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:
ON Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, being the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th, of December, 1725. in the Twelfth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir FRANCIS FORBES , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Justice Fortescue; Mr. Baron Page ; Sir William Thomson , Kt. Recorder; and John Raby , Serjeant at Law; with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London and County of Middlesex.
It appeared that the Prisoner was Servant to the Wharfinger, at Lyon's-Key ; and was entrusted to take care of the Ware-Houses, in one of which he stole the Sugar out of a Hogshead, belonging to Mr. Tryon, and was taken with it in a Bag in the Passage on the Stair-Head. Guilty .
Katherine Dunster , Spinster ; and Ann Bowers , Spinster , alias Wife of Nicholas Bowers ; were indicted for stealing a Canvas Bag, with Money in it , on the 22d of November last. It appeared that the Prosecutor fell in Company with the two Prisoners, and lost his Money, that he made enquiry after it before he went away, and call'd a Constable who search'd the Prisoners, and found nothing upon them, only the Bag was found empty under Dunster's Chair. The Prisoners confest that they were in the Prosecutors Company, but deny'd that they took his Money. Guilty. 39 Shillings .
John Foster , of Stepney was indicted with James Sherrard , for breaking the House of Joseph Tolson , and stealing Goods to a considerable Value , on the 6th of October , and Elizabeth Field for receiving the same, know them to be stoln . It appear'd that the House was broke open and robb'd on the Night aforesaid. Captain Tolson depos'd, that one Steele, who lay in Newgate for returning from Transportation, confest that himself, and Foster, and Sherrard committed the Fact; and sold part of the Goods to the Prisoner Field, and the rest to Mary Dun in Southwark. That the Prisoners were apprehended in Moses and Aaron's Alley, White-Chappel. Mary Dun depos'd, that Foster brought Captain Tolson's Shirts to her House, which she pawn'd at his Wife's desire. Foster's Information was read in Court, wherein he confest this Fact among other Felonies. The Jury acquitted Field, but found Foster guilty . Death .
Mary Astill , was indicted for stealing a Suit of Cloths, a Riding-Hood, a Petticoat, and a Pair of Sheets, the Goods of William Lewis in his House , on the 1st of March . She was a 2d Time indicted for defrauding Mary Lestrange of a Guinea, under Pretence of getting her 21 s. in Silver for it . She was Acquitted of the Misdemeanor, and found Guilty of the Felony. Value 4 s. 10 d.
Mary Austin , of Shadwell , was indicted for stealing a Gown and Petticoat, a Silver Head of a Cain, and 2 Silver Spoons, the Goods of William Ingledew , and a Coat , the Goods of William Hodges , on the 30th of September . Guilty .
William Ward , and Thomas Marshal , were indicted for privately stealing from John Ewins , Two Handkerchiefs, Value 2 s. October 14 . Guilty value of 10 d.
Several Witnesses thus depos'd, The Prisoner for 3 or 4 Months past, has been Servant to Mr. Brachstone; she left a Box at the Lodging of Francis Harrison in Coleman street, and said she would call for it in 2 or 3 Days. Harrison searched the Prisoner's Box, and finding several Goods in it, which Mr. Brachstone dealt in, he gave him Notice of it; upon which Mr. Brackstone came and own'd them. Guilty 39 s.
Richard Scurrier , of Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing a Firkin of Butter, value 24 s. in the Shop of John Hamlet . October 29 . It appear'd that the Prisoner came into the Prosecutor's Shop, and took the Goods, but being pursu'd, threw the Firkin down, and cut the Evidence cross the Wrist with a Knife. He had escap'd from his Keepers, as he was going on Board for Transportation, and afterwards broke out of Newgate with several others. Guilty . Death .
Ker, alias Carr Halbert , and Hainsworth Dent , were indicted, Halbert for stealing 2 Silver Salts, value 10 s. 2 Silver Spoons value 10 s. and other Things ; the Goods of Edward Peat ; and Dent for receiving the same, knowing them to be stoln . September 8 .
It appear'd that Dent offering to sell some of the Prosecutors Goods, was taken upon Suspicion of having stoln them at the Fire on London-Bridge, but upon a strict Examination, he confest that Carr Halbert (who was Apprentice to the Prosecutor's Brother-in-law) got in at the Garret Window, took the Goods and gave them him to dispose of. Halbert confest the same, but said that Dent perswaded him to it. Both Guilty .
Richard Freeman , was indicted for stealing 3 Books, value 6 s. the Goods of William Reason , on the 5th of November . It appeared that Mr. Reason had lost several Books, and missing Dr. Taylor's Living and Dying from his Window, when the Prisoner was loitering thereabouts, he took him, and found it upon him. That the Prisoner confest that he had before took 2 other Books, entitled Antiochus and Stratonice, and an Apology, for Antonia Bourignon ; all which was produced in Court, and sworn to by the Prosecutor. Guilty 10 d.
James Byrn , of Hampstead ; was indicted for stealing an Iron Jack, value 10 s. the Goods of Eliz. Shuter , on the 15th of October . He was a 2d Time indicted for a Trespass in taking the said Jack, from the Freehold of Eliz. Shuter .
It appeared that the Jack was taken out of an unhabited House, belonging to Mrs. Shuter; that Edw Finch , meeting the Prisoner on the Road, with the Jack in his Arms, he suspected that he did not come honestly by it. Upon Examination, the Prisoner confest that he found it in Mrs. Shutor's Kitchen. The Jury acquitted him of the Felony , and found him guilty of the Misdemeanor .
