Thursday the 15th, Friday the 16th, and Saturday the 17th of January, 1735-6. in the Ninth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Being the Second SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir JOHN WILLIAMS, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1735-6.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane.
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BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN WILLIAMS , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Hon. the Lord Chief Baron Reynolds; the Hon. Mr. Justice Lee; Mr. Serj. Urlin, Deputy Recorder of the City of London; and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
Bennet Swain . Between 4 and 5 in the Afternoon, the 6th of this Instant, I was going along Cornhill , and as I pass'd by a Crowd, I felt a twitching at my Side; I clapt my Hand on my Side, and found my Sword was gone. I cry'd stop Thief, the Man was pursued and taken in Bartholomew-Lane.
Thomas Holmes . I saw the Prisoner and a Bricklayer dodging between the Coaches, and the Bricklayer cry'd stop Thief; the Prisoner run thro' Castle-Alley; I followed and saw him drop something from under his Coat, like a Sword, at the White-Horse Alehouse: I did not take it up, but pursued him to the middle of Bartholomew-Lane, where he was taken.
Benjamin Crow , I live at Janeway's Coffee-House, and hearing the Cry, stop Thief, I went to our Back-door, and saw the Prisoner run past the Door; I ran after him, and within 3 Yards of the Alehouse, I saw him drop something into the Cellar; after the Sword was taken up, and carried into the House, I ran into Bartholomew-Lane and said, the Sword was found. The Prisoner is the Man, for I was coming out as he pass'd by, and I had a full View of him.
Thomas Church. When the Prisoner was taken, I was sent for to take him into Custody; he told me, he was afraid of Bailiffs, and that was the Reason he gave for his running.
The Sword being produced in Court, Mr. Swain declared it was the same he lost; and the Prisoner having nothing to say in his Defence that was Material, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
2. Martha Wood , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privately stealing 2 Pound of Starch 8 d. - 2 Pounds of Chocolate, value 9s. 6d. - half a Pound of Nutmegs, value 4s. 6d. - half a Pound of Cloves, value 4s. - half a Pound of Mace, value 7s. - half a Pound of Green Tea, value 4s. - half a Pound of Bohea-Tea, value 4s. 6d. the Goods of Thomas Cromwell , on the 27th of July last.
Anne Bee . Mrs. Stanley lodged at my House, and she one Day brought a Bundle of Things, and left them at my House, unknown to me: However, I asked her where she had them? and she said, What signifies it where I had them? I said they should not be in my House, and they carried them to another, but brought them back again unknown to me. There were Nutmegs, Tea, Sugar, Cloves, Mace, Chocolate, Starch, Blue, Fig-blue, Powder-blue: The Bundle was as thick as a little Child: As for the Quantities, I can say nothing of them.
Christian Stanley . The Prisoner gave me the Bundle of Things; I took them, not thinking any Thing of their being stoln. I knew where she lived, but was so silly, that I asked her no Questions about them. I did say afterwards how did you come by these Things? and she told me - some at one Time, and some at another, but she never owned to me, they were Mr. Cromwell's Goods.
Isaac Harris . I went with Mr. Cromwell to New. Prison, on Christmas-Day, to see the Prisoner, and she fell down on her Knees before us, begg'd for Mercy, and own'd that while the Men were out of the Shop, and at Supper, she made use of those Opportunities to take the Goods.
The Prisoner in her Defence, said she was Mr. Cromwell's Cook, and consequently must have such Things in her Custody as were necessary for Pickling, and that perhaps she might take a Nutmeg or some Spice, out of what was given her for that Purpose. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d.
3. Charles Grant , of St. Leonard East-cheap , was indicted for stealing one Holland Shirt, value 11s. 2 Linnen Shirts, value 3s. 4 Stocks, value 1s 8 d. 2 Night-caps, value 6 d. the Goods of Thomas Grant , in the Ware-house of James Haywood January the 3d .
Thomas Grant. I had just received 3 Shirts, 4 Stocks, and two Night-caps, ty'd up in a Linnen Handkerchief, as this Man came begging to the Door. They lay at a little Distance from the Door on the Counter; I was engaged in Business with my Back to the Linnen, and the Man was advanced almost within the Door: I was busy, and not very watchful. I told the Prisoner there was nothing for him, but I was mistaken as it happen'd. He went away; about 4 or 5 Minutes afterwards, I mist it, but thought the Servants might have taken it away. Upon enquiry, I found it was gone, and imagined that this Man must take it. On the Monday following he came again, and I seized him with one of the Shirts on his Back, which he resign'd, and then asked me to forgive him.
The Prisoner own'd his taking the Goods, and said by way of Excuse, that he wanted a Shirt, therefore he took them: That he was in Liquor and had forgot the Door, else he would not have came there again, and that he gave this Shirt back to the Prosecutor with a very good Will, and in a very good natur'd Manner. Guilty 4s. 10d .
4, 5. Ann Collard , and Sarah White otherwise Whitehead , were indicted for stealing 2 Silver Spoons value 15 s. and 2 Silver 3 pronged Forks value 15 s. the Goods of Kendrick Edisbury , Esq ; January the 2d .
Joan Harris . We had the Spoons and the Forks on the 1st. of January after 3 of the Clock; they were laid in the Scullery that Afternoon; at ten the next Morning we miss'd them: I never saw the Prisoners 'till now.
Defence of the Prisoners.
White. I was just come from Market, when I heard Collard's Husband wanted to speak with me. I went to him, and he told me he had a Friend's Spoons and Forks to borrow Money upon; I asked him what he came to me for, I did not know what to do with them; I won't pretend to borrow any thing upon them, till I know the Value of them. Nan, says he to his Wife, go along with her, and see what they are worth: She was not willing to go, but he threatned to kick her if she did not; so we went to this Gentlemans in Barbican, and desired to have them valued, because there was Money to be lent upon them: He was not at home, but his Wife was. Very well Dame says she, taking up the Things, and carrying them into the Kitchen backwards. Madam, says Nan, won't you please to weigh 'em? She told us, she wanted a two Ounce Weight, and we must stay 'till her Husband came, for she had sent for him: When he came, they went into the Kitchen and talked together; and when they came out, she told me they must stop the Things, and bid us go home and fetch the Man we had them of. We went home, I to my Goods, and she to her Family, and we heard no more 'till the Constable came to take us up. We neither of us fled, when the Constable came.
The Prisoner White call'd several Witnesses in her Behalf, who gave her the Character of an honest and industrious Woman.
Collard's Defence was to the same Effect; she said her Husband had brought these Things home with him, and when she was taken into Custody, he sold and pawn'd all they had in the World, and has never since been heard of.
6, 7. Richard Dun , and Isaiah Beshaw otherwise Dye , of Stepney , were indicted for stealing two Iron Crows, value 7s. 54 House-lines. value 27 s. 45 Strands for Hand-lines, and 13 Pounds and a half of Hemp . The Goods of Richard Baker, Senr . and Richard Baker, Junr . December 23 d .
Richard Baker, Senr. We have a Ware-house which belongs to me and my Son; we make Lines and Twine in that Place, and these Iron Crows, we stick into the Ground to fasten our Lines to. All I have to say is, on the 23d. of last Month at Night, or the 24th. in the Morning, I know not which, we were robb'd. The Iron Crows I can swear to, the Lines I cannot, tho' I believe I might swear to them. I could have been very willing the Grand Jury should have found the Bill against the Persons where we took the Goods. We miss'd our Goods the next Morning, but could not find them, 'till some Days afterwards.
