On 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.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, being the 17th, 18th, and 19th of July, 1728, in the Second Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
(Price Six Pence)
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BECHER , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron Pengelly ; Mr. Justice Reynolds; 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.
James Haddock , of St. Bennet's Paul's Wharf , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Guineas, and 5 l. 16 s. in Silver, a Silver Cup, a Silver Cork Screw, 2 Silver Spoons, and a Nutmeg-grater, in the Dwelling-House of James Reeves , on the 9th of April, and in the 13th Year of his late Majesty King George the First , the Property of James Reeves aforesaid.
Elizabeth Reeves depos'd, That the Prisoner was a Lodger at her House on Addle-Hill , near Doctors Commons, when this Robbery was committed, and that it being on the Sabbath Day, she desired the Prisoner, if he did not go abroad, to have an Eye to her Room, which she locked up, and which, he promised to have an Eye to; but when she came home, the Chamber Door and the Corner-Cupboard had been forced open, which appeared by the Mark of an Instrument, the Hinges tore off and the Money gone, the Drawers rifled, and the Plate taken out, though some of the Drawers, out of which the Plate was taken, she left lock'd when she went from Home; upon which she cried out, saying, she was robb'd, and the Prisoner's Wife being above Stairs, came down, and said, her Husband was gone out, that he had been guilty of Failings, and desired her to be easy and she would Work early and late to make Satisfaction, though she did not know he had taken the Things, but his not coming home again confirmed them the more in this Suspicion; and there were other Witnesses, who depos'd, That the Prosecutor left the Prisoner in Care of her Door, and that he promised to look after it.
The Prisoner said in his Defence, That Mrs. Reeves had lost a pair of Silver Buckles out of her Drawers a Fortnight before this Robbery, and she said, she did believe it was done by a Char-woman that she employ'd, which Mrs. Reeves acknowledging, and the Prisoner telling a plausible Story of his being in bad Circumstances, and that Day the Robbery was committed, one Diston pittying his Case, lent him Money to go down to Bristol, to Trade there, if possible to retrieve himself, and he not daring to go out of Doors in the Week Days, went out of the House unfortunately on that Afternoon: There being no positive Evidence against him, the Jury acquitted him.
Nathaniel Mercy , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Coach Wheel, value 12 Shillings , the Goods of Thomas West , on the 9th of this Instant, to which Indictment he pleaded guilty .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he met the Prisoner in the Street, and ask'd her to drink a Glass of Wine, to which she consented, and they went to the Swan Tavern in Newport Market , and lovingly drank 4 Pints, the Prisoner asking him what it was a Clock, he pulled out his Gold Watch, and bid her look; that she took it in her Hand, but could not remember that she returned it again, neither could she say positively, that she had it, but as he mis'd it as soon as he parted with her he thought he had occasion of Suspicion; yet, said he, I had been drinking before, (tho' it was but Nine in the Morning)and can't tell directly how the Matter stood; which being all the Evidence he could give against her, she was acquitted .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he being a Bricklayer , was endeavouring to get some Business to do, at the House where the Prisoner lived, and it being a Chandler's Shop, to obtain the Good-Will of the People, he call'd for several Drams, and treated the Mistress of the House and one Mrs. Greaves, who was his Customer, with Cyder, Brandy, &c. that whilst they were drinking the Prisoner came into the Room, and he likewise treated her, and she, in return, wip'd him over the Face, and seem'd very fond of him, saying, she would give him a fine Nosegay, and something to cheer his Heart, if he would go with her to Covent-Garden Market, and then (as his Expression was) she weagled him down into the Cellar, and there kept him lock'd up in a back Passage, that he was very much in Liquor, and scarce sensible of what he did, but he found what she had done to his Sorrow, for she had taken all his Money, which he missing, made a Noise, and the People of the House hearing him, let him out of his Place of Confinement, by conducting him up the Back Stairs; that he got Officers and search'd the Cellar, but could not find the Prisoner. The Prisoner desiring he might be ask'd if they did not drink together in the Cellar, the Prosecutor answer'd, No, she would fetch no Drink, saying, she did not care to be seen by the Publicans; that she was all for dry Money, and she, and None but she, had his Fifty Pounds, for save only him and her, there were neither Man, Woman, nor Child, nor Dog nor Cat in the Cellar.
Elizabeth Harper depos'd, That the Prosecutor came into her Shop, and drank Cyder, Usquebaugh and Brandy, and being disguis'd in Liquor he pull'd out eight or ten Guineas and said, he was no Scoundrel; that she and Mrs. Greaves, whom he brought in to treat, begg'd he would put up his Money and take Care of it, and about that Time the Prisoner came into the Room, and familiarly stroaking his cheeks, persuaded him to go into the Cellar, saying, he should pay his Footing, that they staid half an Hour below, and this Deponent looking down, saw the Prisoner's Mother there, that he came up with her again, and treated her with Usquebaugh, and at 11 o' Clock, which was several Hours after, they heard him in a back Passage, where the House was supplied with Water, and letting him into their House, he said he was robb'd, at which this Deponent's Husband thrust him out of doors.
