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:
Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, being the 12th, 13th, 15th and 17th of January. 1721. in the Eighth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM STEWART , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Rt. Honourable the Lord Chief, Baron Bury ; the Honoura ble Mr. Justice Dormer; Sir William Thomson , Kt. Recorder; John Raby , Esq; Deputy-Recorder; with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London and Country of Middlesex.
Hannah Perkins, alias Elizabeth Elliston , of St. Andrew Holbourn ; was indicted for feloniously stealing, out of the Dwelling House of Joshua Perry , a Camblet Ridinghood, value 15 s. and other Things, and 14 s. in Money , the Goods and Money of Joshua Perry , on the 9th of December last. It appear'd the prisoner was a Servant , to the Prosecutor, and stole the Goods, which she confest when apprehended, and told them where to find them. At the Bar she said nothing in her Defence, and the Jury found her guilty to the value of 39 s.
Jane Pearse , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privately stealing from the Person of John Grevit , a Gold Ring, value 48 s. the Goods of the said John Grevit , on the 8th of December last. John Grevit's depos'd, that going along Fleet lane , about Eleven at Night, he met the prisoner who took him by the Hand, and wrench'd the Ring off his Finger; upon which he held her fast, and bid her give it him again; but she told him she had not got it, but if he'd look upon the Ground he might find it. He then call'd the Watch, with whole Lanthorn he search'd on the Ground for his Ring, but to no purpose, upon which they secured the prisoner. The prisoner in her Defence said, that the Prosecutor coming out of an Alehouse, and seeing her ask'd her to drink a Glass of Wine, which she refusing, he charg'd her with taking off his Ring; she answered, I know nothing of it. He then call'd the Watch, and desired him to lend him his Lanthorn, for he believed he had drop'd his Ring; but not finding it, he charg'd her with taking it from him, upon which she was carried to the Computer. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Susan Jackson and Mary Sharp , of St. Ann Black Fryers , were indicted for privately stealing from the Person of Will. Price, a pair of Silver Buckles, value 10 s. 2 Gold Rings, 18 s. a Handkerchief, 2 s. a Hat, 10 s. a Peruque, a pair of Stockings, a Moidore, a Guinea, and 17 Shillings in Silver , the Goods and Money of William Price , on the 6th of this Instant January , William Price depos'd, that between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon, having landed at Black Friers Stairs, and coming up New Street, he saw the prisoner (Jackson) running with a Chair on her Head, and the People crying out, stop her; he stopt her accordingly, but being soon after told she was Crazy, he offer'd to give her a Pint of Beer, which she accepted. They went to the Blue Boar in New street, and after they had drank one Pint, the prisoner Jackson said, since you have been so kind as to give me one Pint, I'll give you another, and so call'd for it in. When they had emptied that, Jackson desired him to carry the Chair up stairs into her Room, which he did, and she followed him. They being both sat down, she said, now if you will but give me one pint of Wine, I shall be easy; he consented, she call'd up Sharp, and sent her for the Wine. When the Wine was brought, he drank one Glass, and fell fast asleep, and slept about 4 hours; and when he awaked, the Prisoner, and his Cloaths, and Money were missing; but finding Jackson about 11 the same Night, she gave him the Hat and Wig from under her Ridinghood, saying, she did not design to rob him. The Constable depos'd, that he saw Jackson deliver the Hat and Wig, which were produc'd, and sworn to in Court by the Prosecutor; and that afterwards going to Jackson in the Compter, one of the Prisoners there told him, that the 2 Rings were pawned at the Bar. Jackson in her Defence, own'd the Circumstances of the Prosecutor's meeting her with a Chair, and of their going to drink together; but she said, he was drunk, and would needs carry the Chair up Stairs, and then vomited in her Room. That he gave her a piece of Gold to be rude with her, but she refus'd it, and desir'd him to go home. He said he would not, for he'd lie there all Night, and with that he stript himself, lay down on the Table, and fell fast asleep, and there she left him. An Evidence for Jackson depos'd, that she had been Lunatick, us'd to run about the Streets with her Hair loose; that she had beenMary Sharp , and the Jury found `em both Not Guilty .
William Beddow , of St. Margaret New Fish street , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Firkin, value 2 s. and 10 Gallons of Ale, value 11 s. the Goods of John Whiteman , on the 24th of November last. William Best (Servant to the Prosecutor) depos'd that leaving his Master's Dray near the Monument , whilst be deliver'd a Firkin of Drink to a Customer, at his return he mist a Firkin off the Dray, and upon enquiry, found it at Mr. Wilson's on London Bridge. He swore positively to the Marks of the Cask. William Wilson depos'd, that the prisoner had been formerly a Brewer, and serv'd his Father with Drink; but about 7 Years ago be broke, and they took Drink of another, till within about 2 Months past, when he came and told him, he had set up a new Brewhouse. and desir'd he might serve him again. That since then, he had brought Ale to `em 3 or 4 times, before that mentioned in the Indictment. The prisoner own'd he left the Ale at Mr. Wilson's, but said, he had lately brew'd himself, and had bought some old Firkins of a Cooper, and therefore desired Mr. Wilson might pay him for the Ale. But the Jury considering the Manner, found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Ann Kenneday , of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the Dwelling House of William Johnstone , 1 Suit of Muslin Pinners, value 5 s. 12 Pewter Plates, 10 s. 3 Pewter Dishes, 3 s. 1 Brass Candlestick, 6 d. 1 Yard of Holland, 1 s. 6 d. 3 Aprons, 2 s. 6 d. 3 Sheets, a Pillowbier, a Mantle, and other Things , the Goods of William Johnstone , on the 7th of December last Rebeccah Johnstone depos'd, that the prisoner (whom she had known several Years before) came to her about 2 Months ago, and said her Husband was carried to the Compter, and all her Goods seiz'd on; withal begging this Evidence to entertain her till she could get a Service. She accordingly took her into the House, and in about 3 Weeks, the prisoner went away with the Goods. The Prosecutor finding the prisoner soon afterwards, charg'd her with the Fact, which she confest, and told her where she had carry'd the Things. The Constable depos'd he found the Goods according to the prisoner's Information. The prisoner acknowledg'd she took the Goods being under great Misfortunes, but said she design'd to return `em again. The Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
Thomas Freckleton , of St. James Dukes Place , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the House of Th., Marshal, a Buck-skin, value 10 s. a Washleather Skin, value 4 s. and 3 other pieces of Skins, 2 s. 3 d. the Goods of Thomas Marshal , on the 22d of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that the prisoner had been his Servant about 4 Months; when an Embroideeer, whom he us'd to employ, brought a pair of Buck Skin embroider'd Breeches to his Shop; and asking her how she came by `em, said, she had `em from the prisoner, who order'd her not to bring `em home, for he'd fetch `em; but she wanting Money, could not stay so long. The Prosecutor then run'd over a parcel of Skins, from whence he suspected the Breeches were taken, and found one missing; upon which he charg'd the prisoner with the Fact, who at last confest it, saying, he ow'd some Money in the Country, and had promis'd to send down a pair of Breeches for payment. The prisoner in his Defence said, that being sent by his Master to Sittingbourn and Maidstone Fairs, he was obliged to be at some extraordinary Expences on his Master's Account, and thereupon enjoyn'd himself to send down a pair of Breeches to a Person he was indebted to. Coming up, he gave his Master all the Money he had received at the Fairs. His Master was angry that he had brought no more, and wou'd not allow him for his extraordinary Expence. The prisoner not withstanding, (to make good his Contract in the Country) paid his Master 10 s. for the Skin. The Jury found him guilty .
