Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 17th, Friday the 18th, and Saturday the 19th of April, 1735, in the Eighth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Being the Fourth SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1735.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. M.DCC.XXXV.
(Price Six Pence.)
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Hardwicke, Chief Justice of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; the Honourable Mr. Justice Denton, Mr. Justice Page, Mr. Baron Thomson , Recorder, and 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 Country of Middlesex.
Mr. Hawkins. On Easter Monday, as I was going along Fleet Street , there was a Crowd of People standing to see the Procession to the Spital Sermon at St. Brides: And on this side Salisbury Court, the Prisoner past by me, drew my Sword out of the Scabbard - I saw him take it - and run away. I followed him, and he and another Boy fell down and I over them. The Prisoner had some how convey'd the Sword away, for it was handed to me by another Person - The Prisoner was sent to Bridewell.
The Jury found him Guilty , Death .
Joseph Surbut . The Prisoner was a Labourer in the East India Company's Ware-house. About two Pound of Tea was found in a Stocking in his Breeches, but I cannot swear it was the Company's Tea. I have heard that he is sometimes not in his Senses. He has been employed by the Company two or three Years, but I never knew that he was found in any such Practice before this time.
Thomas Brian . Nor I - But I took this Tea upon him, and asked him how he came by it? he said he did not know how. There are a great many Chests of Tea in the Company's Ware-house belonging to other Merchants, so that I cannot be sure that this is the Company's Tea.
Benj Godfrey On Tuesday the eighteenth of March in the Evening, the Prisoner came into my Shop under a pretence of buying a Coral. But a Lady coming into buy a piece of Plate, the Prisoner said she would wait. In a little time, I observed my Workman (who happened to be in the Shop) appeared in a surprise. He told me the Prisoner had put a Card of Gold Rings into her Bosom. I searched her and took out fifteen of them, and she unlacing her felt took out two more, and laid them on a Plate - She begged me to forgive her and let her go, since I had got all my Goods again.
Henry Hobden . I saw the Prisoner take a Card of Rings and put them into her Bosom. My Master searched her, and she took out two Gold Rings and laid them on a Silver Plate on the Counter. She came with a pretence to buy a Coral, but when she was searched she had no Money to pay for it.
Prisoner. My Child's Godfather promised to give the Child a Coral, and sent me to ask what it would cost.
The Jury found her Guilty . Death .
15. Ann Lew , alias Lewis, Wife of James Lewis , alias Porter, alias Mears, Wife of Edward Mears , alias Blewet , Widow, was indicted for privately stealing a Cornelian Seal set in Gold, value 30 s. from the Person of Sarah, the Wife of Eleazar Bambridge , Feb. 10 .
Sarah Bambridge . I lived in the Prisoner's House the Swan and Coronet in Drury Lane . I am an unfortunate Woman, and used to go into Gentleman's Company for her Interest. A Gentleman left this Seal with me as a pledge for a Guinea for obliging him: And I being drunk went down into the Kitchen and fell a sleep upon the Dresser; and then the Prisoner (as I was told) came and picked my Pocket. Three Days afterwards as I was dressing her I saw this Seal hanging to her Watch. Mrs. Low, says, I, that is my Seal. You lie ye Bitch, says she, but if it is I'll keep it for what you owe me, and if you speak a Word more about it, I'll bury you in Newgate. I knew she was a vild Woman and would swear any thing; and being afraid to leave her House I staid with her three Months, and then got a Warrant for her, upon which she sent Mr. Longbotham to me, to persuade me to take the Seal and be easy, but I was not such a Fool as that came to.
* Rowland Kendenell was tryed in January last. See Sessions Paper, Number 2. Page 27.
16. Mary Neal , was indicted for stealing three Shirts, a Table Cloth, and a Handkerchief, the Goods of William Miller , Esq ; and four Shirts, a Petticoat, and four Aprons, the Goods of Eleanor Winter , April 5 . Guilty .
18. Thomas Bramsby alias Bransy , and John Bays , were indicted for stealing two Fore Bodies and Backs of a Waist-coat, four Pieces of Cloth for Breeches, two Pair of Breeches, a Pair of Sheers , a Taylor's Goose and Cabbage , the Goods of Several Persons, April 12 . Guilty .
James Walmsley . Between eight and nine at night as I was going home, my Heels were tripp'd up near Temple Bar by a Man who pretended to help me up again; he picked my Pocket of my Watch, and said, he would carry me to an honest House where I might clean my self. He took me to one Mrs. Warwick's in Sheer Lane , where I found the Landlady Warwick and the Prisoner who was her Servant , and another Woman. The Man call'd for a Pint of Wine, and I said to the Women, This Man has robbed me of my Watch; upon which he ran out. Then the Woman scraped the Dirt off my Cloaths, after which I gave Warwick half a Guinea to change for the Wine. But when I asked her for my Change. She told me she must have that for cleaning my Cloaths; and she promised to help me to my Watch again. Then they shut the Door upon me, and the other Woman held my Hands while Warwick took half a Guinea out of my Pocket, and she said she'd keep it to get my Watch. We sat down for half an Hour, and then they got a Guinea more from me in the same manner, but I got that again by main force, though it was not long before Warwick got it from me a second time. As for the Prisoner she did nothing to me all the while, but stood by, only she went twice to the Door, and held it that I should not get out. I staid there three Hours, and was as sober then as I am now, but the Door being shut I knew not how to help my self, and was forced to bear with this usage for fear they should do me a mischief. There is a private Door that goes out of this House into another as bad (where one Bishop keeps a Gin Shop) and, as I have been informed, when a Man is robbed in one of these Houses, the Thieves whip through this Door into the other House, and so escape. And so I was served at last, for Warwick, and the other Woman got off this way, and left me and the Prisoner together. I asked her where they were gone, and she said she would go and find them - I went home and came again next Day to take them up, but could meet with none but the Prisoner.
