Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1752.
King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery held for the City of London, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable ROBERT ALSOP , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London, RICHARD ADAMS , Esq; Recorder, and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City, and County of Middlesex.
N. B. The L. and M. direct by which Jury.
400. (L.) Sarah Jennings , spinster , was indicted for stealing one linen pillowbear, val. 1 s. 6 d. four 36 s. pieces, and 19 guineas, the property of Mary Showring , widow , in the dwelling-house of the said Mary , July 22 .
Mary Showring . The prisoner was my servant , I took her out of a work-house, she had been with me upwards of 5 years. I live in Red Lion-Court, Fleetstreet ; on the twenty first of July I had a bag with a forty pound note, nineteen guineas, and 4 36 s. pieces in it; I saw them in the afternoon, having occasion to take a guinea out to pay a person a crown. Mrs. Edwards came to see me, I asked her to stay and lie with me that night. At going to bed she desired my maid, the prisoner, to call her up at 6 o'clock in the morning, but she did not call her, so we got up and look'd about the house for the prisoner, she was not to be found; I found the key in my book case, I likewise found she had taken away her cloaths.
Q. Had there been any quarrel previous to this?
M. Showring. No, my Lord, none at all. I sent for Mr. Chillingworth to see if he could find her, which he did and brought her to my house the same morning betwixt 9 and 10 o'clock. [ The pillowbear produced in court and deposed to.] She had it under her arm with her cloaths in it, when brought back.
Q. When did you see that pillowbear?
M. Showring. It was in my house the Sunday before. I believe she then put it on her own bed, in the pair of stairs room where she lay.
Mr. Chillingworth. I found the prisoner in White-chapel, and told her she had no good reason for going away, and persuaded her without discovering farther to return; so she took her bundle in this pillowbear and returned with me.
Q. Was she searched?
Chillingworth. She was at the prosecutrix's house, but found no money upon her. She did not go out of my sight from the first time I sawPeter Harris in, in the morning betwixt 6 and 7, and that he went to the book case and took the gold and put it into his pocket; and read the note and put it into the bag again. She owned the some before the alderman; she was afterwards before my Lord Mayor, there she denied it, and said she had not seen that young man for above a week.
Q. Was there any threatnings made use of in order to her confession ?
Chillingworth. No, none at all, her mistress said she would forgive her if she would tell the truth.
The prosecutrix being asked, confirmed this of her confession, but said she never found any thing dishonest of her before.
Mrs. Edwards confirmed the whole of the prosecutrix's evidence.
Godfrey Gimbart keeps an inn in Moorfields , he had put this ass to grass with George Clark at Tottenham , she was seen in the field by James Page , a servant lad to Clark, who went to fetch a horse from the field where she was. On Sunday the 26th of Jan. the lad going of an errand saw the prisoner selling the ass to a stranger and rode up to him and told them both whose ass it was; the prisoner said she was his own property and took some money for her and delivered her to the man, who took her away towards London.
John Wilton . I live in May's Buildings , am a leather breeches maker ; on the 17th of July Mr. Belgrave brought the prisoner to my shop door with a pair of my leather breeches, which I took from off her arm. I did not miss them, they hung on the outside of my shop about a minute before. The breeches produced in court and deposed to. She said she was going to see if they, would fit her husband.
Mr. Belgrave. Coming by at the time at some distance I saw the prisoner take the breeches down from the outside of the prosecutor's shop; I came up and saw the prosecutor sitting in a chair as if he was asleep, I went and took the woman back to his door, and delivered her to him, and he took the breeches.
He was fast asleep and I could not awake him.
Guilty 10 d .
John Nevil . I am a goldsmith and live in St. James's market , on the 24th of July I went out of town, and at my return I missed several pieces of plate out of my shew glass; I advertised them. On the Monday morning I had information about the prisoner, I took her up and had her before Mr. Fielding, she would not confess any thing, but was committed for farther Examination. Mr. Gunston a pawnbroker delivered to me this pepper box. [Produced in court and deposed to.]
Mr. Gunston. I am a pawnbroker and live in German street, the prisoner offered the pepper box to pledge at my shop the 25th of July, she wanted 27 s. on it. She told me there was nothing but pepper. I opened it and found oil and rotten stone, such as the silversmiths clean their plate with; then she opened the door and ran out. I knew her before.
Mr. Nevil's own daughter gave me this pepper box to go and pawn for her.
Q. to Mr. Nevil. Have you a daughter?
Nevil. I have, she went away about a fortnight ago, she is about 15 years of age, I left her in my house and when I returned she was gone. The prisoner was her mantuamaker , I never saw her in my house in my life. My maid ran away at the same time. I believe my daughter went away by the instigation of the prisoner.
Guilty of felony only .
William Smith . I have known the prisoner from about February or March. I was clerk to one Mr. Bridgewater, in Pope's Head Alley. The second time he saw me, he ask'd me to drink some bumboe, and where my master was. I said at the other end of the town; he took me to an alehouse, and gave me three six penny worths of bumboe. The next time I saw him was the 17th of June, in Rotherhith; we had some cyder and brandy. Then I left him in King-street at the Duke of Cumberland's head ; I staid about a quarter of an hour, then went to him, and had some more cyder and brandy. Then we went with a man and played at skittles, and about eight o'clock we went away to his house, in Barnaby-street; but his wife was not at home. Then he took me to a house he had taken, up in a court near that place; there he took a pistol off the mantle-piece, and bid me down on my knees, and take my oath of what he was going to say, and then said, if ever I told Bridgewater my master, or any body else, what he was going to say, he'd be revenged. Said he, I owe my landlord rent, and you must go with me to rob coaches to pay it, and we shall be made men of in a night or two's time. We went out about eleven o'clock, to bid his wife a good night; she was at an alehouse, and he said he should not be at home that night. We went to Mr. Graunt's, on London Bridge, and had a quartern of rum. I had half of it; he asked Mr. Graunt to change half a guinea. Then we went to a house in a court close by Ludgate, on the right hand. We got there about half an hour after eleven. He put one pistol in his pocket, and an empty one in mine. I said I suppose you want me to be taken; he replied I have got a loaded one, if there is any danger call me. I saw him put it in his pocket; we stayed about a quarter of an hour, and then went up the Haymarket together. He heard a coach, and said now is your time. This was near twelve o'clock, in either Shug-lane, or Silver-street; he said, go up to it, and see what you can do. Said I, my heart fails me, I don't know how to go about it; if we must do it, you must go first. He said he would, and do you look out. He went up, and stopped it as it was at a corner. I stood about thirty yards off. It was a hackney coach; he bid the coachman stop, he did directly. He went and said, Deliver, and swore a great oath. I saw him put the pistol into the coach, and hold out his left hand to take what they'd give him. He came to me in about a minute; said he, I have made a prize; I believe I have got some gold, and shook a purse, and put it into his waistcoat pocket. After that there came three more coaches, but they were all empty; then the prosecutrix's coach came down Shug-lane, a hackney coach. Said he, I hope you will not deny it is your turn. I said, if I must, I'll go and try at once. I went up, and bid the coachman stop; he did not directly. Then I bid him again, and put the pistol into the coach, but gave a reel, and my heart failed me. The lady, as I thought, looked very cross and harsh. I ran up Piccadilly into a court, and call'd, Jack, come along. He was near the front of the horses, but I did not see him till he came after a good while, and shewed me a gold watch, a chain and seal, and said, See what I have done; we shall do for ourselves presently. He put it into his waistcoat pocket, and said, here is another coach; I said I'd not go. Then we went into Darkhouse-lane, to the Green Man and Bell. After we had drank three six pennyworths of bumboe, we went and lay down; but I was so uneasy, I got up again. He gave me a Spanish dollar, which I sold for 4 s. 7 d. and said, that he had it of the lady he robbed last; it was a white net purse. He gave me the watch to take care of. I saw another foreign piece, which I took to be a Duke of Cumberland's piece. He said he'd keep that. There did not appear to be much in the purse; it was a little gold watch, plain, and the box and case in one, with a long pinchbeck chain, a seal and key. We stayed there till about four or five o'clock in the morning, and then I went and sold the watch about noon, to Mr. Winstanley, a silversmith, in Lombard-street, for four guineas. I gave him two guineas. The dollar was sold to Mr. Winstanley. I went there alone.
Question from prisoner. Did I go any farther than Mr. Garret's in Darkhouse Lane, after we had supped?
Smith. Yes, you went to Mr. Graunt's, on London-Bridge.
Elizabeth Holt . On the 17th of June in the morning, I went to my Lady Head's, in Vere-street, between twelve and one. I went home in a hackney coach, with my two boys. I live in Spring Garden; I had two medals, and half a guinea, with some silver. We were stopped and robbed in Shug-Lane ; one came up to the coach door; it was moon light, the person look'd pale. He swore an oath, and bid us deliver; I was so affrighted, that I gave my son my purse to deliver it. I can't tell whether he that came up
Q. Look at the prisoner; do you think he was there ?
Holt. I can't tell, I was so affrighted. I had a footman behind the coach; he gave the man a rap on the pate. The watch was my son's. The medals were, one a German medal, the other a Spanish piece. The watch produced in court, and deposed to. I had it, by advertising it, of Mr. Winstanley.
Q. What cloaths had the man on that robbed you?
Holt. He had a white coat, and a striped waistcoat.
Prisoner. The evidence used to wear such cloaths, but has changed them.
William Cob b. I am Mrs. Holt's servant; I was along with her the 17th of June. She was stopp'd at the bottom of Shug Lane, by one man; I saw no more. He look'd more on the coachman than at me. I saw but a little of the side of his face. He was about the size of the prisoner. I can't be sure he was not the evidence. He swore a great oath, and bid them deliver. I was behind the coach, and saw the barrel of a pistol shine by the moonlight. I think he had a light colour'd coat and striped waistcoat. I did not see what was delivered to him.
Peter Winstanley . (Looks at the watch.) I live in Lombard-street, am a goldsmith. This watch was brought to me the 18th of June by William Smith , who came and said he was sent to know the most I would give for it. There is above three guineas of gold in it; I weighed it separate. This was in the forenoon; in the afternoon, I believe about 3 or 4, he came again and ask'd if I would give any more for it. I said no, and so gave him four guineas for it. I can't say there was a chain to it, but believe not. I knew him to live with an attorney, and thought he lived there then. I believe in the forenoon I bought a Spanish dollar. Two or three days after, the prisoner came into my shop, and asked me if I had bought a gold watch. I ask'd what sort of one. He said a small one in a single case. I said I had. He desired to know what I gave for it. I told him four guineas. He said he was told so: it was honestly came by. I said I did not dispute it, and knew the person that I had it of. He said it was a sailor's watch that came home, and since that his buckles were gone also. I did not shew it him. Two or three days after that, a person saw it, and said he believed he could sell it. He took it, and brought word it was advertised. Then on the next morning, being Friday, I went to Pope's Head Alley, and found he was gone, and was at his mother's by the old Swan in Thames-street. I found her; she and I went to the lady's house in Spring Gardens. She said it was her watch. We went to justice Fielding; she made affidavit it was hers. The next morning I received a letter, desiring I'd endeavour to take John Wilks , of Farthing Alley, Bermondsey-street; two or three days after this, John Wilks brought me a silver watch to sell. I recollected he was the man that had enquired about the gold watch. He said his name was John Wilks , and lived in Farthing Alley, Barnaby-street. He owned he was the person that came to enquire about the little gold watch. I said to him he might know it was stole, by asking the question; he said there might be a hundred stole, and he know nothing of the matter; and said he knew the man, and could fetch him in five minutes. I followed him about a hundred yards, but found he did not go. I stepped after him, and brought him back; so had him before Sir Joseph Hankey , and he was committed. I never saw Smith and he together: he did not mention his name.
Q. What dress was the prisoner in?
Winstanley. He was clean, but I can't tell.
Mr. Graunt. I live on London Bridge, and keep a publick house. I have seen the prisoner several times, as he pass'd by; he very often call'd in an evening. I can't say I know the evidence; the prisoner generally wore a brown coat.
Francis Gaines . I am a prisoner in the Poultry Compter; the prisoner came in there the day before I did; he wore a whitish frock, and a sort of a striped cotton waistcoat, a pale blue. He lay in the same room where I did; he changed them for a coarse cloth waistcoat. He used to tell me and other prisoners what they used to do, and I have heard him speak of this robbery. I asked him what sort of a man he had with him; he said it was a boy, half a fool; and that he gave him a pistol in his hand to go with him. I never saw that boy before.
I never said any thing to that witness in my life; nor never wore a white coat or striped waistcoat. I was with Smith on that day, and drank as he has said; but I lay at Mr. Graunt's, on London Bridge, and he went to lie down by me; but
Jane Lane. I live at the Half Moon and Crown, just by Ludgate, a publick house. He has used our house these three years, and I never saw any harm by him; he drank bumboe and drams there. I don't know I ever saw the evidence before; there was a man drank either two or three sixpennyworths of bumboe with him, at about ten or eleven o'clock one night. He used sometimes to come in short clothes, and sometimes in a sort of a cinnamon colour'd great coat.
