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,.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 1st,2d,3d and 4th of this Instant. May,1717. In the Third Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEfore the Right Hon. Sir JAMES BATEMAN , Kt. and Bart. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Lord Chief Justice Parker; the Right Worshipful Mr. Justice Price, Baron of the Exchequer; Mr. Justice cy ; Sir William Thompson , 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:
Nicholas Ward , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Watch-Case, value 17 s. and a Dial-Plate, val.7 s. out of the shop of Benjamin Humphreys , the 17th of April last, in the day-time. The Prosecutor deposed, the Prisoner came to his shop to treat with him about mending a Watch, and he being at the next Door the Boy called him, and the Prisoner being gone he missed the Watch-Case,&c. The Apprentice deposed that the Prisoner took it up to look upon it, and he thought he had laid it down again, but missing it, followed him, and he threw it into a Cheesemonger's shop. The Prisoner deny'd the fact, saying, there was a young man at the door whom he thought belong'd to the shop, who took the Watch-Case and went away. But this pretence did not avail, but the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Martha Pillow , of St. Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing 6 Guineas and 15 s in Money, out of the dwelling-house of William White , the 5th of April last. The Prosecutor's Wife deposed, that she being a Nurse, kept a Parish-house, and the Prisoner was brought to her to be cured of the foul disease, and that she intrusting her in her house, she took the opportunity while she was abroad to break open the chest of draws, and take the money and go away. The Prisoner deny'd the fact, but it was prov'd that she had own'd it at her apprehension, and before the Justice; whereupon the Jury found her guilty of the indictment.
Richard Lincoln , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing two pair of Sheets, value 40 s, a Silk Mantle, value 12 s. and other Goods to the value of 3 l. out of the dwelling-house of John Barnell , the 1st of March last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner being his hired servant , took an opportunity to conveigh the Goods out of the house, and sold them to a Broker. The Prisoner own'd the fact, but said that going to the Broker's to buy a Frock, he encouraged him to bring him goods of any sort, howsoever come by, and he would buy them. But this was not sufficient, so the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
He was indicted a second time for feloniously stealing 6 Guineas out of the dwelling-house of John Hartly , the 27th of Feb . last. The Prosecutor deposed, the Prisoner came to his house and sold him an old Coat, and called on him several times after, and that he taking him to be an honest poor fellow, had him into his back room and gave him broth, and that he took the opportunity of his wife's absence to take the Guineas out of a box and go away with them. But there not being sufficient Proof, he was acquitted .
Sarah Panks , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Salver, value 4 l. a Silver Can, value 50 s.2 Silver Salts, value 30 s.6 Silver Spoons, value 3 l. and other Goods to the value 15 l. out of the dwelling-house of George Hammond , the 16th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, the Prisoner was his Servant , and that while he was gone in the morning to drink the waters, she took the goods and went away. The Spoons at her apprehension were found upon her, and part of the money for which she had sold the rest. The Prisoner had nothing to say in her defence, so the Jury found her guilty of the indictment:
Charles Brown , of London, was indicted for breaking open the Shop of George Scott in the night time, and stealing thence 8 Wheaten Loaves, value 8 s. and 2 Shillings in Halfpence , the 2d of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, that his shop being broken, he suspected the Prisoner (who was appointed to watch some shops and stalls in Newgate-Market) and thereupon apprehended him. The Prisoner did not deny his being concerned in the fact, but said there were four of them concerned in it, and that they threaten'd to knock him down if he would not be their accomplice; that the bread was divided amongst them. The value being small, and no evidence of his committing the Burglary, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. only.
John Forman , out of his dwelling-house the 6th of April last, and the latter for receiving 19 of the Guineas and 3 Rings, knowing them to be stollen . The Prosecutor deposed, that the Prisoner had been employed in the house to go of errands , and heat irons for the workmen (he being a Taylor) and having been gone 3 weeks, came to the house the night the robbery was committed, under pretence of receiving some small matter of money due to him from the journey-men for the cleaning their shoes, and took the opportunity of stealing his money, breaking open a chest which was in his closet. The Prosecutor's Boy deposed, that he saw the the Prisoner in his Master's Chamber about 10 a clock at night. Another Evidence deposed, that happening to be in the Prisoner's company at the Tavern and other places where they were junketing, observed they were very full of Money, fared sumptuously, went to Plays, bought new Cloaths, and liv'd merrily, treating all the Company; and thereupon application being made to him from the Prosecutor, he apprehended them, upon which there were 2 Guineas found upon the Boy, and 19 and the Rings upon the Woman with a Trunk of new Cloaths reposited in one of their new acquaintance's house . The Prisoner owned the fact in part, that he did take 43 Guineas whereof about 8 were laid out in Rigging for him and his Mistress;19 she had, and 2 he had left, and the rest (tho' but four days time) he had spent upon the Guards. The Woman likewise owned she had 19 Guineas of the Boy, but said she knew not of his robbing his Master, but that he told her they were sent him by an Uncle out of the Country. There were some evidences that confirmed that circumstance: so it not appearing she was privy to the Robbery, nor proved that she knew how he came by the Money, she was acquitted , and the Boy found guilty of the indictment.
Elizabeth Knolls , alias Derrick, alias Duscoby , of the parish of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for picking the Pocket of Francis Longepee of 10 Guineas , the 25th of April last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That having been at Limehouse, and coming home, near Stepney, the Prisoner fell into his company, and pretended she wanted to buy gold-colour'd Silk, which he, being a Weaver , was willing to sell her; That she came with him near his own house, and then he bid her go into a neighbouring Ale-house and he would go fetch her gold-colour'd Silk; whereupon he went home and put a purse with 20 Guineas into his Wast-coat pocket, but did not go to the Ale-house to show it her, but sent his boy for her to come home to see it; That she being with him in the Chamber, took his Purse out of his pocket, and taking out a Guinea bid the Boy fetch a bottle of Cyder and a quartern of Brandy, and then put his Purse again into his pocket; that afterwards examining his Purse, expecting to find the remaining 19 Guineas, he found but 9. Whereupon he sent for a Constable to apprehend her, but in the interim she desir'd to go to do her Occasions, and before the Officer came made an Elopement. The Prosecutor's Boy depos'd, That his master came home at the time beforementioned, and put the bag of Guineas into his pocket, and seat him to the Sugar Loaf in Coverlays Fields to call the Prisoner to him; that she was admitted into his chamber, and there was very familiar with his Master, taking his Purse out of his pocket, and thence a Guinea, bidding him fench a bottle of Cyder and a quartern of Brandy; which he refusing to do, and not willing to go out of the room and leave them together, because he said he suspected her to be a very ill person, and his master not to be very capable, therefore he would not go out of the room; so the Liquors were fetch'd by another. And that the Prisoner desir'd his absence, threating that if he offer'd to speak a word against their Conversation she would kill him upon the spot. And that when his mistress came in, he inform'd her what sort of a Companion his master had gotten with him; whereupon she went in and interrupted their Conversation, and examining her Husband's purs missed 10 Guineas. The Prisoner in defence gave an account of the matter to this purpose: That as she was selling Oranges the Prosecutor bought a dozen of her, giving her a, Shilling for them; that he liked his bargain and her so well, that he carried her to a Publick house, and treated her and another Woman very generously with Beer, Cyder and Brandy; staying out all night, that they were at several places, and particularly at Stepney; that he was very sweet upon her, courting her, telling her he was a single Man, importuning her to go home with him and be his Housekeeper; that she was prevail'd upon by his Importunity and fair Offers: At length he sent for a Coach, and making use of that conveniency, convey'd her into Coverlays Fields near his own house, gave her money to go into the Sugar Loaf Ale-house to stay there till she heard further from him. Accordingly she attended at the Ale-house as he directed, till his Servant came to call her home, whither she went, was well receiv'd, and kindly admitted into his Chamber. That the former civilities were repeated; he puiling out a Guinea and sending for a bottle of Cyder and quartern of Brandy, showing her his cupboard of plate: and that while she was pleasing her self with the thoughts of what she was brought to be mistress of, the Prosecutor's Wife, to her great surprize, came in, and made such a noise in her Ears, that she not sustaining the storm any longer, got away as soon as she could, to her no small mortification at the great Disappointment she had met with, incoming to a Nest so well feather'd. The Court putting the question home to the Prosecutor, whether in truth he did not pick up the Prisoner? he frankly acknowledg'd he did pick her up, but not to pick his Pocket. But was answer'd, that considering the Years he always bore abroad, and that he had a Wife at home, him loss of 10 Guineas (were they lost) was not too great a punishment for his scandalous Practices, tho' that would not excuse her could the Felony be proved upon her. Tho' there was one thing remarkable, that she treated the Prosecutor with a modesry unusual to such Practitioners, in that she took no more than 10 Guineas out of 20, when they commonly take all if they can get it, and only leave their Cully the rest. It plainly appearing the Prosecutor was so very much in drink that he might possibly mistake as to the number of his Guineas, the Jury acquitted her.
