Wednesday the 12th, Thursday the 13th, Friday the 14th, and Saturday the 15th of September 1733, in the Sixth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
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BEFORE the Right Honourable JOHN BARBER , Esq; Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr Baron Thompson , Recorder of the City of London; Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy-Recorder; 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.
*Jonas was try'd on two Indictments in May last; one for robbing William Banks in Stepney-Fields, and the other for stealing the Tilt of a Boat, but acquitted or both. See the Sessions Paper, Number V. Pages 131 and 151.
W. Hartly. I had been at London, and returning homeward, I went to ease myself in a Ditch in White-Horse-Field, in Radcliff , and afterwards, it being sultry hot, and my Shoes (which were new) drawing my Feet, I pull'd them off, and slapping my Hat over my Face, I laid down and fell asleep. I was waked by Somebody's twitching my Hat away, for I had put the Loop of it about my Finger. I started up upon my Breech, and, God! says I, where's my Shoes and Buckles? Says a Man, who was not far from me, There goes he that has got 'em, and pointed to the Prisoner, who was running off. I saw my Hat in his Hand, and followed him barefoot. He dropp'd my Hat, and jump'd over a Bank into a Garden, and I after, and took him. Now are not you a Rascal, says I, to rob a Man of his Clothes? You think to get the Devil and all of a Man, if he is but a little tight and clean. He called after the other Man, who followed at a Distance, and said, Jack! where' the Man's Shoes? but he sheer'd off. Then, says the Prisoner, if you'll go with me to Rag-Fair, plausible you may find him a selling them. So I collar'd him, and took him with me, and he went from one Place to another under that Pretence, but only wanted an Opportunity to get off; and so I got Help and secured him.Thomas Colvert , came.
Thomas Colvert . The Prisoner offered to make it up, and pay for the Shoes and Buckles ; but I carried him before the Justice, who presently knew him, and said, How long have you been out? Did not I commit you and two or three more, a little while ago? Guilty .
7. John Bromley , was indicted for stealing 525 Guineas, 5 Moidores, 2 half Moidores, 1 Broad Piece, value 23 s. a quarter Broad Piece, value 5 s. 9 d. 5 quarter Guineas, 1 Portugal Piece, value 9 s 40 l. in Silver, 8 Gold Rings, value 40 s. a Canvas Bag, a Silk Purse, and a Thread Purse, the Goods of Thomas Dyer , in his House , August the 2d last.
Thomas Dyer. I keep a Turner's Shop just without Newgate ; the Prisoner is my Apprentice ; he has served me six Years; he made an Elopement from me about this time Twelvemonth; but upon his returning home after above four Months Absence, I forgave him what was past. On the 2d of August last I went with my Wife to Harrow, and as soon as I came home my Daughter told me that I had been robb'd; that the Prisoner went away between six and seven in the Evening, which was about an Hour and a half before my Return; that upon missing him they had some Suspicion, and went up and found my Drawers broke open; upon which, they inform'd my Neighbours, Mr. Brown and Mr. Sheppard, of what had happen'd.
Court. Did you leave your Drawers lock'd?
Mr. Dyer. Yes; that very Morning I took 10 s. out of one of the Drawers, and lock'd it, and saw all the rest were fast, but at my Return I found them all broke open. In one Drawer there was between 70 and 80 l. taken out, 500 Guineas from another, and the third was a little Drawer, in which my Wife had laid up several remarkable Pieces for my Children, Crowns, Half-crowns, Silver Groat, Three-pences, Two-Pences and Pennies, and these were all taken away. The Prisoner was taken in about five Hours after, with all the Money upon him, except 15 l. 4 s. which he had laid out in buying a great Coat, Whip, Boots, Sputs, a Trunk to put the Money on, and several other odd Things. I went in Pursu't of him towards Harwich, but he was taken in Kent by others who followed him in Dover Road. I did not see him till the Saturday following, and then he confess'd to me that he had broke open my Drawers, and taken my Money.
Thomas Hancock . Two Hours after the Robbery Mr. Brown and Mr. Sheppard sent for me, and told me the Prisoner had robbed his Master of 5 or 600 l. and desired me to go in Pursuit of him. It happen'd that I took Post horse at the same Inn as the Prisoner did; and at the second Stage, which was Dartford in Kent, I heard that such a Person as the Prisoner was but just gone out of the Inn, and could hardly he got 40 Yards off. I follow'd, and in about two Miles he was stopp'd by another Person who had got the Start of me, and brought him back, and we return'd to the Inn at Dartford. John, says I, how do ye do? - How do you do? says he again. God, says I, John, I am glad to see you; where is the Money? 'Tis in that Trank, says he I ask'd him how much there was? He said he had not told it yet, but had intended to tell it as soon as he came to Rochester. Upon searching I found there was 546 l. 3 s. 6 d. in the Trunk, besides other Money that he had about him. Then he gave me a Seal with which I scal'd up the Trunk He confess'd very readily, and was willing to come home with me, but we sat up there all Night. I ask'd him how he could serve his Master so, and what he had propos'd to do with the Money? He said, his Master was a good Master, and that he intended to make his Master Returns in Goods for the Money, designing to go directly to France, and so to Legborn, and from thence to send over Bermudas Hats to his Master. It seems there was some Money in his Clothes that were in the Trunk, which I did not see. He was afterwards sent to Maidstone Goal, from whence he was removed hither by a Habe Corpus.
The Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence, and the Jury found him Guilty Death .
John Welch , was indicted for the Murder of John Ashwell , by throwing him on the Ground, and striking him with both his Hands and Feet on the Stomach, Breast, Belly, Sides, and Groin, and thereby giving him several mortal Wounds and Bruises, on the 24th of June last, of which he languished 'till the 29th of the same Month, and then died. He was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
At the Prisoner's Prayer the Witnesses against him were examined separately.
Thomas Eastmend. About two Months ago on a Sunday, between five and six in the Afternoon, as I was standing at the Nag's Head Tavern Door in Prince's-street, by Drury-lane , where I ply as a Porter, I saw two Porters coming along Prince's-street, one was the Porter at the Swan Tavern in Cornhill, and the other was John Sudlow , the Porter to the Ship behind the Exchange Sudlow pick'd up a Six-pence, and said to the other Porter, Look here, I have found Six-pence. Some Irishmen, of whom the Prisoner was one, coming behind them, and hearing what Sudlow said, they ask'd if he had found Six-pence? He said yes. Why then, says one of them, 'tis mine. How do you know, says Sudlow, has it any Mark? Damn you, says the other, 'tis mine, and I'll have it. Well then, says Sudlow, you shall have it, if you'll give me a Pint of Beer. No, damn you, says the Irishman, I'll have it without, or I'll have as much out of your Bones. Sudlow, at last, gave him the Six-pence, and as soon as he had got it he knock'd Sudlow down with a Stick, though there was no Provocation given; and then the rest of the Irishmen fell upon him too: Some of them had Sticks, but I can't say the Prisoner had any; so they all fell to fighting: Sudlow was very much abus'd, and cut in the Head. He went into the House, and got his Head dress'd, and then coming out again, they fell upon him afresh. The Deceased was then standing at the Tavern Door in his Waistcoat. He was a Soldier , but had no Sword nor Stick, for he had been at Work; and seeing how they abused Sudlow, he said, What barrarous Villains these are to use a poor Man in such a Manner, without any Occasion. Upon which the Prisoner step'd up to him, and said, Damn you, you Rascal, do you Chatter? At this the Deceas'd began to strip; but, before he could get his Clothes off, and while his Arms were pinion'd behind him, being part out and part in the Sleeves, the Prisoner fell upon him, and knock'd him down against the Bench with his Fist, by which Blow the Deceas'd's Lip was cut thro', and then, holding the Deceas'd up against the Bench with his Knee, beat him in a violent Manner, and afterwards kick'd him on the Belly, so that his Belly was broke.
Prisoner. At first you said the Deceas'd was only in his Waistcoat, and now you swear that he was pulling his Coat off when I struck him.
Court. He did not say his Coat, but his Clothes.
Prisoner. Had I any Stick?
Eastmead. I don't say you had.
Prisoner. Was I concern'd in abusing the Porter that found the Six-pence?
Eastmead. You was in Company with the Irishmen who made the Riot, but I can't say that I saw you strike the Porter.
Court. Did the Deceas'd offer to strike the Prisoner, or give him any Provocation?
Eastmead No, not at all. He was only going to pull off his Waistcoat to defend himself when the Prisoner threaten'd him.
Edw Andrews . When the Porter had pick'd up the 6 d. the Prisoner and two or three more Irishmen follow'd him, and one of 'em demanded the Six-pence. The Porter told them it was true he had found a Six-pence, but ask'd them, how he should be sure it was theirs, except they could tell what Marks it had? They swore they would not stand for Marks; but Mark, or no Mark they would have it; and one of them held up a Stick, and offer'd to strike the Porter, and he, rather than be beat, gave the Six-pence to one of them, who, notwithstanding this, as soon as he had got it, knock'd the Porter down, and beat him unmercifully. The Deceas'd being just come to the Tavern Door, bid them not murder the poor Man, and told them, it was very barbarous to abuse him in that Manner; upon which the Prisoner
Court. Are you positive the Deceas'd did not strike?
Andrews. Yes, I am certain he did not offer to lift up his Hand to strike one Blow.
Court. Did any but the Prisoner strike the Deceas'd?
Andrews. No Body else struck him once; and I believe he was out of his Senses in half a dozen Blows. The Prisoner punch'd him in the Face and Stomach, and kick'd him on the Belly.
Court. Did no Body endeavour to prevent the Prisoner from abusing the Deceas'd in such a Manner?
Andrews. No Body dar'd to take the Prisoner off. for he and his Companions were all so desperate, that they knock'd down all that came in their way.
Prisoner. Did I hold him up with my Knee?
Andrews. I did not observe that.
Thomas Sutton . The Deceas'd and I, and Nathaniel Brooks , were going along Prince's-Street together, when a Man pick'd up Six-pence, and said to another, who was with him, Jack, I have had good Luck, I have found Six-pence. The Prisoner and some other Irishmen over-hearing what was said, one of them claim'd the Six-pence, and after he had got it, he fell upon the Man that gave it him, and so they all went to fighting. The Deceas'd said to some of them, I hope you won't murder the Man! And the Prisoner answer'd, Damn you, do you Chatter? I'll settle you presently : Upon which the Deceas'd began to pull off his Waistcoat, and when it was half off, the Prisoner fell upon him, threw him upon the Nag's-Head Bench, cut his Lip by dashing his Hand in his Face, and punch'd and kick'd him on the Breast and Belly.
