The King's Commission of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily; for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 20th, 21st, 22d, and 23d, of April, 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 Justice Raymond; the Honourable Mr. Baron Price ; Sir William Thomson , Knt. Recorder; and John Raby , Serjeant at Law; and other his Majesty's Justices of Goal-Delivery, and Oyer and Terminer aforesaid; together with His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said City of London.
John Murrel , was indicted for stealing a brown Mare, value 8 l. the Goods of Jonathan Wood . October 9 . Jonathan Wood thus depos'd. I took my Mare to the Fair at Newcastle upon Tyne , in order to sell her. The Prisoner cheapen'd her; we partly agreed, that if he lik'd her, the price should be 7 Guineas ready Money, for he was a Stranger to me. He put 6 pence into my Hand as Earnest, and desir'd me to let him try the Mare. She was bridled and saddled, and he mounted, pretending to take a Ride of a quarter of Mile; but he forgot to return. I traced him all over Yorkshire to no purpose; but at last, I sent a Letter to a Friend at London, who by making Enquiry and Advertizing, found out both the Mare and the Prisoner. Guilty . Death .
Sarah Orchard , was indicted for privately stealing a silver Watch, value 30 s. from Thomas Holms , March 28 . Thomas Holms, thus depos'd. About 1 in the Morning, as I was going along Shoe-Lane in Fleet street ; the Prisoner came to me, she clapt one Hand upon my Shoulder, and t'other somewhere else - and, How d'ye do my Dear, says she. I laid my Hand upon her Breast to shove her away, and at the same Time I felt her pull the Watch out of my Fob, whereof I took fast hold of her and then another Woman came to her, to whom I suppose she gave the Watch; and upon that there steps up a young Fellow, and begun to be saucy, and so I caned him, for which he charg'd a Constable with me, and so I was carry'd to the Round-House, and there the next Morning, a Man pretending to be the Prisoner's Husband, brought me the Watch again and desir'd me to be favourable Guilty. 10 d .
John Cotterell , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Bennet Ward , Widow ; and stealing a Tub, 2 pound of Butter, and 1 pound of Pepper , March 28 . The Prosecutor thus depos'd. I keep a Chandler's Shop in Ratcliff ; I fastned my Doors and Windows when I went to Bed I heard an out-cry of Thieves about 1 in the Morning. - I looked out at Window, and understanding that it was my own Shop that was broke open. I came down, and found the Prisoner there, and my Goods remov'd. Edward Joyns thus depos'd, I was going along Brook-Street with a Burden for the Market, and my Master William Catesby carry'd the Lanthorn, between 1 and 2 in the Morning. So, says my Master, Hy, Hy, what's here, a House broke open? - Step over, Master, says I and see how it is and so my Master did and took the Prisoner, but he was so extropolus, that he had like to have got away. We found his grest Coat lying at the Door. Thomas Catesby thus depos'd. I and my Man Ned were going to Market with a Basket of Asparagus. I saw the Shop was broke open. I step'd in, and found the Prisoner behind the Counter. I ask'd him what he did there? He made no Answer, but struggled hard to get away. There was a half Butter Firkin with Butter in it, standing under the Shop-window without side the House, and a Box of Pepper was taken out of its place, and set on the Counter. Robert West thus depos'd. This large Gimblet, small Saw, Chissel, and little Poker, were found upon the Prisoner in the Watch-House. Guilty . Death .
St. Giles's Cripplegate and the latter for receiving the same knowing them to be stoln , April 19 . Guilty .
John Vanwick , was indicted for stealing 2 Silver Mugs value 50 s. in the House of John Breese , April 4 . He was a 2d Time indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Topping , and stealing 17 pound of Bacon, 6 pound of Cheese, 10 pair of Brass Buckles, 3 Razors, and other Things, on the 3d. of January , in the Night . John Breksy thus depos'd. I keep an Ale-house at the King and Queen's-Head in Pennington-street, Ratcliff ; where the Prisoner came to drink last Easter Monday in the Evening, and I mist the Mugs, as soon as he was gone. John Willson thus depos'd. On the 11th of this Month about 10 at Night, the Prisoner came to my Shop in New Row, Tuthill-Fields. I have known him above these 10 Years; he call'd for a Dram and begun to tell me of the Fire that had happen'd at Ratcliff; I said I was sorry for it, but he said he was glad. I asked him why, and he answer'd, because he had found 2 silver Mugs, which he then produced, and desir'd me to weigh them, for he intended to sell them next Day. I told him he ought to carry them to the right Owner, whose Name and Place of abode were engrav'd upon them, but he would by no Means agree to it. He told me that he intended to lodge at his Brother's that Night. I thought that he had stolen the Mugs, but did not let him perceive my Suspicion, because I intended to apprehend him. Last January was a 1 s. Month, Mr. Topping's House was broke open; he suspected the Prisoner and desir'd me to give him notice whenever I met with him, which I now did. John Topping thus depos'd. I keep Chandler's Shop at Kensington Gore (betwixt Kensington and Knights-bridge) the Prisoner lived down Gore-lane behind my House. About 10 at Night I made all fast and went to Bed, and about 5 next Morning. I found my Shop-Door and Window both open, and my Cheese, Bacon, Eggs, Candles, 2 Razors, 2 Flasks of Liquors, and several other Goods were taken away. - The Prisoner came into my Shop the same Morning, and call'd for a Dram. - I told him what had happen'd. Ha! Ye old Son of a Bitch, says he, did not I tell ye that your House would be broke open at that Window. - My Wife going out at our back Door, she found some Tallow sticking to the Stile that led into Gore-lane. She Suppos'd that the Candles were broke there in getting over. - She told me of it, I went over there to the Prisoner's House and found more Tallow Sticking upon his Door. - I asked him how the Tallow came there, he swore he could not tell. I then took more Notice of him, and saw that his Hat was greasy and that Eggs had been broke in his Pocket and run thro'. I examin'd him strictly, and at last he confess'd, and gave back most of my Goods. He said he broke open the Window and to go into the Shop. He beg'd me not to prosecute him, and promis'd to make it up, - But he went away, and I heard no more of him till after he has stole the Mugs and then he offer'd to give me them to let him go again. Guilty of each Indictment . Death .
Joseph Treen , was indicted for stealing a Bay Gelding, value 5 l. the Goods of George Bolter , March 10 . Mr. Mansel thus depos'd. I had borrow'd a Horse of Mr. Bolter, to go out of Town with Mr. Sweet. We stop'd at Clifford's Inn , for I had Occasion to call there. I dismounted, and left my Horse in the Street and went up. Mr. Sweet thus depos'd. I sat upon my Mare while Mr. Mansel went into the Chambers. - Presently the Prisoner came up, mounted the Horse, and was riding away. - What are you going to do with the Horse? says I. Why the Gentleman sent me for him, says he. - What Gentleman? - why Mr. Millington - Friend you're mistaken, this is none of Mr. Millington's Horse - But I say it is. - But I tell you that it is not. - But I tell you again that it is. Why sure I know Mr. Millington's Horse well enough and I will have him, and then he gave the Horse a Lick, and endeavour'd to get clear off, but he was prevented, and by this Time Mr. Mansel came to us. The Prisoner was pull'd off, and he beg'd hard that we would let him go. Guilty . Death .
