Wednesday the 27th, Thursday the 28th of February, and Friday the 1st of March, in the Seventh, Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Being the Third 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.
(Price Six Pence.)
Where may be had the foregoing Numbers in this Mayoralty, and the Sessions-Papers of the last.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM BILLERS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Baron Carter ; Mr. Baron Thompson ; 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.
Robert Alcock . I live with Mrs. Wall, who keeps a Shop the Corner of Mark-lane in Tower-street . In the Evening I shut the Sash-door next the Street, but did not bolt it, and went backward to light Candles. In about 5 Minutes I return'd with the Candles, and found the Door open. I look'd in the Pigeon-holes behind the Counter, and miss'd a Parcel of Men's Gloves, upon which I enquir'd in the Neighbourhood, if any suspicious Persons had been about the Door; and Richard Pitt inform'd me, that he had seen such a one as Whitesides loitering up and down, and sometimes standing by a Ballad-singer; and he said, if we went directly to Rag-Fair, we might chance to find him with the Goods in some Gin-shop. So Pitt, and John Hawkins , and Edward Ford , and I went all together. And as we were passing by the backside of the first House, from Tower-hill, going into Rag-fair, we look'd in at a Window, where there was a Candle, and saw Whitesides trying on a pair of the Gloves; upon which we went to the Fore-door, and found Marshall shutting up the Stall (it was an Apple-stall;) we search'd him, and took one pair of Gloves out of his Pocket, and then we went in; but having made some Disturbance in seizing Marshall, I suppose Whitesides took the Alarm and hid the Gloves; for at our first going into the Back-room we could find nothing but the Paper they had been wrapp'd in, and one pair lying loose on the Dresser: However, upon farther search we found the rest under a Cherry-Sieve. Whitesides ran up Stairs, and Marshall got into the Cellar; but we got a Constable and secur'd them both.
Whitesides. I was try'd here last Sessions, and resolving to get clear of ill Company I enter'd my self on board a Ship; but going to take Leave of my Brother, I met Marshall, who ask'd me to buy a pair of Gloves, and so I stepp'd into the House to try them on.
Marshall. That's very true, for Whitesides is an innocent Man. I found the Gloves in a Dust-hole by the Postern on Tower-hill, and meeting one Mrs Pattison, she desir'd me to call at the Corner-house going to Rag-fair, and help the Girl ( Sarah Gibbs ) to shut up Shop, which I did, and Whitesides coming by, I said to him, See here, what I have found! and, says he, What will you have for a Pair? I told him, a Groat. So he went backwards to try them on, and in the mean time these People came and broke in upon us. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Clerk . Are you guilty or not guilty? - Why can't you Plead?
Prisoner. I don't know what you say.
Court. Let some Body near him tell him his Charge.
Whitesides (bauling in his Ear) So ho! you are indicted for stealing Stockings! are you guilty or not guilty ?
Prisoner. What do you say?
Court. Show him the Charge in writing, [Then a Paper was shewn him.]
Prisoner. I can't read.
Court. Prosecutor, could you make him hear when he was apprehended.
Prosecutor. He pretended to be deaf then.
Court. Is there no Body belonging to Newgate, that knows whether he can hear or not ?
Whitesides. He could hear sometimes when they baul'd to him in Newgate.
Court. Then we must make him hear now.
Whitesides, bauling, the Court will make you hear.
Prisoner. Indeed I am quite deaf.
Court. If he remains obslinate he must be press'd.
Whitesides, bauling. The Court says, you must be press'd to Death if you won't hear!
Court. Read the Law - Batlet the Executioner first tye his Thumbs.
[Then the Executioner ty'd his Thumbs together with Whipcord, and with the Assistance of an Officer drew the Knot very hard.]
Prisoner. My dear Lord, I am deaf as the Ground.
Executioner. Guilty or not guilty?
Prisoner. My sweet, sugar, precious Lord, I am deaf indeed, and have been so these ten Years.
Executioner. Guilty or not guilty?
Court. Hold him there a little - Now loosen the Cord, and give him a little Time to consider of it; but let him know what he must expect if he continues obstinate, for the Court will not be trifled with.
John Hutchins . I live with Mr. Bromfield, at the Woolpack, on the Bridge. The Prisoner and another came into my Master's-Shop, between 8 and 9 in the Morning, and cheapen'd some Stockings; I shew'd them 2 or 3 pair; they bid me Money, but I could not take it, and so they both went out again. I presently heard some Body in the Street say, Friend, you have dropt your Stockings; upon which I went out and seiz'd the Prisoner, and saw the Stockings drop from under his Great-coat; but his Companion got away.
Ralph Ford . I saw some Stockings drop from the Prisoner. A Man took them up, and gave them to him, when Mr. Hutchins coming outseiz'd the Prisoner, and I saw the Stockings under his Great-coat before he let them fall.
Prisoner. The Man that ran away, gave me the Stockings, and told me, he had bought them. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
10. Rebecca Carter , was indicted for stealing a pair of Blankets, a Pillowbier, a Trevit, Fender, Box-Iron, 2 Plates, 2 Dishes, a Sauce-pan, and other Things , the Goods of Elias Varney , Feb. 7 . Guilty .
About 7 at Night the Prisoner and Wood (who pretended to be a Captain) came to the Prosecutor's Shop for 2 Ounces of Nutmegs. Mrs. Shaw had then 5 or 6 other Customers in her Shop, and tho' she offer'd to serve the Prisoner and the Captain, they very civilly refused, and waited till those who came first were served and gone. Then She took out a Drawer of Nutmegs, they tumbled them over, telling her they would have the largest they could pick out. Captain, says the Prisoner, these are very fine ones, you had as good take a quarter of a Pound, and that will serve us all the Voyage. She put some in the Scale; the Prisoner turned them over there too, and the Captain again got his Hand among those in the Drawer. She saw the Captain put his Hand twice to his Pocket, which giving her a Suspicion, she watched him more narrowly, and the third Time, perceiving that he took some Nutmegs in his Hand, pray, says She, buy; but don't Steal. What do ye mean? says the Prisoner, you mistake the Captain, he's no such Person. Upon that, she catch'd hold of the Captain's Coat, and felt the Nutmegs, and while she held him, and was taking them out, Mr. Osborn her Neighbour came over: She told him how they had served her, but the Captain giving a Spring got loose and ran away. The Prisoner said, he was surprized the Captain should do such a Thing, and offer'd to pay for what was missing. She told him, she believ'd he had done the same, by his being so busy with his hand in the Scale. Mr. Osborn offer'd to search him, but the Prisoner swore he should not, and endeavour'd to get out; but Mr. Osborn stopt him at the Door, and in struggling the Prisoner fell in the Street. Mr. Barclay coming to Mr. Osborn's Assistance, they brought the Prisoner into the Shop again, when the Prisoner making a Motion with his Hand to his Pocket, 27 Nutmegs, 17 d. and a Handkerchief fell on the Ground. The Prisoner own'd the Handkerchief; but said he knew nothing of the Money or the Nutmegs. He was carried before Sir Richard Hopkins , where he own'd that his Companion was not a Captain, but a Fishmonger at t'other end of the Town.
His Defence was, that meeting the Captain whom he had never seen, but twice before, they got drunk together, and went to buy Spices for the Captain's Voyage; but knew nothing of stealing the Nutmegs. He call'd a great many to his Character, who deposed that they had known him several Years. That he was a Licensed Pedlar , kept Fairs, and dealt in Hard-ware, Plate, China, Handkerchiefs, and worked Linnen; that they had often traded with him, and believ'd him to be an honest Man. The Jury acquitted him.