Court. Are you sure the Deceas'd did not strike the Prisoner?
Sutton. Yes, I am positive he did not, for his Hands were not at Liberty; - and the Prisoner struck at him with such Violence, that he struck his Hand thro' the Sash window of the Nag's-Head.
Nathaniel Brooks . The Deceas'd and I, and Thomas Sutton , seeing a Quarrel as we were going thro' Prince's-Street, halted at the Nag's-Head Door. Two Porters coming along, one of them pick'd up Six-pence, and the other said, We'll have a full Pot out of it. One of the Irishmen who were quarrelling came up and said, That's my Six-pence; and he who found it, said, There's no swearing to Money; but afterwards he gave it to the Irishman, who presently (to reward him for his Civility) knock'd him down, and so they all went to fighting, till at last the Man, who found the Money, was laid for dead. The Deceas'd seeing this, went over to them, and said, Gentlemen, don't murder the Man; upon which the Prisoner went up to him, and struck him down on a Bench betwixt two Posts.
Court. In what Posture was the Deceas'd when the Prisoner struck him?
Brooks. Posture? He was in no Posture at all, he stood as I do now, with his Hands behind him, pulling off his Waistcoat - He was in a red Waistcoat, and the Prisoner in a green Waistcoat.
Court. But did he offer to strike the Prisoner?
Brooks. He did not, but I believe he would have done it, with a proviso the Prisoner would have given him Liberty; but the Prisoner fell upon him before he could get his Arms clear from his Waistcoat.
John Sudlow . Going along Prince's Street with another Porter, I stoop'd down, and took up a Six-pence. Luck Thee here I says I to him, I have found Six-pence. What, says he, best Thee found Six-pence? that's good Luck indeed, let's have a full Pot out of it? Some Men follow'd us, and one of them own'd the Six-pence, which at last I gave him, and as soon as he had got it, he knock'd me down with a Stick, and I saw several Sticks among them.
Elizabeth Ashwell . The Deceas'd was my Husband. He was brought home on Sunday Evening in a sad Condition. He was cut and wounded in his Face and Head, and bruised in several Parts of his Body. On Monday his private Parts were swell'd up bigger than my two Fists; I sent for Mr. Godfrey, a Surgeon, belonging to the Guards, and he order'd some Stuff to bathe him with, but it did not abate the Swelling, and my poor Husband was in such Torment, that he could not rest Night nor Day, but cry'd out like a Woman in Labour, from the Time he was brought home, to the Time of his Death, which was on the Friday Morning following; he had no Passage below, he never went to Stool or Urine the natural way, but all came up at his Mouth; and before this happen'd he was very well, and in as good a State of Health as any Man in this Court.
The Prisoner's Defence.
Prisoner. I din'd at my Aunt's in Rosemary-Lane, and was going home to my Wife, and coming into Prince's Street, I saw a Mob there, but no quarrelling for it was all over before I came. But I saw the Deceas'd there with his Coat off, and his Waistcoat was all dirty if he had been in the Kennel I ask'd, what was the Matter? and the Deceas'd answer'd, I have beat two of your Country Teagues, and now I'll beat out for a Third; upon which he struck me, and Inllargger'd over the Kennel, but recover'd my self, I struck at him again, and he giving way fell backwards against the Bench, and some how or other, the Nag's-Head Window was broke, and being afraid thev'd keep me to pay for the Damage, I went off. But it's plain had no design to quarrel, for I did not pull off a Stitch of my Clothes.
Court. As the King's Witnesses were examin'd a part, let those for the Prisoner be examin'd in the same Manner.
John Macdonald . I saw the Fray in Prince's-Street, on Sunday the 24th of June, at three in the Afternoon. A young Man coming by the George Alehouse , stoop'd down, and took up six-pence. Another Man demanded it of him, and they were going into the George; but Mr. Lynch, who keeps the House, shut the Door upon them, and so a Mob gathering, there was a general Quarrel, and one side drove t'other into Drury-Lane.
Court. Into Drury-Lane?
Macdonald. Yes; but they came back again into Prince's-Street. Then the Deceas'd (who was a Soldier) came up, in a very dirty pickle indeed, as if he came out of a Hog-Sty, and as if there was no Water in the Land or the Kennel. And then the Prisoner, whom I never saw before, -
Court. Then look at him, are you sure that's he?
Macdonald. Yes, I know him very well.
Court. What and never saw him before?
Macdonald. Not before that time, but I know him very well now. He came up and ask'd what was the Matter? and the Deceas'd said, I came from beating two Irish Teagues, you are the Third, and upon that he struck the Prisoner.
Court. Are you sure the Deceased struck him first?
Macdonald. Yes; and then another Man came with a Stick and cut the Prisoner over the Head, and made him reel. I saw the Blood run down, and cry 'd, O fie for Shame! Two upon one! Then the Prisoner struck the Deceas'd, and the Mob edged the Deceas'd on, and cry'd, Well done, Soldier! In the Scuffle the Deceas'd fell back over a Bench, and his Head fell thro' the Nag's-Head Window. The Prisoner hearing the Window broke, went off for fear they should make him pay for it.
Court. And you swear the Deceas'd gave the first Blow?
Court. Here are four or five Witnesses, who have sworn the direct contrary: I say, Sir, Who are you? Is there any Body can prove you were there at that time?
Macdonald I'll bring ten thousand People to my Reputation; you may enquire my Character of the best Quality in England, in Duke-Street or Lincolns-Inn-Fields - There were a hundred People heard me cry, Fie for Shame.
Court. But are any of those People here? You the King's Witnesses, did any of you see this Witness there?
All. No; we never saw him before.
Court. You hear he swears the Deceas'd gave the first Blow?
All. 'Tis false; he was not able to strike at all; his Arms were pinion'd down, he did not strike a Blow from first to last.
Court. He swears the Deceas'd said, He had beat two Teagues, and would beat him for the Third.
All. No such Words were spoke, and we were there all the while.
Macdonald. And I was there from the Beginning to the End.
Court. And did not you see the Deceas'd endeavour to pull off his Waistcoat?
Court. Is there any one of your own Witnesses that can prove your being there?
Court. Call her in.
Mary Murphy . I live in Prince's-Street, and saw the Quarrel from the Beginning to the End. I was at the George with some Irishmen, who came to take their Leave of me, and three more of their Countrymen, Thomas Digneil, Daniel Affer , and another, whose Name I don't know but by Sight.
Court. Look about, do you see him here?
Murphy. No; but he and Dignell and Affer went away before the Quarrel begun; the other Men staid standing at the George Door , and I saw one of them handle some Money, but did not see him drop any. While they were there, two Men came by, and one of them took up a Six-pence. One of the others said, it was his Six pence, and he would have it, or else he would be it out of him; and with that he up with a Stick and knock'd him down, and so two Couple of them fell to fighting.
Court. Did you the Deceased there?
Murphy. I saw a Man in the Crowd in a Soldier's Coat. - I think it was a Waistcoat.
Court. Did you see the Prisoner strike the Deceased?
Murphy. I can't say as to that, but I saw the Prisoner come into the Crowd.
Court. Did you see the Deceased strike him?
Murphy. No, I saw Nobody strike the Prisoner.
Court. Do you know one Macdonald ?
Murphy. Yes. - This is he with the black Brows.
Court. What Business does he follow?
Murphy. I don't know, except he's a Clergyman.
Court. A Clergyman!
Murphy. Yes, but he's in another Dress now.
Court. Does he use to appear in a Clergy-man's Dress?
Murphy. Yes, it's the common Dress he walks the Streets in.
Court. Did you see him there?
Officer. My Lord, he makes a Sign to her. - He winks upon her.
Court. What do you mean by that, Sir? - Upon your Oath, Woman, did you see him here?
Murphy. No, I did not see him.
Court. Before he was struck by the Prisoner ?
Kent. Yes, but then the Prisoner recovering struck him again, and he fell back against a Window, and broke it with his Head. Another Man struck the Prisoner on the Head with an Oak Stick, and made his Head bleed.
Court. Was this before or after the Prisoner struck the Deceased?
Court. And after the Deceased had struck him twice?
Court. So he fell upon the Prisoner, not because the Prisoner struck him twice; for, auseems, he bore that patiently, but because other Man afterwards came and broke his Head. - Did any of the King's Witnesses see any Body strike the Prisoner with a Stick?
All. No, nor with any Thing else.
Court. Did you hear him say nothing of beating two Teagues?
Conner. No, but he struck the Prisoner three or four Blows, and beat him over the Kennel, and then went off.
Court. Three or four Blows!
Conner. Yes, and then another Man knocked the Prisoner down with a Stick, and the Mob cry 'd, O fye, that's too much! two to one ! Then the Prisoner struck the Deceased, who fell with his Head through the Window.
Court. Where do you live?
Conner. I live upon the Strand. The Deceased was drunk, and his Clothes were all dirty.
King's Witnesses. His Clothes were not dirty, nor was he at all in Drink.
Thomas Jones . I was one of the Coroner's Jury that sat upon the Deceased, and three or four Days after Mr. Macdonald came to my House, and said, he wish'd he had known before that I was upon the Jury, because he would have told me the Deceased gave the first Blow.
Court. But he might have acquainted the Jury with it, whether he knew you were one of them or not. Are you an Irishman too?
Philip Macdonald . While the Prisoner and the Deceased were fighting, another Man knocked the Prisoner down with a Stick, and the Prisoner rising again knocked the Deceased backward through the Nag's-Head Window.
George Anderson . I saw the Prisoner and the Deceased talking together; the Deceased struck him in the Face, and, I believe he tumbled down the Kennel, and when he got up the Deceased struck him again, and another Man broke his Head with a Stick, and then the Prisoner beat the Deceased.
Court. Because another Man broke his Head.
James Warner , for the Prosecutor. I was Drawer at the Nag's-Head. Some Irishmen were standing at the George Alehouse Door , which is kept by an Irishman. A Porter came by and found Six-pence; the Irishmen claim'd it. They fell to fighting. The Porter was very much abus'd. The Deceased asked them, Why they used the Man so barbarously; and the Prisoner asked him what he wanted, or why he chatter'd? Upon which the Deceased went to pull off his Waistcoat; but while his Arms were pinion'd the Prisoner fell upon him, and beat him unmercifully upon the Stomach and Belly. The Deceased did not strike one Blow, first or last; nor did any Body else strike the Prisoner, nor was his Head bloody. I did not see John Macdonald there, but I think I saw Murphy.
