Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 17th, and Friday the 18th, of January 1734, in the Seventh Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Being the Second SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM BILLERS, Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1734.
Printed for J. WILFORD, behind the Chapter-House, near St. Paul's. M, DCC, XXXIV.
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Where may be had the Sessions-Papers in the last Mayoralty.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM BILLERS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron Reynolds; Mr. Justice Denton ; Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy Recorder of the City of London; and others 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.
1. Elizabeth Dolphin , was indicted for stealing two Gold-rings, value 35 s. a Silk-gown, val. 7 s. two Petticoats, val. 7 s. and 9 s. in Money, the Goods and Money of Elizabeth Bromfield , in her House , Oct. 15 .
Elizabeth Bromfield. I keep a House in Bell-Yard in King's-street, Westminster , where I sell Greens and Fruit . I keep the Lower-part for my own Use, and lett all the Rest. This Woman robb'd me of all that I had in the World, and did not leave me so much as an Apron or a Cap to put on. About 6 in the Morning, I lock'd my Door, and took the Key in my Pocket, and went out to Covent-Garden-Market to buy some Apples, and returning, between 7 and 8, my Door was broke open, and my Silk-gown, and Quilted-petticoat, and two Gold-rings, and 9 s. were gone, I expected (suspected) the Prisoner had done it, because about two Months before this, she had robb'd me of a Flannel-petticoat, and 15 s. for which I had her sent to Bridewell for six Weeks. I could not find her again 'till about a Month ago, when she came to see Tho Tovey 's Wife, who lodges in my House, and Mr. Tovey stopt her. I tax'd her with robbing me, and she confess'd it, and told me, she had sold one of the Gold-rings to Mrs. Bennet, for 16 s. 10 d and the other to another Person for 18 s.
Catherine Bennet . The Prisoner lay three Nights at my House, about four Months ago; she had nothing to eat nor drink, and so she left a Serge-coat with me for Lodging, and Bread, and Small-beer; and afterwards she told, she had left her Mother's Wedding-ring in pawn for Half a Guinea, and Six-pence Use, and ask'd me to buy it, and said I should have it as cheap as any Body. I told her, I would give as another, and so I carry'd it to a Goldsmith, who weigh'd it, and said it came to 16 s. and he would give no more; whereof I gave her 16 s. 10 d. for it, and here it is.
Prosecutrix. This is the Ring I lost.
Prisoner. Did I pawn the Ring?
Bennet. You said your Husband pawn'd it.
Prisoner. Did I ever wrong you?
Jane Taylor . I live in Bow-street - some call it Thieving-Lane, in Westminster. The Prisoner lay two Nights at my House, and pawn'd this Quilted-Petticoat, with me for Victuals; she said it was given her by her Sister on London-Bridge, and she never wrong'd me. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 39 s.
Thomas Rowland , otherwise Rowlatt , of South-Mims , was indicted for stealing a Pillowbier, a Coat, 36 Yards of Check, 15 Yards of Ticking, 12 Portugal Pieces of Gold, value 45 l. 74 Guineas and a Half, 46 Spanish Pistoles, val. 37 l. 19 s. 3 Pieces of French Gold, val. 2 l. 17 s. 9 d. and 5 l. 19 s. and 6 d. in Silver , the Goods and Money of John East , Decem . 10 .
Joseph Sherrard . I lodge at the White-Bear at Hadley, near Barnet; the Prisoner came thither on Sunday, the 9th of December, about 9 in the Morning, he call'd for a Pen and Ink, and went into a Room to tell some Money. He came out again, in a little Time, and told me and another, he could shew me such a Sight, as I never saw with my Eyes. He pull'd out a Bag, and put twelve 3 l. 12 s. Pieces, and one Guinea into my Hand; from another Bag he took out several other Outlandish Pieces of Gold, but did not tell the Number of them; putting his Hand in his Pocket, he shew'd me Parcel a of Guineas, I can't say how many there might be; and then, opening a Paper, he produc'd a Diamond-ring, and said, he believ'd that was of more Value than all the rest; he likewise pull'd out a Purse of Gold, as he said it was, but he did not open it - and as for Silver I did not see any. He told me that his Master, who (he said) liv'd at Nottingham, had sent him about the Country with Orders to receive this Money for Goods, but I thought it more likely that he had committed some Robbery, or Murder, and so I fetch'd Assistance and apprehended him on suspicion, upon which he at first said he'd make me pay for stopping him on his Journey - But afterwards he own'd that he had robb'd his Master East.
Court. Was his Examination taken in Writing ?
Dean. I can't say as to that, but he made no Confession to me.
John Buckle . Joseph Sherrard told my Father, and me, that he suspected the Prisoner, and wanted a Constable. I said any Man might take a Thief. My Father, Humphry Buckle, seiz'd the Prisoner, and said he should go with us before the Justice. The Prisoner refused, and pulling out a Pocket-Book, said, Here's my Orders from my Master in the Country. I did not see the Writing, for he made a Hand of it; but I saw 48 Guineas, 12 Portugal Pieces of 3 l. 12 s. each, and some Doubloons, and double Doubloons, I think they call 'em. The Morning ( after he had been before the Justice ) as I lay by him on the Bed at the White-Bear, he confess'd to me, that he had robb'd his Master East of that Gold, and that he took it out of the Scratoir.
Court. Did he say he had taken any thing else?
Buckle. Yes, I remember a Piece of White Dimity and some other Things.
Court. Did he tell you where Mr. East lived?
Buckle. Yes, it was somewhere in London near the Monument; but I forgot the Name of the Street. And he wrote this Letter to his Master, who thereupon came down that Monday Night.
Court. Did you see him write the Letter?
Buckle. Yes, I sat close by him when he writ it.
Court. Then it may be read in Evidence.
' Honoured Master John Fast I have taken ' your Money and I am taken up at Barnet ' with it and so I do confess it without any ' more dispute and I do ask a thousand pardons ' and my Kinsman Christopher Sanderson ' shall be bound for my making you amends ' and I have not spent but very Little of it but ' I will make it up in a litle while If you will ' but pardon me and not put me in Newgate ' I will send for my uncle out of the Countery ' which will give you any satisfy you if you ' will have But a little paticence for I do ask ' ten thousand pardons and pray do not put me ' to no more Trouble for your money is ' very safe and you will have it again so no ' more at present but your Servant Thomas
The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Transportation .
Thomas Iverson . Last Sunday was a se'n-night, between 10 and 11 at Night, as I was going along the Strand , near the End of Exeter-street, I slipt into the Kennel, and fell down, for I had been to see a Friend, and was a little in Liquor. The two Prisoners coming by, pick'd me up, and ask'd me to make 'em drink; I said with all my Heart, and so I went with them to a Distiller's Shop, and bid them call for what they would, and I'd pay for it. - They call'd for something, and I paid something, I think it was Six-pence, but I can't very well tell, for I was hardly sensible. The Distiller not liking the Company I was in, advised me to leave my Watch with him, for fear I should lose it, but I told him I was able enough to take care of it myself; so I went out with the Prisoners, and in a Minute my Watch was gone, and they run away. The Distiller follow'd, and took Jones, but Clark got of. Jones told us Clark had got the Watch, and directed us to her Lodging, where we found her next Day, but she would not own she had my Watch, and so I lost it.
Robert Rawlins . As I was shutting up Shop, the Prosecutor (whom I knew) came in with the Prisoners, and said he had fell down, and they had pick'd him up, and therefore he would treat them as far as Six-pence would go, and I saw he was in ill Company, I desired him to leave his Watch with me, but he refused, and one of the Women taking him by the Arm, said, Come my dear let's go, as I brought you in, I'll take you out, and so they went away together, and I shut the Door; but thinking they might pick his Pocket, I open'd it again, and found them all three standing close together. I again desir'd him to let me take Care of his Watch. No, says he, I warrant ye I can take care of that myself; they must be cunning indeed, if they can get it from me. You shall see how safe it is; but putting his Hand to his Fob to shew me. Hah! says he, it's gone already! Upon that the Women both took to their Heels, I pursu'd, and seiz'd Jones but Clark escaped then, tho' by Jones's Direction I found her again next Day in St. Giles's. The Jury acquitted them.
6. 7. Elizabeth Atkinson , otherwise Ellis , and Elizabeth Wetherly , were indicted for privately stealing from the Person of William Dixon , a Silver Watch, and a Silver Knee-buckle, and 4 s. Dec. 14 .
