NUMBER V. PART I.
Sold by S. BLADON, at No. 28, in Pater-noster-Row.
[ PRICE SIX-PENCE.]
King's Commission of the peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable JAMES TOWNSEND , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir RICHARD ASTON , Knt. one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench *; the Honourable Sir JAMES EYRE , Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer +; THOMAS NUGENT , Esq; Common Serjeant ~, and others 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.
The *, +, and ~, refer to the Judges by whom the Prisoners were tried.
(L.) First London Jury.
(2d L.) Second London Jury.
(M.) First Middlesex Jury.
(2d M.) Second Middlesex Jury.
First London Jury.
Second London Jury.
First Middlesex Jury.
Second Middlesex Jury.
CATHERINE CONNER was indicted for stealing 120 half-pence the property of William Warburton , Feb. 19th . *
William Warburton . The prisoner came into my shop upon the 19th of February, and asked to see a pair of stockings; I shewed her some stockings; then she asked to see some check, she did not like that; she said she would go and inform her sister, and went out. I missed 5 s. worth of halfpence from the counter; I went and brought the prisoner back, and my wife found the half-pence in her bosom; then she confessed she came to the shop with an intention to steal any thing she could.
The half-pence were my own.
She called her mother who said she had always behaved well previous to this charge.
Guilty . B .
William Cooper . I saw the prisoner on the 15th of February, in a field near White-Conduit-house, knocking some streaks off a wheel; I came over the same field on the Wednesday following, and saw him knocking some iron off of another wheel; I informed Mr. Wellings of it, and he sent to Mr. Dodd a servant of Mr. Jones to know if they had left any wheels.
Edmund Dodd . Mr. Welling's informed me there was a man breaking up a wheel in a field; I went to Mr. Welling's field, I saw the prisoner laying the iron together; as soon as he saw me, he ran off; I went up to the place and found six streaks of iron and the fellies; I took the prisoner that night; the streaks are marked with a bird's claw. (The streaks produced and deposed to.)
I was not the person that was breaking up the wheel.
Guilty . T .
488. (M.) GEORGE DAY was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of James Smith , (no person being therein,) on the 30th of March about the hour of twelve at noon, and stealing 96 lb. of bacon, value 48 s. the property of the said James in his dwelling house . +
Mr. John Crofts . I live in Great Queen-street ; I had in my pocket-book on the 27th of February three bank notes; I took out a 10 l. note, and sent it by the post into the country; I put the book with the two notes in it, one of which was for 40 l. into a bureau in my parlour the bureau was not locked; on the 3 d. of March I wanted some money, and I missed the 40 l. note: the prisoner was my servant ; I called him up and my other servants, and asked them if they had found any note; they all denied any knowledge of it; I took the note of Mr. Plumpton, a mercer in Fleet-street on the 19th of March; I went to Mr. Plumpton's to get the marks of the note; the prisoner went with me.
(The note produced by one of the clerks in the bank.)
Mr. Crofts. I believe this is the note because my note was payable to Dean and Co. I cannot tell the date or number, but the indorsment on the back of it John Gennings I know to be the hand writing of the prisoner.
Q. Whether you did not say you might have lost this note at Blackheath or upon the road?
James Silverthorn . I am coachman to Mr. Crofts; the prisoner often talked to me about this note after it was missing; he asked me what I thought would be done to the person that found it, and he asked me what I would do if I had got the note; when I had been out with my master the prisoner has several times asked me upon my return whether my master had been to Mr. Plumpton's to get the number of the note,John Fielding , there he said he found the note in the garden at Blackheath; he told the marks of the note, and said he had changed it at the Bank the Saturday before; this was the Tuesday.
Q. from the Prisoner. Whether I did not say that I found it on the outside of the garden.
Silverthorn. At first he said on the inside of the garden, afterwards he said otherwise.
I did not steal the note.
He called three witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty . T .
490. (M.) LEVI ASHER was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Parker (no person being therein) on the 12th of April between the hours of three and six in the afternoon, and stealing 5 lb. of black down silk, value 6 l. the property of John Parker in his dwelling house .
John Parker . I live in Gate-street, Spitalfields, in the parish of Christ-Church ; I went out about twelve o'clock on the 12th of April; when I came home at eleven at night, I found my house broke open; I missed 5 lb. of black down silk to the value of 5 l. I left nobody in the house when I went out. I took up the prisoner and Thomas Craddock upon suspicion; they denied it. I found the staple of the door drawn from the padlock; my wife went out after me and locked it; when I came home the people below were at home: at the second examination the prisoner owned before the Justice that he told this lad I was out, he might get the silk if he would, and he went and got the silk and sold it for 1 l. 17 s. that Craddock told him I was not at home, and then he went and took the silk, I went to the woman who keeps a chandler's shop, and there I found my silk. (The silk produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
Guilty 39 s . T .
491, 492. (M.) JAMES MONK and WILLIAM LUSHBY were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Thitchener on the 21st of March about the hour of one in the night, and stealing two silver table spoons, value 10 s. three silver tea spoons, value 5 s. four china saucers, value 1 s. three china cups, value 1 s. sixteen muslin neck-cloths, value 10 s. and one pair of buckskin gloves, value 1 s. the property of the said John in his dwelling house . *
John Thitchener . I keep a public house in great Newport-street ; my house was broke open on the 21st of March; the cellar was broke open by forcing the hinges off the door; then they broke open a door at the top of the stairs, and the lock was taken off the door of the tap room, I lost a till full of halfpence, and all the other things mentioned in the indictment out of the bar. I was up the last in the house; I fastened the doors and took the keys up with me; I found the tea spoons at a pawnbroker's in Princes-street; he delivered them to me before the Justice.
Ann Hanby . I am servant to the prosecutor: I came down first in the morning; the street door had the top bolt bolted. I picked up the padlock belonging to the tap room door; the cellar window was off the hinges, and the cellar door was open and the tap room door. I sent my young mistress up to my master, and he came down immediately.
Q. Was it light when you came down at six o'clock?
The tea spoons produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.
Q. Had you ever seen him before?
Cordee. Yes; and am sure he is the man.
Charles Grubb . I am a constable: Monk had hired a horse for an afternoon, and kept it two days; I was sent for and searched him, and found this (producing a pocket pistol); it was loaded with two balls; these picklock keys and this tinder box (producing them) I found at his lodgings, and these cups and saucers (producing three or four); and I found a pair of buckskin gloves in a coat pocket at Monk's lodging; I left the gloves at home.
Monk. That is not a tinder box, it is a tobacco box. I am a lock-smith by trade and constantly carry pick locks about me.
Grubb. There is tinder in it. The advertisement described the buckskin gloves as having three or four shot holes and tears in them, which these had.
Monk. They have not any holes in them.
[Grubb is sent for the gloves.]
Williams. About two months ago. They were not brought by Monk the prisoner but his brother; I desired the prisoner Monk to pawn them, which he did, but did not know where they came from.
Q. Where did Lushby live?
Williams. He told me somewhere in Moorfields.
Q. Where did Monk lodge?
Williams. In Castle-street, Oxford-road. I lived with him.
Q. When did Lushby bring the cups and saucers to you?
Williams. It was to the best of my remembrance on a Monday afternoon; I believe in the beginning of March.
Grubb. I found the cups and saucers in Monk's lodgings, Castle-street; these are the gloves (producing them) that I found in Monk's pocket; they have two shot holes in them.
Prosecutor. These are the gloves I lost the night my house was broke open.
Q. Where these shot holes in them when you lost them?
Prosecutor. I did not know of any shot holes.
I had the gloves from my brother the day before I was taken; Mrs. Williams saw him give them into my hand, and she gave the neckcloths to pawn.
Williams. I saw him give them into his hands.
I bought the cups and saucers of a woman in the street; they were odd ones, and one of them had these marks on it; I had been to tea with Mrs. Williams several times, and broke a cup; I said I would make her amends for it, so I gave them to her.
Lushby called Samuel Hawes , who had known him nine years; Whitmore Wilson eight or nine years; Richard Jones from the first of his apprenticeship; John Lattrum nine years; - Pettigree eight or nine years; James Hatchman five years; Philip Williams four years; Mark Haley and Margaret Candling some time.
Both Guilty . Death .
494, 495. (M.) JAMES CONNOR and ELIZABETH HOARE were indicted for that they on the king's highway, on John Holland , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a seal set in pinchbeck, value 2 s. the property of the said John , May 3 . *
John Holland . I live with my father, a bricklayer, in Half-Moon-street, Piccadilly. On Monday morning between one and two, on the 3 d of May, when I was taking a walk; (I had been at the play) Elizabeth Hoare picked me up; I had Joseph Ward my servant with me; I refused her at first; at last I went with her into Dover passage ; James Connor and another man came into the passage; Connor knocked me down with a stick; my servant was at the top of the alley: one of them caught hold of my wind pipe and held me tight; in the mean time Hoare went away; my servant seeing the woman go off without me, came down the
Q. Had not you been at the play?
Ward. No; my master had; the family were in the country.
Q. Of whom does the family consist?
Ward. The father, mother and brother.
Q. And so you and he went out a strolling between twelve and one o'clock.
Ward. We had no intent to strole; we went to take a walk, it being a fine night and nobody was in town: a woman came up the road at the end of Albermarle-street from St. James's-street; she laid hold of Mr. Holland's arm and asked him to go with her; he refused and turned back to go home; they stopt at the end of Dover-street, and then they walked down; I thought they would have something to say, so I stopt at the end; I saw this man cross the street; seeing me stand there they pretended to be fuddled, and reeled, and then they went toward the White Horse Cellar; I went up to see if I could see Mr. Holland; I could not see him; presently the woman came up and seemed to be in a fright; I looked down the passage in hopes to see Mr. Holland, but could not; I went down the passage; when I had got down about half way I heard a noise like a person strangling, and saw this Connor and another; I run up to them and swore a little at them; with that Connor made a stroke at me with a stick; I caught the blow upon my arm; he made a second stroke and missed me; we ran off and called the watch; the watch was calling the hour one; then the watchman and I went through into Berkeley-street; I found Mr. Holland with the watchman and this Connor.
For the Prisoners.
Elizabeth Turner . I live at the corner of Old Pye-street, Westminster: Elizabeth Hoare has lodged with me two years; I know no harm of her; Connor lodges with her; I do no know any harm of him neither.
Court. And yet he lodged with her?
Connor. I did not lodge with her; sometimes I might happen to lie a night with her. I am a chairman .
He called several witnesses who gave him a good character.
Both acquitted .
296, 297. (2d M.) SAMUEL PLASTOW and CHARLES EVANS were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas Fox , on the 7th of May , about the hours of two in the night, and stealing thirteen silver tea spoons, value 5 s. one pair of silver shoe buckles, value 8 s. six linen table cloths, value 12 s. three dimity petticoats, value 18 d. and 4 l. in money, numbered, the property of Thomas Fox ; one pair of women's shoes, the property of Ann Dalton , and one man's hat, the property of William Doggin , in the dwelling house of the said Thomas Fox . +
Thomas Fox . I am a victualler in Great Queen-street . On Saturday the 8th of May, going to breakfast, we missed the tea spoons; going to the till we found it broke open, and there were taken out of it two bank notes, the numbers of which I do not know, and a bill which I afterwards found in Queen-street, and near 10 l. in cash; then I found the desk in the compting house open: I thought my house had been broke open; there was a pair of silver buckles taken out of the till; the table cloths and petticoats were taken out of a closet in the bar. I found that the thieves had come in at the cellar window at the tap house; it was bolted or nailed, or I believe both; I suspected James Wilson who had lived with me, and had him taken up and he confessed it.
William Doggin . I am porter to Mr. Fox: on the 8th of May I missed a hat from the fore room below stairs; I found it two or three days after the house was broke open, at a pawnbroker's in Prince's-street.
- Dalton. I am servant to Mr. Fox: I lost a pair of shoes from the cupboard in the tap house.
George Hall. I was waiting that evening upon some company at Mr. Fox's: a little before eleven o'clock I went down for some beer; I saw Wilson in Mr. Jeffereys's cellar, through a hole about a foot square that the beer is handed through; we had some conversation; he said he had something else to say to me; I was called up stairs and did not go down again.
Q. In whose house do you lodge?
Burford. Mr. Hookham's.
Percival Phillips . I am a constable: Wilson said Plastow was concerned in the burglary, and he would shew me his lodgings; he took me to them in Bloomsbury-market; there I found these petticoats and shoes (producing them). Mr. Burford told me they were brought there by Plastow; I found also a dark lanthorn in a coat pocket, and a pistol in a drawer.
William Halliburton . I searched and found these three pistol bullets in his pocket (producing them); I made a second search in the room two or three days after, and found another pocket pistol behind the drawers.
John Wood . I live with Mr. Murthwaite, a pawnbroker, in Fenchurch-street: Charles Evans pledged this hat with me for 5 s. 3 d. on the 8th of May; he said it was not his own, that he brought it for another young man that was in trouble.
Dogget. I believe this hat to be my property, it is a new one.
- Gray. I made this hat for Dogget and carried it home on Easter Sunday.
James Wilson . The two prisoners, and one that is called the Captain, who is not taken, and I, agreed to go to one Mr. Paxton's, in Titchfield-street, Oxford-road; the scheme was, Paxton was to knock at the door; and was to knock the maid down as she opened the door, and so rob the house; we went there; a person over the way saw us knock at the door. Then we agreed to go to Mr. Fox's, and I was to secrete myself in the house and let them in; we went to the house and had a pint or two of beer; I let them in about two o'clock; we went into the tap; the Captain went into Mr. Jeffereys's cellar and broke open the door which parts the two cellars; then he went up stairs and opened the bar door with a key; then Evans and Plastow came up into the bar, and then the Captain shoved the sash back and got into the compting-house; after that we went into the tap room and broke open a box, and took out some wearing apparel; we took away some table linen and silk gowns, and some money; Evans told me the Captain had taken about 20 s. out of the till in silver, and some small pieces of gold; the Captain gave Evans about 4 s. We went to the top of Little Queen-street together; after which I went to a night house in St. James's; then Evans and I went and breakfasted at a house in St. George's-fields; afterwards we met with Plastow in Long-lane. The Captain gave Evans a guinea; I had half a guinea out of it, the Captain gave me the hat and bid me get it altered; Evans took it from me and pawned it. I heard they got two or three silver spoons and some buckles, but I did not see them; Plastow took a pair of new shoes to his lodgings; some children's petticoats were found at his lodgings; I think his wife said he brought them there.
Q. What, Mrs. Burford?
Wilson. Yes, she went for his wife. I saw these petticoats; they were taken out of the box.
Q. Plastow lodged with this woman, did he?
Q. Was you at the lodgings when the pistol was found?
Wilson. I was at the lodgings on Sunday, but fell asleep there; I saw the bullets taken out of his pocket; they told me they were going to sell the spoons and buckles; I do not know whether they did or no.
Q. from the Jury. Do you know any thing about any bank notes being taken out of the till?
Wilson. No; they told me they got one bank note but had lost it.
Q. When? how long before they were found there?
Q. Whose coat was it the dark lanthorn was found in?
Q. Whose was the pistol?
Burford. I know nothing about that; I did not know the pistols were there.
Q. How long had Plastow lodged at this house?
Burford. Six weeks.
Q. Both lodged there at the same time?
I was along with James Wilson that night till about ten o'clock; then I left him; I got very fuddled: about three o'clock I met this man; he mentioned that he had got some things, and asked me to go with him; he gave me these things, and bid me take care of them, and the pistols were tied up in them. I am a baker: I lived in Tyburn-road last; I have been out of business but about a month.
I leave it to my counsel. Upon the Friday night as Mr. Fox's house was robbed on Saturday morning, I met Wilson going down Drury-lane; he asked me to go with him to Jefferys's to drink a pint of beer; at first I refused, but afterwards complied; we had a pint of beer; I fell asleep; Wilson had another pint of beer, and asked me if I was going; I said yes; he said he was going upon a message for Jefferys and I could not go with him; he said he would stop and drink the remainder of the beer with me; I laid my head down again and went to sleep; when I waked Wilson was gone; I went home to bed. I went next day to see a friend at Smithfield; going up Long-lane I met Wilson: as we came up Catherine-street, Wilson said he had a hat making for him, he must call for it; this was Saturday night; I went to the Crown and waited for him; while I was waiting for him, the people at the Crown told him there had been some constables after him; he came in with the hat; I told him of it; he seemed frightened and went out; as soon as we came out of the door he asked me to carry the hat; he asked me to pledge it for him; I did, at Murthwaite's, for 5 s. 3 d. and brought him the money; he went to my lodgings and slept with me all night. As to the dark lanthorn, going to Plastow's lodgings to call upon him to go and play at skittles, I found the dark lanthorn in Holborn. I have been in a gentleman's service. I have been out of place about a month.
