JUSTICE-HALL in the Old-Bailey, on THURSDAY the 19th, and FRIDAY the 20th of May.
In the 16th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEING THE Fifth SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY OF THE
LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row. 1748
BEFORE the Right Honourable ROBERT WILLIMOTT , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London, Mr Justice BURNET, Mr Serjeant URLIN, Recorder, 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.
Francis Cremer . On the 3d of May, between four and five in the Afternoon, the Prisoner came into my Shop and asked for a Pair of grey Stockings; I asked him what Price; he said about 4 s. 6 d. he looked on several Pair, and thought they were hardly fine enough, and as I was getting some others, I turned my Eyes on one Side, and saw him shuffle this Pair into his Pocket; he had hardly got them in; I said to him, I suppose, Master, you design to pay me for that Pair of Stockings you have in your Pocket. Says he, I have none in my Pocket, there is the Pair of Stockings I took lying on the Ground. There was a Pair lying on the Ground; but they were of a darker Colour. I went up to him, and said, I will be certain whether you have them or no; I laid hold of his Collar, and gave a Knock, and my Wife and Maid came up; he fell down upon his Knees and begged for Mercy, and said it was the first Fact that ever he committed. My Wife was for running her Hand into his Pocket to take the Stockings out, but he would not let her; then he put his Hand into his Pocket, pulled out two Pair, and threw them down; that was one Pair more than I knew of. This is one of the Pair he pulled out.
Prisoner. Did not you search me yourself before your Wife and Maid came into the Shop?
Cremer. No indeed, I did not.
Isaac Masters . I saw the Prisoner go into Mr Dyer's House, and saw him come out again with something under his Coat, and I and William Ceeley ran after him, and caught him. - We did not find any thing upon him.Maid : Mr Fairbourne's Boy and I, went in pursuit of the Prisoner, and coming into Channel-Row , I came directly upon him, and laid hold of him. Guilty, 10 d.
John Humston . The Prisoner came to my House pretty often for about six Weeks past, for half a Pint of Purl; I observed her one Day to take a Pint Pot out, I followed her, searched her, and found it upon her; and three more at her House; she owned she had melted down one, and sold it to a Pewterer for Six-Pence; that was a Quart Pot; these are my Pots (three Pints, and one Quart Pot).
Prisoner. I do own, that the young Man did take a Pint Pot out of my Pocket; I did it out of down-right Want and Necessity, I never did any such Thing before in my Life. Guilty, 10 d.
John Sage . The Prisoner and another Woman, came into my Shop on the 28th of April, between Three and Four, in the Afternoon, and asked for some black Silk Lace; I showed her some, she did not seem to like any of them, and asked to see some others; I had two or three Customers with me, so I told her, I should have more next Week, if they would come then; which they agreed to do: I saw her take the Lace, and followed her into the Street, and took her into my Next-door Neighbour's Shop, and took the Lace from under her Arm; before she went out of the Shop, I saw a bit of it hanging down, and then I took the Box of Lace away, because I would not be deceived by her shuffling it into the Box again: I know it is my Lace, because it has my Mark on it.
Prisoner. I did not take it with a Design to steal it, but only as a Pattern (but the Prisoner said afterwards, that she did not know she took it out of the Shop; that it might be by Chance, that she had it under her Arm).
Mr Tomkins . The Prisoner lived in our Family as a Chamber-Maid, between two and three Years, and has been gone about three Months; we never mistrusted her Honesty, if we had, we should not have kept her so long; nor was she turned away upon any Suspicion of that Kind, and we had a very good Character of her from a Relation of ours that she lived with; I never heard any Thing amiss of her.
Barnabas Tunstal I have known the Prisoner, a great many Years, her Character was always very good; I knew her in several Places, particularly the last Place she lived in; I know all her Friends in the Country very well; she has very good Friends in Yorkshire .
Prosecutor. The Lace was loose under her Arm; if she had opened her Arm, it must have fell down: Since her Commitment, several Gentlemen have been with me, who gave her a very good Character; and, I believe it to be the first Offence. Acquitted .
253 + Elizabeth Parker , of St. John the Evangelist , was indicted for stealing 24 Pewter-Plates, 2 Pewter Dishes, 1 Silver Tea-spoon, a Cloth Coat, a Waistcoat , 2 Pair of Breeches, a Hat, a Perriwig, a Camblet Gown, 1 Pair of Shoes, 1 black quilted Petticoat, 7 Shirts, 1 Sheet, 1 pair of Pockets, &c. The Goods of Thomas Martin , in his Dwelling-House , Apr. 29 .
Tho Martin . The Prisoner was my Servant ; she lived with me about two Years ago; had been away from me, and came again lately; she was hired to come on the 12th of April, and she pretended she had been robbed two or three Days before, going home ; that she was stripped, and had lost her Gold Ring, and that it was a great Mercy she had saved her Gold Necklace; that she had catched a great Cold, and was to come the next Day.
Court. Give an Account of the Robbery.
Martin. I will show you what was preceding the Robbery, and then the Robbery itself. She came the 13th; she went away the 17th, pretending to be ill of a sore Throat, and did not return again till Tuesday se'ennight following, which was the 26th; in which Interim of Time, she sent a Message to let us know, that she was ill, and desired that somebody might do her Business, and she would pay for it. On Wednesday the 27th she was to wash, (some time before this she was to have washed) and when she came to take out a ten Gallon Kettle which we wash in, there was a Hole in it, which we imagine to have been made by herself, because we never observed itJohn Thompson , she confess'd the Fact, and would have sworn it on Jacob Lopez and Abraham Mylock ; she said that she had part of the Goods, and that Mylock and Lopez had the rest.
Counc . You tell us your Suspicions, I know you belong to the Law, and you should know that you are to speak nothing but what you are positive of; Did you take positive Notice of what Linnen lay there?
Mr Martin. No indeed; I cannot say I did.
Q. You say she took your Wife's Pocket, Did you see your Wife put it under her Head?
Mr Martin. No: but I saw the Strings of it hang down by her Head.
Q. Do you know the Drawers were lock'd?
Mr Martin. Yes, I do.
Q. Was not your Chamber-Door fastened?
Mr Martin . My Chamber-Door was fastened, but the Door between the two Rooms was not fastened .
Q. You say she would have impeached Lopez and Mylock , Why did not you indict them?
Mr Martin. Mylock behaved in such a manner that I did not believe him innocent, but I was not willing to part with a Person I could convict, for one that I had not sufficient Evidence to convict.
Tho Bretter . On the 29th of April, about a quarter after 5 in the Morning, I was coming from Mr Scott's Brewhouse in the Broad-Way, with six Gallons of Beer; my Wife (for I am very dull of hearing) heard somebody say, Will you earn Sixpence ? my Wife told me of it, and I said Yes; and the Prisoner said she would pay me, and helped me up with the things upon my Back, (this was just by the Artillery-Wall near Tothill Fields Bridewell , which is about 200 Yards from Mr. Martin's House) they were tied up in a large ordinary Sheet, it was in two Parts, that Part which hung upon my Back seemed to be Copper, but it was tied so close that I could not see what was in the Inside. I carried it to the Horse-Ferry Whars, and the Prisoner went along with me, and this Waterman ( Henry Ware ) lifted them off my Shoulder, and carried them down the Wharf himself, the Prisoner followed the Waterman down the Wharf, and I turned back; I never saw the Woman before that Time, nor since till now.
Henry Ware . I live at Lambeth, and happened to get a Fare to Westminster Horse-Ferry , and thought to stay to get another back again, and instead of that, I happened to get one to London; this Man (Bretter) came with a Bundle on his Shoulder, and I asked him if he wanted a Sculler, he said no, but that there was a Woman coming behind who wanted one; and I asked her if she wanted a Sculler, and she said, Yes; What must I give you, said she, to carry me to the three Cranes; Nine-Pence, said I, For with that Bundle it deserves it; she said, she would not give it; then said I, If you will not give me so much, give me Six-Pence, and a Pint of Beer; she said, she would give me no Pint, she would give me but Six-Pence; when we came there, I
Q. How far is it from the Artillery-Wall, to the Ferry?
Bretter . Full half a Mile.