William Dixon. Between 11 and 12 at Night I was got fuddl'd, and straddl'd out of my Road into the Prisoner's Room in Blue-Coat-Fields ; there was no Bed in the Room, but only a Joint-stool, and a Piece of an old Rug on the Ground; but I was
Court. This was not secretly stealing from his Person, and therefore the Prisoners must be acquitted. The Jury acquitted them.
9. William Byrom , was indicted for stealing, with Thomas Dun , not yet taken, a Silver Cup, value 45 s. and three Pair of Sheets, value 10 s. the Goods of Nathaniel Jacobs , in the House of Laurence Evers , Dec. 19 .
Nathaniel Jacobs . I live in Laurence Evers's House, by Moor-Fields ; I went out in the Evening, and when I returned, my Maid told me my Cup, and three Pair of Sheets were taken out of the Kitchen Window (which is below Stairs) while she was gone up to make the Beds - The Cup was found at a Brandy-shop in Moor-Fields; but I don't know who stole it.
Robert Morpeth . I and Tom. Dun went from his House in the Minories, to the Prisoner's House, by the Tenters, in Moor-Fields; we asked him to go with us, to look for a Chance. He said he'd go and see what could be done in the new Street, I think 'tis Queen-street, which is hard by where he lives. At the farthest End we saw a Light in the Kitchen Window; and looking over the Pallisades, says the Prisoner, there's a Chance of a Silver Cup, if we cou'd get at it. We soon contrived a Way. They two hoisted me over the Pallisades, into the Airey, and I listed up the Sash. I suppose the Maid had lately been washing, for some Sheets and other Things lay on a Table by the Window. I took out the Cup, three Pair of Sheets, a Shift, and a Handkerchief, and had taken more, but that we were afraid the Maid would come down and surprize us. I handed the Cup up first, and the Prisoner not being tall enough to reach it as he stood, he rais'd himself up, and leaning over the Pallisades, took it in his Mouth; then I gave them the Linnen, which they haul'd through betwixt the Bars Dun helpt me up. The Prisoner gave him the Cup, and covering the Linnen with his Great-coat, carried it into the Vinegar-field, where he left it, and went Home, and returned with a Bag which he had forgot to bring out with him at first. He put the Linnen in the Bag, and so we went to Mr. Cotterel's, a Brandy Shop in Moor-fields, and had two Quarterns of Brandy; but the Prisoner, having the Linnen, would not go in with us, but waited without. Dun told Mrs. Cotterel, he wanted some Money, and so had taken his Wife's Cup, and was going to sell it. Why, says Cotterel, as you look like well dress'd Persons, and have drank here before, I'll lend you a Guinea upon it. Dun told her that would not do, for he must sell it for two Guineas. Then, says she, I'll let you have 38 s. and if you redeem it in a Month, it is yours; if not, it is mine: So we struck a Bargain, she paid us the Money, and Dun, I, and the Prisoner, went to the Prisoner's Lodging, where we made a Dividend, each Man taking a Pair of Sheets, and 12 s. 8 d. in Money. - I discovered the Robbery in about a Fortnight afterwards. I being taken up on suspicion of being concerned in another Affair.
Prisoner. That Affair was a Robbery on the Highway. - You knew you were in two Informations. - You pass'd upon me and my Wife for a Jeweller, and as you appear'd pretty well dress'd, we had no suspicion of you; but when you found your Neck in danger, and you could not secure your old Companions, you made this use of a slight Acquaintance with me.
Morpeth. I saw you first at a Baudy-house in Swan-yard, in the Minories, whichEbenezer Dun , who was executed a Year ago*.
* Ebenezer Dun was convicted in December, 1732, of a Burglary, when Will. Byram was an Evidence for him. See the Sessions Paper Numb. 1. Page 8.
Prisoner. The Pallisades are not so high that I needed to raise myself up, for I could look over them. I had no need to go a thieving, for I could maintain myself very well by my Work. I am a Cane-Chair-Carver by Trade, and my Father (in-law) is a Cane-Chair-Maker in Moor-fields. Indeed I marry'd against his Consent, but before and after he trusted me with Money to pay the rest of his Men.
Thomas Gladstone . I live in Prince's-street, in Moor-fields, the Prisoner lodged at my House ten or eleven Weeks; he was very industrious, and behaved well. He might have ruined me, if he had not been honest, for I am a Taylor, and left my Shop open (to him) all Hours of the Night.
Prisoner. Did I ever get drunk, or keep ill Hours, or beat my Wife?
Gladstone. Not that I know of. One Night indeed he staid till 12, and then I let him in myself, but he brought nothing in with him.
Will. Phillips. I work'd with him half a Year at Mr. Martin's (whose Daughter he married, three Months after he was out of his Time) and Mr. Martin trusted him with Money, to pay us our Wages, which he did very honestly, and work'd very hard and was constant at it.
Charles Crane . I worked with him at his first Master (Mr. Questy)'s where he behaved well, only he was a little idle sometimes, but I never knew him to be drunk: And I work'd with him at William Thomson 's in Ratcliff-Highway, from whence he went again to his Father-in-law Mr. Martin.
The Jury acquitted him, but there being another Charge against him, he was order'd to be detain'd.
11. Elizabeth Jones , (not she who was try'd with Elizabeth Clark ) was indicted for stealing two Muslin-hoods, a Silk damask-gown, value 3 l. a Handkerchief, and a Brass Frying-pan, the Goods of Rachel Montgomery , in her House , Dec. 17 . Acquitted .
13,14. William Simmonds , and Samuel Steele , otherwise Smoaky Jack , assaulting William Payton , in an open Field near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Cloth-coat, a half Shirt, a Hat, a Wig, a Knife, a Fork, a Razor, a Silk-handkerchief, a Linen-handkerchief, and 20 d. in Money , July 15 .
Simmonds pray'd the Witnesses might be examin'd a-part, which the Court granted.
W. Peyton I have some Notion of the Prisoners, but can't swear to 'em positively. On Saturday Night I was going to Chelsea, in the first of the five Fields, from Buckingham-House, hard by the King's-Head , I saw an old Man lying under a Hay-rick, on that side next to the Horse-road, and as it was near the Houses, and I was benighted, I thought I might safely lie there too; so I went to the other side of the Rick, and laid my self down, and fell asleep. About 1 in the Morning, a little Man (like Simmonds) came and snatch'd my Pocket-book out of my Coat-pocket, I was then awake, for I had just had my Nap out. Aha! says I, What's that for? And catching up my Stick, I follow'd him. He turn'd back, and cut me into the Skull with some Weapon, I thought it was a Pistol by the Brightness, but Fidzar, their Accomplice, says it was a Cafe-Knife.
William Fidzar . I met with Simmonds at Buck's Brandy-shop, against St. Giles's-Church, on the 14th of July, in the Morning, I was in and out there all Day. Towards the Evening, Steel came in, and we drank together; says Simmonds to me, Will you go out with me and this Man to Night? Ay, says I Who is he? Why don't you know him? says Simmonds, it's smoaky Jack - That's a Nick-name that Steel goes by; so we turn'd out together about 11 at Night. They let me to Hide- Park, and so into the Field behind Buckingham-Wall : Now, says Simmond, let's cross to that Hay-cock ; we agreed, and he led the Way, and coming to the Hay-cock, the Prosecutor was lying under it, Damn says Simmonds, Who's here? And prese took a Pocket-book out of the Prosecutor's Pocket; the Prosecutor got up to follow him, but was stopp'd by Smoaky Jack, who took off his Hat and Wig, and beat him se- verely; when his Wig was off I saw he was bald headed, tho' he was but a middle Man. Simonds push'd a Knife at him would have kill'd him, but I begg'd his, and got the Knife away; I saw it was bent, and I toss'd it over the Rail into the P; but Smoaky Jack still kept beating, and kicking, and abusing him, and at last pull'd off his Coat. They shew'd me the Pocket-book, and a Sham-Shirt, and a little turn'd Stick that we knew not what to make of. The Hat and Wig were in my my Hands for I had them from Smoaky, when he took 'em from the Prosecutor; was any Mo- ney they sunk it, for I had no part of it. When we had got the Prosecutor's Coat we left him, but getting under the Rail I saw one of the Company turn back - I believe it was Simmonds - and I and the other coming to a high Bank, we waited for him, because two of us could not get over without the Assistance of a third, and so we help'd each other up, and went over Hedge and Ditch, 'till we came to a Ditch too wide for us, and then we return'd by the same Hay- cock, and came to Buck's at St. Giles's by 3 a Clock on Sunday Morning. I wash'd the Blood out of the Coat, and then Simmonds put it on, and Smoakey and he went away together. They to me at Buck's, about 9 the same Morning. They two toss'd up for their share in the
Court. Have you any Witnesses here, that saw the Prisoners in your Company at Buck's ?
