NUMBER VII. PART I. for the YEAR 1770.
Sold, by S. Bladon, at No. 28, in Pater-noster-Row.
King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable BARLOW TRECOTHICK , Esquire, Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir WILLIAM HENRY ASHHURST , Knt. one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench *; JAMES EYRE , Esq; Recorder ++; THOMAS NUGENT , Esq; Common Serjeant ~; and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer, of the City of London, and Justices of Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.
Guilty 10 d.
499, 500. (L.) Thomas Darby and James Bunce were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Powell , on the 12th of July, about the hour of one in the night, and stealing one silver pap spoon, value 3 s. two silver tea spoons, value 2 s. one silver pepper-box, value 4 s. one silver salt-seller, value 3 s. one silver milk pot, value 3 s. one silver nutmeg grater, value 2 s. one silver chain, value 2 s. and one pair of steel scissars, value 6 d. the property of Susannah Powel , spinster; and three silver table spoons, value 15 s. one silk purse, value 1 d. one leather bag, value 1 d. two guineas, ten half guineas, six quarter guineas, a nine shilling piece, a 4 s. 6 d. piece, and thirty shillings in money, numbered, the property of John Powel , in the dwelling house of the said John . *
Susannah Powel . I was called up between two and three in the morning. I found the cupboard had been broke open, and the plate stolen. I saw the plate in the cup board the day before. I can swear that all this plate is my property, excepting the three table spoons.
James Holmes . I am nephew to the prosecutor. I got up about two o'clock in the morning to go to market, and found the house was broke open; the window sash was thrown up, and the bottom hinge was wrench'd off. I am positive that the plate produced here is my uncle and aunt's property.
Isaac Brown . I am a constable. I was at the Compter about business; Henry Dickenson came up, and said, that Thomas Darby was in the inner part of the Compter with a quantity of plate; one of the turnkeys went and fetched him out, and we found the plate that has been produced upon him. I asked him how he came by it; he said, he found it in the fields. Dickenson (who is now in Newgate for a burglary) said, that Bunce was concerned with him. We went to take Bunce; Dickenson tempted him out, by pretending to buy some of the plate, and then we took him.
Thomas Kingman . I live at Wood-street Compter. Dickenson came into the Compter, and asked us to go with him to take Bunce; we went and took him. I searched his house, and under the boards I found two pistols, three chissels, and a pair of pincers.
James Brown . Wood, Kingman, and I, went to search Bunce's lodgings, and I found these pistols (producing a horse and a pocket pistol;) the horse pistol was loaded with two slugs, the pocket pistol with one, and we found three chissels and a pair of pincers. (Producing them.)
Michael Wood . I was at the searching Bunce's lodgings. We found the pistols and chissels buried under the ground, in the right hand corner of the fire place. I drew the slugs out of them. (Producing them.)
I was, walking along, and Brown took me into custody, and carried me to the Compter; they said, a house was broke open. I know nothing of the matter. Darby has an impediment in his speech, so that he can't speak here. He told me he found the plate in the fields.
Darby acquitted of the burglary; guilty to value thirty-nine shillings . T .
Bunce acquitted .
The prosecutor deposed, that he went with the prisoner, who is a soldier , to the King's Head, in King-street, St. James's ; that he was in liquor and went to sleep; that when he awaked the prisoner was gone, and he missed his watch, handkerchief, and money.
William Reeves , who is a serjeant in the company the prisoner belongs to, deposed, that having a suspicion of the prisoner, he took him into custody; that he first told him he won the watch at a raffle, afterwards that a cousin, a watchmaker in Ireland, gave it him. He took him before Sir John Fielding ; he there told two or three different stories; that one of Sir John Fielding 's men found out that the watch belonged to the prosecutor, by a label in the case; that the prosecutor was sent for and swore to it as his property.
Mary Barry , who keeps the King's Head, deposed, that the prosecutor came into her house with the prisoner; that the prosecutor was so much intoxicated with liquor as to be quite insensible; that she saw the prisoner holding the watch in his hand, and he told her he would take care of it for the prosecutor.
Joseph Taylor , a servant at the King's Head, deposed, that he saw the prisoner put his hand in the prosecutor's pocket and take some money cut, and he gave him a penny to fetch him a roll and butter.
502, 503. (M.) William alias Christopher Moreton , and Catherine Graham , were indicted, the first for stealing, on the 16th July, a silver punch bowl, value 3 l. a silver punch ladle, value 2 s. four silver table spoons, value 20 s. and four yards of silk, made for handkerchiefs, value 10 s. the property of Mary Dale , widow; the other for receiving a silver punch ladle, and the table spoon, &c. well knowing them to have been stolen , July 16th . *
There being no evidence to bring the charge home to the prisoners, but that of Taylor the accomplice, they were all three acquitted .
504. (M.) William alias Christopher Moreton , was a second time indicted for stealing a sattin cloak, value 10 s. one linen apron, value 2 s. and three silk handkerchiefs, value 6 s. the property of Mary Dale , widow. And Ann Chambers , for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen , July 15th . *
There being the same defect in the evidence on this indictment as on the last, they were both acquitted .
All three acquitted .
508, 509, 510, 511, 512. (M.) Charles Burton , Edward Flanagan , John Coleby , Joseph Lum , and Joseph Lyon , were indicted, the first four for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Michael Adolphus , Esq ; on the 15th July , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing one silver soop spoon, value 2 l. 14 s. twelve silver desert spoons, value 4 l. 10 s. twenty silver table spoons, value 17 l. 14 s. one pair of silver candlesticks, value 13 l. 7 s. one large silver stand, with five silver castors, value 13 l. 4 s. six silver three-prong forks, value 4 l. 10 s. one silver milk-pot, value 20 s. one pair of tea tongs, value 18 s. three silver teaspoons, value 12 s. a silver snuffer-stand, value 2 l. 2 s. one pair of silver-salts, value 4 l. 16 s. two silver waiters, value 6 l. 18 s. one pair of silver shoe buckles, value 7 s. and three damask napkins, value 6 s. the property of Michael Adolphus , Esq; out of the dwelling-house of the said Michael Adolphus ; and one pair of men's leather-shoes, value 12 d. the property of Joseph Ralph , in the said dwelling-house . And, Joseph Lyon for receiving twelve silver desert spoons, twenty silver table spoons, one pair of silver candlesticks, one silver stand with five silver castors, six silver three-prong forks, one silver milk-pot, one pair of silver tea-tongs, three silver tea-spoons, a silver snuffer-stand, a pair of silver salts, and two silver waiters, well knowing them to have been stolen . *
There being no evidence to bring the charge home to the prisoners, but that of Mackaway, the accomplice, they were all five acquitted .
See Burton tried for a street robbery, No. 322, in Mr. Alderman Turner's mayoralty; and for a burglary, No. 12, in Mr. Alderman Beckford's second mayoralty.
See Coleby tried for a burglary, No. 443, last sessions.
513. (M.) James Pearce was indicted for stealing a looking-glass, value 10 d. and a linen sheet, value 3 s. the property of Joseph Short , the same being in a certain lodging-room, let to him by contract , July 11th .
Guilty 10 d.
514. (L.) Francis Doyle was indicted for stealing one linen and cotton shirt, one pair of silver shoe buckles, one pair of stays, two stuff petticoats, one linen shift, one linen handkerchief, one linen cap, one pair of linen sleeves, one linen apron, one pair of cotton stockings, one pair of worsted stockings, and one pair of leather shoes , the property of George Todrigg , July 31st . ++Richard Temple , to whom he had sold the buckles. Richard Temple deposed, that he is a watch-maker, and buys old silver; that he bought the buckles of the prisoner on the 31st of July, for seven shillings and six-pence.
The prisoner in his defence said, that he knew nothing of the buckles; and that he bought the shirt of a woman in Rag-fair.
Guilty T .
515. (L.) Eleanor Cock was indicted for stealing one cotton counterpane, eleven yards of silk and inkle bed lace, two linen bed-ticks, one linen bolster, ten yards and a half of thread and worsted carpet, four yards and a half of thread and worsted carpet, five linen table-cloths, and one linen sheet , the property of John Boulton , July 17 . ++
John Boulton . I am an upholder , and live in Threadneedle-street . The prisoner worked journeywork with me; she worked in my shop; she came to work for me at the latter end of May. In two days after she came, I missed the counterpane and the eleven yards of bed lace. On the 17th of July, my wife informed me that she missed five table-cloths and a sheet, and that she suspected the prisoner. I went to her lodgings to enquire about her: the people gave her a very bad character. When I came home, I missed these window curtains and a bed-tick. I went again in search for her. I found her near her lodging sitting in a room. I asked her how she came to leave my service; she said, I find you missed things, and I was afraid you should suspect me. I said, I suppose the plain truth is, you have robbed me; she said, yes, she had. She confessed to taking the goods; I then charged her with the counterpane, the tea-chest, and the curtains; she acknowledged she had stolen them. She told me she had pawned the counterpane at Mr. Rochford's in Bishopsgate-street; the window curtains at Mr. Davidson's at London Wall; and the tea-chest in Houndsditch. The next day I missed a great many more things; then I took her up, and she confessed stealing them.
John Richards corroborated Mr. Burton's evidence, as to her confession of the robbery, and directing him to the people with whom she had pawned them. John Floriet , a pawnbroker in Redcross-street, produced a yard and a half of carpet, and two table-cloths, that he had taken in of the prisoner. John Carr , servant to - Rochford in Bishopsgate-street, produced the counterpane. James Pitt , a servant to David Davidson at London Wall, produced a carpet, a remnant of carpet four yards, and a bed tick: which they had taken in pawn of the prisoner; all which were deposed to by the prosecutor.
The prisoner said in her defence, that her confession was drawn from her by a promise of favour, and that she is ignorant of the robbery.
Guilty T .
516. (L.) Joseph Price was indicted for stealing a quarto Bible, value 14 s. a book intitled, The New Whole Duty of Man, value 3 s. a book intitled, A View of Popery, value 2 s. a book intitled, Hervey's Letters, in two vols. value 5 s. a book of Anthems, value 3 s. one book intitled, Select Fables of AEsop, value 3 s. one book intitled, A New Manual of Devotion, value 2 s. and one paper book ruled and bound in vellum, value 3 s. the property of John Rivington , Feb. 19 . ++
Mr. John Rivington , who is a bookseller in St. Paul's church-yard , deposed, that the prisoner had been a servant of his, but left him in February; that the latter end of July, the gentleman he then lived with informed him that they suspected the prisoner had robbed him; that he accordingly went to the prisoner, who was then in the Compter for robbing his master, who after a great deal of hesitation gave him the key of his box; and that he found the books mentioned in the indictment in his box, which he produced and deposed to; that he took the books to the prisoner at the Compter, where he confessed that they were the prosecutor's property. Edward Chapman deposed, that he was at the Poultry Compter, and he confirmed Mr. Rivington's account of what passed there. Mr. Noble deposed, that in searching his boxes, they observed some new books, and as they knew he had lived with Mr. Rivington, they suspected them to have been stolen from him; and in consequence of that suspicion they acquainted him with it.
The prisoner in his defence said, that the confession was obtained from him by the prosecutor's
Guilty 10 d.
517, 518, 519. (M.) Mary Ann Ryan , James Simpson , and Joseph Josephs were indicted, for that they, on the King's highway, on William Wright , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person a silver watch, value 50 s. a cloth coat, value 10 s. a cloth waistcoat, value 3 s. a hat, value 2 s. and 4 l. 5 s. in money numbered, the property of the said William , July 30 . ++
William Wright . I am a journeyman taylor , and lodge in Reynold-court, Butler's-alley, Moorfields. As I was going home between the hours of nine and ten at night, on the 30th of July, I was stopped by Mary Ann Ryan , near the top of Rosemary-lane ; she took hold of my collar and asked me where I was going to; I said to my lodgings, and I desired she would let me go immediately; she pulled my watch out of my pocket; I said, ma'am, you have got my watch; she said, my dear, if you will step a little lower with me down this passage (it was the corner of this street or passage where she stopped me) she said if I would go a little down the passage with her she would give me my watch again. I went down a little way; she wanted me to go lower down; I told her I would not: I began to feel about her for my watch; she said, what do you want to rob me? I said, no; I only want my watch again. Just as I spoke them words the two other prisoners came up to me; they came one of each side of me, and laid hold on each side my collar; there was another man came with them; they clapped something to my breast, which I believe were pistols.
