HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY,
On WEDNESDAY the 7th, THURSDAY the 8th, FRIDAY the 9th, SATURDAY the 10th, and MONDAY the 12th of December.
In the 22d Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.
BEING THE First SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the
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BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM CALVERT , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Honourable Sir THOMAS DENISON , Knt. the Honourable Sir THOMAS ABNEY , Knt. the Honourable Mr Baron CLIVE , Sir JOHN STRACEY , 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.
Benj White . The 29th of November last, the prisoner brought to my house a parcel of tobacco; I weigh'd it, it was 30 lb. I live at the Hermitage, Wapping, I apprehended it was not honestly came by, as he confest he took it from on board a vessel outward bound; I took him before justice Manwaring, before whom he confest, he did take it from on board a vessel, call'd the Holly, the master's name Burling; but upon enquiry it was found to be the property of Mr William Falsey , and others.
Michael Bowson . There was a man came on board the Holly, and told the Captain of this person who had the tobacco; I immediately went to see the Casks, and found one open; I told the Captain we found three more opened; he confest he opened the casks, and took the tobacco in the watch-house, and also before the Justice, and said, he was either drunk or bewitch'd, when he did it.
William Enips . I live at Hammersmith ; the Prisoner work'd for me there, he took this cart-whip out of my stable the 14th of November last, I bought it about three days before I lost it, and knew it to be mine; I had information which way the Prisoner was gone, and pursu'd him; I found it upon him, as he was selling it; I value it at 2 s. 6 d.
Henry Marsh . The Prisoner came with the whip in his hand by me in the field; I tax'd him with stealing of it; he told me he bought it in Oxfordshire; my master and I took him about half a mile from my master's house, I am positive it is my master's whip.
Guilty 10 d .
James Gailey , was indicted for stealing 20 l. &c . the property of Mr Joseph Loe .
Q. What do you charge him with?
Q. Who was he to pay it to?
Loe. To one Mr. Richardson; my apprentice put it in a drawer in the back room.
Q. Did you see him?
Loe. No, my lord; I ask'd him if Mr. Richardson had been here for the money; he said no: on Sunday morning I came down stairs, Richard Clark was gone to his guardian at Camberwell, I saw the drawer open, I turn'd the key and put it in my pocket, and did not look in the drawer; in the afternoon, when I was gone out, the Prisoner went out and took his cloaths with him, he did not come in at supper; I ask'd the maid what he had took, she said nothing but a bundle of his linen; at length my apprentice Richard Clark came in, I gave him the key, he ran and opened the drawer, and there was a 36 shilling piece and half a guinea and no more: Richard said, he hoped I had a better opinion of him than to think he took it. I went to the Prisoner's mother's, she went with me to a house in Shoreditch, the Pyde-horse, there was the Prisoner; I ask'd him for my money; he told me he had it not; thus he persisted till about one or two o'clock in the morning: I sent for an officer and strip'd him, and found to the amount of 17 l. 6 s. with the half-guinea and 36 s. piece, a watch and a pistol; the money found upon him was 14 l. 19 s. 6 d.
Q. How do you know this is your watch?
Loe. I never minded the maker's name, but I know it by the size and the crack in the glass.
Q. What do you say to the pistol?
Loe. That I know to be mine, I have had it a considerable time.
Q. Was it loaded?
Loe. No, my lord.
Q. What have you to say against the Prisoner?
Reader. I went with Mr Loe to the Spotted Horse in Shore-ditch, and took those things out of the Prisoner's pockets, the money out of one pocket, the watch out of another, and the pistol out of another.
Q. Did you ever see this watch before ?
Reader. I have seen it in Mr Loe's house, I know it by the size and crack in the glass to be Mr. Loe's watch.
Q. Have you seen this particular pistol before?
Reader. Yes, my Lord, I have seen it oftimes put in and taken out of the compter.
Hannah Hinkley . I live in Virginia street No 24 , the prisoner at the bar came into my house the 19th of Oct. last and stole a china punch bowl and two glass tumblers, he was apprehended in the house with them in his hand. I heard the cry of stop thief, and the man said, if you call me thief, I will knock your brains out.
Q. What man?
Hinkley. The Prisoner at the bar. I pursued him, he was never out of my sight, he turned up a turning about six doors from my house, where was no thorough fare, and the neighbours came to our assistance and took him.
Hannah Hill. I caught him in the entry with the things in his hand as he was coming out of the parlour.
Q. Where did he take them from?
Hill. From the buset in the fore parlour; I took hold of the skirt of his coat, and he threw me down. I recovered myself, and run after him and kept hold of his coat till others came and took hold of him.
Q. Was any of these things found upon him?
Hill. No, my Lord, he threw them down on the floor, and they broke into pieces.
Lomux Ryder. On the 15th of Nov. at five o' clock in the afternoon I was sitting by my,
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty 10 d. But recommended to mercy.
Q. What have you to say against the Prisoner at the bar?
Gilley. On the 15th of October last, between five and six in the evening, the Prisoner came into my shop to buy two yards of ribbon, which she had and paid for it, she pretending to look up to the candle to the colour, and in that time conveyed two half pieces of ribbon into her pocket; then she wanted two ounces of thread, and after she had paid for that, my apprentice said she had put two half pieces of ribbon into her pocket. I turned her apron aside and she had under that a pocket apron, out of which she took with her own hand two half pieces of ribbon, my property.
Sweeting Richards. I am an apprentice to Mr. Gilley.
Q. What have you to say against the Prisoner at the bar.
Richards. The Prisoner came into my master's shop on the 15th of Oct. in the evening to buy two yards of ribbon, and I served her, whereupon she took a half piece in each hand, and held them up to the candle, and conveyed them by one at a time into her pocket, then I whispered to my master, and he went behind the compter and stayed till she was served every thing.
Q. Did you see her take those half pieces from out of her apron ?
Richards. Yes, my Lord.
Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Nov. 2 .
Jonathan Eade . I am a ship chandler and live at King Edward's stairs, Wapping . I ordered the buying a large quantity of iron shot and boomshels at Portsmouth. Accordingly they were bought, shipped, and brought into the river Thames, the ship anchored against my own door. I took the shells and shot out, and put them into two lighters, one went through bridge, the other to my hous Says the clerk that bought the goods, I am sure, Sir, there is not the quantity of shot in that lighter which we put in. We took them out again, and weighed them, and found deficient 3 hundred weight.
Q. What weight did you buy?
Eade. We bought about 50 tun of shot and shells, they were taken out of a French prize at Portsmouth. About three days after this there came a person to me to know if I would buy some iron shot, I agreed with him at four shillings a hundred for all he had. This person's name was William Welch . The man brought me the very shot that was stolen from me, and when we weighed them there was about 26 hundred weight of them.
Q. How do you prove they were your property?
Eade. We prove, that by another evidence, I asked if that was all, he said, yes. Then said I, those are my property, and I insist upon it, that you give an account how you came by them. I carried him over the water into Surry, where they were bought. Welch told me when he came there he bought them of one Larrance, whom we took up. We went with a search warrant, but there was none to be found. We had him before Justice Hammond, who committed him to prison, as he would not give any account how he came by them, I have brought him here to give in his evidence.Isaac Larrance , Welch brought the Prisoners.
Q. Did you see them there?
Larrance. Yes, my Lord, I was at the taking of them.
Q. Tell us the time your brother bought those things.
Larrance. It was about the 2d of Nov. last.