Mary Scuffam , was indicted for stealing 16 Guineas, Seven half Guineas a Moidore, and a Broad-piece, the Money of Thomas Dowell , in his House , April 8 . Thomas Dowell thus depos'd. I keep the Bull-Head Ale-house in Jewen Street . The prisoner was my Servant , she had liv'd with me half a Year, and behaved herself very well. But on the 7th of this Month, Mr. Ward came to my House, and asked me if I knew that his Brother was going to Marry my Maid - Yes I do, says I for I am togive them a wedding Dinner at Easter. Have you lent her any Money says he - No - have you mist any? - No. - Why she has got Money somewhere she told me that she found 15 Guineas in a blue Bag. My Wife hearing this ran up Stairs, and presently came down again, and said it was her Money she had lost 24 l. We presently tax'd the Prisoner, and she at last confestd that she had taken it. She return'd me 1 Broad-piece, a Moidore, 9 Guineas, 3 Shillings and a Gold Ring, which she bought to be married with. She said she had left 3 Guineas at her Sister's to buy Wedding Cloths for herself, and that rest of the Money she had laid out in a Suit of Cloths for her Sweetheart. Guilty . Death .
Joseph Brockhurst , alias Brookhouse , of St. Leonard Bromley was indicted for stealing 5 tame Conies , the Property of Sir Charles Peers , Knt. April 14 . Thomas Townstead thus depos'd. Sir Charles kept several tame Conies, and one Morning I mist 4 Does and a Buck, and afterwards I found the Does at the Prisoner's House. The Prisoner Confess'd the Fact before Sir Charles. In this Defence at the Bar, he pretended that he bought the Rabbits, and he never did an ill Thing in his life. Sir Charles hearing this, inform'd the Court that the Prisoner had already been burnt in the Hand. The Court order'd that his Hand should be look'd on, and thereupon one of the Keepers call'd to the Executioner, Come hither Jack, says he, and see if you know your own Hand-writing. The Executioner came, and the Mark was visible. Guilty 10 d .
Francis Chandler , was indicted for the Murder of Richard Bun , by giving him with a Sword one mortal Wound near the lest Pap, of which he instantly Died , on the 21st. of March . He was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder. - Binks thus depos'd. I am Drawer to Mrs. Cook Who keeps the Vine Tavern in Eagle-Court. I was standing at the Door betwixt 10 and 11 on Monday Night, the Prisoner and Mr. Bourn came Arm in Arm, and call'd for a Pint of Wine. And While they were standing there (for they would not go in,) the Deceas'd (who was in the Kitchen) came out to the Door, and desired the Prisoner to pay him the Guinea that he ow'd him. The Prisoner call'd him a Bear-Garden Fellow; and said that he ow'd him nothing. Then there was Swearing and Calling Names on both sides, and they all hussled together. Mr. Bourn closed, the Deceas'd. and as the same time the Prisoner stab'd the Decease'd over Mr. Bourn's Shoulder, and then flourish'd his Sword, and cry'd, Stand off. The Decease'd had no Sword at that time, nor did I see him strike the Prisoner at all; Mr. Bourn help'd him into our House, and there he died presently. - I was indeed a little suddled, but I remember very well all that pass'd. Mary Poplet thus depos'd. The Deceas'd was sitting by the Kitchen Fire when the Prisoner came to the Door. Mrs. Hains (who is Mrs. Cook's Sister) heard his Tongue, and said, there's Mr. Chandler at the Door. The Deceas'd got up and said the owes me a Guinea, I'll go and ask him for it. Pray don't (says Mrs. Cook) - Dear Dick take another opportunity: He answered there's no Time like the present, and so went out. I heard somebody cry, Stand off: I went out and saw the Deceas'd looking at his last Breast; he turn'd pale and died in 4 or 5 Minutes. - The Drawer was very drunk. Ursula Hains thus depos'd. When the Prisoner came to the Door, the Deceas'd was sitting by the Fire with a Knife in his Hand, but I am not sure whether he laid it down or not, When he ran to the Door. - I heard the Prisoner say, Stand off. - you're a Bear-Garden Fellow, I don't understand Boxing. The Deceas'd call'd him Scoundrel, and ill Words pass'd on both sides. Mrs Cook thus depos'd. - The Deceas'd run our great Passion with a knife in his Hand, and flung the Door so hard after him that he split it: I heard him say to the Prisoner, Sir, You owe me a Guinea. You're a Rascal D - ye, and a Scoundrel and a Black Guard. and so it three parts of your Regiment. The Prisoner said several times, Stand off. I am no Bear-Garden Fighter, though you are. - The Drawer was so drunk that he could not give an Answer. - This Evidence was asked if she did not swear before the Coroner, that the Deceas'd had no Knife when he run out. - She answer'd she was then very much frighted, and might not think of it. Elizabeth Willis the Maid depos'd. I was not at the Door at all. - Mrs Bourn came in with the Deceas'd, and perceiving his own Finger to be bloody. See, says he, what I have got by saving his Life. My Mistress said to him, What do ye do here? why don't ye go after your Friend Chandler? He call'd her Bitch and offer'd to Strike her: - What, says she will ye strike a Women with Child? - Mr. Welch the Surgeon thus depos'd. The Wound was Mortal, it penetrated to the Cavity of the Breast near the left Pap, and went strait downward, and not at all obliquely. The Wound was all of a Breadth; and therefore I think it could not be given over another Mans Shoulder: For in Such a Case the Wound would have been wider at the Orifice than it was inwards. Hasting and Mead depos'd that they took the Prisoner the same Night in Long Acre betwixt 12 and 1. That he made no Resistance and that when they brought him to the Deceas'd, he said he was sorry for it. The Prisoner then made his Defence. Mr. Bourn thus depos'd. The Deceas'd demanded a Guinea. The
John Gillingham , was indicted for Assaulting on the Highway Robert Shirly Esq; and taking from him a Gold Watch and Chain, value 20 l. February 21 . He was a 2d Time indicted for Assaulting John de Comines on the Highway, and taking from him a Watch, a Snuff box, and 5 l. 5 s. in Money , on the 8th of April 1725 . He was a 3d Time indicted, for that he (with John Mason since dead in Newgate,) did send to Simon Smith Esq; a Felonious Letter, not signed with his own Name, demanding 20 Guineas . Mr. Shirly thus depos'd. Between 12 and 1 on Friday Night, as I was going in a Chair along St. James's Street , I was Attack'd by two Men, one of them Jostled my Fore Chairman. and clap'd a Pistol to his Shoulder, bade him Stand, came to the Chair Door, demanded my Watch and Money, and swore if I stirr'd I was a dead Man. I deliver'd them to him while his Companion stood over the other Chairman; and as soon as they were gone, my Fore Chairman told me that he had known the Prisoner and his Family, that his Parents kept a Fruiterers Stall just by White's Chocolate House. Hall the Chairman depos'd thus. I have known the Prisoner these 13 or 14 Years. He clapp'd a Pistol to me, and bade me Stand. I set down the Chair. There was another Rogue with him. My Partner was going to draw the Poles to take them a knock or two; but the Prisoner's Companion perceiv'd it, and stood over him with a Pistol. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that when he was carried before the Justice, the Chairman said that he could not Swear that the Prisoner was the Man, though he Swore it the next Morning. The Chairman acknowledged this to be true, but said that he refus'd to Swear, only because he was a poor Man, and was afraid that he should lose his Time, and be at some Charges in the Prosecution. On the 2d Indictment it appear'd, that about Midnight the Prisoner and 3 or 4 more pickt a Quarrel with the Prosecutor in the Hay Market, upon which they fell to Fighting, and in the Fray Prosecutor lost his Money. On the 3d Indictment Richard Meeks thus depos'd On Saturday Night my Master (Mr. Reith a Watch-maker,) sent me with his Wig to the Barber's. As I was going along Pall-mall the Prisoner hipp'd after me. I came to him, and another Man was with him. The Prisoner took a Letter out of his Pocket, and desir'd me to carry it for him to Mr. Smith. I went to enquire for the Gentleman at 2 or 3 Chocolate Houses, but not meeting with him, the Prisoner at last sent me to the Gentlemans own House in George Street. - I gave the Letter, to the Maid, and she to Mr. Smith. He call'd me in, read the Letter and asked me if I knew what I had done. I told him I knew of no harm. Why, says he, here's a Fellow threatens to Shoot me the first time he meets me, if I don't send him 20 Guineas by the Bearer. The Letter was produced in Court by Mr. Smith, who Swore that he receiv'd it of the Maid. She Swore that she had it from the Boy, and the Boy Swore that it was the same that he receiv'd from the Prisoner. It was read in Court, and the Contents follow.
To Mr Smith, in Great George Street over-against the Church near Hanover Square.
I Desire you to send me 20 Guineas by the Bearer without letting him know what it is, for he is Innocent of the Contents. If you offer to speak of this to any body. G - d - my Blood and Soul, if you are not a dead Man before Monday Morning: and if you don't send the Money, the Devil dash my Brains out, if I don't Shoot you the first Time you stir out of Doors. Or if I should be taken, there's others that will do your Business for you, by the first Opportunity. Therefore pray fail not, for G - strike me to instant D -- tion, if I am not as good as my Word.
The jury found him Guilty of the 1st and 3d Indictment , but acquitted him of the 2d . Death .
Charles Atkins , and James Hopkins , 2Boy s, were indicted for Assaulting Mary the Wife of John Pendar on the Highway, and taking from her a Pocket, 5 Keys, a Tweezer Case, and 5 d.1/2 on March 5 . Guilty Felony . James Hopkins . was a 2d Time indicted for breaking (with John Burrows , the Evidence against him, the House of Samuel Spencer , and stealing 3 Dishes, 2 Plates, and a Sauce Pan, the Goods of Joseph Braintry . Feb. 22 . in the Night . Guilty of Felony . He was a 3d Time indicted for breaking and entring (with John Burrows.) the House of Thomas Lovejoy . and stealing 6 Dishes, and a parcel of Linnen in the Night time . Acquitted .
William Munn , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in breaking and entring the Ware-house of John and Robert Wills , with an intent to steal their Goods April the 1 st . He was a 2d Time indicted for stealing 10 Pounds of Tobacco , the Goods of John and Robert Wills, Feb. 4 . Guilty of each .
John Map , was indicted for Assaulting William Benfield on the Highway, and taking from him 8 Pair of Hinges, &c. and 16 s . Feb. 8 . William Benfield thus depos'd. I and a young Woman were together in the Hamstead Stage Coach; 'twas a bright Night about 7 a Clock, and at the bottom of Haverstock Hill , which is between the Half-way House and Hamstead , we were Attack'd by 2 Men. The Prisoner came up to me, and I asked him what he wanted. He answer'd, D - ye I'll tell ye when I come in He pull'd open the Door, clap'd a Pistol to my Breast and took my Money, and demanded my Watch. I told him I had none, upon which he undid my Breeches. - Now are not you a lying Son of Bitch, says he, to say that you have ne'er a Watch, when I have got hold of the String? The other took a Thimble, and some odd Things from the young Woman, and carry'd off my Hinges. Their Pistols had Brass Stocks and bright Barrels. Thomas Eades thus depos'd. The Prisoner and one Carpenter asked me to go with them on the Highway, the Night after this Robbery was Committed. You need not be afraid of me, says the Prisoner, for I can do you no hurt: I cannot be an Evidence against you. You know that I have been Transported, and Cast for my Life, and I have broke cut of Newgate. We robb'd the Hamstead Stage Coach last Night, and there I got these Hinges, and this Money . - I told him I'd consider of it, and so I did; for I went before Justice Blackerby, got a Warrant, and so he was Apprehended. Quilt Arnold thus depos'd. I took the Prisoner at Westminster, and took these 2 Pistols upon him You see the Stocks are Brass, and the Barrels bright. Guilty . Death .
Thomas Fleetwood , of Rislip was indicted for stealing 4 Sacks and 8 Bushels of Wheat, the Goods of Ralph Bugby , and 1 Sack and 4 Bushels of Wheat, the Goods of Matth.ew Bugby , March 26 . Ralph Bugby thus depos'd. I lost the Corn on Sunday Night, and upon making Search I found it hid in the Prisoner's Haymow at Hendon. At first he said he had no Wheat; but when I found it, he said he bought it of a broken Farmer out of his Waggon at Bear Key, though some Folks have told me that there never are any Waggons come to Bear Key with Corn. When I found my Wheat it was not in my Sacks, but in old Sacks of his own. - When I was Searching I found a hollow Place in the Mow, and I call'd for a Fork. I'll fetch ye one, says the Prisoner, but instead of coming with it he run away; - and when he was taken again, he offer'd me 20, 30, or 40 Guineas, or any thing that I would desire to make it up. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that it was usual for want of Room to make such Places in Haymows to put Chaff, or Beans, or Corn. That he had a 10 Pounds a Year of his own, and Rented between 3 and 4 Score Pounds a Year more at Hendon, that he lived all his Life in Credit and therefore it was not likely that he should turn Thief in his old Age, to steal a quarter of Wheat. Abram Wells thus depos'd. I was with the Prisoner at Bear-Key, the last Day of January, when he bought 2 Quarters of Wheat in Sacks, which stood on the Ground, and he carry'd them home in a Cart. - 'Tis common in my Country to have such Holes in Hay-mows, to put Chaff and Peas in. Several of the Prisoner's Neighbours appear'd in his Behalf, and gave him the Character of a very honest industrious Man. The Jury found him Guilty .