Magdalen Jones , was indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition, for the Murder of Elizabeth Byon , by dragging her out of Bed, and forcing her into the street, between 10 and 11 at Night, when she was weak, and sick, and groaning, and leaving her there, almost naked, and not able to stand, so that with Cold, and Want of due Care, requisite to a Person in such a weak and sick Condition, she Instantly dy'd , Feb. 7 .
John Byon . The Prisoner keeps a Lodging-house overagainst St. Giles's-Round-house , and letts Lodgings for Two-pence a Night. I am a Fan Painter, and the Deceas'd was my Wife , we took a Lodging there in the Evening, and paid a Groat for that Night; my Wife was very ill, and could not help groaning when she was a Bed; upon which the Prisoner came up, and asked what was the Matter. I was afraid she would turn us out, and so I told her my Wife had only got a Cold; but the Prisoner bid us get out, for we should not lie there; my Wife said she was not able to get up, and beg'd her for God's sake, to let her stay till Morning, tho' all she could say signified nothing, for the Prisoner would not be pacify'd till we were gone. So, with much ado, I and the Maid help'd my Wife up, and put on her Shoes and Stockings and some otherof her Clothes; and while we were doing it, the Prisoner's Husband call'd up, and said, What are you not coming yet? I'll fetch you with a Devil to you. Upon which the Prisoner hurried us, and would not give us Time to put on my Wife's Things; So the Maid and I help'd my Wife out to a Bench in the Street, and there I drest her, and before we could get to Church-lane, she drop'd down dead. We had lain Two-Nights before at the Church Warden of St. Ann's Door, who could not receive us without a pass from St. Giles's.
Elizabeth Carr . I heard dismal Groans, and the Prisoner took a Candle and found the Prosecutor and his Wife in the Entry, and the Prisoner said to him, You told me, your Wife was only drunk, but she is rotten with the Pox, she shall not lye here, and so take your Groat again, and take your Time to dress her, and carry her out. Then he drest her and led her out, and I helped him, and the Prisoner did not meddle with her, - he is rotten with the Pox as well as his Wife was.
Coroner. The Body of the Deceased was full of Blotches. The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.
Alice Gregory. Between 3 and 4, in the Afternoon, as I and Mrs. William's were walking from Hampstead towards London, the Prisoner with a thick Stick in his Hand came up to us, between Pancras Church and the Turnpike , and stopt Mrs. Williams first, and demanded her Money; she said she was a poor Woman, and had but three Farthings. Then he turned to me, and said Damn you, your Money, or you are a dead Woman. I gave him half a Crown; he took it, and said, this is not all; Damn you, give me the rest, and with that he took from me 3 s. more, and a Key, and then ran away over a Field. I kept my Eye upon him all the while, till he dropt in a Ditch. Some Men coming along, we told them we had been robb'd, and they pursu'd the Prisoner and took him.
Mrs. Williams. My Cousin Gregory and I came from Hampstead together, and I being foremost was crossing a Bridge, when the Prisoner stept out, and as soon as I got over the Bridge, he damn'd my Blood, and demanded my Money. I told him I was a poor Woman, and had but three Farthings. He pray'd the Lord to damn the three Farthings and so went to my Cousin, who was then upon the Bridge, and damn'd her, and demanded her Money. I bid him have a care what he did, for we had Company behind, and so I called John! and Dick! The Prisoner pray'd God to Damn John and Dick, and swore he would have my Cousin's Money, or she was a dead Woman. And while he was robbing her, he dropt his Stick in the Water. I stoop'd and took it up, and was going to give him a Knock; but seeing 2 Men at a distance, I call'd to them, and dropt the Stick : The Prisoner took it up, and ran down the Turnpike Path. You Dog, says I, I'll have you still. The Men coming up, pursu'd
Stephen Dowle . Mr. Row and I took the Prisoner in the Ditch. As we came up to him, he said, bear Witness! These Men are going to rob me! I found this Key, and this Piece of a Note in the Place where he lay.
Mrs. Gregory. These are both mine, the Prisoner took them from me.
Mr. Row. I and Mr. Dowle and Mr. Berry being on Horseback, were just got thro' the Turnpike, when we heard a Cry of Stop Thief. We turn'd back, and the Woman said she had been rob'd, and describ'd the Person. We went up the Lane where we met a Man, who told us such a Person was run across the Field: We follow'd, and found the Prisoner in a Ditch.
John Berry . The Woman said, if I got over the Ditch I might catch him; but getting sight of another Person, whom I mistook for the Prisoner, I rid after him towards Islington, and before I returned the Prisoner was taken.
Mr. Berry. And I had much ado to get him back.
Court, to Deeploe. Who are you? and why did you run away.
Deeploe. I am a Brasier, I work with Mr. Atkinson in Bull and Mouth-street, and I ran after the Prisoner when I heard a cry of Stop Thief -
Court. Do you know the Prisoner?
Deeploe. He was my School-fellow, but I have no great Acquaintance with him. Guilty . Death .
14. Timothy Goyley , was indicted for the Murder of Elizabeth Palmer , by throwing her out of a Window two Stories high, into a Yard, in the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields ; whereby both her Thighs were broke, and she Instantly dy'd , Dec. 24 .
Unity Ledger . The Prisoner keeps a Brandy-shop , I lodge in a Garret in his House; between 11 and 12 on Sunday, he came up two pair of Stairs, and went into a back Room, where the Deceased and another Woman were lying upon a Bed.
Ledger. I believe they might be in Liquor. He asked them how they came there, bid them go down, or he said he would kick them down; but however he did not, but left them there and came into my Room, and taking away some Company there, he went down with them, and I heard him let them out, and then I suppose he went to Bed, for I did not hear him come up again.
Richard Mothers . Going to Market, on Christmas-Eve, about 6 in the Morning, I call'd at the Prisoner's for a Dram, He said Lord I am very ill - pray call John Brown. I went and brought Brown and John Barns with me. Then the Prisoner said, Lord I am sadly frighten'd! I am afraid I am ruin'd! Bess Morris ( her right Name is Palmer ) has fell out of Window and kill'd herself. We open'd the Yard-door, and there she lay under the Window, with her Face bruised and stone Dead and Stiff. And so we carried her into Parkers-lane.
John Barns . My Brother came from the Prisoner for Jack Brown ; I went with them. The Prisoner said he was ruin'd, Lord, says I, what's the Matter? I wish, says he, this Bess Morris has not dropt out of Window and kill'd her self. We found her dead under the Window with her Legs across; and I having a Drop of Gin in my Head, he gave me Six-pence to help to lift her into her own Yard; but afterwards they threaten'd to throw me behind the Fire for speaking of it.
Eleanor Posey . I lodge next Door to the Prisoner, my Window looks into his Yard. I heard a Noise there about 3 in the Morning, and got up and look'd out, tho' it was so dark that I could see nothing: But I heard the Prisoner, at his own Window, call to the Woman who was groaning in the Yard, and ask her how She came there. She said she had been
John Andrews , Surgeon, I view'd the Body of the Deceas'd; she had a large contused Wound in her Forehead, but no Fracture there. Both her Thighs were broke, the left was Fractur'd near the Middle, and the right near her Knee, which was much contused, and there was a Wound on her Ancle; and I have reason to believe that these were the Cause of her Death.