Court. If the Deceased was going to take the Part of a Man that was abused, it was so far from being a Provocation sufficient to justify the other in killing him, that it was not only a lawful, but a commendable Action; and where there is no Provocation given the Law implies Malice, and he that maliciously kills another, is guilty of Murder.
The Jury found him guilty of Manslaughter only .
10. Abraham Gibson , was indicted for stealing (with Thomas Roberts not yet taken) two Wigs, value 8 l. 8 s. three Hats, value 2 l. 2 s. the Goods of Jacob Kendall , and a Hat, the Goods of James Bury , in the House of Jacob Kendall , June 17 .
Jacob Kendall . I keep the King's-Arms in Burr-street : The Goods were taken out of my Bar between Eleven and Twelve at Night. The Wigs cost me ten Guineas, and were not 10 Pence the worse.
Will. Newell. Between Eleven and Twelve on Sunday Night, Abel [Abraham] Gibson and Tom Robinson [Roberts] and I going by the King's-Arms, look'd in and saw Nobody in the Bar, went in, unhasp'd the Bar, and took out two Wigs and four Hats, and carry'd them to Sue Jones , who sold them all (as she told us) for 19 s.
Sue Jones . As I and Bess Butler were going to Stocks-Market, Newell and Roberts and the Prisoner call'd after us on Tower-Hill. I told 'em I could not stay, but Bess went back and brought the Wigs and Hats after me to Stocks-Market, and we sold 'em for 19 s. the Wigs to a Barber, and the Hats to a Hatter.
Prisoner. I and Newell were taken up on another Information, and he and I quarrelling, he 'peach'd me out of Spite. Guilty 39 s.
11. John Olave , otherwise Marshall , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Margaret Peat , and stealing four gold Rings, two Petticoats, three Tea-Spoons, and four Shillings, June 11 , in the Night .
Margaret Peat . I lye in a low Room in Rosemary-lane ; when I went to Bed I left my Doors all fast, but about Two in the Morning the Watch call'd me up, and told me they were open. I got up. My Goods and Money were taken off the Bed where I lay. A little Boy ( Wm Newell ) afterwards inform'd me who did it. I ask'd him if he did not see me a-bed? and he answer'd, No; but I felt you, and we had taken more, but we were frighted by Somebody's calling up a Midwife next Door, and so we ran away with what we had got.
Will. Newell. Between One and Two in the Morning I met the Prisoner in Rosemary-lane, and he told me he knew a House where we could get in; and so he listed me over the Spikes into the Yard, and I struck back the Lock of the Yard Door and let him in. The Kitchen Window was broke, and a Paper stuck over it, which I tore, and so struck back the Lock of that Door too, and then we both went in and took the Things, and sold them to Rachel Oram .
Sue Jones . The Prisoner and Newell brought the Things over the Water for me to sell, but they could not find me then; and afterwards I met them at play together, and then they told me they had carried them to Rachel Oram . Guilty of Felony.
J. Mackey. As my Mate and I were asleep in my Cabbin we were surprized by a Light. I started up and saw the Prisoner. Aba! says I, are you there? He jump'd half out of the Cabin Window, but we catch'd him by the Legs and haul'd him in again. A Wherry lay at the Ship's Stern to put the Things in. We found a Dark Lanthorn and a Penknife upon him. Guilty .
Mary Till. I keep a Chandler's Shop in Scotland-yard , and this good Woman that pick'd my Pocket is Servant to Mr. Vanbritton, and so as I was a suckling my Child, she comes in and asks for a Dram, and Ann Edson was sitting in the Shop; and so says I, Pray, Mrs. Robinson, be pleas'd to serve yourself; and so she took a Dram and came and cower'd herself down by me. I heard something jink, and catch'd her Hand in my Pocket, but she said it was only in Accidence, and so I never intrusted that she had taken any Thing. This was a Tuesday Morning, and next Morning I told Mrs. Olive Cross of it, and as how I had lost my Ring, and she afterwards comes to me and says, Mrs. Robinson is fuddled, and has drove the House of her Master, and I wish she don't lay this Ring to my Charge. Whereof I sent to her Master, and he sent me Word I should have my Ring, or Satisfaction, if I insisted in the Robbery, and I do insist in it, because when I took her Hand out of my Pocket it was clench'd.
M. Till. Its all one for that; I know as many good Things as another; I han't liv'd so long in the World for nothing; I know what belongs to the Law better than any Body can tell me, and if I put my Hand in any Body's Pocket, whether I take any Thing out or not, I say its a Robbery.
Court. That, indeed, is more than the Court knew before.
Olive Cross . I went to the Prisoner's Master's, and she came out of his Room in her Shift, though it's well known he has got a W ife and five Children; and she said as how they had had some Words, and she got a Ring upon her Finger, and said it was so little that she could not get it off, and so she soap'd it, and bath'd her Hand in Suds. Laud, says I, this is like Mrs. Till's Ring. Gode daum you, says she, she never bade such an a Ring in her Leef; and afterwards she said, her Master had the Ring, and then she sent to borrow three Rings to see whether I would swear my parjur'd Oath upon the wrong Ring, and so I went and told Mrs. Till how and about it.
Court. Was not the Prisoner drunk?
A. Edson. Not so drunk as that comes to, neither.
Prisoner. I won't swear but I touch'd her Pocket, but my Hand was not in it; for I went to change a Guinea and laid it in her Lap, and she said she never see it, and bid me look if I did not drop it, and so she turn'd her Money out of her Pocket.
M. Till. This was two Months before I lost the Ring.
Mr. Vanbritton. The Prisoner has lived with me 14 Years; I have trusted her with all I had; she is a very honest Creature, and was a good Customer to the Prosecutor, for she has laid out five or six Shillings in a Week with her, and all the Fault she had was, that she would let the Prosecutor entice her to get drunk at her Shop.
- Pointer. I heard the Prosecutor swear, that if she could be revenged on the Prisoner, she would be content to be rack'd to Death next Moment.
- And I heard her say, she would have her Revenge of the Beast if she swore thro' a two Inch Board.
The Jury acquitted her, and the Court granted her a Copy of her Indictment.
* She and her Husband were convicted in October 1732, of paying counterfeit Money in Bartholomew Fair. He was fined two Marks, and both were to suffer three Months Imprisonment. See the Sessions Paper for that Year, Numb. VIII. page 246.
About six in the Morning the Prisoner came to the Prosecutor's Shop before it was open, to fetch a Shirt out of pawn; the Prosecutor's Servant went up for it; the Watch then lay on the Counter; when he came down she paid him and went out in a great Hurry. As soon as she was gone he miss'd the Watch, and upon Enquiry found it at another Pawnbroker's, where it was pledged by the Prisoner and her Husband. Guilty 39 s.
Jane Flood otherwise White , was indicted for stealing a Gown and other Things , the Goods of Ann Turner , June 22 . Acquitted .
27. William Wilbert , was indicted for stealing nine Guineas, two Moidores, and a Bunch of human Hair, the Goods and Money of Fitz William Ferran , and a silver Watch, the Property of John Sherman , in the House of Fitz William Ferran , June 27 . Guilty 39 s.
28. Mary Hall , was indicted for stealing three silver Spoons, the Goods of William Perkins , and a silver Cup, the Property of Will Perkins , and Nathaniel Perkins , in their House, Sept. 1 . Guilty 39 s.
James Manners . I lost four gold Necklaces out of my Shew-glass, and two Hours after I miss'd them, Ned Langford , a little Boy, came and open'd the Shew-glass again, which making a Noise, we were alarm'd, and ran out and took him; we found this Wire in his Pocket, with which he us'd to draw Things out of Shew-glasses. He was carry'd before Justice Deveil, where he confess'd that he and the Prisoners stole the Necklaces, and sold them to John Marrian in Mint-Street. - Here Langford is.
Court. How old are you?
Court. Suppose now, you should not swear the Truth, what do you think will become of you?
Langford. Why, really Sir, I read it in the Bible, that it's Death in this World, and Damnation in the next.
Court. What do you know of the Prisoners?
Langford. I and the Prisoners went a Thieving together. Chriss Keightly lifted up the Shew-glass, and I took the gold Necklaces out, there was one large one and three little ones, we sold them all to John Marrian in Mint-Street, for 34 s. 9 d. we divided 11 s. a piece, and spent the odd Money.
Court. What did Bigs do?
Langford. He stood still on t'other side the Shew-glass. He knew we were going at Thieving; but did not justly know that we were going to that very Shew-glass.
William Shaw . On Langford's Information we took the Prisoners, and three other Boys a-Bed, at an Alehouse in St. Giles's, about twelve at Night; we found several silver Things upon them, and next Morning. we took Marrian.
Keightly. This Rogue, Langford, will swear any Body's Life away for a Farthing: Did you ever know me steal the value of a Pin, you Rogue?
Langford. Not before this Time.
Keightly. Did any Body see me in the Shop?
Lang. No; none of us were in the Shop.
Court. Where did the Shew-glass stand, was it within the Shop or without?
Prosecutor. Part without the Shop, but more within, and the Necklaces lay in the inner Part. The Lock was broke open - Marrian is in Surrey Goal. The Jury acquitted Biggs, and found Keightly guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.
31. Daniel George , otherwise Little Daniel , was indicted for stealing two silver Instrument Cases, value 40 s. two silver handle Knives, two silver Scissors, two silver Ear-pickers, and two pair of steel Nippers, the Goods of Stephen Triquet , in his Shop , August 28 .
Mr. Deveil. Mr. Manners having taken Langford on suspicion, brought him before me; but nothing being proved against him, I was going to send him to Bridewell, as an idle loose Boy; upon which he confess'd to me this Fact, and several others, and inform'd against the Prisoner and four other Boys, who, he said, lodg'd together at the Two-Brewers, in Maynard-Street in St. Giles's.
Court. Is not that House suppress'd yet?
Mr. Deveil. He inform'd me that John Marrian in the Mint, was the Man who receiv'd what they stole. Marrian was taken, and his House being search'd, a Parcel of silver and gold Toys were found under a Plank in his Shop, to the value of 14 or 15 l. tho' he had bought them all for 3 l.
