Printed for J. WILKIE, at the Bible, in St. Paul's Church-Yard.
King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery held for the City of LONDON, &c.
Before the Right Honourable GEORGE NELSON , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable Lord MANSFIELD, Lord Chief Justice of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench *; Sir SIDNEY STAFFORD SMYTHE, Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer +; the Honourable HENRY BATHURST , one of his Majesty's Justices of the Court of Commen Pleas ||, JAMES EYRE , Esq; Recorder ++; and other of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the said City and County.
N. B. The characters * + || ++ direct to the judge by whom the prisoner was tried; also (L.) (M.) by what jury.
Robert Price . I am a sailcloth-maker and live in Old-street; on the 4th of September between four and five in the afternoon, I was going to the Strand, and when I got into Smithfield , it being Bartholomew-fair-time, on this side the hospital-gate, I was surrounded by a parcel of men, eight or nine of them, the prisoner was one of them; he put his left hand on my right shoulder, and another put his right hand on my left shoulder; the prisoner cried, Drive through, drive through. I made a full stop. and with some difficulty got myself back again from them. I went on the other side the gate till the mob was dispersed; I was standing reading a play bill that was stuck up, the prisoner came and laid his hand on my shoulder as before, and said, They will all be acted tonight, meaning the plays; I seeing the place was pretty clear, went to go the way I was going before, they both let me go; when I was about three yards on this side the hospital-gate, again I found myself much about the same situation as before; they took hold of my shoulders as they had before; some of them cry'd again, Drivethro', drive thro'. I had a little money about me and my watch; I clapped my hand down and found my money was safe; they drove me almost down by showing me at my back; after I took my hand away the prisoner let go his hand, and went from me: then I missed my watch: I looked about me and said, I had lost my watch; he that was on my left hand said, You should have taken more care of it; said I, I will take care of you, you insulted me while my pocket was picked; a boy who was standing by me said, He has not the watch, I saw another man take it out of your pocket, and he is gone that way, pointing towards Pye-corner. I was afraid to trust to him; then another boy said he saw him take it, and desired I would go that way with him, and he would shew me him; I went with them,
Q. Did you feel the watch taken from you?
Price. No, I did not (produced and deposed to;) his companions have prevented me the assistance of the first boy's evidence, and caused him to run away from his master.
Robert Jones . I am apprentice to a butcher; I was 16 years of age the 18th of August last; I was in Smithfield at this time, a little on this side the hospital-gate; I saw the prisoner come driving by me through the crowd with a watch in his hand, going to put it into his right hand waistcoat pocket; he went on towards Windmill-court.
I pick'd up the watch in Smithfield, and was going to get it advertised.
Prosecutor. If there had been an hundred watches on the ground at that time, they could not escape all of them being trod to pieces.
For the prisoner.
Geo Howard . I am a hot-presser, and live in Chiswell street; I do not know the prisoner at all; I saw him pick up a watch the first day of Bartholomew-fair, in Smithfield, about five o'clock in the afternoon.
Q. Whereabouts in Smithfield.
Howard. It was betwixt the Cloyster-gate and the Red-cow, that is, on this side the gate, that is in the path way between the rails.
Q. Were there many people there at the time?
Howard. No, there were but very few; I saw him stooping, and saw it lie before him on the ground; he put it directly into his right hand pocket as he rose up: I do not know whether he put it in his coat or waistcoat pocket, then he went on towards the Red-cow
Q. Did you say any thing to him upon his finding it?
Howard. No, I did not.
Q. How came you in Smithfield at that time?
Howard. I was out of work
Q. When did you know of the prisoner's being taken up?
Howard. I heard he was in trouble.
Q. When did you hear that?
Howard. That was two or three days after.
Howard. That was of a stranger at a public-house, the Ship in Drury-lane; he told me a man was taken up for picking a pocket in Bartholomew-fair, and committed to Newgate.
Q. What did you do upon that?
Howard. I said I saw a man pick up a watch there; this was one Sunday evening.
Q. Did you go to the prisoner after this?
Howard. I went to Newgate out of curiosity on the Sunday to see him.
Q. Did any body go with you?
Howard. No, I went alone.
Q. Who did you enquire for?
Howard. I did not enquire for any body; the gate was open, and I went up to the door; there I saw the man by accident.
Q. What did you say to him?
Howard. I said, So you are got here for picking the watch up; he said yes, I am got here.
Q. Was that all you said?
Howard. It was all I said, all that passed between us; I just looked round on the rest of the prisoners, and then came away.
Q. Have you got a subpoena?
Howard. I have (producing it.)
Q. How came you by it?
Howard. A woman brought it to me yesterday.
Q. Did you tell the prisoner you knew any thing about the watch?
Howard. No, I did not.
Q. Did you tell him where you lived?
Q. Then how came he to know how to send you the subpoena?
Howard. I told it to the landlord at the public house.
Q. Can you guess how the woman that brought the paper came to know your name, or the place where you live?
Q. Where did she find you?
Howard. She brought it me where I work, at the Bell in Drury-lane.
Q. How long have you used the Ship alehouse?
Howard. I have for this month past.
Q. What work are you employed in at the Bell in Drury-lane?
Howard. I am a hot-presser.
Q. Do you know who that woman was that brought the subpoena?
Howard. I know nothing of her; I cannot say who she is.
Q. Did not the prisoner ask you where you lived?
Howard. No; I told the landlord at the Ship I saw the man pick up a watch; he asked me my name and place of abode, in order that I might be sent for if wanted.
Q. What is your master's name?
Howard. His name is Cornish.
Richard Andrews . I live in George-yard near Whitechapel-church; I have known the prisoner about five or six years, I believe he is an officer; he has a sign as such; all I say is he behaved honest to me.
Prosecutor. When I had the prisoner before the Alderman, there was a man there said he was afraid I was a very bad man, saying he saw the prisoner pick up the watch in Smithfield; I turned and looked at him, and said, you are one that was in company with the prisoner at the time; he directly turned his story, and said he was in good company elsewhere at the time; and told the Alderman that the prisoner was a very honest man.
Q. Is that man here?
Prosecutor. No, he is not.
The landlord of the Ship in Drury-lane and Mr. Cornish were sent for, whose evidence was as follows.
Cousins. I do not by name.
Q. Do you know that man? (directing him to Howard.)
Cousins. Yes, I do.
Q. What is he?
Cousins. I believe he is a hot-presser by trade.
Q. Do you know where he worked?
Cousins. He did work at Mr. Cornish's.
Q. Did he use your house?
Cousins. I have seen him there with one that served his time with Mr. Cornish.
Q. Do you recollect any particular circumstance relative to a man whose pocket was pick'd in Smithfield?
Cousins. I cannot say I do.
Q. Had you ever any conversation with Howard upon that subject?
Cousins. No; I never changed any words with him, any further than serving him with liquor; I never heard a word about such a thing.
Q. Did he not tell you he saw a watch picked up in Smithfield by a man who was accused with stealing it?
Q. Did you not ask him his name or place of abode, in order that he might give evidence about it?
Cousins. No, I know nothing about it?
Court. He has been telling us that a stranger was telling him one Sunday evening, at your house, that there was a man taken up for picking a pocket of a watch in Smithfield, and that he told you he saw that man pick up a watch from off the ground; and that you desired him to tell him his name and where he lived, in order that you might send for him when wanted.
Cousins. There were never no such words pass between us.
Mr. Cornish. Howard work'd with me a month last Saturday; I hired him for a month certain, then he left me. I know no more of him.
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person . T .
Betty Bath . On a Tuesday, about two months ago, the prisoner, I, and another woman named French, were together at the other woman's lodgings; I lay down on her bed; the prisoner awaked me, by pulling my ring from my finger; I was not quite awaked, but I awaked soon after she was gone, and miss'd my ring; the lodging is in New-court, Duck-lane, Westminster .Betty Bath , and the other woman, French, never came for part of it; I took the prisoner up in a lad house, and a man with her went to rescue her, and knock'd me down three times.
I was in a public-house with French, drinking a pint of beer; the prosecutrix was there, very much in liquor, with a man; she came into the yard, and would have a pint of beer with us; we had a pot; French took her home, I was not there with them.
474. (M.) John Cooper was indicted for stealing three hempen sacks, value 5 s and seven bushels of oats, value 15 s. the property of Thomas Rolfe , privately in the warehouse of the said Thomas , Sept. 22 . +
Tho Rolfe . I am a master and corn-chandler ; the prisoner had work'd for me about three weeks: I was informed he was selling of corn; I found he had sold some to Edward Osbourn , who keeps a horse and waters the roads; this is the sack which he had the oats in (produced in court) my property; there was three bushels and a half in his binn, which I compared with mine, and they agreed.
Q. Does the prisoner keep a horse, or deal in corn?
Rolfe. No, he does not; he works as a labourer to a bricklayer ; I found two other sacks of mine under the prisoner's bed (produced in court.)
My wife and mother-in-la w used to rake corn up, and I have thrashed them out, and that I have sold. Guilty of stealing the sacks, but not privately in the warehouse . T .
475. (M.) William Griffiths was indicted for that he, on the 15th of October, about the hour of three in the night, the dwelling-house of John Gibson did break and enter, and stealing one silver table-spoon, value 10 s. three silver tea-spoons, value 6 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 10 s. and one silver knee buckle, the property of the said John; and one hat, the property of Frederic Laber , Esq : in the said dwelling house . +
John Gibson I live facing Catharine-street in the Strand ; on the 16th of October in the morning, I was called up between three and four, and told my house was broke open; I came down; there were missing three tea-spoons, a table-spoon, a pair of silver shoe-buckles, and one knee buckle; some of them were brought to me by the watchman that morning.
Frederic Laber, Esq; I lodge at Mr. Gibson's; Mr. Gibson came and knock'd at my chamber-door between three and four that morning; I ask'd what was the matter, and was told the house was robb'd and the door open; I took my sword, and my servant lighted me, and we went about the house, but could find no body.
Abraham Crispin , Esq: I lodge at Mr. Gibson's; on Thursday morning the 10th of this instant October, I came home between three and four in the morning, I found the door a-jar; the watchman was calling half past three, but none near the door; I hesitated a little time to consider what I should do; I call'd watch, but none were in the hearing; I then knock'd very hard at the door; after I had taken my sword out, and held it in my right hand, I still kept knocking hard; I heard a noise in the house, as if some body was walking; I ask'd who was there; nobody answer'd; I endeavour'd to shove the door wide open; I found an opposition, which I believe was the chain of the door, I think I heard it rattle; I hearing a noise again, turned round and saw a man, which was the prisoner; he was in the house, coming out between the door and the post; I put my sword to his breast, and ask'd him what he did there at that time of the morning; I kept him at arms length, and told him if he did not stop till a watchman came I would run him through; he ran out at the door; I made a lunge at him; I did not immediately observe it, but when I looked at it afterwards, I found it bloody, and when the prisoner was examined before the Justice, he had the mark of my sword on his side, and his shirt was bloody; as he ran off I saw a watchman; I ordered him to knock him down; he struck at him, but miss'd him; this was near Exeter-exchange; when he was in Exeter-street, a watchman hit him with his stick and made him reel; he threw down his lanthorn and followed him; when I came up with them, I found them both on the ground together; I told the prisoner, if he offered to make any attempt
Q. Did you see any thing drop from the prisoner?
Mr. Crispin. No; except a silver knee-buckle, and that I took up myself (produced and deposed to.)
Q. from prisoner. Whether I did not run between you and the door in the street, when you struck at me with your sword?
Mr. Crispin. When I made a lunge at the prisoner, he had come out at the door, and was in the street; I had seen him in the house, and saw him come out.
James Lewis . I am a watchman; after I had done calling half an hour after three o'clock, I heard the cry, Stop thief; I ran down from the corner of Russel-court to the bottom of White-hart-yard, there I saw the other watchman's light; he was calling the hour in Exeter-street; I heard stop thief again three or four times. I call'd to the watchman, and said he is coming that way, the prisoner ran by him; that was the time I believe he threw away the buckles; he came running towards me as hard as he could; I put my lanthorn down, and held my stick up, and bid him stop; he ran on the other side of the way; I struck him a blow in Exeter-street; he ran staggering about twenty yards, and then fell down; when I came up to him, he began to turn about and tussel with me; I threw my stick out of my hand, and collared him with both my hands, and threw him down, and kept my knee on his guts, till I had assistance came; when the captain came up, we took the prisoner to the Round-house; going along, he put his hand into his pocket, and threw something down; I said he has throw'd something away, and the captain picked it up, it was this knee-buckle; when the prisoner was lodged in the Round-house, we went to see the gentleman home; when we came to Mr. Gibson's door, Mrs. Gibson said she had lost some silver spoons, and her husband's silver buckles; the gentleman desired me to search, to see if he had dropt any thing as he ran along; I went, and found the silver shoe-buckles and a silver tablespoon in Burleigh-street, and delivered them to Mr. Gibson (produced and deposed to.)
John Beasley . I am a watchman; I found this hat facing Exeter-exchange in the Strand, between Mr. Gibson's and Burleigh-street (produced and deposed to by Mr. Leaber;) the prisoner came to me about three o'clock that morning, and asked me for a bit of candle; I would not let him have any; he went to another watchman, and got a bit for a penny; I saw him go by with it in his hand towards Mr. Gibson's house; my stand is facing Exeter-exchange.
