NUMBER VIII. PART I.
Sold by S. BLADON, at No. 28, in Pater-noster-Row.
King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.
BEFORE the Right Honourable James Townsend , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir RICHARD ADAMS , Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer *; the Honourable Sir HENRY GOULD , Knt. one of the justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas +; Mr. Serjeant GLYNN, Recorder ++; 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.
TIMOTHY DAWSON was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Bentley , on the 15th of September , about the hour of two in the afternoon, no person being therein, and stealing one pair of cotton stockings, value 4 d. one pair of worsted stockings, value 4 d. one box iron, value 1 s. one iron heater, value 1 d. one linen shirt, value 1 s. one child's linen shirt, value 1 s. one check apron, value 2 d. one cotton handkerchief, value 2 d. one camblet waistcoat, value 1 s. and two small pieces of linen cloth, value 2 d. the property of the said John, in his dwelling house . +
John Bentley . I am a sawyer : I was sent for home from work on the 15th of September, about a quarter before two o'clock; I found my house had been broke open; the lock of the street door was hanging down, and there were several marks of force upon the door: the prisoner was then in custody. When I went from dinner at one o'clock every thing was safe.
Mary Bentley . I am wife to the prosecutor: my husband went from dinner about one o'clock; I went out about half an hour after; I left no person in the house; I locked the door and took the key with me; I returned home in about a quarter of an hour, and found my door was not locked; in about a minute the prisoner came out with this bundle (producing the things mentioned in the indictment); I said, you reseal, what business have you in my house; he did not speak a word but went in again; I got some assistance; when he found that, he came out and jumped over the garden pales; I pursued him and he was taken by two men; I had never lost sight of him. The different articles mentioned in the indictment were deposed to by the prosecutrix, who said they were not tied up when she went out, but were lying loose in different places.
John Kennedy . As I was passing by the prosecutor's house Mrs. Bentley desired my assistance; I saw the prisoner inside the gate with a bundle; when I attacked him he threw down the bundle; and run out of the house; I ran after him and secured him; I never lost fight of him.
Thomas Burland . I saw the last witness pursue the prisoner who was running from him; the prisoner said one man should not take him; as he turned round I took hold of his collar and we brought him back.
I had been to Islington, and as I was coming by this house a man took my hat off, and threw it over the pales; I went to get it and saw the woman; I was very much frightened. I never was inside the house.
Guilty of stealing to the value of 4 s. T .
William Barrow . I am a scavenger , and live at Westminster: the prisoner was my servant . On Sunday the 10th of October I had three pigs in my stye; I saw them safe between eight and nine in the morning; I went out in the forenoon; I was returning home between twelve and one; I met the prisoner a little way from my house with two pigs upon his back in a basket; I had not the least suspicion of their being mine; I went home at three o'clock; I went to look after my pigs and they were gone; then I suspected the prisoner; I ordered my men to secure him if he came again; he came on Monday morning and they secured him. I went to him in order to take him before a Justice; then he told me that two of my pigs were at Mr. Bannister's, and the other at Mr. Loft's; I went to both of them and found my pigs.
The prisoner called three witnesses who gave him a good character.
After the Jury had found the prisoner guilty , the prosecutor informed the Court that the prisoner had bore a good character, and that he was willing to take him again into his service if the Court would shew him favour, upon which he was branded in the hand and discharged.
Methusalem Davis. I met the prisoner on the 12th of September in St. James's Park, about nine in the evening; she asked me where I was going; I said home; she asked me if I would go with her; I asked her where she lived; she
Q. You asked the price?
Davis. Yes; she told me some extravagant price. I have forgot what; I said won't less do; at last she consented for 1 s. She prevailed on me to go with her; when we got near the place where she said she lodged, she desired me to stay there while she informed a woman she lodged with of it, and get her to leave the room for that night; after that she came out and conducted me into the room; she was in a great hurry to go to bed; we undressed ourselves and went to bed very soon; she left the fire burning; she enquired very often if the fire was out; I told her I thought it would do no harm. After being about twenty minutes or half an hour in bed, she pretended that she was very thirsty; she got out of bed and said she would get some half-pence to buy some small beer; she got tumbling things about where my clothes lay, which was upon some drawers by the bedside; my coat and waistcoat fell down; I heard the noise of some keys in my waistcoat pocket. She went out of the room; in about five minutes after came five or six people into the room; Samuel Ward , the person that cohabited with the prisoner, came in; they pretended to know nothing of this young woman. I asked Ward to shew me the way to a constable; he shewed me to a public house; I discovered my loss; when those people came into the room; my breeches were thrown to me out of the passage by somebody, I do not know who; the prisoner was gone at that time. My watch and three shillings were taken out of the pockets.
Q. Are you sure your watch was in your pocket when you went to bed?
Davis. I wound up the watch in the room before I went to bed. Ward shewed me to a public house; he gave his name, Williams. I could not find the prisoner for some time as she quitted that lodging next day. I have never seen my watch since.
Q. Who threw your breeches to you?
Davis. They were thrown to me from the passage before the other people had been in the room.
I am not the woman; I know nothing at all of the man.
Samuel Walker . I live at Ware in Hertfordshire. I was coming down Catherine-street in the Strand on Thursday night the 7th of this month, about nine o'clock; I heard the cry of fire! at the bottom of the street; there is a tavern; several girls were standing at the door; the prisoner laid hold of me and asked me where I was going; she asked me to go with her; by her intreaties I went with her to her lodgings, facing the Playhouse door in Catherine-street; I went up stairs with her; I was in the room two or three minutes; we were pretty nigh together; she left me and called her maid to know if her bed was ready; the maid came up stairs, and said, ma'am, I have got no candle; she said get a candle and take care of something, I could not understand what she said; I clapped my hand upon my thigh and missed my money; I jumped out of the chair; I seized her and pulled her into the room, and said you have robbed me. I had four guineas and a half in my left hand breeches pocket; I felt my money when I went into the room; I am very careful of my money; I can't think how she got it, she was too cunning for me. The landlord came up; I insisted upon his sending for a constable, or I said I would cry out murder, and make a devil of a to do; a constable was brought; he came up and searched her, but found no money about her; I was not in the room above two minutes before I missed my money. The next day, after we had been before Sir John Fielding , the maid was taken up.
Peter Judith Carey . The prisoner's maid, Elizabeth Martin , came to my house and called me up about seven o'clock on Friday morning; she said she was in a great fright; she said her mistress was in the Round-house.
Q. Did she lodge at your house?
Carey. No; my house is a quarter of a mile from their lodgings: I had no acquaintance with the prisoner; I only knew the maid; she said her mistress met a gentleman and brought him home.
Court. You must not mention what she told you.
Carey. I saw the prisoner in the Round-house; she asked me if I had seen her maid; I said I had; I asked her if she had got a guinea and five shillings which the maid said she had sent her by another woman; she said she had, and
Elizabeth Martin . I was the prisoner's servant; she lodged at a chandler's shop in Russel-street. I was in the shop when she came home, between eight and nine in the evening, with this man; they went up stairs together; after they had been there about five minutes she called upon the stairs to know if the bed was ready; I went up the stairs and she gave a bag into my hand, and desired me to take care of it; it was a linen bag; I believe there were in it two guineas, two half guineas, and a quarter guinea. A little after that I heard her scream and make a noise, and she was sent to the Round-house; she sent a message to me from the Round-house to make away with the bag; I threw it away.
Prosecutor. My money was in a brown linen bag; it contained three guineas, two half guineas, and two quarter guineas; that I am positive of; there was something more.
John Heley . I was sent for and searched the prisoner; I found nothing upon her; the next day I went after the maid; I found her drunk; her hand was clenched; I insisted upon opening it then; I found a guinea, two half guineas, a shilling and three-pence. The maid said her mistress gave her the money.
The prosecutor went home with me; he asked me what he should give me to sleep with me all night; I said I would not take less than half a guinea; he offered me 5 s. 3 d. at last he agreed to give me half a guinea. I have a friend that servant knows who gave me two guineas; I gave my money to my maid to take care of as he was a strange gentleman. I was sent for the night before to the bagnio in Chandois-street, and there I got a guinea; my money was in a piece of check rag.
Guilty . T .
630. (M.) THOMAS JEWER was indicted for that he in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, on Sarah Oram , spinster , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a small iron key, value 2 d. four halfpence and a farthing, the property of the said Sarah , Aug. 2 .
He was also indicted for robbing Francis Parish (at the same time and place) of a cloth coat, value 20 s. a nankeen waistcoat, value 5 s. a pair of leather breeches, value 10 s. a pair of thread stockings, value 2 s. a linen handkerchief, value 3 d. an ass-skin book, value 1 s. a pen-knife, value 6 d. a pruning-knife, value 3 d. a pair of brass compasses, value 6 d. and a brass case, value 6 d. the property of Henry Hunt , from the person of the said Francis Parish . *
The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoner.
Sarah Oram . On Monday night the 2d of August, about nine o'clock, as Mr. Hunt's apprentice, Parish, and I were going over Gardner's-field, at Marybone , I saw two men come from under the hedge about one hundred yards off; each had a thick stick in his hand; they met us; the prisoner went up to Parish and collared him; I was close to Parish.
Q. Was it light at that time?
Oram. It was not very dark; it was nine o'clock; he said, sir, your money? Parish said he had no money; he said d - n you, you have money; he said he had nothing but the bundle he had in his hand, and the prisoner took the bundle.
Q. Are you sure that is the man that took the bundle?
Oram. Yes; I saw his face very well. After he had the bundle the other man asked the prisoner where his pistol was; the prisoner then took a pistol from a pocket, I believe inside his coat, and held it to his breast, and said he would shoot him dead if he would not deliver his money; the prisoner put his hand to his pocket, and said, d - n you, you have money; he turned out his pocket and found none; then the prisoner turned to me, and said madam, your money! I gave him two-pence farthing and two keys; the other man said give the lady her keys again; I took one and left the other in his hand. There were three men a-coming over the style which was not many yards from us; they seeing that, the prisoner took up the bundle and run a-cross the field; the three men came up; we told them of it, but they did
Q. Do you live with Mr. Hunt?
Oram. No; I live in Rathbone Place. Mr. Hunt sent his daughter for me to see if I knew the man; I went, and the moment I saw him I knew him again; he was taken up immediately.
Q. Did you hear him say any thing?
Q. Have you ever found your key again?
Francis Parish. I am apprentice to Mr. Hunt, who is a carpenter. I was going from his town house to his country house, by the Jews-Harp-House, at Marybone, with some clothes in a bundle.
Q. What was in the bundle?
Parish. I do not know any more than what I heard my master say. It was about nine o'clock at night; Sarah Oram was with me; she was going to sleep at my master's country house; we were within about one hundred yards of a style in Gardner's field, when the prisoner and another man came as if they came from under the hedge, and met us; the prisoner catched me by the collar, and said I want your money; I said I had none; then he took the bundle from under my arm and laid it down on the grass, then he put his hand to my right hand breeches pocket, and said, d - n you, you have money, and presented a pistol to my breast, and threatened to shoot me; I turned my breeches pocket out; there was a key in it; I said I have no money; he said I see you have none. There were three men coming over the style and they ran away.
Q. What did the other man do all this time?
Parish. He stood behind; I could not see his face.
Parish. I saw her put something into the prisoner's hand; I believe it was money, I heard it think.
Q. Did he say any thing to her?
Parish. He said your money, madam! I have heard her say she gave gave him two-pence farthing and a key.
Q. Was it light at that time?
Parish. It was not very light or dark.
Q. Did you see his face?
Parish. Yes; I am very sure he is the man. On the 10th of September I believe it was, about five weeks after, I was going through Oxford-market, about eleven in the forenoon; he was skinning a sheep or a lamb; I knew him immediately; my master was with me; I told him that was the man that had robbed me. My master sent for Mrs. Oram; when she saw him she said that was the man; the beadle was fetched and he was taken; I was not by when he was taken; I was before the Justice.
Q. What did he say before the Justice?
Parish. He said he was innocent.
Henry Hunt . I bundled up the things mentioned in the indictment, and bid Parish carry them up to the Garden-house; when I came back I met Parish and Oram, who said they had been robbed. About five weeks after my wife returned from market, and said she thought she had seen the man.
Q. Did she tell you the particular shop where she had seen him?
Hunt. No; she only said in the market. I went with the boy to the market; I saw the prisoner skinning a sheep; he said that was the man; I went home and sent my daughter for the girl; as she was coming through the market she said that was the man. I went and fetched one of the beadles who took him.
Q. What did the constable say to him?
Hunt. I was not near to them when they took him.
Q. Did you ever get any of your things again?
Q. Mrs. Hunt, your wife, saw him in the market?
Q. So after your wife had fixed upon this man, this boy and the girl were sent for to see if they knew him again?
Hunt. The prisoner was not pointed out neither to the boy nor girl.
Q. How was the man described?
Q. You have received the reward for an affair of this fort I am told, and are no stranger to a prosecution.
Hunt. You have been told a very great untruth then.
I am as innocent as a child unborn; I never saw them before in my life till they took me up from my work. I have been in the market these fourteen or fifteen years.
For the Prisoner.
Mary Rumley . I know the prisoner: I know where he was on the 2d of August, in the evening; between seven and eight o'clock he brought up two sheeps hearts in his hand, and his wife came to borrow a pan to fry them. I live on the same floor.
Q. How do you recollect that it was on the 2d of August?
Rumley. I should not have known the day of the month but some of the people of the house went to see the coat and badge rowed for.
Q. That is generally rowed for on the 1st of August?
Rumley. It was rowed for on Monday; the 1st of August was on a Sunday; his brother happened to be a little by the head in the market, and Elizabeth Wallace came up stairs, about nine o'clock, and said she wanted his brother to go to the market, because he was by the head; the prisoner was then a-bed, and had been an hour. The prisoner has lodged in my house a twelvemonth; I have known him two or three years; he always behaved honestly; I never heard any thing dishonest of him. My master is a school-master in Oxford-market.
Elizabeth Wallace . I keep a green stall in Oxford-road: I have known the prisoner two years; I remember on the 2d of August he was in bed before nine o'clock; I went up stairs, and I knocked at the door, and I asked, are you a bed? he said, yes; I went down into the market, and met his brother very much in liquor; I went to him to fetch him out of the market.
Q. Do you know by any other circumstances that that was the 2d of August?
Wallace. Because it was the day the men rowed for the coat and badge; the men that had been to see it were all in liquor. The prisoner is an industrious sober man.
Mary Fuller . On the 2d of August I was in Mrs. Rumley's room between seven and eight o'clock; I saw the prisoner come up into his room joining to them; a little after that his wife came to borrow the frying pan; I staid till after nine o'clock; I never saw him go out; I did not see him go to bed; I heard him cough where the bed was; I was in Mrs. Rumley's room; he could not have moved out of the room because Mrs. Rumley's door was open, which is facing his room; if a cat or mouse had come out I must have seen them.
Peter Perryman . I am a butcher: he has done business for me at times a year and a half; I have known him five or six years; he has done my business faithfully and honestly; I never knew him to wrong me of a halfpenny.
- Cross. I am a butcher: I have known him nine or ten years; he worked for me seven years on and off; I know nothing dishonest of him; there is not a more industrious man in England; I never knew him drunk in my life.
Court. It is asked if the prisoner was ever tried here before; shall I put the question?
Counsel for the prisoner. Yes.
Court. Was he ever tried here before?
Cross. I never did hear that he was.
Mrs. Cross. I have known the prisoner between seven and eight years; he is a very honest industrious young man as far as ever I heard.
Q. Have you ever heard that he was tried here before?
Cross. I never did.
Q. Where has he lived?
Laton. In the market all the time: he had 2 very honest character as far as I know; he has worked for my husband seven or eight years; he always kept his character.
- King. I am a constable: I took him up; Mr. Hunt charged him with robbing his two servants; he said he was innocent.
Acquitted of both.
William Miles , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a bundle of printed papers, value 5 s. the property of Charles Keirnan , Sept. 28 . +
William Miles . I am between seventeen and eighteen years old. About nine o'clock in the evening of the 28th of September last, I was returning from Charing-cross, where I had been to send a parcel of printed papers for my master by the stage coach to Tunbridge, which they would not take in without my paying twopence, and which I had not got to pay. On my return in Duke-street, Lincoln's-inn-fields , a soldier came up to me, and put his hand upon the bundle, and said, what have you got here? I said I have nothing, only a few printed papers; he said he must have them; I said he should not; he said he would, and took hold of the parcel with both his hands; he pulled and I pulled, but he pulling too tight I let them go; upon which the man ran away with them; he used an oath when he said he must have them; I cannot remember what the oath was; he ran into Lincoln's-inn-fields, and up the side of the fields towards Queen-street; I saw him just turn the corner; then I ran and cried stop thief! I saw him about thirty yards before me; when I came to that corner, he was stopped by one Paterson, who was at the upper end of the field with some chairs upon his back. He was dressed in white breeches, a white waistcoat, and a scarlet coat: it was a darkish night, nevertheless I saw his face, so that I know his face; I saw no other person with a scarlet coat on; I saw his face distinctly; I know him to be the man.