Another Surgeon gave the same Account of the Wounds and Fractures; but added, that he could not say they were, tho' they might be, the Cause of her Death.
Prisoner. I heard her cry out in the Yard, and ask'd her how she came there? She said she had been for a penn'orth of Muscles, and had got the Cramp in her Knee; I bid her be quiet, and so she was. And then I went to Bed, and lay 'till six in the Morning.
Court. 'Tis very strange, that a Woman in such a miserable Condition, wounded, and bruised, and both her Thighs broke, should talk of buying Muscles, and complain of nothing but the Cramp.
Prisoner. I suppose she was drunk.
Court. It's intolerable, that such poor Wretches should be suffer'd to drink till they have lost their Senses. The Houses that allow of such scandalous Practices ought to be suppress'd.
Prisoner. I was but a Servant to one who put me in the House, and I have not been in it above five Weeks. John Brown, whom I sent for, was a Porter belonging to the Shop; and when he and Barns came, they told me, if I did not move the Body, there would be 5 l. to the Coroner, 5 l. to bury her, and a Fine of 30 l. laid upon the House.
The Jury acquitted him.
17, 18. Elizabeth Webber , alias Webstet and Susan Gilbert , were indicted, Webber, for stealing 3 Yards of Cambrick, a pair of Sheets, a Table-cloth, two Napkins, half a Guinea, and other Things, the Goods of George Hardwick , in his House , Jan. 14 . and Gilbert for receiving part of the same, knowing them to be stolen .
They were a second Time indicted, Webber for stealing half a Yard of Sattin, three quarters of a Yard of Silk, six Yards of Lace, a quarter of a Yard of Holland, and as much Cambrick, 24 quartern Loaves, a Bushell of Flower, 3 pound of Candles, and 40 s. the Goods of Parker Allet , Nov. 20 . and Gilbert for receiving the Goods, and 3 s. 6 d. of the Money, knowing the same to have been stolen.
Webster and Gilbert were a third Time indicted, for stealing a silver Watch, val. 40 s. the Property of Parker Allet, in his House , Sept. 3 .
Webber was found guilty of the three Indictments to the Value of 39 s. each, and Gilbert guilty of the first only .
22. Catherine Collet , was indicted, for that whereas Malachy Sowry , and John Beal , already convicted, and John Needle , not yet taken, did steal a silver Badge, val. 7 l. and 12 silver Buttons, val. 20 s. the Goods of George Abraham , Nov 9. 1730 She did receive the said Badge, knowing it to be stolen . Acquitted .
24, 25. William Bullock , and Jane Bullock , were indicted for stealing a Suit of Headclothes, 4 Shirts, 2 Smocks, 3 Sheets, a Gown, a pair of Stays, &c. the Goods of John Barton , in his House , Aug. 26 . He
Michael Roop . Near 2 in the Morning the Prisoner broke open Mr. Hencage's Cellar, in Church-Lane , in the Parish of St. George in the East. He went down and handed up 2 Firkins of Butter, which we carry'd to his House, and then return'd and fetch'd 2 more. He kept them all Day at home, and said he'd carry them out at Night by himself; for the Person he dealt with would not buy them if a Stranger came with him. He afterwards told me, they fetch'd 40 s. and gave me 20 s. for my Share.
Francis Osborn . Between 12 and 1 at Night, I was call'd up, and found my Cellar Window broke open. I can't say that I lock'd it when I went to Bed; but I usually lock'd it a Nights, I heard the Thief was taken and carry'd to the Watch-house.
- Tindall. Going along Grace's-Alley in Whitechapple Parish, I saw a Light in Mr. Osborn's Cellar, and the Prisoner coming up with a Candle. I ask'd him, What he did there? He put the Candle out, and I push'd the Door to, and held it fast with my Knee, and call'd the Watch. The private Watch belonging to Well-close-Square, came up; we open'd the Door, and John Jones , one of those Watchmen, hoisted the Prisoner up. He pretended to be so drunk that he could not stand; upon which the Watch giving him a little Liberty, he ran away; but they pursu'd him with Dogs, and took him again.
John Jones. Tindall called Watch, and said, he had a Thief in the Cellar. I pull'd the Prisoner out by the Shoulder, and deliver'd him to the Parish Watch: They let him go, and he ran to Well-street, but there we took him again.
John Hitchins . Tindall calling Watch, I ran; to him, Here is a Chap in the Cellar, says he, and so we got the Prisoner out. He pretended he was drunk, and had fell into the Cellar, and hurt his Back - We deliver'd him to the Parish Watch, who let him escape; but Jones and I pursu'd him: I overtook Jones, and knock'd the Prisoner down.
Sarah Spencer . My Cellar was broke open in January last, but I can't tell the Night, for I did not discover it till the Brewers came to put down some Ale, and then I found the Hinges of my Cellar door broke, and miss'd my Brandy, a Gallon Pot, and a two Quart Pot. When Roop was taken, he told me, that he and the Prisoner committed the Fact on the 7th of January.
Michael Roop . Between 12 and 1, in the Night, the Prisoner and I wrenched open the Cellar-door with an Iron Crow, and took away a half Anchor of Brandy, a Gallon-pot, and a half Gallon-pot, all which we carry'd to the Prisoner's House.
Prisoner. Was there a Lock to the Cellar-door?
Roop. Yes, and we forc'd it open.
Prosecutrix. No, there was no Lock, but only a Bolt.
Prisoner. You see, now, that this Fellow will swear any thing, he swears a Bolt was a Lock. It's hard if a Man's Life must be taken away upon his Oath.
Roop. Well, suppose it was a Bolt, there's no such mighty Difference.
The Jury found the Prisoner guilty of all three indictments . Death .
Thomas Mouldon , Dec. 17 *. Acquitted .
Hugh Hughs. The Prisoner and I both liv'd in the House of Mr. Westfield, a Sugar-baker. The Prisoner had been there 7 Weeks, he lay in the same Room, but not in the same Bed, with me. On Friday, the 15th of this Month, he got up by 5 in the Morning, and went away. Soon after he was gone I found my Wig box empty; my Trunk was broke open and I miss'd 2 Shirts and a Bag, in which there was a Gold-ring, 10 Guineas, and 7 s. - He was taken the same Night with one of my Shirts upon his Back, and but one Guinea, and 6 d. left in his Pocket.
Thomas Bignell When I took the Prisoner, he said, he had lost all the Money that Night at Hazard, except one Guinea, and 6 d. and so much I found in his Pocket, and he had the Prosecutor's Shirt on his Back.
The Jury found him guilty . Death .
32. Mary Smith , was indicted for stealing a gold Ring, two silver Spoons, a pair of silver Buckles, a pair of silver Buttons, a Dutch Piece of Gold, val. 10 s. a Camblet Cloak, a Sattin-gown, a Sheet, and a Yard and half of Cambrick, the Goods of Edw. Deacon , in his House . Guilty 39s.
Thomas Carpenter. I was robb'd about May or June last, I don't remember the Time exactly, for I am very antient ( near 100 Years old) I had about 40 Guineas in a Bag, in my Coat-pocket, and when I went to Bed I laid my Coat in the Chair and the Maid came and fetch'd the Candle away. I knew of no Body being in the House but my self, the Maid, and the Prisoner. In the Morning when I arose, I miss'd all my Money. I suspected the Prisoner had taken it, because he ran away.
