Held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bailey, On WEDNESDAY 4th, THURSDAY 5th, and FRIDAY 6th of April.
In the 17th Year of his MAJESTY'S Reign.
BEING THE Fourth SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY OF THE
Printed, and sold by M. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1744.
King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery held for the City of London, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir ROBERT WESTLEY , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London, the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice LEE, Sir SIMON URLIN , Knt. 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 .
+ 184. Thomas Page of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing 2 gold rings, value 30 s. two cotton gowns, value 5 s. 5 sheets, value 10 s. 3 pair of stockings, value 3 s. two cambrick aprons, value 5 s. four checker'd aprons, value 4 s. a silver tea spoon, value 1 s. a velvet hood, value 3 s. a necklace, value 1 s. a flannel petticoat, value 1 s. a bible, common prayer book, and a book called a New Year's Gift, value 1 s. and half a guinea the Property of Ann Euston , then spinster , but now the wife of John Wilcox , in the dwelling house of William and Richard Brown , March 5 .
Ann Wilcox . I lived at Mr. Lascelles an Apothecary in Shoreditch, and sent the Prisoner there for my box, and he carried it to the house of William and Richard Brown , Peruke-makers in Shoreditch , and set it down in the kitchen, where it remained about a quarter of an hour, and then it was gone. Whereupon I suspected the Prisoner, the box and the books were found at Martha Page 's lodgings (the Prisoner's mother) at Clerkenwell two or three days afterwards, the two cotton gowns, two cambrick aprons, two shifts and the velvet hood, were found at an old clothes shop, and the tea spoon at a pawnbroker's in St. John's street.
Richard Brown . The Prisoner was a servant of mine, I had intelligence that the box was carried up to the Spotted Dog at Islington. I went there, and was informed where some of the things were, and I found two gowns, two shifts, a velvet hood, and a cambrick apron, at Daniel Haynes 's a slop-shop in Clerkenwell ; the Constable found Thomas Page at a snuff-shop in Ailesbury-Street . Martha Page said the box was brought by a stranger , and she did not know who sent it; Thomas Page owned the taking the things, and that he carried them up to the spotted Dog at Islington at 11 o'clock at night, and afterwards sent the box to his mother's.
Prisoner. My mother is quite innocent of the matter.
James Gregory , William Robinson , John Hayes , of Twickenham , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Amias King widow , in the day time ++, no person being therein, and stealing two guns, value 20 s. a sheet, value 18 d. a shift, value 1 s. a pair of scales, value 2 s. 6 d. a hand saw, two planes and other carpenter's tools, a pail, and six bars, belonging to a kitchen grate, her property, January the 10th. ++ Breaking and entering a dwelling house in the day-time, no person being therein, and stealing the value of five shillings, is Death .
Amias King. I came to London about the 10th of January, and locked my house up, and when I came home again in two or three days, I found the back part of my house had been broke open, the outward door was broke to pieces, and the other door was likewise broke open. - I lost two guns, some Carpenter's tools, &c. (my husband was a Carpenter,) - Gregory confessed before he was taken up, that he was concerned in breaking the house open, and wanted to make it up with me. He said one Dyer, Robinson, and old Hayes were concerned with him in doing it; the house was broke open twice, once was four or five weeks before the 10th of January, and then they took a pail, and some other things. - I know nothing but what Gregory told me.
Amias King. This is my gun.
Benjamin Watts . I am a smith: about the beginning of January, James Gregory brought a pair of grates to me, and asked if I would buy them; and I gave him a penny per pound for them - they came to 7 s. 11 d. About a month afterwards Mrs. King came to know if I had bought a pair of grates, I said, yes; she desired to see them, I told her I had worked them up.
Henry Newland . (Constable). Gregory owned he broke the house open twice, that it was some time in January; he said, one time was about three or four in the afternoon - he acknowledged there was no body in the house. - Robinson acknowledged he was concerned with Gregory, Hayes, and one Dyer, (who is run away) in breaking open Mrs. King's house the second time. - Hayes acknowledged he was only concerned in breaking the house open the first time, and that he had nothing but a pail, and that he sold it for six-pence. Gregory guilty 4 s. 10 d . Robinson guilty 4 s. 10 d . Hayes * acquitted .
* There was no indictment for the first fact, which was the reason of Hayes's being acquitted.
John Brown confirmed the same. Guilty .
190. Sarah English , of St. Luke's , was indicted for stealing six ells and an half of dowlas, value 6 s. 6 d. one apron, value 18 d. two aprons, value 8 d. a piece of stuff, value 3 d. and a handkerchief, value 3 d. the goods of Ann Hampton ; a cloth cloak, value 12 d. and a handkerchief, value 6 d. the goods of Rebecca Capon , March 28 .
Ann Hampton . Last Wednesday. When I came home about eight or nine in the evening, my sister asked me, where my new cloth was: I told her, it was in my box. She said it was not. I suspected the Prisoner, and next morning went after her, and met with her by St. John's Gate. I asked her where my things were. She said they were pawned at the Blue Ball in Old street. I got a search warrant, and asked, if there was any new cloth pawned in the name of Sarah English . The pawnbroker's wife said , they had no new cloth. We searched, and I found my new cloth wrapped up in one of my aprons, pawned in the name of Sarah Cook .
Rebecca Capon . I went out that day to washing, and left the Prisoner to take care of my child; and when I came home, I missed the new cloth first; and searching farther, missed the other things. The Prisoner said she had pawned them, and that she took them with a view of getting a spinning-wheel.
Michael Wilson . The Prisoner came to me with these things, and a young child in her arms ; she said she brought them to get money to pay her rent, and that her name was Sarah Cook - she pledged them for seven shillings. Guilty .
Jane Dale , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a piece of foreign gold coin, value 3 l. 12 s. another piece, value 36 s. a moidore, value 27 s. and 8 s. 6 d. in silver, the property of Robert Minton , privately from his pers on, March 20 .
Q. How was it done?
Minton. I was going along with her and another woman, one Hannah Downes , between one and two in the morning. I felt her hand in my pocket, and immediately I missed the money, and she run away; I run after her, but she got away, and I could not see any thing of her - it was in a little passage.
Q. How do you know it was the Prisoner?
Minton. Very well - because she was along with me and the other woman.
Q. Where were you going?
Minton. I was going to the other woman's lodging, we had been all three drinking at a cellar over against Somerset-house, in the Strand.
Q. Are you sure the other woman did not take it?
Minton. I am sure I had my money in my pocket when the Prisoner put her hand into it - it was in a black purse.
Q. How came you * by so much money?
* The Prosecutor was a private soldier.
Minton. I received it of Mr. Dobson, at the Custom-house, on account of tea that was seized in a barn at Camberwell belonging to smugglers.
Q. What became of your other companion?
Minton. I don't know where she is now.
Q. Was this an acquaintance you met in the street?
Minton. I knew her before, but had not much acquaintance with her - she was not taken till two or three days after.
Joshua Wolsenden . I am a Constable of Covent Garden; between eleven and twelve on Easter Eve (March 24.) this man, Minton, brought the Prisoner into the watchhouse, and in the night I was talking familiarly with her; and I asked her why she robbed such a poor man. She said, D - n it, those that have nothing we can have nothing from, and we must have it from those that have, for we have no respect of persons. She said she had the money, and she swore, she would hang farther and mother, before she would hang herself. Then said I, you should turn evidence. Yes, she said, to be sure I would.
Q. Did she say what money she had?
Wolsenden. She said she had a three-pound-twelve, a thirty-six shilling piece, and a moidore; I can't tell what silver she said she had, she said she had shared the money between herself and two accomplices. I asked her if she had any of the money left. She said she was obliged to pawn her cloak for two shillings. What, said I, is all the money gone? She said, as to one of her accomplices, she was clothed with that money; she had bought her a gown and petticoat, a shift, a pair of stockings, a cap, and the rest of the money was spent.
Q. Did she say in what Manner she took it from Minton?
Wolfenden. I cannot say in particular in what manner; she said, D - n it what signifies talking, the truth is the truth, the money I had from him.
Jury. What condition was she in when she told you this story?