Charles Keirnan . The former witness is my servant; I sent him with a parcel of papers to the Golden Cross, at Charing Cross; that bundle produced is the bundle I sent; I know it particularly by the direction; it was wrote by one of my servants whose hand writing I am acquainted with.
Thomas Paterson . About half after nine at night, the 28th of September, I was coming from Queen-street with some chairs upon my back; I heard a cry of stop thief! I put down the chairs and saw a man in a soldier's dress running towards me; about ten yards before he came to me he threw away the bundle; I stopped him; he had a red coat and white waistcoat on; (looks at the prisoner); I am sure he is the man I took. There was a gentleman that I desired to take up the bundle, which he did, and delivered to me; I have had it ever since; this is it; (producing it); the boy immediately came up.
I did not take the bundle; I was coming from Westminster, and seeing other people run I ran with them.
Guilty of stealing the goods but not of the robbery . T .
632, 633. (2d M.) ALEXANDER KEITH and RICHARD HALL were indicted for stealing six live geese, value 21 s. thirteen live ducks, value 9 s. and one live hen, value 8 d. the property of John Wilmot , Oct. 1st . ~
John Wilmot . I live at East Acton. I am servant to Mr. Thomas Bromley , a farmer. On the 1st of this month I lost the things mentioned in the indictment; they were in a barn adjoining to the dwelling house; about two in the morning I got up to go to Smithfield, and they were then in the barn; I saw them in a sack when I came home about five at night; I am sure they were the same.
Mary Wilmot . I am the wife of the former witness. About five o'clock in the morning one Adams came to call a lad up that lives with us. I went into the kitchen; I saw one of the geese standing on the green; Adams said it was likely I had lost some geese; I unlocked the barn and missed five fatted geese, and an old goose; I secured the door and went back to the kitchen door, and then turned back again to the barn and turned short upon a man; I looked forward and saw another man at the corner of the barn; I called out for assistance, and Stephen Adams came; just as he came up the two men came out of the barn; they ran off and he pursued them; I got a candle; I looked in Mr. Bromley's barn, and there I found the fowls in a sack; there were six geese, thirteen ducks and one hen; I am certain they were our property. Adams brought them both back.
Stephen Adams . I am servant to Mr. Bromley; I heard Mrs. Wilmot call out; I went out; I saw two men in regimentals run out of Mr. Bromley's barn; I pursued them and took Keith; I never lost fight of him after he came out of the barn.
Mrs. Wilmot. I found the bayonet in the barn; I gave it to the constable.
I know nothing about it.
I clean arms for several other men, and often lend them my arms; the bayonet was missing out of my room.
KEITH guilty T .
HALL acquitted .
634 (M.) WILLIAM EDWARDS WHITE was indicted for the wilful murder of William Wingfield , by giving him, with a certain stick upon the left side of the head, a fracture of the skull, of which wound he instantly died , Sept. 15th . +
The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoner.
Q. Where did he live?
Dewell. At Hesson.
Q. When did you see him last?
Dewell. On the Wednesday the day before he was murdered.
Q. What was he?
Dewell. A farmer ; he was going to town; he set out between seven and eight o'clock.
Q. Do you know about what time of the month it was?
Q. Was it before Michaelmas or since?
Dewell. Before Michaelmas.
Q. Was he a-horseback or a-foot?
Dewell. A-foot. He was going into the Borough with Mr. Livard, an officer, to arrest a man.
Q. Do you know any thing of his hat and stick so as to know them again?
Dewell. I did not take notice of them.
Q. Had he a stick?
Dewell. Yes, I know he had a stick.
Q. Did you see him after he was dead?
Dewell. Yes; I was in the barn at work as usual; he did not come home that night; the next morning our team went out to come to London with straw; the lad had not been gone half an hour before a man came in with the mare, and desired I would go and help my master home; he said I must go and take the horse and fetch my master home; that he was very bad at the Cock and Pye at Hammersmith; I went into the barn to fetch a horse; while I was in the barn he told my partner he was dead; he had a wound on the left side of his head.
Q. How did the wound appear to you?
Dewell. I did not much examine it.
Q. Was it bloody?
Dewell. Very little.
Q. Was you with him the day or two before he was murdered?
James. Yes; I heard him say he was going to town; I do not know any thing of his setting out; I was gone to plough when he set out.
Q. Did he use to go with a stick?
Q. Should you know that stick again if you saw it?
Q. How long had you lived with him?
James. Two years. (A stick produced by Mr. Bond) I am sure this is the stick; I saw my master with it the day before he came to London; he had it in his hand when he came down the field to me as I was at plough; he always chose to ride and walk with it:
Q. What was the occasion of your taking particular notice of that stick?
James. Because there is a little hole under the knob of it.
Q. Did you observe that hole in the stick before your master came to London?
James. Yes; he had had this stick above a twelve-month.
Q. Did you know Mr. Wingfield?
Livard. Yes; he came to my house on Wednesday the 15th of September, between eight and nine in the morning; he staid at my house best part of three-quarters of an hour; he asked me to go into the Borough to arrest a man; he went with me; we were at the Windmill in the Borough best part of six hours; after we had
Q. What condition of health was he in the day before?
Livard. I as good health as ever I saw him in my life: I was intimately acquainted with him.
A hat produced by Pristow.
Livard. I cannot swear that this is Mr. Wingfield's hat; I took particular notice of his hat as he sat at dinner with it on; I really believe this is it; it is a differ ent button and loop from what they wear now.
Q. Did you know Mr. Wingfield?
Thomas. Yes, above fifty years.
Q. How old was he?
Thomas. I believe upwards of sixty. He was at my house on Wednesday the 15th of September; he came about four o'clock, and staid about an hour and an half; he asked a person after me; I was going into the King's Bench; I met with him; he went back with me to my house. (Looks at the stick) I took particular notice of this stick that day; I had it in my hand half an hour; I verily believe it to be the stick.
John Allan . I keep the King's Arms, known by the name of the Halfway-house, between Kensington and Knightsbridge; I knew the deceased very well. On Wednesday night, the 15th of September, he called at my house about a quarter before eleven o'clock; he watered his horse; he staid about ten minutes.
Q. Was he hearty?
Allam. Yes, and remarkably chearful; he always was merry and chearful: he did not himself drink but called for a pint of beer to treat the ostler.
Q. Was he sober?
Allam. Yes, he was merry and chearful. I went to the door; he turned his horse to the wall and put his stick under his arm whilst he leant against the wall to make water; he rode off and I wished him a good night; it was a dark night, I could not discern him above ten yards; he went off with the stick under his arm.
Q. Was you acquainted with the deceased?
Q. Where do you live?
Hammond. At Chiswick. I was going to my labour between three and four in the morning, to one Mr. Evans's, who lives in the Acton Road; I passed by the deceased; he lay about five or six yards behind the Hampshire Hog; I took him by the coat, and said you must not lie here so; I thought he was fuddled; I found he was quite dead; I called for assistance, and Williams, the barber, came; the deceased lay with his head towards the middle of the road, and his feet to the foot path.
Q. Had he either a hat or a stick?
Q. Where was he wounded?
Hammond. There was a wound upon his left temple; he was a little bloody out of his mouth.
John Williams . I am a barber and peruke-maker, and live at Hammersmith; I saw Hammond a little before four o'clock; I heard him, while I was in bed, go by, and say, my friend, get out of the road or the carriages will go over you.
Q. Did you know Hammond's voice?
Williams. Yes, I did; he said I believe the man is dead; he came to my door and knocked me up; I put a candle in a lanthorn and went to the place and found the deceased dead.
Q. Did you know the deceased?
Q. Was there any hat or stick by the body?
Williams. Neither one or the other.
Q. Where was the body carried?
Williams. To the Cock and Magpye, which is about one hundred yards from the place where he lay; the people immediately sent for a surgeon.
Mr. Thomas Palver . I am a surgeon; I live at Hammersmith: I was called up between three and four in the morning of the 16th of September, (they had brought the deceased from the road to the Cock and Magpye) to see farmer Wingfield; I found him dead.
Q. Did you know the deceased?
Palver. By sight, by seeing him pass and
Q. Was that from your opinion the cause of his death?
Palver. No doubt of it; there was no outward wound, the skin was not broke or even grazed.
Q. How did you think it might happen?
Palver. From some blow I should imagine.
Q. Would not the skin have been broke if it had been occasioned by a blow?
Palver. Not if it was done with a round stick; if it had been done by any thing pointed or sharp it must have made some external wound.
Q. to Hammond. Did you take notice of what money or things were in the deceased's pocket?
Hammond. His pocket was cut long ways and cross ways, his left side breeches pocket; they were leather breeches; there were three keys hung out of that pocket; there was no money, not a farthing; I found upon him a clasp knife, a penknife, a pair of spectacles and a pencil; there was nothing else found upon him, not a handkerchief or any thing in the world.
Q. to Livard. You dined with the deceased?
Q. Did you pay the reckoning?
Livard. There was no reckoning paid till after he was gone.
Q. Did you observe him pull out any money?
Livard. No; I paid for some oysters and things; he said he would pay me again.
Q. Did you observe whether he had any handkerchief?
Livard. No, I did not.
Q. Was he a substantial farmer?
Allan. He pulled out ten or twelve shillings at my house when he paid for the pint of beer, as I was told by my ostler; I did not see that; I changed a shilling for him.
Q. Was he a man of substance?
Allan. By all accounts he was: he said when he took the money out to pay me for the poor, this is not the pocket where I keep my gold, I am not afraid of giving gold instead of silver.
Q. Did you see which pocket he said was not the pocket where he kept his gold?
Q. to Williams. What did you observe of the pocket?
Williams. I observed it cut as Mr. Hammond has said; I saw the key hang out of his breeches pocket.
Hannah Palmer . I was servant to Mr. Wingfield at the time of his death; he went out between seven and eight in the morning to go to London; I believe it was the 16th of September; I am sure it was on a Wednesday; he went out a-horseback; he said to me, Hannah, give me my stick, I am ready all but my stick; I went behind the door and gave him an ashen stick; this is the stick I gave into his hand that morning; I know it from the mark.
Q. Do you know any thing of the hat?
Palmer. No; my master wore such a sort of a hat when he went from home, one part of it was let down.
Q. Do you know whether he took any money?
Palmer. I know he took some; he paid a month's man off; that is a man that had worked for him a month that morning; I saw my master take some silver up, shillings and sixpences, and put them into his pocket.
Q. Had he any handkerchief?
Palmer. Not that I know of.
Dominic Adlum . I am a chairman; I lodge in Villers-court, St. James's-street; I was at the White Horse in St. James's-street, near White's Chocolate House; on Thursday morning the 16th of September about two o'clock, the prisoner came into the public house; he said he wanted some money to go and see his father, who lived in Wapping; he said he was discharged from one of the King's ships; I bought the hat of him; he pulled another hat from under his jacket, and said it was his hat, and that he had failed many a league in it; he had this hat upon his head; I am certain this is the hat I bought of him; I made a mark in it; he told me the purser on board a ship charged him 14 s. for it; I gave him half a crown for it.
Q. Did you see any money that he had?
Adlum. Yes; he called for half a gallon of beer, which he paid for out of the half crownJohn Fielding 's men one Pristow, and Serjeant Fisher; they asked for the hat and the 5 s. 3 d. I had paid away the 5 s. 3 d. I gave them the hat; he said he had sold the hat to me, that it was the farmer's hat.
Q. Was there a talk at that time of any body having been murdered?
Adlum. Yes; he said it belonged to the farmer that was killed; he said there were three others concerned with him in the robbery and murder, and he gave in the names of several persons that could not be found.
Q. Did he mention those words, robbery and murder?
Q. from the prisoner. Whether he heard any body mention that any man was killed that day?
Adlum. Yes; it was mentioned that a person was robbed and murdered.
Dailey. He was; the prisoner came in with two women: they had a glass of gin a piece and went out; then he came in again with the same two women and had a glass of gin a piece, then they went out again; in a short time after he he came in with a watchman; he gave the watchman a glass of gin; the prisoner staid; he asked me if I would change him a 5 s. 3 d. he said he would give any body a glass of gin that would change it for him; Dominic said he would give him change for it; the prisoner took out a bit of paper that it was wrapped up in, and gave it me; I said, sir, this is not a 5 s. 3 d. but a 4 s. 6 d. he said I always call them five and threepences: I a stop put to the Portugal money I weighed it, it wanted 6 d. Dominic said not change it as it was a 4 s. 6 d. the prisoner asked me what I thought it worth; I said I supposed it was worth 3 s. Dominic gave him 3 s. for it; after he got this 3 s. he called for half a gallon of beer; presently he said to Dominic, will you buy a hat? Dominic said he did not want one; the prisoner said he was in distress; he said Dominic should have it for half a crown; I lent Dominic a sixpence, he paid for it, and said as you appear to be in distress, I will give you the money for it, and if you come here a week hence and enquire for me, I will let you have it again for the half crown.
Counsel. Look at that hat.
Dailey. This is like the hat, to the best of my knowledge this is it; he said all sailors hats have a small button and loop; he had another hat, an old hat; he took one of them from under his coat; it seemed very old and pitchy about the crown.
Dailey. I was in the back room.
Prisoner. The chairman offered me a glass of gin, instead of my offering him one.
Dailey. No; he offered any body a glass of gin that would change it.
Marren Mobben. I belong to the Coldstream Regiment; I have known the prisoner six years; he is a private soldier in that regiment.
Q. When did he leave your Regiment?
Mobben. On the 12th of August.
Q. He was constantly in his regiment before?
Mobben. Yes; he deserted then.
Q. Was he a sailor?
Mobben. Not to my knowledge.
Q. Then for six years he has constantly been with the regiment?
Mobben. No; he has deserted twice to my knowledge in the time.
Q. Did you ever hear that he was a sailor?
Mobben. Yes; the time before this lost I heard he was, but not this time of deserting. As I was coming from the Barracks through Leicester-fields, I saw the prisoner in Princes-street, standing by a door about six in the morning on Thursday the 16th of September: as soon as he saw me, he turned his face towards the door; as I was going past him, I saw another soldier; I
Q. from the prisoner. Was I drunk or sober?
Mobben. I took him to be in liquor when I saw him first.
Q. Who delivered him to you?
Tomlinson. Marren Mobbin was the principal person that brought him, there was another soldier or two; the prisoner deposited 3 l. 15 s. 1/2 d. upon the table, gold, silver, and copper; I took care of it; I have all the money here except 5 s. Mr. Bond, Sir John Fielding 's clerk, took to pay for a coach.
Q. from the prisoner. Whether I was in liquor that morning?
Tomlinson. Very much.
Q. Whether I have not belied myself before when I have been in liquor?
Tomlinson. I believe he has; when he is in liquor; he is very irregular; about three years ago when he was in the Tower in order to avoid military punishment, he swore two soldiers of the same company were concerned with him in a robbery; they were all three taken up and confined in prison some time, and were examined twice or three times, and it appeared at last no such robbery had been committed.
Q. Do you know the prisoner?
Gilchris. Yes; I saw him the Wednesday before he was taken; he left my place at nine o'clock at night; he said he had but sixpence or eightpence in his pocket, and was going into the country.
Q. from the prisoner. Whether it was almost eleven o'clock?
Gilchris. No, he said he had deserted and was going on board a ship; he asked me to drink a dram out of the eight pence; I said, no William, I think it is little enough for your journey, and did not accept his offer.
Q. from the prisoner. Whether you was not gone out with some oysters, when I left your apartment?
Gilchris. No, I was at home when he left my place.
Christopher Fisher . I am a serjeant in the Cold-stream Regiment; I was in the Savoy when he was brought; William Edwards came to me and said the prisoner wanted to speak to me; I went to the Black Hole to him; I went to the grate; he said serjeant Fisher how do you do, I said I do not know; said he, I want to speak to you; I clapped my ear to the grate; said he, where do you think I got that money that Serjeant Thomas has; I said I did not know, what was it to me where he got it; he said he robbed a farmer between Kensington and Brentford the night before, between eleven and twelve o'clock, that he pulled him off his horse, nay d - n it said he, I knocked him off, and said he used him ill besides, and he doubted if there was not murder done, but he hoped not; he was not dead he said when he left him, but he was afraid there was murder done; the prisoner shook his head and cried; I said this is some romance; he shook his head and cried, and said, no Serjeant Fisher, it is too true, I am afraid there is murder done; I went to Sir John Fielding 's immediately.
Prisoner. I was very much in liquor; I do not know that I said any such thing.
Philip Prestow . I belong to Sir John Fielding's office; when Serjeant Fisher came up to the office, I brought the prisoner from the Savoy up to Sir John Fielding's office; going along with Serjeant Fisher he cried; I asked him what he cried for, he said I did a robbery last night between Kensington and Brentford and the man was ill used, and he was afraid murder was done, but he hoped not; he said he had robbed the farmer of a hat, and sold it to one Dominic; going a little further, he took out this knife, (producing a clasp knife,) and said this is the bloody knife that cut the farmer's pocket on the left thigh.