Q. To Ware. What Time was it, when the Prisoner came to you?
Ware. It was full half an Hour after Five, and when I got against St. Paul's, the Clock struck Six; and, I said to the young Woman, the Clock strikes Six now; this was on Friday, and it was Monday, before I heard any more of it.
Q. How came you to recollect this Particular, that it was on a Friday?
Ware. Because Mr Martin had put her into the Paper.
Q. But this does not tell me, how you came to find her out?
Ware. I did not find her out; I did not see her again, till I came to Guild-Hall ; I knew her as soon as I saw her, and she knew me. Mr Martin came to me, and asked me if I did not carry such a Fare.
Q. Do you think you could know a Fare, that you carried last Friday?
Ware . I cannot tell, whether I could or no, but I know this Woman; I might not take so much Notice of every Fare I carry.
Q. Do you think this Man (Bretter) could carry that Bundle of Things so far in a Quarter of an Hour; 'tis above half a Mile, and he is an older Man than you?
Ware . I do not know that, but I believe it may be done .
Burgess Yerwood. The Prisoner came to my House, with two Sancepans to be tinned, and asked me, whether I would buy any Pots , Kettles, and Sauce-pans; she said, her Mistress sent her; I asked her, where she lived, and I would go and see them, she said her Mistress's Name was Martin , but that she would not let me see her; she brought them, and giving a very plausible Account of the Thing, (for I am as careful of buying stolen Goods, as any Body) I agreed to give her Fifteen Shillings for them; she said, she would go and tell her Mistress, and I gave her Fifteen Shillings; they were old Things, and I knocked them all to Pieces: - I cannot tell whether it was before, or after the Robbery: I cannot tell what Day of the Month it was. I think, it was on a Wednesday, that the Saucepans were tinned, and that she came on Thursday Morning, and then I weighed the Pots, &c. and paid her for them.
A Boy, about Fourteen Years of Age, was produced, but not being able to give the Court a satisfactory Answer, with relation to the Nature of an Oath, he was not examined .
Mary Martin . The Prisoner came to me on 12th of April, pretending that she came to see me; I asked her, how she came to know where I lived; she said, she came to enquire a Servant's Character for her Aunt, and so enquired after me; said I, Why don't you live with your Aunt ; she said, she would sooner live with a Stranger, than live with her; and, I did then ask her, whether she would come and live with me ; and she said she would, I hired her then, and she came the Day after: The Sunday following, she pretended she had a sore Throat, that was the 17th; I said, she might go to her Friends, and she staid till the 26th; and, on the 29th she robbed me. On Thursday Night, I went to Bed before my Husband came home; this Boy [He that was produced, but not examined] runs of Errands for us, and he went away about half an Hour after Nine ; and she desired me to go to Bed betimes, because I had had a hard Day's Work: Mr. Martin came home about Twelve o'Clock at Night, and she had laid down on the Side of the Bed by me; for I had a Servant died in the House, and , I am afraid to lie by my self. When my Husband came home, she said, she would get up very early, and wash the Kitchen before I got up, and it should be as white as a Curd; and desired if I should wake, that I would call her up at Four o'Clock; I said, it would be too soon to get up, after such a hard Day's Work.
Q. What did she take from you?
Mrs Martin. She took every Thing I had; I had not a Shift left, but what I had on: [She then mentioned the Things as in the Indictment; a China Tea-Pot , with a Silver Spout, &c.]
Q. Did you wake and call her?
Mrs Martin . No, I did not?
Q. Have you any of these Things to produce?
Mrs Martin . No, I have none of the Things, because she had sold them.
Mrs Martin. Yes, she was sober; I do not know whether she slept; I thought she was tired, and for that Reason I desired her to lie down on the Bed.
The Prisoner's Council pleaded, that it could not amount to a Felony, because the Goods were put under the Prisoner's Care; but the Court were of a different Opinion.
Prisoner's Defence . As to the Kettle and Pot my Mistress sent me to sell them to Mr Yerwood. I carried two of the Saucepans home, and had 15 s. for what I sold, and paid 18 d. for tinning the two, and gave her 13 s. 6 d. to pay the Surgeon for curing her Hand. My Mistress harrasses me Night and Day, sending me about one trifling Errand or another; for she is either out of her Senses , or else has drank herself out of them. My Mistress sent me about to get a Nurse-Child for her; Ann Davis knows she used to be always sending me about one idle thing or another?
Prisoner. My Mistress has had Money out of my Pocket, and my Cloaths off my Back, to pawn. Mrs Davis knows she carried the Spoon to pawn herself, and they charge me with it.
Davis. I never did, while the Prisoner was in the House, carry any Silver Spoon to pawn.
Ann Kidder . I have known the Prisoner about twenty Years, she was Servant with me about twelve Months. I have trusted her with twenty or thirty Pound at a Time, and she never wronged me. I never heard she ever did any Wrong, or ever knew her turned away upon any Suspicion of such a Thing.
Mary Avery . I have known the Prisoner ever since she sucked at her Mother's Breast; she has lived with me twice; I never knew but that she always acted honestly; she always behaved well; she came twice to my House in the Time she was there, and said Mrs Martin wanted a Nurse-Child. Mr Martin was at my House on the Sunday , and told me that he was robbed on the Friday, (I ask Pardon for it dashes me) and said his Wife was a very great Drunkard, and would be the Ruin of him.
Mr Martin . The Goods were carried to her Mother's House.
Another Witness had known her ever since she was a little Girl in Frocks, and never heard she was turned away from any Place upon the Account of any Wrong she did, or that she was ever guilty of any such Crime. Acquitted .
254. Andrew Thomas Davenport , of St Paul Covent-Garden , was indicted for stealing five Yards of black Velvet, val. 40 s. ten Yards of Silk Damask, val. 3 l. and forty Yards of Lustring, val. 5 l. the Goods of Robert Buck , and Robert Swan , April 16 .
Robert Buck . On the 13th of April, I had an Information of the Prisoner's having robbed us, and was directed to go to one Madam Deson's Lodging, and there I found several Sorts of Silk which were mine; I went home to my Shop, seized the Prisoner, and charged him with the Robbery, (he has been Apprentice to Mr Swan, who is my Partner, three Years) at first he denied it, but afterwards owned it. He had got acquainted with this Woman, and he had hired a Coach, in Order to have gone to France with her, and he would certainly have gone that Evening. Some of these Goods were made up into Garments, and some of them have our own Mark upon them. There was a white Damask, and the Lustrings were made into Dresses, for Madam Deson's Use; and the black Velvet was made into a Waistcoat and Breeches.
Q. How do you know these are your Goods?
Buck . We have a very regular Method of entering them in a Number-Book , and keeping an Account of what is cut off each Piece, in order to know whether we are defrauded by our Servants or no; and there are particular Patterns which we know. I compared this Pattern with a Piece of Damask in our Shop, and found it to be part of that Piece, which appeared to be deficient by the Number-Book; and there were about forty Yards of Lustring deficient.
Court . Sir, when you and your Partner are out, and any Person comes to buy any Lustring or Damask, has the Prisoner a Right to dispose of them.
Mr. Buck . We do allow a Right to our Servants to sell. I am very certain to fifteen Yards of Damask, and five Yards of black Velvet being cut off our Pieces; and I think, to the best of my Remembrance,
Mary Gost was examined by an Interpreter , she said she made a French Sack of the white Damask; and four other Patterns of Lustring, &c. being shown her , she said she had made a French Sack of each of them for Madam Deson.
Buck . The Prisoner owned the taking them before several Witnesses, and that Madam Deson had them.
Q. Did he own he sold them to Madam Deson ?
Buck. No; he owned he gave them to Madam Deson .
The Prisoner was acquitted , (Vid. Ante, p. 107, &c. ) and the Prosecutor had leave to bring another Kind of Indictment, but did not.
George Sleith . I live at East Barnet . I had two small Lambs stole out of the Church-Yard, the 2 d of April, about eleven or twelve o'Clock at Noon, and did not hear any Thing of them for a Week ; when I was informed that the Evidence, Howel , and the Prisoner, were seen with two Lambs at Holloway, I pursued them, and found Howel and Cole in Morefields ; they were very remarkable Lambs, and about a Fortnight old.
