Wednesday the 23 d, Thursday the 24th, and Friday the 25th of February 1732, in the Fifth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. M,DCC,XXXII.
(Price Six Pence.)
BEFORE the Right Honourable FRANCIS CHILD , Esq; Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Justice Lee; the Honourable Mr. Baron Tompson , Recorder; Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy-Recorder of the said City; and others of His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
Ann Peterson. Last Saturday was Seven-night, between 7 and 8 in the Morning, Mary Elizabeth Homls came to me in Leadenhall-Market , and said, What Money have you got in your Pocket? Why, 17 s. and 6 d. says I. But pray look, says she, and so I did; but I could not find one single brass Farthing, for my Money was all gone. Well, says she, come along with me, and I'll shew the Woman that took it; and so she brought me to the Prisoner, and laid hold on her. The Prisoner had got the Money in her Hand, and went to put it into my Pocket again; but Holms would not let her, though I would fain have had my Money again.
Court. Was it your own Money?
Peterson. It was Money that I had borrow'd to go to Market with, there were 4 half Crowns, and the rest in Shillings and Six-pences; and so Mrs. Holms brought her before Mr. Basset the Constable, and put the Money into his Hands, and then we went before Sir Richard Brocas , and the Prisoner did not deny that she took the Money.
Prisoner. Did not Holms say to you, that if you did not prosecute me, she would prosecute you?
Peterson. Well, I know she did, but what Business had you to rob me? Tell me that.
Mary Elizabeth Holms . As I was sitting at the Rose and Crown Door in the Market, I saw the Prisoner hassle up to the Prosecutor and pick her Pocket, so I goes to the Prosecutor, and old Gentlewoman, says I, what Money have ye got? Why, 17 s. and 6 d. says she; but when she felt in her Pocket she found it was empty, and with that I goes up to the Prisoner (for I kept her in my Eye all the while) you bold Bitch, says I (for I did call her Bitch, my Lord, that's true) you have pick'd this good Woman's Pocket; I pick'd her Pocket ye Bitch , says she again, if ye speak such another Word, I'll make an Example of ye, and presently she took up the Prosecutor's Apron, and was going to put the Money into her Pocket again; but I would not let her, so I catch'd hold of her Hand, and took the Money out of it, there were 4 half Crowns, and the rest were Shillings and Six pences, which in all, made just 17s. the old Woman said, there should be 6 d. more, but whether or no that drop'd in the Struggle, or what became of it I can't tell. But I Bitch'd up the Prisoner again pretty handsomely, and brought her to the Constable; I had watch'd her several Days, because I thought she was a Pick pocket; and, I said, that the first time I catch'd her, I would have her prosecuted, or else I would prosecute them that made it up. A couple of Men came to me to Day, and they said they came from the Prisoner, and they offer'd me ten Guineas not to appear against her.
Prisoner. When the Prosecutor felt in her Pocket, she found all her Money there.
John Wilson . I buy and sell Things; old Things, or any Thing that comes in my Way. The Prisoner has come often to my House within this half Year; but I never miss'd any Thing, tho' I have had Rings and Money lying about. The Jury acquitted her.
2, 3. Henry Taylor and Christopher Taylor , of St. James's Garlick-Hith , were indicted for stealing 1 Cask of Pearl-Ashes, value 30 s. and other Things , the Goods of Thomas Plaisted , the 31st of January last.
Thomas Plaisted. The Prisoner Henry Taylor was my Servant , I had employ'd him as a Labourer in my Shop for about 15 Months. When I receiv'd Intelligence that several of my Goods were found in the Possession of his Brother Christopher, the other Prisoner; I examined them, and they confess'd that they had robb'd me.
Court. In what Manner?
Plaisted. It was done at several Times. Christopher us'd to watch about my Door in a Morning, till I was call'd up Stairs to Breakfast, and then go into my Shop to his Brother, who gave him the Goods, which he carry'd to a Warehouse that his Brother had hir'd for that Purpose.
Court. Did they confess Particulars?
Plaisted. Yes; a Cask of Pearl-Ashes, 5 Bottles of Oyl, 1 Bottle of Spirit of Turpentine, 1 Bottle of Spirit of Wine, 8 Gallons of Olive-Oyl, 6 lb. of Gun-powder, 84 lb. of Shot, 56 lb. of Allum, 48 black Links, 40 Sacks, 14 Pieces of Sackcloth, containing about 290 Yards, 10 Gross of Corks, 1 lb. of Whip-Cord, 12 lb. of Rand-Thread, 1 Bag of Rape-Seed about half a Bushel, 12 lb. of Powder Blue, 12 lb. of Indico Blue, 20 lb. of Starch, half a Bushel of Mustard-Seed, 56 lb. of Glue, 12 lb. of Salt-Petre, 14 lb. of Hemp-Cord, a Pot of Ground Mustard-Seed, and some other Things; I have got most of my Goods again.
The Prisoners made no Defence, they said they had nothing to say, but to ask Pardon of the Prosecutor. The Jury found them both Guilty .
4, 5. Elizabeth Curry , alias Giles , and Rose Curry , her Mother, of St. Botolphs without Bishopsgate , were indicted for stealing a Quilt, 4 Blankets, and other Things, the Goods of Henry Peirson , in his House , the 9th of January last.
Henry Peirson . Betty Curry was my Servant , she had lived with me 3 Months. Her Mother offer'd a Quilt to sell to Mrs. Basingham, who knowing that Betty was my Servant, suspected it was stolen from me, and gave me Notice of it. I went to Rose Curry's House, and found several Goods of mine there. When I examined the Girl about it, she confess'd that she us'd to let her Mother in o'Sundays in Sermon time, and that at those times her Mother took the Goods. I took her Confession in Writing at my own House, and she sign'd it; here it is.
Elizabeth Curry. When I sign'd it, I was frighted, and in a surprise, and my Master said, if I set my Hand to it, he would not hurt me.
Elizabeth Basingham . Rose Curry offer'd to sell me a Quilt. I had her leave it till Night, that my Spouse might see it. I knowing that her Daughter liv'd with the Prosecutor, was a little suspicious. I inform'd him of it, and he went with me to the old Woman's House, where we found most of his Goods.
Sarah Basingham . I went thither too, and ask'd the old Woman, how she came by the Quilt? she said, she bought it of a Man in Holbourn for 16 s. I told her that was less than it cost the Man, if he came honestly by it. Looking about, we found several other Things that belong'd to the Prosecutor, and examining the old Woman about 'em, she at last fell on her Knees and begg'd Pardon, and said, She had been the ruin of her Daughter. The Jury found them Guilty to the Value of 39 s. each.
6. John Waite , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Smith , and stealing a Pot, value 1 s. a Copper Pot-lid, value 2 s. 2 Pewter Pots, value 5 s. 6 d. 2 Pewter Salts, 3 Spoons, and a Table Cloth, the Goods of John Smith, the 12th of January last, about the Hour of 2 in the Morning .
Boar's-Head in Barbican , Part of my House is over a Passage which leads from the Street to other Houses in the Court. The Goods were taken out of the Passage, tho' I had bolted the Door of it at Night; but some Rogue got over two Fences in the Court.
Richard Martin , Watchman. Between 4 and 5 in the Morning, the Prisoner went by me over Fleet-bridge, with some Pewter-pots, and other Things; I follow'd him, but he went too fast for me. After 5, I went to the Night-house in George-Alley, by the Ditch-side, and found him there with the Goods. Pray, young Man, says I, where did you get these Things? I had them, says he, from Mr. Winniat's in Fleet-lane, and am going to carry them to his Brother in Red-Lyon-Street. I look'd on the Gallon-Pot, and found writ round it, John Smith at the Boar's-Head in Barbican. And upon this I secur'd him, and sent Word to the Prosecutor.
Prisoner. I had the Goods from a Man that I met in Long-lane, and he said he would give me Six-pence to carry them to George-Alley. There being no Proof of a Burglary, the Jury found him guilty of Felony only .
7. Hannah Snailes , alias Snailehouse , was indicted for assaulting Mary Hussey , an Infant of about 4 Years of Age, in an open Field near the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Linen Frock, Value 2 s. and a pair of Stays, Value 7 s. 6 d. on the 2d of this Instant February .
Elizabeth Hussey . The Prisoner confess'd that she led my Child away, and that 2 other Women took off its Frock and Stays, and that they intended to strip it naked, but somebody came by, and so they were prevented.
Sarah Hammond . The Prisoner lived in my Neighbourhood, in Golden-Lane. A Boy told us, that she took the Child away. It was left in Cold-Bath-Field , and somebody took it to Clerkenwell Work-house ; the Child told them where it liv'd, and so it was brought Home. The Prisoner came Home drunk. She was taken up, and sent to Bridewell. I went to her. She confess'd she took off the Frock and Stays in Cold-Bath-Field, and that a Woman came by, or else she had taken off its other Things. the Jury found her guilty of Felony.
The Prisoner had pawn'd the Sheets; but it not appearing to be with a felonious Intent, the Jury acquitted her.
On Tuesday Evening, Feb. 2. the Prisoner, who lived at Hampstead , was seen sauntring about Hendon : Between 6 and 7 he went to the Greyhound, and staid there drinking till near 10, and then went away. Next Morning, Robert Randal 's Wife, looking out o' Window, saw that some Lead had been strip'd off the Church-Gallery. On Thursday Evening, about 5, Thomas Rudd , going into a neighbouring Field, saw the Prisoner enter at the other End, and go towards the Ditch, where he took up something, and let it down again; but perceiving that Rudd took Notice of him, he untrussed, and pretended to ease himself, tho' he did not fit a Minute, but put up his Breeches, and walk'd off, looking often behind him, and at last ran away. Rudd ran to the Ditch, and found 2 Pieces of Lead in a Sack, which prov'd to be the same that was taken off the Church. Rudd then pursued him, and calling to some Neighbours as he ran along, they at last took him among the Boughs of a stump Tree, where he had endeavour'd to hide himself. The Jury found him guilty .
