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, Friday and Saturday, being the 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th of this Instant March, 1720. In the Seventh Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN FRYER , Bart. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Justice Powys, Mr. Justice Dormer, Sir William Thompson , Kt. Recorder, 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 followeth:
William Claxton and Frances Claxton , of Christ-church , were indicted, the former for feloniously stealing 1 Ounce of Mace, 1 Ounce of Nutmegs, half a Pound of Bohea Tea, half a Pound of Chocolate and half a Pound of Citron , the Goods of John' Pledger , on the 19th of January last: and Frances Claxton for receiving the same knowing them to be stole . It appeared that the Prisoner William was the Prosecutor's Apprentice , and took the Mace out of his Master's Drawer while he was at Dinner, and gave it to his Brother, who sold some for a Penny to a Woman who told the Prosecutor of it. The Prisoner William owned the Fact, before the Justice, though he denied it on his Tryal, and his Confession was Read in Court. There being no Evidence to charge his Mother (Frances) the Jury acquitted her; but the Fact being plain against him the Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
Ann Westwood alias Brice and Philip Brice , of St. Mary Abchurch , were indicted, the former for feloniously stealing 6 dozen of Steal Cork-Skrews, 14 Ivory-Handle Knives and Forks, 14 Maple-Handle Knives, and Forks, 1 pair of Scissors and 5 Horn Snuff-Boxes, in all to the value of 38 s. the Goods of James Goodchild on the 27th of January last; and Philip Brice for receiving the Knives, Forks and Scissors of her, knowing them to be stole . The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner Ann was his Servant , and that Philip came after her as a Sweetheart; that his Wife overhearing her bid him `come again a Sunday and she would give him something else; told him the Prosecutor of it; whereupon he search'd her Box, and found his Cork Skrews and Boxes in it; that she said she bought them at first; but afterwards confest they were his, saying she had not wrong'd him of one pennyworth more. That she also for some time refused to tell where Philip liv'd, but did at last. That they went to search his Master's House (he being an Apprentice) and found the Knives, Forks and Scissors in a Handkerchief in his Press where he put his Clothes. Richard Evans deposed that he was present when the Knives and Forks were found in his Press; that he then said she was his Wife and gave them to him at her Master's Door; that he was sorry for it; and that he was bewitch'd. The Goods were produc'd in Court, had the Prosecutor's Mark on them, and were swore to by him; and the Confessions of them both were read in Court. Notwith standing all which, the Prisoner Ann on her Tryal said that she knew nothing of the matter, nor how the Goods came to be in her Box. But the Prisoner Brice said in his Defence, that he had them from her at her Master's Door, but did not know what they were; and called several to his Reputation. The Jury considering the whole matter, found them both Guilty Transportation .
Ann Festrop , of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing a Guinea and a half Carolus from the Person of Robert Spicer , on the 18th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed that as he was going along Fleet-street about one a Clock the Night aforesaid, the Prisoner took hold of him, and his Cloak slipt off; that while his Hands were employ'd in putting it on again, she pickt his Money out of his Fob, that he felt her Hand under his Waistcoat, and seiz'd her at the instant; but did not search her. The Constable deposed that he heard the Prosecutor call out Watch, and that he and the Watchmen brought the Prisoner to the Watch-house. James Boddington deposed, that he hearing the Prosecutor call, Watch, turn'd back and saw him have hold on the Prisoner, saying, she had pickt his Pocket. Two Watchmen corroberated the
John White , of St. Mary Hill , was indicted for privately stealing a Cotton Handkerchief value 6 d. from the Person of Thomas Cook ; and 2 Silk Handkerchiefs, and 2 Linnen ones , the Goods of Persons unknown. The Prosecutor deposed, that going to Billinsgate his Pocket was pickt of his Handkerchief: that seeing the Prisoner and another Lad lurking about under the Piazza, suspected them, searcht the Prisoner, and found his Handkerchief and 4 more in a private Pocket behind him. The Prisoner said he bought them of a Boy, but could not prove it, nor called any to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Edward Thompson , of St. Olave in Hart-street was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Spoon value 6 s. the Goods of Henry Russel , on the 2d of February last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury Acquitted him.
Ann Harris of Alhallows Barkin , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Silver Spoons value 14 s. the Goods of John Walcraven , on the 2d of July last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner formerly lodg'd at his House about 4 Months, that he lost his Spoons, and one of them was found where she had pawn'd it: that she said they were sent her out of the Country by her Grandmother. Sarah Page deposed that the Prisoner brought that Spoon to her, and had 6 s. on it; that she told her it was her Grandmother's The Spoon was produced and swore to by the Prosecutor: and her Confession before the Justice was read in Court. The Prisoner in her Defence said, that she wash'd and scower'd for her living, had been intrusted by the Prosecutor, and put the Spoon produced into her Bosom unawares: she called none to her Reputation; and if her Excuse (which contradicted her Confession before the Justice) had been true, she ought to have brought it back again, and not to have pawned it. The Jury considering the matter, found her Guilty . Transportation .
Richard Newman , of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing 500 pound weight of Iron value 3 l. 10 s. in the Warehouse of John Clarke on the 25th of February, 1718 . But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury Acquitted him.
John Pitts of St. Botolph without Aldersgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a black Cloth Coach-Seat value 15 s. the Goods of Thomas Linnet , on the 9th of February last. Edward Smith deposed that he met the Prisoner going out of the Gate with his Master's Coach-Seat under his Arm: that he struck up his Heels and took it from him. The Prosecutor deposed that his Man had been at a Funeral with a Mourning Coach: and owned the Seat. The Prisoner in his Defence, said that he had been to ease himself, and found the Seat on the Ground. But that poor Excuse not availing him. The Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
Michael Picket , of St. Mary Woolnoth , was indicted for feloniously, stealing 3 Sheets, 3 Shirts, 2 Shifts, 2 Holland Necks, 2 Suits of Headclothes, and other Goods, in all to the value of 48 s. the Goods of John Lathymm , on the 13th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that as he was going down Lombard-Street between 8 and 9 a Clock the Night aforesaid with his Basket of Linnen, the Prisoner stood at a Bookseller's Shop-Door, as if he had been Master, and said It's no matter, here's one will go; that he call'd to him and ask'd him to go over to the Stationer's next Door to the Post-Office, and ask for Madam Saunders's Scarlet Ridinghood: that when he came there, a Man stood ready to receive his Message, and told him, if he would bring a Token he would deliver it (that he then carried his Goods with him) that he went back and told the Gentleman (Prisoner) who sent him, who went so far as the Oyl Shop with him, then pull'd out his Watch and gave him for a Token, bidding him set down his Goods in that Shop and he would look after them till he came back; that he did so, and went again to the Stationer's Shop,
but when he came there the Man who sent him for the Token was gone; and enquiring of the Man in the Shop for Madam Saunders's Ridinghood he told him he knew no such Person; whereupon he went back to look for him that sent him and for his Goods; but to his Great Grief and surprise, could find neither; for he had taken care to go off with all his Linnen, which was to the value of 3 l. that the Watch he sent by him for a Token (which he produced in Court) was a Pewter Watch, such as are commonly sold for 6 d. a piece; and that he was to have 3 d. for his going of the Errand. That he knew the Prisoner very well by sight having seen him a great many times at the Black Raven, in Fetter Lane. That he acquainted his Master with his Loss the next Day, telling him that the Person who had served him so used the Raven, whereupon his Master advised him to be very sure before he charged any body, for fear should ruine an innocent Man; that pursuant to him Ac he went to the Raven several times before he saw him there (though they both used the House) that he set with him there, and had a full view of him so m Hour; that being fully, satisfied was the same Person, he enquired after his Character of the Man of the House; who told him, that he eat and drank well, paid very honestly, and liv'd after the rate of 200 l. per Annum. that when he took him up, his Wife begg'd to make it up. Mrs. Taylor who keeps the Oylshop, and Benjamin Knight at the Stationers Shop, (both in Lombard-street,) his Master, and Mr. Brewer who keeps the Black Raven, corroborated his Evidence in what respectively related to them, and the Constable, confirmed his Wife's begging to make up the matter. The Prisoner in his Defence denied that he was the Person, or knew any thing of it and called several to his Reputation, who deposed that they knew no ill of him; that he was a Staymaker and Coatmaker, a very good Workman, and when he had business he minded it; that his Wife was a very industrious Woman, made Headclothes for the Shops, and got 15 or 20 s. a Week; and that sometimes he assisted her. The Jury considering the whole matter, found him Guilty . Transportation .
