WEDNESDAY the 27th of February, THURSDAY the 28th, FRIDAY the 29th, and SATURDAY the first of March.
In the 13th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY
Right Honble. Sir John Salter, Knight.
LORD - MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
Printed, and Sold by T. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, M.DCC.XL .
Of whom may be had compleat Sets of the Proceedings in the last Year; and the former Numbers in this.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN SALTER , Knight, Lord-Mayor of the City of London, Mr Justice PAGE, Mr Justice FORTESCUE, Mr Baron WRIGHT , JOHN STRANGE , Esq; Recorder, Mr Serjeant URLIN, Deputy-Recorder, of the City of London, and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate , holden for the said City, and County of Middlesex.
John Hughes. On the 26th of January in the Evening I was abroad, but I had left 3 Half-Guineas, and 20 Shillings in the Drawer in the Shop, for Change, if it should be wanted: and I put the Gold into a little Screw-box .
William Halton . I was in the shop that Evening, and when it was almost dark, I went into a Back-room to light a Candle. When I returned, a Gentleman came in, and asked for a Sheet of what we call Double-Penny . I went behind the Counter to serve him, and saw the Prisoner lying down by the side of it, next the Door, with the Till under her Arm. Upon this I called out to my Fellow-Apprentice, and the Prisoner attempted to run away, but he stopped her.
Henry Goodenough . On Saturday Evening, the 26th of January. I was sitting by the Fire in a Back-Office belonging to Mr Hughes, where we usually fit to write; and Halton (who was then in the Shop) calling to me, I ran out, and saw the Prisoner crawling towards the Door. Halton had taken the Drawer from her, before I came into the Shop, and she told me a Gentleman had given it to her, to hold for him. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
149,150. Elizabeth Whitney alias Dribray , and Mary Nash alias Goulding , were indicted for assaulting George Stacey , in the Dwelling-House of William Needham , putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him, a Moidore, a Thirty-six Shilling-piece, and 30 Guineas . Nov. 20 .
Mr Stacey. On the 20th of November I was going towards Temple-Bar, and the Prisoners followed me, and asked me to give them a Quartern of Brandy, or Gin. I did not value such a little Matter, so I followed them into Needham's House, at the Rose by Temple-Bar , and there we had 3 Quarterns of Gin. Then they came round me, and began to be sweet upon me, but I said, - stand off, I want nothing with you, nor will I be concerned with you, on any Account. Whitney said, 'tis very hard with us, Sir, and I hope you'll give us something. And a small Matter I did give them; - I believe it was 2 Six-pences, and I paid for what we had had in the House, and was going away. But getting off my Chair, both of them took hold of me by Force of Arms, and held me so, that I could not help myself. I was a little in Liquor, but not much. I knew very well what I did, and I stood upon my Feet for some Time before they got me down; but at last they did get me down, and I cried Murder! Help, for God's Sake! Whitney told me, if IDe Veil to appear here, but they are hired I believe to keep out of the Way. I take them to be Parties concerned. When the Prisoners were taken, we found 25 Guineas in Nash's Bosom, and one in her Hair; and they both cried, and said they had no more, but I lost a great deal more. The Moidore, the Thirty-six Shilling-Piece, and all the rest of the Money was gone. After this, there was a Man in the House pretended to be my Assistant, and to right me; and he said, - You brazen faced Sluts, I'll see you tied up; so we went to see for a Constable, but there was none to be got, and the Man of the House rescu'd the Prisoners away, since which, he is not to be found. The Prisoners were taken some Time afterwards before Colonel De Veil , upon another Account, and he knowing them, I was sent for, and bound over to prosecute them. I never saw the Prisoners, (to my Knowledge) before I took them to Needham's House that Night, - 'twas about 7 or 8 o'Clock. I had nothing to do with them, - I did no Harm with them, only gave them a little Gin; and 'tis no Crime to do that.
Whitney. Was any Thing found upon me?
Mr Stacey. No, I believe not; but she was a Party concerned: her Hand was in my Pocket, as well as Nash's. They both attacked me; one of them throtled me, and the other robbed me.
Whitney. Was not you in Needham's House before I came in?
Mr Stacey. No; I was not, I followed you in.
Sarah Scot . I have a Sister, (one Murphin) who keeps a Stall at Temple-Bar, and she sent for me that Night, to come and open Oysters for her. As I was going thither, I met her Husband going into the Ship Tavern with Oysters. He told me his Wife was at the Rose Alehouse , eating Salt-Fish and Potatoes. I went thither, and as I was cutting a Potatoe, I heard a Man cry, - Lord help me, I am going to be murdered. Speedily he cried out again, - Murder! Murder ! Lord help me! Lord, says I, don't you hear somebody cry out Murder! Phoo, Phoo, says one, 'tis nothing at all. But I took the Candle, and run into one Room, but there was no body there. Then I went to another Room, (a back Room) and found there was a Chair, or something, set against the Door, but I push'd it open, and saw Mr Stacey upon the Ground, the Blood running out of his Nose; and Whitney had her Right-Hand in his Left Pocket, dragging out his Money, and Nash held him down with her Right-Hand on his Throat. I told them they would certainly kill the Man, and ran directly to Mr Bird the Fishmonger, and informed him, that a Man was likely to be kill'd at the Rose. He bid me get a Constable, and accordingly I gave Two-pence to two Boys to get one, but there was none to be found. When I got back again to the Rose, I met Nash coming out of the Door, and opposing her passing by me, she flew upon me, but I struck her down to the Ground with my Hand; then she got up, and made at me again, and Whitney coming up, I defended myself, till Mr Stacey came to my Assistance, and struck at them, and so we took them. From Nash there were 25 Guineas and a half taken; and tho' they were stripped naked to their shifts, we could find no more. Nash call'd for all the Vengeance of God to seize her, if she had any more, but I unpinn'd her Cap, and found another Guinea in her Hair. The Gentleman said, He still miss'd 6 or 7 Guineas, and upon my asking what they had done with them, Whitney said, - You Bitch, I will swear a Robbery against you, for my Hood and Cloak, which she herself had hid by the Fire-side. Nash would have made herself an Evidence that Night, and declared that Whitney gave her all the Money.
Whitney. Are you sure you saw my Hand in his Pocket?
Scot. Yes. I saw her Right-Hand in his Left Pocket, and was afraid to assist the Gentleman, tho' I saw her pulling out his Money.
Nash. Did she see me pull any Money from the Gentleman?
Scot. No. Whitney took his Money, while Nash held him down by the Throat, till he was perfectly spent. Afterwards I saw Nash pull the Money out of her Bosom, and lay it down on the Table. I never saw the Prosecutor before that Night in my Life.
Whitney. I was going that Night to see the Entertainment, at the Old House , and thinking it too soon. I went to the Rose-Alehouse at Temple-Bar, and sent for Mrs wood in Sheer-Lane, to go with me. When I went into the House, the
Nash . When we went into the House the Gentleman offered to treat us, and called for a Glass of Wine, and said, If we would drink with him, he would give us what we should require.
Mr. Stacey . We went into the House all together; I was not there before them, nor had we a Drop of Wine, for they did not sell Wine; - 'tis an Alehouse.
Elizabeth Gale . I wind Silk for my Living; I have known Nash ever since she was a little Girl: she is a Gloveress , and, as far as I know, work'd hard for her Maintenance. I never knew any Harm of her in my Life.
Another Witness had known Nash about five Years, and gave much the same Account.
Whitney's Father. Whitney is my unfortunate Daughter, to my Sorrow. She was marry'd, I believe, to one Whitney, a Wheeler by Trade, who is now living, as far as I know. I have seen my Daughter now and then of late Years, but she hath not been very conversant with me. She told me she employed herself in Mantua-making , and she has work'd for my Wife. I had no Suspicion of her following ill Courses, till I heard she was in the Gatehouse. I know a little of Nash; her Husband sold Pictures, but he is now gone to Sea. I knew nothing but what she was just and honest.
The Jury found both the Prisoners Guilty , Death .
+ 151. Samuel Hill , of St Giles's in the Fields, was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Magdalen Fleetwood , about three in the Night, and stealing 3 Copper Potlids, value 3 s. a Copper Coffee-pot, value 2 s. a Copper Chocolate-pot, value 2 s. a Pewter Cullender, value 4 s. 5 Pewter Plates, value 2 s. 6 d. a Box-Iron and a Heater, value 3 s. February 3 .