Henry Carter , was indicted for stealing a Barge-Head Fast-Rope, value 4 s. the Goods of Anthony Bouch . Junior; on the 2d of November . And William Lunn , alias Leonard , was indicted for receiving the same, knowing it to be stoln . Lunn was acquitted , and Carter found guilty. Value 10 d.
Richard Lovingham , Martha his Wife , and Mary Lamb , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of Samuel James, in the Night Time, and stealing from thence a Silver Spoon, value 10 s. a Silk Gown, value 7 s. 6 d. and other Things , the Goods of Samuel James , on the 15th of November .
It appeared that the Prosecutors House was broke open and robb'd, and that some of the Goods were found at a Pawn Brokers, and were traced from Lamb to Lovingham's Wife, and from her to her Husband. He confest before Mr. Justice Jackson (which Confession was read in Court) that about 5 in the Morning, Geo Brown , Will Lasingby , and himself, went together to Mr. James's House, in Mincing-Lane . That himself stood to watch, while his Companions climb'd over two Walls, and brought back a Bundle, which they carried to his House, some of which Goods were afterwards pawn'd by Mary Lamb. The Women were both acquitted , but Richard Lovingham was found Guilty of Felony .
Ann Hall, was a 2d Time indicted, for receiving the Silver Spoons, knowing them to be stoln . Guilty .
Jane Ellit thus depos'd I had Occasion to go into my Chamber, where the Prisoner my Servant had been just before, and found my Drawers broke open, and ten Guineas missing. I taxed her with it, but she deny'd it. She afterwards told me while she was making my Bed, Sarah (who had lately been my Servant) came down from Mrs. Clarks, (who lodged a Pair of Stairs higher) and with a Knife open'd the Drawers, took out the Money, and bid her say nothing, and so went up to Clark again, to whom she gave the Money, bidding her pay her Landlady with it, or else she'd he turn'd out of her Lodging. Guilty , Death .
James Bird , and John Hemp , of Wapping ; were indicted for Assaulting on the Highway Mary Sutherland , and taking from her a Gown, a Petticoat, a Pair of Bodice, a Stomacher, a Camblet Pocket, and 15 d. in Money , on the 22d of November .
Mary Sutherland thus depos'd. On Monday the 22d of November, betwixt 1 and 2 in the Morning, as I was going along Ratcliff-Highway to wash at Mr. Savages's; I saw a Ladder rais'd against the Side of a House, and a Man going up it. I had not gone far before Hemp over took me, and asked whither I was going. I told to my Daily Labour. What says he, is it a rich House? I can't say much to that, says I, they pay me very honestly. Have they Men Servants or Maids. Both, says I. How far off is it, says he, I'll go along with ye. O God bless ye Master, says I, (in hopes to get rid of him) 'tis a great Way off, and what should you give your self that Trouble. By this Time the other Prisoner Bird, was come up to us. D - ye for an Old Bitch, says he, what makes ye carry a Candle at this
Roberts the Watchman confirm'd the Woman's Evidence, as did Richard Stevens , who added, that seeing Bird and Hemp in the Watch-House, and conceiving them to be the Persons that had committed the Robbery, he look'd stedfastly at them, says Bird, Sir, do ye know me. - I believe I do, says I, was you not near Well-Close Square 'tother Night. Hemp changed colour, and faintly answer'd, Yes. - And did not you strip a poor Woman there, says I. Why Yes, Says Bird, we did, and what is it to you, or any Son of a Bitch alive? As soon as Mrs. Sutherland saw Bird, - Ay, says she, That's the Rogue that I scratch'd in the Face. Bird immediately answer'd, G - D - in the old Bitch, is she not dead yet. - I thought I had done her Business.
As they were going before the Justice, Hemp appeared inclinable to make a full Discovery, which Bird perceiving, says he, with a great Oath, have ye a Mind to hang us both.
William Hill , a Watchman; deposed. There was a House in Princes-Street, in Wood-Street, Spittle-Fields; that I had for a long Time suspected to be a Harbour of Rogues. And on Tuesday the 23d of November, about 1 in the Morning, as I was going by this House, I heard a great Noise of Quarrelling. I went and inform'd the Parish Watch and Constable, and they came back with me; when a Woman squawl'd out, and swore in a vile Manner; Ye Son of a Bitch, you know ye I can hang ye when I will; - How often have I saved ye from the Gallows and be d -'d to ye. - you have well enough ye Day, how you came to me for shelter, when you had murder'd the Man upon Tower-Hill. - Hush! Hush! says somebody else, but she repeated the Words, and swore it was nothing but what was true. Then we broke in, and carry'd them to the Watch-House.
The Prisoner Hemp call'd several to his Reputation, and two to prove that he was in another Place at the Time the Robbery was committed, but they contradicted themselves, and one another. Both Guilty . Death .
Hannah Colston , and Hannah Humphries , of Hampstead ; were indicted for breaking the House of Isaac Radford , and stealing a Hat, 2 Shirts, a Smock, and other Things . June 3 . They were a 2d Time indicted for stealing a Suit of Cloths, value 40 s. and a Pair of Sheets, value 10 s. in the House of Joseph Cook , on the 27th of September . It appeared that Colston, upon her Confession, stole the Goods out of Radford's House, among which was a Suit of Headcloths, which she sold to Mrs. Cook, and afterwards stole them from her again, with several other Goods. Hamphries was acquitted of both Indictments; and Colston found guilty on the First, and to the Value of 10 d. on the Second .