Mary Tims , was indicted for the Murder of Mary Wright her(Grandmother ) by giving her with an Iron Poker one mortal Bruise, on the back Part of her Right-hand, on the 15th of February , of which she languish'd till the 3d of March, and then dyed . Sarah Welch thus depos'd. The Deceas'd made dayly complaints of ill Usage that she receiv'd from the Prisoner, and particularly that she had struck her in the Face. The Deceas'd I believe was near 100 Years old, and I my self saw the Prisoner give her a sort of a Jumble. Joseph Harlock the Surgeon thus depos'd. On the 28th of February, I visited the Deceas'd, at her Room in Plimpton Court, in Fore-street ; she was then speechless. Her Hand was mortify'd up to her Wrist, and nothing had been apply'd to it. I cannot be positive that that was the Cause of her Death. for great Allowance must be made for old Age, and Poorness of Blood . Elizabeth Smith thus depos'd. I heard the old Woman cry out Murder; went and found none but the Prisoner with her, I ask'd her if she was not asham'd to strike her old Grandmother, who was grown Childish with Age, and she bade me get about my Business. The Prisoner in her Defence said thus. My Grandmother was a very unsatisfied old Woman, and had made a great deal of Mischief between me and my Husband, and yet I never struck her, not abused her, not let her want for any Thing. Several Witnesses depos'd, that they never heard the old Woman
William Thomson , (aBoy ) of Shoreditch , was indicted for privately stealing in the Shop of Thomas White , 30 pair of Worsted Stockings, value 30 s . March 1 . It appear'd that about a 11 in the Morning, while the Prosecutor was absent, the Prisoner took a Bundle of Stockings out of his Shop in Kings-land Road, and that the Prisoner being afterwards apprehended, confest he took the Goods and sold 'em for 6 s. to Deborah Sanders , who sold Eggs in a Cellar in White-Chaple, and thot she encourag'd him to steal any Thing that he could get, and she would buy it of him, she was likewise apprehended, but died in Newgate. Guilty 4 s. 10 d .
Thomas Billings and Thomas Woods , of St. Mary le bon , were indicted for the Murder of John Hays , the former by striking and bruising the said John Hays on the hinder Part of the Head with a Hatchet, on the 1st of March last, of which he instantly died , and the latter for being accessary to the said Murder . To which Indictment they both pleaded Guilty .
Katharine Hays , was indicted for Petty Treason, in being Traiterously present, comforting and maintaining the said Thomas Billings in the Murder of the said John Hays , her Husband. Richard Bromage thus depos'd. After the Prisoner Katherine Hays was committed to Newgate, I and Robert Wilkins , and Leonard Myring went to visit her. - I am sorry, says, I, to see you here on this Account. And so am I too, says she, For God's sake, says I, what cou'd put it into your Head, to commit such a barbarous Murder upon your own husband? Why says she, the Devil put it into my Head, but however John Hays was none of the best of the Husbands, for I have been half starved ever since I was married to him. I don't in the least repent of any Thing that I have done, but only in drawing those two poor Man into this Misfortune. I was Six Weeks in importuning 'em to do it; they deny'd it 2 or 3 Times, but at last they agreed. My Husband was made so drunk that he fell out of his Chair, and then Billings (who was a Taylor) and Wood carried him into the back Room, and laid him upon the Bed. I was not in that Room, but in the Fore Room on the same Floor when he was kill'd. But they told me that Billings struck him twice on the Head, with a Pole Ax, and then Wood cut his Throat. When he was dead I went in and held the Candle, while Wood cut his Head quite off, and afterwards they chop'd off his legs and Arms. And why, says I, did you use your Husband in such an inhumane manner. Because, says she, we wanted to get him into an Old Chest, but he was too long, and too big. We thought to have done it with only cutting off his Head, and his Legs, but we were forced to cut off his Thighs and his Arms, and then the Chest would not hold 'em all. The Body and Limbs were put into Blankets, and carried out at several Times the next Night, and thrown into a Pond. But what, says I, could induce the Men to be guilty of all this? Was it the sake of Money? No, says she The Devil was in us all, and we were all got drunk. And what, says I, can you say for your self when you come before the Judge? Why, says she, it will signify nothing to make a long Preamble, I'll hold up my Hand and say that I am Guilty, for nothing can save me, nobody can forgive me. Robert Wilkins depos'd to the same Effect. Leonard Myring thus depos'd. I was with the Prisoner 2 or 3 Times before this; one of those Times was I think on the Sunday after she was committed. - I am glad you're come, says she, for the Men that did the Murder are taken. and have confess'd it. I was not with 'em when they did it, for I was sitting upon a Stool by the Fire in the Shop, but I heard the Blow given, and heard somebody stamp. And why did not you cry out, says I, Because I was afraid they would kill me, says she: and after his Head was cut off it was put into a Pail, and Wood carry'd it out; Billing sat down by me; and cry'd, and would lye all the rest of the Night in the Room with the dead Body. But what, says I, was she first Occasion of your contriving to do this? Why, says she, my Husband came Home drunk one Night and beat me, upon which says Billings, This fellow deserves to be kill'd, and says Wood I'd be his Butcher for a Penny, and I told 'em they might do as they would, and so they made a Contrivance to kill him; but I did not know that they'd do it the Night that it was done on. And why, says I, did not you tell your Husband of this Design to murder him? Because says she, I was afraid that he'd beat me. Joseph Mercer thus depos'd. The Monday after the Prisoner was committed to Newgate; I went to see her. - Mr. Mercer, says she. you are Tom Billing's Friend as well as mine, and therefore pray go and tell him, 'tis in vain for him to deny the Murder of my Husband any longer, for we are both Guilty, and must both die for it. John Blakesly thus depos'd. I live at the Brawns-Head in New-Bond-Street. On the 1st of March last, about 4 in the Afternoon, the Prisoner and 2 Men that pleaded Guilty, came to our House for 6 Quarts of Mountain, which she paid for at the Bar, and saw it put into Bottles. I sent a Porter Home with her that he might know where to fetch the Bottles when they were Empty, but about 9 the same Night, one of those two Men brought back the Empty Bottles, and had another Quart of Wine away with him, in a Bottle which he brought besides ours. Mary Springet thus depos'd. I lodged up Stairs in the House where the Murder was Committed. I had been out all Day at Work, and came home between 8 and 9 at Night, My Husband told me there had been great Merrimaking below, Drinking, and Dancing, and Singing. I was tired and wanted to go to Bed, but I was willing first to know if their Liquor was almost out that I might not, be disturbed when I went to Rest. - And so I came down and tap'd at the Door, and ask'd her if they had almost done Drinking; ay, Child, says she, I am just not a going to Bed; and so up I goes again, and not long after I heard the Door open, I call'd and asked who it was that went out. O says She it is my Husband, he's gone into the Country with a Charge of Money, and I am frighted out of my Wits for fear he should be Murder's. I wish he may come safe Home, but I never knew such an Obstinate Man in my life, when he gets a little Liquor. - There was no persuading him to stay till Morning. I went out early next