Peter Jugular alias Jugal of St. Bennet Fink . was indicted for feloniously stealing of the Dwelling House of Edith Barwell , 2 Silver Plates, value 10 l. a Napkin, 1 s. the Goods of John Evans . 9 Cambrick Handkerchiefs, 31 s. a Cane, and other Things , the Goods of Edith Barwell , on the 30th of September last. Edith Barwell depos'd, that the prisoner had been her Lodger about 6 Months, and going away one Saturday 5 l. in her Debt, she made enquiry after him, and on the Thursday following arrested him. On Friday he sent for her to the Spunging House; she taking a Friend with her, went to him. and found another Person in his Company. The Prisoner desired his own Friend, and hers, to withdraw, which they did. He then pull'd down the Bedcloaths, and took out the 2 Plates, pull'd a Turnover out of his Pocket, and a Handkerchief from his Bosom, and gave them to the Prosecutor, owning he had taken them out of her House. He then let in both their Friends, paid the Prosecutor the Money he ow'd her, and she gave him a Receipt in full. The Prosecutor's Friend depos'd, that the prisoner desired him to walk out, and that, when he return'd, he saw her have something under her Riding-hood, but knew not what it was. The Serjeant and Constable depos'd they heard the prisoner say, He took the Goods, but she had'em again. The prisoner in his Defence said. he was in very good Circumstances, and under no necessity of Robbing for a Livelihood; that he had often lent the Prosecutor Money. That the Prosecutor swore this against him, because he refus'd to drop an Action which he had taken out against one Henry Scaddin . That she had given him a good Character since he paid her the Money in the Spunging House; and that since then, he had been with her (on another Account) before Sir Thomas Abney , and yet she did not then charge him with any Fact. Philip Jordan depos'd, that after the prisoner came from the Spunging House, he sent him for some Books and Linnen to the Prosecutor, which she deliver'd to him, and said, she was sorry any Difference had happened betwixt her and the prisoner, for he was a very civil good humour'd Gentleman, and sent her Service to him. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s. and 10 d.
Samuel Taylor , of Chelsea , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the House of Rebeccah Hamilton , a pair of Silk Stockings, value 5 s. 4 quart Bottles and a pint Bottle filled with Brandy, 6 s. 2 pint Bottles and a half of Wine, 3 s. 1 pound of Sugar, and a Holland Apron , the Goods of Rebeccah Hamilton , on the 12th of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd that the prisoner had been 6 Months her Servant , and missing several Things, she as last suspected him, and searching his Room, found some of the Goods mentioned in the Indictment. He confest the Fact before the Justice; which Confession being read in Court, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Jonah Burgess , of White Chappel ,, was indicted for Burglary, in breaking the House of William Fluck , and taking from thence 60 l. 19 s. in Gold and Silver, the Money of the said William Fluck, on the 7th of September last, about 4 in the Afternoon . The Prosecutor depos'd, that the prisoner had lodg'd 6 Weeks in his House, and that one Sunday in the Afternoon he went into his Chamber, lock'd the Door, broke open the Chest, took out the Money, and went off with it. The Prosecutor missing the Money and the Prisoner, and having some intimation he designed to go to Gravesend, went to Billinsgate, and describing the prisoner to some of the Watermen, desired'em , if such a Person came, to secure him. At Night the prisoner came down Darkhouse Lane, and a Waterman plying him, carry'd him to the Dolphin; when they came to the light, the Waterman (seeing the prisoner answer Mr. Fluck's Description) secured him. The Constable depos'd, that he took the prisoner sitting at the Dolphin in Darkhouse Lane; and the prisoner gave him the Money, and told him he had it of Mr. Fluck's Kinswoman, who was to meet him there; but afterward he confest that he took it out of the Chest. This was confused by two Waterman. The prisoner in his Defence said, that being sent up Stairs (at Mr. Flucks) for a Lanthorn, to light some Company home, he found the Money in the Room, and so put it in his Pocket. His Confession before Sir Thomas Abney was read. The Jury found him guilty .
Benjamin Burrows on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, val. 3 l. 2 Gold Rings, value 30 s. and 4 s. in Money , on the 20th of September, in the 5th Year of the King Benjamin Burrows depos'd, that riding on Hounslow Heath, between 5 and 6 in the Evening, the prisoner and another came up to him, and bid him stand; the prisoner took his Watch, and the other took the 2 Rings off his Fingers, and 4 s. out of his Pocket. He then saw the prisoner and the other ride up to 3 other Gentlemen, and take away one of their Horses. That coming to London, he apply'd himself to Jonathan Wild , who told him that it was Colthouse and Sinnament that had rob'd him. Upon Wild's Information they soon took Sinnament, who was convicted of, and hang'd for the same Fact. Sometime afterwards he heard the prisoner was committed at Oxford, by the Name of Sanderson, for picking of Pockets; upon which he wrote to Mr. Plater, his Friend in Oxford, giving him a Description of the prisoner, and desiring him to examine and enquire if Sanderson was not the same Person: Of which being satisfied by Mr. Plater, the prisoner was brought to London. Mr. Harle depos'd, that he, Mr. Metcalf, and Mr. Squib, riding out together, he and Mr. Metcalf, on Hounslow Health, outrid Mr. Squib; that near Butchers Grove they saw a Chaise; and on each side a Man on Horseback; and thinking they belong'd to the Chaise, when they met, as he was turning his Horse aside to give `em way, the prisoner catch'd hold of his Bridle and clapping a Pistol to his Breast, said, D - n ye, I'd rob ye altogether - be expeditious; then taking from him the Money mentioned in the Indictment, and his Bridle, he rob'd the Chaise and Mr. Metcalf. Mr. Squib depos'd, that being left behind Mr. Harle and Mr. Metcalf, the prisoner came up to him, and taking 17 s. from him, bid him dismount, lest he should follow him; Squib told him he would not; the prisoner reply'd,I wont trust ye, exchange is no robbery, and then cut his Bridle, and exchang'd Horses with him. Caeser (Servant to Mr. Metcalf) depos'd that he saw the prisoner follow his Master; that his Master was dismounted, and that he saw the prisoner change Horses with Mr. Squib. They were all positive that the prisoner was the Man. The prisoner in his Defence said, that there were but two Men committed the Robberies he was then indicted for, and two Men (Sinnament and the prisoner's Brother) had already been hang'd for the same: That his Brother and he were so much alike, that they could hardly be distinguish'd when they were seen together; that his Brother and Sinnament were seen together in a House the same Night; and at the time the Robbery was committed, he was lame of the Rheumatism, and could not go abroad. An Evidence for the prisoner depos'd, that she being at a House in Robin Hood's Court in Shoe lane, saw Sinnament and the prisoner's Brother come in together, and bring with `em a Saddle and 2 Swords, John Coppen depos'd, that 3 Years ago, about the 13th or. 14th of August, the prisoner was taken so ill of the Rheumatism, that he was forc'd to have a Nurse, and kept his Chamber for about 3 Months, in his House. Being askt how he came to remember the Day of the Month so nearly. he said he remember'd it, in that the Day before the prisoner came to his House, Mr. Lewis sent him in ren Chaldron of Coals, for which he paid him 12 l. 17 s. To prove this, he produc'd a blind Receit, which he himself could not read; but it being view'd by the Court, they at last found it bore Date May 7. and he having sworn to about the 13th of August, the Court ordered him to be taken into Custody. He likewife called two other Wirnesses, who testified nothing material. The Jury found him guilty of both Indictments . Death .
