THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, AND
Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, being the 2d, 3d and 4th of this Instant March, 1719. In the Sixth Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir GEORGE THOROLD , Kt. and Baronet, Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Justice Dormer, Mr. Baron Mountague , John Raby , Esq; Deputy Recorder; and several of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.
The Jurors Names were as followeth:
The Proceedings were as follows:
William Witherel , of St. Michael's Cornhill , was indicted for Privately stealing a Cambrick Handker-chief from the Person of John Holloway , on the 19th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that about 8 a Clock the Night aforesaid the Prisoner pickt his Pocket of his Handkerchief near Finch-Lane , that he followed and took him as he was crossing the way, and the Handkerchief by him; that no Body else was near him. The Prisoner denyed the Fact, but called none to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
William Bond , of St. Vedaft alias Foster , was indicted for feloniously stealing Pussendorf's Introduction to the History of Europ, a Journal, Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium, the Clerk's Tutor in Chancery, Boyce on the 39 Articles, &c. the Goods of Anthony Barker , on the 1 st of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that he lost his Goods from his Shop or Stall in Gutter-Lane , and that he found them at Mr. Slater's in Petty France, who had stopt the Prisoner, offering them to Sale, and sent for him. Mr. Slater deposed that the Prisoner sold him 12 Books the Day before he stopt him, on which Day he brought him Boyce on the 39 Articles, whereupon he suspecting that the Prisoner did not come honestly by them, sent for the Prosecutor, who owned them to be his. Mr Slater's Daughter confirmed the same; and the Books were produced in Court and swore to by the Prosecutor. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he was drinking with one at the Magpye in Bishopsgate-street, who asked him if he knew the Value of them, and desired him to sell them for him; but could not prove it, nor called he any to his Reputation, The Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
James Bourke , of St Lawrence Pountney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 8 pair of Silk Stockings , the Goods of Thomas Drybutter , on the 12th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that he had a Letter sent to him recommending him to Trade with one Mr. Coleman, and that while he was gone to enquire after his new Chap the Prisoner, came to his Shop. The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, that just after his Master was gone out the Prisoner came to the Shop and ask'd for him, and that he telling him he was gone to the Customhouse, the Prisoner said he could not stay, but was going into Fenchurch-street, and would call again as he came back; that he called again, and lookt upon some Hose; and that he went with the Prisoner to St. Lawrence Pountney Hill with the Goods, where the Prisoner took them pretending to go into the House, but went away with them. A Third Evidence saw him take the Goods and go away with them. The Prisoner pleaded that it was his first Fact, and that he had formerly lived well. The Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
Alice Jones , alias Evans , of St. Ann Black Fryers , was indicted for privately stealing 12 pound of Silk and Hair Twist, and 4 pound of Mohair Twist, out of the Shop of John Everingham , on the 19th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that he lost a great quantity of Twist at several times and that one of his Neighbours seeing some of his Goods in Mr. Crouch's Shop, acquainted him with it; whereupon he went to Mr. Crouch and found the Goods; who told him he had them of Mr. Hall. and Mr. Hall told him that he had them of Mr. Rawlinstone a Broker the back side of St. Clements; and that going to Mr. Rawlinstone's he found the Prisoner there offering more Goods to sale; whereupon he had her before a Justice, before whom she confest she had the Twist out of the Prosecutor's Shop at several times. Mr. Crouch, Mr. Hall and Mr. Rawlinstone confirm'd what was deposed of them by theSarah Camfield deposed that the Grey Twist (which was the other part of the Goods) was her Working and the Prosecutor's Goods. The Prisoner had nothing to say for her self, nor any to her Reputation. The Jury considering the Matter acquitted her of privately stealing, and brought her in Guilty of Felony only . Transportation .
Samuel Dely , alias Deling of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate was indicted for breaking open the House of Robert Whiteman in the Night time, and feloniously stealing a Canvas Bag value 1 d. and 2 s. and 3 d. in Money, the Goods and Money of the said Robert Whiteman, on the 30th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that his Doors were fast about 10 a Clock that Night, when he went to Bed; that about 12 the Prisoner attempted to throttle him, but he crying out, his Neighbours came in and saved him, and told him the Prisoner was the Man. Another Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner confest to him that he lifted up the Latch of the Prosecutor's Door in the Dusk of the Evening, and went in and hid himself under the Bed till he did the Fact. Isaac Murray deposed, that he hearing Murder cry'd, got a Sledge Hammer, broke open the Door, found the Prosecutor Bloody, and the Prisoner under the Bed with a Bag of Half-pence. Another deposed that he went in at another Door at the same time, and found the Prosecutor Bloody at the Neck and Mouth, and the Bag of Half-pence on the Prisoner; which was also confirm'd by another Evidence. James Miller the Constable deposed, that he took the Prisoner to the Watch-House with him, where he owned, that he watcht the Prosecutor out out of his House when he went for a Pint of Drink (about the Dusk of the Evening) and took that opportunity to open the Latch and go in, shut the Door again, and hide himself under the Bed till about 12, when he attempted to kill the Prosecutor; that he wounded him in the Neck with a Penknife, which he left in the Bed, and which was found there accordingly. The Bag of Half-pence and Penknife were produc'd in Court, and the Bag own'd by the Prosecutor. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he had borrow'd Money of the Prosecutor and was to pay him Weekly; that he had been drinking all that Afternoon, and the Prosecutor's Door being open he went in, and being very drunk fell down behind a Chest and fell a Sleep; that when he awoke and found where he was, he went to the Prosecutor's bed side and shock him to awake him., but did not cut nor wound him. He also called one Edward Smith to his Reputation, with whom he was Servant 7 Years ago. The Jury considering the matter Acquitted him of the Burglary, and found him Guilty of Felony only Transportation .
Thomas Brown of St. Dunstan's in the West , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief value 2 s. from the Person of Richard Coxsell on the 19th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that as he was going up Fleet-street , he clapt his Hand to his Pocket and found the Prisoner's Hand on his Handkerchief; whereupon he seized him with it in his Hand. William Coursey deposed, that he was going with the Prosecutor and saw him have hold of one end of the Handkerchief and the Prisoner of the other. The Prisoner said that he was drunk and know nothing of it, that several other People were passing by at the same time, but had none to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Mary Jones , of St. James Garlickhith , was indicted for breaking open the Dwelling House of Elizabeth Foster in the Day time, no body being therein, and taking thence a Fustian Frock, a Wastcoat, and a pair of Ticking Breeches, the Goods of John Foster , and a Sarsenet Hood, a Kenting Hood and a Blue Apron, the Goods of the said Elizabeth Foster on the 20th of February last. Elizabeth Foster deposed, that as she was attending her Business at Market about to a Clock in the Morning, she was call'd home, and found her Door broke open, and the Prisoner in her House, Jane Elsemore deposed that she saw the Prisoner come out of the Prosecutor's Room with the Goods (that was shut Just before) and followed her down Stairs. The Goods were produced in Court and swore to by the said Elizabeth and John Foster . The Prisoner said that a Woman gave her the Goods to carry but could not prove it, nor call any to her Reputation. The Jury found her Guilty of Felony only . Transportation .