Mary Compton alias Crumpton of London, was indicted for privately stealing 24 Bath-mettal Knife-hafts, value 15 s. out of the shop of Samuel Wilson , the first of April last. The Prosecutor's Servant depos'd, That the Prisoner came to his Master's shop to buy some Shoe-Clasps, and that while he was fetching them he perceiv'd her to take the Knife-hafts, whereupon he apprehended her; and sending for an Officer, he and the Maid carrying her up stairs, search'd her, but could not find them upon her, whereupon the Prisoner went away; but the Maid coming down stairs, saw one of the Hafts dropp'd upon the stairs, upon which the Boy following of her, took her with the Hafts in her hand, all but two. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, but had no body to appear for her Reputation. The matter being plain, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
John Carol , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Cloth Pocket, val.2 d. a Silver Seal, val.1 s. and 4 s.6 d. in Mony , from the person of Mary Edwards , the 15th of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That going along the Strand she was thrown down in the dirt and her Pocket pulled from her. Another Person depos'd, That passing by the Woman and seeing her on the ground, and hearing she was robb'd, he follow'd the Prisoner as far as Burlington-House and took him and the Pocket upon him. The Prisoner pretended that the Pocket was dropp'd by two Men and he took it up: but this pretence did not avail, but the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.
Richard Reynolds , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 10 Rings, value 50 s.23 Guineas,6 Broad Pieces of Gold, and other Mony, out of the Dwelling-house of Richard Hubbard , the 7th of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That the
Martha Sutton , and John Webb , of St. Mary Whitechappel , were indicted for privately stealing 11 Yards of Callico val.24 s. out of the shop of William Austin , the 12th of March last. The Evidence depos'd, That the Prisoners came to his shop under pretence of buying a Night-gown, and took the opportunity of taking the Calliko and went away; that they missing it called the Prisoners back, and saw it drop from under Sutton's Ridinghood. John Webb pleaded he went to buy a Gown for his Wife, who was sick, and took Sutton with him, but knew nothing of her taking the Callico. It was not proved he was privy to her taking it, so he was acquitted : but the matter being plain as to Dutton she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.
Nicholas Corbett , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 2 sugar-loaves, value 10 s. out of the shop of Susannah Miler , the 1st of March last. The Evidence deposed that the Prisoner came into the shop, and took the Loaves off from a shelf, and carried them away, but she crying out, he dropped them. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, saying, he went in to buy a half penny worth of Tobacco, and being in drink, might perhaps brush the Loaves down, and they roll'd into the Hreet. But this did not avail, but that the Jury brought him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Edward Baxter , Christopher Ward , and Jasper Andrews , were all three indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of David Manson the 9th of February last at two in the morning, and stealing thence 2 Shirts value 8 s. 5 Shirts, val.20 s. and other goods to the value of 30 s. The Prosecutor deposed, the shutters of the windows were taken down, and the goods stollen. Another evidence deposed, the Prisoner brought her the goods to sell, and that she paid the money to Andrews and Ward. The Prisoners deny'd the fact, saying they found the goods in the back Lane near Ratcliff. The Jury nevertheless found Andrews and Ward guilty of the Felony, but acquitted them of the Burglary ; and nothing appearing against Baxter, but his being at the selling of them, he was acquitted .
Thomas Love and Samuel Wright , of London, were indicted for picking the pocket of John Dean , and taking from him 5 Guineas and 16 s.6 d. in Silver , the 29th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, that being in Smithfield selling Calves, he observed the Prisoners brushing to and tro by him, and asked them if they designed to pick his Pocket, but being busy about his Cattle, was not careful enough to prevent it, but that a boy came to him, and told him his pocket was picked by the Prisoners. The Boy deposed, that being informed they were Pick-pockets, he watch'd them, and saw Love take the bag out of the Prosecutor's pocket, and inform'd him of it; they immediately apprehended them, but found not the bag, which had been carry'd off by some of their Conveys . The evidence not being so full against Wright as against Love; Wright was acquitted and Love found guilty of the Indictment.
Thomas Bishop of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Pocket, value 6 d. a Gold-Ring value 22 s. a Guinea, a quarter Moidore, and 8 shillings in Silver from the person of Mary Featherstone , the 7th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, that as she was going along the street, her Pocket was pulled off, and following the thief she saw the Prisoner standing at the end of an alley , then upon enquiry no body had passed that way, but could not swear he was the person that robb'd her. For want of proof he was acquitted .
Thomas Hartwood , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing 14 Pewter Plates, value 12 s. a Colander, value 2 s. out of the dwelling-house of John Lewis , the 20th of March last. The Evidence deposed, that one Eben Bray came to the Prosecutor's house the day the prisoners were executed the last session, and calling for a pint of drink, went backwards as tho' to make water, and opened the door, and immediately the Prisoner comes in, takes the Pewter, and carried it out of doors; the Maid hearing the Pewter ring, follows him, and lays hold of him with the Pewter upon him. The Prisoner having little to say for himself, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Anthony Elson , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silk Night-Gown, value 50 s. a Satin Shift, val.4 s. and other goods , the property of Thomas Barber , the 9th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, that coming to London in the Barnet Coach, he took a Hackney-Coach and put the goods into it, and alighting in Fleetstreet bid the Coachman take out the bundle, but it was gone out of the Coach. Another evidence deposed, that as he was passing along he heard one man say to another, D - n me, the Coach stops; upon which he suspecting them, watch'd them, and saw the Prisoners immediately, upon the Gentleman's going out of the Coach, put his hand in on the other side thereo', and take out the bundle, whereupon he pursued him, and took him with it upon him. The Prisoner denyed the fact, but it was so plain the Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
Matth.ew Butler , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Hat, val.6 s. the property of Richard Fort , the 20th of December last. The Prosecutor deposed, the Prisoner was his Lodger, and took away the Hat, and that he promised to return it him again. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and there being no farther evidence against him, he was acquitted .