George Nicholas , of Stepney , was indicted for Felony, in forging and counterfeiting a Bank Note for 80 l. payable to John Groves , on the 10th of June.in the 7th Year of the King . Bartholomew Ward depos'd, that he came acquainted with one Joseph Lindsey , in Newgate; who told him, if he could but raise Money to procure a Bank Note, he'd teach him how to make the Sum double; and directed him to Nicholas, who shew'd him a Chymical Preparation with which they took the Writing out of several pieces of Paper. That the prisoner
advis'd him to sell what Goods he had, which he did, and rais'd 11 l. That himself, the prisoner, and Jones, met at the Sugar Loaf within Bishopsgate, and sent a Porter to the Bank with the Money, to get a Bill for 11 l. in the Name of John Groves; which Name Nicholas wrote down in a Paper, and gave him. That when the Porter brought the Note, they carried it to a more private Place, and Nicholas writing with his Preparation over all the Letters of the Word Eleven took them out, and bid the Witness write in Eighty; but his Hand shaking, the prisoner did it himself. That desiring to have a Receipt how to make this Liquid, the prisoner wrote it down in his Pocket Book, which was produc'd in Court. That in order to put the Note off. they both went to Rotterdam, where meeting with a Jew, they offer'd it to him, who refus'd to accept it, till he had written over to the Bank, to know whether it would be paid. Upon this, they returned into England, where Ward, fearing the Consequence, advis'd the prisoner to deface the Note, and to get the 11 l. of the Bank; but he answered, No. I'll lock it, (i.e. sell it) tomorrow; where he did for 20 l. Edward Jones depos'd. that be went to a Chymist's on Snow hill, by the prisoner's Direction, for the Preparation wherewith he took out the Letters in the Note. Thomas Reeves , the Porter. confirm'd his going to the Bank for a Note of 11 l and the Officers of the Bank prov'd, that a Note of 11 l. was given out that Day in the Name of John Groves, but none of 80 l. The prisoner in his Defence insisted, that Ward had been the chief Actor in the matter, and had drawn him into it. The Jury found him guilty . Death .
James Gardiner of St. Mildred Poultry was indicted for feloniously stealing 6 Guineas , on the 30th of December last. It appear'd that the Prosecutor lodg'd in the House where the prisoner was an Apprentice , and when he was asleep, the prisoner took the Breeches from under his Head, and pickt his Pocket; and afterwards confest it, and return'd 4 of the Guineas. The prisoner said, that he went into Bird Cage Alley, in the Mint, with 1 s. and won 5 l. but no body proving it, the Jury found him guilty of the Felony .
Henry Murray , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, value 2 s. from the Person of Jacob Smith , on the 10th or December last. Jacob Smith depos'd that coming down the Isle in Cripplegate Church , the People crowding thick, he thought he felt something go from him, and searching his Pocket, miss'd his Handkerchief. That he charg'd the prisoner with it, and found it upon him. The prisoner said he found it on the Ground. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
James Shaw, alias Smith, alias Thomson , and Richard Norton, alias Watkins , of St. Pancras , were indicted for assaulting Charles Hungate on the Highway, and taking from him a black Gelding. value 10 l. a Bridle and Saddle. 5 s. the Goods of Robert Adams , and 8 s. in Money, the Money of Charles Hungate , on the 27th of December last. It appear'd that Mr. Hungate was rob'd by two Men, between Highgate and Kentish Town , of a Horse, which was Mr. Adams's, and 8 s. in Money: That the Horse was found in a Pound, and the Bridle and Saddle at Norton's Father's House, and that Norton own'd he turn'd the Horse loose in Tothill Fields. That Norton brought the Horse to the Cross Keys Inn in St. Martins Lane, on the Thursday after the Robbery, and carried it on Saturday to the Boar's Head, Kingstreet, Westminster; whence he and Shaw fetch'd it the Monday following, and rode out together. That when Shaw was taken, there was found upon him a Pistol charg'd a Masque, a Flint, and some loose Powder. Norton in his Defence said, he knew nothing of the Robbery, but was hir'd by Shaw to carry the Horse to the Inns. Shaw confest the Fact, and said Norton was innocent. The Jury acquitted Norton, but found Shaw guilty . Death
Shaw was a 2d time indicted for assaulting Philip Potts on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver hilted Sword, value 3 l. a Silver Watch, 5 l. on the 24th of June last. He was a 3d time indicted for the Murder of Philip Potts , by giving him one mortal Bruise on the Forehead, near the Left Eye, with a wooden Staff, on the 24th of June last, of which mortal Bruise be languish'd till the 26th of the same Month, and then died . He was a 4th time indicted on the Corcner's InquestIsaac Drew depos'd that he, the prisoner, and James Reading , committed that Robbery near the Tile Kilns at Pancras ; that the prisoner knock'd the Deceased off his Horse with a Staff; that they soon got him under 'em and rob'd him. Reading took his Sword, and struck at him with it several times, as Shaw likewise did with the Staff; that he saw him bleed at the Head, and went away. Peter Green and John Pritchard depos'd, that hearing a Gentleman was rob'd, they went out and met the Deceased, who told them he was rob'd about a quarter of a Mile off by 3 Men, and that the least of the three knock'd him off his Horse. That they led him along to Battle Bridge, where he said, Lord have mercy upon my Soul, I can go no further, and then fell down. Pritchard then carry'd him on his Back to the Pindar of Wakefield, where he dy'd the Monday following. Mr. Moore the Surgeon depos'd, that being sent for to the Decea'd, he found he had a large Contusion (from a blow) on the Left side of his Forehead, which he believ'd was the cause of his Death. The prisoner at his Trial, confest he had been concern'd in a great many Robberies, not only with Drew and Reading, but others; yet said, he was innocent of what he was now charg'd with, and that he never committed violence on any that he rob'd: That Drew had been prov'd perjur'd in Court before, and that now be swore his Life away, for the sake of 140 l. Reward. The Jury found him guilty of all the Indictments . Death .
