Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Juslice-Hall in the Old Bayly,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, being the 23d,24th,25th and 26th of April,1718. In the Fourth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign
BEfore the Right Hon. Sir WILLIAM LEWEN , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Lord Chief Justice Parker; Mr. Baron Price ; 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:
Edward Williams , Elizabeth Williams , Elizabeth Simmerton , Elizabeth, Shepherd , Mary Roberts and Percival Hutchinson , (not taken) of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , were indicted upon two indictments, the first for the Murther of Mr. Peter-Anthony Motteux on the 18th Day of February last. The second for robbing him of 8 Guineas . The Council for the King the Indictment, setting forth that Murder was a crime of that heinous matter that it was beyond the Power of words to aggravate it; and so diffusive, that if Justice were not executed on the Offenders the Guilt became National. Adding, there as to the Characters of the Prisoners, it did appear to be as followeth; that Elizabeth Simmerton the Mistress of the House where the Deceased unfortunately lost his life, was a Person of very ill who had for many Years kept a scandalous House, and at that time liv'd in Star-Court in the Butcher Row near Temple Bar that Elizabeth Shepherd was her Daughter by a former who with her as a that Mary Roberts and Elizabeth Williams did to the same House; and Edward Williams and to it. That Mary Roberts was the Person who convicted Mr. to the said House, and was after found Murther'd. That indeed they had no Evidence that were witness of the Murther, but as Murthers such Evidences were hard to be obtain'd. It was in dispensatily necessary to give Judgement by presumptive Evidence against the Prisoner, as they would shew by the following Evidences. The first Evidence call'd was Mary Dow , who despose'd that she living just by Mr Mottenx, did about 5 of the Clock in the Afternoon the 18th Day of February see a Lady in a Coach Mr. door and Motteux with her, and also Mr. standing at his own door in a Dark colour'd Cloth that he seem'd to be very well, look'd very and was counting some of Money, telling them out of the in to the other, that they look'd yellow, and them to be Guineas, that she did not indeed but there was pretty many, and as Her Evidence was by who there was a pretty many, and she did belive there could not be less than 30, and that Mr. Motteux Put them into his pocket. Mr. deposed that his father had as the other Evidences had describ'd with in Orange colour'd Silk, and that between 5 or 6 a Clock he went in order to go to White's some for a lady of Quality. that between 9 and 6 Mr. Motteux standing at his own Door, was going to the order end of the Town, and desir'd to go with him: That Mr Motteux put his Scarlet Cloak and they went together as far as the Royal Exchange, and that he having some benefits there, just as the clock 7 they parted, and Mr. Motteux went forward. Mr. Arthur deposed, that Mr. Motteux came to White's 9 a-Clock that Night, that he staid till about half an hour that he there eat a Couple Glasses of Jelley, and would have Guinea chang'd, saying had not more than in Silver about him, that while he was there a in and enquir'd for the Gentleman that came in, the Scarlet that after he went away, that he was by Chairmen at the door that was a Woman in the Coach, but he did not see her. Mrs. St, of the near White's house depos'd, that a came into her house that Night, call'd for a pint of drink, said he waited for a Gentleman in a Scarlet who was into that the staid near two Hours, that there was a full Pot of Beer call'd for to the Coach, but was afterwards return'd, and a of carry'd instead of it. William Gibs depos'd that he carried a of Brandy to the Coach to a Gentleman in a Scarlet and a Woman, that they drank the Brandy, paid for it and the Coach drove away. Mrs. Edwards a seller of deposed, that a Coach pass'd by her between 10 and 11 of the Clock, which stop'd at the end of that there was a Gentleman in the Coach with a Scarlet and a Woman talking, laughing, and laying out very and that she told Mary Dent there was a Gentleman and his gone to Star Court, and that she afterwards heard the Coachman call'd Mr. depos'd, that having heard Mrs. Edwards say that a Gentleman, and his were gone to Star-Court, knowing House to be a House Report, observ'd
Thomas White , the Coachman that carried them, was called, and being examined by the Court what he knew of carrying a Gentleman in a Scarler Cloak, and a Woman from St. Clement's Church to White's Chocolate-House, and waiting there near 2 Hours , and bringing them back to Star-Court at about a 11 a Clock at Night, the 18th February. He pretended to be so forgetful as to know or remember nothing at all of the Matter, and to be intirely ignorant of every particular Circumstance; may, was sure he never carried such a Gentleman. But his Master Richard Taylor deposed, That he having staid out that Night longer than ordinary, he requiring him to come home always by 10 of the Clock; and being atgray with him for staying out, he told him he had carried a Gentleman in a Scarlet Cloak, and a Woman, to and waited at White's Chocolate House and drove them back and set them down at Star-Court , and that the Gentleman went up the Court, and could not get any more than a Shilling, and that an old Bawd came out of the House and gave it him. Mrs. Tayler she also deposed, that Thomas White when he was examined why he staid out so late, answer'd as before, that he had carried a Gentleman,&c. to White's 'chocolate-House, waited there, brought them back to Star-Court or else could have been at home two Hours sooner, and notwichstanding could get but a Shilling, which the Woman of the House gave him, and that he did believe it, was a Bawdy-house , and that he pray'd for her in his Heart. She added that talking of the Matter at another time, he said, the Gentleman had a brave Scarlet Cloak, he wish'd he had left it behind him in the Coach; upon which she ask'd him why! would he have kept the Gentleman's Cloak? That he answer'd, then he must have come after him and he would have lead his Fair, and added, if he had not come for it, it would have been brave, it would make him a brave Suit : To which his Brother-Coachman and fellow-Servant reply'd, that it would have made him a Bean Officer for King George; to which he reply'd, Ay, he should want nothing but a Sword This was confirm'd by his Fellow-Servant in Court. Upon which the Court wondered at his forgetfulness of so many remarkable Passages deposed by his Master, mistress , and a Fellow-Servant, bid him recollect himself; but still he would remember nothing. The Court then told him, perhaps he having given his Master Shilling instead of three, was the Cause of his denying it; but he caught to consider he was upon his Oath, and in a Matter of Moment, advised him in consider and speak the Truth: but still he denied it. The other Evidences that saw the Coach, when it came to Star-Court , deposed, they did believe him to be the Coachman, and describ'd his Clothes, which agreed to the Description; but still he obstinately denying it, Mary Roberts the Prisoner, that was carried in the Coach with Mr.Montens try'd out, that is the Coachman that carried us; he is the very Man, and had 3s for carrying us. John Raton who was a Lodger in Mrs. Merrick's House, next Door to the Prisoner, depos'd, That he being in disposed went early to Bed, but about 12 a Clock was wak'd , heard a Noise and Rustling in the next House, a trampling of Feet, and a great Fall that shaked the House, but it being usual to have such disturbances there, he lay still and took no notice of it, till next Day he heard a Gentleman was dead there. Mr. Eloner , as apothecry deposed, That between 12 and 1 a Clock his Man came up to him, he being in Bed, telling him there was a soldier and another Man wanted him to go to Star-Court ; he st immediately and went: and when he knew where it was, said, had he known where it had been he should hardly have troubled himself to have got out of his Bed to have gone thither , he had so ill an Opinion of it; but however he did go, and when he came thither he saw a young Woman, which was Elizabeth Shepherd , who told him there was a Gentleman in a Fit above Stairs. That he went up and he saw Mrs. Simmerton, Mary Roberts, and the other Prisoners, and a Man in a Leather Apron , whom he took to be Simmerton's Husband , there; that he view'd the Body, and it looked very pale and ghastly ; that it was in the Bed ; that Gentleman had two Shirts on ; that he found the Body warm, being in the Bed, but the ands stiff and cold; that he was dead, and seemed to have been so some time, perhaps a quarter or half an Hour; that there were Papers lying upon the Table in a Red and white Handkerchief; that he enquired who the Deceased was, and who he belonged to, and one of them made answer that he was a cousin of Mary Robert's; to which Mrs Simmerton reply'd,'tis no such thing, he is a Stranger, and upon that desired him to look over the Papers, and see if he could know by them who he was ; that he did, and found a Letter directed to Mr. Peter Mott , Merchant, in Leadenball-street : That upon this he order'd them to send away immediately and give Notice to his Family; that he two Men, Williams and Hutchinson , said they would go immediately, and he thought they had gone; that the Man in the Leather Apron ask'd the Soldier to go with him. That there came up another Woman and ask'd who brought the Gentleman there, and one of them answered, Moll ; whereupon the Woman cursed her, an said she had bought her self into a fine Scrape; that then he seeing the Gentleman to be dead and nothing to be done, he went home to bed, and the next Morning about 11 a Clock a Gentleman or two came to enquire of him concerning the Deceased. Ann Bateman Servant to Mr. Drivy living in Shee-Lane , deposed, That between 12 and 1 a Clock Mrs. Simmerton came and wanted to speak with her Master, and seemed to be in a great Surprize, saying she was ruin'd and undone, there was a Man dead in her House. That her Master enquir'd who he was she said a Gentleman in a Scarlet Cloak, a Merchant in Leadenball-street , that he asked if he had no Money nor Papers. She replied No; No Money! he said, that was very strange. That some he did not take care of, what she did, and send away to give Notice, and take care of his Effects; that she afterwards owned he had 8 Guineas, and clink'd them in her Hand, but said she would go back and put them into his Pocket again. That then Mrs. Simmerton went away. That about 8 of the Clock the next Morning she, to satisfy her own Curiosity, went to Mrs. Simmersot's view'd the Body, found two shirts on, unbutton'd; that she view'd the Neck and observed that there was a blackish Circle round it: that feeling the Body warm, it having been covered in the Bed, she said she believed he might not be dead; but if he were, she feared they would bring him in stranged; that they answer'd her, he was brought in dead out of a Coach.