Mary Smith . I live at Holloway ; one Saturday the Prisoner and Howel were at my House, and they had got two Lambs, one was alive and the other dead. I asked where they had them, and Howel said at East-Barnet ; they were about a Fortnight old. There came in two Butchers, and asked Howel what he had got in his Apron, he said two Lambs, and said he to Cole , Where had you these two Lambs? and he said he bought them at Hitchin .
Francis Howel . The Prisoner desired me to go with him to Mr Sleith's House at East-Barnet , said that Mr Sleith's owed him 38 s. and that he would come home the next Day; when he was coming home, he said that he would have something for his Sunday's Dinner; and coming through a Church-Yard, the Prisoner saw two young Lambs, and took them up, and desired I would take them from him, which I refused, and he said he would stick his Knife into me if I did not; so I was obliged to do it. Guilty, 10 d.
256 + Gabriel Beaugrand , of St Anne Westminster, was indicted for the wilful Murder of Lewis Legier , by giving him one mortal Wound with a Knife, on the left side of the Belly, near the Navel , of the Breadth of half an Inch and the Depth of four Inches, of which Wound he instantly died . And
They were a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder.
John Pillet . I keep a Publick House, the White Bear in Newport-street . On the 27th of April, between 11 and 12 o'Clock at Night, Lewis Legier came into my House, with another Gentleman whom I did not know; Lewis Legier seeing a Sailor in the House, he said to the Prisoner Beaugrand How do you do, Brother Sailor; says he, I have found out a Place for you to go to Sea; says Beaugrand, Where? Legier answered, he could not tell yet: Then Beaugrand asked the Cook , (that is Legier , who was Commodore Anson's Cook) if he was a Brother Sailor, he said Yes, I am as well as you; and Beaugrand asked him to shew his Hand, and when he showed him his Hand, Beaugrand said, Then we are Brother Sailors. Afterwards they began to talk about Ships, and who was most esteemed in the Ship, a Sailor or the Cook; and Beaugrand said a Sailor was more esteemed than the Cook; the Cook ( Legier ) answer'd he was not more esteemed than him: Then there arose Words, and Legier said he would Kick Beaugrand; and Beaugrand said, he did not know him yet; and Beaugrand took a Pewter (Pint) Pot up, and struck at Legier , and then Legier flew upon him.
Counc. Who made the first Attack?
Pillet . Beaugrand did strike first, and then they fought upon the Table.
Q. What do you mean by that, they did not stand upon the Table.
Pillet. No, they struck one another over the Table.
Q. Were there several Blows over the Table?
Pillet. Yes, there were many Blows on both sides; I received part of one Blow upon my Eye in going to separate them.
Q. Who gave you the Blow?
Lewis Legier .
Q. You say Legier flew upon Beaugrand, what do mean by flying upon him?
Pillet. Legier fell upon him with both his Hands. After Legier and Brunet engaged, they both came down upon the Floor together, so I went directly to see for the Watchman, and when I came back I parted them; and when they were parted, Legier went to one side of the Table, and Brunet to the other; then the younger one (Beaugrand) came up to Lewis Legier again, and gave him two or three Punches on the Belly thus - here on the left Side.
Court. With what?
Pillet. I did not see any thing in his Hand; I thought he fight de English Fashion; so says I to them, Go home; and then I heard Legier say, I am dead; and fell down and died immediately; when I said, Go home, I did not think he was hurt. - Legier went out with me, and Brunet came again to fight with him.
Q. Was this in the Street?
Pillet. No, it was in our Passage. I turned Brunet into the Room again, before Legier fell down.
Q. Where did Legier fall down?
Pillet. He fell down in the Entry, and then the Watchmen took them both away. - He fell down after the Watchmen came in.
Q. Did you examine then whether he had any Wound or no?
Pillet. He bled pretty much, and did not speak any more after he fell down.
Court. Was there any Distance of Time between the Scuffle with the Pewter Pot, and Brunet's quarrelling with Legier?
Pillet. Not above two Minutes.
Court. How long was it after you parted Brunet and Legier, that Beaugrand came and gave him two or three Thrusts at his Belly?
Pillet. Presently afterwards.
Court. How long might the Scuffle between Brunet and Legier be?
Pillet. About half a Quarter of an Hour.
Counc. Do you know whether Legier had a Pot in his Hand?
Pillet. I do not know, I cannot tell whether he had any thing in his Hand.
Counc. Did you observe Beaugrand's Head, whether it was bloody?
Pillet. Yes, it was, I perceived it after the Struggle was over.
Counc. How came his Head to be bloody?
Pillet. I cannot tell how it came. - I suppose with the Pot.
Counc. Who struck him with the Pot?
Pillet. Why Legier struck him with the Pot.
Counc. Who had the Pot in his Hand first?
Pillet. I saw the Pot in Beaugrand's Hand first.
Counc. How long was it after Beaugrand's Head was bloody, that he gave Legier those Punches?
Pillet. About a Quarter of an Hour.
Counc. Did you hear any thing said by any Body, to bid him take Care of his Knife?
Pillet . No.
Counc. Did you see any Body meddle with a Poker.
Pillet. No, No-body had a Poker in their Hands.
Counc. Is Beaugrand an Acquaintance of your's?
Pillet. He was not an Acquaintance of mine, till about three Weeks before this; I have known Mr Brunet a great while.
Counc. Do not you think this was a sudden Quarrel over Liquor?
Pillet . It was a Quarrel: - I did not hear any bad Expressions made Use of.
Mr. Bermier examined by an Interpreter, his Evidence was, That between Ten and Eleven o'Clock, he went into Pillet's House with Legier ; and there he found the Prisoners drinking; that at first coming in, Legier and Beaugrand spoke to one another in English, which he did not understand; and afterwards, that they spoke French, in a very civil, friendly Manner; that he asked them, whether they were French, and the Prisoner said they were born at Calais , in France; that talking about Sea-Affairs, Beaugrand , said, he was willing to go to Sea, but would not go in the Station of a Cook, because it was beneath a Sailor's Dignity; with that, Legier answered, that a Captain's Cook was inferior to a Sailor; but a Commodore's Cook, was preferable to a Sailor; with that, Beaugrand , gave him the Lye, and said, he was a lying Rascal, or some such Expression as that; and that the Sailor, (the Prisoner Beaugrand) took up a Pewter Pot, and attempted to strike the Cook (the Deceas'd) with it: Upon that, the Deceas'd took hold of him, and pulled him over the Table; laid him upon the Table, and took the Pot out of Beaugrand's Hand, and struck him several Blows over the Head, with the Side of the Pot.
Counc. Could not Beaugrand have hit Legier with the Pot over the Table?
Counc . Why did not he do it then?
Bermier . Because immediately as he made the Motion to strike him, Legier fell upon him, and drew him over the Table.
Counc. Was Beangrand fitting or standing when he made the Motion?
Bermier. He was fitting, before he made the Motion; but when he made the Motion, he stood up; and immediately Mr. Pillet endeavoured to part them, but could not; and then he went out to get a Watchman, and when he came in they were parted; and then, I said to Legier, Let us go home, is it possible that Frenchmen can fight so in a strange Country ; upon that, the Deceas'd asked for his Hat and Wig, and when I gave him his Wig to put on, the Uncle ( Brunet ) made a Motion, as if he was going to strike Legier, and, in the mean Time Beangrand came up, and gave him a Stab.
Court . Ask him whether he saw any thing in Beaugrand's Hand, at the Time of his giving him the Thrust?
Bermier . No, I did not, for if I had seen any thing in his Hand, I would have prevented the Mischief.
Court . Ask him if he knows whether the Deceas'd had any Knife, when he came into the House?
Bermier. I do not know.
Q. Where was the Wound?
Mr Bermier pointed to the left Side of the Belly near the Navel. - While he was putting his Wig on, I saw the Push made at him.
Court. Ask him if he saw the Wound after the Man was dead?
