Wednesday the 25th, Thursday the 26th, and Friday the 27th of February, 1736. in the Ninth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
Being the Third SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir JOHN WILLIAMS, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1736.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. M.DCC.XXXVI.
(Price Six Pence.)
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN WILLIAMS , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Hon. Mr. Baron Thomson , 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 Country of Middlesex.
John Birtwell . On Friday the 23d of January, I was on duty at the Custom-house-Key, and between 8 and 9 o'Clock, I heard a Cry of Stop him, stop him: the Prisoner ran by me, and dropt this Parcel of Tobacco; I am positive he is the same Person.
James Farr . 'Tis my Business to visit the King's Watchmen: I was going that night over the Key, and saw the Prisoner loitering about some Hogsheads of Tobacco; I went to look at him; he ran; I cry'd, stop him; one of the Evidences stopt him, and the other saw him drop the Tobacco. I am positive to the Prisoner; and upon searching the Hogsheads, we found one broke open, and about the same Quantity taken out, that he had dropt. Guilty 10d.
Ashton Broad . I saw a Man, January the 24th come down the Stairs of a Ware-house in an Alley on Cox's Key , and the Prisoner followed him, with something ty'd up in his Apron: I took him by the Collar, and he endeavouring to get from me, dragg'd me to the top of the Alley. I called for Assistance, and we took 20 lb. of Sugar upon him. Upon searching the Ware-house, we found a Door open in the Garret, and the Head of a Hogshead of Sugar taken out; we weigh'd the Goods, and found half a Hundred, and 22lb. missing; we compared what we took upon the Prisoner, with that in the Hogshead, and it answered directly.
The Prisoner in his Defence, said, the Man that got off, employ'd him to carry the Sugar out of the Alley, and was to give him a Pot of Beer; but could not give any account of him. Guilty 10d.
John Low , the 1st of February in the Parish of St. Brides .
Sherwin. The Prisoner was my Master's Servant , on Sunday Feb.1. I was sent to Church in the Afternoon: When I went out, the Box hung up in the Shop: When I came home, it was gone. Jack, says she, do ye know where your Christmas-Box is? I told her, no: I suppose, says she, your Master has put it by for you. I had set down the Customers Names that had put Money in for me, and by Calculation there was about 3l. in it. My Master was out, and no one was in the House that Afternoon, but the Prisoner: When he came home, he taxed her with it, and sent for a Constable; at first she said she knew nothing of it, but afterwards, she said, a Journeyman Apothecary had been there, and had taken it away; my Master was going to take him up, but at last she confess'd it.
John Low . When I came home, she asked me where the Box was; I told her, she must know something of it; she denied it at first; then she said, the Apothecary's Man had been there, and he took it: I charg'd the Man with it, but he cleared himself; at last she confessed the Fact, and that she had taken the Money out at the top of the Box: She said, she did not tell the Money, but there was a great deal of Silver in it.
The Person was produced that found the Box, and another Evidence swore she had confessed the taking the Money, and had given it to a Washerwoman. Guilty Felony .
T. A. I keep a Linnen-Draper's Shop : On the 20th of January I was in a back Room behind my Shop, and saw the Prisoner come in; he went behind the Compter, and took this piece of Checque; I took hold of him before he got out of my Shop; he flung the Goods down and got from me, but I followed him, and cry'd, Stop Thief: He was taken and brought back in five Minutes Time. His Friends have sent to me since the Fact was committed; informing me, they should be very glad to have him sent abroad, and that they dread his coming home again. Guilty 4s. 10d.
5. Grace Williams , otherwise Dun , was indicted for privately stealing from the Person of John Strahan , a Silver Watch, value 6l. a Leather Watch String, value 12d. and 2 Seals, value 5s. on the 19th of January , in the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate .
John Strahan. On the 19th of January, between 10 and 11 at Night, I was coming along the Minories and tumbled down: the Prisoner took hold of me, and asked me for a Dram: Well Woman, says I, because you are so civil, I will give you a Dram; I have an Acquaintance hard by, says she, and we'll have it there. I was a Stranger in that Place, therefore I went with her; they called for a Dram.
Q. They - was there more than one?
Strahan. Yes, my Lord, there was three of them in all; and I gave them all three a Dram, and then I sat down by the Bed-side, and fell asleep. 'Tis not a Dram-shop, my Lord, nor was I on the Bed, but by the Bed-side: I was asleep in two or three Minutes after I came in, and the Prisoner took that Opportunity to pick the Watch out of my Pocket.
Q. How did you know she took your Watch, if you was asleep?
Strahan. I wak'd and saw it in her Hand, and said, Woman, don't take my Watch from me; but the Landlord came and took me by the Collar, and shook me up and down the House. I am a Scotchman, my Lord, and unacquainted with such ways; I told the Landlord, the Woman had my Watch; you Villain says he, pay your Reckoning and get out of my House; so I threw down three Half-pence, but he told me, the Drams came to 6 d. I paid him 6 d. and he took the three Half-pence too, and push'd me out of doors. I made a Noise, and one of the Neighbours fetched this Gentleman, a Constable, from the Watch, but they had put out all the Candles andRichard Brocas , and he came down to see after his Wife; and calling me aside, told me I might find the Watch in the Prisoners Bosom; this Gentleman found the Woman, and took the Watch out of her Bosom.
Zaccheus Bourn , Constable. About 12 the same Night, the Prosecutor told me he was robb'd in an Alley in the Minories; I went down to the House, but could not get in. The next Day, at Sir Richard Brocas's, I saw the Man that keeps this House; he call'd me aside, and told me Grace Williams had the Watch, and I might find her at some of the Brandy-shops in the Minories or Petticoat-Lane: I found her at a House where they sell Sheeps-heads and Drams, in Moses and Aaron Alley, in Petticoat-Lane: She damn'd me and would not be search'd; but I search'd her and took the Prosecutor's Watch out of her Bosom. She told me the Man of the House had got the 2 Seals. Guilty 10 d.
6. Mary Hughes , of St. Brides was indicted for stealing 2 Diaper Table-cloths, 2 Linnen Sheets, 2 Napkins, 2 Pewter Dishes, 6 Pewter Plates, 1 pair of Chints- Curtains, 1 double Cambrick Handkerchief, 6 Drinking Glasses, 2 China Chocolate-cups, 2 China Tea-cups, 2 Saucers, 3 Pounds of Candles, 1 pair of Laced double Ruffles , the Goods of Anthony Daffey , the 12th of February . And,
Mrs. Daffey. About Christmas last Mary Hughes came to me to be hired as a Servant ; she said, she had not been above a Fortnight in Town, but Mr. Williams the Prisoner, was a Relation of her's; and as he had liv'd in the Neighbourhood 14 Years, I thought I might depend upon him for her Character. I sent for him, and he told me, she had not liv'd any where in Town, but if he was worth a thousand Pounds he would give that Security for her honesty; I told him, our Service required a trusty Servant; but as you are an honest Neighbour, I believe I may depend upon you; so upon his Character I took her. She had not lived with me above a Week, but I miss'd a pair of double Ruffles, which cost me 7 l. I desir'd Mr. Daffey to part with her, for I was sure she was a Pilferer; he said, we could not do without a Servant, and we must therefore watch her. I believe she had convey'd away most of the Goods mention'd in the Indictment before; she took away (for ought I know) Things to the value of 200 l.
Mr. Bird. I saw her Confession sign'd; she own'd the taking of 2 Table-cloths, 2 Sheets, 6 Pewter Plates, 6 Glasses, 2 Chocolate-cups, 2 Tea-cups, 2 Saucers, 3 Pound of Candles, an Earthern Flower-pot, a pair of double Ruffles, and some other things, which she could not recollect.
Mary Hughes , single Woman, confesseth and saith, that she lived in her Service the space of 5 Weeks, during which time, she at several times stole from the House of Anthony Daffey , 2 Table-cloaths, 2 Sheets, 6 Pewter Plates, 2 Chints Curtains, 2 Chocolate-cups, 2 Tea-cups, 2 Saucers, some Candles, and some other things: and that Mrs. Daffey took on the 12th of February, one Chints Curtain, one Pillow, a Flower-pot, and a double Ruffle, which this Examinant stole, in order to carry away, for her own use, in her Box and Trunk at Edward Williams 's.