The Prisoner said in her Defence, That the Prosecutor went down into her Cellar, and behaved himself so rudely, that she was forced to threaten to send for an Officer, that she knew nothing of his Money, and had not gone away that Night, but as she was oblig'd by her Husband, and that she came next Morning and set her Greens out.
The Constable, the Watchman, and others severally depos'd, That the Morning after this happened, he said he could charge no particular person, but he would indict the House. The Prisoner having a very good Character from several reputable Witnesses, the Jury acquitted her.
Mr. Hayden depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Spoon to him to pawn, and he suspecting it to be stolen, stopp'd him and carried him to the Round-House, where he confess'd he stole it at the Prosecutor's, he being invited there to Dinner with some Gentlemans Servants.
Robert Amey depos'd, That he attended the Gentlemens Servants at Dinner, and afterwards they miss'd a Spoon, that Mr. Haydon sent them word of the Spoon brought to him by the Prisoner, and he going to match it by the others, found it to be the same which they had lost, it being of the same Make and Mark: The Fact being thus plainly proved upon him, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10d.
Robert Ashby , of St. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for stealing a Gold Watch, value 16 l. a Chain, value 4 l. a Cornelian Seal set in Gold, value 10s. the Property of Nicholas Roper from the Person of Phoebe Thickpenny , who depos'd, That her Mistress being at Little Chelsea, sent her to their House in Lad-lane, for the Watch and other Things she had occasion for, that she call'd at the Prisoner's in Castle Yard, Chick-Lane, as she was going towards Chelsea with the Watch and the Bundle, where she drank part of a Pint of Beer, some Tea 2 Quarterns of Brandy, and a Bottle of Cyder; that the Prisoner would go part of the Way home with her, and in Leather-Lane , he said, faith they would not part Dry lips, and accordingly they went into a publick House and drank a Pint of Twopenny, and two Quarterns of Brandy, that she had the Watch then, and at the Door the Prisoner kiss'd her, and gave her a shilling for a Coach, she having out-staid her Time; that when he kiss'd her, he put one Hand around her Waist, but what he did with the other she could not tell, that she then cross'd the Way to another House, and immediately miss'd the Watch, and she was sure she had pinn'd it so to her Side, that she could not drop it.
Margaret Nelson depos'd, That the Prisoner and Phoebe Thickpenny, came to her House in Leather-Lane, and he call'd for a private Room, to which the Girl would not consent, that the Girl wanted to go to, &c. and she went with her, when the Girl said, she had her Mistress's Gold Watch, and seeming to look on it, told her it was 7 o' Clock, but this Deponent did not see the Watch, yet she said, she did verily believe she heard it beat, that they soon parted, and in a Quarter of an Hour the maid returned, and said she had lost the Watch.
The Prisoner said in his Defence, That he knew nothing of it, any further than she said it was her Mistress's, that they parted very good Friends, and she having been an old Sweetheart of his, laid her Head upon his Shoulder, and said, She could live and die there, which would have been no little Aggravation to his Crime, had he wrong'd so good Natur'd a Creature: But the Evidence against him being weak, and several appearing to his Character, the Jury acquitted him.
Martha Vagarr , alias Valley and Mary Foot , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon value 5s. the Property of Mr. John Sanecon ; but the Evidence not being sufficient, they were both acquitted .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That she did not know how the Prisoner came to take her Forks, for she was so well recommended to her from the French Church at Amsterdam, that notwithstanding it was plain, she took them out of her House, she could not tell how to think her otherwise than a very honest Girl, for she might have took a great deal more.
Mrs. Puncho depos'd, That she took the Prisoner with the Forks, she then confess'd she had taken them out of her Mistress's House, and would have had this Deponent took the Forks and let her get away, which Mrs. Puncho refusing she bit her Finger, which proved her a Bite; notwithstanding the Prosecutor's good Opinion of her, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10d. But as she was a Foreigner, and unacquainted both with our Laws and Language, the Jury begg'd of the Court that she might not be Transported, but receive Corporal Punishment .
Sylvester Sullevane , of St. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for stealing four Books, value 5s. a pair of Silk Stockings, value 5s. and a Pail, value 1s. on the first of April, 1726 , the Goods of Thomas Gun .
Thomas Gun depos'd, That the Prisoner not only run away with his Goods, but he run away with his Wife, (not mention'd in the Indictment) in his Absence, yet he confess'd that his Wife was very bad, and the Prisoner was so kind to carry her away in a Coach, though he borrowed a Shilling of his Landlord to pay the Coachman.
