NUMBER VIII. PART I.
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 Hon. Sir ROBERT KITE , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Hon. WILLIAM Lord MANSFIELD , Lord Chief Justice of his Majesty's Court of King's-Bench *; Sir SYDNEY STAFFORD SMYTHE, Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer +; JAMES EYRE , Esq; Recorder ++; and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of 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.
John Johnson . I am a waterman and lighterman, and am master of a powder vessel; yesterday three weeks we came up with the vessel, and made her fast at Wapping-dock , and on Wednesday morning the rope was gone; there was about six fathom of it: after which I heard the two prisoners were taken at King James's-stairs with some rope; I went there, and among several other ropes they had got, I found that which was taken from my vessel, the property of Mess. Wilton and Eade.
William Bean . I am a waterman; betwixt twelve and one that morning, as I was upon a nightly watch, I saw two men come rowing in a boat; William Stafford and I went on board the boat, in which were the two prisoners; we asked them how they came by the several ropes; Nowls said he did it to get his tools out of pawn, he is an oar-maker; we carried them both up to the work-house; Mr. Johnson saw the rope the next day, and owned the rope laid in the indictment (a piece of it produced in court, and deposed to by Johnson;) after that I found a shoemaker's knife in the boat, (produced in court) I suppose they cut the hawser from the vessel with it.
I never stole any rope.
We had been over the water, and staid with an acquaintance; coming by the river-side we saw a boat, we got into her to come home, and the ropes were lying in the boat.
Both Guilty . T .
There were two other indictments against them.
John Yates . I am a gangsman on Ralph's-key; last Friday, about eleven in the forenoon, I saw the prisoner in a warehouse; I examined him, and found his two pockets full of sugar, I delivered him to the constable; the sugar was taken out of his pockets, and weighted fourteen pounds; there was a hogshead of sugar in that warehouse, with the head out; the prisoner has worked on the key.
I went into the warehouse to speak to a ticket-porter, there was a cooper; my wife being with child, I asked him for a bit of sugar; he bid me take some, which I did out of a hogshead.
520, 521, 522. (M.) Mary Bracket was indicted for stealing two linen sheets, and two woollen blankets, the property of Peter Laroach , in a certain lodging-room lett by contract , &c. and Mary Manning , widow , for receiving a sheet; and Mary Manning , spinster , for receiving two blankets, part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , Sept. 20 . +
Peter Laroach . I live in Chambers's street, Goodman's-fields ; I lett a ready furnished lodging to Mary Bracket ; she left her lodging on the 20th of September, at which time I missed two blankets and two sheets out of her room; I was informed Bracket, and Manning the mother, had been and sold a sheet to a woman; I went, and desired if they came again to stop them; after which I was sent for; I went to Justice Scott and got a warrant, and took them in custody; then Bracket told me that Manning the younger had assisted her; I remember she had come to my house, and asked for my lodger; Bracket said she had wound one of my sheets round Manning's body, and then they went away to a dark passage in Rosemary-lane, and there took it off; I found her mother, and Bracket had sold one sheet, after that the young one owned she had pawned the two blankets in Bracket's name, but when I came to the pawnbroker I found they were pawned in her own name (one sheet and two blankets produced and deposed to.)
I intended to bring them in again, and they intoxicated me with liquor, that I did not know what I did.
Manning the mother's defence.
Bracket came to my lodgings, and asked for my daughter; she said she wanted a little money against Monday morning, and wanted to know where she could pawn the things; I carried the sheet to Mrs. Miller's, and got 18 d. upon it; she told me it was her own.
The daughter's defence.
Bracket came to me; I did not know but the things were her own.
Bracket Guilty . T .
Manning the mother Acq .
Manning the daughter Guilty . T. 14 .
523, 524. (M.) Joseph Harvey and Richard Bitters were indicted, for that they, on the 28th of August , about two in the night, the dwelling-house of Jane Fisher , spinster , did break and enter, and stealing a linen apron, two handkerchiefs, a looking-glass, two pieces of gauze, five silk hats, a sattin hat, a chip hat, two sattin bonnets, a sattin cardinal, twenty-three pieces of blond-lace, two pieces of sattin, six yards of ribband, two yards and a half of muslin, three ruffles, four blond-lace caps, a laced handkerchief, a pair of laced ruffles, twenty-six china cups and saucers, two china basons, two china plates, a china punch bowl, three pair of cotton stockings, a linen shirt, a silk cloak, two other pieces of blond-lace, a linen napkin, and four yards of sarcenet, in the whole to the amount of 36 l. the property of the said Jane, in her dwelling-house . +
At the desire of the prisoners the witnesses were examined apart.John Fielding 's; I went; there was Mr. Brebrook with some of them; there I heard Harvey say he was in my house, and I remember his mentioning stealing a looking-glass in particular.
Q. Did he say what time of the night it was?
J. Fisher. He said he could not rightly tell whether it was four o'clock, or after four; I heard Bitters say, that he was in my house; they both said they were in company there, and Sarah Carr was with them.
Q. Did they say who broke the house?
J. Fisher. No, they did not.
Sarah Carr . I met the two prisoners one Friday night in Bishopsgate-street, about eleven o'clock; they asked me to go with them to Mile-end; we went in at the Three Pigeons in Houndsditch, and staid there till about twelve; when we got to Mrs. Fisher's house, Bitters got over a wall, and Harvey after him; they opened a door, and asked me to come in; I went in, this was into the yard; Bitters went and opened the wash-house door, and found nothing there; then they went and got into the kitchen window; how they opened it I do not know; they were in the house a considerable time before they brought any thing out; the first thing they brought out was a great looking-glass, the next was a box of hats, the next a box of laces, caps, and aprons, and a black cloak; the next a large bundle and a child's coat, the next china cups and saucers and a punch bowl; then the clock struck four; they told me I was to carry the things to Abraham Teracona ; I carried all the china in a basket; they got there before me; Teracona took the china of me.
Q. What time was it you left Mrs. Fisher's house?
S. Carr. Then it was light; Bitters asked three guineas for the whole of the things; at last Harvey said take them at two; then his wife went out with a man, and brought in the money; she took some things out of pawn for Harvey, and gave Bitters a guinea, and me a nine shilling piece.
Q. What are the prisoners?
S. Carr. Harvey is a painter, and Bitters is a glazier and painter.
Q. How long have you known them?
S. Carr. I have known them about three months.
Q. What is your business?
S. Carr. I wind silk; my mother lives in Red-lion-street, Spitalfields.
Martha Teracona . My husband's name is Abraham *; I live in Northumberland-alley, Crutched-friars; a little after four in the morning, the 28th of August, the two prisoners came to our house; they had a hat-box, containing six hats, several pieces of sattin, two bonnets, a sattin cardinal, several white aprons, four gauze handkerchiefs, a looking-glass, a laced handkerchief and ruffles of the same, and three other ruffles; about half an hour after them came Sarah Carr with a basket of china cups and saucers, and a china bowl; they asked me whether I would buy them; I having bought things of them several times before, I thought, as I had had my hand in the lion's mouth, I should come to no more harm if I bought them; Bitters asked two guineas for them; I left them at breakfast, and went out, and brought in the money; I paid Harvey half a guinea, and Richard Bitters a guinea, and Carr a nine shilling piece; they came and brought more things last Saturday five weeks, which they took in a house they broke near me; I bought them of them; then there was a great stir and disturbance, and my conscience began to prick me; so I went, and had Bitters secured in Wapping, and delivered up as many goods as were taken in eleven robberies; then I went to all the prosecutors, and told them I had such and such things; the prisoners had told me where they took them; the people came and owned them.
* See him an evidence in the trial of Tinsey, Gibson, and Mackaway, No 407, in last Sessions Paper.
Q. How did they tell you they got these things?
M. Teracona. They said they got over backwards, and took out a pane of glass, and so entered the house.
James Brebrook . Last sessions I was at Hickes's-hall, I was standing by the Swan and Two Necks; there this last evidence came and told me that one Sarah Carr was taken, and she knew where a man was locked in a room in St. Catharine's, and there was another man concerned with him, and one ofSarah Teracona told me were the prisoners tools, which she had left at her house, which they worked with.
Q. to S. Teracona. What do you know of these tools?
S. Teracona. I have heard Bitters say he used these to get into houses; they were once going out, and Harvey said, d - n it, we will not take them now, we will leave them here, so they left them; this was after the robbery they committed, after that of Mrs. Fisher's.
Q. to prosecutrix. Look at these things produced here.
Prosecutrix. These were all taken from out of my house that night, they are my property.
Dominick Rewer . I am a constable in Shoreditch parish. On my watch night, the 11th of September, in the morning, information was brought me, th at there was a reward of two guineas for taking Harvey and Bitters; I took some watchmen and searched many bad houses; at last the watchmen brought Harvey; I put him in the cage; then I went to Sarah Carr , the person he lived with, there we found several things; I ordered her to be secured; I took them before Sir John Fielding , who committed Harvey to Clerkenwell Bridewell. I desired Sir John to let me have the key of Carr's door, saying, I thought I could make a farther discovery; he ordered it me. I went and opened her door; there people came and owned a tub, a pail, a pan; in one of the tubs were seventeen clouts; there was one asked for her carpet; Carr said it was under her bed; there we found it; I told her I would do all I could to get her admitted an evidence; she gave an account of many robberies; the things that I found, and were owned, I delivered back to their owners, as they were not bound over to prosecute.
The prisoners in their defence, said they knew nothing of the matter.
Both Guilty . Death .
There were two other indictments for burglaries against them.
Thomas Bull . The prisoner lodged in the same house I did; I put my cloaths, the things mentioned in the indictment, in a closet, and they were taken away; the prisoner was taken up on suspicion; I charged him with taking them; he confessed he had taken them, and pawned them.
Richard Rumbolt . The prisoner, and one John Preston , came to my house; the prisoner said he lived at the Grange-inn, Carey-street; he pledg'd this coat to me, (produced and deposed to by the prosecutor;) the prisoner said it was his coat, and I lent him 3 s. 6 d. upon it.
Guilty . T .
Thomas Sutton . I keep a public-house ; the prisoner came in for some purl; when he was gone out, I was told he had taken a brass mortar off the shelf; I went after him, and took it out of his pocket.
Mary King . I was setting in the bar, the prisoner sat on a chair; I saw him take the brass mortar from the mantle-piece, and put it in his pocket; when he went out I told my master; he went and brought the prisoner and that back.
I was so much in liquor, I did not know whether it was brass or iron.
Guilty 10 d. W .
Robert Robinson . On the 23rd of September I had my watch at six in the afternoon, and the next morning I missed it, with my silver buckles; the prisoner was also missing from on board our ship in the river; I went in search of him, and found him; he confest he had taken them, and directed me where he had pawned the watch, and sold the buckles; I went and found the watch, and the buckles were knocked to pieces and melted down; I saw the brass chapes.
Guilty . T .
The prisoner made it his practice to get farmers hogs out of their grounds, and pound them; Dawson the prosecutor deposed, it cost him 16 s. to get his two again; this being a trespass and not a felony, he was acquitted of both.
529. (M.) Richard Tomlin was indicted (together with James White not taken,) for stealing a mahogany tea-chest, value 3 s. and a bowl of a silver tea-spoon, value 6 d. the property of George Walker . *
Mr. Lambert. I saw two boys go into Mr. Walker's house, and come out again; one of them had a tea-chest under his coat; I called to some neighbours to stop them; Bagnell the evidence was stopt, the other got off.
John Bagnell . I was fifteen years old last August; the prisoner, James White , and I, were going to Islington; White and I went into the prosecutor's house, and took the tea-chest, and Tomlin was standing three doors off; we all ran away, but they took me.
Q. Did he know of White and you going to steal the tea-chest?
Bagnell. He knew we were going in.
John Huntley . I keep the Black Dog, Gray's-inn-lane ; I had lost things several times; on the 8th of this instant, the prisoner came to ask for a saucepan to dress some muscles; I said if you will dress them yourself, my servant shall help you to it; she dressed them, and had a pint of beer, then moved from that box to another; then about half an hour after ten she was going away; I asked her for the money; I put my hand under her capuchin, there was my saucepan; and on her left side I found a pewter pint pot of mine; the next morning I found another pint of mine in her room, and some pots of other people's.