Charles Charnock . I was concerned in this Robbery, Dun, Beshaw and I, went from a Brandy-shop in Winford street that Night: Says Dun, let us go round Ratcliff-high-way; the back Yards there are good Places to get wet Linnen from: We went round Ratcliff-high-way , cross'd Sun-tavern-fields , and came to Mr. Baker's Shed.
Q. What sort of a Place is this Shed?
Richard Baker Junr, 'Tis built as strong as the Carpenter could build it: We have abundance of Goods there, and we use it as a Ware-house, as well as a Work-house.
Charnock. We propos'd getting into Mr. Baker's Shed to look for the Iron Bolts; when we came to the Door, Beshaw took a Key out of his Pocket, and open'd the Door; this was about one o'Clock in the Morning; he went in and saw the 2 Iron Crows; then I went in, and Beshaw stood at the Shed Door: I brought the 2 Crows
Beshaw. Did not you call me from the Brandy-shop?
Charnock, We went out together, as we have done many a Time, to get what we could meet with.
Mr. Baker, jun. The Crow I swear to; the unfinished Lines, I cannot swear to; but we have two Men here who made them, and who will swear they are my Property. The Prisoners and Charnock were suspected, and we took them before Justice Philips. Charnock begg'd to be made an Evidence (he had worked with me some years ago) the two Prisoners owned the Fact before the Justice.
William Knowlon . When we came to work on Christmas-Eve in the Morning, we found our Work gone, and the Shed robb'd: We made Holiday, and I and my two Mates went up and down to make some Discovery; we found some of the Hemp at the Bottom of Shakesby's Walks, which we put into the Ware-house again, and got a Search Warrant, to search where we suspected, but we found nothing; but going to drink a Dram with a Friend we met, we told him our Master had been robb'd; he told us he had seen such Things as we had lost at Bigg's; we went there, and found them upon a Cask-Head; there were several Skains of House-Lines in Bigg's Shop in Whitechapel: Whereof after we had found them, we desired Biggs to stop the Man that brought them if he should come again, but he said he would not; but going up Brick-Lane we met Charnock. Whom we believed to be concerned, and we agreed to have a Penn'orth of Gin together, whereof we turned up to Bigg's again, and there we desired Biggs to stop the Man that brought those Lines; he said he had no Business with it, the Man that brought them should have them. I left one of my Mates there, while I stept down to Justice Philips; and while I was there, word was brought down that the Man that brought the Lines was in Bigg's Shop; he (Charnock) was brought down, and there he told us, the Bolts we should find at Webb's, a Smith's, against Spittle-fields Church, and that some of the Lines were at his Mother's; we went, but the Hole in the Yard was dug up, and the Lines were gone; whereof we searching farther found a Ball of Line buried at their Vault-door, and the Line was my Master's; we found Part of the Hemp in the Cellar, and the best had been spun up.
Alexander Bolton , Clerk to Justice Philips. Dun confess'd himself concerned in the Robbery; but said he did not go into the Shed; and Beshaw own'd he was in Company with the other two, and went with them to the Shed, but when Charnock opened the Door, he said he retired.
The Prisoners having little to say in their Defence, the Jury found them guilty to the Value of 4s. 10d .
Isaiah Beshaw was a second Time indicted, with William Robinson of Christ-Church in Middlesex , for assaulting Pierre le Blanc in an open Place (called Buttermilk-Alley ) and stealing from him a Hat, value 4s.
The Prosecutor being a Frenchman, Eliz. Jonneau was sworn his Interpreter.
Pierre le Blanc. Last Sunday was five Weeks, as I was coming from a Friend's House, thro' Butter-milk-Alley, I had my Hat taken away between 8 and 9 o'clock at Night; I was surpriz'd, and turned about; I saw two Men running from me, the same way they came upon me.
Charles Charnock . Robinson and I, Beshaw and Tame, went out of the Brandy-shop (I believe 'tis 5 or 6 Weeks ago last Sunday Night) we went down to Hounsditch, and got a Hat from a Gentleman in Liquor; Beshaw went about Bishopsgate street, to Pick Pockets, but could get nothing; D - m me, says Beshaw, let's go into Spittle fields, where I have had many an old Frenchman's Hat: We agreed, and going down Buttermilk-Alley, Beshaw took the old Man's Hat, and cry'd D-m me, I have got his Hat; then Will Tame went thro' an Alley into Phoenix street, and went away.
William Tame , confirm'd the former Account, and added, that the Hat was pawn'd for 2s. - and tho' Charnock and himself had not an equal Share, they both had some of the Money, and he met them again that Night in Whitechapel.
William Jennings . I carried Robinson to the Evidence in New-Prison; they knew one another, and he owned before Justice Philips, his taking the Hat in Hounsditch and Buttermilk-Alley both in one Night.
Justice Philips. Robinson owned this Fact before me.
The Jury found them guilty of Felony only .
8. Michael Newman , otherwise Wroth , of the Parish of Hornsey , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Francis Gillow , and stealing 6 Silver Spoons, value 3l. 1 Silver Candlestick, value 15 s. the Goods of William Gillow ; 1 Silver Tobacco Box, value 20s. the Goods of Benjamin Paul , and 1 Cloth Coat, value 5s. the Goods of William Chambers , the 9th of December , about the Hour of 3 in the Morning .
Francis Gillow. I know these Things to be mine, these 6 Spoons, and this Candle-stick: I lost them the 29th of December last, from my House at Highgate . and they were found on the Prisoner, who was my Servant .
Anthony Wells . I know the Prisoner; these Goods were taken out of his Pocket, before Sir John Gonson in Gray's-Inn. I followed the Prisoner from Kentish Town, and seeing he had some Things in a Sack, I overtook him, bid him Goodmorrow, and asked him to spend a Penny with me, to get him apprehended.
Benjamin Paul . There is my Name on the Tobacco-Box; Mr Gillow is a Brewer, and I am his Clerk . My Box was in a Scrutore locked up in Mr. Gillow's Parlour; it might be a Fortnight before the Robbery I saw it last, but I am positive it was there: I got up to the 20th of December, between two and three in the Morning, went out and shut the Door after me. The Scrutore in the Parlour was broke open, but I did not see any Marks of Violence on the Street Door.
Mr. De Veil. The Prisoner at first denied the Fact before me; but the Goods being found upon him in my Presence; he told me the Man that detected him was as great a Rogue as himself, and that they both went into the House together. Acquitted of the Burglary, and found guilty to the Value of 39 s
Alexander Smith. Coming out of Good-men's-Fields Play-House , the 17th of December: The Prisoner, and 3 more of his Assistants, came up to me; the Prisoner struck me violently on the Stomach, and immediately clapt his Hand to my Watch, and drew it out; when he had got the Watch, he attempted to take my Money: I had a Purse in my Pocket, with 12 Guineas and a half in it, and a 5 Moidore Piece; he try'd to get it, but I stop'd him before he could get it out. I seized his Hand, and the Watch was then in it, and cryed out Robbery, and the Gentlemen, who was in Company with me, came to my Assistance; and we carry'd the Prisoner to Mr. Huddy's Tavern; there I would have him stripp'd, but did not find my Watch upon him. As soon as he had got his Clothes on again, he made his Escape, but was retaken presently.
