And 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 26th, 27th, and 28th, of February; and Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, being the 1st, 3d, and 5th of March, 1728-9, in the Second Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
( Price Six Pence. )
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir ROBERT BAYLIS , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Baron Cummins ; Mr. Justice Price; Mr. Justice Probyn, Mr. Baron Thompson , Recorder of the City of London; and Mr. Serjeant Raby, Deputy Recorder; with 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.
Christian Colebrank depos'd, That on the 29th of January he went to pay 130 l. to Mr. Martin, but remembring he should have occasion for some Money at home, he took the Money mentioned in the Indictment from the rest, in Mr. Martin's Shop, and laid it on the Compter by him; that presently he saw it move, and looking behind him saw the Prisoner snatch it up and run away with it, that he pursued him and never lost Sight of him till he was taken with the Money and Bag in his Hand.
Mr. Allen depos'd, That he took the Prisoner with the Bag and Money in his Hand, which Bag and Money appear'd to be Mr. Colebrank's, and being carried before a Magistrate, he said, he believ'd he was bewitch'd.
He said in his Defence, That they run after him and put the Money into his Hand, which being a worse Excuse than t'other, and neither of them appearing reasonable, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Margaret Warren depos'd, That she received the Goods of the Prisoner about that Time, and had since sold them to a Person, who had surrender'd them to the Prosecutor by her Directions, but the Witnesses not all appearing she was acquitted .
Rice Beven , of St. Michael Crooked-Lane , was indicted for stealing 60 Razors, 283 Penknives, 95 Ivory Combs, and divers other Goods , the Property of Mr. Samuel Willson ; it appear'd that the Prisoner and one Price, the Prosecutor's Servant, who has escaped out of Newgate, had robb'd the Prosecutor of a considerable Quantity of Hard Ware, and Price taking a Lodging at one Mr. Carter's, and bringing Goods there, he was suspected, and the Prisoner likewise bringing Goods of the like Sort to Price's Lodgings, Mr. Carter sent for the Prosecutor, and the Goods appear'd to be his by the Mark, and they going to Bevels Lodgings, found a considerable Quantity of his Goods there, which he confessed he had of Price, and took them out of the Prosecutor's Cellar Window: The Jury found him guilty of single Felony.
Jane Bostock , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted, for that she not having the Fear of God before her Eyes, but being led by the Malice and Instigation of the Devil, did on the 7th of February Inst. kill and murder her Infant male Bastard Child, of which she was then privately deliver'd .
Dorothy Hill depos'd, That she lodg'd at the House of one Mrs. Burgess, to whom the Prisoner was then a Servant , when she was deliver'd of a Child, and that she seeing her come out of the Necessary House with a Mop and other Tokens, suspected her to have had a Child, and at 8 at Night she inform'd her Husband and a Neighbour, of her Suspicions, and the Neighbour, one Mrs. Bingley, found the Child in the Necessary House and took it up with a Stick.
Mrs. Bingley depos'd, That she took the Child out of the Necessary House and wash'd it in a Pail of Water, when there did not appear any Marks of Cruelty about it.
Elizabeth Burgess depos'd, That the Prisoner was her Servant, and that she had heard she was with Child, and tax'd her with it, but she denied it, that in the Afternoon before this Accident happen'd, she bid the Prisoner mend a Sheet, and while she was so employed, she herself fell asleep, and that when she awaked she was the Prisoner trundling a Mop near the House of Office, and calling her in she sent her of an Errand, when she found something that gave her no little uneasiness, and a great deal of Reason to believe that the Prisoner had been deliver'd of a Child, but when she return'd she would not confess it; however, she proceeded so far in her Searches as was a sufficient demonstration, when the Prisoner could deny it no longer, saying, she had really been deliver'd of a Child, and it was at a Neighbour's, but it was soon after found in the House of Office, and it appear'd to her that the Prisoner had gone her full Time, and that the Child had no Marks or Bruises as if any Violence had been offer'd to it. The Midwife likewise confirm'd this Part of the Evidence, and they all agreed; that she said it came from her in the House of Office, and she could not help its falling down, which the Midwife said was possible: The Jury brought in their Verdict Not Guilty .
Robert Nisbitt , with a Razor, giving him a mortal Wound in the Throat, of the Length of 10 Inches and Depth of 4 Inches, of which he died .
He was a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the aforesaid Murder, to both which Indictments he pleaded Not Guilty.
Samuel Spencer depos'd, That on the Monday before the Accident, in the Morning, the Deceas'd came into his House to heat a Glew Pot, that the next Day not seeing the Deceas'd's Door open as usual, and seeing the Key was not in the Lock, he told a Neighbour he believ'd he was dead, that finding the Door not open next Morning, which was Wednesday, he sent for the Deceas'd's Son, that his Grandson came, and they together listed up the Window, which was loose and then he went in and let in the Deceas'd's Grandson, and they found a great deal of Blood on the Floor near the Bed, and that something lay on the Bed in a Lump, but he could not say it was the Deceas'd, this was about 10 o'Clock.
Alexander Nisbitt , Grandson of the Deceas'd, depos'd, That when he went into the Deceas'd's Room on Wednesday Morning about 10 o'Clock, he found him lying upon the Bed, his Head covered, and his Breast naked, that he perceived he was dead, and saw the Blood by the Bedside, as if it had ran off the Bed, and he went and told his Father without making any further Discovery.
Mrs. Wood depos'd, That the Son of the Deceas'd sent for her to provide a Coffin for the Deceas'd, saying, he fear'd he was murder'd, that she went to the Deceas'd's Room and found him on the Bed, his Head covered, his Hands a-cross upon his Belly, his Head leaning backwards, and his Throat cut in a barbarous Manner, with the Blanket stuffed into the Wound, that presently the Prisoner came into the Room, and said, the Deceas'd was a Father to him, and taking hold of a Coat and 3 Ells of Holland, he said, they were his, that she said, she fear'd it was well if he was a dutiful Son, that the Prisoner seem'd to know the Deceas'd's Room and Circumstances very well, and said, he had a great deal of Money in that Trunk, which was found empty, and his Pockets were turn'd inside out, and his Watch taken away, and that this was between 11 and 12 o'Clock on Wednesday.