Q. What was it they came to sell him?
Larrance. Some iron shot.
Q. What were those mens name that came?
Larrance. One John Mossman , Joshua Bentley , and another young man, his name I do not know. They brought to my brother's house about three hundred weight of shot and boom shells, and my brother bought them, and paid for them.
Q. What did he give an hundred?
Larrance. Two shillings an hundred, and then he sold them to this Welch for 3 s. 9 d. an hundred.
Q. Are you sure the Prisoners at the bar are the same persons that brought and sold those shot and shells to your brother?
Larrance. I am sure that two of the Prisoners at the bar are two of them, there was another with them, him I did not know.
Henry Churchouse . William Brisingham , a young fellow that is gone off, linked me in to be concerned about this affair. Mr. Eade was owner of the goods, and Mr. Arnold of the lighter they were in. We agreed to be concerned together in taking some of this iron out of the lighter the 2d of Nov. We went on board about 7 o'clock at night, to William Hymore , he was the watchman on board the ship, the lighters lay along side the ship.
Q. Who agreed to be concerned in taking this iron?
Churchouse. Brisingham, myself, and Mossman.
Q. Was not Bentley there?
Churchouse. No, not then, and please you. We took nine booms out of the skiff and put them on shore at new crane. They told me they were going over the water to Mr. Larrance's to sell them. Then I left them and went home to my master's house, and did not see them till the next day. Brisingham and Mossman made three freights that night.
Q. Was Bentley with you when you shared the money?
Churchouse. Bentley was standing in another box seeing some men play at cards. He was to have nine shillings and seven pence half penny, but I did not see him receive it. Mossman, myself, and Hymore had each the like.
Q. Pray where was this?
Churchouse. At Mr. Patts's alehouse. This was the third of November about 7 o'clock at night.
Q. What goods?
Rose. Shells and booms for messrs. Eades and Boulton.
Q. What quantity?
Rose. I believe four or five hundred tun.
Q. Where did you bring the ship to?
Rose. To Wapping dock, and put them into two lighters, the 2d of Nov. And about a week after that I went to Mr. Eades's, and the clerk told me they had got some of the goods that had been stolen.
Q. Did you see them?
Rose. Yes, my Lord.
Q. Did you know the clerk's name?
Rose. It is Wilson.
Q. Were they part of Mr. Eades's goods, do you know?
Rose. They were very remarkable; we broke them with an intent to save the duty, by an order of the commissioners. I was satisfied they were the shot and shells I brought from Portsmouth.
Wilson. I am clerk to Mr. Eades, I bought a parcel of cross board shot at Portsmouth, and ordered Captain Rose to take them on board his ship; accordingly he did. Upon the ship's arrival, we sent two men to take the goods out; one went through bridge, the other to the warehouse. When I saw those that came home, I imagined we had lost some shot. We took them out and weighed them, and found a deficiency of 26 hundred weight. About three days after that Welch brought in about this quantity, which he said he bought of Larrance.
Q. What did you give Larrance for them?
Wilson. I agreed to give him four shillings an hundred,
Q. Was any of the same left in the warehouse to compare those with?
Wilson. Yes, my Lord, and I have all the reason in the world to believe them to be the same.
Hymore acquitted .
Mary Upman , was indicted for stealing 14 china plates, value 15 s. two pewter plates, val. 2 s. one pair of brass candlesticks, val. 2 s. one pair of thread stockings, one china mug, two napkins, one table cloth , the property of Perkinton Tomkins .
Perkinton Tomkins. I keep the Shakespear's head in Covent Garden , the prisoner had lived servant with me about a month on the 12th of October, and in that interim I lost several things out of my house.
Q. What things did you lose?
Tompkins. Three china plates, two pewter plates, and other things.
Q. Have you found any of those things?
Q. How came you to find them there?
Tompkins. By instructions I went up stairs, and found them together, and Bowers immediately told me my things were in a chest of drawers in the next room: upon that I got a search warrant and took them before Justice Green, who committed Upman to the gatehouse, and Bowers to the round-house. Bowers confessed there were 14 china plates this Upman had taken from me, at a house in St. Giles's. I went and found them at Thomas Morris's lodging, with one pair of brass candlesticks, one pair of thread stockings, one china mug, two napkins, one table cloth, some jelly glasses, all my property.
Ann Bowers . The Prisoner being a servant, desired me to wash some things for her. She, in the things, tied up three pewter plates, two china ones, and a broken one, a candle and a bit of soap. She desired me to take them home, and put them up in a drawer, telling me she had only those dozen and half of plates against she married. One of the boys saw her give them to me, and told his master, and the gentleman came directly.
Q. You was before the Justice; what did you discover to him ?
Bowers. I told the Justice I had not seen her box for seven weeks.
Q. to Tompkins. Did this woman make any confession before Justice Green of those plates?
Tompkins. Yes, my Lord, and said Upman told her she need not be afraid of carrying those few plates, for there were more of the same sort at Morris's.
Bowers. I told him of nothing but the dozen and half of plates. She told me they were in Brown's gardens, St. Giles's, in her box. I knew she lodged there when she was out of place.
Morris. This woman did lodge at my house about three weeks before she came to Mr. Tompkins's house to live.
Q. Did she ever come afterwards?
Morris. Yes, my Lord, I know very little of her. Her box was brought when I was out at work. She having knowledge of my daughter, desired it might be lodged at my house till she got a place, I know nothing of what was in it.
17. Richard Prat , John Child , Henry Clinch , and Elizabeth Slaughter , were indicted for breaking and entering the shop of Mrs. Susannah Clinch , and stealing from thence a quantity of bread, butter, and cheese, her property .
All acquitted .
John Shard . I live in Morefields , am an upholsterer , &c. The Prisoner at the bar took a copper saucepan from my door the first of December. It was about eleven in the forenoon. I did not see her take it.
Q. When was this?
Cart. Last Thursday. I saw the Prisoner come by, and stooping down, took up the saucepan with her right hand, and put it under her left arm. Mr. Shard's maid servant saw her take it as well as I. I stopped her and brought her back into Mr. Shard's shop.
Q. to Mr. Shard. Is this your saucepan?
Mr. Shard. Yes, my Lord.
Guilty 10 d.
Shamburg. I se re at a pawnbroker's in the out them; she was not come the house, but the Prisoner went of the shirts; it is marked J J the John Jinks : I took her up the 18th, in g, and had her before Justice Poulson; she g no account of herself.
John Chitwin . On the of November in the morning, I stept into rton's shop : he is a pawnbroker by St. Ann's Church, Crown-court, the Prisoner at the bar came in to pawn this very shirt, while I was there; the first desired 9 s. on it, he thought that too much, then she said 7 s. he stopp'd it, and desired I would take particular notice of it, and secure the Prisoner, which I did.
Q. Was there any questions ask'd the prisoner, how she came by it?
Chitwin. She said she bought it of an old cloath-woman; he said that could not be; then she said, it was given her to sell, by a woman in Monmouth-street; he said, that did not appear to be true.