Philip Huddy . Capt. Smith brought the Prisoner that Night, into my Kitchen, (assisted by his Friend) and charged him with the Fact. They searched him, and found nothing upon him; I said it was not usual for these Fellows, to keep what they steal in such a way, about them; and would have had 3 Men searched, who followed them into the Kitchin at some Distance, but they slipp'd off. and presently after the Prisoner took an Opportunity to cape; but being pursu'd, he was taken, and brought back; then he begg'd for Pity, and cry'd; but all of a sudden, he changed his Note - And said who dared detain him without a Peace Officer? - And fell to fighting, and laying about him in a desperate Manner, and would have made his Escape, if I had not seized him by the Collar, and detained him. Presently after this, a Man, who sometimes plies as a Porter for me, came, and desired to speak with me; he told me, he had found the Gentleman's Watch: The Captain described the Watch to me; and the Place were the Fellow found it, answers to the Account, the Captain gave of his losing it.
Richard Heatly . On Wednesday the 17th of December, standing at the Play-house Door, I heard an Out-cry, - stop Thief; I cross'd the Way with a lighted Link, and met the Prisoner; he made a full Stop, and fell down: Mr. Huddy's Drawer took him. I went with him to the Tavern. and returning from thence to the Play-house, about two or three Yards from the Play-house-Door: I took up this Watch, carried it to Mr. Huddy's, and Mr. Smith owned it.
Nothing material being offered by the Prisoner in his Defence, the Jury found him guilty of Felony only .
10 11. Mary Jordan and Elizabeth Bowen of St. Mary, Whitechapel , were indicted, Jordan for stealing a Cambrick Handkerchief value 3s. the Goods of Mary Sparkes , January the 1st, in the 8th Year of of his Majesty's Reign : And Elizabeth Bowen, for receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen , the 11th of December last.
Mary Sparkes. About 12 Months ago, the Prisoner Jordan lived with me, and while I was gone to my Aunts to Breakfast, she took the Handkerchief out of my Draws. I taxed her with it, and she denied it: So I troubled my Head no more about it; 'till I accidentally heard Mrs. Bowen had got it. I went to her House, and she shewed me the Handkerchief: I told her it was mine; she said she had it 12 Years, and I must prove it to be mine. or I should suffer for it. I got a Warrant for her, and Jordan, and Bowen produced a different Handkerchief, from what I saw first. Jordan own'd she took it, and sold it Bowen, for 2s. 6d. in exchange for a Gown, and was to give her 1s. 8d. in Money.
Council. Did you miss it while Jordan liv'd with you?
Sparkes. Yes, and charg'd her with it.
Council. How long was it, from the time you lost it, to the time you saw it again?
Sparkes. I saw it no more, 'till the Morning I took out the Warrant for them.
Mary Barret: I went with Mrs. Sparkes, to enquire about her Handkerchief: Mrs. Bowen shewed her the right, at first; but when we went again, she produced another. Jordan owned, she was to give Bowen the Handkerchief, and 1 s. 6 d. for a Gown.
Several Witnesses appearing to Bowen's Character, she was acquitted ; and Jordan found Guilty, to the value of 10 d .
Thomas Gwillin. On New Year's Day at Night about 7 o'Clock, going to Stepney , near the Halfway-house, it being Star-light, I met the Prisoner; he asked me what a Clock it was: I told him, I did not know; he passed on, and I had not got above ten Yards beyond the Halfway-house, before he came back; You are soon come back, says I; yes, says he, I have got two or three more with me. I went on, and he followed me, and struck at me with a Club; I turned and got hold of the Club, but he wrenched it out of my Hands, and struck me twice; then I tumbled down; he asked me what Wig I had got: I told him it cost me 18d. tho' the Wig cost me 3l. He took it, and said he must strip me; then he hit me down again, and stripped me naked; he left me nothing on, but my Stockings and Garters, and I had 3 Fields to go over in this Condition. I got to the House I was going to and gave an Account of my being robbed. I met no one but an Oyster-man, who sprung with Surprize from me: I can swear to the Prisoner, because I walked over some Fields with him. He had my Breeches on when he was before the Justice, they were Grey Breeches, and had been seated; my Knee Buckels were in them, they were two odd Mettal Buckels, they are here in Court, and are the same he took from me. I was robbed on Thursday, and on the Tuesday following he was taken, and carried before Justice Farmer. I had this Pipe-picker in my Breeches Pocket, this we found in the Breeches upon him, and it is the same that I lost with my Breeches; the Things have been in the Custody of the Constable ever since.
Mary Chandler . I lodged in the House which the Prisoner frequented, 'tis in Love-Lane at the lower End of Old-Gravel-Lane. On New-Year's-Day at Night he went out; he had on when he went out a new pair of Trowsers, which he rolled up about his Knees, and tied up with a piece of Rope; he had a Handkerchief about his Neck, which he took off, and tied about his Wast pretty tight; then he lifted up his Hat, and tucked his Hair under it. As he was going out, I said, Tom, where are you going? he answer'd, G - d D - n his Blood, this very Night either to win the Saddle, or lose it. He came in again about 9 o'Clock, with a new Hat, a white Wig, a Bird's-Ey'd Handkerchief about his Neck; a white Coat with open Sleeves, a black flowered Wast-Coat, a pair of Grey Breeches, with Knee Buckels in them. I took Notice enough of the Breeches and Knee Buckels to swear to them again: (Then they were produced.) Yes, I will swear to these Breeches, and to these Buckels; he had a pair of new Shoes, and a white Shirt, pieced in the fore Flap. when he came in he sat down by the Fire, and Tom, says I, where did you get these Cloaths? 'tis pity you are not charged with an Officer: G - d D - n your Blood, says he, tell me of an Officer, and you shan't tell who did your Business for you.
Q. What sort of a Coat and Wastcoat did you lose?
Gwillim. A whitish Coat and black flowered Calamanco Wastcoat.
William Lilly . I assisted likewise in taking him, and having sent for the Prosecutor, the Breeches and Buckles were found upon him, when he was before the Justice. They were odd Buckles, the one White, the other Yellow. He was searched, and in one of his Pockets this Pipe-picker was found; You Rogue, says Mr. Gwillim, this confutes you. Mr. Farmer bid him pull off the Breeches; and asked him, if he had any to put ou? No; says he, without you'll let me send for my Trowsers.
The Prisoner denied the Fact, and called Clemency Sutton to prove his buying the Breeches in Rag Fair; but no one appearing, nor any one to his Character, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .
He was a second Time indicted as above.
Geo Fd . Coming from Work at Lime-house-Hole, December 30. I came thro' Stepney ; my Mother lives near the Half-way-house, so I called in there, and came out again, about 6 o'Clock in the Evening. There were two Men talking at Torkington's Door, and as I turned the Corner,
Eades. I did not see him take it: but the Glew. pot is mine.
Prisoner. I am a Carpenter , and had the Leaf of a Table to glue at home; I was acquainted with the young Man that works in the Shop, and went to borrow it: he was not in the Shop; and I only took it for this purpose. The Prosecutor's Shop is in Smock-Alley, Petticoat-Lane . Acquitted .
Thomas Satchwell . I rent the Tenter-Grounds in the Parish of St. Luke , and as we had lost several Pinns out of the Ground, I set my Man to watch, and he took Clark in the Fact. They were carried before Justice Wroth; they confess'd and signed their Confession in my Presence.
