WEDNESDAY the 7th, THURSDAY the 8th, FRIDAY the 9th, SATURDAY the 10th, and MONDAY the 12th of December,
In the 11th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
First SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY
Right Honourable Sir John Barnard, Knight,
LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
For the YEAR 1737.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. M.DCC.XXXVII.
Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer,
For the CITY of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN BARNARD , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice WILLES, the Worshipful Mr. Justice PROBYN, the Worshipful Mr. Baron THOMPSON , Mr. Serjeant URLIN, Deputy-Recorder of the City of London, and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
1, 2. John Williams , and Mary his Wife , were indicted for stealing 15 dead Geese, value 40 s. and a wicker Pen, value 2 s. the Goods of John Rogers , in the Parish of St. Dionis Back-Church , Oct. 15 . John Williams Guilty , Mary Acquitted .
3, 4. Jonathan Jordan and Robert Steppen of St. Andrew Undershaft , were indicted for feloniously making and forging, and causing to be made and forged a certain Promissory Note for the Payment of 3 l. 6 s. in the Words following, viz. I promise to pay unto Jonathan Jordan or Order, the Sum of 3 l. 6 s. on Demand for Value received, per me, James Smith . Test. Robert Steppen. With Intent to defraud the said James Smith of the Parish of St. George in the East, Mariner , of the said Sum of 3 l. 6 s. against the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, &c. And likewise against the Form of the Statute, &c. And the said Jordan and Steppen, on the said 10th of Oct. the abovesaid Promissory Note did utter and publish as true, they well knowing the same to be false, forged and counterfeit . The Jury acquitted the Prisoners, and the Court ordered Steppen a Copy of his Indictment.
5. John otherwise Samuel Bugden , of Allhallows Barkin , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, value 3 l a gold Ring with 2 small diamonds, value 20 s. a gold enamelled Ring, value 10 s. a Shirt, value 10 s. a Guinea, two half Guineas, 2 Portugal Pieces, value 36 s. each, a quarter Moidore, a French Crown, value 4 s. and 23 Shillings in Money, the Property of Francis Brooks in his Dwelling-house , Nov. 1 .
Francis Brooks. My Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury! I live in Thames-street against the Custom-house, and keep a publick House . The Prisoner came to my House the 1st of Nov. in the Morning, before I came down from my Chamber, he asked for me as readily as if he had known me. When I came to him, he bid me - Good-Morrow, and asked me if I knew him? I told him no. I know you, says he, and the last Time I was with you, I drank half a pint of Wine with you. I said, I did not remember it, and I went away
Patience Kennedy . My Master (on the Day this happen'd) order'd me to go up and lock the Lodger's Doors, and the Door of his Chamber, where the Cupboard was. I did so, and push'd the Door with my Knee to see if they were fast: Then I laid the Bedcloths smooth in Mr. Bennet's Room, and came down and put the Keys in the Bar. Then the Prisoner went up to sleep, and staid above Stairs about three quarters of an Hour. I did not know what was in the Cupboard, but I took Notice it was lock'd before I shut the Chamber Door.
Samuel Wall, Constable. I was charged with the Prisoner on the 1st of November at Wapping Wall, and I brought him with a Pair of Oars to the Prosecutor's House. The Goods were taken from him in the Boat, and I have them here to produce. Burges taxed him with robbing Mr. Brooks and he own'd it directly, and gave us the Money and Rings. The Watch was in his Pocket, and the Rings upon his Finger which he return'd with 7 l. 3 s. 9 d. in Money, all which he said he had taken from Mr. Brooks.
Brooks. This is my Watch: I have had it these 20 Years, and these are my Rings: One of them was made for my Wife's Mourning, and the other for my Son's. This French Crown, I brought from France. These are the Things I lost.
Brooks. I believe it to be mine, - 'twas made abroad. I have the Fellow to it, now upon my Back
Prisoner. I am a Sailor , and have not been at Brooks's House since last Summer. I am a perfect Stranger to all this.
The Jury found the Prisoner Guilty . Death .
6. William Cudmore , was indicted for privately stealing 5 Cloth Coats, value 10 l 2 Cloth Wastcoats lac'd, value 6 l. a Drugget Coat, value 20 s. 2 Sagathy Coats, value 20 s. a silver hilted Sword, value 20 s. 3 silver Spoons, value 30 s 19 silver Tea-spoons value 18 s. a silver Saucepan, value 3 l. 2 silver Salts, value 30 s. a silver Pepperbox, value 20 s. and 2 pair of silver Buckles, value 10 s. the Goods of Gerrard Bottomley , Esq ; in his dwelling House , October 8 .
Mr. Bottomley. About the Beginning of October I was robb'd of several Things. The Evidence Sharp, was my Servant, and he took the Opportunity, when I was out, to let the Prisoner and his Companion Watson into the House. The first Robbery was committed on a Tuesday; the second, on the Friday following. Two or three Days after they had robb'd me, I met the Prisoner in the Street, and he told me, if I did not take Care of
John Sharp . I have known the Prisoner about 14 Months, and since the Beginning of our Acquaintance, we have frequently drank together o'Night. He liv'd as a Servant to Mr. Bottomley, about 3 Months ago, and I liv'd with him as a Servant about 9 Weeks ago. While the Prisoner was with Mr. Bottomley, Watson and I call'd upon him at Mr. Bottomley's House, and I had some Discourse with him. Two Days after this, we went to Mr. Bottomley's again, but Cudmore was discharged. We found him at an Alehouse in the Neighbourhood and drank with him, and after this Time, he come every Day to the House where Watson and I lodged, to intreat either of us to endeavour to get into Mr. Bottomley's Service. Accordingly Watson went to the Gentleman, but he was then engaged. A fortnight afterwards I call'd upon him, and he told me he wanted a Servant, and he appointed me to meet him at a Coffee House by Lincolns-Inn, where we agreed. We had resolv'd before, that whoever should be taken into the House, should rob it. 'Twas my Misfortune to get the Service, and I went there about 11 o'Clock in the Morning: About 5 the same Day, Watson came to the House, (Mr. Bottomley being abroad) and told me that the Prisoner was within Call, but as he was known in the Neighbourhood he was afraid to come yet. About 6 the Prisoner sent a Boy to me, and I sent him Word back, that I was afraid my Master would come Home, and if he should find him, or Watson with me, I might lose the Place. Upon this the Prisoner came himself and insisted on our robbing my Master directly, and he told me, he knew there were Goods of considerable Value in the House, particularly 2 Rings worth 300 l. which lay in a Scrutore, and Bank Notes and Money, and that when we had done the Business, we might all go over to France, and need not stay here to be expos'd. This was about 6 o'Clock in the Evening, and according to our Resolution, he went to the Kitchen and took out of the Table-drawer, 2 Chopping Knives, and He, Watson and I, went up 2 Pair of Stairs and took a Chest from the Wall; Then with the Chopping Knives he broke it open, and made Watson and I hold up the Lid, while he took out 6 or 7 Suits of Cloaths, then we set the Chest in it's proper Place again. There were several Suits taken out, Black and other Colours, and some Linnen, but I was in too great a Hurry to take particular Notice of the Things. The Prisoner and Watson carry'd them down Stairs on their Arms into the Kitchen, and desired me to look out of Doors to see if the Street was clear; I told them I saw no Body near, upon which they both went out of the House with all the Cloaths, and left me behind them in the House. I had desired Watson to bring me a clean Shirt the next Morning, because I was to go with my Master to the Bank, and he came accordingly. I asked him what he and the Prisoner had done with the Cloaths? He told me that they had carry'd them off in a Coach, and that Cudmore had pawned one Suit for 46 s. I did not see the Prisoner from the Time he carry'd away the Goods, till the Friday Morning following: My Master sent me then, to Market for a Shoulder of Mutton, and as I was buying some Apples, Cudmore came by; I told him I expected to have seen him before now; says he I have sold and pawn'd all the Cloaths, and lost the Money; so how could I come to you? Am I (say'd I to him) to be used so, by a Villain? - I was pleased to use that Expression, - and struck him over the Face.
Prisoner. I was not in the House, I staid at the Door; and the Evidence Sharp, and Watson brought down the Cloaths to me to sell for them, and I dispos'd of them - purely out of Friendship to the two Men.