Thomas Addington . I live in St. Mary le Bone , the 9th of last month the Prisoner came to my house and call'd for a pennyworth of purl, he drank it, and said he was not very well; this was about half an hour past one o'clock; he ask'd me leave to go down in the kitchen, and get a little sleep: I gave him leave, and went with him. He sat down in a chair, I left him there and went to dinner; about half an hour after this he went out at the back door, my wife informed me of it; immediately I went into the kitchen and miss'd some plates, so I went out at the fore door to look for him, and I saw him going cross the road; I sent a person after him, who brought him back, and after he came into the kitchen he dropt nine plates from under his coat, one knife he drop'd going before the Justice, and one fork we took out of his pocket before Justice Green.
Francis Scull . I keep a cheesemonger's shop , near Temple-Bar ; the Prisoner came into my shop the first of December, pretending to buy a hock of bacon; after she had been a little time in the shop, she goes to the door as though she would consult her husband, crying John ! John! still she kept going farther from my door; I look'd upon my stacks of cheeses that had an equal number on each stack, I presently miss'd one Gloucestershire cheese: I stept after her, still she went forward crying John! John! I took hold of her, and tax'd her with stealing a cheese; she denied it, I felt about her under her petticoats, and could not perceive it; at last when I oblig'd her to move, I found the cheese between her legs.
Guilty 10 d.
John Bullock . I am a haberdasher , and live in King-street, Westminster , on October 14. I had a piece of red bays stole out of my shop, about nine o'clock at night: my wife saw some body take it out of the window; I was not at home, one of my young men pursued him as far as the Cockpit, White-hall, and there told a centinel what he had lost, and desired him if he should see a person with such a piece to stop him,
Q. Are you sure the Prisoner is the person?
Hallocks. Yes, my lord.
Q. What did he say, when you took hold of him ?
Hallocks. He said it was his own; then he said, a man gave him six-pence to carry it; he was very abuseful : So I put him in my box, and set my bayonet against him, till I sent for relief.
Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Nath. Neal. I am drawer at the upper Red-lyon in Hownslow; on Nov. 19. my master sent me on horse-back to town about business, and as I was returning about seven o'clock in the evening, between Brentford and Hounslow , on a place called Smallberry-green , three men on horse-back stop'd me, and two of them put a brace of pistols to my breast, one on one side, the other on the other, and told me, if I did not deliver my money, they would blow my brains out; I gave them eight shillings, then they went away; I turn'd back to a little public house, searing they should lay-wait for me, for they turn'd towards Hounslow; after I had stay'd about a quarter of an hour at this alehouse, the landlord's man got up behind me, and
Q. Describe him.
Neal. The Prisoner at the bar, is one that clap'd a pistol to my breast; it was a moon light night, and he being so near me, I am sure he is the man; he was carried to the White-bear in Hounslow, where I saw him.
Q. How far was it from the place you was robbed to this place ?
Neal. I believe about a quarter of a mile; I went with him to Justice Bulstrode, and swore to him as one of the three.
Thomas Arnold . I am the Gloucester waggoner; as I was going over Smallberry-green coming to London, having some disbanded marines in the waggon, I got on horse-back from out of the waggon, having heard there were thieves on the road; one of the marines lent me a good long hanger; this was about eight o'clock the 19th of November: I called at the great house on Smallberry-green, the gentleman told me, there had been a robbery committed about a quarter of an hour before; he would have had me lain there, but I was for coming on; I took the hanger in my hand drawn, and kept riding along, three men came riding by me a full speed; I said, they are the three men that robbed the man on the Green, the prisoner turned about and flash'd a pistol at me, but it did not go off; he turned short about as I was following him, and I took a chop at him immediately, and cut his left arm, the mark is visible enough.
Jonathan Bailey . I was feeding my horses to give them some water, at the White-bear, and I heard a hollowing behind me, in the lane; the three men came by me, and my master came up to me, and ask'd me, why I did not stop them? I having nothing bu t my whip in my hand could not: the other two men were before, my master got in between and turn'd the Prisoner back again; I went behind the waggon, and laid hold of his horse's bridle, after my master had cut him: the Prisoner put his left hand into his pocket, and pull'd out a pistol, and swore, if I did not loose his horse he would blow my brains out.
Prisoner. He says, and please you, my lord, I put my left hand into my pocket, and took out a pistol; how could I, when my left arm was cut all to pieces ?
Guilty , Death .
James Smith . I am a goldsmith , of St. Bride's parish, Fleet-street : on the 13th of October the Prisoner at the bar and two sailors came to my shop; he, the Prisoner, introduced them into my shop with these words, you want a pair of silver buckles, come in, this gentleman will sell you a good pair; then they all three came into the shop; my shop is but narrow, and I have a place behind the counter, to do a little work in, there lay two pair of great silver buckles; one of the sailors took hold of them, and said, lets lock at these; I said they are not to be sold; says the prisoner, let the gentleman sell you a good stout pair, then you will know what you buy; so I put these out of his reach: I have a glass on both sides of my doorway, and I was obliged to go round to fetch the buckles I wanted; upon turning myself again, I missed the Prisoner, he was gone; I fetch'd the show glass to show them the new buckles; I said. where is the soldier that was with you? indeed, say they, we know nothing of him, we never saw him with our eyes before; I look'd about and saw but three buckles instead of four; I said to the sailors, the soldier had stole one of the buckles; no says they, God forbid! I ask'd him 24 s. for that pair, he bid me 20 s. they said, they were not big enough; said put one on; still I kept harping about my buckle; say they, make your self easy, you will certainly find it if you look about the shop: in that time another buckle was took out of the show-glass; I did not miss this till the next day, at last they bid me 22 s. which made me think they were no accomplices with the Prisoner; they were detected next day, as the other witness will make appear.
David Nash . I am beedle of Goldsmith's-hall, a constable came to me at Goldsmith's-hall, Oct. 14. to ask me who was the maker of two odd buckles he brought with him; I told him they were made by two different persons; I told him one was Mr. Smith's work of Fleet street, and the other a person in Swan-alley; and as I was going along Fleet-street, and knew Mr. Smith very well, I call'd on him to see if he had lost any thing; he said, he had lost a large buckle by two sailors and a soldier; I ask'd him if he had lost any thing else: says I, what glass did you show them out of,
Aaron David . I am the constable of St. James's Duke's-place, I was sitting in an ale-house, it was the taylor's arms in Duke's Place, to drink a pot of beer, a person came into the house, and called me out of the company, he told me it was urgent business; so I went forward in the house, where is a room with boxes in it; I saw the Prisoner at the bar, he directly pull'd out these buckles and this piece of flatted silver, says he, I have these things to sell, he put them into my hand; says I, have you any thing else to sell ?
Q. What did he ask for them ?
David. He ask'd me five shillings, I cannot say he meant 5 s. an ounce, or for the whole, that I did not ask him: said I, have you nothing else to sell ? he said, no; says I, you are come to the wrong person; you must give me a good account how you came by them, or I shall stop these things and you too directly: there was a sailor sat down next him; says he, I had it of this sailor; then, says I, the sailor shall give me an account, or I shall detain him; the sailor did not deny it, but put it on three sailors which were there at that time: I was afraid there would be too many in company; so I was willing to take what I could, so I took this Prisoner and one sailor, and carry'd them to the Poultry-counter; the next day I went all over Leaden-hall-street and without Algate, to inquire what Goldsmith had lost any things; I went to Goldsmith's hall, and shew'd the buckles to Mr. Nash the beadle; he told me one was Mr. Smith's mark, and the other another name; but that person did not know who he sold them to. When we came to bring the Prisoner before the alderman, there was Mr. Smith, who brought the fellows to the buckles before ever he saw these; he told me, there was a soldier and two sailors at his shop the day before; he knew the Prisoner at first sight : when we brought them before alderman Davies, they made many excuses.
