FRIDAY the 13th, SATURDAY the 14th, and MONDAY the 16th of December,
In the 11th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
Second SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY
Right Honourable Sir John Barnard, Knight,
LORD - MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
For the YEAR 1737.
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BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN BARNARD , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron REYNOLDS, the Hon. Mr. Justice CHAPPEL, SIMON URLIN , Esq; Deputy-Recorder of the City of London, and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and Country of Middlesex.
1. Robert Brownjohn , otherwise Briggenshaw Brownjohn , was indicted, for that he being a Person of evil Disposition, and greedy of Lucre, &c. after the 24th of June, 1723, viz. on the 7th of Jan . last, knowingly, unlawfully, &c. did send to John Bell , Hosier , in the Parish of Alhallows, Lombard-street, a certain Letter without a Name, directed to the said, Bell, Merchant, in Lombard street, London, demanding the Sum of One Hundred Guineas; and containing divers Threats of the Life of the said Bell, if the said Money should not be sent according to the Demands of the said Letter, to the great Damage of the said Bell, and evil Example of others offending, &c. And the Jurors farther present, that afterwards, viz. on the 8th of Jan. the said Brownjohn, knowingly, unlawfully, &c. did send one other Letter, directed to the said Bell, demanding Money, and containing Threats as aforesaid, if the Money was not sent according to the Demand of the said Letter .
- Durham. Last Saturday, about 2 o'Clock, the Prisoner sent a Letter by me, from Iron Gate, by the Tower, directed to Merchant Bell, in Lombard street ; I carried it, and delivered it to him: Mr. Bell asked me who I had the Letter from, and I described the Prisoner to him as well as I could; he did not acquaint me with the Contents of the Letter, nor do I know of any other but this.
To Mr. Bell, Merchant, in Lombard-street. These.
SIR, Saturday, Jan. 7, 1737.
'' WE are four Persons who are now under a '' Cloud, and are forced to raise a Sum '' of Money, which we are not able to do, so '' that our Interest is at Stake, and our Families '' are like to come to Shame; for which Reason '' we are forced to use this Method, and borrow '' Money of you, and we know a small Sum will '' be no Detriment to you, till we are able to pay '' you again; therefore we desire you to lend us '' an Hundred Guineas, which shall be paid you again
'' P. S. This Secret we command you not to '' divulge, upon Pain of Death, to neither Friend '' nor Foe: If we know you make Enquiry after '' us to betray us, (which is impossible) you shall '' never be safe at Home or abroad, for your '' whole Interest shall never satisfy us, if any one '' of us should come to Trouble on your Account, '' neither will we be denied the Money; so we leave '' you to consider, whether you love your Life, '' or your Money best. We must have it in this '' Manner; put 100 Guineas into a large Hat-box, '' stuffed with Straw or Hay, and directed '' to John James Stokes , to be left at the Sign of '' the Crown on Tower-Hill, near Iron-Gate, till '' called for. It must be left at four o'Clock, and '' we desire it may be sent; so we remain
Your obliged Servants,
Fog. There was another Letter came on Sunday Night; this Man (Hunt) delivered it, and said he had it from a Sailor: When we took the Prisoner, the second Letter was produced, and shewn him; and he owned the Writing both of that and the former, and said, the Persons that brought them were Innocent. This Confession he made at the White-Hart Alehouse in Grace-church street; and he told us, that he had been under so many Troubles and Misfortunes, that he was weary of his Life, and was as willing to die as to live.
The Second LETTER.
For Mr. BELL, Merchant, in Lombard-street.
Mr. BELL, Sunday, Jan. 8, 1737.
'' WE wrote a very conformable Letter to '' you Yesterday, and have received no '' Answer; now we want the Money, and resolve '' to have it by the Bearer, or else your '' Life the first Opportunity. One of us went to '' the Waterman that brought the first Letter, '' and he says you was inquisitive after the Persons '' who sent it. It will be impossible to take '' but one of us, and they that are left will be '' revenged on you the first Opportunity, by Night '' or by Day. We are resolute, and value not '' Life, so desire you to send the Money, and '' with a faithful Promise never to divulge the '' Secret.
'' P.S. Sir, We have as many Ways to keep '' clear of you, as you can think of, to betray '' us, for you are not the first Person we have '' borrowed Money of, the same Way. Let it '' be put in something that the Bearer may not '' apprehend what it is.
- Hunt. On Saturday Night last he came to an Alehouse where I lodge, (Mr. Read's, the King's Head, on Tower-Hill) and he staid there all Night; before he went to Bed he wrote a Letter to his Sweetheart, and desired me to carry it to her three or four Doors from the House; I did so, and she sent him Word that she was engaged, and would not answer his Letter. After this the Prisoner was very merry, and bought Oysters to treat the People of the House. The next Day (Sunday) he call'd for Pen, Ink, and Paper, and went up Stairs, and wrote a Letter, which he gave me, and desired me to carry it to Mr. Bell, a Stocking Merchant, and he would pay me. I went, but Mr. Bell was not at Home, and the Prisoner having ordered me to deliver it into his own Hand, I brought it back. The second Time I went, I found Mr. Bell at Home, so I delivered him the Letter. He asked me if I knew what was in it? I told him, I did not; upon this he read it to me, and I was very much surprized. Why, says he, you have brought me a Threatning Letter, and you must tell me who you had it from. I was afraid the Prisoner would run away, so I went with Mr. Bell to look for him, and found him at an Alehouse in Grace-church-street, where Mr. Bell shewed him the Letter he had received from me, he owned he wrote it, and sent it by me, and acknowledged likewise his writing the Letter which Mr. Bell had received the Day before. This is the very same Letter which the Prisoner gave me to carry to Mr. Bell on Sunday.
- Budge. I was at the apprehending the Prisoner at the White Hart Alehouse. The last Letter was Shewn him by Mr. Fream; he own'd he wrote it, and sent it by Hunt. He confess'd he sent the first likewise, and that they were Demands for Money to be sent to Iron-Gate.
Matthew Sheppard , Henry Scadding , Ralph Celiard , William Brown , Richard Manning , Mary Nutting , John Bunyan , Elizabeth Brown-john , and the Prisoner's Father and Mother gave him a good Character. Guilty . Death .
James Cope , was indicted for stealing 4 Guineas, 7 half Guineas and 46 s. in Money, 30 gold Rings, val. 6 l. 10 pair of silver Buckles, val. 20 s. 4 large silver Spoons, val. 15 s. 6 silver Teaspoons, val. 6 s. 10 pair of silver shirt Buckles, val. 3 s. a pair of silver Tea-tongs, val. 3 s. a gold Locket, val. 3 s. a Coral, set in Silver, val. s. a small silver Chain, val 2 s. 2 Coral Necklaces, val. 12 d. 3 silver Thimbles, val. 12 d. 2 silver Snuff boxes, val. 10 s. a shell Snuff-box set in Silver, val. 5 s. a Mother of Pearl Snuff-box with silver Ring and a wooden Drawer, the Goods of Elizabeth Goodman in her Shop , in the Parish of St. Butolph Bishop's Gate , Dec. 23 .
Mrs. Goodman. A little after 6 in the Evening, Dec. 23 I had been a Minute or two out of the Shop, and I heard a little Bustling, so I return'd and saw the Shadow of something in the Shop, and the Hatch at the End of the Counter open. I cry'd out, stop Thief, but before I could get to the Door, the Thief was gone. I went out into the Street, and heard a Noise like the falling of a Drawer. A Gentleman took the Prisoner and brought him back; this is the Drawer, which he confess'd he took out of my Shop, and all the Things mention'd in the Indictment were in it, when he took it away. I keep a Pawnbroker's Shop, but these Things are my Property; I have had some of them several Years. At the same Time, I lost a Bundle of Linnen which I never heard of again.
Peter Deval I was coming that Night thro' Wide Gate-Alley and heard the Cry - Stop Thief; seeing the Prisoner run with a Drawer in his Hand, I pursu'd him about the Length of this Hall, then I saw him drop it. I did not stay to take it up, but continu'd running after him; I kept him in Sight all the Way, and in Gravel-Lane I took him. As soon as I came up with him, he told me I knew him, and begg'd of me not to take him; I did know him indeed, for he liv'd at a Livery Stable where I kept my Horse, but I told him he must go back to the Place, from whence the Drawer was taken, and I carry'd him back accordingly. The next Day he was carry'd before the Lord Mayor; at first he deny'd the Fact, but at last he confess'd that he open'd the Hatch, and took out of the Shop, a Bundle of Linnen which lay under the Counter, and gave it to a Confederate; then he went in again (he said) and took the Drawer. He impeached 2 Fellows with whom I knew he kept Company, and to them he had given (he said) the Bundle of Linnen.