Martha Ambler , of St. James, Dukes Place , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Holland Gown value 20 s. the Goods of John Best , the 2d of February last. It appeared that the Prisoner went to the Prosecutor's House, and enquired for his Wife, and being told where she was, went away as going to her, and in a little time came back and said that she (the Prosecutor's Wife) wanted her Ridinghood to come home in, and had sent her for it; but that being refused, she would have had her Gown sent, which being also denied, she snatch'd it up and ran away with it. That there had been a great Intimacy between them formerly; now as great a Jealousy of their being too familiar with each other's Husband: But the Fact being positively swore against her, the Jury found her Guilty the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Frederick Blake of St. Dionis Backchurch , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Spoon value 30 s. the Goods of Jonathan Forward , on the 21st February last. It appeared that the Prisoner was in the Prosecutor's Yard, and his Servant took him into the Kitchen to warm him, where he found an Opportunity to take the Spoon, and carried it to Mr. Grant sell, telling him he found it under the Shore at Deptford, but he suspecting him, had him committed Bridewell on suspicion, where he confest he stole from the Prosecutor. He also confest it on his Trial The Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
Edward Gwin alias Godfrey , and John Wood of St. Botolph without Aldgate , were indicted Assaulting Ann Parthyday on the High Way on the of May last, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Moidore, a Jacobus, 2 Silk Handkerchiefs, and s. in Money. The Prosecutor deposed, that as was going by the Standard Tavern in the Minories between 9 and 10 the Night aforesaid, the Prisoner, came up to her; that Wood kist her and held while Godfrey robb'd her; that Wood said, It's to kill her, it's enough to take her Money; or else GodMary Matthews deposed that being with her in Hounsditch they saw the Prisoners, and the Prosecutor told her that they were the Persons who robb'd her, that she advised her to over to them, which she did, and askt Godfrey what satisfaction she must have for her Moidore, Jacobus, Money and Handkerchiefs; that he said he sold one of the Handkerchiefs for 2 s. the other for 18 d. That Wood said he kist her; but took nothing from her; and that the Prosecutor had told her of it before. The Prisoners denied the Fact; and Godfrey in his Defence said, it was a malicious Prosecution, and that the Prosecutor arrested him for 20 s. to which he put in Bail, whereupon she said she would make a 40 l. Man of him, and swear a Robbery against him; and called the following to prove it. John Bites deposed that the Prosecutor sent for Godfrey to an Alehouse, got him out of the City and Arrested him for 20 s. which she told this Evidence was for paying his Reckonings at several times; and if he would not pay the Debt, she would make a 40 l. Man of him; that the Prosecutor varied in her Evidence before the Justice; that when he was bail'd, she charged a Constable with him for Felony: but this Evidence being askt whether he heard the Prosecutor herself say that she would make 40 l. Man of him, answered, no; but he heard the Officer say it, as sent by her. Rebecca Chamber 's deposed being present when her (the Prosecutor's) Husband askt her for the Handkerchiefs, heard her answer, that she had given them away, and what was that to him, that she (this Evidence) asking her why she would go to take away the Lives of the Prisners she said: she was sorry for what she had done; and Godfrey's Mother would come down, she would throw in a Ig . Mary Hutchins deposed that the Prosecutor's Husband, came up to her Room to enquire if she knew where his Wife was; and that the Prosecutor came up also while he was there; that he askt her where she had been, and she answered, where she liked better than to be with him. That he asked her what was become of the 2 Handkerchiefs and she reply'd, she had given them to whom she liked better than him to Cuckold him. Phebe Peterson and another deposed that the Prosecutor made it her common practice to arrest People for small Sums to get Money of them. The Prosecutor being call'd again and owned that she arrested Godfrey for 20 s. and that it was for several Reckonings she had paid for him, and that he lived next door to her. The Jury considering the whole matter, Acquitted them.
John Smith , of St. Thomas the Apostle , was indicted feloniously stealing 2 Cloth Coats value 6 l. 10 s. a Cane value 9 s. and a Muslin Turnover value 5 s. the Goods of John Barber ; and 60 pair of Worsted Stockings value 6 l; the Goods of Thomas Stiles ; and 5 pair of Silk Hose value 55 s. the Goods of a Person unknown; in the Dwelling House of the aforesaid John Barber , on the 20th of January last. Mr. Barber deposed that the Prisoner came to him on liking on 3d of January in order to be his Apprentice; but to go out every Night without his Leave he ( the Prosecutor) would not bind him; that on the 20th he took the Goods, mentioned in the Indictment, and the Cane was found in his Hand when he was apprehended; that he then owned the Fact, and told had where he had pawned the 2 Coats, and promised to help him the Prosecutor to the Hose again; but afterwards said the Man who had them was gone away. deposed; that the 2 Coats (which were produced in Court) were pawned by the Prisoner at their House; that one came along with him, and gave him a good Character; and that he heard him own his stealing the Goods from the Prosecutor: His Confession before the Justice, which was very full and particular, was read in Court. The Prisoner however on his Trial said that he knew nothing at all of the matter; had no Friends to appear for him, having been in London but 10 Weeks. The Jury considering the whole matter, found him Guilty to the value of 39 s. Transportation .
Margaret Yeomans alias Booth , and Hester Bennet , of St. Brides were indicted, for that they together with Ann Ross , not. yet taken, did privately steal 3. Gold Rings value 30 s. and a Pearl Snuff-Box value 10 s. from the Person of John Vaughan , on the 10th of December last. The Prosecutor deposed, that he had been drinking at Mr. Bulis in Hanging-Sword-Alley, and coming out was met by the Prisoners, and went with them to another House and staid till 12 a Clock, then went home with them to Yeoman's House and drank Cherry Brandy with them; that they had his Goods in their Hands several times; that he was pretty much in Drink, but was sure he had the Goods when he set by the Fire below Stairs; that he went up to bed; and they took'em from him: that the Prisoners when before the Justice said that Ross had them; that they all had them in their Hands several times, and he was sure they must be amongst them. Two of the Warders of the Parish deposed that Yeomans kept a Bawdy house, and that Bennet lived there. Yeomans in her Defence said, that Bennet lodged in her House, and went for the Prosecutor's Wife, that they were drinking together at the next House at 2 a Clock in the Morning, and she went to ask Bennet to come home; when she said the Prosecutor was her Husband; and he said he was just come out of the Country; that she told Bennet if he was her Husband she might take him home with her; that when they came home, Ann Ross would go up and throw the Stocking, being the first time of their coming home. The Jury considering the whole matter found them both Guilty of the Indictment. Death .