Guilty, 4 s. 10 d.
28. Daniel Cable , chocolate-maker , in Warwick-lane, London , was indicted for assaulting, and grossly insulting Sir Robert Ladbroke , Knt. in the procession of the lord mayor and alderman, in their return from his majesty's court of Exchequer to Guild-hall , October 29 . To which he pleaded guilty , and on his knees beg'd pardon of the court, and particularly of Sir Robert Ladbroke , and promised to advertise the same in the public papers, which accordingly was done, and to pay a fine of 6 s. and 8 d.
29. Joshua Reed , was indicted for forging, a sailor's ticket, by the name of Joseph Badgot , with an intent to defraud him of 13 l. 10 s. who was then on board his majesty's ship the Ann Galley , Aug. 31 .
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty, 10 d.
Wm Jones, acquitted , Wm Hambleton, guilty .
John Roberts . I live in Clement's-lane : Nov. 23. I lost seven or eight pounds, a canvass purse, and a silver watch, from out of a drawer in my bed-chamber.
Q. What reason have you to suspect the Prisoner at the bar?
Roberts. I took some of the money and watch upon her: we miss'd the money about four or five o'clock in the afternoon; the maid and she were gone together, and I have not seen the maid since; I found the Prisoner at the bar, at the Swan in Holborn; she had took coach for Bath; I ask'd her if she knew any thing of my money; she said, she had got some of it, and gave me the purse with some of the money in it, and my watch: I had not miss'd that before; she said, the maid gave it her, and bid her make the best of her way, or they should both be hang'd : the watch and bag I can swear to, and there were some pieces of money which I put in; there was no more in the purse when I took her, than five pounds.
Mary Roberts , wife to the above. My servant maid said the Prisoner was her first cousin; she being out of place, and coming to see our maid, I ask'd her if she could iron, and I took her three times into my house; I approved of her work very well: on the 23 d about four o'clock in the afternoon, I went to see how the Prisoner went on with her work; there was a candle burning and a great fire, but no body there; my maid being in the yard, washing dishes; I ask'd her, where was Catherine ? Madam, says she, she is above stairs; I took the candle, and went up and found the drawers open, and the purse and money was gone; the watch I did not miss, although it lay just by the money before.
Q. What money was in the purse?
M. Roberts. There was 10 l. 15 s. I should not have suspected her, had she staid and done her work, and took her money.
Guilty, 39 s.
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty, 10 d.
Not guilty .
Both acquitted .
Guilty 10 d .
45, 46. Mary Royan , (wife of John Royan ) and Locklen Kelley , late of Kentish town , were indicted for breaking into the dwelling house of Ann Alien , widow, and stealing from thence seven guineas, one half guinea, one nine shilling piece, and some silver; likewise some wearing apparel, the property of the said Ann Alien , Nov. 13 .
Ann Alien . I live at Kentish town , and keep a chandler's shop . On the 13th of Nov. I set out about eight o'clock in the morning, and went to Highgate. I locked up the door of my house, and pin'd the windows of my house and shop. I did not shut up the window shutter of the back house, but pin'd the window down fast. When I came home at night I found my house entirely open, and the back window. One pane of the sash was broke, and there was blood upon the table under the window. This pane was broke in order to unpin the sash, and the windows and doors I found open. There are three houses all of a row, mine is one of them. I found they had taken the money out of the shop; I cannot tell how much I had there; but in all I believe I lost upwards of 10 l. out of the house and shop. Some was in my drawers above.
Q. What goods did you lose?
Alien. I lost four caps, three cambrick handkerchiefs, two linen ones, one linen apron, one muslin apron, and some bacon.
Q. What pieces of money did you lose?
Alien. There were seven guineas, one half guinea, one nine shilling piece in gold, the rest was silver and brass, and a green purse. Two men pursued those prisoners, as I had reason to suspect them, and took them at Bushey in Hertfordshire; and I had them before a Justice there. When we brought them back we had them before Justice Holt; Royan discovered to me before this Justice, that as they were at dinner the next door to me, she said she wanted some bacon. Kelley said, if she
Q. Was Kelley ever in your house?
Alien. He has lived in the neighbourhood ever since harvest, and has been at my house several times for bread, cheese, bear, &c. When she had done that, he bid her open all the doors of the house, that they might not be suspected of the fact. She confessed she went in again, and did accordingly, and took the money out, and 27 shillings was found upon her. This was before Justice Cooper at Bushey: and before Justice Holt she said the same. Kelley denied it all.
John Kenney . I have lived in Kentish town eight or nine years, and at this time I live next door to widow Alien. Mary Royan was at my house the day this robbery was committed. She went out backwards, and came in again at the fore door. Her husband and Kelley was sitting by the fire. And as she stood I saw her elbow bloody. Kelley was with me.
Q. Did Kelley or she go out again?
Kenney. Yes, my Lord, she went out twice. Next morning after the robbery was discovered, widow Alien said her table near the window, at which the prisoner came in, was bloody; I said Mary Royan 's elbow was bloody last night; and also, that she had a green purse flourishing in the afternoon. I took the woman the 14th of Nov. between Bushey and Watford, and she had the green purse upon her.
Henry Pasford . I am constable of Kentish town. After this Mrs. Alien was robbed, she sent to me in the night to come up to her house. We found the persons, we suspected, had set out for Ireland. I and another man took horses, and rode after the Prisoner Royan, and took her between Bushey and Watford, this was on the 15th. Then upon her confession, Kelley was taken up; she and her husband was together. She owned on the 18th, before Justice Holt, the taking the things which the widow had lost. Kelley would not acknowledge any thing. Here is her own confession she made before Justice Cooper. I saw her sign it Nov. 15. at Bushey. The Justice delivered the money to me; there was a guinea in gold, and a 5 s. piece.
Both acquitted .
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty 10 d.
56. William Denny Fox , was indicted for being assembled, with divers other persons, armed with fire arms, in order to be aiding and assisting in the running of uncustomed goods , in the 19th and 20th years of his present Majesty's reign.
57, 58. John Hubord , and John Rawlings , were indicted for being concerned with three others, not yet taken, in stealing a box of linen, and other things from behind the Woodford stage coach , Sep. 15 .
Both acquitted .
Mary Jarret . I live servant with Mr. Fetchen. On the 30th of Nov. I was talking with a gentlewoman at our door, the prisoner seeing a bill put up (lodgings to let) he came and asked me what lodgings; I told him a first and second floor unfurnished, all to be let together. He desired to see them; he went up stairs, and I followed him. He saw the rooms, and went down again, and said he lik'd the apartment very well. He cheapened them. I told him my master could let them for 25 l a year. He said the person he came from would not grudge that money. He put his hand upon the lock, and opened the fore parlour door. and went in, and I followed him. He asked whether there was any body belonging to the house at home. He likewise asked me if there was any body living in the house who belonged to the silversmith trade; saying, they were very disturbing. Then he asked me for a pen, ink, and paper; I told him my master had got them out with him. He asked me to get him a pencil; I told him I could not find one. He pulled out a pocket book, and desired me to look about, but I did not go out of the room. Then he asked me for some small beer, I told him we had none. He begged for God's sake for a glass of water; so I went down stairs, and heard him move from out of the fore parlour into the back parlour; I flew up again with the water in my hand, and as I was coming up I saw him thrust something into his left side under his coat.