Q. Which of them?
Wright. Both. I told them the girl had taken my watch, and I begged they would not use me ill; they bid me go a little farther along with them; I begged for my liberty; they pulled me farther down, and began to feel all about me; one of them put his hand into my fob, and took out my money; the other put his hand into my breeches pocket, and took out a shilling, which was all I had in that pocket; I had four guineas in my fob; then they laid me down upon my back, and they clapped something to my breast again; I begged they would spare my life and take all I had; they stript off my coat and waistcoat and took off my hat; then they said, Run for your life, or I will blow your brains out. I immediately ran, and I run against a post and knocked myself backwards; I got up again and ran a little way, and called the watch, and went back again to the place, but they were all gone; somebody looked out at the: window and said they knew the people.
Q. After the three men came up, what became of the woman?
Wright. She stood by; and begged they would take my life before they parted with me; as I lay upon my back I took particular notice of them. I went home to my lodgings, and in the morning I went to Sir John Fielding 's, and described the people that had robbed me.
Q. How did you describe them?
Wright. That one of them was about five foot and six or seven inches; the other a short man, with a long nose and black curled hair.
Q. Could you tell the dress they were in?
Wright. I told Sir John, that I believed they had both of them blue jackets on, but I could not be certain.
Q. What account did you give of the woman?
Wright. That she was a stout, bold, large featured woman, and had a manly look.
(Note, the prisoners answered this description.)
Q. What account did you give of the third man?
Wright. That he was quite a young fellow.
Q. He did nothing to you, did he?
Wright. He gave me a push on the back as they were driving me away.
Q. When were they taken?
Wright. The woman was taken the day after the robbery; I was not present at taking her; I saw her at the prison at White-Chapel.
Q. When were the men taken?
Wright. The day following; and I saw them before the bench of Justices at the Rotation at White-Chapel, on the Wednesday following.
Q. Did you know either of them?
Wright. Yes; very well.
Q. Did you get any of your things again?
Wright. No nothing at all. Josephs said before the Justice that if I could swear to him he would turn King's evidence. Simpson was taken first; I swore to him: when I had sworn to him, he asked the Justices to admit him an evidence; and said then he would help me to all my things again.
Wright. I had been that day to a club-feast, at the Vine in the Minories. I was there from twelve o'clock to nine at night.
Q. Had you been drinking pretty freely?
Wright. No; very trifling.
Q. What became of you after nine o'clock?
Wright. Several of us went to a dancing in Spitalfields. I staid there some time; and as I was going back to the club, to call for two or three acquaintances, I met a young woman at Rosemary-lane, who told me she was afraid to go through Rosemary-lane by herself, and begged I would go with her; I walked with her to the top of Rosemary-lane; she leaned upon my arm; in coming back again I was robbed.
Q. Was you sober?
Wright. I was not perfectly sober, but I was very sensible.
Q. Was it light or dark?
Wright. There were several lamps just by where I was robbed.
Q. Was there light enough to distinguish a person's face?
Wright. There was sufficient light for that.
Q. How long was you with her before these people came up?
Wright. Not a quarter of an hour.
Q. How long after you first came up to her was it before she took your watch?
Wright. About four minutes.
Q. Was you a going with her when she took your watch?
Q. Consider here are three people's lives at stake upon your single testimony. - It was dark - a late hour of the night - you had been drinking. - Now are you able to recollect the persons of these people with so much certainty as to be able to swear positively to the persons of the prisoners?
Wright. I am positive.
Q. Did you challenge them immediately when you first saw them?
Wright. Yes, I did. I never had a doubt.
Q. You had been drinking in that house a great while, was you not disguised?
Wright. I take care never to disguise myself with liquor.
Q. The woman that leaned upon your arm was not the prisoner, was she?
Q. Was you going any where with that woman?
Q. Upon your oath, did she not ask you to go to a house with her?
Wright. No, she did not.
Q. Was not you greatly surprized?
Wright. Greatly so.
Q. And would not that surprize take away your recollection?
Wright. I was not surprized by the woman, when I lay upon my back my surprize was more over.
Q. Had you been in no house after you left the club but the place you danced at, with no woman nor man?
Q. Was not you told by a man that looked out at the window, for the first time, who were the people that had robbed you before you had any apprehension of them?
Wright. Upon my oath I was not.
Q. from Simpson. Did not you say before the Justice that you was much disordered in liquor?
Wright. I did not.
Q. Is there any lamps on Salt Petre Bank, the place where you was robbed?
George Haggets . I live with my mother, who keeps a house on Salt Petre Bank. She works at Billingsgate, and I help her. I was in bed up one pair of stairs forward at the time of this robbery. I heard somebody say, Is the pistol charged? shoot him. I got up and looked out at the window; there is a lamp just by where the robbery was committed.
Q. Was that a man's voice?
Haggets. It was. I shoved up the sash and looked out.
Q. How far is the lamp from your window?
Haggets. About a dozen yards. I saw Joseph Josephs and James Simpson had got somebody on the ground. I knew Simpson to be an old offender. I heard a voice say, Spare my life and take all I have; then I heard blows given very desperate; and then they said, Get up and run you bougre, run for your life; his cloaths were off. I then went to a little window that looks into the yard where Joseph Josephs lives with his wife. I saw one of them with something upon his arm, but which I can't tell.
Haggets. Going into sixteen.
Haggets. I did not see her.
Q. Did you see any more than two men?
Haggets. The night the robbery was committed, I saw three of them altogether; but there were but two with the man upon the ground. I said to James Simpson , I would have him taken up to-morrow and hanged; he bid me mind my head; then I drew my head in at the window.
Q. Why did you draw back?
Haggets. I was afraid they would shoot me. I was sadly frightened.
Q. When did you first speak of this?
Haggets. Mr. Paget came down Salt-petre Bank the next day: I acquainted him of it. I gave him a description of them, and he took them. I was sent for the next day to the Bench of Justices. Mary Ann Ryan was taken first. I had nothing to say to her, she was committed. The next day the other prisoners were taken. I was sent for by the justices. I told them the same as I have told your lordship. The prosecutor swore to them all three.
Q. Before you told your story, or afterwards?
Q. Had you ever seen the prosecutor after the night of the robbery, till you saw him before the bench of justices?
Haggets. Never in my life; and by the description, this is the gentleman that was ill used and robbed.
Q. Who have you talked with about the robbery?
Haggets. Nobody, but Mr. Paget and my mother.
Q. Had there been any quarrel between you or your mother and these people?
Haggets. None at all.
Q. How long has Simpson lived in your neighbourhood?
Haggets. I believe about two years.
Q. Does Ryan live any where thereabouts?
Haggets. Yes; she lives upon Salt-petre Bank.
Q. Where does Josephs live?
Haggets. Sometimes upon Salt-petre Bank, sometimes at home with his mother.
Q. Did you see the man that was robbed that night again after that?
Haggets. No; I did not see any thing. I went to had directly, and went to sleep. I had been at work hard all day.
Q. You say your mother keeps a house on Salt-petre Bank?
Q. She lets cut two-penny lodgings?
Q. How long have you known Mr. Paget?
Haggets. I never was acquainted with him.
Q. Did not you know he was a thief-taker?
Q. Did not he tell you of the reward?
Haggets. No. Paget came down to my mother's next day, and I told him of it; as I should have done any other person.
Q. Is your mother here?
Haggets. No; she is lame with a mortification in her leg.
Q. You have known Paget a good while, have not you?
Q. Was not your reason for telling him, because he was a constable?
Haggets. I did not know that he was; but if I had, I should have told him.
Haggets. She is ill at home, and can't come; she was examined before the justice.
Q. How came she to know any thing of it?
Haggets. She look'd out of the window with me. I called her.
John Pointer . Paget came down Salt-petre Bank, the day after the robbery. He told me that George Haggets had told him, that two men had committed a robbery; he said, they were Mordo, that is the nick-name Simpson went by; and one Joseph Josephs , a Jew: this was about one or two o'clock. Near seven in the evening we met Simpson in an alley, near Salt-petre Bank: we took him to Whitechaple Bail Dock; next morning we took him before the justices. He was very desirous to be admitted an evidence; whilst we were there, a man came and told us where to find Josephs Richard Smith and I went, and took him in an alley near Petticoat-lane, and we took him to a tavern, till the justices called for him; we waited there half an hour, or three quarters of an hour; he said, if the justices would admit him an evidence, that then he would tell where the things were pawned, but he would not without. When called, I carried him in before the justice; the prosecutor was there; he directly said, that was the other man that robbed him.Ann Ryan to Newgate. When she found she was going to Newgate, she cried, and said, that if she had thought she should have gone to Newgate, she would have been a friend to herself, for it was a question whether these blackguards would not serve her worse than she would have served them.
Q. What trade are you?
Pointer. I attend the justices at the Rotation Office, and assist in apprehending offenders.
Court. (to prosecutor.) You mentioned in your evidence, being carried down this alley, and their throwing you on your back, and stripping you; but you did not mention that they did you any personal injury.
Wright. They beat and bruised me very much; my face was swell'd in such a manner, that I was ashamed to be seen; they kick'd me, and beat my sides so, that I could hardly walk.
Q. Do you know his mother?
Paget. I was very little acquainted with them till I came to taking thieves on Salt-petre Bank.
Q. Did you ever search their lodgings?
Paget. I have been up in their house, but I never found any body there. I went down Salt-petre Bank promiscuously, on the day after this robbery. I heard of it by several before I saw him or his mother.
Q. What account did Haggets give you?
Q. Did you first speak to him, or he to you about it?
Paget. I asked Haggets if he knew any thing of the robbery; he said, yet, he did. I asked him who did it; he said, Mordo, that is Simpson's nick-name.
Q. Did you tell him what would be the consequence?
Paget. I told him if they were cast they would be hanged.
Q. Did you tell him that would be the better for him?
Paget. No; I did not mention any such thing.
Q. Do you know any thing of Hagget's sister, why she is not here?
Paget. She was before the justice.
Q. Do you know why she is not here?
Paget. I don't know but she has done something wrong since. I believe she secretes herself for fear of being taken. I have endeavoured to find her, but I can't meet with her.
Thomas Mitchel . Wright, the prosecutor, has work'd for me upwards of twelve months. I saw him the day after the robbery. He had been beat very badly. He was almost blinded. He has not been able to work for some time. He is a very sober industrious young fellow.
This Paget keeps a disorderly house for girls.
I know no more of it than the child un-born. I work hard for my bread. I was a-bed at the time.
Josephs called Catherine Scott , and Eve Mitchel . who said they lodged in the same house as the prisoner's mother, and they said he was at his mother's lodgings at the time of the robbery. He called Abraham Solomons , who had known him from his child-hood. Elizabeth Solomons two years. Mordecai Mordecai , eighteen months. Judea Jacobs, ten years. Ralph Bullock , two years. Thomas Mitchel , twelve months. And Emanuel Emanuel , who had known him from his youth, who gave him a good character.
All three Guilty . Death .
520. (M.) John Brine, alias Brind , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Kent , on the 27th of August , about the hour of seven in the afternoon, no person being therein, and stealing one hundred and fifty gally tiles, vale 25 s. forty pound weight of iron, value 7 s. and four iron casements, value 23 s. in the dwelling-house of the said William Kent . *
Benjamin Sayer . I am servant to Mr. Kent. I heard some-body in the house. I called out, who is there; I then heard a person walk a-cross the house. He opened the door to come out; when he saw me he returned back again. I told him not to resist, for I would take him; he surrendered. I went into the house, and found sixteen chimney tiles lying upon the ground, and an old broken knife.
Q. What excuse did he make for being there?
Sayer. He said he was let in by two men with leather aprons on. He was willing to go with me; he said he was overcome with liquor, and was put in there by two men to sleep; and he did not know how long he had been there.
I was much in liquor. I intended to go to work. I was with two brother labourers. I fell down by a wind-mill. Two men put me into this place, and told me I might lie down to sleep, and rest myself. One of these men waked me about six o'clock. The man said he had something against me. I said, I was sorry for that. I said I would go with them where they pleased.