The Nurse who look'd after the Prosecutor's Wife depos'd, That her Mistress being very bad, and she having Occasion to go to Market to buy Provision, desired the Prisoner to look after her till she returned, and when she came back they were both gone, though her Mistress was so weak she was fit for nothing.
Robert Carr depos'd, That he saw the Prisoner take the Books, and Jane Moulden depos'd, That she heard an Irish Man, the Prisoner's Countryman, say, That the Prisoner sold 2 of the Prosecutor's Books. She further said, That she saw the Prisoner bring back the Stockings to the Prosecutor's Wife: But what the Man told her was no Evidence, and her seeing the Prisoner bring back the Stockings, did not make it appear that the Prisoner stole them, though she produced a Part of them in Court, for they being out at the Ankles, were converted to a Pair of Gloves.
The Prisoner said more in his Defence than could be contain'd in this Paper, the most material Part was as follows:
The first Acquaintance I had with this Family was occasioned by the Prosecutor's Wife being my Countrywoman, I was going to see them, and they were coming to see me, till we knew one another better and better, and then the Prosecutor's Wife fell sick, and indeed and she was very bad, and I pitied her, and the she had a little Child, and it was a great deal of Trouble to her, so I took it in my Arms and carried it home to my House, and three Weeks after I went again, and she said she was a little better, but her Nurse run her to a great deal of Charges, and what her Husband was getting could not support it. So the Nurse being gone to Market I got her out of Bed, and like a Fool, as I was, I put her in a Coach and carried her to my own House, and there I took more Care of her than I would of either my own Wife, or indeed of my own Mother, for I let her lie in my own Bed, and I laid my self down in a Closet, till I was so stiff I could not perform my Business; all this while, though I was very bad myself, I took so much Care of my Countrywoman, that in a little Time she was able to be walking about the House, and do any Thing which a Woman in Health should be doing, and then her Husband came, and he was likewise lying in my House sometimes, and said, he should never make me amends for my Kindness, and indeed and I believe and he never designs it, for when he took his Wife home they grew very ungrateful, for she demanded her Pail, which she had before gave me, when I fetched it to wash her Feet in, and she bid me fetch the Stockings, which she gave me, and the Books, which I took for her cross-grain'd Child to play with; and then I was demanding my Money for my Trouble, and then I was demanding my Looking-glass, which I lent them (for my Face is not so handsome that I should take a Pride to look at it) and then the Prosecutor and I fell to Quarrelling, and he said, he would sell his Soul to Ninety-nine Devils but he would Prosecute me, and I said, and I would trust to the Lord God and the Law, and then we went to the Law together, and I cast him and recovered Damages, and that is the Cause of my being brought here; and I hope the Honourable Court will consider it, since I desire no more but to be 'quitted and to be clear, and to have a copy of my indictment. He then produc'd several Witnesses, who depos'd, That they had promised him Satisfaction for the Trouble he had in looking after the Prosecutor's Wife, and that he had recovered a Verdict and Judgement at Guild-Hall, for their not making him Satisfaction: the Jury considering the Whole, brought in their Verdict Not Guilty .
Peter Pemberton , Mary Pemberton , and Mary Mason , of Billingsgate , were indicted for privately stealing 5 Guineas, and four Shillings in Silver, on the 28th of May last , from the Person of Thomas Bete .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he had been some Time acquainted with Peter Pemberton, and the Night on which he was robb'd, he had been at his House in Rosemary-lane, and having occasion to go to Billingsgate, Peter Pemberton and the other two Prisoners would go with him, that they went together to the Three Tun Tavern at Billingsgate, that he was sure he had his Money when they went into the House, for he had pull'd out a Guinea to lay a Wager, and when they were gone he miss'd it. He further said, That when he had them apprehended on Suspicion of having robb'd him, Peter Pemberton offer'd to make it up, and did actually deposit Three Guineas and a Note in the Constable's Hands for that End, but the Magistrate before whom they went, would not suffer them to compound a Felony.
Mr. Wright the Constable depos'd, That Pemberton put the Money and Note in his Hands, yet did not confess the Robbery, but on the contrary said, he would rather pay than suffer wrongfully, and being then very sick he said he would do any Thing sooner than go to Newgate.
The Prisoner said in his Defence, That they told him it would cost him 50 l. if he went to Newgate, and so said his Wife and Mary Mason. This being considered, and the Evidence not being plain the Prosecutor staying to drink in other Company all Night, after he had lost his Money, besides, it being proved that the Prosecutor said, he should not have proceeded but for the Sollicitor, and the Prisoners, especially (Peter Pemberton)having several to appear to their Character, they were all three acquitted .
