NUMBER V. for the YEAR 1763.
King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable WILLIAM BECKFORD , Esquire, Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir Richard Adams *, Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; James Eyre ++, Esquire, 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.
Christopher Arnold . I lodge in Fleet-lane . On the 14th of April, between 12 and 1 at night, I picked up the prisoner and carried her to my lodging. I undressed myself, and took out my watch; she took it in her hand, and laid it down on the table; I took and hung it up where I usually hang it by my bedside. I got into bed, and said, it she did not come in quickly, I should fall asleep. As I said so it was, I fell asleep; when I awaked in the morning, she and my watch were gone, and also my handkerchief, which I had lent her to tie about her head. I never could meet with her again, till the 21st, when I four'd her in Field-lane. I asked her to go along with me and have some supper; I brought her to the Cock in Fleet-market; then I asked her, how long she had had the handkerchief she had on? she said, you are joking, one handkerchief may be like another. Then I said, if I am not mistaken, you are the very woman that robbed me of my watch. She denied it. I said, I would swear it, and was going to get a constable; she began to cry, and told me she had pawned it in.Henry Lion for 29 s. in whose custody I found it.
Henry Lion . I am a servant under Mr. Ross, a turnkey, at the Poultry Compter; (he produced the watch, which the prosecutor deposed to) the prisoner used to come often to the Compter. She said she knew of a place, and could she sell a watch that was her husband's she could get some cloaths, so as to enable her to go to that service; she said it was in pawn for a guinea. I went with her to the three Blue Balls by Aldersgate, and paid a guinea, and 6 d. for the interest, and gave her 8 s. 6 d. besides for it; the night after she was brought to me by a constable, and I produced the watch.
I am a poor distressed widow, he asked me if I would go with him, he told me he had no money, and he gave me the watch to pawn. I thought I might do what I pleased with it, as he gave it me; and after that I went and sold it to Mr. Lion.
Guilty T .
Charles Gapper . On the 24th of April, about a quarter of an hour before 6 in the afternoon, as I was under Newgate I felt something at my pocket, I turned round immediately, and saw my handkerchief in the prisoner's hand; I said, you rascal, you have got my handkerchief. He said, is this your handkerchief, then you are welcome to it. He was taken to the Fountain tavern, and two other handkerchiefs found upon him. (The handkerchief produced in court, and deposed to with the letters C. G. upon it)
Francis Manning . Mr. Gapper had been at my house in Cannon-street, and we were going together, he had hold of my right arm with his left; he started, and turned about, and said his pocked was picked; this was under Newgate) there was the prisoner with his handkerchief in his hand, it was so momentary I cannot tell which hand he had it is.
Q. Did the prisoner say which way he came by it?
Manning. No, he did not then, but about 10 minutes after, when we had him in the Fountain tavern, he said two boys ran by him, and threw it upon his hand.
I had been on the other side the water to see a kinsman, going home through Newgate there were two boys and a man; I had been drinking a little more than did me good. I was throwing my hands about, the gentleman turned round, and said, his pocket was pick'd. The handkerchief was thrown upon the cape of my coat; the gentleman said, you rascal, you have got my handkerchief. I had not power to speak at that time. The two boys ran, one on one side, and the other on the other, of the gentlemen. I said, the handkerchief is none of mine, if it is yours you are welcome to it.
Guilty . T .
See him tried by the name of Sparks, No 277. in the mayoralty of Mr. Alderman Janssen, for stealing a quantity of pewter.
199, 200. (M.) Joseph Baylis was indicted for that he in company with John Rust , Henry Rabson , and William Poulton , not taken, did steal forty bushels of oats, val. 3 l. the property of John Mariot the Elder, and John Mariot the Younger, secretly in their warehouse . And Samuel Beaden for receiving the same well knowing it to have been stolen , April 8 . *
John Mariot , Junior. My uncle John Mariot and I are partners, we have some warehouses at the end of Milford-lane , we are in the corn trade; the prisoner Baylis used to be employed as a labourer ; I live in Goodman's fields, I attend at the corn market Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and John Jones , who is our servant, comes there to us to take orders. On the 9th of April I was at the warehouses in Milford-lane, about 3 in the afternoon, and was in ormed by Jones there had len some corn taken away. I took up the prisoner and Burton the evidence, they were charged with taking two sacks of malt; they both, before Justice Welch, acknowledged they took each of them one, and they had carried them to Mr. Beaden's stable; he lives in Howard-street, near Norfolk-street, he has stables in Surry-street, and also in Water-lane. We got a search warrant, and in the stables in Surry-street we found a sack marked W. H. a West country sack, of which we have thirty or forty in our warehouse that the owner has not fetched away; ( the sack produced in court) I really believe this is one of the parcel. Beaden hearing there was a warrant against him, came and surrendered
John Jones . I am grainery keeper to messrs. Mariots. On Friday the 8th of April I went to the corn market to my masters, and left the keys of the warehouses with George Burton , Baylis was with him at the time; I returned back, I found Baylis up one pair of stairs in the warehouse; I asked him where the keys were? he said, Burton had them. A person told me he had met Burton with a sack on his back. I went out and met him. I asked him for the keys; he said, Baylis had them. I went into the warehouse, and found the keys in one of the rooms which was locked when I went out, and the bushed was moved from the place where I left it. I asked Burton where he had been? he said he had been carrying a sack for old Price, who is Mr. Dowley's grainery keeper. When I saw Mr. Price I asked him, he said he had carried none for him.
Q. Was the prisoner Baylis employed by you that Friday?
Jones. No, he was not, he worked as a porter for us when we wanted him.
Q. Did you ask him what business he had there?
Jones. No, because at times he used to work there.
George Burton . I worked for Mr. Mariot five or six years at times when they had work for me. On the 8th of April I had only my waistcoat on, I said to Baylis, I wish you would take the keys, I having no pockets, John Jones had left them in my care. I went up to the Three Horseshoes, and had a pint of beer, and bread and cheese, coming back I met Baylis with a sack of oats on his back; I asked him where he was going? he said, John Rust is below. I went to Rust, the grainery door was open; Rust said, you may as well take another sack, (he was standing on the wharf) we will share the money between us, you know we all three want it. Rust put up another sack, and I took it upon my back, and carried it into Surry-street, and pitched it on the other which Baylis had left by Mr. Beaden's stable door; the door was shut, I saw nobody there, I know'd the sack that Baylis carried by the red mark upon it.
Q. Did you ever see those sacks again?
Burton. I saw them burnt at Baylis's mother's house.
Baylis. You burnt them, you did.
Q. How did you get them again?
Burton. I do not know, but I saw them on the same day under Baylis's arm. Jones charged us with taking malt, and we were both taken up on the Sunday night.
Q. What advantage did you get by all this?
Burton. Rust and Baylis came to me at the Horse-shoes, and told me they had got 5 s. of Mr. Beaden; they gave me 2 s. and Baylis had 2 s. and Rust kept the other one; the two sacks came to 10 s. but I never had a farthing more of that; but I received of Mr. Beaden 5 s. about four months ago, for a sack of oats; there had been carried two sacks, and Rust had received 5 s. in part, and I went and received the other 5 of him; he was then at the Swan in Arundel-street, when he came to the door and paid me, he said he had rather have no more, because if it was found out it would blast his character, and ruin him for ever.
William Miller . I was constable, I searched the stable of Mr. Beaden, we found this sack, here produced. I was at Justice Welch's when Baylis was charged with being concerned in taking two sacks of malt, the property of the prosecutors, he acknowledged he did carry one of them from the grainery to Mr. Beaden's stable. Mr Beaden was not at home when we went to his house, I left word I wanted to speak with him, and about an hour after he came and surrendered himself to me.
Samuel Roberts . I am the landlord of the wharf, and let the graineries to the prosecutors. I was before the Justice, and there heard Baylis confess, he carried one sack of oats from the grainery to Mr. Beaden's stable in Surry-street.
Q. Did you ever see Baylis or Burton at your master's stables?
Barrot. No, I never did.
Q. Did you not declare to one Humphry Evans, that you shot the oats which they brought into your master's binn?
Barrot. No, I did not. I said to him, what is all this dispute about? I fancy we are in a bad hole. I never shot any oats but what I weat for myself. I saw Burton in the Round-house, I asked him, if he ever received any money of my master? he said, no, he never did receive any of him during his breath. When we want corn, I or my fellow-servant go to Mr. Dowley's and fetch it; my master trades with him, we have of him about two quarters and a half a week in our stable in Surry-street.
I have my corn of Mr. Dowley, of Milford-lane. I always give orders to my servants when they want to go there for more, which they do, and bring the account to me. I know nothing of what I am here charged with.
Justice Welch. I remember, when Burton was brought before me, he was made an evidence.
Q. Whether he on his examination gave any account of any money he or they received of Beaden?
Justice Welch. I did ask that question. Baylis did acknowledge, he did carry some oats to Beaden's stable, but neither he or Burton did give any account of their being present when any money was paid; neither did they give any account of money being received.
Robert Dowley . I serve Mr. Beaden with corn, and have this three years; he has sometimes seven quarters a week, and sometimes ten, sometimes thirty quarters within the month, more or less; sometimes I send the oats in my own sacks, sometimes in other people's sacks. I have now in my custody west-country sacks of the same mark of this here produced.
There were many evidences to his character, but the court thought it needless to call them.
Baylis Guilty 10 d.
Beaden Acquitted .
Thomas Bramley . I live at Acton , on the 13th of April my hen-house was broke open, which was fastened with two locks, and more fowls taken away then are laid in the indictments and on the next day I found the prisoner in his garret at Wallam-green, they were dead, he was picking the feathers from some of them; I believe them all to be mine, the cock and some of them I can positively swear to. He was carried before Justice Lamb, and there acknowledged stealing them, and diverse others about the country.
I had them, what signifies talking any more about it; it is not worth while to make a dispute, what signifies denying it: I am only sorry I should rob such a worthy gentleman, had it been an old miser I should not have minded it of a farthing. I am guilty, and bad enough.
Guilty . T .
See him tried No 84 in Mr. Alderman Dickinson's mayoralty, for a crime of the same nature.
John Marsh . I live at Maidenhead-bridge . I lost twelve weather-sheep out of my ground joining my house, about the 20th of April, they were sat for my own killing. My servant John Portsmouth can give an account, how and where he found them again.
Philip Harcourt . I am a butcher, and live at Stanmore. The prisoner came to me on the 20th of April, late in the evening, with twelve weather-sheep, he said he was going with them to Smithfield; and one was tired, he asked me, if I would buy it? he seemed to be at a loss to know what price to ask. I asked him, if he would sell them all? he was still at a loss what to ask. I had a suspicion he stole them, I put them into my yard. At first he said, they were his father's, afterwards he said, they were his brother's and his; he said, his father lives at Catridge-green, three miles beyond Chesham. I detained him. The sheep appeared dusty, as if they had come some distance. The prisoner was sent to prison on the 21st; on the 24th John Portsmouth came, he claimed them as his master Marsh's property.