Counc. Did he look upon Beaugrand's Head, to see what Condition it was in?
Bermier. I saw several Blows given him upon the Head, but I did not see the Wounds: - I saw him bleed.
Q. Was Pillet one of the two Men?
Rawlins. No, Pillet was standing by, with a Candle in his Hand; I asked the Deceas'd, if he could stand, and he shook his Head, for he could not speak; and in a few Minutes he dropped down.
Q. Did he come to himself after he dropped down?
Rawlins. No, he lifted up his Hand once. I saw a great deal of Blood come out from about his Navel, and run over the Waistband of his Breeches. and my Brother Watchman lifted up his Shirt, and there was one Wound.
Q. What Sort of a Wound was it?
Rawlins. It was a Sort of a pickedish Wound, and looked almost as if he had been blooded.
Q. What, did it look like the Prick of a Launcet?
Rawlins . Yes, I think so. I asked where the Man was that did it, and they said there were but two Men in the House, and it was one of them; and while I was talking, the Prisoners came rushing out in order to make their Escapes; the old Man (Brunet) came running out, and said he would kill him by God.
Q. Did he mention any Name?
Rawlins . He did not mention any Name. I turned about and said, Sir, you have killed him already; then they went into a neighbouring Yard, and I and another Watchman apprehended them; they had shut a Door against us, and I pushed hard against the Door, and the Latch flew open ; then I spoke to the Sailor, and said he must surrender, that he was my Prisoner , and he surrendered immediately. I was told the other was in the Bog-house; I went to the Bog-house and told him he was my Prisoner; he pulled out a Pair of Scissars, (they were taken out of his Pocket afterwards) but did not do any thing with them, he said he would kill all. We took them both to the Landlord's House, and I found this Sheath and Fork under the Table; there was a Knife that was bloody found the next Day in the Horse-pond belonging to the Prince of Wales's Yard. - The Deceased had three Wounds.
The Coroner produced a Knife with a sharp pointed Blade, about eight or nine Inches long. This Knife was found next Day in the next Yard, which can be proved to be the Property of the Prisoner.
Counc. If a Man had a sharp Knife in his Pocket, might it not run into his Body by Accident?
Stephen Turner , Surgeon. I think on the 28th of April, between one and two in the Morning, I was sent for to the Assistance of the Deceased, to the Sign of the White-Bear in Newport-street; I found a Man sitting upon the Ground, supported by the Chimney-Piece; I examined his Pulse first, and found he was dead; after that, I inspected the Body and found three Wounds, one within an Inch of the
Isaac Eterneau . I have not known Beaugrand long, but I have known the Uncle two or three Years; about six in the Morning I heard there was a Man killed; I went to the Round House and saw the two Prisoners handcuffed together, and Beaugrand had a Handkerchief about his Head; and there were five Wounds upon his Head, the Pot had made Marks like Horseshoes; one of the Wounds gaped so that you might put your Finger into it, he is not well of them yet. I have been in the Uncle's Company five hundred Times, and have been out of Town with him, and played at Cards with him frequently, and never saw him in a Passion. I never heard he was addicted to quarrelling, or any malicious Action.
Josias Hutchinson, Constable. There were five Wounds, all large Wounds, upon Beaugrand's Head; it was in a most terrible Condition; the Blows were given with a good Will.
Beaugrand guilty of Manslaughter , Brunet acquitted .
Richard Harding . On the 5th of this Instant, as I was coming out of Covent-Garden Play -House , into the Play-House Passage , I saw the Prisoner put his Hand into Mr Tracy's Pocket, and take out a Handkerchief, and put it into his Bosom; while he had his Hand in his Bosom. I laid hold of him and clapped Mr Tracy on the Shoulder, and said This Villain has picked your Pocket; then the Prosecutor laid hold of him, and we brought him down the Steps into the Passage, in order to secure him; we were forced to carry him to the Piazzas, and there there was a Mob rose upon us, and we had like to have been murdered; as soon as we came to the Piazzas, he gave a Spring (he is a deadly strong Fellow) and threw my Hat and Wig off my Head, in struggling to get away; at the same Time he pulled out the Handkerchief and threw it away, with Design, as I suppose, that we should take the Handkerchief and let him go; then we got some Assistance, two Soldiers laid hold of him, and carried him into Mr Mitton's at the Shakespear's Head, when we had got him in there, we got some more Soldiers, and then we thought proper to send for a Constable, and he said if he took him into the Street, he would certainly be rescued from him. Mr. Rich said we should go through his House; this was agreed upon, but the Mob arose, and fell upon us with Stones, Brickbats, &c. which they threw into the Shakespear's Head to such a Degree, that we expected to have been murdered; but Mr Rich was so good, as to let us, the Prisoner, and eight or ten Soldiers which came to our Assistance, into the Play-House, through his Ground, and there we were consined about an Hour, and durst not venture out all that Time, though we had the Soldiers with us.
Prisoner. I would ask him why he did not say before the Justice, that I took the Handkerchief out of the Gentleman's Pocket and threw it away.
Harding. He did in the Skustle throw away a Handkerchief, but I do not know whether it was the same Handkerchief that he took from Mr Tracy .
Robert Tracy . I had my Handkerchief in the Play-House; that Gentleman (Mr Harding) told me that the Prisoner had robbed me. I missed my Handkerchief, the Prisoner was just by me. - The Prisoner struggled to get away, but I did not see him throw away the Handkerchief.
Mr Mitton . I live at the Shakespear's Head , joining to the Play-House, and as I was standing at my Door, I received a Blow over my Eye, with a Piece of a Glass Bottle; I went behind the Bar to get a little Rum to wash it with; as I was washing it, I saw there was a Disturbance at the Door; I stepped out and endeavoured to pull the Prisoner in, and some how or other he fell down; we put our Hands into his Pocket, and he had got a Parcel of broken Glass Bottles; You Villain, said I, you are the Rascal that cut my Eye just now, but he made no Answer to that. There were a Parcel of Fellows who broke so many of my Windows, as I paid 39s. 4d. for mending, and had like to have been murdered; there are such a Parcel of them that they will not let you stand at your Doors, if you do, you are in Danger of being murdered.
Prisoner. I told the Gentlemen that I had a Pint Bottle with some Gin in it, and that by Mischance, I fell down and broke it. I had no other Glass in my Pocket.
The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .
James Donald . On the 16th of this Instant, about 7 o'Clock in the Evening, as I was coming up Snow-Hill , I was informed, by Mr Carpenter , that the Prisoner had picked my Pocket, I saw he was making his Way - he was fleeing me - that is, he sted from me, I went after him, he jumped over some Stairs to get from me, and fell down at the Foot of those Stairs, and lay there till I came up; I fell upon the Prisoner and gript him, and when I came to search him, I found my Handkerchief upon his Thigh. - I am sure the Prisoner is the Man.
Prisoner. They took one Handkerchief out of my Pocket, and another off my Neck: I hope, my Lord, you will give me my two Handkerchiefs before I plead.
Court. Was the Prisoner in Liquor?
Donald. Not that I understood, he might have been in Liquor for me.
John Carpenter . I saw this Gentleman and another walk up Snow-hill Side by Side, and saw the Prisoner pull a Handkerchief out of his Pocket as he passed by him. - I did not see him put his Hand into his Pocket, but I saw him draw it out, and wrap it up close in his Hand; said I to the Prosecutor, That Man has taken your Handkerchief, and showed him the Prisoner; I went, after the Gentleman had taken him, to the Parrot Alehouse in Green-Arbor Court , and the Handkerchief was then produced, this is such an one as he took out of his Pocket; I cannot swear to the Handkerchief.
Prisoner. Ask the Gentleman whether he can swear to the Handkerchief? there are several Handkerchiefs in a Piece of the same Sort.
Donald. This is my Handkerchief.
Geo Long . I was at the Parrot in Green Arbor-Court , and asked the Prisoner how he came by the Handkerchief; he begg'd and pray'd, and said he never did any such thing before, and desired they would let him go: He had two more Handkerchiefs . I asked him whose those were? and he said, he did not know. Going along, my Beadle saw him offer to drop one or two; he had no Handkerchief about his Neck then that I saw. - The Prisoner jump'd down a sleep Pair of Stairs , that goes towards the Fleet Market, they are commonly call'd Break-Neck-Stairs, and there he was taken.