Prisoner. I lay but two Nights at the Two-Brewers, and Langford and two more Boy s lay there at the same time, and when he was taken those Boys run away, and so he charg'd me in order to clear himself. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
32, 33. John Mills , otherwise Mollying Jack , and John Walker , otherwise Jack the Hatter , were indicted for privately stealing a silver Snuff-Box, value 25 s. and a Glass-bottle tipp'd with Silver, value 5 s. the Goods of Paul Gerard , in his Shop , August 29 .
Edward Langford . I met the Prisoners, and they told me they had been to sell some Ribbon they had got in Paul's Church-Yard, and were going to look out for a Gold-watch. We went together, to this Gentleman's Door, and finding the Glass-case unlock'd, Mullying Jack lifted it up, and I took the silver Snuff-mull, and the Smelling-bottle out, and Jack the Hatter stood by to watch. We sold the Mull to Marrian for 9 s. Guilty 4 s. 10 d. each.
John Mills, and John Walker, were a second Time indicted, for privately stealing three pair of silver Stock-clasps, a silver Tobacco-stopper, and half a silver Stock-buckle, the Goods of John Alcock , in his Shop , September 1 .
John Walker , was a third Time indicted for privately stealing two pair of silver Tea-tongs, value 14 s. three silver Girdle-buckles, and half a silver Stock-buckle, the Goods of John Alcock , in his Shop , September 1 .
J. Alcock. These Goods were lost out of my Shew-glass. I was sent for to Justice Deveil's, where I found Ned Langford , alias Nimble Jack, who said, he knew me very well, for that he and the Prisoners had stolen all these Things out of my Shop at Cripple-gate . By his Information we took the Prisoners out of their Beds, at one Evans's, who keeps the Two-Brewers, in Maynard-Street in St. Giles's.
Court. Langford, here are several Persons Lives at stake, you ought to be very cautious of what you swear. You were ask'd in a former Trial, but as you are now before another Jury, it may be proper to ask you again, if you know the Consequence of swearing falsely?
Langford. Nay, I don't know; but they say it's Damnation in t'other World. The Day after we robb'd Mr. Triquet, I and Jack the Hatter, and Mollying Jack, were going to Moorfields, and passing by this Gentleman's Shop, says Mollying Jack, I'll lay a Shilling, that Shew-glass will lift up. It won't, says Jack the Hatter. You lye but it will, says t'other Jack. Let's go back, and see then, says I; and so I went, and lifted it up, and took out these three pair of Stock-clasps and a half, and they both stood by to tell me if any Body was a coming. Then we went to John Marrian 's, and sold them all to him, for 6 s. 6 d. Then Jack the Hatter and I came back to the same Place, he lifted up the Glass, and I took out two pair of Tea-tongs, three Girdle-buckles, and the other half of the Stock-buckle. This was between 3 and 4
37, 38. William Macroy , and James Stodhart , were indicted for assaulting Mary Painter , in the Willow-Walk, near Chelsea , putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Petticoat, a Shirt, a Cap, an Apron, and a Handkerchief , June 30 . Acquitted .
39. John Cosin , otherwise Cousins , of Thistleworth , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Charles Haydon , and stealing a Surgeon's Travelling-box, with Vials, Gallipots, Instruments, Spirits, Balsam, 3 Guineas, and 3 l. 18 s. 6 d. in it , June 29 . Guilty of Felony to the value of 39 s.
42. Robert Letts , was indicted for stealing eleven Grains of Gold, value 1 s. 10 d. the Property of John Winsmore , September 7 . He was a second Time indicted for stealing two Hats , the Goods of George Smith , July 13 . Guilty 10 d. each.
43, 44, 45. George Richardson , Laurence Grace , and John Smithson *, were indicted for assaulting (with + Thomas Whithy, otherwise Woodby , not yet taken) John Gordon in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields , putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, a Wig, half a Guinea, and 5 d. July 28 .
*Smithson was an Evidence against William West and Andrew Curd , for a Burglary in February last. See Sessions Paper. Numb. III. Page 67. and in May following he and others were try'd for robbing John Violane of a Hat, for stealing John Frazier 's Coat, and for stealing Rich. Cock's Gown and Petticoat; and + Thomas Whithy was an Evidence against them it, those three Trials, but they were acquitted. See Sessions Paper, Numb V. page 148, 149.
The Witnesses (at the Desire of the Prisoners) were examined a-part.
John Gordon . On the 28th of July, just at Midnight, as I was crossing Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, I was set upon by five Men; it was a very clear Star-light Night, and I could see very plainly. Grace came up first, took me by the Collar, and said, Damn you, you Dog, stand, and deliver your Money; if you speak a Word you are a dead Man. I look'd him very hard in the Face. Two others then rifled my Pockets, and while they were taking my Money, a short Man in a Cap and a blue Jacket, whom I take to be Richardson, came behind me, struck me on the Arm and took my Hat and Wig. - I look'd over my Shoulder and saw him. - Him and Grace I remember, but I don't know Smithson. - Grace held me fast, but took nothing from me.
Grace. How long was it after the Robbery before you saw me?
Gordon. It was about a Fortnight. You were then before the Justice.
Alexander Watson . The Prisoners and I and Tom Whithy agreed to go to Lincoln's-Inn Fields together. Richardson, indeed, did not agree to rob, but Grace swore by God he'd attack the first Man he met, and that prov'd to be the Prosecutor. Grace collar'd him, and Whithy and I search'd his Pockets. He took half a Guinea, and I took 5 d.
Court. Who took his Hat and Wig?
Gordon. I am positive it was the Man in the Cap and blue Jacket that did both.
Watson. Its true, Richardson was in a blue Jacket, but he would not have had us to have gone a Robbing that Night.
Court. Did he leave you then before the Robbery?
Watson. No, he was with us. - He was behind the Gentleman.
Court. How far distant ?
Watson. He was within Reach of the Gentleman.
Gordon. Yes, I look'd behind, and saw him take my Hat and Wig.
Watson. This was about twelve a Clock on Friday Night, and about one a Clock next Morning we attack'd a Man (Mr. Spencely) in Holborn, and were taken by the Watch, and sent to Clerkenwell.
Roger Leak . I am Watchman at the upper End of Bedford-Row. I heard Mr. Spencely call out, Watch! stop'em! - Richardson, who was in a Linen Cap and blue Jacket, came running along, and I stopp'd him between the upper End of Featherstone-Buildings, and the upper End of Hand-Alley, and carry'd him to Mr. Spencely, who had taken Watson himself. This was about One in the Morning.
Gordon. This is my Hat and Wig.
Watson. I said he was in the Fields with us, but was not willing to rob with us.
Shorter. He, indeed, said so at last, - and I ask'd him why he did not put Richardson in his first Information; and he told me he was willing to save him.
Smithson. I think I have drank in Watson's Company, and he being taken up, his Wife, Peg Yately , told me, that he had inform'd against me; so I went to see him in New Prison, and gave him half a Pint of Gin, and he assur'd me he had nothing against me; I was taken that Night, but I was not in his first Information which he made before Justice Robe.
Watson. I told Justice Robe's Clerk, that we all went to a Night-House in the Strand, then another House in Shug-L ane, and so to Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, and I nam'd all their Names to the Clerk, but he forgot Smithson, and so his Name is interlin'd.
Smithson. I have no Witnesses, for I have been under Misfortunes before.
William Cross . I have known Richardson from a Child; his Parents live in Eagle-street, Soho ; he follows no Employment, but lives with his Father, who has an Estate to support his Family; I know no Ill of him, - but I han't seen him much for these last six Months.
Another. He came from Sea eight or ten Months ago, and had the Misfortune to fall into this ill Company.
Some others depos'd, that they had never heard any Ill of Richardson before this Time.
Watson. I have known Richardson several Years; he and I were three Months in Clerkenwell Bridewell for a Street-Robbery, but there being no Indictment we were discharged - After I had made my first Information before Justice Robe, several Thief-Catchers, - there's George Vaughan , alias my Lord Vaughan, for one, - came to me in New-Prison, and made me drunk, and would make me make another Information before Justice Midford, who came down to me in New-Prison. - These Thief-Catchers will do any Thing for Money.
Court. Upon your Oath was Richardson in the Robbery?
Court. Was Green ?
Court. And Smithson?
Watson. Yes; they were all three present.
Court. You have appear'd very willing to screen Richardson. Has Nobody endeavour'd to persuade you not to swear against him?
Watson. Yes, there was an Attorney came to New-Prison, and enquir'd for me; and when I was brought to him, he call'd for a Bowl of Punch, and bad me sit down and
Court. An Attorney do this! What was his Name?
Watson. It was a cramp sort of a Name, I can't remember it just now, but I know the Man; he's a tall Man, I saw him in the Court a little while ago. - He stood in that Place.
Officer. Was not his Name Wimpry ?
Watson. Yes, that was the Name.
Court. Call him into Court.
Officer. Mr. Wimpry, an Attorney! - He don't answer.
Court. Go, see if he's in any of the Publick Houses hereabout.
Then an Officer went out and brought Mr. Wimpry into Court.
Court. Here, Sir, you are charg'd with endeavouring to suborn Evidence. This Witness swears you treated him with two Bowls of Punch in New-Prison. and told him it should be better for him than he expected, if he would clear the Prisoner Richardson.
Court. Why did you treat him then?
Wimpry. It was only out of Curiosity.
Court. Are you an Attorney? Wimpry. Yes.
Court. You ought to be struck off the Roll for this; and if, before you go out of Court; you don't find Two to be Securities for your Appearance here at next Sessions I'll commit you.
Thereupon Mr. Richardson (the Prisoner's Father) and another offer'd to be his Securities, and were accepted. The Jury found the three Prisoners Guilty . Death .
George Richardson , and Lawrence Grace , were a second Time indicted, for assaulting Francis Spencely , on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Linen Handkerchief, value 6 d. July 28 .
F. Spencely. Between 12 and 1 in the Morning, as I was going by the End of Brownlow-street in Holbourn , I was attack'd by three Persons, I am not positive that Grace was among them; but Richardson, who was in a blue Jacket, and my Lord Watson - this little hump-back'd Evidence - run against me, and one of them struck me with a Stick. I reel'd against a Stationer's Bulk, but presently recovering my self, I miss'd my Handkerchief, and follow'd them up Brownlow-Street, and at the Upper-end of it, next Bedford-Row. I took this little Hump-back.