521 (M.) Jane Monk , spinster, was indicted for stealing a cotton gown, value 9 s. a stuff gown, value 8 s, a silk handkerchief, value 3 s. two cotton handkerchiefs, value 2 s. a black shag hat, value 2 s. and a pair of yarn stockings, value 18 d. the property of Daniel Campbell , July 17th . *
Daniel Campbell , the prosecutor, deposed, that he is a labouring man ; that the prisoner and he were at harvest work for the same master, in Hindon parish; that she lay in the same room with him and his wife; when he came home from work he found the room had been broke open, and the things mentioned in the indictment taken away, several of which he found upon the prisoner.
The prisoner in her defence said, that the prosecutor's wife had lent her them.
Guilty . T .
John Creighton . I was informed, between twelve and one in the morning, on the 11th of August, that my wife was in the prisoner's shop. I went to his door, and I heard my wife and him talking how they would get warrants for me, and the like. I knocked at the door, and desired him to let my property come out.
Q. What did you mean by your property?
Creighton. I meant my wife. Soon after the prisoner called out watch three times. I said I would keep watch till the watchman came. John Elliot the watchman came. I told him I wanted my property out of the prisoner's house.
Q. Did you tell him what kind of property?
Creighton. Yes; my wife, I asked the prisoner three times to open the door; at last he said, if you attempt to come in here I will blow your brain out. I took hold of the door, to open it, and the door flew open in my face. I had my hand upon the knocker; there are two steps to the house, and the door opens into the street. I stept up the first step, and the prisoner clapt a pistol to my forehead, and snap'd it; the watchman jumpt up and told him if he did not lay the pistol down, he would knock him down; then he laid it down upon the table. When he snap'd the pistol at my forehead, he struck me with it, that the blood ran down my face. I have the fear of it now. The prisoner bid me look if my wife was there or not. The watchman went about the room with his lanthorn; he told me she was behind the bed-stead. I bid her come home. I charged the watch with him, and he charged them with me, so we were both taken to the watch-house. After we had been sometime at the watch-house, the constable discharged us; he ran home directly. I went to drink a pint of purl, then I went to go home, my wife was along side of me then. I was obliged to go by the prisoner's house to go home. I saw the prisoner at his door, with a pistol in his hand; this was about an hour after he left the watch-house. I went on, he snap'd the pistol; he cock'd it again, and snap'd it the
Q. Can you tell when a ball passes you?
Creighton. Yes. I have been in the King's service, and have been among a good many. I saw Thomas Penman with a load upon his back; he asked me if I was alive still; I said, Yes, thank God, I never was afraid of powder and ball in my life. My wife ran away from me and went to the prisoner. When we took the prisoner to the watch-house he said, if the pistol had gone off, it would have blown my brains out, for there were a brace of good slugs in it.
Q. from the prisoner. Did not you turn your wife's goods out of the house into the street?
Creighton. I ordered the landlord to turn them out; I gave her the goods and every thing.
John Elliot and Thomas Green , two watchmen, confirmed the account given by the prosecutor, of what passed till they were released from the watch-house. Thomas Penman deposed, that he saw the prisoner stand at his door with a pistol in his hand pointed at the prosecutor, who was coming up the lane; that he had just turned his back when he heard the pistol go off.
The prisoner in his defence said, that the prosecutor was jealous of his wife, because when he turned his wife out of doors he took her in, and that he owed him (the prisoner) a grudge.
He called John Little , the landlord of his house, who deposed, that the prosecutor had threatened to break open the prisoner's door; and Richard Little , who deposed, that the prosecutor came to him between twelve and one o'clock in the morning, and wanted him to get up and help him break open the prisoner's door.
523. (M.) James Dolland, otherwise Hall , was indicted, for that he, on the King's highway, on Richard Thorn , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person one quarter of a guinea, and 3 s. in money, numbered, the property of the said Richard , May 17 . *
Richard Thorn deposed, that on the evening of the 17th of May, he went to the Bowling-Green house in company with Mrs. Hurst; that as he was coming home, he was stopt between the Boot and the Foundling hospital by the prisoner and three other men; that one of them put a pistol to him, and they demanded his money; that he gave them three shillings; that then the prisoner searched him, and took a five shillings and three-pence out of his pocket; that on the 25th of July, he saw him in the fields behind the Museum, and had him apprehended. Hannah Hurst confirmed his account of the robbery, but could not swear to the prisoner.
The prisoner called Samuel Dolland , his brother, Austin Hall, his father-in-law, Mary Hall, his mother, and Charlotte Dolland , his sister, who deposed, that the prisoner was not out of his father's house in St. Giles's on the day of the robbery after one o'clock at noon.
524, 525. (M.) Ralph Smith and John Waters were indicted for stealing one hundred and sixty-seven pieces of callico handkerchiefs, value 100 l. and twenty-nine pieces of silk and cotton handkerchiefs, value 25 l. the property of William Davis , from on board the Hunter sloop, the same being on a navigable river, the river Thames , January 14 . ++
William Davis , captain of the Hunter sloop , deposed, that she lay off Execution-dock ready for sailing, having received her loding; that he was ashore at the time of the robbery; that he was sent for on board at three o'clock in the morning, where he found two bales cut open, out of which the goods laid in the indictment were stolen.
Both Guilty T .
528. (L.) Joseph Price was indicted for stealing two yards of silk ribbon edged with yellow tinsel, value 1 s. ten yards of silk ribbon, value 6 s. and three yards of gauze , the property of Messrs. Clay and Co . ++
Mr. Noble. I am in partnership with Mr. Nevil Clay . Mr. Waller Agutar, and we are silk-weavers . I found these goods (producing two pieces of ribbon) in the custody of Mrs. Jane Rothwell . I can swear they are our property.
Jane Rothwell . I am a milliner, and live in Bridges-street, Covent-Garden. The prisoner called upon me several times and offered me a great many different sorts of goods, modes, persians, sarsenets and the like. In May he brought several things to shew me. I picked out three yards of gauze and a dozen yards of this ribbon; here is the bill of parcels he made me in his own name. I have sold some of the ribbon.
Q. Had you any more of the same ribbon in the house?
Mr. Noble. I can swear to the ribbon; they are made by us in a particular manner. I cannot swear to the gauze; he confessed before the Alderman that it was our property.
I never robbed my master of any thing in my life. I have had fifteen hundred or two thousand pounds of my master's in my hands, and I never wronged him of any thing in my life. Mr. Clay told me he would not hurt me. I sold them on their account.
Mr. Noble. Mr. Clay told him, that if he made an ample confession of what he had robbed us of, he would be so favourable as not to touch his life, but that he would certainly transport him; he has robbed us of one hundred and seventy pounds worth of goods. We never had any dealing with this lady.
Guilty T .
See No. 517.
Guilty T .
531, 532. (L.) Samuel Dangerfield and Thomas Tattum were indicted, the first for stealing thirteen wine glasses, value 4 s. one glass tumbler, value 6 d. one glass cruet, value 4 d. four earthen candlesticks, value 4 s. an earthen sugar dish and cover, value 1 s. an earthen sugar bason, value 6 d. an earthen pot, value 1 s. one earthen oval basket, value 1 s. two earthen mugs, value 9 d. four earthen dishes, value 5 s. one earthen baking dish, value 6 d. two earthen butter boats, value 4 d. one earthen mustard pot, twenty four china cups, twenty-four china saucers, four china basons, value 5 s. eleven half pint china basons, value 5 s. the property of William Bacchus ; and the last for receiving them, knowing them to be stolen .
William Bacchus , the prosecutor, deposed, that Dangerfield, the prisoner, had lived with him nine or ten months. On Sunday the 15th of April he detected him stealing some things out of his warehouse; when he confessed that he had stolen a great many more things, which Tattum, who was an hostler in the neighbourhood, received of him; that he then searched Tattum's lodgings, where he found the things mentioned in the indictment; that Tattum confessed be received them of the prisoner. Baldwin, Mr. Bacchus's servant, corroborated this account; and Mr. Brown deposed, that their confession before the Alderman was voluntary.
Dangerfield said in his defence, that his master had promised to make an evidence of him if he would confess; and that he never sold Tattum any thing in his life.
He called - Beard, who had known him twelve years; and Mr. Caxton, with whom he had formerly lived a servant , who gave him a good character.
Tattum called John Fowler , who had known him nine months; William Fish , three years; William Bull , eighteen months; Crispin Caldwell , three years; Joseph Hawkins , twenty years; James Grubb , two or three years; and Thomas Walker , fourteen years; who gave him a good character.
Dangerford guilty T .
Tattum T. 14 years .
532, 533. (M.) Elizabeth Taylor , spinster, and James Lucas were indicted for stealing three silver castors, value 6 l. one silver marrow spoon, value 12 s. two silver soup spoons, value 50 s. six silver table spoons, value 4 l. 10 s. seven silver German sweet-meat spoons, value 1 l. 15 s. six silver tea-spoons, value 18 s. two silver salt spoons, value 5 s. one pair of paste shoe-buckles, value 6 s. seven cambrick handkerchiefs, value 1 l. 15 s. five other cambrick handkerchiefs, value 12 s. four neckcloths, value 8 s. two pair of worstedWilliam Swainston , in his dweling-house . ~
William Swainston . I live in Queen-square . The prisoner, Taylor, was my servant . I went out on Sunday the 26th of August, about five in the afternoon, and left only the prisoners in my house. I returned again about a quarter before eight, and found my servant was gone out. I waited about half an hour in the square. When the prisoner came to the door, I took the key from her to let myself in, and found the lock was only catched. After I had been at home some little time, I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; then I sent for several men as witnesses, and examined the house. There were no signs of any person having got in over the garden-wall; and the stairs, which were fresh cleaned, had not the marks of a foot upon them. When we came to the garret, we found two-chairs that had stood in the maid's room standing in the passage, under the trap-door, which was wide open, with two of the maid's boxes upon them. Two or three men went out at the trap-door, and there were no signs of any person's having been out there. I then accused the prisoner, who all along denied it. I have never seen any of the things since.
The prisoners, without going into their defence, were acquitted .
535. (M.) Morgan Morris was indicted for stealing one pair of silver sleeve buttons, value 6 d. a stone ring, value 1 s. and 14 s. 6 d. in money , numbered, the property of Elizabeth Tyler , September 3 . ~
Elizabeth Tyler . I lived servant in St. Martin's-lane. I left my place in St. Martin's-lane on the 3d of September. I had been acquainted with the prisoner, who is a soldier , four months. I went to see him at the Savoy barracks. I treated him with four or five pints of beer. He asked me to give him some money, and I offered him some halfpence. He then forced his hand into my pocket, and took away a box, in which the money and the other things were.
Thomas Barrow . I am a constable. I searched the prisoner at Sir John Fielding 's. We found upon him a ring, a pair of sleeve-buttons, and six shillings and six-pence in money. (The ring and buttons were produced, which the prosecutrix deposed to.)
I became acquainted with the prosecutrix whilst on guard at St. James's park, where she used to carry her master's child. She used to follow me from place to place, and wanted me to marry her, and said she would never give her hand to any body but me. At this time she waited for me a great while at the barracks till I came. We had rum and water and beer to the amount of four shillings and six pence. When we went to pay, she said, here is the money I have just received from my master; I will make you a present of it to buy a ring, and you shall make me a present of it to keep till we are married; and she took the buttons and ring and gave them me to keep for her sake.
George Elliot . I am a soldier in the regiment. The prosecutrix waited in the barracks for the prisoner. I saw them together in the publick-house. The prosecutrix told me the prisoner had taken fourteen shillings and six-pence from her. The prisoner paid the reckoning, and then said, Now my dear, if you will smile, I will give you six-pence a smile. She smiled four times, and he gave her two shillings.
Guilty T .
536. (M.) John Moody was indicted for stealing a silver saucepan, value 4 l. two silver butter boats, value 4 l. eleven silver tablespoons, value 3 l. one pair of silver salts, value 10 s. a silver pepper-box, value 15 s. a silver pepper castor, value 5 s. a silver milk-pot, value 5 s. two silver tea-spoons, value 3 s. and one pair of silver tea-tongs, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Norton , in the dwelling-house of the said Thomas , August 5 . *
Susannah Norton . I am wife to the prosecutor. My husband keeps a publick-house at Chelsea . On Sunday the 5th of August, the prisoner and another man came to my house. They were up in a one-pair-of-stairs room. Soon after they were gone, I missed the place mentioned in the indictment out of a room adjoining to that in which the prisoner had been drinking.
