Thursday the 16th, Friday the 17th, Saturday the 18th, and Monday the 20th of January, 1734-5, in the Eighth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Being the Second SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1734-5.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane.
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BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Ld. Ch. Baron Reynolds ; the Honourable Mr. Justice Fortescue; and Mr. Justice Lee; 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.
Thomas Smith . I live with Mr. Chessey in Great Eastcheap . On Saturday last as I was in the back part of the Shop, between three and four in the Afternoon, the Prisoner came in at the Shop Door, took up a Piece of White China and went out with it, and shut the Door after him; upon seeing this, I presently pursued and took the Prisoner with the Piece under his Arm when he was not got above ten Yards from our Door - What do you do with this, says I. Sir, says he, Is it yours? Yes, says I, What Business have you with it? Pray Sir be easy, says he, pray be easy.
Court. Was the Door lock'd?
Smith. I can't be sure of that, but it was shut to.
Thomas Perrin . I was going home to Mr. Chessey's, and met the Prisoner with the Piece under his Arm. Smith, and I seiz'd him - Smith asked him where he was going with that Piece. The Prisoner said, Is it yours; and Smith answered, yes; and the Prisoner reply'd, If it is yours, pray be merciful.
Prisoner. I was very much in Liquor, and did not know what I did.
Perrin. I did not perceive that he was in Liquor at all.
Smith. Nor I neither, for he walked off with the Piece very soberly. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Old Jury . There was a great Crowd; and soon after I got into the Pew, I felt in my Pocket, and mist my Purse in which I had ten Guineas.
Prisoner. By the virtue of your Oath, are you sure you had the Money before you came into the Crowd?
Mrs. Gibbons. I am sure I had it in my Pocket at noon, and I never pulled it out afterwards.
Mascal Brockelsby . I went to the Lecture about five. As soon as I was seated, I took notice of the Prisoner's going two or three times up and down the Stairs. whisking about, and looking over the Pews. He had got a Handkerchief under his Wig, and another about his Neck, and a third round his right Wrist. Mrs. Gibbons coming to the Pew, the Prisoner crowded up to her, and as she turned her Coat aside to get in, I saw him put his Hand towards her Pocket, and then he turned about and went towards the Pulpit. Mrs. Gibbons missing her Purse, I told her, I suspected the Prisoner. He was then got somewhere out of my sight, but the Clerk and I went to look for him, and in ten or twelve Minutes we met with him going out at the Door, and a Woman in a Scarlet Cloak holding by his Arm. We carried him into the Vestry, where he took four Guineas, and 4 s. 6 d. in Silver, and three Half-pence out of his Pocket, but refused to deliver it to the Constable, for he swore he knew better.
Constable. The Prisoner shew'd us the Money, but wou'd not deliver it - He had three or four fresh Wounds in his Head under the Handkerchief, and likewise Wounds in his right Wrist. We asked him how he came by those Wounds, and he told us they were given him by his Wife. We enquired where he lived. He refused to satisfy us, but damn'd us, and gave us very opprobious Language.
John Cotterel . I saw the Prisoner and two other Fellows, and a Woman in a Scarlet Cloak, and Black Hood. By their Behaviour I took 'em to be Confederates. They made several Stops to hinder the People from passing, and they frequently wink'd upon one another. The Prisoner went two or three times into the Gallery. He and the Woman crowded up to the Lady as she was going into the Pew; and they both stoop'd thus, towards her Pocket.
Mr. Brotherton. I took notice of the Prisoner's whisking to and fro in the Isle, and soon after I heard that Mrs. Gibbons had lost her Purse. The Prisoner being carried into the Vestry, I asked him if he had any Friends that he could send for, to his Reputation. He said he knew what he had to do, and he would send for no Friend. Somebody asking him what he came thither for; he said he came for his Diversion. He treated us all with a great deal of scurrilous Language.
William Butler . I took particular notice of the Woman who was with the Prisoner, because she was once at my Shop with another Woman whom I took up for a Shop-lifter - When the Prisoner was in the Vestry, I told him, if he had any Friends to send for, I would go and fetch them. He swore if he had me in a proper Place, he would knock my Head off my Shoulders.
Prisoner. I had good reason to give 'em ill Language when they falsly accused me with being a Thief.
Patrick White . I have known the Prisoner three or four Years. He is a Journey-Man Glover . When I first knew him he lived in Rose-street, Long-Acre, and now he lives in Parker's Lane - I never heard any thing of him but what was very good.
The Jury acquitted him.
Henry Bullen , was indicted for stealing a Silver Pint Mug, value 3 l. the Goods of Thomas Freeman , in his House , Nov. 26 . Acquitted .
Palmer Grice . About Eleven at Night I met Jenny Anslow ; Sir, says she, It's very cold, will you give me a Dram? Aye, says I, Will you go to a Brandy shop? No, says she, We can't have an Opportunity at a Brandy-shop, but at my Lodging in Old-Bedlam we may. So I went with her, and when we came to the Door, Ann Thomas , her Landlady let us in, and we went up Stairs. I gave her Landlady 6 d. to fetch a Dram, and then Jenny and I sat down together, and she making very free with my Breeches, got my Watch away before I was aware: But as soon as I mist it, I charged her with picking my Pocket; upon which, Ann Thomas and Hannah Low came in and rescued her, and so they all ran out of the House. The Watch-man coming his Rounds, I called him in, and told him my case, and he called a Constable; we searched two or three Houses in the Neighbourhood, and at last we met with 'em all three; and the Constable found my Watch under Jenny Anslow's Arm-Pit.
The Constable confirmed the finding the Watch.
Jane Anslow . This Man met me, and would needs go home with me, whereof when I came home, he said, he would give me a Crown to oblige him. He pull'd out half a Guinea and bid me give him Change, but I told him I could not; and then he said he'd leave me his Watch in pawn; but when I had obliged him, he wanted his Watch again without any Money; whereof I told him, I could not afford to work for nothing; especially, as I had taken so much Pains, for I wore out a Bunch of Rods before I could make any thing of him.
The Jury found Anslow guilty to the value of 10 d. and acquitted the other two.
10. John Scot , was indicted for stealing a Silver Quart Pot, value 6 l. the Property of the Master, Fellows, and Scholars of the College of St. John the Evangelist, in the University of Cambridge , December 2 . Guilty .
11. Elizabeth Ambrook , was indicted for the Murder of her male Bastard Infant, by throwing it, as soon as born, out of a Window 2 Stories high, in the House of William Ambrook , upon the Tiles covering a Shed adjoining to the said House, and thereby giving the said Bastard one Mortal Bruise on the left Side of the Head, of which mortal Bruise he instantly dyed , December 28 .
She was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.
