The King's Commission of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bailey; for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex.
On Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, being the 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th of January 1730, in the Third Year of His MAJESTY's Reign,
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir RICHARD BROCAS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable Lord Chief Baron Pengelly , the Honourable Mr. Justice Reynolds, the Honourable Mr. Justice Fortescue , the Worshipful Mr. Serjeant Raby; and others of His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery for the City of London, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
Alice Innis thus depos'd, That on the 9th of December I was in my Shop about Eight of the Clock in the Evening, and heard them call out, Stop Thief; a Neighbour told me I was robb'd, and the Prisoner was brought to me with a Cake of Bees-Wax, which I knew to be mine, by some Soil it had received from the Carts passing by, it lying in the Window.
Daniel Legg thus depos'd, I was in my own House on the 9th of December, my Wife was at the Door, and seeing the Prisoner loitering about, called me, and I saw the Prisoner get upon the Groove of the Shutters, and take something; I pursued the Prisoner, saw him drop something, seized him, and bid him take up what he had drop'd, but he would not take it up.
The Prisoner made no Defence worth repeating, nor had any Person to call to his Reputation; the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Chadwick , of St. Michael's, Queenhithe , was indicted for stealing 7 s. in Money from Richard Peers , December 15 .
Richard Peers depos'd, That the Prisoner was his Servant , and that having lost Money several times out of his Drawer, notwithstanding it was always kept Lock'd; he suspected the Prisoner, and therefore marked several Shillings, and watching the Prisoner , saw him take a Key out of his Pocket, and open the Drawer, where the Money was; after that, order'd a Person to borrow some Money of him, which he did; the Prisoner lent him 3 s. amongst which there was one that was mark'd; upon which he charged a Constable with him, and searching him, found seven mark'd Shillings in his Custody.
William Neal , the Constable, depos'd, That upon searching the Prisoner's Pockets and his Box, he found a Key and seven mark'd Shillings; and the Prisoner confess'd he had taken Money out of the Drawer several times.
The Prisoner said it was the first Fault he was guilty of; and his Master said he believed it might be his first Offence, having had a very good Character of him from whence he came; the Jury found him Guilty .
It appeared, that the Prisoners, were such as they call Feezers , that lurk about the Keys, and lie at the Glass-Houses ; that they got into a Warehouse at Smarts-Key , by means of the Crane, and carried off the Goods laid in the Indictment, in their Aprons; the Aprons, were produced in Court, the Jury found them guilty to the Value of 10 d. each.
Robert Oliver , (a Boy and Confederate) thus depos'd, The Prisoners were at the stealing the 112 lb. of Sugar; there were none but Boys could get in, a board being broken down, one Gilbert, not taken, got in, and handed out Part of the Sugar to Mary Martin in an Apron, about 30 lb. which she sold at an Apple-Shop in New Ragg-Fair - Jane Fowler was with Martin; but I did not see her meddle with the Sugar, nor did she carry it away. Charles Cornish , (a Boy that is now in Bridewell ) got the Sugar out for Andrew Scott , I see it handed out through the Crane: Scott stood upon the Ladder, and took it of him, and put it into a long Baggs; there was about a hundred Pound Weight of it; 'twas on Tuesday Night 25th of Nov .
Atkins Moore , the Constable, depos'd, That he took Scott at Bea-Key , and left him in Custody of Mr. Rapson ; that Scott got away from him, but by Oliver's Direction, about the 7th of December he found the Prisoner Scott, at the Glass-house in Rosemary-Lane.
Scott had nothing to say in his Defence, nor any body to his Reputation.
Jane Fowler said, she knew nothing of it, and that Oliver had been an Evidence against his own Brother; the Jury found Scott and Martin Guilty to the Value of 10 d. each, and acquitted Fowles , alias Fowler.
Ann Hutchins , of St Mary-At-Hill, Billinsgate , was indicted for stealing ten Pound of Sugar, value 3 s. the Goods of Persons unknown , Nov. 23 . The Jury acquitted her. N. B. The Sugar was all out of one Warehouse.
Atkins Moore (the Constable) depos'd, That the Prisoner confessed the Fact when he was taken; the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Horton thus depos'd, About the 8th of November I was inform'd, that my Man, the Prisoner, had sold a Box of Tobacco to Mr. Asplin, at the Ship Alehouse in Tower-street, I went and charged a Constable with him, and
Thomas Asplin thus depos'd, On the 8th of September I bought a Box of Tobacco of the Prisoner, and paid him 14 s. for it, desired a Receipt of him, but he refus'd to give me one, though I bought it in his Master's Name: On Lord Mayor's Day he called on me, and asked me if I wanted any more - I generally buy my Tobacco of Mrs . Harrison, and I asked her why she could not sell as cheap as another, told her that I could buy as good for 14 d. as she made me pay 18 d. for, and let her know who I had it of; she told Mr. Horton of it, and he said he never sold me any, otherwise Mr. Horton had known nothing of it
Anthony Newman depos'd, That he heard the Prisoner confess it was his Master's Tobacco, and that he asked pardon when in the Compter.
The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he intended to give his Master the Money, but forgot it; but there being two Months time between the Prisoner's being taken up, and his receiving the Money for the Tobacco, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.
Katharine Pember , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privately stealing one Moidore, one broad Piece, value 23 s. three Guineas and a half, and three Pounds in Money, from William Bailey , November 1 .
William Bailey thus depos'd, Coming down Cornhill with a Friend, I saw the Prisoner with another Woman, and they pretended to be afraid of Street-Robbers; upon which I and my Friend offer'd to go along with them, which they accepted; when we had seen them, as we thought, out of Danger, we were for returning back, but the Prisoner said, if we would go with them to her Sisters in Chick-Lane , she would treat us with a Fowl, we went with them to the Black Boy in Black Boy-Alley , and called for a Tiff of Punch, (it being a publick House,) but after staying there some time, not very well liking the Place, called to pay the Reckoning, I pull'd out my Purse, and paid it: The Prisoner came to me, and kissed me, and picked my Pocket of the Money laid in the Indictment; I had a Moidore, which I had taken in Trade, that was something dubious, and asked them to change it, but they could not, so paid them in other Money - I had my Money not two Minutes before the Prisoner came and kiss'd me, and she was but just got out of the Room before I miss'd it.
Thomas Harrison depos'd to the very same Effect, as to their manner of coming there, adding, that he heard his Friend complain to the Landlord, that he had lost his Money in his House, upwards of Nine Pounds, but that he did not see the Prisoner kiss him, or take his Money.
George Harris depos'd to this Effect; Sometime ago being in Wood-street, Francis Wright spoke to me to get the Matter made up with Bailey, and told me he had got six Guineas and a Moidore of the Prisoner - The next Day he offer'd five Guineas and the Moidore, and desired me to speak to Bailey to make it up, and I should have half a Guinea for my self; I told him Mr. Bailey was averse to making of it up, Wright said he came from the Prisoner, and Pember was with him that goes for her Husband.
Samuel Weller depos'd, That Pember and Wright came to him, and desired it might be made up, for he declared the Cole was sunk, but they had five Guineas and a Moidore left, and he would give a Note for the rest - said that his Wife was Drunk in Bed - this Deponent faith, that the Prisoner sent several times to him, desiring him to prevail with Bailey to make it up.
The Prisoner said, that they offer'd her to make it up for Ten Guineas; but she refus'd , and deny'd the Fact.
Denby Pierce (who keeps the House) depos'd, That two Men and two Women came in; the Men were fuddled, but said they came to be merry, and called for a Tiff of Punch, that
Mr. Bailey added, that he went to take the Prisoner up with a Warrant, and hearing she used Mr. Warwick's House in Drury-Lane , he went and found her there, and told her he had a Warrant against her; upon which another Woman came up, and run against him, and said, if he touched her, she would swear her Life against him, for she was with Child, and so the Prisoner got away.
The Prisoner said the same, and that Bailey told her she had Cloaths that she might pawn, and raise Money upon, but she refus'd.
Anne Poor thus depos'd , I was at Mr. Pierce's, and there were two Gentlemen disguiz'd in Liquor, and the Prisoner thanked them, and would have treated them; they called for two or three Bowls of Punch, Mr. Bailey was sick, and cast up his Accompts - I did see him offer a Moidore, and had it in my hand, but it was not good.