John Oney alias Honey , and Samuel Exton alias John Slum ; were indicted for stealing 20 Hogs, value 27 l . the Goods of Edward Harwood , on the 20th of November . They were a 2d Time indicted for stealing 4 Sheep, value 4 l. the Goods of Phillip Freeman on the 9th of November . They were a 3d Time indicted for stealing 8 Hogs, value 8 l. the Goods of Edward Harwood , on the 30th of July . They were acquitted on the 1st and 3d Indictments , and found guilty of the 2d. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
It appeared that Mr. Cox lost 2 Spoons, markt ICM, and that the Prisoner had sold to a Goldsmith 2 Spoons, with Mr Cox's Mark. The Prisoner said the Spoons were given him by his Grand-Mother Mary Curl (his Grand-Fathers Name being John) for a Proof of which, he call'd his Grand-Mother and her Maid, and several of her Neighbours, who all confirm'd his Assertion, and the Jury acquitted him.
William Pinn , was indicted for stealing 2 Bushels of Coals , the Goods of Thomas Stevens ; on the 26th of November . He was a 2d Time indicted for a Trespass, in breaking open the Ware-House of Ballard and Best , with an Intention to steal . Guilty both.
Barbara Hobbs depos'd. The Prisoner was drinking in my Kitchin, where the Spoon lay, and as soon as he was gone I miss it. Being brought back he desir'd to speak with me in private, and pull'd the Spoon out of his Pocket and gave it me; and several others depos'd that they saw him deliver the Spoon. In his Defence he said that he was drunk; that before he went out of the Kitchen, he felt somebody ruffling about his Pocket, and when they brought him back, he wonder'd to find the Spoon in his Pocket. Soloman de Costa , and Aaron Paris depos'd, that the Prisoner had some Intervals of something like Madness, that he was a Broker in Exchange-Alley, and that they believ'd him to be as honest a Man as any of that Profession. That Part relating to the Prisoners Lunacy was contradicted by others. Guilty .
John Ash depos'd. Between 7 and 8 at Night, within 20 Yards of that End of Chancery-Lane , next Fleet-street ; the Prisoner jostled me, and I saw him snatch away my Sword. He did not get 5 Yards from me, nor at all out of my Sight, before I stopt him. I never offer'd to seize any other Person, for indeed there was no other Person near me at that Time. I thrust him into a Sword-Cutlers Shop in Fleet Street, just at the Corner of the Lane, and while I kept him there; a Woman came in and brought my Sword, which she said she took up in the Street. Being asked, if he was certain the Prisoner was the Person that rob'd him, he answer'd, How can I be sure of that, when he has got a Wig now, but he wore his own Hair then? Being further demanded, if he was positive that the Man that took his Sword, did then wear a Wig or not; What Colour his Cloths were of, and whether he had a great Coat or not; he could give no direct Answer. But however he was positive the Prisoner (and no other) was the Man. That he seiz'd him in Chancery-Lane, and did not let him go, till he thrust him into the Sword-Cutlers Shop. The Prisoner in his Defence call'd Mr. Farish, who depos'd, that the Prisoner was sent from his Shop to Serjeants-Inn, and was gone but about 6 or 7 Minutes, before Word was brought of his being taken up. That he then wore a Wig, and that he was close shaved. That there was then, and had been for near half an Hour before, a great Throng of People at Chancery-Lane End, occasion'd by a Stop of Coaches. Mr. Wist deposed to the same Effect. Edmund Davis depos'd, that coming from Temple-Bar, he found that a Stop of Coaches, had gather'd a Crowd of 30 or 40 People at the Corner of Chancery-Lane. The Prosecutor was coming out of Chancery-Lane, and the Prisoner follow'd at a small Distance. At the same Time, 2 or 3 Fellows came shoving along, pusht down some of the People, and went towards St. Dunstan's Church. They were hardly got by, when the Prosecutor hastily turning about said he had lost his Sword, and was going to take hold of me, but I got out of his Reach, and then he seiz'd the Prisoner (who at that Time had a Pamphlet in his Hand) and thrust him into the Cutler's Shop. A Woman brought in the Sword, upon which the Prisoner said, How could you charge me with taking your Sword, when this Women has found it? - O says the Prosecutor, do ye begin to be saucy? I'll prosecute you closely for that.
Anthony Hayloft thus depos'd. I was sitting upon my Coach-Box, there was a great Crowd of People. The Prosecutor turn'd out of Chancery-Lane, not having hold of the Prisoner, for he had not then mist his Sword. The Prisoner follow'd him. I saw not far off, a Fellows that I took to be Pick Pockets, they thrust thro' the Crowd and run off. The Prosecutor turn'd about and said he had lost his Sword, and offer'd to seize Davis, but he getting away, the other laid hold of the Prisoner. - They went in my Coach to the Justices; I had told the Prosecutor of these two idle Fellows, and said I wonder'd how he could swear so hard against the young Man; and he answer'd, I would no more valueto hang 50 or 60 such Fellows, than to drink a Glass of Wine.
Several Persons of Credit appear'd in the Prisoners behalf, and gave him a very good Character. The Jury Acquitted him.
John Mattocks , of Islington , was indicted for Assaulting John Stevens on the Highway, and taking from him 17 s. and a Harry the 8th's Sixpence . He was a 2d Time indicted for Assaulting George Allgood , and Robbing him of 3 s. 6 d. It appeared that the Prosecutors coming in a Chariot along the Cross Road from Newington to Islington ; on Monday about 7 at Night, were attack'd and robb'd by 2 Persons on Horse-back, but they could not discern the Highway-mens Faces; but thought that one of them rode on a dark Horse, and the other on a grey. Samuel Sells depos'd, that himself and the Prisoner committed this Robbery; himself on a grey Mare, and the Prisoner on a bey Gelding; both which they hired on the preceding Sunday Night, of Henry Horn in Finsbury. Mr. Horn depos'd, that to the best of his Remembrance, one Sunday-Night (but he knew not the Day of the Month) he let such a Gelding and Mare to the Prisoners. There being no positive Evidence against the Prisoner, except Sells, the Jury Acquitted him.
