Wednesday the 5th, Thursday the 6th, Friday the 7th, and Saturday the 8th of July 1732, in the Sixth 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 Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron Reynolds ; the Honourable Mr. Justice Probyn ; the Honourable Mr. Justice Fortescue ; Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy-Recorder of the City of London; 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.
John Barter. I am a Journeyman Coach-maker , I live by Cavendish-Square. Last Monday was Sev'n-night I pick'd up the Prisoner in Fleet-street ; but thought it might not be a-miss to take care of my Watch; and as I went up Stairs I took it out of my Fob, and put it into my Side-pocket. We had 2 Quarterns of Brandy, which were brought up by another Creature that belong'd to the House; I paid 6 d. a Piece for 'em as they came in; the Prisoner call'd for a Third, but when I went to pay for it, I found but a Penny in my Pocket, and I had a Crown but 2 Minutes before Missing my Watch too, I desired to have it again, but she said, she had none of it. Then I call'd for a Watchman, who was a long time a coming; and then she told me, if I would go up again and lye with her, she would help me to my Watch; so I agreed to do as she desired me, and sent the Watchman away, in hopes of getting my Watch again, but she would not give it me for all that. Then I call'd for the Watchman again, and we made shift to get her to the Watch-house.
Court. Was not you fuddled? Barter. No; I was as sober as a Judge. Court. Did you ever find the Watch again? Barter. No; I was in a great Surprize, and did not search the Prisoner. Court. Was the Watchman in a Surprize too? Why did not he search her? Barter. Lord bless you! she kick'd and beat the Watchman and Constable like any thing. But I was told afterwards, that the Watch was in Pawn. Court. And did not you go to the Pawn-brokers to inquire for it? Barter. No, I was advis'd to the contrary, for they said, she would play the Devil with me if I did. She was Wife to Frasier who was hang'd in Chains; she has been twice cast for Transportation.
Prisoner. When I met this Man in Fleet-street, he was drunk. He took hold of me, and said, he was going home to Grosvenor-Square, and if I would go with him, he would give me half a Crown. No, says I, if you will go to my Lodging, do and welcome; Well, says he, and so I will then. When he came into my Room, he gave me a Shilling to be familiar with me, and then he pull'd me and haul'd me to Pieces, and nothing would serve his turn, truly, but he would needs lie with me all Night, and because I would not let him he has sworn this against me. As for his Watch I saw none that he had, I had but a Shilling about me when the Watchman search'd me. I could have had a great many good House-keepers to my Character; but not thinking he would be so Vile and Wicked as to swear this against me, I never sent for them. There's Jenny Berry , a vile Slut! that has kept Company with my Husband, since her own Husband was hang'd in Chains, and she has given this Fellow Money to pick me up in order to have me Transported out of their way; O Conscience! Conscience!
The Prosecutor lost his Watch in a Quarrel with William Morris , Thomas Kingland , and - Willet at a Skettle-Ground in Moor-lane , * Morris and Kingland were try'd last Sessions and acquitted, and the Jury now acquitted Green.
* Session's-Paper, Numb. V. Page 142
3. William Faucett, [ Fosset ] of St. Mary le Strand , was indicted for privately stealing 5 Pair of Brass-Candlesticks, value 25 s. the Goods of William and Charles Sparks , in their Shop , June 20 . Guilty 10 d.
4. Sarah Goodwin , of St. George in the East , was indicted for privately stealing a Hat, val. 25 s. an Apron val. 18d. a pair of Stockings, val. 1s. a pair of Shoes, val. 2s. 6d. and a pair of Silver-Buckles, val. 14s. from the Person of William Hudson , June 9 .
William Hudson . I got up about 2 a-Clock on Friday Morning, to make an end of my Master's Work, and between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon, I was sent for by a Friend to take Dimensions for making a Hat, I staid drinking new Rum and other Liquors with him till 9 at Night, and then went to drink with others till past a 11. In my way home to Shadwell, I lay down in Denmark-street in Ratcliffe High-way , I fell fast asleep, and did not wake till 2 in the Morning. At first I wonder'd where about I was, and what was become of my Shoes and Stockings, my Blue Apron, and my Hat. But at last I bethought my self, that some Body had found me a-sleep in the Street, and had undress'd me, so I went barefooted as I was towards the Watch-house, to enquire if any idle Person had been taken up; but I could hear nothing of my Cloaths, till about 9 that Saturday Morning, when a Friend told me that Mr. Ludlow, a Goldsmith, in Upper-Shadwell, had stopp'd the Prisoner upon her offering to sell him a pair of Silver Buckles which proved to be mine. She was carried before the Justice, and committed to Bridewell, before I saw her, and when John Tucker the Watchman heard of her being taken up, he owned that she had left my Hat, and Shoes, and Stockings, at his House, though he said nothing of it when he saw me go along barefooted. From Bridewell she was carried again before Justice Jones, and she then had my Apron on: He sent her to Newgate. Court. What did she say before the Justice? Prosecutor. She nothing but Swore and Curs'd, and talk'd Bandy.
John Tucker . Watchman in Upper-Shadwell. As I was beating my Rounds at one a Clock, I saw the Prisoner sitting at a Door in West-Garden, with a vine Hat in her Lap. What dost thee do here? says I. Why I want a Dram, says she, will you give me one? Where didst thee get such a vine Hat? says I. Why it is my Husband's Hat, says she again. So I goes home, and she comes to my House, and calls vor a Dram. Well, says I, however thee didst come by this Hat, or where thee didst get'n, the Devil don't know; but sure thy Husband never had such a one to his Back. Why, zays she, I have got his Zhoes and Ztockings too in my Apron, and I will leave 'em all with you till by and by. Zo she pull'd'n out, and I took'n and throwd'n by, but I thought they hardly did belong to she. Zo, when she came again vor 'em about 2 a-Clock, zays I, thee must tell me how thee didst come by'n bevore I let thee have'n again. After this I zee a Man coming along bare-vooted, and bare-leg'd, and without a Hat. Hoy! hoy! says I, what a Plague beest thee, that thee runs naked a that'n; but I did not think that the Things that Prisoner lest at my House did belong to he.
John Ludlow . About 8 o'Clock o' Saturday Morning. The Prisoner offer'd to sell me these Buckles; I ask'd her how she came by 'em, and she said, a Man gave 'em her to lie with her. I suspected she had stol'n 'em, and sent for a Headborough, who carried her before a Justice, by whom she was committed to Bridewell. The Prosecutor came about an Hour after, and claimed the Buckles. He said he lost them as he lay a-sleep in the Street; they were mark'd with his Name.
Prisoner. After I had sold my Nosegays I met the Prisoner between 9 and 10 at Night, in Ratcliff-Highway. He took me into a dark Entry in an Alley, and after he had had his Will upon me, he said he had no Money, but
5. John Adams was indicted for the Murder of Lawrence Howard , by striking him and throwing him on the Ground, by which Blows and Fall, he receiv'd several mortal Bruises on the Head and Sides, of which he dy'd next Day . He was a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for Manslaughter.
The Prisoner and Deceas'd were Boy s, who liv'd in the same Neighbourhood. They and others were playing together at Buff-at-the-Bear. The Deceas'd being caught, would not lie down and be the Bear; upon which the others buffeted him. This occasion'd a Quarrel, he challeng'd the Prisoner to Box him next Day, in the Long field by the Burying Ground, near Pancras . They met, fought fair; but the Prisoner striking the Deceas'd an unlucky Blow on the Head, it broke some of the Blood Vessels, and he dy'd the next Day. Manslaughter .
6. Robert Element , of Shadwell , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Ann Coniers , and stealing a Riding Hood, a Looking glass, a Shift, a Shirt, 3 Caps, four Towels, and a Pillow; the Goods of Ann Coniers : Two Shirts, and 5 Stocks, the Goods of JamesRule : Two Shifts, 3 Aprons, 4 Caps, 2 Suits of Pinners, a silk Girdle and Silver Buckle, and 3 Handkerchiefs, the Goods of John Cox . April 17 , in the Night .
He was a second Time indicted for stealing a Drugget Coat, a Pair of Breeches, a Pair of Shoes, a Shirt, a Hat, a Wig, a Gown, a Petticoat, an Apron, and 2 Silver Tea-spoons, and other Things, to the Value of 50 s. the Goods of Robert Dallison , in his House , in the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , June 10 .
Ann Coniers . I live in New-Gravel-Lane , and wash Linen for my Livelihood. On the 17th of April I went out about 9 at Night, to get a small Morsel of Money; but before I went out, I shut my Window-shutter which was within Side, and barr'd it with this little wooden Bar [about an Inch square] and I desired Mrs. Cox, whom I left at Home to lock the Door after me, which I understand she did; and that then she and my other Lodger went to Bed. I came Home at about Half an Hour past 10, and found my Door was lock'd, but my Kitchen-Casement was open, a Pane of Glass was taken out, and my little Bar was cut. When I came in, I mist my Riding-Hood, a Looking-glass, a Shift, and other Linen of my own, and a Box of Linen that belonged to James Rule , and Eliz. Cox. Mr. Parker, the Constable, found one of my Shifts, and my Looking-glass in Rag-Fair. Will. Fleming was taken up on the Friday, and sent me Word on Saturday, that he and the Prisoner were concerned in the Fact.
Eliz. Cox. Mrs. Coniers left me in the House, and I locked the Door after her, and went to Bed, and when she came Home, she waked me and said, the House had been broke. I lost a Box of Linen.
William Fleming . I and Jack Osborn and Jack Longmore and Prisoner were drinking together at the Black-Boy in Well-street; but Osborn and Longmore quarrell'd, and so the Prisoner and I left 'em. Afterwards we went down a Yard to the Prosecutor's House, where we took a Pane of Glass out of the Window, and cut the little Deal Bar, and open'd it. The Prisoner went in, and brought out a Looking-Glass and a Riding-Hood. He went in again, and brought out some Towels. Then I went in myself, and got a Box of Linen, and a Pocket which had two Keys in it. It was just Ten a Clock when we had done. When we got into the Street, I open'd the Box, and saw there was Linen in it, which I carried to the Prisoner's Maux's, lodging in Church-Lane, in Rag-Fair. We kept a Shirt a Piece, and gave her two Aprons for herself. She sold some of the Things next Day, in Rag-Fair, and the rest in Chick-Lane, for which she brought us 18 s. but I believe she sunk some of the Cole. I was afterwards taken up for a Street-Robbery with Osborn, Tripland, and Longmore, and sent for Mrs. Coniers, and returned her the Keys.
