BEFORE the Right Honourable WILLIAM BECKFORD , Esquire, Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir Thomas Parker *, Knt. Lord Chief Baron of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; the Honourable Henry Buthurst +, Esquire, one of the Judges of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; the Honourable Sir J. Eardly Wilmot ||, Knt. one of the Judges of his Majesty's Court of King's-Bench; 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 Country of Middlesex.
John King deposed, he was in the secretary's office in the Custom-house on the 11th of June, between 5 and 6 in the afternoon, he heard some body go into the office, and as there had been much paper lost before, he watched, and saw the prisoner come out with something concealed under her left arm; he followed and stopt her, and found seven quires of printed forms, being Mr. Attorney General's opinion on duties due on prize-goods taken before the war in America, and on searching her basket he found three bundles, containing a yearly correspondence from three different parts, being letters from officers, and business of merchants from the out-ports, which were taken from out of the office.
The prisoner said nothing in her defence.
Guilty . W .
It appeared, the prisoner had set fire to the bed-curtains in a two pair of stairs room, and put it out himself, and about a quarter of an hour after he set
Without examining the evidences, he was Acq.
Christian Ardesoif . My husband's name is Stephen; we keep a toy-shop at Charing-cross . The prisoner came and asked to see a pair of silver buckles, about three weeks ago; he fixed upon a pair and asked the price, I went to weigh them; he then took up another pair and went out, I followed him out and called to have him stopped, he was soon brought back with the buckles.
Mr. Beaver. On the 13th of June I was going by this shop, I heard her call, stop thief; I pursued the prisoner, who ran up a court where was no thoroughfare; he had something in his hand, I asked him, what he was going to do with that in his hand, not knowing but he had got a pistol; he said, he was going to throw the buckles into a hole. I took them from him, and brought him and them back. (Produced in court, and deposed to by prosecutrix.)
I went out of the shop to shew the buckles to a person that was in the street.
Guilty . T .
261. (M.) Mary, wife of John Murphy , was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 10 s. one pair of worsted breeches, value 4 s. one pair of cloth breeches, value 1 s. and one cloth waistcoat, value 4 s. the property of Charles Hay , May 30 . ||
Mary Pierce . The prosecutor is a lodger with me; another lodger came down stairs and asked me, if I had sent any body up; and said, a strange woman was gone down with a bundle. I and my girl, named Hannah Hicks , went out to see for her. She found her, and she was brought back with the things upon her.
Hannah Hicks , I found the prisoner in the Strand and asked her, what she wanted at our house? she said, she wanted a mantua-maker. I took hold of her cloak, and called for assistance, and the people came about her, and we carried her back with the things mentioned in the indictment upon her.
I deal in old cloaths, and had got a little drop of drink, and do not know that ever I saw that girl.
Guilty . T .
William Alderton . I am a major in his Majesty's service. On the 18th of May, about 6 in the evening, I was going into the park, the two prisoners passed me; a woman came and told me they had picked my pocket of a handkerchief; I ran and took Price, and found my handkerchief and four others of different colours upon him, (produced in court) they were in his pocket by the side of his coat, seemingly made on purpose. He confessed the other prisoner took them with him, and the other confessed his taking them, and more.
Richard Merryfield . I am clerk to Justice Cox. On the prisoners second examination they both confessed themselves guilty of taking the prosecutor's and the other handkerchiefs, that one pulled them half way out, and the other came after and took them quite out.
Price in his defence said, he took the handkerchief off the ground; and Nichols said, he saw him.
Both Guilty 10 d. T .
Hugh Collins and Esther Cope were indicted, the first, for that he on the 2d of June , between the hours of 12 and 2 in the night, the dwelling-house of Edward Compton did break and enter, and stealing 3 yards and an half of muslin, val. 30 s. two linnen shirts ruffled, val. 6 s. two handkerchiefs, val. 2 s. one muslin neckcloth, val. 1 s. one pair of silver buckles, val. 10 s. one man's hat, val. 2 s. one diaper napkin, val. 6 d. the goods of the said Edward, in his dwelling-house ; and the other, for receiving two linnen shirts, part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen . *
Edward Compton deposed, his house was all fast and safe when he went to bed, on the 2d of June, about 11 at night; that a window on the back part was broke in the morning, and the casement open, and the things mentioned in the indictment missing. The next night the family went to bed as usual; about 3 in the morning his daughter called to him and said, she saw a man getting over the pales, he put his cloaths on and pursued; that his daughter from a window above saw him run from one yard to another, and his wife alarmed the neighbours from his window, and at last he was taken in a die-house concealed between two water-tubs, which was the prisoner at the bar; that he had the prosecutor's handkerchief about his neck, which was taken out of the house the night before; (produced and deposed to) he was asked his name, he said, any thing; what business, any thing, which was all he would say. The Monday following he found one of his ruffled shirts hanging at the door of Margaret Likess in Field-lane, he took his wife to see it; the woman told her, she had another of the same which she bought of a woman that came often there, upon seeing the other, she swore to them; the woman came again and was secured, which was the prisoner Cope. (The shirts produced and deposed to.)
Collins said nothing in his defence.
Cope in her defence said, she did not sell the shirts to Likess.
Collins Guilty of Felony only . T .
Cope Acquitted .
George Simpson deposed, Forrester came into his shop on the 20th of June, and the other followed immediately; he asked for a pair of sleeve-buttons, they were shewed some of half a crown, at 5 s. and at 3 s. 6 d. He missed a pair at 3 s. 6 d. being asked for them, they denied having them, but when going to send for an officer, Morgan delivered them out of his hand two pair and a half; and that Morgan offered him his silver watch to indemnify him, that he should not be prosecuted for compounding a felony, if he would let them go.
Both Guilty . T .
Thomas English . I live in Little St. Andrew-street . While I went down to my kitchen to dine on the 24th of June, I heard my apprentice cry, stop thief; I went out and followed him and found he had hold of the prisoner; she had taken my coat and waistcoat which before were hanging in the parlour.
Thomas English , his relation and apprentice, deposed he saw the prisoner often walking backwards and forwards by the door, he concealed himself and watched and saw her go into the parlour and come out with the coat and waistcoat, and as she was going off with them, she finding she was discovered, throw them down in the entry and ran, he followed and stopt her in the street.
Guilty . T .
George Puller . The prisoner was my servant . In a dresser drawer was the prisoner's pocket, in which were things which made me suspect she was not honest. My wife and I went up into her room and found a petticoat of mine on her bed, (I fell
John Tallon . I live at the Blue Ball in Poppin's-alley, Fleet-street . The prisoner was my servant about four hours; I gave her the key of my room-door to go up for my handkerchief which lay by the bedside, she staid a long while before she came down; after that I wanted to lay down on my bed for an hour or two, and going to put two guineas out of my pocket, I unlocked my buroe in my bed-room and found some of my money was gone; I called my wife up, we told it over, and there was four guineas gone. She delivered it to my wife about a quarter of an hour after.
Dorothy Tallon . My husband wanted a pocket-handkerchief, and gave the prisoner the key to go up for it. When he missed the money, he called me up; I called the prisoner up and charged her with it, she flew and tore and said, she would take us before my Lord Mayor for scandalizing her. She cried murder. The young man, that had recommended her to us, was below, he came up, and struck my husband, and got her down stairs before him. While my husband was talking to him below, the prisoner got up into a back room, I went to her and desired she would let me have the money again; she fell down on her knees and said, will you let me go if I tell you were it is? I said I would; then she took up one of the feet of the bed and took up a paper and gave it me, in which was one guinea and six half guineas, and the next day I found she had changed a half guinea.
The prisoner in her defence said, her master gave her that money, and threatened her with a pistol to blow her brains out if she told her mistress of it.
John Flower . I am a manager of a workhouse in Beech lane. I lost about ninety or an hundred ells of Russia cloth out of a room in my house; it was not in use. The prisoner was a servant in the house; she absconded about the 8th of May, she was taken about a fortnight of three weeks after; we found 63 yards at different pawnbrokers, which she acknowledged before the bench of justices, she had taken and pawned.
Guilty . T .
272. (M.) Cornelius Saunders was indicted for stealing four 3 l. 12 s. pieces, six 36 s. pieces, 7 guineas, 4 half guineas, and 4 s. 6 d. in money numbered, the property of Joseph White , in his dwelling-house , May 27 . +
Mary White . My husband's name is Joseph, we live in Lamb-street, Spittle-fields ; I had put my money in a canvas bag, and hid it in a shoe in my cellar, I believe there were upwards of 40 l. of it. I missed it on the 28th of May in the morning, I knew nobody but the prisoner had been in the cellar since I had seen it, which was on the day before; so I enquired for him, and was told by a woman he had said he had found a great deal of money in a shoe in Moorfields.
Q. How came he into your cellar?
White. He has but very little sight, he came when I was very busy on the morning of the 28th for some salmon kits that I had sold him, he went down into the cellar, and I suppose by groaping about got my money.
Q. How far did your money lay from the salmon kits?
White. About three yards. I carried him before Justice Pell, there was the quantity and pieces of money found upon him as laid in the indictment. The Justice asked him if it was my money? he said, yes: he had a pair of silver buckles, the Justice asked him if he bought them
Prisoner. I have dealt with her about 13 years, I bought 8 salmon kits of her, I fetched them away by two at a time, the money was in the second kit, I never found it till I came to set the tubs down.
Q. Did you not put the money into a salmon kit?
White. I am very certain I did not.
Q. from the Prisoner. Whether the necessary being so near, somebody that went there might not have put the money into a kit?
White. It might be so for what I know.
Sarah Dobey . Mrs. White and I have been partners 20 years, I heard she had been robbed by the blind man, seeing him go by soon after, I went to him, and said, are not you a great rogue to rob her that has been better than a mother to you? he said, d - n you, what is that to you. I sent for her, she came, and charged a constable with him; I saw Mr. Quintam search him, and take the buckles out of his shoes, and gold and silver out of his pocket; I heard him say he threw the bag away, and bought another.
Mr. Quintam. I am constable; I was sent for to Mrs. White, I went and found the prisoner at the Man in the Moon, I had use to know him before, but he was dress so well I could hardly know him at first sight; I searched him, I found the pieces of money upon him as laid in the indictment; I took him in a coach to go to the Justice, going along he confessed that the money was Mrs. White's property, and every word he told me, he told the Justice; he said he took the money out of the cellar, out of a shoe. The Justice said, have you got ever a watch? he said, no: - how came you by these buckles? - I bought them with Mrs. White's money: the Justice said, take them out; he said, no, blast me, I will not. Then the Justice ordered me to take them out, which I did. He said he took a black bag, and put it into the under salmon kit, and put three upon it, and carried it as far as Mr. Trueman's brew-house, then he looked to see what a prize he had got, he untied the bag, the first he saw was a crown piece, which rejoiced his heart, that there were thirty crown pieces, and all the rest gold; that he carried it to the George, in George-Yard, then he went and bought his cloaths, and turned it all into gold.
Q. to White. Was your money in a black bag?
White. It was not black, but it was made black by being in the cellar.
I did not say such a word as the constable has mentioned, but I have nobody at all to say any thing for me but myself, I leave it to the mercy of the court.
Guilty . Death .
273. (M.) John Brown was indicted for that he on the king's highway on Edward Johnson did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one linnen purse, val. 3 d. and 3 s. and one halfpenny in money numbered, his property , June 16 +
Edward Johnson . I live in the parish of Wilsdon; on the 16th of June I was riding along the road, in Hendon-wood-lane , about 2 in the afternoon, the prisoner met me on foot, he came on the near side my horse, he took hold of my horse with his left hand, and clapped what I thought a pistol to my breast with his right, this is it, (producing a pistol tinder-box) he desired me to deliver my money that minute, or he would blow my brains out; I said, friend, I have but a trifle about me, it is not worth your while: said he, give me your money immediately, why are you so long? I pulled out my purse, and said, friend, here is a little key in my purse, let me take that; I took it out, and gave him my purse with my money in it: then he let my horse go, I watched him, and followed him to Elstrey, and took him there at the sign of the Plough. I asked him how many halfpence he had? he said, one: I said, that is right; I said, how many shillings? he said, three: I said, what did you do with the purse? he said, he threw it away: he said, master, if you'll be kind to me, I believe I can help you to your money again: I said, I'll be as kind to you as I can, you shall have just as much as the law will allow, and no more. John Nutkin was with me when I took him, we carried him to the Justice at Barnet; who asked him how he came by this tinder-box? he said he had had it about a week; then he said he found it: the Justice said, how came you to keep it so bright? he could say but very little.
Prisoner. I said I had 3 s. and a halfpenny, and if it was that money I could give him as much.
Nutkin. He said he had taken it from him, and had thrown the purse away.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Nutkin. I never saw him before.
I was going to see for work, but I never robbed him; I happened to go into an alehouse for a pint of small beer, and a pennyworth of bread and cheese, and these men came and laid hold of me; in my fright I owned having this thing, (the tinder-box.) I picked it up in the highway.
Guilty . Death .
274, 275. (M.) Elizabeth Harvey , spinster , and Mary Dunn , widow , were indicted the first for stealing a silver watch, val. 4 l. the property of John Crosgall ; and the other for receiving the same well knowing it to have been stolen , May 27 . *
John Crosgall . On the 27th of May Harvey took me up in the morning about 10 o'clock to her lodging, I gave her a shilling to lie with her, and a shilling for the lodging, I gave her a shilling also for beer; I put my breeches under my pillow, with my watch in them, the watch was taken out from under the pillow. She was taken up on the Friday night; she was asked for the watch, but said she did not know where it was; but the next day she was sober, and said the landlady, Mary Dunn , had taken it from her.