Fidzar. No, those that were with us were misfortunate People like ourselves.
Simmonds. Was it a Moon light Night?
Fidzar. Yes, it was Full-Moon.
Smoaky. You have been an Evidence three Times already. You deal with the Thief-catchers, and make a Trade of taking Men's Lives away.
Simmonds. I have been in Jail, for Want of Sureties, ever since this Robbery; and why did not you inform against me before now ?
Edward Crafts , Constable. I keep a Cook's-shop, in St. Sepulchre's Parish. About a Fortnight ago, Fidzar and the Beadle, and two or three others, came to dine at my House; and after Dinner, the Beadle charged me with Fidzar, who had surrendered himself; and I went with him before Justice Robe, where he impeached the Prisoners and Will. Travers, otherwise Moco Jack, and George Cotterel , otherwise Beans ++ .
++ See the Trial of Travers and Cotterel below.
The Jury found the Prisoners guilty . Death .
She was a second Time indicted, for stealing fifteen Diaper Clouts, five Damask Napkins, three Handkerchiefs, three Silver Tea Spoons, five Bibs, one Shirt, and two Caps; in all value 40 s. the Goods of William Bates , in Elizabeth Wishart's House , August 4
17. Thomas Turner , otherwise Kemp , was indicted, for that whereas, on the Information of Joseph Burgess , a Warrant was granted for apprehending William Johnson ~ for Dear-stealing; by virtue of which, the said Johnson was lawfully arrested, and taken into custody, by Andrew Hood , Constable, and William Burley , his Assistant: He the said Turner did assault the said Burley, and thereby feloniously rescued, and set at large the said Johnson, against the Will of the said Hood and Burley, and contrary to the Statute, in that Case made and provided .
~See the Trial of Johnson last Sessions, Numb. 1 Part II. p. 40.
The Information not being proved, the Court directed the Jury to acquit the Prisoner.
Thomas Molden. Having parted with some Gentlemen, with whom I had been drinking Punch, and going along the Old-Bailey, between 12 and 1 in the Morning, I happen'd to see the Prisoner, Ann Hart , standing at the Ship Alehouse -Door|| over the Way, I ask'd her if they sold good Beer there; she said, Yes, her Master did; so I went in: Richard Stanley pretended to be Master, and Elizabeth Distance said she was his Wife: I sat down with him, we drank
William Greenham , Watchman. About 3 in the Morning, Nan Hart came over to me, and said she'd give me 2 d. for a Candle: I told her I had but a Bit, and I would not part with it, and so she run back again. I heard a Screeking, and follow'd her so close, that I thrust my Staff in between the Door and the Post, and forc'd my Way in, and found Stanley with his Knuckles in the Prosecutor's Throat, and the Prosecutor's Face was as black as your Lordship's Hat, and so I carry'd them all before the Constable.
Ann Hart . The Prosecutor came in violently, and would needs lie with Betty Distance before our Faces. He shook Hands with Mr. Stanley, and call'd him Jack, and drank five Quarterns of Brandy with him : And in an Hour's time, he said, Jack, I miss my Watch; to which Mr. Stanley answer'd. Go into the Room where you left it, and you'll find it again. And so he went and said he had found it.
The Jury acquitted the Prisoners.
* Peter Buck was an Evidence against Dan. Tipping, in July 1732. Sessions-Paper, Numb. VI. p. 160. He was try'd himself in September following for a street-Robbery, but acquitted. Numb. VII. Part II. p. 210. His Sister Kate was convicted last Sessions, and since Transported. Numb. I. Part II. p. 43.
Edward Kitching . I keep an Oyl-Shop in St. John's-Street . My Doors and Windows were made fast between 9 and 10 at Night, the 19th of November, and about 7 next Morning. I found my Cellar-window broke open. The plank was split, and two Barrels of Anchovies taken away.
William Fidzar . The Prisoner and I lodg'd at Mrs. Whitehead's* in Bit-Alley in Turnbull-street - Her Husband is a Watch-maker - We went thence about Midnight, and walked up and down to look for a Chance, 'till we came to the Prosecutor's House. There the Prisoner took a sort of a Chissell and split the Flap of the Cellar-window in two, and raising up one of the pieces, I took out a Barrel of Anchovies that stood upon the Stairs; I felt more, but they stood so close together, that we could not get another, without pulling up the remaining part of the plank, which at last, with a good deal of Trouble, I made a shift to manage, and then he took out another Barrel. We could then have got into the Cellar, but some of the Barrels rolling down the Stairs, made a Noise, and so we went off. He took one, and I another, and carry'd them home, where we let them lie 'till Day-light, and then went with them to Mrs. Whitehead's in Charter-house-Lane, for at that time she did not live at home, but kept out of the Way upon Account of receiving some-Plate that was stolen. We shewed her the Anchovies; she said they were poor Stuff, and ask'd how much we must have. I told her to take no less than 7s. 6d. The Woman of the House said, there had been a Noise about her having, stolen Goods in her House, and therefore it was not safe to leave the Anchovies - I forget her Name, but I think they call her Jenny - So they were wrap'd up in an Apron, and sent to Mrs. Taylor, who keeps a Pawnbroker's and Chandler's Shop, against the Blue-Boar, in Barbican. Then the Prisoner and I took a Walk towards the Prosecutor's, and heard the People talking about the Robbery. Coming back, we met Jenny in Smithfield: She gave us 4s. 6d. and said it was all that Whitehead could get - I surrender'd my self, January 2, to Mr. Claxton, who with two more went with me to Mr. Cross, the Constable, and he carry'd me to Justice Ribe.
* See more of Whitehead in the Trials of Stephen Partridge, Robert Tanner, and John Cecil, in Sessions-Paper, 1733. Numb. VI p. 162, 163.
Prisoner. I don't know this Fellow Fidzar. I never was once in the Company.
Fidzar. We were acquitted in October last. We lodg'd but a Work at White-head's, for she was often under a Cloud for receiving stolen Goods.
Crofts. By Fidzar's Direction I took the Prisoner at a Brandy-shop in Rosemary-Lane, and as I came with him in the Coach, he begg'd me to speak in his Favour, or he knew he was a dead Man, for he said Fidzar was a Rogue, and had been an Evidence two or three times before, and he was sure he would take his Life away.
William Cotterell , the Prisoner's Father. My Son lodg'd at a Chandler's-Shop in Rosemary- Lane, in October and November. I visited him every Sunday, and his Landlord told me, that he went out to Work at 7 every Morning, and was never out after 7 at Night.
Court. How came he to part from his Master?
The Jury found him Guilty . Death.
Stephen Ducket . I keep the Pewter-platter-Inn in St. John's-Street. My Windows were all fast at 11 at Night on the 16th of Nov. and about 9 next Morning I found the Plank of my Cellar Window had been taken up. There was the Mark of an Instrument betwixt the Curb and the Flap. The Bolts that went under the Curb were forced back. The Goods were taken out of my Cellar, and I never had any of 'em since.
William Fidzar . Some Days before we to the Anchovies, the Prisoner and I went from Whitehead's late at Night, and walk'd about 'till we came to the Pewter-platter, and then it was 3 a Clock. The Prisoner put in his Chissel between the Plank and the Frame, and thrust one of the Bolts back, and pull'd the Plank up. He took out his Tinder-box, and struck a Light in the Street, and putting the Box in his Pocket again, went down the Cellar and lighted a Candle below, for he carried Candles and Matches in his Pocket as well as a Tinder -box. I shut down the Window and staid to watch. In a little Time he knock'd, and I open'd it again. Lay hold, says he, here's two charming Great-coats, one was Cloth, and had a Velvet Cape, and one was a blue Rug. I carried them over the Way, and left 'em on a Bulk. Then he handed up a pair of Cloth Breeches, two pair of Shoes, and a pair of Pumps ; a pair of worsted Splatter-casnes, a blue Apron, and a natural Wig; I laid these with the Great-coat till he came and then we went down an Alley, and each of us pat on one of the Great-coats, under which we took the rest of the Things, and went to Whitehead's. She was not up, but bid us bring the Great-coats to Taylor's in Barbican, for the other Things we shar'd betwixt us. We went thither, and she came to us. I told her the Coats were worth 18 s. but we must not have less than 16. The Prisoner and I went over to the Ale-house, and in a little Time she brought us 14s. and said if that was too little, we might have the Coats again in a Fortnight. We took the Money and shared it equally, and so we went to a Brandy-shop in Rag-fair, where we used to be harboured. From thence we went to a Lodging house hard by, where we lay all Night, his Wife lay with him, and I lay in another Bed in the same Room 'Tis a Sort of an Ale-house, the the Sun and Wheathead. We can there before, but not constantly for we were never rightly settl'd.
