NUMBER I. PART I. for the YEAR 1763.
King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable WILLIAM BRIDGEN , Esquire, Lord Mayor of the City of London; Sir Richard Adams , * Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; James Eyre ++, Esquire, Recorder; and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer, of the City of London, and Justices of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and Country of Middlesex.
John Greenwood . On Tuesday the 4th of Nov. John Stubley , our watchman, brought the prisoner at the bar to me, with a piece of iron, which he said he saw her take from amongst other iron in the steel-yard. (The iron produced in court.) I can only swear to the property. Mr. Edward Jones and I are partners at that wharf, and are responsible for what iron is put in our charge by Messrs. Snell and Co. this is Russia iron, with the new sable mark upon it.
John Stubley . I am watchman at the steel-yard, and am there pretty much in the day time, except some time to sleep, to prepare me for the watching on nights; I saw the prisoner on the 4th of Nov. between 2 and 3 in the afternoon, walk backwards and forwards, several times in the yard, and then made up to where this iron was, took and concealed it in her petticoats, and walked off with it. I went after her, and took it from her, and carried her to Mr. Greenwood. She was taken before my late Lord Mayor, and committed.
I know nothing at all of it.
Guilty. 10 d. T .
2, 3. (M.) John Lally and James Frazier were indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 20 s. one cloth waistcoat, value 7 s. and one pair of cloth breeches, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Wyatt , Oct. 20 . *
Lion Levi . I live in Rosemary-lane, journeyman to Mr. Philips, a salesman. On the day before last sessions, the two prisoners brought a coat, waistcoat, and breeches, and sold them for 30 s. Lally said they were his property, and put the coat on, and it fitted him. On the next day, came the prosecutor Wyatt, and Frazier with him; they were delivered to the prosecutor. Frazier said, he put the waistcoat on at Mr. Blackwood's office, in St. Mildred's Court, and went out with that, and that Lally took away the coat and breeches; that they had them from under the pillow where the prosecutor lay, as they all lay in one room together, being to go to the East-Indies in the company's service. Wyatt swore before the justice the cloaths were his property.
John Newton . I am an officer, Lally was brought to me at the watch-house, for knocking a man down in the street, and robbing him of his hat and wig, and a 5 d and 3 d. piece, between 11 and 12 at night. In the morning, I took him to the justices, at the Angel and Crown, Whitechapel: there came the prosecutor, Levi, and others, with the cloaths; there was Frazier in the room, I took him into custody. I took him aside, and examined him. He said, he did not steal all the things, he only took the waistcoat, and that Lally took the rest, and they had sold them to one Philips, in Rosemary-lane, for 30 s. and he had 10 s. of the money, and Lally kept the other 20. I examined Lally, they both of them owned the cloaths were the property of Wyatt. Lally owned he had 20 s. of the money, but said he brought away from Mr. Blackwood's only the coat.
The prosecutor is gone on board, and failed for the East Indies, by all account I can get.
The owner of the cloaths gave us them out of Mr Blackwood's house, to make money on. We went and sold them for 30 s. We had not come a quarter of a mile from the house, before we were knocked down, and all the money taken from us, and when Wyatt came for the money, we went back with him to where we had sold the cloaths.
Frazier's defence to the same purport.
Both Guilty . T .
Joseph Rickerby . I am a shoemaker , and live in Fullwood's Rents, Holborn . On the 19th of Oct. about half an hour after 10 o'clock at night, I went to the next door, which was about four yards distant from mine? I shut my door, but did not lock it, and left my watch hanging up against the wainscot, and a candle a-light in the shop. I staid about 10 minutes; when I returned, I found the door open, and watch gone.
Q. Could you see your own door from the place you was gone to?
Rickerby. I could not. The next day I advertised the watch; and in about a week after, I received a letter from Mr. Robert Shanks , in Swithin's-alley: I went to him; he told me if I would give him two guineas, he would tell me where the man lived that had bought the watch (I had advertised One Guinea reward.)
Q. What is Mr. Shanks?
Rickerby. He keeps a notary public office by 'Change-Alley. I gave him 2 guineas; then he directed me to Mr. Honychurch, by Cherry-Garden-Stairs, Rotherhithe, where I found it.
Q. Did you know any thing of the prisoner before?
Rickerby. The prisoner lodged in my house till the time he was taken up.
Q. Was the prisoner at home that night?
Rickerby. No, he was not.
Q. What is his employ?
Rickerby. I do not know any employ he is of. I took him up on the Wednesday following, and charged him with it; he owned it, and said it was necessity that made him take it.
Mr. Honychurch. I am a watchmaker, and live at Rotherhithe; the prisoner at the bar brought this watch to me, on the 20th of October last; he said he wanted to dispose of it (producing a silver watch; deposed to by prosecutor) I bought it of him for two guineas. I was sent for to Justice Fielding, there I heard the prisoner say, he hoped the prosecutor would forgive him, and look over it, as it was the first offence.
I was going over the bridge, and met a man who asked me, if I would buy a watch? Saying, he wanted money, and would sell it cheap. I gave him 236 s. piece for it, and went to Mr. Honychurch, and sold it to him.
Guilty . T .
5, 6. (M.) John Brannon was indicted, for that he, on the king's high-way, on Thomas Worley did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life; and stealing from his person one pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. his property . And Jane Blake , otherwise Buckley , spinster , for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen , Oct. 17 . *
Thomas Worley . I am a printer , and live in Whitechapel. On the 17th of October, the prisoner and another man came up to me, about 12 at night, as I was in Church-lane going home; John Paget was with me, they bid us stop and deliver what we had we told them we had no money; they began to rissle us; they looked to my shoes, and took one of my buckles out, and held it up to the lamp.
Q. Had they any thing in their hands?
Worley. They had each a pistol, they unbuttoned my breeches, and wanted to see if I had a watch. When my buckle was held up, one of them said, they were Wedges; then they came and took the other; but before that was taken out, there came three more, then they took Paget's buckles out of his shoes; then Esq: Gore's chariot was coming by, they all five quitted us, and ran to take hold of the horses reins, but the coachman would not stop, and they fired two pistols directly: This was just by us, then they made off. I took particular notice of the prisoner, he stood close by me, with a pistol in his hand, while my buckles were taken from me, being one of the first two that came up. It was a man with a scarlet waistcoat, blue coat, and hat stapt all round, that took my buckles. There was a lamp just by us; as I kept looking in the prisoner's face, he said, if I spoke a word, he would blow my brains out. I am very sure he is the man. I seeing an advertisement afterwards, went to Justice Fielding; there I saw my buckles ( produced in court, and deposed to); after that I went to see the prisoner in New Prison; upon seeing him, immediately I said, that was one of the men. I know nothing against the woman.
Q. from Brannon. Did you say the same as now before the Justice?
Worley. Yes, I did.
John Paget . On the 17th of October, I was with the prosecutor; we were stopt by two men with each a pistol, who demanded our money, we told them we had none, they looked down at my shoe-buckles, and took them out; they searched my pockets and breeches. They felt in Worley's pockets, and took his buckles from his shoes; Sir Samuel Gore 's chariot coming by, they demanded the coachman to stop, he would not; then they fired pistols at him; they were making off, I said, let us make after them; the prisoner turned back, and took my handkerchief from my neck, and away they both ran. There came five in all.
Q. Was the prisoner one of the two, or of the three last that came?
Paget. I cannot be positive which, but I am positive he was one of the five; he took my handkerchief not above half a dozen yards from where they took our buckles.
Q. Do you know anything against the woman at the bar?
Paget. No; I do not.
Prosecutor. These are the same I lost that night.
Spencer. I asked her how she came by them?
She said, a man gave her them for lying with her upon the ruins in St. Gyles's I sent for a constable, and sent her to the round-house. She said to the other woman that came with her, make haste, and tell them to make their escape: So I stopt that woman. Then I ordered the constable to go and search the prisoner's lodgings, there he took the man at the bar; then we went before Justice Welch, and I advertised the buckles by Justice Welch's order, and the prosecutor came and described the buckles before he saw them; he mentioned a little strain which one of them had on it.
Q. Which of the women brought the buckles?
Spencer. The other woman did; but said they were Blake's property, and Blake said the same, and that she came by them as I mentioned before.
Terrence M'Gennis. I am a constable, Mr. Spencer sent for me about half an hour after eight, and gave me charge of the woman. I put her in the round-house. I heard her order the other woman to go to her room, and bid the men make their escape, or to come and blow our brains out.
Q. What were her words?
M'Gennis. She said, I am taken and stopt upon the buckles, make all the haste you can; and tell the
Paget. Those buckles and one of those handkerchiefs (produced in court, taking them in his hand) were taken from me the night I was robbed.
M'Gennis. I found a jacket in the room, with some loose gunpowder in the pocket.
Brannon said nothing in his defence.
A man gave me them buckles to lay with me on the old ruins, and afterwards come to my own room.
Brannon Guilty . Death .
Blake Guilty . T.14 .
7. (M.) Robert Stephenson was indicted, for that he, on the 20th of October , about the hour of two in the night, on the same day, the dwelling-house of Ann Wait , widow , did break and enter and stealing 6 dozen of silver tea-spoons, value 8 l. five silver snuff-boxes, value 5 l. one tortoiseshell snuff-box. value 5 s. one silver lid to a snuff-box, value 5 s. one load-stone set in silver, value 15 s. the property of the said Ann, in the dwelling-house did steal . *
William Wait . I am son to Ann Wait , we live in the Fort-street, St. John's, Wapping . She is a watch and clock-maker, and carries on the silversmith business. On Friday morning, the 21st of October, between the hours of five and six, we were knocked up; we found part of the window-shutter had been boared through, and then cut away with a sharp instrument; there were taken out about four or five inches diameter from the pannel of the shutter, near the counter; and the glass of a little show-glass, which we put on the counter on nights, was broke; in which were the things mentioned in the indictment. That was within an inch of being level with the hole they had cut, at about 15 inches distance from the hole.
Q. What things did you lose?
Wait. We lost half a gross of silver tea-spoons tied up in three parcels; five silver snuff-boxes, one tortoiseshell snuff box, one chased silver lid for a snuff box not mounted, and one load-stone set in silver. I delivered warning to goldsmiths-hall about nine or ten that morning; and advertised the things, in the publick papers, the day after. In a day or two, Sir John Fielding sent to tell us, that there were some people taken up, that acknowledged the robbery. I went to Sir John's, there were the prisoner and William's the evidence. Williams was examined as an evidence, and acknowledged the fact. The prisoner said he never was but half an hour in Williams's company in his life. There were two tea-spoons produced with the marks taken out on the backs of them; (produced in court.) I cannot sware those were our property. Williams informed me he sold all the things (mentioned in the indictment) to a person that goes by the name of Scampey.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Wait. No; I never saw the prisoner or evidence before, to take any notice of them.
Prisoner. It is not proper that man should be admitted as an evidence; he has been tried, and got clear of three indictments at the Old Bailey. They would not let him be an evidence at Hicks's Hall. He has stopt his wife, that he has had five children by, in Clerkenwell prison; he said, he could hang his wife as well as he could hang me; and, if he will hang his own wife, he will hang me and two or three more.
Q. What business is Stevenson?
Williams. He is no business, he goes upon the highway and the like, and that is what he was tried for.
Court. Begin and tell your story; what you have to say?
Williams. On Thursday, the 20th of October, he came to my house two or three times in Kent-street, and asked for me: I denied myself once, and got out into the garden; he came again and found me at home, and we got to drinking together.
Q. When was this?
Q. What was your conversation?
Williams. We talked we would go together a house-breaking.
Q. What house was this you had this conversation at?
Williams. We had been together all the day at the Red Cow, in Kent-street, and walking up and down to see what we could get at night, looking at goldsmiths shops, to see what hung in the windows; then we went into the Fore-street, Wapping, about 11 at night; we had been walking there before, and saw what hung in the windows, and had in the day mentioned going there.
Q. Which mentioned it?
Williams. I did to him. I had not seen the silver spoons; but I said to him there is a parcel of watches hung up in the windows; we drank at a house by the water-side, then we walked to and fro; we observed the window of this gentleman's house, we saw a light go up-stairs and down again; after 12 we began to work, and bored the shutters as full of holes as we could, with a gimlet.
Q. Which bored the holes?
Williams. I did most of them, he stood at the door to listen whether any body was coming out.
Q. What was you bred to?
Williams. My father was a shoemaker, but I never learned any trade. The prisoner and I had each a sharp knife, and I cut away as fast as I could, till we could get an arm in; he got mud out of the kennel to blacken it, that the watchmen might not see it. Then I took a handkerchief, and wrap'd it about my hand, and pushed in a pane of glass; then he put his arm in, and broke a show-glass, and took out some silver teaspoons tied up in parcels, and gave them to me, and I put them into my pocket; he took out three silver snuff-boxes, and a load-stone, and a little pair of scales and weights in a box; he might take out more, and put them in his pocket, unknown to me.
Q. How long might you be about this affair?
Williams. We might be better than two hours about it.
Q. Did you see no watchmen?
Williams. Yes, the watchmen and patroles and other people past by; but there is a back street, and as they were coming, we got out of the way, and then returned again. When we had got what we could, we went off, and sold all the things to Abraham Abrahams , in Hounsditch (he is out of the way now); we sold them to him on the Friday morning.
Q. What time in the morning?
Williams. It might be before day-light; I sold them, and Stephenson staid at Darkhouse-lane the while.
Q. How came it that Stephenson did not go with you to Abraham's.
Williams. Abrahams is so knowing, he would not buy goods, if two men came together.
Q. Did Abrahams keep a shop?
Williams. Yes, he did, and sold cloaths.
Q. How old is he?
Williams. He is about 35 years old.
Q. Did you ever trade with him before?
Williams. He has had goods of me two or three times, which we got at other places. Stephenson said he wanted a couple of tea-spoons for his own use, and I gave him those two spoons out of my own hand, when we got into his own room. Two or three days after, he shewed me them, and said he had filed the mark out of them: I know he has got a file for that purpose: these are two which we had at the prosecutrix's house; the prisoner was taken out of the same house I was, with firearms and a long piece, which we took from a house we broke open in the county of Kent.
James Tookey . I am a silversmith, I work for the prosecutrix (he takes the two spoons in his hand) I know these were made at my shop, but I work for many other people besides the prosecutrix, an hundred and more.
Q. Can you perceive any mark to have been on them?
Tookey. The marks appear to have been filed out, the workman's mark and hall mark are filed out, it appears to have been done on purpose.
Richard Pierce . Williams was taken into custody by Brebrook, and brought to Bridewell, where I am deputy keeper: I carried him before Sir John Fielding (the day I cannot tell), he made a discovery there of the prisoner Stephenson; we had a warrant to apprehend him. I went to the house where he lived in Horsely-down, and opened the door, and took him by the hand in his lodging. We had a description there was a hole in the floor, where was a gun and some powder. Brebrook took the tea-spoons out of a tea-chest in the room; there was nobody in the room but his wife and himself.
Prisoner. I never had a wife.
Williams. She went by his name.
Peirce. We asked him before Sir John, how he came by that gun and ammunition: he said, he knew nothing of them: we found a piece of a gun filed off, to make it fit for a man's pocket, some bullets and powder in the hole we had information
Q. Did you hear him say any thing about these tea-spoons?
Peirce. I think he said they were his own.
Edward Wright . I was at the searching the prisoner's lodgings, I haul'd up part of the floor, and found the hole full of sand, and amongst the sand were several pair of spurs, and other things, with the piece of a gun, powder, and balls, two new files, and a large gimlet; he said he did not know how they came there, he had lodged there but a fortnight; he said the tea-spoons were his wife's, and desired us to leave them. We told him Williams had charged him: he said Williams could not hurt him, and that if he had been a thief, he should not have been so ragged as he was.
Williams said, in Clerkenwell-prison one night, that he never knew me in his life, no farther than seeing me in prison, when he was there himself 2 or three sessions ago, and wanted some prisoners to swear he was mad, for he did not know what he did. I was abroad in his majesty's service, and served him 13 years, pretty near 6 of them were abroad: coming home, I took up with a young woman, and lived with her: those spoons belong to her: I do not know any thing of them: I have seen her have them several times. Williams said, Brebrook made him drink, and persuaded him to swear to me.
For the Prisoner.
M. Long. I cannot justly tell the day of the month.
Q. Who filed them in this manner?
M. Long. They were filed when he brought them to me, they were rough, he bid me rub the handles with a little sand.
Q. Do you remember the prisoner being taken up?
M. Long. I do.
Q. How long was it before that?
M. Long. I cannot tell.
Q. to Williams. Did you give this woman the tea-spoons?
Williams. It is all false, as God is true in Heaven.
Q. How long had you lived in that lodging?
M. Long. We had lived there a fortnight.
Q. Was the prisoner pretty much at home?
M. Long. He was with me some times.
Wright. When I had taken the things out of the hole, she told me I need not feel for any more, saying there was no more.
Williams. This woman was to call us at the hours we wanted to go out at, when we laid down on the bed: she knowed what business her husband followed long before I kept him company.
Detained to be tried in the county of Kent.
See him an evidence against Beaton for three highway robberies, No. 299, in last mayoralty. He was also an evidence against him for robbing 'Squire Thrale last Croydon assize, where he was cast and executed at Kennington, along with Bragger, another highwayman, on the 12th of August last. For Bragger, see No. 318, in last mayoralty.
See also Williams the evidence, tried for 3 burglaries,
No. 405, in last mayoralty.
Hugh Owen . I am a watchmaker , and live at Ratcliff-Cross; I had been at West-Smithfield, and was going home on the 19th of October, between 11 and 12 at night. Thomas Roberts was with me, and had hold on my arm; the prisoner at the bar, and two others, rushed out of an entry; he clapped hold on my left shoulder; I asked what he wanted? he knocked me down; I had several blows from him and the others. I called out murder, and watch; the other men made off: the prisoner kept on his blows.
Q. Was there any quarrel or dispute between them and you in the street?
Owen. No, there was not. I held my hand up a-cross my head, to keep off the blows.
Q. What did he strike you with?
Owen. It was something short and heavy, I took it to be a stick. I saw my hat in his hand, I said he had stole my hat. He said, if I made any noise, he would knock my brains out, and took something up and throwed at me as I lay on the ground. A man and his wife called out at a window; then he made off, and threw my hat away, seeing the watchman coming, and said, D - n you, there's your hat; I went and took it up about 10 yards from where I lay. The prisoner was taken up the next day, and offered any money to be let go away; he was carried before the justice, there
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Owen. No, I never did to my knowledge.