Lydia Bird . I know the Prisoner to be a very honest Man, I never knew any Harm of him; and as to the Handkerchief that was taken from him, I bought it of Madam Compton in Rosemary lane; I know the Handkerchief when I see it, it is a red Ground, with a yellow Flower.
Mr. Donald's Handkerchief being produced, she was asked whether that was the Handkerchief; she said that was not the Handkerchief.
William Appleby . As I was standing at my Master's Door, ( Mr Tingey , a Carpenter) I saw the Prisoner take something off Mr. Conran's Counter: I went to him, and asked him whether he had lost any thing; Mr. Conran said he missed a piece of Cloth, he followed the Prisoner, and took this piece from her in the Street.
William Conran . There was another Woman with her, and she asked for some Check for Aprons; and immediately Apple by came to me and informed me of this, and said he would show me where it is. No, said the other, stay and show me some Check. No, said I, I will not stay. So I left my Wife in the Shop, and went after the Prisoner and took her; they both of them asked for Check, and neither of them had a Farthing of Money in their Pockets. I have another Indictment of the same Nature; we are pester'd with these Creatures. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Eliz Conran. Last Monday Morning, between 7 and 8 o'Clock, the Prisoner came to our Shop; says she, I was recommended to you to buy some Cambrick: I asked her what Price she would have it; she said, about 7 s. 6 d. a Yard; (she had a Basket with Butter and Eggs, I believe she sells Butter and Eggs ) said I, Mistress, you seem to be a poor Woman, and you
Prisoner. I took this Piece of Cambrick, and put it under my Arm, because I liked it better than any other, and never thought of stealing it; for the Minute she asked me whether I had a Piece of Cambrick of her's, I said, Yes.
Mrs Conran. I had forgot one thing, if she had not put me in Mind of it; when she bid me measure the Lawn, she said she would not have it now, but would call again for it, and went to take her Basket up, and go out of the Shop.
Prisoner. I am a Woman that works hard for my three Childen, and never did any such thing in my Life.
Ann Dawes . I have known her fifteen Years, and never heard of any thing to stain her Character in my Life; she has three small Children; her Husband is in Flanders ; I went to Mr Corran's Shop about this Affair, and he took me by the Shoulder, and bid me get out: I said, I came about the Affair that has happened to this poor Woman, and desired him to be favourable; said I, Sir, perhaps it may be a Mistake; the Gentlewoman said, her Face was never from the Counter, while the Prisoner was in the Shop.
262. + Mary White , of St Luke, Middlesex , was indicted for assaulting Susannah Cuttle , an Infant , about the Age of four Years and an half; on the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, &c. and taking from her a Flannel Petticoat, a Shirt, a quilted Petticoat, a Skirt, a Cap, a Knot, a Frock, and a Stay ; the Goods of James Cuttle , May 11 .
Susanna Cuttle . My Child was taken from me the 11th of this Month, about Three o'Clock in the Afternoon; and was brought home to me stark naked, about Eleven o'Clock at Night; she is a bout four Years and a quarter old; and had on that Day, the Cloaths mentioned in the Indictment. after they had stripped my Child, they sat her over a Vault, and she straddled over the Seat of the Vault *, and came into a Place called Crown Alley; the Person that found the Child, and washed her, said, that the Child told her her Name was Cuttle , and told her where she lived. The Prisoner told me, she pawned the Frock for a Shilling, in the Name of Ann White , on Saffron-Hill ; and I went and fetched it; tho' she goes by the Name of Mary White ; and she told me, she sold the Skirt, and quilted Petticoat in Mrs Peirce's House, to an old Cloaths Woman; but she did not own, she took them from the Child.
* Ann Pendegrass, otherwise Church, was committed by Mr Alderman Bernard, on Oath of Susannah Cuttle , on Suspicion of stripping her Child, and afterwards dropping her into a Vault: She was discharged on the Goal delivery. - Mrs Cuttle, does not give Evidence here, of the Child's being in the Vault; yet from the Child's being washed, and what is sworn by Mrs Stone, it should seem the Child was taken out of the Vault.
Mary Bird . I keep a Shop in Long-Lane; the Prisoner came to my Shop with Ann Peirce , last Friday, and offered to sell me an old Pair of Child's Shoes, a little old Shift, a Flannel Petticoat, and an old Skirt; she said, that her Child was dead, and that she sold them for Necessity, because she wanted Money: I did not much Care to buy them, for I said, they were too old for me; she said, sheAnn Peirce , said, she lodged with her, in her House, and gave her a good Character; so I bought them of her, and gave her Six-pence for them.
Q. Did you receive these things of Peirce, or of the Prisoner?
Bird. I received them of the Prisoner; these are the Things the Prisoner brought to me.
Ann Peirce *. On Wednesday seven-night, this Girl was brought to lodge with me; I was told, she was a very honest Girl; she did agree with an old Cloaths Woman for some things, but not these; they were things that were worth but little; and she said, her Mother was in the Workhouse, and gave her these things to sell, to get her a few Farthings to buy something. - I believe these are the things she had; I know she took Six-pence for some things, when I was with her.
Court. That Child is not in Question; you ought not to give any Account of any foreign Matter: How do you know she stripped this Girl?
Stone. She owned it going along, and told us, where we might find the Things; but she would not own, that she put Susannah Cuttle down the Vault; and at first would not own, she stripped her; but said, she had the Things of a young Woman; the Prisoner said, she carried the Child to Mrs Philpot, in Chick-lane: She owned she took the Frock off the Child's Back, and pawned it herself.
Prisoner. I am sure, I never said any such thing; for I know nothing at all of the Matter.
Q. Did not the Prisoner deny taking the things off the Child's Back?
Stone . She owned every thing; she owned the taking all the things off the Child's Back.
Prisoner. I lived at Mrs Peirce's in Grub-Street, three Nights; and Mrs. Peirce gave me these things to sell; I did not know where to sell them; so I went and pawned the Frock; and I thought they were her own, for she used to send me sometimes to pawn things for her. - My Mother is at present in Sepulchre's Workhouse, but my Father is dead. Guilty of the Felony only .
263. + Mary Mockridge , of Hanwell , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Deborah Wild , in the Day-Time, no Person being therein, and stealing a Silk Gown, val. 10 s. a Camblet Gown, val. 10 s. a Petticoat, val. 4 s. a Pair of Stays, val. 6 s. a Tablecloth, val. 10 s. a Pair of Sheets, val. 8 s. a Silver Punch-Ladle, val. 20 s. a Silver Spoon, val. 10 s. a Silver Tea Spoon, val. 18 d. a Gold Ring, val. 20 s. the Goods of Deborah Wild . May 18 .
Deborah Wild . My House is a little beyond the old Hatch at Hanwell , just before you come to the Common; it was broke open yesterday, about five o'Clock in the Afternoon; the Window-Shutters were broke, and the Windows taken out; there was no Body in the House; I left it about three o'Clock in the Afternoon; the Door was locked up, I and my three Girls were weeding in the Fields, (she mentioned the Goods which she lost, as laid in the Indictment) they were done up in two Bundles; some of the Things were locked up in a large Box in a Room below Stairs, (for we have nothing above Stairs) the Linnen was in a Trunk under the Dresser; the Camblet Cloaths were in an old Fashion great Chest in the Chamber; my Son sent me Word that some Body was in the House, and had bolted the Door that he could not get in, and when I came home I found the Things all bundled up in the House ready to be carried off, and the Prisoner and my Son there.
Q. What did you say to the Prisoner, or she to you?
Deb. Wild. I asked her how she came there; she said she found the Door open, and a Man in the House. I asked her where the Man was, she said she did not know, that she asked the Man where the Woman of the House was, and he said he did not know, but would go and see for her.
Q. Did you know her?
Deb. Wild. I had seen her once before.
Q. Did she ever live in your Town?
Deb. Wild. No, she never did.
