Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 02 October 2014), December 1686 (16861208).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 8th December 1686.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the PEACE

And Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate, held for the City of London and County of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the OLD-BAYLY,

The 8th. 9th. 10th. and 11th. of December. 1686.

And in the 2d. Year of His Majesties Reign.

THE Sessions of Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate: Held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bayly; on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 8th. 9th. 10th. and 11th. Days of December, 1686. Before the Right Honourable Sir John Peak , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir John Holt Kt. Recorder of the aforesaid City, with others of His Majesties Justices of the Peace, for London and Middlesex.

The Jurors were as follow,

London Jury,

John Canon

Chististopher Kemble .

John Cooper

Thomas Cooper

Gilbert East

Nathaniel Lawson

Richard East

George Waples

Thomas Harrison

Nathaniel Huit

Barthotomew Layton

Hugh Grainger .

Middlesex Jury.

Gilbert Herring

Humphrey Bradshaw

John Harris

John Cash

William Pickering

John Merrick

Charles Marsh

Francis Parr

Richard Davison

John Woodward

William Gardiner

Thomas Lunt .

The Proceedings were as follow.

William Patience , of the Parish of Little Allhallows , was Indicted for Killing one Joseph Holt , on the 13th. day of August last, giving him one Mortal Bruise upon the Left Shoulder, of which, he languished till the 8th. of November and then dyed , &c. The Evidence against the Prisoner, deposed that the Prisoner and the deceased happened to quarrel in the street, and the deceased chanced to fall upon the Pavement, and Received the afore-said Bruise; but the Doctor and Chyrurgeon appearing on the Prisoners side, who deposed that the Bruise was not any occasion of his Death, but that he died of a Natural Disease, and no Mallice appearing to have been between them, he was found not Guilty .

Samuel Lee , of the Parish of St. Buttolph Bishopsgate , was Indicted for stealing on the 13th. of October last, one Linnen Pettycoat, value 16 d. one Shirt, value 12 d. one Apron, value 6 d. The Goods of Mr. Richard Fullam of the same Parish. The Evidence against the Prisoner was Mr. Fullam himself, who deposed that the Prisoner was seen to go out at the Window of the Prosecutor, and ran away with it through the Yard in the Night: The Prisoner had nothing to say material for himself, so was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Anne Davis , of the Parish of St. Buttolphs Bishopsgate , was Indicted for stealing one Cloath Coat, value 30 s. The Goods of Mr. Woolstone , on the 4th day of this Instant December . The Evidence against the Prisoner was Mr. Woolstone himself, who deposed that he being abroad and his Family, his house was Robbed, and the Prisoner was found under his Bed hiding her self, so the Evidence being plain against her, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Edward Brooks , of the Parish of St. Olives Jury , was Indicted for stealing one silver Porringer, value 40 s. one silver Salt, value 40 s. twenty Pieces of Coined Gold, value 20 s. a Piece , on the 19th. of November last, the proper Goods of Sr. Robert Walsh . The Evidence against the Prisoner was Sr. Robert himself, who deposed that the Prisoner came to offer himself as a Servant to him, and Sr. Robert took him into his house for some few days, to entertain him as a Servant; but the Prisoner having an opportunity, took away the aforesaid Goods, and having nothing to say for himself he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Culverwell of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for stealing one Black Mare, value 6 l. 2 s. 6 d. from Mr. John Hayward , on the 29th. day of October last past. The Evidence against the Prisoner deposed that the Mare was Sold by him in Smithfield to another person, viz. a Horse-Courser, and the Prisoner having but little to say on his own behalf, using several Evasions, and being found in several Storys, and the Matter of Fact being so clear against him, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

