On the King's Commission of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old Baily, for the CITY of LONDON and COUNTRY of MIDDLESEX.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, being the 5th, 6th, and 7th of June. 1728, in the First Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
(Price Six Pence.)
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BECHER , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Baron Carter; the Honourable Mr. Justice Page; the Honourable Mr. Baron Thompson , Recorder of the City of London; and John Raby , Esq; Serjeant at Law; and other His Majesty's Justices of Goal-Delivery, and Oyer and Terminer aforesaid; Together with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said City of London.
Mr. Pond depos'd, That the Prisoner came into his House under presence of buying Goods, and he shewing her, 4 Pieces of Cambrick to look on, presently miss'd the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, and charging her with taking them, he search'd her and found them between her Gown and Petticoat, thrust up to her Stays. She call'd two Witnesses, who gave her a very good Character; but upon the Prosecutor's positive Oath, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That a Women pick'd him up in Fleet-street and carried him to the Prisoner's House, where they drank 2 or 3 Drams together, and that after some Time the Woman which came in with him went away, at which Time he felt in his Pocket and found his Money was there; that the Prisoner came to him as he was sitting upon the Bed, and tumbling him down she unbutton'd his Breeches and got upon him; and after their laying some Time in that indecent Posture, she likewise left him, and upon searching his Pockets again, he found his Money was all gone, upon which he enquired for her, and some Time after found her.
She said in her Defence, That the Prosecutor kept Company with several Whores and several Whores, and produced two Witnesses, who depos'd, That at that Time which the Prosecutor brought the Woman to the Prisoner's House, She was not at Home that Night, nor had been at home for some Days before: Upon the Whole the Jury acquitted her.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he took a Lodging at her House, and there being the Apparel of several Sea-faring Men in the same Room, he took them away, and that he had confess'd to her and others, that he took all the Goods mentioned in the Indictment.
Elizabeth Murry , Mary Curtis , and Elizabeth Sharp , confirming likewise that they were present when he was taken, and heard him confess the Fact; for which the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That on the 30th of April he came home late at Night, and found the Prisoner and 4 other Persons drinking at his House; (a publick House) that he begg'd they would go home, and being weary, he went into another Room and fell asleep, and awaking, found his Watch was gone, which he was sure he had in his Pocket when he came Home, and believing it must be the Prisoner or some of his Company (who had paid their Reckoning and were gone) that had taken it, he pursued and Overtook them in Leather-Lane, and catching hold of the Prisoner, whom he had known before, he said he had lost his Watch, and it must be amongst them, the Prisoner bid him he easy and he would see for it, upon which, the Prosecutor seeing a Watchman, charg'd him with
Luck the Watchman, confirm'd that the Prisoner delivered the Watch to the Prosecutor in his Presence, and said, if he was prosecuted for it the Prosecutor should not live long: The Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him guilty . Death .
Mr. Blaney depos'd, That the Prisoner and two others came to his House on the Day aforesaid, and pretended they wanted a Warrant, when about two Hours after they were gone he miss'd his Watch, which hung upon a Nail in the same Room where the Prisoner and the others were; and advertising it in a Publick News Paper, it was brought to him by a Pawnbroker, one Granger; but the Pawnbroker and the other persons concerned, did not appear in Court: However, it appear'd by her own Confession, sign'd with her own Hand, That she in Company with Bridget Coffell , and Mary Wiltshire , agreed to take the Watch, that Coffell stole it, she and Wiltshire being present, that they went and sold it to one Eccling in Drury-Lane, who gave them Ten Pounds for it, knowing it to be stolen; upon which Confession, and her not denying it even at the Bar, the Jury found her guilty . Death .
Thomas Ward and John Davis , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted for breaking open the Dwelling-House of Nathaniel Ash , on the 2d of May last, in the Night-time, and taking thence a Copper Cover of a Pot, and a Brass Cover of another Pot .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That missing the two Covers, and finding his House was broke open, the Windows-Shutters being taken down which he had fastened but the Night before, he suspected the Prisoners, and searching Ward's House he found Davis in an empty, cutting part of his Leaden Cistern, which was taken from his House but not mentioned in the Indictment; and that he found in the same Room his 2 Potlids or Covers; at which Time Davis confess'd that he and Ward broke open the Prosecutor's House, took the Goods, and would have taken all the Goods in the House, if they had not been prevented; this he likewise confess'd before a Magistrate.
Mr. John Bromley , Mr. Francis Bromley , and Mr. Grange, all depos'd, That they were present when they were taken; that Ward confess'd the Fact, and directed them where they found Part of the Cistern; but as to Davis, who was taken in another Room in the same House, where he had got under the Bed, he did not confess the Fact, yet his hiding himself when the House was search'd, and the Cistern being too large and heavy to be conveniently brought away by Ward himself, the Jury were of Opinion that they were equally concerned, and according brought in their Verdict, that they were both Guilty . Death .
Thomas Jinkins , of St. George's Hanover-Square , was indicted for breaking the House of John Wright , Esq ; on the 31st of May last in the Night-time, and taking thence a Silver Tea-Kettle, a Silver Lamp, a Chavingdish, a Soop Ladle, a top of a Cruet, 3 Forks, 12 Spoons, a Milk-pot, 5 Tea-Spoons, all of Silver, besides two Silver Baskets, several Silver Hasted Knives and Forks, a Gold Watch, a Diamond Ring, and several other valuable Goods, to the Value of 400 l. and 82 l. 16 Shillings in Money .
