Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2014), July 1693 (16930713).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 13th July 1693.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King and Queens 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.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Monday, being the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th Days of July, 1693. And in the Fifth Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.

THE Sessions of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, being the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th of July, 1693, before the Right Honourable Sir John Fleet , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Sir Salathiel Lovell , Kt. Recorder of the said City, with several others of Their majesties Justices for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as follow,

London Jury.

James Lapley .

Henry Bullock .

James Morris .

William Pierce .

John Passell .

Azarias Reynolds .

John Ingle .

James Bignall .

John Benner .

Samuel Ayeris .

Robert Fleetwood .

Matthew Raycroft .

Middlesex Jury.

Henry Gerrard .

William Farnborrow .

Edward Hutchinson .

James Fearne .

Thomas Lathwell .

Joseph Bowler .

Joseph Rolph .

John Outing .

Samuel Morris .

George Polfrey .

Ri. Fitz Gerrald .

Ambrose Hamborrow .

The Proceedings were these,

Mary Turner was arraigned for stealing 5 Silk Mantuas value 5l. two pair of Holland Sheets value 5l. 3 yards of Gold Lace value 5l. and divers other Goods of value , from Alexander Pollington , of the Parish of St. Mary Woolnoth ; to which she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Tobias Craddock , a Young man, was tried for picking the Pocket of one John Scart in Hozier-Lane , of 22 Guineas . The Prisoner was taken in the Act; and the Guineas found about him, which dropt from him when he was pursued, as was positively sworn: The Prisoner said that he found it in the Croud, but that was but a weak defence. He was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Charles Gale and Matthew Jones were tried for stealing a hatchet value 12d. from John Wilkins , a Cloth coat val. 5s. from John Martin , a Wooden Chest and 20l. in Money therein, the Money of Richard Ethye ; they all swore that the Prisoners came into a Boat that lay near Queen-Hithe , where the Goods and Money was; and the Boatman being asleep, they were endeavouring to take away the Chest, and had lift it up in order to carry it away, but were presently stopt: The Prisoners stifly denied the Fact; but the Evidence swore positively. So they were both found guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth White was indicted for stealing a Pewter Chamber-pot from Mr. John Taylor of Christ's Church on the 10th Instant value 18d. the Pot was found upon her as she was offering it to sale; she did not deny it upon her trial, saying, she was sorry for her fault: So she was found guilty to the value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Bird was tried for stealing a Linnen Apron, a couple of Shifts, and other small Linen from one George Graham on the 8th Instant in Cripplegate Parish ; the Linnen hung in a Gallery drying, and the Prisoner was met near the place with the Goods about her, which she dropt; the Prosecutor had the Goods again; So she was found guilty to the value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Hickling , Gent. was tried for the Murther of one Jonathan Hall on the 3d. Instant in St. Martins in the Fields. The manner thus. The Prisoner and the Deceased were in Tuttle Fields , and the Prisoner being in Arms upon the Trained bands, and meeting with the Deceased, he presented his Musquet against him, and shot it off, and it happened that a piece of the rammer (viz.) the But-end of it, by the force of the Powder flew out of the Musquet, and entered into the left part of the Deceased's Belly, which gave him a Wound of the depth of 8 Inches, of which he languished till the 8th Instant, and then died. The Evidence for the King declared, That the Prisoner did present the Musquet against the Deceased in a kind of a jesting manner, saying, have at thee Jonathan; or words to that effect; and furthermore, That they had always been very Loving Friends, and there was never any malice found nor proved to have been betwixt them, neither was any words let fall on either side at the same time, which gave any suspicion of malice, but they saluted each other as formerly they had been wont to do. The Prisoner lamented the loss of so good a Friend, and alledged that he had no malice against him, which several of his Neighbours attested; and the Deceased acknowledged before he died, That he did believe that the Prisoner did not design to kill him; So the Court directed the Jury as to the Law in the Case and they having considered maturely of the Evidence on both sides, they acquitted the Prisoner.

Ann Middleton was tried, for that she, together with Lydia Edwards , not taken, did steal 12 yards of Indian Callicoe value 25s. the Goods of George Abbot in Covent Garden ; she and Edwards came to the Shop to cheapen Goods , and conveyed away the Goods, which were found under the Prisoners Apron; She was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Henry Ticklet of Hanwell was tried for stealing 16 yards of Kentin Cloth value 20s. 8 yards of Muslin, 40 yards of Bone-Lace, and other Goods of great value , the Goods of one Mrs. Mary Springhall ; the Goods were lost out of the Shop at Tame in Oxfordshire , and found upon the Prisoner at Hanwell in the County of Middlesex, which he did not deny: So he was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Jordan was tried for stealing a Copper Chockalat Cup from Benjamin Tymbell of St. Martins in the Fields value 18d. which was found in her Apron; she did not deny it, and could say nothing for her self; She was found guilty to the value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Jones and Thomas Smith were both tried for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Matthew Darney in St. Martins in the Fields on the 14th of June last, and taking away 4 Pewter-dishes value 10s. 4 Plates, 2 Candlesticks, a Brass Pestle and a Morter, &c. Mrs. Darnay swore that the Shop-door was broke open in the Night-time about Two a Clock, and the Goods were taken away; the Door was fast lockt on the Over-night, but found open in the Morning, and the Goods were found in a cellar in a Wood-yard in the custody of the Prisoner in Long-Acre, where they were, which was declared by the Constable; and Smith was stopt with the Goods upon his back going away with them in the aforesaid Cellar, which Goods were owned by Mrs. Darney, and the Key of the Shop was dropt upon the ground in the Cellar, which Mrs. Darney owned to be hers. Jones denied the Fact, Smith produced a Paper, in which he pretended that the Goods were given him by one Mrs. Stoner to carry to the Hay-Market to her Husband, and going along the Street he was stopt; but this appeared to be all false; So he was found guilty of Felony and Burglary: But there was no Evidence that could bring the matter home upon Jones; so he was acquitted ; but not without suspicion of being a very ill Fellow, &c.

