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, and Saturday, being the 6th,7th, and 8th of this Instant June,1717: In the Third Tear 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 King; Mr. Justice Ayres; Mr. Justice Montague , Baron of the Exchequer; Mr. Duman Dee , Common Serjeant; with several of His Majesty's Justies of the Peace for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.
The Jurors Names were as followeth:
The Proceedings were as followeth:
Samuel Freeman , alias John Dean, alias Skull Dean, alias Ralph Barwood and Gregory King , of London, were indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of William Chapman , the 5th of May last, about the hour of 10 and 11 at Night, and stealing a Cabinet with a Silver Lock.&c. value 7 l. the Goods of John Overman . The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, That her Mistress hearing a noise, sent her up stairs, and that she going, met the Prisoners at the stairs-head, and one of them smiling upon her, she, thinking she had known him, return'd him a smile, but soon perceiving her mistake, ran down, giving her Master and Mistress notice that there were Rogues in the house. The or deposed , That he, his Wife, and William Kenny (one of his Workmen) sitting by the fire, and hearing the out-cry , ran immediately to the stairs, and meeting the Prisoners in the passage , attempted to seize them, but king swore G - d d - n him, if be offer'd to touch him, he would beat his Brains out, and struck him with an Iron Crow, wounding him and knocking him down; but he getting up , followed him and held him. William Kenny deposed, That he seizing Freeman, he swore he would shoot him thro' the head; upon which they struggled together and fell down, and rising again, he snapp'd a Pistol at him, which flash'd in the pan, but did not go off, and afterwards threw it away, whereupon he knocked him down twice, and then seized him. There were a great many Picklock-keys, a Betty an Iron Crow, and a Pistol loaded with two Bullets produced in Court, found upon the Prisoners. The Fact was plainly proved, and they having so behaved themselves that no body appeared to their reputation, the Jury found them both Guilty of the indictment.
Katharine Field and Jane Chalk , of St. Andrews Undershaft , were indicted for privately stealing two Silver Boxes, value 10 s 4 Gold Rings. val 20 s. one Emerald Ring, val.10 s. a Pearl Necklace, val.40 s.2 Towels, and 2 Pewter Plates, val.2 s.6 d. out of the Dwelling-house of Isabella Francia , the 18th of May last. Abraham Francis deposed, That Kath Field being his Mother's Servant took an opportunity to steal the Goods. Esther Francis deposed, That missing the Goods, they taxed the Prisoner Field with stealing them, which she deny'd, but searching her, found the Pearl Necklace in her Stockings, and Emerald Ring in her Bosom. A Goldsmith deposed, that he bought the Boxes of Katharine Field. and sold her a Ring. She owned the Fact before the Justice, but denied it upon her Trial; however the Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d. The Towels and 2 Plates were found upon Chalk, but she pleaded the Towels were given her by Katharine Field to make her a Shift; and that she being a poor Woman, used to assist Field sometimes in the office of Chairwoman, and had the Plates home with some broken Victuals, and did intend to return them; in which presence there being some probability, the Jury acquitted her
Elizabeth Bennet , of London, was indicted for privately stealing 2 Holland Shifts. value 4 s. a Pair of Silk Stockings, val.6 s. and other Goods, in the Dwelling-house of Richard Lindsey , the 25th of May last. The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner being Servant to the Prosecutor, stole the Goods, and that they were found locked up in her Box. The Prisoner pretended, that she only locked them up in order for the safer keeping them. But notwithstanding her over-care, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
Ann Barns of London, was indicted for privately stealing a Fustian Frock with Silver Buttons, val.15 s. and a Drugget Wastcoat, value 5 s. out of the Dwelling-house of John Wise , the 18th of May last. The Prosecutor's Wife depos'd the Cloaths hung up in the Kitchin, and while she was gone up stairs they were stollen, and coming down saw the Prisoner going out of doors, and following her she dropped them. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, but it did not avail; but the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Robert Hitchcock depos'd. That he hearing the Prosecutor cry out Murder, made toward him, and saw Jones running away and followed him, calling to other Watchmen for Assistance. Another Watchman depos'd, That he followed Jones, and at Hosier-Lane end he swore he would shoot him, upon which he reply'd he would first have one knock at his Knapper, and so knock'd him down. And that seeing Ely in the Street not taking him for one of his Accomplices, he charged him to aid and assist him in securing Jones; but he pretending to hold him let him go, and Jones struck up his heels and ran away, but was pursued and knock'd down again and Secur'd and that where he was knock'd down a Knife was found bloody, which appeared to be the same wherewith the Prosecutor was stabbed. The Jury thereupon found Jones Guilty of the Indictment; but the Evidence not being so full against Ely, he was Acquitted .
John Jones was indicted a second time for breaking the Dwelling-house of Sir Arthur Key in the Night-time, and stealing thence 1 Silver Salvers, value 50 l.3 Silver Castors, value 8l, 3 Tankards, value 161. and other Plate to a considerable value , the 21 st of April last was 12 months. Mrs. Stephens depos'd. That she left the house secure when she went to bed, but found it broken open and the Plate gone when she rose in the morning. Tho Mills depos'd, That the Prisoner, one Robert Evens , and himself, did the Fact; that they got over the Pallisadoes, took out some Glass, opened the Casement, and with a Hanger lifted up the Bar and took it out, gave it to Jones who threw it into the Street; that he and Evans entred the Kitchin and found there a Silver Cup, then opened the Street-door and let in Jones: then entring a Parlour where two Men were fast asleep. himself stood over the Men, with a pistol in his hand, while the Prisoner and Evans took away the Plate, which was in two Baskets; then going into an Alley, put the Plate into Bags and carried it and sold it to Deborah Stent for 73 l. There were other Evidences that confirm'd some Circumstances. The Jury therefore found him Guilty of the Indictment.
