In the 26th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign, BEING THE Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the Right Honble Sir CRISP GASCOYNE, Knt. LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.
Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1753.
King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery held for the City of London, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir CRISP GASCOYNE, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London, the Hon. Mr. Justice WRIGHT *, the Honourable Mr. Justice GUNDREY +, the Hon. Mr. BARON ADAMS ||, WILLIAM MORETON ++, Esq; Recorder, and others of His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
N. B. * + || ++ direct to the Judge before whom the Prisoner was tried. L. M. by which Jury.
98. (L.) Ann Nelson , Spinster , was indicted for stealing one wooden washing tub, val. 3 s. the property of Thomas Morton , one pair of woman's clogs; val. 3 d. the property of Thomas Miller , Feb. 6 . ++
Mary Miller . My husband's name is Thomas, I went to Mr. Morton's house in Lad-Lane, about a fortnight ago, and my clogs which I had pulled off a little time, were taken way; I did not see them taken, but they were brought back. (Produced in court;) they are my property.
Mary Parrock . I live servant with Mr. Morton, about a fortnight ago, I don't know the day of the month, I was informed a woman had taken a tub out of our cellar; I followed her, she was got near Cheapside, and found it was the prisoner; shehad got a washing tub the property of Mr. Morton, and the clogs here produced.
I had been at work, and a woman bid me take those things, saying, they belonged to her, she was to give me 2 d. to carry them to Alderman-bury ; she went away, I never saw her since.
M. Parrock. No, my lord, she did not.
105. (M.) Elizabeth, wife of Robert Heap , was indicted for stealing one cloth cloak, val. 1 s. one wooden box val. 1 d. two Portugal pieces, forty-nine guineas, three half guineas, and 2 l. 5 s. in money , the goods and money of John Skuce , Feb. 2 . ||
John Skuce . I live in White's-alley, on the back of Bond's stables ; last Saturday was a fortnight my wife missed a cloak and apron, the prisoner and her husband lodged at my house; on the Friday following they owed me a year's rent, 3 l. 15 s. then they had not the money to pay, and desired time to pay it; I had a box which used to stand under my bed, in it were fifty guineas, five half guineas, two thirty-six shilling pieces, eight crown pieces, and one half crown; these, box and all, were missing on the Friday following; the prisoner had been in liquor for two or three days, I suspected her, by her paying some money where it was due, and on her behaviour I took her up, while she was before the justice, the constable went and searched her room, and found twenty-two guineas, two thirty six shilling pieces, eight crowns, and one half crown.
Sarah Skuce . I am wife to the prosecutor, there was money in this box under our bed, I don't know how much, I saw it on the Monday, and missed it on the Friday following ; I had missed my cloak and apron on the Saturday before; the prisoner was then very much in liquor upon the bed; a neighbour came and told me she had paid him twenty shillings, and also paid another person another debt; we took her up and took her before the justice, we found by searching the room, in an old stocking, thirty two guineas, two thirty-six shilling pieces, and 8 crowns, and one half crown loose; we went to the justice and said we had found some money, the prisoner said if we had we must carry it there, for she knew of none; I found my cloak in her wash tub, in a was house where she and I used to wash.
George Shaw . I am the constable, I took the prisoner before justice Fielding, she was search'd, and twenty-six shillings and some of the halfpence found in her pocket; then I went by the justice's order to search her room; and there I found on the floor amongst some coals, twenty-three guineas, two thirty six shillings pieces, eight crowns, and one half crown.
John Martin . The prisoner sent for me the Morning she was taken up, and gave me five Guineas in order to pay the prosecutor his rent; he not being at home, I returned it again, for her to take care of till he came home.
I never saw the box, or a single half-penny of the money; I did not know he was worth so much money, I have no witness, I did not care to trouble my friends about such a frivilous affair as it is, if ever the money was found in my house, they brought it there, I had no such money.
Henry Rawlins . On Friday the 2d of this month, about two in the afternoon, I was upon the Royal-Exchange , it was a wet-day, and the Exchange was crowded; I felt something at my pocket, I turn'd about and saw the prisoner with my silk handkerchief in his hand, I seiz'd him immediately.
(Produced in court and deposed to)
Q. Had you ever seen the prisoner before?
Rawlins. No, not to my knowledge.
I have been under the character of an honest man, I never did any thing to prejudice mankind in my life, I was coming through the change to see for a wine merchant, the gentleman's handkerchief was hanging out of his pocket, and by the pressing of the croud, the handkerchief came upon my arm, so I took it in my hand; and the gentleman came and took hold on me.
107. (L.) Ann Blundell , spinster , was indicted for stealing one linnen handkerchief, val. 3 d. and twenty shillings in money number'd, the property of Eleanor Hunter , spinster , privately from her person , Feb. 15 . +
Eleanor Hunter . Last Thursday night, I received a guinea wages of Mrs. Dabbs, my mistress, I had changed the guinea at the Rose, in Rose-court; and put 20 s. into my handkerchief, going by Bishop's-gate church I met the prisoner; I ask'd her if she could tell me of a lodging; she said she could not just then, but if I would go and give her a dram, she would consider and tell me; I went and gave her a dram; I don't know the house, it was betwixt nine and ten o'clock at night. After that she asked me to go with her to Pump Court in Gravel-lane, where she lodged, so I went with her; when we came into the court she asked for another dram, and I told her I had rather give her a shilling to buy a breakfast in the morning; she had a desire for a dram, so I went with her to the Ship in Gravel-lane, and gave her one there. Before I went in I had my money in my pocket in a handkerchief and my hand in my pocket also; going to put my hand into my pocket in the house, she said, you have halfpence in the other pocket; she saw me change sixpence for a dram; then I paid for it, and we went into Pump Court ; she bid me stay there till she went and told the young woman that I was coming to lodge with her, and she would come again and let me know. As we stood talking together I thought something pulled my pocket, but did not apprehend she was picking my pocket. When she did not come according to her promise, I put my hand into my pocket, and the handkerchief, with the money in it, was gone. I went to look about to see where I must go, as she had given me the slip; she was got into a passage about two yards from me in the court; she told me she was going up two pair of stairs; I went to the sign of the Ship and asked the landlady whether she knew the woman that was drinking with me, then her husband and brother came in, who said they would go and see for her; they went, and returned again in about half an hour, and told me they had found her. I went along with them, and told them that was the very woman, but she had changed her dress.
Q. What sort of a dress had she when she pick'd your pocket?
E. Hunter. She had a sort of a jacket, a black hat, and a blue cloak. When she was taken she had on a blue flowered gown and a camblet one upon that. This was a little above half an hour after I had lost my money. She was taken to the watch-house. Before she was taken from the alehouse the landlady of the Ship came and said she could swear that was the woman that I treated with a dram at the bar at her house. I was ordered to strip her at the watch-house, so I took her pocket off and there were 13 s. 6 d. in it. I was in nobody's company but her's till I found the money was gone.
Q. How came you to go with a woman you never saw before to a lodging?
E. Hunter. Because I had no acquaintance at that end of the town.
Elizabeth Torrent . The prisoner at the bar and Eleanor Hunter came to our house last Thursday night, and had each of them a dram. I had never seen E. Hunter before, it was a little after nine. E. Hunter went to seel in her right hand pocket. and the other said, you have money in the other pocket; then she took the halfpence and laid them down, I took a penny of it, and the prisoner returned a halfpenny to E. Hunter. About a quarter of an hour after that E. Hunter came again, and asked me if I knew the person that had a dram there with her; I said I did by sight, and that I had seen her before; then she told me she had robbed her of 20 s. tied up in a handkerchief, and that it was all she had; then I desired my servant to go out and see if he could find her; he returned and said he could not find her; then my husband and my brother came in, and they went with E. Hunter to see the place where she had left her, they found her at the Angel, at the bottom of Deoonshire steps by the square; then my husband sent for me, so I went, and knew the woman to be the same that was at my house with E. Hunter. Then the watch was charged with her. When she was at my house she had an old blue cloak on, and when she was at the alehouse she had a linnen bed gown on under that she has on now.
Q. How often had you seen her before?
E. Torrent. I can't say how often I had seen her; I had never seen the prosecutrix before.
John Meading . I am constable. The prisoner was brought to me last Thursday night, and E. Hunter came with her, she charged her with stealing 20 s. and a handkerchief out of her pocket. I asked the prisoner how she came by that money, and she said she dealt in the street, but could not say in what, or with whom; she said the money was her own. I found 13 s. 6 d. in her pocket.
I never saw the woman days of my breath, and am as innocent of what I am charged with as the child in its mother's womb.
Guilty 10 d .
Nathaniel Shepherd . On the third of February I was going from the Ship tavern, Bishopsgate-street , to my own house in Spitalfields , there were two ladies, I went to give them the wall that they might pass by, I turned my coat aside, I felt something at my pocket, I took hold of the prisoner's hand, at the same time there were two women with him, who tried to catch at his pocket; then I shifted him out of my right hand into my left, and with my stick kept the women off; then I went to pull him into the Helmet alehouse, and saw him drop something, which was taken up. and appeared to be my handkerchief, and another which I have here. (Both produced in court, and one of them deposed to, marked N. S.) The person that took them up is the next evidence.
George Elicourt . I saw the prisoner drop these two handkerchiefs down at the Helmet in Bishopsgate street, I took them up, and the prosecutor owned to the silk one. Mr. Shepherd had hold on the prisoner at the same time.
I was coming along and the gentleman took hold on me, and said I had picked his pocket of a handkerchief; he said there was no name upon his handkerchief.
Shepherd. I never said so; I said to the last witness mine is a brown handkerchief, and there is N. S. upon it before he shewed it me.
James Islewood . I had used this copper funnel on Saturday the 20th, and left it in the shop window at night, and on the 22d the prisoner and the funnel were brought to my shop. It is my brother Thomas's and my property.
William Etheridge . I am a chimney-sweeper. I was at the White Hind alehouse in Bishopsgate-street last Monday morning was a month, there were the prisoner and two others, who had a sack with this funnel in it. I wanted to see what was in the sack. As they were swearing and making a dispute, saying, they would go and sell the funnel, I asked him what he had in the sack; he said nothing but bread and cheese. I saw the prisoner take it out and hide it under the bench; I took it up and secured him.
He said if I would tell him where I had it he'd let me go; I said I knew nothing of it ; a man in the street said he had seen me in Fore Street, so he took me there.
William Derbyeal . The prisoner and I worked both for one master, Mr. Grundy, a cabinet-maker . At night; on the 7th of Feb. I left my saw hanging on a pad in the shop, when I went the next morning it was missing, the prisoner was the last in the shop; he was taken up and brought before a justice, he was charged with taking it, which he confessed, and that he took it away on the Wednesday. I went as directed by him, and found it.
Jacob Harvey . I am constable . The prosecutor got a warrant from justice Chamberlain and brought it to me. I took the prisoner up, and asked him how he came to be guilty of robbing his shopmate of a saw; he said he bought it of a woman in Moor-fields, I think. I took him before the justice the next morning; then the prosecutor had found the man to whom he had sold the saw ; we went to that man ( Thomas Daniel ) who owned he bought it, and produced it. (Produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.) Before we went before the justice he said, if I must tell the truth, I really did take the saw, and before the justice he confessed the same.
Thomas Daniel . I bought this saw of the prisoner at the bar, and paid him for it on Saturday the 10th of this month between eleven and twelve o'clock. I gave him four shillings for it and a full pot of beer.
I bought that saw of a woman in Chiswell-street, she was a stranger to me; she said her husband was very bad in bed, and she sold it out of necessity.
For the Prisoner.
111. (M) John Room , was indicted for that he, with a certain offensive weapon called a razor, on Richard Dennis did make an attempt with an intent the money of one John Dennis to steal , November 18 . ++
Richard Dennis . I was 13 years of age last Dec. I carry out news-papers for my father . I had delivered a wrong paper in Hornsey-lane; I met the prisoner; after that he asked me to go down with him to Crouch-End, that leads down to Hornsey; I went with him, as I knew him I did not think any harm. At Crouch-End he shaved a gentleman (he is a barber ) I staid at a gate belonging to a field till he had done; he came to me; then he went into an alehouse with two or three more, two of them were bricklayers, who had mortar and stuff; I still staid at the gate; he came out, so he and I went cross the fields, which come out to Holloway . We got over a hedge, and then he said it was money he wanted, and money he must have; I told him money he could not, nor should have of me; I went to get over the hedge to escape him, and he pulled me down by the skirt of my coat; then he suffered me to go on again, so I got over the hedge and went a good way along the field; he jumped over the hedge and came after me, and said I should come his way; I went his way, and then he came to the other hedge and said again, money he wanted, and money he must have. I gave him the same answer again, and said, as sure as I had it under my arm I'd carry it home to my father; then he came to the Haycock in Devils-lane, and said it was money he wanted and money he must have; I answered the same as before; then he pulled his razor out of his pocket, and put the handle of it to the back part of my neck, then he put the back part of it to the back part of my neck; I thought he had cut me; so I put my hand to feel; then he took me by the chin, and drew the edge
Q. How do you know they took him?
Dennis. Because when Dr. Coleman was going to sew my wound up he shewed a large scar on his throat; the people came and said he was taken. I carried my money home, which was 7 s. 8 d. farthing.
I was out of my senses at that time, I don't know what I did.
112, 113. (M.) William Fletcher and John Bannister , the first was indicted for stealing five pecks of flour value 7 s. the goods of Joseph Short , and the other for receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen , Jan. 13 . ||
The prosecutor lives at Limehouse , and is a baker . The principal evidence was Peter Whitwell , the journeyman, whose evidence was only this, that he had, at divers times, given Fletcher his master's flour, in all to the amount of about five pecks, unknown to his master.
Both Acq .