Butler Fox , of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted, for assaulting John Gunn on the Highway putting him in fear, and taking from him a silk Purse, value 2 s. 6 d. and 4 s. 6 d. in Money , on the 2d of September last. J. Gunn depos'd, that being in the Chicester Coach, at Knightsbridge , he was rob'd by 2 Highwaymen, who took from him his Purse, and 4 s. and 6 d, in Money. Hawkins depos'd that on the 1st of September, the prisoner bir'd a Horse of Mr. Norris, at Finsbury, and next Day went with him to Knightsbridge, where they rob'd the said Coach; and from thence rode to Mr. Lupton's, a Night Cellar in the Strand; and afterwards rob'd the Huntington Coach at Mount-Mill. That the prisoner put up the Horses at Mr. Carter's, at London Wall; but the Evidence telling him his Mare was known there, he went and fetch'd her away. Porringer depos'd, that he saw the prisoner early that Morning, at the end of Goswel street, on Horseback, in company with Hawkins. Norris confirm'd the Circumstances of the Horse being hir'd, and of the Mare being brought, and fetch'd away again; and Lupton those Particulars of Hawkins and the prisoner's being at his Night House. Jonathan Wild depos'd, that when the prisoner was taken, his Wife said, This is your Friend Hawkin's doings. The prisoner in his Defence said, that when Hawkins was in the Compter, he sent for the prisoner; but he not going, Hawkins swore he'd be even with him, and had bore him a grudge ever since. Several creditable Tradesmen and Housekeepers appearing in the prisoner's behalf, and giving him an extraordinary Character, the Jury acquitted him.
Mary Perow , of St Ann Westminster , was indicted for feloniously. stealing out of the House of Samuel Whitaker, 3 Blankets, value 9 s. 2 Curtains, value 10 s. and 18 Diaper Clouts, value 9 s. the Goods of Samuel Whitaker , on the 2d of December last. It appear'd that the prisoner was a lodger in the Prosecutors House, and the Goods being mist, they were laid to her charge. She at first deny'd it, but being carry'd before Justice Ellis, confest the whole, and where she had sold them, which Confession was read in Court. At the Bar the prisoner said, she had 4 Children ready to perub, and took the Goods purely to relieve them. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
William Spencer , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing out of the Shop of Richard Hewit, a Holland Shirt, value 2 s. a pair of Stockings, value 6 d. the Goods of Richard Hewet , on the 19th of December last. The Prosecutor deposed, that about 6 in the Evening, as he was sitting in his back Shop he saw the prisoner come in, reach over the Counter and take the Goods. upon which he came out; the prisoner ran away and he pursued him crying stop Thief, upon which the prisoner dropt the goods, and another Man coming up stopt him. The person that took him
depos'd, that as he came along Monmouth-street, he heard the Prosecutor cry stop Thief, and saw the prisoner run and drop the Goods; he then follow'd, seiz'd him and took up the Goods by which time the Prosecutor came up to them. The prisoner on his Trial said, that coming along Drunk, he saw a croud of People running and crying stop Thief, upon which he ran and cry'd so too, and then the last Evidence stopt him, that being in a Croud the Goods might be dropt and found near him, though he knew nothing of the matter. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment
Margaret Wiggans , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing from the person of John Bowler , 8 l. 11 s. in Money , on the 23d. of December last. John Bowler deposed, that as he was making water near Charing Cross , (about 10 at Night,) the prisoner came behind him, and put her Hand in his Pocket, which he perceiving held her Hand fast; a Man whom she called her Husband then come up, struck him on the Hand with a stick, upon which he let go the Womans Hand, and she pull'd his purse out of his Pocket and was going off with it, but he seized her again, and the Bully again came to rescue her, but more People coming to his assistance, she was convey'd to the Round house. Next Morning the same Man brought him 4 Guineas of the Money again, and desired him to be favourable to the prisoner, and he should have the rest made up to him, and that the prisoner said if he'd take that in part, she'd pay him the rest by 2 s. a Week. The latter part of this Evidence was confirm'd by the Prosecutors Wife. The prisoner in her defence, said she knew nothing of the matter, that the Prosecutor ow'd her a Grudge, and he was a Person of an ill Character, and kept a disorderly House. The Jury on the whole, acquitted her.
Benjamin Thatcher , of St. Brides , was indicted for a Misdemeanor, in that he the said Benjamin Thatcher, did on the 7th of October last, wickedly and maliciously pronounce these Words: G - D - King George and his Laws too! we shall never have any good Trade as long as he lives . John Crumpler deposed, that being at the Magpye (or Hat) Ale house, in Poppings Ally Fleet-Street , in Company with the prisoner, John Williams , John Lister , and Sam. Sannear , Journeymen Weavers, and some Words arising concerning the deadness of Trade, the prisoner said he wish'd he had never been a Weaver , to which a Stranger who sat near them said, How can you make such Complaints, when his Majesty King George for the good and incouragement of your Trade, has sign'd the Act for prohibiting the use of Callicoes. In return to this, the prisoner said G - D - King George and his Laws too! we shall never have any Good Trade while he's alive. That from the Ale-house, they went afterward to the Castle in Fleet street, and staid till about 12 that Night, and then broke up; that he went home to his Brother Samuel Crumpler , and found him a bed with Samuel Boyse ; where he told him what his Master Thatcher had said. Samuel Crumpler and Samuel Boyse , swore that they were told this Story by John Crumpler . It appear'd (on cross examining the Witnesses) that John Crampler and his Brother Samuel had been Journeymen to the prisoner, that Samuel for some Misdemeanour, had been discharg'd the prisoners Service about 6 Weeks before, and John Crumpler , the very Day on which they laid this Charge against the Prisoner. That John thereupon said, his Master was a Chub, and be'd make a Chub of him, and thereupon went directly to his Brother Samuel, at the Feathers Ale-house in Bride Lane, where they agreed that since their Master was a Chub, they'd get Money out of him. Samuel Sannear deposed, that about dusk he was at the Feathers, in company with Samuel Crumpler , John Lister and John Williams , when John Crumpler came in, that after some discourse about their being turn'd off, John Crumpler said, He did not question but he'd be up with his Master, if it was a Twelve Month hence. They all but Samuel Crumpler, went from thence to the Hat (or Magpye) in Poppings Ally, where they met the prisoner, with whom they staid about 2 hours, and this Evidence did not go out of the prisoners Company till they all parted. but did not hear any such Words as mention'd in the Indictment. That he far close to the prisoner, and if any such Words had been spoken. he must have heard them: John Lister deposed, that being
Sarah Rogers , of St. Dunstan in the West , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the House of Valentine Henny, a great cloth Coat, value 5 s. 2 silver Spoons, value 6 s. and other things the Goods of Rebecca Pain , on the 9th of January last. Valentine Henny deposed, that the prisoner had been a Lodger in his House, but missing the Goods he charged her with the Fact, which she own'd, and directed them to a Pawn broker's where they found the Goods. The prisoner confest it on her Trial: and the Jury found her Guilty, to the value of 10 d.