Henry Wild . I was coming Home to get a bit of Victuals yesterday, about five o'Clock in the Afternoon, and found the Prisoner in my Mother's House; when I came to the Door, I took the Key and went to unlock the Door, and could not get in. I went round the House, and thought there was something more than ordinary, but I could not see that any thing was the Matter; I
Q. How did you find the Windows?
Henry Wild . They were all done up in Appearance as they used to be, but when I came to look they were broke, and the Casement was taken out, they were not so when I went out last; there was one Bundle lying in a Chair close to the Door, and another Bundle on the Bed .
Prisoner . I know nothing of it. When I went to the Door, the Door was open, and a young Man was there chopping of Sticks; I asked him for Mrs Wild, he said she was not at Home, but if I would set down, he would call her. I went there about a Bed my Husband had bargained with her for, and had not fetched away according to the Time appointed, and I went to see whether she had disposed of it. I have sent for my Husband but he could not come.
Deb. Wild . She was in my House once before, and never but once; she said she lived at Turnham-Green , but I do not know where she lives. The Man that goes for her Husband (but he is not her Husband) came to me and bargained for a Bed, but he never came for it.
Prisoner. You have been at my House at Brentford .
Deb. Wild. I was once at her House at Brentford . - I never had any Acquaintance with her. She was carried before Justice Clitheroe yesterday, and was in Custody all Night at a Publick-House at Hanwell , and brought here this Morning by eight o'Clock; she sent a Boy to her Husband, but he did not come to her. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
William Pidgeon . On the 23d of April, I had been at Drury-Lane Play-House, and as I was coming down Catherine-street in the Strand , I went into a Shop with a Woman and had a Dram; I drank two or three Glasses of some Sort of strong Liquor, it might be Rum, Brandy, or Gin, but I cannot tell what it was; I might be there an Hour or better; I came out of the House about ten o'Clock, or it might be after ten, and the Prisoner followed me, and asked me if I would not make her drink, I said it was too late, and I was going home; I took my Watch out of my Pocket to see what o'Clock it was, and it was between ten and eleven; she put her Arm round me, and was very fond, and desired me to go into a little Court with her; I had been there but a very little while, before she went away and left me; I thought something was the Matter, because she went away in such a hurry. I put my Hand in my Pocket to feel for my Watch and it was gone. - As soon as she was gone I missed it. I wondered she went away so soon.
Q. Was there any other Person near you?
Pidgeon . No, neither Man nor Woman.
Pidgeon. Yes, I said I was drinking at a House with another Woman. - I do not deny but what I was there with three Women.
John Walker . I was Constable of the Night, and took up the Prisoner, and when she was in the Round-House, she promised the Prosecutor his Watch again if he would allow her a Guinea. I said she should not have her Liberty without going before a Justice; she was examined before Justice Frasier on Sunday, and ordered back again till Monday; and then she said something, as if the Watch was at the Prosecutor's Lodging; there were some Women came to speak for her, and they said the same. I said I would go myself for it, and when I came there the Prosecutor's Landlord gave me the Watch, it was wrapped up in this Paper.
Samuel Viling . I went to Bed about eight or nine o'Clock; there was some Body knocked two or three Times at the Door before I got up; I asked who was there, I was answered, a Friend; there were two or three of them, and they said they had brought a Parcel for Mr Pidgeon. I knew Mr Pidgeon expected a Parcel out of the Country, and thought they might have brought it; and this Watch was delivered into my Wife's Hand, wrapped up in a Paper, and my Wife delivered it to me.
Prisoner. The Prosecutor run away from the Watchmen. I never saw him in my Life before, but through the Key-hole of the Door, when he was drinking with those Women. He wanted to get away from the Constable, and I stopped him, in order to enquire into the Robbery.
Prosecutor. I did not Care to have been seen in the Affair, and would have got away if I could, to have prevented this Prosecution. I would rather have lost my Watch than have been seen in it.
Elizabeth Dodson . The Prisoner came to my Shop to buy a Pair of Hose, and took ten Pair of others along with her; I sent our Boy after her, and my Spouse , and he brought her back to our Shop; (at the Bridge Foot ) I saw them taken from under her Arm in our Shop.
William Dodson . The Prisoner came into the Shop to buy a Pair of Yarn Hose, and would have given me 8 d. for them; she hummed a considerable Time, and at last, I said, Prithee , Girl, go about Business : I saw another Pair of Stockings in her Basket, and said, How came these in your Basket ; said she, I do not know; said I, You brought nothing in , and you shall not carry any Thing out: When she was gone, says my Wife, She has got a Bundle of rough Hose, that lay in the Window; the Boy went after her, and came back and told me, she had got a Bundle under her Arm: I followed her through the Postern, and took her; said I, How could you be so wicked as to do so; you must come back with me; I desired Mr Bennet, the Silversmith, to come over and see what I took from her; they were wrapped up in her Apron under her Arm, and her Basket was over them.
Stephen Walden Tripp . My Master bid me run after that Woman with the Basket over her Shoulder, and see whether she had got any thing; I followed her, and saw the Hose under her Arm, I came running back to my Master, and he run after her, and I run after my Master, and overtook her just through the Gate upon London Bridge; my Master brought her back to the Shop, and took from her ten Pair of Hose; these are my Master's Hose, I marked them myself.
- Bennet . I saw Mr Dodson take ten Pair of Stockings from her in his Shop, which were wrapped up in her Apron under her Arm.
266. Jane Johnson , Wife of John Johnson , of St George, in Middlesex , was indicted for feloniously receiving of one John Read *, 26 Pound Weight of Chocolate, val. 4 l knowing the same to be stolen , November 26 . Of which Felony, the said John Read was last Sessions convicted.
* See last April Sessions, No. 195.
[The Record of his Conviction was read.]
Josias Taylor . On the 16th of November last, there was 26 Pound Weight of Chocolate stole from my Shop: I had Information that there were several Persons taken up, and one David Shields made himself an Evidence; and John Read was last Sessions convicted of the Fact: I begged the Favour of the Court, to continue Shields in Custody, to be an Evidence against the Receivers of these Goods; which the Court was so good as to indulge me in: David Shields was examined before Justice Rickards , and his Examination was taken in Writing.
David Shields . On the 16th of November last, John Read , Emanuel Hubbard , (who is since dead) John Newman , (who goes by the Name of Cutos) and myself, lifted up a Grate belonging to Mr Taylor's Shop, and took out 26 Pound Weight of Chocolate: - That was the Chocolate, with Relation to which I gave Evidence here last Sessions: We carried it to the Yorkshire-Grey , in Rag Fair, and set there some time with it; and the other three staid there while I carried it to this Jane Johnson 's (the Prisoner, who then lived in Cable street, but now lives at the Corner of Shorter street; she has been an abominable Receiver for a long Time) she asked me where I got it, which I was not very ready to tell her, but I told her, that I got it in Bishopsgate-street; Oh? said she, It comes far enough off, that I am not afraid of a Search; she asked me how much I must have a Pound for it; I told her, 18 d a Pound was the common Price; she said, she would give me but a Shilling, I went and asked the rest of my Companions, whether I should take it or not, and they said no; they always used to have 18 d. a Pound; but as we did not know a proper Place to sell it at, they bid me go and take it; and I had 26 s. of her for it, which is a Shilling a Pound. - She knew how I came by it, for I lodged in herIsaac Aldridge , to carry it out, in order to sell it; as I was sitting by the Fire, she showed me a Piece of Gold which she had for it, and said it was safe, for she had seen some Part of it melted down. - It was melted down because it was stamped. - This was the same Day that we stole it.
Q. What is the Duty on this Chocolate, and the Value of the Chocolate?
Mr. Taylor. The Excise Duty is 18 d. per Pound, and the Value of the Chocolate besides is about 2 s. which in the whole, is 3 s. 6 d. per Pound.
Elizabeth Davis . I live just by the Prisoner; I lodged some Time in her House in Cable Street. - I lived there on and off about three Years. - I lived there when these Things were stole, but they were not brought there.
Q. Then you know what Month it was that these Goods were taken.
Davis. I know no otherwise than by their being advertised the 17th of November last.