Mrs. Daffey. When I found I was robb'd, I sent to Williams directly: he came to our House, and saw the Goods I had taken from her; he said he knew nothing of the Matter; but the next Morning he came and said her Sister Grace had convey'd all the things, which were at his House away to Aldgate.
Mrs. Acton I was at Mr. Daffey's the Night that Williams was sent for, and I told him, he had not done well to recommend a Thief: he said he thought she had been honest, and blam'd Mary Hughes for behaving so wrong: They whisper'd together, butGrace Hughes , Williams and his Wife, and were found to be Mr. Daffey's Goods.
Mrs. Rutter. I was with Mr. Daffey at Sir William Billers's, and while we were there, Mrs. Williams told us, Mary had brought all the things back; she owned that Grace had taken them away at 3 o'Clock in the Morning. Mr. Bird and I were present, when they were open'd in Mr. Daffey's Warehouse; we advis'd her to fetch Grace; she did so, and brought the Boxes and Goods with her to Daffey's Warehouse.
- Thomas. Mary Hughes lived with me as a Servant in April last; she went from me the 24th of June. The Prisoner Williams recommended her to me, as an honest Body, a Country Woman of his, and newly come to Town from Chester. I believed Williams to be an honest Man, and took her on his Character. I presently found she knew the Town as well as I, and that she was a saucy impudent Woman. I lost some things while she lived with me, but as I could not swear any Fact upon her, and she threatned me with the Law if I charged her; I was cautious, and only turn'd her away; she liv'd with me about 5 Weeks.
John Rutter . I was at Mr. Daffey's that Evening the Constable was carrying Mary Hughes away; Williams was sent for, and he said he would meet them at Sir William's, but said not a word of any Goods at his House. The next Morning he said, he was sorry for what had happen'd, and told us there were 2 Boxes and a Trunk at his House, which were sent for to Mr. Daffey's, but they were stripp'd; Grace, he said, had carry'd off the things in the Night; but he would go to Rosemary-Lane where she had lodged some other Boxes and enquire after them.
Nathan Smith . The Prisoner Mary owned the taking the Goods with a design to carry them off, and if I would go to Williams's House I should find them there; but Williams and his Wife told us, Grace Hughes had carry'd them all away in the Night. Mary said, she believ'd we might find her in Barnaby-Street; Williams and his Wife went to see for her, and about 10 o'Clock at night, they came to Mr. Daffey's House with Grace Hughes, and the Goods which Mrs. Daffey claim'd.
Mrs. Daffey. Mary Hughes had left some Boxes, full of other things at Williams's House, but upon Mary's being taken up, Grace had pick'd out all that were mine, and carry'd them away in the Night.
Mary Hughes had nothing material to say in her Defence: and Grace said, she expected Mr. Rawlinson of Hackney to appear to her Character; but no one appearing for either of them; the Jury found both the Hughe's Guilty . Several Persons giving Williams a fair Character, he and his Wife were Acquitted .
Ambrose Reason. On Twelfth Day last the Prisoner came to me as a Journeyman ; he had not liv'd with me 3 Weeks before he lay out on Sunday Night, and the next Morning when I had open'd my Shop I miss'd 4 Perukes: they were my own, and worth 15 l. - About 11 o'Clock he came home; I charg'd a Constable with him, but he deny'd the Fact, even before Sir Richard Brocas . I went to one Mrs. Barnes's at St. James's, knowing he used to resort to her, and told her Perkins had robb'd me; she promis'd to come to my House the next Day, but did not: After this, he sent for me and confess'd one of the Perukes was at Barnes's; and inform'd me where he had dispos'd of the rest.
- Crisp. I bought this Wig in my own House on a Sunday; Mrs. Barnes brought it to me, and I gave 25 s. for it.
Reason. This very Wig I made for Mr. Dutch, and was to have had 5 Guineas for it.
Mrs. Barnes. He us'd to bring Wigs to my House; what I did was on his Friends
The Prisoner said he was very sorry it should happen so
The Jury found him Guilty, 4s. 10d.
11. James Harrison , was indicted for assaulting Thomas Cooper in the Parish of St. Catherine-Creedchurch , putting him in fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 10 s. the 13th of this Instant February .
Thomas Cooper . About 12 o'Clock at Night, the 13th Instant, I was coming thro' Aldgate alone: The Prisoner at the Bar came up and struck me twice on the Breast; another came behind me; and between them both, my Hat was whipt off; the Prisoner ran, and I ran after him, and called the Watch to assist me: He had on then a Great Coat, and a Check Shirt; I laid hold of his Great Coat as he ran, and he slipt out of it, and made up an Alley in Leaden-hall street. When the Watch came, he jumpt out of the Alley, and demanded his Coat: Give me my Hat, says I; he said he had not got it: I then charged him with assaulting me, and he was secured that Night: Next morning Sir Richard Brocas committed him: I did not see the Prisoner take my Hat; but he struck me, and immediately my Hat was gone.
John Willcox . I am a Watchman belonging to Aldgate, and hearing the Gentleman call, Watch, Watch, I snatch'd my Staff and Lanthorn from my Stand, and ran to the Place where I apprehended the Noise was: I found the Prosecutor with a Coat upon his Arm; he told me he had lost his Hat, but he had got the Man's Coat, and wanted me to take it, but I would not. My Partner came up to us, and while we were talking together, out comes the Prisoner and demanded his Coat: Aye, says the Prosecutor, if you'll give me my Hat; the Prisoner said, he knew nothing about the Hat; why, says the Gentleman, you struck me twice upon the Breast: and, my Lord, about an Hour or two afterwards, another Watchman going round, saw a Basket-man take up a Tuck about 9 Inches long, in the Place where Mr. Cooper and the Prisoner had this Tussle.
- Groom, another Watchman, deposed to the same Effect.
Prisoner's Defence. I had been drinking at the Three Kings in the Minories, and coming thro' Aldgate, I met Mr. Cooper; he ran his Elbow so violently into my Side, that he own'd before the Watch, and the Justice, that he thought he had ran against a Post: Upon that, I gave him a Stroke, which he resented very much, and in the Bustle and Tussle his Hat fell off, and a Man came by, snatch'd up the Hat, and ran away with it. He tore my Coat off my Back; it was against Angel-Alley, in Leadenhall-street; I knew there was a Watchman's Stand in that Alley, and I went up the Alley to look for him, and to call the Watch to see for Cooper, and to get my Coat; the Watchmen that were with him told me, if I would go to the Watch-house, I should have my Coat; so I went without Opposition.
Constable. The Prosecutor was very much surpriz'd when he came to the Watch-house, and after he had charged me with the Prisoner, he said, if he could get his Hat again, he should be acquitted: No, says I, 'tis out of your Power to acquit him now; you have charg'd him with a Robbery, and I must know for my own Security, where you live: He carry'd me to a Barber's in Mincing-Lane; but when we came there, he said, he must not disturb the Family: Then he said, he was Clerk to one Mr. Taylor in Goodman's-Fields. Upon his Promise to meet me next Day at Sir Richard Brocas's, I left him; but in the Morning I went to Mincing-Lane, but they had not seen Mr. Cooper they said. I went to the Bell, and enquired for him; the Landlord told me, he had been there just before, and the Woman said, he had not been there; I brush'd into the Fore-room, and saw him: Mr. Cooper
Joshua Thompson. The Prisoner and another Woman, came into my Shop on Monday last, and asked to see some Cloaks: They were at first for a Cloath-colour'd one; then they would have it Scarlet: After they had try'd on several, they bid me 10 s. for one, and we parted for 6 d. Mr. Turcan was at the Door when they went out: He came in, and asked me, if I had sold them any Thing; I told him, no; they have got something, says he; so I went after them, which the other Woman perceiving, she slept between me and the Prisoner, to give her an Opportunity of throwing the Cloak into an Entry. I did not see her throw it there, but as I followed her, I saw the Edge of it under her Cloak, and there I found it. I laid hold of the Woman, who I was sure had the Cloak, and while I was busie with her, the other got away.