Q. In fact I suppose it was not bloody?
Prestow. No, it only cut the breeches.
My lord, they have got my money which is my own property; I hope they will return me that before I make my defence.
Prisoner. I hope your Lordship will order me my money first
Court. It does not appear to me to belong to you, is appears otherwise at present, because it is proved by one of the witnesses that you took the money from this man.
Prisoner. I was drunk and mad when I said these things; I worked hard for the money. At eleven o'clock at night I was drinking in the Hay-market at a public house upon the right hand, I do not know the name of the sign; I went from there to Great Windmill-street, which is at the top of the Hay-market, there I had a glass of gin at a liquor shop; I mentioned to the landlord of the house that I was in a great deal of trouble, and did not know whether I had better go to sea or not; I wanted a petition to the Earl of Waldegrave; I had two petitions by me ready, but he not being in town, I was obliged to wait for him a little longer if I could; I went from there to St. James's-street, there I met with two chairmen, I asked for one William Jones , a chairman; they went with me to the Blue Posts in Little Arlington-street: I was a little in liquor. I came back towards the Hay-market again; I saw one Grace, a constable; then I went back again towards St. James's-street, to seek William Jones ; I could not find him; I went from there to a public house in Piccadilly, and had some gin; it was about twelve o'clock then. I had no home to go to; I was going to lie down in a court; I could not lie there because they were emptying a necessary. I went as far as Hyde-Park-Corner, where there is a public house and a bench, where we soldiers used to powder ourselves; I lay down upon the bench and hung my hand down; I fell asleep; I looked further under the table and picked up a hat; I got up and looked about to see if I could see any body asleep; I could see nobody; I came back into the town; then I could not see any ho use open. I met two girls; they shewed me this house open in St. James's street; I had some gin twice with them. I offered the hat for sale to the chairman; he gave me half a crown for it. I had a 4 s. 6 d. in my pocket, which I had had a good while about me; I had left the same four and six-penny piece in pawn for a glass of gin a month before, at the Suttling-house at the Horse Guards, and Barlow, a soldier, and I had sixpence a piece upon it besides; I went there and released it; the landlord would not change it because it wanted sixpence of weight. I drank at a public house in St. James's-street till I was quite drunk and very stupid. I heard of a robbery being done on the other side of Kensington; a butcher had been robbed of a watch and silver buckles, and a farmer had been robbed of some money, I did not hear how much, and his pocket cut; I did not hear any thing about any death or any thing of that kind. I was persuaded to say I had committed the robbery, as some people told me I should get clear of military punishment; I do not now know what I said at that time; I believed myself several times with foolish things before, when I had been in trouble, to screen myself from military punishment, when things have never been done, but this unluckily has been done: but I am now before God Almighty.
John Barlow . I am a soldier in the Coldstream Regiment: the prisoner mounted guard with me on the 16th of August, and I had a glass of gin with him; he said he had a 4 s. 6 d. or a 5 s. 5 d. he gave them the piece to change; they scrupled the weight of it; they returned the piece back to him, and he paid them for what he had.
Guilty . Death .
This being Friday he immediately received sentence to be executed on the Monday following, and his body to be dissected and anatomized, which sentence was executed upon him.
635. (1st M.) SARAH BOUNCE , spinster , was indicted for stealing one iron box, value 1 d. two half guineas, four quarter guineas, and a nine shilling piece , the property of Mary Davis , widow , Sept. 9 . ++
Mary Davis . I lost an iron box with two half guineas, four quarter guineas and a nine shilling piece; the money was in the little iron box which I put into a box in my room; between four and five in the afternoon I went down stairs, and returned in less than half an hour; when I came back the box was gone; the prisoner lay with me; I left her in the room when I went down stairs; she was gone when I returned.
I never saw the money in my life; a woman paid me the money that I had.
Guilty . T .
636. (2d M.) ANN, the wife of Jasper GODEY , was indicted for stealing a child's nankeen coat, value 2 s. a pair of child's nankeen breeches, value 1 s. three child's linen shirts, value 1 s. 6 d. and a pair of woman's stays, value 2 s. the property of Richard Pugh , Sept. 20th . +
Richard Pugh . I live in Hog-lane, Shoreditch : my wife and I were at my brother's house drinking tea; Mr. Rider, a lodger that lives in our house, came to my brother's, and informed my wife that she had seen the prisoner come out of our first floor; my wife went after the prisoner and brought her in to my brother's; my wife asked her what she had got in her lap; she said things to wash; my wife opened her lap, and there I saw the things mentioned in the indictment.
Dorcas Pugh, wife to the last witness, confirmed his evidence; the different articles mentioned in the indictment were produced in Court, and deposed to by her and her husband.
Guilty . T .
637, 638. (M.) ELIZABETH TUCK , spinster , and MARY TUCK , widow , were indicted; the first for stealing three silk cloaks, value 20 s. one linen apron, value 5 s. one striped linen apron, value 2 s. one pair of muslin ruffles, value 1 s. the property of Elizabeth Dicks , and the other for receiving the said goods well knowing them to have been stolen . Sept. 29th .
Elizabeth Dicks . I live at Bow . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment out of my father's room; one of the cloaks was found at Mr. Howard's, a pawnbroker's at Bow; the other two cloaks were found at Mr. Bunn's, a pawnbroker in Hounsditch.
Mr. Dicks. My daughter came from London to live with me; her things were brought in boxes and put in the dining room.
The prosecutrix deposed to the different articles that were produced.
I took them and pawned them; my mother bid me take them because she was in distress.
ELIZABETH TUCK Guilty . T .
MARY TUCK Acquitted .
Benjamin Padding . I live in Moorfields: I went into the Green Dragon one night about a month ago; the prisoner had this gun to sell; I bought it of him. (The gun produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I bought the gun in Rag-fair for four shillings. I buy and sell goods.
Guilty . B .
641. (2d M.) JOHN PATCH was indicted for stealing a pair of leather boots, value 14 s. two pair of men's leather shoes, value 1 s. and one pair of women's pumps, value 4 d. the property of Robert Gillett , Sept. 29 . ~
William Fray . I went with Mr. Gillet to the shop; as soon as he put the key in the door the prisoner tumbled out of the window; I took him in about fifty yards; the boots and three pair of shoes were gone out of the shop. (The things produced and deposed to).
I had been on guard that night, and got in company with a woman that lies about with the soldiers; we had a pint of beer; I went with her to the corner of the place where the shop is; there we parted, and as I stood by the place the men came and found the place broke open, and laid hold of me as I was easing myself under the wall. I am as innocent as the child unborn; I never saw the shoes and boots before.
For the prisoner.
Guilty . T .
642. (M.) JOHN BYHEN was indicted for stealing two check linen shirts, value 6 s. one striped cotton shirt, value 10 s. and one pair of silver shoe buckles, value 16 s. the property of Rowland Cragie , Oct. 3d . ++
Thomas Love . I live in Chelsea ; the prisoner lodged in my house: on the 27th of September my wife missed the money mentioned in the indictment. About four days before I saw my box in a top drawer of a chest of drawers, with my money in it; on missing it I suspected the prisoner and took her up that night; the constable searching her found the box and a half guinea and some silver; (the half guinea produced).
Prosecutor. It is mine; I had a half guinea that wanted eight-pence of weight; I made a particular mark on it, by that mark I know it to be the same I lost, and the box is the same the money was in; at first she denied it, at last she said if they would let her go she would give up the money.
Jane Love . I am the wife of the former witness: on the day I missed the box it had a guinea, half a guinea and 17 s. in silver in it; it was in an upper drawer of a chest of drawers; I saw her come out of the room about nine o'clock I missed the money three hours after; I suspected her; I had seen the money in the box three or four days before I took the prisoner up; at first she denied it, at last I saw her produce a half guinea to the constable; I can swear to the money by a scratch with a pin made upon it, because it was not weight; I know the box too; beside this, there was a guinea in the box; as to the seventeen shillings I never found them again.
James Urquhart . I am a constable; I was sent for: the prosecutor said he had been robbed, that he had lost a guinea; they first charged the prisoner with it; at first she said she had no money, at last she said she had half a guinea she had of a soldier, and was sure the prosecutrix could not swear to that half guinea; she put it upon the table; that is the very half guinea they swore to; she was taken to the cage; I heard she went to cut her throat; I went and searched her, I found the box upon her which is produced; she acknowledged it was their box; she said she found it upon her bed.
This woman had been reckoning her money upon my bed; when I went up afterwards into my room, I found this box and the money upon my bed.
Prosecutrix. I never reckoned money upon her bed.
Guilty of stealing to the value of 39 s. T.
MARY DELANY , otherwise SMITH, was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 30 s. the property of John Headley , April 12th. +
646, 647, 648. (2d M.) JOSEPH HOPTON , MORRIS LEONARD and CHRISTOPHER HICKEY were indicted for stealing one green silk purse, value 1 s. eighteen guineas, and a half guinea, the property of John Whelon , in the dwelling house of George Power , Oct. 7th . +
All three acquitted .
649. (2d M.) MARY, the wife of George NORTON , was indicted for stealing one pair of cotton stockings, value 3 d. thirty-eight pieces of copper coin, value 18 d. and three shillings and sixpence in money, numbered , the property of George Harden , Sept. 13th . ~
George Harden . I live in Great Portland-street, Marybone : I am a victualler ; the prisoner was my servant ; she went to draw some beer, and called to me to tap it lower because it ran soul; I went down and left the till locked and the key in it; when I came up, my little-girl informed me she heard the prisoner at the till; I missed the money and charged her with it; she said she had no money but two-pence halfpenny; this was about two minutes after I missed the money; I desired her to satisfy me whether she had the money or no; she then said she had two shillings which one Mrs. Parker had given her; I enquired of Mrs. Parker, and she said she had given her two shillings; there were five shillings and sixpence found upon her, and a piece of foreign coin that I had by me four or five years, fourteen halfpence, and four-pence halfpenny in farthings; I am positive to the foreign piece and nothing else. I found the stockings under the bed; (the stockings produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.) I took her up and carried her before a magistrate.
I had that money of my sister.
Guilty . T .
650, 651, 652, 653. (2d M.) WILLIAM AGAR , DANIEL BRYAN , THOMAS SHEPPARD , and JOHN BURNHAM were indicted for stealing one bed gown, value 2 s. two linen shirts, value 15 s. two table cloths, value 6 s. one linen napkin, value 6 d. one pair of linen sheets, value 12 s. three pillow cases, value 1 s. one pair of thread stockings, value 4 d. two linen caps, value 1 s. two linen towels, value 1 s. one child's shift, value 6 d. and one flannel coat, value 6 d. the property of William Clement , and one cotton gown, value 7 s. the property of Ellen Brutton , spinster , Oct. 2d. ~
William Clement . I am a publican : I live at the bottom of High-street, Marybone . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment on the 2d of October, about ten at night; they were brought in from the wash; they were carried from my kitchen into my bed room upon the ground floor; I saw them carried from thence into the room; I missed them in about half an hour after. I am certain when they were carried into the room, the fore window of the room was shut. I was sent for on Tuesday morning to Mr. Welch's; I saw the prisoner and some of the goods there.
- Slet. I am a pawnbroker: I have a gown that was pawned by one Davis.
Dennis M'Donald. I am a constable: I met Agar, Bryan and Burnham in Hog-lane; I had heard of this robbery; I saw them with a bundle; one made of; I secured Agar. (The bundle produced). This shirt was found on Agar's back (produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I was in the field; I met some boys there with a bundle; they asked me what they had; I could not tell; afterwards it was conveyed away.
Agar called two witnesses who gave him a good character, but had known nothing of him for six months past.
AGAR Guilty . T .
The other three acquitted .
WILLIAM JAMES was indicted for stealing a linen counterpane, value 10 s. a blanket, value 5 s. a pair of linen sheets, value 3 s. and one linen pillowbier, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Dickenson , Sept. 18 . *
Thomas Dickinson . I live near the Seven Dials ; there was a fire next door to me on the 18th of September; I moved great part of my things; among others of my things that were lost were this counterpane and sheets, and other things that were upon my bed, up one pair of stairs; the prisoner having offered some of these things to sell, he was taken up. I do not know that the prisoner took the things, they were brought to me after the prisoner was taken up; (the things produced). I am pretty positive as to the counterpane, that that is the counterpane that lay on my bed at the time of the fire.
William Halliburton . I am a constable: the fire was on a Saturday; on the Tuesday following I was going along Great Earle-street. I saw, about noon, the prisoner talking to a Jew; the prisoner said the people where they are, are in want of money, I can let you have them a bargain for ready money; hearing this conversation it took my curiosity; I followed the prisoner and the Jew; at last they came to an old iron shop; the prisoner went into that or the next house, and left the Jew into the street; I went into the public house and watched them; at last I saw the prisoner beckon the Jew; then I came out of the public house; the Jew was gone; I went up to this iron shop, and there I saw the prisoner in the back part of the shop packing up some things of this kind; I went to him and asked how he came by those things; he without making any answer flung by me, and ran out of the shop, and almost knocked down Martin Hossman, who I desired to observe what passed, and ran away; we pursued him; he was taken a little while after, and was brought back; he said then, these things had been bought by his wife; before the Justice of Peace he declared where he lodged, but we found nothing of these things at his lodgings; these things now produced I saw this man packing up in the iron shop.
The prisoner said nothing in his defence, but called several witnesses to his character.
Guilty . T .
Second Count for stealing seven iron hoops, value 4 s. the property of our Lord the King
Third Count for stealing, on the 10th of August, nine iron hoops, value 5 s. the property of our Lord the King.
Fourth Count for stealing, on the 20th of August, 56 lb. of wrought iron, value 9 s, the property of our Lord the King.
Fifth Count for stealing, on the 4th of September, two iron hoops, value 1 s. 2 d. the property of our Lord the King.
Sixth Count for stealing, on the 21st of September, two iron hoops, value 14 d. the property of our Lord the King. And the other for feloniously receiving, on the 4th of September, four iron hoops, seven other iron hoops, nine other hoops, 56 lb. weight of wrought iron, two other iron hoops, being part of the above goods knowing them to have been stolen . *
James Young . I am master cooper and storekeeper at the Victualling Office: I have often suspected hoops were missing; all the iron hoops there are marked with the maker's name and the broad arrow. Thomas has been a workman there six years; these hoops, which were the stores of the cooperage in which Thomas was employed, were open to him to take hoops, in order to hoop the casks. On the 21st of December I was before Justice Sherwood; some hoops were produced with marks belonging to the Victualling Office; there were two new ones that had never been used.
Thomas Hare . I am servant to Mr. Leverett: I worked with him in June to September, down to the 20th; I know Thomas also. Leverett is a smith in East Smithfield; he makes grates: I have known Thomas twice or thrice in a week bring hoops in his pocket; he brought these hoops (describing them) in false leather pockets inside his coat; the hoops had the king's broad arrow upon them. On the 2d of August particularly, he brought four; they were tied up in order to make them portable. On the 3d o f September he brought two; all these hoops had the broad arrow upon them. On the 3d or 4th of September Leverett told me that if I could get any thing above twelve shillings per hundred for the hoops brought by Thomas, I should have all above that for myself, and said he had two or
James Hayward . I know Thomas; I worked for Leverett; on the 2d or 3d of August, I saw the prisoner Thomas bring some iron about nine o'clock in the evening; he brought seven hoops, they were hoops belonging to butts, and they were new hoops, and the broad R was upon them; Leverett paid Thomas two-pence or three-pence each hoop; after that I worked up myself some of these hoops in grates for the use of my master; he brought some a second time to my master; them my master bought, and gave much about the same price; he came a third time, and that third time was the time when I was a-bed; he came about ten or eleven at night; I was a-bed in the same room where he came in; there was a candle in the room at the time; he came in and Leverett was there, and a woman who lives with him; before the candle was put out, I saw him throw one or two hoops out of his pocket, and then the candle was blown out, I believe by the woman, as to this last time before I got up, after the candle was blown out; we all went over the way to the Shovel; I got up and went after them there; before I got out of my bed I spoke to Thomas at the time Leverett was within hearing, to go into a back room of the same shop; the rooms are very small; while I was a-bed I myself spoke to Thomas; I asked him where he had the hoops; Thomas said from the Victualling Office; upon that Leverett said, poo poo, come over and have some boose; then I got up and followed them to the Shovel; when we were there, Thomas said he should have them for the price of seven shillings per hundred; they both offered me to have some at seven shillings per hundred; the same price Leverett had given Thomas.
John Pagett . On the 21st of September we we were in search of both prisoners, we went towards Leverett's house; just as we had got to his house we met with Thomas the prisoner; the persons that were with me met Thomas at Leverett's door; out of this false pocket took two iron hoops; this was in Black-horse-yard close to Leverett's house; upon these hoops that we took upon him there was the mark of the broad arrow.
Q. to Young. Whether Thomas had been that day at the Victualing Office?
Young. Yes; and was gone when I took these hoops upon him; I had seen him there twice that morning, at nine and eleven o'clock.