Walmsley. There was no Person went into the House with me but the Man who picked my Pocket, nor did I know what a House it was. The Jury acquitted her.
21. William Jones , and Thomas Sears , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of Robert Streeter , and stealing ten Hams, value 3 l. March 22 . in the Night ; Sears was acquitted , and Jones found guilty of Felony only .
John Jones , was indicted for stealing a pair of Silver Clasps, value 5 s. and twenty six Ounces of Silver, value 5 l. the Goods of John Slaughter , and a pair of Silver Clasps, value 4 s. the Goods of Jeremy Lee , in the House of John Slaughter , March 18 .
The Witnesses deposed that the Prisoner was Apprentice to Mr. Slaughter, a Silver Smith , and at several times had sold thirty Ounces of Silver Cuttings, &c. but being examined after some time confest the whole.
In his Defence, he said, he sold the Silver by his Master's Order, but his Master denying he ever gave him such Order, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 39 s.
Samuel Cole . About eleven at Night as I was coming down Cornhill in order to go to my Habitation in Goodman's Fields, I saw the Prisoners at the Corner of Grace Church Street , and crost over to them and invited them to drink. We went to the Spread Eagle . where I call'd for a Pint of Wine, and sat betwixt 'em before the Fire.
Court. Then you were pretty warm?
Cole. Yes, in the middle: And so says Jenny Roan , What do we come here for? And with that she claps her Hands to my Breeches to unbutton 'em, and by and by she goes out, pretending she wanted to make water, and Peg Young follows her. I wonder'd they staid so long; and thinking it might be time to go home, I felt for my Watch to see what o'Clock it was, but no Watch could I find. I call'd the Drawer, and asked him if he knew the Women. He said no. But however, I met with them a few Nights afterwards, and having a Warrant, I apprehended them, one of them produced the Watch, and they sent for a Man to make it up.
Edward Hoare , The Prisoners came to my Master (Mr. Calcot's,) to pawn this Watch for two Guineas. Young took it out of her Bosom. I told 'em if they would produce the Owner I would lend them the Money, but otherwise they should neither have Money nor Watch, for I would advertise it. Upon this they began to make a strange Uproar. Upon which, I sent for my Master, who is a Common Council Man, and was gone to the Bell Tavern upon Parish Affairs - Peg Young hearing where he was, went to him and rioted him before all the Company, so that he was forced to come home with her, and at last he gave her the Watch, and told her she was a noisy Bitch, and bid her go about her business.
Cole. That's only a Receipt for a Shilling.
Margaret Young. The Prosecutor is a Cloth Drawer. I have known him ever since I sold fruit in Goodman's Fields Play-house - And so meeting with me and Jenny Roan , at the Corner of Grace Church Street, he persuaded us to go to the Spread Eagle, where he call'd for Wine mull'd with Eggs. Peggy, says he, its bloody cold, I fancy your Maiden-head and mine will keep one another warm. I told him I could not oblige him without a Present. Why, says he, I have not much Money, but if you'll oblige me, I'll give ye my Watch to pledge for a Guinea. And so he gives me the Watch accordingly, for he knew where I lived: And next Morning he comes and demands this Watch again, and gives me a Guinea to redeem it; whereof he had his Watch again tho' I ought to have kept it till he had given me the New Gown he had promised me - Besides he run me to sixteen Shillings charge in Coach-hire and Wine and Veal Cutlets for him and the Constable. And after he had sworn I had robb'd him, he told Alderman Brocas, it was a Mistake for he had found his Watch in his Coat Pocket. It's not the first time he has pledged his Watch to be obliged by me and by other Women too, for he makes a common Practice of it. The Jury Acquitted the Prisoners.
Martin Fin , Bridget (his Wife ) Mary Daniel , and Jane Price , were indicted for privately stealing six Guineas, the Money of Thomas Cacket , from the Person of Ann his Wife , April 5 .
Isaac Scot . About two in the Afternoon I went with Mr. Smith and his Wife, and Mrs. Cacket, to Mr. Edwards a Drapers) in Lombard street , by the Post Office. Mr. Smith, and I were just got into the Shop when the Prisoners came along and hussled Mrs. Cacket, who was at the Door. She presently said she had lost her Purse of Money. Mr. Smith, Mr. Edwards's Man, and I went to the Six Bell Ale-house; I asked if those (the Prisoners) were the People. He said, Yes. I charg'd Daniel, (the tall Woman in the Whitish Cloak, tho' then she was in a Red Cloak) with the Robbery, who denied it; and catch'd up a Six Pence that lay in her Lap. I call'd a Constable, who opened her Hand and took out some Gold and Silver. She said it was her own Money. He asked her how much there was, she answered four Guineas, but Bridget Fin (the little Woman) giving her a jog, she then said five Guineas, and at last, five and a half. We asked her if she was sure of it, she said Yes. We told the Money, and there was six Guineas and two Shillings. A Boy said she had dropt something under the Table. We look'd and found two six Pences more.
Ann Cacket . I am well assured the Prisoners are the Persons - Just as I came to Mr Edwards's Door, Jane Price joggled in before me, Mary Daniel came on the other side of me, and the other two behind me: I had six Guineas and some Silver in a Leather Purse in my Pocket. I am sure I had it but half a quarter of an Hour before; and upon missing my Purse I told my Friend Mr. Smith I was robb'd by the Woman in the Red Cloak.