Mr. Turcan. I wanted to speak with the Prosecutor, but as his Shop was full of Customers, I waited at the Door, and saw the two Women trying on the Cloaks: When they went out of the Shop, I saw something red hang down about an Inch below the Prisoner's Cloak; I asked my Neighbour if he had sold them any Thing red, he said no: I told him what I had seen; he follow'd her, but as his Shop was full of People, I stay'd behind.
Prisoner's Defence. It was my Landlady that was with me at this Gentleman's Shop: She wanted to buy a Cloak, and bid 10 s. for one; the Gentleman would not take it, so we came out; and as we were going along, See here, says I, what need we go any further? here's a very handsome Cloak lies here in the Entry, upon which up comes this Gentleman and seiz'd me, and the People told him, he must swear it downright upon me; his Wife, my Lord, promised my Husband, I should be kept in the Round-house only till next Day; and as soon as he was gone, they sent me to Jayl. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Mary Pickering. The Prisoner and another young Woman came into my Shop, the 10th of February, about 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon, and asked for a Bit of Cambrick; they had not been long in the Shop, before I perceived they wanted none. The Prisoner put her Hand down, and dropped something; I saw her stooping to take it up. I had no Body then in the Shop, but before they went away, my Mother came in: I gave her a Hint to watch them: They bought a Quarter and Nail of Cambrick, and paid for it; then they went away. I miss'd immediately the spotted Lawn, and though my Mother saw them turn down the next Court, yet we could not find them: So I went to the Pawnbrokers to desire them to stop it, if such a Thing should come to be pawn'd. The next Morning one came and asked me, if I could swear to the Woman and the Lawn: I said, if the Woman was in the same Dress, I could, and the Lawn was very remarkable, for there were several Darns in the End of it: I knew the Prisoner again, and I value the Lawn at 40 s.
John Rawlinson . The Morning after the Lawn was lost, the Prisoner brought it to me to pawn; I sent to the Prosecutrix, to inform her I had got the Lawn, and immediately secured the Woman. Guilty 4 s. 10.
Elizabeth Whitehead of St. Andrew Holborn was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen , January 5 .
Nathan Cockran . Francis Pope and I went to Mr. Goleburn's House the 5th of January, between 6 and 7 in the Evening: We open'd the half Hatch, and I went in and took the Mortar: I carry'd it home to my Room, and sold it to Whitehead for 37 Shillings. Pope said it was Brass; I said it was Iron, but it proved Brass, and we sold it the Prisoner, Whitehead. She always bought what we stole; she liv'd in George-Alley, at Fleet-Ditch . When I had got out of the Shop, Pope lifted it up upon my Back.
- Partridge. I was at Home one Evening and Cockran came to my House, and asked me where Whitehead liv'd; if I would fetch her, he said he would satisfy me. I fetched her, and he shew'd her the Mortar: He asked her, if she could help him to dispose of it; she said she could, and went out to enquire for a Chap: She returned and said, if he would bring the Mortar, she had found one that would buy it. Whitehead and I carried it to one Mrs. Peaton's: She bought it; what she gave for it, I don't know, but Whitehead received the Money, and gave it Pope and Cockran.
Q. Did she receive it, and dispose of it as stolen Goods?
Q. Do you know any thing of her?
Partridge. I know no ill of her.
Q. Why, is not receiving stolen Goods, a Crime? You are on your Oath: Was she not a Receiver of stolen Goods?
Partridge. Yes. She paid Pope for this Mortar, in Black-Boy-Alley in Chick-Lane. The Prisoners had nothing material to say in their Defence. Guilty 4 s. 10 d. each.
16. William Davis of London was indicted, for that he, on the 17th of January, in the 5th Year of his Majesty's Reign, in the Parish of Stepney, marry'd Amy Amos ; and on the 23d of January last, in the Parish of Old Fish-street , he marry'd Anne Appletree , his former Wife being then living ; the 26th of January , she said Davis being arrested for the Felony aforesaid. To this Indictment the Prisoner pleaded Guilty .
He was a second Time indicted for stealing 18 Pewter Plates, 5 Pewter Dishes, 1 Pair of Linnen Sheets, 7 Table-Cloaths, 1 Pair of Window-Curtains, 1 Coral, 4 Silver Spoons, 1 Quilt, and 4 brass Candlesticks the Goods of John Appletree .
John Appletree. I liv'd at Knights bridge , and my Wife being dead, I committed the Care of all I had to my Daughter Anne Appletree . About 6 Months ago, I went to take care of a Gentleman's House in Berwick-street. I am a Yeoman in the Guards ; and what between other People's Business and my own, I am often from Home: But one Night coming Home from Duty, I heard my Daughter was marry'd. I went to my Lodgings at Knights-bridge, and found my Daughter was gone, and the Goods too. I went to her, to the Blue-ball and Horse-shoe in St. James's Street: she own'd her Marriage, and said the Goods were neither sold nor pawn'd, but were under her Care, and she would deliver them to me. My Daughter was marry'd on Friday; on Saturday I heard her Husband had got another Wife; and on Sunday I found this first Wife at the 3 Tuns in Bishopsgate-street. I spoke to him about my Goods, for he had padlock'd them up, and had told his new Wife, that he would sell them all, and her Cloaths too, which he had secur'd with the rest of the Things; however, if I would give him 10 l. to enable him to disannul the first Marriage, he said I should have my Goods again. I took him upon the 26th, on the 27th I carried him to Newgate; and as he was going along, he gave the Key of the Padlock to the Constable; so I got my Goods again.
Constable. We got a search Warrant on Monday, but found a Padlock on the Door, where the Goods were; we took the Prisoner before Justice De Veil, and as we were carrying him to Newgate, he gave me the Key, and said we should find every Thing safe: I took all into my Custody, except the Wearing Apparel, and here they are.
Ann Appletree . I was left by my Father, with these Things in my Custody. The Prisoner pretended to be a single Man, and so we were married; but I told him these Goods were my Father's, and desired him, when he came, to return them. I knew of the Goods being removed, the Prisoner said he had taken a Lodging for me, and I thought they would be as safe under his Care, as mine; so I deliver'd him the Goods, and told my Father they were in my Husband's Custody: He refused indeed to deliver them, and locked them up against my Consent.
The first Wife was present in Court, and after the Trial was over, she informed the Court, that she apprehended her Life was in Danger from the Prisoner; and that he had declared he would have her Blood. Upon which, the Court order'd him to remain till he gave Security for his good Behaviour . Acquitted of the Indictment.
17. Michael Hughes of St. George Hanover Square , was indicted for assaulting George Pearce , in St. James's Park , putting him in Fear, and taking from him one Cloth Coat, a Wastcoat a pair of Breeches, a Handkerchief, a pair of Buckles, 2 Knives, and one Brass Seal , the 16th of this Instant .
George Pearce. I was going Home to Knights bridge on Monday Se'nnight, about 7 or 8 o'Clock, and upon Constitution-hill, I met 2 Men, who took the Things mention'd in the Indictment from me: They were wrapp'd up in a Handkerchief, and were my own. Mr. Grimes hit me with an Oaken Stick, made two of my Teeth loose, and cut my Gum: The Moon shone upon the Snow, and made it very light: Grimes was before me, and his Companion behind me. Grimes led me about 100 Yards out of the way, took my Things, rifled me, and then ty'd my Hands and my Legs together with my own Garters: They left me sitting within a Yard and a half of the Pond, by the Wilderness, and told me, they would either release me in a Quarter of an Hour, or bring me more Company. When they were gone, I got up with some Difficulty, and jumped along to the Keeper's House, where I was unty'd. I don't know how the Discovery was made of the Prisoner: I suppose the Robbery being put in the Papers occasion'd it: They sent for me when Grimes and the Prisoner were before the Justice, and I was order'd to prosecute the Prisoner. I can't swear to the Prisoner; he kept always behind me.