Q. How far did you go for the water?
Jerrat : But just to the bottom of the stairs. He took the water out of my hand, and as he was drinking it, I clapped my hand on his left breast, and asked him what he had got there. He gave me the glass, and put his hand to my throat, and swore an oath, and bid me let him go.
Q. Did he hurt you with his hand ?
Jerrat. I cannot say he hurt me much; I let him go, and as he was going by, I put my head out of the fore parlour, and cry'd out stop thief; when he saw my head out at the window, he turn'd side way to me, and said, will you, will you do it? Then I bolted the parlour-door, left he should come in again; then he went off, I am sure the Prisoner at the bar is the very person, his face is remarkable to be known.
Henry Munk . I was going through the street when this thing happen'd, I saw the Prisoner go from Mr. Fetchen's house, he came out in a violent hurry, and ran down the street as hard as he could; I hearing the cry of stop thief, and seeing nobody run after him, I ran myself, I followed him to a house where he went into.
Q. Did you see him all the way he ran ?
Munk. I once lost sight of him, but soon got sight of him again; and he would often as he run put it farther under his coat; he sometimes turn'd about to see who followed him; then I could see something like pewter or silver in his bosom : I am sure this is the same person; this was about half an hour after three o'clock in the afternoon, Nov. 30.
Q. How far is it from Mr. Fetchen's house to where you saw the Prisoner go in?
Munk. It is better than half a mile.
William Hockley . I was smoaking a pipe at my own door, about the same time before mentioned, on Nov. 30. and the Prisoner at the bar came hastily up to me, and ask'd for Mrs. Pearoe, a young woman that lodges in my house, and he went up stairs, and stay'd a little time and then came down.
Mary Peares . I have known the Prisoner about a 12 month; I remember his coming the 30th of Nov. about four o'clock, he came up to ask me how I did; I said how do you do, Mr. Barret, what makes you come in such a hurry? said he, I had a little business this way, so I call'd to ask you how you did.
Q. Did you see any thing he had got in his coat?
Peares. I perceived something of a little bundle; it was wrapp'd in a silk handkerchief much in the form of a pint-pot; he staid the value of seven or eight minutes, and then went away.
Guilty 39 s.
60. Thomas Jones , stands indicted for that he on the 6th day of September , having in his custody a certain paper written, purporting to be an inland bill of exchange, and to be signed by one John Edgerton , and to bear date at Broxton, Aug. 15, 1748. and directed to Charles Cholmondeley , Esq; in James's-street, Westminster, near London, for the payment of 300 pounds to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart. or his order, at one month after date for value received; at the bottom of which said paper, the words and letters following were subscribed, that is to say, accept to pay when due C. Cholmondeley, purporting to write acceptance of Charles Cholomondeley , he, the said Thomas Jones , on the 6th day of Sept. with force and arms, feloniously forged and counterfeited an indorsment on the same, purporting to be a bill of exchange as aforesasd, in the name of SirWatkin Williams Wynn, with intention to defraud the said Sir Watkin Williams Wynn , against the form of the statute in such case made and provided, and against his majesty's peace, crown and dignity; and he likewise stands indicted for knowingly and feloniously uttering and publishing a counterfeit endorsement of a bill of exchange, with intent to defraud Sir Watkin Williams Wynn; and likewise for forging the said endorsement and for uttering the same with intent to defraud Edward Belcher , Esq; and Co. bankers in London .
Alderman Ironside. I have in my hand a parcel of papers, brought to me the 6th of Sept. last, they were all inclosed in one, and directed to Mr. Belcher and Co. Lombard-street, &c. the woman ask'd if that was Mr. Belcher's the banker, I happened to be just come to town from the country; her name is Sarah Gauler , and a witness that is here to be examined. Upon reading the bill of exchange, I had a suspicion that it could not be a true bill; after I had read the contents, I asked the woman were she brought them from; she said, from 'Squire Jones's, at Mr. Pomeroy's, who is clerk of the check at Deptford: immediately I called one of our servants, and whispered him, to fetch a constable, which he did; at the constable's coming, I charged him with this woman; she seemed to be in some terror, and confest she did not bring them from Deptford, but from a person that was now in the Marshalsea prison for debt; I ordered the constable to carry her to the Poultry-counter, and detain her there for some time, and suffer no person to come to speak with her; in the afternoon we took her over to Southwark, before justice Hammond, who sent a proper officer to the Marshalsea prison for the Prisoner; upon examining him, this woman there charged him, with having those papers she delivered to me, of him that morning; the prisoner himself confest, that he did deliver to this woman some papers, pretending he had sent her of an errand into Goodman's-fields; Justice Hammond thought fit to commit her: we have received a letter from Sir Watkin, by the post, and have answered this letter, and have had returns back: this is not like the letter I have had from Sir Watkin; it is something in his manner, but not at all like his.
Here the letters were read.
'' The inclosed is my uncle's letter and bill, if '' you chuse to comply with his request, you may '' indorse a bank note to me by bearer and '' shall have it safe; I have got the bill excepted, '' but was obliged to send it to Windsor, as you '' see per the inclosed; if you don't chuse to discount '' the bill, be so good as to inclose the letter, '' &c. to me again by the bearer, as I may apply '' elsewhere, according to my uncle's direction to '' me, and to get the business accomplished in '' time for the note to night. As for my part, I '' am so much indisposed with sickness, that I cannot '' possibly wait of you myself; but it is all the '' same if you'll inclose the note by bearer, shall '' have it safe; I am the clerk of the Cheque at '' Deptford, Gentlemen, Your most obedient servant, George Jones .
Dated Sept. 6.
On the back of it, To mess. Belcher, &c. Lombard-street, these.
'' At one month after date, pay Sir Wat. '' Will. Wynn, Bart. or his order, in cash, the sum '' of 300 pounds for value received, as per advice, '' and place it to account of Sir,
Broxton, Aug. 15, 1748.
Except to pay when due C. Cholmondeley.
On the back of this, Wat. Will. Wynn.
'' As I am well assured you do a great deal of '' business, in regard to discounting of bills, I make '' so free as to direct my nephew to you, in order '' to get a bill of 300 l. discounted, as I am to '' pay a large sum of money next week, for an estate '' bought of my lord Warrington, am indeavouring '' to raise the cash against that time, be '' so good to give the bearer, my nephew, a bank '' note, as he may send it by the post; I am not '' certain whether he will be able to wait of you '' himself, for I am afraid he is very much indisposed '' with sickness, he is now secretary to lord '' Anson, but has not done any business this some '' time, having had very bad health; if he does '' not wait of you himself, please to send some person '' down to Deptford to him, except he send '' a message by a person who he can confide in, '' pray be so good as to assist him herein, and the '' favour shall be always acknowledged: I shall be '' in London in less till a three weeks time, at which '' time I shall wait of you,
Sir, Your most obedient servant, Wat. Will. Wynn.
Bath, Aug. 29, 1748.
On the backside, to Mess. Belcher, and Co. Bankers in Lombard street, present.
