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Old Bailey Proceedings, 30th April 1690.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King and Queens Commissions OF THE Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the OLD-BAILY.

On Wednesday, being the 30th of April. And on Thursday, and Friday, being the first and second of May. 1690.

And in the Second Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.

THE Sessions of Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old Baily, on Wednesday being the 30th of April. And on Thursday, and Friday, being the First and Second Days of May, 1690. Before the Right Honourable Sir Thomas Pilkington Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Mr. Recorder, with several others of Their Majesties Justices for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as follow:

London Jury,

William Long

John Reynolds

Peter Ayers

Henry White

John Lycence

Joseph Howe

Thomas Foxley

Thomas Chard

Robert Hazlewood

Thomas Symson

Richard Cary

Daniel Axton .

Middlesex Jury,

Jasper Hodgden

Thomas Martyn

Randol Nichol jun.

Daniel Marsh

Peter Redknapp

Edward Reeves

Michael Shepherd

Edward Nichols

Richard Seymour

John Nichols

John Read

John Burt .

The Proceedings were these:

William Mawn was Tryed for stealing a Bay Gelding price 20 l. from one Thomas Lane out of Berkshire on the 25th of April . The Witness swore that the Horse was found in the Prisoner's custody in Smithfield, which the Prosecutor owned to be his. The Prisoner could not produce any Evidence to prove that he came honestly by the Horse only produc'd a Felonious person, that was no stranger to Newgate, who went under the Notion of his Man, he declared that the Prisoner bought the Horse upon the Road beyond Uxbridge. The Prisoners being found in several faultering stories, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Hayes and William Kirk were both Indicted for stealing 6 yards and 3 quarters of striped Velvet value 3 l. the Goods of Mr. Thomas Tully , and others, &c. The Witness swore that one came into a Shop to offer the Goods to sale and that he had the Silk of Hayes, Hayes said he had it of Kirk, which Kirk did not deny; and said that he sercht the Silk out of Pawn in May pole Alley in the Strand, and called one or two persons on his behalf, who declared that he had behaved himself civilly formerly. The Evidence being but Circumstantial against them, they were both acquitted .

Ann Holland alias Williams , was Indicted for stealing on the 10th of February last, at Alhallows in the Wall , 3 Silver Spoons, value 17 s. and one gold Coral, from Sir William Appleton and a Silver Tumbler value 3 l. one Silver Potings 40 s. one Amber Necklace 12 s. Ring set with an Emerald, &c. the Goods of Esquire Fangham . The Evidence declared that the Goods were taken out of the House in the Night time, by two Men who were seen in the Room, and afterwards the said Goods were found in the Prisoner's Chamber lockt up in a Trunk, which the Prosecutors owned to be theirs, &c. which she had altered the marks of. The Prisoner denied all saying, that the Trunk was her Husbands, one Ambrose Holland , and she knew not what was in it. Calling for some Evidence on her behalf, she proved her Marriage to the said Holland before the Robbery was committed, upon which, the Law favouring of her on that account, she was discharged of the Felony.

Lawrence Noney , a black Boy , was Tryed for stealing a Leading Staff, having a Silver Head on it weighing 19 Ounces, value 4 l. 15 s. on the 16th of March last, from the Honourable Company of Haberdashers , London, out of their Hall ; which the Boy did confess to have taken away, by breaking open the Door with a pair of Tongs. But he denied it upon his Tryal. It was further evidenced, that part of the Head was found in his Pocket, which was proved very plain. But the Company having the Head again, he was found Guilty but to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

E - J - was Tryed for stealing Six Silver Forks value 3 l. two Silver Salts, 25 s. four Silver Spoons, 40 s. on the 16th of April . The Prosecutor was one Falconer, who declared that the Prisoner acknowledged to have pawned the Goods to one Reeves in Ratcliff, a Broker, for 3 l. 15 s. and that she did take them away, being tempted and constrained by Poverty, which she denyed at the Tryal, yet that did not avail her, but she was found guilty to the value of 9 s.

[Branding. See summary.]