I was hired to drive the sheep, and was to have half a crown for my trouble, and I was to sell them at 18 s. each if I could.
Guilty Death .
Elizabeth Copland . My husband is named Joseph, we keep a linnen-draper's shop at Highgate . On the 30th of April the prisoner, who lived servant at the White Lion, came to see some silk and ribbons, after she was gone, I missed some ribbon; I found she had given a child about a yard and a half of the same I missed. I charged her with taking it. The constable, in searching her box, found about 6 yards more of it; she would give no account how she came by it.
The prisoner in her defence said, the ribbon did not belong to the prosecutor, nor nobody else in Highgate.
Edward Jones, with whom she had lived servant three quarters of a year, between three and four years ago, spoke well of her as to her character at that time.
205, 206. (L.) James Stainer , and Mary Griffin , spinster , were indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 40 s. one cloth waistcoat, value 10 s. one pair of cloth breeches, value 10 s. one black crape gown, value 5 s. and one silk gown, value 10 s. the property of John Murray in his dwelling-house , April 30 . ++
John Murray . I am a perriwig-maker , and live in Grubstreet . The two prisoners lodged in my house as man and wife a fortnight and three days; when they were before the Magistrate, they said they were not married, and gave in these their names. The things mentioned in the indictment were taken out of a book-case which stood on a chest of drawers in their room, which was not let to them for their use, which I believe was lock'd, but I am not sure. I missed them the last day of April. I had given them warning the Saturday before, they went away directly; the woman was first taken, and, upon being charged with taking the things, the man begged of the woman, if she knew any thing of them, to confess Then she said she had taken and pawned them at Mr. Farmer's, in Jewin-street, where we found them.
Sarah his wife deposed to the same purport.
Griffin Guilty 39 s. T .
Stainer Acquitted .
207. (L.) Andrew Kelly was indicted for stealing one mahogany tea chest with three tin cannisters, val. 5 s. the property of Charles Wilkinson ; one silk capuchin cloak, val. 10 s. and one linnen shift, val. 5 s. the property of Mary Lacy , spinster , May 7 . ++
Charles Wilkinson . I am a cabinet-maker in St. Paul's Church-yard , the prisoner was my porter ten days. On Saturday was se'nnight, in the morning, he went out, and in about two hours returned again in liquor; he came up to me in the shop, and asked for a shilling; I bid him go to sleep, as most proper in his condition: he went down stairs, and soon after I had word brought me he had taken a tea-chest and cannisters; after that he was apprehended, and, upon being charged with it, he confessed the fact.
Mary Lacy . I am servant to the prosecutor. On the 7th of this instant, between 11 and 12 o'clock, I saw the prisoner go out of the house with something under his coat; I went after him, and asked him what he had got? then I saw it was a tea-chest. He told me he was going to carry it home to a gentleman that had sent it to be mended. I opened it, and saw it was a new one; I brought it in, and shewed it to my master. A short time after he came in again, and wanted
Guilty . T .
208. (L.) Richard Gouge was indicted for stealing one tortoishell snuff-box set with a silver rim and top, value 10 s. one gold ring, val. 1 s. one pair of silver buckles, and one pair of silver shirt buttons , the property of Edward Bowman , March 19 . ++
Edward Bowman . I am a Smith on Puddle-dock-hill , the prisoner was my apprentice ; I found my drawers open about the 18th of March, in my bed-chamber, and missed the things mentioned in the indictment; I suspected the prisoner.
Q. What branch of business are you in?
Bowman. I am in the engine way, and mend locks. I went to several pawnbrokers to enquire after the things, and found my box at Mr. Rodbard's in the open place Black Friars, it had a paper in the inside with the prisoner's name, it was pawned for 4 s. I paid 4 s. 3 d. for it, I could not find the other things. I took the prisoner up, and before my Lord-Mayor he said he was very sorry for what he had done in taking it, and said he never would be guilty of the like again.
Bowman. I took it out on the 21st of March.
Q. What is the rule by which you calculate your interest?
Isaac. We have three halfpence a month for 4 s.
Q. How came you to take more than three halfpence?
Isaac. Because there was one day past after the month.
Somebody that owes me a spight has gone and taken this box, and pledg'd it in my name.
Guilty . T .
209. (L.) Judith wife of - Garnon was indicted for stealing one linnen handkerchief, val. 8 d. two handkerchiefs made of silk and cotton, val. 15 d. and five yards of printed cotton cloth, val. 8 s. the property of John and Joseph Street , privately in their shop , April 14 ++
Joseph Street . My brother John and I am partners, linnen-drapers . On the 4th of last month, in the afternoon, the prisoner came to our shop, we were very busy, she asked to look at some printed cotton; she gave us great reason to suspect she had stolen some thing We told her before she went out, she must be searched. I took her into a private place, and called my maid down to search her. She had some little pockets under her apron, and in one of them was a southsea handkerchief, the maid took up her gown behind, and there dropt from her 5 yards of printed cotton. (Produced in court.) The handkerchief I believe to be my property, but I do not swear to that; I know the cotton to be our property by the pattern, size, and the sag end with the person's name of whom I had it.
I am very innocent of it.
Guilty 4 s. 10 d. T .
John Longley . I am tenant to Mrs. Palmer at Wooton; on Thursday night last I rack'd up my mistress's horses, there were five of them at Wooton, about 9 at night; I did not lock the stable door; in the morning, about 4, I missed a black gelding, with a bald face; I went and let my mistress know of it; she sent John Dendy to seek after him, who brought the gelding back again on Sunday morning.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Q. Did he offer to sell him?
Dendy. I do not know that he did.
Q. Did he say that it was his own horse?
Dendy. Not as I heard. Before my Lord-Mayor the next morning he made another sort of a story, but I cannot tell what very well.
Q. Then how do you know that it was another sort of a story?
Dendy. He said he had him of a man at Epsom, who gave him a shilling to ride him to market.
I had the horse of a man at the lower end of the market, he was a horse coaser, he desired me to ride him about; this man came and took me and never gave me time to look after the . I am entirely a stranger here; I came to London to seek for business.
211. (M.) Patrick Hogan was indicted for that he, on the 18th of April , between the hours of 8 and 9 in the night, the dwelling-house of Robert Cooper did burglariously break and enter, and stealing in the said dwelling-house one linnen handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of the said Robert. *
Robert Cooper . I live in a house of my own in the parish of Harmandsworth . I was abroad, carrying news-papers to my customers, and my wife was gone to look after my father's house, who was dead; I had fastened the back door with a bolt on the inside, and a double spring-look at the sore-door; I had put a great board up for a window-shutter and fastened it with two broomsticks a-cross on the inside; I went out on Sunday the 17th of April, and returned on Tuesday morning, I found the whole frame of a lower window was beaten into the house. I never saw the prisoner in my life till now. The other witnesses can give a farther account.
Joseph Fellows . I live about a mile from the prosecutor. (He produced a white linnen handkerchief.) This was delivered to me by John Appleton's wife the same night the prisoner was taken; I being constable, was sent for to take the prisoner in custody.
Prosecutor. This handkerchief I laid upon a pair of chest of drawers when I went out, it is my property, I know it by two oilet-holes, I saw my wife make them, she used to wear it.
Q. Where there any other goods of value in the house?
Prosecutor. There were gowns and things of my wife's, and a great deal of linnen, and my wearing apparel.
James Whitmel . I was going by the prosecutor's house on the 18th of April, some of the neighbours said, they heard a man breaking the house, I went in and found the prisoner in a lower room; I led him out of the house, and saw him drop a handkerchief after he was out, it fell from his breeches.
Q. Was it light or dark?
Whitmel. It was day light; a woman took up the handkerchief and gave it to me. I cannot say this is the same, it having been out of my custody. I searched him and found nothing upon him.
The next morning I asked them to shew me the place. I was fuddled. If I was to die, I do not know any thing of it. The people wanted me to make my will and power to them, then they said they would clear me; then they asked me for half a guinea, and I had nothing to give them. I have nobody to speak for me but God Almighty.
Q. to Whitmel Did you hear any such offer made the prisoner?
Whitmel. No, I did not.
The constable answered the same.
Q. to Whitmel. Do you know which way he got in?
Whitmel. I found the two doors open; the window was broke so that he might get in.
John Harrington. I am a trunk-maker , and live at the corner of Chancery-lane, Holborn . On the 29th of April last, about 9 in the morning, I had been gone to a lady in Red-lion-street, and on my return in about half an hour I found my shop shut up; there was the prisoner, they told me he was taken with a trunk of mine on his back. He said, he was going to make water by my shop and the trunk fell upon his knot, and
Joseph Hemmings . I am servant to the prosecutor Our apprentice Samuel Little said to me, there is a man has stole a trunk; I followed him, he was walking along with it; I laid hold of him about three doors from our house, he threw it off and Little catch'd it, we brought that and him back into the shop, it was my master's property.
I was much in liquor. I am porter to Mr. Baskerville at the bottle warehouse at the Three Crowns.
Guilty . B .
213. (M.) Edmund Collins , gent. was indicted for that he, on the king's highway, on James Vigne did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person one metal watch, value 5 l. one gold ring set with diamonds, value 22 l. one other gold ring, value 12 s. and two quarter guineas, his property , March 27 . *
James Vigne . I am a watch maker . On the 28th of March; about one in the morning, I was coming home towards Charing-cross, where I live; I was accosted by three men, two of them dressed in sailors jackets, the other in common cloaths; this was near York-buildings in the Strand, the prisoner was one of them; they surrounded me, and talked to each other, I could not tell what, in a mumbling way. They said, give us something to drink. I said, I could not then, I was going home. They insisted upon it very strongly; I thought it most prudent to comply with three such desperate fellows, (as they kept very close to me) to pass my own door, which is opposite Northumberland-house, fearing if I should knock, and have it opened, they, by seeing valuable things there, might knock me down, and force into the house. I said, I would treat them at the first house I came to; they obliged me to go up the Haymarket I was fearful to run from them, fearing they would follow me, and use me ill. I saw a cellar open in the Haymarket, on the right hand side, which seemed to have a decent appearance; I proposed to treat them there; they said, no, they would have it at a house of there own at the top of Piccadilly, at the Red Lion. We went all there, I ordered some liquor, a half crown bowl of punch, I think they called for slip: they forced me to the upper end of the place; there were a great number of people there, coachmen and chairmen, it is a night house. As I was sitting with my head leaning on my hand, the prisoner took my watch from my fob. I took it out of his hand, and said, what do you mean to rob me? I got out of the house as soon as I could, I believe I had been there about an hour; I made for home as fast as I could, betwixt Panton-street and James-street , there is no lamps; they all three came running on the other side of the way, two of them took hold of me on each side, I said, what do you want with me now, have not I given you something to drink? Said they, do not chatter, Sir, come, come, deliver. They took my watch, a quarter guineas, and 2 s. from my pocket, and struck me several blows with a stick, one on my thigh, and others on my hands. One of them said, don't use him ill, you know that he has been a good natured fellow, but he has got a ring, and by G d we will have it. I had at that time my glove on, but they had seen it I believe in the house; they took it, it was a diamond cluster ring, 9 large and 8 small ones; then they left me, and I went home, the ring was worth at least 22 l.