Sarah Payn , alias Matthews , of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing a Guinea and Half a Guinea, from the Person of John Polliter , and 36 Yards of Silver Lace, value 5 l. in the Dwelling-house of Thomas Smith, on the 28th of January last, the Property of John Polliter aforesaid.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner pick'd him up and persuaded him to go home to her Lodgings, where he gave her Half a Crown to fetch Salmon for Supper, and then they drank two full Pots of Beer and a Dram, after
Honest Elizabeth Smith depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Prosecutor to her Room, and sent her for the Salmon and for the Drink, and that when she came back the Prosecutor said, the Prisoner had got a Guinea and Half from him, and he would cut her Throat, at the same Time holding a Knife in his Hand, he struck at her and cut her Necklace, when the Prisoner said to him, My dear, dear Polliter, don't hurt me; after this he went away, and this Deponent went to Bed, and would have had the Prisoner come to Bed too, but she refused it, and upon this Deponent's asking her if she had got his Money, the Prisoner not only shew'd it her, but said, she had got something of him which was better still, and then shew'd her the Silver Lace; after which, she put it in this Deponent's Drawer, saying, she knew she was very welcome to it, but this Deponent seem'd to tell with some Concern, that when she 'wakd in the Morning the Prisoner was gone, and had taken both the Lace and Money with her. It appeared by other Witnesses, that the Prisoner was a wicked dissolute Creature, and had got Drunk with the Money, and sold some Part of the Lace to a Shoemaker.
The Prisoner had little to say in her Defence, but that she had it with the Prosecutor's Leave, they being too well acquainted for him to deny her any Thing, nor would he have prosecuted her, had not the Shoemaker stopp'd her and sent for the Prosecutor's Wife, and thereby discovered the Intriegue between them: But the Prosecutor's Folly would not excuse her Theft, for it evidently appeared that she had taken the Lace without his Knowledge and Consent; upon which the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d. for taking the Goods , but acquitted her of the Charge of taking the Money , it being laid in a different Indictment.
Moses Freeman depos'd, That the Prisoner coming to him in an humble Manner, and desiring to be employ'd in his Business of Peruke-making , he took him in to work in his House, but as he said he came out of the Country, where his Friends were dead, and had no Character, he ordered his other Servants to have an Eye to him, but upon his seeming good Behaviour, the Prosecutor took him in to lodge in his House, which soon gave him Occasion to repent of his Credulity, for coming home on Sunday the 7th of this Instant July, about Ten at Night, the Prisoner let him in, and he perceiving something white lay in the Passage near the Shop Door, he ask'd the Prisoner what it was, he said it was nothing, but the Prosecutor going up to it, found it was a Wig Box, (which he (not suspecting any Thing) bid the Prisoner put it in the Shop, but he immediately ran away, which caused the Prosecutor to inspect further into the Matter, when he found that the Box was full of Wigs pack'd up, as if to carry off; upon which, with some Advice of a Neighbour, he went down to see if the Prisoner was not gone to the Gravesend Boats, it being about the Time of their going off, and coming to Darkhouse-Lane, he heard that he was gone off for Gravesend, and he getting a pair of Oars, pursued and overtook him at Woolwich, where they search'd him, and found a considerable Quantity of Humane Hair upon him, which appeared to be the Prosecutor's; upon which the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d.
Mary Core , of St. Bartholomew the Less , was indicted for feloniously stealing four Yards of Tabby, a Cap and Apron, a Quilted Petticoat, and other Goods , the Property of Thomas Barris , and Sarah Blunt .
Elizabeth Topley depos'd, That by the Advice of the Prisoner she fetch'd the Petticoat out of Pawn, and then bought it of her, which Petticoat being produced in Court, it appeared to be the Prosecutor's: This, with her Confession, which was read in Court, and signed with her own Hand, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d.
James Haddock , alias Pickup , of Fulham , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard, value 5 l. 10 s. 9 Silver Spoons, value 30 s. a Coral set in Silver, value 15 s. 2 Seals, value 3 s. 6 Shifts, 2 Aprons, six Yards of Gold Lace, a Pair of Kid Gloves, a Tucker, 4 pair of Ruffles, a Dimitty Waistcoat, and other Goods, besides 4 Guineas, 2 Half Guineas, and 6 Pounds and 15 Shillings in Silver, in all to the Value of 29 Pounds and 16 Shillings, in the Dwelling House of Thomas Yew , on the 20th of Sept. 1727 , being the Money and Goods of the aforesaid Thomas Yew .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That on the 17th of Sept. 1727, it being a very rainy Day, the Prisoner came to his House and Din'd; and afterwards begg'd he might carry all Night, which he granted, that this being Sunday, he continued till the Wednesday following, when in the Night-time, his Wife hearing a Noise, desired he would rise, which he did, and opening the Door a Sheet flew in his Face, which Sheet was fastened to the Window of the Chamber where the Prisoner lay; that he being surprized at this, went up to the Chamber Door, but could not get in, upon which he got in by the Way the Prisoner came out; (i.e.) the Casement, when, to his further Surprize, he found a Chest broke open, and the Money and Goods mentioned in the Indictment taken away; this, he said, occasioned him to come to London, to enquire after the Prisoner, and finding out a Cousin of his, he found his Name was Haddock, though he told him his Name was Pickup; he then advertised the Goods he had lost in the News Papers, and by the Assistance of one Mrs. Philpot, near Doctors Commons, he found Part of his Goods in the Hands of one Elizabeth Lawson .