Edward White and Matthew Bereman Carman , were Tryed for stealing on the 25th of January last, out of the Parish of St. Martins Vintrey , two Cyder-Presses lin'd with Lead, value 30 l. two Scrues 25 s. a Cyder-Mill, and some Iron-Bars, and other Utensils fitting for Cyder-making, of a good value , the Goods of Anne Sherman Widow . The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner White did send such Goods from his House near the Three Cranes in Thames street, by some Porters, very early in the Morning on a Friday in January last, to the George in St. Mary Axe, &c. Mr. White declared that he Seis'd the Goods for Rent that the Prosecutor owed him, and it seemed to be a Malitious Prosecution, for that the Prosecutor and Mr. White had disagreed before in their Accounts. Besides, Watkins the Prosecutor had acknowledged before Credible Persons, that he owed Mr. White some Money. Mr. White called very Credible Evidence to prove his Reputation to the Jury not believing that Mr. White did it out of any, Evil Intention, and Bereman being not positively accused, they were both acquitted .

William Babbington of St. Martins in the Fields , the Elder Gent. was Tryed, for that he, together with Uriah Babbington his son, not yet taken, did kill and Murther one Francis Cotter Gent. on the 15th of March , giving him a Mortal Wound with a Raper value 5 s. of the depth of Ten Inches near to his Right Pap . Upon the Evidence it was demonstrated that Mr. Babbington and his Son were a drinking at the King's-Head in Panton's-street , where the deceased Cotter came into the Room about 11 or 12 o' Clock at Night, where sat Mr. Babbington and his Son, and the Woman of the House, and Cotter making a Complement upon her, by giving her a Kiss, the other were much offended at it, and Cotter and young Babbington went into the street, after which a farther Quarrel arose, and immediately Cotter was Killed and young Babbington got away. The Prisoner declared that he and his Son were there, and that Cotter was Killed in the Fray, but he did not know who killed him,and did what he could to part them; only that which affected the Prisoner most of all, was his endeavouring to procure his Sons Escape, by disarming of Cotter, and interrupting his being secur'd so the Jury Well weighing the whole matter, and the Prisoner has no Sword drawn, at last he was Acquitted .

John Williams , William Column , Jacob Jakeman , Thomas Cox , James Chambers . Jones Ratcliffe , Daniel White , Charles Wells , and Thomas Dod , of St. Mary le Bone , were Indicted, for that they Nine together, with Richard Bourn , Nathaniel White , Thomas Barnes , Thomas Bragget , Peter Relph , Edward Roberts , Richard Cane , and James Kyrbey , not yet taken, did break the House of one Thomas Baker of St. Mary le Bone aforesaid, on the 28th of February last, taking away one Silver Tankard value 12 l. two Candlesticks 15 l. a Silver Salver 12 l. a Cup 9 l. a Silver Pot 10 l. another Cup 7 l. another Salt 9 l. a Silver Poringer 3 l. a Bowl 5 l. a Ladle 50 s. a Silver Bowl gilt 3 l. another Silver Plate 3 l. two Tumblers 5 l. 7 Spoons 7 l. a Watch 6 l. a Hat, 3 yards of gold Twist, 4 Holland Shifts, 13 Muslin Neckcloths, 3 Silk Scarfs, two Pistols, a Silk Night-Royle, 16 pieces of Gold, value 20 l. 2 other pieces of Gold, and 5 Guinea's: Also 5 pieces of Spanish Pistols, value 7 l. 17 s. 6 d. with several other Goods of very considerable value from Thomas Baker abovesaid .

Two lac'd Bands value 8 s. a leather Purse 1 d. a Ring 10 s. an Handkerchief 5 s. an Apron 30 s. and 33 s. in money: 2 Thimbles 18 d. 4 lac'd Pinners 40 s. 3 Holland Handkerchiefs, and divers other Goods, from one Mary Garret , and one Mary Preston , &c.