John Holman , and Margaret Crofts , were indicted, he for stealing 2 Leaden Flower Pots, value 4l. the Goods of William Hucks Esq ; on the 7th of July , and she for receiving the same, knowing them to be stoln . They were a 2d Time indicted, he for stealing 2 Pewter Ale-house Pots, value 3 s. the Goods of Joseph Moor , on the 22d of September , and she for receiving the same knowing them to be stoln . He was a 3d Time indicted for stealing 6 Cane Chairs and other Things , the Goods of Joseph Townsend , on the 3d of April ; and she for receiving the same knowing them to be stoln .
It appeared that the Prisoner Holman, in company with John Williams, alias Vincent, alias White (who was Evidence against him) stole a Ladder from the New Buildings in Tyburn Road, by the help of which they got over a Wall into Mr. Huck's Garden, and took away two Leaden Pots; that at other Times they stole 6 Chairs, and other Things out of Mr. Huck's Summer House; and 2 Ale-house Pots from Joseph Moor; all which (as White depos'd) they sold to the Prisoner Margaret Crofts, and that she knew how they came by them. That she gave them a Groat a Pound for the Alehouse Pots, and said she must melt them for fear the owners Name upon them should occasion a Discovery, that for the same Reason she order'd the Leaden Flower Pots which were gilded, to be cut to pieces in the Cellar, and gave them 7 s. for them, they weigh'd a Hundred Weight. She call'd several of her Neighbours, who gave her a good Character, and the Jury acquitted her of the Three Indictments, and found Holman guilty of each, to the value of 10d. Transportation .
The Prosecutors Wife thus depos'd. The Prisoner who is a Coachman set me down at my Door, and gave me his Hand to help me out of the Coach. My Pocket was on that Side next him. As I stept down, I felt a sort of a switch as if some part of my Cloths had catch'd hold of the Coach. My Maid came to the Door with a Candle. The Prisoner was going to drive away without his Fare. I mist my Pocket, and charg'd him with it. He deny'd it. But I insisting that I had it in the Coach, he came down and he look'd for it; We found it in the Coach; my Maid was going to take it up, but he pusht his Arm forward, and took it up. I saw it was dirty, and ask'd him how he could say that he knew nothing of it, when it was so plain that it had been in the Dirt, and afterwards was put into the Coach. He told me that he did indeed take it up in the Street, and throw it into the Coach, but he thought it had been his Corn Bag. Then turning the Pocket upside down, he shook my Watch and Money into the Street upon which Words arising, my Husband came to the Door. The Prosecutors Maid confirm'd the latter Part of is Evidence.
The Prosecutor thus depos'd. I sent for a Constable, upon which the Prisoner began to be uneasy, and desir'd to speak with me in the Parlour; but my Wife and Maid following, he said Nothing, but taking the Candle, went round to the farther Side of the Coach, and open'd that Door, desir'd me to look under the Cushion, which I did; but yet having an Eye upon him, I saw him stoop two or three Times, and to my thinking lay something down on the Coach Floor, and then immediately holding the Candle to the Place where his Hand had been, See Sir, says he, here lies the Money. - I seiz'd him, a Mob began to gather, he got from me and ran away; but in about two Hours after, he return'd and demanded his Fare.
At one Time when he was examin'd, he said that the Money dropt into his Shoes; and at another Time that they fell only upon his Shoes; he could not tell how they got into the Coach afterwards. Several Witnesses gave him a good Character, and the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Daniel Hill thus depos'd. I am a Baker , and the Prisoner (who formerly kept a Chandler's Shop ) was my Customer, and ow'd me 12 l. 10 s. for Bread; for which I took his Note to be paid at 2 s. a Week. He made 2 or 3 Payments and then neglected for several Weeks. I dunn'd him often, but he put me off with one Pretence or other; and at last, about the Middle of October, he told me that a Friend in Hertfordshire had left him 50 l. and he was to go early next Morning to fetch it, and therefore beg'd me to lend him my great Coat, and half a Guines, which I did, and told him I'd bear him Company; but when I came in the Morning he was gone. In 2 or 3 Days, his Wife shew'd me a Letter without Date or Superscription; the Contents of it was that her Husband had met with two Highwaymen upon the Road, who had almost killed him, so that it would be some Weeks before he would be able to come Home. She told me however, that I should be sure to have my Money; I call'd upon her several Times, and once or twice I did get a small Matter of her; but she commonly made Excuses, and appointed me to call another Time. I went to her again on the 5th of November, and she desir'd me to come again about 10 o'Clock at Night; for she said, she was going out, and should hardly come in again before that Time. And, Mr. Hill, says she, You have often promis'd me a Glass of Wine when I paid you any Money, but you never gave it me yet; I wish you would bring it with you to Night, for now my Husband is out of Town I have most need of it, and therefore it would be a Deed of Charity. I left her, and at the Time appointed return'd with a Bottle of Wine. I knockt at the Door, and she look'd out of the Window. What, says I, are you going to Bed? If you are, I'll come to Morrow. She answer'd, No, no, stay a Minute, and I'll open the Door. I thought I heard her Husband's Voice, but I was not certain; however she came down and let me in; Now, Says she, I see you are as good as your Word, but I cannot drink except I eat a Bit first; I wish you'd step to the Chandler's Shop and fetch a Roll and Cheese. I went and turning back, I saw the glimpse of Somebody go from her Door. When I came in, we sat down in the Kitchin, and drank a Glass or two. Now, says she, suppose my Husband should come and catch us, - Why what if he should, says I, it would not be the first Time that he has seen me in this House, - I know that, says she, but yet he'd certainly Murder as both. I told her, then I would stay no longer, and got up to go, when presently Somebody knock'd at the Door. O, says she, 'tis my Sister Molly, step up Stairs a Minute, and I'll send her away again presently; for I dont know what she may think, to see us here together at this Time of Night. I went to the Stair-head, she open'd the Door, and hearing that it was her Husband, I came down again, and bade him welcome Home; G - D - ye, says he. What Business have ye with my Wife? And so knock'd me down with his Cane, and beat me unmercifully, and in the mean while his
I told him, I had not got that Note about me. He swore he would search me; and thrusting his Hand into my Pocket, he took out a French Six-pence, which was all I had about me then. And then they let me out.