Thomas Price , of St. James Westminster , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Guy Meswin , the 22nd of March last in the night-time, and stealing thence 2 Silver Cups, value 6 l.7 Spoons, val.55 s. a Watch, val.6 l. and wearing Apparel to the value of 25 l. The Prosecutor deposed, that when he came down stairs in the morning, he found the shutters of his house broken, and his goods stollen. Edward Goodson deposed, that himself, the Prisoner and William Wells , did the robbery; that they broke open the shutters, and Wells and Price got into the house; that they were coming out with the other goods when Price found out the Closet, and stole the Plate, valuing himself upon it. The Prisoner deny'd the fact, but the Jury upon the evidence found him guilty of the indictment.
, was indicted for privately stealing two Pair of Womens Shoes, value 3 s. and a Pair of Cloggs val.1 s. the goods of John Spencer . the 22d of April last. The Prosecutor's Apprentice deposed, that the Prisoner ask'd him to let him have the Shoes and Cloggs, and gave him half a Crown for them, and was to give a Shilling more. The Prisoner did not deny the fact, but pleaded he was in drink, and did not consider the illness of the act, but was sorry for it. The Jury thereupon found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Anne ( Wife of George) Steed , and Elizabeth Hall , of St. Mary Whitechappel , were indicted for feloniously stealing 3 pound three quarters of Silk, the property of Caleb Carot , out of the lodging-room of Mary Mackbride , in the dwelling-house of Daniel Fisher , the 29th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, her door was broken open while she was abroad, and the Silk stollen. Another Evidence deposed, she saw Anne Steed come out of the door. The Prisoners deny'd the fact, and Steed said, that going by the door her garter untied, and the stept in the door to tie it. There was not sufficient evidence against them, so they were acquitted .
Elizabeth Dean , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing Goods to the value of 25 s. from Rich. Hewet , the 24th of Feb . last. It appeared the Prisoner lodg'd with the Prosecutor and stole the Goods, whereupon the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
James Bennet , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing an Iron-bar, value 3 s. from the dwel-ling-house of William Ripley ; the 25th of March last. The Evidence deposed, he saw the Prisoner unbook the Bar from the Prosecutor's Window, and carry it away. The Prisoner pleaded he found it in the street; but this did not hinder the Jury from finding him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Jeremiah Beril and Sarah his Wife , of the Parish of Isleworth , were indicted for privately stealing 5 Flaxen Sheets, value 38 s. a Wig. val.25 s.4 Silver Spoons, val.40 s. a Pail, val.1 s. and other Goods out of the dwelling-house of Thomas Sarson , the 29th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, the goods had been lost out of his house at several times; that the Prisoners had both been his servants; that a Sheet and Pail were found at the Prisoner's house. The Jury thereupon acquitted the Man, and found his Wife guilty to the value of 10 d.
William Wells , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the house of Rebeccah Maling in the night-time, and stealing thence Linen to the value of 5 l. the 21st of December last. The Prosecutor deposed, her house was broken and the goods stollen, Abel Mills deposed, that himself with the Prisoner and one Robert Evans , got over a wall, sat in a chariot while the watch were gone their rounds, broke open the window, wrung the Cloaths out of water, and carried them away and sold them to Deborah Stens . The Prisoner deny'd the fact, nevertheless the Jury found him guilty of the indictment.
Hannah Woodall , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Stuff-Gown and Petticoat, value 20 s. a Stomacher , val.3 s. 3 Aprons, val.3 s. the wearing apparel of Mary wife of William Crawford, the 1st of December last. Mary Crawford deposed, that the Prisoner carried away her Cloaths betimes in the morning. The Prisoner did not deny her having the Cloaths, but said, that she having lost her own
Margaret Pritchard alias Chapman and Mary Cecil , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard value 6 l out of the Dwelling-house of Siggins Brown , the 15th of April last. The Prosecutor depos'd that the Prisoners came to his house and staid there all day, and at night he having used the Tankard, lock'd it up in a Draw in the Kitchin where the Prisoners sat; that he went down to draw a Pint of drink, and when he came up he found the Draw broken open and the Tankard and Prisoners gone. The Prisoners denied the Fact, Margaret Pritchard saying she had been a Lodger in the House, and it being a House of a resort for Thieves and other ill Persons, where were continual Disturbances, she went away; and coming to reckon with her Landlady, she asked her to stay all night, as she did, and was there to and fro all the next Day; that there were a couple of Thieves drinking out of this Tankard that day; that indeed they went away, but knew nothing of the Tankard. There was no Evidence that they took the Tankard, and tho' their Reputation was none of the best, yet it was probable there might be some truth in what they said, so they were both acquitted .
Joanna Revel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Saddles, value 7 s. and a Bridle, value 1 s. the Goods of Thomas Drinkwater , the 28th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed he lost the Saddles, and that he afterwards found them in Revel's House. The Prisoner pretended they were left there by a person who had been at her house for the Prosecutor's servant. She had no body appear'd to her Reputation, so the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Dyer , Mary Hudson , and Frances Knether , of St. Clement Danes were indicted for privately stealing 7 Holland Shirts, value 30 s. a Coat, val.10 s. a Night-gown, val.10 s. and other Goods of Arthur Pines, in the Dwelling-house of John Loggin , the 13th of March last. Mrs. Loggin deposed, That the Prisoner Mary Hudson was her Servant, and Mr. Pine a Lodger in her house; that the Prisoner Hudson let in the two other Prisoners, and amongst them carried off the Goods. They confessed where some of them were pawned, and they found them accordingly. It appear'd that Hudson and Dyer were the Managers of the intrigue, and Knether only brought into the Scrape. The Prisoners having nothing material to say in their Defence, the Jury acquitted Knether, and found Hudson and Dyer guilty to the value of 4 s 10 d.
Robert Furrow , of London, was indicted for privately stealing 3 Silver Spoons, value 36 s. out of the Dwelling-house of John Taylor , the 9th of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner being Servant to a Gentleman that used his House, us'd to be pretty much in the Kitchin, and that he having frequently lost things, gave his Servants order to be watchful to discover those that stole them; That a Silver Spoon being missing, he order'd his Drawers to see what Spoons were in use in the several Companies in the house, in which time the Prisoner goes away; and being suspected, was call'd back, and he not being in the Bar, the Prisoner perceiving that there was enquiry made after the Spoon, steps to the House of Office and throws it down the Vault, as a Drawer depos'd that heard it ring against the Wall in falling: The Spoon was seen lying upon the top of the Soil, and afterwards taken up. The Prisoner confessed at his Apprehention he had stollen three, but deny'd it upon his Tryal: However the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
John Rutton , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for privately stealing 3 Silver Spoons, value 36 s.2 Gold Rings, val.25 s. and other things, the Property of Mary Cook , out of the Dwelling-house of Robert Smith , the 1st of March last. It appear'd that the Prosecutor and Prisoner lodg'd in the same House and on the same Floor; and that he broke a hole in a plaistered Partition at the bottom of the Bed's head, putting up a Board that he could go in and come out at pleasure, and so took the Goods. The Goods were part of them found where he confess'd he pawned them. Upon his Tryal he denied the Fact: but the Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s 10 d.
Jane Revel , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing a Looking-Glass, value 3 s. and other Goods of a small value , the Property of Richard Blackwell , the 1st of Feb . last. The Prosecutor's Wife deposed the things were stollen out of her Room and were found in the Prisoner's Apron. She had nothing to say in her Defence that was sufficient to hinder the Jury from finding her guilty to the value of 10 d.