Williams Limmer , Servant to Mr. Mottenx deposed, that about 8 a Clock the next morning the Soldier Edward Williams , and Percival Elutchips came to his Master's House, telling him a Gentleman in such a Habit was Dead at such a House; that thereupon he ran away immediately, found it was his Master, he sealed up his Papers and things, and back and told the Family, they sent away for Mr. Bridges, a Surgeon and went away immediately to Simmerton's House. Mr. Smarts deposed, that he lodging in Mr. Mottem House, was told about 8 a-Clock in the Morning by William Limmer that a Soldier and another Man had brought the Message before related, he went down, enquired of Williams and Hutchinson , who told him the Story; he ask'd what he had about him; they said 4 Guineas, and about 4 Shi and 6 Peace in Silver, and some Halfpence, some Papers, but all was safe, it was a very honest House. Mr. Bridges deposed, that when he went he found the Prisoners there; that enquiring how it happen'd Mary Roberts said, that as she was coming with the Deceased in a Coach against St. Martins Lane be complained he was not well, desired her not to be affrighted, he was used to have fits, lean'd h is Head upon her Shoulder; that when she came to Mrs. Simmertons they got him brought in an put his to Bed, and that he never spoke more; that he viewed the Body, found a Circle about Bi Neck and a Bruise on the side of the Head, and several sses on the Breast and other parts of the Body; and said, it is plain enough how the Gentleman died: upon which Mrs. Simmerton cryed out, O Lord! I hope the Gentleman don't suspect that he has had soul play; telling a long Story of her Care and Management, saying the had sent for Two Surgeons; he acquir'd their Names, and was told one of them was Winnel , in such a Place, where they sent , but could never find him, nor could he ever hear there was a Surgeon of that Name, That upon some further inquiry Hutchinson stepp'd down Stairs, ran away, and has not been heard of by the Prosecutor since. Mrs. White deposed that Elip. Shepherd came to her that Day the Prisoners were apprehended, desiring to be entertain'd , telling her she need not be scrupal of entertaining her for she had Gold and Silver enough. Several Persons, and among the rest a Constable , appear'd in Court,
The Prisoners in their Defence pleaded as follows: Mary Roberts said, that as she was passing along near Ludgate the Deceased looked very hard upon her, and walking before her till he came over against St. Dunstan's Church, halted till she came up to him, and invited her into the Tavern to drink, but she refused; but afterwards waited on her to her Lodgings at Mrs. Simmerton's, that there they had 2 full Pots of Ale and Brandy, and then he said he had Buisness at the other end of the Town, and desired her to go with him; that they went to St. Clement's Church, where he call'd a Coach, and they went together to White's Chocolate-House, that he told her he must speak with some Gentlemen, and said he lik'd her very well, and to assure her he would not bilk her, left his Scarlet Cloak and Sword with her in the Coach, while he came again.(But this was contradicted by the Servant at the Chocolate-House, who was very positive that he had his Cloak on and pull'd it off, and laid it down while he was there.) That he staying there about an Hour and an half, she then sent the Coachman into the Coffee-house to tell him she liv'd a great way off, desired him to take his Cloak and Sword and discharge the Coach, and she would go home; but he sent her word that he would come in a Minute, and came soon after, that then he order'd the Coach to drive to TempleBar, that by the way as they were over against the New Exchange in the Strand he complained he was not well, and said, My Dear, don't you be affrighted, I am going into one of my Dumb Fits which I us'd to be troubled with; and leaning his Head upon her Shoulder, she supported him till she came to Star-Court, and then sent the Coachman to tell her Landlady to bring a Candle to the Coach, which she did, and that the Deceased remained speechless and helpless that they got a Soldier ( Edward Williams the Prisoner, who she said was a Stranger) coming by in the interim of time , to take him upon Simmerton's-house which he did the Coachman holding up his Legs; that then they sat him down in a Chair, but he continued Speechless; that then they carried him up Stairs, put him into Bed, hoping that might bring him to himself, and afterwards sent for the Apothecary and taking a Looking-Glass to see if he breath'd, found he was dead. That then when they knew where to send they sent to give the Family Notice. That the Deceased's when he came was satisfied with the Account they gave of his Father's Death; that he would have no counter nor Jury sit upon him; and promised them all Satisfaction for their Care and Honestly in delivering him all his Father's Papers and Gold Seal worth 12 l. four Guineas, Half a Crown, two Shillings two Pence Halfpenny in Half pence, which was all he had. Elizabeth Simmerton was much in the same Story, adding that she rallied Mary Roberts for bringing Trouble and Scandal upon her House; and that thereupon Mary Roberts cry'd out shame on her for being so cruel to a Gentleman in Distress, said she would have the Gentleman into her own Room, and so he was carried up Stairs, and in a little time she came down and told her that she believ'd he was dead, and thereupon she sent for an Apothecary and Surgeon, and took all the care she could of him, and sent Notice as soon as she could. Edward Williams said, he was only going by accidentally, being a Stranger,(tho' it was proved he lodged there) and was desired to help the Gentleman in out of the Coach, and afterwards staid to assist them with him. Eliz. Williams said, she only came there to call her Husband home. Eliz. Shepherd deny'd that she lighted the Gentleman and Mary Roberts up Stairs. But these things were all contradicted by the King's Evidences. Upon the hearing of the whole matter they were all Acquitted .
Elizabeth Saunders , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicated for stealing a Set of China Ware, value 30s. in the Dwelling-house of Robert Saunders the 23rd of Feb. last. The Evidence deposed, the Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor, and stole the Goods and sold them, and they were found by her Direction. The Prisoner pretended they were given her by her master, who had several times offer'd to lie with her. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d ( Transportation .)
Robert Milksop , was indicted for stealing a Periwig value 30s. the property of Edward Cooper from the Person of Thomas Parks the 22nd of March last. The Evidence deposed that as he was passing along Cheapside the Prisoner came behind him, putting his Hand into his box pull'd it out and dropp'd it (he turning quick upon him) running away, but was pursued and taken. The Prisoner denyed the Fact, but the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment, and he received Sentence of Death .