Jane Gibson . I am wife to the prosecutor; I shut up the street-door over night myself, between the hours of eleven and twelve, and locked and bolted and chained it; I think I was more particular in securing the house that night than usual; when we heard the alarm stop thief in the street, it awaked us; then we got up, and missed the things mentioned in the indictment.
On that night I was drinking with two friends, we staid till the hour of two in the morning; we all three took a walk up the Strand; one of them dropt our company, and the other left me, and went on to St. Clement's church-yard; I went on to my master's house in Fetter-lane; he was gone to bed; then I went back, intending to lodge with a companion at Charing-cross; going by Catharine-street, I met a girl; she gave me ill language; I threw her down; she called watch, watch; I ran away, and rushed by the gentleman, between the house and he, and he picked me with his sword; they secured me, and took me to the Round-house; they found nothing upon me; I imagine the watchman that talk'd of my wanting a candle committed the fact.
For the prisoner.
Dean Evitt . The prisoner is my apprentice ; I am a shoemaker, and live at the Golden-fleece in Golden-lane; he always behaved very well; I always found him just and honest to me; he went out that day about dinner-time; I saw him that night about eight o'clock, at a journeyman's house by Hungerford market.
Mr. Longden. I have known him from a child; I never heard any ill of him in my life before; he was bred and born in Shropthire.
Guilty . Death .
476. (M.) Hannah, wife of John Cooper , was indicted for breaking the dwelling house of Richard East , and stealing two cloth coats, value 3 l. one cloth cloak, value 10 s. a shift, value 1 s. a handkerchief, value 1 s. a pair of worsted stockings, value 2 s. the property of the said Richard, in his dwelling house , September 23 . *
Richard East . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment; they were taken out of a chest in my bed-room; the prisoner had the cloak and shift on when I took her up, she said she had rather have robbed any other man's house in England or Ireland than mine; I told her if she would tell me where the other things were, I would freely forgive her; she said she knew nothing of them.
Q. What did she say as to the cloak and shift?
East. She said she found them in a ditch.
Q. What time was it you lost the goods?
East. I went out about four in the afternoon, and came home again about nine in the evening; I found the bolt of the back door shoved back, and a lock was broke in the house besides; the door was fast when I went out.
Francis Clark . I catched the prisoner with the cloak and shift; she was running along the road without shoe or stocking, about three or four o'clock in the morning; (produced and deposed to by prosecutor.)
Consider, Mr. East, do not send me out of my native country, (the prisoner was an Irishwoman) they have transported my husband already; I picked up these things in the road; I never was in the prosecutor's house in my life, I have no acquaintance with his house.
See her husband tried, No. 474.
477, 478, 479, 480. (M.) John Donnoly and Thomas Webb were indicted, together with Thomas Hull not taken, for stealing five pair of cotton and worsted stockings, value 15 s. nine pair of worsted stockings, value 9 s. a worsted piece for breeches and waistcoats, value 12 s. the property of John Day ; and Anne Taylor and Elizabeth Powell for receiving two pair of worsted stockings, part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , October 17 . ++
John Day . I live in Chandler-street . On Friday the 17th of this instant, I just went out to a neighbour's house, and another neighbour came and told me there were some people about my house, they thought on no good design; before I got out, they had broke my shop and taken the goods; I had shut my door and locked it, and was absent about five minutes.
Q. How was your shop broke?
Day. They had broke a square of glass in the window, which looks to the counter; I had left my candle burning just opposite the glass which was broke; I missed five pair of fine cotton and worsted stockings, and nine pair of worsted, and a five yard worsted piece; they were lying within a quarter of a yard of the pane that was broken; we went in pursuit of the men that had been seen at the window; my neighbour said he should know one of them from five hundred, but could not meet with them. I got bills and delivered them to the pawnbrokers; I found one pair of stockings pledged in Catharine-street, at Mr. Styles's; he said he knew the woman that pledged them very well: she was soon taken; she said she had them of Donnoly. I have since seen two pair more in the custody of Mr. Cawdey, which he stopped: I was sent for to Sir John Fielding on Monday morning, and in the evening there were all the prisoners brought before him, except Donnoly; there was Sarah Barlow shewed me a pair of stockings; I got all my stockings again within about four or five pair.
John Cawdey . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Berwick street; the two women at the bar came to my shop on Saturday about ten in the morning, with these two pair of stockings to pledge; (produced in court) I asked them if they were their own; they said they bought them at the Black-horse door; I said, a public-house is not a hosier's shop; they said they sold oysters there; I asked what they gave for them; they said they did not know; then Webb came in; he said they were his stockings, and said he was husband to one of them; I asked him where he bought them; he said he bought them in Bond-street of such a person; I asked what he gave for them; he said 7 s. he said he could fetch a man to give him a character, and that he rented a room of 9 l. a year: I said, fetch him; he went, but nobody came. On the Monday morning I went to Sir John Fielding , and gave him an account of the stockings; then we went and took the two women and Webb; (the stockings produced.)
Prosecutor. I am a stocking maker, and from circumstances in the workmanship I can swear to one of the pairs, and the other I believe to be mine.Mary Stevens ; she told me that John Donnoly was her husband; (produced in court and deposed to by prosecutor.)
Edward Wingate . I was coming home last Monday evening, betwixt six and seven; turning the corner of Wyld street, I saw Donnoly and another man halting together; I heard Donnoly say, D - n my eyes, nobody there; they then were standing betwixt the Bell and Dragan alehouse and the shop, Mr. Dv's shop is directly cross the way they seemed very busy; this gave me a suspicion they were upon some thing they should not; I crossed the way and stood at my door to make observations, that is about 50 or 60 yards higher, near the King's Bagnio; they went up the street; a neighbour said he thought they were upon no good began; then they went down, and crossed the way to the prosecutor's shop, they stood and turned their backs to the window; I walked towards them, then they walked away four or five yards; then I withdrew; then Donnoly came up to the window again, and turned his back to it again; then my neighbour said, let us go round and come up the alley, and we shall come upon them; we did, and then we saw them in the dark of Wyld-street, we could not tell whether they had done any thing; then they went away; then Donnoly came up again, and slapped his hat and crossed the way, and went up to the window, but we did not see him take any thing; he went away, and we saw no more of them.
Sarah Barlow . I live in Oxford Road. Webb was a lodger at my house before I took it, and he remained in the house after; he paid his rent very well, but used to keep but very indifferent hours: I mistrusted he was a bad man, he used to come in at one, two, or three o'clock in the morning, and sometimes later; he never did any work; I gave him warning three or four times to go out, and told him I would forgive him a quarter's rent; he bid me defiance, and said he would stay as long as he pleased; the two girls at the bar are like servants to him; I have a little lame boy that goes a begging, he told me there were some stockings under his daddy's bed; I went up and found two pair; I carried them before Sir John Fielding ; I know the girls to be hard working poor girls; (the stockings produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.) Elizabeth Powell told me there were two pair of stockings stopped at a pawnbroker's at the Hoop and Magpie.
Q. Who is Kitty?
M Stevens. She used to sing with me; he said he was short of money, and desired me to be kind enough to go and pawn a pair of stockings for him; I took and pawned them for 1 s. 9 d. at Mr. Styles's, and brought the money and duplicate to him.
Q. How came you to say he was your husband?
M Stevens. I did not think there was any harm in that, I knew him before by his being acquainted with Kitty.
I bought the stockings of a woman in Covent-garden for 3 s. 6 d. coming through Cranbourn-alley, I asked that woman to pawn them for me; I had but half a crown of my own, and I borrowed a shilling of a soldier to pay for them; she pawned them for me, and brought me the money, and I gave her some gin; John Pearson was by, and William Wadsley lent me the shilling when I bought them.
The witness were examined apart.
John Pearson . I sell fish and oysters. Last Friday night between seven and eight, I was going through Covent-garden, I saw the prisoner taking stockings of a woman; he had but half a crown, and that all of a piece.
Q. Whereabouts was this in Covent-garden?
Pearson. This was under the piazzas.
Q. On which side?
Pearson. On the right hand side near the playhouse door.
Q. How near?
Pearson. Within two doors of the play-house gate.
Q. How long have you known Donnoly?
Pearson. I have known him in St. George's Hospital; I was there for a sore leg, and I left him there when I came away.
Q. How long is this ago?
Pearson. He was there about three weeks before I came out, and I came out seven weeks ago today.
Q. Did he buy the stockings?
Pearson. The woman asked him 3 s. 6 d. for them. A man was going by, he happened to know him; he asked him to lend him a shilling, which he did; he bought and paid for them, and I gave him a pot of beer at the corner house, as we came out from under the piazzas to Russel-street.
Q. What became of the man that he borrowed the shilling of?
Q. What coloured stockings were they?
Pearson. They were lightish coloured stockings.
Q. What makes you so particular as to the time?
Pearson. Because at that time I was up there with my oysters.
Q. Where was this?
Wadsley. This was under the piazzas in Covent-garden.
Q. Whereabouts under the piazzas?
Wadsley. It was just at the bottom of James-street, on the same side the play house is on, at a bagnio door.
Q. What person did he buy them of?
Wadsley. He bought them of a woman, she took them out of a bundle.
Q. How came you to be there?
Wadsley. I met him by chance.
Q. What did he give for the stockings?
Wadsley. He gave 3 s. 6 d. for them, he paid her a half crown, and the shilling I lent him.
Q. What time was this?
Wadsley. This was about eight o'clock, within a quarter of an hour over or under.
Q. What colour were they?
Wadsley. They were whitish.
Q. Did you drink with him afterwards?
Wadsley/. No, I did not.
Q. Was he alone?
Wadsley. There was another man along with him, but I did not know him.
Q. How long have you known the prisoner?
Wadsley. I have known him about 15 months; he used to work at the new buildings.
Q. How has he been employed lately?
Wadsley. I do not know.
Q. to prisoner. Can you give the jury a reason why you pawned them so soon after you bought them?
Prisoner. I had no money, and I did not know what to do; I thought they were cheap or I had not bought them.
I was drunk, and I bought some stockings of a young man last Saturday morning; I gave 16 s. for fourteen pair; I had but 2 s. left, and I owed my landlady some money, and I pawned them to raise my rent.
Webb is my master; he said he had broke into a little of his landlady's rent, and he sent me to pawn these stockings; we went to the gentleman; he said, how came you by them; Webb said he bought them of a pedlar; Powell said they were bought where we sell oyners, by the Black Horse; then the gentleman said, bring the man to give you a character and I'll buy them.
Webb called for some purl; we drank it; he bid us both come home; he said he had broke into his rent, and desired us to pawn the stockings to make up his rent, and the stockings were stopped; when he went in at the pawnbroker's, we went out; I pawned one pair at Mr. Bland's for 1 s. and gave him the money.
Taylor. Webb pawned two pair at one place in a strange name, and a young body pawned two or three pair for him; he said he had bought 14 pair for 16 s. of a pedlar.
Q. Do you know whether he and Donnoly are acquainted?
Webb. I do not know that they are.
Hutchens. At first Webb would not own he gave these women these stockings to pawn, but when he came before Sir John he owned it.
Donnoly and Webb, Guilty . T .
Taylor and Powell acquitted .
Donnoly was tried for a burglary, and cast for transportation, No 183, in this Mayoralty, after which he received his Majesty's most gracious pardon.
481. Mary Jackson , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silver milk pot, value 28 s. three pair of linen sheets, value 20 s. one towel, value 6 d. three pewter plates, value 2 s. and one linen shirt, value 6 d. the property of John Morgan the elder; and three linen shirts, value 18 s. the property of John Morgan the younger, Sept. 6 . to which she pleaded
Guilty . T .
Thomas Lewis . I live in the Poultry ; I am a comb maker and hardware-man . On Saturday the 11th instant I was obliged to go into Crooked-lane, after it was dark; I left nobody in the shop but my wife, she was behind the counter; I came home in about half an hour; she told me she had been frighted by some men; after that the prisoner came to the window; she told me that was one of them; I was serving a gentleman, seeing the prisoner at the glasses, I left what I was about and went to the door; I was just going to bid him go about his business, but he went without bidding; he went about 30 or 40 yards, and came to the glasses again in about four minutes time; then I went round to the door, and saw there was a hole in my glass; he had his thumb and finger through it, and had hold of a silver buckle wriggling and shaking it to get it out; he did not observe me; I took hold of him and brought him to the Compter.
Q. Had the prisoner taken it out?
Lewis. No, he had not.
Q. Had he removed it out of its place?
Lewis. He had; we put them one upon another in pairs, and he had removed it.
Q. How deep did it lie beneath the glass?
Lewis. It lay about three quarters of an inch from the glass; there had been a crack in the glass before, but he had broke a fresh place.
I had been to Deptford about some business, and in returning home, a gentleman came out and pulled me into his shop, and said I had broke his glass; I never offered to meddle with his glass.
To his character.
Thomas Arnold . I am a shoemaker, and live in Whitechapel; I have known the prisoner four or five years, he is a child's pump-maker; he served me in his way; I never knew any ill of him; I never heard a bad character of him.