James Ferguson . On the 7th of this instant I found the prisoner in the buildings, or warehouses, at Young's-Key , he had 18 lb. weight of sugar about him, some under his arm in a lump, and some done up in an apron, so I secured him. Then he went back and shewed me where he took it from, and would have put it in again, it was the property of Messrs. Drake and Long.
Henry Winterbourne . Ferguson called for assistance, so I went to him and found the prisoner in the warehouse with the sugar; he went to the tub and would have put it in again, it belonged to Messrs. Drake and Long.
I went up there for some hoop-sticks and found this sugar tied up in an apron. They met me in the passage, so I went up and shewed them the hogshead it was taken from.
George Gardiner . I send my hemp to the London workhouse to be beaten, and my servant for it at times as I want it. The prisoner worked as journeyman with me. I sent my apprentice, on the 3 d of this month, for a 100 lb. weight, and he returned and told me that the prisoner had been and fetched away 100 lb. weight that afternoon; upon which I took up the prisoner, as I did not send him there for any, and afterwards I found a 100 lb. of hemp, which the prisoner had sold, but I can't swear to it as my property.
John East . I live at the London workhouse. The prisoner came to me on the 3d of this month for a 100 lb. weight of his master's hemp, and knowing he worked there, I let him have it, so he took it away .
Thomas Lake. I keep an optical shop in Leaden-hall-street. I was in the shop, and heard the cry stop thief! between 5 and 6 o'clock on the 14th
Richard Cray . I live at the corner of the alley near Bouker's Gardens, and was in my shop, and heard the cry, stop thief! there I saw the man without a hat, and asked what was the matter; he said, thief take my hat, and is gone through there; I went and found the prisoner with the hat under his coat; when we stopt him he said, I know Mr. Dias.
Samuel Cole . I saw an old gentleman without his hat, but can't tell the day, it was six o'clock at night, it was Mr. Dias Fanandus (I knew him before) he was making water against a wall, and I was walking along Leadenhall street; the prisoner ran up Sugar-Loof Court with the hat; the old gentleman called out, stop thief! the prisoner was taken presently after, and I saw a hat taken from him.
Henry Motloe . I was shutting up my shop, and heard the cry, stop thief! I saw some men run across the way, and come back again in less than a minute's time; I was sent for away, but returned again presently ; then there was a gentleman in black without a hat; the prisoner had a hat in his hand, but the prosecutor would not say it was his.
I went to Crutched Friers, and going along found that hat, so those fellows ran after me, took me, pulled me about, and said I stole it.
Guilty 10 d .
Elizabeth Moor . Michael Haws came to Puddle Dock on Thursday was three weeks to Mary Clark and I. and brought in a bundle in a brownish bag, and said he had found it in Newgate-Market, and that it was linnen; he opened it, and there were silk stockings and some pieces of silk.
Q. Did you believe he found them?
E. Moor. I believed he did not.
Q. Do you believe now he did not?
E. Moor. I believe he found them; he said if we would go and sell them he'd give us all above a shilling a pair that we sold, so we took four pair and pawned one pair in Bride-lane for 2 s. 6 d. I don't know the man's name; then we went upon Snow Hill to pawn a pair, and the pawnbroker asked Mary Clark where she got them; she said her mother gave them her, and that they were her wedding stockings; he stopped them. From thence we went into Field-lane, to Mrs. Ridge, and she bought the other two pair for three shillings; we asked her half a crown a pair; I never knew her before, she trades in women's cloaths. Then we went to Mrs. Pearce who lives two or three doors from the other, and asked her if she would buy any silk stockings, and she desired to see them, so we went to our room and fetched 4 pair, which she bought of us at 2 s. a pair; we asked her three; as we went out of her shop Mrs. Ridge called us to her, and asked us if we had any more stockings to sell, and said if we would bring them she would buy them; so we went with some, and she was to give us a shilling a pair; then we went and fetched more; we carried at the last time 14 pair; in the whole we carried 40 pair; she paid us 6 s. and was to give us 32 or 13 s. more.
James Moor . Michael Haws came to my room about half an hour after five in the morning, and said he had found a bag of linnen, he opened the parcel, and they were stockings; he wanted my wife, the other witness, and Mary Clark , to go and sell them; I said they should not, and put him out of the house; then I went to work My wife told me that he came again after that, and the other prisoners went and sold them, but I saw nothing of it. The prisoner (Haws) lodges in the house I do.
Q. from Haws. Did I go out of the house that morning ?
Moor. He did.
William Whitacre . On the first of this month there came a parcel up by the Towcester waggon, which unloads every Thursday morning about four or five o'clock in Newgate-Market; the bag was in the bill of lading, and the bag was missing after it was unloaded, it was directed to Mr. John Hookham in liread street . After I had an answer to a letter that I sent into the country about it, I advertised it 3 guineas reward twice, and at another time 10. The first information I had was from one Mr. Price, who had stopped one pair of them. The boy was taken up, and I was present when he owned that he took this bag of stockings from under the waggon, and he said there was a bag of halfpence which he could not carry, or he had taken them (there was a bag at that time with 3 l. 10 s. in halfpence in it) he said he carried it to the house of Moor, and opened them, and burned two pocket books that he took out of the parcel, and had an apron made of the cloth they were in. I saw that.
Thomas Hookham . I have several workmen that make stockings for me in Northamptonshire. I received a letter from John Shepherd of Hertford to let me know he had sent me 71 pair of silk hose . and four pieces of silk for breeches by the Towcester waggon, which never came to hand. On the 6th of February I saw an advertisement from Mr. Price on Snow hill, of a pair of silk hose that he had stopped; I went there, and saw a pair of crimson silk stockings that he had stopped, and said they were brought to his house by Mary Clark , and they appeared to be mine. On the 13th of Feb. there was an advertisement of two pair that had been stopped at Mr. Brown's on Snow-hill. I went and found them to be two pair that came from two of my workmen that I had the general account of, (for these in the parcel were from several workmen) which I know by the clocks and colour. I have seen of them 42 in one parcel, and 24 in another, besides this pair which Elizabeth Newel produced.
Q. What is the value of the whole?
Hookham . They are worth 46 l. there are different prices to there .
Q. What are the best worth a pair ?
Hookham . They are worth 15 s. a pair .
Q. What is the lowest value ?
Hookham . None under 9 s. a pair .
Q. Do you mean the real value, or the selling price?
Hookham. I mean the real value. I heard Haws say the apron he had on was made of the outside wrapper or bag; and I heard Mary Ridge own she had lodged some stockings in a place in Shoemaker Row, and that they were carried away from thence to a place in Bishopsgate street. The whole that were found upon her, and by her directions, were 42 pair, and two pieces of silk for breeches .
Catharine Taylor . Mary Ridge brought a parcel of stockings to my house . and asked me to let her leave them there, I think it was on Saturday last was 7 nights, but don't know how many there were in the bundle. After that, I was necessitated for a little money, so I opened them and took two pair out, thinking I might make free with them as they were in my house, so I carried them to pawn for 10 s. This was on the Monday after she brought them; I carried them upon Snow-hill to a pawnbroker, but don't know the man's name. They told me there were some stockings advertised, and they suspected them to be stolen ; then I told them my name and placeMary Ridge and told her I had been to pawn two pair, and they were stopped on Snow-hill, and I seared they were stolen, so said they should be no longer in my house; she followed me home, and said she had seen the persons whom she had bought them of, and told them of these two pair stopped, and about their being advertised; that they laughed at her; and said they were not the stockings that were advertised; she took them away.
Q. When she first brought them, did she give any reason why she desired they might be left there ?
C. Taylor. She said there were some stockings advertised, and she did not know whether they were them. I answered, then she had better carry them to the principal owner and get the reward; the answered, there were but three guineas reward, and that money was not sufficient to destay what she had given for them, so she would not carry them home, as they were advertised supposed to be dropped.
Anne Masters . I live with Mr. Brown on Snow-hill, he is a pawnbroker. Catharine Taylor brought two pair of silk stockings to me to pawn on the 12th of this instant; I asked her how she came by them ; she said she bought them for her husband's and her own use in Chick Lane last summer, and that she gave 16 s. a pair for them ; I asked her where she lived; she said in Field Lane, and kept a cloaths shop ; I told her there had been some stockings advertised, and it was not improbable but these might be part of them, but I would look into the advertisement and send for the persons, and if they were not part of them, then she should have them safe again; she seemed to be in a great hurry to be gone, and said she had left her shop alone, so she went away and came no more. Then I advertised them (the stockings produced in court) I found she lived where she said, and I directed the prosecutor to her.
Q. What is the value of them ?
A. Masters. They are worth about 14 or 15 s. per pair.
Christopher James . I am constable, and received these two pair of stockings of Mr. Harrison, the pawnbroker's servant. After that, I received 40 pair more of Mrs. Horrocks in Dunnings Alley, Bishopsgate street, who said in my hearing, before my lord mayor, that Mary Ridge brought them to her house herself. I went to Guildhall with Elizabeth Pearce , who said just before we came there, if I'd go along with her she would take me to the place where the stockings were, so I and one Brebrook went with her to a stone-cutter's shop in Shoe-lane, his name is Pratt, and she brought me out 24 pair and two pieces for breeches.
Joseph Emmery . I made nine pair of these stockings here produced out of the parcel found at the stone-cutter's house, and sent them up amongst others on the 30th of Jan. last by the Towcester waggon .
Benjamin Bunn . I am servant to Mr. Price on Snow-hill, and received one pair of stockings of the evidence ( Elizabeth Moor ) and the prisoner (Clark) on the first of Feb. I asked Moor whose they were, and she said they were her own, she wanted to borrow half a crown on them, she said her mother gave them her, and that she lived at Puddle Dock . Moor said I need not be afraid of taking them in, for they were Clark's wedding-stockings; I then asked Clark if she had ever wore them, and she said she had, but seeing they had neither been wore nor pressed, stopped them till she brought somebody to testify they were her property, but she not coming I advertised them ; then the prosecutor came and owned them.
I found the stockings in the street, one end of which comes out into Newgate-street and the other upon Ludgate hill.
Haws brought them to Elizabeth Moor 's house, He lodged there ; she asked me to go with her to sell them, so I did, and we pawned a pair, and at another house we had a pair stopped. Haws told us what we made above a shilling a pair we should have.
On the first of this month Elizabeth Moor and her husband, with Mary Clark , came into my shop and asked me if I wanted to buy any stockings; they brought two pair and asked 8 s. a pair; he told me he was the maker and was distressed and wanted a little money, so I bid him 6 s. a pair, and he took my money and away they went; they came again on the Sunday morning following and desired I would lend them a little money upon some more, but I said it was not a proper time to bring them,
Elizabeth Moor came one Monday morning, and if I would buy some stockings; she had pair, and asked me 12 s. for them; at night she came again and brought 20 pair, and asked me to buy them; I asked her how she came by them, and she said they were found, but I would not buy them; she desired me to lend her some money upon them, and said she would fetch them away as soon as she could. When I heard of the advertisement I was affrighted, and carried them to an acquaintance's house, and desired they might be left there .
Charles Chapeman . I have known Mrs. Ridge about eight years, she was servant to me several years, her general character was extremely good, I have trusted her with a great deal, and never heard any thing amiss of her before this .
Q. How long has she been gone from your service?
Chapman . She has been gone about four years; I have known but little of her for this last year.
All four guilty .
122. (M) John Miles , was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 29 s. one dimity waistcoat, one linnen waistcoat, one silver watch with a shag-green case, one pair of silver shoe buckles, one silver stock buckle, one pair of leather pumps, one perriwig, one pair of cotton stockings, one pair of worsted stockings, two linnen handkerchiefs, 12 horn buttons, the goods of John Cooper , in the dwelling house of Ralph Wilkerson , September 18 . +
John Cooper . I lodge in the house of Ralph Wilkerson , at the Royal Oak in North-street, near Red Lion Square . The prisoner came for a lodging at the same place, and my landlord let him he with me. On the 17th of September at night we went to bed together; I got up in the morning about a quarter before six o'clock and went to work as usual, and left the prisoner in bed; when I returned about nine at night I found my box; which was in the same room, broke open, which I left locked, and the goods mentioned in the indictment were taken away, some were taken from out of the box, and some from other parts of the room. (He names them all over.) They were all in the room when I went out that morning. Upon missing the things I called my landlord up, who saw the box was broke open. I never saw the prisoner afterwards, till I saw him in New Prison taken up on another account . I shewed him the paper whereon I had set down the things I lost; he then owned to me and my landlord, he took every thing mentioned, except the watch, and said he was a dying man (meaning for his other offence) and I might do as I pleased, and if I'd come another day he'd let us know where the things were; we went three or four times, but he put me off from time to time, and would not tell me where they were.
Q. What is the value of the watch?
Cooper. It is an old watch, and cost me a guinea and half.
Q. What do you value all the other things at?
Cooper. At 6 l. or upwards.
Ralph Wilkerson . On the 17th day of September the prisoner came to my house and asked me if he could have a lodging, and said he was going to work for a jeweller in Turnstile ; I told him he might lodge with a man in my house ( meaning the prosecutor) but I would enquire after his character; this being on the Sunday night I let him be there that night, intending on the morrow to go and enquire after his character where he had directed me. John Cooper went out in the morning to work as usual. I thought the prisoner lay a long time, so I went up stairs about nine o'clock and found he was gone. Then I went to enquire as he had directed, and found there was no such person as a jeweller near Turnstile as he had said, but havingJohn Morris , and that he was born in Scotland, but his mother told me his name was John Miles , and was born in Shoe-lane. After this I heard he was in New-Prison, Clerkenwell ; I went there and chose him out from among 15 or 16; I asked him how he could rob a young man in my house ; he said he was a dying man for the thing he was in for, and that if I'd be easy he'd let me know where the things were, and bid us come again any day. I went after that, and John Cooper was with me; he read over the paper of things-lost to him, and the prisoner owned to the taking them all except the watch. I did not perceive the box being broke open when I went up in the morning, but when John Cooper called me up at night I then saw it was broken, and two other boxes in the same room ; some of the cloaths mentioned, Cooper had on that Sunday, where the prisoner lay with him at night .