Roger Moor of St. Gile's Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking the House of Sir John Barton , the Common Hunt, in the Night-time, and stealing thence 2 Coppers and an Alembick, value 4 l. the 19th of October last. The Prosecutor depos'd. That his house was broken open and his goods stollen. Henry Hawks depos'd, That himself. the Prisoner, with Tho Benson and Charles Lodge , did the Fact, taking off the Tiles, and getting into the place where the Coppers were, carried them off, and hid them all that day in a Pond, and afterwards fetching them away sold them to Jone Revel. The Jury thereupon found him Guilty of the Indictment.
Lolly Arris , of St. John Wapping , was indicted for privately stealing 7 Holland Smocks, value 50 a Callicoe Gown, val 40 s. a Silver Salt, val 14 s. a Coral and Chain, val.30 s.4 Gold Rings,23 s in Mony, a Pistole, and other Goods, the Property of Elizabeth Baldock , out of the Dwelling-house of John Lidyard , the 23d of May last. The Evidence for the King depos'd That the Prisoner came to the Prosecutor's house pretending himself to be a Master of a Ship of 400 Tun laden with Iron and Timber from Rotterdam consign'd to three Merchants in London; and being enertain'd by the Prosecutor, after Dinner pretending to be sleepy, desir'd to lie down for an Hour and half. and was accordingly conducted to a Room, where instead of lying down to sleep he broke-open a Trunk and stole the Goods and went away, and was afterwards by chance taken at Depeford . The Prisoner had forgot to speak English, having been a Week in Newgate but learn'd Roguery enough to cook up a Newgate Defence which he made by the help of an Interpreter, That they had made him drunk at the Prosecutor's house, and taken from him 6 Guineas; and that he told the Maid, if they did not give him his Guineas, he would carry away the Cloaths and Goods that lay in the Room upon a Cupboard. But the Jury had no more Regard to it than in order to serve Clois, as God did Cain, found him Guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
John Leith , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for stealing 2 Yards and a half of broad Cloth, value 35 s. and 4 Yards 1/2 of Shalloon val.6 s. the Property of Samuel Tyler , the 23d of October last. The Evidence against the Prisoner was one Henry Hawks , who deposed, that himself stole it and gave it to one Mary Simpson , who pawned it to the Prisoner: Whereupon the Jury acquitted him.
Edward Cannon , of St. James's Westminster was indicted for stealing a pair of Stuff Curtains, value 2 s. from John Day , the 27 of May last. The Prosecutor being a Chair-man , deposed that the curtains were taken one of his Sedan and found upon the Prisoner. The fact was plain, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
He was indicted a second time for stealing a Cloth-Seat, value 10 s. the property of Henry Pelham , Esq ; the 27th of May . The Prosecutors servant deposed, That he sitting in his Masters Coach, fell a sleep, and in the mean time the Prisoner came and snatch'd the seat out of the Coach, which waking him, he pursued the Prisoner, who was seen to throw the Cushion away. The Prisoner pretended that he was going along and stumbled over it and took it up; but the Jury would not believe him, but found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Henry Sewel , alias Old Harry , of St. Andrews-Holborn , was indicted for breaking the House of Morgan Shaw , in the night time, and stealing thence Linnen to the value of 8 l. the 20th of August last was 12 Months. The Prosecutor deposed the Goods were lost out of his Yard. James Evans deposed, that himself, the Prisoner and another did the fact; that having a few nights before seen some Gentlemen drinking in the house, and engaged in Discourse, the Prisoner said it was a Bob ken (i.e. a house easy to be robbed) whereupon they lifted up the fath and took 3 Hats that hung on pegs; and, pleased with their Success, went again to the house to attempt to steal Mugs tipp'd with Silver: but going into the yard found the Linnen in water, which they wrung out, and put in their aprons, and breaking out at the back Door, carried it and sold it to Elizabeth Finch , for 35 s. the Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence, and only deny'd the fact, or having ever seen his old Companion Evans in his life; whereupon the Jury found him Guilty of the indictment.
Martha Wadsworth and Mary Hambleton ,were indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Stuff Gowns, value 15 s. the Property of Dorothy Coats , the 7th of May last. The evidence deposed, that seeing the Prisoner Wadsworth come out of the Prosecutors house with the gowns, they dogged her to a pawnbroker's and apprehended her. The Prisoner said the prosecutor gave her the Goods to pawn for her. This appearing but a Pretence, the Jury found Wadsworth Guilty to the value of 10 d. and acquitted Hambleton.