Catherine Seabite , of St. Andrews, Holbourn , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, Guinea and 3 s. in Money from the Person of Edward Combs , on the 18th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed, that he met the Prisoner near Holbourn-bridge , who put her Hand into his Pocket and took the Money and Goods before-mentioned; that she would have taken a Glass of Wine with him and made it up; that there was a Man hard by who he believed she gave them to, nothing being found upon her; and that she ask'd him to go along with her. Another deposed, that she offer'd to make it up as they were going before the Justice. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and said the Prosecutor would have pickt her up and have gone home with her to her Lodgings, but she refusing to comply with his Lustful Desires he charged her with robbing him. The Jury Acquitted her.
Robert Ingleton of St. Andrews Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Perriwig value 4 l. the Goods of Samuel Walker on the 6th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner came to his Shop for a Perriwig to shew to a Customer at a Coffee-House in Bartlets Buildings, and that he sent his Boy with one along with him. Thomas Roberts confirmed the same; and farther deposed, that when they came just by the Coffee-House the Prisoner took the Wig of him, carried it into the Coffee-House, and went out at the other Door; but he seeing him going down Holbourn, followed him and took it from him, that the Prisoner did not run; and that he delivered it to him without any resistance, as soon as he overtook him. The Prisoner said, that the Gentleman not being there, as he was coming out at the same Door he went in, he saw a Creditor of his, who lived over-against the Coffee-House, looking out at his Window, therefore he turn'd back and went out at the other Door, but not with a Design to run away with the Wig. The Jury Acquitted him.
Mary North , of St. Giles without Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing 26 Ells of Dowlas Cloth. value 33 s. out of the Shop of Henry Baylis , on the 2d of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner came to his Shop and that he perceived her to shuffle something under her Riding-Hood, and that Joseph Austin brought her back again with the Goods in her Lap. which she confest she took out of his Shop . Joseph Austin deposed that the Prisoner came into his House and stood behind the Door; and being ask'd what she did there, said she was afraid of the Bailiffs, whereupon he bid her come up; that she staid a little while above, then went away; and that he hearing the Prosecutor was robb'd, followed, took, and carried her to him and saw the Goods in her Lap. She called several to her Reputation, one who said he believ'd her Lunatick (which she also affected to act at her Tryal.) Another who deposed that she had 700 l. to her Portion, but marryed an ill Husband who had brought her very low, and belived this to be her first Fact. The Jury brought her in Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .
Elizabeth Stitchton of St. Anns Black Fryers , was indicted for breaking the House of William Stitchcock and taking thence a Silver Cup, 2 Silver Spoons, 2 Gowns and Petticoats, 6 Tablecloths and 16 s. in Money the Goods and Money of William Stitchcock , on the 26th of January last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted her.
Thomas Kingham of St. Sepulcheres , was indicted for stealing 12 pair of Yarn Stockings, out of the Shop of James Low on the: 6th of January last. It appeared that the Prisoner and another sat on a Bench
Benjamin Price of St. Botolph's Billinsgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Canvas Bag, a pair of Stays, a pair of Worsted Stockings, a Tea-Cannister, &c. the Goods of Joseph Middlecomb , on the 20th of February last. Ann Middlecomb deposed, that the Prisoner took the Bag from her at the Three Tun Taven at Bilinsgate . Joseph Middlecomb deposed, that he hired a Boat to carry 'em to Deptford, and that the Prisoner said he came, from the Waterman Burges for the Goods, took the Bag wherein they were, and went away with it. Thomas Snelgrove confirm'd the same, saying that the Prisoner called him Father, and that he knew him. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Ann Cook . of St. Margarets New Fish-street , was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 China Plates a China Tea Pot, 2 China Basons, 2 Holland Shirts, four Yards of Stuff, a Silk Lining of a Curtain, Napkins, &c. the Goods of John Meriton Esq ; on the 14th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisner was his Servant , and that he mist several things, but the Gardener going away abruptly he suspected him; that other things being missing he turned away the Prisoner; that the Woman he took in her Place telling him that the Lining of his Curtains and other Goods were torn away and gone, he took a Constable and search'd the Prisoners Lodgings, where he found the Goods mention'd in the Indictment, some under her Bed, others in a Chest of Drawers. His Coachman and the Constable confirmed the finding the Goods in her Room at Mr. Wichels in Globe Yard on Fish-street Hill. The Goods taken in her Lodging were produced in Court and swore to by the Prosecutor. And her Confession before the Justice was read in Court. The Prisoner denied the Fact on her Tryal, and said she was in a Fright when she confest it before the Justice, and knew not what she did: and called Mr. Wichels and his Wife to prove that the Prosecutor would have made it up, who deposed that the Prosecutor said it might be accommodated for 50 l. Whereupon the Prosecutor farther deposed, that Mr. Whichels ask'd him if it could not be made up, and he answer'd him, that 50 l. would not make him Satisfaction, but never offer'd to make it up. She also called some to her Reputation. The Jury considering the matter, found her Guilty to the value of 4 s 10d. Transportation .
Christopher Matthews was, indicted for Assaulting Rhodea Peck on the High Way, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Portmanteau, 20 Guineas, a Gold Ring, 10 Holland Shirts, a pair of Silver Spurs, a Suit of Head-clothes. &c. the Goods of George Royston , on Dec. 5th last. Rhodea Peck deposed that she came to Bishopsgate-street in the Cambridge Coach, with the Prosecutor and a Gentlewoman, that there they took a Hackney Coach, and put the Portmanteau in it; that they set the Gentlewoman down at Lincolns Inn-Fields and that the Gentleman went out first to Hand her out; and in the interim the Coach Door was opened and the Portmanteau taken out; that she was in a great Fright. George Royston confirmed the former Evidence, and farther deposed, that when he returned into the Coach Mrs. Peck told him the Portmanteau was gone; and he perceiving the Prisoner to make more haste than ordinary, pursued him who dropt it when he (the Prosecutor) was so near to him as to take hold of one End of it, before it came to the Ground. Thomas Rule , the Coachman, confirmed the former Evidences, except that he could not be positive the Prisoner was the same Person, it being dark.