Q. Did he demand any thing of you?
Q. Had you been in that house he came out of?
Owen. No, I had not.
Q. Were there any women at the door of that house?
Owen. No, the man that was with me, was very much hurt.
James Shepherd . I live in Buckle street. Upon hearing murder and watch called, I went and opened my window, and saw the prisoner beating the prosecutor on the ground; there was another man there, but he made off in an instant: it was right against my window. The prosecutor got up, and said, Stop thief, I have lost my hat; the prisoner flung it away, and said, if you make any noise, I'll take a brick and knock your brains out, he spoke that as to himself. He took up something, whether a brick or a stone, I know not; he flung it at the prosecutor, but it missed him; he then made off.
Mr. Thorp. I heard murder called in a very lamentable manner, I went out of my own door, and stopt the prisoner; he asked what he had done? I said, if you have done nothing but what is right, you will be let to go again; he made a slender excuse; he pretended the prosecutor and his companion had hit a window-shutter with a stick, which brought him out of the house.
Q. Did he say they had broke a window?
Thorp. No, he did not.
On the 19th of October, I had been at Rumford Market, I left the market-place about seven in the evening, and went towards home; my father lives in a court in the Minories; going along Buckle-street, I went in at the Bunch of Grapes; there was a pot of beer on the table; I sat down, and in about half an hour, somebody coming by, hit their stick against the window shutters: I went to the door, and said you have broke the window, I hope you will make recompence for the damage done. Mr. Owen said, I'll knock you down, if you don't go away; he had a stick in his hand; I laid hold of that, we both fell down; after that he followed me with the stick, attempting to hit me; we got to pulling one another about for 7 or 8 minutes, the other man calling murder at the same time. I said to the landlord, I would go and call a watchman; for they were breaking the windows. I went to the watchman, and said, Come and take charge of a man for breaking the windows; then they gave him charge of me, for striking him and his companion. I went with them readily to the watch-house, and Mr. Owen was so drunk that he made a disturbance all the night there. I was in the Bail-dock. The next morning we went before Mr. Pell at the Angel and Crown; he asked him whether I demanded his money; he answered, no In the evening Mr. Owen and Mr. Roberts came to Clerkenwell to me, and said, if I had not charged them with breaking the windows, they would not have appeared against me. He said he would go home and drink with my mother, and discharge me in the morning.
There was a second indictment against him for robbing Hugh Owen on the King's highway of the bat, &c. He was acquitted in course, having been acquitted of the former, in which the same fact constituted the charge.
William Buridge . I am servant to Mr. Allison, a barber and periwig-maker in Bishopsgate street . The prisoner did work with him 12 months ago. He used sometimes to come to shave himself, and clean his shoes. He came last Monday was a week, about half an hour after seven in the morning; after he had brushed his shoes, I saw him take a shaving-cloth, and put it into his left side coat pocket, in the inside his coat; he was suspected before, so we had an eye upon him. I went for a constable, and he was taken into custody; after which I saw him drop the cloth by the side of a table. When he was in the coach going to Newgate, he said, he never wronged any body but my master, and that he was a fool for wronging of him, who had been so good a friend to him.
Robert Drew . I am apprentice to the prosecutor. I did not see the prisoner take the cloth, but when my master was giving the constable charge of him, I saw him drop it. When I was in Newgate, to see him afterwards, he said, As I knew we in the house had a suspicion of him, why did I not
Mr. Allison. I have known the prisoner 2 years and about 6 weeks; he work'd with me a year and a fortnight, and behaved very well during that time. I never did suspect him before Nov. the 6th, when he was seen to take a cloth out of my cupboard; then I gave directions to watch him. I saw this cloth now in question fall from him; he begg'd of me to let him go to the East Indies.
Prisoner's Defence. I never had the cloth.
To his Character.
Mr. Stauton. The prisoner worked with me 3 years, and behaved with a great deal of honesty.
Guilty . T .
11. (L.) Daniel Doland was indicted for that he, on the King's highway, on Sarah Rice , widow , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person one sattin cloak, called a cardinal, value 21 s. the property of her the said Sarah , Nov. 13 . ++
Sarah Rice . I was going home to Coleman-street on Sunday the 13th of November , about half an hour after 8 in the evening. A man followed me; and between King-street and the Old Jury, in Cheapside , he seemed to pass by me; he appeared to be very much in liquor. I turned down the Old Jury; he turned back, and ran to me, and catched hold of me, and held me a few minutes, and kept me so as to prevent my crying out. I endeavoured to get from him, but could not disengage myself from him till he let me go.
Q. Did he offer any violence to you?
S. Rice. He did not; he kiss'd me when he laid hold of me. I am sure I had my cloak on when he laid hold on me; it was united; and his behaviour frighted me a good deal, so that I am not capable of knowing whether the prisoner is the man or not; neither am I certain that he took it. He ran cross Cheapside, and I after him, crying, Stop thief. I did not stand to see whether it had fell where he stopt me. The prisoner was taken at the top of Bucklersbury, just at the corner of the Poultry.
Q. Had you the man in your view till taken?
S. Rice. No, I lost sight of him as he cross'd the way.
Q. Did you go back to look at the place where you miss'd your cloak?
S. Rice. No, I did not.
Q. What did the prisoner say when he was taken?
S. Rice. He said he knew nothing of it, he was running after the company. All I can say is, it was a man about his size, and he had a light-colour'd coat on.
John Rayer . I was coming home that Sunday night in company with my wife; it wanted something of 9 o'clock; as we pass'd the end of King-street, we were remarking how thin the street was of people. When we got past Mercer's chapel, we heard the cry, Stop theif. I stood to listen which way the voice came, and saw the prisoner cross the way from the end of the Old Jury: he salter'd, and was almost down when he got cross (I believe his foot might take a stone): he felt down, and there I laid hold of him. He asked me what I stopt him for? Said I. you are in the hand of a constable, and I'll see what you are charged with. The prosecutrix came up, and charged him with taking her cloak from her. I said, go the way he came, and see for it. I believe six or seven people went down the Old Jury to look for it: nothing was found: he was searched, and nothing found upon him. I asked him why he ran; he said he was running after a friend; but there was no other person running in the street at that time.
Prosecutrix. There was but one, as I saw, and he was I believe about 20 yards from me in Cheapside: this was when I first saw him: when he stopt and kiss'd me I saw nobody near me.
Q. Did you ever get your cloak again?
Prosecutrix. No, I never did.
12. (L) Jacob Cordoza was indicted for that he, on the King's highway, on Joseph Williamson did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one man's hat, value 12 d. his property , Nov. 25 . *
Jos. Williamson. On the 24th of November I was coming from the Mitre Tavern in Fleet street; I am not sure whether the clock had gone 12 or not (I am servant at that tavern). I met the prisonerLudgate-hill , I was going towards St. Pauls, he was without a hat. About eight or ten yards before he came to me, he clapt his hand cross his breast, and gave a shove with his elbow, I suppose with intent to shove me down, as he came by me. I did not fall by that shove. He said to me, D - n you, you son of a bitch, what do you mean by that? as much as if I had shoved him; and before he gave me leave to speak, he up with his fist, and hit me under my left ear, and knocked me cross the kennel; he took my hat, and ran cross the way: it was some time before I recovered myself; I got up, and heard somebody on the other side the way, cry, Stop thief. I called the same; the watchman immediately pursued him; my hat was taken up at the lower end of Fleet market. A gentleman that cried, Stop theif, came from the other side the way, and said, Young man, you seem to be very much slury'd by the blow, and he took me into the Punch-house; he went out, and came in again, and brought me my hat.
Q. Is he here?
Williamson. No, he is not. I was told the man was taken; then I went to the watch-house door; the prisoner was there: he said, D - n you, you rascal, if you have lost your hat, pray where is mine? (the hat produced, and deposed to) I rather think this hat fell from my head by the blow, than that he took it from my head.
Q. Was you sober?
Williamson. I was very sober. I thought he might be somebody in the neighbourhood, seeing him without a hat.
Q. Are you sure he had not a hat in his hand?
Williamson. I saw both his hands, he could not have a hat in his hand: he struck me with his left fist.
Q. What time of the night was this?
James. This was as I began to go upwards, calling the hour twelve: returning again, I saw him and Mr. Williamson tusling together, and Mr. Williamson fell. I was at some distance, and did not see the blow given: I saw the prisoner take up the hat, and pursued him directly, and collar'd him; he threw the hat away behind him: I said, I had seen him without a hat. He asked me whether ever I had seen him without one before? I said no, not till then.
Q. Had you seen him before?
James. I had seen him before about the hill.
Q. What distance of time between seeing him standing without a hat, and his taking up the prosecutors?
James. It was about 3 minutes distance.
Q. Are you sure he had no hat in his hand when standing at that door you mention'd?
James. He had no hat on his head, nor in his hand neither. I went close by him with my lanthorn.
Q. Had he wig on, or his own hair? ( note his hair appeared of some length under his wig).
James. He had a wig on when I took him; he said, where is my hat: said I, you have taken the gentleman's hat. Said he, I have lost mine, then I looked, where I observed his hand to have moved, and saw the prosecutor's hat lying 5 or 6 yards from him, it was a little dirty; this was at the bottom of the market. The Gentleman that took it up, is not here.
John Spendilow . I was constable of the night. About the hour 12, I was in the watch-house, I heard the cry, Stop thief, I looked over the hatch, and saw the people run cross the way; I ran over, and asked which was the thief? they shewed me the prisoner, they brought him into the watch-house. A gentleman took up the hat, his name is Ismay; he is not here, he lives in Lower-Thames-Street, he delivered it to the prosecutor at the punch-house.
Q. How was the prosecutor as to liquor?
Spendilow. The prosecutor and prisoner were both sober, as I am now.
I lost my hat, I saw that hat lie there, I was going to take it up, but seeing it was not mine, (mine was a slapt one, and that was not) I did not take it; they called Stop thief: I was laid hold on, and taken into the watch-house.
To his Character.
Hen. Keys. I have known the prisoner from an insant. I never heard any thing bad of him in my life.
Q. What is he?
Keys. He is a snuff-maker.
Q. Has he been in that business lately?
Keys. I cannot take upon me to say he has, because I have been abroad, I was steward to the British hospital in Germany.
Myer Abraham. I served my time with the prisoner's father, in the tobacco and snuff way. I always knew the prisoner to be a good-behaved
Q. What business has he been in lately?
Abraham. I believe he has followed the tobacco and snuff-trade. I have sent him on errands, and he has brought me both money and goods within this six months.
Q. What business has he followed lately?
Fonsecco. He has not followed any business lately. I believe he has lately been at sea.
Saunders Aaron. I served my time with his father. I never knew any harm of him; he always did work for his father, as far as I find.
Q. How long have you known him?
Cordoza. I knew him from a child.
John Dodd . I am a cheesemonger , and live in Newgate-street . I was not at home when the cheeses were taken out of my shop. My brother Peter, who is my servant, sent for me, after he had secured the prisoner in the counting-house, on the 24th of Nov. about 8 at night. I saw the cheeses, (produced in court, and deposed to) they are marked T. P. I bought them of Thomas Price , in Whitechapel, they had been in my shop about 6 weeks.
Q. When had you seen them in your shop last?
Dodd. I had seen them in my shop that very day.
Q. Were there any quantity of that mark?
Dodd. There were about five hundred weight of them, I found three more of them in another place; there were about half a ton of them at first.
Q. How many cheeses had you in your shop of that sort?
Dodd. There were about 50 of them on the shelf, the pile was full in the morning (that was 5 or 6) which were gone before I came home; that pile was on the shelf, very near to the outside of the window, the person need not come into the shop to take them; they might draw them from off the pile.
Q. Describe the situation of the shelf.
Dodd. The shelf is about three inches higher than the lower part of the window, where the sashes drop down.
Q. Did you know the prisoner at the bar before?
Dodd. I never saw him before, to my knowledge.
Peter Dodd . I am apprentice to the prosecutor. I was serving behind the counter about a quarter after eight o'clock that night. I saw two cheeses move from the shelf; I came from behind the counter (which is the opposite side the shop, my face was towards the shelf); there then was only they two on the pile; I ran out at the door, seeing them go out at the window, and followed the prisoner, who had got about 10 or 12 yards, and saw him put something under the flap of his coat. I went before him, and said, Friend, where are you going with them cheeses, and tapped him on the shoulder? He said, no where, only in a joke. I called him, and brought him into the shop, and took the two cheeses from under his arm. These are the same here produced; I am certain they are my master's property. I took him into the counting house, and sent for my master; then the prisoner said, Lord bless me, what have I done this for! a man put the cheeses into my hand as I was standing at the corner.
On the 24th of last month, I was drinking at the Dolphin, in Honey-lane Market, till about 20 minutes after eight at night. I went home; a man that lodges in the house of Mr. Leven, said, James, I should be very much obliged to you, if you had come home sooner, and gone of an errand for me; said I, I'll go on an errand for you ten miles, if you want it, or for any body else; said he, carry these slides, belonging to a watch. to such a man in Holborn. I set out with them about 20 minutes after eight, and came opposite to Warwick lane; there I stopt to make water, and was buttoning up my breeches; coming out of the passage, a man said, be kind enough to lay hold of these two cheeses for a moment. Immediately I mist him; I had them not a minute in my hand before the man came and laid hold on me, and said, What are you doing with these cheeses? Said I, I am holding them for a man that is making water, or casing himself. I had been but five minutes out of our own house, before that man took me into his house: There were three more cheeses found in a house on the outside Newgate, and two others under Newgate. I never went out of our house till 25 minutes after eight o'clock.
For the Prisoner.
Q. What is he?
Leven. He is a barber. On Thursday se'nnight some time, I believe between eight and nine, the prisoner came in, much in liquor, and a man that works with me in the motion branch, desired he would take three slides up to a person in Leather-lane, Holborn. I saw him go out with them; the next morning I had a note from him, to tell me he was in the Counter, and that he had not carried the slides. He bares a very good character. as far as ever I heard; he hardly was ever out of my house after eight or nine o'clock.
Q. What is his employ at your house?
Leven. He sometimes works at wig-making, or mending in the garret.
Q. How long has he lodged with you?
Leven. He has lodged at my house between four and five months.
Guilty. 4 s . T .
14. (M.) John Collyer was indicted, for stealing one piece of knit stocking-breeches, value 7 s. 6 d. the property of Ralph Moles . One ditto, value 7 s. 6 d. the property of Robert Hethcote . August 19 . *
Tobias Wildboar . I am a dyer. The prisoner was my servant ; I do business for several hosiers. I had 8 pieces of stocking-breeches delivered to me to dye, of Mr. Mole's, and six of Mr. Robert Hethcote 's. The first were delivered to me on the 8th of August; the others the 1st of August. The prisoner quitted my service on the 19th, and was taken as he came into the neighbourhood; afterwards he was charged with taking the two pieces; he confessed one was pawned in Purple-lane, at Mr. Lane's; the other at the house of Mr. Tyer's on Clerkenwell-green, and they were found accordingly.
The two pawnbrokers deposed, their wives took them in, and not they themselves. Their not appearing to give evidence,
He was acquitted .
15. (M.) Daniel Ryan was indicted, for stealing one wicker hamper, value 2 d. 14 lb. weight of currans, value 1 s.; one earthen jarr, value 1 penny; 24 lb. weight of treacle, value 6 d.; 7 lb. weight of prunes, value 6 d.; 3 lb. weight of brimstone, 1 lb. weight of caraway seeds, 4 ozs. of cloves and 7 lb. weight of French barley ; the property of Samuel Stone . Nov. 23 . *
Samuel Stone . I am a grocer , and live in Leadenhall-street. On the 23d of November, Robert Roolf , my servant, went out about seven in the evening, with two hampers, to carry them to the Talbot Inn, White-chapel. The goods mentioned in the indictment, I believe, were in the hampers, but I did not see them put in. The man came back, and all was well; in about an hour after, a man came to me from the Inn. to let me know one of the hampers was stolen, and they had taken the thief, and charged the Headborough with him. I saw the prisoner at the Justice's the next day; he said. he thought it was a hamper of victuals, and he was very hungry.
Q. Do you know what was in the hamper that was taken away?
Roolf. There was 24 lb. weight of treacle in a jarr that I weighed myself, and other goods: The prisoner took that hamper that had the treacle in it, and we went with them to the Inn, and delivered them to the tapster, who took charge of them. The prisoner came away with me; when we had notice one hamper was stole, I went to the Inn again, the same night, and saw the man they h ad in custody, was the prisoner; he was in the Watch-house, and the hamper in the custody of the constable.
Q. What time was it they brought the prisoner and parcel in?
Stockdale. It might be between six and seven in the evening.
Thomas Castle . I am hostler to Mr. Stockdale. I was going in at the Taphouse door; the prisoner took a hamper out of the Taphouse, and set it upon a short post, just on the out-side the door; he said, my, lad, I wish you would lend me a hand with this on my shoulder: I seeing he had no knot, thought he was no porter; I observed which way he went; I held the door open, and asked my fellow servant, if any body had delivered a hamper? he said, no; I ran and catched the prisoner, about an hundred yards from the door, with it on his shoulder; I asked him, who delivered that to him; he threw it on the ground, and ran; I pursued, and called, stop thief. A butcher's man threw him down, and I took hold on him; I was within a yard of him all the way he ran.
Q. How far did he run?
Castle. He ran about twenty yards. I brought him back to my master's house; he said, he thought it was victuals; after that, Roolf came again to cur Inn, and said, it was one of the hampers that he brought to the Inn.
What he says, is all false; another man took and gave me the hamper; but I never saw that man from that hour to this.
Guilty . T .
Q. Where does Mr. Brandee live?
Konmacker. He lives in Arlington Street ; at Mr. Brandee's desire, I agreed to sit up one night, with Christian Scuhr , my partner, to endeavour to find out who was the thief. Accordingly, on Monday, the 7th of November, we sat up in the shop, secreted in two separate places, when all the rest of the family was retired to bed; about half an hour after 11 o'clock, we saw the prisoner come into the shop, and heard her go to the desk. I saw her pass by me again, out of the shop, with something in her hands, holding them both together; I supposed them to be the two boxes that contained the money; in about five minutes I saw her return again in the same manner. I heard her go to the desk again, and then return out of the shop; as soon as she was gone, we counted the money; my partner and I had before counted it, and marked 10 s. of it; there was to the value of two guineas in one box; one guinea, one half-guinea, and 10 s. and 6 d. and 2 s. in another, in silver and halfpence; out of those two boxes there were missing, 5 s. and 8 d. We missed out of the box, where the guinea was, 5 s, and 8 d. in half pence out of the other; then we locked the desk, and, in the morning, had a search warrant, and found 3 s. that were marked, upon her.
