FRIDAY the 16th, SATURDAY the 17th, MONDAY the 19th, and TUESDAY the 20th of January.
In the 14th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign,
BEING THE Second SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY OF THE
Right Honourable Humphry Parsons, Esq;
LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
For the YEAR 1741.
Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane . MDCCXLI.
BEFORE the Rt. Honourable HUMPHRY PARSONS , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron PROBYN , Mr. Justice WRIGHT, Mr. Justice FORTESCUE, Sir JOHN STRANGE , Knt. Recorder of the City of London , Mr. Serjeant URLIN, Deputy-Recorder, and other 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.
2. Charles Shooter , of St. Botolph Bishop's-gate , was indicted for stealing a Worsted Purse, value 2 d. two 3 l. 12 s. Pieces, 28 36 s. Pieces, 4 Guineas, and 1 half Guinea, the Money of Robert Barnard , in his dwelling House , Dec. 15 .
Robert Barnard . I am a Weaver , and live in Peter-Street, Bishop's-gate Parish. I was out of Doors when this was done; but when I came Home, I found the Chest open in my Chamber, (into which I had put my Money) with the Keys hanging in the Lock. The Money was taken away, but the Bag, and a Silver Spoon which likewise lay in the Chest were left behind. I imagin'd that somebody who knew the House must be concern'd, and the Prisoner who had serv'd me as a Quill-Boy , being observed to be pretty full of Money, I suspected him; he was taken and brought to the Magpye-Tavern , where he confess'd that he got over the Wall, into the Yard, and open'd the Back Door; then went up Stairs into my Chamber, and took my Keys out of the Table-Drawer; that he found the Key of the Chest, and took the Purse out of the Bag, and a little Box, in which were four Guineas and a half I can't tell whether he was so wise as to know what Pieces they were, but he own'd he took all that he found there. There were no Promises of Pardon, or any thing like it, made Use of to get this Confession from him, but we desired him to speak the Truth to the best of his Knowledge.
Jury. Was the Prisoner acquainted with your House?
Barnard . Yes; he liv'd with me about a Quarter of a Year, as a Quill-Boy, and left me in February last. I believe he is between 13 and 14 Years of Age.
Prisoner. I am not 13 yet.
Jury. Was any of the Money found on the Prisoner?
Barnard . We did not search him, but he told his Brother where some of it was hid, and we found it accordingly.
Peter Nettle . On Friday the 2d of January, Wilson the Officer, told me he had a Woman at the Watch-House, and desired me to go with him; I accordingly did, and while we were examining her, the Boy (the Prisoner) who had absconded , was brought to us. We took him into a Room by himself, and ask'd him if he would not relate something to us; he was desired to declare the Truth, and if any Mercy was to be expected, it must be by such Methods. At first, he said, he found the Money in Moorfields; but I told him, that was nothing but an Evasion of his, and if he did not declare the Truth, it would be the worse
Prisoner. They took me to the Magpye, and made me fuddled , and I did not know what I said.
Nettle. He was very sober; - he had some Bread and Cheese, and Small Beer there, and but one Glass of Wine.
John Malton. Mr. Barnard told me he had been robb'd of all the Cash he had in the World, and shew'd me the Place from whence it was taken. I ask'd him if he suspected any Body; he told me he had a little Boy lived with him about 3 quarters of a Year ago, and he could suspect no one else. About a Fortnight after this, we got a Warrant and the Mother and Daughter absconded, but the Boy was brought to us at the Magpye, by his Uncle, and he own'd before several People that he got into the House, and took his Master's Money. The next Day he was brought to Mr. Nettle's House, and I desired him to tell the Truth, '' I did (said he) get over the Wall, and go into my '' Master's Chamber ; I have seen where he put his '' Keys, so I open'd the Chest, and took out the Purse, '' and the Box, with a great deal of Money in them, '' and a Pair of Buttons, which I threw away.'' I ask'd him what Money it was? he said it was brave large yellow Money, and there were two Pieces as big again as the rest, and a great many alike. I took a Moidore out of my Pocket, and shew'd him that, but he said the Money was bigger than that. He likewise said, that he gave four Pieces to his Sister, and the rest to his Mother, all but one Guinea, with which he bought a Pound of Butter, in order to get Silver. After the Prisoner was in the Compter, he told his Brother he hid some of the Money under a Shed in the Tenter-Ground, and going to take it from thence, some of it dropp'd into a Crevice, and he could not get it out again: We went to this Place, and dug out these four 36 s. Pieces.
Richard Shooter , the Prisoner's Brother. I am 13 Years old, and know if I take a false Oath, I shall go to Hell. I went to see my Brother in the Compter, and ask'd him if he had spent all the Money; he said No, for he had hid some of it in the Tenter Ground, and going to take it away, part of it roll'd into a Hole, and he could not get it out again: I went to the Place with Barnard and Malton , and look'd into the Hole, and saw one of the Broad Pieces; I try'd to get my Hand in, but could not, so they got a Pick-Axe, and dug them out.
David Shooter . I am the Boy's Uncle: I went down to Chatham , and found him with another Brother who is bound to a Hoy-Man. I took him on Shore, and ask'd him what he had done to bring his Friends into so much Trouble? he said at first, that he gave his Mother the Money, but told her he had found it. When we came to Stroud , he told me he found it in the Tenter-Ground; I desired him to tell the Truth , and he said he did commence (commit) the Robbery, and all the Way as we were coming to Town, he said his Mother did not know but that he found it; but on the Saturday following, he own'd his Mother assisted him in the Robbery. - He is about 13 or 14 Years old.
Prisoner. I found it in the Tenter-Ground, wrapp'd up in a Rag: - I have no Witnesses, for I was by myself.
The Jury found the Prisoner Guilty, Death ; but desired he might be recommended by the Court to his Majesty's Mercy .
3. Thomas Ducket , was indicted for stealing 4 lb. Weight of dry'd Citron, value 12 s. and two Pound of Biscuits, value 2 s. the Goods of James Fletcher , in his Shop , December 30 , Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
4. Ann Greenhall , alias Gallough , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a striped Lutestring Gown and Petticoat, value 40 s. a Paduasoy Gown, call'd a Sack, value 20 s. a Tabby Night-Gown, value 20 s. a Man's Sattin Gown, value 10 s. a Callicoe Bed-Quilt, value 5 s. two Dimity Petticoats, value 3 s. a Sattin quilted Petticoat, value 10 s. 9 Shifts, value 40 s. five Shirts, value 5 s. six Damask Clouts, value 5 s. one Lutestring Apron, with Bugles, value 2 s. the Goods of Mary Smith , in the dwelling House of James Riggs , Dec. 17 .
Elizabeth Hankinson . I lodged at Mr. Rigg's, in Drury-Lane , and the Prisoner was my Servant. Mrs. Smith left a Box of Goods lock'd up with me, and I put it into my Bed-Chamber, and sometime afterwards she sent the Key that I might send her something out of it, but when I came to unlock the Box, there was nothing in it. I was very much surprized, and sent for Mrs. Smith, and she took up the Prisoner, but I was not present when she confess'd the Fact.
Samuel Willson . I am a Pawnbroker, and live in Hart-street, Covent-Garden . The Prisoner brought Goods to me fourteen different Times; the first was in July, and the last about the middle of December. All these Goods were pawn'd with me by the Prisoner, and she said, the Person who own'd them, was an Acquaintance of her Mistress, and was at Law. I have lent her half a Crown, 3 s. 20 s. and 30 s. on Goods, but 36 s. is the largest Sum that I ever lent her at a Time. - I did not ask her every Time she came with the Goods, whose they were, because I had known her a long Time; I have taken Things of more Consequence than these from her, and always thought her honest.
Hankinson. The Prisoner has liv'd with me a great many Years, and might have robb'd me but never did. Guilty Death .
5. Elizabeth Wilmore , was indicted for stealing 2 Blankets, value 2 s. 6 d. a linnen Sheet, val. 2 s. two pewter Plates, value 1 s. and a pewter Pot, value 6 d. the Goods of Hugh Smith , in a Lodging , December 29 , Guilty 10 d.
6. Sarah Murrel , of St. Leonard, Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing a Burdet Gown, value 5 s. a Velvet Hood, value 4 s. four Muslin Hoods, value 4 s. a Gold Ring, value 15 s. a pair of Silver Buckles, value 7 s. eight Portugal Pieces, val. 28 l. 16 s two Guineas and 11 l. 2 s. in Money; the Goods and Money of Richard Griffith , in his dwelling House , Dec. 6 .
At the Prisoner's Request, the Witnesses were examined a-part.
Richard Griffith . On the 26th of December last, between 2 and 3 in the Afternoon, I lost the Goods and Money mentioned in the Indictment. The Prisoner had been all the Forenoon cleaning the Room, where the Money was; and was sent out on an Errand, but not returning in the Time I expected her, I went up Stairs , and found my Drawers open, and the Goods and Money gone. About a Fortnight afterwards, she was taken with the Gown on her Back, my Buckles in her Shoes, and my Wife's Gold Ring on her Finger, and she confess'd the Fact to the Person that took her. - She was my Servant , and had liv'd with me about five Weeks.
Prisoner. Is your Wife with you?
Griffith. She was very ill in the Hospital when this happen'd.
Prisoner. Did you not give me those Things?
Griffith. No; if I was to die this Moment, I never did.
Prisoner. Did you not shew me your Wife's Things, and your Money, and say, when your Wife died, I should be your Second, and all would be mine?
Griffith. No! on my Oath I never offered any Thing to her in my Life. She had my Wife's Gown on her Back when she was before the Justice.
William Price . The Prosecutor desired me to apprehend the Prisoner, and accordingly on the 20th of December last, I took her at Harwich , whither she went in order to go to Holland. I had known the Prisoner before, and asked her if she was not surprized to see me; she said she was; I then asked her whether she had spent all the Money? she said she had not, but put her Hand into her Pocket, and gave me a 3 l. 12 s. Piece, which she said was all that was left, except a little Silver. I took her Trunk to my Inn, and on my enquiring after her Mistresses-Ring, she pull'd it off her Finger, and said, she did not know that she had taken it, 'till after she went away: She had these Silver Buckles in her Shoes at the same Time, and before we came out of the Stage-Coach, she gave them to me. When I apprehended her, I ask'd her for the rest of the Things, and she told me they were in her Trunk, and I accordingly found an old Velvet Hood, which the Prosecutor own'd, and likewise four new ones, which the Prisoner said she had bought; she confess'd to me, that she had taken 83 l. 12 s. Pieces, a two Guinea Piece, a 36 s. Piece a Guinea and a Half, three Crowns, four half Crowns, and some Silver, which she said weigh'd about half a Pound, and that she took it out of a Drawer in the Prosecutor's House. She had this Gown on her Back when I took her into Custody.