Daniel Jones . I live in Monmouth-Street, and sell Second hand Cloaths. A Neighbour of mine, one Flemming, that keeps a Publick-House, came and told me that two Men had brought a parcel of Cloaths in a Coach to his House for Sale; so I went to look at them: The Prisoner at the Bar and a young Fellow took me up Stairs to see them: There was an old Suit of Cloaths, and three old Coats; they were all old Fashion'd Things, except a Black Coat. The Prisoner said he would not bate a Farthing of 4 Guineas for them, but I bought them for 3 l. 5 s. Some Time after this, Mr. Bottomley, and Mr. Keat came and asked me, if I had bought any Cloaths at the Checquer Alehouse in King-Street? I said yes, and shew'd them the Cloaths; Mr. Bottomley said, they were his and I delivered them immediately.
Mr. Bottomley. These are my Cloaths.
- Caddy. I live with Mr. Johnson, a Pawn broker in Wych Street. On the 5th of October the
Mr. Bottomley. These likewise are my Cloaths.
Prisoner. I don't think that I am any Ways guilty of a Robbery; I hope I am not, - if I had I should have been willing to have taken Part of the Money. As for this 45 Shillings which I had upon these Things, I sent a Guinea of it to Sharpe, and I really did lose all the rest. I went to the Piazzas, but I had no great Notion of the Play, - so I lost it presently. I humbly hope you'll take it into Consideration, and transport me, rather than hang me.
The Jury found him Guilty , Death .
7. Samuel Cook , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Hannah Allen , in the Parish of St. Stephen Wallbrook, between the Hours of 1 and 3 in the Night, and stealing twelve linnen Table-cloths, value 3 l. twelve linnen Napkins, value 12 s. four white linnen Aprons, value 10 s. three Cambrick Handkerchiefs, value 4 s. three Muslin Handkerchiefs, value 4 s. two Muslin Hoods, value 22 d. eight coarse Towels, value 4 s. six Silver Tea-spoons, value 10 s. one Silver Tea-strainer, value 6 s the Goods of Hannah Allen ; and 18 pair of black Silk Stockings, value 9 l. six pair of white Silk Stockings, value 3 l. 25 yards of white Silk Tabby, value 4 l. 22 yards of grey Silk Tabby, value 4 l. the Goods of William Satchwell ; and four Guineas, the Money of John Davis , in the Dwelling-house of Hannah Allen , Octob. 21 . And,
8. Elizabeth Carter , was indicted for receiving 11 Napkins, 4 Aprons, and 4 Towels, part of the said Goods of Hannah Allen, and I pair of Silk Stockings, and 25 yards of Tabby, part of the Goods of William Satchwell, she well knowing them to be stole , October 21 .
Mrs. Allen. I live in Buckler's-bury ; the 22d of October my House was broke open, between 1 and 3 in the Night, and I was robb'd of the Things mention'd in the Indictment; the Watchman knock'd us up, because he found the Door opens The Prisoner had been my Servant; I keep a Tavern , and he was my Errand-boy . I lost a dozen of Table-cloths, a dozen of Napkins, 6 Handkerchiefs, Cambrick and Muslin, 6 gilt Tea-spoons and a Strainer, a Velvet Hood, and a Scarlet Cloth Cloak, and 4 Aprons. The Linnen was in a Place that was like a Seat, to sit upon, and I believe they could not have been found, but by Some-body that knew the House. He had been gone away from me 3 Weeks or a Month before I was robb'd. The Goods were advertis'd the next Day, and the Prisoner was taken up on Suspicion, and carry'd before Justice Midford, where he confess'd the Fact. He was ask'd to sign his Confession, but he refus'd to do that. The Substance of it was, that he and Richard Williams , and another, (whose Name I have forgot) came in through the Window; that the Pin not being fast, he took it out, and then threw up the Sash; that they then got into the House, and took the Goods, which they carry'd to several Persons Houses, who knew them to be stole. I employ'd the Constable only in the Affair, and he brought me some of my Linnen again. The Whole of it, I believe, is mine, but Part of it I can positively swear to.
Hen Mold , Constable. On the First of November, or the latter end of October, I found the Prisoner at a naughty House in the Cole-yard in St. Giles's. I brought him away, but he would not speak 'till I got him to my House. I ask'd him if he knew Dick Williams ? He shook his Head, and said, yes, I know him to my Sorrow; 'tis he that has brought me to all this; and he desir'd me to go back to the House where I took him, for he was sure that Williams and Humphries would come there. I went there to look for them, but one Sue Chapman had given them Notice to get out of the Way. The Prisoner inform'd me, that his Companions were to be paid for the Goods that were dispos'd of at one Harbin's in Leicester-street, by Hockley in the Hole, but they never came there for the Money, nor did we find any of the Things at Harbin's House, but he help'd us to some of the Linnen, a piece of black Tabby, and some of the Stockings again. The Prisoner Carter own'd before Justice Midford that she carry'd the Goods to Harbin, to sell for these Men.
John Davis gave an Account, that he was Mrs. Allen's Drawer, and that the Windows and Doors were fast over Night; that he lost 4 Guineas, some Silver, and 18 d. in Half-pence, out of a Cupboard which was nail'd up in the Yard, and likewise a pair of Pumps. That the Prisoner confess'd he got thro' the Window, and broke open the Cupboard, and had pawn'd the Pumps.
Hen. Mold. The Prisoner told me, that if it
Harbin. The Goods were brought to Sue Chapman's House, and there I saw them. The Prisoner Carter brought them from thence to my House, and desir'd me to dispose of them. I was to get what I could for them, and was to be paid for my Trouble. The two Prisoners, and Williams and Humphries, coming daily after me for the Money, I got one Mrs. Stokes, who is run away, to help to sell them. I receiv'd 4 l. from her, and gave the two Prisoners some part of the Money; some part I kept my self, and 5 s. Stokes had for her Trouble. I ask'd the Prisoner Cook how he came by the Goods, and he told me they were safe enough, for they got them 10 Miles off. The Monday after Lord Mayor's Day, Cook and Williams, and Humphries were quarrelling at an Alehouse, and Cook said if they had not been Fools, they might have gone up Stairs, and have got 150 l. One of them reply'd, we should then have disturb'd them, upon which Cook said, if they had made any Noise, we would have blown all their Brains out. I dispos'd of the Spoons, and the Prisoner had his Share of the Money at the Black-Bull upon Saffron Hill.
Prisoner Carter. Ask him how he can have the Assurance to say the Goods were brought to my Room without his Knowledge? He and Sue Chapman brought them to me, to look at, and I fastned my Door with the Poker.
The Jury acquitted Carter, and found Cook guilty of Felony only, 4 s. 10 d.
Mr. Cade. On the 25th of October, between 12 and 1 in the Morning, the Prisoner stopp'd me in Chiswell-street , and clapping a loaded Pistol to my Head, he cry'd, D - n your Bl - d, - your Money. Immediately another laid hold of me with a long Knife, and he cry'd out, - your Money, quickly, or else we'll shoot you; upon which I deliver'd them 3 s. 6 d. and some Half-pence. The Prisoner search'd me for my Watch, and then they walk'd off, swearing if I turn'd after them, they would shoot me through the Head. I went cross the Way, and saw two Watchmen; then I cry'd out, Stop Thief, and the Prisoner took up a Court that was no Thorough-fare: I follow'd him, and he ran out of the Court again, and made down White-cross-street, and though I pursu'd and call'd out stop Thief, yet he ran past two Watchmen, and they never attempted to stop him, but in Beech-lane this little Watchman fell'd him with his Staff. I am positive to the Prisoner, for he was never out of my Sight, but just turning the Corner. My Penknife was found in the Prisoner's Pocket, and a loaded Pistol; the other Man ran away with my Money.
Robert Wilson . The Prosecutor calling out stop Thief, and the Prisoner running toward my Stand in Beech-Lane, I bid him stand twice, he refused, and so I knocked him down, - that I did indeed; then the Gentleman came up and charged him with robbing him; so we carried him to the Watch-house, and found a Pistol upon him, and this naked Fork. Guilty . Death .
10. William Brown , was indicted for assaulting William Haines in a Field near the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a pair of wrought base Metal Buckles, value 12 d Oct. 12 .