Q. Did you pass no watchman in the street?
Vigne. No, I did not, nor nobody else, and they had hold of my shoulder almost all the way, and kept close to me. I got home about half an hour after two.
Q. Was you sober?
Vigne. I was. I advertised my ring the next day; after that I heard there was such a person as the prisoner in the Gatehouse, for an assault, I went to Sir John Fielding , he was brought up, I knew him directly, it was the prisoner at the bar, he owned he was in that house with me. I have found only the setting of my diamond ring again, that is, the hoop and setting. Mr. Underwood said he had sold the stones, and he sent the hoop to me: here it is, (producing it) I am certain it is the same, having several reasons to know it by, and here is Mr. Le Sage, that made it for me.
Vigne. I did not, I have blamed myself since for not doing it.
Mr. Underwood. This ring, with the diamonds in it, was brought to me by James Thorp , sent by Mr. Warren, in Fleet-lane, to know what I would give for it, it was wrapped up in paper, this was some time between 3 and 5 weeks ago, it was a very remarkable ring, not one in a thousand like it; I gave 9 guineas for it, the boy said his master asked 10 guineas
James Thorp . I carried a ring wrapped up in paper from Mr. Warren, in Fleet-lane, to Mr. Underwood; Mr. Warren is a jeweller: I saw James Geary give it to Mr. Warren; my master said to Geary, he did not know whether they were diamonds or not.
Q. Where is your master Warren?
Thorp. He is now a prisoner in the Fleet.
James Geary . I had a cluster ring set with stones, I asked Mr. Warren what it might be worth? he tried it with a file, and said it might he worth 10 guineas, I was to pawn it for Collins, this was about six weeks ago; he sent the boy, I think, to Gutter-lane first, to a jeweller, to know the value of it; the boy brought word back that it was a diamond ring. After that I sent it by a woman, and pawned it for 4 s. on Ludgate-hill.
Q. What are you in custody for?
Geary. I do not know, I am charged with a highway robbery.
Mr. Le Sage. I set this ring (taking the hoop in his hand) for the prosecutor.
Q. What was the market price to sell again?
Le Sage. I would have given 16 l. for it to sell again, but I should not have bought it of a boy. On Friday last the hoop was produced to the prisoner, and I heard him acknowledge he sent it by Geary to pawn, and Geary pawned it for 4 s.
John Tompson . I keep the Red Lion in Piccadilly. I saw the prisoner with the prosecutor at my house, it was, I believe, about 3 in the morning, but I cannot tell the day of the month or week; he was dressed in a sailor's jacket, he goes by the name of the fighting cobler.
I did not see the ring that is alledged against me, I know I gave a common paste ring to Geary, he left it at a pawnbroker's for 4 s. a woman brought it from Plymouth, and gave it me. I have been in the king's service this seven years: I was paid off from the Saltash man of war at Deptford.
The prisoner was seen to go out from a house where the prosecutor, a carpenter , was doing business; he was followed, and a hand saw found in his custody the property of the prosecutor.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he came to borrow a saw, as he knew the prosecutor, to do a small job, and seeing nobody there, took it, with intent, when he had done his job, to bring it again.
The prosecutor, upon being asked, said, had he asked him to lend him a saw, he should have lent him one. That he had known him almost four years to be a journeyman-carpenter , of whose character he never heard any complaint, and that he was inclinable to thing favourable of him in this affair.
215. (M.) Catherine Burton , widow , was indicted for stealing one silver punch-ladle, val. 1 s. two silver salts, value 2 s. two silver tablespoons, val. 2 s. two glass cannisters with silver tops, two silver salt-spoons, and one china bason , the property of Mary Burr , spinster , May 5 . ++
Thomas Watkins . I was at Mrs. Burr's house at breakfast on the 5th of May; the family all went to church, except Mrs. Burr, and the maids. About three quarters after 10 there came two persons to know if she had been robbed of some plate; Elizabeth Bedington went and found the glass of the buffet was broke and the things mentioned in the indictment were gone. I went out, and there were a crowd of people, they had put the prisoner in the watch-house, a man had got the things at the Queen's head; there I went and saw them, and knew them to be Mrs. Burr's property.
Thomas Pasfield . The prisoner came to my house for some tea and sugar, and had no money to pay for them, on the 5th of May, about 11 o'clock; she offered me the punch-ladle to sell, her hand was all bloody, I would not take the ladle, she would not go out of my shop, but turned about and broke my window; I charged the constable with her, and there we found the rest of the things in her apron. (Produced in court, and deposed to by Mr. Watkins as the property of Mrs. Burr.)
I know nothing of it; I don't know where I was; I was out of my senses.
Guilty . T .
John Willan . The prisoner was my servant . I had a suspicion of some body taking my hay a great while. I was told, a servant of mine was put into the watch-house for stealing of hay; I went and saw the three trusses of hay, one of the trusses I could swear to, and I believe the others to be mine. The prisoner was carried to Justice Fielding, there he said, he had taken the hay out of my barn at Marybone.
Mr. Woodman. I live in Marybone parish. On Monday morning the 25th of April, between 3 and 4 o'clock, I detected the prisoner in the field with a truss of hay on his back, he made his escape from me; I catched him again, then he said if I would let him go he would leave the hay. I carried him to the watch-house, there he offered me half a crown if I would let him go. I had watched him, and found two other trusses where he had laid them in the field. Before Justice Fielding he owned he stole the three trusses from out of his master's barn at Marybone that morning, and that he had sold two trusses to a man before.
I never did take any hay.
He called Walter Holding and Richard Rigby, who had known him 8 or 9 years, and Mary Keys about 12 months, who gave him a good character.
Guilty . T .
The prosecutor is a wheelwright and blacksmith in Tottenham-court-road ; the prisoner worked for him in the capacity of a blacksmith; he was suspected of robbing his master of iron, and was observed to come from the place where the old iron lay with something bulky in his pockets, which, upon searching him, proved to be 5 lb. wt. of iron; he owned it to be his master's property, and confessed where he had sold more; there was found, by his direction, upwards of 30 lb. but it being mixed together only 5 lb. of it which was very easy to be known again, was deposed to as the property of the prosecutor.
Guilty 5 d. T .
218. (M.) Ann Carver , widow , was indicted for stealing one pair of muslin ruffles, val. 10 d. two linnen aprons, val. 6 d. three linnen handkerchiefs, val. 18 d. and one cap, val. 2 d. the property of William Blunt , May 2 . ++
The prosecutor's daughter had been at a boarding-school, and when her box was brought home on the 20th of May the things mentioned in the indictment were missing out of it. The prisoner was servant at the school, she was suspected, and the cap was found on her head, with a handkerchief tied over it, one handkerchief was found under the tip of her stay, an apron, two handkerchiefs, and the ruffles were found at a pawnbrokers; after which the prisoner confessed she had taken them, and pawned them which were found at the pawnbrokers, but said she intended to replace them again.
Guilty 10 d. T .
Elizabeth Parish. I live servant with Mrs. Young. I saw the prisoner have the box in his hand and was going to open it, just after my mistress went out of the room: I was going to ask him what business he had with it, but was called to go and fetch a pint of beer, and when I came again he was gone.
Henry White . The prisoner came into a house where I was, about two hundred yards from Mrs. Young's house, about ten minutes after she had lost her money; he bid me 5 s. for my wig I have now on, and wanted me to give him 3 d. out of a quarter guinea, which he had in his hand.
I deal in old cloaths; I never was guilty of any thing, only getting-drunk; I know no more of the money than the farthest person living. That was a half guinea that I offered, and I offered 14 s. for things at Mrs. Young's house that day; how could I buy things without money?
Q. to Prosecutrix. Did he offer 14 s. for things in your house that day?
Prosecutrix. He was looking over some stockings and a hat belonging to a woman; she did say he offered her that money, but that was after I had lost mine. He denied having any money when he was taken, but he was searched before Sir John Fielding , and half a guinea found upon him. That woman wanted him to buy two hats, he said, would you have me go farther than my pocket will go?
220, 221, 222. (M.) James Chapman , otherwise Lilley , Richard Forsir , and James Ward were indicted for that they, in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, on Samuel Corin did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one pair of leather shoes, val. 2 s. one pair of iron buckles plated with silver, value 6 d. one hat, val. 1 s. one perriwig, val. 5 s. one half guinea, and 2 s. 6 d. in money numbered, the property of the said Samuel, against his will , May 10 . *
Samuel Corin . I live in Water-lane, Fleet-street, I am a waiter belonging to Marybone gardens. Having company to attend, we were obliged to stay on Tuesday morning, the 10th of May, between 12 and 1; there were three of us, Tibbutts, Lambert, and myself, we begged a bit of a link of the landlord at the Rose to light us over the fields; we got about twenty yards on this side of the posts, there three men or more met us, the first came up to me and said, give me the link; I said, what would you do with the link? The second came up and d - d my eyes, and said, give me the link; and immediately took it out of my hand and put it out, and two of them knocked or shoved me down.
Q. Before the link was put out, did you observe the faces of any of them?
Corin. All I know is the second man had a striped waistcoat. I know nothing of the faces of either of them. One of them held me, while the other riffled my pockets, after that they took my hat and wig; I got up, they said, d - n your eyes, if you don't go that way, we will blow your brains out. I walked a little way, and hearing people talk, I could not tell my way, I cam e again in the midst of them.
Q. What money did you loose?
Corin. I had five single six-pences and half a guinea in my pocket; I had none when I came to the light. When I came to them again, they swore at me in the same manner, and said, they would blow my brains out, if I came there again. Another said, d - n his eyes, he has got silver buckles, we will have them.
Q. Are you sure they were the same men?
Corin. I was in such confusion, I can't tell. Two of them seized me and held up my legs, one at a time, and took shoes and all; then I did not know them; when I left them, I durst not for some time make a noise. At last I saw my companions at the corner of Cavendish-square, I was calling out, I did not know where I was, till a light came, they came to me with two watchmen. At my getting up from the ground I found a cap, which we thought to be a light horse-man's cap, that I left with Justice Fielding, we went there the same day. The prisoners were taken before Justice Pell, I went there; the Justice asked me, if I could swear to
Q. Did you get any of your things again?
Corin. No, I have not.
