WEDNESDAY the 21st, THURSDAY the 22d, FRIDAY the 23d, and SATURDAY the 24th, of February.
In the 12th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY
Right Honourable Micajah Perry, Esquire,
LORD - MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
Printed and Sold by T. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row.
BEFORE the Right Honourable MICAJAH PERRY , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Justice PAGE, Mr. Baron CARTER , Mr. Justice FORTESCUE, Mr. Serjeant URLIN, Deputy Recorder of the City of London, and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
It appeared, That the Prisoner carried the Spoon to Jane Bunn , in order to pawn it. Bunn suspecting it was not honestly come by, sent her Servant, with the Spoon and the Prisoner, to Mr. White, who immediately charged her with the Robbery. Guilty, 10 d .
143. * William Udal + was indicted for assaulting Thomas Thorn on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. taking from him a Silver Watch with a Tortois-shell Case, value 40 s. a Hat, value 2 s. a Brass Seal, value 2 d. and four Shillings in Money , Dec. 26 .
William Thorn . I was robbed of my Watch, and a Brass Seal, and my Hat, and four Shillings, or more at Holloway ; but I can't swear to the Prisoner, for 'twas Night; I was going from Holloway to Highgate, when they were taken from me. The Watch was found at a Pawn-Broker's in Shoe-Lane This is the Watch I then lost.
Richard Wornel . I took Mann [the Evidence] and Udal. Mann told me they had robbed two Men about Highgate, and told me where this Watch was pawned. I found out the Prosecutor, and went with him to the Pawnbroker's, where he saw the Watch and claimed it.
Thomas Mann . The Day after Christmas Day the Prisoner and I were going to the Castle at Holloway; as we went along, we called at a House and had some Pork Stakes. We returned about Seven or Eight o'Clock, and robbed a Man of a Hat; Udal took the Man's Watch out of his Pocket, and some Money. He was the Man that robbed the Prosecutor, and He carry'd the Things Home to his Lodgings, at Mr. Morris's
Richard Wernel . When I took Mann and Udal, Mann was carried to one House, and Udal to another. Mann desired to be admitted an Evidence, and it was granted. He gave me Directions where the Watch was pawned for ten Shillings. I went to the Pawn-broker's, and demanded the Watch, telling the Man it was stole. He refused to produce it, upon which I sent for Mr. Thorn, and he described it. and said it was in a Tortois-shell Case, and a Piece was broke out; then the Pawnbroker produced it, and Thorn immediately owned it; but we could not have it, unless we paid twelve Shillings, and twelve Shillings I was obliged to pay for it. The Prisoner desired to be admitted an Evidence, and said he could hang three or four; but, as he had been admitted an Evidence several Times before, his Request was deny'd. He wanted to have been made an Evidence against Mann, and said he could put three or four more into his Information. He did not deny the Fact at all.
Mann. The Prisoner would have killed the Man, for fear of being discovered, had it not been for me.
Thorn. Yes; He threatened me; - 'twas upon the long Causeway.
Udal. The Evidence and I were Debtors in the Marshalsea Prison; we broke out and made our Escape. He has done this for Lucre, - for the Sake of the Reward, that he may clear himself of his Debt.
Mann. Udal broke open the Goal himself, and let me out with him.
The Pawnbroker, William Key , was sent for, and brought into Court. He urged that he was but a Servant to Mr. Crockat. Crockat appeared, and was told, That his Profession was a most scandalous one; That Pawnbrokers were the Encouragers of Felons, and it would be well if they would be warned to get into honester Callings and Employments. Crockat and another Person were bound for Key's good Behaviour and Appearance next Sessions .
He was a second Time indicted for assaulting John Bradford on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c, taking from him a Hat, value 1 s. a Drugget Coat, value 5 s. and five Shillings in Money , Dec. 26 ,
John Bradford . I was going the 26th of December from London to Finchley, and between the Halfway House and Upper Holloway , I was met by two Men. One of them run against me and jumbled hard upon me, as if he was fudled. I pushed him away, and bid him stand up. He came upon me again, and said - you're the Man, - you're the Man. Then they both attacked me, and robbed me of my Hat, Coat, and about Five Pence in Money. The Prisoner is very much like one of the Men. When the Prisoners were taken, Mann [the Evidence] told me where I might find my Coat.
Mann. As the Prisoner and I were going to Holloway, we met this Man; he attacked him, and said, - d - mn your Eyes, if you don't pull your Coat off, I'll kill you. I said, - no, don't hurt him. G - d d - mn you ( says the Prisoner) I'll kill him and you too, and he threw up his Hanger, and was going to chop the Man down. We pawned the Coat for three Shillings.
Bradford. The Pawnbroker said he had lent four upon it.
Mann, Then he cheated me of a Shilling.
Bradford. I found my Watch according to the Accomplice's Direction.
The Evidence was cautioned in a pathetick Manner, against following those Courses, which would inevitably bring him to the same melancholy End the Prisoner was like to come to.
He was found Guilty on both Indictments. Death .
John Fife . One Saturday in the Afternoon, the 4th or 5th of November, I met Muad and Mitchel, in St. Clements Church Yard, and they asked me to go along with them; so we went to Covent-Garden, and from thence to Leicester-Fields, Piccadily, and Broad-street, near Carnaby Market. In Broad-street we saw Mr. Starkey's Door open. Maud went into the Entry; turned the Brass Nob of the Parlour Door, and went in, and brought out a Tankard in his Apron. 'Twas about Dusk, between four and five o'Clock. I stood at the Door, and Maud came running out with the Tankard, wrapped up in his Blew Apron; then we all run away to Mary Lambert 's in Parker's Lane; she called down John Fletcher , who lodged in her House, and she asked him to sell it for us. He said he would sell it next Morning; and accordingly, the next Morning
Mr. Starkey. I lost a Tankard, but what became of it, I don't know.
Fife. We stole it about the 4th or 5th of November last.
Mr. Starkey. 'Twas about that Time I lost it: The Value of it was about six or seven Pounds. I never have had it again, tho' I advertised it, and how this Discovery come to be made, I know not
John Taylor . I have known Maud five or six Years. His Mother brought him up carefully, and I never heard any Harm of him, but believe he was tempted to do this Thing by Fife, when they met in St. Clement's Church-Yard. All Acquitted .
147 , 148. James Lawlor , alias Lawley , and James Leonard , were indicted for assaulting George Lines on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 21 s. a Peruke, value 3 l. 3 s. and a Gun, value 25 s . Dec. 24 .
George Lines . On Sunday the 24th of December, between ten and eleven at Night, I was coming from the Castle Tavern, in Denmark street , with a Gun upon my Shoulder, and Lawlor stopped me, and asked me, what I had to do with that Gun. I can't be so positive to the other Prisoner as I am to him, but I was struck at, and my Hat and Wig were taken away, and then they knocked me down. They knocked me down as dead as a Herring, and then they took my Gun. I can't swear Lawlor took it, but he was one of the Men.
Lawlor. Did you ever see me before in your Life?
Lines. Yes; I saw him that Night; but I did not want to see him.
Lawlor. As God is my Judge I never saw him before.
Lines. There was a Lamp close to the Place, and I can swear Lawlor was one of the Men.
Lot Cavenagh . This Lawlor, and Leonard, and I, have gone out a thieving together, several Times. I lived in Lawler's Cellar, and have known both the Prisoners thirteen or fourteen Years; I have gone a thieving with them in Ireland. When we committed this Robbery, there was another Man with us, beside the two Prisoners, and we laid hold of the Prosecutor, while Leonard watched on the other Side of the Way. We drank a Pint of Gin, between us four, before we went out; and wanting Money, we said we must have it, so as we were coming down Drury-Lane, over against the Coal Yard, we saw this Man with his Gun Lawlor said to him, - d - mn you, What Business have you with a Gun, and struck him with the Stock of the Pistol which he had in his Hand, but he did not fall down I held one of his Hands, to prevent his laying hold of any of us; and at the second Blow, he was knocked down. We took his Hat and Wig before he was knocked down, but I can't tell whether the Gun was seized before or after. The Name of the fourth Man in our Company, was Noland; and Leonard was to stand on the other Side of the Way, and to cry Tommy! Tommy! when any body came by: And he calling out Tommy, as soon as we had got the Man's Hat and Wig and Gun, we had not Time to rifle his Pockets, but were obliged to run away with what we had got. Lawlor pawned the Wig for six Shillings, and I pawned the Hat for three, to a Man, who, I believe is in Court, but they were not both pawned the same Day; and Leonard did not go to the Pawnbroker's with us, for we were afraid if so many of us went, the Folks would not have a good Suspicion [Opinio] of us. The Hat was pawned first, and in two or three Days Time, we pawned the Wig, and Leonard staid at Home in Lawlor's Cellar, while we were gone. The Money for the Hat and Wig, was nine Shillings, which we divided, and had two Shillings and three Pence a piece. I never was before a Judge for any Dishonesty in my Life.