William Allen . This Gown was on the Prisoner's Back when she was before the Justice, and she own'd that she had taken a gold Ring and a pair of Buckles out of the Prosecutor's House: She was charged with the Money, but I can't say whether she confess'd that.
Prisoner. The Thursday before I took it, my Master offer'd it to me.
Mrs Sherrard. The Prisoner lived a Servant with me, about 15 Months ago, and never wronged me of any Thing .
Guilty Death .
Thomas Arnold . I have nothing to say but that the Mare is my Master's Right and Property; he sent her to Grass at Harrow on the Hill , last St. Luke's Day. The Prisoner was taken at Kensington , and carried before Sir Edw Hill , where the Mare was brought, and he own'd it to be the same which he stole, but I did not hear him mention the Place from whence he took her.
William Fearon . I took the Mare to Weston's House, and he put her into a Stable whilst I drank a Mug of Beer with some Neighbours; the Prisoner came in and threw himself into my Company. I gave him some Beer, Bread and Cheese to get rid of him, and while I was drinking with my Friends he took an Opportunity to steal the Mare. The Prisoner was afterwards taken with the Mare, and I am sure she is the same that Weston put into his Stable while I was drinking. When the Prisoner was secured, he begg'd my Pardon, and said he was sorry he took the Mare. He likewise confess'd the Fact before the Justice.
Jonathan Weston . Mr. Fearon came on the 15th of last Month to my House, the Queen's-Head, on Bushy-Heath , and deliver'd the Mare into my Hands; he desired me to take Care of her, for she was at to slipt her Bridle; so I shut her in secure, and in the mean Time the Prisoner came in, and said he was a Deserter, and if any Body would carry him to his Colonel, there would be 20 s. Reward for them. In a little Time, I saw the Prisoner in the Stable, and turn'd him out, and about an Hour afterwards, I went to fetch Fearon his Mare, but she was gone. The next Day as I was going to Smithfield, to enquire after her, a Man came to me, and said he had got both Man and Mare. The Prisoner was brought back, and own'd that he took the Mare out of the Stable, but in Excuse said, he design'd to ride to his Colonel, and send her Home again.
Nicholas Kemston . On the 15th of Dec. about Five in the Morning, the Prisoner came on the Back of the Mare to the Swan, at Kensington-Gravel-Pits , and desired me to put her into the Stable, and give her some Corn and Hay; I told him we had no Stable, but there was a Shed with a Table in it, and he might draw the Table out, and the Mare might eat there; he call'd me out and gave me his Garter to te to her Bridle, for he said she was apt to slip it, and get loose. I suspected he did not come honestly by her, so I and the next Witness agreed to stop him, and we would have had him rode back again, but he would not.
John Whittle . This Kemston told me of this Affair, and I had a Suspicion that the Prisoner stole her; he said he came from Enfield-Common , and was going to Hammersmith to his Master, but he could not tell his Name; I then desir'd him to let me ride behind him a little Way; he refus'd, and said the Mare was lent to him by Farmer Fearon .
Prisoner. This Man ( Fearon ) did say I might have the Mare to ride to my Colonels, and get my Discharge; I never offer'd her to Sale, but design'd to send her back again. Guilty Death .
11. John Catt , was indicted for that at a Delivery of the Goal, &c. for the County of Sussex , held at East-Grinstead , on Monday the 14th of March, in the 10th Year of his Majesty's Reign, before Sir William Thompson , Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer , and Richard Commyns , Serjeant at Law, &c. appointed to deliver the said Goal; he the said Catt, was according to due Course of Law, indicted, for that he with divers other dissolute and disorderly Persons unknown, to the Number of 20 Persons and upwards, after the 24th of June, 1736, to wit, on the 27th of February, in the 10th Year of his Majesty's Reign, at a Place call'd the Great Groine , near the Sea Coast, in the said CountySt. Botolph Bishop's-gate , before the Expiration of the said Term, was at large; against the Peace, &c .
The Council for the King having open'd the Indictment, and the Nature of the Evidence, the Witnesses were call'd:
- Jones . This is a Copy of the Record of Catt's Conviction, I have examined it, and it is a true Copy.
It was read.
Sussex to wit. '' Be it remember'd, that at a '' Sessions of our Lord the King, held at East-Grinstead , '' on Monday the 14th of March, in '' the 10th Year of the Reign, &c. before '' Sir William Thompson , Knt. &c. directed to enquire '' the Truth by good and lawful Men, &c. '' of all Treasons, Mis-prisons of Treason, &c. '' John Catt being brought to the Bar in his proper '' Person, &c. and being asked in what Manner '' he would be tried, put himself on his Country, '' therefore let a Jury, &c. come before our '' Lord the King, &c. and enquire whether he '' be guilty or not, &c. and the Jury being call'd '' say on Oath, that the said John Catt is guilty '' in Manner and Form, &c. and the said Catt '' being asked why the Court should not proceed '' to give Judgment against him, faith nothing '' more than he said before, therefore it is consider'd, '' &c. that he should be Transported to '' some of his Majesty's Plantations in America, '' there to remain for the Space of 7 Years, &c.
Councel. Look at the Prisoner, and tell us whether you remember his being in Goal in Sussex .
Cooper. He is the very Man that was try'd and order'd to be Transported, to the best of my Knowledge.
Councel. Are you an Assistant to the Goal-Keeper?
Cooper. I assist at the Assizes, and always am in the Bar with the Prisoners.
Councel. Do you know the Prisoner?
Magier. I remember his Face; he was one of the Crew that I carried to Virginia in the Year 1737, in the Forward Galley.
Councel. Where did you Land him?
Magier. At South Potomock in Virginia, - I had him from the Keeper of the Goal; and I took him in the River of Thames, and delivered him into Mr. Forward's Attorney's Hands at Virginia .
Councel. Where did you see him first?
Quaif. In Surry , the 20th of September last. I followed him from St. Margaret's Hill into Bishopsgate-Street , I had a Lord Chief Justice's Warrant against him, and took him in the George and Catherine Wheel Yard.
Prisoner. I never received Sentence of Transportation, and there were two others at the same Time that never did. Guilty Death .
13. Margaret Evans , was indicted for stealing two Linnen Shifts, val. 20 s. two Handkerchiefs, val. 6 s. an Apron, val. 12 d. the Goods of Mary Hawes , and other Things the Goods of several Persons in the House of Francis Godfrey , Dec. 30 . Guilty 39 s.
15, 16. * Mary Young , alias Jenny Diver , and Elizabeth Davis , alias Catherine the Wife of Henry Huggins , were indicted for assaulting Judith Gardner , on the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her 12 s. in Money , the Money of the said Judith , in the Parish of St. Mary Woolchurch , Jan. 17 .
Judith Gardner . Last Saturday Night, between 6 and 7 o'Clock, I was coming out of Sherbourne-Lane , and had 13 s. and an Half-penny in my Pocket; the last House I came from was the Black-Bull Alehouse. There were some Boards laid over a wet Place at the Corner of the Mansion House , and a Man laid hold of my Arm, and said he would help me over the Boards; I said if I wanted any Assistance, I could give the Man a Half-penny; notwithstanding that, he held my Arm up a great
Prisoner. Did you see any Money in either of our Hands?
Gardner. No, but Young had her Hand clenched in my Pocket , and I said, Hussey you have got my Money, upon which she struck me such a Blow, that I was obliged to quit her Hand; I should not have lost my Money if I could have kept her Hand.
The Prisoner Young offer'd me, at the Butcher's Shop in Bearbinder-Lane , a Guinea and a gold Ring, if I would put up with this and let her go; she offer'd to leave it with Mrs. Jefferies the Mistress of the Shop. I had her near an Hour in Custody before I could get an Officer. - The other Woman Davis on the Man's escaping was secured by the Coal Heaver. I found Young's Hand in my Pocket, but she gave me the Blow before she left my Pocket .
Prisoner. Was you in Fear?
Gardner. Yes, to be sure I was, I was in Danger of my Life; the Man kept me close up to the Boards, and the Woman came before me immediately.
Young . How long was it between your losing your Money, and your laying hold of me?
Gardner . I never left her 'till Mr. Day the Green-Grocer came to my Assistance.
Young . Where did you lay hold of me?
Gardner. Just at the Corner of Walbrook; - I had not set my Foot on the Planks , but I was as near to them as could be.
Gardner. I never laid hold of you, but I saw you pull the Man away. Mr. Day laid hold of the Woman in the red Cloak (Young) and the Mob help'd to bring the other into Bearbinder-Lane.
Prisoner. Was you in any Fear when your Money was taken away?
Gardner. Yes; I was afraid I should get a Mischief by them, I was afraid of my Life. I had her Hand in my Pocket some Time after the Man left me, and the moment I cry'd out, he ran away. It was my right Arm which the Man held, and my Pocket I commonly wear under my Gown on the right Side, so I clapp'd my left Hand which was at Liberty, under my Apron, into my Pocket in this Manner [Here the Witness shewed the Manner in which she seiz'd Young's Hand in her Pocket] and seized her Hand clench'd in the Bottom of my Pocket. The Man when he took hold of me, said, I will help you over Child, for if you should slip into the Water, you will be worse off: immediately Young's Hand was in my Pocket, and I said, this Woman has got all that I have in the World. I quitted her Hand in my Pocket to get hold of her Cloak, and to prevent her doing me further mischief.
Samuel How . Last Saturday Night, I was going to see my Sister and her Child Home, and just as we came to the Mansion House, the poor Woman cry'd out, Lord, I am ruin'd! I am ruin'd! I left my Sister, and laid hold of the Man, and this Woman said, this Man has ruin'd me: I held him about a Minute and a half, and these two Women (the Prisoners) came to me, and got hold of me: - Those are the Women at the Bar, I will take my Affidavit of it, they were both upon me at once, and if it had not been for them, I should have held him. I saw them both near the Prosecutrix, before she cried out.