Day which was Wednesday, and return'd about 9 at Night. The Prisoner was sitting by the Fire, but without a Candle in the Shop, with Wood and Billings. She again shew'd a great deal of uneasiness for her Husband, for fear some wicked Rogue or other should knock him on the Head for his Money. I went into my own Room, but had not been there long before I heard something drawling along the Floor, and 2 Men go out at the Door. I came down, again and asked what they were doing. She said those 2 Men were going to fetch a Bed home, when they came back they brought only a Broomstick with them, and said that they had not Money enough for the Bed. - I went up again, and by and by I heard another drawling upon the Floor, and the Men went out again. - When they return'd I let them in my self, but they had not yet bought the Bed. What says she, was the Landlords Mark upon the Bed? Yes, say they. Why then, says She I am glad you did not bring it. I left them, and once more went to my own Room: In a little time I heard another Bustling below. I begun to be very uneasy, and thought that something more than ordinary must be the Matter, and so I was going down again; but the Prisoner met me at my Door, and told me she was come to smoke half a Pipe with my Husband. While she staid I heard the Men going out again, and I stept to the Stair-Head and look'd down. She follow'd me, and ask'd why I was so uneasy. Truly, says I, Mrs. Hays I believe your'r a going to move your Goods by Night, and I think its Shame you should do so when you have got Money that lies by you. - No indeed, says She its no such thing. Why then pray Mistress Hays tell me what is the Matter? Why nothing, says she. - I beg you to make your self easy. The next Day which was Thursday, I saw Wood go out with a Bundle, and turn down Swallow Street. I asked her what that Bundle was, why, says she, 'tis a Suit of Cloaths that be borrow'd to go abroad in Last Sunday. - The Head that was thrown into the Thames at Mill Bank, and the Pail that it was carried, in, were both brought to me at the Gate-house to see if I knew 'em, and I did know that the Head was Mr. Hayns's and that the Pail was his Pail, and this is his Coat. - At the sight of the Coat, the Prisoner at the Bar fainted away, but being recover'd, Richard Bows thus depos'd, on Thursday the 5th of March, Thomas Wood came to Lodge at my House and brought this Coat with him, which Mrs. Springet Swears was the Coat of the Deceas'd. The Prisoner in her Defence acknowledged, that 3 or 4 Days before her Husband was kill'd, She knew that there was a Design against his Life, and that she was in the next Room when the Murder was done, but said that she had no Hand in it, and therefore she was clear of his Blood. The Jury found her Guilty .
John Morard alias Margrand , was indicted for the Murder of John Ferguson , by Abetting John Andrew (not yet taken,) who with a Knife gave the said Ferguson one mortal Wound near the left Pap on the 8th of April , of which he instantly died . He was a 2d Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder. The Prisoner being a Frenchman, an Interpreter was Sworn between him, the Witnesses, and the Court. John Oliver thus depos'd. Between 8 and 9 at Night, I and the Deceas'd were on the Patrole in the 5 Fields between Chelsea and Westminster, we past by the Genoese Arms, and when we were got about 6 or 7 Yards from thence, the Prisoner and John Andrews came out together. They call us King Georges Dogs, and gave us other abusive Language. - Sir says I to Andrews, if you dont mend your manners, I shall carry you Prisoner to the Guard. - Will you says he but I'll Stick you to the Heart first, and then pull'd out a naked Knife, upon which I Collar'd him and kickt up his Heels by the side of a Dunghill. My Comrade might then be about 2 Yards behind me, and his Candle was beat out. Andrew got up again and went towards my Comrade. The Prisoner came up to me and I collar'd him. A Man and a Woman coming along, I desir'd the Man to hold the Prisoner while I went to light my Candle at the Genoese Arms, and when I came out again the Deceas'd was fallen down. Mr. Nicholas thus depos'd. I heard a Quarrel at some Distance, and coming up to John Oliver , he told me that he was abused by two Men. Then looking about I saw the Deceas'd and Andrew a Strugling together on the Dunghill. The Deceas'd ran from the Dunghill towards the Genoese Arms and fell down, and Andrews ran quite away. The Prisoners Sword was not then Drawn: I took it from his side, - and we carry'd the Deceas'd into the Genoese Arms. Captain Steward thus depos'd. About 5 a Clock, the next Morning after the Deceas'd was kill'd, I found this Knife upon the Dunghill, where he, and Andrews, had been Strugling. Captain Washington thus depos'd. I was Drinking with Andrews and the Prisoner, at the Artichoak, and there Andrews took out this Knife, and asked me, if I knew how to play at Snick or Snee. - He grew very Quarrelsome there, and the Prisoner desir'd me to shew him the Way over the Fields, for the wanted to get away from Andrews, but Andrews, would not let him go. Mr. Hepburn the Surgeon depos'd. That the Knife had entred the left Lobe of the Lungs, much Blood
Thomas Brograve , Esq; was indicted for the Murder of Henry Branthwait , Gent. by giving him with a Sword one Mortal Wound, near the left Pap, on the 27th of Feb. of which he instantly died . He was a 2d Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for Man-slaughter. Benjamin Martin thus depos'd. On Sunday the 27th of Feb. about Noon, I came into George's-Coffee-House, in Devereux-Court, and saw Mr. Brograve standing by the Fire with his Cloak on, which I took Notice of to him, it being a remarkable warm Day; he told me that he had lately been very ill. We sat down at a Table together, and talked of indifferent Things When we had sat about half an Hour, the Deceas'd came in and said something at the Bar, upon which the Prisoner said Here! and presently steps to the Deceas'd, and they went out together. The Prisoner frequented that Coffee-House. I have seen him there often. - I did not perceive that he had any Pistol about him, nor that he sent any Body out upon a Message. Thomas Trout thus depos'd. I am Servant at George's Coffee-House. A Gentleman whom I never (to my knowledge) saw before, came up to our Bar, in a Red Cloak, and asked for Mr. Brograve, who answer'd Here; and got up directly. And one of 'em (I think was the Stranger) said, I have got a Coach at the Door, and so they went into a Hackney Coach. - I saw no Coach at the Door, before the strange Gentleman came. The Prisoner did not send any Body out upon any Message. - He frequents our House. James Sope thus depos'd. I had been ill, and was taking the Air in Hyde-Park , when I saw 2 Gentlemen in Scarlet Cloaks coming towards me pretty fast. - They turn'd off towards some Bushes, and there the tallest of 'em (which was the Prisoner ) dropt his Cloak first, and the other immediately after him. Then each of 'em took off his Hat and Wig, and held out a Pistol. - Says the Prisoner, Fire. No (says the Deceas'd) do you fire first - You ought to do that, says the Prisoner. - Well then, say, the Deceas'd, let as fire both at once, and so they did, and both mist, then they drew their Swords. The Deceas'd run toward the Prisoner, who parry'd off his Sword, and pusht at him. They closed, struggled together, the Deceas'd fell backward, and the Prisoner upon him; the Prisoner then took away the Deceas'd's Sword, and they both got up, but the Deceas'd stagger'd, and fell down again. The Prisoner call'd me to him, and said to the Deceas'd. Speak, who was in the Fault? Will ye forgive me? - Pray forgive me. But the Deceas'd could make no Answer; the Prisoner