,of Alhallows Staining , was indicted for feloniously stealing 30 s. in Money . It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Servant , and took the Money out of his Master's Drawer at several times, which he also confest before the Justice, and did not deny on his Tryal. The Jury found him Guilty . Burnt in the Hand .
John White , of St. Katharine Coleman , was indicted for breaking the House of John Faro on the 8th of April last in the Night time, and feloniously taking 2 Coats a Wastcoat 4 pair of Stockings and 2 linnen Bags, the Goods of the said John Faro; and a Trunk, a Stuft Gown and Petticoat, and other wearing Apparel , the Goods of Hester Evans . The Prosecutor deposed that he and his Wife went out and lockt their Door last, that they came back about 9 a Clock, found their Door broke and their Goods gone. Hester Evans deposed that she left her Trunk of Clothes at her Uncle's, and when she went for them, the House was broke and her things gone. William Field deposed that the Prisoner; John Trantum , Dick Trantum and himself committed the Fact; that John Trantum broke the Door, took the Goods, and gave the Trunk to the Prisoner, that they carried the Goods to Mrs. Glanister and sold them all for 40 s. The Jury considering the matter, Accquitted him of the Burglary, and found him Guilty of Felony only. Transportation .
Ann Rex and Amy Parrot , of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate , were indicted for feloniously stealing 28 yards of Venetian Poplin value 20 s. the Goods of James Bavell , on the 16th of January last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury Acquitted them.
Rebecca Butler , alias Neal , of St. Giles without Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing a Wooden Snuff Box value 6 d. 2 Gold Rings value 14 s. and 12 s. 6 d. in Money from the Person of John Whitburn , on the 30th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner pickt him up, run him into the White-House Inn without Cripplegate , and while he was asleep pickt his Money and Snuff-Box out of his Pocket, but her pulling off the last Ring from his Finger waked him, and he secured her; that she gave the Snuff-Box to the Watchman to let her go; that she dropt 6 s. 6 d. 1/2. which the Watchman pickt up, and pawned one of the Rings at the Compter for 5 s. that she told him if he would not prosecute her she would give him his Rings again. The ConstableHenry Smith deposed, that he received the Snuff-Box (which was produced in Court, and swore to by the Prosecutor) from the Prisoner. The Jury found her Guilty . Death .
Robert Robinson of St. Brides , and James Smith , of St. Leonard in Foster-Lane , were indicted, the former for feloniously stealing 5 Silver Sword-Hilts value 10 l. 4 Silver Handles value 25 s. in the Dwelling-House of John Bailey , on the 24th of January last, and James Smith for receiving the same knowing them to be stole . It appeared that the Prisoner Robinson was the Prosecutor's Apprentice , stole the Goods and sold them to Smith, which he confest before the Justice, and did not deny on his Tryal; but said he was drunk when he took them: It also appeared that when the Prosecutor was told his Man had sold Goods to Smith and went to him, that he readily owned it, and that he very freely went with him to discover the Matter; and gave the full value of them, and took Robinson to be for himself, and that the Goods were broke and some without a Mark. There being no Evidence against James Smith but Robinson's Confession, the Jury acquitted him; and found Robinson Guilty to the value of 38 s. Burnt in the Hand .
Dennis Connel , of St. Brides , was indicted for the Murder of Thomas Wix ; for that William Hargrove , not yet taken, did Assault the said Thomas Wix on the 2d of February last, and gave him 1 Mortal Wound with a drawn Sword in the Left part of the Body near the Short-Ribs, of the length of half an Inch, and the depth of 6 Inches of which he instantly died, and for that he the said Dennis Connel being present did Aid, Comfort, Assist, and Abett the said William Hargrove in committing the same . He was also indicted a second time on the Coroner's Inquest. It appeared by the Evidence that Thomas Wix (the Deceased) and William Hargrove were drinking together very early in a Friendly manner the Morning aforesaid at Mr. Bent's House in Peterborough Court; that they had a quartern of Brandy, and some Drink, and that they went away together about 6 a Clock. That about 4 or 5 minutes after they were gone, they heard a Man was kill'd in Raquet-Court in Fleet-street ; which proved to be Mr. Wix, who had been drinking with Mr. Hargrove as aforesaid; but there not being Evidence to fix the Charge on the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted him.
James Browning , of St. Andrew in Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Shirts and 2 Brass Handle Swords, in all to the value of 36 s. the Goods of John Cook . Esq ; on the 1st of July last. He was a second time indicted by the same Name, of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , for feloniously stealing 3 Holland Shirts, a Silver Tooth Pick Case, and a pair of Stockings , the Goods of Charles le Bass , Esq ; It appear'd that the Prisoner was Servant to Mr. Le Bass, and afterwards to Mr. Cook's Sister, and robb'd them both of the Goods mentioned in the Indictments, which being fully proved upon him, the Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
Robert Dunnington , of St. James at Clerkenwell , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Saw value 5 s. the Goods of Edward Bradbury , on the 1st of February last. It appeared that the Prosecutor was at Work in, Garden-Alleys , and the Prisoner came and askt for Business, and took the Saw. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Richard Queen , of St. Jame's at Clerkenwell , was indicted for feloniously stealing an Iron Chain value 6 d. a Streak of a Coach Wheel value 1 s. and a Wire Male value 5 s . the Goods of Samuel Roberts , on the 17th of February last. It appeared that the Prisoner went to the Prosecutor's Brew-house for Grains and took the Goods; and that his Son seeing the Chain hang out at a Pattin-maker's, he askt him who he had it of, and he told him, the Prisoner. The Prisoner in his Defence said that he was fuddled, and the Goods lying without the Gate he took them. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
John Gordon , of St. Mary in Whitechappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing an Iron Tool value 14 s. the Goods of Philip Delowe on the 22d of February last. It appeared that the Prisoner went into the Prosecutor's Glass-House to warm himself, and took the Iron; but being follow'd, was taken with it on his shoulder. The Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
David Forster , of Norton Falgate , was indicted for privately stealing 32 Yards of Garlick Holland value 24 s. in the Shop of John Patterson , on the 5th of February last. It appeared that the Prosecutor being in his Compting-house, and his Servant behind a Pile of Goods marking some of them; that the Prisoner supposing no body had been there, came in and took the piece mentioned in the Indictment from off the said Pile, and was followed and taken. The Prisoner called two Masters he had workt with to his Reputation. The Jury considering the whole matter, found him Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .
Sarah Lane , of St. Mary White-Chappel , was indicted for privately stealing 5 Guineas and 20 s. in Money from the Person of Christopher Atwell , on the 24th of January last. The Prosecutor deposed that he was at the Lion and Lamb in Gun-Alley with another Creature, whom he sent for the Prisoner; that when she came she halled him out of the Alehouse to her Quarters; that he put his Breeches under his Head, went to Bed with her, and the Nurse lockt them in, that he was drunk but not so drunk but he could feel her take his Breeches; that she took the Money mentioned in the Indictment from 25 l. he had in a Rag. Being askt if he knew her, and how he came acquainted with her, he said he had lain with her before that time, that he met with her the first time at the end of Gravel-Lane, and another time upon Saltpetre-Bank; and that she has a Husband. Being askt how he came to have so much Money about him, he said, that his Wife and he had some Words, and he took the Money out of the House in a Huff; and that he told it. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and said that while she went for a Pot of Drink for him, he lay with the Nurse. The Jury considering the whole matter, Acquitted her.
John Levy of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for Assaulting Jane Cummins on the High Way, on the 25th of January last, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Pocket value 1 s. a Linnen Bag value 6 d. and 27 s. in Money . But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury Acquitted him.
Mary Walker and Mary Fletcher , of St. Mary in White-Chappel , were Indicted for feloniously stealing a Brass Kettle value 30 s. the Goods of Mary Humphreys , on the 21st of January last. It appeared to be the Day that the Prosecutor opened her House (the Kings Arms in White-Chappel ) and that the Prisoners came in about Noon and staid till 8 at Night; that Fletcher was met with the Pot going towards White-Chappel-Fields, and when she came back her Apron was all crockt on the Inside. There being no Evidence against Walker, who staid in the House all the while, the Jury Acquitted her, and found Fletcher Guilty . Transportation .
Daniel Jones , John Beau , and Katharine Pars alias Smith ; of St. Margaret in Westminster , were indicted, Jones and Beau for privately stealing 3 Silver Snuff-Boxes, value 3 l. in the Shop of John Crags ; and Katharine Smith, (together with Roberts Pars alias Smith , her Husband not yet taken) for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . It appeared that Jones and Bean with Elizabeth Askew and John Howard came to the Prosecutor's Shop-Window; that Jones thrust his Hand into the Glass and took the Goods and gave them to Elizabeth Askew to carry to Smith to sell; that Katharine Smith received the Goods of her, and her Husband paid the Money; that the Children were disguised next Day and sent again, and ordered that if they could get nothing there, to go into the Market, and bring home a Fowl or two; that Smith keeps 3 Children of her own, and 4 others on purpose to go a Thieving. Their Confession before the Justice was read in Court, wherein Jones confest heRobert Smith , but was got present at the stealing of them. Katherine Smith in her Defence said, that she never had them, and could not help what her Husband did; but Askew deposed positively that she received them of her first of all, put them into her Pocket Apron, then gave them to her Husband, saying she could not dispose of them for fear of being taken up. The Jury considering the whole matter, acquitted Beau, and found Jones Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. and Katharine Pars alias Smith Guilty of the Indictment. Transportation both.
Vincent Davis , of St. John at Hackney , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Bell value 1 s. the Goods of William Hall on the 9th of February last. He was a second time indicted for feloniously stealing 9 Iron Hoops value 2 s. and a Basket value 4 d. the Goods of Ann Ganen . He was a third time indicted for feloniously stealing a Water Tub value 1 s. the Goods of Rebecca Jones . He was a fourth time indicted for a Misdemeanour in taking the Handle of a Pump fixt to a Freehold . The three first Indictments being proved upon him the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. each: and acquitted him of the last. Transportation .
Humphry Jones and Ann his Wife , of St. Ann in Westminster were indicted for feloniously stealing 5 Window Curtains, 4 Bed Curtains and Vallains, 2 Sheets and a pair of Blankets , the Goods of Samuel on the 1st of February last. It appeared that the Prisoners lodged in the Prosecutor's House and took the Goods, which were found where they had sold them. Ann Jones in her Defence said that she was obliged to carry them by her Husband. The Jury considering the matter Acquitted her, and found Humphrey Jones Guilty . Transportation .
Elizabeth Lee of St. Andrew in Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Planes 1 Ax, and 3 , the Goods of Charles Church , on the 13th of December last It Appeared that the Prisoner stole them out of an empty House between 4 and 5 in the Morning and was taken by the Watch with the Goods upon her. The Jury found her Guilty to the value 10 d. Transportation .
William Rouse of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted stealing 6 Yards of Silver Fringe value 12 l. and 2 Yards of Silver Lace value 4 s. in the Shop of James Pinnock , on the 12th of November last. The Prosecutor deposed, that he having a rich Chariot for my Lord Craven, the Prisoner was hired to set up to watch it, which he did about 10 Nights, then cut out the Fringe and Lace, and went away. The Prisoner confest the Fact when taken, and also upon his Trail; but it not appearing to be a Shop, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .
Richard Lindsey and Ann his Wife , of St. Andrew in Holbourn , were indicted for Assaulting James Gibbs , on the 15th of December last, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 1 Holland Shirt, 2 Necks, 2 Neckcloths, 4 Turnovers, and 15 s. in Money . The Prosecutor deposed that he was just come from Richmond, and met the Prisoner Ann Lindsey in Grays-Inn Lane, who desired him to go to her House and she would give him a Pot of good Ale; that she had him up 2 pair of Stairs, and called, Dick; telling him he need not fear any thing, for Dick was but a Boy of 6 Years of Age; but instead of such a Youth, her Husband, the Prisoner, came up, knockt him down, and held him, while she took his Shirt off his Back and rifled him, and that Ann Lindsey advised her Husband to cut his (the Prosecutor's) Throat. The Constable deposed, that the Prosecutor came and told him he was robb'd in Rose and Crown Court; and that he went with him about 10 a Clock, and found the Prisoners a Bed; that when they got up they found a Shirt and a Glove in the Bed, which were swore to by the Prosecutor; that the Prisoner Richard he had but 2 Shirts, one on, the other clean on the Drawers to go on Guard, that there was a clean Shirt on the Drawers besides that the Prisoners had on and a Third found in the Bed. The Watchman confirmed the Constable's Evidence. The Jury considering that what the Woman did was in the Presence of her Husband, Acquitted her, and found Richard Lindsey Guilty for felony only . Transportation
John Shouel for feloniously stealing, 4 Plates, 4 Dishes, 2 Porringers, 1 Pewter Bason, a Looking-Glass and 1 Brass Candlestick , the Goods of John Hooper on the 25th of February last. He was a second time indicted for felo niously stealing an Anchor of a Ship value 30 s. the Goods of Thomas Trigg on the 20th of February last. It appeared that the Goods mentioned in the first Indictment were on board a Ship lying at Union-Stairs ; and that the Accomplices of the Prisoner handed them out of the Ship to him, who was taken with them upon him. His Confession of both Indictments was read in Court. The Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence, but that he was not in the Ship. The Jury sound him Guilty to the value of 4 s. and 10 d. Transportation .