Joseph Callow . I live at Mrs. Lane's, and have known the prisoner about three years; he behaved exceeding well. I don't know I ever saw the evidence in my life. About six weeks or two months ago, he was drinking with a man at our house. He used to wear a brown sort of a coat.
Guilty Death .
There was another indictment against him for a highway robbery.
Guilty 10 d .
John Taylor is a dealer in spirituous liquors . He ordered this cask of Holland gin to be put on board a vessel at his wharf, for the use of the captain. It was taken from out of the vessel. A day or two after he went and searched the house of one Jennings at Stepney; at first he was refused, but at last admitted, and found the cask, which was produced in court empty.
The prisoner in his defence said he bought it of a Dutchman.
William Banes . On the 13th of August I was in the Royal Exchange . Just before one o'clock I felt a hand in my pocket, and immediately missed my handkerchief. I saw it in the prisoner's hand, and immediately took it out. Produced in court, and deposed to, with an A R upon it, and B in another place. I had it in my pocket about half a minute before I felt the hand in my pocket. I took him before my Lord Mayor; there he said he intended no hurt.
James Stevens . On the 15th of August, near ten at night, going from Charing Cross to St. James's House, I was walking in St. James's Park , with my left hand towards the grass plat, I saw some people quarreling together. I stopp'd, and seeing a bench, sat down. It was very moonlight; the prisoner was sitting there on my left hand. He turned his face, and made a little jostle near me, and gave me a little touch upon the elbow. I turned about to look at the people; for I thought it was to liften to what the people said. Then I felt him twitch the string of my watch. He then ran away, and by moonlight I saw him fall on his hands. I came up to him, and as soon as he recovered, he called, Jack, Jack, Jack. I saw a man at a distance, who did not come to him, but turn'd about and saw Edward Wheeler , and desired him to assist me. He seized him by his left hand; and when we had brought him to St. James's guard-house, he turned about and took me by my cloaths. I ask'd him what he meant, and the serjeant desired me to feel in my pocket; for may be, he had put the watch in it, going through the passage into St. James's court. I felt in my pocket; but it was not there. About the middle of the passage he dropped the watch, betwixt the serjeant and me. I saw it drop, and the serjeant took it up. We then went into the guard-house, and he was not out of my fight from the time he was taken till we had him in the guard-house.
Q. What did he say about it?
Stevens. He said I attempted to rob him. The watch produced in court, and deposed to by the maker's name, and the lining. I felt it as I sat by him.
Q. from prisoner. Did I sit by you?
Stevens. This is the very man that was sitting by me.
Edward Wheeler . In the month of August I had been at Westminster. Coming back again, about five minutes after ten at night, the prosecutor was about ten yards from the seat where he said he had been robbed of his watch, and said the man wasEdward Linn .
I went with a friend that lives at Fulham. We parted in the park, and he went towards Buckingham Gate. As I was returning, this prosecutor was sitting on a bench, with another fellow in a lightish coloured coat, very close together. The man got up first, and the prosecutor then stood by himself. He crossed the way upon me, and said to me, Did you sit by me? I said, No, honest friend. He said he had lost his watch; and I answered, You scoundrel, I know nothing of it. He then went to this serjeant, and told him that I had his watch, and he came and laid hold on me. I never saw his watch, or sat down by him, as there is a just God in heaven.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person . *
John Carous . On the 20th of August, about a quarter before ten o'clock, as I was coming up Snow Hill , I felt something in my pocket, and turning round, saw the prisoner behind me. I missed my handkerchief, which I had used about a quarter of an hour before, and challenged him with it. He ran for it; but I called, Stop thief, and he was taken, tho' I did not see him taken.
Edward Woodcock . About a quarter before ten, on the 20th of August, coming down Snow Hill, I heard a cry of stop thief, and saw the prisoner come running down. I stepped cross the road, and took him by the collar; he attempted to get from me; but when he could not, he said he was runing after him. The handkerchief was found as soon as I had hold on him half a minute, about two or three yards from us. There were three or four people came up to me before I saw it taken up.
Q. to the prosecutor. Was any body near at the time you felt something at your pocket?
Prosecutor. Not within ten yards.
John Trueman . Coming up Snow Hill at this time, I ran at the cry of Stop thief. Mr. Woodcock had hold of the man. I saw a handkerchief lie on the ground, at the place where he was taken, or within three yards. There were not above three or four people come up then. I took it up, and Mr. Carous owned it.
I know nothing of it.
Edward Salmon . I live in Chancery-lane , and am a carpenter . I lost two saws about two months ago. Mr. Remnant sent a porter with a message for me, to come away instantly; for I had been robbed. I went, and he took me down to Bridewell; there he shewed me the two saws, which I missed in two hours after I had lost them, in the custody of John Hunter . We carried the two prisoners before the sitting alderman at Guildhall, from Bridewell; I charged them with stealing the two saws out of my dwelling house. I don't know what was said there, but think they said they knew nothing of the matter. (He prevaricated so much, that the court order'd him to stand by for a time.)
William Remnant . On Friday the 3d of July, I was at work in the Temple. Going home, I saw the two prisoners standing at Salmon's door. Wright was three parts in getting over the window when I was near him. I had not gone three doors past, before I heard the door unlock, and saw Hutton go in, and the door shut again. Then I came back again, and look'd over, and saw them
John Hunter . I am constable of St. Dunstan's in the West, Mr. Remnant and a gentleman's footman brought the 2 prisoners to me on the 3d of July in the morning to the church. We took them before the sitting alderman, where Mr. Remnant said the same as now. There I heard Hutton say to Wright save yourself if you can get to be an evidence. I took these saws into my possession after they were marked.
Here the prosecutor is called up again.
Q. Look at these two saws, do you know them?
Prosecutor. They are both mine, I put a mark upon them before the Alderman. They were in my shop that morning.
Q. What time did you open your window that morning?
Prosecutor. My wife then lay in, so I did not lie at home; my apprentice had opened the windows before they took the saws. I was not at home till about half an hour after 7 o'clock, after the saws were missed.
Remnant. The prosecutor told me he put a handle to one of the saws.
Prosecutor. I did so, it is the smallest saw.
I had a small acquaintance with Mr. Salmon, and he knew something of me. I went and knocked at his door, a man looked out at his window, and said he was not at home; I wanted to borrow a saw of him, the door was open, I went in and took these saws with intent to borrow them, in tending to bring them back again.
Wright had nothing to say.
Both guilty of felony only .
The prisoner was servant to the prosecutor, she went away the 20th of July; he missed 6 silver tea spoons. He found two at the house of James Robertson a pawnbroker, and four in the possession of one Henfield another pawnbroker. The prisoner confessed before them all three, and also before the justice, that she took them from her master. They were all produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.
The prosecutor lives in Hampstead parish , he saw the prisoner, Aug. 18. going from his house with something on his back, which he suspected he had stole. He got assistance and stopped him; he dropped the things mentioned in the indictment. Deposed to by the prosecutor as his property, to have been in his stable a little before.
Guilty 10 d .
Guilty 10 d .
418. (M.) Sarah Wright , widow , was indicted for stealing one blanket, val. 12 d. one bolster, val. 6 d. the goods of Thomas Weaver , in a certain lodging room let by contract to the said Sarah , Aug. 1 .
Guilty of felony only .
Both Acq .
Francis Blare . I live at Chelsea, and have dealt in discounting notes; on the 9th of Dec. last, the prisoner brought a bill of exchange to my house, and said she came from her husband Joseph Joyce (See Numb. 369 in last paper) saying he was in necessity for money, and desired I would give cash for it. I had seen Joseph Joyce before, but never did any thing for him. I thought she looked like an honest woman, and gave her fourteen pound fifteen shillings for it. When the bill became due I went to Mr. Wilson's expecting to find him and Co. But Edward Wilson , who appeared on it, was dead, and had been before the date of it, ever since March last. I was told by his surviving brother, James, it was a forgery, and he desired I'd take Joyce and his wife up. He was brought to town upon another forgery; she came to New-Prison to see him, so she was secured.
Blare. I knew the name Wilson and the shop to be of credit. She brought a letter from her husband, setting forth the difficulties he was under, being in danger of trouble in case the money was not paid that day, and that he could not come himself.
The note read to this purport.
Newbury, Dec. 3, 1751.
Q. Do you know this Norris the drawer of the bill?
Nicholas Birham , Deposed he was at Mr. Blare's house, saw a woman there which he believed to be the prisoner, and heard Mr. Blare say before her, that he had given her 15 l. upon that note, and that he heard her say her husband was in distress, and returned a great many thanks for the favour done; but did not see the money paid.
I know nothing of the matter, I know my husband had bills of Mr. Norris, but I never received any money for any of them.
The charity school in Hatton Garden being repairing, Robert Sharp , one of the masters of it, was standing at the door, the prisoner let down some old sheet lead by a cord, and desired Mr. Sharp's son to untie the cord, which he did; the prisoner came down and said he was servant to Mr. Eley the plumber, who did the plumbing business; he sold it to Susannah Smith , in Purple-lane, for 4 s. He was seen on Sunday the 28th of June on the house throwing down more, upon which he was taken and carried before Justice Fielding; there he owned he was the person that took the lead mentioned in the indictment, the day before.
Daniel Barnaby ; no evidence was called, and she was Acq .
425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430. (M.) Daniel Lovyer , otherwise Glovey , Sarah Holmes , John Cornhill , Ruth Morris , spinster , Peter Pearvoy , and Mary Lovyer , otherwise Glovey , were indicted for stealing, in company with Thomas Morris not yet taken, three Hessian wrappers, one cloth packing sheet, four pounds weight of pins, twelve yards of blue silk trimming, two yards of silk, 18 yards of Silesia lawn, 4 pounds weight of green tea, 25 pounds weight of bohea tea, 6 pair of mens gloves, 6 pair of womens gloves, 16 yards of green silk ribbon, 12 yards of Muslin for handkerchiefs, and many other things , the goods of George Glover . July 24 .
George Glover . I am the owner of several packhorses that go betwixt Preston in Lancashire and London, 16 of them went out from the Swan and two necks in Lad-lane, London, the 24th of July, all loaded but one, which a woman passenger rode upon. I went as far as Islington and parted with them between 6 and 7 in the evening, Richard Fenton was the driver. I went back to the inn. I was called up about four the next morning, and was told I had been robbed. I went to Finchley common by my self. I met a hay cart, and the man that drove it told me there was a box taken up found on Finchley common I stopped at the Wrestlers at Highgate, the landlord there sent people out into the woods to see if they could find any of the goods ; there was a wrapper found, marked R. Addison, Preston, with no goods in it lying a little way out of the road, on the back of a garden on Finchley common. Mr. Swain joined me on the Common, we staid there till about 9 o'clock, and then returned to the Wrestlers at Highgate again. Some people had picked up some goods and brought them there; they were handkerchiefs and cambricks, one box that had been broke open, and the goods taken out to the value of 4 l. odd money; there was a box and a parcel, the box was directed for Agnes Branthwaite at Cartmel, the parcel was directed to William Bare , at Cartmel.
Q. Do you know who brought them there?
Glover. No, my lord, I do not. In one of the boxes there were womens black everlasting shoes, ribbons and other things, I can't tell the particulars. In the parcel there were blue and white handkerchiefs, and several goods besides, which came to 12 l. I staid there about half an hour, then brought the goods to London to where they were bought, in order to prepare a proper advertisement. I went then to Finchley, and had a search warrant, and searched two or three houses there, but found nothing at either. There was a box picked up on the Common by a man with a hay cart, which was carried to my inn, the cord was cut, but the box had not been opened, it was directed to esquire Bradeel at Preston. The robbery was on the Friday, I set out again for Lancashire on the Sunday morning, after leaving money in my landlord's hands for him to spare no cost in inquiring and advertising to find the goods. I overtook my man with the horses at Fenny Stratford, there was then one of the fifteen horses without a pack.
Q. Were these goods, you mention to have been found, put up in any of the packs which were on these fifteen horses?
Glover. They were. There were 14 packs arrived safe at Lancaster, one pack was taken away. I saw them all safe at Islington, when I returned to London at their going out.
Richard Fenton . I am servant to George Glover , I was the driver of these packhorses, my master and I set out on the 24th of July from Lad-lane, he left me at Islington and went back. When I came to Highgate, I had all my horses and packs, one horse carried a woman, and 15 with packs; I stopped and drank at the Wrestlers, and there told the horses over; it was then dark and a rainy night. I turned them before me, and did not stay above five minutes after them, and kept with them all the way till I came about a quarter of a mile beyond Brown's Wells, sometimes on the side and sometimes behind them on foot. Near the six mile stone, but it was so dark I could not see it, in telling them over I found the bald mare with her halter about her feet, and no pack on.