Edward Laurence , Constable, and Joseph Williams . We seiz'd the Prisoner on Tower-Hill, and carried him to an Ale house in Thames-street. At first he said that he was not Country Bob (a Name that he used to go by) but
Prisoner. I have not a Friend in the World, but if you take away my Life, I shall dye as innocent as any Man living. Guilty , Death .
Robert Dallison . The Prisoner lay in a Corner of the same Room that I and my Wife lay in. But there was something placed betwixt the two Beds, to hide one from the other. About 2 in the Morning the Neighbours finding all the Doors open, came in and waked us. Our Goods were lost, and the Prisoner gone; but I fo und him in Clerkenwell Bridewell on the Friday following, and he had on my Hat, Coat, Breeches, Shoes, and Stockings. He confest before Justice Giffard, that he took them all from me.
Court. How came he to lodge in your Room?
Dallison. Very odly. About 3 Weeks before, he was lying asleep upon a Bulk in Bloomsbury-market, with his Shirt hanging out of his Breeches. Some Boys pinn'd a Paper to his Shirt, and setting Fire to it, burnt his Back-side, upon which he went to a Constable to have them taken up; and it being said, that my Son was one of them, the Constable told me that I must take Care of him till he was well. Tho' I have since been informed, that he received but little Hurt by what the Boys did to him, and that he had got the chief Damage before, by lying in a Brick-kiln.
Prisoner. It was Dallison's Son that pulled out my Shirt, and burnt me shamefully. If you please I can shew you the Marks. And when I first came up to lodge in Mr. Dallison's Room, he swore he would murder me, and he has owed me a Grudge ever since. Guilty , Death .
7, 8, 9. John Robins , Valentine Robins , and Henry Barrett . of St. Brides , were indicted for stealing 150 Brass Patterns, val. 30 l. and a Bell-metal Mortar, value 3 s. 6 d. the Goods of Francis Skelthorn , in his House , June 30 .
Francis Skelthorn . I am a Founder . On the 30th of June, in the Night, I lost about 150 Brass Patterns out of my Melting-House in King's-Head-Court, in Shoe-Lane . I knew it could not be done without the Assistance of somebody within the House.
William Norman . The Prisoners and I, and Joseph Charley , had agreed to rob Mr. Skelthorn's House, and John Robins promised to let us in. Between 11 and 12 at Night he let us in, and directed his Brother Valentine where to find the Things, and then went to Bed again; and Val. went into the Melting-house, and brought out the Patterns, and a Bell-Metal Mortar. We packed 'em up, some in our Pockets, some in our Laps, and some under our Coats, and went to Holbourn, where I left them. Harry Barret told me, that they sold the greatest Part to Winterton, an Ironmonger at the Corner of Gray's-Inn-Lane, for 16 s. and a small Parcel to a Brasier by Smithfield-Bars for 18 d. and the Mortar to one Simon, who lives somewhere about Barbican, for 15 d. Halfpenny. I and Val. Robins went into Beach-Lane, and sold as much as came to 3 s. to a Nail-maker, and 5 s. worth to a Spoon-maker there; and this was (26 s. and 9 d. Halfpenny) all we made of that Night's Work.
Mr. Skelthorp. When they were carried before Alderman Brocas, they all fell on their Knees, begg'd for Mercy, and said, that they were persuaded to it by Winterton, and that he bid them bring whatever he could get, and he would buy it of them.
10, 11. Joseph Charley and Richard Dangerfield of Pancras , were indicted for assaulting Samuel Atkins in a Field near the High-way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, Value 4 s. and 3 s. in Money , July 2 .
Samuel Atkins . Last Sunday Night, coming from Hampstead I was attack'd by 5 or 6 Men, in the middle of the first Field from the Turnpike going to Pancras . The first clap'd a Pistol to my Breast, and the other surrounded me. They took 3 s. or 3 s. 6 d. out of my Pocket, and my Hat. and left me. It was very dark, and I cannot swear to any of them.
William Norman . On Sunday Night last, the five Prisoners and I were drinking at Mr. Rhodes's, at the Goat in Black-Boy Alley, Chick lane. We all went out together between 8 and 9 towards Gray's Inn-lane Turnpike, and went up in the middle of the Path; between the Turnpike and Pancras we met the Prosecutor, John Robins clapt a Pistol to his Breast. Charley and Dangerfield stood by with Sticks in their Hands: Val. Robins took half a Crown and 6 d. from the Prosecutor, and Sarret took his Hat, and then Barret and I went over the next Field, on the right Hand, and the other went a contrary Way. We lay under a Hedge till break of Day, and then went to an Ale-house in Shore ditch ; I forget the Sign. where we drank 3 or 4 Pots of Beer, and eat some Bread and Cheese. From thence between 6 and 7 in the Morning, we went to Arthur and eat some Beans and Bacon, and at 9, to Mr. Rhodes's in Black-Boy-Alley. While I was at Skittles there, the Hat was sent to Pawn; I think John Robins and Charley carried it, and I heard they got 5 s. upon it; Charley bought a Pistol on the Saturday before at the end of Bartlett's Buildings; and then it was that we agreed to go out to Rob the next Day. We had been acquainted some Time before; but this was the first time of out going out on such an Account.
The Prisoner not hearing distinctly, desir'd that Norman might repeat his Evidence, which he did without varying in any Circumstance.
Francis Waker . Last Monday, about 2 in the Afternoon, Mrs. Atley told me, a young Man had been at her House, asked for her Husband, and said he wanted to make himself an Evidence, and that he got from his Companions, but could not stay, for fear they should mistrust, but that he would come again in 3 Hours. I found out Mr. Atley ; we took Dangerfield in Field-Lane, and carried him to an Ale-house in Turn-again-Lane; he said he hoped we would help to make him an Evidence, and he gave us the Names of all the rest. We carried him to Wood-Street Compter, and then went to look for the others at Mr. Rhodes's in Chick-Lane. We mist of 'em there, but one Partridge (an Evidence against Barns and Fink) who came from Norman between 10 and 11 at Night, told us, that they were taking a Lodging at the 3 Compasses in Tottenham Court-Road. We were going thither, but met them by the Way, near the End of Hatton-Garden, and took John Robins , his Brother Valentine and Barret and Norman, but Country Jo got off. We carried the former three to Dangerfield in Wood-Street Compter; but Norman being an Evidence, it was thought proper to put him in the Poultry Compter; and in our Way thither, Country Jo past by us. Jo, says Norman what, won't ye speak to us? and so we took him too. When they were carried before Alderman Brocas, and charged with this Robbery, they all fell a crying, and accused Norman.
Court. Be as particular as you can about what they said before Sir Richard.
Waker. Barret desired to be an Evidence, and said, he was drawn in by Norman, and never was in any such Fact before, Val. Robins said the same, and insisted upon it, that he had offer'd himself to be an Evidence before Barret. Country Jo said, that he was but just come out of the Country, and was never concerned in any Robbery before he was acquainted with Norman. John Robins said, he was not guilty of any Robbery before he knew Norman ; as for Dangerfield, he desired (as I said before) to be made an Evidence as soon as we took him.
Barret. I never said so.
Dangerfield. Nor I. But what they said, was in relation to stealing the Brass Patterns, of which they were convicted yesterday.
Most of Waker's Evidence was confirm'd by the Constable.
Barret. You told me, that I should be hang'd if I did not turn Evidence.
The Prisoners in their Defence alledg'd, that the Witnesses swore against them for the sake of the Reward, and call'd some to their Reputation. The Jury found them all guilty . Death .
John Willoughby. I pick'd up Walker in Fleet-street about 10 a Clock o' Sunday Night, and went with her to her Room in Hanging Sword-Alley . The other brought up a Flask and a Glass; I stay'd 1/4 of an Hour, and then was for going; but Walker said, I should lie with her first. I said, I would not. Then said Bishop, If you won't lie with her. you shall with me; and so she flung her Arms round my Neck, and fell a buffing on me like any thing. Then Nill Walker unbutton'd my Breeches, and took hold of what I had, and held it hard with one Hand. While she pick'd my Pocket with t'other. I cried out, and then she let go her Hold below, and clapt that Hand to my Mouth, and the other Hand she reach'd out to Bishop who presently went away. Then says Nell, what does he make a Noise for, I have got but 2 Pence, and that's for the Maid. I went toward the Door, and presently the Landlady came to me, and swore at me, and bid me go about my Business. There were 2 men going by the Door, who help'd me to a Constable, and we found one of the Prisoners about 2 a Clock o' Sunday Morning, and the other about 3; and on Monday they were carried before the Justice, and then they said they had but 8 Pence from me, but I lost 3 Pounds.
Nell Walker . This Fellow came by my Door, and forced me in to drink a Dram; he said he had but 14 d. about him, but if I would trust to his Honour, and oblige him, he would call again, and give me half a Crown. I told him, I never did such things upon Trust, for it was my way to deal with none but Gentlemen that could make me a-handsome Present. Then he would have had Bishop to have Pawn'd his Waistcoat ; but she told him it was worth nothing. And as I'm a Christian, we got no more out of him than 2 Groats, tho' he swears he lost 3 l. But he's an Irishman, God bless him; I consider his Country, and know he will swear any thing. I was forc'd to go to the Ale-house to borrow 6 d. to give him, before he would trust me with his Shilling. He told us he liv'd in Play-House-Yard in Drury-Lane. The Jury acquitted them.
15, 16. James Emerton , and Frances his Wife of St. Sepulchers were indicted for assaulting (with Mary Sadler not yet taken) Robert Dawcett in the said James Emerton's House, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, a pair of Silver Buckles, a Hat, and other Goods, and 20 s. in Money , May 30 .