Samuel Cook . Standing at my Garden-Door in Crown-Alley in upper Moorfelds , on Saturday, about four in the Afternoon, I heard the Noise of a Window clapping to; upon which I went into the Garden and saw something lye upon Mr. Clark's Shed which joins to William Ambrook's House. I could not guess what it was, but I poked it down and laid it in the Alley, and then I perceiv'd that it was a New-born Child. I believe there was some Life in it, for I thought I saw the Body move. Several People came round it presently, and I staid four or five Minutes, or perhaps a Quarter of an Hour, and then it was taken away, and as I understood, was carried to the Watch-house. It was a Male Child. There is a Window over the Shed where I found the Child.
Ann Ambrook . The Prisoner is my Husband's Sister. She came to our House about Noon, and said she was extreamly ill for want of a Stool. I gave her some Stuff to make her go to stool, and then undrest her, and put her to Bed. I went up two Hours after, and found her standing upright in the Bed with her two Arms thus. She said
Peter Debrather , Constable. I am an English Man born and bred, but I have been a great many Years out of the Land, and dont very well understand English, but I will speak so well as I can. As I was into my Garden, I heard the People in the Alley, and one said, Pray come and see the Cruelness in this Alley; so I went, and looked upon my Watch, and it was half an Hour after four, and the People surrounded me, and pull'd me, and said, Why don't you search for the Mother? Whereup, I fetch my short staff, and charge this Gentlewoman, Sarah Newman , to aid and assist; and so we went to Ann Ambrook's Door, and she said, You need not go any further, for here it is to my Sorrow. I asked her, where? and she told me above. Whereup, I being quicker than the Women, went up first, but I see such a Sight, that I run down so fast as I came up - and running down four or five Pair of Stairs.
Court. Four or five Pair of Stairs?
Debrather. I dont know how to call it, but it was four or five Steps - and then call'd in the two Women, Ann Ambrook and Sarah Newman, and put them forwards, and left them in the Room to take care of the Prisoner, while I went to the Church-Warden, and he brought a Midwife to the Prisoner.
Joel Fremoult , Surgeon. The Church-Wardens of Shoreditch Parish sent for me to view the Child on Monday Evening; there was a large Contusion in the left side of the Head; I took off the Scalp, and found a large Quantity of extravastated and congeal'd Blood; there was no Fracture, for the Scull of so tender a Child is not properly Bone, but rather Grisle; but there was a Prohiberance in the Scull it self where the Bruise was: which I believe was the Cause of its death.
Margaret Warner . I was there at the same time, and saw this Linnen taken out. The Prisoner's Sister and Pomeroy's Maid produced a Key with which the Trunk was opened, but it was with a great deal to do.
Susan Anderson, again. There was a Key put into the Lock, but it would not open it, and so it was forced open with a File.
Then the Statute on which the Prisoner was Indicted, was read by order of Court.
The Jury found the Prisoner Guilty . Death .
12. Mary Perrin , was indicted for stealing 1 Gold Ring with four Rose Diamonds, value 10 l. 1 Gold Ring with 3 Diamonds, value 10 l. A Bank Note for 40 l. payable to William Bristow , 6 Portugal Pieces of Gold, value 21 l. 12 s. 12 Moidores and 20 Guineas ; the Goods and Money of the Hon. Henry Windsor , Esq ; December 12 .
James Chevalier . On the 13th of December, by Madam Windsor's Order, I went to search for the Prisoner in Essex, where she was well known at her Father's House, but he said he had not seen her for a 12 Month. At last I met with her at Rochford, and upon farther Enquiry, part of the Goods and Money were found, and she confest that she took them, but had no Thought of so doing till she was put upon it by another Person.
The Jury found her Guilty .
Thomas Bonus . I saw the Shew-board pull'd down from my Master's Shop-window in Bedford Street , about five in the Evening. The Prisoner run a-cross Covent Garden Church-yard, I follow'd and took it upon him. He pretended he found it upon the Ground under the Shop-window, but it was very dirty Weather, and the Shewboard was clean, the Loops at the bottom were cut, and those at the top were torn.
The Prisoner made the same Pretence at the Bar. and so the Jury acquitted him.
25. William Williams ,* was indicted for privately stealing a Shew Glass lined with Velvet, value 40 s. A Mother of Pearl Snuff-box with a Silver Rim, value 16 s. two Tortoise-Shell Snuff-boxes with Silver Rims, value 32 s. a Silver Snuff-box value 7 s. 6 d. 16 Pair of Silver Shoe-buckles, value 9 l. 9 s. 13 Pair of Silver Knee-buckles, value 3 l. 7 Silver Girdle-buckles, value 21 s. 13 Silver Stock-buckles, value 1 l. 13 s. 13 Pair of Silver Sleeve-buttons, with Stones, value 3 l. 15 s. 40 Pair of Brass Shoe-buckles gilt, value 5 l. 5 Metal Girdle-buckles gilt, value 12 s. 11 Pair of Metal Knee-buckles gilt, and 8 Brass Cane-heads gilt, the Goods of Edward Bill , in his Shop , January 7 .
Ann Kenring . I was standing in the Room next the Shop with the Child in my Arms. My Mistress and two more Gentlewomen were sitting in the same Room. I was looking towards the Shop Window where we had a Glass Lamp, and I saw a Man clap his Arm over the Shew Glass and take it away. So, so! says I, You are mighty full of your Play methinks, to steal the Shew Glass: Why that's a fair Robbery. For I thought it had been taken in jest by a Gentleman who was with my Master. But as the Man did not turn back, I begun to fear he was in earnest, and so I followed with the Child in my Arms, and cry'd, Stop Thief. I saw him with the Glass under his Arm; he was then no farther from me than from hence to that Chair, and he was not afterwards out of my sight till he dropt the Glass, and was taken by the Pine Apple Door in Castle-Street. I am sure that the Prisoner is the Man. I was almost close to him when he dropt it.
Nicholas Byrom . As I was turning the narrow Passage from Castle-Street into St. Martin's Court, a Man past by me with something very Combustible under his Arm. And presently, the Maid crying Stop Thief! I turned about and saw the same Man drop something that made a great Noise under the Lamp. That Man was the Prisoner, for he was taken before he was out of my sight.
Robert Prat . Coming from Charing-Cross, and turning up Castle-Street I heard a Cry of Stop Thief. It being dark I went into the middle of the Street, and stooping down, I saw the Prisoner run, and the Maid follow him. I stopt him against the Pine-Apple Eating-House, and then he cry'd Stop Thief, and said the Thief was run before, but I told him he was mistaken. The Maid came up to us with a Child in her Arms, and bid me hold him fast for he was the Thief. And so I obliged him to turn back. I saw the Shew Glass upon the Ground, and the People were picking the Toys out of the Kennel. I led the Prisoner to the Prosecutor's Shop, and a Constable being sent for, he came, and carried the Prisoner before Mr. Justice Deveil, who committed him to Newgate that night.
The Prisoner denied the Fact, but called no Witnesses.