I went to deliver the saucepan, and in struggling, a pint pot fell from the table.
Guilty . T .
There was another indictment against her for stealing pots.
John Amcote . I am a coachman ; I agreed with the prisoner and two others to carry them from Whitechapel, and set them down at Somerset-house for 2 s. when I came there, I found after they were out my coat was gone; it was in the coach when they got in; I laid hold of the prisoner, and asked him for it; he said he knew nothing of it; the guard told me to take him down to the guard-house; I did; the serjeant said he did not belong to them; (he is a soldier) I took him before Sir John Fielding ; he told Sir John he knew nothing of the other people; I never found my coat again.
John Davis . John Bullock had detained the butter while he sent for a constable, the prisoner and another man came round to it; the prisoner said to the other man, take up the tub and see who will hinder you; I said I would; then he gave me a push; we secured him, (the empty tub produced in court.)
I met a man with the tub of butter; he wanted me to give him some beer, I had but a halfpenny; he said, I will put my butter into this house, and go and see for a man that he knew, and then he would give me a pot of beer; he came again and went to take it up, and the man said he should not have it; I said, the man says he works upon the keys; said the man, I will stop you and the butter too; I am a plaisterer's labourer.
Charles Liske . I am a tobacconist , in partnership with John Laiden , we live on Snow-hill ; the prisoner worked for us in stripping tobacco ; our general rule is, as there are several of them, to search them in going out; I was called down, and told there was some tobacco found upon one of the women; when I came, the prisoner went on her knees and dropt off her petticoat, with a pocket in it full of tobacco; (the petticoat and tobacco produced in court,) the pocket made near the bottom of it, on the back part of it; she owned she took the tobacco out of the heap in the cellar.
I did not think of doing such a thing, no more than I think of dropping down dead now; I did not chuse my poverty should be known; I used to get pieces of bread and put into that pocket; how the tobacco came there, I do not know.
Guilty 10 d. W .
Jasper Holmes. I am a cheesemonger , in partnership with William Corke and Walter Matthews , in Newgate-street. On the 19th of September, we had loaded our cart with cheese, and what we had to go out, and behind were three tubs of Irish butter as a fence; as I was standing at our door, when the cart was near the end of Ivy-lane , I saw the prisoner jump up into the cart, and lean over the tubs, and take up a cheese and rest it on the butter, then put it behind and jump down and take it away; then I thought it time to set out; I overtook him near Gray-friars-gateway; he followed the cart, but went on the other side of the way; I asked him what he was going to do with it; he said he was going to carry it to the cart; he had taken it from his head, and going to put it into his apron; I secured him; when before my Lord-Mayor, he said the carman bid him get up into the cart; when he was asked if he knew him, he said he never knew him or saw him before.
It fell out of the cart, and I took it up.
Guilty . T .
Robert Haines . On Friday the 11th of September, I was at Billingsgate-market ; about a quarter after four o'clock, I heard there were two pickpockets taken; I saw them brought out of a public-house to the watch house; upon hearing there were many handkerchiefs found upon them, I felt in my pocket for mine, and found it was gone; I had made use of it but about a quarter of an hour before; I went to the watch-house, and asked to see the handkerchiefs; I found mine was on the outside, in which all the rest were tied.
William Broughton the younger. I was sitting at the end of a form at Billingsgate-market, the two prisoners came to a form opposite to me; one stood and jostled Mr. Simonds a fishmonger, while the other had his hand in his pocket; I got up and took him by the collar, and said, you rogue,
Justinian Turner . I was drinking a gill of wine and water, in a public house, when the two prisoners were brought in together; upon searching them, Brian had all the handkerchiefs in his breeches about ten of them, that which the prosecutor owned was one of them.
I was going to Billingsgate, I found all the handkerchiefs in a bundle; I put them in my breeches having no pockets; I am a sailor.
I was going to Billingsgate to go to Gravesend, to a West-India man; I paid for my passage; I went and got a pint of purl; then that gentleman said he saw my hand in a gentleman's pocket; that gentleman lost nothing.
William Broughton the elder. I was at Billingsgate on the 11th of September; I went to wipe my hands and I missed an old handkerchief; about half an hour after I went to feel in my pocket again, and my rule was gone; my son having seen the two prisoners, one of them had his hand in a person's pocket, they were secured and taken to the George-alehouse; I went and saw a parcel of handkerchiefs taken from Brian, and my rule also; and it was delivered to me; my handkerchief was among the rest; I know nothing against Clark.
Mr. Turner. I saw the handkerchief and rule found on Brian.
Brian's defence as before.
I know no more of what I am charged with than a child unborn.
Clark Acquitted .
James Edie . I live in Smith's court, Bridgewater's-gardens ; my wife lett the prisoner a lodging room ready furnished; he had been there eight weeks last Thursday, then we missed the two sheets from his bed; I could never get any rent of him, so I desired him to go out; I enquired after the sheets; the prisoner's daughter told us that he had taken and pawned them, and the pawnbroker swore that the prisoner brought them.
I had some goods of theirs, and some of my own; my daughter was along with me, she said she could get some money for me; that she would go and get her mother's sheets and pawn them; she took them to the pawnbroker's door, and I took and carried them in, and pawned them; she said she would fetch them out again, and her mother should never know.
Guilty . T .
See his daughter capitally convicted, and he branded and imprisoned, for being accessary before and after the fact, No 187, 188, in the Mayoralty of Mr. Alderman Nelson.
538. (L.) Mary, wife of Benjamin Brown , was indicted for stealing two linen sheets, value 10 s. two damask table cloths, two napkins, three shirts, four shifts, two silk handkerchiefs, and three muslin neckcloths , the property of Samuel Whale , Aug. 31 . ++
Samuel Whale . I live in Ebenezer-square, Houndsditch , I am a Jew schoolmaster ; the woman at the bar was my servant maid ; she left me the latter end of August; then I looked over my things, and missed the same as laid in the indictment; I met with her about a fortnight ago, at an acquaintance of her's, and took her up; she immediately confessed she had taken them, and pawned them; I found some of them again.
John Glyn . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Cobb's-yard, Petticoat-lane; I took these things in of one Mary Jones , as she called herself; I cannot say the prisoner is she (producing a sheet, a shirt, and a shift.)
James Alefounder . I am a pawnbroker in Petticoat-lane (he produced a sheet and shirt;) one was pawned the 20th of August, and the other the 21st, in the name of Mary Brown ; but who that woman was I cannot tell.
Henry Grove . I am a pawnbroker in Petticoat-lane ( he produced a table cloth, a shirt, and a neckcloth;) I took them in of a person that called herself Mary Brown ; I cannot say that I can swear to the person; they were brought the 12th and 15th of August.
The prosecutor promised not to put me in prison if I would confess.
Prosecutor. I did not make her such promise.
Guilty . T .
Courtney Williams. I am an attorney ; on the 9th of this month, coming down Holbourn about half an hour after four in the afternoon, going to cross the way, a young fellow came and told me my pocket was picked; I felt and found my handkerchief was gone; he pointed to the prisoner, and said he had taken it; I went and asked him for my handkerchief; he told me he had none; after that he told me it was down an area; I went and took it up where he said it was, with the point of my stick; then I took him to a constable, and gave charge of him.
John Lovelock . I was going along Holbourn, I saw the prisoner put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket two or three times, and the last time I saw him take a handkerchief out; I followed the gentleman, and told him of it; afterwards I saw it down the area, but did not see the prisoner throw it down.
Going along the gentleman swang his stick about, the end of which drawed the handkerchief out of his pocket; it fell on the ground, and I took it up: I work in the brick-fields in the summer time, and sell muffins in the winter.
Guilty . T .
John Norwington . I am master of the King George Tilt-boat of Gravesend; I went to Mrs. Lancaster's, the Queen's Head in Darkhouse lane ; I went to bed on Saturday the 9th of October, about eleven o'clock; I left the door open for John Wheeler to come to bed; my clothes were on the bed, and my breeches under my pillow and bolster, with money in both pockets, and my watch in my fob; I fell asleep, and in the morning I was disturbed by the drawing my breeches from under my head, but not wakeful enough to detect the person; I fell asleep again; after that Mr. Wheeler awaked me, and said he felt a man's hand on his hand; he jumped out of the bed, we got a light, I examined my breeches, they then lay between my head and my bed's-head, quite visible; my money and watch were gone; Mr. Wheeler took the light and looked round, there stood the prisoner in a corner; I saw my watch taken out of his pocket.
John Wheeler . I was in bed with Mr. Norwington at the time; my hand happened to lie out of bed, I felt a hand upon mine; I said, hey, who is that, Norwington, there is somebody in the room more than should be; then a man in the next room called and said, here is a thief in the house; I jumpt out of bed, and secured the door, and said we have him here; then one of them held the door while I got a light, and when I came up I found the prisoner stuck up in one corner of the room; I said, you villain, what business have you here; then Mr. Norwington said he missed his watch; I said, do not be uneasy, it is in the room, we have the man here; we searched him, and found the watch in his left-side breeches pocket; all he said for himself was, he did not know how he came there.
William Small . When they made a noise I came to their assistance, I belong to the same boat; I was just come in from shifting the boat; I was told there was a thief in the house; I went up into the room, my master said he had lost his watch; I observed the prisoner's thigh looked as if he had an apple or turnip there; I clapt my hand upon it, and said, here is your watch; then I took it out; then Mr. Wheeler said he had lost his handkerchief: I pulled the prisoner's shirt out of his breeches, and the handkerchief fell on the floor.
I found the watch upon the table; I am a seaman, I came there to lie in the house.
Wheeler. The prisoner took a lodging that night about eleven o'clock; we went and rummaged that room he had taken, there was his bed never touched nor tumbled, and his candle burning down in the socket.
Guilty . T .
John Scott , well knowing them to have been stolen by William Territt , for which he was cast and ordered to be transported . +
See the trial of Territt, No 498, in last Sessions Paper.
The record of the trial and conviction of Territt read in court.
John Scott . I live in Gracechurch-street; the robbery was committed the 21st of January in the night, and the robber was discovered on the 24th of April; in two or three days after a letter came to Sir John Fielding , giving an account that six of these watches were pawned by Territt in Golden-lane, and were redeemed by the prisoner at the bar, and they could not raise the money, but the pawnbroker took a note of hand of the prisoner for part of it; I was sent for to Sir John Fielding 's, and the pawnbroker's man was examined, on which I employed some of Sir John's men to take the prisoner, but to no purpose; then I advertised two guineas for the apprehending him: the constable and I went to his house early one morning, and searched, but he was not to be found. On the 29th of August a man came and told me he was at a house in Snow's-fields, in Southwark; I went as directed, and not knowing him I stood by him some time; he made off and ran, I ran then after him, and took him; he asked me what I had to say against him; I said, I took him for receiving a parcel of watches that had been stole from me; he said, let me alone, and I will go quietly, is your name Scott; I said, it is; he said, d - n the watches, I wish I had never seen them.
Q. from prisoner. Was there not a man with me, and did not he go away for fear he should be taken up for an assault.?
Scott. There was a man with him, but they both went away together.
Francis Smith . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Golden-lane; on the 5th of February 1767, I took in a watch of Territt, named Anthony Praty , 1602; one Richard Hallam , No 5003; one silver, William Toulmin , London; one Peter Threlkill , London, No 2685: one Lory Paris, and one Samuel Hornaby , all pawned by William Territt , who was convicted last sessions; the prisoner at the bar redeemed the several watches mentioned the 27th of last April, for the use of William Territt , as represented to me.
Scott. Only some of these were mine; I lost thirty-one watches in the whole; on the trial of Territt last sessions it appeared the names and numbers of part of them were filed out, so there is no such thing as coming to a certainty; but there were two of them, one William Toulmin , and the other Lory Paris; I can swear positively to them two, as positive as a man can well do in such a case.
Q. What is the prisoner at the bar?
Scott. He keeps an old clothes-shop in Red-lion-market, Whitecross-street.