The Evidence in the general deposed, that about 15 or 16 of them came to Baker's House about 8 of the clock at night, and first went into the Stable, and bound the Hynds as they were racking up their Horses. Afterwards about a dozen of them went into the Kitchin, forcing their way against all the Bolts and Locks, making the very Iron Bolts and Wooden Doors to yield to their wicked and bloody Designs. Then they went up to Baker's Chamber, and bound him and his Wife in their Beds, gagging not only them, but the whole Family. After which they began their Pranks, Rifling the House, and taking away all the Goods abovementioned. Some time after Williams and Column were taken with several of the Goods, charged in the Indictment, about them; and the rest were persued, by the Hue and Cry of the Countrey People, at Anny-seed cleer in Jakeman's House. The Evidence swore that Williams, Column, and Chambers were there, and likewise Ratcliffe, but nothing was found about him, yet they were all Four found guilty of Felony and Burglary. There was no Evidence produced for the King that could positively charge the other Five, so they were all Acquitted : But not without great Notice taken of them by the Court, for their so base and villainous Attempt against so many innocent persons. There was one Rothery, now a Prisoner in Newgate, who witnessed against them that he knew of all the Plot in Intrigue made by them to Rob Mr. Baker's House, for that he was one of their Gang, being there when the Fact was done, but had since repented, and was resolved to declare all, in hopes thereby to attain Favour, &c. He said that they parted Snacks at Jakeman's House at Anny-seed Cleer, but Thomas Cox was not at the committing of the Robbery, yet made his Bargain to have a share, or to come in for a Snack, if the rest compassed their devilish Intentions. Upon the proof of this (notwithstanding his being before Acquitted, as beforementioned) the Court ordered a new Indictment of Felony to be drawn up against him, upon which Indictment he was afterwards Tryed as you may see hereafter.

[Death. See summary.]

Judith Foster, alias Emes , Indicted for stealing on the 14th of March , two strip'd Mantua Gowns value 4 s. a strip'd Silk Gown value 3 l. a Petticoat 40 s. the Goods of Mary Rawlins , who declared that she lost her Cloaths out of her Lodging, and found some of them, (viz) the Gown hanging up in her shop, she being a Broker , which the Prisoner said she bought of an End of Gold and Silver Man in the street. Several Witnesses being call'd, gave a good account of her Life and Conversation, whereupon she was Acquitted .

Peter Dan , and Diana Dan his Wife , were both Indicted for stealing, on the 16th of January , four Feather-Beds, value 15 l. 7 pair of Flaxen sheets 40 s. 4 Pewter Dishes 10 s. 2 Pewter-Plates 6 s. 2 Chamber-Pots, with some Gold, and other Goods and Monies, all to the value of about 80 l. The Goods of one John Boswell . The Evidence said, that the Prisoners both were heard to confess that they took the Goods away, whilst Boswell was beyond Sea, and his Wife Dying here at London, which Goods they took away on the Tuesday Night after Boswell's Wife was Buried, pretending a lawful Right to them, &c. because she deceased was their Daughter. Upon the whole the matter was look'd upon to be well meaning in the Prisoners and that they had no design of Felony in the whole series of it, so they were both Acquitted .

Thomas Holmes was Tryed for stealing a Silver Tankard value 9 l. 10 s. 2 sales 10 l. 2 Silver Spoons 14 s. and divers other Goods , from Edward Mullinax , on the first of December last. It was Witnessed, that the Prisoner came to Mullinax's House with a pretended Wife, and took a Lodging, and after they had been there a while they took away the goods, which were some of them found upon them after, and they came nor took their Lodging the same Night the Prosecutor was Robbed. The Prisoner could say little for himself, so he was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Bentley and David Key of Islington were both Tryed for stealing 2 Weather Sheep value 3 l. on the 19th of April , the Goods of Hen. Hankin but the Indictment was laid in a wrong Name, so they were discharged of that, but another was ordered to be preferred against them, upon which they were Tryed, as hereafter you may find.

William Wright , and Mary his Wife , were both Tryed for stealing on the 19th of March from Robert Barret one Guinea, and a Luadore piece, and 3 l. 6 s. in Money , all which Money was found about him, (viz.) the Silver in his Pocket, and the Guinea in the Roll of his Breeches Knee, all which the Prisoner denyed, and used several Extenuations, but had no Evidence on his side. He had also Pick Locks about him, which tended much to his Discredit, so he was found Guilty , but she was Acquitted .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Anne Smith and Elinor Smith were Indicted, for that they, together with one Susanna Lawrence not taken did steal on the 12th of April from Thomas Dugan , two Flaxen Aprons, and some other Goods , but the Evidence did not affect the Prisoners, so they were immediately Acquitted .