Q. Did you miss her out of the number before you found her unloaded?
Fenton. I told them and I thought I had made a mistake in telling them, so I ran forward and found she was about the third or fourth without a pack. Then I got upon her and looked about backwards and forwards for almost an hour, but could not find any thing; then I rode on and over-took the rest of the horses on this side Barnet; I believe it was then betwixt 10 and 11.
Q. Did you meet with any body that you drank with on the road?
Fenton. No, I did not. I was quite sober. I went on to my inn the White Lion at Coney, and got there betwixt 12 and one. Then I dispatched a
Q. Did you search to see if your saddle things were cut?
Fenton. The saddle and girt were safe; but the wantey that fastened the pack on was taken away.
Glover. The wantey was found on Finchley common. I saw it on the Saturday morning, it appeared plain to be cut.
Q. to Fenton. Did you observe any body on the road that night molest you?
Fenton. No, I did not.
John Booth . I am a porter at the Swan and two recks in Lad-lane. On the 25th of July I was informed that the prosecutor had been robbed, and where, the night before. I was going towards Highgate to meet him, being told he was gone that way. I met Mr. Swain in Goswell street, he told me Mr. Glover had heard of two boxes and a paper parcel. I met him, he desired me to take them to the inn. There was one box directed to Eliz. Dickerson, Lancaster, the other to William Bare of Cartmel ; the parcel to Alice Galter , Lancaster. I know the particular things in one of the boxes, they were bought in Newgate-street of messieurs Tolfrey and Co. haberdashers and drapers. When Mr. Glover went out of town on the Sunday, he desired I'd do all I could to find the things and people. On Monday it was advertised by Mr. Swain, and at night there was a parcel brought by Thomas Hall. He told Mr. Swain there were very disorderly persons frequented a house in Wood's close, it was the house of Thomas Morris ; we got a search warrant and searched it; there we found some calico wrappers made into sheets, on two beds. I found one particular piece in the possession of Mary Lovyer , there was some money and fruit lying on it, which she said were her property, it was marked with a particular mark. There were Daniel Lovyer and Peter Pearvoy in the house, but they made their escape. I found some Hessian wrappers, there was one directed to J. Wearing, Preston, wrote with ink, they were cut and the goods taken out. There was another wrapper with A. Branthwaite, Cartmel. I found them in a shed in a back part of the house in a tub of water; there were some calico wrappers which had no directions on them. I found likewise Mr. Glover's packsheet, which I can safely swear to, that was put down into the vault. A few days after a person told me that Ruth Morris 's mother lived at Deptford; I went and found her, she had got a new callimanco drab coloured gown on, a pair of black everlasting shoes on her feet, and a green satin ribbon on her head. I asked her if she knew any thing of the goods? she knew me again by seeing me at the searching of the house. She carried me to an adjacent place in her mother's house, and there I found two pieces of brown callimanco, another piece of dark callimanco, some red, some yellow, of the remnant of which her gown was made. And likewise another gown cut out, which she said was for her sister. Some muslin wrappers, and calico wrappers, black gloves, white gloves, womens green shoes, a handkerchief with pins in it, a piece of new lawn, an apron. (These all produced in court at they were named over.) I brought her to town and had her committed.
Q. Was there ever a parcel in that pack marked R. Addison, Preston?
Booth. I know there was such a parcel, and things in it of the same quality, in one of the packs. There were callimancos, camblets, and other things. He produced part of a wrapper, which he said was found on Finchley common, marked R. Addison, Preston. I took Pearvoy on Ludgate-hill the Friday following, he looked very pale and said, before I had said a word to him, I know nothing of the matter. He knew me by seeing me at the search.
Thomas Hall. I live within two doors of the house of Thomas Morris in Wood's Close, I frequently used to see John Cornhill , Peter Pearvoy , and Daniel Lovyer together at his house, idling about in the skittle grounds. On the 27th of July, about half an hour after two o'clock, I met Daniel Lovyer with a bundle tied up in a blanket, I mistrusted all was not right, so I gave information, and the next day we went and searched the house of Morris and found, &c. The rest as the former witness.
Mary Ward . I live in St. Bride's parish, I have been acquainted with Sarah Holmes some time, I was at her house the 28th of July, she desired me to let a box of hers be at my house. After I got home Peter Pearvoy followed me into my room and brought it, and went very hastily out again. (A box produced in court.) This is the very box. I went the next day again to her house ; she desired me to take a piece of callimanco and keep till her sister came out of trouble, which I did. After I heard of the things being lost, I went to Mr. Trotter, the constable, and told him I had got some goods at my house that I was not easy about, and desired he'd come and seize them. He came with an excise officer and took them away. I once lived fellow-servant with Daniel Lovyer .
(Note, he had given the court much trouble to interpret to him, pretending he could not speak English.)
M. Ward. He can very well; he always talk'd good English to me.
Court. Ask him some questions.
M. Ward. How long did I live where you did?
Lovyer. About seventeen months.
M. Ward. How long have you been in England?
Lovyer. Above three years.
The piece of callimanco produced in court.
(Note the box was full of tea, and there was tea lost; but the box was not in the pack.)
Samuel Philipson . I went with Booth and Hall to search the house of Morris. He confirmed the account of finding the things, &c. with this addition: I took Cornhill, and had him in my house; a little time after which he desired to go backwards to the necessary house. I went with him; but he shut himself in. After we had taken him before the justice, my little girl found a tobacco box in the necessary house, with two silk handkerchiefs cram'd into it, and when I came back she told me. I went there and found a powder horn and a little brass plate, and another silk handkerchief. He was searched before the justice, and three more handkerchiefs were found in his pocket.
Robert Smith . I live in Newgate-street with Mr. Tolfrey and Co. haberdashers. The 24th of July we sent boxes and trusses, in number, I believe, about twenty, by George Glover . I can't tell all the marks; but here is a mark of mine, which I wrote with a black pencil when I looked the goods out, on one of the callico wrappers. It is wrote: Thirty yards of this put up for John Wearing of Preston. (He looks on it, and says, It is plain to be read now.) It was sent directed for John Wearing , of Preston. The other goods here are the same sort of goods we sent; but there being no particular mark, I don't swear to them, but believe them to be what we sent within the wrapper. Here is my private mark on a paper in which six pair of womens black gloves are; here is a sort of cloth we always pack our goods up in, and the writing on it was by John Fourder , who is here in court. (These goods he has looked on were found at Morris's house. He now looks on the goods found at Deptford, womens black leather gloves, pins, mens black gloves, womens shoes, and some silk gymps.) Of these I can swear I put the mark on six pair of womens gloves; and I made the mark on the board to the gymps. The gloves were for Addison, and the gymp for Branthwaite.
Booth. That wrapper he speaks of was found in a tub of water at Morris's house.
Francis Fryer . I am servant to Philip Brown and comp. near the Monument. On the 24th of July we sent a truss, directed R. Addison, Preston, in which were two pieces of dark grey Irish camblets. (He looks at two pieces, and says they are like them.) One had a mark on the paper, by which he was positive it was one of them.
Mr. Trotter. I am constable of St. Bride's. This piece he swears to was with the box where the tea was. I measured it 45 yards.
Joseph Knight . I live servant with Mr. Harris in Cannon-street, who deals in tea, and I carried some tea directed to Eliz. Hall at Poulton, to go by G. Glover, the 24th of July; there was 25 pound weight of it.
Trotter. On the 31st of July Mrs. Ward, and others that lodged where she lives, came to me and gave me information that there were goods in her apartment which were not lawfully come by, brought by Daniel Lovyer . She wanted me to come and take them away; I thinking them to be goods prohibited by the government, took an officer of the excise along with me. We took this box of tea out of her cellar, and carried it to the king's warehouse; she gave me also that piece of callimanco I have before mentioned. The tea weighted 30 pounds, box and all.
I was at Mr. Morris's house backwards and forwards with my wife, that day. I went to carry some linen washed by my wife, who is sister to him, and he desired me to take that box to my house ; but not having room, he desired me to carry it to Mrs. Ward's; I knew nothing of what was in it. Pearvoy accidentally met with me just by the door, and accompanied me there.
I know nothing of the things, but was at the house the day it was searched.
Mary Lovyer's defence.
I came out of my service the 20th of March, and was at my sister's house in White Friers. I asked Thomas Morris to let me sit at his door to sell fruit, and went there, and happen'd to be there when the gentlemen came to search the house, but knew not what it was for.
My husband brought these things into the house between nine and ten o'clock. He told me he had a license to sell things about the country, and gave me that gown, which I carried to the mantua-makers, but did not know that they were stolen.
They took me out of my house, and I don't know for what, nor ever saw any of the things.
Mary Overton and Catharine Griffin appeared for Daniel Lovyer and his wife, attempting to prove them in his lodgings in White Friers, where they lodged, the night the robbery was committed; also seven other witnesses gave him a good character: but neither could say any thing for him, or how he got his bread for a year or two last past. There were ten persons gave Pearvoy a good character. One appeared for Ruth Morris , but could speak nothing of her for three years last past; and five for Holmes.
Joel Chapman . I live near Mud-dock, in Rotherhith , and lost a sow pig in the night between the 1st and second of June. I shut her up, and heard my dog bark, and my pig squeak, between twelve and one. The pig had a spot or two upon her; one was near the head, and another on the side. I had four pigs.
William Robertson . The two prisoners cut the stye down where the hog was. I think it was between the first and second day of June, and between twelve and one in the night. They took away a pig of about eight or nine stone, with a black spot on the rump, and another below its eye. I have fed it many a time. I stood to see the man did not come out of his house. They took it by the tail and ran it into a boat; we then carried it to James Penprice 's house, by the Three Cups near the bridge, in St. Paul's, Shadwell; the pig gave a squeak or two, and the dog barked. It was kept at Penprice's house about three weeks, in a stye where he laid sand; and afterwards was killed by Cook, a butcher. I discovered it to Mr. Chapman voluntarily, and am not in custody now.
Q. from Penprice. Ask him if he has not known me buy pigs in Smithfield for my family?
Cook. I have.
Robertson. The butcher suspected the pig to have been stolen at the time he killed it. I was there, when Perry cut the hair off the back, and said there was a Smithfield mark upon it.
I know nothing of the thing.
Both Guilty .
(M.) Penprice was indicted a second time, for stealing one hempen bag, val. 3 d. and eighty pounds weight of ginger, val. 45 s. the property of Nicholas Burnhill in a certain lighter lying on the river Thames .
Nicholas Burnhill . I am commander of the Augustus Caesar . She lay at Bell Wharf, a little below Ratcliff Cross , and a lighter lay by the side of her. There were several bags of ginger on board; I missed two bags, one marked I.S.S. No. 3, the other T.B.O. A bag full, marked I.S.S. No. 3, produced in court. We lost one with
Francis Chamney . I am mate of this vessel. We had many hundred bags of ginger on board. Some of them were put on board one lighter, and some another, on the 8th or 9th of July. One was missed about the 11th, marked I.S.S. No. 3. (He looks on that produced, and says he believes it to be the same.)
Thomas Barnes . I was standing in Thomas Edwards's yard on Bell Wharf, on the 8th of July, between eleven and twelve in the day; I saw a boat betwixt the ship Augustus Caesar and a lighter, and a person in a blue gray coat take a bag and heave it into the boat; he was in the lighter. There was only one man in the boat. I was about 100 yards distance; the lighter lay on the shore side; it was a coarse bag. I saw a boat go on shore at Storehouse yard, with one Owen Clark in it. I then got into my boat, and rowed to Storehouse yard, and saw the bag marked S. S. I. No. 3. I saw it was ginger through a hole in the bag; I also saw it in the boat, and the man carry it on his back into Storehouse yard ; James Herrington followed me. I then came back to Bell Wharf; Penprice came there in another boat, and ran up stairs; but I don't know where he came from. He then had such a coat on as the man had that flung the bag into the boat, and by his dress, I believe he was the man; but can't be positive. He went to Storehouse yard, where the bag was put. I follow'd him to an house there, where I saw the bag, marked as before; it was just by the door, which was open before he went to it. He went into the house; the bag stood on its end, he hove it down and took two pieces of ginger out, saying it was of the right sort, and would fetch them about an ounce a piece. He asked then who would stand porter, and James Herrington said he would not, but William Robertson said he would. Penprice then put it on Robertson's back, and they walked up the yard, the mark and number lying uppermost; I followed them, and Penprice said, Stop, let us turn the mark downwards; which they did. I followed them to Penprice's house, Shadwell, where the bag was carried down into the cellar. His house is about 300 yards from thence. I and James Herrington went into his cellar, and Penprice said if I would hold my tongue, I should have my share; Herrington and Penprice talked together all the way going along. It was put into the chimney, and bran or saw-dust put over it. I came out and went to Richard Taylor , an officer of the customs, and told him; after which I went down to the captain with the officer, and informed him of it, with the mark and number.