William Smith . I came from sea last Christmas, having been there about seven years. I have been acquainted with the three prisoners about five weeks; I became first acquainted with them in St. Giles's, at one Mr. Porter's, the King's Arms, a public house, they are all sailors; we just went out upon a frolick together that night.
Q. What time did you meet that night?
Smith. We met there between 9 and 19 accidentally; we said, we would go out together to see what we could do.
Q. Do, what?
Smith. Rob the first we came a-thort, as soon as we came out of the house we declared this. Lilley and Forsit had each a stick: we went to the New Road, there we robbed two country-carts. Then we went into Church-street, near Maynard-street, and had half a pint of gin, this might be about 11 o'clock. Then we went to Marybone fields, and met with these three waiters, between 12 and 1 o'clock. Lilley was the foremost man, he ran to the man with the link in his hand, and said, give me the link; the other said, what will you do with the link? then I said, d - n your eyes, give me the link; he made no resistance, but gave it me. I gave him a shove and hove him down, I took half a crown out of his pocket and gave it to Forsit, they were sixpences I believe, I took his hat, after that Lilley and I took both his shoes; the others were busy with the other two waiters; Forsit took his wig, and had the hat too from my head; Forsit got his buckles, and Lilley his shoes. After we had done this, we all went to Holborn together to the George, a night-house, I never was there before in my life; we staid there better than an hour drinking, and went from thence to the house of one Cowman, I don't know the sign, just by the Tower-goal, we got there about 5 o'clock in the morning, we staid there pretty near an hour; then they all went out of the house but me. Lilley left his stick behind, the landlord took notice of its being bloody, and took me in custody, I was carried to prison; when I came before Justice Pell, then I told who the others were.
Richard Porter . I live in Maynard-street, St. Giles's, at the King's Arms. I know all the prisoners and the evidence, they all drank at times at my house. I have seen them at sundry times for six weeks past, sometimes they have drank together and sometimes at separate boxes; they are sailors. I cannot charge my memory with the day, but I think last Tuesday was son-night, in the evening, or thereabouts, was the last time I saw them. Ward is a musician, he has used to play on the violin. I remember the evidence wore a striped jacket. Chapman and Smith used to be often together. Ward lodged facing me; I can't say I ever saw him in their company any farther than playing them a tune.
Mr. Cowman. I keep the Horns and Horseshoe, a public house in Rosemary-lane. The three prisoners and evidence were all together in my house, between 5 and 6 in the morning, on Wednesday was se'nnight; I never knew any thing of them before, they called for a pot of purl; Lilley called for a pint of beer by himself in a different box, and seemed to be in a passion with the other two prisoners, he paid me for his beer at his coming in; Forsit had a hat in his hand, which he offered to a man to sell; he asked 6 s. for it; he and that man sat together four or five minutes; the man and he went out together, and I believe were gone near a quarter of an hour; he came back again; I did not see the hat after that; they staid about an hour in my house; he paid for the purl; they went away and Smith staid alone, he would not go with them; they staid wrangling at the door; I begged of him to go along with his company, he would not go, but called me names, and said I had robbed him. Forsit hit Smith with his stick across his back, and wanted him to come along; still he would not, but said I had robbed him; I said of what? he said I want my stick; some people shov'd him out at the door; he said he would not go, he would have his revenge of me, I had robbed him of a halfpenny; I said, if you will not go, I'll charge an officer with you, I do not half like you; he shov'd in again, then I sent for an officer, and gave him in charge. Lilley left his stick in the box, it was split a good way down, and it then seemed to me as if there was blood upon it. (Producing a large stick.) I took Smith before Justice Pell; he said, he worked in the brick-field, he could not tell his master's name for a good while. The Justice
Daniel Tibbuts . I was along with Corin when he was robbed coming from Marybone; they came and knocked me down I lay sometime on the ground senseless; (he shewed a wound in his head) this they gave me, this was just after the link was out, I do not remember any of the people; I lost hat, wig, buckles, shoes, and all the money I had in my pocket, which was some silver and halfpence, I cannot be positive how much; they wanted to strip me naked, I struggled for my coat; I don't know what they did to Lambert and Corin: I saw the prisoners before the Justices, they denied it.
Zepheniah Lambert. I was one of the three waiters, we had borrowed a link, and were coming home, and were got about twenty yards into the fields, about three or four men met us; one of them came up and said, d - n your eyes, give me the link, to Corin; then another came with a striped waistcoat on, and said, d - n your eyes, give us the link, and snatched it out of his hand, and put it out. I had a large stick in my hand, I struck at him, upon which, another of them knocked me down; they being busy upon my other two companions, and it being dark I made off from them, they took nothing from me; I cannot swear to any of them; I saw the prisoners before Justice Pell, where they denied it.
Samuel Clark . A young man came to Justice Fielding from Justice Pell last Tuesday was se'nnight, about 11 in the forenoon, with a paper, and three mens names upon it, Lilley, Ward, and Forsit; at that time Sir John was busy with the waiters, who came to give an account how they had been robbed. Justice Pell sent word that Ward and Forsit were at the King's arms in Maynard-street, or just by; Newton and I went to see if we could see them, the waiters went along with us; we took Ward in his lodgings before he had got his cloaths on; we brought him to Justice Fielding, there he owned that he, Lilley, Smith, and Forsit, were all together in Marybone fields last night, and robbed three men there. The cap was produced to him, he was asked if that cap was not lost in the fields; he said. yes, and that it belonged to Lilley. After that I took the keeper of Bridewell, and the other man that knew Forsit, and went to the King's arms again; the man that knew him pointed to him, saying, that was the man. He was sitting with a pint of beer before him, I laid hold of him directly; he was very resolute at first, and said he knew nothing of the matter; we found a will and powers in his pocket that belongs to one Williams on board a man of war. We brought him to Sir John Fielding , he committed one to the Gatehouse, and the other to Clerkenwell Bridewell.
Mr. Newton confirmed the account given by Clark.
James Grief . I am a prisoner detained to give evidence against some persons. I was out after some of them. I knew Chapman by a mark that Smith the evidence had mentioned to me in prison; I found Chapman at the Horse and Groom, Whitechapel; they secured him, and took him before Justice Pell, he was charged with this robbery, but he denied it.
I am innocent of the matter.
I do not know the man that is evidence against me, no farther than he may have come into the house where I have been; he may have committed the robbery himself, and other people with him, and so swear innocent peoples lives away.
I never had any conversation with the evidence in my life. Mr. Porter can give me a character.
Peter Cavenaugh , Richard Johnson, William Pindor , and Catherine Lynford , who also had known Ward about two months, spoke well of him.
All three Guilty . Death .
223. (M.) James Brown was indicted for that he, on the king's highway, on Thomas Martin did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one silver watch, val. 3 l. and 5 s. in money numbered, his property, and against his will , April 13 . ++
Thomas Martin . On Wednesday the 13th of April, about half an hour after 8 at night, I was coming down the New Road against the Duke of Bedford's, I met a man on that side of the road the ditch is on, I was in a single house chaise; the man turned round and called, hollo, hollo, there directly came two more upon me, on the other side of the road, they cried, stop, stop; as soon as I had stopped, one of them presented a horse pistol to my head, and then he lowered it to my breast; he then jump'd up upon the shafts of the chaise with another, one stood on my side, and the other on the side the lady set; he got his hand into the waistband of my breeches; I bid him not to rifle me, and said, I had a watch, and I would give it him; when he had got that, he said, now your money. I gave him two half crowns, and asked him if that would satisfy him. He said, d - n you, I must have more. I said, I believe'd I had a little more, and gave him about 7 or 8 s. more. The other was risling the lady all the while, she gave him her purse, in which was about 5 l. As soon as they had done I thought I heard a coach behind us, they ran away as fast as they could.
Q. What was the other person employed about?
Martin. He held the horse's head all the while.
Q. Do you know the prisoner?
Martin. I do not, neither can I describe the dress; this I know, the same man that presented the pistol to me rifled me, they were all on foot, that man was about the size of the prisoner, one was pretty lusty. I went to Mr. Fielding, and gave information. A pawnbroker had given information of a watch he had got; I went with the Justice's clerk and the constable to that pawnbroker's, it proved to be mine; he went with us to the man that pledg'd it, one Richard Johnson , a Publican, and he produced the prisoner at the bar, and said he had it of him; the prisoner confessed the whole affair at Johnson's house. He was carried before Justice Fielding, there he said he did go out in the night, and two more lads with him, but was not perfect in their names, and that they committed this robbery; this was in my hearing, but I believe he knew me no more than I knew him.
Q. Had you said any thing to him to perswade him to confess?
Martin. No, I had not.
Mr. Johnson. I am a publican in St. Giles's and live at the Black Horse in Dyer-street. The prisoner at the bar delivered this watch to me to go and pawn it for him on the 13th of April, at night about 10 o'clock, he had used my house before.
Q. Were there any company with him that night?
Johnson. No, he was alone, he lodged in the next street to me.
Q. How was he dressed?
Johnson. I believe he had a blue jacket on. I went the next morning and pawned it to Mr. Hull, in my own name; they came to me and told me I must produce the man I had the watch of. I went and found the prisoner in a skittle-ground in St. Giles's, I told him my business, and delivered him to the officers.
Robert Hull . I am a pawnbroker, I live in New Bolton-street, St. Ann's. Mr. Johnson brought me this watch (produced and deposed to) on the 14th of April, about 11 o'clock, and pledg'd it in his own name, I did not know him before, I lent him 20 s. upon it. I saw the advertisement on the Friday, I went and told Sir John Fielding I had such a watch pawned with me; I heard the prisoner say three of them had been a robbing, and he had the watch for his share.
Thomas Oakes . I was at the taking of the prisoner, I heard him own he had been out with two others, and robbed a gentleman in a single horse chaise, he cried bitterly; I brought him to Justice Fielding, but did not hear what past there with regard to this robbery.
I am but lately come home from sea. I happened to get in liquor, and two men came and drawed me to go with them into the fields. I am a Scotchman, and a stranger in this country, and have no friends here.
Guilty . Death .