William Haines On the 12th of Oct. about 9 in the Evening, I was coming with some Friends from Mr. Dobney's, and in the Field between the Pond and the New River Head , I stopp'd to make Water, my Company being a little Way before me, I call'd to them, and bid them not go without me, and presently I heard a Cry of Murder, and a Pistol was fired. I was going to make up to my Company and a Man stopp'd me, and demanded my Money, Watch and Rings, and gave me a Knock on the Head, I told him I had no Watch but he searched me all down to my Shoes, and said here's a good pair of Buckles, and took them away; then he jump'd away, and a Pistol went off, and one of them cry'd, D - n you take that among you. After I was robb'd I ran back to Dobney's and got his Man to come over the Fields with me with two Dogs. We call'd in at Sadler's-Wells, and there I found my Friends and the Prisoner.
Joseph Critchley . I was coming from Dobney's with 4 Friends, and I happen'd to be foremost; when I came to the Stile, I saw the Prisoner and two more, one of each Side of him. The Prisoner jump'd off the Stile, and said D - n your Bl - ds deliver this Minute. I was surpriz'd, and while I was putting my Hand in my Pocket, I heard a Pistol go off at one of my Friends behind me: Then I heard another Friend say, - fight away Boys, they have nothing but Powder, the Prisoner immediately clapp'd a Pistol to my Face, I struck it by with my Hand, and off it went.
John Martin , confirm'd the former Witnesses, adding, that he likewise was attack'd by one Man, who endeavoured to rifle him; but Mr. Stevens coming up to his Assistance, the Fellow quitted him, that he heard one Pistol fir'd, and saw another flash; that Stevens got the Prisoner down in the Grass, upon which one of his Comrades fir'd a Pistol, and bid them take it among them; and that the Ball from this Pistol wounded his Brother in the Cheek.
Martin Stevens , confirmed the foregoing Evidence, and deposed, that he gave the Prisoner several Blows before he knock'd him down; that the Prisoner call'd to his Companions and bid them fire; upon which a Pistol was fired among them; upon which the Prisoner got up and would have run off, but they secur'd him directly, and carried him to Mr. Forcer's ( Sadler's Wells )and from thence to Justice Poulson, who committed him.
Prisoner. These two Men that were with me perswaded me to go out with them, I did, and at Holloway they proposed robbing the first Man that came by. I told them I would not be concern'd, but they dragged me along, and when we came to this Field, they attack'd these People. I was making the best of my Way off, and Mr. Stevens follow'd me and knock'd me down. Guilty , Death .
Guilty 10 d .
14. John Lane , was indicted for assaulting Ann Porter near the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a linnen Bag, value 7 d. a linnen Handkerchief, value 6 d. a Gold Ring, value 14 s. half a Guinea, and 26 s. in Money , Nov. 11 .
Ann Porter The Prisoner had been at Mr. Price's, at Palmer's Green from Sunday to Friday: I was a Servant in the House and was then coming from thence. The Prisoner said he would go with me and shew me the nearest Way; he carry'd me into Hornsey-Wood , and there he threw me down, and took the Ring from my Finger, and the Money out of my Pocket, and a Handkerchief off my Neck; then he d - n'd me for a Bitch and away he run. When he had thrown me down, he clapp'd his Thumb under the Root of my Tongue, and his Fingers upon my Nose, and press'd me so hard that the Blood ran out of my Nose like a Tap. I scream'd out, and in about a quarter of an Hour, up came 3 Men, and I told them I had been robb'd, and they went in Pursuit of the Prisoner, but could not find him. I went back to Mr. Prices, and the next Morning he sent out 2 Men and Horses, but they could not light of him. At last he was taken at Holloway.
James Whitton . I took the Prisoner at Holloway, and he confess'd to me that he had committed this Fact, and desired I would be civil to him and let him send for his Father. When the Headborough had him in Charge at Mother Redcap's he own'd it again.
Porter. This is my Handkerchief.
Thompson. When his Father came to him, he own'd the Robbery.
Prisoner. That Handkerchief she lent me while I was at Mr. Price's, and the Money she gave me to marry her at Newington; but coming thro' the Wood I had some Words with her, and I told her I would not have her, and would have given her the Money again, but she would not take it.
Porter. He did not say a Word of Matrimony to me, nor I to him.
The Jury found the Prisoner Guilty , Death .
Isaac Whitehead of Harlington , was indicted for stealing a Gelding of a brown Colour, value 9 l. the Property of Edward Glover , Dec. 1 .
Henry Smith. I lost a black Gelding Nov. 18. from Charwelton, in Northamptonshire : I enquired after him, and a Blacksmith at Tocester, gave me Intelligence that he had shod such a Horse for the Prisoner. The Gelding was found in a Stable at Staines, and the Prisoner with him.
Samuel Smith . I went to Staines to look after the Gelding, and found him in the Stable, at the White Horse, and there I likewise found the Prisoner. I charged him with taking the Horse, and told him, I suppos'd he came for a little Mare, that was in the Grounds with the Horses, and he told me, he came for any he could catch.
Joseph Hall. I was with Samuel Smith when we found the Horse. I told the Prisoner, that Smith wanted to buy a Horse, upon which the Prisoner told us, that all the Horses in that Stable were his, and if any of them would do for us, he would sell us one. We pitch'd upon this Horse, and the Prisoner led him out of the Stable and asked 14 Guineas for him. I asked him how he came by the Horse, and he said he bought him in Northamptonshire, at a Place call'd Badby, of one Goodman; then I told him the Horse was stolen, and charged a Constable with him; when he was in Custody, I told him I supposed he had a Mind to a little Mare that was with the Horses: I can't say, says he, which I had a Mind to, - which I could come at.
Edward Glover . I lost my brown Gelding from Hilledon, in Northamptonshire , about a Mile from Mr. Smith's. When I heard that Neighbour Smith had found his Horse, I went to the Prisoners Stable to look for mine, but the Man of the House would not let me see the Horses; however, I found my Gelding at Dawley Lodge, in the Possession of Josiah Alderson , who told us he had him of the Prisoner. The Prisoner told us he caught the Horse, by pulling some Oats out of a Rick, and offering them to him. I swore to my Horse and have had him again.
Alderson depos'd, that he had the Horse of the Prisoner the first of Nov. last, that the Prisoner dealt in Horses , and that he took him to be an Honest Man.
Prisoner. I bought this Horse of a Stranger upon the Road, and as for the brown Gelding, he said he would do me no Harm if I would tell him how I came by him.
The Jury found him guilty , of both Indictments. Death ,
18. Jane Phillips , otherwise Allen , was indicted for stealing 3 Pewter Dishes, value 6 s 18 Pewter Plates, value 12 s 24 Brass Candle sticks, value 24 s. 2 large Silver Spoons, value 18 s. 3 Silver Tea-spoons, value 3 s. a Damask Napkin, value 1 s. 5 Diaper Napkins, value 2 s 6 China Plates, value 6 s. a China Dish, value 3 s. 8 lbs. of Sugar, value 2 s. 6 d. and a Linnen Pillowbeer, value 1 s. the Goods of Thomas Savage , Nov. 30 . Acquitted .
21, 22. Grafton Kirk , and Tery Gerrard , were indicted for assaulting Harry Gough , Esq ; in the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Gold Watch chased, value 30 l. and a Guinea , Oct. 21 .
Mr. Gough. On Friday the 21st of October, I was attack'd by 4 Footpads in the Enfield Stage-Coach; in a Lane, about a Mile and a half on this side Enfield . Their Persons I don't know: They broke the wooden Window of the Coach, and then forc'd open the Door. One of them rush'd in, and the others stood without. The Man that demanded my Money had a Pistol in his Hand. I told them if they would be civil they should have it, and I pull'd out my Purse and told them there was a Guinea in it. The Fellow that took it, said, we must have more from such Gentlemen as you, I told him he could have no more, unless it was a little Silver. He damanded that, and as I was putting my Hand in my Pocket, he
Mr. Adams. On the 21st of October, as Mr. Gough and I were going to Endfield, we were attack'd in the Evening between 5 and 6 by 3 or 4 Footpads: They stopp'd the Coach, but I can't say I remember any of their Faces. One of them stepp'd into the Coach; cut my Breeches, and took from me 10 Guineas, and 1 Guinea and some Silver besides. I saw them rob Mr. Gough and take his Watch from him: When they went off, they went towards London.