Daniel. By the Virtue of your Oath, was the Purse found upon me?
Scot. We neglected to search for the Purse till we came before Alderman Brocas.
Mary Daniel . My Husband and I had been in the Borough that Morning, and we went to drink at the Bear at the Bridge Foot. He being in Liquor, I desired him to give me his Money. He gave me six Guineas and five Shillings, and this was the Money the Constable took from me at the Alehouse.
Richard Loyd . Last Saturday was Se'n-night, I met with Rowland at the Bridge Foot - I think it was in the Morning - We went to drink at the Bear, and going into the Kitchen I saw Mrs. Daniel and her Husband there. She asked him for some Money, and he gave her Gold and Silver.
Will. Rowland. I saw the Man give her some Money, because he said he was going out.
Court. Call Rowland and Loyd. again - Here Rowland, on what Day of the Month was it that you saw Daniel and her Husband at the Bear Tavern?
Rowland. I can't tell.
Court. Are you acquainted with her?
Rowland. I never set Eyes on her before that time, and I had no Discourse with her then.
Court. Do any of the People of the Tavern know you?
Court. Then how came she to know where to send for you:
Rowland. Nay, I don't know that - I was subpaena'd by somebody, but I can't tell who, tho' I fancy it was some how by means of Loyd.
Court. Was Loyd acquainted with her?
Rowland. Not that I know of.
Court. Had he any talk with her at the Bear?
Rowland. No, not a word.
Officer. We have called him a great many times but have heard no answer - I suppose he's run away.
The Jury acquitted the Prisoners.
25. Elizabeth Mark , was indicted for Sacrilegiously stealing two Ounces and fourteen Penn Weight of Gold Fringe. value 14 s. the Goods of the Rt. Hon. Edward, Earl of Oxford , in a Chappel belonging to the said Earl of Oxford, called Oxford Chappel , in the Parish of St. Mary le Bow , March 29 .
Prisoner. That was what I took off my Husband's Hat, and my Sister's Cloak.
Court. As to the Sacriledge - There is nothing appears upon the Indictment but that the Chappel from whence the Fringe was taken, was a private Chappel belonging to a Noble Man's House -
Jury-man. I know that it is not conse-crated.
The Jury acquitted her of the Sacriledge, and found her guilty of Felony only .
26. Jemima Salter , was indicted for privately stealing a Plain Gold Ring, a Gold Ring with a Chrystal Stone, a Gold Ring with a Red Stone, and a Gold Ring with a Chrystal, and two Diamonds, from the Person of Charles Cole , March 31 .
Charles Cole . I came from St. Albans about a Bankruptcy. About ten at Night I met the Prisoner in Fleet Street, she asked me to give her a Glass of Wine, which I agreed to, not thinking I should be serv'd as I afterwards was. We went to the Angel and Crown the Corner of Sheer Lane * but had not been long together before I catch'd her Hand first in one Pocket and then in another. My Rings were in my Pocket. I mist them, and I would have taken her up then, but John Smith , the Man of the House, hinder'd me. I met with her afterwards, and she owned she had the Rings, and said, I should have them again for a Guinea and a half.
* Where, in December last N. P. Pallamounter lost above 30 l. for stealing which, John Smith, who belongs to the House, was tryed in January last, but acquitted.
Aaron Ashton . I was with my Brother and the Prisoner at this House, and I brought him out from her, but it seems he pick'd her up again the same Night. I went with him afterwards to see for her. Smith, the Man of the House, promised to bring her to us by seven in the Evening. But a Drawer advised us not to stay, for he said, Smith would make a Property of us. So we went away, but coming again afterwards, we found her at the Bar talking with the Woman of the House, who tipt the wink upon me. The Prisoner at first denied, but at last; fell on her Knees, and owned she had them The Prosecutor offer'd her half a Guinea for them, but she refused, and said, he had given them to her.
Prisoner. - These two Men drank two Bottles of Wine with me: They wanted me to oblige them, and I asked them to make me a Present first, but they refused, and so I went away, and never saw the Rings.
Prisoner. A strange Gentleman followed us into the Tavern, and so there was a Scuffle betwixt them, and Smith, the Master of the Tavern; by the same token that I stood then at the Bar, and stroked that little Gentleman's Hump for luck.
The Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.
27. Dennis Sullivan , was indicted for assaulting Ann Hewitson in an open place, called Of Alley, near the Highway, putting her in fear, and taking from her a Mob, two Handkerchiefs and an Apron , March 18 .Of Alley , where he threw me down, and took my Mob, two Handkerchiefs, and an Apron from me, attempted to lye with me, and used me in a violent barbarous manner. My Head was cut, and I was very much hurt and abused in other respects. I cryed out murder, and the Watch came and took him to the Round-house.
James Manners . The Prisoner was brought to the Watch-house; the Woman followed him without either Cap, Apron, or Handkerchief. I found a Cap, a Handkerchief, and Apron in his Bosom. I asked him how he came by those things, and he said, he did not know, but believed somebody thrust them in there. He looked as rugged then as he does now. The Woman has a very good Character.
Prisoner. I was got drunk, and met her staggering along as drunk as my self; we went and drank a Dram or two together, and she asked me to go home with her. She gave me her Apron and Handkerchief and Cap, and then she fell down, and I going to help her up fell upon her.