John Mills , of the Parish of St. Anne Agnes , was Indicted for stealing one silver Salt, value 5 l. 5 s. one silver Tankard, value 4 l. 17 s. the Goods of William Green , on the 2 d. day of November last past; to which Indictment he pleaded Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Jane Wetherell , of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the West , was Indicted for stealing two Iron Keys, value 5 d. and 30 s. in Money , on the 20th. of November last, the Goods of Richard Osborne Esq ; The Evidence for the King deposed that the Prisoner being a Landress to the abovesaid Esq; had the opportunity to search the Desk, and took away the aforesaid Money and Keys; and she having little or nothing to say for her self, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Jonathan Parsons , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , in the County of Middlesex, was Indicted for stealing on the 12th. day of July last, five Pieces of Tapstrie Hangings value 12 l. one Counterpain, value 2 s. and 6 d. the Goods of George Cauldron , &c. The Evidence against him deposed that the Goods were found in the Custody of the Prisoner, and he not being able to deny it upon the Tryal, and having no Witness on his side, he was found Guilty .

Robert Redman , of the Parish of Harrow on the Hill , was Indicted for stealing four pair of Flaxen Sheets, value 4 l. two pair more value 10 s. the Goods of William Boalton , two Doulace Smocks, value 4 s. one Holland Smock, value 3 s. the Goods of Francis Oglestile , to which Indictment he Pleaded Guilty , &c.

[Branding. See summary.]

Charles Congrill , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted (together with one Richard Hide , not yet taken) for stealing two silver Beakers, value 5 l. one silver Porringer, value 40 s. six Ounces of silver, value 31 s. on the 5th of October last past, the Goods of Francis Shrimton . The Evidence against the Prisoner said he came into the house of the Prosecutor, under some pretence to buy a Cake, and took away the Goods, but no possitive Evidence appearing against him, he was Acquitted .

Mary Newman , of the Parish of St. Brides , was Indicted for stealing one Bracelet set with fifty one Diamonds, and six Camelion Stones, value 12 l. 16 s. and 40 s. in Money , on the 6th. of November last, from one Christopher Robinson , who deposed that he met the Prisoner in the street, and that she pick'd his Pocket of the abovesaid Goods, and sold them to a Goldsmith in the Strand; but not being able to prove the Matter of Fact possitively against her, she was Acquitted .

Richard Merriot , and Susannah Merriot his Wife , of the Parish of St. Anne Black-Fryars , was Indicted for Clipping 30 Pieces of silver, called Half-Crowns, and 20 other Pieces called Shillings, to the value of 12 d. a Piece, and 20 other Pieces, to the value of 6 d. a Piece: Did Feloniously and Traiterously Clip and deminish &c. The Evidence for the King, deposed that the Prisoner Richard Merriot , was seen to Clip Money four years ago, but was not able to swear that he or his Wife had used that Art of late, and they both denying the Fact, and no Evidence being produced for the King to prove it fully upon them, they were both Acquitted .

Edward Ryan , and Thomas Leech , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , were Indicted for Robbing the House of Mr. Thomas Henley , on the 14th. of November last, of one Cloath Gown, value 4 l. one Hair-Camble, Coat, value 50 s. one other Coat, value 6 l. two pair of Breeches, value 3 l, &c. The Evidence against the Prisoners, said that they came into the house of the Prosecutors in the Night, and took away the abovesaid Goods; but the Prisoners said in their defence, that they were in drink and knew not what they did, but the Evidence being not possitive that they took the Goods, they were found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Henry Powis , Thomas Gartrey , Robert Evans , and Christopher Hilliard , were all four Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in Robing the house of one Daniel Ellis , of the Parish of St. Pancras , on the 17th. of November last past, of one Gunn, value 8 s. and half a Pound of Powder, value 6 d. The Evidence against the Prisoner, deposed that they came to the house of the Prosecutor in a rude manner, asking for drink (he keeping a Victualling House , and took away the Gun: The Prisoners said that they were going along by the house and found the door open: and that they intended no ill, &c. And being found in false stories, they were all four found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Francis Hunt , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing thirteen Pieces of Coined Gold, called Guineas , on the 13th. of November last, to which Indictment he pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Jonathan Parsons , Thomas Powel , and Jasper Stoaks , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , in the County of Middlesex, were all three Indicted, four several Indictments being read against them for Felony and Burglary, in Robing several Persons, viz. one Giles Dumcombe Esq ; of one Cloath Coat with Gold Loops, value 4 l. one other Coat, value 50 s. five Yards of Cloath, value 50 s. one pair of Gloves, value 2 s. and 6 d. twenty two Napkins, value 3 l. two suits of Childbed Linnen, value 40 s. three Stuff Gowns, value 50 s. with several other Goods to a considerable value, &c. Also for stealing from one Nathaniel Brown , four pair of Holland Sheets, value 6 l. with other Goods of good value , Also the dwelling house of one Anne Gibbon , and taking away one Allamode Hood, value 8 s. one Scarfe, value 12 s. one Gause Hood, value 50 s. and several other small Goods . Also for Robing John Blundell , of one Gown, value 5 s. one Pettycoat, value 25 s. one Cabinet, value 5 s. one Gold Ring, value 6 s. one Piece of Gold for the Kings Evil, value 10 s. and many more small parcels of good value, &c. The Evidence against the Prisoners, deposed that they got in at the Tops of the Respective houses and got into the Garret, and so down into the Lower Rooms and got away the Goods, all which Indictments were very plainly proved against Parsons and Powell, but no possitive Evidence appearing against Stoaks, he was Acquitted ; but the other two having been Old Offenders, and Branded in the Hand, they were found Guilty of all the four Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

