Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall, in the Old-Baily:
Friday, Saturday and Monday, being the 14th, 15th, and 17th, of January, 1726. 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 Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron Gilbert ; the Honourable Mr. Justice Reynolds; and John Raby , Serj. at Law; others of his Majesty's Justices of Goal Delivery; with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London and County of Middlesex.
Eleanor Francis thus depos'd. As I was in our Yard, I saw (thro' the Window) the Prisoner come into the Shop, take the Goods, and go away. I cry'd out Thieves, run into the Shop, my Master follow'd me, pursued the Prisoner, and took him.
Hugh Lewis thus deposed. I keep a Shop in Hounds-Ditch . I was sitting by the Kitchen Fire, and hearing my Maid call out, I run after the Prisoner, and cry'd stop Thief, he kept running, and cry'd stop Thief too. I follow'd him into Gravel-Lewis, and there I saw him drop the Goods, and soon after I stopt him. The Jury found him Guilty to the Val. of 4 s. 10 d.
The Witnesses thus depos'd. Between one and two in the Afternoon, George Hawkins , coming by Mr. Legg's Shop at the Corner of Birchin-Lane, in Cornhill ; saw the Prisoner come out with a Piece of Drugget, and perceiving no Body in the Shop, he Suspected that the Prisoner had stole it, and therefore pursued him into Fen-Church-Street, and there stopt him, and examined how he came by those Goods. The Prisoner made a frivolous Answer, and endeavour'd to get away, but while they were strugling, John Wightman coming by assisted Hawkins to secure the Prisoner, and bring him back to Mr. Legg's Shop, whose Goods they were, and from whom they were stoln. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
The Witness thus depos'd. The Prisoner had been Cook Servant to Mr. Pitches at the Ship Tavern in Bartholomew-Lane . Her Master had mist several Things, upon which he turn'd her away; and soon after she off'd 4 Plates to Sale to Mr. Broadburst, who stopt her, and upon enquiry found them to be the Goods of the Prosecutor. The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Ann Baron of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for stealing a Gown, value 20 s. the Goods of Rachel Paris , December 9 . It appeared that the Prisoner was a Washer Woman at the Prosecutors, House, and being accus'd, confest that she took the Gown and pawn'd it. Guilty 10 d.
Benjamin Gosling thus depos'd. I live in White-Horse Alley in Drury-Lane; I am a Bricklayer's Labourer , and its well known that I work hard for my Money, and so as I was saying, betwixt one and two a Clock in the Morning, - and a Mortal cold Night it was, - I am sure I have good Cause to remember it; for as I was coming by the Corner of Bennets Court, in Drury-Lane ; who should I meet but the Prisoner? and so says she, How dye do my Dear,
The Prosecutors Wife, and several others, depos'd that they searched the Prisoner in the Round-House, and found the Box, and the Note upon her, but none of the Money.
The Prisoner thus made her Defence. It being a cold Night, I went into a Gin Shop for a Dram of Anniseed, and there I saw this Gosling a drinking along with a Parcel of Bunters, and he was got very drunk, and fain would have been rude with me. But never caring to make my self familiar with any such Fellows; I went out, and he followed me, and thrust me up against the Wall, and there he pull'd out his Pistol, and swore he'd let fly at me, if I would not let him ravish me. The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Samuel Sells and John Mattocks , of Pancras , were indicted for assaulting William Halton , Esq ; on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Watch, with an inside Silver Case, and an outside Seal Case, studded with Silver, value 40 s. a Cornelian Seal set in Gold, value 20 s. and 10 s. in Money; the Goods and Money of the said Will. Halton, October 8 .
William Halton thus depos'd. On the 8th of October, in the Afternoon, as I was riding in my Chaise up Kentish Town-Hill , in my Way to Highgate ; I was attack'd by two Men on Horse-back. I had but a very imperfect Sight of one of them, but the other who took my Watch and Money, I believe to be Mattocks, tho' I cannot be positive.
Robert Nichol thus depos'd. I drove the Chaise. The Prisoner Sells rode up to me with a Pistol in his Hand, presented it to me, and swore if I did not stop, he'd shoot me thro' the Head. In the mean Time, Mattocks who was on the other side of the Chaise, demanded my Masters Money and Watch, which my Master deliver'd, and then they rode off. I am certain that the Prisoners are the same Men, for I took great Notice of them both.
Robert Dawgs thus depos'd. There having been many Robberies lately committed about Highgate; and several Circumstances making Sells's Landlord suspect that he follow'd ill Courses; the Landlord informs me of it, and thereupon I surpris'd him in his Lodging, a-bed with a Woman. I found in the Room these Pistols and some other Things, which I took Possession of, as my own, according to Act of Parliament, which gives the House, Furniture, and Arms of a Highwayman, to those that apprehend him. Sells presently impeached Mattocks, and was an Evidence against him last Sessions, for robbing two Gentlemen in the Night, near Holloway, but for want of sufficient Proof he was acquitted. Several Witnesses appear'd in the Behalf of Mattocks, deposing that they had known him a great many Years; that he used the Sea, and had formerly bore a good Character. The Jury found them both Guilty . Death .
The Witnesses thus depos'd. The Prosecutor keeps a Shoe-Makers Shop in Wych-Street ; his Wife siting in the Kitchen, saw a Man looking upon the Shoes, she got up, but when she came into the Shop he was gone. She inquir'd of Rob Swinny (a Neighbours Man, who was standing at his Master's Door) if he saw any body go by with Shoes. He told her, Yes. They pursued him thro' the Five Bell Tavern into-the Strand, and there they took him with one Shoe under his Arm, and five is his Lap. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Martha Fowell , of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Silk Pocket, value 2 d. a Gold Ring, value 25 s. a Silk Hankerchief, a pair of Gloves, and a Bunch of Keys ; the Goods of John Freeman (a Black) on the 3d of December . The Prisoners Confession was read in Court, and the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Francis Dobson , was indicted for stealing 3 Sattin Gowns and Petticoats, value 7 l. sixteen Sarsenet Hoods, value 26 s. a Cloth Coat, a Callimanco Petticoat and other Things , the Goods of Edw. Hains , on the 30th of April .