Q. How did you mark the money?
Konmacker. We filed a little notch on the edge, in the milling, towards the head, on them. (The money produced, and inspected by the jury.) At first, she said, she had nothing by her but her own money.
Q. How long had she been servant in the family?
Konmacker. She had been servant there between nine and ten years.
Q. Had you use to lock that desk?
Konmacker. Very seldom.
I don't know how I came by that money, whether it was in change, or how; I changed money, took bills, paid money, and took money.
To her Character.
John Brown. I live at the two blue posts in Bennet-street; I have been a little better than two
Mr. Culls. I live in St. James's Street; I am a grocer; the prisoner dealt with me; I have known her this eight or nine years; she always paid me my weekly bills for her master; sometimes she has let it go a fortnight, but never had any dispute.
Guilty. Recommended . B .
17. (M) Thomas Francis was indicted, for stealing two linnen sheets, value 10 s. and one pillowbier, value 1 s. the property of Edward Munday , the same being in a certain lodging room let by contract , &c. Oct. 9 . ++
Edward Munday . I live at the Queen Elizabeth's Head, opposite to Hicks's Hall . The prisoner hired a ready furnished lodging of me, for half a crown a week. The things mentioned in the indictment, were part of the furniture; he took it the 6th or 7th of October, and lay there two nights, and one day, all the day long; the next morning, when he got up, my wife asked him, if he would have some tea; he said, he would go and have his hair done up; he did not return. After three weeks and three days, I had the door broke open; then I missed the sheets and pillowbier: I afterwards was told by my baker, he was in New Prison; I went there and saw him; I asked him for the key of my door; he said, the constable in White chapel had it: I asked him for my sheets and pillowbier; he said, they were pawned, first for 8 s. and after that he had sold them for 10 s. to a pawnbroker, in Golden-lane, near Old-Street Turnpike. I went and got a search warrant, and found them at Mr. Kent's, a pawnbroker there; he said, he took them in all together; and the prisoner owned, he wrapped them round his body, and so carried them out of my house, and pawned them all together.
Mr. Kent. When the prosecutor came, I delivered the pair of sheets and pillowbier to him: I had them of the prisoner on the 8th of October; he said they were his own; that he had been an officer on board a ship, and he was going to sea again, and he would sell them out right: so I bought them of him for 11 s. he had before used my shop, and had the appearance of a gentleman: I did not suspect his stealing them.
(The things produced and deposed to.)
I was not at Mr. Mundy's house on the 8th of October; I came away before that. I was midshipman 2 years on board the Buckingham, Capt. Parker, and behaved myself very well there. I was born in London, and brought up in the blue-coat hospital. I was discharged from on board the 4th of March last.
Guilty . T .
18. (M.) William Williams was indicted, for that he, on the king's highway, on William Bird , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person six shillings in money, numbered, his property, and against his will . Nov. 5 . ++
William Bird . On the 5th of Nov. at very near 12 at night, I was going from my work, from the Hermitage dock , to Whitechapel : as I came near the Free-School, betwixt the posts, (it was very dark, and it rained) a chap came behind me, and laid hold on me, and tore my shirt collar round, and surprized me very much; after I recovered myself, and spoke to him, another came up directly, and then a third, which I imagine to be the prisoner at the bar. They all came from behind a butt, by a tree: he said, D - n his eyes, knock him down; he never touched me. My money was in my waistcoat pocket, half-pence and silver together; the first man that laid hold of me, searched me; he took and stripped my waistcoat pocket open, and took-out 3 s. 6 d. in silver, and the rest in half-pence, 6 s. and 7 d. 1/2 in all; after that, they took up my apron, and clapt their hand upon each thigh, and asked if I had any more? I said, I had no more in the world. Then one of the men that was going away, said, D - n his eyes, give him 3 d. to carry him home, and instead of that, they gave me a groat, which I carried home in my hand.
Q. Did he, which you imagine to be the prisoner, seem to be in their company?
Bird. He did; and afterwards they went all cross the road together; but it being so dark, I could not be positive of the man's face; I suppose it to be the prisoner, by his frock and his hat, an old cock'd up hat, and a brownish frock, like that he now has on. After this, I was drinking with some coopers, at the Ship ale house, the bottom of Nightingale-lane: they asked me, which way I was robb'd? I told them, and described the prisoner; one of them went out, and fetched him in to me. I said, I believed, when he came in, him to be the man, to the best of my knowledge, but
Q. What trade is he?
Bird. He is a cooper by trade; he works in the cooperidge near the place where we were: after that, one Newton insisted I should take him up. He was, and the next day taken before Justice Berry, who committed him to Newgate; when he was taken, he had the same sort of a hat on.
Q. Was there any light near where you was robb'd?
Bird. There was a lamp near me. It was not above 5 yards from me, when I stood between the posts.
Q. Could that lamp afford you such light, so as to distinguish his person?
Bird. I did think it was he; I was positive it was the same frock.
Q. Can you say the prisoner was the man?
Bird. I would not for all the world swear he was the man.
Q. Have you any other witness?
Bird. No, I have not.
19. (M.) Mary Brown , widow , was indicted for that she, on the 27th of Sept. between the hours of 2 and 3 in the night, on the same day, the dwelling-house of Daniel Stanley did burglariously break and enter, and stealing one silver pint mug, value 40 s. one silver milk pot, value 5 s. five silver spoons, value 10 s. five silver tea-spoons, value 2 s. 6 d. and one pair of silver tea-tongs, value 2 s. the goods of the said Daniel, in his dwelling-house . *
Q. What part of your house was broke?
Stanley. To a window in a little back room are siding sashes, and on the outside are iron bars that cross each other, some upright, and some are fixed cross them, which makes square holes in them. In the morning, I found the sash was drawn back, and they made shift to get between the bars. They were not displaced.
Q. Where does that window open to?
Stanley. It opens into a yard, and there is a door that opens into Bell-alley, but that has been nailed up 3 or 4 years.
Q. Was the window on the ground floor?
Stanley. It was.
Q. Were the sashes fastened?
Stanley. No, there is no fastening to them; I imagined the bars were security enough.
Q. How wide is the window?
Stanley. It is about four or five feet wide, we found the cupboard in the bar broke open, that is in the tap room, about 4 or five yards from the window. I miss'd my plate, the same as mentioned in the indictment. They were taken from out of the cupboard.
Q. When did you see your plate last?
Stanley. I saw it over night. I made some brandy and water in the pint mug just before I went to bed, which was about 10 o'clock.
Q. Did you lock your cupboard door?
Stanley. It was locked over night, but was forced open; there were two folding doors to it, where I kept my books, plate, and spirituous liquors.
Q. How far were the iron bars asunder at the window?
Stanley. I think the holes were 8 or 9 inches square. I desired two of my neighbours to try them, and they being thin men, they both got through them. I advertised the things. Some of my neighbours came and told me, the prisoner, from a starving condition, was seen to have some money; so I went after her to shiperton, near Windsor, hearing the coachman had carried her there the day after this was done; there I took her at her mother's house; nothing being found opon her, she was cleared. This was on a Friday in last sessions, and the Thursday after she was stopt with the silver mug. I went to her in Wood-street Compter; there she ordered the goal-keeper to write me a note, to direct me where to get the spoons and things; that I should find some in a washing-tub, and the others in a lye-tub, at her mother's back door, at Shiperton. Then I and Thomas Borrows went down, and found the things accordingly: there were the 5 large spoons and cream-pot in the lye-tub, and the 5 tea-spoons and tea tongs in the washing-tub; the silver mug I found in Woodstreet Compter, the goal keeper had it.
Jacob Levi . I live near Gravel-lane, Hounsditch; I am an hawker in the silver way. On the Thursday after last sessions, the prisoner at the bar came and asked for one Levi, a silversmith: my wife went out and said, here is one Mr. Levi, that deals in silver, but does not keep a silversmith's shop. She shewed her the mug, but my wife would not take it in till I came home. When I came home, my wife shewed me the mug; it seemed as if a coat of arms were taken out of it. I seeing three letters on the bottom, I went out andGeorge Tucker : (See No. 407 in last mayoralty, the 2d trial of Tompkins. See also No. 391.) I said, I had no money, I would go out and get some: I went and brought a constable and stopt her. She went down on her knees, and begg'd I would let her go: we brought her to the Compter.
Thomas Borrows . Mr. Stanley sent for me to go with him to Shiperton; I heard the prisoner confess she broke the house open. I said, was there any body concerned with you? she said, no. She told us, she got over into the yard, by the help of a nail in the wall, which she put her foot upon. I went along with Mr. Stanley, and saw the other plate found in the tubs, as he has mentioned.
Q. to Prosecutor. Did you know the prisoner before?
Prosecutor. I have known her about two years; she lived servant with me this time 2 years.
Mrs. Stanley. I know this plate to be our property (produced in court). I am always the last up. I saw this plate in the bar over night, before I went up stairs to bed, about 11 o'clock.
Q. Have you no shutters to that window?
Mrs. Stanley. There is none, only sliding sashes; one, one way, and the other, the other. They were both shut when I went to bed. I went to see the prisoner when in Newgate, and asked her how she came to do it? She went on her knees, and cry'd, and said, she had no stays on, and went throw the bars very easy, and had nobody to help her. after she got over the wall, by the help of a nail.
The prisoner said nothing in her defence.
Guilty of stealing, but not of breaking and entering . T .
Elizabeth Barr . I live in Tottenham parish, and am a farmer . On Monday was three weeks, I had a sheep in lamb found dead and part of it taken away. There being some sheep fat advertised on the Tuesday, I went as it directed, on the Wednesday, to the house of Mr. Blandford, in Featherstone-street. Bunhill-row; there I found some fat, but cannot say it was mine.
Edward Argell . I am servant to Mrs. Barr. I found a sheep dead on Monday the 14th of Nov. between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, in our field; it was my mistress's property; I carried what was left of it home; it was so far skinned, as to take the hind part away with the fat; the fore part and the whole skin was left: it was not a very fat sheep.
Q. Did it seem to have been fresh killed?
Argell. It might hav e been killed a day, it was cold.
Q. When had you seen it before?
Argell. I saw it on the Thursday before; there were 15 of them in all, the rest were all there.
Job Blandford. I live in Featherstone street, and keep a tallow-chandler's shop. On the Tuesday morning, about 10 o'clock, the 15th of Nov. the prisoner came into my shop, with a bag in his hand, and asked me if I bought suet?
Q. Did you know him before?
Blandford. I never saw him before, to my knowledge; he put his bag on the counter, and shewed it me. I said, what is the price? he said, two pence half-penny a pound; he asked under the market price. It appeared to me to be the contents of the inside of a sheep, the caul-fat, the gut-fat, and kidney-fat. I saw some appearance of grass amongst it; I suspected it was stolen out of a grass field. It was not a very fat sheep; the kidneys were particularly thin in the fat.
Q. What was fat worth at that time?
Blandford. It was worth something more than 3 d. a pound. I asked him, how he came by it? he first mentioned some gentleman's name that lived on the farther side of Islington, that he brought it from there. I asked him. how he came to bring such fat as that from a gentleman's house? In 5 minutes time he said, he and another man bought it between them, to fell to get some soap. After that he said he bought it of a man in Islington Road. When I found he varied so much, and he was gathering his bag up in order to carry it somewhere else, I having a servant in my cellar, I said, I can't see that I can well weigh it in these scales; I made as if I would go for some scales, and call'd my man up, and got a constable, and took him and the fat to Hick's-hall to the Justices: there he stood to it, that he bought it of a man in Islington Road, and offered to send for somebody to his character, but he declin'd that.
Q. How much fat was there?
Blandford. There was 14 pounds and a half, bag and all; and I weigh'd the bag afterwards, and that weigh'd a pound and an half.
I was going to Islington to look for some work. a man met me, and ask'd me if I would buy some
To his Character.
Anne Price . I live in Holborn; my husband is a taylor. The prisoner did belong to the Ambuscade: he used to come to my sister's, who keeps a public house; he lodged and boarded there seven months ago. I never saw any harm by him.
Q. Where does your sister live?
A. Price. At the Hare and Hound at Deptford. My brother and sister have his will and power now: they trusted him, and have not received all the money now.
Stephen Davis . I work with Mr. Sambrook in Chamber-street, near Goodman's-fields : he keeps a tobacco warehouse. I went to-bed, where I lie, in the warehouse, and left my watch hanging in the usual place where I hang it, and when I got up on the 18th of October I miss'd it.
Q. Does any body besides you lie there?
Davis. No; the prisoner had worked for us some time before, but did not then.
Q. Was your room door lock'd?
Davis. I can't say whether it was or not. About four or five days after the prisoner was taken up for stealing another watch, and then I heard he had confess'd stealing mine; it was found at Mr. Peacock's, a pawnbroker (produced in court, and deposed to); I myself did not hear him confess it.
Daniel Peacock . I live in Catherine-wheel alley, Whitechapel: the prisoner, and the next witness, Mr. Alvares, came to my shop together, on the 18th of October, about 6 or 7 in the evening. Alvares brought the watch; I took it of him. He said he had known the prisoner some time, and was very sure it was the prisoner's watch; upon which I lent him the money, 27 s. upon it. The prisoner said, that his father was dead in the country, and it was his watch, and he had left it him; and that was the last thing he had of his father's, and he hoped to have it again soon. I believe this is the same watch; I have delivered it some time to the prosecutor.
Aaron Alvares . The prisoner was at the White Lion, in White-lion-street, Goodman's-fields: I have seen him there sundry times: this was about 10 minutes before 7 in the evening: he was in company with Mary Taylor , a servant of mine; she was waiting there till I came home, I having the key of the door: I went there to see for her. She said to me, Here is Bob has a watch to sell or pawn: he says it is his last shift he has to make. He told me he was obliged to go into the country, and should be up again in about two months, then he would take it out again. He took it out in public company, and opened it before this Mary Taylor , and desired I would go along with him to pawn it. He said it was his father's watch; he wanted to buy a coat and waistcoat to go down in. I went with him to Mr. Peacock's: Mr. Peacock lent him 27 s. upon it: I believe this is the same watch. I told Mr. Peacock that the young man wanted to pledge it, and that I knew him; that he used a public house where he bore a good character.
Q. Did you tell Mr. Peacock you knew it to be the prisoner's watch?
Alvares. I told him it was his watch.
Peacock. He told me over and over he knew it was his watch.
Alvares. I had seen him 6 weeks or 2 months before; he used to work at the tobacco warehouse.
Q. What are you?
Alvares. I am a broker on the Royal Exchange; I trade for thousands.
Q. Was you ever with the prisoner in pawning any other watch?
Alvares. No, I never was.
John Newton . I am the officer that took the prisoner out of bed on the 29th of October in the morning (he lodged with Mr. Tuck, within about 50 yards of where the watch was taken from) on the account of another watch. I asked him whether he had been guilty of any other fact? he said, yes, he had stole a young man's watch that worked at Mr. Sambrook's, and had pawned it at Mr. Peacock's. I asked him what he had done with the money? he said, he had but very little of it; that Mr. Aaron Alvares went with him to pawn it, and coming back Alvares took him into a bawdy-house: that Alvares spent a guinea of it in ale and cakes, and gave him but 4 shillings and a penny, and that Alvares had all the rest of the money.
Alvares. When we came into Goodman's-fields, the prisoner would go into a house there: the first thing he did, he called for a bottle of wine. I said, as you intend to buy some cloaths to your back, you had better save your money. He was surrounded by five or six women, and went up
Q. What money did you take?
Alvares. I put a quarter guinea and 4 s. and 6 d. in my pocket. The people wanted him to stay all night. I said, don't make a fool of yourself. He would stay all night. I said, come to me in Abel's Buildings for your money: I met him there, at the corner of the buildings, and delivered him his money.
Q. Are you a sworn broker?
Alvares. I am, on the Royal Exchange - No, I am not; my father was; I acted under him, when he was living.
When I went to pawn the watch, Alvares said he knew it to be my own. After coming out, going along White-lion-street, at the sign of the Rose (I never was in the house before in my life), he went in, and call'd for a bottle of wine. All the while we were there he spent my money. He gave me 4 shillings and a penny; that was all I had out of the guinea.
To his Character.
Jane Turney . I have known the prisoner ever since he was a child. When the poor creature came to town, destitute, he having a first cousin who lived servant with Major Collins, he lay at my house on nights, and had his victuals at the major's in the Tower. I never heard any ill of him before: I really believe he was drawn away by this bad company.
Q. What is he?
M. Taylor. He is a 'change broker. He sent me to a public house, the White Lyon, for a pot of beer, for supper; while that was drawing, I sat down by the prisoner at the bar: the prisoner said to me, he had got a watch in his pocket, and he would pawn or sell it, if I would go and lie with him all night. I told him, I was no such person. He said he would give me the money, whate'er it came to, either by pawning or selling. I happened to stay till Mr. Alvares came for me; I told Mr. Alvares what he said. He told Mr. Alvares he would sell or pawn it to get some cloaths. They went out together, and I went home.
Q Where was Mr. Alvares when you went out for the pot of beer?
M. Taylor. He was at home.
Newton. I verily believe Mr. Alvares is greatly more to blame than the prisoner at the bar.
Guilty . T .
There was another indictment against him, on account of the other watch.
Q. Describe the Gelding.
Cook. He has a white spot on the saddle-mark, about as big as a half crown, on the off side. I went about the country, and not finding him, I advertised him on the 1st of Nov. On the same day, I was told there was some reason to suspect the prisoner; he came down that very day fortnight I lost the horse.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Cook. I did. He had lived with Mr. Thomas Seers , at Barnet; I saw him at the sign of the Harrow, and asked him where he lived now? he said, in Kent, and that he was just come out of Northamptonshire, and we knew that he was in London all the week before. I got a warrant and took him up, and on talking to him, he told us where the horse was sold in Kent, at a place called Chipset at the Cock, within 2 miles of Seven-oaks: he did not know the man's name. I went down, and upon enquiring, found that the man that bought the horse, was come up to London with him. I found the horse in a field by Kent-street road, in the possession of Mr. Lutham: this was a fortnight and 3 days after we had lost him. I told Mr. Lutham it was my horse: he said if it was, I might have him. The prisoner after that, told us, he drove the horse up against our field gate, and catched him, and sold him to that man
Q. How long might the prisoner live with Mr. Seers at Barnet?
Cook. Five or six years, I believe.