Mr. Kello, Mr. Graham and Mrs. Abraham, who had known the Prosecutrix between twenty and thirty Years, gave her the Character of a sober, modest, virtuous and industrious Woman.
Then the Prisoner called his Witnesses.
Mr. Cantillon. The Prisoner was my Servant . On the eighteenth of March, at night, he got confounded drunk with some of his Country-men, and would not keep within Doors.
Mrs. Bressan. That Night being St. Patrick's Day, the Prisoner got so drunk in honour of St. Patrick, that he could hardly stand. At eleven o'Clock I advised him to go to bed, but he would go out, and out he went.
Mrs. Evans, the Governess of the Round-house. When the Prosecutor come to out Round-house, she was so drunk that she fell into the Fire, and I pulled her out.
Evans. I say it was downright Drunkenness.
And so the Jury acquitted him.
29. Richard Buckley , and John Buckley , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Clark , and stealing four Silver Spoons, five Silver Tea Spoons, two Suits of Head Cloths, five Guineas, and twenty Shillings, Nov. 18 in the Night .
The Witnesses were examined apart.
William Clark . I live at New Turn-Stile in Holborn . My House was robbed on Monday Night, Nov. 18. or on Tuesday Morning. My Wife and I lay in the Shop. The Goods and Money we lost were taken out of a Nest of Drawers which stood upon a Dresser in the same Shop. We had a Rush Candle burning by us all Night. The Door was left upon the Latch that my Sister might come in, in the Morning without disturbing us. We went to bed about eleven, and saw no body, nor heard the least Noise all the rest of the Night: But the next Day the Nest of Drawers was missing, and at Night it was found in the Cellar, but the Goods and Money were taken out of it. I have known the Prisoner Richard Buckley about a Year, and never heard any ill of him till IButler Buckley , a little Boy, that he and the other Prisoner, his Brother, with Sweet and Wilkinson, who were both hanged at Kingston, for robbing the Church, were the Men who had robbed my House.
Mary Audry (Mr. Clark's Sister) I got up between seven and eight in the Morning, and mist the Case of Drawers off the Dresser; I found the Back Door which leads into Princes Street half open, which I am sure was bolted a little before it was dark - there are two Back Doors, one to the House, and one to the Yard - The next Night I found the Nest of Drawers in the Cellar, but the Money and Goods were taken out.
John Busby . I live at Kingston. On Saturday the eighth of March, at Night, after I and my Wife were gone to Bed, there was an attempt made to rob my House by some Persons who came up the Passage. On Sunday the Church was robbed. At Night the little Boy, Butler Buckley, came up the Passage to my House. My Boy seeing him, asked where he was going. He answered he was going to the Oven to warm himself. My Boy told him there was no Oven that way. I coming up, took hold of Butler's Hand, upon which he screamed out, and begged me not to send him to Bridewell. I asked him if he knew what Bridewell was. He said, no, but he was afraid I would send him there. I led him to Mr. Belcher, who examined him where his Father and Mother were. He told us first at one place and then at another, but both proved to be false. We caught him in several Lies, and so he was sent to the Stock-house. Next Morning he confest that he came down to Kingston with his Father and Uncle (the two Prisoners) and William Sweet and Phillip Wilkinson , and that on Saturday Night they attempted to rob my House, and on Sunday robbed the Church; and farther, that they had robbed Mr. Clark (the Prosecutor)'s House at Little Turn-Stile in Holborn, and another House upon Little Tower-Hill, and gave us an account of what they took from each. I and Mr. Banford resolving to enquire into these things, we took Horse and rode to the Swan with Two Necks in Tothill Street, where we put up, and from thence went to Mr. Clark (the Prosecutor's) and enquired if he had been robbed, and of what. He said, yes, and named the particulars, which agreed with the account the Boy had given us. We asked him if he knew Butler Buckley. Mr. Clark said, yes, very well, that he had often been at their House, and they had given him Victuals; that his Father (the Prisoner Richard) was a Drawer at the Sultana's Head Tavern in the Hay-Market, and his Mother lodged at the Green Canister at the upper end of Oxenden Street, in Piccadilly. We told him what the Boy had informed us of, at which he appeared to be very much surprised.
Mr. Banford and I then went to the Green Canister, and there meeting with the Boy's Mother, we took her to the Sultana Tavern, where we found her Husband (the Prisoner Richard) and told him what his Boy had told us. He said that Sweet was a notorious Rogue, and had enticed the Boy to Kingston. Richard agreed to go with us to look for Sweet. We were informed that he was gone but that very Day to be a Drawer at the Bell at Aldgate. We found him there, and took him with us in a Coach to the Swan in Tothill Street, where we sat up all the remaining part of the Night. The Warrant we then had was only for taking Sweet and Wilkinson. But next Day Mr. Clark went to Kingston, and got a Warrant for the two Prisoners, and thereupon Richard Buckley was sent to the Gate-house. His Brother John hearing of it, went to him, and afterwards came to the Swan and Two Necks, and said, Who wants to speak with me? Who are you, says I, My Name, says he, is John Buckley , I live at the Cross Keys in Bond Street, and defy all the World to take me. Be ye the Devil, I'll take you, says I, and so I seiz'd him.