Susanna Edmunds . I am wife to Thomas Edmunds ; we keep a bookseller's shop in King's-head-court , which goes out of Shoe-lane into Gough square; last Friday was a fortnight about four o'clock in the afternoon, I left Anne Showell , a little girl, to sit at my door while I went in; soon I heard an outcry that some of my books were stolen; I pursued after the prisoner, he was catched in Shoe-lane, a little way from the end of the court, between that and Fleet-street; the book was picked up in Shoe-lane, and brought back with him (produced in courtand deposed to.)
Margaret Burrows . I happened to be looking out at a window and saw another man come to the prosecutor's door before the prisoner; he stood between the girl and the prisoner; the prisoner put his hand up to a shelf withinside, and took a book out; he had two waistcoats on; he opened his outward waistcoat, and put the book into his bosom, and walked away about five or six yards; I called to the girl and said, What do you let people run away with your mistress's books, and say nothing; the prisoner took to his heels and went off; he was soon taken, but the person that took him is not here.
Anne Showell . I am apprentice to Mrs. Edmunds; there was a man came to the window first and took up a pamphlet, and the prisoner came directly and took a bound book from off a shelf on the inside the window, and put it in his bosom, and ran down Shoe-lane; I called stop thief, and saw him drop the book out of his hand in Shoe-lane; two men stopped him; I crossed the way and took the book up (this is it here produced.)
I had been with three or four young fellows, I got myself in liquor; they pulled and hawled me about, but I know not for what, no more than the child unborn.
To his character.
Q. What business are you?
Field. I am a carver and gilder; he was at work for me at the time; I take this to be more of a frolick than any thing else, that seems plain to me.
Q. What is his character?
Field. I never knew any ill by him.
Q. Do you know that he was in confinement before?
Field. That was when he was apprentice to me, but they proved nothing against him.
Guilty . T .
He was taken up about two years ago, near the King's-road, Chelsea, with a pistol upon him, and committed, but then going by another name, we cannot readily refer to it.
James Brown was indicted for stealing 64 lb. weight of butter, value 27 s. and one wooden cask, value 2 d. the property of James Strange and John More , Oct. 4 . +
At the request of the prisoner the witnesses were examined apart.
James Strange . I am a cheesemonger in Bishopsgate-street , in partnership with John More ; on the fourth of October in the evening. I was sitting in the counting-house, James Oxley called out, Sir, Sir; I stepped out, he had hold of the prisoner at the bar, who had got a firkin of butter; I ordered him to take him into the warehouse, which he did, and I sent for a constable; he was taken to the Compter.
Q. What was the weight of the butter?
Strange. The gross weight was eighty-seven pounds, the butter was sixty four pounds; he begged for mercy, and said he was very poor.
Q. Did you know him before?
Strange. I never saw him before to my knowledge.
James Oxley . I am porter to the prosecutors, Mess More and Strange; last Saturday was a fortnight I saw the prisoner with a firkin of butter in his hand in our cellar; I took him before he got it on his shoulder: I took him into the shop, and sent for a constable.
Q. from the prisoner. Did you not hear me say a man offered me a pint of beer to fetch it up?
Oxley. No, I did not.
Martha Butter . I live at Mr. More's; I was sent on an errand out at the door, and as I came back again, I saw the prisoner go down into the cellar and take a firkin of butter, and came up with it; I called to Oxley, the porter, and told him of it, and he went and took him directly; he was carried into the warehouse till a constable was sent for.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
To his character.
Q. What is his general character?
Townshend. I know very little of his character; he has dealt with my father for shoes; he is a weaver by trade.
Guilty . T .
485. (L.) Jane Sutherland was indicted for stealing six silver tea-spoons, a pair of silver tea-tongs, a fish-skin case, two metal ear-rings, and two necklaces , the property of William Horton , September 7 . +
Q. Have you seen any of them since?
Horton. I have seen the tongs, spoons, and earrings.
Q. Did the prisoner live servant with you?
Horton. No. she did not.
M. Wright. I cannot tell the day of the month.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
M. Wright. No, not to my knowledge; she called me in and said she heard I was going to be married, and offered the spoons to me; I thought they would be of service to me, and I gave her 22 s. for them; (produced in court, and deposed to by prosecutor.)
Elizabeth Horton . I stopped the prisoner at the bar in my entry, she had been up in the warehouse; I asked her what she wanted there; she said she wanted one Dixon a barber; when she got out of the door she clapped her hands together, and said if she did not find the barber she was ruined for ever; I let her go, not having been up to miss things.
These spoons were made a present to me by a young man, he is gone to the East-Indies.
Guilty . T .
486, 487. (L.) Thomas Barrill and James Siseland , were indicted for stealing two silk and cotton gowns, value 40 s. one other silk gown, one linen gown, five petticoats, three gauze aprons, two muslin aprons, one linen apron, three pair of pockets, a pair of muslin ruffles, a pair of thread stockings, a yard and quarter of burdett, and other things , the property of Catharine Chapman , spinster , September 6 . +
Mr. Baker. I am a pawnbroker: I live in Carnaby-street, Golden-square. Sarah Siseland brought a gown and petticoat on the 6th of September, two aprons on the 8th, and two petticoats on the 10th, and pledged them with me; she is said to be wife to Siseland the prisoner; I never saw the prisoners before they were taken up. After this, Siseland the prisoner came to my shop along with the constable, and enquired for these goods, and we brought them down; he said they were pledged at different times, but could not tell what they lay for, but guessed within a little; he was right as to the gown and petticoat for 17 s.
William Pain . I was before the Sitting Alderman, Sir Richard Gynn , on the 12th of September; a messenger came from Sir John Fielding , giving an account that they had got the two coachmen that had robbed the girl of her box; Sir Richard desired me to go up and bring them there; I went, and brought both the prisoners to Guildhall; there Siseland made a very free confession, and said he was concerned with the other prisoner in taking the box and opening it, and taking the things, and where they were; I found some at this last witness's house, some in Wardour street, some in Knave's-acre; he said his wife pawned most of them.
Q. What said Barrill?
Pain. He said but very little; I asked him while he was in the lodge at New Prison about them; he told me he had pawned one himself at a pawnbroker's in Wardour-street; I had Siseland and he handcuffed, and took them in a coach there, and there I found the gown as he had said; the pawnbroker let me have it very readily: his name was Hanse.
Q. In whose name was it pledged?
Pain. It was pledged in the name of Barrill, for I think 6 s. (produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix) I found a bundle at a workhouse by Berkeley-square, by the prisoner Siseland's direction, there were a great many of them; I found another gown at another pawnbroker's at Knave's-acre, by the information of Siseland, (all produced and deposed to by prosecutrix) there was a gown the prosecutrix described, which I heard Barrill own he had flung away.
Prosecutrix. I have got most of my things again.
I was going home with my coach; just at the farther end of Great Russel-street, I saw something lying in the street; I got down to see what it was and found it to be a box; I took and put it into my coach and left it at Sifeland's house, and asked him if he would let his wife carry some of the things to pawn, accordingly she did.
This man came and told me he had found a box and desired leave to leave it in my room, and I gave him liberty: I am a coachman also; I was then just come out of the workhouse, I had been sick.
To Barrill's character.
- Grosier. I live in Dean street, at the corner of St. Anne's-court; I have known Barrill between two and three years; he always bore a very good character.
- Taylor. I keep a public-house; I have known him between and seven years; he has a universal good character; I knew him when he drove my Lady Firebrace.
Q. What business is your husband?
E. Meeten. My husband is a barber; I lett out my house to lodgers.
Both guilty . T .
488. (M.) John Watts , otherwise John Miller , was indicted for stealing two pair of leather breeches, value 12 s. a thickset waistcoat, value 6 s. three thickset coats, value 40 s. two linen waistcoats, and one pair of thickset breeches, the property of John Dawson ; one green waistcoat, value 7 s. and one pair of cloth breeches, the property of Peter Dawson ; one thickset coat, one thickset waistcoat, and one pair of worsted breeches , the property of Kenelm Dawson , Sept. 11 . ||
John Dawson . I live in Monmouth-street; we are all separate traders there; I lost three thickset coats, two pair of leather breeches, a thickset waistcoat, a pair of thickset breeches, and two linen waistcoats; they were missing at separate times, and I found them again at the pawnbrokers; the prisoner confest he took them.
Q. How came you to suspect him?
J. Dawson. John Clements brought a thickset coat into my shop, to be sold on the 11th or 12th of September; I knew it to be mine, and I stopt it, which led me to the knowledge of the prisoner; he was taken before a magistrate, and there confessed he took the things mentioned at different times, and went round with us to the pawnbrokers, where we found them (two linen waistcoats, a pair of in breeches, and a thickset coat, produced and deposed to;) these we found in Berwick-street Soho, at Mr Cordey's; the prisoner made use of several names; here is my own hand-writing on the inside the leather breeches.
John Clements . I took some things out of pawn for the prisoner, at Mr. Price's near Clare-market, at the prisoner's desire, to go and sell them; they came to 1 l. 7 s. and 8 d. halfpenny; I went to Mr. Dawson to sell them, and he stopp'd me; then I told him who I had them of.
Mr. Cardey. These things here produced were pawned to me by the prisoner at the bar; he came by the name of John Miller , and said they were his own property, and gave me a direction where he lived; I looked upon him to be a gentleman, he came genteely dressed, every time in different sorts of cloaths; after that Mr. Dawson and he came together for them.
Mr. Nash (produced a thickset coat and a pair of breeches) These I took in of the prisoner at the bar, in the name of Miller.
J. Dawson. These are my property.
J. Dawson. I did not promise him that; I told him I would not indict him capitally; we found of his pawning goods to the value of 60 l.
The Jury were satisfied without any farther evidence as to the other prosecutors.
Guilty . T .
489. (L.) Elizabeth Strut , otherwise Elizabeth, wife of John Bowden , was indicted for stealing one pair of linen sheets, value 3 s. the property of Francis Britain , the same being in a certain lodging lett by contract by the said Francis to the said prisoner , &c. August 16 . ||
Francis Britain . I lett the prisoner a ready-furnished room, at 18 d. a week; about the beginning of August she came as a single woman out of place, and said she had nobody belonging to her; she lodged there about a fortnight; a woman that lodged in my house had lent her her key, to go up into her room for some things, after which she found her box broke open; then my wife and that woman went into the prisoner's room, and found the sheets were gone; I took her up, and upon her second examination I heard her confess where she had pawned them.
John Jones . The prisoner pledged this sheet (producing one) with me, the 12th of August, in the name of Elizabeth Jackson .
I know nothing about it.
For the prisoner.
Q. Is she a married woman?
A. Nesbit. I do not know whether she is, or is not; she has not been in London above seven or eight years; she behaved well as far as I understand while in service, which was four or five years.
Q. Have you ever heard her husband was under sentence of transportation?
A. Nesbit. No, not till lately.
Guilty . T .
There was another indictment against her.
490. (M.) Margaret Withers , widow , was indicted for stealing three pair of linen shift-sleeves, value 12 d. a looking-glass, value 6 d. a pair of leather breeches, value 12 d. a wig, a pair of stuff shoes, two linen handkerchiefs, and a linen shift , the property of Owen Spong , Sept. 9 . ||
Hannah Spong . I am wife to Owen Spong ; the things mentioned in the indictment were lost from out of our kitchen on the 9th of Sept. I was not gone out of the house half an hour; when I returned, I met the prisoner on the stairs coming up.
Q. Did you know her before?
H. Spong. No, I did not; she had a bundle with her; I did not speak to her; when I came down, I missed all the things, and found the window wide open; then I ran up into the street, I could not see her, but I called out I had been robbed; she was taken and brought back in about ten minutes, and the things also.
Richard White . I was standing at the gate-way where I work, and saw the prisoner come out of the prosecutor's house with a bundle, and run down the street; as soon as she turned the corner there was a hue and cry after her; I and another person pursued, the prisoner went into a chandler's shop, there the things were found in a coarse apron, such as I saw about the bundle when she came out of Mrs. Spong's house; the prisoner was secured.
Q. What did she say for herself?
White. She said she knew nothing at all of the things.
Robert Ford . I was told the prisoner went into a chandler's shop, I went in after her and stopped her in the passage; I went on into the yard, seeing she came from that way, and I found the bundle in the necessary-house, in a coarse apron; we took her before the Justice, there Mrs. Spong swore to the things.
Q. Did you see the prisoner in the necessary?
Ford. No, I did not.
Five weeks before the last sessions I bought half a peck of beans of Shock-a-Tory; I was asked who I bought them of, I told them; they said, you know he makes short measure: as I was going along they came and took hold of me, and pulled me by the cloak, and gave me such a black eye, the swelling fell down just like a lump of blood; I was taken to Westminster, then brought down here to Newgate; they broke my door open, and here is the key of my room; they left me nothing in the room but my bare bedstead; I sent a penny-post letter for a woman to come, I sent her for some things to shift me; she told me all was gone but my poor bedstead; then I heard my gown was in pawn, and the woman that pawned it was gone a hopping; then I heard it was hanging up in Broad St. Giles's to be sold; I was frighted when the people and Shock-a-Tory dragged me about, as bad as I should be at a man with a naked sword; I got into a place where was no thorough-fare, and was just coming out in the mouths of all my enemies when they seized me; I never saw an inch of the things till they brought them before the Justice.