I got up on the Monday morning and went out of that house, the maid was up when I came down, who asked me if I was going to work, and I said I believed I was with a jeweller and pawnbroker in Turnstile; I went there, but he said he should not want me, so I went to one in Foster-lane, but could get no work. Then I and another young man went into the country as far as Gravesend; I staid there about five nights and lodged at the Angel; then we came to town, and when I came to my mother's I was told Mr. Wilkerson had been there, and said I had robbed a man of his cloaths.
Guilty 39 s .
He was a second time indicted for stealing one worsted waistcoat trimmed with silver lace, value 25 s. the property of Richard Hardwick , one waistcoat, made of silk and cotton, value 10 s. one hat, value 10 s. one pair of nankeen breeches, value 3 s. the goods of Thomas Hustenson , in the dwelling-house of the said Thomas , July 31 . ||
Thomas Hustenson . I live in Parker's-lane, near Queen-street , and am a taylor . The prisoner came to take a lodging of me the 31st of July last, and we agreed; he said he was a lawyer's clerk; he sat down in the room where I was at work above stairs next room to that he had taken, and fell to writing immediately . There was a crimson waistcoat laced with silver, he took it up with his hand and said it was a flashy waistcoat, who does it be long to? then he said to me, I suppose you think we write very strangely, but we write that which people can't understand that they should not know what we are doing; he sealed it up in another sheet of paper, and said, can you recommend me to an honest person that can carry this to No. 5 in Gray's Inn, and he'd give them a shilling; he had told me his father's name was Morris, a goldsmith, at the corner of Salisbury Court ; I thought I might as well earn that shilling myself, then I could call on his father to enquire of his character as I went to No. 5. The gentleman unclosed the letter, and said, what rogue has sent this to me? said I, he tells me he is your clerk; said he, he is a rogue, let him be what he will, I ran home again as fast as I could, having been absent about a quarter of an hour. When I came home I went up stairs, and out of a chest missed my waistcoat made of silk and cotton.
Q. Was the chest locked before?
Hustenson. No, it was not; I there found an old hat and mine gone ; then I looked about and missed the said waistcoat before mentioned and a pair of nankeen breeches; the worsted waistcoat trimm'd with silver belonged to Mr. Hardwick. They were all in the room when I went out with the letter, but have never seen them since. I heard he was taken up about a month after and was in Clerkenwell prison, so I went there to see him, and he acknowledged he had taken them and delivered the goods to a woman to pawn, and said, if I'd be easy and make no disturbance he'd help me to them again, but I never could get him to help me to them.
Susannah Hustenson . I am wife to the prosecutor, and remember the prisoner coming to take lodgings that day; my husband went out and left him in the room; I was in the yard opposite the stair-foot, and saw the prisoner go out a little time after my husband was gone, his cloaths seemed more bulky behind than they did when he came. I am certain nobody went up the stairs till my husband returned, having fight of the stairs all the time; the prisoner told me at going out he wanted a quire of paper, and wanted to know where a stationer lived, and I directed him to go into Holborn, but he came no more .
Thomas Randalph went to see the prisoner in New Prison. He confirmed what the prisoner had confessed .
Prisoner's Defence .
I know I was in the house, and came down stairs when the woman was there, but I had not meddled with any thing. These people came with a wicked design to take my life away .
Guilty 25 s .
He had a third indictment, but not laid capital, so he was not tried upon that.
See him tried before, No. 515, in alderman Alsop's mayoralty.
123, 124. (L.) Sarah Hinds , otherwise Pound , and Thomason Clegg spinsters, were indicted for stealing three iron pots, value 4 s. one brass cock, and two beer steins, value 6 d. the goods of Anne Whitacre , widow , September 8 . || Both acquitted .
125. (M.) Joshua Anderson , was indicted for stealing a brass pottage pot, one copper cover, one saucepan, one stew-pan, one tea-kettle, one pair of leather shoes, and other things , the goods of James Holt , January 9 . || Guilty .
There was no evidence produced in support of the prosecution.
The jury found all the issues for the prisoner .
Thomas Arnold . I live at the next house, and am a gardener . I got up the 20th of this month, and was gone about two hundred yards to call my son, returning home, I met the prisoner at the bar with this spade. (Produced in court and deposed to) it was taken from out of a shed where I had put it; it cost 4 s. 6 d.
The prosecutor left me in custody at his brother-in-law's house, while he went for the spade, where he had it I know not.
Joseph Griffin . On the 19th of January in the afternoon, one Mr. Davis a gunsmith in Holborn, sent to me to let me know, a workman of our, had offer'd two gun barrels to sell, and desired I would come and look at them; I went and found they were my father's property; his name is Benjamin Griffin , who is a gun-maker , and lives in Bond street . ( Produced in court and deposed to) They had got the prisoner there in custody, he fell down on his knees and asked my pardon; and said it was the first fact; he was a journeyman with us at the time, and had been for two years.
Thomson Davis. I live in Holborn, and am a gunsmith ; on the 19th of January, the prisoner brought these two gun barrels to our shop to sell; I agreed for them, and was to pay for them in the afternoon; I sent for Mr. Griffin, and he came, we agreed to take the prisoner, when he came for his money I secur'd him.
Q. How can you know they are of your make, and not who for?
Brian. I work for all of the trade.
Prisoner. There is never a gun barrel maker in London, but Mr. Brian.
Q. to Griffin . Where were these barrels taken from him?
Griffin . They were kept in a closet with several others, but none of the length of one of these, that is the short one.
Q. What are these two barrels worth?
Griffin. They are worth 28 s.
When Mr. Griffin came before the justice, he was asked if he missed these barrels out of his house, he said he did not; I had these two barrels of my Brother, that is gone to Spain ; who left me also a great quantity of gun-stocks; I offer'd Mr. Griffin the stocks, he said they would not do for him.
Q. to Griffin. Did he offer you any stocks, as he said?
Griffin. He did, but I told him they would not do for us. Guilty .
130. (M.) George Blundell , was indicted for stealing thirty-six knives, val. 4 l. and thirty-six forks, val. 40 s. the goods of Benjamin Dawson , in the dwelling-house of George Slathford , Jan. 30 . ||
Benjamin Dawson . I am a cutler , and live in Russel street Covent-Garden ; the prisoner at the bar came to my shop, the 30th of January between three and four o'clock, to see some knives and forks, I shew'd him some, he pitched upon three dozen, he chose one dozen of china handles, one dozen of ebony handles, and one dozen of pistol ivory handles with silver ferrels ; he said he liv'd with Sir Robert Williams in Duke-street, and they were for him, they came to 6 l. 17 s. he desired me to make a bill, and write a receipt, in the name of Sir Robert Williams, which I did; he said his master Sir Robert, was to have a great deal of company, and that they should want a great many more, I called my boy, Thomas Hichcock , and gave them to him to crazy, and the bill and receipt; when he returned, he told me how the prisoner had bilk'd him out of them; on the day following I went about to the pawnbrokers, to see if I could find any of them, and at one in German street, named Gunston, there I found the dozen of ebony ones, they were pawn'd in the names of Thomas Colling 's, then I went to seek after Colling's, and found him, he said he knew Blundell, I asked him when he saw him, he said he had not since the Sunday before, but he was to meet him at the 2 Chairmen on the Southwark-side near Westminster-Bridge-foot ; there I went, and took the prisoner, then he own'd he had the knives and forks, and intended to send me a letter that night, that he intended to pay me for them, as soon as he could, he told me where he had sold the other two dozen; I knew the person where he had sold them, I sent for him, so had them again. The three dozen produced in court and deposed to.
Q. from the Prisoner. Did not you sell knives and forks?
Dawson. I did not, I wrote a receipt in Sir Robert Williams 's name, and gave it to the prisoner, the prisoner said when he had got the bill and receipt, but suppose Sir Robert should be at dinner, may the boy leave them for an hour? to which I answered, he might; and I deliver'd the knives into the custody of the boy, and expected my boy to receive the money of Sir Robert, but there was no Sir Robert William's liv'd where he said.
Thomas Hichcock . I am servant to Mr. Dawson, I was sent with the prisoner, by my master, to carry these knives and forks; the prisoner said suppose his master should be at dinner . I shall want to have them left for half an hour or three quarters, my master said he had no objection to that, but bid me not deliver the bill with the receipt till the money was paid; going along, the prisoner asked me how long the gentleman, that kept the shop before, had been dead, I told him I did not know; he said his master had been a good customer to him, and if he had known he had been dead he should not have come so far for the knives, for here are several hard-ware shops nearer; coming to go into St. James's-Park, he bid me to put the knives under my coat that I might not be stopped by the centinels, but he said some of them knew he liv'd in the Park, I could not hide them all conveniently, so I gave him two dozen to put under his coat.
Q. Which of the dozens did you deliver to him?
Hichcock. They were done up in papers, I can't say which they were, he had me down to a chapel, when he came to the gate, he pretended to be much in a fright, because it was his master's dinner time, that he should stay so long, and said to himself, how came I to be such a fool to stay so long, and said you may go, and call in about three quarters of an hour's time, which I refused to do, then he said he'd go and try the other door; then we wen into Duke street, and came up to a door, he dit not push, but look'd in at a window, and caused the porter for not being in the way, and said ad could not get in; then we went round to the Pare again, and staid there a little time, there came man in a livery, and gave a push at the gate, tea try if it was locked ; then the prisoner said to him, we are both locked out; upon that the man went away directly, after a little time, he proposed to go
Q. What is the landlord's name?
Hichcock. His name his Slathford .
Q. to the Prosecutor. What were the value of them?
Prosecutor. The bill was made,
The China handles, 3 guineas;
The ebony, 2 guineas ;
The pistol ivory, 32 shillings.
(The Evidence continues.) I then went to the gate and rang for a considerable time, but no body came, then I came home.
Q. When did you see the prisoner after this?
Hichcock. I saw him before the justice, he did not deny the having them, and said he did not intend to defraud my master of them, but intended to make him satisfaction for them, in a year's time .
Robert Sparling . I keep a cutler's shop, the prisoner brought the two dozen of ivory and China handles to me, I live in St. James's-Market; he wanted to know if I would buy them, this was on the 20th of January, about a quarter before seven o'clock, he brought three dozen, I bought two dozen of them, the other he did not open, he said they were for some body else.
Q. What did you give for the two dozen?
Sparling . I gave him thirty-nine shillings for them, I had not bought any china handles before now; I understand they are worth what the prosecutor says; had he shew'd me the ebony ones, I should have known them directly, for they are marked on the blades .
On the 29th of January I accidentally met a person named Edward's, whom I knew in North-Wales, he told me he was glad to see me, and that he had an order from a gentleman, to buy 3 dozen of genteel knives, and that he did not understand them; he was to receive some money in town and was disappointed, and wanted me to lend him money to pay for them, till he got into the country; then he'd return it me from Westchester, I told him I had none, then he asked me if I was acquai nted with any cutler, that I could have credit for him a little time, I told him I did know one, that I had dealt with eight or ten years; but I had not seen him for two years, but I would go the next day and try, I went, and when I came to the shop, I saw Mr. Dawson, he asked me what I wanted, I told him to look at some knives and forks, for a person that wanted some, I asked him where the master of the shop was, he said he had been dead some time, but he remember'd my using the shop, when I found the person was dead, I did not say any thing to him about giving me credit for them; he shew'd me two dozen which I was very willing to take, but the china handles I refused three times over, he perswaded me to take them, at last I said he might put them up if he pleased, we agreed for price, and he parcelled them up, and asked me who he was to make the bill to; but first of all, I should have mentioned I asked this Edwards, who these knives were for; he said one Williams, and mentioned some place where he liv'd near Harding, but I can't remember the name of the gentleman's seat, I bid the prosecutor set every thing down in the bill by itself, he said must they be cast up in three places, I said no, only the sum cast up; said he, shall I write a receipt? I said no, you had better not write a receipt? may be the money may not be paid upon the delivery of the goods, if you do, write it at some distance, that it may be torn off without blemishing the bill, so he wrote the receipt two inches below the other; coming out of the shop, I said, in case the money is not paid directly, may your servant leave them with me, till another time? he said yes, provided the receipt be torn off the bill; when we came to Spring-Gardens, the servant gave me two of the dozens and he never had them after, or came near them, when we had waited at the gate, we went into a publick-house, I sat just within the door, he went and sat at the further end of the room, when we had sat a little while, I said, give me the other dozen, that I may put them with these that I have, which he did, and he went back again, and never touch'd them, we said the space of twenty minutes, then he proposed to go out, and as I thought I had bought the knives and forks, I thought the
To his Character.
Richard Wright . I live at the Lamb at Lamb's-Conduit, near the Foundling Hospital. I have known the prisoner almost twenty years ; about seven years ago, he lodged in my house about half a year, at that time, had I been to go out for a day or two, I should have chose him to have look'd after my affairs till my return, as soon as any man I know.
Q. Have you known him down to this time?
Guilty thirty-nine shillings .
131. (L.) Mary Johnson , spinster , was indicted for stealing one dimity gown, val. 5 s. one camblet riding hood, val. 10 s. one linnen coat val. 2 s. two velvet hoods, one silver punch ladle, one child's corral, four silver tea spoons , the goods of Winifred Verney , Feb. 18 . ++. Guilty .
William Stickney. On Sunday the 14th of January, about seven o'clock at night, I felt a hand at my pocket, I turned about, there were two young men very near me, they told me they thought the prisoner had been picking my pocket, I saw him throw the handkerchief out of his hand, into the kennel.
Q. Did you see it in his hand?
Stickney . I did, and saw it fall, one of the young men took it up. ( Produced in court and deposed to.)
I am quite innocent of the affair.