John Doolan was indicted for stealing one gold shirt-buckle set with garnet stones, value 16 s. and one shirt-buckle set with glass paste , the property of Thomas Lewis , May 14 . ++
Thomas Lewis . I am a comb-maker and hard ware-man , and live in Lombard-street . On Saturday morning last, between 9 and 10 at night, the prisoner came into my shop under a pretence of buying a shirt-buckle; I shewed him some, I saw him conceal one in his hand, which was a garnet one set in gold; I looked so close after him that he could not put it down again without my seeing him; he said, he had one at home he would make an exchange with me, he said it cost 17 s. He went out of the shop, and told me he would bring it; I followed him, and overtook him in the passage to the Post-office, I took him by the collar and led him back to my shop, and said, he had stole a shirt-buckle from me and I should punish him. A constable was going by, I called him, and gave charge of him. The prisoner said, he hoped I would not expose him, and begged for mercy, and would have down'd on his knees in the shop, and put down two shirt-buckles on the counter; I only saw him take one, but he had taken a paste one set in silver, and a garnet one set in gold, I know them both to be mine, by my private mark. (Produced and deposed to.)
John Johnson . I was charged with the prisoner. As I was taking the prisoner to the Compter, he said, is there no means by which I may get off? I said, no; he said, I can give you 5 guineas if you will let me run away; he acknowledged he took them, but said it was by mistake.
Q. to prosecutor. Did you know the prisoner before?
Prosecutor. I have seen him in my shop before; he was servant to Mr. Jackson, in the secretary's office at the Post-office.
The prisoner in his defence said, he had met with an acquaintance who had made him drink three glasses of rum, and he being fuddled, took them by mistake.
The prosecutor, upon being asked, said, he did not appear to him to be in liquor.
Guilty . T .
225. (L.) Frances Green , widow , otherwise Frances, wife of - Green, was indicted for stealing one cotton gown, val. 12 s. one shirt, two handkerchiefs, two caps, two yards of ribbon, one hat, one cloth cloak , the property of Robert Olton Vring , April 28 . ++
Elizabeth Vring . I am wife to Robert Oston Vring . I went out on the 28th of April, between 11 and 12, and desired the prisoner to take care of my house till I came back; she worked for me in making sailor's jackets; when I came back again, I found my little child with a farthing worth of gingerbread in her hand, I missed the things mentioned in the indictment and prisoner. She came the 2d of May to me with the hat on her head and the cloak on her back, I charged her with taking the things; then she owned, she had pawned my gown for 8 s. at the Three blue Balls, on Ludgate Hill, on the 28th of April, she went with me there, there I found it.
John Brooks . I am a pawnbroker. (He produced the gown, deposed to by prosecutrix,) this was pawned to me by the prisoner at the bar on the 28th of April, in the name of Frances Green, I lent her 8 s. upon it.
The prisoner in her defence said, the prosecutrix lent her the gown.
The prosecutrix, upon being asked, denied it.
Guilty . T .
226. (L.) Elizabeth, wife of - Barker , was indicted for stealing one woman's silk cloak called a cardinal, value 2 s. one linnen sheet, value 2 s. three linnen handkerchiefs, and one linnen apron , the property of John Sharpless , May 16 . ++
Elizabeth Sharpless , wife of the prosecutor, deposed, that the prisoner lodged in the same room she did in Poor Jewry-lane ; that she lost the things mentioned in the indictment out of a box in the room, in which she had left the key; that by enquiring at the pawnbroker's, she found the things mentioned at Houndsditch.
The pawnbroker's man deposed, that he took in the things of the prisoner. (Produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)
Henry Hibbot , the officer, deposed, that he heard the prisoner acknowledge she had pledged the things; that the prisoner said it was the first time she ever did such a thing, and that she intended to replace them again.
Guilty . T .
Owen M'Carty, No. 191, in last sessions paper.
The prosecutor did not appear.
229, 230, 231, 232. (M.) Catherine Thomas was indicted for stealing one linnen gown, value 20 s. one sattin cloak lined with beaver-skin value 5 l. two Dresden aprons, value 20 l. one pair of double-laced ruffles, value 18 l. two pair of laced round robbins, value 10 s. eight yards of Mechlin lace, value 20 l. two pair of cotton stockings, value 8 s. one Holland shift, value 30 s. one Holland shirt, value 30 s. three pieces of point lace, value 4 s. one pair of silver buckles set with paste, value 2 s. two fancy rings, and one linnen bag, the property of Isabella Carr , spinster ; one lutestring gown, one printed cotton gown, one black laced handkerchief, and one pair of muslin ruffles , the property of Elizabeth Gittoes , spinster ; and Bridget Ward , otherwise wife of Daniel Moring , Bridget, wife of John Leedham , and Jane Leedham , for receiving part of the said goods, well knowing the same to have been stolen . April 14 . *
Elizabeth Gittoes . I am housekeeper to Mrs. Carr; the prisoner, Thomas, was a very poor girl, and we thought her a notable girl; we took her into the house as a servant at 6 l. a year; she came in February, and went away the 13th of April, between 9 and 10 at night; I observed the door was shut, but did not think she was gone out; I went up stairs, and smelt the snuff of a candle, which a little alarmed me; I found the candlestick, and candle blowed out, on the top of the stairs; I sat up for her till twelve o'clock, expecting she would come in, but finding she did not, I went to bed, then from a drawer I missed a gown; I looked in my own drawer, and missed my lutestring gown from the bottom of the drawer under other things; then I went and told the two men, who were in bed, what I missed, and desired them to get up in the morning and enquire for the girl; I got up between 6 and 7, and let my lady know of it; she said, I wish she has not taken my Dresden lace out of the band-box; I opened the box, and found it all gone; then I opened the drawer, and missed her sattin cloak, and the rest of the things; she bid me send Stephen to Justice Fielding, which I did, but he was not at home; then he went to Justice Cox; I was obliged to go there to swear to the loss of the things, in order to obtain a warrant, our servant had found two places where she had lived; the Justice granted two warrants to search the two houses. I went to one of them, the Black-moor's-head in Germain-street; the woman there said, she had lived with her about a month or five weeks, but that she was not there then. I sat in the coach, and a boy came to me and said, a person wanted me at the Feathers at the top of the street, I ordered the coach there, there was a great mob, a girl came out and said, madam, she is here, and your servant has got her; I went into the tap-room, being lame and sat down, there was Mrs. Ferne, the mistress of the house, who said the girl was here, swearing a great oath, she knew she was a thief, and had taxed her with it last night; the prisoner was up stairs, I went up to her, with the footman, and another man, I said, so, Kitty, how came you to do so? she answered, O, madam, I have done it, and it cannot be help'd; or to that purpose. There was our foul cloaths-bag in the room by her, with a number of things in it that belong to Mrs. Carr. I said, where are all the things that you have taken? she said, they are here, in the bag. I went with her and the constable, and the bag, in the coach to Mr. Cox's, the things were examined there directly; there were several pieces of lace, a pair of laced ruffles, a cloak lined with beaver, a black bonnet, a white sattin cloak, two Dresden aprons, two pair of round robbins laced, a pair of stockings, these all belong to Mrs. Carr. (Produced in court.) I found also a striped lutestring gown, a cotton gown, a laced handkerchief, a pair of muslin ruffles, and four pieces of lace, my property. (Produced in court.) We not finding all the things that we missed, the Justice asked her what she had done with them; she said she gave them to Mrs. Ferne over night for her to take care of, and that the prisoner Ward had bought a riding-shirt of her for 4 s. and that Ward made her give her the 4 s. again, but never gave her back the shirt; there was no shirt found there.
E. Gittoes. No, she was not. The Justice granted a warrant for the constable to go and search Ferne's house, and to take up Bridget Ward ; he searched, but found nothing. They said Ward was not there, and that she was married, and they did not know her husband's name this was in my hearing: we did not meet with her, we returned again to the Justice. Thomas was brought up again, she then said there was a piece of lace, which she had sold to Mrs. Ferne
Q. Where does Mrs. Carr live?
E. Gittoes. She lives in Piccadilly, next door to Lord Egremont's, she is a single woman.
Stephen Gibson . I am servant to Mrs. Carr. I had a warrant granted to take up Thomas, I went to Ferne's house the day after the robbery, upon my enquiry of the landlord at the door, he told me there was no such person there as he knew of. I went in, and stood in the middle of the tap-room, and imagined I heard the girl's voice; I said to him, she is in that room, I wish you will go and see. He did not seem to move, I said, I'll go myself; then he pushed by me, and got into the room, and shut the door. In a little while the prisoner Ward came, she was servant there I believe, I asked her if Kitty Thomas was there, I was then standing at the door of the room; she said she was not there: I asked her if she knew her? she said, yes; she said she had not been there for this twelve month and a day: I said, she was in this room; she said, she was not. I forced forwards to go in, she pushed me from the door as much as she could, and said there was a woman in labour there. I imagined somebody withinside pressed at the door at the time. Mrs. Ferne came down stairs, I asked her if she had seen Kitty Thomas there? she said, no: I asked her if she knew her? she said she did very well: I asked her if she had been there lately? she said, no: I then asked her if she was then in the house? she said, no: I said she was in that room; Ward made answer, and said, he wants to go into this room, you cannot, there is a woman in labour there. She put down a tub she had in her hand, and went into the room; I went to go in, but she pushed the door too, and kept me out. I then called for a pint of beer, nobody brought it, I was almost certain she was in the room; I kept my eye upon the street door, and went for the constable, who was at a little distance; he came, I told him she was there, I had heard her voice; the constable went into the house with me, he went into the back yard to see if he could see her, then that room door was set open with four or five men in it. The constable then told me he had information she was at the Black Horse in the Hay-market. I went there, the man told me he knew no such person. I went back again through Germain-street, and saw Mr. Ferne on the other side of the street; I went to him, and said, are you sure this girl is not in your house, I am almost sure I heard her? he said, she was not there, and he did not know her if he met her. While I was talking to him Ward came out of the passage from the back door, and crossed over the kennel; I looked up the alley, and saw Kitty Thomas come out of the alley with a red cloak and black bonnet on. I said to Mr. Ferne, that is the girl; I jumped after her, and into the room where I heard her, and set down by her, and said the house-keeper was very angry with her for staying out all night. I wanted to send a messenger for the constable and Mrs. Gittoes, but the people of the house would not give liberty to the waiter, or any way assist me in it, they were at the Blackmoor's-head; with much ado I sent them word, they came, I saw the bag and two bundles of things with the prisoner. I told her I was sorry for her; she said I had no occasion to be sorry, it was nothing to me; and if my mistress was a considerate woman she would let her go, as there were all the things again.
Mr. Rose, the constable, confirmed that of the securing the prisoner Thomas, and seeing the bag and two bundles with her, and finding the shirt at Leedham's.
Mrs. Gittoes. My lady lost such a pair, but I cannot swear these are they.
Thomas said nothing in her defence.
I did not know that the things were stolen.
Thomas Guilty 39 s. T .
Ward, B. Leedham, and J. Leedham. all three Acquitted .
Thomas Hunt , a wholesale hosier near Leicester-fields. I remember the prisoner's coming to our house about the 18th of April, our clerk that has the care of the warehouse at that time missed some stockings, but he is now at Bristol.