Davis. How far was it from the Place where the Man got away, to the Place that he laid hold of me?
How. While the Man and I were struggling, and they were upon me, away run the Man; I pursued him, and they ran after me, and then I laid hold of that Woman in the white Cloak (Davis) but she had a red Cloak on then; - I would not tell a Lie if I knew it.
Mr. Day. I was sitting in my back Room, and a great many People were running by to Bearbinder-Lane, and just against the Butcher's Shop, this Man had hold of the Woman with the white Cloak (Davis.) The Prosecutrix said that Woman (Young) had pick'd her Pocket of 12 Shillings, she had not a Hat on then, but one under her Cloak I was resolv'd to see the Upshot of this, so I held her, and desired Mr. Jefferies to get an
Young . Was the Man at the Butcher's Shop by?
Day . Yes; the Woman said, that is the Woman that pick'd my Pocket, and I said I would not let you go 'till it was set to Rights; - You took a Black Hat out of your Cloak, and put it on.
Mary How . My Brother was going Home with me and my Child, and just at the End of the Pales at Stocks-Market, I heard the Woman cry out, the Man had held her, while the Woman robb'd her; my Brother then laid hold of the Man's Collar , and the two Prisoners slew at him, with both their Hands in his Face; I heard them say, the Man was a good House-keeper, and they knew him well. I laid hold of Davis's Cloak, and she desired me not to use her ill. The Woman that cry'd out, was by the two Prisoners, but I really can't say whether she had hold of Young's Cloak.
C. Was the Woman that complain'd she was robb'd, following the Man?
Mrs. How . Yes, directly down the Lane, they all went down by the Side of the Boards together; I put my Child into the China-Shop and followed them.
John Howard . I keep a Hatter's-Shop, in Lothbury , under the Church. Last Saturday Night about 7 o'Clock, I had been at a Wine-Vault in Bearbinder-Lane , for a Hat to dress, and coming down the Lane back again, I heard a great Noise, the People cry'd, Stop him! Stop him! just by the Mansion-House . Coming nearer to the Place, I saw two Women, one nearer, the other farther off, one seem'd to be in the Croud, and they said, this is one of the Women. They were both taken up, and somebody cry'd, he has pick'd my Pocket; I was surpriz'd, for these Women to my thinking, were going soberly along. The first Woman (I can't say which it was) had a white Cloak under her Scarlet one; I believe it was that Woman that stands there (Davis.) They were going before a Justice, and I went down Bishop's-gate-street with them to a Square there, - I thought it a strange Thing that the Woman should cry stop him; so I ran down T hrogmorton-street with them, but my Cough coming, I could not keep even with them, but I founded them all the Way, 'till they came hither; and while I stood here in the Yard, I heard a Man say, I am sure I could never say who pick'd her Pocket, but I catched hold of the Man's Collar, and he got away. I was close by the Mansion-House when I heard the Words Stop him! - I was coming down Bearbinder-Lane , and turning the Corner, there was a great Mob; - I had been to Salter's-Hall.
Jury. We desire he may be ask'd, who these Wine-Vaults belong to?
Howard . I was order'd to go there, - it is a Wine-Vault just through Salter's-Hall. I can't tell the Name. I went to one of the Servants, who had left Word at my Shop for me to come to him.
Jury. What is his Name?
Howard. I can't tell, - if I go to a Wine Vault, I ask for the Servant that ordered me to carry the Hat.
Jury. Is it a Wholesale or Retale Cellar?
Howard. I don't know; there are a great many Hundred Pipes in the Cellar.
C. Is it customary to dress Hats for People whose Names you do not know?
Howard. Yes; I carry them Home, and sometimes I am paid, and sometimes not; if I carry a Hat to a Tavern, I say it is for one of the Drawers, and they enquire about the House for the Owner. I did not hear Women mention'd, but the Woman cry'd Stop him, he has robb'd me; and when I saw the Croud altogether, that Davis was a matter of 20 Yards from the Croud.
C. Were they not held by any Body?
Howard . I believe it was that Gentlewoman (Young) in the Croud, but I can't say any Body held her. I have seen Davis before: - I know her no farther than her passing by my Shop two or three Times, but if I was to meet her in the Street again, I don't know her, - I could not swear to her.
Prosecutrix. I never saw this Man all the Time.
Mr. Day. I know the Man very well, and should have seen him if he had been there.
John Michena . I had been to Mr. Siddal's, on London-Bridge, and coming back about 7 at Night, there was a Mob, and I went to see what was the Matter; I heard a Woman cry out, the Lord have Mercy on me, the Rogue has pick'd my Pocket; and nothing said about Women; - no one had hold of the Man, neither Man nor Woman. There was a Man, and likewise 2 Women coming along, and another Woman after them, and there was no Body laid hold of, that I saw, for I did not stop, but went directly Home.
Ann Jones . I know Mrs. Davis very well; she is a Mantua-maker , and lives near me, by Bethlem-Wall, through Great-Moregate . She call'd me between 3 or 4 in the Afternoon, to go with her to the Black-Boy, in Deadman's-Place, and coming back by Stocks-Market, there was fighting and noise, I was frighten'd, and lost her in the Croud; - they said, they had laid hold of a Woman, but I did not see her; I heard a Woman say she had lost her Money, and spoke something of a Man,
Elizabeth Broadwater . I know nothing of this Affair , but the Gentlewoman (Davis) has lodg'd in my House about eight or nine Months; she is a Mantua-Maker ; she behav'd very well to me, and paid for every Thing . I keep a Cook's-shop, almost the very next Door to Mr. Wright's, the Baker's, at London-Wall, by Great-Moregate .
Jury. I am afraid you are near Stocks-Market, very often.
Broadwater . No; I am not, - I live with my Father, and my Father lives with me.
Lydia Walker . I live in the Walk which leads from Holy-Well Mount , to Hoxton, and take in Quilting . Mrs. Young I have known better than a Year; she rents a Room in my House at 2 s. a Week, and takes in Plain-work. I have seen her receive Money, and never saw nothing but what was modest and well behaved.
Amelia Harwood . I have known Mrs. Young about 3 Quarters of a Year; Mrs Walker desired me to help her to some Plain-work, and a very good Workwoman she is; she has worked for a great many good House-keepers that I know, and they liked her extraordinary well. I met her in Whitechapel. and desired her to go with me to the Rose, at Holborn-Bridge, so, just as we came by the China-Shop , the Corner of the Market, there was a Croud , - it was about 6 o'Clock, and Mrs. Young said, somebody is beating his Wife, and she would go to see what was the Matter. We went up a Passage, and the Woman laid hold of her, and said, you are one of the Women that help'd to rob me: presently another Woman was taken, and I was afraid they would lay hold of me.
C. Where was it that the Woman laid hold of Young?
Harwood. I was in so much Surprize, that I could not take Notice.
Jones . No; I did not meet that Woman in the red Cloak (Young) all the way. Both Guilty . Death
17. Elizabeth Jones , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling House of John Brown , ( Deborah Damaris being then therein) and stealing a Laced Cap, value 5 s. a Cambrick Handkerchief, value 6 d. a Muslin Apron, value 12 d. a laced Handkerchief, value 2 s. and a Callamanco quilted Petticoat, value 5 s. the Goods of John Brown , January 3 , Guilty Felony only 4 s. 10 d.
18, 19, 20 Elizabeth Fox , Priscilla Mahon , alias Trilcourt , and John Elvar , of St. Martin in the Fields , were indicted for that they on the 23d of October last, in the dwelling-House of a Person unknown, on William Layton , in the Peace, &c. did make an Assault, and him in Fear, &c. did put, and 5 Portugal Pieces, val. 9 l and 1 Portugal Piece, val. 18 s. the Money of the said William Layton , from the Person, against the Will of the said William, did steal, &c .
William Layton . As I was going down the Hay-market, the 23d of October, between 7 and 8 o'Clock, the Prisoner Fox came up to me; I said Mistress it is a very cold Night, and she said a Dram wou'd do very well, and if I would go with her we might have a Dram of very good Rum just by; I told her I did not care, if I could get a Dram of that which was good, but I belived it would come to neither of our Shares. I went with her to this House , and Mabon followed us in, and when we had drank 3 Quarterns, I would have come out, and was got to the Door for that Purpose , but Fox and Mabon siezed me, and broke a little Stick which I had in my Hand ; they struck and punched me, and made my Cheeks bleed; - the Blood is now to be seen on my Coat: I asked the Man who went for Landlord, what was the Meaning of all this; for they had almost got the Money out of my Pocket, and I said I would send them to the Round-house; upon that the Landlord curs'd them and seemed to take my Part, and desired me to come in and set by the Fire. I went in and staid some Time and there was nobody there but the Landlord, and one that went for Mistress, and the Prisoner Elvar . While I was talking with the Landlord, Richardson the Accomplice came in and call'd for Punch, and they went into another Room and would give me some Liquor; the Landlord set his Back against the Wall and poured out a Glass of red Stuff; I said I had no Money, and would not drink it, and thought somebody would come in, that I might get away; but he swore I should drink it; I ask'd him what it was. O! (says he,) it is Bitters and very wholsome. We sat talking some Time, seemingly very good natur'd, and I said, is it not Time that the Watchman should come about? for I thought to get to the Door when the Watch came by; but he said, No, No, it is not so late as you think. I began to be very uneasy, and in a little Time after they gave me another Glass, and were vastly desirous that I should drink it, but I said I had rather have a Glass of plain Gin; however I drank a little, and they insisted that I should drink it up, but I swore I would not; and as I was getting up to go away, the 3 Prisoners, Richardson and a Man that I never saw before, all rushed into the Room upon me; Richardson held my two Arms and clapp'd his Knee on my Back; - It was done in a Moment; Elvar came before me and clapp'd his right Hand on my Throat, and his Left to my Mouth - his Hand was very cold; at the same Time the two Women came up to me, one on my right Side, and the other on my Left; they put aside my Cloaths and took out of my right Hand Pocket,
Mabon . Ask him whether the Men or the Women pick'd his Pocket?