Mary Brandel . I am wife to John Brandel , we live in Piccadilly ; the prisoner came to me and desired to have a lodging, and after some difficulty I let her have a room at half a crown a week; I missed a sheet from her bed the very day she went away, which is six weeks ago last Monday.
Q. How long did she lodge with you?
M. Brandel. She lodged with me but one week.
Q. Did you know of her going away?
Q. What are you?
A. Joland. I keep a sale-shop in White-lion-street; the prisoner brought the things mentioned to me at two separate times, and I bought them of her.
I am an utter stranger in town, and was out of necessaries, or I had not done it.
Guilty of stealing the curtains . T .
There was another indictment against her.
Mary Iverson . I live in Silver-court; I was going to Bartholomew-fair along with Thomas Nevil and Michael Brown , on Saturday night, Sept. 6th, I desired them to take care of my cloak; when we were at the top of Hosier-lane , I heard Thomas Nevil cry out that there was a thief, this was between seven and eight in the afternoon; I looked round and saw a great mob of people, but I did not see the prisoner that night, till the Monday following; Thomas Nevil had put my cloak into his pocket; the prisoner was secured, but the cloak was never found; it was in a handkerchief.
Q. What are you?
M. Iverson. I am a servant .
Thomas Nevil . I am a servant; I went to Bartholomew-fair along with Mary Iverson and Michael Brown ; her cloak was done up in a silk handkerchief; she desired I would take care of it; I put it in my right-hand coat pocket, in Hosier-lane; I was going to see the little man at the top of Hosier-lane; as I was standing among the mob, the prisoner took the cloak and handkerchief out of my pocket, I catched him at it; he ran out of the mob, and I after him; I catched hold of his coat; he threw them out of his hand, and two chaps took it up and ran away with it.
Q. Did you see him take it out of your pocket?
Nevil. I felt and saw him drawing it out.
Michael Brown . I was with the young woman and Nevil; I carried the cardinal till we came into Hosier-lane; I said to Nevil, You have a pocket, put the cloak into it: I had not given it him five minutes before he called out, Mich, I am robbed. I saw the prisoner and Nevil, and the constable, all on the ground together; the constable charged me to aid and assist; we carried the prisoner before the city marshal; I offered him half a guinea to let us have the cloak; he said he knew nothing of it. The next morning came his wife, as she called herself, and two men, and offered to pay Thomas Nevil for the cardinal if he would let him go; the city marshal said that could not be done.
I offered to pay for it in order to avoid the scandal of a prosecution; there was a mob, part were for going one way, and part the other, and in the scuffle the young man turned round and charged me with having the cardinal; then they said two boys had ran away with it; the mob was so great I could hardly stand on my legs; it is impossible, as his back was towards me, to see me if I had taken it out.
Guilty. Recommended . T .
John Whitney . I live at Hounslow ; I lost nineteen live geese out of a pen in the back yard, on the 21st of September, betwixt two and four in the morning; the prisoner was taken and brought back to me the same day, and the geese also, but they were all dead.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Whitney. No, I did not.
John Beds worth. I came to the Turk's-head at Stainers on the 21st of September, there was the prisoner drinking a pint of beer; I put my horse into the stable; there was an ass, a sack, and a bag, in which were some dead geese; I brought them into the house, and asked who owned them; the prisoner said they were his; I asked him how he came by them; he said he bought them for a shilling a-piece; I asked him where; he said at Hounds, near the place, where we found afterwards, they were lost from; I took them out of the sack and bag that they should not spoil by lying together; there were nineteen of them, their throats were all cut; I laid them on some faggots, then we brought them and the prisoner back to Justice Bulstrode.
Q. What time did you first meet with the prisoner?
Q. to prosecutor. By what did you know the geese?
Prosecutor. I knew them as soon as I saw them; I had marked them on the foot (he produced a leg, and shewed the mark to the Jury)
William Roberts . I was in my cart near the turnpike, the prisoner was coming with his ass; I got down out of the cart, and asked him what he had to sell, and clapped my hand upon the sack, and found they were geese; the prisoner said they were all sold; then I went on about my business to Staines; there I got the headborough, and took the prisoner up at the Turk's-head.
I shall clear myself as well as I can: on the Saturday before I was apprehended, I set out from the Turk's-head with intention to come to London, to pay a little money that I owed to Mr. Conner, at the Bull's-head in Kent street; coming to Brentford I met some acquaintance, and got in liquor, they persuaded me to go to Staines; coming thro' Hounslow some boys play'd the rogue with my ass; they cut the crupper, saddle and bridle, and used me ill; I was advised to make the best of my way to Staines, by people that came and took my part; when I came upon the heath, I lay down to sleep, and awaked about four in the morning; there came a man up to me and said, My cock, will you buy some geese; I said, where are they; he said they are not far off; I said, how came you by them here at this time of the morning; he said he drove them from Wiltshire, and they grew so tired he was obliged to kill them, and as you have an ass you are capable of carrying them; he took me to a ditch, there they all lay: I thought I could lose no great matter by them, so I gave him 19 s. for the nineteen geese: I cry about hair skins, rabbit skins, old rags, and old flint glass.
Guilty . T .
No evidence was given.
Both acquitted .
Mr. Carey. I am a pawnbroker in Fox's-court, Gray's-inn lane; the prisoner offered this silver spoon to pledge; she said she brought it for a neighbour; on referring to the papers I found it advertised; I got a peace officer and took her into custody; she said she would shew us the party she had it of, but could or would not; she charged a boy; he was examined, but nothing appeared against him, he was cleared.
A lad gave it me to pawn.
Guilty . T .
Richard Segerly . I was coming up Stanhope-street, there was the prisoner at the bar and two other men; I stopped and drank with them, and was going home; my son was with me, and in Prince's-street they stopped me and took my watch from my son and ran away; at the time it was taken, the prisoner pushed against me, and said, Halloo, then ran after the others full drive; I took him and carried him before Sir John Fielding , but found nothing upon him.
Richard Segerly the younger. I am 14 years of age. My father and I were coming along, the prisoner and two others were with us; they asked me what o'clock it was; my father gave me the watch, and bid me tell them; they snatched the watch from me and ran away.
Q. Who snatched it away?
R. Segerly. The prisoner was not the person that took it, he was talking with my father at the time.
The prisoner had nothing to say.
William Bibby . The prisoner pledged this pencil-case with me for 2 s.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
Guilty, 10 d. W .
The prisoner was acquitted on account of his tender age .
Edward Jenden . On the 6th of September I saw the prisoner get out at her own window, and go in at the gariet window belonging to Mr. Squibb; she continued there about half a minute, and returned to her own room again, with some things in her apron; just as she was getting out she let it fall on the leads, but I did not know what it was; I went over and acquainted the people with what I had seen, and upon searching, they said they missed a silk petticoat; upon which the prisoner was taken up.
Anne Shanksford I am servant to Mr. Hill, in Castle-street, a pawnbroker; the prisoner pledged this petticoat with me on the 6th of September, between nine and ten o'clock, for 7 s. (produced and deposed to by prosecutrix.)
I leave it to the mercy of the court.
Guilty . T .
501. (M.) Elizabeth Nunn , spinster , was indicted for stealing a bank note, payable to Edward Stone , or bearer, in value 20 l. and ten guineas, the property of Peter Henry Shelf , in the dwelling-house of the said Peter , Sept. 11 . ||
Peter Henry Shelf . I live in Castle-street, Leicester-fields , and am a staymaker by trade. I was robbed the 10th or 11th of September of about 30 l. there was a 20 l. bank note, No 447; I took it out in my own name; it is made payable to Edward Stone , or bearer; the rest was all in guineas; they were taken out of my bureau in my kitchen, which I had left locked; I got a warrant for four people; the prisoner was in my house as a servant out of place; she kept company with a man that had been a serjeant, but was discharged; I found a piece of black gauze, my property, in her box, and she slinging money about like hail, made me suspect her; she was committed on suspicion; the note was found upon her, about eight days after she was committed to the Gatehouse.
Margaret Cadwell . I was at the Gatehouse to see a particular friend of mine; the prisoner said she wanted to speak with me; she said she had got a note, and would be glad to have it changed; I said, I did not know how to go about it; she said she was at a loss to go about it, she would give me a guinea if I would do it; I took it and carried it to a lawyer's clerk, who advised me to find out the owner, which I did; (produced in court and deposed to by prosecutor) she said she had it of a gentleman whom she had had connections with.
Stephen Joyce . I am a constable; I took all the people in the house in custody, and examined them, but upon finding this black gauze in the prisoner's box, which the prosecutor said was taken from the same place where the money and note was, the rest were acquitted; I found her in bed with a gentleman at the Star Inn in the Strand; she had but 2 s. about her.
I know nothing of the note; I found it in my box after I sent for it.
Guilty of stealing, but not in the dwelling-house . T .
James Lamb . The prisoner was a lodger of mine; he had lodged with me seven weeks; he took a dozen of caps out of a bag of goods; I followed him, and asked him what he was going to do with them; he said, he was only doing it in fun.
Q. How did he behave in common?
Lamb. He always kept good hours; he usually came in about ten o'clock; he abused me afterwards.
Q. Should you have charged him with this if there had not been a quarrel?
Lamb. No, I should not, I believe.
William Hand The prisoner was charged after missing the hat and waistcoat, and he owned he did steal them, and told where he had pawned them, and they were found accordingly.
Guilty, 10 d. W .
504. (L.) John Walton was indicted for stealing two yards and a half of gauze, value 8 s. a gauze handkerchief, value 2 s. and 16 ounces of thread, value 2 s. the property of Edward Hewit and Benjamin Brockhurst , Oct. 16 . ||
Benj Brockhurst . Edward Hewit and I are partners, we keep a warehouse in Newgate-street . and deal in silk and linen thread ; we parted with a servant who we thought defrauded us, and took the prisoner in his place, and since we have had suspicion of him; on the 15th of October he was employed in tying up coloured thread, as we had a great deal in the warehouse scattered about; on that day I sent him out some business, and bid him call upon customers in his way, to know if they had any particular orders for gauze; I was informed he had received orders; he did not live in the house; when he came the next morning, I desired him to take out these gauzes that had been ordered; after that was done I sent him out, that I might have an opportunity of taking the exact quantity he had put up; I counted them twice over, and set the contents of them down; I staid to see the parcel, till he came and took it into his custody; he went out with it, and returned in the evening; after he was gone, William Stocker and I counted the gauzes; it contained 24 yards and a half, and more, and when he came home there was only 23 yards, so that the quantity of an apron was taken off; it was ell wide, I marked it, and have had it in my custody ever since; then I applied to Mr. Alderman Alsop for a warrant to take up the prisoner, and search his house; on the Saturday night I paid him his wages, and took a receipt in full; as he said he should not go to his new master till the latter end of the week, I said I should be glad if he would come to me on the Monday morning; on the Monday morning I took him into the dining-room with my servant Stocker, and shewed him the two warrants I had got; he said he did not know what I meant; I said to him, I will make you no promises at all, before I ask you any thing, but you must think in letting me know what was become of my property, can be the only means of saving your life; that is, I meant not to indict him capitally; we have strictly forbid our servants from leaving our property in the hands of any person without our knowledge and permission; I shewed him the piece of gauze, and asked him what was become of that which was cut off; he said, I have the money for you, if you will take it; I said, that was a vain excuse, we sell to no body less than six yards; he then fell on his knees, and said he hoped I would forgive him, he would confess all; he said he had sold this to Mrs. Mary Judd for five shilling and six-pence, and he had about a month before sold her some for five shillings, and a handkerchief for two shillings and four-pence, and applied the money to his own use; then he owned he had a pound of coloured thread at home, which he took to sell to a person near Aldersgate-street, and a gauze handkerchief, which he took to sell to a gentlewoman's servant; I put him in custody of an officer, and went to his house, and found the thread and handkerchief; I having a great opinion of his wife, she saying there was nothing else, I did not search any farther; I went then to Mrs. Mary Judd , and she delivered the piece of gauze, which she had bought of him, to me; she could not find the handkerchief, but said she had bought one of him, and likewise a piece of gauze before; the prisoner confessed the same to Mr. Alderman Alsop, as he had done to me before; he came to be our servant in February 1764.
William Stocker confirmed the evidence given by the prosecutor; and Mary Judd that of buying the separate articles of the prisoner mentioned by the prosecutor; she likewise said the prisoner told her he was going third partner with his masters. The piece which she bought produced, and compared with the piece it was cut from, and they agreed exactly, it being cut in the middle of a flowered stripe.
Mr. Turner. About a year ago I bought an apron and handkerchief of the prisoner, and paid he full value for them, but did not know who employed him till this affair.
Frederic Delaney. The prisoner came to my shop about a month ago, and shewed me a piece of gauze, and said here is a pretty present my master has made me; I said it is a very smart thing, what is the value of it; he said about a crown, and I gave him a crown for it; I did not know who was his master at that time.
I said to Mrs. Judd, I am going to leave the gentlemen who I live with now, and am going to some other gentleman; and I was to be represented
He called Mr. Mullings a haberdasher, with whom he had lived servant near twelve months; Mr. M'Carty, a baker; Joshua Beet , a publican; Mr. Williams, a pattern drawer; John Bond , John Bromley , Joseph Rhodes , and Henry Rhodes , who gave him a good character.
Guilty . B .