- Thompson. I know the Hat and Wig very well. This is Mr. Lines's Hat. I carry'd it to have a new Loop put to it; and this is the Wig he had on when he went out that Sunday, - but he came home without it. I have carry'd it twenty Times to the Barber's. He had them both on, when he went out, but he came home without either.
Lines This is my Hat and Wig.
A Witness. Cavenagh brought the Hat to me, and wanted three Shillings upon it. Lawlor came with the Wig, and asked six Shillings upon that, telling me, he should fetch it again in two or three Days. I thought them both very honest Men.
Lawlor. Ask this Witness if he knows James Lawlor?
The Witness. I can't swear justly to him, - but that Man, [pointing to Lawlor,] is like him
Lawlor. 'Tis not very likely I should pawn a Thing I had stole in my own Name.
Q. to Lines. How came you to be out with a Gun on Saturday Night?
Lines. The Man of the Tavern wanted a Gun for the Train'd Bands, so I sent for it, and would have sold it him, but we could not agree for the Price; so I was carrying it home again.
Garret Cavenagh. I know Lawlor; he lodged with me about a Year ago, and paid me honestly: He has no Way to get his Bread but by Work, and the Labour of his Hands. I am a Smith, and he has work'd with me. I know nothing more.
Mrs. Buckland. He work'd with me upwards of three Years, in and out, and I never saw any thing dishonest in him. I live in Princes-street, by Bridgewater-Square.
Mrs. Lambeth. Leonard came to lodge with me a Fortnight before Christmas last; and on Christmas-Day in the Morning he and his Wife had a Quarrel, and she tore his Coat, and he could not go out all Day. Mr. Lines came to my House on St. Stephen's Day, and said he had lost his Hat and Wig, and Gun, and said he would give a Treat to have them again.
A Witness. As to Leonard, I have intrusted him with more than my own, backwards and forwards, and he always behav'd well. The second Day after Christmas Day, Lines came into Lambeth's House, and said he had been robb'd of his Hat, Wig and Gun, in Drury Lane; and that the Man who knock'd him down was in a close Set-to Coat. Leonard was then in the House, and Lines would have drank with him, but Leonard refus'd: Lines told us at the same time, that he was very much in Liquor.
Two other Witnesses gave Leonard the Character of an honest labouring Fellow. Both Guilty , Death .
He was a second Time indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Hugh Colley, Clerk, about the Hour of Ten at Night, with a felonious Intent to steal his Money and Goods , Jan. 18 .
The Rev. Mr. Colley. I live at Mile-end Green , on the 18th of Jan. last, about Ten in the Evening, as my Wife and I were sitting by the Fire, in the Parlour, we heard a Cough before the Door: We imagin'd it was somebody going past the Door; but in a little time we heard the Cough repeated several times; my Wife imagin'd it was in the little fore Garden before the House. Immediately following the Coughs, there was a great Noise upon the Top of the House, - the Roof of the House shook; upon which I got up and went into the Hall, Immediately Mr. Owen (a Neighbour) came and said, there was a Man upon the House. Mr. Lee (my Writing-master ) and I went out forwards to see if we could discover any thing, and Evan Davis went out backwards; Afterwards we return'd to the Door to get into the House, but it was shut, and we could not get in. While I stood at the Door, I heard a Noise in the House like breaking open Doors: I was in a great Consternation, and imagin'd that the Rogues had got in backwards, and had taken Possession of the House; upon this I ran to the back Part of the House, and kick'd against a Door in the Middle of the Garden, and got into a Passage, which led to the Window of the Room where my Wife and I lie; she was there crying out, Thieves! Murder! Davis was with me; and when I had got into the House, I call'd in Mr. Lee and Mr. Owen. My Wife was in her Chamber, almost dead with Fear, - the Maid in Fits, and the young Gentlemen were running from one Room to another in their Shirts. After I had encouraged my Wife, Mr. Lee and I examin'd the House, and when we were in the lower Part of it, Davis call'd out, he had taken the Man! and I went out immediately, and saw the Man in his Possession. He had deceived Davis, by running out of the House, and crying Thieves! without his Hat, (which we afterwards found in the House) so Davis at first thought it was Lee, but when he found his Mistake he pursu'd him: he (the Prisoner) had then Trowsers on, and in getting over the back Pales, the Tenter-hooks catched in his Trowsers; there Davis and he were engaged, while I, and Owen, and Lee, were examining the House; and the Prisoner said, he was sorry he had left his Hammer on the Top of the House, for if he had not, he would have dispatch'd him. As to the breaking the House, he broke through a Window into the Garret, and when the Casement was broke open, there was nothing to prevent his Entrance.
Mrs. Colley confirm'd the former Circumstances, adding, That she went up Stairs, and heard the Garret Window break, and somebody jump in
Evan Davis deposed, That between Nine and Ten that Night, he saw a Man upon the House, and call'd Mr. Lee, his Fellow-servant, and bid him go to the other Side of the House: That he (Davis) saw the Prisoner go to the Garret Window; that he heard the Glass tumble down, upon which he went into the Back-yard, where he found his Master and Mr. Owen; and looking towards 'Squire Heath's Pales, he thought he saw his Coat upon the Pales, but when the Witness came up to the Pales, the Prisoner had got over them into another Garden; that he was not hung upon the Tenter-hooks when he was taken, but was getting over a Brick-wall, when the Witness took him, and that the Prisoner was the Man who was taken by him.
Mr. Lee confirm'd the former Accounts, and every Circumstance therein; adding, That Davis was in Pursuit of the Prisoner, and got over the Pales after him; that he call'd out to him (the Witness ) and told him he had got the Man; upon which he got over the Pales likewise, and assisted Davis in bringing the Prisoner to the House: that upon searching him, they found two crooked Nails and a Knife in his Pocket, and that he apprehended the Prisoner broke into the House with an Intent, not only to rob the House, but to murder them.
Mr. Owen deposed, That while he was parting with a Friend near his own Door, a Man came from Mr. Colley's Door, and look'd hard at him: That he then gave a slight Cough, and pass'd him; upon which he (the Witness) went into his own House, and listen'd: That hearing his Foot stop all on a Sudden, he partly opened the Door, and saw him at Mr. Colley's Door, and heard him cough again: That he observed him to look up to the Top of Mr. Colley's House; that he look'd up too, and seeing a Man upon the Top of the House, he call'd out to Mr. Colley's People, and told them there were Thieves on the Top of their House; upon which the Man at the Door ran away: That Mr. Colley came out to the Witness, and they both went to Mr. Colley's Door, but could not get in: That they then went backwards, and heard Davis cry out, - He had got the Man, upon which the Witness ran to assist him, and so the Prisoner was taken.
Mr. Colley. I believe he would have robb'd the House, after he had got what Lead he could, if he had not been discover'd.
Bean (Watchman). As we were carrying the Prisoner before Justice Jones, two Women met him, and gave him some Gin; and he mumbled, and said, - D - mn his Eyes, if he had not left his Hammer behind him, he would have kill'd Davis, when he seiz'd him. The Prisoner's Hat was found in Mr. Colley's Hall, and he (the Prisoner) own'd it the next Morning, and we gave it him thro' the Rails of the Cage.
Prisoner. I was accidentally coming by, and saw a Man upon the Eaves of the House, as if he would drop from thence; so I went into the Yard, intending to take the Thief, and finding the Back-door open, ran in and cry'd Thieves! two Men stopp'd me upon the Stairs, and said I was one of the Rogues; I got from them, and they took me as I was pursuing the Men that got over the Wall. Guilty , Death .