Dowatt. And so they picked me up, and carry'd me to the Prisoner's Lodging. I must needs say I was a little in for't F. E. I won't be tried, I won't speak one Word till my Husband is clear'd, I won't, I won't, [she stamps about till her Cap falls off] No, I won't put my Cap on. He's a Rogue. D. and so I say they took me to the White Horse in Chick Lane . and there, as soon as I laid my self upon the Bed, they stript me by main Force, and took away my Money and my Watch. F. E. Ah you Dog! I wish I was a Man for your Sake. D. And then one said to t'other. Let's murder him. F. E. You lie, Sirrah, you lie, you Hang-in-Chains Rogue. D. So I got up to run away, but the other Prisoner (her Husband) stopt me at the Door, and took hold of my Collar. I heard the Watch go by past 12 a Clock, and I cry'd out Murder, for God's sake help. And so with much a do I forc'd my Way out, and run naked into the Street. F. E. O you damnation Rogue. D. Next Morning he offer'd to make it up with me, and said, I should have my Watch and every thing again, if I would but be easy.
Price. And he run up the Alley as far as Church-lane. F. Emerton. You lie you Dog.
Price. I went into the Room that the Prosecutor came out of, and the Prisoner James Emerton was standing leaning upon a Table, and the Prosecutor's Clothes lay in the Room by him, and we found every thing but his Watch and his Buckles.
Frances Emerton . I and another Woman met this Man in g lane and I saw his Eye was cut and I asked him how it came, and he said by quarrelling with a Man in Morefields. So we went into a Shop for a Quartern of Gin to wash his Eye ; and when I had wash'd it with the Gin, I made Water and wash'd it with that too. And so says he to th'other Woman, shall I go home with you? and she said yes; and so I went with 'em. They 2 went to bed together; and by and by my Husband comes home dead drunk, at which this Fellow was frighted, and so got out of Bed, and call'd the Watch, because I wou'd not lie with him as well as t'other Woman. And he has sent a Man to New Prison for cutting his Eye, and now he swears it to my Husband, and he's a vile Rogue for his Pains; and Will. Balt a Runner of Newgate knock'd this Tooth out of my Head, for which I have got Alderman Brocas's Warrant against him. Dear Gentlemen, take it into Consideration; do what you will with me, let all Punishment be due to me, but clear my Husband; don't hang him whatever you do. The Jury acquitted the Husband, and found the Wife Guilty of Felony only, to the Value of 10 d.
17. Alexander Johnson was indicted for stealing 29 Yards of Muslin, Value 5 l. 9 s. 24 Yards of Cambrick, Value 5 l. 5 s. 183 Yards of Linen, Value 15 l. 5 s. and 6 Handkerchiefs, Value 11 s. the Goods of John Cook , June 12 . Guilty .
18. Mary Sullivan , alias Johnson , was indicted for privately stealing (with Isabella Eaton , alias Gwyn , not yet taken) 2 Guineas and a Half, a Broad Piece, and a Moidore, from the Person of George Anderson , July 1 .
George Anderson . I live with my Mother at the Dutch Ware-house against Durham-Yard in the Strand. Last Friday Night I met Isabella Eaton and the Prisoner, and another Woman in the Strand. We went into the Half-Moon-Tavern, and had 2 Pints of Wine. We staid about half an Hour, and then took Coach, and drove to a Brandy shop (kept by one Soamn ) in Red-Lion-street. I did not go into the Shop, but called for a Quartern of Citron-Water at the Door, for which I paid 1 s. Eaton asked me to lye there, but I refusing, she and I and the Prisoner took the same Coach, and drove to the Greyhound-Inn in Drury-Lane . We went up Stairs, and had two Pints of Wine, and then Eaton and I went to Bed, and the Prisoner went down. I knock'd so a Bottle of Water, the Prisoner brought it up, and said she would come to Bed too, and lye with me all Night. I suspecting she had some Design, got up, and put on my Breeches, took the Money out of my Pocket, and counting it, parted the Gold from the Silver, and put the Gold, which was two Guineas and a half, a Broad-piece and a Moidore, into my Right-side Pocket, and thrust my Handkerchief down upon it. Then I laid down (not in, but) on the Bed, and the Prisoner with her Cloaths on lay by me. I fell asleep, and between 4 and 5 in the Morning I felt her Hand. I catch'd hold of her Hand, and ask'd her what Business she had with it in my Pocket? But she got her Hand away, and told me that it was not there. I did not search her then, for feeling on the out-side of my Pocket, I felt some Money within, so that I thought my Gold was safe; but in a Quarter of an Hour Eaton got up, and they were both going away in a Hurry. This gave me a Suspicion, and so searching my Pocket within-side, I found only 2 Shillings, and 2 Sixpences, instead of my Gold: I tax'd 'em with it, and they both owned they had got my Money (but not how much) and said, they would keep it, except I would give 'em two Guineas of it, and then they would return the rest.
Court. Did they say how they got it?
G. A. No. I sent for a Constable. Eaton was very outrageous, and broke the Door to get away before the Constable came, but the Landlord prevented her. We all went to the Constable's House, and there Moll Harvey came and made a Riot, and so Bell Eaton escaped. The Prisoner produced all my Money to the Constable, and said she had it of me, but that I gave it her to lye with her.
Sral Gra. I live at the Greyhound-Inn. The Prisoner and Bll Eaton, and this little Gentleman, came in a Coach, and asked for a Bed. Says my Mistress, Don't ye want two Beds ? No, Madam, says the Prisoner, but I hope it will be no Offence to go up, and take Part of a Pint with my Friend, and this Gentleman. The Gentleman pull'd out some Gold and Silver, and paid for his Bed, and a Pint of Wine, and so they all went up together. When that Pint was out, says the Prisoner; We will have my Pint now. And so it was brought up. Says Eaton to the Prisoner, I am sure the Gentleman is more generous than to let you pay for it. So the Gentleman paid. I left 'em, and the Prisoner came down soon after. Madam, says she to my Mistress, can't I drink a Pint of Wine with you? Yes, and welcome, says my Mistress. Then the Prisoner sent a Porter for her Husband (as she call'd him) who came directly. They sat down together in the Kitchen, and call'd for another Pint. By-and-by I heard the Gentleman knocking above Stairs. I ran up and asked him what he knock'd for? He said, for a Bottle of Water. I came down and filled a Bottle, but the Prisoner snatch'd it from me, and carried it up herself, and lock'd the Door. Go up, saysmy Mistress to me, and see why she stays; and tell her that I will never suffer such Doings, as for two Women to lye with one Man, for it is not the Practice of my House. I went up to the Door, and told the Prisoner my Mistress wonder'd she staid so long. Damn ye, says she, I'm a-bed. Says I, Your Husband wants ye. Let him go Home about his Business, says she, for I tell ye, I am a-bed, and won't come. With that the Gentleman open'd the Door, and said, Young Woman , what d'ye want. I told him, my Mistress would not suffer such Things, as two Women to one Man. Then he took some Gold in his Hand, and look'd at it by the Candle, and put it into his Side-pocket; and I went down and told my Mistress, that I thought they design'd to rob him. Says my Mistress, I never was served in this Manner by two Women before. I'll sit up all Night, but I'll see whether or no a Gentleman shall be robb'd in my House. The Prisoner's Husband said nothing to this, but got up and went away. About 5 in the Morning my Master was coming down Stairs, the Prisoner and Eaton had open'd the Chamber-door softly, and were coming out. Hey! says he, here's two Woman a creeping away. The Gentleman hearing this, got from the Bed, and they were forced in again. Eaton made a great Disturbance, and would have got out o' Window, but being prevented, she gave the Gentleman several Slaps o' the Face. He said, Very well, Madam! I shan't strike you. Then she went to break the Lock of the Door with a Candlestick, and at last she split the Door, but they kept her from getting out. The Gentleman said he had been robb'd, and desired a Constable might be sent for, and a Constable came and carried them all three to his own House.
Prisoner. When you came to call me down, and the Gentleman look'd at his Money by your Candle, did you see any Guineas, or a Moidore, or a Broad-piece in his Hand?
Grant. I saw Gold in his Hand, but I don't know what Sort. He seem'd to hold it as if he was counting it, and I bid him take Care of it.
Charles Hays , Constable. John Eland , who keeps the Greyhound-Inn at the Corner of Russel-street in Drury-Lane, came to my House last Saturday Morning about six a Clock, and desired me to come and take the Prisoner, and Eaton, who, he said, were making a Riot, and disturbing his Lodgers. I went thither, the Prosecutor charg'd them with robbing him of 2 Guineas and a half, a Moidore, and a Broad-piece. The Prisoner shewed me the same Pieces, and said he had given 'em to her to lye with her. I put 'em to their Choice, to go to my House or the Watch-house, till the Justice was up. They all chose my House, and so I took 'em with me. Eaton offer'd me half a Guinea dry, and half a Guinea to be spent, if I would not carry her before Justice Du Veil ; but when I would not agree to her Terms, she catch'd up a Case-Knife, and offer'd to stick me, but I avoided the Blow; and by-and-by Moll Harvey, with a Mob of I believe an Hundred Pick-pockets,
Prisoner. But I never offer'd to stir; for I said I had done no Crime, but had got the Money of the Gentleman faitly. He and I have been old Acquaintance.
G. A. I never saw her Face before that Night. She said before Justice Dn Veil, that I gave her all my Money in Red-Lion-street.
Prisoner. I say so still, and I'll prove it.
The Prisoner's Defence.