William Cane , of St. Mary in the Savoy , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, from the Personof Richard Shaw , on the 5th of February last. Which being fully proved upon him, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Elizabeth Hubbard , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a pair of Shoes, value 1 s. 6 d. the Goods of Nathaniel Pulps , on the 15th of January last. It appeared that the Prosecutor lost the Shoes off his Shop-board, which were found upon the Prisoner, who said she bought them in Holbourn, but could not prove it. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Richard Jones , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 5 Saws value 5 s. the Goods of Nicholas Abraham , on the 18th of October last. The Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Charles Vernew , alias Green , of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for privately stealing 24 Yards of Silk value 48 s. in the Shop of Lewis Malecot , on the 12th of February last. It appeared that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Journeyman and workt and lay in his Shop, that he came home on the Sunday Night aforesaid, ask'd for the Key of the Door, took a Candle and went up as going to Bed; that in a little time after he came down again and went out; that one going to shut the Door after him, he bid her not, saying he was coming again presently; that he seem'd to have something under his Coat; that soon after his Shop-mate going up to Bed, found the Work cutout and gone; and that they apprehended him about a Week after. The Prisoner denied the Fact; and being ask'd why he absented himself, said that he was discharged, and not being paid to his Content he kept away: But the Prosecutor deposed, that he was overpaid, and that he promised the next Week's Work should make amends for it. The Jury considering the matter, found him Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .
George Barter , of St. Brides , was indicted for feloniously taking to Wife Sarah Cruse , Widow , on the 26th of December last, his former Wife Sarah Armiger being then alive . Both Marriages were fully proved, and the Prisoner owned them on his Trial. The Jury found him Guilty . Burnt in the Hand .
William Giles alias Charles Saunders , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the House of Elizabeth Phillips on the 6th of October last in the Night-time, and taking thence 6 Yards of Muslin value 40 s. The Prosecutor deposed that her Window was broke and a bundle of Muslin taken out about 8 a Clock, she could not be positive to the Day but believed it was that mentioned in the Indictment. James Reading deposed that the Prisoner and himself committed the Fact; that he held the Door whilst the Prisoner broke the Glass and took the Goods; that he sold them to Elizabeth Norman in Newtoner's Lane and brought him (this Evidence) his Share. The Prisoner denied the Fact, or that he knew the Evidence. The Jury considering the matter, Acquitted him of the Burglary, and found him Guilty of Felony only Transportation .
William Cryer and Henry Hawks , of St. Gile's without Cripplegate , were indicted for breaking the House of John Blackburn on the 24th of January last in the Night-time, with an Intent to steal . The Prosecutor deposed that he went out with his Wife about 7 a Clock, having made his Door fast; that he came back a quarter of an Hour afterwards, saw a Light in his Bed-Chamber, found his Door broke, went in, and hearing a Voice as Men talking above Stairs, ask'd who was there, whereupon came downMartha Brooks deposed that she heard somebody cry stop Thief, and told the Prosecutor that Cryer ran down the Alley, which was no Thoroughfare, bidding him make haste, or he would get over the Wall. John Omens deposed that he saw Cryer taken getting over the Wall. Hawks in his Defence said that he had been drinking, and hearing a Noise as he was going home, went to see what was the Matter; that he went into the Alehouse where Cryer was carried, call'd for a Pint of Drink, and ask'd the Prosecutor what was the matter; that Cryer wanted somebody to go for his Friends, but none there being willing, he undertook to go for his Wife; that when he came back with her they were gone before the Justice, whither he followed, and was taken at the Justice's Door, carried in, and charged by the Prosecutor. He called several to his Reputation; but none appeared. The Prosecutor being called again, deposed, that when he was at the Alehouse he had not a Sight of Hawks; but when he saw him at the Justice's he knew him, and secured him. The Jury considering the matter, found them both Guilty . Death .
Thomas Beaul , alias Handy of St. Mary in Whitchapel , was indicted for privately stealing 12 pair of Worsted Stockings value 24 s. in the Shop of John Rogers , on the 6th of November last. Mary Rogers deposed, that she lost 12 pair of Worsted Stockings on Saturday in November last; that her Husband being sick she went up Stairs to him, and when she came down she mist them. John Courland deposed that the Prisoner and himself, committed the Fact, carried the Goods over the Water, and sold 6 pair of them to Katharine Speed, and the other 6 pair to another Person. The Jury considering the matter, found him Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .
Edward Cotterel , of St. Mary in Whitechapel , was indicted for privately stealing 7 pair of Worsted Stockings value 14 s. in the Shop of John Rogers , on the 31st of October last. He was a second time indicted for stealing a half Hundred Weight of Lead value 6 s. the Goods of Roger Walrond , on the 23d of December 1718 . Mary Rogers deposed, that she lost Goods, but knew not how many nor when. John Courland deposed, that the Prisoner and himself took the Goods, pawned 2 pair that Night for 2 s. and sold the other 5 pair the next Morning. Roger Walrond deposed, that he lost several Weights at several times: John Courland deposed, that the Prisoner and himself took a half Hundred Weight out of the Prosecutor's Shop and sold it. The Jury considering the matter, found him Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. each . Transportation .
Mary Williams and John Daffey , alias Mosely , of Hampstead , were indicted for breaking the Dwelling-House of Mary Johnquit le Peen , on the 2d of February last in the Night-time, and taking thence 20 Flasks of Claret, 4 Flasks of Sack, 1 Brass Candlestick, a pair of Silk Stockings and 200 Guineas . But the Evidence not being sufficient the Jury Acquitted them.
John, Bacchus , Junior , of St. Margaret in Westminster , was indicted for the Murder of William Wheatley , by beating him with a Staff on the Head, Face and Body, on the 10th of July last: whereby he received several Bruises and a Contusion; of which Beating, Bruising and Contusion he languished till the 18th of January and then died . Ann Wheatley deposed, that she and her Husband were going to Bed between 9 and 10 a Clock, when the Prisoner came up and knockt at the Door; that she open'd it, and the Prisoner forced in, knockt down her Husband, beat him with his Stick, dragg'd him out of the Room, and down the Stairs: But it appearing by the Physicians and Surgeons that he died of an ill State of Body, and that no Bruises or Contusion were found upon him when he was opened; but 4 large Imposthumations, and part of his Lungs gone, the Jury Acquitted him.
John Smithers alias Smithurst , was indicted for privately stealing 2 Books value 5 s. from the Shop of Samuel Illidge , on the 2d of this Instant March . It appeared that the Prisoner was loitering about the Prosecutor's Shop pretending to read a Book, and took those mentioned in the Indictment; but being immediately followed by the Prosecutor's Man (whom he struck with them on his Breast) he was taken: The Jury considering the matter, found him Guilty to the value of 10 d . Transportation .
Grace Page , of St. Katharine by the Tower , was indicted for privately stealing a piece of Silver value 4 s. and 23 s. 6 d. in Money from the Person of Elizabeth Cofferon , on the 24th of February last: It appeared that the Prosecutor being in a Fit the Prisoner came in to help her, took the Money out of her Pocket, and pretending to go out to fetch her something to smell to, laid a Guinea of it over her own Door, where it was afterwards found by her Direction. The Prisoner in her Defence said she found it on the Ground. The Jury considering the matter, found her Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .
Elizabeth Lockwood alias Logwood , and Christian Hurst , of St. Giles without Cripplegate ; were indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, Chain, and Seal , on the 16th of February last: The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was going along Red-Cross-street he met with the Prisoner Hurst, who desired him to hand her over the Kennel, and afterwards askt him to go home with her, which he did, to Logwood's House; where Hurst pickt his Pocket of his Watch, and gave it to a Man that was there; that he hearing a Noise of other Men below Stairs was afraid they might murder him if he made many Words; so went away: But being askt, said, that he did not see Logwood that Night, but was advised to take her up as Landlady; that they both confest (when in Custody) that they had pawn'd it for a Guinea, which if he would advance he should have it again. Two other Evidences deposed; that they heard them confess as before, and that Hurst took it out of his Pocket and gave it to another Man; that they live in Hand Alley in Golden-Lane; and that it is an ill House. The Evidence not being sufficient against Logwood, the Jury Acquitted her, and found Christian Hurst Guilty of the Indictment. Death .