The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
27. Sarah Cole and Sarah James , was indicted for privately stealing 22 Yards of Callimanco, value 30 s. the Goods of James Grimolt , in his Shop , January 10 . Cole acquitted , and James guilty, 4 s. 10 d .
The Prisoner was a Servant in the King's Confectionary. And upon offering to pawn two Silver Spoons to George Hodges in Charles-Street in St. James's Square, they were stopt upon suspicion. And Mr. Hodges applying to the Board of Green-Cloth, the Prisoner was apprehended, and being examined, confest that he took the Spoons with the Desert from the Princess's Lodgings to the Confectionary, and then with a Knife scraped out the King's Arms.
Several Witnesses gave the Prisoner a very good Character.
The Jury found him guilty .
29. John Pawley , was indicted for stealing a Wooden Drawer, a Pair of Silver Studds, six Guineas, a quarter Moidore, and forty Shillings, the Goods and Money of Anthony Hargrove , in his House , Decemb. 26 . Guilty 39 s .
John Culpan . I deal in Linnen. On the twenty sixth of December, in the Afternoon, I went to the Feathers Tavern in Drury-Lane , where I sold as many Goods to Mrs. Smith, who keeps the House as came to 4 l. I went from thence about eight at Night to the next Door which is the Crown (or Horn) and Horse-Shoe - One John Uffard keeps the House - And there I had two eighteen Penny Bowls of Punch below Stairs, for which I paid three Shillings, and then was going away, but Rowland Kendenell , the Drawer came down to the bottom of the Stairs, and pushed me back, and demanded thirty five Shillings. Hester Cox , the Landlady , and Elizabeth Mason followed him and insisted upon the same Demand, and said, they would have it before I went out of the House. I was afraid, and thought my Life was in danger, or that they would rob me of my Goods, for I had ten Pounds worth about me; and therefore I offer'd Cox a Guinea to let me go away peaceably. She took the Money and went up Stairs. But the other two still insisted upon their first Demand of thirty five Shillings. I told them it was very hard, when they knew I had given Cox a Guinea. But Kendenell swore that he did not see me give her any thing; and she coming down again, denied that she had received the Guinea. And with that they fell upon me, knock'd me down and beat me, and Kendenell wrenched open my Hand and took out a Guinea and a half and some Silver. I cry'd for help, and I believe they would have murder'd me, if Mason had not desired 'em for God's sake to beat me no more. I had seven or eight Yards of Kenting Linnen under my Coat. Kendenell took it from me, and said, Damn him, What has he got more in his Budget? At the same time I heard a Voice above Stairs, say, Beat the Dog! I cry'd Murder, and call'd for Tom Smith who lived next Door. At last I got away, and went to Tom Smith, and told him how I had been abused, and had called for him to help me. He said, he did not hear me, but if he had heard, he would not have ventur'd in for 100 l. for they would have sworn his Life away - And Justice Mitford, who committed them, advised me not to let them know where I lived, for they were vile Creatures, and would swear any thing.
Cox. Did not you bring a Woman with you into our House?
Cox. I had no Money of him, but what he paid for the Reckoning - He staid till between five and six the next Morning.
Patrick Macdonald , and Mary Hickembotham deposed, that one James Lewis came several times as from the Prisoners to Culpan, and offer'd to make him satisfaction if he would not prosecute them: But the Witnesses were not sure that Lewis was employed by the Prisoners.
Elizabeth Smith . The Prosecutor came to my House, the Feathers in Drury-Lane about two in the Afternoon. I bought some Sheeting, Damask Napkins, a Work'd Petticoat of him, for which I paid him 4 l. He staid till about eight at Night, and then went to the Horn and Horse-shoe next Door. He returned about three, and cry'd prodigiously. His Shirt was bloody and torn, tho' it was as strong as Towelling. His Nose bled, and I wiped it with my Apron. He said, he cry'd out for my Husband. My Husband answered, that if he had heard him he should hardly have ventured to come to his Assistance.
Mason. What do you know of me?
Eliz. Smith. As for Betty Mason , she does not live at the Horn and Horse-shoe, but at Hill's Coffee-house in Drury-Lane - She is an unfortunate Woman, that sometimes goes into Gentlemen's Company - She has been at my House - About a Week before this happened, she was at my Bar, and said she had a good mind to make an Oath never to go into that House again - on account of some Trouble - for Cox's Brother, John Uffard , had sent my next Door Neighbour (who keeps a Brandy-shop) to Goal, and swore a Robbery against him; but this Affair of their own coming on, they thought it best to
The Defence of the Prisoners.
Frances Harris . On the twenty sixth of December, the Prisoner Mrs. Cox sent for me to Breakfast with her. And her Brother, Mr, Uffard. being out of Town, I staid with her all Day. About nine at Night, the Prosecutor came in with an ordinary mean-drest Creature, and drank a Pint or two of Wine with her at the Bar, and then they went up Stairs together. She went away in about half an Hour, and then Kendenell, the Drawer told me, that the Gentleman above, which was the Prosecutor, desired to speak with me. I went up and met him on the Stairs. He asked me to drink a Glass of Punch, and so I went in, and he and I drank four or five Bowls of Arrack Punch, which came to 20 s. and three Pints of Wine.
Court. What! did you two drink all that?
Court. How long did you stay with him?
Frances Harris . Till a Quarter past one in the Morning - But now I think on't, the Maid, Eleanor Sutton , came up several times, and he made her drink with us - We had something for Supper: and after Supper I was for going home, but he said, if I would but stay with him he did not care how much he spent. He called for the Reckoning: The Drawer came up and said, there was thirty one Shillings to pay, and asked him if he would have a Bill. He said, no, it was time enough for he was not going yet - The Supper was cold Victuals that was left on Christmass-Day. There was only two Shillings for eating, and twenty nine Shillings for Punch and Wine. I went down and staid a little time in the Bar: and while I was there, he sent for several other Women, who came and went up to him; and then I went to my Lodgings.