The Jury found Clark guilty, to the value of 10 d. and acquitted Holmes.
Thomas Cooper. Having missed the things, we enquired after them, and found the Coat at the Black-dog in Long-alley; we pursued the Prisoner and found her; she owned the taking of the things, and that she had sold the rest to a Green Grocer. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Edw Hayes . Our Chair was robbed at the Cardigan-Head Tavern Door. One Brown told me, he had seen this Woman near the Chair, I found out where she lived; but she was denied. I got a Search-warrant, but she had delivered the things to my Partner.
Ant.Ivory. We reat the Chair and the things of Mr. Clark. My Partner being gone for a Search-warrant, she delivered the things to me. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
- Glayton. I bought the Stockings for 2 s. - She owned before the Justice that she stole them; and the Justice (committed) us to prosecute. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Wm. Walters. His Father brought him to me as a Servant , and while his Father was in the House, my Wife bid him go to the Closet and get some Victuals if he pleased: he did, and when he had eaten, he made Excuse to go out to look for his Mother. My Wife missed the Spoon, and told the Father; he went in Search of his Son, and brought him back, and said the Rogue had sold the Spoon for 5 Shillings. His Confession before the Justice being read in Court, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.
21. Bernard Sutherland , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Handkerchief, value 14 d. from the Person of Richard Smith the 22d of December last. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Job Smith. The Prisoner work'd with me, and one Evening while I was out, the Bick-iron was gone. I thought he must be the Thief, tho' I could not prove it, so I turned him away. Some time afterwards, I had Information of a small Jack I had lost; I sent for the Prisoner to come to work again; and when I tax'd him with it, he confessed; and before Justice Hilder, he owned where he had sold them.
Eliz Toucher . The Prisoner brought the Bick-Iron to me to buy; I asked him if he came honestly by it? He said, Yes. And I, gave him 2 d. a Pound for it; and afterwards he brought the Jack and borrowed 2 s. upon it. Guilty to the value of 10 d.
Thomas Fithian. I heard some cry, Stop Thief, and went out, and a Pair of my Shoes which were at the Window, were given by some of the Mobb, who had taken him.
Wm. Standbank. I am a blind Man, and keep a Small-coal Shop . I delivered the Money to my House-keeper to lay up for me, at 3 or 4 Times.
Ann Branson . I am Standbank's House-keeper . The Prisoner being a poor Creature, I did what I could to help her, and she now and then did a Jobb for me about the House. The 14th of Dec. I went out, and when I came home the Money was gone. I had wrapped it up in a blue Apron, and laid it up in a Cupboard. I enquired after her and found her out; I carried her before Justice Hilder, with the blue Apron upon her. The Husband was in the House when the Money was lost; but he is slipped away.
The Prisoner said in her Defence, her Husband came and asked her to go out and take a Dram; and being in haste, she took the Apron to tye about her before she went out. Acquitted .
Henry Anderson. On the 17th of December I was going along the Strand , and I felt a Push against my Hip, I turned about and saw the Prisoner with my Sword in his Hand: I laid hold of my Sword, and struck him two or three Blows to make him let it go.
Prisoner. A great deal of what he swears is false.
John Wilson . The 27th of December I was coming, with Mr. Putt, from the same House, and I stopped to make Water, - it was mortal dark, - I heard somebody bid Putt stand, and went to assist him; but two Men fell upon me, and one of them gave me a sad Blow. Putt, Putt, says I, I have got 3 Men upon me; he came to help me, and they made off. After this, we got a Candle and found my Hatt and this Cap; but my Friends Hatt was lost. 'Twas that Hatt's coming to light that has brought us to this Trouble.
Nan Hoy . December 27. I went with Sprats to Mrs. Ingram's; and Tommy Dodds was there with Jemmy Bailey - 'tis in Well street - and two young Women were with them, and his Aunt. I gave a Pot-full of Sprats to boil, and after they had eaten the Sprats, the young Women wanted a Dram. Jemmy Baily had no Money, nor Dodds neither; so the young Women gave me Three-half-pence to fetch some Gin after our Sprats: but Mrs. Ingram would have no Gin come there, nor let them sing a Song. So Jemmy Baily, and I, and Dodds, and the two young Women, went to a Distiller's and had half a Pint; we paid Three-halfpence,and scor'd the other Three-half pence. We stayed there till 8 or 9 o'Clock; one of the young Women would stay no longer; so Dodds, and Baily, and I, and the other Woman, went to see her Home into Hogg-yard. As we were going to this Place, Jemmy Baily dropped us, and went to the Shovel, and Dodds and I stayed at his Aunt's Door; we talked there about a Quarter of an Hour, and up comes Jemmy Baily; Who's here, says he? I am here, and Nan Hoy , says Dodds: I have been at the Shovel, says Jemmy Baily, and there is Gentlemen paying their Reckoning, - they have Money - Money we want, and Money must have. So Baily, and Dodds, and I went down, they - a little before me, and stop-ped at Mr. Jackson's Door. It was a Quarter of an Hour before the Gentlemen came by; they turned up between Nightingal-lane and Ragg Fair. Jemmy Baily followed, and gave the Man in the Red Rug-Coat a Blow; the Man turned and struck at him with his Cane, but the other Man had got Dodd's Hammer from him, and broke his Head with it in two Places. Baily got off with a Hatt, but which of the Gentlemen it belonged to I can't tell, Dodds lost his Hatt and Cap in the Fray. I was afraid Dodds was taken, and went to look for him, I found him all over Gore-Blood, and Hatt, Cap, and Hammer were gone. Jemmy Baily came to us again, and said, If you have lost your Hatt, we have a better in the Room of it. Next Morning Dodds came to me to the Glass-house to desire me to get 2 s. upon the Hatt; we had 2 s. and half a Pint of Gin upon it of Mr. Reynolds; and next Day, Dodds order me to go to Mr. Reynolds and bid him sell the Hatt, and send the rest of the Money. The Hatt was sent by Mary Smith from Reynold's and was carried to Mr. Harris to sell - He seeing the Blood in the Inside, stopt it, and I told him 'twas Dodds gave me the Hatt.
Wm. Reynolds . Hoy borrowed 2 s. on this Hatt, and had 6 d in Liquor. Next Day she would have it sold: I sent it to Mr. Harris, and he stopp'd it, and acquainting me with the Grounds of his Suspicion, Hoy was taken up, and gave the same Account before the Justice.
Benjamin Green . I keep a Hatter's Shop in Rosemary-Lane . I saw the Hatt go by in the Woman's Hand, and called to her to know if 'twas to be sold; she said yes for 4s. I saw the Blood in the Inside, and would have nothing to do with it; but upon recollecting my self; I stept after her to Harris's, and getting an Officer, we made this Discovery, and Hoy made herself an Evidence.
The Prisoner called several to his Reputation, and the Jury found him not guilty .
John Smallman, December 18. at Night, sitting in my Kitchen, I saw somebody reach over the Compter, and take Gown; he ran away with it, but was pursued and brought back: the Gown was found at the Door, and he confessed he took it.
The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4s. 10d .
29. James Davison , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting Talmash Duke Ford , and violently throwing, &c. him from a Step-Ladder, in the back Yard of Robert Keaton in Long-Acre ; by Reason of which throwing, &c. the said Talmash Duke Ford received one mortal Wound on the Back part of his Head, of which Wound he languished from the 3d to the 14th of December , and then died.