Mary Welsh . I live in Short's Gardens, About a Week ago the Prisoner came to my House to enquire for a Lodging. I told her I wou'd Lett none under Half a Crown a Week. She said she would call again, and bring her Husband with her, and directed me to enquire her Character at Mr. Soams's, a Brandy-shop in Red-Lion-street. So o' Friday Night one came to know if I would let the Prisoner and her Husband lye at my House. I went down to Soams's, and there was she and this Gentleman. I asked Soams if that Gentleman was her Husband. He said, he did not know that he was. With that I refused to receive 'em, and thereupon the Gentleman pulled some Gold and Silver out of his Pocket, and said to me; Perhaps you are afraid we have got no Money. Whereof the Prisoner says to him, Now, my Dear, if you'll give me enough to fetch my Things out of Pawn, I'll go with you to an Inn. So he gave her some Money, but I don't know how much. I am sure I came here very much against my Desire, but she sent a Paper to me, and threatened to ruin my Husband (who is a Cabinet-maker) if I did not appear for her.
Robert Whitney . I was drinking at Soams's o' Friday Night, and after 9, this Gentleman and the Prisoner, and another Woman came in. He called for a Tiff of Punch, and seem'd very free with the Prisoner, more than with the other Woman.
Court. The Prosecutor swears he did not go in at all, but only drank a Dram at the Door.
Whitney. No, he came in and drank Punch. And he kiss'd and embraced the Prisoner very soudly. And then came in a Woman about a Lodging, and as soon as this Woman was gone, says the Prisoner to him; If you will give me Money to fetch my Cloaths out of Pawn, I'll go with you to an Inn. The Gentleman gave her some Gold, and she told it out in her Hand: There was a Moidore, a Broad-piece, and 2 Guineas, and a half. She told it out in her Hand, and said, that was not enough. Court. And what did she do with the Money, when she said it was not enough? Whitney. As she could get no more, she took up with that. Court. How came you to observe the Pieces so particularly? W. I stood pretty near to her. Court. Did you know her before? W. No. C. How came she to find you out then? W. She heard of me at Mr. Soams's. C. Are you one of his constant Customers? W. No: But I am one of the same Business; I have kept a Brandy-shop in Gray's-Inn-Lane above half a Year. We often go to see one another. I drink at his House, and he drinks at mine. I carry Customers to him, and he brings Customers to me; and so we live very sociably.
John Soams . I keep a Brandy-shop in Red-Lion-street. About 10 a Clock o' Friday Night, the Prisoner and this Gentleman came into my Shop, and drank a Dram a-piece, and then they went and sate behind the Counter, and call'd for a Tiff of Punch. Says he, We won't sit here, let's go to an Inn. Says she, You have often promised to fetch my Cloaths out of Pawn, And, says he, you shan't want Money for that. And so he gave her a Moidore and a Guinea. Is this all? says she. And then he gave her a Broad-piece, and half a Guinea, or a Guinea, I don't know which. She told him that was not enough; and then he said, he'd give her more when they came to the Inn, and so they went away in a Coach.
Prisoner. I have no Husband, nor never had.
Court. Did you never pass for her Husband? Was you never reputed to be her Husband?
Soams. No. S. Grant. When he came in, my Mistress said, Is this your Wife? And he answer'd, Yes. Court. You seem to be pretty much at her Beck, however.
Ann Gines . I went to Soam's 'so' Friday Night, between 9 and 10, and saw the Prisoner and this Gentleman there. She ask'd him for Money, and he gave her some Gold, and said, My Dear, you shall go to an Inn with me to Night.
Jane Boyd . I lodged in the same House as the Prisoner, but one Pair of Stairs above her. About a Fortnight ago, as I was coming down Stairs, she called me in to drink Tea, and this Gentleman was with her, and I heard him promise her some Money. And about a Month ago I saw her go out with him in a Coach.
Prisoner. He has promised me Money many a Time; and this Prosecution is only out of Spite, because I would not go to Bed with him along with Bill Eaton . The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
William Osmond . I live in Ickenham Parish, near Uxbridge , the Prisoner was brought up in my Neighbourhood, but he went away from thence 2 or 3 Days before I miss'd my Horse, which was on the 13th of May. The Horse was taken out of my Field; in 3 Days after, the Prisoner (as I heard) offering to sell the Horse to Mr. Paul of Dartford, was taken up on Suspicion, and committed to Deptsord Bride. II. From thence he sent a Letter to his Father in Ickenham Parish, but there being another Man of the same Name, in the same Parish, the Letter by Mistake came to him, and he acquainted me with the Contents, by which I found out the Prisoner.
Mr. Paul. A Farrier in Dartford asking me if I would buy a Horse, I went with him to a little Alehouse where I found the Prisoner and the Horse. Says the Prisoner, I value this Horse at 12 Guineas, but as I am going a Journey, I must have some Horse or other, and therefore, if you have any that will serve my Turn I'll rap with you. I shew'd him 2 or 3, and at last he pitch'd upon a little serub Horse. We agreed that he should have this little Horse, and 7 Guineas in exchange for the Horse he had to dispose of. I gave him a Shilling Earnest, and then told him, it was the Custom of our Neighbourhood to require Vouchers, when they bought a Horse of a Stranger. He said, He could bring no Vouchers, because he knew no Body thereabouts. I ask'd him where he liv'd, and how he came by the Horse? He said, He liv'd at Harrow on the Hill, and bought the Horse there; and that he would not now have sold him, but that he was robb'd on Bexley-Heath of 3 Guineas and a half, and had not a Shilling left to bear his Charges. On farther Talk, I found he Shuffled, and was in several Stories; upon which I sent for a Constable. The Prisoner then said, That he knew Mr. Buck in our Neighbourhood, to whom he sold a Horse a Year ago. I remember'd that Mr. Buck about that time, did buy a Horse of a Stranger, who said, He had been robb'd on Bristol-Causeway ; and it afterwards appear'd, that that Horse was stol'n. We carried the Prisoner before the Justice, who having examin'd him, committed him to Deptford-Bridewell.
Prisoner. One John Brocks a Farmer, at Maidenhead, met me on the Road between Kensington and London, and gave me half a Guinea to sell the Horse for him at Rochester-Fair, and I was to meet him the Friday following, at the Cock in the Hay-Market. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
22. John Gillet , alias Mouth , was indicted for assaulting John Maxey , on the Highway, in the Parish of St. Dionis Back-Church , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Hat, val. 8s. and a Wig, val. 2s. 6d. April 9 .
John Maxey. On the 9th of April, between 9 and 10 at Night, as I was going along Lime Street, I saw the Prisoner, and John Crouch *, (who was convicted last Sessions) standing at Pewterer's Hall-Gate. I looked at them, and did not like them, they follow'd me, I turn'd about at the Rummer Tavern-Door, and saw both their Faces plainly by the Lamp. When I came into Cullum-street , the Prisoner bid me stand, and Crouch bid me deliver. The Prisoner put a Handkerchief
* See the Tryal of Crouch, alias Yarmouth, in the last Sessions-Paper, p. 139.
Nathaniel Harris . As soon as I had open'd my Door o' Monday Morning, I saw the Prisoner go by, and finding he answer'd the Prosecutor's Description, I call'd to him; he turn'd back, and damn'd me, and made off, but I follow'd and took him. He was taken some time ago, on an Information for robbing a Man in Bishopsgate-Street.
Prisoner. I never saw the Prosecutor in my Life, nor never was in Crouch's Company but 2 or 3 times, and Crouch will say the same if you send for him from Newgate. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
23. Daniel Tipping , was indicted for assaulting (with* James Plumridge , not yet taken) Joshua Lumm in a Field, near the Highway, in the Parish of Stepney , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Cloth-Coat, value 3 l. a Hat, val. 10 s. a Wig, val. 40. a Silk Handkerchief, and 19 s. in Money .
*Plumridge was an Evidence against Cole and Pain who were capitally Convicted in Doceer last, see his Tryal in the Session-Paper, Numb. I. Pag. 13.
At the Prisoner's Desire the Witnesses against him were examin'd a-part.
Joshua Lumm . I live with Alderman Parsons : On Sunday, June 18th near 11 at Night, I was attack'd by 3 Men in Stepney-Fields , one of them collar'd me, and tore my Shirt out of the Gathers; I ask'd him what he wanted, and gave him a push from me; he cut me across the Throat with a Knife, and said, Damn ye, I'll tell you what I want; the other two then came behind me, and struck me on the Head with Broomsticks, Damn ye, says the first, come out of the Pathway, and with that they dragg'd me 30 or 40 Yards aside; stabb'd me twice in the Back, took off my Hat and Wig, and leaning me against a Bank, took 19 s. and a little piece of Span sh Silver, worth about 4 d. halfpenny out of my Breeches-Pocket, but they left 6 d. behind; then they pull'd my Coat off, my Handkerchief and Gloves were in the Coat-Pocket; they gave me several Knocks with Broomsticks to knock me down, and at last they did; I held up my Hand as long as I could to defend my self; my Arm was very much swell'd next Day with the Blows: After they had got me down, they cut my Wrist, my Nose, and my Ears, and gave me several other Cuts in the Head and Face, and then they threatened to tie me Neck and Heels, but did not do it; and as they were going, one of them listed me up, and bid me run if I could, and then they made off, and I went to Dr. Harrison's to get my Wounds drest, they are not well yet. The Prisoner was taken on the Information of Peter Buck ; it was dark, and I can't swear that he was one of those that robb'd me.
Peter Buck . The Prisoner and I, and Plumridge committed this Robbery: The Prisoner and I din'd at Mr. Winniat's in Fleet-Lane, on Sunday was a Fortnight; we had a Leg of Mutton and Turnips for Dinner, and 3 Bowls of Punch after, in Company with Winniat and his Man, and a Countryman; but Winniat is since absconded. Between 9 and o at Night Plumridge came in, and ask'd us to drink a Dram; we had half a Pint of Caraway, and then went all together to Whitechappel-Fields ; there we overtook the Prosecutor: Plumridge seiz'd him, and cut him across the Throat, and gave him 2 Stabs in the Back with a great Case-knife, which he brought from Winniat's : I did not see him give the Stabs, but he told me afterwards that he did it. Then the Prisoner struck him on the Head with a Broomstick, and the Prosecutor being 10 th to come along, we dragg'd him to a Bankside; Plumridge got upon the Bank to pull him over, but did not; I search'd his Pocket, and took out 19 s. and the Prisoner examin'd farther, and found the Pocket-Piece, 'twas a little bit of Silver like a Sixpence: I took his Hat, and gave him mine.