537. (M.) Elizabeth Windon , spinster, was indicted for stealing a crape gown, value 10 s. 6 d. a cotton gown, value 7 s. 6 d. a camblet gown, value 5 s. a black petticoat, value 5 s. a black sattin cloak, value 3 s. a muslin handkerchief, value 1 s. two linen aprons, value 2 s. and a linen handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of Thomas Lee , May 17 . *
Deborah Lee . I am wife to the prosecutor. The prisoner left me on the 17th of May at night. I met a girl by the Foundling hospital with one of my gowns on: I asked her how she came by it; she told me she had it of her brother. I asked her to go home with me, which she did, and sent for her brother; who said he had it of the prisoner. The next morning he took up the prisoner. By enquiring of the pawnbrokers in the neighbourhood, I found many of my things.
George Worthy , who is servant to - Lawrence a pawnbroker, produced a stuff gown and apron; and Joseph Harrison , the capuchin; which they deposed were pawned to them by the prisoner. (The prosecutrix deposed to them as her property.)
I bought them in Monmouth-street.
Guilty T .
538, 539. (M.) Elizabeth Page and Margaret Carroll , spinsters, were indicted for stealing three yards, and a half of lawn, value 8 s. the property of John Hartwell , privately in the shop of the said John , July 27 .
William Atkinson . I am servant to Mr. Hartwell, who is a linen-draper at Charing-cross . On the 27th of July, between eight and nine in the morning, the two prisoners came into Mr. Hartwell's shop, and desired to look at some clear lawn. I shewed them some; they bought a quarter of a yard, and paid for it; after they had been out of the shop about two minutes, I missed a remnant of lawn. I went over the way to Mr. Wilson, the constable, and desired him to assist me. We followed the prisoners, who were then in sight; when we overtook them, I asked them if they had not stolen something; they denied it; we took them to Justice Keeling's, where the lawn was found upon Carroll.
I was a servant out of place. I met Carroll; she asked me if I would go with her to buy a piece of lawn to make a cap.
I met with Page. I asked her to go with me, to buy a piece of lawn. I know nothing about that piece.
Page acquitted .
Carroll guilty . T .
Thomas Horsenayle . I keep the Marquis of Granby Inn, at Mile-end . The prisoner came to me on the 10th of July, to hire a horse to go to Rumford the next day. I asked him who sent him; he said, his master, Mr. Smith, of Oldford. I said, I know Mr. Smith very well, you shall have a house. He wanted to have him that night. I told him he should not have him till the next morning. He was to bring him back the next day.
- Larkham. I am a servant to Mr. Horsenayle. The prisoner came to my master's to hire a horse; my master ordered me to get a horse ready for him next morning. I delivered the horse to him next morning; it was a dark bay horse. We heard soon after that he had sold the horse at Woodford-bridge.
John Willis . I live at Chigwell. Upon the 11th of July, in the morning. I went to the King's Head, at Chigwell, for a pint of beer; whilst I was there the prisoner and another man came down stairs; they had laid there all night; they began drinking milk punch. The prisoner said he had a dark bay horse to sell; he said he had trotted him about to shew him to a neighbour of mine, but that he did not buy him. I ask'd the price; he bid me look at him; he brought him out, and rid him backwards and forwards. He ask'd four guineas for him. I said I could not run so much money; he said, will you bid
Q. to prosecutor. Was the horse this witness sent you the same as you had lett to the prisoner?
Horsenayle. Yes; it was.
Q. Was the prisoner a servant to Mr. Smith?
Horsenayle. I enquired of Mr. Smith, and he said he had lived with him, but had left him the day he came to me to hire the horse.
Joseph Warwick . The prisoner hired a postchaise of my master, at the George, at Wanstead. He chose I should side with him in the chaise. I rode about half way, and then he desired I would get out, and he drew the blinds up. Larkham had described the man to me that stole his master's horse. I thought he was the man. When I got home I told my master that I thought he was the man that stole the horse. My master ordered me to take a horse and pursue him. I took him between Mile-end Turnpike and White-chapel, and carried him to Mr. Horsenayle's.
I did not offer to sell the horse.
Guilty , Death .
John Cullis , the prosecutor, deposed, that he is a Grocer and Oil-man , and at the time of the robbery lived in Bowling-alley, Westminster ; that on the 31st of July, be locked up in a tea-chest 50 guineas, and bank notes, to the amount of 130 l. which he put in a closet, in the two pair of stairs room, and had not seen them since.
Ann Cullis , wife to the prosecutor, deposed, that the prisoner was their servant ; that his master sent him home to get a bottle of oil; that he went through a back yard into a ware-house to fetch it; that he was gone a quarter of an hour; that she sent him with the bottle back again to the warehouse; that he staid half an hour; and farther that a door that leads up stairs to the room where the money was, opens into the yard, and that there was nobody in the house but the prisoner and herself; that she found the door of the closet unlocked, and the tea-chest and money gone; that she searched the necessary house, and found the tea-chest in the soil; that when they accused him of it, he said, he wished he could help them, and that he never went up the stairs; that when she searched his lodgings, she found something of every thing they sold.
- Lloyd deposed, he searched the prisoner's lodgings; that he found a bunch of keys; that he tried one of them, which opened the close door; but that the lock was very bad, and easily pick'd.
The prisoner in his defence said, he was not out of the shop ten minutes, and that he had never been up stairs, or seen the money. He called Robert Archer and - Ford, who had known him fourteen months, and Joseph Penny two years, who gave him a good character.
The notes were in the some tea-chest as the money; and as the circumstances of the robbery were the same as upon the last trial, no evidence was given.
It appeared upon the evidence, that he had sold the salt on his master's account, to Mr. Shakespear, and had made him a bill and receipt in his master's name.
543. (M.) Thomas Herbert was indicted for stealing a gold watch, value 20 l. a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. a linen handkerchief, value 1 s. a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 2 s. and a cloth banjan, value 6 s. the property of John Bulmer , in
Mr. Bulmer deposed, that he lives in Prescot-street, Goodman's fields ; that he was waked on Wednesday morning, between the hours of twelve and one, by a person walking in the room; supposing it to be his servant, he bid him go to bed; that when he arose early in the morning he found the back door open, and he missed the things mentioned in the indictment; that one Robinson called upon him, and brought the prisoner and the watch. John Snegg , a servant to Mr. Bulmer, deposed, that he hung the watch up in his master's bed-chamber the evening before the robbery.
Isaac Robinson deposed, that his wife gave him a gold watch; that a man had offered her to sale; the man came again next day, and he secured him; that the prisoner told him he had robbed Mr. Bulmer of it; and that he got in at the chamber window. Catherine Robinson , wife to the last witness, deposed, that the prisoner brought her the watch; that she did not buy it, but gave him 7 s. 6 d. upon it; that he called again the next morning, when her husband secured him.
Q. to prosecutor. Was your chamber window fastened over night?
Mr. Bulmer. I am not certain. I rather think not.
- Paget deposed, that he begged him to let him go, and said he was a dead man.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, that Robinson's account was different now to what it was before the justice, and he called Mr. Slan, who lives with Mr. Bulmer, who deposed, that Catherine Robinson had a great difficulty before Sir John Fielding , to determine whether the prisoner was the man who brought the watch to her; and that Joseph Robinson did not mention a word before the Justice of the prisoner having confessed to him that be committed the robbery. The prisoner called John Bailey , to whom he was an apprentice ; Elizabeth Fish , who had known him seven years; Richard Faulkner , three years; John Bernard, Elizabeth Barwick, and Mary Faulkner , who all gave him a good character.
544. (L.) Sarah Green was indicted for stealing a linen bed-gown, a linen shirt, a pair of cotton stockings, two silver tea-spoons, and a linen handkerchief , the property of Christopher Batty , August 27th . ~
Guilty . T .
William Hogan , who is a post-chaise driver , deposed, that he was drinking a pot of beer with his partner, at the Golden Ball Cross Lane ; the two prisoners were sitting there; they joined their company and drank with them; the prisoners offered to treat them if they would go to their room; that accordingly the prosecutor went; that they fastened the door upon him, and then insisted upon his treating them; that in order to get away, be took some money out of his pocket to treat them; that he had two guineas and some silver in his hand; that one of them struck the guineas out of his hand; he got one and put it in his pocket; that as he was stooping for the other, Ann Singleton knocked him down, and the other pick'd it up; that he got up and ran away; that when he got into the street, he saw Meadows, and challenged her with having his guinea; that she replied, she had not got it now, for she had lost her pocket.
The prisoners in their defence denied the charge.
Both Guilty . T .
548, 549. (M.) Elizabeth Langford , and Elizabeth Dun , spinsters, were indicted for stealing twenty-one silk handkerchiefs, value 3 l. and 9 l. 7 s. in money numbered , the property of Thomas Owen . August 8th . ~
Thomas Owen , who drives cattle from Wales to Canterbury, deposed, that he was in London on the 8th of August; that two women picked him up in Holborn, between six and seven in the morning; that one of them said, that her husband was his country-man, and would go with him to Wales if he would go home with her; that he went with her in order to see his country-man; that he went to a publick house in Turnmill-street ; that the prisoner, Langford, appeared to be mistress of the house; that he drank a good deal of liquor, and was much intoxicated; that Langford desired him to lie down upon the bed. He went to sleep, and got up again between eight and nine; that he had nine guineas all but two shillings when he laid down,
Langford in her defence said, that the prosecutor brought two women to her house, me of which he said was his wife; that she knew the other woman. His wife desired he might he down, which he did; that she had two handkerchiefs by the wife's order; that she went into Holborn, and when she returned they were gone. Dun made the same defence.
Langford guilty . T .
Dun acquitted .
550. (M.) John Simpson was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas O'Dearsley , on the 10th of April , about the hour of ten in the night, and stealing twenty-one yards of cotton, value 4 l. a silk hat, value 4 s a linen shirt, value 2 s. 6 d. a linen shirt, value 2 s. eleven linen handkerchiefs, value 15 s. six check handkerchiefs, value 3 s. one check handkerchief, and a piece of gimp, value 7 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas O'Dearsley , in the dwelling-house of the said Thomas . *
551. (M.) James Cole was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Delany , on the 30th of March, about the hour of ten o'clock in the night, and stealing one cloth coat, value 10 s. one pair of worsted breeches, value 2 s. one cotton gown, value 10 s. one linen damask table cloth, value 10 s. one hatt, value 8 s. one linen shirt, value 6 s. and a silver tea spoon, value 6 d. the property of John Delany , in the dwelling-house of the said John . *
John Delany . I live in Spittle fields . On the 30th of March , between the hours of nine and ten, when the family were all out, my house was robbed. I came home about eleven, when I missed the things mentioned in the indictment. There was a small pane of glass broke in the casement, through which the windows had been opened.
John Gordon . I am a pawn-broker. I took a hat in the name of George Jones . Simpson, the prisoner last tried, came to me with the prisoner, and Patrick Lawler the evidence, and said it was his property, and that he wanted more money upon it. Simpson wanted me to buy it. (The hat produced, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
Patrick Lawler . ( the accomplice.) The prisoner and I were at the prosecutor's house. The prisoner staid at the door whilst I got in at the window, and took the things mentioned in the indictment. I heard the prisoner at the door whilst I was in the house, but he was gone when I came out. I met him next day. The prisoner told me that a man came whilst he was at the door and frighted him away.
The prisoner in his defence said, that he was out that evening with the evidence; but that he left him before the robbery.
Acquitted of the burglary.
Guilty of stealing to the value of 39 s . T .
552, 553. (M.) John Wilson and Samuel Green were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Barker , Esq ; on the second of June , about the hour of eleven in the night, with intent the money and effects of the said John to steal . *
Captain Barker lives at Greenwich . It appeared upon the evidence of the constables that there was an alarm of thieves in Captain Barker 's house, above eleven o'clock at night, on the eleventh of June. That they met Green and one Tattum in the street, and they not giving a good account of themselves, they took them to the watch-house; that there Tattum confessed, that the prisoners and he had broke open Captain Barker 's house; that he went and made an information to the same effect before the justice, who bound them the constables over to prosecute; that when he came back, andBarker 's maids had told them they found the back door open. and that they could never obtain the names of Captain Barker 's servants maids, to subpaena them upon this occasion.