The prosecutor is a master taylor, the prisoner had worked journey-work with him, but was discharged his service about ten days before the 6th of February, on which day, about seven at night, the prosecutor heard somebody on his stairs, he called, but none answer'd, it appeared to be the prisoner with the goods mentioned under his coat, which the prosecutor deposed were in his three pair of stairs room, about four hours before. (Produced in court.)
Guilty, 10 d .
136, 137. (M.) Sarah Summers , spinster , and John Kite , were indicted, the first for that she, on the 12th of January, the dwelling house of Hugh Field did break and enter, one silver watch, value 3 l. one pair of silver shoe buckles, val. 10 s. two 3 l. 12 s. pieces, three guineas and four shillings in money numbered, the money and goods of Stephen Bass , in the dwelling house did steal ; and the other for receiving the watch knowing it to have been stolen , Jan. 16 . *
Stephen Bass. On the 15th of Jan. I met with a young woman (name Rose Manning) who asked me to give her a pot of beer, so we went into a publick house and I called for a pot of beer, there was another woman (her name was Bess Avery ) in that house, who had some knowledge of me; she said, you are not used to drink beer, let us have a pot of hot, so I called for a pot of hot, and after that for another, till we had five, which I paid for; then they wanted to have another, but
Q. What time did you go into that house ?
Bass. About ten in the morning .
Q. Was not you in liquor ?
Bass. I was actually very much in liquor. At the last pot of hot the prisoner (Summers) came in and had part of it. This was about 12 o'clock .
Q. How many pots had you in the whole ?
Bass. I am not able to judge, but believe about 15 or 16.
Q. Were they pints, or quarts ?
Q. Where do you lodge?
Bass . I lodge in Bow-street, Bloomsbury, at the house of John Jones . Rose Manning lodges at a lodging-house, and sells fish, oranges, and apples, and is about 20 years of age; we had half a pint of rum; then we went from the Golden Boot, where we had been drinking, to her lodgings.
Q. Who paid for your eating and drinking ?
Bass . I called for all, and paid for all. Rose Manning was so fuddled that the waiter of the publick house was forced to lead her home, and help her up stairs; we had but about 50 yards to walk .
Q. Did you walk without help?
Bass. I did, and insisted upon having a full pot of beer brought, fearing we should be dry in the night, which was brought up by the prisoner Summers . Rose Manning took it of her at the door, then locked the door, and put the key in her pocket.
Q. Are you sure of that?
Bass . I am, my lord, instead of both going into bed we were so much in liquor that we were neither of us able to get into bed, so we lay on the bed with our cloaths on. I awaked in the morning some considerable time before day-light, and awaked her and said we must be very much in liquor to lie in this manner with our cloaths on; I went to undress myself, and missed my silver buckles out of my shoes, then I put my hand to my pockets, and missed my watch and money, which was two thirty-six shilling pieces, three guineas in gold, and four shillings in silver, I undressed myself, and went into bed, and told Rose I had lost my watch, buckles, and money; but said I, we will hope for the better, perhaps Mrs. Scot has taken care of them, seeing me in liquor.
Q. Was not you so drunk, that you did not recollect whether you had all these things at the time you went to bed?
Bass. To be sure, I can't recollect that I had them at that time, I awaked in the morning when it was broad day light, about nine o'clock, I was reaching for the pot of beer, and discovered a large hole in the wall; (the door was then locked and the key in Rose's pocket,) I said, I am afraid, there goes my watch, buckles, and money, through that hole, Mr. Scot's maid came for the empty pot, I called, and bid her ask her Mistress, whether she had got these things I had missed ; she went and brought word her mistress knew nothing of them.
Q. Might not that hole have been there over night, and you not observe it?
Bass. The waistcoat and shift was pushed quite into the middle of the room, and lay on the floor, I could not go, without going over it, had it been so over night, I am certain I must have known it, besides I was in that room the day before, it was not so then, I got up and went to the Golden-Boot again, there was the prisoner Summers and Bess Avery .
Q. Had you been acquainted with the prisoner before?
Bass. No, I never saw her before that night, I had them both taken into custody, and took them before justice Fielding, there were nothing found upon them, so he discharged them, this was on the 13th, on the 16th Summers was committed to the Gatehouse, I having intelligence that she had my buckles, I went to her on the Sunday after, there was the other prisoner along with her confin'd; I asked her whether there were any seals hanging to my watch, she said there were two, and that Bess Avery and she together, robbed me of my watch, money, and buckles; that Bess Avery , first of all, pull'd some of the plaster away from the laths; then they broke the laths, then they put their feet against the wainscot, and burst it through, into the room; that the first that went in, was Bess Avary and she, after that they were both in the room together, Bess first took the buckles out of my shoes, and gave them to her to see whether they were silver or not, that there was a candle burning in the room at the time, and Bess bid her put it out, then she gave her the watch, after that two guineas, one thirty-six shilling piece, two shillings in silver, and four six-pences; then
Q. Was any body by at this confession?
Bass. Nobody but myself .
Q. Was you sober when she confessed this, for you began to drink hopor early in the morning?
Bass. I was; this she did voluntarily and freely; she said, I am a dead woman, and desire you'll ask Mrs. Scot to send me a book.
Q. What are you ?
Bass. I am a man and deal in old cloaths.
Q. Was not Bess Avery as drunk as you and Summers that night?
Bass. She was very drunk, but Summers was not as I saw.
Q. Did not you make the prisoner (Summers) a promise previous to this confession?
Bass. I made her no promise at all.
Q. Did Summers lodge in Field's house?
Q. What have you to say against Kite?
Bass. Kite confessed he had the watch in his pocket to me in the Gatehouse.
Q. What day was this confession made?
Bass . I don't know the day of the month, but it was the day that the king went to the parliament house. Kite said he went to look for Jemmy the Jew; then he went back to Summers, and took her into Whitecross street to the Pyed Bull ; there Jemmy the Jew took the watch and sold it, and brought them the money, which was 25 s. and out of gratuity she returned him 2 s. for selling it, and that he believ'd it was sold in Dick Swift 's house.
Bass. She has been at Mrs. Scot's when I have been there; I think I have seen her once or twice since .
Summers . He gave me a surety, under his hand writing, that he would not hurt me, if I would confess.
Bass. I did not, I only gave her a direction where to find me, for she had told me my lord Carpenter's steward would be glad to see me.
Q. What did you think he wanted with you?
Bass. I suppose he wanted me to compound it, but I never said I would.
Matthias Chambers . I heard a milk boy say to Mrs. Scot, he saw Summers in Bridge Street, she had got new cloaths, new hat, new ribbons, and a large pair of silver buckles in her sh, upon which we went in pursuit of her, we found her in Black Boy-Alley she was committed, I went to New-Prison to her afterwards, and heard her confess the same as mentioned by the prosecutor, about breaking the wall, and taking the things in every particular, and selling the watch in Old Street, for twenty-five shillings.
There were a great many people came to see me and said he'd make it up if I would offer him 20 l. if not, he'd get the reward money and hang me.
Kite had nothing to say.
Summers guilty of felony, but acquitted of the burglary .
Kite acquitted .
|| Guilty .
Margaret Kennedy , Spinster , and the other for receiving them knowing them to have been stolen , February 12 . ||
Margaret Kennedy I live in Oxford Street. Oxford market . On the 12th of this she goods mentioned in the indictment were taken out of my house from a one pair of stairs room, I had seen them the day before in the room; my street door always stands open, there being a barber's shop. About a quarter of an hour after I missed them, the prisoner (Stafford) was stopped in my passage . She told me she wanted a person to fetch some coals, so I let her go. After this I had some suspicion of her; she was taken up, and her mother came and made a great noise, saying, her's was an honest child; the girl cried, and said her mother knew nothing of the things, but Mary Prosser did, and that she was coming a second time, by the advice of her, for more. I went to justice Fielding for a warrant. When I returned there was Prosser, and all the things produced in court and deposed to. The prisoner ( Prosser ) denied knowing any thing of the affair.
Mary Alderson . I live facing the prosecutrix's, and hearing she had been robbed, I went over to her house, and there found the prisoner ( Stafford ). She at first denied it, but at last owned she had taken them away, and that they were at Prosser's house, and that if I would go with her and not let a mob follow her she'd go and fetch them again; so I went with her to Prosser's room, and there was Thomas Prosser her husband. The girl wanted to have the bed let down, which was, and she took out some of the things mentioned; then she looked about the room and under the man's hod (he is a bricklayer-labourer) there lay the rest. Then we brought them to the prosecutrix's house.
Thomas Peder . I was at the taking hold of the prisoner in the entry ; she was charged with the robbery, she cried and denied it, so she was let go. After that she was taken up again, and, in my hearing, owned she took the things away, and went and fetched them again.
I was not at home when the things were stolen, and had no concern in it.
Q. How old is she ?
J. Willington. She is about 12 years of age .
Stafford guilty . Prosser acquitted .
Robert Louton . My servant told me he missed a hat out of my vessel, and the prisoner was on board at the same time the hat was lost, so I took him up on the 14th instant, and before the justice he confessed he took the hat away. I was not on board at the time.
Prisoner. What he says is all truth. Guilty 10 d .
145. (M.) Isabella Harvey , was indicted for stealing one pewter dish, three pewter plates, value 1 s. 6 d. one pair of pillow cases, a brass saucepan, a brass candlestick, the goods of John Arnot , in a certain lodging room let by contract , January 24 . ++
Florence Arnot . My husband is gone to sea, so I went out of my room where I have goods of my own to live with a relation, and let it to the prisoner ready furnished, she was to pay me 2 s. 6 d. a week for her lodging and the use of the things. I missed these things, and she confessed the taking them away, and went with me to the pawnbroker's, where they were.
Job Jones . I am a pawnbroker, and took in five pewter plates and a pewter dish from the prisoner at the bar three several times.
John Murray . I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner at the bar brought a plate, saucepan, and a pair of pillow cases three several times, and pawned them with me .
I wanted a little money, so I went to my landlady, and she told me that I might pawn the goods, and get them again as I could raise the money.
Prosecutrix. I never gave her any such liberty.
146, 147. (M.) William Walden and William Butterfield , were indicted for stealing one hundred weight of rope called headfasts, value 4 s. 60 lb. weight of other ropes, the goods of persons unknown; and 60 lb weight of other rope, value 14 s. the goods of Hans Steager , February 12 . ++
Pelham Blake. On Saturday the 20th of this instant the two prisoners and Salmon (the evidence) came to my house with a parcel of ropes to sell about two hundred weight; I was not stirring, so my servant bought the ropes; when I came to see the rope I found it to be headfasts to fasten barges and lighters on the river Thames that were cut away, so I advertised them and the ropes, but nobody came. On the Monday following they came again and brought 600 one quarter and 14 lb. my servant came and told me, so I ordered him to get it into the scale, and I would come and secure them; I sent for a headborough and took them into custody. At first they said one Johnson sent them, but afterwards they said they had it of one Barker's man, so I sent to one Hans Steager , who deals in old rope; he found there was a board broke and some rope missing, so I shewed him some, and he said it was his; then I took him to the prisoners, and they all three confessed they stole it out of his warehouse in the night, and hoped he would forgive them.
Joseph Salmon . On the 10th of this month the two prisoners and I agreed to go and steal some ropes to make money ; we were all waterman, so took a boat and went up into Lambeth Reach and cut away the best part of a cable on board a balast barge; then we went on board another balast barge and cut part of that cable away, we brought away one winch-line, that is what they turn to get the balast up, and several pieces of rope lying about the barge, which we carried to Mr. Blake on the Saturday, and sold them all for 6 s. 6 d. we went on sunday and shared the money and spent it; then we went to work to carry people by water at by-stairs . A fisherman's man came to us and shewed the two prisoners where to get Mr. Steager's ropes, so we went between one and two in the morning and broke down a board and took out the 600 lb. weight, then put it in the boat, and brought it to Mr. Blake's to sell, who stopped us on suspicion of stealing it ; then we were carried to a justice of peace and committed, and I was admitted an evidence.
The evidence (Salmon) came to us and told us he had some stuff in his boat, and that if we would go through bridge with him to sell it, he would satisfy us for our time. That which we sold on the Saturday we bought of a west-country bargeman at Queenhith.
Both guilty .
148. (M.) Elizabeth Greensmith , was indicted for stealing two blankets, value 5 s. two linnen sheets, value 6 s. one woollen coverlid, one bolster, one pillow; the goods of James Rakstraw , in a certain lodging room, let by contract , Feb. 6 . || Acquitted .
149, 150. (M.) Richard Biggs , and Catherine his wife , were indicted for stealing one linnen sheet value 10 s. one shirt, value 6 d. one delph punch bowl, value 1 s. one towel, value 6 d. the goods of Abraham Smith , in a certain lodging room, let by contract , Jan. 27 . ++ Both acquitted .
151 (M.) Ann, the wife of John Stevenson , was indicted for stealing two gold rings, value 20 s. 3 pieces of gold, value 3 l. 11 guineas, and 3 l. in money, the property of Thomas Hankin , in the dwelling-house of the said Thomas , June 6 . ++
Thomas Hankin . The prisoner came to my house about a week before Christmas, with James Bailey and John Stevenson , whom she call'd her husband, I keep the Black Boy in St. Catherine's-lane ; after they had drank some time, Bailey came out, and asked me to let Mr. Stevenson and his wife lie at my house. I asked him who he was, he said it was a drummer, Bailey was a drummer too; (I knew him before) I asked him if they were man and wife, he said they were, and swore to it; then I said they might lay there, then she in the morning desired they might lie there another night, she continued at our house till she was taken up, which was on the 16th of January, for stealing ten guineas in gold, and two half guineas, about fifty shillings in silver, three other old pieces of gold, I can't tell the coin, and two gold rings; on the Saturday I had paid my wine merchant, and on the Sunday I was ill, so did not go to my buroe till the Tuesday following; then I found the lock picked, the inward lock was forced open, I went into the bar room where the eleven guineas were,
Q. What were they worth ?
Hankin. I believe they might be worth 3 l. I spoke to my wife about it, she said she knew nothing of it, I always carried the key in my pocket, the reason that I charged the prisoner was, I have witness that saw her at my buroe, I took her before a justice of peace, she would not own any thing. There were nothing found upon her, I had never a lodger at my house when my things were taken away.