Watson. After the Robbery in Lincolns-Inn-Fields, we some how lost John Smithson . And seeing the Prosecutor, we run against him, and Richardson pick'd a Handkerchief out of his Pocket, and then he was knock'd down. We seeing that, and some People being not far off, we run for it. Grace got clear, but Richardson and I were taken; he by the Watch, and I by the Prosecutor. Richardson afterwards told me, that he had nail'd the Call of his Wipe, and ding'd it down, and was afraid, God damn 'em! that some of 'em had nail'd it again - That is, he had taken the Man's Handkerchief, and drop'd it, and was afraid that some of the Watch had taken it up again.
The Watchmen then depos'd, as in the former Trial, that they found the Handkerchief, near the place were Richardson was taken. And the Prosecutor swore the Handkerchief was the same he lost, and that he knew by the Duty-stamp upon the Corner of it. The Jury acquitted them.
P. Turst. On Sunday Evening, between 9 and 10, as I was going over Marybone-Fields , to my House at Paddington, I was stop'd, by five or six Men, who knock'd me down, and robb'd me of my Hat and Wig, a pair of silver Buckles, and a Knee-buckle. They beat and bruis'd me so unmercifully, that I was light-headed for a Week afterwards. It was a Moon-shiny light Evening, but I was so disorder'd by their ill Usage, that I cannot be positive to the Prisoners. Some Persons came to me the next Day, and told me, that they had seen the Prisoners in that Field the Night before, upon who, I go a Warrant, and took them up on Suspicion ; but none of my Things were found upon them.
John Berry . Coming out of Marybone-Fields on Sunday Evening, I saw Sutton and Baker* and two more going in. As I knew the Characters of Sutton and Baker, I concluded they were going upon some Mischief. In three Quarters of an Hour, I was told there had been a Robbery, and I said, I thought so. I went to Mr. Turst, next Day, and his Brother came in, and brought a Pistol, and Mr. Turst's Wig, which, he said, were found in the Field where the Robbery was done. I ask'd Mr. Turst, If he should know any of the Persons who robb'd him? and he said, Yes, very well; and he believ'd there was one of the Suttons (for there's two Brothers of them) if not both.
*James Baker, otherwise Stick-in-the-Mud was try'd with Philip Thomas , in July 1732, for Robbing Catherine Burkett in the Street, and acquitted. See the Sessions-Paper for that Year, Numb. VI. p. 172.
Turst. I did not know them, but I had heard they frequented those Fields - i don't deny but I might say so; but I was so Bruised, that my Senses were almost gone, that I know not what I said.
Berry. In his Affidavit, made before Justice Mercar, he swore, that he believ'd the two Alexanders, Thomas and James, the two Prisoners, and James Baker , alias Stick-in-the-Mud, were the Men who robb'd him. They were all taken up, and brought before the Justice, and he swore positively, that the Prisoners were two of the Men, and that he believ'd James Baker and Thomas and James Alexander were the other three. He had describ'd the Prisoners Clothes before they were brought in.
Turst. The Bruises they gave me, made my Memory so bad, that I don't remember any thing of it, and I don't know if ever I shall have my Senses again.
Berry. He could remember them well enough before he had been with Sutton's Mother.
Justice Mercer. On the 17th of July, when the Prosecutor came before me, he was at first very much out of order, and complained of his Head, and it was some time before he came to himself, and then I took his information. H swore, that about ten a Clock on Sunday Night, near the Burying ground, he was attack'd by several Person, who robb'd, and abus'd him; that Sutton and Simonds were two of the Men, and that he strongly suspected Baker and the two Alexanders. He describ'd the Prisoners Clothes, that Sutton was in a dark Olive Coat , and Simonds in a black Waistcoat, and said, he remember'd their Faces very well ; and when the Prisoners were taken, they answer'd his Description.
Turst. I was not in my Senses then.
Josiah Allen , Constable. I took up the five Persons, and carry'd them before the Justice. The Prosecutor was there, I shew'd him the two Alexanders and Baker. At first he said, he knew nothing of them, but afterwards, that he believ'd they were in the Robbery. Then I brought in Sutton, who was in an Olive Coat , and as soon as the Prosecutor saw him, he said, That's the Man who struck me and threw me down. Next I produced Simonds (who was in a black Waistcoat) and he declared that Simonds was another of them. I bid him have a Care, and be very
Francis Waker . Before the Prisoners were taken, Mr. Turst describ'd Simonds to be in a black Waistcoat, and Sutton in an Olive Coat , and they being taken in such Clothes, and brought before the Justice, when he was present, he said, he was certain both to Simonds and to Sutton. He was desired to be cautions, because the Mens Lives were at Stake; but he said he was positive of it. - It was afterwards buzz'd in our Neighbourhood, that he was about making the Matter up. I ask'd his Wife about it, and she said, Mrs. Sutton had indeed been with her Husband, but he was a Man of more honour than to take Money to stop the Prosecution. And the Woman who keeps the Crow Alehouse, told me, that the Prosecutor and Sutton's Mother had been at her House together.
Court. What one or the other told you is no Evidence. Is either of them here?
Waker. Yes; here's Mrs. Turst.
Court. Mrs. Turst, has Sutton's Mother had any Conversation with your Husband?
Mrs. Turst. Yes; she was twice at our House, after my Husband had sworn before the Justice.
Court. And did she desire him not to Prosecute, or at least, to be favourable?
Mrs. Turst. Yes; and he answer'd, The Law should take place, and desir'd her not to trouble him any farther, this was the first Time; but she came again, and intreated for her Son, and protested he was innocent, and my Husband told her as before, that the Law should take place; and I don't know that he was with her afterwards at the Crow Alehouse or any where else.
Rovert Draper. The Morning after the Robbery. I found the Prosecutor's Wig and this Pistol in the Field where it was done.
John Sheldon . I keep a Broker's Shop, in High-Holbourn. About ten Weeks ago, two Men came into my Shop, and ask'd for a Case of Pistols. I shew'd them a pair, they look'd on them, and ask'd the Price, I told them 10 s. or 10 s. 6 d. I forget which, they laid them down, and went away. In a little time, they came again, and another Man with them, and said, they were dear; I told them I would take no less, and then one of them gave me a Shilling Earnest, and said they would fetch them before Night, and at Night two of them came, and brought the rest of the Money and took them away.
Court. Do you know the Prisoners?
Sheldon. No; I don't know that I ever saw them before.
Court. At what time of the Day were those three Men at your Shop?
Sheldon. About the middle of the Day.
Court. Draper, are you sure that Sutton was one of the three Men you saw looking on the Pistols in Sheldon's Shop?
Court. At what time of the Day was it?
Draper. About one a-Clock.
Court. Shew that Pistol to Sheldon.
Sheldon. This is one of those Pistols I sold to those three Persons that Day.
Prisoner Simonds. Enquire into the Character of Berry, Draper, and Sheldon; they live by nothing but taking Mens Lives away.
Berry. I belong to the Brick-Field, where the Prisoners and a great many other loose Fellows frequently take up their Lodging. I have seen, I believe, 40 of 'em there; and if you come any Day between two and three a Clock, you'll be sure of seeing some of them.
Court. We don't desire to meet 'em there, but if you'll bring 'em hither, we shall be glad to see 'em. The Jury acquitted them.
48. Ann Soames , otherwise Soanes , was indicted for stealing four Gold-Rings, four Handkerchiefs, four Suits of Head-Clothes, four pair of Ruffles, a pair of Stays, and 34 Guineas, the Goods and Money of Mary Cope , in the House of William Marter , June 27 .
Mary Cope . I live at Mr. Marter's (a Linen-Draper) in Audley-street, Grosvenor-Square . On the 27th of June, I went out about 7 in the Evening with a young Lady, whom I nurse for my Lord Albemarle, and left my
- Philips. I was in the Square with the Nurse and the young Lady. When we return'd, and Mrs. Cope found she had been robb'd, I went among the Hackney-Coachmen, and enquir'd if they knew who had carry'd such a Fare. By eleven at Night, I found the Coachman, who told me, that he took up such a Person in Brook-street, and carry'd her to the Vine Tavern in Holbourn, where she treated him. Thence he drove her to London-Bridge, where she bought two gold Rings, and after that to the World's-End. I went to the World's-End after her, and saw her and a Man in their Shifts at the Window, but as soon as they perceiv'd me, they shut the Sash down, and the Man and Woman of the House came in their Places, and ask'd What I wanted? I told them my Business, and they said there was no Body in the House but themselves. But when I got in, I took the Prisoner and the Man in the Yard, as they were getting over the Pails. How do you do, Nanny? says I. Fellow, says she, I know you not. And at the same Time I perceived she was fumbling with her Fingers, to get the Rings off. I call'd a Watchman, and searching her, found 31 Guineas, a half Crown, and 3 s. 6 d. in her Pocket. I ask'd her whose Money that was? and she answer'd, What's that to you, Fellow? But next Morning she own'd, that the Money, the Rings, a Necklace, and other Things that were found upon her were all her Mistress's.
The Prisoner had nothing to say in her Defence, and the Jury found her Guilty . Death .
52, 53, 54. John Cook , William Hunt , and John Danks , were indicted for stealing 60 Handkerchiefs, 12 pair of worsted Stockings, 2 pair of silk Stockings, 11 Yards of Cambrick, 48 Yards of Holland, 50 Yards of Lawn, 33 Yards of Muslin, 12 Yards of Sattin, 3 Linen wrought Gowns, 1 Dimity Petticoat, 12 silk Purses, 6 Fans, 7 pair of Gloves, and other Things , the Goods of Ann Richardson , Aug. 2 . And
55, 56. Francis Brown , and Mary Brown , for receiving 2 pair of silk Stockings, 2 Handkerchiefs, and a Linen Gown wrought with Silk, being part of the said Goods, and knowing them to have been stolen .
Francis Brown , and Mary Brown , were a second Time indicted for harbouring, comforting, and maintaining the said John Cook , William Hunt , and John Danks , knowing them to have committed the said Felony . The Jury found Cook and Hunt Guilty , and acquitted the other three.
Rachel Norman , June 27 . No Evidence. Acquitted .
68, 69. Mary Thomas and Charles Burton , were indicted, she for stealing a Sheet, 2 Shifts, a Muslin Hood, and a Table Cloth ; and he for receiving them, knowing them to have been stolen , Sept. 2 . No Evidence. Acq .
