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, and Friday, being the 25th, 26th, and 27th 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 Honourable Mr. Baron Page ; 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.
Sarah Hobbs , of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the West , was indicted for stealing 6 Guineas and 47 s. the Goods and Money of William Milton, in the Dwelling House of William Milton , on the 17th of April last.
William Milton thus depos'd. The Prisoner was my Servant . I left 22 l. in a Drawer in my Parlour, and on Sunday before Easter, I mist 7 l. but did not speak of it to any body, in hopes, that by keeping it secret, I might the sooner discover the Thief. On the Sunday following. I took particular Notice of how much Money was then left, and lock'd it in my Drawer, and lock'd my Parlour Door, and leaving none but the Prisoner at home, I went to Church. When I came back I mist 3 Guineas more, upon which I examin'd her about it, and she at last confest, that Richard Roberts , who she said lodged at the Bull-Head in the Mint, had for sometime past pretended Love to her, that he came to see her in Sermon Time, both the Sunday before, and the Sunday present; that he brought several Picklock-Keys, with which she open'd the Parlour Doors and the Drawers; and that at the first Time, she gave him out of the Purse 4 Guineas, 10 Half-Crowns, and 1 s. And at the second Time 2 Guineas, and 21 s. - After she had made this Confession, she was in a great Agony, and cut her own Throat, and then hang'd herself, but she was prevented from doing either of them effectually. I made enquiry after her Sweetheart, but could hear nothing of him. Her Confession before the Justice was read in Court, and the Jury found her Guilty, to the Value of 39 s.
Elizabeth Ashmore , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 China Bed-Curtains, value 15 s. a Callicoe Quilt, value 14 s. and a Looking-Glass, value 10 s. the Goods of Thomas Lee , on the 10th of February last, but no Evidence appearing, the Jury acquitted her, and the Court order'd the Prosecutor's Recognizance to be estreated.
John Custhouse thus depos'd. About 5 o'Clock in the Afternoon, I saw the Prisoner come out of the Prosecutor's House in St. Martin's-street, Leicester-fields . I mistrusted that he had stoln something, and follow'd him, he perceiv'd it and run. I pursu'd him into Hedge-lane, and collar'd him, and within 2 or 3 Yards of him I saw the Tea-Kettle, he fell on his Knees, and beg'd of me to let him go, but I secur'd him. The Prosecutor swore to the Tea-Kettle, and the Jury found the Prisoner Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Miriam Keys , of the Parish of St. John Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing in the Dwelling House of Thomas Hashfield, 70 Yards of Ferret, value 8 s. 10 d. 70 Yards of Silk Ribbon, value 40 s. one Thousand of Pins, value 10 s. 3 Gold Rings, value 34 s. 1 Stone Ring set in Gold, value 16 s. 2 Silver Spoons, value 14 s. 4 Sheets, value 5 s. 4 Pillowbiers, value 4 s. 3 Caps, value 6 d. 3 Bibs, value 6 d. a Child's Shirt and Wastecoat, and other Things , the Goods of Thomas Hashfield , on the 6th of May .
Thomas Hashfield thus depos'd. The Prisoner was a Chair-Woman in my House, and used to come once in two or three Weeks. And one Day she was sent up Stairs for a pair of Stockings, and (as she afterwards confest ) she open'd the Drawer, and took out the Goods. - Now, it so fell out that in a Day or two after, we had a Loin of Veal for Dinner, and my Wife sent the Maid up for a Silver Spoon, but down she came again, and said there was none there, and then my Wife ran up, and mist the Ring; upon which we got a Warrant to search the Prisoner's Lodging, and we found the Thousand of Pins in her Bed, and the 2 Spoons, and some of the Linnen, and a Key, that upon Tryal would open all our Drawers. - She confest that she had sold two of the Rings to Mrs. Ridley, a Goldsmith, near King Edward's Stairs, in Wapping; we went thither, but Mrs. Ridley said, we should not search her House, no, not if we had my Lord Chancellor's Warrant. Several Witnesses depos'd, That the Prisoner had hitherto born the Character of an honest, industrious Woman, but the Fact being plainly proved against her, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Richard Farmer, thus depos'd, I mist my Tankard about the 22d of April, and thereupon I procur'd Warnings to be printed, and distributed among the Goldsmiths, by which Means I quickly found it again.
John Booth thus depos'd. I live in Well-Close-Square , and about a Month ago, the Prisoner brought this Tankard to my Shop, and offer'd to sell it. - I look'd upon my File of Warnings, and found it exactly described, upon which I examin'd the Prisoner how he came by it, he told me that a Man who waited at the Corner of the Street desir'd him to sell it. I look'd out, but saw no Man in the Square, and so I secur'd the Prisoner, and sent for the Prosecutor, who soon came, and own'd the Tankard to be his - When the Prisoner was before the Justice the Clerk asked him what his Name was, and he answer'd, William - and what besides William, said the Clerk, to which the Prisoner made no Answer, but only stood still. - Wherfore the Clerk call'd him William Still in the Mutimus, but I don't yet know his true Name.