[Death. See summary.]

Alice Sawbridge , Wife of Thomas Sawbridge , of Islington , was tried for murthering her Male-Infant Child on the 20th of June last ; the Child was found in a Clay-pit full of water swimming on the top of the Water by some Workmen that were at work in the Clay-pit; they thought it to be a dead Dog at first, but when they took it out of the water, it proved to be a Child, and the Child of the Prisoner, as she confest in the hearing of several Credible Witnesses, who were sworn for the King; and that she would not give any account why she so disposed of the Child, and none was present at the Labour; there was no proof against her that she murthered the Child, which the Law provides should be made appear; and the Child was no Bastard; so she was acquitted .

Mary Amslet , Margaret Amslet , and Awdly Newton , her two Daughters, were all three indicted for Clipping 100 Half-crowns, 200 Shillings, and 50 Sixpences . The King's Evidence swore that they searcht the House of the Prisoner's in Mackeridge-street in St. Giles's Parish in the Fields , and in a Room above-stairs there was found two pair of Sheares, Fillings, Files, Thumbstalls, Rubbing-Leathers, and all things fit for the work; the Prisoner being askt how they came there, they answered that they knew not; and that they had let the Room to one Elizabeth Cook , and others, who were gone away. They called some Evidence to prove that Cook did lodge in the Room, and that Mary Amslet was a Labouring-woman, and was wont to let Lodgings out, and that she was wont to be much abroad a Nurse-keeping , &c. the two daughters declared that they had not been in the Room for a great while before, and knew nothing how the Clippings and other things came there; all which induced the Jury to credit the matter so far, that they were all acquitted .

Ralph Matthews , a Naylor , was tried for Clipping the Currant Coin of England, on the 18th day of March last ; there was found in the Room where he lodged and was taken (upon Saffron-Hill ) Shears, Files, and other Instruments, &c. besides 21 Ounces of Clippings, which were produced in Court; he leapt out at the Window, and was taken again in Field-Lane, and brought back to the House; and being askt why he fled, he said, what would a man do to save his Life? all this was plainly made manifest by the Evidence for the King, and that no Person lodged in the Room but the Prisoner and his Wife, and whenever he went abroad, he took the Key with him. The Prisoner said he had lodged but a little while in the Room, and pleaded his innocency in the matter, but had no Witness on his behalf. He was found guilty of High-Treason.

He was a second time tried by the aforesaid Name for High-Treason, in Coining and Counterfeiting several pieces of False Money made of Copper, Tin, and other Metals ; some of which was produced in Court, and shewed to the Jury; and one Piece was found in the Prisoner's House at Westminster , and another false Piece was found at his Lodging on Saffron-Hill; and a Great Mill was found at Westminster in his Garret, which was used to flatten Money; and the Prisoner owned that he had such a Mill; but it was for the use of Button-makeng as he said; but the King's Evidence said, That such a sort of Mill was only for the proper use of Coiners. The Prisoner had no matter that was material to offer for himself, and it appeared that he fled for it; So he was found guilty of High-Treason upon this Indictment also.

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Matthews was arraigned for stealing divers Goods of value from one Charles Norton , and others ; to which Indictment she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Margaret Allison was arraigned also for stealing 9 yards of Bone-Lace value 16s. from John Warner ; to which Indictment she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Lyddall of Stepney was arraigned for stealing 12 dozen pair of Wrosted Stockings value 12l. 8 Cloth-Coats value 8l. 8 pair of Breeches value 8l. and divers other Goods , from John Portilla ; to which he pleaded guilty .

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

Mary Easy for stealing a Wrosted Camblet Mantua Gown value 12s. from Robert Chomley , was arraigned for the same, and pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Smith of Hermondsworth was likewise arraigned for stealing from John Slocomb two Silver Spoons value 20s. a quarter of a yard of Holland, a Smock, and other wearing Apparel ; She pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Johnson was tried for High-Treason in Clipping the lawful Coin of England on the 26th of June last, in the Parish of St. Peter's Cornhill . The Evidence was, That there was some Clippings found in a Box, which the Prisoner owned to be his Box, and a piece of File; and a piece of Clippings was found on the Floor, and that he said he had it of a Journeyman-Taylor, pawned to him for a Shilling; but he could not find the Taylor, he said, and he did not know what was in the Paper; he had Witness, who said that he had behaved himself well heretofore. The Jury acquitted him.