John Maddox . I have known him about 17 years: he is a muffin-baker ; he has lived servant with the master he has served his time to; I never knew him bear any than an honest character; I would take him into my service to-morrow if I wanted him.
Both Guilty . Death .
George Story . I live at Tottenham-high-cross ; I lost a sheep out of my grounds; I was informed the prisoner had some mutton; I had him taken up, and upon searching his house we found a whole side of a sheep and a sheep's head in a sack, in a hole under the stairs. I had the prisoner taken before my Lord Mayor: upon his examination he fully acknowledged that he and his partner went into my field, killed a weather sheep there, and carried away the mutton; he mentioned who his partner was. In consequence of that we went and searched that man's house; there we found great part of another side of a sheep, a leg, shoulder and neck tied up in a basket, and hid under the bed; the prisoner said he had put the sack into a pond; we searched the pond but could not find it.
Q. Was the confession you speak of made by him in consequence of any promise of favour?
Story. No; he made it freely and voluntarily.
I found the mutton wrapped up just as they found it: I did not say I stole it. My friends are not here.
Guilty . Death .
Thomas Evans , May 7 . +
Q. Is that beer your property?
Evans. Yes; as soon as ever it is started the brewer puts it to my account.
John Wood . I am a victualler in the Old Bailey: I saw some people bringing beer out of a store cellar in Woodsclose, in a pail; I saw Jones take out a pail full; I went to the cellar; I saw Hows there; I asked him what he did there; he gave surly answers; I shut him in the cellar till we got him secured. Mr. Robert Wood followed Jones.
I was much in liquor and don't know what I did.
I saw the cellar door open; another man pulled me into the cellar.
Both Guilty 10 d . W . and Imp. 6 Mon .
301. (2d M.) MARY GORMAN , spinster , was indicted for stealing two black silk hats, value 2 s. one black silk laced cloak, value 5 s. one lawn apron, eleven muslin handkerchiefs, one linen handkerchief, value 1 s. one linen counterpane, value 2 s. one pair of stays, value 2 s. and four pair of shift sleeves , the property of Mary Baker , widow , April 28 . ~
Mary Baker . I am a lodger in a back garret in Drury-lane, facing Brownlow-street . On the 28th of April, about seven o'clock in the evening, I lost the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them); the handkerchief, sleeves and cloak were in a drawer in my room; the drawer was locked and the key in it; the counterpane was on the bed, and the rest of the things in a chair. About seven o'clock I went down into the one-pair-of-stairs fore room, and locked my door; I staid about half an hour; on my return I found the room door open; I saw the prisoner standing by the fore garret door with something in her lap; I asked her what she wanted; she said one Mrs. M'Carty; I told there was no such person lived in the house; I went into my room and missed my things, which made me suspect her; I came out and asked her what she had in her lap; she said things to wash; I asked her to come into my room and put the things down; she said she would not leave them for they were things to wash; she got down one pair of stairs with them; I raised the house; I saw the things on the floor. She was carried before a magistrate and committed; she said nothing at all for herself.
Henry Miln . I am a lodger in the same house, on the first floor. On the 28th of April between seven and eight in the evening, I heard the prosecutrix cry out, a thief! I went up and found the prisoner on the two pair of stairs; the people in the two pair of stairs had stopped her, and the things were dropt; she said she had been up stairs to one Mrs. M'Carty with these things to wash.
I had been to Covent Garden, and carried two loads for a gentleman in Red-Lion-square. I enquired after one Mrs. M'Carty, who owed me half a year's rent; I kept a house in Oxford-road; I was told she lived in Drury-lane; I went into the wrong house; I never meddled with any thing.
Guilty . T .
302. (M.) JOHN COOKE was indicted for that he on the king's highway, on David Crussell , did make an assault putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a silver watch, value 40 s. a seal made of base metal, value 3 d. a brass watch key, value 1 d. and six-pence in money, numbered, the property of the said David . *
David Crussell . On the 21st of March I was coming out of Stepney fields , in the passage with pale on each side, two men came up; one put a pistol to my head, and bid me deliver my money; I took hold of the pistol with my left hand, and held it off my head, and the man behind me knocked me down; I got up again; then one took the watch out of my fob, and the other took 6 s. out of my pocket; then they
Q. What are you?
Crussell. A baker, and work at Mr. Layton's, in Castle-street, Rosemary-lane.
Q. Had you ever seen him before; what sort of a night was it?
Crussell. Star-light, but light enough to discern his face; I looked very hard in his face before I was knocked down. I went and gave the information in at Justice Sherwood's office; it was some time afterwards when I was sent for by Justice Sherwood's men; about six weeks after I was robbed when I was sent for; they shewed me the prisoner; I knew him; we went before Justice Camper and he committed him.
Q. How was he dressed when he robbed you?
Crussell. In blue clothes as he is now.
Q. Have you ever seen your watch, or seal, or key again?
Prisoner. When he first came in he said I was not the man.
Crussell. I said he was the man.
Q. Did you know him immediately when you saw him?
Q. Where there other people in the room besides him?
Crussell. A great many.
Q. Did you pick him out, or was he shewn to you?
Crussell. He was shewn to me; it was at a publick house; I went there; they asked me if I knew the man in the box; there were fi ve or six there; I said yes, I should know him if I saw him; they bid me look in the box; I said that is the man. I described him by his dress and stature in my information, and described the watch, No. 2481, William and John Ward makers. I never heard any thing of it for near six weeks after. When I was sent for by Justice Sherwood's men they shewed me the prisoner, and I knew him; he was dressed as he is now; there were about ten or a dozen in the tap room where I was taken to see the prisoner; there were five or six in the box with him.
Q. Was he hand-cuffed?
Edward Hall. I took the prisoner up: I suspected him by the information I had read at Justice Sherwood's office; I did not know him before: the description of him was a tall man, in his own hair, blue clothes and jacket.
Prisoner. I was hand-cuffed at the time the man challenged me.
Q. to the Prosecutor. Was he?
Prosecutor. No; I saw him hand-cuffed afterwards.
I was sent to Bartholomew's hospital, by order of my Lord Mayor, some time in March; I believe I was there at the time this robbery was committed: my disorder was a bad leg and the bad distemper.
The clerk of the hospital was sent for, and produced the book, containing the account of the admission, &c. of patients, by which it appeared the prisoner was taken into the hospital, by his lordship's order, on the 24th of March, and was discharged on the 27th. The fact was committed on the 21st.
Q. from the Jury to the Prosecutor. Was you quite sober?
Q. Have you heard the evidence given on the trial; do you know the place by the description he gave of it from your house?
Beard. It is is about twice the length of the Old Bailey.
Q. What time did he come to your house?
Beard. About nine.
Q. Was he quite sober when he came to your house?
Beard. Yes. I was standing at the door to see a burying go by; the coaches came to the door.
Q. How long did he stay?
Beard. Till he wrote out what he had lost; about ten minutes; and then went away directly, and said he would go to Mr. Sherwood's; he came back to our house in about half an hour.
Q. Do you know the prosecutor?
Beard. Yes; I took bread both of his uncle and uncle's father.
Court. How long have you known him?
Beard. About four months.
Q. Is he a diligent sober man?
Beard. I never saw any otherwise.
Guilty . Death .
JOHN VAUGHAN was indicted for stealing a live cock turkey, value 2 s. a live hen, value 1 s. and eleven eggs, value 4 d. the property of Charles Vere , Esq ; May 9 . +
Mr. Vere's gardener deposed, that the fowls were in the yard safe on the 9th of May, at seven o'clock; that the hen was sitting upon some eggs; that the next morning they were missed from the roost, a house almost adjoining to the dwelling house.
Another of Mr. Vere's servants deposed, that they were locked up safe over night, and in the morning the house door was found broke open.
A watchman deposed, that at the top of Tottenham-court-road; he stopt the prisoner with a bag at his back, which contained five turkeys, two ducks, and a hen, and eleven eggs in his pockets; there were also found a tinder-box, some matches, and a picklock; that the same morning about eleven o'clock Mr. Vere's servants came to Justice Welch's, where the prisoner was brought; there they saw these turkeys and other fowls; (the fowls were produced and deposed to by Mr. Vere's servant, as his master's property.)
I was going to Harrow: they lay in a barn in the way; two men came in; they were laughing about the plunder they had got; they talked to one another about the dog, whether they were afraid of it; the other said no, he knew him, he was not afraid; they went away and left them, thinking they would be acceptable to my children, who had no victuals to eat; I took them intending to carry them home.
Guilty . T .
304. (M.) JOHN SMITH was indicted for that he on the king's highway, on Thomas Chisholm , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person six halfpence, and 2 s. in money, numbered, the property of the said Thomas , May 20 . +
Thomas Chisholm . I live at Mr. Fisher's, in Bunhill-row. As I was coming over Hounslow Heath , in a one horse chaise, on the 20th of May, about five in the afternoon, the prisoner came up to me, when I was near the 11th mile stone, with a pistol in his hand, and demanded my money; I gave him 2 s. 3 d. he then demanded my watch; I told him I had none; I desired him at the same time to make away, for there was a post chaise and some other people coming up; he went away; about twenty yards further I met two gentlemen's servants on horse back; I told them I had been robbed, and described the person of the highwaymen; when I came to Hounslow, I heard that the prisoner was taken up; I took a post chaise and went back and overtook the two servants I met, and the prisoner; I called out and said that was the very person that robbed me; they had taken the pistol from him before I came up; I was sure it was the man that robbed me; I described him as having a slouched hat; nothing more particularly.
Samuel Fisher . I was in the one horse chaise with Mr. Chisholm; the prisoner came up to the chaise, presented a pistol, and demanded our money. I took notice of his person; he had a slouched hat and a brown great coat; I went back with Mr. Chisholm when I heard the man was taken; we overtook him at a place called Longford; a gentleman had him before him on horse back; he had hold of him. I am sure he is the person; I saw him put his hand in his pocket and take out the pistol; it was between four and five o'clock.
James Morsoot . I am servant to Colonel Phillips: Mr. Chisholm stopped his chaise, and told me he had been robbed by the prisoner; the prisoner was then in fight; he was going towards Longford on foot; he was about 100 yards from the 11th mile stone; we rode gently on and the prisoner walked gently on. A Mr. Bullion came to us, and asked if the gentleman in the chaise did not tell us he had been robbed; I said yes, and that is the man that robbed him, we are going to him; we came up to the prisoner; I asked if he saw the chaise robbed; he said no; I said you did you scoundrel, and are the person that robbed it. and have a pistol in your pocket; he said he had not; I said he need not make any resistance for we would see; he then made a run; I rode after him and struck at him, and knocked him down, either with my whip or horse I cannot say which; we took him to Cranford-bridge; I took the pistol out of his pocket, and drew four slugs out of it; I searched the lining of his coat and found this knife in it (produces the knife and the pistol).
I was coming from Reading when they took me, about twelve miles out of London; these
For the Prisoner.
Samuel Bullin . I am a chair-maker: the prisoner worked for me five years; he was a very honest sober man as ever worked in a shop; he was at work with me within a day of his being taken up; he went out to make holiday; he is a very sober lad as ever worked in a shop.
Q. Have you any way of accounting for this strange conduct?
Bullin. No, none at all; I was very much surprised to hear of it.
Q. Do you know whether he had any connections that had involved him in debt?
Bullin. No, none at all; he bore the best of characters in the neighbourhood.
Q. Do you know where he got that pistol?
Bullin. No, I never saw him have any such thing in my life.
Guilty Death. Recommended by the Jury .
305. (M.) JOHN LONE was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas Slapp , on the 10th of May , about the hour of three in the night, and stealing one tin box, value 1 s. 2 lb. of barley sugar, value 1 s. two bread cakes, value 10 d.. and three glass fountains, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Slapp . +
Sarah Slapp . I am the wife of Thomas Slapp : my husband is out of his mind. I keep a pastry-cook's shop near Carnaby-market : my house was broke open on the 10th of this month; between two and three in the morning the watchman alarmed us, and told us the house was broke open; the street door was fast, and the window pinned; the bar of the parlour window was broke, one shutter down and the sash open. I went to bed about eleven o'clock the night before. We missed the things mentioned in the indictment. I found this butcher's cleaver in the window (producing it); my man took the prisoner and brought him to me about twenty minutes after the alarm.
John Smith . On the 10th of May, about three o'clock in the morning, my mistress alarmed me, and told me the house was broke open; I came down and opened the door, and saw the window broke open; we found this cleaver in the window; I went into a slaughter-house and heard somebody over head who went out at the other end; I pursued the person with the cleaver in my hand but I could not find him; returning home I saw the prisoner in Hopkins-street; I said that is him; the prisoner saw me, went a few steps, threw down the things and ran away; I pursued him to Windmill-street, and there he surrendered himself to the watchman; he was never out of my sight the sixtieth part of a moment; he called me by my name, and begged that I would let him go; I said I would not if he was my own brother; he was an apprentice to a pastry-cook in Carnaby-street; I know the things to be my mistress's property; two fountains were thrown down with the other things, and the other was taken from him in the watch-house; I delivered him to the watchman. I came back and found the things as they were dropped. (Mrs. Slapp deposes to the things produced).
I did not take the things: going to work I picked them up. I went a portering to Newgate-market; the person cried stop thief, and frightened me, so I threw them down.
For the Prisoner.
John Silly . The prisoner was a pastry-cook : I believe he has drawn beer since; I lived pretty near him for a time in Great-White-Lion-street; he lived there about two months ago. I never heard any thing laid to his charge before this.
Guilty of stealing only . T .
Charles Wright ; one silk cardinal, value 5 s. one linen gown, value 3 s. one pair of worsted stockings, value 6 d. three linen shifts, value 2 s. three linen caps, value 6 d. one linen apron, value 6 d. two linen handkerchiefs, value 2 d. and one pair of linen sleeves, value 1 d. the property of Catherine Hyde , spinster , in the dwelling house of Charles Wright . +
Q. What family have you?
Wright. A wife.
Wright. A person I permitted to be in my habitation till she got a place. I am a journeyman taylor : I go out to my labour daily; I went out on the 7th of May, in the morning; I left Catherine Hyde in bed; I came home at eight o'clock at night; I went into a large garden at the back of the yard. My wife works with me; she met a gentleman coming home; she went with him a little way, and afterwards she came home; we went up stairs; there a woman brought up an apron, and asked if any body owned it; my wife said it was her property.
Q. Were you all up stairs together at supper?
Q. What o'clock was it when the woman brought up the apron?
Wright. After nine; then Catherine Hyde and I went down to see if my apartments were safe; I found my door open, and the things missing which are mentioned in the indictment, part out of the fore room, and part from the other room; I missed all that night but the bed quilt. I wrote down what things I had lost, and the next morning went and gave information at Justice Wilmot's office; while I was there giving in my information, Charles White the evidence was brought in, and part of the property upon him. I was ordered to come the Thursday following; I saw a bed quilt, and that I swore to; I did not miss that till the next morning.
Q. Was there any appearance of the door being forced open?
Catherine Hyde . I lodged with the prisoner and his wife; he left me when he went out; I staid at home all the morning and washed my clothes; I went out about one o'clock; I locked the door and took the key with me; I came back about three o'clock; I staid at home all the rest of the afternoon till eight; then I locked the door and went up stairs to the lodgers; I staid all the evening there till Wright and his wife came home.
Q. What time was the alarm about the apron?
Hyde. A little after nine.
Q. Where were your things?
Hyde. A gown and two shifts were folded for ironing; the rest of the things were on the line.
Q. When you came down did you find the door in the same state in which you left it?
Hyde. No; I locked it when I went up stairs, when I came down it was open.
Q. That lock was not broke?
Q. Perhaps you made a mistake and did not lock it?
Hyde. Yes, I am sure I locked it; I tried it before I took the key out.
Q. You think you locked it?
Hyde. I am most sure I locked it.
Elizabeth Wright . I came home about a quarter after eight; the door was fast then: there are two steps at the door; I sat upon them and called Kitty; that is the girl's name; she did not answer; I went up stairs with some fish; then a woman came up with my apron.
Hyde. They were tied upon the line all of them when I went up stairs.
Jarvis. It will be three weeks next Friday; I bought them between ten and eleven in the morning; I delivered them up at Justice Wilmot's.
Wright. The sheets are mine.
Hyde. These are my shifts; they are marked with my name.
Q. Did you know White and Smith before?
Jarvis. I knew White; he bought a flannel waistcoat the day before; Smith told me his
Q. Do you live in Fashion-street?
John Elliston . I am a constable: I was sent for by one of our watchmen; he said Charles White was with a bundle of goods in Leg-alley, near the Ship in Holywell-street, Shoreditch; I went immediately to the house White lodged at; he stood up and said, who do you want? I said one Mr. White; he said his name was Charles White ; I said he was the person I wanted; I told him he was my prisoner; I took him and the goods to Justice Wilmot's office; I saw the goods and examined him, and he said that they were his property; but the prosecutor had given information before that they were his property.