The Prisoner said nothing in his Defence, but that he had the Tankard of a Man that, ow'd him Money. The Evidence being full and positive the Jury, found him Guilty . Death .
William Brown , alias Burn , late of the Parish of St. Botolphs without Bishopsgate , was indicted for feloniously and privately stealing, in the Shop of Robert Lovell, 4 Silver Stuff-Boxes value 10 l. 8 Silver Medals value 3 l. 1 Gold Toothpick Case, value 4 l. 6 pair of Gold Buttons, value 5 l. 8 Stone Studs set in Gold, value 4 l. 5 Diamond. Rings, value 14 l. 20 pair of Stone Ear-Rings, value 6 l. 8 Gold Lockets, value 4 l. 23 pair of Gold Ear-Rings, value 12 l. 64 Gold Rings, value 40 l. 2 Cornelian Seal Rings, value 5 l. 4 Strings of Pearl for Necklaces, value 3 l. 8 Smelling Bottles, value 3 l. 6 Gold Enamel'd Rings, value 3 l. 4 Stone Rings. value 10 s. a Picture of a Man's Head set in Gold, value 3 l. 5 Watch Chains, value 30 s. 5 Silver Seissar-Cases, 5 Silver Needle-Cases, a Silver Spunge-Boxes, and other Things, the Goods of Robert Lovell , on the 17th of May .
Robert Lovell thus depos'd. I keep a Goldsmith's Shop , next Door to the Magpye-Tavern, just without Bishopsgate . Between 10 and 11 in the Morning, I went out of my Shop into my Kitchen, to get a little Drink. I was gone but a few Minutes, and at my coming into the Shop again, I mist my Show-Glass in the Shop Window. I was very much surpriz'd to think how it could be carried off undiscover'd at that time of Day, and in such an open publick Place. I made Enquirys, but could get no Intelligence, till the next Night about 12 o'Clock, and then a Man came to me from the Mint, and told me that the Thief was taken, and several of the Goods found upon him. I went thither, and saw the Prisoner, and he confest to me that he had had the Goods, but said that he found them in Moorfields.
Abraham Smith thus depos'd. I happen'd to be a little in sor't, for I had been a drinking along with some of my Customers, and so I laid down upon the Bed to take a Nap, and about the Dusk of the Evening, just as I was going to get up, somebody knocks at the Door, - Who's there? says I, - Why its I, says the Prisoner, - What d'ye went, says I, - Can ye tell me, says he, what is become of Hannah. No, not I, what would you have with her. Why, says he, I gave her a great Parcel of Rings to pawn for me, and she is run away with them. - You must know that this Hannah was one of his Flows. - And besides I heard that he had been all Day at Bess Dammeree 's, and spent a matter of 8 l. - I went to Mrs. Clare, at whose House he lodged, and told her of it, and at Night we went with a Constable, and searched, and found some of the Goods in his Bed Room, and some upon him at Mother Dammeree's.
Brown the Constable thus depos'd. Last Wednesday late at Night, Mr. Clare (who lives at the Crooked-Billet and Sugar-Loaf in the Mint) told me that the Prisoner who pretended to be a Kinsman of his, was at Mother Dammeree's, and had got a great Parcel of Gold Rings, and Silver Snuff-Boxes, and desir'd me to assist him, and others to take him, - When we came there, we found him sitting upon a Bed Side, with nothing but a pair of Ticken Breeches on. I carry'd him to my own House, and found these 2 Rings in his Pocket, which are own'd by the Prosecutor.
- Bishop another Constable thus depos'd. - I sent Word to Mr. Lovell, that the Prisoner was taken in the Mint, - He came, and we search'd the Prisoner, and I found these 3 Rings upon him.
Eleanor Clare thus depos'd. The Prisoner was our Lodger, and pretended to be our Kinsman, for being lately come, over from Ireland, he told us that he had married my Husband's Brother's Daughter, and that he was a Hatter by Trade. - About Noon on the Day of the Robbery, he came in, and gave my Child, a Necklace, and told me that he was going again for Ireland. - From our House he went to Mother Dammeree's, who kept a Bawdy House at the Next Door, and there I suppose he spent the rest of the Day and Night, for next Day in the Evening Mr. Smith came, and told us of his having spent 8 l. there, and that he had got a great many Rings and Snuff-Boxes. Upon this I had a Suspicion of my new Kinsman, for on the Saturday before, he had not Money to pay for his Weeks Lodging. So we went up into his Room to search, and there was his Wastcoat and Breeches hid behind a Picture. We pull'd them out, and found the Pockets loaded with Rings, and Chains, and Snuff-Boxes, which were afterwards shewn to the Prosecutor, and he swore them to be his. - Whereupon we took the Prisoner.Bess Dammeree 's, and I knockt at the Door, and ask'd if my Kinsman was there. She said there was a Man above, but she did not know whether he was my Kinsman or not. As we were going up Stairs, we heard a sort of a Hustling in the Room, which made me suppose that he, and one of his Mauxes were a Bed together, but when we came in, he had slipt on his Breeches, and was sitting upon the Bed Side, and in those Breeches we found more of Mr. Lovell's Goods.