William Ask. The Prisoner was taken 3 or 4 Months after, at Poole in Montgomeryshire. It was thought he would go thither, because he had some Relations there. He was carry'd before Justice Nichols, and confess'd the Fact; and here the Confession is in writing.
The Confession being prov'd, it was read in Court.
Burough of Poole, }. The Examination of William Davies , alias William Prichard , alias William ap Richard, taken the 27th Day of September, 1733, before William Nichols , Esq; one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Borough aforesaid.
' THE said Examinant, saith, that about ' the Beginning of February last past, he, ' this Examinant, was hir'd, as a Servant , ' with Mr. Thomas Carpenter of Blackwall , ' in the Parish of Stepney, in the County of ' Middlesex, for one Year, for 3 l. Wages, ' and continu'd in the said Service till the ' latter end of May last; about which time, ' by the Threatenings and Instigations of ' Ann Brown , a fellow Servant of this Examinant's, ' and one James Davies (formerly ' a Servant with the said Mr. Carpenter, and ' who frequently came to the said Mr. Carpenter's ' House, tho' unknown to him, ' and used to have familiar and vitious Conversation,
The Mark of
William + Davies, alias
William Prichard, alias
William ap Richard.
Taken at Poole aforesaid, in the County of Montgomery, the Day and Year first within written, before me William Nicholls, Capital Bailiff of the Town and Burrough aforesaid.
Prisoner. They insisted I should take the Money, or they would take away my Life.
The Jury found him guilty . Death .
She was a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
John Wolveridge . I live in the Fields leading to Bethnal-green . About a Month ago, I heard an Outcry that a Child was murder'd in the Field. I went to the Place, and found a Child dead; it appear 'd to be upwards of two Years old. I found a black Circle about the Neck, and a Mark like the Print of a Thumb, under the right Ear. Some Gentlemen told me, they had seen three Women coming from the Place where the Child lay; and I afterwards found, that one of these three were the Prisoner, who was the Mother of the Child. I ask'd her, how she could be so barbarous as to murder her own Infant? She said she had only stripp'd it about 7 at Night, and laid it naked in the Ditch; and this was all that I could get out of her for a pretty while; but at last, in a violent Agony of Grief, she said, Then, Sir, I will tell you how I did it; but there was a Vagabond Creature, one Sukey, that persuaded me to it; and was equally concern'd with me. On Sunday Night we took the Child into the Fields, and stripp'd it, and ty'd a Linen Handkerchief hard about its Neck to keep it from crying, and then laid it in a Ditch. And after that, we went together, and sold the Coat and Stay for a Shilling, and the Petticoat and Stockings for a Groat. We parted the Money, and join'd for a Quartern of Gin. The Prisoner made the like Confession before Justice Chamberlain, insisting upon it, that the other Creature Sukey was equally guilty.
Elizabeth Scot . The Prisoner worked with me (at a Throwster's) she came to work at half an Hour past Seven, the Night the Murder was done, and work'd 'till Morning - She said, she had done something that deserved New gate, and at last, told us, she had left her Child in the Field all Night -
Susan Jones . When she came to work, over Night, we ask'd her if she had carry'd her Child back to the Work house (for the Child was kept in the Parish Work-house, and she had got Leave to take it out for 2 or 3 Hours) she told me, she had not, but her Mother had. She worked 'till One in the Morning, and then had a Dram, and would have had another, but I would not let her. Thn she desir'd a Penny to buy a Roll and Cheese. I gave her a Penny; but instead of fetching a Roll and Cheese, she brought in a Roll and a h'p'orth of Gin - Then she said, she had done something that deserved Newgate. I told her I hoped she had not wrong' my Mistress, but if she had, her best way would be to make a plain Confession, and then I believe my Mistress, would be the more favourable to her. She said it was no such thing as that; but she had left her Child all Night in the Field. What? says I, in such a dismal cold Night! How can you be so cruel ? She said she had not done it, but one Sukey persuaded her to it. So I bid Elizabeth Scot take a piece of Bread and Butter, and go with me and the Prisoner to fetch the Child, for the Prisoner had not told me the Child was dead, and I thought it would be a hungry as well as Cold. But when we came to the Place, we found the Child stript and lying dead in a Ditch, with a Linnen-rag tied hard about its poor Neck.
Jane Prig . The Prisoner came on Sunday to take the Child out, but I would not let her, without an Order from the Church-Wardens; so she went away, and came again in half an Hour, and brought a Note, as from the Church-Warden, and upon that I let her have the Child out; but I afterwards found that the Church-Warden had given no such Note - The Child had been New-clothed but the Thursday before.
Job London , Surgeon. About the Fore-part of the Child's Neck, I observed part of a black Circle, like that in executed Persons, and I believe the Violence it was done with, was the Cause of her Death.
Then the Prisoner's Confession, before the Justice, being proved, was read in Court.
Middlesex}, to wit. The Examination and Confession of Judith Defour, taken this 30th Day of January 1733, before me one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said County.
' THIS Examinant confesseth, that about ' two Years and three Months since, she ' was deliver'd of a female bastard Child, be- ' got on her Body, by one John Cullender , ' who lives in Spittle-Fields Market, by ' Trade a Weaver; and that the said ' Child was haptized by the Name of Mary, ' and that her said Child, Mary hath been ' for some Weeks past in the Work house, ' belonging to the Hamlet of Bethnal-green, in ' the said Country of Middlesex; and that she ' went on Sunday last, about 9 or 10 in the ' Morning to the Work-house, to see her ' said Child, and found the Child had been ' within a few Days new clothed. And that ' she took away her Child, and kept it with ' her, till about 6 or 7 a Clock in the ' Evening, when being in Company with ' one Susannah - her Surname to her ' unknown; but that she has a Sister now ' in Shoreditch Work-house, who (that is, ' Susannah, not her Sister) pursaded her, ' this Examinant, to sell the Child's Clothes, ' and carry it into the Fields and leave it ' there. That they went both of them together ' into a Field near Joan Harding 's, where ' they stripp'd the said Child, and ty'd a linen ' Rag very hard about the Child's Neck, ' to prevent its crying out, which strangled ' her, and that afterwards, they went together, ' leaving the Child behind in a Ditch, ' near dead, to one Mary Witts , who lives ' in Swan-Yard, in the Parish of St. Leonard ' Shoreditch, and sold the Clothes, that is to ' say, a Coat, Stays, Petticoat, and Stockings ' to the said Witts, and received for them ' Sixteen-pence, and that they parted the Money ' equally between them.
The Mark of Judith + Defour.
The Jury found her guilty . Death .
37. Ralph Holbrook , otherwise Post-boy , was indicted for assaulting George Read , in an open Field near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Cap, a Handkerchief, a Cloth-coat, a Dimity Waist-coat, a pair of Shoes, and a pair of Buckles , Nov.15 .