The Witnesses thus depos'd. Ann Hains lives at Rochester, and takes in Goods to dye, which she gets done at London. In April last, she sent a Hamper of Goods for that purpose, under the Care of her Father Thomas Raymond , and he being to go from Graves-End in the Tilt-boat, she provided as much Beef as she thought sufficient for the Voyage, and tying it up in a Pudding Bag, packt it securely in the Hamper. It was about one of the Clock in the Morning when Mr. Raymond came to Billings-Gate. He had scarce landed when he was ply'd by a Waterman, (but he cannot swear that it was the Prisoner) with whom he agreed to go to Kings-Bridge, Westminster . He observed the Number of the Boat, took his Hamper in and away they row'd, and quickly came to Kings-Bridge. Mr. Raymond stept on Shore, and the Waterman went abast, and said he'd bring the Hamper out, but instead of that he row'd away. By the Number of the Boat Mr. Raymond found out the Owner of it, tho' to but little Purpose; for says the Owner, My Boat was stole the same Night that you lost your Hamper, and I suppose by the same Rogue too. About 2 a Clock, on the same Morning that the Hamper was lost, the Prisoner came to the House of Mr. Clark, in Ashen-Tree-Court, in White-Fryers; where he was let in by Sarah Spur , who was then Nurse in that House. He brought a Hamper with him, which he open'd; and Mrs. Spur saw it was packt with Silk and other Goods prepared for Dying, which made her suspect that they were stoln. The Prisoner took them away again the same Morning, but however she desir'd her Landlord to enquire among the Callenders and Dyers, if no such Goods were lost, which he did, and heard of Mr. Raymond's Misfortune, at Mr. Crew's in Black-Fryers; who (as it happen'd) was the Prosecutors Callender. The Prisoner was traced out and apprehended, and the Goods found at the Baptist's-Head, in White-Cross-Street, where he had pawn'd them.
The Bag was produced in Court, and sworn, by Mrs. Spur to be the same the Prisoner brought to Mrs. Clark's House; and Mrs. Hains swore it was the same in which she wrapt up her Father's Beef at Graves-End.
The Prisoner in his Defence own'd that he had such a Hamper of Goods, but said he came honestly by them, for he accidentally met a Stranger that gave them to him. But the Jury not being willing to take his bare Word for it, they found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
It appeared that while the Prosecutor was in a back Parlour, the Prisoner crept in on his Hands
John Fells , alias Fellis , (a Boy ) of Clerkenwell , was indicted for that he (with Samuel Martin not yet taken) did privately steal in the Shop of John Willey , a Wooden-Drawer with a Lock and Key, Value 2 s. 6d. and 4 s and 10 d. in Money , the Goods and Money of John Willey on the 2d of December .
John Willey thus depos'd. At Night while I was gone backwards my Till was stoln away. I suspected the Prisoner having seen him several times loitering about the Shop-door, and after a short Search, I found him, and he quickly confest the Fact Guilty to the value of 10 d.
John Ellwood , of Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing a Holland Shirt. Value 7 s. 6 d. the Goods of Richard Price , Dec. 31 . The Witnesses thus depos'd. Mary Sutton washt Linnen for Mr. Price, and had hung his Shirt up in her Yard to dry. The Prisoner got over the Wall and took it, he was seen and stopt, with it by Tho Norgrave , The Prisoner in his defence, said that he scorn'd to do any such thing for he was better brought up, and had always behav'd himself honestly, that he had us'd the Sea from his Infancy, but loosing his Toes turn'd merry Andrew, and in that capacity had served Mr Bullock and Mr. Franks. Guilty 10 d.
William Francis , and Mary Bradfield , alias Clifford, alias Francis , were indicted for the Murder of Patrick Clifford , he for striking, beating and bruising with his Hands and Feet; the said Patrick Clifford, on the Head, Back and Belly; of which he instantly died, and she for being present aiding abetting, comforting and maintaining the said William in the said Murder . On the 27th of December last, The Evidence was thus. Mary was Wife or at least Bedfellow to William and Patrick both Soldier s: Patrick was her first Husband, and she afterwards went to live with William, tho' not so intirely, but that Patrick us'd to visit her now and then at Williams Quarters in Bedford-bury ; at the house of Mother Ostler a dealer in Drams, nor was there any disagreement betwixt the two Men upon the Score of their Wife. The Deceas'd Patrick had been drinking and very merry with Bob Sillet and Doll Burrows , at the Black Spread-Eagle in the Strand, till about 9 at Night, and then they went to Wills Lodgings, Doll Staid in her Landlady's Room, below. Bob went up first, and asked if Moll was at home, and Will answered no. The Deceas'd follow'd, asked the same Question and receiv'd the like Answer, with the Addition of D - ye for a Son of a Bitch, what business have you here? Do ye come to Rob me? Bob left 'em together, and went over the way to the Black-Lion-Ale-House. Presently after which a little bustle and a trampling of Feet was heard in the Room, and by and by, in comes Moll and goes up Stairs, but she and Will quickly came down again to light a Candle, and told the Company, in Mother Ostler's Room that Patrick was in a Fit, and desir'd 'em to come up to help him, but they were so engaged with their Quartern-pots, that they took but little notice of it. Moll goes up again and cries out Murder, which so alarm'd 'em that they follow'd her, and found Patrick lying dead upon the Bed without his Shoes: They searched him themselves, and then sent for a Surgeon, but no Bruise or any sign of hurt could be found upon him. Another Surgeon was called into Court, and was asked if a blow on the Breast might kill a Man, by beating the Breath out of his Body, without leaving any visible Mark of Contusion, or breaking any of the Vessels within, and thereby causing the Patient to Vomit Blood: He answered that tho' great allowance must be made for the weakness of a Mans Constitution, or his being disorder'd with Drink, which might render him more obnoxious to Suffocation, ye on the whole he thought it not likely and indeed hardly possible. The Prisoners in their Defence said that Patrick died in a Fit, and as for Mary's crying out Murder, She said she did it only to bring Company to assist her, and to get some body to run for a Surgeon, which none of 'em would do before, because they were afraid that whoever call'd the Surgeon would be obliged to pay him if she or William were not able: She added that it was well known that she loved her Husband too well to hurt him, tho' he had been none of the best of Men to her, and had kept company with Doll Burrows, who had been the utter rain of him. The Jury acquitted them.