Richard Johns thus depos'd. Between Ten and Eleven in the Morning, I was walking round Holywel-Mount (in the Field near Holywel-Lane, Shoreditch) and at some Distance, I saw a Man standing in an odd Posture, with his Back towards me, and his Head almost between his Legs. I could not imagine what he was about, and so I went towards him, upon which he laid himself all along upon something, as if he had been asleep; at that Time a Friend of mine coming by, we walk'd off a little Way, and stood upon the Watch. We saw the Man rise again, and perceived something like a Box under him; but seeing us, he lay down again. We went up to him, and asked him why he lay in that Manner: He said, he was not well. We proffered to give him a Dram, if he'd go with us; but he said, he could not drink any thing. I thought something more than ordinary was the Matter, and therefore was willing to find it out; but my Friend being in haste to go, I desired him only to watch two or three Minutes, while I called another Acquaintance of mine who was hard by. I went, and as I come back, I met the Prisoner empty-handed. When I came to my Friend, whom I had left waiting, he told me, that he was gone off with a Case in his Hand. Why, I met him just now says I, and he had nothing in his Hand. Then he has thrown it away, says he; and so we went to look, and found the Show-Glass turned upside down, but it was empty, and we could not afterwards get sight of the Prisoner.
Bridget - the Prosecutor's Maid deposed, That about Half an Hour before the Glass Case was lost, the Prisoner came into her Master's Shop, and Cheapned a Pair of silver Buckles.
The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment Death .
It appear'd that the Prosecutor had sold an old House, and laid the Money upon his Beds Tester. The Prisoner, and Henry Clayton , Jun. (the Prosecutor's own Son) were great Cronies together, and knew where the old Man had hid his Treasure. They got the old Man to the Prisoner's Lodging, and there left him, and when he came home again, the Money was all gone. But there being no positive Proof the Prisoner took it: The Jury acquitted him.
Mary Thomson , of the Parish of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for privately and feloniously stealing in the Shop of Edward Walker, 3 Ells of Holland, value 11 s. 6 d. the Goods of Edward Walker , on the 24th of May .
Edward Walker thus depos'd. The Prisoner came into my Shop along with a Gentlewoman of good Credit, who had been her Mistress, and who bought several Pieces of Linnen; and therefore I had not the least Suspicion of the Prisoner; but the Thing was found out by a Miracle, as a Body may say; for you must know, Sir, that the Floor of my Shop was a little broke, and my Man being in the Cellar, and hearing some Woman in the Shop, he peeps up this Hole in the Floor, over which the Prisoner happen'd to stand, and what should he see under her Coats, but - a - this Piece of Holland; and so up he comes, and tells me of what he had seen: We tax'd her with it, and she soon confest that she took it. The Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
It appear'd that Susan Kelham was a Child , and that the Prisoner took her up from near her own Door in Red-Cross-Street , about 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon; carry'd her a-cross the Way, and led her along, she then having her Necklace on; the Child was missing about 2 Hours, and at last was found sitting at a Door in Aldersgate-Street, without its Necklace; but there being no Proof the Prisoner had it, the Jury acquitted her.
It appeared that the Prosecutor mist his Handkerchief in the Post-Office-Yard , and seeing the Prisoner, and another Boy sneaking away, he follow'd them, and found it upon the Prisoner. Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Thomas Ambrose , of St. Dunstans in the West , was indicted for stealing a Stone Ring set in the Gold, Value 12 s. a Cane, Value 9 s. a Tortoise Snuff-Box, value 2 s. and a Penknife, value 2 s. 6 d. the Good of John and William Deards , on the 24th of May .
Mr. Deards thus depos'd. The Prisoner had been my Servant between Two or Three Months, and I had no mistrust of him; but Yesterday he offer'd a Ring to sale at a Shop, and one of my Workmen happening to come to that Shop at the same Time, he took Notice of it, and gave me Information: When the Prisoner came Home, I examin'd him, and he confess'd that he took it. I searched him, and found this Penknife, and Tortoise-Shell Snuff-Box in his Pocket, and this Cane was found at a Chandler's-Shop, where he had left it; but he told me that he bought it in St. Paul's Church-Yard, for 7 s.
The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he found the Ring and the Snuff-box, at the Shop-door, after he had been sweeping the Shop; the Penknife, he said, his Mistress lent him to cut some Cords with; and the Cane he only took out to walk with. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Hatton , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing one large Silver Spoon, value 10 s. two Tea Spoons value 5 s. a Gold Ring Value 15 s. two Broad Pieces, and 2 l. 13 s. the Goods and Money of Mary Robinson , in the House of Elizabeth Johnson , on the 24th of April last.