Layton. Elvar was the first that laid hold of me, and I am sure the Women rifled me; I had five of them on me at a Time.
Elvar . Was it the Man who passed for Landlord that put his Hand to your Throat, or me?
Layton. Elvar put his Hand on me and very cold it was.
Elvar . Who put his Knee on your Back?
Layton . I take it to be Richardson .
Mabon . Ask him who broke his Stick?
Layton . The 2 Women did, as I was going away.
Tho Richardson . On the 23d of October about half an Hour past Ten at Night, as I was going down the Hay-Market, I met Elvar knocking at the Street Door, the corner of Coventry-Court , with a white Tea Cup in his Hand; he told me my Betty, (whom I believe is my Wife) Priscilla Mahon and John Mabon were within Doors.
Mabon . This is the Man that the Prosecutor says held him back.
Richardson . When I went in, Elvar told me they were in the Back Room; I went in to them, and they told me that while the old Man ( Layton ) was busie with the Women, one of them had pick'd his Pocket, and he catch'd them at it, and took the Money from them directly. They told me they had given him a Potion of Liquid Laudanum to make him quiet; the Women told me this first in the Back-Room, and when I went into the Fore-Room, Elvar told me the same, and that they were so much in a Hurry that the first Draught had no Effect, but that Cup which I met him with at the Door was a second Potion for him. I saw the old Man was in a Hurry to go away, and then John Mabon and Elvar told the Women in the Back-Room he would go, and said they (the Women) must pick a Quarrel with him, and they would come out to assist them: Accordingly the two Men ran out of the Back-Room first, the two Women followed and siezed the Countryman as he sat in his Chair. The Prisoner Elvar laid hold of him by the Throat, and stopp'd his Mouth with his Coat Sleeve, because he should not make a Noise in the House, and John Mabon bent him backwards; then Priscilla Mabon open'd his Buckskin Breeches and took Money in a Canvass Bag, out of his right Hand Pocket. When this was done, they made the best of their Way into the Court, and on Mr. Layton's crying out, Murder! Stop Thief! the two Women were taken by the Watch, and carried to the Round house.
Mabon . Ask him on his Oath, whether he was not the Man that put his Knee against Layton's Back?
Richardson. I was not in the Room then, but on the Threshold of the Door with the Door in my Hand.
Mabon . What Time of Night was it?
Richardson. I believe it was a little after Eleven when the Thing was done; - they made a Noise and sung the Countryman some Songs, that he might not hear the Watch pass by.
Elvar. Did I ever give him any Liquor?
Richardson. Elvar fill'd the second Glass, and it turn'd the Liquor brown.
Elvar. I desire the Prosecutor may be asked whether I was out of the Room?
Layton. Yes, I believe he was out once, if not twice.
Elvar . Did not we drink of the same Liquor as you?
Layton . No, they did not drink of the red Liquor; the Landlord touch'd it with his Lips, and fill'd the Glass up to me again. It swell'd me up very much, but it pleased God I cast it up in the Watch-House.
Tho . Williams. I was Watchman at that Time in St. Martin's Parish, and just after I had called the Hour of Eleven, this Layton cryed, Stop Thief! in the Hay Market , and was running after the two Women; I stopp'd Fox, but the other ran down the Street and Layton after her; I deliver'd Fox to my Partner who came to my Assistance, and then went after Mabon and brought her to the Watch-House. The Prosecutor said there were 3 Men concerned, one of them he described to be a short well set Man, another a little Man in a light Wig and a light Coat, and the other a tall Man in a brown Coat. By this Description we went to the House and took Elvar ; we knocked at the Back Door and it was open'd, and we found him in the House; - the House has no Landlord in it long, for the People are here to Day, and gone To-Morrow.
Salathiel Gardiner . I am a Watchman: On the 23d of October, about half an Hour after 11 at Night, I heard the Countryman cry, Stop Thief! and at the End of Oxendon-Street, he took hold of the little Woman; she was running away at the same Time, and Mabon was with her.
Mabon . I drank a Share of three Quarterns of Brandy with the Prosecutor; and then he left our Company, and went into the Fore Room, where he quarrell'd with the Landlord; I can't tell what was the Reason of the Quarrel, but he cry'd, Murder! and the Woman of the House said to us, Girls, run away, for the Watch will take you. No Watchman took me, but Mr. Layton himself.
Fox. The Men were quarrelling, and the Woman of the House bid us run away, for the Watch would charge us. Ask the Prosecutor, how he could see the Person that robb'd him, being held in that Manner?
Layton. I could, and did see them; Richardson pinion'd me back, and the little Woman, (Fox) came to my Right Hand Pocket, and took my Money.
Mahon . Two People could not pick his Pocket at once.
Layton. I believe the Little One took my Money; but they were both at my Pocket together.
Elvar. I was in the House, and saw them quarrelling; but as to Money, I never saw any, nor ever was near the Prosecutor to lay Hands on him, during the Time he was in the House. When the Quarrel began, I was at one Door, and the People ran out at the other, and Layton pursu'd them.
- Burnet . I have known her Three Years, and never heard a bad Character of her in my Life.
Susan Jones . I have known Elvar six Years, and he never wrong'd Man , Woman, or Child, in his Life. When the Accomplice was taken up, I went to see him in the Gatehouse, and he told me Elvar was Innocent , and he could, and would clear him. I keep a public Shop and a House of Lodgings, and always took him to bear a good Character.
Mary Pill . I lodged over-against his Mother she kept a Shop for a great many Years, and brought her Children up in a very handsome Manner. The Prisoner had a Fit of Illness, and being Poor, was oblig'd to take up with this Place, till he could get another.
Elvar. Richardson has another Wife living now.
Richardson . I was married to this Woman, (Fox) at the Fleet: I was drunk, and paid the Parson 2 s. but I have another Wife living, and my Daughter is in Court.
All Guilty . Death .
24, 25. * George Stacey and Matth.ias Dennison , of St. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted (with Arthur O Hara and Thomas Cullin , not taken) for assaulting Benjamin Parish on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a silver Watch, a Pair of Cloth Breeches, a Pair of silver Knee Buckles, a Hat, a Holland Shirt, and 18 s. in Money, the Goods and Money of the said Parish , Oct. 8 .
* Stacey was convicted of Felony last Sessions, by the Name of Lacey, and ordered to be whipp'd. See Sessions Book, No. 1. p. 18.
At the Prisoner's Desire, the Witnesses were examin'd a-part.
Benjamin Parish. I am a Gingerbread-Baker and Confectioner in Oxfordshire , and came to Town the 18th of October last, in order to buy some Grocery . I had a Brother-in-Law in Town, whom I had not seen for 6 Years, and my Wife desired me to enquire after him; I was directed to enquire for him at one Thomas Fulman 's , a Journeyman Carpenter , in Windsor-Court , Drury-Lane . I accordingly went thither, and the Woman of the House happened to be a Country-Woman of mine; - it is a private House; we drank a Tankard of Beer together, and Fulman desired me to stay all Night, least any ill Consequence might attend my going, for it was past Eleven of the Clock. I thought it was impossible I should be robb'd in the Street, and I went out of the House designing to go to my Inn; but when I got to the Corner of the Court, I was obliged to go close by Keogh's House; immediately twoCatherine Lineham , and the two Prisoners, Dennison and Stacey ; they pulled me down on my Back, and the Woman that was executed, by the Assistance of Stacey and another, tore open my Breeches Pocket, and took out my Gold, to the Value of 23 Guineas, in Guineas and Portugal Pieces, and likewise my Watch. After this they brought in Cherry-Brandy in Pint Mugs, and swore if I did not drink, they would stab me or cut my Throat. I was forced to drink till they thought I had lost my Senses, and then they carried me out of that Room into another, and laid me on a Bed. When they found I began to slumber, they jostled me, and made me drink again. I had a Pair of Spurs which appeared like Silver, and Stacey took one of them off, but put it on again. I made a great Noise for my Money and my Watch; upon which Stacey, some how or other, slipped my Watch into my Great Coat Pocket, and bid me search myself, for I had lost nothing; accordingly I put my Hand in my Pocket, and felt some Money, which I hop'd was my Gold, but I dar'd not pull it out, for fear they should get that from me.
* See Sessions-Book, 1740, No. 8. p. 271.
Councel. In what Pocket was your Watch, when you went into the House?
Parish . I am positive it was in my Fob, and he put it into my great Coat Pocket. - There were a great many People in the House, that did not come into the Room where I was.
Councel. What did they do to you after this?
Parish . They forced me out of Doors, pretending to carry me to my Inn, and led me into Long-Acre , where Stacey kick'd up my Heels, and Dennison held me, while he rifled me; I could see several People by me at the same Time. He took a pair of Breeches, and a pair of silver Knee-buckles, which were ty'd up in a Bundle, a Holland Shirt, my Watch , with the rest of my Money, and my Hat; I lost my Wig, but I can't charge them with that. After this they left me, and I roll'd into Drury-Lane, where I fell asleep. I am positive the Prisoners are the Men, for I saw them very plain when they forced me out of Doors, and they led me into the Street, one on one Side, the other on the other, and never quitted me till they had robb'd me.
Dennison . Did you see me in the House before you had drank the Brandy?
Parish . Yes, he sat facing the Door when I came in, and I saw him afterwards, for the Watch convey'd me to the Cart and Horse in Broad St. Giles's, and he and Stacey came to me there. Dennison talked Irish with the Landlord, and told me, it I sat there a Fortnight it should cost me nothing.
Councel . How long did you stay there?
Parish . I staid till Day-light, and the Ostler of my Inn came and took me away. The Prisoners brought a Violin, and we were very merry, for I was in Liquor, and had no Thoughts of my Misfortune. Sometime afterwards, I not knowing how to proceed, a Fellow, one Baker, offer'd me his Assistance as an Attorney, and got a Bill of Indictment drawn according to his own Way of Thinking; I paid him 2 s. for it, and he has dropp'd me, and keeps the Indictment. If I was to see him here I should know him. I have met with just such another Affair, one Lloyd offer'd himself as an Attorney, he would have made Dennison an Evidence, and would not let me see the Justice upon any Account .