Elizabeth Lawson depos'd, That a Porter brought a Box to her House, in which was contained the Goods which were own'd by the Prosecutor, which Box was directed for Mrs. Haddock, to be left at Mrs. Lawson's, that she carried the Box to Mrs. Haddock, the Prisoner's Wife, who was then in the Hospital, and she desired her to carry it back till she had Occasion for it, which she did, and soon after by the Direction of Mrs. Philpot, the Prosecutor found it at her House, and causing it to be opened, he found Part of the Goods taken out of his House as aforesaid.
Mrs. Philpot, and Mr. Holden depos'd, that they both saw the Goods taken out of the Box directed for Mrs. Haddock, and the Goods being produced in Court, the Prosecutor swore to them.
Joseph White depos'd, That he found a Purse upon the Prisoner's Wife, which he produc'd in Court, and by the Oath of the Prosecutor, it appeared to be the same purse in which was the Money mentioned in the Indictment.
The Circumstances appearing plain, and he not being able to prove how he came by them the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Mr. Robins depos'd, That he lost his Horse from Grass, near Dantry in Northamptonshire , on the 3d of Septemb. 1727, and found it in the Custody of George Bonus , of Finchley, a Fortnight since, and that the Prisoner confess'd to him, that he sold the said Horse to George Bonus .
George Bonus depos'd, That he brought the Horse of the Prisoner (two Year since near Michaelmas) who said he bought it at a Fair in Northamptonshire. To this Indictment he had nothing to say in his Defence, but he bought it of a Man of which he was not able to give any satisfactory Account.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he lost the Gelding almost two Years since, from a Field near Little Hoton, and found him in Custody of one Mr. Charlton of Wetstone, in the Parish of Finchley, by the Directions of Mr. Robins.
Mr. Charlton depos'd, That he bought the Gelding of Mr. Cheston.
Mr. Cheston depos'd, That he bought the Gelding of the Prisoner at the Bar, of which he not being able to give a good Account, the Jury found him guilty of both Indictments. Death .
Sylvester Nichols depos'd, That he had his Mare stole from a Stake in a Field near Gumley, by Market Harborough , in June last, and the Prisoner being there in the Country for 2 or 3 Weeks, and pretending to go for London on the Day before his Mare was stolen, he suspected him to have taken it; upon which he came to London, and found out the Prisoner at Bloomsbury, when he confess'd be stole it, and sold it to one Mr. Wood, but begg'd the Prosecutor would not take the Law of him, for he had Friends at Totenhem which would make him Satisfaction, but he going there they refused it.
Richard Wood depos'd, That he bought the Mare of the Prisoner for 4 l. 16 s. the Thursday after last Midsummer Day, and that since the Prosecutor came and owned the Mare, and threatning to Prosecute him, he delivered it by the Advice of a Magistrate.
The Prisoner made a tedious trifling Defence, of his going from Market Harborough to Wellenborough, and overtaking a Man with a led House, he bought it, but these Stories being plentifully invented in Newgate, for want of Evidence to confirm what he asserted, the Jury found him guilty . Death .
Thomas Harrison depos'd, That his Mother keeping a Sale Shop , the Jacket mentioned in the Indictment, lay with other Goods upon the Counter, and that he heard him snatch it away; upon which he followed him, and saw him running along with the Jacket upon his Arm, but finding himself pursued, he dropp'd it, yet this Deponent never lost Sight of him till he was taken.
Mr. Stubbs depos'd, That he heard the Cry of Stop Thief, and saw the Prisoner with the Jacket on his Shoulder, and likewise saw him drop it.
The Prisoner said in his Defence, That he had it of a Boy, and he being in Liquor, could not exactly tell the Particulars, but this idle Excuse, without Witness availed nothing, for the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d.
Thomas Buttery , of St. Alban's Woodstreet , was indicted for stealing a Guinea, the Property of Samuel Ward , 7 Dozen of Womens Kid Gloves, value 4 l. and 6 Pair of Bathmettle Spurs, value 6 d. the Goods of Persons unknown, on the 22d of June last, in the Dwelling House of Joseph Harrison .