He was indicted a second time for Assaulting Stephen Jarvis on the High Way, putting him in Fear and taking a Hamper value 18 d 16 Cocks value 16 s. and 16 Hens value 16 s. on the 18th of Jan . last. Stephen Jarvis deposed that he was Porter to the Reading Stage Coach , and rid behind the Coach to Secure the Goods; that about Beauford Buildings 3 Men came up to him; one of them drew his Sword and said to him D - n you, what do you do there? That he jumpt down for fear, and followed them, and that by the New Church in the Strand the Prisoner cut the Hamper from behind the Coach; whereupon he cry'd out Thieves, and the Prisoner was taken, who he is sure was one of them Thomas Kingsmay deposed that he heard the Cry of stop Thief, and seeing the Prisoner run by the Wall suspected him, and went up to him, that the Prisoner said he'd smash him over the Face, then ran between the Coaches and ask'd which was the Thief, but was taken. Emanuel Parker deposed that the former Evidence and himself took the Prisoner between the Carts and Coaches as aforesaid, and that he offer'd him 5 Guineas to let him go. Robert Carter deposed that he saw the Prisoner cut the Rope and take the Hamper from behind the Coach; that he saw him by the Light of the Shops and the Lamp, and was sure he was the Person. The Prisoner denied the Facts, and called some to his Reputation, who deposed they knew no ill of him, but the Evidence being very full, the Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments Death .
Ann Hoar , of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Diaper Table-cloth and a Silk Hood , the Goods of Sarah Stanley , on the 22nd of February last: But the Evidence not being sufficient the Jury Acquitted her.
Sarah Wrenn , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Blankets, a pair of Sheets, a Callicoe Quilt, &c. the Goods of Stephen Dear on the 28th of February last; To which indictment she pleaded Guilty . Transportation .
Joseph Smith , alias Smithson, alias Horton , was indicted for breaking open the House of Charles Wood , Esq ; on the 11th of November last in the Night-time, and stealing thence 16 Holland Shirts, 4 Pillowbears, a Night-Gown, and divers other Goods to the Value of 20 l. the Goods of the said Charles Wood, Esq; the Prosecutor deposed that he went out of his Chambers (No 7. in Lincolns-Inn ) about 7 a Clock that Night; that he made his Doors and Shutters fast; that when he came back there was a Stone in his Lock, so that he could not get his Key in; that he went out and got a Porter with a Light, and took the Stone out of the Lock, and when he went in found a Person in his Chambers, who immediately jumpt out at the Window; that the Glass was broke and the Window shutter cut, and the Goods mentioned in the Indictment gone. William Downing deposed that the Prisoner, himself, and John Best and David Lasinby not yet taken, got over the Wall in Lincolns-Inn-Fields into the Garden; that they broke the Glass, cut a Hole in the Window-shutter, where one of them put in his Hand and lifted up the Bar, and so got into the Chambers; that this Evidence was sent round to put a Stone into the Lock of the Door, to prevent the Gentleman's surprizing them; that they came round to him and told him they had done their Business; that he had known the Prisoner 3 Years, and was sure he was one of them. James Robinson , the Constable, deposed that when he took him, (which was on the other side of the Water in Bed about Noon) he said he was a dead Man, owned he had been Transported, but neither consefs'd nor deny'd this Fact and that when he was carried before the Justice, he said he should never come back again. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact on his Tryal, and said that Downing had been condemn'd for his Life, and been pardon'd by King George and that he Swore against him now to save his own Life. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
William Smith and Mary his Wife , of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , were indicted for breaking open the House of Deborah Firth in the Night-time, and taking thence 3 Suits of Cambrick Head-clothes, a Lace Handkerchief, 40 Yards of Ribbon, a Stuff Gown and a Brass Pot . The Prosecutor deposed that her House was broke and her Goods gone. Sarah Godfrey deposed that she lockt and bolted the Door over Night, and that her Mistress lighted her while she did so; that in the Morning she found them open; that the Lock of the Back Door was broke and theJonathan Wild deposed that the Prosecutor came to him, and told him her House was broke and she robb'd, and that she suspected one Tho Stanford , a Boy, who was gone from his Friends; That he enquired after the Boy and found that he was acquainted with the Prisoners, whereupon he searcht their House and found a Dark Lanthorn, a Picklock Key, and the Instrument they forc'd the Bolt with; that the Prisoners own'd the Fact, and confest where part of the Goods were pawn'd, which were found accordingly, and the rest in the Prisoner's Lodgings. Tho Stanford deposed, that the Prisoner Will. Smith, enticed him away from his Father; lifted him over the Wall to break open the Door, but he could not; that his Wife helped him over and he broke it open, took the Goods in his Green Apron and gave them to his Wife. Will. Smitb said he took the Boy out of Charity, and he brought the Goods home to his Wife, telling her he found them in Hounsditch. The Jury considering the Husband was present with the Wife, acquitted her, and found him Guilty of Felony only . Transportation .
Godfrey Meakins , of Kensington was indicted for Assaulting John Briggs on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 7 s. in Money , on the 13th of October last. John Briggs deposed that the Prisoner came to his Master's House (Serjeant Cheshire) at Thistleworth, and said he was his Nephew, had been beyond Sea and suffer'd great Hardships and was in want; that his Master being at London, he took the Prisoner in, fill'd his Belly and got a Lodging in the Town for him: That the next Day coming to London along with him in order to introduce him to his Master, the Prisoner and 4 more set upon him about Kensington , robb'd, bound and gagg'd him, and took 7 s. from him. Samuel Saunders deposed, that the aforesaid Evidence came into a Publick House where he was at Thistleworth, and enquired for a Lodging for the Prisoner; that he told the said Briggs he did well to get a Lodging for him out of the House; That the Prisoner came afterwards to my Lady Morgans (with whom this Evidence liv'd) with such another Story, saying he was her Nephew; but he remembring the Prisoner very well to be the same Person he had seen at Thistleworth with Briggs, whom he heard he had robb'd, secured him; and that he confest it before the Justice. Martha Ware deposed, that the Prisoner was the same Person that came to Serjeant Cheshire her Master's House, and said he was a Relation of his; whereupon she called the first Evidence ( John Briggs ) to him who had him in. The Prisoner had nothing to say for himself. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Hannah Chew , of St. James's Westminer , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Spoon, 23 Guineas and a half and 6 Shillings in Silver, the Goods and Money of George Wilkinson in the House of Samuel Hawkins , on the 27th of January last . George Wilkinson deposed, that the Prisoner and her Mother came to see his Wife, call'd for some Drink, then said she was not well, and pretended to go down, but went up Stairs and took the Goods and Money aforesaid; that she was apprehended the next Day, and part of the Money found upon her; that the confest it before the Justice, which confession sign'd by her was read in Court. The Constable deposed that at Night when she was in the Round-House she took on very much, confest the Fact, and where she had pawn'd the Spoon, which was found accordingly and produc'd in Court and own'd by the Prosecutor. The Jury found her Guilty . Death .
Joseph Hozrobin , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Deal Board value 16 d. the Goods of Alexander Ramsey , on the 23d of January last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted him.