Samuel Chapman . Mr. Wright came and gave information of his house being robbed; as soon as he had gone down stairs, Elliston brought Charles White with the bundle; I asked White what he had got in the bundle; he said it was his own, his wife had left him; I asked him if he had got a gown or cardinal; he said yes; I went down to Wright and told him one of the persons that robbed him was taken; the next Thursday following he came up before the Justice to his examination; I went down stairs, but knowing he kept company with Joseph Smith I went after him; I took him into custody, and brought him to the office the Thursday following. White told where the things were sold; we went to this gentlewoman's house and brought the things.
Q. What is Smith?
White. A weaver.
Q. How long have you been connected together?
White. I have known him some time, but never to be connected with him.
Q. You were together in this business I understand?
White. I knew the man; I was acquainted with him only a fortnight before this happened. Upon the 7th of this month, in the evening, at the Weavers Arms, Shoreditch, drinking a pint of beer, Joseph Smith came and asked me if I would go out with him that night; I said I would when the beer was out; I and Lamb Smith went out together to Mr. Wright's, the prosecutor's; when we came there, there was no light in the room and the door was fast; Lamb Smith came back and said the door is fast, lend me the keys; Joseph Smith had several false keys in his pocket; he gave him the keys; Lamb Smith opened the door; the prisoner went in and I followed him, and brought out as many things as his apron would hold; he went out to the end of the alley; then I went into the room afterwards and brought out some things; I took the things to where I lodged; in the morning the prisoner came to me; we both went out together to this woman's house, where he sold the sheets and three shifts.
Q. What was found in your custody?
White. A gown, cardinal, apron, cap, and half handkerchief.
Q. What became of the bed quilt, and the rest of the things?
White. I had the bed quilt with me; I was carried before Justice Wilmot; nothing was sold but the three sheets and shifts; the stockings were in the handkerchief in the bundle.
Q. How came you to think of robbing such a poor man as this, was he any acquaintance of yours?
White. No; seeing no light in the room and nobody there, he said to Smith, nobody is there, give me the keys.
Q. What time in the evening was this?
White. A little after nine.
Q. Was it dark?
White. Yes, it was.
E. Wright. Here are five pair of sleeves, a cloak, a gown, a stocking and neckcloth; the silk cardinal and the linen gown is the girl's; here are not all the things I lost, nor are they all mentioned in the indictment. Every thing in that bundle belongs to either the girl or me.
I met Charles White ; he said to me, how are you? I said I was going to my master in half an hour's time; I had got some work; he asked me to go with him; I said I could hardly spare the time, but if it would be of service to him I would go for half an hour; as we were walking along he said to me, carry this bundle; he had it under his arm; I did take it, and he went to this woman's, and said he had three sheets and three shifts to sell; he told me beforeCharles White , as we came out of the door. The property being found upon that man he will swear a man's life away. Butcher, Chapman and Flanagan, when they took me in Crab-tree-row, Hackney, or Bethnal-green, they met with a man; they persuaded the man to swear false against me; Charles Flanagan touched him on the shoulder, and said, swear against the prisoner, swear against the prisoner, you will not be hurt; the man was dubious; Flanagan stooped down to him, and said, swear against him, I will give you a guinea. I know nothing of the robbery. I have several people to give me a character.
Q. to Elliston. Was you at the Justice's when this man was examined?
Elliston. I was.
Q. Was Flanagan there?
Elliston. White and Smith were there; the Justice asked me to look round if I knew the prisoner; I said I believed I could swear to him; I looked round and swore to him; he swore he would take his oath he never saw me in his life.
Q. Do you remember the prisoner saying any thing to the Justice about Flanagan?
Q. to E. Wright. Was you at the Justice's?
Q. Did the prisoner complain to the Justice of Flanagan's wanting men to swear against him?
Prisoner. Chapman gave Wright written down what he had to swear against me; he has it in his pocket.
Q. to Chapman. Did you write any thing for him?
Elliston, the constable. I heard Chapman say that he would give these instructions to White, what he should swear to your lordship, for him to clear himself concerning being an evidence against this Smith.
Q. Where did he say this?
Elliston. At the first public house beyond the blacksmith's shop, towards Clerkenwell-green.
Court. Examine his pockets and see if he has any thing or no.
He is searched but no paper is found.
Guilty of stealing the goods, but not of the burglary . T .
James Lawrence . I am an inn-keeper at Chelsea : one Mr. Gard's chariot put up in my yard on Friday, or Friday se'ennight, between seven and eight in the evening; it is a common thing for gentlemen when they go to Ranelagh to send their chariots, and put them up at my house till they want them again; I had to take the horses from the chariot; it was the outside carriage next the row; it went away between ten and eleven o'clock; a glass was missed between nine and ten.
John Starkey . I am the ostler: between six and seven o'clock Mr. Gard's chariot was set up at my master's; it remained there till between ten and eleven o'clock; an hour before it went away, John How , a fellow servant, and I observed a man standing by it on the off side; in about five minutes the prisoner went whistling by through the gate; I suspected him, and followed him a hundred yards; then he stopped and looked about; upon that I insisted upon searching him; upon doing so I found he had a chariot glass, the frame broken off, concealed under his coat. When I came in I went to take care of the horses; the prisoner ran away; I found him twenty minutes after; we never found the glass.
I know nothing of it; I was not near the place.
Guilty . T .
308, 309. (M.) SARAH ETHERIDGE and CHARLOTTE BEARD , otherwise BUTCHER , were indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 12 s. one pair of cloth breeches, value 5 s. one muslin neckcloth, value 1 s. one pair of silver shoe buckles, value 8 s. one pair ofJacque D'Aubigny , May 6th . *
Jacque D'Aubigny . Between the 6th and 7th of this month, as I was going along the bottom of the Hay-market, three of these creatures picked me up, and took me along with them; it was about one o'clock. I remember Beard; I am not quite sure of the other because I was rather in liquor; I remember the evidence Rebecca Wilson ; they took me to Peter's-street, Westminster , to the house of one Mrs. Mitchel; I wanted to go to bed, and helped to undress me; then I believe soon after they went out of the room; I went to bed and soon fell asleep; the next morning I waked about five o'clock, and found my clothes were gone; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment; I went down to Mrs. Mitchell's, and told them I was robbed, and asked for a pen and ink to write to my friends to send me some clothes; the man of the house lent me some clothes.
Q. When you waked in the morning the three women were not there?
D'Aubigny. No, they went out of the room as soon as I was in bed.
Q. Where do you live?
D'Aubigny. In Old Bond-street: I am cook to Lord Buckinghamshire.
Thomas Sanderson . I am a baker: I serve Mary Manning (who keeps a chandler's shop in Dyot-street, St. Giles's) with bread; I bought a pair of silver shoe buckles in her shop of Rebecca Wilson , and gave her 12 s. for them; the next day Mrs. Manning informed me that the girl I bought the buckles of was taken up for robbing a gentleman; I immediately took the buckles to Justice Welch's, in order to prosecute the person who stole them; I saw Rebecca Wilson there. (The buckles produced and deposed to by the prosecutor).
Mrs. Mitchel. I live in Peter's-street, Westminster: my husband is a chimney sweeper; I let lodgings; Etheridge and Wilson took a room of me; I do not know Beard; I never saw her till I saw her before Justice Welch.
Q. Where is this room?
Mitchel. Up two pair of stairs backwards. On Friday morning at five o'clock that gentleman came to my door; my husband got up and went to the door, and the gentleman said he had been robbed up two pair of stairs; I got up directly, and went up stairs and saw him in bed, but there was no clothes to be found; he desired a pen and ink to write to his friends for some clothes; I lent him my husband's to go home in.
Mitchel. No; I never saw them bring any man in in my life; they lodged with me but a week.
Rebecca Wilson . I know the prisoners; I have known Beard a fortnight; I have known Etheridge a great while; we lived together a week at Mrs. Mitchel's. Four of us together, at the bottom of the Hay-market, met this gentleman; I and Beard took hold of him, and brought him home with us.
Q. He came very willingly with you I suppose?
Wilson. Yes; Beard undressed him and put the neckcloth in her bosom; Etheridge and Hannah Jackson stood on the outside of the door; when we had undressed him, Etheridge and Jackson took the coat and breeches; I took the hat and buckles, and we went immediately to the King's Head in Monmouth-street, and had some purl; then we went to the Two Brewers and had some more purl; Sarah Etheridge went out and met George Thorn ; she knew him, and asked him to pawn the things; he asked if they were honestly come by; I said no; he went to the Maiden-head in Dyot-street, and pawned them for 8 s.
Q. Who is Williams?
Wilson. The same man; he pawned the hat for 2 s.
I know nothing of the gentleman; I never saw him nor had any concern with him; I never was at Mitchel's house in my life; Etheridge asked me to pawn the neckcloth.
I was not with her the night it was done; she asked me to pawn the things; I would not; she said she had stripped a man; I said more shame for her; I went home to the door with them and then left them.
Mary Beard . I am her mother: I live in Carnaby-street; I keep a house of lodgers; I never heard any harm of her in my life; she had been at service and was out of place, and lived at my house; she said she was going to a place, and staid all night.
Both guilty . T .
John Hatch . I live in Buckinghamshire : I lost a black gelding with a short tail, and a little white down his nose; he was taken from the field last Friday. I took the prisoner at Great Stanmore on Friday last, about eight o'clock; I asked him what business he had with the horse; he let him go and ran away; I hollowed, stop thief! and Lawrence stopt him; I asked him what business he had with the horse; he said he lived with one Shenton, and asked me if I knew him; I said no; he said do you know one Dick Dodd ; I said yes; said he that man gave me two-pence to pay turnpikes, and to steal a horse wherever I could, and he said he was going to Smithfield to sell him, and that he was afterwards to carry the money down to this Dodd, and that they were to part the money, and live the summer without work.
- Lawrence. I stopped him upon the prosecutor's calling stop thief; he said a man gave him two-pence and a halter to steal a horse where he could; he said he took the horse out of the field, and was going with him to Smithfield to sell him for what he could, and part the money.
I found the horse upon the road.
Guilty . Death .
Samuel Purl . I am servant to Mr. Robinson: I had just put my carriage in, was gone into the stable to take the harness from the horses when Skelton came in and said a man was just gone out of my coach-house; I went to see if there was any thing missing, and I missed the great coat; Skelton and I followed the man, and overtook the prisoner at the corner of Northumberland-passage with this coat upon his arm; (produces it). It is my master's property.
- Skelton. I saw a man coming out of the coach-house; it was too dark to see who he was; I informed Purl of it; we went together after him; I overtook the prisoner at corner of Northumberland-passage with the coat upon him.
Another man fell down at the corner of the street; he left this great coat on the ground and I picked it up.
Guilty . B . and Imp. 6 M .
312. (M.) WILLIAM WILLIAMS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Joseph Langfer , on the 29th of April , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing a watch, the inside case made of gold, the outside of shagreen, value 14 l. two silver watches, value 5 l. one silver seal, value 1 s. one pair of silver shoe buckles, value 5 s. one pair of silver knee buckles, value 2 s. two silver corals, value 2 s. one pair of gold sleeve buttons, value 2 s. two silver salt spoons, value 2 s. five silver tea spoons, value 5 s. one pair of silver sugar tongs, value 1 s. one silver strainer, value 1 s. one silver milk pot, value 3 l. a five guinea piece, two two guinea pieces, one small iron box, value 1 d. thirty crowns, three silver dollars, value 12 s. two gold rings set with diamonds, value 40 s. one topaz ring set with diamonds, value 20 s. one pair of paste ear-rings, value 10 s. one pair of mock garnet ear-rings, value 2 s. two hair pins, value 4 s. one pair of tofful rings, value 10 s. one silver waiter, value 5 l. one silver pint mug, value 4 l. one silver soup spoon, value 20 s. two silver salts, value 20 s. four silver table spoons, value 1 l. and six silverJoseph Langfer , in his dwelling house . +
Joseph Langfer . I am a tallow-chandler , and live in Lemon street, Goodman's-fields . On Friday morning the 30th of April, as I was coming to town from my country house, about six o'clock, I received information that my house was broke open and robbed; when I came to town I found my drawers in my bed chamber broke open, and my bed burnt down; that is the back chamber of the first floor; the wainscot was burnt through in several places; it had been on fire all round the room. I searched my drawers and missed the things mentioned in the indictment; several bank notes and a great deal of cash; I examined the window, in the chamber which looks into the back yard, and I saw no signs of a breaking in; there was no door or window with any marks of violence upon them; from which I concluded that it must be done by somebody that knew the house; I immediately suspected the prisoner; he served his time with me; he has been gone from me about two years; he was at my house a few days before, and I was informed he was drinking at a public house in the neighbourhood that morning at one o'clock.
Q. Was there any thing lost out of any part of your house but your bed room?
Langfer. No; the things were took out of the double chest of drawers; the key of the back door hangs in the workshop; the prisoner knew very well where the key was; he could easily get over to the work-shop and take the key, and let himself into the dwelling house. I have a dog, but he knew the dog, and the dog knew him I suppose better than he does know me. I enquired where he lodged, and after some difficulty I found that he lodged in Tripe yard, Petticoat-lane; I got a search warrant, and a warrant against his person, and went to his lodgings; that was the same morning about ten o'clock; I took with me, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Jeffs the beadle, and Mr. Plant an officer; we found him at his lodgings; his wife was gone out; he was alone; I told him I had been robbed and suspected him; we searched, and the first thing I believe that we pulled out was a rusly black pocket book; in that I found a copy of a certificate that we have when we export goods.
Q. Was it made out in your name?
Langfer. No; it was made out in blank.
Q. Such a one that any man must take out that exports goods?
Langfer. Yes; I looked at it and saw wrote on it William Williams , April 29, 1773; which was the night my house was broke open; I asked him when he wrote his name upon it; he said a fortnight or above ago; I shewed it to Mr. Hawkins; I looked on the inside his pocket book; there was wrote the same; I asked him when he wrote that; he said at the same time as the other; I looked particularly at the certificate seeing that writing upon it; I asked him how he came by it; he said my son gave it him; I asked him if he had got any money; he said no; we searched further and found a new guinea upon him; I asked him how he came by that; he said he had sold some of his clothes for it; I told him he had no clothes to sell; he said it was for clothes he had bought; I asked him where; at last he said at Golden-square; I asked him when; he said last Monday; that there were two coats, two waistcoats, and a pair of breeches; that he gave 11 s. for them, but they did not fit him, and so he sold them again. He was taken before the justices at the Rotation at Whitechapel, and was upon these circumstances committed; it was upon Monday he was committed, and he was discharged the next Wednesday: in consequence of some intelligence I took the beadle, and the officer, and another gentleman with me, and went to search his house again; his wife said she had no money: the prisoner was not at home. Then that gentleman with me searched the chair, and found sixteen guineas tied up in a piece of linen rag, and stuffed in under the bottom of the rushes; I asked her where she got them; she said one Gibbons gave them to her; there was no such man as she described to be found; at last she said she received it as a pension. She had on a pair of new stays, a pair of new cotton stockings, and a new crimson sattin bonnet. The prisoner came home while we were searching the house; he had on a new pair of pumps and new stockings; we searched him and found very little upon him.
Q. Did you tell him of the money in the chair?
Q. What did he say?
Langfer. I do not remember that he made any answer.
Q. Are you sure you mentioned it to him?
John Fielding . When I was a little at leisure, I began to examine my drawers narrowly, and I recollected perfectly that certificate that I found in the prisoner's pocket; I missed it from the drawers; there was such a one in some time before.
Q. You do not say that certificate but such a one?
Langfer. No; I lost a pocket book that I had thrown aside some time like that I found upon him.
Q. How long ago is it that you had thrown that pocket book aside?
Langfer. It might lie there two or three years; I frequently saw it.
Q. How long might you have worn it in your pocket?
Langfer. Ten or a dozen years: he was then removed to Newgate; I w ent there to him; I told him I wanted the pocket book which I saw the first morning he was searched, and described it; he said he knew nothing of it; we searched him but could not find it; I asked him where the certificate was; he said he did not know; I asked him how long he had had it; he said near a year: my son has been dead about two years and a half. Upon the Wednesday he was committed, two or three men came to my house; one of them is Barue: he said if he was admitted an evidence, I should get every thing back again; some of the plate that was taken was brought me next day, tied up in a handkerchief, which was found in a neighbour's yard.
Q. Have you ever traced any of the rest of the things?
Q. What recollection have you of the contents of this certificate? repeat the words.
Langfer. These are to certify to the Honourable Commissioners of the Customs, that the duty of (blank) pound of candles are paid at this office.
Q. Is this a blank certificate or filled up?
Langfer. Blank, for the number of candles, the ship's name, and the captain's name.
Q. Was your name in it?
Langfer. I think it was, I will not be positive that my name was in it; I am positive I had that or such a one; it was my son's hand writing.
Q. Can you swear the certificate you found upon him had you son's hand writing in it?
Langfer. I am positive it was his hand writing.