Peter Minshaw , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for stealing threescore Yards of Shaloon, value 4 l. of the Goods of Charles Shudale , the 2 d. of October last. The Evidence against him, deposed that the Prisoner was seen to lurk about the Shop of the Prosecutor, but the Prosecutor could not swear possitively that he was the man, he was Acquitted .

Elizabeth Humsted , of the Parish of St. Seapulchres , was Indicted for Cliping ten Pieces of Silver, value 12 d. a Piece and 20 other Pieces called Half-Crowns in January last, deminishing from each Piece to the value of 2 d. &c. The Evidence for the King, deposed that the Prisoner was seen to Clip the Money, through a Key-hole of the door: but she who swore against the Prisoner was a person of no good Repute, and having no other Witness against her, and the Prisoner denying that ever she was any ways concerned in Clipping, the Jury found her not Guilty .

Nicholas Jones , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for stealing one Gold Chain, value 3 l. from one Rebeckah Playner , a Child about fourteen years of Age, on the 1st. of this Instant December . The Evidence against the Prisoner, deposed that the Prisoner met the Girl in the street, near Temple Bar in the Night and snatch'd the Chain off her Neck , and being pursued, he was taken in the Rose-Tavern, which he not denying, but said he was in drink and knew not what he did, &c. he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

John Fyance , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for stealing two pair of Holland Sheets, value 5 s. one Blanket, value 2 s. 6 d. on the 2 d. of this Instant, the Goods of Robert Boddenham , who deposed that the Prisoner was seen in the house to come down Stairs, and being stopped he dropt the Goods and got away, but was taken afterwards, &c. The Prisoner denyed it; but the Matter being so plainly proved against him, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Nowell , was Indicted for a Cheat, in Forging and Counterfeiting a False Writing or Brief, to Collect Moneys in the King's Name, under the Sign Manual, bearing date at White Hall, the 23 d. of October, &c. The Evidence for the King witnessed, that he had Printed several Copys of the Brief, with the Kings Arms on the Top, which were produced in Court, and proved to be the same by the Printer and others, &c. and that he had gone to several places in England, where he had gathered some Moneys, by virtue of the same, particularly at Islington, near London, where he Received Eighteen Shillings three Farthings, and was taken there, &c. The Prisoner said in his own defence, that he had the said Writing at White-Hall, from the Hands of another Person, but could not produce any Witnesses to prove it, so was found Guilty of the Misdemeanour, &c.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Pillory. See summary.]