Elizabeth Pain , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Callicoe Petticoat value 12 s the Goods of John Eagleston , on the 2d of December last: Mary Eagleston deposed, that she lost her Petticoat out of her Room, and found it at Elizabeth Compton 's who had it of Mountjoy, who deposed she bought it of the Prisoner. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation ,
Laurence Waldren , of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for breaking open the Dwelling-House of Peter Humphreys on the 2d of February last in the Night-time, and taking thence 2 pair of Holland Sheets, a Drugget Coat and Wastcoat, a pair of Bodice, a pair of Shoes and Stockings, &c. the Goods of the said Peter Humphreys. The Prisoner pleaded Guilty to the Felony; and no Evidence appearing to prove the Burglary, the Jury Acquitted him of that; and found him Guilty of Felony only . Transportation .
Eleanor Field , of St. James at Clerkenwell , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Apron, 1 Handkerchief, 2 Hair Brooms, and 1 s. in Money ; the Goods and Money of Samuel White , on the 20th of September last. But the Evi dence not being sufficient the Jury Acquitted her.
Ann Sherwood , of St Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Holland Shirt, 2 Shifts, 2 Flaxen Sheets, a Petticoat, &c. in the Dwelling House John Chaunc , on the 1st of December last, but no Evidence appearing against her, she was Acquitted .
Lewis Elliot , of St. Mary White Chappel , was indict for feloniously, stealing 10 Silk Handkerchiefs value 15 s. the Goods of John Pert , on the 20th of December last. The Fact being fully proved against him, the Jury found him Guilty . Transportation .
Richard Leever , of St Paul at Shadwell was indicted that whereas Otherinton Wrathan was convicted the 7th of December last for feloniously stealing 100 Yards of Sail Cloth called English Duck, value 90 l. in the Warehouse of John Hide , Esq : he the said Richard Leever did receive pieces of the same, on the 23d of April last, knowing them to be stole . Richard Mandevil deposed, that there having been a stir made about it. 10 bolts of the said Cloth was brought to the White Horse at Limus; that it was Capt Hide's Cloth; that the Marks and Seals were cut off, and 3 Yards wanting in each Bolt, but the Maker's mark was left: that the Prisoner said they were all that were left and had cost him 30 l. to bring them back from the W but refused to tell by whom they were brought, saying he had rather suffer himself, than betray his Friend. Mr. Sm deposed that he was drinking at the Prisoner's House on the 23d of April about 9 or 10 at Night, and was into the Yard to the Necessary House, but the Prisoner staid him for some time; that when he came back he found 4 Bolts; that he saw Lacey bring one, and that Wrat was there, and the Prisoner gave them both Money part. George Beale deposed that he was then there w Smith, confirmed the Prisoner's staying him from going the Vault, and his giving Lacey and Wratham Mon William Wratham deposed, that he went to the Prison telling him what a sad thing he had done in buying th things of his Son and not telling him of it: that he said was sorry he had done so, and owned that he gave bu Guinea a piece. Another deposed that some of the Go were worth 3 l. a piece, someworth more. Michael Dol deposed, that the Prisoner and himself talking together Bell-Wharf in Shadwell, of buying and selling Run stolen Goods, he advised the Prisoner against it, tel him it was dangerous; whereupon he told him, th was a Fool to advise him against it; for if he Goods before his Face, he would buy them if he could get by itMary Leever deposed Lacey brought some Sail-Cloth to her Father's House about 8 Months ago at 3 a Clock in the Afternoon, and askt her Father to buy it, which he refusing, Lacey sold it as a Sea-fairing-Man for at 21 s. a piece. Another Evidence deposed, that he Heard the Prisoner examine some Men how they came by the Cloth, who told him that their Master was going off, and wanted Money. He also called a great many to his Reputation, who gave him a good Character, but being askt, acknowledged that he dealt in small Run Goods, like the rest of his Neighbours, but not stolen Goods, as they knew of. And the Prisoner being askt why he stopt Mr. Smith from going to his Necessary House, said that a Master of a Ship had some Business at that time at his Back-Door. The Jury considering the whole matter, found him Guilty . Transportation .
John Cobidge , of St. Pancras , was indicted for Assaulting Thomas Morris on the High-Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 1 s. 6 d. on the 18th of February last. He was a second time indicted for assaulting Stephen Smith on the High-Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from 8s. in Money . Thomas Morris deposed, that he was robb'd by 4 Foot Pads about 7 or 8 a Clock the Evening aforesaid, that they came up and past him and bid him good Night; but they seizing on his Friend Smith who was behind him, he turn'd back to his Assistance, and they clapt two Pistols to his Breast. Stephen Smith deposed, that 4 Men set upon him, and one of them held a Pistol to his Head; that they took 8 s. from him, and beat him sadly. James Reading deposed, the Prisoner, Shaw, Dickinson and himself did the Facts; that they took 18 d. from one, and 8 s. from the other; that the Prisoner held a Pistol to Mr. Smith's Nose, whilst he (this Evidence) took 8 s. from him: that the Prisoner (when taken) gave him (this Evidence) a Pistol to shoot the Constable, that he thereby might make his Escape's, and that he hath been a Thimble-man, or Cups and Balls Man all his Life. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments , Death .
of St. Ann in Westmister , was indicted for committing a Rape on the Body of Susannah Gilman on 7th of November last. Susannah Gilman deposed, that she was Servant to Mrs Thomasin Jones in Pulteney Street near Golden Square ; that the Prisoner came the Night aforesaid so their House to enquire for a Gentleman; that her Mistress being at a Neighbour's hard by, she sent his Footman to call her, and while he was gone, the Prisoner laid Violent Hands on her, and got her from the Parlour into Mistress's Bed Chamber, that in so doing (she having the Candlestick in her Hand) he burnt her; that she cry'd out, and struggled with him as long as she had Breath, but there were none but themselves in the House; that she was about 20 Years of Age and a Virgin before, but not afterwards, that when her Mistress came, (which was in about half an Hour) the House was on Flote; and being askt, said, that she did not cry out when her Mistress and his Servant came back, because he threarned to kill her If she told her Mistress; that she was without her Headclothes when she let her in; and that the Prisoner and his Man went away in 3 Minutes after her Mistress came. And being askt several-Questions by the Prisoner, answered as follows: That her Mistress kept a Private House, and none came there but the Prisoner and another Gentleman. That she could not tell how long it was before she went to the Justice for a Warrant. That she never went to his Chambers after, till he sent for her; and that she never demanded Money of him. That she went to him to Newgate twice: That she had some Money: Being Shewn an Affidavit sworn before a Judge, and signed by her, she said, it was not her Hand-Writing nor she never was before a Judge: being shown a Release signed by her, said that was her Hand. That she put the first Warrant into the Midwife's Hand, who told her it was tore; that the Maid told her after the second Warrant granted that the Justice would send her to Bridewell if she made it up without him, that it was a Week before she took out the first Warrant, and 6 Weeks after she took out the second Warrant.