The prosecutor gave me this watch.
I asked him if he had any thing of value, I would lock it up for him till morning; he said, I have nothing but my watch, and that my spouse has under her head, I gave it her.
Q. to the prosecutor. Did you give Harvey your watch?
Prosecutor. I did, and took it away again.
Both Acquitted .
276. (M.) Michael Tomlinson was indicted for stealing two cloath coats, val. 2 s. one pair of plush breeches, val. 1 s. one hat, val. 1 s. and one silver lace hat-band, val. 6 d. the property of Francis Reynolds , Esq ; June 9 . ||
Thomas Reed , coachman to Mr. Reynolds, deposed, he found a hole broke between the coach-house and stable big enough for a man to creep through, and missed the things mentioned; he got intelligence from Christopher Blackwell that the prisoner had sold a box coat to one Powel, and upon enquiring found it to be the coat he lost.
Christopher Blackwell deposed, that he had lived footman to Mr. Felton Harvey, at the same time the prisoner was his coachman; that he saw the prisoner selling the coat to Powel, and the prisoner afterwards told him he had sold it him for 27 s. (produced and deposed to as the property of his master.)
John Adams deposed, that the prisoner was gone to live in the capacity of a coachman to Mr. Spence, near Lewes, in Sussex; that he went down and there took him up, and looking over his things found the great coat; and he was carried before a magistrate at Lewes, that there he said he bought them of an old cloaths man, but did not say when nor where, or what the price; he was then brought before Sir John Fielding , there he continued in the same story with this difference only, that he bought them of a Jew.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he bought them of an old cloaths man in George-street, Hanover-square; that he gave 16 s. for the surtout coat, and 21 s. for the other.
Timothy Hickey , June 29 . ++
Timothy Hickey . I lodge in a house of Thomas Parsons , at Islington ; last Wednesday morning about 3 o'clock the prisoner came and asked for a brother of his, that, he said, lodged there, but he had no brother there; soon after the cloaths mentioned in the indictment were missing; the prisoner was seen running down an alley with a bundle of cloaths, as fast as he could; I was sent for home, and told they were taken away about 5 o'clock; I went to seek after him, and found him at Finchley, at the house of Mr. Steward, and before I got him a quarter of a mile, he owned to the taking all the things. I stopped at an alehouse on the other side Highgate, there he gave me my wig; when we got to the Bull at Highgate there he delivered to me my buckles, and one silk handkerchief, they were in a woman's custody that he kept company with, her name was Mary Dawson ; at first he said he had pawned the rest of the things in Holborn, after that he said he had sold them to an old cloaths man. (The handkerchief and wig produced and deposed to.)
Anna Maria Harvey , a milk-woman, deposed, she saw the prisoner go from Mr. Parsons's door with a bundle in the handkerchief produced, a little after 3 in the morning, and go towards White Conduit-fields, and about 1 or 2 in the day she saw him coming from Hornsey going towards Holloway with the same bundle, and gave the prosecutor an account of it, by which means he was taken.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he saw the wig and handkerchief lying at a door, as he was going to his work; that he took them up, and kept them, but as to the other things he said he never saw them.
Guilty . T .
278, 279. (M.) Mary Welch , and James Bready , were indicted for stealing one mahogany tea-chest, val. 2 s. one quarter of a pound of bohea tea, val. 1 s. and two silver tea-spoons, val. 1 s. the property of Isabella Goldsbruf , July 1 . ++.
Isabella Goldsbruf. I keep a publick house in Union Court . On the first of July, a little after 7 o'clock, Mary Cotton , my servant, came up and told me a man and a woman came in for a pint of two penny; that the man went into the kitchen, and she sat in the tap-room; that before she came up with the beer, the woman was gone, and she had missed the tea-chest out of the kitchen, and she had stopped the man; I got up, and found it as she had said; I sent for an officer and charged him; he offered to leave his coat in pledge, if I would let him go for the woman for the chest; then he wrote a direction to go to Petticoat-square, No. 3. for the woman; my maid went with the officer, and there they found the woman, then she sent this note for the tea chest. It is read.
(Please to deliver the tea chest that I brought home this day. 1 July, 1763.
The Mark of
That was the name she went by then; the chest was found, as she had told us, concealed under her bed and bolster, in her lodgings, the other things were in the chest. (Produced and deposed to.)
I never was in the kitchen at all.
The while I was there this affair happened, the thing was taken; I am quite ignorant of it.
Cotton. When I was below I heard something walk over my head, which I had reason to believe was the man carrying the chest to her in the other room.
Both Guilty . T .
See Welch tried by the name of Wilson, No 166 in Sir Samuel Fludyer 's mayoralty, for stealing money from John Castelli ; and No 14 in Sir Matthew Blackiston 's mayoralty, for the wilful murder of Ann Bourke .
280, 281. (M.) John Robertson , otherwise Robinson , and Abraham Emanuel , were indicted the first for stealing a Pinchbeck metal watch, val. 40 s. and one other watch with the inside Pinchbeck metal, and the outside shagreen, val. 10 s. the property of Henry Goldring , privately in the shop of the said Henry , March 24 ; and the other for receiving the Pinchbeck metal watch, well knowing it to have been stolen . ++
Henry Goldring . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Wapping. I lost the two watches out of my shop, and John M'Kenzie has been taken up, and confessed that he and Robinson stole them, and sold the Pinchbeck one to Emanuel.
Q. Have you any evidence of credit to confirm that of M'Kenzie?
Goldring. I have not.
Both Acquitted .
282, 283, 284 (M.) Elizabeth Myford , spinster , and Elizabeth Holmes . spinster , were indicted for stealing six bullocks livers, val. 3 s. the property of Mathias Austin ; and Nathaniel Shortland for receiving the same. well knowing them to have been stolen , June 15 . ++
The prosecutor is a tripe-man , and lives in Wood's-close , he found he had often been robbed in this way; the two women were his servants; a liver being found concealed they were suspected and accused, they both confessed they had sold livers to Shortland for 3 d. a piece; that Shortland 's business is to sell tripe about the street, that the selling price to those that sell again is 6 d. It appeared that Holmes had not been so much concerned as Myford.
Myford Guilty . T .
Holmes and Shortland Acquitted .
The prosecutor is a broker , in Brokers-alley, Drury-lane ; he lost the pottage-pot from his door, he found it again at Mr. Shaw's, a broker, in Bunhill-row, where the prisoner had sold it. (Produced and deposed to.)
Guilty . T .
There was another indictment against him for a single felony.
286. (M.) Lewis Mackely was indicted for that he on the 7th of June , about the hour of 1 in the night, the dwelling-house of Anthony Francis did-break and enter, and one pair of silver shoe-buckles, val. 8 s. one worsted purse, val. 1 d. and 15 half guineas, the property of Joseph de Magalin , and one pair of silver knee-buckles, the property of Henry Francis , in the said dwelling-house did steal . ||
The prisoner being a foreigner, an interpreter was sworn.
Anthony Francis . I live in Jonas-Court, East-Smithfield ; the prisoner, and prosecutor, and a Greek, came to lodge in my house on the 3d of June; on the 7th they went out all together, the prosecutor came home between 9 and 10 at night, we went all to bed at twelve after having fastened the house up, I got up in the morning about five, being called up by Anthonis Golsalvis, who lodged also in my house. Magalin was in his own room on the ground floor. The inside of the shutter was broke from the hinges, and the latch quite up, it appeared to be done by some body that knew the house, he said he had lost 6 guineas and a half, his shoe buckles, and a pair of knee buckles that I had lent him; the others were to come home at 9 to breakfast, but the prisoner did not. We began to suspect him, Golsalvis went and found him, I had word of it, I went to him at the house of Mary Cole about 11 o'clock; he was in bed with a woman, before I spoke to him he told me he had got the buckles and money all safe. I asked him how he got them? he said it was only in playing the rogue. I asked him how he opened the window? he said he opened it with a knock; I told him not to get out of bed, I did not come to disturb him, I left Golsalvis and Nesbit to guard him, I went and got a constable, he was then got up; he told me the woman of the house had the money, then a woman said it was in the hands of another woman that was not there; we took him to the Justice, and then sent for the woman with the money, her name was Mary Cole , she produced 9 half guineas, and the 2 pair of silver buckles.
Q. In what language did you speak to him?
Francis. In Spanish.
Joseph De Magalin . I am a Portugal sailor, I have been in England three years. I did belong to the Blenheim man of war; the prisoner and I lodged together in Francis's house, from the Friday night till the Tuesday, I came home that night, and went to bed at near 12 o'clock; the prisoner was my ship-mate two months, we received our money at Plymouth about a month before, he received 2 guineas, and had but one left. I had 7 guineas and a half in my purse in my pocket when I went to bed, the buckles were in my shoes and breeches knees, my door and windows were fast, I heard no disturbance in the night, Golsolvis came home in the morning, and awaked meMary Cole produce the 9 half guineas; the prisoner said, Joe don't be afraid I'll pay the money again that I spent last night; he desired me not to swear against him.
Mary Cole . I live in Swan-alley, the prisoner came to my house between 6 and 7 on the Wednesday morning with 2 Irish men, I was in bed, they desired I would let him lie in my house, and said he was very tired; the prisoner delivered to me this purse and 10 half guineas, out of them he had one, the other nine I kept; he said he had been robbed the night before of 2 guineas and he gave me these buckles also; I had insisted upon knowing what money he had about him before he went to bed.
Anthonio Golsalvis. The night the robbery was done I did not lie at home; I came home to Mr. Francis's about 5 the next morning and found the sash window open, after that, I found the prisoner by inquiring in the house of Cole in bed, and heard him own to every thing as has been mentioned here.
It goes against me; I don't know what to say for myself.
Guilty . Death .
Mr. Smart's barge lay at anchor in Lime-house hole ; the prisoner was seen by John Bowler to leave the tarpaulin out into his boat, and row away with it; he was pursued by George Jerrard , who work'd the barge, and the tarpaulin found in his boat.
Guilty . T .
Thomas Hall. I belong to the Hanover Packet. The prisoner worked three or four days on board, in the steerage where my hammock was, my buckles were in my waistcoat-pocket in my hammock, I missed them on the 28th of June, he was then on board; they were found again at Mr. Jerviso's.
Thomas Jervise . I am a goldsmith at Wapping, Old Stairs; a person, very much like the prisoner, brought these buckles to me on the 28th of June, about 6 in the evening, he wanted to sell them, saying they were his own; I weighed them, and gave him 23 s. and 6 d. for them. I do believe the prisoner is the same person. (Produced and deposed to by prosecutor.)
Michael Bates . I live with Mr. Jervise. I was by at the time Mr. Jervise bought the buckles; I am certain the prisoner is the man that sold them; when he was taken I saw him, he had the same dress on as he had before, except a pair of long trowsers.
Guilty . T .
Thomas Elrington . This note was picked out of my pocket, with others, to the amount of 405 l. at the Horse Guards , March 31, about 1 o'clock, this was H. No. 240, payable to Henry Hoare , Esq; and Co. dated 17 Feb. 1763, (producing one) this is it; it was paid into the Bank by Mr. Reynolds, a Goldsmith; I heard of it the very day after I was robbed, he came and described it. I had George Clark tried here for stealing these notes. (See No. 174 in this Mayoralty) And one thing I remember, when Clark pressed between the pillar and me, while I was searching my pocket, he went round two women on my left hand, and behind those two women were two men dressed in black, one a tallish man, to the best of my remembrance very like the prisoner at the bar, the other was shorter, but being in such a confusion upon losing my notes, and my eye so fixt upon Clark, whom I suspected, that I did not take that notice so as to be certain as to the prisoner.
Thomas Reynolds . I am a Goldsmith, I live at the bottom of the Minories. On the 31st of March, about 4 or 5 in the afternoon, the prisoner at the bar, and another man, who called himself Brown, came into my shop, and said they wanted some plate, I shewed them some, they were both in deep mourning; Brown said, he was going to settle at Gravesend; they bought to the amount of 27 l. 4 s. 10 d. Brown offeredJohn Fielding ; they staid in my shop near half an hour, the prisoner drank a glass of rum, and the other a little negus; the next morning looking over a warning, I found such a note was stole, I went immediately to Sir John Fielding , and told him the affair.
The note read to this purport.
"Hoare, Esq; and Company, or bearer, upon
"the Governor and Co. of the Bank of England."
John Leicester . I was 15 years of age last Michaelmas. On the last day of March, betwixt the hours of 4 and 5, the man at the bar, and another man, both in black, came to Mr. Reynold's house, they wanted some plate; they asked for a tea-pot, they bought a silver tankard, salt-sellers, 2 milk-pots, a pair of stone shoe-buckles, and in all laid out 27 l. 4 s. I think this man looked the plate out as well as the other. The short one said his name was Brown, he offered my master a note, he said he was going to live at Gravesend; he offered master a large note, master asked him if he had not smaller; then the prisoner said to the other, you have a smaller; then Brown gave master a note of 25 l. the prisoner paid the rest in money, which was 2 guineas and 2 s. I am quite sure the prisoner was one of them, I took particular notice of his face, and minded a scar on the left side of his neck, which he kept rubbing with his hand; I mentioned that to my master the same day after they were gone.