Wolsenden. Just as she is now.
Prisoner. I never saw the man in my life before that night, and he took me into a house to give me a half pennyworth of small beer, I can bring one to prove he never missed the money till seven o'clock next morning.
Wolfenden. The Prisoner said she dogged the man from that cellar in the Strand, into broad St. Giles's. Acquitted .
192. Sarah Ball , of St. George Bloomsbury , was indicted for stealing a shirt, value 2 s. the goods of John Tuffman ; two frocks value 12 d. a shift, value 6 d. a petticoat 12 d. and a handkerchief 6 d. the goods of William Bainbridge , March 31 .
William Bainbridge . The Prisoner attended my wife in a fit of sickness, and during that time she took these goods and pawned them, she told us where she had pawned them. I went to the pawnbroker's, and there were two frocks and a shirt, he delivered one of the frocks, but would not deliver the other things without the money, and I paid him 5 s. for them.
Elizabeth Bainbridge . Last March I was taken ill, and sent for this woman as a nurse. I missed these things and charged her with them, she acknowledged she pawned them, and at the pawnbroker's she said, she stole them out of the house, the petticoat she sent me by Mary Bugden .
Bugden. Mrs. Bainbridge said, she believed the Prisoner had her petticoat, and she sent me for it, and she pulled the petticoat off her back and delivered it to me.
Samuel Aswell . The Prisoner came to Mrs. Bainbridge's house, and owned the taking two frocks, a shirt, a cap, a handkerchief, a petticoat, and a flannel waistcoat, and pawning them; my master said, if she would tell him where they were, he would go with her and get them. Accordingly she did, and the pawnbroker delivered a frock to my master, but would not deliver the rest without money; and my master paid him 5 s. for them. - The pawnbroker lives in Plumbtree street, St. Giles's.
Prisoner . I was three weeks with this gentlewoman, I know nothing of taking the things, as to the handkerchief she lent it me to put over my head.
193. David Flint of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a shift, value 2 s. a checker'd handkerchief, value 10 d. a cap, value 10 d. a silk hood, value 6d. and a quilted cap, value 2 d. the goods of Jane Tennant , March 24 .
Jane Tennant . I keep a cellar in Monmouth-street , and sell linen ; on Saturday was se'nnight about eleven at night, these things were snatched away, but I could not tell by whom. - They hung upon the stairs going down into the cellar; I seeing something snatched away, run up and cried stop thief, and a neighbour saw the Prisoner drop them.
John Simpson . I was coming home that night about 11 o'clock, Mrs. Tennant cried out stop thief, I saw the Prisoner with the things under his arm; he finding himself discovered, dropped the things and fell all along upon the ground, there was another man assisted me and we got hold of him. - I saw the bundle under his arm before he fell and before he dropped them. - I did not take them up,
Prisoner. I was running along Monmouth-street, and being very much in liquor, I tumbled down and the things were lying by me; I know no more of them than the child unborn.
Jury to Simpson. How do you know that is the bundle the Prisoner had under his arm?
Simpson. It was a bundle of linen.
Prisoner. Did you see the bundle upon me?
Simpson. You had the bundle under your arm when I took hold of you.
Sarah Henley (for the Prisoner) being offered the book to be sworn, said, what must I swear for, I don't come to prosecute. [ Sarah Henley sworn.] I lodge at Mr. Richardson's in Sheer-lane, I kept a button-shop the backside of St. Clements; I have known the Prisoner ever since he was six years old, I never heard any harm of him, he is a gentleman's servant, he lived with Mr. Ball in Pall-mall , and he can't say any thing against him .
Q. Where does he live now ?
Henley. I can't tell where he lives now: he lives in Newgate, I think, now; no body can appear to his honesty; I mean to his dishonesty. The gentlewoman has had her things again. Guilty .
Francis King . The Prisoner was going along with the fowls upon his head in a basket, and my fellow-servant brought him back to my master's house - in Cary Street; and we kept him till my master came home - I think that's the person I saw with the fowls - I cannot swear to him - that's the man, I dare say.
Q. Look at him, and see if you know him?
Q. Is the Prisoner the person?
Widham. I can't swear he is the man, it was so dark - it was about six or seven at night.
Q. Go nearer to him, and look at him?
[He goes to the bar, and views him earnestly for a considerable time.]
Elizabeth Compton . I keep a cloaths shop , the petticoat hung at my door for sale - I did not see her take it. I was told she was the woman by the person who took her, but he is not well, and could not come. I would have had the Justice have sent her to Bridewel to be lashed, but he would oblige me to prosecute. Acquitted .
St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Henry Robinson , about the hour of eight in the night, and stealing a cloth coat, value 15 s. a cloth waistcoat, value 5 s. two shirts, value 10 s. a pair of sheets, value 5 s. a blanket, value 2 s. a cloth cloak, value 5 s. a hat, value 2 s. five muslin hoods, value 5 s. two tablecloths, value 3 s. two dimitty waistcoats, value 5 s. three napkins, value 3 s. four cambrick handkerchiefs, value 5 s. four caps, value 4 s. and two pair of sleeves, value 3 s. the goods of Henry Robinson , March 15 .
Q. Why do you call her Elius?
Robinson. Because she went by two names .
Q. Give an account of the breaking open your house?
Robinson. I will, and I will speak very honestly. I rent ten pound a year in Leicester-Street ; on the 15th of March I went out about five o'clock, and when I came home about eight, or three quarters after seven, I found my house broke open, and all these goods gone: before she could come to these goods, she was obliged to break open the front-door , and then another door and a box.
Q. Who did you leave in the house?
Robinson. Isaac Adams ; I delivered the key to him, and left him to take care of the house, and ordered him, if he went out, to leave the key for me at a neighbour's next door, and I found it where I ordered him to leave it - the front door was broke open, and after the prisoner got into the house, she bolted herself in, so that I could not get in, and I was obliged to go to Mr. Dorrington, a bricklayer, as I am, to borrow a ladder; and when I got in, I found the door barred on the inside.
Jury. Was the staple of the lock of the fore-door drawn, or the bolt of the lock bent?
Robinson. The staple was forced so that it gave way.
Q. Did you find any body in the house?
Robinson. I found no body in the house at all, only myself - I found the things at Mrs. Smith's at Cow-Cross.
- Smith, I keep a chandler's shop, the Prisoner car. to my house with a bundle - I believe about a month ago, and asked for a halfpenny-worth of small beer, and sat down and drank it, William Thomas came in and said to her, You bitch you have robbed such an one of these things.
Q. Were the things in that blanket the things that she brought to your house?
Smith. I cannot say that, the bundle is altered, it was in a white sheet then - I can't swear to the bundle.
Q. What reason had you to think they were Robinson's goods?
Thomas. Because I saw Robinson's wife's cloak upon her back, and I know the cloak.
Jury. Are you a neighbour?
Thomas. We live overagainst one another.
Q. to Smith. Was the bundle opened before Thomas?
Smith. Yes it was - I believe 'tis the same bundle, but I did not take notice of every particular thing, so I cannot be positive.
Q. Did she bring any other bundle?
Thomas . These are the things, I know several of them, and this is the cloak she had upon her back, I have seen it many a time upon Robinson's wife's back.
Q. Where is Robinson's wife?
Thomas. She is lately dead.
Prisoner. You are a bailiff's follower and a thief taker, you don't care whose life you take away.
Jury. What trade are you?
Thomas. I am a Joiner by trade [Thomas said to the Prisoner, you ought to have been hanged before now, for robbing a man of his watch.]
Isaac Adams . I am a lodger in Robinson's house , when he went out he left the key with me. I went out about half an hour after six, and left the key where he ordered me, and when I came home about a quarter after eight, I could not get in, I knocked at the door, but nobody answered: when Robinson found his things were gone, he said to me, D - n you, you have robbed me, and asked me how I could serve him so, and said he would get a warrant for me: there was a young girl over the way, who said she had seen the Prisoner very often push against the door and open it, and then lie down upon the stairs, and that some times after Mr. Robinson was gone to work, she would go to bed to his daughter.