Culpan. I never was up any Stairs in the House. If her Character was inquired into -
Moses Levi , a Jew. A Gentleman in Pall-mall employed me to cut some Diamonds for him. I was going to carry my Work home between six and seven at Night, but by the way, I called in at Mrs. Cox's, and there was she and Mrs. Mason, and the last Witness, Mrs. Harris in the Bar. I called for a Bottle of Wine to drink with them. At three Quarters past eight, the Prosecutor came in with a Woman. They drank Wine at the Bar, and then went up and called for another Pint. In half an Hour the Woman came down. and Mrs. Harris went up. They had two or three Bowls of Arrack Punch while I was there; I staid till half an Hour past ten, and then went with my Work to Pall-mall. The Gentleman paid me 5 l. I returned to Cox's at one o'Clock, and called for another Bottle. Mrs. Harris came down. I asked her if she had staid above with the Gentleman all that time: and she said, yes. And after that, there came down two or three Women together; and the Prosecutor called for one and two Bowls at a time. I was then going home, but Mrs. Cox desired me to stay, because her Brother was out of Town, and she had no body to take care of the House: and so I staid till five o'Clock. The Prosecutor rung the Bell, the Drawer went up. and coming down again to the Bar, he asked what was to pay, Mrs. Cox told him 2 l. 12 s. 6 d. He went again, but presently returned, and said, the Gentleman had used him ill, and struck him. The Bell ringing again, he went up again, and when he came down he complained as before of being beat and abused. Upon which, Mrs. Cox desired me to go up with her. I consented, and she and I, -and Mrs. Mason, and the Drawer, all went up together. As soon as the Door was opened, the Prosecutor fell upon the Drawer, and gave him several Blows, and then the Drawer fell upon him, and beat him, and tore his Shirt - The
Eleanor Sutton . I am Servant to Mrs. Cox. At nine o'Clock the Prosecutor came in with a dirty ordinary Creature. They drank a Bottle of Wine at the Bar, and then went up Stairs. They staid a considerable time together, I believe it might be half an Hour, and then the Creature came down, and went away. And the Drawer desired this Lady, Mrs. Harris to go up to the Gentleman, and she did so. They had several Bowls of Arrack Punch, and three Bottles of Wine. I was called up several times to drink with them. I went to bed before they parted. My Bed is in the next Room to that they were in, so that I could hear what was doing - I heard her go down Stairs, and several Women come up. Between four and five in the Morning he called for a Bill. The Drawer brought it; and he would not pay the Drawer, but assaulted him. I hearing this, got up, went into the Room and there they were fighting, and the Drawer tore his Shirt. They parted, and the Drawer went down, but soon came up again with Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Mason, and Moses Levi: And then the Prosecutor made no more scruple, but put two Guineas and a half into Mrs. Cox's Hands. They all went together; he drank a Gill of Brandy at the Bar, and said, Good Morrow Landlady.
Court. Was there no quarrelling betwixt the Prosecutor and the Drawer at that time?
Court. Levi, swore otherwise. - Here Levi - You said that when you went up with Cox and Mason, the Prosecutor fell upon the Drawer, and they fought together.
Levi. There was a Skirmish, the Prosecutor struck the Drawer, but I parted 'em.
Court. What say you to that, Eleanor Sutton?
Eleanor Sutton. When the Prosecutor and Drawer quarrelled, there was no body else present, for as soon as I heard the Noise I got up and went into the Room. But when the Drawer came up with Levi, and the Prisoners, there was no Quarrel, for the Prosecutor paid the Reckoning in a very good Humour - The Quarrel was between four and five in the Morning.
Elizabeth Smith, again. That is impossible, for it was but three o'Clock, or at most, a Quarter past three, when the Prosecutor came crying to my House.
The Jury acquitted the Prisoners.
32. Margaret Owen , otherwise Gardener , was indicted for stealing a Camblet Cloak, value 8 s. a Callico Work'd Night Gown, value 4 l. a Quilted Petticoat lined with Blue Sattin, value 12 s. a Pair of Stays, value 8 s. four Petticoats, value 20 s. four Shirts, value 40 s. a rich Laced-handkerchief, value 5 l. six Suits of Laced Pinners, value 4 l. a double Laced Hankerchief, value 20s. three Silver Spoons, value 10 s. a Mother of Pearl Snuff Box, six Silk Aprons, twelve Cambrick Hankerchiefs, and a Pair of Shoes and Clogs, the Goods of William Chilton , in his House , May 12 .
William Chilton . I live at the Hen and Chickens in Cloth-Fair . The Prisoner was my Servant and lived with me a Month. I had a Son about seventeen. He was very lame of the Palsly, and quite helpless. On Sunday the twelfth of last May, I and my Wife went out about ten in the Morning, and left only my Son and the Prisoner at home. We returned at six, and knock'd at the Door. My Son look'd out of Window and told us that the Maid went out about four o'Clock and took the Key with her, so that he could not let us in. We went to a Neighbour's House where we staid; and the Prisoner not coming by nine o'Clock, I borrowed a Ladder,
Matthew James . Having a Warrant from Mr. Lythe, the Arch Deacon of Gloucester, I took the Prisoner at her Lodging at Little-worth - I found this Cloak there, which matches with the Pattern that was left with my Master by the Prosecutor. I carried her to the Green Dragon, and leaving her there with another Man, I went to call my Master - She confest that she had sold the two Silver Spoons at Gloucester, and the Callico Gown to a Servant Maid: And I found the Gown accordingly, but the Maid had taken it to Pieces to clean it, for the Prisoner had made it very black by wearing it when she went to sweet Chimneys.
Joseph Sharp . I saw this Cloak and Quilted Petticoat lined with blue Sattin taken from the Prisoner at the Green Dragon by Mr. Hemmings. The Cloak was first found at her Lodgings, but she desired Mr. James to let her put it on when she was going to the Dragon, and he gave her leave. She own'd that the Cloak and Quilted Coat were her Mistress Chilton's Goods.
Prisoner. My Mistress gave me the Cloak and Gown.
The Jury found her Guilty . Death .
William Smart in his Shop . January 10 . Guilty. 4 s. 10 d .
50. Jane Heybourn , alias Habron, alias Williams , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Michael Mullington , and stealing a Silver Tankard value 6 l. a Silver Mug value 50 s. and four Silver Spoons value 30 s. December 14 . in the Night .
Michael Mullington . I keep the three Cups in Bedford Street near Bedford Row in Holbourn . I got up about seven in the Morning, found my Cup-board wrench'd open and mist my Plate. One Mr. Johnson came to my House to enquire for Mrs. Thomas, who lived next Door to me, and told me, that a Woman had offer'd such Plate as he had heard I had lost, to a Pawn-broker, but he had stopt it and she was sent to St. Martin's Round house. I went to her at last and she confest that she hid her self in my Club-Room 'till the Family was all abed, and then wrench'd open my Cup-board, and took the Mug and Spoons from thence, and the Tankard off the Table, and then unbolted the Back-door which she left open, and so went away about four in the Morning.
William Price . I live with Mr. Reynold a Pawn broker in Hart-Street, Covent-Garden. An Old Woman who lives at Mr. Johnson's, brought this Tankard and two Spoons to me, to be pledged as from him. I stept over to Mr. Johnson, and he told me that he knew nothing of it, any farther than that it was sent by a Woman who accidentally called at his House. I carried this Account to my Master, and thereupon he refused to meddle with the Plate. Mr. Johnson came over not long after, and said she offer'd to pawn it to him for a Guinea, and would sell it outright next Day. My Master advised him not to be concern'd in it, but to get a Constable, and take her up upon Suspicion. Accordingly we went and stopt her as she was going away with the Plate in her Apron. She said it was given her by her Aunt Hastings who was a Captain's Widow and lived in the Trinity Alms-houses at Mile-End. She was carried to the Round-house, and afterwards before the justice. She confest that the Plate was the Prosecutor's and that she hid her self in his House 'till the Family was abed and then forced open the Cup-board, and took the Plate, and let her self out at the Back-doors.
