WEDNESDAY the 8th, THURSDAY the 9th, and FRIDAY the 10th of December.
In the 16th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
BEING THE First SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY OF THE
Printed for T. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row , 1742.
Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, For the CITY of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable ROBERT WILLIMOTT , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London, the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice WILLES, Mr Justice CHAPPLE , Mr Baron ABNEY , Mr Serjeant URLIN ++ , 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 Crouch . These are my Pumps; they hung at my Door, the Corner of Turnstile-Alley in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields : I was told, somebody had stole a Pair of Shoes; the Prisoner had got them under his Coat; I took them out of his Right Hand, and he fell down on his Knees and begged Pardon. Guilty .
2. Daniel Watson , of St Martins , Ludgate , was indicted for stealing a Cotton Handkerchief, Value 6 d. and a Tortoiseshell Snuff-box lined with Silver, with a Silver Rim and Hinge, Value 10 s the Goods of Isaac Lacour , October 25.
Isaac Lacour . On the 25th of October last, I was coming from the other End of the Town, with my Brother Dr Lacour, and at the Corner of the Old-Bailey I felt a Fellow fumbling at my Pocket; I laid hold of the Prisoner at the Bar; said I, you have robbed me of my Handkerchief: Says my Brother, he has not only robbed you of your Handkerchief, but has just dropped your Snuff-box into the Channel; and it was taken out of the Channel wet: Said I, do you look after the Box, and I will secure the Fellow. + - I am positive I felt that Fellow at my Pocket. - I took him immediately: I could not find the Handkerchief upon him, but believe it to be taken out of my Pocket at that Time. - I did not know he had taken the Snuff-box, but my Brother saw him drop it; I charged a Constable with him, and the next Day he was carried before one of the Aldermen, and committed to Newgate.
+ The Breaks, in This and other Trials, are to shew, that what follows is in Answer to Questions put to the Witnesses; which Questions are omitted, when the Answers sufficiently denote what they were.
Dr Philip Lacour . I was with my Brother, and coming by the Corner of the Old-Bailey, I saw him lay hold of that Fellow, and heard him say, you have picked my Pocket of a Handkerchief; it was just by a Grocer's, and he carried him into the
Prisoner. As I was coming by Fleet-ditch, I bought a Halfpenny worth of Walnuts, and eat them all the Way I went, and threw the Shells away, and the Gentleman took it to be a Snuff-box, when it was only a Parcel of Walnut-shells, and nothing else.
Dr Lacour. It did not found any Thing like Walnuts, it fell like something heavy.
Prisoner. I am a Porter ; I fetch Carcasses from Clare-Market, and I desire I may have my Trial put off; it is very hard I should be cast without any Body to speak for me. Guilty 10 d.
The Prisoner desired the Witnesses might be examined a-part.
Richard Hudson . I am Servant to Mr Demee ; last Tuesday was fe'nnight, as I was shutting up Shop, and had put up the Shutters on one Side, and stood holding the Pin for the Boy, who was on the inside, something came trailing against my Legs, and a Gentleman passing by, said to me, That was taken off of your Bulk. - It was six Yards of Check Linnen, belonging to Daniel Demee ; one End of it was under a Man's Coat, and the other trailing in the Street; I pursued him, and he turned down Duke's-Place , against Mr Smith's Back door, by the Mitre-Tavern : I went to lay hold of him, or strike him, I cannot tell which; he turned about and said to me, G - d damn you, what do you want? He ran again, and I after him; the Check was under his Coat just before; said he, what do you want? I have nothing; a Man came up to me and said, the Goods are carried back to your Shop; when I came back to the Shop, the Check was brought back, and a Hat; this is his Hat, - I know it, because I was in our Shop when he was asked whether this was his Hat, and he said Yes.
Isaac Lacour . [the Prosecutor in the former Trial] As to the Knowledge of the Person, I cannot say any Thing ; I was coming by Mr Demee's Door, and saw a Fellow trailing a Piece of Check Linnen; says I, to the Person at the Door, Look after that Piece of Check Linnen, it is trailing along the Ground; he could not draw it in so fast, but some of it trailed after him, I believe about two Yards; - I think I remember it again; for I saw the Piece of Linnen afterwards in the Middle of Duke's-Place, upon the Ground; said I to a Man, take up the Piece of Linnen and the Hat, and I will shew you the Shop where the Linnen was taken from; I went to the Shop and delivered the Piece and the Hat into the Shop, - I believe it to be the Piece, and the Hat is like that which was delivered into the Shop.
Prisoner. My Lord, please to ask whether I was the Person that took the Cloth?
Lacour. I do not know whether he is the Man that took away the Check.
Court. Mr. Demee's Man says you are the Person that took the Cloth.
Prisoner. I am innocent of it.
Mr Paget. I met the Prisoner with a Piece of Linnen, dragging along the Ground, just by Mr Salter's Shop, within two Doors of Mr Demee's. - I am sure that is the Man, and that is the Linnen: One End was under his Arm, and the other dragging upon the Ground, when they cry'd out stop Thief: I had like to have run over a Girl, or I had taken it from under his Arm: He threw the Check down; I said to a Gentleman, Take Care of the Check; and I ran after him, and took him.
Prisoner. Mind what you are upon, young Man: I am as innocent as the Child unborn.
Paget. I am sure he flung the Check from him: then I ran after him, and in about two or three Minutes I took him.
Prisoner. One hit me, and another hit me. I am an innocent Man. Ask him if he saw me with it under my Arm?
Paget . I am sure he is the Person that had the Check under his Arm.
Prisoner. I am innocent of the Matter: I am but just come from Sea.
Mary Paget . There was a great Cry of stop Thief, upon which my Husband and I ran down: I saw a Piece of Check and a Hat lie pretty near one another: A Gentleman took it and carried it to Mr Demee's Shop. - I did not see him drop it, it was dropp'd before I saw it.
George Wardley . I am a Constable; I live under Aldgate: I do not know any thing as to the Fact, but as I brought him along, he desired I would send to his Friends. I sent a Watchman to acquaint them that the Constable had sent him to Newgate; there was a Woman made Answer, I am very glad of it, for he has a very bad Character. - We are very much pester'd with these Fellows. Guilty .
Elizabeth Davis , of St James's, Westminster , was indicted, for that she the said Elizabeth Davis , on the 6th of October, in the 16th Year of his Majesty's Reign , being big with a certain Male Child, the said Male Child she did alone and secretly bring forth alive; which said Child , by the Laws of this Land, was a Bastard; and she not having God before her Eyes, &c. as soon as the said Male Bastard Child was born, with Force and Arms, in and upon the said Child did make an Assault with both her Hands, and him the said Male Bastard Child in a Linnen Shift, Value 6 d. did wrap and fold, by Means of which Wrapping and Folding in the said Linnen Shift, the said Child was choaked and strangled, and that the said Child, by such Choaking and Strangling did die, and that she, the said Elizabeth Davis , the said Male Bastard Child did kill and murder , &c.
She was a 2d Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder.
Ann Gilbert . One Sunday, about seven Weeks ago, a little after 7 o'Clock in the Evening, I went down to the Necessary-House, at Mr Hughes's in little Jermyn-street , and saw a Bundle of Linnen lie in the Necessary-House: I was somewhat surprized, and accordingly I came up and desired Mr Hughes and his Wife to see what it was. They unrolled it, and said it was a Child. *- I did not see the Child till it was wash'd the next Day, I was so frightened; then it was laid upon a Table. I examined it in every Part, and saw no Marks of Violence. - It lay there till the next Day.
* 21st James I. Cap 27. If any Woman be delivered of any Issue of her Body, which, being born alive, should by the Laws of this Realm , be a Bastard, and she endeavour privately, either by drowning, or fact burying thereof, or any other Way, either by herself, or the procuring of others, so to conceal the Death thereof , as that it may not come to light, whether it were born alive or not, but he concealed: In every such Case, the Mother so offending, shall suffer Death, as in Case of Murther, except such Mother can make Proof by the Witness at the least, that the Child was born dead.
John Hughes . Mrs Gilbert , about the Time she speaks of, went down into the Necessary-Place, and came up very much frightened, and said she saw a Bundle of Linnen in the Vault (which is a Common-Sewer) endeavoured to be push'd into a Hole. She acquainted me with it: I let it lie that Night. Next Day I called to a Neighbour, and got a Pair of Tongs and took it out of the Vault. I pulled off one Linnen and then another, and discovered a Child's Hand and Arm. I was very much frightened, and went to a Justice of the Peace, to know what to do (for I did not know the Nature of the Affair) he ordered me to go to the Coroner. - It was discovered on Sunday Night between seven and eight o'Clock, but I did not take it out till Monday the 11th of October. It was a Male Child. When it was wash'd I laid it on a Table, in a convenient Place for the Jury to examine it. - There were no Marks of Violence upon it.
Q. Upon viewing the Child, how do you think it came by its Death?
Tullock . I cannot say indeed.
Q. Was there any Thing provided for the Child ?
Tullock. There were some Things provided for the Child.
Q. Do you know she was the Mother of the Child?
Tullock. No. - It is my Opinion the Child came to its full Time, but the poor Creature was ignorant.
Q. Do you think there was any Miscarriage?
Tullock. I cannot be sure whether the Mother of the Child went her full Time. - I believe she might come pretty near to the Time. - She owned herself to be the Mother of the Child.
Q. What did she say with Respect to the Death of the Child?
Tullock. She said she was delivered of a dead Child, and that she did not think herself in Labour. - I believe the Child was born at a Relation's of her's in Piccadilly, at her Brother's; she was Serant there.
Q. Did she tell you whether there was any Midwife attended on the Occasion.
Tullock . She did not tell me that; but she told me the Child was carried and put into a Vault, to avoid her Shame. I asked her, if she had any Thing prepared for the Infant, and she said Yes; - It was after she was in Custody that she told me this; she said she had provided Things for the Child, and that they were in a Closet in the Room where she lay at her Brother's; and I went and found all the Things there as she said.
Q. Was the Closet locked?
Roger Jackson . I am Coroner for the Liberty of Westminster; this is a Copy of the Examination * I took from the Prisoner at the Bar before the Jury, signed with her own Hand; she said the same in Substace to Mrs Tullock, tho' she did not chuse, it seems, to mention it.
* 1st & 2d, Philip & Mary, Cap. 13. Sect. 5 & 6. Every Coroner, upon any Inquisition before him found, whereby any Person or Persons shall be indicted for Murder or Manslaughter committed, shall put in Writing the Effect of the Evidence given to the Jury before him. - And shall also take Examinations, &c. and certify them at the next Goal-Delivery.
This Examinant faith, '' That on the 5th Instant '' she was delivered of a Male Child (which '' was still-born) at the Bear and Ragged Staff in '' Piccadilly, in the Parish of St James, Westminster; '' and that on the 10th Instant, she, this '' Examinant, unfortunately convey'd the same into '' the Bog-House, belonging to the House of John '' Hughes, in Li ttle Jermyn street, in the said Parish '' of St James, and cast it down the same.
William Davis . [The Prisoner's Brother.] When I examined her how she came to sign her Confession, when she can neither read nor write, she said she did not know what she did. As she is a young Body, and an ignorant Person, I hope the Court will take it into Consideration. She always behav'd well; I never saw her concerned in Liquor all the while she liv'd with me. I knew no more of this Affair than the Child unborn.
Prisoner. We were moving from one House to another, and carrying heavy Things, I hurt myself. I came before my Time, which I did not think I had been so near. I was up three Pair of Stairs by my self when I was deliver'd, and could not make any Body hear me. I was well enough when I went to Bed, and did not think of being in Labour. The Child was dead born. Acquitted .
5. + Michael Bewley , of St Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling House of David Hodges , after the Hour of Seven at Night, and stealing four Pewter Plates, Value 2 s. the Goods of David Hodges , October 25th .
Elizabeth Hodges . - The Prisoner is a Handkerchief Weaver , I have known him ever since the 25th of October. I went out that Day to see my Sister, and left my Key with the next Door Neighbour. I returned a little before Seven: Seeing a a Light in my House, I went up to the Window, and hearing the Plates rattle, Lord, says I to Mrs Holding , I wish somebody has not broke into the House backwards: I turned myself round, and saw the Prisoner jump out at the Window; in running away he fell down, and I took him within thirty Yards of the Place: I catched him by the Collar, and with some Assistance, brought him back to my own House. - I am sure this is the Man; there were four Plates taken off the Shelf, the Prisoner did not move them any further than from the Shelf to the Table which stood by the Window the Prisoner jumped out at; - these are my Plates, I found them upon the Table: I am sure when I went out, all the Doors and Windows were fast.
Q. How do you know the Wind did not blow the Window open?
Hodges . No, I am sure it did not; it has been but lately mended; he cut the Lead, and took out two Panes of Glass: - I know it, because the Lead was cut, and the Glass gone: - he left nothing behind him but a dark Lanthorn: He had a Light when I came into the Square, and it was put out the Minute he heard us come up to the Window. - I found upon him a Couple of Knives, and an Iron Chissel. They, and the Lanthorn, were produced in Court.
Prisoner. Please to ask her what Answer I made when she laid hold of me?
Hodges. He said, Mistress, you are mistaken in the Person, for I have been at my Father's putting up a Loom, and am just come from work.
Prisoner. Ask her if she never lost Sight of me before she took me?
Hodges . No, I never did.
Prisoner. Please to ask her, why she did not cry out Stop Thief while I was in the House .
Prisoner. Ask her what for a Place it is she lives in?
Prisoner. Ask her whether there was any Light in the House?
Hodges . Yes, there was. -
Prisoner. Was there any Body with me?
Hodges . No, not that I saw; there was a Man stood with his Back against an empty House; but as soon as he saw us come to the Window he ran away.
Prisoner. Ask her whether I was fuddled or not?
Hodges , I cannot be a Judge of that, I was too much frightned to see whether he was in Liquor or not.
Prisoner. She swore before the Alderman, that I was very much in Liquor.
Elizabeth Holding . On the 25th of October, about a Quarter before seven, I came home with Mrs Hodges, who was frighten'd at seeing a Light in the House: I held my Face close against the Window, looked in, and saw that Man in the House: He jump'd out at the Window, she run after him, and brought him back by the Collar. - He could not get in at the Door, for the Door was double lock'd, and the Key left at the next Door for her Husband. The first Thing I saw when I went into the House, was a Dark-Lanthorn, the next was four Plates, which were moved from the Shelf to the Window, ready to be delivered out, as I supposed. - When he was brought back, he was told they did not suppose he had been long there, and the Prisoner said, No Body knows how long I have been there.
Charles Mason . I was at a Neighbour's House, and heard Mrs Hodges cry out Stop Thief! Stop Thief! and running down the Gateway, I saw her have hold of a Man; she asked me to lay hold of him too, which I did, and we brought him back to her House. I saw these two Knives and this Chissel taken out of his Pocket. - I saw a Dark-Lanthorn there.
Prisoner's Defence. I borrow'd this Chissel of my Father, to pull down a Loom with.
Q. What did you do with a Dark-Lanthorn?
Prisoner. I do not know any thing of a Dark-Lanthorn. As I was going along, a Person shov'd me down; I could not recover my self: Said that Gentlewoman, What, have I caught you? Why, what have I done? said I. I know what you have done, said she; so she charged another Man or two with me. I went with them very quietly: She said I broke into her House; but I am sure I never was in her House, as God is my Judge.
Elizabeth Andrews . I have known the Prisoner about a Year; he is a Weaver, I live in the House with him: He was going to move his Loom to his Father's. I know nothing of him but what is very honest, and if he had a Mind to have been a Thief, he might have stole a great many things out of that House.
Michael Bewley . I am the Father of the Prisoner; he has liv'd and work'd with me from his Infancy, till within these Twelve Months, when he married, and then he went to work at his own Home, which he did till this unhappy Affair; he was to come and work with me, and came to borrow a Hammer and Chissel to take down his Loom: He is an honest Creature, and never was stained with any ill Character before. When he was before the Alderman I was with him, and the Prosecutrix made an Affidavit, that this Dark-Lanthorn was found upon him, and afterwards she said it was found in the House. Said the Alderman, I thought you said the Dark-Lanthorn was found upon him. No, said she then, it was found in the House. When a Person is upon Oath, they ought to be very careful.