Margaret Wilson , of St. Bartholomew the Great , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the dwelling House of Mary Stafford , a suit of Lawn Headcloaths, value 40 s. and other things the Goods of Robert Langdale , on the 12th of December last. Mary Stafford deposed, that when she received the Goods from Mrs. Langdale to be clearstarch'd, the prisoner was at her Lodging; that missing the Goods after she was gone, she charged her with them, and the prisoner confest it, and that she had pawn'd them, The prisoner in her defence said, the Prosecutor went to a Fortune teller, and by the description he gave, they charg'd her with the Fact, and told her if she'd confess they'd forgive her. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s. and 10 d.
John Sawcult , of Stepney , was indicted for assaulting Sarah Long on the Highway, putting her in fear, and taking from her a Bathmetal gilt Equipage, val. 3 l. and 6 s. in Money , on the 22d of November last. Mrs. Sarah Long the elder, and Mrs. Sarah Long the younger, depos'd that they were rob'd between Mile end and Bow , between 8 and 9 at Night, by one Man, who took an Equipage from the young Lady's Side. That they told 3 Gentlemen who came riding by, that they were rob'd, and the Gentlemen rode after him; that soon after the prisoner coming to Mrs. Long's, and describing the Equipage she had lost very exactly, ask'd what she'd give to have it again. That they could not swear to the prisoner, but he was very like the Person that rob'd them. The prisoner in his Defence call'd two Witnesses, who swore he was at Tottenham at 8 of the Clock the Night Mrs. Long was rob'd. Mr. Maddy depos'd, that he saw him at 7 that Night at Edmonton; that he went to Newgate to see Haws, who was executed last Sessions, who own'd that he describ'd Mrs. Long's Equipage to the prisoner, that she was rob'd by one of Haws's Accomplices, and that the prisoner was innocent. Several Persons appearing to his Reputation, the Jury acquitted him.
John Lee , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for the Murder of Joan Cornish , by driving 2 Horses fixt to a Coach, over the said Joan Cornish, by which means she received one Mortal Bruise, on the 30th of November last, of which she languished till the 5th of December following, and then dy'd . He was a 2d time Indicted on the Coroners Inquistion for Manslaughter, in feloniously killing the said Joan Cornish. It appear'd, that the Deceas'd crossing the Road near the Nags-head between Shoreditch and Hackney , with a Yoak and two Milk-pails, the prisoner drove his Horses fiercely, who threw the Deceas'd down, trampled upon her, and drew the fore Wheel of the Coach over her Hand; that the Deceas'd on her Death Bed said, that the prisoner call'd to her to stop, which she did, and then he bid her go forward, and as she was going forward, he whipt the Horses, and drove over her. Jacob Alvear , the prisoner's Master, and Moses Alvear, being sworn upon the Books of Moses, said, that the Horses were hot headed, and they were in the Coach, and believ'd the prisoner stopt as soon as possible. George Harris deposed, that he heard the prisoner bid the People take care, that it was on descending Ground, and the prisoner gave his Horses such a sudden check, that one of them was thrown down. Not Guilty .
Joseph Tomlinson , a little Boy , of the parish of Hanwel , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Murden , on the 27th of November last, in the Night time, and taking from thence a wooden Draw. val. 2 d. and 50 s. in Money, the Goods and Money of William Murden . He was a 2d time indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Murden, on the 5th of December last, in the Night time, and taking from thence 11 s. in Money . He was a 3d time indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Watch, value 30 s. the Goods of William Mason , on the 18th of April last. He was a 4th time indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Watch, value 35 s. the Goods of Henry Demar , on the 15th of June last. His Confession before the Justice was read, in which he own'd, that as to the first Indictment, he found the Shop Door open in the Evening, and went in and took out the Drawer. As to the 2d, that about 11 at Night he lifted up the Latch of the back Door, went into the Shop, took out the Money, unbolted the Cellar Window, and so escap'd. The prisoner on his Trial confest he took the Money, but found the Doors open. The Jury found him guilty of Felony on the two first Indictments ; but the two last being within the late Act of Grace, he receiv'd the Benefit of the same .
Joseph Newel , of South Mims , was indicted for feloniously, stealing 6 Pound of Whalebone, val. 20 s the Goods of Richard Freeman , on the 5th of January last The Prosecutor depos'd, that the prisoner was his Ostler , that he stole the Goods, and confess'd he had sold them to Bezaleel Hunt in Hartfordshire, for 18 d. where the Prosecutor found them; and that the Prisoner further said, that Hunt had enticed him to rob his Master, and bring the Goods to him. The prisoner confest the Fact at the Bar and the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
Thomas Appleton was indicted for feloniously stealing five pound weight of Sole Leather, value 3 s. 6 d. and a Last, 6 d. on the 1st of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that having miss'd some Leather, and the prisoner, who had been his Servant, having got a new Suit of Cloaths, he suspected he had rob'd him. Four on five of the Prosecutor's Journeymen depos'd that the prisoner had brought Leather to them to make shoes, and paid them for making them; and a Last of the Prosecutor's was last by the prisoner at one of their Houses. Edward Duston , in behalf of the prisoner, depos'd, that he desired the prisoner to get him some Shoes made among his Master's Workmen, and that he gave the prisoner Leather and Money to pay for the making. Another Evidence depos'd, that he had several times sold Leather to the prisoner. Several appearing to the prisoner's Reputation, and the Prosecution appearing malicious, the Jury acquitted him.
John Smith , of St. Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for the Murder of Matthew Walden , by giving him one mortal Wound of the length of 1 Inch and depth of 3 Inches, by discharging a Pistol loaden with Powder and Bullets, on the 22d of Novemb. last, of which mortal Wound he instantly died . He was a 2d time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder. Several Witnesses depos'd, that the prisoner hearing that one Sarah Thomson , with whom he had formerly kept Company, was going to be marry'd, swore, if she married any body, he'd shoot her. That on the 22d of November, she and her Husband, William Thomson , were at the sign of the Town of Lynn, near the Hermitage, and the prisoner came in. That Sarah Thomson seeing the prisoner, ask'd him how he did, to which he return'd a surly Answer, and threw a Candlestick after her. This alarm'd the People in the Room; the prisoner run away, and they after him: That the Deceased being among those that pursued him, the prisoner turn'd about, fir'd a Pistol, and kill'd him. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that Will. Thomson, the chief Evidence, was drunk, and swore out of Malice. The Jury found him guilty . Death .
John Vaughan and Walter Shelton , of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Anderson , in the Night time, and taking thence a Trunk, 6 Holland Smocks, val. 20 s. 2 Diaper Napkins, 4 s. and other Things, the Goods of David Davis , on the 20th of Octob. last; and Mary Freeman for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . The Prosecutor depos'd, that the Day aforesaid, he hir'd James Gush to carry a Trunk for him: That Gush set it down in an Entry, that he paid him 6 d. for carrying it, and went away, latching the Entry Door after him. Gush depos'd, that the 2 Men at the Bar went in and took away the Trunk; that afterwards they broke the Lock open, and deliver'd the Goods to Mary Freeman, who pawn'd
John Vaughan and Walter Shelton , of St. James Westminster , were a 2d time indicted for privately stealing out of the shop of Malcolm Gillis , Twenty Yard, of Linnen Cloth, value 25 s. the Goods of Malcolm Gillis , on the 26th of November last. Gush depos'd, that he and the prisoners seeing no body in the Prosecutor's Shop as they past by, Vaughan went in and took the Cloth at the Shelf, and they carry'd it off together. The prisoners saying nothing material in their Defence, the Jury found them guilty of both Indictments to the value of 4 s. and 10d. a each , but Mary Freeman was acquitted .