Q. Where did the Prisoner live then?
Davis. She was not at Home at her own House then - She was not to my Knowledge, for I did not see her.
Q. What Time was it you called there to see whether she was at Home or not?
Davis. I was in and out every Day for a Dram. - Her Husband and her Mother kept the House.
Q. For how long before this 17th of November might you be in and out every Day?
Davis. I seldom missed a Day going in, since I lived there.
Q. Was the Prisoner there on the 17th of November?
Davis. She was not. - I cannot tell whether she was there on the 16th. I knew a Man that came to her House sometimes, and he said he sold these Things to a Jew in Rosemary-Lane.
Q. Did Shields lodge in that House at that Time?
Davis. I never was there all Night to see who lodged there. - I do not know he lodged there then, but he had lodged there.
Q. to Shields. At what Hour was this that you went to the Prisoner's House?
Shields. It was about eight o'Clock at Night.
Davis. They have taken other People up on this Account, and having Money, they have let them go again; and because this is a poor Woman, and has Children, and no Money to give them, she is taken up.
William Downes . I know the Prisoner to have been at my House in November last, about the Middle of the Month. I am a Rope-Maker and work in Sun-Tavern-Fields; I am a Man that goes out in the Morning, and does not come home till Night. - My House is at Mile-End. She came for the Air, and was so very bad at my House, that she laid down eight Hours in a Day upon the Bed together. - She was at my House about three Weeks.
Q. Cannot you tell what Day of the Month it was that she came to your House?
Downes. To the best of my Knowledge it was the 15th or 16th - I think it was not the 17th - I can tell by the Club that I belong to, which is every third Monday in the Month, and she came a Week before that Time.
Q. What Day of the Week did she come?
Downes. To the best of my Knowledge it was on a Sunday.
Q. Was it the Sunday before, or the Sunday se'nnight before?
Downes . It was the Sunday se'nnight before.
Q. Are you sure of that?
Downes . I cannot say to a Day, but what I have said I know to be true.
Q. Were you out or at home when she came?
Downes . I was at home when she came.
Q. Was she ill all the Time she was at your House?
Downes. She was ill all the while.
Q. Now as she was three Weeks at your House, did not she when she was a little better go to Town.
Downes . She never went out any farther than into the Yard.
Q. How do you know that when you are at Work all Day?
Downes . Sometimes I come home and lie down for an Hour or two, for we cannot make Ropes when the Sun shines; and sometimes we work till nine or ten o'Clock at Night.
Q. Do you work now till 9 or 10 o'Clock at Night?
Downes . Yes. We begin at 8 o'Clock at Night, and work till 8 in the Morning, and sometimes we work all Day if we can hold it.
Q. Then if this be your way of working, how can you take upon you to say the Prisoner did not come to Town while you were out?
Downes . Because where I left her I found her: - I look upon her to be a very honest Woman; I never heard any thing to the contrary.
Susannah Downes . The Prisoner came to lodge at my Hou se the beginning of November.
Q. Why do you think it was the beginning of the Month , more than the middle, or the end?
Downes . I think the Month was not above a Week spent .
Q. Might it not be a Fortnight spent?
Downes . No, I am sure it was not a Fortnight. - She was ill, and came for the Benefit of the Air , and staid, I believe, 18 or 20 Days.
Q. Did she pay for it, or did you receive her as a Friend ?
Downes . She paid me half a Crown a Week , tho' she did not eat a Shilling's-worth of Victuals - She used to be in my Room all Day, and lie down upon my Bed.
Michael Hildridge . I have known the Prisoner almost ever since she was a Child, and I never knew anything laid to her Charge; she has a great Charge of Children, and endeavours to get Bread for them in an honest Way .
Edw Canwell . The Prisoner lives in my Neighbourhood , and behaves like a good Neighbour, she maintains her Family by buying and selling old Cloaths in Rag-Fair, is in the same Way of Dealing as I am. Nobody will say any thing to the contrary of her being an honest Woman, unless those People who carry on the Prosecution. Acquitted .
Jane Johnson was a second Time indicted for feloniously receiving 2 dozen Pair of Steel Buckles, 3 dozen Pair of Bath-Metal Buckles, 3 Pair of Brass Candlesticks, 2 Pair of Brass Feet for Stove Grates, and a Brass Knob, knowing the same to be stolen , Dec. 8 . of which Felony the said John Read was last Sessions convicted.
Robert Harding . On the 8th of Dec. last, I lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment out of my Shop, and John Read was last Sessions convicted of the Felony. I know the Prisoner's House is a very bad House, and have seen very bad Company frequently resort there. The Prisoner had a Son acquitted the last Sessions for want of a Prosecution, and her Husband was acquitted the Sessions before for the same Reason.
David Shields . On the 8th of December last, this John Read , Emanuel Hubbard , (who is since dead) and myself, took the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, out of Mr. Harding's Shop in the Minories , by breaking a Pane of Glass in the Shop Window; we went directly to the Yorkshire-Grey , in Rag-Fair, with them; I carried part of the Goods to the Prisoner, she asked me where they came from; I was not willing to tell her, for I was afraid she would not buy them, because it was so near home; at last, I did tell her they came out of the Minories , facing the Flower-pot Ale-house ; that we shoved three Shutters back, and broke a Pane of Glass to take them out; (I told her this, before I sold them to her) she bid me make haste and sell them, for Fear there should be a Search; and I sold her eight Pair of Brass Candlesticks, eleven Papers of Buckles, and a Brass Knob , about seven Pound Weight, for 15 s. she called for Isaac Aldridge , and sent him out to sell them; the next Morning I told her I had got the Remainder of the Goods; said she, What is the Matter you did not bring them to me last Night, then they would have been all out of the Way. I sold her the Remainder 2 Pair of Candlesticks, and 9 Papers of Buckles for 11 s. she bid me put them into her Apron, and go to the Door, and see if nobody was there to see her come out; she keeps a very bad House - there are none resort to the House but a parcel of Boys who go out a robbing and picking of Pockets; there are some of them in my Information , - there are two Rooms on a Floor, 2 or 3 Beds in a Room, and 3 or 4 of these Boys lie in a Bed.
Prisoner. Unwin the Thieftaker prompts the Man to swear against me because he wants my House, for it is a Corner-House, and has a good Trade, and he shall have it with all my Heart; I never saw any of these Goods in my Life, and should not know what to do with them if I had them.
Margaret Hubbard . This Shields brought [took] my Husband along with him, and made a Thief of him, and they went and stole Buckles and Things; (I know nothing but what my Husband told me) he said, the things came out of the Minories; (he is dead) I went to the Yorkshire Grey , and asked Shields where my Husband was, and he told me he was gone to sell these things in Rosemary-Lane.
Q. Was you told this?
Hubbard My Husband came back and told them, that a Jew had bid 20 s. for them, but afterwards he sell to 17 s. and he had 17 s. for them, and they had 4 s. 3 d. a-piece, there were 4 of them; there was my Husband, one who is to be taken, another is transported, and this young Fellow Shields. - I believe it was between 8 and 9 o'Clock; he was not gone with the Things above a quarter of an Hour, or half an Hour at farthest .
Q. Did your Husband carry out all that they brought into the Yorkshire Grey ?
Hubbard . Yes; for they will not allow any body to leave any thing there - My Husband and Shields both came out together, and parted about 10 o'Clock.
Shields. Marg. Hubbard was not there when I went in, nor when I came out, and knew nothing of the
Q. Did you ever carry any Buckles to the Prisoner at any other Time?
It was proved by Stanton and Brooks , that the Prisoner stole the Wool out of a Lighter; which Wool was found upon him; but it not being proved to be the Species of Wool laid in the Indictment, the Prisoner was acquitted .
268. Thomas Brown , of Edmonton , was indicted for stealing a Hempen-Sack, val. 18 d. and six Bushels of Oats and Barley, mixed together, val 12 s. the Goods of Nathanael Bellis , April 21 . Guilty, 10 d.