'' Yours I received, and inclosed 7000 l. in bank '' notes; I have inclosed to you five bills for 9000 l. '' which will be due as soon as comes to hand, '' which desire you either go or send to receive '' the money for them, and after you received the '' money, go to the Bank and get a note for it, '' and indorse it to me immediately; you'll find likewise '' another bill inclosed for 300 l. that is not '' due these several days, upon 'Squire Cholmondeley '' in James's-street, Westminster, get it '' accepted, and then apply to some of the gentlemen '' bankers, in or about Lombard-street, to '' get it discounted; get a bank note for it, and '' send it me along with the rest; as I am to pay '' for the estate I purchased of my lord Warrington, '' and the next week you must not fail sending '' down the notes to me, for my lord is now here; '' I am afraid you wont be so well recovered as to '' go about my business yourself, and before I would '' have you prejudice yourself by too soon going '' out; I'd rather advise you to get somebody '' and they to transact the business for you, a '' person whom you can conside in: I wish you '' was with me at Bath, I've an opinion the water '' would be of service to you; I shall be obliged '' to be in London in less till one three weeks time, '' I will endeavour to get you down along with '' me; I shall be going again soon afterwards: '' Sir Thomas Mostyn and Sir John Glynn presents '' their respects to you; my compliments to lord '' Anson and Sir Robert Grosvenor when you see '' or write to them, and acquaint them of my coming '' to town in about three week's time, when I '' hope I shall find you in a better state of health, '' than you were when I left you, which is the '' sincere desire of, dear nephew,
Your very affectionate and loving uncle, Wat. Will. Wynn.
P. S. '' Deliver the inclosed letter to Mess. '' Belcher and Co. with the bill, and no doubt but '' they'll discount it without any farther trouble, '' as I am informed they are as likely gentlemen to '' apply too as any, if they don't chuse to do it, '' go to lord Anson, and beg the favour of him to '' get you bank notes for it.
'' Yours I received with a bill inclosed for acceptance, '' which I shall accept, and shall be in town '' in five or six night's time; and, when due, '' shall be punctually paid. My service to Sir Watkin, '' and am,
your humble servant. C. Cholmondeley.
Windor Sept. 2, 1748.
These letters, I apprehend, were produced to strengthen the credit of the bill.
Q. Did you ever see Sir Watkins write?
Jones. Yes, often. A letter was put into his hand. I am sure this is not his hand writing; there is somewhat in the name Watkin in resemblance of his. (Another was shewed him.) That is not Sir Watkins's writing.
Q. Was you servant to Sir Watkins the 29th of August. Where was he at that time?
Jones. He was then at Litchfield races.
Q. Was you with him there?
Jones. No, my Lord. He left his house in Wales the 24th of August, and went to Litchfield races, and returned, I believe, the first of Sept. I saw him set out with his servants; and at returning, the servants all told me he had been there, and that he hunted two days in company with other gentleman.
Q. How long is it since Sir Watkin was at Bath?
Jones. He has not been at Bath many years.
Alderman Ironside. I was present on the woman's examination, she was asked whether she was to have money for going of this message, She made answer, he said he had not money then, but that she would bring money back with her, and then he, the Prisoner, would pay her.
Q. What did he say to you?
Gauler. He bid me carry that letter to Alderman Ironside. He did not tell me I was to bring back any money. The letter was sealed up.
Q. Did you come immediately away with it?
Gauler. I put it out of my hand once, because I was in a hurry for my husband's errands; and there was no body else would go, because there was no money. I had the letter three or four
Ald. Ironside. I heard her say this before the Justice.
Gauler. He bid me not to say that I had it out of the Marshalsea prison. If I should be asked any questions, I was to say I brought it from Deptford.
Q. How long have you known the Prisoner?
Gauler. I have known him about two or three weeks; ever since he came a prisoner there.
Q. Was the letter in the same plight when you delivered it to the Alderman, as when you received it of Jones?
Gauler. Yes, I am certain of that; for it never went out of my hands. Every thing was in it when the Prisoner gave it me, as was when I delivered it to Mr. Ironside. This I declare upon oath.
Q. Did you know what sort of business the Prisoner followed before he came to gaol?
Gauler. I have heard him say he was a sailor.
Prisoner to Gauler. Had you no more letters besides mine that morning to deliver?
Gauler. I had; but the Prisoner begged and prayed I would carry his; so I delivered the other back again. I had none but his letter when I set out to go.
Acquitted of the forgery, but guilty for uttering it .
* They were tried by half the London jury and half foreigners.
William Clark . I am an Irish factor ; I live in Milkstreet . On the 15th of Nov. last I lost four pieces of linen, about 100 yards. These three women came into my warehouse, and brought one Solomon Levi , a Jew, with them for their interpreter. They asked me by their interpreter if I had any linen, they told me they did not understand one word of English. They asked me for Irish linen cloth, from two shillings a yard to five. I told the interpreter to tell the women I could serve them. I accordingly brought down a good deal of linen. I had occasion to send my clerk out of the warehouse just upon their coming in; then there remained none but my porter and myself. They took an opportunity (while I was reaching the linen from the farther end of the warehouse, as it is very long, I was a considerable distance from where they were looking at the linen) to send the porter to a grocer's for a sample of coffee, so that they had one part of the warehouse to themselves. The grocer came over with the coffee to them, but they told him they would come the next day, and make a bargain with me for the linen, and him for the coffee. Then I apprehend they had taken my four pieces of linen.
Q. How do you know they took it?
Clark. I had that very morning sold some linen out to a draper, the person that carried them returned and told me there was one piece wanting and when I had carefully looked over the pile there were three more missing. I did not suspect them any more. But I was surprized the next day to see them come again in a coach to my door. I had a gentleman at breakfast with me, to whom I was just telling the case; and I desired him to assist me in shewing a good deal of linen on the board, to give them an opportunity &c. to take what they pleased. I laid perhaps an 100 or 200 pieces on the shop board. Mr. Heavingham, the gentleman that was with me, and my clerk, was at a distance. There were four pieces gone the 15th, and these three pieces they had got (which were produced in court) the 16th. But I am trying them for the fact on the 15. When I thought they had got each a load, I ordered them to the farther end of the shop. Hannah Christian took one piece she had concealed and lays it down; another drops another piece down from under her petticoats; the third had hers about her for near three quarters of an hour. I then taxed them with taking the four pieces the day before. They ordered the Jew to tell me they were willing to leave me the value of those pieces until I found them, if I would let them go. I charged a constable with them, and carried them before my Lord Mayor. When we searched them they had six or seven petticoats, each had five or six pockets in every petticoat.
Solomon Levi . I left my place by the persuasion of the husband of one of these women. He told me they were merchants, and I should be their interpreter, they said they bought goods, and if they found an opportunity they would steal. I went with them the next day to Mr. Clark's; they desired me to tell Mr. Clark they wanted to buy a large quantity of cloth. So he shewed them some: then they sent out Mr. Clark's man for some coffee,Hannah Christian bought of them. He gave them between eight and nine guineas for them and some stockings: the fourth piece they cut in pieces to make shirts of. After that the women told me they would go to Mr. Clark's the next day. I desired them not to go there; I said we should be found out; they said four pieces would not be missed among so large a quantity. They gave me two guineas: so we went next day in a coach; and when we came to Mr. Clark's they wanted to see the same cloth they saw the day before. There was a gentleman there, so they took me into a back room to make a bill. And when Mr. Clark was writing a bill, I heard the other gentleman begin to make a noise; he said, take out that piece of cloth you have under your petticoat. And they were all brought into the same room.