James Deale alias Reynolds , was Indicted for breaking the house of Thomas Harrison Esq ; on the 28th. of October last, taking thereout, three Lac'd Crevats, value 10 l. one pair of Lac'd Ruffles, value 3 l. one other pair of Ruffles, value 20 s. the Goods of Thomas Harrison . The Evidence against the Prisoner, deposed that he came into the house and took away the Goods, soe he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Anne Baker , Anne Hedger and Sarah Winds , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were Indicted for stealing thirty five Yards of Colour'd Lute String, value 5 l. 10 s.on the 4th of November , last the Goods of John Mason . The Evidence against them, Witnessed that Baker and Winds came into the Shop of the Prosecutor, under a presence to buy some Crape, and got away the Goods , and the Prisoners, viz. Baker and Winds, not being able to deny it, and being found in several Storys, they were found Guilty to the value of 10 d. but Anne Hedger was Acquitted .

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Bethell of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , in the County of Midlesex, was Indicted for stealing one Set of strip'd Woolen Curtains, value 10 s. one pair of Vallens, value 6 s. one Blanket, value 5 s. on the 10th. of October last, the Goods of John Hall , who deposed that the Prisoner was a Lodger in his house, and so went away with the Goods, but left the Key of the Chamber behind her, and she not denying it, but said Poverty constrained her to do it, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

- J. - and a Boy , and John Eldridge , of the Parish of St Dunstans in the West , were all three Indicted for stealing two silver Tankards, value 12 l. six silver Porringers, value 13 l. one silver Salt, value 6 l. one Necklace of Pearl, value 10 l. one gold Bodkin, value 3 l. one gold Locket, value 20 s. one silk Pettycoat with a silver Fringe, value 8 l. six Lac'd Crevats, value 9 l. two pair of Lac'd Ruffles, value 30 s. with some other Goods of great value and 40 l. in Moneys , on the 19th. of October last, the goods of one Mrs. Bowman , who Evidenced that on the Lord Mayors Day, she was absent from home, and the doors being open, the Prisoners went into the House and took away the goods and search being made, the Plate was found in J. Chamber which he said was brought to him by the Boy and that he knew nothing of the Robery; but the Evidence being so strong against them, in that some part of the Goods were taken in a Boat, when they were coming from Graves End, and one Tankard was found in Eldridges Coat Pocket, and the Boy he confess'd the Indictment, and the other two upon a full hearing, were found Guilty of Felony.

[J. and Boy: Branding. See summary.]

[Eldridge: Transportation. See summary.]

Edward Carter , was Indicted for stealing on the 29th. of October last past, one Caster Hat, value 10 s. one pair of Holland Sleeves, value 3 s. the Goods of one Mr. Colcot , who deposed that the Prisoner came into the Kitchen, and took away the Hat. &c. and the Prisoner having nothing material to urge in his defence, and being Branded in the Hand before, he was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Glasborrow , was indicted for stealing a silver Tankard, value 20 s. on the 19th. of November last, but the Prosecutor not being able to swear possitively that he was the man, he was Acquitted .

Thomas Arnold , of the Parish of Christ Church , was Indicted for stealing thirty five Allamode Hoods, value 5 l. 8 s. and four Yards of Bone Lace, value 40 s. on the 9th. of November last, the goods of James Delap . The Evidence for the King, deposed that the goods were taken out of a House in Newgate street , but could not be possitive that he was the person that took them, he was Acquitted .

John Warren and Joseph Warren , of the Parish of St. Hellens the Less , were Indicted for stealing one silk Gown, value 40 s. one Pettycoat, value 40 s. one Scarfe, value 5 s. one pair of Holland Sleeves, value 3 s. with other goods of small value , on the 9th of October last, the goods of one John Methall , who witnessed that Joseph Warren being his Servant , his Brother John came out of the Country to see him, and were at the Prosecutors house, and so had an opportunity to take away the goods, which the Prosecutor had the more Suspicion of, for that they left an Knife behind them, which he said was Johns Knife, but the Prisoner called several Evidences on their sides, who deposed that they were in another place when the Robery was committed, and that the Knife was none of theirs, &c. all which Evidence outweighing the Prosecutors, they were Acquitted .