Q. Where did this buroe stand?
Hankin. In a back parlour. I went to her in New-Prison, and asked her how she could serve me so to ruin me thus; the answer was, I can't bear to hear you talk of ruin, if you will have patience till my father comes up, all shall be made up; she told me she had a cozen on the other side of the water, if I'd go and fetch him, she would down of her knees to me, and say something that shall give you both satisfaction.
William Lanch . I drink at the prosecutor's house often, on the 15th of January, at half an hour after ten in the morning, I was at breakfast in the opposite house to his back parlour, I saw the prisoner in the back parlour, and presently I saw her at his buroe with the front of it down, the back parlour is behind the bar: there is a long room between the front room where people drink, and the back parlour. I saw her pull out of the buroe, one or two of the drawers, where I was I could see every corner of the room she was in, there is no blinds to the windows, I did not acquaint any body with this, till I heard Mr. Hankin was robbed; she went out that day and back again in about an hour, and after that out and in again, all after this affair.
Q. Where was you when you saw her at the buroe, on the ground floor or up one pair of stairs ?
Lanch . I was on the ground floor.
Q. Had she liberty to go into that room?
Lanch . She had into every room of the house .
Q. Was there windows to the house you was in?
Lanch . There are, but they were open.
Elizabeth Chanteril . I live in the house the last witness mentioned ; on the 15th of January, about half an hour after 10 in the morning, this young man was at breakfast ; he said there is the drummer's wife in the parlour, at Hankin's buroe: I looked, and saw her with one hand upon the drawer, and a drawer about half way out . I saw her take nothing out; but the flap was down: she was searched in mr. Hankin's parlour by her own desire, on the 16th in the evening; she and I had some talk together, I said, I'll shew you the posture you stood in. I went to the buroe and stood so; on which she owned she had been there, putting up a piece of pig: she acknowledged before the justice, upon my repeating the same she did stand so, but took nothing out of the buroe.
Ruth Simons . The prisoner lodged with me about two months, on the 16th of January she came to bring me some work to do, she had two gold rings on, one upon her wedding finger, and another on her fore finger, she told me she had met with a little confusion, she had been to Jack Stevens 's mother, who had given her one of the rings, she pulled it off her finger, and told me it was a remarkable ring, with a hand in hand on it, I did not observe that.
John Blockhart . I was at Mr. Hankin's house when the prisoner was taken into custody; she was searched there, and she had 3 s. and 6 d. and some half-pence: we took her to the watch-house, and as she was sitting in the constable's chair her apron fell down and a piece of money fell down, by the sound and sight of it, it appeared to be a guinea. She sent out for a halfpenny-worth of prunes, and sent half a guinea to change; which is all I know.
James Tabley . I took the prisoner up with a warrant; she was willing to be searched, and we found 3 s. 6 d. and some half-pence; she said she had no more money, either gold or silver: she said, if I would withdraw, she was willing to be searched by woman as far as they pleased.
I am quite innocent of this affair, the prosecutor's wife sent me for two tea cups from off the buroe, I went and carried them to her, I was no longer there then while I took them down.
For the Prisoner.
Edward Grace . I have known her from last summer, when she first came to London. I heard the prosecutor say, after he came from the justice, be it right or wrong madam shall go to pot. Master and I went to look through that window, to see how it was, and we concluded it impossible to see, as has been here mentioned.
Q. What time of the day did you go to look through that window?
Grace. It was about three o'clock in the afternoon.
George Vaughan . When I heard the prisoner was taken up. I went to the justice's house, but the prisoner was not brought there; he there shewed me the buroe and the place; the witness out of a pork-shop saw her at the buroe; then the sun shone, it was about three o'clock; but I think nobody could distinguish a person at that buroe from that place. I heard the prosecutor say then, he'd hang her right or wrong.
153. (M.) Edward McManning , otherwise Howard, otherwise James Farrel , was indicted for that he, on the 8th of February , about the hour of eight in the night, the dwelling house of John Showery , Esq; did break and enter, one velvet coat, value 8 l. one pair of velvet breeches, one cloth coat with gold lace, one other coat with metal buttons gilt with gold, one coat, one surtout coat, one frock, one waistcoat, one cloth frock, one gold brocaded waistcoat, one silk waistcoat, one other silk waistcoat, one worsted waistcoat, one cloth waistcoat, two pair of silk breeches, one pair of cloth breeches, two pair of worsted breeches, two pair of leather breeches, two pair of silk hose, three pair of worsted hose, two pair of thread ditto, ten linnen shirts, five muslin neckcloths ruffled worked with needle-work, thirty ells of linnen cloth, one pair of sheets, one pillow-bier, two linnen tablecloths, three napkins, one gold laced hat, three other hats, one pair of boots, one pair of shoes, three other pair of shoes, one sword with a gilded hilt, one sword not gilt, one gold ring set with a chrystal stone and two diamond sparks, one silver tobacco box, two silver table-spoons, four silver tea-spoons, the goods of John Showery , Esq; did steal, take, and carry away.
And it was laid over again for entering the dwelling house, and breaking his way out. *
John Showery, Esq; On the 6th of February last I mounted guard at the Horse-Guards, near Buckingham-Gate, where we continued four days; as soon as we had relieved the other guard I walked from them cross the Park home to my lodgings at the house of Mr. Harris in Spring-Gardens , and ordered such cloaths to be put up as I had occasion for while upon guard, which Mary Brackenbury sent accordingly, and the key of my door as directed (I am a lodger there, but the furniture is my own). This was on the Thursday, and on the Friday following, about seven in the morning, the chamber-keeper's servant at the guard-room came and told me I had been robbed, and there was a soldier came to acquaint me with it, which was Armstrong, a soldier, who gave me two silver table-spoons, a tobacco-box, and a pocket-book, and asked me if they were mine; I told him they were; then he said I had been robbed the last night, and if I made haste he supposed he'd help me to part of the things and the thief, so I immediately took my pistols which lay on the table, put them in my bosom, and went with him to Long-Acre; he said the thief was in a house in Drury-Lane, and it was not proper for me to go in there, but he'd bring him to me. We went in at the Vine; he went for the man; in the mean time I got a constable, and in a short space of time he came in with the prisoner, and one John Conner , who is here to give evidence; the servant of the house told me they were gone backwards, so I went into the room, and put a pistol to the prisoner's head, and said, he was a dead man if he resisted; the constable took hold of Conner, and the soldier of the prisoner, we took a parcel that then lay on the table before the prisoner, two linnen shirts, one blue-grey surtout coat, and one hat, all my property, and were in my room when I went to mount guard, (produced in court); we took them before justice
Q. Had you seen the prisoner before?
Showery. I had; he was put into the house few days before this robbery was committed, by Mr. Harris, to take care of the goods for him . He had taken the house, but was not as then come into the house. The prisoner had the key of the house.
Q. How did the lock of your door appear when you observed it ?
Showery. It appeared as it did when double locked; the bolt was shot out.
John Armstrong . The prisoner at the bar goes by the name of Farrol, and on the 8th of this month, between the hours of seven and eight, he came to me at York-Buildings to the Fox, in Villers-street ; he said he wanted to speak with me, so I got up and went with him to the door, and he told me he had got a parcel of cloths to dispose of, and if I would sell them, or recommend him to any body that would buy them of him, he'd handsomely reward me; I told him I knew a woman that dealt in all manner of cloaths, whose name was Reason, and if he'd go there may be she might buy them; then he saw Conner in the same house, who was drinking in another company, he said he wanted to speak with him, so he went in and brought him out, and told him he had got some cloths ready for him to carry, and then was the time for him to go, saying, he'd not detain him. Then we all three went together.
Q. What time of the night was this?
Armstrong. It was then near eight at night; we went to Spring Gardens; the prisoner took a key out of his pocket and opened a door, but I did not know whose house it was, though I have been in it since, it is the house the prosecutor lives in. We all three went into the house, and he desired us to stay a moment and he'd bring a light, which he did; then he locked the street door, and in the passage was a large bundle tied up either in a table-cloth or a sheet, in a little room where he said he lay; by the passage there was a long bag full of other cloaths; he said to Conner, do you take that in the passage and I this, which they did; then he unlocked the door, so we went out, and he locked the door after him and put the key in his pocket. We went up by the king's Muse by Long-Acre, and so to Reason's house ; he would have had me take the bundle he carried, when we were about half way, but I would not; I told Mrs. Reason we had got a parcel of cloaths to sell, so he threw them down on the floor and said to her, don't be
John Conner . The prisoner came to call me and the last witness at the Fox in Viller's-Street, near Hungerford-Market, on the 18th of this month between seven and eight in the evening; he told me he had a parcel of cloaths to dispose of, and if I would carry them he'd pay me generously for my trouble; he said they were at a house in Spring-Gardens, so we both went with him there.
Q. Was you ever in the house before ?
Conner. I had, and lay with the prisoner about six nights in that house; I knew there was a lodger above, but did not know whether it was a man or a woman. The prisoner opened the door with a key, then shut the door and went for a light; then he came and locked the door, he shewed me a bundle for me to carry, which lay in the passage, and he was to carry another . We took them and went to the house of Reason. (He had told me they belonged to a woman who was in the verge of the court, and he was to sell them for her.) The prisoner offered to sell them to Mrs. Reason, but she would have nothing to say to them upon seeing the regimentals, and appeared to be much affrighted; he said she need not be afraid, for they were all his own; by the persuasion of Armstrong she lent him a box to lock them up in till the morning, he locked them up and offered her the key, but she would not have any thing to do with it; then he put it into his pocket. The prisoner brought two pair of silk stockings and four shirts, and said he wanted some money that night. As we were coming down Bridge-street by a pawnbroker's, he desired me to take two of the shirts and pawn them; I asked him what name I should carry them in, and he said, in the name of Johnson; I went and pawned them for half a guinea; then the prisoner appointed to meet me at the Plough in Drury-Lane, in the morning before eight. He and I came, and after him came Armstrong; the prisoner was angry with him for staying so long; Armstrong desired us both to go with him to another house in Long-Acre, saying, he had got a man that would buy the things. The prisoner had this bundle with him that was first produced. When we were got to the house and sat down, the captain and constable came and seized the prisoner and me, and carried us before the justice, where the prisoner was searched, and a ring was found in his right fob, and a pair of silk stockings in the lining of his coat.
Q. from the prisoner . What did you say to Armstrong, when the captain's door was broke open ?
Q. Was you ever in the captain's room, when you went to lie with the prisoner?
Conner . No, I was not so far up stairs.
Mary Reason . I buy and sell old cloaths, I have seen the soldier Armstrong, three or four time before, he and the other witness and prisoner came to my house, about half an hour after eight at night, on the eighth of this month, they brought two bundles of things, and flung them down on the floor, and asked me if I would buy some cloaths, I said I would buy nothing, at that time of night; the prisoner said, mistress you need not be afraid, for they are all my own, then they offer'd me a silver tobacco box and two large silver spoons. I returned them to the soldier, and would not buy any thing; and desired them to take them all away; then the soldier whispered me, and said, the prisoner had robbed some gentleman, and desired I would lend them a box to pack them up, which I refused, and would have not concern with them, and much desired they would take them away; but upon his intreaty I did lend a box; and he put in as many as he could and lock'd it, the rest they put up in a bundle together. He told me he'd fetch them the next day, and bring the gentleman that had been robbed, which he did, and the gentleman took them away, and sent me the box again.
Lewis Jackmore . I let this house for Squire Dickson, to capt. Joseph Harris , on the 3d of November last, for two years; he had the key deliver'd and had the possession of it, I can't say whether he had any goods put into the house.
Showrey. Yes, I have seen chairs, tables, a bed, and some pictures.
Mary Brackingborough . Captain Showrey lodged at the house, at Captain Harris 's in Spring-Gardens, he had the two pair of stairs forwards, I remember his sending for some cloaths to the guard, about a fortnight ago, I delivered them out, the man who came for the portmantua, brought directions for me to lock the door and send the key by him, which I did, and I remember some of these things being in the room, when I locked the door.
Mary O'Neal . I was employ'd to clean the house of Mr. Harris, I remember the prisoner being there yesterday was fortnight, the day I came to the house; he came there about eleven o'clock. I had orders he should get a woman to help me clean the house; he brought one to me on the Thursday; but the woman went away and he was on and off. He said it was not worth my while to begin then, he'd help me the next day. We dined together, after which I went and worked at cleaning, till I could see no longer, and then I went to my lodging; he was there, I said to him, go and shut up the windows; he was drying his stockings, and said, it is not for want of stockings that I am drying these, for I can put on fix pair: he took the key and went, and just as the watchman was calling the hour twelve, he came with the key to me, and laid it down on the dresser: I said to him, don't you lie in the house: he said he had a letter from his master, and he was going to Hyde-Park-Corner, to take care of the horses, and he knew where to lie.
Q. Can you tell whether captain Showrey's door was lock'd that day?
M. O'Neal . I did not go up so high.
James Reynolds . I am a constable of St. Martin's in the Field's, on the 9th of this month, captain Showrey came before nine in the morning, I went with him to the Vine in Long-Acre, the captain gave me one of his pistols, in about ten minutes, we heard they were come in, we went into the room where they were, and took him and Conner, The rest as the captain and Armstrong had before deposed with this addition; that the prisoner said Armstrong and Conner were the persons that broke open the door and eserutore, corner cupboard, and a tea chest belonging to the captain.
Prisoner. Ask Armstrong what he did with the gold-lace he took off of the captain's hat, and the knot he took off of the sword.