Elisha Impey . The Prisoner commenced Servant with me last January was Twelve-month. I am a Soapboiler in the Hay-market ; presently after I had taken him into my Service, abundance of my Customers complained of want of Weight in their Soap; I consulted with several of them what to do, in order to make a Discovery, and desired them to wait with Patience. On the 13th of last Month, one of my Servants said, I believe I have found out the Rogue . The Prisoner had received a Letter out of the Country, acknowledging, that they had received the Soap, and desired to have more sent: One of my Men said, one of his Boxes was heavier than ordinary, and he did imagine there was a considerable
Richard French . I am Fellow-Servant with the Prisoner; he owned before the Justice, that he cut some out of one Barrel, and some out of another; but did not own how much: I saw this in his Box when it was opened. - It was my Master's Cask .
Prisoner. I know nothing of it; Daniel Scorer , desired that Box might be let by my Box; but it was not my Box, but Scorer's; he gave me half a Crown to buy it, and I bought it in Coventry-Court. Guilty .
John Smith . The Prisoner is a Ticket-Porter ; I have known him two or three Years; on the 12th of last Month I met him going up Fresh Wharf Gateway , with a Piece of Fustic on his Shoulder; I asked him, what he had got there? he said, a piece of Wood for the Fire; this is the Piece of Fustic; said I, you know better what to do with this than to burn it, you have been backward and forward here all this Evening, and I believe you did not come honestly by it: I went with him into a Victualling-House, and sent for Mr Fuller, and asked him if he missed any; he said, there were ten hundred and odd Weight of it, and that there were several Pieces missing: - It is for the Use of Dyers. - There were three or four Parcels of it, so I cannot tell whose Property it is. - He owned he took itt off Fresh-Wharf.
Prisoner. It was a Thing I never did before in my Life; I was very much in Liquor. Guilty 10 d.
John Higginson . On Wednesday the 20th of Oct. I was passing by St Clement's-Church , between seven and eight in the Evening, I felt a Hand at my Pocket; the Prisoner had got hold of this Handkerchief, and I caught it in his Hand; said I, You Rascal, will you pick my Pocket: Said he, Damn my Eyes if I have; for another Fellow shov'd me against you; he ran away from me; I cried out Stop Thief! He run by St Clement's Church, and this Gentleman , Mr Wood, stopped him: I had him to an Alehouse just by, and sent to two or three Constables, but they would not take Charge of him, and the Beadle of the Ward would take no Charge of him; so I was forced to stay from Seven o'Clock to Ten; and then I was obliged to get a Guard to go along with him, for he had got a Gang of Fellows with Clubs, to rescue him; there were near twenty of them. The Constable of the Night refused to take Charge of him at first. - I am very certain he is the Person by the Light of the Feathers-Tavern .
Prisoner. Ask him whether the Handkerchief was out of his Pocket when he took hold of my Hand?
Higginson . The Handkerchief was in his Hand in my Pocket, and I took it out of his Hand.
Thomas Wood . About the 20th of October, in the Evening, I was going towards Covent-Garden; by St Clement's-Church, I heard a Cry of Stop Thief, Stop Thief, that Fellow has picked my Pocket. The Prisoner ran by me, I followed and stopped him, and his Hat fell off; then this Gentleman said, This is the Fellow: I heard there was a great Number of People designed to rescue him; and finding the Constable did not care to take Charge of him, I said, If you will not take Care of him, I will take Care of you; and I believe there were almost all the Watchmen went with us as a Guard, for several of the People said, they would not let John go.
Prisoner. I accidentally hit my Foot against the Corner of a Window, and fell down, and he cried out Pickpocket , and struck me; when he came before Justice Fraser , he valued the Handkerchief at 10 d. they kept me from Seven to Twelve, and no Body would take Charge of me.
Wood. The Constables would not take Charge of him, because they did not believe he had picked his Pocket; and that Gentleman said he had.
Prisoner. God forgive you for what you have sworn.
Guilty 10 d.
Court. The Constables ought to be indicted for not doing their Duties.
Gabriel Neave , of St Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing a Silver Pint Pot, Value 30 s. the Goods of Roger Ellis , October 13 .
Roger Ellis . I am a Publican , I keep the Goose and Gridiron , in St Paul's Church-yard . On Tuesday the 12th or 13th of October, I lost a Silver Pint Pot. The Thursday following I advertised it, with a Guinea Reward, and that Day I had my Pot again, Mr Austen brought it, and I paid him a Guinea. He said he believed he could show me the Man who stole the Pot. The Friday Se'nnight following I went to the Ben Johnson 's Head, in Wych street , I found the Prisoner there; said I, I hope you are not the unfortunate Person that is detained here upon the Account of my Mug. He said, Indeed I am; I did not steal it, my Brother stole it, and gave it to me to sell, and I knew it at the same Time to be your Mug. - I think the Prisoner was a Linnen-Draper.
Stephen Austen . On the 13th of October last, the Prisoner brought me a Silver Pint Pot, and offered it to sell: I saw him in a great Amazement, and stopped the Pot on Suspicion. About an Hour afterwards I found, by an Advertisement, it was Mr Ellis's , and a Guinea Reward offer'd for it: He had the Pot, and gave me the Guinea, and said, Cast the Man, and I shall be obliged to you. About seven Days after the Prisoner came again, and called for a Pint of Beer. I went to Mr Ellis's, and he came and took him.
Ellis. I do not know any thing of the Prisoner, his Brother I believe stole it. When I carried the Pot with me to Mr Austen's , on his being detain'd, he fell upon his Knees, and said, It was my Pot, and no Body could suffer for it but himself.
Court. I thought you said his Brother stole it.
Ellis. But he said his Brother was gone for a Soldier.
Prisoner. The Prosecutor says the Pot was taken from his House, the 12th of October, what Time of the Day was it?
Ellis. I cannot tell exactly.
Prisoner. He seemed to speak before to a particular Hour, ask him whether he can prove by any Witness, that I was at his House the 12th of October? I can prove I was not in his House that Day.
The Prisoner call'd the following Witnesses .
- Hutchinson . He was with me at the Grotto in Southampton-Buildings that Day from 5 till 7, then each of us parted by Smithfield, and went to our Lodgings, and he was very chearful.
Ann Myers . I live at the Corner of Bartholomew-Close , the Prisoner lived with me one Year and an half: He served his Time in the Country. He had Money left him, and an Estate in the Country. He paid me very honestly, and was an honest sober Man for what I know.
Mary Wittingstill . I have known him about the same Time as this Gentleman has. I have left Plate in the House several Times when he has been there. I have trusted him with a great many Things. He has gone into my Room when the Drawers have been unlock'd, and Money in them. I have said sometimes, if I have been going up Stairs, Mr Neave, pray stay in my Room till I come down again; and I never lost any Thing.
Mr Saffree. I have known him a Year and an half, and have trusted him where there was 500 l. in the Room, for an Hour together, and never missed any. Sometimes, especially latterly, he has been a little in a Frenzy.
Q. What were his Friends?
Wright . They were Mercers in the Country. I believe he has had some Money left him lately, but I believe he has been disappointed of it. He has been sometimes a little out of his Senses.
Walter Knight . I have known him ever since he was a Child: He served his Time to an Ironmonger , as we call it in the Country, but they are Shop-keepers in general; they deal in many Sorts of Goods. I was Apprentice at the same Time, and know that he served his Time faithfully: His Master is dead. - His Brother is lifted for a Marine Acquitted .
Thomas Ross , of St Mary at Hill , was indicted for stealing one Handkerchief, Value 18 d. the Goods of Thomas Nettlefold , Dec. 1 .
Thomas Nettlefold . The 1st of December last, as I was talking to a Gentleman, the Prisoner past me twice: Said I, What do you want? I bid the Gentleman good Night, and walked on: He followed me still, and pick'd my Pocket: I felt the Handkerchief go: I pursued the Fellow, took him by the Collar, and said he had pick'd my Pocket. I took it from between his Legs. - He went away quietly; he did not make a Run at all. There were two other Handkerchiefs found upon him besides mine.
Prisoner. I never was guilty of any such Thing. If I see a Handkerchief upon the Ground, I think it is free for any Body. Guilty 10 d.
Clement Corderoy . On the 27th of October in the Evening, as I was writing in the Shop, the Boy cried out, that a Man had stole a Piece of Sacking away. I take the Prisoner at the Bar to be the Person; I only saw his back Part. He ran out of my Shop with a Piece of Cloth, which he dropped in the Street. I took it up, but did not see him drop it. This Boy, two other Boys, and a Carman, brought him back.
Mary Cross . On the 5th of November, between three and four in the Afternoon, this Boy, Cornelius Friday , brought this Cloak, which is mine, into the Shop. I lost two Cloaks, but she would not let me have the other.
Cornelius Friday . I heard a Woman had stole something, so I went after her, and we took her. George Cox gave this Cloak into my Hand, in Black-Boy-Alley in Chick-Lane. - I did not see the Woman take it.
George Cox . The Prisoner had this Cloak. I laid hold of her in Black-Boy-Alley , three Doors from Mrs Cross's. This Cloak hung a little upon the Ground. - I put my Mark upon it, that I might know it again. The little Boy ( Richard Burton *) took it away from her. Guilty .
* He was in Court, but of too tender Years to be admitted to give Evidence .
Charles Palmer . On the 12th of October, about seven in the Evening, the Prisoner came into my Shop; I was writing behind the Counter: I thought by his Behaviour he was a Rogue; and he perceiving that I saw him, he said, Sir, what is it a'Clock? I said to him, Go about your Business. I had a Thought he would come in again, and sometime afterwards in came Joseph Doody : I saw him with a Gloucestershire Cheese in his Hand, and he went out of the Shop with it. I ran from behind the Counter into the Street, and pursued him I believe 150 Yards, and brought him back to the Shop. When he came before Justice Trent, he fell down on his Knees, and desired to be admitted an Evidence, and he impeached four of his Companions, one of which is the Prisoner at the Bar.
Joseph Doody , the Accomplice. On the 12th of October the Prisoner went into a Cheesemonger's Shop; the Cheesemonger turned about and saw him, and then he said, Sir, what's a'Clock? and the Cheesemonger bid him go about his Business; then he came out, and by and by he bid me go in, which I did, and took up two Cheeses, the one I dropt, the other I gave to the Prisoner, who stood at the Door on Purpose to take it from me; then he went off with it, and I was taken and carried before Justice Trent, and made my self an Evidence. The same Day looking out of a Window, I saw him go along, and another young Lad after him: I sent Mr Harris for a Constable, and Mr Harris and the Constable took him.
Prisoner. What Time was it?
Doody. It was between seven and eight o'Clock. Guilty .
Samuel Booker , of St Andrew's, Holbourn , was indicted for stealing one Cloth Coat with Gold Thread Buttons, Value 12 s. one Cloth Waist-coat, Value 3 s. the Property of Samuel Berrington , Esq ; Nov. 27 .
Samuel Berrington . On Saturday the 27th of November, I went from Home into Essex, and on my Return, was informed I was robbed of the Goods laid in the Indictment, and that the Prisoner had been taken, and carried before Justice Poulson: I lost a Coat with Gold Thread Buttons, and a Waist-coat; this is the Coat, and this is the Waistcoat.
Wm Young . I saw the Prisoner drop a Snuff-colour'd Coat, and a Brown Waistcoat, last Tuesday was se'nnight about Eleven o'Clock, between a Chandler's-Shop and the George Alehouse : There was another young Fellow ran after him, and he threw them out of a blue Apron he had on.
Mr Satchel. I was going along, and this young Woman cried out, Stop Thief; and the Prisoner at the Bar flung the Things out of his Apron. - I think it was between the George and a Chandler's-Shop, in the King's-Road, the End of Theobald's-Row. I know the Things very well, if I see them, it is a Snuff-colour'd Coat, I think with twelve Gold Buttons, and a Brown Waistcoat . - To the best of my Knowledge, these are the Things. -
Anne Reynardson . I live at Mr Berrington's, the Instant I missed the Things, I ran out of Doors and cried out, Stop Thief; I saw this young Man running with his Apron full; but I could not tell what was in it - I was present when he was taken, but did not see any Thing taken from him.
Q. Who gave you the Things again?
Prisoner. I was coming along, and a Girl cried out, Stop Thief; and they laid hold on me, and took me, though I was innocent of the Matter.
John Hunt . On the 26th of November, I missed ten Shillings, and found it hid in a Bird-Cage; I had some Reason to suspect the Boy; he confessed it to the Person that took him; here are the eight Shillings and four Six-pences. - He is a weekly Servant to me. - There were no Threatnings or Promises made use of.
Thomas Rogers . Mr Hunt sent to me on the 26th of November last, and said he had a Suspicion of his Servant's robbing him; he carried him into the Kitchen, and charged him with taking ten Shillings out of the Till; at first he denied it, but soon after he owned it; and afterwards he confessed it before the Justice; there were no Promises of Favour, or any Thing of that Kind made to him. Guilty .
16. Ann Lacey , of St John Wapping , was indicted for stealing one Camblet Cloak, Value 4 s. one Callimanco Gown, Value 5 s. and two Stuff Petticoats, Value 4 s. the Goods of Sarah Richford , October 5th ,
Sarah Richford . I know the Prisoner very well, and that she stole the Things from me, the 5th of October last. - I believe she took them out of a Chest in my Room, while I was in another Room winding of Silk; she must be the Person, because there was no Body else there; she came to another Woman to look after a Child, and she gave her a Groat a Day or it. - I found them at Mr Warner's the Pawnbroker's, with a Search Warrant; these are all my Things; she went to Mr Warner's after I had got them, to take them out to sell them. -
Prisoner. I did not take them indeed.
Bambridge Cresswell. This good Woman left some Things at my Master's, the 25th of October, in the Name of Ann Lacey . - I cannot be positive that she was the Person that left them; but she came to demand them after Mrs Richford had fetched them away; and she asked for a Gown that was pawned in the Name of Ann Lacey : - She said they were pawned in her Name. - I knew they were stolen because they were taken away from us. Acquitted .
17. William Cook , of St Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for stealing two Trowels, Value 12 d. and one Hammer, Value 6 d. the Goods of Matthew Middleton , and one Trowel, Value 12 d. and one Hammer, Value 6 d. the Goods of John Scammell , November 6th .
Matthew Middleton . I lost two Trowels and a Hammer out of Mr Metcalf's Yard in Shad-Thames , and I pursued Cook and took them from him; he confessed before me, that he took them, and he owned it before the Justice, and begged Pardon .
Prisoner. They were my own, I had Brushes and other Things in my Basket; I am a Plaisterer .
Middleton . I believe he did serve his Time to that Trade. Acquitted .
18. Susannah Harps , of St Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing one Quilt, Value 5 s. one Blanket, Value 2 s. 6 d. one Pair of Sheets, Value 5 s. one Brass Candlestick, Value 6 d. 6 PairJames Calbreath , in her Lodging , October 24th .
James Calbreath . I live in Covent Garden , the Prisoner came to her Lodging the 9th of October, and at the Time mentioned in the Indictment, she robbed it of the Things mentioned in the Indictment; she went out on Friday the 26th in the Morning, and said she would be back that Day, but did not return 'till the Tuesday after: In the mean Time, I desired my Wife to go to my Lord Foley's , to enquire for her, because she used to talk of going there sometimes, and having lived with the Family; and they said there was no such Person ever lived there; when she came back, my Wife charged her with taking the Things; and I sent her to the Round-House in Covent-Garden, and she told me where they were, and what they were pawned for: She said they were not pawned in the Name of Susannah Harps , but of Susannah Beane ; I found all the Things where she said she had pawned them. - They were let to her in a ready furnish'd Lodging, and she was to have the Use of them. - These are my Goods.
Q. Then you take in Things of any Body that brings them?
Wood. We take in Goods of any Body, if we believe them to be their own.
William Matthews . I never saw her but once, when she brought a Quilt, but I cannot be positive to the Prisoner: if it is her, she is much altered. I examined the Woman that brought it, whether it was her own? And she said it was, and that she bought it new.
Prisoner. His Wife told me, if at any Time I wanted a little Matter of Money, I might make use of her Things, if I had a Mind, so that her Husband did not know it. I did not do it with any Design of Fraud: She begged me when I was in the Round-House not to mention it to her Husband, and I should not have a Hair of my Head hurt. Guilty .