George Read , About 11 at Night I met one Michael Abbot , in Thames-street; He was a Stranger to me. He asked me which way I was going? I said to Stepney. He said he should be glad of my Company, for he was going the same way. We had not gone far together, when the Prisoner took hold of my Arm, and ask'd me the same Question, I answer'd as before, and he made the same Reply, as the other. They led me to the Field, in the Parish of St. George in the East , and then the Prisoner damn'd me, and bid me deliver my Money; I told him I had none. And then he bid me strip; But I not pulling off my Clothes so soon as he expected, he cut me twice across this Hand with a Knife, - here are the Marks plain enough to be seen - then he took my Cap, Handkerchief, Coat, Waist-coat, Shoes, and Buckles, and order'd me to lie in the Ditch, which I did. Now, you Son of a Bitch, says he, If I was in your Hands, as you are in mine, you'd murder me - No; says I, my dear, I would not hurt a hair of your Head. He took me several times by the Throat, and I believe would have kill'd me, if Abbot had not prevented him. Then he order'd Abbot to bind me Hand and Foot, and so they left me, between 12 and 1 in the Morning. But my Shoes being off I got loose and call'd upon the Beadle, and so went home, for I was but about half a Mile from my own House when they robb'd me.
Prosecutor. This is my Coat the Prisoner took from me.
Michael Abbot . We met the Prosecutor in Thames-street, and ask'd him, which way he was going? He said to Shadwell; we said we were going to Stepney, and would see him over the Fields - In the Fields the Prisoner made him strip, and (while he was pulling off his Waist-coat) cut him across the Hand. The Prisoner afterwards collar'd him, threw him in a Ditch, and threatned to cut my Throat if I did not bind him. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
40. Caleb Charlesworth , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of David Morgan , and stealing 3 Quart, 3 Pint, a Half-pint, a Quartern, and Half-quartern, Pewter-pots, a Table-cloth, a Mantle, and an Apron, Nov. 16 . About the Hour of 12 in the Night .
David Morgan. I left my Window shutters fast about 10 at Night, I found them broke open between 6 and 7 in the Morning, - It was then Day light. The Roof of the Shutters was broke, and so they were pull'd pown - I lost 3 Ale-house Quart-pots, 3 Pints, a Half-pint, a Quartern and Half-quartern. A Table-cloth, a Child's Mantle, and an Apron - here is the Quartern-pot - this is the third time I have had my House broke this Year.
Michael Abbot . The Prisoner and I broke open Mr. Morgan's House and stole his Goods on the 16th of Nov. about 2 in the Morning - We cut the Slider of the Window-shutters, and then took them down, and went in.
Ann Silver I keep a Chandler's-shop. The Prisoner and Abbot came in to drink, and one of them, I think it was Abbot, pull'd the Pot out of his Pocket, and would give it me. I offer'd them something for it, but they both refus'd - Word was afterwards sent me to heave the Pot away, because it was got in a Robbery.
Prisoner. I came one Morning to Mrs. Silver's, and saw a young Fellow there, whom I did not know, but afterwards heard his Name was Abbot, and this was all the Acquaintance I had with him. The Jury found him Guilty . Death
Robert Wright. Me Loard, on the faxt of Feebruary, aboot ten at Neet, as I and twa mare young Men were standing upon the Street, a talking wi'twa young Women, the Preesoner cam and taip'd me o' the shoolder, and aix'd me an I wanno'gi' her a drink, I preesently ken'd wha she was, because I had served her with Breed, for I am a Baker , and my Maister leeves intull St. Ann's- Pairish; but I was in St. Geil's, or St. Mairtin's-Parish, (I kenna weel whuch o' the twa) when I mat wi' the Preesoner. So I and the twa Men ged wi'her tull a House; now, Sir, quo' she, an ye wull gi'me a Draim I wall be much obleeged tull ye; so she caw'd for hauf a pint o'Leequor, and the Landlady caw'd Betty to come tull us; and the Preesoner and I and Betty, and the twa Men ged up Stairs. But yen o' the Men dinna bide long, and in hauf an Oor his Companion and Batty get away to, and last no Saul the Room but she Preesoner and my sell. Then Sir she sate her sell o' my Knee, and said what wull ye gi us to Neet. I said I dinna maiter an I gi her anything, an I cud do any thing toll her, but at that preesent Time d'na care to be consairn'd wi' her. Then she laid herself on the Beed and said my Breeches hurted her, and so she put her Hand doon, and pulloot my Watch and knock'd, and Batty cam up tull her. Hanah quo 'I, what mean ye by sairving me so? Ye ha' tacken my Watch and it coast me five Punds. Haudyer Peace quo' she and be easy, be easy, canno' ye be easy - No I canno' be easy till I ha' my Watch again for it coast me five Punds. Come, quo' she, lat us ha' t'other Quartern and be easy; but I wanna be easy Why ye Dug, quo' she, do ye say that I, ha' got yer Watch. Troath ha' ye, quo' I, for I felt ye, when ye tuck it awa, and I wonna' pairt wi' it so for it coast me five Punds. Then she said I might sairch her, but I thought she hanno' got it aboot her, and so I want to sairch the Beed, and upo' that she run away, and tumbled doon Stairs: And I ran a'ter her but she got up again, and run cross the wa, and knock'd at a Door. I follow'd her, she cry'd Murder, and I said she had roab'd me of my Watch, that coast me five Punds. Then she tuck me to an Alehouse the Hoarse-shoe and Rummer in Drury-Lane, where I told the Landloard that she had pack'd my Pocket. But I seed he and she Laughing togaither, whuch made me a leetle jeelous that he wau'd no' tack careo' my Watch, that coast me five Punds. Then in came a Man and said, what d'ye do wi'my Wife, ye Dug? Troath, Sir, quo, an she be yer Wife, she has Stole my Watch that coast me five Punds. Wi' that the Preesoner dinged a Pint of Beer in my Face, and run awa, and I wud a' run a'ter her, but the Man wunna lat me. And the next day, and twa or three days a'ter I enqueer'd for her, but I cunno' find her till Satturday, and then I mat wi' her, and aix'd her for my Watch that coast me five Punds; but she pretanded to be Agnorant of the maiter, and so I got a Wairant and tuck her up, and a Manged wi' me from yen Pawnbroker tull another till we foond what it was pawn'd in her Name for a Guinea and a hauf, and as soon as I feed it I kend it was mine.
- Pawnbroker. On the 7th Instant the Prisoner pledg'd this Watch with me for a Guinea and a half.
Prisoner. He gave me the Watch to lie with me, and because I would neither humour him that way, nor return the Watch, he said he
Wright. No, but it was withoot my Consant.
Court. The Prisoner is indicted for stealing this Watch privily and without the knowledge of the Prosecutor, but if it was taken with his knowledge, she cannot be guilty of this Indictment
The Jury acquitted her.
43. Ann Smith , was indicted for stealing a Child's Petticoat, Stay, and a Quartern-loaf , the Goods of Rebecca Morning . And a second Time for stealing a Child's Petticoat and Stay , the Goods of Lawrence Henly , Feb. 23 .
Rebecca Morning. Last Saturday Night, between 8 and 9, I sent my Child for a Quartern-loaf. Mrs. Henley's Child being at my House went with her. And Word was brought me the same Night that both the Children had been Stript.
John Pye . While I was at my Brother's, Mr. Robinson came in and said, he believ'd a Woman was stripping a Child under a shed in Finsbury . We went out with a Light and overtook the Prisoner and the two Children, before they came to Grub-street. I ask'd her where she was going with these Children. She answer'd what's that to you? I enquir'd what she had got in her Apron, she told me nothing of mine. We examin'd her Apron and found the Children's Clothes in it.
