; to which she pleaded Guilty .
The Trials being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 32.
John Love , Thomas Bean , George Purchase , Richard Price , William Price , John Mason , Samuel Kempton , Samuel West , Rebecca Darby , Martha Dykes , Hannah Rogers , Elizabeth Slatt , Katharine Lawson , Mary Williams , Jane Whits , Walter Shaw , John Lloyd , Robert Evans , Jacob Leatherian , Richard Griffith, Thomas Allen , Mary Harding , Elizabeth Nichalls , Frances Williams , Christopher Tedder , William Barton , William Devarall , Thomas Jackson alias Purchase, Richard Scott , Mary Thurland , John Pope , and Marry Plot .
The 12 Women pleaded their Bellies, and a Jury of Matrons being impanell'd 10 of them were found Quick with Child, but the other two (Slate and Mary Williams) not .
Burnt in the Hand, 19.
Elizabeth Dunn , Mary Theader , Elizabeth Sallman , Elizabeth Griffith , Patience Blinman , Humfrey Burton William Johnson alias Edwards, Trefina Top , William Emmery , Thomas Simpson , Joseph Marks , Mary Sutton George Robinson , Elizabeth Waltank , William Cowley , Thomas Hardwick David Perry , Edward Brown and John Rogers .
To be Whipt, 14.
John Cane , William Rumley , Henry Wiseman , Robert Jones , Chareles Patrel, Eliz Greening , William Gualter , Eliz Bates , Elizogden, Eliz Holland , Mary Sandford , Eliz. Bale , Sarah Edison , and Margarett Greenwood .
John Pottan , fin'd for his to Misdemeanors 100 l. to stand in the Pillory, to be imprison'd one Year, and to give Security for his good Behaviour for 3 Years. But this Prisoner, after Sentence having proved to the Court, that he had done considerable Service in discovering the Countrivance of Skelson and Jacobs (the two Persons) to break the Prison, he was assured it should be taken into Consideration.