Ann Archer depos'd, That she lives in the next Room to the Deceas'd, and on the Tuesday Morning (being the Day before the Murder was discover'd) about 3 o'Clock she heard the Prisoner's Door lock and unlock twice.
William Barnes depos'd, That on the Wednesday Morning about 2 or 3 o'Clock, he being a Watchman, found the Prisoner in a publick House, who said to him, What do you think Barnes? To which he answered, I don't know what to think, why, says the Prisoner, Mr. Nisbit is dead, that when it was first found out about Ten o'Clock that Morning that he was dead, by the Circumstances mentioned by the other Witnesses, he was surpriz'd, and told the Neighbours how he heard of his Death so soon in the Morning.
Agnes Daniel depos'd, That she keeps a Cook's Shop near the Place where the Deceas'd lived, and that about a Quarter after 9 that Morning the Prisoner was found murdered (tho' a considerable Time before it was known to any but the Prisoner) the Prisoner came to her, and said, I am ruin'd and undone for ever, Mr. Nisbit is dead, and he fear'd he was murder'd, that she bid him go and learn how it was, and in half a Quarter of an Hour he return'd, and said, Mr. Nisbitt was murdered and robb'd of all he had, that they had taken his Watch and Money, his best Hat and Wig, and opened his Trunk, which had two Iron Bolts to it, and taken all the Money away and every Thing else but a Stock and Turnover, and a Razor, with which it was said he used to shave the Deceas'd, and he fear'd they would take him up upon Suspicion, that this was told her by the Prisoner before Ten o'Clock on the Wednesday Morning, that she had known the Prisoner for some Time to be an idle Fellow, going about to Alehouses with two Jows Harps, which he used to play upon; that the Deceas'd was a grave, sober, good Man, and had the Character of a true Servant of God, and that at Christmas last he came to Dine at her House, and the Prisoner coming there and seeing Mr. Nisbitt, ran out again as fast as he could, and Mr. Nisbitt seeing him, said, he might well run, for he had lent him Money to buy the Cloaths on his back, and been kind to him, and he had not made a grateful Return; these Things, she said, came fresh into her Memory, and she told the Prisoner of it, and had some Fear he was guilty.
William Thompson depos'd, That he was with William Barnes , on the Wednesday Morning about two o'Clock, when they saw the Prisoner at a Publick House, but he did not hear the Prisoner mention Mr. Nisbitt's Death, and that he was with Mr. Shalley the Constable at the Deceas'd's Room, and that he found the Razor with which the Deceas'd was murder'd.
Mr. Shelley depos'd, That about 12, or betwixt that and one of the Clock on the Wednesday, hearing of the Murder he went to the Place and found the Sheath of the Razor upon the Bolster, and about a Quarter of an Hour after, he, with William Thompson , the Watchman, look'd for the Instrument, and Thompson found the Razor behind the Deceas'd all bloody, which he shew'd to the Court, and farther said, that this Morning, i.e. the Morning the Trial was heard, one Isaac Dale had informed him in the Presence of Agnes Daniel , that the Prisoner offered two Razors to pawn or sell at a Gin Shop, on the Sunday Night before the Murder was committed, and described one of the Razors, which exactly answer'd the Description of this Razor. Mr. Shelley produc'd it in Court, it being tied at the End towards the Blade, with a Piece of Thread, the Handle of it crooked, and one side of the Rivet broke off, and this Description he gave without seeing it, or having it describ'd.
Isaac Dale depos'd, That on Sunday the 26th of January, the Prisoner came into a Gin Shop where he was drinking about eight at Night, and begg'd they would lend him 6 d. and a Quartern of Gin on 2 Razors, that he had a Mind to buy one, and look'd at it, and remember'd very well the Handle was tied at the End next the Blade with a piece of Thread, that the Handle was crack'd, and that at one End the River, or piece of Pewter which covers the Rivet, was broke off on one side, the Razor being shew'd him which was found upon the Bed behind the Deceas'd, he was positive it was the very same the Prisoner offer'd at the Gin Shop as aforementioned.
Mrs. Edwards depos'd, That she was present when the Key of the Deceas'd's Door was found on the Wednesday after the Murder was discover'd, and it lay about half a Yard from the Door, as if it had been thrust under, this was likewise observed by others, and the Key with which Mr. Spencer opened the Door, belong'd to another though it opened that.
He said in his Defence, That he knew nothing of the Matter, but confess'd that the Deceas'd had been a very good Friend to him, and lent him Money to buy Cloaths and 3 Ells of Holland, which he pawn'd, and the Deceas'd lent him Money to fetch them out of pawn, but he could give no satisfactory Account as to the Razor, nor could he deny being with the Watchmen on the Wednesday Morning, tho' he would not confess he said Mr. Nisbitt was dead.