Magdalen Fleetwood . My Kitchen-Window was broke open, and I lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment. The Prisoner now will not deny the Fact. I was call'd out of my Bed, about 7 o'Clock the next Morning, by a young Man who lodges in my House; but I rais'd my Servant first, who told me the House had been robb'd and when I got up, I found a Pane of Glass had been taken out of the Casement, by which Means it had been opened, and I found it open. There are no iron Bars in the Window-frame, and when the Pane of Glass was taken out, any one might put their Hand in and unhasp the Casement. When I went to Bed over Night, at 11 o'Clock, I am sure the Casement was shut, and the Shutter, which slides up and down before the Window on the Outside, was up; but I had lost the iron Pin which fasten'd the Shutter at the Bottom, so we used to push it up, and let it rest on a Skewer in the Pin-hole, thinking no one would find the Way into my Kitchen. This Shutter I found down in the Morning, and the Casement open, and a pane of Glass out. It must have been done between my going to Bed at 11 o'Clock, and my rising next Morning at 7; but it was broad Day-light when I got up. I was fretted at the Loss of my Goods; but as I sat at Breakfast, the Watchman, and one Miller, (who belongs to New Prison) came to me, and ask'd me if I had not lost such and such Things? I told them I had; and they bid me come along with them. Accordingly I went with them to the Constable's House, in Brooks-Market, where I found the Prisoner, and all my Goods, after I had told the Constable the Marks of them; and then we all went before a Justice in Kirby-Street, with the Prisoner and the Goods, where he owned every Thing, and said he had taken the Goods out of my House. 'I ask'd him how he could serve me so? and he said he believ'd he was be witch'd.
Rich Robins . I am a Watchman, and on the 4th of this Month, which was Monday, I was at my Stand, (between 4 and 5 in the Morning) above Holborn-Bars , over against Warwick Court; and the Moon shining I saw the Prisoner coming, along with a Bundle upon his Back. Before he came near me, he went cross the Way, in order to Shun me; but I cross'd at the Six Cann's-door , and caught hold of him, and ask'd him what he had got there? Ho said, he had only got two or three Plates, and a Pewter Dish. But I found the Bundle very heavy, and hearing the Copper and Pewter rattle, I told him there were more than two or three Plates and a Dish, and I ask'd him from whence he came? He said he came from Hammersmith with the Goods, and that he was carrying them to his Master, Mr Thomas Wilkes . However, I carry'd both him and the Goods to the Watch-house, and went in the Morning to
Prisoner. If I would have given him a Shilling, he would have let me gone off with the Goods.
Robins. 'Tis false; he never offer'd me any thing: but I took hold of his Collar, and carry'd him down to the Watch-house. Guilty , Death .
Mr. Wilding . I keep the Pope's Head Tavern , in Cornhill , and Mrs Drake is my Partner. We l ost a Silver Spoon, on the 4th of Feb. after which, I was sent for by Mr. Brathwaite , a Silversmith in Lombardstreet , who shewed me a Spoon which I believ'd was the same which I lost; however, I went home and fetch'd several more, and we compar'd them together; and Mr. Brathwaite sending for his Engraver, he discover'd that the Mark which had been eras'd, was the Pope's Head, and said he could see it perfectly. Mr. Brathwaite's Servant having told me he knew where the Man liv'd who brought it to their Shop, I went with him the next Day to the Prisoner's Lodging, and call'd him out to me, and having a Constable ready, we took him, and brought him to my House; where he confess'd he convey'd the Spoon from off the Bar, on the 4th of Feb. in the Evening, and that he carry'd it to Mr Brathwaite , in order to sell it. He was carried to the Counter that Night, and the next Morning my Lord Mayor committed him. This is the Spoon.
The. Church. Mr. Wilding sent for me to take Charge of the Prisoner; and while we had him in his House, he own'd he took the Spoon from the Bar, while the Drawer was gone for half a Pint of Wine, and that he had eras'd the Mark which was upon it. He confess'd the same before my Lord Mayor. - I have known the Prisoner some Years: He us'd to clean Shoes about the Royal Exchange. Guilty .
153, 154, 155. + Eliz Hales , Eliz Jarvis , and Frances Humphryes , of St. Brides , were indicted for assaulting Charles Dickerson , in the Dwelling-House of Godfrey Nodder , putting him Fear, &c. and taking from him a Barragon Coat, val. 25 s. a Pair of Gloves, val. 12 d. a Hat, 3 s. a Cambrick Stock, and a Bathmetal Stock-buckle, val. 6 d. and a green Parchment Pocket-Book, val. 6. Feb. 24 .
Charles Dickerson . Last Sunday Evening between 10 and 11 at Night, I was going home to the Middle Temple lane, and, as I went up Fleet-Street, Jarvis asked me to give her a Dram. I told her I would not: but she followed me, and at last I consented, and upon her Importunity, I agreed to give her a Dram. Accordingly we went to Godfrey Nodder's House, in Hanging-Sword Court , a little above Salisbury Court , in Fleetstreet . - 'Tis a Sort of a publick House; they sell strong Liquors in it, but 'tis not an Alehouse, nor did I ever drink in the House before. Jarvis went up one pair of Stairs as soon as we went in, and I follow'd her. When we were got into the Room, she called for a Quartern of Rasberry; and after we had drank the Rasberry, I call'd to know what I must pay for it? they told me, 6 Pence. I said it was too much, and was not willing to pay 6 Pence for it, but they swearing I should pay 6 Pence, I paid it, and was going away about my Business. Then Jarvis and Humphreys stopp'd me, and Hales coming up Stairs at the same time, they all three insisted on my staying longer, and that I should give them a Shilling a-piece. I told them I had made no such Agreement with them, and that I had only promis'd to give Jarvis a Dram. On my refusing to give them a Shilling a-piece, Jarvis and Humphreys took me round the Body, and flung me upon the Bed; then Hales got upon me, and held me down, and almost throttled me. I turned Jarvis and Humphreys off from me, and at last I got off the Bed from Hales. They were all three upon me at the same time, on the Bed; but when I had disengaged myself from them, and was got off the Bed, they all three came about me again, and swore they would have my Waistcoat, and Hales tore open the Buttons both of my Coat and Waistcoat, and Humpbreys swore, if I made any Resistance, she would rip me open. Then they took from me my Coat, swearing by their Eyes, that it was better than my Waistcoat; they likewise took my Hat, my Stock and a Bath-metal Stock-buckle, and a Pair ofCharles Tates ) went back with me to the House, and I went in at the Fore-door and found Humphreys and Hales . I asked them for my Things; Humphreys pretended to be asleep , but Hales told me she knew nothing about them; she said she only knew that I had had a Quartern of Rasberry, and had paid for it. While we were talking to Hales and Humphreys, some other Friends came from the Place where I found Mr. Yates, and they brought a Watchman with them. After they were come in, Hales fell down upon her Knees, and protested that she knew no more of the Affair, than my only having had a Quartern, and paying for it; afterwards they both pretended that I had promis'd them a Shilling each, and that I had left my Coat for one Shilling, and my Hat for another. We then took them both (Hales and Humpbreys) to St. Bride's Watch-house, and had them secur'd. Soon after this, Mr. Gordon (at whose House the Coat was left) took Farvis , and brought her to us, and she was likewise secur'd with the others. Next Morning they were carry'd before Sir John Barnard , and they own'd I had been in their Company, and that I had not offer'd any thing (uncivil) to them, - only that I had given them a Dram. They pretended, indeed, that I had left my Coat and my Hat for two Shillings, but they gave no Account what they took the rest of my things for. Upon my Oath, the three Prisoners are the Per sons ; and I offered no Indecency to them, nor did I leave any thing with them in lien of Money, as they pretended.
Jarvis . When Mr. Gordon gave you your Coat again, did not you find your Gloves, and Stock and Buckle in the Coat-Pocket.
Jarvis . If we attempted to throttle you, you may have Marks to shew. Have you any?
William Gordon . On Sunday Night last, I had been from Home and when I returned, I was told that Elizabeth Jarvis had thrown a Coat into our House. I went out to see after her, and found her by St. Bride's Watch-House . I asked her how she dared take the Liberty to leave such Things at my House? Lord, Mr. Gordon, says she, there's no Harm in it, for the Man left it with me for 2 Shillings. I had heard that Dickerson had been robbed of his Coat, so I told her, I cared not who left it with her, nor what it was left for, she must go with me; so I took her to the Barley-Mow in Salisbury-Court, and enquired for the Man who had lost his Coat. The Prosecutor came out to me in his Waistcoat; I asked him if he knew that Woman? He said Yes, and told me he had got the other two in Custody, and now he had them all. I told him, I had got his Coat safe, and took him and Jarvis with me to my House, and when I produced the Coat to the Prosecutor, I asked him if that was his Coat? He told me it was. - (I believe he has got it now upon his Back) - Upon his owning the Coat, I gave it to him, and said, - there's your Coat, and there's the Woman that left it in my House. Then we carried her to the Watch-house, and the Prosecutor charged her in Custody with the other two, whom I knew nothing of. The Coat, which the Prosecutor owned, was the same which Jarvis acknowledged she had thrown into my House.