Tho Powell . My Money was in a little Box, and the little Box was in a great Box in my Room, in Daniel Mackenzy 's House in the Haymarket . I saw the Money there on Sunday the 15th of July, which was 2 Days before I lost it, and I went out about my Business, and the Prisoner had the Keys of my Room to clean it, and she lived by Grays-Inn-Lane, and she was my Acquaintance; and I came home again, and the Door was open, and so was my Box; and the Money, and the Seal, and the Linen were gone. And I went after her, and took her by Brooks-Market, with my Linen, and 3 Handkerchiefs and a Stock; and this Linen was 2 Yards of blue and white Linen, and it was in my great Box; and she was rescued from me by 2 Men, and we had a Constable, but he had no Warrant, and so he said he could not hold her; and afterwards we found her at Mr. Calender's in Kingsland-Road with another Woman's Husband that kept her Company, and we got a Warrant and carried her to Clerkenwell, and she confess'd before the Justice.
Michael Watkins . The Day my Uncle was robb'd he sent for me, and I went with him to enquire after the Prisoner at Holborn-Bars, we heard she had been there, and was fuddled, and went away in a Coach. Then we went to the Castle in Brook's-Market, and she had been there too, but was gone. We went out and met her in the Street with the Linen upon her. We got a Constable, and coming to Saffron-Hill, 2 Men came up, and said, she should go no farther without a Warrant, and so she fell down, and we could not get her along. The Constable desir'd us to make it up, because he could not carry her before his Majesty - the Magistrate, without a Warrant; so she said she'd give my Uncle the Remainder of the Money, which was 6 Shillings and a Penny, and he took it.
Richard Penny . The same Morning the Prosecutor was robb'd I saw the Prisoner in a Brandy Shop; she pull'd out nine or ten Guineas, and had got a new Gown and new Shoes and Clogs. I did not know of the Robbery then, but the Prosecutor told me of it soon after. We found her in Brooks-Market, and he said to her, Sarah! how came you to rob me? I rob you? says she, here, take your Linen. So we got a Constable, but two Butchers rescued her, and she beat me, and threaten'd to cut my Throat.
Prisoner. The Prosecutor and I lived together as Man and Wife, but not contented with that, he lock'd me up for three Weeks together, and would not let me see Man, Woman, nor Child; and so at last I got away, and because I did not come home again when he would have had me, he said he would transport me. I have got three Love Letters here that he sent to me since I was in Newgate.
Court. Powell, look on those Letters, did you send them to the Prisoner?
Powell. Yes, yes, I writ them, I have no Occasion to deny them.
Court. Then they may be read in Evidence.
' dear Sara Brisko I was willing to be ' as good as my word in sending theas ' few lines and all wais was to you when ' Lay in my power hoping you are in good ' health as I was all waies glad to hear ' the same of you and Euer was free you ' know with all my hart to se you or send ' If I knew whare you was when you have ' bin absent from on another I hope you will ' fauer me with your ancer and not do as ' you did by on I sent to mr contract which ' was writ but if it was by your orders or if ' he rit it on his own acount I neuer knew ' but neuer sent to me tell I came my self ' and had it so now I hope you will not ' think much in giuing on peney with your ' ancer to me you have not thought so much ' in spending and guing and bying pounds of ' my mony on you know - you are sencable ' who I mean which now you have neuer ' the more thanks for it what is got on the ' deuil back will be all wais Spent under his ' beley.
' gould will wast and siluer will fli:
' in time you and them may have as litell as I:
'Sara when furst your fase I did se:
' I did litell think you would adon as you ' have to me:
' our meting then was but short:
' after that we was a year apart:
' in suckces of time we met again:
' it was my thoughtes to you with tru love ' still remain:
' beter is alitele with righteousnes then great ' reuerenc without rite Righteousnes Exalteth ' a nation but sin is a reproch to aney people: ' Treasur of wickednes profit nothing but ' righteousnes deliuereth from deth: the wicked ' worketh a defaitfull work but to him ' that soweth righteousnes shall be a sure reward: ' the righteousness of the parfect shall ' direct his wayes but the wicked shall fall by ' his own wickednes.
' dear Sara hoping of your ancerto me on ' your furst-opertunity?
The second Letter.
' Sepr: the 4: 1733
' dear Sara Brisco we not hauing time in ' our last meeting to spek on to another I ' was willing to send these hoping coming in ' time be fore you are Remoued this I wish ' that had you neuer a bin ouer comb buy the ' ouer Ruling pour as you was with all my ' hart It has bin the ackasion of great disarne ' betwen my Relation and me in your so doing ' to me besides a disgrase in haveing such ' a thing dun in the hous belonging to me.
' besid it hath brought to want that which ' was my frind
' and you are neuer the beter in the end.
' I hartily pray for your beter stacion of liueing ' had I bin a man that euer had dun you ' aney wrong in word or deed had I bin on that ' had not no abod of setelment or your nowing ' aney relation I had or I that you had you ' would not bin so much to blame in so doing ' by me as you did It was my desier to doo ' well for you and your desine to do me rong ' which was neuer in my thoughtes to you ' dear Sara I ask you this small saner to help ' me to my knife and fork my seall and kean ' I hope you will not be against that out of ' so much I have reseued a leater of what we ' was talking of at our last parting but thare ' will be sum munny in the case I shall be ' willing to doo for the best I can I was tould ' your sister should say that if I did not parsicut ' you you would mee I hope you will ' Let me have a Line how you doo and if ' you did mencion them wordes of me or if it ' was spok from hurself I have bin so had ' trubled in dreames that I cant tell at night ' I dreamed that I was standing in a hous and ' my lift arme did bleed so long tell I fell ' down on my back and thare was to great ' doges tuck hould of my neck and draued ' me on the ground it may be iterperted to ' fom thinges done of late: From me that Euer ' did respect you
' the thoughts of the Righteous are right but ' the Counsels of the wicked are desait desait ' is in the hart of them that Imagin euil but ' to the Counsellors of peace is Joy.'
' dear sara I reseued your dated 5 with great ' Joy hear from you and my desir was all wais ' for your well doing and I was willing to ' sarue you whatt did ly in my power senc ' we knew Ech other but you was not so to ' me: If you had we had not both cum in ' to this truble that you and I are in at this ' time pray to god to be both our gide to derect ' us as he think fit out of this unesey Consern ' we have to Under go deare sare I think it ' would not be to much to ancer me in what ' I ham sarten you know that you had them ' the knife and fork and of my seall and cane ' you neuer gaue me no ancer which I desired ' of you in my last leter which out of so ' much money you had you mit grant my desier ' of such small Valew them are what did estme ' haveing them with afrind was willing to ' kep them for thair sake which I had be fore ' i came to london I desier a line or to morow ' from you I came last nit to you to speak ' with you but mr wilames cuming home the ' men time he said I could not speak with ' you then I writ to you to know if it was ' you that did say you would parsicut me ' if i did not you or if it was your sester: ' you said you neuer sin hur senc you and ' i was thare you did not rit to me you did ' not say such a word it must be she I Joyn ' my prayers with you to god in what you ' mencioned in the four lines of you Selef in ' your Leter all hapines may at tend you: ' from your well wisher thomas powell. ' I desier you to ancer to morow if you can.'
The Jury acquitted her.
Susan Faucet . The Prisoner is a Journeyman Weaver . I took him in to work for me. On the 12th of July I perceiv'd a Disorder in my Child's Linen. I went up Stairs to Mrs. Bishop, and told her my Daughter was very Forward. She ask'd me how I meant forward? I told her, and shew'd her the Linen. She said, that could be no natural Thing, and bad me examine the Child, and so I did. I ask'd her what was the Matter? and promis'd not to beat her, if she would tell me the Truth. Upon that, says she, As I was suting a Quilting upon the Bed, John Cannon came in and threw me upon the Bed, and pull'd up my Coats and lay upon me, and hurt me very much, and put something in me. -
Court. What Age is your Daughter?
S. Faucet. She was 9 Years old the 4th of June last.
Mary Mason , Midwife. In July last (the Day the Prisoner was sent to Newgate ) I was sent for, to search the Child; she was in a very bad Condition, and had been grosly abused by a Man. Court. Had her Body been enter'd?
Mason. Yes, she was torn as much as a Child could be. Court. How far do you think she had been penetrated? Mason. I can't say exactly, but as far as could be in Reason.
Court. In what Condition was her Linen? Was it bloody? Mason. Yes, and I ask'd her how long it was since it was done? and she said, the last time was about a Week before, and that he had done it 3 times. The outer Parts were ulcerous. I said, I believ'd the Child had got an ill Distemper, and advis'd them to go to a Surgeon, because I had no Judgement in those Things. They went, but when the Surgeons heard how it happen'd, they would not be concern'd in it for fear they should have the Trouble of attending at the Trial, and so the Child was forc'd to be sent to an Hospital, from whence we brought her now. The Doctors there, said she must be laid down, but they would not do it till the Trial was over, because if they took her in Hand first, she could not be brought hi her.
Court. Can you make any Judgment by what you saw on the Linen, whether there was an Emission of Seed? Though it might not be decent on any other Occasion, yet as a Man's Life is at Stake, there's a Necessity for the Question. Mason. All I can say to it is, that her Shift was in a sad stiff Condition.
Mary Bishop . The Prosecutor told me her Daughter was very forward; How so? says I. Why, come and see her Linen, says she. It can never be That, says I, at 9 Years of Age; it must be something else, and therefore I would have you ask others that know more than I do.
Court. In what Condition was her Linen?
Bishop. It was bloody, and very nasty.
Court. In what Manner? Bishop. It was greenish and whitish. Court. Can you form any Judgment from what you observ'd, that there was any Emission of a Man's Seed
Mary Sutherland . I am Nurse at the Hospital; Mr. Fern examin'd the Child; she has a soul Glect, and is ulcerated in the privy Parts. - There's an Ulcer in the Inside of the Lips of her Body. Nothing has been done to her yet, becau'e 'tis the Doctor's Opinion she can't be cur'd without a Salivation, and if she - had been put into one, she could not have attended at the Trily. Mary Faucet sworn.