Q. What was Mr. Seers?
Cook. He was a distiller.
Q. Do you know where he went to live afterwards?
Cook. I believe he went to live with captain Seers, Mr. Seers's brother.
Q Were there any promises made the prisoner in order to this confession?
Cook. No, none at all.
Q. Whose horse is it?
Davis. It is the property of Mrs. Yates, a Baker at Hadley.
John Lutham . I set out from the Borough to go to Chipset, on Friday the 28th of October, at 5 in the morning, with another person. The prisoner kept us company all the way. We lay at a place called Lock's-bottom; there I bought this gelding of the prisoner; it was the horse he rode on.
Q. How far is that place from London?
Lutham. It is about 12 miles and a half from London; the prisoner said he was going to Tunbridge. He said the horse cost him five guineas, that he bought him to go a smuggling with, but he was going into place again, and was willing to sell him.
Q. What did you give for him?
Lutham. He ask'd 5 guineas; at last we agreed for 2 guineas and a half, and paid for him at the Cock at Chipset: the same horse Mr. Cook came and own'd in the field by Kent-street road. After I paid for the horse, the prisoner gave me this receipt; he said his name was Williams; he could not write, but made his mark by that name.
Q. What is your business?
Lutham. I buy and sell apples.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Lutham. I never saw him before to my knowledge?
Q. Is he the same man you bought the horse of, are you certain? ( The prisoner is a black.)
Lutham. I believe him to be the same man; I know I bought him of a blackamoor.
I do not know any thing of it.
To his Character.
Samuel Seers , Esq; I have known the prisoner about 12 years; he was servant to my brother about six years, or rather better, at Barnet; he left my brother's service about five years ago, and came to me; he lived with me about six months, till I went abroad, and I left him behind. I always had an extreme good character of him, as a very honest fellow: my brother recommended him to me as such, and I found him so; he was trusted at my brother's with horses and things, and with me with every thing I had. My going abroad in the government's service, was the cause of my leaving him; I recommended him to Mr. Danser, a surgeon, at Barnet; this was in the latter end of the year 58. Mr. Danser gives him an extream good character, and would have attended here if possible he could, but as the trial was very uncertain coming on, he could not.
Q. How long have you been returned to England?
S. Seers. I have been in England about eight months; the prisoner came to me about 10 days before he was taken up, and told me he was out of service; I told him I would take care and get him a place. Was he at liberty, I really would take him into my service now.
Miss Hannah Seers . I have known him about 12 years; he lived with my father six years; he was a very honest, faithful servant: his character has been very good since; I never heard to the contrary till now.
Q. Where do you live?
Miss H. Seers. I live at Barnet.
Q. Have you seen the prisoner lately?
Miss H. Seers. I have heard of him frequently within this last 12 months.
Miss Ann Seers . I have known him as long as my sister; we have frequently heard of him, that his master liked him exceedingly well. Gentlemen all round about give him an exceeding good character; I could hardly think a man of so good a character could be guilty of such a thing.
Guilty . Death . Recommended.
Ollof Werge ; and 3 s. in money, numbered , the property of Robert Hudson , Oct. 28 , *
Ollof Werge. I am a Swede, I live in Wapping: the prisoner at the bar borrowed a seal of me to seal a letter; I handed the seal watch and all to him, he went away with it; I did not see him till after he was taken up.
Q. When was this?
Werge. This will be six weeks ago to-morrow.
Q. Where did you let him have the watch?
Q. Had he a letter to seal
Werge. I do not know that he had; I went on board my ship, and forgot to ask him for my watch. He was taken up about 8 days after; before the Justice he said he sold it in Whitechapel road for a guinea and half.
Q. Did you ever get it again?
Werge. No, I never did.
Robert Hudson . The prosecutor lodged at the same house which I do at present, the Ship in Wapping, so did the prisoner; he absconded six weeks ago to-morrow: as soon as he was taken up, he confessed he had taken 3 s. out of my chest, my property, and that he borrowed Mr. Werge's watch to seal a letter, and afterwards sold it for a guinea and half.
Q. Did you lose any money out of your chest?
Hudson. I know I lost 3 s.
Henry Hall. Campbell own'd to me that the watch was safe enough; I went with him in order to get it; he made a break away from me, and was taken again, I carried him before the Justice, but we never could find what he did with the watch.
I borrow'd the watch to seal a letter; I put it in my pocket in a hurry, and forgot to return it; I met with two or three men that made me in liquor, and they got me to pawn it for a guinea and half.
Guilty . T .
John Boyes . I am master of the ship Nortilus , she lies at Shadwell-dock ; I had been out, and when I returned my mate told me they had discovered a thief; there was some tobacco taken out of a hogshead; Hallett was charged with it, and he discover'd it, and said others had a hand in it as well as he; then Herring was taken up, and before Justice Berry charged with stealing the tobacco. Hallet said he had a piece of spun yarn in his pocket, which he made fast to the tobacco, and carried the other end to the under part of the deck, near the fore-scuttle; and, in the night-time, between nine and ten o'clock, he took an opportunity, and broke the scuttle, and hauled the tobacco up out of the hole; the hatches were all locked down; the tarpauling was over the scuttle, so that we could not discover it.
Q. What is the skuttle?
Boyes. That is a small hatch: he acknowledged they carried the tobacco on shore, and sold it for 5 s. we made enquiry after the man, but he is got away; Herring said he was with Hallet in selling the tobacco, and had part of the money. They say themselves there were 10 lb. and they sold it for 5 s.
Q. Are the prisoners seamen on board your ship?
Boyes. Herring came home with me by the run, the other I hire to work on board.
Q. Did you ever meet with the tobacco again?
Boyes. No, I never did.
John Stewart . I am mate of this ship. On Sunday morning the 11th of November, I went on board; the people there said there had been thieves on board. I took a candle and looked about the vessels; there were none broke on the Saturday; I saw a quantity of tobacco was gone, about 20 or 30 pounds. On Sunday morning, I went in search of the two prisoners, who were gone that morning: I took Hallett, who told me there were more concerned than himself. He told me where he had disposed of it, and shewed me the house.
Q. What was you to do for him in return for telling you?
Steward. Nothing at all. I told him he should go along with the other.
Q. Did he expect not to be prosecuted for telling you so?
Steward. I suppose he understood he was not to be prosecuted. On the Sunday night, I acquainted the captain with it, (I had let him go) the captain thought proper to take him up, and carry him before the Justice, and there he confest the same. When Herring was taken up, he confess'd he was concerned, but he said but little Hallet said Herring was as much concerned as he was.
The mate came on shore, on Summer's key, on Sunday, and took us on board, and told me, if would tell him which way the tobacco went, I
I confessed nothing about it, because I was innocent.
Both Acquitted .
26. (L.) Mary Farthing , spinster , was indicted, for stealing one pair of silver tea-tongs, value 7 s. one long lawn apron, value 2 s. 6 d. four muslin-aprons, value 10 s. one silk-apron, five muslin-ruffles, two gause-handkerchiefs, one muslin-handkerchief, one linnen-handkerchief, two laced caps, three yards and a half of lace, three yards and three quarters of gause, eight yards and a half of other lace, sixteen yards of other lace, four yards of silk-ribbon, ten yards of persian silk, one dimity robe for a child, one remnant of crimson-sattin, one pair of child's shoes, one fan, and one guinea ; the property of Ann Flight , spinster . October 28 . ++
Ann Flight . I am a milliner , and live in Cornhill . The prisoner lived with me as a common servant in the house; about the latter end of October, I think, we found out things being taken; I am not certain when they were taken, others in the house suspected the prisoner, but I did not myself, till within a week of what happened; I had unlocked a drawer in my bureau, and left the key in it; when I came into my room at night, I saw the key there; I opened the drawer, and missed a guinea; I knowing no body had had any business there but herself; I went down and told it below.
Q. How many maid-servants do you keep in the house?
A. Flight. I keep only one.
I was afraid then, she was not so good as she should be; I was fearful of taking her character away, as I had a character with her; her bed-fellow took an opportunity to take her key of her box at night, and brought it to my sister that lives with me. In the morning I was told, my sister had opened the prisoner's box, which stood in a garret, up four pair of stairs (the prisoner lay with a journeywoman, up two pair of stairs; I then went to my brother to advise with him, what I had best to do; he said, as things of mine had been seen in her box, that were of a considerable value, I had better send for a constable, and have the box opened; I did, and, when it was opened, the things had been removed out of it; there was a long-lawn apron of mine found in it; I then talked with her, and, with a great deal to do, she fetched the things to me from where she had put them; she would have delivered them to me, and I refused to take them; then she delivered them to the constable: they were all pinned up together.
Q Where did she fetch them from?
A. Flight. She fetched them from out of the room where she lay; the bundle was opened in my presence; there were every thing that is laid in the indictment, except the lawn-apron, and two or three trifling things.
Q. Mention them?
A. Flight. A pair of silver tea-tongs, four muslin-aprons, a silk-apron, five muslin-ruffles, two gause handkerchiefs, two linnen-caps laced, three yards and a half of lace, three yards and three quarters of gause eight yards and a half of lace; sixteen yards of lace, four yards of silk-ribbon, ten yards of persian silk, one dimity robe for a child a remnant of crimson sattin, a pair of child's shoes, and a fan; when I went for the prisoner first, I told her, my sister had seen these things in her box; at first she denied it very strongly, but afterward she did acknowledge all that was in that bundle were my property; at first, she said nothing of the guinea, or that ever she took any thing that belonged to me.
Q. Where do you suppose she stole them from?
A. Flight. She acknowledged, she took the best of the lace from off the counter, while my sister was serving a customer.
Q Mention her words as near as you can recollect?
A. Flight. She said, she came down for some thing, and took one of the cards of lace; the rest of the lace we think she took, as it was carried up for work: There were some things in wear, some I believe she took out of my drawers, and out of the soul-bag; when I once went out, when I came to the end of my journey I missed an apron, which I knew I had laid out, in order to take with me.
Q. Had there been a quarrel between the prisoner and the rest of the people in the house?
A. Flight. Not as I know of.
Q. Whether the apron you saw in her box was after the key had been taken from her in the night-time?
A. Flight. It was.
Q. Did you see her take the things out of the drawer?
A. Flight. I did, her back was towards me, I was in the room.
A. Flight. They were.
Q. Had it any lock upon it?
A. Flight. No, it had not.
Q. Do you know that she took the guinea?
A. Flight. I heard her acknowledge she took it; and, I believe, there are several others here, that heard it too.
Q. What time of the night?
M. Flight. It was betwixt eleven and twelve: I had desired Miss to get the key out of her pocket, and bring it to me.
Q. Where was you then?
M. Flight. I was in bed, and Miss brought it to me in the dark; my room is betwixt her room and the garret. I laid it under my pillow till morning, and got up about six; then I went up and opened her box.
Q. Did you lay alone?
M. Flight. I had another journeywoman, named Wintworth, lay with me, she is now out of town. I opened the box, and saw a bundle which I opened, and saw most of the things that were found in it afterwards; then I pinned it up again, and locked the box, and the journeywoman that lay with me took the key, and went down with me, and put it under the drawers, where the bundle was afterwards found: I acquainted my sister with it; I was in the room when the prisoner was sent for, when the constable was there. My sister charged her with taking the guinea, and several other things; she denied taking any thing, then my sister desired her to go up and fetch the things. At first, she said, she had lost the key of her box; but, at last, she pulled it out of her stays. I saw the long-lawn apron, and some laced caps, that were not in the bundle in the box, when it was open. After that, my sister desired her to deliver the bundle, saying, she knew she had it; then she went with my sister into the room, and offered it her; my sister refused it, then she delivered it to the constable. We did not, at that time, know she had removed them from her box, the box was up four pair of stairs, the bundle was in the second pair of stairs room.
A. Flight. She went directly to the drawer, without opening any other. These drawers were used in common by her and the journeywoman.
Q. To M. Flight. Had any thing passed before the constable was sent for, that gave her any suspicion?
M. Flight. Nothing but missing the key out of her pocket, which I suppose, made her mistrust.
Q. What time was she first called down stairs?
M. Flight. That was between nine and ten o'clock, that was the first notice she had, that she was likely to be charged.
Q. What time did she get up that morning?
M. Flight. She got up between six and seven, that was her usual time.
Q. Had she been out at the door?
M. Flight. She had not, as I know of; she could not easily have gone out, without being known. I had desired a journeywoman to watch her, that she did not go out.
Q. What time did the journeywoman bring you the key?
M. Flight. I did; I rang for the maid to get up, to go down stairs to warm a little water, in order that the journeywoman might take the key out of her pocket.
Q. Did you take any body with you, when you opened her box?
M. Flight. No; I did not?
Q. Was the box locked?
M. Flight. It was?
Q. Did you take any notice to the prisoner, what you had seen, when she first came down in the morning?
M. Flight. No; I did not.
Q. Did you see her come down?
M. Flight. I saw her between seven and eight in the morning; she came down to breakfast, and went up to make her bed betwixt eight and nine.
Q. Did you see the bundle taken out of the drawer?
M. Flight. I did not.
Margaret Cudlet . I am a journeywoman at Mrs. Flight's; I lay with the prisoner. Mrs. Mary Flight desired me to get the prisoner's key, that night that we suspected she had the guinea; I took it out of her pocket, and carried it up immediately to Mrs. Mary Flight .
Q. Where did you find the prisoner's pocket?
M. Cudlet. It lay on some drawers by the bedside.
Q. Was it the pocket she had worn that day?
M. Cudlet. I suppose it was; I saw no other.
Q. Where was the prisoner at that time?
M. Cudlet. She was then gone down stairs.
M. Cudlet. She had before me; this was about a quarter of an hour after I was in bed.
Q. Was she undressed when she went down?
M. Cudlet. I suppose, she slipt on a petticoat, to go down, when my mistress rang the bell.
John Hubord . I was the constable; I was sent for to take this woman in charge, on the 28th of October, between ten and eleven in the morning. When I came there, Mrs. Ann Flight told me, she had lost some things, and she thought, she, the prisoner, had them. She first mentioned a guinea, which was lost the day before; and, upon that suspicion, there were some things seen in her box that morning; they could not find the key, neither would the prisoner deliver it to them. One of the ladies went to look for it, under some drawers in a room, up either two or three pair of stairs, but could not find it. The prisoner, herself, said she did not know where it was; I was charged with her; I said, Molly, produce the key, you had much better produce it; she said, she knew nothing of it, but, upon intreaties from her mistress, me, and others, she, at last, pulled it out of her bosom, and looked like one that was struck almost dumb; then I said, now, Molly, go up and unclock your box, and let us see, whether this bundle is in your box or not. I followed her up, and the two Mrs. Flights; when the box was open. there was no bundle to be found; she was asked where it was, and was told it was in that box that morning; she said, she knew nothing of a bundle, or that there had been one there; Mrs. Flight said, she had seen it, and desired her to fetch it; then they went down one or two pair of stairs, I did not go with them; the prisoner there produced the bundle, that was unpinned or untied, before me.
Charles Holmes . I am a constable in the precinct where Miss Flight lives; the bundle was delivered into my custody by the last evidence, and I have had it ever since. The guinea was found in it, wraped up in a piece of brown silk. (The bundle produced in court, and deposed to.)
A. Flight. I would not have sworn to the guinea and tea tongs, had not the prisoner acknowledged, she had taken them from me; here is my own writing, as to the quantity and price of the lace on the cards, and the ribbon the same, and my own name is on the apron.
John Flight . My sister came and told me, the key had been left in a drawer, and a guinea was missing. She desired my advice in it; I went there, the constable was sent for. I was present at the opening the things; after the bundle was produced by the prisoner. I asked the prisoner if they were all her mistress's things? she declared they were th at the time we were untying or unpinning the bundle or just before. I took up the bundle and shook it, the guinea was the first thing that fell down; there was also the tea-tongs. My sister said, I do not remember we ever left the shop open. I cannot tell which way you came by this of lane? said the prisoner, you was serving a customer one day, and I came down, and took it off the counter.
I know nothing of them. I only saw them in my box: I lay with a young lady; they called me up between twelve and one at night my pockets had laid on the drawers two or three days before the young lady owned she had taken the key out of my pocket while I was down stairs they kept the key all night. About 10 o'clock. I wanted to go to my box. I felt for my key, and missed it out of my pocket. I kneeled down, and took it up under the drawers, I saw a bundle which was not mine I took it out of my box, and carried it down into the room where I lay, which I thought a person had put in there, they all owed me a great grudge. I was going out of the house several times, but they would not let me: the next day, they went for a constable, and gave me into his custody; they told me they lost a guinea out of a bureau, and asked me if I knew any thing of it? I said no. They asked me if I had any more things in my custody of theirs? I said I had not. They said we know of more, for we have seen every thing you have in your box. They dragged me up stairs, and in my fright, I did not know where my key was. It was in my bosom; I opened my box; they asked me where my bundle was? I said I had carried it down into the room where I use. They shook a guinea out of it, and asked me if any thing besides was there. I said I believed not. I did not know what they were. I never saw the lace till they opened it in the room; they asked me when I took the lace? I said I knew nothing of it.
Q. to Prosecutrix. How long had the prisoner lived with you?
Prosecutrix. She has lived with me between four and five months.
Q. to M. Cudlet. Was there ever any quarrel between you and the prisoner?
M. Cudlet. No, never.
Q. Was she ever about going away on any disputes?
M. Cudlet. No, never.
Eleanor Connoly . I have known her about a year and a half; I never knew any thing amiss of her till now: I lived in her father's house, in Three-Nun court; I never saw any thing amiss of her while I was there.
Guilty . T .
Margaret Tucker . Last Monday, I saw the prisoner and another man standing by a hogshead of tobacco, the prisoner was taking some out; I asked him if that tobacco belonged to him? he said yes. I said, I would call for assistance; he ran away, and was stopped with 17 lb. and an half of Tobacco, bag and all, by Mr. Sedgwick.