William Graham depos'd, That the Prisoner was his Journeyman , and had been so a Year, that he was at Work on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday aforemention'd, that he would sometimes work, he sometimes very idle, that he had an excellent Hand at playing upon 2 Jews Harps at once, which involv'd him in bad Company and exposed him to keep ill Hours, that the Day before this Murder was discovered, he had a Wedding at his House, and the Prisoner was there, and said till 12 at Night, and further, told a long Tale, or compound of Mirth and Madness, as their throwing the Stocking, drinking, dancing, and playing upon the Jews Harps, which he said, the Prisoner had pawn'd for 3 d. and he lent him Money to fetch them, and that the Prisoner got drunk and carried the Bridegroom's Wig home, and next Morning he had lost it, that on the Wednesday Morning about 9 or 10 o' Clock he came with a Concern, and said, he had lost his best Friend Mr. Nisbitt, for his Throat was cut. He call'd other Witnesses, but none of them could say any Thing material, one indeed, with some heat pretended to invalidate the Evidence of William Barnes , the Watchman, on his saying the Prisoner told h im of Mr. Nisbitt's Death at Two o'Clock on the Morning before the Murder or his Death was found out or discovered. I heard William Barnes say, said this Deponent, That he had spoke a silly Word, which would bring him into Trouble at the Old Bailey, for he heard Peter the Irishman say, (that was a Nick-name the Prisoner went by) that Mr. Nisbitt was dead at Two o'Clock in the Morning, and he had told it to others: But this was so far from taking off the Evidence of Barnes, that it rather confirm'd it, every Circumstance being considered, and the several Incidents compar'd, the Jury found him guilty . Death .
Richard Dawkins , of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing 2 Buck Skins Dress'd , on the 3d of January last, the Goods of Richard Bradshaw , which appearing very plain against him, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d.
Thomas Johnson , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silk Handkerchief, value 10 d. the Goods of John Bateman Long , Esq ; and found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Ann Tipler , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Cotton Apron, the Goods of Elizabeth Shaw , and several other Things, the Goods of Persons unknown , and found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
She was a 3d Time indicted for feloniously stealing a Cotton Gown and a Camblet Gown, a pair of Stays, several Caps, Stockings, and other Goods , the Property of Jane Mercer , and a third Time found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he came to her Shop under pretence of designing to buy a Snuff-Box, and bid Money for one, but at length ran away with it, and was soon after taken, but the Box was convey'd away; the Jury found him guilty of this Indictment, single Felony.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That his Horse was in keeping at one Daniel Fenning 's, who sent him Word the Horse was stolen away, that he advertised him, but did not hear of him till the Prisoner was apprehended, when he found the Horse at Justice Gifford's.
John Shepherd depos'd, That the Prisoner brought some old Iron to his House in Rosemary-Lane, and offer'd it to Sale, that he then was upon a Black Gelding, and after some Time the Prisoner and he agreed about the Price of the Iron, but he suspecting it to be stolen, order'd his Men to go with the Prisoner to Paddington, to his Master's, to see if (as he pretended) the Iron was his, and he employed the Prisoner to sell it, that his Man got up behind the Prisoner, and they went together towards the Prisoner's Master's, but he still being dissatisfied, went after them, that in Holborn they got off the Horse, and he then went up to the Prisoner and enquired why they did so, who answered, he must buy some Bran for the Horse, when he told the Prisoner he did believe the Iron was stolen, to which the Prisoner answered, no, he did not steal the Iron, but he had stolen the Horse.
He made a very idle Defence, saying, the Horse was coming along and he took hold of him to take Care of him, without any Design to steal him. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Robert Constable , of St. Dunston's Stepney , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Abraham Lombard , and taking thence the Bodies of two Shifts, and one intire Shift, the Property of David Lombard , but only found guilty of single Felony .
Thomas Owen , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for breaking the House of John Garrat , on the 9th of December last, and taking thence 5 Gallons of Rum, the Property of the said John Garrat , and found guilty of single Felony .
He was a 2d Time indicted for Breaking the Dwelling-House of Benjamin Green , on the 27th of August last, in the Night-time, and stealing thence 3 Cotton Shirts, 7 Linnen Shirts, and several other Goods, the Property of the said Benjamin Green , and only found guilty of single Felony .
John Pool , of the Parish of Bishopsgate , was indicted for stealing a Sign Plate , the Goods of William Tomkins , but the Fact not appearing plain, and he having an extraordinary Character the Jury acquitted him.
Margaret Glare , of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Gold Rings, 2 Pewter Plates, and other Goods , the Property of Castain Standorph , and found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Mary Sale , alias Tollard , and Margaret Reeves , alias Wise , of St. Bride's , were indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, a Silk String and a Seal, value 41 Shillings, from the Person of Thomas Johnson .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he was coming along Fleet-street , and the two Prisoners pick'd him up and persuaded him to their Lodgings, that he went there, and they carried him up Stairs, and they drank a Quartern of Rasberry Brandy, for which they made him pay 6 d. that afterwards they sate upon the Bed's Feet, &c. and one of them went down, and his Breeches were down, and he miss'd his Watch out of his Fob, that he made a Noise and the Watch were call'd, who carried him and his Mistress to the Watch-house.
The Constable depos'd, That he searched the Room and found the Watch upon the Bed, and the other Woman up in the Garret, but tho' the Prisoners appeared to be lewd Persons, (and the Prosecutor not much better) yet there was not any appearance of a Robbery, the Prosecutor being in an indecent Posture upon the Bed on which the Watch was found, the Jury acquitted them.
Martha Fenn , of Coleman-street , was indicted for feloniously stealing several Pieces of Money, the Property of Widdow Halten , and in the Dwelling-House of Richard Swash , of which she was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Prosecutor depos'd, That near Chancery-Lane in Fleet-street , a Gentleman asked him if he had lost nothing? that he felt in his Pocket and miss'd his Handkerchief, and the Gentleman shew'd him the Prisoner, who, he said, was the Person who took it, that he charg'd the Prisoner immediately, who pull'd the Handkerchief out of his Pocket, and they then ran him into the Sign of the Hercules Pillars, and People following them found several other Things in the Entry, which it was suppos'd he dropp'd, that they finding him obstinate and very mischievous, tied his Hands, and he threatned them, saying, he would murder them all as freely as so many Dogs, and when they put him in a Coach to carry him before a Magistrate, he swore, if his Gang in Southwark knew of his being used so, they would kill every one in the Coach if they were hang'd for it; this was likewise confirm'd by several others, that he used such Expressions, and appeared to be a very dangerous Fellow; the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Sarah Cross , of St. Ann's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Copper Coffee Pot, the Goods of Joseph Parker , and a Shift, the Goods of Susanna Lawrence but the Prosecutors not appearing their Recognizance was estreated .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he had been drinking freely, and coming home about 12 at Night, the Prisoner caught hold of his Hand and slipp'd his Ring off his Finger, but he did not search her, tho' he apprehended her immediately, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d.