Messieurs Kelar and Briller keep a Cabinet-maker's Shop in Holborn ; the Prisoner had been often there to cheapen Goods, but commonly offer'd them less than prime Cost. On Saturday Morning last, he came again on the same Pretence, and soon after he was gone, a Mahogony Tea-box was missing: The Prisoner went to the Ditch side, and sold it to John Polly for 4 s. in whose Shop Mr. Kelar found it. Mr. Polly described the Person he bought it of, and the Prisoner coming soon after to Mr. Kelar's Shop to cheapen more Goods, he was apprehended. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
James Pye . Between 7 and 8 at Night I saw the Prisoner and another Boy going by my Door with 2 Cows: Says I to Harry White , This is a Green-yard Business. And say Harry White , I'll run and stop 'em, and so he did. I took the Prisoner, and he said the other Boy who ran away) gave him Six-pence to drive 'em to the Green-yard. We went to the Justice's House, but he was not at Home, so that we waited for him at an Ale-house till 2 o'Clock in the Morning. The Boy then own'd that he took 3 Cows from the Common, but that one of them got away at Kingsland-Road ; and that the Keeper of the Green-yard gave him Money for driving one Mr. Gran's Horse-thither
Thomas Barton , again The Cow that got from the Boy came Home again The Day before I lost these Cows. I had 2 Horses taken away in the same Manner, and conveyed to the Green-yard, where they made me pay 6 s. 8 d. for one Night, before they would let me have them again. When the Boy was taken, I desir'd the Woman of the Green-yar to go with me, to see if he was the same Boy that brought my Horses to her, but she would not go, tho' I offer'd her a Coach. Not only I, but all my Neighbours round me have had their Cows or Horses carried to the Green-yard in this manner, which has been a great Charge to us; for we are forced to pay extravagantly to get them out again. The Owner of the Green-yard gives a Shilling a-piece to any Body that brings Beasts thither, which is a great Encouragement for these Vagabonds to take them out of our Fields, or off the Common. It not being done with a felonious Intent, the Jury acquitted the Prisoner
12, 13. Margaret Foy and Mary Carrol , of Covent-Garden , were indicted for privately stealing (with Mary Smith , not yet taken) 14 pair of worsted Stockings, Value 47 s. the Goods of Joseph Setree , in his Shop , Jan 3 .
The Prisoners came together into Mr. Setree's Shop in Russel-street , and Carrol asked for some fine Holland, and he open'd several Counters, but none pleas'd her Foy was then standing by the Window, where several Papers of Stockings lay; she had a Ridinghood on, and her Coats were tuck'd up. Smith came in, and passed by the Prisoners without taking any Notice of them, and ask'd for some Scotch-Cloth to line the Body of a Gown for her Mistress: She went to the farther End of the Shop, and said she was in great haste, and then Carrol was in haste too: He endeavour'd to please them both, but they both were very difficult. While he was engaged with them, a Neighbour's Son came in to change a Guinea; he went in for Silver, and as he came out again, he saw Foy was bustling about the Counter, but did not then suspect any thing. Carrol bought half a Yard of Irish-Linen, for which she paid 19 d 1/2, but she borrow'd the Money of Foy ; and while Foy put her Hand in her Pocket for the Money, he observed that she had 2 large Linen Bags, or Pockets, within side her Riding-hood. Then Smith would have some of the same Linen as Carrol had, for which she paid 21 l. The Prisoners went first, and Smith follow'd. Soon after they were gone he missed the Stockings, and went to enquire after his Customers ; for he had seen them before, and heard they lived in the Neighbourhood. He was told that Smith was a Servant to a Gentlewoman that lodged at the Green Canister in Princes-street. He went thither, but could not meet with her; but there he got Intelligence that Carrol was a Servant to Mrs. Mason, at Mr. Hosse's, a Barber, in Russel-street. By good Luck he found them all three standing at Mr. Hesse's Door. Pray, Mistress, says he to Foy, was not you at my Shop just now? I, at your Shop. Fellow, says she, what do you mean? I never was at your Shop in my Life, nor don't know where it stands. However, he secured them, and brought Foy back to his Shop in order to search her.
In pulling off her Ridinghood, two odd Stockings were some how thrown behind the Counter. Smith pretended that she did not know Foy; but Foy and Carrol were drinking hot Pots together that Afternoon, Up-stairs, at the Golden-Lyon in Russel-street, and ordered themselves to be denied to every Body but Smith, who came in a little time, and was sent up to them. Smith left them a little while, and went to - Bowen, a Pawnbroker's, and pawn'd for Half-a-Crown the two Pieces of Cloth they had bought of the Prosecutor just before. Mr. Hosse (to whose Lodger Carrol was a Servant) going Up-stairs, found 2 odd Stockings hung between the Banisters, which proved to be the fellows to the 2 that were found behind the Prosecutor's Counter when Foy was searched. In the Cellar Mr. Hosse found a Handkerchief under the Water-Tub, with several Pair of Stockings in it, which were part of those the Prosecutor lost. Smith was made an Evidence [out did not appear against the Prisoners on their Trail] Foy broke out of the Round house, but Mr. White, the Constable, met her afterwards in Leadenhall-street, and secured her. She offer'd him 5 or 10
The Defence of the Prisoners.
Foy said, That she spoke to Smith, when Smith came by her in the Prosecutor's Shop, and that after she heard Smith had sworn against her, she was coming to surrender herself, in order to take her Tryal, when Mr. White seiz'd her in Leadenhall-Street.
Carrol said, That the Prosecutor knew her before, she having been at his Shop to buy facing and robing for a Gown, and that she told him where she liv'd in the Neighbourhood, and that therefore it was very unlikely she should go to his Shop with a Design to steal.
The Jury acquitted Carrol, and found Foy Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.
13. Margaret Foy was a second time indicted for privately stealing 3 Pair of Silk Stockings, value 36 s. the Goods of William Munyard , in his Shop , the 20th of Dec . last; but the Jury acquitted her.
14. Ann Holburt , Wife of John Holburt , of Enfield , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of William Free , and stealing 8 Pair of Leather Breeches, value 3 l. 10 s. a great Coat, value 4 s. and 3 Pair of Leather Gloves, value 2 s. the 5th of this Instant February . The Jury acquitted her.
While the Prosecutor was busy in the back Part of his Shop, between 7 and 8 at Night, the Prisoner came in, and reaching over the Counter took the Gloves, and run away; he was observed by Edward Nicholas , an opposite Neighbour, who pursu'd and took him. The Jury found him Guilty to the value of 4s. 10d.
As the Prosecutor's Servant was sitting on the Stairs Head, he saw the Prisoner as he was going through the Tavern (it being a thorow Fare) take the Pot which stood on a Table; he follow'd and seiz'd him. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
Daniel Lightfoot . My Master is a Smith, he did work for Mr. Colebrant the Sugar-Baker , and so I became acquainted with the Prisoner, who is Mr. Colebrant's Coachman . The Butter was in a Warehouse over Mr. Colebrant's Stables; the Prisoner took it from thence, and deliver'd it to me to sell for him, which I did for 9 s. a Firkin to several Tallow-Chandlers; I sold 8 Firkins to Carter (he that sells Candles so cheap) at the Half-Moon in Spittle-Fields; 3 Firkins to the Tallow-Chandler, at the Crown over-against Carter's, and 4 to Thomas Rivet , in Windford-Street.
Prisoner. Did not you swear before the Justice that you had this Butter from a Carman ?
Lightfoot. Yes, I did so. But ah! you threatened my Life if I swore it against you.
Mr. Colebrant. We lost Butter 3 or 4 times while the Prisoner lived with me, which was about 11 Months, but he constantly deny'd it, and I can't say but that he behaved very well in my Service.
Two or three Gentlemen gave the Prisoner a very good Character; and the Jury acquitted him.
He was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
Joseph Rohan . You must know that Tapper the Prisoner, and Cannon the Deceas'd, both lodged at Cannon's Mother in-Law's, and she keeps a Chandler's-shop in Gravel-Lane in Hounsditch ; and so I happen'd to go thither about Noon, the 11th of January last, to buy some Chandler's Ware, as usual.
Council. What Company did you see there?
Rohan. There was Cannon and his Wife, and her Mother; and Tapper and my Wife Jonny ; and - let me see - Smith and Cotterl, and Wilcox. Now Wilcox and the Deceas'd were playing at Cards together, and Wilcox won all his Money. Then the Deceas'd pull'd off his Waistcoat to send it to pawn for 2 s. but his Wife said to him, You had better buy me a Smock to my Back; at which he fell into a Passion, and got up to beat her. She ran out, and he after her, but she got into some Neighbour's House, and so he came back again. By and by some-body came in, and told him, his Wife was miscarried; What, says the Prisoner to the Deceas'd, was your Wife with Child? Yes, says the Deceas'd, and that's more than yours will ever be. How do ye know that? says the Prisoner. Because, Mr. Tapper, says the Deceas'd, I have tapp'd her many a time. Have ye so? says Tapper, Why then, G - d d - n ye, I'll tap you. My Back was towards them when I heard this Discourse, but as soon as I turned about the Deceased opened his Waistcoat, and shew'd me a Wound under his right Breast; and he said to the Prisoner, Lo you think you shan't pay for this?