He was a second Time indicted, for feloniously stealing a silver Spoon, Value 5 s. a silver Salt, value 4 s. and 4 l. 5 s. in Money; the Goods and Money of William Johns , a Watch, value 30 s. the Goods of Phillip Smith , a Mother of Pearl Snuff-box, value 12 s. the Goods of Ann Heydon , and two Yards of Gold Lace, the Goods of George Easter , in the House of Elizabeth Johnson on the 24th of April last.
Mary Robinson thus depos'd. Between four and five in the Afternoon, I lock'd my Chamber Door, and went down Stairs to sit with my Landlady. The Prisoner (who was an Apprentice to my Landlord Johnson) came in about 6 o'Clock, took his Master's Key, and went up Stairs: He staid about a Quarter of an Hour and then came down again, stood a little while at the Door, and went out. I Mistrusted
James Robinson thus depos'd, I am a Beadle, I was along with some Constables. At the Feathers Tavern in Drury-lane, we heard a Man and some Women of the Town in the next Room, and thereupon we went in, and found the Prisoner with a Couple of Whores. He was very much in Drink, and we found a great deal of Money, Spoons and Snuff-boxes about him. We carry'd him out to the Bear-Inn, and desired the Keeper of the Tap-house, to take care of him till he was sober, and not let the Whores come near him, for fear they should plunder him; but he would not take any Charge of him, till we had taken an Account of what Money, and other Things the Prisoner had about him, which we did, and left him there.
The Keeper of the Tap thus deposed. The Morning after the Prisoner was left to my Care, he pretended that he was come away from his Father, without his Consent, and said, that he would stay still the Evening, and then go and lye at the Bell-Savage-Inn on Ludgate-hill, that he might be ready to go out with the Coach in the Morning, for he intended to go to a Relation of his in the Country; but in the mean Time, his Master the Prosecutor found him out, and I delivered to him the two Broad-pieces, the Gold Rings, and other Things that I had in Charge.
William Johnson thus depos'd. I am a Taylor by Trade; the Prisoner came from Monmouth, and he was put as an Apprentice to me upon Charity; he behaved himself well, and never lay out of my House till the Night I lost my Goods out of my Bureau; I heard that he had been seen in Drury-Lane, and so I walk'd up and down there several times; at last I saw him in the Window at the Bear-Inn. I went in, seiz'd him, found my silver Salt in his Pocket, and he confess'd to me, that my Watch and Snuff-box were gone to be mended in Fleet Street; besides what I had back from the Man of the Inn. The Jury found him guilty of each Indictment to the Value of 39 s.
John Fawdery thus depos'd. I saw the Prisoner Jones lurking about my Shop-door, and in a little while a Man brought him in, and asked me if I had lost any Thing. I look'd about, and mist a Lump of Allom. He deny'd the Fact at first, but afterwards confess'd that he had taken it, and it was carry'd to the other Prisoner Davis's House, in St. Katherines-lane, and upon search it was found in her Cellar; but there being no Proof that she received it knowing it to be stoln. The Jury acquitted her; and found the other guilty to the value of 10 d.
John Perry thus depos'd. I keep the Cock and Magpye Ale-house , the back of the new Church in the Strand. The Prisoner had been my Servant about a Fortnight. On Saturday the 23d of April last, about 4 in the Afternoon, my Wife had fetch'd down a Bag of Money, to change 2 or 3 Guineas for a Customer, and being in a Hurry, she put it into a Seat in the Bar, which had no Lock to it, and while she was busy about the House, the Prisoner (as we afterwards found) took that Money, and went away with it. I advertiz'd it in the Evening Post, of Tuesday, April 26. by which Means I with the Prisoner in Duke-Street, Picadilly; and got between 40 and 50 l. of my Money again, which he at last confest was mine, tho' for a long Time he deny'd that he had ever seen me before.