Leonard Cooper , a Youth about 11 or 12 years of Age, was tried for stealing 10 pound weight of Tobacco from Thomas Walker of St. Dunstan's in the East ; the Prisoner was found in the Warehouse with the Tobacco in his Apron , and another Boy that was with him got away, by reason the Skirt of his Coat rent off; this was fully proved by two Witnesses: he was found guilty to the value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Ruth Harris was indicted for privily stealing from one Symon Douglas a Silver Watch value 50s. on the 20th of May last; he met her in the Street, and went into a Tavern to drink a pint of Wine, she took his watch out of his Pocket, which was afterwards found upon her as she was carrying to Newgate. She was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Isaac Turner and Charles Williams were both tried for High-Treason, in Cutting and Clipping the Lawful Money of England . The King's Witness swore that there was a noise of Clipping ofttimes heard in the House where they lodged in Grays-Inn-Lane ; and upon search in the House, the Door being broke open, the Prisoners were found there, and a parcel of Clipt Money, three pair of Shears, Files, Skales, Weights, Rubbing-Leathers, &c. were in the same Room, at which they were much concerned, and desired the Searchers to be civil to them, and to let them make their escape, as one Witness declared. Turner said that he was a Lodger in the same House, but not in the same Room, but that would do him but little good; he call'd some Witnesses likewise, but to little effect; for they only said, they never knew any hurt by him. Williams declared that he had some acquaintance with Turner, and accidentally call'd to see him whilst the Constable came to seize them; he had Witness too who gave the like Account, as did Turner; and they could neither of them give any satisfactory Account of their Credit, nor defend themselves against what was so fully sworn against them; They were both found guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Alice Langley was indicted for Clipping Money : The Room where she lodged being searcht, the Prisoner was found in the same, and some Shears were found, in the mouth of one of which there was a Sixpence fixt; and some Clippings, and Money newly clipt was found in the Room. The Evidence deposed, That there was one Katharine Watson that went by the name of a Nurse to the Prisoner, and they saw both their Arms move, as if they were a Clipping, through a Crevass in the Door; but whilst the Constable went down stairs, the Nurse made her escape: The Prisoner denied peremptorily that she had any hand in Clipping, but one of the Witnesses swore positively that she had several Clippings about her, and she would have shifted them from her into the Chamber-pot, as he presumed; she called some Witnesses who had dealt with her, who attested that they had always received good Money of her, and never knew any ill by her, but that she was a very honest Gentlewoman for ought they knew, &c. The King's Witness further declared, That she fell down upon her knees, and begg'd favour and was much surprised. The Jury found her guilty of High-Treason.

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

Thomas Clark was tried, for that he, together with Benjamin Arnold , did break the House of Andrew Fryar at Bartledown in Essex , on the 21st March last was two years, and took away one Silver Tankard value 5l. a Silver Bowl value 3l. a Cloak value 7l. 14 Silver Spoons value 6l. a Ring set with 12 Diamonds value 10l. &c. The Evidence was Mrs. Fryar, who swore that about 20 of them came about the House about Eight a Clock at Night, and broke into the House and bound Mrs. Fryer, and then rifled the House, and took all away that was of any value; then Arnold accosted her Daughter after a very rude manner, and ravished her, and swore great Oaths at her, and put her, and a young Youth that was in the House, in great fear, insomuch that the Child died not long after. There were other Evidence that corroborated hers, and declared that the Prisoner had confest that he was one that committed the Robbery, and the Goods were found upon them, but he said that Arnold gave him the least share, because he was but a Younger Brother; he was heard to confess likewise, that he was one that robbed one Hart the Carrier of Norfolk about the same time; but none of the Goods of Fryer were found in Middlesex in the possession of the Prisoner; So he could not be found guilty of the Indictment here; but he was ordered to be sent into Essex to be tried there at the next Assizes; and Mr. Fryer was bound to prosecute him, &c. he being notified to be a great Rogue, and a base and most notorious Thief.

John Wilson was arraigned for feloniously taking from Robert Brook , Gent. on the 20th of June last, one Rateen Coat value 30s. a Gown 12s. 5 laced Crevats value 5l. 6 yards of Lace 40s. one pair of Gloves with Gold Fringe value 40s. another Pair with Silver Fringe value 40s. To which Indictment he pleaded guilty .

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

Mary Surtivant of Stepney was tried for breaking the House of Mary Greaves and Robert Greaves at Lime-house Corner on the 16th of June last, about 12 a Clock in the Night-time; the Goods lost were 16 pair of Childrens Gloves value 15s. a pair of Womens Gloves value 7s. two Blue Shirts value 4s. 4 Muslin Neckcloths, and other Linnen, all to the value of about 18l. The Evidence swore that the Window was broke open, and the Goods lost, some of which were found in the House of one Alice Warrington , and others of them were found at a Brokers; which Goods were produced in Court, and owned by the Prosecutors; and the Prisoners brought the Goods to Warrington's House, and from thence some of them were convey's to the Broker's: The Prisoner said that a Sea-man left them at her House, and would call for them on the morrow; but she could not produce the Sea-man, neither did she know his name: She call'd two Women, who said that she was in bed with them that night at Nine a Clock, but their Evidence was not credited: She was found guilty of Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elinor Higgs , Wife of Thomas Higgs , was indicted first for High-Treason, in Clipping the Currant Coin of England , The second for a Misdemeanour in coining false Half-pence and Farthings, made of Tin and Copper, &c. The first Evidence for the King was the Constable, who deposed, That he found in her House in Cripplegate Parish , Shears, Files, Moulds, Melting-pots, a Ladle, wherein were found a quantity of Half-pence that were false, and in her hand were found a parcel of Clippings about two Ounces, which she would fain have shifted into the House of Office; All the Instruments, with the Clippings, were produced in open Court as a Corroborating Evidence against her. The Prisoner declared, That she had the misfortune to marry with a Person who brought the Instruments to her and she was loth to disclose his Secrets. The Landlord where she lodged, declared that there was never any Person came to her as her Husband, and she was not able to prove that she had any such Husband, nor that he brought the things to her. As to the Half-pence, she confest at her Apprehension that she made them, and said, that it was her Trade to do it. So she was found guilty of both Indictments.