James Emmet . On the 16th of last Month, I was with this Person at the Bar, at the House of one Mrs Smallpiece. - The Prisoner lodges there. I went in with another young Woman, Sarah Phillips , between one and two o'Clock in the Afternoon, and sat down at the End of the Table with the Prisoner's Concern.
Q. Concern! What is that?
Emmet. She called her so: I do not know what she meant [Consort or Companion] which was Sarah Phillips . Sarah Phillips and I laid down upon the Bed together; I was not there above two Minutes, before the Prisoner came and laid down by my Side. I was no sooner laid down, but I was fast asleep: In a little Time I started up, and seeing the Prisoner was gone, Lord! says I to Sarah Phillips , where is the other Person? She said she was gone. The Door was lock'd, and the Key put under it. I felt under the Bolster for my Watch, and it was gone. It was ten Days before I found this Woman, and it was said, that she went and was married with the Money she made of the Watch; but it has been prov'd since, that they were only married by jumping over a Mop-stick.
Q. Was the Prisoner gone when you fell asleep?
Emmet. The Prisoner was not gone before I fell asleep, but she was gone before I was awake. - The Prisoner fell asleep, and I believe we all fell asleep. - I have had my Watch again: She confessed before the Alderman that she took it, and told that Gentleman ( William Jones ) where it was pawn'd, and that it was pawn'd for 22 s. 6 d. I heard her say, she took it from under the Bolster.
Q. Are you sure she said so?
Emmet. I verily think she said so, I will not swear it.
William Jones . May it please you, my Lord, I will tell you the Story as well as I can. This young Man is my Kinsman: He said to me one Day, as I was going Home from the India House, that he had something to tell me. Says he, I have lost my Watch. I hope not, said I: Where did you lose it? Said he, I met a Woman in Bishopsgate-street, and went through Devonshire-Square, and went into a House with her, where there was another Woman; we all three lay down upon the Bed together, and I lay between the two Women when I was robb'd. We went into several Houses in order to find them, but could not: We happened to meet
Q. Who was it that promis'd her Mercy?
Jones. Both my Kinsman and I did: We went with her to the Three Kings in the Minories: She denied it for a long Time, but at last own'd that she took it from under the Bolster, and had sold or pawn'd it for 22 s. 6 d. I took two Men and a Constable, and went to the House where she said it was sold, and staid till ten o'Clock at Night, and could not find the People. We carried her before Alderman Bernard, and she confessed before him, that she sold it for 22 s. 6 d. and he committed her to Newgate. We went to a House where there sat an old Woman, which by the Description we had of her, was the Person she had sold it to. Do you sell a Dram? said I. She said, Yes. So we had a Quartern of Gin. Said I, I come to enquire after a Watch that is pawn'd here, and I am credibly informed, by one that is in Prison, that you have it; and if you do not return it, there is a Constable just by, and you shall go too. Said my Cousin, before I was aware, if you will let me have the Watch, I will give you the 22 s. 6 d. that you gave for it. Said she, I believe I can help you to it, but I have it not in the House. I went to an Alehouse at next Door, to enquire after this Woman's Character, and told the Woman the Story. Said she, if she promis'd to get it for you again, you will be sure of having it; and the Woman of the Alehouse lent me 22 s. 6 d. to pay for the Watch; there was a little Girl came to me, and gave me a Tap on the Back, and bid me come along with her. She led me into a narrow Passage in Rag-Fair, and bid me a good Night, and in that narrow Passage, I had the Watch put into my Hand; but who gave it me, I cannot tell, whether it was a Man or a Woman; the Person put a Brown Paper into my Hand, and in that Paper was the Watch.
Prisoner. This Sarah Phillips called me up Stairs, to bring a Quartern of Brandy; and I went down directly; she called me up Stairs again, and said, Take this and pawn it for me, and gave me Six-pence for my Trouble. The young Man was asleep then; I did not hear him speak: I was not within the Room; I was no farther than the Door. Guilty of the Felony: Acquitted of taking it out of a Dwelling-House .
Samuel Waller . The 2d of November last, about nine o'Clock in the Morning, I was alarmed by a Number of People coming to the Door: I was asked whether this Piece was mine? I found by my Mark, that it was mine; and one Wm Edwards said, he saw the Prisoner take it off the Shelf, but how run away from his Master, and gone into Wales: he swore before my Lord Mayor, that he followed this Person, and took it upon him; and the Prisoner, when he was before my Lord Mayor, did not deny it; my Lord Mayor asked him, what he had to say for himself? and his Answer was, Nothing: I remember another Expression of the Prisoner's; I never stole any Thing before of so great a Value: Edwards is bound with me in the Recognizance to prosecute.
Prisoner. I never saw it before, and never had it in my Hand. Acquitted . The Court ordered Edwards's Recognizance to be estreated .
John Southerton . I lost a Cambrick Handkerchief , the 24th of November last, about six or seven at Night, out of my Right Hand Pocket; as I was going through the Postern of Ludgate , towards the City, I felt a Hand in my Pocket, and saw my Handkerchief in the Prisoner's Hand, and took it from him; but he said he knew nothing of it.
Prisoner. Were there any more Men by, besides myself?
Southerton . Yes; there was a Gentleman with me, and another.
John Burton . I was standing by Ludgate Prison Door, where I keep a Stall; I saw a Stop in the Postern, and saw the Prosecutor take a Handkerchief out of the Prisoner's Hand. I went for a Constable , but he made his Escape; and Mr Ogilby, one of my Lord Mayor's Officers, caught him again; and I went with him before my Lord Mayor.
Prisoner. When the Gentleman turned round, there were two more Men by him, and the Handkerchief was hanging out of his Pocket. I had not the Handkerchief in my Hand at all; he knows between God and his Conscience, I did not do it; he said to another Man, You have picked my Pocket .
Southerton . He was not a Quarter of a Yard off me: I took it in his Hand before he got from me. Guilty 10 d.
Eleanor Bradfield , of St Martin in the Fields , was indicted for stealing one Linnen Sheet, one Linnen Cap, and an Apron , the Goods of Charles Naylor , Nov. 27 .
Mary Naylor . Last Saturday was se'nnight , the Prisoner went up Stairs into my Room, and took a Sheet off the Bed; a Woman in the next House saw her come down; and before she went out of the House, I took them out of her Lap. She could not deny the Fact, and said, she would give me a Quartern of Gin if I would take my Things again; but I would not. - The Sheet is not mine, it is my Landlord's. Acquitted .
23, 24. + Robert Delaney , and + George Campbell , of St Giles in the Fields , were indicted for stealing two Velvet Manteels, fifteen Pair of Womens Kid Gloves, one Pair of white Damask Shoes with Gold Lace, one Pair of Flowered Silk Shoes, seven Yards of black Silk, one Rowler for a Child's Head, one Brocaded Shoe, several Yards of Lace, and a Snuff-box, the Goods of Ann Lenson , out of her Shop , November 25 . And,
Ann Lenson . On Thursday se'nnight , the 25th of November, the Sash-Window belonging to my Shop was lifted up, which I did not know before would push up, and I lost two Velvet Manteels, two dozen of Kid Glove s, though I put no more in the Indictment than the Evidence confessed, and the other Things therein mentioned; these I am sure of: On Monday a Person came to me, and asked, if I had not lost a Velvet Manteel, and said, There is a Man in Bridewell who will be admitted an Evidence, and can inform you concerning your Goods. When I came to Bridewell, John Eckley the Evidence, said, he could tell me what I had lost, and how I might have them again; he told me, I might find Part of my Goods in the Possession of Patience Forrester ; and I found at Forrester's, one Pair of Silk Shoes, one Brocaded Shoe, and some Gloves, I think three Pair; but I do not know any Thing of the taking of them away.
Q. How do you know these were your Goods ?
Lenson . I can swear to one Pair of the Gloves; but there were more Gloves in a Box that look'd like mine ; said Mrs Forrester, I have sold the Gold Laced Shoes , and the Velvet Manteel to Duke William's Footman, and I will take Care you shall have them again .
Q. What did she give for these?
Lenson . She said, she gave eleven Shillings and Six-pence for them. - I do not know what she sold them for.
John Eckley . Last Thursday was se'nnight, the two Prisoners, and myself, were going along St Giles, Campbell and I put our Hands to the Sash of a Shop Window, and lifted it up; we could not easily lift it up, and we put a Panen under it, to keep it up; George Campbell got the Goods out of the Window, and gave them to me, and Delavry stood by to watch if any Body came by . - This was agreed upon before-hand, that he should stand to see if any Body came by while we got the Goods. - There were two Velvet Manteels , a great one and a little one ; but I lost the little one, and several Pair of Women's Gloves, in running along; we sold fifteen Pair of Gloves to that Gentle-woman , a Snuff box , 2 Pair of Womens Shoes, and an odd Shoe, several Pieces of black Silk, three Pieces of Brigade, (I think they call it) [ Brocade ] and a Pudding done with Gold, such as they put round a Child's Head; we sold the Gold Laced Shoes for Half a Crown, and the rest of the Things at nine Shillings: We had a Crown for the other Shoes, and some odd Things, which we shared between us; we divided 20 d. a-piece, and we had 4 s. for the Manteel; but Delaney had nothing of that: Campbell and I shared that between us; that four Shillings, with the Crown, makes nine. - I knew where to carry them: We carried them to Mrs Forrester, and she asked, Whether we got them all from one Person, or from several? I said We got them all from one; and she said, It is no Matter how you got them.
Delaney . Please to ask him what Time o'Night it was?
Eckley. It was past Eight, but not Nine; St Giles's Bell rung Nine when we got the Things to our House.
Delaney. Was I along with you when you sold the Things?
Eckley. Yes; you were along with me when I sold the Mantelet, and the Gold Laced Shoes: Campbell was with me, when I sold the other Things.
Eckley . I had sold several trifling Things to her before; some Pewter Gin-pots, &c. - Both
Q. Do you think she knew them to be stolen?
Eckley. She must know them to be stolen; I leave that to yourself to consider, whether she did, or not.
Q. Were they sold in a public Shop, or in a private Manner?
Eckley. They were sold in a back Room. - When I went to her, I told her we had a Bargain to sell her, if she would buy it; that there were several Sorts of Things that would do for her Use: She asked what they were; I told her I had a Pair of Gold Laced Shoes; she said, if they would fit her she would buy them. I told her I had a Velvet Mantelet, but I had it not about me then; she bid me fetch it; I said, I had several other Things; so she bid me come the next Morning, and she would Bargain with us: I went the next Morning and she bought them. - I sold the Shoes and the Mantelet over Night.
Q. Was there any Body there when you sold them?
Eckley. There were two idle Women in the House that I have seen several Nights in the Street, waiting to be picked up.
Forrester. Did you never say your Wife was an Earthen-ware Woman, and had taken these things in Change, and that she wanted to sell them?
Eckley. No, I did not.
Forrester. Did not you say she was in Necessity, and wanted Money?
Eckley. I never said any such Thing; you knew very well how we came by them.
Q. Mrs Lenson, what are these Things worth?
Forrester. Was the Mantelet new?
Lenson. No, they were all second-hand Things; if the Mantelets were new, they would be worth above thirty Shillings, and that Mantelet I value but at seven Shillings.
Benjamin Stiles . I went along with the Constable to search Mrs Forrester's House: I said I had a Warrant to search the House; she said I might search and welcome. I saw her open a Box, and give the Constable some Shoes and other Things, and said she had sold the rest to a Woman in Rag-Fair, and that she would tell them where they were. She said she had sold the Mantelet and a Pair of Shoes to the Duke's Servant. She said she did not know where he liv'd, but she would endeavour to find him out; and that she would do what she could to get the Things again.
Lenson. She said she had sold the Mantelet to Duke William's Servant for 8 s.
Delaney. I know nothing of it.
Campbell. The Evidence asked me to take a Walk with him, he told me that he was going into the Strand; we went and came back together before eight o'Clock; then I went Home to Bed, and saw him no more that Night.
- Fransham. I have known George Campbell ever since he suck'd, and I believe he is now Eighteen Years of Age. My Mistress that I liv'd with took him into the House, and cloath'd him, and put him Apprentice to a Painter, but he did not like his Trade; she took him into the House again, and got him a Footman's Place, where he liv'd honestly and justly, I believe about twelve Months ; then he went to Sea, and has been come from Sea about a Year: He might have taken away 500 l. in Plate and Jewels, if he had been inclined that Way, and never took a Pin's-worth.
Jonathan Brewster . I am a Painter; Campbell was Apprentice with me about five Months : He behaved very honestly, but the Trade did not agree with him; that was the Reason of his going from me. I knew him a Year or two before, when he was in Madam Lumley's Family.
Mrs Brewster . He was very honest when he liv'd in our Family, and I never heard that he wrong'd any Body before this.
Eleanor Lumley . George Campbell always behaved very well when he lived with us - I think it was in July last that he was with us. - He has lived with us twice, and I never knew any thing but what was honest of him: He had it in his Power to have robbed us of Things of great Value, if he had a Mind to do it, and I never lost any Thing.
Stephen Abellavan . [This Gentleman wrote his Evidence in Court, and read it; for he said he could not speak English so properly without Reading.] I have known George Campbell , the Prisoner at the Bar, for many Years, before he went to Sea, and since he came back: He has made several Errands for me and my Family, and carry'd Goods, and always prov'd honest: The last Time I employ'd him was to carry Goods to a Waggon. He always had a good Character.
Patience Forrester . The Evidence brought some Things to me in a Handkerchief, and said his Wife was sick, and desired I would lend him some Money upon them: I told him I would not lend Money upon them, but if he had a Mind to sell them, I would buy them outright; and he brought all the Goods to me which the Woman said she lost, except one Velvet Manteel.
Mary Rhodes . I and two more went into that Woman's (the Prisoner's) Shop, to drink a Glass of what we call'd for, and a Man came in and asked whether she would take in a Pawn? She said no , she took in no Pawns, but if he would sell them , she would buy them. - There seemed to be some odd Pieces of black Silk, some Gloves, and a Pair of yellow Damask Shoes.
Q. What Time of the Day was this?
Rhodes . This was, as high as I can guess , about Noon. - I am not certain whether this is the Man, but it looks like him. - They were sold in the public Shop; and when he received the Money, he went away: He said his Wife was an Earthen-ware Woman, that she was sick, and that he sold these Things to support her, and if she would buy them, it would save him the Trouble of going further: He said she came by them in Exchange for Earthen-Ware .
Q. What did she give for them?
Rhodes. She gave him eleven Shillings and Six-pence for them.
Q. What Day of the Month was it?
Rhodes . It was the 25th of November. - I know it because I happened to be out at Work the same Day. Some Part of these Goods, some black Silk and black Lace she sold to an Earthenware Woman that came by.
Rhodes. It was the 25th.
Martha Jones . I was in the Shop drinking a Dram when Mrs Forrester bought some Goods. I cannot tell whether this is the Man that sold them. There was, I think, the Lining of a black Petticoat, some black Lace, a Pair of Shoes and a Mantelet .
Q. Was there any Body with him at that Time?
Jones . There was no other Person with him: He asked Mrs Forrester if she would take in a Pawn? She said, no: but if he came honestly by them, and would sell them, she would buy them. He said his Wife had them in Exchange for Earthen-Ware - This was in the fore Shop, the Doors and Windows are always open. - There was a Straw-colour'd Pair of Shoes, they were not laced, and some old dirty Gloves, and some other Things. This young Woman and another were in the Shop. - There were several People in the Shop, and the Lodgers came thro' the Shop at the same Time.
Nicholas Wright . I have known Mrs Forrester five or six Years, I live just by her, and never heard any Thing amiss of her: She did formerly keep a Chandler's Shop: I hear she sells Liquors now, but she does not deal with me.
- Pelham . I have known her 3 Years: Her Character is as good as any Body's can be; she lives with an old Gentleman that sells Liquors; he keeps a Distiller's Shop. - The Shop is not her own. - She did follow the Business of a Seamstress.
Delaney. I have no Witnesses; I did not think my Trial would have come on so soon.
Delaney and Campbell Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Forrester Guilty .
26. + David Todd , of St Paul, Covent-Garden , was indicted for assaulting Mary Squire , on the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, &c. and taking from her one Mother of Pearl Snuff-box, with a Silver Rim and Hinge, Value 7 s. a Pocket-Book, Value 2 d. and one Silk Handkerchief, Value 1 s. and two Shillings and a Penny in Money, the Property of Francis Squire , October 15th .