William Lythe , of St. George Hanover Square , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Geldings, value 50 l. on the 23rd of January last, the Property of John Sentamore .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner was his Groom of his Stables, and Word being brought that his Horses were gone, he went, and was surprised that the Door had not been broke open, upon which he suspected the Prisoner to be the Thief, and accordingly apprehended him, and carrying him before Justice Blagney, he confess'd he had agreed with one James Barrington to steal the Horses, and that Barrington was gone off with them, and was to bring him half the Money for which he should sell them the next Day.
James Maccabine depos'd, That he was present when the Prisoner was tax'd with stealing the Horses, and asked what would be the Consequence if he should confess, that afterwards, when they came into Justice Blagney's Entry, he said, he agreed with Barrington to go halves in the Money for which the Horses should be sold, and that he gave the Keys of the Stables to Barrington, and he took the Horses away in order to sell them the next Day. This was likewise confirmed by two other Witnesses, Mr. Kelley and John Handcock . He made a trifling Defence very little to the Purpose, and the Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Thomas Bowls . and Thomas Turner , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted for stealing 40 Pieces of Beef, and a considerable Quantity of Sewet, the Property of Henry Fowler , in the Warehouse of John Staples . Henry Newman , who was concern'd with them was admitted an Evidence, and by his Deposition and other Proofs they were both found guilty to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d. each.
Timothy Cotton , and William Marple , of St. George's Hanover Square , were indicted for assaulting John Stout on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 2 s. and 6 d. 2 pounds of Butter, and 2 pair of Stockings, the Goods of Capt. Trever , and a Knife, a Stock and Buckle, 5 Shillings and 6 d. the Money and Goods of the aforesaid John Stout .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That on the 24th of January last at about Three in the Afternoon, as he was coming from Kensington, at the Park Corner near Buckingham House , the Prisoners and another Person, one Rowden, came up to him and damn'd him, bidding him deliver his Money, and unbuttoning his Cloaths they pick'd his Pockets, and took the Things mentioned in the Indictment from him, that they then tied his Hands and slung him in a Ditch, but he got loose, and pursued them till Cotton was taken, with his Knife, Buckle and Stock in his Pocket.
Michael Kelly depos'd, That hearing the Cry of Stop Thief, and seeing the Prisoner Cotton, running, he stopp'd him, and soon after Mr. Stout came up with a Garter in his Hand, with which, he said, they had tied his Hands, and Cotton having one of his Stockings untied, they compar'd the Garter with his other Garter, and they were exact Fellows of the same Piece, that they carried him before a Magestrate, and there Cotton pulling out a Handkerchief, a Knife, a Stock and Buckle fell down, which Stout said, they had taken from him, that they searching further, found a Pistol in his Pocket, and then he was committed to the Gatehouse.
William Shaw depos'd, That he assisted in apprehending the Prisoner, and confirm'd the Circumstances of the Garters, Stock, Buckle, and Pistol, which was likewise further proved by the Depositions of Joseph Clark , and John Burton , the Constable, who further added, That when he was carried to the Gatehouse, he said, that William Marple , and one Rowden, were concerned in the Robbery with him.
William Key , depos'd, That by the Directions of Cotton, he and others apprehended William Marple , that when he seiz'd him and said you are my Prisoner, Marple answered, I know that I am a dead Man, and begg'd they would not use him ill before his Mother's Door, that they search'd his Pockets, in which were a Pistol, a Vizard Mask, a Knife, and a Natural Wig, when he said, if the others had been ruled by him they had not been taken, for they would have blinded the Person they robb'd and a Person saying, a Man was a Fool to be robb'd by such Boys, Marple said, had he seen them a Day or two ago he would have called them Men, for they made six Men ride from a Coach.
Mr. Gough depos'd to the like Effect, confirming every Circumstance with the former Deponents, adding, That when William Marple was before Justice Slaughter, he seem'd inclined to make a Confession if he could-be admitted as an Evidence; but finding that not to be obtain'd, he said, he should not take two Lives away and be of no Service to himself: However, he own'd that Rowden was the first Man who assaulted Mr. Stout, and he himself ran up a dirty Lane, thinking if he was pursued, they would not follow him in such a Place.
Captain Slaughter depos'd, That several Things were found upon Cotton when he was searched before him, which Stout depos'd were taken from him by the Prisoner and two others, that afterwards Marple was brought before him, when he said, some Body had squeak'd, and he should now be Cast, but he could get off if he was, that he would have blinded Stout with a Handkerchief, and turn'd him 2 or three Times round, but Rowden would not consent to it, that he ran up a dirty Lane after the Robbery, and slung Stout's Hat away, and got over the Park Wall, but he refused to Sign his Confession without he had a Promise of his Life, that at another Examination, he said, he could make himself an Evidence against one Shaddo and Rowden, if they were taken. The Fact appearing thus plain against them, they had very little to say in their Defence, the Jury found them both guilty . Death .
Mary Dutmash , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, value 40 s. a Silver Cup 10 s. a Salt 3 s. a Silver Spoon 5 s. a Prayer-Book, some Pewter, and other Goods, in the Dwelling-House of Richard Potter , and other Goods the Property of Sarah Cutting .