Thomas Needham , was indicted for feloniously stealing 130 Yards of Callicoe value 13 l. the Property of Divers persons, out of the dwelling House of John Odam the 20 th of Feb. last. The Evidence deposed the Prisoner being servant to the Prosecutor who was a Calender, set the Goods off from divers pieces in length 2, 3, and 4 Yards, and sold the Goods to divers Persons. The Prisoner having little to say in his Defence the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment, and he received Sentence of Death
Sarah Wharton , of St. Bennets Paules wharf , was indicted for stealing 2 Lac'd Handkerchiefs, and other Goods to the value of 3 l. the Property of Richard Bristow the 6th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner being employed as a Chair-woman carryed away the Goods and pawn'd them. The Prisoner alledged, that the Prosecutors Wife had bid her carry them to the Clear-starchers , and she having occasion for Money did make bold with them. She was a second time indicted for stealing a Silver spoon value 10 s. the Goods of Robert Rider , But the Evidence not being sufficient she was acquitted of the last but found guilty of the first to the value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
Elizabeth Watkinson was indicted for privately stealing in the shop of Benjamin Pool , and Thomas Cookflurt 30 Yards of Tammey value 30 s. the 3d of March last. The Evidence deposed that the Prisoner coming to the shop under presence of buying Tammer, stole the peace and put it under her Clothes and went away with it; but was called in again, Charg'd with the Fact, and let it fall from her. The Jury found her guilty go the value of 4 s.10 d ( Transportation .)
Henry White , of Hanwel , was indicted upon two Indictments the first for stealing Linnen to the value of 5 s. the Goods of Henry Strudwick the 10th of April last. The second for stealing a shirt value 4 s. the Goods of John Harris the same day The Prosecutors deposed the Linnen was stollen out of their Yards as it was hanging to dry, and was found upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner pleaded he found it in the Road, but not proving it, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. on both Indictments .( Transportation .)
Mary Cunningham , of St. John Wapping , was indicted for stealing 3 Guineas in the Dwelling-House of George Bendelham , the 1st of Feb. last. But there not being sufficient Proof that she stole it, the Jury acquitted her.
Arthur Herbert , of St. James's Clerkenwell , was indicted for stealing a Bridle and Saddle, value 14s. the Property of Henry Dent , the 14th of Feb last. The Evidence deposed, that going into the Stable he took the Prisoner putting them into a Sack, in order to carry them away. The Prisoner having little to say in his Defence, the Jury found-him Guilty to the value of 10d . ( Transportation .)
John Mackneal , of St. Paul's Shadwel , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, val.8 l. in the Dwelling-house of John Steward , the 7th of March last. But there not being sufficient Proof against the Prisoner he was acquitted .
Francis Rouse , of St. Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Gold Rings, value 40 s and other Goods , the Property of Jane Johnson , the 10th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, she employed the Prisoner to look after her Child and she took the Opportunity of stealing the Goods. The Prisoner pleaded she found them as she was throwing out Dirt. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 39 s ( Transportation .)
Mary Mackfarndel , of St. Margaret's , was indicted for stealing Linnen to the Value of 2 s. 6 d in the House of Katherine Rose , the 26th of March last. The Fact being plainly proved, she was found guilty to the value of 10 d . ( Transportation .)
Edward Warburton , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Can, value 3 l. in the Dwelling-house of John Cort , the 4th of April last. The Evidence deposed, the Prisoner having a Pint of Drink in the Tankard went away with the Can. The Fact being plainly proved upon the Prisoner. She was found guilty to the Value of 39 s .( Transportation .)
Rebecca Jones , of St. Mary le Bone , was indicted for stealing 10 Yards of Hooping for Petticoats, val.5 s. the 22d of March last. The Evidence deposed, the Goods were taken from the Prosecutor's Shop-window and found upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner pleaded she found them in the Street, but could not prove it. She was found guilty to the Value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
John Danford , of St. Helens , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, value 2 s. 6 d from the Person of William Lloyd , the 7th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, he perceived the Prisoner take his Handkerchief out of his Pocket, followed him and took him immediately, and found it upon him. The Prisoner pleaded he found it in the Street. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
Mary Herbert , and Elizabeth Mills , of St. Dunstan's in the West , were indicted for feloniously stealing Towels, Napkins and Pewter Platts, to the Value of 23 s. in the House of John Innocent , the 11th of April last. The Evidence deposed, That Mary Herbert being employed to wash Dishes at the Prosecutor's,Mary Herbert , being her Mother, had given them to her. She was acquitted , and Mary Herbert found guilty to the Value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
Ann Squire , of St. Buttolph's Aldgate , was indicted for stealing Linnen to the Value of 4 l. in the Dwelling-house of John Summer , the 7th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner was his Servant , and stole the Goods out of a Chest of Drawers. The Prisoner upon her Apprehension confes'd the Fact before the Justice, and it being plainly proved, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d .( Transportation .)
William Steel , and Lazarus Bradford , were indicted for breaking the House of Robert Gamage , the 2d of March last in the Night-time, and stealing thence 100 Guineas,8 half Guineas,3 Moidores, and other Goods . The Prosecutor deposed, his Compting-house was broken, and the Money stollen; that he being a Canechair-Maker in St. Paul's Church-yard, and the Prisoners his Servants , he found his Compting-house broken open, being bored and cut, by his own Tools, which were fetched out of his own Cellar, and the Money stollen; that a Cellar-door was open, which he supposed was only a Feint that Thieves had gotten in that Way, for that there was a deep Saw-pit that they would have fallen into and broke their Necks: He proved several Circumstances that look'd very suspiciously concerning the Prisoners: but not being able fully to prove the Matter, they were acquitted .
Elizabeth Polson , was indicted for stealing wearing Apparel to the Value of 4 l. in the Dwelling-house of Thomas Maggot , the 20th of March last. The Prosecutor's Wife deposed the Prisoner came into her House, went up Stairs, took the Goods, and she apprehended her with the Goods upon her. The Prisoner pleaded that the Prosecutor gave her the Goods, bidding her go in and take them, but the Jury seeing no Reason to believe her, found her guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d .( Transportation .)
Joseph Spear , of Chelsea , was indicted for breaking the House of the Lady Henrietta Windham , and stealing a Silver Sauce-pan, value 8 l. the 19th of February last. The Evidence deposed, the Prisoner had been Servant to the Lady, but was gone away; that the House had been broke at the Cellar Window, and the Sauce-pan stole; that it was found where the Prisoner had offer'd it to pawn, but was stopp'd. The Prisoner denied the fact, and attempted to prove he was elsewhere at the same time when the Fact was committed and the Sauce-pan offered to pawn, but failed in the Attempt. But it being plainly proved upon him he was found guilty .( Death .)
Elizabeth Moody , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing wearing Apparel, val.25 s. the 22d of March last. The Evidence deposed, That the Prisoner being an Acquaintance of a Lodger's in the House, open'd the Trunk and took the Goods. The Prisoner pleaded the Lodger gave them her to pawn; but not proving it, she was found guilty to the Value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
Peter Atyon , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted on two indictments; one for stealing a Pocket and a Head-dress, val.2 s. of Margaret Davis , the 12th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, as she was going along the Street she was thrown down, and her pocket pulled off, and that it was found torn in pieces by the Prisoner while he was confined in the Round-house for another Fact committed the same Night. The 2d Indictment was for stealing a Pocket, a Guinea, and some other things, from Frances Rowley the same Night. The Prosecutor depos'd, the Prisoner pull'd off her Pocket, and was running away, but she follow'd him and caught him immediately. The Facts being plainly proved he was found guilty of both Indictments.( Death .)
William Culeden , of Enfield , was indicted for breaking the House of Richard Nichols in the Night-time, the 4th of Feb. last, and stealing thence 27 Holland Frocks, value 4 l. and 4 Pair of Holland Sheets, value 4 l. and other Goods . The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, That there was two Quarrels of Glass taken out of the Laundry-Window and the Goods stollen. John Walden deposed, That the Prisoner and he being at Enfield , saw the Prosecutor's Servants Ironing Clothes, and resolved to rob that House; that they took a Ladder in the Prosecutor's Yard set up against the Window, where Culeden got in and gave him out the Goods, which they carried and sold to John Rowel for 3 l.10 s. and that she bid them go oftner and bring her more. He was an old Offender, had before made himself at Evidence. The Jury found him guilty .( Death .)