William Allison . I am servant to Mr. Henry Barlow , goldsmith and jeweller, in Aldgate High Street. On the 31st of March last, about 9 at night, somebody rang at the door, I opened it, there were two men came in, they said they wanted half a dozen table spoons, and half a dozen of tea spoons; my master was not at home, mistress came into the shop and served them. After they had agreed for the price, one of them pulled out a pocket book, he said he had not money enough, and mistress must change a 20 l. bank note, there were several notes in it; he delivered a 20 l. note to mistress, and she bid me carry it to my master at the Blue Boar Inn, and desire him to come home and change it; the goods came to about 5 l. Mr. Barlow came home and paid the money. As I was going out at the door for my master, I saw two men dressed in mourning, I passed by them, and looked hard at them, and they at me, I having the note in my hand was a little dubious of them; when I returned I saw one of them standing in the same place, the other was gone, to the best of my knowledge the prisoner was one of them, there was a lamp just by, they had bundles under their arms, I believe the prisoner was the man I saw alone, the other was a shorter thick man. I saw the prisoner since at Justice Fielding's on the 7th of June, and I now believe he was one of them; the people that came in, one was a talk thin man pitted with the small pox, dressed in brown, they went away towards White-chapel-bars, I shut the door, and did not observe whether they joyned the two in mourning.
I never was in Mr. Reynolds's shop in my life.
He called Edward Clark , a cabinet-maker, and late fellow apprentice, who had known him above 10 years; Mary Carey , in Garden-Court, Baldwin's-gardens, about a year; John Read , a tin-man, about 14 or 15 years; John Bisset , a cabinet-maker, in Moorfields, about 7 years; Samuel Tempkins , an edge-tool-maker, between 3 and 4 years; and Thomas Fell , a taylor, all spoke of him as an honest industrious man.
Guilty . T .Joachim Gerrard Bass , privately from his person , Sept. 29 . +
Joachim Gerrard Bass . On the 29th of September last I was going to my bankers, messrs. Honeywood and Fuller, I had my banker's book in which I keep my accounts with them, in which were the three India bonds mentioned in the indictment; my Lord Mayor's coach was going to Guildhall, when I got to St. Mildred's church there was a crowd, my book stood out of my right hand waistcoat pocket, I missed it immediately, but could not see who took it; I went to my broker, Mr. Thomas Sivers , in Change-alley, he advised me to have the num- numbers put up in Jonathan's coffee-house, which I did, and advertized a reward of first 20, then 30, then 40 guineas. The 2d of November I was sent for to Sir Charles Asgill 's, who had examined Steers and Stevens who had offered two of them to sale; (See their trials, No 19 and 20 in this mayoralty) by proving the bonds my property Sir Charles delivered them to me. (Two of the bonds produced in court) No 30623, and 30687, the other was No 21077, for the payment of 100 l. each, but they were worth more.
Richard Fuller . On the 29th of September I was in company with the prisoner. Patrick Casey , George White , Thomas Cole , and John Clark ; near the Poultry we met a gentleman, and all got round him while Casey had an opportunity of taking the book out of his pocket; to the best of my knowledge there was a writing on the outside the book, but we soon destroyed that; there were three bonds for an 100 l. each, I took the numbers of them the next day, 21077, 30623, 30687, I am not particular to whom they were payable. We all went to the first tavern we came to, and examined the book, and took the bonds out, and all examined them, I cannot tell the tavern now; we sold them to one Joseph Watson , a coal merchant, at Shadwell-dock, for 40 l. he is a person that has made it his business to buy stolen goods of most of the thieves in London; we had that money shared amongst us; we sold them at the Cock in Aldersgate-street.
On his cross examination he said he was a dealer in horses, that he had been acquainted with the prisoner more than 3 years, and that they all set out from the Cock Inn that morning for that purpose of picking pockets, and had also many other days besides.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from the person . T .
Richard Fuller . On the 25th of April, Parsons, Brinklow, William Hayes , Thomas Coles , and myself, were in company together, waiting about the Bank, to see who should come out with pocket-books that we could take. We saw Mr. William Cockburn go into the Bank. we followed him, he staid there a little time, he came out again on that side going towards the Change; we followed him into Lombard-street; we all got as near him as we could, and Parsons and Hayes stopped or interrupted him, while Cole had an opportunity to take his pocket-book out of his right-side pocket, to the best of my rememberance Brinklow and I kept on. The book was soon missed, and the gentleman seemed to have a suspicion of Brinklow and me, and followed us, and kept near us till we came to the water side by London-Bridge; he said nothing to us; we called a boat to go over, he called another; the boats came pretty close together; we paid the waterman and got away, he did not follow us any farther; soon after that, Brinklow and I lost each other, being in a hurry I went below London-Bridge, and took water, and then went to one Lumbley's in Golden-Lane, the sign of the Raven and Crown, where I expected they all would have came, (we all frequented that house) I found they were gone to James Hall's, a house in Gray's Inn Lane; I went to the Sun where I used to feed my horses, and was told that Cole had been to enquire for me, and that he was gone to James Hall's; there I found Brinklow, Parsons, Hayes, and Watson, all together. They told me they were glad to see me, they thought I was taken up; there Parsons produced a Bank post-bill for 20 l. they said that was all the notes contained in the pocket-book, it was made payable to Wm Cockburn , No. 9203. I was not certain but that there might be other notes in the book, so I looked in the advertisement, and found only one advertised; I did not chuse to trust my companions, for that was a practice that we all made use of to cheat one another. We offered to sell it to Watson, he bid us but 13 l. for it, they would have had me have taken it at 15 l. I said IJohn Fielding , I saw the gentleman that lost the note, who said he remembered me.
On his cross examination he said, he was by trade a wheel-wright, that he kept an inn at Reading about 9 or 10 years ago, that since that he had dealt in horses, and traded in goods, that he had been a thief about 3 years, that he once had a complaint lodged against him before Sir John Fielding , for having false or diminished money about him, that being committed on that account, after 2 or 3 days he sent to Sir John, and made this discovery, and also of other facts.
Q. Did you hear the two prisoners acknowledge any thing?
Wilks. No, I can only say what I heard Mr. Cockbourn say there.
Wilks. I was bound over to give an account that I had seen Fuller and the prisoner tog ether at my house, the Cock, in Aldersgate-street, they have drank together there, they seemed to be pretty intimate.
Q. How often may they have come to your house?
Wilks. May be half a dozen times; sometimes once, sometimes twice a week.
Q. Do you mean by half a dozen times, 40 times.
Wilks. I cannot tell, I never took particular notice.
James Hall. I live at the Wheat-sheaf in Purple-lane; I have seen the prisoners and Fuller drink together in my house, they may have been at my house 2 or 3 times, I cannot say whether they knew one another.
Q. Were they never but three times at your house?
Hall. I cannot take upon me to say I never saw them but three times.
The prosecutor was called upon his recognizance, but did not appear; his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.
Both Acquitted .
293. (L.) Lucy Bruguiere , spinster , was indicted for knowingly and designedly, by false pretences, obtaining from Spencer Morris , by the hands of his servant Joseph Stellings , five yards and a half of white three-quartered mantua, by pretending she came from Mrs. Minet, wife of Hugh Minet , a customer, well known to Joseph Stellings , and a large quantity of other rich goods , said to be done between the 9th of April and the 2d of May.
Joseph Stellings . I live with Mr. Spencer Morris, a silk mercer , at the White Lion on Ludgate Hill. I have known the prisoner some years, she has come often to our shop; on the 16th of March she came for 5 yards and a half of white 3-quarter'd mantua, in the name of Mrs. Minet, she said it was to make a white silk petticoat, she had it. Mrs. Minet is a married lady, and lives in St. Mary-Axe; the prisoner's mother, her sister, and she, are mantua makers; she always asked for a bill of parcels in Mrs. Minet's name, and had it with her. She came again on the 9th of April for 5 yards and a half more, to make another petticoat for Mrs. Minet, she had it.
Q. When did you first suspect this to be an imposition?
Stellings. When the pawnbroker sent to let me know she was stopped on the 2d of May, she had that day been and had 22 yards of garnet ground brocade, she went and pawned it near the Seven Dials; the pawnbroker's man came to our shop, to know whether she had the brocade of me or not; she came with him skimming into the shop dressed in one of the pieces she had in our shop, and to blind me she said it was her brother; (whispering very softly) I looked at him, and he at me, said she, can I have 2 yards more of this silk? I said, no; then, said she, don't carry the bill; here was the first alarm I had; she went away with the man. The man came back again, and said he thought, by what passed, she had not the goods fairly, and desired I would step up to his master, whom he said was a pawnbroker. I went, there was this garnet ground brocade, and she was dressed in this silk gown, the silk she had of me. (Producing a silk gown) Mrs. Minet was then out of town, but all the servants said she had no such order for either of the silks from her mistress.
Court. Give an account of what she had of you.
Steallings. The 9th of April, 5 yards and a half of white mantua, and 3 yards of black alamode.
The 19th, 8 yards of black sattin, and 2 yards and a half of white half ell Persian
The 25th, 10 yards and a quarter of white 3-quarter'd tobine, 5 and a half of crimson sattin, 5 and a quarter of black ditto, and 6 yards of crimson half ell Persian
The 17th, 4 ells and a half of blue sattin, 6 yards of black ditto, 7 yards of white half ell sarsnet, 6 and a half of black half ell ditto, and 18 yards of green Italian mantua.
May the 2d, 22 yards of garnet ground flower'd gimp brocade, 19 yards of green 3 quarter'd Italian mantua, 10 yards of black half ell alamode, 6 yards of white half ell sarsnet, and 2 yards 1-eight of black sattin. This closes the account of 67 l. 14 s. she had all those of me under pretence she came from Mrs. Minet, and was punctual to ask for a bill of parcels every time, she did not ask for a general bill till the last time.
Mrs. Mary Minet deposed, she never ordered the prisoner to take up goods for her at Mr. Morris's for no part of the silk mentioned, neither did any of it ever come to her hands; and the last of the prisoner's mother working for her was the latter end of last year.
The prisoner, in her defence, said her mother sent her for the goods.
She called Mr. Duniere, who deposed he had known her ever since he had been in England, which is 11 years, and that she was but 13 years and 6 months old; that the mother and sister were ran away, and she had not good examples set before her, and therefore out of compassion he came to speak for her.
Guilty of obtaining the 5 yards and a half of white 3-quarter'd mantua by false pretences . T .
294. (M.) Rebecca Cane , spinster , was indicted for stealing one moidore, one guinea, three half guineas, and 12 shillings in money numbered, the property of John Gilyard , privately from his person . ++
John Gilyard . Coming down Hounsditch I met with the prisoner, and another woman with her, I went with them to their lodgings at their request, and staid for an hour and more; after that the prisoner and I went into another room, I was not there long before I found myself robbed of the money mentioned in the indictment. I heard the watchman going one o'clock, I desired her to give me my money again, and I would make her a present of a crown; I called for a light, the other woman brought a light, I looked all about but found no money; then the prisoner snatched the candle out of my hand, and threw it into the fire place, and ran down stairs; I ran after her, and catched her at the door, and held her while the other woman came down; I thought she had the money in her mouth, the other woman put her hand to her mouth, and I heard something fall between them; she went out at the door, they called two men, one named Joe, and where they were to be found. In about 5 minutes two men came, and demanded what was the matter? the other woman was gone, this I had in hold, one of the men seemed to be going to hit me a blow, then I offered her half a guinea if she would give me my money, she would not own any thing of it; soon after that the watchman came, then a man came down stairs with a light in his hand, I looked to see what was fell, I saw half a guinea; I gave her in charge to the watchman, she was taken to the Compter, and the next day before the sitting Alderman at Guildhall, there she denied it, we did not search her.
Q. Was you drunk or sober?
Gilyard. I was not disguised as I thought, I had been drinking with an acquaintance.
Q. When had you seen your money last?
Gilyard. I cannot punctually say.
295, 296, 297, 298. (L.) Henry Wright , John Foulder , Caleb Hicks , and Robert Cooper , were indicted for stealing a bond under the hand of Thomas Wybourn the elder, and Thomas Wybourn the younger, value 400 l. and diverse promissory notes , the property of James Allen , June 21 . ||
James Allen . I live in Fleet-street; as I was coming down Fleet-street on the 21st of June, between two and three in the morning. from the Queen's-Head tavern in Holborn, where I had been spending the evening with my attorney; just at the end of Vine-Office-Court, near where I live, I met with the prisoner Wright; he accosted me with, Holo, Brother! I said brother. What said he, are you a brother? then tip usMatthew Blackiston , the sitting alderman, (I did not miss my pocket-book till I was in the Compter) I am very sure I had it in my pocket when I met with them; I had been settling my affairs with my attorney; in my book were these notes and bond; I told Sir Matthew I missed my pocket-book, and begg'd he would have them searched; then the prisoner Wright fumbled in his breeches, and pulled out my handkerchief, and said, here is your handkerchief; then he pulled out my pocketbook, and delivered them to me; I had told them in the Compter it could be of no value to them, and offered two guineas for it, it being all among my friends, I knew I could stop payment when I pleased; they all said they knew nothing of it, and wondered how I could charge them; the book was sealed up before Sir Matthew, and never opened till I came to draw the bill of indictment up, and that in the presence of evidences here. (The book produced, a bond taken out, dated June 19, 1761, for 400 l. A note, dated June 27, 1761, for 128 l. Another, Sept. 24, 1762, for 25 l. Another for 247 l. Another, July 26, 1761, for 20 l. Another, Aug. 15, 1761, for 10 l.) These were all in the book when taken from my pocket.
John Wybourn , son of Thomas Wybourn deceased, looks at the notes, and certifies which are the hand-writing of his late father, his mother, and his brother, being well acquainted with their hand-writing.