Council. You had all been drinking, had ye not? Rohan. Yes. Coun. And were you not all got Drunk? Rohan. No. Coun. Was not you Drunk? Rohan. No, I tell ye; why, sure I am not to be persuaded that I was Drunk. Coun. Have you ever seen the Prisoner and the Deceased a drinking together before this Accident? Rohan. Yes; but they were always a quarrelling. Coun. How far was you off when the Deceas'd receiv'd the Wound? Rohan. About three Yards; but I did not see it given. Coun. Was not the Deceas'd a paring his Nails just before this happen'd? Rohan. I don't know. Coun. Did you hear no mention of a Whetstone? Rohan. Not as I remember. Coun. How long did the Deceas'd live after the Accident? Rohan. Eleven Days, from the 11th of last Month to the 22d, and the Coroner sat on him on the 25th of the same. The Deceas'd told me (when he was under the Surgeon's Care) that if the Prisoner would be so good as to pay the Surgeon, he'd forgive him. I afterwards met the Prisoner accidentally in Bishopsgate-street, and asked him, how he could be so barbarous as to stab the Deceas'd? and he answer'd, I am only sorry that I did not give him a prick on the other side.
Ann Hoskins . I am a Servant to Mr. Creed, at the Bell and Magpye Alehouse in Bishopsgate-street, the Prisoner used to drink at our House; he came in, and I said to him, How could you stab Mr. Cannon? G - d d - n his Blood, says the Prisoner, I am only sorry that I did not cut his Throat.
Joseph Ackers . I was at Mr. Creed's on the 18th of the last Month, and the People were telling the Prisoner that he had half a Guinea to pay the Surgeon; and the Prisoner answer'd, Damn him, I'll go and pay the Surgeon the half Guinea, and then I'll stab him [Cannon] on the other side.
Richard Austin . The same Day that the Jobb was done, the Deceas'd would have made the Matter up for a Guinea to pay the Surgeon, but the Prisoner refus'd, and said, if any Body would give him a Quartern of Gin he would stick him on the other side, and send him out of the World.
Margaret Roberts . A little before the Deceas'd dy'd, he took me by the Hand, and said, Tapper is the Man that has murder'd me, and I expect that you will see him brought to Justice, that he may suffer himself as he has made me suffer.
Henry Batchelor , Surgeon. On the 11th of January, about Three in the Afternoon, the Prisoner came to me, and said, he was stabb'd. I found a Puncture about an Inch and a half below the Right-pap, it run something upwards, and was about half an Inch long, and
Margaret Roberts , the Nurse. He could not lie in his Bed, but was forced to sit bolt up right, for if he lay down, he turn'd black in the Face, and was almost strangled. I took seven Pints of Blood out of him after he was open'd.
The Prisoner's Defence.
John Cotterell . On the 11th of January, I was in Company with the Deceas'd, and several others, at his Mother-in-Law's House, in Gravel-Lane. He went up and call'd the Prisoner out of Bed to drink and play at Cards. The Deceas'd play'd with Wilcox, and lost all his Money; then he fetch'd down a Looking-Glass, and made Money of it, and lost that too; then he would have pawn'd his Waistcoat, but his Wife would not let him. He got up in a Passion, she ran away, and he after her; but she got shelter in a Neighbour's House, and so he came in again. News was brought that she had miscarry'd; but afterwards we heard that it was not so bad with her.
Coun. Did you hear any Joaks pass about Tapping the Prisoner's Wife?
Cotterell. No; the Prisoner was standing at the Table cutting his Nails with a Pen-knife, and he ask'd the Deceas'd (who stood with his Back to the Fire) if he had never a Whetstone? No, says he, but there's a Trowel lies in the Window, whet your Knife on that. The Prisoner took the Trowel, and whetted his Knife for some time; Uamn the Monkey, says the Deceas'd, what a Noise he makes with whetting his Knife, there's no bearing what any Body say. And with that he gave the Prisoner a Push, and turn'd him round, so that the Prisoner fell with his Back against the Table, and he fell over the Prisoner. The Deceas'd got up again, and said, he had prick'd himself, and says the Prisoner, I am sorry for it, but it was your own fault, why did you push me when I had a Knife in my Hand. They were both drunk. About 3 or 4 Days after this, I was talking with the Deceas'd, about this Accident, and he said, It was all owing to his Wife, and the old Bitch her Mother.
Cotterell. He was talking with Wilcox at the farther End of the Room.
Tho Smith . Cotterell and I call'd upon the Deceas'd, he was just come down Stairs, we were not for staying, but he would run up and call the Prisoner. We drank together, and then went to Cards. The Deceas'd won the Prisoner's last Half-penny, and then play'd with Wilcox. They play'd for a Farthing a Game, till the Deceas'd had lost all his Money. Then he fetch'd down a Looking-Glass, and sold it for 15 d. and lost all that Money too. And when that was gone, he stripp'd off his Dimitty-Waistcoat, and bid his Wife go and pawn it for 2 s. You Rogue, says she, you had more need fetch my Smock out of pawn. And you Bitch, says he, I'll beat your Brains out. She ran into the Lane and made an Out-cry, and he follow'd her, but she got into a House, and he came back again. The Prisoner went to the Table to pare his Nails, and ask'd for a Whetstone. The Deceas'd told him there was a Trowel in the Window, and he might whet his Knife upon that, which the Prisoner did, but while he was whetting, the Deceas'd said, Damn the Fellow, what a Noise he makes with his Knife; and then gave him a shove by the Shoulder that turn'd him round, so as he fell backwards against the Table, and had been quite all along on the Ground if the Table had not been in the way, and then the Deceas'd fell over him, for they were both fuddled and stagger'd. When the Deceas'd
Coun. Did you hear the Deceas'd say any Thing about Tapping, Mr. Tapper's Wife.
Smith. No, not a Word; if any such thing had been spoke, I must have heard it.
Edward Wilcox . The Deceas'd won the Prisoner's Money, I won it again from the Deceas'd, who then bid his Wife pawn his Waistcoat. She said he should not play there to pawn his Cloaths, and so she snatch'd up the Cards and ran out, he follow'd her, but came back again, and said, she was got in a Neighbour's House. Word was brought that she was in a Fit, and that a Midwife was sent for. Her Mother went to her, and in a little time return'd and said, Thank God she's recover'd, for a Surgeon has been there and blooded her. The Prisoner was standing and paring his Nails at a Table by the Window, and ask'd for a Whetstone. The Deceas'd who stood with his Back to the Fire, and not far from him, bid him take the Trowel that lay in the Window by him, he took it, and whetted his Knife. The Deceas'd did not like the Noise, and so push'd him down, and fell over him; but there was then no quarrel between them. The Deceas'd got up, and said, Jack, you have hurt me, do you think you shall not pay for this? And then he went out, and said, he would get a Warrant. I went to see him afterwards, and ask'd, how he did? He said the Wound was pretty well; but he had got out in a thin Coat without a Wastcoat, and had got Cold. A little before his Death, he blam'd his Wife for putting him in a Passion, and said he never intended to take the Prisoner up. When the Surgeon first prob'd him, he said it was but a frivolous Wound.
Thomas Williamson . I saw the Deceas'd in the Little-Old-Bailey, on the first Day of last Sessions [January 14.] and ask'd him about the Accident. He told me, if it had not been for the Bitch his Wife, it had never happen'd, for he had never minded the Prisoner whetting his Knife, if she had not put him in a Passion, and that thereupon he push'd the Prisoner against the Table. Afterwards I saw him and the Prisoner drinking together very friendly, and he being poor, desir'd the Prisoner to give him half a Guinea to pay the Surgeon.
Henry Allen . I ask'd the Deceas'd how the Wound happen'd, and says he, I don't know very well; I got it when I push'd him against the Table; but Damn it, I don't mind it, I'll drink it off. When he spoke this the Prisoner was with him, and they shook Hands, and seem'd very good Friends. I have been acquainted with the Prisoner 7 Years, he was always a quiet Man, and not given to quarrel.
Several others appear'd to the Prisoner's Character, and swore that they had known him many Years, that they had been drinking in his Company many hundred Times; that he had often taken even blows patiently, without returning the ill Usage. The Jury acquitted him, and found that Cannon's Death was accidental .
19, 20. John Biggs and Thomas Chambers , of Aldgate , were indicted for stealing 2 Sacks, the Goods of John Clark , and 8 Bushels of Malt, the Goods of John Lloyd , Samuel Holms , Richard Thornhill , and Joseph Sperinck , the 21st of this Instant February . The Jury found them Guilty to the Value of 10 d. each.
21, 22. Lucy Laws and Hester Laws , of St. George's in Middlesex , were indicted, Lucy for stealing 17 Pound of Whalebone, and other Things, the Goods of William Shrigly , and a Silk Handkerchief, and other Things, the Goods of Martha Smith , in the House of William Shrigly , the 3d of this Instant February . And Hester for receiving 2 lb. of Whalebone, part of the said Goods . The Jury acquitted them.
25. Deborah Knight , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privately stealing 12 Yards of Linen, val. 12s. the Goods of Ebenezer Mitchell , in his Shop , Feb. 14 . The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 4. 10d.
Elizabeth Langford , alias Smith , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for stealing 150 Yards of Camblet, value 7 l. 15 s. 7 Ells of White Tabby, value 44 s. 2 Ells of Black Tabby, value 12 s. the Goods of William Rider and John Wingate , Feb. 19. in the 4th Year of the King .
Thomas Powell . I was Tapster to Mr. Bass at the George Inn on Snow-Hill , I receiv'd the Goods from Richard Harding (Mr. Rider's Clerk) they were to be sent by the Watford Carrier. I put them into the Pantry, and the Prisoner took them. Coun. Did you see her take them? Powell. Yes. Coun. And why did not you stop her? Powell. I did not think she would have carry'd them away, because she was acquainted in the House. Coun. How acquainted? Was she a Servant? Powell. She was rather a Mistress; she kept Company with my Master Bass. Coun. Did you inform Mr. Bass of this? Powell. No; he was gone aside, the Landlord had distrain'd his Goods. Coun. Did you acquaint any Body with it? Powell. Yes, I told our Chamberlain, William Street, but he is not in Court; I desired him to enquire after her, and send her back, for she was gone into the Country ; but in about two Weeks I heard she was Dead, and Mr. Rider took me up. Coun. Did not Bass and his People carry off what Goods they could? Powell. They carried some away the Sunday before; the Prisoner took these on the 19th of February was a 12 Month, between 10 and 11 in the Morning, she carry'd them out of the Pantry into the Kitchen, and then I went into the Cellar, and when I came up again she was gone, and the Goods too. Coun. What Goods were they? Powell. There was 9 Pieces of Camblet, and 9 Ells of Tabby, some Black, and some White; they were all put up in Papers, with Directions. Coun. Did you see the Papers open'd. Powell. No. Coun. How then can you take upon you to swear to the Colour and Quantity? Powell. I knew what was in the Papers by Mr. Rider's Bill of Parcels. Coun. Did Mr. Rider find the Bill against the Prisoner, or has he been at any Charge in this Prosecution? Powell. No; he had no Hand in it.