Mr. Tickeridge. Between twelve and one at noon, Mr. Johnson sent for me and said there was a Woman in his House that offer'd to pawn a Tankard with him for a Guinea. I told him I suspected the Plate was stolen and advised him to apprehend her. As I was standing in my Shop she came out of his House with the Plate in her Lap. I stopt her, and said Mistress you han't paid your Reckoning. What do ye mean by that? says she, you're an impudent Fellow - She was carried before the Justice, and sent to the Round-house where the Prosecutor found her. Afterwards before Justice Hilder she confest that she conceal'd her self in Mullinton's
John Johnson . A little before six in the Morning the Prisoner came to my House in Hart-Street. I keep a Chandler's Shop. She called for a Quartern of Liquor and paid me three Pence for it, tho' she did not drink a Spoonfull of it, but she had some Coffee. She complain'd of being greatly fatigued with sitting up three Nights with her Aunt at Mile-End, and coming from thence in the Rain, for it was a very wet Morning; but she said her Aunt had done better for her than she expected, and had left her some Plate. She shew'd me a Silver Tankard, a Silver Mug and four Silver Spoons, and said, she wanted a little present Money upon some of them. My Servant carried the Tankard and two Spoons to Mr. Reynold, upon which she was taken up. When she was in the Round-house, I asked her if she had Friends, she said Yes, Mrs. Thomas at a Box-makers, the Corner of Gray's-Inn-Passage. I went thither, but could not find her. But I went into the Three Cups and called for a Pint of Beer, which happened to be the Prosecutor's House. I told 'em a Woman was taken up with a Parcel of Plate which I believed to be stolen. The Landlord went with me to the Round-house. The Prisoner was carried before the Justice, and the Prosecutor swore to the Tankard, the Mug and three Spoons, but was not positive to the fourth, because he had some Plate with his Second Wife, and did not very well know the Marks of it. Upon which, the Prisoner said, They are all your's Mr. Mullington. I hid my self in your Club-room, and when you were abed I took the Tankard off and all the rest out of the Cup-board.
Prisoner. I have nothing to say, but that I have been very silly in what I have done.
The Jury found her Guilty . Death .
51. Elizabeth Stevens , was indicted for assaulting Margaret Todd , in a certain Place called Dumb's Alley, near the Highway, in the Parish of St George Bloomsbury . putting her in fear, and taking from her a Sattin Gown, five Shifts, six Aprons, a Handkerchief, a Silk Hood, eight Caps, a Petticoat, a Pair of Gloves, a Fan, a Silk Knot. two Combs, and a Cambrick Head , November 30 .
Margaret Todd . On the thirtieth of November I came away from my Service in the Meuse, and between seven and eight at Night I was going to my Lodging in St. Giles's with my Cloaths pack'd up in a Bundle. I saw the Prisoner first in Holborn. She followed me a little way, and then I thought I had got quit of her; but as I was turning out of Holborn into Dumb's Alley, she came and took hold of my Bundle and offer'd to carry it for me. I told her there was no occasion, and so I went forward. She followed me, pushed me down three times, and when I was upon my Knees, she took away my Bundle The last time that she pushed me down I broke my Face against the Wall - Dumb's Alley is pretty long and very narrow, and I saw no Houses that had Doors opening into it. I cryed out, and two Men coming up to me, I told them how I had been robb'd; they run into Holborn, and stopt a wrong Woman. But afterwards they met with a Carman, by whose means we found the Prisoner a bed in a two Penny Lodging in Fletcher's Court, in Church-Street. She had then got my Handkerchief about her Neck though she afterwards made it away. But these other Things, the Sattin Gown, three Shifts, two Aprons. Cambrick Head Cloths, and three Caps were found in her Landlady Rebecca Butler 's Possession. The Prisoner had pawn'd them, and Butler had redeem'd them and bought them outright. The risoner made a Confession before Justice Mitford in Wild Court, and it was taken in Writing, but she would not sign it - I am
Rebecca Butler . The Prisoner ow'd me a little Money, and told me she had pawn'd such and such Goods at the Golden-Ball in King-Street by the Seven-Dials. She went with me to the Pawn-brokers, and I fetch'd out these Goods on the Tuesday, and on Wednesday she was taken.
John Sample . As I and James Hawkins were going to my Masters, which is four Doors beyond Dumb's Alley, we saw the Prosecutor with a Bundle, and the Prisoner having hold of her Arm, and they went up the Alley. At the end next Holborn, a Woman past us with a Bundle under her Arm, and when we came towards the other end, we saw the Prosecutor under an Arch that leads into High-Street, Bloomsbury. Lord Master! says she to me, the Woman has robbed me. We went afterwards to a Pawn-brokers, and from thence to Bishop's Brandy Shop, and there we met with a Carman, who by the Description we gave of the Prisoner, said he believed he knew her. He directed us for farther Information to a Woman who carried us to the Prisoner's Lodging.
Ann Todd , Sister to the Prosecutrix. That Night as my Sister left her Service, she came home to me about eight at Night with her Face cut and very bloody, she told me she had been robb'd, and I know these Goods to be hers.
Prisoner. I found these Goods at the upper End of Dumb's Alley, and there was no Soul in the Alley but my self when I pick'd them up.
The Jury found her Guilty . Death .
52. William Whitmore , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Robert Dillow , and stealing twenty five Plates, two Sauce Pans, a Brass Pot, three Hats, and four Aprons, November 28 in the Night . Guilty of Felony.
53. John Smith , of St. Dunstan in the West, in the County of Middlesex , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Bag, seven Portugal Pieces of the value of thirty six Shillings each, a Moidore, and sixteen Guineas, the Goods and Money of Nicholas Pollamounter , in the House of Mary Glascock , December 26 .
The Witnesses were examined apart.
Nicholas Pollamounter. On the twenty sixth of December, I took Coach in Westminister with Mr. Cornish. We were going to his House in Sheer-Lane to drink a Bowl of Punch. And just as we came out of the Coach, two Girls asked me to drink a Glass of Wine; and I being in a good Humour, we went with them into the Angel and Crown Tavern, at the Corner of Sheer-Lane, by Temple-Bar . Mary Glascock keeps the House, and the Prisoner lives with her. We had two Bottles of Wine, and some Cakes. Mr. Cornish was with me. The Prisoner came up into our Company and drank with us. I had got eleven Portugal Six and Thirty Shilling Pieces, a Moidore and sixteen Guineas in a Bag. I pull'd out this Bag to pay the Reckoning which was 6 s. 3 d. The two Girls were dismist. The Prisoner rung the Bell, the Door was open, and another Girl whose Name was Margaret Boucher came in. She and I went into another Room. When we had been some time together, she went away, and presently after she was gone, I mist my Bag and all my Money. I went directly to the Room where I had left the Prisoner and Cornish, and complained of my Loss. Well, says the Prisoner. Don't make a Disturbance here, for this is a very honest House. I know the Girl, and if you'll give me some Reward for my Trouble I'll see if I can't find her, and help you to your Money again. So he and Cornish went out to look for her. The Prisoner and she returned, and Cornish follow'd them. The Prisoner insisted upon a Discharge, and Cornish writ one. The Girl returned the Money. Cornish and the Prisoner counted it. The Prisoner received four Six and Thirty Shilling Pieces for returning it, and then I put the rest up in my Right-hand Breeches-Pocket, where I thought it would be safe. The Prisoner, besides having the four Portugal Pieces, insisted that I should call for a Bowl of Arrack Punch, which I did, and after that we had another. We were not
Prisoner. Was I in the House when the Girl returned the Money?