Butler Buckley, the Boy (nine Years old the eighteenth of December last) being examined as to the nature of an Oath, and the
Butler Buckley. My Father Richard Buckley, and my Uncle John Buckley, and William Sweet, and Phillip Wilkinson (who were both hang'd at Kingston) and I, went out together between six and seven at Night, to rob Mr. Clark's House at Little Turn-Stile in Holborn. I knew Mr. Clark, and had been at his House several times. When we came there, Mr. Clark and his Wife, and Sister, and Daughter, and two Gentlemen were sitting by the Fire in the Shop, and the Screen was drawn. My Father put me in at the Shop Door, which was open, about eight o'Clock. I went and hid my self in the House of Office till between one and two in the Morning, and then I opened the Entry Door on the left side of the House leading into the Alley (Little Turn-Stile) - 'Tis the Door where the Lodgers go in and out. I let in Wilkinson, and Sweet, and went out my self, and found my Father and Uncle standing to watch. One of them stood at the end of the Alley next Holborn, and the other at the end next Lincoln's Inn Fields. Wilkinson and Sweet staid about half an Hour, and then they brought out ten Guineas, nine Silver Spoons, and two Suits of Brussels Laced Head Cloths, which I saw as soon as we came home, and we went home directly.
Court. Where was your home? Boy. At my Father's Lodging, up two Pair of Stairs forward in Mrs. Doyley's House the Green Canister in Piccadily.
R. Buckley. Pray, my Lord, take notice of that,
Court. How came you to make this Discovery?
Boy. Mr. Busby took me at Kingston, and forced me to tell.
Court. How did he force ye?
Boy. He said he'd turn me at my own liberty, if I wou'd confess the truth.
Court. Did he say any thing to you about your Father or Uncle?
Court. Who named them first?
Boy. I my self.
Court. Did he, or any other at Kingston mention Mr. Clark's House?
Court. How came you to speak of it then?
Boy. Because I had a mind to own it all out.
Mr. Busby. I had heard nothing of Mr. Clark, till the Boy spoke of it himself.
R. Buckley. Was not the Boy whipt and hung up by the Heels?
Mr. Busby. Mr. Bailiff Belcher shewed him a Whip, to make him confess where he came from, and the Justice threatned to send him to Bridewell, and have him whipt there, if he would not tell who he belong'd to.
R. Buckley, to the Boy. When and where did you see me and your Uncle together?
Boy. You were both with us at Kingston, and went to Hampton Court that Day as the Church was robbed - the ninth of March - And in London, at the Coffee House in Coventry Street; and at my Uncle's Lodging, the Cross-Keys in Bond Street, by Woodstock Meuse, where he lived when he was taken - He's a Shoe-maker - And twice at the Canister where we lodged, once was on a Thursday Morning about eleven, and once on a Saturday about two in the Afternoon. Besides the time when we carried home the Goods.
R. Buckley. Did you never see us together at Mrs. Macrakan's, against the Royal Oak in St. Giles, where I lived before I went to the Canister?
Boy. Yes, four or five times, but I never saw Sweet or Wilkinson there.
R. Buckley. Where did you lie on Saturday Night the eighth of March, the Night before Kingston Church was robbed?
Boy. At the House on this side the Waterman's Arms in Kingston.
Mr. Busby. The Boy carried us to the Crown by the Waterman's Arms, and described the Furniture of the Room before he went in with us.
The Defence of the Prisoners.
R. Buckley. I have taken what care I could in giving my Boy good Instructions, but my care had but little effect on him.
J. Buckley. I never saw Sweet nor Wilkinson in my life.
Eleanor Clark (the Prosecutor's Wife.) The first or second Day after I was robbed, I went to see Mrs. Buckley, the Wife of Richard Buckley the Prisoner, at Mrs Macrakan's, against the Royal Oak in Little Earl street, by the Seven Dials. I desired her to go with me to Monmouth Street and Rag Fair to shew some of my Goods.
Grace Rose . I remember on a Thursday Morning in November, Mrs. Clark (who keeps a Cook's Shop in Little Turn-Stile) told Mrs. Buckley she had been robbed the Night before *. She and her Husband had lived at Martha Macrakans a Year and two Months; they moved thence to the Canister, on a Monday, about a Month before he was taken. I never saw his Brother John at Mrs. Macrakans.
* The House was robbed on Monday Night, as Mr. Clark deposed.
R. Buckley. I was taken in March: The House was robbed in November: The Boy swore I then lived at the Canister - and that my Brother John had been several times with me at Mrs. Macrakans.
Jemima Covedale Between ten and eleven on Saturday Night - next Saturday it will be six Weeks ago - I saw this Boy standing by Mrs. Gaskins Door, near King Edward's Stairs, in Wapping. He pray'd me to tell Mrs. Gaskins her Cousin wanted to speak with her. She came to him; he said, How do you do Cousin? She asked him how he came to be out so late and so far from home. He told her he came to play with her Son Bobby. She chid him, and threatned to send him to his Father, but at last took him in.
R. Buckley. And yet he swore he lay at Kingston that Night.
Mrs. Fromage. I keep the Sultana Tavern. Richard Buckley was a Waiter at my House, he came some time before Christmas; it was the Day before his Glasses came in - He was recommended to us from Pontacks; and my Husband trusted him to receive Money at the Bank, fifty, sixty, or one hundred Pound at a time. He was a very good Servant, and never out of his Business, but when he went to see after his Boy, who had been a great Grief to him.
R. Buckley. The Boy swore I was with him at Kingston on Saturday Night the eighth of March.
Mrs. Fromage. That Night he was waiting on some Noble Men at my, House and they burnt his Wig; and next Morning they gave him half a Crown a piece to make him amends - He complained that his Boy was missing, and he was afraid he was got into ill Company.