Mr. Potter depos'd, That on the 13th of February about six in the Morning, he got up and found his Door open, and miss'd his Watch, and found presently that all his Servant's Cloaths were taken away, and so much as her Shoes, an old pair being left in their Room, that she, the Prisoner, had been his Servant formerly, and he suspected her, and accordingly went to her Lodgings in Barnaby-street, Southwark, where he found her with his Servant's Shoes on, and charging her with robbing him she confess'd the Fact, and carrying him up Stairs she gave him all his Goods again, and said, she got into his House the Day before, and lay conceal'd in a Place in the House, call'd the Cole-hole, where he lays his Twopenny Drink (being a Victualler ). This Confession she likewise made before a Magistrate, and sign'd it with her own Hand, and William Gardener proved the Confession which he heard her make and saw her sign, the Jury found her guilty . Death .
Eleanor Oldfield , of St. Bride's , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Watch, value 4 l a Seal and String, the Goods of Joseph Weston , on the 10th of February last, from the Person of the said Joseph Weston .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That he met the Prisoner in the Street, and she persuaded him down Castle-Court , and pick'd his Pocket of a Watch and Seal, that he miss'd of her that Night, but heard of his Watch some Days after from one Mary Adams , to whom he had offer'd a Guinea if she would help him to it again.
Mary Adams depos'd, That the Prosecutor came into her House and enquired for the Prisoner immediately after she had robb'd him, and said he was directed there to find her, and would give a Guinea if he could have his Watch again, the next Day she saw the Prisoner, and ask'd her about the Watch, which the Prisoner pull'd out of her Pocket and shew'd it her, saying, D - n it she had it and would keep it, that she sold the Watch after this for 50 Shillings to one William Hildridge , and by the Assiduity of this Deponent, the Watch was found afterwards at Mr. Snow's, a Pawnbroker. The Servant of Snow depos'd, That he took it in Pawn of Hildridge, and it being produced, appeared to be the Watch which the Prosecutor had lost, and the Watch which the Prisoner shew'd to Mrs. Adams.
She said in her Defence, That the Prosecutor gave it her for a Favour, (which she mentioned as if it were no Crime)
Martha Boucher , alias Graden , was indicted for feloniously marrying Richard Davis , her former Husband, John Matthews Graden , being alive ; but she made it appear that John Matthews Graden had another Wife living when he was married to her, which she was ignorant of at that Time, and when she found it true, and procured a Copy of the Register she thought herself clear of the Matrimonial Obligation, the Jury acquitted her.
Ann Baker , was indicted for stealing 100 weight of Fat , the Goods of William Featherstone , and Mary Cook was indicted for buying and receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen , but Cook was acquitted , and Baker found guilty of Felony.
Robert Nuttal , was indicted for stealing 800 Weight of Tobacco, the Goods of Persons unknown ; it appear'd he was a Porter employed to Land the Goods, and had stole the Tobacco mentioned in the Indictment; the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. but on another Indictment for stealing 800 weight of Tobacco from another Ship, he was acquitted .
Samuel Adams , was indicted for stealing 600 weight of Tobacco , out of the Ship Philip . He was a 2d Time indicted for stealing 200 weight of Tobacco out of the Ship Hopewell , he being employed by the Merchants to work as a Cooper on Board, and fit the Hogsheads to be brought on Shore; he was found guilty of Felony on each Indictment.
Thomas Allen , a Lighterman , was indicted for stealing 150 weight of Tobacco, 50 weight, and 200 weight, from several Ships , he was try'd on 3 several Indictments and found guilty of Felony on each.
John Swart , was indicted for the Murder of Elizabeth Hether , by flinging Salt in her Eyes, which so grieved and distampered the said Elizabeth Hether , that she languished from the 10th of October last to the 27th of the said Month, and then died , but as it did not appear to be done with Malice aforethought, the Jury acquitted him.
Mary Dew , Margaret Mackmasters , and Elizabeth Cole , alias Majesty Bess , of St. Bride's , were indicted for stealing a considerable Quantity of Money from the Person of Isaac Stanton (which may learn him a little Wit) the chief Evidence against them was Sarah, the Widow of the late Peter Levee , who died suddenly of a Suffocation in the Road to Paddington, and the chief Witnesses for the Prisoners, were such as Date their Widowhood from Execution Day, in particular, the Widow of the famous Thomas Neaves ; notwithstanding they appeared to be Persons of infamous Characters, Mary Mackmasters was acquitted for want of Evidence, and the other two found guilty to the Value of 10 d. each.
Ann Neal depos'd, That she saw the Prisoner buy the Iron, but being Deaf she could not hear the Bargain, an Ear for an Eye exchanged betwixt these Deponents, would have confirmed the Matter more substantially; however, he was acquitted . Thomas Jackson depos'd both for and against him, but being so ready at Swearing he was set aside.
Note, This was not a Tidewaiter, or, &c. they Deal by Wholesale.
Valantine Coltis , was indicted for assaulting James Dixon in the Street, and taking from him a Gold Ring , but it appearing the Prosecutor was not certain when he apprehended the Prisoner, that he was the Person who stole the Ring, and afterwards indicted him on a Quarrel, the Jury acquitted him, and the Court ordered him a Copy of his Indictment.
William Edmonds , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Handkerchief , the Goods of Charles Pladwell , and acquitted .
Roger Johnson , was indicted for stealing 20 Moidores and 30 Guineas, the Property of Thomas Hale , in the Dwelling-House of Thomas Overbury , but by some Management or other no Prosecutor appeared, and he was acquitted .
Roger Johnson was again indicted, for feloniously stealing 20 Guineas, the Property of John Sudor , in the Dwelling House of John Sudor ; but the chief Evidence who should have appeared against him was gone or sent in the Country a Year since, upon which he had the good Fortune, once more, to be acquitted .