Q. to prosecutor. Were any questions asked how Wright came by the pocket book?
Prosecutor. He began begging mercy, I don't know he made me any positive answer how he took it; the others all declared they knew nothing of it, and I think Wright himself said the same, that he himself took it. Sir Matthew committed two to the Compter, and him to Newgate.
Nathaniel Allen , brother to the prosecutor, John Kirby , keeper of the Compter, and John Bignall , all deposed to the seeing Wright pull the handkerchief and pocket-book out of his breeches, before Sir Matthew Blackiston .
Wright in his defence said, Mr. Allen was excessively in liquor, and went to bed in the Compter, after which he found the pocket-book and silk handkerchief in his own pocket, but was not sensible which way they came there, and that he never was asked for the book till he came to Guildhall, and then he gave it to him.
Q. to prosecutor. Was you in liquor?
Prosecutor. I was a little merry, but very far from being drunk; I was sober enough to know all that passed.
Thomas Marfleet . I have known Wright about 18 years; he was apprentice to a merchant at Boston in Lincolnshire; he has been in London about 7 or 8 years, and lived as a gentleman's footman; I believe he has been out of place about two months; I looked upon him to be a very honest, sober, industrious young man.
Wright Guilty . T .
Foulder, Hicks, and Cooper Acquitted .
Samuel Beaton was indicted for robbing Edward Everard on the king's highway of a silver watch, val. 3 l. a pair of metal buckles, val. 6 d. a quarter of a moidore, and 3 s. in money numbered , May 16 . ||
Edward Everard . On the 16th of May last, about 9 at night, I was coming to town in a post chaise, betwixt Kingsland and the turnpike, going towards Islington I was stopped by a person, and on each side the chaise came a man with pistols, and desired me to deliver my money; I delivered them my watch, a 6 s. 9 d. piece, 3 s. in silver, and my buckles out of my shoes; it was dark, I could not distinguish their faces, I think the prisoner is much like the man that came on the off side, but I cannot pretend to swear to him. I never found my watch nor buckles again. I seeing it advertized a gentleman robbed of a watch, and a 6 s. 9 d. piece, amongst a list of other robberies, I went to the Justice to see if I could get my watch and things again, there was the evidence Stevenson, he owned he was one that robbed me, and that he sold the watch to a Jew in Hounsditch, which is since gone off. Stevenson told me the maker's name upon the watch.
Q. What said the prisoner?
Everard. He denied it.
John Smithson deposed, he was stopt and robbed of a watch and 4 guineas near the Three Mackerols, Mile-end-road , by three men; but it being very dark, he could not swear to either; that his watch was advertised to be seen at the Angel and Crown, Whitechapel; that he went there and found it. Produced in court, and deposed to.
Stevenson, the accomplice, deposed, he and the prisoner committed the robbery. There being no other witness of credit, he was Acquitted .
There being no other evidence but Stevenson, the court thought it needless to examine him.
He was detained to be tried in Surry and Essex.
Richard Brown . I live in Great Russel-street . On the 20th of June, betwixt 5 and 6, I missed the coats and waistcoat in less than 10 minutes after I had hung them on the back of a chair in my bed-chamber, up one pair of stairs; I carried a waistcoat of the same cloth of one of the coats to shew among the salesmen, that they might stop the coat if brought to sell.
Arnold Pritchard . Mr. Brown shewed me this waistcoat, (producing one) in order that I might stop the coat if brought; after that I saw the prisoner with the coat on his arm, I took him into a public-house in King-street, and sent for Mr. Brown, who owned it; it appears to be of the same with the waistcoat. (Produced.)
Brown. This is my coat. I asked the prisoner what he had done with the other coat and waistcoat? he said he had left them with Mary Butterley , at the Crown, Broad St. Giles's; I went and found there had been such a woman there, but she was gone.
The prisoner, in his defence, said a woman desired him to go with her to Monmouth-street, to sell the cloaths; he went on, and she staid behind, and he was stopped.
Pritchard. He never mentioned a woman till he was at the Compter.
Mary Gibson , servant to the prosecutor on Tower-hill , deposed, she was feeding the child with the pap-boat, a man rang at the door, she went with the child in her arms and opened it, it was the prisoner, he never spoke to her, nor she to him, she thought he was one of the workmen; he went in, and in a little time came down, and she shut the door after him; and went into the room, and immediately missed the pap-boat.
M. Gibbons. This is the same boat which I had been feeding the child with, and which was lost.
The prisoner in his defence said, he found it among some rubbish, as he was digging up some brick-bats.
Guilty . T .
George Allen . On Thursday morning last, my man went to a field near Shoreditch to feed my horses, and he returned and told me they were stolen. I went out in order to see for them, going up Shoreditch I met a man who told me he saw the prisoner and another man in my field over night; I went and got a search warrant of Justice Fielding. He lives near the Infirmary, he is a weaver by trade, and keeps a chandler's-shop, and has a pleasure cart to carry people about; after a little searching, he said if I would be good natured he would let me know where the horses were, he would go and shew me. Accordingly he went to the Sun, in Gray's-Inn-Lane, there were my horses; he told me he and another man had rode them within a mile and a half of St. Albans in the night. I had seen them on the Wednesday afternoon, they were then clean and washed.
William Sherard . I am an officer. Mr. Allen brought a search warrant to me, I and he went to the prisoner's house, we asked his wife if he was at home? at first she said, no, but when she found we came to search, then she said he was laid down on the bed; then the prosecutor went up to him, we begun to search, then he said, we need not give ourselves any farther trouble, he would inform us where the horses were, and he would shew them to us. We all three went to the Sun, in Gray's-Inn-Lane, there the prisoner asked for the horses he left there that morning; they accordingly brought them out, and delivered them to him; a black and a brown one.
Edward Waller . I am servant to the prosecutor. I got up that morning about five, in order to bait the horses; when I came to the field, the horses were gone; I had seen them the evening before between eight and nine o'clock; I found the gate locked at which I used to take the horses in and out; there was a rail broke where the horses must have gone out, I did not perceive it broke over night.
Q. Did you assist the prisoner, or lend him the two horses, or take them out yourself?
Waller. No, I did not; neither do I know how they came out.
Prisoner's Defence. I was going with my own horses to Brook's-market; these 2 horses were astray, bridled and saddled, and a great coat buckled on the saddle, with a hammer in it; I fastened my own horse to a rail, and got them, and led them by my side, and put them into an inn; there I left them till Mr. Allen came to my house; when he came, he told me he had a warrant to search my house and stable, which gave me great surprize; I told him he was very welcome; I told him I had left them at an inn in such a place, but I had forgot the name of the inn; he went along with me, I called the ostler to let me have the horses that I left there that morning; he brought them out, I paid him a shilling for them, and gave him 2 d. for himself; I delivered the horses to Mr. Allen, then he told me I must go before Sir John Fielding , to discharge the warrant; when I came there my commitment was wrote, and I was sent to Newgate without examination.
Prosecutor. I did not know whether I should mention the bridles and saddles which he had with the horses at the inn; when I was searching his house I found my hammer, likewise I found a pistol loaded, the hammer, saddles, and bridles were taken from out of a stable in the field where the horses were, which was broke open.
The prisoner called Richard Alwright , a rope-maker, in White-chapel, who had known him 16 or 17 years, who said he never knew any harm of him the days of his breath till within 8 or 10 days, when he heard of this affair; and Mr. Haines, of Primrose-street, who had known him about 4 months, said he never heard but that he had an honest good character.
Prisoner. I was servant to the prosecutor, please to ask him my character.
Q. to the Prosecutor. What is the prisoner's character?
Prosecutor. He has not a good character; I never thought him to have a bad character when he lived with me, that is about 5 or 6 years ago, but I think otherwise now.
George Allen , June 30 . ++
George Allen . In searching the prisoner's house I found in his cellar a quantity of leather; I said, Stephen, you go on with your old tricks, I found also a great quantity of buckles and buttons, a pistol loaded, and my hammer; then he said, my dear master, you have been a good friend to me, if you will forgive me I'll tell you of all the things; then he said he went to a public-house in Hogsden fields, there he had left my great coat, saying he was afraid to bring it home in the middle of the day; I asked him what he did with that pistol loaded with stones? he acknowledged that he did go upon the highway, and that there was a man concerned with him, who is since ran away; at that time he said nothing of finding my horses bridled and saddled astray, but cried, and said if I would forgive him he would be very good for the future. My saddles and bridles were upon the horses at the inn. I went to that alehouse by Hogsdon, there I found my great coat, as he had said. (The things produced in court and deposed to.)
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he was in a good way of business, and served many topping people with butter, in Spittlefields, and sells fowls and eggs; when he has been short of butter he has gone to Mr. Allen for small quantities; and that his pleasure cart was of great use to him in his business; that he charged his pistol, as several neighbours had, with intent to shoot a mad dog, and not having bullets, he must have made use of shot, had he not put in a stone.
See him tried for stealing a basket, and 170 lb. of butter, No 6 in this mayoralty.
305. (M.) William Collins was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, val. 12 s. one cloth waistcoat, val. 1 s. one linnen shirt, val. 6 d. and two pair of stockings, val. 1 s. the property of James Hill , June 20 . ++
James Hill deposed, he was just come from Scotland, a perfect stranger, he met with the prisoner at Highgate, who pretended to get him work at haymaking; that he laid down his bundle, in order to drink some water, the prisoner took it up and carried it from place to place in London, got money of him to buy victuals and drink, and all the while kept his bundle, in which were the things mentioned in the indictment; that he got a shilling of him to buy a fork, and bid him stay where he was, somewhere near Holborn. while he came with the fork; that he waited hours, but he did not return; then he made it his business to find him at hay-making near Islington; that the prisoner said he had left the things with his fork in London, and brought him again from place to place, but he never could get sight of his things again.
Guilty . T .
306. (M.) William Holloway was indicted for that he, in a field, or open place, near the King's highway, on Robert Long did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person one silver watch, val. 40 s. his property , June 27 . ||
Robert Long . On the 27th of June, between 6 and 7 in the evening, I was going from London to West-end by way of Marybone on foot, about two or three fields from Marybone , at a bridge that has rails on each side, stood the prisoner at the latter end, leaning on the rail, I past him, he had a stick in his hand; I was not got into the second field from the bridge before the prisoner stept up to me, and took me by the shoulder, and looked me in the face and said, I want your watch; I said, you shall not have it though; he said, he would; I said, we will try for it first. He got hold of me, and began to beat me about the face and head, I endeavoured to defend myself as well as I could; he got me on the ground in a gutter, and beat me as long as he thought proper, my head and face was all over bloody; then he took hold at the string of my watch, and pulled it out, and ran away, I followed and called thief and murder. There was a man lying on the grass about 50 or 60 yards distance, he got up and stared about him, his name is Ellis, I told him what had happened, he looked about and said he saw him; a farmer was riding about looking after his haymakers, he rode down and said he saw the man in a field. The poor man and I ran, some time we saw him, and some time not, we lost him, then we came again into the field where I was robbed, the grass not being cut down, we tracked him about a dozen yards in it, presently we found him lying on his belly in the ditch, the poor man jumped in and took him out; then the prisoner said, I'll give you your watch again; no, said I, you don't though. We took him to the Justice at Hamstead, who sent for a constable and he was secured.
Thomas Ellis , confirmed the account of the pursuit and taking the prisoner, and his offering to return the prosecutor his watch.
I was very much in liquor. My Lord, I hope you will do as you would be done by; not let my life be thrown away for a trifle of money.
Q. to Keen. Did the prisoner seem to be in liquor?
Keen. He did not.
Prosecutor. The prisoner has been an inhabiter near me three years, and I knew him, and think he must know me.
Guilty . Death .
Robert Harris . I have been seven years almost at sea, I came on shore three weeks ago last Wednesday, I met Gray with another man in Wapping, the other person tapt me on the shoulder, and said, there was a man had got eleven guineas, and they were going to game with him, if I would go, I might get some. (They were quite strangers to me, I never was in London before.) I said, I did not want any man's money; then he said, come and drink; I went in with them, but do not know the house; they got the cards, and began to lay a guinea a time, they got me to put money down, I lost a shilling, after that another, and after that a 5 s. and 3 d. piece, so I would lay no more, then the others went away, and I was left with Gray, then we went out together, he would have me go and take share of a pot of beer, so he carried me to the King's Arms in Old Castle-street ; and called for a pint of twopenny: Colnet joined us in going there; going along, they wanted me to let them have my watch to sell, they said, a sugar-baker's son, whose father allowed him 12 guineas a day, would give me 4 guineas for it, but I would not part with it upon any account; after the twopenny they called for a pint of beer with some other liquor in it; I had not been in bed that night. I laid my head down to take a nap, Gray tapt me and said, what o'clock is it? I pulled my watch out of my pocket, he snapt it out of my hand and gave it Colnett, and Colnett went away with it directly, Gray staid behind to pay the reckoning, and he was stopt by William Broomfield , who came in accidentally.