Francis Freeman was Tryed for stealing on the first of March , from William Salt Feloniously and Burglarily, one piece of Black Lead, value 1 d. a Wooden Box 2 d. and 6 s. in Money . The Witness said, that some Money was found about him, (viz.) some Farthings, and some small pieces of Money, and a piece of Lead, which the wife of Salt owned to be hers. The Prisoner said, that he had Black Lead about him as he used to Mark Casks withal, (being a Cooper by Trade,) so upon the whole he was Acquitted .

William Trippet was Tryed for stealing some Goods from Michael Lambert , on the 12th of March last, (viz.) a Silver Cup, and a pair of Breeches, &c. but no Evidence appearing, he was immediately Acquitted .

Rachel Cox was Arraigned for stealing two Bags value 2 d. and 65 l. in Money , which she immediately confest upon her Arraignment.

[No punishment. See summary.]

Philip Williams was Arraigned upon three Indictments for Felony, the first and second for two Silver Tankards, the third for a Gold Necklace . To all which he pleaded Guilty within the benefit of his Clergy.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Anne Bunyan Wife of William Bunyan , alias Rider , was Tryed for the wilful Beating of Elizabeth Townsend Spinster on the 10th Day of August , in the 8th of Year of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second (of Blessed Memory.) it was Evidenced against her, that a Quarrel arose between the Prisoner and the Deceased in St. Stephen's Parish Coleman-street and some Blows hapened, and the Prisoner was seen to Beat Townsend's Head against a Leaden Cistern till the Blood gushed out, &c. The Prosecution favoured of an express Malice, so in the end she was Acquitted .

Elizabeth Resdale was Tryed for stealing 3 Handkerchiefs value 12 d. one silver sale 3 s. and 5 l. in Money , the Goods of Samuel Huyet . The Evidence swore, that the Prisoner owned to have taken the Goods, for that they were found about her, and 47 s. 9 d. of the Money. She did not much deny it, so she was found Guilty .

[No punishment. See summary.]

James Gavel alias Gardiner , and James Barrow , were both Indicted for Feloniously taking from Richard Robinson Gentleman , a Silver Hilted Sword value 50 s. on the 24th of April last, the Evidence was plain, that they were seen to jump out at the Window of Mr. Robinson in Red-Lyon Square with the Sword in Gavel's Hands, which he threw upon the ground in his flight, the Window being open, they were not accused of Burglary, but they were both found Guilty of Felony.

[Transportation. See summary.]

[Barrow: Branding. See summary.]

Philip Maqueer and George Crawford , two Notorious Highway-Men , were Indicted for Robbing one Mr. Sutton on the King's High-way of a Watch value 7 l. a Sword 20 s. a Rix-Dollar 24 s. 6 d. and a Gelding Coloured Gray . Mr. Sutton said, that they met him on the Road and stopt him, holding a Pistol to his Breast, and took away his Goods, on the 12th of February last. They endeavoured to prove, that they were in another place when the Robbery was committed, but could not, so they were both found Guilty of the Robbery.

[Death. See summary.]

Philip Maqueer was a second time Indicted, for Robbing one John Hansey in the Highway of a Horse value 10 l. a pair of Pistols 20 s. a Cane 15 s. a Bridle and Saddle, with some Silver . The Robbery was done about Finchley Common , where 3 or 4 persons stopt him on the Highway, yet the Witness did not positively swear against the Prisoner, but declar'd that a Pistol was found in his Pocket. Upon which, he was found guilty of the Robbery.

John Tomson , an Highway-man was Indicted for Robbing John Kotbell 's Wagon on the 4th of January last, of 20 Ells of Silk value 5 l. and 60 yards of other Silk, 12 pair of Stockings value 14 s. with divers other Merchandizing Goods that were sent from London to Henley and Wallingford . The Carrier said that divers persons met him on the Road, but he could not [Text unreadable in original.] the Prisoner was one of them. It was made onethu several of the Goods were found upon the Prisoner's back, though he denied it; but being found in several Stories, in the conclusion he was found guilty , &c.