Grimes. otherwise Graham. The Prisoner had been a Gentleman's Servant ; my Circumstances he knew were low, and therefore he from Time to Time endeavoured to seduce me to these Courses: He perswaded me to go out with him 3 or 4 nights together, but we had no manner of Success in our Way. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we took nothing but on Monday Night we went round Hyde-Park Corner, and met nothing that would do: Come, says he, let us go down Constitution-Hill, perhaps we may make something there. I went with him, and there we met this young Man, and took from him the Things mentioned, ty'd up in a Handkerchief, and ty'd his Hands and Feet: The Seals, I believe, were lost; the Buckles I know nothing of; but as to the Knives, one of them is in Court, the other is at the Justice's. It was I who took hold of the Prosecutor; the Prisoner had a Pistol. I had only a Stick; he kept behind in order I suppose, to conceal himself. He bid me attack the Man; I did, and giving him a Stroke in the Mouth with my Stick, for fear he should be Rusty, I made him come out of the Road towards the Pond.
George Stringer . The Accomplice Grimes told me, it was the Prisoner who was at the Door, when another Man brought the Coat and Wastcoat to me to pawn. I lent 4 s. upon them, about 9 o'Clock at Night, the 16th of February. I can't swear to the Prisoner; but it was such a sort of a Man, and about his Size.
Grimes The Prisoner carry'd them to pawn the very Night we took them: Upon my Oath he was the Man, and I had 2 Shillings of the Money.
Constable. Last Friday Grimes came to my House, and told me, he desired to go before a Justice, to make himself an Evidence; but stay a little, says he, and the Man will come whom you are to take. Accordingly the Prisoner came and enquired for Grimes; he immediately charged me with him, and before Justice Mitford, he made his Information of this Robbery. When Grimes charged me with him, he seem'd surpriz'd; and cry'd O Mr. Grimes. I did not think you would have serv'd me so! we search'd the Prisoner, and found some Things upon him, which are at the
Robert Fish . I was present when this Knife and some Gun Powder and some Flints were taken out of his Pockets; he desired us to let him go, and cry'd, O Mr. Grimes! have you brought me to this at last!
Q. You sell a Dram, I suppose.
Graham. Yes, my Lord, I sell a Dram of Gin, and the like.
I would ask, whether Grimes has not been supplied with Money in New-Prison; and whether he has not had Money given him to swear my Life away?
Constable. Grimes told me in New-Prison he was starving, and I lent him 2 s. that's all the Matter.
Mary Morgan . I am a Laundress. and live by Golden-square; I came here on the Prisoner's behalf On last Monday Se'nnight I got the Prisoner to write me out a Bill for Washing, he did, and I desired him to come to Supper with me: He came about 6 o'Clock that Night, and staid with me till almost 10.
Q. How came you to know it was Monday Se'nnight?
Morgan. I know it was that Day, because I wanted the Bill to be wrote out.
Q. Whose Bill was that?
Morgan. One Mr Sale's.
Q. Was there a Date to that Bill?
Morgan. Yes, the Day of the Month was to it.
Q. Can you produce that Bill?
Q. 'Tis a little unlucky; because if Mr. Sale had been a Person of Reputation, this Circumstance would have been of Weight. - Pray where do you live?
Morgan. At Mr. Humphrey's, a Cheesemonger, in the Garret, as high as I can go.
Q. So the Prisoner was with you in the Garret from 6 to 10. Pray does any of Mr. Humphrey's People know any Thing of his being there?
Morgan. I don't know that; there is an Entry, when the Shop is shut up for the Lodgers to go in and out through: When a House is full of Lodgers, they seldom take notice who comes to and fro.
Q. Is Mr. Humphreys here?
Morgan. No, if he was here, he could not but give me a very good Character. I washed the Prisoner's Linnen, when he served the Lord Southwell; and we went over to Holland, when his Lady went with the Princess of Orange; but as the Place did not agree with his Constitution, he came back to England.
Another Woman. I am with Child, and speak nothing but Truth: This young Man at the Bar, was in this Gentlewoman's Room from 6 to 10. I lived with her, and know it was that Monday Night; I provided the Supper, and I am sure of it. I am with Child at this Instant of time.
- Anderson. I lived with my Lord Southwell, when the Prisoner was my Fellow Servant . He behaved very honestly, and when he returned from Holland, my Lord gave him a Character to two Places.
Luttwich. I happened to be at Goodhall's (the Constable) at Dinner, when Grimes came in: He said he would go into a Back Room, and smoke a Pipe: In a very little time the Prisoner came and enquired for him, and Graimes called him out into the Entry.
Grimes. I was in Mr. Goodhall's Parlour; when one came and told me the Prisoner enquir'd for me: I went to him and wink'd at the Person that call'd me, to go back and call Mr. Good-hall, that I might charge him: Then I went into a Room, and left the Prisoner in another; he followed me, but I took up my Pint and my Glass, and went into another, and I never went out to him afterwards.
Constable. Grimes was called out of the Room, when the Prisoner came to ask for him; then they went into another Back Room, and presently Grimes sent for me, and charged me with him.
Robert Fish . Luttwich said to the Prisoner, you Rascal, have not I told you often, not to frequent such Company; and he desired him not to mention the Powder nor Flints. You Villain, says he to the Prisoner, have not I desired you to go with me to Chapel and hear Mass, and warned you against such Company?
Luttwich. I did meet the Prisoner about a Fortnight ago, and would have had him gone with me to serve God, and not have gone to a Beer-house. I don't know, whether he said any Thing about the Flints and the Powder.
One of the Jury Men desired Mr. Morgan and the other Woman might be asked a Question or two apart; one of them was ordered to withdraw.
Morg. Breast of Mutton, Turnips, and Broth.
Q. What Time was Supper ready?
Morg. About 9 o'Clock.
Q. What was you doing till 9 o'Clock?
Morg. I had been out, and the other Woman too; I came in about 6, and she likewise.
Q. What did you drink?
Morg. We drank small Beer.
Q. Had you nothing but small Beer from 6 to 9?
Morg. Nothing but one Bottle of small Beer all the Time.
Q. Before, at, and after Supper, you had nothing but one Bottle of small Beer?
Morg. Nothing more than one Bottle of small Beer; we did not drink any Thing till we went to Supper. She was ordered to withdraw, and the other called into Court.
2d Woman. What Time o'Night was it you came home, last Monday Se'nnight?
Woman. I was not out at all; I was at Home all Day, and all Night; my Partner was out some part of the Day, but she came Home about 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon.
Q. What Time did the Prisoner come in?
Woman. About 6, and went away at 10.
Q. How did you pass the Time?
Woman In a very good Manner; I was at my Plain Work, and he was reading a good Book.
Q. Did you drink any Thing?
Woman. We had a Pot of strong Beer.
Q. Whence did you fetch it?
Woman. From a Publick House at the next Door.
Q. When did you fetch it?
Woman. Not till we went to Supper; we had Breast of Mutton, Turnips, and Broth for Supper between 8 and 9 o'Clock.
Q. Had you nothing else to drink all this Time?
Q. And did you drink of this Strong Beer?
Woman. Yes, I tasted it.
Q. Had you any Small Beer?
Woman. No, none at all; we keep none in the House. Acquitted .
The Prosecutor was my Lord Cardgan's Servant ; the Coat was left upon the Coach-Box, at the Sign of the Coach and Horses, at St. Ann's ; the Prisoner stole it from thence, and was taken with it upon him, about an Hundred Yards from the Place. Guilty 10d.
Jane Batteley . I am a Quilter, and work for Mr. Street, in Houndsditch , the Prisoner was my Journey-woman; I left her at Work at the Frame last Thursday, upon this Coat, when I went out: I did not stay out above half an Hour; when I returned, the Coat was gone and she too. I took her the same Day in Whitechappel, and she confessed she had pawned it to Mary Steward in Half-Moon-Court in Whitechappel, for 11 s. Justice Rickets ordered me the Coat again.
Mrs. Battiley said she was ashamed to see me in so mean Condition; when so many Gentlemen come to our House; she gets a great deal of Money in one Night, and she gave me Leave to take the Coat to make Money of, that I might get better Apparel. Guilty 10d.
The Fact was plainly proved, and the Prisoners made no Defence. Guilty 10d.
Edward Watkins . The Prosecutor's Buttons were on his Cloaths, when we went to Bed. In the Morning the Prisoner was gone and the Prosecutor's Buttons were cut off his Cloaths. I can't say the Prisoner committed the Fact, but I can safely say, I did not meddle with them. There was no one in the House but the Land-lord and his Wife, and us 3 who lay in one Bed.