Jane Revel , was indicted as an Accessory in buying the said Goods, knowing them to he stole , which was plainly proved upon her; and she being notoriously known to be an old Offender, she was found guilty likewise.( Transportation .)
John Price, the quondan Hangman , was indicted for the Murther of Elizabeth the Wife of William White , the 13th of March last. He was a second time indicted upon the Coroners Inquest for the same. The first Evidence, Alexander Dufey , deposed, that as he was coming over Bunhill-fields on the 13th of March at bout 10 a-Clock at Night, he heard a Man's Voice, and a Woman Groan , and heard the Man say, D - mn you for a Bitch, why don't you take it in your Field and put it in? if you won't put it in I'll rip you up. And immediately after, D - mn you Bitch, where is your Money? give me your Money. And presently coming up with another Man, he said to him, did not you hear the Groaning? he reply'd, Yes, I did. That then he desired him to go along with him and see what was the matter; but he seem'd not willing to venture. That then he said lend me your Stick and I will; and he stood ready to assist him upon occasion. That going up to them, he found there was a Woman lying on the Ground, and the Prisoner on the Ground busy about her . That when he came near, the Prisoner cry'd, D - mn you what are you? He reply'd, A Man. He cry'd, D - mn you what do you want? He reply'd, to know what he was doing there. He reply'd that there was nothing but a Drunken Women. That then he call'd for Help, and they laid hold of him, and some People came by with a Lanthorn and Candle. That the Deceased lay in a very odd Posture, and a very bad Condition, with her Coats up to her Belly, Streams of Blood issuing out of her Eyes and Mouth; that he called to her, but she could not speak, but made a gagling Noise as if she had something in her Mouth, which appeared to be Blood. Another Evidence deposed, that as he was going home from Work over Bunbil-fields , he heard a groaning, and stooping down towards the Ground saw a Man, I went up to him and ask'd him if he heard the Groaning; he replied, Yes; I desired him to go up, and he refused, I desired him to stand by me and I would go. I did, and going within five or six Yards of the Place he saw the Prisoner upon the Ground with the Woman, the Woman's Coats were up to her Belly; that the Prisoner said, G - D - mn you , what do you want? that he reply'd, he wanted to know what was the Matter; that the Prisoner replied, it was nothing but a Drunken Woman, and lifted up her Foot and said it was a Man. That then be enquir'd of him where he met with her, he said first at an Alehouse, then at a Brandy-shop, another time at the Burying-Ground Gate ; so they seized him and carried him to the Watch-house; his Hands Coat and Apron were all Bloody; he deposed that the Woman was very Bloody in the Face, and one of her Eyes beat out of her Head; be added, he heard the Prisoner damning her for a Bitch before he came up to him, and was sure it was his Voice. The Constable depos'd, that the two former Evidences brought the Prisoner down to the Watch-house; that he was all over very Bloody, and that he would have gone away ; saying that he had done nothing; but he told him, he knew him to be a Thief and a Rogue, and if he did not sit down he would knock him down, or throw him into the Fire. That then he went to see for the Woman, but being very dark the Evidences miss'd the Place ; and be followed in the Field, that if any Body was in Distress they were come to assist them; but there was no Answer made; but a Dog he had barking about the Body, gave them notice where to find her. That when they came they found her lying in a sad Condition, as had been before described; and besides some of her Teeth knock'd out, which were shown the next Day before the Justice, and one of her Arms broke; that then he got her carried to the Watch-house, and sent for some Women to hold her forwards, for she was choak'd with Clots of Blood in her Mouth and Throat, and could not speak. That then he sent her to a Nurse, and ordered her to be taken Care of. The Nurse deposed, that she was brought to her in the Condition before described , adding that she could not speak a Word all the while she lived; that she said to her tho' you can't speak you can hear, make some Signs how you came by your Hurt: that she lifted up one of her Hanes , not being able to stir the other; and put it to her Head, Throat and Belly, signifying that she was Hurt in those Parts: that in this miserable Condition she languished 4 Days and then Died. Mr. Goodman the Surgeon deposed, that being sent to the Deceased he found her in a sad Condition, a Wound above one Eye , her Eye started out of her Head, which he depressed and put in again, that she had another Wound near her Nose, her Throat very much bruised, her Scalp of her Head so bruised and contused he had scarce ever seen the like, that the upper part of her Womb was very much core and larated , and that her Wounds were the Cause of her Death. The Woman's Husband deposed , that his Wife used to sent Cakes and Gingerbread about the Streets, and went out that Morning very well about 10 a-Clock, that his Son came home about 10 at Night, and she having the Key he could not get in , and so sat down at the Door waiting her coming home and fell asleep, but waking and she not being come home, he came to him to the Watch-house in Cheapside (he being a Watch-man )
Charles Plummer , was indicted for Stealing a Coach seat value 10 d. the property of John Man , Gent. the 12th of March last. The Evidence deposed that the Coach-seat was lost out of the Coach while he was turning it, and afterwards found in the Prisoners Lodgings, The Prisoner pretended a person unknown gave him a Pint of Drink to leave it, while he call'd for it. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
John Morris ,(a Black ) of St. John Wapping , was indicted for stealing a Copper, value 5 l. the Property of Persons unknown, the 11th of April last. The Master of the Ship deposed it was stole out of his ship and found in the Burrough, stopp'd by a Brasier, being offered to Sale. The Prisoner pleaded he bought it of a Sailor at Ratcliff Cross, but could not prove it, The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.( Death .)
Richard Blake , was indicted for feloniously stealing Iron: belonging to a Dray, value 5 s. from Joseph Amsworth , the 2 d of March last. The fact being plainly proved he was found guilty to the Value of 10 d .( Transportation .)
William Giles , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for Assaulting Katharine Cason , and stealing a Pocket and a Snuffbox value 30 s. the 16th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, That coming along Drury Lane a Person stuck her, and with that she being affrighted clapped her Hand on her Watch, in the interim he pulled off her Pocket with that Violence, she thought he pulled off her Petticoat also; that he ran away, and she going the next Day to speak to a Goldsmith to stop it if offered to pawn ; that he told her there was a Note for the Person that had been robbed to go to the Round-house, a Prisoner having been carried thither for another Fact; that she went and found her Snuff box, which had been taken from the Prisoner, he being about to send it away by one of his Consorts that came to him. And that Evidence deposed, that a Parson having lost his Way, he cried out stop Thief, he followed the Prisoner, he threw away the Wig, and the Parson had it: but he pursued the Prisoner, who cut at him with a large knife and cut his Coat, but he siezed him, and the Prisoner threaten'd he'd shoot, but he secured him, and so he was carried to the Round-house. The Prisoner denied the Fact: but it being fully proved, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.( Death .)