John Skill, alias Thomson of St. John Wapping was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the House of Mary Wells , a Silver Earpicker, value 2 d. a Toothpicker, 2 d a Lancet, 2 d, and 12 Guineas and a half the Goods and Money of Mary Wells , on the 15th of December last, Mary Wells depos'd, that the prisoner and Benjamin Tomson lodg'd at her House; that having been out on Saturday, at her return found her Scrutore broke, her Goods, Money, and Lodgers gone. Upon enquiry, the prisoner confest he had 3 Guineas of the Money from Thomson. He said on his Trial that he borrowed the three Guineas of the Prosecutor. Guilty to the value of 39 s.
Jean Widgen alias Jiles , of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing one pair of shoes value 2 s. 6 d. a Ghenting Apron, 2 s. 6 d. a Muslin, Pinner, 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Elizabeth Jones , on the 1st of December last. It appear'd that the Prosecutor had often lent the prisoner Shoes, and other Things; and the Felony not being prov'd, the Jury acquitted her.
James Jackson , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of James Hall , in the Night time, and taking from thence a wooden Box, and 20 s. in Money , on the 1st of April, in the 2d Year of the King . James Hall depos'd, that about six Years ago and, he found his Cellar Door open, and miss'd a Box and some Money, he was not certain what Sum, only there was no Gold in it. - Heatly, alias Agnal depos'd that between 9 and 10 at Night, in January, about six Years ago, he and Jackson broke into the Prosecutor's Shop, and took 4 Guineas and 17 s. in Silver, out of the Draw. But this Evidence contradicting the Prosecutor, who was certain there was no Gold in the Box, the Prisoner was acquitted , and Heatly, being a prisoner in Newgate, lying for Transportation was order'd to be transported by virtue of his former Convication.
Francis Wing , of Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing 20 Oak knees, val. 15 s. and 6 Wainscot Boards, 6 s. the Good of Francis Barrow , on the 19th of December last. It appear'd that the prisoner took the Goods out of the Prosecutor's Yard at Execution Dock, and carried them by Water to Paul's Stairs, where being stopt, he confest the Fact. His Confession was read in Court, and he not denying it, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
John Royton , of the Savoy , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the Dwelling House of Thomas Edlin, 3 Guineas , the Money of the said Thomas Edlin , on the 19th of December last. It appear'd that the Prosecutor kept a Booksellers Shop , and lost the Money out of his Draw. The Prisoner being charg'd with it, confest the Fact to his Master, as he likewise did at the Bar. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 39 s.
Robert Smith, alias Cranky , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Watch, value 4 l. from the Person of James Wolf , on the 9th of December last. It appear'd the Prosecutor being very drunk, loft his Watch, and upon enquiry, found that the prisoner had sold one for 45 s. to a Neighbour of his. Upon search it proved to be the same Watch that the Prosecutor lost. The prisoner in his Defence said, that he found the Watch near the Kennel. The Jury considering the matter, acquitted him.
James Gibb , of Hornsey , was indicted for privately stealing out of the Shop of Henry Harding , a Peruque, value 6 l. the Goods of George Sweetapple , on the 4th of this instant January . It appear'd that the prisoner lay that Night at Harding's House, and next Morning the Wig was miss'd: that Harding found it at Mr. Young's Shop in Middle Row, Holbourn; that Young bought it of one Crow, for 16 s. 6 d. and that Crow had it of the prisoner. Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
Alice Leaky , of Whitechappel , was indicted for breaking the House of Robert East , in the Night, and taking thence a Gold Ring, value 6 s. a Suit of Pinners, 6 s. 4 Guineas in Money, and other Things , the Goods and
Money of Robert East , on the 14th of November last. Derothy East depos'd, that coming home about 9 at Night, she found her Drawers broke open, and the Goods and Money gone. The prisoner, who was her Servant , being taken, confest that she open'd the Lock with a Nail, and took away the Goods. Her Confession was read in Court. Guilty of Felony to the value of 39 s.
Mary Walker, Widow , alias Hitchman, Spinster , alias Smith, Widow, alias Bouch , Wife of - Bouch , of Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Stuff Ridinghood, value 2 s. a Petticoat, 3 s. a Smock, 1 s. the Goods of Ann Craven , on the 18th of November last. It appear'd that the prisoner us'd to borrow Goods of the Prosecutor, who was her Landlady ; that she went off with those in the Indictment, and was not heard of for 2 Months. The prisoner in her Defence said the Prosecutor lent her the Goods, but owing her a little Money for Lodging, she kept out of the way for fear of being arrested. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Mary Jordan , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Sheet, value 6 s. the Goods of James Lory , a Gold Ring, value 20 s. the Goods of Mary Chadwell . It appear'd that the prisoner was a Charwoman in Mr. Lory's House, and that she took the Goods. The prisoner confest she took the Ring, and where she pawn'd it, from whence Mary Chadwell fetch'd it. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
The prisoner being a Frenchman, pray'd the benefit of a party Jury, and to deliver himself by an Interpreter: which being granted by the Court, the following Gentlemen were sworn upon the Jury.
Ann Williams depos'd, that on the 18th of December last, between 7 and 8 in the Evening, the prisoner came out from a dark Corner, near Deans Court in St. Pauls Church Yard , struck her on the breast with his Elbow, and clapping his other to her Neck threw her down, crying you Bitch give me them Rings, I'll wear Rings as well as you, and then endeavour'd to pull them off her Finger. She cry'd out, and her Friend (who just parted from her, hearing a Noise) came back, and the Mob began to gather about them, the prisoner said D - the Bitch, she was a going to pick my Snuff Box out of my Pocket; and then drag'd her along the Ground 9 or 10 Yards, without once letting her Hand go till he had got her Rings off, tho' the People were then come to her assistance. Botfield depos'd, that having just parted from the Prosecutor, he heard her cry out, and looking back by the light of the Lamp saw the prisoner kneeling upon her, afterwards rise from her and run away, being about 20 Yards from the Woman; the Lamp dazling his Eyes, he run full against this Evidence who stopt him, and then another Man in a black Wig, came up to this Evidence and struck him. But that notwithstanding he held the prisoner till more came to his Assistance. Henry Welsh depos'd, that hearing the Woman crying, he went to see what was the matter, and coming toward the Croud saw the prisoner run, Botfield stopt him, and a 3d person endeavour'd to rescue him, but that Botfield brought him back to the Woman, and then, and not before he heard the Woman cry out, He has got my Rings off at last. The prisoner in his defence said, that coming along in hast he out walk'd his Friend, and turning back to look for him, (the Lamp dazling his Eyes) he ran accidentally against the Prosecutor, upon which Botfield came up to him, Collard him, and pickt his Handkerchief out of his Pocket, and as he struggled to get his Handkerchief again, another came up and struck him, upon which a Mob was soon gather'd, and they accused him (the prisoner) with robbing the Prosecutor, and so charg'd a Constable with him. The prisoners Friend deposed, that being behind the prisoner, he saw 2 or 3 Men take hold of him, but did not see him meddle with any Woman, and that coming up to them, one of them pick'd his Hankerchief out of his Pocket. Two others depos'd, that they went next Day to the Prosecutors house, and askt her if she was sure the Prisoner took her Rings, she said, no, he never had them, but 2 Boys found them as they were at play in St. Pauls Church, and brought them to her, that
John James , of St. Ann Westminster , was indicted for Assaulting Ann Boarden on the Highway, and taking from her a linnen Pocket, value 2d. 2 Silver Spoons, value 10 s. and other things , on the 12 of January last. Ann Boarden depos'd, that being in King street Westminster , between 6 and 7 in the Evening, she felt something very unaccountable about her Petticoats, and the prisoner and another got hold of her Pocket and threw her down, and got it from her, she then got up and then cry'd stop Thief; that the prisoner whom she kept in her Eye all the while, came back and said, Woman has the fall hurt you? that she catch'd hold of his Arm, and held him till he was taken. The prisoner in his defence said, that hearing the Prosecutor cry out, he turn'd back and he help'd her up, asking if she had hurt her self? That she charged him with Robbing her, that he made no resistance, but went with her into a pastry Cooks (Mr. Masons) where they stript him and search'd him. He call'd several who gave him a good Character. The Jury Acquitted him.