Charles Yates . The Prosecutor, I, and others had been in Company together, that Night, at the Barley-Mow in Salisbury-Court: He left us there something after 10, and told us he would go home; but he returned to us again, in Half an Hour, without his Coat and Hat, and said he had been stripped in Hanging-Sword-Court. By the Advice of the rest of the Company, I went with him to the House, to see if we could recover his Things. He shewed me the House, and I knocked at the Door; Hales opened it, and I saw all the 3 Prisoners in the Room; but Jarvis leaped away [thro' a Passage which is wainscotted off] the Minute I got in. The Prosecutor followed me into the House, and Humpbreys pretending to be asleep, I asked Hales if they knew what they had been about? I bid them give the Man his Things again, and said, - You'll get no good by what you have done, for he'll certainly prosecute you. Hales pretended at first, that she knew nothing of them: afterwards she said, he had left his Coat and Hat with them for 3 Shillings. We had not been long in the House, before 3 or 4 Men, whom we left at the Barley-Mow , came after us: I opened the Door and let them in. Then Hales fell down on her Knees, and said if the Man would stay a little while, he should have all his Things again. Accordingly we staid, but she
John Hickman gave the same Account with the preceding Witness. The Prisoners had no Witnesses to call either to the Fact, or to their Character, and insisted upon it in their Defence, that the Prosecutor left his Coat and Hat with them, as Pledges for 2 Shillings. The Jury found them all Guilty , Death .
The Witnesses, at the Prisoner's Request, were examined apart.
Sarah Cockram . On the 29th of January, a little after 7 at Night, I had been to see a Gentlewoman who lay ill, in Russel-Court. As I returned home, thro' Drury-Lane, the Prisoner followed me very close, from Colson's-Court, and when I came to the End of Earl's-Court , he came up to me, and asked me, which was the Sign of the Sun? Upon my telling him I did not know the Sign, he asked me if I was a Stranger thereabouts? I said, Yes: - for I live in Dirty-Lane, in Long-Acre. There were 2 Women came out of Earl's-Court, while he was speaking to me; else I believe he would have put his Design into Execution there: but being prevented, he followed me close to my Shoulders, and asked me, if I would go and drink part of a Pint of Beer with him? I told him I was not such a Person as he took me for; upon which he damn'd me, and put his Hand to the Inside of the Neck of the Cloak which I had then on, and tore it. The String being hard to break, I was almost choak'd, which obliged me to secream out very much: but he never quitted his Hold, till he got it off, and then he put it under his left Arm, and ran away. Mr. Russel a Tallow-Chandler came out, and asked me what was the Matter? I told him, a Soldier had robb'd me of my Cloak, and I am sure Man , for I saw him by the Light of the Candles in the Shops. After the Prisoner had robb'd me, he ran up Earls-Court , and Mr. Russel pursu'd him directly, with Mr. Roberts the Apothecary, and they took him behind a Door. I follow'd Mr. Russel and Mr. Roberts, and was close to the Threshold of the Door, when-they took him. At Colonel De Veil's, he used both him, and the Gentlemen that seized him, in a very vile manner, and swore he would hamstring me, whenever he met me. He own'd the Fact; and Mr. De Veil told him he had a great deal of Impudence: upon which he said, Yes, and he could own the Fact before him, and could deny it when he came before the Judge. - I was put in so much Fear when he robb'd me, that I did not come to myself for several Days afterwards.
Prisoner. Ask her whether she found the Cloak in my Custody?
Cockram . When he was behind the Door, he threw it about 2 Yards from him in the Entry.
Prisoner. Can you justify my throwing the Goods away? I never handled the Cloak. I know no more of it than a dying Man.
Cockram. This is the Cloak which was taken up in the Entry, and it is mine.
Edward Roberts . I am an Apothecary in Drury-lane. On the 29th of January, about half an Hour after 7 in the Evening, as I was in my Shop, I heard an Outcry of Stop Thief. I ran out, and saw the Prisoner running with all his Might on the other Side of the Way. He turned up Earl's-Court; I ran after him, and cry'd Stop Thief, and I believe he cry'd Stop Thief too. About the middle of Earl's-Court, there is a Turning on the Right-Hand, that goes into Red-Lion-Court, and there I lost sight of him. But at the Corner of the Court I met James Henley , (a Boy) and the Woman having told me he had robb'd her of a Cloak, and was run with it under his Arm, I ask'd him if he had seen such a Man? and told him, I was afraid he had escap'd. No Sir, says he, there's no Thorough-fare there; so I went up the Court, and the Boy telling me he was gone into one of the Houses in Fountain-Court, I opened a Door on the Right-Hand, and asked a Woman, who was coming down Stairs with a Candle, if a Soldier was not come in with a Cloak? She seeming very much surpriz'd, I looked in, and finding the Prisoner close up behind the Door, I seiz'd him, and brought him out: I am sure he's the Man.
Mary Birt . The Prisoner is the Man that was behind the Door, when I came down Stairs with the Candle. This was the 29th of January, about half an Hour past 7. He was taken in our Entry by Mr. Roberts , and I took up the Cloak about 2 Yards from the place where he had concealed himself.
Abraham Russel . On the 29th of January, between 7 and 8 at Night, I heard the Prosecutor cry out Stop Thief, as I was in my Master's Shop, a Tallow-chandler in Drury-lane. She told me a Soldier had robb'd her of her Cloak, and shew'd me where he was running. I pursued him thro' Earl's-Court, and Red-Lion-Court, into Fountain-Court; at the Corner of which Place Henley told me where the Prisoner ran. There was no one with me at this Time, but a Fellow-Servant of mine, so I did not care to go any farther; but as the Court was not a Thorough-fare, I stood at the Entrance of it, and bid Henley go and call somebody to assist me. He went and brought Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Cockram to me. Then we went into the Court, and seeing a Door stand open, we found the Prisoner concealed behind it, and carry'd him before Colonel De Veil, where he told Mr. Roberts, he wanted a new Perriwig, and now by his being apprehended, there would be Money for him to buy one. He damn'd Mrs. Cockram, and said, he never saw her nor her Cloak neither; and when his Charge was reading, he said they need not read any more, there was enough to hang him.
Prisoner. I have no witnesses; and all I have to say is, that I know no more of the Cloak than one that never was born. Guilty , Death .
157. John Irving was indicted for stealing 5 Dozen and a half of Horn-scal'd Razors, with a great Quantity of other Goods; and 5 Guineas, 2 half Guineas, and a Moidore , the Property of Paul Henry Robinson , February 4 . Guilty .
158. Elizabeth Surridge of St. Marin's in Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Kneebuckle, val. 1 s. a Stuff Purse, val. 1 d. a Moidore, and 5 Guineas, from the Person of Thomas Neal , February 18 .
Thomas Neal . Last Monday was Sevennight, I was coming from my Horses, which I had put up at the White Hart, in Shug lane, near Piccadilly, and as I came by the Rose in Oxenden-street , (kept by one * Marmaduke Bignell and Rose Mabone ) the Prisoner stood at the Door, and asked me to give her something. It was about 8 o'Clock at Night, and I told her I could not stay. She ask'd me to give her a Quartern of Brandy; I comply'd, and went into the House (the Rose) with her; and she took a Candle off the Bar, herself, and carried me into a Room up two pair of Stairs. The Drawer brought up a Quartern of Brandy, and I gave him 6 d. for it; then he retired, and left the Prisoner and me together, and she told me I must give her Half a Crown for obliging me with her Company. I gave her 6 d. but she thinking that too little, I believe I gave her another. I was sober, tho' I can't be sure how much Money I gave her, - I believe 18 d. was the outside. While we were together, I put my Hand in my Pocket, and miss'd my Purse. I charg'd the Prisoner with having pick'd my Pocket; and she said, she had none of my Purse, she would assure me, nor my Money neither. When the Drawer came up, I told him she had robb'd me: He said, he did not understand the Nature of it, - as we came in we must go out, and so the Prisoner went down Stairs with him into the Kitchen. I follow'd, and told the Landlady, that she had pick'd my Pocket: She said - Perhaps you have dropp'd it above Stairs, go up with the Drawer, and look for it, and I'll be bound for the Prisoner's staying here, till you come down. But while I was hunting about the Room for my Money, she let the Prisoner escape; and as I imagined they had it among them, I offered them a Guinea to let me have it again. When I found there was nothing to be done, I went home; and the next Morning I told my Master's Landlord (where we lodged) what had happened; and we went directly to Col. De Veil for a Warrant to take the Prisoner; but not knowing her Name, we came away without one. Afterwards, as I was coming along Covent-Garden, I saw the Prisoner and another Woman with her in the Street, and told our Landlord, that was the Person who robbed me. I crossed the Street in order to pursue her, and a Cart coming by at the same Time, she turned to avoid the Cart, and came directly upon me. Then I caught hold of her, and said, Now, Madam, I have you. Both she and the other
* See the following Trial
Prisoner. Ask him if he did not say, he had but 2 Shillings in the World, when he paid for the Quartern of Brandy?