John Cutting . When Mr. Bass was under Misfortune, he conceal'd himself in my House in Stepney-Fields. The Prisoner brought some Goods to him, and he sent for a Taylor to make him a Waistcoat out of one of the Pieces of Camblet; but I don't know that the Goods she brought were the same that were taken out of the Tap-House.
Prisoner. I was Mr. Brass's Servant ; when his Wife was ill, he sent for me to Nurse her. He had his Goods seiz'd, and some of the Servants, by his Directions, convey'd away what they could, and these Goods might be taken away in the same manner for any thing that I know to the contrary; but Tom Powell (taking the Advantage of my Master's not daring to appear) carried off 20 Casks of Cyder, and John Cutting stole my Master's great Coat. The Jury acquitted her.
Tho. Fleming. On Thursday Night between 12 and 1, I was sent from the Ship Tavern at Temple-Bar to call a Coach or a Chair. I met Robin Inwood , a Boy of my Acquaintance, and he went with me; when I came opposite to the Leg Tavern in Fleet-street , the Prisoner tript me up, and snatch'd my Hat; but I got up and catch'd hold of the skirt of his Coat. Then he swore at me, and went to kick me, and so I let him go; but I cry'd stop Thief, he ran to the end of Mitre Court, where he was stopp'd by the Watch, but I could not find my Hat.
Prisoner. It was a dark Night, and Rain'd hard; my Hat was stopt, and I ran against the Boy, upon which he cry'd stop Thief, and the Watchman seiz'd me.
Prisoner. Was not I standing still? Ward. Yes, when I met ye, but not before. Prisoner. It was so dark that he could not see me run. Court. Boys, how did ye see him? Boys. By the Lamps, and there was no Body else passing. Alice Beaver . I live in the Prisoner's
Two or three other Witnesses said they had heard no Ill of him, and that he had no Occasion to take ill Courses, for that his Mother liv'd in good Credit, and maintain'd him, and allow'd him Pocket Money. The Jury found him Guilty of Felony.
29. Cuthbert Peale , alias Stumpy , of Aldgate , was indicted, for that he with Richard Woolhead and - Fatty (not yet taken) in Squirrel-Alley , near the Highway, assaulted Mary Aylesbury , put her in Fear, and took from her a Gown, 2 Petticoats, a Pair of Stockings, a Pair of Shoes, a Cap, an Apron, and a Smock , on the 29th of January last.
Mary Aylesbury. About 12 o'Clock a Saturday Night, I met 4 Men in the Minories, and they ask'd me to drink, and one of them swore, Damn his Blood, I should go and drink. So they dragg'd me into an empty House that was full of Dirt, in Squirrel-Alley in Goodman's-Fields; it was a Moon-light Night, and I know the Prisoner again, because he has got but one Hand; and there they stripp'd me as naked as ever I was born, and fill'd my Mouth with Dirt, and there they left me till Ten o'Clock a Sunday Morning.
Court. Did they stay with you so long? Aylesbury. No. Court. Why did you stay there till Ten the next Morning? Aylesbury. I did not care to come out in that naked Condition. Court. Did they take away all your Cloaths? Aylesbury. No, not a Rag of them, they left them all with me, but they were all over Soil and Dirt, and torn to Bits, so that I could not touch them. Court. I am afraid they took you to that place with some other Design than to rob you - to Lie with you - Aylesbury. I don't know what Design they had, but I am sure they stripp'd me stark naked. The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.
30. Mary Holloway , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privily stealing one Guinea from Thomas Papye , Febr. 17 . But the Prosecutor's Modesty not suffering him to appear and give Evidence against the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted her .
31. Susan Elfe was indicted for a Misdemeanour in defrauding Richard Hill of three Pound of Tea, 3 Quarters of a Pound of Coffee, and 1 Pound of Starch, under false Colours and Pretences . The Jury found her Guilty .
The Prisoner lodg'd in the Prosecutor's House, and upon Examination confess'd he had taken them, and where they were pawn'd, and they were found accordingly. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 39 s.
34. George Brown , alias Samuel Burrard, alias Johnson , was indicted, for that he in the 3d Year of his present Majesty was order'd for Transportation, and that he did return before the Expiration of seven Years . To prove which,
Arthur Powell depos'd, That the Prisoner at the Bar robb'd his Son in March was 12 Month, of a Great Coat and other Things, for which he was order'd for Transportation, and was positive that the Prisoner was the Person so order'd.
John Salter swore, the Prisoner had stole his Coat, and defrauded his Friend of his Horse by false Tokens; and Mr. Powell hearing of his being taken, went and saw him, and was positive he was the Person.
The Prisoner in his Defence said, He was not the Man, and the Act of Parliament being read to the Jury, which says, That if any Person order'd for Transportation, should afterwards he found at large in his Majesty's Dominions before the Expiration of the Term of Years they were to be Transported for, they should suffer Death. Whereupon the Jury brought him in Guilty of the Indictment. Death .
35. John Waite , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was a 2d time indicted for privately stealing half a Firkin of Soap, value 10 s. the Goods of Richard and Tomlinson Busby , in their Shop , February 16 . The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 4s. 10d.
William Davis. On the 30th of January, between 9 and 10 at Night, as I was going from Hackney towards London , I saw the two Prisoners before me, for the Moon did shine as bright as Day; O law! thinks I, what must I do, here's a couple of Rogues ! and so they came up to me, and Faxton, who had a Knife in his Hand, held it to my Throat, and said, Stand, and deliver, or you are a dead Man! upon that I gave Smith a Silver Groat, and 5d. Half-penny, and then he took my Hat, and gave me another that was not worth 2d. and bid me go on, and told me, if I spoke a Word, I was a dead Man. Going along I met Wingfield (who is a Servant at the King's Head) and Mr. Oram [Oswald] with 2 great Dogs. I told them what had happen'd, Wingfield and I and one Dog went after them to London-Field, but not finding them, we came back to Mr. [Oswald] Oram. We saw a Man at the Salmon and Ball Door, and he told us 2 such Men as I had described were just gone from thence. Faxton, the tall Man, was in a Pea Jacket, and Smith, the short Man, in a brown Coat; we pursu'd them again to London-Field, but could not find them, and so Wingfield went home. But the Prisoners were taken the same Night by Wingfield, and Mr. Oram. When they were carried before Justice Norris, Faxton fell on his Knees, and own'd that the Hat was mine, and that he and Smith had robb'd me of a Groat. As they were going to Newgate, Smith said to Faxton, Ye whiddling Dog, now you have hang'd your self, and me too, but if I had a Knife, I'd cut your Throat.
Mr. Oram. Between 10 and 11 at Night, I call'd at the King's-Head, in hopes of finding Company to go over the Fields with. Wingfield told me, that a Man had been robb'd that Night, by two Foot-Pads, and offer'd his Service to go with me. We took a Dog with us, and went towards the place where the Robbery was committed. We saw 2 Men before us, one a tall Man in a Pea Jacket, and the other a short Man in a brown Coat. Says Wingfield, I believe, those are the Rogues, for they answer the Description. We stepp'd up to them, I took Faxton by the Collar, he trembled very much, and Wingfield seiz'd Smith. We charg'd them with the Robbery. Damn ye, says Faxton, do you think if we were Guilty, we would let you take us? No, says Smith, we'll fight the 2 brightest Men in Hackney. We carry'd them to the Shoulder of Mutton, but the People of the House were gone to Bed, and so we took them to the Buffaloe's-Head, in Hackney. Next Morning we had them before the Justice, and sent for the Prosecutor. The Room was full of People, but as soon as he came in, he fixt his Eye upon Smith, and said, That is one of them. Says some Body, who is the other? He look'd about, and presently pointing to Faxton, said, That's he, I'll swear. While the Mittimus was making, some Body advised Faxton to confess, and be an Evidence, upon which he came forward, and told the Justice, that he and Smith committed the Fact, and desired to be made an Evidence. With that, says Smith, I know I shall be hang'd, but he shall be hang'd too.
Wingfield. Mr. Oram and I took the Prisoners, as he has related. When they were before the Justice, Faxton fell on his Knees, and confess'd that he and Smith committed the Robbery, and that the Hat Smith then had on, was the same as they took from the Prosecutor; then Smith said, G - d d - n my Eyes, now we are both hang'd, but I shall have one to hang with me. As we were going away, Smith said to me, If you'll go to Oswald's Window-shutters, you'll find the Silver Groat that I thrust in there last Night. When I came thither, the Window-shutters were open'd, and it was fallen down.
Mr. Dennis. When Faxton was before the Justice, he was advised to confess in order to be made an Evidence. Upon which he fell on his Knees, and confess'd the Fact, and that the Hat Smith had on was the same they took from the Prosecutor, only the Loop was cut off, and another put on. He had scarce spoke when Smith doubling his Hands together, said, G - d d - n my precious Eyes and Limbs ! that Word has Hang'd us both! but I won't be Hang'd alone. If I had a Knife, I'd stick ye thus Minute, and will do it before next Sessions.
Constable. I heard Smith swear that he would stick Faxton; and he told us that he had hid the Silver Groat in the ledge of Mr. Oswald's Shutters.