Prisoner. I lived servant with Mr. Mills in Liquorpond-street , and was acquainted with Robinson's daughter, and have pawned many a thing for her.
Q. How came you by the things in that bundle?
Prisoner. Robinson's daughter gave them me to pawn, and she is gone out of the way, so I suffer for all.
Jury to Robinson. Where does your daughter live?
Robinson. She is at service; I can't tell where.
Q. Had she any key to the house?
Jury. Your daughter and the Prisoner were acquainted, were they not?
Robinson. I cannot say whether they were or not.
Jury. Do you know the Prisoner?
Robinson. She was once in my house, and I kicked her out of doors, because I knew her to be a vile creature. Acquitted of the burglary, guilty of the felony .
George Sherrard . The Prisoner came to my shop (I think on a Saturday night) to pawn a spoon, I asked her whose property it was, she said she was then a nurse keeping at a gentlewoman's at Tottenham-court, who desired her to pawn it; I not being satisfied with this account, told her I should have occasion to go that way the next morning, and would call there; then she began to hesitate, I told her I would stop the spoon, and if she brought any body to give an account of her she should have it again; but she not coming in two or three days I advertised it, and Mr. Cosby came and owned it. Guilty .
198. Mary Aston , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a pair of sheets, value 8 s. two shirts, value 5 s. a shift, value 12 d. a pair of sleeves, value 6 d. a pair of cotton gloves, value 6 d. a pair of ruffles, value 6 d. the goods of Peter Bernard , a frock, value 6 s. the goods of Walter Bernard , a shirt, value 2 s. 6 d. the goods of John Anderson , and a shirt, value 2 s. 6 d. the goods of Peter Grace , January 30 .
Mrs. Bernard. The Prisoner used to go a nurse-keeping , and nursed my little boy when he was ill of the small pox, and while she was with me these things were lost. I went to her lodging and asked her where the things were, she owned the taking some of the things, and that she had pawned them.
James Ridley . My waistcoat was lost out of a drawer in my room, I suspected the Prisoner and went to Mr. Granger's to know if Sarah Cornelius had not brought a waistcoat there, he said she had, and took my waistcoat from under the counter.
James White . I live in Rosemary-lane , on the 21st of March last about eleven o'clock at night, I lost a silver tankard - it was in my house March 20; I advertised it on the 23d, and the Prisoner was stepped with it by a gentleman in Southwark.
Richard Peters . I keep a goldsmith's shop on St. Margaret's Hill in Southwark. On Friday the 23d of March, in the morning, the Prisoner brought this lid of a tankard to me to sell. Finding it was wrenched off by force. I asked her some questions , to which she gave me but very indifferent answers. I suspected she had the other part of the tankard about her, and asked her if she had not? She said , No. Then said I, you must give me leave to search you. She very readily let me search one side, but was very unwilling that I should search the other. I put my hand over the counter, and struck it against the edge of the tankard; and then I told her, I must stop her and the tankard. She said, I should have the tankard if I would let her go. I said, that would not do for me. I sent for a Constable, and had her before Justice Clarke, who committed her. I saw by an advertisement that was published that day, who was the owner. I sent to him, and the gentleman came to me, and said, it was his tankard . She said before the Justice that she took it out of the Prosecutor's house; there's the tankard with the name and number that was in the advertisement.
White. That is my tankard.
Prisoner. It was given me by a woman who lodged in the house where I lived; I told the gentleman so; they bid me confess the thing, and said, I should be safe; and I said what was not true .
White. The woman, who she says gave her the tankard, has been with her in the New Goal two or three times. Guilty Death .
201. Henry Creed , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing seven pair of worsted stockings, value 5 s. and a pair of thread mittins, value 1 s. the goods of Francis Cooper , March 24 ; and
Francis Cooper . Henry Creed was my shop-boy ; I had suspected him of robbing me; and on the 23d of March I searched him (he was committed the 24th ) and found a pair of stockings in one pocket, and a pair of gloves in another. He acknowledged the carrying several pair of stockings to his sister, who is the woman Prisoner. On the 24th, I found in Margaret Goodman 's drawers, in her apartment, four pair of childrens stockings - I know them to be mine by the marks; and she had upon her legs a pair of womens knit hose; there was a pair of thread mittins, and a pair of boys worsted hose in pawn.
Q. What did she say when you found them in her custody?
Cooper. I carried her immediately before a Justice, and she acknowledged she had them from her brother, and that she had child him for bringing them; for she believed them to be stolen.
Prisoner Creed. When I carried these to my sister, she checked me very much for it; and said, she was afraid I did not come honestly by them; and I told her I had bought them.
Paul Broadhent . I have known Margaret Goodman a great many years, and know her to be a very honest woman, and a very industrious girl, and a person of a very good character; and I do not think she would be guilty of any such thing: I keep the mother of her now.
Q. He says, she acknowledged she believed them to be stolen. What can you say to that?
Broadbent. If she said so, I should think she was not in her senses; for she is a very honest girl.
William Hamlin . I was servant to a gentlewoman whom she lived with; she behaved honestly, and my mistress said she was a very honest servant, and sent her a shilling, and a piece of roast pork by me, and desired to know where her husband lived. Henry Creed guilty ; Margaret Goodman guilty.The Jury recommended Margaret * Goodman to the Court .
* John Goodman, her husband, fell on his knees, and begged very heartily that the Court would be pleased to order her corporal punishment; but this being an offence against a statute, which makes it Transportation for fourteen years absolutely, the Court could not grant it.
203. + Sarah Coates , of St. Giles's in the Fields, was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 10 s. a pair of silver knee buckles, value 4 s. a silver stock buckle, value 3 s. a cambrick stock, value 12 d. a hat, value 3 s. and a peruke, value 2 s. 6 d. the goods of Redman White , privately from his person , March 18 .
Redman White. Last Sunday was fortnight I met the Prisoner and another woman in Drury-lane, between nine and ten at night, and the Prisoner took me to her house in Holford's Alley in Drury-lane - I was in liquor, and I went in with her.
Q. What did you take her in for?
White. I was in liquor, I did not know what I did; we had two quarterns of gin. I sat down in a chair and fell asleep; and when I awaked, I found I was robbed. I charged them with robbing me of my things. I was robbed of my shoe buckles, &c. They said they had no such things.
Q. You say you was drunk, how did you know you was robbed there?
White. If I had not been drunk I should not have gone into such a house as that - I did not drink a drop of any thing in the house - I believe I was asleep about three quarters of an hour; when I found I could not get my things I went away; the next day I went and demanded the things: the Prisoner confessed she knew of one knee buckle, but said she did not know of any thing more; and she said, if any of her servants or people had taken them, I should have them again.
Q. Where did she say she had that knee buckle?
White. She said she had it from me, and she took it out of a box - she said before the Justice that she had the shoe buckles, knee buckles, stock and stock buckle, and hat; she said she had all except my wig.
Jury. Did she say, she took them from you; or that you gave them her?
White. I gave her nothing.
Jury. Did she say she took them from you, or that you gave them her?
White. She said that I pledged the knee buckles to her.
Jury. Did she say she took them from you?
White. She said she had them all.
White. She said one of her servants took them from me and she received them.
John Hughes . On Sunday March 18, I was at a publick house by Covent-Garden, where I saw Mr. White. He was pretty much in liquor, and I advised him to go home - this was about half an hour after nine. The next morning he came to make his complaints to me, told me what he had lost, and wanted me to go with him to endeavour to get them again. I told him I could not go then. On the Tuesday morning he came and told me he had found out the place where he was robbed, and showed me one of the buckles. We got a warrant and had it executed; and when the Prisoner was before the Justice, she owned every article except either the hat or wig, I cannot tell which.
Q. What did she say, did she own she took them from him?
Hughes. She said she knew of them, and if the Justice would indulge her to let the Constable go home with her, she would show him where the buckles were, and she said they were under a brick in her cellar. The Constable and I went with her, she found the brick but did not find the buckles, then she said that one Sullivan, who she said was run away , or something to that purpose, told her she had left them under a brick in the cellar for her, but she did not know, what Sullivan had done with them.