Mr. Wright depos'd, That the Prisoner came to live with him on the 6th of April last, but he not liking him, turned him away on the Night before this Robbery was committed; and upon finding the next Day that his House was broken and the Plate gone, he suspected the Prisoner, and employed one Mr. Mombray to search after him.
Mr. Mombray depos'd, That he got two Warrants (one to search, and the other to apprehend) and went to the Prisoner's Brother-in-Laws House, (Wills Coffee-House near Temple-Bar) and finding the prisoner there, he asked him his Name, which he not being willing to own, he charged a Constable with him, and they searching him, found in his pockets 5 Silver Tea-Spoons, and a Silver Top of a Cruet; which being produced in Court, appeared to be the Prosecutor's, by the Crest engraven on it.
Mr. Coggs depos'd, That he search'd him at Will's Coffe-House, and found the Plate in his Pockets, of which he could give no Account.
Mr. Tringuan depos'd, That the Morning after the Prisoner was taken, he heard him confess that the Plate was at the Saracen's-Head in Friday-street, in a Box, in the Room Number 22, and he them gave this Deponent 2 Keys, one for the Chamber-Door, and the other for the Box; and going to the Saracen's-Head, he found the Room, the Door of which he opened with the Key he had of the Prisoner, and in the Room found the Box, and the Plate in it, which Plate being produced in Court, Mr. Wright Swore it was his, it bearing his Coat of Arms.
Roger Yarnton depos'd, That he being a Servant to the Prosecutor, found the House had been robb'd, by missing the Goods, and that he with his Fellow Servants searching to find how the Thief came in, they found their Master's Dressing-Room Window open, and afterwards they found the Iron Bars, through which a Light came to their Vault) had been taken out, and by the Mould being rais'd, and the Stones in which they were fastened, grated, they could perceive it was newly done, and that by this, and some Marks of a Man's Foot being under the Dressing-Room Window, they concluded that the Thief came in at the Bars and went out at the Window, which Window he shut the Night before.
The Prisoner made but a very frivolous Defence, saying, that he got Drunk, and did not know how he came by the Plate which was found in his Pocket, and for that at the Saracen's-Head, he could not tell how it came there. Upon the Whole the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Mary Webb , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Holland Shift, value five Shillings, the Goods of Elizabeth Gibbs ; four Shifts, the Property of Barbary Pinfold , and five Aprons, with other Things, the Property of other Persons ; which Goods being found in her Custody by the Constable who apprehended her, and she giving but a very indifferent Account of herself, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Elizabeth Mackool , of St. Ann's Westminster , was indicted for breaking the House of Dionas Loglin , on the 22d of March last, in the Day-time, and taking there several Napkins, Table-cloaths Aprons, Handkerchiefs, Mobbs, Russles, Gloves, Pillowbiers, and other Things , the Property of Dionas Loglin aforesaid.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he went out and left his Wife in the House, and coming home in the Afternoon, he found the key in the Door, but the Goods being taken out of the Drawers, he did not know of their being gone till the Tuesday following.
Margaret Loglin depos'd, That some Hours after her Husband went from home, she went out, in order to look after a Woman which Lay-in, and that she put the Key over the door (after she had lock'd it) in a Place, of which no Body knew but herself and Husband, that when she came home the Goods were missing, and she suspecting the Prisoner, and knowing her by Sight, made a strict Enquiry, and heard of her Goods being in the Hands of Mrs. Carew, Mrs. Sherley, and Mrs. Adney, who being all three in Court, severally depos'd, That they had each a Part of the Goods brought to them by the Prisoner, which being produced in Court, appeared to be the Goods taken out of the Prosecutor's House; but the breaking into the House not appearing plain, and she having several Witnesses, who depos'd, that her Character was very good before this happened, the Jury only found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Richard Hews , of St. Mary Islington , was indicted for assaulting Mr. Bartholomew on the Highway, on the 10th of April last, putting him in fear, and taking from him some Money, and other Things of Value ; to which Indictment he pleaded Guilty , and tho' he was bid to consider the Consequence of pleading Guilty to a Capital Offence, which is Death without Benefit of the Clergy, yet he persisted in it, refusing to put himself upon his Trial, saying again, that he was Guilty.
He was a second Time indicted, for that he, together with Bryan Mackguire , did on the 22d of April last assault Henry Bunn on the Highway, in an open Place near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 3 l. 2 Pieces of Foreign Gold, value 11 s. and 8 s. in Silver ; to which Indictment he likewise pleaded Guilty .
He was a third Time indicted, for that he, together with the aforesaid Bryan Mackguire , did on the 27th of April last, assault Philip Dowling on the Highway, in an open Place near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Cloth Coat. value 10 s. a Waistcoat, value 5 s. a Hat, value 5 s. a Peruke, and 2s. 6d. in Money ; to which Indictment he likewise pleaded Guilty .
Bryan Mackguire , aforesaid, did on the 27th of April last, assault Richard Bridger on the Highway, in an open Place near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him 6 Shillings in Money ; to which Indictment he pleaded Guilty .