Betty Tale . My husband keeps the King's Arms. The two prisoners and prosecutor came into the house between 2 and 3 o'clock, I never saw either of them before, they called for a pint of twopenny, then a pen and ink, then for a pint of cold slip; there were three brewer's servants in the kitchen, as soon as they were gone, Colnett went to my husband and asked, if he would let them speak a word or two in private to Harris? Going through the passage, Harris asked them what their names were? Harris appeared to be in liquor. They came into the kitchen and sat down at the table, and called for a pen and ink again, then Colnett desired me to walk out of the kitchen, I said, that was my apartment, and I would not. Harris happened to drop asleep. I saw Gray take the watch out of Harris's hand and give it to Colnett, he put it under his apron, and went out with it. I called my husband and said, that young man's watch is gone, there is something going on I did not like. Harris dropt a shilling between his legs, and Gray took it up, and paid the reckoning with it; when my husband took the reckoning, Gray whispered him and said, I talked what did not concern me, and that Colnett was only gone for a little tea for the sailor. I said, Gray should not go till the young man had his watch again. A man, by overhearing me, went and found Colnett, and returned and said, he would be back in a quarter of an hour; Colnett came in about that distance of time and said, what do you keep the man in custody for? I said, till the young man has the watch, and now you are come, I insist upon your being charged. He used me very ill. Mr. Bird the constable was sent for, I insisted upon his taking them both away, but he would not for a great while, neither did he chuse to take charge of them. Colnett wanted Harris to pay him his charges while he had been gone with the watch, and said, he had pawned it for 1 l. 16 s. and threw that money on the table; this was after Colnett was charged; the young man wanted his
William Broomfield . I called in to drink, I saw the prosecutor and Gray sit opposite one another, I said to the prosecutor, what is the matter? he said, this man snatched my watch out of my hand, and gave it to another man, and he is run away with it. We kept Gray till Colnett came back. The constable was sent for, and came before Colnet returned.
Q. Did Harris say he had sent it out to be pawned?
Broomfield. No, he did not.
Q. to Prosecutor. Are you sure you did not deliver the watch for them to pawn it?
Prosecutor. I am sure I did not.
Broomfield. Colnett threw down 36 s. and said, here is the money that I pawned the watch for; the prosecutor said, he wanted his watch, he would not take 36 s. for it.
The prisoners both in their defence said, the prosecutor wanted them to sell his watch, which the prosecutor positively denied.
Both Guilty . T .
309. (L.) Richard Potter , otherwise Pollard , was indicted for feloniously personating and assuming the name and character of Andrew M'Gee , he said Andrew being intitled to certain prize-money for services done on board his Majesty's ship the Burford, in order to receive the said money, against the peace of our Lord the King his crown and dignity , May 5 . +
Albert Innes . I am agent for sea officers; (he produced a book) this is the Burford's prize list, Andrew M'Gee is here put down as one of the ship's company, a common man. I was present at the making this book up, there is 1 l. 15 s. prize-money to M'Gee, for taking a French East India man, by the Burford, and several others, when they were going out to the Havanna. On Thursday the 5th of May last, when we were paying a great many ships, at the King's-head, Fenchurch-street, the prisoner came there under the name of Andrew M'Gee, I asked him his name, he said that was his name; I looked at the list and found the name, and gave him the pen, he made his mark. As he was going round to the other side the table, to receive his money of the other clerk, Mr. Dickset asked him how long he had belonge d to the ship? he said, 19 months: he was then asked the captain's name, he could not tell, upon which we suspected him; we asked him if he knew several of the officers, he could not tell any of their names; we sent for a constable, and in about two or three minutes after he declared he was never on board the ship Burford, and that his name was Richard Potter , and was on board the African. He was carried before my Lord Mayor, who committed him to Newgate. Our way is first of all to make a list of the names, which are wrote by the clerk, then as they come to receive the prize money, they either write their names or make their marks, upon that they receive their prize-money.
A parcel of sailors made me drink, and persuaded me to do it.
Q. to Innes. Was the prisoner in liquor when he applied to you?
Innes. He was not.
Guilty . Death .
310, 311. (L.) Thomas Ryan , and Edward Upton , were indicted for that they, in company with James Baylis , not taken, on the 9th of June , about the hour of 2 in the night, the dwelling-house of John Blanch did break and enter, and stealing eight yards of linnen cloth, val. 13 s. one shirt, two pair of worsted stockings, one man's hat, and 9 lb. weight of lamb, the property of the said John, in his dwelling-house . +
John Blanch . I live in Thames-street , I keep a chandler's-shop , I sell raw meat, and cook some victuals. I had an old flap door to my cellar which had no fastening to it, in which the thieves got, and then broke through a partition, and took away the things mentioned in the indictment. The watchman knocked at the door about a quarter after 2, on the 9th of June, and told me the door was open, which was fast when we went to bed between 10 and 11; a kinsman of mine went down and shut the door, and the next morning I got up at 5, and missed the things. The next day some of Mr. Fielding's people
Thomas Partridge . I am between 13 and 14 years of age. I never knew Upton before that night, I knew Ryan pretty near a year, we were all at play together on Tower-hill; we went towards St. James's, and walked about till between twelve and one, then we came into upper Thames-street, Baylis was with us. Ryan said he knew a shop where the cellar window was open, and brought me to the window, and said if I did not go down he'd run his knife in me; he pushed me down, and then came after me; he tried to open the door, but could not; he cut a hole through a deal partition, and shoved a table away which was withinside, then he pulled his cloaths off, and went through, and opened the street door, Upton and Baylis came in at the street door; we took out some linnen cloth, three pair of stockings, a hat, a shirt, and a quarter of lamb; we got a woman to sell the shirt, she brought us 2 s. we carried the cloth up to James Grief , and he ordered me to cut the fag end off. After that he gave information to the constable, and we were taken.
Morris Jones . One Grief, who had kept these lads company, and been admitted an evidence some time before, had laid an information against the prisoners and Baylis before Justice Scott; he went and shewed them to me on Tower-hill, and we secured the prisoners and evidence. Ryan then wanted to be admitted evidence. Here is a fag end of cloth which I had of Grief. (Producing it.)
Edward Querie . I sold Mr. Blanch a piece of yard-wide Irish cloth on the 23d of November, it was the same width and length of this, here is No 2584, and 27 yards, my mark was on the other end, this answers to that I sold.
Mr. Jones told me if I would tell such a thing that was done I should be admitted evidence; I did it thinking I should be cleared directly.
Jones. I did not tell him any such thing, he desired to be admitted evidence.
The constable knocked me down. I never saw neither one nor the other of these lads.
Both Acquitted of the burglary, Guilty of stealing . T .
Edward More . I am a jeweller , and live in St. Ann's-lane , the prisoner is my apprentice . On the 4th of June Mr. Cox's servant brought him to me with an ingot of gold and silver mixed, which he had offered to sell. I asked him how he came by it? at first he said he had it of a woman in Drury-lane; after that he said he had it of a person in Black-friars; and at last, before Mr. Cox and his servant, he confessed he stole it from me at different times, and melted it down on the Saturday night after work was done.
Mr. Cox confirmed that of his confession.
The prisoner said it was the first fact, and begged mercy.
Guilty . B .
The prosecutor could only say he lost his till and the money numbered in it.
John Owen lives in the Grange, Southwark: he sent the skins mentioned to the White Hart Inn, in the Borough, in order to be carried to a customer at Guildford; the prisoner, with two others, were dodged by Mr. Newton from near St. Mary Overy's church-yard over the bridge, and up Grace-church-street, who observed sometimes one carried them, and sometimes the others; the other two deserted the prisoner at the Cross-keys, Grace-church-street, where was a watchman whom Mr. Newton called to his assistance, and they secured the prisoner with the leather.
Guilty . T .
Sarah wife of Alexander M'Gifford , otherwise Sarah Cross, otherwise Hill , spinster , was indicted for stealing a bond and writing obligatory under the hand and seal of Thomas Scot , purporting to have been signed, sealed, and delivered by the said Thomas, whereby he became bound to pay to James Addison , deceased, the sum of 10 l. &c. the property of Eleanor his wife . ++
The prosecutrix not producing the probate of the will of James her late husband, the prisoner was Acquitted .
William Harding . On the 10th of June I was coming from the White Hart in Pennington-street, Ratcliff-highway, alone; coming up Harty-choak-hill, at past 11 at night, (I was turned into Ratcliff-highway about 3 yards) three men came up and surrounded me, one struck me on the jaw-bone, and they proceeded with blows, till the knocked me down, I was almost senseless when I fell; as I was on the ground, and a little recovered from the blows, I found one of them feeling for my watch, the string of my watch was within-side my breeches, they could not get it, then I cried out murder, then the last man took my wig from my head, (I believe my hat was gone before) and ran away; the gentlemen in the watch-house heard me, that was about 50 or 60 yards distance, they come out, the prisoner ran against a post, and knocked himself down, he got up and ran again, and was soon taken; he was brought to me to see if I knew him, I said I did not, I could not be positive to either of their faces; my hat and wig were found in the road afterwards; the prisoner denied it before the magistrate.
John Davis . I live in Ratcliff-highway, the corner of Princess-square. I was at Mr. Alcote's door, where I live, between eleven and twelve that night; there is a lamp at the corner, right cross the way from our house, about three doors from the place were Mr. Harding was attacked; I saw him coming up the hill, and turn the corner; there were three fellows came and knocked him down, he cried, murder; the prisoner said to the others, D - n your eyes, make off. He crossed the way towards our house, the light from the shop blinded his eyes, he ran against a post, it took him in his breast, and he pitched over it, and fell on his head; I got past him, he seeing what I was upon, put his hand on his bosom and made off; I hollo'd out, there was a public-house just by, six or eight men pushed out, we all ran after the prisoner; the officer of the night was looking over the hatch in the watch-house, catched hold of the prisoner's collar, and stopped him; I had my eye upon him all the way, he ran, and I was within four or five yards of him when he was stopped. The officer took him into the watch-house, and asked him where he lodged? he said on Saltpetre-bank; he denied having any hand in the knocking down and robbing Mr. Harding, but I am sure he is one of the three, and is the very man that said, d - n your eyes, make off; there were lamps in that part of the road where he ran, and I had my eye upon him all the while.
Thomas Golton . I was the officer of the night. I was at the watch-house at the bottom of Wellclose-square; on the 8th of June, at past 11 at night, as the prisoner came running I ran out of the watch-house and stopped him; I enquired for the person robbed, there I found Mr. Harding with his mouth bleeding, without hat or wig; I took the prisoner into the watch-house, he denied the charge. I asked him what company he had been in? first he said he had been to the Navy-office, the next day before the Justice he said he had been at Shadwell, at the Noah's Ark; Mr. Harding and I went there, the people said no such person had been there; after that he said he had been at a house by Stepney. The hat and wig were found in the road after he was taken.
That night I was coming to one Mr. Brooks, to receive my money; I had been at Stepney about 4 o'clock, and Shadwell-dock was the last place I had been at. Going home I met a gentleman, he asked what noise that was? I said I did not know: he said, come back and see what is the matter. I came back directly, then these men stopped me, and brought me into the watch-house.
317, 318, 319. (M.) William David , William Bragger , and James Murphy , were indicted for robbing John Nelson on the King's highway of a watch, val. 30 s. and a hat, value 10 s. his property , May 27 . +
Q. Had you said any thing to David in order to his confessing.
Nelson. I told him, if he would tell where the watch was I would release him.
Jane Reynolds . My husband keeps a goldsmith's shop on the corner of Tower-hill. On the 28th of May in the afternoon there came a woman with this watch, and said it was her brother's, and if I disputed it, she would fetch him, she said, he was cook to the Sea-horse man of war. A man came and told me the same, and that he had a pension for loosing his leg; I observed he had a wooden leg; he said, he was waiting for his prize-money, and was forced to sell his watch. I sent it to a workman to have it valued, who sent word, it was old, and a very bad one, and not to give above 30 s. for it; I gave them that for it. (produced in court, deposed to by prosecutor.)
Catherine Cartwright. I was coming home to my lodging, Murphy was standing at a door, he got hold of my cloaths and made me drink with him; after that I went to a chandler's shop and got a candle and lighted it; it was then almost 12 o'clock. I was going home with my lighted candle, the prosecutor came by, I saw Murphy knock him down, my candle went out. One said, That's the barber; and another said, they had got the watch; there were more persons than Murphy, but cannot swear to any but him; I immediately went home to my lodgings, I knew Murphy before by seeing him in the neighbourhood.
William Povey . I was at Sir John Fielding 's when David came to be examined; he confessed he took the watch out of Mr. Nelson's pocket, and Bragger took it from him and ran away; he said nothing of Murphy then; when he told where the watch was sold, then he said Murphy was in company, and since he has mentioned another person, and said there were a good many whom he did not know. Sir John Fielding gave me a warrant, I went by David's direction and took up the wooden-leg'd man, named Robert Newman ; we could not find him; David was there with me, and said the others will be here presently; soon after Mr. Nelson came with Mr. Sprage, they said they had got the watch; the other two prisoners were then come in; we left Mr. Nelson with the wooden-leg'd man, and I, Sprage, and Darbin, asked the boy David, which were the men? Immediately the two prisoners fell to fighting with great sticks, and a sad battle we had, they would not be taken; Murphy ran away as soon as we were a little still, and was taken about a fortnight ago; David ran away also in the fight, but was taken afterwards.
Edmund Newton . I went with the last witness to take Murphy the last time he was taken, then he said, he hoped Sir John Fielding would make him an evidence, and he would speak the truth, but Sir John would not. Murphy told me, that the pawnbroker that had the hat, could swear to one Morris, otherwise Foster, not taken; he would fain have had me been his friend to Sir John to get him admitted an evidence, but I knew Sir John would not admit him, so I asked him no question.
Bragger and Murphy said nothing in their defence, only that they were very ill used in the fight.
David and Murphy Guilty . Death .
Bragger Acquitted .
320, 321. (M.) Thomas Praceye was indicted for stealing four wooden casks with iron hoops, val. 40 s. the property of Andrew Pankerman , privately in the warehouse of the said Andrew ; and Ephraim Shaw for receiving 3 of the same well knowing them to have been stolen , June 11 . +
Mr. Blewit, Mr. Pankerman's cooper, deposed, he went and found the butt lying on the ground just by Shaw's door, and it was his master'sJohn Fielding said, they received 6 s. a piece of Shaw for the three butts, which were worth about 15 s. each.