Richard Curtis depos'd, That he heard James Lewis say , that he would be up with the Prisoner if he waited, (or Watched) the whole Winter. N. B. Lewis, is one that the Prisoner accuses with pushing on this Prosecution.
Ann Pierce (Wife of Denby Pierce) thus depos'd, The Prisoner is my Sister, and I have kept her this two Years; what she did before I cannot tell, but since I have been Married she has lived very honestly , and has not wanted for Victuals and Drink , and as for Cloaths she had enough before.
Bailey says further, That upon offering to take Anne Pierce 's Husband, she said D - the B - ch, my Husband shall not come into trouble about her , you shall have her in a Fortnight. Upon the whole, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
William Hannabell thus depos'd, Coming home between 2 and 3 o'Clock in the Morning , the Prisoner crossed the Way to me, and said she would see me home; and immediately put her Hand in my Pocket, and I lost my Money; am certain I had it just before, it being two half Crowns: I miss'd it soon after she left me, and inquired of the Watchman a fter her; and going to Stocks-Market , see the Prisoner and two Soldiers , go into an Ale-House cross the Market, and I went to see, that I might be sure it was the Same Person before I charged her; and I am sure that the Prisoner at the Bar, is the Woman that came cross the Way to me, and took my Money in a Minute's time.
The Prisoner in her Defence said, she had been at Westminster with her Husband, and going into a House in Stocks-Market , saw the Prosecutor sitting between two Chimney-Sweepers, that soon afterwards she had an occasion to go out to do what no body could do for her; the Prisoner came to her, and offered her half a Crown to buy some Rods to whip him with, and that she told him she whipt no Body besides her Children; she had not one Person to call to her Reputation, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Mary Jones , and Alice Strutt , of St. Stephen's Coleman-Street , were indicted, Mary Jones for stealing twenty five Yards of Linen Cloth, value 25 s. a Damask table Cloth, value 20 s. the Goods of Robert Clouds , January 3 . and Alice Strutt , for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole ; the Facts appearing plain, and no Body being called to their Reputation ,
Richard Phips , Thomas Allaway , and Richard Fairbrother of St. Sepulchres , were indicted, Richard Phips , and Thomas Allaway for stealing a Barrel of Small-Beer, value 11 s. and Richard Fairbrother for receiving the same, knowing it to be stole , the Goods of William Browning , November 14 .
It appeared to the Court, that Richard Phips and Thomas Allaway were Servant s to Mr. Browning, and intrusted by him to go out with his Dray; and lay down Beer, and therefore the laying down a barrel of Beer at a wrong Place, could not amount to Felony , the Jury acquitted them.
William Bennett , of St. John's Wapping , was indicted for stealing three Cheeses value, 8s. , the Goods of Solomon Fosset , January 3 . The Fact appearing plain , the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Dr. Mead depos'd, That driving through Holbourn on Monday in the Evening between 9 and 10 o'Clock, near Leather-Lane , a Person much like the Prisoner came up to his Chariot side, in great haste, and demanded his Watch and Money, that his Footman jumpt down from behind, and the Person run away, my Footman run after him, and took him .
Edmund Howard thus depos'd, The Prisoner came to the Coachman, bid him stop, or he would shoot him; then comes to the Chariot side, presented a Pistol to me, and said, if I stir'd, I was a dead Man , demanded my Watch and Money; I jumpt down, and called stop Thief, a Shopkeeper run after him, and he flash'd a Pistol at him, which grazed on his Face; the Prisoner was never out of my sight, while taken; the Pistol he dropt in the Street, when pursued , and was making towards Leather-Lane when taken, we carried him to the Black Bull-Inn , and found shot and powder upon him .
Joseph Watkins thus depos'd, The Dr. sent for me, and gave me Charge of the Prisoner; when I came to him, I searched him, and found a Penknife, and some large shot upon him; the Prisoner said, the Court could not hang him for this, but he wished he had done Murther, for he had rather be hanged .
John Brearcliff thus depos'd, I was shutting up my Master's Shop, and heard them cry, stop Thief, I stopt the Prisoner, and he said he would shoot me, flashed his Pistol in the Pan, which grazed on my Face .
John Stevens depos'd, That going up Holbourn, near Leather-Lane, he heard a Person call, Hold - Coachman, stop a little, thought some Body had wanted his Master; and he stopt, then a little Man, much like the Prisoner, came up, and presented a Pistol, and swore, if he did not stop, he would shoot him through the Body .
The Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment .
Katharine Carrol , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing two Silver Snuff-Boxes, value 4 l. thirty-six Guineas, and a Seal, value 35 s. the Goods of Isaac Dunant ; and Patrick Macromack , John Cragg , and Mary Tees were indicted for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole , Nov. 19 .
Isaac Dunant depos'd, That on the 19th of November he had been in the City, and taken too much Liquor, that in his return Home, he met a Woman, who said she would give him some Liquor that would set him to rights; he went along with her, and a little Girl brought him some Brandy about 12 o'Clock ; he fell fast asleep, and when he waked, he knew not where he was , but had lost his Money and Goods, was very much surprized, but could not be positive that the Prisoner was the Woman; the Jury acquitted the Prisoners.
Ralph Mitchell , of St. Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for stealing seven Sacks, value 7 s. and 28 Bushels of Oats, value 46 s. the Goods of Thomas Hammack , Nov. 21 . He was a second time indicted for stealing six Sacks, and twenty-four Bushels of Wheat , the Goods of William Walker , November 28 .Deptford , with the Sacks, his Name was five of the Sacks MWW the other Sack was not his own, the Prisoner was taken with the Wheat at Creek-menti-House near Barkin in Essex, where he brought it for Sale; when he was charged in Custody of an Officer, he pretended he found it adrift in a Boat .
Thomas Fisher thus depos'd, The Prisoner Ralph Mitchell came with Paul Savage that is dead , and offered the Wheat to Sale ; I sent for an Officer , and took them up on Suspicion , and they said they found it adrift, the Sacks marked, excepting one MWW .
Thomas Hammack thus depos'd, I lost seven Sacks of Oats from Westminster , and hearing the Prisoners were taken up, I went and found my Sacks at Creek's-Mouth , they were marked T. Hammack, the Goods were gone.
The Jury acquitted him of the first Indictment, and found him Guilty of the Second to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
Richard Manning depos'd, That on Saturday the 10th of January, he had tied up two pair of Black Stockings for a Customer, and about Eight o'Clock in the Evening he miss'd them, but could not find or hear any thing of them till Monday Night; John May told him he had taken a Boy creeping into his Shop, that the Boy was brought to him, and confessed, that himself, with two others, not yet taken, stole the Stockings, and sold them to one Mrs. King, and that the Prisoner had 9 d. for his Share; but not being sensible then of his Loss, notwithstanding he was told the Boy had new Stockings on, he said they were none of mine; but the next Day missing four Dozen of Stockings, he examin'd the Boy further, and he confessed that one Booth and himself stole the Stockings, and sold them at three different Places, and that the Prisoner had 7 s. for his Share, and the Stockings he had on; which Stockings being produced in Court, the Prosecutor swore to be his, they having his Mark upon them.
Thomas Pawlins depos'd, That he saw the Prisoner creep into the Prosecutor's Shop on his Hands and Knees, and was going behind the Compter; that he asked him, what he did there? and he answered, he was going to tie his Garters .
Richard Dean and Martha Dean of Enfield , were indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, value 15s. twenty-five pound of Mutton, value 7 s. and forty-five pound of Beef, value 10 s. the Goods of James Elsom , December 6 .
Thomas Hancock (a Boy of about twelve Years old) was the chief Evidence against the Prisoners, who depos'd, that he being an Errand Boy to Mr. Elsom, was used to the House, and that the Prisoner Richard Dean asked him, how he might get in to Mr. Elsom's Shop, that he told him, if he shook the Door at the bottom it would open, that the Prisoner did so, got in, and brought out a Lap-full of Meat, and carried it Home; that the Prisoners promised him Two Pence, but they having no Half-pence, he never had the Money.
Mary Hancock (the Boy's Mother) and Lucy Morgan , who nursed her, flatly contradicted his Evidence, for at the time the Boy had depos'd he was with the Prisoners, and see them commit this Robbery, they both swore that he was at Home, and in Bed.