Neal. I might say so, because I did not care such Company should know what I had about me. I had a Moidore, 5 Guineas, and some odd Silver in my Purse, which was in my Pocket when I came from my Horses, for I had some Beer at that Place, and saw my Money when I paid for it: and when I gave the Prisoner some Silver in the Room, I fumbled in my Pocket, and pulled out a Six-pence or two from the Gold, without pulling out my Purse. While I was with her, I felt her Hand in my Pocket, and bid her keep them above board.
Prisoner. He said he would swear a Robbery against me, because I would not let him be uncivil: and in less than a Quarter of an Hour afterwards, he picked up 2 Women, and carried them to the next Door, and drank Wine with them: telling them he had been with an ill-natured Girl, but they, he hoped, would be better tempered.
Sarah Hilliard . I saw the Prisoner and the Prosecutor come together out of the Rose, in Oxendon-street , between 8 and 9 o'Clock. He told her, he would be even with her, for the 2 s. which he gave her, because she had not stood to her Bargain. Two Women, who were coming by at the same Time, told the Prosecutor, it would go with them they would make a sure Bargain; so they brought him to our House, [we h just the next Door to the Rose] and Ribecca Brown and I being at the Door, she went in and served them with Wine: after which, she went out for some Sugar, and I being called in, to take the Reckoning, I heard him say, you are good-natured; but as for that other B - ch, I'll be even with her. When he went out, he asked me, if he could lie in the House all Night? But I told him the Gentlewoman that kept it, (one Mrs Brown) was out, and I could say nothing to it.
Neal. Upon my Oath, all these two Women have said is false: I never was in that House in my Life.
Tho Jones . On Sunday Evening last, I had been at Church; and as I was going home I met a young Woman in the Street, about 9 at Night, and she asked me to give her a Glass of Wine at the Prisoner Bignell's House. Accordingly I went with her thither, - it is the Rose in Oxendon-street . They call it a Tavern, but they sell Brandy as well as Wine, - I could get no Beer there. We went up one pair of Stairs, and called for Wine, and when the Reckoning was to be paid, I told the Drawer, I wanted Change for half a Guinea. He bid me give him the half Guinea first. I said, I would not trust him with it, but bid him bring me the Silver, and then I would give him
Bignell. He says he had 2 s. and 6 d. in Silver: What Occasion then had he for Change?
Jones. I intended to have lain there all Night, and imagined I should want more Silver, for I intended to make the young Woman a Present of the Half-Crown which I then had.
Bignell. I shall only call some Witnesses, to prove I was at another Place last Sunday Night.
Ford. I never saw the Man, before he took me up with a Warrant.
Joseph Mills . I keep the Red Lion Alehouse near the Haymarket. Bignell came last Sunday Night to my House, about 6 o'Clock, and staid in my House to drink Part of 6 Pots of Beer. To the best of my Knowledge, he was never out of the House, (except when he went into the Yard to make Water) till he went home, - and that was at about 11 o'Clock. Oxendon-street is about four Stones-throw, or hardly three, from my House, but he could not go out, for I was never out of his Company all that Time, but when I went to draw a Pot of Beer, or so. - I think I went out twice with two Pots of Beer just cross the Way, but I did not stay above a Minute. - I was not longer in going and coming. - Not two Minutes I am sure. I dress Buttock of Beef on a Sunday, and give a Bit away to my Neighbours. I ask'd him if he would eat any? He said no, but desired me to send a Bit to his Wife, I have known him four Years; and have been out with him this late frosty Weather a shooting, with Money in my Pocket, and never saw or heard any thing ill of him.
James Harper . I live in Mills's House, and I came home last Sunday Night about 6 o'Clock. Bignell was then drinking in the House, and I was with him till near 11, and I am sure he never went once out of the House, I can't say I know the Prisoner; - I never was in his Company before.
William Hampton . I went to Mills's last Sunday Night, between 6 and 7, for a Pint of Beer, as I usually do, and saw Bignell, and two or three more, sitting by the Fire. I had been about three or four times in his Company before, so I staid with him till half an Hour after 10, and I am sure he was there all that Time. I know nothing at all of the Prisoner Ford, - and as to Bignell's Character, - I can't say as to that, - I never heard any Harm of him.
Edmund Dobbins . I was in Company with Bignell, and I believe I staid 2 Hours with him. When I first came to Mills's, I said, - Mr. Bignell, I have taken a House in Rupert-Street, and if you'll come and sup with me, you shall be welcome. I went to Mills's to see for 2 or 3 young Fellows that belong to the Market, for I am a Poulterer's Son, and keep as good a House as any Man in the Parish. - I had as much Victnals drest that Day, as cost me 30 Shillings. 'I was about 7 o'Clock when I came in to Mills's , and Bignell telling me he could not go to sup with me, and that he should be glad of my Company at Mills's, I staid with him 2 Hours and a half. I have known him 4 Years: he's an honest Man, and endeavoured to live, as far as I have heard.
The Prosecutor desiring a Gentleman upon the Bench might be ask'd if he knew the Prisoners, he deposed, That he knew them both, and that their Characters were the very worst, in all the City and Liberty of Westminster. That the House Bignell kept (the Rose) was a notorious, infamous, thieving House; that he had known both the Prisoners many Years; that they had been brought before him several Times, upon Charges for Felony; that the Woman he called his Wife, one Rose Mabone , was an infamous Person, both he and she having been several Times charged with Felonies, which they afterwards compounded; that Rose Mabone had been tried for Felony, and that the House they kept was the worst House in Westminster, except that which was kept by * Eastmead, Bignell's Master.
* See the Sessions-Book for July, No. 390.
Jury to Dobbins the Poulterer.] How far do you live from the Prisoner Bignell?
Dobbins. About 3 Stones-throws: I am sure I never heard a bad Character of the House, since Bignell kept it. It had a bad Character before but Bignell has altered the Sign, and has wrote under it, - The Case is alter 'd .
A Gentleman. We had this very House complain'd of, to the Justices, but last Week: it is a notorious ill House, as any in the whole Parish, and upon every Complaint they shift their Land-lords, that we have not been able to come at them.
The Gentleman who was called upon by the Prosecutor declared farther, that the Characters of several of the Prisoners Witnesses were no better than their's, tho' others of them were honest with Respect to their Business; but that Mills , in particular, had been several Times brought before him for Felony. Both Guilty .
161. + John Wicks was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Joseph Lane , in the Parish of St. John Hackney , about 2 in the Night, and stealing 3 Copper Sauce-pans, val. 14 s. a Copper, val. 25 s. 2 Blankets, val. 10 s. 2 Pictures, val. 2 s. 2 Stuff Petticoats, val. 8 s. and a Linnen Gown, val. 8 s. Nov. 3 .
Philip Lipscomb . About 4 Months ago, the Prisoner and I broke open Mr Lane's Garden Gate, at Hackney, between 11 and 12 at Night, and we both got into the Garden: then he lifted me up on the Top of an Arbour joining to the House, and I got out 2 Pins belonging to the Window-Shutter, and the Shutter fell down: then I try'd to get into the House, but I could not get thro' the Window; upon which the Prisoner bid me come down, and pull my Cloaths off; which I did, and then got in and open'd the Back-door, and then let him in. We took away 2 Quilts, a large Copper, 2 Curtains, 2 Blankets, and 3 Saucepans, which we ty'd up, and carry'd off in 2 Loads (between us) to the Prisoner's House. The Copper we sold to one Birch , a Smith; the other Things we shar'd between us: there were several other Goods taken, which I have not mentioned.
Mr. Lane. I have a House at Hackney, which is lock'd up when we are in Town. The beginning of November the Garden-Door, which we left locked, was broke upon; a Window-Shutter one pair of Stairs, and a Sash-Window, were broke, and the Things mentioned in the Indictment were taken away. The Gardiner, who looks after the House, brought me Word the next Day, that my House had been broke open and-robbed, and these 2 Pictures, which have been in my Family these 100 Years, were sent to me, by the Evidence Lipscomb.