Thomas Pitman deposed, he heard Praceye confess before Sir John Fielding , that he took the vessels out of the store-cellar in King John's-court, and carried them to Shaw, who paid him 6 s. a piece for three; that Shaw was before Sir John the last examination, and denied buying them, and said, he had the hoops found on his premises of Mr. Fletcher and others.
William Bristow the accomplice deposed to that of Praceye and himself fetching away the four butts from the warehouse and selling three of them to Shaw, and that they intended the other for him, had they not been detected by Thomas Allen .
Praceye owned the fact.
I never spoke to Praceye nor Bristow about any butts, neither was I concerned with any; I had some staves to make up for Mr. Fletcher, and in his yard under some timber I found eleven hoops, I have them now in my possession to make up.
He called Mr. Fletcher, and Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Pigg and Jer. Clegg, three master-brewers, and who had employed him, and Timothy Shaw , a brewer's clerk, who all gave him the character of an industrious hard-working man, whom they had never heard any ill of before this.
Praceye Guilty of stealing, but not privately . T .
Shaw Acquitted .
322, 323, 324. (M.) John Adwell , otherwise Jack Above-ground , and Edward Madin , were indicted for that they, in company with George Whitfield , not taken, on the 29th of May , about the hour of 2 in the night, the dwelling-house of Henry Fisher and William Surgeon , did break and enter, and stealing one perriwig, value 1 s. the property of the said Henry, and one perriwig, value 1 s. the property of William Surgeon , and 4 dozen of worsted stockings, val. 3 l. the property of Henry Fisher and Wm Surgeon ; and Charlotte Barker , for receiving the same well knowing them to have been stolen . +
Henry Fisher . My son-in-law William Surgeon and I are partners, we live at the house called the Round-about-house, near Wellclose-square , it joins to the watch-house. I lie in the country for the benefit of the air; coming home on the 30th of May, between 7 and 8 in the morning, I found a hole broke through the brick-wall, so that a person might get in through it, my son and the rest of the family lay in the house; we keep a stocking-wareho use; when we came to examine, we missed 3 or 4 dozen of stockings, a wig of mine, and another of my son's; the stockings were taken out of the parlour. I enquired of the constable, where the watchmen were? he told me they had been drinking and quarelling all night; on the Tuesday following I was told the thieves were in goal, and the wigs found; I went and saw the three prisoners in the Court-house, in Well-close-square; the woman at the bar said she found the wigs at the end of Denmark-street; we took them before the Justice, and swore to the wigs, and they were committed.
William Surgeon . I am partner with my father-in-law. I heard an uncommon noise just before I went to bed, about 11 o'clock, I went and looked about, expecting to find a shutter down; we went to bed, and in the morning I got up between 5 and 6, I found a hole broke about a foot from the ground, and the stockings that were in the holes were pulled out, my wig, and my father's wig were missing, and some other things that were not in the indictment; what quantity of stockings I cannot tell, our people think there may be four or six dozen missing.
John M'Kenzie. John Adwell , otherwise Jack Above-ground, Whitfield, Madin, and I, went all out about 10 in the night, on the 29th of May, from Jack Above-ground 's house in New Gravel-lane; we went along Ratcliff-highway, going along we saw the Hercules-Club, the window was a little way up. I went and lifted it a little higher, and Jack Above-ground took out a tankard, and a burnt-in china punch-bowl, and other things; we were coming home about 12, Jack had an iron nail, that might weight aboutCharlotte Barker saw us, she got up and looked at the stockings. I asked her if there was a pair that fitted me? she said they were all women's stockings, and all purple. On the Monday they sold the things, as they told me when I came on shore; at night Whitfield gave me half a guinea, and I gave Jack 6 d. ten shillings was my share. I lay all that night upon three chairs at Charlotte's house, and on Tuesday those gentlemen came and took Madin and Jack-above-ground and Charlotte Barker out of the house, they did not know me nor Whitfield, they let us go; in about a fortnight after I was taken at my aunt's in New Gravel-lane.
James Murray , James Brebrook , Thomas Mariot , and Thomas Kendal deposed to the taking the three prisoners. That they went to Jack-above-ground's house about 7 in the morning, on the Tuesday, and found the three prisoners and another woman all in one bed; that they let Whitfield and M'Kenzie go; the wigs were found in a little place over the chimney piece; that Jack would have been evidence if they would clear Barker, but the Justice would not admit him.
Adwell and Madin Guilty of stealing only . T .
Barker Acquitted .
325. (M.) Edward Madin was a second time indicted for that he on the 4th of March , about the hour of one in the night, the dwelling-house of James Anderson did break and enter, and stealing one brass tobacco box, val. 1 s. twelve silver tea-spoons, one silver cup, val. 30 s. four pair of silver shoe-buckles, a gold necklace, five gold rings, two silver table spoons, twelve silk handkerchiefs, six shirts, six shifts, and a handkerchief , the property of James Anderson . *
Mrs. Anderson. My husband's name is James. On the 4th of March I called the maid up as usual at 6 in the morning; she went down stairs, and in less than a minute came up again; I found, by her speaking to my daughter, my house was broke open; I got up and went down, and found a desk was taken away from off the counter that we used to keep money and plate in, and a parcel of cloaths from off a table, linnen aprons, new cloaths, handkerchiefs, and different sorts of things in our way of business, we are pawnbrokers; I missed the till also from under the counter, and a closet was stripped of other goods; most of my loss was in money. On the 10th of March I advertized several things, after I had got the marks from the owners; about a month after that we were beset by eight boys and two men about 11 o'clock one night, Swift that was executed last was one of them. After that I heard that James Grief was taken up, I went to the tower goal, and asked him if he was any way concerned in robbing me? he said, no, but he believed he knew them that did; he mentioned Great Sam, and Jack-above-ground, and others, I did not hear him mention Madin; after the last sessions he came to me and said he believed there was some of my blankets at Jack-above-ground's; I said I was not particular as to them, but there was one thing that was very particular, which was in the desk when taken away, that was a copper tobacco-box with a brass top and bottom with harlequins upon it; he hesitated a little, and said he believed he had seen that box in Bridewell, in Ned Madin 's hand. He went and brought it (produced in court) the next morning, I went to the turnkey of Bridewell, the keeper came to Justice Scott's, and swore to seeing it in Madin's hand, but he is sick and not here. After Madin was taken I went to him at the Tower goal, I asked him how he came by that box? he said it was given him by a young man that is gone to sea; he said the same before the bench of Justices. Jack-above-ground, after taken, made discovery of my robbery; this prisoner was always stubborn.
Prisoner. Jack-above-ground is the very person that gave me the box.
James Hanagen . My wife was ill, and the prisoner was recommended as a chair-woman, she was with me till 4 o'clock in the afternoon, then I discharged her, at 6 in the evening there was a tea-spoon missing and some new cloth, this was on the Friday; on the Tuesday night she came for some ham, I taxed her with taking the things,
Mrs. Morgan deposed, the prisoner pawned the linnen with her; but when she came with the spoon, the prisoner went for some body to prove it was her own, and did not return.
The prisoner said in her defence, she was a little out of her mind, and had got a very bad husband.
Guilty . T .
327. (M.) William Lee was indicted for contriving and intending Agnis his wife, who then being a subject of our Lord the King, to maim and disfigure, on purpose and of malice aforethought by lying in wait unlawfully did make an assault with a certain razor made of iron and steel, which he had and held in his right hand, the neck of the said Agnis his wife on purpose and of malice aforethought did cut, with intention the said Agnis to maim and disfigure , June 13 .
Agnis Lee . My husband came to my lodgings a month ago at night; he is the man at the bar. My throat was cut that night, but I was fast asleep, there were my two children in the room, and he and I, and no body else, we were all in bed together, I don't know what it was cut with, as soon as I felt the blood run, I got out of bed, and went down stairs. He came that night to me in kindness, telling me, he would reform his life, and I forgave him; he might be in liquor for any thing I know.
Q. What time did he come to you?
A. Lee. He came about a quarter after 12 at night, as he used to do when he did come.
Q. Had you had any quarrel with him?
A. Lee. No, none after I said I forgave him.
Q. Whereabout was you cut?
A. Lee. In my throat.
Q. What age are your children?
A. Lee. One is between eight and nine, the other two years and a half old.
(She turns herself to the Jury and shewed her wound, about three inches in length cross her throat.)
Q. from the prisoner. Whether I have not given you 40 l. a year since I did not live with you?
A. Lee. He allowed me but 3 l. 12 s. a year, since I lay in last.
Q. from the prisoner. Whether you never pawned my cloaths?
A. Lee. I did at the time when he would not allow me a farthing; he deserted me, and would not allow me any thing till taken up by the parish officers.
Q. from the prisoner. Did you not send to me since I was in custody and say, you freely forgave me, and that you never would trouble me?
A. Lee. No.
James Frazier . I live in the same house where the woman lodges, she has a three pair of stairs room. I thought something was at the door that night, I called, who is there? no body made answer, presently my wife said, Lee and his wife are quarrelling above; I got up to go to the door, and Mrs. Lee came down and knocked very hard, I opened the door, the woman burst in, I thought she wanted to go to bed to my wife, or to speak to my wife, they were intimate, I thought her words proceeded more from her throat than her mouth; I took and put her out at the door, and shut the door, and ran up stairs to her room, as I was going in at her room door, she came up directly after me as fast as I could run; there is a little long passage before I got to the room door; I catched her in my arms, and found my shirt all over blood, she seemed to utter some words, but I could not understand her, I put her down upon her own bed-feet, then I perceived the front of her shift all over blood, and her throat cut, I cried, Good God, what have you done? speaking to her before I perceived him; he made answer, she has done a fine job for herself, she has cut her own throat; then I perceived him standing on the floor in his shirt before the chimney corner, he had his hand close be his side, his shirt was all over blood on one side, but his hand being close to his belly, I could not see how that was. She seemed to justify herself upon hearing what he said, she said, O Will Lee! O Will Lee! this she spoke more plainer than she spoke before; my wife was coming up stairs, and I ran down directly.
Q. Did you see any body else in the room?
Frazier. I am pretty well assured there was no body in the room but themselves and the children.
Q. Did he say any body was there?
Frazier. No, he did not.
Q. What is the woman's character?
Frazier. She is a very honest industrious woman, I always looked upon her as such, she works hard for her children, a poor industrious woman; he used sometimes to come in secret, late at night when he did come.
William Dearing . I am one of the constables of St. Martin's in the fields. (Produced a shirt, the right hand sleeve very bloody.) This the prisoner owned to be his shirt, he had just took it off when I came, and was putting a clean one on. On Sunday, the 12th of June, I heard a woman call for assistance, between 3 and 4 in the morning, Help me for Christ's sake, for my husband has cut my throat! I knocked hard at the door, and demanded entrance, a gentleman in the house asked who was at the door? I said, the constable; he opened the door. I saw Mrs. Lee standing on the stair-case, with her shift all over blood, bleeding at that time, I asked her, who had done her that injury? she said, her husband did it in her sleep, and they had had no words; I asked where he was, she said, up three pair of stairs; I met him, and laid hold of him, and said, he was my prisoner; he said, he was innocent, she did it herself; he was in his shirt; I took this bloody shirt from upon the bed; he begged leave to put his cloaths on, I granted him that, and went into the room with him; we asked, what it was done with? Somebody found a razor under a stocking, I believe his stocking, on the ground in his room. I took him to the watch-house, after that a person came and said, to all appearance she was dying, he said, she might die, and be d - d if she would, for she was no wife of his. I searched his pockets and found in them these chips, (producing a parcel of dry deal chips proper to kindle a fire with) he said they were to light his master's fire in the morning, and that be used to light his fire; but upon enquiring I found he did not. He said at the Justices, he found the woman had cut her throat, and he put his arm cross her to keep her from struggling; this he did to account for his shirt being bloody.
A Witness. I lodge up one pair of stairs in that house. On Sunday morning, the 12th of June last, I was alarmed with a noise in the house about 3 o'clock in the morning, I jumped out of bed, and listened at the door, I heard these words, A doctor, for Christ's sake, my husband has cut my throat! I shut my door till I had dressed myself, by that time the constable came up stairs, I went up after him; when I came into the room I saw the prisoner, I asked, what it was done with? he said he did not know; I looked about the room and found a razor by the bed-side on the floor, (produced in court with the appearance of blood upon it) there seemed to be a stocking or dirty rag over it; I saw the shirt after the constable took hold of it, it was bloody. (The Jury inspect the razor, and declare there is blood dried upon it.) The woman is a very industrious woman; she said, they went to bed very lovingly, and drank a glass of wine before they went to bed, they had not cohabited together for some time, and that she forgave him. A surgeon came, he asked me for a light, I lighted a candle, and when I came there I found a candle lighted in their chimney.
Q. Who were in the room when you first went in?
Witness. There were no body but the man and his wife and two children.
The facts were proved beyond all doubt, but it did not come within the description of the Act of Parliament, commonly called the Coventry Act, which is for maining the fact, he was Acquitted ; but remanded back to Newgate for twelve months, to be bailed, or continued under the direction of the Lord Mayor, as his Lordship shall think proper.
It appeared that David Ogilvie , journeyman to Mr. Morris a baker had left his basket, with the bread in it, in White-row by Spittlefields , while he went to some customers, the prisoner was seen to take it away, was pursued, and found selling the bread in Duke's-place.
Guilty . T .