He was a 2d Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder.
Justice De Veil. On the 23d of December, the Prisoner was brought before me for throwing the Deceased from a Ladder: Mr. Matthews informed me there was no Possibility of removing the Deceased; therefore I went to the House and took the Deceased's Information under his own Hand; he was then perfectly in his Senses, but as I thought, had but a few Hours to live. I presented the Prisoner at the Bar to him; asked him if he knew him, and he said it was James Davison : I asked him if he wilfully threw him from the Ladder? He said he did, and next Day he died.
Read the Information.
The Information of Tallmash Duke Ford taken the 23d of December 1735. Who being on Oath, deposeth, that James Davison threw him off a Ladder, whereby his Skull was so fractured, that there is no Hopes of Life; and that it was done by him, and no other Person, wilfully and maliciously.
Taken before me T. De Veil, the Day and Year aforesaid.
Mr. Coldham. About the 3d or 4th of December, I was sent for to this Man, he had received a Wound in the back part of his Head. Upon Examination, I found the Skull fractured, and tho' all possible Care was taken of him, yet in about three Weeks he died; the Fracture being the Occasion of his Death.
Prisoner. The last time you dressed him in Mr. Keaton's House, Mr. Cooley was with you, and bled him; I held him in my Arms, while you drest him: did you hear him make any such Declaration then?
Coldham. I don't remember that I ever did.
James Glanfield . I was in the Garret when the Accident happened, and Word was brought me that the Deceased's Brains were knocked out: I went down to see him, and next Morning he told me he believed it was Davison threw him off the Ladder. The Morning before he got the Hurt, he was very much in Liquor; I cannot tell how he was in the Afternoon, but I know they were sociable, and quiet, and drank Beer together that very Afternoon: I saw them together, and they behaved as well as two Fellow-servants could do: The Prisoner had lent the Deceased a Crown, and he would have pawned his waistcoat, to have paid the Prisoner, and he would not let him.
Prisoner. Was he not frequently in Liquor?
James Macmullan . I was at Work in the Shed, erected for priming Cloath for Painters. We go up and down by a Ladder with Bevill-Steps, 14 Foot high. I heard the Prisoner and the Deceased, about two Minutes before the Accident happened, talking in a very Friendly Manner, about a Pot of Beer. The Deceased's Business was in the Shop, not in the Yard, but he was coming to speak with me.
Q. How did the Ladder stand?
Macmullan. It bore against the Bracimer of the Building, and stood aslant.
Q. Could not the Deceased speak to you without going up the Ladder?
Macmullan. Yes, unless he had private Business.
Q. Was it necessary to go up that Ladder, if he would be on a Level with you?
Macmullan. Yes he could not say any Thing in private, without coming up the Ladder.
Q. Was you present when the Accident happened?
Macmullan. Yes he fell before the Ladder fell.
Q. What was the Occasion of the Ladder's falling?
Macmullan. The Prisoner's coming to assist the Deceased, I take to be the Occasion of the Ladder's falling. - The Saturday before the Accident, I know he lent the Deceased a Crown, and the Day the Misfortune happened the Deceased
Q. What did he say then?
Macmullan. What has been read from Mr. Deveil. When the Ladder fell, I called for a round Ladder to come down, and found the Deceased on the Ground, with his Head between the Prisoner's Hands: O! says he, I believe my poor Boy has killed himself, and desired me to go immediately for Mr. Coldham. I have known them both 14 Years; the Deceased was about 24 or 26 Years old.
Q. How did the Prisoner behave when Mr. Coldham came?
Macmullan. He held him in his Arms, and assisted at the first and third Dressing.
Prisoner. I would ask him, whether the Ladder was standing, or whether it had not slip'd away from its Footing.
Macmullan. As I am on my Oath, I am sensible it slip'd from its Footing: it bore on a White Lead Barrel 3 Foot high, after it fell; one Part was on the Ground, and one Part on the Barrel.
Prisoner. Was there not a large Grinding-stone on the Barrel-head; and did not the Ladder fall upon that?
Macmullan. Yes; and we all apprehended the Deceased fell on that Stone.
James Duffrey . I sat up with the Deceased two Nights before he died; and he told me James Davison threw him off of the Ladder; he was going up to Macmullan; and disputing about a Pot of Beer, they had but few Words before he was flung off; but whether it was done designedly or not, he could not tell.
Wm. Williams. The Ladder from whence the Deceased fell, was a large Ladder, every Step about 6 Inches and half wide: I heard the Deceased say, the Prisoner did it willfully.
Q. They have not all declared so.
Williams. I heard him declare so to Mr. Deveil.
Prisoner. This, Gentleman, was the Constable's Assistant and when they took me, he said, I should be carried from thence to New-gate, and from Newgate to Tyburn, if my Master did not pay the Charges upon Duke Ford's Account.
Williams. I did tell him, I would not quit him till I had got him to Newgate.
Sutherland Ford (the Deceased's Brother.) I have nothing to say, but only when I called to see my Brother, and asked him about Davison, he would rap out an Oath, and say, Don't talk to me about him.
Mr. Deveil. The Prisoner gave the same Account before me, that he never owed the Deceased any Ill-will, and he behaved very well; and the Deceased was so ill, that I could not ask him half the Questions I would have done.
Mr. R. Keaton. The Prisoner has lived with me 9 Years; he is a sober diligent Man, not given to quarrel: I never heard of any between him and the Deceased.
Mrs. - Keaton. I have known him two Years: He is a quiet, sober, careful Fellow, and as good a Servant as any we have. I have often requested Mr. Keaton never to let the Deceased come into the House any more, on Account of his Drinking and Quarrelling.
And several others gave him a good Character
Prisoner. If the Apothecary is in Court, I de sire he may be called.
Mr. Beaumont. I attended Duke Ford; and when I saw him, I thought him not in a Condition to make any Information; he seemed delirious; and I thought him then Incurable.
The Jury found him not guilty of the Indictment, and on the Coroner's Inquest, that Tallmarsh Duke Ford's Death was Accidental .
30. Susannah Harris , of St. George the Martyr , was indicted for stealing a Piece of Coral, set in Silver, value 12 s. 1 Silver Spoon, value 3 s. 1 Tea Spoon, value 1 s. and other things, the Goods of Geo Smith , and a short Cloak, the Goods of Ann Blake , on the 9th of December last.
The Prisoner appearing to have been disordered in her Mind when the Fact was committed, the Jury acquitted her .
The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4s. and 10d .
Charles Headley . About Friday was Fort-night, I lost my Watch in an Alley in Chick-Lane , between 7 and 8 o'Clock at Night. The Prisoner must take it, because she and I had been in Company together, not in the Street but in a Room up one pair of Stairs in a House in a Court: She made a Bargain that I should give her 6d. to be great with her, and after we had been about 10 Minutes together, she made an Excuse to go down Stairs. - There was one Bed in the Room, and two or three Chairs.
Q. Was any body else in the Room?
Headley. Yes, my Lord, I had a Friend with me, and he had a Woman at the other end of the Room; the Prisoner and I were by ourselves, and he and his Woman by themselves: 'Tis a middling sort of a Room; I believe we were as far assunder, as from hence to the Bottom of this Court. - Yes - I and the Prisoner had the Bed, my Lord, - the other Company was at the other end of the Room, and the very Minute she went down Stairs, I mist my Watch. I had it about 5 Minutes before she left me, for I had felt for it. When I found it was gone, I looked for it upon the Bed, but there was no Watch. I asked the People of the House after my Girl, and they told me they knew nothing of her. Acquitted .