Q. to Smith. How was you paid?
Smith. I was paid part in money, and a note; they came in all to 26 l. and 6 d. I have a note of hand for 6 l. 8 s. the prisoner at the bar paid all the money, saving the 6 l. 8 s. for which he gave a note of hand.
On the 21st of April Territt came to my house, and asked me if I would be so kind as to go to Mr. Smith, and get him to let me have the watches out for the use of him; I asked him why he could not go himself; he said, because there was a writ out against him, and he lived just by Mr. Pain; he said there were six of them; he gave me 19 l. 12 s. 6 d. and desired me to lay down the rest of the money; I said I could not, for I was going to Yorkshire, and should want money; he said, if he had not them out directly, he should lose the sale of them, the gentleman that was to have them was going abroad; I went to Mr. Smith, and desired him to let me have these six watches; Mr. Smith said, he believed Mr. Territt to be a very honest man; he brought them one at a time; they came to 22 l. and 6 d. I paid him 19 l. 12 s. 6 d. and desired him to trust me the rest a day or two; he said, if I thought proper, he would take my note; I gave him a note, and he delivered the watches to me, and I carried them to Territt's house, and delivered them to him.
Q. to prosecutor. When was your shop broke open?
Prosecutor. It was broke open in January last, and I advertised the watches above a month in all the papers, and handbills, describing them almost all.
Q. to Smith. How came you, when all this was done, not to make a discovery to Mr. Scott?
Smith. None of these watches tallied with the papers.
William Shatlock . I am a vinter , I keep a vault in Russel-street, Covent-garden ; the prisoner was a drummer in the guards , quartered upon me, and lived in my house; I missed several things the 2d of September; I took him up on suspicion on Friday was fortnight at night, and sent him to Convent-garden Round-house; he sent for me the next morning, and begged I would forgive him, and he would tell me all about my things; then he delivered to me this piece of lace, holding it in his hand; there are two yards of it, it is worth hear three guineas, it is my wife's lace; he confessed taking and pawning some shirts near Horseshoe-alley, and that he had pawned two handkerchiefs, an apron, and a pair of stockings, which I found in a house where he directed me in Stretton's-ground.
Q. What promise did you make him?
Shatlock. I promised him, in the Round-house, that I would be as easy with him as I could, and so I have.
When I confessed to these things, he told me, if I would down on my knees, and beg his pardon, and tell where the things were, he would forgive me; then I told him.
Guilty . T .
543. (M.) John Philips was indicted for stealing an inch-deal board, value 10 d. fourteen inch and a half deal boards, value 7 s. two bushels of live hair, four hods of lime and mortar, and a bundle of laths , the property of Benjamin Wood , October 13 . ++
544. (M.) Thomas James was indicted, for that he, on the 2d of August , about the hour of two in the night, the dwelling-house of Charles Eyloe did break and enter, and steal fifty shillings in money numbered; and on the 6th for breaking the said house, and stealing a shoulder of veal, weight twelve pounds, value 4 s. and a bushel of flour; and on the 14th of September for breaking the said house, and stealing four pieces of beef, weight twenty pounds, value 5 s. the property of the said Charles, in his dwelling-house . *
Charles Eyloe . I live at the Orchard-house, Blackwall , where the East-India company send their people to board; the prisoner is a Lascar ; he broke into my house on the 2d of August at night, and broke into my bar, and took three, four, or five pounds in silver, and some halfpence; this he confessed to me after he was taken; two nights following I found my cellar-window broke open again, and some veal was taken away; I had had a new cellar door made; he ripped the hinges from the posts, and got in again; he tried to get into the wine cellar, but could not get the iron bar off: on the 11th he broke into my hen-roost, and stole eight hens and a cock; all this he confessed to me; and on the 14th of September he broke into the cellar again, and stole four pieces of beef, and I do not suppose he went away adry, there was beer, wine, and brandy; I had no suspicion of him.
Q. Was your house and cellar made fast over night?
Eyloe. They were, it was found out by a man who the prisoner had promised to give ten bottles of brandy to; that man sent word he wanted to see me; I sent the prisoner to know what he wanted with me, and the prisoner never came back again to tell me: I hearing about the brandy; ordered, if he came near, to take him; he was taken in a summer-house about an hundred yards from my dwelling-house, by some countrymen of his, and my servant man; he was cut in the wrist, and my man was cut: the countrymen of his would have killed him, if I had not prevented it; he confessed the whole as soon as taken; I asked him how he got in; he said at my kitchen window, by the assistance of a hatchet and a knife; he is a Lascar from Bengal, he belongs to the East-India company; they send them to me to board.
There were two white men along with me that did it.
Guilty . Death .
Lucy May was indicted for stealing two sheets, value 10 d. a linen table cloth, value 10 d. a linen napkin, value 6 d. and two clouts , the propetty of John Turner ; and Rebecca, wife of Francis Parish , for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen , October 6 . *
John Turner . I had suspicion of loosing linen out of my house, upon which I charged an officer with my servant, Lucy May ; after which there were some things found, but I cannot positively swear to them, there being no marks upon them.
Both Acquitted .
Elizabeth Foster . I am daughter to the prosecutor; I saw the prisoner with the cloak and bonnet about thirty or forty yards from our house; I knew they were my mother's; I asked her for them; she said, I do not want to keep your things, here take them, and gave me them; I do not know how she came by them; I never saw her before.
I was going along, and picked this hat and cloak up within twelve yards of the door; the girl came and said they were her mamma's; I gave her them; I am eighteen years of age.
I do not know what to say. I never was before a court in my life; I am not twenty years old.
Guilty 10 d. W .
549. (M.) Philip Clark was indicted for stealing eleven dozen and a half pair of worsted stockings, value 10 l. six pair of white thread stockings, value 6 s. forty-two worsted caps, value 20 s. some breeches pieces, and a linen wrapper, the property of Thomas Nelson , the same being on a certain wharf, adjacent to a navigable river, the river Thames , October 20 . *
Samuel Hawley , Esq; On the 20th of October I was in my yard, I heard the voice of a watchman, saying, you shall come back; I went and followed the prisoner, he had a truss of goods on his shoulder, with people round-him; I asked him how he came by it; he said a man gave him twopence to carry it away; I made him lay it down; I saw it was entered in Captain Thomas Nelson 's cargo to go to America; I asked him where he was to carry it; he said to no proper place.
John Ricketts . I saw the prisoner very busy upon the wharf, I thought he belonged to a ship; I saw him take up this truss, and put it on his shoulder, and looked sharp about him, and made a bit of a run at first, and then went softly; I hallooed to him, and I and another man ran after him, and asked him where he was going with it; he said a man ordered him to carry it; I bid him produce the man; he said he did not know where he was; we brought him back, and took him into the compting-house.
Q. from prisoner. Whether I did not desire you to stop the young man that employed me to carry the bale of goods?
Ricketts. I did not hear any such words.
Q. Did you see any other person with the prisoner?
Ricketts. No, I did not.
- Matthews. I am a watchman on that wharf; my master sent me on an errand, just as I returned I saw the prisoner with the bale of goods; I asked him how he came by it; he hallooed out for one Tom; I told him there was no Tom there; I saw no body that belonged to him; we brought him back with the goods on his back.
I was employed by a man, he was to have given me two pence to carry them; he said only a little way; I had just got them on my back, and one of these men stopt me; I told them I was carrying the goods after the man; they asked me what man; I said, Thomas; I bid them stop him; they would not, but brought me back to the office.
Guilty . Death .
Mary Ward was indicted for stealing sixteen yards of striped linen cloth, value 30 s. the property of John Parminter , William Parminter , and James Sleigh , Oct. 15 . *
The prosecutor did not appear, he was acquitted .
The prosecutor's recognizance ordered to be estreated.
552. (L.) Mary Fanten , widow , was indicted for stealing two handkerchiefs, value 8 d. one shirt, value 18 d. and a pair of stays, value 10 s. the property of Elizabeth Troot , widow; and a silk cloak and a handkerchief , the property of John Morgan , Sept. 22 . ++
Elizabeth Troot . On the 22d of September I lost a pair of stays, a shift, two handkerchiefs, and two aprons; the prisoner nursed a lodger of mine that was ill; she had been gone at the time about three hours; she was taken up, and confessed before my Lord Mayor that she had taken them.
John Morgan . I lodge in Elizabeth Troot's house; the prisoner nursed my wife when I was out in the country; she went away, and left my two children on the floor on the 22d of September: I did not come home till the next morning; I was told she went away about four or five o'clock; I missed a black cloak, a silk handkerchief, my wife's gown, and some shifts; I met her about ten days after; they were lost in Bishopsgate-street; I took her home, she confessed where the things were; I went and got the cloak and handkerchief at the pawnbroker's where she had directed me; I have not found the other things.
Sarah Debulk . I live in Bishopsgate-street; I never saw the prisoner but once before, then I met her in Bishopsgate-street; she asked me for a lodging; I said I had none for myself; I said, if you can make a shift to lie at the feet of my bed, you shall lie with me, when my husband gets up; she lay with us; she desired me to pawn two handkerchiefs for her over night, which I did for a shillings each; she sold a black one for two shillings and two-pence; I pawned a pair of stays for her for a crown, and a cardinal for a shilling, and fetched them out again; I never cheated her of a farthing, I gave her the money, and she gave me a quartern of gin; she went away, and I never saw her afterwards.
Benjamin Burgess . I am a constable; I was sent for to Mrs. Troot's house, there was the prisoner; she had some of the things on her back, they were taken off her; the next day I took her before my Lord Mayor, she confessed what she had done with the rest of the things; I went to Lamb-alley, in Bishopsgate street; the people told me they bought the things; there I got them.
Sarah Debulk These are the things I carried.
I was very much broke down; I went to live with Mr. Morgan; when I went away, I carried the things to that good woman's house, (meaning Debulk) and she carried and pawned them.
Guilty . T .
Robert Hudson. On Friday the 11th of September, about three in the afternoon, I was going through Newgate , I felt some thing move in my pocket; upon which, I clapped my hand down to it, and found my handkerchief was gone; turning round, there was the prisoner; I said, I have lost my handkerchief, and I am afraid you have picked my pocket; no, said he, I have not; I said there has been no other person near me but you, and you must be the person; no, said he, but that boy did, pointing to a boy; I saw a boy standing, I went and laid hold of him, and said, you little rogue you, how dare you pick my picket, give me my handkerchief; said he, I know nothing of your handkerchief; I said I must search you, and put my hand in his pockets, there were nothing in them; then I turned round to the prisoner again, and said, you must be the person, for I had my handkerchief just before; he denied it again; I put my hand into his pocket, and pulled out a handkerchief, and found it was not mine; then I took another out of his other pocket that was not mine; then I said I would search his breeches; I opened the flap of his breeches, and there I found a blue and white one; I took it out; after that I took another out, which was mine, a red and white one, with the initial letters of my name on it (produced and deposed to;) it being in the daytime, there was a great concourse of people; I got assistance, and took him before a magistrate.
I found that handkerchief as I was coming through Newgate.
Guilty . T .
554, 555. (L.) Elizabeth Brown and Joseph Brown were indicted for stealing eight pair of leather shoes, value 5 s. and one pair of stuff shoes, value 12 d. the property of William Baldock , Sept. 9 . ++
William Baldock . I am a shoemaker , and live in Nettleton-court, Aldersgate-street; I keep a cobler's-stall in Bell court, near Foster-lane ; on the 8th of September at night I locked up my stall, and left it secure between six and seven in the evening, and when I went in the morning I found it partly stripped; I missed thirteen pair of shoes, and two odd ones; on the same day, going about to see where I imagined the thief might have sold them, in asking Martin Bridgeman in Chick-lane, who keeps an old shoe-shop, if he had had any such shoes offered to him to sale, he said he had bought nine pair, and showed them to me; I asked him if he knew the people he bought them of; he said he did, and carried me to the prisoner's house, they are mother and son; I have known the woman for upwards of five years, she lives in Long-lane.