Elizabeth Henderson , of Wapping , was indicted for stealing a Quilt, Value 2 s. and 4 Yards of Gold-lace, value 20 s. the Goods of Frances Rawlins , Widow ; on the 20th of December last. It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutors Servant , and the Goods being mist she was accus'd and confest that she took 'em. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Mr. Nunes deposed. On the 23d of December he lock'd his Watch up in his Scrutore, and kept the Key in his Pocket, till the 29th of December, when he miss'd it.
William Bond the Constables thus Deposed, the Prisoner confess'd to me she had the Watch, Richard Lyne thus deposed. On the 24th of December, about 9 in the Morning, the Prisoner brought this Watch to pawn to Mr. Colcot's Shop in Hounds-ditch , where it was stopt.
The Prisoner in her Defence said the Watch was given her, and called a Witness, who gave her the Character of a very honest Person. Upon the whole the Jury acquitted her.
Margaret Sheppard , was indicted for stealing 7 Diaper-napkins, value 2 s. and 3 Table Cloths value 6 s. the Goods of Nicholas Lambert ? She was a 2d time Indicted for stealing Diaper Table Cloths value 20 s. and 10 Napkins value 10 s. the Goods of Persons unknown, on the 12th of December . The Witnesses deposed that the Prisoner, was Servant to Mr. Lambert at the Bull-Head-Tavern, in Fleet-street , that some of the Goods being found upon her she confest the rest. Guilty of each Indictment .
Ann Pert , was indicted for stealing 5 Holland Shirts, value 3 l. a pair of Slippers, a pair of Breeches, and a Common-prayer Book ; on the first of January . It appear'd that the Prisoner was Servant at the Black-Swan-Inn in Holborn , when the Prosecutor, leaving the Goods to be carried by the Stage Coach. The Prisoner while the Coach-man was busy, took the Goods and hid 'em in the Room where she lay. The Jury found her guilty .
Christopher Elliot and Edith his Wife were indicted for privately stealing, in the Ware-house of William Whitaker 210 Ells of Culgee Handkerchiefs, value 10 l. 6 s. 136 Yards of Slesias, value 12 l. 8 s. 33 Yards of Britanny, value 58 s 6 Ells of Scotch Cloth, value 3 s. and 2 Ells of Canvas 10 s. the Goods of John Taylor and George Atkinson , on the 7th of January Instant. The Witnesses thus deposed Mr. Whitaker received into his Ware-house a Truss of Linnen at the 3 Cranes from Messrs Taylor and Atkinsen to be shipt for Newcastle. The Prisoner Christopher had for 3 Months past been employ'd by Whitaker at his Wharf, The Goods were lost on a Friday Night, and on Saturday Morning early, the Prisoner left a parcel of these Goods at the House of Philip Jones , Mr. Jones hearing that the Goods were stolen, he made enquiry among the Drapers and found it to be so in reallity. Another parcel the Prisoners desir'd Elizabeth Ayres to pawn for 'em, and a third Parcel was found at the Peacok in Pepper Alley , where the Prisoners had left 'em. The Jury found the Man guilty to the value of 4. s 10 d. But the Court directing the Jury, that as by Law the Wife is under the influence and Power of her Husband, therefore whatever she does in Obedience to him or with his Knowledge, must not be imputed to her as Criminal. They acquitted Edith.
Thomas Love , was indicted for stealing 76 Ells of Holland, value 11 l. the Goods of Robert Sanders , December 24th . Thus it appear'd. The Prisoner and some of his Companions went into a Brasiers-shop in Cornhill , to cheapen some Goods. One of themMary Williams ; and she crying out stop Thief, he dropt the Bundle, and was taken at Stocks-Market by Williams Huggens a Constable.
In his Defence he said he was hir'd to carry those Goods, by a Man that stood at the Brasier's Door who he thought belong'd to the House. But he could bring no Proof of it, nor why he run so fast, and when he dropt the Goods did not stay to take them up again. Guilty .
Elizabeth Pettifer thus depos'd. I am a poor old Woman, that's true, tho' I have always taken an honest Care to get my Bread, but Misfortunes may happen to the best of us, and as it is my Case, I think this was a wicked Baggage to serve me as she did. For she comes to me one day, and tells me a fine Story, about a Gentleman that was dead, and said that he had left me a Pension, and had order'd me a Load of Coals, and 3 Pound of Candles, and 2 Loaf of Bread that would come in that Day, and besides that she had brought me a Guinea which she gave me, but I afterwards found it to be Brass, and she said that she must have half a Crown for the Clerk, and so she took my 2 Petticoats, and said she'd pawn them for half a Crown, and I let her take them, and she carry'd them quite away. The Prosecutor consenting that the Prisoner should have the Goods. The Jury acquitted her.
Mary Plowman , Spinster , of St. Sepulchers alias Wife of William Plowman , was indicted for that she with William Plowman, did steal 2 Gowns, value 10 s. a Holland Shirt, value 5 s. a Diaper Napkin, value 4 d. a Petticoat, value 4 s. and a Sheet, value 2 s. the Goods of Eleanor Dwyer , Widow ; on the 20th of December .
It appear'd that the Prisoner and her Husband lodged in the Prosecutors House; that the Prisoner had pawn'd the Sheet, but said she had it from her Husband, and her Husband own'd that he had that, and some of the other Goods, but he run away.