Q. I suppose these blank tickets are printed?
Langfer. No, we write them ourselves; I had that form from the office to write them down, not to give them trouble; my son copied the form in short hand, and afterwards wrote it out in long hand, and I kept it by me for a form.
Q. Did you at the time you saw the certificate upon the prisoner take notice it was of your son's hand writing?
Langfer. Yes, I said so; and he said he had it from my son; as he said that, and I not knowing that I had lost one, I did not think of it.
Q. How happened it you should have stored up this blank certificate?
Langfer. It was always a form I kept by me to make the entries by.
Q. How happened it that it did not immediately strike you, that this was your certificate lost out of your drawers?
Langfer. I did not know it then, nor for some weeks, till I examined the drawers, and then I found it was missing.
Q. I suppose the loss might hurry you for a day or two; then as to this pocket book you say you had wore it ten or a dozen years, and then laid it by in the drawer, I should have thought that would have struck you directly?
Langfer. I did not think of it; I was in search after things more valuable.
Q. What was there in that pocket book, that upon recollection, you can swear to?
Langfer. I scarce recollect any thing in it but the certificate and these remarkable dates in it.
Q. Was it a pocket book or a case?
Langser. A case.
Q. Was there any papers in it?
Langfer. I think not.
Q. Upon your recollection can you venture to swear that that pocket book you found upon the prisoner the day you took him up was your pocket book?
Langfer. I will not do that, but I believe it was; I did not take so much notice of the pocket book as the certificate. Barue came to me and said my notes were buried, and should he and rot if Solomons, the Jew, was not admitted an evidence, and since, he said if Williams was discharged the things would come into his hands, and I should have them again.
Q. Do you know how many of them certificates your son wrote?
Langfer. I believe he did not write more than
Q. Did you see whether he had any thing with him?
Gammage. I could not perceive; as soon as he had jumped down, he set off running immediately; I desired a watchman to go into the passage, and I went round Jordain's brewhouse to meet him; this man cried out, fire! then I pursued back again to the house.
Q. What size was he?
Gammage. About the size of the prisoner *.
* Very tall.
Q. Do you recollect any of his dress?
Gammage. I cannot say what colour his clothes were, it was all in such a hurry I cannot describe him.
Q. You do not know who the man was?
Q. Was it dark or light then?
Gammage. Day light.
Mr. Langfer. The prisoner had brown clothes on that morning when we took him.
Q. from the prisoner to Gamage. Did not you say I had blue clothes on?
Gamage. I did not take notice whether blue or brown.
William Oliver . I keep a public-house in Cable-street, Rosemary-lane: the prisoner came to my house on the 29th of April, about nine o'clock he sell in company with Mr. Durmot, and Mr. Field, two neighbours; he went away with them a little after twelve, Mr. Durmot was a little in liquor; one Waters went over with him, and left them all three at Mr. Durmots's door: Mr. Field lives opposite Mr. Durmot's.
Q. How was he dressed?
Oliver. In brown clothes with brass buttons, and a white apron.
Q. How near is your house to Mr. Langfer's?
Oliver. About 60 yards.
Q. Did he often come to your house?
Oliver. Sometimes once a week; sometimes once a fortnight; I never saw him in my house twenty times, I suppose before in my life.
Robert Makin . I am servant to Mr. Langfer: I got done work that night about half after eleven; before I went to bed, I fastened the back door; it is a spring lock; I pulled it to, and it shut; I lay in the work shop, that is separate from the dwelling house; it is across the yard; the door of the work shop is facing the back door of the dwelling house, and the key of the back door of the dwelling house hung upon a nail in the workshop; the door of which is always left open; I went to bed a little before twelve o'clock, and was waked in the morning with the cry of fire.
Q. Do you know where the key was after the alarm of fire?
Makin. I was so frightened I cannot tell whether I found this door open or not.
I was at Mr. Oliver's that night; as soon as I left his house I went home; that was before one o'clock, my wife can prove that: as for the book I know nothing of it; I never had a black book about me; I know no more of the certificate than the child unborn; there was a piece of paper he found in another pocket book, he said it belonged to him; he had it a whole week; after I was cleared he said it was of no service to him, I might have it again; the money I know nothing about; I did not know my wife had any; she concealed it unknown to me.
For the prisoner.
Christopher Lowe . The prisoner came into my care when he was about six years old, I being executor to his father's will; he was with me till he was thirteen, he behaved remarkably well; I put him apprentice to Mr. Wall, a tallow-chandler in Lemon-street; he was there three years, when Mr. Wall failed, he was turned over for the remainder of his time to Mr. Langfer; I have heard since he came out of his apprentiship a good character of him from several masters he has worked with.
Q. What has he been doing the last six months?
Q. How long has he been married?
Lowe. I do not know.
Q. Is he married?
Lowe. I do not know; she is a woman that bears a bad character as far as I have heard.
Q. He is married unfortunately then?
Lowe. I believe so; I have so good an opinion of the prisoner, that I bid money for the lease of a house intending to set him up in business.
William Crips . I am a tallow-chandler, and live at the corner of Ayliffe-street, Goodmans-fields; I have known the prisoner seven or eight years; I lived with him a twelve month after he came from Mr. Langfer's; he has a very good character; he has within these three months brought in tallow for me from the market and now and then other jobs; he happening to be out of work.
Q. Might be have had constant work if he had applied for it?
Cripps. This is a bad time of year, and our trade is over stocked with journeymen.
Nathaniel Wall. I am a tallow-chandler; I have known the prisoner eleven years, he lived with me three years and behaved very well.
- Down. I am a colar and harness maker in Whitechapel I have known him between seven and eight years, he has a good character.
- Cash. I was in partnership with Mr. Cripps when the prisoner lived there: he has a very good character.
Guilty . Death .
314, 315, 316, 317. (M.) SAMUEL BENJAMIN , LEVI ABRAHAMS , EDWARD CRAVEN , and ELIZABETH SIDAY , were indicted for stealing one wooden box, value 1 s. and one sattin sack coat, value 20 s. two silk cardinals, value 10 s. one pair of muslin ruffles, value 2 s two linen shirts, value 6 s. one muslin apron, value 10 s. one silk handkerchief, value 1 s. eight yards of linen cloth, value 8 s. and 3 lb. of green tea, value 15 s. the property of Joseph Marsh , May 6th . ~
James Seabroke . I drive a hackney coach: I was called by Mr. Marsh from Catherine-street end in the Strand, to take up a fair, the 6th of this month; I took up Mr. Marsh, and a couple of Ladies, at a house on this side the New Church, in the Strand; they put some trifling parcels into the coach; I do not know what these parcels were; a deal box was put into the boot, they ordered me to Newgate-street , I drove there; they all got out; I waited about half an hour for them; when I got down to let them out the box was in the boot; I walked about by the coach and when I got up again to drive them to the Swan and two Necks, the box was gone.
Sarah Marsh . I am the wife of Joseph Marsh : I went in a hackney-coach from the Strand about eight o'clock on the 6th of this month; we gave the coachman charge of a large box that was put into the boot; I saw it put in; we went to Newgate street, and staid there about half an hour: when we came out the coachman informed us the box was missing, the things in the coach were safe. About eleven o'clock the owner of the coach gave us intelligence that the things were at the rotation office in Whitechapel; I went there and saw the box and the things at the office. (The box and the contents produced and deposed to.) I packed up the box myself.
John Wilcox . I am a labouring man; I saw Craven bring the box that has been produced into Marlborough court, Petticoat-lane; about ten o'clock at night on Thursday the 6th of May; I saw him go into a house and up stairs with it; Benjamin and Abrahams were with him; one Gekee Boo keeps that house, he is a Jew. I went into the next entry and peeped through a crevice in the next house to see what was in this box, because I thought they did not come honestly by it; I saw the box on a chair, it was open.
Q. Could you see distinctly?
Wilcox. Yes; I could see all the prisoners but one, he was sitting down; they were examining the things, there was a gown, a silk sack, and a gause apron I think it was; I went and fetched Simmons and Files and we went into the room; the things were then lying on the ground; and there was a man I believe buying of them; the prisoners were all in the room. and the man looking at them; we secured Craven and Benjamin, the other man got up the chimney; I told Simmons there was one up the Chimney, he looked, and pulled him down by the leg; then we carried them all to Whitechapel
William Simmons . The 6th of this month Wilcox came to a house I use, and said he saw three men carry a box into a house in Marlborough-court, Files and I went with him directly; we found the door on the latch; we went in, saw all the prisoners there, and the things lying on the floor; I asked them what they did with these things, they said they found them; one of the prisoners got up the chimney; and I helped to pull him down by the leg.
Q. Look at the box can you swear to it?
Simmons. Yes; there was a black silk gown, a sack and petticoat, and other things; I took them to my house.
We had been drinking together in Holborn, and as we were coming home we saw this box lie in the highway; we helped it on Craven's back and he carried it home.
I cannot say much.
I am innocent of it.
We had been drinking together in Holborn, about ten o'clock at night, and as we were going home, in the middle of Newgate-street, I saw a box in the highway, about three or four yards from the pavement; I said to them here is a box, I will carry it home, and if there is any thing in it I will advertise it; I took it home and carried it up stairs, and in about a quarter of an hour the men came, and asked what we did with the box; I said we found it, if it was theirs they were welcome to it.
Q. How does he get his bread?
Rattering. I do not know.
Dove Benjamin. I am his mother: he has always been an industrious youth; he sells all manner of haberdashery ; he goes to markets and fairs.
BENJAMIN, guilty . T .
ABRAHAMS, guilty . T .
CRAVEN, guilty . T .
SIDAY, acquitted .
318. (M.) JOHN BAILY was indicted for stealing five yards of leaden pipe, value 25 s. the property of John Chalk , the said lead being affixed to a certain pump, in a yard belonging to a certain building called a stable, belonging to the said John Chalk , Feb. 15 . ~
John Chalk . I am a leather-dresser at Brentford : I lost some lead from my pump in the yard; it was a leaden pipe to convey water out of the river Brent to serve the yard; I missed it the 16th of May; there were five yards taken away. About two o'clock I was going into my yard, and was informed the prisoner, Baily, had stole my pump; I went to the pump and found it was gone; I went to Mr. Glover's, who buys lead, and there I found about four or five feet of it; I took it, and tried it to the part where it was broke off, and the joint fitted; I can swear it is my property.
James Glover . The prisoner brought the lead to my sister; she called me to him; I told him I did not like it, and would not buy it; I stopped it; I went with Chalk and compared it; it appeared to me to be the same lead that was broke of. (The lead produced, and deposed to by the prosecutor.) There was a bit left to the pump that was not stole.
I found that pump in the river, at a place where we fetch water.
Guilty . T .
William Davey ; and one pewter quart pot, value 1 s. and one pewter pint pot, value 6 d. the property of Mary Morley , widow , May 18th . ~
John Huntley . I am a publican : I did not miss my pots till they were found upon the prisoner. Last Tuesday week, between three and four in the afternoon, Robert Parsons informed me a man was stopped with some pewter pots, in Little Gray's-inn-lane; there were three pint pots with my name on them; I went there; I met the constable taking the prisoner before Justice Girdler. (The pots produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
Robert Parsons . There was a girl cried out, and a man stopped the prisoner in Little Gray's-inn-lane, just by where I work, and laid hold of him; I took him to Mrs. Morley's; he took the pots out himself from the inside of his coat; he begged to be excused.
Coming up Gray's-inn-lane I found them in a bag, and it was my intention to carry them home; I stept up to a door to see what they were, and I put them in my pocket. A man came after me and laid hold of me; I was going to read the inscription to return them.
For the Prisoner.
Guilty . W .
320. (M.) SAMUEL MEAKHAM was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Tyler , on the 30th of April , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing forty pewter plates, value 25 s. eleven pewter dishes, value 20 s. five gallons of gin, value 24 s. two gallons of rum, value 18 s. two gallons of shrub, value 18 s. six wooden casks, value 6 s. one case bottle, value 2 s. one linen bag, value 2 s. one man's hat, value 10 s. 6 d. one linen gown, value 6 s. 6 d. and one linen shirt, value 1 s. the property of the said John, in his dwelling house . +
John Tyler . I live at the Lee Hoy and Punch Bowl, Coverley's fields . On the 30th of April my house was broke open; I discovered it in the morning: I have a man lodges with me that is a watchman in the city; he came home about four o'clock, and informed me my house was broke open; I came down and found a pane was taken out of the casement, and it was undone; the pulley of the door that leads into the passage was cut; there were two bolts and a spring lock to the front door; it was unbolted and the shutters put to. I went to bed at eleven at night; I fastened the house myself. I lost the liquors and goods mentioned in the indictment ( spealing them). I had some suspicions from some information I had of the people at the house Meakham was at; I saw him with a basket with about 30 lb. of pewter in it, in Montague-street; we brought him back to his lodgings near the Cock and Hoop; we found at his lodgings a cask with rum in it, a cask with shrub, and a cask of Holland's gin, and there four lumps of pewter melted down in earthen dishes ( producing them) and a bag of linen, two casks of wine, one Malaga, the other tent; we found this pistol and a dark lanthorn (producing them). I believe the hat to be my property, but having no particular mark I will not swear to it; this cask I can swear to; it is marked I K; I had it of my brother at Gravesend. I asked the prisoner whether all the plates and dishes were melted down; he said I should never see them any more in the same form they had been in; I asked him if he had ever been in my house; he said he was two days before.
Q. How came the cask, new hat, bag of linen, pistol, and lanthorn into your room?
Q. How long before he was taken up?
Graham. Not a great while.
Q. Do you know how the pewter was marked?
Graham. No I was a bed; he went back again and brought the bundle and the great cask.
Q. What pistol was this and the dark lanthorn?
Graham. I do not know; I believe they belong to them all together.
Philip Graham ?
Q. What relation is he to you?
Graham. He is my husband.
- Chapman. I was called out of bed about seven o'clock in the morning to take the prisoner; I took him with the pewter upon his shoulder, I searched the house; I believe it is Philip Graham 's room, these things were all found in the room, and the pistol was found loaded under a new hat in the closet.
I had that pewter upon my back from Short and Graham to carry it into Smithfield, they were to meet me there; as to lodging in the room, I made shift for a night or two; I am a porter at markets: that morning I got up between two and three o'clock, I went to Billingsgate and brought two kitts of salmon to the Baseing-house; Short desired me to carry this load, and he took up another load at the same time, what I do not know; when I got up in the morning I missed Short out of bed; I did not know where Graham was; I lay with Short; when Mr. Chapman took me they asked where I was going with the pewter; I told them, they went with me to the place and when I came came there, the other two were gone.
Guilty of stealing the goods but not of the burglary . T .
321. (M.) JOHN HAVILOCK was indicted for stealing our cloth waistcoats, value 20 s. one camblet waistcoat, value 4 s. one sattin waistcoat, value 4 s. one white flannel waistcoat, value 2 s. one worsted waistcoat, value 2 s. one pair of black worsted breeches, value 4 s. one pair of nankeen breeches; value 3 s. four linen shirts, value 6 s. four pair of silk stockings, value 20 s. one pair of cotton and worsted stockings, value 2 s. two muslin neckcloths, value 2 s. one silk handkerchief, value 4 s. four linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. one linen tablecloth, value 2 s. two linen napkins, value 2 s. three linen pillowbiers, value 1 s. and one worsted cap, value 6 d. the property of Andrew Dalton , in his dwelling house , May 3 . ~
Eleanor Dalton . I am the wife of Andrew Dalton : my husband lives in Wapping . Upon Saturday the 1st of May, I lost the things mentioned in the indictment; the prisoner had lodged in my house a fortnight; he said he was mate of a ship ; I knew nothing of him before I lett the lodging to him; the things were in chests in the room where the prisoner lodged; they are things that belong to lodgers, and are left in my care; there were some things my own; the things mentioned in the indictment were taken out of four chests; the chests were all locked: only the table cloth and the three pillow cases belonged to my husband. The prisoner laid down on the bed: about seven o'clock on Saturday, I went up to look for a clean pair of sheets to put on the bed; I found the chest open and missed the table cloth and three pillow cases immediately; the nails were all drawn from the hasp that goes into the lock. I went into the closet, to the chest in which these things were put, and found the lock quite loose; it was wrenched open; I am sure it was locked before, I told Mrs. Marshall, a neighbour over the way, that I had been robbed; she and I went up stairs, and charged the prisoner with it; he said he did not know any thing about it; I sent for an officer; then he said the things were in Ratcliffe Highway. On Monday he went with the officer and I; when we came to Ratcliffe-Highway they were sold at one Margaret Owens , in Old Gravel-lane; we went there, and I saw this camblet waistcoat hanging at the door: she was taken up as a receiver. He said before the Justice he had sold a great many things to her; she denied it; after she had been at the Justice's a little while, she said she bought the coat and breeches, and had sold them; they confined her, and then she said if they would let her out,
John Wynn . I keep and old clothes shop: I bought the things I have here of the prisoner ( producing a bundle containing a coat, a pair of nankeen breeches, and several other things). The 26th of April was the first time I bought any of them.