Mary Squire . On the 15th of October in the Evening, between the Hours of Nine and Ten, I was going down Tavistock-street , and was very much frightened with this Fellow's (the Prisoner at the Bar) standing against a Wall, so that I did not know which Way to go; but I went down the Street and turned the Corner, and three or four Doors beyond the Salutation Alehouse, I saw him again: I found a Touch at my Pocket, and presently I was knock'd down, and my Pocket tore from me, my Knees were very much cut and bruised with the Fall; the Person that knocked me down, came behind me, for I saw him over my Shoulder; he was a Soldier, I took particular Notice of him. - It was a darkish Night; but by the Light of the Salutation, I could see him very plain. - I was very much
Q. Was he taken while he was in Sight, or was he got out of your Sight?
Mary Squire . I cannot say but he was got out of my Sight: I heard my Pocket was found a Quarter of an Hour after he was taken; there was a Man said, he would help me to my Pocket again for a Guinea . - I never had my Pocket or any of my Things again; - there was in it a Snuff-Box, a Pocket-Book , and 2 s. 1 d. in Money .
Prisoner. She says now, there was 2 s. 1 d. in her Pocket; and she said before the Justice, there was but one Shilling; she swore before the Justice, that I was the Man, because I had got a red Coat on; and she said there, that she could not be certain to my Face, for she only saw my Back.
Squire . He was the Person, upon the Oath that I have taken; I viewed his Face by the Light at the Salutation , or I would not have swore so positively to him; for I have a greater Regard to Life .
Prisoner. Was it a Moon light Night, or a dark Night?
Squire. It was dark, but the Light came against the Wall.
Prisoner. I am innocent of the Fact, I am sure.
Mr. Huggins . I am one of the Constables of Covent Garden Parish; I took Charge of the Prisoner at the Bar, on the 15th of October, and searched him, to see if I could find any Fire-Arms, or any Thing that might endanger us in carrying him before a Magistrate; but I could not find any, or any Thing that Mrs Squire had charged him with; but there was another Pocket dropped from between his Coat and Waistcoat.
Prisoner. I told him I found the Pocket, for it does not belong to she.
John Rawlinson . I am a Watchman in Charles-Street; on the 15th of October, between Nine and Ten, I heard a Cry of Stop Thief; I stood still a little while to hear where it was: I perceived it was in Tavistock Street; then I heard a Cry of Stop Thief, Soldier, Thief, &c. I seized him, - he fell into my Hands with a great deal of Easiness; he made no Opposition. but said, he would submit to me; and as there was no Watchman came immediately to me, I desired some Gentlemen to help me to hold him, and I held him, by their Assistance, till Mrs Squire came up; she said, she had been robbed, and that she was very positive that the Prisoner was the Man ; I bid her look in his Face, and see if he was the Man; she said, she was positive he was the Man that robbed her; Mr Huggins the Constable, searched him; but the Prisoner did not give any Account how he came by the Pocket that was found upon him: - He said he would submit, these were his very Words . Mrs Squire was very faint when she came up, and was very confident that he was the Man; there was one Mrs Langley's Pocket found in the Place where he robbed Mrs Squire
Prisoner. Do you say you were the Man that stopped me?
Rawlinson. Yes; I do.
Prisoner. This Man says he stopped me; were there two Men that stopped me?
Rawlinson. I stopped him, and then he was with out any Hat and running. - he did not resist
Prisoner. I had no Occasion to resist, if I was not guilty of the Fact, and I am sure I am innocent of it.
William Rock . On the 15th of October, between Nine and Ten in the Evening, I heard a Cry of Stop Thief; I perceived a Man running, and was waiting for him; I stood looking on both Sides of the Way, for I could hear the Tread as he came along; when he came pretty near me, I caught hold of his Coat; the Cry was Stop Thief, Stop Soldier, there was no Body pursued him, and no Body but he and I in the Street, as I could see: He slipped out of my Hand, and the Watchman coming along, got hold of him; when the Watchman had hold of him, I went to the Prosecutrix, and brought her to the Prison . - I was the first Person that laid hold of him. - it was neither Dark nor Light; it was a Starlight Night. - I found out the Woman that owned this Pocket, which was found upon him, by advertising it; but she is since absconded.
Prisoner. One of the Evidence says, there was a great Mob in the Street, and the other says, there was no Body in the Street.
Rock. When you came to the upper End of the the Street, there were five or six People; but that was the second Time of my coming up with you, for you got away from me the first.
Prisoner. I never saw him before in my Life: Did I make any Resistance?
Rock. He slipped away, and got about ten or a dozen Yards from me; I had hold of him but slightly by the Coat, - he had no Hat on, - the
The Prisoner in his Defence, said, On Friday Night I was in Liquor, and quarrelled with a Man, and in that Quarrel I lost my Hat; coming along the Street, I heard a Cry of Stop Thief, and I said, where, where? and in running along, I met that Man, and he took me hold by the Collar, and let me go again; and presently this Watchman took hold of me; then I said to him, keep me if you will , for I have done nothing, for I knew myself innocent; then they searched me, and said, here is a Pocket. Ask them, whether I did not bid you shew it to the Woman, and said, if she had a Right to it, I would suffer Death; and the Woman still insisting upon it, that it was a Soldier who robbed her , and because there was ne'er another Soldier in the Street, it must be me.
James Massey . [Call'd by the Prisoner.] I believe I can contradict what has been said in Court, for I was the Person that took him. - I serve one Mr Swinney , belonging to the Custom-House: I was going to my Master's Duty about ten Minutes after Nine, in the Evening on the 15th of October, I heard some People cry out stop Thief, and I cry'd out stop Thief: There was a Woman before me, and she jump'd up upon a Door-way, and the Prisoner came running along, and ran against me; and as the Gentleman, the Prisoner at the Bar, came running against me, he hit his Foot against a Stone, and fell down about five Yards from me: Then I cry'd out, who calls stop Thief? but no body answered. I called out again, who calls stop Thief? still no body answered. This Person, the Prisoner at the Bar, lay still, and did not offer to stir: I said, if he offered to stir a Foot further I would knock him down; for as there was a Cry of stop Thief, I believed he was the Thief. He put his Hands in this Manner in his Bosom, and did not offer to move. I called out again, who calls stop Thief? and no Answer was made; presently there came up three People: I asked what's the Matter; they cry'd out stop Thief , and so did I; then the Prisoner came running against me; I took hold of him, believing he might be the Thief. Damn you says he, let me go: He was gone about four or five Yards from me, then they cry'd out stop Thief, Soldier: Then said I, do not let him go: Then some body took hold of him before I did the second Time; then I called out for a Watchman, and desired him to come and take Charge of him; he refus'd it: There came a Man running up, and asked where he was? Said I, do not hurry your self, for here he is safe: Then there came a Man with a Napkin Cap tied about his Head, and said, I believe that is the Man. I said again to the Watchman, now will you take Charge of him; which he refused, then said I, damn him. let him go; but when Mrs Squire came up, she said, that is the Man that knock'd me down, and took my Pocket from me. Now said I to the Watchman, will you take Charge of him, and then he did.
Q. Did she give any Reason why he should's the Person?
Massey . No: but when she said he was the Person , I said, if he went any further I would knock him down.
Prisoner. You see, my Lord, they do it for the Sake of the Reward, for one Witness contradicts another. Guilty . Death .
27. Thomas Pryor , of St Ann, Westminster , was indicted for that he, in and upon William Porter , did wickedly and feloniously make an Assault, and with him the said William did commit that detestable, sodomitical Crime, called Buggery, which is not fit to be named among Christians . Nov. 30 .
William Porter . The Prisoner did wrong to me two or three Times one Night. - I do not know what Month it was; I believe it was about a Year ago; it was in the Winter. - I live with Mr Greener, a Currier, near Leicester-Fields . Pryor is Apprentice to my Master.
Q. Well, what did he do to you?
Porter gave Evidence of a Penetration, but in such Language as is not fit to be committed to Paper.
Q. What did you say to him?
Porter . I bid him not do it. - I did not bid him do it, he did it of his own Self. - He did do it indeed. - He did put it in.
Q. Was you ever served so before by any Body?
Q. Did not you strive to hinder him?
Porter. He would do it.
Q. I ask you, whether you did not strive with him to hinder him?
Porter . No, Sir.
Q. So you were as willing as he?
Porter . No, I was not.
Q. Why did not you endeavour to hinder him?
Porter . He would do it.
Q. Then you let him do what he would?
Porter. I did not bid him do it.
Porter. He is stronger than I am.
Prisoner. Please to ask him when I did offer to do any such Thing as that?
Porter. It was over Night when I went to Bed. - Several Nights.
Q. This is above a Year ago: When did you first complain of it? Did you tell your Master or Mistress first of it?
Porter. I told my Mistress first what he did to me.
Q. How long is it since you told your Mistress of it?
Porter. It is about a Week ago.
John Greener . The Prisoner is my Apprentice; the Witness goes of Errands; he is, what some call, a Slave. On Tuesday the 30th of November, I was out; the Prisoner at the Bar, said to his Mistress, I will stay up for my Master: No Tom, said she, I will stay up, you may go to Bed; she sat up for me: I came Home about eleven o'Clock, and sat down by the Fire talking with my Wife; said she, Mr Greener, do you hear how the Bed cracks? I said, It is an old Bedstead, and they are subject to crack. In about a Quarter of an Hour, the Bed made the same Noise again. Now, said she, Do not you hear it. Yes, said I, I do. Then, said she, Go and enquire what is the Reason of it. I did not go directly; then, said she, If you will not go , I will. Accordingly she went. - I know no more of the Affair, but what she told me; but I heard no more Noise of the Bed after.
Q. Why did not you bring your Wife?
Greener. I might have brought her, but she is not very well, and out of Modesty, she did not care to come.
Q. When was it this Witness told you of the Fact?
Greener. Not at all; he told no Body of it.
Q. How came this Man to be taken up? You can tell that without telling what your Wife said.
Greener. I knew nothing of it 'till the 30th of November. Prior has been turned over to me about eleven Months; he behaved very well till about Michaelmas last, and then I found he was got acquainted with a Gang of young Wenches; he did not neglect my Business till the Princess's Birth-Day . Acquitted .
Thomas Horne . Yesterday in the Afternoon, I lost six Knives and six Forks, out of my Shop in Old Swan-Lane , in Thames-Street, about four o'Clock in the Afternoon. The Night before, the Prisoner came into the Shop to buy a Dozen of Buckles, which cost 8 s. I suspected him of stealing, and the next Day I designed to set a Trap for him; and my Servant in serving him (just as I thought) observed him to take a Dozen of Buckshorn Handled Knives and Forks; he let him go out of the Shop, and went after him, and brought him back: I happened to come in just at that Time: my Servant told me, he saw him put them into his Bag; he had bought a Dozen of Black Handled ones, for which he paid 23 d. He said, he would satisfy me, if I would be easy; but I would not let him escape, for I have had too many of these Sort of Chaps.
John Havard . I knew nothing of the Prisoner, any farther than by his coming now and then to buy a small Matter. I observed him as strictly as I could, because I had a Suspicion of his Thieving; and I saw him put a Dozen of Buckshorn Handled Knives and Forks into his Bag; he had bought a Dozen of Black Handled; I follow'd him, and took him; he said he took them through a Mistake; he had nothing to say to the Purpose, only in an equivocating Way; they were tied up in a Paper, as they are now.
Prisoner. The Set of Knives which I paid for, I had put into my Bag, and looking for my Money, I had forgot I had put them in, and these lying pretty near my Bag, I put them in through a Mistake. Guilty 10 d.
Abraham Mendez Malca . [An Interpreter was sworn.] I lost a Gold Ring set with six or seven red and white Stones, Diamonds and Rubies together, worth between 30 and 40 s. I delivered the Ring into my Servant's Hand, and he laid it down in a Chair in the Kitchen, and the Ring was lost; the Prisoner was the first Stranger that came into the Kitchen. We came to know afterwards that the Prisoner had it, but it was not found in her Hands, it was found in Abraham David 's Hands, and was delivered to the Constable.
Moses Cohen. [By the Interpreter.] The Prisoner came to me one Night and show'd it me; and she said she found it in Bishopsgate-Street; this is the Ring, it was set round with Diamonds and red
A. M. Malca. This is my own Ring.
Underwood. I was with the Prisoner at the Compter; she denied the having it at first, and afterwards she said she found it.
Prisoner. I never did deny that I found the Ring.
Thomas Coleman . I lost my Watch from my Bed's-Head in my own House, between 8 and 9 o'Clock at Night; the Watch was seen at the Bed's-Head about a Quarter of an Hour before I missed it; there was no other Person in the Room afterwards besides the Prisoner. She lodges in the House, and came frequently into my Room as other Lodgers did. I was in Bed when she came in. Just before I missed the Watch she went out, and staid for the Space of half an Hour, and when she came back, said she had been in Chiswell-street. Before I got a Warrant for her, I enquired whether she had been there, and I found she had not been there at all. - She did not confess any thing.
Q. She was not in Bed with you, was she?
Coleman . I happened to put my Watch beside my Pocket, and it slipp'd down between the Lining; but I neither touch'd her or meddled with her.
Martha Coleman . She was the last Person in the Room; she pushed another young Woman out of the Room, and came in again, and put the Candle out with her Fingers - I never saw the Watch upon her, nor ever heard her confess any thing of it.
Sarah Leaver . I was in the Room, and she pushed me out: I saw the Watch about a Quarter of an Hour before; she went into the Room afterwards and put the Candle out with her Fingers. - I never saw it after.
Prisoner. There were in the Room that young Woman Sarah Reeves, and another, and the Man and his Wife were drunk in Bed: He was a beating his Wife, and said, Damn your Eyes, what do you put the Candle out for? I know nothing of the Watch. Acquitted .
John Dunsby . I saw the Prisoner take three Quarters of a Pound of Tobacco out of a Hogshead on Botolph-Wharf ; so said I, Let's see what you have got there. Nothing but a little Salt, said she. Said I, Let's see it; so I took this Tobacco out of her Apron: She begged Pardon, and said she would never do so any more; but at first she said she pick'd it off the Ground. She is a Woman that lies thereabouts constantly. She is an old Offender; I have had her in Bridewell and the Work-house.
Prisoner. I pick'd it up as I was coming along Botolph-Wharf. Guilty .
The Court ordered her to be whipt publickly .
32. Eleanor Murphey , of St James, Westminster , was indicted for stealing six Linnen Aprons, two Linnen Shifts, a Linnen Gown, one Cambrick Handkerchief, one Pair of Cambrick Russles, one Silk Hood, one Silver Tooth-pick Case, and other Things , the Goods of Ann Spicer , Widow, October 4 .
John Spicer . I came Home in the Queen Caroline from the East-Indies , the 1st of October, and my Mother died the 5th. I had been informed that the Prisoner had wronged my Mother very much, and was advised to look into it. I said to her, Mrs Murphey, you have wronged my Mother of a great many Things, as I have been informed: After some
Q. Did not you promise her over and over again, that you would not prosecute her, if she would be ingenuous?
Spicer. I promised her so; but she never would be ingenuous. I went to Mr Kates a Pawnbroker, and enquired for such and such Things; and the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, were brought down to me; they were pawned in her Name; as to the Tooth-pick-Case, I can swear to that: I know the Mark of her Linnen, it was always marked with an (S) in White. There is no Mark upon this Case, but I know it by a little Bruise there is in it.
Q. Is this your's?
Spicer. It was mine originally, but I left it with my Mother when I went to Sea.
Q. Did not you give it your Mother?
Spicer. I gave it to my Mother before I went to India. Acquitted .
Hannah Tipler . I took a Room of the Prisoner's Brother to put some Goods in, and have lost a great Quantity of Goods, particularly a large Pottage-pot. I, about the 24th of last Month, happened accidentally to go into that Gentleman's House (Mr Bartlet's, in St John-Street) and found this Pot, which holds three Pails and a half of Water; he said, he bought it for eight Shillings, but it cost me thirty-six Shillings.