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

John Mabbot , a poor Fellow of Heston , Labourer , was tried for breaking the House of Robert Ivory , Clerk , and taking away 6 pound of Bacon value 3s. 5 pound weight of Cheese value 18d. and 12 Bottles of Cider value 6s. The Evidence swore, That the Prisoner was found standing under the Wall about Four a Clock in the Morning, but nothing was found about him, only the key of the Door where the Goods were; the Prisoner denied the Fact, and said he knew nothing of it. The Court directed the Jury, That if they did believe that he did steal the Goods, yet they might likewise be of the opinion, that he did it to suffice his Hungry Appetite; and he appeared to be a person that lookt as if he wanted necessary Provisions, So the Jury acquitted him.

Susan Williams and Sarah Padwick were both tried for breaking the House of one John Davis in Castle-street, in the Parish of Stepney , and carrying away two Gold Rings value 40s. a Petticoat value 14s. six Blue Aprons, several other Goods besides a half Guinea, and 40s. in Money ; the Prisoner Williams was seen in the House about Four a Clock in the Morning where she was taken; and being askt how she came there; she answered that she could not rest. The other (viz.) Padwick, was seen hovering about the Door; but nothing was found about her; So she was acquitted . But Williams was found guilty of Felony; and discharged of the Burglary, because it was in the day time .

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

Angel Rolph and Edward Boyce were Indicted for harbouring and Comforting and maintaining one Grace Dempsey, alias Michel , who was convicted at the Sessions held in April last, for breaking the House of one Mr. Jolly in London, and received Judgement for the same . The Indictment set forth, That Mrs. Rolph did feloniously take and receive 3 yards of Bone Lace, part of 276 yards, which was stolen by the said Grace Dempsey from the abovesaid Jolly; and that he the said Mr. Boyce afterward, the 10th of April knowing the said Grace Dempsey to have committed the Burglary, he did receive, comfort and maintain her. To prove this; The Evidence swore that Mrs. Rolph did confess that she did take a Lodging for Dempsey, and that she took Lace of her, because she had no Money; this was the same night the Robbery was done; but it did not appear that Mrs. Rolph knew any thing of the Robbery, neither was there any proof that she did. Mr. Boyce produced the Sheriff's Warrant, which was read in Court, which he had to arrest Grace Dempsey for Debt, and he did so take her into his Custody by vertue of of his Warrant, and not upon any Evil or Felonious Account. They were both acquitted .

Ralph Smith was tried for stealing a Black Gelding value 8l. from William Chappel of Stoke-Newington ; the Prisoner was found upon the back of the Horse in the Road without any saddle; the Prisoner said the Horse was in a Lane, and there being water in the Lane, he only made use of him to ride over the Water; but then the King's Witness deposed, That he was met 10 miles from the ground where the Horse was, upon the Gelding's back, as aforesaid; and that when he was asked where he was going with it, he reply'd that it was his Master's Horse, and that he was going a Journey. He could give no good account of himself. He was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

George Clist was arraigned and tried for Burglary in breaking the House of one Robert Graves of St. Leonard Shoreditch on the 5th day of March last, and carrying away one Silver Coral value 8s. a Hood and Scarf, a Tabbey Petticoat value 3l. theree Gold Rings value 30s. and divers other Goods, besides 4l. 3s. in Money . Upon Evidence it appeared that the Prisoner was a Lodger as a Soldier at Greaves's House, and whist he was abroad, he broke open the Lock of the Chamber-door, and took away the Goods, which he in a manner confest, when taken; for he offer'd to give Greaves Bond to pay him by the week; and the Robbery was done about Three a Clock in the Afternoon. So he was acquitted of the Burglary, but found guilty of the Felony .

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

William Hunt and John How were both tried for stealing (on the 25th of May last) fourscore Iron Bullets val. 40s. and 18 Iron Crows value 30s. the Goods of Captain Francis Applebey . The Evidence deposed, That How was found aboard the Ship, and he confest that he and Hunt had oftentimes stole great quantities of Iron-work from off several Ships, and that Hunt was with him at the Robbery; but his saying so did not affect Hunt; and there was no other Evidence against him; So he was acquitted : But How was found Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Martin was indicted, for that she did break the House of one Alice Owers in Black-Fryars on the 28th of June last, with an intent to steal her Goods . The Prisoner was found upon the Stairs in the House about Three a Clock in the morning, the Watch found her, and her Shoes were off; and she said that she took that for her Lodging; she had nothing about her, and it was day-light when she was found; so that it could be no Burglary; and she had not removed any of the Goods. So she was acquitted .

John Barber , John Pitford , William Jones and John Andrews , were all four tried for robbing one Mr. Nicholas Salter of Stoak in Buckinghamshire . On the 5th of July Instant the House was broke open, and the Goods taken away was 7 Gold Rings value 56s. a Scarf with a Gold Fringe value 18l. one Silver Tankard val. 5l. a Silver Salt val. 5l. two Gold watches value 15l. four Spoons val. 40s. two Silk Petticoats fringed value 7l. a Stript Silk Gown val. 7l a Tabby Mantua Gown val. 8l. two Flower'd Wastcoats val 6l. a Silk Petticoat val. 5l. and some other Goods; besides 39s. 6d. in Money . The Evidence was Mr. Salter, and others, who declared that his House was broke open by the Prisoners; and pursuing them the same morning within five hours after the Robbery was committed, they were all taken in Middlesex. Barber was taken in St. James's park, the other three in Piccadilly, with the Goods in their Custody, every one having somewhat in his custody that Mr. Salter owned to be his Goods, particularly the Fringed Scarf was found in Barber's Breeches, and some Pistols were found upon the rest, which Mr. Salter's Servants swore were taken out of the House, and the House was broke open; all which was very plainly and directly evidenced.