150. Ashby Johnson , of Harrow on the Hill , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Thomas Brian , Esq ; about Twelve at Night, and stealing thence a Cloth Great Coat, val. 10 s. a Linnen Shift, val. 3 s. the Goods of John Edlin , in the said Dwelling-house , Jan. 16 .
John Edlin. I am Servant to Mr. Thomas Brian at Loxley Green, in the Parish of Harrow on the Hill . The House was broke sometime in the Night, between Eleven and Four, the 17th of January: A Quarry of Glass was broke; through which the Casement was unhasped, and so the Person that robb'd us came into the Hall, from whence I lost a Great Coat, a Shift of my Wife's, a Shirt of mine, and a Piece of Calicoe Cloth, which I have not swore to. In a Day or two I saw these Things at Richard Smith 's at Ganford Green, and they prove to be mine. This is the great Coat which was taken out of the House that Night, and 'tis mine; the Shift belongs to my Wife.
Richard Smith. The Prisoner brought this great Coat to me, as I was binding Hay in the Barn.
Prisoner. I found it. Guilty , Death ,Henry Rudd , Jan. 31 .
Thomas Thompson. My House was broke open the 31st of January at Night, and I lost a Hat, a Pair of Boots, and some other Things; likewise a Plush Coat, and a strip'd Dimity Waistcoat, which belong'd to Henry Rudd, a Servant of mine. A Pane of Glass was broke, by which Means the Casement was open'd; and I guess the Robbery was committed between Eleven and Twelve at Night. Here are the three Men who took him at Ealing, two Miles from my House: I live in the Parish of Harrow on the Hill . These are the Boots, and they are mine; but the Plush Coat we can't find.
A Witness. I bought these Boots of the Prisoner.
Prisoner. I did sell the Man the Boots. Guilty , Death .
151, 152, 153. Edward Campbel , Elizabeth Booth , and Anne Lewis , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of William Mumford , between Twelve and One at Night, and stealing twenty-four Pair of Leather Shoes, val. 40 s . Feb. 13 .
William Mumford. I went to Bed that Night about Eleven o'Clock, and fasten'd my Door. I rose at Six the next Morning, and found the House broke, and twenty-four Pair of Shoes gone: The Lock of the Door and four Bolts were broke. We have Part of the Goods here; this large Pair of Men's Shoes, and these Girls Pumps, are mine, and they were mark'd, - 2 s. each, but they have rubb'd the Marks out. I don't make them; I only buy and sell. Campbel confess'd before the Justice, that he broke open the House, between Twelve and One o'Clock, and that he took but fourteen Pairs, tho' I miss'd twenty-four when I came to number my Shoes.
Q. What Sort of a House was this?
Mumford. 'Tis a Shoemaker's Shop, and a Cook's Shop; I lie in the House: There are eight Rooms in it.
Martha Clark Last Valentine's Day the three Prisoners, and Nan Lewis 's Husband, came and knock'd at my Door about Six in the Morning: The two Women had their Aprons ty'd up with something in them; I asked them where they had been so early? they told me, - to see the Birds couple, and to gather Chickweed. By and by Elizabeth Booth put some of her Shoes into my Bed, and Lewis convey'd some of hers under the Table, and they both desired me not to take any Notice, for they would raise some Money upon them, unknown to the Men, and would share it between themselves I hid the Shoes, and Campbel and Booth stay'd there all Day, and quarrel'd about them. He damn'd her for a Bitch, and said there was not all the Shoes; she said, she knew nothing of them; so he lick'd her, and gave her two black Eyes. The next Day Booth and her Sister came and ask'd for one Pair, which I deliver'd into her Apron: And the Day after this Campbel and Booth came again, and as they both sat by the Fire, a Breeches-maker came in, and told me, (in their Hearing) that Mumford's Shop had been broke open, and he had lost a great many Shoes: This was on Friday, and they both seem'd very uneasy, and went away. The next Day, (Saturday) Booth came for the rest of the Shoes; and I told her, I would stop them for Mr. Mumford. As I was speaking, - in came Campbel, and says Booth to him, - do you know any thing of Mumford's Shoes? he told her, no: Push off, says she, and so away he went. When he was gone, she (Booth) asked me if I stopp'd the Shoes? I told her, - yes. Then d - mn my Eyes, (says she) I'll go and see if you have carry'd them home to Mumford, or not. Upon this I sent to Mumford, and he own'd the Goods. I can't say whether the Men had any of the Goods upon them when they came in; 'twas the two Women brought them in, in their Aprons. When they open'd their Laps, and shew'd me the Shoes, I thought 'twas fine Chickweed.
Prisoner Campbel. Did you see any of the Goods upon me?
Clark. He said before the Justice, - That he gave the Woman the Shoes, and if he had had a Sack, he could have carry'd off more.
A Constable. I had a Warrant against the Prisoners, and when we had found them, we carried them before Justice Mercer; Campbel confessed that he broke open the Shop, and stole fourteen Pair of Shoes, and if there was more, the two Women cheated him. He said the two Women were there to receive the Goods, as he brought them out; but they said they were both innocent in the Affair.
Campbel. This Martha Clark owes me a Grudge, because I lodged in her House, and have not paid her; so she and Addey the Thief-Taker have collogu'd together, to take away my Life for the Sake of the Reward.
Prisoner Booth. This Lewis and her Husband had quarrelled, and I went out with her that
Lewis. About Eleven at Night my Husband and I had Words; he went out, and I asked Booth to go with me to see for him. We went to several Places, and at last we found him and Campbel at Clark's with the Shoes.
Mumford. When Booth was before the Justice she said Campbel broke open the Shop, and brought out the Shoes, and that she and Lewis took them into their Aprons.
The Constable. Campbel told us, That Lewis's Husband was with them; that He and Lewis broke open the Shop, and the two Women were there, to assist in carrying the Goods away.
Campbel. I did not get up that Morning, till about Five o'Clock, and is it probable that after I had drank Share of so many Half-pints of Gin, I should break open a House! It takes up a good deal of Time to do such a Thing.
Campbel, Guilty , Death . Booth Acquitted of Burglary, but Guilty of the Felony . Lewis Acquitted .
154. Peregrine Audley , of St. Butolph without Aldgate , was indicted for assaulting William Mawley on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat value 2 s. a Peruke value 3 s: and a Shilling in Money , Feb. 11 .
William Mawley. The Prisoner is the Man that robbed me of my Hat, Wig, and a Shilling, at the upper End of Rosemary-Lane , last Sunday Night was Se'en-night, between Eight and Nine o'Clock. He walked-up to me, and looked me full in the Face and, mumbling something, he gave me a Blow on the Breast, which surprized me, and then he took a Shilling out of my Pocket? and when I found my Hat and Wig go, I caught hold of his Coat, but he was too brisk for me, and got loose. I pursued him to the Place where he was taken, getting over a Wall into Justice Riccards's Yard. It was Moon-light, and I knew him again, and picked him out from all the People that were there. I saw the Colour of his Coat, - a White Loose Coat; a blew Waistcoat, and a speckled Shirt. I saw him at the Justice's, in half an Hour after I was robbed, and remember he had a Scar on one Side of his Face; which I took Notice of, when he robbed me. I can't say I minded on which Side it was, when he robbed me, but I knew him again, and swore to him.
John Scot . I know the Prisoner is the Man we took in Justice Riccards's Garden, last Sunday was se'en-night, between Eight and Nine o'Clock. We carry'd him into Mr. Riccards's Parlour, and I was present when Mawley first saw him there. Several of our Men were standing together with the Prisoner, and he ( Mawley ) picked him out, and said, that was the Man who robbed him of a Hat, Wig, and a Shilling. The Prisoner had the same Coat on, that he has now; a Blew Jacket, and a Cap. The Hat I found in a back Place, and the Wig in another, about six or seven Yards from the Place where I took him: I brought them into the Parlour, and Mawley owned them. (He swore to them again in Court.)
Richard Walker . I live with Mr. Riccards; and hearing there were Thieves in the Garden, I ran in, and seeing the Prisoner, I laid hold of him, and carry'd him into the Parlour. The Prosecutor, when he came in, picked him out from among Twenty or Thirty People.