James Herrington . I was in one boat the 8th of July, about eleven at noon, and the other witness in another, at Bell Wharf, for the purpose of plying. I observed a boat shove from between the ship and lighter, and saw a large bundle lying in the boat head; it went to Storehouse yard, and I followed it in mine. I saw the man of the boat take a bag on his shoulder, and carry it into Storehouse yard, to a house; the mark I do not know. but I saw No. 3, such a bag as this produced. I did not see him carry it into the house. I shoved my boat stern on shore. After he had taken the bag out of the boat he asked if it was my property; I said no. Penprice was then in a boat along with Robertson; not above a quarter of an hour after he came out of the boat, and asked me what it was. I told him I could not tell, but would go and see. Then I rowed my boat to Bell Wharf, and stoved her, and went to Storehouse yard, and saw the bag standing in a house. He followed us to the house I found to be Clark's. Penprice took it and turned it down, and said, This is the right sort; and asked who would be porter. I said I would not; he then asked Robertson, who said he would. He put it on Robertson's back, and he carried it to some distance, with the mark and number upwards, so he turned it downward. Then he carried it to Penprice's cellar, and put it into one corner, with saw-dust or bran out of a basket upon it.
Ann Austine . The bag of ginger was brought into Clark's house on the 8th of July, betwixt ten and eleven in the day: it was set down on the right hand side, and had an I. and S. S. with a cross and figure of 3. I was there. Penprice followed it in about 5 minutes, with the 2 witnesses; those two stood at the door. Penprice turned the bag down, and breaking a hole put his finger in and took out some ginger, and said it was of the right sort; then broke a piece and flung it into the window. The numbers were towards the door when first set down.
Q. Was the bag of the size of this produced?
A. Austine. I think it was a little longer and whiter. He asked Herrington to carry it, and he refused it; then he asked Robertson, and he did; but in the middle of the yard, Penprice stopped him and turned the mark of the bag downwards.
Burnhill. I don't know the weight; some weigh 100 and some 60 pounds. I don't know the value of this ginger.
Q. from Penprice. Do you remember my coming to give information, and for a warrant concerning a bag of ginger?
Rose. He came to me for a warrant against one Richard Taylor , and said he had got a bag of ginger, and that Taylor had threatened to do some bodily harm to him, because he had stopped it; this was the 8th of July.
Q. Did he mention any thing against Clark?
Rose. No, he did not. My master said he would not grant this warrant on any condition, only on the account of some roguery being found out.
Guilty 39 s . *
The prisoner was servant to Gregory Wright , who is a stable-keeper and coach-master. These glasses were missing out of a coach he had the care of, belonging to Mr. Chamberlaine. He advertised them, and Shadrach Vendam produced them, which he deposed he bought of the prisoner.
The prosecutor is a cheesemonger in Milk-street market . It is usual for the waggons that bring his butter twice a week, to set it down in the morning in flats near his door, and depend on the care of a watchman till the shop is open. August the 22d he had two flats set down. The prisoner was observ'd to take one away, and was pursued, and taken with it upon him in Little Britain.
The prisoner said in his defence, he was to have sixpence for carrying it to the Bell in Smithfield, and was making the best of his way with it.
The prosecutor deposed the prisoner was his servant , and was intrusted to work up small things in the gold and silver way; that the prisoner took away half an ounce of gold without his knowledge. When he asked him where it was, he answered, he had carried it to the caster to be cast into a hook, but he never could find where, or what he did with it. It appeared to the court rather a breach of trust than a felony, and that there had been former quarrels between them.
See No. 572 in Cokayne's mayoralty, there the prisoner was evidence against the prosecutor.
Guilty 10 d .
Thomas Rose . Coming over London-bridge the 26th of July about a quarter after 10 at night, the prisoner came to my right side and put his hand in my coat pocket, looked me in the face at the time, and look out my handkerchief.
Q. Did he meet or follow you?
Rose. He followed me. He gave my handkerchief over his shoulder to another boy, there were three of them, then the other two made off. I laid hold of the prisoner. I had a friend about a dozen yards from me, I called out and told him I had been robbed of my handkerchief; he could not take the others. I both felt the prisoner and saw him deliver my handkerchief very plain.
Guilty 10 d .
442. (L.) Dorothy Churchman , widow , otherwise Elizabeth Row , was indicted for stealing 3 linen aprons, one linen handkerchief, one linen cap, and one linen shift , the goods of George Forbus , July 18 .
The prisoner chared at the prosecutor's house, and had taken the goods mentioned at sundry times, and pawned them, and upon her trial she owned the fact. Guilty .
John Humphrys . I live in Holbourn , above the bars, this day 7 night about 6 o'clock I came home, there was the prisoner sitting in my room, my wife was there. I asked him his business, he said he was come to buy my goods, and said my wife spoke to him about selling them; I told him I did not want to sell them, and desired him to go out of the room. Then he said there was a broker to come who would buy them. I desired him to go about his business, I went down to my landlady, then there came a broker and two porters through the passage and went up stairs, I followed them up; the broker said I am come to buy your goods. I said I am not going to sell them; the broker took his leave of me, saying, he hoped there was no harm done, and went away. The prisoner insisted upon staying there, and buying my goods, I told him if he'd not go I would make him, then he went away. Two days after we missed a pair of brass candlesticks, and by inquiring I found them at a broker's facing St. Andrew's Church, on Thursday last.
Q. When had you seen them before?
Humphrys. I believe they were on the mantle-piece in my room the day that the prisoner was there?
Ann Winter . I live in Holborn, facing St. Andrew's Church, I bought these two candlesticks of the prisoner at the bar last Monday, about six in the evening, I have seen him about a dozen times before.
I keep a house myself, I have many sufficient people to appear for me, they are not here, but if I had known I would have brought them, I can bring them tomorrow, or I can go and fetch one or two now.
Q. to Winter. How did he behave when he sold you the things?
A. Winter. Very sensibly. He came and said, here is a bargain for you; I looked at them and asked the price; he said upon the word of an honest man I gave twenty pence for them, and I will have two shillings of you if you have them. I have bought things of him two or three times before, he always behaved very sensibly.
444. (M.) Matth.ew Lea was indicted, for that he, together with one other person not yet taken, in a certain open place, near the king's highway, upon James Chalmers , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, one silver watch, val. 4 l. and 10 s. in money, the goods and money of the said James, from his person did steal, &c . July 4 .
James Chalmers . Saturday the 4th of July, about 5 in the morning, I intended to take a walk by the way of Kentish Town; in a field on the other side of Pancras church I saw two men about the middle of the field; the prisoner came cross the way as I was going and sat down by a ditch side. I went past him, and observed him so as to know him again. When I was gone about half way of the field, walking very slowly along, I heard a pattering of feet behind me: I turned myself round, and saw the prisoner and another man with him about 5 or 6 yards from me; they seemed to be in haste, I went on one side to let them come by; the prisoner pulled out a pistol with a brass barrel, clapped it to my breast, and desired me to deliver my money, or I was a dead man if I made any words. I told him I had but a very little, and if they were in earnest they should have a share of it. I put my hand in my pocket and took out about six peny worth of halfpence, which they refused. I put it in my pocket agai n; the prisoner lifted up the flap of my waistcoat and pulled out my watch and put it in his pocket.
Q. What watch was it?
Chalmers. It was a silver one. The other man stood over me with a large stick, and put his hand in my breeches pocket. I had thirteen guineas in one pocket, and about 14 s. in the other. I had two pockets on one side; he took his hand out of my pocket; I was afraid he had got hold of my gold. I took hold of his hand and desired him to let me see what he had got, saying, he must not have all, he must give me a part; he opened his hand, and I saw it was silver, which made me quite easy. Then the prisoner was for going, but the other seeing the gold of some bulk in my otherThomas Oakes , who was on horseback, left the prisoner in custody of some persons, and returned to see for the other person, but we could not find him; then we went to Islington, there I saw the prisoner in an alehouse, I knew him again. I asked him for my watch, he said he had no watch. Some of the company went into the bog-house and there found it. I told them the name was George Bruce , and described it before they shewed it me. I asked the prisoner what he had done with the pistol, he said the other man, who was his master, had taken that from him. He desired I'd be favourable to him, and seemed pretty much concerned, and owned the taking of the watch, and said it was the first fact.
Thomas Oakes . On the 4th of July in the morning about 5 o'clock I was in Pancras fields, going to fetch up the cows. He went on, and confirmed that of pursuing, with this addition, that the prisoner was stopped by two strangers in Islington town.
I have a good many friends to appear for my character, upon which he called James Whedal , Henry Pain , John Wells , William Right , Peter Rawley , Sephoreen Alkeen , and Joseph Britain , who gave him a good character.
Guilty . Death .
445. (M.) Mary Ireland , widow , was indicted for stealing one half pound weight of candles, one half pound weight of tea, one pound and a half of soap, four linen shirts, one quart bottle full of wine, one quart bottle full of cherry brandy, val. 1 s. the goods of Christopher Cooper , July 2 .
Elizabeth Hart . The prisoner came to our house to wash, I lived with Mr. Cooper, he lives in Brewer Street, Westminster . She went into the shop, I can't tell the day of the month, it was between the 28th of June and the 6th of July, I was along with her, she took down the canisters, and I took down some; she took half a pound of tea, some green and some bohea, half a pound all together, a pound and a half of soap, half a pound of candles, that was the first time. The second was the 24th of July in the night. I let her in and let her lay with me; I left her in the parlour, and while I went down in the kitchen, she pushed the lock back and got in the shop; and out of a little room, which is between the shop and parlour, she took two shirts, a quart bottle of wine, and a quart bottle of cherry brandy. The white wine belonged to a lodger in the house. She carried them out, and said, she'd go and pawn them to make a little money, but would return them again. My master and mistress missed the shirts, and she was taken up ; she owned she took the things, and sold the tea in German street and the soap for six pence, before justice Fielding. I lived there six weeks. I am married, my husband is a soldier. The two shirts produced in court. I know these to be my master's property.
Christopher Cooper . I took the prisoner up on the information of Elizabeth Hart , there she said she had taken the tea, soap, and candles , and had sold them. She likewise informed me that she took the two shirts and had pawned them, and where, upon which I went and found that they were my property.
This evidence gave me the two shirts to pledge for her, which I did, to buy a pair of shoes.
Guilty 10 d .
446, 447, 448, 449. (M.) Ann Edwards , spinster , Benjamin Edwards , Mary Edwards , widow , and Millicent Edwards , spinster , were indicted, the first for stealing one silver saucepan, val. 3 l. one gold chain for a watch, val. 3 l. four linen sheets, six linen napkins, val. 3 s. the goods of Elizabeth Griffis , widow , one silver watch with a tortoise shell case, val. 50 s. one silver milkpail, val. 20 s. one silver egg, val. 10 s. two dimitty petticoats, val. 4 s. one silver snuff box, val. 10 s. a tweezer case, the goods of Diana Barker , widow , in the dwelling house of the said Elizabeth Griffis , July 2 . The other three for receiving part of the said goods, knowing them to have been stolen , July 3 .
Elizabeth Griffis . Ann Edwards was a servant with me almost two years, as a nurse and chamber maid . My plate was ordered to be got together to be cleaned on the middle of July. I missed a silver saucepan, which had not been used during the time she had been in my service; it was not under lock and key, the key was lost. I inquired of her, after I had looked about, where it was, she said, I'll go and look for it; she went to the place where it should have been, and returned again and said it was not there. What, said I, have you moved it, and where? She said indeed, madam, I have took it to keep Benjamin out of prison, and if I would let her go out, she would go and find it. She returned and said it should be got some time the next day. I missed a silver watch and a gold chain fixed to it, which had been a constant plaything for the little girl; I asked what was become of them, she said she had taken and given them to Milley. We missed other things by looking about, a silver milk pail for a tea table, a silver egg, a play-thing of the child. She pretended she knew nothing of them. Then she went and fetched Millicent. After that we missed 4 sheets, and 6 napkins.
William Child produces the goods mentioned. She deposes they are her property, except the watch, the egg and the milk pail. They never were out of my house to my knowledge till she took them away. I knew the sheets were in a store chest about two months ago. I have seen the silver saucepan in the house since she lived with me. I kept her in the house endeavouring to find out the things. I got a constable and took her before the justice ; there she owned all, that she had taken the things she was charged with. Her sister Millicent was taken before the justice at the same time, and was charged with having received them from her sister, and pawning them. She cried and told us the linen was at Mr. Figg's, the saucepan at one Mrs. Hunt's in Orchard street ; I can't say she said she received them, but she did not deny it. The mother came to my house the morning after the discovery, and said she was sorry, and asked ten thousand pardons. She denied seeing any thing.