desir'd me to call a Coach, but I was Weak, and could not run nor call aloud His Sword was bloody, and crooked. He wiped it on the Grass, and streighten'd it, and then waved his Hat for a Coach at Hyde-Park Corner. A Coach came, he put on his Cloak, his Wig. and Hat, and pray. says he, take care of the Gentleman, and I'll send a Surgeon immediately, and by this Time, another Gentleman's Servant was come to us. Richard Peters thus depos'd. I heard two Pistols go off, and looking about, I saw one Gentleman standing still, and the other making up to him. - The Prisoner beckon'd me to come up, which I did; he told me there was an unfortunate Gentleman, and desir'd me to take care of him. - But the Gentleman died immediately. Mr. Rand the Surgeon depos'd. That both Ventricles of the Heart were penetrated. The Entrance was made betwixt the Fourth and Fifth Rib, that the Wound was Mortal, and the Occasion of his Death. The Prisoner thus made his Defence. The Deceas'd call'd on me at the Coffee-House, and said he wanted to talk with me about a little Business, that he had receiv'd from a Person that I had some concern with. He said, he had got a Coach ready, and we both went in. When we came to Charing-Cross, he fell in a violent Passion, and told me, that I had acted like a Rascal and a Scoundrel; In what? Says I. Why, says he, in setting me to work about this pitiful business, in which there's nothing to be got, and employing another Gentleman in your Affairs of great Consequence; and beside you have injur'd my Character in another Affair and by G - I'll have satisfaction, and then shew'd me two Pistols which he had brought with him. - I endeavour'd in vain to pacify him, and he swore if I offer'd to stir from him, he'd shoot me. Some Notice has been taken of my wearing a Cloak on a warm Day, as if it was with a Design to conceal my Pistols, or to favour my Escape. But I only wore it to prevent catching Cold, for I had been ill for a Fortnight before. as I can prove. Nor was my being at the Coffee-House the Consequence of any Assignation . But, it being a House that I frequented, the Deceas'd might think it a likely Place to find me. Dr. Wasey, and an Apothecary depos'd. That the Prisoner confirm'd what the Prisoner said of his Illness. George Vaughan thus depos'd. I keep the George's Coffee-House, the Prisoner frequently came there. He did not enquire for any Body when he came in on the Sunday that the Misfortune happen'd. - I never saw the Deceas'd before that Time. John Pennock Servant to the Deceas'd, thus depos'd. The Deceas'd was my Master, and about Eleven a Clock in the Morning, of the Day that he was kill'd, he order'd me to carry this large pair of Pistols to his Chamber, which I did. These Pistols were proved to be the same which the Prisoner and the Deceas'd made Use of in the Park. Mr. Mallory thus depos'd. On the Evening of the same Day, in which the Deceas'd was kill'd, I went to search among his Papers, for a Challenge. - And there I found a Powder Horn, with a Charge lying by it. Several Persons of Distinction gave the Prisoner, the Character of being a Gentleman of a very agreeable even Temper, not in the least inclinable to be quarrelsome. Manslaughter .
John Orchard was indicted for stealing 19 Guineas , the Money of Peter and Richard Osgood , March 27 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d . He was a 2d Time indicted for breaking the House of Edward Pendril , no Person being therein, and stealing 9 l. on the 22d of March , the Day Time . Acquitted .
Mary Cosier , Mary Harding , and Phillis Harding , were indicted for receiving the same, knowing them to be stoln . Paul Broadbent thus depos'd. I keep a Barber's Shop under the Rainbow Coffee-house, in St. Martin's lane ; the Prisoner Mary Broadbent, is my own Child, but living among ill Neighbours, they seduced her to rob me. I mist the Stay of a Child's Coat, and a Cloth that I used to wipe my Razors on. I and my Wife examin'd her, and she confest, and so we carried her, and the other 3 Prisoners, before Justice Ellis, and he committed them to Newgate. Mrs. Broadbent thus depos'd. We have lost Aprons, and Shifts, and Plates, and several other Things, that we could never find again, but these 2 Child's Caps, and this piece of a Callicoe Frock, we found in Cosier's House. As for the Child, I love her as well as if she had been my own a thousand Times. She has been instructed in the Fear of God; she can say her Catechism in English and French, and can answer all lawful Questions, but she has been drawn aside by wicked Neighbours. As for Mary Harding, and her Daughter Phillis, we can't charge them with receiving any Goods, but they kept the Child at their Houses, 2 or 3 Days together, and we did not know what was become of her. The Prisoners then call'd their Witnesses. Mr. Matthews thus depos'd. Mrs. Cosier lodg'd at my House. She's a poor Woman indeed, but she always bore the Character of being very honest; she used to go a Chairing at Broadbent's House, when his former Wife was alive, which is about 2 Years ago. When Broadbent and his Wife came with a Constable, to search her Lodging, they found some
Gabriel Lawrence , was indicted for feloniously committing with Thomas Newton , aged 30 Years, the heinous and detestable Sin of Sodomy . Thomas Newton thus depos'd. At the End of last June, one Peter Bavidge (who is not yet taken) and - Eccleston (who dy'd last Week in Newgate) carry'd me to the House of Margaret Clap (who is now in the Compter) and there I first became acquainted with the Prisoner . Mrs. Clap's House was next to the Bunch of Grapes in Field-lane, Holbourn . It bore the publick Character of a Place of Entertainment for Sodomites, and for the better Conveniency of her Customers, she had provided Beds in every Room in her House. She usually had 30 or 40 of such Persons there every Night, but more especially on a Sunday. I was conducted up one pair of Stairs, and by the Perswasions of Bavidge (who was present all the Time) I suffer'd the Prisoner to commit the said Crime. He has attempted the same since that Time, but I never would permit him any more. When Mrs. Clap was taken up, in February last, I went to put in Bail for her; at which Time, Mr. Williams, and Mr. Willis told me, they believ'd I could give Information, which I promis'd to do, and I went next Day, and gave Information accordingly. - Samuel Stephens thus depos'd. Mrs. Clap's House was notorious for being a Molly-House. - In order to detect some that frequented it, I have been there several Times, and seen 20 or 30 of 'em together, making Love, as they call'd it, in a very indecent Manner. Then they used to go out by Pairs, into another Room, and at their return, they would tell what they had been doing together, which they call'd marrying. The Prisoner acknowledg'd, that he had been several Times at Clap's House, but never knew that it was a Rendesvouz for such Persons. - He call'd several to his Character. Henry Hoxan thus depos'd. I have kept the Prisoner Company, and served him with Milk these 18 Years, for he is a Milk Man , and I am a Cow-Keeper, I have been with him at the Oxfordshire Feast, and there we have both got drink, and come Home together in a Coach, and yet he never offer'd any such thing to me. Thomas Fuller thus depos'd. The Prisoner married my Daughter, 18 Years ago; She has been dead these 7 Years, and he has a Girl by her, that is 13 Years old. - Several others deposd, that he was a very sober Man, and that they had often been in his Company when he was drunk; but never found him inclinable to such Practices. Guilty . Death . He was a 2d. Time indicted, for committing Sodomy with Mark Partridge , Nov. 10 . But being Convicted of the Former, he was not Try'd for this.