Mr. Harrison depos'd, That the Prisoner being Boot-catcher at his House, at the Bell-Inn in Woodstreet , and 2 Parcels of Kid Gloves being lost out of the Warehouse, and a Guinea stole out of the Chamberlain's Box, they suspected him, and searching his Room found the Gloves, when upon his being examined, he confess'd that he took them out of the Warehouse, by opening Flap of a Window belonging to the Warehouse, and the Guinea he confess'd he took out to the Chamberlain's Chest in the Garret.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he lost the Glass, and it was found upon the Prisoner, who confess'd it.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That it being about 10 o'Clock at Night, as he was coming over London Bridge , there was a great Mob, and running amongst the rest to see what was the Matter, felt his Handkerchief slip out of his Pocket, when immediately he caught hold of the Prisoner's Hand, which had the Handkerchief in it: This being very plain, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
It appeared that the Prosecutor had the Hide taken from others that lay to be sold in Leadenhall-Market and that the Prisoner sold it to one Stephen Adams , who was oblig'd to surrender it to the Prosecutor, it being found with his Mark upon it; and Stephen Adams seeing the Prisoner a Day or two after in Shoreditch, caused him to be apprehended, remembering he was the Person of whom he bought the Skin.
The Prisoner said in his Defence, That he was in great Distress, and that he was very drunk, (which was a very extravagant Excuse for a Man in Distress) or he had not stole it, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Chamberlain , of St. Helen's was indicted for stealing a Sagathy Frock, value 6 s. on the 6th of July last, the Property of Charles Rutter ; which appearing very plain against him, the Jury found him guilty of single Felony .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner came to his House at 6 o'Clock in the Morning, and pretended she wanted a pair of Clogs, but shifting about the Shop, she at length took a pair of Shoes, which they afterwards found upon her.
Elizabeth Bishop depos'd, That she being a Servant to the Prosecutor, followed her on Suspicion, and took her with the Shoes in her Apron; the Shoes being produced in Court and having the Prosecutor's Mark on them, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he found the Prisoner in his Kitchen, the Door at the same Time lock'd but the Casement open; by which he believed she came in at the Window, for a pain of Glass was broke, as if done to open it, that he miss'd 5 Pewter Dishes off the Shelf, but she had neither them nor any other of his Goods about her, but as the Dishes were wanting, he took her on suspicion, thinking she might have carried them away, and returned
Katharine Comber depos'd, That she being a Laundress to Mr. Bayley, on the Day mentioned in the Indictment she had bundled up his Shirts with three Stocks and a Silk Handkerchief, in order to carry home; but she being invited to a Burial, went out and left them in her own Room, and the next Morning when she came to look for them they were gone, upon this, she said, she went in a Surprize into the Prisoner's Room, who lived in the same House, and whom, she said, she thought always to be a very honest Man, tho' he lived with a Woman which was not his Wife, and while she was telling him the Story of her Misfortunes, she saw a Cap and Stock which was taken out of her Room, upon the Prisoner's Chair, and looking further, she found another Stock upon the Bed; upon which, she kneel'd down upon her Knees to him, and begg'd he would bring out the Shirts or she was ruined, and he kneeled down upon his Knees to her, and said, he knew nothing of the Matter; but after she had taken a Warrant for him and put him in the Compter, he confess'd he had pawn'd them at the Three Balls in Holborn: The Goods being produced in Court, and appearing to be taken out of the Prosecutor's Room, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d .
Sarah Brinklow , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, the Property of Grace Swift , and a Gold Watch, and a considerable Quantity of Plate, the Property of the Right Honourable the Lady Culpepper , on the 25th of June last: It appeared by the Oath of Cecilia, the Wife of Charles Stanhope , Esq; That the Prisoner being a Servant to the Lady Culpepper, had taken the Goods out of her Ladyship's Lodgings, and convey'd them to the House of one Mr. Field, a Book-seller.
Mr. Field depos'd, That on the 25th of June last, the Prisoner brought a Bundle to his House, and desired he would take Care of it, and upon their laying it on some Books in the Shop, she seem'd uneasy, and desired they would carry it up Stairs; that not long after, a little Boy, her Brother, came and desired he might stay till his Sister came, which they agreed to, that he staid to Dinner, and said, that the Lady where his Sister lived had been robb'd, which gave them some Suspicion that the Goods which she brought might not be honestly come by, and in Consequence of that Suspicion they opened the Bundle, and finding a Gold Watch and a considerable Quantity of Plate, he went and informed the Lady of it; that the Lady Culpepper came to his House, after securing the Prisoner, and found that the Bundle which she brought to his House, contain'd in it the Goods which were stolen from her Ladyship's Lodgings.
John Faithful depos'd, That he being the Beadle who secur'd her, heard her confess, that she took the Goods out of the Lady Culpepper's Lodgings, at Mrs. Swift's House, and carried them to the House of Mr. Field, the Bookseller; and that she said, she deserved a greater Punishment than the Law indicted, for wronging so good a Lady.