John Sedgwick . I am clerk to Mr. Longden on Smart's key. I knowing Margaret Tucker 's voice, ran and seized the prisoner with the tobacco upon him, to the amount of about 17 lb. weight; the hogshead from whence he took it, belonged to Robert Fairbane , and William Trevers , of Hull.
I was going to Billingsgate, to get some fish; a person said, if I would carry that parcel for him, he would give me something. I took the bundle, and walked away, and was seized with it directly.
Guilty . T .
John Walker . On the 22d of October, the things mentioned were stolen from me; I missed them the next morning. I wrote bills, describing the cloaths, and dispersed them to the pawnbrokers, by which means the prisoner was apprehended, and taken before Sir John Fielding . Sir John sent for me; I was not at home, my wife went. She came and told me there were strong marks of guilt on the person taken up, and that I must attend, which I did. I heard the prisoner confess he had pawned the things mentioned at two different pawnbrokers, Mr. Waltam and Mr. Scriven, where they were found.
Johnson asked me to go along with him, which I did, not with intent to do any thing bad: he said he was going to see a lady, but he knew she was not at home. I happened to be a little in liquor, and staid while he brought the things. I am the man that pawn'd them, I confess: I have been lately discharged from a man of war. I was a midshipman.
Guilty . T .
29. (L.) Robert Evans was indicted for stealing one pewter quart pot, value 18 d. and one quart of strong beer, called porter, val. 3 d 1/2 and 2 s. 2 d. 1/2 in moneys, numbered , the property of Elizabeth Pocock , widow . Oct. 19 . *
Elizabeth Pocock . I keep the Cock and Wool-pack , in Finch-lane : my servant, John Rolf , told me, a man had ordered a pot of porter, and change for half a crown, to be carried to Mr. Barker's, a shoemaker, in Finch-lane, which I sent by Rolf: he came back again; and the prisoner, with the pot, were brought in, in less than a quarter of an hour; he was search'd, but no money found upon him. He said he had hit his hand against a post, and the money flew out of his hand: he acknowledged, he was guilty of the charge; he was taken to Guildhall, and before Sir Thomas Rawlinson , he said he did it, because he had no money.
John Rolf . I am servant to Mrs. Pocock; the prisoner came into the house, and said, he wanted a pot of porter, and change for half a crown; to be carried to Mr. Barker's, a shoemaker, over the way. He then went out again. I carried a pot of porter, and 2 s. 2 d. 1/2 as he ordered; there was the prisoner at the door; he took the beer and change out of my hand, and said he was going in there, and bid me go back for another pot. I asked the shoemaker if the beer was to come there? he said no, he knew nothing of it. While I was talking to him, the prisoner was running away with the beer and money; then I went directly after him; he ran round the corner, and I after him, calling, Stop thief: Mr. Rogers stopped him. The prisoner put the beer down at the corner of the street; as we were coming back with the prisoner, there I saw it. The prisoner confess'd he bit his hand against a post, and knocked the money out of his hand.
Samuel Rogers . I was going from the 'Change on the 19th of October: I heard the cry Stop thief, Stop thief, by three or four voices: I saw the prisoner come running down; he himself cried out, Stop thief. I stopt him immediately: after that, Rolf the boy, and three or four men came up. Said I, what has this man done? the boy said he had ran away with a pot of beer, and change for half a crown: I asked the boy where he lived? he said, at the Cock and Wool-pack. I said, perhaps the man has thrown the money away at the corner of Finch-lane; we found the pot under a boxmaker's window, about half full of beer. We took him to the shoemaker's shop: the shoemaker said, the prisoner was the man that had the full pot of beer. Then we carried him to Mrs. Pocock; he was
Coming through Aldersgate-street, I and two or three more of my ship-mates had some beer together. I ordered a pot of beer to Mr. Barker's, having half a crown in my pocket when I left my company in Leadenhall street; when the boy brought it, I ordered another pot of beer, and finding I had not the half crown, I said I must go and get some money: I put the pot down, and was going, and they pursued me.
Guilty . T .
Robert Dunn . I do business for Mr. Brown; I am a taylor: he is not in town. Some time ago, some gentlemen were at my house that had lost some things; upon which I went to Sir John Fielding 's; I told him my suspicions of my servant the prisoner; he desired me to bring her before him: upon searching her, there was a pawnbroker's ticket found upon her; then Sir John ordered me to go and search at that pawnbroker's; this was on the 9th of Nov. last: I found a pair of silk breeches, the property of John Brown, Esq; the pawnbroker brought them to Sir John's (produced in court).
Q. What is Mr. Brown?
Dunn. He is a lieutenant in the Duke of Richmond's regiment : these breeches were left in my bed-room, about 2 months ago. I delivered them to the prisoner to lay into the cloaths chest.
James Walton . I am a pawnbroker, and live in the Strand. On the 6th of October last, the prisoner at the bar pledged these breeches with me; she said, she brought them for a gentleman where she lodged. I lent her 7 s. 6 d. upon them.
Q. to Dunn. When did Mr. Brown go out of town?
Dunn. I really cannot recollect when it was; it was about two months ago, if not more: he was gone out of town long before I saw the breeches. He is now in Wales.
I was in necessity for a little money, and pledged these, thinking to redeem them before he came to town again, which was my full intention: they were delivered to my care till he returned again.
To her Character.
Ann Harris . I have known the prisoner 4 years; she was always a sober girl, as far as ever I saw. I knew her in Ormond-street, a servant. When she was out of place, she came to me: she nurs'd me in my lying in.
Guilty 10 d. W .
31, 32. (M.) Elizabeth Turpin , otherwise Grange , spinster , and Mary, wife of Peter Magloughlin , were indicted, the first for stealing 30 pair of leather shoes, value 30 s. the property of William Williams ; and the other for receiving 2 pair of the said shoes, well knowing them to have been stolen . Nov. 14 . *
William Williams . I am a shoemaker in Rosemary-lane ; my cellar was broke open, and about two dozen and a half of old shoes were missing on the 14th of Nov. and last Saturday was sennight, I found Magloughlin exposing two of the pairs to sale. I found another pair in her room: I took her before the justice; there she declared her husband made them. I know by the stamp upon the soles, they are my property. Her husband was asked; he said he had not done any such work for 12 months: then I took up the other prisoner Turpin; she owned she had given three pair to Magloughlin, and said she found them on Tower-hill, at 2 o'clock on a Sunday morning.
Both Acquitted .
Q. What is a ridget?
I bought the ridget out of an old iron shop in London; the dung-fork, I know nothing about.
Henry Arnott . I live at a place, called, Gally-corner, South Mims ; I lost five trusses of hay, on the 25th of November, at night, out of my cart-house, where my carts stood loaded; I had seen the prisoner that day before, at an ale-house just by, with a little horse and a little cart; I tracked the cart from that ale-house to my hay, and from thence to Highgate, where I found the prisoner and the hay, at a little old house opposite to the black dog: I took him up on suspicion, and asked him, if he knew who owned a little cart, he said, he did? I said, I should be glad if he would show me the cart, he said he would; he carried me to the other end of Highgate, there, as soon as I saw the cart, I knew it; for the near wheel had three nails on it, bigger than the rest, by which means I traced it. I asked him to show me the hay, he did; I found three trusses left, I knew the hay very well; I asked him, if he was not at Gally-corner? he said, no: I said, was you not there such a time? then he said, he was: I lost the hay on the Saturday night, and found it again, on the Sunday, about eleven; he told me, he bought the hay in this place and the other place, and gave a very poor account of it.
James Groom . I keep Whetstone Turnpike: between the hours of eleven and twelve, on Friday night, the 25th of November, a little cart came through the Turnpike; there was some hay and a man and a boy with it. I can't say who drove it.
This hay I bought at market; the prosecutor said, he set a man and a boy to watch; they were strange watchers, that they could not observe a man taking the hay away.
Guilty . T .
34. (M.) Thomas Colvall was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 10 s. one cloth waistcoat, value 10 s. two India dimity waistcoats, and one ruffle-shirt, the property of Samuel Jackman , and 5 l. in money, numbered, the money of Joseph Hobbs , in the dwelling-house of Joseph Hobbs , October 24 . ++
Joseph Hobbs . I keep a house in Marybone parish: my wife and I went out in the evening, of the 24th of October, about eight o'clock; we staid till about eleven; when we came home, my wife looked in the corner-cupboard, where the money was put; she found the door broken, and 5 l. and upwards was taken away; the prisoner was absent that night.
Q. What are you?
Hobbs. I am a shoemaker ; the prisoner was my journeyman , and boarded in the house. When I went out, I left both him and my brother, who is thirteen years of age, in the house. My brother-in-law, Samuel Jackman , had some clothes in my house, the same as mentioned in the indictment, they also were taken away. I went to Sir John Fielding in the morning, and got the prisoner advertised; he was taken at Ipswich; he was brought up on the Tuesday; Sir John committed him to the Gatehouse; the clothes are all found. I have known the prisoner ten years; I never knew any ill of him before. I thought myself as happy as any man in England with a servant; he was a very diligent servant.
Q. Had you paid him his wages?
Hobbs. He had had more of me than his wages came to.
Samuel Jackman . I left the clothes mentioned, at my brother's, Mr. Hobbs's. They were found in the possession of two pawnbrokers; at Mr. Powell's was found a coat and waistcoat, with gold binding. The dimity waistcoat and shirt was found at another pawnbroker's.
Q. To prosecutor. Did you get your money again?
Prosecutor. I don't remember, that he ever confessed that.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
Guilty. 39 s. T .
35. (M.) John Wilkinson was indicted for stealing ten silver table-spoons, value 15 s. two silver tea-spoons, value 2 s. two pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. one steel sword, with a silver-hilt, and two linnen aprons , the property of Peter Anderson , November 11 . ++
Hannah Champion . I live with Mr. Anderson; he is my uncle. The prisoner came as a lodger to our house; I lay in a first pair of stair's room; the prisoner was gone to bed before I went up; his room was up three pair of stairs; I went to go to bed, and heard a disturbance below stairs; I went down stairs, and saw the prisoner at the bar in the fore-room; I asked him, what he wanted; he told me, he wanted to go out; I told him, there was a door backwards; I did not know that any thing was lost at that time; on turning himself round, I saw an apron hang out of his pocket; I took it out, it was my aunt's apron; I went up stairs to call my uncle, and, in the mean time, he went out at the back door; I had observed, there were more things in his pocket, but could not tell what they were; we missed the buckles and spoons out of the chest of drawers in my uncle's room; he had not been in the house above half an hour, before he came down stairs with the things.
Peter Anderson . The prisoner came on the Friday morning, and asked me to lend him a little money, saying, he had money coming from a man of war, which he should take on the Monday. I enquired, and found it was so; and, as the man was a good looking man, I let him have 3 s. and 6 d. he asked me, if I would give him liberty to stay at my house, two or three days, till he took his money. I went out, with my wife, to a friend's to dinner; and, when I came home, my niece told me, the prisoner was gone to bed; we went to bed at about eleven; my niece said, she thought there was something taken out of the room; so she sat up after she had seen the prisoner, as she mentioned; she came up with the apron, and said, the man that we had let to lay there, was a thief, and she believed he had got more things. The prisoner was taken in the little house backwards.
William Kinton . I am headborough of St. Catharine's. I was informed, a man, that came from Portsmouth, that had taken a lodging at the prosecutor's, had robbed him, and that he was got out into a back-yard: We went out upon the tiles in search for him, and at last took him in the Necessary-house. It was the prisoner at the bar, with all the things mentioned in the indictment upon him; he had the sword in his hand. (The things produced, and deposed to.)
I was very much in liquor. I have been guilty of taking the things, and I am sorry for it.
Guilty . T .
36. (M.) John Armstrong was indicted, for that he, on the king's high-way, on John Derand , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life; and stealing from his person one hat, value 5 s. the property of the said John , November 10 . *
John Derand . I live in Bond's Stables; I am the keeper of them. I was coming from the Cross-keys in Long-acre, between seven and eight o'clock, on the 10th of November, in the evening: when I was near counsellor Willis's rails, in Lincoln's-inn Fields , there came the prisoner and two other men; Mr. Whitaker was with me; the other two went by Mr. Whitaker, and the prisoner went between the rails and me, and snatched my hat and wig off; I saved my wig, but my hat he ran away with. I said to Mr. Whitaker, I had lost my hat; we pursued, and one of the other men took hold on my coat, as I turned the corner, and turned me about to stop me: we called, stop the thief; at the corner of the market, we lost sight of him for not above a minute; he was taken near the Queen's Head, in Bear-street, Clare-market; he had a sailor's jacket on, and a pair of trowsers, without a hat; the other two had light coloured clothes on. I do not, by his face, swear positively to him, but, by his dress, he is the man.
Q. Did he, or they, say any thing to you?
Derand. No, not a word.
Q. Had they any weapons?
Derand. No, they had not.
Q. Did you find the hat upon the prisoner?
Derand. No, he flung that away, as he ran, near an oil-shop.
Derand. He said he did not take my hat, but he knew who did; that it was one of his companions ( this was before the justice): he said there were eight of them in company. (The hat produced, and deposed to).
Francis Whitaker . I was with Mr. Derand, coming home, in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields: by Mr. Willis's we met three or four persons, but the act was so instantaneous, I cannot tell what sort of men they were, or whether this man was one of them; as I was pursuing, one of them ran against me, I believe with an intent to prevent my running.
Coming from Crutched Friars, I met two of my ship-mates, who brought me to a house by Temple-Bar; after which, we were walking up Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, we met the gentleman; one of them snap'd his hat off; the gentleman ran after me, and had me taken up. I said I was not the man: said they, if you are not the man, you know who did it. I told them I never saw the man above twice before.
George Partridge . I live in Spring-Gardens . On the 8th of Nov. I missed eight shirts, three neck-cloths, and one pair of stockings, out of my box in the room where I lie over the stables, at Lady Berclay's; I made it known in the house.
Q. When did you see them last?
Partridge. I am certain they were in my room on the 7th of Nov. I had put some of them in my box at that time.
Q. Was the prisoner a servant in the house?
Partridge. No. One of our servants knew him some years, I did not; he was a gentleman's servant out of place, and lodged in Warwick-street; I went to Justice Fielding's, and got a warrant, and found the shirts and other things in his room where he lodged; the shirts are marked G. P. (produced in court, and deposed to).
Gilbert Duffie . The prisoner lodged with me 3 weeks. On the 8th of Nov. he asked me to lend him a handkerchief; about 2 o'clock at noon, he said he should bring home a parcel of linen, which he had for a little money from a pawnbroker's; he was not gone above a quarter of an hour, before he brought it, with 8 shirts and 3 neckcloths; he opened them before me: he went to bed at night a little in liquor. There came two gentlemen's servants, and asked for him; I told him he was wanted, he got up; they came up to him, and charged him with stealing the things, and that he had better acknowledge it; he denied it: he was taken before Justice Cox; there he said that the wicket of the gate was open, and he got in that way, and took the shirts and other things.
I found the shirts in the Red Lion yard.
For the Prisoner.
Guilty . T .
David Stephenson . I am a journeyman coach-harness-maker , and live in Drury-lane ; on the 21st of Oct. I went out about 2 o'clock, and left my watch hanging over the mantle-piece, with my wife and wife's sister in the room; I came home about five, and the watch was gone. The next morning I had information about it, and found it at Mr. Kates's, a pawnbroker, in Chandois-street; after which I heard the prisoner own he carried it there to pawn, and it was stop'd.
Elizabeth Stephenson . I am wife to the prosecutor; after my husband was gone out, I continued in the room till about half an hour after four, then I left the door open, and went down stairs; the prisoner came as I was standing at the street door, pass'd by me, and went up stairs; he returned again in about three minutes: I asked him what he wanted? he said he wanted Mrs. Foy, a washerwoman, who lived at the next door. I went up stairs about a minute after, but being attending my child, I did not miss the watch for a quarter of an hour.
Elizabeth Clark . I lodge in the same house, up two pair of stairs; the prisoner knocked at my door, about 4 o'clock; he asked for Mrs. Foy, a washer-woman. I told him she lived at the next door, upon which he went down.
John Kates . I am a pawnbroker. On the 21st of October, about 4 o'clock, the prisoner at the bar came with a watch, and offered it to pledge; he brought the watch in one hand, and the key in the other: I had some suspicion of its not being his own, and he not answering cleverly to some questions I put to him, increased my suspicion; I thought proper to stop it: he went away, and said he'd fetch the man that owned the watch; he returned in about a quarter of an hour, and said the man that owned it was a cook at a tavern in Covent-Garden, that he was not at home. In the morning, one of Mr. Fielding's men came and told me it was a stolen watch. I knew the prisoner before; he appeared to be then much in liquor.
The prosecutor and his wife said they had enquired in the neighbourhood, and found the prisoner did bear a good character before.
I was very much in liquor, and am very subject to fits, and at times, incapable of knowing what I do.
To his Character.
Guilty . T .
Sarah Rozier . I am wife to the prosecutor; the prisoner lodged at my house; she said she was going to a lawyer, and desired me to lend her some cloaths. While we were going out of the room, I saw her take a handkerchief from a round tea-table, and put it into her pocket. She and I, and her husband, went all out together: as I had lent her other things, I thought she might take the handkerchief by mistake, so I did not mention it to her; but as we were going along, I asked her to lend me a handkerchief: she said she had ne'er a one. I said, yes, you have one you took from the table, and put in your pocket. She d - d her eyes, and said she had ne'er a one. When I came home, I told her husband of it; he desired me to make myself easy, saying, it would be a great detriment to him, was it known. After that, I was obliged to get the things I lent her from pawn, she had pawned them; after that, I not prosecuting her, she came to my house, and called for a pint of beer, she being fuddled, I would not let her have any; but somebody drew her a pint, she drank some of it, I went and took the rest away; then she swore I was a bitter b - h, and she would prosecute me for concealing a felony; then on the Monday, I went and got a warrant for stealing the handkerchief, upon which she was taken up.
Q. Did you ever get your handkerchief again?
S. Rozier. No, I never did.
Q. How long have you known the prisoner?
S. Rozier. I have known her 8 months.
Q. How long has she lodged with you?
S. Rozier. I believe 4 months.
Q. Do you know she is intitled to an hundred pounds coming to her.
S. Rozier. I have heard so.
Q. What tradesman did she marry?
S. Rozier. A draper.
Q. Did the husband set you on to prosecute?
S. Rozier. No. I have trusted her and her husband about 40 l. she is an unhappy woman in liquor, and I believe what she does ill, is when she is in liquor.