The Constable thus depos'd. When I went to the Prisoner's House in White-Horse-Alley in Cow-Cross to apprehend him, the Prosecutor and he fell to Fighting, I follow'd to part them; the Prisoner's Wife shew'd me the Spikes with which she nail'd the Door, when she kept the Prosecutor in and I for fear she intended to do the same by me, run into the Chamber, and forced her Husband away with me.
The Prisoner thus made his Defence. I had been about 3 Weeks in the Country, and returning on the 5th of November, about 10 at Night to my Habitation, I saw a Light below, and knock'd at the Door, but No-body answering, I thought my Wife had been asleep; upon which I knock'd harder, and then she came to the Door with only one Petticoat on, and her Gown wrapt. loosely about her; I was surprised to see a Bottle, a Glass, and Watch upon the Table. I ask'd her who those Things belong'd to, she told me to Mr. Hill. Where is he? says I: Above says she And what Business has he there with you in the Dark? says I, and so I ran up Stairs, and found him standing in his Shirt; for I suppose he was just got out of Bed, and could not really find his Cloaths in the Dark. I was very much surpriz'd, for before this Accident, I thought I had got as virtuous a Wife as any in England But having a Cane in my Hand, I told him if he was so hot, I'd cool his Courage for him; and to giving him 3 or 4 Strokes across the Shoulders, I bid him get out of my House; however, I let him put on his Cloths, and then came down with him, and was going to fetch a Constable; but he cry'd and beg'd of me not to do it; for he should be ruin'd, if ever it came to his Father-in-law's Ear; and therefore, if I would but make it up, he'd give me any Satisfaction; I told him, I desir'd nothing of him, but a Bond never to come into my Wife's Company again; and then he gave me his Rings for a Pledge, till he gave me such a Bond. As for the French Six-pence, he gave it me to fetch a Mug of Beer, that we might drink and be Friends at parting.
Rebecca Terry thus depos'd. I heard the Prosecutor say, that he gave the Rings to the Prisoner; and then, says I, how could you swear that he took them from you by force, Why, says be again, If Swearing will do his Business he shall not want for that. Others depos'd, that he said, If hanging will do his Business, be shant want for it. Several Witnesses gave the Prisoner the Character of an honest Man. The Jury found him guilty . Death .
Williamson Goodbarn , of St. Clements Danes , was indicted for stealing 17 Guineas, and a Receipt for 10 Shares, in the Subscriptions of the London Assurance, value 92 l. 10 s. the Money and Goods of James Bains , in the House of James Bains , on the 18th of November .
James Bains thus depos'd. I keep the Angel Inn behind St. Clement Church, and the Chequer Inn upon Dowgate-Hill . The Prisoner had lodged at my House for several Months. I lost 10 Guineas at one time, 2 at another, and 3 at a third time. I came home one Tuesday Evening, and found the Prisoner standing by the Fire, and having Occasion to look for something in my Scrutore, I went up Stairs and mist my Subscriptions; when I came down, the Prisoner was gone, and did not come home all that Night. The next Day I acquainted my Broker with my Loss, and by his Advice, I stuck up Advertisements in Jonathan's, and about Change-Alley. That Evening Mr. Woodly told me that he had bought those Subscriptions, which he had since seen advertis'd; by his Description of the Man that sold them, I judged it to be the Prisoner. I went with Mr. Woodly to his Bankers, on whom he had given the Prisoner a Draught. The Banker told us that he paid part of that Draught with a 50 l. Bank Bill (Numb. 211) and the rest in Gold. I then went to the Bank to stop Payment of that Bill, and from thence home, where I found the Prisoner in the Kitchen, in Company with another Man. I took no Notice of any Loss, but ask'd him if we should not have a Bowl of Punch together. He answer'd, with all his Heart. While the Punch was making, I sent privately for Mr. Woodly, but the Prisoner (as he afterwards told me) mistrusting that I had some Design against him he went away, and I saw him no more that Night. The next Day which was Thursday, about noon, a Porter came and told me that some Gentleman wanted me at my other Inn upon Dowgate-Hill and that I must come immediately. I suspected that there was some Trick in this, and so desir'd John Hitchcock to dog that Porter where ever he went, which he did, and I followed him at a proper Distance. The Potter instead of going to Dowgate-Hill went to Charing-Cross, and there in a Trunk Makers Shop I took the Prisoner and brought him back in a Coach in the Angel-Inn, where I sent for Mr. Woody, Mr. Sheppard and another. Mr. Woodly could not swear that the Prisoner was the Man that sold him the Subscriptions, but the other two Men were positive of it. In order to secure him till I could find a Justice of the Peace, (for I had been to several of their Houses, but none of them were in the Way). I arrested him in an Action of 40 l. for his Board at my House, my Friend Collet, having first (by endeavouring to accommodate the Difference) got from him the same 50 l. Bank Bill, that he receiv'd of Mr. Woodly's Banker. Whilst he was under this Arrest, he promis'd to make me any Satisfaction and give me good Security to make it up. I told him if he'd give my Friend a Note on demand for 100 l. I'd discharge him, which he did, and that I that Night withdrew my Action for 40 l. and the next Morning arrested him for the 10 d. John Hitchcock deposed, that he heard the Prisoner confess that he took the Guineas at three Times.