Charles Cook , James Mace , and Nicholas Dawling , of Hackney, were indicted for Breaking the Dwelling House of Humphry Wood , on the 10th of November last in the Night-time, and taking thence 4 Moidores, a Broad Piece, 14 Guineas, 9 Shillings in Silver, and some wearing Apparel, the Property of the said Humphrey Wood
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the three Prisoners, after breaking his House, came forcibly into his Bed-Chamber, with each of them a Lighted Candle in his left Hand, and a drawn Sword in his Right, and said, they came for Money, and Money they would have; that they then took the Money and Goods mentioned in the Indictment, and Cook ask'd him if he knew him? to which he answered, No, I do not, and Cook said, G - d D - n you if I thought you did I'd kill you; that they then went away, and he found they had taken out a Pane of Glass and opened the Casement, at which they entered, and he was sure it was fast when he went to Bed on the Night before they came, which was about 1 or 2 in the Morning when he heard of them; being remarkable Persons and all in Soldiers Waistcoats, and they leaving the Town he pursued 'em to Wolverhampton, where he saw them, and told one William Webb , and Mr. Monday, they were the Persons, as they were drawn up in Ranks, (being listed for Soldiers) when he caused them to be apprehended.
Mrs. Wood, and Benjamin Lloyd , the Prosecutor's Son-in-Law depos'd, That they were the Persons who robb'd the House as aforesaid, and then tied them all with Cords, and William Webb , and Mr. Monday, confirm'd the latter Part of the Prosecutors Evidence.
They had little to say in their Defence, only denied the Fact, but could produce no Witnesses where they were at that Time, or so much as for their Character; the Jury found them all three guilty . Death .
Robert Blake , Henry Geahogan , and Katherine Geahogan , alias Gorgon, alias Fryer , of St. Bride's , were indicted for High Treason, in counterfeiting and making 13 pieces of Money, call'd Shillings, of Copper, Tin, Brass, Pewter, and other mix'd Metals, bearing the Stamp, and made after the Likeness and Similitude of the current Coin of Great Britain, and for making 6 other Pieces of Money, call'd Six-pences, as aforesaid, and knowing the same to be false, base Money, and counterfeit, putting off the said Money for the current Coin of Great Britain .
John Steward (being admitted an Evidence) depos'd, That in November last he first became acquainted with Blake, Henry Geahogan , and one Ferris, at the Temple Muse in White Fryers , where Blake kept a Fencing School, that about that Time Geahogan gave him a counterfeit Sixpence, and bid him put it off for 2 Quarts of Beer, which he did, for which they all commended him, but it was discover'd and brought back by the Servant; that after this Blake advis'd him, being a Gentleman's Servant, to steal his Master's Plate, saving, he would convert it into Money, and for Half a Guinea he would learn him to make Money of hard Pewter, Brass, and other Materials, with Glass to make it ring; that he, with Blake and Ferris, went to Henry Geahogan's House, and Katherine Geahogan , his Mother, the Prisoner brought out a Gallipot, in which was hard Mettal, that they put it into a melting Ladle, and Henry Geahogan held it whilst his Mother blow'd the Fire; that it soon melted, and Henry Geahogan poured it into a Mould and made a Shilling, and after that 12 more, bearing the Impression of King William, and then in like Manner they made fix Sixpences of the same Sort of Mettal, that Blake made Notches with a File on the Edges, and Henry Geahogan was the Finisher; that soon after, Blake, Henry Geahogan , Ferris, himself, and a Woman that goes for Blake's Wife, went together to one Mrs. Bignel's, a Pawnbroker, where Blake pawn'd a Suit of his Cloaths for five Shillings, and coming out of the House, he took a good Shilling from the five and put it into his Pocket, and putting a counterfeit Shilling in his Hand to the other 4, went back, and told the Pawnbroker she had given him a bad Shilling, which she changed, upon his swearing he took it of her; that Ferris chang'd another bad Shilling that Morning at a Brandy Shop, and they bid him change another at the Crown in Church-Lane, but the Landlady perceived it was bad and refused it; they then went to Blake's Lodgings and made 7 Half Crowns of the same Mettal as before, and several Sixpences; that the next Money they made was agreed to be at this Deponent's Lodgings, to which he consented, but not liking the Course of Life, he made Information against them, discovering the whole Villany, and had them taken into Custody.
Mr. Sharpless, the Constable, depos'd, That he went by Steward's Information to his Room, with others, and found Henry Geahogan there sitting by the Fire side, and 16 counterfeit Sixpences upon the Table, which were produced in Court unfinished; that they found a Tub by the side of the Bed, in which was Moulds, Files, Crucibles, a Ladle, several Sorts of Metal, and other Materials for their Purpose, and that then Geahogan seem'd in great Surprize, insomuch that the Sweat ran down his Face, that he then went to Blake's Room, and found him by a Charcoal Fire made in a Chavendish, on which he had put a Pan of Water, and a piece of Bacon in a Pan, but neither of them were warm, which made him believe they were put on upon the Surprize he might be put in upon his coming up Stairs, however, nothing was found in his Room but a Bottle of Vitorel.
Mr. Jacock confirm'd every Part of this Evidence, adding, that when they went into the Room to Geahogan, he said to Steward, I little thought you would have took my Life away.
Mr. Jones depos'd, That he assisted in taking Blake and said as was mentioned before on that Occasion by Mr. Sharpless, who likewise went with him to the Lodgings of Katherine Geahogan , and found there a Paper of mix'd Metal and a piece of a File, on the Edges of which was the appearance of the Metal.
Most of the Circumstances were likewise confirm'd by Mr. King, who assisted in taking them.
Mrs. Cope depos'd, That she kept the Temple Muse Alehouse in White Fryers, when the bad 6 d. was brought by Steward, and her Servant Maid depos'd, That she carried it back, and Geahogan gave her another for it.
Mrs. Bignel the Pawnbroker produced the bad Shilling she had of Blake, and said, he swore by G - d he took it of her, and made some Imprecations because she scrupled it; but when he was gone out she heard some of them say, we have put the Bite upon the Mort.
Mr. Pinkney, Deputy Warden of the Mint, examined the Moulds and other Tools, and gave his Opinion that they were for counterfeiting Money.
Blake made a long Defence, and endeavoured to prove he was innocent, and that the Whole was a Contrivance of Steward's, out of Malice, and call'd several to his Character.