Lumm. I know of no Hat that was given me.
Buck. He was senseless with the Blows and Wounds: This is the Hat, and Plumridge took his Wig to the best of my Remembrance, tho' the Prisoner since told me, that he took it himself. We stript his Coat off, and the Prisoner bid me put it on and wear it, which I did; but first they knock'd him down, and would have murder'd him if I had not begg'dRalph Dohson 's in the Old Bailey, where we met the Prisoner, and spent the Night together. I voluntarily surrender'd myself to Justice Rohe the same Week (but I forget the Day) and gave Information against the Prisoner, who was taken immediately; then I went, and 3 Men with me, to see for Plumridge in Old Bedlam, but he was gone before we came; and after that I went by myself to New Prison.
Court. Was there not a Warrant out against you before you surrender'd? Buck. The Prisoner told me there was a Judge's Warrant against me, but I knew nothing of it; I surrender'd upon no other Account than the Pricks of Conscience. Court. How happened it then that you did not surrender sooner? Buck. I went about it as soon as ever I could get out of the Prisoner's Company without his suspecting me; I left him under Pretence of going to have my Wig powder'd, and I told Mr. Pointing and some other Men of this Robbery, and desired them to go with me to a Justice to surrender myself. Court. How long have you known the Prisoner and Plumridge ? Buck. I have known the Prisoner 5 Weeks, and Plumridge 10 Months; the Prisoner and I became acquainted at Mr. Rhodes's Alehouse in Black-Boy-Alley ; he told me that he was a Poulterer, and he and Plumridge invited me to go out with 'em.
Prisoner. Pray, my Lord, enquire into his Character.
Buck. My Character! I am well enough known, I have liv'd at the Man and Moon Tavern in Whitechappel, at Madam Lawley's at Aldgate, at Mr. Hare's at the Horns, and at several other Places: And then I used to go out with Mules and Asses of my own to sell Earthen-ware, till within these 3 Quarters of a Year, not being very well, I have been with my Sister in Black-Boy-Alley.
Prisoner. One of his Sisters is now in Newgate for picking a Gentleman's Pocket*.
* The Bill was found Ignoramus.
Buck. One of my Sisters kept a Brandy shop, and t'other kept an Alehouse at the Pindar of Wakefield, but they have both met with Losses, and so have left off Trade.
Ralph Dobson . I live in the Old Baily, I am a Cooper by Trade, and sell Liquors and Earthen-ware, Buck, and Plumridge, and the Prisoner were drinking together at my House last Monday was a Fortnight, between 11 and 12 at Night; they had a Bottle of Dorcheste Beer, and a Bottle of Perry.
William Pomber . I lately kept the B Tree Alehouse at the Pindar of Wakefield, but have since left it. On Monday the 19th of April, about one in the Morning, Buck, and Plumridge, and the Prisoner came in a Coach to my Door, and knock'd me up; I told 'em I had no Fire, nor Candle in the House; they said they were very dry; says I to Buck, You know the way into the Cellar, fetch up some bottle Ale; so he went down, and brought up 3 Bottles. I groped about for a Mug, but not finding it readily, they drank out of the Bottle; then they all 3 went to the Pump to wash themselves; I went up to Bed, and they follow'd me; my Wife was not with me, and so we lay all together, for it was a very large Bed. I got up at 5, and opening the Window-shutter, saw their Cloaths which lay on the Bed, and their Linen were very bloody: Plumridge call'd for some Water, and a Towel, which I fetch'd, and he began to wash one of the Coats, which was more bloody than the rest; says I you'll spoil your Coat, you had better do it with a dry Brush; he desir'd me to help him to one, which I did, and then he began to rub the Blood off his own Coat, for he said the other was Buck's, and when he had done, the Prisoner took the Brush, and clean'd his Coat. Says the Prisoner
Court. Did they name any particular Fact, concerning which they were afraid he should turn Evidence?
Pember. No. I went to London and heard that a Man had been robb'd in Stepney Fields of a Coat, and Hat and Wig, and had been very much abused. This made me suspicious of these three Men; and so that Night I went to look for Buck and the Prisoner at a House in Drury-Lane, which I knew they frequented. They both came in drunk between 12 and 1 in the Morning. They stay'd some Time, and then I went away with them towards my House. When we came into the Fields, they quarrel'd about the Coat that Buck and Plumridge had pawn'd at Cow-Cross ; they swore and curs'd, and called Names; you're as great a Rogne as I, says one, and you have no Heart, says th'other; and at last they drew their Knives, but the Prisoner wrested Buck's Knife out of his Hand, and threw it away; Buck sell into a dry Ditch, and there we left him without a Coat. As the Prisoner and I went home together, he told me. that himself and Buck and Plumridge had robb'd a Man, and stabb'd him in the Back, because he was resolute, and wou'd not agree to their Compliance. When we came to my House, I turned my Wife and another out of Bed, and I and the Prisoner went in. Buck came Home soon after, tho' he would not come to Bed because of the Quarrel, but he sat up with his Sister.
Court. Was she your Wife?
Pember. Yes, and a good one too she wou'd be, if she was but hang'd. I got up in the Morning, and Buck then went to Bed. I went to London, and consulted with Mr. Brock, Mr. James and Mr. Pointing, and they spoke to Mr. Taylor about apprehending the Prisoner and Buck. We all came for that Purpose to my House; but my Wife suspecting my Design, had given her Brother and the Prisoner timely Notice, so that they got off. Then I appointed to meet Mr. Taylor and Mr. James in London at 6 that Afternoon, and to go to Sir Richard Brocas to detain Plumridge, who was then in the Compter. I and Pointing waited at several House in the Fields, in hopes of catching Buck and the Prisoner, if they came that Way; but we mist of them, tho' we stay'd till 8 a Clock; and so when we came to London. Mr. Taylor was gone, and Plumridge was discharged. Then we went to Drury lane, to enquire after the other two, and hearing that two Street Robbers had been taken up, and sent to the Round-house; we went thither, but found two other Men there, who had endeavour'd to take the Prisoner and Buck ; but a Mob being rais'd by that Attempt, those 2 were committed for breeding a Riot.
Next Day being Thursday. I went that Way again, and happening to see Buck's eldest Sister, who lodg'd in Drury-lane, I dog'd her to the White-Hart in * Baldwin's Gardens in Drury-lane, and there I found the Prisoner drinking; I sat down and talk'd, and play'd at Cards with him. He express'd some uneasiness that Buck stay'd so long; for Buck was gone out under Pretence to get his Wig powder'd. At last the Prisoner got up to go away. But one Mr. How stopp'd him. The Prisoner asked the Reason. Why, says Mr. How, I have got a Writ against you for 9 l. which you owe your Father-in-Law Thorowton Bocklingson for Board. O, says the Prisoner, if that's all, I don't mind that, and so he sat down again, and sung us a Song or two; after which a Coach was call'd, under Pretence of driving him to his Father-in-Law's in Rose-street ; but by the Way we was met by Richard Pointing and a Constable, who charg'd the Prisoner
* Short's Gardens.
Richard Pointing . I saw the Prisoner with Pember and How in a Coach in Drury-lane. I followed the Coach, and seeing them go into the 2 Sugar-Loaves Ale-house I went after them and charged the Prisoner with a Warrant on Buck's Information.
Thomas How . Pointing told me, that Buck had informed against the Prisoner, and that the Prisoner would be at the White-Horse in Short's Gardens (not Ba'dwin's Gardens) in Drury lane : I went thither, and found him and Buck and Pember with Buck's Sister. I went and sat in another Box at first, and took no Notice of them. Buck made an Excuse to go out and get his Wig powder'd, and his Sister said. she was a hungry, and would go out and get a Pigeon Pye, or some such Thing; and so Pember and the Prisoner were left together, and they play'd a Game or 2 at Cards. After which the Prisoner got up and went to the Door, and wondred that Buck stay'd so long; he sat down again, but seem'd very uneasy. and got up a second time; upon which I took hold of him; he appeared much concern'd at it, and asked me what was the Matter? I told him, I had a Warrant against him for 9 l. due to his Father-in-Law for Board. He desired me to stay till Buck came back. I stay'd some Time; for I did not then know where Buck was gone to; but not coming I call'd a Coach, under Pretence of carrying the Prisoner to his Father's, for we were afraid of raising a Mob if it had been known that he was taken for a Street Robber. We had gone but a little Way before I saw Pointing following the Coach, and came to us in 3 or 4 Minutes.
Court. How do you know it was the Day after? Hudson. Because then I heard Buck say, We robb'd Man yesterday of his Hat and Coat, and this Wig. C. Why, was Buck mad to speak of such a Thing publickly? H. He spoke it in a vapoueing way. C. Did the Prisoner hear him? H. I believe the Prisoner was not there then. Did not the Prisoner and Buck dine there on the Sunday? H. Yes, I think they came in about 2 a Clock, but I cannot be very positive, for I had lived at Mr. Winniat's but 3 or 4 Days at that Time. C. Did you carry in any Punch after Dinner? H. Yes, 2 Bowls. C. Did they eat together? H. Yes, c. And drink together? H. They were in the same Room. C. That's not the Question. H. I don't know that the Prisoner drank, I was to and again in the Shop. C. You shuffle! did they belong to one Company? H. To my thinking they did. C. Was any other Person in their Company? H. Another came in after Dinner, and I believe drank with them. C. How long did they stay? H. Till between 10 and 11 at Night. c. Did they go away both together? H. I think so. c. Do you know Plumridge ? Did the third Man drink Punch with them? H. They two went away about 9 and came again between 10 and 11, and another Man was with them; our Shop was then shut up, and they desired me to let them have half a Pint of Carraway, and said they would stay no longer than just to drink it; for they were going to take a Walk out. C. And could not you have said this at first, without shuffling? Where is your Master? H. Gone into the Country. C. When did he go? H. Last Sunday Night. C. And when do you expect him again? H. His Sister told me she had a Letter from him, and expected him next Monday Night.