Lipscomb. I know the Pictures very well: one of them is cracked in the Frame. I took them off the Chimney when we robbed the House. Some of the Goods we sold; and some of them the Prisoner has now got at home. The Copper and the Saucepans we sold together, but the Persons who bought them are run away.
Mr. Lane. The Persons who bought the Goods are gone off.
Prisoner. When was this Robbery committed?
Mr. Lane. I think it was the 3d of November.
Prisoner. I was at home and a-bed at that Time; but I very seldom call People to see me
He was a second Time indicted, (with Richard Birch not taken) for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Joseph Crane , about 1 in the Night, and stealing a Coral mounted with Silver, val. 20 s. a Ribbon, val. 1 s. a Silver Spoon, val. 8 s. a Silver Tea-spoon, val. 1 s. 6 d. a Brass Tea-kettle, val. 5 s. a Brass Fender, val. 4 s. a pair of Cloth Breeches, val. 3 s. a pair of Stockings, val. 6 d. a pair of Shoes, val. 2 s. a pair of Iron Buckles, val. 6 d. a Gun-screw, val. 3 d. and earthen Pan, val. 2 d. and 7 Pieces of Pork, val. 5 s. the Goods of Joseph Crane . And eight Yards of green woollen Cloth, value 5 l. the Goods of Griffin Crane . December 30 .
Joseph Crane. I live at Bow , and my House was broke open on the 30th of December, between 10 at Night and 7 in the Morning. The Parlour-Window was broke, and 2 Bolts wrenched off, with which (I am sure) the Window was made fast at 10 o'Clock at Night. I found it broke about 7 in the Morning, and the Sash stood up. All the Goods mentioned in the Indictment were taken away, and were my Property, except the 8 Yards of Cloth, which was my Brother's. The Breeches and the Shoes were in the Entry, and all the rest of the Things were in the Parlour. The Tea-kettle I remember to have seen at 10 o'Clock at Night. - It was break of Day when I got up in the Morning, and was light enough to distinguish one Man's Face from another's. I advertised the Goods immediately, and the Monday following one Mr Bowler came and told me, he believ'd his Son had bought the Fender and the Tea-kettle of Richard Birch . I went down to Bowler's, and swore they were mine: then we went to see after Birch in Bluecoat-fields , but not finding him, I was advised to lie still for some Time, But about three Weeks afterwards, we found a Piece of the green Cloth pawn'd at Mrs Dodgings , in Bluecoat-fields : we took her before a Justice, and she informing us, that the Cloth was pawned to her by the Evidence's (Lipscomb's) Wife, we got a Warrant for her, and took her: she was committed to Prison, and the Prisoner was taken as he was carrying Victuals to her in Goal, and this Gun screw, which I swear is mine, was found in his Pocket.
James Gill . I searched the Prisoner, and found this Knife, and that Gun-screw in his Pocket, which Mr Crane has sworn to. The Prisoner told us he found it in Lipscomb's Nail-box, when he came to help him move his Goods.
Philip Lipscomb. Wicks, Richard Birch , and I broke open Mr Crane's House, the 29th or 30th of December, - the Sunday-Night after Christmas Day, - between 12 and 1 o'Clock. We took Wick's Lathing-Hammer, which he carried out in his Apron, and wrenched open a Window-shutter, which had 2 Bolts upon it. 'Twas a Parlour Window next the Street-door, going into the Yard. Then Wicks lifted up the Sash, and took out a Pewter-Plate which stood within his Reach: after which, he lifted me in at the Window, and I handed out a Tea-kettle, a brass Fender, a silver Coral engraved, a large silver Spoon, with a Scallop-Shell upon the Heel of it. A silver Tea-Spoon, 7 pieces of pickled Pork in a Pan, a pair of Stockings, and a China Saucer. These Things I found in the Parlour. The Breeches hung upon the Bannisters of the Stairs, in the Passage, and the Shoes were under the Stairs. Among the things we carried away, there was a Gun-screw, with a bit broke off from the sharp End of it. - This is the same. The Tea-Kettle we let fall, as we were carrying the Goods away upon our Backs, and it being bruised, Birch beat it out upon his Anvil, and then carried out that and the Fender, and sold them for a Crown, as he told us. Mrs Birch pawned the Spoon for a Crown and brought us the Money, and we had Twenty-pence a-piece. The Pork was divided among us; we had 2 Pieces each, and the odd Piece we eat among us. The Cloth was likewise shared, and each of us had a Piece. The Prisoner Love bought the Coral for 8 s. and a Quartern of Brandy. Wicks and I have been acquainted 7 or 8 Years; he worked with the Master to whom I served my Time: and I have known Love about the same Time, he sells a Dram at St Giles's, but I believe he knew nothing of my Life and Conversation. I was speaking to my Sister about the Coral, and she told me Mr Love would buy it of me. Accordingly I offere it to him; he asked me if it was safe? and I told him yes, and that I did not care to offer it to a Silversmith for fear he should doubt me. All the Money we sold the Goods for, was divided etween Wicks, Richard Birch , and myself.
Wicks. Where did you lie, that Night this Robbery was committed?
Love. Did not your Sister bring the Coral to me?
Lipscomb. My Sister shewed him the Coral, but she told him 'twas mine, and I was in the Room at the same Time. 'Twas in a Room he calls his Kitchen, and he was a-bed when it was offered him. He ordered me a dram of Gin, and asked me what I would have for it? I asked 12 s. for it, then I came down to 10 s. 6 d. and at last to 8 s. which he consented to give me, and a Quartern of Brandy. I had not seen Love for 5 or 6 Years before my Sister carried me to him with the Coral. As to Wicks he wanted to be made an Evidence, and went with that intent before Mr Justice Priestly, but the Justice would not admit him.
Griffin Crane . By the Direction of Wicks I found 3 Yards of my Cloth at one Mr Colebecks , in Whitecross-Street, in the Park, Southwark. Another Piece I found at Mrs Dodgings, - about a Yard and a half, which was pawned to her for a Shilling. Another was made into a Petticoat, which we took off Lipscomb's Wife's Backside, in New-Prison: and by her Direction we found this large silver Spoon, at one Mr Holmes's a Pawnbroker in Ratclisse-Highway , where Mrs Birch had pledged it for 6 Shillings.
Wicks. I was not concerned in this Robbery; Lipscomb told me he did it alone and by himself; and that he had made a good Jobb of it. I had nothing to do with any of the Goods; I only eat a bit of the Pork, which Lipscomb broiled upon the Tongs.
Colebeck. I have known Wicks a great while, and heard no harm of him.
Love. I knew nothing of the Coral's being stole; nor did I know he was a Thief. I have been married to his Mother these seven Years, and have bought him Cloaths a great many Times.
Mr Crane. The Coral cost me 29 s. I believe 'tis now worth 20 s. and he bought it for 8 s.
Love. It broke in my Pocket, and the Coral came out: so I sent the Silver out yesterday to be sold, and had no more than 6 s. 6 d. for it.
Wicks acquitted of the Burglary, but Guilty of the Felony . Birch and Love acquitted .
168. + Michael Smith was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of George Cowley , in the Parish of St Botolph Bishopsgate , about the Hour of 7 at Night, and stealing a Stuff-Damask Gown. a green Poplin Gown, an ash colour'd Petticoat, and a black Calamanco quilted Coat, val. 2 s. Jan. 31 .
Nathaniel Harris . I took the Prisoner on Suspicion of his having broke open a House in Wapping, last Saturday was se'n-night, and carried him before Mr Justice Jones, where he made an Information of some Robberies he had committed, and among them he acknowledged this Fact. This is the Information; I saw Justice Jones sign it, and the Prisoner set his Mark to it. It was read over to him, and he afterwards signed it voluntarily, and without Compulsion.
The Paper was read, and as much of it as related to the present Fact, was to the Effect following.
'' This Informant faith, that he, together with '' Thomas Addley , and George Fleming , about a '' Month ago, broke open a House in Old Bedlam , '' near Bishopsgate-Street , from whence they '' stole 2 Gowns, and 2 Petticoats, which they '' delivered to Esther Moyer of Houndsditch.''
Harris . We made Enquiry after this Moyer , but she is not to be found. As we were carrying the Prisoner to Goal, he shewed us Mr Cowley's f House, and told us. it was the House they broke open.