William Hanks . On the 19th of April the prisoner offered to sell me some silk stockings at 9 s. per pair. Mr. Hunt's man came the next day and enquired for the prisoner, who was then in bed at my house, I keep an inn; these stockings and breeches pieces were found in his portmanteau. (Produced in court.)
Neither the prosecutor nor his wife would swear to them.
234. (M.) Catherine Hunt , widow , was indicted for stealing one pair of stays, val. 2 s. one stuff petticoat, val. 2 s. one pair of gauze ruffles, val. 3 s. one gauze apron, val. 2 s. one gauze handkerchief, val. 1 s. on linnen cap, val. 6 d. one ribbon, one stuff petticoat, val. 10 s. two sattin cardinals, one silk hat, one necklace, two linnen shifts, two linnen gowns, val. 10 s. two table cloths, one stuff gown, and one pair of stockings , the property of Winifred Williams , April 23 . ++
Winifred Williams . I am a Manteau-maker , and live in Coventry-street in the Hay market ; the prisoner came to live with me on a Saturday morning, and on the Monday morning she was gone, and the things mentioned in the indictment (mentioning them by name) were missing. In four or five days after the prisoner was stopped at Mr. Johnson's, a pawnbroker, in St. Ann's; she was put in the round-house, there I saw her: she pretended she did not intend to rob me, but to bring them back again: she said I had lent her the things. I asked her what she had done with her own? she said she had gave them away. She had my sattin cardinal, my laced shift, stays, handkerchief, garnet necklace, white stuff petticoat, and handkerchief on, and my blue silk cardinal in a handkerchief. (Produced in court and deposed to.)
Ruth Ellis . I live in the same house the prosecutrix lodges at; the prisoner came on the Saturday, and went the things mentioned were all gone; the prosecutrix and I went to give notice of the things at the pawnbroker's, and at Mrs Johnson's the prisoner was stopped; I was at Mr. Johnson's when she came there, she swore a great oath she never saw me in her life.
Prosecutrix. I sent the prisoner with the black cardinal to pawn for 2 s. being in want of money, that is not in the indictment.
I thought the woman was a virtuous woman, and I offered myself to her as a servant, I thought 5 l. a year would be acceptable to me, as I am a poor widow; she sent me out for a pint of brandy, and gave me a glass of it; many fellows came in, porters and chairmen; I began to think I had got in a wrong place, I heard such words that a modest woman could not bear; I asked her how she could do so; she said, do you for me, and I'll do for you. She went and painted herself, and bid me put some of it on mine, and go and walk in the Park in that gown of hers, and I should sooner get a guinea than slave for 5 l. a year; so I went away to shun the evil.
For the Prisoner.
Murthe Mackaway . I am a chairman. I have known Catherine Hunt about two years. I hearing the prisoner was in trouble, went to the prosecutrix, she said she sent her to pawn the cardinal and other things, it was not for them that she had taken her up, but for calling her whore and bitch; I asked her what would satisfy her, she said nothing under 10 l. I have seen her about on nights.
Q. Do you know Mrs. Williams?
C. Welch. I have known many a whore.
Q. Look at her, do you know her? (She looks at her.)
C. Welch. I do not know her.
Court. How dare you behave in this manner? Do you think the Court can give credit to what you would infinuate, when you don't know the woman?
Q. Where do you live?
C. Welch. In the Fleet-market.
Guilty . T .
Elizabeth Marshall , spinster , was indicted for stealing one silver table-spoon, value 10 s. the property of Thomas Turner , May 7 . ++
Martha Turner . I am wife to the prosecutor. We live in Red-lion-street . On Saturday was se'nnight the prisoner came and asked for work, I set her to mending some stockings; I had then my spoon in my drawer, and when I went to look for it at dinner time it was gone; I charged the prisoner with taking it; she denied it, and stripped herself naked, but I did not particularly examine her cloaths; she staid till night, then she went away; I did not see her till the Monday night, when the spoo n was stopt.
Elizabeth Baker . The prisoner came to me on that Saturday night between 9 and 10 o'clock, and offered to sell this spoon (producing it) for 6 s. I thought she stole it, it being worth more money; I stopt her, and put her in the Round-house; on the Monday she owned before the Justice she took it from Mrs. Turner. (Produced and deposed to.)
She lent me the spoon to make away with, because her husband was short of money.
Guilty . T .
236, 237. (M.) John Charles and Dorothy Forbes , spinster , were indicted for stealing one cloth coat, val. 10 s. one cloth waistcoat, val. 5 s. one hat, val. 5 s. one pair of buckles, val. 1 s. and one snuff-box, val. 2 d. the property of George Monsell , April 4 . ++
George Monsell . On Easter-Monday last at night I was in liquor, and pick'd up the woman at the bar, and went to a house in Russel-street , and went to bed, and in the morning the things mentioned and woman were gone.
James Boswell . On Tuesday in the Easter week at night the two prisoners at the bar, and one Morris, a sailor, came to my house and drank liquor to the amount of 3 s. 6 d. being short of money, they left me this coat and waist-coat. (Produced and deposed to by prosecutor.) After that the woman was taken up, and I was sent for, I carried the cloaths to Justice Fielding.
Prosecutor. He was not; but there was another woman there, besides the woman at the bar.
I was sitting at the end of Russel-street, I heard a woman cry murder, I went up stairs into the woman's room, there lay a pair of breeches on the bed, Morris took and shook them, and out sell a shilling, he said he would knock me down if I spoke a word; he said, he had a good mind to rob the prosecutor and throw him out at the window; he took the cloaths and said, he would have something to drink upon them; we all three of us drank together, and he left the cloaths there.
Q. to Boswell. Which of them left the cloaths?
Boswell. I can't tell that, they had them amongst them.
I know nothing of the cloaths; the man that came into the room almost murdered me, had not Charles come in.
Both Acquitted .
William Wooley . I met with Mary Williams at the Black Horse in Well-street, she carried me to a wake at Saltpeter-bank (that was there was a man lay dead, and they sat up all night) I being very sleepy, prevailed with her to let me go to her lodgings to bed; I went to bed with another young man; when I awaked, I missed my two coats; I found Smith with one of my coats on his back, and before the Magistrate I heard him confess he sold the other at Rag-fair, and had parted the money betwixt Williams and himself. Williams, when before the Justice, denied knowing of the cloaths being taken, she not being there at the time. (The coat produced and deposed to.)
Smith in his defence said, he bought the coat in Rag-fair for 8 s. 6 d. on the 5th of May.
We were sitting up at a wake; the young man said, he would be obliged to me if I would let him lie down to refresh himself; I did; I went for some tea and sugar; Smith knocked me down, and took the key from me, and drew a
Smith Guilty . T .
Williams Acquitted .
Patrick Nash . On the 25th of April last, about 6 o'clock in the morning, I met with the prisoner in Bow-street, Covent garden , we both saluted each other; she asked me for something to drink, I said with all my heart. We went into one of the little houses there, and had some tea, and staid there till between 2 and 3 in the afternoon; then she said, she could eat something, I ordered some mutton chops, they were getting ready, I was very d fy, not being long from sea, I laid my head down, and desired her to awake me when the stakes were ready; I believe I slept about an hour, when I awaked my watch and she were gone. She had told me she lodged in Sheer-lane I went there the next day, and found her in the neighbourhood; she then said, she did not know me; at last she owned she took my watch, and went with me to Mr. Day's, a pawnbroker, at the bottom of Holborn, where I found it; she said, it was the first offence she ever did.
Q. Are you sure you had your watch in your pocket?
Nash. I looked at it, but whether I laid it down, or put it in my pocket, I am not sure.
I met with this man accidentally; he said he would give me half a guinea for a favour, I said he should not for fifty; he had no money, so he left this watch with me, and said he would come and redeem it the next Saturday. I lived four years at Hitchen with a Quaker, and now I am come to London and lit in a bad house, and now am nabb'd by an Irishman at last.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person . T .
The prisoner being a Greek , and could not speak English, an interpreter was sworn.
Thomas Daniel deposed, that on the 24th of April, about 9 at night, that he, Thomas Neal , and the deceased had been to see a shipmate home; turning back again, in Church-lane, White chapel , two outlandish sailors overtook them; that when they had passed Neal, they turned again, and in an instant he b and blow given, they being about four or five yards behind, run up, and instantly the deceased cried, watch and murder, I am stabbed. That he was closed by one of them, and they were struggling on the ground 12 or 14 minutes, during which time he received three stabs with a knife, by which means he lost much blood, and became very faint, and was obliged to be in the hospital for a cure some time.
Thomas Neal confirmed the account given by Daniel with this addition, that the man when they pursed him turned again, and called him booger, and fell upon him without any provocation; that the man that closed him fell, he saw the blade of a knife shine, he took it out of his hand, a claps knife about seven or eight inches long produced in court; after this the two foreigners ran away.
It appeared by the surgeon's apprentice in the London Hospital, that Cullen died there of a wound given him between the seventh and eight rib. But as they were engaged in a place were the houses shaded off the light of the moon, and the prisoner was carried to the deceased when in the hospital, neither could be certain he was the man; Neal said he rather thought he was not the man; he was Acquitted .
242, 243. (M.) Francis Thompson , and Thomas Comings were indicted for stealing 25 lb. weight of sugar, val. 3 l. the property of Frederick Roguin , in a certain ship called the Viranick , lying on the river Thames , March 10 . ++
The two prisoners are employed by the merchants on the river, to see that no goods be clandestinely carried from on board the vessels; they, from another vessel, had observed several parcels conveyed over the bow of the Viranick, and several parcels bid in diverse places of the vessel, in order to be conveyed away; they went on board, and took into their custody such
As there was not the least appearance of a felony they were honourably Acquitted .
244. (L.) James Clements was indicted for obtaining the sum of one guinea of Thomas Houghton under false pretences, by pretending to him he was head clerk to Richard Horn , who belongs to the ticket-office in the Navy-office , Jan 5 . ++
Richard Horn . I belong to the ticket-office in the Navy-office; there was due to the widow Cherry, at the time of her death, 15 l. her husband had served on board the Devonshire man of war, in the capacity of a purser. There was a fund established for that purpose, to pay to the widows of the royal navy; Mr. Houghton had applyed to me for the payment of it, I told him very likely I should have the money in my hands in two or three months time, then I would pay it; it is my business to pay it.
Q. Did the prisoner ever apply to you?
Horn. No, he is a person I know not; the money is paid by virtue of an order from the court of assistants, which, generally speaking, is the first lord of the admiralty, and three or four of the commissioners of the Navy, there must be seven to make a quorum; they sent down the order to me to pay it, I have the order here in my hand, it is dated Admiralty-office 3d Feb. 1763, in which is a list of all their names that receive, and the sums over against them, and over against her name is the sum of 15 l. 2 s. 6 d. Here is a certificate of Elizabeth Cherry 's death, (producing it) she was widow to Edward Cherry , who was purser on board the Devonshire man of war.