Captain Barker deposed, than he was from home at the time that he. two servant maids informed him, that they were alarmed in the night; that they was out of doors for assitance, and that in fright they shut the door after them, so that the neighbour were obliged to get in at a window; that has maids informed him, that they found nothing but a cut shut up in the coal hole, and the doors all secure. The servants were are present to be examined, and the prisoners were both acquitted .
James Naylor . The prisoner and I lodged together at Mr. Berry's in Leicester-street . I put 50 guineas into my purse in my trunk on the 23d of August. I lock'd my trunk, and put the key of it into my box, which I lock'd, and put the key of my box into my breeches pocket. On the 25th I opened my trunk, and found only five guineas in my purse out of the 50. The prisoner got up earlier that morning than usual. I suspected him. and took him before Justice Wright, where he declared his innocence, and said he was not worth 50 s. in the world, and believed he never should. The Justice discharged him. Justice Fielding advised me to watch the prisoner to see if he was flush of money. I got James Finney to watch him; the prisoner paid for his lodging, and took a place in the coach for Maidenhead; Finney took a place also. Finney came to me from Maidenhead, and informed me that the prisoner was in custody; I went to Maidenhead, and found the prisoner in the custody of the constable; I described to the Justice at Maidenhead, previous to my seeing the money, a guinea with a mark upon the edge which I afterwards selected from the rest; they brought him to London, and took him to Sir John Fielding 's. The prisoner there said he had 46 guineas paid him by one Flannan; he brought him and one Evans to swear to it before the Justice; they were examined apart, and very much considered each other.
Joseph Clark . I am a constable, and live at Maidenhead. Finney sent for me to the Red-Lion at Maidenhead, and charged me with the prisoner. Finney told me he had gold wrapped up in four papers; I took them from him, and seal'd up the papers without opening them; the prisoner told the Justice at Maidenhead, that he had been at hay-making; the prosecutor described a guinea before the money was unseal'd, which he picked out afterwards.
Henry Brown . The prisoner was in my custody at Maidenhead; he said that he had been five weeks at hay-making. The Justice asked him to mension the name of any person, of whom he had received any sum of money lately; he said he had received two guineas and a half for hay-making. This witness was asked whether he mentioned having received any money of Flannan, which he answered in the negative; (the guinea produced and deposed to by prosecutor, it was fear in one part of the edge.)
James Finney . At the request of the prosecutor. I took a place in the stage to Maidenhead, in order to watch the prisoner; at Hounslow, the prisoner shewed me the money, wrapped up in four papers; the prisoner said he was going to sport with it at Reading races; I had him taken into a custody at Maidenhead.
Thomas Barry . The prisoner lodged at my house; the prisoner paid me half a guinea for rent the morning he went to Maidenhead, and at the same time told me that he had but one guinea in the world, and that he had borrowed that of his sister.
The prisoner in his defence said, that the prosecutor came home drunk every night; that he was obliged to help him off with his cloaths, and put him to bed; and that he never shewed Finney the money upon the road. He called Richard Colley who had known him 7 years; Wm. Holford 16 years; Tho. Cross 20 years, and - Davis 16 or 17 years, who spoke of his having lived servant to several noblemen, and always having had a good character.
Guilty T .
555, 556. (M.) Edward Millson and Cha. Macdonald , were indicted for that they on the king's highway, on John Tomlin , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person one
John Tomlin . I live at Hampstead; as I was returning to Hampstead, in the Hampstead stage, on the 1st of September, about 8 o'clock at night, the coach was stopped in the road near Pancrass . Macdonald came within four or five yards of the coach; he presented a pistol at the coachman which flash'd in the pan, but did not go off; immediately upon that another man called out, Stop, or I'll blow your brains out. Macdonald came up to the coach down; his hat was let down to flap over his face, but it had turn'd up; he pulled it over his face, but it turn'd up a second time; they demanded my watch and money, or they said they would shoot me dead; Macdonald got into the coach at one door, and the man that was with him at the other.
Q. What, do you mean the other prisoner?
Tomlin. I can't swear to the other man, he was on the dark side of the coach, Macdonald was on the light side. When they got into the coach, they put a pistol to each side of my head; which they search'd me; they took my watch out of my fob; the silver they took out of my right, and the half-pence out of my left hand pocket; they felt my breast and all over me, where they thought I might have any thing conceal'd; Macdonald then took my bundle containing the things in the indictment ( mentioning them;) they then made off, and Macdonald carried away my watch and bundle in his hand, laughing; I went to get out of the coach to pursue them, and I tumbled out of the coach over my stick, which retarded my pursuit, on I believe I should have taken them: I got my journeyman and a corporal, and came down the road, in search of them; I search'd all the nighthouses in St. Giles's, Monmouth-street, and Thieving-Lane; I could not meet with them, so I went and gave the information to one of Sir John Fielding 's men, and gave him a description of their persons; on Monday the 3d. they sent me word that they had taken the men that robbed me, and found my things upon them. I went in the afternoon to Sir. John Fielding 's; they were committed to New-prison; I then saw the prisoners, and immediately declared that Macdonald was one that robbed me; I was not sure that the other was the man, he had not the same clothes on.
Q. Was it not the darkest part of the road, a lane hollow place that you was robbed in?
Tomlin. The road where I was robbed, is near 30 yards broad; there is no hedge, only three little low bushes.
Q. How long were they in the coach with you?
Tomlin. The best part of a minute. I was some time before. I would deliver my things, and if the other man had not come into the coach I should not have delivered them, for I could have taken Macdonald; I was not afraid of his pistol; I knew after it had flash'd, it could do no harm.
Halliburton. I was at the apprehending of the prisoners; an information was brought to Sir. John Fielding 's office on Sunday afternoon. or night, of a sent of men that lodged at No. Great Marybone Street; Sir John's clerk order'd some of us to go early next morning to secure some of them; several of us went; we took four; two were discharged by Sir John; the other two are the prisoners. I found the prosecutor's handkerchief wrapped round Millson's head for a night cap; these three skins lay by Millson's bedside; we found a dozen knives and forks in the next room; some had been used; we found the spurs in a drawer, ( producing the different articles.) Millson told us this suit of cloaths were his (producing a brown suit ) As the prosecutor had said they were both in dark coloured clothes, I brought them away that he might see them.
Prosecutor. I can swear to some of these skins; they are mark'd as I advertised them; they are cut down the middle, but they have not cut the marks out; I can swear to the spurs, they have two odd buckles to them, and one wants a rowel; and the handkerchief has two or three holes in it which I described; I bought the linen and had it printed by an acquaintance.
John Heley . I was at the apprehending of the prisoners; in the room that Macdonald lay in, I found this watch ( producing it) crammed up in the hollow part of a plaister of Paris image; a piece of rag was stuff'd in to keep it up. ( Prosecutor deposed to the watch.)
I was a little in liquor, and went to this house; it in a common bawdy-house; the maid opened the door for me; when I went up stairs, there was never a night cap; the maid gave me that handkerchief to put round my head; I know nothing about the robbery. He called Robert Capp , who said he had known him 18 months, who gave him a good character.
This is a common bawdy-house; I don't suppose there is a lock upon any door in the house; I went into this house along with a girl on Sunday evening; we lay in the room where this watch was found; a man come in at the back parlour window; I laid hold of him, and asked him what he wanted; he said he wanted nothing with me, and ran up stairs; he had a pistol and hanger; he came down, and began searching the house; he said the principal person we want is not here, which is one Brown who was tried two or three session ago.
Macdonald guilty . Death .
Millson acquitted .
557. (L.) Joseph Field was indicted for that he being employed in the delivery of letters from the general post-office, did advance the rate of a letter from 1 s. to 18 d. for which he received 18 d. contrary to the statute. *
558. (M.) Francis Purlieu otherwise Penleale (a Black) was indicted for stealing 7 pair of copper shoe-buckles, value 2 s. three cases of razors, value 2 s. one piece of red gartering, value 6 d. one shaving box, value 4 d. two pair of scissars, value 6 d. ten pair of sleeve-buttons; a locking-glass, value 6 d. and two breast buckles, value 2 s. the property of John Johnson . July 28th. *
559. (M.) Mary Wrench , widow, was indicted for stealing two linen gowns; a silver table spoon; seven linen shirts; four neckcloths; two pair of worked stockings; four linen aprons; six linen handkerchiefs; a cotton waistcoat, and three linen table cloths , the property of Robert Hughes , July 12th . *
Robert Hughes . I live in Leather-lane . The prisoner lived servant with me. I lost the goods mentioned in the indictment. I apprehended the prisoner at Peckham. She confessed she had stolen them, and gave me directions to the different places where she had pawned them.
Guilty B .
560. (M.) Tempest Lockwood was indicted, for that he on the 24th of July . about the hour of twelve in the night, twenty plants called artichokes, value 6 s. the property of William Coulson , then and there growing, did break, spoil, destroy and carry away . ~
The fruit of the artichokes only being cut off, and the plant itself remaining, it did not come within the meaning of the 6th of George, the Third, upon which act the indictment was founded.
Guilty . T .
562. (M.) William Bird was indicted for breaking and enterning the dwelling-house of Ruth James , on the 12th of August , about the hour of 5 in the night, with intent, the money and effects of the said Ruth to steal . *
It appeared upon the evidence that it was quite light at the time of the robbery, therefore it could not be a burglary.
564. (M.) Mary Hunt was indicted for stealing a china cup; a china saucer; two small earthen tea-pots; 3 lb. green tea; a linen cloth; two oz. weight of nutmegs; 2 oz. of cinnamon; 5 lb. of hard soap, and 1 lb. of ginger , the property of Tho. Simpson .
Guilty. 10 d.
Guilty. 10 d.
Both guilty . T .
James Handscomb , Sept. 5th . *
Guilty T .
Thomas Young . I am a servant to Mrs. Thorn. The prisoner came into our house on the 8th of August, and called for a pint of beer. I was drinking in the same room. I saw the tankard standing upon the table just by him. The prisoner went out of the room before he had drank his beer or paid for it; and we immediately missed the tankard. About an hour and a half afterwards, Pointer and I went to the Half-Moon. As soon as he saw me, he made towards the door. We took him into another room, and charged him with the robbery. He said, though he had been guilty of one bad fact, yet that was no rule he should always be guilty.
I never was in the house in my life.
Guilty 39 s. T .
The prosecutrix did not appear; her recognizance was ordered to be estreated.
Guilty T .
Both guilty T .
577. 578. (M.) Edward Eastman and Catharine Freckleton were indicted, for that they, on the King's highway, on George Woodifield , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a hat, value 10 s. a silk handkerchief, value 4 s. a pair of metal shoe-buckles, value 6 d. and half a guinea and 4 s. in money, numbered, the property of the said George , August 27 . *
George Woodifield . On the 27th of August, a little after ten at night, I called at the Spread-Eagle in Kingsland-road for two pennyworth of gin. The prisoner and two other men (not taken) were sitting in a box opposite the box I was in. When I went out, Catharine Freckleton followed; she stopped me in the entry and asked me to go and lie with her. I told her I would have nothing so do with her; so I went from the door up the street in order to get rid of her. In turning down the street again about ten yards from the door, she came and took hold of the tail of my coat; the men came out and bid me give them four-pence, or they would knock me down; so I gave them four-pence and went into the house again and called for a pint of beer. The woman came again into the house, and set herself in the box opposite me; she took up my pint of beer and drunk; upon that Eastman came up, took me by the collar and struck me. The landlord came up and took him away, and told him, he should not abuse any body in his house, and desired I would get out of their company. ICatharine Freckleton and three men came and set themselves down by me. Some people in an opposite box told the landlord that the woman had got her hand in my pocket. I got up with an intention to go away; one of the men laid hold of my coat, and said, I must pay for the pot of beer. I paid the money and went out of the house immediately. Catharine Freckleton and the three men followed me out: the men kept about twenty yards behind me. I went to Bateman's-Row. I thought I walked faster than they. As soon as I turned the corner the men run after me. Eastman knocked me down.