Q. Do you apprehend she took the handkerchief with intention to steal it.
S. Rozier. No, I do not.
40. (M.) William Hanlow , otherwise Handle , was indicted for stealing one thickset coat, value 30 s. one cloth waistcoat, value 15 s. the property of William Soaper , in the dwelling-house of Burton Cadwalider , Nov. 17 . *
William Soaper. I live at Welton, near Darkin, in Kent; I lodged four nights in the house of Burton Cadwalider , in Carey-street , three weeks ago yesterday; I had the things in a bundle mentioned in the indictment; I laid them down on the table, about three o'clock in the day, in Mr. Cadwalider's house, while I went to pay for my lodging, and when I returned again to my bundle, in about five or six minutes time, my bundle was gone.
Q. Was any body in that room at the time?
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Soaper. I never saw him before, to my knowledge. When I missed the things, I enquired of the people of the house; the prisoner was then in the room: Somebody said he had the things: I went and took him by the collar, and shook him, and said, You dog, you have got my bundle; he stooped down, and dropped the bundle down behind him: he got out at the door, and ran away, while I was stooping for it; I pursued him, and took him, in about 30 or 40 yards running; as he ran he drew his knife, and opened it, carrying it with the point behind him; but he did not strike me with it; he had a companion there with him; he ran away also.
John Field . I live with Mr. Cole, at Hampstead. On the 17th of Nov. I went into that house, to see for my master. I heard the prosecutor enquire for a bundle as we were in the tap-room by the bar; there was the prisoner and one Buckeridge; the prosecutor was a little in liquor: I saw the prisoner had the bundle behind him, under his great coat, the coat stood out; I said, I believed that man has got it, pointing to the prisoner. I went behind him; there was then nothing lying on the ground. The prisoner said, I got it, I have not got it, and made a sort of hobble in his speech; he went back, and stooped down, and dropped it; after Soaper took him by the collar, the prisoner paid for a glass of rum or brandy, and went out at the door; and ran down Bell-yard.
Q. How soon did he run away after the bundle was taken up?
Field. It was in the space of a minute or two after; we followed him; he ran with a naked knife in his hand, with a picked point to it; he put it to his side and shut it, before we took him: a man came and took it out of his hand. The prisoner's companion got out of the house, and ran away as fast as he could; there was Mr. Buckridge there at the time: he is not here.
John Rainbow . On the 17th of last month, about half an hour after 4 o'clock, going up Bell-yard, I met the prisoner, and just after him, the prosecutor and Field. Seeing the prosecutor in liquor, finding he had been robb'd, I laid hold of the prisoner; the prosecutor said the prisoner had a knife in his hand; I took and turned up his hand, and took it from him; we took him to the publick-house, and from thence to Sir John Fieldings : I asked him what he did with that knife in his hand? he said he had it to cut his nails.
I met these men, in the street, both drunk. I was looking at a stranger in the street, then I went into a house and got a glass of rum at the bar; the man came out crying and swearing, and asked for his bundle; there were four or five people in the room; he looked at me, and Field said he saw me drop the bundle. I had a bit of cheese; I took it out, and was eating it, with my knife in my hand; I went out at the door and walked very softly; he came up to me as I was just shuting my knife: they took hold of me, and had me before the justice.
Guilty. 39 s. T .
41. (M.) Christopher Cormack was indicted for stealing one silver watch, value 30 s. one steel watch-chain, value 1 s. two silver seals, value 2 s. and one brass watch-key, value 1 penny, the property of Thomas Powell , privately from his person , November 24 . *
Thomas Powell . I keep the Unicorn Ale-house, in Fountain-court, in the Strand . On the 24th of November, betwixt seven and nine o'clock in the evening, I laid myself down on a bench, in my own tap-room, to sleep, having been up almost all the night before. There were divers coal heavers, and others, to the number of about twenty, in the house, when I awaked: I said, Gentlemen, what time is it?
Q. What time was it?
Q. What sort of a watch was it?
Thomas Powell . It was a silver watch. I went to the bar to my wife, and asked her, if she had taken it out? she said, she had not; I turned into the tap-room, and challenged all the company with it; they all said, they would stand search: the prisoner was out of place, and came with a man, whom I knew very well, and had laid one night in my house. I gave the watch up as lost, for about an hour; a coal-heaver said, he had seen the prisoner lean over me two or three times, and he, at the time, begged of the prisoner not to awake me. The prisoner was gone to bed: my servant-girl went up stairs, and came down again, and said, she had awaked him; then I went directly up to him, with two or three men with me: I searched his coat, waistcoat, and breeches; he was awake, I believe, but, when I spoke to him, would give me no answer, but spoke like as if he had been asleep: I attempted to awake him, I found nothing; he would not come out of bed, IJohn Fielding for a warrant, (the people kept him in the house till I came back,) when I came back, I was told, he had delivered them a razor, and bid them cut open the feather-bed, on which he lay, and there they should find the watch: I went up, and cut open the bed, and there I found it: produced and deposed to, after that, he said, another man brought it there to him, as he lay in the bed, and put it there; but, before I went up stairs, he told me he put it there, and fastened the tick up again, with some pins.
Joseph Hall, and Alexander Jenkins the constable, both confirmed that of the prisoner, when first charged, denied the fact, and afte rwards owned he had put it in the bed, and that they saw it taken out.
William Yates . I had a pint of beer at Mr. Powell's house, as Mr. Powell lay on his back sleeping, with his handkerchief over his face. I saw the prisoner leaning over the box, and over him as he lay, and was in that position sometime: I said, don't awake him, for he is weary, then he came from him, and turned towards the fire: I saw nobody so near him as the prisoner, but, having no suspicion of any thing, did not observe his hands.
Anthony Flanigan . I draw beer in the house; I drawed a pint of beer for the prisoner; he desired me to set it down by him, this was after he came down stairs again; I said, I was very sorry the thing should happen; he drawed out this razor, (a razor produced) and gave it me, and bid me go up stairs and cut the tickin of the bed, and there I should find the watch, and desired I would bring it down to him, and not let any body know of it; I went directly and told my mistress of it, by which means it came to be found.
I know nothing at all of the watch, neither did I give any razor to that man.
Guilty. 10 d. T .
42. (M.) Alexander Low was indicted for stealing one book, intitled, The travels of the Jesuits, &c. value, 2 s. and one ditto, called, The London complete songster, value, 6 d. the property of Abraham Goring , December 5 . *
Ann Goring . I am wife to the prosecutor, he is a bookseller , and lives in May's Buildings. Last Monday, between three and four in the afternoon, the prisoner was looking at these books, and, as the window was open, he asked the price of two others, but we could not agree; he was going off, two of these volumes lay there five minutes before: I observed a book in his left-hand pocket, he was gone six or seven yards, I went and laid hold of him, and said, you thieving fellow, come back and give me the books out of your pocket; he had the two books, mentioned in the indictment, in his pockets; he insisted upon it, they were his own property, and talked of carrying me before a magistrate, the books produced, and deposed to.
I was in liquor, how they came into my pocket, I know not.
Guilty . B .
43. (L.) Howell Evans was indicted for stealing twelve ounces of pepper, value 12 d. twelve ounces of soap, value 4 d. 2 lb. of fig blue, value 3 s. and four ounces of Spanish liquorish, value 6 d. the property of John Champion , Oct. 28 . ++
John Champion . I live in St. Sepulchre's Church-yard ; the prisoner was a weekly servant to carry out parcels, and the like; on the 28th of October, in the evening, I saw some black pepper tumble out of his pocket, he wanted to go out; I stopped him, and searched his pocket, and found 12 ozs. of pepper, then I went and searched his house, and found 2 lb. of stone blue, and some soap, in a leather-pocket, put into a candle-box; produced in court, and also another piece of soap to compare with that found, to see whether it was not broke from it. The Jury inspect them.
I had been at work, and, in removing a hogshead, some pepper spilt; I took it up, dirt and all, in order to carry it home and clean it, and bring it back, and put it in again, without my master knowing of it; my wife washes for people, the other things she bought.
John Smith was indicted for stealing three Men's hats, value 18 s. the property of William Escote and James Rossiter , November 14 . ++
James Rossiter . William Escote and I are partners. I hired the prisoner in November last, to be our ware-house man , and I intended to send him into the country as a rider: I was informed, by one of my servants, some of our hats were stolen.
Timothy Jones . I am a haberdasher; I bought three hats of the prisoner at the bar on the 14th of November, I gave 18 s. for them; he brought them to my house, and offered them to sale; he pretended, these were sent to him out of the country.
(Produced in court, and deposed to, by Mr. Rossiter, as the property of him and his partner.)
Guilty . T .
The prosecutor had some cheeses that stood on the plat-form at New-bear Key , in order to be put on board a vessel for Margate; the prisoner was observed to take one under his jacket, and, in running up Harp-lane, was taken with it. (Produced and deposed to.)
The prisoner, in his defence, said, it was delivered to him, by a man, to carry to the end of the lane, and he was to have two-pence for his trouble.
Guilty . T .
John Skirrow . On the 11th of November, about five in the evening, I saw some people at a hogshead of sugar on Somers Key , they seeing me, made off: I went to it, there was the prisoner with his hat in his hand full of sugar, he put that in the hogshead; I took him to a house in Darkhouse lane, and sent for a constable; we found about 4 or 5 lb. more in his trowsers; he was asked, how he came by it? he said, he took it out of the hogshead; before my Lord Mayor, the next day, he said, he was going by, and some people called him, and said, Jack, will you have some sugar, here is sugar enough.
I was on the Key, I saw some sugar lay on the ground, I picked it up; I thought I might as well take it, as let people walk upon it.
To his Character.
Matthew Garret . I have known the prisoner three year: he is a sea-faring man; he mest along with me, on board a ship, in the East-Indies; I have known him to be trusted with a great deal of money, and never knew no harm by him.
Guilty. 10 d. T .
William Turner . I am servant to Mr. John Fry , cheesemonger , in Whitechapel; on the 3d of this instant, I was driving a cart from Dice-key , with some cheeses in it, I saw the prisoner taking a cheese out of the cart; I went and took him by the arm, and said, what did you rob my cart for? he said, he did not: I saw him deliver a cheese to another man, before I took hold of him; he got from me, I pursued, calling, stop thief, the people on the Key stopped him; I got a constable, and, carrying him to the Counter, he said, if we would go along with him, we should have the cheese again, we went with him to a Jew's house in Northumberland Alley; when we went in, he asked for the cheese, the woman said there was none; then he said, he wanted the cheese that the old man brought in. When she saw the constable, she said there were some cheeses brought in, and put on the stairs, there we found it standing between two other cheeses; (the cheese produced, and deposed to, marked J. F.)
I never touched the cheese.
Guilty . T .
47. (M.) Joseph Jervis was indicted, for that he, on the 14th of November , about the hour of two in the night, on the same day, in the dwelling-house of Joseph Hill , did break and enter, and stealing one silver-spoon, value 1 s. the property of the said Joseph, in his dwelling-house . *
Joseph Hill. I am a carpenter , and live in Kingsland , betwixt the hours of two and three in the night, on the 14th of November, I heard a particular wrench, which awaked me and my wife; I jumped up in my bed, and, upon hearing more noise, got up to the window, and, upon looking out at my window, I thought I saw the glimpse of a person's back, but, by the noise, I was certain there was something there that had no business there; I lay on the ground-floor, I went up stairs and alarmed my men; John Fox and his brother, and Thomas Clifford , came down, they were coming in their shirts, I desired they would put their clothes on; then we went into my own room, and, from the window, we saw a light glimmering against the pales from a window below; we were all very still, I went and unbarred the door, the two Fox's pushed out, (the door is on the other side of the house), then where we saw the light, setting the bar of the door down in my hurry, it slipped down and made a noise: I was down the steps in a moment, and followed my men, and got before one of them; I saw a man rushing by (though it was very dark) I laid hold of his collar with one hand, he slipped my hold, then I catched hold of the skirt of his coat, as he was running from me, and hit him with a pistol, and knocked him down; I turned about, and, expecting my men at my heels, I found none coming, he struggled in the dark, and got up, and one of my men had hold of him at the gate; I went and got fast hold on him, then we pulled him down on the stones, secured him, and carried him into the house, and got a light, it was the prisoner at the bar; we searched him, and found a silver spoon upon him (produced in court) my property; when we were tying his hands, he begged, we would not; and said, he would not run away. I loaded my pistol, then we took him to the Black Bull. This tinder-box was taken up in the road, (producing one); we found, he lived in King's-street, Spittle-fields. He desired us to let his wife know in what circumstances he was in; the frame of the window was safe over night, but it was entirely taken out when we took the prisoner.
John Fox . About 3 o'clock on Monday morning, the 14th of Nov. my master came into my room where I lodge, and said he believed there were thieves in the house; I and my brother got up, and went into another room to call another man; as soon as we came down stairs, we went into master's room, and from the window we saw a light that shone out at a window below us against the pales. Master reached down a pistol and hanger, he kept the pistol himself, and gave me the hanger: then we went to the house door, he unbar'd the door, and immediately I and my brother ran out, round to the cellar window, where we saw the light shine from: when I came there, I saw no light, I said Holo; as soon as I spoke, I saw a man run between me and the wall, close to the window: he stooped as he ran by me.
Q. Did you see him come out of that window?
Fox. No, I did not. I followed him along the passage, between the garden and the house; before I came up with him, my master had got hold of him: he got loose from him; then master struck him with his pistol on the head, and knocked him down in the court: he recovered from his fall, I laid hold of his hand; he got loose from me, and got up to the gate, there I catched him again; then I struck him on the head with a hanger, and that flew out of my hand: then I and master laid hold of him, and threw him down in the court; master and my brother kept him down: then I went into the cellar, I saw nobody there; then I came to them again, and then they had struck a light; we got him into the house, and tied his arms behind him, and led him to the Black Bull. As we were lighting him along, he put his hand into his pocket, and threw something from him; I called to master, and he came into the road, and picked up a tinderbox; we kept him at the Bull till day-light; then we went for the Headborough; we searched him, and found a silver spoon upon him. We took him to the justices in Whitechapel, and he was committed to Newgate. The window of the cellar was taken quite out: the prisoner at the bar is the man.
Q. Did you know him before?
Fox. No; we neither of us knew him before: when we had secured him, another young man went out to look for the hanger, and he brought in this dark lanthorn (producing one).
Richard Fox . Mr. Hill heard a breaking in, he came up and told us; we went down into his room, and from the window, saw a light shine against the pales below, we were positive somebody was there that should not be there. Master reach'd down a hanger and pistol, he gave my brother the hanger; he opened the door, we ran out. I met the prisoner in the door way, as he was coming from the passage that went to the vault; he had passed by my brother, who was before me: the cellar window looks out into that passage (it was very dark) I could not see him to know him from my brother; and could not hear him, for he had his shoes off, we found them in his pockets; as soon as he past me, master catch'd hold of him; he got away again, and master knock'd him down with his pistol; then he bid me hold him, but I was not able, he struggled to the door that went out of the fore yard into the field, there we all three got hold of him; he did not get without the gate: we after that took him to the Bull, he had this iron bar which Thomas Clifford took out of his hand (producing a long iron pallisadoe, made flat like a chissel at one end). I saw Mr. Cox take this silver spoon out of the prisoner's breeches pocket.
Thomas Clifford . About three o'clock, on the 14th of Nov. master called me up, and said somebody was breaking into the house, we got up; there were four of us. We went out to the place where we imagined the person was breaking in; we saw the prisoner pass by very near the place; he was knock'd down and taken: after he was down, I pulled this iron bar out of his hand; we brought him to the light within the house. After he had been in the house some time, I asked him how long he had been in the house? he said he had not been in above 2 minutes. He held up his head, and said, O that I should break into a house where were so many men. We took him to the inn, where a constable was sent for, and searched him.
Q. to prosecutor. What room was that where the window was broke?
Prosecutor. It is a lumber-room, where I put my nails and lumber.
Q. Where had the spoon used to be put?
Prosecutor. In the kitchen.
Q. Could a person go from the lumber-room to the kitchen?
Prosecutor. Yes, they may. This chissel (producing a strong one) was found in the yard, by the gate: it is none of mine.
Hannah Bucknell . I am Mrs. Hill's sister; I live with them. This spoon (taking it in her hand) is Mrs. Hill's property: I washed up the things, and put them in the corner cupboard, in the kitchen, on the sabbath-day at night, the night the house was broke open about 5 in the evening; the kitchen is below stairs, even with the lumber-room.
I know nothing at all of the matter.
He called Catharine Batford , who lived near him in Spittlefields; John Darbyshire , who had known him near 8 years; William Grant , 7; Mary Darnell , about 4; Robert Huddy , 3; Sarah Bartlet, near 18, and Thomas Barnet , 20, who could give but little account of what business he followed, and they never heard any ill of him.
Guilty . Death .
William Whiting . I am a lighterman in partnership with Edward Smith and Thomas Herne ; the lighter lay at Bank-side, at our own moorings, near Horseshoe-alley , there were coals lost, supposed to be taken away in the night.
- Thompson. On the 30th of last month, between 10 and 11 at night, I saw a boat coming betwixt Shadwell-dock and Cole-stairs; there were two others in the wherry with me: they rowed along side of us; one of my brother officers (I belong to the merchants to look out for defrauds on the river) made a snatch at the boat, seeing her deep in the water, and immediately took hold on her. I step'd on board, and asked what they had got there? they made no answer; I found by my feet they had got coals: there were, I found afterwards, to the amount of about 18 bushels. I asked where they were going; they said to Greenwich. I said to where there? they said, they did not know: at last one of them said he was going on board a barge there. We took the boat up to Pelican-stairs, with the coals, and carried the prisoners to the watch-house, and the next day before Justice Berry, who committed them. Tull the evidence told me he would show me where they had taken some of them.
Robert Tull . On the 30th of last month, the prisoners and I went to Bank-side; we took a boat from the Bear-garden, and went up to Goat-stairs, and took some coals from a craft, and then row'd down as far as Horshoe-alley, and there took two or three bushels; we took them from Mr. Whiting's craft: then as the tide suited, we went through
I belong to a ship that lies at Woolwich; I had some prize-money due to me; I asked liberty of my captain to come up to London. I came up, and was informed my money was not to be paid this fortnight; I was returning in that boat, but knew nothing of the coals being stolen.