E - S - of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for Killing one J - B on the 15th. day of November last, with a Rapier, value 5 s. giving him one Mortal Wound on the left part of the Body, near the left Arm hole, of the depth of three Inches, of which he dyed the next day after , &c. The Matter of Fact happened thus: The Prisoner and the deceased (with some others in Company,) were drinking together at the Tavern pretty late in the Evening, and some words arose between the Prisoner and the deceased, concerning the Rebellion in the West; the Prisoner being for the King, and the deceased for the Duke of Monmouth, upon which, after some of the Company were gone, they grew to higher words, but seemed to be pacified before they went down Stairs: But when they came without the door into the street, there was a Scuffle between them, and the deceased received the aforesaid Wound, but there was no particular Evidence that saw the Prisoner give any thrust, but his Sword was drawn and the deceased had no Sword: but no premeditared Malice appeared to have been between them. And the Prisoner argued in his defence, that the deceased struck him twice, and threw him to the ground in a violent manner, before the Sword was drawn, so upon a fall beating on both sides, he was found guilty of Manslaughter only .

Elizabeth James , of the Parish of St. Annes Westminster , was Indicted for stealing one piece of Copper, value 6 d. and 22 s. in money , on the 17th. of September last. The Evidence against the Prisoner, deposed that she was in company with two men at the Prosecutors house, but not being able to prove that she took it, and owning one of them for her Husband, she was Acquitted .

George Nicholson , a Danish man Born, of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , Gent. was Indicted for Killing one Richard Emmerson ; with a Rapier, value 2 s. giving him one mortal Wound near to his Navel, of the depth of six Inches, on the 16th. of November last, of which he dyed on the 17th , &c. a party Jury was sworn, viz. half Danes half English: The Evidence for the King, deposed that the Prisoner and the deceased were drinking together, in an Ale house in Bell Yard in Kings-street , and some others, viz. one Stephenson, and a Quarrel happened between them, about being together at Windsor in an uncivil house, viz. between the Prisoner and one Thomson, who Lodged in the house, but they being parted, the Prisoner and Stephenson and the deceased went out into the Yard in the dark, and the Prisoner drew his Sword, and made several passes at the deceased; at last the deceased returned into the house again, with has Hand upon his Belly, saying that the Prisoner had done his business, &c. the Prisoner (by his Interpreter) could say but little, but that he did it unfortunately, and the Widow of the deceased said that her Husband had no Mallice against the Prisoner, and he called several other Witnesses, who deposed that they did not see the Prisoner draw his Sword, not make any thrust at the deceased; and no premeditated mallice appearing between them, he was upon a full hearing on both sides, found guilty of Manslaughter , &c.

[Branding. See summary.]

R - H - was Indicted for stealing one Coat, value 4 d. and three Shillings in money , on the 8th. of November of the Goods of Lot Heycock . The Evidence deposed that the Prisoner was seen to come out of the Prosecutors house privately, and several Pick-Lock Keys being found upon him, and urged that he was in drink, so he was found guilt the of the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Holliland and Elizabeth James , were Indicted for Robing one William Kinn , on the 6th. of July last of three gold Rings, value 18 s. eight silver Spoons, value 3 l. 10 s. two silver Cups, value 25 s., one Corral, value 5 s. two half Guineas, value 20 s. four Pieces more of gold, containing each 20 s. &c. The Evidence was William Kinn , who said that the Prisoners came into his house to drink, and went up Stairs and took the goods out of the Chamber , some of which goods were found in the Custody of Elizabeth James but none in Hollilands Custody, so the Woman was found guilty of Felony but the other was Acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]

Anne Porter , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for stealing Nineteen Pieces of gold, of the value of 20 l. 8 s. 6 d. the goods of John Holding , who deposed that the Prisoner had been a Servant in his house, and did therefore suspect that she had the money, but could not swear positively, and the Prisoner called several good Witnesses, to prove that her Life and Conversation had always been honest, so she was Acquitted .

Adam White, alias Day , of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing a Sword with a silver Hilt, from Mr. William Story , value 9 l. on the 12th. of October last. The Evidence for the King was Mr. Story, &c. who said that as he was going along the street in the Night, he felt his Sword suddenly snatch'd from his side. but he could not swear possitively that he was the man, so he was discharged , &c.