Samuel Powel . I live next Door but one to Mrs. Goodman. I heard the Cry - Stop Thief, and saw a Person about the Size of the Prisoner go on the opposite Side of the Way. I push'd after him and he dropp'd the Till. I stood by that, while Mr. Deval pursu'd the Man. He overtook him and brought him back, and we carry'd him to Wilson the Constable's House; the Prisoner deny'd the Fact at first, but afterwards I heard him confess it, and he told us he would make himself an Evidence against 6 or 7. The Constable keeps an Alehouse in Bishop's-Gate-Street, and us'd us very ill, and tho' we sent a Messenger to my Lord Mayor's, who brought us Word that my Lord was ready to hear us, and tho' we call'd a Coach to tempt him to go, yet he told us he had Customers of his own to mind, and would not go 'till he could spare Time.
Mrs. Goodman. The Prisoner told us if we could go before a Justice then, we might get the Bundle of Linnen, but it would be gone (he said) if we staid till Morning.
Mr. Powel. The Prisoner confess'd at the Constable's House, that he went into the Shop, and took out a Bundle first, which he gave his Accomplice; that upon their urging him to make a second Attempt, he went in again and took this Drawer, with the Things mention'd in the Indictment. We took an Inventory of all the Things that were in it, as soon as we had pick'd it up, and they are the Goods mention'd in the Indictment; I did not know what was in it when I took it up in the Street.
Mrs. Goodman. All the Things that are mention'd, were in it when 'twas taken away; they were all seal'd up before my Lord Mayor, and have never been opened till now.
Prisoner. I was coming past Mrs. Goodman's Door that Night about 7 o'Clock, and I saw a Boy run out with the Drawer, he dropt it, and I took it up; when the Gentlewoman cry'd stop Thief, I threw it down again, so they took me and carried me to an Alehouse. I am innocent of it as you are.
Edward Jones . My Lord, I hope you will take it into Consideration, - this young Youth, - he has been disform'd in Communication, People have drawn him into Snares; he never was a Transgression, nor were any of his Family in any Transgression. In the first Place, I desire
3. Joseph Smithson , otherwise Smith , was indicted for feloniously ripping, cutting and breaking a leaden Cistern qt. 8 hundred lbs. value 6 l. fixed in Phoenix-Court , in the Parish of St. Augustine and St. Nicholas Cole-Abbey, Dec. 17 . The Goods of Persons unknown, with intent to steal the same , &c Acquitted :
He was a 2d Time indicted for feloniously ripping, cutting and stealing 4 hundred weight of Lead, value 45 s. being part of a Cistern, the Goods of Sir Joseph Eyles , and fixed in Alderman's Walk , to the Dwelling House of Samuel Clark , Dec. 13 , Guilty .
Mr. Monday. Last Saturday Night I was coming out of Covent-Garden Play-house , and in the Passage leading from the Play-house to the Piazza's, there stood a Man, and stopp'd me from going on: I spoke to him, and after some Time he mov'd on. He was in a blue Coat, and I took him to be a Chairman, so had no Suspicion of him. I pass'd on towards the Posts, under the Arch next Covent Garden, and there a Fellow stopp'd between me and the Posts and jostled me. I spoke to him, and shov'd him from me, upon which he mov'd on, but my Wife, (whom I was leading to a Coach) told me, she believ'd the Man had pick'd my Pocket. I immediately found my Watch was gone. I had look'd upon it to see what Time it was just before I came out of the House, and many Minutes could not pass between that Time, and the Time I lost it. No sooner had I missed it, but a Person came and told me he knew the Man that had taken my Watch, and that he had seen him commit the Fact. He acquainted me where he might be found, and I told him where I liv'd. The next Day when I came Home from Church, I had Information that a Watchman had been to let me know that the Man who robb'd me was taken; I desired a Neighbour to go and enquire into the Matter, and he accordingly did, but he told me the Man had made no Confession. As for the Prisoner, I cannot take upon me to say that I know him.
Thomas Current . I was going thro' the Piazza's that Night with a Captain that came from Bristol, and I saw a Gentleman come out of the Playhouse. I observ'd the Prisoner to push against him several Times; after that he snatch'd away his Watch, and I saw it in his Hand; but I will not swear it was Mr. Monday, if it was he, he struck at him, and then run away; upon that I came up to him and inform'd him he had lost his Watch, and that I believ'd I knew the Man that took it, and that I could find him out. Then I went a little farther, and saw the Prisoner again, with 10 or 12 of his Gang, besides Link Fellows; when I came up to him, they told him they believ'd he was snitch'd; upon which he ran a cross Covent Garden, and the Captain that was with me ran after him, but Boots would not overtake Shoes, and so we lost him. The Linkmen afterwards told us of some Houses where we might find him, and after searching several, we found him at Mr. Peartree's in Colson's-Court, Drury Lane, and the next Day carried him before a Justice. I am positive to the Prisoner, that I saw him very near the Gentleman; that he put his Hand under his Cloaths, and I saw him take hold of the Watch String, and whip it out of his Pocket. When the Prisoner was taken, his Wife swore bitterly that he should Puff against me.
Prisoner. Ask this Witness whether he did not say at Peartree's that he could not charge me with this Fact?
Current. I'll tell no Lie about the Matter. The Prisoner is the Man that took Mr. Monday's Watch, and I have no more to say.
Prisoner. But did not you declare that you would not charge me?
Current. No, I never said any such Thing.
Mr. Eustace. On Sunday Night last, I was at a Tavern with Mr. Justice Midford and the Prisoner, and Mr. Current came in. The Prisoner desir'd to speak with me. The Justice imagining he intended to make a Discovery, desir'd me to take him into a private Room; there he told me, that he would put his Life into my Hands. I told him I did not desire he should do that, but if he could help Mr. Monday to his Watch, I would hear him with Pleasure. Upon this, he own'd he had taken it, and would take Care that it should be return'd to him the next Day. I went to him in New-Prison, and there he told me that oneThomas Jones had the Watch, and that he deliver'd it to another Man, the very Moment that it was taken, and promised me again that it should be deliver'd to me next Morning at 10 o'Clock, but I never saw any Thing of it. He has promised me to return it Day after Day, but never did so.
Prisoner. He came to me and call'd for a Bottle of Wine and Bread and Cheese, and told me if I would tell him any Thing about the Watch, I should not be hurt, and he told me in the Tavero Kitchen, if I would discover, he would do any Thing to serve me.
Mr. Eustace. He was not a Minute in the Tavern before he spoke to me in the manner I have mention'd, and I told him if he would discover a Gang of 3 or 4, the Justice (I believ'd) would admit him an Evidence, in order to break up a Gang; he said he could not, for he was but just enter'd into a Gang, but he had (he own'd) taken Mr. Monday's Watch, and would help us to it again. I never saw the Prisoner before that Time, in my Life.
Prisoner. When Mr. Current came to me at Peartree's, he took no Notice of me at first, but went out again to fetch the Watchmen. The Constable search'd me, and found nothing upon me. Guilty , Death .
5. John Dighton , of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, value 10s. a pair of Cloth Breeches, value 2s. a Hat, value 2s. 3 linnen Shirts, value 6s. a pair of Silver Buckles, value 10s. 2 pair of Stockings, value 12 d. and a Handkerchief, value 6d. the Goods of Samuel Greygoose , Dec. 19 . Guilty 10d.
12. George Price , of Isleworth , was indicted for that he not having God before his Eyes, &c. on the 10th of Oct . in and upon Mary his Wife , did make an Assault, and with a certain Knife, value 1d. which he held in his right hand, the said Mary, in and upon the Neck feloniously did strike and cut, giving her in and on the Neck, a mortal Wound, of the breadth of 5 Inches and the Depth of 2 Inches, of which moral Wound she instantly died .
The Councel for the King having open'd the Indictment and the Charge, the Witness were call'd.