Council. My Lord, here are 3 other Witnesses, who apprehended Buck and the Prisoner, the Night before Buck surender'd himself.
Anthony Fathwall . The last Witness Richard Hudson informed us, that Buck and the Prisoner had committed a Robbery, upon which we went on Wednesday Night to an Alehouse in Drury-Lane, and took 'em both. But Buck's Sister, who was there present, went out and fetched one Brock, who came with others and beat us, and threw the Pots at us; so that Buck and the Prisoner got off, and the next Day Buck turned Evidence.
Will. Pember again. Buck's Sister told me, that he went on Wednesday Night to Captain Giffard 's, to be made an Evidence, but it was so late (being about 12 a Clock) that it could not be done that Night.
The Prisoner's Defence.
Prisoner. I own I have been so unfortunate as to drink in Buck's Company, but I was not with him that Night the Robbery was committed. Buck and Pember both are Persons of the vilest Character.
Mr. Jones, the City-Marshal. I have frequently found Buck in ill House, such as Debson's in the Old-Bailey, and I have often warn'd him to keep away, if he did not intend to come to the Gallows. Pember's Wife is as bad as can be; she's now in Newgate, and at present Pember himself has no visible Way of Livelihood. Brock and James make it their Business to take Rogues.
Buck. The Prisoner was in Barnet Finks and Yates's Information.
Then the Prisoner called Witnesses to his Character.
John Lester . I knew the Prisoner when he was' Prentice, and since. He's a Poulterer by Trade. And since he has been out of his Time, he has fed Ducks at his Father-in-Law's, and sold 'em again to the Trade. I have heard no ill Character of him; and his Father-in-Law keeps an Alehouse in Rose-street in Newgate-market, and lives in good Repute.
William Lawman . The Prisoner was my Apprentice. I have trusted him with Hundreds of Pounds, and never found that he wrong'd me of a Farthing. He always had a very honest Character. I have bought Ducks of him within these three Weeks; and if he were at Liberty again, I would trust: him to carry 100 l. for me, as soon as any Man I know.
Richard Hutton . My Wife being ill in February and March last, I took the Prisoner to assist me during her Illness, and have often trusted him to receive and pay 30, 40, or 50 l. at a Time, and to keep my Books, and found him always very honest.
Thorowton Pocklington. I have known the Prisoner these 18 Years. I am his Father-in-Law. I let him have Money to buy Ducks, which he fatted up and sold again. I never denied him Money when he wanted it, so that I am sure he had no Occasion to rob for it. I have trusted him with Money, and left him in Charge with my House, and I never knew that he wrong'd me.
A great many more of the Prisoner's Neighbours appeared in his behalf, and gave him a very good Character. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
Oliver Smith . My Father having lost 4 Elephants Teeth, and the Prisoner using our Shop, I suspected her, and laid a Bait to catch her. I chalked the uppermost Row of Teeth with 1, 2, 3, to 8. Between 9 and 10 at Night, she came with Mary and Ann Alexander to buy a Length of Cocos Wood. I saw the Prisoner take one of the Teeth and put under her Petticoats. I let her go out, and then followed and brought her back, and she took the Tooth from under her Coats, and threw it down in the Shop, and Richard Can took it up; and then she said she was but in Just.
Prisoner. Did not I strike you with the Tooth? Smith. No. Prisoner. Did not you pull your Breeches down? Smith. No. Prisoner. Did not you lock the Door upon me, when the two young Women went out? Smith. No.
Court. Did you serve the Prisoner in the Shop?
Smith. Yes, the 2 young Women went backward to chuse a Piece of Wood, and I saw'd it off for them in the Shop. and then I let them out, and the Prisoner followed them as far as next Door.
Court. What Size was the Tooth?
Smith. Here it is, it weighs 10 l. and an half.
Court. How did she walk? Smith. She walked well enough, but I suppose she had some private Place to put it in, for I saw it come from her. Court. And you said you saw her put it under her Coats? S. No. I mist it from the Heap, and see her take it, but I did not see her put it under her Coats, but I knew she had it, but I did not see it. C. How did you know it then? S. Because she stole 4 more some Time ago. c. And how do ye know that? S. Know it? I can't say I know it, I only fancy so: But I lost them, and it must be she that took them; for how shou'd they be gone else? c. Why did not you charge the other two Women? S. I did charge them, but Alderman Brocas discharged them, because I fix'd it upon none but the Prisoner.
Richard Cane . I was drinking at the next Door, and Smith followed the Prisoner and the other 2 Women, and felt about their Petticoats; he said he did not know which of them had got it; and when the Prisoner went into the Shop again, she dropt it on the Ground, and own'd that she took it, but said it was only in left. Says I, this is a pretty Thing for a Woman to carry bet wixt her Legs.
Prisoner. My Father is a Fan-Stick Maker, and dealt with Mr. Smith, who was always very impudent when I went to the Shop: I was sent thither for a Piece of Cocos Wood; and being afraid to go alone, I desired Mary and Ann Alexander to go with me. As soon as we came in he shut the Door; he took us backwards to chuse the Wood, and then he brought it into the Shop to saw it. He was very rude. and offer'd to put his Hands under my Coats while they were there, and talk'd a deal of impudent stuff. The 2 young Women open'd the Door and got out and I was going with them, but he pull'd me back. and tore my Gown, and push'd the Door too. Then he threw me on the Ground. I cry'd out, and he clapt his Hand to my Mouth, but I got up again, and took one of the Teeth up and struck him with it, and then I got the Door open, and run out; he followed me, and said I had robb'd him.
Mary Alexander . The Prisoner call'd at our House, and desired my Mother to let me and my Sister go with her, for she said, that Smith was always impudent when she went alone, but might not be so if we were there. so we went with her: and found Smith sitting at the Door, and the Door open; but as soon as we came in he shut it. We went backwards with her to look out the Wood; he soon began his impudent Tricks, and went to put his Hands under her Coats for all we were there. Then he brought the Wood into the Shop and saw'd it, and she paid him 8 d. for it; and all the while he kept talking his impudent lewd Discourse about lying with her, and where would be the harm of it if he did, and such kind of Stuff, but all in such gross Language, that I cannot repeat it. I and my Sister got out first, and were gone but a little Way from the Door, when we heard her scream out, and call Molly, Molly. We turn'd back, and he said she had taken the Tooth, and he would swear it, and we shall all stay till the Watch was set; tho' says he, if she had not made such a Noise and Shrieking, I never would have charged her with it.
Charles Kemp . I have known the Prisoner above 16 Years, and I believe her to be as sober, as modest, and as honest a Girl as lives upon Earth; I bail'd her upon this Affair, as believing the Prosecution to be base and malicious;
37. Thomas Gordon , was indicted for assaulting John Cooper Field in Chelsea Parish, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Coat, a Waistcoat, a pair of Breeches, a pair of Shoes, a pair of Silver Shoe-buckles, a Shirt, a Stock, a Silver Stock-buckle, and 4 1/2 d. in Money , May 30 .
John Cooper. On Whit-Monday, May 29. I dress'd myself and went abroad, and returning between 1 and 2 next Morning to my Lodging at Numb. 11 in Eagle-Court, in the Strand, I knock'd once, but finding no Body answer'd, I went to a Night-Cellar hard by, I call'd for a Pint of Beer, and sitting down on a Bench, the Prisoner came and sat by me; he ask'd me if I did not know Mr. Price, and some other Persons, and so we sell into Discourse; we drank 3 hot Pints together, I paid the Reckoning 9 1/3 d. and went up; I was got about 15 or 20 Yards off when the Prisoner came up to me, said it was a fine Morning, and ask'd me to take a Walk; I agreed, and we went into Chelsea Fields, and turning up to a private Place among some Trees, he clap'd his left Hand to the right Side of my Coat, and trip'd up my Heels, and holding a Knife to me, God damn ye says he, if ye offer to speak or stir I'll kill ye; give me your Ring. I gave it him, and he put it on his own Finger; then he made me pull of my Coat and Waistcoat, and Breeches; I begg'd that he would not kill me, nor leave me naked; No, says he, I'll only change wi'ye; came pull off your Shirt, and put on mine; so he stript, and drest himself in my Cloaths, and I put on his; there was 4 1/2 d. in my Breeches, and I found 3 ha' pence in his. He ask'd me where I liv'd, and I told him. I suppose, says he, you intend to charge me with a Robbery by and by, but if you do, I'll swear you're a Sodomite, and gave me the Cloaths to let you B - r me. While we were dressing, a Man pass'd by at a little Distance, if there had been 2 Men I should have ventur'd to have call'd to them for Help, but as there was but one I was afraid. Then the Prisoner bid me come along, and I follow'd him to Piccadilly, and so to Little Windmill-street, and there I call'd to 2 Men, who took him into an Alehouse; I told them he had robb'd me, and he said that I had given him the Cloaths to let me B - him. The Men said they expected to be paid for their Day's Work, if they lost their Time about my Business; I promis'd them they should be satisfied. When we came to Justice Mercer's, he was not up, so we went to the Coach and Horses by St. Giles's Church, and waited an Hour and an half; while we were there the Prisoner wrote a Letter; to his Mother (as he said) and directed it to Numb. 20. in Colston's-Court in Drury-Lane. We went before the Justice, who ask'd me if I had charg'd a Constable with the Prisoner, I told him no; Go and do it then, says the Justice, and swear to the Things, and I'll commit him. So we went toward Tyburn-Road, into Marybone-Fields, and there the Men let the Prisoner go; What do ye do? says I. Why what would you have us do, said they, he charges you with Sodomy, and says you gave him the Cloaths on that Account. Another Man coming by at the same time, I desir'd his Assistance; but they telling him that I was a Molly, he said I ought to be hang'd, and he'd have nothing to do with me; then the Prisoner began to run, and I after him; but one of the two Men, who expected to be paid for their Day's Work, kick'd up my Heels, and as I was rising, he struck me down again; I was very much hurt, and spit Blood, so that I could not follow them, and so they all got over a Ditch and escaped; I went to my Lodgings in Eagle-Court. They were surprised to see me come home in such a shabby Dress; I told 'em what had happen'd, and describ'd the Man, and said that he sent a Letter to his Mother in Calston's-Court; O, Says one, I know him, his Name is Tom Gordon , and his Mother's Name is Abbot. So I got Justice Giffard's Warrant the same Day, and finding the Prisoner at a Brandy-shop Door in Drury-Lane,
Court. What Business do you follow?