Mr. Sarch thus depos'd. I live in Germain-street, near St. James's Church. The Prisoner came to my Shop on Monday Morning to buy a Holland Shirt, we agreed for 7 s. and then he asked if he could not have Ruffles set upon it, I told him-Yes. Then says he, I want some Scarlet Camblet for a Suit of Cloths. - Upon this I began to view my young Gentleman, and finding that he had got a Sword by his Side, and but indifferent Rigging, I asked him where he came from He told me from Dublin. Which Way, Says I. Why from Dublin to Cork, says he, and so to West-Chester: But why did you come without better Apparel, says I. Why, says he, my Father and I disagreed, and so I left him. - But how many Yards will make me a Suit? I don't know exactly, says I, but I'll call down my Taylor, and he shall take Measure of ye, which was quickly done. I must go to the Play to Night, says he, and therefore pray let the Ruffels be set upon my Shirt time enough. - Have ye ne'er a Coffee-House or Tavern here-abouts. Yes says I, there's a Tavern hard by. He went thither, and cameback in about half an Hour, a little Fuddled, and said he had drank three Pints of Mountain. - Then he went in the Neighbourhood, and hir'd a Lodging, for which he gave half a Guinea earnest, and returning to my House, and seeing a young Woman there, he invited her to go and take a Glass with him, but she refusing, he said he'd sent for a Pint home. I told him he should send for none to my House, but however he went to the Tavern himself, and sent a Pint over. - When he came back again, he went up to lye upon my Bed, and let fall a Bag of Money. I took it up, and counting it over before Witness, found there were 40 Guineas and an half, 2 Moidores, and half a Broad-piece in it. I had a violent Suspicion of my Spark, and while he laid upon the Bed, I look'd over the Advertisement in the Weekly Journal, and found one that to my thinking, answer'd the Description of the Boy, with Directions to carry the Person to Mr. Webster, in King-street. When the Prisoner got up, I began to talk with him, and shew'd him the Advertisement, he look'd on it, and said, I am not the Boy. - Well, then says I, will ye go with me to Mr. Webster, he read the Advertisement again, and after a little Pause, he consented. We went, but Mr. Webster did not know him.
Mr. Webster thus depos'd. A young Gentleman having left his Father, the Father desir'd me to let him advertise for his Son to be brought to me, that he might be expos'd as little as possible. It was I suppose upon reading this Advertisement that Mr. Sarch brought the Prisoner to me; but tho' he was not the right Person, I thought there were many suspicious Circumstances in his Case, and therefore I privately desir'd Mr. Sarch to take care of him, for at least a Day or two longer, and I did not doubt, but that I should make some Discovery. Accordingly next Day I examin'd the News Papers, and found the Prosecutors Advertisement, by which means I found him out, and brought him to the Prisoner. Is this your Servant, Sir, says I. Yes, Sir, says he. What's that's you say, Sir, (says the Prisoner to him) do you pretend to know me, and thus he brazen'd it out for a long while, but having search'd him, and taken the Money from him, he at last confest that the Prosecutor was his Master, and that he had robb'd him of that Money. We have since heard that the Prisoner was this time 12 Month, try'd at this Place, for stealing a Guineas of Katherine Gilburn , in the House of his Master William Davis , and after that he lived at the Unicorn in Aylsbury, where he likewise robb'd his Master. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
George White , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Callimanco Gown, value 6 s. and a Callimanco Petticoat, value 3 s. the Goods of Dorothy Williams , on the 10th of September last.
Dorothy Williams thus depos'd. In September last, I lost this Gown and Petticoat out of my Box; they cost me 40 s. and were but little the worse for wearing, and I found them again upon this good Woman Dennis Foxon.
Dennis Foxon thus depos'd. The Prisoner came to an Ale-house where I live, and said his Wife was dead, and he had got her Gown and Petticoat to sell, which were these here, and I bought them of him for 9 s. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he bought the Clothes in Rag Fair for his Wife, but she being dead he sold them again. The Jury found him Guilty .
James Cherry , and Mary Claxton , of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Gill , and taking from thence 4 Shirts, value 30 s. 4 Smocks, value 20 s. 7 Holland Aprons, value 10 s. 6 Draper Napkins, value 10s. 2 Table Cloths and other Things, the Goods of William Gill, on the 5 of April last, in the Night time .
William Gill thus depos'd. I went to Bed about 12 and was call'd up again between 2 and 3, and found my House broke open. The Groove of the Kitchen Shutters was cut away, the Shutters laid in the Street, and the Sashes put into the House, and the Linnen which hung in the Kitchen, taken out.
William Claridge thus depos'd. I was in company with the two Prisoners, at the breaking open this House: I cut the Groove, took down the Shutters and the Saines, crept in, opened the Door, and let them in, and we took away the Linnen and pawn'd some of it in Southwark, on the Day that Blewet and Burnworth were hang'd in Chains.
Elizabeth Price thus depos'd. Claridge and the Prisoner Cherry came together to my House, and pawn'd this Linnen to me for 15 s. but the Prisoner Claxton, was not with them. Cherry in his Defence said, that Claridge was his Brother in Law, and desir'd him to go with him to pawn that Linnen, which he did, but knew nothing of its being stoln. Claxton deny'd the Fact, and then they call'd their Witnesses.
John Collins thus depos'd. I am very positive sure that this Robbery was done by Claridge himself, for I saw him up and down thereabout, and I found the Woman Prisoner a Bed, after the House was broke open, and I had some Business that requir'd an earnest Concern, that I could not sleep, and I heard something of a Flusterating, and a great Laughing and a Talking, and therefore I knew that Claridge was all alone, and was about to Rob the House, for I saw him go up and down, and making preparation, and the Window Shutter was wrenched open with something of a Weapon: But as for the 2 Prisoners I have no Knowledge of them, nor never conversed with them in my Life, but I am sure that they are both very honest, and I believe that the Prisoner Cherry was perfectly call'd out to assist in the Robbery, after Claridge had made preparation for it.