Mary Whitehead the Prisoners Mother that depos'd. My Daughter had a very bad Husband; he came to her one Day at my House very drunk, with something white under his Arm; I asked him what it was, and he said, a Sheet or Table-Cloth, he knew not which, for he pickt it up in the Street. The Jury acquitted her.
John Moore , alias Murphy , was indicted for a Trespass, in assaulting Thomas Hall , and shooting him in the Face with Gun-powder . The Fact appear'd thus on the Evidence. Mr. Gardner and his Friend Samuel Hutton , (a Cooper) went to drinking In a publick Room, at the George in Stocks-Market . Soon after, a Woman came in, and was follow'd by the Prisoner, and two other Men. The Prisoner sat down by the Woman. They had not been there long before Mr. Gardner's Wife came in to see for him. She plac'd herself by the other Woman, who whispering told her that those three Men were Thieves. The Prisoner over heard the Words, and supposing the Words were spoken by Mrs. Gardner; he swearing; told her that he heard what she said. She answer'd she said nothing. Yes D - n ye, says he, You said we were three Thieves; upon this Mr. Gardner ask'd him what Business he had to meddle with his Wife. To which Mr. Hutton added, that a guilty Conscience needed no Accuser; upon which the Prisoner struck Mr. Hutton; and the Disturbance encreasing, Mr. Hall the Landlord came, and having a Suspicion of the Prisoner and his Companions, he sent for a Constable, and charged him with them. Upon which the Prisoner stepping upon a Bench, took out a Pistol, and clear the Way, says he, for D - n my Eyes, she first Man thus opposes me, I'll shoot him thro' the Head. Mr. Hall however offer'd to seize him, upon which he fir'd; the Powder slash'd in Hall's Face, but the Ball past by him, and shot out one of Mr. Hutton's Eyes, and lodg'd in his Head; the Rognes then put out the Candles and run away, they were all pursued, two of them escap'd, but the Prisoner was quickly taken. The Jury found him Guilty ; and the Court sentenc'd him to pay a Fine of 50 l. to suffer 2 Years Imprisonment , and afterwards to find Security for his good Behaviour .
It appeared that the Prosecutor lost the Crow out of Bell-Savage-Yard, on Ludgate-Hill ; and that it afterwards was sold by the Prisoner, to a Smith in St. Giles's. The Prisoner in his Defence said that he dealt in old Brass and Iron, and bought the Crow. The Jury Acquitted him.
Samuel Martin , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, val. 20 s. a Wastcoat, val. 16 s. a pair of Breeches, val. 10 s. a Drugget Coat val. 4 s. and a Shirt, value 6 s. the Goods of John Rug ; and a Coat, value 5 s. the Goods of William Huddlestone ; in the House of Sarah Roche , Widow.
John Rug thus depos'd. The Prisoner was a Lodger with me, in Mrs. Roche's House about a Week. He went away early next Morning, and soon after I found that the Cloths were taken out of my Trunk. I took him the same Day, he confest that he had pawn'd them to Tho Rudge in Houns-ditch , and there I found them. Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Jane Butler , and Elizabeth Brown , of St. James Clerkenwell , were indicted; Butler for stealing a Smock, value 3 s. the Goods of Elizabeth Humphries , and Brown for receiving the same knowing it to be stoln .
Elizabeth Humphries thus depos'd. I lost the Smock out of a Drawer, where the Prisoner's Brother lodg'd, and carrying her (upon Suspicion) before a Justice, she there confest that she had pawn'd it to Brown in Old-Street . The Justice order'd me to fetch it from Brown, but she refus'd to let me have it. I then got a Search Warrant, and found it at her House. The Jury acquitted Brown, and found Butler guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Smith , of Chiswick , was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon, value 10 s. and 31 s. in Money, the Goods and Money of William Perring , in the Dwelling House of William Perring , on the 22d of November .
It appeared that the Spoon and Money was lost out of Mr. Perring's House, and the Prisoner being upon Suspicion carry'd before a Magistrate, he there and at other Places confest the Fact, and that he had spent the Money, and pawn'd the Spoon to one in Barnaby-Street, in whose Hands it was found. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
Thomas Randal , and Joseph Taylor , of Stepney , were indicted, for that they (with John Howard not yet taken) did break and enter the dwelling House of Mary Parker , and steal from thence 9 Pewter Dishes, value 40 s. 9 Pewter Plates, value 9 s. a Bed-pan, value 5 s. 8. Copper-pot Lids, value 6 s. and other Things, the Goods of Mary Parker, on the 8th of December last , in the Night . The Witnesses gave the following Account. Mary Parker (who sells Coals and Sand in Kings-Street, Wapping ) went to Bed about 11 at Night, and made fast all the Doors and Windows. About 2 in the Morning, she was call'd up again by the Watch, and found that the Shop Window was broke open, some of her Goods taken away, and a pair of Shoes with Buckles in them standing at the Door, which were suppos'd to be pull'd off to prevent too great a Noise, and were left behind in haste, upon the Watchman's coming his Rounds. The Shoes and Buckles were found to belong to the Prisoner, Tom. Randal, who lived in the Neighbourhood, ( Jack Howard had someRobert Lammas , who lives in Love-Court by the Ditch-Side, and is one of St. Bride's Watchmen. He to secure his Kinsman, took him to Mary Watkins , who lived in a Cellar against the Cannon in Cannon-Street, Wapping; and desir'd her to let him lodge there, and she agreed to it, and this was 2 or 3 Weeks before Mrs. Parker lost her Goods.
About 2 a Clock that Morning, that those Goods were lost, Jack Howard and the 2 Prisoners, with a Parcel of Pewter and Brass in a Bag, came to Moll's Lodging, and knockt her up; she presently let them in, and there they agreed to carry the Goods to Lammas. Pursuant to which (the same Morning) Jack Howard took the Goods in a Bag; and Moll Watkins and Joseph Taylor went with him, but they left Randal a Bed. When they came to Robert Lammas's House, he and his Wife went with them to a Pewterers, at the Cock and Wheat-Sheaf, between Harp-Alley and Stone-Cutter's-Street , who gave them six Pence Half-penny a Pound for the Pewter; which prov'd to be the same that Mrs. Parker lost. Jack Howard was entrusted to take the Money for it all; but he ran away with it, and never gave any of them a Farthing.