329. (L.) Jacob Moses was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, and surtout coat, a cardinal, a silk handkerchief, a neckcloath, a pair of silver buckles, a hat, 2 aprons and a wig , the property of Solomon Moses , May 22 . ++
Solomon Moses . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment, from out of my kitchen in Chequer-yard, White-chapel , it will be seven weeks ago to-morrow. Henry Simonds stopt Abraham Shaw with one of the coats, and gave me notice of them two days after I lost them, and after that Simonds got a great coat, and surtout coat. (produced and deposed to.)
Guilty . T .
The prosecutor missed his handkerchief instantaneously, as he was upon change, he took hold of the prisoner, who had got both pockets full of handkerchiefs, among which was the prosecutor's, he confess he had it, and said he would never do the like again.
Guilty 10 d. T .
Both Acquitted .
William Wall. About four or five of us had drunk two bottles of brandy and cyder at London Spaw; when I came into the Old-Bailey it was half an hour after 9 o'clock, being alone, I thought I would take a walk down the Old-Bailey and round Newgate-street; I am a Printer , and was to begin work at 11, at Mr. Say's the Printer of the Gazetteer; the woman at the bar picked me up, and asked me if I would go with her to her lodgings; I consented, and went to a house in Fleet-lane , two doors beyond the Sun and Row-barge, and into a first floor; I missed my watch about a quarter before 11, I felt that I had it when going in at the door; Lucy Crane brought us something to drink, the woman at the bar went away out at the door before I could get down stairs, I missed my watch; I asked Lucy Crane after it, she said if I would come and bring a guinea with me, she would insure the watch.
Wall. She was mentioned before the sitting Alderman; I went directly home, and five or six of our people came along with me to St. Sepulchre's watch-house, and took a parcel of the watchmen, and the Constable of the night; he knocked at the door, and Lucy Crane would not let us in; the Constable of the night pulled down a window-shutter, then she let us in; four or five of the people made over the houses, and four or five of us followed them, by going up a trap door; we took the prisoner below in the next house; she owned she had been in my company, but had not the watch, but would not own that before the sitting Alderman. I never found my watch again.
Q. What reason have you to think she stole it?
Wall. I saw it in her hand in the room that night, and asked her for it, she said I should not have it; I do not know whether it fell out of my pocket.
Q. Was it possible it might fall out?
Wall. It might; there is a bed in the room, I was upon the bed, I was afraid to take it from her, the place had so bad a name.
He said he knew me, because I had a red cloak on, but I had no red cloak on.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately . T .
Richard Foy . I was reading the paper stuck up in this Court-yard, which gave an account of the prisoners to be tried; having an occasion for my handkerchief, I put my hand in my pocket, and found it was gone. The prisoner was standing directly at my pocket. Two young men came and said they believed he had got my handkerchief, for they had observed him attempting to pick another person's pocket. The prisoner had his hand in his trowzers, endeavouring to conceal something; I saw my handkerchief hanging between his legs; I took it, and had him secured, and brought into a room here to an Alderman, and he was committed.
Guilty 10 d. T .
James Thorpe was indicted for stealing one linnen handkerchief, val. 6 d. the property of Samuel Parry , June 21 . ++
Samuel Parry . I was going to Billingsgate, I met Mr. Underwood and stopped with him a little; I had not parted with him a minute before he called and said, where is your handkerchief? I put my hand in my pocket and missed it, and said, don't be foolish, I cannot stay: he said, no, it is these chaps are foolish, pointing to the prisoner and a boy; he went and opened the prisoner's jacket, there was my handkerchief. (Produced and deposed to.)
Guilty . T .
Daniel Evans . I was looking in at a picture-shop by the Royal Exchange , I missed my handkerchief; I suspected the prisoner, and went after him, and found it under the flap of his waistcoat. (Produced in court and deposed to.)
Guilty . T .
The prosecutor is a button-mould maker , in Jewin street; the prisoner was observed to take the axe as it lay near the shop door, and in going off with it was laid hold of, and the axe taken from under her apron.
Guilty . T .
338. (M.) James Geary was indicted for that he, in company with Charlotte Bonney , not taken, on the 5th of June , between the hours of three and five in the afternoon, the dwelling-house of Terrance Havers did break and enter, no person being therein, and stealing two silver salt-sellers, six silver table spoons, two silver tumblers, a pair of silver shoe-buckles, twelve silver coat buttons, a pair of silk stockings, a sattin handkerchief, two guineas, one quarter guinea, and 4 l. 19 s. in money numbered, the property of the said Terrance, in the said dwelling-house . ++
Terrance Havers . I live in Parker's-lane, by Drury-lane . On the 5th of June, about a quarter before 3 in the afternoon, I, my wife, and daughter went to church and left Charlot Bonney in the house; she had taken a lodging of me, and she came on that Sunday about half an hour after one, and asked to go to her own room to clean herself, and said after that she would walk abroad; my wife desired her if she came out to shut the outward door after her. I returned about 5, and found the street door locked as I left it; my wife went up stairs, and in a surprize called me up; there I saw a poker standing at the outside of our room door, the door cut twelve inches in length where the lock was, and that wrench'd off, and a chest upon chest, and a large box broke open and the things mentioned in the indictment and many more taken away. I heard Michael Miners had shook hands with the prisoner at my door as he came out of the house, by which means the prisoner was taken up, and searched at Sir John Fielding 's, and a sattin handkerchief, a pair of black silk stockings, and a ribbon were found in his pocket. (Produced in court.) The stockings are my wife's, I carried them to be grafted a little before, and they came home but on the Friday night; the handkerchief is a sattin handkerchief with a red border, my wife never wore it but when she went to be churched, we have had twenty-two children, and she at those times always wore it; I went to him the next day in Newgate, there he said he bought them of the other man for five shillings; what man he meant I know not; he owned he was in my room, and said he wanted to lie down to rest, and he stumbled up stairs, he did not know which way; he said also if I would call for a bottle of wine and a crust of new bread, may be he would inform me more. I never recovered the rest of my things, all I lost were worth above sixty guineas.
Ann his wife confirmed his evidence as to the house being left safe, finding it broke, and the goods being missing; and deposed to the ribbon, which her husband could not be certain to.
Michael Miners . I live in Parker's-lane. On Sunday the 5th of June, about half an hour after one, I spoke to the prisoner as he passed me in the lane, there was a young woman waited at a door with something on her arm; he went in, I was not near enough to see what door that was, but about a quarter after 4 I saw him come out at the street door of the prosecutor's house, and
John Adams . I took these stockings and ribbons out of the prisoner's coat pocket before Sir John Fielding , and the handkerchief out of his breeches pocket; he said a man gave him a bundle in the street, and these things were among them.
A. Havers. When he was going in the coach to go to Newgate, he said if he had his hand at liberty and a pistol, he would shoot me dead for sending him where he was going.
About 10 o'clock that day I was a walking through Drury-lane, I met a young fellow name Moore, he asked me to have some beer; we went to the Sugar-loaf, there came another of his shop-mates, we had five or six pots of porter; I had a shirt and things tied up in a red handkerchief. In came Charlot Bonney and a young man name Conner, she had a bundle under her arm; says Moore, what is the reason you have not a clean shirt on? I said, I had it here. Connor said I might go into his room and put it on. Said Bonney, I have taken a room just by, you may put it on there; I went in with her up two pair of stairs, and put my shirt on, and put my foul shirt and stockings in the same handkerchief, and came out again, and met Miners, and we shook hands, and I went about my business. On the Monday following I met Connor and Bonney in St. Gyles's, she had a great bundle under her cloak, we drank a pot of beer; Conner pulled out two handkerchiefs, a pair of stockings, and a good many pieces of ribbon; he said he brought them from the Havanna, that he intended to go to Ireland, and he had those to sell, he asked 7 s. for the handkerchiefs and stockings, I bought this handkerchief, produced here, and the stockings for a crown, and had that ribbon into the bargain.
Guilty . Death .
See him tried last sessions for a highway robbery in Islington, No 255.
Dorothy Jones . I am a milk-woman , the prisoner was my carrier, we lay together in one bed, in White-chapel ; I left the key of my box in the lock where my money was, which I saw on the Wednesday morning; she picked a quarrel with me, and went away that night, after which I missed six guineas out of nineteen; on the Friday morning I found her, when I was about to charge an officer with her she ran away, she was soon taken again; we took her into a public house, she said she had not a shilling in the world; I observed she had something in her hand, I took hold of it, a person by held his hat, and she put half a guinea, some silver, and some halfpence into it; when before the Justice, she said she borrowed the money of one Watkins; she was sent for, who declared she knew nothing of her; she was searched by the constable, and with what she had dropped in the hat was found 4 l. 9 s. 9 d. upon her; after the woman had contradicted her, she then said she had saved the money by her industry.
I was six years in saving up that money.
Guilty . T .
Thomas Hills. I live with Mr. Shepherd, an ironmonger in the Minories. On the 7th of June, between 9 and 12 at night, coming over Tower-hill I heard a young fellow say, you stole them stockings; I seeing the prisoner with a parcel under his arm stopt him, and brought him to a shop where I found he had offered them to sale; I carried him on into Rosemary lane, where I met two sailors that lodged with Mr. Blare, they said this is the man; they took him in at a public house, Mr. Blare was sent for, who said the stockings were his property; then the prisoner said, it was the first fact, and he hoped he would forgive him. The next day he confessed before the Justice, that he took them out of Mr. Blare's shop.
I came to receive my prize-money, and met with a young fellow a sailor, he desired me to sell those stockings for him, and said he'd pay me, he said, he bought them when his ship was paid off.
Guilty . Death .
The prosecutor lives at the Feathers in Newport-street ; the things were missing out of his bed-room; the prisoner was suspected, taken up and charged; he confessed he went into the room and took them, and sold the hat and handkerchief to Mr. Casalty and his wife, and the coat to Ann Hartley , where they were found. (Produced and deposed to.)
Guilty . T .
The prosecutor did not appear, Acquitted .
His Recognizance was ordered to be estreated.
The prosecutor keeps a public house in Piccadilly ; the prisoner, two sailors and a woman went into his house together and called for liquor, after some time as sailor and the woman went away, the prisoner and the other were left drinking out of the tankard; they called to pay, the other man paid the reckoning to the landlord, the prisoner had then the tankard in his hand; they went away without saying any thing, and in about five minutes the tankard was missing; some time after the prisoner went in and called for a pennyworth of aniseed, he was secured, and charged with taking the tankard, but denied knowing any thing of it; the prosecutor never saw or heard of the tankard since.
Daniel Porter . I am an officer belonging to the Marshalsea-court , I had a writ against the prisoner, the writ is returned; (he produced a copy) this day fortnight I went to see for him and found him putting up his window-shutters at his house in Cold-bath-fields ; as he was on the threshold, I said I had a writ against him, he rested the shutter on the ground and made up stairs, and I after him, I got into the first room almost as soon as he, then he made to another on the same floor, and I after him, all of a sudden a pistol was discharged which wounded me in several places with shot, on my shoulder, and hands and arm; I got hold of him, he got me down on the bed, I had assistance came in about three minutes time, when a light was got, I found there were a boy and a girl in the room, the girl about seventeen years old; we found the pistol in the room.
Q. Do you know who fired it?
Porter. I apprehend he did, but I cannot be certain.
Q. Did you see it in his hand?
Porter. I did not.
There not being proper evidence, that the copy of the writ was a true one, and as no man can enter another's house without proper authority, he was Acquitted .
This appeared to be a very gross assault, only without an intention to rob, they were Acquitted , and the prosecutor bound over to prosecute them for the assault.
James Lanyman was indicted for robbing John Hogan on the King's highway, of a hat, a cane, and 3 s. and 6 d. in money numbered his property , May 27 . ++
John Hogan . On the 27th of May, a little after 12 at night, I was met by 6 or 7 men, one of them a little forward than the rest, came up and struck me, I desired them not to use me ill, I said I had but little they should have it, they took my hat, cane, and 3 s. 6 d. they had not got above twenty yards before the watchman came up, I called to him to stop them, and in less than three minutes the prisoner was brought to me, I can't particularly swear to him, but he was like the man that first struck me; he was not searched, I never found my hat or cane again, when the prisoner was examined before Justice Fielding he said he was not in company with any body
John Bullock . I am a watchman, I heard the cry, stop thief! several people were running some one way some another, I was at the upper end of Cranbourn-ally. I perceived the prisoner ran against another man, he catched him in his arms, I took and brought him to the prosecutor, I asked him why he ran? he said there was a quarrel in the street, and he did not care to be in it.
I made no resistance.
348 (L.) Michael Robinson , was indicted for stealing two cotton gowns value 7 s. three aprons, three handkerchiefs, a cloth waistcoat, three pair of stockings, two steel trusses, a shirt and a shift , the property of Elizabeth Watson , widow , June 3 . ++
Elizabeth Watson . The prisoner came to my house, and wanted me to wash his shirt, I having finished my washing could not, he went away after I was gone out. I was informed the prisoner had been again to my house, I went home and missed the things mentioned, he was taken up, and I found the people the next day that he had sold them to, and I got them again. (produced in court and deposed to.)
Guilty . T .
349. (L.) Bartholomew Lewis was indicted for stealing a silver watch value 3 l. a pair of silver shoe buckles, a pair of other buckles, a pair of silver clasps, half a guinea, a quarter of a guinea, and four shillings numbered, the property of Francis Frank , privately from his person , June 17 . ++
The prosecutor being a foreigner, and could not speak English, an interpreter was sworn.