Prosecutrix, They are my property.
I have been a good while at sea, and wrought hard for my living.
For the Prisoner.
Guilty 30 s . T .
Josiah Kinsey . I live in High Holborn . On the 25th of April there were three table spoons missing; they had been used at dinner, but were carried into the kitchen; none of them were ever found again.
George Robinson . I am servant to the prosecutor: between two and three in the afternoon. I carried down the spoons into the kitchen after dinner; as soon as we had dined the maid washed them, and they were put, after washed, two into a silver pint mug by the chimney window; the other was put into the seat of the window. The prisoner was acquainted with me; he called upon me; I took him down stairs about half after one: I am sure the spoons where there at the time the prisoner went down; when he had been there a little time my mistress knocked with her heel; I was called up stairs and left him in the kitchen by himself; I was detained there about twelve minutes; when I returned the prisoner was sitting on the chair near the window where this pint mug and the spoons were; as soon as I went down I missed the spoons; I thought they might have been mislaid; I had no suspicion of the prisoner so I let him go; that was about four o'clock; the next day I went to enquire after the prisoner finding the spoons could not be had again; I met with him at his lodgings, and charged him with taking the spoons; upon that he made a kind of a cry, and said necessity made him take them; I desired to know where they were; he said he would shew me where; we went out together that he might shew me where they were, but when we got into Devonshire-street, he ran away; I did not see him for a week after, and when I did, I took him up.
Prosecutor. Here is a mark upon it.
I said if necessity would drive one to do what is bad, I had necessity enough to drive me to it, but I never did a bad thing.
Guilty . T .
323. (M.) ELIZABETH EDWARDS was indicted for stealing one silver watch, value 50 s. one base metal seal, value 2 d. one base metal watch key, value 1 d. and one guinea , the property of John Butler , April 25th . ~
Frances Frances , did make an assault putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person one silk cloak, value 8 s. one pair of linen pockets, value 1 d. one pocket book, value 2 d. one linen apron, value 1 s. one linen handkerchief, value 3 d. one paper snuff box, value 2 d. one pair of linen gloves, value 3 d. one iron key, value 1 s. one pair of stone buckles, value 2 d. one stuff shoe, value 2 d. six halfpence, and two shillings and sixpence in money, the property of the said Frances , May 17th . *
Frances Frances . On Monday the 17th instant I was assaulted by the four prisoners on Saffron Hill , about one o'clock in the morning; they tore my arms and threw me down; they said they would rob me; they tore off my left hand and then my right hand pocket; they took off my hat, my cloak, and my shoes, and took the buckles out, but finding them worth nothing they dropped them. Sarah Topham took one of my shoes, and had it on when she was taken. On my crying murder, the witness was waked out of his sleep and came to my assistance; they were taken to the watch-house, and I was taken with them, and on that I was taken to Bridewell.
Q. What did they charge you with?
Frances. They said it was charge for charge; one of my pockets was found in the watch-house; the other I have never seen since. The key I lost was the key of a tea chest; that was found in the watch-house. I had been in the Borough all day and was going home; I live in Vine-street, Saffron-hill: I have the advantage of speaking several languages, and sometimes go out as an interpreter.
Q. from Duncumb. Whether it was one or three o'clock?
Frances. It began at one but did not finish till three; they ran after me from Hatton-garden through Charles-street to Saffron-hill, and there threw me down; I am sure to the persons; they proposed murdering me, but Duncumb said it is not worth our while, for she has not sense enough to hang us. I lost all the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them). My right hand pocket was found in the watch-house.
Mary Low . I was in bed; I heard a cry of murder; I got out of bed, and saw the prosecutrix lie on the ground, and the prisoners, and another man going from her; she said she was robbed; it was then after three o'clock; I never saw the prosecutrix before to my knowledge. They run down the work-house passage; she got up, put her hat on, and walked down the street, and looked down the place where they run down but did not go after them, but went safely down the street; then they came out and looked at her; the evidence then ran after her; she turned short about and looked him in the face, and said she would follow him till tomorrow morning to have him taken, for he had robbed her; he turned back, and another man, I suppose the man that is absent, came out and took her in his arms, and pushed her into the passage; they came under my window before that, and one said what was that that dropped; Duncumb pulled it out of his bosom and said it was only 6 d.
Q. Do you think Mrs. Frances was sober?
Low. I believe she was elevated; I do not think she was sober.
Q. Were the girls sober?
Low. Upon my word I do not know.
Q. Were they making game of this woman as drunk or committing a robbery upon her?
Low. They took away her things I am sure; it was a robbery on the highway for the woman was in the street.
Q. from Duncumb. Will you be upon your oath that I had any money in my hand?
Low. Upon my word he pulled out a 6 d. and said it was but a 6 d.
James Bradburn . I am a plaisterer by trade. On Monday morning a quarter before four o'clock, I heard a cry of murder in one of 'Squire Dodd's empty houses that were repairing; I went down into the house and saw the prosecutrix on her back, in one of the rooms, with her clothes over her head, and a man, not the prisoner, endeavouring to use her ill; I took this man by the collar and led him into the street, and called watch! but nobody answered. I met the prisoners; there were five or six in number; I let the man go; the prisoners did not attempt to use me ill; I met them at the end of the court after I called the watch; then I went into my own room to put my clothes on.
Q. from Duncumb. Did not you ask me to get the woman out of the house?
Bradburn. I did ask somebody, I do not know whether it was him or no.Sarah Topham untied the cloak, and George Butcher wrapped it up in the prosecutor's pocket handkerchief, and ran away with it; I went with them to Cow-cross, and the watchman seized on me directly; I was catched first; we were brought to Hatton-garden watch-house, and Parsons dropt the buckles, a pocket, and the ribbons of the hat in the watch-house. I saw something in George Cuthbert 's hand; he said he believed it was half a guinea, but when he rubbed it he said it was but 6 d. The prosecutrix stood screaming out. She was very drunk.
Q. Had you any part of the spoil?
Bradburn. Not so much as an hair of her head. I saw her down in the street struggling to save her things.
John Dinmore . I am constable of the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell. I went with the evidence Webb to see after Topham, Smith, and this Butcher; I found Topham in the field just on this side Primrose-hill; she asked if she could be admitted an evidence; this was about three or four in the afternoon, after the robbery; I was informed she had a shoe on that belonged to the prosecutrix; I asked her whi ch it was; she shewed it me, and said she had broke or cut the heel off; she was taken before the justice, there she said she could not untie the cloak with her fingers, so she did it with her teeth. Afterwards I took Smith.
Topham. The evidence gave me the shoe off the gentlewoman's foot when he brought her out of the house, and he helped to pull the cloak off her head.
Evidence. I did not give her that shoe.
Henry Perkins . I am keeper of the watch-house in the liberty of Hatton Garden; when the prisoners were brought there; I asked who gave charge of them, and Low shewed me the prosecutrix; she said she had been robbed; I found the pocket and key in the watch-house, about nine or ten o'clock the night following; (they are produced). The prosecutrix would not tell where she lived otherwise she would not have gone to Bridewell.
Job Low. I live on Saffron-hill: between three and four o'clock my wife told me she heard a cry of murder; I got up, went to the window, and saw the prisoners and two more going away from Mrs. Frances; I put on my clothes, went down and pursued them. Mrs. Frances was in a dreadful condition; they had robbed her of all she had: I took Topham and Duncan; Smith got away.
I am as innocent as the child unborn; I know nothing about it; I never had 6 d. in my hand; I had been locked out, and walked about till I could find a house open.
I am going of fourteen years of age: I sell fruit; I lodge with Mrs. Kenny, in Turnmill-street; she is a market woman. I went to Newgate to see the transports go.
I heard the transports were going off; I asked this young woman to go with me to see them; we waited till between one and two o'clock. Duncan told us they were not going that night, and then we went and had some purl. I lodge in Turnmill-street, and work for myself at stay-making.
I am twelve years old: I live in Diot-street, St. Giles's, at Mr. Edwards's, who keeps a lodging house there. I went to see the transports go off.
For the Prosecution.
John Lush . I know Mrs. Frances; she was with me that night in the Borough; we staid till past nine o'clock; then we came to a public house at Dowgate-hill, and staid till past eleven; from thence we came to Mr. Messenger's, the King's Arms, Holborn, and had a pint of beer; I saw her to the end of Hatton-garden, and then left her within about ten minutes of one o'clock.
Q. Was she very drunk or very sober when you left her?
Lush. Sober enough to find her way home if she had not been interrupted.
All guilty of stealing the goods but not from the person or putting her in fear . T .
328, 329. (2 d M.) JOHN JOHNSON and JOHN GAHAGAN were indicted for that they having in their possession a certain bill of exchange, which bill of exchange is in the words and figures following, that is to say,
£. 100 Chester, Nov. 14th, 1772.
Second Count for uttering and publishing the said indorsement on the same bill of exchange, knowing the same to have been forged, with the like intent against the statute, &c. +
William Corles . I received this bill of Mr. Moulson, to whom originally it was made payable by Mr. Whitby, with three others; they were drawn upon half a sheet of paper; I received them on the 14th of November at Chester, to forward to my brother Thomas Corles at Dublin. This bill with several others got into the hands of one Cranion, a letter carrier belonging to the post office in Dublin. Mr. Corles would have been here but he was overturned in a coach and put his shoulder out.
John Perigal . I am a silversmith and jeweller, in partnership with Mr. Masquerier: the two prisoners on the 3d or 4th of December came to our shop, and asked for gold watches; before they gave any trouble they desired to know whether I would take a good bill for 100 l. I looked at it, and not knowing Mr. Martin or Mr. Moulson, or the indorser of it. I did not care to take it; upon which Johnson, who was the acting person and principal speaker, said he was very willing to leave the bill for a day or two, that we might enquire about it; they agreed the bill should be left till Saturday; this was Thursday or Friday. On Saturday they called again; in the mean time I made enquiry and had reason to think the bill a very good one; I gave them to understand that I was satisfied; they looked out two gold watches and a gold snuff box, which came to 53 l. 7 s. there was a balance of 46 l. 13 s. I offered them a draught upon my banker for this 46 l. 13 s. Johnson objected to taking the draught, and asked whether he could not have cash; he wished to have cash; I told him if he would call again he should have cash; they appointed an hour when to call again; the prisoner, Gahagan, came alone next time, about four in the afternoon, and wanted to have the watches and the ballance of the cash; I remarked to him I considered him only as the friend of the person who was the real buyer; that I thought the other man was the buyer and wished to see him; Gahagan said he was not well, and could not come; I said it was necessary that he should come because he had not indorsed the bill; Gahagan then said he should come in an hour; both came about seven o'clock in a hackney coach; Johnson seemed not well; I suspected he was in liquor; the things were looked out; Gahagan took them up, and the money as Johnson was not well, and then Johnson indorsed the bill in Gahagan's presence, and wrote upon it Joseph Jackson ; after this was done I asked Gahagan where Mr. Jackson lived; Gahagan said at Iriskiln in Ireland; I asked him his own name; he said it was Gainer, and
On his cross examination, he said he thought the indorsement was made before the goods were delivered; that the bill remained in his hands from the time it was left with him; that Gahagan seemed to be a stander by, a sort of an assistant to a man that was not much acquainted with the country; that the occasion of Gahagan's taking the goods was his suspecting Johnson was in liquor; that he called upon him to take the goods of his friend; that he does not know whether Gahagan saw what Johnson wrote, but he remembers he asked Gahagan where Jackson lived, which was a circumstance that he did know what Johnson wrote not having heard the name before.
John Miller . I belong to the post office in Dublin: I know the prisoner Johnson, and his true name is John Johnson ; he is a grocer in New Row, Dublin: I have known him five or six years; I never heard of his being called Joseph Jackson . Cranion is the person of whom by the prisoner's confession, they received these bills.
Martin Low . I am a publican; I keep the Black Prince in Chandos-street, where the prisoner Gahagan said he lived; I know nothing of him; there was one Gainer, a silversmith, occasionally used my house, but the prisoner, Gahagan, is not the man.
David Cay . I went in pursuit of the prisoners from London; I found them at Holyhead, on the 11th or 12th of December, ready to embark for Dublin; I had seen them on the 28th of November; Johnson called himself Jackson; Gahagan called himself by his true name, and said he was a musical instrument maker in Dublin; they told us they had their effects on board the packet; they told me where; I went and brought them on shore. The things were examined in the prisoner's presence; there were gold watches and other things, Mess. Masquerier's and Perigal's among the rest; the snuff box was found in one of the prisoners pockets. They were carried before Mr. Mainwaring, a justice of peace there. When they came within fourteen miles of Chester, then Johnson owned his true name was John Johnson , and not Jackson. This snuff box (producing it) was among the things.
Perrigal. This is the snuff box I sold them.
Q. Were there any effects seized?
Whitby. Yes; gold watches and other things.
Q. There was a snuff box, where was that found?
Whitby. Among the effects; there are bills of parcels of all the goods where they were bought, made in the name of Jackson.
Q. There was nothing found upon Gahagan?
Whitby. Nothing that I remember except some money, and I took this belt from him; they both owned the goods were the produce of the bills we charged them with; of which this, now in question, was one.
Q. Had you any notice of that bill when you went down?
Whitby. Yes; We had notice of them all.
John Bowyer . I was present when the prisoners were examined before Justice Mainwaring at Chester; I saw them sign these confessions; I believe I read them over to the prisoners; however I know they were read over to them by somebody.
Q. Were these confessions made freely and voluntarily?
Bowyer. Yes; they were told before, they were not constrained to say any thing without they pleased; the justice signed them in my presence. (The confession of Johnson read).
"County of Chester to wit,
"The free and voluntary examination of
"county of Ireland, grocer, taken before me
"of Chester, one of his majesty's justices of the
"peace in and for the said county of Chester,
"the 15th day of November, 1772; the said
"the 18th or 19th of November last, he was
"carrier to St. Thomas's Walk, in Dublin,
"several bills to the amount of 1150 l.
"which the said Cranion told this examinant
"he had received from a friend in Chester, and
"this examinant expressing his doubt about the
"bills, the said Cranion gave him an oath,
"after the manner of the free masons, that he
"came honestly by them; he then said he
"would give this examinant 50 l. if he would
"get them converted into cash, and offered
"to go along with this examinant, and that he
"would give them each a present if they succeeded;
"whereupon this examinant and the
"said Gahagan came over to England, went
"to London, and got the said bills discounted;
"he faith this examinant indorsed one of the
"said bills with the name of Jos. Jackson, and
"another with the name of Jos. Hughson.
" Signed before me E. MAINWARING."
"County of Chester to wit,
"The free and voluntary examination of
"the county of Ireland, musical instrument
"clerk, prebend of chester, one of his majesty's
"justices of the peace in and for the said county
"of Chester, the 15th day of December 1772;
"the 17th or 18th day of November last, one
"New Row, and shewed him 1150 l. worth
"of bills, which bills he told him he had from
"a relation of his in Chester, and that the said
"Cranion gave him an oath after the manner
"of the free masons, that he came honestly by
"the bills, that Cranion offered Johnson 50 l.
"if he would go to London to get the bills discounted,
"and added that he would come over
"himself to clear up the matter if any difficulty
"should arise about the bills, which he insisted
"had been sent him by Mr. Corles himself;
"that Johnson then consented to go provided
"this examinant would go along with him,
"which he agreed to do.
" Signed before me E. MAINWARING."
Q. to Mr. Miller from the prisoners counsel You said you remembered Johnson, do you know Cranion.
Miller. Yes I did.
Q. I beg to know at that time whether he was not a man of considerable substance?
Miller. I believe not.
Q. What is become of him?
Miller. He is hanged.
Q. Had not Cranion houses of his own?
Miller. I know one old one he had of about 18 or 19 l. value. I do not believe he was a man of substance before this fact was committed, because he was not able to pay his rent, and his salary in the office was stopped once or twice.
Q. Was it a good place?
Miller. Eleven shillings a week, and his perquisites might be more.
All I can say is I did not forge it with any intention to defraud Mr. Perrigal or any body else. If I had known there was any thing evil or bad in passing these bills I should not have gone again to Dublin. I told him I should want such and such goods, if he thought proper to examine the goodness of that bill, and I would leave it with him; he had it two days; when I came to him he gave the goods into this man's possession before he ever asked me to indorse it or what my name was. I had no intention to defraud him or any body, as I was only a servant I did not think it material what name was upon the bill, as they were satisfied with the acceptance of it; they said I could not expect any goods upon my own credit being a stranger.
Mr. Perigal when I went there desired me as being a friend of Mr. Johnson's, to take these things in my possession as Johnson was in liquor; which I did, but had no act or part in any of them. I heard that Mr. How, a gentleman I am particularly acquinted with, was come to England; I thought getting over with Johnson, with regard to these bills, would defray my expence, that I might have the pleasure of seeing my friend; that was my chief motive for coming over. Mr. Perigal must be mistaken; I never changed my name; I said I lodged at the Black Prince Chandos-street; I did not say I owned it; I lodged there eight or nine years ago; I had been there two or three nights drinking, and Mr. Johnson with me.