Thomas Bartlet . I live at the Horns, in St John-Street ; The latter End of October, or the Beginning of November, the Prisoner at the Bar came to my House one Evening, with a large Pottage-pot, (I thought to leave it there, as there is most commonly a great many Goods left at my House) very much fuddled; Landlord, said she, my Mother is lately dead at Highgate, and I have a Mind to change this Pot for a smaller one. No, said I, I do not Care to do it; She said, I must have Money to Night. I said, Be persuaded by me, and leave it till To-morrow and consider of it. And with great Persuasion, I prevail'd on her so to do; she desired to have some Money upon it, which I let her have, I think it was six or seven Shillings: One Day, this Mrs Tipler came in; said she, Do you know any Thing of a Pottage-pot being left here for me? I told her it was in the Kitchen: Mrs Tipler went into the Kitchen, said she, This is my Pot, it was stole from me. Said I, If it is your Pot, take it; but I hope you will be so good as to let me have the Money that I lent the Creature upon it. She said, she was very much obliged to me, and would drink with me; but she went to Justice Wroth , and got a Search Warrant. - I cannot say whether that is the Woman that brought it; she was then dressed neat, and in a clean Linnen Gown.
Prisoner. I had some Words with her one Day, when she was in Liquor, as she commonly is, and she said she would be revenged on me.
Elizabeth Whitlow . This Creature came to me, I believe it was about the Time that Mrs Tipler lost her Pot, and as I live by the Road Side, desired to leave a Pot to be delivered to the Carrier, and directed for Mrs Page, to be left at the Horns in St John's-Street, till called for: She came back again, and said, there is the Carrier; and took it away, and I have not seen her since.
Richard Hassell , of St Margaret, Fish-Street , was indicted for stealing forty Pieces of Portugal Gold Coin, called Moidores, Value 54 l. and thirty-five Pieces of Gold Coin called Guineas, Value 36 l. 15 s. the Monies of Philip Brown , Samuel Slater , and Thomas Brown , in their Dwelling-house , Oct. 29 .
Thomas Brown . The Prisoner was Clerk to Philip Brown , Samuel Slater , and my self: He li ved with us on Fish-street Hill by the Monument upwards of two Months. On the 30th of October in the Forenoon, I was informed that he left the House at 8 in the Morning with a Bundle under his Arm; and my Servants thought he would not return any more. I went into the Compting-House, examined the Cash, and found a Deficiency of 90 l. 15 s. I suspected him, because he was the only Servant who had Access to the Compting-House. The Money was in a Desk in the Compting-House, of which he had a Key, but did not take it away with him. We enquired what Places he frequented, and endeavoured to pursue him: The same Morning, about twelve o'Clock, my Partner, Samuel Slater , apprehended him at his Barber's, and he was brought back to the Compting-House by my Partner and David Todd . - I was there when he was brought in. He seemed a little confounded : I told him I wondered he should take away such a Sum of Money. I sent for a Constable, and ordered my Servant and the Constable to search him. The Prisoner put his Hand in his Pocket, and took out six Moidores and one Guinea; and in a little Time he owned the Fact, and that he had taken out of the Desk forty Moidores and thirty-five Guineas; that he went to a Gaming-House, and had lost it all but this. Upon searching his Pockets there was this Letter found, which was then sealed up, and the Wafer hardly dry; it is directed to Mr Fuller, a worthy Gentleman whom he had lived with. I believe it to be his Hand-writing.
The Letter was then read, viz.
To Mr Fuller, Writing Master, in Ingram-Court, Fenchurch-Street.
'' I Doubt not but by this Time you're informed '' of my unfortunate Conduct, which has put '' a Period to Happiness in this Life, and have nothing '' to hope for, but to drag on a miserable '' and disgraceful Life, ne'er more to expect any '' Favour from that Part of Mankind which I '' flatter'd myself have some generous Sentiments '' of me. For unhappily was I led the Way to '' a Gaming-House, which induc'd me to venture '' the Money I was intrusted with, in Hopes of recovering '' myself from the indigent Circumstances '' you are thoroughly acquainted with, but was so '' unhappy to lose it all, to the Value of an 100 l. '' and therefore am become a Vagabond, and '' God only knows the Consequence. I remain,
'' The most miserable among Mankind,
Prisoner. Please to ask my Master, if it was not in my Power to have defrauded him of a great deal more Money than he charges me with?
David Todd . The Prisoner was Fellow-Servant with me about two Months. - I saw him come in in the Morning after Lord-Mayor's-Day, about eight o'Clock, and go out again with a Bundle under his Arm. My Fellow-Servant told me he had been out all Night. My! Master came down half an Hour after, and enquired where he was; and he being absent for two or three Hours, my Master enquired again, and then examined his Cash, and finding it deficient, he asked me where he us'd to go; I told him it was likely that he was at his Barber's. on St Mary-hill. My Master Slater and I found him there: We brought him back to my Master's House, and the Constable searched him in my Presence. He owned he took the Money laid in the Indictment out of the Desk in the Compting-House, and had lost it at a Gaming-House.
Prisoner. My having a Key, was the Reason of their suspecting me. I desire he may be asked, whether he does not know other People, who have not been concerned in the Compting-House, that have defrauded these Gentlemen?
Todd. There's no body trusted with the Key, but my Master and himself.
Prisoner. Mr. Slater's Son had a Key of the Compting-house.
Todd. Yes, my Master Slater's Son had a Key; there are five Keys.
Thomas Nettlefold , Constable. On the 30th of October, I was sent for to the Prisoner's Masters, when I came into the Compting-House, Mr Brown and Mr Slater charged me with him, for robbing them of 90 l. and upwards; I was ordered to search him, so he put his Hand in his Pocket , and delivered to me six Moidores and one Guinea.William Billers , with his Seal. He owned to me that he took forty Moidores and thirty-five Guineas, and that he went to my Lord Mordington's, where he was all Night, and there lost the rest of the Money.
Prisoner. The Reason of my Absence in the Morning, was on Account of my being out all Night, and I thought I should be discharged. I had my Coat under my Arm, which I carried to the Taylor's.
William Fuller . I am a Writing-Master: I am very sorry to see the Prisoner, who behaved well in my Family for 9 Years, in these Circumstances: He served his Time with me, and left my Family with a good Character about 20 Months ago: He has lived since with one Mr Johnson, a Chymist, about six Months, and was afterwards an Usher in a Boarding-School at Enfield . I happened to be the unfortunate Person to recommend him to that Gentleman Mr Brown; but before I did it, I desired a Friend of mine to enquire his Character of Mr Blade, who keeps a Boarding-School at Enfield , and I was in Hopes he would have been a useful Member of the Public; and if he can find Favour of the Court, I hope it will have a good Influence upon him.
Prisoner. I beg Favour of the honourable Court. Guilty . Death .
N. B. After the Jury had given their Verdict, Mr Brown acquainted the Court, that by the strictest Enquiry he could make concerning the Prisoner, he had no Reason to believe he had behaved otherwise than well till this Time, and therefore desired he might be recommended as a fit Object of his Majesty's Mercy; and the rather, for that when he came Home again the next Morning, he might have taken a larger Sum.
Rachael Sheppard . I am Servant to Mr Monk; I saw the Prisoner come out of the Drinking-Room at my Master's, (the Horshoe in Blowbladder-Street ) with this Chamber-pot under her Apron: I suspected she had stolen the Pot, and run into the Room, locked where it used to stand, and found it was gone. I told my Fellow Servant of it, and he went after her, and took it from her; this is very much like the Pot that was taken out of the Drinking-Room.
George Williams . Rachael Sheppard told me, the Pot was gone, and believed such a Woman had it under her Apron: I run out directly after her, and took it out of her Hand, opposite to Cheapside Conduit . Guilty .
John Tappin . I live at Islington, the Prisoner was my Cow-keeper between six and seven Months; he came to live with me about April last, and continued with me till he was taken up for this Fact; he behaved very well till then.
Prisoner I was Servant with Mr Tappin from the 27th of April, till the Time I came to Newgate, and never was a Day out of his Service.
Lawrence Leech . The Prisoner, John Welch , and I, met on the 13th of September, at the King's-Head at Islington, and drank two or three Pints of Beer: Mead said, his Master had got two very good black Geldings, and we agreed that Night, to meet at Mr. Tapping's Cow-Layer, and take them away: - It was pretty soon in the Evening, but I cannot tell what Time. - It was before Bed-time; I was in Company with the Prisoner, and John Welch , when we took the two Geldings away. - Howard and Welch were here last Sessions, and acquitted: I was in Jail in the Borough , and could not appear here against them: Mead brought a Bridle with him, and helped to catch the Horses, and John Welch had another. John Welch took hold of one Horse, and the Prisoner said, that was not the right Horse; and he shewed us another, which he said was the right one; the Prisoner turned the Horses out of the Field, and desired we would send him his part of the Money they were sold for. - Jack Welch , Tom Howard , and I, carried them to Wooburn . - Jack Welch sold the Horses for ten Pounds and a Crown, and a Horse in Exchange. He gave me two Guineas, Tom Howard two Guineas, and saved two Guineas in order to give the Prisoner at the Bar; but I do not know whether he gave them to him or not: I have not seen the Prisoner since. Welch, the Prisoner, and I, were together when we agreed to go to Wooburn . - I kept a Public House in Islington. - I work for my Living.
Leech. I was taken up at Croydon-Fair, and carried before a Justice there, and he told me, if I had any Confederates, and would discover them, I should find more Favour; Justice Hammond did not commit me.
Tappin. Yes, I did; but I was not informed then that my Man was concerned with them; it was not till after they were cleared.
Mead. After they were cleared, Leech impeached me in order to save his own Neck.
Leech. I did not know I should have any Benefit by this.
Q. What Countryman are you?
Leech. I am an Irishman, and so is he.
Patrick Holland . I am an Irishman: On one Monday, about ten Days before Michaelmas. - 'tis September. - I cannot tell what Month it is. - The next Month is November. - It was the last Month in the Harvest Quarter. - It was about ten Days before Michaelmas, about ten o'Clock in the Morning, I happened to meet with Henry Mead , and Lawrence Leech , coming through the Street. Mead was going for a Loaf to Mr Reed the Baker's, at Islington. Leech asked him, if he would spend three Half-pence: Mead said, he could not stay for his Master was going to London to advertise two of the best Horses he had, which were lost, and he must go Home to mind his Business.
Q. What Month was that?
Holland. I cannot tell; I am no Scholar, I can neither read nor write. - I live in Islington, and live every where, where I can get my Living honestly by labouring.
Q. How long have you known the Prisoner?
Holland. I have known him but since the last May of all; I have seen both of them very often; Henry Mead was Mr Tappin's Servant, and Lawrence Leech used to go to Hay-making Work; we began about Hay-making about the 1 st Day of May .
Q. When did you first know their Names?
Holland. It was in June; I became acquainted with them both in June; I knew Leech at Mrs Harris's, at High-Berry-Barn . - I had no real Acquaintance with them 'till September.
Wm Adams. I live at the Plough at Islington, I have kept the House about fourteen Years. I know Mead perfectly well, I have known him above a Year: I never knew him guilty of any Misdemeanor in my Life; he never was any great Customer; I do not come upon such an Account. - I believe he has drank two or three Times at my House. - I know nothing more of him: He looked after Mr Tappin's Cows when I first knew him.
John Holland . He is my Brother-in-Law. Mead lodged at my House, next Door to the Plough at Islington, six Months: He came there in July last. - July was Twelve-months: He had a Fit of Illness, and the Parish put him into the Work-House . - I know very little of Leech.
Mary Adams . I keep the Plough at Islington; the Prisoner has drank at our House several Times. I met him one Night, and he conducted me as far as Sadler's-Wells ; and he was very civil: I know of no Misbehaviour in him since I have known him, which is about a Year and an half.
* She was tried last September Sessions, for stealing a Dressing-Glass and a Pair of Silver Buckles , from the House where she lodg'd. Vide p. 31. No. 77 .
Porter. The Constable was here just now; and had the Moidore sealed up.
Prisoner. I had been at a Chandler's-Shop in Red Lyon Court , for a Pennyworth of Bread and Cheese, and a Pint of Beer, and met the Prosecutor; said I, Will you go and drink a Dram? He turned about, What, Nanny! said he. Yes, said I. He asked me where I liv'd, I told him at the Corner of Playhouse-Passage. Said I, You are grown so poor, I did not know you. Said he, Will you treat me with a Dram? If you have no Money, said I, I will; says he, you are a good Girl, I will give you one. We agreed to toss up Heads or Tails, who should treat: He tossed up the Moidore, and I took it up, and said, there was neither Head nor Tail upon it; so he carried me before a Justice: I went on my own Accord, without any Constable. I had the Moidore in my Hand all the Time. Acquitted .
38, 39. + Lot Cavenagh *, and + Cordelia Taylor , were indicted for assaulting William Taylor on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him one Fustian Frock with 12 Plate Buttons, Value 40 s. one white Duffel Coat, Value 15 s. one Cloth Waistcoat, Value 5 s. one Pair of Buckskin Breeches, Value 10 s, one Perriwig, Value 10 s. a Hat, Value 5 s. and a Pair of Silver Buckles, Value 6 s. Oct. 4.
* Lot Cavenagh, was an Accomplice with, and Evidence against, James Lawlor , and James Leonard , condemn'd for robbing James Lines , in Denmark-Street. See their Trial, PERRY Mayor , Sessions 3. No. 127.
William Taylor . On Sunday, the 3d of October, I dressed my self to take a Walk, and went to one Beswell's in Tyburn Road; there I met with William Wilson ; says he, How do you do? won't you drink with me? We went into the back Room, and that Man was there, I think his Name is Cavenagh ; we staid there till between two and three o'Clock; they persuaded me to go along with them, and we went to one Gascoign's, in Hockley in the Hole; they asked me to stay Supper; which I agreed to: We went up one Pair of Stairs, and there was that Woman, the Prisoner; I staid till nigh eleven o'Clock, and as I was coming away, it began to rain, so I did not care for going Home that Night, and asked if I could lie there; they told me I might; says I to the Woman of the House, Will you please to call me up betimes. (for being a Butcher I was obliged to get up early to go to Market.) She said she would, but I happened to get up my self; I believe it was then a little after three: I went out and pulled the Door after me; I had got but a little Way in Hockley in the Hole Road , before the two Prisoners attack'd me; Cavenagh presented a Pistol to me, and bid me stand and deliver my Money; and she stood over me with a Hanger in her Hand. I said I had but Three-pence. (He took me into a convenient Place that goes from Hockley in the Hole Road to Saffron-Hill.) Says he, Damn you, if you speak a Word, I will blow your Brains out . Damn him, says she, shoot him, for he knows us; but he would not.
Wm Taylor. He took my Hat and Wig off, and she stood with her Apron up, and he threw them into her Lap, and then she bid him take my Cloaths off, which he did. - He took from me a Dussel Great-Coat, a Silver Plate-button'd Frock, a black Cloth Waistcoat, a Pair of Buckskin Breeches, and a Pair of Silver Buckles; he took all but my Buckles, and she took them out of my Shoes: Says she, Do not let him have his Wedges, for they are Silver. After he was taken up, I saw him at the New Goal, on the other Side of the Water, with my Frock upon his Back, and my Wig upon his Head.
Court. How do you know the Prisoners were the Persons that robbed you?
Wm Taylor . It was a Moon-light Night, and I saw their Faces as plain as I do now.
Lot Cavenagh. Have not you and I been as intimate as two own Brothers?
Wm Taylor . I have seen him two or three Times with one Wm Wilson; I was no father intimate with him than being acquainted by drinking together, and saying, how do you do, if I happen'd to meet him.
Q. How came they to let you go away after they had robbed you?
Wm Taylor . I do not know; it was their good Will not to Murder me; if they had killed me, I could not have gone away then.
Wm Taylor. I went back again to the House; where I lay: I do not know the Man, but the Woman is here.
Cor. Taylor. Billy, you know the Man very well, Did not you take a Lodging there for me?
Q. Were not you and she well acquainted together at that House?
Wm Taylor. I never lived with her - I have been pretty conversant with her; but I never was in Company with her there, till that Sunday Night.
Cor. Taylor. He was frequently with me at that House. - This Gascoign is a Thief-taker: Wm Taylor gave Lot Cavenagh the Coat for Money that he owed him.
Cor. Taylor. This is an entire Piece of Jealousy, because he thinks I have been great with this Man.
Q. Did you and she ever lie together?
Wm Taylor. I believe I have lain with her, but there is no great Matter in that, for Whores will lie with any Body. Every Body knows both of them to be Thieves; they have robbed me twice. - I have been Familiar with her, but I never took a Lodging for her.