John Ferry . I am a Waiter at the same House. On Saturday the eighth of March, several Noble Men dined at our House, and bespoke a Dinner on Sunday. The Prisoner waited on them, and I left him there at twelve on Saturday Night. On Sunday Morning I saw his Wig was burnt, and at Noon he and I breakfasted at Mrs. Bonifaces. I left him at eleven that Night. He being taken up the Tuesday following, I
Mary Whitron . I am servant at the Sultana. The Prisoner came to our House on the eighteenth of November, and the next Day his Glasses were sent in. - I set down the Day of the Month for my own satisfaction. On Saturday the eighth of March, he waited on some Noble Men. Between twelve and one that Night, he came to me in the Kitchen, and said the Company was going. I asked him where his Wig was, and he said, one of the Noble Men had burnt it.
Mrs Boniface. On Sunday Noon, March 9th (the Day before the Prisoners dyed) R. Buckley, and his two Fellow Servants, Penny, and Morris, breakfasted at my House. He was not then drest.
Mr. Graves, at the Ship Tavern, Temple Bar. On the eighteenth of November, R. Buckley, desired me to give him a Letter of Credit to Mr. Maidwell for some Glasses, which I did, and I believe they were sent in next Day, for I have here Mr. Maidwell's Bill for such Glasses, dated Nov. 19.
R. Buckley. The Boy told Mr. Justice Deveil, that I had been in Newgate several times.
Mr. Deveil. He said his Father had been in Newgate, and had been brought before me, but I don't know that he ever was.
Keeper of Newgate. I never saw either of the Prisoners before.
Henry Vipont . I keep the Long Room at Hampstead, the Prisoner lived with me from June last to November, and was a very faithfull and just Servant. On Sunday the ninth of March about nine in the Morning, he came to me, and I agreed with him to serve me at Scarborough, during the Season. He went away between ten and eleven.
Edward Waile . I went to see the Boy in Bridewell, at Kingston, and told him I was sorry to see him in such a place. He said he did not mind it, for he should be a brave Man when the two Men were hang'd at Kingston, and his Father and Uncle at Tyburn - He's an impudent, lying, mischievous Boy.
John Herring . I live at the Cross Keys, in New Bond-street. John Buckley lodged there a Year and a Quarter. He went away at Midsummer last, and has not been there since, but lived at a House in Tyburn Road.
R. Buckley. The Boy swore that my Brother lived in Bond street when he was taken, and that we often met together lately, but I have not spoke to him several Years on account of a difference between us.
Robert Forest . Richard had been very kind to his Brother John while he was an Apprentice; but about five Years ago John disobliged Richard, by refusing to make a Pair of Shoes for his Wife, upon which they fell out. I met Richard two Months ago, and prest him to be reconcil'd, but says he, I can't be friends with him, for I have been a Father to him, and he's an ungratefull Rascal.
William Griffin . John Buckley lived next Door to me three Quarters of a Year, and I believe he's a very honest Man. I keep a Chandler's Shop, and on Sunday the ninth of March (the Day the Boy charges him with being at Kingston) he came four times to my Shop, betwixt nine in the Morning and eight at Night for odd things that he wanted. I never saw his Brother Richard with him.
Several other Witnesses gave the Prisoners the Character of honest Men, and deposed that they had not seen them together for some Years past. The Jury acquitted them.
They were a second time indicted for breaking and entering the House of Alexander Calder , (on Tower hill ) and stealing two Silk Gowns, a Callico Gown, a Quilted Petticoat, four Shirts, six Shifts, two Pair of Sheets, a Velvet Hood, and several other things, October 23 . in the Night .
There was no Evidence against them but the Boy, who swore positively that they and Sweet, and Wilkinson, broke open the House and stole the Goods, but he being detected in several Falshoods and Contradictions, and a sufficient Number of Creditable Witnesses appearing in the behalf of the Prisoners, the Jury acquitted them.
Elizabeth Grindley , was indicted for privately stealing a Guinea, 3 half Guineas, and 2 Shillings and six Pence, from the Person of Roger Brown , March 30 .
R. Brown. Between ten and eleven at Night, going down the Steps by the Watch House in Moor Fields , I met the Prisoner, who made a Sally against me, as if she had been drunk. I felt her Hand at my Breeches, and missing my Money, I seiz'd her directly, and charged her with picking my Pocket. She asked me what I had lost? I told her a Guinea, three half Guineas, and a half Crown. She gave me this White Half-penny, and said, There's your Guinea, and then shifted her Hands behind her. Several People coming up, I dragged her along. She gave me then a counterfeit Half Crown, two Irish Half-pence, and a Scotch Half-penny, and said, There is all your Money again. I took her to the Watch House, where she was searched, but nothing of mine being found upon her, I went back to where I lost my Money, and I found it all again except the Half Crown.
Prisoner. This Man meeting me on Sunday Night by the Quarters in Moor Fields, Ye Bitch, says he, You have robbed me, and afterwards put this bad Money into my Pocket. Look in my Face, says I, Do I look like a Whore. No, says he, But you are a thieving Bitch; and so he carried me to the Watch House, where the Men stript me naked, but could not find that I had got any thing.
Prosecutor. When she picked my Pocket there was no other Person near me, and I seiz'd her that instant, and did not let her go.
William Gwin , a Watch Man. When we could not find the Money upon her in the Watch House, the Prosecutor said she must have dropt it, for he had not let her go out of his Hand; so I went with him, and we found the Money near the Steps.
Three or four Basket Women deposed that they had known her three or four Years, and that she behaved her self like an honest, industrious Woman. Guilty , Death .