Cooper. I am a Gentleman's Servant , but am out of Place at present; the last Place I liv'd in was Capt. Brabolt's at Greenwich.
Prisoner. Did we go out of the Night Cellar together? Cooper. No, you follow'd me.
Christopher Sandsord , Taylor. On the 29th of May, in the Evening, I was drinking with Mr. Mead at the King's-Arms by Leicester-Fields when the Prosecutor came in, dress'd in a black Coat, a white Waistcoat, and black Breeches; he sat down and drank, and then paid his Reckoning, and went away. Next Morning I saw Mr. Mead again, he said he had met the Prosecutor in a dirty ragged Suit of Cloaths, and a speckled Shirt, and never set his Eyes on a Man so metamorphos'd. But how came he in that Condition? says I, Why it seems he has been robb'd this Morning, says he, by one Gordon, a Leather-breahes Maker. I pared with Mr. Mead as I was going by Turnstile in Holbourn, the Prisoner pull'd me by the Coat, and said, How d'ye do? what don't ye know me? and indeed I hardly did know him in that Dress. What is it you, Mr. Gordon? says I, why I heard you was dead. Dead! says he, who told you so? Why Cooper, says I, he drank with me last Night. Cooper is a great Rouge, says he; What has be done ? says I; He gave me these Cloaths this Morning, says he; And is he a Rouge for that? says I; No, says he, but he pretends to get 'em again by Force. Hark ye, Tom, says I, as you have a Soul to be sov'd, I fancy you'll come to be hang'd; for he has sworn a Robbery against you. Has he really done it? says he; for God's Sake help me to make it up, I'll go and get 3 Guineas of my Uncle in the Temple, and meet you at the Bell and Horse-shoe in Holborn. I told the Prosecutor of this, and he went with me, but we could find no such Sign as the Bell and Horse-shoe.
John Sanders . Between 9 and 10 on Tuesday Night I was sent for to the Two Sugar-Loaves in Drury-Lane; the Prosecutor gave me a Warrant against the Prisoner; we went before Justice Newton ; the Justice having heard the Prosecutor's Charge, ask'd the Prisoner what he had to say for himself? Why, says the Prisoner, he laid his privy Rarts in my Hand, and offer'd to B - me. Then says Mr. Newton, You had better take him before Justice Giffard toMorrow, he knows more of the Matter, for I see it is his Warrant. So the Prisoner was sent to the Round-house.
The Prisoner's Defence.
I was lock'd out, and went to Mrs. Holder's Night-Cellar; the Prosecutor came and sat by me, and ask'd me to drink, I thought I had seen him before; we fell into Discourse, and had 3 hot Pints of Gin and Ale between us; about 4 in the Morning he ask'd me to take a Walk; we went into Chelsea Fields, and coming among some Trees and Hedges, he kiss'd me, and put his privy Parts into my Hand; I ask'd him what he meant by that, and told him I would expose him; he begg'd me not to do it, and said he would make me amends. I ask'd him what amends? He said he would give me all his Cloaths, if I would accept of them, and so we agreed, and chang'd Cloaths. After this, I ask'd him to go into the White-Horse by Hyde-Park, but he said he would not, for he had Relations there, and did not care to expose himself in that Dress. We went farther, and I would have gone into another House, but he made the same Excuse: Then we came to Little Windmill-street, where we found a Man knocking at an Alehouse Door; we thought to have gone in there, but it being early the People would not get up, and so we went to the White-Hart in Knaves-Acre ; there he charg'd me with a Robbery, and I charg'd him with an Attempt to commit Sodomy. We went before Justice Mercer, who order'd us to get a Constable, and in going along, the Prosecutor raised a Mob, and squall'd as I had been murdering him, so that I was glad to get away. He afterwards met me again as I was talking with my Master in Drury-Lane, and carry'd me to Mr. Paplet's.
Court. What sort of People? Helder. Why, to tell you the Truth, he's one of the Runners that carries Messages between Gentlemen in that way. C In what way? H. Why he's one of them as you call Milly Culls, he gets his Bread that way; to my certain Knowledge he has got many a Crown under some Gentlemen, for going of sodomiting Errands.
Robert Shaw . The Prisoner and Prosecutor, and four more came to my House, the White-Hart in Knaves-Acre, about 6 o'Clock on Tuesday Morning; says the Prisoner, this Fellow charges me with a Robbery. How so? says I; Why, says he, we have been in Chelsea Fields, and he gave me his Cloaths to let him commit Sodomy with me, and now he wants them again. After the second Pot, they disputed who should pay; says the Prosecutor, You know I have but 3 ba' pence, for when I gave you my Breeches there was 4 1/2 d. in 'em, and when I took yours, I found but 3 ha' pence in the Pocket. Then the Prosecutor desir'd to go to his Cousin Smith, a Distiller hard by, to borrow a Shilling; a Man went with him, he brought back a Shilling, and paid his Reckoning. Court. Did the Prosecutor contradict what the Prisoner said about changing Cloaths? Show. No, not in my hearing.
Edward Pacock . About 5 a Clock o' Tuesday Morning, as I was coming along Chelsea-Fields, I saw a Men a stripping among some Trees; I thought they were going to sight, but I soon found there was no Quarrel; for when they had put their Cloaths on, they went away lovingly, and the Prisoner smil'd; they look'd as if they had not been a-bed all Night, no more than I had; for you must know, being Holiday time, I got drunk, and fell asleep with my Cloaths on. Court. How far off was you when you saw them? Pcock. Within 20 or 30 Yards. Court. How came the Prisoner to find you out? Poock. I happen'd to go to Holder's Cellar, and there I heard talk of this Robbery; and says I'll be hang'd if these were not the 2 Men that thought were going to sight; so I went to Newgate to see the Prisoner, and knew him to be one of 'em; and he afterwards sent me a Subna.
John Thorp . It being Holiday time, I and another Stocking-maker, and 2 Shoe-makers, had been out a merry making, and in the Morning we came to the Two Brewers in Little Windmill-street ; the People were not up, and while I stood knocking at the Door, the Prisoner and the Prosecutor came along close together; says the Prosecutor, this Man has got my Cloaths on his Back; and say the Prisoner, He gave them me to commit Sodomy. We told them it was a candalous Business, and advised them to make it up between themselves, and change Cloaths again. The Prosecutor said he desir'd nothing more than to have his Cloaths again; but the Prisoner would not consent, For nothing is srcer than Gift, says he, and I'll see you out. We could not get in at the Two Brewers, and so went to Mr. Shaw's in Knaves-Acre, and not agreeing there, we went to the Coach and Horses by St. Giles's Church ; and there the Prisoner wrote a Letter to his Mother, it was directed to his Father, a Taylor, at Numb. 4. in Colston's-Court, I found the House according to the Direction, and deliver'd the Letter, but his Father was not up, and when I return'd to the Coach and Horses they were all gone.
Prisoner. Did not you go to the Prosecutor's Cousin, the Distiller, in Warder-street ?
Thorp. Yes; he told his Cousin he was pawn'd for a Shilling; says his Cousin, As you are in the Neighbourhood, I don't care to be scandaliz'd by you, there's a Shilling, but go about your Business, and let me bear no more of you, for you are a vile Fellow, and I'm afraid you'll come to an ill end.
The Character of the Prisoners Seraphim.Tom Gordon . But how can you be so cruel to swear his Life away, when you have own'd that you chang'd with him? What if I did, says he, I don't value that, I shall do nothing but what I have been advised to.
Mary Poplet . I keep the Two Sugar-Loaves in Drury-Lane, the Prisoner and the Princess came into my House, and the Princess charg'd the Prisoner with taking her Cloaths, and the Prisoner call'd her Villain, and said she gave 'em to him. I have known her Highness a pretty while, she us'd to come to my House from Mr. Tull, to enquire after some Gentlemen of no very good Character; I have seen her several times in Women's Cloaths, she commonly us'd to wear a white Gown, and a scarlet Cloak, with her Hair frizzled and curl'd all round her Forehead; and then she would so flutter her Fan, and make such fine Curt ies, that you would not have known her from a Woman: She takes great Delight in Balls and Masquerades, and always chuses to appear at them in a Female Dress, that she may have the Satisfaction of dancing with fine Gentlemen. Her Highness lives with Mr. Tull in Eagle-Court in the Strand, and calls him her Master, because she was Nurse to him and his Wife when they were both in a Salivation; but the Princess is rather Mr. Tull's Friend, than his domestick Servant. I never heard that she had any other Name than the Princess Sraphina.
Mary Ryley . I was standing at the End of our Court in Drury-Lane, and seeing the Prisoner coming along with a Crowd, Tom! says I, what's the Matter? Why, says he, pointing to the Princess, this Man gave me his Cloaths to let him B - r me, and now he charges me with a Robbery. I know the Princess very well, she goes a Nursing sometimes: She nurs'd his Master Tull and his Wife in their Salivation, and several others; and I was told that he was dress'd in Woman's Cloaths at the last Masquerade ( Ridotto al Fresco at Vaux Hall.) Sometimes we call her Princess, and sometimes Miss.