He was a 5th Time indicted, for that he, together with Bryan Mackguire , and William Sefton , (executed last Sessions) did assault Edward Carroll on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Gold Ring, value 20 s. and four Shillings in Money, on the 27th of April last ; and to this Indictment he continued to plead Guilty , for being conscious of his Crimes, he resolutely took the Shortest Method, saying, he expected nothing but Death .
Bryan Mackguire , of St. Mary Islington , was indicted for assaulting Henry Bunn on the Highway, in an open Place near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 3 l. 2 Pieces of Foreign Gold value 11 s. and 8 s. in Silver , on the 22d of April last, but he willing to see his Accusers, put himself upon his Trial.
Henry Bunn depos'd, That coming from Cambray House on the 22d of April last, in the Evening, the Prisoner, Richard Hews , and William Sefton , (who was executed last Sessions for this Fact) came up to him, when Hews said, D - n your Blood, if you make any Noise I ll shoot you through the Body, and that the Prisoner was one of them who assisted in the Robbery; after which they all went off together: The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Bryan Mackguire , was a second Time indicted, for that he, together with William Sefton, and Richard Hews, did assault Philip Dowling on the Highway, in an open Place near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Cloath Coat, value 10 s. a Waistcoat, value 5 s. a Hat, value 5 s. a Peruke, and 2 s. and 6 d. in Money , on the 27th of April last.
Mr. Dowling depos'd, That on Easter Monday about 9 or 10 at Night, between Kentish Town and St. Pancras, William Sefton, Richard Hews, and the Prisoner at the Bar, came up to him and stopp'd him; and upon his asking what they meant, they said they would tell him presently, and immediately they knock'd him down, and took from him the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, and that some Time after, hearing that William Sefton was convicted and in Newgate, he went to him, and enquired if he could inform him of any of his Things of which he was robb'd, at which Time Sefton directed him to the Prisoner Bryan Mackguire; who had the Peruke then upon his Head which they took from this Deponent; the Wig being produced in Court, the Prosecutor depos'd that it was the same that was taken from him as aforesaid, and the same which he had of the Prisoner Mackguire, by the Direction of Sefton; of this Indictment he was likewise found Guilty .
Bryan Mackguire was a third Time indicted, for assaulting Richard Bridger (at the same Time, and accompanied with the same Persons aforementioned) on the Highway, in an open Place near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him six Shillings in Money .
Richard Bridger depos'd That Hews, Sefton, and Mackguire, came up to him in a Field near Islington, on the 27th of April, and he being in Company with others, Hews and Sefton robb'd his Companions, and Hews said to the Prisoner Bryan Mackguire , D - n your Blood, why are not you doing Business; upon which Mackguire demanded his Money, which he gave him, being six Shillings and some Half-pence, of this Indictment the Jury likewise found him Guilty .
He was a 4th Time indicted, for that he, with the others aforementioned, did assault Edward Carrol on the Highway near Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him 4 Shillings in Money and a Gold Ring, value 20 s. on the 27th of April last.
Mr. Carrol depos'd, That the Prisoner (in Company with the others) came up to him, and took from him four Shillings in Money, and going to take off his Ring, Mackguire could not get it off readily; upon which he put this Deponent's Finger in his Mouth, and violently pull'd it off with his Teeth, insomuch that he dreaded he would bite off his Finger: The Jury found him guilty of the four Indictments. Death .
Eleanor Benson , alias Cater , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting Margaret Sutton on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Pocket, value one. Penny, 3 Keys, value 3 d. a Thimble, value a Half-penny, and 3 Shillings in Money .
Margaret Sutton depos'd, That as she was coming by the 7 Dials on the 9th of February last, about 7 or 8 o'Clock at Night, the Prisoner came up to her and knock'd her down, and then snatch'd, or cut off her Pocket, in which was the Money mentioned in the Indictment; that she knew the Prisoner very well, and was confident it was the same Person who robb'd her; and that after she had got her Pocket she cut the Strings of her Hood, and would have taken that too, but this Deponent recovering herself, struggled for it and overcame her; the Prisoner desired the Prosecutor might be asked, Whether she did not owe Money to her Husband, (who was convicted last Sessions for Street-Robbery, and executed) and whether she, the Prisoner, did any other than demand that Money of her as a Debt; to which the Prosecutor answered, She was so far from owing Money to her Husband, that she did not know him, but that she knew her, the Prisoner, to be a Thief, and that her Money was not demanded as a Debt, but her Pocket, Money and Keys, was taken away by Violence. The Prisoner desired she might be asked another Question, but not having the Discretion to stay till it was asked by the Court, she said to the Prosecutor, Was not I at your House this Day Month to ask you for Money which you owed me? To which the Prosecutor answered, No, it will be a Month Tomorrow since you was at my House, by the same Token that you stole away three Silk Handkerchiefs, and did not pretend I owed you Money, but run away last I should catch you; the Prosecutor further said, That when the caused the Prisoner to be apprehended, she said, she wish'd she had a Knife, she would stop her from being an Evidence against any Body else for the future. The Fact appearing plain the Jury found her Guilty . Death .
David Anderson , John Ormondy , John Lovey , James Kirk , James Williams , and Ann Williams , of St. Andrew's Holborn , were indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of William Shearman , on the 15th of March last in the Night-time, and taking thence 40 pair of Stockings, value 10 l.