Martin Bridgeman . The boy at the bar brought two pair of shoes, and two odd ones, to me to sell; he asked eighteen-pence for the two pair; at last he said he had some more at home; then he went and fetched seven pair more; he asked me five shillings for them all; I bid him three; I then thought some stall was broke open; he said they came from Ham common from his aunt's, that she used to send up left-off shoes to his mother; I made him leave the shoes at my shop, and go with me to his mother; when we came there, I said to her, here are some shoes your son has brought to my shop to sell; she said, I know that; then she agreed to take three shillings; I put the money down, which of them took the money up I cannot say.
Q. How old is the boy?
Bridgeman. The mother says he is nineteen years of age.
Baldock. They were in my custody in order to mend.
Martin Bridgeman came to my room, and said, how do you do, Mrs. Brown, do you know any thing of these shoes; I said, I know nothing of them; he said, are they honestly come by; I said, they are for what I know.
I was going to my mother's house, I met a young man in Aldersgate-street; he asked me if I knew any body that would buy any shoes; I said I believed I knew a woman that would buy them; he said he would give me six-pence for my trouble if I would sell them; I took and carried them to my mother's house; I went and sold them to Mr. Bridgeman; I had them of one Francis Porter , his father lives in Monkwell-street.
To their characters.
Sarah Bunney . I live in Nettleton-court, I have known Elizabeth Brown the prisoner sixteen years, I never knew any harm of her; I have known the son ever since he wore petticoats, I know no harm of him.
Elizabeth Acquitted .
Joseph Guilty . T .
William Belchier, Esq; On Wednesday the 16th of September, going from my house in Lombard-street to Fenchurch-street, by the corner of Birchin-lane , I felt a man's hand in my pocket; I saw him draw it out, and cross the way; I immediately followed him; he made into Three King-court; I followed him there, and said, you are got into a court that is no thoroughfare, and now I shall catch you (there is a thoroughfare,) but he not knowing that, turned back, and endeavoured to push by me; I catched him by the arm, and stopt him, and took my handkerchief out of his hand; I got him into Lombard street, he there fell down, and would go no farther; there happened to be a neighbour of mine, he took hold of him, and led him to the Mansion-house; there being no body there to examine him, we took him to the Poultry Compter; there I saw him searched, and two other handkerchiefs found upon him; as we were going to the Mansion-house, he desired I would take a stick and give him a good lathering, and let him go; I said, you must take the consequence of the law, and if that will acquit you without lathering, I shall be very well satisfied.
Coming up Lombard-street, about eight o'clock, I saw a boy drop those handkerchiefs; I took them up, and put them all in my pocket but this;
Guilty . T .
Lucy Letter . I live in Little-Britain , the prisoner lodged in the same room with me; on the 13th of last month I went out, and left her in the room; I went out about ten in the morning, and did not return till about seven in the evening; then the prisoner had absconded, and I never saw her after till she was taken, which was about three or four days after; I missed a silk gown and a linen apron from out of my drawers.
Q. Was your drawers left locked or open?
L. Letter. That I cannot tell.
Q. How did you find your door when you returned?
L Letter. I found that fast, and the key left as usual at a neighbour's, where we often left it.
Q. Have you found any of your things again?
L. Letter. I have found my gown; when she was taken she was brought to me in Broker's-row in the Fleet-market; I charged her with my gown and apron; she offered me sixteen shillings for the damage she had done; I would not take that for the gown.
Q. How much did you demand?
L. Letter. I valued my gown at forty shillings.
Q. How much did you say you would take?
L. Letter. I did not say I would take any thing, I chose to have my things again.
Q. What did she say she had done with them?
L. Letter. She said she had sold the gown for sixteen shillings to Mrs Cain, at a public-house; she said nothing about the apron.
William Angus . I am a shoemaker, the prisoner used to bind shoes for one Mr. Day at Holbourn-bridge; he gave her three shirts to repair, and four pair of upper-leathers to bind; and at the time of this robbery she went away with the whole; she wanted me to let her have sixteen shillings to redeem the gown of the woman that bought it, and so to deliver it back to the prosecutrix; I said I would not lose sixteen shillings by her; this was after she was taken.
William Oakley . I am the constable, I was ordered to go to the Anchor and Crown in Fleet-market, where the prisoner owned she had sold the gown; I told the man of the house what I came about, and his wife delivered the gown to me, and I carried it to Guildhall.
Mary Angus . I am wife to William Angus ; the prisoner said in my hearing she had taken and worn the apron, and carried it back again, and put it in the drawer, but it was never seen after; she said she wanted to speak to me; I went into the yard with her; she said she was not the person that was left in the room, but she found the door open, and went into the room, and took the gown out of the drawer, and would tell me where it was sold, but did not till Mrs. Cain's daughter came; after that the prisoner said it was her own property, and she had sold it to Mrs. Cain, at the Anchor and Crown in the Fleet-market (produced and deposed to.)
Mrs. Cain. I live in the Fleet-market; a woman brought this gown to me on a Sunday night, about a month ago; I knew nothing of the woman; she asked me if I would buy a gown; I said, I did not want one; she said, it is Sunday night, and I cannot go to the pawnbroker's with it; said I, is it your own; she said it is not, it is the property of one Mrs. Morris, in Salisbury-court; she desired I would lend her 2 s. upon it, and said, she had not had a morsel to day; I lent her 2 s. I said, do you come for the gown to-morrow morning; she said she would; my maid said it is a pretty colour, she should like it, if I could get it for a guinea; I never opened it, nor looked at it; the next morning the woman came, and gave me the money I lent her, and said, if I had a mind for it, the price was 16 s. I said, if there is any dispute about it, bring me my money, and you shall have your gown again; that same day I saw the prisoner, who said it was her gown; I asked her if she had had the money; she said she had; I said, how came you to sell your gown; she said, she sold it for want.
I never knew that Mrs. Letter had such a gown in her house; the reason I quitted my lodging was, I owed her a little money, and could not pay.
Guilty . T .
Anne Parker . I live, in Tottenham, I had been with some for other the day day week, about half an hour after 9 at night, the prisoner met me on the road between Ramonton and Tottenham ; he desired I would deliver my money; I said, I desire you will not take my money, for I have none but what I have got for the cysters I have sold; he knocked me down, and gave me a great many blows, and asked me for my money a great many times; I was very much bruised about my arms and shoulders; he felt all about my petticoat for my money, even to my private parts, but my clothes were so tumbled about with struggling, that he could not find my pocket; I have a very bad wound on my eye, it was cut, and appeared very bad.) this he gave me.
Q. With what did he give it you?
A. Parker. I believe it was with his fist; I saw no weapon that he had; there was somebody coming with a lanthorn, then he made off.
Q. Did you know him before?
A. Parker. Yes, I have seen him many times before; he was a neighbour; he lived but about a mile from me, and worked with Mr. Stanley, a blacksmith.
Q. Did you know him at the time he used you thus?
A. Parker. I did; and he knew me very well.
Q. Was you ever acquainted with him?
A. Parker. No, never in my life,
Q. Did he call you by your name?
A. Parker. No, he did not; but he must know me; after he made off, I went to the surgeon's and got my wounds dressed, and then went home to bed.
Q. What family have you got?
A. Parker. I am a widow, and have five children; the next morning I went and had the prisoner taken; he was at work.
Q. Was he drunk or sober that night?
A. Parker. I cannot tell; I had seen him at a public-house, where I had called with my oysters, but had no thought of his coming after me; I had not been gone from that public-house above half an hour when he attacked me.
Q. Do you think if he had been sober, he would have made such an attempt upon you?
A. Parker. He bears a very bad character in the neighbourhood, and if he had not perceived the light coming, I do think he would have killed me.
Q. How many times might he ask you for your money?
A. Parker. I believe he asked me twenty times.
John Holt . I am a surgeon; last Thursday night this woman came to my house, in a most bloody and dirty condition; I was obliged to wash her face well with a sponge and warm water, before I could discover her wounds; then I found a large wound over her left eye, which I sewed up; I dressed her wounds; she told me who it was that had used her ill, and that she happened to tell him she knew him, and she thought he would have killed her; she said it was the prisoner, I have attended her ever since; this is the second day she has been out of her bed, since she was bruised and hurt so very much.
I was very much in liquor, I hardly know what I did; I never asked her for any of her money, nor never had any of it; I never did such a thing in my life before, nor never should then had I not been in liquor.
To his character.
Thomas Stanley . I am a blacksmith, and live at Edmonton, the prisoner served his time with me; he behaved very well for the seven years to me, since he has been out of his time, he has been my journeyman, from the 27th of March last.
Q. How has he behaved since he was out of his time?
Stanley. He may have got fuddled and so; I saw him about 3 o'clock that afternoon the woman was hurt; he asked me for 2 s. after which I saw him no more, till the next morning when he came to work.
Mrs. Stanley. I am wife to the last witness; I never knew the prisoner to rob any body; he is apt to drink.
Guilty . T .
Martha Scrivener . Surgeon Baker took this child out of charity, and cloathed him; he was at the house of Anne Sedgwick , a lodging-house, till he could help him to a place; the prisoner came there to lodge, and on Wednesday morning, October 14th he got up, and took all the child's cloaths that he had, and went away with them.
Q. How do you know he took them?
Q. Did you find any of the things upon him?
M. Scrivener. No, I did not.
Q. Did he acknowledge that he had taken them?
M. Scrivener. No, he did not.
Q. Do you know any things more against him, than his being missing at the time the clothes were missing?
M. Scrivener. No, I do not.
Anne Sedgwick . These two boys lodged at my house; when I got up, Layton was crying, and said his clothes were gone; all the rest of the lodgers were there but the boy at the bar; I was pew opener at Islington, and have lost the place upon it; I know nothing what has become of the clothes.
560, 561, 562, 563. (M.) James Chilcot , John Beale , Margaret Anne Worral , spinster , and Anne Harvey , spinster , were indicted (together with Thomas Anderson * not taken) for stealing five yards of printed linen cloth, twelve handkerchiefs made of silk and cotton, eleven yards of callico, forty-seven yards of linen cloth, and fifty-seven pair of worsted hose , the property of persons unknown, October 11 . +
John Noaks . This day three weeks, between 11 and 12 at night, I was at St. Margaret's watch-house; a watchman brought a woman there who said, she had been knocked down in great George-street by two men and a woman; she said, she lodged at the house of one Brown in the Almonry; I asked the watchman why he did not bring the people as well as the woman; he said, they were got off; I applied to Sir John Fielding for a warrant, and asked the woman; if she would appear against the people if taken; she said if she did, she should get knocked on the head; she told me my best way would be to come and enter the house between 6 and 7 in the morning, the time they generally come in; I went with assistance; when I came there, Anderson as described, got out at the window and got off; we ran up stairs; Chilcot was in bed with the girl Harvey; we found the tools they made use of; it was an old ruinated place; we found all these things mentioned in the indictment, in the room (produced in court.) Sir John Fielding had them advertised three times; there are fifty-seven pair of men and women's stockings, three red caps, five remnants of Irish, three remnants of sheeting, three remnants of callico wrapper, twelve handkerchiefs, and other things: they say the room belongs to Margaret Anne Worrat , they were all found in her room; the other witnesses can tell better how they were found than I, who were in the room, because of Anderson's making his escape; I ran up into the other room to see who else I could find; I was by when the tools were found; these are they, (producing a stock and center bit, and two forks, the ends bent into berks, to put into windows to draw things through windows to them, and a pocket pistol.
Joseph Stevenson . I am a constable, I was with Mr. Noaks; I was at the finding all these goods and tools in that room; the girl Harvey was in bed, and some of the things were found under the bed, in little bundles; the rest were in drawers, and the pistol upon the drawers, the stock and bit in the closet; they had been trying the center-bit against the closet-door, till the door was almost torn to pieces with it; Chilcot, as Mr. Noaks has mentioned, was not in bed; (in that he made a mistake,) he was upon the bed, and he got to the window, and was getting out, till I laid hold of his shoulder.