James Odey . I am the Landlord; I saw the Buttons on the Prosecutor's Frock when he went to Bed: In the Morning between 4 and 5 my Wife heard some body go down Stairs, and call'd three Times who's there; but no one answer'd. About 5 I went to work and found the Door open; I call'd up my Wife, Love says I, I don't like this; the Door is open: There was only ourselves and these 3 Men in the House.
James Smith . I was at work at Mr. Laytons at Redriffe, and saw the Prisoner come into the Yard: Suspecting him to be the Man, I asked him if he had not lodged at the Queen's-Head: He bid me take care what I did; but afterwards he own'd he was the Man. Guilty 10 d.
27, 28. Martha Hoards and Mary Chess of St. Mary Whitechappel , were indicted for stealing 32 Yards of Ribbon, value 5 s. and one Silk Petticoat value 5 s . the Goods of Edward Allen , the 19th of February .
Sarah Allen . I keep a Shop in the Change at Rag fair, 'tis a Place like Exeter Exchange ; I had taken notice of the old Woman (Chess) for I was always robb'd when she pass'd my Shop; when this Fact was committed, the young one (Hoards) was with her; and it was she that took my Ribbon; I clapp'd upon her and took it out of her Apron, not half a Yard from my Counter.
Abraham Rayner . I am Constable: The two Allens charged me with the young one, but Cock-eye (the old one) got off. I told her as she was going to Newgate, it would be better for her. If she would tell us where we might take Cock-eye, but she would not consent to her being taken. But the Night after, I being upon the Watch saw her in the Watch-house; O says I, you are Cock-eye, are you not? She said she was not, but at last I found she had been taken up, and left with us, for safety 'till next Morning.
Hoards Guilty 10 d. and Chess Acquitted .
William Bull. About 5 Weeks ago, I let a Lodging to the Prisoner, and she was to have the use of this Linnen: She had privately left her Lodging and taken the Things. I found her out, and she confess'd she had pawn'd them, but would return them when she could get Money to redeem them.
Prisoner. I did lodge at his House, and only went to Wapping to see my Friends; I had left at his House, my Pails, Yoaks and Strainers; a Shift, 4 Caps and 2 Flannel Petticoats; they brought them to me while I was in Bridewell and this Prosecution is only out of Spight, because I would not let him lie with me: I have an honest Man of my own, tho' he has left me, and I can't help that Acquitted .
30. Daniel Croaker , of St. Clement Danes was indicted for stealing a Cloath Coat, value 10 s. a Cloath Wastcoat value 20s. 2 Shirts value 20 s. and other Things , the Goods of Thomas Wright the 1st of February .
Thomas Wright. The Prisoner came to me as a Hackney-writer in November last: in December he robb'd, and pawn'd my Goods; I redeemed them, hoping he would mend; but in January he robb'd me of the Goods mention'd in the Indictment: When I miss'd them, he own'd he had taken them, and if I would let him have Money he told me he would get them again. He went with me and the Constable, to the Places where he had pawn'd them, and so I got them again; When I found he had robb'd me this second time, I turn'd him away from my Chambers; he did not fly for't.
The Prisoner in his Defence say'd, that his Master's hard usage lay'd him under this Temptation; that he hir'd him for Writing, and would frequently employ him in Business abroad, and constantly deducted out of his Pay for those Times, and that he intended to redeem and restore them when he could have rais'd Money, Acquitted .
Benjamin Mumsord. I am a Diamond Polisher , I deliver'd these Diamonds to the Prisoner, who was my Journeyman , to Polish, he had Liberty to work them either at my House, or his own: he absented himself longer than he us'd to do, and I went to his House to enquire after him; his Wife told me he did not Sleep at Home, so I advertis'd him and he was taken at Greenwich. I have trusted him with Jewels of great value and he never wronged me before.
As this was but a Breach of Trust, the Jury acquitted him.
32. Richard Swift , of St. Luke Middlesex , was indicted for assaulting John Davis in an open Field near the King's Highway, putting him in fear, and feloniously demanding his Money, with an intent, the Monies of the said Davis to steal, take, and carry away .
John Davis. On the 20th of January last, at Night, in a Field behind Hoxton Chappel -wall between 7 and 8 at Night I met the Prisoner and another Man: I had a Boy with a Link to light me over the Fields, but I had just taken the Link from the Boy and would carry it my self; I step'd out of the Way to let them pass, and said Good Night Gentlemen: Upon which, he struck at me with his Stick and said, G - D - n you, stand and deliver; I struck at him with the Link but miss'd him; then I gave him a Blow with my Cane, and the Boy cry'd, Dick Swift , I know you, let the Gentleman alone: the Prisoner look'd at the Boy some little Time and then ran away; the other call'd after him and ask'd him what he ran for; but he presently made off too. I had a fair View of the Prisoner and am positive to him.
Q. What Notion have you of an Oath?
Holt. If I don't speak truth, I shall go to Hell. I was coming home from my Uncles, and by the Burying Ground I met this Gentleman, it was on a Tuesday Night, in January. I was going home to Old-street, but I ask'd the Gentleman if I should light him: He agreed to give me 3d. to Light him to the Ivey-House. I had but a little bit of a Link, so we got another, and at the Fox and Goose Door we threw away the bit and lighted the other; turning into another Field, we heard 2 Men coming; the Gentleman stood up to let them pass and bid them Good Night: immediately the Prisoner step'd up to him and said, G - d D - n you deliver, and struck at him with his Stick: He aim'd at his Head but the Gentleman bobb'd down, and the Stick lit on his Back: Then he struck at the Prisoner with the Link and miss'd him, but he gave him a Blow with his Cane; I knew the Prisoner, and said Dick Swift let the Gentleman alone, I know you; and he look'd at me about a Minute and then ran away: the other said why do you run? Damn it, can't we walk along the Path? and then he ran after him as hard as he could. The Prisoner had then a Green Apron on, under his Coat.
Richard Swift the Elder . I am his Father. When Mr. Davis came the next Morning to charge my Son with this Fact, he said he could not be positive, but his Master being with him, he would have the Boy call'd; Aye says the Boy, I knew Dick Swift, and then immediately the Prosecutor knew him by his Green-Apron. I live in Old-Street, almost half a mile from Ask's Hospital, and sent my Son twice that Night into Field-Lane; He return'd the first Time and was at Home a little after 7, and the second Time he returned a little before 8: if I had had Time I could have fetch'd a Woman from Fleet-Lane, that I sent him to. Several Persons appear'd to his Character. Acquitted .
33. John Peter Scarinbone , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver Coffee-pot, a Salver, 12 Spoons, 4 Silver Candlesticks, and other Things , the Goods of Michael Rayne , Esq ; on the 16th of January last.
The Fact being plainly prov'd upon the Prisoner, and he having nothing to say in his Defence, the Jury found him Guilty. Single Felony .
The Servant swore the same and the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d.
35. Anne Newman of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing out of the House of Jacob Busaglo . 21 Guineas, one half Guinea, a Barbery Ducat value 8 s, 6 d. a Barbary silver Ducat, value 2 d, and a green silk Purse. value 6 d, the Goods and Moneys of the said Busaglo, on the 17th of January .