Abigail Holland of London, was indicted for privately stealing 1 s.6 d. from the Person of Francis Pits the 17th of May last. The Prosecutor deposed that having been abroad, he came home to his house in Fenchurch-Street , and having knocked at his door, stood leaning against a post till some body came to let him in, and that there the Prisoner came up to him, and fell a hugging of him, and pick'd his pocket of the money, whereupon he apprehended her. The Prisoner pleaded in her defence, that the Prosecutor asked her to drink, which she refused, but he urged her, telling her it would be for her advantage, and that he had indeed been a naughty boy to day, but he would needs drink with her; but she did not consent, but went her way; but he followed her, bitting her, on the neck, and she
Lawrence Walden , of London, was indicted for feloniously stealing 43 yards of Poplin , the property of James Canlet , from the Person of Charles Butler (a Boy) the 21st of February last. Charles Butler deposed, that his Master having sent him to carry the piece of Poplin, he was going along Threadneedle-Street , where he saw the Prisoner standing at a door of a house like a Merchant's, who called him, asking him if he were an honest boy, to which he answered Yes; th en he told him, if he were, he would give him two pence to go to the Tavern just by, and serch him 6 bottles of Wine.3 of White and 3 of Red; and telling him it would be trouble some for him to carry the Poplin with him, and therefore he would hold it till he came back; whereupon he gave it him to hold, giving him a very strict charge to take care of it, and went to the Tavern, but upon coming back, found neither Stuff nor Man. Jonathan Wild deposed, that the Prosecutor came to him to help him to his goods, whereupon he went upon the inquiry, and was informed that the Prisoner had offered such a piece of Poplin to sale; whereupon he left word for him to come to him, or he would take him up with a Warrant; upon which the Prisoner came to him, and that he would have put some Money into his hand, which he refused to take, insisting that the Prosecutor might have his goods again, and that he told him he could not have them, for that they had been cut to pieces and used. The Prisoner denied the fact, and it being a pretty while since, and depending pretty much upon the Lad's evidence, the Jury acquitted him.
Christopher Matthews of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the East , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Writing-desk, value 1 s.3 Shop-books; val.20s.5 Guineas, and 4 l.12s.6 d. in Silver, and a Box, val.1 d. out of the dwelling house of Richard Rocknel , the 29th of March last. The Prosecutor's Servant deposed that she going to a neighbour's house, to borrow a Lanthorn, locked the street-door after her, and staid no longer than while a person went up stairs to serch it, but upon her return found the Door open, the Candle remov'd from the Shop into the Counting-house, the Desk and Books gone. Jane Smallwead deposed, that being in the Prisoner's company, he gave her a small Box (in which was the Copy of the Prosecutor's Freedom, and a Note for Money, about 29 l.6 s.) bidding her to lay it up for him till he asked for it; That she gave it to one George Clark to keep; and George Clark deposed the same, and that it was afterwards put into the keeping of Mr. Glenester, who said, the Prisoner did own to him the taking of the Desk and Money, and that he carried the Box to the Prosecutor, who own'd it, and did the same upon Oath in Court The Prisoner deny'd the fact, and brought some Witnesses who deposed, Jane Smallwood and George Clark had a prejudice against the Prisoner, because he had given it out that he had lain with Smallwood, and that they heard Jane Smallwood threaten to hang him upon that account, saying, that tho' Smallwood had a Husband and Clark a Wife, yet they were not only Company-Keepers with each other. And that Smallwood was such an Adorer of the Tallboy Clark (as she call'd him) that if an Angel should descend from Heaven, she should prefer Clark before the Angel. Upon the whole the Jury acquitted him.
He was indicted a second time for a Trespass in attempting to break the Dwelling-house of Starkey Middleton , with intent to steal his Goods . The Prosecutor depos'd, That he having sent out his Servant-maid of an Errand between 10 and 11 a clock at Night, she went out locking the Door after her; and before it was possible she could be come back, he heard somebody tampering with the Lock, upon which he stepped to the Door, saw the Key turn, opened the Door hastily and saw the Prisoner near the Door walking off; whereupon he followed him, and another person coming out of the next Door to the Prosecutor's house assisting him, they apprehended him. The other Evidence deposed, That there was no other person but the Prisoner and himself in the Street at that time. The Jury thereupon found him Guilty .
Ann Smith , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a pair of Plush Breeches, value 5 s. a Wastcoat, val 3 s. and a pair of Stockings, val 2 s out of the Dwelling-house of John Jackson , the 24th of May last The Evidence deposed, that the Cloaths were stollen from him, and that the Prisoner being followed dropp'd them from under her Riding-hood. The Prisoner pleaded she bought them, but could not produce the Seller; whereupon the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Mary Connyers , or St. Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing 2 Gold Rings, val.20 s.4 Silver Spoons, val.40 s. and other Goods, out of the Dwelling-house of William Murden , the 15th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner was his Servant , and stole the Goods and went away. The Prisoner did not deny the Fact: The Jury thereupon found her Guilty of the Indictment.
George Morrice alias Fashion of Chelsey , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Ann and Margaret Moise , and stealing 34 pair of Mens Gloves, val.34 s and other Milinary Ware to a very considerable value , the 7th of May last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that the brick Wall of the House was digged down under the Parlour-window, and the Goods stollen of the Shop. A Watchman, the Gate-keeper at Aldgate, depos'd, That the Night after the Robbery was committed, the Prisoner came at about 12 a clock and wanted to go through the Gate, having a Bundle under his Arm; that he suspecting him, asked him what was in the Bundle, to which he answered him, that it was his own wearing Apparel; but he clapping his hand upon it felt the Glove, and finding he had not given him a true Account took hold of him, saying he must go before the Constable, upon which the Prisoner attempted to get away, but he secured him; that them being examined by the Constable, he said it was his Wife's wearing Apparel, and he brought them from Depsford and was carrying them to Ratcliff; that upon opening the Bundle they found a Direction upon a paper for the Prosecutor Mrs. Moise at Chelsea , whereupon he gave her notice, and she came and owned the Goods, as she did likewise when produced in Court, and the Cloth which the goods were bundled up in, which was her Counter Cloth. The Prisoner alledg'd they were given him on board a Ship, but could make no proof of it; whereupon the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.