- Child. I bought some hoops of Leverett with the broad arrow upon them; I took them for a debt Leverett owed me; he sent me home to my house a parcel of hoops with the broad arrow upon them.
I am totally innocent of the charge; I never sold any hoops to Leverett.
As to the old iron which Child speaks of, which was a transaction in January, there was one Nash who keeps an old iron shop, and makes nails; I buy my iron of that Nash; I bought those hoops of him which I sent to Child. As to the other charge of the iron spoken of by Hayward, and the other witnesses, I am innocent of that. As to Hayward he is a bad man, and has an anger against me; either of these witnesses would have said nothing at all, or spoke in my favour, if I had given them a guinea a piece.
For the Prisoner.
- Brown. I have known Leverett ten years; he has an honest character.
Mrs. Green. I have lodged in his house three months; I never saw Thomas bring any iron to the house; I never saw any iron of this kind in the house. I never saw any iron in the house but old iron, and no iron that had the broad arrow upon it.
THOMAS Guilty . T .
LEVERETT Guilty . T. 14 Years .
661. (M.) ANN HARRISON was indicted for stealing one pair of sheets, value 6 s. two bed curtains, value 6 s. one bed quilt, value 5 s. one towel, value 3 s. and one brass candlestick, value 1 s. the property of John Dizalear , being in a ready furnished lodging lett by contract to her by the said John , Oct. 4th . ++
John Dizalear . I live in Nottingham-court, St. Giles's : I let the lodgings to the prisoner and another woman; the things mentioned in the indictment were the furniture of the lodgings; I missed them on Monday October the 4th; I had been out, and as I came home I looked up at the window, and saw the curtains gone; I took my wife up, and missed the things; the pawnbrokers have them. (They are produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I was servant to the woman that took the lodgings; she went away in distress; she gave me the things to pawn, and I gave her the money; she is now in confinement in Newgate.
Guilty . T .
662. (M.) JOHN ALLINGHAM was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon Martha, the wife of Henry Keppell . did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a blue sattin cloak trimmed with blond lace, value 10 s. the property of the said Henry , Oct. 20th . *
663. (M.) CATHERINE LYCENCE was indicted for stealing two linen sheets, value 5 s. a copper tea kettle, value 2 s. 6 d. a cotton bed quilt, value 3 s. a flat iron, value 6 d. a brass candlestick, value 6 d. and three china basons, value 1 s. 6 d. the property of Margaret Leeson , the said goods being in a certain lodging room,
665, 666. (2d M.) WILLIAM WILLIAMS and DAVID MORRIS were indicted for that they in the king's highway, in and upon Thomas Strachan , 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 copper chain, value 1 s. a silver seal, value 6 s. a half guinea, and nine shillings in money, numbered, the property of the said Thomas , Sept. 11 . ++
Both acquitted .
667. (2d M.) ANN DAILY was indicted for stealing a child's coral set in silver, value 14 s. a cloth cloak, value 3 s. two linen shirts, value 6 s. a linen gown, value 3 s. a child's linen jamb, value 7 s. a blanket, value 2 s. a linen sheet, value 2 s. two linen aprons, value 3 s. two muslin handkerchiefs, value 2 s. one linen shift, value 2 s. a linen bed gown, value 18 d. six yards of silk ribbon, value 1 s. a child's silk sash, value 1 s. and seventy-two farthings , the property of William Bowring , Sept. 9th . ++
William Bowring . I live at Shoreditch ; the things mentioned in the indictment were lost out of the room I lie in. About nine o'clock at night, on Thursday the 9th of September, I saw the red clock on the back of a chair; as soon as I got up next morning, which was about six o'clock, I missed it, and the rest of the things; I found the coral, and several of the things at different pawnbrokers. The prisoner lived servant with me, and nursed my wife in her lying-in. (The red cloak, the gown, and corol produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
John Whitehurst . The prisoner brought this coral to me, and asked nine shillings on it; I asked her if it was her own; she said no, a person sent her with it. I asked several questions, and not giving me satisfactory answers, I said I would stop the coral and go to the person who sent her; she directed me to the prosecutor, who said they gave her no authority to pawn these things.
Thomas Cooper . I went on the Saturday following to look after this woman, and found her in Gravel-lane; she had a hat on her head, that was Mrs. Bowring's; I took her, and she confessed she took the things out of the house; she said she carried the coral to Mr. Whitehurst to pledge, and left a bundle of things in a house in Gravel-lane that she imagined to be a bad house; I asked her how she came to do it; she said she did not know; she said she left the rest of the things at a house in Houndsditch; I got an officer and searched that house but found nothing.
It was through necessity, and there was a trifle of money due to me from them; I wanted it and they could not give it me, I had no particular consent to pawn them.
Guilty . T .
668, 669. (2d M.) RICHARD BRADLEY and JAMES CUTHBERT were indicted; the first for stealing four wooden firkins, containing 224 lb. weight of butter, value 5 l. 12 s. one wooden cask containing 89 lb. weight of butter, value 45 s. one iron padlock, value 6 d. and one stock lock made of iron and wood. value 1 s. the property of Richard Holliday , Aug. 18th , and the other for receiving the above goods knowing them to have been stolen . *
Richard Holliday . I am a cheesemonger upon Saffron-hill . On Friday evening the 17th of September, at ten o'clock, my cellar door was fast locked; it opens into the street; the next morning I found the door open; I went into the cellar and missed some butter; I could not tell the exact quantity I missed, but was sure butter was missing; I heard nothing more of this matter till that day fortnight, and then Barnsby being taken up, and being before Justice Fielding, I heard him say then that there were five firkins taken away.
Joseph Smith I was neighbour to Mr. Holliday; I remember the day he was robbed; on the Wednesday after I went to Cuthbert's house to take a room there; he lives in Play-house-yard, White-cross-street; he keeps an old iron shop; when I was in his shop, Cuthbert applied to me; he said he had some butter to sell, and desired me to look at it; accordingly he carried me into the room I was to hire of him; there he shewed me two firkins of butter; I asked him how he came by it; he said a man who kept a chandler's shop being in distress had sent it him to sell; he offered me a bit of each of the firkins to taste; knowing of Mr. Holliday's being robbed, it came into my head this might be the butter; I refused to taste the butter, nay avoided taking any notice of the marks upon the tubs; I refused to buy any butter, and at the same time told him it belonged to a neighbour of mine; I told him his name and where he lived; upon that Cuthbert said if that was the case he would get it out of the way as soon as he could, for otherwise he might be ruined by this matter; when I came again in the afternoon of that day the butter was gone. The prisoner desired I would not discover it, therefore I did not tell Holliday I had seen this butter at Cuthbert's till after Barnsby was taken.
George Barnsby . Bradley, Croft and myself went that Saturday morning between four and five to this cellar door of Mr. Holliday's; we unlocked the padlock but found still the door did not open; that there was an inside lock to it, therefore I forced open the door. When I had got open Crofts went into the cellar, and took out three firkins; we first took one of these firkins a piece and carried it down to one Kemp's in Peter-street, Saffron-hill, and left them there, then we all three came back to the cellar; I only went down into the cellar the second time, and brought up two more firkins, and Crofts and Bradley each took one of them, when I came up without any thing in my hand; these two firkins were carried to Mr. Kemp's; after we had carried them to Kemp's, I went to Cuthbert's, and he asked who it was; upon my answering it is I, without telling my name, he got up, and let me into a passage in his shirt; as soon as he opened the door, I told him I had some butter, and asked him if he had bags; he went and fetched two sacks, and gave them to me; I took them and went to Kemp's; then all three came together with these sacks; Bradley brought two in one sack; I brought two in another, and Croft brought one firkin in another sack; we brought them to Cuthbert's, and by his direction laid them in a one-pair-of-stairs back room.
Smith. That is the room I took.
Barnsby. Then we went to one Wallace, who lives in Chick-lane, and told him we had some butter; he said he would not buy it unless it was very good; we agreed at last for a groat a pound, but Wallace, when we brought the butter to him, tasted it, and would not give so much for it. The same afternoon we took from Cuthbert's another firkin and part of a third firkin, and carried that to Green. Kemp bought part and Keeling had part. This day three weeks I went again to Cuthbert's; Cuthbert then told me he had sold some for kitchen stuff; he gave me 5 s. 3 d. in part, and said he would account for the rest when the whole was sold, and that he had not disposed of the other. Cuthbert knew this butter was stolen; he had dealt with me before for stolen goods. I was taken up about an affair after, and no more conversation with Cuthbert about the butter.
I know nothing of it; I am quite innocent.
The butter was left at my house by Bradley and Croft, about seven in the morning; Bradley came to me and desired to borrow two sacks, because his goods were seized. Bradley kept a chandler's shop and wanted to remove some butter; I lent him two sacks; Bradley went away with the sacks; some time after Crofts and he brought the sacks, containing five firkins of butter; I told them they might put them in that room up stairs, which they did; the next day they took two of them, and I insisted upon it they should take the other three, but in the interim Smith came to take a room; I shewed him the room where the butter was; I told him it was there to be sold; I told him it was a chandler in distress wanted to sell it; these people never came back for the butter. Smith told me a friend had lost some butter, but he did not mention the name of that friend. Being resolved to get rid of the butter I went to Croft and he fetched it away.
BRADLEY Guilty . T .
CUTHBERT Guilty . T. 14 .
671. (2d M.) THOMAS LEWIS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Richard Muchlow , on the 10th of October , about the hour of eight in the night, and stealing two loaves of bread, value 4 d. and a hempen sack, value 1 s. the property of the said Richard in his dwelling house . ~
Richard Muchlow . I left a saucepan in my yard; when I went out I bolted the middle door; when I came back again the middle door was forced and the saucepan gone out of the yard. The prisoner being taken up for other offences, he acknowledged that the saucepan which was found in the brick kiln where he was, was my property, he had taken it out of the yard. (It is produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I was in liquor; I know nothing about it.
Guilty . T .
672. (2d M.) JAMES NEWTON was indicted for stealing one man's hat, value 10 s. one other man's hat, value 5 s. one check apron, value 18 d. one pair of leather breeches, value 2 s. 6 d. two linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. and one silk handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of John Harris , Sept. 26th .
The prosecutor was called but did not appear.
674. (2d M.) HOLDSWORTH HILL was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Edward Parker , gent. on the 27th of August , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing three silver tea cannisters, value 30 s. four silver salts, value 3 l. one silver sauce boat, value 12 s. one silver mustard pot, value 10 s. one silver soup spoon, value 5 s. five silver table spoons, value 23 s. thirteen silver tea spoons, value 13 s. two silver tea spoons gilt with gold, value 2 s. one silver can, value 20 s. one small silver waiter, value 30 s. one flat silver candlestick, value 10 s. one silk handkerchief, value 3 s. one tortoiseshell snuff box inlaid in gold, value 12 s. one tortoiseshell mull box inlaid with gold, value 10 s. one small enamelled picture set in gold, value 5 s. one silver snuff box with a stone set in the middle, value 6 s. three silver salt spoons, value 2 s. one silver key, value 6 d. one silver snuff box enamelled gilt with gold, value 20 s. one silver etwee case with a blue stone, value 8 s. one steel pair of scissars with gold bows, value 10 s. one metal scissars case gilt with gold, value 3 s. one silver filligree basket, value 1 s. five copper medals, value 1 s. one medal made of base metal gilt with gold, value 1 s. one lady's equipage made of base metal gilt with gold, value 2 s. one silver medal, value 5 s. sixty-one small pieces of silver, value 30 s. one silver medal of king James, value 2 s. one silver medal of queen Mary, value 1 s. six silver desert spoons, value 7 s. 6 d. one silver pepper box, value 3 s. two other silver cans, value 40 s. eleven other silver tea spoons, value 11 s. one pair of silver tea tongs, value 9 s. one other large silver spoon, value 5 s. and one silver fork, value 2 s. the property of the said Edward; one gold laced hat band, value 2 s. one gold mourning ring, value 9 s one cypher ring set in gold, value 20 s. one pair of silk stockings, value 2 s. and one cloth coat, value 5 s. the propertyJohn Parker , in the said dwelling house . +
Thamar Harrison. I am servant to Mr. Edward Parker . On the 27th of August last my master and the family were in Yorkshire; I was left alone in the house; I went to bed about ten at night; all the doors and windows were fast; I arose about half after six o'clock in the morning; the first thing I observed was the dining room was open; the windows were fast; the door of the dining room I fastened last as I went to bed; I found a chest belonging to Mrs. Barton, who is now in France, and has been there nine months, in the room broke open; it was in a closet kept within the dining room; it was put in there, locked, a fortnight before, when the family went into the country; I had not seen it out of this closet till the morning when I found it broke open, and the closet door was open. I went down stairs and saw the office door and all the drawers except one open, and the back door to the garden was broke open, which door I am sure was fast when I went to bed; the bottom of the door was broke away; two pieces were taken out, one over the other, by which means the person could get into the house. As to any of the plate, and things mentioned in the indictment that have been lost, I can give no account of them, excepting two silver tea spoons marked E. P. they were Edward Parker 's own property; they were left out for my use; (they are produced and deposed to by the witness.) I found matches in and outside the garden door, which were not there the night before.
John Harrison . I am a watchmaker at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On the 6th of September, about half after seven in the morning, the prisoner came to my shop, and enquired if I had good second hand watches to sell; I shewed him one; he liked it and asked the price; I said 55 s he said he was not a good judge of watches himself, but he had an acquaintance that lived in the town, and would bring him in half an hour; he asked me if I took plate in exchange; I said yes, if it was sterling and good. The prisoner returned in about half an hour with another man, whom I did not know then; his name is Simpson; he looked at the watch and liked it, and desired I would mention the lowest price; I said fifty shillings; then I desired the prisoner to shew me his plate; upon which he produced a silver waiter, two silver salts, a silver gilt cann and a silver flat-bottom candlestick; I looked at them several times; I suspected him and sent my apprentice for Peter Weatherley , a constable, who was just at hand; Weatherley came; he knew the prisoner's companion, Simpson; he asked him how he did; he said very well; I told Weatherley I had sent for him to take these two people before the magistrate; the prisoner had said before that, he served part of his apprenticeship in Newcastle, and that his aunt in Smithfield, who had been a pawnbroker, had left him the plate; I told him I would let him have the watch and take the plate if he could get one of the town to speak to his character; he said he had served his apprenticeship to one Hill, a shoemaker, of the town; upon which the prisoner said he would go and get him to speak to his character; then they both went away and promised to be back in about half an hour; I waited some hours; they did not come; then I went to Mr. Hill, who lives but about half a quarter of a mile from my house; I asked him if an apprentice of his had been to him about some plate, or for a character; Mr. Hill said no; I came back again; this I believe was about eleven in the forenoon; I asked where Simpson lived; I was informed he lived at the High Bridge; I went in search of him; on my return I met him going into my shop alone; he told me he believed the prisoner was then in a public house in Sandy; I thought it proper to go to the sitting Alderman. I went home, and in an hour after was sent for to the Town-hall. The plate was delivered to one Finley, a serjeant at mace. (The silver waiter, gilt cann, salts and candlestick produced). they are the same the prisoner produced to me; I saw them put in the trunk to the other things at the Town-hall; the trunk was locked, and the key was delivered to the serjeant at mace.
Peter Weatherley . I am a constable: I was sent for by Mr. Harrison, about eight in the morning of the 6th of September; I saw in his shop the prisoner and Simpson; Mr. Harrison told me he suspected some plate produced was not honestly come by; the prisoner said he had some friends, and particularly one Hill, who he had served his apprenticeship with, but that having broke his indentures, he was obliged to go from him; he said his aunt had left him, his brother, and father an equal share of the plate, and that was his share; Mr. Harrison asked him why he did not dispose of it in London; he said he had not a mind, he was not among his friends; he muttered something further that I could not
John Finley . I am a serjeant at mace. On the 6th of September, between two and three in the afternoon, I first saw the prisoner, in the Town Court, before Alderman Moseley; two spoons were taken out of his pocket. (The spoons shown him); they are the same. By Mr. Moseley's orders I went to one Mitchel's house, in High Bridge; there I found a trunk; it was locked; I brought it to the Court while the prisoner was there; Mr. Moseley asked him if he had the key of the trunk; he took the key out of his pocket, and Mr. Harrison opened the trunk or chest with the key; I saw a great quantity of plate, and all the things were locked up again in my presence, and the key delivered to me; I have kept the key ever since; the chest has been opened two or three times, but always in my presence; there was nothing taken out. When I went to Mrs. Mitchel's she gave me three small silver spoons, and another that was gilt; I brought them to the Town Court, and shewed them to the prisoner; he acknowledged them to be his, and said he had given them to the woman of the house; there was also a gold girdle (producing it); the prisoner acknowledged that girdle to be his.
Thamar Harrison. (Looks at the two spoons); these are the two spoons my master left for my use.
Sarah Rogers . I am sister to Mrs. Barton. (Looks at the plate); all the plate except the two spoons before deposed to are the property of Mrs. Barton; my sister sent them to the Roll's Buildings, to Mr. Parker's, in a mahogany box. (The box produced).