I belong to the Alarm; I was going to my ship. Coming down to the water-side, I saw a boat, and call'd it; he told me he'd give me a cast to Greenwich: I never saw the man in the boat in my life before. I did not know but he was a waterman.
Both Acquitted .
50. (M.) Mary Smith , spinster , was indicted for stealing one cotton frock, value 3 s. one linnen shirt, value 1 s. one silver coral, value 5 s. one linnen bibb, and one pair of stays, value 3 d. the property of John Cuthbart , Oct. 20 . ++
John Cuthbart . I was not at home when the things were stole, but I know them to be mine; my wife made the child's frock: I bought the coral; it had E. C. on it. After the prisoner was taken up, I heard her before Justice Welch confess she came into my house (the sign of the Lemon-tree) for a dram, and asked the maid to let her go backwards: she took an opportunity to take the things out of the child's cradle.
Elizabeth Cuthbart . On the 20th of October, between 7 and 8 o'clock, the prisoner came into our house for a half pennyworth of gin; my servant served her: she asked to go backwards. The cradle was in the kitchen, which we are obliged to go through, to go into the yard: the things mentioned in the indictment were missing in a quarter of an hour after she was gone.
Mr. Humphrys. I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner brought this frock, stay and coat, and offered to pledge them with me, and wanted 6 s. on them. I had reason to suspect her, from her answers to some questions. So I took her to Justice Welch's, where she confess where she had them.
Guilty . T .
John Cooper . I live in Sweet-Apple court, Bishopsgate-street : I went out last Sunday sennight; my wife was going out to an acquaintances, where I was to call for her, I called in the evening for her; I was told she was gone home: I went home, and was much surprized to find the door open, and the house all in darkness: I called to the lodgers, to know if they had seen my wife: they said they had not. I went back again, where my wife was to have been, and found her. I told her the door was open; we went home directly, and found we had been robb'd of 23 s. and 2 d. out of a small leather trunk that was in a drawer, and locked; the shirts were lost out of the same room; we found the trunk was unlocked, and not forced; the key of the trunk was in a nest of drawers, so that we supposed it was somebody that knew it took the key, and unlocked the trunk, and took them; and on Monday the prisoner came into the yard where I was at work; he shook me by the hand, and said he was very sorry for my misfortune: he said it must be my lodgers, or somebody that knew me. I clapt my hand on his shoulder, and said, My friend, was you not nigh my house yesterday? he said no nigher than Hog-lane, which is about a quarter of a mile from my house. I had no suspicion of the prisoner. I went to Justice Fielding's, who advis'd me to advertise the shirts, as they were marked: on the next day (Tuesday) Mrs. Philips, a neighbour, told me that the prisoner had been by my house the day I was robb'd: when she saw him, she thought that he was disappointed of his usual house, as my wife and I were out: upon this, suspicion arose, I pursued him to Tottenham, searched him, and found one of the shirts upon him. I said this is one of the shirts; he denied it. I bid him turn his money out of his pocket; there was a Queen Ann's silver Three-pence, and a George the Second's Two-pence, wrapped up in a piece of paper, which was part of the money stole out of the trunk, and belonged to my child, and also 7 s. I said, what think you of this? He said, Master Cooper, that money is yours, and I am the man that robb'd you. He confess'd the taking of them before the Justice; the shirt he had on was marked with S. R. on the hip.
Mrs. Cooper. I lock'd my door when I went out to a neighbour's, on Sunday evening. I staid there till my husband called; when I locked the
I met a woman on Tuesday, in Brown's lane, I bought a shirt and a pair of stockings of her, from thence I went to Tottenham; I call'd in at a public house for a pint of beer, there I met with the prosecutor; he call'd me into another room, and said he was informed I was the man that robb'd him; I told him I was not; the shirt he swore to, but would not to the stockings; they took me to the justice, and I was committed to Clerkenwell.
For the prisoner.
Joshua Dolphin . The prisoner has worked for me on and of, 20 months; I thought myself very happy in having such a man to do my business; his general character is that of a very honest sober man; he is as hard a working fellow as ever I knew. I never heard him swear an oath.
They were all questioned as to the character of the prosecutor, and said they knew nothing but that he was an honest man.
Guilty . T .
51. (M.) Jane, alias Catharine Obrian , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 30 s. one steel chain, value 4 d. one silver seal, value 1 s. and two brass watch keys, value 2 d. the property of William Cliff (privately from his person) Nov. 7 . *
William Cliff . Going to work at Whitechapel, on the 7th of Nov. about 6 o'clock in the morning, called for a pint of purl at the Black Boy, on Salt-petre-Bank ; I had been up all night, and was not quite sober: the prisoner was drinking with some people when I went in: we entered into a discourse, till one of the men picked a quarrel with me. I had some victuals tied up in a handkerchief, which I set on the table; the man struck at me, and I struck him again; the prisoner took my victuals from off the table, and went out at the door, I followed her; she went in at a house about three doors lower down; I asked her why she took my victuals away? she said, for fear we should fling it down, and break the bason. I sent for purl there; it was on the ground floor: while we sat, she pulled my watch out of my pocket, and hung it upon a nail. I said, you have no business with that, it is mine; I took it down, and put it in my waistcoat pocket. I fell into a doze, she took it out of my waistcoat pocket, unknown to me; there was only she and I in the room when I missed it, I charged her with it, and she did not deny it: She told me, if I would hold my tongue, I should have it in a few minutes; she said it was gone to pawn for a shilling, and that she would carry something to pawn, and fetch it again, if I did not let the landlady of the house know of it. I sat still a little time, and she did not go: I made a noise, and the woman of the house heard me; she came down, and made an uproar, and many people came in: I would not let the prisoner go out till I sent for an officer, who took her; she had never been out of the room. They pulled me about, that I might let her go. The constable took her to the justice at Whitechapel; as we were going to the justice, she turned round, and seeing my silver buckles, said, if I had known of them, you dog, I would have had them too. ( The watch produced in court, and deposed to, by prosecutor.)
William Champlain . I am a constable. I was sent for to Saltpetre-bank; the prosecutor gave me charge of the prisoner; I asked him if he was sure she had robbed him? he said. I am sure. I took her before the bench of justices; she denied the whole. I was ordered to take her to New Prison: we called at the Coach and Horses; I told the prosecutor I would try a scheme to get the watch. I told her that if she would produce the watch, I would prosecute the prosecutor, and acquit her: She said, she had really taken the watch, and sent another person to pawn it for 7 s. I asked her if she could get the watch again? she went to her house; the woman there would not talk English; one of them fell into a sham fit. I said, I see how the matter is, the watch is here, and you want to bubble the man out of it. I gave charge of one. and another, on purpose to frighten them. The landlady ran into a back room, and I followed her, and shut the rest out: she pulled off the bedcloaths, I saw the watch, and took it up. She said the watch was not there, but she would search. Going out of the coach and horses, she took hold of my watch, but could not get it out.
Q. Did she confess she had taken the watch?
Champlain. She said she took the watch, and another person pawned it.
The prosecutor bid me take away his victuals, for fear it should be thrown down, as he and another person were fighting. He followed me home, and wanted to be rude with me. I would not let him: he threw his coat and waistcoat off in a passion on the bed, in the other room, when I suppose the watch dropt out.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately, from the person . T .
52. (M.) Charles Riley , Mary Robinson , and Mary Williams , spinsters , were indicted, for that they, in the dwelling-house of Francis Talbot , near the king's highway, on the body of Peter Manchester , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person four guineas, and one half guinea, his property, and against his will , October 18 . *
Peter Manchester . I am a sailor . I received five guineas prize-money, at Agent Clark's, in Crutched-Fryers. I was going home with the money in my pocket to my lodgings, in East-Smithfield; I called in at the Black Lyon, on Saltpetre Bank , (I did not know the name of the place before) for a pint of beer; it was between 4 and 5 o'clock; I had not been in town above a week then: when I had drank my beer, and was going home to buy something with my money, Mary Williams was standing at a door, about six doors above the Black Lyon, and another woman that she called her sister; they said they wanted to speak with me; I told them I could not stay, I must go home.
Q. Was you acquainted with them?
Manchester. I had never seen them before: they laid hold of me by the shoulder, and pulled me in by force; I did not know what they wanted to say to me: as soon as they got me in, they shut the door; there was another room went up about six steps; they said still, they wanted to speak with me, and thrust me up there against my will (the sister did not come into the room): Mary Williams asked me for money to fetch liquors, I would not give her any; then Mary Robinson came up, and would have some, whether I would or not; she wanted to know if I had any money, and said, I should stay all night; I said, I would not give her any money there, but, if she would go to the public-house, I would treat her; this I said, in order to make my escape, for I was afraid of my money, by their proceedings; when they found I would give them no money, Mary Williams thrust her hand into my breeches pocket, and laid hold of the purse with my money; I seized her hand just as she got it from my pocket, I had hold of the end that had the money; she pulled the purse with one hand, and struck me with the other; Mary Robinson went out of the room before this. When Williams found she could not get the purse, she called up Robinson, who laid hold of the purse with one hand, and struck me with the other, as did Williams; when they found they could not get it from me, Mary Robinson called Charles Riley , three or four times, and bid him bring a knife to cut my hands, if I would not let go the purse; they were the words. He came up directly, and, offering to kick me, laid hold of the purse, to pull it from us all: I would not let go, and he kicked and beat me; he said, Let go the purse to me, let go the purse to me. We had all three hold of it; when he found he could not get it away, he left off, and, in less than a minute, returned with an open knife in his hand, (he did not go out of the room): the knife was about the size of a large pen-knife; he had it in his right-hand, and took hold of the purse with his left, and said, if I did not let go, he would cut my hands off: I let go for fear of being cut; the purse contained four guineas and a half. Immediately he ran out at the door, as fast as he could, and Mary Robinson after him: Williams staid in the house, and I pursued them, but took the wrong way: I went for two of my ship mates to help me to take them, and sent to the constable for his advice how to proceed. We were told that Robinson was at a house in Saltpetre Bank, and the woman told us, that if we did not jump over a wall, she would make her escape backwards. Accordingly I, and one of my ship mates, got over the wall to the back part of the house, we found her lying down in a corner of the backyard; it was betwixt six and seven o'clock; we took her to Mr. Champlain, the constable, between twelve and one o'clock. Mr. Champlain and six watchmen went to the house I was robbed in, where we took Mary Robinson , (it was not the house I was robbed in): We went to the door, Mr. Champlain asked the man of the house to let him in, he would not; the constable asked, if he knew him? he said, I know you very well, Mr. Champlain. I do not know whether it was Riley that answered. While they were talking, Mary Williams came up to the door, not knowing we were there: I told the constable she was one of the women that robbed me: we took Williams to theCharles Riley was drinking in Newgate: we went there, and sent for Riley down, (he was not a prisoner there): he pushed out of the door before us, and run as fast as he could; the more we called on him, the faster he ran; the constable got up to him, and collar'd him by St. Dunstan's church; we took him to a public-house near Newgate, and then to the cage, at St. John's, Wapping: we went back to our business at Hicks's Hall. The day after, we took him before justices Scott and Berry; the justice asked me if I knew him to be the man? I said I was sure. When we took him, he said both to the constable and me that he had taken my money, but it was the first fact; he said very little before the justice: he had about two or three shillings in silver.
Q. Who mentioned the dividing of the money?
Q. from Robinson. Did not you send me out for a dram for Williams and yourself?
Manchester. I never sent you out for any thing.
William Champlain . I am headborough at St. John's, Wapping; the prosecutor sent a ship-mate to me about 5 o'clock at night, to know what to do; I not caring to have any thing to do with it, told 'em they should stay till the watch set, and give 'em charge with the thieves: hearing a noise some time after in the street, I went out, and asked what was the matter? the prosecutor said, here is the thief that robb'd me; he had fast hold of Mary Robinson . My brother officer, Mr. Batten, a neighbour, came out to assist me; there was a little Irishman in the mob, who said, by J - s C - st, he would cut his liver out, if he did not let her go: he ran away as soon as I came up. I took her into my back room, and asked her if she had any of the money about her? she said what was that to us. Mr. Batten insisted on searching her; she would not be searched. I did not think it proper to search her in my own house, my brother officer going to search her, she struck him; we took her backwards where we keep our coals, to search her; she said she would not be searched; we strip'd her, and found a guinea under her breast; she clapt another guinea into Mr. Batten's hand, and shook it: he said no, I will not take any bribe, and flung it down. After her petticoats were off, he looked on the ground, and found a quarter of a guinea; we persuaded her to own the fact. She said, that when Riley took the money, and ran away with it down stairs, she ran after him, and Riley gave her two guineas, one for Williams, the other for herself; but that she had not had an opportunity to give it to Williams, and that he kept the two guineas and half himself; she said the quarter-guinea was her own money. (Riley said the same afterwards in his confession). She said Riley put the money in his shoes: the money we found upon her, was two guineas, and a quarter, and I believe 18 d. We took Williams the same night, who said she knew nothing of the matter. When Williams was brought into the watch-house, Robinson said, that is the woman that laid hold of the purse first: Williams all along said she saw nothing of the matter. When we took Riley, he said he would confess, if we would stop at a public house; he dallied so, that we could get nothing from him; he at first, said, he knew nothing of it; we took him to the women in Newgate; Robinson said, that is the man: he said his name was Moore. When he was taken to the justice, he said, Don't drag me like a thief along, call at a public house, and I will open the whole affair; so the other officer and I had a private room: he said he took the money to be sure, but it was the first fact; he said he gave 2 guineas to Robinson, for each woman to have a guinea for her trouble, and that he flung the purse away. Robinson said Riley came up with a knife, and cut her arm; she shewed me the scar.
I am as innocent as the child unborn. I know nothing of the affair; the constable says that the man cut the woman's hand; she must certainly know if it was cut.
The 2 guineas and a quarter was my own money that I had come up with from Bristol; I never saw a penny of his mon ey, but that shilling he gave me to fetch drink: I had some cloaths in pawn, and had that money to redeem them; I had been but a fortnight in London when this thing happened.
I lodged 3 weeks in this house; I had lain-in, and got up to have my bed made; I went to the door to order a girl to bring me a pint of beer from the Black Lion; the prosecutor came by, and asked me if I could help him to a lodging? I told him ours was a lodging-house; he came in, and asked me to drink; he gave Williams a shilling to fetch cherry-brandy, and wanted a bedfellow; as to his money, I know nothing of it; I was not able to stand.
All three Guilty . Death .
53. (M.) Elizabeth Fell , spinster , was indicted for stealing 14 pewter pots, value 14 s. the property of Humphry Whiat ; and Mary, wife of Anthony Holloway , for receiving the same, knowing them to have been stolen , Nov. 1 . *
Humphry Whiat. I keep a public-house , the Rose and Crown, in Lombard-court, near the Seven Dials ; Mrs. Fell lodged with me about three quarters of a year; she had been sick for some time, I took care of her. On the 1st of November, I observed her to put a quart pewter pot in her pocket; she took it from the fire where was about a dozen and a half. I let her go out, followed her, and brought her in again, and took the pot out of her pocket: there was a carpenter in the house, I called him to take notice that I took it out of her pocket, and that my name was upon it. I asked her where she was going to carry it: she would not tell me. I took her to Justice Welch, who committed her to New Prison: as I was going by my own house, I called and treated her with a pot of beer; she confess'd she had sold 14 pots to Holloway. The justice desired me to get a search warrant, which I did. Holloway keeps an old iron shop; we found a quantity of pewter melted down, and a quart pot of mine with my name on it: there were several bags hung up against the wall; the three bags we searched, had melted pewter in them: when we took the pot out of the bag, Holloway ran away: this is the pot I found at Holloway's; (a quart pewter pot produced in court, and deposed to by prosecutor): it has my name upon it; Fell was at that time in New Prison.
Q. When Fell told you she had sold 14 pots to Holloway, did she tell you in how long time?
Whiat. I have in 2 months lost fourteen pots; in about which time, she said she sold Holloway the 14 pots; I missed 18. We found Mrs. Holloway at Maypole-alley, near the New Church in the Strand, at an acquaintances.
Thomas Harper . I am a constable: I searched Holloway's house, and found the melted pewter, and the prosecutor found the pot in a bag; when we first went into the house, Holloway was there alone. I told her I had got a warrant to search her house for pewter pots, belonging to Mr. Whiat: she said she would have us go down in the cellar and search there, and that she had none; she pretended to be calling somebody down stairs, and made her escape out at a back door while we found the pot.
Jane Rushton . I lived with Mrs. Holloway about four months; she married a brewer's servant: she keeps an old iron and rag shop, and buys brass and pewter. I see Mrs. Holloway give Fell 6 d. for a pot the last day of October. I was gone on an errand when she first came in, and only heard her say to Mrs. Fell, there's the Sixpence: it was about 11 o'clock at noon. I did not see the pot, but was told afterwards by Mrs. Fell, that the six-pence was for the quart pot that was found when the house was searched. I asked her how she could rob the people? she said if it had not been put into her head, she should never have thought of such a thing. I asked her by whom? she said Mrs. Holloway. I have seen Holloway melt pewter pots many times, but never saw the name upon them. I heard her say to her husband on the next morning (Tuesday) that Fell was a base woman to rob the people that were her support.
I never took any thing from any body in my life: I only took the pot to get a draught of water.
I never received a pot of Mrs. Fell, or ever suspected her to be a thief; she had 20 l. a year during her life: her husband is dead, she is superannuated. She brought a pot in her hand: I asked her where she was going? she said she was coming to wash her things. I asked her what she
George Brown . I live in Tyburn road, and am a coach-broker; I buy old coaches to break up: I have known Mrs. Holloway about three years; I have had dealings with her husband; they buy large quantities of iron, and retail it: in the dealings I have had with them, they seem to be honest people; there were three or four more to her character waiting here all day yesterday.
Both Guilty . T .