William Rogers , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Bridle and Saddle , value 15 s. the Goods of Richard Benton , October 31 . He was a second time indicted for stealing a Brown Gelding, value 11 l. the Goods of Richard Benton , aforesaid, October 31 .
It appear'd to the Court, that the Prosecutor Richard Benton kept Horses to Lett out for Hire, and that the Prisoner hired this Horse, Bridle and Saddle to go to Edgworth , and was to give 3 s. and return that Night, but he went farther, and never brought the Horse again: But it was the Opinion of the Court, that a Person who hired a Horse, and had him deliver'd to him, notwithstanding he kept him longer, and did not return at the time appointed, could not be Guilty of Felony. The Prosecutor said, that he had chang'd his Horse away for a less, and had a Guinea with the little Horse, but he had no Evidence to prove it, the Jury acquitted the Prisoner.
Mary Sulivan , alias Wall, alias Stanley , and Isabella Eaton , of St. Ann's, Westminster , were indicted for privately stealing a Diamond Ring, value 26 l. a Silver Snuff-Box, value 20 s. the Goods of William Burroughs , Esq ; October 16 . They were a second time indicted for privately stealing two Guineas from Henry Crew , October 25 .
John Davis thus depos'd, Mr. Burroughs came to the Standard Tavern in Leicester-Fields with some Company, and soon after the Prisoners came in, and went into a separate Room; but as soon as Mr. Burroughs's Company were gone, the Prisoners asked, what Room he was in? and went to him, Mr. Burroughs being in Liquor, they took the Diamond Ring off his Finger. Mary Sullivan owned she had the Ring, and Eaton was with her; the Gentleman came when sober and described Sullivan , and I went in search of her, and found her at a Brandy shop in Shugg-Lane , charged her with the Ring, and told her that the Gentleman was at our House, and she own'd she had it, and promised to bring it in a Quarter of an Hour, but never came.
Mary West depos'd, That the Drawer, John Davis , came to her one Morning to ask after the Ring, and that Sullivan who was then her Mistress, and kept the Crown Tavern in Sherrard-Street , ordered her not to own her.
Alice Wilkins depos'd, That she went to see Mrs. Eaton, and to cut out some Shifts, &c. on the 15th of October, and lay with Eaton all Night, and that Mrs. Eaton was not Abroad that Evening; but the Robbery being committed the 16th of October, her Evidence was of no weight, because she had mistaken the Day of the Month.
Henry Crew thus depos'd, Last Saturday night, as I was going from Leicester-Fields towards Bolton-Street, a Woman met me, and she begged of me to give her a Glass of Wine, and then turning about, she walked close by me, and asking me again for a Glass of Wine, we agreed to go to the Crown Tavern in Sherrard-Street , and there an old Man lighted us up Stairs; I called for a Pint of Wine, which was brought, but before we had drank it, Mary Sullivan comes up, and says to the Woman, hussy, what do you do here? get you gone, and then the Woman went away, and Sullivan stayed; when that Pint was out I call'd for another, and Sullivan went and fetched it her self, and while she was gone for the last Pint, I felt in my Pocket, and had my Money; after she had brought up the Wine, we had a little Conversation, and she fell to playing at 'my Cod-piece, and the second time I thought I heard my Money chink; and I ask'd her, If she was Mistress of the House? she said she was, instead of a better; then I told her she had got my Money, upon that she swore G - D - you, pay your Reckoning, and get you out of the House; but I could not pay my reckoning then, for she had got my Money ; I call'd for Pen and Ink,Anne Cragg was the Woman that first pick'd me up, but I never so much as touched her Hand, so I took out a Warrant against Eaton and Sullivan, but will not be positive that the Prisoner at the Bar, Sullivan, is the Woman, her dress hath made such an Alteration.
Swiney (the old Fellow, that conducted them up Stairs) thus depos'd, The Prosecutor came in with Nan Crago , and she has the Character of Whore and Thief, and she was there in Company till she had drank part of the second Pint of Wine, and then Cragg came down, and smoked a Pipe in the Kitchen, but I do believe Cragg, (who is since run away) had the Money.
Mary West thus depos'd, I was Servant there, but knew nothing of the taking the Money, only see it shar'd between Anne Cragg , Mary Sullivan , and Isabella Eaton, they shar'd the two Guineas amongst them, allowing for the two Pints of Wine; before the Money was shar'd, Cragg made a great Noise, and said she would not leave the House till she had her Part. Being asked (by the Court) how they shar'd the Money? she reply'd, when Money was taken - asked, how taken? - she answer'd, pick'd out of Gentlemen's Pockets, she had seen them share ten Guineas of a Night on that Account.
Mary Phillips , alias Harvey depos'd, That West was a Thief, and made a long harangue about two Plates, and of her having Money for being an Evidence against the Prisoners; the Jury acquitted the Prisoners of both the Indictments.
Jane Gatehouse , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Suit of Lac'd Pinners, value 10 s. a Copper-Pot, value 18 d. two Napkins, value 12 d. two Musling Caps, and a Pewter-dish , the Goods of William Edmunds , November 5 . The Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted her.
John Poole , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing a Holland Shirt, value 2 s. the Goods of James Burroughs , November 5 . But no Evidence appearing, the Jury acquitted him, and the Recognizance was order'd to be Estreated.
Matth.ew Greenaway , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Cotton Apron, value 6 d. a Copper Pot, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Thomas Cape , November 22 . The Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted him.
John Shotan thus depos'd, on Tuesday last, my Sword was stole out of Rudd's Coffee-House , a Jew came in with Buttons, Buckles, &c. and took it down from where I had hung it; the Boy said, a Jew had been there, and he saw him take something, and run after him two or three Streets, and brought him back with the Sword; the Prisoner own'd he took the Sword; I ask'd him, why he took it? he said, he had a Wife and Child, and must pay his Rent.
John Barrow thus depos'd, I was in the Coffee Room when the Jew came in with Buttons, Buckles , &c. and was going to buy a Pair of Buckles, but was called upon for half a Pint of Wine, after that for some bitter ; when I came again, I see the Prisoner in the Entry putting something in his Bosom; but he drop'd his Glove, I went after him, but he would not readily take it, at last turned himself side-way, and took it; presently the Gentleman miss'd his Sword, and I said, I'll be hang'd if the Jew has not taken it, I run out, and overtook the Prisoner at the end of Hedge-Lane, with the Sword between his Coat and Wastcoat; I laid hold of his Collar, and he begg'd I would let him go, but I took the Sword from him, and brought him back.
The Prisoner in his Defence, (if it may be called a Defence ) said, that he saw the Sword lying in the Entry just by the Door, stayed a little to see if any Body would own it, and then took it away. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
John White , alias Arnold Reynolds , of St. Brides , was indicted for stealing twenty three Deal Boards , value 23 s . the Goods of Richard Haydon , Dec. 27 . The Fact appearing plain the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
Richard Hanson of St. Botolph's without Bishopsgate , was indicted for assaulting Daniel Beauforth on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Beaver Hat, value 19 s. a Rose Hatband, value 12 d. Dec. 19 . There being a Defect in the Indictment, he was acquitted .
Obadiah Hanshaw , of St. Magnus the Martyr , was indicted for stealing a Leaden Image, value 10 s. the Goods of Joseph Beachcroft , Esq ; January 2. The Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
John Francis , of St. Peter's Cornhill , was indicted for stealing a 14 lb. Leaden Weight, value 3 s. the Goods of John Lloyd , January 5 . The Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Francis Waters depos'd, That he keeps a publick House , (the George in Water-Lane ,) and that the Prisoner was Drinking at his House about three Hours, and another Person was with him part of the time; but he paid his Reckoning, went into other Company, and left the Prisoner alone with the Tankard; that while his Wife went into the Bar for Change, the Prisoner went off with the Tankard, without paying his Reckoning; his Tankard (which was produc'd in Court) he found at a Pawn-brokers, who did not care to appear.
Edward Vickeris depos'd, That he was at the George when the Prisoner came in, and that they sate and drank together at one Table; but he having some Friends come, paid his part of the Reckoning, and left the Prisoner with the Tankard; that the Prisoner stayed longer, and moved to a Table next the Door, and some time after, the Tankard and Prisoner were gone.
Joseph Williams depos'd, He saw the Prisoner at Mr. Waters's, and that after the other Person left his Company, the Prisoner stay'd near an Hour, that he saw him have the Tankard in his Hand the Minute before he went out , and when he was gone out, he went after him, but being dark , could not find which way he was gone.