Tho Barber . The Deceased lodged in my House. On Monday Oct, 10, she went out in the Morning, and return'd about 11 o'Clock, and told me her Husband was come, and she was going to meet him, and to go abroad with him, and she borrow'd a Hood and Cloak of my Wife. But she not coming Home all Night, I blam'd my Wife for being so free in lending her Things; upon which she said she would get Mrs. Lamb to go to the Prisoner's Master, to know what was become of the Woman Some Time after this, Mrs. Lamb came and told me, she had been at Mr. Cokes, and the Prisoner had told her he had not seen any Thing of his Wife, but if the Hood and Cloak did not come Home again, he would pay for them. Sometime after this, I was mentioning the Thing to a young Man, who came to my House, and he inform'd me, that the Prisoner fetch'd his Wife out in a Chaise from the Woolpack, a Publick House in Monkwell-Street. The Prisoner had promised to pay for the Things if they should not be return'd; but on Tuesday the 11th of Oct. about 2 or 3 o'Clock in the Afternoon, a Man brought to me in the Shop a Bundle, with a Letter: I asked the Messenger from whence it came? He told me it came by the Post, and away he went immediately. I open'd the Bundle, and found the Hood and Cloak, and this Letter with them, which I have compar'd with about 20 Letters of the Prisoner's own Hand-writing, found since he absconded, and I apprehend this (which I receiv'd with the Things) is the same Hand with the rest. I examin'd the outside of the Bundle for the Post Mark, but could find none. What made me suspect the Prisoner the more, was my finding this Stuff in one of the Letters to his Wife; I think they call it Savin, and there are some Directions in the Letter, concerning the poisoning his Children.
Mr. Coke. I have some Knowledge of the Prisoner's Hand-writing, and I take this Letter (which came with the Bundle) to be wrote by him. I have seen him write, and have Receipts now in Court, and a Letter which he sent me the
The Letter produc'd by Mr. Barber, was read.
I Have sent your Cloak and Hood, and if that Person comes, that I used to call my Husband, for the Box, let him have it; for I promised when he parted with me, to leave it at Mrs. Lamb's till he called for it, and was never to see him any more: When I heard he was coming, I thought it my prudent Way to make off, because I have run him so much in Debt. I am now gone to a Relation in the Wild of Kent. Take what other Things there are left, I mean, to pay you and Mrs. Lambe; if there should not be enough, what is left unpaid, I will send as soon as God sends me any (Thing;) but I was ashamed to stay, when I found it was known that I was not his Wife.
Directed to Mrs. Barber, a Grinder, near Cripplegate.
Mr. Barber. Chambers was the Deceased's Maiden Name; and this is the very Letter which I received with the Hood and Cloak on Tuesday October 11. When the Prisoner was examined before the Lord-Mayor, I was present, and heard him own, that he took her out in a Chaise from a House near Cripplegate, and that he delivered her to a Man at the Monument. After I had received this Letter, I went to Mrs. Lamb's, and there I found the Prisoner; I told him I was afraid he had made away with his Wife; he declared his Innocence, and I told him, I had received a Letter which tended to make him innocent, but I doubt you wrote that Letter yourself. Upon this he burst out a crying, and desired me to have a Care what I said, for (says he) my Master will not trust me to shave him, if he should hear I am suspected of such a Thing I charged him with having taken his Wife out in a Chaise from a House at Cripplegate; but he denied it to me, and said he was that Night at the Playhouse, without mentioning which of them. I taxed him farther in the Presence of his Fellow-Servant , upon which he said he would go home to his Master who understood the Law, and he should clear him: He went home to his Master, but he absconded that very Night; all this passed on the same Day I received the Letter and Bundle, October the 11th, and that very Night he ran away.
When I heard of a Woman being found murdered at Hounslow , I went thither, and knew her to be Mary Price ; I found her in the Stock-House at Isleworth, I am positive it was the Deceased, and I found the Scar of a Wound upon her right Leg, which she received by a Pitch-fork when she was a Girl. When the Prisoner was before the Lord-Mayor, among other Questions, he was asked how he came by the Chal'e again, for it appeared that he brought it home again at Night? His Answer was, That he left his Wife and the Chaise with another Man at the Monument, who drove away with her, and that he found it again at Night near the same Place, a Boy having brought it thither.
Martha Barber . The Deceased lodged at my House between three or four Months; on the 10th of October she went out about eight o'Clock in the Morning, and came home about 10 and 11, and borrowed a Hood, a Cloak, and an Apron, to go out again in; but as she did not come Home all that Night, I got Mrs. Lamb to go to Mr. Coke's, to enquire if the Prisoner had seen her; he sent me Word he had not den her, but if she ow'd me any Thing, he would come and make Satisfaction. The Deceased having told me when she went out, that she was going to meet her Husband, who was come that Morning out of Kent by the Hoy, I sent to the Master of the Hoy, and found that she had met him that Morning. I was uneasy about my Hood and Cloak, but the next Afternoon (Tuesday) the same Hood and Cloak which I lent the Deceased, was brought Home, with the Letter that has been read, by a Man who said the Parcel came by the Post; the Apron was found in Mr. Coke's House after the Prisoner absconded. The Prisoner promised to pay me what his Wife might have left unpaid.
Prisoner. I don't know these People, nor did I ever see them till they charged me with this Fact.
Jonas Harris . On Monday October 10. the Deceased came into the Woolpack in Monkwell Street, and called for a Pint of Beer; I had some Knowledge of her, and so we fell into Discourse. She told me her Husband was that Morning come from Canterbury, and she was waiting for him; she said he had provided a Place for her at Wandsworth, and was to come and carry her thither in
Mr. Coke. The Prisoner went away in a Blue Livery; that is the Colour I give.
Mr. Harris. When we heard of a Woman being found murdered at Hounslow, I went down with Mr. Barber to view the Body, and I am positive it was the reputed Wife of the Deceased; she had a particular Mark upon her Arm.
Jane Hart . The Prisoner came to our House the 10th of October, between 11 and 12 in the Forenoon, to hire a Horse and Chaise: I told him we had only a Chaise, but I recommended him to Mr. Milling's for a Horse; he went and hired the Horse, then he came back and agreed with me for the Chaise; he gave me but 2s. for it, because he told me he wanted it only to give an Acquaintance an Airing, and should go no farther than Sir Gregory Page 's on Blackheath. He had the Chaise from us between 2 and 3 in the Afternoon, and my Husband help'd him to put the Horse in it. The Same Night about 12 o'Clock, the Prisoner brought Home the Horse and the Chaise, and I saw my Husband unharness the Horse; then he desired to know if he could not lie at our House that Night; but we told him we had People come from Canterbury, and that our Beds were full. The Prisoner said, if they were Canterbury Men he would go and see if he knew any of them, and he went into the Rooms where they were; but not knowing any of them, he said he would go Home to his Master's House.
William Hart . The Prisoner paid me 2s. for the Chaise, and Mr. Millings at the Three Colts, had 4s. for the Horse; I saw him drive away, and when he returned with the Horse and Chaise at 12 o'Clock at Night, I told him he had been a long while at Blackheath; I have been further (says he) I have been at Dartford. Have you, says I? then the Horse has had a bloody hard Job of it, to go so far in so little Time, when the Roads are so very bad. The Horse had sweated much, but the Sweat was dry'd upon him when he came Home.
Jane Prosser . On the 10th of October in the Morning, the Deceased came to my Master Coke's House, to know if her Husband was come from Canterbury; when she heard that he was expected that Day by the Hoy, she said she would go down and meet him at the Hoy. About 11 o'Clock she returned to our House, and told us he was come, and she had got his Bread and Cheese, and the Dram that his Mistress had given him, in case he should be sick, and she could not stay at all with us, because he had appointed her to meet him some where by Wood Street, to carry her to see a Place which he had provided for her. I asked her if she would go with him, when she knew he had attempted to poison her? Yes, says she, I will, I neither love him nor fear him. I desired her to let me hear from her, and she told me she could, and that if I did not see her next Morning, or before Noon, I might depend upon it she was kill'd; then she went away. Between 12 and 1 o'Clock that Night, the Prisoner came Home to my Master's House, and complained that his Back aked very much, and he wished he had had the Dram that his Mistress had given him; but (says he) I left it behind me at a Publick House. Upon that I asked him if he had not seen his Wife? No, says he, as God's my Judge, I have not seen her since I parted with her at my Uncle's: I have had two Children by her, but I have parted with her. While we were talking, a Woman knocked at the Door and enquired for him. He took her into the Laundry, as she passed along, I heard her say, - Why, when did you see her? Hearing this, I went into the Laundry, and asked her, if she did not come to enquire after George's (the Prisoner's) Wife, or Sister? (as he call'd her.) Yes, she told me she did, and asked me if she did not come there last Night. I told her she did not, and would have had more Discourse with her, but the Prisoner was too intent upon getting her out of Doors, so I followed her, and overtaking her, I took her to the Three-Tun Alehouse; I asked her what the Prisoner had said concerning the Deceased? Why (says she) he says she is none of his Wife, and what can any body do to him then? But must the Woman be murdered, says I, because she is not
Mrs. Barber. I believe this is the Apron I lent the Deceased, but this Handkerchief I am positive to.