Charles Burton , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing 19 Yards of Linnen, value 13 s. the Property of John Ashmead , the 15th of April last. The Evidence depos'd, That there being a Waggon loaded in the Yard of the Serjeants Head Inn in Friday-Street , the Mistriss of the House seeing the Prisoner and another in the Yard, suspecting them, called out to the Servants to shut the Wicket; one immediately running to shut it, a person brush'd before him and slipt out: but the Prisoner being further up, had not the opportunity to get out. That examining the Waggon they found two Packs cut, one of Linnen and another of Silk, and one Piece of Linnen taken out. That taxing the Prisoner, he answer'd them in menacing Language, saying he was a Man of Character, being a Knight Baroner, and would expect Satisfaction for such Scandal; bar however they not believing him, persisted to search him, as is usual to common Criminals, to see what Pistols;&c. he had about him, but found neither Arms nor Mony, nor any dangerous Weapon, but only a small Knife and a Tooth-pick-Case. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, saying he went to enquire for one Mr. Edwards of Bristol, and went to the upper end of the Inn-yard to enquire of the Hostler. The Court making use of his pretence of being a Knight Baronet not in his favour, he affirmed at the Bar he was so; and this was confirm'd by some there. The Fact not being plainly prov'd upon him, the Jury acquitted him.
James Hornsby , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Pocket, a Silk Handkerchief, a pair of Silk Gloves. and 22 d. in Mony, from the person of Hannah Foot , the 1st of this instant May . The Prosecutor depos'd as she was passing along Ironmonger-Lane , the Prisoner pull'd of her pocket and ran away; upon which she cried out, and a little Boy following the Prisoner, seized and held him while Assistance came, and took the Pocket out of his bosom. The Fact was plainly proved, and the Prisoner could make no Defence but a Newgate one, which is, a lucky Faculty of finding things the very Instant that they are lost; so the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.
Joseph Bowen , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in breaking and entring the Church-yard in St. Botolph's Bisbopsgate , and taking away the Body of William Childers , in order to its being dissected . Several Evidences deposed they were present at the Interment of the Body, and others that they were drinking at the Rose Inn in Smithfield with Mr. John Kersey , Chirurgeon at Oxford, when the Hamper was brought in; and that he said he gave the Prisoner a Guinea for it, for which they were suspected as Accomplices, and sent to the Counter. The Prisoner did not deny the Fact, but owned that he and another took up the dead Body, put it first into a Sack and then into a Hamper, and afterwards convey'd it to Smithfield. So the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment; and since he and his Fraternity are grown such common Disturbers, that the Dead can't rest quietly in their Graves for'em, is sentenced to a condign Punishment.
Edmund Bury Godfrey , and Edward Gould , of London, were indicted for feloniously stealing 134 pair of Worsted stockings, value 20 l. the Property of John Squire and Samuel Wheeler , out of the Dwelling-house of Edward Bury , the 26th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, That his Stockings were lost while he was abroad, and that Edward Gould was his Servant, and that he inspecting him pressed him very hard to declare the Truth, which after some urgency he did, and also declar'd the same before Sir Thomas Abney . That he and Godfrey having contrived to rob his Master, the latter came the Friday before and enquired when he might come that there would be Goods ready to carry off. That he told him the Tuesday following about 8 a clock, and the Signal was to whistle at the Window; that accordingly he came and whistled and he let him in, where he lay hid till Gould getting his Fellow-Servant to the Alehouse, the Prisoner Godfrey had the opportunity to carry away the Goods. This Examination to this effect was Read in Court: but notwithstanding this he now used the common Newgate Argument, an universal Negative. However, the Jury took him at his first word, and found him guilty of the Indictment; and there being not sufficient Proof against Godfrey, him they acquitted .
Abigail Dale , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Drugget-Curtains and other Goods to the value of 35 s. the Goods of Sarah Hall , the 10th of December last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner was her Lodger, and took the Goods out of a Chest of Drawers in the room and went off with them. The fact being plainly proved upon the Prisoner, the Jury found her guilty of the indictment.
John Bray , was indicted for a Misdemeanor, for inticeing John Barber to take away the Goods of his Master Nathaniel Whisley , knowing him to be a Servant . John Barber deposed, that the Prisoner carry'd him one Sunday to a Bawdy-house and debauched him, and persuaded him to give him some Hair, which he did. The Prisoner made but a trifling defence, wherefore the Jury found him guilty .
Jane Cliff , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Yards of Black Silk in the shop of David Bagshaw , the 28th of August last. The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, the Prisoner with two others came to his Master's shop to buy some Nermich Crape, which they did, and while he was stepping to reach down some goods, took the Silk out of a Counter, and put it under the Crape in order to carry it off. The fact being plainly proved, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
Elizabeth Leman , of London, was indicted for privately stealing 12 Yards of Callicoe, value 36 s. in the shop of John Wright , the 27th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner came to his shop to cheapen some Callicoe, and stole the said goods, which the dropped from her in the shop after she had been charged with it. The Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s. and 10 d.
John Fox , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing from the person of Edward Johnson , a Tortoise-shell Snuff-box with a Silver Lid,&c. value 3 l. the 8th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, that going to a general Court at the East-India-House , he lost his Box out of his Pocket. Another Evidence deposed, that he hearing an outcry of Stop Thief, he seized the Prisoner, who had the Snuff-box in his Glove. The Prisoner pretended he found the Box going up stairs in the India-House, but this pretence did not hinder the Jury from finding him guilty of the indictment.
He was likewise a 2d time indicted for stealing 48 Moidores,4 Half-Moidores,1 Quadruple piece, value 3 l.8 s. pistols and bread pieces of Gold to the value of 78 l.19 s. from the Person of Isaac Capis , the day and at the place abovementioned. The Prosecutor deposed, he lost the money out of his pocket in the India-House . Another Evidence deposed, that bearing there had been a Pickpocket at the East-India-House, he seized the Prisoner at the door of the Swan and Griffin Tavern, inspecting him to be the person by some signs of guilt he perceived in his, and that there the bag of money was taken out of his bosom . The Prisoner pleaded as before, that he found the bag of money in the East-India-House, upon which the Court observed he was unfortunately lucky. There were likewife two Persons who deposed, they saw the Prisoner take up something like a Bag in the India-House. There seemed to be brought as casually as if they had dropped out, of the Clouds, and as the Prisoner was fortunate; but had so little influence upon the Jury, that they brought him in guilty of this indictment also.
Joseph Conibach alias Whitney , of St. Anne's Westminster , was indicted for breaking the dwelling-house of William Ray , and stealing thence 3 Flaxen Sheets, value 15 s. a Smock, val.4 s. and other Goods , the 3d of October last was 12 Months. The Prosecutor deposed his house was broken, and the goods stollen. Abel Downs deposed, that he, the Prisoner, and one Jeves did the fact, and sold the goods to Debor ab stens. The Constable deposed that the Prisoner said, Would he have been such a Rogne as Abel Downs, he could have hang'd him 4 years ago; and that when he apprehended him, he got from him, and he had like to have lost his life in taking him again. It appeared he had been an old offender, and the Jury found him guilty of the indictment.
Arabella Vickars , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Holland Sheet, value 8 s. a Blanket, val.4 s. a Saucepan, val.7 s. and some other Goods of a small value, out of the dwelling-house of James Robinson , the 14th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, she let a room to the Prisoner and another Woman; that they lodged there five nights, and then carried off the Goods and came no more. The Prisoner pleaded, that she and her Companion had quarrell'd, and she told her she should lodge with her no longer; so she went away, but knew not what became of the goods. Whereupon the Jury acquitted her.