Prisoner. Fidzar's Wife came to me Yesterday A ye Rogue! my Husband bug you and get the Reward, and he'll off and sell cheeese Guilty . Death .
28, 29. Henry Tilson ,* and Henry Werrel , otherwise Worrel , a Boy , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Gardner , and stealing five Pound of Sugar, thirteen Pieces of Quality-binding, thirteen Pieces of Tape, six Pieces of Silk-Ferrit, eighteen Dozen of silk Laces, two Caps, six pair of shoe Buckles, and six girdle Buckles; the Goods of John Chfield , Jan. 3 , in the Night .
Mary Chipperfield . I keep a Haberdasher's Shop, and two Rooms in Mr. Gardner's House, in Kingsland-Road . I made the Doors fast about 10 at Night and went to I was waked about 12 by the Watch, my Husband went down, but I did not. I was disturbed again between 3 and 4 in the same Manner. My Husband went down again, and I went down myself about 5. The Pin of my Shop had been taken out, one of the Shutters was thrust back, and my Goods were gone. These three pieces of Lump-Sugar were found under the Bed where the Prisoners lay. I had the like Quantity of the same sort in my Drawer over Night, and I believe this to be the same. This Quality- binding was pick'd up in the Street by my Door, and most of the other Things were found at William Docray 's, in George-street,Mary Leach , the Prisoner Tilson's Sister.
William Tilbury , Constable. I keep the Tilbury Fort Alehouse in Shoreditch. I had the Prisoners before his Majesty the Justice of Peace, where they confess'd, and their Consession was taken in Writing, tho' they refus'd to sign it; but after they were sent to Newgate, Tilson said if we'd let them go with us, he'd shew us where the Goods were pawn'd; so we took them both handcuff'd and they went directly to the Pawn-broker's, where the Goods were found, and they both confess'd there, that they took 'em out of the Shop. And Tilson told us before the Justice, that the Sugar was under his Bed.
John Chipperfield . A little after 12, the Watch call'd and said the Street Door was open. I call'd up Mr. Gardner's Servant, and we went down together and search'd the House, but found no body hid, nor did I miss any thing: And so thinking the Door had been left open, carelesly I made it fast, and went to Bed again, without observing that the Key was taken out of the pin of the Windows. About 4 I was call'd up again, and then I found that the Window-matter was open, and the Shop had been robb'd a. I got a Warrant to search some Lodging Houses of ill Repute in the Neighbourhood. At one of those Houses we found these three Lumps of Sugar, under a Bed, and two Lads in Bed in the same Room; we charged them. They said the Prisoner lay in that Bed last Night, and that they went out about 11, but did not know what Time they came in again: However we took these two to the Constable's, and while we there the two Prisoners passed by the Window, and one of those we had taken happened to see 'em, and said there goes Tilson and Worrel! We went out and took 'em, they both cry'd, and said we should have the Goods again. At first Tilson said they had hid them in a Brick-field, but soon after confess'd he had given them to his Sister, who had pawn'd 'em. I ask'd him how they got in. He said he went down the Cellar Window (which had no Shutter) and so came up into the Shop, and open'd the Street Door and let in Worrel, but hearing the Watch, he took out the Key of the Pin of the Window, and they went off. They returned between 3 and 4, and drawing out the Pin, they put back one of the Shutters, and he went in and handed the Goods out to Worrel, who took them in his Apron. - Worrel confess'd the same.
The Prisoners in their Defence said that they got drunk and found the Goods in the Road. The Jury found them guilty . Death .
30, 31. William Simmonds (not he who was tryed with Smoaky Jack) and George Peters , were indicted for breaking and entering the House of William Hart , and stealing a silk Stay, 2 silk Skirts, a Velvet Hood, a silk Hood, a Remnant of Linnen, 3 Table-cloths, 2 Dimity-coats, 3 Caps, an Apron, 5 Gowns, a Linnen-Frock, and a Handkerchief, the Goods of several Persons, Oct. 2 in the Night .
William Hart . The Goods were lost out of the Drawers in a Room one pair of Stairs high. One of the Window-shutters was left open, but the Sash was shut down close. I saw the Goods there about 8 in Evening, and miss'd 'em about 7 next Morning, when I found the Sash open. My Daughter lay that Night in the same Room.
Ralph Mitchell * . Between 1 and 2 in the Morning, the Prisoners and I got a Ladder, and setting it against the Prosecutor's House, I went up and open'd the Sash. A Chest of Drawers stood by the Window. I reached as far as I could, and took out 2 Silk Skirts or Petticoats, and a Stay, which I handed down; Peters went up next, andSam Matthew 's, who then kept a Brandy-shop in Gravel-lane, in Petticoat-lane, but he is now retired. We sent him with the Bundle to Mrs. Havard in Petticoat-lane, because she knew him, and did not care to deal with Strangers He brought us three Guineas, we divided them equally. Thence we went to Moulton's, at the Red-Lion in Rag-fair, where we used to meet.
* He was an Evidence last Sessions against Whitlock and Brown, for robbing Col. des Romaine.
Thomas Moulton . I keep an Ale-house. The Prisoners had used my House together for a Month or six Weeks. I don't know that Mitchell drank in their Company. - that is - out of the same Pot. Tho' indeed he would commonly sit at the same Table with them, and they would talk jocosely together, and seemed to be acquainted. - I believe I have seen him five or six Times sitting with them and little Daniel. But when I heard their Characters, I forbid 'em my House.
James Kirk . That little Daniel is a Thief. I heard him say to Simmonds, You black guard Dog, d'you see how tight I am? Simmonds answer'd, I should have been as tight as you, but that I was for to go to Bristol to keep out of the Way for fear of Mitchell.
Peters. I know nothing of that Fellow Mitchell.
Simmonds. Nor I any farther than that he's a Rogue, and hang'd two Men last Sessions.
The Jury found 'em guilty . Death .
They were a second Time indicted for breaking and entering the House of Euphanioe Kendall , and stealing a Silver Tankard, three Silver-Spoons, the Goods of Ephanioe Kendall, and a Velvet-Manteel, and a Cambrick-hood, the Goods of Mary Cowgill A pair of silk Shoes and Clogs, the Goods of Jane Kendal , Oct. 5 in the Night .
Euphanioe Kendall. I went to Bed about 12 with my Daughter who was not well; my House is in Princes-square, in Ratcliff-highway . We lay up one pair of Stairs. One of the Window-shutters was left open, but the Sash was down. My Daughter wak'd about one, and call'd for a little Drink. My Drawers rattl'd, and she said what is that Mother? Presently I heard some-body at the Window, at first I thought it was my Maid. Catherine, says I, why d'you sit sleeping there ? Why don't you go to Bed? But immediately recollecting myself, Lord bless me! says I, she went to Bed when I did! So I got up and run to the Window and found the Sash open. I saw something move before me, as far off as my Hand is, but what it was I cannot tell, for I could not see Head nor Face, and so I call'd out Thieves, and I afterwards found a Ladder left standing against the Window. I lost a Silver-tankard, three silver Spoons, a Velvet manteel, a Cambrick-hood, and a pair of silk Shoes and Clogs.
Ralph Mitchell . The Prisoners and I got a Ladder. Peters went up first, and handed down a silver-Tankard, and three silver Spoons. Simmonds went up then and brought out a Manteel, a Sarcenet (a Cambrick) Hood, and a pair of Shoes and Clogs. Somebody in the House making a Disturbance, we got him down as fast as we cou'd, and left the Ladder behind us. We went to Sam Matthews 's, who sold the Manteel, Hood, Shoes and Clogs, to Mrs. Havard for 18s. and I sold the Tankard and Spoons to Rodenham (who was convicted last Sessions ) for 5 l. and we shar'd the Money equally.
Peters. Why did not you prosecute last Sessions?
Mitchell. Because I did not know you was then a Prisoner.