Mr. Shearman depos'd, That his Shop being broken up on the 15th of March last, and the Goods taken away, he had Suspicion on the Prisoners, and accordingly had them taken up.
Margaret Shearman depos'd, That on the 15th of March her Servant shut up the Doors and Windows, and at 11 at Night some Body knock'd at the Door, and she going to see who it was, a Person, that she believed to be one of the Prisoners, came in and asked for Half an Ounce of Tobacco, and then she did believe the Key was stole out of the Pin of the Window-Shutter, for next Morning she was call'd up by a Neighbour, who told them that their Shop was broke up, which she perceived was done by the taking out the Pin of the Window-shutter.
John Dickson depos'd, That he saw five Fellows lurking about the Prosecutor's House about 11 o'Clock at Night, on the 15th of March, that he saw one of them knock at the Door, and the others waited for his coming out, and he taking them to be a pack of Rogues, took particular Notice of them, and was sure that James Kirk was one, and Anderson was another; but none of the Goods being found upon them when they were apprehended, and the Circumstances alledged against them not being strong enough, and several appearing to their Character they were all acquitted .
Alexander Harper , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing some Worsted Stockings, value 6 s. the Goods of William Flemming , and two pound of Worsted, the Goods of a Person unknown , on the 19th of April last.
Robert Cook , of St. Leonard's Shoreditch , and Elizabeth his Wife , (not yet taken) were indicted for feloniously stealing a Rug, value 12 s and some other Goods , on the 24th of April last, the Property of William Smithurst .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner and his Wife took a Room of him ready Furnish'd, and that in a little Time he made away with the Goods with which he was intrusted in the said Room; but the Prosecutor not being able to make this Charge appear, the Jury acquitted him.
Thomas Killestone , Thomas Wilson , and William Calloway , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Copper Pot and Cover, value 10 s. a Ladle, 20 pounds weight of Iron, a Pewter Dish, a Copper, a Pick-Ax, eight pound weight of Lead, and other Things on the 16th of April last, the Property of Thomas Ogbourn .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Goods mentioned in the Indictment were taken out of his Shed on the 16th of April in the Night-time, and that a Woman being stopp'd selling the Pick-Ax, she confess'd her being concerned in the Robbery, and brought out the Prisoners at the Bar, against whom she was admitted an Evidence, and by her Information he found them all at a Brandy Shop some Days after.
Elizabeth Couzens depos'd, That she had been acquainted with the Prisoners about half a Year, and one Night at a Brandy Shop they asked her to assist them in robbing the Prosecutor's House, to which, with a great deal of Persuasion, she consented, they telling her it would be a great Prize; that they went to the House at Midnight, and that coming there, Wilson bid some of them lift him over the Wall, that she stood 3 or 4 Yards at a Distance as a Spy, to see if any Body came by, that she might give them Intelligence; that presently after Wilson got over the Wall, he opened a Door and let Thomas Killerstone , and William Calloway in, and that in a little Time they brought out the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, the Pewter, she said, they melted at a Brandy Shop, and the other Goods they sold and divided the Money amongst them, but they gave her nothing for her Share of the Booty but a Pick-Ax, in selling of which she was stopp'd and brought to the Prosecutor.
Being asked severally what they had to say in their Defence, they all confidently denied it, and protested that they were not only innocent of the Fact, but they did not know Elizabeth Couzens , nor had ever seen her before; and to prove that what she had alledged against them was false, they produced the following Witnesses.
Ann Bond depos'd, That Thomas Wilson had a Room in her House, and at the Time the Robbery was committed he lodged all Night at home, for she let him in at 10 o' Clock, and she heard him talking to his Mother till four of the Clock in the Morning, his Mother being very ill, and he endeavouring to comfort her.
Thomas Osbourn depos'd, That he heard the Evidence Elizabeth Couzens , say, after she was taken into Custody, that to save herself she would hang some of them right or wrong: Upon the Whole the Jury acquitted them.
Thomas Hammit , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a pair of Silver Buckles, and forty Shillings in Money , the Property of Henry Thomas ; but the Prosecutor not appearing his Recognizance was estreated .
Ann Jackman , of St. Mary Le Bone , was indicted, for that she, in Company with John Jackman , did on the first of December last, feloniously steal a pair of Bed Curtains, value twenty-three Shillings , the Goods of Christopher Hissingbottle ; but the Prosecutors not appearing, the Recognizance was estreated .
Thomas Alesworth depos'd, That he being employ'd by Mr. Wright, (a Warehouse-keeper belonging to the South-Sea Company) to work in the Warehouses in Mark-Lane , and the Prisoner being employed by the said Mr. Wright as a Porter , (but in a Station something above this Deponent) he would frequently take and carry away four or five Pounds of Cochincal at a Time, and that he (this honest Deponent) helped him to dispose of it; but he had this Pretence to make him the more excusable, That the Prisoner threatned to have him turned away if he offered to betray him, in one Week, he said, the Prisoner carried away 100 Pounds or upwards, which he sold to one Mrs. Austin a Person who used to buy Goods which were stole by Warehouse Men, and Porters working in Cellars and at the Keys; this Cochineal, he said, he saw weighed at the Castle in Tower-street about 5 Pounds in a Parcel, and in all about 20 Parcels, which was put up in Linnen Bags, that Mrs. Austin had made and contrived for the Conveniency of his carrying it away with the more Secrecy.