Both guilty . Death .
JOHN WATERS was indicted for that he on the king's highway, on Mary Stead , widow , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person two copper halfpence, and sixpence in money, the property of the said Mary , Feb. 7 . *
Mary Stead . On the 27th of February as I was coming from Old Burlington-street, to my lodgings in Marybone-street, between twelve and one at night; I went down Wimpole-street; the prisoner and other men followed me; when I came to Queen Ann-street, two of them went down Queen-Ann-street to the right; when I got down almost to the bottom of Wimpole-street , the prisoner came running up to me, clapped both his hands upon my shoulder, and said, your money! my little boy of eight years old, who was with with me, turned round the corner, screamed out and alarmed the watch; the prisoner then said, if you do not call him back again I will blow your brains out; he put his hand down, but I did not see any pistol; I called the child as loud as I could, thinking that would still alarm the watch; I put my hand into my left hand pocket; I gave him a penny in halfpence and sixpence in silver; he said, d - n you, madam, this is not all, if you do not give it me this instant I will blow your brains out: I begged of him to have patience; I put my hand in my other pocket, and before I could take out any money, one of the other men, who had come up in that time, gave him a pull by the sleeve, and he ran off. The watch came up that moment; I told the watchman I was robbed, and described the man; he had a blue great coat, a coloured silk handkerchief about his neck, and a little hat slapped before; he went after him; I told him they ran up Wimpole-street.
Q. How many were t aken?
Stead. Only the prisoner.
Q. Are you sure that is the man?
Stead. Yes; I am very clear in it; it was a light night, and we were just against a lamp too.
Q. You was going to your house?
Stead. Yes; I had been to a gentleman's house to supper; one that is a trustee to my little boy. I came out of the country on account of a chancery suit.
Edward Cotterell . I was constable of the night: when the prisoner was brought into the watch-house a relation of his advised him to impeach his companions, which he did, and Justice Mercer promised to admit him an evidence, but the account he gave was proved to be false.
John Morris . I was sitting in my box at the head of Welbeck-street; I heard the other watchman ring his rattle, and call out stop thief; I ran down the street towards the rattle; the prisoner ran by me on the other side of the street; I pursued him and ran him into Little-Mill-hill-meuse, at the head of Welbeck-street; when I saw him in the Meuse, then I rung my rattle, and cried out stop thief; he got up in a dark corner and set himself down; I followed him and took him; by this time my brother watchman came to me; we took him to the watch-house; when we had got him to the watch-house they told me a gentlewoman was robbed; we went and brought the gentlewoman up with us from her lodging, and she swore to the man immediately.
William Barr . As I was going at the end of Queen-Ann-street, I heard the gentlewoman hollow out stop thief; I saw John Waters come running down Queen-Ann-street; I attempted to lay hold of him, but he got a-head of me; I rung my rattle and hollowed out to Morris.
Q. Are you sure that is the man that came running down Queen-Ann-street?
Q. You lost sight of him?
- Oluridge. As I was walking backwards and forwards in Welbeck-street, I heard the child cry thieves and murder; I put the child into his lodgings; then I went to his mother; I found her just at the end of Wimpole-street, turning to Great Marybone-street, which runs across the end of Wimpole-street; she said she had been robbed of seven-pence, and described the prisoner to me. I went and brought her to the watch-house when the prisoner was taken.
I know nothing of it: I was that way, but not in that street; I had been to Marybone-gardens with a letter. I was pretty much in liquor; the landlord was in bed; coming back I sometimes ran, sometimes walked; when I heard the rattle go I ran rather the faster, as fast as I could; some tried to stop me, and some met me, so I ran up a Meuse; I could not help running because I was in liquor; I had no thought of any such thing. I was never confined
Guilty . Death .
John Morris . I am a watchman of Marybone parish. On Saturday the 22d of this month, about two in the morning, going my rounds, I saw the prisoner and another in Welbeck street ; they were walking up and down the street, looking into the areas, and seemed to be upon no good; I followed in order to see what they were about; I crossed so as to come between them, and the prisoner said to the other man, that is the watchman; I went up to them, and said, gentlemen, I do not like your behaviour, what are you doing here, where are you going? they said to their lodgings, and they would shew me; I walked a little way; then the prisoner turned back and went to the place where I originally spoke to him; upon that I collared him and rung my rattle; the prisoner then said, you bloody dog if you don't let me go I will blow your brains out; I held him fast; upon which he put his hand down to the side of his coat, took out a pistol, fired it, and wounded me in my face; I fell down; the prisoner was soon taken; as soon as he was brought into the watch-house I knew him again, and am sure he is the man that fired the pistol.
- Hornsby. I am a watchman: I heard the rattle; I turned the corner just in time to see the flash of the pistol, and hear the report of it; I saw Morris fall and saw a man run from him. I came up to Morris; he said he was shot, and desired me to pursue the man; I pursued him into the square; I did not find him there; upon which I proposed searching Harley Meuse ; when I came up to the top of the Meuse, I found the prisoner standing between the dunghill and the pump; I secured him, and then went to see for the pistol; I searched about, and at last there were three pistols found in Harley Meuse , near the place where the prisoner was taken. The prisoner when he came back was shewn to Morris, and he immediately knew him.
- Jones produces the pistols. Two were loaded with cut pieces of lead, the third appeared to have been discharged.
Mr. John Ainsley . I am a surgeon: I saw Morris on Saturday morning; he had received a wound in the cheek; the shot had entered near the mouth, and had penetrated four inches through the muscular part of the cheek; I extracted two pieces of metal, pewter or lead; I think pewter; it was a gun shot wound.
I am not the man that fired the pistol; I was stopped in Harley-Meuse; I came there innocently; I was going to Marybone; I went through this Meuse taking it to be a common through-fare; when I came to the top I found myself mistaken, it was no thorough-fare; I was turning round to come back at the instant I was stopped. As to the pistols I know nothing of them. I am a fishmonger by trade.
Guilty . Death .
Richard Murthwaite . I am a pawnbroker in Oxford-street . On the 1st of May, about four in the afternoon, I went up stairs and missed some linen off the shelves in my warehouse in the garret; there was a very large quantity of white aprons. The shelves were just under the trap door of a cock loft; I got up into the cock loft and found 17 tickets of aprons; I suppose there were two dozen gone; I went on the top of the house, and saw plainly somebody had been up the tiles to the next house. I went to the next house and enquired what lodgers they had, and the prisoners were working at the top of the house. They were taken before the Justice; they denied the fact, but were committed for further examination, and when they were brought down the second time, Warwick confessed he had sold some of the aprons to Margaret Murray , in Great St. Andrew's-street; we went there and found seven.
Margaret Murray produces the aprons.
Prosecutor. I cannot swear to them; only the tickets were left in the cock lost.
Q. How many aprons did he offer you to fail?
Murray. Nine; I bought them; I gave him 10 s. all but 2 d. for the whole; I believe he is the man.
Q. to Murray. Were there any tickets on the aprons when you bought them?
Murthwaite. There is the mark of two pawnbrokers tickets upon it; it has been pawned since I lost it.
The aprons belonged to my wife.
STRINGER acquitted .
WARWICK guilty .
Ann Page . I am the wife of Robert Page : the 10th of this month, between nine and ten at night, I lost two table spoons; they were taken from a drawer in the bar; my husband keeps a public house ; I had used one of them about two hours before, and put it in the drawer again. I went to Sir John Fielding 's early the next morning, and they were advertised. The Wednesday following Thomas Frasier , a watchman, came to me, and asked me if I had not lost some spoons; I told him I had lost two; he said as he was on duty on, Monday night about ten o'clock, a woman came to him, and asked where she could get a lodging and find a pawnbroker's; he said she might get both at Chelsea. I went the next morning and found one spoon at Mrs. Dow's, in Petty France, Westminster, and the other at Mr. Stone's in the Ambery, Westminster; I am sure they are my husband's property.
Mr. Wright. I am servant to Mr. Stone, pawnbroker, in the Ambery; I took in a table spoon of the prisoner the 11th of May; I lent her 7 s. upon it; Mrs. Page came on the 13th, and asked if such a thing was brought there; I told her yes, and where the person lived; she went but could not find her. I am sure the prisoner is the person; she pawned it in the name of Margaret Rowland .
Elizabeth Dow . I am a pawnbroker in Petty France; the prisoner brought a silver spoon the 11th of May to pledge for 7 s. I took it in; I know it is one of these spoons; I cannot say which because they are mixed.
I never saw the spoons till I saw them before the Justice, nor none of these people.
Guilty . T .
Guilty 10 d .
(M.) GRACE SINCLAIR , spinster, otherwise SIMPSON, was a second time indicted for stealing two linen shirts, value 5 s. two linen shifts, value 5 s. one linen frock, value 2 s. one damask napkin, value 2 s. one flat iron, value 6 d. and two yards of wrapper, value 6 d. the property of John Anson , April 5th . *
Mary Anson . I am the wife of John Anson : the prisoner came to live servant with me the 3d of April; on the 5th she asked me to let her go out; the next day I missed a ruffle shirt and a long lawn frock; I did not suspect the prisoner at that time; she staid with me a fortnight and was scarce ever sober. On the Saturday fortnight
I do not know any thing about it.
Guilty . T .
337. (M.) LYDIA BUTCHER , spinster , was indicted for stealing two wooden casks, value 5 s. six gallons, two quarts, and one pint of rum, value 2 l. 18 s. and six gallons, one quart, and one pint of brandy, value 3 l. 16 s. 6 d. the property of Samuel Wilson and John Wilson , April 6th . ~
Rosannah Row. I live in Nag's-head-yard in New-cross-street : the prisoner lodged with me. I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; the prisoner confessed she had taken and pawned them; she had lodged with me but four days before she began taking them.
Joseph Close . I live with Mr. Relly, a pawnbroker, in Green-street, Leicester-fields; this shift (producing it) I took in of the prisoner within this fortnight or three weeks. (The shift deposed to by the prosecutrix.)
Thomas Nash . I am a pawnbroker in the Hay-market: I have a shirt and two pair of ruffles; I took them of the prisoner on or about the 7th of May. (They are produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)
Q. Were they pawned without your knowledge or consent?
Nash. Yes, they were.
I was out of place and did lodge at this woman's house; three other people lodged there besides me. I know nothing about the things; I did not pawn them.
Guilty . T .
339. (M.) JANE WELCH , spinster , was indicted for stealing a pocket book bound in parchment, value 2 d. three razors, value 6 d. four lancets, value 6 d. and a comb, value 1 d. the property of John Fuller , April 24th . *
John Fuller . I went to sleep at the Three Compasses, a public house in Crown-street ; when I awaked the prisoner was standing by me, and I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; a person in the room told me she had my pocket book.
- Oakely. I saw the prosecutor's pocket book fall out of the prisoner's apron as she was taking a pinch of snuff.
I picked it up in the box.
Guilty 10 d . W .
340. (M.) EDWARD DELANY was indicted for that he on the king's highway, on Thomas Smith , did make an assault putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch, the inside case silver, the outside shagreen, value 30 s. a steel watch chain, value 2 s. and two base metal watch keys, value 2 d. the property of the said Thomas , April 19 . *
"d - n me, are you going to rob me?" I said no; then he pushed me about a little; at last they tript up my heels, and then took my watch out of my right hand waistcoat pocket, where I had put it for security. Going a little farther I met a gentleman and a watchman; I said I had been robbed; the gentleman said he had just been robbed; we went back to the corner of the road; there was a man that stood by and saw me robbed; then the watchman came up; I bid him hold his lanthorn up to look at this man; I said I know you by sight; yes, said he I water the horses at White-Conduit-House; the watchman said if I would give charge of him he would secure him; the people there said he was an honest fellow; I did not care to have any more trouble about it and let him go.
Q. Is that the man.
Smith. It was dark I cannot tell; the prisoner has pawned the watch.
William Jones . On Thursday the 22d of April the prisoner came to my house, the White Lion, at Dover (I keep a hatter's shop likewise) between half after seven and nine, and asked for a lodging; he asked if there were any watch makers in the town, or any pawnbrokers; I told him there were no pawnbrokers, there were two or three watchmakers; he said he had walked all the way from Stroud; that he stopt at Canterbury, and called upon a watch-maker, and asked him whether he would buy this watch; he put his hand in his pocket and took out this watch (producing it); the man said he would not, for he had paid a fine for taking in silver without a licence; he gave me the watch to look at; he desired me to keep it till morning for he had no money; he told me he had a rich uncle at Paris, and was going over to see him; I told him he might depend upon it he would be a French soldier as soon as he got to Calais if he had no money. In the morning he asked me to lend him something on the watch; the watch-maker said he would lend him 15 s. upon it if he would draw a note; he came to my shop and said he would be glad to have his watch again, for he had something else to dispose of; I asked him what it was; he said my uncle will not like to see me in such coarse linen as I have got on; he took out a Manchester note for 7 l. 7 s. and asked me to change it; I told him he might go to a Mr. Law, a draper, in the town, and that if it was good he might change it with him; he went there: as he was a stranger Mr. Law would not change it; he told me he went to Mr. Farley, Mr. Factor's clerk: he came back and said d - n the notes, I wish they were burnt or lost; he said pray get me a horse that I may go back again, and trembled, and seemed frightened; I thought there might be more than this by his saying notes; I said lend me that note I will get it changed; he gave it me; I said upon second consideration I could not change it, but I had dealings with Mr. George Smith and son, at Manchester, and owed them money, and if he had a larger note I would change it for him; we went into the bar together; he pulled out a red pocket book, and took out a note for 91 l. 10 s. I told him I would endeavour to get him cash directly; I slipt out to the Mayor, and shewed him the two notes and the watch; the Mayor got two Justices to the Court-Hall; I had the prisoner up there, and they examined him; he said to the Mayor that he followed a gentleman through a street, and saw his pocket book fall out of his pocket; that his brother took these notes out and sent the pocket book back to the owner; he was committed to gaol.
Q. to the Prosecutor. Do you think the two men were in company together?
Smith. I think they were very near together.
Q. to the Prosecutor. Is this the man you looked at with the lanthorn?
Smith. No. I am certain this is my watch.
Jones. He said at Dover his father gave him the watch a year and half ago.
I bought the watch of a Jew pedlar in the street.
Guilty . Death .
(M.) EDWARD DELANY was a second time indicted for that he on the king's highway, on John Kearsley , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a leather pocket book, value 4 d. the property of the said John , April 19 . *
John Kearsley . On the 19th of April, in the evening between eleven and twelve, coming from Islington , two men attacked me, one on one side, the other on the other; the man on my left hand was about the size of the prisoner; I cannot swear it was him; they kicked my heels up, and took my pocket book out of my pocket; it was very dark; they took a black
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he found the pocket book and the notes.
Guilty . Death .
341. (M.) CLAUDE HARCOURT was indicted for stealing a wooden hair trunk, value 4 s. an iron key, value 1 d. a paper trunk, value 1 s. a linen table cloth, value 1 s. three linen towels, value 2 s. two china cups, value 1 s. two china saucers, value 1 s. one case knife, value 3 d. and one fork, value 3 d. the property of Sarah Croshaw , widow , May 20th . *
John Myricke . Mess. Garseds and I are partners , in Wood-street, Cheapside , in the silk ribbon manufactory . On Thursday morning last I saw the loom stripped of thirteen or fourteen yards of ribbon; I delivered the materials a fortnight before to John Reynoldson .
Sarah Mathews . I worked at the loom from whence it was taken; they were delivered to me by Mr. Reynoldson; I make that ribbon in his shop. I went out at a quarter after eight last Wednesday evening; my husband came home with me; I heard a noise over my head; the weights of the loom fell; I suspected something; I went up stairs; my husband catched the prisoner on the stairs. When I went up I found the silk out of the harness; it was picked up by Elizabeth Herbert in the two pair of stairs room; ( the ribbon produced); this was the ribbon made by me up in that shop; I had made none of that sort: when I went out I locked the door; I was not out above five minutes. The last person that goes out of the shop takes the key up to Herbert up two pair of stairs.
- Mathews. I heard a lumber in the shop over head a little after eight; I went up to the stairs foot and called out, who is there? no answer was given; I got half way up stairs and called again; there was no answer, then I ran up to the top of the one pair of stairs, and saw the prisoner come out of the shop; I laid hold of him; the prisoner wanted to fling me down stairs; he said he did not want any thing but Mr. Davis if he lived there. I did not see him cut the ribbon but it looked as if it had been cut.
Elizabeth Herbert . I saw the ribbon upon the stairs; the prisoner took a knife out and wanted to slide it on the stairs; I picked it up on the landing place of the two pair of stairs; I heard a person run up the stairs half an hour before.