Pollamounter. Yes, you and she were both together?
Prisoner. I am cautious of asking Questions, because I know you will swear any thing - But were not you robb'd three times - were you not robb'd of a Crown by one of those two Girls that came in with you?
Pollamounter. No; I gave her a Crown freely.
P. Council. What Employment are you of?
Pollamounter. None - I had an Estate in Cornwall - and this Money that I lost, I had upon a Mortgage.
Hugh Cornish . Mr. Pollamounter and I coming out of a Coach at Temple-Bar, he met with two little Girls who asked him to drink. We went with them to the Angel and Crown, where he treated them with Wine and Cakes. The Prisoner came up into our Company, and said, he never saw so much Impudence as in them Girls - One of the Girls went away. Pollomounter pulled out his Bag to pay the Reckoning, which was 6 s. 3 d. The Bell was rung, and presently in came Peg Boucher , and sat by Pollamounter. In a little time he and she went out together. But he soon returned alone, and told us he had lost his Money. The Prisoner said, Be easy - I know the Girl, and I will go see for her. He went; returned, and said he could not find her. Then he desired me to go with him, which I did. We went to a Brandy Shop in Sheer-Lane, where he drank a Dram, and then went back, and I followed. I went into a Room below Stairs, opposite to the Bar, and there was he and Peg and Pollamounter. They talk'd of returning the Money, and a Discharge was insisted on. Peg took the Bag out of her Pocket and delivered it. The Prisoner told sixteen Guineas, a Moidore, and Six Six and Thirty Shilling Pieces at first, but afterwards there was one more of these Portugal Pieces produced, and then he cast up the whole to be 30 l. 15 s. I counted it after him, and then gave it to Pollamounter, who put it in his Pocket. This being done, we had a Bowl of Arrack Punch, but I drank nothing but Water with a Toast. In a little time I was called into the Kitchen to Mrs. Glascock, who said, she wanted to speak with me. I did not find that she had any great Business to talk about, but only to tell me how good natur'd it was in Pollamounter to take his Money again, and be easy without prosecuting the Girl - I returned to the Room I came from, and found only Pollamounter, and the Prisoner there, for Peg was gone Pollamounter felt in his Pocket and mist his Money again, upon which, he grew very uneasy. The Prisoner endeavour'd to set me and him at odds, by insinuating that I had got the Money. I insisted upon calling in the Watch, but the Prisoner said the Watch would not come into that House: And at the same time declared that he did not know the Girl. But she was taken next Day at his Door, and carried to the Cock Ale-house. She at first denied that she had ever seen Pollamounter, but afterwards confest that she had taken his Money, and said, she would help him to it again in a little time, for she had not got it all in her own keeping.
Prisoner. Who was with you when I first came into your Room, after you had sent for Mrs. Glascock?
Prisoner. Did not he say she had robb'd him?
Prisoner. Mrs. Glascock was sent for upon this Quarrel, and I went up in her stead. Did not Pollamounter pull Peg Boucher into the Room?
Cornish. No - She came in of her self.
Prisoner. Did not Pollamounter Charge you with having his Money?
Cornish No, but you did your endeavour to insinuate that I had it, and then as if he and I had been going to quarrel, you push'd me on the Breast, and said, You shan't sight.
Pris. Were not you and he going to fight?
Cornish. No - I was going to call the Watch, but you said it was a City Watch and should not come in there.
K. Council. Do ye know of any Reward the Prisoner had?
Cornish. Pollamounter complain'd that there were four Six and Thirty Shilling Pieces wanting, but said he was willing to take what there was.
Margaret Boucher , alias Smith. I was at a Brandy-Shop in Sheer Lane when Will. Jones (who is Mary Glascock's Porter ) came and said his Mistress wanted me. So I went to her House which is the Angel and Crown, and there I found her, and Ann, the Daughter, and Jack Smith , the Prisoner. And this Jack Smith called to me, and said Peggy'l There's two Gentlemen above, Pollamounter and Cornish, and Pollamounter has got a great deal of Money. Now if you can get it you shall have 6 s. out of every Guinea; and I, and Mary Glascock and Ann the Daughter, will have a Crown a-piece. I'll ring the Bell for a signal, and then you shall come up and introduce your self and take him into a private Room; and when you have got the Money you shall go into this Room below - The Prisoner lives with Mary Glascock - but she is not his Wife - but - something else - So the Prisoner went up and rung the Bell, and I went in. The Prisoner pointed to Pollamounter's right Pocket where his Money was. I asked Pollamounter to go into another Room with me, which he readily agreed to, and so we went together and there I pick'd his Pocket, and making an Excuse to go out, I went down and into the Room the Prisoner and I had agreed upon. Mary Glascock, and Ann the Daughter presently came to me Ann the Daughter took the Bag and was going to tell the Money, but Mary Glascock. said that no body should tell it till the Prisoner came down. The Prisoner coming he told nine Six and Thirty Shilling. Pieces, Sixteen Guineas, and one Moidore. But when Mary Glascock, and Ann the Daughter told it they could make but seven Six and Thirty Shilling Pieces. Then the Prisoner and Glascock went out, and Ann the Daughter staid in the Room with me. The Drawer brought us a Gimblet with which Ann the Daughter fastned the Door within side, and blew the Candle out that Pollamounter might not find us. But in a little while the Prisoner came to the Door, and we let him in, and he told us that Pollamounter had mist his Money and made a great Noise, and threatned to suppress the House if the Money was not return'd, and therefore, says he, you must give it him again, but you may get something of him for returning, and we will share that among us in the same manner as we agreed to share the whole. But be sure you get a Discharge, or else you may hang'd for it, upon Jonathan Wild 's Act. So they all went out and left me in the Room, and by and by the Prisoner brought Pollamounter to me, and said, Here's the Girl! She only took it in Jest. Cornish came in presently after them, and then a Discharge was writ, and I return'd the Money, but I got nothing for returning it. Then they all sat down and a Bowl of Punch was brought in - The Prisoner called me out into the Kitchen, and said, Stay, Peggy and drinkJohn Drink-water came to me in the Prisoner's Name, and said, if I did not send him the Money, it would be found upon me, and I should be hang'd: But if I gave it to him, and then charged it upon Cornish, the whole House would swear it - While we had this Discourse, Pollamounter and Cornish were gone out of the Room, and there was no Constable, nor any body but one Man that stood at the Door - So I gave the Money to Drinkwater, to carry to Smith - From the Cock, I was carried in a Coach to the Constable's House at the Swan, hard by Sir Richard's - The Prisoner came thither. I went into the Kitchen and spoke to him, and he said, If you will say that Cornish had the money, my Drawer, and all the House shall swear it, and so we shall all get clear.