Peters. But you sent your Wife to tell me that you did not know me, and had nothing to lay to my Charge.
Mitchell. No I sent her to Harry Whitesides, for I knew nothing of your being in Custody.
The Jury found 'em guilty . Death .
James Belford , was indicted for assaulting Ann Baker on the Highway, putting her in fear, and taking from her a Cambrick-mob, value 2 s. Dec. 13 .
Ann Baker . Going from hence in Tothil-street, about 10 at Night, to call my Husband from a Neighbour's House, the Coach and Horses, where he was drinking, the Prisoner met me in the Middle of the Street, and would have pull'd the Ring off my Finger. I cry'd out. He knock'd me down (I believe it was with his Fist) cut my Hand in three places, and tore off my Mob (and some of my Hair with it), and leaving me on the Ground, ran away. I got up frighted and went to my Husband, and told him how I had been served by a lusty Man in a Dray-man's Apron; for I saw him plainly, by the Light in a Chandler's almost opposite to me, and a Lamp that was hard by. My Husband and some of the Company with him, pursued the Prisoner, and brought him back to the Coach and Horses, and I saw my Mob then in his Bosom, next to his Shirt, a Neighbour took it out, and here it is. I charged him directly.
Prisoner. You said before the Justice that you did not know me.
Catherine Elkins . As I was standing at the Coach and Horses (a Distiller's) I saw the Prisoner go by, and offer to meddle with a Woman over the Way, but she got from him, and he going forward, I heard a Woman cry, - and soon after, Mrs. Baker came up without her Head-clothes, and the blood running down her Arm. She said don't be frighted but I am almost kill'd by a Rogue that has pull'd my Cap off. - I call'd Mr. Baker, and he and others ran out and brought the Prisoner back. I know him to be the Man that I had taken Notice of before, and I took the Mob out of his Bosom, and set a Seal on it, but I did not see Mrs. Baker then.
Caleb Baker . My Wife came to me at the Coach and Horses. Her Cap was off, and her Arm bloody from her Elbow to her Fingers. Nanny, says I, what's the Matter? A Rogue, says she, has abused me and pull'd my Head-clothes off. I and John Drew , and some others, pursu'd him, and near the Gate-house in Westminster, we heard a Woman cry Murder, we follow'd the Cry, and seiz'd him behind a Coach. We brought him back to the Coach and Horses, where Mrs. Elkin took the Mob out of his Bosom.
John Drew . As I was drinking at Mr. Elkin's House, Mrs. Baker came in almost murder'd, and said she had been robb'd by a lusty Fellow in a Brewer's Apron, and that he run down the Street. We follow'd, and under the Gatehouse Gateway, he was quarrelling with a Woman, who cry'd out, and he run about forty Yards, and got behind a Coach that stood against the Chequer Ale-house in the Broad-sentry (Sanchary) where I took him, and the young Woman came up, and said that's he that took my Handkerchief.
Prisoner. No you took me by my Master's Dray, with a lighted Link in my Hand.
Drew. You had a Link, but it was not lighted.
Prisoner. What Time of Night was it?
Drew. About a Quarter past Ten.
Prisoner. I belong to Mr. Whiteman, a Brewer in Blackman-street. My Fellow-Servant had the Dray-horse in his Hand, and I went behind with a lighted Link to take Care of the Beer, and it's very likely that I shou'd do a Robbery with a Link in my Hand. - My Fellow-servant is sick, or else he would have been here.
Mary Allen . Going down Old-Tothill-Street , by the Oyl-shop, I met the Prisoner, he jostl'd me, I pass'd him, he turn'd back and follow'd me, took hold of the Side of my Breast, squeez'd me hard, knock'd me down, hit me on the Arm with a piece of
Prisoner. You swore before the Justice that you knock'd me down.
Prisoner. You swore you threw me over a Block.
Mary Allen. I swore you fell down under the Gatehouse.
Prisoner. You had like to hang another young Man, for another Robbery, but only he had good Friends that appear'd for him - At what a Clock did I knock you down?
Mary Allen. It was a Quarter past Ten.
Prisoner. I was then at my Lodging in Kent.
Mary Allen. How could that be, when you sent a Prisoner to the Gatehouse by 11 ?
Prisoner. Did not you take hold of the Skirt of my Coat, and ask me to give you a Dram?
Mary Allen. No.
Prisoner. What Tool had I in my Hand to knock you down with? Did not a Man hold the Dray-Horse?
Mary Allen. I neither saw Horse nor Dray.
Prisoner. But I had a lighted Link in my Hand, and I gave you a Slap with it.
Mary Allen. It was not lighted; but while you were hauling me about a Gentleman's Coach came by with a Flambeau.
36. Edward Leaver , was indicted for stealing 150 lb. of Lead fix'd to Bishopsgate, and 150 lb. of Lead fix'd to an empty House adjoining to Bishopsgate , the Goods of the Right Hon.the Lord Mayor, the Commonalty and Citizens of London , Aug.30 . Acquitted .
James Goodwin , the Younger (aged 12) My Father sent me with a Bottle of Rum in a Basket, to carry to Black's- Fields. The Prisoner follow'd me from Layton's-Yard (where they build Ships) to a bye Alley, close by a Pond, and there he said he belong'd to the King, and must have my Rum, and so he laid hold of it, and made me set it down, and then he took it up, and walk'd a little with it; I cry'd for my Basket, and a Gentleman coming along, the Prisoner took to his Heels and run off - This is the Basket, there was a Handkerchief in it, and he took that too.
Boy. In Farthing-Alley, in Jacob-street,on t'other side of the Water.
Prisoner.Then it was in Surry.
Court. Where was the Basket found?
Prisoner. In White -Chapel.
Court. You may be try'd in any County where any part of the Goods are found.
Samuel Brain . At an Alehouse in Chambers-street, I met the Prisoner and Prosecutor. I told the Prisoner, it was beneath an Officer to take a Gailon of Rum from a Child. He ask'd us to go with him to a House in White-Chapel, we went, he own'd he had sold the Rum there, and the Woman of the House deliver'd the Basket to the Prosecutor.
Walter Allen . He told me that he took the Rum from the Boy, and sold it at that House, and he offer'd several times to make it up, and the Prosecutor not agreeing to it, the Prisoner run away, but we follow'd and took him again.
Prisoner. I never sold a Drop of Rum there in my Life; but I and another got drunk aboard a Ship, and coming along where the Boy had set down the Bottle to rest himself. and both of us being a little Maggoty, we gave the Bottle a push for fun, and down it fell and broke, and I having three Pounds of Tea, I put it into the Basket and carry'd it away and sold it, and then left the Basket at the House where it was found.
The Jury found him Guilty .
John Molloy . I live in Brick Lane, in Spittle-Fields . At 11 a Clock on Sunday Night the 30th of September, I left my Door fast lock'd and went to Bed. About 7 next Morning I found my Cellar Door, next the Street, broke open, the Stock of the Lock was burst, and the Bolt forced out of the Staple. I miss'd two Firkins of Butter, which were taken our of my back Cellar.
William Fidzar . The Prisoner and I frequented Mrs.Church's Brandy-Shop, at Salt-Peter-Bank, in Rag-Fair, we were often there from Morning to Night. On the Sunday before New-Years Day, we went from thence about 10 at Night to break open the Prosecutor's House, which we had attempted once before, but were hinder'd by the Watch. When we came to the Place, I wrenched open the Lock of the Cellar-door with a Chissel; but it making a Noise, we look'd up and saw a Light in the Window, and being afraid the People were alarm'd, we went off a little, and stood upon the Watch; but the Candle being soon put out, we concluded they were gone to Bed, and had not heard us. So struck a Light in my Tinder-box, and the Prisoner went down with it, and lighted a Candle below, for he had a Candle and Matches in his Pocket. I waited above to look out; the Watch coming by past 11, I bid him lie close, and stepp'd aside; but they taking no notice, I return'd to my post. The Prisoner brought up one Firkin, which I set by, and then he fetch'd another, and each of us taking one, we carry'dSarah Anderson (who buys old Clothes in the Fair) and another Woman. They tasted one of the Firkins, we ask'd them Two pence Half-penny a Pound, they bid us 2 d. and we agreed to it. The Firkins weigh'd about half a Hundred and eight Pounds a-piece, but one of them not proving so good as the other, the Women would give us but 16 s. for the Whole. We knew not where to mend our Market, and so we consented to take their Money: Anderson carry'd one away, and I carry'd the other, to a House hard by, to which I afterwards directed the Prosecutor; but it was gone before he came. She said she would come to Church's and pay us. I went to eat a ha'p'orth of boil'd Potatoes in the Fair, and going back to Church's I met Anderson, who told me she had paid the Money to the Prisoner. I went to him, and he gave me 8 s. for my half - No, it was but 7 s, 9 d. for we had two Pots of Cherry-beer, which he paid for out of the Whole.