269. Mary Russell , of St James Westm. Spinst. was indicted for that she on the 28th of May, 1730, in the Parish aforesaid, did marry one Edw Beale ; and that she on the 8th of Febr. 1736 , did feloniously marry one Tho Martin , her Husband Edw Beale being then living . The Prisoner being indicted by her Maiden Name, whereas she should have been indicted by the Name of Beale , she was acquitted .
Nath. Harris . This is a true Copy of the Record, I compared it with the Original at the Report-Office. [The Record was read.] I cannot take upon me to say that the Prisoner is the identical * Person, he was taken upon the Information of Hutchinson Little, for a Burglary in Surry; I was not here when he was try'd; I brought him to Newgate in 1738; I did not bring him here for that Fact for which he is now try'd; It not being proved that the Prisoner was the Person who was transported for the Fact laid in the Indictment, he was acquitted .
William Stepple . I keep a Public-House at the Rose and Crown , in Bunhill-row ; the Prisoners drank at my House on Saturday Night; (the 23 d of April) and between Twelve and One, they were taken up, the Woman had 4 of my Full Pots in a Bag; the Constable brought them to my House, and I owned them. John Douglas , acquitted , Eleanor Douglas . Guilty, 10 d.
275. Mary Worral was indicted for stealing Check Aprons, a Sheet, a pair Pillowbiers, a Velvet Hood, and a Linnen Stall-Cloth, the Goods of Elizabeth Fosset ; and a white Duffil Cloak , the Goods of Mary Bateman , April 23 . Acquitted .
276. Elizabeth Harvey , otherwise Morgan , was indicted for stealing 2 Pewter Plates, a Pewter Porringer, a Sheet, a pair of Tongs, a Brass Knob, 3 Cups, 2 Saucers, and a Tea Pot, in her Lodging , the Goods of Darby Burk , May 17 . Acquitted .
It appeared upon the Evidence of Hugh Plimn , the Accomplice, and others, that the Evidence and the Persons indicted, drove a Sheep off Shortword Common, into Robert Chandler's Yard; and Edward Shrub deposed, that on the 25th of April he bought a Sheep of Robert Chandler , with the Marks as described by the Prosecutor, but that the Prisoner was not present. Acquitted .
278. John Jefferies was indicted for stealing one Pair of Gold Shirt-Buttons, one Pair of Silver Spurs, one Shaggreen Instrument-Case, with a Set of Mathematical Instruments, one Pair of Silver Knee Buckles, and one Gold Ring set with Diamonds , the Goods of Dickson Thomas Gilling , May 18 .
Harry Wallis . Yesterday Morning between nine and ten o'Clock, as I was standing at my Door, the Prisoner came by, and another Neighbour with him, he said Mr Wallis, See what a Find I have got to-day, I have found a Pair of Gold Buttons; and said, that when he picked them up, he would have sold them for a Shilling, but a Gentleman coming by said they were Gold; there was another Labourer with him who saw him pick them up; but I am apt to think he dropped them himself, and then pretended to find them. I asked him what he would do with them, he said he would sell them, and said they were worth a Guinea and an half; I said I would give him what a Silversmith would give for them; a Neighbour's Man weighed them, and they weighed 20 s. 9 d. and I gave him 20 s. and a Pot of Beer for them; he said he found the Buttons in the Minories, but that Martin gave him the Spurs.
Andrew Martin . The Morning after the Robbery, my Master Gilling was saying he had lost such and such Things, and I desired he would look after this Fellow (the Prisoner) whom we call Shock ; at Dinner-Time, Draper came and said he had taken Shock , and that he had the Gold Buttons. I went with Mr Gilling to Mr Wallis's , and found him asleep ; we examined into the Fact, and he denied stoutly , and said he did not care a Pin for the Gentleman .
Thomas Draper . I was going yesterday Morning ong the Poultry , and heard that the Compting-House had been broke open, and that Mr Gilling had been robbed. I happened to go into Mr Wallis's , and there was the Prisoner; said Mr Wallis , I have bought two Pair of Gold Buttons of him, and paid him the Money for them I saw the Prisoner was full of Money, said I, The World is well mended with you. I told Mr Wallis I knew the Owner of them, and desired him to take Care of the Prisoner , till I went and fetched the Owner, and he secured him till I fetched the Prosecutor.
Richard Quait . A Woman brought a Ring yesterday to my Shop to sell, I questioned whether she came honestly by it; said I, I must step this Ring; and then she said she would fetch the Owner: the Prisoner came and said he found it in Cheapside ; said I, It is a Thing of Value, and I must stop it and advertise it, which accordingly I did; the Prisoner said he would call again, and away he run.
The Buttons, Spurs, and Ring were produced, which were sworn to by the Prosecutor. Guilty .
279. George Sutton was indicted for stealing three Holland Shirts, val. 3 l. 3 s. two Dimitty Waistcoats, four Linnen Handkerchiefs, two Cambrick Stocks, and a Silver Spoon , the Goods of Henry Crisp , May 3 .
Henry Crisp . The Prisoner lived with me as a Footman near half a Year. About three Weeks ago, a Constable came to me with the Evidence, and said he had been at a Pawnbroker's, with a Silver Spoon, the Crest a Griffin (which is my Crest) upon which the Constable, two other Men, and myself, went, by his Direction, and found the Shirts at two different Places. This was on the Information of George Ogden .
George Ogden . I have been acquainted with the Prisoner about a Quarter of a Year; the beginning of April, I was at Mr Crisp's and the Prisoner gave me a blue and white Linnen Handkerchief; I asked him what it was for, he said, it was something that he had taken in part of a Debt: There was in the Handkerchief two very fine Dimitty Waistcoats, one Shirt, and two Stocks; he said, if I could dispose of them, I should have half for my Pains. I carried the two Waistcoats and the two Stocks to Mrs Kitteridge , in Bow-lane, she asked me, how I came by them; I told her, an Acquaintance of mine had taken them for a Debt; she desired I would take Care, and not bring myself into any Premunire; and I sold the Shirt to Mrs Palmer for ten Shillings; I gave George Sutton , 5 s. out of the 10 s. which I had for the Shirt: George gave me a Handkerchief with two other Handkerchiefs, and two Shirts in it,
Mr. Makepeace , the Constable. On the 3d of May I was charged with this young Fellow [Ogden] on Account of this Spoon being stopped at a Pawn-broker's, on Suspicion of its being stole; I told him I would not part with him, unless he would let me into the Affair, I said it is a Family Spoon, and if you will not tell me who it belongs to, I will go to the Heralds-Office and there I shall find it out; then he told me it was Mr. Crisp's; I went to Mr Crisp's, and found there had been a farther Robbery, and then by Ogden's Direction I found 1 Shirt and 2 Waistcoats at Mrs Kitteridge's on Garlick Hill, and 2 Shirts at Mrs Palmer's in Huggin lane, and the 2 Handkerchiefs I found at a Greens-shop , and they were all surrender'd very readily. [The Things were produced, and owned by Mr Crisp.]
Richard Peake , for the Prisoner. At the Time this Evidence was taken up, I heard a Cry of Stop Thief; I stopp'd him, and he own'd he had robbed Mr Crisp , and said that he was the principal Person that took away these things from Mr Crisp's , he own'd he took the Spoon, and the rest of the things, unknown to the Prisoner; he said he us'd to do odd Jobbs for the Footman or Servant-Maids; he said he took the things while the Prisoner and the Servant-Maids were playing in the Garden.
William Elson . May 3, in the Morning, I was standing just by my Door, I saw Ogden and a Woman coming down Cloak lane, there was a pretty hot Dispute between them, but he went from her, and she cried Stop Thief; I asked her what he had stole; she said he had stole a Silver-Spoon; I told her she would not be safe without detaining the Man, for it was a Family-Spoon by the Crest; so she sent for Mr Makepeace and charg'd him with him; and he confess'd the taking the Spoon without the Knowledge of the Prisoner.
Mrs Walker gave the Prisoner a good Character. Acquitted .
The following Prisoners who received Sentence of Death last Sessions, were executed on Wednesday , May 18. Viz.
for stealing Goods out of a Dwelling-House.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows.
Received Sentence of Death, 1.
Burnt in the Hand, I.
Gabriel Beaugrand , 256.