John Heley . I belong to Sir John Fielding ; I went with Noaks, Stevenson, Hartley, and Bond; when they got into the room, Chilcot was getting out at the window; I up with my stick and said, if you come out, you may depend upon it I shall knock you down; I was then on the outside, they within called help; then I ran up stairs, and we secured the four prisoners, who were all then in the room; Harvey was in bed; they began to search the room, and found many of the things under her, betwixt the bed and the sacking; the two men at the bar, had two pair of new stockings on of the same sort of some of these here produced; we took and brought them all four before the Justice.
David Hartley . I was there at the time of the taking the four prisoners; I found Beale in bed with another young man, in another room; that young man said Beale had not been in bed above a minute; that young man was not committed.
I came out of the country; this being a lodging-house, I went and paid 3 d. a night for my
To his character.
James Rushton . I belong to the Princes Dowager, I am in the stables; I have known Chilcot above 8 years; I never heard nothing ill of him before this; he has came often to us, and we have employed him in the stables.
I came from Kingston upon Thames, my mother lives there; I worked at Brentford; I have been a footman to Justice Lamb four years, and two years to Mr. Higgs; since that I have been in the Middlesex militia.
I lodged in that house, there are no locks to the doors; I was putting on my things, and they came up and stopt me; I told them I knew nothing of the matter; they would not let me go, they took me into the next room, where the other girl Harvey was in bed; they made her get up, and took us to Tothill-fields Bridewell; when we came there, we did not know what to do; from there they took us before Sir John Fielding ; they asked us what we had done; we said, we had done nothing at all; my sister keeps a mussin and corn-shop; I used to be there, to help her, and having no conveniency to lie there, she gave me 3d. a night to pay for my lodging in that house; I never was in any service since I came from Watford in Hertforshire, my mother lives there; I have been come away twelve months; I know nothing of this cloth and things.
I knew this was a lodging-house; Worral went into one room, and I into another; I did not know there was any things in the room; I went to bed, and never turned the bed down to see what was there; I never lay there but that night; I know nothing of the things; I was bred and born at Sunderland; I had been but two days from my mother that lives at Rotherhithe; my father belongs to the sea, and my mother takes in plain work.
Q. to Noaks. How many people did you see in the house?
Noaks. It is a very small room; there was only a little boy that had been a hopping, besides An derson, that made his escape; besides the four prisoners, there were only two sick woman below.
Stevenson. I only saw the little boy and these four people.
Heley. I saw no more but these four people and the little boy.
Bond. I saw two sick women on the ground floor and the little boy that lay in another room, and the man that jumped out of the window.
All four Guilty . T .
Abraham Claak . I asked the prisoner to help me draw beer, and assist in the house. On the 13th of October I asked him to lend a hand in making the beds, and clean the room out; my clothes were in my box; he went out in the afternoon unknown to us, I did not see him till about eight in the evening; then he had his regimentals on; I said, John, you look very fresh in the face, you have been drinking; he swore he had not; a little after we heard somebody up stairs; then my mistress called to me, and said, there was somebody up stairs; I went up and found him in his own room, laid down; he had pulled off his regimentals, and put on a blue coat; I found my best blue coat under his bed; I told him I had been a good friend to him, and he had requited me very badly for it; I left the clothes as they were, and went and called my mistress up.
Q. Where were your clothes before?
Clark. They were all in a box, except one coat; I went and examined my box, and found it was broke open; I had in it a crown piece, half a guinea, and some halfpence; I tried to open another drawer, and the lock was broke all to pieces.
Q. Did you find your money?
Clark. No, it was all gone, except one farthing; the prisoner before he came in, met Mr. Green, he keeps company with his daughter; he went from this up in the Strand; when we took him he would not confess any thing; lifting up his arm, four shillings dropt out of his sleeve; then he confessed the fact; he offered me these four shillings, and he told a gentleman that was in the kitchen, that he would give me 4 s. and a note of hand to receive 3 s. a week, till all the money was paid that I had lost.
John Dye . The prisoner was in liquor; he disowned having any money about him, but putting his hand up the four shillings dropt out of his sleeve; he acknowledged he had the crown piece, and had changed it, and that he was willing to make satisfaction, by giving him a note, to take his wages of the paymaster serjeant.
Q. How did he say he got the money?
Dye. He did not confess he broke open the box, but he said he had robbed him, and that he was drunk, and did not know what he did.
Q. Was it the same day he took it?
Q. Was he drunk?
Dye. Yes, but not so far but he understood things very well, he knew what he was about.
I did not take any waistcoat out of the room, not did I own taking the waistcoat nor the coat; I had no crown piece, that four shillings, I received of a serjeant the Saturday before; I was in liquor, and do not know that I said any thing about it.
Guilty . T .
John Buck . I live at Mile-end, and deal in geese and turkies, and keep a public-house; I had twenty-eight turkies in a field at Mile-end , belonging to Mr. Horsenail, on Saturday last; I missed four out of my number; Mr. Martin was drinking at my house, he said he knew who had two of them, that he saw the prisoner take them.
Q. What is the prisoner?
Buck. He is a drover, and drives bullocks; he is up and down, and will live any where.
Q. Did you ever find your turkies again?
Buck. No, I never did.
Q. Where was you at the time?
Martin. I was looking out at a window.
Q. How did he take them?
Martin. He took one under one arm, and the other under the other arm, and went out of the field with them; I can say nothing farther.
Q. to prosecutor. When was the prisoner taken up?
Prosecutor. We took him up but yesterday.
I was going along the fields, I catched up one turkey in my hand, and put it down again, and went on, and never took one away.
Q. to Martin. What time of the day was it you saw the prisoner with the turkies?
Martin. It was between eight and nine in the morning.
To his character.
Mr. Robinson. I am a butcher, I have known the prisoner eight or ten years, he is a drover; all I know of him is, he has drove many a score of bullocks for me, and brought them home safe like an honest fellow.
Q. What is your business?
Ward. I keep a Public-house, where he might have taken a silver tankard, and other things, had he been so minded; he never took nothing of mine.
566, 567. (M.) John Brass , otherwise Cade, otherwise Masters , was indicted, for that he, in the dwelling house of Mary Hubbard , did make an assault on her the said Mary, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and violently taking from her person a silver watch, value 40 s. a thirty-six shilling piece, a moidore, seven guineas, and five shillings in money numbered, her property ; and James Murphy for receiving the watch, well knowing it to have been stolen , Sept. 25 . *
Mary Hubbard . I live in Chiswell-street , and am a pawnbroker ; on the 25th of September, about nine at night, my street-door was shut; my maid, Anne Rimmington , went and opened it; the prisoner came in with a handkerchief in his hand, and asked a groat upon it; I was sitting in a little room; my maid came in with the handkerchief, and was going to show it me; he followed her, and put a pistol over her shoulder, and said to me, make no resistance, your watch and your money; my maid turned round, and clapped her hand upon the pistol, and drove him back into the shop; I got up and followed; then the evidence was standing holding the street door.
Q. What is his name?
M. Hubbard. His name is William Guy ; I found I could not make any resistance; the prisoner said to the maid, let go; she said, for God's sake, do not let the pistol off, do not kill my mistress; Guy at the door said, if she does not let the pistol go, blow her brains out: the prisoner
Q. Are you certain to the prisoner?
M. Hubbard. I believe the prisoner to be the man.
Q. How was he dressed?
M. Hubbard. He had a handkerchief tied over his nose, it did not reach over his eyes, nor down to his chin; I think I can take upon me to say he is the real person.
Anne Rimmington . I am servant to Mrs. Hubbard; the prisoner knocked at the door about the time my mistress has mentioned, I opened it; he said he wanted to pledge his handkerchief; I seeing a handkerchief tied over his nose, asked him how he came to be disguised; he said he had a sore nose; I went to my mistress, and he followed me, and clapped a pistol over my right shoulder, and said to my mistress, your watch and your money; I turned round, and clapped hold of the pistol, and pushed him out of that room into the shop, and struggled with him some time; he said let it go, I will not hurt you; he got it away; then he went to my mistress, as she was behind the counter, and said, your watch and your money; she gave him first silver, then gold; then he asked for her watch again; she gave him a silver watch; then he not being contented wanted more money; then she gave him gold again, then he wanted more; she then took out some, and said, here, take all; then he wanted to see the till, and put his hand over, and found it a large drawer, then they went out.
Q. Are you sure it was the prisoner?
A. Rimmington. I am very positive of it that he is the man, I looked very much in his face.
Prisoner. She would not swear to me till the evidence was sworn before the Justice.
A. Rimmington. When I went in I looked at William Guy , and said, that is the man that was at the door, I believed, and I looked at the prisoner, and said, this is the man that robbed my mistress, he had a handkerchief tied cross his nose when he robbed her.
Q. How was he dressed when he robbed your mistress?
A. Rimmington. He had a brown wig on, and a flapt hat, and I perceived he had short hair under his wig *.
* The prisoner, when at the bar, had no wig on, but his own short hair.
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King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery held for the City of LONDON, &c.
ON the 25th of September I went to Shadwell to ask for work; coming through Wingfield street, at the sign of the Sun, Whitechapel, I heard a tap at the window; I went in, there was the prisoner John Brass ; I said, are you going to sea; he said, I do not know whether I am or not; they have made a sailor of me, but I will have another suit of clothes before Saturday night; I said, how; said he, I know where to make something to night; I sat down and drank a pint of beer with him; then we went to the Skettle-ground; then he told me of this pawnbroker's house, in Chiswell-street; he said, she wore a purse, and a watch, and has some gold rings, and he would have them; we went to go there, but was rather too soon to go there; then he said we will go and get 2 or 3 s. in picking of pockets; we went and got as many as came to 8 s. in handkerchiefs; we carried them to the prisoner Murphy, and his wife paid me for them; then we said it was too soon, so we staid till about a quarter before nine; then we went to Chiswell-street, and went by the window two or three times; then we slept over to the horse-ride; there I pulled off my coat, a blue one, with brass buttons, and put on his flannel waistcoat, and he put on a brown wig and my coat; then he went to the door, and went in; I held the street door; he went in and demanded her money, and after that came out again, and said, I have got it, and we ran away into Pickax-street; he showed me what money he had, and by all accounts he cheated me out of five guineas; we did the robbery on the Friday night, and on the Sunday in the forenoon I carried it to Mr. Murphy's, the other prisoner at the bar; I asked his wife if she would see it; she called her husband; he asked me how I came by it; I said, we had been robbing a woman of some money, and that watch; he asked what I would have for it; I said, a guinea and a half; at last I came to 27 s. he desired us to call in the afternoon; when I called, he said he could not give us any more than a guinea; then I went to Brass, and told him what Murphy had said; and he said, then let him have it; I went on the Monday, and his wife gave me the guinea.
Murphy. I never saw this evidence in my life before.
Guy. I have sold Murphy many a dozen of handkerchiefs.
Q. How old are you?
Guy. I am twenty-two years of age, the 3 d of March.
Q. What do you expect to come to?
Guy. I hope to get an honest livelihood.
James Brebrook . A man came and told me there was an advertisement of Mrs. Hubbard, a pawnbroker in Chiswell-street, being robbed; he said to me, go directly away, and I should see the person that did it, playing at skettles, at the Sun in Wingfield-street, Whitechapel; I went, and there took the evidence and prisoner, and carried them before Sir John Fielding .
Q. When was this?
Brebrook. This was about a fortnight ago.
Q. to prosecutrix. Was the watch ever found?
Prosecutrix. No, it never was.
Guy. Murphy said he would take care that the watch should never come to light.
I know nothing at all of the matter, I never was concerned in such a thing in my life; I was at Chatham at the time of this robbery, on board
Brass Guilty . Death .
Murphy Acquitted .
See Brass tried three separate times for picking pockets, No 450 in Mr. Alderman Beckford's, No 222 in Mr. Alderman Blakiston's and No 132 in Sir Richard Glyn's Mayoralty.