Mr. Gough. I went to Newgate to see the Prisoners, and there Terry Gerrard confess'd to me, that he was in that Robbery; he told me where my Watch was, and who it was sold to. Kirk was taken up on the other Side of the Water, for another Robbery.
James Wint . The 2 Prisoners, John Peirce and I, robb'd the Endfield Coach, between Endfield and Edmonton ; 'twas in the Evening between 5 and 6 o'Clock. I saw Mr. Gough and Mr. Adams in the Coach: There were none but they in it. There were 3 Horses to the Coach and I was at their Heads, while they robb'd them. Mr. Gough was robb'd first, and because they could not readily find Mr. Adams's Money, Kirk cry'd, tear his Pocket, or cut it down: He stood with his Hat thus, and as Gerrard took the Money, he put it into Kirk's Hat. The other Man stood at the Coach Door. When we first stopp'd the Coach, Gerrard took a Pistol from under his Coat, and held it to the Coachman to make him stop. The Coachman flourish'd his Whip at him, but seeing the Pistol, he stood still: Then he broke the Window with his Pistol, and burst open the Door and jump'd into the Coach. John Peirce stood likewise with a Pistol, cock'd and loaded, and Gerrard's Pistol was loaded too. When we had robb'd them, we went directly towards London. I never was in their Companies before, to commit a Robbery: This was the first Time, and I hope 'twill be the last. The Money we shar'd 2 or 3 Fields distant from the Place where we stopp'd the Coach, and the Watch was sold the Saturday afterwards for 6 Guineas, and I had a Guinea and a half of the Money. Gerrard and Peirce sold it to a Jew, whose Name is Moses.
James Mead , Coachman. I drove the Coach; 'twas stopp'd by 4 Footpads. I can't swear to the Prisoners, and a Man in such a Coat as this Wint has now on, held the Horses. They broke the Coach Window, and burst open the Door. I flourish'd my Whip, and was about to whip the Man that laid hold of the Horses, but another came and took hold of my Leaders; 'twas the little Man that jump'd into the Coach.
William Wint . I am Wint, the Evidence's Brother. Upon his Information, I went after Peirce and Gerrard. About 9 o'Clock I took Gerrard, in Fleet-street, in Bethnal Green Hamlet. I found out his Lodging, and broke open the Door; he was in Bed, but I jump'd in, and threw my self upon the Bed; then I threw off the Bed-cloaths for Fear he should have had Fire Arms, and catching hold of his Hands, I call'd in my Assistants. I told him I came to enquire after Capt. Gough's Watch; then, says he, I am a dead Man, and his Wife ran to the Bed-side and took a silver Watch, which she put into her Bosom. Well, says the Prisoner, this won't save your Brother's Life, because you have taken none but me; yes, says I. Grafton Kirk is in Goal. When we had secur'd him, I look'd about the Room and saw his Coat hang up; we search'd it and found a loaded Pistol in the Pocket, which was draw'd at Justice Farmer's. Philip Moreau gave much the same Account with the foregoing Witness, adding, that Gerrard own'd before Justice Farmer, that he was the Man that took the Watch and the Money from Capt. Gough, and he wish'd he had done for others, as they had done for him; that there were others of the Company that deserv'd hanging more than Jonathan Wild , and nam'd a Man that keeps a public House in Brick-lane, as the Author of his Ruin.
William Maggs . I am a Watchmaker, and having advertis'd Capt. Gough's Watch, a Person brought it to me, one Loyd a Watchmaker in Smithfield, Loyd told me he had it from a Jew that he work'd for, and that this Jew had receiv'd it in Pawn from another Jew for 16 l. I paid 15 Guineas for it. He told me the Jew's Name, that he had it from, was Solomon Moses , a Fellow with one Eye, that goes about with a Bell-harp.
Peter Perrimonie , spake to the taking of Gerrard in the Manner before related, and inform'd the Court, that he acknowledg'd he was concern'd in this Robbery; and that they had sold the Watch to a Jew that lives in a pav'd Alley in the Minories for 6 Guineas. He likewise produc'd the Pistol that was taken out of his Coat-pocket.
Isaiah Bennet , John Munns , Abraham Fenton , James Walton , Tho Sullivan , Geo Jefferies , Nathan Gaze , Sam. Buckley , Jane Thurtle , and Ann Arnold , spake to the Prisoner's ( Kirk's ) Character, but no one appear'd to Gerrard's.
The Jury found them both Guilty . Death .
Terry Gerrard>, was again indicted for assaulting (with John Peirce not taken) George Elliston , in a certain Field near the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 3 l. a Silver Chain, value 3 s. a Silver Seal, value 2 s. another Seal set in Bathmetal and Steel, value 3 d. a pair of Shoe-buckles, value 10 d. two pieces of Copper, and 3 s. in Money , Octob. 26 .
Charles Clark . On Sunday Night the 23d of October I took Coach in Cheapside, between 11 and 12 o'Clock, and drove to the Bottom of Holborn. Hardesty and the Evidence James James , walk'd up on the right side of the Way by the Coach-side about a quarter of a Mile. Above Holborn bars the Evidence James stopp'd the Coach, then the Prisoner Hardesty went up to the Horses Heads, and the Evidence came to me with a cock'd Pistol, and demanded my Money. He put his Hand into my Pocket, and took 18 d. which I had put in a Pocket by it self to pa the Coachman; and I believe he took a half Guinea likewise, for I miss'd it the next Day. The Witness demanded my Watch, but I wrench'd the Pistol out of his Hand, and then he ran away. Upon this Hardesty came up to me with another Pistol; I threw myself half out of the Coach, and snapp'd this Pistol at him, calling out, Watch! Watch! and then he ran away too. I can't say I saw any other than Hardesty and the Evidence, though the Witness says, that Piper was concern'd. They were taken up for another Robbery, and I went to see them; Hardesty own'd the whole Affair, and I shew'd the Pistol: Hardesty confess'd the Robbery, and ask'd Piper if he did not know that Pistol? I had no Discourse with Piper that was any Thing to the Purpose.
James James . I was one of the Persons that robb'd Mr. Clark on the 23d of October in a Coach, the upper End of Holborn by the Bars; the two Prisoners were with me. Piper was on the off side of the Horses Heads in the Highway: Hardesty and I walk'd on one side, and Piper walk'd on the other side of the Way.
Mr. Clark. The Wind was on the left side of the Coach, therefore I drew up that Window.
James. Piper went to the Horses Heads, while I robb'd the Gentleman, and Hardesty stood at the other side of the Coach. I open'd the Door on the right side, and put my Hand into his Pocket: I took out three Pieces, one of which I dropp'd, and there remain'd but a Shilling and a Six-pence. The Prisoners had Pistols, as well as I, and that which the Gentleman has produc'd I had from Piper; he bought it about three Days before. The 18 d. was shar'd in my Room, and the two Prisoners had 6 d. each, which we spent at an Alehouse facing Drury-lane.
Mr. Clark. The Evidence told me the Marks that were upon the Pistol before I shew'd it him. Hardesty Guilty . Death . Piper Acquitted .
Edmund South , on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Silver hilted Sword, value 20 s. a walking Stick, with a Pinchbeck Metal Head, value 1 s. the Goods of Thomas South , a pair of Silver Buckles, value 6 s. and a silver Pocket Piece, value 2 s. the Goods of Edmund South , Oct. 24 .
Edmund South On Monday Night the 24th of Oct. about 6 o'Clock as I was walking to Stoke Newington , two Fellows assaulted me, and clapp'd Pistols to me. I believe the Prisoner was one, and this Evidence (Harrison) is another. 'Twas very Moonlight when they attack'd me; they robb'd me of the Things mentioned in the Indictment, and I am very positive that the Evidence Harrison was one of them
James Harrison . The first Time I ever engag'd in this Way was Sunday Night the 23d of Oct. last, and we did not do any Thing that Night - we had 10 s. between us then. Next Morning Grafton, Kirk, Terry Gerrard and I met, and we kept Company all that Day together. (I was not in the Robbery of Captain Gough and Mr. Adams.) On the 24th of Oct. we parted Company: Kirk and the Prisoner said they would meet the rest of us in Islington Church yard. In order to meet them I went by the Farthing-Pye house; there was an Uproar there about an Informer against a Seller of Gin; I staid in the Croud, and Grafton Kirk and the Prisoner came out of the House, and we joined Company again; we drank a Pint of Wine there, and then we proceeded; and the Prisoner and I stopp'd Mr. South in a Field, while our Companions was in the Road. When we two met the Prosecutor, he had his Cane and his Sword in his Hand, which he took from him. I took one of his Buckles out of his Shoe, and then Terry Gerrard came running up to us and took the other. Shaw began to rifle him first, he presented a Pistol to his Breast; there was another Gentleman with the Prosecutor, but he prevented his going away, by presenting his Pistol to him, telling him he would shoot him if he went away.