The Prisoner had little to say in his Defence, but that he left the Tankard behind him.
Richard Johnson and Benjamin Keys , of Hackney , were indicted for assaulting Samuel Tyson , Esq ; on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 40 s. a Seal, value 1 s. and 10 s. in Money , January 12 .
Samuel Tyson , Esq; depos'd to this Effect, On Monday was seven Night, about Twelve or One o'Clock, between Kingsland and the Cock , I heard a Pistol go off, and there comes a Fellow with a long Horse Pistol, and said, D - you, your Money; I delivered them my Watch and Money, but that would not do, they said I must get out of my Coach, they wanted my Rings, I told them I had given them all - My Servant had a large Lanthorn, with two Candles in it - There was two on Horseback, and one on Foot upon the Causeway, who said to my Servant, D - you, Dismount, or I will shoot you - I know both the Prisoners, but cannot say they were the Persons; Johnson was in Business till within this five Months, how he hath lived since I know not; he came of very good Friends, and when accused of this, desired me to go before Justice Cook, and he would meet me there: The other's Father was a Bricklayer, but the Prisoner proved to be an idle young Fellow, and I was sorry to see it; my Coachman was shot in the Arm, and died of the Wound this Morning.
Richard Gibbins thus depos'd, Coming from Hackney between Kingsland and the Cok , I bore a Lanthorn before my Master , and I heard some Horsemen, as I thought, advance towards me, when they came up they viewed me, and as soon as they came to the hind
Keys said, he met this Evidence in Red-Lyon-Street, London; that he gave him a Pint of Beer, and told him the Circumstances of the Robbery, and they running in his Head when he was Drunk, he knew not what he said.
Gibbins did not deny his giving Keys a pint of Beer, but said he did not tell him the Circumstances of the Robbery.
Gibbins was ask'd some plain Questions by the Court, and he prevaricated; which did not much advance the Credit of his Evidence .
John Brown thus depos'd, Keys came to my House, the Coach and Horses at Newington , and said he was the Person that shot John Newton , and that it troubled his Conscience, and he could not rest Night nor Day, and that he owed him a Spleen, because he hindred him of Business - then he said, he was one that Robbed the Prosecutor, and took from him 11 s. and 6 d. and would shoot him the first time he went abroad; and he should be a dead Man by Sunday - after that I called the Prosecutor's Gardener to know if he knew any thing of it - indeed I would have had Keys to have gone away, and told him he was mad; he held in this strain, till the next Morning; but when Company came in, he denied Part of it, and before the Justice denied it all; Keys said, when he was drunk he remember'd nothing, and ask'd Brown, if he ever saw him at other times? Brown answered no, nor was ever at his House before.
The Court observed that what Keys said at the Alehouse, was not Evidence against Johnson.
Johnson alledged, That he went voluntarily before the Justice.
John Bailey thus depos'd, I see Johnson on Sunday Se'night, and we went to Captain Howsons for a Walk ( John Townsend , was with us) he Rents Part of my House, and he was at Home till between 11 and 12 o'Clock; I said, I was to go to London about 6 o'Clock the next Morning, and he desired I would call on him - I called about 5 o'Clock, and Mr. Johnson was in Bed; I live at Hackney , about a Mile from Shacklewell .
James Hugget depos'd, That he had known Johnson fourteen or fifteen Years, and I ask'd him how this Story came of his Robbing Mr. Tyson, and he offer'd then to go before the Justice; he went the next Day, and Mr. Tyson asked how such a Story came; and the Prisoner said, he was in Bed with his Wife at that time.
Mr. Warner depos'd, That he had known Johnson from a Child, that his Father and Mother were honest People, and he had had 100 l. worth of his Goods at a time, and did
William Warner depos'd, That he had known Johnson from an Infant; and when he had Cloth to do, he work'd very hard, and had received Money enough to support him without taking any irregular Methods - never heard any ill of him.
William Mitchel depos'd, That he had known Johnson for about 16 Years, who had done Business for him very well, that the Reason he left off his Business was, because his Rent was too dear, and he had a view of other Business.
Susanna Keys (his Mother) depos'd, That her Son was at Home, and in Bed, at the time the Robbery was committed; that he lies in the same Room with her, and she being Lame, he assisted her in getting in and out of Bed.
Thomas Palmer depos'd, Keys is a crazy Fellow - I have a Kinsman that keeps a publick House in Shoreditch, and calling there one Evening a little late, he asked me to stay all Night, I refus'd, and Keys being in the Room, said, if I went Home that Night he would Rob me; I told him he must bring some Body with him then, he reply'd, He had a Brace of Pistols in his Pockets; upon which I seiz'd him, and searched him my self, but found none.
Richard Haddock and Charles Rogers , of St. Sepulchres , were indicted for stealing thirty-six Guineas, one Portugal Piece of Gold, value 36 s. one Broad Piece, value 23 s. four Moidores, and four Spanish Pistoles, and other Money, in the Shop of John Appleby , October 5 . 1728.
Mr. King thus depos'd, On the 5th of October was Twelve-months, a Man came into my Master Applebec's Shop, and bought a small Brass Cock for 12 d. and gave me a Guinea to Change; I had not Silver enough forwards, going to a Draw where I had more Money, the Person followed me, I took out the Drawer, not knowing then there was any Body behind me, and whilst I was looking out the Change, a Paper, wherein the Gold was, mentioned in the Indictment, was taken away, and I gave him his Change before I miss'd it, he took it up hastily, and went off with the Gold and his Change; it was of a Saturday in the Forenoon, but it is so long since, that I cannot be positive to the Man; he was middle Aged, and about Haddock's Stature; as soon as he was gone I stepp'd into the Shop, and said, I believ'd I was Robb'd, but could not find which way he went.
Thomas Priest thus depos'd, On the 5th of October was Twelve-months, there came in a Gentleman in a light-colour'd Wigg, and bought a small Brass Cock, 'twas about the middle of the Day, and he wanted Change for a Guinea; Mr. King went back for Change, and the Person followed him; I was picking Metal in the middle of the Shop; after he had got his Change, he came hastily forward, and almost jumpt over my Back; presently Mr. King asked me, If I knew which way the Man went? For he said he had Robb'd him of some Money; I look'd out, but could not see him.
Thomas Bedford depos'd, That Richard Haddock , had been his Tenant about twelve Months, and that he paid him his Rent very well - when he came into the House, the Goods came to upwards of a 100 l. that the Prisoner paid him 50 l. and Mr. Roberts gave his Bond for the rest, and that he never heard that the Prisoner kept any disorderly Hours.
Mrs. Berry thus depos'd, Mr. Haddock came to lodge with me Michaelmas was twelve Months; and was so Sick, that he never went out of the House for three Weeks after; he had a dizziness in his Head; and sometime after that, never went farther than into the Park for a little Air; Mr. Roberts recommended him to me, and he lodged at my House till he went into the Bagnio .
Richard Roberts thus depos'd, I keep a Victualling House at Charing-Cross, and Mrs. Berry Rents an Apartment of me; Richard Haddock came to me very ill the Day before Michaelmas Day; and I recommended him to Mrs. Berry, and told her I would see her paid; he was troubled with Vapours in his Head, and was ill near three Weeks; during which time, I went to see him every Day; I have been bound for him for 40 l. and lent him 40 l. more; being asked (by the Court) what Business Haddock followed heretofore? he said, that he had been a Bailiff, and was sometime a Box-keeper at the Rose near Covent-Garden, but he never see the Prisoner drest For three Weeks after he first went to Mrs. Berry's, nor did he ever see Dowdell and Haddock together but at Hazard Tables. And as to Rogers, the other Prisoner, he Lodged at his House, and his Wife kept a Stall at his Door, and sold Greens, &c. and he was a Porter, but his Wife being ill, Rogers used to be pretty much about Home, and sold her Goods for her, and he believes him to be very honest.
William Deer depos'd, That he had been acquainted with Dowdell several Years, and hearing that several Persons were committed to the Gatehouse, and going to see them, he saw Dowdell, and told him, he was sorry to see him there; and Dowdell reply'd, he would hang a Thousand before he would be Hang'd himself, and he believed that one Reason for his Malice against Haddock was, for discovering him once when he was going to put off a gilt King Edward's Shilling for a Broad Piece.