Katherine Geahogan , in her Defence, proved her Son Henry a most accomplish'd Villain, by the Deposition of Rachael Abbot , who swore, that he beat his Mother in a most barbarous Manner, for which he was sent to the Gatehouse, but the End was, to prove that Steward did not know Katherine Geahogan at the Time he said she assisted in making Money, for said they, he came to intercede with the Mother for the Son's enlargement, and in Discourse, told me, he did not know the Mother, or had ever seen her, and this was on the 30th of Jan. but Steward said, she assisted in making Money on the 12th of February: Several gave her an extraordinary Character, for an industrious sober Person; the Jury acquitted her and found the other two guilty . Death .
John Bowen , of St. Paul's Covent-Garden , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Bag, 48 Guineas, and 7 l. 15 s. in Silver, in the Dwelling-House of William Fardell , on the 24th of December last, the Property of the said William Fardell .
Charles Waring , only in the Shop, but when he return'd the Prisoner was gone, the Till broke open, and the Money taken away, that he advertised it in the News, and the Prisoner was apprehended at Oxford, where he himself went, and carried the Prisoner before the Mayor, and recovered the best Part of his Money again, and the Prisoner then and there confessed his taking the Whole as aforesaid.
Charles Waring depos'd, That when his Master was gone out and left the Money in the Till, the Prisoner told him he must go down to Breakfast, for it was ready, that he first went into the back House, and when he return'd the Prisoner was gone, and after his Master return'd the Robbery was discovered.
Robert Matthews , the Keeper of Oxford Goal, depos'd, That he was present when the Prisoner confessed the Fact, that he opened the Till with a Knife, and took out the Bag of Money; the Jury found him guilty . Death .
William Sparrow , and George Galey , were indicted for assaulting George Canfield on the Highway, on the 4th of January last, putting him in fear, and taking from him one Guinea in Gold, and 20 Shillings in Silver .
He was a 2d Time indicted for assaulting John Groom on the Highway, in the Parish of Willsden , and taking from him a Cloth Coat, value 7 s. a Whip, one Shilling and three Pence in Money, the Property of the said John Groom , and 20 Shillings in Money, the Property of Elizabeth Stansby .
George Canfield depos'd, That George Galey attack'd him and took the Money out of his Pocket, whilst Sparrow and another robb'd his Friend John Booth , that he said he had no Money, and Galey said, then he would shoot him, and held a Pistol to his Breast, and then took the Money from him mentioned in the Indictment.
Thomas Foreman being admitted an Evidence, depos'd, That he was disappointed in receiving some Money, and told his Complaint to Galey, who said, he had Money owing a little way out of Town, and if he would go with him to receive it he would lend it him; that he consented to go, and accordingly a Day or two after went, and Galey brought Sparrow to go with them, that they all mounted and rode towards Edger, and on Bushey Heath Galey discover'd himself, and said, if he would be true, they would drive the Road before them, and gave him a Pistol; that he was surpriz'd, not suspecting their Purpose before, knowing Galey lived by selling Brandy about the Country, yet seeing him resolute, and fearing they would use him ill, if he should refuse, he took the Pistol, tho' with the atmost reluctance, that presently they met 3 Men on Horseback whom they resolved to attack, but he prevailed with them to decline it, saying, they were equal in Number and it was hazardous; that afterwards they met a single Person, and Galey clapp'd a Pistol to his Breast and took his Money, and then led him out of the Road, Sparrow guarding him with a Pistol; that it was about 4 in the Afternoon, and being Dusky he got a little before them, and put Spurs to his Horse, endeavouring to get away, but they pursued and overtook him, Galey clapp'd a Pistol to his Breast, and swore he was a Rogue, and he had a good Mind to leave him dead on the Spot; that to save his Life he protested he had no Design to leave them, but he had lost Sight of them by Accident, it being hazy; that Galey then said, he'd forgive him, and they'd rob the first Man they met, and accordingly they met the two Prosecutors, and robb'd them of the Goods and Money mentioned in the two Indictments; that after they robb'd two more, and a Boy, suppos'd to be a Servant to his Grace the Duke of Chandois, was going to ride off, which Galey perceiving, hid him follow him, which he did, and the Boy gave him 18 Pence, but Galey made him search the Boy for more, which he did, and found in his Pocket a half Guinea; that after this Day's Exploits Galey and Sparrow insisted upon his going again, but the Practice being contrary to his Inclinations, he gave Information against them, and had them apprehended, and assisting in apprehending them, he found in Galey's Lodgings two Brace of Pistols, loaded with Powder and Ball.
Jonathan Groom swore positively to their Persons, and of his being robb'd of the Money mentioned in the Indictment, by them and the several Persons concerned in taking them confirmed the Deposition of Foreman, in that Part of their being apprehended by his Information, and the Pistols being found loaded at Galey's Lodgings. It appeared by the Depositions of the Prosecutors, that the Robberies were committed about 3 Miles and a half from London, half a Mile on the other side Killbourn, and a Mile or more on this side the five Mile Stone; the Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found them both guilty . Death .
John Essington , late of Wandsworth , Esq ; and Merchant , was indicted and brought to Trial, pursuant to his own Prayer, for concealing 2 Books of Accompts from the Commissioners, he being declared a Bankrupt .
David Avery depos'd, That he bought and sold Goods for Mr. Essington, but could produce no Evidence of his having any such Orders from Mr. Essington, and calling upon Nathaniel Rolsey , Esq; whither he had not bought some Brandy, he declar'd, that the Bill of Parcels and Receipt were both in Mr. Avery's own Name, and that he knew nothing of Mr. Essington's being any way concern'd.
Crisp spoke to his Trading in general, but supported by no other Evidence but his own.