Thomas Bishop , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for Assaulting Sarah Reed on the High Way, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Pocket, 4 half Guineas and 12 s. in Money , on Jan. 11. last. Sarah Reed deposed that as she was going thro' the Hay-Market , two came up to her, tore her Pocket off and ran away with it, but she took them by that time they had got 6 Doors off; that the Prisoner got away, and said he would call a Constable. John Boon deposed that himself, David Pritchet and the Prisoner committed the Fact, that Pritchet took the Pocket, and the Prisoner askt what was the Matter and said he would fetch a Constable; that they were all Accomplices in this Fact, and had been so in several others. Micheal Boon deposed that the Prisoner when in Custody own'd to him that he was in the Robbery, and told him that if John Boon had not peacht he had got a couple of Men to bail him, and they might go look them; and that if he would deny it at the Old Baily the Prisner would be at all Charges, and he (J. Boon) should be well rewarded. Ann Castle confirm'd what the last Evidence deposed. The Jury found him Guilty Death .
Hugh Kelley , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for Assaulting Mercia Porter on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Crape Shroud, Pillow and Mittins, the Goods of Eliz, James , on the 21 st of January last. Mercia Porter deposed, that she was carrying a fine Suit for the Lady Overquerque to be buried in, and as she was crossing the Way the Prisoner came up and would kiss her; that he put his Hand into the Box and took the Goods. Elizabeth James deposed, that she sent Mercia Porter home with the Goods. Roger Barry deposed that he saw the Prisoner striving with M. Porter, and draw something from her, whereupon he seized him, but the Prisoner drew his Penknife, and threatned to stick him, that then he let him go, but pursued him till he was taken and carried to the Round-house; that he dropt the Goods in the Street, and struck his Penknife into a Boy's Hat who laid hold of him. John Higgins , a Boy, deposed that hearing the Cry he ran out, caught hold of the Skirt of the Prisoner's Coat, who dragg'd him along and stabb'd his Knife into the Crown of his Hat. The Hat was produc'd in Court. Mr. Higgins deposed that he hearing the Cry of stop Thief, ran to the Door with a Candle, and the Prisoner knockt it out of his Hand. whereupon he followed him, threw him down, fell on him, and he was taken. Thomas Kirby deposed that he saw Higgins and the Prisoner striving together on the Ground, went to them, they took the Prisoner and carry'd him to the Round-house; that he put 2 s. into his Hand, and that the Penknife was found by him; which was produced in Court. The Prisoner said that he had been drinking with a Friend, and passing by saw some People run, and being afraid of Bailiffs he ran also and was apprehended; he said also that Roger Berry did not appear against him till the Proclamation was out, and then appear'd for the Lucre of the Reward; he called several to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Jana De la Rue of St. James', Westminster was indicted for feloniously stealing a Camblet Riding-Hood, a suit of Muslin Head Clothes, and a Black Silk Hood , the Goods of Laurence Pain , on the 12th of December last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury Acquitted her.
Richard England , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for Assaulting Thomas Coker on the High Way, and taking from him a Mare, a Bridle and a Saddle, the Goods of Andrew Hampden ; and a Whip and 6 d, the Goods and Money of Thomas Coker , on the 22d of January last. Thomas Coker deposed that the Prisoner and Winship met him between the King's Road and Hide Park Corner ; that Winship clapt a Pistol to his Breast, and said D - m you, get down, and put England on the Back of the Mare. Andrew Hampden deposed that the Mare, Bridle, and Saddle were his, which he lett out to Coker; that the Duke of Shandois 's Man came to hire his Mare, and he told him it was stole from Mr. Coker whereupon he went Home, but return'd again presently, and said that 2 Highway-men were taken, their Horses were in his Lord's Stables, and that one of them was his Mare; which he going to see found to be so. John Winship , deposed that the Prisoner and himself committed the Fact, took the Whip and 6 d. from Coker, and that the Prisoner rode away on the Mare; and that they
Katharine Storey , of Chelsea , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Cup value 9 l. in the Dwelling House of Thomas Bocket , on the 22d of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner came to his House, and his servant gave her Victuals and Drink; that she took the Cup and pawn'd it at the Angel in Oxendon-street. Mary Hill deposed that Prisoner came to the House and ask'd how all did, and for a bit of Victuals; that she drank up the drink, put the Cup under her Riding Hood and went away with it. The Pawn-Broker deposed that the Prisoner brought the Cup to pawn, and that she lent her 4 l. 10 s. upon it. The Prisoner own'd the Fact, and the Jury found her Guilty . Death .
James Shepherd , of St. Martins in the Fields was indicted for Assaulting John Trelawny Esq ; on High Way putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Cane with a Gold Head, a Sword a Watch a Guinea and 4 s. in Money , on Dec. 16 last. The Prosecutor deposed that he was set upon by two Men on horseback as he was in a Coach between the Lord Ranelaugh's and the Duke of Buckingham's House, who robb'd him of the Goods and Money mention'd in the Indictment, but could not swear to the Prisoner, it being dark. John Winship deposed that the Prisoner, and himself did the Fact, between the Watch-house and the Duke of Buckingham's House; that they sold the Watch for 52 s. 6d. and that himself had the Cane, the Head being taken off. The Prisoner's Confession was read in Court. The Prisoner made no Defence but said he was so sick he could not. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Thomas Cox , of St. Brides , was indicted for a Felony, in taking to Wife Elizabeth Browne Widow on the 2nd of January last, his former Wife Jane Butler being then living . Mr. Botley deposed that the Prisoner was his Brother, and that he gave Jane Butler to him in Marriage, and saw him Married to her in the Chappel in the Fleet 16 Years ago, and that she was living within this Month. Her Brother deposed that he saw the Portion of the first Wife paid, that they liv'd together as Man and Wife, and that she was well on Monday last. Elizabeth Browne deposed that the Prisoner lodged at her House in Ivy Lane, and went for a Widower; that she was married to him in January last, between 5 and 6 in the Morning, and he called for a Pint of Brandy as soon as they were Married; that no body was present but the Minister and the Clerk: that in two Days after his first Wife came and claimed him; and she told her if she had more Right to him than herself had, she might take him. Mr. Browne deposed that he heard him own his second Marriage, and said that he was sorry for it, and that he would give Mrs. Brown a Bond of 150 l. never to trouble her. Mr. Hill deposed he heard him own his second Marriage. The Prisoner denied his second Marriage, and said that he came Home drunk, and his Landlady gave him half a Pint of Geneva: that he found himself in his own Bed; that the next Day the Lodgers wisht him Joy, at which he was surprized; and that he was drunk two Days together with Geneva. Mr. Browne deposed that he saw them Bedded, and that the Prisoner was sober; that he gave a Treat to the rest of the Lodgers the second Night to make merry with them on the Occasion of his Marriage, and that they lay together the second Night, Clary Lee deposed that she saw the Prisoner that Morning it was supposed to be done, between 6 and 7 a Clock so drunk that he could hardly stand; that he said he had been to be Married that Morning; but she did not believe him, because she knew he had another Wife. The Jury found him Guilty . Burnt in the Hand .