Elizabeth Lamberson depos'd, That she was present when the Prisoner sold the Cochineal to Mrs. Austin, that he brought it in little Bags which Mrs. Austin had made him for that End, that he sometimes would bring in Parcels 2 or 3 Times a Day, each Parcel weighing about two or three Pounds, that sometimes he would sell it to Mrs. Austin for 12 s. the Pound, and sometimes cheaper.
The Prisoner said in his Defence, That he was perfectly innocent, that he was accused out of Malice and that the two Witnesses who swore against him, were People of such ill Fame, that their Oaths ought not to be taken, they having cohabited together at a Time that Alesworth had a Wife and three Children which lay upon the Parish; and to invalidate their Evidence and strengthen what he had said, he call'd Frances Ingram , who depos'd, That they lodg'd at her House, when a Woman made an uproar, and said she was his Wife, and that they had a very bad Character.
John Porter , John Basingdine , and John Williams , severally depos'd, That they had work'd with him in Cellars, and Warehouses, and never knew of an ill Thing he had done, but on the contrary, he had a very good Character. The Jury acquitted him.
Joseph Austin , of St. Dunstan's in the East, in the Ward of the Tower , was indicted for feloniously stealing 150 Pounds Weight of Indigo, value 15 l. on the 20th of May, 1724 , the Goods belonging to the .
Thomas Alesworth depos'd, That he was employ'd by Mr. Wright as a Porter to work in the Warehouses belonging to the South-Sea Company, the Prisoner being a Servant under the said Mr. Wright, and they working together, he saw the Prisoner at several Times carry several Bags of Cochineal home, which Cochineal he took out of the Goods with which he was intrusted, and conveying it away privately, he converted it to his own Use; that heHarry Sanders a Person who knew it to be stolen, and had made a Sort of Mill, or Funnel for the Prisoner, with which he used to take the Cochineal out of the Company's Bags with more Ease and Expedition: That at this Time Philip Godfrey used to be intrusted with the Keys always on a Saturday, when Mr. Wright used to ride out of Town to take his Pleasure; and that it was Mr. Godfrey's Place to search (or in their Language, to stroke down) the Gaublers and Porters who us'd to attend there, and he would connive at what Austin did, doing the same himself. Some of this Cochineal he said Austin would sell for 15 or 16 Shillings per Pound, when it was worth 20 or 21; that he would sometimes take Cochineal that was ready gaubled, and at other Times that which was not gaubled, his Wife then used to gauble it herself; and he was sure that at divers Times he had seen the Prisoner carry away above 200 Pounds Weight of Cochineal, and above 150 Pounds Weight of Indigo; that he this Deponent did not approve of their Proceedings, but Godfrey said it was no Business of his, he would have him turned away if he mentioned any thing about it. He further said, that at length he being turned out of his Place, some Time after he drew up a Petition to Sir John Eyles , and would have presented it, but was hinder'd by Mr. Wright, who would not let him present the Petition, but caught hold of him, and was going to turn him out of Doors.
Elizabeth Lamberton depos'd, That the Prisoner went and sold several Parcels of Cochineal, but she apprehended that the Prisoner did not take the Cochineal himself, but that his Wife bought it of Philip Godfrey.
The Prisoner pleaded in his Defence to the same Effect as Philip Godfrey had done before him, saying it was all false and malicious, and that he hop'd the Court would consider the ill Character of the People who swore against him: He then likewise call'd Mr. Basingdine, Mr. Williams, and others, who gave him a very good Character, adding, that Alesworth had a very bad one, insomuch, that in their Opinion, his Oath was not to be minded; the Jury considering each Circumstance, and that there was no other Evidence against him, but this Alesworth and Elizabeth Lamberton, they acquitted him.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he keeping a Place to sell Books in Bow-lane, Cheapside , the Prisoner took the Books mention'd in the Indictment from off his Stall, and ran away with them; and that he being taken, he himself found the Books upon him, which being plain Evidence, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
William Fuller , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, value 12 d. on the 2d of this Instant June , from the Person of Edward Mathews . The Prosecutor depos'd, That about 3 or 4 a-Clock in the Afternoon, as he was passing under Ludgate , he miss'd his Handkerchief, and seeing the Prisoner run hastily cross the Way, he pursu'd him, and chang'd him with taking it; but before he could well lay hold of him, the Prisoner dropp'd it, and this Deponent said immediately before he dropp'd it, he could just discover a Sight of it in his Bosom.
He said in his Defence, That a Coach coming along, he run to avoid Mischief, fearing to be run over, and that he found the Handkerchief crossing the Way; but this frivolous Excuse gaining but little Credit with the Jury, he was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Edward Airis depos'd, That as he was walking along Cheapside with his Master, Mr. Webb, he saw the Prisoner, who, he thought, look'd like a Pick-pocket; that he bid his Master take Care of his Pocket; that presently the Prisoner came close up to his, and took his Handkerchief out of his Pocket, but Mr. Webb, and this Deponent pursuing him he ran down a Turning, and went into a Baker's Shop, where they following, saw him fling four Handkerchiefs into the Bin, and they searching him strictly, found Mr. Webb's Handkerchief crowded into his Breeches. He said in his Defence, that coming cross Stocks-Market, he found them all Bundled up together; but the Excuse of a Pickpocket having but very little Weight, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Anne Jones , of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Coe , on the 3d of May last, in the Day-time, and taking thence two Gowns, two Petticoats, a Hat, two Penknives, a Box-Iron and Heaters, a Suit of Head-Cloaths, a Pair of Ruffles, a Fire-Shovel, Poker, Tongs, and several other Goods , the Property of Thomas Coe aforesaid.