Prosser. I taxed the Prisoner with having seen her that Morning, and he then told me positively he had not, and that if he ever did see her again, he would shoot her. But when he was examined before the Lord-Mayor, he confessed that he took her from Wood Street, and delivered her at the Monument to a Stranger, and if she was killed, he supposed it was for the Sake of a Guinea which he had given her to buy her a Gown to go to her Place in. He likewise owned that he had seen her at Bear Key that Morning, and that he bid her go Home and get a clean Apron, that she might go out with him.
Prisoner. Were there any Marks of this Villainy on my Cloaths?
Prosser. No; only you complained of a Pain in your back.
John Taylor . I saw the Prisoner that Day at Mr. Hart's; I asked him how he did? he said he was just come out of the Country, and had a little Business to do, which would prevent his going Home that Night; he desired me to take no Notice that I had seen him, because he should not go Home before Morning.
Prisoner. Did I say punctually that I should not, - or that I only believ'd I could not go Home till Morning?
Taylor. He said he had a little Business to do, and could not go Home till Morning.
Margaret Lamb The Deceased had been at a Town call'd Sea Salter, and when she came Home she visited me, and told me her Husband was a murthering Rogue, and had a Design upon her; that he had sent her Physick to take, and it prov'd to be Savin. She pulled a Letter out of her Pocket and shewed it me at that Time, it was to desire her to lodge at Clerkenwell, and not to go near any of her Acquaintance.
Mr. Coke. This I take to be the Prisoner's Hand-writing.
My dear Fellow-Servant,
'' I Find how the Villainy has been contrived '' that sent me away, but hope God will provide '' for me. She met me at Bear-Key, and I '' was surprized to see her, having parted with her '' before. So, says she, how do you do? My '' Heart came in my Mouth, and I could make '' her no Answer. Well, says she, if you turn '' me off to seek my Fortune, will you tell me '' good News? My Resolution is, says I, to have '' no more to say to you. Has the young Man '' had his Shirts? Yes, says she. Have you got '' a Service in Town, or do you go to your Aunts, '' says I? I am to have a Nurse-Child from Putney, '' says she, and there is a young Man who '' knows you very well, will help me to the Child, '' but I want Money to pay for a Horse and Chaise '' to carry me thither, and this is the last Time '' I'll trouble you, says she. I being over-joy'd '' at that, said, I would hire one for her. She '' said if I would give her the Money, she would '' hire one herself. I thought I should be cheated '' of the Money, so I told her she must stay '' till To-morrow, for I must go home with my '' Master's Things. It will be too late then, '' says she, and I must go thither to Night. All '' this passed at a Publick House in Tower Street, '' by Mr. Watts's Academy where I gave her '' the Bread and Cheese which I had in my Basket.
Your Unfortunate Fellow Servant,
Oct. 17. 1737. George Price.
P. S ''If you please, shew this Letter to my '' Master, and to all those I owe Money to; tell '' them with the Help of God, I will pay them '' all I owe, which will not come to 7l. I asked '' her what Time the Man was to come Home '' with her? She told me, she would have me '' wait. I said, I thought they might be back about '' 10 or 11 o'Clock; they told me, if they '' did not come back by that Time, they would '' not come 'till next Morning. I said, that I '' would go then to the other End of the Town; '' but she repeated her Words, that I must not go '' till she saw whether she should have this Child '' or no, and that I must swear I had not seen her. '' I misfortunately promised to say as she desired '' me, it being the last Time that she trouble'd '' me; so I went to Drury-Lane, and from thence '' I run to Fishstreet-Hill, where I found a Boy '' leading the Horse and Chaise, who told me, he '' had 6d for bringing them from St. George's '' Church in Southwark, by a Man who looked '' like a Sailor; but it was not like the Man that '' went out with her, for he was like a Carpenter. '' The Boy told me, the Man came with him to '' the Foot of the Bridge, then left him, telling '' him, he would meet some body to take the '' Horse from him. I lay'd down my Dram upon '' a Table, as God is my Judge I never tasted it, '' and you say she got it. She gave me the strictest '' Charge to say, if I chanced to meet any '' Body that knew her, that I had not seen her. '' I did so, but there is a God in Heaven, who by '' some Means or other will right my Cause. At '' present I am Fatherless, Motherless and Friendless. '' I went to look for a Horse that would '' carry double, but I could not find one, so I got '' a Chair, and took her to the Bridge-Foot, where '' I met this Man, whom I never saw before, and I '' asked him, the Reason of his going that Way '' to Putney? He told me, 'twas to save the Expence '' of going over Sir Robert's Bridge. I gave '' her Half-a-Crown, at the Alehouse in Tower-Street, '' which I suppose she spent; for before '' she went off, she gave me her Handkerchief, '' Cap and Apron to be wash'd."
Prosser This Cap and Apron was found as I have mention'd, and the Letter was brought me, by a Man who look'd like a Countryman, and he asked me, if I knew one Jane Prosser ? He told me, it came by the Carrier that comes in at the Old-Change. I shew'd my Master the Letter, and he kept it 'till this very Day.
Mrs. Barber. The Apron was clean when I lent it to her, and the Handkerchief I know she had on, that Morning she went out.
Tho Ansol , Surgeon. I was sent for, to view the Body of the Deceased, by Order of Mr. Higgs the Coroner. I found a large Contusion on her Neck, and a large Cut, which entirely separated the Tendon of the Neck, and divided the jugular Vein. Her Nose was likewise slit, and she had a slight Wound above her Eye-Brow. These Wounds were curable, but the others in the Neck were mortal.
Tho Scot . On the 10th of October, about a Quarter after 6 in the Evening, I was going over Hounslow-Heath from Work, and I heard a Woman's Voice, I thought, about 2 or 300 Yards from me. I laid my self down upon the Ground; for we Country-Folks imagine we can hear any Thing at a Distance, much better in that Posture. I heard the Woman cry, O Lord! My Dear! My Dear! I will never trust you any more, if these are your Favours. The next Day, the Woman was found murdered about 2 or 300 Yards from the Place, where I heard the Voice.
Mr. Coke. I had been in Kent all the Summer, and towards the latter End of it, I came up to Town with the Prisoner; as we came along, he had a Fall from his Horse and hurt himself, so I made him go back, and order'd him when he was better, to come up by the Hoy. He came Home on the 10th of October, about 12 o'Clock at Night, as I was informed; I did not see him that Night, for my Brother got out of Bed and let him in. He was angry with him for being late, and to justify himself, he told him, the Hoy was but just arrived; he told me the same Thing the next Morning. I asked him what was the Reason that he did not lie on Board, as the Hoy was so late?John Taylor , and he told me your Brother and you were out of Town. I thought these Excuses a little odd, for Mr. Midford's Man had seen him at 12 o'Clock at Noon that Day, and he had desired him to say, he had not seen him at all. However I gave him 3 Guineas to fetch something from Mr. Godfrey's the Chymist, I knew 'twas a costly Thing, and did not know the exact Price; he brought Home what I sent him for, which cost but 10s. and that Day he absconded with the rest of the Money; for when I came Home in the Evening, about 6 or 7 o'Clock, I call'd for him, and my Brother's Man told me, he went out about 5 or 6, and said he was coming to me at the Coffee-house; but he was not return'd, and he believ'd he would come no more; from that Time he never came to my Service. The next Day he wrote me a Penny Post Letter, telling me therein that he was over Head and Ears in Debt; that he must go to Sea, and that he dare not shew his Head. He pretended he ran away for Debt, but in that long Letter to Prosser, which has been read, he says, all his Debts in the World were but 7l. 4 Guineas of which he owes my Brother's Man, who would never have troubled him for it. I have told you the Excuse, he made to me and my Brother for coming Home so late, was, the Hoy was but just arriv'd; but the Reason he gave to Prosser was, that he had been at Drury-Lane Playhouse.