Mr. Jones thus depos'd. The Prisoner when I first charg'd him with the Fact, deny'd it; but pressing closely, he confest to me, that he himself with a Key of his own, opened Mr. Bain's Scrutore, and took out the 17 Guineas at 3 Times, and at another Time took the Subscriptions; I was desir'd to ask him, (which I did if Mr. Bains's Sister, or his Maid were at all concern'd in it; he answer'd There was no Person but my self that was any Way Concern'd in it, God forbid that I should accuse the Innocent, I would give 300l. I make it up. And yet the next Day he told me that Bains's Sister did give him that Money, and those Subscriptions, and assured me at the same Time, that there was a Familiarity betwixt himself and her. William Conner depos'd, that he heard the Prisoner say, that he himself open'd the Scrutore with a Key of his own, and took out the Money and Subscriptions; and that neither Mr. Bain's Sister, nor any other Person had any Hand in the Fact. The Prisoner thus made his Defence, I never had any of the Guineas, but I own that I had the Subscriptions, and sold them to Mr. Woodly; but they were given me by Mr. Bains's Sister. I was saying one Day, that I wonder'd I had not receiv'd Money from my Father as usual; upon which she told me, she could help me to something that would fetch Money, and then gave me the Subscriptions which she could easily come at; for she was intrusted with the whole House, and kept all the Keys. The Monday before he took me up, he turn'd his Sister out of Doors, on the Account of his having lost the Guineas, and he had sent the Maid away before, on the same Suspicion. He knew that there had been some great Freedoms betwixt me and his Sister, and he press'd me to marry her. And that Night I was arrested. I made some mention to him of the Favours she had granted me. Upon which he said he had rather have given 100 l. than I should have said any such Thing of his Sister. Since I have been under this Trouble, I have requir'd him to procure his Sister to appear upon my Tryal, but he has refus'd it.
To this Mr.Bains thus reply'd. My Sister never was trusted with the keys of my Scrutore; I never knew that there was the least Affair betwixt her and the Prisoner; I dont believe that he ever so much as touch'd her Lips, for they had no Opportunities of being alone together. I turn'd her away because she was saucy; for when I had sent the Maid away, truly my Sister said, if the Maid went, she'd go too, and I told her she might if she would, and so she took Huff, and away she went. When the Prisoner told me, that he had taken some Freedoms with her, I said, Indeed, (I wonder you should say so of my Sister, for I dont believe that she was ever guilty of any such Thing in her Life. Other Witnesses depos'd, that the Prisoner said that Bains's Sister gave him the Subscriptions; but that he would give his Note or do any Thing to make the Matter up rather than his Father should hear of it; and that Notice was left
John Blewit , and Richard Layton , of St. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted for breaking the House of Richard Rogers in the Night, and stealing two Silver Spoons, 2 Suits of Laced Head-cloths, and other Things , November 7 . It appear'd that the Prosecutor was an Apothecary ; Blewit was his Journeyman and Layton a Cobler that clean'd Shoes for the Family. Between 4 and 5 on Sunday Evening, the Prosecutor went out, and order'd Blewit to carry some Vials of Physick to a Patient at Islington. Blewit went to the Black Lyon Ale-house, known by the Name of Sir John Follards ; from whence he sent Layton with the Physic, who deliver'd it. In the mean Time, a Woman enquiring for Blewit, the Prosecuor's Maid brought her to him at the Ale-house, and left the Key with him; he and the Woman went in together, and shut the Maid out, they staid about half an Hour, and then came out again, and he went to the Ale-house where Layton came to him; when the Prosecutor came Home about 9 at Night, he found that his House had been rob'd. Layton confest, that he and Blewit finding a Ladder, got over the Wall into the Yard, and the Door being open they took away the Goods. Blewit was acquitted , and Layton found guilty of Felony .
John Blewit was a second Time indicted for stealing a pair of Scales, a Smock, and 5 Pound of Brass Weights , the Goods of Richard Rogers, October 2 . It appear'd, that the Prosecutor lost the Goods, but did not suspect the Prisoner, till Vandereikin (who was try'd this Session for another Felony) impeach'd him, upon which he was carried before Mr. Justice Gore; before whom he confest that he took the Scales and Weights and gave them to Vandereikin who pawn'd them; and that he took his Mistresses Smock, and gave it Sarah Hatch (a Woman of the Town) but told her he must have it again in a little Time. Guilty 10 d.
William Dukes , thus depos'd, The Prisoner cheapen'd the Handkerchiefs at my Master's Shop. The Woman took hold of one End of a Handkerchief, and the Man took hold of the other; and at the same Time, I saw the Man with his other Hand, draw a Parcel from under, that they held and put them betwixt his Legs. I let them go out and call'd to a Neighbour, who pursued them with a Cry of Stopthief, and they were presently brought back,
Mr. Bolten and Mr. Bennet confirm'd this Evidence Guilty . Death .