Ann Lammas thus depos'd. I had been acquainted with Mary Watkins a pretty while, and knew that when her Mother died, she left her a great deal of good Brass and Pewter; and when she came to me with these Plates, she told me that they were her own, and that she was obliged to sell them, because she was in Lection of having her other Goods seiz'd for Rent. And as for John Howard he promis'd to be very good, and leave of his old Trade; and therefore my Husband desir'd Mary Watkins to let him be in her Cellar, till he could get a Ship to send him to Sea out of harms Way.
The Prisoners in their Defence said that they had been a merry Making, and coming away about 2 in the Morning, they met Jack Howard with a Bag, and something in it; that he asked them to go with him to his Lodgings, and they consented, it being rather too late to go to their own. The Jury acquitted them of the Burglary, but found them both guilty of Felony, to the Value of 39 s.
John Darby , alias Owen Mac Dermont , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for a Trespass, in assaulting Frances, the Wife of Walter Greenwood , Esq ; in the House of the said Walter Greenwood, putting her in Fear and Danger of her Life, with an Intention to steal the Goods, Chattles, and Money of the said Walter Greenwood , on the 22d of December .
He was a second Time indicted, for privately stealing in the Coach-House of Walter Greenwood, Esq; a pair of Breeches, value 10 s. and a Handkerchief, value 6 d. on the 26th of December . The Facts thus appeared.
The Prisoner was Footman to the Prosecutor, and one Day, when no body was in the House, but the Maid and his Mistress; and the Maid being above Stairs, he took a Blunderbuss in his Hand, and went into the Parlour, where his Mistress was reading, and told her she must swear to keep secret what ever he said to her; she was very much affrighted, and kist the Book that she had in her Hand. After which he demanded the Key of the Iron Chest, but she told him she had not got it. He then swore she must fetch him 20 Guineas, or he'd shoot her immediately. She arose extreamly terrify'd, and was going up Stairs for the Money, but he told her she must swear again before she went. She kist the Book a second Time, and then he let her go. She was met upon the Stairs by her Maid, Ann Loyd , who perceiving the Disorder her Mistress was in, and understanding the Cause of it; she went with her into the Chamber, shut the Door fast, and would not let her carry down the Money. The Prisoner came to the Door. bounc'd against it, and splitted it, but could not get it open; then he ran down into the Yard, and the Maid looking out of the Window, he presented the Blunderbuss, and swore he'd shoot her if she made any Noise. But yet she cry'd out Murder, and upon that he ran away.
On the second Indictment, Tho Martin the Coachman thus depos'd. The Prisoner and I lay together, in a Room over the Stables. My Breeches hung upon a Peg when I got up, and in 2 or 3 Hours after, I saw the Prisoner have them on, and asking him why he took them, he said because his own was at mending. However, I let him wear them 2 or 3 Days, and then he ran away with them. To this Indictment, the Prisoner said in his Defence, that Martin lent him the Breeches, and it not appearing to be a felonious taking, the Jury acquitted him of it; but as to the first Indictment, he said he had nothing to say for himself, and if the Court thought fit to hang him, he should be very well contented. The Jury found him Guilty , and he was sentenc'd to pay a Fine of 20 Marks , to suffer 2 Years imprisonment , and afterwards find Security for his good Behaviour .
Elizabeth Stevens , alias Grenolds , of Stepney , was indicted for stealing 2 Hankerchiefs, value 5 s. 2 Gold Rings, value 23 s. the Goods of Eleanor Cook , Widow : A Shirt and a Neck, the Goods of Will Denny ; and 6 Shillings, the Money of Mary Hughs , on the 2d of December .
The Witnesses made Oath to this Effect. The Prisoner lodged in the same Bed with Eleanor Cook . One Tuesday Night they drank together in a Room on the same Floor with their Bed-Chamber, and in which Room stood a Chest of Drawers, wherein Cook had lockt up a Couple of Gold Rings, and kept the Keys in her Pocket. When their Liquor was out they began to undress themselves, and Cook pulling of her Pocket with the Keys in it, wrapt it up in her Apron, and left it in the Room, and so they went to Bed together. The Prisoner got up by 2 a Clock next Morning, tho' she usually lay till 7 or 8, but she pretended that she had got some plain Work in haste. She staid till about 6 a Clock and then went out. Cook got up about 7, and mist her Keys. Martha Clifton (who lodged in the same House) helpt her for to look for them, but they could not find them then, but after the Prisoner came in again, they found them in a Place where they had looked before. The Rings were mist out of the Chest of Drawers, and a Shirt of William Denny 's was found where the Prisoner had pawn'd it; but it appeared, that with the Prosecutors Knowledge, she took the Shirt to wash, and only forgot to bring it home again. There being no positive Proof against her, the Jury acquitted her.
Robert Jones , of St. John Hackney , Butcher ; was indicted for that he being a Headborough ; and John Brattle , being apprehended for a Felony and Robbery, suppos'd to have been by him committed, and there upon being carried before Thomas Cook , Esq; one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, who granting a Warrant for committing him to Newgate; he was deliver'd into the said Jone's Custody. But he wilfully and feloniously permitted him to go at large . No Evidence appearing, the Jury acquitted him.
John Brattle , was indicted for assaulting on the Highway, Elizabeth the Wife of Robert Storth , putting her in fear, and taking from her 2 Pockets and 6 l. 6 s. in Money, the Goods and Money of Robert Storth on the 30th of December .