James Bradford Last Sunday Se'en-night I heard a Cry of Thieves being the Garden, and I went out and found the Prisoner coming out of the Vault, I laid hold of him, but he was too-strong for me, and got away from me: So the last Witness came up and took him directly; and when Maudley came in, he picked him out from among thirty or forty People.
A Witness. I was the Officer that took him into Custody: I found the Prosecutor bare-headed, with only a Handkerchief about his Head, and he was positive the Prisoner was the Man that robbed him.
Prisoner. I had been at the Glass House about a Quarter of an Hour, before the Maid said there were Thieves in the Glass House. I thought they had been only playing the Rogue: However, I went to the Door, and a Gentlewoman said, - 'twas a long time before any body came to the House. Madam, says I, I came as soon as I could; then Mr. Riccards bid me go and see if any Body was in the Vault: so I went and poked about there, and these People came and took me, and then the Justice deny'd that he had sent me there. Guilty , Death .
John Ridley , about Eight at Night, and stealing a Cloth Coat, a Cloth Waistcoat, a Pair of Buck skin Breeches, five Shirts, five Guineas, four Half Guineas, and twelve Pounds thirteen Shillings in Money, the Property of the said Bridley, in his Dwelling House , Feb. 8 .
John Ridley. My House was broke open the 5th of February. I keep Coaches, and there is a Stable joins to my House, and a Door in the Stable, that goes up Stairs to my Chamber. This Door in the Stable must be broke first, and then the Chamber-Door. I went out in the Morning about Nine o'Clock, and left the Prisoner in the Stable, for he used to help me about my Coaches, and I did not come home 'till between Nine and Ten at Night. I am sure I locked the Chamber Door, for I called him up and gave him a Glass of Brandy, before I went out, and he saw me lock the Door when I came out. But when I came home, I found the Door broke, and this Iron was left in my Room, which Mr. Johnson in Grays-Inn Lane proved to be the Prisoner's, and the Prisoner owned Mr. Johnson gave it him. I lost seven Shirts, a Cloth Frock, a Cloth Waistcoat, a Pair of Buck-skin Breeches, and 20 l. in Money. I am positive I had all these Things in the Chamber on Saturday Night, and no one else had been in the Room from that Time to the Time I came home, and found I was robbed. When the Prisoner was taken, one of my Shirts was upon his Back, and he owned it was mine. He deny'd his taking any thing else, at first, but afterwards, when he found I was about to search his Lodging, he confessed his taking every thing, but the Money; and he acknowledged that he he forced open the Door in the Stable with this Iron.
Prisoner. Were all the Things you found in my Custody your's?
Ridley. Yes: - The Shirts were all numbered and marked with I. R. They are in the Constable's Possession, but he could not be here.
Elizabeth Basiere . The Prisoner lodged in my House, a Week and two Days; and two Days before he was taken up, he desired me to tye up four Shirts in a Napkin for him, and put them in a Chest which stood in his Chamber, which I did, without looking for any Marks, either good or bad; and seeing a Coat, Waistcoat and Breeches upon his Bed, I put them in likewise. I can't tell whether he had these Things when he came to my House at first, nor did I know what Linnen he had; but three of the Shirts, and the Breeches, were found there, which Mr. Ridley owned, when he searched his Room, and one of the Shirts was upon his (the Prisoner's) Back, but the Coat and the Waistcoat were gone I was present when Ridley searched, and he carry'd the Things he claimed before the Justice. During the Time the Prisoner lived at my House, he used to go out in the Morning, and come home at Night to Bed. I never saw him but twice in his Room, and I know nothing of his Character. A Coachman brought him to me, as an honest Man, and he behaved as such, to the best of my Knowledge.
Bury. Did he break the Door in the Stable, or the Chamber Door with that Iron?
Ridley. He broke the Door in the Stable first, and then the Chamber Door. The Stable Door was a strong Door, but he bent the Staple of the Door back, and then forced open the Chamber Door, which he saw me lock; 'twas a Stock-lock, and a very good one: When he came out, (I apprehend ) he came thro' the Coach-house, which was fastened on the Inside with a wooden Pin; for those Doors were left open, and the Pin was gone.
Prisoner. The Shirts were, - all my own, - every one, - all my own, and the Breeches too. I bought the Breeches in Monmouth-street, and the Shirts in Rag-fair, but nobody was with me when I bought them. Acquitted of the Burglary*, Guilty of the Felony .
* Burglary is breaking into an House in the Night, with a Felonious Intent. In Law, 'tis Night when one Person's Face cannot be distinguished from another; Now, although the Prisoner confessed he broke open the Door, he did not in his Confession own at what time it was; and as the Prosecutor was out in the Morning the Offence charged as Burglary might have been committed before Night.
160. Barnard Mackennes was indicted for stealing a Jointing Plane, value 3 s. the Goods of Anthony Kingscot ; and thirty Pounds of Iron Back Hoops, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of John Rosswell , in his Shop , Feb. 4 .
No one appearing against the Prisoner, he was Acquitted .
161. Mary Davis was indicted for stealing a Watch, with the outside and inside Cases of Silver, value 42 s. and a Chain made of Brass, and other Base Metal, and a Brass Seal, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Thomas Cheveney from his Person, Jan. 29
Cheveny . On the 29th of January, I had been at a Club, at The Black Hog in St. Martin's-Lane, and as I was coming home about Ten o'Clock at Night, I met the Prisoner at the Bottom of King-Street, Westminster; she took hold of me, and said, - Master, will you treat? I told her, I could not afford it. Well, says she, if you'll treat this Time, I'll treat next. Upon these Conditions, I said, I did not care if I did. Then she bid me come along with her. So she carry'd me to the House of one Stark, in King street , and I spent three Pence, then I said I would go home. She told me she would not part with me so, and followed me out to the Door; we stood talking together about a Quarter of an Hour, and in that Time she picked my Pocket, and then ran in Doors, and shut the Door upon me. I told her she had got my Watch, and called to have the Door opened, but it was not opened. Then I called the Watch, and they made them open the Door. There were other Women in the House, beside the Prisoner, so the Watchmen asked me, which of these Women had robbed me? I told them I did not see her, I believed she was got off, and the Watchmen said, they could not search the House without a Warrant; but the Man of the House telling us we might search, tho' we had no Warrant, we did search, and found the Prisoner hid in a Closet; so she was carry'd to the Round house for that Night, and next Morning we had her before Mr. Frazier. Before him, she said she knew nothing of the Watch, but it was produced at the same Time, by the Prisoner's Husband, and then she told the Justice she had found it.
Prisoner. Ask him whether he felt me take it?
Cheveny. No; I did not; but there was no one at the Door, or in the Entry with me, but the Prisoner.
George Stark . The Prosecutor came to my House, and desired me to take his Watch in Pawn 'till next Morning. I refused to take his Watch, but told him I would let him have a Shilling or two 'till the next Morning. D - mn it, says he, if you won't take it in Pawn, I'll go out of the House. I believe the Prisoner and he might have a Pot of Beer together, and then they went out together, for about five Minutes: After which the Prisoner ran into the House again; he followed her and said - G - d d - mn the Bitch, she has picked my Pocket, and he called the Watchmen, who took the Prisoner, but but they found no Watch upon her. However, in about half an Hour after she was confined, her Husband came and said, I have the Watch, - take it and carry it down to her. I would have nothing to do with it, so I bid him carry it down and deliver it himself, so he took the Watch from between the Window and the Window-shutter. When she was before the Justice the next Morning, she said she knew nothing of the Matter, but she desired me to go and speak to her Husband about it; and I went up accordingly into her Room, and there the Watch was found between the Bed and the Sacking, and it was carried to Justice Frazier. She lodged in Cabbage-Lane, Westminster.
The Constable. This is the Watch that was brought to Mr. Frazier.
Stark. I can't swear to it, nor do I remember what she said before the Justice, when the Watch was brought.
Constable. This is the same Watch which was deliver'd to me before the Justice. Stark brought it in, and the Prosecutor swore to it.
Cheveny. This is my Watch.
Stark. I can't swear to it; but I deliver'd the same Watch which I found in her Lodging to Mr. Frazier.
Constable. And Mr. Frazier deliver'd it to me.