Thomas Scoophorns thus depos'd, I went on Sunday to ask for my Master, and I heard a Woman say to Dowdell, I am sorry to see you here; he answer'd, he was not sorry at all, for he would save his own Life, and put Money into his Pocket, for he had made himself an Informer; ay, says the Woman, but you inform against honest Men; Dowdell reply'd, he would hang the three Regiments of Guards before he would be Hanged himself.
Several Persons that Haddock had dealt with, and some others, gave him a good Character.
Mr. Richards depos'd, That he went with the High Constable of Westminster to see the Prisoners, and he heard Dowdell say, He could Impeach a great many more, but that he knew nothing of them.
Williamson Goodman , alias Goodbarn , of St. Mary le Strand , was indicted for assaulting Henry Thompson in the Dwelling House of Thomas Peeling , putting him in Fear, and taking from him 9 s. 6 d. in Money , Sept. 4 .
Henry Thompson thus depos'd, On the 4th of September, going from the City near Chancery-Lane end, I met the Prisoner, and asked him, which was Chancery-Lane? The Prisoner said he would shew me; I wanting to speak with Mr. Hearn, the Prisoner said he would shew me his House too, or bring me to the place where he used; but I found the Prisoner did not know Mr. Hearn's, for he carry'd me above his House a pretty way, however, upon Enquiry, we found Mr. Hearn's , but he was not at Home; afterwards the Prisoner ask'd me to give him a Mug of Ale, I did so, and then the Prisoner press'd me to go to his Lodgings, and he would treat me with a Glass of Wine; upon his being so importunate, I went with him to the One Bell Inn behind the New Church in the Strand, and had half a pint of Wine, but seeing the Prisoner had no Money, I paid for it my self; I had a Box of Lace with me, and the Prisoner followed me Home, was very full of Talk, and invited me to go to his Quarters, and I did go, and then the Prisoner talk'd to me about Sodomitical Practices, and told me of great Persons that us'd that way, and offer'd it to me so far as to undo his Breeches, I told him I would suffer Death before I would admit of any such thing; the Prisoner said I had Gold about me, and if I did not give him my Money, he would swear Sodomy against me; then seiz'd me by the Collar, and told me, 'twas in vain to resist, and took my Money (which was 9 s. 6 d.) from me by Force: I would have given him part, but he would have it all, and made me turn my Pocket; indeed I was so surpriz'd, that I scarce knew what to do, and was glad to get from him on any Terms; I got away, run into a Baker's Shop, and enquir'd for a Constable , and then the Prisoner made off. On the Sunday follo wing the Prisoner came with a pretended Constable to take me up for Sodomy, but his Constable ran away.
The Prisoner ask'd some trifling Questions, as, who spoke first? whether Mr. Thompson could Read or Write? because he shew'd him his Directions where to find Mr. Hearn's which being imperfect, Mr. Thompson said was the Reason of his shewing it, not that he could not read it himself; then the Prisoner desir'd to know, if the Prosecutor ever came to him from Thursday to Saturday? Mr. Thompson said, No; because he was so hurry'd in Business that he had not time.
Mary Nichols thus depos'd, I fell Apples at the Door where Mr. Thompson came in, and the Prisoner follow'd him; Mr. Thompson was very much surpriz'd, and said, he was dogg'd by the Prisoner, and wanted a Constable - A Constable, said the Prisoner, and lift up his Hand, and would have struck Mr. Thompson, but he avoided the Blow; then the Prisoner ran away, and Mr. Thompson ask'd for a person to Aid him Home; he said the Prisoner had Robb'd him already, and he did not know what further Designs he had.
Mrs. Ray depos'd, That she saw Mr. Thompson come in very much affrighted, and that he said a sorry Fellow had dogg'd him from the One Bell Inn in the Strand.
James Ballandine depos'd, That on Sunday after the Prisoner was taken up, he broke out of the Round-House; but being re-taken, he said, he had rather have lost his Right-hand, than have been concern'd against Mr. Thompson.
Samuel Illeiff depos'd, That he went to the Prisoner after he was taken up, and ask'd him, how he could use Mr. Thompson so? And the Prisoner answer'd, He was sorry for it, for he had nothing against him.
Another Evidence depos'd to the same Effect , adding, that the Prisoner said he would clear Mr. Thompson in all Respects.
There were several other Gentlemen and Persons of Reputation that gave Mr. Thompson an extraordinary Character, for being a Person of an unblemish'd Reputation , and an honest Man.
The Prisoner made a very trifling Defence, and called the Boy that draws Wine at the Inn where the Prisoner Lodg'd, who depos'd, That Mr. Thompson was there, and stay'd about a Quarter of an Hour; that they had half a pint of Wine, and Mr. Thompson paid
John Norman thus depos'd , As I was coming from Newington-Green , near Rosemary-Branch , in a large Field by Sir George Whitmores , on the 27th of November , about a quarter be fore six in the Evening; two Men overtook me, and pass'd by me; presently afterwards, I met three Men; soon after the three Men were gone by me, the two who had first pass'd me, turned upon me; one of them puts a Pistol to my Breast, and demanded my Money, I told them I had none worth taking, he Swore D - me, if I did not deliver my Money, he would shoot me; so I gave one of them 3 s. and some Half pence, I can't say how many; and when they had done with me, I came towards London; and one of them said, he would shoot me, if I followed them; and bid me run back, I could not run; but I turned back, I don't know the Prisoners to be the Men.
Samuel Dexter thus depos'd, The Prisoner and I went together, and overtook Norman, and pass'd him; the Prisoner said to me, D - you, why won't you Rob him; I said, if we did we should be took, and presently we met three Men, then stay'd till they were past him, and Norman came up to us; I held the Pistol, and the Prisoner search'd him, and took from him 3 s. and 6 d. in Silver, and 8 d. in Half pence.
The Prisoner said, that he knew nothing of the Matter; and had very little Acquaintance with Dexter, and desired he might be asked, where they had conversed together? to which Dexter reply'd, at his own Lodgings, at a Potter's Shop in White-Cross Street ; Dexter further depos'd, That on the 5th of December, he discover'd this to Thomas Willis , and he got Thomas and Richard Rogers to the Gentleman and Porter in Crowder's-well Alley, and had them both taken together; and that the Pistol produc'd in Court by Willis, was the Pistol they Robb'd with and that the Day he caused the Prisoners to be taken , they had made an Appointment to Rob that Evening.
Thomas Willis depos'd, That Samuel Dexter sent for him to the three Mariners in For-Street , and said, that he had done ill Things, and would make a Discovery ; that he advised Dexter to go before a Magistrate, and they went to Sir Richard Hopkins .
Robert Willis depos'd, That they took the two Prisoners, Thomas and Richard Rogers , at the Gentleman and Porter in Crowder's well-Ally, being fix'd there by Dexter, while they waited at the Weoll-Pack .
The Prisoner in his Defence said, the Day they were taken he had been to see a Friend; and happen'd to meet with Dexter, that he asked him to drink, and they went into the Gentleman and Porter, and presently his Brother came by, and they called him in to drink with them; and then Dexter went out, and immediately brought in three Men, who took them, and they were sent to the Compter; that he drove a Coach for his Livelihood, and as for the Robbery he was charged with, he knew nothing of it.
There were a great many Persons of Credit, and Reputation; who spoke to their Characters, they being both at the Bar.
John Lloyd depos'd, That he had known the Prisoners from their Infancy, and they lived a reputable Life; they drove Coaches for their Livelihoods. and that Richard Rogers , had kept a Coach of his own, (a Hackney Coach) and that they always were accounted honest Fellows, &c.
James Waller depos'd, that he had known the young Lad many Years, and never heard any Ill of him.
Richard Rogers and Thomas Rogers , of St. Leonard, Shoreditch , were indicted for assaulting Caleb Warwick in an open Field, near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a pair of Callimanco Shoes, value 4 s. 6 d. an Iron Punch, value 2d. and 18 s. in Money , November 29 .