Elizabeth Storth thus depos'd. About One in the Afternoon, as I was coming along the Road from Shackelwell, betwixt the two Ponds, going towards, and within about 2 Stones throw of the Cock-Alehouse , the Prisoner came up to me with a Knife in his Hand, told me he must have my Money, and threatened to kill me if I made the least noise. I was going to give him my Money, but he cut the String that tied my Pockets, took 'em both from me, and ran away. I scream'd out, and in a Minutes time ran to the Cook, and told several there of my loss, and describ'd the Person that rob'd me, and they pursued and took him; here the Prisoner pray'd the Court to ask her, if she did not say (when he was brought to her at the Cock) that she did not know him? And whether the Person that rob'd her had a Gun or not; she answered
William Inns thus depos'd. As I was riding up Love-Lane, towards the Cock at Newington ; I saw the Prisoner running with a Gun in his Hand, he got over the Bank and run across the Fields. I presently got to the Cock, and hearing of the Robbery, I return'd with several others in the Pursuit of him, he got over 2 Banks and a Stile just by his Fathers House and there I lost the fight of him. I enquir'd of his Father and Mother if they saw such a Person, his Mother answer'd no, but his Father said he did see such a Person go by the Door. I searched the House, and at last found him in a back Place behind a Curtain with with a Book in his Hand. I brought him down without his Hat, and he put on a Hat below. His Father said Jack, is that the Hat that you had out with you? He answered no. His Father than bad him put the same Hat on, that the Woman might see him in the same Dress he was in before. I asked him why he run a way, and he said for fear of losing his Gun.
William Baden thus depos'd. I and some others were at the Cock when the Woman came in and complained of her loss; she describ'd the Person, and directed us which way he took. We immediately went out, and quickly saw the Prisoner running with a Gun in his Hand, we pursued him over 3 Fields, and he ran into his Father's Garden. - When we had taken him, he said that he ran upon seeing us, for fear we should take away his Gun; several others spoke to the same Effect.
John Adams (a Boy) thus depos'd. I was in our Field, when the Woman cry'd out, and by the Account that she has given, I guess she was got not above 20 Yards from the place where she says she was robb'd; and that very time of her Screaming, the Prisoner came into our Field with a Gun, and was then about 3 or 4 hundred Yards from her, for I could see 'em both at once, and could have seen if he or any Body else had rob'd her, but I saw no body near her. He did not run, but laid his Gun down up on the Bank, and walked backwards and forwards and look'd up in the Trees after a Thrush, as I suppose, for I heard a Thrush sing, I call'd him Peter Gunner, and bid him get out of my Masters field, or else I'd set the Dog at him, and then the Men came up and he run away; but from the time that the Woman cry'd out, to the time that they follow'd him, he might have got out of their Sight if he would.
The Prisoner thus made his defence. I was not near the Pond when the Woman (as she says) was robb'd there. My Father had order'd me to fetch some Grains; but seeing some Sparrows in the Garden, I took the Gun and went after 'em, but they quickly flew away, and then I spy'd a Thrush and follow'd it, till I came to the Field where the Boy call'd me Peter Gunner. I saw my Father not far off, and ran home, and went in the back-way for fear he should see me, with the Gun, because if he had he would have bear me; two or three Witnesses depos'd, that when the Boy was brought back to the Cock, the Woman was asked if she knew him, and she said, No, the Person that robb'd me, wore a Wig, but this Lad has his own Hair. Her Husband being present clapt her on the Back, and said you shall Swear that this is he. A great Number of Witnesses (among whom were some Gentlemen on the Bench) gave the Prisoner a very fair Character and the Jury acquitted him.
Joseph Masters thus depos'd. At the desire of Mr.Arnold, I assisted him at the Funeral of the late Countess of Grandison (General Stewarts Lady) who was interr'd at Westminster-Abby, there was a great Mob at the Abby-gate. I had a Constable with me, and warned several (and the Prisoner in particular) not to meddle with the Ornaments of the Hearse, and told if they did, it was Felony. Some of 'em answer'd We know that as well as you, tis but only a Whipping bout, and soon after I took the Prisoner, with the Pendant in his Bosom.
The Prisoner in his Defence call'd Thomas Sanson who thus depos'd. The Prisoner and I were standing by the Hearse, and I had my Hand upon his right Shoulder, and Shenkin says I, don't you meddle with any of those things. No inteet, (says he) hur was not mettle with 'em for the Farld, and just as he spoke, 2 Men reached over his Shoulder and pull'd down the Pendant, it fell on the Ground, and the Prisoner took it up and put it in his Bosom, and Mr. Masters, coming by seiz'd him. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. To be Whipt from the end of Charles-street, to St. Margaret's Church were the Felony was was committed .
Mary Matthews , (a Girl of White Chappel , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Cordingly , and taking from thence 8 Pewter Plates, value 8 s. 2 Porridge Pots, value 8 s. a Tea Kettle, value 3 s. 2 Sauce-pans, value 5 s. 4 Shirts, a Gown, and other things, the Goods of the said John Cordingly, on the 19th of December last about 12 at Night .
John Cordingly thus deposed. I live in Lemon-Street Goodmans-fields , our Kitchin is below Stairs, the Windows next the Street, and Pallisades before 'em. To the Window there is a Wooden Flap that when it is let down lies aslope over the little Airey to keep out the Weather. The Doors and Windows were all made fast when we went to Bed, and about One in the Morning, we were call'd up, and found the House broke open. The Kitchen Window was broke and the Casement taken off and laid in the Kitchin, and several Goods gone, some of which were taken with the Prisoner, some were found in an Ally opposite our House, and some in Sir Tho Master 's Gardens.
Tho Edgehill a Watch-man thus depos'd. Hearing somebody cry Watch and Thieves about one a Clock, I ran up, and found 2 Men pulling the Prisoner over the Pallisades, and heard her say, D - n ye what do ye mean, will ye tear my cloths to pieces? And afterwards searching behind the Pallisades, we found 8 Pewter Plates lying in the Window, without side the House.
John Old thus depos'd. There being a Noise of Thieves, I went up and saw the Prisoner half in and half out of the Kitchen. I asked her what she did there, and she said she got in to sleep. She got up, and some Plates were found under her. I rais'd the House and call'd the Watch.