John Horobin . The prisoner was my servant ; I was out, and when I came home, I missed out of a bureau that was not locked, 4 l. 8 s. 2 d. there should have been ten guineas, but there was left only 6 l. 1 s. 10 d. I had a very good opinion of the prisoner, but could not think it was taken by any other person; I asked her about it; she denied knowing any thing of it; when I told her she must go before the Alderman, then she told me she had found something in her pocket; I said, what is it; she said it is an halfpenny; she laid it down, it was a guinea; then I said I could not recollect I had such a guinea as that, but I really believed I should find it out by enquiring; I found she used to buy the tea at Mrs. Robinson's; I went there and said to her, Pray can you give me change for a guinea? No, said she; I said, Did not my maid bring you some silver here to change for a guinea? she answered, Your maid brought a guinea, part in silver, with her master's compliments, thinking I wanted silver; I said, Should you know the guinea again; she said, she believed she could; I laid the guinea down; she and her husband said they believed it was the same; Mrs. Robinson went with me to my house; when the prisoner saw her, she put her apron before her face, I said, Are not you a vilegirl; have I not told you, when you wanted money, to apply to Mr. Middleton; she went down into the cellar and brought up 2 l. 18 s. 3 d. and laid it on the dresser; then there wanted 8 s. 11 d. said I, there is a ring missing, if you will give me an account of that, I'll do all in my power to get you a flight punishment; she would not own to any thing about it; then I sent for a watchman, and she was taken to the watch-house; I took her afterwards to the Alderman, and she was committed. She had lived with me between three and four months.
I beg you will be as favourable as possible.
Robert Newman . I live at the Queen's-head, Bishopsgate-street . On the 19th of September, the prisoner and 2 or 3 other women were in the taphouse; they called for some beer; the tea-kettle stood by the fire side; the people went away, and my maid missed the tea-kettle; I sent people out; the prisoner was soon brought back; I said she had got my tea-kettle; she said she had not, and bid me take care what I was at, and wished a great many bad wishes; when she found I would take her before my Lord-Mayor, she said she wanted to speak with me, if I would go backwards; then she said she had carried it into Petticoat-lane, and pledged it for 18 d. there I found it; (produced and deposed to.)
I met a sister to my former husband; we went in and had some beer; when we went out, she said, be so kind to take this tea-kettle and pledge it for me; so I took and pawned it for 18 d. I did not know but it was her own.
Guilty . T .
507. (L.) John Clark was indicted for high treason, in feloniously and traiterously impairing and lightening a guinea and a half guinea, the current coin of this realm, contrary to the statute in that case made and provided , Aug. 30 . *
John Garner . I was an apprentice to the prisoner, he lives in Primrose-street; as near as I can guess, he worked in gold last January, and not since; he is a watchcase-maker ; a man brought a job, what we call a pendant hole, to be soldered, about last November; I went up with it into the shop; there was a guinea lay in the leather that is fastened to the board to catch the filings, which lies upon his lap when he is sitting to work; he was then sitting at his work; he was angry, and said I had no business to come up, but when any job was brought, to ring the bell. He sent me out often with guineas; may be in one day, to get two half guineas, and when I had got them, in about an hour after he would send me out with them to get quarter guineas; I thought there was something not right; I bored a hole through the wainscot,
Q. Do you mean you are not positive as to the piece of money?
Garner. I could not tell what it was; it looked like gold, about the size of a guinea; I saw him hold it in his fingers, and use the file to it; I looked through this hole two or three times, and always saw something of the same sort going on, as near as I can guess they were guineas; they were gold, but what pieces I cannot tell: I can speak to looking through this hole four times; he shut the door, and the key was on the outside.
Q. When he gave you guineas, or half guineas to change, did you make any observations on them?
Garner. I cannot say I did; the people have sent me back with them not being weight.
Q. Who did you apply to on this affair?
Garner. I applied to my father, and I believe he went to the solicitor.
Q. Did you ever take notice of any other pieces of money, that was of any other shape than that of a guinea?
Garner. There might be some less, I cannot say to that
Q. Was you ever sent out with any other money besides guineas and half guineas?
Garner. I have with five and threepenny pieces; I have seen him file money, it was bigger than quarter guineas; I am sure it was money.
Q. What leads you to believe that?
Garner. Because he used to send me out so to change money; I have minded sometimes I have been sent back with one of the half guineas, to get two five and threepenny pieces.
Q. What distance was the place where he worked from the hole you made?
Garner. About two yards and a half.
Q. Was you near enough to see any sort of impression?
Garner. I was not.
Council. Then you suppose it was money from the size, and the circumstance of being sent out to change money?
Garner. That is all I speak from.
Q. Did he do any thing to the guinea you saw in the skin?
Garner. No, nothing at all as I saw.
Q. Was there any filings in the skin at that time?
Garner. I cannot be positive.
Q. Was there any gold besides the guinea there?
Garner. No, none at all; there were silver filings, no silver money.
Q. Was he working any pieces of silver?
Garner. There were pieces of silver lying near him.
Q. Did he use this skin in his trade?
Garner. Yes, to catch the filings.
Q. Whether the filings do not remain in a file till they are brushed out?
Garner. They do.
Thomas Rothwell . I am an officer; I apprehended the prisoner the 30th of August, Mr. Nash was with me; we were called up stairs; he was locked into a garret where they worked; we went in suddenly upon him, he heard the noise, and was standing up when we went into the room; we looked about, but did not observe any thing at first; my partner searched him, and found three guineas and a half in his pocket; and in the mean time the prisoner took a guinea out of his pocket, and laid it upon a block where a cloth lay hollow, he seemed to lay it under the hollow part of the cloth, but I saw it between his fingers and thumb before he laid it down; the other three guineas and a half were found in the other waistcoat pocket.
Q. Had that guinea he put under the cloth any particular marks upon it?
Rothwell. It had been just fresh filed.
Q. Was it filed all round?
Rothwell. No, there was but about two thirds of it filed; (the guinea produced) I saw several files, one of which had gold in the teeth, that lay on the bench directly over the skin, near the filing place; the other files lay near to the same place.
Q. Were there any filings in this skin or apron?
Rothwell. I took out the filings and put them in a paper, and brought them away, and delivered them to the master of the Assay-office at the Mint; I have part of the filings that were left, which the gentleman did not take of me; (produced in court.)
Q. Was there any gold work in the shop?
Rothwell. We could not find any, and we searched very narrowly.
Q. Did you ask the prisoner whether he had any gold work about?
Rothwell. No, I did not.
Q. Did you find any books in his custody?
Rothwell. Yes; the next witness will give an account of that.
*** The Last Part of these Proceedings will be published in a few Days.
NUMBER VIII. PART II.
Printed for J. WILKIE, at the Bible, in St. Paul's Church-Yard.
King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery held for the City of LONDON, &c.
I WAS employed with Mr. Rothwell in making this search; we had a warrant against the prisoner, it was some time before we could execute it; when we came into the room, he was very much confused, and stood up; I searched his breeches pocket, and found some silver, but no gold; in his waistcoat pocket I found two guineas and two half guineas; while I was searching his waistcoat pocket, my partner saw something pass, I cannot say I did; I saw some dust in the skin, that looked like gold.
Q. Was it two guineas and two half guineas, or three guineas.
Nash. My partner made a mistake, there were two whole guineas and two half guineas; as to the other guinea, I saw it on the block. I did not see it put there, it was designed, I believe, to be concealed; I took all the books I could find, and brought them to Mr. Chamberlaine; we found no gold-work, notwithstanding we searched.
Mr. Chamberlaine. I received these books of Nash the officer, they are in the same condition I received them (produced in court.)
Q. to clerk of arraigns. Read (it is read.)
April 25, &c.
Recd a light 1 : 7
Crowns 18 pennyweights
1/2 Crowns 9
Shillings 3 pennyweights 16 grains
Guineas 5 pennyweights 4 grains
1/2 Guineas 2 pennyweights 14 grains.
Council for Crown Now your Lordship will see by the assay-master, what the proper weight is of the several pieces.
Court. This looks like a rule, how much may be taken off to reduce them; here is one grain upon a port, repeated in different columns.
Q. What is the proper weight a guinea should weigh?
Lucas. A guinea should weigh 5 penny-weights, 9 grains, and very near a half. In the book, against a guinea, is put 5 pennyweights, 4 grains, that is, 5 grains and a half lighter; so that 5 grains and a half must be taken off to bring them down to that weight.
Q. Did you ever weigh this guinea here produced?
Lucas. It weighs 4 pennyweights, 21 grains, and a half, that is, about 11 grains and a half under the true weight.
Q. How much is that guinea worth?
Lucas. About 20 pence short of the real value.
Q. There were some filings found by the man, part of which he delivered to you, and the other part are now produced in court, Did you ever weigh these filings?
Lucas. The whole filings weighed about 10 grains.
Q. How much does that guinea and the filings weigh?
Lucas. It is within a grain and a half of the true weight.
Q. Did you try the filings?
Lucas. I tried a part, which I found worse than the standard, about a ninetieth part below the standard.
Q. I should be glad to know, whether by sweeping the filings from the skin, a small particle of other metal might not get among it?
Lucas. A small particle of another matter might cause it.
Q. What coin is this guinea?
I acknowledge the files, that they had gold sticking in them; I have files for gold, and files for silver; when I work in gold, I use gold files, and let them lie till I work in gold again; as for the guinea, I believe I can prove where I took it; I always have gold and silver in my shop; I have
For the prisoner.
- Goadby. I live at Lambeth, and am a grocer; the prisoner received 3 guineas of me the day before he was taken up, for a watch which I bought of him; one of the guineas he scrupled, on account of its being a light one; I agreed to take it back again, provided he did not get it off; how I came by it I do not know; whether this is the guinea in dispute I cannot say.
Q. Was any thing remarkable in that guinea?
Goadby. Yes, it rather looked smaller, some part smooth, some rough, it had a very remarkable look.
Q. Did it look as if part of it had been taken away?
Goadby. It did; I thought it was rather too light, and he proved it to me.
Q. Was it a new guinea or an old one?
Goadby. I cannot tell.
Q. Was any thing particular in the appearance of it?
Goadby. The edges were in some places smooth, in others rough; I do not know how it came so.
Q. Was it dirty, as many are?
Goadby. No, it was a bright guinea.
Q. Was any part particularly bright?
Goadby. Yes, it looked as if it had not been in common use.
Q. Did you take it in your hand, or observe any thing particular in the feel of it?
Goadby. No, I did not.
Q. Did you ever deal with the prisoner before?
Goadby. Yes, we have had dealings.
Q. He has had guineas of you before, I suppose?
Q. Did he ever object to your money, or you to his?
Goadby. No, never.
Q. What has he dealt with you in?
Goadby. In tea, and other articles in the grocery way; I have received of him to the amount of 14 and 15 shillings at a time.
- Blaney. I went into the prisoner's workshop, and looked through the hole to see if I could see what a person was doing of as he sat at the board; I went again last Saturday, and sat in the same position a person would that was to work. I have known the prisoner about 8 years, I always looked upon him to be a very honest man, and one that lived in credit.
Q. Can you tell the meaning of these words in the book, May 25, began gaming.
Blaney. No, I do not.
John Buckley . I went into the prisoner's workshop, and looked through the hole, to see Mr. Blaney sitting at work on the prisoner's seat; I looked as nigh as I could into every place, there was no such thing as seeing what he was filing, he sat about 2 yards from the hole, he sat with his back to the hole; we were let into the room afterwards, and stood within a foot of him; if he sat sideways, I could not see what he was filing of; I have known him four or five years; I believe he has pretty good business; I never heard any thing of him but a good character.
Q. Did you look through all the holes?
Buckley. I did.
Q. Could you discover whether he was filing a tankard, or a thing the size of a guinea?
Buckley. Not if he sat sideways, I could not see his hand nor his apron.
Q. What is his character?
Lloyd. I never trouble myself with any of my neighbours, I keep no company, or go to an alehouse once in a quarter of a year; I do not remember I ever had light money of him.
- Jackson. I keep a public-house in the neighbourhood; the prisoner uses my house, his character is that of an honest man; I have received a great deal of gold of him, I suppose I have changed him an hundred pounds at times, I never had any objection to any money he brought.
- Delacourt. I live in Slaughter-street, I have known him seven years, he has the character of an honest man.
- Brisace. I am a pattern-drawer, I have known him five or six years, he has a fair and just character.
- Harvey. I am a shoemaker, I have worked for him and his family, he always paid me, and he bore a good character.
Hen. Aldwin. I live in Primrose-street, I have
Guilty , Death .
Edward Ward . I saw the prisoner last Saturday morning take about five pecks of coals, the property of Mess. Purriers, out of a lighter of Mr. Smith's; William Davis was with me; we took him immediately; the lighter lay at Trigg stairs.
I do not know what to say.
Guilty . T .