Q. Does your clerk solicit business in that office?
Horn. I keep no clerk at all.
Thomas Houghton . On the 5th of Jan. I took these papers, in order to go and receive some money; (the will of Edward Cherry , and a probate granted to Elizabeth Cherry , his widow, and the will of Elizabeth Cherry, with the administration annexed to it granted to Elizabeth Newell , delivering them in) I went to the Navy-office in Crutched-friars, and asked which was Mr. Horn's office, the porter at the gate told me; when I came in I found the prisoner there, he made as if he was coming out, then he went in again, and gave the pen and ink a shove, he asked me what I wanted? I said, I wanted Mr. Horn; he said, he was his head clerk; then I said, you may do as well, I want to receive some money on these writings, I am told there is 25 l. due: said he, there is 27 l. due, you may come twenty or thirty times after it and not get it, said he, I'll get it you this afternoon, but our hours are broke up now, and we are going to dinner, go to the Navy coffee house, and I'll come to you; he overtook me before I got there, sir, said he, I suppose you understand the nature of our office; I said, I am quite a stranger to it; said he, our see is a guinea; I said, rather than come twenty times I'll pay it; I gave him two half guineas, and let him have the writings, in order to have them signed, this was in the street. Then I went into the coffee-house, he came there to me again, and said, sir, I have quite forgot our under clerk, he will expect his see; said I, what is that? that, said he, is only 6 s. 8 d. I having but 6 s. gave him that, and said, I live at such a place, I'll give you a bottle of wine if you'll call upon me. Never mind the 8 d. said he, and away he goes again. I had a little suspicion of him, and said to the landlady, do you know Mr. Horn's clerk? said she, I know some of the clerks; said I, when that man comes in again if you know him let the word be yes, if not, say no. He came the third time and said, I beg your pardon, I cannot get it done to night, but I will in the morning. My landlady said, No. I said, let me know your name; he said, William Jones ; I said, you'll further satisfy me that you are Mr. Horn's clerk; he said, O yes, if you'll walk along with me into the office. He led me there, he said, this is our office; he went through, and said, if you'll stop here I'll call a gentleman out of this house that shall soon satisfy you. I seeing wrote over the place, no thoroughfare, and the porter pulled off his hat to him, and let him through, I staid a little while, and said to the porter, do you know that gentleman? he said, no; I said, let me through; he did, then I found myself on Tower-hill, but could see no more of my gentleman. I staid till Mr. Horn returned to the office, I described the prisoner, and some of the clerks said they had seen such a person, and when they saw him again they would take him up, and some time after that he was taken up.
Q. from the prisoner. Was I not in liquor?
Houghton. I believe the prisoner was in liquor.
I never had any intent to defraud any person in my life. I attended the office several and several times; they took me up, whether guilty or not, I cannot say; for at the time I am charged with doing this, I was very full of liquor. I have solicited a great while in getting R's off, and was going to set up an office for that purpose.
The prisoner was taken coming down out of the buildings, where are many hogsheads of sugar, at Fresh wharf with the sugar mentioned, in two large pockets sewed within side his coat, which were produced in court.
Guilty . T .
246. (M) Isaac Wilks was indicted for stealing one cloth coat and waistcoat, value 15 s. the property of Robert Picket , Esq ; and one pair of leather gloves , the property of William Wyate , May 13 . ++
William Wyate is coachman to Mr. Picket; the things mentioned were taken away from the stables where they are at livery, in Barlow's mews ; the prisoner was a labourer to the ostler in the yard; he was suspected and taken up; he delivered the gloves to Wyate, which Wyate deposed were in the coat-pocket before taken away, and the coat and waistcoat he had ordered Charles Crick to sell for him, which he deposed he did for 20 s.
Guilty . T .
247. (M.) John Marsh was indicted for that he on the first of April , about the hour of one in the night, the dwelling-house of Thomas Hargrave did break and enter, and stealing two linnen gowns, value 10 s. one cloth cardinal, value 4 s. one flannel petticoat, value 1 s. one 36 s. piece of gold, one half guinea, and 1 l. 13 s. 6 d. in money numbered, the property of the said Thomas, in his dwelling-house . *
Mary Hargrave . My husband is named Thomas, we live in Brown's Gardens, near Monmouth-street, the sign of the Bull and Butcher, a public house . On Good-Friday, at night, our house was broke open; I was up at twelve, all was safe then, and went to bed; when I got up at eight, I found the cellar door unbolted, and the things mentioned in the indictment missing, (mentioning them by name.) About three weeks after, I, Sarah Burford , and Ann Cox , went to take a little walk in the fields; the prisoner and his wife were sitting on a bank, (she had used our house for about a fortnight every day) I spoke to them in a familiar manner; she had her child at her breast, she shewed me its face, it having had the small pox. I observed, as she turned by the cardinal, it was mine; I took hold of her, and charged her with the robbery; she and her husband denied it; they said they would go and shew me where they bought the cloak; when we came near St. Giles's church, the man ran away as hard as he could; we brought his wife home to our house, then we went to Justice Fielding; she said her husband gave her the cardinal; after that the prisoner was taken up for much such another fact; I went to him in New Prison, there he told me one of my gowns was at Mr. Pain's in Bow-street, the other at Mr. Burch's in Fox-Court, but the last could not be found. I asked him how he got into the house? he said he got in at one o'clock, the devil put it into his head; and he lifted up the flap of the door, where the beer goes down, and got in, it was not very strong. it might easily be open'd with a chissel; when he was in the cellar he could easily get up into the house. (I found the till, in which the money was, on the floor.) He owned he took the things out of the house. (A gown and cardinal produced and deposed to.)
That very Saturday morning I got up a little before four, to go to work over the water, at the brick-fields at Newington. I went to ease myself under one of the arches in the old ruins, there I found these things tied up together in a bundle.
He called Edward Barham , who had known him above two years, George Stringer , about eight or ten years, and John Allen , about three months, who all said they never heard any thing bad of him before.
Guilty of stealing the goods, but not breaking and entering . T .
Ralph Hudson .
248, 249. (M.) Michael Ryley and Jonathan Dennison were indicted for that they, on the king's highway, on Thomas Smith did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one hat. val. 8 s. and one perriwig, val. 10 s. his property , April 21 . *
Thomas Smith . I am a baker , and live in St. George's, Wapping. I was going home on the 21st of April, about 11 at night, by the Butcher-row in East Smithfield , it was a very moon-light night, the two prisoner and the evidence came cross the way, and Dennison gave me a blow on my side with a stick, and got behind me and seized my hat, I put my hand up to save my head, then Roley came and knocked me down, and took my wig; they had all three sticks, (a large stick produced) this is the stick Ryley knock'd me down with. Seeing nothing but death before my eyes, I called out murder and thieves; they never spoke, but laid me on in a violent manner; they ran away, but were all three secured in a few minutes time in the watch-house; I knew them all perfectly. At the Justice's they denied it, and said they did not know one another; soon after Dennison said, how could we rob this gentleman when we were all three in company together at Stepney? Ryley said the same; then they said, if they did do it, I had my wig again.
William Smith . I was the officer of the night. I had heard a thief's whistle, I went to look towards Tower-hill; coming back into the watch-house, I heard murder and thieves cried towards the Butcher-row, I made what haste I could that way, I saw there two or three men running as fast as possible, they had all got through the posts but one, I jump'd through, and whether I touch'd that man or not, down he fell, and I upon him, I brought him to the watch-house, that was Ryley; other people were pursuing, they soon brought in Dennison and the evidence. The prosecutor there declared, that Dennison and Ryley were the two persons that robbed him; he said, he was not sure whether Mates the evidence used him ill or not, but he was in company with the others. They had each a stick. I took out of Ryley's pocket this clasp-knife. (Producing a knife, the blade about seven inches long.) Before the Justice they all said, they did not know one another; at last they all owned, they came together from Stepney.
Abraham Tilcherry . I and Anthony Glyn were going from Tower-hill towards East-Smithfield on the 21st of April, about 11 at night, it was a moon-light night, we met with the two prisoners and evidence, they had three club-sticks in their hands, they made a stop and looked at us, I saw their faces plain enough; when they were ten or fourteen yards from us, going towards the May-pole, we heard murder cried, we were then as near the Butcher-row as it is cross this courtyard; these three men came running back again as fast as they could towards Tower-hill we turned and run after them and cried, stop, shipmate! what signifies stopping, said one of them, it is only a drunken man which we ran against and he fell down. Mr. Smith catched Ryley just by the watch-house; Mates the evidence ran up into a corner, I and Anthony Glyn took him; I left him in Glyn's hands, and ran after Dennison, he ran up a court and got into some small gardens, people out of the windows told us where, then Glyn came, and seeing him upon a place said, if he would not come down, he would knock him down; Dennison said, if he would not hurt him, he would come down, which he did, and Glyn secured him; the other two had not been out of our sight at all, but Dennison might have been out of our sight about ten minutes.
George Comberlidge . I came that evening from Clapham with my master, who lives about a stone's cast from the Butcher-row, East-Smithfield; just as we got into the house, I heard murder cried, I ran, and saw the prosecutor without hat or wig, I ran after the prisoners, the constable immediately took Ryley, and while he was on the ground, I took that stick here produced out of Ryley's hand.
John Branson . Thomas Williams and I were going from the Custom-House towards Iron-gate, on the 21st of April, about a quarter before eleven at night; the two prisoners and the evidence were upon Little Tower-Hill, they made an attempt upon us; Mates struck Williams, I prick'd Riley in the belly with my tuck, and I believe I prick'd Dennison in the hand. They all appear'd to be of the same company.
Ryley said nothing in his defence.
I think it is a great imposition put upon me, to let a man swear my life away innocently, I thought the law would remedy this. I defy any man in the world betwixt me and my great God in heaven, to say I ever wronged a man of a shilling; I have many good friends in London, and I have as honest a principle as the best of them.
Both Guilty . Death .
The prisoner is a bricklayer , he was at work at Mr. Stacey's, in Dyer-street, St. Giles's , in repairing his house; as his coat lay on a table Mr. Stacey found the shoes in one of the pockets, after which they went and searched a cellar belonging to the prisoner, and there found them.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he found them when he got home, and thought somebody had done it out of fun.
At the same time the shoes were found in one pocket, the flat-iron was in the other, and upon searching the prisoner's cellar it was found with five pieces of deal timber, two pieces 10 feet long, and the others about 5; which the prosecutor, and William Townsend , the carpenter, deposed to have been taken from the prosecutor's yard, his property.