The Prisoners being asked what they could say in their defence; Barber said that he found the things he had upon the Road; but could not prove it, only alledged that he was at Wickham that night, but could not prove it. The other three denied the fact; saying that they had nothing to say, nor no Evidence to call on their sides; So the Court directed the Jury, and told them, that if a Burglary be committed in one County, and the Goods brought by them into another County, and found upon them, it shall be accounted Felony, in such Offenders. So they were all found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

[Pitford: No punishment. See summary.]

Sir Richard Mansell , Baronet , was indicted and tried for the Murther of William Pickering on the first day of February last . The Matter of Fact appeared upon the Evidence thus: Mr. Pickering being an Apothecary , there was some Monies due to him from Sir Richard Mansell; and in order to be satisfied, and to come to an amicable Account, they agreed to meet at Squires's Coffee-house in Fuller's Rents, where being met, they did not long continue, but for more privacy went down into Grays-Inn Walks ; and being in the High-walk, they could not accommodate the matter, although Sir Richard offer'd Mr. Pickering to give him security by his Bond to pay him in a reasonable time, as soon as his Returns came out of the Countrey; yet Mr. Pickering would not be contented, but would have his Money presently, and began to be angry, and to reply upon Sir Richard after a morose manner, giving him very Scurrilous Language, which was altogether unfit to give to a Person of Quality, which provoked Sir Richard to draw his Sword upon him, upon which Mr. Pickering withdrew himself from Sir Richard, and Sir Richard followed him; which Mr. Pickering perceiving, he (to prevent the danger that might come upon him) leapt over the Wall down into the Lower Walks, and broke his Leg short-off; Sir Richard followed him, but did him no other hurt; upon this Mr. Pickering was removed to his place of Abode, and there he languished of the said Wound till the 13th of February, and then died. The Surgeons gave their Opinion that the Wound was the occasion of his death, &c. Sir Richard being asked what he had to say in his defence, he answered that it was a Misfortune that happened much against his will, and that he was heartily sorry for it; and that he had no design of doing of him any hurt, and desired that the Judges would be of Counsel to him, and was willing to submit his Case to the Court; Then the Judges gave their Opinion, and did agree that the Matter should be found special, because it was a new Cause; Matter of Law did arise thereupon, therefore it was resolved that a time should be set aside for the Judges to consult the matter . Then Sir Richard Mansell moved, that he might continue upon Bail; but the Court told him that could not be granted.

John Cook , a Boy of about 12 years of age, was tried for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of Thomas Nichols of Shandois-street , with an intention to steal his Goods ; the Boy was found in the House, but he did not break into the House; Mrs. Nichols declaring that the Door was left open. The Boy, confest that there were four more that intended to have robbed the House besides him; he was acquitted .

Ann Wilson , Widd. Was indicted for High-Treason in cutting, clipping, filing, and diminishing the Currant Coin of England ; upon Evidence it appeared that there were Clippings found in her House at Westminster , which were produced in Court, and shewed to the Jury; but the Closet, where the Clippings were found, had no Key to it, and it was common to her Lodgers; and there was one Mrs. Archer that lodged in the House heretofore, that was accounted an ill Woman. She was acquitted .

Elizabeth Smith , a poor Woman, was tryed for stealing a Nag, price 8l. out of a Field at Fulham , the Goods of William Lewer , which Horse was found in the Custody of the Prisoner in Piccadilly; She could give no account how she came by the Horse, only said, that a Man gave her the Horse, but she could not produce him; She was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Ingham and Mary Ellis , were both tried for breaking the House of the Right Honourable John Lord Lovelace , on the 13th Instant, and taking away Fire-shovel and Tongues, and other Goods : The Watchman found Ingham in the House between Twelve and One a Clock in the Night; she got in the Cellar, but none swore that it was broke open by the Prisoner; and Ingham had been a Servant to the Lord Lovelace formerly; and she told the Watchman, that she had took it for her Debt. She said upon her Tryal, That the hole was open, and she went in thereat; there was no Evidence against Ellis, so she was acquitted , but Ingham was found guilty of Felony, to the value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Bowen was arraigned, for that she together with Elizabeth Anderson alias Midleton , did steal (on the 30th of June ) several Shifts, and other Linnens of small value , the Goods of Atkins Moor ; to which she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elinor Dykes alias Freeman , was tried for Robbing Thomas Letman , of a pair of leather-shoes, value 2s. and a Guinea, the 2d of June . Letman and his Wife said, they lost about 4l. in all; and there was no one in the House, but the Prisoner who was a Nurse to Mrs. Letman, when the Money was missing; so they had a suspicion of her, but could not prove any thing against her; so she was acquitted .

John Urwin , a Highway-man , was tried for Robbing Gabriel Newman in the King's Highway; together with one Thomas Johnson and Samuel Gibbons not taken . Newman deposed, That Thomas Johnson and Gibbons met him in Swallow-street , and fell upon him, and rifled his Pockets, and took away Seven Guineas, one half Guinea a double French Pistole, value 35s. and afterwards they followed him home, and forced themselves into the House, and took Thirteen Guineas more; but Newman could not swear positively, that the Prisoner was concerned with them; and he denied it, and said that he saw Newman buy Twenty one Ounces of Clippings of one Townley, and thereupon the said Newman's House was searcht. It did not appear that the prisoner had any hand in the Robbery. He was acquitted .

John Jackson was indicted for stealing from one Walter Riddall (on the 12th of June last) 6 Pewter-plates, value 4s. a Pewter-dish, value 2s. The Prisoner was passing through Mr. Riddall's House being the Dog-Tavern in Drury-Lane , and the Skullery-door standing open, he took the Goods, which he confest, being stopt with the Plates in his Custody; he was found guilty .