Cor. Taylor. The first Lodging he ever took me to, was at this Gascoign's , the Thief-taker, and he allowed me nine Shillings a Week.
Wm Taylor. I never did take a Lodging for her, nor allow her nine Shillings a Week.
Cor. Taylor. Have you not paid Gascoign Money that I have run up, when you have been absent?
Wm Taylor. No.
Cor. Taylor. He has been jealous of me a great while, and I cannot say, but at last I gave him Reason to be so: I cannot say but I did: He has swore several Robberies against me out of Revenge; he swore that I robbed him of seven Shillings, and has had a Warrant out against me for assaulting him.
Prisoners. That is Gascoign's Wife the Thief-taker.
Barron. The two Prisoners at the Bar had a Room at my Master's House about a Fortnight; and one Sunday Evening about two Months ago; the Prisoner Cavenagh , this Wm Taylor, and Mr Wilson's Son, came to our Door in a Coach; the Coach happened to turn over at our Door; when the Coach was turned up again, and the Coachman gone, Cavenagh asked Mr Taylor if he would not go up to Supper; he said, he did not care if he did; they went up Srairs, and I fetched them two Half-Gallons of Beer; about half an Hour after Ten, or thereabouts, Mr Taylor was for going Home; then it rained; said Cavenagh, Pray do not go Home, Mr Taylor. Mr Taylor said, he must be up early in the Morning; said Cavenagh. You may get up soon enough in the Morning if you stay here: Then he concluded to stay, and desired I would call him. I told him, I would if I could. Cavenagh had a Room for himself, and the other Prisoner, which he paid Half a Crown a Week for: Cavenagh, and that Woman Cordelia Taylor , went into their own Room, in order, as I supposed, to go to Bed; Mr Cavenagh made a great Noise for a Candle, and said, he would have a Candle if he paid a Penny for it; when Mr Taylor was in Bed, I went into his Room, took half his Candle, and gave it to Cavenagh; then I went to Bed, and saw no more of the Prisoners from that Time to this.
Q. Did you see Wm Taylor when he returned?
Baron . Yes; - I believe it was about four o'Clock: - He had his Shoes and Stockings and Shirt on. - Nothing else. - When he knocked at the Door, I asked, who was there? he said, For God's sake let me in, I am robbed: When he came in, I said, How came you to be robbed? said he, Lot Cavenagh and Dilly have robbed me. - Dilly, that is, Cordelia Taylor : I went up Stairs into their Room to see if they were there, for I did not know they were gone out: When I came into the Room, there was no Body there; and I saw that they had not been in Bed at all, for the Bed was smooth, and not tumbled. - I helped to make it just before they came Home: I looked about for a Pair of Pistols, and a Hanger, that Cavenagh had, and they were all gone; I saw the Hanger in the Kitchen about three o'Clock that Sunday in the Afternoon, and she carried it up Stairs; as to the Pistols, I believe he had them in his Pocket: - My Master Gascoign lent Mr Taylor his Cloaths and a Wig and Hat to go Home in.
Cor. Taylor. Did not Wm Taylor take a Lodging for me in Broad St Giles's?
Baron. Never, that I know of.
Q. Do you know that the Prisoner Taylor and the Witness ever liv'd together as Man and Wife?
Baron . Not that I know of; they are acquainted with one another , and I believe were great together, but did not live as Man and Wife?
Lot Cavenagh. Is Gascoign a married Man?
Baron . No, he is not.
Baron. I never knew that he did.
Lot Cavenagh. Whose Child is that which is at Home? Is it Gascoign's or not?
Baron. No, it is not, it is my own; I have a Husband, but he does not live with me.
James Webster . Mr Taylor , the Prosecutor, hearing that Lot Cavenagh was on the other Side of the Water, informed me that he was robbed of his Cloaths in Hockley in the Hole , by Lot Cavenagh and Cordelia Taylor . I was waiting at the Bird-Cage in Southwark for Cavenagh , and saw him go by, and assisted in the taking of him; he had a Pistol charged with Powder and Paper, but no Ball; he had a Wig on, which Mr Taylor said he believed was his Wig. This is the Frock that Lot Cavenagh had on when he was taken.
Wm Taylor. I had this Frock on that Morning I was robbed. This is the Frock they took from me.
- Robinson . To the best of my Knowledge, this is the Frock that was taken off Lot Cavenagh's Back before the Justice.
- Hammond. I saw this Coat upon Cavenagh's Back once; there was a Pistol taken out of his Pocket when he was taken; there was Powder and Paper in the Pistol , but no Ball. This Hanger was taken out of Cordelia Taylor's Lodging in Mint-Street in the Mint.
Wm Taylor . She had a Hanger in her Hand when I was robbed, but I cannot swear to this Hanger .
Wm Taylor . I cannot swear to the Wig, but here is the Barber that made it.
Lot Cavenagh. I know very well that I had both the Coat and the Wig from you.
Lot Cavenagh . I had them of him for Money he owed me.
Wm Palmer Hind . After we had taken Cavenagh, we went into Mint-Street, where the other Prisoner lodged, and broke open the Door, and there was this Woman fitting by the Fire , and this Hanger lay upon the Drawers.
Lot Cavenagh. I desire to have my Lances and other Instruments again, that are used in Surgery.
Hind. I have none of her Goods; I never touched any Thing in the Room, but the Hanger and a Knife.
Cordelia Taylor . It it very hard that we should suffer upon the Account of this Coat that Taylor gave to Cavenagh ; we have Witnesses that will give a different Account of the Matter; it is very improbable we should go to rob a Man that we were so intimate with, and who knew where to find us every Hour of the Day, and not murder him; it is plain they only do this to take away our Lives for the Sake of the Reward. This Sunday, about Eleven o'Clock, Lot comes into the Room with this Frock, says I, Lord! what has be paid you the old Score? Yes, said he; I might as well take this, as take nothing. Says I, I believe it will be a very dear Coat to you. We went out directly, and shut the Door; this was at Gascoign's . Then I went into Parker's-Lane , to one Mr Waper's , who keeps a Chandler's-Shop, and asked them for a Lodging, but they had none; we went over to the Golden-Hart Alehouse, and they had no Bed; we staid there drinking till past Three, and went over to the Chandler's-Shop, and staid till near Five, and left the Coat there, which Cavenagh had given into my Hand, and went to another Place, and said to the Woman, will you let this Man and I lie down upon the Bed? Accordingly we did lie down, and the Woman went out to work, and between Nine and Ten she came back, and we went to the Chandler's-Shop again, and then I gave the Coat to Lot Cavenagh . When Lot and you have come Home together, I have said, Billy, you bite your Lips upon the Account of Lot Cavenagh's locking so hard at me. Do not you know Lot has came up when I have been in Bed, and I have asked him who should treat, he or I? And sometimes one has treated, and sometimes the other has treated. You have oftentimes called me Bitch, as I have called you Names; and you have told me I have done so and so with Lot; you were as likely as ever Lot Cavenagh was, and I thought you as agreeable. Did not you give thisJack Gascoign 's : You have given me Reasons enough to be jealous of you, as I have given you to be jealous of me: I am a fine stout Woman to hold a Hanger in my Hand to kill a Man, especially as I have lain ten Months by your Side: O! Billy , how can you be so base?
Court. Have you any Witnesses?
Charles Rivington . About five or six Weeks ago, the Prosecutor and Jack Gascoign came to enquire for Little Dilly: says he, The Bitch has stript me last Night of all my Cloaths, and run away with them. - He said, G - d damn the Bitch, when I was in Bed and asleep, she * run away with all my Things. Said I to the Prosecutor and Gascoign, What do you mean by running away with them? And this Gentleman, Wm Taylor, and Mr Gascoign did suppose, that when he was asleep, the little Bitch took his Cloaths and threw them out of Window: I believe she did rob him of his Cloaths, but not in the Manner he says. I come to do Justice; I come without Fee or Reward.
* When she was called up to Judgment, she said, The Truth was, that seeing the Prosecutor in Bed with another Woman, in Revenge she took away his Cloaths, and gave them afterwards to Cavenagh .
George Waper . On the 23 d of September, one Sunday Night about the Hour of Twelve, Lot Cavenagh and that Woman (the Prisoner) I never saw her before then, came to my House and asked for a Lodging; I told her I had none; we went to the Golden-Hart Alehouse, over-against my House, and they had no Bed; so we sat together till between 3 and 4 in the Morning, and then we went over to my House; the Watch went 4 when they left my House: That Woman had a Bundle in a Bird's-eye Handkerchief, and left it there till they came again about Eight in the Morning: She opened the Handkerchief, and took out a Coat or a Frock, with Plate Buttons, and gave it to Cavenagh - I am a Glass-Grinder; I live in Parker's Lane; my Wife keeps a Chandler's-Shop.
Elizabeth Mac Guire . I live at Mr. Waper's: Lot Cavenagh and Cordelia Taylor came into my Landlord's about Twelve o'Clock on Sunday Night, the 23d of September . - I have a Note here which I marked for a Memorandum, because I paid some Money that Night: I cannot read the Note.
Q. Then you cannot tell what Sunday, only that it was one Sunday.
Mac Guire . Yes, I can; it was Sunday the 23d of September, [the 23d of September was Friday] they asked for a Lodging, and my Landlord said, he had none: I went with my Landlord and his Wife, and the two Prisoners, to the Golden-Hart Alehouse; I believe we had eight Pots of Beer there, and staid till past two o'Clock; I went from thence to my Landlord's House again, and there I sat till past Three; that Woman had a Bird's-Eye Handkerchief, with something in it, and left it there, and staid till the Watch came Four, and then they went out; and this Man and Woman came for the Handkerchief again, and she untied the Handkerchief, and I saw her give him a whitish Coat out of it, with Buttons that looked like Plate.
Court. When did you first see these People after this Robbery?
Wm Taylor. It was about three Weeks after they took the Things from me, that I saw him in the New Jail with the Coat on, but not the Wig on.
Court. I ask you, whether or no, from the Time you lost the Cloaths, that you did not hear, before Cavenagh was taken, that he used to wear your Cloaths?
Wm Taylor . No, my Lord.
Cordelia Taylor after this Fact, at your Mother's Back-door?
Wm Taylor. No; I never saw them till they were taken up.
Lot Cavenagh. It is a likely Thing I should rob this Person, when we were so intimate together, and should wear his Cloaths!
Mary Shrub . I live within two or three Doors of Mr. Waper's, and on Sunday the 23d of September, my Husband being out very late, I went there for some Small-Beer, and saw Cordelia Taylor there with a Bundle, but what was in it, I cannot tell; I remember it was the 23d of September, because my Sister was brought to Bed that Day.
Thomas Boyd . I am a Marshal's-Court Officer: I have heard Mr Taylor the Prosecutor, very often say, that he was robbed in Mr Gascoign's House, by that Creature Dilly, as they call her; and they have been as intimate together as can be; the next Day after Taylor was robbed, Alice told me, that Billy Taylor was robbed; How? said I; said she, This Dilly and Lot Cavenagh went to Bed together, and Taylor and another Girl were together: and Dilly got into his Room, and took his Cloaths away; and said she, They must get out at the Window; she opened the Casement, and shewed me there was a little Piece of Brick broke out by the Window, and said, To be sure they must get out that Way, because the Doors were fastened; it was the Fore-Room, up one Pair of Stairs, where Lot Cavenagh and Cordelia Taylor lay. Alice Baron is a comical Sort of a Bitch, for she has got a Husband, and does not live with him.
Juryman. I have seen them several Times together; he does not deny that himself.
Elizabeth Green. - (She was ordered to look for Wm Taylor, who stood just by her, but held his Hat a little before his Face) I cannot see him, though I know the young Man very well. - He is pitted with the Small-Pox. - He is a tall, thin Man. - He wears sometimes a light Wig, and sometimes a dark one. - This is the Man, I see him now: I saw him come into a House in Shorts-Gardens , where they sell Gin, and another Creature with him: The Woman of the House asked him, What he designed to do with little Dilly? says he, I have nothing to do with her, only the Thief-takers will oblige me to it: Damn her says he, I do not design to do any Thing to her, but the Bitch was so wicked as to take my Coat off the Bed, and carry it to an Irish Fellow.
Lot Cavenagh. He did owe me thirty-five Shillings, but we were so intimate, that I did not care what I did for him: but lately I did want to make it come to 40 s. that I might arrest him.
Both Guilty . Death .
40. + Jacob Cordosa was indicted, that he, with Jacob Globez , otherwise Lopez , did break and enter the Dwelling-house of Benjamin Sadler , in the Night time, and took from thence one Copper Warming-pan, one Copper Tea-kettle, one Copper Coffee-pot, one Quart Copper Pot , one Copper Money-shovel, two Box-irons, four Table-cloths, seven Napkins, and twenty-four Pewter Plates, the Goods of Benjamin Sadler ; and two Cambrick Aprons and two Cambrick Caps , the Property of Rebecca Burton , Sept. 30 .
Benjamin Sadler . I live in Well-Close-Square : I can give no Account of my House being broke open, for I was sick then; I can only say, that I lost the Things mentioned in the Indictment. - I had the Pewter Plates again, a Pair of Candlesticks, my Table-Linnen, and the Quart Pot.
Rebecca Burton . I am Niece to Mr Sadler , and live with him. - When the House was broke open, I lost a Cambrick Apron, and a Cambrick Cap; the Cap was left in a Pan upon the Dresser the Night before, and the next Morning, when I came down, was missing: I never had either the Apron or the Cap again. About six o'Clock in the Morning the Maid came up to me, and desired I would come down, for the House had been broke open. When I came down, I found the Staple of the Window forced out, the Casement was taken off, and put on the outside of the Window, the inside Shutters were open, and the Dresser-Drawers were open. - There were more Things lost than are laid in the Indictment.
Capt. John Jell . I live in the Square, just by Mr Sadler's, and had lain in the House about a Fortnight, because Mr Sadler had been sick, and if he had died, he had given me some Charge concerning it. On the 30th of September, or the 1st of October, when I came down in the Morning, I met this young Woman, Mrs Burton, and she said, We are robb'd! Said I, How so? She said, Go into the Kitchen, and you will see - I usually
Q. Where is Unwin?
Jell. He is ill of the Gout, and almost killed by some Rogues who beat him the other Day. Cordosa, on my first asking him, denied having any Knowledge of the Fact, but at last confessed ingenuously that he was guilty of stealing the Things out of this House: He produced none of them; nor would he own how he took them. - He did not confess the breaking open the House.
John Davis . I was going through Well-Close-Square the 1st of October, about three o'Clock in the Morning: I saw a Man with a Bag upon his Shoulder, and he, I suppose, imagining we were pursuing him, dropped the Bag off his Shoulder, and made off: I took the Bag up; there was in the Bag two Dozen of Pewter Plates, and some Linnen. - I do not know that ever I saw the Prisoner before.
John Dawson . I only saw his Back; I cannot say the Prisoner is the Man that dropped the Bag. On the 1st of October, at very near three in the Morning, I saw a Man walking down Well-Close-Square, with a Bag upon his Shoulder; the Man seeing us, run away, and I run after him, and he dropped the Bag; my Partner took hold of it, said he, we have got a Prize; I believe it is a Bag of Tea.
Guilty 39 s.
41. + Joseph Isaacs , of St Mary, Whitechapel , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Samuel Hawkins , in the Night, and taking from thence two wooden Boxes, three Dozen of Candles, three Pair of Shoes, one Pair of Boots, four Brass Candlesticks, one Pair of Brass Snuffers, one Brass Cock, and one Pair of Buckles, the Goods of Samuel Hawkins , October the 14th .
Samuel Hawkins . I live in Lemon-street, in Goodman's-Fields ; when I came down Stairs on the 14th of October in the Morning, I found my Cellar-window broke open; the Candles, and the other Things laid in the Indictment, were gone: I found my Boots in New Rag-Fair; the Candlesticks, Snuffers, and a Box, were found, upon a Search-warrant, in Robinson's House, by John Boyce .
Mary Taylor . I looked after Mr Robinson's Wife when she was ill: About the Middle of October, between One and Two in the Morning, I saw the Prisoner at the Bar come to Mr Robinson's, and brought this Box in full of Candles, upon his Shoulder, and sat it down upon the Table: He said they had broke a House open. - I suppose he meant himself and Mr Robinson together: He came a great many Times: He brought the Candlesticks in his Handkerchief, and the Brass Cock in his Hand: I can swear to the Box and the Brass Cock: I know these to be the Candlesticks, because I saw them the next Morning.