Mr. South. I believe there was three of them about us.
Prisoner. I don't know where Islington is; I never was there in my Life.
A Witness. The Prisoner acknowledged that he was with Harrison and Kirk, and was concern'd in taking the Gentleman's Buckles and Sword.
- Whittle. I was robb'd at the same Time on Horseback: I know no more, but that about a Week afterwards I was desired by some Men to come over the Water to the White-Horse for Information about my Watch, so I went, and from thence to the New Jail, and the Prisoner told me, my Watch was pawn'd upon Tower-Hill, and I went according to his Directions and found it. I can't say any Thing concerning Mr. South's Robbery.
Harrison. There were generally five of us in Company, and some of us us'd to be employ'd in one Place, and some in another. This is Mr. South's Cane, I sent for it 12 Miles - out of the Country.
George Holderness . Mr. Justice Lade sent to a Constable to apprehend the Prisoner, and he desir'd me to go with him. We went to Dark house-lane and took the Prisoner; as we were carrying him to Goal, he asked us, why we did not take Harrison, for he was (he said) concern'd in the Robberies with him, and ought to suffer as well as he. He told me if I would come to him in the Morning, he would tell me of an hundred People concern'd in Robberies on the Highway. Guilty , Death .
28, 29. Elizabeth Osborn and Ann Clark , of St. Mary White chappel , were indicted for stealing a Promissory Note dated 15th of Nov. 1736, for 50 l. sign'd James Mount , payable on the 10th of April to John Wilson . One other Promissory Note, dated 28th of March, 1737, for 100 l. sign'd Timothy Dennison , payable to the said Wilson. One other Promissory Note, dated April 25, 1737, for 50 l. sign'd William Dockwray , payable to the said Wilson, with Interest on Demand. One other Promissory Note dated Oct. 5. 1737, for 10 l 1 s. 7 d. sign'd Arthur Grainger , payable two Months after Date, and endorsed on the Back John Wybourn . The said respective Sums secur'd by the said Notes, being then due, and the Property of the said John Wilson , Nov. 23 .
They were a 2d Time indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Wilson, about 7 at Night, Nov 23 , and stealing a Gold Ring, value 10 s. a Gold Chain, value 5 l a pair of Silver Buckles, value 5 s a 36 s. Piece of Gold, 7 Guineas, 2 quarter Guineas, and 27 s. in Money, the Property of the said Wilson .
John Wilson. My House was broke open about half an Hour past 7 o'Clock. I left the Things mentioned in the Indictments, in a Nest of Drawers in my Lodging Room: When I came Home, I found I had been robb'd, and the Lock seem'd as if it had been push'd back with a Chissel.
- Mason. I live in Mr. Wilson's Neighbourhood; hearing of the Robbery between 8 and 9 o'Clock the same Night, I went to him, and he
Clark. Osborn put the Chain about my Neck, while I was in Liquor. Guilty , Death .
Henry Udall. The 27th of May about 10 o' Clock at Night, I had the Tankard. The Prisoner and the Evidence was with him then in the House, I had been walking with my Child to give him a little Air, and when I came Home I told over my Tankards; this was about 9. A quarter before 10, I told them over again, and they were all right; the Prisoner and the Witness were then in the House. I missed one immediately after they were gone, but I can't say they took it.
John Cornhill . The Prisoner and I run away with the Tankard the 27th of May between 10 and 11 at Night: We kept it till next Day, then we carry'd it to Robert Whitney 's in Brick-lane, and we sold it for 4 l. 16 s. and divided the Money between us.
Udall. I value it at 6 l at least.
Prisoner. He swears against me only for the sake of the Reward: I was ill that very Night this happen'd.
Udall. Upon my Oath the Prisoner was there: I had been out, and when I came home, I took particular Notice what Company was in the House.
David Barclay . The Prisoner I know has been out of Business; on the 11th of May he work'd for me: I am a Philosophical Instrument Maker; he went then away from me; and I saw him when he was ill, and paid him 3 s. which was due to him when he went away. He has work'd with me since; the 27th of October was the last Time. As the 27th of May, I can't Swear where he was then.
A Woman. He was very ill, the beginning of July, and came into the Country for the Air; but I can't speak to the 27th of May. Guilty . Death .
31. Abel Williams , was indicted, for that he being a Person of evil Disposition, &c on the 28th of September , knowingly, unlawfully, &c. did send unto Catherine Alderson , a certain Letter without Name, demanding the Sum of 50 Guineas, and containing divers Threats of the Life of the said Alderson, if the said Money should not be laid according to the Demand of the said Letter, to the great Damage of the said Alderson, and to the evil Example of others offending, &c. against the Peace, &c. and contrary to the Form of the Statute, &c. and for that he afterwards, on the 2d of October , knowingly, unlawfully, &c. did send unto Catherine Alderson, one other Letter, signed, J. Brown, W.B. &c. directed to the said Alderson, demanding Money, and containing Threats, &c. if the Money was not laid according to the Demand , &c. &c.
The Councel having open'd the Charge, the Witnesses were call'd.
(The Letter was read.)
Directed to Mrs Alderson.
Madam, Please to lay 50 Guineas under the Stone between the Water. plug and your Rails, before your Kitchen Window, close by the Steps, near your own Door. Let it be left there, on Wednesday next in the Night, and I and my Comrades will come for it. If you fail leaving it, according to Direction, the first Time you go to the Play, we will shoot you in your Coach, as you come Home; we all know the Time of your coming Home, so we shall make no more Words, but leave the Money if you value your Life; if you set any Watch, we will Murder them and you too. Do as you think fit, but if you value your Life, and your Son's Life, leave the Money, and you shall receive no Harm from us.
Mrs. Briar. This Letter was found the Day before Michaelmas-day: About a Fortnight after, the Prisoner was taken up, and when he was carry'd to Sir William Billers's Office, he sent for my Mistress; she did not care to go to him, so I went and desir'd him to make a Confession, if he knew any Thing of the Letters. He told me, he would say Nothing, but to my Mistress her self; I told him he might write his Mind to her, and accordingly he took Pen, Ink, and Paper, and went into another Room and wrote this Letter. I saw him take a Peice of Wax, out of his Pocket, and dabb'd it on the Letter, and fasten'd it down with his Thumb. The sealing this Letter, was so like those found in our Yard, that it immediately put me in Mind of them. This was the Letter he sent by me to my Mistress.
No Man did induce me to do this, but the Man at the White-Swan, who promis'd me a Reward, so I like a Fool took his Advice, and I ask your Pardon for this great Fault, which I acknowledge with all my Heart. It was he that did throw the Letters into the Yard at your House. Do not send me to New-gate, but any where else where you please.
I am your most humble Servant to command,
Mrs. Brian. The second Time I went to him, he desir'd my Mistress not to send him to Newgate, and he would come and make a Confession against the Man, whenever she pleas'd; I told him he had done too many bad Things, for my Mistress to release him; and that the Spoon and the Candlestick which were taken from him by the Constable, were my Mistresses. He own'd his taking them, and that he put them into his Pocket to sell that very Day.
(The Letter was read)
To Mrs. Alderson, '' Madam,
Since you deceiv'd us we will try you one other Time, and we will come some Night next Week, if you leave the Money, it will be well for your self and Family: if you leave it not, we will do as we told you in the first Letter. We give you no ill Words, nor bad Language, and it lies in your own Power to make yourself both easy and happy Think not to escape us. if you leave not the Money, for we shall light of you when you little think of it.
I. B. W. Brown, &c.
Mrs. Brian. I only said, if he would make a Confession, he would save his own Life, and he told me he would confess to no one but her self.