[Death. See summary.]

David Steward was Indicted likewise for a Robbery on the Highway, committed upon one Robert Cary Gent. on the 14th day of February last, taking from him his Hat, and Periwig : But it did not appear that Mr. Cary was put in Fear, and none of the Goods being found about the Prisoner, he was therefore acquitted .

Francis Beamont , a Soldier , was Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard on the first of April value 5 l. from one Francis Lynes . The Evidence said that he stole the Tankard, and pawned it at one Hewets in Holbourn for 3 l. 10 s. The Prisoner denied it at his Tryal, but the matter was very plain, so he was found guilty of the Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Andrew Browne , William Rolph , William Bristow , of Pancras Parish Soldier s, were all three Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking, the House of Elizabeth Kennedee Widow , on the 13th of April last, at Black Mary's Hole near Hockley in the Hole , and took away 13 Pewter Plates value 15 s. 9 Poringers 6 s. some Pots and Linens, and divers other small Goods of goods value . The Evidence swore flatly that they were the three Soldiers that came in at the House window, swearing that they would kill the first that should oppose them; but they did not evidence that they took away any Goods, only Bristow had some Linen found in his Breeches, and some Plates were thrown over the Pales, which Kennedee owned to be hers. The Soldiers reply d, that the House was full of People before they came, and beset, round about, it being an ill house. They endeavoured to extenuate the Crime, not with standing they were all three brought in Guilty , &c.

[Death. See summary.]

Edward Munden was Tryed for stealing a gray Gelding value 10 l. from one Thomas Lane on the 25th of April last. The Evidence swore that the Prisoner was taken at Knightsbridge, and endeavoured used to get away when he was apprehended. It appeared further, that, the Prisoner was a Partner with William Mawn in Horse-stealing, and an old Gamester at that sort of Play. He denied it, and said he run away, because he was not willing to be took, and he did not know Mawn. He was a poor silly Countrey Fellow, and might be easily drawn in, which the Jury considering of, thought fit to acquit him.

Thomasin Lowder, alias Burton, alias Blake , of St. Pauls Covent-Garden , was Indicted for stealing from George Watkins , on the 19th of February last, a Cloth Coat value 3 l. a Wastecoat 20 s. a Shirt and Sleeves, and a Dimity Wastecoat, with other small Goods . The Coat was carried to a Broker in Blackmoors-street by the Prisoner, and the Prosecutor owned it to be him, but the rest were not found. She was an old Thief, and well known in Court, whereupon she was found guilty to the value of 9 s.

[Branding. See summary.]

Hermond Roxall , and Nicholas Ruttey , both Dutch Soldier s, were Indicted for the wilful Murther of one Francis Kneeves , together with one Denzick Farbert , not yet taken, in the month of April last, giving him a mortal wound with a Rapier near to the right Pap of the depth of 6 inches , Upon which Tryal, a Party-Jury was sworn, whose Names was these, viz.

Richard Richman

Jacob Bredey

William Pedley

Henry Ernes

John Carr

Samuel Jolly

Richard Cole

Daniel Gize

Moses Colwell

Raymond Rayney

William Rayne

Henry Gradey

After which, the Evidence swore that Roxell and the others were going by Kneeves, and one of them took away Kneeves Shovel, and a Bottle. The Deceased striving to obtain them they both drew their Swords, and Roxal was seen to make a Pass at Kneeves, who immediately after dropt down head. They both deny'd it by their interpreters, saying, that they knew not how Kneeves came by his death. The matter of Fact, was not so plain against them as to find them guilty of Murther, but of Manslaughter only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Stephen Midleton was Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard from one Acton , on the 6th of January last. It appeared, that the Prisoner came to the House in the Name of Davis, and calling for Drink, whilst the family was above stairs, he slipt the Tankard away. The Evidence swore flatly, that he was the Person, and altho' the Person deny'd it, yet the Evidence was sufficient enough to find him Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Gravestock , a Youth , was Indicted for shooting one Mary Feney , a Girl , with a Pistol Bullet upon her Arm, giving her a Mortal Wound, 4 inches depth of which she immediately Dy'd . The Boy said, he did not think the Pistol was Charged, for that he lookt in the Pan and saw no Powder, and he not intend Mischief against the Girl; so he was found Guilty of Manslaughter .