Q. You talked with them in your own language, what was it you said?
Levi. I said in Dutch, did not I tell you, you had better to have let me kept my place, than to go to steal things. They gave me for answer, I need not be afraid, because I was only interpreter. Mr. Clark wanted to have his cloth again; they bid me say they knew nothing of it, for they said, if you tell we shall all be hanged; this they all three said. They bid me tell Mr. Clark they would lay down as much money as the value of the four pieces of linen was worth, until he should find the linen again; then he should pay them the money back again.
Mr. Heavingham. Mr. Clark told me the 16th of Nov. that the 15th he lost four pieces of linen, and that the people, which had been looking at some linen the day before, and that he had some reason to suspect, told him they would come again as that day. Presently they came in a coach to the door with this Jew about 10 o'clock in the forenoon. Mr. Clark and I shewed them several pieces of linen; and after they had been in the warehouse half an hour, or three quarters, I thought they were making motions to go; and I desired Mr. Clark to take them into the compting house to give them an account of the linen in writing, that they might the better know the prices of them. And, as he was taking them in, Hannah Christian took a piece from under her petticoats, and laid it on a pile. I suppose they imagined we were going to search them; Hannah Mildred was next her, she took a piece from under her petticoat, immediately after which I took it out of her hand; then we conducted them into the compting-house, and in about 15 or 20 minutes after Hannah Raductin dropped a piece by the side of her after the constable came in. The three pieces were produced in court, and each swore separately to.
Isaac Coats . I am book-keeper to Mr. Clark. The three women, with Levi, came to Mr. Clark's warehouse on the 15th of Nov. He, in their names, desired to see some quantities of Irish linen from 2 to 5 s. a yard, and I saw them there the next day; and upon oath declare the three pieces to be Mr. Clark's property, and that I saw Raductin drop one of them down from under her petticoats.
Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
66. Ann Smith , was indicted for stealing one satin gown, val. 4 s. one calimanco gown, val. 4 s. one crape mourning gown, val. 2 s. one calimanco petticoat, value 3 s. one flannel petticoat, val. 1 s. the property of Catherine Willson , Oct. 5 .
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty 10 d.
70. Sarah Briggs , late of St Leonard, Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing two linen-shirts, value 2 s. the property of John Bell , and two sheets, three aprons, two shifts, and other goods, the property of Sarah Smith , Nov. 26 .
Guilty 10 d.
Andrew Fitzgerald alias James Parsons and Mary Brown , were indicted for stealing four guineas, three shillings and nine-pence , the property of Thomas Cooper , Nov. 16 .
Tho Cooper . I live at Limehouse , I am a shipwright , between the 16th or 17th of November, as I was going home, I was knock'd down three or four times by three or four fellows; when I got up Fitzgerald took me under a pretence of friendship into the house of Mary Brown , and she push'd me into a little back room, my head ached to such a degree, that I wanted some rest, I was not fuddled, but with the blows I received I could hardly stand; I ordered some liquor; we had a pot of hot, I do not know I tasted it; Mary Brown ask'd for some money to get me some victuals, I gave her a shilling, she said, after some stay, she could get none; so I had some of her bread and butter and cheese; I pulled off my cloaths to get two or three hours rest; I gave another woman a shilling to clean my cloaths, for they were all over dirt; when I had been in bed about ten minutes, Mary Brown , with a candle in her hand, and Fitzgerald came into the room, he pulled my breeches from under my head, I felt him taking them; I took hold of them, and we both pulled, but he put his hand in the pocket and took out four guineas in gold and between three and four shillings; when I complained, Mary Brown held out a guinea and said, damn your eyes, here is a guinea, but did not let me take it; they swore to such a degree, I was afraid of my life.
Q. Where is this house?
Cooper. It is in a place call'd Little Match Warfe, near Sun-tavern fields: I was resolved not to stay there, so between twelve and one I set out, Fitzgerald would go part of the way with me; we had gone but a little way, but he began to swear and damn, saying, he had no business to wait on me, so I set out a running and left him; I got a piece of chalk and return'd about two o'clock and chalked the house in divers places, to allow it again, and I held my ear to the window and heard the Prisoners swearing together in the fore-room, about shearing my money. I walked all night from one friend to another, to get them to go along with me to detect them: in the morning about seven o'clock, I got a friend to go with me; he lived at Shadwell, about half a mile from the house; I went to the watch-house, and desired their assistance; but I having no warrant, they would not go with me, saying it was a dangerous place: I called Edmund Campher up, and he was afraid to go with me; at last we went, and they were about to leave the house; Mr. Campher endeavoured to persuade me to let them alone; the Prisoner, Mary Brown fell a crying, she was afraid he was a constable; he persuaded me to stay till breakfast; we went into a public house where the people was up hard by, and Fitzgerald staid at the door in his waistcoat; he swore he never saw me nor Mr. Campher before; we took him and carried him before Justice Berry, he did not commit him directly, being obliged to go to some court in White Chapel, so he committed him to the watchhouse.
Catherine Harrison . Fitzgerald brought Mr Cooper into the house, and asked Mary Brown if he could have a lodging there all night, this was about a month ago, Mr. Cooper was all over mud and dirt; and he said, he had been knock'd down three or four times, and he suspected Fitzgerald to be the person that knock'd him down, before he brought him in; Mr. Cooper gave a shilling for his bed, and went to bed by himself; I lived with Mary Brown at that time; he gave me a shilling for cleaning his coat.
Q. What time did he come into that house?
Harrison. Between 11 and 12 o'clock at night; Fitzgerald stay'd there all the time at our house, he went always by the name of Parsons; when Mr. Cooper and he came into our house, there was Mary Brown and I and three young men sitting by the fire; Parsons said, Mr. Cooper had four guineas in his pocket, and desired he might be mill'd of them, but I did not know what milling meant; he was put into a little back-room, and paid a shilling for his bed, and a shilling for his supper, Mary Brown could get no meat, so brought him some bread, butter and cheese; Fitzgerald took the breeches from under Mr. Cooper's head, saying, his head lay very low: he went out of the room and opened his right hand, and said to me here you bitch! here is gold; I saw in his hand four guineas, three shillings and six-pence, and some half-pence.
George Jennings . I know Fitzgerald very well, he goes by many names : the 17th of Nov. there were three men and two women drinking a pot of Purl at my house; I cannot say Mary Brown was one of them, the other men paid for it; they went out of my house about a quarter of an hour after the Prisoner; Fitzgerald came in and called for a pennyworth of two-penny purl; it was made hot; he drank it, and he gave me a guinea to change, I gave him 20 shillings and a 11 pence
Edmund Campher . Mr. Cooper came to me at the sign of the ship at King James's-stairs, and desired I would go with him to the place where he had been robbed, saying, by so doing, he might stand a chance to get his money; I said, it was a very bad place, but I went with him; he carried me to the window, it was tied with a roap-yarn, I opened the shutter a little, and saw the Prisoners, Fitzgerald and Mary Brown and Catherine Harrisonby the fire, in the fore room; Mr. Cooper said, that is the man that robb'd me. We stepped in, and I said he looks like a good sort of a man, he will give it you again, will you not, my friend? said I to Fitzgerald; Mary Brown ran crying to me, fearing I had been a constable; but he had not one farthing returned him. We came away and went a second time, and then there was a padlock on the door; then we went to a house of very bad repute, where I expected we might find them; and the two first we saw were the two Prisoners at the bar, there we took them, and had them before Justice Berry. He would acknowledge nothing there.