Ann Waters as the parish of St. Dunstan Stepney , was indicted for privately stealing 4 Gold Rings, val.40 s. and a Guinea, out of the Dwelling-house of George Arnold , the 1st of April last. The Prosecutor depos'd that the Prisoner was his Servant , and having been with him 5 days, took the Goods out of a Chest of Draws and went away with them. The Prisoner (a Girl) had little to say in her Defence, but that she was put upon doing the Fact by one Margaret Fordam . Thereupon the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Ann Brown alias Hammond of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 9 Smocks, a Gown. Aprons and other Goods to the value of 3 l. out of the Dwelling house of Elizabeth Thompson , no body being therein, the 16th of May last. The Prosecutor deposed, that her Window was broken and the Goods taken away, and were found upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner pretended that she receiv'd them from one Mary Austin , who sent her to pawn them, but did not produce the person; whereupon the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s.10 s.
Thomas Smith , of London, was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of John Cartwright , and stealing thence 18 Periwigs value 50 l. the 4th of December last was 12 Months, But there not being Evidence sufficient, he was acquitted .
Newgate-Market , and while she was putting out a Candle, it then growing light, the Beef was taken from the Stall. A Watchman deposed, That he apprehended him carrying off the Beef, the prisoner pretended that he was hired to carry it; but that did not avail, but the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 4 s.10. d.
John Hill , of St. Lawrence Jury , was indicted for the murder of George Berryman , by giving him one Mortal wound on the right side of his Head, with the wheel of his Cart, the 10th of April last, of which he languished till the 3d of May and then dyed . The Evidence for the King deposed, That the Deceased was thrown down by the Horse; there being a hurry of Coaches and Carts, and that the Prisoner did do it he could to save the Deceased, but could not; whereupon the Jury acquitted him. And he being indicted upon the Coroners Inquest likewise, brought him in killed by Misfortune .
Robert Eunuch ; of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for assaulting Elizabeth Brown on the high way, and taking from her a Callico pocket, value 2 d. a pair of Gloves value 6 d. a purse,1 d. and 40 s.6 d in money the 16 of April last. The prosecutor deposed, That going through the postern at Newgate , the Prisoner pull'd off her pocket and ran away; she follow'd him, he ran under the gate, and was turning in at the porch over against the Lodge; she persuing him, he was taken by Mr. Reuse. Mr.Reuse deposed, that he being a locking up the Prisoners on the Masters side hearing an Out-cry. ran out, and the Prisoner ran in at the middle porch into his arms , whereupon he caught hold of him and carried him over to the Lodge. The fact was plainly proved , yet the Prisoner deny'd it; however the Jury found him guilty of the indictment.
Sarah Johnson of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing Linnen to the value of 7 l. the property of several persons out of the Dwelling-house of George Whitmash , the 16th of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd , she being above stairs, at her coming down saw some Persons go off with the Cloths dropping some; and she following them, was by some persons sent the wrong way and so missed apprehending of them. Another Evidence deposed, she saw the Prisoner and one Henry Hawk come out with the Cloaths. The Prisoner deny'd the fact, but the Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
James Jones alias Godwin, alias Blewcoat Jemmy , and James Walters , alias Snubnosed Jemmy of London, were indicted for feloniously stealing 8 Guineas and a half, and a Pound of Silk, value 20 s. out of the Dwelling house of Philip Lee ; the 2d of May last. The Prosecutor deposed, That Thomas Wethered was a Boy he employed, he being a Weaver. Thomas Wethered deposed, That the Prisoners, together with one Abraham Godfrey and William Burieigh , ask'd him if he could not get Money and Silk from his Master, and that Godfrey gave him a Picklock-key, with which he opened his Master's Desk and took the Money; That the Prisoners were hard by while he did the fact, and he went and carried the Money to them, and they took it from him out of his bosom, threatning if he did not give it to them quickly, they would stick him with a Pen-knife; that they carried away the Money, but gave him none of it. Mrs.Burieigh (the Mother of William Burleigh) deposed, That whereas her Son was also charged by the Evidence Thomes Wethered as being concerned in the fact, he was gone on board the Gloucester Man of War before this fact was committed, and was now in the Badrick , produc'd Letters from him, and confirm'd her Deposnions by other Evidences; alledged that not only by this fact, but in other cases the Evidence had so demeaned himself, that he was not to be credited. So there being no Evidence against the Prisoners but this Boy, and, as she said, having accused her Son who was not on shoar at the time of committing the fact; the Jury considering the matter acquitted them.
Elizabeth Cox and Letitia White of St. Andrew Holbourn , were indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Benjamin Bryan in the Day-time, and stealing thence 5 Silver Spoons, value 50 s. 2 Gold Rings val.20 s. a Gold Ring with a Ruby, val 30 s. and other Goods the 25th of May last. The Prosecutor's Wise deposed, her Room was broken open while she was abroad, and the Goods stollen. Another Evidence deposed, that Letitia White, was seen to go into the House, and stay there a considerable time. Jobn Hendon Brother-in-law to Letitia White deposed, that he was with them when they did the fact, but did not go in; That Eliz. Cox at her coming out owned they had broken 2 Locks; That they sold part of the Goods for 36 Shillings, and divided it among them; That himself had the Stone Ring. The fact being plainly proved upon them, the Jury found them both guilty of the Felony to the value of 4 s. and 10 d. but acquitted them of the Burglary .