Mary Ipsley , and Elizabeth Rickets , of the Parish of Eling , were indicted for the Murther of a Person unknown, the 27th of December last. Elizabeth Stephens deposed, That she came to Mary Ipsley's House four Days before the Deceas'd came, and was to be there as a Servant for her Diet and Lodging; that on the Monday before Christmass-Day the Deceased came to her Mistress's House desiring Lodging; that she called for some Drink, and eat some Bread and Cheese and went to bed; that between 11 and 12 a Clock, she heard her cry out for Help, and was going up Stairs, but Mary Ipsley would not suffer her, threatning she would knock out her Brains; that she then went to go out at the Street door but it being lock'd she could not; that her Mistress bidding her to go to bed, she took a Candle and went to bed up another paid of Stairs, but that she heard nothing of the Woman the next Day, nor ever saw her any more till the Monday following. She added that on the Tuesday-night 2 Men, one of whole Names was Thomas English , lay in the same Room where the Woman lay, and that the next Morning when he came down he said that there was a dead Corps; that Thomas English went away and came no more till the Monday following; that then there was a Coffin set below Stairs, and Thomas English brought down a dead Woman quite naked as ever she was born: that she looked in the Coffin, saw the Woman lying in it, and a Child laid in her Arms; that the same Day there was a Cart came, amdthe Coffin was put into the Cart, in order to its being carried to be buried at Eling; that her Mistress would have Thomas English have drove the Cart, but he would not, but went away. Mary Webb deposed, That Mary Ipsley hired her Cart, giving her 2 s. to carry the Corps to Eling; that a Boy drove the Cart, and that she was went along with it; that by the way the Horse fell down, upon which Mary Ipsley cried out, and she asked her what she was afraid of: she replied, she was afraid the Coffin would burst open; that she answered her again, suppose it had, what then? she hoped she had not buried the Corps naked: she replied, No, she had buried it in a white Mantle . She added, that she said it was a Woman who died in a Convulsion-Fit, but she said nothing of a Child. Mr. Tille, the Curate of Eling, deposed he gave the Clerk Orders that when any Persons were to be buried to let him know of it before hand, that he might be in the way; that there were two Children to be buried the 30th of December, and he having been invited to ne that Day with the Church Warden of Brentford, he desired him to let him know when they would be ready and he would be there as soon as they, and that the Overseer of Brentford and his Wife dined there also; that after Dinner he went to Eling, and the Children being brought there to be buried, he looked behind him and saw a Coffin in a Cart, upon which he asked the Clerk from whence it came: he answered, from Tumble-down Dick's at Brentford. He then asked the Clerk if there was a Grave ready for it, he answered him there was one almost ready; he enquired if the had gone for it, and was answered No. he then enquired of the Prisoner who the Person to be buried was; he answered Wife that came to her House the last night, and was taken with a very violent Fit, and continued in it till she died. He said that was a little odd. He asked her if she had acquianted the Church-warden or Overseen of the Poor with it, The answered she had: he asked her if she was sure of it, the fact she had acquainted them with it; he asked when, she replied about 2 or 3 Hours ago: he asked her again if she was she had , she then snapped at him, saying, don't I tell you so? That then he answered her it was false, for he had been for 4 Hours at the Church-warden's House, was at Dinner there , and the Overseen was at Dinner with him there, and if so he should have heard of it. Then she made him no Answer He then told her, I much suspect you, I will see the Corps: she replied to him, can you answer that? he made answer, I can't tell whether I can or no, but however I will try for once: With that she came and whispered him, telling him in the Ear, she died of a very bad Distemper , she is all over full of Plague Spots ; that then he replied, let it be Pox or Plague, he did not fear; he was in the way of his Duty, and with the help of God he would see. Then she came to him again, and said, to tell you the Truth she has no Shroud on: to which he replied, the more Breast you then, and sent for Tools to open the Coffin, and desired what Woman were present to inspect the Corps, and also that the Men would withdraw at a distance, and that he himself stood at some distance from it, but observed how Mary Ipsley behaved her self: and when the top of the Coffin was railed at the Head and about half open, she ran to it, put her Hand into the Coffin, took the Corps hold about the Head or Neck and shook it: he asked what that was for, and she answered to make her purge and ink them all out of the Church. That after the Women had viewed it, he was informed that the Corps was indeed stark Naked , as when born, and that they saw Marks of Violence and barbarous Usage; and that there was also a young Child in the Coffin. James Scot , the Clerk deposed, That on the 30th of December, about 3 Hours before the Corps came, a Woman came from Tumble down Dick's at Brentford, and order'd him to make a Grave for a Woman, who was a Pensioner's Wife who had died at her Mistress's, he asked her why she did not send to have the Bell ring, the Woman answered she did not know; that he made the Grave and the Corps was brought, and that Mr. Tiller talking with him about it, he said he was in a strange hurry of Mind, and am taken with a Trembling and so strange, I can't tell what is the atter with me , I wish this Woman is not murdered, I will have the Coffin opened before I bury her; That when the Minister would have the Coffin opened she told him the Deceased had the Plague and flunk, and was so nasty that it was not fit to be seen. The Clerk went on and confirmed what the Minister had before related. Sarah Barker deposed, The she was one of the Persons desired to view the Body, and that she found no Plague Spots as the Prisoner had said, but that there was a black Place on the side of the Head, and Lock of Hair all bloody and clotted, by her Ear. Mary Sco deposed , That Mr. Tillet asking Mary Ipsley when the Woman died, she answered, the Night before: then he asked her why she buried it so soon, that she replied she died of the Pox and the Plague, and she stank so she was not able to bear her in the House: that they afterwards opened the Coffin, and Mary Ipsley thrust in her Hand, as had been before related: that they found the Corps naked, and a Child at the End of the Coffin, lying under the Deceased's Feet, one side of her Head was bruised, and her Hair was matted with Blood, and Blood came out of one Ear and one Nostril, and she had received much more Damage than is usual below, and was not ragged but seemed to have been cut, for the length of an Inch or more. There was no Spots on the Woman's Body, but a clean Corps from head to foot: there was a Call over the Face of the Child, one of the Women pulled it off, and there was no Nose, but what was flat, even with the Face, only two Nostrils did appear. This was also confirmed by Mrs. Floyd, Mrs. Prestons, a Midwise , deposed the same with the other Women, adding, that the Blood stood in the Left Ear of theJane Round deposed, that she having viewed the Body, and being of opinion that she had been barbarously used, went to Mary Ipsley, and desired her to declare the whole matter, and who had been guilty of that Barbarity, and not to go to save others and hang her self; for I told her I did believe somebody deserved to be hang'd. That she made answer, she knew nothing of the matter; that there being a Woman setting at some distance from her, whom she called Nurse, she said what was done she did. The Woman made answer, Ay, Landlady, but you said I should come to no Trouble. That Mary Ipsley replied, Ay, Girl, so I did; no more shall you. Mr. Gilbert deposed, that he was desired to see the Body, but it was about eight Days after she had been buried, and he found it as has been before testified, and that the Restum was much delacerated; that he opened the Body and found it a clean found Body.
Mary Ipsley pleaded in her defence, that the Deceased came to her House on the Monday before Christmas-day in a very poor Condition, and desired she might lodge there that Night, but she refused to let her, till by the Persuasion of some Men who were drinking there she did; that the Deceased said she would go to London early the next Morning; that about 9 a Clock the next Morning she sent to call her, but no answer was made and wondering at it, they went up to see, and found her in a Fit; that she got Geneva and robbed her Temples, got Sack and Black Cherry Water, and her Teeth being set they could not get it down her Throat; that some time after she seemed to be a little recovered by lying still, but soom after she fell into another Fit, and so continued all Day on Wednesday, on Thursday she fell into her Fits again, and continued in and out of them all Thursday, and so Friday and Saturday; and she never heard her speak from the Night she came till she died; and on Sunday Morning a Woman that came with her from Windsor, and tended her as a Nurse, went up Stairs to see how she did, and came down in a Fright and said she was in Labour; they went up immediately, and both she and the Child were Dead, the Child being born dead. She also called Persons who endeavoured to invalidate the Evidence of Elizabeth Stephens , by giving her the Character of a loose Person, and called the Overseen to like she had told him of a Person that was taken ill in her House of Convulsion Fits; and that she did apply her self to him for a Coffin for her; she called also a Midwife and Surgeon, who endeavoured to account for the extraordinary Dilaorration, supposing it not to be cut, but that it might be possible to be torn by the strength of the Convulsions (though this was strenously opposed in Court, and with strong Reasons,) and that the Child had been dead three Days before the Birth. Upon the whole, there being no Evidence that affected Eliz. Rickets, and the Evidence against Mary Ipsley, though strong, being but presumptive, they were both Acquitted .