John Page , and John Thomas , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Holland Shirt. value 14 s a silk Handkerchief, value 2 s. the Goods of Joseph Harrison , on the 4th of January last. It appear'd that the Goods were stole off a Line, as they hung to dry in Charles Square, and the prisoners (a Shoe cleaner and Link Boy ) were apprehended, upon which Page own'd that the Shirt was pawn'd to one Mrs. Holms in White Chappel, where the Prosecutor found it. Page Guilty 10 d. John Thomas not Guilty .
William Carter , of White Chappel , was indicted for stealing a Saddle, value 5 s. the Goods of James Harvy , on the 8th of January last. James Harvy depos'd that he lost the Saddle out of his Stable since Christmas, and found it again at Mr. Darby (a Saddlers Shop) in White Chappel. Darby depos'd, that he bought it of the prisoner a fortnight before Christmas; There being a Contradiction in the Evidence. The Jury Acquitted him.
Edward Vaughan and Philip Cholmley , of St. Martin in the Fields , were indicted for the Murder of Henry Bowes , by aiding and abetting John Hemlichen , who with two pieces of Brass discharg'd from a Musquet, did give the said Henry Bowes one mortal Wound in the lower Belly, 1 Inch broad and 6 Inches deep, on the 22d of December last, at the Hour of 1 in the Morning, of which Wound he languish'd till 5 o' th' Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day, and then dy'd . They were a 2d time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder. Walter Hartshorn depos'd, that being at the corner of the Playhouse Passage , about 11 at Night, he heard a sudden noise, and saw about 20 Men with long Sticks go to Mr. Vandernan's Door, where they beat against it, some crying out, Cholmley and Vaughan we have them all fast; others, Break open the House - Knock 'em down. That Cholmley cry'd, D - n'em, we'll have'em or fire the House; that they broke open the Door, which was shut again. About half an Hour after he saw some Soldiers and lighted Links; that they wrench'd open the Window, and put lighted Links to it; a Soldier then got in, and opening the Door, let in the rest; they then shut the Door, and brought down several People. Afterwards he saw the flash of the Gun, heard it go off, and saw the Deceased wounded. That he was sure the 2 Prisoners at the Bar were there at that time. Andrew Meal depos'd, he kept a Cheesemonger's Shop opposite to the Playhouse Passage, and about 11 that Night he saw the Mob about Mr. Vanderman's; that Cholmley came over to call the Watch. The Guards then came; the Window-shutter was forc'd open (which had Hinges at the top, and was fasten'd at the bottom with a Pin or Button) one Soldier held it up whilst two enter'd; the Door was then opened, and he heard a great Noise within. The Mob then said the Colonel had fetch'd the Soldiers away. Brickbats were thrown out at the Window; and about half an Hour after the Soldier enter'd at the Window, he heard a Gun go off. George Ireland depos'd that he was a Vintner joining to Vanderman's, and saw the Mob, and particularly a Barber, knocking their Links against Vanderman's Window; that Cholmley bidding 'em fire the House, they broke open the Door; those within making no other resistance, than by beating back the Links with their drawn Swords, which were thrust into the House. That he saw the Soldiers, and heard some say, Read the Proclamation - Come out ye Dogs and surrender, or ye shall all be hang'd. Soon after he heard a Gun go off, and then saw the Deceased lying wounded at a Door, and heard him say he was a dead Man. Ann Lander depos'd, that looking out of a Window opposite to Vandernan's, she saw the Mob come down the Passage with long Sticks, and knock at Vandernan's Door. crying out, Open the Door in the King's Name! those within answer'd they would; the others then beat against the Door till it flew open, and then cry'd, D - n'em we have'em all safe - more Lights here: The Door was then shut again, and the Mob broke it open a 2d time. Those within said, Why don't ye come in and take us? the others answer'd, Lay your Swords down then. That they then set Fire to the Window, broke it open, and lighting a Link from one end to the other, threw it flaming into the House: Those within cry'd out Murder, and those without, D - n ye, we'll murder ye all! Will ye surrender ye Rogues? The Soldiers then came, and their Corporal asking what was the matter, they said, The House is full of Rogues and Whores, and we want to get'em out. One then helpt a Soldier in at the Window, who went round and open'd the Door. Those without said, Let the Soldiers go in first, and we'll follow them, which they did; the 2 Prisoners at the Bar went in with'em, and shut the Door after'em. They went up Stairs, search'd the House, and brought what People they could find down with'em. In a little time a Gentleman came to the Door, and said. Open the Door you Rascals, I'm your Officer; upon which some Soldiers that stood at the Door went away. After this, a Soldier from within putting the Muzzle of his Piece thro the Wicket, flasht in the Pan. She then heard one within say, D - n'em, fire among'em. The Door was then opened, a Soldier came out and fired down the Passage. She then came down Stairs, and saw the Deceased wounded. Being ask'd if she saw Vaughan in the House, she said no, tho before she said she saw him and Chomley go in with the Soldiers. Francis James depos'd, that looking thro' the Wicket of the Door (after the Soldier had flasht his piece) he saw Vaughan and another Man in black, one of whom ask'd the Soldier if his Piece was charg'd? The Door was then open'd, and he heard Vaughan say to the Soldier, Fire among'em, and I'll indemnify you; the Soldier fir'd slanting towards the Playhouse, and he saw the Deceased fall. John Denman depos'd, that he came out of an Eating-house just by, saw the Mob break open the Door, and heard some say, Will you disperse ye Dogs? you shall be hang'd else to morrow. - All you that are Prisoners here, surrender on pain of death. - That Brickbats were thrown in and out of the Window; and afterwards he saw the Soldier come out, and say, What shall I do? Vaughan answer'd, Fire, Fire, and I'll indemnify you. The Soldier fir'd (between 1 and 2 o'th' Clock) and he saw the Deceased fall. William Chamberlain depos'd, that he saw the Deceased come into an Eating-house about a quarter of an Hour before the Disturbance happened; and that just before the Deceased was shot, he saw him standing quietly, with his Arms folded in his Cloak. Samuel James depos'd to the same effect. One Woodcock depos'd, that he saw Vaughan beat against the Door, saw the Door fly open, and heard him say, Fire the House! He then saw Links set to the Window, the Window broke open, and Brickbats thrown in and out. That Vaughan said to one that stood by with a long Staff, and a Spike at the end on't, G - D - n ye, run the Stick through him; upon which this Evidence being frighted, ran away. Several of these Evidences swore that Vaughan was in a grey Coat with Brass Buttons. Mr. Vaughan, the Surgeon, depos'd, that the Wounds the Deceased then receiv'd were the cause of his Death.