Mrs. Jones deposed that she was at a Neighbour's House in Sharrard-Street when the Prisoner's Servant came for her, and went with him immediately, that she sent him over the way for a Pot of Drink for himself; that when she rung, her Door was opened presently, and the Prisoner was setting by the Fire; that he was in no Disorder; that when he was gone her Maid (the Prosecutor) told her he had hurt her; she askt her why she did not speak of it before he went: That she was not half a quarter of an Hour coming to him; that she believed he did not stay two Hours; and that he had been several times at her House before: That she saw some Disorder on the Bed and Floor too: And being askt how she liv'd, said, that she kept a House of Lodgers, and that her House was all lett now but her back Parlour, which she kept for her self
Mary Saunderson deposed that 3 Weeks ago Hannah Baily the Prosecutor to their House to lodge, and told her that the Prisoner sent his Footman and a Cornchandler for her; that she (Baily) went with her (the Prosecutor)to Newgate to him, when he told her that he found she had swore a Rape against him; that she liv'd in a Reputed Bawdy-House, and he would not lie with any Body there for fear of a Clap, for he would sooner lose his Nose than take Physick.
The Constable of St. Giles deposed, that he had a Warrant against the Prosecutor for stealing a Silver Cup from her former Mistress Mrs. Brain, that the Prisoner's Servant brought the Warrant to him.
The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he went to enquire for a Nobleman at Mrs. Jones's and the Prosecutor told him her Mistress was hard by, and sent his Servant for her; who came to him in two Minutes, and the Prosecutor went down Stairs and staid with his Footman 2 Hours, made no Complaint, but was very merry with him; that 2 Days after she came to his Lodgings with a Message from her Mistress, and made no Complaint then, neither did he hear any thing of it till a Month after; that a Woman with Mrs. Jones's Maid came to him with a Letter from Mrs, Jones to let him know that the Prosecutor had swore a Rape against him, and advised him to make it up. That he had been frequently at the Justice's House and at the Tavern with him, who never offer'd to molest him till Friday was 3 Weeks: He was with him and Mr. Holmes at the Bedford-Head Tavern, and were very merry together, but differing at last, and Words arising, he committed him to Newgate; and a Habeas Corpas being brought for him (the Prisoner) and the Justice having Notice to attend the Judge that allowed it, he accordingly did attend; and shewed the Depositions, and said he believed he had got the King's Evidence out of the way; when at the same time he was credibly inform'd that the Justice and Mrs. Jones had frequent Correspondence with her: And on Wednesday Morning last he went to the Justice's House under the pretence of a Visit, leaving a Constable at the end of the Street with a Warrant of Felony against her, and took her at the expected Hour in the Justice's House.
Dennis Dean deposed, that he went with his Master to Mrs. Jones's, and that the Prosecutor sent him for her Mistress, who was not above 100 Yards off, that she came back with him in two Minutes, sent him over the way to an Alehouse for a Pot of Drink, and said he might go down into the Ketchen and drink it with her Maid; that he staid two Hours there, made a Fire, and the Prosecutor gave him some Bread and Cheese, was very merry, and made no Complaint. That 3 Days after she came to his Master's Lodgings and askt for him; went into his Chamber as he was a bed, did not stay a Minute, nor make any Complaint then. That his Master went out in his Chariot as usual, and was frequently in Company with the Justice before he was committed.
Hannah Baily deposed, that Mrs. Jones begg'd of her to go to the Prosecutor and bring her to her, that when she came Mrs. Jones said to her, what's the Reason you han't been here? you must go with me to the Justice. That the Prosecutor told her, they had persuaded her to swear a Rape against the Prisoner to get Money out of him; but she would have it her self and get 10 Guineas of him. That she (this Evidence) asking her how she could pretend to go on with it, having neither Money not Friends, she answered, the Justice would find Money and be her Friend. That Mrs Jones told her (this Evidence) that the Justice sent to know why she did not come and prosecute; that she should be sent to Bridewell if she offer'd to make it up. That she (this Evidence) saw the Prosecutor give up the first Warrant to the Prisoner, and give him a General Release, and beg Pardon for her Imposition, and receive 4 Guineas. A Release being shewed to her (this Evidence) she swore it was the same she saw the Prosecutor sign.
The Release was proved and read in Court, and her Affidavit before a Judge, wherein she begg'd pardon for her Fault, and said that Mrs. Jones put her upon it and went with her to the Justice, was read also.
Mr. Mackworth deposed, that he drew the Affidavit, read it over to her two or three times, that she made it before Mr. Justice Powys; and that she had 4 Guineas.
Mr. Goosetrey deposed, that when the Prosecutor went to Hicks's Hall to be sworn to the Indictment, the Justices ordered one of the Grand Jury-men to be sent for down, and told him, that the Prosecutor was going to swear an Indictment for a Rape, and that if her Evidence was not sufficient to find it Billa Vera, to lay it by, till next Morning, and there should be Evidence enough.
Mr. Holmes deposed, that he was with the Justice and the Prisoner at the Bedford Head Tavern, that they had 5 Pints of Wine, and some Words arising between them, he told, the Prisoner that he would do him Justice, whereupon the Prisoner replyed, that if he did, it would be the first time he ever did Justice in his Life. Whereupon he said, if he was not a Justice he would knock him down, but as he was, he would commit him; That he sent for a Constable and Watchmen and ordered him to the Round-house, then made a Mittimus and sent him to Newgate: That he told the Justice he had made it up with the Prosecutor, and shewed him his Warrant which she had delivered up to him (the Prisoner.)
The Justice Acknowledged what Mr. Holmes had swore, and said that the Prisoner's Usage had put him upon his Mettle, and he did indeed send him to Newgate, but he had two Affidavits which the Prisoner had swore to and signed on her Examinations before, wherein she positively charged the Prisoner with the Fact, which he produced, and they were read in Court.
Mary Butler deposed, that she saw the Prosecutor sign the Release and Affidavit, saw the Money paid her, saw her go along with Mr. Mackworth to swear it, and heard her ask pardon and own that Mrs. Jones and her Accomplices had put her upon it; and that the Prisoner never lay with her in his Life,
Mrs. Willis deposed, that she knew the Prosecutor and her Mother, that the Prosecutor had but a very indifferent Character; that when but a Girl she would have swore a Rape against a Gentleman, which she (this Evidence) hearing of, went to her Mother and prevailed with her to send for a Midwife, who upon searching her, declared, it was no such thing, and that she was an impudent Slut: And that the Prosecutor owned to her. (this Evidence) that the Prisoner never lay with her. The Jury looking upon it to be a malicious Prosecution, Acquitted him; and the Court Ordered him a Copy of his Indictment.
Susannah Gilman , of St. Ann in Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Cup value 40 s. a Box-Iron, 20 Guineas, and 10 Half Guineas, the Goods and Money of Elizabeth Brain , on the 3d of February, 1718 . Elizabeth Brain deposed, that the Prisoner was her Servant , and that she lost a Silver Cup and Box-Iron. Hannah Baily deposed, that there being some difference between Mrs. Moss and the Prisoner, she (the Prisoner) came to her House and consest that she stole the Cup, a Box Iron, and some Headclothes from her Mistress Brain, about 2 Years ago, Margaret Savage deposed, that the Prisoner gave her the Cup to sell for her about 2 Years ago, and that she saw her take a Guinea and half out of her Mistress's Drawers. The Jury found her Guilty . Transportation .