Mary Coe depos'd, That she being a poor Washerwoman went out on the Day they were robb'd, to do half a Day's Work, and coming home at two in the Afternoon, found her Chamber-Door broke all to Pieces, and all their Goods gone that could conveniently be carried away; upon which, complaining in the Neighbourhood of her Misfortune, she learn'd, That a Woman had been seen to come out of her House with two Bundles, and a Frying-Pan in her Hand; that she went with other Neighbours to Rag-Fair, and was no sooner got there, but they heard a Woman crying, Who will buy a Frying-Pan, a Pair of Tongs, or a Poker; and going to see them, found them to be those stolen out of her House; upon which they seiz'd the Woman in whose Custody they were, and she brought out the Prisoner, of whom she had them; and that when the Prisoner was taken, she had a Gown in her Lap, which was the Prosecutor's, and taken out of her House with the other Goods.
She said in her Defence, That she bought the Goods of Mrs. Coe, the Prosecutor, for 4s. that Day, about 12 a-Clock; but it appearing, that Mrs. Coe did not come home till Two or Three, and that nothing could be more ridiculous, than that the Prosecutor should take up a Woman for stealing Goods which she herself had sold, besides her saying she bought the Goods for four Shillings, which were worth above forty, did but confirm the Evidence against her; but her breaking open the House not appearing plain, she was acquitted of that, and found guilty of Felony only, to the value of 4s. and 10 d.
John Chapman , was indicted (upon an Act made in the 9th Year of his late Majesty, called the Black Act) for that he, in Company with another Person, call'd Bob the Drover, did. On the 14th of Feb. last, kill and carry away two Fallow Deer, value 3 l. the Property of our Sovereign Lord , in a Place enclosed with Hedges, &C. call'd, Enfield Chase .
George Ebbs depos'd, That he being looking for a Horse in Enfield Chase, on the 14th of Feb. last, saw the Prisoner, John Chapman , and Bob the Drover, with Fire-Arms in the said Chase, and that he standing at some Distance, saw each of them shoot a Deer, in a Place call'd, Roe-Bottoms, but a Dispute arising, whether or no Enfield Chase was enclos'd all round with Hedges, &C. It appear'd, that at Kicks-End the King's High Road is open into Enfield Chase, and upon this Flaw in the Indictment, he was acquitted .
William Bradley , was indicted for feloniously stealing three Sacks, value 4 s. and 6 d. on the 8th of May last, the Goods of Mr. Ravish , Mr. Haddington , and other Persons; but for want of sufficient Evidence, the Jury acquitted him.
John Randal ; but for want of sufficient Evidence the Jury acquitted her.
Mary Hiltrop depos'd, That the Prisoner was employ'd by her to Iron and get up Linnen of other People's, with which she was intrusted, being a weaker Woman, and that she had taken the 4 Aprons mentioned in the Indictment, and they were found upon her; upon which the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. but she being great with Child, out of Compassion to a Woman in that Condition, they begg'd of the Court, that she might not be transported to his Majesty's Plantations, but receive such Corporal Punishment as the Court should think convenient to inflict on her.
Frances Halfhide , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver Pepper-Box, value 2 s. and 6 d. a Silver Handle of a Knife, and a Silver Handle of a Fork, 6 Yards of Holland, a Silk Gown, and several other Goods and wearing Apparel, the Property of Joseph Barnard , Mary Barnard , Samuel Barnard , William Barnard , Henry Cole , and Thomas Wait , in the Dwelling-House of Joseph Barnard aforesaid, on the 20th of March last.
The Prosecutor Mr. Joseph Barnard, depos'd, That the Prisoner was his Servant , and having taken away several Things (out of his House) belonging to himself, his Brother, &c. they had Suspicion on her, and accordingly charging her with the Theft, she confess'd the Fact before a Magistrate, and sign'd the Confession with her own Hand, which she did freely and voluntarily, without being either intimidated by Menaces, or prevail'd with by Promises; in which Confession she said, that she had taken the Goods of the several Persons above mentioned, out of the House of Mr. Joseph Barnard, and pawned some of them to Mrs. Rogers in Short's-Gardens, and others to one Mrs. Carter, who both appearing in Court, depos'd, That she had pawned Goods to them which were the Prosecutors; however, as she had several to appear for her Character, and even Mr. Barnard himself (tho' the Prosecutor) generously acknowledging that he never heard her Reputation was blasted before this Time, but on the contrary, she had a good Character in general; the Jury brought her in guilty only to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d.
Elizabeth Boystone , of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing a pair of Linnen Sheets, value 4 s. the Goods of Daniel Newstop , on the 12th of May last; which being plainly proved upon her, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Butler , of St. George's Hanover-Square , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Pewter Pot, a Barber's Bason, 2 Napkins, and a Shaving-Cloth , the Goods of George Williams ; but the Evidence not being sufficient he was acquitted .