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

Hugh Hambleton was indicted for Publishing a most Scandalous Libel against the Government, Entitled, Great Britains just Complaint for her late Measures, present Sufferings, and the future Miseries she is exposed to: With the best, safest, and most effectual way of Securing and Establishing her Religion, Government, Liberty, and Property, upon a good and lawful Foundation, fully and clearly discovered in Answer to Two Late Pamphlets, concerning the pretended French Invasion . Printed at Oxford in the Year 1692. The Libel was found in the Prisoner's Lodgings,a great quantity of them, some part of which was read in Court, as a Further Testimony against him, in which was found very abusive and scandalous Expressions: he was heard to say, he was a Captain in King James's T and that he was to go into Ireland; and that he was wont to rise in the Night-time to write, which was witnessed by the Girl that made the Fire in the Room. Mr. Hambleton by his Counsel called some Gentlemen, who gave a very regular Account of his former Behaviour, and that he had always the Character of a very firm Protestant about four years ago; which might be so, yet he might change his mind since; as the Court directed the Jury. He could give no perfect Account of the Books how he came by them; So the Jury found him guilty of a Misdemeanour.

[Fine. See summary.]

Paul Gervisset a French Minster was brought into Court by Mr. Stephens the King's Messenger, arraigned and tryed for a Misdemeanor, in composing, printing, and publishing a Scandalous Catechism, in which were contained certain Heretical and Schismatical Sentences, which were of dangerous consequence to the Youth of this Kingdom of England ; the Council argued the Matter on both sides a long time; the King's Council argued that the Catechism was not licenc'd according to Act of Parliament, neither registered in the Register of the Company of Stationers of London: On the other side it was argued, that the Words excepted against in the Catechism were not Heresy, but if they were, it ought to be tryed in an Ecclesiastical Court, which was the Opinion of the Court, and That a Jury of Twelve Men were not proper Judges of Heresy, but that ought first to be determin'd in the Ecclesiastical Court. He was acquitted .

John Ludlam was indicted for a Misdemeanor, in publishing a Scandalous Libel, entitled, The Anatomy of a Jacobite, or a Jacobite's heart laid open . Upon Evidence it appear'd that Mr. Robert Stephens the Messenger met the Prisoner in Ludgate-Street, and having s suspicion of him, he civilly call'd him aside, and took him into a Shop, and desired him to pull out what Papers he had about him, shewing him his Badge, which certified the Authority he had so to do; so the Prisoner pull'd out several Papers, which Mr. Stephens presently marked; and the Libel was in his Pocket likewise; one of the Papers contained an Alphabet of Letters, directing a Founder how and what Letters to make; the other Papers contained Queries in Law, how far a man might act in the dispersing of Unlicens'd Papers and Books, without coming under the censure of a Criminal; There was another Paper, mentioning how he could help any Person to any Private Pamphlet, both in Writing, and Printed, &c. he denied to tell his Name to Mr. Stephens, offering him Monies; as also to Mr. Recorder at first: he could give no account where he had the Book, therefore in Law he was the Author of it ; he was heard to say, That he intended to set up a Press, which he said he did not intend to use to any ill end, nor to affront the Government.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

William Smith, alias Franklin, alias Babbington , and Blanch Smith his Wife , were tried for stealing from Samuel Morris (on the 27th day of June ) 5 Ells of Holland value 42s. and a Holland Sheet, &c. The Prisoners came to Mr. Morris's House to drink, and took their opportunity to convey the Goods away; the Woman went away first with the Goods, and the Man was going afterwards, but was stopt by Mr. Morris; he was found guilty of Felony; but she being his Wife, what she did was in obedience to her Husband. So the Law acquitted her.

[Death. See summary.]

Alice Smith and Elizabeth Smith were arraigned upon two Indictments; the first for stealing two Holland Smocks value 5s. three other Smocks val. 9s. and some other Linnen , from Ann Hunt , Widow . The Second for robbing Henry Watson of divers Goods of value ; to both which Indictments they pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elinor Roach was tried for robbing one Samuel Stringer of eleven Guineas, two Half Guineas, one twenty Shilling Piece of Broad Gold, and 40s. in Money . The Evidence was Mrs. Stringer; who deposed, That she lay all night at the Prisoner's House with one Mary Murray , and the Prisoner sate up in the same Room all night, and in the middle of the night when she was asleep, Murray went away with the Money; but the Prisoner staid behind, and would have given Mrs. Stringer 7l. to reconcile the matter. She was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Davis as Principal and Avis Hampstead as Accessary, were indicted, for that they, together with Elizabeth Bennet , alias Wells, and Margaret Thompson , not yet taken, did steal from Thomas Peters on the 27th of April a Camblet Dust-gound value 10s. a Riding-hood val 18s. five Petticoats val 5l. a Scarf val 30s. and divers other Goods of great value. The first Evidence was one Mrs. Peters, Sister to the said Thomas Peters, who said that the House was broke open in the night-time, and the Goods were taken away ; but they who were there were not satisfied with that, but thirsting after blood too, they murthered the said Thomas Peters, putting Tobacco-pipes and a Stone into his Mouth, and crammed Rags after them, and then they put him under a Feather-bed, and choakt him to death; the Rags were produced in Court all bloody, &c. There were others who said that they saw Davis in the House, and that when she was taken, she said she was a dead Woman, and her sweet Life must pay for it, and that she was heard to say, That she got the old Cull out to drink, and so did her business effectually; and another Witness heard her say, That she had left her Pattins in the Old Dog's Room over the Water, which was in Southwark, meaning Peters, as was presumed, and that she had done it on a Wednesday, and perhaps it might be her fortune to be hang'd on a Wednesday. Some of the Goods were brought by Davis to the House of Hamsted in Long-Acre; and there she said, That the Old Cull was very strong, and he cried out, and that she and one Jacob did it, and that they could have brought as much more if they could have carried it; and that they had left the Old Cull fast asleep upon a Feather-bed. It was sworn that Hamsted entertained Davis that night after the Robbery and Murther was done, which was very horrid in its nature and circumstances, although she was not indicted for it, that a Woman should be so cruel; The Prisoner Davis cried and lamented her Case, and denied al the matter of Fact, as did Hamstead; at the latter end of the Trial Henry Hamsted , Husband to Avis Hamstead, was brought into the Court by his Bail, and the Jury were charged with him, as being accessary to the said Elizabeth Davis; but none could accuse him, he being in the Countrey at the same time; so in the end, Davis was found guilty of Felony, and Mrs. Hamsted was found guilty of harbouring and entertaining of her after the Felony committed .