John Davis , the Prosecutor's Father. As we were coming from the Justice, Smith said to me, Old Man! I am a dead Man, give me four penny-worth of Half-pence, and I'll tell you where the Silver Groat is. So when we came to Mr. Oswald's, at the Shoulder of Mutton, I changed a Shilling and gave him a Groat, and the Silver Groat was found according to his Directions. This is the same, 'tis a bended King William's Groat.
Prisoner. Smith. The Prosecutor could not swear to the Hat.
Mr. Justice Norris. Fallum confess'd the Fact before me, and as far as I know, it was voluntary. Smith was in a great Rage and Fury about it, and said he knew he should die, but the other should die with him. I desir'd him to let the Prosecutor look on the Hat to see if it was his, but he refus'd, upon which I order'd it to be taken from him. The Prosecutor looked on it, and said, I believe it is mine, but the Loop is taken off.
The Jury found them both guilty of the Indictment. Death .
The Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Apprentice , he took the Gown and pawn'd it to - Wilmot, in Bride-lane, for 9 s. where it was found. The Jury found him guilty .
39. Ann Coe , of St. Faith's , was indicted for stealing a Silk-Damask Gown, Value 5 l. a Callico Gown, Value 20 s. 2 Quilted Petticoats, Value 20 s. a pair of Stays, Value 10 s. a Holland Shift, a Sheet, and 6 s. the Goods and Money of Samuel Lee , and a Ridinghood, Value 5 s. the Goods of John Smith , in the House of Sam Lee , Dec. 21 . It being a Girl , and not plainly proved, the Jury acquitted her.
40. Jane, alias Catherine French , of Aldersgate , was indicted for stealing 7 Moidores, 3 Broad Pieces, 2 Guineas, 2 Gold Rings, Val. 20 s. 2 Handkerchiefs, Value 3 s. and 2 Tin Canisters, Value 18d. the Money and Goods of John Smith , in his House , Feb. 7 .
John Smith. I hir'd the Prisoner for a Servant , at 4 l. a Year, but was weary of her before she had been with me a Month. At the Month's End I let her have 20 s. and then I got her out of my House, and glad I was to pass with her so. The same Day a former Servant of mine came to see me, and I being without a Maid, desired her to stay with me a Day or two. I gave her my Keys, and when she open'd my Drawers, she told me every thing was out of Order; and what's become of your Gold Rings, says she, and the Money that you used to keep here? Became of 'em? says I, why there should be 2 Gold Rings, and 15 Pounds. Well, says she, here's neither Rings nor Money. I found what she said was true; I got a Warrant ; the Prisoner was apprehended, and committed the Poultry-Compter. I and Mr. Bennet went to a Tavern near the Compter-Gate, and sent for her, and an Officer brought her to us. She told me she had not got my Money, but that it was in such a Place in my House. I was called out of the Room, and at my return I saw my 2 Gold Rings, 7 Moidores, 2 Broad Pieces, and 2 Guineas lying on the Table. This was all the that I had lost, except 1 Broad Piece. She said she had no more.
William Bennet . When we had got a Warrant, I went with the Prosecutor in quest of the Prisoner; we found her in Southwark, she deny'd that she knew any thing of the Money. After she was committed, she sent to the Prosecutor, and he and I went to a Tavern near the Compter, and she was brought to us: She confess'd that she had taken the Money out of the Drawer, but not out of the Room; for she said it was left in a Tin Box behind the Chest. The Prosecutor was call'd out by a Woman, and while he was absent, she told me, that she had the Money about her, and would deliver it to me if I would persuade her Master to be favourable. Then she took out this Money and these Rings, wrapt in this Rag. The Jury found her guilty. Death . But both the Jury and the Prosecutor recommended her to the Court for a favourable Report to his Majesty .
41, 42, 43. Thomas Edwards , James Tripland , and Thomas Past , were indicted for assaulting Edward Prior , Clerk , on the Highway. putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, Value 15 s. a Hatband, Value 1 s. 6 d. a silk Scarf. Value 6 s. and 4 s. in Money , Jan. 26 . And Sarah Wheatley , alias Whittle , was indicted for receiving a silk Scarf, being part of the said Goods, knowing it to have been stolen .Swan-Alley , when presently I heard 2 Men come tripping after me. I then began to think that I had entertained a more favourable Opinion of them than they deserved: I mended my Pace, and they theirs, till I came into the brought Part of the Alley; and then Thomas Edwards (that young Lad at the Bar) came forward, and held a Knife to me thus - and bad me stand, which I did. Thomas Past (that down looking Fellow ) came up next with something in his Hand, which then, in the Fright I was in, I took to be a Pistol; but I have since been informed, that it was nothing but a clasp'd Knife. James Tripland and Thomas Back came last, and demanded my Watch, and my Money, I gave them 4 s. and some Half-pence, which was all the Money I had about me; but as for the Watch, I told them I had got none, tho' at the same time I had it in my Hand; for when I heard them coming after me, I slipt it out of my Pocket. Then one of them snatch'd off my Hat, and another took away my Scarf: They swore at me, and made me run down an Alley, and then they went off.
On the Sunday following, some Persons came from Rag-Fair to visit a Man in Swan-Alley, near my Brother (Mr. Prior)'s Brewhouse; and they sent for a Pot of Beer, and so they fell into Discourse. And how goes Trade your Way? says one. Why, truly, but so so, says another; but Robbing goes forward however. Robbing? says a third. Ay, says the second, see what a pass the World is come to! we had a Clergyman robb'd here last Wednesday Night between 12 and 1. A Clergyman? says the fourth to the first, Why did not we see some Fellows in Rag-Fair with a Parson's Hat? And so we did, now I think of it, says his Neighbour. The Alehouse-Man who was one of the Company, acquainted my Brother with what had pass'd, and the Prisoners were afterwards taken in Rag-Fair.
Court. You say you was robb'd about Midnight, was it dark? Prior. It was Moon-light; but the Moon was a little clouded. Court. How long did the Persons that robb'd you stay with you? Prior. About 5 or 6 Minutes. Court. Did you ever see any of them before? Prior. No; not to my Knowledge. Court. You say you was under such Confussion that you took a clasp Knife to be a Pistol; how then can you recollect to perfectly that these are the very Men who robb'd you? Prior. I should not have been so positive, if my Opinion had not been supported by Thomas Beck , one of those concerned in the Fact. Court. Was you positive to the Prisoners when before the Justice? Prior. I was more positive to some than to others I fix'd upon Past and Edwards for two of them. Court. Could you be positive to Tripland without the help of Beck's Evidence? Prior. I should be very cautious of being positive as to him: He was a dirty, thick-set short Fellow; but there may be many such about Town.
Past. Did not you say before the Justice, that you was positive to none but Edwards?
Prior. I said indeed, that Edwards's Countenance struck me most; but at the same time I said I believ'd the others were the Men. And as to Edward's, there is one thing, in which I cannot but observe the Hand of Providence. When he was taken up, and was about to be carried before the Justice, he chang'd his Coat, in order, as I suppose, to disguise himself, but the Coat that he then put on, was the very Coat that he wore when he robb'd me; or one that was pretty much like it.
Thomas Beck . About 11 o'Clock, I and Edwards, and Tripland met with Past in Bishopsgate-street. My Lads, says he, what Lay do you go upon. They told me they could find no better Business than stealing Lead. That's but a foolish way of living; you had much better stop a Coach. I proposed to go into Widegate-Alley to break open a House, but at last we agreed upon Street-Robbery. We went to Shoreditch, and attempted to stop a Coach, but the Coachman whipped his Horses, and drove into Hoxton-square. Going a little farther, Past cry'd out, Boys, here's a Cock!
Court. What did he mean by a Cock?
Beck. A Man. We came up to this Man, but he cry'd out Fire! Fire! and so we let him pass, for fear he should alarm all the Neighbourhood. We went along Old-street, and so to St. John's-street, without doing any Business: But in St. John's-street, Paste called out again, Boys, says he, Here's a Smallcoal-man; let us stop him, for they wear the best of Hats.
Court. A Smallcoal-man, what did he mean by that?
Beck. A Parson: We always call a Parson a Smallcoal-man, because their Dresses are pretty much alike. So we look'd in the Parson's Face, and let him go on, but we follow'd at a little Distance. He turned down Swan-Alley, when Edwards
Benjamin Ward . On Thursday the 27th of January, as I was standing at my Shop-door in Rag-Fair, I saw the Prisoner and Beck playing the Rogue together, and pushing one another over the Kennel. I did not like their Looks and so I took notice of 'em. Beck had got on a great flopping Hat, without Loops. Says I to my Journeyman, does that great Hat look as if it belong'd to that Fellow? I think it looks more like a Parson's Hat.
Rich Hancock , Headborough. On Jan. 30 I went to see a Man that was sick and lame in Swan-Alley. We sent for a Pot of Beer to his Room. The Alehouse-man who brought it, talk'd about Trade, and said there was nothing but Robbing there-a-way, for some Rogues had robb'd a Parson. What, says I, do they rob the Cloth? And says Mr. Wood (who was with us) I saw 4 Men that had got a Parson's Hat among 'em in Rag-Fair. The Alehouse-man told this to Mr. Prior the Brewer, who sent for us, and we told him what we knew. Next Day Mr. Wood sent me Word that the 4 Men were gone into the Yorkshire Grey Alehouse. We went in and seized Past and Tripland, for Edwards and Beck were gone out before we came. But Mr. Archer and a Watchman went out and took 'em both; they were all carried to the Watch-house, and then we sent Word of what we had done to Mr. Prior. When they were carried before Justice Haydon, the Parson swore downright to Edwards, and one of 'em said, Do you know me ? and another, Do ye know me? And he answer'd, Yes, I have some Knowledge of you now, but I shall know you better when I have observed you a little. The Parson brought me a Warrant to search for his Hat, and by Beck's Information, we went to John Byton , a Pawn-broker's in Skinner's-street. Mr. Byton directly said he had such a Hat, and fetch'd it down to us: This is the Hat.