Sarah Jones , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 24 Guineas, and 4 s. in Silver , the Property of George Yarro , on the 25th of March last. And John Jackson was indicted for receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen .
Mrs. Yarro depos'd, That on the 25th of March, the Prisoner being her Servant , went up Stairs to this Deponent's Chamber, and she stopping there, this Deponent went up to see why she stopp'd at her Chamber, but as she was going up, the Prisoner went up Stairs into the Garret; yet tho she thought this a little odd, and forasmuch as she had not given her any Orders to go into her Chamber, yet she did not mistrust in the least that she had taken away the Money, yet by what she heard afterwards, it was her Opinion that the Money was taken away by the Prisoner at that Time; for soon after missing the Money, and expressing her Dissatisfaction at the Loss, a Neighbour informed her, that some Familiarities had pass'd in his Sight between the Prisoner Sarah Jones , and the Prisoner John Jackson ; upon which they sifted narrowly into the Matter, and having but too much Reason to believe it true, they carried her before a Magistrate who, after examining her, committed her to the Round-House, where she confess'd the Morning after her Commitment, that she had taken the Money out of the House, and said, That she had given it to John Jackson, which concurring with what she was told of by her Neighbour, they likewise thought fit to prosecute him for being Accessory to the Felony.
Mr. Clark depos'd, That on the 25th of March last, as he was looking out of his Window, he saw the Prisoner Sarah Jones, come out of her Master's House, and at some Distance stood John Jackson, to whom she went up, and after some Confabulation she gave him something into his Hand, with which he seem'd pleas'd, and chuck'd her under the Chin, but he said he could not perceive what it was that she gave him, yet he believing there was an Intrigue between them, went and informed her Master of it. He further said, That when Sarah Jones was committed to the Round-House, he heard her confess her taking the Money, and at the same Time she said she gave it to John Jackson, when he this Deponent said, he saw them together from his Window.
Sarah Jones being ask'd what she had to say in her Defence, said, it was true, she took the Money out of her Master's House, and gave it to John Jackson.
John Jackson being ask'd what he had to say in his Defence, said, That he and Sarah Jones having at that Time a Respect for each other, he had a Design to marry her, and gave her a Ring at the Time which Mr. Clark said he saw her give something into his Hands.
Several Gentlemen appear'd for the Character of John Jackson, saying, he was an honest industrious Person, that maintained himself with a great deal of Credit and Reputation, and others depos'd in his Behalf, that Mr. Yarro the Prosecutor had said in their Hearing, That he would hang him right or wrong if he could; this being considered with the good Character he bore, and no positive Evidence appearing against him (for what Sarah Jones said was not Evidence) the Jury acquitted him, but though the Information Sarah Jones gave against Jackson, was of no Effect, yet in Consequence of her own Confession at the Round-House, and at the Bar, she was found guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Elizabeth Hoar and Katharine Hoar , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Peck of Wheat, value 18 d. on the 27th of March last, the Property of Mr. Thomas Vincint Clark ; which appearing very plain against them, the Jury found them guilty to the Value of 10 d. each.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he being a Country Man, and not knowing the Ways of the Town, was pick'd up by the Prisoner, who carried him to a Gin Shop, where he spent 3 d. upon her, and that he afterwards went to another House with her, and spent something more, and that she then parted from him; soon after which he felt for his Money, and it was all gone, but he said another Woman, one Hannah Powell , being still in his Company, he was put in a Way how to find her out, which he did next Morning.
Hannah Powel depos'd, That she was in Company with the Prosecutor and the Prisoner, but she did not know that the Prosecutor had lost any Money, not that he had any to lose, tho'he said he had been robb'd of 14 Guineas, that he had that Morning taken for some Pigs which he brought out of Hareford, and sold in Smithfield; but he not being able to fix the Fact upon the Prisoner, she was acquitted , at which, he sighing, said, He had brought his Hogs to a fine Market.
John Tomlinson , of Aldersgate-street , was indicted for feloniously stealing eight Guineas, a Broad Piece, and 15 Shillings in Silver, the Property of William Bartlet , in the Dwelling-House of Henry Heytof , on the Third of May last.
William Bartlet depos'd, That he being a Country Carrier , took Lodgings whilst he staid in Town at an Inn, where the Prisoner was Tapster , and that at Night whilst he was in Bed, his Money was stole out of his Breeches, which he put safe under his Head when he went to Bed, that he had Suspicion on the Prisoner, and carried him before a Justice, where he confessed that he came into the Room and took the Money out of his Breeches Pocket.
He said in his Defence, That he was persuaded to confess the Fact, they pretending it would be the better for him. He was found guilty to the Value of 39 s.
William Field , of Ludgate , was indicted for assaulting Mary Faulkoner on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Silver Snuff-Box. Value 8 s. and 6 d. a Gold Ring, value 9 s. on the 2d of February last; but the Prosecutor not appearing he was acquitted .
Mrs. Kinder depos'd, That the Prisoners came to her Shop (a Baker 's) in Cloth-Fair , and pretended they wanted a Quartern Brick she telling them she had no Bricks, they said, then they would have a Loaf, and George Smith flinging down a Guinca, bid her give him Change, which she did, and then William Gardner put his Hand in his Pocket, and said she might take her Change again, for he had a Shilling; upon which Smith took up the Guinea, and she going to take up the Change, finding their wanted 7 Shillings she ask'd them for it, which they denied knowing any Thing of, but she continuing to demand her Money, they both run out of the Shop.