Diana Barker . I am daughter to Mrs. Griffis, I live with her. I lost a silver watch with a tortoiseshell case, a silver milk pail, two dimitty petticoats, one tweezer case, and one silver snuff-box. I did not miss these things till the beginning of July. I asked Ann Edwards what was become of them; she owned she had taken them, and lent them to her sister Millicent to pawn, that Millicent came to her in her brother's name. She was sent for the next morning, I charged her with receiving them of her sister and pawning them; she acknowledged the charge, and promised to bring them again. She said some was at Mrs. Hunt's in Orchard street; at that time we could get no more out of her. I was with her before Justice Lediard, Ann confessed there she was guilty of taking the things mentioned in the search warrant which was read to her. She said she had delivered them to Millicent. Millicent owned she had received those things from her sister. The brother and mother were then taken up; she confessed where the plate and chain were; that she had told their distresses to her sister, who had lent her the things and she had pawned them. She likewise confessed that the watch and chain were at Mrs. Sugg's in the Bowling Alley. I think the two dimitty petticoats and silver pail were in Pye street. The mother denied she knew any thing of the matter; then the son denied it, but he afterwards said he knew of it, and that when he was ill, Ann cried to him to have the things taken out, upon which he raised some money and got them out. She looks at the silver watch, this I saw in March last. The silver milk pail, silver snuff-box, and tweezer I saw in Jan or Feb. They are my property.
William Chip . I am a constable. On the 25th of July I was applied to, to take up Ann Edwards . I apprehended her. When I brought her to justice Lediard, she owned the charge laid against her, and cried, and said, had it not been for her sister's persuasion she should not have done it; and said, she feared it would come to this at last, that she never should get the things again.
Q. Done what?
Chip. Taken the things and delivered them to her sister Milley. Then I took the other three. Millicent said before the justice that her sister Ann delivered them to her, and she had pawned them. She went with me to Orchard-street to Mrs. Hunt's, there I found a silver saucepan, a tweezer, and two white petticoats. At Mr. Pearson's in Long Ditch I found the silver milk pail, and at Mr. Sugg's a Cornchandler, in Bowling alley, I found a tortoise-shell watch, and a gold chain. In Pye street, one petticoat and four aprons; at Mr. Figg's in Peter-street two pair of sheets, six napkins, four pillowbears, a silver snuff-box, and a silver egg. These goods produced are the same I found.
Mrs. Hunt. I only know Millicent. I keep a pawnbroker's shop; she brought the silver saucepan three several times within the compass of two years; the last time was the 28th of February. She laid it in the name of Mary Edwards , and said it was her mother's. I lent her two guineas always on it. She brought the tweezer case; that had been pawned a year last August; and two dimitty under petticoats.
Mrs. Figg. I keep a pawnbroker's shop, and know the three women. Millicent chiefly brought things to me; a silver snuff-box, a silver egg, two pair of sheets, and six napkins; Mary, the mother, brought one of the napkins. They always pawned them as hers and her mother's; Mary only desired so much money. Some was brought September was twelvemonth, some in February, some in May, and some in June. They did bear a good character.
I never saw any thing but the watch.
I never did any thing with a design to wrong them, but with an intent to bring them again; it was necessity; being out of place, that obliged me to do it.
Mr. Wright. I have known them twelve or fourteen years, but never heard any thing amiss of them before this unhappy affair.
Mrs. Fleetwood. I have known them six or seven years, they have a general good character.
Mr. Maudlin. I have known them about twelve years, but never knew any ill of them before.
Mrs. Symons. I have known them about twelve or fourteen years. They are very honest, but very poor.
Ann guilty of stealing, but not in the dwelling house , Benjamin acquitted , Mary guilty , Millicent guilty.
Stephen Rutherford . On the 27th of August, about ten in the morning, the prisoner came on board the Lion, a collier, lying near St. James's stairs ; the silver buckles mention'd were lying on a chest on the half deck. He staid there till about five or six at night; I missed my buckles about half an hour after he was gone. I had a suspicion; I went to him on shore and took him, and then carried him before Justice Bury. As we were going from the Justice to New Prison, he confessed he took them out of the ship, and had slung them over board, for fear of being discovered. Henry Cooper and Thomas Chapman were with him before the Justice, and they confirmed that of his confession.
The prisoner in his defence said, they teazed him so that he thought of saying he had flung them overboard, thinking then they would decline the prosecution. He called upon the evidences for a character; Mr. Cooper said he had a good character, but he had not known any thing of him for a year past. Chapman said he always bore a good character, and he had known him a dozen years.
Walter Holmes deposed, he saw the two prisoners lying in a gravel pit, with two bags by them; he suspected they had been cutting off the manes of horses, having before lost some, and questioned them what they had in their bags. That How got up with a stone in each hand, and answered,
The three ducks and drake appeared in court, and without variation or hesitation gave evidence against the two prisoners, as they had done before when in confinement in the gravel pit; after which their respective owners deposed to them as their property.
The prisoners in their defence said, they found them in a bag lying under a hedge , and a bag with bottles in it lying by them.
Holmes , in answer to that, said, that before the Justice How said he had been to his wife's mother, and she gave them to him.
How called four people, who gave him a good character; and Plowman one, who said he had a good character, but could give no account of him for six years last past.
Both guilty 10 d .
453. (M.) Samuel Watkins was indicted for that he on the 22nd of August , about the hour of six in the morning, the dwelling house of Charles Povey did break and enter, no person being therein; and one gold ring, val. 5 s. one guinea, one half guinea, and thirty shillings and sixpence, in money number'd, did steal, &c .
Charles Povey . I am a gardener , and live at Hammersmith . The prisoner lodged at my house, with his wife, in ready furnished lodgings, some months; they quitted it two nights before the robbery was done, which was on the 22nd of August; he gave me no warning when he went away. On the Friday night he came again, and desired I'd let him lie there that night; his wife came that day at noon and paid for their lodging, and gave me two-pence for it. He staid there in the former lodging. I called him in the morning, as he had desired, about five, and took my leave of him in the yard ; he went as tho' he was going for London. I have no family at all, there was only he. I, and Jeffery Mills had lain in the house that night; we were all gone out, and I had lock'd the outward door, and my chamber door, and had the keys in my pocket. I have no shutters to my windows, but am sure the casement that he got in at was hasped; I looked out at the window to see what weather it was, and shut and hasped it again; there were no panes broke. I was told the prisoners was seen going in at my window about six o'clock on that morning. I was then in the fields. I came home and unlocked my outward door; the window was shut, not hasped then, and a pane of glass broke in it. I lifted up Baymont to get in at the window; he came down one pair of stairs, and unbolted the door; then Dancer and Baymont went up to this chamber ; I followed them. Then they went up into the garret, and saw nobody there; we then went down again into my chamber. I found the lock of the chamber door broke, and Dancer saw a key lying in the window, which I left in my breeches pocket; that was the key of a trunk where my money was. I took it and unlocked the trunk; there was no money left. There was one guinea, one half guinea, one five shilling piece, and the rest in silver, in all three pounds two shillings. I had one gold ring in the same trunk, that was gone; I saw them all on the Friday morning lying there, but did not tell it. I desired my master to ride after this man, and I'd follow. The prisoner's wife came as I was going out of the house, and asked for her husband; I seized her. I went up to put a coat on in my chamber; there I picked up a handkerchief, produced in court; it belongs to the prisoner who owned it before the justice; and I know it to be his handkerchief. I walked to London with the woman; we took her before the justice. When he found his wife was in confinement, he came to my house on the Sunday night, and threatened me for taking away his good name; then I charged two men with him; carrying him away, he got from us, and ran two hundred yards before taken again. He had parted with his apparel, and bought others. I never saw any of my things again.
Thomas Baymont . On Saturday morning last was fortnight, about five o'clock. I was going to my master's by the prosecutor's house; it was light. I saw a man creeping in at the prosecutor's chamber window; I was within thirty or forty yards of him. I went on and told my master, and that he looked like the prisoner, but could not be sure. He was in a sort of a dark coloured coat. My master told the prosecutor ; we all went to the house. He unlocked the door, but could not get in. Then he helped me up on a shed, and I got in at the window; I went down and unbolted the door, and master and he went up together.
N. B. In a few days will be published Part II.
In the 26th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. PART II. of NUMBER VII. for the Year 1752. BEING THE Second SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the Right Honourable Robert Alsop , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
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King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery held for the City of London, &c.
THE prisoner came to my house on Friday morning, about nine o'clock, and call'd for a pint of beer, and pulled out a handful of silver, and said if any body wanted him, he was gone down to Billingsgate.
I went out on the Saturday morning, and left the prosecutor and another man in the house. I heard at Kensington he had got a warrant to take me up, and went to know of him for what. He stopped me. I worked for Mr. Dancer last summer; please to ask him my character.
Dancer. He and his wife worked with me from three weeks before Easter. I contracted with them for eleven shillings per week. I found him an industrious fellow, so gave him another shilling per week.
Elizabeth Seniard , wife to Benjamin, was at work in cleaning a garret, and had left her handkerchief hanging on a chair, at the house of Mr. Wichurch in Piccadilly . A gentleman that lodged in the house sent the prisoner up for his trunk into that room. She missed her handkerchief after he came down. She followed him into Lambeth marsh, and charged the prisoner with it; he at first denied it, but upon threatening him he took it out of his pocket, and gave it her. Produced in court, and deposed to.
The prisoner in his defence said, he found it on the second landing place on the stairs.
Guilty 10 d .
Robert Roberts . I am a salesman in Rosemary Lane . I went out on the 20th of June; when I returned, I missed a silk brocade waistcoat, which I left on a shelf under the care of Richard Burks; he was my servant. I advertised it on the third of July, and on the fourth a pawnbroker brought it to my shop. Produced in court, and deposed to. I desired him to detain the person that brought it if he came again. The day after he went again, and there was detained, and I sent for.
Richard Burks . I was servant to Mr. Roberts at that time. I made this waistcoat out of two old ones for Mr. Roberts; I am certain it is his property. It was in his shop upon the twentieth of last June. It had hung out, but rain came, and I took it in again. The prisoner came in and asked for a linen waistcoat and black breeches. I had none, but went, as is usual, to get them at another shop, and when I returned he was gone.
The prisoner in his defence said, it was given him by a Captain of an Indiaman. Guilty .
456. (L.) Jane Hoolford was indicted for stealing one linen shirt, val. 20 s. the property of the right honourable Lord John Dilmine , and one napkin, val. 6 d. the property of John Mirehouse , August 22 . Guilty .
William Newton was indicted for stealing nine pounds of iron nails, val. 2 s. 6 d. the goods of John Taylor , Sept. 16 .
The prosecutor is a carpenter ; The prisoner worked with him, the prosecutor happened to find his coat to be heavy, as he went to move it from the place where it was laid. He look'd and found there was this quantity of nails; he let them abide there. When the prisoner was going to dinner with his coat on, his master stopped him in the street, and sent for a constable; they were found in his pocket, and he own'd it to his master on his knees, and asked pardon.
The prisoner in his defence said, he was going to Tower-street to use them in a job for his master. The prosecutor to that said, there were no men employed in Tower-street at that time. He said he had a job there, but he would not have wanted that quantity, and there were flooring brads in his pocket, tho' no flooring to be done in the job.
Guilty 10 d .
John Bradshaw . I live beyond Algate , in London, the prisoner worked for me, he had been at work for the train of artillery under me; his book answered to mine, of what I gave out and he brought in. I found myself a loser, but did not mistrust him more than others. I never delivered any goods to be made but what was ready cut, and they lay in the cutting room.
Q. Is your cutting room part of your dwelling house?
Bradshaw It is. I believe what I lost were no part of what I delivered out to him to make up. I frightened him one night by saying I would search his lodgings, upon which account very likely he carried them out. My son in law, Thomas Fothergall , told me some of my goods were at the house of Welch. I went there with two or three people that knew them, there I found 7 linings for coats, above 18 yards of shalloon, some red cloth, the same we make the drummers coats on for the artillery at Woolwich, about 5 or 6 shillings a yard, 3 coats ready cut for matrosses, the least as can make one must be two yards and a quarter, all blue cloth, at about 6 s. per yard.
Q. When did you see it in your dwelling house?
Bradshaw. I can't tell that.
The red cloth produced, and deposed to as part be lost. The others were made up and delivered. All that I lose I am obliged to make good. He was carried before Sir Samuel Gore , there he said my son-in-law gave him this red cloth, and that one Irish Tom left the other cloth and shalloon at his house.
Joseph Welch . On monday morning the 15th of June the prisoner's daughter brought a bundle of rags to my yard at the Rose and Crown, Catharine-wheel Alley, Whitechapel. It was these things put up in rags. She came again in about two hours and desired to put them into the cellar, that was not granted. Then she went and hid them in a coalshed. The next day we laid in some coals, and the men in removing some boards found the bundle. There was cloth cut out for three coats, and linings for them, and a piece of red cloth. The prisoner's wife came to demand them of me the 16th of June, and threatened me if I would not deliver them. Mr. Bradshaw came to me and asked me if I had such cloth. Mr. Bradshaw's son came and said he was the person that cut it out, so I delivered them to him.
Thomas Fothergall . I am son-in law to the prosecutor, the prisoner's daughter came to me and desired that I would go to her father, for he was in a little trouble. I went with her to Welch's house, she told me they had stopped some of her father's work. They finding that I was not the master I went and fetched my father. Then they delivered two drummers linings, this bit of red cloth, and some coats ready cut out. He said I gave him the red cloth, but I did not.