568, 569, 570. (M.) Thomas Lloyd was indicted for stealing sixteen linen handkerchiefs, value 8 s. and two silk handkerchiefs, value 2 s. the property of persons unknown; and James Murphy and Sarah his wife (together with Sarah Murphy , their daughter, not taken) for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen , Sept. 30 . +
John Noaks . I had information that the prisoner, James Murphy , bought stolen goods; Sir John Fielding granted a warrant to search his house; we were told if we came and watched his house, we should see pickpockets go in with things; I, Heley, and Hartley, went and watched at seven in the morning, and waited; after some time Heley said, there is one gone in then Hartley ran across, and took Lloyd before I got in; we had observed Murphy, who is a taylor, at work upon a coat two hours, we could see him through the window; when I came in, Hartley asked Lloyd for the bundle he brought in; Lloyd said, he knew nothing of a bundle, he denied seeing any; I said, we must search the house for it; in searching about there was a bundle of eighteen handkerchiefs, sixteen cotton ones, and two silk, found between the grate and a board that stood before it in the fore-room (produced in court;) Sir John Fielding has advertised them, but no owners came; in the search Mrs. Murphy offered me her pocket to search; I said the bundle could not be put in that.
Q. What sort of handkerchiefs are they?
Noaks. They are all of different sorts, not two alike; Lloyd said he came with a coat to be mended; I said, I had seen Murphy working two hours upon that coat, as we had been watching the house; we took up Lloyd and Murphy.
John Heley . I was at the house of Mrs. Clark opposite Murphy's house, in Playhouse yard, Whitecross-street; I saw Lloyd come down the street, with a bundle in a handkerchief under his arm; I had seen him before, and knew him; we had been told there was a back way to the house, we went out, Hartley went to the back door, and I to the front in the street; I heard Hartley cry, halloo; I went; he said I have one in custody, which was Lloyd. Lloyd had then no bundle. he denied having any; we searched very particularly under the shop-board where Murphy was at work, and could not find the bundle; we were going away; Noaks said, I shall have another look; in going to the fire-place, here it is said he, and took it up; I said, I knew it to be the same bundle that he brought in; Murphy said he brought in no bundle, he brought in this coat, (meaning a coat he was at work upon.)
Q. Might not Lloyd bring in that coat for what you know?
Heley. I know Lloyd brought in a bundle, and I saw Murphy working upon that coat, I dare say two hours that morning.
David Hartley . I went with Noaks and Heley: I saw a lad coming down the street with a bundle tied in a handkerchief, I saw him go into Murphy's house; I was in a hurry to get to the back-door, I went in and took him; I asked him where the bundle was that he brought in; he said he brought none in; Murphy said, he brought in that coat he was at work upon; I had seen him at work on that coat two hours, or thereabouts; we searched the whole house, and I do not remember seeing any other coat in the house; I saw the bundle found near the fire-place concealed.
Q. to Noaks. Did you see any other coat in the house but what Murphy was at work upon?
Noaks. I saw one in a drawer, which Murphy said was his own coat.
Q. What are you?
S. Clark. I do business for a cabinet-maker; I have seen many boys go into Murphy's house at different times, and have seen them carry handkerchiefs in, and have seen Mrs. Murphy pay them money upon the counter, I could see it cross the way; when they thought I watched them, they used to go in at the back-door; but when they got into the house, I could see them open the handkerchiefs.
I was going down to Limehouse to see after some work on the Tuesday night, before the Wednesday that I was taken; coming home between eight and nine in the evening, I had occasion to ease myself; going down a gateway I found that bundle, I took and brought it home; and in the morning I saw what it was; and as Mr. Murphy had made me a coat and several things, and was making a coat at the time, I had seen two or three handkerchiefs hang at his door; I went to see whether he would buy them; I was afraid of getting into trouble, made me not own it at first.
He called seven people to his character, but none could give any account of him, or his behaviour for three or four years last past.
I had a green coat to turn for this young man, he brought it in a bundle; I did not know where he lived; he desired me to get it turned and pressed; I had had it about nine days; then he agreed to let it alone a little while, I being busy; the week following he came for it; I promised he should have it by 12 o'clock the next day; about a quarter past eleven he came in, I was tying my garters, or buckling my shoes, I do not know which, I discerned something under his arm, but what it was I could not tell.
I know nothing of the young man; I never denied his bringing in any bundle, I saw no bundle that he brought.
To their character.
Q. Did you ever hear of their dealing in handkerchiefs?
How. No, I never did.
John Griffin . I live in Playhouse-yard, Whitecross-street, I am a lath-maker; I have known Mr. Murphy and his wife above six years; he is an honest man, one that works hard for his family; this is all through a spiteful neighbour.
Lloyd Guilty . T .
Murphy and his wife Acquitted .
571, 572. (M.) Moses Matthews , otherwise Burton , and Elizabeth his wife , were indicted for stealing a linen bed-quilt, two sheets, two blankets, a saucepan, a brass candlestick, and a flat-iron, the property of Charles Forward , in a certain lodging room lett by contract , &c. Sept. 10 . ++
Charles Forward . I live in Charles street, Westminster ; the prisoner, Moses Matthews , took a lodging of me ready furnished, for himself and his wife; the things mentioned in the indictment were part of the furniture; they took it this day six weeks; they staid till last Tuesday morning, then we went into the room and missed the things; the constable took up the man and locked him up; he owned to the pawning the things, but did not know where; then the woman was taken up, and she confess where they were; we went and found them as she had said.
William Stoaks . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Tothill-street, Westminster; the woman at the bar brought a quilt the 19th of September, one sheet of the 10th of October, and another on the 15th, and pledged them with me.
When I knew of the quilt, and one of the sheets being pawned, I desired my wife to go to the pawnbroker and tell him they should be redeemed in a few days, accordingly, I believe she did go and inform him of it; that morning she had not been well, and I left my own coat and hat before I went out, for my wife to carry to get some money, for her to take in sewing work, but they did not bring enough; then another sheet was pawned; my wife got work and did it, but has not been paid yet; when Mr. Forward charged the constable with me, I had not time to send for my friends to redeem the things; and he being impatient, my wife was taken up; I sent for one friend, he was not at home; then we were taken before Sir John Fielding and sent to Tothill-fields Bridewell; then it was night; I could see no body the next morning; I was taken to Sir John again, and he committed us here.
The wife's defence.
I carried the things, and told the pawnbroker I would fetch them at night; and when I came back again, Mr. Forward took me in custody; I told him where I had carried them; he locked me in his garret, I could see no body; then he took me to Sir John Fielding ; after that I was committed, and had not time to send for our friends.
To their character.
Q. What was he in lately?
Harris. Lately he has been in no business.
Q. When had you seen him last?
Harris. I have not seen him for this four or five weeks past.
Q. What are you?
Matthews. I am a coal-heaver.
Increase Beale. I am sorry to see the prisoner at the bar here; he was clerk at the next wharf to mine; I believe there he was as honest a servant as any was; and was his master here, I believe he would give him the same character.
W. Elizabeth Acquitted .
573. 574. (M.) William Edwards and Mary Dunderdell were indicted for stealing a glove, value 2 d. and 81 l. 10 s. 6 d. in money numbered, the property of Daniel Lucas , in the dwelling-house of the said Daniel , August 6 . +
Daniel Lucas . I keep the Fox and Crown upon Highgate hill ; on the 6th of August the two prisoners, and Richard Thomas , and another young woman not taken, came to my house; Edwards came in first, and immediately ran up stairs; Dunderdell followed him, and then the other two, they were there some considerable ti me; we had two chaises in the yard, and some men playing at skettles; I said to my wife, do you mind the company above stairs, and I will mind them in the yard; I saw Mary Dunderdell two or three times standing on the middle of the stairs, calling, where are the onions, then, where are the cucumbers, saying, I will give you no trouble, I will take them of you, and carry them up stairs; there was not one person up in that room but those four people all that day; my bed-chamber is opposite that room-door; when they came down stairs. Edwards came first, and said, Lucas, make me a shilling's worth of punch; I made it, and offered them glasses; they refused them, and drank it standing at the bar; Dunderdell asked my wife if she drank tea in the afternoon; my wife answered, sometimes she did, and sometimes she did not; said she, if it is not too much trouble put on the tea kettle, we will be back very soon; they went away, but never returned; after they were gone, I found the lock of my room-door where I lie, broke, and the lock of my bureau in that room broke; there were four locks broke in all; I missed fifty-three guineas in a woman's glove, and a purse which had 20 l. in it. On the 24th of August there came a tall lusty woman to my house, and told me she came from Newgate, from Mr. Edwards; she brought a fowl with her; I took her into the back-parlour, there we dined; she put her hand into her pocket before dinner, and proposed to me to make up my loss, in case I would not prosecute Edwards; I took no money of her; she came again on the 25th with a letter; I went to Newgate on the 26th to Edwards; I took three persons with me; he was asked by one of them, whether he was willing to make up my loss; he said, he would do anything to save life, and I dare say
Q. What did the woman say?
Lucas. She said she came down on purpose to solicit for that unhappy man Edwards, and she would do to the utmost of her power; you shall have it, do but save his life, he does not mind going abroad; I was not willing to take the money; I went to Sir John Fielding 's, I told his clerk the same I have here, and when she proposed to come again, he said, you may depend upon it you shall have somebody at your house at the time she comes again; she came rather sooner than after her time; Mr. Marsden came in soon after her, she came with a woman that was with her before; when Mr. Marsden came in, I told him they were in the back-parlour, and the money is recoverable, she had told me it was; said he, you must not take it; I put Mr. Marsden in the fore-parlour, that he might hear what she said, they were not above a yard and a half distance; she said she had seen Edwards, and let him know what you said, and here I have got a letter from him, and desired I would go one half hour to speak to him; accordingly I did, which was on the 26th, as I mentioned before; there I told Edwards of the letter brought by the woman on the 25th, as I mentioned before; after the woman and I had had some talk in the parlour, I came out, and said to Mr. Marsden, farmer, how does the harvest go on in the country; he said, it goes on very well; I said, I hope we shall have things cheaper; then I went in again to the woman, and began to talk about Edwards again; she made me promise I would go to him the next morning; I went to Sir John first, and went there afterwards; when at Newgate, Edwards told me he thought he was worth about 40 l. and his goods and effects about 40 l. more, and he would do any thing to save life; I should have mentioned I saw the print of a narrow chissel, which had been put in, in order to wrench my chamber-door open.
Alice Lucas . I am the prosecutor's wife; the prisoner Edwards, and the woman by him, which goes for his servant, and another woman, which they call his sister, and Thomas the evidence, came to our house; Edwards, at coming in, flew quick up stairs; after him the others went up; then I went up to see what they wanted; they ordered a bottle of Burton ale, and three pennyworth of bread and cheese; the woman at the bar asked me if we had any cucumbers; I sent out, but could get none; she said to Edwards, you might have let me brought some from home; they asked me for plates and onions.
Q. Did you know them before?
A. Lucas. Edwards and his father had been at our house before several times, and brought their victuals in their pockets; the prisoners, and the other two, were in that room I believe an hour, or an hour and a half; the woman was waiting about the middle of the stairs often; when I brought the onions she was there, and took them, and said to me, you are in a hurry, I will take them; she carried them up stairs; there was no body in the tap-room below, or up stairs, but themselves; there were two chaises stopt, and I ran out with the bottle of Burton ale to them; I was not out of the house above a minute; my husband served the people in the skettle-ground, and I in the house; when the prisoners and their company came down, he called for a shilling's worth of punch, they stood and drank it without glasses; then the woman at the bar said, we are going to the sign of the Flask, set on the tea-kettle, we shall soon be back again, but they never returned; it was not half an hour before that we had all the money, it was all my husband and I had been working for for twenty-five years; after we missed it, I not knowing their names, or where they lived, with a great deal to do I found out one Mrs. Preston, who directed me to Edwards, who lived by Litchfield-street, Seven Dials; he is a painter and glazier; Mr. Preston was a glazier, and they had come together to my house; there were all manner of clothes, enough to dress out twenty beggars, which we found under a bed; I took some of Sir John Fielding 's men with me; when we were in fight of the door, we saw a woman standing, but when we got up she was gone in; I charged the men with her and Edwards; this was on the 7th of August.
Richard Thomas. Edwards asked me to go with him to Kentish Town, on the 6th of August; he had some painting to do there for an attorney, I helped him to do it, there was the woman at the bar, and another woman with us; then we went to the Fox and Crown at Highgate, we went into a room up stairs; after we had been there some time, Edwards said to me, I wish you would go down and order some Burton ale; he was then
Q. Did he tell you where he got the money?
Thomas. He did, he said he got it at that house out of the room, opposite to that we went into.