Henry James . I was sent by my Mistress to see for the Prisoner one Day, and I found him with Thurston at the White Swan in Leaden hall street. I told him my Mistress wanted him; he charged me to take no Notice who was with him, and Thurston said, pray don't; but I came Home and told my Lady that the Prisoner was with Thurston, upon which she was very much frighted. After this I went to call a Constable; he was at a Barber's and there I found Thurston; they were talking of the Thing I believe, for I heard Thurston say, he would not do such a Fact for 10,000 l.
Mrs. Alderson. I had an Information that the Man at the White-Swan had taken up the Stone after the first Letter was found; upon which, I sent for him, and he own'd he came that Night, and look'd under the Stone for the Money; but he told me he was drunk, or else he should not have done it. This gave me however, a bad Opinion of him, and I order'd my Servants never to go to his House to drink. About a Fortnight after, the Prisoner was abroad, and I sent my Footman to look for him, he brought me Word he was drinking with Thurston at his House. When the Prisoner came in, I ask'd him who he had been
Thurston. The first Time that ever I saw the Prisoner in my Life, was when the Lady sent for me to her House; he was then call'd into the Room to speak to Mr. Mispley about these Letters. They ask'd me if I had not search'd the Place for the Money? I said, I was that Night disguised in Liquor, and a Gentleman being at the House and saying there had been Threatning Letters sent to Mrs. Alderson, and that there was a Watch set, both within, and without the House, I had the Curiosity to go down to see how the Watch stood: I own'd I went down, and that I saw no Watch, and that I did kick up the Stone. At that Time I did not know where the Lady liv'd, nor her Name, but I did kick up the Stone indeed. On the Sunday after, I went to an Alehouse, the 3 Crowns to enquire for the Prisoner. I saw him, and asked him how his Lady did, and whether she was easy, or had any Mistrust of me. When the Lady's Footman came to enquire for the Prisoner at my House, I don't remember my ordering him to deny he was with me, for I took no Observation of the Thing. I never rested Night nor Day since this unfortunate Affair, and as I desired the Thing should be found out, I desired the Prisoner to let me know, if any body should be taken up about it. I told my Customers the next Day, what a foolish Thing I had been guilty of.
Mr. Hunter Constable. The third Time the Prisoner was examin'd by Sir William Billers , he said he was in Company with Thurston and another Man, and they asked him if he would be privy to a Letter, to get Money? at first, (he said) he demurr'd; but being asked a second Time, he consented: He was asked, if he knew the other Man that was with Thurston? and he said, No.
Prisoner. I was fuddled when I was examin'd by Sir William, and when I wrote the Letter from thence to my Mistress.
William Billers inform'd the Court, that the Prisoner was in some Confusion when he was examin'd, but in his Opinion, he was not in Liquor; that after he had promiss'd to tell him the whole Truth, he confess'd that he had agreed with Thurston, and another Man to send a Letter to his Mistress, but would not make any farther Information unless he might be sworn.
Upon the second Indictment, Mr. Hunter, the Constable depos'd, that he took the Prisoner about 9 in the Morning; that as he was following him, he observ'd him to shuffle something into his Breeches; upon searching him they found the Things mention'd in his Breeches, which he told them he had taken from his Wife, in order to sell them.
The Goods were sworn to, by Mrs. Alderson's two Maids.
The Jury acquitted the Prisoner on the first Indictment, and found him Guilty on the second.
35. Arthur Wacket , was indicted for stealing a pair of Buckskin Breeches, value 10 s a dimmity Waistcoat, value 2 s. a pair of Silver Buckles, value 4 s. a pair of Knee Buckles, value 3 s. and other Things, the Goods of Edward Brogrove , in his dwelling House , Oct 22 . Guilty 39 s.
36. Alice Fosset , was indicted for stealing a Quilt, a Looking-glass, a brass Pot, a copper Stew-pan, a Tea-kettle, and other Things, the Goods of William Ellory , in the Prisoner's Lodging , Nov. 1 . Guilty .
38. Elizabeth Cade , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Petticoat, value 2 s. a Flannel Petticoat, value 1 s. 2 Shirts, value 4 s. a Suit of Head-cloths, value 12 d. a pair of Gold Ear-rings with stone Drops, value 3 s. the Goods of Mary Longbottom ; and a Table cloths, 3 Sheets and other Things, the Goods of William Ward , Nov. 1 . Guilty .
Ann Parker , was indicted for stealing a diaper Table-cloth, value 5 s. a Sheet, value 4 s. peice of Velvet, value 8 s. and a silk Hood, value s. the Goods of William Watson , September 26 . Guilty .
43. John Grindley , was indicted for stealing a Peruke, value 14 s. the Goods of Christopher Sherringham , one ditto, value 25 s. the Goods of John Woodland , in the Shop of James Brownhill , Nov. 1 . Guilty 10 d.
45. Ellen Margetson , was indicted for stealing a Grogram Gown and Petticoat, a Cloth Cloak, a Petticoat, a Velvet Cap, and other Things, the Goods of Richard Ayres , in his Dwelling House , Nov 18 . Guilty 39 s.
46. Richard Herbert , was indicted for stealing 2 pair of Leather Breeches, value 2 l. 14 s. 11 pair of leather Gloves, value 16 s. 6 d, 4 Sheep-skins, value 18 d. and 1 Doe-skin, value 12 d. the Goods of John Atkins , in his Dwelling House , Nov. 23 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
47. John Taylor , was indicted for stealing 7 Silver Spoons, value 40 s. 4. Gold Rings, value 40 s. a Silver Watch, value 40 s. a Silver Spout of a Tea-pot, value 1 s. 2 Tortoise-shell Snuff-boxes, value 15 s. a Guinea, and 25 s. in Money, the Property of William Railton , in his Dwelling-House , Nov, 7 . Guilty 39 s.
48. John Thomas , was indicted for stealing 5 Shirts, value 12 s, a pair of Buckskin Breeches, value 10 s. 3 Cloth Coats, value 40 s. a dimmity Waistcoat, value 5 s. and other Things, the Goods of Thomas Menthorp , in the House of Eleanor Grumwell , Oct. 31 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
50. Elizabeth Nugent , was indicted for stealing 20 yards of Irish Cloth, value 3 l. 10 s. 3 yards of Cotton Check, value 3 s. 3 quarters of Irish Cloth, value 6 d, 1 quarter yard of cambrick, value 1 s. the Goods of Robert Murphey , in his Shop , Nov 3 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d .
52. Thomas Trout , was indicted for assaulting Ann the Wife of Heneage Finch , and for violently ravishing the said Ann against her Will, &c Sept. 4 . And Richard Fastnege , for aiding, abet ting, &c. the said Trout in the said Fact .
Ann Finch deposed, That on the 4th of Sept between 8 and 9 o'Clock at Night, the Prisoner and one Hall a Pastry-Cook, came to enquire for her Husband; that she told them he was at the 6 Cans in Holborn; upon which Trout asked her to go to his House and eat some Pidgeon-Pye with his Wife, telling her he would go to the 6 Cans and fetch her Husband to her. That she went with them to the Bull and Gate in Holborn, and Trout fetch'd her Husband to her. From thence they all four went to Fastnege's at the Coach and Houses in Drury-Lane , where they went up one pair of Stairs. Fastnege and his Wife, the Deponent and her Husband, Hull and Trout being all in Company together, and some cold Roast Beef was set on the Table. That her Husband being taken suddenly very ill, was oblig'd to go Home; that she perfectly longing for the Beef, at the Perswasions of the Company staid behind; and as soon as Supper was over they all dropp'd out of the Room and left her and Trout together. Upon this she got up in order to go down Stairs, but Trout pushed her back, and Mr. Fastnege lock'd the Door on the outside. That she scream'd out 'till she had no Strength to scream any longer. That there being a Bed in the Room, he flung her upon it, and violently did her this Injury, and that on her Oath, it was without her Consent. That the Key after this being flung under the Door, he open'd it and went down Stairs; that Hull came up immediately, and finding her weeping, he ask'd her what was the Matter? That she told him she had been ill used, and he ( Hull ) offering to be rude, she struck him on the Face, and then Mrs Fastnege came up and inform'd her, that her Husband was return'd. Upon which she went down to him, and he enquiring what was the Matter, she only told him she was not well, and went Home with him in a few Minutes. That when she got Home she fell into Fits, and kept her Bed for 3 Days: That her Aunt Seymour coming next Day to see her, she inform'd her what had happen'd to her, the Prisoner was prosecuted as soon as they could get a Warrant to take him.