Councel. When had you the first Information of the Parties concern'd in this Street Robbery?
Parish . I had an Information from the Justice, that one of them had made himself an Evidence; I was in the Country, and was very sorry when I received the Letter, to be taken from my Business.
Councel . Did you know one Keogh ?
Macdonnel. Yes, he lived in Holford's-Alley , the Corner of Windsor Court .
Councel . Do you remember any Thing of one Parish's coming to Keogh's?
Macdonnel. Yes, on the 8th of October, about 12 at Night, I was a Bed, and hearing Murder cry'd, I got up, and came down Stairs , and saw the Prosecutor on his Back ; there were Catherine lineham, Stanton , Margaret Massey , Kate Butler , and the Prisoner Stacey, all upon him. He was lying on the Broad of his Back on the Ground, in one Corner of the Room; and Arthur O' Hara held him while Stanton that was hanged, tore open his Pocket, and took his Gold and his Watch. The Gentleman made a great Noise, and said, he was robb'd; upon that, Keogh lock'd the Street Door, and Back Door, and made Signs to Stacey to give him his Watch again; accordingly he came close by the Prosecutor, and I saw him put the Watch into his great Coat Pocket . After this, they brought in Cherry Brandy in Pints, and made him drink it by Glasses till he was Drunk; then they kept him in till 2 o'Clock, and after that, Stacey, Dennison , O 'Hara, William Shields , Thomas Cullin , and I went out with him; Stacey and
Councel . Was it divided?
Macdonnel . No, there was another Robbery committed in the House, and Keogh is run away with the Money.
Councel . When did you make an Information of this?
Stacey. Ask him whether he was not in Custody before the Bill was found against Stanton ?
Macdonnel . I was taken the very Day she was found Guilty, or the Day after, I can't tell which.
Stacey. I have no Defence to make but to plead my own Innocence, and I shall call Witnesses to prove it.
- Lyon . I am a Sawyer - .
A Gentleman . He keeps a Lodging-House in St. Giles's.
Lyon . The Evidence was taken for rescuing Margaret Massey , and afterwards charged for rescuing Margaret Newel from the Constable; I ask'd him before the Justice, whether he knew any Thing of the Robbery at Keogh's , but he said he knew nothing at all of it.
Mrs. Fulman . I live in Windsor-Court, Drury-Lane. Mr. Parish came' to my House the Night he was robb'd - I have a young Woman that lodges in my House, and he had picked her up: I found he was my Country-Man, and advised him to stay with me all Night. and he would have staid, but the young Woman did not like him, and would not be with him; so he went away about 11 or 12 at Night. On the Friday following he came again, and said he had been robbed of all his Money, by Two Women at the Corner House. He staid with me till he had taken the Woman that was executed, and he had no Money afterwards but what I lent him. While he was at my House, one Mary Riley , who lives in the same Court, came to him, and said, she did not know but she could help him to his Money, but she put him off from Time to Time, and at last brought the Prisoner Stacey; and Parish said, he would give them Five Guineas a-piece to help him to his Money.
Mr. Parish. This is the honest Attorney that assisted me.
Baker . I served my Clerkship with Sir Samuel Hartshorne , of Northampton . While I was attending on Mr. Parish in October Sessions, in order to prosecute Margaret Stanton , we were at a Public House together, and Stacey came in to us several Times, and the Prosecutor had no Pretension to the Knowledge of him, or said any Thing of the Robbery. I have the more Reason to believe so, because while we were there, a Woman passed by, and he said, Mr. Baker , I verily believe that Woman to be Catherine Butler , one of the Women that robbed me, and I have a great Mind to take her up this Minute; I advised him not to do so, for (said I) it may be she is come to treat with you, and pay you back Part of your Money.
The Court severely reprimanded Baker for his Conduct in this Affair.
Margaret Richards . I live at the Red-Bull in Vine-Street , Bloomsbury, and have been acquainted with Dennison almost Twelve Months. On the 8th of October, he and one Rowland Kendal , sat down to play at Cards at our House; they began between 6 and 7 o'Clock, and left off playing just at Two in the Morning, I was backwards and forwards, and can be sure the Prisoner was there till two o'Clock.
Councel. How can you be so exact as to the Hour?
Richards. Because my Master came in at Ten o'Clock, and desired me to bid the People leave off.
Rowland Kendal . I am an Old-Cloaths-Man, and keep a small Shop. I have known Dennison between 5 and 6 Years; his Business is selling Cloth. On the 8th of October I play'd at Cribbidge with him at the Red-Bull in Vine-street , from half an Hour past 6, to almost 2 in the Morning, and then my Wife came for me, and said, if I did not come Home, I should stay out all Night. The Landlord took away the Cards, and I went up Stairs with Dennison , and saw him undress himself, in Order to go to Bed.
Mary Kendal . I went for my Husband to the Red Bull, at Ten o'Clock on the 8th of October, and found him playing at Cards with Dennison ; I went again at Twelve, and at One o'Clock, and they were together; and when the Landlord took the Cards away, my Husband went up Stairs to see Dennison to Bed, and then we went Home ogether . I should not have remembered this, but it happened on my Child's Birthday.
John Whittaker . I have known Dennison Ten Years; he listed in the Earl of Albermarle's Company , and continued in it about five Years, and did his Duty as a Soldier; but for the last Five Years, I have known nothing of him.
William Fenn . I keep a Public House in Windmill-Street , and have known him Ten Years; he was a Soldier in the 2d Regiment of Guards; I have bought Cloth of him, and never heard any thing laid to his Charge.
Ann Green . I have known Dennison 5 Years, he lived within three Doors of me in Vine-Street , Bloomsbury . I keep a Chandler's Shop, and he used to be my Customer. - I never saw any Harm by him in my Life.
Both Guilty . Death .
26. George Stacey and Matthias Dennison , a second Time, and Catherine Lineham , of St. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted (with Arthur O Hara , Thomas Cullin, William Shields , James Gough , Redman Keogh, Catherine Butler , and Margaret Mossey , not taken) for assaulting Benjamin Parish , in the House of Redman Keogh , putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him 3 Portugal Pieces, value 7 l. 4 s. one Moidore, and fourteen Guineas, the Money of the said Parish . Oct. 8 .
Benjamin Parish . On the 8th of October, between 11 and 12 at Night, I was coming from Fulman's in Windsor-Court , and was forced into the House of Redman Keogh, by George Stacey , Mr. Keogh, Kate Butler , and Ruggaty Madge , who was executed.
Parish. Yes, I am positive she was, for she held me while Stanton tore down my Pocket, and took my Money. I lost the Value of three and twenty Guineas in Gold, out of my Breeches Pocket, and I cry'd, Murder! Robbery! at the same Time. After this they brought in Cherry-Brandy in Pint Mugs, and swore they would kill me, if I did not drink it.
Councel. Who were the Persons concerned in robbing you?
Councel. Are you sure that Lineham was there and assisted in robbing you?
Parish . Yes; I am very well satisfied of it.
Councel. Did you observe that she was there before you had drank the Brandy?
Parish . Yes, I'm sure I did.
Lineham . Was I in the House when he came in, or did he go in with me?
Parish. She was in the House when they forced me in.
Lineham . I have been a great while in Goal, why did not he come and see whether I was one of the Persons that robb'd him?
Parish . A very good Reason. - I was 60 Miles from London
Councel. Was you ever with her at this House?
Macdonnel . Yes, I used to see her there almost every Night.
Councel. Was you there when Mr. Parish was robbed?
Macdonnel . I was a-bed, and heard a Cry of Murder, so I put on my Coat, and came down Stairs, and saw Mr. Stacey, Dennison, Lineham, and Massey, the Woman I keep Company, all on the Gentleman at once; Stacey kept him down with his Knee , and did what he could to prevent his crying out.
Councel. Did you see any Money taken from him?
Macdonnel . Yes, 20 l. all in Gold, and Keogh said, in two or three Days Time it should be divided among us.
Councel. On your Oath was Lineham there?
Macdonnel . I am sure she was; for she helped to keep him down, while the other robb'd him.
Macdonnel . She and the Woman I kept Company used to bring me Victuals, and tell me they would get People to appear for me, and bring me off.
Lineham . How often did I come to him?
Macdonnel. She came to me twice a Day, till she was taken up for another Robbery, and put into Bridewell.
Lineham I think it is a very hard Case if he knew me to be guilty, that he did not detain me when I went to him in Prison.
Dennison acquitted , Stacey and Lineham , Guilty Death .
29 John Johnson , was indicted for stealing a piece of Board, commonly called a Card, with 2 oz. of Gold Lace, value 6 s. and 2 oz. of Silver Lace, value 4 s. the Goods of Samuel Treenorth , Jan. 10 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
32. John Jones , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Shift, a pair of Linnen Sleeves, a Cambrick Stock, a Copper Chocolate Pot, 5 Gallons of White Wine, and 5 Gallons of Red Wine , the Goods of George Stevens , Jan. 1 . Guilty, 4 s. 10 d.
36. James Robinson , of St. George, Hanover-Square , was indicted for that he on the 4th of Dec . feloniously, willfully , &c. on Mary Terry , an Infant , about the Age of 2 Years, did make an Assault, and with a certain Poker made of Iron, value 1 d. which he had and held in his Right Hand, to and against the said Mary did cast and throw, by which casting, &c. the said Iron Poker on the left Side of the Hea d of the said Mary did strike, &c. giving her then and there one mortal Wound of the Breadth of one Inch, and Depth of 2 Inches, of which she languished, and languishing lived from the said 4th to the 5th of Dec. and then died .
He was a 2d Time charg'd by Vertue of the Coroner's Inquisition for feloniously staying the said Terry
Mary Terry the Deceased's Mother deposed, That the Prisoner and his Wife were quarreling about a Warrant, that he took up the Poker threatning to dash her Brains out, and she to avoid the Blow ran into a Closet; that the Prisoner flung it after her, but it unfortunately struck the Deceased, who was playing by the Fire Side. That the Poker came with so great a Force, that it struck in the Child's Skull, and she languished about 31 Hours and then died.