The last witness gave me 17 coats to make up, and the red cloth to make up the first two coats; I made up the coats without it, so saved the piece. There was a man that worked for him left three coats in my room, and went away. I put them together and desired my daughter to carry them to Bradshaw and tell him I would not work any more for him. She left them at Mr. Welch's house, when she went for the things to carry, as I had directed, and they stopped them.
458. (M.) Mary Hurley . spinster , was indicted for stealing one holland shift, val. 1 s. two linen handkerchiefs, three linen ruffles, two caps, one black satin hat, one paper hat, one shade, one yellow satin gown, one brown silk gown , the goods of Catherine Symons , July 23 .
Margaret Holsted . Between 11 and 12 o'clock at night, the 22d of July, I saw the prisoner coming along the Strand with a great bundle in her lap, she called me on one side, and wanted to know where she could pawn a sack, and took it out of the bundle in her apron. What else was there I know not.
Thomas Lambeth . I am a watchman of St. Martin's parish, in the Strand, On the 22d of July, betwixt 11 and 12 at night I stopped the prisoner with a parcel loose in her apron near Bullin court ; she said she was going to a place, and went into Exeter street to her own mother's door. Mrs. Turner came up to me, and told me the prisoner had got some things of hers. I carried her to the constable.
Samuel Green. I am constable. The prisoner, with the things loose in her apron, was brought to the watch-house by the last evidence. She seemed much confused, and said very little.
I was hired a weekly servant in this house for 2 s. When I had been there about three days, my dinner did not agree with me, and my mistress gave me a glass of brandy, and the other young lady gave me two or three glasses of wine, and I was so much in liquor that I can't tell whether I took the things or they put them in my apron.
Mr. Birmingham and his wife, and Mr. Caswell and his wife, appeared, and gave her a good character, exclusive of this affair.
There was another indictment against her.
John Jones . I live in Beaufort Buildings . I thought I often missed whalebone, but did not find it out till the 27th of June. I was gone that day to Chelsea; when I returned I was informed that I had been robbed by my other servants of a quantity of bone, they could not tell by who. There came in Henry Archer , who told me he saw the prisoner with some bone on his back, all dirty. I went and got a warrant, and then went to the alehouse in Change Court, where he lodged. I took him before Justice Fielding; he owned nothing. This was on Saturday, and on the Monday after came a porter. (He is since dead of the small pox.) Then Mrs. Taylor, behind St. Clement's church, came and said, she had some whalebone, and a letter, which she said she had received; it is directed to her, at the Little Blue Anchor. She said she bought the goods of the prisoner. I missed twenty-five pounds, and this weighs twenty odd pounds. Produced in court.
Mary Taylor . I live on the backside St. Clement's, and am a piece-broker. I know the prisoner, and have bought goods of him; I bought this whalebone of him. It was advertised the 30th of June; I bought it the Saturday before; it was brought by a porter in soldiers cloaths; the prisoner came with him. I asked him whether he came honestly by it, he said he had it to sell for one in the Strand; it weighed twenty three pounds and a half, the half pound I did not pay for. Two men brought me a letter on Sunday night; I do not know who wrote it. After hearing it was advertised, I went to Mr. Jones, and told him I had bought some bone at that time.
William Naylor . I am very well acquainted with the prisoner's hand writing, and have seen him write scores of times. (He looks at the letter.) Upon my oath I can say this is his hand writing. He wrote sometimes large, and sometimes small.
Q. to Mrs. Taylor. Do you know this letter?
Mrs. Taylor. This was brought to me by two men on Sunday night.
The letter read to this purport:
To Madam Taylor, at the Small Blue Anchor, behind St. Clement's Church.
June 28, 1752.
I desire you will keep yourself to yourself, according to the bone you received of me last Saturday, and say you know nothing of the matter, nor will know any thing of the matter, and I will be bound never to bring any thing that will prove any thing against you, as it will be advertised.
Yours to command, P. F.
Nailor. I did.
Q. How long was it before you heard Mr. Jones had been robbed ?
Archer. About two hours. It was long slips, he had it on his shoulder, with both his hands round it; it was like this bundle here produced. He turned round towards Charing Cross.
I never saw the woman before that says I sold her the whalebone. I was at the back of this warehouse, but it was to get a person to be bail for Nailor. He called ten persons to his character, who gave him a very good one.
Guilty of felony only .
461. (M.) John Dalton was indicted for that he on the 27th of April , about the hour of two in the afternoon, the dwelling house of William Hughes did break and enter, no person being therein, and one cloth coat, val. 10 s. one hat, val. 3 s. one pair of ticken breeches, four pair of worsted stockings, two rasors, and one linen shift, the goods of William Hughes ; also one cloth coat , and one waistcoat, the goods of John Peak , did steal, &c .
Guilty of felony only .
Guilty 10 d .
464. (M) Sarah Osbourne , spinster , was indicted for stealing one linen shirt val. 1 s. 6 d. the property of Edward Roberts , one linen shirt the roperty of William Waters , and 6 linen shirts and one waistcoat , the goods of John Morris , July 3 .
The goods mention'd were missing from out of the house of Roberts in Denmark-street , the prisoner had carried the things to Mrs. Hugoe's, in Johnson's-change, Rosemary-lane to sell. She suspected they were not honestly come by, so stop'd them and had them advertis'd. The prosecutors own'd them. Produced in court and deposed to.
The prisoner in her defence said, she found them in Burlington street in a bundle.
Guilty 10 d
John Barras . I met with these two ladies in holborn, July 24. they asked me to give them a dram. We went to a house in St. Giles's , in a room up stairs, I spent half a crown on them, they said I had better go to bed as I was drunk, so I pull'd my breeches off and put my watch down in my fobb, and put them under my head, they were both upon the bed with me. After that, in about 5 minutes, Purple went down stairs, the other said, she will not come up again, I'll go for her, so she went, and I heard one say upon the stairs, has he miss'd it yet. Then I took my breeches and felt, and said, I do miss it, and ran down stairs without my breeches and seiz'd Masters; Purple got off. Then I went up stairs and put on my breeches, and got a constable and some watchmen: they went up stairs and search'd but could not find it; somebody said look, under the bed. They then went up and found it there on the floor.
Both Acquitted .
Guilty Death .
468, 469. (M.) Anne Coakley otherwise Buck spinster , and Eliz Beach , spinster , were indicted for stealing one gold necklace, val. 40 s. three gold rings, one iron snuff-box, one silk purse, and fifty five shillings in money number'd, the goods of William Warren , secretly from the person of Mary, wife to the said William , August 10 .
Mary Warren deposed, she and the two prisoners were drinking punch together till she was very fuddl'd on the 10th of August. That afterwards, when she came to herself she missed the money mention'd, and purse. Will. her husband deposed, the prisoner Coakley deliver'd all the things, except the money and purse when he came to take care of his wife; that she took the chain from her neck searing she should be strangled in her liquor.
Both Acquitted .
John Bowman was indicted for stealing one coral mounted with silver, and one linen sheet , the goods of Duncan Livington , July 1 .
The prosecutor lives at the King's Head in Chelsea . July the 1st he met the prisoner coming down his stairs with a bundle under his arm; he went out of the house. When they went to make the bed the sheet was missing They took the prisoner up. The sheet was found where the prisoner had pawn'd it. Produced in court and deposed to. The coral was not found again.
The prisoner in his defence said he took the sheet from a whore near Buckingham Gate.
Guilty 10 d .
471, 472. (M.) Eliz. Pinckin, spinster , otherwise wife of Charles Cross , and Mary wife of Edward Eyres , were indicted for stealing one tea-kettle, one box-iron, one heater, two linen frocks, one pint copper pot , the goods of Daniel Booriough , Aug. 6 .
Both Acq .
473. (M.) Samuel Chauntery was indicted for stealing one lawn gown, val. 10 s. the property of Henrietta Williams , one cloth cloak, 2 linen caps, one pair of lawn sleeves, one pair of cambrick ruffles , the goods of Mary Rogers , widow , July 18 .
The prisoner in his defence said, he heard the cry of stop thief, and going in pursuit of him should have taken him had he not been stop'd.
Henry Druet , and Sarah Hooper , who live in Grafton-street where the thief ran thro', deposed, the evidence Anne Davis stop'd near their doors, living over-against each other, and could not be near the prisoner when taken. He called six people who gave him the character of an honest and industrious person.
474. (M.) Robert Rogers was indicted for stealing four holland shirts val. 40 s. one table cloth val. 3 s. the goods of Joseph Williams , one linen shift, and one linen apron , the goods of Sarah Price , March 16 .
Sarah Price is servant with Joseph Williams , she put up this and more linen together to be carried down from St. James's street to Black-lion stairs for Charles Andrews a Hammersmith's waterman carry there to be wash'd. Andrews employs one Henry Paget a Black-lion-stairs waterman to fetch it. Paget went with the prisoner, and by Paget's order desired her to deliver the linen to the prisoner to carry, he having a Lamper of bottles to carry himself. The prisoner took an opportunity of going behind Paget to run away with the bundle. He was afterwards taken up and confessed he did steal them. Some of the goods found, produced in court and deposed to.
475. (M.) Nathaniel Swething , was indicted for stealing one quart bottle of arrack, one quart bottle of usquebaugh, one quart bottle of rum, one quart bottle of brandy, two quart bottles of mountain wine, and two quart bottles of red port wine , the goods of Edward Shepcutt , August 27 .
The Prosecutor deposed, he was walking over London-bridge , the prisoner came close by his side, his apron was tuck'd up about him, she took hold of his watch string and pull'd the watch out of his pocket by violence and ran away. That he saw the watch when in her hand, and also saw and felt her pull it out.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person .
Both acquitted .
Andrew Loianean appear'd in court and deposed them to be the property of one Mr. Marval; the jury could not but acquit him upon this indictment, and detained him to be tried upon another indictment next sessions .
Grace Gates , the younger , Grace Gates , the elder , and William Nun , were indicted for the murder of a male bastard child, brought forth from the body of Grace Gates , the younger , March 8 .
She likewise stood charged on the coroner's inquisition.
The child was found in a pond with a brick-bat tied to its neck, but there was no evidence that affected other of the prisoners, but that all the evidences examined were of opinion that> it was still born.
All three acquitted .
She stood charged also upon the coroner's inquisition for the said murder.
It appeared the prisoner denied her being either married or with child the day before she was delivered. The child was found in a box, in her room, dead, on the 22nd of July. All the evidences deposed there were no marks of violence upon it. She in her defence said it was her first child, was taken in labour sooner than expected, and being surprized, had not proper assistance as is necessary. She called the person who was ordered to search her room, who produced a quantity of child-bed linen; and called Mr. Clark, who lives in the Temple, who depos'd, she came to him about two months ago and told him her case; and that he would assist her in speaking to a surgeon to help her; and that a Jamaica gentleman, one Mr. Roberts, was the father. James Mophat deposed, that one Mr. Roberts, who is now gone to Jamaica, had applied to him to assist a young woman with proper conveniences, who he expected would be delivered of a child about Christmas, but did not mention the prisoner's name.
487, 488. (M.) Randolph Branch and William Descent , were indicted for that they, on the king's highway, on Joseph Brown did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, one silver watch, val. 4 l. the property of John Sheen , and five shillings in money number'd, the money of the said Joseph, did steal, take, &c . August 9 .
Joseph Williams . On the 9th of August at night, about ten o'clock, I was standing at my own door in Wiltshire-lane, St. John's Wapping . I saw Joseph Brown , whom I knew before, lying>with his head fixed in the middle of the kennel on his right side; upon taking him up I found him all over of a gore blood, and made me as bloody as if I had dipt my hands in a pail of blood. He gave a very great sigh, I asked him if his name was Brown, he said yes. Then I asked him, if he lived at the sign of the King's Head, at Mr. Lowrey's, he said yes. I and the landlady of the King's Head took him there, which was about ten yards of, then Mr. Pell, a surgeon, was sent for, who came and dressed him. The landlady desired me to examine his breeches, which I did I turned the pockets, and found nothing but a pencil in a side pocket.
Francis Backwell . Mr. Brown was clerk at the brew-house where I belong. I heard of this melancholly affair of his being knock'd down and robbed. I went and found him alive, but in a very bad condition, in bed mangled, with his cloaths all extremely bloody, and speechless. His face all over black, his mouth so beat that it could hardly open, and all bloody; his head was bound up, the surgeon having been with him. I consulted a friend what to do in this affair; he told me, there were proper persons for that. After which there came five or six thief catchers to the brew-house, I told them I had a suspicion of a person : they took up one Spanish Jack (the person who was an accomplice with, and evidence against, Antho. de Rosa, for the murder of a man near the Barking Dogs) and brought him to the brew-house. He confessed he knew of the affair, and that four of them went out at that time upon the Scamp, as they call it. After that they took Branch and lock'd him up, then I went down with them to Deptford, and there they took up three more Descent was one of them. Coming up by water he acknowledged he was in the robbery, but denied he knock'd Mr. Brown down. We brought him up, and had him into a summer-house in the garden, he then said, he himself being-lame, Branch took the stick, being nimbler than he, ran up and knock'd him down at the corner of Virginia-street.