Thomas Butler , of St. Mary Magdalen Milk-street , was indicted for privately stealing 26 Guineas, 5 Moidores and 25 l. 10 s. in Money from the Person of Robert Harding , on the 5th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that as he was going along the Poultry the Prisoner came to him and askt him what Country Mand he was, he told him Hertfordshire, the Prisoner said so was he; that they fell into Discourse together and the Prisoner told him that he was last Guardian to two Children, and wanted to lay out some Money in a Purchase if he could hear of one of about Seven Score Pound a Year; that they went to the Mitre-Tavern near Woodstreet , where when they were sat down the Prisoner askt him if he had dropt any thing, telling him there was a Paper at his Feet, and bid him take it up, which he did, and it proved to be a Note of 250 l. payable to John Gordon ; that after they had drank a Glass or two, a Man came in and said he had been in that Room a little before, and had dropt a Note, and described that which he took up; he was very glad he had his Note again and would be his Pint, so sat down talk'd of the Rebellion in Scotland, and seem'd to Justifie it, but the Prisoner took him up very notably, to the great Satisfaction of the Prosecutor; that they found a pack of Cards, and the Prisoner and the other Man laid Wagers together 5 Guineas at a time; at last they Wager'd for 150 l, upon a Card sealed up in a Paper, which was delivered to him (the Prosecutor) but the Prisoner not having Money enough went out to get some more and returned quickly, but not having enough then, called him out and desired him to lend him some to make up the Wager, but he told him that he had laid out all his Money and could not; then the Prisoner desired him to help him to some, for he was sure to win, and did not love these Scotch-men nor Papishes; whereupon he went with him to borrow 60 Pound's of one Mr. Fletcher to lend to the Prisoner, and that they both gave their Note for it, that the Prisoner would have had the Money of him as they went along, but he refused to part with it then; that when they came to the Tavern the Prisoner called him out again Prisoner catcht it out of his Hand and ran away with it. The Prosecutor being interrogated at the reqeust of the Prisoner, owned that he borrowed it with an intent to lend it to the Prisoner; that he did lend it to him, but not with good Will; and that the Prisoner was arrested for it at Mr. Fletcher's suit by his Consent; that the Prisoner told him he must give it to him that he might lay it down himself, that he the Procecutor might not appear as a Confederate in it, lest there should be a Dispute and he wanted for an Evidence. Mr. Fletcher's Man deposed that the Prosecutor and the Prisoner came together to borrow the Money of his Master, and he told them out 60 l, and took their Note for it; that the Money was deliver'd to Harding, and on his Credit, but that both of them signed the Note. It appearing to be a Cheat and not a Felony, the Jury Acquitted him.
He was a Second time indicted for privately stealing 8 Guineas and 3 l. 11 s in Money from the Person of James Strutton on the 6th of December 1718 . The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner came up to him in St. Paul's Church-Yard, said he should know him, and ask'd him if he did not live at Ware, talk'd of several he knew, and of his being left Guardian and wanting to hear of a Purchase, &c till they were got to the Feathers Tavern in Cheapside , where he would needs have him take part of half a Pint of Wine, while he wrote a Line or two to send to Mr. Neal by him; that a Note of 150 l. dated the same Day was found; and presently a Gentleman with a long two Tail'd Wig very fine, came to enquire after his Note, that the Prisoner told him it was very safe, that they had taken it up; the Gentleman was overjoy'd he had his Note again, pull'd out a Purse with a great many Guineas in it, as he thought, took out a Shilling from them which he threw down on the Table and was going away, being in haste; but the Prisoner called him back again, telling him they were in as much haste as he, and desired him to set down and take part of the Wine; that some how or other a Pack of Cards was found, and because we had been so civil to the Gentleman, he would shew us a pretty Fancy on them; he did the Trick he proposed, which we thought very strange, and said he could do it as often as he would; but trying a second time mist doing ofJoseph Read deposed that he paid the Prosecutor 10 l. that Day in part for Work done in the Country for him; it was on a Saturday, and he believed the 6th of December, but was not certain; and that several came in the Prisoner's name to make it up. Daniel Lindsey deposed that the Prisoner offered him 20 Guines to make it up. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he did not pick his Pocket nor never did any Body's else; that the Prosecutor lost his Money at Cards, he also observed that the Prosecutor swore before the Justice that the Fact was committed the 6th of November 1718. and in Court that it was the 6th of December. The Drawer at the Tavern deposed that the Prosecutor came back again to their House, and ask'd if the two Men he was lately in Company with, were there; and that he told him they were gone; whereupon he said he was bit; and shewed him the Bag of Half-pence. The Jury considering the whole matter found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .
Samuel Snow of the Parish of Stanwell in the County of Middlesex, was indicted for Assaulting James Grant on the High Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Sorrel Horse, the Goods of Charles Bratley ; and 2 Males value 4 l. the Goods of our Sovereign Lord the King , on the 29th of January last. The Council for the King in Opening the Indictment set forth, that the Prisoner met the Post Boy about 2 a Clock in the Morning, and carried him into a Field took the Horse and Males from him, and bound him; that he took the Letters out of the Bags, and several Bank Bills out of the Letters, leaving the Letters open on the Ground, and rid away; that when he was gone the Boy found means to loose himself, gather'd up the Letters he had left on the Ground and brought them to the Post Office in London; whereupon the Post-Master sent immediately to the Bank of England to st p the Payment of such Bills as were mentioned in the Letters, and to secure any who should come to the Bank to receive the Money for them; that one Sarah Snow came soon after to the Bank to receive the Money for a Bill No 43. which was put into the Post House at Bristol in a Letter, which Letter was brought to the Post Office in London by the said Boy, and mention'd the Number and Value of the Bill, whereupon she was stopt, and own'd that she had the Bill of the Prisoner, who was not at his Lodgings in Covent Garden all that Night; that when the Prisoner was taken and carried before a Justice of Peace he confest the Fact to him. That then the Council calling their Evidence to prove the Indictment against the Prisoner, (who had pleaded Not Guilty on his Arraignment) he said to this Effect, My Lord. I will not give the Court any farther Trouble; I own the Fact I stand indicted for; and that I sent the Gentlewoman to the Bank to receive the Money for the Bills; I desire the Mercy of the Court, having the more Hopes of it, for that I took great Care of the Merchants Letters. Upon which the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Elizabeth Fann of St. James Dukes Place , was indicted for Stealing two Callicoe Gowns and Petticoats, two Suits of Muslin Head Clothes, a pair of Shoes, and a pair of Stockings, the Goods of Hester Lee , in the Dwelling House of Thomas Lee , on the 5th of January last. Hester Lee deposed the Prisoner was her Mother's Maid and went away with the Goods; that part of them were found on her Back and Head when apprehended, and the rest in her Lodgings. Thomas Lee confirmed the same, and the Prisoner also owned it on her Tryal. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10d . Transportation .