Q. As it was dark, how could you tell it was the prisoner?
Woodifield. I eyed him all the way from the house; he had a red jacket on, the same as he has now. When he had knocked me down, he got my head between his legs; then he pulled the handkerchief off my neck, and Freckleton took out of my pocket half a guinea, a quarter of a guinea, and four shillings in silver. The other two men each of them held one of my legs; one of them took the buckles out of my shoes, and my hat off my head; one kicked me on my left side and made me lame. A woman looked out at a window, and asked them if they were going to murder me. Freckleton replied, No, d - n you, you b - h; this is my husband, and I can't get him home.
Q. Was you sober?
Woodifield. Yes. I had nothing but two glasses of gin, and two pints of beer.
Robert Gribble . I am a shopmate of the prosecutor. I went with him to seek for them the night after the robbery. When I first saw the prisoner, he had a red waistcoat on; he went and took it off, and put on a white one.
I was drinking in company with six or seven people at this house. The prosecutor beckoned me out. He asked me if I was willing to go with him. I went with him to a tenter-ground. He lay with me there. Whilst he was lying with me, there came a man with blue clothes, with a pipe in his mouth. He said, Well my friend, keep at it, don't get up. I said, for shame get up. After he had got up, he said, What do I pay my money for nothing? and lay down again. As we were going out there were three or four men came out of skitlle-ground, and asked him if he would not pay socket-money. The prosecutor put his hand into his pocket and took out a shilling; I bid him give it me, and I would give them a some money. I took the shilling, and gave them a pot of beer. I said let us go out another way. We went and had a glass of gin a-piece. I gave him his change, and never saw him afterwards.
I came home about nine at night. I went into Mr. Price's house for a pint of beer. I was going to get a pipe; as I went by, the prosecutor kicked me on the shin. I asked him what that was for; he said, he would give me another. I laid hold of him; Mr. Price came and showed me away. I went out of the house, and went home to bed. The next night they took me up. The prosecutor told Justice Fielding he was very much in liquor; and that a watchman found him drunk in the road asleep.
Both guilty Death .
John Cripps . I keep the Blue Anchor, East-Smithfield . On the 30th of June, I went to bed at eleven o'clock. Between two and three in the morning, I heard my wife say she was robbed. I got up. They told me Dyer was gone for a coach for his mother. When I went to bed, I left the two prisoners in the bar-room. The two pints were upon a ledge in the bar. Dyer confessed before Justice Fielding, under promise of being admitted an evidence. Afterwards we took up Bracey. He confessed that Dyer and he took them, and that they buried them in a dunghill; and that they sold one of them to one Smith, by St. George's church. I got a search warrant, but could not find the house out.
Q. Was there any body in the room besides the prisoners?
I asked Bracey to go with me to see my sisters, who are unfortunate girls of the town, and live at the Blue Anchor; we had a pot of half and half in the tap-room. I went between 11 and 12 o'clock for a coach for my mother; I could not get one, and went back directly. Mr. Cripps gave charge of a Jew; that Jew was often in and out of the bar, whilst I was in the house; the Jew and I were cleared last sessions.
I shook hands with Dyer, and went home; I went to work on Monday morning, and two men took me.
Dyer acquitted .
Bracey guilty. 39 s. T .
Guilty . T .
Guilty. 10 d.
583, 584, 585, 586. (M.) Benjamin Murphy , Matthew Matthewson , John Murray , and Catharine the wife of Peter Graham were indicted; the first three for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Francis Elmes , on the 5th of August , between the hours of twelve and one in the night, and stealing one silver marrow spoon, value 4 s. a silver pap spoon, value 1 s. two silver tea spoons, value 1 s. a linen shirt, value 2 s. a pair of stocking-breeches, value 1 s. and a pair of silk stockings, value 2 s. the property of the said Francis, in his dwelling-house ; and Catherine Graham for receiving two silver table spoons, a linen shirt, one pair of stocking-breeches, and a pair of silk stockings, part of the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen . *
There being no witnesses to bring the charge home to the prisoners, but that of the accomplice, they were all four acquitted .
See Murphy tried No. 159 in Mr. Alderman Beckford's second mayoralty.
See Murray tried, No. 442 last sessions.
587, 588, 589. (M.) James Metcalf , Wm. Taylor , and Wm. English, otherwise John Webber , were indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 5 s. the property of William Chesterman , August 6th . ~
All three acquitted .
The prosecutor was called, but did not appear; his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.
The prosecutor was called, but did not appear; his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.
594, 595, 596, 597, 598. (M.) Henry Dixon , together with Solomon Wood , not in custody, Thomas Burrell , Elizabeth Barton, and Mary Johnson , were indicted, the first for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Wood , on the 2d of Sept . about the hour of two in the night, and stealing two silver tea spoons, value 10 s. a tea chest, and two cannisters, value 10 s. 2 cloth great coats, value 18 s.Thomas Burrell and Elizabeth Barton for receiving two linen shirts, two linen pillow cases, one white sattin cloak, and one worsted stocking , and Mary Johnson for receiving two white dimity petticoats, and one pair of scissars, with a brass book, being part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen . ++
James Wood . I am a watch maker . I live in Normond street, St. Luke's . My house was broke open on Sunday night the 2d instant; when I got up about six in the morning, I found my kitchen window broke open; it fastens with an iron bar; the shutter was tore off from the hinges, and the bar was broke in two. I was the last person up at night, and saw that the window was fast; all the things mentioned in the indictment were stolen out of the kitchen; it was washing time, and all the linen was wet; I suspected Herbert the evidence to be concerned; I search'd after him; he came to my house; he said that he heard I suspected him, and he came to clear himself. I told him I did suspect him: he said then he would go to Justice Girdler immediately, and turn evidence; he went and surrendered himself, and was admitted an evidence. I went to see Dixon in the Compter, who was taken up on suspicion of another robbery; he had a pair of my silk stocking breeches on, one of my shirts, a pair of stockings, and a linen apron. I went to get an order from an alderman, to take Dixon before Justice Girdler; when I went back again to the Compter, he had changed my cloaths, by the direction of the accomplice Herbert. We searched Burrell's house in Coleman's Alley, Bunhill-row; he gave me the key of his box; there I found two shirts, two pillow cases, a piece of sattin cloak, and a single stocking. Burrell and Barton lived together as man and wife; they were both present. I search'd Mary Johnson's lodgings in Henry-street, Old-street, on Friday; she was there at the time; I found there two dimity petticoats, and the scissars, with the brass hook; we found them in a cupboard with a great many lumbering things upon them.
Q. Did Burrell give you any account how he came by these things?
Wood. Burrell said that Dixon gave them to him. Barton said before the Justice that Harry gave them to her. The Justice asked her who Harry was; she said she should know him if she saw him; there were 20 or 30 people in the room; she was bid to point him out, which she did.
Elizabeth Kaddy . I am a servant to Mr. Wood. I got up first the morning after the robbery; I found the window thrown up, and the window shutters flung upon one side, and the chairs were all lying upon the floor.
Joseph Herbert . Last Sunday was a fortnight, Henry Dixon , Solomon Wood , and I, were drinking at the sign of the Crow, in Crow Alley, Whitecross street; we agreed to go and break some house open; we did not six upon any particular house; we walk'd about till about 12 o'clock; we went into the street behind St. Luke's; I sat down on a step and dozed; Dixon went by, I got up and went on; I came up to Wood, at the corner of Normond-street; I asked Wood where Dixon was; he told me he was down in the area; he bid me stand where I was; in a short time he came out of the area, and sent Solomon Wood down; he had been down but a little while before he put his back against the area, and his feet against the window, and broke the bar; I stood very near, and heard it; then they shut the window shutters to, and pulled down the sash, and we waited
Court. This story may be true. - I desire you will tell me the truth, the whole truth. You are not to say any thing that is false to screen any body; it will be dangerous for you to tell me any thing that is false. You say she went out between five and six to work?
Herbert. Yes, I left the things there and came back again at night.
Q. What time?
Herbert. About nine o'clock.
Q. Was she at home then?
Herbert. No; she was just by the end of the street.
Q. How came you to leave them?
Herbert. They dropt out of a pillow-case, and I kicked them under the bed; I would not stay to pick them up. We carried two of the bundles and threw them over into Mr. Burrell's yard. I did not see any body there to receive them. I saw Henry Dixon the next day about three o'clock in the afternoon. He said, he had sold the things for fourteen shillings, and gave me four shillings and six-pence of the money.
Q. Did you cohabit with either of these women?
Herbert. No; not at the present time.
Q. You knew the way to Johnson's lodgings?
Herbert. I had not been with her a good while; I had been ill in the workhouse.
Q. When did you see Johnson again after the evening you took away the things?
Herbert. I did not see her for a day afterwards; I believe I did not go to her lodgings after I fetched the things away.
Q. When did you first see her afterwards?
Herbert. I saw her pass by the top of Whitecross-street once; I did not speak to her to have any conversation with her.
Q. Had you no conversation with her?
Herbert. I had no conversation with her after the time I put the petticoats into the cupboard, after I carried the things away.
Q. You told me just now, that you had no conversation with her after that; did you stay all night?
Herbert. I fell asleep in the chair; I was in liquor. I got up about four in the morning, and came away.
Q. Then you took the two dimity petticoats from under the bed?
Herbert. Yes; and threw them into the cupboard among the foul things.
Q. And she saw nothing of the matter?
Q. Give the jury a reason why you put these petticoats into the cupboard.
Herbert. With intent to fetch them away. I was afraid of Dixon's turning evidence, and I went to the prosecutor; I told him that I had these petticoats.
Q. Did you tell him you put them there?
Herbert. I did not do that. I told him I had them under my own care. We went to the Crow and had a pot of beer directly, and he gave me the four shillings and six pence; that was Tuesday. We parted then, and I saw them no more till taken. Wood was with them at the same time.
John Jones I searched Burrell's house. We found two shirts and a stocking in the chest; and inside a bureau bedstead, which was turned up, we found a piece of a sattin cloak and two pillow cases went upon a line in the yard. (Producing them)
John Hall. I went to Johnson's lodgings, and found these two dimity petticoats and a pair of scissars (producing them.) She gave them us out of a closet.
Q. What account did she give of them?
Hall. She said they were left there.
Q. By whom?
Hall. I don't remember whether she mentioned
Herbert. I sent word by Mr. Wood's apprentice where they were.
Q. Did you or any of you know where to look for the things?
Q. Had you any information where they were concealed?
Q. to the Prosecutor. Have you ever found the things that Dixon had upon him?
Prosecutor. No; I can swear that the things produced are my property.
I had two of this accomplice's companions taken up about two years ago; he came to me, and said, what makes you do such a blackguard action as that? and he said he would make me suffer for it. Last Tuesday se'ennight he said, do you intend to appear against these two chaps? he swore I should not, and punched my face; I lick'd him well; he swore he would have my life, and he had me taken up; I had the same things upon me then as I have now, excepting the apron, and that they took from me one night when I was asleep. I had none of his things on at all.
I went to Kingston, to fetch Elizabeth Barton; we came back about eight or nine at night; I went to bed about half after ten, and she too: she got up first in the morning, which is uncommon, and went into the yard; the yard is common to other people as well as me. She called out and said, here are some dirty things in the yard; I bid her bring them in; I did not know what they were, they were so dirty; there were these two shirts; the stocking was clean, the pillow cases were dirty, they were dirty with street mud; she wash'd them next day; these two shirts were dry first; I put them by, and said if any body owns them, they shall have them; they hung upon the line; when the prosecutor came on Thursday, I said he had the most right to them, and I made no objection to their taking them.
Barton made the same defence as Burrell.
Joseph Goodall . I live in Whitecross-street; three men offered to bring the things to my house, that were found at Burrell's; they asked me to let them be in my master's shop till morning; I let them put them in my master's shop; they had four bags; I asked them what they had in them, they said cloaths; I went into a publick house afterwards, and from something that I heard, I was afraid they were stolen goods, and I insisted upon their taking them away.
It was just before the young man came to ask me to deliver the things up I had been into the closet, and saw the two petticoats; I was frightened; I could not think how they came there; when the man came, I did in my fright deny them.