Charles Duncombe . I went with the Prosecutor in order to get his things again, and the Prisoner said she had robbed him of the shoe buckles, knee buckles and stock buckle, and that they were under a brick in the cellar. We went with her into the cellar, and when she could not find them, she said she believed the person who was a companion of hers and was gone away, took them away with her.
White. Besides the Prisoner and the other woman, there were two other girls in the house, and a person the Prisoner called her husband. Acquitted .
Solomon Delafontaine . The Prisoner came to lodge with me last February, lay there but two nights, run away and took the sheets off the bed, and carried them away with her - She was the last person in the room, my girl told me the sheets were gone. I went up about five or six minutes afterwards and they were gone. She said before Justice Mussel that she did take the sheets off the bed. She said at first she had pawned them, and then that she had sold them. - I don't know I lost any thing, only as my wife and child told me. Acquitted .
205. James McDonald , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing a shirt, value 3 s. three silver buckles, value 6s. a pair of stockings, value 2 s. the goods of Thomas Holloway , March 30 .
Thomas Holloway . I was at the Fox and Hounds in Shoreditch pretty late with the Prisoner, and being destitute of a lodging, he said I should lie with him. He bid me go up very still and make no noise. As soon as he thought I was asleep, he took these things. I got up as soon as it was light and charged him with taking them; and he threatened to kick me down stairs. I went next day to the King John in Holloway-lane, and asked the landlord if such a man was not there. He said yes (he had got two pound of beef stakes and was eating them) I asked if he had not pawned something, he said he had pawned a silver knee buckle. I told him if he would help me to my things again I would forgive him, and I would pay what they were pawned for. He went with me to the pawnbroker's where my buckles were pawned. I got one of my buckles again, and I paid 5 s. 1 d. for the other two, [a large pair of shoe buckles.] There was one of the buckles he did not take away, which I suppose stuck in my pocket, for I put the buckles under this pair of stockings in my pocket that nobody should find them. He said before the Justice (as I understood him) that he found them.
Prisoner. There was another man in the bed along with us.
Holloway. I went to bed so still that the other man did not know of it, and I did not know that any body was in the bed; I hear the other is as honest a man as any in the world.
John Bundock . On Saturday in the afternoon the Prosecutor sent for me to the King John and charged me with the Prisoner, and I carried him before a Justice. The Prosecutor paid 5 s. for these two buckles, and the Justice sent for the other buckle and it was sent to him. - The Prisoner declared then that he did not take them out of the Prosecutor's pocket, but found them upon the stairs when he got up in the night.
Prisoner. I found those three buckles upon the stairs when I got up in the morning.
Jury. Who went down stairs first?
Holloway. I went down first - I went to bed at eleven o'clock, I had them in my pocket then, and missed them before I came out of the room in the morning.
Holloway. Because he threatened to kick me down stairs, so I went away. I don't know the ways of London. I don't lie in London once in half a year. Guilty .
Mary Morris . The 10th of March I lost a quilted petticoat from the Crown at Uxbridge , and had it cried, and it was found at the Red Cross in Uxbridge, upon one Mary Hinman , who offered it to sale. I asked her how she came by it; she said the Prisoner gave it her to sell, and she was to have two-pence, and two quarterns of gin, for selling it - the Prisoner denied it before the Justice.
Mary Hinman . The Prisoner came to one Ann Cleavers , where I live, and brought in this petticoat, which was then wet, and made a fire and dried it. Then she cut the names out of two jack towels, and threw them into the fire, and wrapped the petticoat up in them; and she said, if I would go and sell that petticoat for her, she would give me two-pence, and two quarterns of gin. She said she did not care to sell it herself, because she knew so many of the soldiers, for she came along with them. I told her, I did not care to do it. She said, You B - h, what are you afraid of? I came honestly by it: and if you come to any damage, I'll hear you harmless ; for I bought it fairly enough. And she said I should say, if I was taken, that I found it coming up the Crown Yard; and then we shall come clear off. And I said, What occassion had I to say any such thing as that, when I came honestly by it? And when I was taken up, the Prisoner ran away.
Jury. Who saw her run away; is there any body here that knows it?
Prisoner. I never saw the coat in my life before I was taken prisoner. Acquitted .
207. + Sarah * Simmonds , of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for stealing a blanket, value 2 s. a sheet, value 1 s. the goods of William Brown , and a grey poplin gown, value 10 s. a printed cotton gown, value 5 s. a white calico gown, value 5 s. a cotton bed gown, value 1 s. a holland apron, value 6 d. a body of a shift, value 5 s. - five yards and a half of holland, value 5 s. - three cambrick aprons, value 5 s. a cotton gown, value 10 s. and a velvet mantelet, value 5 s. - the goods of Rhoda Brown , spinster , in the dwelling house of William Brown , March 10 .
* She was tried in last September Sessions by the name of Sarah Stevens , for stealing a sattin gown, and acquitted, page 255, and was by mistake discharged, though there was then another indictment against her for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Howson , in the parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch, &c. and Elizabeth Stevens , the accessary, was admitted to bail, because she could not be proceeded against without the principal.
Mary Brown . The Prisoner was my lodger. On the 10th of March, about eight o'clock in the morning, news was brought me that I was robbed. When I found in what manner, I said to the Prisoner, it cannot be a stranger that has done this; it must be you, or through your occasion. She said, she wondered I should say so, for her honesty was never questioned; and she declared she did not do it. She went out of my house, and was dogged into a pawnbroker's shop, at the Hand and Lock of Hair in Shoe-lane. She came back again afterwards, and still said, she had nothing of mine. Then I said I must charge a Constable with her. One Mr. Wilson said, it does not signify any thing talking, for I saw you go into a pawnbroker's, and I know some of the goods. Then she fell a crying, and bid me put my hand into her pocket, and take out the key of her room, and I should find a great many of the things. The Constable pushed me away, and said, she should give me the key herself. She said the things were under her bed; and accordingly I found part of the goods there, and part at Mr. Sheldon's, the pawnbroker. I found my daughter's mantelet, and several other things, at Mr. Weyburne's, the Five Roses in Shoe-lane. And before my Lord Mayor she cried, and owned the fact.
208. Archibald Campbell , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing an India silk handkerchief, value 4s. and thirty-four shillings in money , the property of John Langley , March 9 . and
Mary Langley . On the 9th of March I went up stairs, and found all my drawers pulled out: I missed thirty shillings in silver, and four shillings in half-pence: there was no body in the house but the Prisoner Campbell. When I came down stairs , I
Q. Who was in the house?
Langley. The maid and the woman who came to wash. I had known Campbell about a week; he lay about sleeping, and I said, young man you had better go up into the garret and sleep. He went up stairs, and staid there from eight in the morning till five in the afternoon - I missed this money much about six o'clock - the money was in my own chamber, the half-pence upon the table, and the silver in the drawer where the India handkerchief was - He went out about fix, and came in again about eight. The maid said to him, you have got a new checkered shirt on; and asked him some questions. He said, what signifies your asking me so many questions; is there any thing missing? I was loth to awake my husband, who was asleep in the kitchen, and did not say any more to him then. He came in again about eleven o'clock at night, and then he had a white shirt on. I charged a watchman with him, on suspicion of stealing the money, &c. As we were carrying him to the watchhouse, coming through St. Martin's church-yard, he said he would charge me; and he said he did not care if I did transport him, for then he should go to sea. He confessed having the half-pence, and said he met Harry Gray in the street, and had given him the handkerchief to pledge for him - It was pledged at the corner of the Half Moon. I sent the Beadle to the pawnbroker's for it, and he brought it to me; this is the handkerchief.
Joseph Ravell . On the 9th of March, Henry Gray brought this handkerchief to our house, and pawned it for a shilling - I have known Gray these four years, he is a taylor. Gray said he came from the Parliament-house in the Strand.
Q. Is not that a night-house?
Ravell. Yes, Sir. Coming from thence he met Campbell, and asked him to treat him; and he said he would if he would go and pledge that handkerchief for him. Campbell confessed he took the handkerchief , and took the half-pence off the table, in Mr. Langley's room.