Jane Benson , of of St. Mary White Chappel was indicted for feloniously stealing two Shirts, a Smock, two Gold Rings and 7 s. 6d. in Money, in the House of , on the 3d of February last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted her.
Henry Wills was indicted on 3 several indictments, viz. for enticing or endeavouring to perswade or solicit John Shields , Weaver ; Richard Knot , Woolcomb-Maker ; and Thomas Gaton , Worsted Weaver ; to go over into France to the Encouragement of the Woollen Manufactory there, in breach of an Act made the last Sessions of Parliament , John Purkes deposed that one Paget, who went by the Name of Brown here in England, bought several Wool-Combs of him, pretending they were to go for Scotland, and told him than he wanted Artificers to go thither also, that he help'd him to some, who thought they were going to Scotland, but it proving to France, he got an ill Name by it; whereupon he went to Paget and told him his Condition. That he was to have gone himself, and to have 10l. paid him here, 6l. for his Family, and 4l. for his Passage, and great Encouragement when he came there; and that he gave him a Note on Mr. Middleton in the Strand for 10 l. but he refused to pay it. That he saw Mills at Young's Wharf at the 3 Cranes, shipping of Woolcombs and other Goods belonging to the Woollen Manufacture as for Scotland, but indeed for France; that when Mr. Middleton refused to pay the Note, Mills said he would, which he did; that he was to carry two Weavers along with him, John Shields and one Robinson; that Mills said he must not entertain them as Artificers because of the Act of Parliament, but wou'd give them a Guinea each for their Passage, and 12 d. a Day for their Subsistance, and that they would have good Encouragement when they came thither; that he promised Richard Knot and two more the same, and that he would Ship them all; that he was divers Times with Mills and Pages, who were very intimate, and that Mills gave him Directions where to send to Paget; that Knot was his Servant, a Woolcomb-maker, that there were few of the Trade, which is very useful for the Woollen Manufacture. Richard Knot deposed that Mills promised him 20 Livres a Week to go to Work at his Trade of Woolcomb-making in France; that Gaton was there to whom he promised the same; that they would have no Occasion to make Provision for their Passage, he would take care of it; that himself Robinson and Shields went to the Kings-Arms Coffee-House in Thames-Street, in order to be Shipt off, that Mills call'd a Boat of his own, and order'd the Boy to set them aboard of such a Ship, where they were well received; but making an excuse to go ashore again for some Necessaries, got a Warrant and apprehended Mills; that his Master Purkes directed him to carry on the Matter with Mills, in order to detect him. Tho Gaton deposed that he went to Mills on the same account, who told him he had no Commission to contract with any, and that asking him what Encouragement there was, he said that they - him 20 Livres a Week when there. John Shields deposed that he heard Mills say he had Shipt off above 40 Artificers at a Time, Joyners, Watchmakers, &c. that he told them they need not provide for their Shipping, he would take care of them, and pay their Passage, he also confirmed Knot's Evidence, as to their going aboard and coming ashore again. Benjamin Powel deposed that some of the Weavers Company came to him, telling him how uneasy they were under the Apprehensions of the Evil Consequences of such pernicious Practices, and that he hearing that Purkes had made a parcel of Wool-Combs for them, went to him, and discoursed him on the Matter; that Purkes told him if he could help him to two Weavers, he did not doubt but that they should make a full Discovery; that he provided him two, viz. his Son Shields and one Robinson, whom he could confide in: That Mills told him he had Shipt several before the Act. The Defendant Mills called several to discredit Knot's Evidence, who deposed he was a Person of very ill Repute, had forfeited 3 Recognizances, and under such Circumstances as he could not safely stay in England; he also called several Persons of Reputation who gave him (Mills) a good Character, and said that he was a Ship-Broker, whose Business it was to provide Freight and Passengers for Masters of Ships to all Parts beyond Sea; but being ask'd whether they used to pay their Passage and allow them for their Subsistance, answer'd, No. The Jury after a long Hearing of the Councel and Evidence on both Sides, brought him in Guilty of all three Indictments. To suffer 3 Months Imprisonment , pay a Fine of 50 l. for each Offence, and to remain in Prison till he pays the same .
Robert Oven was indicted for a Misdemeanour for Cursing the King and drinking Health and Prosperity to the Pretender on the 10th of June 1718 , but it appearing to be a Malicious Prosecution, the Jury acquitted him.
Dorothy Miller of St. Katharine Coleman , was indicted for feloniously stealing two Leather Shoes value 5 s. the Goods of William Williams on the 29th of January last. The Fact appear'd very plain against the Prisoner, and the Jury found her Guilty . Transportation
Susannah Lloyd , of St. Margarets Westminster , was indicted for felonioully stealing a Diaper Tablecloth value 3 s. out of the Shop of Nathaniel Clark on the 26th of February last. It appeared that the Prisoner came into the Shop and took the Goods off the Compter, which she was seen to do by two Evidences, and confest it before the Justice. The Jury found her Guilty . Transportation .
William Isaac and George Matthews of St. Dunstan at Stepney , were indicted for breaking open the House of James Baddiley in the Night-time, and stealing thence 12 Pound of Tallow value 4 s. the Goods of the said James Baddiley on the 8th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that his Cellar Window was broke, and about 12 Pound of his Tallow taken away; that Isaac owned before the Justice that he had the Tallow in his Custody. Ann Dennis deposed, that she had the Tallow of Isaac and a Woman, and went to Mr. Berriman's to sell it for them. Mr. Berriman deposed that Dennis brought the Tallow and he stopt it, and declaring it to the Excise Officer that he might enquire among the Trade who had been robb'd, the Prosecutor came and owned it, which answer'd both in Weight and Quality to what was taken out of his Tub. The Evidence not affecting Matthews, the Jury acquitted him, and the Burglary being not fix'd on Isaac, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
James Harvey , of Stoke Newington , was indicted for breaking open the House of William Price in the Night-time, and taking thence 2 Hats, a Velvet Cap, a Prunelloe Gown and Cassock, a Cloth Coat, a pair of Silver Buckles, &c. on the 8th of September last, the Goods of the said William Price . The Prosecutor deposed that his House was fast over Night, and in the Morning the Door cut and open and the Goods gone. His Maid confirmed the same, William Downing deposed that the Prisoner, himself, and one Richard Shephard broke open the House by boring and cutting the Door, and opening the lower Bolt with a Rake they found in the Garden, went in and took the Goods. The Prisoner denied the Fact, said that Downing had been twice condemned and swore against him now for the Reward. The Jury found him Guilty of Felony only . Transportation .