Court. Now you must be sure, Child, to swear nothing but the Truth; for it would be a sad Thing if you should take away a Man's Life wrongfully. Mary Faucet . Indeed, Sir, I will say nothing but the Truth. - I was working on the Bed, when John Cannon and the other Journeymen were gone to Dinner, and John Cannon came in and threw me on the Bed, took up my Coats and unbutton'd his Breeches, and put something into me, - I don't know what it was. Court. Where did he put it. M. Faucet. He put it in hero.
Court. Did it enter your Body?
M. Faucet. Yes, and it hurt me very much, and I told him how he hurt me, and he said he did not care. Court. How long did he lye on you? M. Faucet. A good while, and I cry'd out, and he stopp'd my Mouth with his Hand. Court. Did you perceive any Thing else? M. Faucet. I felt something, but I don't know what it was.
Court. Did you perceive any Thing wet?
M. Faucet. Yes, it was wet; and when he had wetted me he got off, and he said, if I told my Mother he'd say it was Lies, and make me be whipp'd for bad Quills and Worsted; and then the other Journey men knock'd, and he let 'em in, and they went directly to their Looms.
- And he serv'd me so 3 Days when they went to Breakfast and Dinner.
Prisoner. 'Tis they that have put these Things in her Head. - 'Tis their Sin.
Court. Was the Prisoner search'd to see if he had any soul Diltemper upon him? Prof. The Surgeon did not care to do it, for fear he should be oblig'd to attend at the Trial.
Prisoner. Did not you wash my Linen? and did you discern any Thing? Prosecutor. His Linen was wash'd at my House, and I once suspected something, and ask'd him about it; and he said, he had got the Piles, and brought another Man to assure me it was so. But this was 2 Months before what happen'd to my Child, and I have seen no Spots on his Linen since; but I observ'd one Thing, that ever after, when his Linen came to be wash'd, the Fore-part of it always look'd as if it had been dipp'd in Water and wash'd out before it came to me. Court. Did you ever tell him of this?
Prosecutor. No. Court. That's strange!
Juryman. When the Prisoner was sent to Newgate, was any of the Linen left in your House? Prosecutor. Yes. Court. What Condition was it in? Prosecutor. Green and yellow. Prisoner. I beg that Linen may be brought. Court. Why did not you bring it?
Prosecutor. I thought it was great Confusion, and I was asham'd - But I can send for it.
Court. Do so. It is not, indeed, a very decent Sight, but in this Case its necessary. - Let the Prisoner stand aside a while.
The Messenger who was sent for the Linen, being return'd, the Prisoner was again set to the Bar. Prosecutor. This is my Child's Shift. Court. I thought it was the Prisoner's Shirt that was sent for! Prosecutor. Then I mistook; for I have not got his Shirt.
Court. However, since the Shift is come, let the Jury look on it. - Is this the Shift the Child had on when she was abused?
Prosecutor. I can't say whether it's that, or one she wore since, but it is very soul.
The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
73. Richard Lamb , was indicted for the Murder of Christian, his Wife, by throwing her down, and striking and kicking her on the Head, Neck, Breast, and Belly, and giving her, on the hinder part of her Head, one mortal Bruise and Fracture in her Skull, on the 30th of July last, of which she languish'd till the 3d of August following, and then dy'd . He was a second Time indicted, on the Coroner's Inquisition, for the said Murder.
Mary Wood . I live in Nicholas-Alley, in Chick Lane . The Prisoner lives in the same Alley. I came home with my Husband, on Monday Night, a little after 12, When I open'd the Door the Deceas'd ran in, and said, Save me, Woody, or I shall be kill'd to Night. Who'll kill you? says I. My Husband will, says she. Phoo! says I, don't fright yourself - Sit down - Then she said she was very dry, and wish'd I would fetch her a Pint of Drink from Mr. Palmers, which I did, and she drank
Prisoner. Was not she in Liquor? M. Wood. No more than I am now, if I was to die upon the Sacrament.
Dorcas Bates. I was looking out of the Window, when the Deceas'd came out of Mr. Wood's House, I saw the Prisoner knock her down under the Window. She took hold of a Man's Hand, and beg'd him to stand by her; but the Prisoner drag'd her in a Doors, 'till next [the same] Morning, when she was taken up for dead, and carry'd to Bed. Prisoner. Did not you tell me, on Tuesday Morning, that you saw nothing? D. Bates. No; and I would not say such a Thing, in the Condition I am in, if it was not true.
Eliz. Halliston. On Tuesday Morning, when the Deceas'd was dying, I heard some Neighbours ask her, Who beat her so? She said, The Rogue her Husband. They ask'd, With what? She said, with the Heel of his Shoe. They ask'd, If he did it at home? She said, In her own Kitchen; and that besides, he beat her with a great ragged sharp pointed Stick. They ask'd, For what? She said, she did not know. They ask'd, Where she was hurt? And she pointed, trembling, to her Head behind her Eat, and to her Neck, her Stomach, and her Breast - She dy'd on the Friday following.
Sarah Roswell . I heard her say, he knock'd her on the Head with the Heel of his Shoe, and with a sharp rugged Stick, and she pointed to her Head, Neck, Stomach, and Back. I have seen Skarmishes by him many times before this.
Dr. Stockden. I found the Deceas'd Speechless. I suspected by the loss of Motion on one side of her Head, that there was a Fracture on the other, and according, the Head being open'd, we found a Fracture on the Lamdoidal Suture. The Surgeon then there was a mere Concussion of the Drain, but it was my opinion, there was a Concussion and Depression - The Fracture was such, that no trapaning could save her Life.
Mr. Lee, Surgeon. I saw the Deceas'd 3 Days before she dy'd: Her Breast was bruis'd, and there was an Impression of a Key, with all the Wards, stamp'd as plain, as if it had been made in Clay. I suppose she had the Key in her Bosom, and it was done by kneeling upon her. I let her Blood, and apply'd a Blister, but she still grew worse; and when she dy'd I open'd her Head, and found a Fracture in her Skull 2 Inches long, from the hinder part of the Skull to the Ear, which was the Occasion of her Death, for it was impossible she should live. I live not far from the Prisoner, and have many times had her as a Patient, with violent Bruises and Cuts, when she has been beaten by her Husband, and I have often told her, he would certainly kill her sometime or other.
Eliz. Palmer. Between 7 and 8, on Tuesday Morning, I heard an Outery, that the Deceas'd was murder'd. I did not wonder at it, for I had often heard the same. However, I went to see her, and found her speechless, but I fetch'd some Drops and gave her, and then she came a little to herself. Who has misus'd you so? says I. The Rogue my Husband, says she. What did he beat you with? - The Heel of his Shoe. - And with any thing else? - Yes, with a nasty ragged, rough pointed Stick. - Did. he give you any thing to drink? - Yes, a little sow'r Ale. I ask'd where she was hurt? She trembl'd, and pointed to her Head, Neck, Stomach, and Breast. I saw the impression of a Key, and something like Money on her Breast. She was carry'd upfor
Ann Toms . The Deceas'd came to my House between 10 and 11, on Monday Night, and said, she was very dry, and wish'd she had a Pint of Beer; but the Prisoner coming into the Alley, she went away without it, and I am sure she was sober then.
Lucy Bates . I live next door to the Prisoner. I heard the Deceas'd cry, Murder, before she came home, and I heard her groaning in the Kitchen all Night. - He beat her the Friday before, and I went in and desir'd him to let her alone; but he took up a Cleaver, and was going to split her Skull if I had not hinder'd him.
Richard Warrell . I was at the Barley-Mow, in Chick-Lane, between 9 and 10 on Monday Night, and the Prisoner was drinking in the same House. The Deceas'd came in, and said, Do, dear Dicky Lamb, come home. He swore he would not, and call'd for another Pint. She took up the Mug, and drank of it, upon which, he swore he would not pay for it, and, damn his Soul, he'd make either Surgeon's Work, or Jack Ketch 's that Night.
Will. Johnson. The Deceas'd was my Sister. I was sent for about 8 a Clock on Tuesday Morning, and was told she was kill'd. I found her Speechless. I sent for Mr. Lee the Apothecary. The Prisoner was very angry, I desir'd him to be quiet; but he swore by God, if she was not dead yet, he would kill her before he had done, if he was hang'd for it; and if the People did not get out of his House, he'd do them a Mischief. - It is not long since he hang'd the Deceas'd, and if some Neighbours had not come in and cut her down, she had dy'd then.
The Prisoner's Defence.
Prisoner. My Wife was drunk, and fell off of Mrs. Palmer's Steps and so she got her Death, and I have Witnesses to prove it.
Eliz. Janeway. I saw him and his Wife going home at past ten at Night, and she fell down twice. Court. Did not he push her down? E. Janeway. Not that I saw. She wanted the Key of him, but he assisted that he was going a little way, and would not give it her; but at last I got them home, and she hit him a Slap o'the Face, and spit in his Face, and pull'd him by the Breeches, and said, You Son of a Bitch, you want to go to your Whores, do you? And at 11 a Clock I left 'em good Friends. Court. Tho' she had spit in his Face, and given him such gross Language! but what Night was this? E. Janeway. It was a Tuesday Night. Court. Why the poor Woman lay a dying then.
Sarah Wagstass . I was in Nicholas Court on Monday Night, from 12 till past 1, and I saw no Blow given her in all that time, nor so much as an Offer to strike her. Court. But a great many Witnesses have given a very different Account. The Jury found him Guilty Death .
74. Joseph Blunt , was indicted for the Murder of Robert Adair , by maliciously discharging a Musket loaden with Powder and Bullets, and thereby giving him one mortal Wound in the left Part of the Breast, of the Breadth of half an Inch, and Depth of 6 Inches, of which mortal Wound he instantly dy'd , Sept. 3 . He was a 2d time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
John Brown. There was a Disturbance in the Tower, occasion'd by the Prisoner's Wife abusing another Woman, for which I had Orders from Captain Hudson, the Officer of the Guards, to turn her out of the Garrison. I went accordingly to the Barrack where she was, about 9 at Night; the Prisoner was then a-bed. I told her she must turn out; upon which she said, Jo, will you see me turn'd out ? No, says he, and starts up an-end. I have no difference with you Jo, says I. No matter for that, says he, you shan't turn her out, and immediately he catch'd up his Piece and presented. I went to take hold of his Piece; but says he, Take care! if you stir a Foot, you're aRobin Bugheard , who was 3 or 4 Yards behind me, said, Brown, don't be too ventersome. So I step'd back, and went to the Officer of the Guard, and acquainted him that the Prisoner stood with his Piece presented, and did not know what he meant by it. The Captain upon that, said to the Deceas'd, who was a Corporal but did Sergeant's Duty, Aaair-take three or four Men, and bring him to me Prisoner. I was at the Barrack-door, when the Deceas'd with 4 Men behind him came in, and when he was got within 6 or 7 Yards of the Prisoner, the Prisoner said, Take care of your self Bob. He had no sooner spoke than his Piece went off, and the Deceas'd drop'd down, and said, Lord have Mercy upon me! I took him up, but he was dead. Mean time, the other four secur'd the Prisoner - No Body had a Gun there but he. I run directly up to the Officer, and told him what had happen'd, and he order'd me to take the Prisoner to the Black-hole, - when came to fetch him, I found his Ram-tod under his bed.