William Griffin , was indicted for Committing Sodomy with Thomas Newton , May 10 . Thomas Newton thus depos'd. The Prisoner and Thomas Phillips , (who is since absconded,) were Lodgers for near 2 Years at Clap's House. I went up stairs, while the Prisoner was a Bed, and there he committed the Act with me. Samuel Stevens depos'd, That he had seen the Prisoner, and his Gang at Clap's House. Guilty . Death .
George Redear , alias Regar , was indicted for committing Sodomy with Edward Courtney , aged 18 Years , July 15 . Edward Courtney thus depos'd. I first became acquainted with the Prisoner, when I was a Servant at the Yorkshire Gray in Bloomsbury Market, but I went afterwards to live at a Cook's Shop in St. Martins Lane and there the Prisoner follow'd me He came there to Dine in July last, and sat in a back Room in the Yard. I went to fetch away the Plates, he took me in his Arms and kist me, and sollicited me to let him commit Sodomy with me. I consented, and he committed the Fact. I afterwards went to live at Thomas Orme 's a Silk-Dyer, at the Red Lyon in Crown Court in Knaves Acre, and he kept a House for entertaining such Persons, and sold Drink in private back Rooms; and there the Prisoner came often after me to persuade me to do the same again. The Prisoner thus made his defence. Ned Courtney ask'd me to do it; but I told him I could not, for I had got an injury. What, says he, I suppose I am not handsome enough for you, but if you don't like me, I have got a pretty younger Brother, and I'le fetch him fir you. - As for going to Tom Orme 's, he was my School Fellow, and sold a Pot of good. Drink Ned there again solicited me to do it, and beg'd me to go into the Privy . He was afterwards turn'd out of his Place, and I met him in a very poor Condition, and he told me that he had nothing to subsist upon but what he got by doing such things. - I advis'd him to leave off that course of Life; but he said he wanted Money, and must have it, and if I would not help him to some, he'd swear my Life away . The Prisoner call'd 2 or 3 Women to his Character, who Swore that he was a very civil courteous Fellow. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Thomas Wright , was indicted for committing Buggery with Thomas Newton . Jan 10 1724- 5. Thomas Newton thus depos'd. Last January 12 Month, the Prisoner had the Carnal Use of my Body at his own House, in Christophers Alley in Moor-fields : He was a Wooll-Comber by Trade, but he sold a Dram among such Company as came to his House. - He afterwards remov'd to Beech Lane, and there kept Rooms for the entertainment of Sodomites. He sold Ale, but he had it from other Ale-houses: He has often fetch'd me to oblige Company in that way, and especially to one Gregory Turner . William Davison and - Sellars thus depos'd. The discovering of the Molly Houses, was chiefly owing to a Quarrel betwixt Mark Partridge and - Harrington: For upon this Quarrel Partridge to be revenged on Herrington, had blab'd something of the Secret, and afterwards gave a large Information of a great many others. The Mollies had heard something of the first Discovery, but did not imagine how far he had proceeded, and what further Designs he had upon them. - By his means we were introduced to the Company, at the Prisoners Lodging's. There were 8 or 9 of them in a large Room, one was playing upon a Fiddle, and others were one while dancing in obscene Postures, and other while Singing baudy Songs, and talking leudly, and Acting a great many Indecencies. - But they look'd a skew upon Mark Partridge , and call'd him a treacherous, blowing-up Mollying Bitch, and threatned that they'd Massacre any body that betray'd them . The Prisoner was very fond of us, and kist us all at parting in a most indecent manner, Edward Sanders in behalf of the Prisoner depos'd, That he never heard any such report of the Prisoner before; That he was born and bred at Newbury, and was esteem'd an honest Man, The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
George Whytle alias Whittle , was indicted for committing Sodomy, with Edward Courtney , December 1 . Edward Courtney thus depos'd. The Prisoner kept an Ale-House , the Royal-Oak, the Corner of St. George's-Square in Pall-Mall , where he keeps a back Room for the Mollies to drink in, and a private Room betwixt that and the Kitchen, there is a Bed in it, for the Use of the Company, when they have a Mind to be married, and for that Reason, they call that Room, The Chappel. - And there he has brought me to several Husbands, as we used to call them. And one Day he told me, Ned, says he, There's a Country Gentleman of my Acquaintance that's just come to Town, and if you'll give him a Wedding Night, he'll pay you very handsomely. - I staid till Mid-Night, but no Gentleman came, and then it was too late for me to go home, and so the Prisoner said I should lie with him, and I did. Then he promis'd me a great deal of Money, if I would let him commit Sodomy with me. I agreed to it, and he did, but in the Morning he gave me no more than 6 Pence. - Mr. Rigs depos'd, that for 2 or 3 Years past, it was commonly reported, the Prisoner's House was a Receptacle for Sodomites. Drake Stoneman thus depos'd. For 2 or 3 Years past, I have seen Men behave themselves very indecently in the Prisoner's back Room, in exposing to each other's sight, what they ought to keep conceal'd, - and they used to retire to a little Room in the Passage. The Prisoner in his Defence, first objected against the Credit of Courtney's Evidence, he being a scandalous Fellow, and had been thrice in Bridewell. - 'Tis true, says Courtney, I have been there three Times, but was for no harm, and I'll tell ye how it happen'd. - First I it was Servant at the Cardigan's-Head at Charing-Cross. I went to see the Prisoner, he made me drunk in his Chappel, and when I came home, I abused my Master's Mother, for which I was sent to Bridewel, and my Master would not take me in again. Then I went to live at a Molley House, but my Master broke, and in helping him to carry off his Goods by Night, a Constable stopt me, and because I was saucy, and would not tell him where the rest of the Goods were, I was carried before a Justice, and sent to Bridewel the second Time. The third Time was only for raising a Disturbance about a Mollying Cull in Covent-Garden. - The Prisoner proceeded in his Defence. I unfortunately (says he) let a Shop to one Johnson