David Margan thus depos'd. I never heard that Claxton did an ill thing in her Life, but only that she took an honest Care for her Children. Others gave Evidence, that they knew no harm by the Prisoners, that they both sold Oranges. Cucumbers and other Things, about the Streets . That Cherry lived in Falconers Alley Cow Cross s, and Claxton in Frying Pan Ally Tunmill. Street.
Catherine Arnold , alias Onion, alias Ignon , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch value 5 l. a Silver Chain, and 2 Steel Seals, and an Apron, in the Dwelling House of John Henly , on the 22 of April last.
Elizabeth Henly thus depos'd. I keep a Chandlers Shop, and now and then sell a Dram, for which the Prisoner was sometimes a Customer; I went out and left my Daughter in the Shop, and the Watch hanging in a little Room behind. When I came back the Prisoner was Smoaking a Pipe by the Fire side to the Shop. I went into my back Room, pull'd off my Hoop and my Apron, which I threw in the Cradle, and so leaving the Door open and the Watch in the Room, I stept into the Yard, and when I returned, the Prisoner was yet sitting by the Fire side, but she presently went away, and in about half an Hour I mist the Watch. When I afterwards apprehended her, she had my Apron on, I took notice of it, and she answer'd, this is all that I have of yours about me. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Jane Jordon thus depos'd. I had occasion to lye from home one Night, and when I returned in the Morning, I found that I had been robb'd. Upon which some of my Neighbours advis'd me to go to the Cunning Woman, and so I did, and the Cunning Woman told me that I should find the Thief in a Weeks time. The Prisoner was a Neighbours Child, and several had told her where I had been, and what the Cunning Woman had said to me, at which she appear'd to be very much concern'd and this gave them such a suspicion of her, that they acquainted me with it, and I was resolved to examine her my self. So I takes her into my Room, and begins to carechise her; Hannah, says I, the Conjururing Woman has told me that you was the Thief that robb'd me, for she has describ'd you so exactly, that nothing in the World can come nigher, and therefore as I have known you for some time, if ye will Confess, and let me have the Goods again, I will not expose you; She fell upon her Knees, and Protested that she was Innocent, but I told her that it signified nothing to deny it, when the cunning Woman had found her out; and so I brought her to Confess it, and that she had pawn'd the Goods in the name of Ann Edwards , to Mr. Clark in Plumb Tree Court. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
Mary Carrington , of St. Andrews Holborn , was indicted for stealing 5 Pieces of Soal Leather, value 4 s. the Goods of Benjamin Perry , May 10 . It appear' that the Prisoner had been a Customer to the Shop for some Years, and had paid honestly for what she had, but being reduc'd took away the Goods mention'd in the Indictment, which were found immediately upon her. Some Witnesses who had been acquainted with her, testified that they believ'd it was her first Fact. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d. and the Court, in consideration of her extreme Sickness and Poverty, order'd her to be immediately corected and discharg'd.
Mary Davis thus depos'd. The Prisoner being out of Service, she came to help me Scower, I went abroad one Day, and left her to look after the House; But when I came back, my Kitchen Door was lockt, and the Key within side. I knockt hard at the Door, and it was a pretty while before she open'd it, but when she did, she went out directly; - I quickly found my Drawers had been broke open, and that my Goods were gone: but I gave notice of it to a Pawnbroker, who stopt them when she came to pawn them. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Granfield thus depos'd. I washt my Gown and hung it up to dry in my Landladys Celler, where I lodge; I went out and left none but my Landlady and the Prisoner there, and when I came back my Gown was gone. - We went to her lodgings and found her Drunk, and she confest that she had taken my Gown, and shew'd us where she had pawn'd it. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s 10.
William Hollis , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Mattison , and stealing from thence 140 Silver Buckles, value 5 l. the Goods of Samuel Ashmelay , on the 22 of April last, about the hour of 9 in the Night .
Samuel Ashmelay thus depos'd. I keep a Shop at the Corner of Albemarle-Street, and I have two Rooms, where I lodge in Villars-Court ; I shut up my Shop in the Evening and went out after eight a Clock, and hung my Key upon the Cellar; I returned about ten, and found my Door open, and my Goods gone. I sent Warnings among the Goldsmiths; by which means the Prisoner were stopt, several of the Buckles were taken in his Pocket, some of which were broken. He carried us to his Lodgings in Brick-Street, near Hyde-Park-Corner, and there we found more.
His Confession before the Justice was read, in which he acknowledged that about Nine at Night, he went into Mr. Ashmelay's Cellar, and there finding the Key, he went up and opened the Door, and took away the Goods.
But in his Defence at the Bar, he said, that the Prosecutor's Wife sent him up with small Beer for the Children, and seeing the Buckles there, he happen'd to lay his Hand upon them, and bring'em away. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .
Thomas Baker thus depos'd. I lost my Horse out of a little Field at Totemham , about the 20th of April; but I cannot remember the Day exactly. I saw him over Night, and mist him about Five a Clock the next Morning - : The Prisoner had worked with me about a Month before this happen'd - . And so I meeting a Man with a Load of Wood, I required of him if he had seen such a Gelding that Morning, and he said yes, and a Man a top on her; and pray'e Friend, says I, what a Sort of a Man was he. Why, says he, the Man was such and such a Sort of a Man, and so he subscribed him to me, where of I ghest that it was the Prisoner; but I had a farther Information about him, by a Man that know'd him; and this Man brings Fish from Billinsgate to Totenham, and he told me, that he see the Prisoner with my Horse, and had a great Suspicion of him, but as he was not then sure how matters might fall out, he did not care to meddle with him, and afterwards I found that he had sold this Gelding to Edward Caldecot , and so at last I reprehended him, and took him before a Majesty of Peace, and there he confest that he stole it on Monday the 25th of April, between four and five in the Morning, and sold it to Edward Caldecot ; and he began to sign his Confession, and had made half his Mark; but somebody said to him, Confess and be hang'd, and so he left it undone.
Samuel Jennings thus depos'd. As I was going along Monmouth-Street , the Prisoner sat in a brandy Shop, and Called me to drink a Dram. I told her, I was for no Drams; but if she'd drink a Pot of Beer, well and good. So she went across the Way, and sat at an Ale-house Door; and when we were drinking there, a Soldier comes among with a Puppy in his Hand, and asked if I would buy it. I bid him a Shilling, but he would not take it; and so when I had paid for the Beer, I went away, and left her at the Door; but I had not gone far, before I met an old Friend, and he and I went back again to this Alehouse, where in a little Time, the Soldier and this Woman came in to us. The Soldier asked whether I'd have the Puppy or no, and so I took out Money to pay him, which I laid upon the Table, there was a half Guinea, a Shilling, a Six-Pence, and three Fathings. Prisoner presently clapt her Hand upon it, and took it up. What do ye mean by that, says I. D - ye for a Son of a Bitch, says me, I have got none of your Money, and it I had, what then? But by the bye, she gave me the Shilling and Six-pence gain, and swore that that was all that she took up.
Harry Whitfield thus depos'd. That he saw the Prisoner take up the Money, and put in her Month - She said, if she had any Gold about her, it was the Prosecutors, for she had none of her own; - but the half Guinea was found in her Mouth.
The Prisoner in her Defence said, that the Prosecutor had often enticed her to be concerned with him; but that she never would consent to it, and that when he came into the House he dropt his Money, and she took it up, and gave it him again. The Jury acquitted her.
William Mosley of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing in the Shop of Michael Dumeny , a Pair of Silk Stockings, value 4 l. 16 s. the Goods of Michael Dumeny, on the 16 of May
Michael Dumeny thus depos'd. I keep a Hosiers Shop near the Bear Tavern in York Buildings .I went out of Town on Sunday after Dinner, and I knew the Stockings were then in the Shop, but when I came home on Tuesday Evening, I mist them, and asked my Wife if she had sold them, she said no; - My Maid went to enquire after them at some Pawn brokers, and found them at Mr. Hodderds, In 2 or 3 Days after, I accidentally met the Prisoner, and 2 more with him near Northumberland House; I knew him very well, for he had been intimate at my House. And so your Servant, Sir, says he, I understand that you lay Felony to my Charge. Yes I do, says I, and now I'll secure ye, and with that I laid hold of him, and call'd for the Watch, but he struggled hard and broke loose, and run away, but I pursu'd him with a Cry of stop Thief, and he was taken in Spring Garden.
James Web thus depos'd. I was in a Coffee-house at Charing Cross, and hearing a Cry of stop Thief, I stept out and saw the Prisoner running and several pursuing; I follow'd and saw a Man trip up his Heels in Spring Garden; - When he was taken, he said it was only a Fit of Jealousie, and told us that his name was Mosely, alias this, and alias that, and alias t'other but I have forgot what.
Mr. Hoddard thus depos'd. The Prisoner pawn'd 6 Pair of Silk Stockings to me for 45 s. and the next Day the Prosecutors Maid came and desired me to stop such Goods, if they were offer'd, I bade her tell her Master that I had taken in such Goods already. He came and own'd them.
The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he bought the Stockings of the Prosecutors Wife, who trusted him for the Money. Mrs. Dumeny was then call'd in and depos'd, that she never sold him any Stockings at all, and that he never had any from her upon any Account.
Then the Prisoner called his Witnesses.
Jonathan Yates depos'd. That he had known the Prisoner from a Child in Ireland, that his Father was a Barrack Master there, a Place worth about 200 l. a Year, which he afterwards turn'd over to the Prisoner, who married a Woman of a great Fortune. - That Mrs. Dumeny was no better than an Orange Woman at the Play-house.