Elizabeth Harris and Ann Steed , were indicted for a Trespass, in attempting to break the Chambers of John Batty in Bernards-Inn in the Day-time with an intention to steal . The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, That having been out, and returning to the Chambers, he saw Eliz. Harris sitting at the bottom of the stairs, and met Ann Steed coming down stairs, and coming to the Chambers, found the Moulding of the Door broken, and the Lock almost off; and running down again and enquiting after them, they were stopped by the Porter of the Inn, who deposed, That he suspecting them. watch'd them; and hearing Harris give a Hum (as he supposed, to give Steed notice of somebody coming) he seized them, and that Ann Steed dropped an Iron. Chissel upon his seizing her. The Prisoners deny'd the fact, and Elizabeth Harris said, she only shelter'd her self there from the Rain as also did Ann Steed, she adding that she using to deal in old Cloaths the Prosecutor's Cloak told her he had some to sell, and carrying her into the Chambers would have lain with her, but she would not consent, but ran down stairs and he out of revenge charged her with the fact; and as to the Chissel, she said, that she had bought a Carpenter's Frock and having been to sell it again, found the Chissel in the pocket. However these pretences did not hinder the Jury from finding them both Guilty .
Elizabeth Carr , of St. Mary Whitechappel , was indicted for privately stealing a Callicoe Gown and Petticoat, val.3 l. the property of Humphrey Brent , and a Callicoe Petticoat, val.10 s. the property of John Silk , out of the Dwelling-house of Thomas Adams , the 3d of this instant June . The Prosecutor deposed, that she being a Washerwoman , the Prisoner used to assist her, and while she was gone out to fetch Soap, went away with the Goods. The Prisoner owned the fact, but said she was over-persuaded by another woman to do it, and it was her first fact. The Jury therefore found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
Bridget Moor of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a pair of Plush Breeches, value 10 s. a pair of Sheets, value 15 s. and other Goods, and 2 Guineas and a half, out of the Dwelling-house of James Par , the 20th of May last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That he going home about a 12 a Clock at Night, did believe the Prisoner might follow him in a doors, but he did not perceive her, but he afterwards found his Goods missing. A Watchman depos'd, That passing by the Prisoner's door he saw her opening and looking upon some Linnen, and knowing her to be a person of a loose Life, examined her about them, and secured her and the Goods, afterwards hearing of the Prosecutor's being robb'd gave him notice of it. The Prisoner pleaded in her Defence, that the Prosecutor carried her into his Lodging to lie with him all Night, promising her Mony, which he not having, gave her the Goods as a pledge while he brought it her. But not with standing this Plea, the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
Christian Manwaring , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Dram-cup. value 3 s. and a Silver Spoon, val.5 s. the Property of John Ken , the 20th of May last: But no Body appearing against her, she was Acquitted .
John Berryman , was indicted for the Murder of Sarah Martin of the Age of 6 Years , by giving her one mortal Wound with the hinder part of a Dray, of which she instantly died . He was likewise indicted a second time for the same upon the Coroner's Inquest. The Evidence for the King depos'd, That the Prisoner coming out of the Strand to turn his Dray drawn by two Horses, they called out to him to stop his Horses, otherwise he would kill the Child; that the Prisoner took no notice of it, and the Dray ran back, and the Breech of the Dray ran the Child's; Head against the Wall and crush'd it in a most barbarous manner, that the Blood spoured out like as out of a pipe, and died in an instant: And one of them depos'd, That in attempting to save it he had like to have lost his own Life, and that by reason of his Carelesness and hafty turning his Horses, they could only be Spectators of that dismal Sight but could not help the poor Child. The Prisoner pleaded he was hard of Hearing and did not hear any body call out to him; but this did not avail but that the Jury found him Guilty of Manslaughter .
William Finch , of St. Jame's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Hat, value 6 s. from the person of William Keen , a Child , the 4th of June last. There was no Evidence against the Prisoner but the Child, and he being very young, he was Acquitted .