Caryl Cocker thus depos'd. As I was going along Lemon-Street; I perceiv'd 3 or 4 Persons standing together and whispering, upon which I stood still to listen, and presently one of them cry'd, D - n it yonder stands a Man, he'll betray us, and so they went off; but I watcht them, and by and by I heard the Noise of Goods as they were carrying off; at which Time Mr. Old coming along, I call'd to him, and we went together over the Way, and lifted the Prisoner out of the Window, and under her we found 8 Plates and a Pot-lid. When she was in the Watch-House, I ask'd her why she got over the Pallisades and into the Window. She said that a Man would have been rude with her, and she got over for fear of being ravish'd. The Jury found her Guilty of Felony, to the Value of 39 s.
Tho. Betts thus depos'd. The Prisoner came to my House, call'd for a pint of Drink, and desir'd me to let my Boy go of an Errand for him, to one Mr. Fern, which I did, and before he came back, I went down Stairs for another Pint of Drink, and when I came up again, the Prisoner was gone with the Pot, but was afterwards stopt by Tho Port , to whom he offer'd it to sale. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
John Gordon , was indicted for privately stealing in the Ware-House of William Ward and Joseph Prat , a Leaden Half Hundred Weight, value 5s. the Goods of the said Ward and Prat, on the 14th of December last.
John Hog thus depos'd. I saw the Prisoner go into the Ware-House of the Prosecutors, in Newgate-Street , and take up a half Hundred Weight, and set it behind a Puncheon; then he walking about to see if any body observed him, he wrapt it up in his Apron, put it on his Shoulder, and brought it away. I followed and took him in Paneir-Alley. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
Elizabeth Lloyd and Jane Boston, Spinster , Alias Cuningham , Wife of William Cuningham , of St. Sepulchres , were indicted for privately stealing from the Person of William Green , 2 Guineas and 5 Shillings , the Money of William Green, on the 5th of January Instant; but no Person appearing in Court to give Evidence against the Prisoners, the Jury acquitted them.
Martha Lane , Wife of - Lane, of Tower-Street , Victualler, was indicted for willful corrupt Perjury, with a Design to injure James Ashly , by making an Affidavit before Mr. Justice Fortescue , in Nov. last; 1. That the said Ashly, being a Tipstaff , arrested her at an unreasonable Time of Night, that is to say, at 11 a Clock, when it was too late for her to get Bail. 2. That he very much affrighted her, and threaten'd to send her to Newgate. 3. That being carried by him to the House of Mr. Wattle, in Holborn, he there told her, that no-body could take bail for her, but the Judge who granted the Warrant. 4. That he kept her there a Day and a Night. And, 5. Demanded 5 Guineas, and took two Guineas of her for Expences and Civility; when, in Truth, every Particular of the said Affidavit was false. But the Words in the Indictment not exactly agreeing with the Affidavit, she was acquitted .
Henry Knowls , was indicted for stealing two Sheets, value 14 s. the Goods of Elizabeth Nash ; on the 20th of December last. It appeared the Prisoner was a Lodger to the Prosecutor, and that the Sheets were lost. But the Evidence not fixing the Fact upon him, he was acquitted .
William Sturgis , of White-Chappel , was indicted for privately stealing in the Stable of Samuel Robinson , a Saddle, value 20 s. the Goods of John Bates ; 2 Riding Coats, value 10 s. the Goods of James White , and a Riding Coat, the Goods of James Goddard , on the 15th of November last.
William Langford , a Stable-Keeper, thus deposed: On the Day that Jonathan Wild was hang'd, I lost these Goods out of the Stable; I suspected the Prisoner, because he had formerly stoln a Bridle, and therefore was forewarn'd not to come into the Stables: I examin'd him, and he confest that he took 'em; and that he sold the Saddle (which was a new one made of a Hog Skin, and stitch'd with Silver) for 18 d. at Rag-Fair ; where he also sold one Coat, and the other two in Monmouth-Street . His Confession was read in Court, and the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
Sarah Hutchins , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, value 6 d. a pair of Silver Buttons, value 7 d. and a pair of Silver Buckles, value 9 s. 6 d. and 10 s. 6 d. in Money, the Goods and Money of William Bolton , on the 25th of December last.
William Bolton thus depos'd. I had been upon the Loose all Night o' Christmas Eve, so that, I must needs own, that by 4 or 5 a Clock next Morning I was got a little out of Sorts; and then, as I was going along Spring-Gardens, I met the Prisoner, and she ask'd me to give her a Pint, and call'd me her Dear, and her Life, and this, and that, and t'other; and, as I had no great Fancy for going home so soon, I went with her to the Night-Cellar at Charing-Cross , and there we sat together, by our selves, upon the Stairs, and so I lost all my Things out of my Pocket, and my Handkerchief off of my Neck; but how they were gone I cannot tell, for I was very drowsy, and I don't knowhowish, and never mist 'em till I found her Hand in my Pocket; whereof I got a Constable, and had her before a Justice, but I never searched her at all, for she would not own that she meddled with any Thing that was mine.
The Prisoner thus made her Defence. About 5 in the Morning I met this Fellow in Spring-Garden: I saw he was drunk, and so endeavour'd to shun him, but he follow'd me, and swore he would have to do with me. I, thinking to get out of his Way, went to the Night-House, and call'd for a Pint of Purl; but he came after me; upon which, when I had drank my Purl, I went away towards St. James's, about my Business; and, as I came back, I saw him along with a Soldier, and then he laid bold of me, and swore I had pick'd his Pocket. The Jury acquitted her.