George Veal , alias Widgeon , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Elizabeth Steward , and stealing thence Holland and Damask, value 9 l, Handkerchiefs and other Goods to a considerable value the 4th of October last in the Night time . The Prosecutor deposed that the Shop was broken open the Day above mentioned, but she knew not who did it, till she received a letter from one Ash. Ash deposed, that the beginning of October, himself, one Joseph Dud- Me - Daniel and the Prisoner were together, that they said there was a very good House at the Hermitage-Bridge , and they resolv'd to go to it, as they did, and with a Chissel cook cown the Window Shutters, and the Prisoner went in, and handed the Goods out to the rest; that they carried them and sold them to one Richard Pallard to Harro in Whine Chappel for 9 l. and shared the Money among them, which came to 36 sie. a piece. The Prisoner denyed the Fact, or so much as knowing the Evidence; but he replied he had known him 3 Years, had been with him in 4 Burglaries, and that the Prisoner had been burnt in the Hand but the very last session. The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment ( Death )
Mary Hooper and Elizabeth Jones , were indicted for privately stealing 17 yards of Blue and White Linnen value 30 s, in the Shop of Thomas Foster , the 21st of March last, and Deborah Stent for receiving the said Goods knowing to be stolen . The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoners came to the Shop with one Peg Hardcastle to buy Linnen for a Gown and Petticoat, and stole the Linnen. Peg Hardcastle deposed that the Prisoners were sent, by Deborah Stent on purpose to steal, and that the waited near the Shop the mean time, that when they came out they put the Goods into her Lap and they were afterwards carried to Deborah Stent. The Prisoners deny'd the Fact. But the Jury found them guilty of the Indictment, and Hooper and Jones received Sentence of Death , and Deborah Stent being known to be an Old Offender was found guilty as an Accessary ,( Transportation )
Eleanor Wife of Christopher Johnson , of the Parish of St. Clements Danes was indicted for High Treason, that she did on the 2d of November last, having in her Possession 20 pieces made of Tin, Copper, and other base Metal in the likeness of the Current Coin of the Kingdom, knowing them to be Counterfeit mark with Grainings &c . Katherine Maclear deposed, that she having formerly been concerned in putting off Counterfeit Money, did e to deal with Abigail Newlead , but she being gone out of the way; she went to the Prisoner to enquire for her, who asked her what she wanted, telling her if she wanted Counterfeit Money She could supply her, of it were a Cart Load : that she did after that but of her at divers times as much as she paid her 6 or 7 l. for, giving her 2d per Shilling, and 5d per half Crown . That one time she showed her 36 ba Shillings battered and offered her them for a penny per piece, but she would not take them; that at another time she went and bought as much as came to 4 Shillings, that she carried her in a Doors and clipped them with a pair of Scissors, and afterwards made the Grainings by fillsing them on the Edge. There were other Evidences very full and plain against her, whereupon the Jury found her Guilty of High Treason.( to be Burnt )
Margaret (the Wife of Thomas) West , of St Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for assaulting Susannah Anderson , and taking from her 7 Guineas the first of Feb. last. Susannah Anderson deposed, that she went to the Prisoner's House with a Basket of Pyes to sell, that there they enticed her to play at Cards, and that she won Money of them she plaid of Pyes that they would not play her, but took her Basket of Pyes and locked it up from her; and she pulling out a Box wherein were 7 Guineas, Margaret West struck the Box out of her Hand upon the Ground, pick'd up her Guineas, afterwards beat her and turn'd her out of Doors. The Prisoner in her Defence alledged, that she keeping a Publick House Prosecutor came in with a Basket of Pyes to last, and going to some Men in the House was very pressing upon them to buy some Pyes, pleading Povery, saying that she had two Children to maintain, and no Money; but they refused: that then she said she would play a Game at AFours with them for a Shillings worth; that at last some of them did play with her, and won a 3 Shillings worth of her; that she sat there smoaking and Drinking, and was very free with one of the Men, and same Lascious actions pass'd between them, and that they afterwards went out together to the Tavern, and that when she came back she pretended no miss a Shillings worth of Cheescakes; and bacause she would not give her a Shilling, she said she had better, for she would make it cost her ten; but did not at that time make any mention of having lost 7 Guineas. This was confirm'd by several Evidences, the Wife of the Man with whom she had been so free deposed that when she return'd from the Tavern she did in her Rage Ke up a Broom-stick and beat Susannah Anderson for carrying her Husband to a Bawdy-House ; upon which she told her, she had as much Right to him as she. There were divers credible Performs appeared in behalf of the Prisoner, who gave her a very good Character. The Jury acquitted her.
Katherine Lackey , of St. John Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing Linnen to the value of 10 s. in the Dwelling House of Jane Stead , the 1st of April last. It appeared that the Prisoner being a Lodger in the Prosecutor's House, stole the Goods. She was found guilty to the value of 10 d .( Transportation )
Margaret Hawkins , was indicted for stealing wearing Apparel val.22 s. from John Goss , the 18th of April last. The Fact being plainly proved, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d .( Transportation )
Benjamin Speed and Rice Speed were indicted for stealing Goods value 30 s. the Property of Richard Waters , the 4th of March last; the Fact being fully proved upon Benjamin Speed, he was found guilty , but Price Speed acquitted .
James Fox , of St. Giles in the Fields , was Indicted for picking the Pocket of Jane Smith of half a Guinea and 14 s. the 2d of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, that she being at her Devotions at the Sicilian Ambassador's Chapel , the Prisoner picked her Pocket; she had him immediately apprehended
Richard Hutchins , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing wearing Apparel, val.15 s. in the Dwelling-house of Thomas Dry , the 30th of March . The Evidence deposed the Prisoner was met on the Prosecutor's Stairs, and dropp'd the Goods about 4 or 5 a Clock in the Afternoon. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and produced 2 Women who deposed he was drinking with them from 11 in the Forenoon till 6 at Night, and that then they went house with him and put him to bed, he being drunk. However the Jury not believing them, found him guilty to the value of 10 d .( Transp. )
Ezra Edwards , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in drinking the Pretender's Health, by the Name of King James IIId . The Evidences against the Prisoner were 3 Soldiers who deposed, That they being drinking in a Cellar near Charing-Cross on the 2d of March , the Prisoner was there, who amidst a great deal of Swearing and Cursing, and disrespectful Words of King George, told them he wore better Cloth than the King's Soldiers, and taking up the Pot said, Here is a Health to King James the IIId . And they finding Fault with his proceedings, he call'd for a fresh Pot, and said to them, in spight of you, Here is a Health to King James the IIId, God bless him. That they told him they should be obliged to secure him, he told them he did not value them. There was Health to King James the IIId, God bless him. The Jury found him guilty of the Misdemeanor, and he was Fined 20 Marks and 6 Months Imprisonment .
Charles Pardie and James Hartly , of Hammersmith , were indicted for breaking the House of James Francis , and stealing divers brass Ware, value 40 s. the 4th of April last. It appeared by the Evidence that the Prosecutor's House was broken open and the Goods stollen, which were taken upon the Prisoners, being stopped by the Watch early the next Morning. The Jury found them both guilty of the Indictment.( Death .)
William Haynes , of St. Katharine's , was indicted for breaking the House of Henry Fibb in the Night-time, and stealing Goods to the value of 40 s. the 14th of March last. It appeared that the Prosecutor's Shop was broken open a Hole being made through the Boards under the Window, and the Prisoner was seen by the Watch getting out at the Hole; but he espying them, sneaked in his Head, and was afterwards taken in the Shop and the Goods bundled up ready to carry away. The Prisoner had little to say in his Defence, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.( Death )
Charles Pardie , was indicted a second time for privately taking,1 Pocket,4 s. in Money, and some other things from Rebecca Wilkins , the 8th of March . The Evidence deposed they saw the Prisoner knock down the Prosecutor and pull off her Pocket. The Master being plain, the Jury found him guilty .( Death )
John White , was indicted for assaulting Ann Pocock in the King's Highway, and taking from her a Pocket,5 s. in Money and same other things , the 12th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed that as she was going down Breadstreet about 9 at Night she was assaulted by the Prisoner, who pulled off her Pocket and ran away, but was immediately seized. The Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.( Death )
Thomas Hoster , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Quilt and other Goods out of the House of Mary Green : the Fact being plainly proved, he was found guilty to the value of 10 d .( Transportation )
William Burridge , of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for Assaulting Martha Moor , in the King's Highway and taking from her a Pocket, a Snuff-box val.30 s. a Guinea, and French-Pistol , the 2d of March last. The Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.( Death )
Edward Potter , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in stealing Copper, val.5 l. from the Freehold of John Galworb , the ... March last. The Evidence deposed, that the Copper of the Prosecutor's Brewhouse at Enfield and was seized Persons near Shoulder of Mutton Fields John Walden ...John Revel bought them a Bottle-basket at Tower-hill pers: and that himself, the Prisoner,&c went and stole it; that Potter opened the Door with a Chisle and brought it out, and they were stopped at Hackney. The Fact was, and he known to be an Old Offender: the Jury found him guilty . He was Fined 10 Marks and 3 Months Imprisonment .