Busaglo On Saturday the 17th of February, at Night, my Wife and I were both out: I live in Church Row Aldgate ; there was no one in the House, but the Prisoner, who was my Servant ; a Nurse, and a Boy. I had not been out more than an Hour and half, before the Boy came to me, and said, Sir, pray come Home as soon as possible: Why, says I, what's the Matter? He said there was no body at Home, but the Nurse up two pair of Stairs with the Children, to take care of the House. I asked him as I went Home with him, what was become of the House-Maid? He told me, she had sent him of an Errand as soon as I was gone, and before he came back, she had pack'd up her Cloaths and was gone. I ow'd her 5 Months Wages and wonder'd at her going without her Money: I thought she would come Home again, but seeing nothing of her at 9 o'Clock, I went to see if her Cloaths were left; I found she had taken every Rag, and her Trunk empty. Then I imagin'd she must have taken something, or else she would not have left her Wages. I looked about the Kitchen, but miss'd nothing there; upon searching for the Key of my Desk, I found I had left it in the Lock when I went out; and the Money mentioned in the Indictment, and which was there when I went out, was taken away. I advertis'd her the next Day, and a Butcher, (on Tuesday Morning) in Hungerford Market, came and told me, if I would give him the 3 Guineas I had promis'd as a Reward to the Person who apprehended her, he would tell me where the Money, the Purse and the Maid were to be found. I told him I would give him the Money, and so he carryed her before Justice Frazier, and sent for the Man who had the Money, who returned me the Purse with 18 Guineas and a half, and the Barbary Coin, and I gave a 50 Pound Bond to indemnify him. I went to the Woman who gave me a Character of this Servant, and asked her how she could give me a false Account of her? She said she thought she had been honest, and to show she was so, she assisted in finding her out. She confess'd the Fact before the Justice.
Justice Frazier. She made a voluntary Confession before me the 20th of January; it was read twice over to her, before she sign'd it.
Read the Examination. This Examinant voluntarily confesseth, That last Saturday Night, being the 17th of this Instant January, she privately stole out of a writing Desk in the House of her Master, Jacob Basaglo , one green Purse, in which was 18 or 19 Guineas; and farther this Examinant faith not.
Another Evidence. I keep a publick House in Hungerford Market; the same Night the Money was lost, the Prisoner came to my Maid, who had not then lived with me above 10 Days, and gave her a Guinea to fetch her Things out of Pawn; she had it, she said, from her Husband, and said, my Maid must go along with her to see him. The Prisoner call d for 18 Pen' worth of Punch; while it was making they went out; but when they came back, they drank it. She staid so late at my House, that she said she was afraid to go home, and desired she might lye with my Maid. I let her lye there that Night, and in the Morning, before my Wife or I were up, they came down stairs. and knocked at my Door; the Prisoner was in a Hurry, and said to my Maid. I thought you had lived in an honest House, and not in a House, where I must lose my Money. I told them, I knew nothing of the Money: They went down Stairs 2 Hours before me, and made a Noise below, and then went away. In the mean time a Butcher, who is a Tenant at the Door, had been out late with his Brother, and they came in, and desired I would let them lye down, for they did not care to go home; I told them, they might lye down on the Maid's Bed if they would; 'twas only a small Table-bed, but they made a shift to pig in any how, and lay 'till 10 o'Clock When they were gone, my Wife, (not expecting her Maid again) turn'd up the Bed, and there she saw the Purse; I call'd in 2 Neighbours to be present; they open'd it, and found 18 Guineas and a half, and a Shilling. and a Ducat.
Prisoner's Defence. My Master gave me the Money; when I made my Confession before Justice Frazier, I was in Liquor.
Prisoner. My Master gave me the Money to lye with me. He was very kind, but I did not care to stay with him. Guilty . Death .
36, 37. Mary White , and Anne Jones , were indicted for privately stealing 7 Yards of Lawn, value 16 s. the Goods of William Davis , out of his Shop, the 19th of this Instant February , in the Parish of St. Vedast, Foster lane .
William Davis. I am a Linnen-Draper in Cheap side ; between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon, the Prisoner White came into my Shop for half an Ell of Holland: Ann Jones came in immediately after her. White paid me for the half Ell of Holland, and was going out: Mr. Hodges, who is likewise a Draper, stopped her, brought her into my Shop, and said she had been in his Shop. and had stole a Piece of Cambrick, therefore he would search her: He got hold of both her Hands and held them out; and a Piece of Lawn dropped from her on the Ground in the Shop: These are my Goods, says he, but they proved to be mine, and was marked in the End. I had just shown some Lawns to a Customer, and several Pieces Lay upon the Counter.
Mr. Hodges. They had been in my Shop just before; I discovered what they were, and clear'd my Counter, that there might be nothing near them. White came in first, and Jones followed her. I could not keep them together, they would be running one to one end, the other to the other end of the Counter. I had just laid 5 Pieces of Cambrick at one end. White had bought a Quarter of a Yard, it was tore off, and was abruptly going away without paying for it: I made her pay for it, and then they went away. As soon as they were gone. I miss'd a Piece of Cambrick, and pursued them to Mr. Davis's Shop. I let her come out a little way into the Street; then I carried her back into his Shop, and to prevent her conveying the Goods away, I held her Arms open; but she got one Hand at liberty, and shook her Petticoats, and I saw the Lawn drop from her, before it came to the Ground, and she endeavoured to kick and spurn it from her.
Several Persons appeared to White's Character.
Anne Jones acquitted , Mary White guilty 10d.
The Prosecutor suspecting the Prisoner, who was his Servant , to have defrauded him in his Shop, sent a Neighbour for a Pound of Isinglass to his Shop the 22d of January in the Evening. Mr. Ballard and his Neighbour had secretly marked the Money, and it was found upon him. The Prisoner confessed the Fact before the Justice; but as it did not appear the Money had ever been in the Till, the Court directed the Jury to acquit the Prisoner, and the Prosecutor to take his Remedy at Law for a Breach of Trust.
The Prisoner said he had the Pot from Jones. and that he told him he had found it Guilty 10d.
William Sawl , Constable. The 16th of January at Night, I was in my Shop and heard an Outcry of Stop Thief: The Prisoner was running and I cacht him; he cry'd out Bailiffs, Bailiffs. and up came 3 or 4 Men, who pretended to be Officers, and said he was to go with them; they got him from me, but I follow'd him, upon the next Witness telling me, the Prisoner had stole a Tankard and upon my shewing my Authority, the Men who had got him, all run away.
- Davis. I am Mr. Taylor's Servant: I had been out with my Cart, and returning into the Shop, I saw the Prisoner lay hold of him, he drop'd the Tankark at my Foot and got from me: I follow'd and call'd Assistance, so he was taken.
The Prisoner in his Defence said he was going for a half Peck Loa and passing by this d or, 2 Men push'd him into the Shop, he got out
Thomas Best . I serve Mr. Nesbit, and had laid the Cloath in the Parlour according to Custom. There were on the Table 4 Salts, four/Salt-Shovels and four Spoons. I shut the Parlour Door, and went down to dress myself then I went into the Parlour again, to mend the Fire, and seeing the Entry dirty, as if somebody had been there, I went down to the Cook, and asked her, if any body had been in the Parlour; she said no: I went in again for something for my Mistress, and found the Salts, the Spoons, and the Salt-shovels were gone. I called the House-keeper, a we look'd into the Buffet, but nothing was taken from thence, nothing but the Plate that was upon the Table. We sent for the Silversmith who made the Plate, and advertised it; but before the Advertisement came to his Hands, the Spoon mentioned in the Indictment, was brought to his Shop, and he stopt it.
Archibald Gilchrist . After Mr. Nesbit had lost the Things, he sent for me, and I caused Advertisements to be printed, and left at the Goldsmith's. I offered two Guineas Reward and no Questions ask'd: About 7 o'Clock as the Man who gave out the Bills, was putting one into my Hand, Mr. Newsome came, and told me, he had stopt one of the Spoons, and said he believed he could help us to take the Person that brought it to him.
Mrs. Newsome. The Prisoner at the Bar brought this Spoon to me to be valued; I asked him whose it was; he said it was his own. I told him he must bring somebody to make that appear, before he should have it again, he then went away, and I saw him no more till he was taken up.
Prisoner. I was drinking at Cow cross, and fell into Discourse with a Sea-faring Man: He pulled out a Pack of Cards; I play'd with him and won all his Money; then he pulled off a Ring and would have me play against that: I did not think it was Gold, so I refused; then he pulled out the Spoon, and desired me to lend him Money upon it; I lent him 10s upon it, and won the Money of him again; he said the Spoon was worth 14s. and wanted more Money, I would lend no more till I knew the Value: why then says he, as you live but over the way; I will entrust you with it, go, and see what 'tis worth: I carried it, to this Gentlewoman, and she stopt it. I told her, Madam, I am at present the Owner of the Spoon, but I will go and fetch the Man I had it of, in a Quarter of an Hour: I went back to the Alehouse to look for him, but he was gone. I never absconded but was taken at my own Door.