John Hals , was indicted for defrauding Joseph Mosthouse of 4 l. 10 s. by selling him two Brunswick Lottery Tickets, in July 1720, in Reality there was no such Lottery . It appear'd that the Defendant was not any Way concern'd in the Fraud, but only acted in the Capacity of a Broker, and he was acquitted .
Alice Colecraft , alias Burgess , was indicted for stealing 40 Bobbins, and 3 Pound of Silk wound on them ; the Goods of John Stallard . November 26 . She was a Second Time indicted for stealing 2 Gowns 4 Petticoats and other Things ; the Goods of John Venables , April 26 . Guilty of each. Value 10 d.
John Austin , of Stepney , was indicted for assaulting Richard Perrin on the Highway, and taking from him a Coat value 5 s. November 2 Richard Perrin thus depos'd. As I was coming over Stepney-Fields , about Seven in the Morning, the Prisoner met me, and as he was passing by me, knockt me down with a Club as thick as my Arm, and took my Coat from me, and ran away with it. I presently recover'd my self, and ran after him, crying Stopthief. He just got out of my Sight, by turning the Road before he was stopt. Joseph Baston thus depos'd, I met the Prisoner running, at the Lane's End; I was the first Man that impos'd him, whereof he said he was a running from a Bailiff; but I supposing him to be a Rogue, was going to reprehend him, whereof he broke my Head. Other Witnesses depos'd to the same Purpose, and that they saw the Prisoner drop the Coat. The Club was produc'd in Court. The Prisoner saying little in his Defence, the Jury found him Guilty . Death
John Carter , was indicted for breaking the House of George Pease in the Night, and taking two Handkerchiefs, value 3 s. 4 d. the Goods of Alexander Edwards November 11 . It appear'd that about 7 at Night, the Prisoner dash'd his Hand through the Glass of the Shop-window, snatch'd the Goods, and being pursued, ran across the Way into a dark Entry, where he dropt them, and where they were afterwards found. Guilty of Felony .
William Heatstone , alias Easton , was indicted for breaking House of Henry Mullet in the Night, and stealing 2 Gold Rings, 3 Broad Pieces, 7 Guineas and 18 s. 6 d. on the 24th of November . Katherine Mullet thus depos'd. The Prisoner had been my Lodger about a Month. When one Night while I was a Bed I heard a Noise below Stairs where my Chest stood. So I call'd out who's there! The Prisoner answer'd, 'Tis I Landlady I am only looking for a Pot to warm some Beer. By and by he comes up into my Room, and takes all the Money out of my Pocket; then he went into the Closer, cut a Slice of Mutton, and went down Stairs again; next Morning I found my Chest broke open and my Money gone. The Prisoner thus made his Defence. I never had any Thing of what I am charged with, but the Rings, and I came by them honestly. For when I came to lodge with this old Women, she fell in Love with me; she has got a Husband indeed, but he's at Carolina. One Day she invited me to go with her to Stepney to take a Treat of Cakes and Ale, and I went; and while we were drinking together, I had Occasion to go to the Necessary House, which was at the farther End of the Yard; I was no sooner got thither, but she came in after me - and we were very merry together, and the gave me the Rings for my Pains, and so we came home again. At Night I went up Stairs, and she follow'd me. We had several hot Pots together, I went to Bed while she was in the Room, and she undrest herself, came into Bed to me; and because I did not satisfied her, she swore this Robbery against me, tho' I never did an ill Thing in my Life. Robert Ivory thus depos'd. The Prisoner and Prosecutor came to my House at Stepney. They had Ale and Cakes, and Pigeon Pyes together; she call'd him Son, and said she was come to make merry with him. He went to the Necessary House, and she follow'd, and stood talking with him at the Door, and then he came to the Door, and she went in. They came away together, the walking with her Arm round his Neck. Guilty of Felony .
Henry Burt , and Mary Newstead were, indicted, for that they with Thomas Newstead and Elizabeth Richardson , did steal 2 Dishes, 10 Plates and a Sauce-Pan , the Goods of Henry Tarlton , on the 18th of June, 1724 . Henry Burt was 2d of Time indicted for that he with Thomas Newstead and Mary Newstead, did steal a Gold Ring and 20 Pound of Feathers , the Goods of Elizabeth North , on the 9th of February . Newstead was acquitted , and Burt guilty of both Indictment 4 s. 10 d.
Edward Simmons , was indicted for stealing a Suit of Cloths, value 5 l. 2 Wigs, a Hat and a Pair of Stockings, the Goods of Thomas Morgan , in the House of Robert Jackson , on the 6th of March . Guilty 39 s.
The King's Witnesses depos'd, that the Prosecutor being in drink, the Prisoner invited him to lie on Board his Vessel; that the Prosecutor being undrest, the Prisoner was going to run away with his Coat, upon which a Quarrel arose, and the Prisoner threaten'd to throw the Prosecutor over Board. In his Defence he said he was in drink, and mistook the Prosecutors Cloaths for his own. Guilty of Felony .