Rogers. It is the same box.
Thamar Harrison. That is the box that was broke open and left in the dining room.
John Parker . I am nephew to Mr. Parker: the gold hatband that has been produced is mine; it was in the front office under the dineing room, locked in my desk; there were some rings too that are not found. (A shagreen box produced); that was found broke open in the dining room; the lock was broke. (The silver cannisters were tried and fitted exactly.)
The day after the robbery the trunk was sent to my lodgings in King's-head-court, Pudding-lane; it was brought by a porter, and a letter with it. I cannot tell from whom, purporting that I might dispose of the goods, that they came out of the Roll's Buildings, and that I knew who they came from.
For the Prisoner.
Q. Did you ever hear of his being bred a shoemaker?
Wilson. Yes, I believe he was.
Q. to Weatherley. Did you ever see the prisoner at Newcastle before?
Weatherly. No; I know Hill very well.
Guilty . Death .
675, 676, 677. (2d M.) ANN JOHNSON , SUSANNA WELSH , and MARGARET CREAMER were indicted for stealing a leather purse, value 1 d. thirteen guineas, two six-and-thirty shilling pieces, three pistoles, value 2 l. 11 s. and one double pistole, value 1 l. 14 s. the property of Thomas Blower , Sept. 9th. +
Thomas Blower . On the 9th of September, about nine o'clock in the evening, as I was going between Wapping and Tower-hill, in East Smithfield, I met with Ann Johnson and Susanna Welsh in the street; they asked me to go and give them something to drink; after walking some way with them, I went with them into a room near Broad-street, East Smithfield ; there were three women in the room then; the third I believe to be Margaret Creamer ; I am sure of the other two; I am not sure of her; there was a candle in the room; Susanna Welsh came to me, and asked me for a shilling; I gave her one; I sat down upon a bed in the room with Ann Johnson ; the candle was taken out of the room or put out; I was upon the bed with Ann Johnson ; she took out of my breeches pocket a leather purse which contained thirteen guineas, two thirty-six shilling pieces, three pistoles, and a double pistole; I clapped my hand upon my pocket and missed my money: I was in liquor but not very drunk; I felt the purse in my pocket not half a minute before it was gone; I felt it when I was on the bed; she got from me immediately out of the room, and ran down stairs out of the house; I pursued her to the door but did not catch her; there were some people about the door; I called the watchman; he came and went up with me into the room where I had been, and there I found my hat; I went after her to the door without it. Ann Johnson and Susanna Welsh were taken the next day; I was not present; I saw them afterwards before Justice Sherwood; the purse was never found; two pistoles, two guineas and a half, and a gown and petticoat which they had bought, were produced at the Justice's; one of the pistoles had a remarkable thin edge; I took notice of it before; they are my pistoles.
Q. Do you know both of them or only one?
Blower. I am certain of one, and I believe the other is mine. I never saw Welsh after she went out for the beer.
Charles Earle . I am one of the under beadles of Whitechapel parish. I was at the Court of Request the 10th of Sept. about eleven o'clock; a publican came in and said he had been at a house where he believed a robbery had been committed; I went and took Susanna Welsh and a man with her; I told her I would detain her on suspicion of a robbery; she said she had been at work at Kent, a hopping, and had got two guineas; I asked her where she bought the petticoat; she said at the next door, which was a pawnbroker's; I went there and enquired what money she had changed there, and what money she had laid out; he said she gave sixteen shillings for the gown, and nine shillings for the petticoat, and changed one guinea; she said she gave sixteen shillings for the gown; I took Johnson about half an hour after; we searched Welsh but found nothing on her the first time; on a second search we found two guineas and a half sewed up in her petticoat we found nothing upon Johnson; pulling off Welsh's stockings the two pistoles fell out, which are produced in Court now; I have had them in my custody ever since.
Luke Stripling . I am a watchman: I live just by where the robbery was committed; the prosecutor came to me to go and take the people; I went to the room but they were all gone; I found his hat there.
I never saw the man: they searched me seven or eight times; I have not a shoe to my foot; they tore my petticoat to pieces; they searched even my private parts, and used me very ill.
When I was taken Smith searched me and took my money from me that I worked hard for; the two pieces of gold were given me coming on the water, as I was coming up from Gravesend, by a sailor.
JOHNSON Guilty . T .
WELSH Guilty . T .
CREAMER Acquitted .
678. (M.) JAMES CHILDS was indicted for that he in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, on John Howard , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one silver watch, value 42 s. a steel chain, value 1 s. one brass watch key, value 1 d. three guineas, a half guinea, and seven shillings in money, numbered, the property of the said John , July 23d . ++
Thomas Meadows , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person one piece of paper with writing thereon, being a pawnbroker's duplicate, value 1/2 d. and three shillings in money, numbered, the property of the said Thomas , Sept. 3 d . ++
He was a third time indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon William Holdsworth , did make an assault putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a silver watch, value 3 l. a steel watch chain, value 1 s. one steel watch key, value 1 d. one steel watch hook, value 1 d. one cornelian swivel seal, value 6 s. and one half guinea, the property of the said William , Sept. 10th . ++
He was a fourth time indicted for that he in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, in and upon Samuel Lamb , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person one silver watch, value 42 s. one steel watch chain, value 1 s. one silver seal, value 1 s. one stone seal set in base metal, value 1 s. one steel watch key, value 2 d. and one shilling in money, numbered, the property of the said Samuel , Aug. 29th . ++
Samuel Lambe . I was robbed on Sunday the 29th of August, a little after ten at night, in the road between Shoreditch and Hackney , by three men; I do not know their persons; one man came up and said, your money, sir; then came up two more; one appeared to be armed with a pistol; they took a shilling and my watch out of my pocket; I did not give it them; my watch is in Court; Flanagan has it. (Flanagan produced the watch, which was deposed to by the prosecutor.)
Charles Flanagan . Searching Child's box I found the duplicate of the watch; he sat upon the box; I do not know whether it was locked. I went to Payne's, the pawnbroker, and asked for the watch; I had a warrant, but before I shewed the warrant I asked for the watch; when I shewed the man the warrant he seemed ill, and said he could not go out; he said if I would I might take the watch away; then I bid him put a mark upon it that he might know it again and he did.
Lambe. It is my seal; it was to my watch the night it was taken from me.
John Dodson . On Sunday night, about two or three months ago, Child and I, and one Harding, went on the highway, and stopped two gentlemen before we stopped this gentleman; we robbed the prosecutor of a watch and shilling.
Q. to Humphreys. Was you present when the watch was sent to pawn?
Humphreys. No, I was not.
Guilty . Death .
679. (M.) FRANCIS, otherwise FRANK LEWIS was indicted for stealing one copper pottage pot, value 5 s. one large copper saucepan, value 2 s. one large iron frying pan, value 1 s. one towel, value 6 d. one linen shift, value 2 s. one check apron, value 6 d. two white aprons, value 18 d. and one cotton night cap, value 1 s. the property of William Moxon , Oct. 16th . ++
Ann Moxon . I am wife of William Moxon : we live in Old Gravel-lane . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment, the 16th of this month; I saw them after candle light, and missed them at seven o'clock; the prisoner was taken for another robbery, and dropped the night cap out of his pocket; it lay on a sheet on the dresser before it was lost.
Joseph Taylor . I am a carpenter: I work for Mr. Moxon; last Saturday evening the maid came in and said the things were stolen; when he was taken he went to pull his handkerchief out, and my master's cap fell out of his pocket.
Ann Croat . I am servant to Mr. Moxon. On Saturday the 16th of this month, I went out about seven o'clock; the things mentioned in the indictment were all in the kitchen when I went out; I returned in about five minutes; as I came in at the gate I met a black man coming out; I went into the yard and met my young master in the yard, and asked him if any body had been up in the shop; he said no; then I went into the kitchen and missed the things, and alarmed my mistress; we never found any of the things but the cap produced; I am certain it is my master's cap; I laid it myself on the dresser.
I was coming a-cross Rag Fair and bought that cap, and gave seven pence for it; two young women where I lodge saw me buy it; they are here to prove it.
For the Prisoner.
Sarah Smith . Last Saturday the prisoner and I were coming a-cross Rag Fair, and he bought the cap in Rosemary-lane, and gave seven-pence for it; I saw him buy it; it was between five and six o'clock. (The cap shewn her).
Smith. This is the cap.
Q. Should you know the cap again?
Young. I had it not in my hand. (The cap shewn her); it was a plain cap; I beli eve that is it.
Q. Will you say upon your oath that is the cap?
Young. Yes, I will take my oath of it; I did not see any other cap, therefore it must be the cap.
Q. to Croat. What time did you go out?
Croat. About seven o'clock.
Q. Are you sure it was after six?
Q. to Mrs. Moxon. You was in the house when the maid went out?
Q. What time did she go out?
Moxon. Near seven, I am very positive.
Q. Are you sure the cap was there?
Moxon. Yes, I am very sure.
Guilty . T .
The witnesses for the prisoner were committed to Newgate to take their trial for perjury.
Richard Clues . I am a weaver: I am acquainted with the prisoner; I live in Three-Colt-alley in Angel-alley, Bishopsgate-street; the prisoner lives in that alley; he is by trade a ribbon-weaver . About two months ago I saw him go in and out of a house in the tent or ground near Long-alley; I saw him do that three or four times in the winter; the prisoner actually lived in that house; he had his workmen and his looms there; but they were brought from thence to Angel-alley, all but two looms, which were left still in the house at the Tenter Ground; he had carried on his trade four or five years in Angel-alley; he has not had this Tenter Ground house above nine months; he lived in that house with his wife and family last Christmas; at that time when he lived in the Tenter Ground his house in Angel-alley was shut up; he came back to Angel-alley last Lady-day, and then his family came with him; having observed this, and having heard some suspicious circumstances of the prisoner, I went to Wood-street Compter, and told what I suspected of the prisoner, and of his being in and out of this house, to one Mr. Berry, and Mr. Berry I suppose gave information to my Lord Mayor, and therefore I had notice to attend the City Marshal on the 10th of September last; accordingly I met Mr. Gates, the City Marshal, at the door of this house in the Tenter Ground, on the 10th of September, about two in the afternoon; Mr. Gates went in to search the house; there was nobody in the house. Mr. Wright has not only that house but two or three in the Tenter
Thomas Gates . I am the City Marshal: in pursuance of an information, I had orders from the Lord Mayor to take a warrant and search the prisoner's house in the Tenter Ground; I accordingly went and made the search, together with John Barton ; when we came there, which was about one or two o'clock at noon, I looked in at the hole in the cellar window, and there I observed a bench, some sand and some water, which looked suspicious, as it appeared as if it had been used for scowering or cleaning copper; this satisfied me my information was right; then I broke open the door; I went into the fore parlour; there I found a book with receipts; in the back parlour I found a cutting engine, for cutting blanks out of copper in order to coin halfpence; sheets or strips of copper are laid in the engine, then with one blow the engine will strike through the sheet or bit of copper, and cut out a round piece like a halfpenny; it had not any cutting materials in it, but it was fitted to receive such cutting materials. From the back parlour I went into the cellar, and there I found the stamping engine with two dyes in it; these dyes had the impression of each side of a halfpenny; the upper dye one impression, the under dye another impression; there was in the engine a halfpenny between the two dyes; that halfpenny has been mislaid. I found this half-penny (producing it) lying in a grove of this engine, and which is exactly the same piece of coin; I presume that halfpenny was left between the dyes left the two dyes should rub and hurt one another; at that time the dyes themselves were not cold, so that they had been very lately used. There were lying there besides, some of these round blanks of copper, and likewise cecel, which are remains of these strips of copper after the round dyes have been punched out of it; there was likewise at the same time a fire in the room, in a stove grate, and the engine appeared to have been very lately oiled, for the sake of going easier; there was likewise in a sack in the same room at least a peck of blanks hanging up in a sack like a hammock; they polish them by that-means, putting sand and emery among these blanks into the sack, and shaking them very well together; they will rub against one another, and by that means they gain a considerable degree of polish. Then I went up into the garret of the same house, and there I saw another cutting engine; the cutting instruments were still in that engine; it appeared to me that somebody had been lately at work at that engine in the garret because there was lying by a large quantity of this cicel very bright; there were besides in the cellar a number more dyes that were worn out with use. I found in the garret a large pair of shears, which were very proper to slip sheets of copper into such strips as they use when they punch the blanks out of them. The whole time we were in the house was about two hours. The engines were taken away and carried to the Mansion-house. After that I went in search of the prisoner to his house in Angel-alley; I could not find him there; the next day we found him in Southwark. On the next day in Wood-street Compter I searched him, and found these papers upon him (producing them). When he was carried before my Lord Mayor, he said he had let the house to some people, and could not be answerable for what other people might have done in that house.
John Owen . I am servant to Mr. Pengree, who keeps a copper warehouse on Snow-hill; the papers produced are bills of parcels of goods bought of Mr. Pengree; the receipts are my writing; the bills and receipts are my writing; I sold these goods at the time mentioned; one is dated the 29th of July 1773, the other the 2d of Sept. 1773. Mr. - bought of George Pengree three quarters 4 lb. and a half of strong copper at 12 1/2 d. amounting to 4 l. 12 s. 2d. then an allowance received; copper shruff one quarter 14 lb. at 9 1/2 d 1 l. 13 s. 3 d. by cash 2 l. 18 s. 11 d. Received the contents for George Pengree , per John Owen .
Q. What is shruff?
Owen. Pieces of copper fit for nothing but melting. (A strip of copper that had blanks cut out of it shewn him.)
Q. Is that called shruff?
Q. Who did you sell this copper to?
Owen. I cannot say; there is no name at the top.
Q. How came there to be no name at the top of the receipt?
Owen. We had no name given.
Q. Did Mr. Pengree ever sell the prisoner any copper?
Q. Did you ever write out any bill of parcels for the prisoner of copper bought at your master's?
Owen. I cannot say I ever did; they have been four or five in company, I do not know which the copper was for.
Q. Was the prisoner ever in company with the four or five?
Owen. Yes, he was.
Q. Was shruff ever bought of the company of which the prisoner was one?
Owen. Yes; they took away the copper with them at the time, but who took it away, whether the prisoner or not, I will not prereud to say.
Whatever may have been transacted at my house in the Tenter Ground I am not answerable for it, for though I am the proprietor of that house I let it to one Jones; I did not know what he did there.
For the Prisoner.
William Sims . I am a carpenter: I was employed last Tuesday by the prisoner to make some repairs at his house where the engines were found; my men were at work on this house when the City Marshal came and searched it; Mr. Wright did not live there; there was a fat man in the house at that time, whose name was Jones; Wright at that time lived in Angel-alley; Wright might come backwards and forwards to that house to look at my workmen. I had orders to do all that was necessary to this house, but I never went into those several rooms where the engines were found; therefore I never saw any engines before the search was made. As to his character, as far as I know of him, he is an honest man.
Robert Ashton . Sometime ago I expressed a wish to the prisoner to come and live in his neighbourhood; the prisoner sometime before Christmas said he had an opportunity to accommodate me with a house in the Tenter Ground if I would take it; I was not resolved then; in January I applied to him, and said I would be; glad to take his house; then he said he had let it. As to his character, he is a weaver as well as myself; we have trusted one another in dealings; I always found him an upright man.
Mary Hughes . I have worked at Mr. Wright's four years: he did live at Angel-alley, but is lately removed to this house in the Tenter Ground. His wife went to the middle house in the Tenter Ground, not where the engine was. About six or seven weeks ago I was at Mr. Wright's, and a gentleman came there and asked for him; he said he came to pay him some rent; accordingly he did pay him some; this is six or seven weeks ago.
Guilty . Imp. in Newgate 12 Months .
Daniel Finch . I live at Malden in Essex; on Thursday the 1st of October, I brought some sheep to town for next day's sale; I put them in a field near Mile End ; the next morning the drovers went to take the sheep out of the field; there were seventy-three in number; when they came to market I found a sheep missing, I heard in Bethnall-green watch-house the people were taken up for stealing the sheep; I went there and saw the skin of the sheep; I am positive that was the sheep; it was branded on the side J. K. okered in the off cheek; it was a Norfolk ewe. When I came I saw it was mine; the butcher had just flead it; I saw the body.
Q. from one of the prisoners. Did not you come into the watch-house before the sheep was cleaned?
Samuel Robinson . I am a watchman. On Thursday night, or Friday morning between twelve and one, as I was going my rounds by Potter's-head-lane, I saw three men coming along; each of them had a bag; I suspected them and stopped them; Keatly had a sheep in his bag; Rivers had some turneps; the other had not any thing; I took them to the watch-house; Keatley said he found the sheep as he came along; the sheep was hung up in the watch-house till it was took before the Justice, then it was skinned; (the skin produced). Finch went to the Justice's, but it was not skinned till it came from the Justice's.
Q. to Finch. Did not you see that sheep before it was skinned?
Finch, I do not recollect, possibly I might.