Alice Thomas , of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing from the Person of Zachary Levy (a Jew )1 Gold Ring, Value 10 s. and 2 Guineas the 30th of May last. The Prosecutor deposed, that being in Moorfields , he went into a house to drink a dram of Brandy, having 3 Guineas in his pocket; and that he gave the man of the house one of them to change and he changed it; that the Prisoner coming in, asked him to go up stairs with her, and he went, and being there she was very familiar with him and before about him; whereupon he bid her keep her hands out of his pocket; she replyed she would not pick his pocket, but for all that he missed his Ring and Money, and that he had but 13 s.6 d. left in his pocket. The Prisoner in her defence pleaded, that the Prosecutor came in and called for a dram of Brandy, as he had said, and offered her Master a Guinea to Change; that her Master not having Silver enough, thought much of the trouble to get it changed for a Penny; upon which the Prosecutor pulled out a Penny, but told her Master neverthess if he would change the Guinea, he would spend a Shilling of it , whereupon he stept out and got it changed, and the Prosecutor in the mean time asked for a room; she told him, he might be at the end of the shop; he answered, that was not private enough, for his Master was but a few doors off, at one Mr. Beger's , buying a Horse, and his Fellow-Servant in the Field, and he would not have them see him there; whereupon he went up stairs, called for a quartern of Brandy, which she carried; that he pulled her upon his knee, but she got away , and went about her business, being then in walking the house; and that immediately he knocked again , and she going up, he called for another quarters, having as she thought, thrown down the sick (for the room was wet;) that he fell to her upon his knee again , but she would not fit; them he asked if they sold no better liquor, and if they sold no Solder, and called for a pine , which she carried and that she was force got down when he knocked again, and called for another pint , which she going to carry up , found him not in the room where she left him; and calling to her Master to know if he were not gone away without paying the Reckoning, the Prosecutor, from another pair of stairs, cry'd out, l am bere ; she goes up, ask'd him what he did in that room; he, calling her his Dear, said, he liked to fit there better, being it was more airy ; that she being in the room, he shut the door, attempted to throw her upon the Bed, and would have forced her to have let him lain with her; upon which she struggled with him, he got her down on the Ground, and pulling out a Penknife, swore he would stick her if she did not consent; that she crying out, her Master came up and rescued her. The Master, Joseph Adams , deposed the same the Prisoner had done, adding, that she being gone up to carry him a pine of Sider , he heard a mighty struggling, and the Prisoner cry out; he ran up stairs, and heard the Prosecutor say, You Bitch, if you won't, i'll cut your Throat; whereupon he forc'd open the door, found the Prisoner on the ground, and the Prosecutor kneeling upon her with his Penknife in his hand; whereupon fearing he would hurt her the Girl, he did not stand disputing with him, but immediately kicked him from off her; whereupon he fell to calling him names and swearing, wounded him on the Hand with the Penknife, but he struck it out of his hand, and that he might not recover it again, kick'd it under the bed; then the Prosecutor took up a Coffee-pot, flung at him, and broke the window; but having master'd him, asked him what business he had there, and how he came there; he told him, perhaps he flew in at the Window, or the Devil brought him there; he answered him, if the Devil had brought him up the Devi should carry him down again, and so push'd him out of the door and down stairs; whereupon he called him a great many names in his language and a great many English Dogs in the English tongue saying, he had pick'd his Pocket of 15 s. and went for a Constable , which when he came, he thought it had been for himself, he having charged him with the robbing him and not the Girl, but when the Constable came , he charged him with the Prisoner. Several persons apeared in the Prisoner's behalf, who gave this character of her, That she being a Relation to her Master, who was a single man, her Parents upon his request let her live with him to look after his House ; that she was a very civil, honest Girl and no such Person as the Prosecutor pretended therefore appearing a'prosecution malicious and vilainous, the Jury acquitted her.
William Liecester , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for the Murder of John Corbet , by driving a Cart over him the 7th of May last and giving him a mortal Bruise of which he died . I appear'd by the Evidence, that the Deceas'd was running a Truck to and from in the Highway, and the Truck threw him suddenly under the Wheel of the Prisoner's Cart. The Prisoner pleaded he did not see the Boy before the Accident was over, and it was thought by the Evidence that he could not help it if he had seen it, it was so sudden, thereupon the Jury acquitted him.
Henry Sewel alias Old Harry of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of William Towers , the 29th of October last was two Years, at 10 a clock in the Night-time, and stealing thence 4 dozen pair of Yarn Stockings, val.48 s. and 12 pair of Socks, val.2 s. The Prosecutor deposed, the Sash of the Shop-window was broken, and the Goods stollen. James Evans deposed, that himself the Prisoner, and one Rhodes, did the Fact; that the Prisoner look'd in at the Window, and seeing no body there, said it was a Bob ken (i.e. that it was a House easy to be robbed) so he broke the Sash , stole the Stockings, and sold them to Deborah Stens . Another Evidence depos'd that when they apprehended him he told them he was not afraid of being Hang'd, for he should never be Hang'd by the Testimony of one that made himself in Evidence, for he had been try'd several times before and always came off for all their Evidences; however the Jury now found him Guilty of the Indictment.
Elizabeth Clark , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Gold Chain, value 20 s. a Gold Ring, val.10 s. and other Goods, the Property of Michael Bag , out of the Dwelling-house of Francis Bambridge , the 21st of May last; but the Evidence being not sufficient to convict her, she was Acquitted .
, was indicted for receiving and buying a Silver Watch, value 61.3 Coats,3 Wastcoats, and Cloth Cloak, with other Goods, the property of Guy Meswin , knowing them to have been stollen . The Evidence being full against the Prisoner, the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d.
Robert Rogers ; of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Mary Row and stealing thence 2 Stuff Gowns, value 20 s. 5 Dowlas Shifts, value 15 s. a pair of Sheets, val.18 s. the 28th of April last. There was no Evidence against the Prisoner but one Henry Hawks , an Accomplice in the Robbery. The Prisoner proved his being at home in bed at the time Fact was committed, and had such a good Character for Honesty and Industry given him by several Persons, that it appear'd the Prosecution was villanous; therefore the Jury acquitted him.