John Rawson , of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for the Murder of Margaret Rudge , by giving her a Mortal Wound in her Breast of the Depth of 4 Inches with a Bullet shot out of a Pistol on the 18th of January last, of which she lauguished till the 20th of the same Month and then died . Mr. Rudge deposed that his Wife was kill'd and himself barbarously used. Samuel Wagstaff deposed that he hearing Mrs. Rudge was Murder'd ran down Webb's Rope Walk after 3 men, that the Prisoner was like one of them but could not say he was the same Person; Two others deposed the Prisoner was like one of them, but could not swear he was the same. The Jury Acquitted him.
Mark Anthony De la Port of St. Anns Westminster , was indicted for a Misdemeanour, in that he being a Popish Priest did exercise part of his Function here, in the Parish of St. Anns Westminster , by Marrying James de Fleury to Barbara de la Gard , according to the Rites of the Church of Rome, contrary to the Statute of 12 W. 3. for Preventing the Growth of Popery . James de Fleury deposed, that the Prisoner told him he was a Priest of the Church of Rome, and that he Married him to Barbara de La Gard, on the 30th of June, that he gave them a Certificate signed with his own Hand and witnessed by several others. Reney de la Fontain and Jane de la Fontain deposed that they were present at the Marriage, saw the Present perform the Office and Sign the Certificate, and that they Witnessed it themselves. Mary Evans deposed that she was present, but did not understand French nor Latin; that she saw the form of a Marriage, as the Ceremony of the Ring, joyning of Hands, &c. and witnessed the Certificate. The Certificate being proved was read in Court, wherein the Prisoner asserts himself to be a Roman Priest according to the Rites of the Church of Room, and mentions what Romish Bishop he received Orders from The Jury found him Guilty . Perpetual Imprisonment in such Place or Places within the Kingdom as his Majesty by the Advice of his Privy Council shall appoint .
Edward Wooldridge and John Nichols , of St. Margarets Westminster , were indicted for committing a Rape on the Body of Mary Ferril . Mary Ferril deposed that they were Prisoners in the Gatehouse together, and that about two a Clock in the Morning the Prisoners broke open her Door and came into the room together; that she got off the Bed and Wooldridge threw her on again; that they both forced her, Wooldridge enter'd her Body against her Will first, and in two Minutes afterwards Nichols did the same; that one stood at the Door while the other lay with her; that she made what resistance she could, but did not call out for fear of Nichols, and if she had cry'd out, no body could have heard her: that she heard Nichols say the Day before, that he had kill'd a Man and should be hang'd for it, therefore did not care what Mischief he did, which made her then afraid of her Life: That she told Mrs. Brocket the next Day, that the Prisoners had broke open the Door and came in; who ask'd her if they had been Rude, and she told her they had not been very civil: That the Prisoners as soon as they were up the next Morning, bragg'd that they had lain with the little Woman above Stairs. James Fitzgerald deposed that Mary Ferril came to him the next Day and ask'd him to write a Letter to her Mother, but he was afraid of Nichols; that he heard the Prisoners acknowledge that they had Carnal Knowledge of her, but that they did not Ravish her. Robert Harris deposed that Nichols offer'd him half a Guinea to Swear against Ferril. Wooldridge in their Defence said, that they were all Prisoners in the Gatehouse, the Prosecutor by Warrant for abusing her Mother and the Justice, and themselves for Debt, that she was a poor miserable Creature that lay on the Boards, and Swore this against them to get out of Prison; and that her Mother would not let her out without she did it. Mrs. Pickering deposed that she heard her say, that she had lain with several Men besides her Husband; and that a Woman had got 50 l. by doing such a Thing, and why might not she. D. James and R. Gough deposed, that they heard her say, if the Prisoners had not Talkt of it she would not. Several other Evidences appear'd who gave the Prosecutor a very bad Character, as that she Beat her Mother, quarrel'd with her Brother, and that she said she would Swear 40 false Oaths but she'd hang the Prisoners; that she had own'd she had lain with 40 Men, and said that she was a Fool of a Woman that could not take a Stroke without telling her Husband; and one Brooksby deposed that her Mother said she expected some Money from the Prisoners, but now it was too late. No Marks of Force or Violence appear'd upon her Body. The Jury considering the whole Matter, Acquitted them:
Honora Sullivan , of St. Mary in White-Chappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Broad Piece of Gold, and 28 s. in Money, out of the House of Elizabeth Matthews . It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Prisoner took the Money out of a Cupboard that was in a little Room, and confest it before the Justice; The Jury considering the Matter found her Guilty to the value of 39 s . Burnt in the Hand .