Margaret Cox , of St. John Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing 8 Guineas,3 Moidores, and Silver, together to the sum of 20 l. in the Dwelling-house of Richard Miles , the 20th of Jan. last. It appeared that the Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor, and took the Money out of a Chest and went away; that she was found the next Day at Putney in bed and drunk, but had not above 2 s. of it left about her, it having been taken from her by two Men that had lain with her in a Barn. The Prisoner alledged, that he had several times importuned her to lie with her, had left the Chest open and bid her take the Money: but the Jury not believing her found her guilty .( Death )
Bartholomew Coats , a Coachman , was indicted as an Accessory for stealing a Portmanteau Trunk full of rich wearing Apparel, a Watch and other things to the Value of 50 l. the Property of Drovisin Hubey , the 16th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, that being to go out of Town the next Day, he sent for the Prisoner to carry him and the Portmanteau into Watling-Street to the Carters about 10 a-Clock at Night: that the Coachman, supposing he would made him wait, would not have carried him after he had put the Portmanteau into the Coach; but he constraining him, he said if he will carry him he would serve him a Trick for it: and accordingly, as he pass'd along, he called to several Coachmen to take him, and coming S. Paul's Church-Yard he then drove very softly; that he all the while keeping his Hand on the Trunk, till taking it off while he took a pinch of Snuff, in an instant the Door was opened, and the Trunk pull'd out; that he jump'd out of the Coach, telling the Coachman that he was robb'd, and went to pursue the Thieves; but the Coachman told him that could not be, jump'd off the Coach-box, laid hold of him, would not let him pursue them, but calling the Watchmen charg'd them with him, and sent him to the Watch-house, and also sent the Watchmen after his Footboy that was pursuing them likewise, and brought him back; so the Rogues went clean off with the Booty. The Prisoner pleaded Innocence of the Design; alledged, he thought he was going to bilk him of his Fair. It could not be plainly proved he was in Confederacy with the Thieves, so he was acquitted . But the Court was so incensed at the Baseness of the Action, that they call'd for the Prosecutor to lay an Indictment of another Nature against him.
Thomas Cash , Mary White alias Cash , and Margaret Boyl , of St. Brides , were indicted for privately taking 11 Guineas, a Pistole, and 24 Shillings in Silver, from the Person of John Nash , the 11th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed that he was drinking at the house of Tho. Cash and Mary White , in Hanging-Sword-Alley near Water-Lane, Fleet-Street , having the Money in his Pocket, which he had received or Malt, and pulling out his Money to pay the Reckoning Margaret Boyl struck it out of his Hand: that he took it up and put it, in his Pocket, afterwards Fell asleep, and it was taken out, and his Leather Breeches cut with a Knife down the side to search for more, and Thomas Cash and his Wife came up, he being very drunk, carried him down into the Street and laid him there. Another Evidence, who was an Oyster Girl near the Temple, deposed, that he bought some Oysters of her, and ask'd her if she were single: she said, Yes: and then he swore he never was Married in his Life, but if she would have him he would marry her: that they went to the Prisoner's House and drank, and he went out and bought a Ring, giving 22 s. for it, in order thereto: that he sat there drinking, was drank, and she saw the Women take the Money: it was proved that Boyl and White afterwards gave a Note to make the matter up. The Jury found Mary White and Margaret Boyl guilty of the Indictment ( Death ) and acquitted Tho. Cash.
Gent . was indicted for the Murther of Robert Knapper , Gent. upon the 28th of Dec. by giving him one mortal Wound on his Right Breast, near his Right Pap, of which he languished to the 29th and then died . He was also indicted a second time upon the Coroner's Inquest for Manslaughter, and likewise a third time upon the Statute of Stabbing. Mr. Holliday deposed, that the Prisoner and Deceased having been drinking a Bowl of Punch with him at his House, went away, at 10 a Clock on Saturday-night, the 28th of December; that when the Prisoner rose up he perceived he had drank too freely by his reeling, tho' the Deceased was sober; that he thereupon desired the Deceased to take Coach at the End of the Street, and put the Prisoner in, and send him home, and about three Quarters of an Hour after he heard of the Deceased's Misfortune: That thereupon he went to him, found him vomiting Blood; and being asked how it came, said, by his Kindness to the Prisoner. And being asked if he would have the Prisoner prosecuted if he died, he said No, it was not the Effect of Malice but of Drink, and that his Friend had mistaken his Kindness. That he went to bring the Prisoner back to his Lodgings, and he drew upon him and wounded him. Elizabeth Hunter , Mr. Knapper's Landlady, deposed, of Dec. at about a quarter past 10 a Clock Mr. Knapper and thePrisoner came to her House, and being both come Mr. Knapper said to the Prisoner, Pray Sir wash upStairs; but the Prisoner made no Answer, but immediately ran out of Doors and Mr Knapper after him, and in about four or five Minutes out Mr Knapper came back looking pale and breathed short, having his Hand on his Breast; that she in the mean time stood with a Ladle in her Hand expecting their Return; that seeing him come back by himself, she said is the Gentleman coming, or may I shut the Door, he replied shut the Door, and she perceiving some blood asked how it came; He answered he got that for his Kindness to his Friend; That he went immediately up Stairs. She saw him wounded, she called her Husband, he desired her to clap her Hand upon the Wound, her Husband came down, took of his Sword and Belt he vomited 2 or 3 Quarts of Blood; she sent for a Surgeon, he dressed his Wound and sent him to bed; that they enquired of him how it came, if he and his Friend had quarrell'd, he said No, but he followed him to bring him back and took him by the Arch, and he turned upon him desiring him to return, drew his Sword and gave him the Wound. she ask'd if there had been a Rencounter betwixt them, and if his Sword was drawn; he said No, or if he had thought of any such Design the Prisoner could not have hurt him. That then the Surgeon being come, drew the Sword and found no sign of its having been drawn. The Surgeon confirm'd this, saying, that there was no Moisture on it, but the dust of the Scabbard: that he had reason to believe it had not been drawn for some time, and that the Deceased being ask'd if his Sword was drawn, answered no, Mr. Vetch deposed, that the Deceased said, I believe the poor Gentleman did not know what he did, I dence he may not suffer upon my account. Mr. deposed, that he being sent for found him vomiting Blood, and that a great quantity too, found a Wound in the Right Breast near the Right Pap, Mr. Puise sow and intermiting, cold eats, and the Wound to be Mortal. The Prisoner pleaded in his Defence, that having been at Mr. Holliday's, as he was going Home was attack'dAndrew Horn deposed, That on the 20th of December about a quarter past 10 at Night, he going along St. Martin's-lane saw two Men, the one slender, who was foremost , and the other seller bodied who pursued him; and that the Hindmost call'd to the foremost to stop, saying, Z - nds, why don't you found? which he did, and he came up to him, and then he heard the Clasning of Swords; that thereupon he ran to get Assistance to part them; but when he came back they were both gone.