Prisoner. I never saw the Watch to my Knowledge. I was going home, and this Man came up to me, and clapp'd Two-pence Halfpenny into my Hand, to go and drink with him. I did not care to drink with a Stranger any where, so I went to this Mr. Stark's, because I was afraid of him, but I never drank of the Beer, nor did I sit by him. Acquitted
John Cox , Jan. 22 . But the Prosecutors not appearing when call'd, the Prisoner was Acquitted .
163, 164. Ann Price and Sarah Gresham were indicted for assaulting Thomas Cealey in a certain Court near the King's High-way, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him 18 s. in Silver, and Twopence Halfpenny in Copper , Jan. 26 .
Thomas Cealey . I was coming down Fleet-street, the 26th of January between Twelve and One o'Clock in the Night, - I had been on an Errand, and was going home; and a little on this Side Hanging-Sword Alley, in Cheapside, - Fleet-street , Fleet-street, I mean, - there Nan Price and Sarah Gresham met me, and knock'd me down with their Fists; - they struck me under the Eyes, and made 'em black for a Week. I got up, and they knock'd me down again, and rifled me, and took my Money, - 18 s. and Twopence Halfpenny. After this they charged the Watch with me, and I was sent to the Compter; so I charged the Watch with them, and they were sent away too. -The Element was thick; 'twas between Dark and Light; - 'twas middling. I am a marry'd Man, and a House-keeper. I am positive they are the two Women.
Price. Did not you swear before the Alderman, That you had been drinking a Pint of Beer with me in a House in White Lyon Court?
Cealey. No; they would have had me gone into a House with them, but I refused it; this was before they knock'd me down. I charged them with the Robbery as soon as it was committed; and they were taken into Custody as well as I, and the next Day we were all carry'd before Sir William Billers , a little below Sadler's Hall. - 'Twas at Guildhall. (It appear'd by the Calendar, that they were committed by Sir John Salter )
Price. He swore before the Justice, that he was robb'd in a House.
A Woman. I saw that old Gentleman in the uppermost House in White Lyon Court; and afterwards he said he had been robb'd in that House, and would have had the Watchman have made them open the Doors, but the People of the House refused to do it.
A Witness gave Price the Character of an honest Woman. Both Acquitted *
* Cealey swore before Sir John Salter to a Private Stealing; this Indictment was laid for a Street Robbery, on which, had the Prisoners been convicted, he would have been intitled to a Reward of 280l.
165. Thomas Compton was indicted for that he, being a Person of a wicked and evil Disposition, on the 4th of February in the Parish of St. Gregory, by St. Paul's, with a certain offensive Weapon, call'd an Iron Hammer, &c. on John Dew and Elizabeth Lynnel did make an Assault, with a felonious Intent, their Money to steal, &c .
John Dew. Mrs. Lynnel and I had been to see my Mother in the Strand, on the 4th of February; we came back after Seven o'Clock, and at Fleet ditch we took Coach to carry us to St. Margaret's Hill. On the South Side of St. Paul's, the Prisoner came, and put something into the Coach, and another (who was with him) cry'd out, - Stop! stop! but the Coachman drove on; upon which the Prisoner ran from the Coach-door, and told the Coachman, - If he did not stop, he would knock his Brains out. The Coach was stopp'd by the Prisoner; and I open'd the Coach-door and jump'd out, Mrs. Lynnel jump'd out after me, and slipp'd down; I had no sooner help'd her up, but the Prisoner ran from the Horses Heads to the Coach door again, and cry'd, - D - mn it, where's the Man and the Woman that were in the Coach! I cry'd, here; and he laid hold of me; I took hold of him; he had a Hammer in his Hand: But a Gentleman happening to come by, assisted me, and we took him to a publick House, 'till we could get a Constable. When the Constable came, we found a Peruke under him, but he would not own it belong'd to him. This is the Hammer; and a Knife was also found in his Pocket. He beg'd hard to be let go; but the Constable secur'd him, and the next Morning when he was carry'd before Sir John Thompson , he said he believed the Wig that was found under him, (the Night before) was his, and it was accordingly return'd to him by the Constable. I apprehend his Design was to rob us, by his stopping the Coach.
Sarah Clark . I was coming out of Red Lion Court , on the South Side of St. Paul's, and heard a Cry of - Thieves! - Murder! when I had got to the End of the Court, I heard somebody say, he had a Pistol; I look'd and pok'd about, and found this Hammer. I ask'd who this belong'd to? and the Coachman came up, and took it from me.
Thomas Golding . the Coachman. I was driving by St. Paul's that Night, a little after Seven o'Clock, and the Prisoner and another Man, call'd out, - Stop! I ask'd them what I must stop for, and went on a little farther; but the Prisoner came up to the Horses, and said if I did not stop he would knock my Brains out.
William Elson . On Sunday the 4th of this Month, I was coming through St. Paul's Church-yard, between Seven and Eight o'Clock at Night, and heard a Cry of Stop Thief! - Murder! I went to see what was the Matter, and found Mr. Dew and the Prisoner between the Posts and the Houses. The Prisoner said, - Where's the Man and the Woman that was in the Coach? the Prosecutor said, - I am the Man. Then the Prisoner struck him, and disengaged himself from him; but upon the Prosecutor's calling out, - (What will nobody assist in taking a Street Robber,) I seiz'd him by the Collar.
Prisoner. I was coming along Paul's Churchyard, and this Man and Woman cry'd out, Thieves. I was then before them, and cry'd, - What's the Matter? Upon which the Man said, I suppose you are one of them, and so he laid hold of my Coat, and said I had a Pistol about me; and they carry'd me into a House, and took a Knife from me, tho' I told them I was a Coachman, and that we Coachmen seldom go without Knives about us.
Three Witnesses spoke to the Prisoner's Character, and said they thought he had been an honest Fellow. Guilty .
166. David Adamson of St. Mary Whitechappel was indicted, for that at the Sessions of Goal-delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-hall in the Old Baily, on Wednesday the 17th of January last, &c. William Rogers was according to due Form of Law indicted for that he, on the 15th of November, in the Parish of Allhallows Barkin, 13 lb. of Tobacco, val. 7 s. the Goods of Persons unknown, did steal, &c. and on the said Indictment, the said Rogers was according to due Form of Law try'd by a Jury of the Country, empannel'd between our Lord the King and the said Rogers, and was by the said Jury convicted, as by the Record, &c. doth more fully appear. And the Jurors now farther present, that he the said Adamson on the 15th of November , the said 13 lb. of Tobacco, did receive, &c. knowing it to be stole .
The Council for the King having open'd the Charge, the Witnesses were call'd.
William Keys . I know Rogers, and I know the Prisoner; and I know of some Tobacco which was taken by Rogues, - some from the Tops of the Hogsheads, and some out of the Hogsheads, - where we can light of it. Rogers and I have been concern'd in taking Tobacco; this 13 lb. and a half we took: we stole it, and carry'd it to David Adamson , the Prisoner, at his House: He lives two Doors beyond the Bull-head in Petticoat Lane , on the right Hand Side of the Way; I carried it there, and Adamson weigh'd it: He then had not Silver enough in the House to pay for it, but he desired me to go to the Bull-head, and he would come to me, - desiring me not to take any Notice; and accordingly he came there, chang'd a Guinea, and paid us. Rogers was with me at the same time. He paid us for 13 lb. and a half of Tobacco, 5 s. 6 d. and he paid at the same time 3 d. for a full Pot of Beer, which we had Part of.
Counc. And what Sort of Tobacco might this be?
Keys. Merchants Tobacco, - good Tobacco. I never enquired into the Worth of it; but sometimes we got Threepence, - sometimes a Groat a Pound: What he gave us was not the Worth of the Tobacco, for he gave us but 5 s. and 6 d. - for 13 lb. and a half. I was taken up on Thursday in Christmas Week, and was committed to Bridewell, where I lay a Fortnight. When I was taken up, I went before a Justice, and declared the whole Truth. We took our Opportunity to take Tobacco, sometimes in a Morning, before People were stirring, and at other times, as we had Opportunity. Rogers help'd to steal this Tobacco as well as I: He own'd before the Lord Mayor that it was stoln; - and he stole more than I did.
Counc. I ask you, Whether the Prisoner knew it was stole?
Keys. Yes; I have sold several Quantities of Tobacco to him before this; and I have told him where it came from. He us'd to say, - Why, this is bad Tobacco; and I us'd to say to him, - we can't make it better than it is - 'tis such as we can get.
