James Dalton, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 16th January 1730.

James Dalton , of St. Andrews Holbourn , was indicted for a Misdemeanour in assaulting Dr . Mead on the High-way, with an Intent to rob him of his Money and Goods , December 1 .

Dr. Mead depos'd, That driving through Holbourn on Monday in the Evening between 9 and 10 o'Clock, near Leather-Lane , a Person much like the Prisoner came up to his Chariot side, in great haste, and demanded his Watch and Money, that his Footman jumpt down from behind, and the Person run away, my Footman run after him, and took him .

Edmund Howard thus depos'd, The Prisoner came to the Coachman, bid him stop, or he would shoot him; then comes to the Chariot side, presented a Pistol to me, and said, if I stir'd, I was a dead Man , demanded my Watch and Money; I jumpt down, and called stop Thief, a Shopkeeper run after him, and he flash'd a Pistol at him, which grazed on his Face; the Prisoner was never out of my sight, while taken; the Pistol he dropt in the Street, when pursued , and was making towards Leather-Lane when taken, we carried him to the Black Bull-Inn , and found shot and powder upon him .

Joseph Watkins thus depos'd, The Dr. sent for me, and gave me Charge of the Prisoner; when I came to him, I searched him, and found a Penknife, and some large shot upon him; the Prisoner said, the Court could not hang him for this, but he wished he had done Murther, for he had rather be hanged .

John Brearcliff thus depos'd, I was shutting up my Master's Shop, and heard them cry, stop Thief, I stopt the Prisoner, and he said he would shoot me, flashed his Pistol in the Pan, which grazed on my Face .

John Stevens depos'd, That going up Holbourn, near Leather-Lane, he heard a Person call, Hold - Coachman, stop a little, thought some Body had wanted his Master; and he stopt, then a little Man, much like the Prisoner, came up, and presented a Pistol, and swore, if he did not stop, he would shoot him through the Body .

The Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment .

[Fine. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

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