Jane Cowley . My Husband is ill, and cannot come out. All I know of the Matter is, that about 5 Weeks ago, I lock'd my Door with a Padlock and went up Stairs to pass my Time with a Lodger above Stairs, because my Husband was then abroad. I came down again in half an Hour, and found the Door broke open, and the Padlock taken off; and I missed several things, - a Damask Gown, which cost me 50 s. a black quilted Coat, and other things, which all belonged to me. When I fastened the Door and went up Stairs, it was not Daylight, not yet Candlelight, as one may say, for it was between 6 and 7 o'Clock. I believe I could have distinguished a Man's Face, if I had seen it. - I never was in such a Broil as this in my Life before. Acquitted of the Burglary, Guilty of the Felony .
169. + He was again indicted, with Edward Pope , for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Joseph Hudson , between 6 and 7 at Night, and stealing a Pair of Linnen Sheets, value 5 s. a Pillowbier, val. 6 d. a Cambrick Apron, value 5 s. the Goods of William Stogdon . Two Cambrick Aprons, value 10 s. 3 Cambrick Mobbs lac'd, value 2 l. 10 s. and several other things, the Goods of William Moody ; and a Box-Iron and Heater, val. 2 s. and 3 d. the Goods of Joseph Hudson . Jan. 15 . Smith guilty of the Felony only . Pope acquitted .
170. James Holden was indicted for feloniously making, forging, and counterfeiting, and causing to be made, forged, and counterfeited, a Receipt for 12 s. and 6 d. with Intent to defraud John Little of the said Sum. Jan. 11. And the Indictment farther charged the said Holden, as above, with Intent to defraud Nicholas Allen of the said Sum. The Indictment farther charged the said Holden with uttering and publishing the said forged Receipt , in the Parish of Chelsea , Jan. 11. 1739 .
Mr. Little appearing to be concerned in Point of Interest, was not permitted to give Evidence.
Nicholas Allen . Mr. Little is a Brewer ; and I have dealt with him ever since last May. The Prisoner was his Drayman , and by Mr. Little's Order, I have paid the Drayman every Month for the Beer I have had in. I know this Note; it is a Bill for 5 Quarter Barrels of Beer, and the Receipt at the Bottom of it is for 12 s. and 6 d. which the Beer comes to. I paid the Money to him for the Use of Mr. Little in full of all Demands. About a Fortnight before this Receipt was given me, Mr. Little's Clerk brought me a Bill for Beer which I knew nothing of; I told the Prisoner of it the next time he came, and he told me it was a Mistake, and that the Bill was intended for one Allen who lives at Westminster. However, to prevent Mistakes, I told him I would have a Receipt from his Matter, in full of all Demands, the next Money I paid him. Accordingly he brought me this Receipt, and said it came from his Master. I afterwards observed the Receipt was not dated, and in about three Days time the Prisoner coming again, I asked why it was not dated? He told me his Master did not use to make such Mistakes, so he took a Pen and put a Date to it, telling me he believ'd he could not write so well as his Master. He told me the Receipt was signed by Mr. Little, and I had never seen Mr. Little's Hand-writing in my Life, as I know of, so I took it as a Receipt from his Master, who had given me Orders to pay the Prisoner, and had told me he was an honest Man: So I used to pay him, and take his Receipts for the Money, for the Use of Mr. Little. I have six other Receipts which the Prisoner has given me at different Times, and Mr. Little never saw any of them, till I demanded this Receipt in full from him. The Bill was read.
Mr. Allen, Debtor. Dec. 7. 1739. 1/4. the 14th 1/4, Xt (for Dec. the 19th) 1/4. Jan. 2. 1/4. the 9th 1/4. B. (as if it was cast up) 5 quarters. Sum 12 s. and 6 d. Jan. 11. 1739. Receiv'd the full Contents of this Bill, and all Demands, per John Little. Sum 12 s. 6 d.
George Hanna . I am Clerk to Mr. Little; and as we make out our Bills about Christmas, I carry'd one to Mr. Allen. He told me he did not owe so much Money, for he had paid the Drayman every fourth Barrel, and he shew'd me some of his Receipts. I said I would speak to the Drayman about it. I did so; and the Prisoner then told me, he had seen Mr. Allen, and he (Allen) was now satisfy'd that my Bill was right, and he would pay me whenever I went that Way. The whole Account of Mr. Allen, as charged in our Ledger, and in the Runner at Home, is 1 l. 17 s. 6 d. 27 Shillings of which is still due, by our Books, from Mr. Allen: for we have receiv'd no more than 10 s. since he dealt with us. This Receipt, now in question, is none of Mr. Little's Writing, nor any Part of the Note; nor is this 12 s. and 6 d. discharged in our Books, and the House-Clerk always enters the Money that is receiv'd. When the Prisoner was examin'd before Sir Edward Hill , he owned he wrote the Bill, and the Receipt, and sign'd it with Mr. Little's Name, and he had nothing to say for himself.
Hanna. I did give him Orders to take the Money, if Mr. Allen was satisfy'd; but I did not give him Orders to write my Master's Name to it.
Prisoner. Did not I say before the Justice, that I did not intend to forge my Master's Hand, nor to defraud him?
Hanna. I imagine he did it with Intent to defraud my Master; for he has received more Money than ever he brought to Account, and more than ever he charg'd Mr. Allen with in our Books. - I have seen the Prisoner write several Times, and I believe he endeavoured to imitate my Master's Hand, in this Receipt; but it is not well done; it is pretty much like his own Handwriting.
Prisoner. I did not deny what I had done, before Sir Edward Hill, because I knew I did not do it with a Design to forge any Thing, but to serve my Master, because Mr. Allen desired a Receipt in full, and I thought my own Name might not be a Discharge in full.
The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.
171. + John Ogden , of Harrow on the Hill , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Thomas Vincent , between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the Night, and stealing a Moidore, 8 Guineas, 6 half Guineas, and 5 l. in Money , January 17 .
Thomas Vincent. I am a Baker ; I live at Harrow on the Hill : the Prisoner had been my Servant , and left me a Fortnight before last Michaelmas. On the 18th of January, as I was coming from my Bed, to come down into the Bakehouse, my Apprentice called, and told me he fear'd the House was broke open. I immediately went up a Ladder into the Kitchen, to the Place where my Money lay, and saw the Corner Cupboard broke open, and the Money gone. There was 18 l. 17 s. in it, but it was all taken away. One Piece was a Moidore, the rest were Guineas, half Guineas, and Silver, and among the Gold were 6 half Guineas. I went down immediately to the Boy in the Bakehouse, and told him I had lost my Money; and seeing a Faggot mov'd, and set in the Place where the Prisoner used to set them when he lived with me, I suspected him to have done it. When I came to look farther, I saw a Hole broke in the Wall in the Bakehouse, big enough for a Man to creep through. There is a Pair of flat Doors which lean against the House, and under these Doors there is Brickwork of 18 Inches or 2 Feet high: the Frame of the Doors is laid upon this Brick-work, and these Doors open into the Bakehouse. The Hole was made through this Brick-work; therefore I thought it must be somebody that knew the House as well as I; and I told my Boy, that I believ'd it was the Prisoner who had done it; and upon making Enquiry in the Country after him, a Countryman of his told me, he saw him the very Day before I was robb'd in a very mean Capacity, and that the Shoes on his Feet were not worth 3 Pence. After this I had a Messenger came from Watford to tell me, he was seen there the Monday following, with a great deal of Gold and Silver in his Pockets, by John Runnington ; and from several other Circumstances I was confirmed in my Suspicion of the Prisoner, and at last I took him at the Running-Horse in David-Street , and carried him before Colonel De Veil , and there he said, he got this Money by a Bank Note of 15 Guineas, and deny'd his being concerned in this Robbery. Colonel De Veil told him, there was no such Thing as a Bank Note for 15 Guineas; and upon his second Examination he said, he had it from a young Woman who is now in Court, ( Anne Wood ) and that he was drunk, when he was first examined; but he was as sober then, as I am now. One principal Reason of my suspecting the Prisoner, was the placing the Faggots: for they lay upon the Stairs at Night when I went to Bed: but when I got up they were moved, and set against the Wall, on the Right-hand of the Stairs, where the Prisoner always placed them, when he lived with me: besides, he had been lurking about the Country, and never had been in any Business, since he left my Service. I am sure the Faggots were moved, and that the Hole in the Wall was not there when I went to Bed, over Night at 9 or 10 o'Clock. I got up the next Morning between 5 and 6; 'twas the 17th of January, and I believe it was not Day-light when I 'rose: but I can't be particular, whether it was Day-light, or Moon-light: 5 o'Clock is our usual Time of rising, and I believe it was about that Time. The Boy lies in the Bakehouse, and called to me before I came down Stairs, to tell me he was afraid the House was broke: and I saw the Hole the Minute I came down Stairs. If I was to die, I can't be sure, whether I had a Candle
Prisoner. Did you always get up at an Hour when I lived with you?