The Prisoner's Defence.
My Lord, I declare I am entirely innocent of all that is laid to my Charge; and I am so far from knowing any Thing of the Murder of my Wife, that I can take a solemn Oath, I know nothing at all of it. 'Tis very plain, my Lord, that there is a Scheme of Villainy laid before you, but when I lay the manner of its Contrivance before you, I make no Doubt but you will think so too. My Wife I lov'd as I do my own Life; I marry'd her for nothing else, and indeed she merited all my Love, being a vertuous, sober, good Woman. If she was not so frugal in the Management of what little we had, it was our Misfortune only. I hope your Lordship and the Jury will put a charitable Construction on my leaving my Master's Service. You will find I did not, without good Reason, and that I am not the Villain I have been represented. If I was, I think I should never have had the Confidence to have look'd your Lordship and the Jury in the Face. I have no Friend but God to be my Councellor, and Innocency must be my Defence. And I believe several People now in Court have Reason to think I speak the Truth. I think they have now discharg'd their Duty to the King; - now let them declare, whether they think I deserve some of my Wife's Speeches I have taken Pains to preserve her Life, - never any to destroy it. If any of them can say I ever misused her, than let me suffer Blame, but till then, I hope your Lordship will hear my Cause. Ask Mrs. Lamb in what manner I used this Woman, - this Wife of mine?
Mrs. Lamb. He used her very well. In a Fit of Sickness she had, he fetch'd his Master's Apothecary to her, and desir'd him to discharge his Conscience to her, and make her well. When she did not take her Medicines, the Prisoner would blame her. He paid her Lodging and her Nurse. I know no Fault in him; how this happen'd I cannot tell.
Counc. How long is it since the Deceased had this Fit of Sickness?
Mrs. Lamb. About 7 or 8 Months ago. I am not sure whether the Apothecary is paid or not.
Prisoner. He is not paid: This is his Bill. Pray call Mrs. Sherwin, and ask her where I spent the Evening on Monday the 10th of October?
Mrs. Sherwin. I remember nothing of it. There is a Woman under Misfortune in Newgate, and I went with an elderly Man to see her. While I was there, a Breviate was wrote out, by which I was to clear the Prisoner. I was to say, that he and his Wife were with me at Supper that Night, and I was to be well paid for my Trouble. This is the Paper of Instructions which I received from the Prisoner, and thus far (pointing to the middle of the Sheet of Paper) he wrote himself. I was carried to Newgate by this elderly Man, to do Service for somebody, - I did not know who; when I came there, I found 'twas for the Prisoner, and was to be paid for doing it, but I don't desire to get Money at such a Rate.
The Paper was read.
'' My Lord, On Monday October the 10th, '' about 9 o'Clock in the Morning, Mrs. Price '' came to my House in Aldersgate-Street, and '' drank Tea with me. She told me she was going '' to see a Place, but that she must stay 'till
Sherwin. These were my Instructions, and this was what I was to swear here: I received this Paper from the Prisoner Yesterday Morning, I had it to peruse often over; it is Part of a Play which I was to act here, and was to be paid very handsomely for performing my Part.
Mary Pennistone gave an Account that the Deceased lodged with her three Quarters of a Year; that she had 2 Children in her House, that she went from her House last Christmas was 12 Months, and that during the Time she lived with her, the Prisoner used her well.
Mary Finch . I knew the Deceased before she married the Prisoner; she lodged in my House, and was with Child by him, and she was delivered of 2 Children three Doors from where I live; I nursed them for some Time, and parted with them last Whitsunday. He and she have dined with me three Days together, and I saw nothing but that he used her well. He paid me for nursing the Children to a Farthing, at the White. Horse in Bond-street. He was civil to the Children, and never came empty-handed, without Biscakes, or half a Pint of Wine for them, but I can't tell what's become of them now.
Councel. Do you know what Month it was when he paid you?
Finch I can't tell.
Councel. Was it May or June?
Finch. I don't know.
John Johnson gave an Account, that the Prisoner on Monday November the 5th, sent for him to the Bear and Harrow Tavern, and told him he surrendered himself to him, and desired to be carried before a Magistrate; that in St. Clement's Church-Yard, he left the Prisoner to go Home for his Hat, that he found him there again, and that they went directly to Mr. Coke's; that the Maids there were afraid they were come to murder them, and call'd in some of the Neighbour's Servants, that when the Constable came, he was not willing to take Charge of the Prisoner, till some Threats were used to him; that the Prisoner said before the Lord Mayor, he had hired a Chaise for his Wife and a Man had drove away with her in Gracechurch-street, who was an Acquaintance of hers, and that he had the Chaise again from a
Prisoner. As soon as I parted with my Wife at the Monument, a Man told me he believed I did not know him; but, says he, that's my Friend who is gone with your Wife, and if you'll go with me this Evening, I'll treat you; I thought I must oblige him, because he and his Friend had helped my Wife to a Service, so I went with him to Drury-Lane Playhouse, and there being no Play acted there that Night, we went to Covent-Garden, and saw Volpone, or The Fox, with the Entertainment of the Mock Doctor.
Guilty . Death .
13, 14. John Margets and William Ifield , were indicted for assaulting Isabel Coates , in the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Hoop-Petticoat, value 2 s. 6 d. December the 27th .
Isabel Coates. The 27th of December I was going from Golden-Lane to Islington , between 2 and 3 in the Morning, and I met the Prisoners at the Bar; one of them laid hold of the Hoop I had in my Hand, and told me I had stole it; I thought they would murder me, so I cry'd out, but Margets held my Head in his Bosom to prevent the Noise; then they threw me down in the Kennel and ran away, I ran after them, and Margets seeing me pursue them, came back and pretended to assist me, and I gave him good Words to get him to the Watch-house; by these good Words I got him near the Watch-house, then I collar'd him, and called a Watchman to take Charge of him, for he was the Fellow that held me while the others robbed me. This was a little Way from the Watch-house in Brick-Lane. Margets at first denied the Fact, but he afterwards confessed it, and he owned it likewise before the Justice. I am very positive to them both.
Mr. Justice Wroth. Ifield sent me a Letter, and begged he might come and make his Information before me. While he was in Goal, the other Prisoner Margets (who was likewise taken) desired he might make his Information too.
Who says, '' That on Tuesday Morning, the '' 27th of December, between 2 and 3 o'Clock, '' he, with John Margets , and one Barnet, stopp'd '' a Woman in Brick-Lane, and took from her a '' Hoop-Petticoat, which she had under her '' Arm, &c. - Dated Jan. 3.
The rest of the Information related to other Facts.
Who says, '' That about 2 or 3 o'Clock on '' Tuesday, the 27th of December, he, with William. '' Ifield, and a Person whose Name is unknown '' to this Deponent, stopped a Woman in '' Brick-Lane, and robbed her of a Hoop Coat, '' which she had under her Arm.
Mr. Justice Wroth. They were both brought before me at the same Time, but I examin'd them separately.
John Pyke . Margets was brought into the Watch-house the 27th of December, and he deny'd this Robbery; but as we were carrying him to New-Prison, he said if I would let him go, he would help the Woman to her Hoop again.
Margets. I took the Woman's Part, and came with her to the Watch-house; when we came there, she charged me with the Robbery. I was playing with some Bottles when the Woman was robbed. I never touch'd her
Ifield. He and I had been drinking, and we went out together. It was Barnet robbed the Woman. Guilty . Death .
They were a second Time indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Samuel Puden , about 2 in the Night, and stealing three Holland Shirts, value 12 s. four Shirts, value 10 s. two Aprons, value 2 s. a Diaper Clout, value 6 d. a Linnen Handkerchief, value 6 d and a Loyn of Veal, and other Things . Dec. 24 .