Guilty . T .
251, 252. (M.) John Swift , and Charles M'Donald were indicted the first for stealing eighty-five lb. weight of sugar, val 3 s. one lb. weight of tea, val. 7 s. seven lb. weight of figs, one lb. of Jourdan almonds, and half a lb. of nutmegs, the property of Thomas Dilworth , in the shop of the said Thomas ; and the other for receiving the eighty-five lb. weight of sugar, and the lb. of tea, well knowing it to have been stolen , April 16 . *
251. (M.) Swift was a second time indicted, with Dennis M'Carty , for robbing Robert Walker on the king's highway of a hat, val. 1 s. a silk handkerchief, val. 1 s. a pair of silver sleeve buttons, val. 1 s. and a pewter spoon his property , April 22 . *
Richard Walker deposed, that he was going staggering home in Wapping in liquor, and a man undertook to lead him; he got him into Plough-court , where one held him by the coat, and another took the things mentioned from him, but knew not who the men where that did it.
Lazarus Levi deposed, he keeps a slop-shop at St. Catherine's ; on the 26th of April he was gone out of his shop backwards, and heard a sort of a rustling noise in the shop, he turned in again, and saw two pieces of handkerchiefs on the ground; he ran out, and in the street saw the prisoner running, he followed him, and took him about four doors from the shop, with the goods mentioned in the indictment upon him; he brought him back, the prisoner said they belonged to his captain, who lived at a pastry-cook's on Tower-hill; that he went there andElizabeth Harrison , wife to the prosecutor, deposed to the stockings, which were produced in court, by their mark upon the outside paper, and quantity and quality of the stockings.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately in the shop .
Lazarus Levi deposed, that at the time he took the prisoner in the street he had got two parcels, one he held under one arm, and the other he carried at his breast before him, one being the stockings, the other thirty-seven silk handkerchiefs, his property; that he asked the prisoner which way he came by them, as he lately had been robbed he had taken care to put these in the window farther from the door beyond the counter; that the prisoner told him he got upon the counter, by which means he could reach them: being asked what was the age of the prisoner, he said the prisoner told the Justice he was just 15 years of age.
I never got upon the counter.
Guilty . Death .
253. (M.) Margaret wife of Philip Smith was indicted for stealing one silk handkerchief, val. 4 s. and one parchment pocket-book, val. 2 d. the property of Duncan Menzies , privately from his person , April 25 ++
Duncan Menzies . I met the prisoner in Fashion-street, Spittlefields, I asked her the way to the Queen's-head, she undertook to shew me; she led me up a narrow alley, and in at a door, the moment I was in the door was shut, I heard a man's voice, I desired to be let out, and I got out in about four or five minutes, and then I missed my handkerchief and pocket-book, which I know I had just before; I got a warrant the next day, and took up the prisoner; she denied taking them some time, at last she desired her husband to go and look for the pocket-book, he went and brought it, then she confessed she had pawned the handkerchief, where it was found.
Guilty . T .
James Haylin . The prisoner was my servant . I missed the money mentioned in the indictment last Sunday was fortnight, from out of a drawer in my bed-room; I took her up as nobody had access there but she, as I could suspect, there was but 7 d. halfpenny found upon her; she always denied it, and I cannot swear she took it. She told the Justice she took it, and did not know what was become of it; but she was then very drunk when she said that.
255, 256. (M.) James Geaty and Charles Wilkinson , otherwise Dogood , were indicted for that they, on the King's highway, on Mary Foster , spinster , did make an assault, putting her in fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person one linnen towel, value 3 d. one linnen laced cap, value 6 d. and one linnen handkerchief, value 1 d. her property, and against her will , April 13 . ++.
Mary Foster . On the 13th of April, between 8 and 9 at night, I had been at London, and was going home to Islington, where I live in service to Mr. John Booth , a salesman, I met three men near the Crown and Woolpack brewhouse , I thought they were fuddled, I went to get out of their way; they all three surrounded me, and pushed me down, and took my bundle from me when I was upon the ground, and ran away. I saw a man coming from Islington, I hallow'd out, stop thief!
Q. What did they say to you?
Foster. I don't know that they said any thing, I was much afrighted; if they said any thing, it was very low. That man ran after them towards London, about a quarter of an hour or less; after that Mr. Townsend said, where is the woman that hallowed out? I told him, I was the person; he said, they had taken the man with the bundle. I saw the bundle in his hand; the man that was taken was Wilkinson.
Q. Could you recollect whether he was one of the men who pushed you down?
Q. How were they dressed?
Foster. To the best of my knowledge they were all clothed in black; they had hats on, but what faces, or whether they had their hair, or wigs, I cannot tell.
Henry Townsend . I was coming from Islington to London on Wednesday the 13th of April, my wife was with me, I stopt at the Crown and Woolpack to speak to a young man that lived there, I had not been there above five or six minutes before I heard a woman cry, stop thief, I don't think it was a minute after before Wilkinson came by with this bundle under his arm, I immediately fo llowed and came up with him, just by the Woolpack brewhouse.
Q. How far is that from the Woolpack?
Townsend. That is about thirty or forty yards from it. I said, you are the man that has got the bundle; I was on the outside of the rails, and he in the path-way; he immediately put his right hand into his pocket, and made an offer at me over the rails, I dropt down by the side of the rails to save myself, thinking he had a knife or pistol in his hand; he made use of some expression, but I do not remember the words; I immediately followed him about a dozen or fourteen yards farther; he took the bundle from under his arm and threw it at my head quite cross the road, I took up the bundle, and was going after him again, I heard somebody say he was taken upon the causeway, I got up to the King of Prussia's head, and had not stood there above a minute before he was brought up by John Roffe ; he had a black coat on, I knew him to be the same, as I had been close to him by the rails, and could see the bundle under his arm very plain; his hat was stop'd before over his face, I saw he had his own hair on, but could not take particular notice of his face; I could tell him by his speech, having a gruff voice when he spoke to me. (Such was the prisoner's voice.) I am sure he is the very same man that had the bundle, that is Wilkinson now at the bar. (The bundle produced in the court, with the things in it mentioned in the indictment; deposed to by the prosecutrix as the bundle she was then robbed of, her property.)
Q. to prosecutrix. How near the Woolpack was it you was robbed?
Prosecutrix. It was on that side towards Islington.
Townsend. She shewed me the place afterwards, it was about twenty yards from the Woolpack nearer Islington. When Wilkinson was brought up I immediately said, this is the man that had the bundle, and I will swear to him; I took him by the collar and had him to the Woolpack alehouse, I heard Esquire Cross was at the Angel, I took him there, he advised me to take him to Bridewell.
Q. Did you know Wilkinson before?
Townsend. I never saw him in my life before to my knowledge.
Wilkinson. When he pursued me, I saw two men running by me, and I cried, stop thief.
Townsend. That is all false.
John Roffe . I was at the Woolpack, Mr. Townsend and I were there talking together, I heard the cry, stop thief! three men came by walking as fast as they could towards London, I went up to one of the men and said, a woman cried out, stop thief; Geary being one of them cried out, yonder he goes, cross the fields; I said, you can't for them I am sure.
Q. How was he dressed?
Roffe. He had a blue great-coat on, a hat and perriwig.
Geary. You'll swear your soul to hell.
Roffe. I touch'd him, and looked him in the face, and kept walking on by his side, he began to move his hands about, then I got a little farther off; the other two were a little before; when they got upon the causeway, Wilkinson made a push, I called out, this man is guilty by his running away; I followed him as far as the King of Prussia's head, till they began to make a run.
Q. Was it light or dark?
Roffe. It was not very dark. Wilkinson ran directly down the causeway from the King of Prussia, I ran about half way down the road, (he was foremost, the two went on one side, not down the causeway, but over the fields by the New River side) I was getting up the cause, way to Wilkinson, I said, do not go to strike me, for here is somebody coming, he was come close to the rails to strike me; I got up, and took him by the collar, and kept him four or five minutes till somebody came, then we brought him to the King of Prussia, they seeing a mob about the door would not let us in; we took him to the house where I live, the Crown and Wool-pack. there the woman was, and said that is the man that took my bundle, he had a black coat on, we set him down in the fore room in about a quarter of an hour two men came in and called for six pennyworth of brandy and water, Geary was one of them, I could have sworn to him then as one in company with Wilkinson; he asked what they had done with the
Q. to the Prosecutrix. Did you say, upon seeing Wilkinson, that was the man that took your bundle?
Prosecutrix. If I did say so I was so frightened I did not know what I said.
Roffe. I asked Geary to go into the fore room, as I had told my mistress he was one of them, but he would not.
Geary. You'll swear a man's life away for a bunch of matches. I did call for brandy and water, but I was fuddled.
Richard Pearce . Wilkinson was brought into Clerkenwell Bridewell, and the next morning about 8 o'clock Geary came to drink with him; by the description I had, I suspected he was one of them, I was told one belonging to him was justly and had one black eye, I asked him how he came by that black eye? he said he was fuddled, and fell down on Tower-hill, and hurt it. I turned the key upon him, and carried him before Sir John Fielding , who committed him to New Prison. The last time Wilkinson was examined by Sir John, he wanted to be evidence against Geary, and declared there that Geary was the man that knocked the woman down, and gave the bundle to him, and he put it under his coat, and when Townsend went to lay hold of him he threw it at him, but the Justice would not admit him.
Geary. Justice Fielding would have admitted me an evidence, but I could not, except I would d - n my poor soul.
Q. to Roffe. Did you observe Geary had a black eye when you talked to him?
Roffe. No, I did not, that was observed when he came in for the brandy and water.
Wilkinson's Defence. I know nothing about it, what they have swore to is false.
Wilkinson called Mr. Mullings and Mr. Anderson, who had known him about three months, the time which he had been from sea, they spoke well of him.
Geary's Defence. As I was coming from Islington I got a little fuddled, I went into the Woolpack, and called for six pennyworth of brandy and water; I heard a man was taken, I paid for my liquor, and went away, and got up to go to Wapping; I met two girls in Clerkenwell, one of them told me there was an acquaintance of her's in Bridewell or New Prison, I went at their request with them, and there they detained me.
Both Acquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death, 8; viz.
Transportation for Seven Years, 24; viz.
Elizabeth Wright , Samuel Gilbert , Mary Griffin, Andrew Helley , Richard Gouge , Judith Garnon , John Doolan , Frances Green, Elizabeth Barker , Robert Fairbone , Joseph Bailies , Edward Eagle , Catherine Burton , Thomas Low , Robert Atkinson , Ann Carver , Catherine Hunt , Elizabeth Marshall , William Smith , Mary Jones , Isaac Wilks, John Marsh, and Roger Allen .
To be Branded, 1; viz.