The Prisoner call'd several Witnesses to appear for her good Character, but the Evidence against her being very plain, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
George Wills depos'd, That he asked her last Husband Mr. Danbrine, to give him a Note for Money due to to him from her, and she said, he should not give a Note to bring himself into Trouble, for she had another Husband alive.
The Prisoner said in her Defence, That she was but half married to Henry Par, for before the Parson had done the Ceremony he repented and went away, and that she never Cohabited with him as a Husband; but there being good Evidence to the contrary, the Jury found her guilty .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner pick'd his Pocket of the said Handkerchief, and the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.
Alice Wilkins , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, value 3 l. and a Chain and Seal, value 6 s. from the Person of Anthony Butterfield , on the 24th of February last.
Mr. Butterfield depos'd, That on the 24th of February last he went to (that credible House) the Feathers Tavern in Drury-Lane , where he drank till Three or Four in the Morning, that another Gentleman came into the House with him, but the other Gentleman going away, he had no Body with him in the Room but the Prisoner, and that when he went to go home he miss'd his Watch which he had in his Pocket when he came into her Company.
Mr. Fendiamond depos'd, That he left the Prosecutor at the Feathers Tavern for some Time, and returning, found him in Company with the Prisoner, and that Disputes arising between them the Prosecutor charg'd her with stealing his Watch, and that they searching her, he this Deponent saw the Seal hang out of her Bosom, and taking hold of it he pull'd the Watch from her.
The Prisoner said in her Defence, That they used her very barbarously, and that the Prosecutor robb'd her of a Crown, for which she charg'd him with an Officer, and he then charg'd her for stealing his Money, but said nothing of his Watch; to prove which, she desir'd Mr. Justice Ellis would be pleased to relate the Affair to the Court, forasmuch as they were carried before him.
Mr. Justice Ellis depos'd, That when the Prosecutor and the Prisoner were brought before him, they charg'd each other with stealing Money, but the loss of a Watch was not mentioned by the Prosecutor, who at that Time seem'd to be very drunk and extravagant, that he bound them both over, believing him to be a wild Youth, and she a wicked and abandon'd Creature
She call'd 2 or 3 to her Character, who severally depos'd, that she was very honest as to her Hands, but they could say no further: The Jury acquitted her.
John Harper , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for assaulting Nathaniel Russel on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 2 s. 6 d. on the 1st of this Instant July , but it not appearing plain against him he was acquitted .
Sarah Boucher , was indicted for stealing a Porridge Pot and Saucepan , the Goods of George Alsop , and found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
It appear'd that the Witnesses against the Prisoner, were her own Sister, and her two Nieces, who seem'd very hard Mouth'd, and forgetting in whose Presence they stood, fell to Scolding and Quarrelling, in the Language of Billingsgate. The Foundation of the Prosecution appearing to be rais'd on a Family Broil, the Jury acquitted her.
Thomas Callow , was indicted for stealing 3 Silk Handkerchiefs, value 2 s. a Hood, an Apron, and other Goods , on the 14th of June last, the Property of Elizabeth Jones , and found guilty to the value of 10 d.
James Pool , of St. Sepulchre's , was indicted, for that he, not having the Fear of God before his Eyes, but being moved by the Instigation of the Devil, did, on the 25th of June , with an evil Intent to defraud his Majesty's Subjects, erase, cut and diminish 4 Guineas, being the current Coin of this Kingdom .
Thomas Wilson depos'd, That the Prisoner's Father came to the Adam and Eve in Newgate-Market, to change 4 Guineas, and he being there, offer'd to change them for him, and going to do so, one Mr. Pew Sat by him and bid him take Care what he did, for they were too light; upon which he sent for a Pair of Scales, and weighing them, they wanted eight Shillings in the whole, and looking upon the Edges they each of them appeared to have been Fild and new Mill'd, but not so curiously but the Deceit might be easily discern'd; upon which they stopt the Guineas, and the Prisoner's Father went away; (and is since gone quite off) That the Prisoner came and demanded the 4 Guineas, saying they were his, but this Deponent would not part with them, and after some Time he was carry'd before a Magistrate, and the 4 Guineas deposited in the Hands of the Constable, who produced them in Court, and swore they were the same which were committed to his Custody, and this Deponent Swore they were the same he received of the Prisoner's Father.
Thomas Pew depos'd, That he had received some Hundreds of Guineas of the Prisoner's Father, and had found several of them light, and he did believe he made a Trade of going about to change Guineas, for he had frequently seen him go from one Place to another, to change as many as he could, but this being the Father's Transaction, it had no Regard to the Prisoner.