Caleb Warwick depos'd to this Effect, I am a Shoemaker , and on the 29th of November about Seven o'Clock in the Evening, going from my own House in Hodgsdon-Market into the Town, with a pair of Shoes; I chose to go the back way, as being much the cleanest, having went that way very often, and never met with any Damage; and having past the Haberdasher's Hospital, I was got upon the Causeway that leads to Mr. Fairchild's, not far from the Red-Lyon Alehouse ; I heard some Persons advance nearer, making a humming Noise, so that I was under the less Apprehension of Danger; immediately comes up three Men, two of them clapt hold of me, one on the right Side, another on the Left, and held me till the third took my Money, a pair of Women's Shoes, an Iron Punch, and a Pewter Medal; and one of them took a Letter out of my Pocket, by which means he knew how to direct to me, and on the Saturday following I receiv'd a Letter from Dexter - the Letter was produc'd and read in Court, and is as follows.
Mr. Warwick procceded, - in the Evening , I went to the Compter, and sent for Dexter into the Lodge; he look'd upon me, and said I was the Person they Robb'd in such a Place , then shew'd me the Medal; the Shoes he said , were pawn'd by one of the Prisoner's Wives ; then I went to look upon the Prisoners, and ask'd them, what they had done with the Shoes? but they would not own they had them, or were the Persons concern'd in the Robbery.
Samuel Dexter depos'd, On Saturday the 29th of November, the Prisoners and I met near the Bull-Head in Jewin-Street, and then went out and Robb'd Mr. Warwick; we took from him 18 s. 6 d. in Money, and a pair of Shoes; Thomas Rogers held the Pistol, and I took the Shoes out of his Bosom, and the Money out of his Pocket, then went to the Gentleman and Porter and shar'd it; there was four half Crowns, and 8 s. 6 d. in small Silver; Richard Rogers had the Shoes, and allow'd us twelve pence a-piece for them; on the 5th of December I discover'd it to Mr. Willis, and we were to have gone out that Night.
Thomas Willis depos'd. That Dexter caution'd them about the Prisoners having Pen-Knives in their Pockets; but upon searching them, they found no Arms about them, neither Powder nor Ball. Richard Rogers (one of the Prisoners) said, his Landlord where he Lodg'd, could prove he was not out that Day.
John Hooker depos'd, I keep a Pastry-Cook's Shop near Barbican , and the Prisoner was at Home till between Five and Six o'Clock in the Evening, November 29; his Wife being a Washing, and with Child, the Prisoner fetch'd her Water, and assisted her; he always kept good Hours, and I never knew or heard any ill of him, notwithstanding I enquir'd strictly into his Character before I took him in as a Lodger .
There were several Persons of Reputation gave the Prisoners good Characters, that was not at the former Trial; but none that contradicted the Evidence for the King, the Jury found them Guilty . Death .
Henry Nowland and Thomas Westwood of Stepney , were indicted for assaulting John Molton , in an open Field, near the Highway, putting him in Fear , and taking from him 4 s. 2 d. in Money , November 23 .
John Molton depos'd, Coming from Lime-House on the 23d of November , in Company with Mr. Butler , his Wife, and Anne Nailor ; Anne Nailor and I were about twenty Yards before, in a Field near Stepney Meeting-House ; I saw two Men come running towards us, but knew not how to escape them, tho' I thought they were Thieves; presently I heard a Pistol fir'd behind me, then Nowland came up, presented Pistol to my Breast, and demanded my Money, or he would shoot me through the Body that Minute; I put him off a little, for I heard my Friend was engag'd, and I could not fight my self, so gave him five or six Shillings; and Mr. Butler call'd out, and said, I believe I shall take this Fellow, upon that Nowland quitted me to save his Companion - I did not go to Mr. Butler for fear of being kill'd, but went to Mr. Crisp's, at the Bowling-Green House, to get some Assistance, if he should be bound; 'twas some time before I got in, and soon after Mr. Butler came there very much wounded, upon which a Surgeon was sent for, and his Wounds were dress'd - 'Twas a very Moon-light Night, and Nowland had a great Coat with the Cape button'd up; I believe the very same Coat that he has on now; and I believe the Prisoner to be the same Person.
Nicholas Butler thus depos'd, I was Robb'd by the two Prisoners at the Bar; I was coming from Lime-House with my Wife, Mr. Molton, and my Wife's Sister; 'twas a very Moon-light Night, and we were in a Path by Reason of the Water on one side, it being low Ground, and Ditches on both, we could not go abreast; and my little Boy that was with us said, there were two Men, I said, I believ'd they were Thieves; and presently Westwood comes up, presented a Pistol, and said, D - you, your Money, Sir; I gave my self a short turn from the Pistol, and knock'd him down; the Pistol went off, wounded me in the Arm, and tore my Coat Sleeve all to Pieces; I saw something under Westwood's Coat, but did not apprehend what it was; but it proved to be a Tuck afterwards; Nowland came up but slowly, and said, D - you, why don't you give him your Money, then both came upon me; D - you, says I, two against one is too much; they came upon me, and got me down into the Ditch, and Westwood kept Stabbing at me, I shifted as well as I could, and my Wife cried out, for God's sake don't kill my Husband; Westwood said, are not you a Barbarous Dog not to give us your Money? so I'gave them half a Guinea and a Shilling - Nowland said, don't kill him Westwood, he swore D - me, he would; gave me a Stab, and run away.
The Prisoners desired this Evidence might be ask'd, if he did not take up others on Account of this Robbery? - Mr. Butler denied it.
Anne Nailor thus depos'd, On the 23d of November, my Brother, Sister, Mr. Molton, and I, with my Brother, and Mr. Molton's little Boy, were coming from Lime-House, Mr. Molton and I were a little before, and I saw two Rogues coming towards us, one went to Mr. Butler, and the other, Henry Nowland , came up to us, claps a Pistol to Mr. Molton's Breast, and said, D - you, your Money; and I see Mr. Molton give him some Money; but don't know how much; then hearing a Pistol fir'd, I went back to see if my Brother was not kill'd, and I saw Westwood stabbing my Brother in a Ditch, and then Nowland came up - He was in a loose Coat, with the Cape button'd up about his Neck; he had a Pistol in his Hand, and said to me, D - you, you B - ch, deliver your Money, or you are dead; I gave him 3 s. 6 d. then he turn'd to my Brother, and said, D - you, why don't you deliver your Money, and I saw my Brother give them Money, some to one, and some to the other; then Westwood gave my Brother a stab, and they ran away: After that, it was with Difficulty that we got my Brother out of the Ditch, and when he was out we thought he could not live a Quarter of an Hour; about fourteen Days after I saw Nowland, and am positive he is the Man, for I saw him when he Robb'd Mr. Molton , and stood by Westwood when he was stabbing my Brother.
N. B. The above Witnesses (at the Request of the Prisoners) gave their Evidence separately, that is, when one gave Evidence, the others were not in Court ; upon which the Prosecutors requested, that the Evidence for the Prisoners might do the same; which being granted, they proceeded, but did not so well agree.
Westwood, in his Defence said, that Mr. Butler was going to swear the Robbery against another Man; and that at the time the Robbery was committed, he was a Merry-making, at his Brother's; to prove it,
Joseph Kenton depos'd, On the 23d of November , about Ten o'Clock in the Forenoon, Westwood's Brother came to me, and desir'd me to go with one Todd and Margaret Floyd to be married at the Fleet, which being done, we return'd to his Brother's, and had a Dinner there, and the Prisoner and his Mother were sent for, who came about 3 o'Clock, and then there were about eight or nine of us, and the Prisoner never was absent a Quarter of an Hour, from Three o'Clock till Eleven at Night: Being ask'd, how he knew it to be the 23d of November? He produc'd a Certificate, which, he said, was given to the Woman that was married of that Date: Being ask'd, where the Persons were that were married? He said, that they were gone into the Country, and that he sent for the Certificate from them that Morning; upon which (by Order of the Court) the Register Book belonging to the Three Compasses, the House where he said the Ceremony was perform'd, was sent for, and being produc'd in Cour t, answer'd the Date of the Certificate.
Richard Nebors depos'd, That being at the George in Hounsditch, Mr. Butler came thither about a Week before Westwood was taken, expecting to see the Man that Robb'd him; that being an House of ill Repute, but there was no Body there then, and they drank two Tankards of Beer together, and talking about it, Mr. Butler said, the Man that Robb'd him, he believ'd to be about fifty Years of Age, that he had a bald Pate, and was a short Man, and that he heard him repeat the same in another Place.