Gilchrist. We were told by this Gentlewoman, that she had seen the Prisoner go by her Shop with a Woman she had some Knowledge of, and as we were talking about this Affair, a Grubber, one who sweeps the Streets, heard us, and said, if you are talking of Newgate Nan, or Pin Nan, you may find her at a Brandy-shop at Cow-Cross; so we went to Cow-Cross, and enquired for New-gate Nan, or Pin Nan; but the People told us, if we wanted her, it was not for any Thing that was good, and refused to let us know where she was. At last we found out the Grubber, and he said, when we described the Prisoner, he knew him well; a little tidy Fellow, who would spend 4 or 5 Guineas at Cards: The Constable said he had some Knowledge of him, so he got a Warrant and went to look for him, and saw him standing at a Door; I charged the Constable with him, and asked him if he did not know Newgate Nan, or Pin Nan; he said he did not, we carried him to an Alehouse, and presently Newgate Nan came in and asked for him, and said he was her Husband. I went to get the Warrant back'd, and they staid at an Alehouse till I came back, and till I could get a City Constable; then I brought them word to march; and while I was gone, they had drank half a Crown's worth of Liquor; I paid for it, and ordered them to march: G - d D - m your Blood, says Newgate Nan, he shall not sir, till you give me half a Crown's worth more. I went to Newgate, and gave him a Dram to persuade him to tell us where the rest of the Plate was; he said he would return it; say no more says he, a Word to the Wise is enough.
Benjamin Barret . I keep a Brandyshop, and sell Gin, and the Prisoner has frequented my House four or five months, I know him to be an honest, sober, civil Man; I never saw him drunk above two or three times in my shop.
Anne Chalkley . I live right against Hicks's-Hall, and am an Embroiderer. I have known the Prisoner to have followed sometimes Portering, sometimes Coal-heaving, and sometimes carrying a Basket in Newgate-market for his Living; he came
Prisoner. I should have been glad if the Man I won the Spoon of had been here.
Q. Aye; is it not odd, that the Person you won it of should not appear?
Mrs. Newsome. If he won the Spoon at Cards, he made quick Work of it, for the Spoon was lost about One o'Clock, and he brought it to me before Two. The Jury found him Guilty 4s. 10d. And the Prisoner told the Court they had not done him Justice.
42. Jane Baker , of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for stealing six Dutch Wooden Snuff-Boxes, value 3s. the Goods of Pierce Newton Jan. 13 . The Evidence not being sufficient the Jury acquitted her.
43, 44, 45. Thomas George , was indicted for stealing (with Daniel Malden , and Country Jack, not yet taken a Quart Silver Mug, value 4 l. 18 s. 6 d. the Goods of Joseph Silvester , the 20th of January last. And
Joseph Silvester . I keep a Publick House . On the 20th of January the Prisoner and 2 more came into my House and call'd for Drink; they went away without paying the Reckoning and took the Mug with them. The next Day it was offer'd to Mr. Bond a Silversmith, and we having had Advertisements sent from Goldsmith's-Hall to all the Shops, he sent me Word, and I came to take up Evans.
Bond. Mrs. Evans, and Mrs. Parker came to my Shop early in the Morning, January 21st. Evans had got the Pot under her Apron, she pull'd it out, and Parker said, what don't you know her? 'Tis Mrs. Evans at the end of the Alley. I had a suspicion of them, but I weigh'd it, and told them it came to 4 l. 18 s. 9 d. Evans said if it came to no more she should lose Money by it, for she had lent 7 l. on it. I advised her to acquaint the Person she had it of, that it was worth no more; and so they went away. About an Hour afterward, Parker came and asked me if that was the most I would give for it. I told her, it was as much as it came to, at 5 s. an Ounce. Well, says she, Mrs. Evans has try'd, and she can't get more, so she desires you to send the Money for it. No. I told her I did not care to meddle with it at all: Why, says she, you don't think it stolen, do you? you don't hear me charge you, says I. As soon as she was gone. I search'd my Warnings, and did not find the Pot advertis'd But about out an Hour and a Half after, the Man brought a Notice of it: says I, the Pot was here about an Hour and half ago, a Neighbour of mine has got it to sell. I was telling another Neighbour this Master, and he say'd he knew Silvester, and would tell him, and bring him to me. He did so, and I told him, if I had had his Warning a little sooner, I could have stop'd the Pot. He was for having a Warrant to take them up, but I desired him to go and speak to them first. I went with him, and took Evans aside, and told her I had got a Customer, who wanted such a Thing; she said it was too late, she had sold it to another for more, and to one too who had asked no Questions. He got a Warrant for them; and Evans told us then that she had sold it to Mr. Green in the Minories I went thither, but he had it not: but at the next Shop, (Mr. Boddy's we found it.
John Boddy . The Prisoner at the Bar and another Woman, came to my Shop the 22d of January. The other Woman whose Name was Parker, had been in my Shop often. I gave 4 l. 18 s. 6 d to Evans for the Pot.
Mary Silvester . The Man at the Bar and two more came to drink at our House: They sat very near the Bar, and I saw them serv'd with every Thing they call'd for: The Reckoning came to 19 d. halfpenny; and while I stept up Stairs, tho' I staid not above a Minute, before I could get down again, they were gone, without paying a Farthing, and had taken the Mug with them.
Prisoner George. I was sick at the Queen's Head at Shoreditch when one of the Men came in and ask'd me if I knew Daniel Malden and Country-Jack, they asked me, if they were in the House; I knew nothing at all of the Mug, nor of the three Men, who were drinking there.
Prisoner Evans. Mrs. Parker brought the Mug to me, she desired me to sell it for her: she owed me 20 s. and I was to be paid when the Mug was sold. I went with her to sell it, and know nothing how she came by it.
- Matthews. The Day Evans was taken up she told me, she had had the Mug 4 Years, and had lent 7l. upon it. I press'd her to tell the Truth, and then she said she found it in the Entry, as she was shutting up her Windows.
- Bond. When we had her before the Justice, he told her in our hearing, she was in an Information, for receiving Lead and other stolen Goods.
Thomas George guilty 39s. Ann Evans 4s. 10d.
48. William Tough , otherwise Toff , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing 20lb. of Lead, value 20d. from the Dwelling-House of Thomas Deakins , 31st of Jan . Mr. Deakings's House was repairing; the Prisoner was employed as a Labourer , and had cut the Lead out of a Gutter on the Top of the House; it being taken upon him, the Jury found him guilty, 10d.
50. John Busk , was indicted for breaking open the House of Elizabeth Wingfield , and stealing 13 Linnen Handkerchiefs, value 10s. 6 Copper-coloured ditto, value 8s. 4 Yards of printed Linnen, value 7s. and 12 blue and white Linnen Handkerchiefs, value 9s. the Goods of Elizabeth Wingfield , Jan. 9 . And
Elizabeth Wingfield. On the 9th of January about 8 at Night, I was in a back Room, behind my Shop, at ( Lime-house , by Dick's-Shore) and I heard the Sash shove up; I came out and found all the Goods which lay in the Window were gone.
Duke Whalebone , otherwise Dumplin. This John Busk , and one Bird, and myself committed this Robbery: Busk shoved up the Sash, and Bird ran away with a Bundle of blue Bird-ey'd, and a Bundle of Copper coloured Handkerchiefs, a Bundle of white Linnen, and a Bundle of chequ'd Linnen. We sold them to Elen. Willford for 7s - we call her Irish Nell.
D. Whalebone, Busk, and Bird's Wife sold them to her for 7s.
Holderness. Lawrence the Constable on the other side of the Water, had been looking after Dumpling, and he desired me to seize him if I should see him. While I was at work in Leaden-hall-street, I thought I saw him go by; I went after him, and charged him with stealing a shew Glass, he desired to be made an Evidence and put Busk into an Information. I went to Kent street to look for him, as I had been directed, and searched the House, but could not find him: at last we made a Woman who was sitting in the Chimney Corner get up, and found Busk upon his Hands and Knees under the Woman's Petticoats; she had been sitting upon his Back. When he was carryed to the Constable, he desired to be made an Evidence: I told him I would speak to Lawrence about it, if he could do any thing to save his Life: Lawrence would do nothing without the Advice of Justice Lade; he admitted Dumpling to be an Evidence, and then Busk cryed, G - d - my Eyes I shall be jamm'd this time; I wish I might either lye in Jayl, or be transported, but I shall be jamm'd now. He mentioned this Robbery, but could not remember the Particulars, and confessed he had knocked a Boy down in Ratcliff-high way, and took his Hat.