Backwell. They acknowledged afterwards another attempt they made that night. I will not be positive whether they might mistake the one for the other, but I talked to him and Branch too of the affair of Brown only. Descent said, he robbed a gentleman near Well close square, of a watch and five shillings, but did not mention the name. We took them both before Justice Manwaring, where they wanted each of them to be admitted an evidence. His worship told them he would not admit either, if they had any thing to say before him they might. They were examined apart, each acknowledged this robbery. Descent was examined first, he said Branch knock'd him down. Branch, when he was examined, said Descent knock'd him down. Branch acknowledged that he himself took the watch and five shillings from him, and that he took three keys from his pocket, and afterwards flung them away. We found one in Well-close square, it was bloody. Mr. Brown had been out from the Sunday morning. I did not know that he had a watch, or what money he had about him.
Robert Pell . I am a surgeon. I was called in to attend Mr. Brown on Sunday the 9th of August, about eleven o'clock at night. I found him with several wounds on his head, one large one under his left eye; the arteries were divided, his head and face very much swelled. I thought the wounds must be given with nothing less then the bar of a window, as they appeared to be given with a blunt weapon, for they were bruises. I was the next day with him, then there came an account, that the people that were supposed to do it were taken. They were carried into a back room in the garden, there I saw Descent, Branch was not then in hearing, he acknowledged himself to be one of the people that did the fact. I desired he would let me know with what weapon these wounds were given, because it might be of some service to me in the course of my attendance in healing those wounds. There was a large oaken stick produced by one of the people that had taken him. Descent told me, he believed the gentlman was knock'd down with that stick (produced in court, it was a large oaken stick, quite out of size, being over large, with a knob to it). Descent also told me this piece was broke out in striking the blow (a splinter from out of the knob), the stick then was bloody. Descent then shew'd me his knees, and said, you see I am not fit to enter into these exploits, I got into the company of young Branch and he has lead me into the fact. I asked him how it was done, he said, they were coming along by the end of Virginia-street, and saw a gentleman before them.
Q. Did he mention the time of night?
Pell. I believe he did not. Upon seeing him. Descent said, that Branch snatch'd the stick out of his hand, and made use of such an expression as this, I will shew you how to knock a man down, upon which he knock'd the gentleman down. I was with him afterwards before Justice Manwaring, then they were examined apart; there Descent was pretty near in the same story. Branch I think, said, they were coming along, and either he or Descent said, there is a mark; upon which Descent went up, and gave him a wipe or a lick, or some such term, and kept paying him over the head, while I put my hand in his pocket and took out his watch and money. Then Mr. Backwell asked him about some keys, he said he had taken some but had thrown them away coming along.
Justice Manwaring. On Monday the tenth of August, in the afternoon, the two prisoners at the bar were brought before me. Mr. Backwell had told me he suspected they had done murder. I desired they might be kept back that I might examine them one by one. Descent was brought in first, I asked him what he had to say for himself about the charge laid against him in robbing and murdering Mr. Brown. He said he met Renney Branch at the house of Mrs. Stitchbourne in Rag fair, about five o'clock on Sunday night, who asked him to go into the fields. He went with him and one Roberts, from an alehouse where they had some beer. Going along they met a man and Branch knock'd him down in the fields, and took from him a knife and threepence; that he found fault with him for robbing the man, saying to him, if you want money I have money, why did you abuse him. After this they went into an alehouse, in Ratcliff-high-way, there Roberts left him, and betwixt nine and ten o'clock Branch and he went out together; and going by the end of Virginia-street, leading to Wiltshire-lane.
Q. to Williams. How far from Virginia-street did you find Mr. Brown lying?
Williams. Virginia-street is, I believe, about a hundred yards from Well-close square, and we found him about twenty yards from Virginia-street in Wiltshire-lane.
The Justice continues. Branch said to him with an imprecation, D - n his eyes, here is a mark, and twitched the stick out of his hand, stepped up toWat Roberts left them. About nine or ten they went from that house ; and as they were going along, Descent said to him, with several imprecations, the first man he met he'd knock his brains out if he had no more money than the man they met before. When they came a little beyond the end of Virginia-street, they met a man. Descent knock'd him down, and he never spoke afterwards. He hit him several blows after he was down, and bid him [that is Branch] take out his watch and money, which he said he did. That he blamed him for beating the man so much, and desired him to let him alone. Then they went into Well Close Square; there they met a man and knocked him down. That he cried out, and the neighbours got to their doors; so they ran away, and got nothing from him.
Sheen [He looks upon it.] This is my watch, which I had lent to Mr. Brown.
Macdonald. On the Monday after the robbery I went to Stitchbourne's house; there Branch was in bed, just getting up. Descent had made his escape to Deptford. After we had secured Branch in a place of safety, we went to Deptford and found Descent; after Branch was carried to the Tower jail. He bid me take up Mrs. Stitchbourne, and wanted to be admitted an evidence. He told me the watch was disposed of to Mrs. Stitchbourne for twenty-four or twenty-five shillings. Descent said at Deptford, he wish'd he could be made an evidence, and that he sold the watch for twenty-five shillings to Stitchbourne. I took Stitchbourne up; the justice ordered us to keep her by herself, and so to come at the watch. I kept her a day at my room; she sent a girl for the watch, who brought it and delivered it to her and me, she wanted to have me swear against the girl; she own'd she bought it for twenty five shillings.
Elizabeth Hall. I lived at Mrs. Stitchbourne's, Branch and Descent came there about five o'clock the ninth of August, in the afternoon, and asked if she would buy any thing if they could steal it; she said she had trusted to Branch, and might as well again as before, as he had had it in his power to hurt her, and did not. They came again the same night between ten and eleven, all in a sweat; I was standing at the door talking to three young fellows. The prisoners went into the house, and to the inward room to my mistress: the young fellows went and peeped through a crack in the window shutter. I went in and bid my mistress draw the curtain; she was looking at the works of a silver watch; after that they called for a pint of beer. Mary Dormer , a lodger in the house, fetch'd it from the alehouse, and I was ordered to bring it into the room, which I did. I heard them ask thirty shillings for the watch, and heard her say, no, but five and twenty. They lay at that house ; after they went up to bed, they had words. Descent charged Branch with having two watches; I thought they would have went to fighting. Spanish Jack went up with intent to part them, and heard their whole discourse. I saw Mrs. Stitchbourne the next morning give them a golden guinea, and said she would make it up another time ; I went and changed the guinea, and gave the money into Branch's hands. I brought half a pint of rum. Branch had sixteen shillings and six pence.
Alice Dormer . I lived at Mrs. Stitchbourne's, and remember the prisoners coming on a Sunday in August, about five o'clock. I was lying with my head upon, the table, and Mrs. Stitchbourne was in bed. They went into the room to her; I heard them say they were to go out upon the lay,Betty Thomas to bring in. On the Thursday following she was at Mr. Macdonald's house ; she sent to me in the morning to bring her a clean gown, I had not returned home above a quarter of an hour before she sent a boy to desire me to come up again : then she desired me to go and get a watch of Peggy Lloyd in Drury-lane, which I did.
Walter Roberts . On Sunday the ninth of August, about eight at night, the two prisoners and I were together. In the middle of the fields they stopp'd a man, and took from him some halfpence and a knife. Then we went into Ratcliff Highway, and called for some beer; there I left them. About five or six stones throw from Well Close Square, a little before nine, they both had sticks in their hands; Descent had the large stick produced here, which he shewed to me the next morning after he had knocked down the brewer's clerk, and said a splinter came out here at the time ( puting his finger to an open place in the nob.) That he beat him over the head, and took a watch and some silver from him.
Edward Holt . On Sunday the ninth of August, the two prisoners were coming through Well Close Square. I saw Branch for one, and he bid me stand. I endeavoured to give him a blow with my cane. At the same time there came up one or two of his accomplices and knocked me down; but people coming to my assistance, they ran away without taking any thing from me. He shewed two large scars on the left side of his head, the wounds made at that time.
Joseph Crane . I parted, with Descent the ninth of August, in the back lane near Well Close Square. In the morning we appointed to meet, to go to Deptford. I came according to my promise in the morning; he called up Roberts, between eight and nine o'clock; at Prince Frederick's head. When we were there, a man said a robbery had been committed near Well Close Square, and the man so beat that he was not likely to live. Going along, Descent shewed me the stick, and a piece out of the head of it, and when we came to take water, he shew'd it me again, and said, It was I that did that job in Well Close Square last night.
Q. What did you understand by that job?
Crane. I understood it to be what the man said in the alehouse of abusing a man.
I went away out of the back lane about four o'clock that afternoon, and lay on ship at Deptford all night. I went with intent to enter on board her. There I met with some of my shipmates. and was drinking a pot of beer next morning, when they came and took me.
I came into Mrs. Stitchbourne's house in the evening, there was Bett Thomas. (Note, that is Elizabeth Hall, who has went by several names.) I went to bed with her, and remained there till seven the next morning; then came in Nat Harris , and said, Your servant; after that came in Thomas Stanley and Macdonald, and laid hold on me. Macdonald pulled out a pistol. and said, D - n you, if you don't confess I'll blow your brains out. Then they took me to a spunging house and got me very much in liquor, so that I don't know what I said.
Elizabeth Hall. They lay both together till five o'clock the next morning.
Both Guilty Death .
Mr. Pell was here more particular as to the wounds of the deceased, as follows:
Mr. Pell. I found the deceased bleeding, his head and face very much bruised, and several large wounds on his head; one under the left eye, the temporary artery was divided, the wounds seemed to be done with a blunt weapon, they were what we call contused wounds. I put up the divided vessels, stopped the effusion of blood, and made use of restringent applications, dressed him and left him till next day. I then desired the assistance of another surgeon, and Mr. Harrison, surgeon of the
Q. Upon the whole do you, or do you not believe these wounds were the cause of his death?
Pell. No doubt but he died of these blows he had received about the head.
Both guilty Death .
They received sentence immediately, which was on Wednesday, and were executed on the Friday following . *
* For Branch, see No. 474. and the indictment of No. 25. in the mayoralty of Alderman Cokayne; also No. 323. in last paper.
No evidence being produced, the court found the issues for the prisoner .
Christopher Perkins . I live in St. Clement's-lane Last Sunday was se'nnight in the morning, searching my pocket, I missed my handkerchief. I imagined I had lost it on Saturday night; in about half an hour I heard Sir John Hankey 's pocket had been attempted to be picked, and that a lad was taken up and several handkerchiefs found upon him. I desired a person that was going there to see if there was such an one as mine. He went and when returned, said there was. I went to Guildhall on the Monday, and saw the handkerchief; it proved to be mine. Produced in court, and deposed to.
Q. When had you it in your pocket last before?
Perkins. I am certain I had it on the Saturday before, in the evening. I stopped to look at a funeral in Gracechurch-street, betwixt eight and nine o'clock, which is the time I suspect I lost it.
Q. from prisoner. Did you see me them?
Perkins. I don't know that I did.
Richard Wilson . On Saturday the 22d of August, about nine, going along George yard in Lombard-street. I heard the cry of pickpocket by a voice I thought I knew. I desired the people to secure the boy whom I saw, who proved to be the prisoner ; he was, and carried to the watch-house, where Sir Joseph Hankey desired I would search him. I found two handkerchiefs round his neck, one wrapped in the other. There was a person perceived an handkerchief hang out of the knee of his breeches; I unbuttoned his breeches, and found two bound round his thigh, and another, which was a ragg, upon him. He was committed to the Poultry Compter. I delivered the handkerchief into Sir Joseph's custody, and he re-delivered it at Guildhall on Monday morning.
I was coming along out of Whitechapel, having just been paid, and going to look for my sister, who was singing in the street. Doing my occasions by the Monument, there I saw a bundle lie. I picked it up and opened it, and counted four handkerchiefs in it. I had not pockets to put them in, so I put them about my neck, and tied some about my leg. Guilty .
Joseph Goostree . I live in Brewer street, Golden-square, St. James's . On Sunday the 28th of June, Mr. Mordica came to me to know if I had not lost a silver milkpot, I found I had, and went to his house and own'd it to be my property: then I went to the poultry compter, I saw the prisoner but did not know him, but upon asking him questions how he came into my house, he own'd he took the silver milkpot from off my shelf in my kitchen; and that the maid used to let him in, and he used to make her fire.
Mr. Mordica. I live in Shoemaker row and keep a glass-shop. On Sunday between 9 and 10 in the morning, there were two men and the prisoner offering to sell a silver milkpot, the people told me they believed it was stolen. I being Constable, took it out of Gaines's hand, who had it to sell, he asked 3 s. or 3 s. and 6 d. he said it is not mine, but that persons there, and said I know him. Then I said he should go before the Alderman. There the prisoner said, he found it, and it was his, the other ran way. I took them and brought them to the Compter. On the way Gaines told me, if I'd go to one Mr. Goostree, I should find that the pot was his property. I went there and told him of it; he then missed it and came with me and saw it, and said it was his property.