Robert Johnson , of St. Margaret at Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Watch, value 20 l. a Gold Seal 15 s. and a Tortoise-shell Snuff-Box, from the Person of Thomas Littleton , Esq ; on the 11th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed, that he knew the Prisoners Uncle, and so came acquainted with him, who complaining of his hard Circumstances he relieved him, and was very kind to him; that they had been abroad all Day together at several places, and he being in Liquor the Prisoner would see him Home in a Hackney-Coach; that the next Morning he mist his Watch; that some time after being in a Publick House he saw Mr. Martel shewing a Gold Watch for Sale and desired him to let him look upon it; that when he had opened it and examined all the Marks, he found it to be his; whereupon he pull'd out an Advertisement that he had caused to be printed and distributed among the Watch-makers, describing it, and offering a Reward to any who should stop Watch or Parry, and gave it to Mr. Martel, withal asking him whom he had it of, who answered of the Prisoner: Mr. Martel deposed that the Prisoner, whom he took to be an honest Gentlemen, brought the Watch to him, saying it was a Gentlewoman's, that he gave him 13 l. for it; that they went to the Tavern together, and the Prisoner pull'd out a Seal, which he said he had kept a long time but having no occasion for it he would change it for a Ring; and that he gave him a Ring of 15 s. value for it. John Clarke deposed that the Prisoner came to his Master's House the 11th of February in the Morning, and went out with him, that they came Home about 10 a Clock at Night in a Hackney Coach; that he putting his Master to Bed mist his Watch, and his Master missing it the next Morning, askt him after it; that he told his Master he knew nothing of it, but mist it over Night; whereupon he bid him go to the Prisoner's Lodgings and enquire if he knew any thing of it, saying no Body else was in his Company that Day; that the Prisoner came that Morning to ask how his Master did, and he telling him that he had lost his Watch, the Prisoner seem'd to be concern'd at it, and said that he knew the Number of the Coach, would enquire after it, and come again the next Morning, but he never saw him afterward till taken: John James confirmed the Prosecutor and the Prisoner's going out and coming home together as before mentioned: The Prisoner owned that he sold a Gold Watch and Seal to Mr. Martil, but said that he had it of a Gentlewoman, and did not know that it was the Prosecutor's; and call'd Elizabeth Arnold to prove it, who deposed that she wash'd for Mrs. Mary White (but does not know where she lodges) who came to her on Shrove Monday, and askt if she knew Mr. Johnson, and said she would give her (this Evidence) a Shilling to call him; that she did; and she heard her say to him, if he would do what he had promised, she would make him a present: that she gave him a Gold Watch, and they went away together, and she has not seen her since: Being shown the Watch and Seal in Court (which had been swore to by the Prosecutor and Mr. Martel) and askt if that was the Watch and Seal Mrs. White gave the Prisoner, she said she did not know the Watch again, nor see the Seal: The Prosecutor being call'd again, deposed that he did not know Mrs. White, and that neither she nor no other Woman had an Opportunity to take it that Day; the Prisoner knew he lost it the Day before, and knew his Watch and Seal very well. Mr. Martel being call'd again, deposed, that the Prisoner's Wife was at his House to persuade him to make it up, but he told her that he was only an Evidence, and could not. The Prisoner called a great many to his Reputation: but the Fact being so piain upon him, the Jury found him Guilty , Death ,
John Filewood , Henry Davis alias Woodford , Mary North , Charles Hinchman , Samuel Whittle , Jasper Andrews , Martin Gray and James Dalton , were severally indicted on the New Act of Parliament for the more effectual Transporting of Felons, &c. For that they having been formerly Convicted of divers felonies, and Transported among other Convicts from Newgate for the same, had returned into Great Brittain without any lawful Cause , which being fully proved upon them, the Jury found them Guilty , Death .
William Saunders and John Bartholomew Earl , were indicted for a Misdemeanour, in Conspiring together to Forge an Affidavit, and another Instrument to impose on the Attorney-General to obtain a Noli Prosequi to an Indictment for a Riot, Assault and Battery against Francis Buxton , and others, and for procuring a Person to swear to it in the Name of John Roberts ; Mr. Jones deposed. that Application was made to the Attorney General for a Noli Prosequi; who asking for the Prosecutor, and saying he must see him first, Saunders told him that the Prosecutor was Sick a Bed , but he was concerned for him; that the Attorney General said if they would bring an Affidavit and Instrument signed by the Prosecutor and swear to it, it might be granted; that Saunders brought an Affidavit and Agreement, and obtained a Noli Prosequi thereby. Edward Arnold deposed, that the Instrument (which was shewn him) was none of his signing, that he never did sign any for a Noli Prosequi, and that he was not sick. That he told Earl that Saunders was not employed for him. That Earl said he would swear a Robbery against him (this Evidence) if he would not consent to a Noli Presequi. And that Earl and Saunders went together to the Attorney General to get the Warrant. The Attorney General's Warrant for a Noli Prosequi, so obtained, was read in Court. Francis Buxton deposed that he did not know of Earl's being concerned; that Saunders brought one August to demand half a Guinea for Swearing in the Name of Roberts. That he (Saunders) said he had got it nicely done, and if he would not give him 5 Guineas for it, he would send him out of the World. The Evidence not being sufficient against Earl, the Jury Acquitted him, and found William Saunders Guilty of the Indictment Fined 50 l. to stand in the Pillory without Temple-Bar , and to suffer 12 Months Imprisonment .
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 17:
Ann Festrop , Margaret Yeomans ; alias Booth Hester Bennett , Christian Hurst , Rebecca Butler alias Neal, Robert Johnson , William Cryer , Henry Hawks , John Cobidge , John Filwood , Henry Davis alias Woodford, Mary North , Charles Hinchman , Samuel Whittle , Jasper Andrews , Martin Gray , and James Dalton . Burnt in the Hand, 8.
To be Transported, 40.
William Blaxton , Ann Westwood alias Brice, Phillip Brice , Ann Harris , John Pitts , Michael Picket , Frederick Blake , John Smith , John White , Martha Ambler , James Browning , John Gordon , David Forster , John White , Mary Fletcher , Daniel Jones , Katharine Pars alias Smith, Humphrey Jones , William Rouse , Richard Lindsey . John Shouel , Charles Vernew alias Green, William Giles alias Charles Saunders , Thomas Beaul , Edward, Cotterel, Lawrence Waldren , Susannah Gilman , Lewis Elliot , Richard Leever , John Wilcox , Robert Dunnington . Richard Queen , Vincent Davis , William Cane , Elizabeth Hubbard , Richard Jones ; John Smithers alias Smithurst, Grace Page , Elizabeth Pain , and Elizabeth Lee .
Ann Festrop , Margaret Yeomans alias Booth, Hester Bennet Christian Hurst , and Rebecca Butler Pleaded their Bellies and a Jury of Matrons being impannelled, found, Ann Feststrop and Christian Hurst with Quick Child; but not agreeing in their Verdict as to the other three, they were Resspited till the next Sessions.