Going over the fields we saw three men doing something; we called to them and they ran away; we went to the place where they were, and found the sheep killed and in a bag; we had no knife nor any such thing; the watchman searched us as we went to the watch-house.
Robinson. I found a penknife on Keatley in the morning, but it was not bloody, nor any wool upon it.
Hall and Rivers made the same defence as Keatley.
For the Prisoner.
- Stoney. I have known him five or six years; he is a very honest man.
- Fernie. I have known him ten or eleven years; I never heard any thing amiss of him.
Israel Pullen. I know Hall and Rivers: I have known both of them seven years: I never heard but they were honest industrious men.
- Smith. I know Rivers and Hall: I have trusted both of them with many pounds; I always found them just and honest.
All three guilty . Death .
684, 685. (M.) JOHN SULLIVAN and MARY ANN FLOCKHART were indicted; the first for stealing an iron range, value 2 s. a pair of iron cheeks, value 1 s. and one iron keeper, value 2 d. the property of Samuel Johnson , Sept. 3d ; and the other for receiving the above goods knowing them to have been stolen . ++
Both acquitted .
Second Count for stealing thirty-six mother o'pearl frames for hair pins, value 5 s. the property of the said Edward Flowers , Sept. 28th. The other for receiving the same goods, well knowing them to have been stolen .
Edward Flowers . I live in the Liberty of the Rolls, Chichester Rents, Chancery-lane: I am a working jeweller ; Morris has worked for me six years. On the 28th of September Joseph Loton informed me he saw him take away a dozen and a half of frames for hair pins and some drops. I went to Sir John Fielding 's and got a warrant; I took a constable to his apartment in Bell-yard; I accused him of taking away the frames; he said he did take them away, and that he had sold them to Mr. Hayward. Sir John granted me a warrant to bring him before him; I went but he was not at home; he lives in Burley-street in the Strand; he is a working jeweller and keeps a shop; I forgot to mention we found the drops upon Morris when we took him; the next morning we searched Hayward's house and found about thirty pins, that is to say frames fitted to pins. I lost the frames only; I know the frames were mine.
Q. How do you know the frames to be your's?
Q. If Hayward furnished him with the mother o'pearl, was he able to make these things?
Flowers. Yes; if he had an engine to do it, but he had none.
Q. Then you are sure they are not his work?
Flowers. Yes; he said he was wickedly drawn into it by Hayward. When we took Hayward he said he had employed this man three years, that he gave him shelis to work, and money to buy shells; he said he gave him sometimes a shilling, sometimes eighteen-pence to buy them; it is impossible to buy mother o'pearl of this quality for eighteen-pence; he said before Sir John that was the most he ever gave him. On his cross examination, he said, a frame before it was worked up was worth two-pence; that he could not describe how he knew them to be his, nor could any one that had not served seven years apprenticeship to it, but that he knew his own work.
Joseph Loton . I am servant to Mr. Flowers. On the 28th of September as I was at work near the prisoner. I saw him take some mother o'pearl frames out of a paper that lay by him, and put them in his waistcoat pocket; I was turning frames and he was making drops; the frames were laid there for the man at the next bench to him to pick a pair out of them; he was going to dinner; I did not say any thing to him; I was going to tell my master but was prevented. On the Thursday night I saw him polish some drops and put them in his pocket; I told my master of it that night; I went with my master and the constable to search Hayward's house, and the frames fitted to pins in his house. I have been apprentice to Flowers six years; I am used to turn and drill these frames.
Q. Look at the frames whose work are they?
Loton. William Blakesley's; I know the work of every man in the shop because they all come through my hands.
Q. How does Blakesley work?
Loton. I cannot describe it; they lie in a different form rather to another man's work. When we went into Mr. Hayward's house my master told him he had a warrant for him, and on what account; he denied knowing any thing of it; he said he had employed Morris, and had a man at work up stairs; we searched his house and found the frames and some drops; we went up stairs; there was no man at work, and the lairs proper for this work had not been used a great while; they were very dirty and rusty. On his cross examination he said the frames were quite plain when they came out of Blakesley's hands; that since that holes had been drilled in them, which makes them feel not quite so smooth.
William Blakesley . I am servant to Mr. Flowers: I believe the frames of the pins to be my turning, I cannot be positive; I think the other witness can be more positive than I; he can tell my work as well as I can.
This is the man (pointing to Hayward) that led me to this unhappy place.
Please your Lordship I never received any goods of this man in my life but what I thought was made out of my own shell.
William East . I am a jeweller: I live in Fleet-street; I know the prisoner, Morris, by the name of Eggleston; I have seen him shave shells to pieces at Mr. Hayward's, and take them home to work, and have seen him bring frames back, and put the wire or silver in the shop; they were the same sort as these, only larger.
Court. Did you ever hear Hayward give directions to make frames of the shells?
David Leroach . I live at Mr. Hayward's; Morris worked for him; I have seen him saw shells and put them in his pocket, and the next day bring back frames and drops and pins; he has drilled them in my presence.
Q. Did you ever see Morris turn the frames?
Leroach. No, only drill them after they came home.
Phebe Carrock . I am a pearl-stringer; I finish them; I have bought frames of Flowers after they have been drilled and worked them up for Hayward; it is customary to go and buy these kind of things when we have not time to work them up ourselves. It is impossible to know one man's work from another.
John Parks . I keep a shop on Ludgate-hill: I have known Hayward five years; I have had considerable dealings with him three years. I really think it impossible for a man to swear to his property in such things as these. He was looked upon as a fair dealing man; I have trusted him with money without any security; I always found him exceeding honest; that is his general character.
Edward Seales . I am a jeweller in the Strand: I have known Hayward about seven years; I found him always very just; I have dealt with him a good deal; I never heard his character impeached before this.
MORRIS Guilty . T .
HAYWARD Acquitted .
689. (M.) MARGARET ALSOP was indicted for stealing a bed bolster, value 2 s. a copper tea-kettle, value 1 s. two linen sheets, value 4 s. one bed rug, value 1 s. and two blankets, value 2 s. the property of George Whitroe , in a lodging room let by contract to the said Margaret , Sept. 25 . *
George Whitroe . I live in High-street, Westminster : my wife let the lodgings to the prisoner ready furnished; she took possession about the middle of last August; about a month after she was missing; I enquired and found she had taken a lodging in Peter's-street; I went to her and asked her why she did not come; she said she would not come till she had put the things into the room; we waited a week, and then I heard she was taken up for robbing another person; I went to her to the prison, and she said she would send my wife word where our things were; she said a rug, two blankets and a sheet were in possession of one Steel a pawnbroker in the Ambury; a bolster and a tea kettle, at Mr. Barrat's, in Tottle-street; and one sheet at Mr. Worthy's in Tottle-street; I went and found the things, and had her before Sir John Fielding .
Q. She made no difficulty to tell you she had pawned them at these places?
(The goods were produced by the pawnbrokers, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I took a room of this man and pledged two or three of the things for money to go to market; his wife knew it and agreed to let me take them out as I could; I endeavoured to bring them in as fast as I could; I never gave up the key; I brought in one saucepan and an iron, and the Sunday following gave her eighteen pence in money; she said she would be content to have the things as I could give them her; I could not get it so fast as I could wish to get it; when I was taken to prison, he came and said if I would tell where the things were, he would take them out at his own expence and make a debt of it, and I should pay him one shilling a week or what I could, and that he would not hurt me; so I told him where all the things were.
Q. to Whitroe. Did you promise to take it at a shilling a week, or make any promise to her?
Guilty . T .
(The prosecutor being a foreigner and not speaking English, an interpreter was sworn.)
Lewis Fortier . I met the two prisoners in Piccadilly ; they asked me to treat them with a bowl of punch; we went into a house and had 2 s. worth of punch; as soon as we had finished the bowl of punch, I called a coach to go home; when I got into the coach I missed my purse out of my pocket with the six double louis d'ors; this was about a quarter after nine; I had seen it about half an hour before; I was in the house with the woman about half an hour; when I went into the coach I left the women at the door of the public house.
Fortier. The moment I got in the coach.
Q. Why did you not stop the coach and see after the women?
Fortier. I went home and told my sister, and cried about my purse; she lives by Spring-gardens.
Q. What sort of a purse was it?
Fortier. A green silk purse knit; I am sure the prisoners are the women; the biggest was in my right hand and the other in my left; they were taken up on Saturday night; the purse has never been found; the constable has some of the money.
Mary Brown . I lodge in Dyot-street, St. Giles's: the night of this robbery, between twelve and one in the morning, the two prisoners came in with bits of lighted candles and new cardinals, and said they had got a good booty, for they had picked up a drunken Frenchman, and that they got a hackney coach and drove to the devil almost; Elizabeth Wentworth said she had pretty long fingers, that she dipped them into his pocket and took out his purse presently, and shewed me the two guinea pieces; and Wentworth swore by God they had a guinea and half more; I happened to mention it next day in a public house, and one Mr. Newman who was sitting there, called me out and asked me about it; I told him the truth, and he went and got a constable and took them the next morning; I had a piece of the money in my hand; Brindley asked me if ever I saw a two guinea piece, and gave it me into my hand.
Christopher Wildman . The prisoners came to our house between ten and eleven o'clock last Saturday night; I keep a pawnbroker's shop in Long-acre; they came in a hackney coach; Brindley and the coachman came in first, and then the other; Brindley said she had got a 36 s. piece; Mr. Heather said it was not a 36 s. piece; he said he would buy it of her; she said a Frenchman sent her to buy a shift to her back because she had never a one; they asked if we had any linen gowns; I went to another shop to fetch some, and while I was gone Mr. Heather shewed them some cardinals and some garnets; they paid for them with this piece of foreign coin (producing it).
Q. to the prosecutor. What day was you robbed?
Prosecutor. Last Saturday.
' Brown. It is like it.
Jane Connelly . I live in Monmouth-street: I keep a sale shop; the prisoners came to my shop on Sunday morning, and bought two gowns, two petticoats, and some other things; one of them produced a foreign piece, and said it was worth a 36 s. piece; I allowed that for it; when I had changed one piece they would not have the things unless I changed two pieces more; they said they were worth 36 s. a piece; I never saw no such money before; on Monday I wanted to make up some money; I sent them to the refiners to sell; they gave me 40 s. a piece for them. (A double louis d'or shewn her).
Q. Were they like that?
Connelly. I believe they were the same coin; I cannot positively say; I was sent for to Sir John Fielding 's, and he gave me my things again; and I gave to the constable the difference of the change; the things they bought came to 3 l. 6 s. 3 d. I gave them in change 2 l. 1 s. 9 d. I gave the constable 3 l. 12 s. 3 l. for the gowns and petticoats that were returned to me, which came to that; and the 12 s. the overplus that I received at the refiner's when I sold the money.
Blanchville Clark. On Sunday I was informed of this robbery by one Mr. Newman; he went with me to a public house; we found the prisoners there at breakfast with five or six more in the garret; I said they had robbed a Frenchman that night; they said they wished he would come to their face and say so for a French bugger; I searched them and found the gowns, petticoats and a cloak; the gowns and petticoats were delivered to Connelly before the Justice; I took them to Sir John's and he desired me to take them to Bridewell; on the Monday I made enquiry after the prosecutor; I advertised him in two papers, and at night a person brought him to me.
Francis Assin . On Saturday night I was in a public house where the prisoners were, and bought two double louis d'ors of them at 36 s. a piece; I sold them both for 4 l. they were the same coin or very near the same with that produced in Court.
Q. to the prosecutor. Do you know that piece; is it one of them you had in your purse?
Prosecutor. Yes, I believe it is; I cannot be sure to the money itself; one of the pieces is scratched, but this is not.
This woman and I were going to get some stuff for my hands, they were sore; this man followed us, and asked us to drink some wine; we said we were no wine ladies; he insisted upon our drinking something, and took us to a house, and called for rum or brandy and water; we said we were very poor, and he gave us three pieces of money a-piece; we shewed them to every body; we did not know what they were; we sat and drank, we do not know how much.
The gentleman followed us, and asked us to have some drink; he was very much in liquor; he gave us three pieces of money a-piece.
Prosecutor. I did not give it them; I paid for two bowls of punch, but did not give them any money at all.
Both guilty . T .
Elisha Tennant . I went on the first of October to the Figure Office in Great Queen-street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields , to pay for two hackney coach figures, about four in the afternoon; there was nobody in the office but the prisoner, Mr. Marshall, and a little boy; I gave Mr. Marshall two guineas, they were light; I went to change them, and my purse and the prisoner were gone; Mr. Marshall directly pursued the prisoner, and took him with the money upon him; I had laid it down in the window when I took the two guineas out.
Joseph Marshall . I am receiver in the Hackney Coach Office; the prosecutrix came to pay me for two figures; her money was light, she turned round to change it, and said her money was gone; I went out after the prisoner, and catched him as he was turning into little Wild-street; I found the bag in his hand; I asked him where the money was; he said in his pocket; he took it out and gave it me. (The bag produced by Stephen Sturdy ).
Prosecutrix. It was a white brown bag; I believe this is it.
On the first of October, I went into the Hackney Coach Office to take up a summons; coming out, I saw this little bag on the ground; I took it up and walked away down Wild-street; the man came after me and asked me if I picked up a bag; I said, yes, and gave it him; I went back with him, and said to the woman if it is your property take it: and she was willing to let me go about my business, but a man came up and would have me taken before Sir John Fielding ; and she said before Sir John, she did not know whether she laid it on the window, or dropped it upon the ground.
He called two witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty . B .
Mr. Alderman Plomer. The prisoner has been a weekly servant of mine several years past; on the 22d of September, I came home between seven and eight in the evening, and my apprentice informed me he believed the prisoner had robbed me of some hard soap that day; I informed one of my partners of it, and we sent for Mr. Carter a publican just by, to enquire if he had ever been seen at his house with any soap; Mr. Carter came, the prisoner was then at his house; I went with him and desired him to tell him somebody wanted him at the door; he drank part of a pint of beer and then went back to a box where they make
- Carter. I keep a public house in Leadenhall-street: the prisoner was in my house the 22d of September, drinking a pint of beer; Mr. Plomer sent for me, and told me he was under an apprehension that the prisoner had been robbing him of some soap, and asked me if I ever knew of any being brought to my house; Mr. Plomer went with me and stood at the door; I went in and told him somebody wanted him at the door; he saw Mr. Plomer, and did not go directly, but staid to drink his beer, and then went to make water; Mr. Plomer came in and took him away; I looked under the place where he had his beer, and found the soap; I do not know who left it there; I had not looked in that place I suppose a twelve-month before. On his cross examination, he said the prisoner denied taking the soap at first, and then he said he took it for his own use; that he told him if he confessed, he believed Mr. Alderman Plomer would pardon him for so trifling an offence if he confessed it.
Court. You did not tell him you had any authority from Mr. Plomer to promise him that?
Carter. No, but that it was my opinion.
Counsel for the prisoner. It was the means that induced him to confess?
Carter. I believe it might.
Thomas Street. I am the constable that took him; when he was before the Aldermen he said it was the first offence, and begged the Alderman to pardon him.
The offence I am charged with I am innocent of; no man living can say I took the soap.
He called four witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty 10 d. T .
Both acquitted .
702. (2d M.) ELIZABETH WEST was indicted for stealing one Spanish dollar, value 4 s. 6 d. one thirty-six shilling piece, six guineas, one half guinea, one quarter of a guinea, and five shillings in money, numbered, the property of John Kinderley , privately from his person , Oct. 20th . ++
Alexander-Wilson deposed that he saw the prisoner drop the handkerchief when he was pursued.
The prisoner, in his defence, said he took the handkerchief off the ground.
Guilty . T .
John Lake. I am a butcher in Fleet-market : the prisoner came to my shop on the 9th of October and looked at some meat; after that Mr. Kennet came to me and asked me if I had lost any meat; he said here is the old veiny piece customer; I stopped the prisoner and found a piece of beef under her second petticoat; I enquired concerning it, and Mr. Steptoe owned it.
I bought that piece of beef in another market.
She called two witnesses who gave her a very good character.
Guilty 10 d. W .
705. (2d L.) JOSEPH BROADUS was indicted for stealing a woollen cloth coat, value 10 s. a woollen cloth waistcoat, value 7 s. two muslin neckcloths, value 4 s. two linen shirts, value 10 s. a man's hat, value 5 s. a pair of women's shoes, value 1 s. a linen shift, value 1 s. a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. and four shillings and sixpence in money, numbered , the property of Abel Neaves , Sept. 27 . ++
Michael Wood . I was called out to follow the prisoner; when I got up to him he was in custody. I took this hat from his head, and I took these pumps and a chissel out of his pocket; a blue waistcoat was afterwards dropt upon the ground. (The several things were produced and deposed to by the prosecutor). There was also half a crown, four shillings, and five pennyworth of halfpence in the pocket of the waistcoat.
Neaves. There was some money in my waistcoat pocket.
Richard Booth . I saw the prisoner and another man come out of the house; the prisoner walked first; the other man had the bundle; I saw the prisoner drop the waistcoat, and I saw the hat taken from his head; the other got away.