Beck. We were bid 8 s. 6 d. and a Quartern of Rum for the Hat in Rag-Fair, but we thought it worth more; and so we went thence to the Poultry Compter to see a young Woman. I was taken ill, and so I deliver'd the Hat to Past to pawn, and went Home to take a Sweat. Past did not come home till next Morning, and then I asked him what he had done with the Hat? He said, he had pawn'd it at the Corner of Skinner's-street for 4 s. or 4 s. 6 d. I know not which.
Past. Did not you say before the Justice, that you could not swear to me?
Byton. I said an Oath was a tender Thing, but I verily thought that you was the Man. But I knew you full well, and only waved the Matter, because I did not care for the Trouble of attending the Sessions.
Daniel Archer . I was with Mr. Hancock, the Headborough, in Swan Ally, where the Discourse happen'd as he has related. I went with him next Day to the Yorkshire Grey, where we took Past and Tripland, and then I and a Watchman went out to look for Beck and Edwards. We met 'em coming down the Street; we collar'd 'em, and brought 'em into Mr. Wood's House.
[Here the Prisoners were called on to make their Defense.]
Thomas Past . I own myself guilty of the Charge. I am willing to dye, and beg that I may dye. But Tripland is an innocent Man. When we were in New Prison, I said to Beck, why will you swear against Tripland, when you know he is innocent? And says Beck to me again, I must hang Three, or else I shall never get my Discharge.
Thomas Edwards . I confess that I am guilty of the same Fact, but Tripland is Innocent. I never saw him till the Day before we were taken.
John Ogden . I have known Tripland from a Child; and I never heard no disfame of his Honour in my Life. He was bound 'Prentice to William Breed in Strout, and afterwards bound himself to Sea. He follow'd the Sea in Merchants Service 5 Years, but coming home from Lisbon he was press'd on board the Edenburgh. I saw him at Chrisman, and he told me his Ship was to be paid off, and that he was then going down to Gravsand ; and that was the left time I saw him till he was taken up.
[ The Evidence against Sarah Whittle.]
Court. What did she mean by that Question?
Beek. She meant, when did we srea it, and I told her last Night. Well, says she, and what must you have? we told her 8 Shillings, she said she could afford to give but a Shillings, and so we let her have it. If I was to break open your Lordship's House, and make all your Plate, she would buy it of me.
Sarah Whittle. These Men asked me to buy the Scarf, but I told 'em it would not do for me; they came again in half an hour, and said, will you buy or no? and I told 'em, I would have nothing to do with it.
Three or four Rag-fair women appear'd to her Character, and said, they knew no harm of her.
The Jury acquitted Whittle and Tripland, and found Past and Edwards guilty . Death .
47. Edward Dell , alias Dale , of the Liberty of the Tower , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Davis , and taking from thence a Silk Handkerchief, value 3 s. on the 11th of February , about 8 at Night .
Mary Davis . I live in George Yard on Tower-hill . About 7 at Night, on Friday was Se'night, as I was sitting with some Friends in a back Room even with my Shop, I heard the Sash of the Shop window break with a great Noise, and a Handkerchief that hung for Sale on a Line in the window, was snatched away. The Prisoner was taken by a Waterman who pursued him.
Court. Did you see the Handkerchief taken out?
Davis. No, I only heard the Glass break, and miss'd the Handkerchief, which I knew was upon the Line but just before.
Joseph Norton , Waterman. I was about 6 or 7 Yards from the Prisoner when the Sash was broke, I saw him smash the window with his hand thus - and snatch out the Handkerchief; he ran away towards Tower-hill, I pursued him, he dropt the Handkerchief in the Mud, and presently after fell down himself, and so I took him. There was another Fellow with him when he broke the window, but he got off. A little Boy took up the Handkerchief and gave it me, and I gave it to Mr. Lambard. This is the Handkerchief, you may see where 'tis cut with pulling through the Glass.
Prisoner. As I was walking by the Window, a Man came running along, and a Waterman threw a Brick-bat at him, but it miss'd him, and knock'd me down, and thereupon he charg'd me with breaking the Window. The Prosecutor would have discharg'd me, but the Waterman said, he should get 40 l. for hanging a House-Breaker. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
48. Katherine Grant , of St. Clement's , was indicted for privately stealing 3 Books, call'd, Congreve's Works, value 6 s. the Goods of John Torbuck , in his Shop , Feb. the 2d Instant . The Jury found her Guilty to the val. of 4 s. 10 d.
50. Thomas Andrews , of Bishopsgate , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Wragg , and stealing 18 Plates, value 9s. 7 Dishes, value 14s. a Tea-Kettle, value 3 s. 3 Brass Candlesticks, val. 18 d. a Woman's Cloak, a Hat, a Cloth-Coat, and other things, the Goods of John Wragg , the 17th of Jan . last, about 2 in the Morning .
John Wragg. The Prisoner had been my Journeyman . I have a Wash-house at the Back of my Dwelling-house. On the 17th of Jan. last, between 2 and 4 in the Morning, I was waked by the barking of my little Black Bitch. I got up and look'd out o'Window. I saw the Glimmering of a Light, but being between sleeping and waking, I thought it might come from my Neighbour the Currier, and that his stirring might disturb the Bitch, and so I went to Bed again. But when I came down Stairs, about 7 in the Morning, I found my House was broke open, and several Goods gone. Some Tiles were taken off the Wash-house, and so the Door was unbarr'd and open'd. Then a Hole was cut thro' the Kitchen-door, and that was open'd too. When the Prisoner was my Journey-man he 'bizzled my Goods, and lived but a loose Life; so that I presently inspected him to be the Man; and so I had him taken up the same Day, and he confess'd that he brought 3 Men with him, and they broke my House open, and he confessed where he had pawned my Goods, and I found 'em accordingly.
John Wilshire . Constable. When I apprehended the Prisoner, he confessed to me that he met 3 Men who were Strangers to him, and proposed to them to go and rob his Uncle; but as they were going he told them he'd shew them a nearer Place, and so brought 'em to his Master's House, which they broke open and robbed.
Thomas Wilshire . The Prisoner told me, that on Sunday-Night, the 16th of Jan. as he was going by the Savoy Gate, he met 3 Men, who asked him to walk with 'em. They told him they wanted Money; and he advised them to go with him and rob his Master; which they did.
Daniel Fair . The Prisoner said he met 3 Men as he was coming from the Savoy Stairs; and after some Talk with him, they said they were bent upon getting some Money that Night. He at first advised to rob and murder his Uncle, but afterwards told them his Master's House was nearer; and so they all went thither.
James Robinson . The Prisoner told me the same, and said farther, that on Saturday Night he intended to murder his Uncle, and had prepared every thing in readiness; but a Woman happen'd to be in the Room, and so he was prevented.
Joseph Higginson . I live at the 3 Bowls in Long-Acre. Between 8 and 9 on Monday Morning, Jan. 17. the Prisoner brought those four Dishes, 9 Plates, this Hat, Coat, and Woman's Cloak to my House to pawn. I had seen him 2 or 3 Times before. I examined him, and he told me, the Pewter was his Mother's Goods, and marked with her Maiden Name; and that his Father and Mother were dead.
Amos Haton . I live with my Uncle at the 3 Bowls in Heming's Row. On the 17th of Jan. the Prisoner brought this Tea-kettle, and these 3 Brass Candlesticks to our House, and wanted 7 s. on them, but I let him have but 3 s. I had dealt with him several Times before.
Prisoner. My Master knows that I was out of my Senses, and endeavoured to make away with my self before his House was broke open.
Eliz. Melvin. The Prisoner was quarter'd at my House, and behaved so well, that when his Quarters were out, I took him for a Lodger. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
51. Robert Atkinson , of St. Martins in the Fields , Sadler , was indicted for the Murder of Ann Atkinson , his Mother, by throwing her down a pair of Stairs, upon a Pavement of Tiles below, and by which fall her Skull was broke, and she receiv'd one mortal Bruise, of which she instantly dy'd , the 15th of this Instant February . He was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
Mary Parrot , the Prisoner's Maid. Last Tuesday was Seven-night, between 12 and 1, my Mistress (the Prisoner's Mother) told me I might go to Bed (for I was not very well) and she would sit upto let my Master in; and so I did. My Bed is below in the Kitchin, and my Mistress lies with me. I fell asleep, and was waked with a Noise above Stairs about One or Two o'Clock. The Prisoner was knocking violently against the Inside of the Door of the Room where he lay, the Room is even with the Shop; and I heard him call out, Damn ye, ye old Bitch, do ye think I'll be lock'd up in my own House ? My Mistress told him she would not open his Door, till she had open'd the Street Door first: I heard her open the Street Door, and go out, and shut it after her. As soon as she was gone, my Master came down into the Kitchin, and call'd to me; Mary, says he, where are ye? Here, Sir, says I; What in Bed? says he; Yes, Sir, says I; What do ye want? I am come to bid you good Night, says he, give me a Buss. I was very much frighted, for he was stark naked without his Shirt. Sir, says I, you had much better go to Bed: No, says he, I will have a Buss first. He came to my Bed-side, and as he did not offer any Rudeness, I suffer'd him to kiss me once or twice, in hopes that he would then go away. But instead of that, he got upon the Bed ( out side the Bed-Clothes) and lay upon me ry hard, and endeavour'd to pu his Hand into the Bed, but with much difficulty I kept them out ; I begg'd him to leave me, and look after my Mistress, who was gone into the Street, and might come to some hurt a that time of Night. I had hardly spoke, when my Mistress appear'd by my Bed-side (for she had the Key of the Street-Door in or Pocket when she was dead.) You Dog, said she, what business have you upon the Maid's Bed ? With that he got up and said, Damn ye, you old Bitch, I don't know what Business you have in my House. She ran into the Coal-Vault to hide herself, and in running, her Candle went out. He ran to the Fire, and lighted a Match, and went to look for her; but she got by him and ran up Stairs, and he after her. I heard a great Scuffle, and a Struggling in the Passage at the Stairs Head as if he was running after her, and she was endeavouring to get away from him; I heard no Blows indeed, but presently she fell down with such Violence, as if Part of the House had fall'n with her: She neither spoke, nor so much as groan'd. He ran down immediately after her, and cry'd out, Damn the old Bitch, I have murder'd her, and I shall be hang'd for her. Mary! bring me a Candle. I am coming Sir, says I, but being in a Fright, I ran up Stairs in my Shift to Mr. Gold's Chamber, and begg'd that I might stay there a little, (Mr. Gold and his Brother lie together.) Aye, pray do, said they, and bolt the Door, for in his Passion he may murder us too. The Prisoner continued calling out, Mary! bring a Light! I have murder'd my dear Mother, and I shall be hang'd; after some time the Gentlemen bid me call the Watch, and then I ventur'd down again. The Street Door was open, and a Washerwoman came in with a Candle and Lanthern; but I was in such a Fright, that I don't remember whether it was I or any Body else that open'd the Door. Then the Prisoner call'd for a Knife, or a Fork to bleed his Mother; I brought him a Fork, he prick'd her Arm, it bled a little, and he said, He would give a 1000 l. to save her Life. She had a Napkin on her Head, and it was bloody. The Prisoner sent for a Surgeon, and Mr. Martin came and said, he believ'd she was dead.