Francis Frank . I met the prisoner and another near St. Paul's , they led me to the house where he lodged, I put all my things as mentioned in the indictment into my breeches pocket, and put my breeches under the mattrass, about the middle of my body as I say; the prisoner lay with me in the same bed; there were two or three other people lay in the same room; I never was in the house before, and do not know where it is, I never knew the prisoner before, he went away before I missed the things.
Michael Over . I knew the prisoner and prosecutor lay together; I went to find the prisoner out the next morning; I found him; he was going to run away; I gave a man a shilling to carry him to the constable which he did; the watch and buckles were found upon him.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person . T .
350, 351. (M.) Thomas West , of Monmouth-street , hatter , and James Hinchley , otherwise Hinchcliffe , of Tottenham-court-road , watch motion-maker , were indicted for stealing one bank note, value 40 l. another 15 l. and another 10 l. the property of Thomas Evans , in the dwellinghouse of the said Thomas , March 1 . *
Thomas Evans . I did keep the George, in the Coal-yard . On the 1st of March last I was about to move from that house; between 1 and 2 on that day the two prisoners came to my house, and asked me if I could dress them some steaks; I said I was very busy, I could not with conveniency, but if they would partake of the dinner I had on the table (which was roasted beef, not cold) they were very welcome. We lay in that room, and I used to keep my money there, it is a room behind the tap-room; they went into that room, where the cloth was laid, at that time there were the two appraisers, and Mr. Whitebread's clerk, and some other people that has just dined. The two appraisers then left theJames Evans , one of 40 l. No. 694, another of 15 l. No. 144, another of 10 l. No. 450, the value of the whole 65 l. I put them together in a box in the cupboard, in the room where these men dined, on the Sunday morning about an hour after I received them; there were six notes in the box after my wife had put in them she carried down. In about an hour and a half after I delivered them to my wife, I wanted 9 l. odd shillings to pay the clerk the discount, I sent my wife for one of these notes, she came back and told me three of these notes were gone; then I directly locked up my house, the two prisoners called out to have every body searched, saying, they had not been out of the house; they were first searched, and nothing found; after the search I sent to Mr. Welch for a constable, (there were some cards found in West's pocket) I took the two prisoners to Mr. Welch, they both denied it, and said they had not been out of the house at all. The person I had these notes of was then upon the circuit; I wrote to him at Winchester, (he is a porter of Sergeant's Inn) he wrote me word the numbers were in town; I advertised them twice without the numbers; when he came to town he delivered the numbers to me, then I advertised them twice more, and hearing nothing of them gave them over. About a fortnight ago John Purcell came with an information to me, and told me that two or three days after I had lost these notes, he was grinding a knife in the street, the two prisoners called to him, and told him they wanted to speak to him; they took him under a gateway, Mr. West pulled out a pocket-book, and took out three bank notes, and gave them to Mr. Hinchcliffe, and he gave them to Purcell, and asked him if he could put them off, as he was acquainted among the Jews in Duke's-place, and they would give him seven or eight guineas for his trouble; he said he refused it, and would have nothing to do with them; they desired he would get them off if it was for less than the value, and they would give him more for his trouble.
James Evans . I am a porter to Sergeant's Inn. I have the numbers of these bank notes that I paid to the prosecutor, I delivered them to him on a Sunday morning the latter end of February, I kept the numbers by me; they were advertised April 11, in the Daily Advertiser; this advertisement I drawed up for that paper, I put it in ten guineas reward. Lost or mislaid, &c. ( See the Daily Advertiser for February 15.)
Mary Evans . I am wife to the prosecutor. I went up stairs the 1st of March last between 2 and 3 o'clock; I saw my husband receiving money for the goods and good-will, he said, Molly, take these two bank notes and carry them down, and put them away, and bring me up half a guinea to give change. I brought them down by the ends in my hand into the room where the two prisoners were, and unlocked the cupboard door and took out this box, (producing a wash-ball box) and opened it, there were four other bank notes which I took and rolled up all together, and put them into the box, there were then six notes in it; I took out half a guinea, and put the box in the cupboard, then I locked the cupboard, and carried the half guinea up to my husband; the two prisoners were at dinner, and the brewer's clerk sitting by, the prisoners saw me bring the notes and put them up; I came down into the bar directly, and did not go into that room till my husband sent me for a note about an hour and a half afterwards, then he bid me go and fetch a 10 l. bill to pay Mr. Slater. I went into the room, there were then in the room the two appraisers and Mr. Hinchcliffe, the appraisers had not been out of the house to my knowledge. I went to unlock the cupboard door, I put the key in and it would not turn, then I put my two hands to it, it would not turn, I put my hand to the door and snatched the key out, and the door came open; I saw the box lying in the cupboard, then I looked at the lock of the door, and strove to lock it; I took out the box, and locked it, and carried the box to my husband in the tap-room; I opened it, and took out the papers, and in opening the paper I found but three notes; I said, O! Lord, what is become of the notes! there were six here just now, and burst out a crying. Somebody said in the tap-room, shut up the house, and let every body be searched. The door was shut up, the
Samuel Essex . I am a brewer; on Saturday the 1st of March I was at Mr. Evans's house after the notes were missed. I saw Hinchcliffe come out of the house with a pipe in his mouth as I stood at our brewhouse opposite Mr. Evans's, about three quarters of an hour before the notes were missed; I did not see him return back, he went under the gateway joining, where people frequently go to make water; he came from under the gateway, and went directly out of the coal-yard, I cannot tell where he went to; he flung his pipe down between two sacks of foot, a little distance from the gateway, in the Coal-yard, that goes into Drury-lane, which way he turned I cannot say, I cannot say I saw him go quite out of the Coal-yard, but he went up the Coal-yard that part that goes to Drury-lane.
John Slater . I was attending at the prosecutor's house on the 1st of March, to settle the account between him going out, and a man coming in; I was to receive between 9 and 10 l. to ballance the account, (I am clerk to Mr. Whitebread the brewer) and had then upwards of 300 l. about me; just as we had dined in the back room, the two prisoners came in, they desired Mr. Evans to get them a steak, he told them he was very busy, and there was some beef left, if they pleased to accept of that they were very welcome; they came and sat down to dinner, the rest of the company were gone all but me; while they were at dinner, Mrs. Evans brought down two bank notes in her hand; and opened a cupboard that opens in the wall, and took out a wash-ball box, which unscrewed, and went to put those two notes in the box, she could not rightly put them in, but she took the other papers out of the box, then folded them up, and put them into the box all together, and screwed the box, and put it in the cupboard, and locked the door, and went up stairs; I seeing the notes brought down, imagined the business was done, upon which I went up stairs to settle the accounts with him, and left the two prisoners in the room, and the maid servant. I said to Mr. Evans, I see you have done, we may as well settle, he told me they had done, then I said if it would be convenient for him, he might go down and settle with me; he came down presently after; the balance due to me was, I believe, between 9 and 10 l. we settled in the fore-room; (that is, Evans, his wife, and I) he ordered his wife to fetch a 10 l. bank-note, she went and fetched the box, she unscrewed it, and took out first a note, I think, of 10 l. the next a 30 l. and the next a 10 l. as soon as she took out the last, she fell into a great surprize, and said she was robbed, Mr. West standing by us. (Hinchcliffe was then in the back room.) West said, fasten the doors, let all the doors be fastened, let every body be searched, he was sure neither Hinchcliffe, nor he, had been out of the house. Accordingly the appraisers were searched, (they had not been in the room all the time) then the two prisoners were searched, and the cooper that attended, and I, were searched; I had not been out of the house, nor had I been in the back room some time; after every body was searched, Mr. Evans insisted upon it, that the two prisoners had the notes, and took them before Justice Welch. The cooper is cooper to Mr. Whitebread, he was out of the room before the two prisoners came in, he went to gauging the beer.
Ann Jewet . I was servant to Mr. Evans, and eating my dinner at the dresser, Mr. West and Mr. Hinchcliffe were by the fire-side, ( this was the day the notes were lost) Mr. West said to me, where do you wash your dishes? I said, don't you know? I began to gather my dishes up together, (this was after they had dined) Mr. West said, it looks creditable for servants to keep the plates and dishes clean; I gathered them together, and went out to do my dishes, he took the water off the fire, and told me it was boiling hot, and gave it me in my hand, I took it to a little narrow place, a back place, (I went through the tap-room with it) I had taken the dishes all out before: as I was stooping to wash my dishes, West came and opened the little door, which stood a jar before, he opened it a little farther, I thought he wanted to come in, he never spoke to me, nor I to him; then I went out and came round into the tap-room, and went and bolted that door, because the dog was there, as he opened the door, I thought the dog might push out and break the dishes; I never went in afterwards till I had washed my dishes, which I believe was better than half an hour, then I gathered my dishes together and carried them in, and found West and Hinchcliffe in the room where I left them, I stirred the fire, and went out directly, and did not return till the notes were missed and the outcry made.
John Purcell . I have known the two prisoners at the bar for years. On the 2d or 3d of March last, it was one of them two days I can swear, that they applied to me to put off three banknotes, they knowing my business lay among the Jews in Duke's-place, and particularly one time
Q. Did you see the notes?
Purcell. I did. Hinchcliffe said, if you will have no hand in it, ask any of your acquaintance in Duke's-place, and they shall be satisfied, and you shall have something for your trouble, and here take down the notes; (he produced a paper) I took these out with my pencil, at Hinchcliffe's own desire, as I always carry paper and a pencil about me to take directions for my work, I wrote this before the two prisoners on the back of the pocket-book. (The paper was read: 694 - 40 l. 144 - 15 l. 450 - 10 l. bank-notes.)
Q. Did you take notice who they were payable to?
Purcell. No, I did not take particular notice of that.
Q. Who are you?
Purcell. I am a grinder, and go about the streets with a barrow.
Q. Had you before had any transactions with the prisoners about money?
Purcell. About ten months ago Hinchcliffe and I were together, there was a hundred pound not lost, and 10 l. reward offered, I said, without this comes into honest people's hands, they will never have it, if they are acquainted with any of the Jews they will change it for 10 l. less than the value. I thought they had got these notes by card-playing, I did not apprehend they had stole them.
Q. If you continued positive you would have nothing to do with the notes, what could induce these men to give you the numbers and value of the notes?
Purcell. The reason was, Mr. Hinchcliffe bid me speak to some of my acquaintance of the Jews, and said I should have something for myself.
Q. Did you take them down against your will?
Purcell. I rather did against my will.
Q. Did you know Evans?
Q. When did you first read the advertisement?
Purcell. I never did till since I made the information.
Q. When did you make your information?
Purcell. That was about last Tuesday was a week.
Q. What led you to make that information?
Purcell. The gentlemen alledge it was through spite, but I have two witnesses here, if they may be examined, who will prove to the contrary. About six or seven weeks ago Hinchcliffe called me out of the Two Brewers, Mr. Boswell keeps it, there was a soldier drunk who had pulled out three guineas and a half, or four guineas, and Hinchcliffe said he would get the woman out of the room if I would touch him; I made this reply, If you have a mind to do any thing of that sort, do it yourself, for I'll have no hand in it. He said, if West was along with me he would not give a halfpenny for what is left in the soldier's pocket. As soon as Hinchcliffe was gone I acquainted the two women of this affair, but one of them heard him herself; this came to the knowledge of Hinchcliffe again; the next time I saw him I said, How do you do Mr. Hinchcliffe? he said, d - n your stagging head. I asked him what he meant by that? he said, go along, and would not drink with me.
Q. Had he any reason at that time to think you would be a man concerned in cheating or robbing the soldier?
Purcell. I apprehend it was his ignorance more than any thing else, for he knew I refused him in the notes.
Purcell. No, never, only Hinchcliffe was angry with me for what he called turning stag.
Q. Had there been any quarrel between you?
Purcell. He struck me at the Two Brewers without any occasion, he knocked my hat off twice as I lay with my head on the table; I said, you make yourself more free than welcome; then he came and struck me; West was there, he took hold of my hands, and said I should not sight, and Hinchcliffe struck me on the side of my face and cut my eye. One Sunderland said I was used very ill. Then they put me into the Crown Office; all this was for my speaking about the soldier.
Q. At that time did you speak a word about the three bank notes?
Purcell. No, I did not.
Q. Had you this paper in your pocket at that time?
Purcell. I had, but I did not know who was the man that lost them.
Q. Did you never declare you had a revenge against the prisoner?
Purcell. No, never in my life.
Q. How came you to the knowledge of the Prosecutor?
Purcell. One Smith, a chimney-sweeper, and I, were drinking just by the Three Canns, and it came in discourse about the quarrels with Mr. Hinchcliffe; he mentioned a man in the Coalyard had lost three notes; I went there, but the man did not live there then, so I was directed to where he did live.
I know nothing at all of the matter, I declare I am innocent of all I am charged with.
So am I; I never was in the room by myself all the whole time.
Both Acquitted .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death, 9; viz.
Transportation for Seven Years, 4 l; viz.
Ann Faulkner , Lucy Bruguiere , Henry Wright , John Brinklow , Thomas Ryan , Edward Upton , Patrick Brown , John Lewis , Jacob Moses , John Morgan , Mary Warrington , James Foy , James Thorp , Lawrence Millar , Elizabeth Goldsmith , Michael Robertson , Bartholomew Lewis , James Anderson , Mary Murphey , Edward Price , William Nicholls , Hugh Collins , William Morgan , Mary Smith , John Forrester , John Casey , Mary Welch , James Bready , Elizabeth Myford , Moses Geebens , John Kenzer , Pearcey Gouldin, Hugh Owen , William Collins , William Gray , Thomas Praceye , John Adwell , John Pittam , Jane Wetherall , Elizabeth Humphrys , and William English .
To be Branded; 1; viz.
To be Whipped 1;