Rebecca Fowler depos'd, I live at the Three Kings in East-Smithfield, and about five Weeks ago, a Person came to my House, call'd for a Pint of Drink, and shifted himself, but before that was done, Mrs. Butler came in, and I ask'd her, if she knew that Man? and she said she did, for he was the Person that Robb'd her Husband. And they examin'd the Man as to his mark on his Head, and sent for a Constable, but did not Charge him - As to the Blow, the Man said he got that at the Black Boy in Chick-Lane, they sent a Porter thither, and the People came in a Coach, and said, that he had been at their House, and receiv'd the Blow there, and then they set him at Liberty.
Mr. Butler said, That he not being at home, they sent for his Wife, and she said, she believed it might be the Man; but when he came, he said, it was not the Mar .
Rebecca Fowler gave the Man an ill Character, and that there were about twenty Thieves, and she said, he was most like the Man.
Daniel Sherwood thus depos'd, William Westwood , the Prisoner at the Bar's Brother, sent for me, and desired me to stay to Dinner, I did so, and did not go from them thence till past 11 o'Clock at Night, and the Prisoner Westwood was there all the time; after that I went Home with him, and lay with him all Night.
William Westwood thus depos'd, On the 23d of November, Margaret Floyd , was Married to William Dodd , about 2 o'Clock that Afternoon, I went to my Mother's, and desired that she and my Brother would come and Dine with me, and they came; and after Dinner we drank Punch; I was not from home all that Afternoon and Evening; and the Prisoner never out of the House, till past 11 o'Clock at Night, and then my Mother, Brother, and Mr. Sherwood went directly Home.
Samuel Fireball thus depos'd, I was sent for the 23d of November, to William Westwood 's House, and I came there about 4 o'Clock, he ask'd me to sit down, and Drink, and Smoke, I did so, and staid till after eleven o'Clock, and the Prisoner at the Bar was there all the time.
Sarah Avery depos'd, I have known Thomas Westwood a great while - ask'd, how long? - four Years, and never heard he wrong'd any Body - I live in King-street, and the Prisoner liv'd with his Mother; but being ask'd, where the Prisoner's Mother liv'd? she said, she could not tell.
Lydia Anderson depos'd, About the Last of October, Henry Nowland came to me, and told me his Wife was Big with Child, and very ill, and I went and liv'd there a Month, and was Nurse ; and at the time the Prosecutors say they were Robb'd, Henry Nowland never was out of the House; he came in about One o'Clock that Day, and never went over the Threshold till past Ten in the Evening, and then a Gentlewoman who came to see my Mistress, had a Coach call'd, and he went and handed her into the Coach; being ask'd, where Nowland liv'd at that time? she answer'd, in Northumberland-Alley, Fenchurch-street .
Thomas Wharton depos'd, On Sunday was eight Weeks, the 23d of November, about Three o'Clock in the Afternoon, I went with my Mother to Mr. Nowland's, for I was to go to Edmonton with him the next Day to receive some Money 4 l. 10 s. which we had lent a Barber, the Money was part mine, and part his - my Mother went home, but I stay'd, and lay with him all Night.
Mary Wharton depos'd, On the 23d of November, I went to see the Prisoner's Wife, who then lay Inn, and I continued there from 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon, till 10 and the Prisoner was in the same Room with his Wife all the time - being told (by the Court) that it was not usual for Men to be so much in a Room, where a Woman in his Wife's Condition was - she reply'd, her Month was just up.
Jacob Downs depos'd, On Sunday was eight Weeks, I was invited to Dinner, at Mr. Nowland's , and I saw the Gentlewoman, and a young Man there; and after 10 o'Clock Mr. Nowland desired me to call a Coach for the Gentlewoman, which I did, then went up Stairs again, and stayed till almost a 11 o'Clock; being ask'd (by the Court) what Room they were in during his stay there? He answer'd, that the Women were in the back Room, and they, viz. Nowland, the young Man, and himself sate in the fore Room, and drank common Beer - and that when he went away, the young Man was preparing for Bed.
Mr. Millner added, That when Nowland was coming to Newgate ; his Wife cried, and he said to her, D - you, what do you cry for; 'tis your Business to get Evidence, to prove where I was at that time.
The Court observ'd, That the Witnesses which appeared to the Prisoners Characters; seem'd to stand in need of some Persons of Reputation to support their own, the Jury found them both Guilty . Death .
Martha Ellis depos'd, On the 24th of December, going to Hampsted in the Coach, about 3 o'Clock in the Afternoon, I was Robb'd by the Prisoner at the Bar; I saw him before he came up, for he follow'd us out of Town, we went Clerkenwell way, and between Sir John Oldcastle's, and the Turn-Pike, the Prisoner came up, stopp'd the Coach, and bidme deliver my Money; I gave him a Guinea and 2 s. in Silver, and he had more Money from another Lady that was with me, - I am very certain the Prisoner is the Man.
The Prisoner then desir'd, the Lady might be ask'd, what Cloaths he had ons? - was answered, - a Red Rug Coat.
Prisoner desir'd to know, if the Prosecutor was not prompted on to this Prosecution by Taylor and Charlesworth! - was answer'd in the Negative.
Mrs. Manley depos'd, I took Notice of the Prisoner, for I saw him when we came out, and afterwards saw him riding hard after us, and then saw him put his Cape into his Mouth ; he came up and shewed his Pistol, I begged him to be Civil, for I was in fear about the Child, he bid me make haste, and he would be gone presently; so I gave him 6 s. and 6 d. and some Farthings - he was about two Minutes at the Coach, but was very Civil.
The Maid Servant (that was in the Coach with the Child) depos'd, That she saw the Prisoner, and knew him to be the Person that Robb'd the Gentlewoman.
William Manley depos'd, That he was following the Coach, and when he came up, they told him they were Robb'd, upon which he turned back, and pursued the Prisoner; that he met with Samuel Childerhouse , who told him, he knew the Person they pursu'd, and told him his Name, and where he used; the next Day he sent sent his Servant to Childer-house , and he met one Taylor , who said, he heard Jack Everett had been Robbing, and he wanted a Description, of him ( how he appear'd when he Robb'd ,) Taylor came to him on Christmas-Day in the Evening , and said, he would take him that Night; after the Prisoner was taken, he came to Town, and sent his Servant to see if he was the Man.
William Coffee , (a Negro Boy being set up to give Evidence, the Prisoner asked, if he was Christened, and was told he was) depos'd, That the Prisoner at the Bar came up to the Coachman near Battle-Bridge, and bid him stop, and bid this Deponent look another way, or he would shoot him; but he would look at him, and was sure the Prisoner was the Man.
Robert Taylor depos'd, (after a long Digression) about the Prisoner's Wife buying her a Hat, next door to him, and he having a Pair of Shoes to make for her, &c. that be desired one of his Neighbours to go with him to the Red-Hart in Fore-Street , where they found the Prisoner, who offer'd to shoot him, but he Jump'd upon him, and prevented it; and that the Prisoner had a Pistol, and a Dagger, and was in a red Rug Coat, and had a white Coat under it, with Metal Buttons.
The Prisoner said, he never had a Coat with Metal Buttons in his Life.
Robert Beech , ( a Hackney Coachman ) depos'd, That a Quarter before 4 o'Clock, at the end of Brook-Street in Holbourn, he took up the Prisoner, and he bid him drive a little beyond Newgate, and then stop, which he did; and the Prisoner look'd out of the Coach, and bid him drive to Milk-Street, and he did so, and set the Prisoner down by Honey-Lane-Market , and then Bow Clock struck Four; the Prisoner was in a Red Rug Coat, and gave him a Shilling for his hire.
Thomas Hosley depos'd, That he was Journeyman to a Poulterer in Honey-Lane-Market , and that on the 24th of December, the Prisoner bought a Hen Turkey of him, between 3 and 4 o'Clock ; being ask'd by the Court, whether it was not near 4 o'Clock? said, he believ'd it to be nearer 3 than 4, that afterwards he went to a Grocers, and bought some Fruit, &c. and came there again, and bought a Duck - ask'd what dress he was in? - said, a light Colour'd Coat - ask'd (by the Court) if he had no Watch, or Clock, whereby he might be certain what time the Prisoner was at their Shop? - said no; but he was sure it was not 4, because it was half an Hour before they lighted their Candles, and at that time a Year, they always lighted Candles at 4 o'Clock; being ask'd, if he never sold him any thing before? - said, he had sold him a Goose, and two Fowls within two Months, - knew nothing about what Hours he bought them at.