I know nothing of the ribbon. I was catched up three pair of stairs.
He called two witnesses who spoke but slightly as to his character.
Guilty . T .
Ann Grey . I am the wife of Henry Grey : we live in Church-street, St. Giles's ; the prisoner lay with me about a week; I had borrowed half a guinea on Saturday; I changed it on Sunday, and had 10 s. 2 d. in my pocket; I put 7 s. 2 d. in halfpence and 3 s. in silver, and put the pockets under the bolster with this money in them at night when I went to bed; the prisoner got up and took away my pockets: Atwood stopped her, at whose house I lodged, between seven and eight in the morning; when she came up stairs I claimed the pockets; the prisoner said they were her's; I said they were mine; there were 10 s. 2 d. in the pockets.Ann Grey said if they were her's there was 10 s. and odd in them; I searched and it was so. (The pockets produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)
Atwood. These are the pockets the prisoner had in her lap when I stopt her.
They are my own pockets.
Guilty 10 d . W .
344, 345, 346. (M.) RICHARD TAYLOR , JOHN WATERS , and ROBERT SMITH , were indicted for that they on the king's highway, on Michael Cain , did make an assault putting him in bodily fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person two guineas, the property of the said Michael , May 22d . *
All three acquitted .
They were a second time indicted for that they on the king's highway, on Ann, Catherine, the wife of Robert Carr , did make an assault, putting her in bodily fear and danger of her life, and taking from her person 9 lb. wt. of tea, value 2 l. 12 s. 6 d. the property of the said Peter Carr , May 22 . *
All three acquitted .
All three acquitted .
Richard Caplin . I keep a public house in Oxford-road : I lost a quart and a pint pewter pot the 10th of May; they were taken on the prisoner by the other witness. (The pots produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
James Shakleford . I keep a public house; I was informed the prisoner was taking some of my pots; I laid hold of her, and took these pots from under her petticoat, tied with a string. I took her in little Queen-street, Oxford-road; there is Mr. Caplin's mark on them.
I picked the pots up in the street; I could not read, so I sat down to eat a piece of victuals that was given me, and put the pots in my pocket till I could get somebody that could read to tell me whose they were.
Guilty 10 d . W .
348, 349. (M.) SAMUEL BRITTLE and WILLIAM MOSS were indicted for ripping, cutting, and breaking with intent to steal 2 lb. of lead, value 2 s. the property of Sir Benjamin Trueman , Knt . and John Barker , Esq ; the said lead being fixed to a certain building made of brick and wood .
Second Count for stealing the said lead against the statute, May 24 . *
James Green. On this day week the prisoners were at work for me, at Sir Benj. Trueman 's, in Brick lane, Spitalfields ; about a quarter after eight in the morning, I was standing at Low's door in Pater-noster-row, in the same parish, and the prisoner came by; I suspected they had some lead about them, and desired Mr. Low to assist me to take them; we followed them a cross Bishopsgate-street into a coach yard; they went to the top of the yard, and stood pausing a while; then they turned back down another alley; I was afraid they would escape, so I laid hold of Brittle, and called to Mr. Low to assist in taking the other; we took them to Spitalfields watch-house. I desired Brittle to take the lead out, and he took it from under his waistcoat; that lead fitted the place the lead was taken from; it was taken from the gutter of the copper in the brewhouse; there is about 35 lb. of it.
Robert Berry . This day week Mr. Green sent for me about nine o'clock, and gave me charge of the prisoners; I found the lead and a knife upon him. We went to the brewhouse, and saw some new tiles where the men had been at work, and removing them, we found the lead had been cut away; we laid it down and it matched.
The lead is quite straight; it might match any place; it is impossible they should be able to swear to it.
Brittle called five witnesses who gave him a very good character.
BRITTLE guilty . B . and Imp. 6 M .
MOSS acquitted .
George Mackey . I live in Dyot-street, St. Giles's : I had about 40 s. in halfpence and some farthings; I kept them in a woollen night cap and a stocking; the night cap was in a box. I went out on the 21st of April, between eight and nine in the morning, and left the prisoner in bed in the next room; I came home between seven and eight at night and missed my money; I went directly to the constable.
The prisoner acknowledged the charge.
Guilty . T .
Elizabeth Morris . I am the wife of Richard Morris : we have a house at Hampstead . Last Friday was se'ennight there was lost out of the hen roost, a cock, three hens, and five chickens; the hen house was broke open. I advertised a reward for detecting the offender, and in consequence of that advertisement I found at Mrs. Norman's one cock and one hen. (They are produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.) Five of the chickens were in the custody of a constable.
Mary Norman . It is my business to buy and sell fowls and birds: I live in the City Road. On Saturday se'ennight the prisoner brought two cocks, six hens, and fifteen chickens; I bought two cocks, six hens, and five of the chickens; the prisoner told me where he lived, but gave a wrong description as I found upon enquiry.
The constable. I went into the public house, and found among many other fowls in the prisoner's custody, the two fowls produced.
I could have good evidence to morrow to prove I came honestly by them.
Guilty . T .
Marcella Williams . I am the wife of Edward Williams , who lives in Warwick-lane . The beginning of March I missed a great many things; I employed the prisoner and another woman; I went to the prisoner's lodgings on the 15th; I saw the napkins upon a table under a glass; she still persisted they were not my property, and she would punish me for claiming them: I had the fellows to them; I had particular marks that I am sure of them by.
I am quite a country person; I have nobody to appear in my character; I know nothing of the matter.
Guilty . T .
353, 354. (L.) GEORGE CHURCH and ELIZABETH CHURCH were indicted, the first for stealing a yard of thread lace, value 10 d. three yards and a half of thread lace, value 9 s. 6 d. another piece of thread lace containing three yards and and half, value 5 s. 3 d. another piece containing seven yards and a half, value 13 s. 9 d. another piece containing eight yards and a half, value 21 s. 7 d. the property of Thomas Darke ; and the other for receiving the said goods well knowing them to have been stolen . +
Both acquitted .
ELIZABETH, the wife of Robert SPENCER , was indicted for stealing 14 yards of printed linen cloth, value 1 l. 18 s. the property of William Foot , privately in his shop , May 24th . +
Andrew Hawkins . I am servant to Mr. Foot, who is a linen draper in Ludgate-street . The prisoner came into the shop on the 24th of May, between twelve and one o'clock at noon, and asked to see some printed linen; I shewed her some; at last she agreed to have some printed cotton at 2 s. 2 d. a yard; she said she would call for it in a few days, and went out of the shop; I perceived she had something under her cloak; I went out after her; I took her by the arm and asked what she had got; she said she had not any thing that belonged to me; I brought her back to the shop and there I took this piece of linen ( producing it) from under her arm; it is Mr. Foot's property, and has his mark upon it; is a new print, and was brought in but the Saturday before.
I do not remember having it, nor do I know how I came by it.
For the Prisoner.
Guilty. Death . Recommended by the Jury .
356. (2d L.) JOSEPH COOPER was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Beaumont , on the 23d of May , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing one hundred guineas, the property of the said John, in his dwelling house . +
John Beaumont . I am a cutler at Cripplegate : the prisoner had been my apprentice . On Sunday se'enight, about two o'clock in the night, I heard somebody go by my door along the entry to the street door: I lie in the back parlour; he then rattled off a large chain that hung a-cross upon a worm, and threw it on the ground with great violence, lifted up the latch of the door, went out, and pulled the door hard after him; I got up directly, and as soon as I opened my door, I saw the entry door open; I went further and found the kitchen door open, and the poker bent almost double; I went further and the window of the kitchen that goes into the church yard was open, and propped up with a piece of stick; it was a sash window. I then saw the desk was broke open, and a bag was taken out of it containing 100 guineas; the desk was in the kitchen. I suppose he had concealed himself in the church yard, and so broke in out of the church yard. I suspected the prisoner; I went and informed the watchman of it; an alarm was given at the watch-house, and the prisoner was taken, and brought to me about seven o'clock that morning; they found the bag upon him with 99 guineas in it; one he said he had taken out, which was found in his breeches pocket.
John Dyson . I am next door neighbour to the prosecutor: between seven and eight o'clock on Monday morning I saw the prisoner brought by two men to Mr. Beaumont's house; I went in to know what was the matter; Mr. Beaumont seemed very much oppressed with trouble, and told me the cause as he has described it here; he had the money in his hand; there was nobody present then but the two watchmen, his housekeeper, himself, and me; he desired me to keep the money; he tied it up and sealed it, and I have kept it ever since; there were 100 guineas in it when it was delivered to me; this is the bag (producing it).
Beaumont. I can swear the bag is my property; it has the word Cutler upon it.
John Negus . I took the prisoner at his lodging in Denmark-court in the Strand; I went up stairs, knocked at the door, and told him he was my prisoner and must go with me; he asked for what; I said I need not tell him. I brought him to Mr. Beaumont's. Mr. Beaumont cried, and said
"You rogue, you rogue, what
"have you done? you have robbed me, and I
"shall be obliged to prosecute you: have you
"got my money?" we searched him, and
I know nothing of the fact. My landlady gave me warning to remove my lodgings; I was up betimes moving my things, and the two men came into my room, and said I was their prisoner. The money was my own that I had saved up and received from my friends; the bag was once my master's, but was not then. I served him eight years duly and truly, and never lay out of his house, and never disobeyed his commands we had a dispute after I was out of my time, which gave rise to this prosecution.
For the Prisoner.
Q. Has he any good friends?
Q. Poor people?
Chinnery. Yes, honest industrious people.
Guilty. Death . Recommended by the Jury and the Prosecutor .
357. (2d L.) MARY PORTER was indicted for stealing a linen apron, value 6 d. and a watch, inside case gold, and the outside case base metal, covered with shagreen, value 8 l. the property of John Banks , in his dwelling house , May 5th . ~
Sarah Banks . I am the wife of John Banks ; my husband lives in Naked-boy-court, Ludgate-hill : he is a verger of St. Paul's. On Wednesday the 5th of May he was attending the church: the watch hung upon a hook in the parlour; I saw it about half after eleven in the morning; I went up stairs into my bed room; I put to the street door but did not fasten it; I went up stairs into the one pair of stairs room; before I had been there ten minutes, I heard as I thought the neighbour's child playing; upon looking down stairs I saw the door quite open; I went down to shut it; when I had got within five steps of the bottom, I saw the prisoner coming out of the parlour; I mistrusted she had been there upon a bad account; I asked her what she wanted; she said one Mrs. Saunders, or some such name; I went quickly into the parlour and missed the watch; she had not then got out of the passage; I took her by the arm and pulled her into the parlour, and there be ing a young man up three pair of stairs, who used to come backwards and forwards to our house. I called to him to assist; the prisoner seeing somebody else in the house, threw the watch down upon a chair; I saw her throw it down. She denied the fact, and said she would not run away but would go readily with the constable. I sent for a constable and followed him to Guildhall. (The watch produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix). When I had taken her into the parlour she dropped the apron upon the floor; I left it somewhere in the parlour when I went up stairs.
I went to the house to enquire for Mrs. Andrews; Mrs. Banks pulled me into the room and charged me with stealing the things; I know nothing of them.
Guilty 39 s . T .
Philip Manning . Mr. Frisby and I am partners in the wine trade . On the 11th of May we lost two bottles of Madonia wine, out of the vault in Cooper's-row; that morning I had some empty bottles brought in, and the prisoner was one of the persons employed to bring them in; he carried a load of these bottles into the vault; there was nobody in the vault when I was there the last time but two of my own servants and the prisoner; as I was going to Sam's coffee-house, I saw my little boy struggling with the prisoner; I saw the boy get one bottle from him; I went up and collared him, and took another bottle from him likewise. (The wine produced). It has my seal upon it.
Samuel Buckland . I was in the vault: the prisoner left the empty bottle the first time he came into the vault; he went away for some straw; he returned with it and left that in the cellar; then he went away and returned a third time; I saw a shadow of somebody going out of the cellar; I followed him and stopped him till my master came; I took one bottle from him.
I was there with the bottles; I went the second time with straw; I went the third time with some bottles to another house, and was desired in return to call at the vault for the bill; a gentleman and lady in the street desired me to take two bottles they had in a handkerchief in their hands; they had a pint besides; they desired me to carry them to a public house.
He called three witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty 10 d . W .
William Evans . I am a silversmith , and live in Aldgate-high-street : on the 27th of May, while at dinner, I heard somebody call out that I was robbed, for a boy had broke my show glass; I went to the door and saw the prisoner stopped, but he got off again for a Jew came up and got me by the collar, and said I had no business with that boy for he had only broke the glass; by this means the boy slipped from me, but was secured by the other witness before he got out of my sight, but I never got my spoons again; I suppose I must have lost a dozen and a half.
Joshua Marshall . Going up the street I saw the prisoner very busy with his hand about the show glass; I was then thirty yards distance; when I got nearer I could perceive his hand in the show glass; I was then close to him; I asked him what business he had there; he ran away; I saw him taken by the other witness.
I am fourteen years old; I know nothing of the matter.
He called his mother to his character.
Guilty . T .
John Nicholson . I lost my handkerchief last Wednesday se'ennight, about eight o'clock, walking down Houndsditch . A gentleman standing at his door saw the prisoner take it out of my pocket; he stopped him and came and informed me of it.
John Hunt . Standing at my own door the 19th of May, I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of Mr. Nicholson's pocket; I ran from my own door and detected him with it in his hand; as soon as I laid hold of him he dropt it; I gave it to Mr. Nicholson. (The handkerchief produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
A gentleman laid hold of me, and said I had his handkerchief; I never saw any thing of it.
For the Prisoner.
- Preston. He always bore a good character.
Guilty . T .
John Wining . Coming across the square by Bartholomew Hospital , on the 2d of May, about nine in the evening, the prisoner came on my right side and picked my pocket, just as I came under the gateway going into Little Britain; I did not see him do it; I missed my handkerchief and told my nephew.
Thomas Martin . I am nephew to Mr. Winning: on the 2d of May, going through the hospital square, I heard a cry of stop thief; I saw the prisoner running and stopped him; I saw him drop a blue and white hankerchief; it was delivered to the constable. (The constable produced the handkerchief, which was deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I was coming home from Mile End; these gentlemen were coming one way, I was running the other; they cried stop thief; the gentleman laid hold of me, and asked if I had a handkerchief; I said no; they said that I dropped it; it was twenty yards from me; there was a little boy running, but I did not take any notice of him.
Guilty . T .
363. (L.) ELIZABETH, the wife of John WATERHOUSE , was indicted for stealing one pair of thread stockings, value 5 s. one pair of worsted stockings, value 4 s. and a silk handkerchief, value 5 s. the property of Andrew Hickson Carewood , May 2 . ~
Ann Jefferys . I am housekeeper to Mr. Hickson Carewood, a merchant ; the prisoner came once a week to wash at our house; I missed the things; I got a warrant and went with the constable to her lodging, at the One Swan in Bishopsgate-street on the 3d of May; the constable searched her drawers, and in a drawer among some silk handkerchiefs I saw this handkerchief; she went to throw it into a closet, and threw it under her feet; I am sure it is my master's property; I asked her how she came to do such a thing; she said she did take it; that she was very foolish and was sorry for it, and would make me any recompence for the handkerchief, and desired I would not appear against her. The constable found the stockings; I can swear to the white ones by the mending of them; the worsted stockings have no particular mark on them.
- Pretty. I am a constable; I found these things.
I do not know how the things came in my room.
She called four witnesses who gave her a good character.
Guilty 10 d . W .
Elizabeth Carter . I was talking with Mrs. Hall; she said a woman had got my kettle; I followed her to the next door and took the kettle from under her cloak; I am sure it is my husband's property; it has our mark upon it; it was in a chair at the outside of the door. She was carried before a magistrate and committed. I believe she was in liquor and did not know what she did.
Ann Hall. I live next door to the prosecutor: I was sitting at my door and Mrs. Carter was talking with me; I saw the prisoner covering the kettle over with her cloak. I told Mrs. Carter.
The kettle was on the ground, I saw it and took it up.
For the Prisoner.
Binton Metcalf. I have known her six years; I have the paying six shillings a week to her
Guilty 10 d . W .
Thomas Baldwin . I live in Margaret-street, Westminster. On the 6th of May I went into St. Dunstan's church , between six and seven o'clock, and stood in the south isle by the prisoner; when I had been there some time, I felt a hand at my pocket; I had no suspicion at that time; in about a quarter of an hour I put my hand in my pocket and missed my handkerchief; I said to a gentleman that stood by, Sir, I have lost my handkerchief, take care of your pockets; he said he believed the man that stood by me had it; the prisoner went out; I followed him, and asked him if he had it; he said no, and pulled out two, but they were not mine, so I let him go; I was afterwards persuaded by some people that stood by to follow him; I did, and the people with me; they undid his breeches and found my handkerchief upon him. (The handkerchief produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
Charles Tenet . I was coming out of St. Dunstan's church the 6th of May, and saw the prosecutor talking to the prisoner about his handkerchief; I followed the prisoner with him, after he had let him go. The handkerchief was found in the flap of his breeches.