Court. How did he behave himself to his Mother in that time? Did you ever observe that he treated her with ill Usage?
Parrot. He would sometimes scold at her as I thought, but I don't know what he said, because he us'd to speak in French; but at such times I have seen him pull her by the Nose, and push his Hand in her Face, thus -
Court. In Anger? Parrot. Yes.
Prisoner. Did not you say you would hang me if you could, and that you would hang me rather than be hang'd your self?
Parrot. No, some People that were strangers to me were saying, that if they had been as me, they would have let my Master have lain with them to have saved his Life. And I answer'd, that I would see half the World hang'd before he should lye with me, or Words to that purpose.
Prisoner. How much Liquor did you fetch your Mistress that Night?
Parrot. About 2 o'Clock I fetch'd her half a Pint of Gin and Bitter (I think they call it) and she gave me a Glass to carry to the Watch and to another Woman. I never saw her fuddled in my Life, and yet I know she would drink a great deal; but she was so much used to it, that it would hardly disorder her.
Prisoner. Was I drunk or sober?
Parrot. I cannot say you was drunk, I have seen you much worse, I believe you had been drinking, but you seem'd to be sensible, only you was in a great Passion.
Prisoner. How did I behave my self after you came down?
Parrot. I was so frighted that I could not take particular Notice; but I remember you trembled and said, You would give a thousand Pounds to save her Life.
Arthur Gold . I lodg'd up one Pair of Stairs at the Prisoner's House, about 2 in the Morning I heard a violent Out-cry of Murder. I waked my younger Brother who lay with me, and the Noise continuing I went down and found the Prisone (in his Shirt and Breeches, without his Wag) opening the Street Door, his Mother had a Candle in her Hand, and Mrs. Bormen stood crying with her Hair loose about her Ears, and the Prisoner gave her several Blows, and call'd the Watch, and bid them carry her Home, or to the Roundhouse. I asked him if he was not asham'd of himself, he said, She was an but his Mother said, was and Woman, and had brought him had lost his Watch and his M. When Mrs. Brown was gone, I was going upto bed again; but the Deceas'd pull'd me by the Sleeve, and pointed to his Door that I should get him to Bed. I persuaded him into his Room, and he sat down on the Bed side. As he was undressing himself, he told his Mother, that she was a wicked, drunken Monster, and a base Woman; that she had been the Ruin of him; that all his Misfortunes were owing to her, and that he had paid 15 or 16 l. for her but a few Days before. His Mother said, if it was so, it did not become him to tell her of it in that manner. He was in a great Passion, but at last I got him to Bed, and we went out; I shut his Door, and his Mother shut the Door of the Shop that goes into the Passage. I advised her to go to Bed, she thank'd me, and went down, and I went up.
Court. Was either of them drunk?
Gold. I believe they had both been drinking, but they both spoke perfectly well, and appear'd to be well in their Senses; I had not been a-Bed three Minutes when I heard a violent Noise at his Door. He swore he would not be lock'd in, but would break open the Door. I thought then he was coming to have a farther Dispute with his Mother, for I did not think the Maid was in the House because I had not seen her when he quarrell'd with Mrs. Bowman. While he was knocking at his own Door. I heard his Mother say. If I must open this Door, I'll have it. When his Door was open'd, I heard the Street Door shut, and then I was pretty easy. But soon after I heard a running and a scuffling Noise, as if two were struggling, and something fell down with a violent Force. After which I heard somebody come up to my Door barefoot, I at first thought it was the Prisoner, but opening the Door I found it was the Maid. Lord, Sir, says she, my Master has murder'd my Mistress, and I am afraid murder me too; and so I let he in. We all went down in a little time, and I believe my Brother'd, O God! God! what shall I do? my Mother is dead!
George Miller , Watchman. As I was crying the hour of the Night, I came to the Prisoner's Door, and found a strange Watchman. What do you do here Friend, says I, Why, says he, I have lit a Man and a Woman hither. I heard a sort of a Dispute with a Woman within doors, and by and by the Deceas'd came out and asked who I was? and I told her, I was her Watchman, so she bid me fetch a Pint of Beer to make my Brother Watchman drink, which I did; and when I was come back with the Beer, I heard words encrease betwixt the Prisoner and the Woman, and at last I heard Blows, and the Woman cry'd Murder 3 times; with that I knock'd at the Door heartily, and the Prisoner open'd it. Who are you? says he, I am your Watchman, Sir, says I; then light this Woman safe home, says he, and I'll give you Six-pence; but when he felt in his Pocket he had no Money, and so he asked his Mother for some, she said she had neither Copper nor Silver. Why then, damn it, (says he, in a Passion) give me some Gold! The Woman had no Head-clothes on when she came out of his House, but she had 'em in her hand, and put 'em on at the Door, and so we lighted her home, and she gave us a Shilling. I came again to the beginning of my Beat, and then I went to the Prisoner's door, and found a Washer-woman there, and she said she believed there was Murder done; so I went in (for the Door was open) and down Stairs, and there I saw the Prisoner sitting as naked as ever he was born, with his Mother's Head betwixt his Legs; I went and called the Constable, and other Watch, and the Prisoner said, he had murdered his dear Mother, the best Friend he had in the World, and called for a Penknife, or a Rezor, to let her blood.
Court. Are you sure he said murder'd ?
Miller. Yes. And Mr. Cockerel, the Constable, was there at the same time.
Court. Did you hear any Expression about Murder?
Cockerel. I don't remember any such.
William Plowman , Watchman. I found the Prisoner sitting stark naked, with his Mother's Head between his Legs; I asked him why he sat in that Posture? and he told me that he never lay in a Shirt. And, says he, I am afraid I have killed my dear Mother, and I shall be hang'd. Lend me a Fork, or a Penknife to save her Life if I can. Then I went for Mr. Martin the Surgeon.
John Barber , the Prisoner's Apprentice. I was waked about 2 in the Morning, by a Noise which was made in the Quarrel with Mrs. Bowman, who is our Embroideress. I heard her Shriek, and cry Murder. The Prisoner bid the Watch take her away, and she said, Ay, for God's Sake do, get me out of this House. After she was gone, I heard my Master knock at his Room-Door, and say, That be would not be lock'd up in his own House. And his Mother said, What a-devil ails the Man? I won't open it; or if I do, I'll go into the Street. Then I heard both the Doors open, and the Street-Door shut to again; and in a little time I heard her open the Street-Door with the Key, and come in.
Court. Where was you when you heard all this?
Barber. I lay up 3 pair of Stairs, but the Stair-Case is made with a Well-hole, so that I could hear very plainly. Then something fell down stairs, and any Master cry 'd, O ! what have I done? What have I done? Mary! Mary! bring a Light! Capt. Dunbar, who lodges in our 2 pair of Stairs Room, called out to me, For God's Sake, Jack, get up, he'll murder the poor old Woman! So I went down, and he was making his Complaint, and said, O my poor dear Mother; she is dead. Why won't you speak to me? he bid me fetch a Surgeon. I went up and saw several Watchmen, and I sent one of them for Mr. Martin, and went myself for Mr. Weems.
Court. Did you ever observe that he treated her in an undutiful Manner? Barber. No.
Mr. Martin, Surgeon. I was called up about 3 to come to the Deceas'd; I found her lying along on her Back: Says I, She's dead, you have no need of me. The Prisoner was standing sideways, and desired me to bleed her; I prick'd her Arm, but she bled but about a Spoonful, for there was no Circulation of the Blood. I observed a Wound on the back-part of the Head, about an Inch long. Next Day the Coroner sent for me, and (Mr. Weems being with me) I opened the Skull,
Mr. Weems, Surgeon. Between 3 and 4 in the Morning, I found the Deceas'd dead; I felt of the Wound, but found no Fracture at that Time; I did not see the Prisoner, he being then in the next Room. I came again the next Day, and found the Skull crack'd 4 or 5 Inches, and a vast deal of extravasated Blood contained in the Ventricles of the Brain.
[The Prisoner's Defence.]