John Stringer , and John Cornwall of Wapping , were indicted for stealing (with Thomas Hartwell, alias Hartly , and Richard Nowers ) four Turkey-Cocks, and one Turkey Hen, value 20 s. The Goods of Jeffery Adamson , December 3 . It appeared that the Prisoners stole the Goods out of a Shed in Black-Horse-Alley Nightingale-Lane ; and being apprehended, confest the Fact before the Justice. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
John Cornwall of Shadwell , was a second Time indicted for stealing (with Hartwell and Nowers) seventeen Turkey Cocks and two Hens ; the Goods of Thomas Matthews , December 5 . The Witnesses thus depos'd, On the 5th of December; the Prosecutor lost the Fowls in the indictment out of his Warehouse. Whereupon he put a new Padlock to his Door; but on the 7th Instant, the Watchman sending part of that Padlock ript open, call'd him up, and in the mean Time, one of the Rogues not being able to wrench the Padlock open, he filled it with Gun-powder, blew it to Pieces, and so they enter'd, and bolted the Door within-side. The Prosecutor, the Watchman, and others took the Prisoner; but his two Companions escaped. And they left two Sacks behind them, which the Prisoner confest they stole out of a Lyter, and brought them thither to put the Turkeys in. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Thomas Brown was indicted for breaking the House of Abraham Acton , and taking from thence, a Night-cap, a Bobbin, and one Quarter of an Ounce of Silk , November 4 . It appeared that Somebody got over Mr. Adam's Wall, threw up his Sash, took the Goods out of his Room, and run-a-way, and was pursued with a Cry of Stopthief; which some others hearing, and seeing the Prisoner run, they pursued and took him with some of the Goods upon him. Guilty of Felony .
Edward Dorrington was indicted for stealing the Second Volume of Caryl upon Job Folio; value 8 s. and the First Volume of Rushworth's Collections, Folio; value 2 s. the Goods of Thomas Green . October 25 . Thomas Green thus depos'd, As I was in my Shop, and my Servant shutting it up, a Gentlewoman told me, that a Fellow had taken two Books out of my Window, and run away with them. I pursued and took him with the Books upon him. Edward Baxter depos'd, that he saw the Prisoner take the Books. Guilty .
Mary Richards was indicted for stealing a Sheet, value 2 s. 6 d. and a Blanket, value 3 s. 6 d. the Goods of our Sovereign Lord the King . November 13 . It appear'd that she stole the Goods in one of the Barracks in the Savoy ; and they were taken upon her as she was going off. Guilty .
Thomas Broom , was indicted for High Treason, in Coining 10 counterfeit Guineas, and 10 counterfeit half Guineas on the 16th of April . He was a 2d. Time indicted for making 10 counterfeit Schelings , on the 16th of April But no Evidence appearing he was Acquitted .
Elizabeth Chandler , was indicted for stealing a Gown and Petticoat , the Goods of William Gates , on the 27th of November . She was a 2d Time indicted for stealing a Frock and Wastecoat , the Goods of David Evans , on the 4th of November . Guilty both. 4 s 10 d.
Hannah Colston , alias Costan , was a 3d Time indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Eustace in the Night, and taking thence a Ring, a Buckle and 16 Guineas , on the 5th of November . Guilty of Felony 39 s. Transportation .
Charles Pretty , was indicted for privately stealing (with John Scot , Isaac Lewin and William Munday ) 2 Necks, 2 Breasts, 2 Shoulders, 2 Loins and 1 Leg of Mutton, in the Shop of John Chapman , on the 3d of November . Acquitted .
The Printer of the News Paper, intitled the Postman, being required to attend this Court, on Account of his Printing and publishing in his Postman of Tuesday the 2 d of November last, a Paper intitled the Cafe of Foster Snow , &c. which was subscribed with, and in the Name of the said Foster Snow, and representing his Cafe very different from what it appear'd to be, upon the Evidence given at his Tryal; thereby to extenuate his own Guilt, and reflect upon the Justice of the Nation; the said Printer acknowledging himself to be the Printer and Publisher of the said Libel was committed by the Court, and being called upon to discover the Person from whom he received the same, and also to give Evidence; upon his Promise so to do if required, and upon his humble Submission and begging Pardon of the Court for his Offence, he was discharged.
Katherine Blackbourn . John Sanders , Sarah Pemble , Mary Evans . The 4 last were former Convicts.
John James find 20 Marks , and to stand in the Pillory ; for extorting Money from. Aaron de Costa Abendena ; upon Pretence of concealing the Crime of Buggery. He was convicted last Sessions at Guild-Hall.
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 10.
To be Whipt, 7.
Burnt in the Hand, 6.
Katherine Blackbourn . John Sanders , Sarah Pemble , Mary Evans . The 4 last were former Convicts.
To be Transported, 60.
William Bennet , Mary Bennet , Thomas Harrison , Katherine Dunster , Ann Bowers , William Ward , Thomas Marshal , Margaret Pew . Hainsworth Dent, Richard Freeman , Ann Hall, Isabel Hall, John Showbridge , William Jones , Richard Louingham , John Shales , alias Baily, Robert Marshall , John Fielder , Thomas Harrop , Hannah Colston , alias Colton, John Ansly , Thomas Powell , alias Tucker, William Pinx , Francis Aday , John Hoiman , Mary Plowman , Samuel Gilbert , Richard Chambers , Daniel Planne , Richard Layton , John Blewit Agnes Layton , Edward Lee , Henry Jones , Robert Collins , Mary Whoran , Redman Dearing, John Oury . Samuel Exton , John Carter , Mary Astill , William Easton , Henry Burt , John Wright , Richard Williams , Edward Simmons , Thomas Horn , Elizabeth Hadsex , Daniel Freeman , John Stringer , John Cornwall , Richard Fordex , Thomas Brown , Edward Dorrington , Mary Richards , Elizabeth Chandler , Benjamin Moses , Mary Boswell , and Mary Austin .
John James find 20 Marks , and to stand in the Pillory ; for extorting Money from. Aaron de Costa Abendena ; upon Pretence of concealing the Crime of Buggery. He was convicted last Sessions at Guild-Hall.
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