William Robinson , of St. James Clerkenwell , was indicted for breaking the House of Joseph Darney in the night-time, and stealing thence Pewter, Brass,16 Stone of Park, and other goods to the value of 6 l. the 8th of March last. Charity Dorney deposed, the House was broken open, and the Goods stollen. A Watchman deposed, he met the Prisoner with Pewter upon his head, and when he stopped him, he threw it down and run away. The matter depending purely upon the Watchman's evidence, and it being night, and he old and his sight dark, the Jury acquited him.
Mary Stephens , alias Bird, alias Gilbert , of St. Dunstans Stepney , was indicted for assaulting Edward Davis on the highway, and taking from him 5 Guineas and 14 s.6 d. in Silver , the 13th of November last. The Prisoner said, An it please your Excellency, I had received the Money at Chelsea-College, and was drinking in a Brandy-Shop in Rosemary-lane, having the Guineas in my Phobb and the Silver in my pocket. The Prisoner came in there, and said she would conduct me so my lodgings, and led me, I don't know where, into a by place, and above drew me down, and fell upon me, and took my money. Being ahead whother it was not the Brandy that threw him down, he reply'd, An it please your Excellency perhaps that was a help. There was no positive evidence that the Prisoner was the Woman, but only the Prosecutor deposed, that she sent one of her Concerns (meaning her Conforts) to him, to offer him 2 Guineas to make it up); and it being about 10 a clock at Night, and his sight perhaps as dark as the season, the Jury acquitted her.
Mary ( Wife of John) Laud , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 2 Silver Spoons, value 14 s. a Holland Shirts, val.8 s. 5 Holland Sheets, val.3 l. and other goods of Anne Sutton , the 24th of February last. But the proof being deficient; and a good character being given her, she was acquitted .
Margaret Jackson , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Brass-Pot, value 15 s. the property of Joseph Baily , the 25th of March last. The Prosecutor's Wife deposed, that she lost her Pot and saw it at a Brazier's Door. The Brazier's Man deposed, the Prisoner was in Company with the Woman that sold it him. This being all the Evidence against the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted her.
John Tailor , of London, was indicted for privately stealing a Pair of Silver Buckles, value 10 s. out of the shop of Andrew Dalton , the 29th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, that the Prisoner came to his shop to buy a pair of Buckles, which he agreed for, leaving six pence earnest, saying, he would go fetch the rest of the money; and that when he was gone, he missed a Pair of Buckles, which the Prisoner had in his hand. But the Jury not thinking the proof of the fact full enough, of that acquitted him.
He was indicted a Second time with one Charles Cambel for privately stealing a pair of Silver Buckles, val.7 s 6 d. out of the shop of the said Andrew Dalton , the same 29th of April. The Prosecutor depos'd, that John Tailor came to his shop and Cambel with him, saying he could not raise Mony enough to pay for the Buckles he had bought of him before, but desired he would change 'em for a less pair ; and that Charles Cambel pretended to buy a pair likewise. That he threw down several pair at once upon the Counter to giv them an opportunity, watching them narrowly; that Cambel stole one pair and went out of the shop: he apprehended them and found the Buckles upon Cambel. The Prisoners had no Defence but the denial of the Fact, so the Jury acquitted Tailor, and found Cambel guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
Edward Crisp , of London, was indicted for privately stealing 3 oz. and a half of Human Hair, value 3 l.10 s. the Goods of Samuel Whistler , the 20th of April last. The Prosecutor depos'd the Prisoner was his Journeyman , and that the Hair was his. Another Evidence depos'd he brought it to him to sell. The Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
Christian Griffth , of London, was indicted for privately stealing a Gown and Petticoat, val.15 s.3 Holland Shirts, val.10 s. and other Goods to the value of 58 s. out of the Dwelling-house of Abraham Cartiss , the 19th of Decemb . last. The Prosecutor's Wife depos'd, That the Prisoner being employed to help her Wash, carried away the Goods. The Fact being plainly proved upon her, she was found guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
John alias Thomas Conner , of Pancrass , was indicted for Assaulting on the Highway Elizabeth, Wife of John Perkins , and taking from her a Cambrick Handkerchief, val:1 s. and 1 s.3 d. in Mony , the 10th of April last. Elizabeth Perkins deposed, That coming from Kentish Town, near Pancrass-Bridge a Person met her in a Ridinghood, whom she took to be a Woman, and that just passing through the Posts he struck her on the breast and said, Bitch, deliver; she taking the Prisoner for a Woman, said, Creater, what do you mean? upon which he struggled with her, and the Head of the Ridinghood fell off, and a young Woman that was with her cry'd out, Mrs. Perkins,'tis Man,'tis Man. That upon this she cried out for Help, and the Prisoner whistled, and a Man came up to her who said he would assist her, saying he was a Constable; but he rather justifying the Prisoner than assisting her, she suspected him for one of his Gang, and that when Help came he walked off. She deposed that he took from her Handkerchief and Mony. The young Woman deposed much the same, adding, that upon her crying out the Prisoner call'd her Bitch, saying he would stop her mouth presently. Mr. Gemings depos'd, That he being with his Wife not far off, heard the Outcry , and bid his Wife go to the Town to call one smith to their assistance, while he went to aid the Prosecutor. Mr. Smith deposed that he came and than they secured the Prisoner. The Prisoner gave this Account of the Matter: That there were some Friends of his that were going into the Country, by whom he sent a Letter
Isaac Dalton , of London, Printer , was indicted for Printing and Publishing a seditious Libel, in which are contained many false and scandalous Expressions against his Majesty, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and present Government , intitled, Advise to the Freeholders of England . Mr. Mexey deposed, That he being introduced by one Derbyshire, a fort of a Pacquet-Bearer from France to the Disaffected in England, went to Mr. Flint's Room in Newgate the 9th of Feb. last to get the Libel call'd The Battle of Sherifmore. That the Prisoner being there, ask'd him if he could not dispose of the Advice to the Freeholder ,&c. and that he sold him 10 of them at 18 d. a piece (being about the size of a penny Book) one of which he mark'd and was produced in Court. That they sent for Drink, where the Prisoner drank the Pretender's Health by the Name of James the IIId, and success to the King of Sweden's Expedition, saying, they would soon be here, and then they should be all glorious Fellows, and all have Commissions, and then he would be reveng'd of that Rogue Buckley. That the Prisoner asked him if he had any thing to print, telling him, if he had any thing to print against this damn'd Government he would print it. This was confirm'd by Captain Moor , who was present. The Evidence being full against the Prisoner, and he having nothing to say to invalidate it, the Jury found him guilty of Publishing this Libel.
Francis Williams , Matthew Chessey alias Cheshire , of Chiswick , were indicted for assaulting William Honour on the King's Highway, and taking from him one Strawberry Gelding, value 6 l. and one Black Gelding, val 10 l. the property of John Bowcher ,4 Mails, val.8 l. and 50 Leather Bags, val 5 l. the 23d of January last. To this Indictment Franscis Williams pleaded Not guilty. But Matthew Chessey refus'd to plead, unless he had a Tankard and some other things restored him, which he said were taken away from him (which, according to the Evidence, was his share of the 35 l Bank-Note which his wife and Hollyday's pot off, as below) but when he obstinately persisted in refusing to plead, the Executioner was call'd and order'd to bring Cords in order to force him to plead, by tying his Thumbs together and so drawing the Noose hard by violent pulling, which is the Forerunner of the Press. But before the Executioner came again, he at last told the Court he would plead if they would promise him afterwards that he should have them; to which he was answered, That he should have what was legally his: So at last he pleaded Not guilty.