William Clifton depos'd, That he saw the Prisoners in the Prosecutor's Shop, and heard her charge them with cheating her of 7 Shillings, and that when they run out of the Shop he ran after them, and would have had them to have gone back, but Smith said, D - n your Blood Ill not go back.
Mr. Ridgley depos'd, That he hearing an Out-cry of Stop Thief, and seeing the two Prisoners running to get away, stopped Gardner, who said, the other was the Thief, and he had got the Money, that he was never in such a Fray before, and said, if this Deponent would let him go he would give him Half a Guinea, but he was above making an Advantage of letting a Villain escape, and therefore held him till the other was secured, and the Prosecutor had charg'd an Officer with them. They pretended that they knew nothing of the Matter, and brought several Witnesses to their Character, but the Fact appearing plain against them the Jury found them both guilty of the Indictment.
Eleanor Chickwell , of St. Mary's Whitechapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Guineas, 2 Half Guineas, and some Silver, on the 6th of April last, the Property of William Bocket , and in the Dwelling-House of the said William Bocket .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner was his Servant , (tho' but a meer Child ) and on the Evening when this Robbery was committed, she was to have gone away, but they missing the Money thought fit to detain her, and charg'd her with it, but she trifled with them, and told them several Stories which were Contradictions, till they tired with her Evasions, went for an Officer, and charging him with her, carried her before a Magistrate, where she confess'd the Fact, and, as he said, sign'd the Confession with her own Hand, but neither the Justice who committed her, nor his Clerk, attending in Court to prove the Confession, she was acquitted .
The Prosecutor depos'd, She was robb'd of 20 Guineas at several Times, and suspecting the Prisoner, she put a Guinea and half by itself in her Chamber, and from the Time that she put there to the Time of its being taken away, there was none of the Family above Stairs but the Prisoner.
Orpheus Shoemart depos'd, That the Prosecutor had employed him to Watch in her Bed-Chamber, to see if she could catch the Thief who stole her Money, and after he had waited several Days successively, at length he heard some Body coming into the Room, but he being upon the Bed between sleeping and awaking, was surpriz'd and tumbled off the Bed, but he see the Person, and did believe it was the Prisoner.
John Purdue depos'd, That when Orpheus Shoemart fell off the Bed, he cried out, and that he, this Deponent, being below Stairs, ran up, and met the Prisoner upon the Stairs coming down in haste; but these Circumstances not being strong enough to convict her, the Jury acquitted her.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That she sent her Stays to her Father's to be lined, and they were stole away, and that afterwards she found them at the Prisoner's, hung up for Sale.
The Prisoner brought several Witnesses, one who see her buy them, and others who had seen them hang up in the publick Shop; upon which the Jury acquitted her.
John Shaw , and Joseph Sadler , were indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Guineas, a Moidore, some Silver, and a Silver Buckle, value 2 s from the Person of John Marshal , in the House of Joseph Walker , (otherways call'd New-Prison ) on the 25th of Feb. last; but the Prosecutor not appearing they were acquitted .
Edward Walton , and John Parker , were indicted for feloniously stealing a tame Fallow Deer, value 3 l. on the 13th of May last, the Property of Mr. Richard Buckley and Mr. Edward Buckley , of St. Giles's Cripplegate.
Mr. North depos'd, That he saw the Prisoners on the 13th of May, about 3 o'Clock in the Morning, carrying a Basket in which was something covered with a Cloth all Bloody, that he watched them to a House, and thought they had done something that was not honest, and he hearing afterwards that Mr. Buckley had advertised a Deer in the News Papers, he went and informed, Mr. Buckley of what he had seen; and upon further Enquiry the Prisoners were found out and apprehended.
James Hopping depos'd, That he being drinking with the Prisoners in Noble-street early the Morning on which the Deer was stole, Walton asked him to go with him to kill a Deer at Mr. Buckley's, that Parker went with him, and presently they returned, and said they had done it; that he, this Deponent, went with them, and fetched the Deer out of Parker's Shed and carried it to his Mother's Shed, and that there Parker cut it up, and afterwards they sold it in Quarters.
Other Witnesses corroborating what this Deponent said, the Jury found them both guilty to the Value of 39 s. each.
Joseph Hews , of St. Clement's Danes , was indicted for stealing a Gold Watch, value 16 l and four Silver Watches, value 12 l. out of the Shop of Andrew Morran , but it not appearing plain the Jury acquitted him.
William Scawell , but for want of sufficient Evidence he was acquitted .
William Garell , was indicted for stealing Half a Guinea, and 10 s. in Silver, from the Person of Henry Plumpton ; which being plainly proved upon him, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d.
One Francis Clifton , was ordered to attend the Court, for that he, in Contempt of the Honourable Court, had published two Pamphlets, one pretended to be the Proceedings at the Sessions, and the other the pretended Dying Speech of the Convicts, who were last executed , was repremanded by the Court; but upon his Submission, begging Pardon, and promising never to do the like, he was acquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death 8.
Burnt in the Hand 2.
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