Eleanor Duckworth . The Prisoner put his Ram-rod into his Piece, and he said, he would be the Death of Sergeant Brown, but this was when Sergeant Brown was gone; and when the Deceas'd came in, I saw the Prisoner fire his Piece, and I fell down, and han't felt my Child stir since.
Robert Bugheard . The Prisoner presented his Piece to Brown. I advis'd Brown to come up. I went towards the Prisoner, and he said to me, as he said before to Brown, If you come a step farther, you're a dead Man. Why do you take such wicked thoughts in your Head, says I, against those that never hurt you? And his answer was, I am resolv'd to do Mischief, if I go to Hell the next Minute. Then the Deceas'd came in, and before he spoke a Word to the Prisoner, the Prisoner cry'd, Take care Bob! and his Piece went off slamm! The Deceas'd fell, the Prisoner sat himself down on the Bed, and laid his Piece by him, and I took it up, and saw it was Discharg'd.
Charles Feasant , and Jonathan Wates . We were 2 of the 4 that seiz'd the Prisoner. He was ask'd, If he was not sorry? and he said, He was sorry it fell on the Man it did; but he wish'd it had been Sergeant Brown. And when he heard the Man was dead, he said, Let him dye and be damn'd. The Captain came in, and ask'd who kill'd the Man, and the Prisoner said, I did it.
Prisoner. Brown, and my Dame, and this Woman, had some words, and when I was a sleep. Brown came and waked me, and said, Get up, and turn your Wife out of the Barracks, or I'll kick her out. I begg'd him not, and told him, it would be Folly and a Sin to do it; but he went out to fetch 2 File of Musketeers, upon which I catch'd up a Piece, and just as the Deceas'd came in, it fell out of my Hand, and went off.
Court. Tho' you said, Have a care, Bob! just as, it went off, and afterwards wish'd it had been Brown. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
George Polly. The Prisoner is my 'Prentice . On the 28th of June about 4 in the Morning, I went out with my Wife to the New-River-Head, we return'd between 5 and 6. but did not then perceive what had been done, in our Absence. The Prisoner went away about 3 in the Afternoon, and not returning, I examin'd my Drawers, and found they were broke open, and that I had been robb'd of my Money and Watch. On the Sunday following we heard of the Prisoner, by means of one whom he went to take his Leave of. He was pursu'd to Gravesend, and taken there at the Sign of the Whale. He had spent 15 Guineas of the Money; and the rest, which were nine Guineas, three Moidores, and a 36s. Piece, with the Purse and Watch, were found upon him. He was carry'd before the Mayor of Gravesend, and confess'd the Fact, said he was very sorry, and hop'd I would
Prisoner. I had an Aunt lives in the Country. And a Man brought me this Money, and Watch, and said my Aunt was dead, and had left me that for a L ga - I leave it to the Court to do what you will, but I hope you'll be so kind as to get it off for Transportation. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
* Powers was an Evidence against Will. Chamberlain, William Norman , - John Kemp , Sam Elms and Ishmael Taylor - Will. Norman and Eliz. Morris - and John Beach . See Sessions Paper, Numb. III. p. 71. and Numb. IV. p. 107, 124, 12d.
81. Nathaniel Snape , was indicted for stealing 8 Ounces of Silver-Thread, value 50s. the Goods of Thomas Slater , 8 Ounces of Silver-Thread, the Goods of Robert Orm and William Johnson , and a pair of silver Buckles, the Goods of William Shaw , in the House of William Shaw , July 7 . Acquitted .
B. Wilkins. I lost my Horse out of a Field in the Parish of Waterstack in Oxfordshire , on Friday the 31st of August last, in the Night. I saw him in the Ground at 6 in the Evening, and sent my Boy for him at 6 next Morning, but he was gone. He was a brown Gelding, 14 Hands and 3 Inches high; he had a bald Face, his near Leg behind was White, and he was full of silver Hairs all over.
William Greenaway . Between 7 and 8 on Saturday Morning, the 1st of September, the Prisoner came to Mr. Nowell's Stables in George-Yard, Westminster, with a bay Gelding with a bald Face and white Leg. The Horse was very dirty quite up his Sides, with clay Dirt, and his Hocks were so cover'd with Grass-purging, occasion'd by hard Riding, that I could scarce get it off. The Prisoner came several times afterwards, and ordered Corn for the Horse; but on Monday last, this honest Man - Court. What honest Man?
Greenaway. He that stole the Horse. - He sent for me to Tothil-Fields Bridewell, and said, he hop'd I would not do him any Damage, and desir'd that I would not let any Body know at what Time in the Morning he brought the Horse to our House, but that I would say, it was between 10 and 11. It would be very hard, he said, it he lost his Horse, but he would have me take Care of the Bridle and Saddle.
Prisoner. I asked him, if he remember'd
William Biddle . The Prosecutor, when he came to Town, used to put his Horse up at my House, the King's-Arms, at Holbourn-Bridge. He was there on Tuesday, Sept. 4. and told me, his Horse was Stole, desir'd me to take down the Marks, and look for him in Smithfield. I went thither on the Friday, and there I found him.
William Atwood . On the 6th of September, the Prisoner proffer'd to sell me this Horse, and next Day rode him out, to see how I lik'd him, and riding thro' Smithfield, I was follow'd home. I was to have given 5 Guineas for him, and had appointed the Prisoner to come to me at 3 a Clock, and when he came I took him up. He told me he had had the Horse 6 Months.
Prisoner. No, I said I had not had him above 5 or 6 Months. - I bought him about 7 a Clock in the Morning, on Saturday was se'nnight. For, going along Holbourn, near the End of Red-Lion-Street, there was a Countryman about selling this Horse to an other Man, but they not agreeing about the Price, I bought him myself for 4l. 10s. for which I paid the Countryman at the Alehouse the Corner of Red-Lion-Street; but the Horse proving too heavy for my Use, I thought to sell him again. There were several by when I bought the Horse and paid for him, and they promis'd to appear for me, but none of them are come yet.
Henry Spencely . I have known the Prisoner 2 Years, I serv'd him with Bread; he's a Button-maker by Trade ; he did keep a House, but he has since liv'd in Lodgings in Stevens's-Ale, in West-minister. I always believed him to be a very honest Man, and never heard to the contrary.
The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
96, 97. James Oliphant and Edward Laylor , were indicted for stealing (with John Loyd not yet taken) a Parcel of Linen, value 50 s. the Goods of several Persons, in the House of Thomas Turny , Sept. 5 . Guilty 39s. each.
+ She was tried in December 1731 for stealing a Pair of Sheets, and Acquitted. See Sessions-Paper, 1731. Numb. I. p. 242.
101. Thomas Kelly *, was indicted for privately stealing, with Samuel Goodman not yet taken, and Laurence Grace [who was Yesterday convicted of a Robbery] 33. Pair of Stockings, value 3l. the Goods of John Mitchell , in his Shop , Feb. 16 . But no Evidence appearing, he was acquitted .
* Kelly and Grace were try'd Last Sessions, for robbing Edev. owen, in Covent-Garden. James Baker , alias Stick-in-the-Mud (their Accomplice) was an Evidence against them, but they were both Acquitted. There was an Indictment against Goodman, for the same Fact, but he was not taken. Baker was an Evidence, at the same Sessions, against Alex Watson (who was an Evidence, Yesterday, against Richardson, Grace and Smithson): See Sessions-Paper, p. 170, and 168. Goodman was an Evidence against Ackers, Welton and Booth, in January last. See Sessions-Paper, Numb. 2. p. 44.
105. Alexander Bancroft , was indicted for wilfull and corrupt Perjury, in swearing that William Lowfield pick'd his Pocket at the Globe Tavern, near Stocks-Market, of a promissory Note, when in Truth he did not . No Evidence appearing, he was acquitted .
There being no Bill found against Thomas and James Alexander , who with James Baker , alias Stick-in-the Mud, were committed on Suspicion of being concern'd with George Sutton and William Simonds in robbing Philip Turst in Marybone-Fields , they were discharged at the Goal Delivery.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death 10.
Burnt in the Hand 1.
To be Whipt 4.
Isabel Banister , Thomas Jonas , John Moore , Abram Pearse , Richard Cole , Elizabeth Laws , Abram Gibson , John Marshall , otherwise Olive, Mary Tremain , Thomas Abram , Susan Bambridge , Ann Wilson , Elizabeth Stone , John Riles , Jane Maddox , Jane, otherwise Catherine Williams , William Wilbert , Mary Hall , Christopher Kightley , Hannah Firminer , John Maxey , John Cosins , Daniel George , John Mills , John Walker , Eleanor Robinson , Edward Pavers , William Rogers , Thomas Hall , Mary Tate , John Cook , William Hunt , Jack Sauce , Thomas Wilson , James Oliphant and Edward Taylor .
For the Benefit of Those who are afflicted with the DROPSY,
STILL continues to perform great Cures in the said Distemper, on both Sexes, and all Ages.
N. B. An Account may be had of several Cures at the Place aforesaid.
A Speedy Cure for the ITCH.
At the Crown and Ball in George's Court in St. John's-Lane, near Hicks's-Hall, is Sold,
A WATER which perfectly cures the ITCH, or Itching Humour in any Part of the Body, having no offensive Scent; and that been approved by many Years Experience. Price 11. 5 d. a Bottle, with Directions. Prepared by A Downing, Chymist.
At the same PLACE may be had.
The true Essence or Spirits of Scurvy-Grass, both Purging and Plain, most excellent in all Degrees of the Scurvy at 8d. a Bottle. And the great Elixir of Life, called Daffy's Elixir truly prepared from the best Ingredients, very useful in all Families. Price 2s. 6d. the Half-pint.