Mr. Robinson. Going by the Farrier's shed in Finsbury, I heard a Woman say, damn you you little Bitch, stand still. I mistrusted what she was about, and went to an Ale-house Where Mr. Pye was, and taking a Candle we follow'd the Prisoner, and took her with the Children's Clothes in her Apron. Guilty of both Indictments .
Thomas Mead . On Saturday Morning, my Wife told me, as she came by Mr. Hackshaw's empty House, which is but 3 Doors from mine, she saw the Bar of the Cellar-door loose. Then, says I, some Rogues have been stealing the Leaden-sink in the Kitchen. That would be worse, says she, than when they stole the Pipes a Year ago. As I had the Key of the House, I went to examine how it was; I found the Lead of the Sink was taken out, and laid upon the Floor ready to be carried away. O, thinks I, the Gentlemen will come to fetch it at Night, and I can't do less than to give them a Welcome. So I spoke to Robin Ballance to bring his Gun and to sit up with me that Night, which he did. I went out about 12 but found nothing stirring. I went again in less than an Hour and heard a ticking in the Cellar, and by and by a light was struck. I goes home to my Wife - Her Name is Nanny, says I, now my Chaps are in the House, but call the Watch - I warrant you the Rogues have got Pistols, if they have, says I, we'll send the Dog in first and he won't value their Pistols, for he don't know a Pistol from a Broom-stick. Then Bob shall go with his Gun, and Fire upon them, and I'll hide myself behind the Door, till the Danger is over. But all this wou'd not make her easy. And so being willing to obey my Wife's orders, I ran to the Watch as fast as if I was running for an Estate, and brought them with me: But when we came to the Door they were so full of their good breeding, that they stood disputing who should enter first: I was vext at it, for I thought their Noise would alarm the Rogues within, and so it proved, for presently I heard
49. Mary Goat , alias Tatty , was indicted for stealing two hair Pieces of silver Lace for Shoes, four Yards of Edging, a Girdle, a Buckle, and three Gold Rings , the Goods of Edward Smith , Jan 19 . Guilty .
50. John Melton , was indicted for assaulting Elias Micklethwait , in an open Place near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a pair of silver Buckles, and 10 s. 2 d. Feb. 25 . Acquitted .
55. John Bracket, alias Braithwaite , was indicted for the Murder of Mary Bernard , by striking and beating her with a Stick of no value, and thereby giving her one mortal Bruise, on the Right-side of the Head, of which Bruise she instantly dyed , Jan. 24 .
He was a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
Samuel Alcroft . The Prisoner keeps a Chandler's-shop in Creed-lane . I went in to pay him Six-pence; there was the Prisoner, and his Wife, and Mr. Box, and two other Men, and the Deceas'd was in the Kitchen. The Deceas'd was upon her Knees, and the two Men push'd one another upon her, the Prisoner beat her over the Back and Head with a Stick, and then broke the Stick upon his Knee, and threw it into the Fire - It was an Oaken walking Stick. She made a great Noise, and a Hollo'ing.
Court. Did you hear her cry Murder?
Alcroft. No; I could not pick out one Word that she said.
Court. How many Blows did he give her?
Alcroft. I did not count them; but I am sure I saw two or three, and whether she was drunk or sober I can't tell; but I was as sober as I am now.
Prisoner. Was she on her Knees, after I struck her, or did she fall down?
Alcroft. She remain'd on her Knees, and I left her in that Posture - She liv'd an Hour after.
Ann Johnson , aged between 13 and 14. I live just by the Prisoner, and hearing a Woman cry out Murder, I went down Stairs, and saw the Prisoner beat the Deceas'd with a walking Stick across the Back, and his Wife held a Cloth to the Deceas'd's Mouth. Then he threw the Stick upon the Ground, and dragg'd the Deceas'd by the Shoulders into the Entry, and knock'd her Head as hard as ever he could against the Post of the Partition, about three times
Court. How many Blows did he give her with the Stick?
Ann Johnson. I believe three or four.
Court. Did you see him strike her on the Head with the Stick?
Ann Johnson. No
Court. Did you see him burn the Stick?
Ann Johnson. No.
Alcroft. I saw no Body put a Cloth to the Deceas'd's Mouth.
Court. Did you see Alcroft there?
Ann Johnson. No.
Court. Are you sure of it ?
Ann Johnson. Yes; I saw no Body there
Percival Potts , Surgeon. I view'd the Body externally, and found two Bruises, one above the Right-ear, and the other over the Right-eye. There was a large Fracture in the Skull, which began over the Right-ear, ron to the Orbit of the Eye, and thence to the upper Jaw-bone, and in two or three Places of it, small Pieces of the Skull were beat in. The Skull being remov'd, I found 8 Ounces of extravasated Blood, part between the first Skin and the Skull, another part between the first Skin and the Second, and the rest in the two lateral Ventricles of the Brain. The Skull being broke in, was the Occasion of her Death.
Prisoner. The Deceas'd went out in the Morning to receive her Pension, and return'd half drunk about 11, when William Whitehouse and George Arnot were talking about buying a Goose. She said, she would join her Six-pence with them. I went out to buy one, but finding none to my Mind, return'd without, upon which she took up a Poker, and swore she'd beat my Brains out. The Men desir'd me to go again, which I did, and brought one. She went out at Three, and return'd in the Evening with a Bottle of Gin, and was pretty quiet till the Goose was ready; but when they told her she should not join with them, she fell on her Knees, and cursed them all, and wish 'd it might choak them. She fell upon me with her Stick; I took it from her, broke it, and threw it upon the Fire, and then I put her into the Entry, and shut the Door. We heard her fall down, and she did not speak afterward.
Francis Box . She would have join'd for part of the Goose, but we would not let her, upon which she fell into a violent Passion, and swore, and curs 'd, and wish'd it might choak us. I bid her be quiet, and I'd give her a Bit. I did so, as soon as I had cut it up. Is this for me? Says she, and turning about. Laid it upon the Table and fell down Whitehouse said it was pity she should lye there; but Arnot told him it was her way to lye and Water herself. Whitehouse going to help her up, Arnot gave him a Push, and down fell he and the old Woman together. The Prisoner coming in, she struck at him with a Stick, and thereupon he took it from her, broke it across his Knee, and threw it upon the Fire. Says I, That's my Stick Then I'll give you another for it, says he, but I took it for the old Woman's Keffel - We call'd it her Keffel because she was a Welsh-woman. Then he got her Stick and burnt that too; and while it was burning, Alcroft came in for a Candle. Says I, Let's go, for we can't be at quiet here. No don't, says the Prisoner, and I'll turn her out. So he took her out into the Entry, and left her there, and fasten'd the Door. She kick'd against the Door, and cry'd, Murder, and afterwards I heard her fall down, as I thought, and I said, I wish'd the old Woman has not kill 'd herself.
Court. Did he lead her out, or drag her out ?
Box. He led her.
Ann Johnson. No; she was upon her Knees and he dragg'd her out.
Court, to Box. Did you see Ann Johnson there?
Prisoner to A. Johnson. Was you in the Kitchen?
Ann Johnson. No; but I was in the Entry.
Box. There's a Curtain to the Kitchen-door and she could not see over it.
Court. Did you see any Water thrown at the Deceas'd?
Court. Did you see any Blows given her by the Prisoner ?
Court. Nor see him beat her Head against the Partition ?
Ann Johnson. But I saw him beat her with a Stick, and drag her out, and knock her Head against the Partition, and throw Water upon her.