[Davis: Death. See summary.]

[Hamsted: Branding. See summary.]

Mary Nunnella , Wife of Richard Nunnella , was indicted and tried for stealing a Picture val. 4l. the Goods of Mr. Edward Page , Chyrurgeon , on the 21th day of January last past. Mr. Page declared upon Oath that his Picture was lost out of his House in Goat-Court near Fleet-bridge , and that it was found at the Prisoner's House at Anny-Seed-Clear; to prove which, one Mr. Harris deposed, That as he was walking towards Anny-Seed-Clear, he saw the Picture hang out at the Prisoner's Door to be sold, upon which he acquainted Mr. Page with it, and the next day they both went, and found it there and Mr. page owned it to be his Picture, and the very same that hung in his House over the Mantle-tree; and that the Prisoner told them that she bought it of a Woman in a Blue-apron, but she did not know her; and that she gave her a Crown for it. There was no positive proof that she stole it, so she was acquitted .

Mr. Nicholas Charlton , who was formerly tried, for that he, with one Keeling Baford, and three other Persons unknown, did on the 21st of January last past make an assault upon Henry Lamb , Gent. in the High-way near Acton , with an intent to kill and murther him, and was found guilty of that Assault, and fined 500 Mark for the Offence; was also tried a second time for maiming Mr. Lamb, but acquitted of that Indictment, there being strong proof that he was at Greenwich when the business was done. He was likewise brought to the bar this Sessions to answer an Indictment against him for the Murther of the aforesaid Keeling Baford ; But Mr. Lamb refusing to prosecute the said, Mr. Charlton, he was immediately discharged of the Indictment.

Mary Wyat , Margaret Young , and Richard Gardner , were tried for a Misdemeanor, for uttering false and counterfeit Money, to the great Prejudice of the Publick . There was no Evidence appeared against them; so they were acquitted of the Indictment, but ordered to find Sureties for their good Behaviour .

John Floyd was tried for Picking the Pocket of one John Murray of a Silver Watch, value 3l. on the 10th of June last ; but no Evidence appearing against him, he was acquitted of the Indictment, but ordered to find good Surties .

Elizabeth Paling was tried for Exchanging of broad Money for clipt, to the great encouragement of Clippers ; it was proved that she was wont to give 22s. for a Guinea, and sell them again for 21s. 6d. of broad Money, which she furnisht the Clippers withal, all which was fully prov'd; so she was found guilty of a Misdemeanor.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

Mary Bryan was arraigned, for that whereas her Master Oliver Thomas did on the 31st of May last, deliver, or cause to be delivered unto her, a Silver Tankard val. 6l. 10s. in trust for his use, yet, she did contrary to her Faith and Trust put in her by her said Master, imbezle, and make away, to the damage of her said Master . Ordered to be tried at Hick's-Hall.

Mary Evenor was indicted 1. for keeping a Common Bawdy-House . Secondly, For keeping a disorderly House in entertaining Lewd Persons therein. She was referr'd to be tried in Guild-Hall.

One Thomas Tustin was arraigned for saying these words; That the King was a Thief, the City was on fire; and that he would fight up to the Chin in blood for King James , but he was found to be very much distemper'd in his Brain, and sometimes distracted. So his Trial was put off.

The Trials being over, The Court proceeded to give Sentence as followeth.

Received Sentence of Death, 20.

Charles Gale, Matthew Jones, Henry Tickler, William Smith, Thomas Hodson a former Convict, Tobias Craddock, Thomas Smith, Ralph Matthews, Ruth Harris, Isaac Turner, Charles Williams, Alice Lagley, Elinor Higgs, Susanna Williams, Ralph Smith, John Barber, William Jones, John Andrews, Elizabeth Smith, Elizabeth Davis, John Pitford was Respited before Judgment.

Burnt in the Hand, 13.

Mary Turner, Elizabeth Matthews, Ann Middleton, Margaret Allison, Mary Smith, Mary Easy, Mary Sturtivant, Mary Bowen, Alice Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Elinor Roach, Avis Hampsted.

Ordered into Their Majesties Service, 4.

Thomas Lyddal, George Clist, John Wilson, John Jackson.

To be Transported.

John Howe

Ordered to be Whipt, 5

Elizabeth White, Elizabeth Bird, Elizabeth Cooper, Elizabeth Jordan, Elizabeth Ingham.

Fined, John Ludlam 200l. and to find Sureties for a Twelve Month.

Hugh Hambleton fined 200l. and to lie in custody till he pay it.