Prisoner Campbell. I went to this gentlewoman's in Charles's Court in the Strand. I was very much in liquor, and sleepy: she desired me to go up and sleep. I went down to Wapping afterwards for a check'd shirt; and when I came back again, she would charge me with these things, and said, she was told I had opened the door, and took so much money. And two women came and told me, if I would own it, they would clear me; and they gave me money to say so. I had met Gray, and he asked me to treat him. I told him, if he would pawn that handkerchief I would. Mrs. Langley gave me liquor, and persuaded me to own it.
Mrs. Langley, and Mr. Ravell said, that Campbell was not in liquor, when he was before the Justice.
Campbell guilty , Gray acquitted .
210. John Lloyd , of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for stealing a pair of bed curtains, value 7 s. a looking-glass, value 5 s. a quilt, value 2 s. a pair of sheets, value 2 s. a bolster, value 2 s. a brass saucepan, value 1 s. a pair of brasses for a grate, value 1 s. the goods of Thomas Kitchen , in his lodging , February 28 .
Thomas Kitchen . The Prisoner took a ready furnished room of me at half a crown a week, in Bell Court, Gray's-Inn-Lane, and robbed me of these things. I got a search warrant, and found them. He owned before the Justice, that he took them out of the room, and pawned them.
Q. What is the Prisoner?
Kitchen. He professes himself to be an attorney at law.
Prisoner. Did not you give me leave to pawn those things?
Kitchen. No, I never did.
Prisoner. Did not I give you some parchments?
Kitchen. Yes, you gave me something in your way as you are a lawyer; they were of no service to me, and I delivered them up to you again before the Constable.
Q. When did you take him up?
Kitchen. I took him the 7th of March.
Q. When did he leave his lodging?
Kitchen. The same day.
Q. Where did you take him?
Kitchen. I took him in the same room where he lodged, about eleven o'clock in the morning, his wife and child and he were in bed together . I had a note sent me to take care of my goods, for sent I should lose all I had in the room: and that was the reason of my apprehending him.
Q. What is this story about the papers?
Q. What were they?
Prisoner . One was an indenture of a fine belonging to myself, and the other was a commission empowering me to take affidavits in Buckinghamshire. I left them in his hands as a security till I could get money to pay him for the things he gave me leave to pawn ; he did not deliver the papers till I was apprehended with a warrant.
Kitchen. I own that I delivered them before the Constable, after I took him up.
Prisoner. Did not I continue paying weekly till such time my wife was taken ill?
Kitchen, Yes, but I believe it was with my things.
Prisoner. How much were the things pawned for? That would not pay half a crown a week from September to March, they have put my material witness out of the way, who could have proved he gave me leave to pawn them.
Prisoner. Did not he acknowledge to you whether he had given me leave to pawn them?
Waters. The Prisoner said, ask him whether he did not give me leave to pawn them, and Kitchen said, that was no matter.
Q. Then he did not own or deny it?
Waters. No never an one.
Jordan. I had the search warrant and found the things, Mr. Kitchen denied before the Justice, that he gave the Prisoner leave to pawn them.
Q. Was Waters present when Kitchen was asked the question?
Jordan. I believe he was, but I believe he did not take so much notice as I did.
Prisoner. I have been a man under misfortunes, and have lost a great deal of money. I did not take them with an intent to rob him, or steal them from him, and actually he gave me leave to pawn them.
The Prisoner applied to some gentlemen of reputation in the law who were in Court. One gentleman said he knew him very well as an Attorney at Stony Stratford , and never heard of any misbehaviour in him. Another had known him seventeen or eighteen years ago, at Carmarthan in Wales, that he afterwards lived with Mr. Hayward an Attorney in Salisbury-court, and that he had then a very good character, and never heard any ill of him. A third said he was surprised to see him in these circumstances, that he knew him Clerk to Mr. Hayward, and that he always behaved well. Guilty .
211. + Elizabeth Edwards , otherwise Lareman , of St. Martin's le Grand , was indicted for stealing six silver tea spoons, value 6 s. a pair of silver tea tongs, value 3 s. a silver strainer, value 3 s. a silver needle case with a silver thimble, value 5 s. a sattin gown, value 20 s. a cloth cloak, value 10 s. a laced hood, value 5 s. a gown, value 10 s. a duffel cloak, value 5 s. a pair of silk stockings, value 5 s. two pair of stockings, value 2 s. a bonnet, value 12 d. four shifts, value 10 s. six aprons, value 6 s. two lawn handkerchiefs, value 5 s. and two handkerchiefs, value 12 d. &c. the whole amounting to 6 l. the goods of John Brooks , and one piece of Holland wrought with needle work, value 10 s. the goods of Thomas Jennings , in the dwelling house of Stephen Clarke , February 23 .
Elizabeth Brooks . The Prisoner was destitute of a place, and I employed her as a chairwoman, out of compassion, till she could get a better place. She was with us about three weeks. On the 23d of February she came between six and seven o'clock in the morning, in order to light the fire. I said who is that, Betty? She said yes, Madam. I asked her what o'clock it was, and she said between 6 and 7. I was in bed on the same floor, and gave her the key of the bed room for her to come into the dining room. - She could not get into the dining room without coming into the bed room; and she took that opportunity to rob me of these things. - Most of the things were in a chest of drawers, the spoons and some other things were lying in the room. I arose between eight and nine and went into the dining room, and found all these things missing, and that she was gone. I went to a neighbour to acquaint him with it, and he advised me to advertise it. The next day I put out an advertisement with two guineas reward, and the Monday following she was apprehended by a man in St. Martin's-lane by Charing-cross. My petticoat, shift, stockings, gown, cloak and bonnet, were taken from her by the Constable.
Q. Where did you get the rest of the things?
Brooks. She was so good as to tell me where they were pawned.
Prisoner. Did not you give me these things to pawn?
Brooks. I deny it, I never gave you any leave to do it; if I had, I would not have made any noise about it.
John Brooks . February 23, the Prisoner came in between six and seven o'clock (as she said) I got up before eight, and the spoons, &c. were missing. I advertised them the next day, and took her in St. Martin's-lane; she had several of my wife's things on then. I had her before a Justice, and she was committed the next day. She told me where the rest of the things were pawned, and I went and found t hem.
Mary Bateman . About seven o'clock that morning I was cleaning the stove. The Prisoner had got a bundle which she said she was to carry to the washerwoman's, and asked me where my mistress's washerwoman lived. I told her I could not tell. Then the Prisoner said, I have heard my mistress say she lived at the Naked Boy in Fleet street. - She said she must carry some things to be washed, and I saw her go out with a bundle and a bonnet on - I can't tell what she had in the bundle.
Samuel Goodwin . The 23d of February between twelve and one, a woman, who I believe to be the Prisoner at the bar, came to Mr. Grubbs and brought six tea spoons, a pair of tongs, and a strainer: she was then dressed in a different manner; I believe she was dressed in Mrs. Brooks's clothes. - She was then in a scarlet cloak and a silk gown - I cannot say I know her; the week after, Mr. Brooks came with a note from the Prisoner to ask for these things. I showed them to him, and he owned them to be his - these are they.
- Freer. On the 24th of February, the Prisoner - I think it was the Prisoner, brought a piece of worked linen to me, a pattern for a gown, and I lent her half a guinea upon it, this is the linen.
Mrs. Brooks. This is Mr. Jennings's.
John Baldiston . The 27th of February I took in this gown and a few particular things from the Prisoner at the bar - I am very sure I took them in from the Prisoner. Upon seeing an advertisement of Mr. Brooks's I went there, and Mr. Brooks and Mrs. Brooks declared them to be theirs - there was a velvet hood and a short cloak.
Mrs. Brooks. These are my things, I know this gown particularly, I believe it is not to be matched in London.
Alexander Cowan . I went the 1st of March with a search warrant to one Mary Davis 's lodging, and found some linen, &c. then I went to Mr. Grubbs in St. James's market, and there found the tea spoons, tongs and strainer.
Prisoner. I carried them to Davis to be washed. - Davis was servant to Mr Heaths at the Rummer at Charing-cross. Guilty 39 s .
The Prosecutor was in Court, but as she was convicted on the former indictment, she was not tried upon this.