Rebecca Seymour , swore she was sent the 4th of September to Fastenege's House, to fetch Mrs. Finch about 11 o'Clock at Night, and a Man and a Woman at the Door deny'd her, and inform'd the Witness she was gone.
Mary Seymour depos'd, that 4 or 5 Days, or a Week after this happen'd, Mrs. Finch told her the whole Story; and that she inform'd the Prosecutor's Mother, ( Mrs. Joan Seymour ) who has been like a Mad woman ever since.
Mr. Hull (in the Prisoner's Defence) depos'd, that the 4th of September the Prosecutrix and her Husband, the Prisoner and himself, went (after they had drank at the Bull and Gate) to Fastnege's in Drury-lane. That the Prisoner propos'd going to his House, (George's Coffee-house by the Temple) but Mr. Finch and his Wife said, they were not clean enough. That while they were at Fastnege's, Mr. Trout and Mrs. Finch went down from their Company, in a forward Room up one pair of Stairs, to eat some fry'd Pudding, and return'd again. That Mr. Finch being taken ill, he went home, and desir'd us to take Care of Mrs. Finch. That Supper being over, he went down to speak to Mr. Fastnege, and coming up again he found the Door shut, and heard Mrs. Finch in a low Tone speak to Mr. Trout. That if any one had scream'd out, he must have heard it, and that when Mr. Finch return'd to the House, they all sat in Company together below Stairs in a Box for near Half an Hour or thereabouts, and every one was chearful.
Mr. Hull added to the former Account, that Mr. Finch, about three Weeks after this happen'd, Mr. Finch told him it should be the worse for Mr. Trout, because he refus'd to lend him five Guineas.
Jane Billings and Eliz Kent , gave an Account of some indiscreet Conversation that pass'd between Mrs. Finch and them. And Tho. Haydon depos'd, that Mr. Finch told him he wonder'd the Prisoner did not come to make the Matter up. Acquitted .
55. James Waters , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Sewell , between 12 and 1 in the Night, and stealing 2 Brass Mortars and Pestles, value 5 s. 7 Brass Candlesticks, s. and 14 Pewter Plates, value 14 s. Nov. 18 . Guilty. Felony only .
John Cotterel . On the 19th of November, my House was broke open, and the Goods stole, but I can't say what particular Time it was; I found his Coat in William Brown's Cellar, and his Wife own'd to me that she had pawn'd two pair of Stockings, and that they were brought to her by the Evidence, Meighan.
Thomas Meighan . On Saturday the 19th of Nov. I went to the House of John Cotterel , with the Prisoner and my Brother, we unbolted the half Door and went into the Shop, and fetched out a great Coat, which I gave my Brother: Then I went in again and fetch'd out the Stockings, those I gave to William Macdurment; then we all went to one Grant's in Bowlyard, and parted them. We had 5 pair a-piece; I carried mine to the Prisoner ( Brown's Wife) and one pair she bought for her Husband, and gave me 18 d. for them, the rest she pawn'd for 2 s. a pair. The Coat we sold William Brown for half a Crown. They-both knew we were Thieves.
Macdurment. I know nothing of this Evidence.
Brown. Please to clear my Wife: I ask'd him when I bought the Coat if 'twas honestly come by, and as to the Stockings, I order'd my Wife to pawn them. Macdurmont Guilty Felony , Brown and Wife Acquitted .
60. William Macdurmot , was again indicted with John Hart , for breaking and entering the House of Daniel Mortimer , between the Hours of 9 and 10 at Night, and stealing thence 4 l. in Money , Nov. 29 .
Thomas Meighan . The 2 Prisoners, and I with my Brother and Edward Johnson committed this Robbery. I open'd the half Hatch and went in, and took out the Drawer, in which was between 3 and 4 l. then we went to an Ale-house in the Hay-Market, and parted the Money. Both Guilty, Felony only .
61, 62. John Slade and Elizabeth Achurch , were indicted, Slade for privately stealing a Silver hearing Trumpet, value 20 s. from the Person of Samuel Edlin , Aug. 13 . And Ann Achurch , for receiving the same, knowing it to be stole , Aug. 15 .
John Cornhill . About 12 o'Clock, the 13th of August at Night, the Prisoner pick'd Mr. Edlin's Pocket of his Trumpet, in the Old-Bailey . There were 4 of us together upon the same Lay. When he had got it, he gave it to one Hugh Colson . The Prisoner knew he carried such a Thing about him, therefore he attempted him. This was on Saturday Night, and on the Monday we carried it to the Prisoner Achurch, and she brought us 14 s. for it. I can't tell whether she had any Part of the Money.
Mr. Edlin. I lost a silver Trumpet out of my Pocket, but I did not miss it till next Day after Dinner. I remember I passed 3 or 4 Men on Saturday Night in the Old-Bailey, but I can say nothing more.
Achurch. I never pawn'd any Thing in all my Life, but for my Husband.
Three Witnesses appear'd to Achurch's Character. Both Acquitted .
Legg. I was going past the Fleet-Market about half an Hour after 7 at Night, and the Prisoner put his Hand into my Pocket, and took my Handkerchief. I seiz'd him, but he beat me, and ask'd me if I had a Mind to rob him. I saw him by the Light of the Market, and am positive he is the Man.
Edward Gardiner . I live in Bell-Court in Gray's-Inn-Lane, and keep a Chandler's Shop. The Prisoner did live with his Father at the Rainbow Coffee-House; since that he has been a Gentleman's Servant , but I believe he has not been in Business these 2 Years. Guilty 10 d.
William Richardson . I was in the Country when the Spoon was taken; when I came Home my Servant told me she suspected the Prisoner had got it. I went to her in St. James's Workhouse, and asked her how she could take the Spoon? She told me she was drunk when she did it, and own'd she took it from the Dresser in the Kitchen. I took her before Justice Lambert, and he committed her to Tothill fields Bridewell As we were carrying her thither, she told me she had pawn'd it at Mrs. Martin's in Peter-street. I found it there; and paid 6 s. and three half-pence for it again. The Prisoner liv'd by blacking Shoes, and sweeping the Streets , - she was not my Servant.
Prisoner. The Prosecutor condescended to let me pawn it.
Richardson. No; I did not. I told her I knew a Gentleman that was acquainted with Justice Lambert, and if she would let me know where the Spoon was, I would get him to do her what Service I could; upon which she told me where I might find it.
Mary Martin . The first Time I ever saw the Prisoner, she came to pledge a Petticoat for 6 d. when she fetch'd the Petticoat, she pledg'd this Spoon. She told me it was one Mrs. Walker's, who wanted a little Money to make up her Rent.
Eliz. Auvash . The Creature came to me, and ask'd for a little small Beer, I bid her come down with me into the Kitchen, and I suppose, while I drew the Beer, she took the Spoon, for I miss'd it as soon as she was gone. Guilty, 10 d.
Anne Wilbey , in her Shop , Octob. 26 . And,
Correl, was again indicted for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole .
Ann Wilbey . On the 7th of November, I lost 2 pieces of Check, and between 20 and 30 pair of Stockings, from my Shop in Petty france, Westminster . I suspected a parcel of Boys, and took the Prisoner up on Suspicion; another of them is made an Evidence. I took one Southall first, and he told me, that my Check was sold to the Prisoner Correl, in Thieving-lane , and the Stockings were sold in Pairs about the Streets. I went with the Constable to Correl's House, and ask'd him for the 2 pieces of Check, he deny'd them, and said he had no such Goods; but at last he told us we should have them, and bid his Wife fetch them. She went with the Constable, and he brought them to me.
James Grayham . John Southall , William Alexander , my self, the Prisoner and John Smith , went to Mrs. Wilbey's Shop, about a Month ago. Smith put his Arm over the Hatch, and unbolted it. Then he went in and took 2 Bundles of Check: I took it from him and gave it to Southall. He went in a second Time and took out a Bundle of Stockings; we carried all to Correl's House. Chap was with us, and went out with us upon this Business. Smith and Alexander lodged in Correl's House; he gave us but 5 s. for the two Peices of Linnen and we were obliged to carry off the Stockings from his House, because Southall having offer'd a pair of them to a Soldier, at a Cook's-Shop, next Door to Correl's, he stopp'd them, and we were afraid of being pursu'd. Alexander receiv'd the Money from Correl for the Check, and we were to have our Shares the next Morning, but the Constable came and took me out of Bed. Correl us'd to buy the Goods we brought him.