Pris. Busk. 'Tis the Practice of these Thief-takers to take up young Fellows, make them drunk, and get them to say what they would have them, that they may take their Lives away for the sake of the Reward.
Pris. Willford. I never laid out a Half-penny with these Creatures in my Life.
- Mitchell. I know Willford has a very ill Character, and has been tryed before this, at Kingston Assizes.
D. Whalebone. I have sold Irish Nell a great many stolen Goods. On the 30th of January I sold her a Coat for 6 s. I took it from a Coach-Box, and she knew I made it; and on the 1st of February, she bought a Looking-Glass, and gave me 6 s. for that.
52. Elizabeth Brannam of St. Martin in the Fields was indicted for stealing 22 Yards of Linnen, value 25 Shillings , the Goods of John Reavis , the 6th of February . The Prisoner and Ann Curson went to the Prosecutor's Shop to cheapen some Linnen: The Prisoner had a Child in her Arms, and convey'd away the 22 Yards of Linnen under the Child's Cloaths. Curson was taken up on suspicion of being concerned in another Robbery, and before Justice Mitford she confessed being concerned with the Prisoner in this Fact. Guilty, 4s. 10d.
Richard Yates . Senior , and Richard Yates , Junior , of London, Labourers , were indicted for stealing 20 Dozen of Candles, value 5 l. the Goods of Elizabeth Gresswell , in the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , the 20th of December last.
Henry Willoughbey . The Goods mentioned in the Indictment were my Mother-in-law's, Mrs. Gresswell. She has been confined to her Bed a great while, therefore could not attend here. The young Prisoner lodged at one Mrs. Grigson's, who keeps a Chandler's Shop, and she having a large Quantity of Candles, which she offered to Sale, the Officers of the Excise, suspecting them to have paid no Duty, seized them: They were found to belong to Mrs. Gresswell; upon Enquiry, Grigson owned she had them of Yates the younger: He sted from his Lodging, out at a Back-Door, but was taken afterwards in Farthing-Fields, Wap. ping, and before the Justice gave a very frivolous Account of the Fact. We then enquired after the Father; he was employed as a private Watchman by Mrs Gresswell and others, beside the publick Watch, to look after their Houses. Mrs. Gresswell's Cellar-Door had frequently been open'd in the Night, and the Watch-man never gave them notice of it: He was asked the Reason of his giving no notice when the Cellar was open'd, and he told us, he always shut it, and stuck it close with Clay, when it had been open'd: There were some Candles found upon him which he would give no Account of, and therefore the Justice committed him. Elizabeth Grigson was call'd next, but she did not appear.
Allen Parsons . Now I am Apprentice to Mrs. Gresswell. We frequently found the Cellar Door open, tho' they watch'd for us. I saw 7 Dozen and odd Pounds which were taken by the Constable out of the House; I know them to be my Mistress's Candles, by the Colour, the length of the Cotton, and the drawing off. Young Yates confess'd he sold them to Mrs. Grigson for 3 s. and a Dozen; before Justice Martin, he said the Candles were brought to him by a Man on Tower-hill, but he could give no Account of him, but he own'd his selling them to his Land-lady.
William Bray , Constable. I have some of the Goods, taken upon the Old Gentleman; and at the Place where the Young one lodged we found 71 Pounds conceal'd in Paper. We found but 3 Candles on the old one. When Young Yates was carry'd before the Justice, he said he had the Candles from one Stevens a Watchman belonging to the Custom-house, and that they were Perquisites belonging to his Place.
Grigson. He lodg'd in my House, (the young one) and he brought the Candles in, as Perquisites belonging to a Watchman of the Custom-house, and I received them as such.
Yates, junior. I saw the Cellar Door open'd one Night by a Coach Wheel, and I thought there was no need of disturbing them. How the Candles came into my Room, I cannot tell. I found them under the Stairs, when I went to look for a bit of Wood to make a Fire.
Yates, junior. I lodged in Grigson's House, and was out of Business. She asked me one Time to go along with her a little Way; I went with her to Tower-hill; we met a Man, she took a Box from him, and said to me Dick carry the Box home for me. I did, and left her with the Man; when she came home she bid me carry the Box up Stairs; whereof I did, it was full of Candles, and I weigh'd them.
Elizabeth Holden . I was coming over Tower hill, I can't say for the Day of the Month, but it was about 5 in the Morning, and I met Yates the Younger: I asked him how he and his Father did; he desired me to lend him a half-penny for a Dram: This Grigson was with him, and had a Box which she desired Yates to carry over the Hill for her, and she said she would give him 6d. He asked her whether he must carry it up, or leave it belows Stairs; she said, carry it up. I don't know what was in the Box, but I believe she keeps a very disorderly House.
Constable. We found the major Part of the Candles done up in Dozens in Papers, some few in a Box.
Justice Martin. When the Boy, and the Witness was before me, he continued in the same Story, that they had them of a Watch-man, belonging to the Custom-house, and that they were brought to him, to a Bulk upon Tower-Hill, and that he carried them to this Witness to sell for him. I asked him if he could find this Man, and he said he could not.
Yates, jun. Mrs. Grigson bid me say such and such Words before the Justice; whereof I being ignorant of any such Affair, did so. She hired me once when a Box came in, to carry a Letter and
Yates, jun. And I paid it to her, and she paid me for my Trouble. She sold them out of her Shop at a half penny a piece.
Elizabeth Holder . I sent my Daughter for a half penny Candle. and she brought me one so large, made me think there was some Mistake so I went to her about it, and she told me she would sell' 3lb together so, if I would buy them.
Yates, sen. acquitted . Yates, jun. guilty 4s. 10d.
56, 57. Peter Hinds and , of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of Thomas Smith , between 12 and 1 in the Night, and stealing 3 Hammers, 8 Files, 1 pair of Pincers, and 1 Iron Pin , the 23d of January . Both Guilty of Felony only .
59. Mary Farrett , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Sheet, and 2 pair of Stockings, the Goods of Edward Ireland , and a Linnen Shift, the Goods of Elizabeth Ireland , the 27th of January last. Acquitted .
63. John Thompson , was indicted for stealing a Cloath Coat, the Goods of Francis Mellows , and a Cloath Coat, the Goods of Thomas Smith , from the Coach-house of John Carter , Esq; Feb. 25 . Guilty 4s. 10d.
67, 68, 69. Richard Rutt . Isaac otherwise Tho. Rutt , and James Herbert , were indicted for assaulting Peter Davis in the House of Isaac otherwise Thomas Rutt, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Guinea .
Peter Davis appeared in Court before the Prisoner's Arraigment, but withdrew, and not answering when called, the Court ordered the Recoganizances to be escheated. Acquitted ,
The Trails being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows;
Received Sentence of Death 1.
Burnt in the Hand 1.
To be Transported 44.
Isaac Turbot , Simon Trevilian , Eliz Davis , Henry Blackwell , Grace Williams , Mary Hughes , Grace Hughes , John Perkins , John Jones , Mary Pool , Sarah Richardson otherwise Delaney, Francis Pope , Elizabeth Whitehead , John Draper , John Pennelow , John Wi liams, Mary Wynne , Hester Dumontier . Richard Yates jun John Eagle , Martha Hoards , John Peter Scarisbone , Mary Savage , Samuel Price , Mary White , Thomas Visage , Stephen otherwise John Turner , Thomas George , Ann Evans , Simon Hutchinson , William Tough or Toff, William Foxley , John Busk , Eleanor Willford , Elizabeth Forster , Hannah Lawrence , Elizabeth Brannam , Peter Hinds , W - R - , Richard Inyan , Mary Small , Dorothy Lacey , John Thompson , and Jane Fitzgerald .