- Cazey depos'd, That Taylor told him Everett was taken, and gone to Newgate 2 Hours before; to be further satisfy'd, he went to the Red-Hart in Fore-Street, that being near Everett's Lodgings, and sent for him, and he immediately came, and that he, and Mr. Tapping were Drinking part of a Pint or two of Beer with Everett , and presently Taylor came in, and took him.
The Prisoner in his Defence, said, that he never absconding, notwithstanding he had heard what was rumour'd about his committing the Robbery; that had he been Guilty, no doubt but he should have secreted himself, and not appeared publickly, &c. or to that Effect , and desir'd the Lady might be ask'd, what Horse he was upon? She told him a black Horse, Coffee the Boy said the same.
The Person's Servant that let the Horse was called, and he depos'd, That he did not deliver the Horse to the Prisoner, but he call'd about 12 o'Clock, and ask'd, if the Horse was ready? and they had no other Horse at Home but the black Horse, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Elizabeth Snooks , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Gown, Value 50 s. a Table-Cloth, Value 20 s. a suit of Head-Cloths, Value 20 s. and a Sattin Handkerchief, Value 6 d. the Goods of Richard Hopkins , in his House , December 22 .
The Witnesses thus depos'd, Jemina Hopkins took the Prisoner into her House, to look after the Children; she mist a Handkerchief, and examin'd the Prisoner, who deny'd that she knew any thing of it. Upon this they parted, and the Prisoner went to live with Anne Hind , in the same Neighbourhood. In about 2 Months afterwards the Prosecutor found this Handkerchief about the Prisoner's Neck, who confess'd it to be hers, but refus'd to return it. Next Day she miss'd her Gown, and went crying to Mrs. Hind's , to acquaint her with it; which the Prisoner hearing, bid her go Home, and look in the under Drawer, and see if she had not lost a Table-Cloth, and other Things; she search'd accordingly, and mist the other Goods in the Indictment, and found an old Handkerchief of the Prisoners.
The Prisoner thus made her Defence, When Mrs. Hopkins found the Handkerchief upon me, I told her, I took it by mistake for my own, and she said, if I'd give her a Dram, she'd be contented; but as for the other Goods, I know nothing of them. Acquitted .
It appear'd, that while the Prosecutor was serving a Customer in his Shop in Butcher-Row , (about 8 at Night) the Prisoner reach'd over the Shop Window, and took the Cheese off a Shelf. This was observ'd by a passenger who stop'd him. Guilty 10 d.
Thomas Pike in ( Websquare , Spittle-Fields ) and taking thence 26 Yards of Camblet, Value 30 s. on the 1st of January in the Night .
It was Sworn by several, that John Pike 's Work-shop (out of which he lost his Goods) is up 3 pair of Stairs, and there being several Tenants in the House, the Street Door was usually left open for them to go out and come in till Bed Time. In this Work shop, were 2 Beds, one for the Prosecutor's Brother Thomas Pike , and the other for the Prisoner, who had lain there, and work'd as a Journeyman Weaver to the Prosecutor, for about 5 Months. In the Evening (the Door of the Work shop being lock'd) John Pike went out, and returning about Ten, saw the Prisoner standing at the Street Door; he sent his Brother Thomas up Stairs, to put something into the Workshop, which was done; the Door was lock'd again, and the Key brought to him; he then went out a second time, and coming back in about an Hour, he found the Work-shop Door forc'd open, the Lock broke, the Bolt bent almost double, the Goods gone, and the Prisoner's Apron lying upon the Bed. The Prisoner did not come Home that Night, nor in deed any more; but at last he was found out, and then he fell on his Knees to the Prosecutor , begg'd his Pardon, confess'd that he stole the Goods, and offer'd to make Restitution.
The Prisoner in his Defence said, That having been Drinking, he came Home for a Shirt, went up Stairs, found the Door open, and took away the Goods; the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
William French depos'd, That he Lock'd his Door, took the Key with him, went out, and when he return'd, found the Door open, and the Goods gone; that the Prisoner and her Mother lodg'd in the same House.
Mary French depos'd, That the Girl being noted for pilfering Tricks , she suspected her, and upon Examination brought her to confess, that she open'd the Door with a Poker, took the Goods, and pawn'd them for Six-pence; the Jury acquitted her.
William Richardson , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Gown and Petticoat, value 15 s. the Goods of Robert Brigs on the 22d of December last, and Mary Arms for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen , but the Evidence not being sufficient the Jury acquitted them.
Which he confest at the Bar, the Jury found him guilty of Felony.
It appear'd, that the Prisoner twisted Silk and Hair for the Prosecutor, at his House, and he finding some Parcels short of the Weight and Tale, began to suspect her, and at last sent for a Constable to examine and search her, upon which, she took a Parcel out of her Pocket, and gave to the Prosecutor's Apprentice. She confess'd that she had stoln several Pounds, and sold them to Flarrel, who was a Piece-broker, at the Sun and Wine Inn at Hart-Yard, near Clare-Market for 8 Shillings a Pound, which cost 15 at first hand - upon searching Kitchen's Shop, the Prosecutor found several Parcels of his Goods. The Prisoner own'd the Fact at the Bar, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
Jonathan Cherry , of St. Sepulchres was indicted for Assaulting, Ravishing, and against her Will, carnally knowing Eleanor Lepage (an Infant about 8 Years of Age September 22 . The Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted him.
James Earl , of St. James's Dukes-Place , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard , the Goods of Edward Jones , January 5 . the Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Martin Peter Tanner , of St. Dunstans in the West , was indicted for stealing a Gold Ring, a Watch Case, some Bath Metal Buckles, and sundry Toys , the Goods of Henry Horton , December 13 . And Sarah Tanner and Diana Tanner (his Mother and Sister) were indicted for receiving the Goods, knowing them to be stole .
It appear'd, that Martin Peter Tanner was an Errand Boy to the Prosecutor, who keeps a Toy-shop , and that by his own Confession he had taken sundry Goods, at several times, from his Master, and given them to his Mother and Sister; and upon searching his Mother's House, they found several Toys, &c. which were produc'd in Court, and the prosecutor swore they were his Goods; the Fact appearing plain, the Jury found the Boy guilty to the Value of 39 s. and his Mother Sarah Turner to the Value of 10 d. and acquitted Diana Turner.
Thomas Butler Griffith , of St. Olives, Tower-Ward , was indicted for stealing a Leaden Weight of 14 lb. value 2 s. 6 d. and a Brass Cock , the Goods of Thomas Carpenter , January 1 . but no Evidence appearing, the Jury acquitted him.
It appear'd, That the Prosecutor (being a Country Man) met the Prisoners in Fleet-Street, and enquir'd for a Tavern, not distinguishing (as he said) who sold Liquors, and who sold other Goods, because every House here had a Sign, and in the Country there were no Signs but to Houses that sold Liquor; and the Prisoners offer'd to shew him a Tavern , and carried him to the King's Head, in King's-Head Court, in Shoe-Lane , and that he was no sooner got there, but the Prisoners husled about him, and took his Money; the Jury found them Guilty to the Value of 10 d. each.
Richard Smith , of St. Botolph, Aldersgate , was indicted for stealing two odd Shoes, value 4 s. 9 d. the Goods of Martin Newth , January 13 . The Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death 6.
Burnt in the Hand 6.
Thomas Fox , Thomas Bennet , Edward Lacey , William Ware , Andrew Scott , Mary Martin , George Smith , Katherine Pember , Elizabeth Smith , Mary Jones , Thomas Nosely , Lionel Lyas , John White , alias Arnold Reynolds , Obadiah Hanshaw , Mary Beaver , alias Hopkins, Mary Colthurst , alias Coltus, John Francis , Richard Peacock , Francis Wright , Mary Liddal , Martin Peter Tanner , Henry Burt , James Boscow , William Bennet , James Casey , Thomas Addes , John Hiser , Hugh Thomas , Richard Smith , Francis Martin , and James Earl .
James Dalton convicted of a great Misdemenour, in assaulting Dr. Mead , with an intent to Rob him, ( which he confess'd when he came to receive Sentence, ) was fin'd 40 Marks, three Years Imprisonment , and to find Sureties for his good Behaviour for seven Years.