Counc. Did you tell him this very Tobacco was stolen?
Keys. Yes; I did; this very 13 lb. and half. - and every Bit of Tobacco we sold him, we told him was stolen; and he knew it was stolen. We have sold him Tobacco very frequently, - and large Quantities.
Joseph Crosier . I am a Constable belonging to the Custom-House Key. My Business is, to look out for lurking Fellows, who steal the Merchants Tobacco. I saw a great deal at Adamson's House, when I went there with Mr. Green the Surveyor; Keys told me, when he was taken up, that if I would go to Adamson's, I might see a great many Pilferers upon the Keys. I went; and the first Man, I saw go in was Mr. Hanbury's Watchman, with a great Parcel of Tobacco, which we seiz'd in Adamson's Scales, and we found several Parcels of Tobacco, of different Sorts, in several Parts of his House; some Oroonoko, some Sweet-scented, and all in small Quantities. He keeps a little Snuff-Shop in Petticoat-Lane, and there we found a great Parcel of different Sorts of Tobacco. When he was taken up, he desired Rogers and Keys to be as favourable to him, in their Account before my Lord Mayor, as they could; and he desired me to speak to Rogers and Keys, that they might be favourable to him, for the sake of his Family, and that they might not tell all they knew of him; telling me that if I would go down with him to the Keys, he would shew me a great many People he had bought Tobacco of. He owned he bought this 13 lb. and a half of Rogers and Keys and they told him he knew very well that he had bought a great many other Parcels of them beside this. He would have made an Information against several People, but it was too late.
Counc. What do you take this Tobacco to be worth?
Crosier. Some Tobacco is better than other; but I think none can be bought for the Price he gave for this. I take it, the Duty upon it is Five Pence Farthing, or Five Pence Half-penny per lb. I have taken 3000 lb. Weight of stolen Tobacco from other People; and there are forty People now in Bridewell for taking it. When the Prisoner was first taken, I advised him to make himself an Evidence; but then he said, he knew nothing of the Matter; and afterwards, when he desired it, it was too late.
Counc. And how much Tobacco goes to the making 40 lb. of Snuff?
Lindsay. I can't tell that. 'Tis made of Scuts Roll, and he has bought Roll of Mr. Gregory.
Counc. Might he not buy Tobacco, and you not know it?
Campbell. He never did - to my Knowledge. He bought some of one Mr. Gates - but I did not use to go with him when he bought it.
Alexander Cootes . The Prisoner used to come to our House, and he'd buy sometimes more, sometimes less; - sometimes he'd buy a Roll of Tobacco, - sometimes a Cask of Snuff. Sometimes he'd pay, and sometimes he'd let it alone till he had another Parcel. I have been acquainted with him Six or Seven Years, full; and he always came down very hard for what he bought, but I took him to be an honest Man. I deal in Roll Tobacco from Scotland.
Counc. Did you ever sell him any Leaf Tobacco?
Mr. Cootes. No.
Thomas Foresight . I have known the Prisoner from a Child. I have been acquainted with him, and have had Dealings with him, and have lodged in his House, and have work'd for him; and his Character is, - that he is an honest Man, and buys his Goods honourably, and has Bills of Parcels with them. I am a Snuff-Maker.
Counc. And do you buy your Tobacco in Small Quantities?
Foresight. No; I never buy less than a hundred Weight now: 'Tis not usual to buy in small Quantities; but when we have not much Money, we must buy what we can. I don't know but I have bought a Shilling's Worth myself, - a Man can go no farther than his Stock will bear.
Mr. Hamilton. I am Clerk to Mr. Buchanan, a Tobacco-Merchant: The Prisoner has bought small Parcels of Tobacco of us. I never heard any thing amiss of him before this Affair.
Deborah Chandler , of St. Mary le Strand , was indicted for stealing a Gold Watch in a Shagreen Case, val. 10 l. the Goods of Jane Kidd , March 16. 1734 . And,
It appearing that Mrs. Kidd had a Husband, the Prisoners were Acquitted .
He was a second time indicted for stealing two Pair of Brass Shoe Buckles, val. 2 s. a Pair of Brass Knee-Buckles, val. 1 s. three Iron japan'd Snuff-Boxes, val. 6 d. two Nutmeg graters, value 6 d. three Iron Cork-Screws, val. 12 d. and several other Goods, the Property of William Wills , Jan. 29 . in his Shop .
The Prosecutors not appearing, though often called, the Prisoner was Acquitted, and their Recognizances were estreated, by special Order of the Court .
The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was Acquitted, and the Court ordered the Recognizances to be estreated .
171. Sarah Conyer was indicted for stealing a Copper Tea-Kettle, val. 2 s. 6 d. two Copper Sauce-Pans, val 2 s. three Linnen Sheets, val. 8 s. and a Linnen Counterpane, val. 2 s. the Goods of John Bennet , in the Prisoners Lodging, Jan. 21 . and a Suit of Cambrick Lac'd Headcloaths, val. 10 s. and a Blanket, val. 12 d. the Goods of John Bennet , Jan. 21.
The Witnesses not appearing, the Prisoner was likewise Acquitted .
174. Ann Parkinson was indicted for stealing a Pair of Stays, val. 15 s. a Cloth Cloak, val. 3 s. a Muslin Apron, val. 2 s. and a Pair of Leather Clogs, val. 6 d. the Goods of Thomas Butler , Jan. 27 . Acquitted .
175. 176. Isabell Rice , and Margaret Austin , were indicted for stealing a Blanket, val.6d. a Rug, val. 6 d. a Sheet, val 6 d. and a Bolster val. 2 s. the Goods of John Dixon , Jan. 25 . Both Acquitted .
The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was Acquitted .
Pomeroy. I was robbed of three Hats, this Day three Weeks, and heard nothing of them, till these People, ( Keeble, Crocket, and Huddle ) were taken. Then I went up to Justice Farmer, and Huddle told we, that he and the Prisoner had stole the Hats out of my Shop, and had pawned them to a Woman, who now keeps out of the Way.
Huddle. About the Time the Gentleman mentions, we stole three Hats off the Compter. There were two Shutters to the Window of the Shop, and one of them was down, and the other was up. The Prisoner reach'd over and took them; I stood by him, but neither of us went into the Shop. Guilty, 4 s 10 d .
Smith. I know nothing of the Prisoner: I can only say I lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, which I value at 4 l.
Huddle. Dick Keeble and I committed this Robbery: He open'd the Lock of a spiked Hatch at the Door, and went in, and brought out three Rolls of white Cloth; then I went in, and brought out a Roll of Check, which we sold, as I have mentioned in my Information. That Man at the Bar first brought me under these Misfortunes.
Prisoner. What time of the Day did we commit this Robbery?
Huddle. Between One and Two in the After noon.
Ann Maddox . Last Monday I went to New Prion to see a young Woman who cries Earthen Ware, as I do; I asked her how she came to be there? she told me a Robbery was sworn against her, and that Keeble (the Prisoner) was there too. Huddle the Evidence was present, and said to her, - My Dear, don't trouble yourself; for I will hang an hundred, and will swear against them, right or wrong, before either he or you shall suffer.
Maddox. No; never in my Life. Guilty, 4 s. 10 d .
Mr. Carter. Last Saturday was three Weeks, (I think it was) about Seven o'Clock in the Evening, my Shop Door was shut, and the Sashes in the Shop Window were shut down, and I was in the Shop myself; but yet somebody in the Street lifted up the Sash, and I saw a Hand take out seven Yards of strip'd Linen. I cry'd out Thieves, and ran to the Door and open'd it, but the Thief was got off with my Goods, and I have never seen them since, nor heard of them, 'till Huddle made his Information before Justice Farmer, and then I was sent for, and Huddle said the two Prisoners were concern'd with him in robbing me.
Huddle. On the 27th of last Month, as the two Prisoners and I were coming down New Gravel Lane , we stopp'd at this Man's Shop-window. I lifted up the Sash, and we took a Roll of Check, which we carry'd to Mrs. Turner, and she sold it for us, and brought us for it, between nine and ten Shillings, to the best of my Knowledge. I think Mrs. Turner paid the Money to Crockat, and we shar'd it between us.
Keeble. Whereabout did I stand when you took the Linnen?