Armstrong. I never saw a hat with a lace, I saw three plain ones, the prisoner gave me the knot of lace which he took off the sword with-inside the tobacco-box, and said it would make it weight the better, and I returned it to the captain.
The soldier Armstrong is the man that did the fact.
Guilty Death .
William King , value 5 s. each , February 13 . ||
William King . I am a fisherman , and my vessel lay at Billingsgate . Last Thursday was se'nnight I had my great coat laid over me and my jacket under my head; I left my brother in the boat, who came and told me, about six o'clock at night, a man had robbed my boat; I went, and the prisoner was stopped with the coat and jacket. I asked him why he robbed me; he said, because he was bedeviled.
Charles Walford . About six o'clock the boy called out in his smack, stop thief! saying, he'd give any body a shilling to stop that man, for he had ran away with his brother's cloaths. The prisoner was running over the vessels, and I saw him drop the cloaths about two vessels from the prosecutor's vessel; we took hold of him, and he said he was only playing the rogue. The coat and jacket were produced in court, and deposed to.
Prisoner. I was going to sea, or I had not taken them.
The record of his conviction was read in court, the purport of which was, that he was tried at the Sessions House in the Old-Bailey, on Wednesday the 15th of October, in the 20th year of our lord the king, in the mayoralty of Sir Richard Hoar , Knt, for stealing one guinea, the money of Thomas Morgan , in the shop of the said Thomas, October 15, 1746. The jurors say guilty of single felony only, to be transported for seven years.
William Hall. I have known the prisoner at the bar 12 years, and was on board the ship when he came on board to be transported, but did not take notice of the time; I was glad to see him there, he having been very troublesome to me; he married a sister of mine; I saw him amongst the transports with a collar about his neck. I saw him put on board with the rest before they were put down into the hole.
Q. Did you see him tried?
Hall. No, I did not.
Q. How long is this ago?
Hall. I believe about five years ago .
Hall. I did, he kept a pawnbroker's shop in East-Smithfield.
Prisoner. When I married that man's sister he got my wife to execute a wrong judgement, by antidating it, against me, and he was put into my house, so he kept me out. The case was tried before my lord chief justice Lee . This is all Spight.
Hall. The woman never confessed a judgment to me; she found soon that he had a wife and five children living at the time he married her, which was on the Saturday, and on the Monday following he put a bond and judgment into the house. The things were appraised and sold; I bought them of 'Squire Buckley .
Q. Did you see him tried here?
Norton. No, I did not.
Samuel Boulton . I have known the prisoner 12 years, he once was a tenant of mine. I remember about four or five years ago, I believe it was, I saw him come down from Newgate linked with a chain, amongst other transports, to Black Friers Stairs; I went on purpose to see him; I said to him, Mr. Jettea, I am sorry to see you transported; then he went to shake hands with me, but I said, not so familiar as that, I think it is ten thousand pities you was not hanged; then he threw a bottle of girl at me with violence, and swore, if I came near him, he'd stick me. I saw him put into the close lighter, and saw him go down.
Q. Was you in the court at his trial?
Boulton. I was not, but I knew he was tried and convicted for robbing a person of a guinea.
Prisoner. That man, after I had given in a receipt to buy some houses, arrested me, and put me into goal, and so got my houses from me, and broke into my house.
Boulton. I never owed him any discourse in my life; he would neither pay me my rent, nor go out of my house.
A Witness. I remember the prisoner being tried and convicted, I was in court when he received sentence, and was transported accordingly, which is about four or five years ago. He has twice broke out of Newgate .
Q. What was he cast for?
John Jettea .
John Smith . The first time I saw the prisoner was at the Crown Tavern by Cripplegate, on the third of December last, he was there at large with his two sons; he came into the room where, I was sitting. He is the person that acted the captain at that time.
I never was transported in my life by the law, I am not the man, I went abroad about seven years ago, and had a brother's son, whose name was John Jettea , transported about six or seven years ago. I have been chained down in a cell and have not been allowed to have any body come near me or speak to me, so it is impossible I should get my evidences to appear for me. My lord, I have got an unhappy son going abroad to Virginia, and my youngest son is going to indent himself with him, and I beg your lordship will let me go abroad with them, I hope I shall become a new man, and it may save them from ever coming back to England, and keep them from coming to an ill end.
Guilty , Death .
Mr. Albareys. I have a country house at Hackney . On the 13th of this month I came to town early in the morning; my servant came to me and told me my two leaden statues, Mercury and Fame, (which had stood in my garden, and they were taken down) were taken away. After that I had a second message came, that the men who took them were in custody at the Red Lion, in Kingsland Road, so I went there and saw the two prisoners and some lead cut to pieces, which were statues by the two heads of them. I believe them to be mine. There was Wingrove, the evidence ; they all three confessed, before we went to the justice's, they had been in my garden that night, and took the statues away, and that lead was part of them, and that they had cut them to pieces. Wingrove also informed me that he had been there the Friday before to survey the place to see what they could take away this was about two in the afternoon. After this they confessed the same before justice Fielding.
John Wingrove . I robbed with the two prisoners some time; I live near Whitechapel-Church; we all three went into Mr. Albarey's garden about a fortnight ago, and took the two images through the summer-house window, and carried them out into a field, and Watling sawed them to pieces.
Q. In what position did you find them in the garden?
Wingrove. They were lying down against a green house, one was a male, and the other a female. I believe they might weigh about 300 lb. weight or upwards. When we had cut them to pieces, we put some into a sack, a pair of wallets, and a basket, and carried them away, except some of the heads and arms, which we hid in a gravel-pit in a field. We were taken up directly in the man's cellar who used to buy all the things of us.
Q. What time did you all enter the garden?
Wingrove. We were in it about 11 o'clock; when we had done sawing it might be about three, and we got to Robertson's, by Whitechapel church, about five.
Mr. Brogden. I am clerk to justice Fielding (he produces the two written confessions signed by the two prisoners). I saw them both sign them, they were done at their own desire, freely and voluntarily. I also saw the justice sign each of them. They were read in court. The contents was that of stealing the lead, mentioned in all the indictments specified below, with this fact, which only was read .
I made the first discovery of the thing.
I met this prisoner (meaning Watling) and the evidence on a Monday night, who persuaded me to go with them.
Both guilty .
There were other indictments against them as below; but not being laid capital, there was no need to try them any more, as this transported them.
1. For stealing two hempen sacks, and one saddle value 12 s.
2. For stealing 500 lb. weight of lead from off the parish church of Edmonton , January 27 .
158, 159. (M.) Mary Squires , widow , and Susannah Wells , were indicted, the first for that she, on the second of January , in the dwelling house of Susannah Wells , widow , on Elizabeth Canning , spinster , did make an assault, putting her, the said Elizabeth Canning , in corporal fear and danger of her life, one pair of stays, value 10 s. the property of the said Elizabeth, from her person in the dwelling house did steal, take, and carry away . And
The latter for that she, well knowing that she, the said Mary Squires , to have done and committed the said felony aforesaid on the second of January, her the said Mary did then and there feloniously receive, harbour, comfort, conceal, and maintain, against his majesty's peace, and against the form of the statute . *
Elizabeth Canning. I had been to Salt-Petre Bank to see an uncle and aunt, his name is Thomas Colley , I set out from home about 11 in the forenoon, and staid there till about nine at night on the first of January; then my uncle and aunt came with me as far as Aldgate, where we parted; I was then alone, so came down Hounsditch and over Moorfields by Bedlam wall, there two lusty men, both in great coats, laid hold of me, one on each side, they said nothing to me at first, but took half a guinea in a little box out of my pocket, and three shillings that were loose .
Q. Which man took that?
E. Canning . The man on my right hand. They took my gown, apron, and hat, and solded them up and put them into a great coat pocket. I screamed out, then the man that took my gown put a handkerchief, or some such thing, to my mouth.
Q. Were there any persons walking near you at that time?
E. Canning. I saw nobody. They then tied my hands behind me; after which one of them gave me a blow on the temple, and said, d - n you, you b - h, we'll do for you by and by. I having been subject to convulsion-sits these four years, this blow stunned me, and threw me directly into a sit.
Q. Are these sits attended with a struggling?
E. Canning . I don't know that.
Q. What happened afterwards?
E. Canning . The first thing that I remember after this was, I found myself by a large road, where was water, with the two men that robbed me.
Q. Had you any discourse with them?
E. Canning. I had none; they took me to the prisoner Wells's house .
Q. About what time do you think it might be?
E. Canning. As near as I can think it was about four o'clock in the morning, I had recovered from my sit about half an hour before I came to the house. They lugged me along, and said, you b - h, why don't you walk faster? one had hold on my right arm, and the other on the last, and so pulled me along.
Q. Can you form any judgment in what manner you was conveyed to the place before you recovered of your sit?
E. Canning. I think they dragged me along by my petticoats, they being so dirty.
Q. When you came to Wells's house, was it day-light?
E. Canning. No, it was not; I think it was day-light in about three hours, or better, after I was there, which is the reason I believe I was carried in about four o'clock.
Q. When you was carried in, what did you see there?
E. Canning. I saw the gypsey woman Squires, who was sitting in a chair, and two young women in the same room; Virtue Hall (the evidence) was one; they were standing against a dresser.
Q. Did you see the prisoner (Wells) there?
Q. Did she explain to you what she meant by going their way?
E. Canning. No, sir. Then she went and took a knife out of a dresser drawer, and cut the lace off my stays, and took them from me.
Q. Had you, at that time, any apprehensions of danger?
E. Canning. I thought she was going to cut my throat, when I saw her take the knife.
Q. Did you see the prisoner (Wells) at that time?
Q. Was any thing else taken from you?
E. Canning. There was not then, but Squires looked at my petticoat and said, here, you b - h, you may keep that, or I'll give you that, it is not worth much, and gave me a slap on the face.
Q. Had she the petticoat in her hand?
E. Canning . No, it was on me. After that, she pushed me up stairs from out of the kitchen, where we were.
Q. Describe the kitchen.
E. Canning. The kitchen was at the right hand going in at the door, and the stairs are near the fire.
Q. How many steps to them?
E. Canning. There are four or five of them.
Q. What did they call the name of the place where they put you in?
E. Canning. They call it the hay-lost. The room door was shut as soon as I was put up.
Q. Was it fastened?
E. Canning. I don't know that, it was at the bottom of the stairs in the kitchen. After she shut the door she said, if ever she heard me stir or move, or any such thing, she'd cut my throat.
Q. Did you see any thing brought up to eat or drink?
E. Canning. I saw nothing brought up. When day-light appeared I could see about the room, there was a fire-place and a grate in it, no bed nor bedstead, nothing but hay to lie upon, there was a black pitcher not quite full of water, and about 24 pieces of bread, (a pitcher produced in court) this is the pitcher, which was full to near the neck.
Q. How much in quantity do you think these 24 pieces of bread might be?
E. Canning. I believe about a quartern loaf.
Q. Had you nothing else to subsist on?
E. Canning. I had in my pocket a penny mince-pye, which I bought that day to carry home to my brother.
Q. How long did you continue in that room?
E. Canning. A month by the weeks, all but a few hours.
Q. What do you mean by a month by the weeks?
E. Canning. I mean a four-weeks month.
Q. Did any body come to you in the room during that time?
E. Canning. No, sir, nobody at all. On the Wednesday before I came away I saw somebody look through the crack of the door, but don't know who it was.
Q. Did you, during the time you was in this confinement, make any attempts to come down stairs, or make your escape?
E. Canning. No, sir, I did not till the time I got out.
Q. Had you any thing to subsist on during the time besides the pieces of bread, penny pye, and pitcher of water?
E. Canning. No, I had not.
Q. At what time did you get out?
E. Canning. I got out about four o'clock in the afternoon on a Monday, after I had been confined there four weeks, all but a few hours.
Q. How did you get out?
E. Canning. I broke down a board that was nailed up at the inside of a window, and got out there.
Q. How high was the window from the ground?
E. Canning. (She described it by the height of a place in the Sessions-House, which was about eight or ten feet high.) First I got my head out, and kept fast hold by the wall and got my body out; after that I turned myself round and jumped into a little narrow place by a lane with a field behind it.
Q. Did not the jump hurt you?
E. Canning. No, it was soft clay ground .
Q. Was it light then?
E. Canning. It was.
Q. What did you do for cloathing?
E. Canning. I took an old sort of a bed gown and a handkerchief that were in this hay-lost and lay in a grate in the chimney. (Produced in court. ) I made my ear bleed at getting out; the handkerchief I tied over my head instead of a cap, it was very bloody.
Q. Did you see any body when you jumped out at the window?
E. Canning. No, nobody at all; then I went on the backside the house up a lane, and crossed a little brook and over two fields, as I think, but I did not take notice how many fields, the path-way brought me by the road side. Then I went by the road strait to London.
Q. Did you know the way?
E. Canning. I did not.
Q. Did you call at any house?
Q. Did you acquaint any body with your misfortune coming along?
E. Canning . No, I did not .
Q. Who did you meet with first?
E. Canning . I met with the aprrentice first; then I saw my mother and the children. She went into a sit directly .
Q. Did you give an account to any body how you had been treated?
E. Canning . Yes, I did to Mrs. Woodward, was came to see me, that I had lived on bread and water . She was so affrighted she could not ask me many questions then; then Mr. Wintlebury came in, with whom I lived servant before I went to live with Mr. Lion; he took me by my hand and asked me where I had been; I said, sir, in Hertfordshire road ; he said, Bet, how do you know that? I said, because I saw my Mistress's coachman go by, which she used to go into the country into Hertfordshire, that was Mrs. Wintlebury; I knew the coach because I used to carry things to it, and fetch them back again.
Q. Was you asked any questions about the room or jugg that night, and what you had to subsist on?
E. Canning. Yes, there were many people came in, and I told them I had a jugg which was not quite full of water; they asked me how much, and I said I believed better than a gallon of it ; they asked me also how I got out, and I said I broke out of the window, and had torn my ear in getting out, which bled all the way coming home.