Thomas Farrow , (a Negroe) I was going down Queen-street , and this Man, (pointing to the Prisoner) took my Hat from my Head. I turned quick and saw him have my Hat in his Hand. I cried stop Thief, and followed him close at his Heels to an Alley that goes into Bow-Lane, but a Woman with a Light being there, he went up the Court and was taken. He was never once out of my Sight.
Prisoner. Ask him if he has been baptiz'd?
Farrow. Yes, - my Lord Grantham was my Godfather.
Sir William Billars's Clark, and one of the Keepers of Newgate, deposed, when he was carried before Sir William Billars ; he confessed the Fact, and desired to be made an Evidence. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10d .
The Fact being plainly proved upon him, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10d .
Robert Vibart. Having lost four Hats out of my Shop, I went to desire the Shop-Keepers in Rosemary-Lane, to stop the Person that should offer to Sale such Hats as I described to them. My Daughter was on one Side of the way, and I on the other. Seeing the Fellow coming along with a Hat in his Hand; I went up to him, and found it was one of mine. I got a Constable and carried him before a Justice, but he would give no Account how he came by it.
Q. Did you intrust the Prisoner with it?
Then the Prisoner must be acquitted of this Indictment .
Margaret Harefinch , the 20th of December last.
Francis Robins . I am a Silk Dyer, and lost this Gown off the Pole the Saturday before Christmas; about 6 o'Clock in the Evening, we dy'd it with two Breadths of Burdett, an Olive Colour, the Burdett was marked in the Sleeve with a (D).
Q. Was it made up?
Robins. It had been a Gown, but was in pieces, sewed together for the Conveniency of Dying. There was about 10 Yards of it in all, when we had sewed it together.
Q. Then you should have indicted him for stealing 10 Yards of Silk.
Robins. We always call such Things Gowns.
Q. Are they in the general Course of your Business called Gowns?
Robins. Yes, never any Thing else; 'tis a common Term, it had been a Gown, and was to be a Gown again: It was unfinished, and could not be used till it had been to the Waterers; therefore I sent Notice to the Trade to have such Things stopp'd if they should come to their Hands. Word was sent me by this Gentlewoman that she had watered such Goods and delivered them to a young Man. I went to her, and the young Man was sent for, and she swore to him.
Mary Bryan . I live in Widegate-Alley. Bishops-gate-street, the Things were brought to be watered one Evening when I was out; when they were done, they lay a Day or two before the Prisoner called for them; I delivered them to him myself. I heard no more, till about (I think) a Fortnight ago, when the Prosecutor sent this Notice and Description of the Goods: I remember the Mark (D) in the Sleeve: This I think was either on Saturday or Monday Night. I don't swear these were the Things the Prosecutor lost, but they answered his Description.
Q. By common Course of your Business can you water any Thing, so as to be fit to be delivered in four or five Hours?
Bryan. Yes, if Necessity requires it, and we have Work in the House to do it with
Q. How long had it been done before the Prisoner called for it?
Bryan. I cannot recollect.
Q. How long was it after the Prisoner came and fetched it away, that the Prosecutor sent his Servant with this Notice?
Bryan. I think it was Monday was Se'nnight; but if the Prosecutor lost them on Saturday, we could not have got them done.
Several Persons appearing on his Behalf, the Jury acquitted the Prisoner.
41. Elizabeth Starling , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing the Silver top of a Chocolate Pot, value 17s. the Goods of John Temple , Esq ; the 17 of December last. Guilty to the value of 10d .
William Asctell . The 8th of January, the Prisoner brought these Cloaths to my Master (a Pawn-broker) and had half a Guinea upon them, and half a Guinea more, a Day or two afterward. Towle made enquiry after them, but I then did not remember them. But on Tuesday last the Prisoner came for half a Crown more, and having examined the Cloaths, I secured her, and sent for Towle: She said Mrs. Philips gave her them to pawn, but could not produce this Philips: She was asked where she was to carry the Money she had on the Cloaths; and she told us she came on her own Account. Guilty to the value of 10d .
David Davis. The Goods were left at my House by Mr. More: On Tuesday three o'Clock I saw them in a Room behind my Shop, and at five they were gone. I suspected the Prisoner, who was my Lodger, and enquired at the Pawn-brokers for them; but could hear nothing of them, or her, 'till I heard she was in the Gate-house; when I went to her, she begged for mercy.
- Hayton. On the 16th of December, he brought this Parcel to my House, and asked for 3 l. upon them. I asked how she came by them; and on suspicion I charged a Constable with her; and before the Justice she confessed. Guilty to the value of 10 d .
Maccartney. I happened to come in, while Mr. Adams had the Prisoner by the Collar, and saw the Linnen on the Ground.
45. Esther Hawkins , of St. John's Wapping , was indicted for stealing 44 Silver Buttons, value 20 s. and two Silver Buckles, value 4 s. and other things , the Goods of Charles Turvey , October 1 . Acquitted .
46, 47, 48. William Jordan and Elizabeth his Wife , were indicted (with Thomas Jordan not yet taken) for breaking and entring the House of John Warren , and stealing a Kettle, a Brass Pot, 18 pewter Plates, 4 Dishes, a Sauce-pan, and other things, the Goods of John Warren ; December last.
49. Elizabeth Precious , of St. Luke, Middlesex , was indicted for stealing 2 Linnen Aprons, 3 Wast-coats, 1 Hood, half a Yard of Damask, 4 Linnen Caps, and other things , the Goods of John Creedland , January the 4th . Guilty to the value of 10 d .
Jane Barret . The Prisoner and his Wife had been my Lodgers; he sent for me to an Alehouse, took me two or three times by the Hand, and so took the Ring off my Finger without my knowledge; immediately he went out, to make Water, and returned no more. I mist the Ring the Moment he was gone.
Prisoner. The Woman was always fond and friendly; she lent me the Ring to make use of, and told me I should get but a very little upon it: 'Tis a cruel Case - but - Women's Words! Acquitted .
Prisoner. 'Tis a very old Hood; and there was one swore before the Justice that she gave it me. Acquitted .
51. William Kirk , of St. Ann's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a green silk Purse, value 2s. and 49 Guineas, the Money and Goods of Patrick Callan , in the House of Matthias Prime . December 12 .
Catherine Callan . I live in Mr. Prime's House in Grafton street . Half an Hour before this thing happened, I took out of my Trunk, a Purse with 50 Guineas. I wanted to change one of them; the rest I tyed up and layed down upon an Oak Table in my forward Room: I was making a Shirt, and I covered the Purse with a Corner of the Linnen. I was going to the Washer-womans for some Cloaths, so I bid my Brother, who was in the back Room, and expected he should be arrested, to lock the Door after me: I stood on the Stair-head, till he had locked the Door, and then went down Stairs. When I came back, this Man (the Prisoner) and two or three more, with a Woman, was at the top of the Stairs. What do you do there, says I? What's that to you, said he, and set his Shoulder to the Door - away flew the Lock into the middle of the Room. I seeing the Door fly open, was so astonished - I was frighted out of my Wits - he layed his Hands on my Brothers, and shoving over to where the Table stood, he spy'd the Purse, and being nearer the Table than I, he snatched it up. Well says I, if you come to arrest the Man, do not rob me.