Huddle. Keeble was at the Steps at the Shop-door, and Crockat was at a Post before the Door, about three or four Yards from the Steps.
Keeble. Where was the Money parted?
Huddle. At Mrs. Turner's House; we turn'd our Backs upon the rest of the Company, and divided the Money.
Ann Turner . The two Prisoners at the Bar, and the Evidence, brought me seven Yards of check'd Linnen, and I sold it for 8 s. and gave the Money to Crockat; he was the Man that generally took the Money for all. They brought me some Gloves to sell for them before they brought this Linnen. I think the Linnen was brought in January, on a Saturday Night.
182. 183. 184. George Haggis , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for that he, not having GOD before his Eyes, &c on the 12th of February , on Sarah Main , Spinster, did make an Assault, and her unlawfully, feloniously, and against her Will, did carnally know, and abuse, against the Form of the Statute, &c . And Richard Keeble was a fifth time indicted, with Thomas Gibbons , for that they feloniously were present helping, comforting, and assisting him the said Haggis, the aforesaid Rape to commit, &c .
Sarah Main . I lodg'd in the New 'Change, in Rag-fair , with a single Woman, - a poor Woman; she blacks Shoes. I gave her 6 d. a Week for my Lodging, and there was two others lodged there, who gave her 6 d. a Week a-piece. About three Weeks ago, I went out for a Pipe, between Eleven and Twelve o'Clock at Night, to the Cheshire Cheese, and to beg a little Bit of Tobacco; and there I saw George Haggis [the Butcher ,] Keeble and Gibbons; there were Seven of them in all. Haggis told me, (at the Cheshire Cheese ) that I was his Wife; and you B - ch, (said he) you ran away from me the Day before: I ran out of the House from him as fast as I could, [in order] to get home, but he ran after me into the New 'Change. The New 'Change is a Place like a Square, where the People bring old Cloaths, and lay them down for Sale. He overtook me by the Pump in the New 'Change, and tore my Gown out of the Gathers, and beat me with a Stick; then he wanted to be impudent with me there. [The Witness here gave a particular Account of the beastly Behaviour of Haggis in this Place.] But somebody looking out of a Window, and calling to him, he desisted, and let me go. I ran away again, but he ran after me, and got hold of the Tail of my Gown, and though I was got to my Landlady's Door, yet I could not get in, and shut the Door upon him, but he came in after me. My Landlady
Haggis. Did not I give you Money?
Haggis. Did not you say, if Gibbons would give you half a Crown, you would not prosecute? Did not you receive Money?
Main. No; they would have given me a Halfpenny a-piece, but I would not take any of their Money, but made an Information against them, before Justice Riccards, the next Day after the Abuse was committed; I can't tell directly the time, but 'twas on a Monday Night, about a Fortnight ago.
Gibbons. It was not on the next Day (Tuesday) that she made her Information, for she was with me the next Day to make it up.
Mr. Justice Riccards. I took the Girl's Information on the 14th Instant, but I can't be sure whether it was Tuesday or Wednesday. She swore the Fact was committed on Monday the 12th.
Gibbons. Was not you with me at the The Three Tobacco Pipes, and drank with me after this?
Main. I was there with a Woman and her Husband, and the Woman's Husband said, - let's send for Gibbons, and he came, and owned the Fact, and desired me to make it up. This was on Tuesday between Three and Four o'Clock. He said he would cloath me, if I would make it up, and he offered to pay me ten Pounds, but I told him if I cleared one, I must clear the rest; and he said, - no, you Fool, there's no Occasion for that. I did not accept of his Offer, but came away without his Notice, and left him drinking with the Man.
Sarah Liley , (nicknamed Pogey) gave an Account, That on Monday Night, at almost Twelve, Haggis came to her Door, and asked for a Quartern of Maxim; and tho' the Door was locked, he pushed it open; a little Push; she said, would open it, and then Haggis came in; he had not been long in the Room, before Main went to beg a Pipe of Tobacco for the Woman with Child, and Haggis followed her out. While Main was out, she heard her call out, - Pogey ! - Pogey! but she was afraid to go out to her. When Main returned, the Men all came in in a Quarter of a Minute after her, and Haggis struck Main a Slap in the Face, &c. [She here gave an Account of Haggis's obscene Behaviour, before she was turned out] And that one of them cry'd, - turn the Bitches out, which was done accordingly. That she went to the Watch House twice, and asked for the Constable, telling the Watchman Mischief she apprehended would be done; that at last she found the Constable in the Watch-House, but he would not stir out of his Chair, nor any of the Men. That before she went to call the Constable, she heard the Girl cry out dread-fully
Edward Saw (the Boy) gave an Account, That he stood in a Closet by the Door, and saw Haggis's Nakedness, &c. And, that she screamed out, and the Fidler play'd all the Time. His Evidence confirmed Main's and Pogey's in several Circumstances. He added, That he staid in the Closet 'till he was frighted and terrify'd (lest they should find him, and abuse him, &c.) then he got away.
Gibbons the Prisoner said the Boy had a bad Character; and the Boy owned he had been disobedient to his Father, and had been Guilty of something he was ashamed to speak of.
Mr. Riccards informed the Court, That Gibbons, when he was before him, named Haggis, and Keeble (a notorious Thief) as concerned in the Fact; he would not allow a Rape had been committed; but he said, they had used the Girl very ill, and if it had not been for him, she must have been burned to Death.
Haggis, in his Defence, gave an Account of some lewd Discourse that pass'd between him and the Girl, when she came for the Pipe of Tobacco, and said she was a notorious Whore, and the Boy a Pick-pocket.
Gibbons said, He was out that Night with others, in Pursuit of Keeble, who was a Thief, and had he been in the Way, they should rather have taken him, than assisted him.
Keeble. Gibbons is a Thief-Taker, and was then in Pursuit of me, to take me.
John Frederick deposed, That he was in Pogey's House during these Transactions, and that the three Prisoners came in with a Fidler and three other Men, and the Girl ran in before them. He mentioned some Circumstances in Haggis's Behaviour, which corresponded with the Girl's Account, and that of Edward Saw , (the Boy) but he added one Instance of Indecency in the Girl, before the Commission of the Fact. He said, the Girl did cry out, and said, - O Lord! let me alone. But as he was sent out for a Pint of Gin, he did not see all that passed. In answer to a Question that Gibbons put to the Witness, he said he lodged one Night with Main about a Year and a half ago, and likewise that very Night the Fact was committed, after the Prisoners and their Companions were gone; and that Keeble was not one of the Company.
Mary Barnet , a Midwife, said, she went to see the Girl in White-Chappel Work-house, on the Saturday following; she examined her, and found her Body Scabby, and Symptoms of the Itch upon her, but not the least Sign of her having been thus abused.
Mary Carnes gave an Account, that she saw the Men go in a little after Ten, and that they came out again a little before Twelve. That she saw the Boy at the Door, and he told her - the Men were a-going to send for Liquor, and to give the Girl a Penny a-piece. That the Boy was several Times at the Door to listen, and she heard a Noise, but could not tell which of them made it: That Pogey came to and fro, and went to call the Watch: That she had heard some People give the Girl a bad Character, but Pogey's, in General, was that of an idle Person. And tho' Pogey kept a Room for Lodgers, yet there was no Bed in it, nor any Thing but a Tub, a Salmon-Kitt, and two Stones in the Chimney to make a Fire between.
Jane Gilstrup deposed to the same Effect, adding, That when the Men were gone, she saw Pogey-and the Girl go out together for a Dram, and that the Girl told her, they had not much injured her, only her Cheeks and her Hands were sore with their beating her.
Mary Norris swore she heard Pogey say, (the Day before the Trial) that she had not appeared against the Prisoners, if they had given her the new Cloaths they had promised her; and that both she and the Girl had very bad Characters.
Thomas Godding , Nathaniel Harris , Patrick Edwards , Elizabeth Gofton , George Dean , Ellen Newport , Robert Hill , Robert Kisby , Samuel Gibbons , Thomas Sullivan , Sarah Pomfret Thomas Barnet , Mary Smith , Hannah HareWilliam Dean , and Henry Teat , appeared for the Prisoners, and gave them good Characters; some of those who appeared for Gibbons, declared they never heard his Character impeached, but on Account of being a Thief Taker, and that he lived agreeably with his Wife, and was fond of his Children. Those for Haggis declared, they took him to be an honest Man. Several of these Witnesses gave Pogey, and the Girl an ill Character. All Acquitted .