James Dalton and John Pindar . of St. Leonard Shoreditch , were indicted for feloniously stealing 6 Holland Aprons, 4 Muflin Aprons and a Pillowbear, the Goods of Joseph Whitfield and a Gown and 7 Aprons, the Good of Eliz Rigby on the 18th of January last, the Fact was very plain, and the Goods taken upon them The Jury found them Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation
William Robinson of St. John at Wapping was indicted for breaking open the House of James Bateman on the 22d of January last in the Night time, and taking thence 8 dozen of Silk Handkerchiefs and 4 dozen of Gloves, the Goods of John Growt . The Prosecutor deposed the House was broke and the Goods taken away about 9 the Night aforesaid. Mrs. Growt deposed, that her Husband shut up the Shop, and a little after she went into the Kitchen and lockt the Shop Door; the Street Door was open; that she went to her next Neighbours, and when she came back she found the Door she had lockt, wide open, and some Papers of new Gloves on the Ground. Jonathan Wild deposed, that he having Intelligence that the Prisoner carried a parcel of Goods to Mr. Rowland's, he went immediately and had Admittance and found the Prisoner a sleep on the Ground, with a Key in his Pocket which would open the Prosecutor's Door, and had the Goods produc'd before he waked him. Mr. Rowland confirm'd the same, and farther deposed, that the Prisoner brought them in and gave them to him to put to a Coat and Breeches he had brought in before. It did not appear to be a Burglary, so the Jury
Michael Dobson , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for committing a Rape on the Body of Martha Doe , on the 5th of December last. Martha Doe deposed that the Prisoner arrested her about 2 Months after she was Married, and told her if she'd go to an Inn or a Bagnio, he would release her, which she refusing, he carryed her to the Bailiffs House, and she was lockt up in the Prison-Room with him, that he threw her on the Bed, but she got off again; that he swore he'd rip her Guts out if she refused him; that she told him she had got a Husband whom she would not abuse; and that he reply'd, D - n your Husband, I'll cut his Heart out and make a Ball of it to wind your Guts on; and held a Penknife to her; that he threw her on the Bed again and lay with her; and as soon as he had so done she was let down Stairs; that her Body was black and blue with Bruises she received in striving with him; that she discover'd it to her Sister the Day after she came out; but did not tell her Husband of it till February Philadelphia Luttour deposed that her Sister told her what the Prisoner had done to her, and shewed her the Marks on her Thighs, which were very large black Spots. Mrs. Eastwood, a Midwife, deposed that the Prosecutor told her how she had been abused by a Man; that she visited her and found her very sore in the Private Parts, and had a great Weakness. The Prisoner in his Defence said that he arrested her in her Maiden Name, not knowing that she was Married; that they overtook her in the Hay-Market with a Footman, who she ask'd to give her a Glass of Wine, but he refused; then Mr. Bills the Officer came up and Arrested her, and took her Home to his House; that there being Company in the Parlour, Bills carried her up Stairs, and he followed them; that he would have gone away but she desired him to stay, saying she wanted to speak with him; that she call'd for a Pint of hot Ale and Geneva, and would have persuaded him to take her Note. Thomas Bills confirmed his Arresting the Prosecutor and bringing her home to his House, their having Ale and Gin, and said that he drank of two Pints with them; that he went out for a little while upon some Business, and when he came back he found them setting by the Fire below Stairs in good Humour; that he left them alone in the Room when he came down Stairs. Mrs. Bills confirmed the carrying the Ale and Gin, 3 pints in all; and that when her Husband came down, he went over to the Tavern with the Company that were in the Parlour, and she called to Mr. Dobson and ask'd him to come down, telling him the Company was gone; whereupon he came down and the Prosecutor followed him. That talking jocularly of the Prisoner to the Prosecutor she said to her, Dobson's a merry Fellow, sure he has not been dabling with you too. To which she reply'd, Me! No, if I wou'd he would have discharg'd me of Debt and Fees too. Jane Bonnet deposed that she heard her say, that if she would have lain with him he would have discharged her last Night; but he did not lye with her. Two other Evidences deposed that she was in a very pleasant Humour all the while she was there. Jane Miller deposed that the Prosecutor told her a Soldier had kick'd her. The Jury considering the whole matter, Acquitted him.
Isabella Huntridge , of St. Mary White-Chappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silk Petticoat, value 7 s. the Goods of William Arkeen , on the 27th of January last. It appeared that the Prisoner took it from off a Basket in Rag-Fair , and being followed and taken, dropt it on the Ground. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Thomas Davis of St. Dunstan's in the West , was indicted for breaking open the House of Robert James , and taking thence a Brass Porridge-Pot on the 11th of February last. It appeaared that the Prisoner took the Pot out of the Scullery at the Rummer Tavern in Chancery Lane , but it not appearing to be a Burglary the Jury acquitted him of that, and found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Elizabeth Poole and Martha Lorley of St. Clements Danes , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Gold Ring, a Quilted Petticoat, &c. out of the House of John Taylor on the 1st of February last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted them.
Edward Katharine , of St. Paul Shadwell , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling House of Andrew Smith in the Night time, and taking thence 30 Silk Handkerchiefs value 40 s. and 8 Neckcloths value 8 s. on the 9th of November 1717 . But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted him.
Stephen Delforce , of St. Mary White Chappel was indicted for breaking the Dwelling House of James Jackson in the Night-time on the 1st of May 1717 . and taking thence 15 Yards of Flanders Lace , but the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted him.
Elizabeth Upcott , of St. Giles in the Fields was indicted for feloniously stealing a black Callimancoe Coat, a Riding Hood, &c. in the House of John Jones , on the 23d o January last. It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Servant , and took the Goods. She had nothing to say for her self, nor any to her Reputation. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 39 s. Transportation .
Isaac Weedon , of St. Clements Danes , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Sack, 3 Pecks of Beans, and 3 Pecks of Peas , the Goods of , on the 25th of February last. It appeared that the Prisoner used to load Carts for the Prosecutors , and took the Goods, and was met with them on his Back by J. Keen junior. The Prisoner pleaded it was his first Fact. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10d. Transportation .
Mary Whitehead , of St. Clements Danes , was indicted for feloniously stealing a pair of Worsted Stockings value 4 s. the Goods of Thomas Rock , on the 29th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner came into his Shop and cheapen'd Stockings; that he shew'd her several which she dislik'd; that she took two pair openly and carry'd them to the Door to look at, and at the same Time took one pair privately and convey'd them into her Coat; that they not agreeing upon the Price; she went out, and he fetcht her back again, found his Stockings upon her, and 3 pair more which did not belong to him. William Stretch deposed, that he saw the Prisoner toss the Stockings on the Compter: The Jury considering the Matter found her Guilty to the value of 10d. Transportation .
William Platt , of the Liberty of Norton Falgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Drugget Coat value 10s. on the 31st of December last, the Goods of Joseph Humble . The Prosecutor deposed that he being at a Neighbour's House the last Day of the Old Year, sent his Son Home, who lost his Coat by the way, and told him that a Boy had got it to fetch him some Birds; that he took his Son with him to the Workhouse, who knew the Prisoner again as soon as he saw him, and said, that's the Boy that took my Coat; which the Prisoner at last own'd, and said that he had pawn'd it for half a Crown at Mr. Rowleys a Broker in the same Liberty.
He was a Second time indicted for feloniously stealing a Drugget Coat and Wastcoat, value 6 s. the Goods of Arthur Harrison , on the 12th of January last. It appeared that as the Prosecutor's Son was going to School, he met the Prisoner, who told him that he would give him some Birds that would sing finely; so got his Clothes to fetch them in, and was discover'd, and confest the Fact in the same manner as in the former Indictment, only that he pawn'd them at the 3 Bowls in Hounsditch. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments. Transportation .
Mary Wheeler , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silk Gown and Petticoat , the Goods of Radnol Strongitharms , on the 6th of February last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, she was Acquitted .
Eward Evans , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for breaking open the House of John Lighthaser on the 20th of September 1717 . And taking thence a Looking Glass value 15 s. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury Acquitted him.
The Trials being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as followeth;
Receiv'd Sentence of Death. 11.
Burnt in the Hand. 3.
To be Transported. 27.
William Witherell , William Bond , James Bourke , Alice Jones alias Evans, Samuel Dely alias Deling, Thomas Browne , Mary Jones , Mary North , Thomas Kingham , Benjamin Price , Ann Cook , William Smith , Elizabeth Fann , Dorothy Miller , Susannah Lloyd , William Isaac , James Harvey , James Dalton , John Pindar , William Robinson , Elizabeth Upcott , Isaac Weedon , I sabella, Huntridge , Thomas Davis , Mary Whitehead , William Platt , and Sarah Wrenn .