Samuel Puden. Between 2 and 3 in the Morning of Christmas-Day, my House was broke open, the Pin of the Window was pulled out, and the window-Shutter was taken down. The 2 Prisoners both owned the Fact, and signed their Confessions. I can't swear to the Prisoners, but I lost all the Things mentioned in the Indictment, and I heard them confess they broke into my House and stole them.
Mr. Justice Wroth proved the Confessions, and deposed, that two Prisoners signed them at their own Desires.
Their Confessions were read in Court, and the Prisoners having nothing to say in their Defence, the Jury found them Guilty . Death .
Bear-Garden House , and thro' the Posts, in the Way to the London Spaw ; as we came along this Field, one of the Men asked me what Goods I had Sold? I told them, I had no Money, but one of them laid hold of me, and the Prisoner put his Hand into my Pocket, I told them I hop'd they would not rob a poor Man: they told me they made no Exception, and so they threw me down; the Prisoner stopp'd my Mouth with Dirt, then they ty'd my Legs together. I cry'd out, but no body heard. The Prisoner struck me over the Arm with his Stick; I cry'd out louder, and then they both run away. When they were gone, I got forward as well as I could with my Legs ty'd, and knocked at this Man's Door, begging him to let me in: this other Man, cut the String from my Legs, then they fetch'd me some Water to clean me. I staid there 'till almost 7 o'Clock, then I went Home. The next Night, I was going Home with some Folks from a Christening, and I saw the Prisoner at Drury Lane Playhouse. I told Mr. Fisher the Constable of it, and the next Day he went with me to see if we could find him at the same Place: but as we were going up Fleet-street, I saw the Prisoner and seized him; telling him, he was the Man that robb'd me. We carry'd him before Justice Poulson, and the Justice asked him what Account he could give of himself? He told him, that he liv'd by picking Pockets, and had done so these 2 Years, at Drury-Lane Playhouse. The Prisoner put his Hand into my Pocket; I endeavour'd to resist, upon which the other pull'd me down Backwards, and then they took 12 s. from me.
Prisoner. I never saw him, but when he came to disorderly Houses with the Thief-takers. I shall bring Witnesses to prove, I was at the Bull-Head Alehouse in Sharp's-Alley, Cow-Cross, when this Fact was committed.
John Cooper and John Dutton gave an Account of the Prosecutor's knocking at Mr. Cooper's Door, in a dirty Pickle; they deposed, that his Legs were ty'd, and that he told them, he had been robb'd in the Manner, as above related.
Jury. How could the Prosecutor remember the Prisoner's Face? We apprehend it must be dark when he was robb'd.
Berry. They came from the Three Calves, all the Way thro' Islington with me, Check by Jowl; and there was a Boy with a Link came along with us about an hundred Yards of the Way.
Prisoner. I have not been in the Fields, since last Welch Fair, and this Night I was in Sharp's-Alley.
Berry. The House that he speaks of (in Sharp's-Alley) is a House the Thieves make use of. When the Prisoner was taken, he did not pretend then, that he was at this Bull Head in Sharp's-Alley that Night.
Prisoner. I am Innocent; I was then drinking at Mr. Wallis's, the Bull-Head, in Sharp's-Alley.
William Fisher , Constable. I was with the Prosecutor at the taking the Prisoner. Before Justice Poulson, he said he was a Cabinet-maker by Trade, but he had follow'd picking Pockets at Playhouses these 2 Years. The Justice told him 'twas a very bad Trade, and committed him.
Prisoner. And so because I am a Person of hardly a low Character, they would swear my Life away.
Berry. I never swore against any Body before in my Life.
Sarah Wallis . The Prisoner came to this House in Sharp's-Alley, this Day Se'nnight ('tis the Bull and Last) I did keep the House my self, but I live there now. The Man that I have let the House to, went out that Afternoon, and I look'd after it for him 'till he came back. The Prisoner was there from between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon, 'till 9 at Night. He had no Company with him, but drank 2 Pints of Ale by himself, and had a Penn'orth of Bread and Cheese.
Jury. Does she remember the Prisoner's being there, at any other Time?
Wallis. No - He was there Wednesday Night, Tuesday Night and Sunday Night; and I remember 'twas a wet Night, that Monday, because the Man that keeps the House could not come Home 'till past 11 o'Clock.
Samuel Bellinger . I know no Harm of the Prosecutor, only I heard him say before last Sessions, that he would have a Man or two by next Patter, I suppose he meant, before next Sessions. I am a Mathematical Instrument-Maker, and no House-keeper; I live with my Mother. This Discourse I heard in Rosemary-Lane, where he and I and others were drinking, and he said at that Time, that he had been robb'd (I think) 3 Months ago, near Moorfields, of 3 s. 6 d. or thereabouts. I know nothing of the Prisoner's being a Pick pocket; I never saw him before, but being at the Queen's Head in the Old-Bailey, I happen'd to say, I heard Berry speak these Words; so they brought me into Court.
Edward Driver gave the Prosecutor the Character of an honest Man, and that it was his Opinion he would not forswear himself.
Justice Poulson: When the Prisoner was before me, he deny'd the Fact, but he told me, he had liv'd for these a Years last past, entirely by picking Pockets, and nothing else: I asked him of what? And he told me of Handkerchiefs only. That House in Sharp's-Alley has a bad Character. Another Witness gave the Prosecutor the Character of an honest Man. Guilty . Death
16. 17. Thomas Oliver and John Parrot otherwise Perrot , were indicted for assaulting Matth.ias Holst , on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a silver Watch, val. 6 l. a pair of silver Shoe-buckles, val. 14 s. a Cane, val. 3 s. a Hanger, val. 5 s. and 5 s. 6 d. in Money , Sept. 27 .
Mr. Holst On the 27th of Sept. between 7 and 8 in the Evening, the Moon being very bright and near the Full, I was going toward Holloway ; one Man met me, and got to my Side, then drew a Pistol out, and presented it, with - D - m you Sir Stand. Immediately 2 Men more came up with Pistols, and I think 'twas the Man that stopp'd me first - he felt for my Watch. One of the others laid hold of my Hand, in which I had my Cane and Hanger, which they bid me deliver, or else I should be a dead Man. I had 3 Pistols about me at once. When the first Man had got my Watch, he felt in my Fob, but found no Money there. Then he felt in my left Pocket, and took out 5 s. and 6 d. and the others disputed who should have my Cane and Hanger. D - mn it, says one, I'll have his Shoe-buckles. One of them (who insisted on my having my Cane and Hanger again) told the other, he should not take my Buckles, and this (favourable) Man, presented his Pistol to him who swore he would have the Buckles, and said, if he took them he would shoot him. They asked me what I had got in my right Breeches Pocket, and in my Coat Pocket? I told them - nothing but a Handkerchief and a black snuff-box: Immediately upon that, one of them cry'd! - Who's a coming! And away they all went towards London, but before they went off, they return'd me my Cane and Hanger. I stood still to look after them, but one of them came back, and said - d - mn you Sir, go along toward Holloway. I know nothing of the Prisoners, but when Waterman the Evidence was apprehended, I went to him in New-gate, and he made a Confession of the Fact, with all its Circumstances.
John Waterman . The[Text unreadable in original.] soner) John White , and William Parrot and my self, on the 27th of Sept robb'd Mr Wheeler, (who was on Horseback) upon the Bridge between Islington and Holloway, of his watch and 20 s. Then we went on and met Mr. Holst, John White , William Parrot , and I stopp'd him, and took his Watch, 2 half Crowns, and a pair of Silver Buckles from him. John Parrot and Tom Oliver were of our Company, but they did not come up. White, Will. Parrot, and I robb'd him. The Watch we valu'd, and every Thing was equally divided among us all, at John Parrot's House, the Bell and Boy, an Ale-house in Brick Lane Sometime before this we robb'd Mr. Ellington (a Watch-maker) at Hackney, of a Watch, a Guinea, and some Silver. Oliver and I have been acquainted ever since Midsummer, and 'tis unknown what we have got every Night. When we robb'd Mr. Holst, 'twas Moon-light, and I believe it might be about 8 o'Clock. We lay at the Prisoner Parrot's House that Night, three in a Bed, and he was then as well as I am. We were 7 of us that used to go out; that Night 5 only were abroad. Grafton Kirk, who was one of our Company, had a Fancy for this Gentleman's Watch, and he offer'd 3 l for it.