Elizabeth Paling fined 40 Marks, and to find Sureties for her good Behaviour.

Alice Langley, Elinor Higgs, Susannah Williams, were found quick with Child. The rest were searcht, but were found to the contrary.

One Pickering a notorious Highway-man, was ordered to remain till next Sesions.


The Tryal of William Canning and Francis Dormer, for dispersing the late King James's Last Declaration, will be Published singly in a day or two.

THe Necessity and Advantage of an Early Victory over Satan; with some Rules for obtaining of it. In a Sermon preached to an Auditory in London. By T Cruso.

A Discourse of Christian Religion in Sundry Points, viz. Christ the Hope of Glory. The Knowledge of God in Christ. Christ the only Saviour. The Great Redeemer. The only Mediator. The Foundation of our Adoption and the Necessity of Preaching Christ. Preached at the Merchants Lecture in Broad-street. By Thomas Cole. 8 vo.

A Practical Discourse of God's Sovereignity; with other ma Points deriving thence, 8vo.

The Righteous Man's Hope at Death: To which is added Death-Bed Reflections, &c. proper for a Righteous Man in his Last Sickness. By Samuel Doolittel. 8 vo.

A Short Introduction to English Orthography; or the Method of True Spelling. Published for the Common Good, and especially for the use of a Private Grammer and Writing School in White-Cross-Street. By Richard Mather, Schoolmaster. 12 o.

The almost Christian discovered in some Sermons, upon Acts 26. 28. With a Blow at Prophaneness. By the R.R. Ezekiel Hopkins, Late Lord Bishop of London-derry. 12 o.

Those Six Printed for Thomas Cockerill, at the Three Leggs in the Poultrey.

A true Relation of the Cruelties and Barbarities of the French upon the Ebglish Prisoners of War. Being a Journal of their Travels from Dinant in Brittany, to Toulon Provence: And back again. With a Description of the Situation and Fortifications of all the Eminent Towns upon the Road, and their Distance. Of their Prisons and Hospitals, and the Names of the men that died under their Cruelty: With the Names of many of then, and the Places of their Deaths and Burials; With an Account of the great Charity and Sufferings of the Protestants of France; And other Material Things that hapned upon the Way. Faithfully and Impartially performed by Richard Strutton, being an Eye-Witness, and a Fellow-Sufferer.

A True and Exact Account of the Retaking a Ship called The Friend's Adventure of Topsham, from the French, after she had been Taken six Days, and they were upon the Coasts of France with it four Days; where one Englishman and a Boy set upon Seven Frenchmen, killed Two of them, took the other Five Prisoners, and brought the Ship and them safe to England. Their Majesties Customs of the said Ship amounted to 1000l. and upwards. Performed and written by Robert Lyde, Mate of the same Ship.

The Charge of the Right Honourable Earl of Warrington, to the Grand Jury at the Quarter Sessions held for the County of Chester. On the 11th of October, 1692.

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A New, Plain, Short, and Compleat French and English Grammer, whereby the Learner may attain in few Months to speak and write French correctly, as they do now in the Court of France. And wherein all that is dark, superfluous and deficient in other Grammars, is plain, short and methodically supplied. Also very useful to Strangers, that are desirous to learn the English Tongue; For whose sake is added a Short, but very Exact English Grammar. The Third Edition, with Additions. By Peter Berhult.

State-Tracts. In Two parts. The First Part being a Collection of several Treatises relating to the Government Privately printed in the reign of Charles II. The Second Part consisting of a farther Collection of several Choice Treatises relating to the Government, from the Year 1660 to 1689. Now published in a Body, to shew the Necessity, and clear the Legality of the Revolution and our Happy Settlement under the Auspicious Reign of Their majesties King William and Queen Mary.

A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature, according to the Principles and Method laid down in the Reverend Dr. Cumberland's (now Lord Bishop of Peterborough's) Latin Treatise on that Subject. As also his Consideration of Mr. Hobb's Principles put into another Method. With the Right Reverend Author's Approbation.

Travels into divers parts of Europe, and Asia, undertaken by the French King's Order to discover a new way by land into China; containing many curious Remarks in Natural Philosophy, Geography, Hydropathy, and History. Together with a Description of Great Tartary, and of the different People who inhabit there. Done out of French. To which is added, A Supplement extracted from Hakluyt and Purchas; giving an account of several Journeys over Land from Russia, Persia, and the Moguls Countrey in China, together with the Roads and distances of the places.

The Gentleman's Journal. Or, The Monthly Miscellany. In a Letter to a Gentleman in the Country. Consisting of News, History, Philosophy, Poetry, Musick, Translations, &c. Vol. II. June 1693. Where are to be had Compleat Sets for the Year 1692 or Single ones, for last Year.

These Nine Printed for Richard Baldwin.

These are to give Notice to all Persons, for the Benefit of the Publick, That Mr. Elmy, Professor of Physick, and Operator of known Integrity, and above 25 Years Practice, Liveth at the Blue Ball in Whale-Bone-Court, at the Lower End of Bartholomew-Lane, by the Royal Exchange. Who most safely, and expeditiously Cures Deafness, and Noise in the Ears, in any of what Age soever, (if Curable) and at first Sight, by inspection, Resolves the Patient if so or not, as most Eminent Persons of Quality in this City can testifie. I have Remedied ready prepared for the preservation of the Hearing in those who through some great defects in the Sounding membrane, and other Impediments in the Auditory Passages are not perfectly curable, which Remedies preserves them from ever growing worse, and improves their Hearing to Old Age. That you may not mistake and go to a false Pretender, my House is at the Blue-Ball, as aforesaid, you may see it as you come into the Court.