John Walker , Sen . John Walker , Jun and John Smith , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , were indicted for feloniously stealing 3 wooden Boxes containing wearing Apparel , the property of John Hedges , from James Whiteman , the 7th of May last. James Whiteman depos'd, that being employ'd to carry the Boxes into Baldwin's Gardens, going along Holbourn Hill, John Walker Jun. called to him, and desired him to go to the Cross-Keys Tavern for 2 Bottles of Red and 2 of White that he for the in the Entry of the house where they were, and when he came back they were gone. The Prisoners denied the Fact, and for want of sufficient Proof were acquitted .
Jane Collier , of St. Ann's Westminster , was indicted for stealing 26 lb. weight of Iron, value 2 s. the property of Samuel Mark the 10th of May last. Samuel Mark depos'd the Prisoner's Husband was his Servant, and that the Iron was his. Another Evidence depos'd the Prisoner offer'd it to him to sell. The Prisoner pleaded her Husband brought it home (being a Smith) she knew not where he had it, and he sent her to sell it. Thereupon the Jury acquitted her.
Richard Green , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Yards of Broad Cloth, val.20 s. the Goods of Charles Fry , the 2d of this Instant June . The Evidence depos'd, that the Cloth was lost out of a Mill at Bromly , and taken upon the Prisoner coming along the Fields near Stepney. The Prisoner pleaded he found it in a Dirch; but this did not excuse him, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
William Dare , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing a Guineas and a half in the Dwelling-house of John Waldron , the 20 of January 1715 . and 5 yards of Lustring, val.30 s. and 2 Gold Rings, val.24 s. the 20th of March in the same Year. The Prosecutor deposed, That he being a Pawnbroker , entrusted the Prisoner with the management of his Business; and that the Money and Goods were missing. Mary Cole , who was Fellow-servant with him at the same time, deposed, That she saw the Prisoner take the two Guineas and a half out of her Masters Desk, and that he gave her the Half Guinea to keep in Secrecy, swearing her upon the Bible not to divulge it, and threatning to be her Butcher if she did; and that he gave her the 5 Yards of Lustring to convert to her own use; which she took (and was found where she had pawned it.) The Prisoner deny'd the fact, and brought several Evidences, who deposed, That Mary Cole was a person of a very Ill Character, and had used to pilser and purloin in the several places where she had resided, and others that proved that there was a Suit in Law depending between the Prisoner and Prosecutor, which the Prisoner had removed from the Marshal Court to the Common Pleas, whereupon the Prosecutor brought this Indictment. He likewise called a great many Persons of Credit who gave him an extraordinary Character, for Honesty and Fidelity; whereupon the Jury acquitted him.
John Long and Mary his Wife , of St. Katharine's near the Tower , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard, value 7 l. a Silver Spoon, value 8 s.73 l. in Money, a Moidore, and 2 Twenty-shilling Pieces of Gold, out of the Dwelling-house of Edward Chase , the 8th of April last. Mrs. Chase deposed, That the Prisoner being a Barber rented a shop in her house, and that one John Hawks and Matthew Bethel, Seafaring Men, likewise lodged in her house; that they were all acquainted with her having the Money by her, knowing she had lately received it; that John Hawks and Matthew Bethel did not come home that night; but the Prisoner, who always used to lie at East Ham at his Wife's Father's, on the Sunday night, lay that night she was robb'd in her house. That hearing that Hawks and Bethel were seen about the Door that night, she suspected they were the Persons that robbed her, and accordingly got them apprehended, the Prisoner assisting her in their apprehension, and pretending he was robb'd of some Wigs also (she at that time not suspecting the Prisoner) but hearing some things relating to him, and seeing him live at a more expensive rate than before, and finding Money more plenty, and he about buying Goods to a Considerable value, she began to suspect him to have been concerned in robbing her, and talked pretty home to him about the matter; he answered her, she would certainly hear of her Money and Plate again in 8 days time; and to satisfie for how he came by so much Money he told her he had lately received 70 l. upon a Attorney , and to confirm it, Shew'd her a Attorney , which she took notice was without Seal and this made her the more suspicious of and she being very uneasy, he told her she would certainly have her Plate and Money return'd in 8 days time. And that on the 13th of May a brought her a Letter (which was produced in Court) signifying that there was a Box directed to her at the Crown near the Ditch-side, upon which she stopped the Porter, and he went with her there, found the Box and Plate in it, and the Bag in which the Money had been, but no Money; and that there was likewise in the Box a scrap of Callicoe, the same with the Lining of Sara Long 's Gown; and enquiring of the Porter, Who gave him the Letter, he described the Prisoner John Long, and that she keeping the Porter in the House, the Prisoner came in, and the Porter said positively that was the Man that gave him the Letter; and likewise she added, that the Prisoner seeing the Porter there, in great confusion lift up his hands, saying he was undone; and pretending to go to fetch a Book to reckon with her about some accounts, went out of doors, and came no more for two days, when he was apprehended. Several Persons depos'd in confirmation of several of these circumstances. And John Morrice the Porter swore positively in Court, that the Prisoner was the man that called him at the Hoop and Griffin Tavern-door in Leaderball street, and sent him with the Letter, telling him if he did not make hasre, there would be a person at the place before him. The Prisoner in his defence deny'd his being the Person that sent the Letter, and brought some Persons who deposed, that having talked with John Morrice the Portor, he told them, he was in great trouble in Mind in swearing the Prisoner was the Man that sent him with the Letter, either knowing or suspecting he had sworn falsely, wishing he had been sick in his bed when he had done it, and saying he was compell'd to it by some other persons. To which John Morrice reply'd that he did say he was sorry he should be concerned in so troublesome an Affair, but was not sorry he had detected a Rogue; he brought also several who gave him the Character of an honest, tender-spirited Man, and one that would not be guilty of so great Villany. The Prisoner likewise produced Persons that had paid him Money much about that time, and brought some Persons to speak to his Reputation. Upon the whole the Jury acquitted him.