[No punishment. See summary.]

M - S - was Tryed for stealing from Elizabeth Yates on the 10th of January last, 8 Counter Curtains, 10 Flaxen Napkins, 7 Yards of Cloath, one Mantua Gown, and diver other Goods of good value . The Prosecutors House was broke open, but nothing was alledged against the Prisoner about breaking the House, only one Napkin was found about her, which the Evidence Swore positively was hers; but the Prisoner said, that she bought the Napkins among and her Parcel, and knew nothing how it was stolen, &c. And the Prisoner calling good Evidence as to her Reputation, she was Acquitted .

Mary Fincham was Indicted as principal, and Elinor Fox as accessary, for stealing a considerable parcel of Goods, as Damask, and Sattins, and Linnens, and several Mantles, and other Goods of good value , from Mr. Barnardine Tunstone . The Evidence was somewhat Circumstantial, how that the Goods were in a Trunk in Mr. Tunstone's House, where the Prisoner Fincham Lodged, but he could not say, that she took them, only that Fincham called a Broker in Holborn to buy 14 Clouts of Mary Fox ; and Fox said, that she found the Clouts in the house where she lay, and both pleaded their Innocency, but she did sell them to the Broker, and the Broker said, that they went under the Name of Persons of Quality, &c. being supposed to be a Couple of very ill Livers. Fincham and her Husband did live in Mr. Tunstone's House Rent free, about the time the Robbery was committed. But the Evidence could no way Charge them positively, and the Evidence being a little various in their Depositions, they were both Acquitted .

John Wilson , and William Elderkin , were Tryed for breaking the House of the Worshipful Foot Onslow Esq. on the 6th of February last, taking 2 Silver Salvers value 6 l. a Camblet Cloak lin'd with Velvet, abundance of House Plate, a Pair of Shoes, and several other Goods of great value , some of which were in their Custody; besides they had confessed it before, but upon the Tryal Elderkin denyed it, so likewise did Wilson and said, that the Shoes were left by a Gardiner at his House in Kent-street, but could not prove it; and there were Pistols found in his Pocket, which were owned by a Person in Court, whom he had Robbed before, so they were both found Guilty of Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]

William Elderkin was a Second and Third time singly Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of the Right Honourable the Countess Dowager Middleton , on the 20th of November last, and taking away several form of Goods, as Linnen, and Woollen, and Scarfs, and Alamode Hoods, with Pinners, and Coives, and other small Goods, of a considerable value, besides 35 s. in Money, some of which were the Goods of one Jane Edwards , and the other the Countess abovesaid . The Evidence Swore, that the Goods were some of them found upon the Prisoner in a House at Hammersmith. He denyed all, and had no Evidence on his side, so he was found Guilty of both indictments.

One thing there is to be Noted, That Elderkin upon his Arraignment refused to Plead, and stood Mute, upon which he was forthwith Sentenced to be immediately Press'd to Death; but upon humble Petition, after a little Consideration, the Sentence was revers'd, and he took Three Several Tryals upon the Indictments abovesaid, &c.

[Death. See summary.]

John Bentley , and David Key , were Indicted upon a new Indictment, the first being said false, for stealing two Weather-Sheep value 3 l. the Goods of one Payar , out of Mr. Fessets Grounds near Islington . They came in the Night about Twelve a Clock, and took two Sheep upon their Backs, but being persued they dropt them, and Bentley was taken in the persuit, but Key got away. The Prisoners denyed the Fact, but King's Evidence further declar'd, that on the 19th of April they Seized the Sheep and lay upon them to hold them down till they were persued, and then they left them behind. They were found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Jane Sympson, alias Bibbey , was Tryed for stealing on the 14th of February last, from Michael Todd Gent. a Silver Poringer value 20 s. a Silk Wastecoat 10 s. a Table Cloth, with Napkins, &c. The Evidence charged her to have stolen the Goods, she being a Servant to Mr. Todd, also there was a Pinner, part of the Goods, found upon her Head when taken; whereupon she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Jeoffery Edwards and William Smith , were arraigned for stealing three Oxen price 28 l. the Goods of one Richard De-veil , the 8th of April last, upon which they pleaded Guilty and all others within the Benefit of their Clergy. &c.