Tho Baxter . I keep the Brown Bear in the Strand ; I lost a silver tankard about 12 months ago; the prisoner came to our house on the 11th of this instant, and called for a pint of beer; my sister was in the room; she came and said, there is the man come in that stole our tankard about twelve months ago; I carried the beer to him myself, on purpose to look at him; I then believed him to be the man; then I said, we will watch him to night; I went out of that room, and told two or three people that man we suspected was the man that took our tankard; I bored a hole through a place, and set my wife to watch him; after some time, my wife said, Come, come, now he is going to take it; he had before asked for a news paper, and had sat about an hour and a half; he covered the tankard with the paper, and then put his hand under the paper and conveyed it somewhere about him; then he put his hand behind him, I suppose to fasten it; there was Mr. Evans and Mr. Marks, whom I had mentioned the prisoner to; presently Mr. Marks came out and said, Baxter, I want to speak with you; that man has stole your tankard; I said, I knew that some time ago; the prisoner got up to go away, Mr. Marks followed him, and at the door said, How dare you take this man's property from him; said the prisoner, How dare you insult a gentleman in this manner; I said to the prisoner, I know you have my tankard about you; Mr. Marks put his hand betwixt the prisoner's legs, and pulled the tankard down from behind him, and a handkerchief which he had slinged it in; this was just after the prisoner was gone out of the room where he was drinking, into the yard; it is a long passage.
John Marks . I was at Mr. Baxter's house. I am a taylor; my master was to pay me there that night; when he went to Mr. Baxter for change, Mr. Baxter said he could not do it; then he suspected he had a thief in the house; the prisoner call'd for the paper, and was reading it I believe an hour and an half; when the people went from the table he was at, he turned round and laid the paper over the tankard, and looking afterwards, I found the tankard was gone; I went to Mr. Baxter at the door, and said, the man has stole your tankard; he said he knew that; the prisoner came past me into the yard; I collared him and said, You have got a tankard of Mr. Baxter's; he said, I have not, how can you charge a gentleman so; search me; then Mr. Baxter took him by the collar, and I felt and found the tankard hanging behind him; there was a handkerchief put through the handle; I laid hold of that and pulled it from him; (produced and deposed to.)
Margaret, wife of Mr. Baxter, confirmed the evidence given by her husband and Mr. Marks.
I was drinking in that house; there were a great many people in the room; Mr. Baxter gave them a gallon of beer to watch me while I was there, to see if I took away this tankard; I took it to carry it to the bar, and Mr. Baxter took hold of one arm, and that man the other, and the tankard dropped down. I was brought up with my uncle, a woodmonger, in Scotland, and am waiting for a place under the government.
Prosecutor. The prisoner was a yard or two beyond the bar.
Guilty . T .
See him tried for stealing a silver mug last sessions, No 427.
Joseph Jones . The prisoner was a shopmate and bedfellow of mine, plane-makers ; he asked me to take a walk with him into the Park; at ten at night the 10th of August, coming home, we went and had some beer at the Two Chairmen in Hedge-lane; I found it was a bad house; we had two pints of beer, and seven or eight quarterns of gin;John Fielding ; I told the clerk what I had lost; there was found in the prisoner's skirt of his coat, a handkerchief, in which was a half guinea, a quarter guinea, a 6 s. 9 d. piece, some silver, and some brass, and in the other skirt I found my watch; (produced and deposed to.)
Q. Was you in liquor?
Jones. I was; I think he was something soberer than I.
Q. Are you certain whether you did not give them to him to take care of for you?
Jones. I am not certain; I believe not.
John Healey . On Saturday the 11th of October I searched the prisoner, and could find nothing in his pockets; I found something hard in the lining of his coat; I asked him what he had there; he said, only a few halfpence; I found holes in both the linings, they seemed to be cut; in one side I found half a guinea, a quarter guinea, a 6 s. 9 d. piece, some silver, and some halfpence, and this watch in the lining on the other side; the prosecutor said his name was on the outside of the inside case, if it was his, which is now upon it; then he asked the prisoner what he had done with the guinea; he said he had changed it at a barber's in Drury-lane, to pay him for a false tail to his hair.
William Dolley . The prosecutor and prisoner both worked for me; I was with the prosecutor when we met the prisoner in Drury-lane; (the rest as Healey had related, with this addition, that the prisoner had worked for him about ten weeks, and behaved very well.)
Coming home at night he fell down, and I took the watch and money from him, and cut holes in the lining of my coat as I was fuddled too, to secure them for him.
For the prisoner.
Thomas Moody . I am a plane-maker, and live at Birmingham; the prisoner is my apprentice; he has now upwards of 12 months to serve; he was the willingest lad in the world to do any thing; I never found he wronged me of a farthing.
Q. How old is he?
Moody. He is about 19 years old.
Q. How came he to leave you?
Moody. There came a letter to a person in Birmingham for a man, and the prisoner was by that means prevailed upon to leave me.
Dolley. I sent a letter to a friend to help me to a man, and the prisoner came up.
Moody. I would take him again was he at liberty; he left me on the 26th or 27th of August last; his friends live in Herefordshire, very reputable people.
George Booth . I keep the Coach and Horses alehouse in Fan's-alley, near Aldersgate-bars ; the prisoner lived next door but one to me; she brought home 22 pint pots, my property, and said she found them all in her closet; I said, I'll take care you shall not go home again; I sent for a constable, and she was committed, and the next day we found this melted pewter in her room; here is 28 pounds and a half of it; (produced in, court.)
Q. What is the prisoner?
Booth. She is a quilter ; they were among the wool which she uses.
- Saunders. On the 23d of last month, I was employed in removing some of the prisoner's things for her out of a room into a garret; in a closet I found a pint pot; I saw the name upon it; after that I found three or four more; I soon found a dozen; I said, these are all Mr. Booth's pots; she said, put them into my apron, I'll carry them home, which she did; after that I found ten more, and a half pint pot; she carried them home, and after she was taken before the Justice, I found one more pint pot; and the day after I found the metal there tied up in a coarse apron, in an earthen dish, upon the ground.
I know nothing of their being there.
Timothy Kennedy was indicted for stealing a silk cardinal, value 6 s. the property of John Peirce , Oct. 20 . ++
Anne Peirce . I am wife to John Peirce ; I live in Swallow-street, my husband is a chairman . On Monday night, the 20th of this instant, I lost two cardinals, one was missing; about half an hour after eight o'clock, the prisoner had been with my husband on the Saturday night, Sunday night, and Monday in the afternoon; I found the cardinal at the pawnbroker's last Tuesday morning; I charged the prisoner with it; he owned to me he had taken it, and that he pawned it himself for 4 s.
Prisoner. She sent me to pawn it for 4 or 5 s.
A. Peirce. I never did any such thing; (produced and deposed to.)
Charles Murphy . I am servant to Mr. Stockdale, a pawnbroker; the prisoner at the bar brought this cloak to me between eight and nine last Monday evening; he asked five shillings upon it, I lent him four.
This woman brought me into this scrape; I wanted to borrow two-pence of her before her mother, and she refused it; and when the mother was gone, she gave me this cloak to pawn.
A. Pierce. This is all false; he had not a word to say for himself before the Justice, only that he took it out of a joke.
For the prisoner.
Guilty . T .
John Ashley . I live at Parson's-green, in the parish of Fulham ; we catched the prisoner upon a bay mare of mine, last Friday morning, about half an hour after twelve, in the road, about one hundred yards from the place where I put her.
Prisoner. What, tried for horse stealing, for stealing a mare, how is that?
Court. Prisoner behave decently; consider you are trying for your life.
Ashley. About half an hour after nine that night, I went to fodder up my cattle, the prisoner was in the yard; he came running to me with a fork, as if he intended to run it through me, and asked me what I wanted there; I said, I would let him know, and desired him to let me have the fork to serve up my cattle; he delivered it to me.
Q. Did you know the prisoner before?
Ashley. He is quite a stranger to me. The mare was in this yard; the yard is about one hundred yards from my house; after this he began to beg for mercy, for fear I should hurt him; I said, I had no ill against him; then he begged leave to lie down there; I gave him leave. I went home to bed; the landlord at a public house near me, was alarmed by his bitch; he seeing the prisoner on my mare in the road, called out at the window to me; two young men that are here, and my wife and I, ran out and took him on the mare.
Q. How did the prisoner behave upon that?
Ashley. He behaved foolish, as I thought.
Q. Was he in liquor?
Ashley. No, he was rather foolish.
Q. Did you think he was in his senses?
Ashley. Sometimes we thought he was, and sometimes not; we could not tell what to make of him; we took him before Sir John Fielding ; Sir John asked him what he was; he answered, What am I, why a man. The Justice said, that was not what he asked him; he said what countryman are you; he said he was a man of Kent: the Justice asked him where he lay; he said, where some hogs and cows, and where the mare was; he asked him what he was going to do with the mare; he said, d - n the mare, she was not worth two pence. (Indeed she was just come off a journey from Leighton-Buzzard in Bedfordshire, and was very tired.)
Q. Had the prisoner a bridle or saddle?
Ashley. He had, and a halter too; I had left them in a shed in the yard.
- Dickenson. I was one that went to the prisoner when he was upon the mare; I asked him where he was going; he said, about four miles into the country to his farm; he had a pitchfork in his hand; I said, what are you going to do with that; he said he was going a haymaking; I said, where did you get this mare; he said out of a wood; I said, who does she belong to; he said, to his master; I asked him who was his master; he said, himself; the constable ordered me to search him; I found his pockets loaded with brickbats, and pieces of tiles, and glass, and the like.
Q. Was he going away with the mare?
Dickinson. The prosecutor's wife went up to him first; when I came to him he was on the mare, standing still on the road.
James Priseman . I went out and saw the prisoner on the mare in the road, and Dickenson led the mare to the public-house; I was charged to aid and assist to get him to the Round-house.
They make a very long story of it, in telling a pack of lies; now they have told their story, it is time to tell mine: I was tired upon the road, and had no money, and destitute of lodging, I came by the house - there was no house: I saw a hay-stack or two; I went into the yard, and saw two horses, and two cows; thinks I, I must lie down somewhere; I saw a post-chaise coming by; I thought there was something more than ordinary; I thought something was coming over the wall; I took hold of a fork, and put up some straw; and got in among the hogs; I did not quite like that; then I got upon one of the horses, and rode backwards and forwards; I thought if any body came to hurt me, I would run the fork in them; some body called out at a window; there came five or six of them, and got hold of the bridle, and stopped me; I told them I was a centinel; I thought I would ride as well as sleep, but d - n the mare, she would not go when I wanted her to go; I wish I had never seen her; she was not worth a farthing; I could not see any body to ask leave; I have been a soldier; I lost my right-hand where general Wolfe was killed; I am an out-pensioner at Chelsea, and have been going on these seven years.
Prosecutor. I have heard he has been a watchman somewhere in St. James's, and that he behaved much in the same manner there.
George Shefield . I live in Swan-street, Bethnal-green ; I lost four live cocks, and five live hens, on the 16th of last month. I was informed a person was taken with my sowls; I went as directed to the house of one Brebrook, there were my fowls hanging up dead; I was directed to the thief in New Prison; I went there and saw the prisoner; he told me a young man that knew my place, led him there; that he opened the gate with a knife, or a bit of iron, and went in, and took the fowls off the roost; that the other man killed them, and he himself put them in a sack; I swore to the fowls.
The young fellow lay two or three nights alongside of me; he had left his work and lodgings; he said there were some fowls where he had used to work, which his mother would not let him take away, and he was resolved to go by night, and fetch them, so I went along with him; I thought they were his own.
Guilty . T .
James Upjohn . I am a watchmaker , and live in Clerkenwell ; my servant came and told me a woman had taken a tea-chest; this was last Saturday; I followed her, and she was taken in Red-lion-street; it was the prisoner at the bar; the next witness will give a farther account.
Edward Bracebridge . I saw a woman go along the passage in the house, towards the parlour-door; I called to her to know what she wanted; I called again, she made no answer, but went out; I followed her, and at about the fourth door I laid hold of her arm, and asked her what she wanted in our house; she said, she wanted a little girl; I saw my mistress's tea-chest under her arm; I took hold of it; she let it go, and went to go through a place where was no thoroughfare; she went through a person's house, and came into the street again; then I went and took hold of her, and brought her back into my master's house (the chest and things in it produced and deposed to.)
I was not the woman; I was going up the street asking for an acquaintance of mine; I went down a little alley, and saw a multitude of people on the top of it; so I went into the house, and asked a girl if I might go through; then I was seized and carried back to the gentleman's house.
Guilty, 10 d. W .
James Eversdale , in the dwelling house of Aaron Eaton , June 14 . *
James Eversdale . On the 14th of June last, I inclosed a bank bill of 25 l. and a bank post bill in a letter, and carried the letter to Mr. Aaron Eaton 's; in Chancery-lane , and put it in with my own hands; the bank note was No H. 243, payable to Mr. Henry Hoare and Co. dated May 22, 1766; I saw two young fellows at work in the shop when I delivered it; the letter was directed to Mr. Western; I paid 8 d. for it; I not receiving a letter from the country of the receiving it, as I desired for a post or two, I sent another letter giving an account of this of the 14th; Mr. Western informed me he had not received it; I then went to Mr. Eaton's, and told him I had put a letter in such a day, and paid for it, and it had not been received; he advertised the letter, and shewed me the paper; he asked me the value of the notes; I told him one was 25 l. the other 10 l. he said there was a note of 25 l. found, and shewed me the prisoner; I desired him to take care of him till I had been at the Post-office, to know how to proceed; I went, and had orders to go and bring the prisoner there; I went to Mr. Eaton's, and told him what a commission I had from the office; I was going out with him, turning round I heard something of a whimpering; Mr. Eaton desired me to come back; I did; then the boy at the bar said, I acknowledge the thing, I had the letter and the two notes, that was one of them; I changed it at Newport-Pagnel, and the other of 10 l. I lost out of my pocket coming from Newport-Pagnel to London; when I searched at the Bank, I found the letter H. No 243, May 22, 1766, payable to Hoare and Co. signed by G. Tomlison, the description of my note; when the prisoner was at the office, he confessed the taking it several times to Mr. Secretary Potts .