The Commission itself was produced, after which Mr. Crisp depos'd, That he, on the 2d of January, 1727, denied the said Mr. Essington, by his own Order, to one Devon at the Copper Office in Bush-Lane, but Devon, on his Examination could not be certain to the Day, so that the Trading and Act of Bankruptcy rest'd wholly on the Evidence of David Avery , and Crisp. Mr. Essington resting it there, desired they would proceed to the Concealments.
Mr. Crisp depos'd, That he had seen a Book of 13 Inches long and 4 wide, in which Mr. Essington made Entries of all his Promissary and Negotiable Notes to him and Avery and that he saw it in his Custody on the 25th of Jan. 1727, and that that Book was not amongst his Books and Papers delivered up to the Commissioners, but being Cross-examined, could not name one single Item in the pretended Book.
David Avery depos'd, That he had seen a Marble colour'd Quarto writing Book, in which he believed Mr. Essington had made Entries of their Accompts, for that he check'd his, the said Avery's Accompts thereby at the King's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard, but he, upon a Cross-examination could not name one single Article therein.
William Russel , formely a Coachman to Mr. Essington, depos'd, He had seen Mr. Essington make several Entries in a Book or Books, but did not know the Contents. Several other Witnesses were call'd to the same Effect, but theirs was all hearsay, and nothing of their own Knowledge.
Mr. Essington, in order to his Defence, had obtained an Order of the Court for Liberty to inspect his Books and Papers, which the Prosecutors detain'd to the last Extremity, on Pretence they were too numerous to be brought, but before the Trial came on they brought them in a Sack.
Mr. Essington, in his Defence, denied ever having a Book 13 Inches long and 4 wide, but admitted he had such a Marble colour'd Book as describ'd by David Avery , and very plainly proved the Delivery thereof by the Person who assisted in making out his Accompts, and by the Depositions before the Commissioners, and of several Letters to support the Charges in his Accompts against Crisp and Avery and call'd upon the Prosecutors to produce the Papers deliver'd up to them, which they not doing, he proved by Mr. Goostree, Mr. Thornley, and Mr. Horan, that they had given Notice to Mr. Hurdman Attorney to the Commission, to produce the same, and that they themselves had examined all the Papers he produced, and that the Marble colour'd Book Mark'd K Numb. 7. in the Examination before the Commissioners, and 28 material Letters under Crisp's own Hand, to support the said Accompts, were not to be found amongst them, though Letter K, Numb 8, and 9, were produced, and the acting Commissioners being present, gave the Court a full Account of what passed before them, and several Witnesses being examined to the threatning Expressions Crisp had made use of, if Mr. Essington would not screen him; and the very great Character given him by a great Number of Persons of Honour and Distinction, the Jury in a very short Time, after a Trial of 7 Hours, brought him in Not guilty , which gave a general Satisfaction, it appearing a scandalous and malicious Prosecution, carried on by the Debtors to his Estate.
Robert Blake , Hanah Blake , alias Hozel , Henry Geabogan , alias Gorgan , and James Ferris , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were indicted for High Treason, in counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom, in particular 7 Pieces of Money,
John Steward , was an Evidence against Robert Blake , Henry Geahogan , and Katherine Geahogan , (who before was an Evidence in this Prosecution) the former Part of his Evidence was the same as in the former Trial, of his becoming acquainted with Blake, Geahogan, and Ferris, and coming to the Fact for which they stood indicted, he said, that on the 3d of February last, about Two o'Clock, Blake, Ferris, Geahogan, and himself, jointly agreed to make some Money, that they all assisted in it, that Geahogan made the Moulds, and Ferris struck in the Nails after he had straitned them, and Blake's Wife held the Tobacco-pipe in which the mix'd, base Metal was melted, that Blake and himself by Turns blow'd the Fire, that Ferris pull'd out a good Half Crown, which they put into the Moulds, which were fill'd with Whiting, and so they made the Impression, and that then they cast 6 or 7 Half Crowns of mix'd Metal, when Ferris took one of them in his Hand, and said, it was a very good one, and look'd well, and advised them to carry only one bad piece of Money about them at a Time, and a good Piece, and if any Trouble should come upon them he would bring them off, for he was an Attorney and understood the Law; and that after this they made 6 or 7 Sixpences he likewise swore, that Blake put off some counterfeit Shillings, and Ferris put off two. And to confirm the Particulars, he produced the same Witnesses as were call'd in the former Trial.
Ferris brought two Witnesses, who severally depos'd, That on the 3d of February he was with them at Westminster from Two till Four, and produced a Note which he wrote that Day, and it was so dated, but this was not believed by the Jury, who brought him, Geahogan, and Robert Blake , in guilty . Death .
But the Wife of Blake was acquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death 16.
Peter Kelly , John Edmonds , William Lythe , Timothy Cotton , William Marple , Mary Dudmash , Eleanor Oldfield , Charles Cook , James Mase , Nicholas Dauling , Robert Blake , Henry Geahogan , John Bowen , William Sparrow , George Galey , and James Fernis .
Burnt in the Hand 1.
To be Whipt 1.
Henry Bostock , William Jones , James Masters Rice Revan , Joseph Bird , Richard Daukins , Thomas Johnson , Ann Tipler , Richard Snell , Jane Thornton , Robert Constable , Thomas Owen , Margaret Glare , Martha Fenn , Edward Parks , William Inkley , Katherine Twitt , Patience Westall , John Dunn , Elizabeth Meake , John Crawley , Thomas Bowles , Thomas Turner , Ann Baker , Mary Harvey , Robert Nuttal , Margaret Munkford , John Everit , Samuel Adams , Thomas Allen , William Wood , Richard Scot , Evan Jones , Mary Dew , Elizabeth Cole , Ann Stokes , John Curtis , Mary Lee , Elizabeth Trotter , Mary Dimsdale , Ann Nichols , Ann Jarvis , Robert Durham , Jonas Sherley , Jane Andersley , Elizabeth Holdford , Oliver Varnum , and John Cummins .
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