The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was Acquitted .
186, Thomasin Cooley , alias Looseby , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch and Silver Chain, value 5 l. and a Brass Seal, value 2 d. the Goods of William Beal , in his Dwelling House , Oct. 9 . Acquitted .
189. Jane Shaw was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon, value 1 s. four Cotten Handkerchiefs, value 12 d. a Diaper Clout, value 6 d. and other Things , the Goods of John Tustin , Dec. 23 . Acquitted .
192. Elizabeth Fitzwalter was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling House of Robert Murden ,about the Hour of Eleven in the Foorenoon, no one being in the said House, and stealing a Gold Ring, value 3 s. one ditto, with four Diamond Sparks, value 5 s. two ditto, set with Bristol Stones, value 3 s. a Silver Spoon, value 5 s. and several other Things , the Property of the said Murden, Feb. 15 . Guilty, Felony only .
193, 194, 195, 196. Thomas Mitchell , Jeremiah Murfey , Thomas Bridge and John Comfort , were indicted for stealing eight Bushells of Coals, value 5 s. the Goods of Robert Todd , Feb. 15 . All Acquitted .
198. William Elsegood was indicted for stealing three Mahogony Boards, val. 46 s. five Mahogony Frames for Chairs, val. 39 s. nine Deal Boards and a Leaf of Deal , the Goods of William Hallet , Jan. 28 . Guilty .
Ray. As I was coming home from a Friend's House the 8th of this Month, I met Bewley, and said, - How do you do? - I believe I might say Molly or, Polly, and so I went directly cross the Way to make Water, and she follow'd me. When I had made Water, I miss'd my Watch, and she ran away to Butler, who stood at a Distance. I ran after her, and charg'd a Constable with them both. He desired me, (as the Women deny'd the thing) to search my Pockets; I did so, and found my Watch at the Bottom of my Breeches Side Pocket.
- Birch. I happen'd to be in the Watch-house when Ray and the Prisoners were talking about the Matter, and I saw Bewley have the Key of a Watch, and some Part of a Chain in her Hand; and she put it between the Folds of Ray's Coat, but I can't swear it belong'd to Ray. Both Acquitted .
202, 203. John Newel was indicted, with John Roach not taken, for ripping and stealing 100 lb. Weight of Lead, val. 16 s. fix'd to a Freehold Messuage or Tenement of Sir Robert Grosvenor , Bart . Dec. 28 . And William Green was indicted for receiving the same, knowing it to be stole , Dec. 29 . Both Acquitted .
Keeling. On Saturday was a Fortnight, I was coming from Barnet, where I had been with Fish, and between Barnet and Whetstone I overtook the Prisoner, (he had been out too with Fish) but as I did not care to be in his Company, I staid behind him at Whetston three Quarters of an Hour. When I came to Finchley Common, I found him again, and he left his Baskets, and came with me to Mother Red-cap's in Holloway Road, where we drank together; then I came away: He follow'd me, and I staid under a Hedge till he pass'd me; and when he was gone, I went down the Road, but between Lower Holloway and Islington Work-house , I saw a Man (a Stranger) on one Side of the Road, and the Prisoner on the other. The strange Man caught hold of my Arm, and demanded my Money in a Minute; I told him, I had no Money but what I got very hardly, and I struck him with a Lathing Hammer I had in my hand; upon this the Prisoner came up, and struck me, and they both fell upon me, and knock'd me down, and one of them clapp'd his Foot on my Face, then they rifled my Pockets. 'Twas about Eight o'Clock, and was Moon-light. I knew his Voice, and his Face, and his Cloaths: He had a strip'd Waistcoat, and a cropp'd Hat.
William Bath deposed, That the Prosecutor told him he was robbed by the Prisoner and a Person unknown, and a Warrant being obtained from Justice Poulson against him, he took him, and shewed him the Warrant, but while he was gone for a Constable, the Prisoner got away.
Prisoner. He swears this against me, because he and I had a Quarrel, and I beat him.
George Thompson deposed he saw the Prosecutor with Black Eyes, and upon his asking him how he came by them, the Prosecutor told him, he had been robbed by the Prisoner, and the Man at Mother Red Caps, (the last Witness) and though he had a Warrant against him, yet he made it up for a Crown.
206. James Newby was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Robert Pollard , between One and Two in the Night, and stealing a Gold Watch, val. 10 l. a Pair of Doe-skin Breeches, val. 5 s. three Portugal Pieces of Gold, val. 5 l. 8 s. a Guinea, and 15 s . Jan.9 . Acquitted .
207. Richard Fosset was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Mary Ormond , about Seven at Night, and stealing twelve Pewter Dishes, val. 24 s. four Pewter Plates, val. 2 s. a Clock, val. 20 s. and a Jack, val 2 s. 6 d . Jan. 17 . Guilty, 39 s .
208 William Duncalf was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of William Armerod . about Six at Night, and stealing a Silver-laced Hat, val. 5 s. a Portugal Piece of Gold, val. 2l 12 s nineteen Guineas, a Half-Guinea, and 40 s. in Silver, the Goods and Money of Luke Scargill , in the said Dwelling-house , Octob. 21 . Guilty, Felony only .
209. William Gumb was indicted for stealing a Wooden Box, val. 2 s. 6 d. a Calamanco Gown, val. 10 s. 6 d. a Camblet Gown, val. 12 s. a Pair of Leather Shoes, val. 1 s. three Pair of Worsted Stockings, val. 4 s. 6 d. a Pair of Leather Clogs, val. 2 s. 6 d. a Silk Handkerchief, val. 2 s. 6 d. and four Linnen Aprons, val. 5 s. the Goods of Ann Store , Jan. 29 .
The Prisoner prov'd to be a Hackney Coachman , and the Prosecutrix a Country Girl; she call'd a Coach in Piccadilly, to carry her Box to a Friend's House; the Prisoner and another Man were standing together, and put her and her Box into the Coach, then he went into the Coach himself, and bid his Companion drive. As they were going along, he persuaded her to stop-at the George in Holborn , under Pretence of helping her to a Place; she consented, and went into the House with the Prisoner, his Companion being to watch the Box in the Coach, but while the Prosecutrix was with the Prisoner in the House, the Driver carry'd off the Box, and was no more heard off: The Prisoner told a Witness, he drove for one Smith, at the Bell Savage Inn. Acquitted .
215. Lucy Brown , alias Lucy Redding , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Apron, val. 3 s. 2 Cambrick Handkerchief, val. 2 s. and a Pair of Pattens, val. 12 d. the Goods of Thomas Elliston , Feb. 10 . Acquitted .
Thomas Whitehead was indicted for stealing 19 lb. of Lead, val. 18 d. from off a Dwelling-house in the Possession of Richard Clark , Feb. 14 . Acquitted .
219. Matth.ias Berry was indicted for stealing 14 lb. of Rope, val. 12 d. the Goods of Thomas Daniel and Matth.ew Arnolds , and 99 lb. of Rope, val. 4 s. the Goods of Persons unknown , Jan. 20 . Guilty, 10 d .
224. was indicted for stealing 144 Yards of Forret value 16 s. 3 Pound of Nunn's Thread, value 24 s. 2 Pound of Belladine Silk, value 36 s. the Goods of George Comber , in his Shop . Guilty. 4 s. 10 d .
225. Henry Davis was indicted for stealing a Sattin Bed-curtains, value 5 s. a Tabby Gown, value 2 s. 6 d. a Lutestring Gown, value 2 s. 6 d. and a Marble Snuff-Chest, value 10 s. the Goods of James OHara , Esq; commonly called Lord Tyrawley of the Kingdom of Ireland, Feb. 16 . Guilty .
231, 232. Henry Godwin and Thomas Wood were each of them indicted for wilful and corrupt Perjury, in a Deposition relating to certain Articles exhibited in the Ecclesiastical Court . But an Objection being made by the Council for the Defendants, to a Writing, offer'd to be read in Evidence as a Record of the Ecclesiastical Court; the Objection being allow'd, the Prosecutors could not proceed. Both Acquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of DEATH, 7.
BURNT in the HAND, 5.
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