- Hall. I am a watch shagreen-case-market. I have known Johnson seven or eight years; she always bore a good character; she went out a ironing.
Q. Is she not a common woman of the town?
Hall. I never heard any such thing.
Dixon guilty . Death .
Burrell, Barton, and Johnson acquitted .
James Smith , in the dwelling-house of the said James , and the other for receiving the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen . July 12th . ++
There was the same defect of evidence as in the last.
John Poole . I am an out-pensioner of Chelsea college ; the prisoner belongs to the college. I lodged at the White Horse at Hammersmith ; the prisoner was with me in the evening, and as I am lame in my arm, and can't pull my coat off myself, he assisted me to undress myself. I had the purse in my hand not an hour before I went to bed; after I was undress'd, I let him out, and fastned the door; when I got up in the morning, I missed my purse, and the guinea that was in it, out of my waistcoat pocket.
Q. Was you in liquor?
Poole. I had been drinking, but I was quite sensible of what I was doing.
Q. How came the prisoner to undress you?
Poole. He came with me from Chelsea. I was going into Somersetshire; I saved the guinea to carry me home next morning.
Q. Did you miss your money before you unlock'd your door in the morning?
Q. Did you pull your waistcoat off before he went away?
Poole. Yes, every thing.
- Franklin. I keep the White House at Hammersmith. The prosecutor and the prisoner came into my house a little after four in the afternoon; the prisoner wanted a dram, but he said he had no money, and the prosecutor treated him; when he went to bed, I ordered my girl to go and put him to bed, but the prisoner was very officious, and said, he would; he staid some time with him; when he came down stairs, he said to me, call up the old pensioner early, he wants to go on his journey; he said he was obliged to be at Chelsea by nine that night, or he should get ill will. I saw him the next morning about six o'clock, very much in liquor; his face was bruised; I thought he had fell down. When the prosecutor came down in the morning, he said, have you seen any thing of the man that was with me last night? I said, I had; he told me that he had picked his pocket; a man gave us information where the prisoner was, and we took him at the Rose and Crown about nine in the morning; the constable search'd him, and found a quarter of a guinea, and silver, and half pence, to the amount of 16 shillings and two-pence farthing; the prisoner said before the Justice, that he had the money sent him from Yorkshire, and afterwards, that it was sent him from Carlisle.
- Meredith. Upon the application of Mr. Franklin to me, I told him it would be proper to make an enquiry where the prisoner lay that night; we found that he lay at one Mrs. Waites, a mantua maker, along with one Barnard, an old fellow soldier. I had this purse from Mrs. Barnard, (producing a green worsted purse.)
Elizabeth Barnard . The prisoner lay that night with my husband and me, and he made me a present of that purse, and my husband said, that he had made such things in North-America. We met him upon the road at Hammersmith, about half an hour after five in the afternoon; we had a shillings worth of rum and water, and two shillings worth of brandy and water; the prisoner paid for it; he paid a shilling for the first, and changed two 5 s. 3 d. to pay for the last two shillings worth.
Q. Did not you think he was very rich?
Barnard. I did not know what way he was in; he told us he had received his pension money.
The prosecutor. There is no particular mark to the purse, but it is just such a one as I lost.
I never robbed him. I came from Yorkshire the 29th of May. I had a family there. I was so bad I could not work; the master I work'd with sent me to Hull. I got five guineas paid me for my half year's service, then I got a passage from Hull. I was at Chelsea from the 29th of May to the 22d of June, before I got into the house; I had two guineas and eight shillings in silver when I went into the house. I told
Guilty of stealing, but not privately from the person . T .
602. (M.) William Adcock was indicted for that he on the King's highway, on Margaret Smith did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a black silk hat, value 2 s. the property of the said Margaret , Sept. 1st . ++
Margaret Smith . I lived with my mother in three Crown Court, Chancery-lane; my father was upon his death-bed. On the first of Sept. about half after ten at night, I went to see a gentlewoman home that was big with child, that had been to see my father; as I was coming back again, I met the prisoner at the top of Chancery-lane ; he asked me to go with him; I asked him what he wanted with me; he said what is that to you? I ran away from him, and stood at an alehouse door; I thought he was gone, so I crossed the way as fast as I could; he directly ran after me; I stopt at Mr. Adams's door; he came up to me, and said, d - n your eyes, you b - h, what makes you run away? I said, because I was frightened; he gave me a slap in the face; I cried out murder, then he knocked me down, and tore my hat from my head, and ran away; as soon as I recovered, I ran after him, and cried out, Stop thief; a gentleman that is here, took him, and found my hat upon him.
Q. How do you get your bread?
Smith. My father was very ill; I left my service to come home to look after him; he died soon after.
William Shaw . I am a constable, I was the officer of the night; as I was going down Holborn, I heard the cry of, Stop thief; I ran across the way, and a number of people had got hold of the prisoner. I saw the hat lie upon the ground about five or six yards from the prisoner. This was about 30 yards from the top of Chancery-lane.
Q. Had you seen him before you saw him in custody of the people?
Shaw. Yes; I saw him running, and the people pursuing him.
I know nothing of the affair.
Guilty. Death . Recommended .
- Bowker. I am wife to the prosecutor The prisoner used our house several times; on the 27th of November he came to our house, and staid till about half after twelve; we missed the tankard about ten minutes after the prisoner was gone; there were four people besides him in the house; three of them are here, the other is ill; the house was shut up about half after eleven; they were playing at cards. I saw him set the tankard down upon the seat, between him and my son-in-law, about a quarter of an hour before he went away; he gave his cards to a young man to hold for him, and went out; as he did not come in again, I got up directly to look for the tankard, and it was gone.
Joseph Taylor . I have seen the prisoner at the house twice; the second time was on the 27th of November. I went there about 11 o'clock with my wife's sister; several of the neighbours were playing at cards, the prisoner was playing. They asked me to take a hand; I sat down. I think the prisoner was the most facetious man in company that I ever saw; after we had set some little time, he went out at the door. I saw him before that take the tankard from the corner of the table, and set it between him and me. I saw him put the flap of his coat carelesly over the tankard. When the cards were just dealt out, and every body were looking at their hands, he got up and went out; I saw something of a bulk in his coat; his hand was through his coat pocket; he did not come in any more; we missed the tankard soon after.
Daniel Riley . I came to Mr. Bowker's, to a club, about eight in the evening. The prisoner was there; he entertained us with several diversions. I bid him a good night, and came through the tap-room into the parlour; several ladies were at cards, and I joined them; they were drinking out of a pewter pot; somebody
Thomas Riley . I held the cards for the prisoner whilst he went out; he desired me to look at his cards till he came in again; he did not come in for some time: I said I would go out and see for him; I went to the door, and he was gone. We missed the tankard in ten or twelve minutes after he was gone.
Q. How many more people were there in the room?
Riley. Four, besides the landlady; one of them is very bad. I saw him take the tankard from the table, and put it down by him.
At the time I resorted to Mr. Bowker's, who is now the prosecutor, I belonged to the third regiment of guards; a dispute arose between me and a neighbour in Covent-garden parish where I live; I brought an action against him; the cause was tried at the Marshal's court, and I was nonsuited; some time after this, the muster of the guards insued; I sent a letter to the serjeant that I found an execution was issued against me, which prevented my personal attendance; he inform'd the colonel of it, and the colonel excused me; the serjeant was ordered to inquire into particulars; my personal attendance was omitted; some time after that, as a man very seldom wants friends, several people had inquired of the army where I lodged. I was traced from place to place; Mr. Bowker can inform your Lordship that from the time of my using his house, he never saw any thing indiscreet by me. This night that I was in the house, was a club-night; after the club was over, they set in for a game at cards; I made one of the party; as I went out to make my needs, I saw a soldier , and as suspicion haunts the guilty mind, I made an elopement. I had deserted a year and almost eight months: I was told I should be tried at Hickes's Hall. I did not expect to be tried here.
Guilty. 39 s. T .
Benjamin Nelson . The prisoner at the bar, and Richard Turner asked me to go and get some hogs; Goolstry, Turner, and I, lay all together; we agreed to go to Mr. Warren's, to take some hogs, and carry them to the pound. Turner told me we should have 2 s. and a put of beer for every hog.
Q. Did not the prisoner say he had got money this way before?
Nelson. No. I don't remember that. We drove the hogs to the pound; they lay about the field; one of us knock'd at the window; the man got up and let us in; he is a shoemaker, and keeps the key of the pound, and he bid us come again about six or seven o'clock for the money; we all went together; Richard Turner waited for the money. We received 16 s. he gave me 3 s. I did not see him give any money to the prisoner.
Q. What did you think of these hogs?
Nelson. We thought they were strayed hogs.
- Edward. I am a shoemaker. The prisoner, the evidence, and another, came with 8 hogs about five o'clock; I gave them the key of the pound, and they gave it me again afterwards. I told them to come at seven in the morning, and I would give them the usual fee allowed by the high-bailiff; they had some bread and cheese for their breakfast; they told me they found the hogs astray at Hyde-park corner. I paid 16 s. to the evidence.
The prisoner, without going into his defence, was acquitted .
Edward Delamare was indicted for stealing two linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. the property of Peter South , Sept. 11th . ++
Guilty . T .
609, 610. (L.) Milliam Marshall and Tho. Williams were indicted for that they on the king's highway, on Tho. Jones did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing a hat, value 2 s. and a peruke, value 1 s. the property of the said Thomas , July 31st . ++.
Tho. Jones . I am a custom-house officer . I live in Bermondsey. I came up in a lighter from Deptford, on the 31st of July, and went to the custom-house; in coming home again about ten at night, the two prisoners met me in Thames-street , opposite the Red-house; Marshall struck me on the breast before he said any thing to me; the blows were repeated; whether they took any hat and wig from my head, or whether it fell off, as they struck me, I don't know. Mr. Hitchen, that lives by the Red-house, happened to come out; upon that they ran away. I flew to him for protection. I went next morning to Mr. Hitchen, to know if he knew either of the men; he said, he believed he should know them again if he saw them; whilst I was in his shop, the two prisoners went by; he said he believed them to be the men. My father and I went out directly; I laid hold of Williams, and said, you villain, what have you done with my hat and wig you robbed me of last night? He said, he did not rob me of my hat and wig. I said, I insist upon carrying you before a magistrate; then he said, my comrade has it upon his head. (This is my hat, producing it.)
Q. Is there any thing particular in it, by which you know it?
Jones. There is nothing particular. I have got a young woman here, that bought the button and loop.
Q. Was you sober?
Jones. No; I was in liquor.
John Hitchen . On Tuesday the 31st of July, I was going from my house to the Red-house. Opposite the Red-house, I heard the most bitter imprecations imaginable. I staid some time upon the foot pavement; when I moved forwards, they disengaged themselves from him, and he ran to me, and said he was robbed; I asked him of what; he said, of his hat and wig, by these two people. I described the two prisoners at the bar, as to their size and dress; the beadle want in pursuit of them, but could not find them. I told him I could he positive to the people, when I saw them again; whilst I was describing them to the prosecutor and his father, the two prisoners came by; I said them are the two lads that robbed you last night; they followed, and took them, and brought them to my house. I told them I was sorry for them, I was afraid they would be hanged; one of them said, he did not value being hanged of a farthing.
Q. Is there any thing particular in the button and loop?
Jones. No. This looks like it.
I work in King's-head court, at Mr. Wright's, a watch-case maker. I came home on Tuesday night to my mother's, at Tower-hill. My mother sent me over the water; I staid to supper; on going down Thames-street, I walked in the cart way, it was very dark; I kicked something before I pick'd it up, and it was this hat. I told my mother I found it; she said, a find is no robbery, nobody can hurt you for it. My mother longed for some fish; I went to Billingsgate to see if my cousin had bought her some. I was not afraid; I had the hat upon my head; the man stopt me, and said, he believed the hat was his; I said I found it.
I am innocent of the affair. I was going up Thames-street; this man asked me what I had done with his hat and wig. I said, I knew nothing of them.
Both acquitted .