Wilbey. There was above 20 Yards of the Check, I am sure and 'twas worth a Shilling a Yard.
Robert Adams , Constable. I search'd Correl's House with a Warrant, and not finding the Goods, I charged him with knowing something of them: At first he deny'd them, but at last, he told me, if I would not hurt him, he would tell me where they were. I said, if it was in my Power, I would do him what Service I could. Upon this he carry'd me to a Cockloft, on the Top of his House, and there he grop'd about, for a quarter of an Hour. I bid him not sham with me, I must (I said) know where they were. At last he bid his Wife fetch them, and she brought me these Peices of Check.
Wibley. These are the Goods I lost.
Chap's Defence. Smith dropp'd 2 pair of Stockings out of his Lap; I found them and sold them for 6 d.
Correl. They receiv'd no Goods from me, nor do I know any Thing of them.
Several People appear'd to Correl's Character: Some of whom said, he kept a two-penny Lodging House, in Thieving Lane, and some, that they believed him to be superannuated. The Jury found Chap Guilty, 4 s 10 d. Correl Guilty .
James Grayham . Southall lifted up Mr. Horner's Sash, and pull'd the Shoes within Reach with his Crutch, (for he was a lame Boy;) Chap was not in our Company then; but 2 or 3 Days afterwards we all went with him, and Southall then took the Roll of Ticken out of the Window and gave it to Chap. We cut off a Peice and went with it to a Pawnbroker's in the Broad-Way, Westminster, but they would not take it in, so we sold it to a Soldier, and Correl bought the rest, for half a Crown or 3 s.
Horner. The Roll that I lost was worth about 20 Shillings.
Adams, Constable. Correl's Wife brought me this Ticken with the Check. I did not ask for this.
Ann Moore , Chap own'd that he and the rest of the Boys, had taken the Things out of the Window, and that the Ticken was sold to Correl. I went upon this to Correl, and ask'd him for it. He said, he knew nothing of it, at first, but afterwards he told the Constable, if he would not hurt him, he would see the Goods forth coming, and he sent his Wife out for them.
The Jury found them both Guilty as above.
75. William Stevens , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Jane Calder , between 2 and 3 in the Morning, and stealing 16 pair of worsted Stockings, value 32 s. 14 pair of white metal Shoe-buckles, value 7 s. and 14 pair of ditto Knee-buckles . Nov 7 .
Jane Calder . Between 2 and 3 o'Clock the 7th of November, my House was broke open, and I lost a Parcel of Stockings and Buckles.
- Curry. The Prisoner and I took the Window Shutter down, and took 16 pair of Stockings, and 2 parcel of Buckles; we carry'd the Goods to a Boat that lay at the Stairs just by, and carry'd them off. We afterwards disposs'd of them, and divided the Money.
Prisoner. I have a Witness that heard the Evidence say, I knew nothing of this Robbery.
A Witness. The Prisoner I know nothing of I heard this Man (the Evidence) say in New-Prison, that he went with the Prisoner in his Boat to the Stairs, next the House that was robb'd: That they both went from thence towards the House, that a Dog barking he went back; but the Prisoner calling him on, he went up to him and open'd the Window, and took the Stockings and Buckles and gave them to the Prisoner. Several Persons appear'd for the Prisoner and never had heard any Harm of him before. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
76. John Cook , was indicted for stealing 2 Flock Beds, value 10 s. 2 Ruggs, value 2 s. 2 Feather-Beds, value 15 s. 6 Blankets, value 10 s. 2 Quilts, value 5 s. 6 Pewter Tea-spoons, value 6 d. one Lead-Line, value 1 s. and a Reef-Line, value 1 s. the Goods of Joseph Windham , Esq ; George Arnold and others. And a serge Jacket, value 3 s. 2 cloth Coats, value 10 s. a pair of cloth Breeches, value 2 s. the Goods of Robert Dingley and James Appleford , And
Thomas Vezey . I am a Constable in Wapping, and was call'd to assist the Headborough: According to Cook's Direction, we search'd Lovelock's House, and found the Goods they are charg'd with receiving. Cook inform'd us that he and one Bull, us'd to go out o'Nights, to get what they could, and that they always carry'd their Goods to the Prisoner, Lovelock's House. Lovelock and his Wife both, denied knowing any thing of the Goods, but upon search, we found them concealed: When they were taken, they made but very little Excuse for themselves, only said the Man that informed against them was a Rogue.
Mrs. Cary. I lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, about the beginning of November.
Seth Cary. The Night the Robbery was committed, I came home about 6 at Night, and saw the Sash open, but I did not miss the Goods, 'till next Day. The Gang of Boys to which Correl belong'd being taken, one of them told me, they had robb'd me. The Prisoner own'd to me, that he took the Goods out of my Shop, at the Corner of Angel-Court, by Story's-Gate .
- Carter, Pawn-broker. Correl brought the Flannel to me to pawn, and I lent 2 s. upon it.
Cary. I swear positively, that this Boy (the Prisoner) was carry'd to the rest of the Lads in the Gatehouse, he confess'd he stole my Goods. As soon as they saw him, they cry'd, - What Captain, - are you come too! Aye (says he) I am come among you my Boys. Let's see (says they) whether you are booted? Yes, yes, (says he) I am booted, and shook his Leg that was Iron'd. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
80, Mary Eusden , was indicted for stealing 3 pair of Stone-Buttons, set in Silver, value 13 s. a pair of Scissars, value 2 s. 6 d. a peice of Linnen Cloth, value 2 s. the Body of a Shift, value 5 s. a Shirt, value 5 s. a Napkin, value 2 s. a Suit of Cambrick lac'd Headcloaths, value 5 s. and other Things , the Goods of Nicholas Ellis , October 23 .
Nicholas Ellis . I charge the Prisoner with stealing the Goods in the Indictment, the 20th and 22d of October, she was a Chair-woman at my House, and pawn'd the 3 pair of Buttons and Scissars to a Man in Brown's-Gardens.
Elizabeth Carlton . I went to see the Prisoner after she was taken up, and she own'd to me that she had stole the Table-cloth, the Holland Shirt, the Headcloths, the Napkin and Handkerchief, and that she had pawn'd them to one Rous, for 4 s.
Prisoner. Mrs. Ellis has sent me with Things to pawn for her before these.
Mrs. Ellis. Only once a Pocket-piece for 6 d. - and that was to get her some Victuals.
Carlton. The Prisoner's Mother gave out in the Neighbourhood, that Mrs. Ellis had given her the Things to pawn, which the Prisoner hearing, said, she could not help what her Mother said, and that she her self, never said so in her Life.
A Woman. I have known the Prisoner ever since she was born: She is a very honest Girl, and there's nothing but what is very vile against her, - I have Reason to say it, for she is my own Daughter.
Another Witness, gave her a good Character. Guilty,. 10 d.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows.
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 12.
Burnt in the Hand, 2.
To be Transported, 53.
John Winn , James Waters , John Pomeroy , Samuel Cook , Elizabeth Watson , N - J - John Hamilton , John Davis , John Sherlock , Samuel Taylor , Abell Williams , Joseph Parker , William Sharp , William Lavender , John Cook , Arthur Wacket , Alice Fosset , John Goodhall , Elizabeth Cade , William Furnel , Ann Parker , William Drew , John Grindley , Ann Shaw , Ellen Margetson , John Taylor , John Thomas , William Sanders , Thomas Lane , Elizabeth Nugent , William Macdurmont , John Hart , Elizabeth Low , Robert Carl , Hannah Battin , Hannah Revel , Thomas Hitchcock , Joseph Fisher , Christopher Crawley , Ann King , Duke Whalebone , Sarah Clark , Thomas Chap , Nicholas Correl , William Stevens , John Cook , John Lovelock , Richard Murrey , Mary Eusden , Thomas Woodcock , Henry Worster , John Pink , and Thomas Davis .