Q. What things did you observe in this hay-lost?
E. Canning. There were a barrel, a saddle, a bason, and a tobacco mould.
Q. What do you mean by a tobacco mould?
E. Canning. I mean such a thing that they do up pennyworths of tobacco with.
Q. How long might these two men continue with you in Moorfields?
E. Canning. About half an hour.
Q. Did any body pass by at the time ?
E. Canning . Nobody at all
Q. Was this box, that contained your his guinea, taken out of your pocket ?
E. Canning . Yes, sir, it was.
Q. Had you any thing else in your pocket ?
E. Canning . I had a pocket handkerchief with a pye in it, which I did not lose.
Q. Was there any light near this place where you was first attacked?
E. Canning . There was a lamp.
Q. Have you recollected how long you lay this sit before you came to yourself?
E. Canning . I cannot be sure, but it was about half an hour before I arrived in Wells's house.
Q. During the time of your first being at tacked, whether you had any degree of sense at all?
E. Canning . Not till half an hour before I came to that house.
Q. Had you sense enough of any sortto know by what means you was conducted?
E. Canning . I think they dragged me along by my petticoats, they were made so dirty, but I was not sensible.
Q. Was you in any surprize when she took your stays?
E. Canning. I was in a great surprize, and all of a tremble.
Q. Then how can you tell who was there at the time?
E. Canning . The terror made me look about me to see what company was there.
Q. How long did the two men stay in the room?
E. Canning. They staid no longer than till they saw my stays cut off, then they went away, before I was put up in the lost.
Q. Did not you make an attempt to get out before that Monday you talk on?
E. Canning. I did not.
Q. How came you not to make an attempt before?
E. Canning. Because I thought they might let me out; it never came into my head till that morning.
Q. Where was you sitting when you saw somebody peep through the crack of the door?
E. Canning . I was walking along the room.
Q. How wide was this crack?
E. Canning. It was about a quarter of an inch wide.
Q. Did not you, in the whole 27 days, perceive where you was?
Q. Was not you extreme weak?
E. Canning . I was pretty weak.
Q. Was you ever that way before?
E. Canning . No, I never was.
Q. Did not you pass many houses in your way home?
E. Canning . I did, and asked my way of people on the road.
Q. How came you, being in that deplorable condition, not to go into some house and relate the hardships you had gone through?
E. Canning. I thought, if I did, may be I might meet somebody belonging to that house.
Q. Did you see the prisoner (Wells) while you was in that confinement?
E. Canning. I never saw her in the house at all till I went down afterwards.
Q. Had you any of your sits while in that room?
E. Canning. I had not, but was fainting and sick.
Squires. I never saw that witness in my lifetime till this day three weeks.
Q. How was the prisoner (Squires) dressed when you was carried in?
E. Canning . She was sitting in her gown with a handkerchief about her head.
Q. Did you never, during all the time, try if the door was fastened or not?
E. Canning . I did once push against it with my hand, and found it fast.
Q. Had you used to hear any body in the kitchen ?
E. Canning. I heard people sometimes blowing the fire and passing in and out. There was another room in which I heard a noise at nights, but the house was very quiet in the day-time.
Q. Did you eat all your bread?
E. Canning. I eat it all on the Friday before I got out, it was quite hard, and I used to soak it in the water.
Q. When did you drink all your water?
E. Canning. I drank all that about half an hour before I got out of the room.
(Upon being asked where she did her occasions while in the room, she answered, she never had had any stool while in confinement, she had only made water.)
Q. How long before E. Canning was brought in ?
V. Hall. About a fortnight before, which was on the 2d of January, about four in the morning, she was brought in there by two men, John Squires was one of them, he is son to Mary Squires , the other man I don't know any thing of; I never saw him before.
Q. How was she dressed when brought in?
V. Hall. She had no gown on or hat or apron .
Q. Who was in the house at the time.
V. Hall. There was I and Mary Squires , the prisoner and her daughter, the gypsie man said, mother, I have brought you a girl, do you take her, then she asked E. Canning, whether she would go her way.
Q. What did she mean by that?
V. Hall. She meant for her to turn whore, but she would not.
Q. Do you mention this by way of explanation, or as words as she said?
V. Hall. As words as she said; then Mary Squires took a knife out of a dresser drawer in the kitchen, and ripped the lace of her stays . and pulled them off, and hung them on the back of a chair in the kitchen, and pushed her up into the room, and said d - n you go up there then, if you please; then that came in with the gypsie's son, took the off Elizabeth Canning 's head, and went out a doors with it, the gypsie man John Squires , took the stays off the chair, and went out with them.
V. Hall. She was then up in the room.
Q. Had you ever been in that room?
V. Hall. I had, before she was brought there, several times.
Q. What was the name they called it by?
V. Hall. they called it by the name of the work-shop, there was a great deal of hay in it, they only put lumber in it, there was a great many pieces of wood, a tobacco mould, and this black jugg, about three hours after the young woman was put up, Mary Squires filled the jugg with water and carried it up.
Q. How do you know it was three hours after?
V. Hall. Then it began to be lightish.
V. Hall . They took care I should know but little .
V. Hall . No, she has not; when I went out of the kitchen, I went into the parlour, Wells said, Virtue Hall, the gypsie man came in and told me that his mother had cut the stays off the young woman's back, and he had got them, and she bid me not to say any thing to make a clack of it, fearing it should be known .
Q. How long was you in that house?
V. Hall. I was there a quarter of a year in all, if not more, I was there the whole time Elizabeth Canning was there; but I never saw her once after she was put up into that room, I was the first that missed her, I asked the gypsie woman once, whether that girl was gone? she answered what is that to you, you have no business with it, but durst not go, to see if she was gone, if I had, very likely they would have served me so.
Q. Did you ever see the other man after that night?
V. Hall. No, I never did.
Q. Who lodged in the house at the time besides ?
V. Hall . There was Fortunatus did.
V. Hall . She did, till we were all taken up, which was I think on the Thursday after the young woman was gone.
Q. What was you in that house?
V. Hall. I went there as a lodger, but I was forced to do as they would have me.
Court. She says on the morning of the second of January.
M. Squires . I return thanks for telling me, for I am as innocent as the child unborn.
Q. from Wells. How long where these people, (meaning the gypsies) at my house in all, from first to last ?
V. Hall. They where there six or seven weeks in all, they had been there about a fortnight before the young woman was brought in.
Q. Did you ever see this cap or bed-gown before?
V. Hall. Not to my knowledge.
Thomas Colley . I am E. Canning's uncle, I live at Salt-peter-bank, on the new-year's day she dined and supped at my house, and went away about nine in the evening, as near as I can guess, I and my wife went along with her to Hounsditch . almost to the Blue-ball, there we parted with her, about a quarter or very near half an hour after nine o'clock.
Q. How was she cloathed?
Colley . She had a gown, hat, and white apron on.
Elizabeth Canning . Elizabeth Canning that has given her evidence is my daughter, after she was missing from new-year's day, I advertized her three times, she came back on the day before King Charles's Martyrdom, about quarter after ten o'clock at night, she had nothing but this ragged bed gown and a cap; I fell into a fit directly; my daughter is subject to fits, there was a garret ceiling fell in upon her head, which first occasioned them; and at times when any body speaks hastily to her, or at any surprize, she is very liable to fall in one, she has sometimes continued in one seven or eight hours, sometimes three or four, she is not sensible during the time she is in one, no more than a new born babe; when I came to myself my daughter was talking to Mrs. Woodward and Mr. Wintlebury; they asked her where she had been, she said on the Hertfordshire road, which she knew by seeing a coach going by; she gave the same account she has here. When she came into her warm bed, she was very sick, and had no free passage through her for stool or urine, till she was supply'd with glysters, for seven days after she came home, but what was forc'd by half a cup full at a time .
John Wintlebury . I saw Elizabeth Canning the night she came home; she appeared in a very bad condition, and had this dirty bed-gown and cap on. Hearing she was come home, I went to her mother's house, and said, Bett, how do you do? She said, I am very bad. Said I, where have you been? She said, she had been some where on the Hertfordshire road, because I have seen the Hertfordshire coach go backwards and forwards .
Q. Have you heard the Evidence she has given here in court?
Wintlebury. I have; she gave the same account that night, but not quite so fully that night, as she did before the sitting alderman, on the Wednesday after, but all agrees with what she has said here, I found her in a great flurry, so did not ask her many questions that night.
Joseph Adamson . I have known Elizabeth Canning the younger some years, I never saw her after see came home, till the day we went down to the people up . I and seven neighbour, of us, agreed to go to the place, I on houseback and some in the coach with E. Canning, I was down about an hour, or an hour and half before the coach came, and had secured all the people we found there; I seeing the room before she was brought in, thought she was able of giving account of it. I returned to meet her, and her about it. she deser, bed the room with some hay in it, a chimney place on the corner of it, an odd fort of an empty room, I went with her to the house and carried her out of the chaise into the kitchen, and set her on the dresser, and ordered all the people to be brought to her, to see if she knew any of them; she was then very weak, I took her in my arms like a child, upon seeing Mary Squires , she said that is the woman that cut my stays off, and threatened to cut my throat if I made a noise .
Q. Did any of the people seem unwilling to be inspected ?
Adamson . Yes, they were very unwilling to be stopped, when we went down in the morning, particularly Mary Squires; after the girl had said this of Squires, Squires said to her, she hoped she would not sware her life away, for she never saw her before; E. Canning pointed to Virtue Hall, and said, that young woman was in the kitchen, when I was brought in; she pointed also to another young woman, and said she was there at the time, then we carried her up to examine the house, she said none of the rooms she had seen, was the room in which she was confined, then I asked if there were any other rooms, they said yes, out of the kitchen, (I had before been in it but did not say so then,) because I had a mind to see if she knew it, we had her up into it, she said this is the same room in which I was, but here is more hay in it than there was then; I laid my hand upon it, and said it has lately been shook up, it lay hollow, she was then pretty near a casement, said I, if you have been so long in this room doubtless you are able to say what is to be seen out here, she described a hill at a distance which is Chinkford-hill, I believe she could at the time she spoke about it, between her and the case-towards the casement, she houses on the other side the lane, then I opened the casement, we looked, and it was as she had described, I asked where was the window she broke out of, she us, there were some board mailed up and said, that is the window, I to see the coach go by at; then we pulled down the board, it was big enough for me to have cut of it, it appealed to me to be the same to the house, for I saw some of the broke off on the out side, that window was high.
werd L. The young woman lived servant with me till she was missing, I have in Alder manbury, I was one of the person that went down to Wells's, house, I went after the left of the gentlemen on the first of February, we were these sometime before she came, and had taken the people up; when the came she was carried into the kitchen, and sat on a dresser, and the people set all round her, I said to her, Bett, don't be frighted or uneasy, you see your friends about you, and on the other hand! don't be too sure, without you really can sware to what you say, therefore be very careful ; she pitched upon Mary Squires to be the person that cut her stays off, she pitched upon a young woman that was said to be daughter to Mary Squires , and said, she was in the kitchen, at the time, and likewise Virtue Hall, but said they did nothing to her; this black jugg was brought down, a bason, and the tobacco mould; she said, they were both in the room, where she was confined; she had described this jugg before, and said it was broken at the mouth, as it now appears to be.
Robert Scarrat . I went down to Endfield Wash, there where six of us in all, her mother and two women were with her in the chaise; she described the fields, and likewise a bridge, that night she came home, near the house; I asked her if she perceived a tanner's house near, she said she believed there was .
Q. Have you heard the other evidences that went down give their evidence.
Scarrat . I have, and what they have said is the truth, which I heard also, I also heard E Canning examined before the sitting alderman, she gave the same account she has done here.
Scarrat. He was, she said she could not sware to him, he had his great coat on at out first going there, but he had pulled it off, she said he looked like the person, but she could not
Edward Rossiter . I wen t down with the rest, on the Thursday, I heard E. Canning examined before Mr. Tashmaker the justice; she gave the same account, then as now, she said John Squires was much like one of the men, when he had got his great coat on, she said she did not see Wells in the house, but she once saw her out at a window, but did not know she was the woman that belonged to the house.
Sutherton Bakler. I am an apothecary, I saw E. Canning, the day after she came home, on the 30th of January about noon, she was extreamely low and weak; I could scarcely here her speak, her voice was so low, and her pulse scarcely to be felt with cold sweats; she told me she had no passage during the whole time of her confinement, she was then in such a condition she had a glister administered the same day, she had many glisters given her, which after some time relieved her .
Q. Whether a person that is extreamely costive cannot subsist longer without food, or with less food, than a person that is not so ?
Bakler. I cannot answer to that . Each of the persons that said they went down to take the prisoners were asked where they went to, and answered to Endfield-wash, the house of the prisoner Walls .
John Giben . I live at Abbotsbury six miles from Dorchester, I am master of the house, called the Old-Ship; on the first of Jan . 1753, the prisoner Squires, came into the house, there was George her son, and Lucy her daughter with her, as she called them; she came with handkerchiefs, lawns, muslins, and chocks, to sell about town, she staid there from the first to the ninth day of the month, and lay at my house.
Q. How long have you kept that house?
Gibon. I have kept it two years, come lady-day.
Q. Look at the woman, are you sure that is her?
Gibon. He looks at Squires, and says; I am sure it is .
Q. How long have you known her?
Gibon . I have known her three years, and have soon her there three years ago.
Q. How long have you lived there?
Gibon. I was born at that town, I am a married man, have a wife and one child, I was bred in the farming way at Fisherton.
Q. By what do you recollect the day?
Gibon. There came an excise man to officiate there, for one John Ward that was sick, and I put the day of the month down, when he came; the excise office is kept at my house, the man that came was Andrew Wicks , or Wick.
Q. Did you see the prisoner sell any of these goods you mentioned.
Gibon. No, I did not, they offered them to sell to me, and others, my wife bought two cheque aprons.