Q. Did he tell you how much he had got?
Thomas. No, he did not, we went with that design; when we first went out, he said he should go there for some money.
Q. Did he say the man owned him any money?
Thomas. No, he did not; he told me he knew the man had money.
Thomas. She is his maid; I saw something in his hand, when he gave me the money, like a woman's glove; I remember hearing Dunderdell mention something about drinking tea, and talked about calling as she came back.
Q. When was you taken up?
Thomas. I have seen this key and hook before in Edwards's possession.
On his cross examination he was showed a letter which he owned he wrote to Edwards in prison, that the paper, pen, and ink, was brought to him by a fat tall woman.
I have known this evidence two or three years, he had been in the King's Bench; when he came to me he came without any thing on his back; I took him to work with me, I was painting at an attorney's house at Kentish Town; when we had done the job, we went up to Lucas's and drank; there were two or three post-chaises at the door, and people at skettles; the place was full below, the woman bid us go up stairs; there was a bottle and glasses on the table, we had some ale, and bread and cheese, and came down and had a shilling's worth of punch, and drank it; then we came away home.
I never saw a robbery done in my life.
For the prisoners.
The letter read, directed for Mr. William Edwards, Newgate.
Aug. 24, 1767.
"I am very sorry, it was by persuasion I was
"you, which I never should, had it not been for
"his people; as for that robbery at Highgate,
"which you are in Newgate for on suspicion, I
"never did see you do it; I never saw you break
"no locks nor doors there, nor any other place;
"and as for Manning's, I did not see you break
"any doors, nor never did I know that you had
"any money but what was your own property;
"and what I said before Sir John at the time, I
"was much in liquor.
Q. Is that a proper glazier's tool?
Cooper. We can do very well without it.
Q. Upon your oath, did you ever use one of these tools in your life?
Cooper. No, I never did.
Mr. Edwards. I keep a public-house, I have known him ever since he was in business, which is five years and a half; I never heard any bad character of him.
Q. In that five years and a half, how many different places has he lived at?
Edwards. I know of two.
Q. How many more?
Edwards. I will not tell any thing about him.
Charles Mardon a cane merchant in Fleet-street, who had known him upwards of twenty five years; James Dowley of Gerrard street, John Bass a dealer in coals, William Chapman of Stanhope-street, John Whinnel a lapidary, in King-street, St. Anne's, and Sarah Chapman , gave him a good character; and Francis Assin , who keeps the Montpelier coffee-house, deposed, he had known him almost seven years; he had employed him, and never found any thing amiss of him; but never enquired much into his character.
Edwards Guilty . Death .
(M.) They were a second time indicted for stealing a gold watch, with the outside metal, covered with shagreen, value 10 l. and 40 l. in money, the property of Elizabeth Bartholomew , widow , in the dwelling of her the said Elizabeth , August 6 . +
Elizabeth Bartholomew . I keep the White Conduit-house . On the 6th of August, two men and two women past me, as I sat at the bar, and went up stairs, but I should not know them; I know there was nobody up stairs that day, but that company; I fetched some money down that day about six in the evening, to pay a butter bill; then the money was all in my bed-room in a bureau chest of drawers, under two locks; about a quarter after ten I went to wind my watch up, and it was gone; then I turned about to the drawers; the key would not go into the lock, I found that broke; the drawers were unlocked; then I missed my money, 49 l. in silver, in a canvas-bag; I found afterwards there were two crown pieces missing from a little drawer, but I did not miss them immediately; I sent word to the Angel inn, which my son keeps, that there had been a company of four people, two men and two women, up in them rooms, and called for a bottle of wine; it was up one pair of stairs; they went into the one pair of stairs, but my bed-room is up two pair; I sent to Sir John Fielding , and had the watch advertised, but never heard any thing of it since, neither have I recovered any part of my money.
Charles Mason . I am a waiter at the White Conduit-house; I waited on the prisoner, there was a man and two women with him; Edwards and Thomas were the two men; there was only that company up in that room that day; I carried them up a bottle of wine.
Charles Martin . I was at the White Conduit-house that evening; I saw them all four come down stairs about 8 o'clock; there were the two prisoners at the bar, and Thomas the evidence; I remember I was speaking about Mr. Manning being robbed at the same time.
Richard Thomas . As we came from Highgate that night, we went in at the White Conduit-house, for a bottle of syllabub, and a bottle of wine; Mr. Edwards went up another pair of stairs, and staid there till we had drank some syllabub; he came down again; and as we were going home said, he had found a couple of crown pieces, that would do towards paying the reckoning; I know nothing more of any money, neither had I any part of the crown pieces.
John Heley . I am one of Sir John Fielding 's people, I was at the taking Edwards; when at Sir John's, Sir John ordered him to be searched; I searched him; we found five guineas, a quarter guinea, thirty-one half-crown, a crown piece, fourteen shillings, and twenty-eight six-pences upon him; he begged of Sir John to let him have some money to keep him in goal; Sir John ordered him the five guineas, which was delivered to him; and the quarter guinea to the evidence Thomas.
I am very innocent of what they alledge against me; I was there, but was never up stairs from the company.
Both Acquitted .
(M.) They were a third time indicted, together with Elizabeth Edwards (not taken,) for stealing a silk gown and petticoat, value 50 s. a pair of silk breeches, value 10 s. a linen cap, value 20 s. five silk ribbons, value 2 s. a silver stock-buckle, value 2 s. and a crown piece, the property of Thomas Prigg , in the dwelling-house of the said Thomas , July 17 . ++
Thomas Prigg . I keep the Blue Anchor, in Whitechapel ; the prisoners came to my house and went up stairs; they had some liquor and supped; they paid the reckoning and went away; when I went to bed about eleven, I went to open the drawer where I keep my money; I could not unlock it: they had been in a one pair of stairs room, my bed-room joins it; I put my money in the middle drawer of the chest, and I found that unlocked;
Rich. Thomas. I was with the two prisoners at that time at that house; there was only us three there; Edwards gave me the gown and petticoat to bring home, and he gave me half a guinea afterwards; he said he got them out of a room adjacent to the room we were in.
I have two witnesses here, that can prove Thomas said it was his wife's gown; at that time I believe he had not been above a fortnight out of the King's-Bench; he said he gave three guineas for it.
Edwards Guilty 39 s.
Mary Trevett . I am servant of Mr. Treble at the Bull in the Pound, Coldbath-fields . On the 4th of August in the evening, the two prisoners and evidence, and another woman, came to our house; they were in a room up stairs, and nobody else that evening; after they were gone, I missed a silk gown, a cap, and handkerchief from out of my box in my room, up two pair of stairs; there was a neighbour in the house that shook hands with Edwards, and called him by his name; I told my master and mistress what I had lost, and my master went round among the pawnbrokers; then we heard of the White Conduit-house being robbed; we found by that neighbour where Edwards lived; I went with the constable to his room, there I found my cap and handkerchief, and a pawnbroker's duplicate of the gown where it was in pawn; when I saw the prisoners again; I was sure, and am now, that they were two of the people who were up stairs that evening.
Richard Thomas . I and the two prisoners went to this house; we went up into a small room; Edwards went up from us, and brought down gowns and other things; he gave me this gown to carry home; when we got home, he sent the woman at the bar out to pawn it; she returned and said, she had pawned it for 15 s. and 9 d.
I am innocent of it; I do not deny being in the house with this man; we went up into a one pair of stairs room, and drank a shilling's worth of punch; while we were there Thomas went out of the room once or twice, then he asked me if I would go, I said I would; he said, do you pay the reckoning; he was gone on before; we overtook him about Bagnigge-wells; he said he had forgot something, and must go back; I, and Dunderdell went on, and got home about 9 o'clock; he came to my house, and brought this gown with him, and said it was one of his wife's gowns, and said he should be glad if I would pawn it for him; accordingly I sent the girl to pawn it; she went and brought a guinea upon it.
Edwards Guilty .
Dunderdell Acquitted .
575. (M.) Thomas Windsor was indicted for stealing a brass mouth-piece, value 1 d. a knife, value 1 d. and 2 s. in money numbered, the property of John Shropshire , privately from the person of the said John , October 4 . *
John Shropshire . I was sent to see a lady home to Fleet-street, with a hackney coachman; when we had set the lady down, the coachman and I had a pot of beer; it was rather too late to go home; I went to a night-cellar, and when I was sleeping there, Mr. Howard a chairman awaked me by seizing the prisoner; I found my pocket was cut, and two shillings taken out of it.
James Howard . I went to the Red Lion, there I saw these two blacks (note, the prosecutor and prisoner were both blacks ,) sitting in a box together; I sat down by them; the black that is the prosecutor, was asleep; after some time the prisoner got over the table, and went out into the street; he soon returned again; then I saw his hands busy about the prosecutor's pocket as he was asleep; I
We were sitting there; I and another young fellow were drinking together; the prosecutor was drinking all night, before he came into our company; he was very merry, and in liquor; he was for fighting, and wanted me to hold his clothes; I advised him not to strip; presently he came and sat down by us, and went to sleep; I went out at the door to make water, and came in again, and sat down by him, and this chairman challenged me with picking the man's pocket; I said, I had not; I live with Esquire Spooner, in Cavendish-square.
Q. Is he here?
Prisoner. No, he is not.
Guilty . Death .
Samuel Dowding . On the 15th of September, between the hours of nine and ten, I went in at the Shakespear's Head, Russel-street, Covent-garden , to drink a pint of beer; the prisoner was there, and intruded herself into my company; I paid my reckoning, and went out of the house; she followed me, and desired me to go home with her, which I refused; she got hold of my finger, and got my ring (a gold one) from my finger; I laid hold of her, and desired her to give it me; she struck me in the face; a gentleman opened the door and asked me what was the matter; I told him what had happened, and in the mean time, the prisoner was conveyed away, I suppose, by some of the same faculty; I went to see for her at the Crown and Cushion, there I saw two girls that were in company with her at the Shakespear's Head; they asked me for a dram; I said I would give them a guinea if they would produce the person that had taken my ring from my finger; they with an oath declared, was I to give them five they would not; I went home; the next morning I got a friend, and we went to the Shakespear's Head, he was acquainted with the man that keeps it; we applied to the waiter, then he went with us; we found the prisoner in one of the courts leading to Bow-street; she declared she never saw me in her life, and when she came before Sir John Fielding , she then pretended that I positively had given her the ring in lieu of cash, I suppose to have some concerns with her.
Thomas Southgate . The prosecutor called upon me, the morning after he had 10 d lost his ring; he seemed very uneasy, it being a mourning ring he had for his wife; we went and examined the waiter, and found the prisoner was likely to be found in an alley, where I suppose there are fifty or an hundred such whores, pickpockets, and thieves; I was afraid to go among them, but however I did, and took her, and carried her before Sir John Fielding ; she said at first she never saw the prosecutor in her life; and afterwards she confessed she had it, and said he had made her a present of it; we went and found it at Mr. Rochford's, a pawnbroker.
I went in at the Shakespear's Head to drink, this gentleman was sitting in a box; he got up, and asked me to drink; I did not drink the first time, and the second time I believe I did; a woman came in with some oysters; he asked me if I would have any; we had some, and two or three pints of beer; he asked me where I lived; I said in Bow-street; he said it was a mean place, he did not chuse to go; he asked me where my hat and cloak were; I said they were in pledge; he said he had a ring which he did not care to part with, but did not mind leaving it for a night; he went with me to the pawnbroker's door, and when I had pawned it for 8 s. I gave him the money; I was to have staid all night with him, but I ran away.
Guilty . T .
Robert James . I manufacture chair bottoms ; on the 23d of September I happened to be out; the prisoner was a journeyman in the house, I was sent for home, and told he had got some horsehair; he was sent to the watch-house by my father;
Stephen Newland . I am apprentice to the prosecutor; the prisoner asked me for the key of the warehouse on the 23d of September; I went to look for it, and told him I could not find it; upon that he went to the counting house, and took it, and went to the warehouse, and I lay down and watched him, and saw him putting hair into his pocket; I called the maid, and she saw him; then I called my mistress, and she saw him; then I went and locked the door, he came up, and went to go out, but could not; I asked him what he had in his pockets; he said he had nothing; we took the hair out of his pockets, there were three pounds weight of it.