John Staygold . On the thirteenth of March about eight at Night, going through Bishopsgate , at the end of the Passage towards the Church, the Prisoner run full but against me, and laid hold of the Chain of my Watch; I was surprised, and said, You Rogue, are you rob me? but had not the presence of mind to stop him. I saw him plainly by the light at an Apple Stall . He got my Watch 0ut, I saw it in his Hand, and he ran down Wormwood Street. I cry'd, Stop Thief. A Woman coming to her Door with a Candle, he turn'd back, and was stopt, but got away again, and then I seized him and pushed him into a House; I could not find the Watch upon him; but before Alderman Brocas he confest that he had given the Watch to one Stephen Collet : and said, if I would let him be an Evidence, he would help me to it again.
Richard Fisher . Standing at my Master's Door in Wormwood Street, I heard a cry of stop Thief, and saw the Prisoner run; I followed him, he turned back and walked as if he knew nothing of the matter; but before I came to him he was stopt by Peter Hubbard .
Peter Hubbard. I heard a cry of Stop Thief, and ran out and stopt the Prisoner. He said he was not the Man, and what did I stop him for? But he confest before the Justice, that he had two Accomplices, and that one of them stood behind the Gentleman with a Stick.
Guilty . Death .
Benjamin Campell (a Black) About twelve at Night I met a Woman in Fleet Street, who lodges in the same House as I do, in Chick Lane; so she took me to Joseph William 's House in Hanging Sword Alley ; and there was the Prisoner. And says Jenny, Let this Woman drink too. So after we had drunk together, the Prisoner and I left Jenny below, and went up Stairs together. I had all my Money when Jenny went home: but about four in the Morning I mist it; and charged the Prisoner with picking my Pocket. She owned she had a Guinea, though she said she would not give it in that Newgate-Bird-Son-of-a-Bitch's House; but if I would go out with her, I should have it. We went out, but she would not give it me then neither, and so I held her till the Watch came - I did not feel her, when she picked my Pocket.
Prisoner. When I sat down with him and Jenny, she pretended to go out to make Water
* In December, 1731. He was convicted to the value of 10 d. for stealing the Goods of Ann Drague ; and in April, 1734. he was tried with Thomas Turlip for stealing six Hens, but they were both acquitted.
38, 39, 40, 41 John Parker and John Funnel , with Samuel Price and John Roberts (not yet taken) were indicted for stealing seven Shirts, value 4 l. 7 s. in the House of John Wright , Feb. 25 . Guilty 39 s. each .
48, 49. Richard Green , and William Brown were indicted for breaking the House of William Blackmore , and stealing two Hammers, two Borers, an Iron Weight, and four Leaden Weights, March . in the Night . Acquitted .
51. Mary Johnson , alias Brasser alias Rose alias Cox alias Head , was indicted for receiving a Silver Cup, four Silver Spoons, four Gold Rings, a Pair of Sheets, nine Napkins, two Pillowbiers, one Table Cloth, the Goods of Joseph Lawrence , February 16 . knowing the same to have been stolen ; and for stealing which, John Fielder and Joseph Rose were convicted last Sessions.
She was a second time indicted for receiving two Gold Rings, with Mottos, a Mourning Gold Ring with a Cypher, a Silver Picture of King Charles I. washed with Gold, and a Velvet Hat, the Goods of William Frances , February 16 . knowing the same to be stolen ; and of stealing which, John Fielder , William Bush , Humphry Walker , and Joseph Rose were convicted last Sessions.
John Wheeler . After John Fielder and Joseph Rose . and the rest of us had robbed Joseph Lawrence , we carried the Goods to Joseph Rose 's Lodging near the Black Horse Inn in Dawes Street, in the Broadway, Westminster . We laid the Goods on the Table and appraised them among our selves. Joseph Rose agreed to take them at the price and to pay us our Shares: And they were delivered to the Prisoner. We told her where and how we got them. Joseph Rose lay with the Prisoner, I lay at his Back. In about two Days she sold most of the Goods, and paid the Money to him - When I was in the Gate-house, she broke open my Box which was left in her Room, and robbed me of my Linnen and fifteen Pound in Money.
It farther appeared that some of the Prosecutor's Goods were found at a Chandler's Shop in Thieving Lane where they had been left by the Prisoner, with orders to deliver them to Charles Westridge , a Gunner, belonging to the Tower. These Goods being produced in Court, were sworn to by the Prosecutor. Guilty .
John Jukes , April 5 . Acquitted .
61, 62. Thomas Bushby , with James Taylor (not yet taken) were indicted for assaulting Thomas Start , in the House of the said Thomas Bushby, and robbing him of two Guineas and a half, and six Pence , March 28 .
Thomas Start . The Prisoner holp to rob me in his House. James Taylor carried me there to drink. I took out my Pouch to pour the Money on the Table to pay the Reckoning when the Prisoner knocked it all off, except one Guinea that fell on the Table, which I catch'd, and took my Pouch off the Ground with one more Guinea in it; but Taylor knocked me backwards, and I saw the Prisoner pick up one Guinea and run out; and Taylor picked up some, and clapt his Back to the Door that I should not go out. The Prisoner came in again, I told him I hoped he would return me my Money. Te Rascalty Dog, says he, I'll skin ye alive if you say that I have got your Money. I got away; and next Day I took out a Warrant against the Prisoner.
Prisoner. The Prosecutor came to my House with Taylor, and offered to sell me some Run Brandy. They had two or three Bowls of Punch; But while they staid I was pretty much above Stairs attending other Company; and they went away without paying the Reckoning. Next Morning the Prosecutor came with two Black-shoe Boys, and asked me if he had left any Money with me. I told him he was so far from leaving any that he did not pay his Reckoning. Some Words arising upon this, he said he'd swear a Robbery against me, and went away. On Friday I heard Mr. Hastings had got a Warrant against me, upon which I voluntarily surrendered my self.