+ 212. Joanna Jewers , of St. George in Middlesex , and Mary Jewers not yet taken, were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Stephen Witherden , about the hour of ten in the night, and stealing twenty yards of linen cloth, value 15 s. two silk gowns, value 3 l. one pair of Holland sheets, value 2 l. 10 s. four Holland shirts, value 1 l. eight linen aprons, value 16 s. one silk petticoat, value 5 s. three cambrick caps laced, value 1 l. two suits of cambrick pinners laced, value 2 l. four cambrick handkerchiefs, value 10 s. ten India cotton handkerchiefs, value 1 l. one velvet hood, value 15 s. one camblet riding hood, value 12 s. four diaper napkins, value 2 s. one silver corral with eight silver bells and a silver chain, value 15 s. and five dowlas shirts, value 8 s. the property of Stephen Witherden , February 10 .
Stephen Witherden . Joanna and Mary Jewers broke into my house the 10th of February about ten o'clock at night, and stole all the things mentioned in the indictment - they broke in at the chamber window.
Q. Did you see any marks of force?
Witherden. Yes, there were water tubs set upon one another, and so they got up to the window. - I was not at home then, but Joanna Jewers confessed that her sister broke in at the chamber window before ten at night, and handed the things out to her. - There were some little things taken upon her, and she was questioned about it, and so she confessed it. - She confessed she handed out a piece of diaper, but did not say how much there was of it, some silk gowns, a pair of Holland sheets, some aprons and caps, some cambrick handkerchiefs, and some cotton handkerchiefs, she said some they sold and some they pawned. - I have some of the things again that were pawned at Mrs. Ravens's.
Mary Ravens . February 11, Joanna Jewers brought one shirt, two aprons and three handkerchiefs . February 15 , Mrs. Sanders came and brought me this sheet, and asked her daughter Jewers - she called her daughter.
Ravens. She asked her daughter Joanna Jewers in what name she had pledged the things. And she said, in the name of Jewers . Then she said, she would not have them in the name of Jewers; she would have them in her own name, and she said her name was Margaret Barnes , and the rest of the things were brought in that name. A stranger brought the piece of diaper, who told me, I should not deliver any thing to Mary Jewers , but only to Joanna.
Ravens. Sanders pawned this lace to me.
Joanna Jewers . I was going with my mother into the Minories, and met my sister, and she desired my mother to pawn a sheet for her; which my mother did , and pawned it in the name of Margaret Barnes ; and gave my sister the seven shillings, and she is run away.
Sarah Cooper . The old gentlewoman (Sanders) was unfortunately persuaded to keep a publick house over against Alderman Parson's, and run out her fortune; and I really believe sometimes is out of her senses, partly on the account of the behaviour of these children - I believe it has so far turned her brain, that sometimes she cannot distinguish between good and evil; sometimes she acts very insensibly, and very imprudently, with regard to passion. Her youngest daughter lived with me some time; and when I have been without a servant, I have entrusted them in my house with my keys. I have been a housekeeper seventeen years. I believe Mary Jewers is guilty of what the Prisoners are charged with.
Joanna Jewers , was a second time indicted for stealing a mahogany tea chest, a pair of tea tongs and strainer, two holland shirts, two ells of linnen cloth, and a silk handkerchief, the goods of James Kibball , in his dwelling house , February 17 , but was not tried upon this indictment.
214. Joseph Hurt , of St. Dunstan's in the West , was indicted for stealing thirty books unbound, entitled the Royal English Grammar, &c. by James Greenwood , sur-master of St. Paul's school; the second edition; value 15 l. the goods of John Nourse ; and one rheam of demy paper, value 11 s. the goods of John Nash , Feb. 14 .
Thomas Davis . The Prisoner was a journeyman to Mr. Applebee the printer . On the 13th of Feb. there came an order from Mr. Nourse, to deliver a thousand Royal English Grammars. My master not being very well, the order was brought to me; and upon telling them over I found 300 short of the number. I went immediately and told my master the number was short; and from that time the Prisoner absconded my master's service. My master took him in Lincoln's-inn fields, and he owned before Justice Poulson, that he took the books out of the house. [Some of the books were produced.]
Prisoner. I did sell the gentleman some books. Guilty .
Beckles Booth. I was standing under the piazzas on the southside of the Royal Exchange, 31st of March, to hear the proclamation of war. I thought I felt something twitching at my pocket. I felt in my pocket, and my handkerchief was gone. The Prisoner was standing within half a yard of me, with his hand in his breast, and endeavouring to get into the crowd. Seeing him in that suspicious manner, I seized him by the hand with my handkerchief in his hand. Upon which I pulled him
Prisoner. I went to see war proclaimed, and found the handkerchief upon the stones. I held it up, and called out two or three times whose it was; and kept it in my hand three or four minutes, but no body owned it.
Mr. Booth. This is all false.
Mary Sparrow . The Prisoner is my apprentice - I follow the profession of making leather clogs. I gave the Prisoner leave to see was proclaimed. He has served me faithfully, justly, and honestly; and behaved well in my house. I go to bed about nine o'clock, and always see my apprentices to bed first. Please to ask Mr. Booth, if he did not desire the Alderman to commit him to Bridewel.
Booth. I did desire he might be committed to Bridewel for correction, but the Alderman did not think it proper.
Jury. Did you find the Prisoner's hand in your pocket?
Jury. Was the handkerchief dirty when you took it from him?
Booth. It was in the same condition as it was when I lost it. Acquitted .
216. + Richard Carberry , of the precinct of St. Catharine's , was indicted for assaulting Elizabeth Milward in a certain open place called the Flemish church yard , near the King's highway, putting her in fear, and taking from her a silk handkerchief, value 12 d. a pocket, value 1 d. and six shillings in money , the property of Eliz. Milward, Jan. 26 .
Eliz. Milward. About 8 or 9, or it may be 10 weeks ago, I cannot tell which, as I was coming over Flemish church yard, near Tower-hill (I lived there then) with a butter tub, about five o'clock in the evening, Dick Carberry knocked me down; then he tore my apron off my sides, and took my pocket with five or six shillings in it - I knew him when he came up to me - I have seen him several times - He had a room in the next house to my mother's, that came over her shop - It was pretty light, it was neither light nor dark - It was not so dark as to want the light of the lamps - I knew him after I got up again . I did not know him at first. After I got up I said , Pray Mr. Carberry don't meddle with me. And he beat me, and said, you B - h, I will knock your brains out.
Q. Did you make any resistance?
Milward. No, Sir - I complained of it about three or four days afterwards.
Q. What was the reason you did not take him sooner?
Milward. Because I could not take him - I had known him in that neighbourhood about three or four months - After he had robbed me he run away directly - He did return to his habitation again, but when I cannot tell.
Q. Was it two days, or did he return the next day?
Milward. I can't tell whether it was the next day, or the fourth day - I believe he was taken up upon the account of Justice Willoughby's being knocked down on Tower-hill; and there was a report that he did it - He went on board of ship after that - I complained to Justice Dennet three or four days after the robbery; and he sent a warrant for him, and he broke out backwards, and got away - He had been seen before that, but it was only in the night.
Jury. Why did not you cry out stop thief?
Milward. If I had, no body would have taken him.
Prisoner. I did not do any thing to you. You run away as soon as I said to you, You B - h, you are one of them that robbed me last night.
Milward. He did rob me - I knew him by the light of the day - There are several shops there.
Jury. Did not you cry out?
Milward. I made a great noise; but when the people saw who it was, they shut their doors, they were afraid of him, he is so desperate a fellow.
Prisoner. The night before this happened, another midshipman and I went into the bawdy-house which is kept by her or her mother, and we drank pretty freely. She took a laced hat and 2 guinea from this gentleman, and three shillings and six-pence from me. Said I, my girl, you have got a guinea from this gentleman, and a laced hat. She said she knew nothing of it. They had stripped us so, that we had not money to pay our reckoning. And then they and their bullies sell upon us so, that we had like to have been murdered. There were a matter of sixteen whores of them together. So the next day, about three o'clock, I met this girl, and said, You B - h, you are one of the whores that robbed me last night. And so she charges me with robbing her.