Levi Lemster . Mr. Harris having a Warrant against Oliver, we took him at Sam Baker 's in Milk-Yard. He resisted very much, and 3 Men try'd to rescue him, his Wife attempted to cut one of us down the Back. These Papers, and a Pistol, a Powder-horn, and a Pistol Screw, we took out of his Pocket.
One of the Papers was read.
" Grafton Kirk and John Pierce , took from a " Man in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields about 12 s. From " another Man a Silver Watch. 2ly, Grafton " Kirk, Pierce and Wint, took from a Man in " Enfield Stage Coach, 10 Guineas. Shaw, Kirk, " and Harrison, took from a Man in Bow Road " 9 s. and from a Man and a Woman in Stepney " Church-yard, a pair of Silver Buttons, &c.
Lemster. I know no Harm of Oliver my self; but I have heard, that he used to go out with Kirk and Gerrard.
Will. Haslehurst. The Night this Gentleman was robb'd, Waterman and 2 more came into my House, the Queen's-Head and Green-Man at lower Holloway. They had a Pot of Beer, and rose up in a Hurry, and threw down 6 d. telling me they would call for the Change another Time. About
John Bellenger . (The Witness in the Trial of Bell) I know both the Prisoners, and have been at Parrot's House in Brick-Lane, where I have seen them both Oliver I have seen likewise at the Queen's Arms in East Smithfield, at Cock-fighting. I was at the taking of Oliver; we had a great Fight with him before we secur'd him, and he endeavour'd to make his Escape. His Wife endeavour'd to cut me in the Back with a Case-Knife, and I broke her Head for it. I thought the Money he betted a Cocking, did not come by Shoemaking.
Serjeant Bell was call'd by Parrot's Councel to give some Account of the Evidence Waterman's vowing Revenge against him, (Parrot) but his Evidence was not to that Purpose.
Sarah Woldridge deposed, that Parrot was so full of Pain the 27th of Sept. that he walk'd with a Stick, and went to Bed between a 11 and 12 at Night; that he was ill of a Kick he had receiv'd in his Groin, and that she staid with him, because he was in Affliction. That she had seen Waterman. 5 Times there; and she remember'd the 27th of Sept. because Spittle fields Market was to be open'd 2 Days after.
The Surgeon, Apothecary, and several other Witnesses, were call'd in the Behalf of Parrot, and many appear'd to Oliver's Character. Both Guilty , Death ,
Wheeler. The 27 th of Sept. near 7 o'Clock in the Evening, I was going over the Bridge towards Holloway , and a Man came up to me with a Pistol, and said, - Sir, I want your Money. Immediately 2 more came behind me with Pistols in their Hands. Then they took my Money, and because my Watch came out hard, they threatn'd to shoot me if I did not undo my Breeches. They took my Watch with a Packthread String, 3 Guineas, and about 22 or 23 s. from me, with a French Crown, which was among the Silver. The Prisoner was the first Man that stopp'd me, the other two I do not know. I heard the Prisoner was taken, so I went to see him in Newgate, the Beginning of this Month, and knew him to be the Man that stopp'd me. I tax'd him with the Fact, and he own'd it, and told me the Watch was at Endfield, and the French Crown was at the House where he used to lie.
Prisoner. I would ask him whether he knew me before I told him the manner in which I robb'd him?
Wheeler. Yes, I knew him when I first saw him in Newgate; I did not know of any Information he had made then.
Mr. Holst. The Prisoner made his Information a Fortnight or three Weeks ago, before Mr. Justice Chamberlain, and I believe Wheeler knew little of the Prisoner, till I gave him the Intelligence, for I asked him next Morning, if he should know any of the Men again? and he told me, his Surprize was so great when the Pistols came about him, that he verily believ'd he should not know any of them again. About a Fortnight or three Weeks ago, I sent Wheeler a Letter to let him know, the Prisoner had made his Information of this Robbery, and several others, and that he was accepted as an Evidence by Mr. Chamberlain, but I saw nothing of him, till last Tuesday I met him at Hicks's-Hall, and he told me he had preferr'd his Bill against the Prisoner. I told him it was a wrong Step he had taken; and he said, he should be glad to have the Prisoner admitted an Evidence, and that he would prefer another Bill against the other two. Guilty . Death .
19, 20. John Gardiner and Isaac Mortished , of St. Peter's, Cornhill , were indicted for stealing a Bond for 100 l. payable to John Davis , for the Use of Simon Walmsley , Edward Merryfield , and others. ; and likewise one Promissory Note, signed Ford Beauchamp, dated December 6, value 40 s. and payable on Demand, being the Property of the said Simon Walmsley , Edward Merryfield , and others, Members of the said Society, in the House of Ford Beauchamp , Dec. 26 .
They were a 2d Time indicted for stealing 9 s. 8 d. in Money, and two half Broad Pieces, value 23 s. the Property of the said Society, in the House of Ford Beauchamp , Dec. 26 .
Ford Beauchamp. The two Prisoners lodged in my House, and my Son lay with them; on the 26th of December, they two went to Bed about half an Hour after 10, my Son went up in order to go to Bed about a Quarter after 11, and opening the Door, he saw a great many Chips, both upon the Bed and upon the Floor; seeing this, he called me up, and found the 2 Prisoners in Bed, I asked them what they had been doing? they made no Answer at first, but at last Mortished raised his Head, and said, - I know nothing of the Matter, do you, John? No, says Gardiner, we have had a Sleep since we blue the Candle out. I felt the Candle, and found the Wick hot, and the Tallow warm; upon which I got a Constable,
Thomas Beauchamp confirmed his Father's Evidence; adding, that he saw the Box with a Hole broke in the Back, and Gardiner's Knife, a Gimblet, (broke in two Pieces) all lying at the Feet of the Bed; and that the Bond was found under Mortished's Pillow.
Mr. Wightman, Constable, deposed to the same Effect; and likewise, that upon searching Gardiner's Pockets, they found a Piece of Wood (which exactly fitted into a Part of the Breach in the Box) and one Shilling; that upon Mortished there was found 8 s and Three Half-pence; that the Note was found in the Room, the Bond under his Pillow, and 6 d. in the Bed.
The two Watchmen gave the same Account.
Mr. Davis and the Clerk of the Society, proved the Property likewise; and that the Bond was then unsatisfied, and the Note also, when the Fact was committed.
The Prisoners had little to say in their Defence, and the Jury found them Guilty upon the first Indictment . Death .
The Evidence upon the second Indictment was much to the same Purport as in the former Trial, only some of the Witnesses deposed, that the two Pieces of Gold were found in a Purse, with a Leaden Shilling in the Chimney, the next Morning; all which were sworn to have been in the Box, and were the Property of the Society.
The Jury found them both Guilty on this Indictment.
The Indictment being defective, the Prisoner was acquitted .
Capt. Wansel. Yesterday se'nnight, as I was coming out of Covent-Garden Playhouse , the Prisoner jostled me; I push'd him off, and at that Instant he clapped down his Hand towards my Pocket, and I felt my Watch twitch'd away; I immediately collar'd him, but he threw his Hand behind him, and something I perceived in it; two Fellows came up to him, and endeavoured to rescue him, but I dragg'd him out, and two Soldiers seized him and carried him into a Tavern, where the People bid me search him; but I said it would be to no Purpose to search him, for he had given my Watch to some of his Confederates. When he was before Justice Frazier, he was searched, but I never saw my Watch any more.
John Honghton . I saw the Disturbance that Night, and saw the Prisoner with his Hand behind him, and something of a Lump in it, but I can't say what it was; two Fellows came up to the Prisoner's Assistance, and interfer'd in his Behalf.
Prisoner. It was my Handkerchief, that I had at that Time; I never had a Watch in my Hand in my Life.
Several Persons appeared to the Prisoner's Character. Acquitted .
27, 28. He was again indicted with Richard Daniel and Joseph Phillis , for stealing a Curtain, value 9 d. a Cuffoy Seat of a Chair, value 5 s. the Goods of William Arcal and David Bevan , Jan 9 . All three Guilty 10 d.
Edward William was again indicted with Richard Baldwyn , for stealing 70 lb. of Lead from the Summer-House of the said Low, Dec. 31 . Both Guilty .