John Pargiter , of the Parish of Hackney , in the County of Middlesex, was Indicted for that he, together with one Samuel Bomet , not yet taken, did steal on the 19th. of October last. one Damask Table-Cloath, value 40 s. the goods of the Reverend Father in God, Thomas Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry , &c. The Witnesses against the Prisoner, Evidenced that he was seen to take the Table-Cloath off from a Hedge, where it was hanging to dry, and being pursued he drop'd it; the Prisoner denyed the Fact, so was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

James Wood , of Kensington in the County of Middlesex, was Indicted for stealing two Dowlace Shirts, value 8 s. two Dowlace Smocks, value 4 s. one Holland Pillowbear, value 2 s the goods of Thomas Hill , on the 19th. of October . The Evidence against the Prisoner was Thomas and others, who deposed that the Prisoner was seen to take the Cloaths from off the Hedge as they were a drying, and being pursued he was found in a Hedge in the grounds, not far from the house of the Prosecutor and the goods in his Custody. Prisoner said that he knew nothing of it, and that the Prosecutor had his things again: but the Evidence being so clear against him he was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Eleanor Loe , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted together with one Elizabeth Jones , for stealing one Frize Coat, value 10 s. and 4 s. 6 d. in money, on the 26th. of November last, the goods of William Lawrence Gent. one Cloatch Coat, value 3 l. one Perriwig, value 20 s. the goods of Morris Gardener , &c. The Evidence against the Prisoner, deposed that Loe was a Servant to Mrs. Larence, and used to defraud her Mistress of money, particularly picking her Pocket at one time of 4 s. which she told her Mistress upon her suspecting of her, and that Jones knew nothing of the matter, but was only Indicted as Accessary: And no possitive Evidence appearing against her, she was Acquitted , but Eleanor Loe was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

David Roberts , of St Andrews Holbourn , was Indicted for stealing one Coach Seat, value 2 s. on the 30th. of November last. &c the goods of a person unknown; the Witnesses against him said that he was seen to take the Seat of the Coach in Chancery Lane , about 9 a Clock at Night, and being immediately Catch'd it was found upon him, as also several false Keys and Files, &c. and being Noted to be an Old Offender, he was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Edward Farmer , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shorditch , was Indicted together with one William Jenkin not yet taken, for stealing on the 11th. of November last, one Stuff Gown, value 25 s. one Pettycoat, value 25 s. one pair of Stays, value 5 s. one pair of Serge Breeches, value 4 s. and one pair of Fustian Drawers, value 18 d. the goods of Edward Patshud , but no possitive proof appearing that he was the person that stoale them, he was Acquitted .

Elizabeth Swetman , was Indicted for that the together with one Anne Needham , not yet taken, did steal on the 20th. of September last, two Pettycoats, value 25 s. one Gown, value 17 s. one Flanders Lac'd Cornet, value 21 s. 6 d. with divers other goods of small value ; but the Evidence not being able to swear he was the person that stole them, but rather believed it was Needham. she was Acquitted .

A Woman , was Indicted for picking the Pocket of William Hester on the 13th. of October last of twenty one Pieces of gold, value 21 l. 10 s. two Pieces more of gold, value 2 l. 7 s. two French Pistols, value 22 s. and 15 s. in moneys : The Evidence was Hester, who could not swear possitively against her, and the Prisoner denying the Fast she was Acquitted .

John Garrell , of the parish of St. Mary Le-Bow , was Indicted for stealing a Chesnut Colour Gelding, value 8 l. the goods of Francis Eaere , on the 25th. of July last. The Witness said that he took the Horse into the Custody of the Prisoner, but could not swear that he stole the Horse, and the Prisoner said he bought the Horse of another person at Cirenester in Glocestershire. As he was going down into the Country, his Horse that he had with him falling Lame, &c. to was immediately Acquitted .