Both guilty 4 s. 10 d.
Guilty 10 d. ordered private correction immediately .
76. John Robinson , late of St. John's Waping , was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 6 s. one pair of cloth-breeches, value 3 s. six handkerchiefs silk and cotton, and one cotton handkerchief, and 17 s. in money , the property of John Quinn .
John Quinn . I am a sailor ; John Robinson stole from on board a ship, my chest, and in it a long cloth coat, one pair of cloth breeches, six handkerchiefs, made of silk and cotton, one cotton one, and 17 s. in money, this was about five weeks ago.
Q. How do you know he took the chest away?
Q. Have you found any of your things again?
Quinn. I have found my coat, breeches and all the seven handkerchief, and eleven shillings in money; I found them the same night they were taken away, at Thomas Stevenson 's house, St. John's Wapping; I went ashore to get a pint of beer, and Robinson the black was on board when I returned, my chest and all in it was gone, the malatto that brought the black on shore bid me go to Stevenson's house, and he came with me to the house; Stevenson denied the black when we asked for him; I went to the next house, and about half an hour after I got into Stevenson's house, I found my chest put into a chimney broke open, and Robinson was got up another chimney, he desired me to look in a closet, and I found there my coat, breeches and all my money but six shillings.
Bartholomew Thohen . John Quinn had 17 shillings in my chest, we found it in Stevenson's house; I went along with Quinn, and was the re when the things were found: Stephenson opened the door three or four times when we asked for Robinson, and put all the lights out; when we got in, we found Robinson up the chimney; Stevenson gave me the key of the chest, the closet was lock'd, and he would not give me the key a long time, but at last he opened it.
Kenning acquitted , Jenkins guilty 10 d.
Thomas Needham , was indicted for stealing one linen handkerchief out of the pocket of William Stuckey , Esq ; Dec. 7 .
Guilty 10 d.
Guilty 10 d.
86. Elizabeth Thrift , late of St. Martin's, Westminster , was indicted for stealing one cotton gown, val. 4 s. one callimanco petticoat, val. 5 s. a hoop petticoat, val. 1 s. one cloth cloak, val. 2 s. one Leghorn hat, val. 2 d. the goods of Judith Mackdogal .
Judith Mackdogal . I lost those things mentioned in the indictment. I do not know the day of the month I lost them, it was about a month ago. I lost them out of my chamber. I keep a house, and I took the prisoner in as a lodger.
Q. Have you found any of your goods again?
Mackdogal. I have found nothing but my hat upon her head. I met her two or three days after I mist them, at Story's gate, and took her up, and had her before Justice Manley; and she confessed there before him, that she took my things and sold them in Monmouth street and Rag fair.
Guilty 4 s. 10 d.
87. Ann Williams , late of St. Martins, Middlesex , was indicted for stealing one pair of worsted stockings, val. 2 s. two striped shirts, val. 4 s. one linen shirt, val. 2 s. three aprons, val. 5 s. with divers other things , the property of John Collings , Nov. 17 .
Q. What sort of bread was it?
Tompson. The second bread. It was found again the same day at one Mr. Anderson's house in Shadwell, and he was there with it.
Q. How do you know the bread found there was yours?
Tompson. There was my own mark upon it. The prisoner did live in the neighbourhood.
Q. In what business?
Tompson. He is a journeyman baker .
Q. Where do you live?
Anderson. I live at the sign of the Princess Carolina, Spring street. My husband bought a loaf about 8 o'clock in the morning, the 29th of Oct. there were four loaves standing upon the table. Presently comes in the baker's man, and said, this is the bread I have been hunting for all this morning. The Prisoner said, I knew you was coming here, and so I brought the loaves before you.
Guilty 10 d.
90. Mary Potter , was indicted for stealing a tea chest, val. 3 s. four silver spoons, val. 10 s. one holland apron, val. 5 s. one scarlet cloth cloak, val. 6 s. one table cloth, one callimanco gown , the property of Samuel Barker , Nov. 19 .
Samuel Barker . I live in Spittle fields . I have lost those things specified in the indictment. The Prisoner worked in my house about a fortnight before she took away those things. She worked as a packer to pack goods before they are pressed. On the 19th of November she desired to be called up about 5 o'clock in the morning; after she was up she took those things all away. We took her up on the 21st; I found her in Petticoat lane. She confessed the fact before the Justice, and gave me an inventory of all she pawned and sold. As for the tea chest, that is here, she had sold that at the sign of the green man in Goodman's Fields.
Q. Did you hear her say she took these goods out of your house?
Barker. Yes, my Lord, I heard her say so.
Q. Have you found any more of your goods?
Barker. I have got the holland apron and the scarlet cloak,
Guilty 39 s.
John Bond , late of St. George's, Middlesex , was indicted for stealing four pounds of starch; val. 2 s. 6 d. the property of Joseph Deboust , Oct. 15 .
Joseph Deboust . I am a grocer ; I lost four pounds of starch the 15th of Oct. about nine at night. I was sitting by the fire, and I heard my window break; I ran out after the Prisoner, and met with him near Well Close square, it was accidental I found him; I imagined he was gone that way, so I kept going on. I looked into a shop, there I saw the Prisoner at the bar; he asked the person of the shop if he would buy any starch, saying, he would sell it very cheap. I went in, and took hold of him, and said, you have broke my window; he said, can you swear that?
Q. Was it all in one paper?
Deboust. Yes, my Lord, I carried him to the Red Lyon, and desired the landlord to send for a watchman. We had one came, then I sent him to the watch-house. The next day we took him to Justice Manwaring.
Q. Did he confess any thing there?
Deboust. No, my Lord, he said he found it on the step of my door.
Henry Fry . I live in Peterstreet, Westminster. On the 5th of November, about eleven o'clock at night, I had been out with a master I work for, and coming along near Somerset-House , in a little narrow street, there were four or five women standing together, one of them said, by the Lord I must have a buss; I thought no harm, I let her, and as she was giving me a kiss, she put her hand to my pocket, and took all my money.
Q. Where were the rest of the women?
Fry. They were all standing together. She that kissed me was the Prisoner at the bar. She then desired I would give her a pint of beer; so I had her to the fighting Smallwood's house, and as she was entering the house Mrs. Smallwood pushed her out of doors, and said, why do you bring this creature here, for she will pick your pocket? She was immediately gone.
Q. Are you sure the Prisoner at the bar took your money?
Fry. There was none but she near me, and I felt her hand down to my breeches; but I did not then think of my money. And please you, my Lord, I lost a great deal more, but I put it to but five shillings.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows,
Received sentence of death 3.
Transportation for 14 years, 1.
Transportation for 7 years, 36.
George Peyton , Jane Cox , William Tompson , John Summers , Thomas Cooper , Joseph Debee , William Rose , Richard Cardon , Daniel Bracket , Ann Smith , Hannah Christian , Hannah Roductin , Hannah Mildred , John Campbell , James Gailey , Charles Culley , Mary Huffnal , Ann Harison , Henry Cherry , Catharine Doyle , Thomas Crawford , John Evans , William Dixon , Richard Arthur , Henry Underhil , William Draper , George Alien , Lanslot Barrot , Andrew Fitzgerald , Mary Brown , Thomas Needham , John Robertson , John Davis , Elizabeth Thrift , John Bond , Thomas Bray .
Branded in the hand, 7.