a Barber, whose Wife was a Woman of a very scandalous Character, she has been in Newgate for Perjury, and it was from her that such Things were reported of me, for when ever she got drunk, she used to call me a Sodomite. - I had a Wife, she has been dead these 2 Years. I had 2 Children by her, one of them is dead, but the other is here in Court, a Girl of 13 Years old. - I was upon the Point of visiting another Widow, upon the Account of Marriage, just before this Misfortune brokeDrake Stonemen says, about some Things, that he has seen in my back Room, there is nothing in it, but that some young Surgeons of my Acquaintance, used to bring their Patients to my House, and there examine their Distempers, and make Applications in that Room. Peter Greenaway thus depos'd. Ned Courtney was bound to my Master. - He told me that one Butler, a Chairman, was the first Person that he had to do with. - And that the Occasion of his quarrelling with the Prisoner, was, because the Prisoner would not let him have a pint of Beer when it was late. William Crowyard and William Bayle Depos'd, that they had lain with the Prisoner several Times in his Wife's Lifetime and never found any Thing in his Behaviour, that might give the least Ground to suspect him inclinable to Sodomy. Several of his Neighbours appear'd to his Character. Some of them acknowledg'd that they had heard such Things whisper'd, and some depos'd that they never heard of any Thing like it, Ann White thus depos'd. I have been the Prisoner's Servant ever since October last . - I never saw Ned Courtney at our House, - and I think I should have seen him, if he had lain there all Night with my Master. - I know no Room they call the Chapel, and never saw any Encouragement given to any uncivil Persons. Two other of the Prisoner's Maid Servants, who lived with him, within these 2 Years, depos'd to the same Effect. The Jury acquitted him.
Henry Vigous , alias Shock , was indicted for assaulting Edward Walmsly , in an open Place near the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a silver Watch, Value 5 l. a Hat, Value 2 s. and 7 s. 6 d. in Money , on the 26th of March . Edward Walmsly thus depos'd. On saturday the 26th of March, about 4 in the Afternoon, as I was walking with a Book in my Hand, in White-Conduit-Fields, towards Copenhagen , I was suddenly tript up, before I saw any Body; the Prisoner fell upon me, with a knife in his Hand, and swore I was a dead Man, if I did not deliver my Watch and Money. I desir'd him not to treat me ill, and take what he could find. He took my Watch, an old Crown Piece, a half Crown, and my Hat, and so went away. I talk'd in several Places, and describ'd the Prisoner, who is remarkable by his flat Nose, and Shock Pate. Some that knew him heard of it, and apprehended him the next Day. Thomas Griffith thus depos'd. Between 10 and 11 at Night, I saw the Prisoner sell this Watch for 35 s. to Robert Gosling , at the Bear and Ragged-Staff Ale-house, in White-Cross-street. Benjamin Lane thus depos'd. On Sunday in the Afternoon, I took the Prisoner in Black-Swan-Yard, in White-Cross-street. I carry'd him to a House, and left him among 8 or 9 Men, and went and call'd Mr.Walmsly out of Church. He no sooner saw the Prisoner, than he pointed him out from the rest of the Company. Guilty . Death .
James Dupree , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Custom and stealing 27 Yards of Coffoy, Value 16 l. The Goods of John Burgess , April 8 . in the Night . John Custom thus depos'd. I am a Weaver , and so is the Prisoner. I live in Hunt-street in Spittle-fields . When I left my Work Shop at Night, I saw all was safe, and the Windows fast, but when I came to work the next Morning, I found my Door fast as I left it, but the Casement was open, and the Goods cut out of the Loom . The House joining to mine was empty. I look'd out, and saw the Casement open too, and I suppose, that was the Way that he got in. I advertiz'd it, and enquir'd among the Pawnbrokers, and so did my Master Burgess, for whom I made the Goods. At last we heard that it was offer'd to be pawn'd by the Prisoner's Wife, to Mr. Woolham, in Petticoat-lane, but he refus'd to take it in. The Woman was taken up, and confess that she had it, at her House in Angel-ally, in Gravel-lane. We went thither, and she brought it up out of the Cellar, in a Coal Sack. We set the Woman at Liberty, and secur'd her Husband the Prisoner, who confess that he did it himself. Guilty . Death .
Thomas Allen alias Pipes , and Samuel Salter , were indicted for privately stealing from Charles Reily a Hat and Peruke , March 8 . The Prosecutor depos'd, that as he was going thro' Temple-Bar , a Woman took him by the Hand, and he push'd her away: that Allen alias Pipes swore at him, and said the Woman was his Wife; that he took away his Hat and Wig, and that Salter was in his Company. The Hat was found in the Watch-House, whither the two Prisoners were afterwards brought. Several Witnesses gave Allen an ill Character, that he frequented the Bear Garden, and liv'd by the Diversion of Women: to encounter which Evidence, he call'd some, who had known him sometime, but never heard him suspected of Thieving before. Salter call'd some Persons of Credit to his Reputation and the Goods not having been found on either of them, the Jury acquitted them.
The Tryals being over, the Court procee ded to give Judgement as followeth;
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 15.
John Cotterel , John Vanwick , Joseph Treen , Mary Scuffam , John Gillingham , John Map , Katherine Hays , Thomas Billings , Thomas Woods , Gabriel Lawrence , William Griffin , George Keger , Thomas Wright , Henry Vigous , James Dupree .
Burnt in the Hand, 3.
To be Whipt, 1.
To be Transported, 34.
Sarah Orchard , Sarah Hutchins , Mary Loveday , Thomas Atkinson , William Watson , Mary Cockshead , Mary Trigger , Rebecca Bignell , Ann Macclane , Elizabeth Fletcher , John Jackson , Joseph Brockhouse , Benjamin Blocksedge , Temperance Stonly, Rebecca Read , Thomas Owen , Charles Atkins , James Hopkins , William Munn , Thomas Fleetwood , Richard Richmond , Isabel Harris , Tozar Williams, Samuel Butler , William Thomson , James Roberts , Ann Ambrose , John Mackey , William Lawrence , Katherine Hastings , Thomas; Cartwright. Philip-Chars O' Conner, Sarah Dickins , Sarah Fox , Edward Prics , John Burdet Mary Williams , William Parker , Edward Simkins .