[Branding. See summary.]

E - T - was Tryed for stealing a Silver Tankard value 5 l. The Tankard was taken away on the 24th of April last But the Evidence could not charge the Prisoner fully, so he was acquitted .

John Kenyon was Indicted for the Murther of one Martin Ives in the Parish of St. James Clerkenwell on the 21st of April , giving him a Mortal Bruise with a Wooden Bar value 1 d. upon the left part of the Head, of which he instantly Dyed . The Witness declared, that Ives and some other Soldier s came on Kenyon's house, upon Clerkenwell Green , and were Drinking there, a Quarrel arose between the Prisoner and the Soldiers, about paying the Reckoning, which was about 13 d. and the Soldiers and the Deceased Threatned to Kill the Prisoner and drew their Swords upon him, telling him, that they had no Money, and if he expected to be paid, it must be with Bloody [Text unreadable in original.]. That Prisoners said, that what he did wasdefence, for that the Soldiers were very Rude and Insolent, not withstanding he had given them a Plate of Stuff Beef and Pork before, &c. There were several good Evidencers for the Prisoner, so, in the Conclusion, it was brought in St. Defendendo .

John Marshall , John Williams , and Thomas Evall , all Soldier s, were all 3 Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, on the 24th of April , value 5 l. 10 s. the Goods of John Swanley , who gave in Evidence, that they came to his house and called for Drink, and whilest Mr. Swanley was gone into the Cellar, they run away with the Tankard. They all denyed it, yet Williams and Evall were found Guilty , but the Evidence was not positive against Marshall, so he was Acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Carter , a little Boy , about Ten Years of Age, was Indicted for stealing, on the 29th of March , two Gold Rings value 30 s. a piece of Coined Gold 20 s. and 36 s. and 10 d. in Money , the Goods and Money of Martha Gill . It was fully proved, so he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Wilson of St. Giles in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing 40 Yards of Fustian value 30 s. on the 28th of March last, the Goods of William Halsey , and he was seen to take it out of the Prosecutor's Shop , so he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Dorothy Ran of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for stealing, on the 7th of March , a Silver Caudle Cup value 50 s. a Handkerchief 5 s. a Silk Scarf 5 s. the Goods of one Davis . The Prisoner was heard to confess, that the Pawn'd the Caudle Cup at one Bushes in Charter-house-lane, and the Handkerchief she had about her Neck. The Prisoner denyed it, but it being fully proved, she was found Guilty to the value of Nine Shillings .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Trippet Yeoman was a Second time Indicted and Tryed for stealing from Elinor Hastings , on the 5th of February , 2 Gold Rings value 30 s. a Bodkin and a Thimble . The Evidence said, that he took 18 s. in Money. Besides all which, he Confest, when taken, but denyed it upon his Tryal, so he was found Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Elfingstone was Arraigned for stealing, on the 1st of April , 36 Diamonds value 20 l. the Goods of Sir John Brownlow Baronet . The Evidence were some of them out of the way, so he was discharged of the Indictment, but another Indictment was ordered to be brought against him, concerning Melting down the Queens Plate at White-hall, against the next Sessions.

Thomas Cox , and Jacob Jakeman , who were concerned with Williams and Column, &c. about the Felony and Burglary committed at Mary le Bone in Mr. Baker's House, were Indicted anew, for Feloniously abetting, counselling, receiving, harbouring, comforting and maintaining of the said Williams, Column, and the rest; which they did; by parting the Plate and Goods at Jakeman's House at Anny-seed-Clare , and altho' Cox was not there present, yet Williams kept the Snack for him. Cox, to invalidate what was urg'd, called some Witnesses, who said that he had behaved himself Civilly heretofore, and very punctual in all his Dealings. The Evidence against him was Christopher Rothery , one of the Thieves that was at the breaking open of Baker's House. Cox desired that the Jury might take Notice of the Evidence, how that he was Burnt in the Hand before, There being no Witness against Jakeman as to the matter of Fact, he was acquitted , and Mr. Cox likewise.