William Honour the Post-boy deposed, That between Turnham-Green and Branford there follow'd him three men, that two of them pass'd by him; that one of them laid hold of him horse's bridle, and led the horse, and another drove him into a field, and there told him they wanted the Bristol and Exeter Mails, threatning him if he did not tell them which they were; then they cut the straps, and opening the Mail, took out the Western and Bristol Packets, and then bound him and carried them off. Hollyday deposed, that the prisoners and he met at the Harpin Grays-Inn-Lane, to console in order to rob the Mail, agreed upon it, and the pretence was to be, that they had a Commission from the Pretender, who was at Bristol; that it was to have been put in execution the Sunday before, but that they were disappointed of their Horses; that on Tuesday-night they met at about 9 a clock, took horse, and went towards Branford said till about 4 in the morning, and not seeing the Post-boy thought he had been gone by, and were for returning; but while they were covering their horses, he came by, and that they did at the Post-boy had before related, and brought the Packets to Chessey's house in Fetter-lane. Holiday's Wife deposed, that about 8 of the clock on Wednesday-morning one Smith went with her to Chessey's house; that she went up stairs, and found the Prisoners all over dirt, like frighted men, opening Letters; that Mr. Smith would not go up, upon which Williams said, G - d d - n him, why would he not came up? he has put us upon it, and now be will not be seen in it. Upon which they thought themselves unsafe there; and one of them saying he had a friend at the Black Dog in shoreditch, whom be had trusted very considerably, and believing they might be safe under his roof, the Letters were accordingly carried thither: That they found no booty in the Letters they opened on Wednesday: that one concern'd having business that he could not attend on Thursday, they were lock'd up at the Black Dog till Friday-morning; that on Friday-morning they met there, eat a Breakfast; till the man of the house was up; then they went up stairs, had a fire made, a large table set, and having hung up her Ridinghood against the key-hole, Chessey fetch'd out the bag, laid it down upon the table, and fell to opening the Letters, that they found 3 Chequer-Notes of an 100 l. each, and 3 Bank- Notes of 20 l. each, which they distributed equally; that there was likewise a Bank-Note of 35 l which being an odd sum, they sent her and Chessey's wife to lay it out in Plate, which they did, buying 2 Tankards,6 Spoons, and 3 Gold Rings, which also were divided amongst them; and that the Prisoners took each of them their parts of the Letters and carried them and dropt them in Moor-fields ,&c. Chessey's wife and she going before to see all safe; and that they found likewise a Bank-Note of 25 l. which her husband had to receive the money at the Bank, which he deposed he carried into Cannon-street to an Alehouse at the sign of the Cripple, and calling for a Porter, bid him go to the Bank to receive the money. Reeves the Porter deposed, that he plying at the corner of the street was called, and that Holliday gave him the 25 l. Note to go to the Bank to receive the money, which he did, and that there the Note and he were stopped (notice having been given of it before) and that the next morning came Holliday's Wife and one Peacock a porter along with her to the sign of the Cripple, and enquired for the Porter that a North-Country Gentleman had sent the night before with a Bank-Note, saying, that last night he got drunk, and so could not come for it himself. Peacock the Porter deposed, that he plying in Holbourn was called to Holliday and sent along with his wife to the sign of the Cripple on this errand. The Porter Reeves appeared that had carry'd the Note to the Bank, and told 'em, the Landlord of the house had the money in his hands, which they demanding he fetch'd down, and was telling it out to Peacok and the Woman, but telling it wrong, sometimes 19 for 20, and sometimes 22 for 20, on purpose to protract the time while he sent word to the Bank, some persons came from there and apprehended them; and the fact being charged home upon her, and some promises of indemnity to her husband. she at last discovered where he was; so they went to the Coach and Horses in Holbourn and apprehended him, and by his direction the Prisoners. It was sworn likewise, that Chessey had some of the Letters taken out of the Mail in his Pocket, when he was apprehended. Several of these things were confirmed by a variety of Evidences. The Prisoners deny'd the fact, Said they were innocent of it, and knew no more of it them the child unborn. Chessey deny'd he had been upon the back of a Horse or Mare for twelve months last past. Williams labour'd to invalidate the evidence of Holliday, saying he was a great Rogue, had been in all the Goals in England, was a perjur'd, Villain , and stood convicted of Felony, and so could not be a legal Evidence; he had been at charge to get the Copy of his Pardon produced in Court, which he pleaded in 1711, saying he had not fulfilled the Conditions of it, and so flood still convict. But he neither proving his Conviction, nor the Nonperformance of the Conditions of his Pardon it bore no weight with the Court, and the Jury found them both guilty of the indictment.
The Prisoners being asked what they had to say in Arrest of Judgement, Chessey insisted upon a promise of the Court that he should have the Tankard; but was answer'd, that he was promised so such thing, but only he should after Tryal have what was his Rights: That as he, being convict, had no legal Right to any thing, all being forfeited; much less had be any to the Tackard, which had been Purchased with part of the money gotten by the Robbery for which he stood convicted. Francis Williams owned he was concerned in the fact after the Robbery, but deny'd his being in it; and pleaded, that when they examined the Letters, the rest were all illiterate and could not read, and would have burnt all the Letters and Writings that they did not make use of, and that a great fire was made, to whose flames they were all to be committed, that they might not rise up in judgement against them; but he, being sensible of the consequences, and shock'd at the barbarity of their design, opposed it, saying that Children unborn, and Generation to come, would be bound to Curse them for so Villainous an Action, by which they should have their Titles to
Thomas Walker and Thomas Ash , of St.Martin's in the Fields , Gent , were indicted for the Murder of John Abbot , by giving him one mortal Wound on the left side of the Belly near the Navel, of the breadth of half an Inch and depth of 8 Inches, the 27th of Feb . last, of which he languish'd till the 2d of March and then died .
They were likewise indicted upon the Coroner's inquest for the same.
Mr.Rendal depos'd that having a Warrant to Arrest one Robinson in an Action of 200 l. himself and the Deceas'd being together, they saw him go into a Tavern in Drury-Lane with a Woman, and that Tavern not being in their Liberty, they waited his coming out and arrested him; and that he was going along with them, upon which the Woman cry'd out An Arrest, whereupon the Prisoners came to them and asked them, how they dar'd to arrest any person so near the Play-house? and immediately cry'd out, Go it (a Term which they make use of upon such Occasions) and that the Prisoners drew their Swords, and Walker cut Randal over the Eye that the Prisoners likewise made several passes at the Deceas'd and gave him the Wound of which he died. Another Evidence depos'd, that going to see Abbot he told him, Mr. Walker had murder'd him barbarously. And there were a great many Evidences produced which Interfer'd as to some Circumstances, but far the greater number agreed in this , That the Deceas'd struck the Prisoners before their 5 words were drawn; that he having lost his Stick, ran into a House, got a Broom, beat of Mr.Walker's Hat and Wig; afterwards knock'd him down, lay upon him, beat him in an unmerciful manner, that the Spectators cry'd out against the Barbarity, saying, would he murder the Gentleman? that there were several sharp Reacounters betwixt the Prisoners, Rendal, and the Deceas'd, sometimes Abbot enagaged with Mr.Walker, and Randal with Mr. Ask sometimes a; sometimes both upon one; and that when the Deceas'd was lying; upon Mr. Walker and beating him very barbarously, Randal came and said violently at Mr. Walker as he lay upon the Ground often striking his own Partner, the Deceas'd, instaid of him, till at last having been for some time sharply engaged, besmear'd with Blood, and wallow'd in the Dirt, they were help'd off the Ground; and the Deceased being lifted up, said, G - d d - mn the Reseal, I have hurt my self with him and going into an Alehouse to wash himself, said, G - d d - n him, how come 1 to fall upon Walker Sward ? however, pleas'd himself with this, that he had manl'd him sufficiently. Mr. Walker called several Gentlemen to his Reputation, who gave him a good Character for a quiet Person that was more inclin'd to take then give Affronts. However the Jury found them both guilty of Manslaughter .