He said in his Defence, That his Father had taken 4 Guineas before he was up one Morning, of some Gentlemen, who drank Brandy at his House, two of them coming for a Quartern, and changing each of them a Guinea, presently two others came, who did the same, and these Four Guineas he said were those for which he stood indicted.
He call'd several Witnesses, who depos'd, That they had taken considerable Quantities of Guineas of him, and never found one that was light; particularly Mr. Landey, who depos'd, That he had taken some Hundreds of Guineas of him, and had carried them from him to the Bank of England, and never had one of his Guineas question'd. This being consider'd, and none of the Witnesses being able to fix the Fact upon him, he was acquitted .
John Hymus , was indicted for stealing 28lb. of brown Sugar, value 5 s. the Goods of Daniel Alford , and found guilty to the value of 10 d. but he being an Object of Compassion, the Jury begg'd he might only be whipp'd .
Thomas Anderson , of St. James's; Westminster , was indicted, for that he, with others, robb'd Henry Arthur Herbert , Esq : of a Canvas Bag, and 120 Guineas , but no Evidence appearing, he was acquitted .
Elizabeth Scot , alias Towers, alias Way , was indicted for feloniously marrying one Way , her former Husband, John Towers , being alive , but as no-body appear'd against her but her Husband John Towers , and he not being capable of giving Evidence against his Wife, she was acquitted , with which her Husband seem'd to be very well pleased, saying, She had been away from him six Weeks, and be hearing she was married to another, indicted her in a Passion, but since nobody else laid Claim to her, he would take her home again.
William Watkins , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the House of John Tomkinson , on the 27th of June , In the Night-Time, with a felonious Intent to steal and bear away the Goods of he said John Tomkinson .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner was taken in his Cellar, and the Window Shutter broke, that when they took him, he crept up in a Corner, and would have hid himself; but when they laid hold of him, he begg'd Pardon, and offer'd to make any reasonable Satisfaction.
He said in his Defence, That he was full of Liquor, and could not tell what he did, nor where he was, and to prove himself one of the most stupified Sots in Christendom, he call'd two Witnesses, with whom he had work'd as a Journeyman, he being a Joyner .
One of them depos'd, That he would get Drunk, so as to be entirely Senseless, and either lay down in the Streets, or mistake another's Cellar for his own; but he never was known to fall into any Action that was dishonest, either Drunk or Sober.
The other said to the same Effect, adding, That he had serv'd Abroad in the Wars, and had a Piece taken out of his Skull, that was supply'd with a Plate of Silver, which was the Occasion of his being made Crazy with a little Drink, and the Prosecutor's Cellar being the second Door in the Street, not far from the Street where the Prisoner liv'd, and his being the second Door, the Jury acquitted him.
Elizabeth Pallet , and Anne Smart , were indicted for stealing a Calamanco Gown, and other Goods , the Property of Katherine Hutchinson , Pallet was found guilty to the Value of 10 d. but Smart was acquitted .
It appear'd, That the Prisoner and Prosecutor went to drink together, and were very kind and familiar; but when they parted, the Prosecutor miss'd his Money, and apprehending the Prisoner, found a part of it in her Shoes, which appearing plain, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
Joyce Hall , and Henry Barnet were indicted for breaking the House of William Tilley , on the 1st of this Instant, in the Night-time, and taking thence a Pot, a Saucepan, and several other Things , the Goods of William Tilley aforesaid. No Evidence, nor even Circumstance appearing against Barnet, (but the Charge of Joyce Hall, who being a Prisoner, could not be an Evidence) he was acquitted ; but Part of the Goods being found on Joyce Hall, she was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Katharine Clements , of Whitechapel , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, and 20 s. in Money, from the Person of Joseph Evans . The Prosecutor, tho' he was swore to speak the whole Truth, and
Jonathan Dove , and Joseph Monday , were indicted for a Misdemeanor, in stealing 700 lb. weight of Lead from Belsize House , the Property of the Right Honourable Philip, Earl of Chesterfield , and found guilty .
Ann Hatfield, alias Pack, alias Selby , was indicted for feloniously marrying William Pack , her former Husband Francis Selby , being alive . It appeared that the Prosecutor came from Stamford in Lincolnshire to look for his Wife, and found her at the Horns in Rosemary-Lane , where he was informed she was married to another Husband, but the latter Marriage not appearing plain, she was acquitted .
Matth.ew Hinkins , Charles Batt , and Alexander Caldecut , were indicted for willful and corrupt Perjury, in making up a false Affidavit before the Commissioners, on a Statute of Bankrupt against Richard Matthews , and all three pleaded Guilty .
Alexander Caldecut was a 2d Time indicted for Subornation of Perjury, in procuring Evidences to forswear themselves before the Commissioners, on the Statute against Richard Matthews ; to which Indictment he likewise pleaded Guilty .