Aaron Eaton . I keep a house in Chancery-lane, and receive letters for the General Post-office; I remember being in the shop on the 14th of June last; the prisoner was at work in the shop that evening, and on the 15th, being Sunday, he went out, and returned the Monday se'nnight following, being the 23d; I received a letter from Newport-Pagnel, on Friday the 20th, that he was there; I went and found him; he had bought cloth for a suit of cloaths, a watch, and a pair of sleeve buttons, and changed the bank note for 25 l. to pay for them, and he had ten guineas about him; I confined him as a run-away apprentice, and brought him to town. On the 3d of July, being Thursday, Mr. Eversdale came to enquire about this letter with the notes; I shewed him the advertisement which I had put in the papers and shewed him the prisoner; the prisoner said he found the note of 25 l. when Mr. Eversdale said he must go to the Post-office; then as we were going out of the shop, the prisoner desired him to come back and he would tell the truth; then he confessed he took the two notes out of a double post letter, which was put in in my shop, and at the Post-office he confessed the same.
Mr. Potts. I am secretary to the Post-office; the prisoner was brought to the office, charged with taking two notes out of a letter, put in at Mr. Eaton's; he confessed he took them both out of a letter; Mr. Eaton and Mr. Eversdale were by at the time; he said one was 25 l. and the other 10 l. the 25 l. he had changed, and the other he had.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
Q. to Eaton. How old is the prisoner?
Eaton. He is about 18 years of age.
Guilty , Death .
Richard Wood . I am shopman to Mrs. Fullwood, in Holywell-street , a woollen-draper . On the 15th of August we missed 19 yards of blue bath coating, and three yards of blue duffil; it was lying in the window when the clock struck eight in the evening; I turned about to put up the window shutter and it was gone; the other witnesses can give a farther account.
William Coney . I am a pawnbroker. On the 3d of September the prisoner brought a yard and quarter of blue bath coating to pledge; he said he bought it in Newgate-street; I recollected a bill I had from Sir John Fielding , of such cloth stolen; I told him my suspicion; he then told me his mother gave it him; I sent for her; she was not at home; then I stopped it; (produced in court.)
Q. to Wood. Look at those pieces; are you able to swear to them?
Wood. There not being marks on them, I am not; they are like the cloth I lost; I believe it is part of it, but do not swear it is; the prisoner gave different accounts how he came by it; first of all he said he had had it 5 years, then 5 months,
This cloth I had of my mother; I was a little short of money and I went to pawn it, and they stopped it.
To his character.
Q. Are you any way related to him?
Tool. If I do not mistake he is my son.
518. (M.) Jane, wife of John Hour , was indicted for stealing two linen gowns, value 5 s. four aprons, nine caps, three shifts, two pair of cotton stockings, a pair of worsted stockings, two silk handkerchiefs, four linen handkerchiefs , the property of Caston Tallow , Sept. 22 . ++
Susannah Tallow . I lodged at Mr. Smith's, at Charing-cross ; my husband is a seafaring man ; the prisoner lodged there also; I missed the things mentioned in the indictment on the 22d of September from out of my apartment, at the same time the prisoner absconded; I took her last Friday in Wapping; she had a handkerchief, a shift, a pair of stockings, and a cap of mine on her; some of the things I found at her lodging in Wapping, and she directed me to some pawnbrokers where she had pawned some, by which means I have got most of my things again; (the goods found, produced and deposed to.)
The prisoner said nothing in her defence.
Guilty . T .
519. (M.) Eleanor, wife of John Power , was indicted for stealing a pair of iron buckles, plated with silver, value 18 d. a linen clout, value 9 d. a tin pot, value 3 d. an iron screw-turner, value 2 d. a linen cap, value 18 d. and a garnet ring set in gold, value 10 s. the property of Hewit Clarkson , October 10 . ++
Hewit Clarkson. I am a watch-finisher , and live in Oxford-market . On the 27th of last month the prisoner came to our house to assist my wife as a nurse; the day following I missed my buckles, they were iron plated with silver; she was at my house a fortnight within a night; the day after she was gone, I missed a garnet ring; on the Monday following I went and got a search warrant of Sir John Fielding ; I found my buckles in her room, and some other things that my wife can swear to; they were in a box which she denied to be hers, but afterwards I found the key of it on a bunch of keys which the had; (the bucket, in pot, and turn-screw produced and deposed to; the clout and a linen cap produced; Catharine his wife, deposed to them as her property.)
Andrew Anderson, the constable, deposed to the finding the things in the prisoner's room.
Guilty, 10 d. T .
Dorothy Scott . I keep a public-house in Aldgate parish. On the 15th instant, the prisoner and another man were drinking in my house; a stone bottle with six quarts of brandy, was standing under the table where they sat; I missed it; the prisoner was gone out; when he came in again, I asked him if he had seen it; he said, no; he said, if you have lost it you may go look for it; about eleven o'clock the next day, the prisoner's little boy was so drunk he could not stand; I asked him what he had been drinking; he said he had been drinking brandy out of a bottle that his mother had given him; I sent an officer to his house; he went and brought the bottle; (produced and deposed to) there was a small quantity of brandy left in it.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence.
Guilty . T .
Patrick Macguire . I am a bricklayer's labourer ; I was at the pay-table with my fellow workmen; the prisoner came in, and said she was dry and hungry; I ordered her a pint of beer; she sat down and drank it, and went out, and came back again in about a quarter of an hour, and sat down by me, and pulled out a key, and said she had an apartment of her own, and I might go to bed with her; I said, I would not; I went home between nine and ten; she followed me into Drury-lane; I suspected her; I took my watch out of my fob to put it in my coat pocket; she took it out of my hand and ran away with it; I could not catch her; I called, Stop thief; she got off; then I went back to the house again, and enquired where
Anne Croslev . I live at the public-house; I saw the prisoner go out after Macguire, and in about a quarter of an hour after he came back, and said he had lost his watch; I saw he had it before he went out.
I know nothing of the matter; he wants to hand me for nothing at all.
Guilty . T .
522. (M.) Elizabeth Brooks , spinster , was indicted for stealing a copper tea-kettle, value 3 s. the property of Robert Manwaring , the same being in a certain lodging-room left by contract , &c. June 14 . ||
The prosecutor had consented to take 2 s. which the kettle was pawned for, at 3 d. a week, but the prisoner failing in that he took her up.
George Marshall . I keep the ship alehouse at Stamford-hill . On the 27th of September about seven in the afternoon, there came eight or nine men and a woman into my house; they had five or six tankards of beer, and bread and cheese; they began to sing, and at last there was a quarrel among them; I desired them to desist; that was soon over; my boy came and said, there was a silver tankard in that company missing; I said, Gentlemen, there was a silver tankard in your company, what is become of it; they said they knew nothing of it, they would stand search; there were two or three of them gone out; one of them had his own hair, with a red collar to his coat, a short man, (such was the prisoner) they all went away about their business; the next morning a man came, and asked if I had not lost a silver tankard; I said, yes; he said he saw it last night; it was offered to be sold, and if I would go along with him he would shew me a person who would swear to the man that took it; I satisfied the man for his trouble, and went with him; I got a warrant of Sir John Fielding against four; Sir John sent an officer, and the prisoner was taken that night, but I have not got my tankard again.
John York . I live with Mr. Marshall. On the 27th of September there were eight or nine men and a woman came into our house; they had several tankards of beer, and bread and cheese; some sang, some went to dancing, at last they quarrelled; the prisoner was one of them, I remember him in particular; he ran about the room dancing; he was soon missing out of the company; after which my master missed a silver tankard; they that were left were searched, but it was not found.
Lydra Potter. I and another young woman were at a bull-baiting at Stamford-hill; there were some men went to drink with me as the prosecutor's house; we had seven or eight pots of beer; after some time Harry Peake was missing, and a silver tankard was gone; we were all searched; when we came home, we met Harry Peake in the alley where I live; he said he had got the quart tankard. On the Wednesday morning he said he had sold it for a guinea and a half to William Ealing, that lives in Red-lion-market, Whitecross street; he is since gone off.
Prosecutor. I enquired after that Ealing, but never could meet with him.
L. Potter. There were eight of us; four would have nothing to do with it, and four had share of the money; he divided the guinea among four; I was one of the four; Cannon that should have been here, swore before Sir John Fielding it was sold for 36 s.
Prosecutor. That Cannon is now not to be found.
Q. to Potter. Where do you live?
L. Potter. I live with my mother, who is named Hall; she keeps a chandler's shop in Black-boy-alley.
That Potter is the vilest woman that ever existed; her mother keeps an infamous house in Blackboy-alley; she has transported her own husband.
L. Potter. The prisoner's brother lives in Black-boy-alley, and the prisoner often comes there.
Guilty . B .
William Satterwhite . Mess Chase and Cox are brewers in St. Giles's . On Tuesday the 14th of Oct. I lost a lanthorn, 8 pounds weight of candles, and an iron-grate out of their store-house; the prisoner
Prisoner. I leave it to the mercy of the court.
Guilty . T .
525. (M.) Mary Osley , spinster , was indicted for stealing a linen gown. value 10 s. a linen petticoat, value 8 s. and 5 shillings in money numbered , the property of Mary Wilson , spinster , Oct. 20 . +
Q. What business do you follow?
M. Wilson. I am of no business.
Prisoner. Mary Wilson came to me stark naked, I went and got her these cloaths to go out in; she was brought by one Sharpless, a man that gets his livelihood by bringing these unfortunate girls to bawdy-houses; the cloaths were delivered into my hands, and I was to make them good, and this lady sent me out to pawn them, to get her some clean cloaths.
M. Wilson. I borrowed the gown and petticoat of Mrs. Obrian; I went out in them, and the prisoner came and fetched me home, and said a gentleman wanted me, and there was no gentleman there; I went to bed, and she put them on; I desired her not; she said she would break the door open, if I would not let he out, so she went out in them.
526, 527. (M.) John Walker and Elizabeth Triggs , were indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 30 s. 5 guineas, and 30 shillings in money numbered , the property of Susanna Hills , spinster , Sept. 13 . ||
Susanna Hills. On the 13th of September I went out, and did not come home till between 5 and 6 the next morning; I went into my room, I found my door broke open, and my watch and money missing; the two prisoners lodged in a room above mine: I went up, thinking they might have heard the people at my door; I knocked several times, no body answered: I knocked harder, and the door came open; I went in, and there lay my watch in Walker's besom, they were both in bed together; I said I have found the thief; he called me b - ch, and said if I did not go out of the room he would kick me out; I went out, and left the watch with him; then I went to Mr. Brebrock, for him to come and take the prisoner; he came and took him, and when he was searched, the watch dropped down just by his foot; there was 15 s. found in his pocket; then we went and took the woman; her sister was close by; she said she has the money in her mouth; then the prisoner stopped down; her sister then said she has it in her hand, they opened her hand, and there was a guinea.
Mary Wadsworth . Elizabeth Triggs told me, that Susanna Hills had robbed a dead man of 9 guineas and a silver watch, and Walker, she, and I, agreed to go and rob her of it again; Walker said, d - n the b - h, she could not hurt us, it was but second plunder: we went to her room and took 25 s. and a silver watch out of a drawer, but I did not see the watch.
Walker. The prosecutrix and Wadsworth are two street walkers.
Sarah Davis . I lodge in the same house; I heard the prosecutrix say to Walker, please to deliver me my watch and money, and I will not hurt you; he said, how came you by the watch; she said, that is no matter to you; he said, if you do not go out of the room, I will kick you out; I saw a guinea found in Triggs's hand, when they searched her.
I never was in the face of a court before, I do not know how to speak.
I went out, and when I came home, Wadsworth was upon the stairs; she had the watch in her apron, I saw her take it out, and put it into her bosom.
Both guilty . T .
528. (M.) William Davis was indicted for stealing 4 silk gowns, value 19 l. one silk coat, value 30 s. one cloth waistcoat, value 15 s. one stuff riding habit, eight neck cloths, four pair of habit sleves, one linen handkerchief, four sheets, three pillow-cases, two table-cloths, two pair of cotton stockings, one pair of silk and worsted stockings, one silver cream-jug, three china bowls, nine linen napkins, a Bible, and other things , the property of Samuel Manning , Sept. 19 . ||
Samuel Manning . I keep a waggon which goes from London to Gloucester ; I was bound over, as the goods were under my care.
Edward Swain . I am book-keeper to Mr. James of Bristol; his waggon comes to the Three cups in Bread-street. On Saturday the 29th of June the waggon came there; there were two boxes sent by Mr. Manning's waggon, directed to Mr. James Norton at Bristol.