of St. Jame's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Horse, val 10 l. the Property of John Brock , the 7th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed he lost his horse in Cambridgeshire 2 Years and 3 quarters dace , and had never heard of him till lately; that his Son going to see an Uncle in Hertfordshire , on his Uncle's Son came likewise at the same time to see his Father upon that Horse, upon which also he came to the Prisoner's House and Challenged the Horse, affirming it to be his House. The Prisoner Pleaded that he bought the Horse of The. Blakesly for 10 l. in Smithfield; that he was vouch'd and told according to Custom, and that the Prosecutor went and searched the Book and found it so. The person that sold the Horse appear'd in Court, and affirm'd he bought him last Summer at Reading Fair of one Canon , who knew the breeding of him up. And that it did appear that it was not the Prosecutor's Horse, the Seller, Voucher, and all appeared in Court and justified these things, offering to take the Prisoner's place and prove all they had said. The Prisoner being a Man of very good Repute and Worth, and as the Prosecutor knew all this before he indicted him, it appear'd so obstinate and malicious a Prosecution, that the Court ordered the Prisoner a Copy of his Indictment .
William Hodges , of London, was indicted for privately stealing an Ingot of Silver, weight 12 oz val.3 d. out of the shop of John Lewis , the 27th of October,1715 . The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, that the Prisoner came to his Master's shop to bespeak two plates of Silver, and came at night to fetch them; that be afterwards missed the ingot. The Prosecutor depos'd that a Neighbour's Servant came to him and told him, he had been at a Pawnbroker, that the Pawnbro-ker's Son shewed him an Ingot of Silver, which he suppos'd to be his, bearing he had lost one; that claiming the Ingot, the Pawnbroker did not deny it, but gave it to him, promising that he would secure the Prisoner, which he afterwards did but let him go, having receiv'd the Money that was lent on the Ingot. The Prosecutor endeavoured to apprehend him, but could not find him, till it happen'd that the Prisoner having arrested a Man, one came to him and told him if he would get the person arrested, at liberty, he would give him an opportunity of apprehending the Prisoner, which he did, when the Prisoner was sent for to agree the matter with his Debtor. The Pawnbrnker's Son depos'd, that he lent the Mony, viz.48 s. on the Ingot, unknown to his Father, he not being at that time at home. The Prisoner in his Defence owned be pawned an Ingot to the said Broker's Son, but said It was an Ingot he had cast of the Filings and Parings of Plate and some Silver he had bought, he being by Trade an Ingraver and Snuff-box Maker. That the Prosecutor having apprehended him by the Stratagem before mentioned, he was obliged to take a Note for 6 l. of the Man he had arrested, Instead of 20 l. that was owing to him. He likewise produced an Evidence who depos'd, that he went to Mr. Lewis, the Prosecutor, to desire him to be favourable in the Prosecution, and that Lewis told him, he would favour him all he could if he would be an Evidence against the Broker, he being the Man he aimed at, and would spend 100 l. to plague him, because he was a Mughouse-man. The Jury having considered the whole matter, found him guilty of the Indictment
Benjamin Rhodes , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Mary Street , and stealing thence a pair of Holland Sheets, value 30 s. the 30th of April last was 12 months. Abel Downs deposed, that himself, the Prisoner, and Thomas Whittle , did the Fact; that Rhodes first went upon the speak (i.e to see in what Disposition matters were) and perceiving the Prisoner to go up stairs, leaving the Door upon the latch, they went in and stole the sheets and sold them for 12 s. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, but the Jury found him guilty of Felony.
He was a Second time indicted for stealing Goods, in value 4 l. the property of Walter Heddy , the 8th of Nov.1714 .The Fact being plainly proved upon him, the Jury found him guilty of this indictment likewise.
William Meakins , of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for privately stealing 40 Yards of Flanel, val.50 s. out of the shop , of John Oakly , the 10th of Jan. in the 1st Year of his Majesty's Reign . The Prosecutor depos'd he lost the Flanel out of his Shop-window. Abel Downs deposed, that he lent the Prisoner a Knife, with which he cut the strings that tied the Flanel, and stole it out of the Window, and that they sold it to Deborah Stent for 16 s. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s. to 10 d.
He was likewise indicted a second time for stealing 3 Petticoats, val.15 s. out of the shop of Henry Lane , the 10th of Jan. in the 1 st year of his Majesty's Reign . Abel Dawns deposed, that he and the Prisoner going out a thieving, as they used to do, they fixed upon the Prosecutor's shop, there being no body in it and the Window half open: but perceiving a Woman in a shop on the other side of the way looking toward it, made use of this Conviance , That the Prisoner should go under pretence of buying a shirt, to divert her while he went is and stole the Goods, which he did, and sold them to Deborah Stent. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
William Giles , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Perriwig, value,35 s. out of the shop of Matth.ew Biner , the 10th of April in the first year of his Majesty's reign . Abel Downs deposed, that himself, the Prisoner, and John Giles lately executed, went to the Prosecutor's house, and lifted up the Prisoner, who patting his hand in at the hole of the shutter, broke the sash , and took the Perriwig off from a block that stood in the window; and that making a noise, they heard some in the house stirring , so ran away, they into Drury-lane and himself into Long-Acre ; that they sold it for 15 s. and that he seeing the Prisoner with a Wigg on the next day that he did not use to wear, thought they had sunk him in that shop (i.e. stollen more than they told him of) asked the Prisoner how he came by it; that he told him he saw a lappy Gager take a Ratler, so he loped after him, and snabbled his Poll: That is, He saw a Gentleman in drink take Coach; and be following the Coach, the Gentleman looking out, be snatch'd off his Wigg. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
Katherine Hill , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for Stealing a Gown and Petticoat, and other Goods to the Value of 4 l. the Property of Robert Westbury and Thomas Sparks . The fact being plainly proved, the Jury found her guilty to the val. of 10 d.
John Gobel , the 30th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, that the Prisoner came the night before to his House to lodge, and in the morning carried away the Sheets of the Bed; he missing them, immediately following him brought him back; and that he having put them at his back, unbuttoning his Coat, let them drop from him. The Prisoner denyd the Fact. But the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Thomas Spooner , of St. Mary Whitechappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 9 Ducks and 5 Geese, out of the stable of Thomas Bigs , the 20th of October last. The Prosecutor depos'd, he lost the Fowls out of his stable and found them in the Prisoner's house. The Prisoner pretended he bought them coming from Kensington. It appeared the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Son-in-law, and used to make hold with his Father-in-law's Goods, as well as other peoples. Whereupon the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Christopher Ward , and John Leman , were indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of George Emmerton , in the night time, and stealing thence Goods to the value of 4 l. the property of Ann Morse , the 15th of Jan . last. The Prosecutor deposed, that hearing a noise about 5 a Clock in the Morning, she comes down, finds her Shutter taken down, and the goods gone. Susan Dorrel deposed, that the going along saw the Prisoners committing the Fact and Leman come out at the Shop window; that she knew them, having had dealings with them before; that they threatened her if she did not buy the goods they would swear her into the Robbery, and that they told her had they not been disturbed, they designed to have cleared the Shop. that she did buy them, but considering her danger, went and informed the prosecutor. The Jury found them both guilty of the indictment.