Prisoner. I never had any Acquaintance with Fidzar - Indeed I have spoke to the the Fellow at the Brandy-shop: but no body ever saw me in his Company, and I have heard he has been an Evidence. His Creature came to me in Newgate, and said, Aye you Rogue, he shall get the Reward for banging you, and then he'll live honest. The Jury found the Prisoner Guilty . Death .
John Thayer , I live at the upper End of Brick-Lane . My Cellar-window was broke open between 1 and 4 in the Morning. The Clamp, that goes into the Frame, was broke, and the Plank that flaps down was lifted up at one end, and a Box, and two Casks of Tobacco were taken out of my Cellar -
The empty Casks and Box were found in a Field behind my House by some Workmen
William Fidzar . The Prisoner and I took two Bags, and went from Church's Shop about one in the Morning, to get what we could light on. We came to this Brandy-shop (the Prosecutor's) in Brick-Lane, I flung back two flat Bolts with an Iron, and wrenched the Plank up. I struck a Light in my Tinder-box, and gave it the Prisoner, who went down and lighted a Candle below; some Butchers came along with a Hurricane of Marrow-bones and Cleavers. I bid him lie snug, 'till they were all gone by, which he did, and then brought up a Cask, and a Box of Tobacco. He went down a second Time, and brought another Cask. We carry'd them into a Field behind the House, and empty'd them into our Bags, and so went to Church's, leaving the empty Casks and Box behind us. We order'd a Hot-pot, and sat by the Fire till Day-light. I sent a Boy for Tom Pattison , who had bought Goods of us before. Tom, says I, here's some Tobacco that Trevis and I got last Night, and if you can dispose of it we'll give you 2 s. The two Bags weigh'd about 50 lb. He took one, for which he brought us 13 s. He said it came to 14 s. but he was oblig'd to spend a Shilling at the House. He scrupl'd sometime to take the other Bag, but at last he took it, staid two Hours, and then brought us 14 s. We gave him 2 s. for his pains, and the Prisoner and I shar'd the Money equally - Pattison now keeps out of the Way.
Prisoner. I never saw this Fellow with my Eyes.
Fidzar. We became acquainted in October last. He told me that he broke out of New-Prison, and that he was an Evidence against Long-Will - I think it was Long-Will - And some others.
Prisoner. When Harry Whitesides was taken you were afraid he would swear against you, and so you went to these Thief -catchers, who make it their Business to take away People's Lives, and so you pretended that you came in voluntarily.
The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
James Macdowald , was indicted for assaulting Susan Cox , on the Highway, putting hera in Fear, and taking from her a silk Purse, Guinea, and a Queen Elizabeth's sixpence , Dec. 27 .
Mary Bales . On the 27th of December, between 8 and 9 in the Morning, I was going with Mrs. Cox, in Dr. Mead's Coach from Kensington, to St. Albans - Near Kensington-Gravel-Pits , the Prisoner rode up to the Coachman, and bid him stand, which the Coachman not minding, the Prisoner call'd out again, Stand! and then the Coachman stopt, and the Prisoner came to the Coach-door with a Pistol in his Hand, and demanded our Money and Watches; we were in a great Fright. Mrs. Cox said, Pray Sir be easy, you shall have what we have, and pulling out a red Silk-purse, she gave it him; but I don't know what was in it. I know she had a Queen Elizabeth's Six-pence, which she us'd to carry in that Purse, but as the Purse was not open'd, I did not see it then - The Coach glass was half up when he came to the Door, but he bid us put it down, and I did, and then, as I said, he demanded our Watches; Mrs. Cox told him she had none; and I said I had none neither, for I was but a Servant. He answer'd, God damn you, I saw your Watches in the Morning - When he had got the Purse, he look'd both Ways and went off. I cry'd, Stop Highwayman: Mrs. Cox's Servant rid after him - A Ploughman threw his Staff at him, and he was taken soon after - I am sure this is Mrs. Cox's Purse, and this is her Queen Elizabeth's Six-pence, for I have often seen them both, and am positive the Prisoner is the Man.
John Keen . I was on Horseback before the Coach - The Prisoner rid up to the Coach door, before you come to Bay's-Water by the Gravel-Pitts, I heard him demand their Watches, and I am certain he's the Man that robb'd my Lady, Mrs. Cox - When he left the Coach, they cry'd, Highwayman, and I pursu'd him to Brompton, where he quitted the Horse, and was taken by a Farmer and another Man in a Garden - Indeed my Horse tumbled, and I lost fight of him for a little while, but I saw him again just after he had dismounted.
James Hutchins . Coming from Little-Chelsea, on Thursday in Christmas Week, I saw Thomas Ruberry riding hard over the Field; What's the Matter, says I, A Highwayman! says he. Then I saw the Prisoner run to the Pallisades of a Garden and get over, and when I came to the Pallisades, he he was creeping under some Elm tree Boughs to hide himself. I got over, and he came to me, and said he was my Prisoner, and a dead Men. I collar'd him, and led him four Rod by myself, and then Perrin and Tarrant came to me. We search'd him, and found this red Silk-purse in his right Pocket. There was a Guinea, a Queen Elizabeth's Sixpence - I believe this is the same - and some other Silver in it - Going to the Justice's he begg'd me not to let the Justice see the Purse.
Prisoner. You took more Money from me Twenty Shillings out of my Coat Pocket.
Hutchins. The Money was all put together before the Justice.
John Perrin . As I was going home, in Ayre's Court, in Kensington Parish, I heard a Noise of Highwayman! and mounting my Horse, I pursu'd and got Sight of him in the Garden. I quitted my Horse, and leap'd over the Pales - Hutchins was with me, and the Prisoner said he was our Prisoner, and desir'd us not to abuse him.
Joseph Griffin . The Lady's Servant follow'd the Prisoner up Earl's-Court-Lane, by Holland-Walk, but his Horse falling, he lost sight of the Prisoner, and I made the best of my way to the Turnpike to give Notice.
Joseph Biggs . I was at Plough at Bay's-Water-Hill. A Lad ( Robin Spencer ) stopt his Cart, and said, There's a Highwayman! I turn'd about, and saw the Prisoner's Head in the Coach, and coming from it he put his Hand in his right Pocket. I catch'd up my Plough-staff and made up to him, and coming pretty near I threw my Staff at him; he bob'd his Head, and off dropp'd his Hat and Wig. I am not sure hit them off, but if he had not bob'd I should have knock'd him down - There's the Hat with the Dirt
William Atwood . The Case is this - I live at Brompton. And as my Man Sanders and I were at work in my Yard, we heard Words. Two Women were with the Prisoner, and he was discoursing them to take his Mare. So I goes up to him, and he was very dirty and his Mare too, and says he, I beg of you, Sir, to take my Mare, and my Whip, and my Great-Coat, and I beg you, Sir, not to say which way I am gone, for I am a dead Man. So I took care of the Whip and the Great-Coat, and gave the Mare to my Man to put into my Stable, and then I pursu'd the Prisoner, and found he was taken in the Garden by Perrin, and Hutchins, and Tarrat - He had no Hat nor Wig on, but only a red Cap. There was a Guinea, a Crown, a half Crown, a Queen Elizabeth's Six-pence, and some other Silver - Here's the Coat and Whip.
Prisoner. Did not I fling a Watch, some Silver, and a half Guinea upon the Great-Coat?
Thomas Tarrat . The Lady's Man stopp'd at our Door, and enquir'd if we did not see a Highwayman upon a grey Mare. Says my Wife, There he goes. Perrin jump'd over the Pales, and seiz'd him first, and Hutchins took hold of him soon after *. A silk Purse was taken from the Prisoner with a Guinea, a Crown, a half Crown, Six pence and three Farthings.
* Hutchins swears that he himself was the first who seiz'd the Prisoner.
Edward Banks . Riding from Kensington Gravel-pits, I saw the Lady's Servant pursuing the Prisoner, and he call'd out for God's sake stop him. And the Prisoner cry'd, for God's sake let me pass, which I did, as fearing he had Fire-arms, tho' when he had got about 100 Yards, I follow'd, and thought I should have overtaken him, but he turn'd up Earl's-Court-Lane, and made towards Brompton a Village about a Quarter or a Mile from thence, and I lost Sight of him.