Thomas Garrel , was Indicted for a Misdemeanour for attempting to Kidnap away one James Matthews to Maryland , the Evidence against him deposed that he with two other persons had made a Contract to send Persons over the Seas, and that the Prisoner was to be the Procurer, and was to have 10 s. a head for every one he should get to go; It appeared that he did put Matthews on Shipboard, with an intent to send him away, but he was fetch'd back being discovered. The Prisoner argued long in his defence and said, that he was desired by the said Matthews, to shew him the City, and that he had no hand in his being kidded away, so upon a full hearing he was discharged .

Dorothy Lipsham , was Indicted for stealing several Pewter Dishes and Plates, on the 26th. of November last, lost one of Lincolns Inn . But the Evidence not swearing possitively against her, she was Acquitted .

Esther Collingwood , was Indicted for stealing four Yards of Cambrick Cloath , from Mr. William Oswatstone ; but it appeared that there were others concerned with her in the Felony not yet taken (viz.) Ann gillingham Elizabeth Jasper and Rebeckah Timson , and the Witness not being positive that she took the Cloath, she was Acquitted .

James Peters , a Dutch-man, was Indicted for that he together with one James Meres not yet taken, did steal from one Oerrck on the 9th. of October last, six Lambskin Pictures value each 40 s. the Prosecutor said that he was a Servant to her Husband, and entrusted with all things he had, her Husband being in the Country, &c. But the Prisoner called several to give Evidence of his good Behaviour, and it being lookt upon as a malicious Prosecutor, he was Acquitted .

James Plaget , was Indicted for stealing one Silk Pettycoat value 20 s. one other Pettycoat value 15 s. with some other small goods , but the Evidence not being possitive that he was the man, he was Acquitted .

John Atkins , was Indicted for stealing one pair of Holland Sleeves value 2 s. and 6 d. two Lac'd Pinners 3 s. and some other small goods valued all about 10 s. on the 10th. day of November last, and the Prisoner not much denying it, and being known in Court, he was found guilty 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Gabriel Low , was Indicted for stealing several goods from one Rihhard Smith , value about 3 l. but no Evidence appering against him, he was Acquitted .

George Mitchel, alias Turner , was Indicted for Forging and Counterfeiting a false Deputation, to raise Money towards Repairing the Losses by the Fire at Wappen, &c. The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner came to Finchley Churchwardens, and Received 17 s. of them, and about 4 l. at Edmonton, and gave Receipts for the same by the two abovesaid Names, but it appearing by very credible Evidence, that the Prisoner was but a Servant to one Johnston alias Hudson, and being lately come out of the Countrey, he was seduced, and that his aforesaid Master gave him 6 d. a day to Collect the Monies; the Prisoner knowing nothing of the Deceit, so he was Acquitted .

The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give sentence as follows.

Order'd to be Burnt in the Hand 9. viz.

Edward Brooks , and a Boy, - J. - William Mason, William Jones , Robert Redman , Frances Henry, John Nicholson Edward Summers .

Order'd to be Transported, 2. viz.

John Mills , and John Eldridge .

Order'd to be Whip'd 20. viz.

Anne Davis , Samuel Lee , Jane Wetherel , Edward Carter , Edward Ryan , Thomas Leech , Henry Lewis, Thomas Garrett , Ri. Evans, Christen Hylliard, John Fyance , Eliz. Bethel , Anne Baker, Sarah Wids, Ellen Loe, Da. Roberts, James Word

- R - H John Pargiter, John Atkins.

Received Sentenced to Death; viz

John Culverwell, Jonathan Parsons , Tho. Powel, Nich. Jones Eliz James, and James Deale .

John Nowel was ordered to pay 20 mark and to stand on the Pillory on Monday next, at the Maypole in the Strand, and on the Wednesday following at White Chappel Church, and on the Friday after that at Chancery Lane End in Holbourn with an Inscription over his head declaring his fault, &c.

There were also two other Persons Tried, but the Judgment of them being deferr'd till the next sessions, we shall make no further mention of them in his Paper.

One Arrabella Reeves, was committed till next Sessions for Clipping the King's Coine.