Q. But how came he to see the Purse; you said it was covered.
Callan. He had shoved the Linnen off, and then he saw it; and when he had taken it, the rest of the Fellows gathered close about him. I cryed out, I was robbed! - I was robbed! You Bitch, says he, say a Word, and I'll cut your Throat, and out he pulled a long Knife - Woman! Woman! says my Brother, hold your Tongue, or we shall all be murdered! I dropped back on a Chair, and had not power to speak a Word more - My Money lost, my Life in danger - Then away he hurried down Stairs, and they with him, and took my Brother with them. In 5 or 6 Minutes I came to my self, ran down Stairs, and said to the Folks below, I am robbed, which way are the Fellows gone? They directed me, and away I
Kirk. Ask her whether I did not stay 'till she had taken a Shirt out of her Lap; and 'till he had put it on?
C. Callan. He put a Shirt on, to be sure -
Q. Was the Shirt he put on, part of the Linnen in your Apron, or of that which lay on the Table?
C. Callan. The Shirt he put on was in the Room before; there were Shirts in the Trunk, whether it was one of them in the Apron, or one taken out of the Trunk, I cannot well tell.
Kirk. Ask her if she did not give him one, and he refused it, because it had not a ruffled Bosom?
C. Callan. I cannot tell; I don't know whether I gave him a Shirt or not
Kirk. Ask her, if her Brother did not ask her for 5 s. before I brought him out of the House?
C. Callan. Yes, but it was before I fainted away; and I told him that you had got all my Money: I had but 2s. out of the Guinea I had changed:
Kirk. Ask her if she did not say, she had 3s. and that she had pawned a Shirt for that?
C. Callan. I said no such thing.
Kirk. Ask her whether her Brother's Sister was not at my House, when she came there?
C. Callan. I did not see her.
Patrick Callan . On the Sunday before this happened, I told 50 Guineas, and put them in a Green Silk Purse, and left them with my Wife. I went to the Prince of Wales's at Ken-Green to work, and was away all the Week, and came home the Saturday following. I went up Stairs, and found a Padlock on the Door - What is the Fancy, said I to my Landlady, that my Door is padlock'd? Your Door, said she was broke open yesterday, and you have been robbed by Bailiffs that came after the young Fellow that lodges with you. Your Wife cried out, she was robbed, and is gone after the Men; she had a Warrant for them yesterday, and she did not lye in the Room last Night. I went to Long-Acre, found my Wife, and she told me what had happened.
Kirk. What Business are you?
P. Callan. I am a Slater; well known in Town and Country. I have been a Master, am now a Journeyman, and have 12 s. a Week now, according as the Season is favourable, I can earn more.
Kirk. Ask, whether he can work in wet Weather?
P. Callan. Yes, wet and dry; in Slate, Wet does no great hurt.
Kirk. Ask, whether he has saved that Money since he came from Ireland?
P. Callan. No; I have been not 2 Years in England; I can safely say I brought 40 Guineas from Dublin, where I kept a Publick-house.
Edw Obryan . December 12, about 10 o'clock in the Morning, I was very unwell, and was in Bed, and my Sister came and told me she was going to the Washer-woman's, and had taken out a Guinea to change. I being afraid of Bailiffs, got up and locked the Door: I was aware of this Gentleman to arrest me, tho' he is a Prisoner in the Fleet. A Woman came first to the Door, and I let her in; it was the Plaintiff's Sister: I hope, says I, you don't come to set me? No, not I, said she, but presently 2 or 3 Men came to the Door, and, upon my refusing to open the Door, Kirk and all his Men burst open the Door, and the Lock flew off. Kirk entered first, and laying hold of me, the Linnen on the Table was whipped off, and Kirk put the green Silk Purse that lay there into his Coat Pocket. - I saw him do it, as plain as I see your Worship this Moment. My Sister pushed in with them, and seeing him take the Purse, she cry'd out, - I am robbed, and catched hold of the Skirt of his Coat.
Q. Had he arrested you before he took the Purse?
Obryan. He laid his Hand on me first; and said to her, You Whore, if you say a Word, I'll cut your Throat, and drew out a long Knife. Hold your Tongue, says I, or we shall be murdered. There were three or four with him, and they had great Clubs as thick as my Leg. Then they dragged me to Kirk's House, by the Seven-Dials, and my Sister followed. Upon this, Kirk comes to me, and desired me to make my Sister easy, - if I did, he told me I should be discharged. You have robbed her, said I, and if I can't pay the Debt, I must go to Gaol, Moreover,
Kirk. I would ask him, whether I did not stay till she had given him a Shirt; and till he put it on?
Kirk. I would ask whether he did refuse one Shirt, because it had not a Ruffled Bosom?
Obryan. They were both ruffled; one was broke in the Wristbands. I put on the best.
Kirk. Ask him, whether he made any Outcry either in the Room, or in the Street?
Obryan. No; there were 6 or 7 Fellows with you.
Kirk. Did not the Plaintiff's Wife's Sister come in with me?
Obryan. No; she was in the Room before.
Kirk. What Business do you follow?
Obryan. I am a Glover, and sell my Work to Country Chapmen.
Kirk. I would ask her, when she heard of Callan's being robbed?
Prime. Pray, my Lord, discharge me. - I heard a little matter of a Noise before. - It was no Business of mine. - Pray, my Lord, let me go.
Kirk. Ask her, what Character they bear?
Prime. If you please, my Lord, to let me go - They had not been long with me: I can't say much to that.
Kirk. I would ask her -
Prime. Don't force your Discourse to me. Pray, my Lord, let me go.
Kirk. Ask, whether she has not been forced to call in the Watch to quiet them?
Prime. Once I did. What's that to the purpose? Pray, my Lord, discharge me.
On Thursday Night, the Plaintift's Wife Ann Casey came to me to get Obryan arrested. I went that Night to the Play-houses to look for him, for there he goes to pick Pockets; I did not find him that Night. In the Morning, Bridget Casey came and agreed to set him: She was to go to his Lodging, if she stayed a Quarter of an Hour, I was to go in: she stayed half an hour, so I went up and one Man with me; he knocked at the Door, but would not open it; and immediately he says to the Woman, that was with him, You. B - h, you have set me. I will kill you, I went down Stairs and told Ann Casey, that I heard his Voice in the Room, so she came up with me and one Mrs Mitchell; Ann Casey knocked at the Door, and bid her Sister Bridget open the Door. Obryan fell upon the Woman within, and made her cry out, Murder; the Plaintiff's Wife then opened the Door, and I went in and arrested him. He begged I would stay; his Sister, he said, was gone for a Shirt, and I stayed a Quarter of an Hour before Mrs Callan came in. When she came in, he told her he was arrested; then you must go to Goal, said she. Hold your Tongue, you B - h, says he, and gave her 3 or 4 Kicks. - He said he had been robbed in Fleet street last Night, when he was drunk; had fell in the Kennel, and must have a clean Shirt: she gave him one, and he did not like it; so she gave him another. My Lord, I will prove my Writ against Edward Obryan , at the Suit of Thomas Casey .
Mr. Rose. The Prisoner is now a regular Officer in the Marshal's Court .