Mrs. Russell. I sent two boxes by Mr. James's waggon of Bristol; there were in them my husband's cloaths, and all the cloaths that I had; there were three coats of his and breeches, four silk gowns, a silk coat, a stuff riding habit, neckcloths, two pair of habit sleeves, a handkerchief, four sheets, three pillow cases, two table cloths, three pair of cotton stockings, a pair of silk and worsted stockings, a silver cream-jug, and many other things; I sent them to the Three Cups in Bread-street, directed to James Norton in the Old Market, Bristol, but they were never received.
William Burroughs . I drive the waggon for Mr. Manning of Gloucester, that goes to Bristol; we took up two boxes the 24th of June; they were directed to Mr. Norton, and delivered by Mr. Swain to me, at the Three Cups in Bread-Street; they were double corded and locked, and put into the waggon; the prisoner came out of a public-house, the Coach and Horses at Isleworth, with a three dozen hamper; he was dressed very well in black; he asked me whether I would carry the hamper for him; he said there was nothing in it of any account; he desired me to carry it to Slough, this was between four and five o'clock; I put the hamper in the waggon, and he went with me to Slough; he said he could drive; so he drove the waggon two or three miles, and I got up in the waggon; then I got down and drove; before we got to the Magpye at Hounslow every thing was safe then; and he got up in the waggon, and did not get out till we came to Slough, at the sign of the Rein-Deer; there he took away the hamper.
Q. Did you mind the hamper to feel whether it was empty or not?
Burroughs. No, I did not, as he appeared well; I went on to the White Hart; I there went up in the waggon, to see if all was safe; then I found the cords were cut; I called for a candle, and then saw that I was robbed; I enquired, and found the prisoner had taken a post-chaise and come to London; I was at the taking the prisoner at Hatton-wall; we had a warrant from Sir John Fielding to search his lodgings, and found several things that are here to be produced.
Heley Gray . I keep the King's-head Inn, in the Old Change; I went with the waggoner to Hatton wall, I sent for him to London on purpose; after we found out where the prisoner lived, we had a warrant from Sir John Fielding , but could not proceed till we had a man to swear to the robbery; I desired Mr. Marsden to let a man or two meet us at the Bull in Holbourn; he did; we went, and found the prisoner and his wife at home; we saw variety of goods of other people's as well as ours; I said to him, do not give us trouble to look them out; I had an inventory of the goods, and as I called for them, he delivered them to me; he said he was very sorry, and owned he had taken the goods, and wanted to make it up without going before a magistrate; (four silk gowns, a jacket, a petticoat, a milk-jug, and other things, produced in court, and deposed to by Mrs. Russel.)
John Healey . I went along with Mr. Gray and others to take the prisoner; we found him and his wife at home; the prisoner said he was very sorry for what he had done, and owned he did take the goods out of the waggon, and said he would make satisfaction.
William Aliburton . I was with Mr. Gray and the waggoner's man, and Healey at this time; at our first going in the prisoner said we were very welcome to search, there was nothing there that belonged to us; but upon looking over the things we found some to answer to the inventory that Mr. Gray had; then we said you had better shew us the things you took out of the Gloucester waggon, and not give us the trouble to look them out; he delivered them as they were called for; after we had got all these things, he said, Now, gentlemen, as I have been so open, I hope you will not take me before a magistrate; there was a silk and silver gown wanting, which he owned he had sold to a Jew for three guineas and a half, but here is a piece of the same found in his drawer, (produced in court and deposed to by Mrs. Russell, as being in the box with the other things;) he said if we would not take him before the Justice, he would make up the deficiency in money.
These gentlemen came to my lodgings for these things; I did not know what they wanted; they desired all my drawers might be opened; they were, and there were 4 times more goods than these; they hauled them out, and laid them, some on the bed,
For the prisoner.
Mrs. Vigers. I live on Hatton-wall; I have known the prisoner about ten months, he used our house; he came to read the news-papers every day, to look for sales; he used to tell me he went to sales both in town and country; he behaved extremely well; I have seen parcels of goods brought in in the day-time; every body about took him to be an honest man.
Mrs. Grant. I have known him six or seven months; I have heard him and other people say he went to sales, and bought and sold things; I am very well acquainted with him and his wife too; I have heard his wife say, she brought this silver milk-jugg out of the country from her friends; he has a very good character.
Daniel Kennedy . I am a taylor; I have known him upwards of three years; I always understood he was a dealer, and bought and sold at auctions and other places; I never heard any thing of him but the best of characters.
Avis Boyle. The prisoner lodg'd with me from last April; he bought and sold at auctions; I have been with him at one; good creditable people used to come to buy of him; I thought him as honest a man as ever came into a house; he behaved exceeding well; I have drank tea with his wife, when this silver milk-jug was used; I have heard his wife say she brought it out of the country with her; he lodged in my house when he was taken up, at Hatton-wall.
Guilty . T .
There were two other indictments against him.
Jacob Lawrence was called and did not appear.
His recognisance was ordered to be estreated.
James Northey . I am servant to John Wood , an oil-man at Bishopsgate ; on the 15th of September I saw a person's fingers come through the ironwork at our window, and take a small bottle of mushrooms; I ran out, and took hold of the person, it was the prisoner; I think he took it out of his pocket, and delivered it to me; he was got about ten yards from the door; I brought him back, and sent for my master, and he was committed.
I was coming home between 8 and 9 o'clock; I stopped to make water, and saw the bottle standing on the ledge of the window; I took it, and he came out and took me.
Guilty . T .
Thomas Sterrop . I am a haberdasher , and live in Cheapside ; last Saturday, between two and three o'clock, the two prisoners came to my shop, while we were up at dinner; I was called down; I heard a dispute between my maid-servant and the prisoners; the maid said Dowle had stole a bunch of garnets, and put them in her bosom; I found them on the counter; the prisoners begged to be let go; Anne Hinckley desired I would give Dowle a drubbing, and let her go about her business; I sent for a constable, and took them both to Guildhall.
Sarah Tomsey . I am servant to Mr. Sterrop; last Saturday I was in the shop, the 2 prisoners came in, and talked to each other; Dowle, as she stepped over the threshold, took a bunch of garnets, and put them in her bosom; when the journeyman went behind the counter, I stepped forward and shut the street-door, and said, Madam, you have taken a bunch of garnets out of the window; she denied it; I said, I saw her put them into her bosom, then she took them out; the other prisoner said, Fie Polly, I thought you would not do such a naughty trick, and they laughed to each other; when master came down they begged for mercy.
We were coming home from Billingsgate; Hinckley went in to buy a new ribbon; I saw a heap of garnets in the window; I took some, and
I met this young woman, and asked her to go along with me home; we went to buy a ribbon for me; the maid rang the bell, and called her master, and accused Dowle with stealing a necklace; I saw it in her hand; she put her hand in her bosom, I saw none there; I looked on the counter, and there they were.
Dowle guilty . T .
Hinckley acquitted .
Tho Hunter the elder. I keep a watchmaker's shop in Fenchurch-street ; on Monday last, between 12 and 2, my wife and I were at dinner backwards; the boy at the bar came in with a wig in his hand, he snatched up a watch (describing it as in the indictment,) and ran away with it; I ran after him, calling stop their; I pursued him down Rood lane, then I lost sight of him; coming back I met my son, and told him what had happened; after that he was stopped, and the watch found upon him.
Tho Hunter the younger. I accidentally saw my father running after the boy; when he had lost him, we were standing together in Thames-street, near Darkhouse-lane, a boy said, there he is; I pursued, and took the prisoner on St. Mary-hill; I charged him with stealing a watch; the boy said, no, he had not; I felt; and took it out of his pocket (produced and deposed to.)
I was about my master's business, with a wig-box; another boy gave this watch to me, and then he ran away.
He called Joseph Gray , a peruke-maker and hair-cutter, who deposed the prisoner had been his apprentice between 3 and 4 months, that he believed him to be between 12 and 13 years of age, that he behaved very prudent and honest, and had been trusted with many thousands of pounds value in his shop, and was he at liberty, he would be very glad to take him again; and that he looked upon the prisoner, by circumstances he had observed, to have a particular fancy to a watch.
Guilty . B .
534. (L) William Smith was indicted for stealing a pewter pint mug, value 8 d. the property of Joseph Woolman ; one ditto, value 8 d. the property of John Arkill ; and one ditto, the property of Anthony Hodson , Oct. 22 . ++
Rich Pitt . I am a pewterer, the prisoner pretends to be one; I live in Shoe-lane; the prisoner came to me last Wednesday night; he had brought three pots to my man, which I had seen the names on, and I had ordered them to be put by; I shewed him them, at first he denied that he brought them, but when my servant said he would swear he was the man, he acknowledged he brought them; he said, he bought them of a person that was offering them in the streets; then he said, he bought them of a broker in Swallow-street; I went, and found but one in the street, and he said, he never sold a pot in his life; I found, he has worked as a labourer at a pewterers; I took him before Mr. Alderman Crosby, there he begged he might be sent to the East Indies (three pots produced in court.)
Joseph Woolman , a publican in Germain-street, St. James's, John Arkill , a publican at the Queen's-head, Crown-court, and Anthony Hodson , a publican, at the Windmill, Leather-lane, swore to their respective pots.
The prisoner begged mercy of the Court.
Guilty . T .
535. (L.) Elizabeth Southern , spinster , was indicted, for knowingly and designedly, by false pretences, obtaining 36 yards of black silk ribbon, and half a piece of flowered gauze, containing 12 yards, &c. the property of Mess. Garsed and Meyricke, Oct. 20 . ++
Tho Clement . I am servant to Mess. John Meyricke and William Garsed , in Wood-street ; the prisoner came to our shop last Monday, between 4 and 5 in the afternoon, in the name of Miss Scott and Britain, in St. James's-street, and asked for two pieces of sixpenny ribbon, one blue and the other black, and half a piece of gauze; I served her with them.
Q. What were the words she made use of?
Clement. She said she came from Miss Scott and Britain.
Q. Did she say where they lived?
Clement. No, she did not; I asked her how long she had been with the ladies, she said about 4 months; I said, I do not remember seeing you there; (I go there twice a week constantly;) I having other customers in the shop, do not remember the answer she made; I asked her what kind of gauze, she said flowered gauze; I opened
Edward Ewer . I went after the prisoner at the bar; she went down Ludgate-hill, and through many different lanes and alleys into the Hay-market, then she turned back again towards Charing-cross; there a gentleman took hold of her, and they went into the Park; I followed them out at Buckingham-gate; then I went and took hold of her, and asked her if she did not live at Miss Scott's and Britain's; she said she did not know what I meant, and bid me stop her at my peril; I desired her to come back with me to my master's house; she refused it; I said I would charge a constable with her if she did not; she bid me fetch a constable, and she would stay; a woman came up and took her part; then another woman came up and took my part; they fell to quarrelling; then a young man came and helped me; we got her into a public-house, then I sent him for a constable, and he brought one; we carried her to Miss Scott's and Britain's; they were neither of them at home; the young ladies in the shop said they never saw the prisoner before; then we took her before Sir John Fielding , and he ordered her to Newgate; we put her in a coach and left her there.
Mary Britain . I am in partnership with Miss Scott; I know nothing of the prisoner at the bar, she never was in our service; Miss Scott was last Monday at Southampton, and if any orders had been given to the prisoner to fetch these things mentioned, I should have known of it; I gave her none; she was never sent from our house for any goods.
The constable produced the ribbon and gauze in court, and deposed to by Clement, &c.
Nanny West, who worked for Miss Britain ordered me to go for the goods.
Miss Britain. I know no such person as Nanny West.
Guilty . T .
John Hutchinson . I am servant to Mess. Thomas and John Isherwood , distillers in Aldersgate-street . The prisoner came to our house on the 16th of May, and said he came from Mr. Bicknall in St. Michael's-alley, for two six gallon casks of gin; Mr. Bicknall was a customer to my masters for spirituous liquors, but not for gin; I filled the liquor and delivered it to the prisoner, and he carried it away.
Richard Ramsbottom . The prisoner brought a note to me for these two fix gallon casks, but that is lost; it was in the name of Mr. Bicknall; he had the liquor, and I gave the prisoner a bill of parcels with it; Mr. Bicknall having sent several different porters to our house, we had no suspicion of the prisoner.
I was sitting at the Old Fountain door in Rosemary-lane, a public-house; a man came into the house and wrote a letter, and asked for a porter; he delivered it to me, and bade me go to Mr. Isherwood's for this gin, and to bring it down to him in Cable-street; I have found since it was one Lucy; he was since transported from Hicks's-hall for such a crime; he owned he sent me; I surrendered myself to Mr. Isherwood as soon as I heard of it; the man gave me a bill of Mr. Isherwood's shop for my direction.
For the prisoner.
Richard Granger . I live at the Old Fountain in Rosemary-lane; a man came in one morning and called for a pint of beer and pen and ink, and wrote a letter; the prisoner is a porter, he plies near my door; the man called him in, and sent him with it to Mr. Isherwood's.
Granger. No, I did not: this was some time in May or June; I always took the prisoner to be a very honest man.
Mr. Bicknall. Lucy was in Clerkenwell Bridewell I think in August; I went to see him; he had been a porter in our alley; he owned to me he wrote the letter in this last evidence's house, and he begged for money; he has since been transported from Hick's-hall.
The trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give judgement as follows:
Received sentence of Death, 3.
Transportation for 7 years, 36.
Eliz. Strutt, otherwise Eliz. Bowden 489
Elenaor Power 519
A list of the Acquitted.