Mary Robinson . I was trying on a Suit of Red Damask at my Mantua-maker's in the Strand, when the Princess Seraphina came up, and told me the Suit look'd mighty pretty. I wish, says he, you would lend 'em me for a Night, to go to Mrs. Green's in Nottingham-Court, by the Seven Dials, for I am to meet some fine Gentlemen there. Why, says I, can't Mrs. Green furnish you? Yes, says he, she lends me a Velvet Scarf and a Gold Watch sometimes. He used to be but meanly dress'd, as to Men's Cloaths, but he came lately to my Mantua-maker's, in a handsome Black Suit, to invite a Gentlewoman to drink Tea with Mrs. Tull. I ask'd him how he came to be so well Rigg'd? And he told me his Mother had lately sold the Reversion of a House; And now, says he, I'll go and take a Walk in the Park, and shew my self. Soon after this, my Maid told me that her Highness was robb'd by a Man in a Sailor's Habit, who had changed Cloaths with him. And so next Morning I sent for him. Lord, Princess! says I, you are vastly alter'd. Ay, Madam, says he, I have been robb'd, but I shall get the Reward for hanging the Rogue. Another Time he comes to me, and says, Lord, Madam, I must ask your Pardon, I was at your Mantua-maker's Yesterday, and dress'd my Head in your Lac'd Pinners, and I would sain have borrow'd them to have gone to the Ridotto at Vauxhall last Night, but I cou'd not persuade her to lend 'em me; but however she sent me your Callimanco Gown and Madam Nuttal's Mob, and one of her Smocks, and so I went thither to pick up some Gentlemen to Dance. And did you make a good Hand of it, Princess? says I. No, Madam, says be, I pick'd up two Men, who had no Money, but however they proved to be my old Acquaintance, and very good Gentlewomen they were, One of them has been transported for counterfeiting Masquerade Tickets; and t'other went to the Masquerade in a Velvet Domine, and pick'd up an old Gentleman, and went
Eliz. Jones. I saw the Princess Seraphina standing at Mr. Pople's Door. What, have you been robb'd, Princess? says I, Has Tom Gordon stripp'd your Highness stark naked? An impudent Rogue! And yet, Ma'm, I think your Highness had better make it up with him, than expose yourself, for some say it was only an Exchange. Why, sysle, at first I would have made it up, and taken my Cloaths again, but now it's too late, and I must prosecute, for those that were concerned in taking him up, expect their Share in the Reward, and won't let me drop the Prosecution.
Andrew Monford . I heard the Prosecutor say to the Prisoner (at Mr. Poplet's) Tom! give me my Cloaths. And the other answer'd, No, you Rogue, I won't: Did not you put your Hand in my Breeches, to pull out what I had?
Several of the Inhabitants of Drury-Lane gave the Prisoner the Character of an honest working Man, and the Jury acquitted him.
40. Margaret Simmons was indicted for stealing 18 d. the Money of Mary Buckler , June 19 . She was a second Time indicted for stealing a Silk Apron, fringed with Silver, and other Things, the Goods of Job Morgan , in his House , May 18 . Acquitted .
Henry Ford . You must know that I am a Plaisterer , and I was coming Home from St. James's to East-Smithfield, and I thought by the Way to call upon my Master, a Bricklayer, who lives in an Alley in Drury-lane; but being full of Liquor, I mistook, and went down Holford's Alley , and there the Prisoner and another lewd Woman stood at a Door, and pull'd and push'd me into a low Room, and I being full of Liquor, and heavy for Sleep, to Sleep I went; but by-and-by I felt something tickling about my Neck, and so I waked, and found the Prisoner taking off my Stock, wherein was a Silver Buckle. What, says I, are ye going to rob me? Rob ye? says she, what signifies such a foolish Thing as this? It well never fetch above the Consequence of a Slling. I found I was in a lewd House, and so I did not offer to take it from her; and then I felt in my Pocket, and found my Money was all gone too, and I had 31 s. 6 d. when I went in.
Court. Are you sure you had so much? Where did you count it? Ford. I counted it in the Street 2 Hours before, and there was 31 s. 6 d. Court. You say you was drunk, are you sure you dropp'd none of it in the Street? Ford. Yes, I was drunk, that's true; but not so drunk as that comes to neither. Court. Did you go into no Company before you met with the Prisoner? Ford. Yes, I went to drink with 2 Men, upon the Acknowledgment of my coming out of the Country, and then I was more fuddled than before; when we came to pay the Reckoning, I had 33 s. 6d. Court. You said you had but 31 s. 6 d. before you went into the Alehouse. Ford. I said so because I made no Acknowledgement of the Consequence of the 2 s. which I spent afterwards at the Alehouse. Court. And whither did you go next? Ford. I went to another House, and drank the Consequence of 2 or 3 full Pots of Beer, but I spent no Money there, because I was treated. I remember it well enough, for I was sober when I came out of the House. Court. Do you drink yourself sober ? How came you drunk then before you came to the Bandy-house? Ford. Why, I don't know; with talking of one Thing or another, I think: But I was full of Liquor, that I was. Court. When you was so full of Liquor, could you know one Woman from another? Ford. Yes, I acknowledged the Woman next Day. Court. Did you feel her pick your Pocket? Ford. No, I felt nothing about my Pocket, being heavy to Sleep; but when I began to wag my Head, she proceeded to the Feet of the Bed, and having a strong Suspicion that she took my Stock, I charged her with picking my Pocket. Court. You said, you felt her take your Stock. Ford. Yes, she took it by main Force. Court. Then she did not take it privately without your Knowledge, and therefore she cannot be guilty of this Indictment. The Jury acquitted her.
George Robinson , June 24 . Acquitted .
46, 47. Katherine Mackintosh , and Sarah Palmer , were indicted for stealing a Gown and Petticoat, and other Things, the Goods of several Persons in the House of Moses Conian , June 1 . Mackintosh was found Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. and Palmer Acquitted .
P. Kirk. The Prisoner had been my Chum in the Fleet-Prison for 6 or 7 Weeks. On Tuesday the 4th of April last, he went to Bed before me, and as soon as I came to Bed to him, he caught me in his Arms and kiss'd me. I desired him to desist, for I did not like such Behaviour. I turn'd about, and went to sleep, and by-and-by he thrust his Y - d so hard against my Fun - t, that it waked me. I told him I would bear such Usage no longer, his Inclinations were not for my liking, nor never would; and if he made any farther Offers that Way, I would immediately complain, and expose him to the whole House. He swore, if I spoke of it, he would do me a private Mischief. He had made some such Offers before, and talk'd to me in the most vile Way; and therefore I had desired the Chamberlain to let me be removed, but the House was then so full that I could not be chum'd elsewhere. At last I resolved to discover his Behaviour, notwithstanding his threatning to do me a Mischief, and so I sent to ask an Attorney's Advice how I should proceed, and then on the Sunday following I disclosed it.
Prisoner's Council. Did you never borrow Money of Sylvester.
Krik. No: He may have laid out 6 d. for me, or so.
Council. Did not you owe him 18 s. before you charged him with this? Krik. No.
David Boyse . As I was drinking in the Coffee-Room 2 or 3 Months ago, the Prosecutor seem'd uneasy with his Chum, and said, he wanted another. I asked him why? Because, says he, this would have B - d me. I told Sylvester of it. He said, that the other was a lying Rascal, and would have served him so. A Day or two after they both met in the Publick Room, and charged one another, and gave one another the Lye, so that the House had a Suspicion of them both, and the Prosecutor, as well as the other, got the Name of a lying, sodomytical Fellow, and it was thought scandalous to keep Company with either of 'em. Acquitted .
52, 53. George Reynolds , and Philip Stevens , were indicted for stealing Shoes and Clogs, the Goods of several Persons , May 26 . They were a second time indicted for stealing an Ax and an Adz , the Goods of Edward Lambert , May 23 . They were acquitted of the 1st Indictment , and found guilty of the 2d to the Value of 10 d. each .
James Furnell . Acquitted .
65. 66. Philip Thomas and James Baker , alias Stick in the Mud, were indicted for assaulting Catherine the Wife of Charles Burkett , in the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Ticking-pocket, and 15 d. July 1 .
Cath. Burkett. Between 10 and 11 last Wednesday Night, as I was going along Brownlow-street in Drury-Lane, I heard somebody come tripping after me, and presently Philip Thomas took hold of my left Arm, and turn'd me round against the Rails by Justice Mercer's House; then he felt about my Coats, and about my Hands for Rings; then Baker came up, and bid the other cut my Throat; I was very much frighted, and did not speak a Word for Fear, but held up my Arms to save my Throat, when Thomas with a white handled Penknife gave me a Cut along my Arm, and then snatch'd my Pocket from under my Apron and run away. The Watchman found the Pocket the same Night as he was going 11 o'Clock, but there was nothing in it as he told me. Court. Could you see their Faces plain enough to know 'em again? Burkett. Yes; there was a Glass-Lamp at the Bagnio, and when I came home to St. Giles's, I described them so exactly that they were taken the next Morning, and I went to see them in St. Giles's Roundhouse about 9, and knew them both as soon as ever I saw them. Court. Where is the Cut in your Arm? Burk. Here it is. Court. It looks more like a slight Scratch with a Pin, than a Cut with a Penknife.
P. Thomas. I'll prove that we were in a House at the Seven Dials when you say this Robbery was done.
P. J. Baker. She sent a Man to Newgate about half a Year ago for robbing her of a Pocket*.
*It was in January last. See the Trial of Berry and Loveday in Sessions-Paper, Numb. II
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George Redgate . Mr. Burkell call'd me up about 5 last Thursday Morning, and told me that his Wife had been robb'd, and that he had some suspicion of 2 Men, who he believ'd were sauntring about the Seven Dials. We went to a Brandy-shop and took the Prisoners, who he said answer'd his Wife's Description; she came to see them in the Round-house, and as soon as the Governor of the Round-house shew'd them, she said she could swear to P. Thomas, because he turn'd her round, but she could not swear to Baker, because she did not see his Face. The Prisoners brought a Soldier and a Woman to prove that they were in St. Andrew's-street by the Seven Dials, at a Brandy-shop, at the same time the Robbery was said to be committed; and so the Jury acquitted them.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows:
Received Sentence of Death 9.
Burnt in the Hand 2.
William Faucett , Sarah Godwin , Sarah Reynolds , Mary Loveday , Catherine Smith , Mary Williams , Frances Emerton , Alex Johnson , Mary Sullivan , Elizabeth Peak , Edward Crawley , Jonathan Mow , Jane Grice , Sarah Sampson , Roger Leger , William Clark , Katherine Mackintosh , Margaret Marman , and John Owen .