Robert Chester , Constable. I follow'd the Prisoner to Brompton, and took him into Custody; he pray'd me to keep him from the Mob, and lend him a Bible. I told him I had none about me, but he should have one, and other good Books at my House. I carry'd him before Justice Vincent, who made his Mittimus to Newgate. I thought it was then too late, and unsafe to carry him thither that Evening, and so I kept him all Night in my own House, and next Morning carry'd him in a Coach to Newgate. By the Way he own'd to me that he had robb'd Mrs. Cox - There was a Report that one Downs a Baker who had done it, but that was a Mistake.
The Jury found him guilty . Death .
49, 50. Henry Whitesides +, and James Ford , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of Mary Everet , and stealing three Holland Shirts, the Goods of William Preston , and a Shirt, 24 Handkerchiefs, and a Quarter of a Pound of Tea, the Goods of Elizabeth Rumney , June 20 in the Night , in the 4th Year of his present Majesty.
+ Whitesides was in April, 1732, convicted of stealing a Hat. Sessions-Paper, Numb, 4. Pag. 114.
Elizabeth Rumney . I had a Room and part of a Shop in Mary Everet 's House in Rosemary-lane . - It's four Years ago come next June since I was robb'd. My Landlady lay in the Shop. I shut it up, and made the Windows fast as soon as it was dark. About 2 in the Morning my Landlady call'd me up, and said the Shop was robb'd. I found one Shutter half crawn off, and the Sash lifted up. I lost three Shirts of William Preston 's which I had to make, two Dozen of Handkerchiefs, a strip'd Shirt and 3 Quarters of a Pound of Tea, which were my own Goods, for I sold Coffee, Tea, Sugar and Tape, and such kind of Things.John Oak sent Fame to Wood-street-compter, and told me that he and the Prisoners were the Persons that robb'd me.
John Oak. On Saturday Night (4 Years ago next June) I went to Mr. Collins's against the Glass-house at Salt-Peter-Bank in Rosemary-lane, where I met the Prisoners, whom I had seen there divers Times before. They ask'd me to go out with them that Night. I agreed to it, and coming down Rosemary-lane, about 9 at Night, we saw the Prosecutor's Door open. I slipt in, took the Key out of the Pin of the Window, and then we went away together, to see if we could find another Chance, but not meeting with any, we returned about 2 in the Morning. I took out the Pin of the Window, threw it in the Kennel, pull'd the Shutter half off, and Whitesides went in while Ford and I stood watching without, and Whitesides handed out three Shirts, a silk Handkerchief, and eighteen Cotton Handkerchiefs, which I took in my Apron. There was a Woman in Bed in the Shop, and she cry'd out Thieves. I went down a Turning by the Side of the House and hid the Goods, and when I return'd the Prisoners were gone, but I found them two Hours after at Collins's. - One that buys stolen Goods, but keeps a private House. - Whitesides was an Evidence against his Wife three Years ago. - I told the Prisoners where I had left the Goods, and at 9 in the Morning we went to fetch 'em. I took 'em away, and carry'd them to the Brill near Pancras, and sold 'em all but one Shirt to Ann Taylor , - her right Name is Prichard.
Court. Could you venture to fetch 'em at that time of Day, from a Place so near the House that was broke open?
Oak. I left 'em on a Dunghill, and covered them with Bean-shells. The Prisoners stood at the End of the Turning to watch, and the Turning goes thro' from Rosemary-Lane, so that I did not come back by the House, but went out at to'ther End, and the Prisoners follow'd me. - Nax Taylor gave us 12 s. for two of the Shirts, half a Crown for the silk Handkerchief, and a great Piece for the Cotton ones. I kept the other Shirt, and allow'd 6 s. for it. We dined there and spent 13 s. in Punch. - The Goods we sold (with the 6 s. for the Shirt) came to 26 s. and 6 d. and the Reckoning being paid, there remain'd 13 s. and 6 d. which we shar'd equally, and had 4 s. 6 d. a piece. We staid there 'till 8 in the Evening, and then came to Town together, and parted in Cheapside. I have had no Correspondence with them since, any farther than drinking with them.
Court. How came you to conceal this so long and discover it at last?
Oak. I had done a great many wicked Things, and thinking it Time to reform, I surrender'd myself, and so was sent to the Compter.
Court. Was there no Warrant out against you?
Oak. Not that I know of.
Ford. Did not John Wells (who has been an Evidence, and is now turn'd Thief-catcher) send you to Shrewsbury to keep you clear of the Information of Will. Morris, who is in Custody at Norwich?
Whitesides. Can you prove I was ever in your Company?
Oak. Philip Lacey in Petticoat-lane, where they lodged, and others, at whose Houses I have often drank with them, can prove it, but I could not get them to come thither. - Ford has been try'd several Times.
The Jury acquitted them.
Josiah Keen . I live at the lower End of Milford-lane , near St. Clement's Church. The Beginning of January, two Years ago, five Tea-spoons, a pair of Tea-tongs, and two silk Handkerchiefs, were stollen off myJohn Oak sent for me to Woodstreet-Compter, and said he had robb'd me three Times within these two Years. That he stole the Goods in the Indictment in January. Robb'd me of a Tea-Kettle and Lamp in October, and broke into my House about two in the Morning in November, but a Neighbour hearing them, I had a lucky Escape.
John Oak . The Prisoner and I used to drink at Maddox's Ale-house. We went from thence the Beginning January, two Years ago, between 7 and 8 at Night, and walk'd about till 9, when we came to the Prosecutor's House. The Window-shutters were put to, but not fastned. I pull'd 'em open, hoisted up the Sash, went in, took 5 Tea-spoons, a pair of Tea-tongs, and two silk Birds-eye Indian Handkerchiefs, and handed them out to the Prisoner, who stood at the Window to watch. He has been concerned with me at other Times in robbing the Prosecutor. We went back to Maddox's. The Prisoner sold the Tea-spoons and Tongs for 8 s. and the Handkerchiefs for 4 s. and gave me 6 s. for my Share.
Prisoner. He said before my Lord Mayor that I enter'd the House.
Oak. That was in another Robbery that I charg'd him with.
Prisoner. My Lord Mayor's Clerk ask'd him if I had been in any other Robbery with him, and he said no, tho' now he charges me with several. - And then he mention'd nothing of the Handkerchiefs.
Prisoner. Pray let his Information be read?
Then the Clerk of the Arraigns read Oaks's Information taken before the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, Jan. 8, 1733-4. Oak therein gives an Account of van Numbers of Robberies committed by himself and several others, for 4 or 5 Years past, and among tho rest, those which he charged the Prisoner with.
Prisoner. Where did I live when this Robbery was committed?
Oak. I don't know, - but he told me in Black-fryars.
Prisoner. It's strange we should be so well acquainted as to go a thieving together, and yet you not know where I liv'd at the same Time.
Oak. He was cast for Transportation, but two or three Sessions's ago*.
Prisoner. Alderman BARBER gave me a free Discharge on the Saturday, and on the Monday I went to work, and have work'd ever since 'till I was taken. - Is there any Body that knows I kept you Company?
Oak. Maddox is broke and lies in the Marshalsea for Debt, and therefore he can't come here to prove it.
Prisoner. I can prove I work'd hard for my living when you say this Robbery was committed.
James Chambers . I live in Carolina-Court, on Saffron-hill I am a Joyner by Trade, but the Business I mostly follow is making Brush and Mop-staves, and Sticks to roll Silks on. The Prisoner is my Brother, and in Jan. was two Years he work'd for me, and lay at my House. He was seldom out after 9 at Night, tho' sometimes he has happen'd to stay 'till 10 or 11. - He did did not work by the Day, but by the Piece, and would earn 10, 12, or 14 Shillings a Week. - He has work'd for me 9, 10, or 11 Years.
Oak. This Fellow has been in Newgate himself.
James Chambers . That was for no Harm. I was only for having two Wives. - I was try'd for nothing else. - This Noaks (Oak) was sent for out of the Country by Wells the Thief -catcher, to be an Evidence, as Wells himself told me. - And this Wells has been try'd for two or three Felonies.
Oak. I have given this Anderson twenty Quarterns of Gin, and I have seen him and the Prisoner picking Pockets together.