Alcroft. And I saw him give her three or four Blows with Box's Stick.
Box. The Stick was upon the Fire when Alcroft came in.
Alcroft. No, it was not; for after he had beat her with it, I saw him break it, and throw it on the Fire.
Court. Did you see the Deceas'd strike the Prisoner?
Box. But I did.
Court. Do you think the Woman beat herself ?
Box. No; but it's my Opinion she fell down two or three Stairs, for (the Stairs are in the Entry) I heard something tumble.
Court. But you did not see it ?
John Masters , having depos'd to the same Effect as Francis Box , added, Hearing something fall, I said, I was afraid the old Woman had hurt herself, upon which the Prisoner and a Watchmaker went out with a Candle, and when they came in again, they said she was dead drunk. George Arnot threw some Water upon her, and the Prisoner was going to do the same, but did not. For my part I thought she was dead, for her Head hung thus -
Mary Walker . She cry'd Murder, as she frequently did when she was drunk - I went into the Kitchen in the Afternoon, when she took up a Poker, and cry'd, God damn you all, I'll do some of you: Mischief - I came at Night and found her in the Entry, she was neither up nor down, but tapping against the Door, and cry'd, You Dogs, you Sons of Bitches; open the Door, God damn you, and let me come in. Mr. Box answer'd, God damn you, for a noisy Bitch, you shan't come in here. I went to Market, and when I return'd, she was still crying Murder, and my Husband told me, she had been crying Murder ever since - I saw one Gethings helping her up a Stair or two, and afterwards I saw her rowling about the Entry, and crying, Curse you, curse you all. She had not a Drop of Blood on her then, tho' she was bloody when I saw her dead in the Kitchen.
Box. The Prisoner was not out of our Company, but when he carry'd her into the Entry.
Court. Why did you not appear and give Evidence before the Lord Mayor and the Coroner ?
Box. No Body gave me Orders to appear.
Prisoner. He said he heard there was a Warrant against him, and he was afraid to appear.
John Trotman . I saw the Deceas'd drunk at 2 a Clock, I went to the Prisoner's several times from 8 till 9, and she was still crying Murder, tho' no Body was with her. At half an Hour past 8, she went up 2 Stairs and fell down with the Right side of her Head against the Post of the Stairs. She was mortal drunk, and could not get up again, and she was dead in a Quarter of an Hour after.
Ann Johnson. I never spoke to this Man, and besides, I could not tell him any such thing, for there is no Key-hole thro' the Door, and the Window is always shut at 7 a Clock. Indeed I was not in the Kitchen, and I never said I was; but that I stood in the Entry. I had no business in the House, but hearing Murder cry'd, I went out of Curiosity to see what was the Matter.
Juryman. Did the Prisoner strike her with Violence.
Alcroft. I can't say I thought it so violent as to murder her - He call'd her an old troublesome Bitch.
Several other Witnesses swore that the Deceas'd was very often drunk, and very noisy and troublesome, and several others gave the Prisoner the Character of a civil quiet Man. The Jury found him guilty of Manslaugher .
56, 57. Lydia Goodwin , alias Clerk, alias Smith , and Hester Bonner , alias Bedenham, alias Merchant , were indicted for assaulting Catherine Hyam , in Blackhorse-Alley, near the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Dimity-pocket, two Keys, and 6s. 6d. Feb. 2 .
Katherine Hyam , (a Jewess. ) Going thro' Fleet-street with Betty Hays, between 8 and 9 at Night, the Prisoners were standing at the End of Black-horse-Alley , and Lydia said to Hester, Here comes Jew Kate, and t'other Bitch. So they both fell upon me and beat me, and took my Pocket with two Keys in it, and three half Crowns, and then they ran up the Alley. I have known Lydia a good while, for she frequented the same House as I did; and besides I was fellow Servant with her two Months, at Mr. Soloman's in Cruchet-friars, and I knew Hester too very well. I did not cry out, for the Blows they gave were so violent, that they took away my Speech for several Minutes, and I have had a sore Breast ever since - But I crost the way and told Betty Hays I had been robb'd of my Pocket. She ask'd me, If I had not dropp'd it? And I said, No, for I saw it in Lydia's Hand. She had a Warrant against them a pretty while by her, and being they us'd me so ill, she serv'd it upon them that Night.
Elizabeth Hays . Says Lydia, Here comes Jew Kate, and t'other Bitch; and Hester made answer, Let them come and they will, I'll do for the Bitches. And so she hit me a Slap o'the Face, and she had often threatened to use me ill, whereof I cross'd the Way; then they fell aboard o' Kate Hyam; and I heard her say, Don't take it; but she spoke so faint. I could hardly tell what she said. And then she came over to me, and said, Dear Heart, I have lost my Pocket.
Hester. Jew Kate's Husband got drunk, and stood talking with a Man in Middle-Row, and the Man said, Let me have the Watch, that your Wife pick'd my Pocket of. And I standing to hear what they talk'd of, Bess Hays comes up to me, and says, You eternal Bitch, what do you stand here for? Whereof I fell upon her, and beat her to her Heart's content, and so she got a Warrant for me.
Lydia. Jew Kate was got with Child by some Body or other, and her Husband beat her, to make her swear the Child to three several Booksellers in Fleetstreet, and that way she got the sore Breast.
- Smith. The Prisoner lodg'd at my House a 12 Month, and behav'd very Civil.
Elisha Horn . The Prisoners were both in my Company that Evening, at the Sword and Buckler, on Ludgate-hill from Six till past Nine, and you'll find that goes beyond the Time of the Robbery if you please to over haul it.
The Jury acquitted the Prisoners.
John Phipp. I came from Baldock in Hertfordshire, and being at my Inn, in St. John-street, I was told that the Prisoner wanted to speak with me, and that he was a vast rich Man, and kept a matter of three hundred Horses. I spoke to him, and he appointed to meet me next Morning, about nine a Clock, at the Leg-Tavern in Fleet-street: But he did no great matters there, for he had a Mind to go somewhere else. So coming along Fleetstreet, he called to a Man, You, you, I want to speak with ye: I must have a hundred Pound of you on Monday Morning. Sir, said the Man, you shall have it. So we came to the Crown Tavern in Smithfield , by 11 a Clock. There was three other Men with him, though I don't know whether they went in with him, or came to him soon after. But before he went in, he
Court. Now you are come to the Point. Tell us in what Manner he took it ? You say he claw'd the Money from you. Explain what you mean by that.
Phipp. I held the Money in my Hand, thus, and he pulled it out.
Court. You saw him take it?
Court. Did he take it by violence, whether you would or no, or did you consent to it?
Phipp. I can't say there was Violence neither; nor I can't say that I rightly consented : But he took it out of my hand, that he did.
Court. Did you complain to any Body that he had robb'd you ?
Phipp. No, I can't say that.
Court. Did you think you were robbed?
Phipp. I can't say rightly that I did; for I thought he would have paid me again; because I had heard he was such a vast rich Man.
Court. How long did he stay after he had got your Money?
Phipp. They all slipt away presently, in three or four Minutes.
Prisoner. What did you about this when you came to your Inn?
Prisoner. Had you any Note for the Money, or for any part of it?
Prisoner. Did you go again to the same Tavern, that Night.
Phipp. Indeed I can't tell if I were to die.
Prisoner. Was you drunk?
Phipp. No, I was not drunk. - When the Prisoner was at the Leg, he sent a Porter for his Comrades.