Jonathan Hawkes was Indicted and Tryed for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of Mr. Cecil , together with Isaac Vallen , and other, not yet seized Taking away a Silver Tankards value 12 l. with divers other Goods, and money, &c. The Evidence not being punctual as to the Burglary, he was acquitted, but found guilty of the Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

Robert Ashley and William Green of Pancras Parish , were Tryed for stealing 2 Shirts value 4 s. 4 Smocks 8 s. from Robert Hyde , about the first of April . They confest to have thrown them into a Ditch, whereupon they were found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Sarah Davis was Tried for stealing 3 silver Spoons value 27 s. with other things, &c. from William Searle , on the 4th day of September 1687. There being a General Pardon granted since the Robbery was committed , she was acquitted .

William Goodman was Indicted as Principal, and Derby Lyndsey as Accessary, for that they, with one Mary Low , not yet taken, did break the House of one Mr. Jones in Holbourn , on the first of March last taking away several pieces of Plate, Money, and Other Goods . The chief Witnesses were out of the way, being suspected to have compounded the Business, and some of the Money was seized by Mr. Presgrave of Westminster, the Court ordered it should be lookt into. They were both acquitted .

William Gold Gent. was Arraigned upon two several Bills of Indictment of Felony, brought against him by the Right Honourable Ralph Earl of Montague , for that he, being his Servant for above 16 years, was entrusted with all his Houshold Goods, besides Plate, &c. which he had imbezled . The Prisoner pleaded guilty to both Indictments, the first of which was dated in December last, and the 2d in April following, &c.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Philip Williams , Arraigned for stealing a Silver Tankard value 6 l. the Goods of Edward Usher , to which he pleaded guilty .

Richard Bourne , who was one of the Gang that robbed Mr. Baker at Mary le Bane; was ordered to remain till next Sessions.

The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to Sentence as followeth, viz.

Burnt in the Hand Fifteen.

Stephen Middleton , E - J - , Thomas Holmes , James Barrow , Francis Beamont , (Hermond Roxall, Nicholas Ruttey , Dutch-men,) William Smith , Jeoffery Edwards, John Williams , Thomas Evall , William Carter , a Boy, Jonathan Hawkes , Thomasin Lowder; alias Burton, alias Blake, Dorothy Ran .

Received Sentence of Death Fourteen.

William Mawn , John Williams , William Column , James Chambers , Jonas Ratcliff , Philip Maqueer , George Crawford , John Thompson , Andrew Brown , William Rolph , William Bristow , William Elderkin , John Wilson , and Robert Hillgrave , who Received Judgment to Dye last Sessions, was Ordered to be Executed with the rest before mentioned.

To be Transported Five.

Philip Williams , William Wright , James Gavell , alias Gardner, William Gold , Will. Trippet.

To be Whipt Seven.

Lawrence Noney , the Black, who Robbed Habberdashers-hall, from Newgate to the Royal-Exchange. John Bentley , David Key, Jane Sympson , alias Bibbey, John Wilson , Robert Ashley , William Green, from Newgate to Holborn Bars.

Rachel Cox and Eliz. Resdale were Repriev'd before Judgment. William Gravestock order'd to bring in his Pardon in course.

One Jones was ordered to remain for High Treason.

John Kennion was ordered to bring in his Pardon in course next Sessions, for killing Martin Ives .

On Saturday, being the last day of the Sessions, there were above 20 Convicts, who received the Benefit of Their Majesties most Gracious Pardon, pleading it upon their Knees.

One Mr. Crone, who was arraigned this Sessions for High-Treason, in order to be Tryed for the same, on Saturday the 3d Instant, his Tryal was, for some particular Reasons, Adjourned till Monday the 19th Instant.

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