Sarah Cooper . I live in the neighbourhood, Catharine Milward , the Prosecutrix's mother-in-law, kept a vile house. The Prisoner goes to sea, I never saw any harm of him, I saw him run after the daughter and throw her down. - About two o'clock in the afternoon.
Q. What character has the Prisoner, has he the character of a thief?
Cooper. I never heard any such character of him, he is reckoned a civil man.
Q. Did she complain then that he had robbed her?
Cooper. She did not complain of any thing, she sat down upon the bench a little, and then walked home.
Elizabeth Studly . As to his robbing her, I believe he robbed her of nothing, for I believe she had not a farthing in the world. - I never heard any harm of Elizabeth Milward - the mother has the character of keeping a disorderly house. Acquitted .
217. Richard Carberry , was a second time indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Catharine Milward in the night time, and stealing one silk gown, value 5 s. four cambrick aprons, value 10 s. six handkerchiefs, value 5 s. five suits of cambrick headclothes, value 10 s. fourteen guineas and seventeen shillings in money , the property of Catharine Milward , January 26 .
Catharine Milward . The Prisoner has lodged in a room over my head since last Michaelmas, he came into my house in the middle of the day, with a woman he calls his wife, and he and my daughter had some words; he came bodily into the house.
Q. What do you mean by bodily?
Milward. He came with a great stick, and he gave me a blow upon my arm, that I had like to have lost the use of it - it was the day the warrant was taken out.
Q. What upon your daughter's affair?
Milward. No, that was the last thing he did, it was upon the account of a quarrel, it was all within a day or two of one another; he came again about six or seven at night. I asked who was there, I believe he changed his voice, said my daughter, that's Carberry's voice. God forbid, said I, but I opened the door, in he came with two pistols in his hands , and a cuttean cross his month. My daughter hid herself behind the back door, and I got out of his fight, but I stood so that I could see what he did. He was in a great passion, and broke the chairs, shelves and things to pieces: there was a lad going by with a link, he got the link from the lad, laid about with one of the pistols, and broke the windows till he was tired with that. Then he took his stick and laid about with one and the other, and broke all the glasses and several bottles of small beer. And at the same time there was a mob of 100 people about the door. - There was a great mob, he threw the goods out into the street, and I went and picked up what I could, for I thought I had better have them than not, and he came out several times before all the people, and no body dared to meddle with him. Then he searched for my daughter and found her, he put a pistol to her breast and said, D - n you you B - h, if you speak a word you are a dead woman. Then he took a box with all these goods and money in it, and put it out at the window, his wife and the landlady he lives with were at the outside of the window, and took the box entirely away, and they carried it up stairs into his own house. And he not only took away all my things, but cut my clothes off my back in the street. The next day I got a warrant from Justice Jones, and I told the Constable what a dangerous man he was, but he could not take him.
Q. Have not you got the Constable here?
Milward. No; Justice Dennet said there was no occasion for him. The Governor of the Tower (I think it was the Governor) sent the whole grand guard, and as they came into the house he got over Esquire Willoughby's garden. - One that he was supposed to be a highwayman about, and so got off. - How he came to be taken I cannot tell, but I think he was taken upon suspicion of robbing Capt. Pidgeon.
Elizabeth Milward , confirmed the evidence of her mother in many particulars. She adds, that after he had done a great deal of mischief, in beating and abusing them and breaking the windows, he asked if they had any thing to drink, that not having any thing he went up into his own room, came down again, and then broke the shelves and every thing all to pieces. She says, that the people were afraid of him, that she sent to the Constable and Watchmen too and they would not come, and that the watch was not set; that she could have brought a great many people to have proved this, but the Justice said there was no occasion for any body but her mother and herself.
Prisoner. Ask her how she gets her living?
Q. Do you think they would perjure themselves upon oath?
Cooper. I cannot tell that; the daughter was tried here a little before Christmas, for robbing a * man of his watch.
Q. Do you know any thing of a box or trunk that was delivered to you by the Prisoner out of Milward's house?
Mills. I was in bed, I don't know what they did.
Q. Do you think they would forswear themselves?
Mills. Yes, I believe they would, I believe they don't care whose life they swear away .
Eliz. Studly. I lodge in the house with the Prisoner, he owned that night that he had been fighting with them and beating them, he was drunk and quarrelsome. - I did not see he had any pistols or a cutteau.
Q. Do you remember any soldiers coming from the Tower to take the Prisoner?
Studly. Mrs. Milward did bring them down, but they did not take him; he was there when they first came down, but they would not meddle with him.
Q. Did not he make his escape then?
Studly. He went away then, but he came again two or three days afterwards, and appeared publickly every day. - Elizabeth Milward complained to Justice Jones and wanted a warrant, but that was only for beating her.
Q. Do you think that they would swear falsely?
218. + Jane Morris , of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for stealing thirty-nine shirts, value 25 l. three cambrick aprons, value 1 l. 1 s. eighteen linnen aprons, value 3 l. one fustian gown, value 3 l. one dimitty gown, value 1 l. 10 s. four petticoats, value 1 l. 12 s. two linnen jackets, value 2 s. three linnen waistcoats, value 3 s. four linnen handkerchiefs, value 8 s. two cambrick caps laced, value 2 l. a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. three cloth cloaks, value 3 s. one pair of cambrick ruffles, laced, value 10 s. one linnen cap, value 10 s. one suit of cambrick headclothes, laced, value 5 l. six sheets, value 1 l. 10 s. two linnen bed quilts, value 15 s. one damask table-cloth, value 21 s. four damask napkins, value 4 s. seven diaper table cloth, value 7 s. sixteen napkins, value 1 l. 12 s. six towels, value 6 s. one pair of gold ear-rings, value 5 s. one silver egg, value 5 s. one silver spoon, value 8 s. four silver tea-spoons, value 4 s. two silver strainers, value 2 s. one pair of silver tongs, value 18 d. one pair of silver buckles, value 7 s. a leather case with a knife, a fork, and a silver spoon, value 1 l. 1 s. one pair of velvet muffateens, value 5 s. and a silver snuff box, value 8 s. the goods of Ellis Conliff , in his dwelling house , March 31 .
Mary Ann Conliff . I kept a publick house in the little piazzas Covent Garden . I delivered all my linnen into the care of the Prisoner, who was my barkeeper - I am lately married, and my husband would not let me stay in the house. When I went, I left the Prisoner in charge of the house, and a cook, and a man servant, with her - I was in the house but two months before I was married, and I have been married about two months - My husband is a lieutenant in a regiment at Jamaica: he is gone into the country to take leave of his friends, before he goes to his regiment. I demanded an account of my things of the prisoner, and she put me off from one day to another for three weeks; and then she said, she could not find them. I owed her a little money, and she said she would give me a little account, if I would pay her.
Prisoner. The washerwoman has all the linnen entirely. She owes her four pound fourteen shillings and odd pence; and she owes me eight pound seven shillings and ten-pence. Acquitted .
219. + James Cooper , of St. George the Martyr , was indicted for stealing four cloth coats, value 3 l. a cloth waistcoat, value 10 s. a pair of cloth breeches, value 5 s. the goods of George Caswell , Esq; March 5 .
Richard Matthews . The Prisoner brought this coat to me. I had seen an advertisement of Mr. Caswell's the day before, and took it to be one of his coats. I asked the Prisoner how he came by it. He said he bought it of an acquaintance of his
Thomas Croon . Monday, the 5th of March, I lost this coat out of the stable. I went to supper about nine o'clock, and left the lad in the stable; and I went back into the stable about ten o'clock, and my coat, waistcoat, and great coat were gone.
Q. Have you not a large dog in the yard?
Croon . Yes - he always does bark at strangers - I don't know the Prisoner - I know no body can get into the stable, without 'tis somebody the dog knows.