Prisoner. The first Time I saw Oaks was but 13 Months ago. - It being wet Weather I went into an Ale-house in White-fryars, and hung my Hat to dry by the Fire, and a Man there took off my Wig at the same time, under Pretence of looking on it, and I turning my Back, he slipt away with it. The Woman of the House told me his Name was John Barber . - I took a Warrant against him from Justice Brain's, on which Account he kept out of the Way, but his Wife said if I'd be content, I should have my Wig again, and the Charge of the Warrant. I told her I desired no more; then she said her Husband had sold the Wig for half a Crown, to one John Oak in Newtoner's-lane, and so she gave a Man a Crown to redeem the Wig, and sent him with me; where I found Oak. I told him he had bought a Wig that was taken off my Head; and he said he would not deliver it without the Money it cost him, and half a Crown to be spent, - and this was the first of my Acquaintance with Oak.
Oak. I bought the Wig of Barber for half a Crown, not knowing it was stolen, and it cost me 6 d. to have it mended, and therefore I insisted upon 3s. and for all what he says, I knew him five Years ago; but as we frequented disorderly Houses, the People that kept them don't care to appear.
Prisoner. About two Months ago; I saw Oaks's Wife at the Ale-house in White-fryars, she had got a Warrant against four Men for snatching her Pocket, and I said to her, Why should you be so severe, if I had been so severe to your Husband, it might have been worse for you, and Oak has ow'd me a Grudge ever since. - But if I am guilty, God Almighty-grant the Jury may find me so, and that I may suffer. Acquitted .
62, 63. Eleanor Wilson , was indicted for stealing a Silver Sauce-boat , the Property of Richard Green , Jan. 9 , and Richard Wilson , her Husband , for receiving the same, knowing it to have been stolen . Both Guilty .
Grace Long , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch with two Seals, a pair of Silver Shoe-buckles, a pair of Silver Knee-buckles, a pair of Crystal Buttons, a Gold Ring, and a Mother of Pearl Snuff-Box, the Goods of Evan Edwards ; and a Gold Seal and 8 Guineas, the Property of Alexander Hales , Esq ; from the Person of Evan Edwards , Jan. 5 .
Evan Edwards . On Friday the 4th of Jan. I had been in the City to receive some Money for my Master's Brother Alexander Hales Esq; and as I was going home to Suffolk-Street, I met the Prisoner by Temple-Bar, and she took me to her Lodgings by St. Giles's Pound , and there she robb'd me of 8 Guineas, and a Crystal Seal , set in Gold, that belong'd to my Master's Brother; and a Silver Watch; a Mother of Pearl Snuff-Box , and a pair of Silver Knee-buckles of my own, and these were all in my Breeches.
Court. And do ye know how they were taken out?
Edwards. She took them when I was asleep, for I pull'd off my Breeches, and the rest of my Things and went to Bed with her, and she took the Buckles out of my Shoes and another out of my Stock. But the Buttons were in my Shirt-sleeves and the Ring upon my Finger.
Court. Then there was nothing taken from your Person but the Ring and the Buckles?
Edwards. No, and when I waked in the Morning I mist my Things, and she was gone too. I enquired for her of the People of the House, and left Directions with them where I lived. And soon after, I heard she was in the Round-house. I went to her there, and she Confest she took the Things from me, and fell on her Knees before the Constable and asked pardon.
Prisoner. He has kept Company with me above a twelve-Month, and he knows very well that I am with Child by him.
William Davis . On Saturday, the 5th of January, between 6 and 7 in the Morning, the Prisoner came to a Shop where I live, call'd for a Dram, and ask'd me to change her a Guinea. I said I could not, and then she gave me a Shilling to change. She shew'd me a Gold-seal, a Snuff-box, a Silver-watch, two Knee-buckles, two Shoe Buckles, and a pair of Stone-buttons.
Court. Did she live in a Cellar then?
Edwards. Yes, her Lodgings were below Stairs.
Edwards. I was told she gave the Seal to the Man at the Brandy-shop.
Davis. Yes, she gave it to me, and I deliver'd it to the Owner.
Allen. She told me she had the Money and Goods from a Man for lying with him 3 or 4 Nights at the Bell in Smithfield. I enquir'd there, but could hear nothing of her.
Court. Did she say, he gave them her, or that she took them?
Allen. He charged her with other things, and she said there was all she had; but did not say that he gave it her. Court. Did she kneel to you and ask pardon? Allen. No; but I saw her offer the Man who charg'd me with her, two Guineas to let her go.
Francis Waker . About one a Clock a Saturday Morning, the Prisoner came into a Publick-house where I was, for a Pint of Beer, and ask'd if they could change a Guinea; she was answer'd, No. She lighted a Candle, and went out, some Body there said, she had a Watch, and a Snuff-box; upon which I follow'd her 4 or 5 Doors, and she went into another. I stood at the Door to listen, and heard a Woman's Voice, saying, Well, Grace, What have you got to Night? She answer'd, That as will fetch my Clothes out of pawn, and now I'll follow this Trade no more, but get into a Place and live honest. I suppose some Body there had got a Buckle from her, for I heard her say, Now I can bang you for taking that Buckle. She was ask'd how she could be so barbarous to serve the Man so? And she reply'd, I did it out of Spight, for when I had pick'd him up, and carry'd him to my Lodging, he could do nothing.
Prisoner. The first House where the Prosecutor lay with me, was the Coach and Horses in Bond-street. I am an Oyster-woman by Trade, and that Night as he lost his Things, I was sitting by Temple-Bar with my Goods, and he came out of the Devil-Tavern, and call'd, Here, you Oyster-woman! and I turning about, O, says he, is it you my Dear? How do you do ? Will you go and take a Night's Lodging with me? I said, No, and with that he threw my Oysters about the Street. You Villain you, says I, han't you done enough in getting me with Child, but you must throw my Goods away? Then he said, truly, that he'd make me any Satisfaction, and so he gave me a Crown for my Oysters, and follow'd me to my Cellar, where he would go to Bed, and there was another Woman with me, and I went out and left them together - When I was at the Red-Lion against Drury-Lane, Will. Adams, the Thief -catcher, told me, if I'd give him two Guineas he discharge me, and because I would not, he sent for Allen the Constable - When the last Witness follow'd me from the Coach and Horses Alehouse, where I went to change a Guinea, he went to put his Hands up my Coats, and ask'd me to go along with him; and when I was at the Brandy-shop, Davis bid me go backwards and warm myself, and he brought me half a Pint of Liquor, and begg'd the Seal of me, and said it was Brass; but when he found I would not part with it for nothing, he gave me a Shilling for it - If I would have spent the Money among these People, I should soon have been let loose again.
The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10d.
The Jury found Hinch guilty of Felony only , and acquitted Fenwick.
67. John Morrison , was indicted for the Murder of John Perry , by discharging a Gun loaden with Powder and small Shot, and thereby giving him one mortal Bruise, in the fore Part of the Head, Nov. 25 . of which he languish'd to the 30th of the same Month, and then dy'd.
He was a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the Manslaughter.
It appear'd that the Deceas'd lodg'd in the Prisoner's House, that they were very good Friends; that Prisoner had lately been robb'd, and hearing a Noise of some People about his Door in the Night, he apprehended that Rogues were attempting to 10b his House again; upon which he fir'd a Piece out at Window, and unfortunately shot the Deceas'd, who was then coming home. The Jury acquitted him.
The Prosecutor appearing Malicious, and Lilly's Evidence false and groundless, the Jury acquitted them, and the Court order'd Lilly to be taken into Custody, and bound the Prisoners to prosecute him.
72, 73. Samuel Coleman , otherwise Boots , and Elizabeth Lilly , were indicted for assaulting Martha Archhole on the Highway, and robbing her of a Pocket, a Petticoat, and 6 s. 6 d. Nov. 24 . Accquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death 10.
William Simmonds page 54 Samuel Steele ibid. George Cotterell p 58. Henry Tilson p. 59. Henry Worrell ibid. William Simmonds p. 60. George Peters ibid. James Belford p. 64. John Travis p. 64 and James Macdowall p. 66.
Burnt in the Hand I.
Elizabeth Dolphin , Thomas Rowland , Susan Brown , Mary Tisden , William Davis , James Nichols , Thomas Tates , Peter Buck , John Mason , Richard Smith , Toby Bugden , James Cleaver , Henrietta Mins , J - B - , Richard Wilson , Eleanor Wilson , Grace Long , and Joseph Hinch .