Richard Williams , gave an Account, that the Deceased was brought to St. George's Hospital, and that he was present when Mr. Wilkey dressed the Wound; that there was a large Wound on the left Side of the Head, a piece of the Skull beat in, and the bigness of a Nutmeg of the Brain forced out. He added, that the Child lived but 31 Hours, and the Wound was the Occasion of her Death.
37. Robert Day , of St. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for breaking and entering the Mansion House of William Ward , between 7 and 11 at Night, and stealing 30 Moidores, and 1 double Moidore and a half, the Money of George Bream ; Sept. 27 .
Mr. Ward. On Sunday the 28th, of Sept. last, I found one of my Chamber Windows in Staples-Inn broke open; and my Desk which stood in the same Room was likewise broke, and upwards of 30 Moidores which I had lock'd up the Night before were taken out. I am positive I made my Chambers and my Desk secure about 8 o'Clock; the Window was fasten'd with a Shutter, and a Pin put through it; but the next Morning between 7 and 8, I found the Shutter cut open. The Prisoner was my Barber's Servant, and I never suspected him 'till his Master came to me, and gave me sufficient Reason to believe that he was the Person who had Robb'd me; then I took him up, and had him examin'd by Mr. Justice De Veil, and he there confessed that he was the Person that robb'd me. The next Day we carry'd his Box to the Justices, and searched it; we found in it nine Moidores, and a
Joseph Gardner . The Night that the Prisoner was taken, I heard him confess at the White-Hart Tavern in Holborn, that he broke open the Chambers, and took the Money. There were 9 Moidores, a double. Moidore and half found in his Trunk, and a Guinea and half in his Pocket.
Acquitted of the Burglary, Guilty of the Felony 39 s.
41. Ann James , was indicted (with Ann Hunt not taken) for assaulting John Woodland on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a silver Watch, value 3 l. and a silver Chain, value 7 s. the Property of the said Woodland , Dec. 16 .
John Woodland On the 16th of Dec. last about half an Hour past 10 at Night, I was coming from the Marshall and Anchor in the Minories, and was going into White-Chapel Market for a Pound of Beef Stakes; coming down about half a dozen Doors from the Corner, I was stopped by that Woman at the Bar, and Ann Hunt who is not taken, one on one Side, the other on the other, on the King's Highway; the first Compliment I had from them was, D - n your B - d you shall go along with us, and upon that, one of them took hold of my right Side, and the other of my left, one pulled me, and the other shov'd me; they shov'd me about 2 or 3 Doors, till I came to Black-Boy-Alley , then Ann Hunt held me while the Prisoner took the Watch out of my Fob. I made what Resistance I could, and jerked one of my Hands out, and catched my Watch in the Prisoner's Hand; the other Woman ran away, but I immediately seized the Prisoner, and never left her till I deliver'd her into the Constable's Hands.
Prisoner. Did not I leave you and the other Woman together in the Alley some Time?
Woodland . No, it was the Prisoner took my Watch, and they were both together.
Francis Allen , Constable. When the Prisoner was brought before me at the Watch-House, she had a Knife in her Hand, and said, the Prosecutor would have given her 6 d. to make Use of it in a very extraordinary Manner in the Alley. As I was carrying her to Newgate, she said, the Prosecutor was a perjur'd little Villain, and she did not steal his Watch, but the other Woman who ran away.
Robert Colbatch . Woodland desired me to go with him before the Lord Mayor, and as we were coming through the Globe Tavern into the Old-Jury, the Prisoner endeavoured to strike him, and made Use of a very immodest Expression, to the same Effect as what the last Witness had mentioned.
Woodland. I never delivered the Knife to her, not ever saw it, till it was in Allen's Hand. I was in my Gown, and the Sleeve was cut through 4 times double.
Prisoner. Was not you in Liquor?
Woodland. No, I was no more in Liquor than I am now
Ann Underhill . I have known the Prisoner ever since she was born; I am something of a Relation to her . - I am her Mother ; and she behaved very honestly, while she lived with me.
Guilty , Felony.
The Prisoner pleaded Guilty to both Indictments.
John Green . On the 10th of January, the Prisoner and another Man came into my Master's Shop, and desired to see some silk Handkerchiefs; I accordingly shewed them several Parcels, and on my seeing the Prisoner fumbling by the Counter, I collar'd him, and these Handkerchiefs dropped from him. They are part of the Goods which I shewed him, and are the Property of my Master, Holden Bouker .
Prisoner. I had been for some Grains for my Master, and met with this other Man, and he desired to go with him, to buy a Handkerchief; I went with him into the Shop, but I asked for nothing, and as soon as I was taken, he ran away.
Green . I am positive they did not drop from the other Man, but him.
William Hill I have known him about seven Years, he followed the Cow Business, and I never heard in my Life.
Another. between Three and Four Years, and of him.
Guilty 4 s 10 d.
John Twyford . On the 17th of December, about 11 at Night, I lost my Gelding out of the Stable , and the next Morning I found him in Paddington Pound. I likewise lost the same Night 18 Geese and 9 Ducks; and as I was on the Road coming to Town, I met a Man, who told me he had seen a Man selling such Fowls as mine in Carnaby Market ; accordingly I went to one Bowton's , a Butcher in the Market, and he shewed me a Duck which he had bought, and I knew it to be mine. The Prisoner Willis was described to me to be one of the Persons concerned, and I took him a-bed at his Lodging; I charged him with robbing me, and he owned that he and Briggs took the Ducks and Geese, and finding them pretty heavy, they took the Gelding out of the Stable, and loaded him with them; but when they came to Tyburn . they turned him loose. I found 12 of my Geese at Willis's House, but all my Ducks were disposed of. He gave me this Halter, and said, it was the Halter which was on the Gelding, when they took him out of the Stable.
Briggs. I did not take the Horse with Intent to steal it; and he has had Twelve of his Geese again.
Thomas Stedman . I went with Mr. Twyford to Willis's House, and found him a-bed; we charged him with taking these Things, and he confessed that he had taken the Fowls, but did not own the stealing the Gelding till Brigg's was taken; after we had secured him, we went after Briggs, and found him a-bed; he confessed every Thing, and did not desire but to be transported, but hoped he should not be hanged. After this we brought them both before Sir Edward Hill, where Willis said, that Briggs fetched the Gelding out of the Stable, and they both came away together.
Willis . I had no Hand in the Horse; - this Man took the Horse.
A Witness. This is the Prisoners Examination, it was read over to them, and I saw them sign it.
It was read.
'' Who severally confess and say, That about '' Twelve o'Clock last Night, they went into the '' Grounds of John Twyford , and drove from an '' adjacent Field and Pond , about 18 Geese and '' nine Ducks , into a Cow-house belonging to the '' said Twyford , where they killed them; and '' wanting a Convenience to bring them to London, '' the said Briggs took an Iron Grey Gelding '' out of the Stable , and loaded the said Gelding '' with the said Geese, and brought him to Tyburn , '' and then turned him adrift ; and that '' they had no Design of offering him to Sale, '' but that they took him for the Conveniency aforesaid .
Willis. I can't say nothing to it.
Briggs. I never was in any Fact before. Both Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
James Prosser . I lost a Sorrel Colt; it was turned out to Grass the 28th of November, in the Parish of Hornsey , and on the Sunday Morning it was missed. About three Weeks afterwards I happened to be at Smithfield Market , and saw the Prisoner on my Horse's Back, offering him to Sale? I asked him how long he had had the Horse: and he said a Month, and that he bought him of one Rose in Tothill street, Westminster; I had him before a Justice, and he pretended to send for Rose, but no such Man was to be found.
Nicholas Whittaker . That very Day I happened to be at the Harts-Horns Inn , and assisted the Prosecutor. The Prisoner said be bought the Horse of one Rose, and sent 2 Men to fetch him, but the Men returned, and could only find his Wife and 3 Children .
Catherine Smith . I have known the Prisoner 14 or 15 Years, he has boarded at my House almost 5 Years, On the 8th of Dec. one Rose came to my House and asked for Quarters for himself and his Horse: The Prisoner was then at Work; and the next Morning Rose agreed to sell him the Horse for 3 pair of Breeches, 3 s. in Money, and two Months keeping for another Horse, which he was to bring in a Fortnight. It was a Sorrel Horse , with a short Main and Tail .
Prosser . When I lost the Horse it had a long Main and Tail, but when I found it, both Mane and Tail were cut as close as could be.
Smith The Prisoner is a Leather Breeches Maker , and paid me a Crown a Week for his Board .
Edward Falconer I have known the Prisoner between 3 and 4 Months, I lodge in the same House , and keep a School; I never heard any Thing against him in my Life. I went into the Stable when this Horse was there, and the Man offer'd him for Sale to me.
48, 49, Margaret Rhodes , alias Butler , and Elizabeth Brown , of St. Martin in the Fields , were indicted for privately stealing 3 Guineas, and one half Guinea, the Money of Joseph Plummer , from his Person , Dec. 25 .
Joseph Plummer . On the 25th of Dec. about 2 o'Clock in the Morning, I went into a House in an Alley in St. Giles's , with the two Prisoners at the Bar. I am positive I had my Money when I went into the House, and was in no other Company, and when I came to look for it about six o'Clock it was gone. When I came out of this House it was 3 o'Clock, and I did not meet any Body that could take it from me, to the best of my Knowledge. I had the Prisoners taken up, and Brown returned 20 s. of my Money back into the Justices Hands .
Rhodes . Ask him how he came into our Company?
Plummer . I went into the House to call for a Pint of Beer, and they forced me into their Company.
Brown . Did you ask us, or we you?
Plummer . They ask'd me to the best of my Knowledge.
Brown . Where did you carry us to?
Plummer . I carry you; - I never was in the House before in my Life.
Brown . Heark'e Master, did you not send for Bread and Cheese, and some Beer? - there was a Man with you, with a Minc'd Pye in his Hand, he gave me the Money to fetch some Bread and Cheese , and when I came back he was gone.
Rhodes . I have nothing to say, but we had some Bread and Cheese, and he went about his Business. I was not near him all the Time, and before Brown came back with the Beer, he went away. Both Acquitted .
The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was acquitted .