Edward Jones . I am Porter at the Leg-Tavern. A Man who was drinking there with the Prosecutor sent me with a Note to a Brandy-Shop in Fleet-Lane; and the Woman at the Brandy-Shop sent me to an Inn in St. John Street. The Landlady there said the Gentleman was not there, but if he came, she would send him to the Leg. In my way back, I called again at the Brandy-shop, where I heard that the Person had been there, and was gone to our House. I went directly home, and presently a Man came in and went to the Room where the Prosecutor was. There was then four in Company; I think the Prisoner was one of them, and they all went away together.
Phipp. You would know him better, if he pulled off his Gown and his Wig, and put on the dress he was in at your House.
Prisoner. I never saw Phipp in my life, 'till I was carried before Alderman Brocas; and there a Man said to him, Do as I bid you, or you'll never get your Money.
William Whitlock . I served a Warrant upon the Prisoner, and he metramops'd himself to go before Alderman Brocas, and was in the same metramops dress then, as he is in now. But he changed his Dress, I suppose, that the old Man might not know him.
Prisoner. I put on the Gown because I had got a cold.
Hugh Reason . I am a Sheriff's Officer. I attended at Hicks's-Hall in December Sessions; and going into the Inn where the Prosecuter was, he said to me, Honest Friend you had some of my Money last Night. The Landlady ask'd him how he could say so? And he answered, I am sure he was one of them. - But if I have lent it, I have got good Security for it.
Prisoner. This was at Night, and he swears it was 11 or 12 a Clock when I had the Money of him.
Zach Clark . On Saturday Dec. 8. between three and four in the afternoon, the Prosecutor came in liquor to the Mistress of the Inn, and wanted more Money. Lord, says she, he has had ten Guineas already, and says he has lent it to a Friend, and now he wants seven Guineas more.
Tho Mapson . The Prisoner sent for me Yesterday, - and there was the Prosecutor, and he said, I am pretty safe now, for the Money is lodged in a Friend's Hands. I did lend it the Man, but if I had arrested him, I had lost it; tho' I had never taken this way, but I was persuaded to it.
William Webb , Drawer at the Crown in Smithfield. The Prosecutor and three or four others came in between 11 and 12, and staid till one. They had three or four Pints, and called for Pen, Ink and Paper, and to pay. - When I went in, two or three of them went out; but I heard no complaint of a Robbery. The Jury acquitted him.
Mary Beaumont . I lodge in a Room on Windmill-hill . The Prisoner and other Carpenters were at work in fitting up other Rooms in the same House. I went and got some Shavings of them, and the Prisoner soon after came into my Room. I was sitting upon a Stool making a Shift, and the Watch hung up by the Chimney. He look'd on the Watch, and said it was between 3 and 4 a Clock, I said, Yes. Now, says he, in case you was afraid of being robb'd of this Watch, where would be the properest Place to hide it? And then he spoke smutty Words. I said, I hop'd I never should be robb'd of it, for if I or my Husband should be taken ill, we had nothing else that we could make a little Money of. He stood a while, and then pointing to the other End of the Room, he cry'd, God damn the Cat. I turn'd my Head to see what the Cat was doing, but there was no Cat there. Then the Prisoner went to work in the next Room, and in eight or nine Minutes, (before any body else had been in the Room) I mist the Watch. I ran to him, and said, Lord, how could you frighten me so, what have you done with the Watch? He swore he knew nothing of the Watch And Hugh Meer (another Carpenter , was at work there) pushed me back; and the Prisoner called me nasty Bitch, and talked baudy, and said I had given the Watch to an old Man to lye with me, which I never did.
Prisoner. Did you see me take the Watch?
Mary. No I would not say such a Thing for all the World! But I saw his Hand upon it.
Court. Did the Prisoner abscond upon your charging him with taking the Watch?
Mary. Not directly. But they all left the Work before Candle-light, while my Husband was gone for a Constable. About seven they came by the Door again, and said, Ye Bitch, where's the Watch? And, ye Bitch, if it was not for your Neighbours we'd set your House on fire. Next Day the Prisoner came again to work, and then we took him up, and he cry'd and begg'd we would not prosecute him; but we had him before the Justice, and there he told the same Story about the old Man.
John Beaumont. I left the Watch with my Wife, at three in the Morning, when I went to work.
Prisoner. Are you married to her?
Prisoner. On Thursday in the afternoon, I and three more Carpenters, Hugh Meer , Samuel Gandy and Thomas Nix , were at work in the House where the Woman lives. About three an elderly Gentleman came up and went into her Room. Presently the Door was shut and a Cloth hung over
Hugh Meers . While she was in our Room her little Dog bark'd, and up came an old Gentleman, who look'd to be about sixty. Says she, My Dog knows my Customers. So she and the old Man went in and shut the Door. I thought some Game was going forward, and so I looked at the Key-Hole, but something was hung before it within Side. Then we found out a Crevice, and through that we could see 'em plainly. She was sitting in a Chair, and he stood before her. He thrust his Hand down her Bosom, and then up her Coats; she took out what she could find, and play'd with it, while the old Boy bill'd her, as if he would have eaten her up. After he was gone, she came into our Room, and we began to run the rig upon her, about what we had seen, and I called her - and - , which made her so angry, that she swore I and Gandy had stole the Watch. But when the Prisoner came up she charged it upon him. It was the first time that ever I had heard any of him. As to his being in her Room, she came to plane a Board, and he told her she must pay her Footing, and so he followed her and asked her for a Dram. I saw him in the middle of her Room, but he was not near the Chimney where the Watch hung, and he did not stay two Minutes.
Sam Gandy . - After the old Man was gone, and the Prisoner had been in her Room, she came again into ours. Mr. Gill's Man came for some Shavings, she began to riot him, and bid him tell his Mistress to take the Half Crown under the Candle-stick. - As he was going down, she said she must shut her Door, or she should lose something. She shut it, went down and came up again, and soon after came into our Room, and said, Lord, I have lost my Watch! and one of you must have it.
Tho Nix . The Prisoner and I were at work below, when Meers and Gandy call'd us up to see the old Man's Actions - And when he was gone, and she come into our Room, Meers began to game her. He ask'd her how she liked - , and told her of an old Parson that used to lie cross a Bed, and give a Woman Half a Crown a time for whipping him. - The Prosecutrix first charged Meers and Gandy with the Watch, and afterwards swore it upon the Prisoner.
The Prosecution appearing scandalous and malicious, the Jury acquitted the Prisoner, and the Court granted him a Copy of his Indictment.
Elisha Manisier. On the 25th of January, in the Morning, I bid my Girl call the Prisoner down to fetch up the Work, as usual. In three Quarters of an Hour I went up myself, and not finding the Work on the Board, I asked him why he did not fetch it up. He went down, and returning, said, he had search'd the Drawer where he had seen the Maid put it, but he could not find it. - I advertised the Goods, and on the Monday following he told me, with a great deal of seeming Joy, that he had heard - .bl
Elisha Manisier. No; the Snuff-Box was my Lord Harvey's, and the Tweezer-cafe Mr. Duton's.
Court. Then the Prisoner must be acquitted, for he's indicted for stealing your Goods - However, I would not immediately discharge him out of Custody for a Mistake, you may still indict him for stealing the Goods of my Lord Harvey and Mr. Duton.
The Jury acquitted him.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death 7.
Burnt in the Hand 1.
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