Thomas Smith , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for contriving, counselling, aiding, and abetting, Francis Williams , Matthew Chessey , and William Holliday , in robbing William Honour (the Post-boy ) on the King's Highway, and taking from him 1 Strawberry Gelding, value 6 l. and 1 Black Gelding, value 10 l. the propertyJohn Boucher ;4 Mails val.8 l. and 50 Leather Bags, val 5 l. the 23d of Jan . last. The Prisoner objected against the Legality of Holiday's Evidence, alledging that he had been convicted of Felony, and had not performed the Conditions of his Pardon. The former part of his Allegation was allow'd; but that he had not fulfilled the Conditions of his Pardon was not prov'd and therefore the Court accepted him as a Legal Evidence, Whereupon William Holiday deposed, That the Prisoner brought him first acquainted with Williams and Chessey , which was upon the 18th of January, and that he recommended them to him as stout Fellows, fit to undertake any bold Enterprize and that at that time they projected the robbing of the Bost-boy, he going with them to procure horses to put the Design in execution, telling him likewise he would borrow Pistols for him, but did not, but brought them Bags to put the Letters in, and that he was to have 6 Guineas a man of them for his Share, and that he came to Chessey's house the morning after he had robbed the Post, and that who' he did not come up, he saw him out at the Window. Mary Holiday deposed, that the night before, when her Husband was going away, he told her, that he did not know that he should come home that night, but if he did not, he should go out of Town, bidding her, if he did not, to go to Smith's Lodgings, and he would direct her to find him; and that accordingly she went to Smith about 7 or 8 of the clock the next morning, when he was in bed, but coming down to her underst , she lent him her lanthorn and candle, and he went up and dressed himself, came down to her, and went with her to Chessey's Lodging, in Fetter-lane, and seeing the Portes at the door, was angry they were not sent home, bidding her to tell them to seed the Horses home, left by them they should be betray'd , and that he would no go up to them, because he said it was scandalous house, and the noise of the fact would soon be all over the Town, and there they would be in danger of being apprehended; that she went up stairs, found her Husband, Williams, and Chessey, all over dirt, an like frighted men, busie in opening Letters ; that when she came in her Husband was very angry at her coming, ask'd how she came, she told them Smith had brought her; that then Williams reply'd Why did he not come up? she said, he would not, Williams reply'd, G - A - him ! What, has he put us upon it and now will not be seen in it? That then she went down to Smith, but he would not go up; she asked him what they had done; he answered her, taken the Mail; she asked him, what might be the Consequence (meaning the Advantage;) he reply'd 5 or 6000 l. and she being uneasy he said to her, What need you be uneasy? You will soon be made a Gentlewoman . She depos'd likewise, That he preposed they should carry the Letters into some empty House to open and telling her that he could not attend that Day because he most attend a Law Suit he had. She deposed likewise, that she afterwards saw him look upon a Note which she describ'd and was produc'd in Court, telling him it was a Chequer-Note of 100 l. and also another Paper which he said was as well, and saying he would likewise know the meaning of that too, The Prisoner objected against the Evidence of Holliday's Wife, saying that she was not his Wife, but that he had several in several places, and that Holiday had said, that he must have one in every place to swear for him in case he stood in need of an Evidence. This was return'd upon him that he himself had said, that as to what related to Evidence he could do as much as any body; that he had such Evidences that he could prove himself to be at while he was here. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact entirely, and pleaded in his Defence, That he was not with Holliday's Wife, as she depos'd and had Evidence at hand that depos'd he came to him between 6 and 7 that morning to draw an Affidavit and another that said she saw him in Westminister-Hall at 8 a clock. He made an Improvement likewise, that the Persons were not produced of whom the Horses were hired. He insisted on the Improbability that he should engage in such a Design and have no share of the Booty. He insisted likewise that the Prosecution was set on fact by some Adversaries whom he was suing as Creditor on account of a statute of Bankruptcy taken out against one George Little ; not was he destitude of Evidences who deposed several Circumstances, making that appear planfible . Upon the whole, the Case being thus intricated, the Jury acquitted him.
He was likewise a second time indicted for forging a Letter of Attorney, in order to defraud the Creditors of George Little of their Mony ; but the Court not having time to try it in this Sessions, it was deferr'd till the next.
Alice Metcalf , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for stealing a Brass Sauce-pan and other Goods , the Property of Thomas Ricard ; which Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
William Fuller , (commonly known by the name of Evidence Fuller) was indicted for a Cheat, in pretending to be Lieutenant Governour of the Tower, and defrauding Richard Jones of 18 l. under pretence of giving him the Place of Store-keeper .
James Read , Nath Mist , and John Applebee , Printers of the Weekly Journals, were summon'd by the Court, and reprimanded for presuming to print Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Court at the Sessions-House in the Old Bayley, and told, that if they did the like for the future, they should for such Contempt of the Court be proceeded against according to Law.
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as followeth:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death,8.
Burnt in the Hand,11.
To be Whipt,9
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