I took the things up in the street.
He called several witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty . T .
Henry Martin , the younger. The prisoner had been a servant at our house. I was in the shop on the 13th of October when the prisoner came in; the boy gave him some red herrings for his supper. I hid myself and watched the prisoner; the prisoner put the candle out, and as he passed me the tail of the fish rubbed against me; as soon as he had got out of the shop I followed him, and brought him back, and took three fish upon him (producing them); they are my father's property. The prisoner asked my pardon, and said he hoped I should forgive him.
I was a little in liquor; I never did such a thing before.
Guilty . T .
- Smith. I am in charge of a lighter at the Keys, on behalf of the Crown, and the prisoner was a watchman , whose duty was to watch it for the interest of the Merchants; when I went upon the key I saw the prisoner go down in the lighter with a white bag; I went on
An other witness deposed that he examined the sallenders that contained the sweet almonds, and there were three-quarters of a hundred taken out of one of them.
The prisoner denied the charge, but called no witnesses.
Guilty 10 d. W .
708. (M.) JAMES WATSON was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Haseldine , on the 31st of August , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing a tea cannister, value 6 d. a pair of silver studs, value 1 s. 6 d. two silver three-pences, a Bristol stone for an ear-ring, value 1 d. six farthings and one halfpenny, the property of John Haseldine in his dwelling house . *
709. (M.) JOHN ROBINSON was indicted for stealing ten gallons of beer, called porter, value 6 s. and an iron padlock, value 2 d. the property of John Calvert , Edward Barnes , and Edward Willis , Sept. 25th .
Guilty of stealing the lock . T .
The prosecutor was called, but did not appear, notwithstanding notice had been given him by the prisoner that he should surrender to take his trial; he was therefore acquitted , and the Court granted him a copy of his indictment.
William Thomas . I am apprentice to Mr. Hamilton, a printer, in Falcon-court, Fleet-street : the prisoner had worked there. About seven in the morning of the 18th of October I left the prisoner in a room where my coat hung while I went into another room; when I returned I missed both the prisoner and my coat; I left no one in the room but him.
The apprentice to a pawnbroker in Cursitor-street produced the coat, which he deposed he received in pawn of the prisoner on the 13th of October, a little after seven in the morning. The prosecutor deposed that the coat produced was his property.
The prisoner, in his defence, said he pawned the coat at the request of a man he met in the street.
Guilty . T .
John Hensell . I am chamberlain to Mrs. Granan's inn, in Holborn : the two prisoners lay there on the 21st of September; I missed the sheets off their bed the next morning; I pursued and took them; Wade confessed they had taken them, and directed me to the pawnbroker's where they were.
We took them out of mere necessity.
WALKER Acquitted .
- Rodd. I saw the prisoner put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket and take out his handkerchief; I informed the prosecutor of it.
(The handkerchief produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)
I did not steal the handkerchief.
Guilty . T .
JAMES HART was indicted for maliciously killing a black horse, value 5 l. the property of Thomas Aldersey , against the statute, July 6th .
The Court expressed their approbation of the prosecution, but it being a capital offence, on account of the prisoner's tender age, they recommended to Mr. Aldersey not to give any evidence, which he complied with, and consequently the prisoner was
716. (L.) JAMES CUMBER was indicted for stealing seven linen shirts, value 3 l. a linen apron, value 2 s. a muslin apron, value 2 s. seven linen towels, value 7 s. a pair of silk stockings, value 12 s. a net cap, a linen cap, and a cotton cap, the property of Thomas Wilson , in his dwelling house , Oct. 18 .
Thomas Wilson deposed, that he found his house broke open, and missed the things mentioned in the indictment, on the evening of the 18th of October, about eleven o'clock at night; that from an information being given him, he went to the watch-house, where he saw the prisoner, who had formerly lodged with him, and the things mentioned in the indictment.
The constable deposed that he took up the prisoner at night, when he had a bundle containing the things mentioned in the indictment.
The prisoner, in his defence, said, he found the bundle in the street.
He called three witnesses who gave him a good character.
Guilty 39 s. T .
The prisoner, in her defence, said she took the pot to get some water.
Guilty . W .
718. (L.) SARAH ABRAHAMS was indicted for stealing a watch, the outside case shagreen, value 20 s. a steel chain, value 2 d. and a steel watch key, value 2 d. the property of Robert Jacock , Sept. 20 . *
Robert Jacock deposed that the prisoner picked him up in Gravel-lane , about seven o'clock at night, of the 26th of September, and that while he was on the bed with the prisoner she picked the watch out of his pocket; that he got Thomas Bull , a constable, who took the prisoner in a public house in Petticoat-lane, with the watch upon her.
He gave me two-pence to buy rods, and as he had but a few halfpence he left his watch with me.
Guilty . T .
719. (L.) ESTHER LEESON was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, two pair of linen shift sleeves, a silk handkerchief, a linen handkerchief, a linen napkin, two muslin neckcloths, and two linen aprons , the property of Eleanor Steel , widow , Oct. 13 . ~
Eleanor Steel deposed, that the prisoner begged her to give her a lodging, which she did; that after she had been at her house about a fortnight, she missed the things mentioned in the indictment; that she found them by the prisoner's direction at Mr. Cordy's, a pawnbroker, on Snow Hill.
- Cordy produced the goods; the prisoner had pawned them at different times.
To be sure I did pawn them; I intended to restore them to her again.
Guilty . T .
720. (M.) AMELIA POWELL was indicted for that she being delivered of a male bastard child alive, she did put both her hands about the neck of the said child, and of her malice aforethought did choak and strangle it, whereof the said child did instantly die . She also stood charged on the Coroner's Inquest with the said murder, Aug. 29 . *
Mary Pleydell . The prisoner was my servant: I live at Lawrence-street, Chelsea . About twelve or one at noon, on Sunday the 29th of August, she was roasting a joint of meat; she went into the yard; my daughter called me, and told me there was something the matter with the prisoner; I went to her and accused her with having had a child; she said no she had not, nor knew nothing of one; I taxed her several times; I got her up into her own room; I sent for Mrs. Holmes, that recommended her to me; I went up stairs; I bid her confess what she had done with the child; she again declared she had had no child. Mrs. Holmes then went up stairs to her, but I did not go with her.
Q. Do you know whether she had had a child or not?
Pleydell. I saw some circumstances in the kitchen that convinced me she had had a child; after that the child was found. Mrs. Holmes staid up stairs with her very near half an hour. The overseers sent Elizabeth Bowman , and she went up to her. There were people sent to take up the necessary floor, and the child was found there; that was very near an hour after. I never saw the child.
Q. Did you ever hear the prisoner say any thing more about it?
Pleydell. No; I never spoke to her afterwards; she went away immediately to the workhouse.
Q. How old is the prisoner?
Pleydell. I do not know certainly, about sixteen or seventeen; I believe I remember when she was in the charity school: she is a very ignorant girl.
Q. She always bore a good character I believe?
Pleydell. Yes, and was very diligent in her business, but very ignorant; I question whether she knows how long a woman should go with child.
Mary Holmes . The prisoner had lived with Mrs. Pleydell near a month; Mrs. Pleydell sent for me, and desired me to go up stairs and tax her with it; I said Melia, Melia, what have you done? there is a child somewhere; she cried and trembled very much; she said she had occasion to go to the vault, and was delivered upon the vault. I saw the child about an hour after, when it was taken out of the vault; it was a male child.
Q. Was it at its full time?
Holmes. I did not observe any thing particular.
Q. Did you see any marks of violence upon it?
Holmes. I saw no marks of violence.
Q. Did you observe its neck?
Holmes. I looked at it and saw no marks of violence at all upon it.
Elizabeth Bowman . I am a midwife: the beadle fetched me on the 29th of August to Mrs. Pleydell's; I went up stairs; I found the prisoner sitting up in a bed in the garret; I saw from circumstances something was the matter; I asked her what was the matter; she said nothing; I told her I suspected she had been delivered of a child; she said she had not had a child.
Q. Was Mrs. Holmes there then?
Bowman. I believe she was; directly upon that, the daughter of the woman of the house said, the prisoner had owned it was down the necessary; I told them the necessary must be opened; it was opened and the child was taken up; I saw it about a quarter of an hour after it was taken up; it was a fine child; there were no marks of violence upon it.
Q. Did you search it narrowly?
Q. Did you observe it's neck?
Bowman. I did observe every part of it.
Q. I suppose it is a possible thing that a woman might be surprised and delivered at a necessary?
Bowman. She said the child came from her at the necessary, and it was possible to be so; I knew an instance of a married lady, in great credit, very near like it; she desired to go to the necessary; I objected to it; she did not suppose herself so near delivery; she went there; she was taken very bad, and the child dropt before I got her to the bed.
Robert Williams , Sept. 27th , and the other for receiving the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , Oct 5th . *
Robert Williams . I am an upholder and cabinet-maker , and live in Bow-street, Covent-garden ; the prisoner, Wilson, was my porter ; I had missed a number of things; I went out of town on the 4th of October, and returned on the 7th; on the morning after my return, John Bruce a journeyman of mine came up to me between six and seven o'clock, before I was out of bed, and told me he suspected the prisoner; I got up and went to Sir John Fielding 's and got a warrant and took the prisoner Wilson; I charged him with taking the carpets; he confessed it; I asked him what he had done with them; he said he had sold them to one Brook-house, with a number of other things; I went with a constable from Sir John's to Brookhouse's house; he was not at home; we asked Mrs. Brookhouse what she had done with the things the porter had sold her; she said she had not bought any thing of him; going to search the house the prisoner went behind the compter, and took up a piece of Wilton carpet from behind it, there is seven yards of it; or said there was a piece there, I cannot say which; she said there was nothing else; we went up stairs to search the first floor, and the prisoner said the curtains of the bed and the curtains of the windows were mine; he said he took them out of my shop; that piece of carpet was in my house on the 25th of September. We asked Mrs. Brookhouse as we came down stairs, what she had done with the other; she said her husband had taken a parcel away, and sold it in Brook-street, Grosvenor-square; we searched after this house; it proved to be Gibson's, the other prisoner; we went to his house; he was not at home then; we found him at home at one o'clock; on being questioned about any thing he had had of Brookhouse, he readily produced some moreen, and said he had nothing else; at last he owned he had two rolls of carpeting above stairs which he fetched down out of a cupboard in the garret. (They were produced and deposed to by the prosecutor). Brook-house was the man that brought them to him, and was to call again for them, but that he had not bought them of Brookhouse; here are eleven yards of Wilton, and eight yards of Scorch carpet, charged in this indictment.
John Bruce . I am servant to Mr. Williams; after my master was gone out of town, on the 6th of October, about seven in the evening, I met the prisoner with a piece of carpeting; I stopped him and said, where are you going with that? he said, for God's sake, do not inform Mr. Williams, I shall be ruined! At his entreaty I let him go; I followed him in order to find out where he carried it, but missed him in Rose-street; I could not exactly see the house he went into; the next day he came and opened the shop as usual, but I did not see him there all the rest of the day; the same evening when I saw the carpeting upon his arm, after I missed the house he went into, that evening about eight o'clock, he sent for me to the Black Horse, and then repeated it that I would not let Mr. Williams know, for it would ruin him; I promised I would not; on Friday morning he came while I was there; we went first to a public house; then we took a walk together; as we were walking together he said he had been a foolish fellow in what he had done, for Mr. Williams had been a very good master to him; he said he could not get that piece of carpeting again, for he had sold it outright to Brookhouse for four shillings; but said he, you had better tell Mr. Williams, or I will tell him myself: for I am very uneasy he should be so wronged; Brookhouse has advised me to take every thing I could lay my hands on; I was present when the first things were taken at Brookhouse's shop.
Blanchville Clarke. I am a constable: I was at Gibson's house; I asked him first if he knew Brookhouse; he acknowledged readily that he did; I asked him first where were the moreens and things brought to him the other night by Brook-house; he readily said they were up stairs, he would bring them down, and went and brought them down; then I asked about some lace; that he acknowledged in the same manner; he opened his bureau and shewed it us; then I asked him about the carpeting; he at first said he had no more things from Brookhouse; on threatening to search the house, he said he would go up and fetch the carpeting; he went up, opened the cupboard and took out the two pieces, sworn to by the prosecutor, and delivered them up; he said he had not bought them; that he had lent Brookhouse 3 l. upon some of the other things; but as for the carpets, he had not bought them; Brookhouse had left them there, but he was to call for them.
Prosecutor. They are worth about 3 l.
Q. to the prosecutor. What is that worth?
Prosecutor. About 40 s.
Brookhouse. In a day or two after, he brought the piece of Scotch carpet; I gave him 7 s. for that; he said he had this to dispose of for a person in the Compter that wanted money; a week after this, I carried them to Gibson; I said I had bought these two pieces of carpet, and had a mind to dispose of them again; Gibson asked if they were honestly come by; he did not put the question to me till after the money was paid; for he offered at once 9 s. for the Scotch carpet, and 2 s. a-yard, which was 22 s. for the Wilton: and therefore it struck into my mind, when Gibson gave me so much more than the man had sold them to me for, that these things might be stolen goods.
I sold Brookhouse these things; he was the man that induced me to rob my master.
Gibson. I leave my defence to my counsel; Brookhouse brought them to me; they were left with me; I did not buy them; Brookhouse said they were the goods of a person in distress who wanted to dispose of them.
He called four upholdsterers and cabinet makers of reputation, who gave him a good character.
Q. to the prosecutor. Can you give any reason why Gibson was prosecuted rather than Brook-house? Brookhouse certainly deserves punishment?
Prosecutor. I wanted to prosecute Brookhouse; but Sir John made a witness of him.
Court. Do you know the reason why?
WILSON guilty . T .
GIBSON acquitted .
723. (M.) EDWARD WILSON was again indicted with GODDARD HOFFIEN ; Wilson for stealing one looking glass with a mahogany frame, value 6 s. three linen bed curtains, value 30 s. and one linen case for a window curtain, value 4 s. the property of Robert Williams , Aug. 30th . And the other for receiving the above goods knowing them to have been stolen .
Robert Williams . The prisoner acknowledged as to the bed curtains that he stole them, and said he had sold a number of things to Hoffien, who kept the shop before Brookhouse came there; besides these bed curtains I lost a looking glass. On hearing this account from the prisoner, on the 8th of October I enquired of Brookhouse where Hoffien lived; he directed me to Lime-house; I found him in Three Colt-street; I searched his house; at first I found nothing belonging to me; at last, in one of the rooms I saw this looking glass hang; it struck me; it was a looking glass I had lost; I lifted it up; I found my mark upon the back of it; I can be sure it was my property; I wondered to see it there, for it was packed up before Christmas last in a case with many other things in order to go to America, but the case had not been sent away; I went home to look at it, and found the top of the case had been opened, and six looking glasses taken out of the parcel, and six left behind; by the mark on the looking glass I am sure this is one I had so packed up; I asked Hoffien where he had it; he said he could not tell. As to the curtains, I found them at Brookhouse's shop; he said he bought them of Hoffien; one of them lay upon Brookhouse's bed; the other hung up at the window; I found the rest in some drawers at Brookhouse's; I am sure the curtains are mine; they are my work; I had not seen them for a twelve-month before.
John Bruce . When Wilson was taken up he acknowledged having stolen one looking glass, but said he had stole no more looking glasses, but had stole the curtains a long time ago, and sold them to Brookhouse.
Blanchville Clarke. I searched these two places; the looking glass was not in Hoffien's bed room; I heard Wilson say he had stolen and sold Hoffien three other looking glasses. Hoffien said as for the curtains he did not buy them, but Brookhouse's wife desired him to keep them for her, and she paid the money for them.
Elizabeth Brookhouse . I know nothing of the looking glass; we took this house of Hoffien, about the middle of the quarter after last Midsummer; Hoffien was to continue a month in the house, in order to shew us this business; it was during this month that Wilson brought in the curtains; Hoffien was there in the house when Wilson brought them; Wilson shewed the curtains to Hoffien; I did not stay to make any bargain; I left Hoffien and Wilson in the shop, whilst I went out to change a guinea; I was absent about ten minutes; when I returned
I stole both the looking glass and curtains. As to the curtains, I sold them to Mrs. Brook-house; as to the looking glass that I did sell to Hoffien, but he was in bed at the time I sold it to his wife.
I fell ill of a fever in June, from that time I was never able to transact any business.
HOFFIEN Guilty . T. 14 Y .