I never stole a bit of hair. Guilty . T .
Charles Bartrum . I keep a hardware-shop on Fish-street-hill ; on the 2d of February the prisoner came into my shop, between the hours of eleven and one, and said he wanted some plaited buckles; he said he was a merchant, and traded to America; he said I must charge them upon the very lowest terms, for he always paid ready money, and if I used him well he should be a very good customer to me; he came round my counter to my show-glass, and was pulling out some metal buckles, and was taking out two or three dozen of a pattern; I said, you had better have one dozen of a pattern, that will suit that country best; he said, very well, then let it be so; he chose out to the amount of 14 l. 1 s. in goods; he gave me this card, and said, that was his name upon it, that is, James Pontry (producing the card from a good engraving on copper-plate;) he said there was his name on the door; the card was, James Pontry , at No 18, Fish-street, near Friday-street, Cheapside; he pretended he should be an exceeding good customer if I used him well; I was to send the goods the next morning to his house, by nine o'clock, and he said he would pay the money upon delivery; accordingly I went with my boy, James Sims , at the time.
Q. What goods had he agreed for?
Bartrum. Three dozen of buckles plaited with silver, two dozen of plaited spurs, nineteen dozen of metal buckles, which is 228 pair; I was informed the person was a new comer; I found the house with the name on the door, and a boy waiting at the door; I asked if the gentleman was at home; the boy said, no; I said, when will he be at home; he said, it will be an hour first. Upon this, I having a little business to do at the Bank, I said to my boy, be sure you receive 14 l. 1 s. for these goods before you deliver them, and do not you stir till I come back again, and left the bill with him; upon this I went up Friday-street, and fearing the prisoner should not be a good man, I returned to his house in about a quarter of an hour, and when I came there my boy was gone; I asked the prisoner's boy if his master was come home; he said he was; I said, has my boy received the money; he said, no; I said, where are the goods; he said, they were locked up stairs; I followed my boy, and said, you rascal, you are cheated, this fellow is a cheat; said he, the man tore the receipt off the bill, and gave me that.
Q. Should you have trusted him had he come in his true name?
Bartrum. I was to have ready money.
Q. Do you find that he is a merchant trading to America?
Bartrum. No; when I was before Sir John Fielding , they said he was a common thief, after I had described him; my boy told me he said, give my compliments to your master, and I will call upon him at two o'clock, and tore the receipt off the bill, and gave it him; he came at two o'clock, and ordered more goods to be sent the next morning, that was three dozen of plaited buckles, twelve dozen of knives, and three dozen of razors, all to the amount of 7 l. 11 s. and said he would pay both together; I packed them up, and went the next morning with the box of goods; when I came there, I had for answer much the same as the day before from the boy in waiting; upon that I ordered my boy back with the goods; and I went backwards and forwards several times, till I was thoroughly convinced he had cheated me out of my goods; he left that house three or four days after, and I never saw him till I saw him in New Prison.
Prisoner. Here is Mr. Bartrum's bill (producing a bill.)
Bartrum. This is my hand-writing, it is the bill of the goods, the receipt is torn off.
Q. from prisoner. What passed at Hickes's-hall?
Bartrum. The prisoner called out to me, and said, I shall get rid of this presently (meaning what he was then to be tried there for;) I shall move this into the King's-Bench, and put you into the Exchequer; I will pay you, said he, when this is over, come to me when this is over, but I never did go to him after that.
Q. from prisoner. Did you not tell me, if I would pay you seven guineas, you would not prosecute?
Bartrum. He never offered me a farthing.
James Sims I am servant to Mr. Bartrum; on the 3d of February my master left me at No 18, in Fish-street, with the box of plaited buckles, spurs, and metal buckles, and ordered me not to deliver the box without the money, 14 l. 1 s.
Q. Who was you to deliver it to?
Sims. I was to deliver it to Mr. Pontry, at No 18, Fish-street; this is the bill here produced, there was a receipt at the bottom, but that the prisoner tore off; my master left me, and went to the Bank; in about ten or twelve minutes the prisoner came in, who had said his name was Pontry; I told him I had brought the goods, and showed him the bill, and said they came to 14 l. 1 s. I delivered the bill, he tore the receipt off, and gave it to me, and said, give my compliments to your master, and tell him I shall want more goods, and shall call upon him at two o'clock; I never saw him after till I saw him at Sir John Fielding 's.
Q. from prisoner. What time did you deliver them?
Sims. I delivered them about nine in the morning.
Q. from prisoner. Are you sure you delivered them to me, or to a porter in his own hair?
Sims. I am sure it was to you.
John Noaks . The prisoner was apprehended for a fraud; I was before Sir John Fielding , he told Sir John if he would admit him an evidence, he would have Francis Parsons and all the rest taken; I have known him six or seven years, he is no merchant, he gave in his name Pentecost, and showed me where some of these buckles were, and I have them here (produced in court;) the prosecutor deposed he believed them to be some of the same in the parcel.
Mr. Bartrum came to me at Hickes's-hall, and said, if I would give him seven guineas, he would not indict me; my name is Pontry.
Guilty . T .
See him tried, No 513, in last Sessions Paper.
John Bethel . Last Saturday about four o'clock, my child, who is six years and eight months old, got liberty of her mother to go and play in St. Bartholomew's-hospital square ; after missing her about three hours, a man brought her home, stripped of her ear-wires, frock, bib, and apron, and a little pocket handkerchief; after that the prisoner was brought to my house in Little Britain by Mr. Ward; when at Guildhall, the constable took my child and showed her the pictures; then when the prisoner, whom she had not seen, was with several other women, he said, now, child, see if you know the woman that took your clothes; she ran to the prisoner, and said, that was she.
Mrs. Bethel confirmed the account given by her husband.
Mr. Ward. I am a pawnbroker, I live facing St. Andrew's church, Holbourn; last Saturday the prisoner brought a child's slip, and a pair of small gold wires, and pledged them with me (produced and deposed to;) and on Wednesday she came and offered me a pair of silver buckles, and I having had an account these were stole, stopt her; I cannot find an owner to the buckles; there has been a child stripped and robbed of a pair of buckles in Chancery-lane; that child described the prisoner, but the parents say the buckles are not the size of the buckles they lost.
These things were given to me to pawn.
Guilty . T .
580. (M.) Ephraim M'Done was indicted for stealing three hundred pounds weight of sugar, value 4 l. the property of John Holliday , in a lighter, on a navigable river, to wit, the river Thames; it was laid also for stealing sugars the property of Anthony Woodell ; and it was laid also for stealing sugars the property of persons unknown , Sept. 25 . +
Anthony Woodell . I am master of a ship that lies at Wapping Old stairs ; we lost upwards of three hundred pounds weight of sugar, part of that cargo, from out of a lighter; the prisoner was put on board a lighter to watch her; he was found absent, and the lighter robbed; a hogshead was found open.
Anne Bowling . On the 24th of October, about eleven at night, the prisoner came and knocked at my door; my husband opened the door, he came in, and called for a pint of beer; he asked me if I wanted any sugar; my husband told him to bring it, and he would get somebody to buy it (thinking to get the Custom-house officers to take it.)
Mr. Pitt. The prisoner was employed as a lumper on board the ship; he solicited the captain to let him look after the lighter, which was loaded with part of the ship's cargo; he was put on board her, and after that he left his charge; I desired him to go to his duty; I and my brother officers missed him from his charge; at twelve at night a brother officer and I went on the lighter, and found some sugar in a lighterman's frock; the sleeves were done together, so as to hold a great quantity; we took it into the ship, we found a shovel lying by, and a good deal of sugar spilt; about two o'clock the prisoner was secured by an officer; he said he had been for a pint of beer, we found nothing upon him, but his clothes had sugar upon them.
Thomas Ellison . I am an officer, I was on board the same ship; I went on board the lighter, and found the prisoner had left his charge; there I found a frock with about fifty pounds weight of sugar in it (produced in court;) the frock belongs to a lighterman that was on board; the prisoner came all of a sweat, I took and tied his hands behind him, he got loose, and I catched him again, and put shackles on him; I believe there might be between three and four hundred weight of sugar taken out of a hogshead on the lighter.
John Wood . I am a Custom-house officer; I was on board the next ship but one to this, it was very dark; between eleven and twelve o'clock the prisoner came over the vessel, and lighted a candle with me; I observed he was fresh with sugar over his hands and clothes; he went into his vessel, I thought he was about no good; presently I saw a boat go on shore, I heard him paddle backwards and forwards two or three times, I called to my brother officers; the prisoner was gone, when he came again he was secured.
I know no more of it than the child unborn.
Guilty 39 s. T .
581. (L.) Thomas Grear was indicted, for that he, together with divers other persons unknown, being armed with clubs, bludgeons, and other weapons, on the 23d of August , about the hour of two in the morning, and unlawfully and riotously assemble together to disturb the public peace, and gave to Joseph Rear several blows, with intention to wound and murder him , &c. ++
Joseph Rear . I am a watchman on Tower hill ; on the 23d of August I heard murder cried, as I was at my stand above Mark lane; the cry was towards Tower-hill; when I came under the lamp at the end of Water-lane, I saw a parcel of men labouring and laying on my brother watchman; I up with my staff, and knocked one of them down; I saw the prisoner laying on him as hard as any body; I was soon knocked down, I cannot tell who did it; my head was cut, and I was bruised on my right arm very much; I believe I bled two quarts before I could get any assistance from a surgeon; there were so many sticks flew over my head, I could not tell who gave me the blows; I was before Sir John Fielding when the prisoner was examined; there he said he was d rinking a pint of beer in East Smithfield, and that he and Ryan went towards home, and that they cut one of the watchmen's heads.
William Williamson . On the 23d of August, about two in the morning, it was very dark, I stood upon Tower-hill; there came seven men up to me, and knocked me down, without speaking a word to me; I had done nothing to them, they broke my lanthorn all to pieces; when I got up, I said, what was that usage for; they said they would serve all so that stood in their way; then they took their walks towards Tower-street; I cannot swear to any of them.
William Cannon . I was a watchman; they had left a man dead, as they thought; I came up to assist the man; they fell upon me, and kept paying me over my head and ribs so, that I thought they had broke my ribs; this seemed to be a mad frolic, having no reason in the world for so doing; they did the same all over the hill; they
Rear. After we were dress and going home, the prisoner was taken; and in the watch-house the same morning, I knew him again by reason he had a buckle that shined like diamonds in his hat, and a blue surtout coat; I had never seen him before that night as I know of; I am certain he was one of them; I could have picked him out of five hundred.
William Arrow . The affair happened directly opposite my door, I live in Tower-street; I got up to the assistance of the watchmen, and got their wounds dressed; I heard the prisoner at the bar desire to be admitted evidence against Ryan, and many others, and said he would keep himself sober in order thereunto; I heard him declare he was along with them; there were six more watchmen wounded on different parts.
I was just come on shore from a corn-stoop, to the Swan in East Smithfield, to have a pint of beer; there were an officer of the night and a watchman came in for a gallon of beer, they insisted upon taking some of the men away; they went out and fell to fighting; I went home, and was not taken at all; after that I went into the watch house, and a woman said, she believed I was one of them, and I was stopped in the watch-house, and Rear swore to another man; and he was committed on his oath.
Rear. I said I knew nothing of that other man, this I am very sure to; this man owned before Sir John Fielding that he knew Ryan *, and gave a note of three other men's names, and said, the next day he would declare every man's name of the gang.
Prisoner. I never saw Ryan from the time I went out of the public-house.
Guilty . Imprisoned .
The trials being ended, the court proceeded to give judgment as follows:
Received sentence of Death, 7.
Transportation for 14 years, 1.
Transportation for 7 years, 30.
John Nowls 517
A list of the Acquitted.
Rebecca Parish 546
Elizabeth Brown 554
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