John alias William Shelton , and Elizabeth his Wife , of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for privately stealing a Hat, value 2 s. 6 d. and a Wig, value 5 s. the Goods of John Makeness , on the 1st of Nov last. The Evidence was thus. The Prosecutor had been drinking at a Gin-Shop in Broad St. Giles , with William Ames , and the Prisoners and Anne Jarvis were drinking likewise. The Prosecutor went out, and the Prisoners and Jarvis after him, and William Ames after them. 'Twas about 10 at Night, and very dark. The Prosecutor's Hat and Wig were snatch'd off, and William Ames coming up, found the Prisoners holding the Wig betwixt 'em; he took it from 'em, and gave it to the Prosecutor, and the Prisoners then got away. But Anne Jarvis was taken up with the Hat that Night, and carried to the Round-House, and was try'd last Sessions for privately stealing the same, but was acquitted; and this Jury likewise acquitted these Prisoners.
John Douglass and Thomas Tyler , of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing a pair of Bellows, value 3 s. a pair of Tongs, value 1 s. and a Poker, value 6 d. the Goods of Tho. Bruce , on the 4th of January Instant. The Witnesses thus depos'd. Tho Bruce was Landlord of a House in George Yard in Old-Street , and Mrs. Low was his Tenant; and, on Default of paying Rent, he seiz'd her Goods, and turn'd her out. And the next Day, as Tyler was drinking at the Bull-Head in Rotten-Row, Douglass and - Low (who was a Smith, and Son to the said Mrs. Low) came in, and after some common Discourse, Low told Tyler, that his Mothers Landlord would seize her Goods if they were not moved that Night, and therefore desir'd Tyler to assist him; and accordingly, about 7 at Night, Tyler went with 'em. Between 8 and 9, the same Night, Mr. Bruce coming that Way, found the Cellar Door of his House open, and heard a Noise within; upon which, he got a Light and Assistance in the Neighbourhood, and enter'd. When he came up one pair of Stairs he found several Goods bundled up ready to carry off; and going higher, he found the Prisoners both together in a Room. But Low was already gone off with some of the Goods. Several Witnesses gave Tyler a very good Character, and the Jury acquitted 'em both.
Anne Lewis , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Torrois-Shell Snuff-Box, value 4 s. and a gold Ring, value 18 s. the Goods of John Viscount Nutterville , of the Kingdom of Ireland, on the 5th of November last.
John Follard , commonly call'd Sir John Follard, at the Black-Lion Alehouse in the Strand, thus depos'd. The Prisoner came to me, and desir'd me to lend her 14 Shillings to fetch a Ring out of Pawn, where it had lain for three Months; and which, she said, was given her by her Master, my Lord Nutterville. I lent her the Money, and she left me the same Ring in pledge to me. But, not long after, my Lord's Gentleman came with her, and demanded the Ring again.
Her Confession before Justice Gore, was read, in which she acknowledg'd, that about 2 Months ago, being Servant to the Lord Nutterville, in Great Queen-Street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields , she then took a Ring away (with a Head in the Seal) out of a Trunk, and pawn'd it to Follard.
The Prisoner thus made her Defence. I don't deny that I had the Ring and Snuff Box, but my Lord gave 'em me for a Present. - He brought me out of my own Country, and overcame me, and when I proved with Child, he would have sent me back again, and gave me 2 Guineas more. - My Lord's Gentleman perswaded me to say, before the Justice, that I took the Things, that no Reflection might be cast upon my Lord's Character. - 'Tis well known, that I was not a common Servant in the House; for my Lord paid me weekly, and I had the Use of his Chariot 2 or 3 Days
John Hutchins , of Tottenham High-Cross , was indicted for stealing 2 pair of Hinges, value 5 s. the Goods of Walter Sibborn , on the 28th of December last. It appear'd, that the Prisoner ript the Hinges off some Doors in an empty House, which (as they were fix'd to the Freehold) being only a Trespass, the Jury acquitted him.
It appeared that Margaret Price wash'd Linnen for Mr. Atkinson, a Distiller , in White-Chappel ; and that, in the Dusk of the Evening, the Prisoner came into the Room, asked her some Questions, and went out again. The Goods were in the Room just before she came in, and mist soon after she was gone. The Jury acquitted her.
It appeared, that the Prisoner took the Anchor out of Mr. Middleton's Barge at Chiswick , and taking a Boat that belong'd to Mr. Anderson, he row'd to Strand on the Green , betwixt Chiswick and Brentford, and there took the Fish out of the Well in Mr. Corbet's Boat; but before he came on Shore, he was taken, about One in the Morning, by Robert Ratty . The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. each .
Amos Stokes , (a Boy ) of St. James Clerkenwell , was indicted for a Trespass, in unlawfully entring the Shop of Eleanor Absalom , with an Intention to steal her Goods, on the 15th of December , about 7 at Night.
It appear'd, that the Hatch of the Shop was bolted by Anne West , the Prosecutor's Servant; and that then she went backward, but a Customer calling at the Door, she came out, and was surpriz'd to find the Hatch unbolted. Upon which they searched, and found the Prisoner behind the Counter. In his Defence he laid he had been playing some Tricks with a drunken Man, who therefore ran after him, to beat him; to prevent which, he hid himself in the Shop. The Jury found him guilty . To be imprison'd 12 Months , and find Security for his good Behaviour .
Daniel Pinard , and John Blewit , the 2 last former Convicts.
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as followeth;
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 2.
Burnt in the Hand, I.
To be Whipt, 5.
Daniel Pinard , and John Blewit , the 2 last former Convicts.
To be Transported, 24.
John Miles , William Brooks , Margaret Hampton , Ann Barton , Phillis Noble , William Rogers , Martha Fowell , Francis Dobson , Edward Grace , John Fells , John Ellwood , Elizabeth Henderson , Margaret Sheppard , Ann Pert , Christopher Elliot , Thomas Love , Samuel Martin , John Smith , Thomas Randal , Joseph Taylor , Jane Butler , Mary Matthews , William Sturges , Ann Lewis .
Moore alias Murphey, find 50 l. to suffer 2 Years imprisonment, and find Security for his good Behaviour.
Amas Stokes, to suffer I Years imprisonment, and to find Security for his good Behaviour.