Mr. Gillman. I lodge at Mr. Matthews's , and was in the shop when the Prisoner brought in the coat. The advertisement was read, and nothing could be painted more exact than this. I advised Mr. Matthews to stop the Prisoner, and go to Mr. Caswell's. The Prisoner would have gone away. I said, Friend, you must not go; you must go to Mr. Caswell's. He said he bought it for eight shillings, that he was then very much in liquor, and did not know the man he bought it of. - To tell you the truth, Sir, said he, I was dead drunk, and don't know the house where I bought it ; but afterwards he said, he had it of one Newman, who was servant to Mr. Caswell. I asked him, if he knew of any of the rest of the things. He said, he did not know any thing of them, I spoke to the Justice to have the house searched where he lived, and he ordered the door to be broke open. And then the Prisoner, rather than have the door broke open, pulled a key out of his pocket; and then he said they were in his room, and they were sent for; and these clothes were brought, which I judge to be the same.
Prisoner. Did not I discover that I had the clothes, before the butler?
Gillman. I can't tell what you said to the butler, but before me you said you knew of no more than that numerical coat which is there produced.
George Caswell , Esq; deposed, that after the Prisoner was committed, he went to see him, though he knew nothing of him; but the Prisoner knew him immediately, and declared, that he had been often all over the house and stables with Newman, during the time the house was repairing , which was about a year and an half ago.
Edward Bownan . I have known the Prisoner three years , he always was esteemed a very honest man, and I would entrust him with my property, notwithstanding this affair . I was informed that Mr. Newman was suspected of taking the clothes; and I did endeavour , on the behalf of the Prisoner, to get Newman taken up. I went to Mr. Caswell, and told him, it was hard an innocent man should suffer, when the principal might be taken; and desired Mr. Caswell to let somebody belonging to him make an information of this fact before the Justice, in order to get a warrant to take up the principal: but I could not get his assistance, and I could not get a warrant to take him up.
To this Mr. Caswell replied, That he did apply to the Justice to grant a warrant to take up Newman; but that the Justice did not think proper to grant it for the reason, that if goods are found upon a person, and a warrant was to be granted upon their information, every one would say the goods were brought to them, and by that means every person might be acquitted.
George Dowdell . I have known the Prisoner eleven years, he has done a great deal of business for me in the upholders way. I have left him and his wife solely in my house when I have been in the country for four months together, and always found every thing as I left it.
220, 221. Henry Dumbleton , otherwise Gumbleton , and Thomas Wild , were indicted for stealing four glass decanters, value 4s. five wine glasses, a pint pewter pot, a half-pint pewter pot, and three glass bottles , the goods of Martha Gardener , March the 26th .
James Wheeler , and Thomas Parry , gave an account of the losing the things out of the yard, and the taking the Prisoners; and that John Price said, if they would not hurt him, he would confess the truth.
John Price . I am about ten years of age. [After he was sworn, he was asked, whether he knew what he had sworn. He said, he was to speak the truth, and nothing but the truth.] I and Henry Dumbleton , Jack Harris , and Jack Simmonds , and another butcher's boy, who I don't know, took some decanters from the Fountain tavern, that stood on a board in the yard - I believe it is about a fortnight ago, and carried them to one Harry White , in George Alley, and sold them. Harris's father sent him on board o'ship, as soon as he heard we were taken - Dumbleton is about fourteen, and Wild about fifteen - Wild was with us when the decanters were sold.
Wheeler. Price said at first that Wild was concerned in taking them . Dumbleton said the decanters were
224, 225. Thomas Wainwick , and William Staples , were indicted for stealing six aprons, value 3 s. a sheet, value 3 s. a gown, value 3 s. and two handkerchiefs, value 6 d. the goods of John Randall , April 4 .
- Wells saw Wainwick catch at the linnen which hung upon the line, and took him coming over the pales; and then he run after Staples, and took him with Randall's linnen upon him. Guilty .
They were arraigned upon two other indictments, but not tried upon them.
227. + Jacob Dowles , of St. Botolph without Aldgate, London , was indicted for stealing a velvet pilgrim, value 6 s. a cambrick apron, value 6 s. a pair of silk gloves, value 3 s. twelve guineas and eight shillings in money, the property of Thomas Hughes , in his dwelling house , November 27 .
Thomas Hughes . I took the Prisoner into my house some time ago, as an object of distress (he had been abroad some years for such unhappy doings as this) out of regard to his family, hoping he would not do so again, and trusted him with the key of my chamber. But thought he was very poor, all on a sudden he had money, silver buckles, and other things. Said I, Jacob, you have committed a robbery, not thinking of myself; but my wife missed a cambrick apron, and upon that I looked farther, and missed thirteen pound. Then I told him he had robbed me. He was very much surprised at first, but some time afterwards he said, If I am hanged there's an end of me, for I can die but once; and if I am transported, I shall go from whence I came, and you may do your worst. He owned he took the goods, but did not own he took the money.
Gentlemen of the Jury, I hope you will consider him. He has a very honest family, and a good honest old mother. Guilty 5 s .
229, 230, 231. John Smith , Richard Austin , Thomas Lane , were indicted for stealing two pair of men's pump shoes, value 7 s. 6s. the goods of Samuel Farley , March 7 . Smith guilty , Austin and Lane acquitted .
232. Mary Robinson , was indicted for stealing two Holland shirts, value 10 s. two pillowbeers, value 12 d. and a handkerchief, value 12 d. the goods of Thomas Green , and a mob, value 12 d. the goods of Elizabeth Best , February 13 .
233. George Chaloner , was indicted for stealing a pair of breeches, value 2 s. two aprons, value 2 s. a cap, value 3 d. a handkerchief, value 3 d. and a flannel jacket, value 6 d. the goods of William Kynaston , March 24 . Guilty .
236. Alice Wright , otherwise Green , was indicted for stealing a trunk, value 3 s. a steel truss, value 1 l. and a book of surgery, value 3 s. the goods of Matth.ew Kennedy , August 29, 1742 . Acquitted .
237. Moses Solomon , was indicted for stealing a brass watch frame with a silver dial plate, value 9 d. an old watch movement, value 1 s. part of the inside of an alarum watch, value 8 d. and a brass outside watch case, value 1 d. the goods of Richard Oliver , February 29 . Acquitted .
Nicholas Fagans , was indicted for stealing a bridle and Saddle, value 18 s. the goods of Thomas Smith , March 3 .
Mr. Smith proved his property in the saddle .
Tho Bever (the ostler) he said hung the saddle upon a hook by the stable door, and the next day it was gone . The Saturday following he saw the Prisoner exposing it to sale, and asked 14 s. for it, upon which he apprehended him. Guilty .
240. Richard Fry , was indicted for stealing seven Holland shirts, value 7 l. the goods of Amy Palmer , Esq; three Holland shirts, value 40 s. the goods of Ralph Palmer , Esq; and three Holland shirts, value 40 s. the goods of Richard Beresford , Esq; December 31 . Acquitted .
241. Frances Stanton , was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury, in an information made by her before Sir William Chapple , Knt. one of the Justices of the Court of King's-Bench, where in she falsely, maliciously, wilfully, and corruptly, doth swear and depose, part of which information is as follows. That on the 30th of this instant January , Thomas Lee of the Parish of St. Paul's Covent-Garden, beat and abused this Deponent in a most barbarous and vile manner, and without any provocation, kicked her on the belly and several parts of her body, &c. Whereas in truth and in fact, the said Tho Lee did not on the said 30th of this instant Jan. or at any other time, assault, beat, or abuse the said Frances Stanton , in a barbarous and vile manner; and the said Thomas Lee did never kick the said Frances Stanton , upon her belly or any other part of her body, &c . But it being set forth in the indictment, viz. which information is as follows; and the word, whereupon, being put in the indictment, instead of the word, wherefore, in the information, the Prisoner was acquitted *.
* She is one of the four women who are charged with uttering and publishing seamen's pretended wills, knowing them to be false, forged, and counterfeits, and are to be tried next Sessions.
Ann Hocks, otherwise Hawkswell, otherwise Matthews , who is charged with robbing the Western mail , was brought to the bar, but upon an affidavit of Mr. Christopher Robinson , Sollicitor to the Post-Office, that he could not be prepared to prosecute till next Sessions, her trial was put off till that time.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows.
Received Sentence of Death, 1.
Isabella Mills 200
Transportation for 14 Years 2
Transportation for 7 Years, 27.