Francis Gaines . I worked in the garden at Brumpton, and have known the prisoner two years, he scowers clothes; I attended a sick gentleman at Brumpton ; he desired me to go out the 28th of June in the morning to get some mushrooms, going thro' the five fields at Chelsea, betwixt five and six, I met the prisoner, he said Frank, I can go and get a good breakfast if you'll go along with me. I consented, we went to Mr. Goostree's house at the corner of a street, he knock'd at the parlour window, a servant maid open'd the window, and said, I'll come presently, she open'd the door in about a quarter of an hour and let him in, I stood just by the corner of the street. He came out with an apron full of bread and cheese, and said, we'll go and have a breakfast, which we did. Then at his desire we went and took a walk over the new Bridge, and to Dukes-place, there I believe were a hundred Jews walking about. He said to me, I have found a very fine thing, I'll sell it, and pull'd it out of his pocket, I thought it was the case of a watch. He gave it me in my hand, I shewed it to a man who went to the Constable who came up to me, and asked me whose it was? I said a man has found it, and he'll sell it for three shillings and sixpence an ounce. He took hold on us both, when we came to the Compter, I took the Constable into the large, and said, he came from a very creditable house, and may be he has took this from thence. He asked me where? I said Mr. Goostree's, and gave him directions to find it, so he went there.
Philip Chancey I live in Cornhill , am partner with my father a linen-draper , there were eight pieces of Silesia lawn pack'd up in a box taken away the 29th of July, I did not see them, they were missed the 30th. We advertised them on the Friday; and a gentleman brought us a piece and the prisoner. In the piece was about seven yards and half, (produced in court, and deposed to,) mark'd by the initial letters of all their names, being three partners; he looks at it; This is the piece we had sold to Mr. Dyer. It had met with an accident and been at the whitsters, then we put the initial letters of our names. They were sold to him before they had been to Barbardoes, and met with an accident coming back, which occasioned them to be whitened.
The prisoner denied it at first, but when we took him before my Lord Mayor, he acknowleg'd that he was the person that took the goods, and where we should find all the rest; and that he watch'd an opportunity of our servant
Samuel Hance . I am servant to Mr. Brown, a pawn-broker in Marybone. That on the 31st of July the prisoner brought me a remnant of lawn, he asked me twelve shillings upon it. I lent him half a guinea. On the Monday folowing, he brought another piece, red and white, which my master would not take in. I told my master, that it had been advertis'd, we saw it answer'd the advertisement. I stop'd him in Coventry-street and brought him to my master. He took him to Mr. Chancey.
Q. What did the prisoner say for himself?
Christopher Parker . I am servant to Mr. Chancey. After this lawn came home from the whitsters I mark'd it; after which it was pack'd up intending to be ship'd with other goods, it was enter'd in the Journal as belonging to Abraham Dyer . The next morning, being the 30th of July, when we came to ship the goods this package was missing, upon which it was advertis'd; after which, this piece, with the prisoner was brought to our house by Mr. Brown the pawnbroker. Then the prisoner said he had taken it for work which he had done, but could not tell where the persons liv'd, nor tell their names. The next morning he was taken before my Lord Mayor, but before his Lordship came to the hall, he acknowledged to Mr. Chancey, in my hearing, that he was the person who took the box out of the shop, and hop'd he'd be as favourable as possible to him, and he'd let him know where the rest of the goods were, and desired we would stay till his daughter came to us, and then he would give us the keys of the room in order for us to find them. We were agreeable to this, staid till she came, and then went with her into some street near Bloomsbury-square, and found some of the lawns, some of them were torn.
I am used to draw for people that pay me in goods, sometimes in money. This was brought to me by a man that told me he had no money at that time, so I took the things. It is not to be imagin'd I'd go to pawn things with marks on them, if I had any notion of their being stolen. I have lived threescore and ten years in town, and never was charg'd with any thing of this sort. I have drawn for nobility and could have cheated them of hundreds of pounds had I been inclined so to do.
Guilty 10 d .
493, 494. (M.) Sarah Chapman and Ann Johnson , spinsters , were indicted for stealing one piece of linen cloth for handkerchiefs, val. 50 s. the property of Ann Bellanger , in the shop of the said Ann , July 30 .
Ann Bellanger . I live in Compton-street , and am a linen-draper . The two prisoners came together to my shop for some handkerchiefs, on the 30th of July. Ann Johnson asked me for some, I shew'd her some red ones, and the said they were too little. I said, I had some larger, blue and brown. She desired to see them. I shew'd her some a yard wide, but she did not like them, and then they went out of the shop. After they were gone about three minutes, I turned my head and missed the cloth mentioned, which was of twenty red handkerchiefs, and a piece of ten blue ones. One of the pieces lay near the door, the other at the farther end of the shop.
Q. Were either of the prisoners at the end of the shop?
Ann Bellanger . Ann Johnson was at the farther end. When they were gone we sent to the pawnbrokers, and one, named Pardey, sent his boy with a handkerchief (produced in court and deposed too). I saw Chapman at that pawn-broker's, she had one of the blue ones about her neck. The other prisoner was found at night, and another blue handkerchief was taken upon her.
Robert Pardey . I live in West-street near the Seven Dials, and am a pawnbroker. After the prosecutrix had lost the things mentioned, Chapman came about five or six in the evening, on the 30th of July, to pledge a red handkerchief for a shilling, and said she bought it in St. Martin's Lane. I stopt her, sent for the prosecutrix and she owned it. After that the prisoner said she brought it in Compton-street. She had another on her neck which the prosecutrix owned.
Q. Is there any thing particular in that handkerchief, so that you, or the prosecutrix, can know it from the others of the same piece?
Pardey. I cannot say there is.
I use Billingsgate, and, going there to buy oisters.
Johnson's Defence the same.
Both acquitted .
William Allen , the prosecutor, having missed money out of his draw in the shop, and suspecting his servants, he marked one shilling, two sixpences, and eight halfpence with the letter A, and put them into the drawer. The prisoner used to come early in the morning, to help make candles, he came betwixt twelve and one o'clock, August the 20th. In the morning the prosecutor got up, missed one shilling and four halfpence; the prisoner had been out for a halfpenyworth of tobacco. A constable was sent for and the prisoner searched, and there was found upon him one shilling and three-halfpence, all marked, which the prosecutor deposed to.
John Watson . I keep a publick house , the White Hart at Knights-bridge . On the 28th of July I lost some money out of my house, it was in a little box, in a closet, in a back room where my plate and other things were.
Q. Was the closet locked?
Watson. It was, but the key was in the door. At that time the prisoner was my servant.
Q. When did you see the money last?
Watson. I saw it between seven and eight o'clock at night, and missed it at eleven, when I went to take it up to bed, the box and money were both gone.
Q. Where was the prisoner?
Watson. She was gone also, I did not see her after nine o'clock. I went to see for her the next day, and between one and two o'clock I took her at the Savoy, and carried her before a justice of the peace. She owned she had taken the money away. After this I was informed, that the box had been seen, at the Chequer alehouse in St. James's. I went there and found it; it was produced by Mrs. Fowley that keeps the house. There were in it some notes which were there when in my house.
Elizabeth Fowley . On the 28th of July last, between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, the prisoner came into my house and desired she might have some stakes dressed. She took me on one side and gave me a bundle, after that this box, in which was thirty shillings, and then desired me to put them by for her. She came again the next day, took out all the money, but twelve shillings, and went away (the box produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor).
Job Fluid. I know the prisoner. I was at the Chequers when she came in, and saw her deliver the box to Mrs. Fowley.
I know nothing of the money; the place where it lay was free for all comers and goers; besides, there was a quantity of plate in the same place, and none of that was missing. If I had taken the money I might as well have taken the plate.
Guilty, thirty-nine shillings .
Ann McLane. I live in Globe-yard, Wapping . On the fifth of August, about seven in the evening, the prisoner came and knock'd with a cane at my door, so I came down stairs. He said, have you got any lodgers, for I have a written order to ship three men. My sister, Mary Lee , came behind him, lifted up the flap of his right hand pocket, and I saw the cotton there. It is two yards of cotton for a shirt not made up.
Q. Whose property is it?
Q. Where had you seen it before?
A. McLane. I had just laid it out of my hand upon the table in the lower room.
Q. How far is that table from the door?
A. McLane. It is about two yards and a half from it. When I charged him with it he insisted upon being taken before a justice of the peace to clear himself. But, when he had been there, and
Mary Lee . I am sister to Ann Mc Lane. I was at my own door, which is about six or seven yards from her door, about seven o'clock in the evening, August the fifth. The prisoner came down the yard and asked if any sailors lived in that place. I being a sailor's wife, said, there was, and asked him who he wanted; he said, he could not tell; that there were three men that day at the Exchange, from that place, and he was come to ship them; then I directed him to my sister's house, as there were sailors lodged there. He went there, her door and window were open. I found he did not come back, then I looked out and saw my sister in her chamber over the lower room. I called to her, and said, did you see the man that wanted you? She said, no, What man? Then I saw him jump from towards her drawers, in the lower room, to the out side of the door.
Q How long might this be from the time he passed you?
Q. How far are the drawers, you speak of, from the door?
M Lee . They are better than two yards from it. She came down and talked to him. I saw his pocket of some bulk, so I lifted up the pocket-slap and saw the shirt. He insisted upon going before a justice without any officer, and threatened me for robbing him of the shirt. We took him before a justice ; there he said, I was at work upon it, followed him and put it in his pocket, in order to swear a robbery against him.
Q. Whose shirt is it?
I am a lame old man, almost sixty-eight years, and almost lost my sight .
Guilty 10 d .
John Moss . I am servant to a gentleman . On the 12th of July, a little after ten at night, I had been hiring a coach at the Mews-wall, and was coming home to my lodgings in St. Martin's lane. The prisoner came rushing up to me, and jostled against me, and to the best of my knowledge his right hand was in my pocket. I saw an handkerchief in his hand; I think it then was hardly out of my pocket, and felt him at my pocket. I catched at the handkerchief, but could not take hold on it. He ran and I ran after him; he ran no other way but round the cross, and went twice round where the statue stands. I had like to have been upon him four or five times. I called out as I ran, Stop pickpocket, stop thief. At last I secured him; he had dropped the handkerchief in his running, and it was picked up near the statue of Charles on horseback, and brought to us; after which he acknowledged he had taken it, and begged I'd excuse him, before the people in the watch-house, and went down on his kneess and said it was his first fact. The handkerchief produced in court, and deposed to, with the prosecutor's name on it.
Q. When had you seen it last?
Moss. I had but just before taken it out of my pocket. and wiped my face with it.
Q. from the prisoner. Was any body else near you when you lost your handkerchief ?
Moss. There were some people quarrelling about ten or twelve paces before me.
John Rich . I am a watchman. On the 12th of July, after calling the hour ten, I heard the cry of Stop thief, and ran where I saw people running; I was within about ten or twelve yards of them when the prosecutor took hold of the prisoner; he gave me charge of him, and we took him to the watch-house. There the prosecutor asked him if he would tell him what he had done with his handkerchief; the prisoner at first denied his knowing of it. We confined him, and went and traced the ground round where they ran; there we found the handkerchief lying on the ground. I took it to the watch-house. The next day he acknowledged he had taken it, and had dropped it because it should not be found. He begged of the prosecutor on his knees that he'd forgive him.
The prosecutor went down to the Bath after I was committed, and is come up in order to prosecute me. He told my father if he'd give him as much money as it had cost him he would not hurt me. I knowing myself to be innocent, was not
Guilty 10 d .
499. (M.) John Keeley was indicted for making an assault on James Glascow , putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from him one guinea his property in his own dwelling-house , Feb. 21 .
James Glascow did not appear. He was acquitted, and had a copy of his indictment granted him .
The following Prisoners, condemned last Sessions, were executed on Monday, the 13th of July, viz.
for a street robbery.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death, 5.
Transportation for 14 Years, 2.
Transported for 7 Years, 47.
William Currier , Joseph Lacey , Elizabeth Brightwell , Catharine Purser , Richard Hutton , John Wright , John Knight , William Clark , Thomas Williams , William Wiggin , John Hints , Jane Halford , William Newton , John Needs , Mary Tomline , Henry Baker , William Pope , Martha Garret , Susannah Barber , George Oglevey , Ann Dupree , Mary Williams , Samuel Bell , Richard Manning , Elizabeth Prigg , William Kelley , Michael Halfpeny , Samuel Sutton , George Kemp , Daniel Levoyer , Ruth Morris , Eleanor Perry , Robert Plowman , John How , Jordan Cooper, Paul Shields , Mary Huxley , Peter Fourcauzey , John Dalton , William Hains , John Boman , Sarah Holford , Robert Rogers , James Penprise , Ann Edwards , Nathaniel Swething , Catharine Ward .
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