All that know me inwardly, know that I lov'd my Mother above all Things; that I lov'd her as dearly as any thing upon Earth; and I believe she has said the same to all the World. I went out in the Morning to speak with Capt. Randal, and from him I went to Mr. Hasleton, the Riding-Master's, and so to several others, drinking with one and with another. I was at the Tavern all the Afternoon, and went to the Ale-house at Night: From thence I went to Mrs. Bowman's; she ask'd me for my Watch, and a few Shillings that I had, that she might take care of them, and so she came home with me. My Mother ask'd her to stay and lie with her, and so did I too, but she would not consent, and that put me in a Passion, and so I beat her, and called the Watch to take her away. When she was gone, Mr. Gold put me to bed, but I did not like to be lock'd in, and so I got out and went down to the Maid without my shirt, and laid myself upon the Bed; and then my poor Mother came down, and ask'd me what Business I had with the Maid? and so I got up, and - and - my Mother run into the Coal-Vault, and I lighted a Match to look for her, but then she run Up-stairs, and I followed her; and some how or another, as she was endeavouring to get by me in the Dark, I suppose her Foot slipp'd, and she fell down. And this is the Truth, as I hope to see the Face of Almighty God.
William Atkinson , the Prisoner's Brother. I am Cook to Col. Handiside , and used to go and visit my Brother when I was at Leisure, and always found a good Harmony between my Mother and him; and if I had not believ'd from his constant Behaviour towards her, that he could not be guilty of such a barbarous Action, I would sooner have been an Evidence against him than for him: But he always shew'd such a tender Regard for her, that if any hasty Expression happened to fall from him, he would be sorry for it. Sometime in September last, I had heard some spightful People say, that he had used her ill, and with unbecoming Language when he was in Drink. I ask'd my Mother about it, and she said, O Lord, Billy, it's quite otherwise, he has always treated me in the most tender endearing manner that ever Son did. Ah, Billy, I wish you was but half so good! She had enough to maintain her and therefore had no need to live with him if he had used her ill: But for 4 or 5 Years past she has been very much given to intoxicate herself with Drink.
Mary, the Wife of William Atkinson. I visited my Mother frequently for several Years, and saw nothing but Love and Unity between her and my Brother: I never saw any Disturbance but once. when he desir'd her not to drink so much. But she always said he was the most endearing Child in the World, and the most dutiful Child that ever Woman bore. About a Year and a half ago, there was some falling out betwixt me and her, and thereupon I said I would never go into her House again; but however, she came to see me, and always said what a good Son she had. After my Mother's Death, I heard Mary Parrot say, She would hang the Prisoner before she would be hang'd herself; and that she would hang him if possible; and that the first time she saw him, she believ'd by his Looks, he would come to be hang'd one time or another.
Court. What reason could she have for saying, She'd hang him rather than be hang'd herself? for it don't appear that she was in any Danger of being hang'd.
M. Atkinson. I don't know not I; but so she said.
Parrot No; but some Woman said they would let the Prisoner lye with them to save his Life; and a Journeyman said, the Prisoner should lye with his Wife rather than be hang'd; and they blamed me for not letting him come to bed to me, because, they said, that would have saved his Mother's Life, and his too. I was very much provoked to hear them talk in that manner; and so I told them, that I would sooner see half the World hang'd, than he or any Man else should come to bed to me against my Will.
M. Atkinson. There was no such Discourse about lying with her to save his Life; but she said, she would hang him rather than he hang'd herself; and that I'll swear.
Mary Burnet . The Sunday Night before this Accident happened, the Deceas'd told me, that her Son Robert was the dutifullest Child that ever was born in the World; that he was the best of Children, and that no Woman could be happier in a Son. I asked Mary Parrot if she knew what she had been Swearing, and if she knew what an Oath was? and she said, as how, she would swear that -
Court. What did she say she would swear?
Mr. Burnet. I ask'd her if she had swore any thing against him unjustly? Court. That was a very odd Question; and what Answer did she make? Burnet. Why, she said she'd swear his Life away, before she'd lose her own. Court. Were those the Words? Burnet. Yes; she said she would swear his Life away before he should take her's. Court. Repeat that again. Burnet. She said she would hang him rather than be hang'd herself. I am sure she said so.
Mary Sunderland . The Sunday Night before the Accident, the Deceas'd told me she was the happiest Woman alive, in a Son; and except she pleased, she need never have an angry Word from him; for it was her Fault if ever she had.
Court. How came you to talk about the Prisoner just at that time?
M. Sund. Why, I don't know. We were talking about Families, and one thing or another. And so it came about.
Prisoner. My Mother was continually speaking in my Praise, in all Company where-ever she came.
M. Sunderland. I was afraid the Maid, Mary Parrot , had swore too rashly, and so I spoke to her about it; and she said, she'd hang him if she could For, says she, If he was not a vile Wretch, he would never have murder'd his Mother. Ay, says I, Can you swear that? I have sworn what I thought fit, says she, and what I have swo rn, I will stand to; and I will hang him if I can. And Mrs. Atkinson was by when she said so.
M. Parrot. I don't know that I ever saw this Woman's Face before.
- Baily. The Night before the Accident, I supp'd with the Deceased, and we had two Quarts of Beer, and half a Pint of Gin together. O Madam! says she to me, my poor dear Child is my best Friend; but when I am ill I dust not let him know it, for fear he should break his Heart. And after she was dead, I says to Mary Parrot , Do ye think that your Master threw his Mother down? As I hope to be saved, Madam, says she, I don't know that he did, for I was in Bed.
Court. She swears the same now.
- Baily. No: But she said she believ'd he never touch'd her. And pray, says I, did she drink the Gin that I left? Yes, Madam, says she, and I fetch'd her half a Pint more. And, Mary, says I, those are sad, ugly, loose Stairs at your House. Yes, Madam, says she, and so they be. And, says I, the poor old Woman was very fond of her Son. Ay, Madam, says Parrot, she would hang half the World to save him.
M. Parrot. I said I had fetch'd her more Gin, but that she did not drink it; and the Stairs are not so bad, but my Mistress always went up and down 'em very nimbly in the Dark; and she thought much to let me have a Candle. There was only one of the Stairs a little loose, and that was at the Bottom.
Mr. Watkins. The Deceased was ill last Christmas, and I was her Apothecary. I never saw a Son more dutiful to a Mother, or more concerned for her Welfare; he was quite tiresome and teazing, in begging me to take care of her, if it cost him all he had in the World. The Passage at the Top of the Kitchen-stairs is not above a Yard wide. The Door that leads down the Stairs is in the Corner; and the Door into the Shop is almost close to it, not a Foot asunder; so that any Scuffle there might easily be the Occasion of a Fall; and if her Foot slipt at the Top, the Stairs are so steep, she must certainly fall to the Bottom.
Rachel Reaves . I have known the Prisoner these thirty Years. He was all Obedience and Duty! A tender affectionate Son at all Times! The Delight of his Father's Heart. His Mother was continually praising him. She was always commending him for his Industry, and said, that he left every thing in her Hands. I sat up with her four Nights in a Week when she was sick, and he was always expressing a great Concern for her.
Charles Humes . I have been the Prisoner's Journey-man 4 Years. He was as dutiful a Son to a Mother as ever could be; and I never observed that he was guilty of using any passionate Expressions.
Elizabeth Baxter , a Washer-woman. I have known the Prisoner and his Mother between 4 and 5 Years; and his Behaviour towards her was always very dutiful, and she always gave him a good Word as far as I know, for I never heard to the contrary.
John Tackell , Servant to Col. Handiside . I lodged at the Prisoner's House 3 or 4 Months in the Year 1727, and have frequented the House, and he was always a dutiful Son, and she a loving Mother; for I never heard of any Quarrel between 'em.
Major Smith. The Deceased often came to me, to define me to recommend her son to some Customers; and she told me he was very good to her.
- Baily. I was vastly intimate with the Prisoner, who was my Neighbour; he was a dutiful Son, and she a good Mother. Only she would drink. She has been at my House when she could hardly stand, so that I once affronted her by speaking to her about it; for, in short, I was afraid, that in time, by their Intimacy, my Wife might follow her Example. I never saw a worse Stair-Case, it is open and steep, dark and dangerous.
William Baily , Brother to - Baily. The Prisoner always shew'd the utmost Tenderness and Concern when he spole of his Mother. So that I believe he would be the last Man in the World that could be guilty of any Barbarity towards her; and he was a good-natur'd Man in Company.
Hen. Gobin. I live behind the Prisoner's House. Between 2 and 3 in the Morning I heard a Noise, a Cry of Murder, and high Words, and then all was Calm again. And by and by I heard the Prisoner bemoan himself in a very piercing Way; and then he call'd out, Mary! bring me a Fork or a Penknife! Mary! Mary! for Jesus Sake, Mary! What, will no Body come a near me? O my God! She's dead! She's dead! My poor dear Mother's dead! but I did not hear a Word of saying, I have murder'd my Mother.
Court. Can you take upon you to swear that you heard every Word, and were not in the same House?
Gobin. Yes, every Word.
Court. How? when you was behind the House, could you hear every Word that was spoke in the Kitchin?
Gobin. No; I did not mean every Word, but I did not hear that Word.
Mr. Hatchet. About 2 Years ago, I lodged a tweleve Month in the Prisoner's House, and I saw no Misunderstanding betwixt him and his Mother, and he was a very honest Man, and his Conversation very Moral.
- Bromly, a Sadler. I was Journeyman where the Prisoner was Prentice, he was a perfect sober young Man, he was continually reading good Books, he was guilty of no manner of Vice, neither Drinking, Whoring, Swearing, nor of any other Sin whatever.
Will. Foster. This time was Twelvemonth the Deceased was at my House, and said she had been sick, and that her Son never left her Night nor Day, but continually sat by her Bed all the time, and cry'd like a Child, without ceasing.
William Pempillion . I have known Mary Parrot about 7 Years, and she always bore the Character of a good, honest, sober Servant; and I don't believe she would swear wrongfully upon any Account whatever.
James Prior . I have known her 7 Years or more, and she has all along been esteem'd a sober, modest young Woman, I never heard that her Character had ever been stain'd on any Account, and I am far from thinking that she could ever be prevail'd with to take a false Oath.
Prisoner. If the Jury should think that there was any Scuffle betwixt me nd my Mother, I hope they will consider there is a difference betwixt That and Malice.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death 8.
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