The Prisoners then made their Defence. Mr. Vaughan, the Prisoner, said in his Defence, that they were far from intending any harm in what they did. That having a Warrant sign'd by Ten Justices of the Peace, to search Gaming, and other disorderly Houses, they accordingly went to several, and at last came to Mr. Vandernan's, a noted Gaming House; they found both the outward Door, and a Hatch with Spikes, 3 or 4 steps within the Entry, both open, and going into the Gaming Room, found about 20 sitting round the Table; the Gamesters seeing them come in with Constables Staves , cry'd out, D - n ye, we are all taken! Put the Candles out, and draw your Swords, which they did. He then stepping back, his Coat hung by the Hatch, and several within made passes at him with their Swords, till at last more coming to his aid, he got loose by tearing his Coat, and went out again. The Gamesters
George Cartwright produc'd a Warrant, for searching Gaming and other disorderly Houses, sign'd by Ten Justices of the Peace, and depos'd that he, several other Constables, and the prisoners, being at the George in Wych-street, the said Warrant was openly read, when he commanded those that were present, to Aid and Assist him in the Execution of the same. Accordingly they went to several lewd Houses, from whence they took divers into Custody, and at last came to Vandernan's. As they were coming down the Play-house Passage, they saw Vandernan's door open, and somebody came out; they stept up before the Door was shut, and thrusting their Staves betwixt the Door and the Jamb, got in before it could be shut, they then came to the Hatch which was open too, but they were forc'd back by the Gamesters, who having put out the Lights, came with their drawn Swords and pass'd at him over the Hatch, but the Hatch being pretty high with Spikes at top, he couch'd down so close under it, that they could not reach him, but he felt the Swords upon his back. At last he crawl'd away on his Hands and Knees, and getting up, engag'd them with his long Staff, which they within quickly caught hold of, but he having the longest end, and poising down hard upon the Hatch to wrench it from them, and they likewise bearing down hard at the other end, broke the Staff between them, he then got off, and they consulted what to do, and at last agreed to send to Somerset- house for the Guards. Those within then broke open the Windows, from whence they threw Brickbats, drinking Pots, and a Chamber Pot full of Piss, with several other things. He (this Evidence) then fasten'd the Window shutter (which hung by hinges at top) and they within force'd it open again. Proclamation was made. The Guards came, and one of them said, I my self will get in at the Window which he did, and then went round and open'd the Door. This Evidence and several others then went in and Search'd the House, and found several Gamesters who had hid themselves in it, Some under the Beds, some in Closets and other Holes. While they were employ'd above stairs, he heard some call from below. Cartwright, Cartwright, come down, come down, or we shall all be Murder'd. They then came down into the Gaming Room and brought the Gamesters all with them, and those below told him that Burden and Ringrose had rescu'd a prisoner. Coming in the Entry, he heard those without cry Now we have the informing Dogs! Murder them, Murder them! Ringrose seeing this Evidence through the Wicket, push'd at him with his Sword, and said ye Dog! I'll Murder you to chuse. That one of the Soldiers flasht through the Wicket, and they without cry'd D - ye Dogs, do ye think we are to be bugbear'd with a little Powder ? That if afterwards the Soldier had not fir'd, their own lives had been in danger; that he was with Vaughan, all the time that Vaughan was there, but yet did not hear him once bid the Solider fire, and that he did not see Cholmley in the House at all. Most of this Evidence was confirme'd by Thomas Burt another Constable. Jeffery Nash said, that having a Warrant from Sir William Thompson Recorder, to search for Richard Mytton , Charles Walmsley , and - White, who were charged upon Oath, for cheating a Gentleman of above 600 Pounds, he came with it to the George in Wyche-street, and there in conjuction with Mr. Cartwright, commanded the prisoners and others present, to Aid and Assist him. This Evidence further confirm'd what Cartwright and Burt had already depos'd. Another Constable John Bouch depos'd, he saw the Proclamation in Cartwright's hand, and heard him read it, heard the Gamesters cry out D - the Rogues, now's the time, let's kill them. Richard Williams depos'd to the same effect as Mr. Cartwright, and added that finding the Mob would be too hard for the Constable, they sent to the Beadle and Watch, who refusing to come, he went to a Justice of Peace, who went along with him to Somerset House, to fetch the Soldiers. Michael William depos'd he heard Vaughan desire the Soldiers to draw their Charges; which two of them did, but one answer'd he would not stand there to be Kill'd, and then went out and fir'd. Mr. Davison depos'd, that he was near Vaughan when the Piece was fir'd, and heard him say 3 times successfully, Gentleman take care of your Pieces and do no harm. William Groom , Mr. Philpot and others corroborated the former depositions, and that Vaughan had not (that night) a Grey Coat with brass Buttons, but a brown Drab with Buttons of the same colour, and that none of them in all their lives ever heard either of the prisoners Swear or Curse. Randyll, the Boxkeeper at Vandernan's, depos'd that the Doors were open to let out one Butler, a reputed Highway-man, when the Constables came. Other Witnesses were at hand to confirm the Testimony of those already examin'd, but, much time having been spent, the prisoners wav'd them. Several Justices of the Peace then on the Bench, gave the prisoners a very good Character; that they were Men so far from making themselves Informers for the sake of Interest, that they never knew them to take even the Reward that the Law allows in such cases, or so much as a Glass of Wine for their Pains. The Jury Acquitted them.
Joseph Woolham , of White Chappel , was indicted for wilful and corrupt Perjury, in making a false Afidavit before the Lord Chief Justice Pratt ; which being prov'd by Five Witnesses, and none giving Evidance to contradict them, the Jury found him guilty .
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as followeth;
Those with this *Mark were former Convicts.
To be Transported, I9. Peter Jugular , Margaret Wilson , Jane Gardiner , Jane Pearse , Henry Murray , William Spencer , Hannah Parkins , alias Elizab. Elliston, John Vaughan , Walter Shelton , John Skill , alias Thomson, John Royton , James Gibb , Alice Leaky , Joseph Newel , Francis Wing , Mary Jordan , John Page , Mary Walker , alias Hitchman, alias Smith, alias Bouch, John Heatly .
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