Vinsent . Much about the same Hour. It was certain, as near as could be. Sometimes when we have been up a Night or two at Work, I may lie a little longer than ordinary, - but it is very rare I do.
John Clark . I am above 15 Years old, and am Apprentice to Mr Vincent, and saw the Faggots removed and the Hole that was made in the Brickwork, that Night my Master was robbed, but I can't tell what day Day of the Month it was. I only know it was Thursday Night. The Faggots were removed from the Place where they were set over Night, and were put where the Prisoner always used to set them. While he liv'd with my Master, I have often seen him loosening the Bricks where the Hole was made, but I cannot say at what particular Time he loosened them, nor how near to the Time of his going away. I lie in the Bakehouse, and remember I saw Light come thro' the Hole; I thought it was Daylight, for I saw a Woman (thro' the Hole) lighting her Fire on the other side of the Way. I think it was quite Light.
Jury. Can you tell what Month it was, when this was done?
Clark. No; but I believe it was 5 or 6 Weeks ago: and I believe it was between 5 and 6 in the Morning when I saw the Hole, so I was 'frighted, and lay till I heard my Master come down; then I told him I was afraid he had been robbed. 'Twas about 6 o'Clock when he came down. He uses to get up between 6 and 7, that is his usual Time. When I told him the House was broke, he ran up into the Kitchen, and returned and told me he had lost 18 l. 17 s. and looked at the hole in the Wall. I am sure it was not there when we went to Bed. I heard a Noise twice in the Night, but I was not thoroughly awake, nor did I imagine any body was in the House, nor did I see the Hole at either of those Times when I heard the Noise. The first of my seeing the Hole was when the Light came in from the Woman's Fire in an opposite House. When the Prisoner was taken up, he said, he had a Bank-Note from his Father for 15 Guineas, and he had changed the Note at a Banker's, but he would not tell the Banker's Name, he said he would take another Opportunity for that.
Prisoner. Mention one Time when you saw me loosening the Bricks.
Clark. I can't say what Day, or Month it was, but I have seen him doing it several Times.
Jury. What did he loosen the Bricks with?
Clark . With nothing but his Hand; and I observed they were loosened by his pushing them. I did not tell my Master of this, for he saw him as well as I.
George Howard . I keep a Shoemaker's Shop, at Pinner, two Miles from Harrow. One Thursday in January, (but I can't tell the Day of the Month, to the best of my Knowledge, 'twas the 17th) the Prisoner came to my Shop, and asked for his Countryman, who had lived with me. I told him, he had been gone from me 3 Weeks before Christmas.
Prisoner. That's the Man that told Mr Vincent, I was in such a mean Condition.
Howard . He was then in the same Cloaths, that he's in now; only he had Boots on then; and when he was before the Justice he was in his Shoes.
Prisoner. What Time did I leave you at Pinner?
Howard. Between 11 and 12 at Noon: He staid with me about half an Hour, and whither he went, when he left me, I know not.
Prisoner. What Discourse passed between us?
Howard. That which I have mentioned. He likewise asked me when I saw Nan Wood, because (said he) I was to have been married to her last Monday, and instead of that, I came to London, and left her waiting at Watford , to be married.
John Runnington . I was drinking with the Prisoner at Haddington , about 5 or 6 Weeks ago, and he pulled out some Gold, and offered to lend me a Guinea. I thanked him for his Love, and told him, I did not chuse his Money. Then he pulled out some Silver, and offer'd me a Crown, a Half-crown, or a Shilling. I thanked him, and refused his Silver likewise. To the best of my Knowledge, he had about 8 or 10 Guineas in a Paper, and about 30 Shillings in Silver. He wanted me to come to London with him, but I told him my Money proved short, and I would go Home.
Prisoner. Did not the young Man, that came to Town with us, agree with me, to go again into the Country on Friday.
Prisoner. Ask him if I was not in his Company all Thursday Evening, and if I did not lie with him that Night?
Runnington. I can't be positive. On my Word I don't know.
Peter Merchant . I saw the Prisoner produce a Watch before the Justice, and it was a Watch I had sold about 6 or 7 Weeks before, for 3 l. 10 s. but I can't take on me to say, the Prisoner is the Man who bought it.
Anne Wood . I thought the Prisoner had been an honest Man: He has borrow'd Money of me several times; he has had different Sums of me, from 10 s. to 20 s. never so much as 14 or 16 l. nor any at all in Jan. last.
Prisoner. I was to have been married to her; but I came to Town with some young Fellows, instead of going to be married. She knows I went to my Father's in the Country, and brought up Money to be marry'd to her.
Wood. He went down into Northamptonshire about Michaelmas, and came up again after Christmas, with some Money; but I know not how much. The Sums I lent him, were some before he went to see his Father, and some after, but none in January.
Prisoner to Dawes. Did not I bear Snoxon's Charges as we came to Town?
Dawes . He paid something for him, but I can't tell what. Acquitted .
Mr W - . On Thursday the 24th of Jan. between 8 and 9 in the Evening, as I was coming down Sheer-lane, I saw a young Woman very genteelly dress'd, and I stopp'd to look at her. Some Conversation pass'd between us, and I asked her to drink a Glass of Wine. She seemed a modest Woman, and said, No, she did not care for drinking, - she must go home. While we were talking together up came the Prisoner, and said she was going home, and if I pleased, I might go home with them. So we all went together to the Prisoner's House in Green's Rents . There was no Wine in the House, but she told us we might have a Tiff of Punch, but nothin g less than a 2 Shilling Tiff, and I paid for one Bowl before ever I tasted it. After this we had 5 or 6 more, and when it was between 12 and 1 o'Clock, I called for the Reckoning. The Prisoner told me she was a poor Widow-woman, and it would be Charity to assist her. I told her, it was late, and I did not care to go home, and as the Reckoning came to 12 s. if she would let me have a Bed, and a clean Pair of Sheets, there was a Guinea for her; but, says I, if I want another Bowl, you will not stand with me for that. She was thankful, and told me she would not. Between 2 and 3 I went to Bed, and I am sure I had my Watch and Snuff-box then, for I took several Pinches of Snuff, and never went out of the Room, but into the Bedchamber, which was on the same Floor. I believe it was between 1 and 2 when I went to Bed, - near 2. Between 3 and 4 I waked, and wanting a Pinch, I felt for my Coat, and searched my Pockets, but my Box was gone. This alarm'd me, and made me turn about and put my Hand under my Pillow to feel for my Breeches, and I found my Watch gone. Then I felt in my Side-pocket, where I had crammed down my Purse with my Money, and feeling the Strings of it, I imagin'd my Money was safe, but I afterwards found that was gone too. I told the young Woman, that her Landlady had robb'd me. I can't imagine (said she) how the Woman could serve you so, - I always took her to be honest. Upon this I knock'd with my Shoe upon the Floor, and a little Child came up and told me her Mother was gone out of Town. Why, says I, she was here an Hour or two ago, is she gone already? Yes, says the Child, she is gone into the Country. I was in a good deal of Confusion and laid me down again, thinking I would stay till Daylight. About an Hour afterwards, I thought I heard somebody come in,William Billers to apprehend her, if I could light of her; but hearing nothing of her, I advertised the Things, and about a Fortnight afterwards, I had 2 Letters sent me to Will's Coffee-House , and upon the Receipt of them, I went down to the Fleet, and saw the Prisoner coming to her Husband in the Prison, but she ran away as soon as she saw me. I knew her again, and by the Direction of one in the Prison, I took her next Morning at the Queen's-Head Alehouse , in Holborn.
Counsel. Was the Door of the Room you lay in lock'd, when you went to Bed?
W - . No. - When I took the Prisoner, she cry'd and wrung her Hands, and said, - You're a good-natur'd Man, - you'll not prosecute me if you have your Things again, and I have 5 Beds which I will sell, but you shall have Satisfaction. This was at the Justice's Clerk's House.
Prisoner. Did I make the first Tiff of Punch for you?
W - . You brought it up, - I don't know who made it. I own I had drank freely, and was a little elevated; - I can't say I was drunk. I am certain I had the Things in my Pockets when I went to Bed.