51, 52, 53. Elizabeth Ellis , Hannah Harrison , and James Smith , were indicted for stealing 2 Linnen Shirts, with Cambrick Ruffles, value 3 l 2 Linnen Shifts, with Cambrick Ruffles , value 20 s . the Goods of Joseph Browning , a linnen Shirt, value 1 s and a linnen Handkerchief, value 2 d. the Goods of John Ellins , and an Apron value 3 d. the Goods of Hannah Baldwin , in the Dwelling House of John Richards , Dec. 29.
Hannah Baldwin . I am a Washerwoman ; on Monday Night, the 29th of Dec. I brought Home this dirty Linnen, I happen'd to be taken ill, and dropp'd asleep, and the Prisoner Ellis, who used to help me to wash, took that Opportunity and went away with the Linnen. The next Morning as soon as it was light, I missed them, and I went to the Prisoner's Lodging, and the People told me, she had not been at Home all Night, but directed me to find her at Elizabeth Barsoot 's in Shorter-street, Rag Fair ; I accordingly went, but she was not there, however I found her in the opposite House, and she came with me as far as White-Chappel, and then she said, she would go no farther without an Officer, for she knew she should go to Gaol. With some Difficulty I got her before Mr. Justice Fowke , and there she confested that she took the Linnen, and sold it to Barfoot for 11 s. that Barfoot knew they were stolen, and bought them as such. She likewise said, they were sent away from Barfoot's to another House, while she was there. I can say nothing against the other Prisoners Smith and Harrison , but I saw them at Barfoot's when I was there.
John Stone . As for the Prisoner Ellis, I know nothing of her, but on Tuesday the 30th of Dec. Mr. Browning sent for me, and told me, there was a Woman in Custody for buying his Linnen for 11 s. and desired me to go and s ee her. Accordingly I went into Ratcliff Highway, and found Barfoot in Custody; I told her if she would let me have the Goods, I would give her the 11 s. again; at first she would not, but afterwards she said, if you will not whiddle of me, perhaps I may help you to the Goods; then she order'd a Man ,
Harrison. Does he know any Thing of me? - he is a very hard mouth'd Man.
Thomas Revel . I am Headborough in St. George's Middlesex, this Man Stone came to my House, and said he knew where there was a Thief that had robb'd his Master, and insisted on my going with him; he had no Weapons, and I did not chuse so go without, for they were all Russians , so I took a great Poker, and I believe I gave it to Daniel Greenwood the next Witness. We went to Barfoot's House, and took her up; I heard Mr. Stone, Hope, and Barfoot, talk about making the Matter up. There was a Note wrote in my House of 40 l. Damages, if he could find the Goods, that he would not prosecute them; upon that, I told him I would take him into Custody for compounding Felony, and he offered to leave his Watch for his Appearance ; we went to the Watch-house, but at last I let him go Home. Truth is Truth, and I can say no more.
Daniel Greenwood . I got an Officer to take that Woman Ellis, and we carry'd her before Mr. Justice Fowke , where she own'd, that she stole 2 Holland Shirts, 2 Holland Shifts, and 2 plain Shirts, and that Barfoot bought them of her, knowing them to be stolen.
Harrison. I never said any such Words as they mention; my Master called me to the Door, and bid me take 11 s. of that Gentleman, and I did not know what it was for I was but a Servant in the House, and can prove it.
'' The Confession of Catherine Elizabeth Ellis , '' taken before me, &c Dec 10, 1740 Who '' confesseth and faith , that last Night she stole '' out of the Lodging-Room of Hannah Baldwin , '' in the House of John Richards in Skinner Street, '' Brower , while she was asleep, a Pocket, and '' 2 s. 5 d. contained therein, and 2 Holland Shirts, '' 2 Holland Shifts, &c. that the said Linnen, '' one Elizabeth Hope alias Barfoot, of Shorter-street, '' Well Close Square, bought and received of '' this Examinant, well knowing the same to have '' been stolen. &c.
A Witness. I am Vestry Clerk of Shoreditch, and all Skinner Street is in the Liberty of the City of London.
Another. Although Ellis committed the Felony in London, she sold the Goods in Middlesex.
Prisoner Smith. I was a Lodger at Barfoot's , I never saw Stone before in my Life.
Harrison. I never deliver'd these Goods to him. All Acquitted .
54, 55. Richard Lacock , and Sarah Lacock , alias Bartlet , were indicted, Richard Lacock for stealing a silver Tankard, value 4 l. the Property of Henry Gibson , in his Dwelling-House ; and Sarah Lacock for receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen , Dec. 10 .
Henry Gibson . I keep the Elephant and Castle in Fleet-Lane On the 10th of Dec. last, between five and six in the Evening, the Prisoner and one Wilson a Neighbour, came into my House, and called for Beer, and I served it them in this Tankard ; after they had drank three Pints of Beer, it drew near 6 o'Clock, and I had a Birth Night Society to begin, so I persuaded him to stay, for as he came with a Neighbour, he would be very welcome. Accordingly he staid, and sung the Company several Songs, but half an Hour after 11 he went privately away, and the next Morning I missed the Tankard. I heard a very bad Character of the Prisoner, so I took him up on Suspicion, and advertised the Tankard, and it was stopped by Mr. Kay, and brought to me; I am sure it is the same Tankard that he drank out of, for I have not another like it.
Prisoner. Ask him, whether he has no more Tankards that go about the House than this?
Gibson. Yes, but there is only this without a Lid.
Wm Kay . The woman Prisoner brought this Tankard to me on the 11th of Dec. and desired me to buy it, she told me it was the Property of one Norcatt her Husbands Master, I had some Suspicion of its being stolen, and I bid her fetch her Husband. Accordingly he came, and told me the same Story as she had done, and said that his Master was a Plummer and Painter; but he was under Misfortunes, and apprehensive of being arrested; that he was obliged to raise 7 l. and if I would lend him 2 or 3 Guineas on this Tankard, it would make up the Money. I told him it was very proper that I should see his Master ,
Prisoner . Ask him whether it was brought in my Name?
Kay. No, he said he had it from his Master.
Prisoner. Here is a Woman that was at my Lodging when Norcatt brought this Tankard.
Mary Harding . On the 10th of December, I was going to the other End of the Town, and called in Summer street , where the Prisoner lived. The Prisoner's Wife asked me to stay to Breakfast, and while I was there, a pretty tall Man in blue grey Cloaths came up stairs; - this was about 11 o'Clock in the Morning; he had a Tankard without a Lid under his Coat, it was tied up in a speckled Handkerchief; he said he wanted about 40 s. on it, for he was in inlection of being arrested and he delivered it to her, and she went out with it: While she was gone, the Prisoner Richard Laycock came in and asked for his Wife, and the Man told him where he had sent her; in the mean Time she came up and said, the Pawnbroker suspected the Tankard was stolen; upon that, the Prisoner flew in a great Passion with his Wife, for going with it, and gave her a great Blow on the Head. The Man then desired the Prisoner to go and fetch either the Money or Tankard, and accordingly he went, and the very next News that I heard of them was, that they were in Consinement . I believe this was either Wednesday or Thursday, and I am sure it was the 10th of December .
Mr. Kay. This very Woman came to me 3 or 4 Days after Lacock's Commitment, and said he was her Husband, and if she could be of any Service to him in saying any Thing in his Behalf she would; that she had received a Letter from him, and 'till then she knew nothing of the Affair.
Harding . He is not my Husband; I had a lawful Husband, and he died on board the Scarborough Man of War.
Gibson . It was the 10th of December that I lost my Tankard, and I did not miss it till between 11 and 12 at Night.
Jury. Was the Tankard only in the private Room, when Wilson and the Prisoner were alone; or was it carried into the Club Room ?
Gibson . The Tankard was used when the Company were there, but it was at the Prisoner's Table ; - there were three or four Persons at each Table.
Jury. Did you see any Man in the Room, in a blue grey Coat?
Gibson. No, the Prisoner was the only Stranger in the Company; all the rest were Neighbours and creditable House keepers.
Prisoner. I know no more of this, than the Child that is unborn; I had paid my Reckoning, at 6 o'Clock and was coming away, but he entreated me to stay and sing the Company a Song. Richard Lacock , Guilty 39 s. Sarah Acquitted .
Geo Tomkins . On the 19th of December my Wife having Occasion to go out, pull'd off her Watch; and hung it on the Sconce , and the next Day going to look for it it was gone. I advertis'd it the Monday following, and had Information of the Chain from a Pawnbroker, to whom it was offer'd by the Prisoner's Mother. I had the Prisoner taken up on Suspicion of stealing it, and he in Excuse said he found it.
Prisoner. Has he taken Care of his Servants? He took me up on Suspicion of being Confederate with his Servants.
Eliz. Goodman . On the Monday Morning before Christmas Day, the Prisoner's Mother brought me this Chain, and desired me to tell her whether it was Gold or Metal. I saw there had been something torn from it, and ask'd her how she came by it? I likewise told her I should detain it 'till I had seen the Person of whom she had it In a little while the Prisoner and another Man came and he said he had found it, but I was resolved to keep it till I knew farther; I examined the News-Paper and found such a Chain advertised, and the Prisoner coming to me again at Night, he was secured, and he said he found it in the Street by Queen-Hithe .
Mr. Jenkins , I saw the Watch hanging on the Sconce, the 19th of Dec. just before it was lost.
Prisoner. It is a Month next Monday since I found this Chain. I happen'd to come out into the Street, and saw the Chain on the Ground almost covered with Snow; I put it into my Pocket, and my Mother carried it to this Woman, to see what it was, and she stopp'd it.
57. Edward Slade , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, value 10 s. 6 d a Cloth Waistcoat, Value 5 s. a Pair of Breeches, Value 5 s. a Pair of Buckskin Breeches, Value 15 s 6 d. a Hat, Value 6 s. and a silk Handkerchief, Value One Shilling , the Goods of Ralph Marsh , December the 24th .
Alice Lewis . On the 24th of December I saw the Prisoner in a Room in Mr. Marsh's House; I was very much surprized, and ran down Stairs to call two Men who were at work in the Garden. When they came up, the Prisoner was gone out of that Room into the Garret, and these Goods were found lying about on the Floor; he attempted to escape out of the Chimney, but the Persons who came out of the Garden, pull'd him down.