Prisoner. She has not said one thing that's true - How should I tell her the Prosecutor's Name was Pollamounter, when he was a Stranger to me?
Boucher. Well enough, for you were a great while drinking in his Company, and might hear Cornish call him by his Name -
The Prisoner's Defence.
Edward Redman , the Drawer. Pollamounter and Cornish, and two little Girls came in and asked for a Room. I shewed them up Stairs, and carried them a Bottle of Wine. In five Minutes the Bell rung, I ran up again. Pollamounter bid me take a Candle and shew him another Room, which I did, and he went into this Room with one of the Girls. They had a Pint of Wine there, and staid a Quarter of an Hour, and then he call'd again, and bid me fetch a Constable, for the Girl had got a Crown of his Money. But the Girl said, he gave it her, and nothing was sreer than Gift, and so I left 'em. He rung again, and bid me send my Mistress. When I went down, the Prisoner was just come in a Doors, and my Mistress desired him to step up; which he did and sat down to drink with them in the Room that they first went into, and they seemed to make a Joke of the Crown - One of the little Girls went away, and then Peg Boucher came in. The Door of Pollamounter's Room stood open, and as I was going by there with Peg to shew her into another Room, Pollamounter pulled her in, and set her upon his Knee.
K. Council. What did that Girl Boucher come in by her self and call for a Room?
Redman. No, there was another Gentleman with her, and I was going to shew them both into a Room, when Pollamounter pulled her in.
K. Council. What, in the presence of the Gentleman?
K. Council. Sure the Gentleman was very angry?
Redman. No, not at all.
K. Council. Did he so easily quit he: then? - It looks a little strange, but what became of him?
Redman. He said no more but went away very quietly - The Bell rung again, I went up and Peg was still upon Pollamounter's Knee. He called for a Candle and another Room, I shewed Peg and him into the same Room
K. Council. What Room did Pollamounter and the two Girls go into at first?
Redman. The Nine at the Stair's Head and in a Quarter of an Hour Peg and the Gentleman came in, and I was going to shew them into the Eight on the Left-hand at the Stair's Head. And the Door of the Nine being open, Pollamounter pulled her in as she was going by, and in five or six Minutes he left Cornish, and the Prisoner, and the two little Girls, and went with Peg into another Room?
K. Council Do you make a Practice of carrying Gentlemen and such Ladies into private Rooms?
Redman. I am a Servant, and is my Business to oblige my Mistresses Customers. I would wait upon you, or any other Gentleman if need required.
K. Council. How old are you?
E. Smith Sixteen - We sat drinking together a little while, and then I went with Pollamounter into another Room, where he gave me a Crown and was very impudent; and then he wanted his Money again, but I would not give it him.
Prisoner. Did not he say that you robb'd him?
E. Smith. No, he own'd he gave me a Crown - I was with him three Quarters of an Hour.
K. Council. How old are you?
K. Council. Sixteen? She don't look to be above twelve.
M. Reeves. He took the other young Woman into a private Room, and gave her a Crown, and wanted to be rude with her, but I suppose she would not let him, and so he wanted his Money again, but she went away with it.
K. Council. How came you to stay after she was gone?
M. Reeves. I did not know she was gone, but thought she was coming in again, so I staid a Quarter of an Hour, and then Peg Boucher came and opened the Door.
K. Council. Was not the Door open when she came?
M. Reeves. I cannot say but it might be a jar. She opened it and said, I thought it had been other Company. And with that Pollamounter pull'd her in and sat her upon his Knee and kist her - The Prisoner was then in our Company, and did not stir out of the Room till she was gone.
K. Council. Was any body with her?
M. Reeves. No, there was no Soul with her.
K. Council. The Drawer swore that himself and a Gentleman were with her.
M. Reeves. But I am sure there was no such thing - Pollamounter went with her into another Room where they staid a quarter of an Hour, and then he came back and said she had robbed him, and then I went away.
Mother Provost, the Bar-keeper. Pollamounter and Cornish came in with the two little Girls: They went up, called for a Bottle of Wine, and in near half an Hour I heard a Noise above. The Prisoner coming in at the same time, and Mrs. Glascock not being well, she desired him to go up; which he did, and staid with them. By-and by Pollamounter came down and said he had lost his Money. The Prisoner and Cornish came down after him, and the Prisoner offer'd to do him what Service he could, and so went out with Cornish to see for Boucher. While they were gone, she came in and asked me where Pollamounter was. The Drawer shewed her in, and she returned the Money. Pollamounter then ordered a Fowl and Mushroom Sauce for Supper, and two Bowls of Punch. And after the Money was restored, the Prisoner never went into Pollamounter's Company, but staid drinking in the Kitchen with Mr. Longbotham, and five or six more, and was not out of the Kitchen in all the time - Pollamounter was in a little Room joining to the Kitchen. Cornish after he had supped with Pollamounter, came into the Kitchen, and Mrs. Glascock said to him, Take care of your Friend's Money, for he has lost it once and may lose it again. Cornish, answered, Damn him he has got more Money than Brains !
K. Council. Was Peg gone before this Advice was given?
Provost. No, she was there then - But soon after, Pollamounter came into the Kitchen, and cry'd he had lost his Money - He charged his Friend with having it, but however they both went away very lovingly together.
K. Council. Did any Man come in with Peg at first?
Provost. I do not know - but there might.
K. Council. Was it not the Porter?
Provost. I am not sure that any body came in with her.
K. Council. Did the Porter or the Drawer go up with her?
Provost. No, upon my Oath - no indeed. neither of them - no body went up with her,
K. Council. This again directly contradicts the Drawer's Evidence.
Thomas How . Between eight and nine at Night, I and four more went to the Angel and Crown Tavern, and sat down in the Kitchen to drink: the Prisoner soon after came into the Kitchen, and we asked him to take a Grab, but he refused, and said, he was going with Cornish to look for a Girl that had pick'd a Gentleman's Pocket of Thirty Pounds. Thereupon he and Cornish went out, and while they were gone, the Drawer came in and said the Girl was come
Henry Moythen . of Drury-Lane, Robert Longbotham , a Marshals-Court Officer in Belton-street, Giles Jackson , a Cutler, and Gilbert Campbell , deposed much to the same effect. Moythen indeed said that the Prisoner and Cornish returned in five Minutes; and Longbotham said it was half an Hour; And Jackson, was more particular than the rest as to the Words that past between Pollamounter and Cornish in the Kitchen: For according to him the Dialogue ran thus. Pollamounter said to Cornish, You have got my Money. No, I have not, says Cornish. D - it, says Pollamounter, you never gave it me again. By G - but I did; says Cornish. D - ye, but you did not; says Pollamounter. And, D - you, but I did. Says Cornish. Why then by G - , says Pollamounter, this Bitch has got it again; and as she is gone, I'll charge the House with it.