Mr Murden. I am a Prisoner in the Fleet. The Prisoner's Husband was a School-Fellow of mine; and he coming into the Fleet short of Money, I took him into my Room from Saturday to Tuesday. In that Interim the Prisoner often came to him, and I found he had got a Gold Watch in his Pocket. I knew he never was capable of wearing such a Thing, so I ask'd him how he came by it? Phoo, says the Prisoner, I mason'd a Cull, and the Fellow has advertised it; but the Scoundrel was drunk, and did not know how much Money he lost. He advertised but 7 Guineas, and the Scoundrel lost more. She said the Scoundrel was drunk, and she mason'd him, and stole the Watch and his Snuff-box out of his Pocket. As soon as I heard this, I bid them get out of my Room; telling them I would harbour no Thieves; and I went down to the Turn-key, and desired him to send for a Constable to secure them, telling him I had Thieves in my Room, and I had discovered Villany; but there was none came, because Constables are afraid of being ill used in the Fleet. When I went up again into my Room, the Prisoner's Husband (who wore the Watch in his Pocket 2 Days) fell down on his Knees, and begged I would not turn them out of my Room, nor expose them: But I insisted on their being gone, and turned them out by Force. Both the Prisoner and her Husband told me the very Day when the Watch was first advertised, - the 6th of February. Upon the Discovery of this Villany, I went down to the Coffee-House in the Fleet-Prison, and found the things advertised on the 6th of February, and that they were lost at a Pretended Attorney's House; so I wrote a Letter to be left at the Coffee-House mentioned in the Advertisement, and the next Day the Prosecutor came to the Coffee-House in the Fleet, and the Prisoner was taken up. The Day I discovered the Villany, she came to her Husband and said, I met the Scoundrel in Carey-street , by Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, with his Horse in his Hand; and she described him and his Cloaths so well, that the Minute he came into the Coffee-House, I knew him and went up to the Table where he sat, and asked him if he had not lost a gold Watch?
Prisoner. Ask Mr Murden what I pawned on Saturday?
Murden. She came to her Husband, and said she had no Money; and she went out. When she returned, she said she had pawned a Ring off her Finger.
Mr Richardson. There was a Gold Watch offered to be pawn'd at our House, (I think) by the Prisoner, but I can't be positive: I had seen her before, but I would not take it in, unless she could convince me she had a Property in it. She told me it belonged to a Gentleman of Ludgate, and upon my refusing it, she took it away again.
Francis Jeal , Constable. When I took the Prisoner to Woodstreet-Counter , she cry'd bitterly in the Lodge, and said that one Peter Hood , and Mrs Oldfield, (the Prosecutor's Mistress) had part of the Money.
Prisoner. This is the Woman which W - brought to our House. He was in her Company that Night, and 2 Nights following.
Mary Oldfield . I never knew the Woman to be guilty of such Things: but I saw the Gentleman have his Watch and Snuff-box just before he went to Bed. In the Night he wanted a Pinch, and missing his Box, the Girl came up with a Candle, but he could find neither his
Prisoner. They locked themselves in, and I called and asked them, what they'd please to have for Breakfast.
Oldfield. She did knock at the Door in the Morning, and the Gentleman bid me not say any thing for fear she should run away.
Prisoner. Did not I stay at Home all that Night?
Oldfield. I am not a Judge of that.
Prisoner. Had not I a Servant that went away that Night?
Oldfield. Yes; and she run away with a camblet Gown of mine. Acquitted .
174. + John Blake was indicted for stealing a Peruke, val. 40 s. the Goods of William Sympson , Gent . and sundry other Perukes, and Goods, the Property of divers Persons, in the Dwelling-House of Richard Euston , Jan. 23 . Guilty 39 s.
175. + Elizabeth Briggs alias Hollis , was indicted for privately stealing 2 Thirty-six Shilling-picces, a Moidore, 3 Guineas, a Half-Guinea, and 40 s. in Money, from the Person of Richard Kent , January 14 .
Richard Kent . I live in Ely-Court in Holborn, and on the 14th of January, about 9 at Night, I was coming thro' Titchburn-Court , which is about 300 Yards from the Place where I live, and being a little merry, (it being Christmas Time) I looked in at a Door which stood a little open, and saw 2 Women sitting by the Fire. They said 'twas very cold Weather, and asked me to give them a hot Pint. I agreed to that, and when it was drank out, I was for going away, knowing I had a Charge of Money about me. But they took hold of my Cloaths, and said I should give them t'other hot Pint. Accordingly I agreed to it: but when that was out, I found myself in such a prodigious Disorder that I could not get up, nor go; but the Gentlewoman at the Bar kept me from falling, by sitting in my Lap. I found she began to be busy with my Pockets, so I covered them, with the Flaps of my Coat. As soon as I came to myself, I went Home to put my Money up; I had 8 l. 12 s. in one Pocket: 2 l. in Silver, in another; and some more Silver in another. I had three Pockets with Money in them; - but 'twas all gone, and I had no more than Eighteen-pence left in all my Pockets. As to the Liquor I drank, had it been honestly brewed, I could have drank it all up myself and have been sober, but I believe there was Opium, or something put into it, which disordered me for about 15 Minutes, and during that Time I felt the Gentlewoman's Hand in my Pocket. There was 3 of them in all, but no Utensils or Household-Goods in the House.
Mary Woodcock . I saw the Prisoner put her Hand into Mr Kent's Pocket, and pull out a handful of Money, - half Crowns and Shillings: but as for Gold, I saw none. This was taken out of his right Side-Pocket; 'twas done in the Kitchen, upon the Ground-Floor, and she was sitting upon his Knee, at the same Time. Furthermore, I made the Hot-pots; and the Prisoner grated something into them, which got into my Head, I believe it was Opium, for I had like to have fallen off my Chair myself. I saw her hold the Gentleman's Money in her Hand, but he and I were so disordered, that we took no notice of it. I am Landlady of the House, and one of my Lodgers brought the Prisoner in, for 2 or 3 Nights unknown to me. I am sure I saw her pull out the Money, and put it into her Pocket, and moreover, she paid me 9 s. in part of the Reckoning. She gave it me for the Hot-pots; I did not take notice of above 2 or 3 Hot-pots, and the Price of a Hot-pot is but a Shilling, and moreover she gave me 6 s. and 6 d. besides, what it was for, I can't tell; the first and second Hot-pot, was enough to turn my Head: whether the Reckoning came to 9 s. or not, I can't tell. There was more than 2, or 3, or 4 Hotpots, but the first two turned my Head so, that I can't tell where she put the Money when she had taken it; but she took it openly and held it in her Hand, but whether she put it in her Bosom or Pocket, I know not, and to be sure she took it in a clandestine Manner, for I believe the Gentleman did not know it. Acquitted .
Alexander Grey . On the 14th of January, I came from Blackwall , and about 10 o'Clock at Night, I was coming up the Minories, and asked Robinson the Way to Aldgate. She asked me if I was not a Yorkshire Man , I told her yes, and that I came from Scarborough . She said, she came from Whitby , and after some Talk, she asked me to make her drink. I let her know I had no more than 5 d. in my Pocket , but I would give her a Pint of Beer, and accordingly we went in at Mr Goodchild's , and while we were drinking , Hill came in. I was not
Robinson. He gave me the Watch to raise Money, because he had none, and Hill carry'd it to pawn. When she returned, he gave us half a Guinea a-piece.
Gray. Upon my Oath I did not, I did not give it them to raise Money. I was told this would be the Story when I came here. I am positive Robinson was the Woman that took it, for the other was never near me. While we were drinking in the House, I pulled it out to see what o'Clock it was, after which I did not stay a Minute, but went to the Door and missed it immediately. Both Acquitted .
178. Jacob Edmonds . 179. Eliz Guy 180. Will. Recart 181. Ann Williams . 182. Will Seal and 183. Thomas Street . 184. Francis Flack . 185. Mary Heckman . 186. Mary Johnson . 187. John Potter . 188. William Kippis . 189. Mary Elliot and 190. Elizabeth Alloway , were tried for stealing Things of small Value , and were all found Guilty of single Felony .
The following Persons, who were under Sentence of Death, having an Offer of his Majesty's Pardon, on Condition of being transported for 14 Years, thankfully accepted of the same, and Sentence was pronounced upon them accordingly: Viz.
Elizabeth Abott , committed by Thomas De Veil , Esq; on the Oaths of Frances May , Mary Lumley , and Henrietta Mills , for assaulting Living May in his own House, with several Persons not yet taken; putting him in fear of his Life, and clapping him naked upon hot Iron Bars, burning him in a dreadful Manner, and taking from him the Shirt he had on. Also for robbing two others unknown, in the Street, of a Hat and Wig found upon her .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows:
Received Sentence of DEATH, 7.
BURNT in the HAND, 2.
The following Persons, who were under Sentence of Death, having an Offer of his Majesty's Pardon, on Condition of being transported for 14 Years, thankfully accepted of the same, and Sentence was pronounced upon them accordingly: Viz.