Ann Casey . I went to my Sister Bridget Casey, and told her I wanted to arrest Obryan. She gave me Instructions where to find him, and went with me to Kirk's House; we came all together to an Alehouse just by, and sent my Sister to see for Obryan. If she stayed a Quarter of an Hour we were to come; if he was not at Home, she was to return to us. We stayed the drinking of 2 Pots of Beer and eat Bread and Cheese, and concluded he was at Home; we went Kirk went before, and I staid in the Street; but he came down presently and told me, he was abusing my Sister for setting him. Upon this, I went up Stairs, and hearing the Outcry within, I put my Hand to the Door and opened it: then Kirk entered and arrested him; and he begged he would stay till his Sister came with a clean Shirt, and to make us pity his Moan, he told us he had been robbed, &c. - and had not a Shilling in the World It was more than a Quarter of an Hour before his sister Callan came in; there was not a Word of the Purse mentioned till next Day. He asked her for Money: she said she had but 2 s. and told him, she had pawned a Shirt for 3 s. out of which she had paid 1 s. for washing the Linnen in her Apron, and she gave him the 2 s. that were left. Callan was at Kirk's House as soon as we, and made a Noise at him for arresting her Brother; but Obryan called her backward, and said, Don't speak a Word, you Whore, - but swear what I bid you.
John Devine , (who were the Prisoner's Assistants) and Bridget Casey, confirmed the Evidence of Ann Casey and Margaret Mitchell.
Sarah Connolly gave an Account of a Quarrel that Patrick Callan and his Wife had about 5 or 6 Weeks ago with another Person, which was made up at a Publick-house; and neither of them having any Money to pay the Reckoning, Mrs. Callan pawned her Ring to this Witness for 5 s. and has never since been able to redeem it.
Q. What Character has Obryan?
The Prisoner calling several to his Reputation, the Jury acquitted him.
52. Elizabeth Skinner , of Stepney , was indicted for stealing 2 Quart Bottles of Brandy, 1 Quart of Rum, 1 Pint of Red Wine, 1 Pint of White Wine, 4 Bottles of Beer, and 2 Quarts of Cyder , the Goods of Richard Brome , the 30th of May last.
Councel. This Woman is indicted for stealing the things mentioned in the Indictment; the Prosecutor kept a Publick-house , and the Prisoner was his Servant . They were conveyed by her to the House of one Blagget, who lived at the next Door. Pray, Mr. Brome, give the Court an Account of this Affair.
Rd Brome . The Prisoner was not my Wife, but my Servant. she lived with me a Year and a Quarter at Mile-end Green. I had a good Trade, yet I run out; I entrusted her with every thing, and she embezzled my Goods: She went from me last June at which time I could prove nothing upon her. When I had had her before the Justice, she confessed taking the Goods mentioned; but there was no Confession taken in Writing, and these things were taken without my Knowledge-that's all.
Councel. Aye - you are willing to be gone - Pray, how came you first together? In what Manner did you live with her?
Brome. She was recommended to me by Mr. Coombes, who had lived with her in a criminal way.
Councel. And how did you live with her?
Brome. As a Servant I paid her 6 l. - a Year
Councel. Was not Part of the Goods in your House marked with her Name and yours?
Councel. And how come you to mark your Goods with your Servant's Name?
Brome. I was afraid of an Execution; so thought to make over some of my Goods to her.
Councel. And had you no other Reason to mark your Goods so? Pray, how came you to sign this Paper?
Brome. It was a voluntary Act of my own. The Case was this; - At that Time I was not capable of proving she had taken any thing from me.
Councel. Why, this is a general Release.
Brome. The Reason was this: Mr. Coombes, who kept her Company, and does so now, - she was with Child when she came to me, - He gave me Money to take her. - Some time after - about October last, there was some Discourse among them, and he took me into an Arbour, and asked me the Reason we could not agree; if we could not agree he said I must turn her away. Upon this -
Coun. I fancy you was not so kind to her as you used to be?
Brome. No, Sir, all Familiarity between us was then broke off, - and says I, What Mr. Coombes, have you been thereabouts since? Do you want me to father another Kid for you? -
Councel. But why did you give her a general Release?
Brome. I suspecting the Thing, taxed him with it, - I one Day discovered - don't dash one so! - there's no Occasion for it - she wanted to come to Bed to me; I would not suffer it, but thrust her down Stairs and hurt her shoulder. - I turned her away for this Reason, - I came into the Kitchen one Day, and saw something a Boiling, which I believe was to cause an Abortion. So, says I, - then you shall stay no longer here - No Murder in my House!
Councel. How came you to know she was with Child?
Brome, Mr. Coombes partly confessed it. - The Release was my own Act, and I did it because I wanted one from her. And now, Gentlemen, you have the Middle and both Ends on't.
Brome. I did agree to take her, and in that Condition: I believe the Bargain was made at Temple-Mills, - I had 23l. 10s. with her.
Council. What was you to have 23l. 10s. to take her as a Servant? Was not you to father ther the Bastard?
Blagget's Maid deposed, she received several Things mentioned in the Indictment over the into Blagget's House, and some the Prisoner brought herself under her Apron.
Prisoner. Some of these Things are set down to Mr. Blagget, as many as amount to 9s. 10d.
- Earwood. When these two came together, they came on equal Terms; the Major part of the Goods her Friends put into the House, they come into the House together.
Harris. Brome did say that if Mr. Coombes would give him a Bond for 20l. he would not prosecute her. Several others appeared, and swore they lived together as Man and Wife, and that she had the Charge of the Liquors. The Jury acquitted her.
54. Philip Clerk , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing 2 Guineas, one half Guinea, and 3s. 6d. in silver, the Goods of Patrick Halfpenny , in the House of Christopher Coyle , the 1st of July last.
Sarah Halfpenny . My Husband is a Baker , and is imployed at Fulham all the Week, the Money was in a Trunk in my Room; and the Prisoner, who lodged in the same House with me, forced his Hand into my pocket and took the Key; he kept it from the Tuesday to Friday, then he returned me the Key; I looked into the Trunk and the Money was there; and my Husband coming Home on Saturday, I gave him the Key, and he carried it with him to Fulham. On the Wednesday following I catched the Prisoner locking the Trunk, with the Money in his Hands.
Patrick Half-penny. I left the Money in the Trunk on Sunday, and when I came Home on Saturday my Wife told me Philip Clark had taken it.
Justice Hilder gave an Account that the Prosecutor appeared not against the Prisoner till November last; and others, that they had heard the Prosecutor threaten his Wife, in order to make her charge the Prisoner with a Robbery. Acquitted .
55. Charles Hogdon , otherwise Hockton , and Peter Finyan , of Pancras , were indicted for robbing William Powers of a Silver Watch, value 3 l. a Chain, value 5s. and two Seals, value 2s. the 13th of May last. Acquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Burnt in the Hand 3.
To be Whipt 3.
To be Transported 29.
Charles Grant , James Holdworth ; Samuel Hubbard , Robert Sears , Robert Willson , Arthur Maccartney , Barnaby Roehick , John Wright , William Butcher , Anne Hawkins , Richard Dunn , Isaiah Beshaw , William Robinson , Michael Newman . Joseph Wetherhead , Mary Jordan , George Fairclough , Mary Clark , Sarah Smith , Elizabeth Ditchburn , Robert Wilkinson , Bernard Sutherland , Sarah Matts , Charles Francus , Edward Jackson , Margaret Gagg , Isabel Scott , Nathaniel Harledine , Elizabeth Precious .