- Taylor . Robinson brought in the Candlesticks, and the Prisoner the Boots and Shoes.
Prisoner. That young Woman is Robinson's Cousin .
Taylor. I am of small Kin to his Wife, but none to him.
42, 43. + Jacob Cordosa was a second Time indicted with + John Robinson , for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Tryphena Eden , Widow, in the Night, and taking from thence two Casks, containing eight Gallons of Rum; one Cask, containing ten Gallons of Brandy, &c. the Goods of the said Tryphena Eden , October 15 .
Tryphena Eden . On the 15th of October last, my House was broke open. - I lost two Casks, containing eight Gallons of Rum, the Value is two Pounds, the one Cask of Brandy, Value three
Joseph Isaacs *, a Jew. About eight or nine Weeks ago, I and John Robinson , and Jacob Cordosa , went into Well-Close Square, between One and Two in the Morning: Jacob Cordosa had an Iron Bar with him; He put that Bar between the Bars of this Gentlewoman's Cellar-door, bent one of the Bars back, put his Hand in, took out the Key, and then took the Pin out, and opened the Cellar-door; Robinson and he went in, and I stood on the outside to watch if any Body went by. - We took away between seven and eight Gallons of Brandy in one Cask, between five and six Gallons of Rum in the other two Casks, one Stone Bottle with Brandy, but I cannot tell how much; and there was a Gallon Pewter-Pot without a Lid. - The Cocks were in the three Barrels; they were carried to John Robinson 's House, and the Liquors were measured there, and they were all, except the Gallon Pot, sold to Isaac Fonseca , for three Pounds; the Gallon Pot was left at Robinson's House. - I do not know whose House it was that we robbed.
* Isaacs and Robinson had given Information against each other, and Cordosa ; but being both indicted, the Court would admit neither of them to be an Evidence against Cordosa , on the first Trial. Isaacs being acquitted on the Indictment preferr'd against him, was now produc'd against them both.
Ann Cooper . I have known him about three Years; I live by his Parents, I never heard any Ill of him; he never was taken up for any Crime before; his Parents live in very good Credit. - His Father is a Tide-waiter .
44. + William Remue , of St John the Evangelist , was indicted, that he not having the Fear of God, &c. on the 17th of September, in the Sixteenth Year of his Majesty's Reign , in and upon Mary Simmonds , Spinster, did feloniously make an Assault, and her, the said Mary, wickedly, unlawfully, and feloniously, carnally did know and abuse, against the Peace, &c. and against the Form of the Statute .
Mary Simmonds . I am Servant to Mr Bodicoat; my Mistress had been out of Town for two or three Days; on the 17th of September, between Eleven and Twelve at Night, the Prisoner knocked at the Door; I did not ask who was at the Door; I opened the Door, thinking it was my Mistress; but she did not come Home that Night, nor till eleven o'Clock next Day; he asked me whether my Mistress was at Home; I said No, and believed she would not come Home that Night. - My Master was in Bed suddled; I was ironing, and thought to sit up all Night; he came in and sat himself down by the Fire, and when I came to take an Iron out of the Fire, he put his Hand into my Bosom, and used me in a very rude Manner. I desired he would let me alone, and go Home to his Wife; that I thought it much more proper for him and every Man to be at Home. - I knew him by his coming frequently to my Master's and Mistress's House. - Still he continued to use me very ill; and at last laid me down on the Floor, and used me in a very violent Manner.
Q. How did he use you?
Simmonds . He forced it into me, and if I had not cried out Murder, he would have drove it into the Soul of me.
The Necessity of the Case requiring the Prisoner to be very explicit, she gave sufficient Evidence to maintain the Indictment.
Simmonds. I found myself hurt in such a violent Manner, that I could hardly get to Bed: I was hardly able to wag. - I found myself very bad.
Q. Was this done by Force, or did you give your Consent?
Simmonds. It was all Force, I gave no Consent at all .
Q. When did you acquaint your Mistress with it?
Simmonds. I acquainted her with it about an Hour after she came Home the next Day. - The Prisoner went away between Twelve and One .
Q. You say you were very bad, how long did you continue so?
Simmonds. About a Fortnight .
Q. Did you complain to any Body?
Simmonds. To none but my Mistress. - Dr Mead, the Man Midwife, ordered me Medicines upon the Account of this Disorder. After the Prisoner had committed the Fact, he would have had me have promised to have gone with him, or to have met him at the Water-side, either the next Day in the Afternoon (which was Saturday) or Sunday in the Afternoon , or Monday in the Afternoon. - At Millbank ; but I did not go: I said to him, Mr Remue, What! now you have got your Ends of me, you want to murder me. - I do really believe he had a Design to murder me.
Court. Have you any Questions to ask her?
Prisoner. I have Council, and I beg that Gentleman may ask the Questions for me.
Q. Do you know one Mr Debat?
Simmonds. Yes; he used me very rudely the Thursday before.
Q. Did you complain of what Mr Debat did to you?
Simmonds . No.
Q. Did you complain of a Strain?
Simmonds . Yes, I did.
Q. I ask you, if you were not brought to Bed of a dead Child a little before?
Simmonds. No. - I am very positive of it. - I never had one.
Q. How came you to say Mr Debat used you ill?
Simmonds. Because he used me very rudely .
Martha Roebank . I went to Mr Bodicoat's on Saturday Night, the Day she came Home, for I heard that Mrs Boddicoat wanted to speak with me: When I came, she told me, the Girl was ill, and said, she had been ill used; and desired me to go up Stairs; that it was her Opinion, the Girl was ravished. I told her, it was my Opinion that the Girl had miscarried; I nursed her; the Medicines she had , were ordered by Dr Mead, a Man Midwife ; and Medicines I believe proper for such a Case.
Q. How long was she bad?
Rocbank . I do not think she was very bad after the first Night. - I have been in private with the Prisoner and never saw any Harm by him. - I had Reasons to think it was a Miscarriage. - I am not a Maid, I have had five Children. I hope you will not ask me any Questions that immodest . I have nursed People before in there Cases, and I have been so myself; and for that Reasons I believe it to be a Miscarriage. - I do not know what the Medicines were.
Mrs Bodicoat . (The Girl's Mistress.) I came Home on the Saturday in the Forenoon, and found the Girl in a very great Disorder. I asked her what was the Matter; she told me, she believed she had over-reached herself; but after some Time, she said, she had undergone a great deal of Fa since I had been gone. Then I asked her, if anybody had been there that had abused her? I taxed her home whether she had not miscarried; for I never saw any body in such a Condition, unless it was a Miscarriage. She said it was no such Thing I threatned to turn her out of Doors if she would not tell me; then she said, Mr Debat had used her very ill the Thursday before; it was a good while before she would tell that the Prisoner had lain with her; but after I had pressed her very hard to tell me, she said, If I must tell you the Truth, it was Mr Remue. - I did not examine her so close as to know whether any Damage had been done to her Body. - She had been with me about two Months, but I have known her four Years, and never knew any Ill of her. - She is a giggling Girl; I never saw any Immodesty by her in my Life - I never had a Miscarriage my self so I cannot be so good a Judge as those that have.
Isabella Walker . I never knew any thing of Dishonesty by her, and have known her from a Child down to this Time, and she always behaved me destly .
Ursula Major . The young Woman was in at my House the Night before this Thing happened, and was as well as ever I saw her in my Life. The Prosecutrix sent a little Boy for me next Morning, after this Thing happened; I found her very she told me her Mistress was not at Home, and
Mrs Handford. I was sent for to Mary Simmonds . I am a married Woman, and have had three Children, so I know what Condition she was in: I found her in a very bad Way; there was a Flooding by her Bed-side, and great Clods of Blood, which no body, but Women that have been married, can know any thing of. It is my Opinion, she had been ill used by some Man. - I never saw any Thing ill by the Girl in my Life. She has lived by me but a little while. - Her Mistress came Home about Eleven o'Clock on Saturday Morning, and asked me how she did; I told her as I have related it.
Mrs Handford cross-examin'd.
Q. You say you found her in a very bad Way, do you mean from the Effect of a Miscarriage, or from what?
Handford. No, I do not mean from a Miscarriage; I know nothing of any Miscarriage; I believe it was from being forced.
Q. Might there not have been the same Consequences attending the lying with a Man, if it was done by Consent, as if it had been done by Force?
Handford. Indeed, Sir, I never had the Trial of that.
Mr Remue's Defence.
My Lord, about the 18th or 19th of September last, the Prosecutrix was in a great Disorder, by the great Effusion of Blood. Here are two Persons who were sent for by the Prosecutrix, and they were the first Persons that examined her, and asked her the Occasion of the Disorder; she said, she had over-strained herself by lifting an Ox's Head. They told her they thought it incredible, that such a great Flow of Blood should come from a Strain; and believed that she had miscarried, and very much pressed her to tell the Truth. She said she had not miscarried, and that no Man had ever lain with her. Mrs Handford and Mrs Sampson know this, and they said her Case was so bad, as to require the Opinion of a Man-Midwife: Accordingly they sent for Dr Mead, and he gave his Opinion, that she had miscarried. When she found they could not be persuaded to believe that it was a Strain, she acknowledged, that a Day or two before, James Debat , a Butcher, came into the House, tied down the Latch of the Door, pushed her into a Chair, and had to do with her, and broke the Chair in committing the Violence; and Women, who are experienced in Child-bearing, say, that if there had been Violence committed, it is impossible that could be the Cause of such an Effusion of Blood. They told her they believed she had had a Child, and that she had secreted the Child, and believed the Child might be at seven or eight Months Growth. This Mrs Boddicoat and others have consulted how to fix it upon me, because I had been pretty much backward and forward in the House, and in order, as I believe, to extort some Money from me. They sent for Dr Mead; when they told him of it, he said it proceeded from a Miscarriage: When they talked to him of the Prosecution , he said it would be a most enormous Case and a Sin, and the Indictment must of Consequence fall to the Ground. They said, we shall never be able to make our selves Satisfaction, without commencing a Suit against him; and so these People swore against me, and indictment me here. I beg Leave to observe another Thing; they have made Overtures from Time to Time, that if I would give them any Thing for Satisfaction, as they pretended, for their Charge and Trouble, the Prosecution should be stifled ; and Martha Roebank said, they would take five Guineas, of which Mrs Boddicoat was to have one Guinea, and the Girl four; and on Sunday Night they sent Mr Barnes to Mrs handford, and told her Mrs Boddicoat was miserable poor, and that they wanted something to support themselves, and if I would give four or five Guineas, there should be no Prosecution.
Lody Handford. I was desired to go to Mrs Boddicoat's, and I went there; I was the first Person that took this Creature's Information with Relation to the Affair; said I, Mary, what is the Matter with you? She said, I have lifted an Ox's Head, and have done my self a great deal of Damage; but I believe it was a Miscarriage; I have had a Miscarriage my self: This Flowing was in such a Quantity, that no body, unless it was a Woman that miscarried, or was delivered of a Child, could have so much. I was a Maid once, and was married pretty soon, about Fourteen Years of Age, and I never knew the like, but in these Cases. Molly, said I, How can this be? I am sure you have known a Man for it is a Thing quite contrary to Nature, without you have known Man; and I am afraid there is a Murder at the Bottom. - This was the next Day, between Nine and Ten o'Clock, on Saturday Morning; she said, as God should judge her, she never knew any Man in her Life:
Q. Were there any Offers made of taking Money?
Handford . Yes. - By Mrs Boddicoat and the Prosecutrix; the Prosecutrix said, if he would give her some Money, she would not appear against him; and I said, The Man will not give you a Shilling: I believe Mrs Boddicoat would have been willing to have taken what she was out of Pocket; I have heard her say, she would take ten Guineas, and not trouble herself about it.
Q. Now as you have had a Miscarriage, do you take this to be the Effect of a Miscarriage?
Handford. I really do believe it to be so.
Elizabeth Sampson . I went to see Mrs Boddicoat's Maid; she was in Bed, and I found her a great deal worse than I thought she was; she had concealed a great deal of Blood, her Camblet Gown and Petticoat were spread over the Floor to conceal it; said I, Mary, what is the Matter with your Arm it is so bloody: Says she, I am all over so, I have hurt myself in lifting an Ox's Head. Said I, If you had lifted a whole Bullock, you could not be worse. I turned down the Bed, and that was in a bad Condition; I thought she had been delivered of a Child. I looked all over the Room, into the Cradle and Trunk, and every where, to see if there was a Child concealed. I charged her with making away with the Child, and she protested with a great many Vows, she did not know what a Man was, before the Midwife examined her; then she said, one Debat had forced her into a Room, and fastened the Latch down, &c. They charged her with having a Child, which she denied; but she said, if she must tell the Truth, Mr Debat had to co with her ever since she came to Mrs Boddicoat's ; she said so for a great many Hours, and then she said it was Mr Remue; and Mrs Boddicoat said, if he would give the Girl fifty Pounds, and give her ten Pounds for spoiling the Bed, she would say no more of it.
Court. Who proposed to take the Money?
Sampson. I had it from the Mouth of her Mistress; she said the Girl would not make it up under fifty Pounds.
Q. What do you take this to be the Effect of?
Sampson. I take it to be the Effect of a Miscarriage; but I never was in the Time of Child-Birth, in so bad a Condition as she was in.
Dr Mead. On the Saturday, about eleven o'Clock, I went to Mrs Boddicoat's to see the Maid; when I came into the Room, I declared my Opinion, that there had been a Child, or a large Miscarriage; there was a great flooding, and all the Symptoms that could be of it; the Girl protested she had never known Man. I told her, that her Word would signify nothing, there were such Symptoms to the contrary; at length she said one Debat had to do with her; the Bed was so wet with Blood and Water that flows at these Times; there are very few Names for Smells, but there is a very indifferent Smell attending these Cases; there were Cloaths bloody, and Blood in a great Quantity about the Room; it is my positive Opinion, that there was a Child, and that it must be at least seven Months Growth.
Q. Was there any external Appearance besides Blood and Water?
Dr Mead. No, there was not: I passed my Hand into her Body, and there was nothing unusual.
Q. Has not the Forcing a Woman such an Effect?
Dr Mead. Not to the fiftieth Part of what was in this Case.
Q. Was there not a Talk of the Prosecution being stopped, if they could have got a Sum of Money.
Dr Mead . Yes, there was a Talk of fifty Pound . - And something intimated, that if they could get it, it would be the Way for me to be paid, but I never had a Fathing. - I have followed this Business about thirteen Years.
Q. I think you said you searched her Body?
Dr Mead. I did so. - She had Clods of Blood in her Shift , she was bloody from the Fingers End to the Elbow, and over the Mons Veneris. -
Mrs Hoare . I have been acquainted with Mr Remue , about a Year and a half, his Wife is a particular Acquaintance of mine; he has waited for her several Hours, and I never saw any Thing but what was very modest by him, nor ever heard any thing of this Nature before.
Frances Pooley . I have known Mr Remue seven Years; he lodged with me several Times, and always behaved civilly; I have a Girl about fifteen Years of Age, who has frequently sat with him when I have been out, and he never behaved amiss to her.
Miss Handford . I have known Mr Remue about three Years. I have been frequently with him a great while together, Morning and Evening, when Nobody has been in the House but him and me, and I never knew him behave amiss, and never heard him talk unhandsomely.
- Wilcox. I was sent for to the Prosecutrix; I examined her, and found her in a very great Disorder, and that she had either had a Child, or a Miscarriage. I have followed Midwisry four Years, and do not think there could be any Thing like it, if there had not been a Child, or a Miscarriage.
Miss Pooley. I am about Fourteen Years of Age. I have been frequently with Mr Remue, within these two Years; I have been with him by my self, and he never offered any Thing rude to me.
Mrs Boddicoat called again.
Court. Here have been some Witnesses that mention'd Sums of Money being demanded by you; I ask you, whether you ever demanded any Money or not?
Boddicoat. That Saturday Morning, Mr Remue wanted to speak with that Gentlewoman, and asked how the Maid did? Says she, had enough, Mr Remue; there is but a Span between her and Death: He desired proper Care might be taken of her, and it should be paid for: and that is a very reasonable Thing.
Q. Some of the Witnesses spoke as to the requiring of Money relating to the Prosecution, was there any Thing said about that?