I picked it up in the church.
Guilty . T .
366. (2d M.) ARTHUR STEVENSON was indicted for that he on the king's highway, on William Bennet , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one woollen night cap, value 4 d. one pen knife, value 6 d. one pair of spurs, value 1 s. one hat, value 1 s. and 30 l. in money, numbered, the property of the said William , Jan. 13 . *
367. (M.) BARNARD SOLOMON was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Benedict Schaller , on the 23d of March , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing four silver tea spoons, value 4 s. two silver salts, value 20 s. one gold watch, value 9 l. and three gold seals, value 30 s. the property of the said Benedict, in his dwelling house . *
368. (M.) WILLIAM STEVENS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of James Curtin , on the 26th of January , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing a silver tankard, value 10 l. a pair of silver buckles, value 8 s. a silver tea spoon, value 1 s. a green silk purse, value 1 d. and seven guineas and 120 copper halfpence, and ten shillings in money, numbered, the property of the said James, in his dwelling house , Jan. 26. +
Second Count for clipping and filing half a guinea. *
William Bacchus . I have known the prisoner two years; he lodged in Cloth-fair, in the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great; he has since taken a house by Clerkenwell Green. I never knew what business he was of; we were concerned together in the diminishing way.
Q. What connections had you with him?
Bacchus. Only a little in the diminishing way; the first I believe was the beginning of last February: we used to diminish guineas; we cut them round with scissars, then filed them round, and then milled them; sometimes I did ten or a dozen, sometimes more.
Q. How often was this done?
Bacchus. Five or six times.
Q. Was this house his own?
Bacchus. He had only a lodging; two little rooms up one pair of stairs.
Q. Did the landlady see you and him together?
Bacchus. She saw me frequently come to the house. About the twentieth of April I went toJohn Fielding 's and made a discovery of this man, and several more.
Q. Did you tell the same story there as here?
Q. Was you at large when you made this discovery?
Q. Have you been at large ever since?
Bacchus. Yes, and am now.
Q. Was not you in custody when you made this information?
Q. Were there any more lodgers in that house in Cloth-fair?
Bacchus. I do not know.
Q. What business did the people carry on in the shop?
Bacchus. A hatter.
Q. Did not you threaten upon a quarrel with the prisoner you would be revenged of him?
Bacchus. No; I never quarrelled with him in my life.
Q. When did he take the lodging?
Hansell. On the 26th of March I think; they were unfurnished; there was him and his wife; it was one room forward upon the ground floor, and another room forward on the one pair of stairs; he came in on the Friday following; he was some time down in the country. He was taken at our house.
Q. Was there no furniture in the room?
Hansell. There were some images there three days before they brought their goods.
Q. What were they made of?
Hansell. I suppose clay.
Q. These were not yours?
Hansell. No; but I do not know who put them there.
Q. They went away the last of March?
Slade. I have seen him at my house.
Q. Seen him in Bennet's apartments?
Slade. I have seen him go up stairs; we have lodgers in all parts of the house.
Q. Was you ever in Bennet's apartments?
Slade. Never as I recollect.
Q. Did you ever see Bacchus in company with Bennet? have you ever seen them go in or out together?
Slade. No; I cannot say that ever I did.
John Clarke . On the 22d of April, after Bacchus had made his information, I went to Bennet's, knocked at his room door, in Aylesbury-street; I believe they call it Red-Bull-yard; that woman can tell; it was next door to a public house, the Noah's Ark.
Clarke. Searching the room I saw upon the mantle-piece three images; the middle was what they call an angel; I believe I found a paper there; I shewed it the prisoner; I asked him what it was; he said he did not know; I shewed it him and told him it was gold; he said if it was he did not know who put it there; I searched his pocket and found 23 guineas and two half guineas, a 30 l. bank note, and a 10 or 20, I am not certain which, was found in his pocket book.
Q. How came you to think of searching these images?
Clarke. Bacchus said the gold was concealed in an image upon the mantle-piece. I have preserved two of the guineas. Then he was carried before a magistrate; he was asked whether the furniture belonged to him; he said the furniture of the room was all his own; after he found it would injure him, he denied the images, and said they were there before he came there. Here is the gold dust and clippings, with the millings upon the edge of it (he produced a paper with gold dust); some of what was in the paper I delivered to Mr. Chamberlayne.
Court. Is this the original paper?
Clarke. No; I have put it in another because the paper broke; this is an original paper.
Mr. Stainsby Alcorne. I am assay-master in the Mint: I received some clippings and millings of Mr. Chamberlayne last Saturday; I examined
Q. Are they clippings of English or foreign coin?
Alcorne. I believe them to be English; I believe these to be clippings of guineas.
Q. Why do you believe so?
Alcorne. By the milling on the edging; all the milling is preserved. (Clarke produces the two guineas).
Q. Look at these two guineas, have they been diminished?
Alcorne. Both have been diminished by cutting or filing the edge.
Q. Done by fraud or wear?
Alcorne. By fraud; there is an artificial edging put on.
Q. to Clarke. What did you do with the other 21 guineas?
Clarke. Delivered them to the prisoner.
Q. Were the two now produced selected from the other as being the smallest and most diminished, or the first that came to hand?
Clarke. That new guinea was selected particularly.
Court. You should have produced all the money.
Q. What are they the clippings of?
Sage. Of guineas.
Q. Sure of that?
Q. Are you sure they are not clippings of half guineas?
Sage. There may be some among them, but the greater part are clippings of guineas.
Q. Have you looked at these two guineas?
I never had any connections with that man.
For the Prisoner.
Q. I take it for granted he paid you honestly?
Q. What money had you from him?
Carter. Silver and gold, always good money.
Q. How many times did you receive any gold of him?
Carter. A guinea; I weighed it; it wanted but 8 d. I always weigh all the gold I take.
Q. Had you any money transactions with him?
Bates. Yes, he has paid me money very often, sometimes gold, sometimes silver; I never took any bad money to my knowledge.
Q. What countryman are you?
Bates. I was born at St. Margaret's, Westminster.
Q. Have you ever been in Yorkshire?
Q. Do you know Bacchus?
Q. What business are you?
Bates. A publican, and keep an eating house; the prisoner has dined at my house ten or twelve times.
Q. How many times had he occasion to take change; five or six times out of the times?
Bates. May be so.
Q. Did you ever change him a guinea?
Bates. Yes, and once or twice half a guinea perhaps.
Q. Did you weigh your guinea?
Bates. I often do when I doubt them; I send them over to a neighbour and have them weighed; once or twice I had his weighed, and when weighed found no deficiency.
Edward Taft. I have known him three years; when he came to our house he dealt in horses; he used it three years; the Bell in Smithfield: I am an ostler; he has had four or five at our house at a time; I sold one or two for him.
Counsel for the Crown. He is a common jockey then, that is his trade?
Taft. He has dealt in horses ever since I knew him; I have had some pounds of his money, and got banks for him when he went into the country for 60 or 80 guineas at a time.
MARGARET, the wife of William CAREY , was indicted for stealing a silver tea spoon, value 2 s. a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. a pillow case, value 10 d. and a flat iron, value 6 d. the property of Alexander Grant , Esq ; May 8th . ~
373, 374. (2d M.) ALEXANDER ELDER and JOHN SHARPE were indicted for that they in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, on Eleazar Solomon Daniel did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a garnet ear-ring set in gold, value 2 s. a pocket book, value 6 d. a penknife, value 4 d. an iron key, value 2 d. a touch stone, value 1 s. a quarter of a guinea, and 4 s. 6 d. in money, numbered, the property of the said Eleazor Solomon , May 13 . +
Both acquitted .
They were a second time indicted for stealing plate and trinkets to a great amount , and were likewise
Both acquitted .
376, 377. (M.) ELIZABETH FARWELL and ABRAHAM STANLEY , otherwise CHANDLER , were indicted; the first for stealing an iron, value 5 s. the property of Josiah Hodgkin , and the other for receiving it well knowing it to have been stolen .
Both acquitted .
378. (2d M.) HANNAH DAY , spinster , was indicted for stealing a watch, value 5 l. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 10 s. a pair of silver knee buckles, value 4 s. a silk handkerchief, value 1 s. 6 d. a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. a paper machee snuff box, value 1 s. and an iron tobacco box, value 6 d. the property of John Robinson , May 26 . ~
380, 381. (2d M.) EDWARD WINCH and SUSANNA, the wife of John TATHAM , were indicted; the first for committing a rape on the body of Mary Owen , the younger , and the other for exciting, moving, procuring, counselling, aiding, and abetting, the said Edward Winch , to do and commit the said rape , April 19 . *
Mary Owen , the younger, deposed, that she was fourteen years old in March last; that Susanna Tatham lived opposite her father, who is a shoemaker, and that Winch is coachman to governor Pownal, and used to be with his carriage facing her father's window; that on the 19th of April when she was going for a pitcher of water; Tatham called her up to her room, which is over the coach houses, and then asked her for some money to buy beer, which she refused; that Tatham went for beer, and locked her into the room with Winch, who immediately took her a stride across his knees as he sat in his chair, and in that posture had the carnal knowledge of her body; that he stopt her mouth all the time with his left hand; that if she had cried out there was no one near enough to hear her; that she made all the resistance in her power, and that he was half an hour in completing his purpose. She was asked what she did with her hands all the time; she answered that they were by her sides; that Tatham returned then, and said
Mary Owen , the girl's mother, deposed, that her daughter came home and complained to her that Winch had ravished her; she said he stretched her legs so wide across his knees that she could not get away; that he had tore open her private parts first with his hand, and was so hurt she could not sit in a chair for a fortnight after.
She came into the room; I was sitting on a chair; she said she was glad to see me; she sat down on my knee and put her foot on my other knee: I did put my hand up her petticoats, but I did nothing more to her.
I never encouraged her to come into my room, nor was the door locked while I went for the beer.
The prisoner called Thomas Powell , a publican, who deposed that he carried a pot of beer to Tatham's room; that he saw the girl sitting on Winch's knee, and that she did not appear to be in the least flurry, but was laughing, and seemed very fond of him.
Mary Piper . I am thirteen years old: Owen, the girl, came into Tatham's room to shew them her new shoes, and said she had been waiting half an hour to see the governor, meaning Winch, and said how do you do governor? and sat down on his knee, and put her left leg over his other leg, Mrs. Tatham went for some beer; then Winch sat upon another chair near the bed, and she sat on his knee; Winch kissed her: her mother called her; I went to the door and told her her mother called her; she said, Polly Piper , why do you stand peeping there, why don't you come in and show your face? I am sure the door was open. I saw Mr. Powell carry the porter in.
Both acquitted .
Receu de Mr. Lenoir cept piesse pour solde de tout compte a Londre, le 26 7bre, 1767,
Second Count for feloniously uttering and publishing the said receipt, well knowing it to have been forged, against the statute.
Third Count for feloniously forging the same receipt, purporting to be a receipt of one John March, and that the said John March had received of the said Nicholas Lenoir , seven pounds, for the payment of all accounts at London, on the 26th of September, 1767, with intention to defraud the said John March , against the statute, &c.
Fourth Count for feloniously uttering and publishing the same receipt, described as in the last Count, with the like intent against the statute.
The prosecutor was called but did not appear. Acquitted .
Fourth Count the property of persons unknown.
Fifth Count the property of a person unknown. ~
Henry Toten . I was agent to Mr. Trollop, one of the sixty clerks in the Six-Clerks-Office; I was in an office; I saw the prisoner in Mr. Stewart's seat who is dead, and the seat at that time vacant: the custom is, the six clerks dispose of the seat when there is a vacancy, and this was a vacant seat at that time. Seeing the prisoner there, I watched him; I heard some rustle of parchment; I saw him come out of the seat; I followed him and took a bag from him, which contained that parchment now produced. Upon my taking the bag from him he ran down stairs, but I kept the bag in my hand.
John Henry Bateman . I am the keeper of the records in the Six clerks Office; have been for many years; this seat was lately Mr. Steward's; the disposal of it is in Woodford's division; the records are supposed to be in his custody; the parchments now produced I am certain were in that seat.
If any body had a right to them it must be the executors in point of law. Mr. Bateman I desire you to say what you know of my character.
Mr. Bateman. I know no harm of him before; we have lost a great many records but do not know who has taken them.
Guilty 10 d . W .
384. (M.) EDWARD BUTLER was indicted for stealing a basket butter flat, value 2 s. three linen cloths, value 1 s. one dozen of cod fish, value 5 s. ten lobsters, value 5 s. twenty lemons, value 1 s. and 8 oz. of elicampane, value 1 s. the property of Edward Stamp , April 6 . ~
Edward Stamp . I am the Buckingham coachman ; on the 6th of April I received a flat or basket from James Kins , which was delivered to me at the Bell and Crown, Holborn , after three in the morning, to go by the coach to Buckingham; I put it in the basket behind the coach; I missed it at Buckingham.
Thomas Lyon . I am a constable: on the 6th of April, between four and five in the morning, I met the prisoner in Little Queen-street, near Lincoln's-inn-fields; he had a basket with him; as he did not go into any market I thought it dishonestly come by; I asked him what it was; at last he said smuggled goods; upon which I secured him, and carried him before Justice Welch; he said there a man had delivered it to him under a pretence of its being smuggled goods; the basket was opened; there were all the things in the basket mentioned in the indictment.
I know nothing of it.
He called one witness who gave him a good character.
Guilty T .
385. (M.) JONATHAN BOOTHMAN was indicted for stealing four hempen sacks, value 4 s. and twenty-eight bushels of oats, value 40 s. the property of William Hunter , and two hempen sacks, value 2 s. the property of William Gardner , May 6th . ~
William Hunter . Mr. Gardner came to me on the 6th of May, and told me that ten quarters of my corn were missing, and a barge; the prisoner was taken before Justice Sherwood; I went there, and saw the sacks there with my mark on them.
William Gardner . I am a lighter-man to Mr. Hunter; I had ten quarters of his oats in a boat that lay along side a vessel at the Bridge-yard; I missed them and the skiff they were in; the prisoner was taken up with the boat and the oats; four of the sacks were marked William Hunter and one William Gardner .
Guilty . T .
The prosecutor was called, but did not appear; his recognizance was ordered to be estreated. Acquitted .
Thomas Norris . I keep a shop in Holborn ; I put eight pieces of check in my shop window; I missed a piece soon-after; Mr. Pugh, an opposite neighbour came over, and told me a man was going down Holborn with a piece of check.
I picked it up in the street; if I had stole it I should not have gone by the prosecutor's door with it.
Guilty . T .
Stephen Adams I am a silver-smith , and live in St. Ann's Lane, Aldersgate-street . I had a box came by the waggon, and in it there was a parcel directed to Mr. Eardley Norton, in St. John's-street; the prisoner came to me on the 24th of February and asked me for a parcel that came from Mr. Fothergill, of Knaresborough; I asked him who he came from; he said Mr. Norton; I asked him what his christian name was; he said Yerley Norton; I said you are pretty near it, remember for the future your master's name is Eardley Norton; I delivered the parcel to him.
Eardley Norton. I am a clock and watchmaker: the prisoner was my errand boy ; I had this letter (producing it) from Mr. Fothergill of Knaresborough, advising me that he had sent me a watch with a silver box and four metal cases to mend; I sent him to receive a banker's draught for 20 l. and he went off; I never sent him for the parcel.
Q. How came he to know that you had information of that parcel?
Norton. I do not know, unless he heard me read the letter to my man. I enquired at his lodgings, and found that the prisoner, and his father and mother were all run away; the prisoner was taken a month after in Whitechapel.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, his master sent him for the parcel, which his master denied.
He called two witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty . T .
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give judgment as follows:
Received Sentence of Death. 16.
James Monk, William Lushby , Samuel Plaistow , Charles Evans , John Smith, Edward Lade , James Warby John Cook , William Boyd , William Williams , John Walters , John Johnson , John Gahagan , Edward Delaxy , Elizabeth Spencer , Joseph Cooper .
Transportation for seven years, 40.
Thomas Watson , Margaret Bannister , Abraham Lewis , Edward Marshall , Elizabeth Waterhouse , Mary Porter , Thomas Martin , Michael Wood , John Shute , Edward Sterling , Levi Asher , James Christy , Richard George , Jonathan Boothman , John Lone , Sarah Etheridge , Charlotte Beard , alias Butcher, Grace Thompson , John Vaughan , Joseph Smith , Robert Straban , John Havilock , William Houghton , John Forbess , Mary Smith , John Duncumb , Margaret Parsons , Sarah Topham , Samuel Meakham , Edward Butler , Philip Warwick , Margaret Grant , Sarah Jones, Samuel Benjamin, Levi Abraham , Edward Craven , John Bailey , Thomas Walkin , William Jones .
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