John Eccleton depos'd. That he had known Mrs. Dumeny for about 3 or 4 Years past, and that she was then an Orange Woman, added that he had had the honour of Drinking a Bottle with her, but her name was then Adams. - Several Irish Evidence appear'd in the Prisoner's behalf, but the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 4 s 10 d.
It appear'd that the Prisoner stole the Snuff-box out of a Chest of Drawers, in a Room that he desir'd to see, under Pretence of taking it for a Lodging, and that he stole the Camblet at the late Fire in St. James's-street . The Jury found him guilty of both Indictments.
Sarah Gandy , alias Johnson , of St. Andrews Holbourn , was indicted for stealing 2 Gold Rings, value 20 l. 1 Stone Ring, value 10s. and 24 s. in Money, the Goods and Money of Mary Spencer , in the House of Mary Spencer , on the 25th of April last.
Mary Spencer thus depos'd. The Prisoner had been my Servant about 6 Weeks. I went out one Day, and left her in the House, and at my return, both she, and my Rings, and Money were gone, but she was taken soon after, as she was coming out of a Brandy Shop. She confest the Fact, and return'd Part of the Goods. Guilty 10 d.
He was a 2d Time indicted (of Enfield ) for stealing a Shag Cap, value 1 s. the Goods of James Wood , May the 11th . Guilty of the first Indictment, value 10d. And then acquitted of the 2d , there being no Evidence against him.
Sarah Palmer , was indicted for stealing 3 Suits of Womens Apparel, value 6 l. 6 s. the Goods of Mary Wild , in her House , May 16th . It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Servant , that she took the Goods, pawn'd them, and being examin'd contest the Fact. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
A Watchman thus depos'd. The Prisoner and another Woman past me, the Prosecutor follow'd 'em. and stood up to make Water, the Prisoner came back and stood by him. She was pretty busy with him for some time, and when she left him, I saw the Sword in her Hand, but she presently threw her Apron over it. I step'd up to the Gentleman, and told him of it. We follow'd her into East-Cheep, and took hold of her Arm, but she had not got the Sword them. However I found it upon the Ground not far from her. They Jury acquitted her.
Mr. Letar's depos'd. That he saw the Prisoner and Peter Dorfille, married together in the Fleet, about Seven Years ago.
James Noye thus depos'd. I saw the Prisoner married at the Elephant in Fleet-lane , to my Cousin Thomas Bishop. - this is the Man, - but the Thing was managed very oddly, for upon the 13th of March last, she serv'd a Warrant upon him, and swore a Bastard Child to him before the Justice, and the Justice advis'd them to make it up; she said she was a Widow, and so they agreed to be married together.
Dorfille's Landlord thus depos'd. That for 2 Years while he lodged at his House; the Prisoner sometimes came to him, and brought him Money from the Commissary, for which she us'd to take his Receipts, and she sometimes would dine with him, but I believe she did not love him so well as to bed with him, for he was a poor weakly Thing, and she had rather go to Bed to Thomas Bishop.
Mr. Smith thus depos'd. Dorfille's right Name is Brookman, but when he was married to the Prisoner, he went by the Name of Dorfille and Defonelle. Another Witness thus depos'd. When the Prisoner was 14 Years old, she went to live with Dr. Letart, to be his Interpreter, he took her to Hammersmith, and there be debauch'd her, and she proving with Child, he threatned sometimes to kill her, and sometimes to send her to Bridewell, if she would not marry his Man, but promis'd her if she'd be contented, that he would maintain her handsomely, tho' he never took the least notice of her afterwards. - Her Husband was a poor Tool, he was always a lying upon her, and never did any Manner of Business, but took away what she had got, so that she was left in a bad Condition. The Jury acquitted her.
Thomas Richmond thus depos'd. About eleven at Night, the Prisoner brought the Horse to my House, with a good Saddle, a Halter, and no Shoos. I suspected that he was stoln. - A Man cheapned him, the Prisoner ask'd 8 Guineas, they agreed for three, but I would not let the Money he paid, till I had taken him before a Justice, who upon Examination, order'd him to be taken into Custody. The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as followeth;
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 7.
William Still , William Brown , James Cherry , William Hollis , John Hutchins , John Thomson , and John Morrel , who was convicted last Sessions for Horse stealing, but Judgment was then respited, upon his appearing to be at the Point of Death.
Burnt in the Hand, 3.
To be Whipt, 3.
To be Transported, 23.
Sarah Hobbs , John Sweetman , Miriam Keys , Mary Thomson . Henry Brewer , Thomas Ambrose , Elizabeth Bishop , John Hatton , Charles Jones , John Farrel , George White , Katherine Arnold , Hannah Cluff , Jane Lindsey , Mary Taylor , William Mosely , John Kenneday , Thomas Kind , Mary Williams , John Robinson , Elizabeth Grainger , Robert Landford , and James Hopkins .
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