612, 613. (L.) William Cox and Richard Pearce were indicted, the first for stealing a silver watch, value 4 s. the property of Richard Loader , and the other for receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen , June the 22d . ++
James Bass . I live in Carter-lane, Doctor's-Commons . In the absence of my master I am bound over to prosecute. On the 22d of June. I was standing by the compting-house; I saw two boys just within the door of the warehouse; there was a person at that time in the compting-house about business. As he went out at the compting-house, they went out at the warehouse-door. About ten or fifteen minutes afterwards, I saw one of the boys stepping out of the door very quickly. I was afraid they were upon some bad design. I went up stairs to the servant in the kitchen, and asked her if any boys had been with any message to her. She said, No; but that she had heard a door open. Upon examining, we missed Mr. Loader's watch out of that room where it was hanging. We sent immediately to Justice Fielding and had it advertised. On the 17th of July, Underwood came to our house with Sproser the evidence, and told me, the watch was at Islington at the Angel. We searched the house, but did not find the watch.
John Sproser . William Cox and I were going along by St. Paul's one day. We went into a house and went up stairs. This watch was hanging up, and I put it in my pocket, and gave it to Cox. He said, he would go and sell it to Richard Pearse ; he came to me and said he had sold it Pearse for a guinea, and gave me half a guinea. I thought he might have left the watch at Islington.
There was no witness of credit to confirm the accomplice.
Both acquitted .
(L.) William Cox was again indicted for stealing two silver hilted swords, two linen cloth coats, embroidered with gold, a woollen cloth waistcoat, and sundry other things , the property of Moses Long . ++
There was the same defect in the evidence as in the last.
Guilty T .
Guilty T .
Guilty T .
Guilty T .
618. (L.) Mark Marks was indicted, for that he, on the King's highway, on Priscilla White , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing a silk hat, value 8 s. a mock garnet necklace, value 5 s. the property of the said Priscilla , June 25 .
The prosecutrix was called, but did not appear; her recognizance was ordered to be estreated.
619. (M.) Elizabeth Claxton, otherwise Bet Brush , spinster, (together with Isaac Lumley , not in custody) was indicted for receiving one pair of silver candlesticks, value 10 l. five table-spoons, value 40 s. one silver waiter, value 3 l. one silver coffee-pot, value 8 l. one silver cream-pot, value 5 s. one gold stock-buckle, value 5 l. three silver tea-spoons, value 10 s. one cloth coat, laced with gold lace, value 10 l. one cloth waistcoat, laced with gold lace, value 4 l. one woollen cloth coat, value 40 s. one cloth waistcoat, value 20 s. two pair of cloth breeches, value 20 s. two linen shirts, with laced ruffles, value 10 l. and two linen shirts, with fringed ruffles, value 40 s. well knowing them to have been stolen, by William Donaldson , otherwise Will the Carpenter , the property of the Right Hon . Thomas Harley , July 11 . ++
John Holland . Will the Carpenter and I robbed Mr. Alderman Harley. We took the things to a house in Golden-lane ; Isaac Lumley 's, the Black-Raven; there were two young women and a young man there. I did not know them; it was dark.
Court. Holland don't trifle with me.
Holland. I will not. There were two young women, and one young man; there was the girl they call Bet Brush . As soon as I came in, she went down, and I did not see her till afterwards. I lay down to sleep, and saw no more of it till the money was paid. Will the Carpenter paid me. I don't know who paid him. I had the share of twenty-three guineas.
Q. Who ripped off the lace?
Q. When was the bargain made?
Holland. The bargain was made after the lace was burnt and weighed. Will the Carpenter, and the other young woman weighed it.
Q. Who was that other woman?
Holland. I don't know that; I never saw her before.
Q. You don't know whose room that was?
Holland. I don't. I have been there before. Will the Carpenter told me, that the person that was to buy the things was there. I did not know who they were to be sold to.
John Kirby . The prisoner was taken up upon Holland's evidence. He said Mr. Harley's goods were sold to her. She acknowledged the goods were carried there; she also acknowledged that she was in the room. Holland gave information of that room. She confessed there were such things, and she assisted in looking up the clothes; and she said, Isaac Lumley was asleep, and they must wait till he got up; and that Holland lay down to sleep. She owned she was present at ripping the lace off the clothes.
Richard Hewetson . I am a lace-man, and live in King-street, Covent-Garden. I saw the lace in court last sessions. I sold some lace of that pattern two years ago to Mr. Harley for a suit of clothes. I believe it to be a part of that lace; I believe it to be of my own manufacture.
For the Prisoner.
Q. Where has she lived during that time?
Plant. First at her father's; after that she lived in service two or three times during the time I was acquainted with her father; the whole I knew of her was coming backwards; and forwards to her father, who was a printer.
Q. Does she bear a good character now?
Plant. I have heard nothing to the contrary.
A witness. I have known her these eight years.
Q. How long did she live at Lumley's?
Witness. I don't know.
Q. Where did she live when you knew her?
Witness. With her father in Golden-lane. I never heard any thing amiss of her.
- Pearse. I have known her fifteen years. I learnt her her trade, child pump-making.
Q. Has she followed that trade lately.
Pearse. Yes; within about four months. I never knew any harm of her.
620, 621. (M.) Jane Beatey and Elizabeth Carrier , spinsters, were indicted for receiving a pink stuff petticoat, value 5 s. a black stuff petticoat, value 5 s. a blue silk petticoat, value 10 s. and a 3 l. 12 s. piece, well knowing them to have been stolen by James Froud and William Finney , the property of William Colthist , July 14 . ~
John Carlton . I am a plaisterer. I was concerned in the burglary, and was an evidence upon the trial of James Froud and William Finney when they were convicted; the house we robbed was at Lambeth; when we came back, we were going to Jackson's alley with the goods, and we met the two prisoners; we had three petticoats, a red, a blue, and a black one; we asked them to go with us to Jackson's alley, which is just by Bow-street; I went with them, and staid all night; the petticoats were tied up in a handkerchief; and put upon the drawers in the room; when we awoke in the morning between six and seven o'clock, Sir John Fielding 's men came into the room.
Both acquitted .
622, 623. (M.) Deaner and Richard Smith ( two East Indians.) were indicted, the first for stealing a gold cover, called a suppose, value 20 l. a gold ring, value 30 s. and a silver suppose, value 40 s. the property of Richard Smith , Esq ; and the other for receiving the gold cover and gold ring, well knowing them to have been stolen , August 26th . ~
John Stone . I am clerk, and steward to General Smith; Deaner was a servant to General Smith; the General brought him over from Bengal, about last April. I saw the things mentioned in the indictment, about the 25th of August; the suppose is a cover for a, up they smoke tobacco in, in the east; the cup itself is about twice as big as a tea-cup. I had not seen the silver suppose some time Deaner went away from the house on the 25th of August; he was missed for some time, but he was brought back again the same day. On the 26th, which was Sunday, he went away again; I sent an advertisement to be inserted in the public papers on Monday, and he was brought home the same night. I was informed that he had bought and sold some pieces of plate; I taxed Deaner with it, and he told me if I would let him go quietly, he would shew me where he sold it; he took me to one Mr. Elliot, a silver-smith in Oxford-road, and upon enquiring of him, he said he had bought the gold suppose of Deaner. We took him on the 28th before the bench of Justices, where he owned he had taken the things mentioned in the indictment: Smith confessed that he was with Deaner when he sold the two supposes, and the ring, to Elliot, and that he received 20 l. 18 s. and that he had ten guineas of the money, and two guineas in another person's hand, which were sent for by the Justice: he said he had spent part of the money in a watch he had bought for Deaner, and in redeeming one of his own out of pawn, and that he bought a pair of silver buckles of Mr. Elliot for himself.
James Elliot . On the 27th of August, between eight and nine in the morning, the two prisoners at the bar came to my shop with a silver cup. Smith said, Deaner had it a present from a Nabob, and he wanted to dispose of it: I paid Smith 2 l. 9 s. for it. Smith came again about eleven o'clock the same day, with a gold suppose, I did not then know what to call it; I bought it to melt it down; I gave Smith seventeen guineas for it. I melted it the next day.
Court. I hope, Sir, you will take care how you buy things again that have been stolen. It was impossible you should believe the story told you by them wretches, when they sold you the plate. Could you think, they were in the honest possession of such nice and curious, as well as valuable things, and you see they have the appearance of gentlemen's servants? I don't know that I ever saw you before, and I hope you will never more come here. under such circumstances; if you do, I assure you, I shall take notice of you. I think you would have been much more in your place, had you been yourself arraigned at the bar with those ignorant people, than have appeared here as an evidence.
The constable deposed, that Smith confessed before the Justice, that Deaner stole them, and gave them to him to sell.
Deaner said nothing in his defence, but called upon Mr. Stone to give him a character.
Mr. Stone. Deaner is lately come from India. General Smith has had him about a year and a half. I knew him before he came to the General I came from Bengal with him; he has behaved very well till this affair. I believe he has been led astray by Smith.
Deaner brought the things to me to sell for him. I sold them to the silver-smith, and got 17 guineas for the gold, and carried it to him. He gave me half a guinea for a present; then I got my watch out of pawn; then he asked me to buy him a watch, which I did. He gave me 12 guineas to save for him, till he came from Sadler's-wells. I don't know any more of it.
He called John Fowler who had known him a year and a half; Mary Fowler , who had known him a year and a half; Jennet Radford, about a year and a half; and Richard Radford , about a year and a half; who all gave him a good character.
Deaner guilty . B .
Smith guilty . T. 14 .
Mansell Alcock. I am a linen-draper , and live in Maiden-lane, Covent-garden . On Saturday the 8th instant, the prisoners came into my shop about eight o'clock in the morning; they asked for a quarter of a yard of clear lawn. Hodges looked so neat, that I had no suspicions of her; as I was going to put the quarter of a yard into a bit of paper, I saw Matthews give Hodges a punch upon the elbow; this convicted me that they had taken something; so as soon as they were gone out of the shop, I looked over the things I had shown them, and missed a piece I had taken down, but had not opened. I went after them, and took them in a little court that goes into the Strand; Matthews had a cloak on; I took it from under her arm; they said before Sir John Fielding , that the cloth lay upon the floor in the shop.
(The cloth produced, and deposed to by the Prosecutor.
Q. from Matthews. Did you see me stoop?
Matthews. No. I did not.
Q. From the time they were in your shop, till the time you took them, were they out of your sight?
Matthews. Yes, just as they turned the corner.
Daniel Ellis . I am a butcher in Round-court. I was at my shop-door. I saw the two prisoners coming from the court. I observed Mr. Alcock coming down in a great hurry after them; they were coming down Bull in a court, about 20 yards from the prosecutor's house. Mr. Alcock took this piece of lawn from under Matthews's arm; it is marked M. C. 10.
Prosecutor. That is my private mark; the ten denotes the number of yards.
I lived with this young woman, the other prisoner; she happened to burn my cap; she said if I would buy another, and pay for it, she would pay me again; she went with me to see what it cost. I bought a quarter of a yard of lawn.
I found it upon the ground.
Hodges acquitted .
Matthews guilty . T .
Thomas Mills . I keep the Cock, at the side of the Fleet-market . The prisoner was a servant of mine for about five weeks. I missed a great deal of money. I put a particular shilling among my money; it was gone. In a little time after, I marked a new shilling, and in a little time, that was gone.
Q. Did not this girl complain that she had lost some money out of her box?
Mills. Yes; on the 23d at night.
Q. Her box, I think, was kept unlock'd?
Mills. I am informed so. She complained on the 23d at night of having lost some money. The next morning I charged her with robbing me.
Q. Do you remember your wife's going out that day?
Mills. Yes; about 11 o'clock.
Q. Was there not a dispute about a gentleman that came there, an acquaintance of yours?
Mills. Most people are acquaintance in a publick house.
Q. Do you know any thing of your wife's asking this girl, respecting any woman that had been at your house?
Mills. None at all there, as I know of.
Prosecutor. These two shillings I put into a pewter pint pot upon a shelf, in the bar with other money, about ten days before my wife found them in the prisoner's room. Here is a mark that I put upon one; the other shilling I remember from a mark in it, which I took notice of when I put it into the pot.
The prisoner in her defence denied the charge, and called six or eight witnesses, who gave her a good character.
The Trials being ended, the court proceeded to give judgement as follows:
Received sentence of death, seven.
Transportation seven years, forty.
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