Mr. Tull , who liv'd about three Doors from Mr. Hunter's House, deposed that he heard a Rustling in the Street at his Window, and some Persons swear, and the Clashing of Swords, and sent out his Apprentice to see what was the matter; and he came in and said there had been a Fight between two Gentlemen, and that one of the Gentlemen was wounded: that one of the Gentlemen called at the Brandy-Shop for some Refreshment , but they would not let him have any. Mary Wilky , Servant to Mr. Tull, deposed, that she heard a Gentleman soear bitterly , and that her Master sent the Boy out to see what was the matter; and that she went to the Door, and saw a Gentlemen over the way stooping toward the Ground, which the Boy said was Mr. Knapper, Mr. Hunter's Lodger. Michael Jasper deposed, that he saw two Gentlemen stand near the Kennel and afterwards saw Mr. Knapper running from another Gentlemen who stood without his Hat and Wig, and stand against the Wood-Yard with his Hand upon his Breast, and ran into Mr. Hunter's House, and that he went to the Cellar with the Prisoner, and he called out for Assistance and somebody to dress his Wounds, and that Mr. Tull's Apprentice and he went and found his Hat and Wig, and brought them to the Cellar to him, and he put them on dirty as they were; and that the People not drawing him any Drink he came up and was going away, and they said they would take care of him; he reply'd he would take care of them, and clapp'd his Hand upon his Sword; so they being assighted went away and left him. Peter Carpenter deposed, that between to and 11 a-Clock that Night the Prisoner came into Duke's Court near St. Martin's Church, all dirty and Bloody , and seem'd to be very saint , had a Wound in his Breast like the Prick of a Sword, and one in his Hand which lock'd like a Cut, and he went home with him to his Lodgings. Jane Surlock deposed, the Prisoner was brought home about 11 a-Clock all Dirty and Wounded, that she ask'd him where he had been, and he said he had met with Villains in the Street, who had put upon him and Wounded him; that some Surgeons were sent for, who dress'd his Wounds. Mr. Mitchel deposed, that he and another Surgeon found him wounded 3 Fingers below the Right Pap , and his Finger cut; that having dress'd these Wounds he afterwards complained of his Back, but seem'd not to know he had a Wound there; but examining he found another Wound near his Back-Bone, Mr. Scott the Surgeon deposed, that he went on the Monday to the Assistance of two other Gentlemen, and found a Wound under his Right Pap. another under the Seapuls , three Inches from the Back-Bone; he added, that the Prisoner's Aunt desired him to go to Mr. Knapper to see how he did, she having heard of his Misfortune. That when he came, Mr. Knapper ask'd how the Prisoner did; that he answered, he was much wounded, but was very much concern'd for him. Capt. Macloud deposed, that going to see the Prisoner he ask'd him how he (the Prisoner did; he reply'd, indifferent, but wounded. That he answered him again, it were well if every body else could say so. He ask'd what he meant; he answer'd, don't you know you have wounded your Friend Mr. Knapper; that he was surpriz'd, ready to sent away to hear this; and said, Good God! I thought no body had receiv'd Hurt but my self. The Prisoner called a great many Gentlemen to his Reputation, as Brigadeer Wood, Major Peterson , Capt. Sinclar, Capt. Macloud, Mr. George Anderson , Minister of the Regiment, and a great many Persons of Reputation, who all gave him an extraordinary Character, as not only a Man brave in the Army, but also so singularly happy in his Temper, that he never was known to be given to quarrel, even when he had drunk freely; but used frequently to compose Differences, but never promoted any; and by his engaging Behaviour and Bravery had gain'd the Respect of all that knew him, even of the Field-Officers themselves. The Jury found him guilty of Manslaughter only.
Margaret Price , alias Russel , of St. Jame's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing 13 Guineas and a Jacobus , from William Burroughs the 30th of November last. The Prosecutor deposed that one Mr. Gwin ask'd him to walk out, and they went to Pimlicoe House, and went into the Mulberry-Garden near Buckingham-House, where the Prisoner came into their Company, and went away with him and conducted him to her Lodgings, where he went to Bed about 7 a-Clock in the Evening, and about half an Hour after she come into the Room, complaining she had got the Tooth-ach, and walk'd about the Room, and by and by she went out, and when she was gone he felt for his Money, which was in his Breeches-Pocket, and found it was gone; he knock'd, and a Light being brought up, he enquired for the Prisoner, and was told his Friend Mr. Gwin and she were gone out together, and that they were gone to the Tavern but the Prisoner came Home no more that Night. There were several corroborating Circumstances that she had the Money; the Jury found her guilty .( Death .)
Henry Cheap , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in Printing and Publishing several False and scandalous Libels, highly reflecting on the King and Government . The Council for the King open'd the Indictment, setting forth. That the Prisoner, tho' he was formerly Convicted for the like Offence in Printing and Publishing a scandalous Pamphlet called, A Letter to Sir Richard Steel , and had suffer'd a small Punishment for that Offence, did still continue his base Practices; and for that End had got himself in to be a Day Scholar in the School of one Mr. Watts near Tower-street, by the means to have the opportunity of Corrupting young Gentlemen, who frequented that School for the sake of Learning the Mathematicks, and dispersing his Libels; That the Government having received Information of his Transactions, sent several Messengers to apprehend him, who found Numbers of them in his Pocket. The Evidences were the King's Messengers, who deposed, That going to Mr. Watts's School, they enquired for him, and being called down, his Master being present, they enquir'd if he had any Papers about him, he replied No, and upon that wanted to go to the Necessary-house, they told him they must search him first; they did so, and found in his Pockets 4 Libels intituled, The Falling Out ;3 Libels intituled, The Loyal Resolution; the 2 Libels concerning the Pretender and Prince of Wales; the 2 Libels called The History of the 29 Years Rebellion and Usurpation, which were produc'd and read in Court, and contain'd false, scandalous and malicious Expressions against the King and Government. The Prisoner pleaded he knew nothing of their being in his Pocket; but that was so plainly proved that the Jury found him Guilty of the Fact, but doubting whether it was properly a Publication, brought their Verdict in Special .
Amy Harrison alias Thance , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Guinea, and 2 half Guineas from the Person of Bernard Kemble , the 14th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, That he being in Liquor was met by the Prisoner, who carried him to a bad House in one of the 7 Streets, and there made him drink Drams, and so more fuddled, and then used him barbarously, beat him and would have turn'd him out of Doors, and put her Hand in his Pocket and took his Money. Being asked by the Court if there was no other Person but she, he owned there was another Woman; and being asked likewise if he saw her put her Hand in his Pocket; he said No. Being told by the Court, that he having owned he was very drunk, perhaps he might not know which of the Women took it, he replied, the Prisoner took it. The Prisoner in her Defence alledged, that she met the Prosecutor in Drury-lane , and a Women one of whose Names was Betty Tooley) along with him; that they all went together to her Lodgings, and there drank 8 s. in Rasberry-Brandy: Then the Prisoner would needs lie with them, and that in State too, which he did, and for that purpose gave her a Crown, he liking her the best, and the two other Women half a Crown a-piece to assist in the Pageantry. The Prisoner being asked by the Court, what she meant by his lying in State, she gave the following Description of it. That the Prosecutor, herself, and the two Women stripped themselves all naked, and the Prosecutor lay with her in the Middle, laying his Hands on the Bellies of the two other Women that lay naked on each side her. She added, that whereas he said he was barbarously used, he had put her to the Charge and Trouble to break a good Broom to whip him with. The Court observed that indeed he an old clumsy Fellow deserved to be whipped for picking up Whores; but asked her why she whipped him, she replied, it was his Fancy to be whipped, and desired her to do it. There being not Proof sufficient that she took the Money from him, she was acquitted ,
The Tryals being ever , the Court proceeded to give Judgment as followeth:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death,22.
Thomas Milksop , Thomas Needham , John White , Mary White , Margaret Boyl , Joseph Spear , Peter Atyear , William Culeden , George Veal alias Widgreen , Mary Hooper , Elizabeth Jones , Eleanor Johnson , Margaret Price alias Russel, William Giles , Charles Pardie , James Hartley , William Haynes , James Fox , William Burridge , John Price , Margaret Cox , John Varucy .
To be Transported,27
Charles Plummer , Sarah Walton , Elizabeth Watkinson , Henry White , Arthur Herbert , Frances Rouse , Mary Macksarlingion , Rebecca Jones , John Dawford , Mary Herbert , Ann Squire , Elizabeth Polson , Elizabeth Moody , Jane Revel , Deborah Stent , Ede Warburton , Thomas Allen , Mary Jones , Elizabeth Saunders , Richard Blake , Katharine Luckey , Richard Hutchins , Powel Oxen, Tho Hoster , John Morris , Margarate Hawkins , Benj-Speed .
Mary White , Margaret Boyl , Margaret Price alias Russel, and Clement Johnson , pleaded their Bellies ; and Jury of Matrons being impannell'd, found Eleanor Johnson and Margaret Price with Quick Child, the others not.