Thomas Bridge. This Alice Lewis called me and the next Witness out of the Garden, and said she had seen a Man in the Chamber. We went up Stairs, and searched about for some Time, and at last found the Prisoner in the Garret Chimney . He was examined, and said, that it was his extreme Poverty that induced him to come there; that he had been three Days without Victuals, and did not know what he did:
Thomas Turner . The Maid calling us out of the Garden, we went up Stairs, and searched all the Rooms, and at last found the Prisoner in the Garret Chimney . The Prisoner was sometime ago a Servant to Mr. Marsh , and behaved very well, but he ran away from them scrubbily at last.
Prisoner. I hope you will take it into Consideration, that I broke no Locks, nor opened no Doors.
Guilty 10 d.
58. Elizabeth Reader , was indicted, for that she, on the 22d of December , in the 11th Year of his Majesty's Reign , in the Parish of St Sepulchre , took to Husband Robert Moore , and to him then and there was married, and for that afterwards, viz. on the 30th of December, in the 7th Year of his present Majesty, took to Husband Abel Suttyworth , her former Husband being living .
Councel. Did she say in what Manner she was married?
Mr. Freeman. I never was so curious to enquire. Moore gave a Bond to the Parish for her Maintenance.
Councel. Did she tell you how long ago she was married to Moore ?
Wilson . No, I never asked her, but she was passed on me, and I took her as Moore's Wife.
Councel. Did not he pay something to the Parish for her Maintenance?
Wilson . Yes; he was to pay Three Shillings per Week, but I was not at the making of the Agreement.
Mr. Yates. I know that Woman at the Bar, and have heard her say, she was married to Moore nine or ten Years, but I did not see her make any Affidavit.
Councel. Have you ever seen her write?
Yates. Yes, and I believe this to be her Hand, for it is very much like it.
The Affidavit was read.
'' Elizabeth, Wife of Robert Moore , of the Parish '' of St. Andrew Undershaft, in the City of '' London, Cork-Cutter, maketh Oath, and faith, '' that she, this Deponent, by the Name of Elizabeth '' Reader, was married to the said Robert '' Moore, according to the Rites and Ceremonies '' of the Church of England, on or about the 22d '' of December, in the Year of our Lord 1725, '' at the Sign of Bishop Blaze and the Two Sawyers, '' in Fleet-Lane, London.
Signed, Elizabeth Moore
Sworn Dec. 4. 1739,
before me, Edward
Councel. Did you see her marry'd?
Jackson. Yes, at the Two Fighting-Cocks in Fleet-Lane.
Councel. To whom was she married?
Councel. Consider, do you know one Sutty-worth?
Jackson I don't know any Man by that Name.
It appearing that the Name of the second Husband was mistaken, the Prisoner was acquitted .
Francis Fortescue . I keep the Fountain in Sheer-Lane , on the 19th of Sept. between 9 and 10 at Night, I was broiling some Stakes, and a Woman called out to me that she had seen two Men in my Yard, and the Pipe and Cock were gone; she described the Men to me, and I went up the Lane after them, the Prisoner turn'd to the left, and I got close to him, and saw him drop the Pipe and Cock; I did not stop to take it up, but continued to pursue him, and in Chancery-Lane I took him, the Moon shone very bright, and the Snow lay on the Ground, and I am positive the Prisoner is the Man.
Elizabeth Lake . On the Friday before Christmas-Day, between 9 and 10 at Night, I went into the Yard, and the Prisoner shoved against me, I asked him what he did there? and he ran out directly; I went to look for the Pipe and it was gone; I inform'd Mr. Fortescue of this, and he pursued the Prisoner, I followed, and saw the Prisoner taken, but did not see the Pipe drop; this is the Pipe, and I saw it in the Yard about an Hour before it was taken. It is a private Yard, and enclosed.
Prisoner. I was coming along, and was a little in Liquor, and this Man took hold of me, and as we were going along together, he pick'd up that Pipe in the Highway. I am a Shoemaker , and live in Cold-Bath-Fields, I never was in his House or Yard till he brought me back.
Joseph Campion . I live in Plumbtree-street St. Giles's , I am no Trade, - I keep a Chandlers Shop; all that I know is, that the Prisoner was one of my Lodgers, - I keep a Lodging House, he lodged two Years at my House, and paid me 18 d. per Week; he behav'd well, that he did, and I never heard him in any Cabal in my Life.
Jury. On your Oath is not your House a common Lodging House at 2 d. and 3 d. a Night?
Campion . No, I never take L odgers for less than a Week.
Geo. Wood I am a Cordwainer, and live in Red-Lyon Street, I have known the Prisoner 14 Years, and he always behav'd very honestly; I have left him alone in my House when I have had great Charge, and he never wronged me of any Thing.
Guilty 10 d.
Prisoner. I was mortal drunk when I took it. Guilty .
Job Rowe . On the 19th of Dec. the Prisoner came to my House, and staid about a quarter of an Hour, and while my Back was turned, he took an Opportunity to take this Money out of a Drawer in the Room where he was. Soon after he was gone, I missed my Money, and I am positive no Body but he was there that could take it, I followed him to the Ship in Broad-street, and there took him, and charged him with robbing me. I saw the String of my Bag hang out of his Pocket, and then he own'd that he had chang'd some of my Money for Gold.
Prisoner. Were we not together all the Morning?
Rowe . Yes, he was at my House in the Morning, and went with me to several Places, but he had the Money then.
Prisoner. Had he not a Quarrel with a Man in Lincolns-Inn Fields?
Rowe. Yes, I had some Words with a Man there.
John Rowe . My Brother sent for me to Broad-street, and then the Prisoner acknowledged the Fact, and return'd both Money and Bag into my Hands; there were two Guineas, and an 18 s. Piece, and I return'd him 18 d. back because he own'd it.
Prisoner. We were together all the Morning, till past 12 o'Clock, and he quarrel'd with a Man, and gave me the Bag to hold; I put it in my Pocket, and walked on with him, I told him I was going to the Ship, but forgot to give him his Bag, and when he sent his Brother for it, I freely gave it him.
Jos. Darcey. I was robbed a Month last Tuesday of 17 s. the Prisoner was taken on Suspicion, and confessed that he took the Money out of the Till in my Shop, and that he went round the Counter to get it The Prisoner is about fourteen Years of Age.
Prisoner. I am but 12 Years old.
Jane Beardmore . I am the Boy 's Mother; he always used to behave well, and no Body can lay any Thing either to mine or the Boy's Charge. I never knew any Hurt of him at all; and he is but Twelve Years old, upon my good honest Word.
Darcey. I have known the Boy a great many Years, but never heard any Harm of him.
65, 66, 67. John Mills , Thomas New , and Christopher Sware , were indicted for privately stealing a Kersey Waistcoat, Value 2 s. two Pair of Yarn Stockings, Value 1 s. and two silk Handkerchiefs, Value 1 s. the Goods of Mary Scarlet , in her Shop , Jan 5 .
Sarah Stanton . Yesterday was three Weeks, about nine at Night, three Boy s came into my Mother's Shop, and asked for Cloaths; I shewed them several, and fitted them, and while I turned about to look for other Goods, they went off, and immediately I missed a Kersey Waistcoat, two Pair of Yarn Stockings, and two silk Handkerchiefs. I can't swear the Prisoners are the Persons that took them, but their Friends came to the Shop, and offered to pay for the Goods that were missing.
All Acquitted .
Thomas Crawford I am Ostler of the Black-Lion Inn in Water Lane, Fleet Street . On the 24th of Jan. the Stables were robb'd of the Goods mentioned in the Indictment. The next Morning at 6 o'Clock I missed them, and the Prisoner was taken offering them to Sale at Mr. Butler's , a Sadler in Smithfield.
Timothy Butler . I keep a Shop in Smithfield. On the 5th of Jan. between 7 and 8 o'Clock in in the Morning, the Prisoner offer'd to sell me this Saddle and Bridle, for 3 s. 6 d. I asked him how he came by it, and he said he was employ'd by a Gentleman at the George in Leather-Lane to sell it for him; I stopped it, and went to the George to enquire, and found that what the Prisoner said was entirely false. While I was there the Ostler of the Black-Lion came in, and said he had been robb'd, and I inform'd him that such Goods were offered to me for Sale. On the Friday following the Prisoner came again for the Money and he was taken, and he said then he bought them of a Man the Monday before.
Prisoner. I was coming along on Monday Morning , and there was a Gentleman's Servant with a Bridle and Saddle in his Hand; he asked me 5 s. for them, and I offered him half the Money, I went to sell them at this Gentleman's, and he stopp'd them. The Man that I bought it of is gone to Bristol. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
69. John Wall , was indicted (with John Davis not taken) for stealing 2 Leather Saddles, value 40 s. a Woman's Saddle Cloth, value 2 s. and 2 Circingles the Goods of Robert Staples , a Leather Saddle, value 20 s. and a pair of Metal Stirrups, value 10 s. the Goods of Robert Vawdrey , in the Stable of Robert Staples , Nov. 19 . Acquitted .
Prisoner. I had been in the City, and went into this Place, and found the Water running out of the Cistern, so I took up this waste Pipe and was going to put it into the Cistern to stop the Water , and this Man came and took hold of me.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of DEATH 13.
Ann Greenhall , Sarah Murrel , John Sheriff , Elizabeth Fox , Priscilla Mahon , John Elvar , George Stacey , Matthias Dennison , Catherine Lineham , Charles Shooter , John Catt , Mary Young , and Elizabeth Davis .
BURNT in the HAND 3.
To be WHIPPED 5.
Nathaniel Norgate , Thomas Ducket , Elizabeth Wilmore , Robert Farnham , Margaret Evans , George Panton , John Johnson , Emanuel Axtel , Ann Robinson , Joseph Willis , George Briggs , Cornelius Woodbromfield , John Jones , John Pennington , John Collins , Gasper May , Charles Woodford , Edward Slade , Richard Turner , Morgan Griffith , Richard Marriot , William Wheatley , Thomas Kingsland , William Perry , George Leatherland , Daniel Mackintosh , Richard Lacock , Ann Elwin , Robert Day , Jane Price , Mary Billingham , James Hubbard , John Watkins , Ann James , and Lucretia Lindsey .
Mahon, Lineham, Young , and Davis, pleaded their Bellies, and a Jury of Matrons being empannell'd, found Lineham only, with Quick