William Clark . I live at Abbotsbury, and have for seven years; I remember seeing the gypsie there, the last time I saw her, was on the 10th of January last, I met with them on the road, we went some way together, we parted at Crudeway-foot, four miles from Abbotsbury, and three from Dorchester .
Q. Where was they going?
Clark. I can't tell that.
Q. Had you ever seen her before ?
Clark. I saw her, and her son and daughter three years ago come March, at Abbotsbury, they came with handkerchiefs, lawns, and muslins to sell; I saw the landlord's wife at the Ship buy some aprons of them the last time they were there .
Q. How came you to take particular notice of the day.
Clark. By keeping my other accounts, I carried goods out with me the same day to Portersham .
Q. Have you your book with you?
Clark. No, I have not, but I can't forget the day, because I don't go so often.
Q. Which way were they going?
Clark. They where making for London, they talked so.
Q. Did they give you any account, to what place they were bound next?
Clark. They did not, they lodged at this man's house, pointing to Gibon, at Abbotsbury .
Q. Did you see them there?
Clark. I did, on the first of January, I commonly go there of an evening, to have a pot of liquor.
Q. Do you remember when you kept Christmas day?
Q. Can you give any account of new stile or old?
Clark . No, I cannot, but if I was to die for the woman I'll speak the truth.
Q. How was she cloathed there?
Clark. The same as now, and the son in a blue coat and a red waistcoat, and had a great coat with him.
Q. What size is he?
Clark. He is about five foot seven or eight inches high, the girl was in a camblet gown.
Q. You are sure you saw her the time you mention .
Clark. I undertake to sware positively to that, that I saw her there on the 1st of January last, and either on the ninth or tenth afterwards, and saw them going about the town in the time, to sell things.
Q. What are you?
Clark. I am a housekeeper, and have been in business about six years, I am a cordwinder.
Q. How many miles is Coom from Dorchester ?
Grevil . I cannot tell.
Q. Who was with her there?
Grevil . There was her sister and her brother, as she said, they sold handkerchiefs, lawns, and such things.
Q. How long did she stay at Coom?
Grevil . They stopped there but one night.
Q. What January do you mean?
Grevil . I mean last January, five weeks ago last Sunday.
Q. How came you to take such particular notice of it?
Grevil . There was a carpenter at my house, he had spent the biggest part of his money, it being Sunday night, I would have him go about his business, and put him out of the house two or three times, and after that he went over the way to another house, and pawned his ax; these three witnesses shewed their subpena's, as the cause of their coming to-give their evidence .
For the Crown.
John Iniser . I sell fish and oysters about Waltham-Cross and Theobalds . I know the prisoner Squires very well by sight, the last time I saw her before now, was at the time she was taken at Susannah Wells 's house; before that I had seen her several times every day up and down before she was taken.
Q. Are you very certain of that?
Iniser. I am that I saw her three weeks before, that she walked into people's houses pretending to tell fortunes. She told me mine once.
Q. Did you see any goods she had to sell?
Iniser. No, I did not, I always saw her by herself. I saw a young man in blue-gray when she was taken up, and two young women, all taken in the house of Wells.
Wells being called upon to make her defence, said, as to her character it was but an indifferent one, that she had an unfortunate husband who was hanged, and added, she never saw the young woman (meaning E. Canning) till they came to take us up; and as to Squires, she never saw her above a week and a day before they were taken up.
Squires guilty , Death .
Wells guilty .
Squires, the last day of the sessions, being asked what she had to say before she received sentence, answered, that an New-year's-Day I lay at Coom at the widow Grevil's house; the next day I was at Stoptage, there were some people who were cast away, and they came along with me to a little house on the top of the Moor and drank there, there were my son and daughter with me. Coming along Popham-lane there were some people raking up dung. I drank at the second alehouse in Basingstoke on the Thursday in the new-year week. On the Friday I lay at Bagshot-Heath, at a little tiney house on the heath. On the Saturday I lay at Old Brentford at Mr. Edwards's, who sells greens and small beer. I could have told this before, but one pulled me and another pulled me, and would not let me speak. I lay at Mrs. Edwards's, on the Sunday and Monday; and on the Tuesday, or Wednesday after, I came from thence to Mrs. Wells's house.
The prisoner was porter to the prosecutor , who is a paper-hanging-maker , and lives on Ludgate-Hill . The prisoner had concealed the cloth mentioned in the indictment, and was going home at night, but before he got out of the shop he was stopped by the servants, who had before observed him, and the piece of linnen,
Guilty 4 s. 10 d .
161, 162. (M.) James Layton and William Gullick , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Aldey , Esq; on the 19th of February , about the hour of nine at night, with an intent to steal .
Both Acquitted .
163. (M.) Charles Sickamore , was indicted for that he, with Joseph Hall , and Jonathan Ward , not yet taken, on the first of December , about the hour of seven in the night, the dwelling house of William Grubb , did break and enter, one cloth coat, value 2 s. one flannel waistcoat, value 6 d. one pair of leather breeches, two linnen shifts, one stuff gown, two quilted petticoats, and one perriwig, the goods of the said William, did steal, &c . ||
Samuel Watts and Thomas Ind , deposed they took the prisoner up, and he was in company with Hall and Ward in the breaking the house, and stealing the goods, and wanted much to be admitted an evidence, but was refused.
Guilty , Death .
164, 165. (M.) Grace Weedon and Isabella Roe , spinsters , were indicted for that they, on the king's highway, on Jane King did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing one ticking pocket, value one penny, one iron key, value two-pence, one penknife, value one penny; one brass thimble, value one halfpenny, from her person , Jan. 29 . ||
Jane King . On the 28th of January I went to High-street, St. James's, to the house of one Devan , who was very ill; his wife desired I would stay and sit up with him, so I staid till one in the morning, then called her up, and came away; about a quarter of an hour after, coming by the corner of White-Hart-yard, Russel-street , the two prisoners stopped me; Roe gave me a slap in the face; after which I had several on my face and breast. Grace Weedon put her hand under my hoop and pulled off my pocket, which had some few halfpence in it, and the rest of the things mentioned in the indictment, and they ran away. I don't remember I heard a word from either of them; I called out, watch, and murder! two watchmen came, and I told them the affair; then I met Roe and laid hold on her, and charged the watchmen with her; we took her to the Roundhouse, where I told the watchmen the other woman had a particular cast with her eye, and I should know her in the morning. Roe said, I don't believe but it is Grace; then the woman of the Roundhouse told me, if I would give her maid two-pence she should go for the key, so she went and brought the pocket and the key. (Produced in court and deposed to.) She lived near the place where they robbed me, and was taken up. I am positive to the two prisoners. John Kelsey and James French were the two watchmen that secured Roe.
Kelsey deposed, he went to Weedon to take her up, and she said, she thought she had no occasion to go with him, for she had sent the pocket, and had given Roe three-pence halfpenny of the money.
I met the gentlewoman, and she stopped me and said, she had been robbed by three women, and she struck me twice; then she called out, watch! the watch came, so she charged me and I her; we were carried to the watch-house; she said it was a woman pitted with the small-pox, so I said, twenty to one but it is Grace; the woman sent her maid, who brought the pocket and key; then we went before the justice, who sent for Grace.
I was going for a pint of beer, and kicked something before me, and found it jingled, so I took it up, and it was a pocket and a key with a bit of brass. I never saw the woman till I saw her before the justice.
Both guilty , Death .
166, 167, 168. (M.) John Higgins , Sarah Higgins , single woman , and Mary Hays , single woman , were indicted for that they, together with Thomas Hays not yet taken, on the 30th of December , about one at night, the dwelling house of Edward Blake did break and enter, and steal out thence 15 pewter dishes, 36 pewter plates, 23 pewter quart pots, three pewter quart tankards, 17 pewter plates, one tablecloth, three blankets, and several other goods of the said Edward . ||
Elizabeth Blake . On the 30th of Dec. I went to see my husband, he being ill, I lay there all night.
Q. Where was your husband?
E. Blake. He is in Newgate, when I returned I found my house broke open and riffled.
Q. Where is this house?
E. Blake . The George in the Strand near St. Clement's church , I left it in the evening about five, and fastened both doors, there is one opens into the Butcher-Row, and the other into the Strand; when I returned the next day at five, I put the key into the door next the Strand, I unlocked the door but found it was bolted, I went round to the other door, that was open; this was bolted with three bolts when I went out, then I got some of my neighbours to lend me a candle, and go in with me, there was not an halfpenny worth of goods left in the house, the locks were broke as far as I went, I missed fifteen pewter dishes, three dozen and ten pewter plates, twenty-three quart pots, three tankards, seventeen pint pots, two penny pots, five half pint pots, a gallon pot, a three pint pot, one pewter bason, seven brass candlesticks, a looking glass, a table cloth, a bed quilt, three blankets, one sheet, a bolster, a set of bed curtains, six iron candlesticks, two coffee-pots, one brass one copper, one sauce-pan, two pair of shoes, one gown, one petticoat, one coat of my husbands, two pair of breeches, three aprons, three handkerchiefs, five linnen caps, one callimanco quilted petticoat, three waistcoats, a woman's beaver hat, a cotton gown, two shirts, fifteen pair of stockings: these where all in the house when I went out, I advertized them, the other witness will give a further account how some of my things were found; on the 11th or 12th of January, I was sent for, to justice Dyer's, there I found a brass pot and cover, one copper sauce-pan, six iron candlesticks, one sheet, one blanket, one waistcoat, one pair of breeches, part of the goods I lost .
Edward Salmon , John Stevens , and Henry Cooley , the constable, all deposed, that one Mr. Cooper had lost some leaden pipe, they went with a search warrant, and in searching Higgins's house, found the goods mentioned by the other witness. (Produced in court and deposed to by Mrs. Blake;) that they by reading the advertizement, sent to Mrs. Blake, and she came and deposed to them, and that one pair of iron candlesticks were found in Hays's house, which was next door to Higgins's .
Mary Laxley deposed, that at the time of the search, Higgins's wife brought some of the goods privately to secret them in her house, and also an iron instrument to break open houses, and wrench off iron pallisadoes, which was produc'd in court.
Higgins's defence .
On Wednesday was 7 weeks my wife and I went to Rag-fair, and bought the goods of a woman for a guinea and half.
My husband brought the 2 candlesticks home, and said he bought them.
169, 170. (M.) John Smith , otherwise Groves , and Thomas Dennis , were indicted for stealing one pair of boots, val. 10 s. five slippers, val. 5 s. the goods of Charles Morton , privately in the shop of the said Charles , Feb. 9 .
|| Guilty 4 s. 10 d .
171. (L.) Joseph Banks , was indicted for that he on the fourth of February , about the hour of eight at night, the dwelling house of Alice Bell widow , did break and enter, one pair of leather breeches, value 3 s. the goods of the said Alice, did steal . * Guilty Felony only .
172. (L.) William Elwal , otherwise Elward , was indicted for stealing two saws, value 10 s. the goods of John Ives , one other saw, value 3 s. one shirt value 10 d. the goods of Francis Woller , Jan. 24 . * Guilty .
173. (M.) Jane, wife of Richard Batcheldor , was indicted for stealing four silver teaspoons, value 5 s. and 7 l. 7 s. the property of Samuel Jones , and Elizabeth Burnet , in the dwelling-house of the said Samuel and Elizabeth , Jan. 24 .
++ Guilty 39 s .
174. (M.) Essex Williams , otherwise William Essex , was indicted for stealing one silver watch, value 4 l. one snuff-box, made of Pinchbeck mettle, two linnen handkerchiefs, value 1 s. one muslin neckcloth, and twenty guineas inRice Griffith . clerk , in the dwelling-house of Jasper Broom Feb. 12 . ++
The prosecutor lodged at the house of Jasper Broom , the prisoner was the prosecutor's servant , the prosecutor missed the things mentioned from out of the drawer, the prisoner went drunk into the house of Jane Catling , in Channel-Row Westminster, and complained he had lost ninteen guineas, the people went out with a light, and found fifteen in the street, he was taken up and searched, and the snuff-box, a neckcloth, and handkerchiefs, found upon-him; which the prosecutor deposed to.
The prisoner in his defence said, in cleaning the things he found the drawer open, so he took the things to preserve them from being lost, and went to see for his master to give him them, and there was a box in his pocket and the money dropped out.
Guilty, 39 s .
175. (M.) Margaret Richards , widow , was indicted for stealing one holland sheet, value 2 s. one linnen frock, value 6 d. three cotton gowns, one muslin cap laced, one lawn shirt laced, six diaper clouts, two linnen shifts, two cotton handkerchiefs, one cotton gown, one cotton shirt , the goods of Robert Willes , January 13 . || Guilty .
There was no evidence appeared. Acquitted .
William Clark , William Morris , and Ann Fox , capitally convicted in December sessions, and Timothy Murphy , John Briant , William Baldwin , and Joseph Hall , capitally convicted last sessions, were executed, pursuant to their sentence, on Monday the 12th of February.
The trials being ended, the court proceeded to give judgement as follows:
Received sentence of death, 7.
Transported for 14 years, 3.
Transported for 7 years, 38.
Ann Nelson , Edmund Reeves , John Taylor , James Thompson , Joseph Banks , Ann Blundell , John E. vans, James Francis , Gerrard Levy, Martha Batcheldor , John Warner , John Brooke , Michael Haws , Mary Johnson, Elizabeth Harrison, James Blundell , John Miles , George Hermitage , Abraham Vineyard , Martha Smith , Jane Batcheldor , Essex William, otherwise William Essex, John Watlin , William Bartlet , Joseph Robinson , John Room , Margaret Richards , John Smith , otherwise Groves, Thomas Dennis , Silvester Eager , Sarah Summers , Joshua Anderson , Anthony Harper , George Blundull, Bridget Johnson , William Walden , William Buttersfield , and Isabella Harvey .