The Prisoner called several Witnesses to prove these Allegations, and others who gave him the Character of a very honest Man.
The Jury acquitted him, and the Court granted him a Copy of his Indictment.
68. Thomas Tharlesworth , was indicted for stealing a promissory Note, of his own drawing, for ten Pound, payable to James Fitzgerald , the same being then due and unsatisfyed to the said Fitzgerald Acquitted .
* Stiles was convicted in January last. See Sessions Paper, Number 2. Page 26.
Rachel Town On Monday the twenty fourth of February about seven at Night; I went up into the Chamber and the Dog followed me. But when I was going down, he would stay to smell at something in the Closet, where there was a Sink. I found some Disorder on the Floor. Then he run his Nose behind the Bed, where I found a Diaper Clout, upon which was the like Disorder. I search'd in several places but could find nothing. The Prisoner my Servant appeared very uneasy at this, and followed me from one Room to another. I asked her what was the matter with her, she said, nothing ail'd her, and I was welcome to look where I pleased. At last, she said, If I must know the truth, she had had a slight Miscarriage, and had put it down the Vault. I told her I had looked there and seen nothing; and then she said she had put it down the Sink, and I need not be uneasy for she was very well, and as able to do my Work as ever. I told her she should stay no longer in my House; and so I gave her a Crown, and bid her come for the rest of her Wages to-morrow. I being dissatisfied, went into the Garret and found a dead Child there very clean. It must have been born between four and five that Afternoon, because that was the only time she was out of the Kitchen. It seemed to be at its full growth, but there was no Spots nor Marks of violence. The Saturday following she came for her Clothes, and the rest of her Wages, and was taken up. She confest it was her Child, but said it was born dead, and that she intended to take it away and bury it.
Several other Witnesses deposed to the same effect. She said in her Defence that she fell down Stairs, which made her come before her time. Guilty Death .
76. Rachel Levi , was indicted for privately stealing two Gold Rings set with Chrystal Stones, and a Gold Ring enamel'd and set with Diamonds, the Goods of John Chapman , from the Person of Sarah his Wife , Feb. 27 .
Sarah Chapman . The Prisoner came to my House and call'd for a Quartern of Brandy. I wrapt my Rings in a Paper, and put them down my Bosom, and when she had staid two or three Hours she put her Hand down my Bosom, and in seven or eight Minutes afterwards, I mist my Rings.
Court. How came she to put her Hand down your Bosom?
S. Chapman. Nay, I can't tell not I, but so she did, and when she saw me in a surprise at missing my Rings, Lord, says she, sure you don't think that I have got them. Indeed but I do, says I. Then pray search your self, says she. So I begun to strip, and then she went away. A Week afterwards a Constable going to take her up, she got out of a Window into a Skettle Ground, and got into a Milk Womans House. I went to her, and she said, she hoped I would not hurt her; but I told her Justice and Newgate should be her portion. And she said afterwards that she would pay all the Charges if I would throw in a Bill of Rigmaramus.
Eleanor Elwood . I was drinking Brandy there at the same time, and saw the Prisoner thrust her Hand down Mrs. Chapman's Bosom. Mrs. Chapman mist her Rings, and charged the Prisoner, who denyed it, and bid her search her self. Whereof Mrs. Chapman stript, but before she could get her things on again the Prisoner got away.
Prisoner. For all your Scarlet Cloak, Madam, your Husband is in Newgate, and you are but one of this Brandy Woman's Creatures; you owe her a great deal of Money, and so you are obliged to swear any thing that she bids you - The Prosecutor keeps a notorious Brandy Shop, the Corner of Sea Coal-Lane . She invited me to breakfast with her, and I went but took an honest Woman with me, because I had heard an ill Character of the House. We had two or three Bowls of Punch among us besides dry Drams. She quarrel'd with her Husband, and he beat her heartily and tore her Cloaths, and then she beat her Mother. -
S. Chapman. Beat my Mother? Lord Jesus!
Prisoner. And when she had done fighting, this Nell Elwood , brought her a clean Shift to put on, but for all that, the Prosecutor charged this very Nell and several others with taking her Rings, but she said she had no ill thought of me, and at last, she told me that her Husband had got'em.
Susan Caterson . I went with the Prisoner to drink Tea with the Prosecutor. We staid dinner, and drunk Rum and Brandy, and Punch. She fell a fighting with her Husband and her Mother, and so her Smock was tore all to rags. As for the Rings I saw her take 'em out of her Bosom her self, but the Lord Almighty knows what she did with 'em; but she charg'd Nell Pain and me, and others with having them; and so I was stript as naked as ever I was born. But she said she had no suspicion of the Prisoner; and so, when I had put my Cloaths on again, the Prisoner and I went home together.
S. Caterson. Disguis'd! Yes, O my conscience, I was disguis'd sure enough, for I was stark naked.
Ann Howell . The Prosecutor has got a very intorious Character, and every body suffers for her fine Cloaths - But the Prisoner is a very dusterous, honest Woman as lives by bread - I knew her when she liv'd with Barlin Swash ( Baron Suasso .)
Several other Witnesses gave the Prisoner a good Character.
The Jury Acquitted her: And the Court granted her a Copy of her Indictment.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows:
Receiv'd Sentence of Death 5.
Barret and Grindley pleaded there Bellies, but the Jury of Matrons found them not with quick Child.
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