54. (M.) John Routh was indicted, for that he, on the king's highway, on Samuel Phipps , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person 3 s. in money, numbered, his property, and against his will , Oct, 16 . *
Samuel Phipps . I am a weaver , and live in Spittalfields: coming through Church-Lane, Whitechapel , on the 16th of October, three men came up to me, and said, Yo ho! I being a little in liquor, said, Yo ho! again: they all three looked in my face; I was not daunted, and went to shake hands with one of them, which I take to be the prisoner; they all three went away directly. I saw a light at a public-house, and thought somebody was up, knocked at the door, but found there was not: just as I turned from the corner (the public-house is the corner) the three men came up to me again; one of them clapt a pistol to my breast, and with an oath said, Give me the money. I said, gentlemen, what do you want? they said all your money; I had the precaution to slip my watch into the back part of my breeches. I lifted up the flap of my waistcoat, and bid 'em take all they could find in that pocket, for I had none in any other: the man that held the pistol, put his hand into my pocket, and took out 3 s. he asked me if. I had any more? I said no, without it might be a few half pence in my other pocket, I could not tell; he put his hand into my pocket, and took out two little knives and a farthing which they returned me again. He then stooped down, and took one of the buckles out of my shoes, and said, what are they silver? I said no, gentlemen, they are copper, but if you choose, you shall have them: they returned the buckle, and went towards Whitechapel.
Q. Can you be certain the prisoner is one of the men that robb'd you?
Phipps. I believe him to be the man that held the pistol: I was something in liquor, and will not be positive. I was going home, and held my hand to my breeches where my watch was, but did not take it out for fear of losing it: they came up to me again, and said, what are you here? they bid me a good night, and shook hands with me, and I wished 'em good success. I thought I must be as good-natured as I could to them. Just after we parted, they met another man, and robbed him of his watch, money, and buckles. I heard a noise, I went to look what it was, and met a man; he said, you may look at me, I have been robb'd. I said to have I. I said I believed I should catch them in the New Road, or towards Ragg Fair: he said, he could not go, for he was obliged to go a milking. I said, if they would give me some watchmen, I would go myself; they let me have six men, I went in pursuit of the thieves, till the watchmen would go no farther; there was fifteen watchmen went all round. On the 27th October, 11 days afterwards, Mr. Champlain, another officer, and myself, went to Saltpetre-bank: I went into a house there, and saw the prisoner; he looked white, and his countenance turned different colours. Mr. Champlain asked me what I thought of him? I said I believed he was the man that robbed me, but that I would not be sure till I see him in the light. He said to the officer, B - d and Z - ds, what do you want with me? he said he knew nothing of the matter; we searched him, but found nothing; we asked him how he came into the public-house, as he had no money?
The prosecutor not being able to swear to his person, and having no other witness, the prisoner was Acquitted .
William Lickis . I am servant on the Keys to Mr. Ambury. I met the prisoner going towards the King's Head Tavern, on Tower-hill, with tobacco in his pocket; I stopt him and took it from him, charged a constable with him, and took him before Sir William Stevenson , who committed him to the Poultry Compter; he was bailled out afterwards: the tobacco is in hands as it landed; I believe there is about fifteen hands; I asked him how he came by it; he said he picked it up at Mr. Ambury's scale at Galley-key: he was employed by the cooper that does Mr. Ambury's work; I have seen him at work on the Keys, both in portering and assisting of coopers: I had the charge of Mr. Ambury's tobacco that day, but was sent on an errand: the scale where the tobacco is weighed, is properly the king's scale.
I was going over Tower-hill to get my breakfast, with a little tobacco in my pocket, that I had picked up on the Keys; Mr. Lickis stopt me, took it out of my pocket, and took me to an ale-house in Thames Street; I begged he would let me go and ask the merchant's pardon; I was taken before the Alderman, and committed to the Compter, and had no opportunity to beg the merchant's pardon, as I only took it for my own use.
For the Prisoner.
Anthony Holdess . I am a victualler in Petticoat-lane. I have known the prisoner three years; he is a very hard working, industrious, honest man. I lett him a ready furnished lodging: I never missed any thing.
George King . I am a victualler in Petticoat-lane. I have known him three years; he rented several rooms of me, that I have the care of for a gentleman: he always paid his money, when he got it, honestly. I have heard a good character of him.
56. (L.) William Anderton was indicted for stealing one woollen-cloth waistcoat, value 16 s. one pair of leather breeches, value 12 s. and one silk-handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Benjamin Bennet , Nov. 29 . ++
Benjamin Bennet . I live with Mr. Roberts, Basing-hall street. I found the things, in the indictment, upon the prisoner, at the Two Brewers, London-wall; there were a scarlet waistcoat, a pair of buckskin breeches, and a silk-handkerchief. (produced in court, and deposed to): I asked him how he came by them? he said, what was that to me? they were all tied up in a check handkerchief.
Charles Chink . I am an hostler at the Star-inn, in the Strand. I was walking down Aldermanbury, with an acquaintance; a young man came running by, and cried out, stop thief; and said the prisoner had been into a house, the Two Brewers, London-wall, and stole a bundle; the prisoner went into the Coach and Horses, and ran up stairs, and came down without the bundle: we took him back to the Two Brewers; the prosecutor accused him with stealing the things; he did not disown it.
Q. When you found these things, were they separate or tied up in a bundle?
Chink. They were all tied up in a handkerchief; I did see part of the waistcoat and breeches, as they were in the bundle.
Lawrence Brown . I live with my mother, a green grocer, in North Audley Street; as Charles Chink and I were going through Aldermanbury, the prisoner ran by with a bundle under his arm, and a man pursuing him; we asked the young man what was the matter? he said, the the prisoner had stole a bundle from the Two Brewers, London-wall: We pursued and took him going up some stairs at the Coach and Horses, Wood-street. The young man came in, and we took him back to the Two Brewers, with the bundle under his arm; the prosecutor came and owned the things: we delivered them into the constable's custody; they were not untied till we came to Guildhall. The contents were, a scarlet waistcoat, a pair of leather-breeches, and a silk-handkerchief: they were all tied up in a check-handkerchief.
George Steen . I am a peruke-maker, and lodge at the Two Brewers. I was drinking a pint of beer after dinner, when the prisoner came in, and staid some time. I had occasion to go into the yard, he followed me; I told him, he could not go there, for a person was there before: he went up stairs, and, when I came out again, he was
Q. Did he lodge in the house?
Steen. He had lodged in the house before, but did not then. I did see the bundle opened, there were the things as mentioned in the indictment.
I was a lodger in the house, about a quarter of a year before; I left a pair of breeches behind me tied up in a handkerchief: this was in the dusk of the evening. I thought they were mine; I was not going to defraud them of the things.
Guilty . T .
Mark Ridgway . I am an Irish factor , and live in Laurence lane. About a month ago, I began a general repair in my house, which required various workmen to be employed. When we got rid of the workmen in general, we took a proper account of our stock, to see if we had lost any thing during the reparation: we found we had lost two fine pieces of linnen. We could not think of any one person to charge them upon, as there were such a number of them there: we made one complete finish last Monday, then took a fresh account (the first account was taken on Thursday the first of this month) we found we had lost two pieces more since. I recollected as carefully as I could, what persons could have had any concern in the warehouse in the intermitting time, and, we were certain, that it could be none but the carpenter and the painter, who were then in the house. I concluded, it must be one of these men, but had no reason to suspect one more than the other; upon which I called them into separate rooms to examine them a part: they both endeavoured to clear themselves. The prisoner (who is the painter) begged I would take direction where he lived, as he was a house-keeper, that I might not hurt his character. I recommended to them both to continue in my house, while I went with a written order from them to their wives to make enquiry: the painter's direction to his house, was at Redmaid-lane, near the Hermitage, which being a considerable way home, I believe about a mile and a half, gave me some suspicion that he did not go home at night. I took my man with me, and went to his house at six o'clock at night: I had some conversation with his wife; I enquired whether her husband had returned every night from his work at my house, and whether he was a good husband and neighbour; I found he had not been at home since the Thursday before (this was Wednesday), so he had not been at home for a week. I endeavoured to inform myself where he had lodged: the most I could learn of her was, that it was at a public-house somewhere near the Mansion house: I returned home again, and found that they had both continued in my house; then I went down Walbrook to see if I could learn where he had lodged. I called at the Bull's-head, Mr. William Austin 's; I enquired if one Johnson, a painter, did not lodge there; they told me, he did: I was shown into a room, and, after calling for something, desired the landlady to walk in. I represented myself as a buyer of Irish linnen, and asked if the painter was come home from his business? they told me he was not; I asked, if he had any Irish linnen fine enough for my purpose? she answered, that he had such a thing; I was not willing to hurry it, that I might find out the more, and said, if that is the case, I can wait a little while: says I, perhaps this Johnson, after all his stumping so much of his Irish linnen, has but a piece or two; she said she never saw but two pieces: seeing she spoke so openly, I said, the linnens are stole, he is a thief, and I the person robbed, and you having stolen goods in your possession, is a disagreeable circumstance on your account; but, if you will be candid, give me liberty to go over your house, and show me these linnens, and whatever else I can find, I shall be satisfied that you know nothing of this Johnson's robbing me; she desired me to follow her up stairs, and showed me these two pieces of cloth, (produced in court, and deposed to): I found, by the marks upon them, that one of the pieces was one of the two I first lost, and the other one of the last. I asked if that
William Austin . The prisoner lodged with me about ten days; he offered the linnen for sale in my house; he said, he had them on board a ship, and that the captain gave him them in lieu of wages. I always took him to be an honest man.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
Guilty . T .
Samuel Bellamy . I live in Thames-street ; Ideal in ironmongery, and other articles ; I keep two porters, the prisoner was one; the other informed me, that I had been wronged by the prisoner; so I marked 10 s. and put it into the drawer where we put the money we take in retail, which may sometimes be to 10 or 12 l. the drawer is kept unlocked. I went out, that he might have no suspicion of me; this was on last Thursday evening, about half an hour after eight o'clock. I left the prisoner at home, and returned in about an hour: I examined the drawer as soon as I came home, and missed a shilling of the marked money; I told a neighbour that I intended to put this in practice to discover the thief: I had got a constable at a public-house within two doors of mine; I went and told them I had lost a shilling, that I had not trusted to my own memory, but put it down in writing: the prisoner was gone to bed, I asked them to go up with me; I asked him how he came to take a shilling out of the drawer; me! says he: yes, says I, you: you must eat your Christmas dinner in Newgate; I know you must have the shilling, and nobody else; he got out of bed immediately, and dressed himself; when he had got on his breeches, his other cloaths were searched, and the shilling found in his coat pocket; he said, he knew nothing of it; he believed it had tumbled out of the till into his coat pocket, for he never put it in; I told him, as the shilling was found, I insisted on seeing his box, that he had his cloaths in, opened; he, himself, gave us the key; on opening the box, there were two pair of buckles, with several other things; I thought the buckles were sufficient, so I left the rest: the buckles were made by a near relation of mine, and never made any for any beside me in London; when I found the buckles, the prisoner said, you gave me these a year ago; I
Joseph Webb . I saw the prisoner's hand in the till last Tuesday night; I acquainted my master with it; I heard his hand rattle among the money; he looked in my face all the time; he lifted up his apron, as if he was putting something in his pocket; I found the shilling in his coat pocket; I did not see my master mark it; I did see the box opened, and found the buckles at the bottom of the box.
Q. From prisoner. Was that it I took out of the drawer?
Webb. I cannot tell; but I did see you rattle among the money, and put your hand to your pocket.
William Gough . I have seen him at the till several times. When I have been writing in the counting house, I have turned round and seen him at the drawer, but could not tell what he took. I saw the silver put into the till, and knew the buckles to be my master's property.
A customer bought 2000 nails, that came to 7 s. I gave change for half a guinea, and took the silver out of the drawer. I have lived at four good places in town, and never had any thing amiss laid to my charge; I have been entrusted with 2000 l. a day: I have had these buckles by me four or five years.
For the Prisoner.
John Davis . I live in Nicholas-lane, Lombard-street. I have known the prisoner ten years; when I first knew him, he lived with Mr. Blackden, the ironmonger, and I have known him live at several places; he always bore a good character.
John Hayward . I live at Mr. Morgan's, ironmonger, in the Borough; I was apprentice at Mr. Blackden's, when he lived there; Mr. Blackden had a great regard for him; he bore a good character in the house.
James Hindmass . I am a shoemaker, and live in New-street, Bishopsgate-street: I have known him upwards of ten years; he has dealt with me nine years; he paid me honestly; his general character is that of an honest man.
Foreman of the jury. I myself have known the prisoner many years, and always heard a good character of him.
Thomas Humphrey . On the 19th of November, between five and six o'clock, as I was heading up casks of Mr. Johnson's on the Keys; a person told me, that John Clark had got a man for stealing rossin, and had carried him to the Hen and Chickens; I went there and saw the prisoner; I asked his reason for stealing it; he said, he was drunk. Mr. Clark had given charge to the constable before I came: we had him to the Compter that night; when he came out of the house, he walked very well.
Q. Where was the rossin, when you saw it?
Humphry. At the Hen and Chickens. I am sure it was Mr. Johnson's, because there was no other rossin on the Keys.
George Clark . I did not see the prisoner cut the mat, but I saw him lift it up, after it was cut, at Hamon's Key, about half an hour past five o'clock; I let him take it up upon his shoulder, and then went to him, and asked him, where he was going to carry it? he said, to sell, and wanted to get away; I kept him till I called assistance.
I did not know what I was doing.
Guilty . T .
John Chantrell . I am a dealer in butter and eggs , in Leadenhall-market ; my servant left some butter last night in charge of a watchman, in order for sale this morning, when we found a flat gone, it was 39 lb.; I told the watchman, and bid him make enquiry; I knew the butter to be my property.
John Ward . I am a watchman of the market: last night, Mr. Chantrell's servant gave the butter into my care till morning; I saw it a quarter before 10 o'clock, and a quarter after 12, this flat was gone; I saw nobody there to take it. An acquaintance told me this morning, that a person was in custody at St. Bride's watch-house; I went accordingly, and found the prisoner and butter.
James Peele . I am a watchman of the Fleet-market; the prisoner came between 12 and one o'clock, and brought this butter, desiring me to take care of it: he put it down, I asked him who it belonged to, whether any of the market? he said it did not. I told him I would not take charge of it. He said he was going to carry it to Newgate-market; a young man offered to carry it for 2 d. he said that would buy me a pint of purl. I helped him up with it, and he took it away: he went up Sea-coal-lane. A lamp-lighter told me there was a man with his coat off upon his head, and a basket on it; we went up, he had his coat and waistcoat on, the butter was set down on a form, and he lent upon it. I said, you are not got to Newgate-market yet, and asked him why he would not go? he said he would not go till morning. I said I suspected him; and so stopped him, and got the constable: the prisoner told me he had got 53 lumps: I said it could not be so much, it was not heavy enough: he said they made short weight in his country; he said it came from Pancras town. We opened the basket, and instead of 53, there was only 19 lumps and a pound. (The butter produced in court, and deposed to by prosecutor.) He told me it was made by one Mr. Jones, a milkman, that he had it of him. I went to Pancras to find this Jones, and could find no such person: I then went to Kentish-town, and found he lived in a country-house at Finchley, and had left off making butter a long time.
Yesterday morning I went to Secretary Hayes , Admiral Hawke 's secretary, I staid late; coming up the New-market, there was some thieves attempting to rob a man; when they saw me, they ran away, and one of 'em left this flat behind. I told them of Mr. Jones to deceive them, for as I found it, I thought I had as good a right to it as any one.
Guilty . T .
Pearce, Guilty . T .
Proctor Acquitted .
62. (M.) William Richardson was indicted for forging and counterfeiting a letter of attorney, purporting to be executed by William Smith , in order to receive prize-money due to him as a seaman, on board his Majesty's ship the Lively, and publishing the same, with intention to defraud Hutchinson Mure , May 12.
No evidence appearing, he was Acquitted .
See the trial of Barlow and Durant, No. 346, in last mayoralty.
65. M. John Hatch was indicted for stealing one pair of gause ruffles, value 1 s. one laced handkerchief, value 5 s. one muslin apron, value 10 s. two pair of muslin ruffles, value 5 s. and one gause handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of Rowland Jackson , Nov. 3 . ++
Rowland Jackson . I lived in Germyn-street, next door to the Venetian ambassador's; when I moved to Bedford-street, I had a coach to carry small parcels, the prisoner was the coachman , he delivered all the articles, but a caravan box, containing the things in the indictment.
Mrs. Jackson. We came in the prisoner's coach from Germyn-street to Bedford-street ; the things lost were in a caravan box, with several other things, which I missed the next day: we advertised it, offering a guinea reward. The prisoner'sJohn Fielding granted me a warrant to search the coachman and the master's house; we found nothing in the master's house, but on throwing out a bundle of lumber in the prisoner's room, I saw one of the sleeve-knots; we found nothing else in his lodging. I told the prisoner, if he had pawned the things, I would redeem 'em, and even give him a guinea. He said, that after he had done his duty, he went to a public house to drink, and when he came out, he found the box had been robbed.
Thomas Martin . The prisoner lay with me at my lodgings in Witch-street : two men of the prisoner's acquaintance called on me last Monday, to know if I had not lost something; I looked in my box, and I missed a coat and waistcoat: I took up the prisoner; he acknowledged the fact, and begged mercy; and found my cloaths in the house of Sarah Maundry.
M. Preston. I heard the prisoner, before the Justice, confess he took the things, and begged for mercy.
I was in liquor, and took the things, believing them to be my own.
Guilty . T .
Hugh Maloney , Patrick O'Harra , Charles Brown , John Broughton , and George Anderson , capitally convicted, in October Sessions; were executed on Wednesday the 23d of November; and Richard Sinderbury on Saturday the 22nd of October.
The trials being ended, the court proceeded to Judgment.
Received sentence of Death, six.
To be transported, for fourteen years, two.
To be transported for seven years, thirty-six.
Elizabeth Cotes , Daniel Hathen , James Noony , Mary Farthing , Michael Numan , Robert Evans , John Smith , Thomas Dean , John Wallen , Michael Mackanelly , William Anderton , James Johnson , Daniel Clancey , Thomas Brown , John Lalley , James Frazier , John Bird , Daniel Ryan , Thomas Francis , Mary Brown , Robert Small , Duncan Campbell , Thomas Humphry , Thomas Colvall, Henry Hamilton, John Wilkinson , Michael Gulley , Thomas Stevens , William Hanlow , Christopher Cormack , Mary Smith , Thomas Bodger , Catharine O'Brian , Elizabeth Fell , Gilbert Peirce , and Henry Mason .
To be branded, three.
Hugh Maloney , Patrick O'Harra , Charles Brown , John Broughton , and George Anderson , capitally convicted, in October Sessions; were executed on Wednesday the 23d of November; and Richard Sinderbury on Saturday the 22nd of October.