Boddicoat . I did say, I had not Money to go on with the Prosecution, and the Girl had none, and I was willing to right her if it lay in my Power.
Nicholas Gandy . Last Saturday, a little Girl told me, a Man had run away with my Loin of Pork; a Butcher told me, he went through Clements-Inn , so I followed him, and took it under his Arm; says I, You Villain, what do rob the Spital; he began to damn his Eyes in a sad Manner; when he was before the Justice, a Man said he belonged to a Gang; he was asked whether he was concerned in the Murder of the Man in Chelsea-Fields; he said he was not, but he supped with them the next Night that were.
- I was going through Clements-Inn, and hearing a Cry of Stop Thief, I saw this Fellow jump down all the Steps at once, I caught him fast in my Arms; then the Prosecutor came up and took him.
Guilty 10 d.
46. + Mary Hughes , of St James, Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing a Watch, with a Shagreen Case, from the Person of William Hooker , October 15 . He not appearing, she was Acquitted .
47. William Young , of Alhallows , Lombard-street , was indicted for stealing two Blankets, one Peruke, one Silver Stock-Buckle, one Shirt, &c . the Goods of John Bisham , Dec. 6 . No Prosecutor appearing, Acquitted .
Thomas Haven , of St Marylebon , was indicted for stealing thirty-one Pieces of Gold Coin, called Guineas, Value 32 l. 11 s. - one Piece of Portugal Gold Coin, Value 3 l. 12 s. - one Piece Ditto, Value 1 l. 16 s. - and thirty four Shillings in Money, the Money of Richard Cross , in his Dwelling-House , October 29th .
Richard Cross . On the 29th of October, when I came Home from my Lord-Mayor's Shew , my Boy told me, he was afraid somebody had got into the Cellar. I searched and found no Body; I went into my Room, and looked into the Bureau, and missed forty Pounds, or thereabouts: I cannot tell the direct Pieces; there were 31 Guineas, the Money was in the Bureau, in the Bed chamber: I am a Victualler , and live in Rathbone Place . The Prisoner had been my Servant some Years; I discharged him about the beginning of March last; I asked if he had been there; they told me he had been there between six and seven o'Clock, and seemed to be drunk; I made it my Business to enquire where he lodged, and found it to be in Fore-Street, by Morefields ; I carried a Warrant to Mr Rugby the Constable, who apprehended him. - He got in at the Closet Window, and then into the Room where the Bureau stood.
Wm Rugby, Constable. On the 30th of October, Mr Cross brought a Warrant to me, to serve on Thomas Haven , who, he was informed, lived in our Neighbourhood, and said, he would shew me the House; when I came there, the Man said he was gone to a Publick House just by; and if he was not there, I might probably find him at the Corner of Coleman-Street; but I took him at the Sign of the Windmill, by White-Chappel Church : I told him, his Master had given me a Warrant to apprehend him, and that he had sworn to about forty Pounds, that he had lost; he said, he had it not; said I, Let me feel in your Pocket. I put my Hand in one Pocket, and found nothing; I put my Hand in another Pocket, and took out this Bag; there were in it, thirty-four Guineas, a 3 l. 12 s. a 36 s. Piece, and thirty-four Shillings in Silver: He said it was his Master's Money, and he hoped he would be favourable to him, for he had not made away with above seven or eight Shillings, which he had paid for Lodging and expended.
Mr Cross. He confessed he robbed me of the Money, and that he took it out of the Bureau ; he did not take all the Money; he left about 36 l. - or 37 l. behind.
John Larrimort. I have known him seven or eight Years; his general Character is good, and he was a faithful Servant to his Master, for any Thing that I have heard.
Price Mills. I have known him four or five Years, his Character has always been good in the Neighbourhood.
Guilty Death .The Jury and the Prosecutor recommended him to the Court .
52, 53. + George Campbell , and + John Mac-Cullough , of St Martin in the Fields , were indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Daniel Higgins , and taking from thence, twenty-eight Pewter Plates, Value 2 s. and one Table-cloth, Value Two-pence, the Goods of Daniel Higgins , Nov. 2 .
John Eckley . Nov. 2. About half an Hour after Eleven, coming along Hog-Lane, I saw the two Prisoners; Who's that? Jack, said I; Yes, said he; says George Campbell , If you will go along with me I know of a brave Chance; what Chance? sixty Pounds. - Says Mac Cullough , My Uncle is in Bed, I cannot get it to Night. His Uncle keeps the Dube's-Head, in Mercer's-Street; Campbell opened the Cellar-Door with a Knife; they both went down and staid half an Hour, and then handed up twenty-eight Plates to me; they were put in three Table-cloths; I thought I saw a Watchman at the End of the Street, so I made the best of my Way off, and saw no more of them till the next Morning seven o'Clock. I was asleep, Campbell came up to me, Damn your Blood, says he, what did you run away so soon for, I could have got as many more.
Mrs Higgins . About the 2d of November, I lost my Goods, twenty-eight Plates, &c. I do not know that the House was broke open; my Husband knows, but he is sick in Bed.
Campbell . You have had my Character to Day before *.
* See No. 24.
Both Guilty , Felony.
Dorothy Lawn , and Elizabeth Salter , of St George Bloomsbury , were indicted for stealing a Pair of Sheets, a Bolster, a Blanket, &c. the Goods of Edward Harvey , Dec. 1 . in their Lodging .
Edward Harvey . These two Women took a Room of me; I missed some Things, they owned the taking of them, and said I should have them again, and desired Favour. I told them I would grant them as much Favour as could be. They said they had Friends would do for them. I went into Black-Fryers to enquire for one of their Husbands: One said he did not know them, and others would not know them, and others said they had their Deserts.
Harvey. These are my Sheets.
Harvey. She had agreed with Arnold to sell all the Goods in the Room. Guilty 10 d.
56. + John Heber , of St George in Middlesex , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of John Taylor , and stealing one Feather-Bed, val. 14 s. one Bolster, val. 18 d. and one Curtain, val. 12 d. the Goods of John Taylor , Nov. 3.
John Taylor . I did not lose any Thing; the Feather-Bed and Bolster were taken off the Bedstead and tied up in the Curtain. They were moved, as I apprehend, with a Design to be taken away, the third of November, between five and six in the Evening : The Room was locked when I went out in the Morning; and when I came Home, the Padlock of the outward Door was picked. I was drinking a Pot of Beer below, and was informed of it by the Maid. It is a Publick House, and this Apartment is let to me; I went up Stairs, and found the Prisoner in my Room; he enquired for one Williams a Watchmaker, but no such Person lived there. I took him by the Collar, and left him in Custody of some of the People in the Yard till I got a Constable.
Prisoner. I was very ill; I had a Stick in my Hand , and could hardly walk .
Isaac Johnson . The Prosecutor has a Part of my House. I undid the Bed, and found this Poker which he had bought but a Quarter of an Hour before of Mr Marsh , as he told me; it is a proper Instrument to break open a Padlock.
Prisoner. Ask him if he thinks I am able to carry that away.
Taylor . It is not so large, but any Body might carry it. He looked pale but not sick.
Prisoner. It is a common Sort of a Passage, and an Alehouse; so I went in to inquire if one Mr Williams lived there; Mr Taylor was below Stairs , and asked who was there. I said , I am glad you are come, I wanted to ask you a Question, but he immediately secured me.
Hoster Williams . I am no Relation to the last Evidence. I live in Petty-France . I have lived about six Months over-against him, and never saw any ill of him. Guilty Felony.
57, 58. Edward Brown and Alexander Campbell were indicted for stealing Five hundred Weight of Sugar, the Goods of Persons unknown; five Quart Bottles of Rum, one Bottle of Madeira Wine, and two Elephants Teeth, the Goods of John Bussy , in the Ship called the Peggy and Jenny . Novemb. 21 .
Martin Long . I am Master of the Ship, Peggy and Jenny; the Ship was in Carter's Dock at Limehouse-Hole I lost a Quantity of Sugar out of the Hold in a Cask; some Rum and Wine in a Chest, and two Elephants Teeth, which were under the Bed in the State-Room. The 22d of November, as Mr Barnes was going with me to the Ship, I met my Steward, says he, I have ca ught the Thief, it is the Boy, Dick. Brown said before Justice Jones , on the 22d of November, that Dick French persuaded him to take these Things out of the Ship; and Alexander Campbell said, the Boy had enticed him to do so. - I take the Sugar to be the Property of divers Persons, because it is the Scrapings of the Ship.
Richard French. The first Day our Ship went into Dock, I met Brown , and another; they asked me if the Sweepings of the Sugar were gone, I said no; they asked me if I would sell it, I told them it was not mine; they said you foolish Rogue, as the Ship is in Dock, you may venture to do it , so I said they might have it if they would come for it: This was about the Middle of November, about 12 at Night. Friday, November 20, I met Campbell, he asked me if he should come for the Sweepings, I told him yes, and on Sunday Night, Brown and Campbell, got a Lighter Man's Skiff , and came into the Ship
- The Captain's Mate. Sunday the 21st of November, I went on Board the Ship; in the Morning, William Shortling told me the Ship had been robbed; I went in search after the Boy, and found him at the White-Lion, the Corner of Shadwell-Market. On Monday I went to the Captain, he came and charged a Constable with him, and carried him before Justice Jones.
Charles Barnes . The 22nd of November, I went with Captain Long to see the Ship; Wm Shortling, the Steward, said, I have found the Thief, and said it was the Boy Dick. When the Prisoners were before Justice Jones , Brown did own that he did assist them with a Marling-Spike; and in helping the Sugar off; Campbell at that Time, said he knew nothing of the Matter . There were no Promises of Favour, but Captain Long did observe once, that Brown was going to hang himself, and cautioned him not.
William Watson. I was at the taking of the Boy, and was before the Justice, I heard Brown say, he handed a Marling-Spike down to the Boy and assisted him in taking the Sugar and other Things; Campbell said little or nothing.
William Shortling . I am Steward of the Ship. Saturday Night after the Labourers had done Work, I made fast the Ship, I quarrelled with this Boy and licked him, I came on Board the Ship on Monday, and upon the Steerage I saw some empty Bottles, and saw the Staple of the Chest was drawn; I struck a Light, and missed 5 Bottles of Rum and one of Wine, I went into the Cabbin, and found this Boy French's Hat in the Gun-Room, and then I looked for the Elephants Teeth, which I had hid under the Bed in the State-Room; I found him at the Dutch Skippers , or White Lyon, at Shadwell Market ; said I, Dick you are a Rogue, you have robbed the Ship, I brought him on board and put him in Irons, and he confessed the Thing: I went down into the Hold, and they had left the Spade in the Cask, and the Cask was quite empty.
- Willoughby . I was at the White Lyon, when the Boy was taken, says the Prisoner Brown , Lord bless me, what have I done? There was a Man very well dressed there, who said, do not mind what the Boy says, you shall not be hurt, and swore to it.
John Strongitharm . On the 12th of November , one of these two Men told me, there was a Man stopped, offering some Paper to sell, and he believed it was stole, and desired my Assistance: I carried him before a Magistrate. He sent to his Mother; she sent Word, he must return it to the Gentleman he had it of.
Thomas Lake. I live at Sittingburn , in Kent: I made this Paper, I know it by a particular Blemish in the Mould: I sell this for 6 d. a Quire, or 8 s. a Ream.
Sarah Mackey . (The Prisoner's Mother.) My Husband is a Scotchman, and is gone to Scotland in a Merchant-Ship. I do not know any thing of the Paper; he might have it of his Father, who is a bad Man. He does not always come to me when he comes to London. Acquitted .
60. Sarah Sharp , otherwise Sparkes , was indicted for stealing one Pair of Stays, a Holland Apron, a black Silk Hood, a Child's Dimity Coat, and other Things , the Property of Robert Leake , Oct. 14 .
Mrs Leake . My Child had the Small-Pox, and the Apothecary told me it was a bad Sort, and if I nurs'd it, I should be in Danger of my Life; so I got this Woman to look after it, and left her in Charge. I missed several Things: Said I, they cannot go out of the Drawers without being took. I missed likewise a Silver Spoon out of the Beauset. I charged her with them, and she stood very stiff in it that she had them not. I took up my Maid, Ann Fell ; said she, I do not think but what Betty (that is the Prisoner, for so she is called in the Market) ought to be taken up as well as I, for I saw her take a white Frock out of the Drawer. About a Month afterwards I had a Search-Warrant from Justice Poulson , and I found the Things at Mrs Motte's, at Islington.
Q. Did you lend any Money upon them, or let her have any Geneva ?
Motte . I do not sell any. I opened the Bundle while she was there, to see what was in it. Mr Leake came and took them with a Search-War rant: It was about six Weeks ago, which was the next Day after she left them. Her Husband is gone as a Marine: he is a small Relation of my Husband's. - She had a very good Character before this.
Robert Leake . The Beginning of July, Ann Fell was hired as a Servant to me: The Child being ill of the Small-Pox, and my Wife not having had them, we trusted her with the House. I missed a Silver Spoon, and several Things: I charged her with them, and she threatned to sue me for Scandal: We let it lie dormant to the Middle of September, and missed other Things afterwards. Sarah Sparkes kept out of the Way, and I was informed there was a Bundle left at Mrs Motte's at Islington; I got a Search-Warrant, and at Mrs Motte's, and another House, found the Things mentioned in the Indictment, and then took up the Prisoner. The Prisoner said she bought the Apron of Ann Fell , our Servant, for 2 s. and that Ann Fell gave her the Stays which were taken off her Back at Justice Poulson's. When I took hold of her, she put two Half Guineas into my Hand, and said, there is the full Value of the Things that I had: I said, as she had been concerned with Thieves, you must take your Fate with the rest. I have not found the twentieth Part of the Things I lost.
Wm Peck . I had a Search-Warrant brought me to search the House of one Morgan, and found but a Trifle there; when I served the Body Warrant on her, she slipped two Half-Guineas into my Hand, and begged I would let her go; I believe she put them into my Hand above twenty Times; I told her, if she would give me as many Guineas as there were Days in the Year, I would not take it. I carried her to one Sprag's , there she put the Money into my Hand again several Times, and finding I would not take it, she would fain have got off, and have left the Child she had in her Arms.
Prisoner. I was at Mr Leake's House when the Child had the Small-Pox; she had given the Maid these Things, and the Maid said, if I would come an Hour or two sooner, of an Evening, she would give me something to make me amends.
Mary Pritchet . About six Months ago, Mrs Leake came to my House, and said she would swear a Robbery against this Woman and transport her; says this poor Woman, pray, Madam, do not expose me, your Maid gave them to me. Says she, you are a lying Bitch - She said she would either hang her or transport her. - I have
Sarah Sallery . This Woman has been a Chair-woman a great many Times; I have trusted her with Linnen, Brass and Pewter, and other Things, which she might have stole; and I never lost any Thing, and I believe what she is charged with, is owing to their Maid; I believe her to be as honest a Creature as ever came into a House.
Joseph Calloway . I have known her these two Years; she has carried Meat for me, and received the Money for it, and brought it me; I never found she wronged me, and believe her to be a very honest Woman.
Leake. Mrs Pritchet and I have been at Law together, and she does it out of Spight.
Pritchet. Yes, my Lord, we have been at Law together, and I believe the Prisoner at the Bar has a better Character than the Prosecutrix. Acquitted .
Keeble was convicted of four Felonies, and tried for a Rape in the third Sessions of Alderman PERRY'S Mayoralty. See the Trials, No. 178. & c.
Robert Budd , attainted last Sessions, (for breaking into Mr Sanders's House, and stealing a great Quantity of Linnen) having received His Majesty's Pardon, on Condition of being transported for 14 Years , received Sentence accordingly.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows.
Received Sentence of Death, 8.
Transportation for 14 Years, 1.
Transportation for 7 Years, 24.
Burnt in the Hand, I.
The Court have no discretionary Power in relation to Receivers of stolen Goods, or Persons who rob their Lodgings, but must sentence the former to be transported for 14 Years, and the latter for 7 . With Regard to other Larcenies, they may inflict the Common-Law Punishment, of Branding or Whipping.
Robert Budd , attainted last Sessions, (for breaking into Mr Sanders's House, and stealing a great Quantity of Linnen) having received His Majesty's Pardon, on Condition of being transported for 14 Years , received Sentence accordingly.