Thomas Jones . The 24th of Dec. my Shop in Bell Yard was robb'd of about 3 Dozen of Stockings. Two or three Days afterwards, I found by an Advertisement, that Mr. Collier in Denmark-Street had stopp'd 2 or 3 Pair. I went thither and found them to be mine, and Mr. Collier telling me he knew the Woman who brought them to him to Pawn, I took her up, and she discover'd the Prisoner, who confess'd before Mr. Deveil, that he and others committed this Robbery; that his Companions came into the Shop and took them, and that he stood at the Door and receiv'd them.
Thomas Collier . Mary Steward brought 2 pair of Stockings to pawn, on Christmas-Eve, between 6 and 7 at Night. She told me she had them from Peg Pretty ; upon which I stopp'd them. In about half an Hour afterwards, Tom Meighan and a Sailor came to demand them. I seiz'd the Sailor, but the Prisoner ran away; he told me, he knew nothing of the Stockings, and that he was going to see one Peg Goodman , when he came in with Meighan. Upon this we took up Mary Steward, and she directed us to a notorious Bawdyhouse, where we found the Prisoner, and we carry'd him before Mr. Deveil, where he told us, that Nucky Watson and he, with 2 or 3 more, stole these Stockings. James. These are my Stockings.
- Harrison. This Steward brought Stockings to me to pledge on Christmas-Eve, but I refused them. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
37, 38 Edward Condell and Philip Brown were indicted for stealing a wainscot Box, val. 12 d. 3 pair of Shoes, val. 14 s. a cloth Coat, val. 7 s. a dimity Waistcoat, val. 5 s. and several other Things, the Property of Benjamin Ashby , in the House of Elizabeth Howard , Dec. 10 . Both Guilty 39 s.
39. Elizabeth Champson , was indicted for stealing a calamanco Gown, val. 8 s. a linnen Apron, val. 18 d. a linnen Mob, val. 1 s. the Goods of Mary Lewis . Three Aprons, 2 Shifts and 3 Clouts, the Goods of James Fox . A linnen Gown, val. 2 s the Goods of John Masters , and a linnen Apron, the Goods of Deborah Parmontier , Jan 2 . Guilty 10 d.
** Harbin was an Evidence Last Sessions in the Trial of Cook and Carter, for robbing the Fountain-Tavern at Stock-Market; he having receiv'd from Cook, Part of the Goods stole, and dispos'd of them for him. See Sessions Book, No. 1. P. 6
William Maycook . I am Servant to Mr. Clark, in New North-Street . On the 4th Instant I clean'd my Plate, and set it in the usual Place; then I was sent out of an Errand; while I was Abroad, 2 Fellows came dress'd like Dustmen (as the Maids told me) and pretended they came for the Dust: When they had taken it away, they came again and begg'd small Beer. We had a new Servant, who was not acquainted with our Dustmen, but having no Suspicion of the Men, she went and drew them some Beer. When I came Home, I miss'd the Candlestick, and the Maid telling me who had been there, I went to the Master of the Dustmen, and found that they were none of his Men. I (being to pay for the Candlestick) carry'd the Fellow of it to Mr. Page in
Prisoner. Were not the Servants call'd to see if they knew me again?
Maycock. Yes, and they said they could not safely swear to you.
Thomas Lovet , Headborough. A Neighbour of mine appeared in the Prisoner's Wife's Behalf, and gave her the Character of a very honest Woman; at first she said she found it, but afterwards she owned she had it from her Husband. The House where he lives is a Den of Thieves, and it is a Place contrived for their Conveniency: He had the Impudence to go with his Wife to the Justice's Door, but then he ran away, and I cry'd stop Thief, and took him. Every earthly Thing upon this Occasion has been mov'd out of his House, except two old Bedsteads. When he fled from me, I asked him what made him run? He told me I look'd as if I had a Warrant against him, and he did not like my Face.
Elizabeth Harbin , the Prisoner's Wife, deposed, That she had the Silver from her Husband at an Alehouse, and that he insisted on her selling it for him; - but as soon as the Court understood she was the Prisoner's Wife, they would not admit her Evidence. Acquitted .
42, 43. William Lashbrook and Joseph Whittingham , were indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of William Palmer , about seven at Night, and stealing a Clock, value Thirty Shillings, two Iron Bars, value 1 s. and 2 Cheeks of a Grass, value 1 s. Oct. 28 . Both Guilty. Felony only .
44. William Lashbrook was again indicted with Thomas Waters and Joseph Whittingnam , for stealing five Cheshire Cheeses, value thirty Shillings , the Goods of Joseph Smithies , November 29 . All Guilty .
50. John Bishop , was indicted for stealing 2 Silver Tea-Spoons, value 4 s. a Pistol, value 1 s. a Pair of Stockings, value 3 s. and three Shillings and Six-pence in Money , the Goods of Christopher Morland , Nov. 9 . Guilty 4 s 10 d.
It appeared from the Evidence that the Rings were pick'd by the Prisoners and their Accompliccs (all Boys) out of a Shew-Glass, which stood in the Prosecutor's Shop Window, with a Piece of crook'd Wire; that one of them they made a Present of to Mr. Payton's Wife, the Goal-Keeper of Bridewell, in Southwark, and the rest they sold him for 3 l. 3 s.
The Jury found them Guilty on both Indictments 4 s. 10 d.
Elizabeth Shaw , was indicted for stealing a Sheet, five Aprons, five Handkerchiefs, and other Things , the Goods of Samuel Walker , Jan. 12 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
60. Garret Ural , was indicted, &c. for assaulting Sarah his Wife, and with a certain Wooden Handle of a Knife, value 1 d. which he held in his Right Hand, giving her several Mortal Bruises on her Head, Neck, and Stomach, as well by striking her with the said Handle, as by kicking the said Sarah, of which mortal Bruises she instantly died . Dec. 6 .
Lot Cavannah deposed, that going up Stairs that Night he heard the Prisoner beating his Wife, that she cry'd out, - don't ye, - my Dear, for God's sake don't - and that the Prisoner's Child cry'd out bitterly, and said, don't Daddy, - Daddy don't, that in 4 or 5 Minutes afterwards the Prisoner call'd, - Neighbours! Neighbours ! my Wife is dead! Upon which he went down into the Prisoner's Room, and found the Deceased sitting by the Wall without her Cloaths, and her Head turn'd almost behind her. That the Prisoner had a small Vial in his Hand, and would have gone for some Gin for her, imagining (as he said) that she was in a Faint, if they would have permitted him.
Other Witnesses deposed to the same Effect.
Mr. Bell, Surgeon, deposed, that upon his examining the Body of the Deceased, he found several bruises and Wounds upon it, but not of Consequence enough to affect her Life. One Wound was on her Temple, and several in other Places. On examining the Neck, he found all right, and the Contents of the Breast in a natural State; but upon opening the Belly, he found the Abdomen fill'd with Blood; the left Kidney in a very Morbid State; and the large Blood Vessel which supply'd that Kidney was burst, and caused her Death. That upon turning the Body (to look for the Occasion of the Rupture of that diseased Vessel) he saw a large Bruise, which tally'd with the internal Rupture, and was directly over it, but as it was 3 Days after her Death, that he view'd the Body, he could not exactly judge how long it might be since the Blow or Kick, which occasion'd that Bruise, was given, but he believ'd the Deceased might have receiv'd it within 5 Days, and was given with great Violence. Guilty, Manslaughter .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment: as follows.
Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 12.
Robert, otherwise Briggenshaw Brownjohn , James Cope , Thomas Jenkins , George Price , John Margets , William Ifield , John Birt , John Parrot , otherwise Perrot, Thomas Oliver , John Waterman , John Gardiner , Isaac Mortished .
Burnt in the Hand, 2.
To be Transported, 36.
William Maddey , Adam Hunter , Richard Daniel , Joseph Phillis , Edward Williams , Richard-Baldwyn, Thomas Meighan , William Simmonds , Edward Condell , Philip Brown , William Lashbrook , Joseph Whittingham , Thomas Waters , John Gradley , Francis Watson , James Meighan , Sarah Davis , Ann Dunn , Susannah Hose , Jonathan Smith , John Burn , John Bishop , John Foster , John Morris , Richard Baines , Joseph Smithson , Sarah Wharton , James Benson , William Benham , John Page , John Chest , Theodere Davis , Elizabeth Shaw , Valentine Kelly , Mary Clark , John Mac cue .