724, 725. (2d. M.) RICHARD BRADLEY and THOMAS CARTER were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Keep , on the 18th of September , about the hour of ten in the night, and stealing six silver table spoons, value 3 l. two silver salts, value 20 s. two silver salt spoons, value 2 s. one silver pepper box, value 10 s. one pair of silver tea tongs, value 5 s. fourteen silver tea spoons, value 28 s. a silver milk pot, value 15 s. three silver punch ladles, value 20 s. a silver pap spoon, value 5 s. a child's coral set in silver, value 8 s. four pair of silver shoe buckles, value 30 s. two silver stock buckles, value 5 s. a sattin gown, value 5 s. two stuff petticoats, value 10 s. a linen counterpane, value 3 s. a printed bound book called the Holy Bible, value 1 s. two linen curtains, value 2 s. three linen towels, value 6 d. thirty guineas, and 20 l. 10 s. in monies numbered, the property of the said William, in his dwelling house . *
William Keep . I live in Fleet-market ; on the 18th of September, about five in the afternoon, my wife was gone out, before I went from my house, to go to Fleet-market; I left my house safe, particularly my fore door; I had been out at the back door just before; I went out and put it to after me; I know it had been latched; there is a wall behind my house; getting over that wall persons can get round at my back door. At nine at night I sent my wife from the market to get supper; she was absent twenty minutes: then she came back and said my house had been robbed; I saw all these things there when I went out at five in the afternoon; there were forty guineas in a cupboard locked up in the same room; I saw that money there on Saturday morning; when I went out in the afternoon I left nobody at home; on my wife's giving me this information I hurried home. My wife had locked the street door; it had been opened and locked again by my wife.
Elizabeth Keep . My husband sent me home, but when I came to unlock the door I found it bolted on the inside that I could not open it; somebody within unbolted it whilst I was at the door. I found the back door standing wide open, and when I went up stairs I missed the plate and the money. Upon opening the house, the back door I had left latched (for I took particular notice it was latched when I pulled it to) that I found open; it is a latch that might be opened on the outside of the house. When I went up stairs this cupboard door where the plate was kept was open; the room was in disorder, and all the plate gone, and the money gone out of the closet in the room, and a great deal of wearing apparel taken away; I alarmed my neighbours; there was a girl gave some information; upon which I went to Sir John Fielding 's; Mr. Dinmore made an enquiry of the little girl, and from some description the girl gave Dinmore, he went and found out Bradley; before we took Bradley, the prisoner Carter came to me at the Crown, and said he would be glad to speak to me; he said Mrs. Keep I can shew you where Bradley is, for we have been together the best part of the day; I said we were in search of Bradley; Carter said he was over the water; Dinmore went with me over the water; at last we met Bradley; Dinmore seized him and he was sent to Bridewell: Carter was a next door
William Bumford . On Sunday morning the 19th of September, I went into a public house in Cold Bath-fields; I saw Bradley drinking; he had a great quantity of gold; he did not use to have much; he had seven guineas he wanted to have weighed.
John Dinmore . I am a constable of Clerkenwell: having heard at the watch-house Bradley had been weighing gold, I gave information about Bradley. I was at the taking of him on the Tuesday following in Southwark; I searched him; nothing was found on him; I charged him with the fact; he denied it. After Bradley had been at Sir John Fielding 's I had some conversation with him, and then he did acknowledge Crofts and Barnsby were concerned with him in the robbery at Mr. Keep's. He gave me directions next day where I might go in Gravel-lane to search for goods, but I found none of them.
George Barnsby . Bradley, Crofts, and I, were at the Sun in Green Arbour-court one afternoon drinking; Carter came in, and called Bradley out; he staid with him about ten minutes and then came in again; then Bradley called me out and said now is the time to go and rob Keep's house, they are both out at market. Accordingly I, Crofts, Bradley and Carter went out together; Carter went first; at last Bradley stopped and said this is the place; accordingly I got over the wall and Crofts followed me over; Bradley and Carter staid on the outside of the wall; I went and opened the latch of the back door; it being dark I went back to the wall after I had opened the door; there I found Bradley and Carter; I told them I wanted a light; Carter wanted to go away; presently he fetched me a tinder box and candle, which I gave him; he took the tinder box and candle and went back into the house with Crofts; there he struck a light; presently after this Bradley came over the wall and came to me; we all three went into the house together; we went up stairs and plundered the drawers; then we went to the corner cupboard; we took away the plate; I do not know the particulars; there were table spoons and salts among them. After that we went to the closet in the same room; Crofts broke it open; I saw money lying in two boxes when they broke them open; there was gold in one box and silver in the other; Bradley and Crofts took the money while I was searching and packing up the linen I found there; Bradley ran down stairs, I and Crofts went after him; Carter had the handkerchief that had the linen; we went over the wall; Carter was gone; he was there when I came back for the light, but was gone after we had robbed the house; Bradley then went, as I believe, to Carter, to the Sun ale-house, and Crofts helped me up with the linen, and then Crofts and I went to one Muling's, in Blue-court, Saffron-hill; I left the linen there all night; Crofts and I then went to the Sun, and found Bradley and Carter together; we paid the reckoning there; then we all four came out of the Sun together; as we went along Carter wanted some money, and Crofts gave him a guinea. Carter had refused at first to go and be concerned in breaking open the house; he said he would be satisfied with a guinea, and would desire nothing more of us; then Carter left us. Then Crofts, Bradley, and I, went to Saffron Hill; there we shared the money; my share of the money came to twelve pounds. Though Carter at first said he would be contented with a guinea, and would not accept of any other share in the money, yet a day or two after I met him, and he insisted he should have a share of the money, and if we did not give him a share of it, he would give information against Bradley. On Monday afternoon we sold the plate for six guineas and a half; that was shared with myself, Crofts, and Bradley. I had no share of the linen, Crofts and Bradley made a hand of that.
Barnsby. Whether Bradley unbolted the door or not I cannot tell, I thought we had left it bolted when we all came away; we did not hear a woman at the door at all when we came away from the house.
726. (L.) BARNARD SOLOMON was indicted for receiving four pair of silver candlesticks, value 33 l. a pair of steel snuffers with silver handles, value 5 s. a silver snuffer dish, value 10 s. four pair of silver salts, value 3 l. 13 s. four silver salt spoons, value 5 s. two silver sugar baskets, value 30 s. a silver strainer, value 8 s. four large silver waiters, value 25 l. six small silver waiters, value 10 l. a silver bread basket, value 10 l. a silver cruet stand, value 7 l. a silver coffee pot, value 6 l. a large silver cup and cover, value 9 l. a silver sauce boat, value 3 l. 16 s. a silver sauce pan, value 40 s. a silver cross stand for a dish, value 4 l. two silver ragout spoons, value 40 s. a silver sauce ladle, value 32 s. four silver sauce spoons, value 48 s. seven silver table spoons, value 56 s. eleven silver three prong forks, value 4 l. a silver desert spoon, value 4 s. a silver tea spoon, value 1 s. 6 d. a gold watch, value 5 l. forty gold mourning rings, value 20 l. and a silver hilted sword, value 40 s. the property of William Ewer , Esq; knowing them to have been stolen by Francis Talbot , in the dwelling house of the said Edward , April 1st . ++
(The record of the conviction of Francis Talbot was read, by which it appeared that he was convicted of a burglary in the dwelling house of Wm. Ewer , Esq; and stealing the plate mentioned in the indictment.)
"that he found his master's house broke
"open about nine in the morning, on the 2d of
"April, and that there was stolen out of the
"house the place mentioned in the indictment."
- Coleby, deposed
"that he was an accomplice
"with Talbot, Peal, and Lyon
"Lyons, in breaking open Mr. Ewer's house;
"that they took away a large quantity of plate;
"that he could not particularly mention the
"things, but that there was a cross stand for a
"dish, some candlesticks, some silver prong
"forks, some spoons, some waiters, and several
"other particulars; that they put the plate in
"a bag, which they afterwards put in a dunghill
"till they got a coach; that they put the
"plate in the coach; that Talbot and Peal
"went into the coach, and he and Lyons went
"home to bed; that he was taken up next
"morning; that when he was discharged, on
"the Sunday following, Talbot and Lyon
"would not let him go to Solomon's house,
"that they said Solomon desired them not to
"bring him there, and that he never did go;
"that he received in all about thirty guineas
"for his share at different times; that some
"times he was paid by Talbot, and other times
"by Lyons; that Solomon left twenty guineas at
"Talbot's house when he was present; that
"Talbot came to him soon after he was taken,
"and took from him a 10 l. note payable to
"the house with the rest of the things."
"that the prisoner.
"Solomon, lodged at his house; that on the
"2d of April in the morning about four o'clock,
"that his wife got up, and attempted to throw
"the sash up, but could not because it stuck
"with the rain; but being a very light clear
"morning, she told him she saw Talbot; that
"he did not see him but heard what passed;
"that when his wife was going down to the
"door, Solomon got out of bed and said it is
"nobody to you; that he went down and staid
"some time; that he heard somebody talking
"to him below; that he came up with a light
"and put his cloaths on, and his wife and he
"went out together with the man; that about
"a quarter before six o'clock, as the witness
"was dressing hims elf, somebody knocked very
"hard at the door; he went down and let the
"prisoner in; that in about a minute after the
"prisoner's wife came; that he saw the prisoner
"give her a handfull of rings about
"forty out of his pocket, which appeared to be
"mourning rings; and then took out two
"cases of a gold watch, but no inside; that she
"went up stairs but he stopped by the passage;
"that then Peal called with a box about two
"feet long and sixteen or eighteen inches wide,
"and took it up into Solomon's room; Solomon
"went with him; that the witness went into his
"workshop; and as he came down stairs, Solomon's
"door was open, and he saw a parcel of plate lie
"on the bed, and there appeared to be straws of
"horse dung among it in the box; that he told
"him he did not like the appearance of it; that
"Solomon said he dealt in plate, and he should
"come to no harm; that the witness took up a
"of a serpent winding round something, and
"the same crest in the false nozel of the candlestick;
"that there was other plate, but he
"did not examine what the crest was; that there
"was a large cup with two handles, which
"might hold near three pints; a cross for a
"dish and he believed four pair of candlesticks,
"two very large waiters, and a parcel of
"small ones, lay by them; and particularly a
"parcel of forks all silver, with handles like
"spoons; and a great many more, he could
"not particularly describe; that Solomon sent
"his wife out, and she fetched a bushel of
"charcoal; then she went out again, and returned
"again in half or three quarters of an
"hour, and brought in an iron mould for an
"ingot in her hand; that in half an hour came
"an old man, who he afterwards found to be
"stove under his arm, and a pair of tongs sit
"to take crucibles out of the fire with, and
"some crucibles in his hand for melting; he
"went into the room and there they made a
"great fire; and that they continued melting
"all day, as he and his wife saw by going in
"and out into the room; that towards evening
"Bochero went away; that he saw the prisoner
"break the silver and put it into the
"melting pot, as he broke it; that he saw him
"put the rings in; that Solomon took a pair
"of shears that were in his shop, to cut to
"pieces what he could not break; that about
"three o'clock in the afternoon Talbot came;
"that the prisoner's wife opened the door and
"called his wife to fetch them some gin; and
"that they asked him and his wife to come in
"and drink with them; and that while he was
"a drinking he saw the whole transaction;
"that between six and seven in the evening
"Talbot came again, and they sent for some more
"liquor and insisted on his wife and himself
"drinking with them; that Talbot said he
"wanted money, and Solomon gave him ten
"or eleven guineas, and said he had no more;
"that Talbot said they all wanted money, and
"thought it was hard to be kept so long out of
"it; they said there was a guinea to the coachman;
"that he had one and must have another;
"the witness looked upon it the money was for
"this plate, and conjectured it was a felony by
"the appearance; that the plate was melted into
"fourteen or fifteen ingots; that Solomon
"shewed them to him; that the next week he
"asked him to go with him to buy some chairs,
"and he shewed him a bank note of 10 l. payable
"to Mr. Ewer, and said he had it with
"the plate and gave 7 l. for it; that the prisoner
"told Talbot not to let Coleby come into
"the house, because he had been an evidence;
"and that he told Talbot to keep away as much
"as he could, and said he did not want any of
"them there; after the ingots, were melted
"he shewed the witness the ingots, and said
"there was as much as cost him 130 l. that it was
"worth 4 s. an ounce; that the witness was
"afraid to make a discovery because there were
"always cutlasses in the room; that he was
"never taken up, but Sir John sent for him,
"and he made the discovery."
"April, between four and five in the morning
"Talbot called at the window; that she got
"out of bed, and Talbot said he wanted
"Solomon; that she knew Talbot very well,
"he used to sell potatoes; that she saw Talbot
"stand in the highway, and she had a full view
"of him; that when she was in the passage,
"Solomon; came down in his shirt, and said it is
"nobody to you, it is to me; that Solomon and
"his wife went out and returned about six
"o'clock; that she got up about eight and
"went into his room for the tea kettle; that
"Solomon's wife opened the door a little way;
"that while she went to fetch the kettle, the
"door went wide open, and she saw a great
"deal of plate; that there were waiters and
"candlesticks, and she thinks a coffee pot;
"that there was a great quantity on the bed;
"that she saw a great fire, and Bochero putting
"it into a stove to melt, and Solomon was
"breaking it; that Solomon's wife pulled a
"great quantity of rings out of her bosom, and
"was looking over them; that they seemed
"to be mourning rings; that she saw Talbot
"between two and three in the afternoon, and
"again in the evening; he said he wanted
"money; that the prisoner said he had but 11 l.
"and gave him 10 l. or 11 l. she could not tell
"which; that Bochero staid till between five
"and six, when he left off work, because his
"sabbath was begun."
The prisoner, in his defence, said, "that in
"the beginning of March, Clarke and his
"wife were at his house; that he missed a
"gown and a handkerchief belonging to his
"wife; that the beginning of May he came
"to Clarke's, and she was altering the gown in
"taken out of his house; she said she would
"make him amends for it; that he knew nothing
"of Mr. Ewer's plate; that Clarke had a
Guilty . T. 14 Y .
727. (L.) MARY HAWKINS was indicted for stealing a linen shirt, value 3 s. a linen sheet, value 6 s. a child's cotton gown, value 1 s. two childs linen gowns; value 2 s. a child's dimity robe, value 1 s. a dimity skirt, value 2 s. a camblet skirt, value 6 d. a cotton skirt, value 6 d. a lawn skirt, value 1 s. two lawn aprons, value 2 s. two flannel petticoats, value 2 s. a flat iron, value 1 s. two stuff bed curtains, value 3 s. a stuff bed tester, value 1 s. one pair of worsted stockings, value 6 d. a linen shift, value 6 d. a dimity cloak, value 6 d. and one dimity waistcoat, value 6 d. the property of John Burke , Oct. 3d .
The prosecutor deposed, that the prisoner was his servant ; that he missed the things mentioned in the indictment; that he charged the prisoner with taking them, who at last acknowledged that she had pawned them at Mr. Pattison's in the Fleet-market.
The prisoner, in her defence, said, she intended to replace them.
Guilty . T .
728. (L.) JOHN CHILTON was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury, in an affidavit sworn before the filer of bills in Middlesex, for the purpose of causing 12 l. to be indorsed upon a bill in Middlesex, for the purpose of arresting John Howell .
Mr. Marshall. I am filer of the bills in Middlesex: I know the defendant's hand writing; the hand writing subscribed to this affidavit (producing it) is his hand writing: it is the duty of my office to file these affidavits.
John Howell . One Simon Henry drew a bill in my favour upon Mr. Hill, an attorney; I took it to Mr. Hill for acceptance; I could never get the money; I looked upon the note to be worth nothing, and returned it; I know nothing of the bill after that time.
Q. did you employ Chilton?
Howell. I do not know him?
Q. Are you any relation to Henry?
Howell. He married my aunt. He was a bankrupt: I cannot take upon me to say when I delivered back the bill; I did not efface the indorsement I had made; I did not recollect it at the time, but returned it with the indorsement. The bill was delivered me in 1772 by my attorney, because it was necessary to support the action.
Simon Henry . I did draw such a bill in favour of Mr. Howell upon Mr. Hill; the bill was not paid, and consequently was returned me by Mr. Howell, with the indorsement upon it. I know Mr. Chilton; I have employed him in other business; I went to Mr. Chilton with it, and asked him to settle a little note for me; I spoke of it to him; I said it would be attended with expence, but I could not put myself to expence; Chilton said if I would deliver it into his hands it should cost me nothing. At the same time gave him the bill; I do not know that I ever gave him any authority; I always understood that Mr. Howell was the person beneficially interested in the note, though I knew Chilton was carrying on the suit; I always thought it was carrying on for me; I enquired about it; Chilton asked me for money, and Chilton got two shirts from me in discharge of this bill. After there had been some conversation between us, I offered to pay Chilton two guineas, and advised him against putting the note in suit against Mr. Howell; I told him Mr. Howell would prosecute him if he did it; I said it was wrong to think of Howell as paymaster, and then made a proposal that the note and judgment should be delivered up, and then the indictment should be set aside; that if he could have an effectual remedy upon Hill, then I undertook that the indictment should be suspended.
There was a paper shewn the witness, written by the defendant, and signed by the witness, containing an authority from him to the defendant to put the note in suit. The witness acknowledged the signing to be his hand writing, but denied a knowledge of the contents; he said the defendant desired him to sign it, as something necessary by way of form, but that he never read it, and was totally ignorant of the contents.
Guilty. Judgment respitted .
Received Sentence of Death, 6.
Transportation for fourteen years, 4.
Transportation for seven years, 33.
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