Ann Steer . I keep a Publick-House, the Queen's-head in Ship-yard by Temple-bar. I have known Pollamounter two or three Months. H. came to my house the Day after he lost his Money, and said, he had taken Peg Boucher , and she was committed to the Counter, and that she had likewise taken up the Prisoner, upon account of his being in the House at the same time, but did not know who had got the Money. He told me next Day that he had been to the Compter, and the Girl complaining that no body sent her any thing to support her, he gave her something: And that she said she was sorry the Prisoner was in Custody because he was innocent. But Pollamounter told me, that all he wanted was to get her to be an Evidence. And Mrs. Pollamounter told me, that all the Money her Husband could get, was to carry to his Whore in Newgate.
Prisoner. Did you never hear him say that he offer'd her Money to swear against me?
Court. Call in Pollamounter - He ought to hear what is sworn against him - now proceed.
Ann Steer, to Pollamounter. You said, the Girl told you she was sorry the Prisoner was to suffer, because he was innocent: And that you gave her Money, and would give any Money to have her made an Evidence.
Pollamounter. I never said any such thing, nor over gave her a Penny; this Woman Steer, offer'd to compound the Matter with me, but I refused - there was O Brian, Macdonald and Marclough -
Ann Steer. I offer? - It was you that offer'd it, and said you could make a Hundred Guineas of it. For my Part, I never saw the Prisoner in my life before, But I have heard you and Cornish quarrel and threaten to blow one another up - You and he together owe me above 10 l.
Esau Steer. Three Days ago, when Pollamounter had been a Raking all Night, and breaking Lamps and Windows, he came to me and said he had been advised to take the whole House up, and then he should get a Hundred Guineas more than he had lost - some Soldiers came after him one Day, and said, he belonged to Col. Churchill's Regiment, and was a Deserter.
Pollamounter. You shew'd me forty Guineas, and brought People to compound this Villany.
Mr. Jones. I came hither only out of Curiosity - But as the Prisoner has called upon me, I can say that I have known him five Years - He's an Officer to the Sheriff of Middlesex , and I never heard before, that he was - a Thief.
P Council. Do you think he would combine with Whores to pick Pockets?
Mr. Jones. I think he had no occasion to do so, for he could get Money without taking such Methods.
The Jury acquitted him.
54. Henry Jennings , was indicted for stealing a Silver Porringer, value Thirty Seven Shillings, and a Silver Spoon, value Twelve Shillings, the Goods of Richard French , in his House , January 8 . Guilty Thirty Nine Shillings .
58. Elizabeth Shell , was indicted for stealing Nine Pair of Buckles, value One Shilling and Six Pence, and Twenty Four Pair of Buttons, value One Shilling and Six Pence , the Goods of Charles Carlton , January 15 . Guilty Ten Pence .
William Day . December 21 . Guilty 10 d .
Mary Clayton . The Prisoner came to my House, the Boar's Head, at the end of Water-Lane, in Fleet-Street , and asked for a Neighbour of mine, Mr. Sperry, who happening to be there, they sat down and had two Tankards of Beer, the Prisoner made an Excuse to go to the Door, and went away with the Tankard, but I did not see him take it.
George Sperry . I had been but five Minutes in the House when the Prisoner came in - He had worked with me about two Years ago - He said he was glad to see me, and so we sat down, and called for a Tankard of Beer. He said he had been an East India Voyage, and that the Captain's Boy was at the Door, but was so bashful that he would not come in. I have given him a Cake, says he, and I'll make bold to carry him some Drink to wash it down. And so he took the Tankard, and went to the Door, and then went quite off.
William Jones . Between eight and nine at Night, as I was going along Drury-Lane by the end of Russel-Street, I heard a cry of Stop Thief! he has stolen a Tankard.* The Prisoner run, and one Austin stopt him, and he was carried to the Crown in Russel-Street, where the Tankard was taken out of his Pocket. I was Headborough, but this being out of my Parish, the Constable of Covent-Garden was sent for - The Tankard had a Boar's-Head upon it.
* The Prisoner went from the Boar's Head in Fleet-Street to the King's Head in Drury-Lane, where he play'd at Cards. The Boy of the House perceiving something bulky in his Pocket, told him he had got something more than his own, upon which, the Prisoner went away. The Boy followed and said to him, If you don't give me a Pot, I'll blow ye. The Prisoner telling him he had got no Money, and running away; the Boy called to Austin, who pursued the Prisoner and took him.
The Prisoner in his Defence said that he asked leave of Mrs. Clayton to carry the Tankard out, and that she told him he might and welcome - But she denied this on her Oath, and said, that he went out slily with his back towards her, and that she did not so much as know that he got the Tankard.
The Jury found him Guilty . Death .
70. Elizabeth Tomlin , was indict-for stealing two Sattin Gowns and Petticoats, a Silk Gown, a Velvet Cap, a Falbala Scarfe, a Pair of Ruffles, and a Pair of Sheets, the Goods of Eleanor Broadwater , in her House , November 26 . Guilty 39 s .
Charles Hill . I was drinking at the Tap-house in Morgan's Lane, belonging to the Brew-house where I work. The Prisoner and another Woman were drinking in the same Room - As I was coming home over London-Bridge , those two Women overtook me, and it being a very wet Night, and I being in Liquor,Bow-Church , and there, as I was getting out I mist my Watch. The other Woman got out of the other Coach Door, and made her Escape; but I stopt the Prisoner, and a Constable coming, he carried her to the Swan in the Old-Change, where she was searched, but nothing found upon her. But as she was coming out of the Door, she said she had put the Watch into the Grate in the Chimney. The Constable sent the Boy in for it, and the Boy found it accordingly - This was between eight and nine at Night.
Paul Paver , Constable. There was a great Crowd of People in the Swan, and the Prosecutor was so obstropolus that I could not search the Prisoner thorowly; but as I was going out with her in order to carry her to the Compter, she confest to me, that she had put the Watch in the Grates. I sent a Boy in to look for it there, and he brought it out.
The Jury acquitted her.
The TRIALS being ended, the COURT proceeded to give JUDGMENT, as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death 6.
Stevens and Owen pleaded their Bellies
The Jury of Matrons found Owen with quick Child, but Stevens not.
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To be Whipt 3.
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