Thomas Cardiff , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for the Murder of John Harriot , by giving him one Mortal Wound in the right side of his breast near his right pap, of the breadth of a quarter of an inch, and the depth of 12 inches the 3rd of March last of which he instantly dy'd . The Evidences for the King in the case were also Evidence for the prisoner, and deposed, that the Prisoner, the Deceased, and some others were drinking together at the sign of the Cock and Bottle at Charing-Cross , in a very friendly manner, till about 10 a clock at night; when the Deceased, taking umbrage at something the Prisoner said, fell a swearing in a very profane manner, that he would have Satisfaction of him before he slept, bidding him go into the Meuse and he would make a D - I of him; that then the Deceased laid hold of his Sword and would have fought the Prisoner, but was hindred by the Company and Landlord, who took away their Swords; and the soft language of the Prisoner, which was to this effect, Prithee Jack be quiet; what should you and I fight for? We have been old Comrades abroad; so calm'd the Deceased's fury , that they shook hands, kissed one another, and then sat down again to drink very friendly, but some observed the tokens of ma-lice still to appear in the Deceased's conntenance; that the rest of the Company going away, they went out together about 12 a clock at night, seeming friends; and that the Prisoner offered the Deceased the conveniency of a Coach. The Prisoner pleaded in his Defence to the same effect, add ing, that what the Deceased was so inraged as was, that when the Deceased was railing against his Agent on account of force Money he refused to let him have, and threatened he would buy an Oaken Stick and cudgell him, the Prisoner replyed, Prithee Jack don't talk so; I 'll go along with you to the Agent, and persuade him to let you have some Money; at which he fell into a great Rage, swearing in a very prefane manner, and saying, What! must I be under your Di rection ? No; I will have satisfaction of you before I sleep, but was seemingly pacified, as has been before deposed: That when they went not of the house, the Deceased refusing a Coach as he offer'd him, he parted from him, and having been gone about 20 yards, the Deceased called him, saying he had something to say to him; that going back, the Deceased asked him to walk a little way with him , carried him into Spring-Garden , and drew upon him, telling him he would have Satisfaction: That he said to him in mild terms, Prithee Jack do not talk at this rate; but he having drawn, would have killed him had be not drawn in his own Defence, and in defending himself killed the Deceased, tho' he did not think he had, for which he was heartily sorry. This was confirmed by a Watchman in Spring Gardens that was within hearing, and a Boy that saw the action, who added, that the Deceased drew first, and said to the Prisoner , D - N you, are you a Man? if you are, draw, and shew your self so; and that the Prisoner retreated, and would have pacified him, but he would not; and that when he was fallen, the Prisoner endeavour'd to help him up, saying, Get up, Jack; let us take Coach and go home; I have't hurt you; but the Deceased never spoke, but gave one groan and died. Whereupon the Jury brought in their Verdict Se Defendendo .
Henry Burt , of St. Giles's in the Fields was indicted, that he not having the Fear of God before his Eyes, but being moved by the Instigation of the Devil, did ravish, deflower, and Carnally know one Mary Lye , a Virgin of 13 Years of Age , against her Consent, the 10th of March last, against the Form of the Statute in that Case made and provided . Mary Lye deposed, that about two Months since at 10 a clock at Night, the Prisoner using to drink at her Father's house, desired her to go with him to one John Gibson 's, a Barber near the Turnstile in Holbourn ; that she did go, and there he sent for Ale and put Brandy in it; that they drank it; That he had her into a back Room and said she should lie there all Night; to which she replied, she would not, but he said she should; and that she would have got out, but could not. That John Gibson went out, and he threw her upon the Bed; he said he would lie with her, she said he should not; she struggled with him, and cried out to him, for there was no body else near. That he threw up her Coats and did lie with her; that about 3 a clock he let her out, and she went to her home. Being asked whether she declared it or not when she went home, she said No, she was afraid. But there were some Evidences deposed she did complain, about a Week after, that she was swelled and uneasy about her Privy Parts, but did not tell any thing of the occasion till about a Month since; whereupon the Father hearing of it, sent for a Midwife to search her. Who deposed in Court she did so, and found she had been lain with, and asked her when it was she said the Night before; she told her that was not the first time, she then confessed it was not, telling her as before deposed. The Prisoner denied the Fact as to the Rape, but owned it as to having Carnal Knowledge of her, saying that he indeed was eager and she not very unwilling, and that she came to him about a month after and undrest her self , came into the Bed, and lay with him all night, which she did not deny. Upon the whole, there not appearing any Threats or Violence made use of, and as to being against her Consent, it appeared that the Unwillingness was at lost a willing one, thereupon the Jury acquitted him.
Hannah Bell , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously Stealing a Guinea, 11s. in mony, and a Silk Handkerchief, val 10 d the property of Thomas Dean , from the Person of John Smith , the 18th of April last. John Smith deposed, that he had been selling fish for his Master, and going along Newteners lane have about 8 a clock at night with a pipe in his Mouth, the prisoner snatch'd it away; and that he following her for his pipe; she took him by the hand and pulled him in a doors, and up stairs, where he said about a quarter of an hour, that the Prisoner called for a quarter of Geneva and a pennyworth of Tobacco, for which he paid; the money being in his Handkerchief in his pocket, That staying a little while after he missed his mony, and spying the Corner of the Handkerchief hang out of the prisoner's bosom; went to take it, and in the scuttle up comes a Soldier bullying him, saying, what had he to do with his Wife? Striking him with his Sword; that he thereup on fell down on his knees, begged them to give him his mony again or his Master would kill him; but they tumbled him down stairs and turn'd him out of doors. He was very positive the Prisoner was the person. However the Prisoner deny'd the Fact and brought a Tatterdemallion, who like Irish evidence, swore the prisoner was not the Woman came in with the Boy, but was abroad till the hearing the scuffle call'd her in, and that the Woman that robbed him went into the Yard and so got off. But the Jury could not believe her, but brought her in guilty to the value of 10 d.
The Tryals being over, the court procceded to give Judgement, as followeth:
Received Sentence of Death,15.
Sarah Panks , William Collins , John Fox , Thomas Love , James Hornsby , William Hodges , Mortta Pillow , John Carol , William Wells , Thomas Price , Josiab Conrbacb , Francis Williams , Matthew Chissey alias Cheshire , Christopher Word , John Leman .
Burnt in the Hand,19.
Mary Compton alias Crampton, Charles Cambel . Edward Crisp Christian Griffith , Abtparl Dean , Elizabeth Leman , Jane Cliff , Anthony Elson , Richard Reynolds , Jasper Andrews , Edward Gould , Elizabeth Dier , Margaret Hudson , John Ruiton , Thomas Walker , Thomas Ash , Benjamin Rhodes , Williams Meakins , William Giles .
To be Whipt,17.
Nicholas Word , Richard Lincoln , Charles Brown , Martha Sutton , Nicholas Corbet , Thomas Harveod, Joanna Rebel , James Bemart , Sarah Beril , Robert Furrow ,' Jane Rivel , Katharine Hill , John Jones , Thomas Spooner, Hannah Ball , Elizabeth Dean , Hannah Woodal.
Thomas Bray , fined 40 s. Joseph Bormen fined 40 s. and to the whipt froon Newgate to Smithfield Bars . Isaac Dalton fined 10 Marks and three Months imprisonment after the expirtion of his former Sentence. Mary Hinechley to stand is the Pillory in Broadstreet. Phyllis Ayres fined 1 s.