Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 20 April 2014), December 1693 (16931206).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 6th December 1693.

The Proceedings of the KING and QUEEN'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.

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, being the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Days of December, 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 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, being the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of December, 1693. before the Right Honourable Sir William Ashhurst , 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.

Thomas Plasted .

John Symmonds .

William Room .

Thomas Tranter .

Thomas Barnes .

Nathanael Adams .

Richard Wallpoole .

Anthony Lawson .

Jeremy Lammas .

John James .

Thomas Pistoll .

Gilbert East .

Middlesex Jury.

Richard Bealing .

Simon Smith .

Thomas Heames .

John Collins .

Edmund Yeomans .

Richard Ingram .

Henry Jones .

William Parkinson .

Nicholas Burnell .

John Brown .

Henry Fry .

John Hender .

The Proceedings were these,

Mary Vyncent , ll Crow , and Elizabeth Edwards , were all three indicted for robbing one Henry White of St. Mary-Hill on the 29th of November last, of a Silver Tankard, val. 9 l. one Laced Head-dress, a pair of Stockins, a Silver Coat of Arms, val. 5 l. a Cup, val 15 s. and divers other Goods of value, besides 15 s. in money : Mr. White deposed, That Vyncent was his Servant , and had been so for above five Weeks; and she had induced the other two to be concern'd with her in the Robbery'; they were all taken at Billins-gate with some of the Goods in their custody, and they confest the fact, and that they had sold the Plate, and divided the money amongst them; they denied the fact at the Trial, except Vincent, who would have excused the other two; but that did not avail them, they were all three found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Marryiam Hatley was tried for stealing a Silver Tankard from John Wellings in Exchange-Alley ; the Prisoner and a strange Gentleman, not yet found, came into the House, and called for Drink, and after they were gone, the Tankard was missing; The said Wellings swore, that he saw the Tankard in the Prisoner's Breeches, and that he gave Mr. Welling a Watch as a pawn for his appearance: He was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

George Green, alias Allen , and William Guy , were both tried for stealing from Robert Moor , on the 16th of August last, a Trunk, containing in it, one Point Laced-Head dress, value 6 l. one Tippet, val. 20 s. a Locket, val 12 s. and several other Goods ; Mrs. Moor was coming from Epsom in a Coach, and in Grace Church-street the Box was taken from behind the Coach-man, and two or three young Fellows were hovering about the Coach, one of which was one Jo. Potter , not yet taken; but no person could change the Prisoners with the Felony. So they were acquitted .

Mary Rippen was tried for robbing her Master , one Thomas Downes , of four Holland Sheets, val. 20 s. and 4 l. in money ; she confest the fact, when taken, and did not deny it at the Trial: So she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Pritchard was tried upon two Indictments of Felony and Burglary; first for breaking the House of Robert Twyford at Wilsden in Middlesex, and taking away five Geese, val. 15 s. the second, for breaking the House of John Canon , and taking away nine Pullets, val. 9 s. Robert Twyford and his Witnesses swore, that the Prisoner was in company with one John Chetwood , who stood convicted for the same Burglary, and Daniel Hoskins , when the Goose-house was broke open, and the Geese were found upon them presently, being pursued as far as St. Giles's: the Prisoner had nothing of proof on his side, and he confest that he did receive the Geese, but did not actually break the House; the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. but no Evidence appeared against him as to Canon's Indictment, so he was acquitted of that.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Edwards was indicted and tried for robbing one Stephen Joyers of six yards of Cloth, val 9 s. and eight yards of blue Cloth, val 11 s. the Prisoner was seen to go out of the Shop with the Goods in his custody, and being pursued, he dropt the Goods ; and a parcel of Pick-lock Keys were found in his Pocket. The Prisoner said, that a strange man hired him to carry the Goods into Hare street, but could not prove it, which was lookt upon to be but a foreign Story: So he was found guilty of Felony

Edward Brumbrick and Nicholas Chappel , were both tried for breaking the House of one David Watson , on the 3d of November last, about Three a Clock in the Night, and taking away 20 pair of Plush Breeches, val 20 l. 4 Serge Coats, val 4 l. 2 Silver Cups 11 s. a Necklace 10 s. 12 dozen of Silk Handkerchiefs, val. 10 l. the Doors and Windows were broke open about Three a Clock in the Night-time, and the Goods taken away; the Prisoners were found in Leather-Lane by direction of one Mrs. Johnson, who-said, that she endeavoured to sell the Goods for them, but she did not know that the Goods were stolen; they told the said Johnson, that if she did swear against them, they were dead men, and offered her money to be silent; there was no proof of the Burglary: So they were only found guilty of Felony .

[Brumbrick: Branding. See summary.]

[Chappel: Death. See summary.]

John Norris and John Murrall , were both tried for stealing a Night-Royl, val. 18 d. out of the House of one Mr. Thomas Ayers on the 23d of November last ; John Norris was seen in the Parlour, and the Night-Royl was found dropt in the Street, and he run away, but was suddenly stopt: They had but little to say for themselves, nor no Witnesses, and Murrall was seen about the Door, waiting for Norris; but there was but one Evidence that said that Norris was seen in the House; they were acquitted .

James Benn was tried for robbing John Cabrey , of St. Andrew Holbourn , of six Fur Caps, val 30 s. and a Fan, val. 2 s. the Prisoner took the Goods out of the Shop as he went along the street ; and being presently stopt, the Goods was found upon him: He was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

John Carter , a Youth , and Elizabeth Studdart , were both tried for breaking the Shed of one Henry Button , and taking away a parcel of Whalebone, val. 25 s on the 25th of November ; it was proved that the House was broken open , and the Woman Studdart sold the Whalebone, which she said she had of the Boy Carter, but Carter denied it, and said that he never knew Studdart in his life, but that was contradicted on the King's part; however, none could swear that the Boy broke the House, nor who stole the Whalebone: So they were acquitted .

Prudence Shorter and Alice Jones , were arraigned for stealing 30 yards of Ribboning, val. 6 s. from Lawr. Harbord : To which they pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Sarah Pember was arraigned for robbing Dorothy Allinson , on the 14th of October last, of a Flower'd Gown, val. 15 s. a Petticoat, val. 7 s. a Blood-stone, val 5 s. &c. To which Indictment she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Breames , Arnold Breames and Richard Kelsey , Gentlemen , were all tried for the murther of one Henry Hutton , in the Parish of St. Brides in the Liberty of London . JohnBreams was also indicted upon the Statute of Stabbing; The Council for their Majesties opened the Indictment to the Gentlemen of the Jury, setting forth what a barbarous and cruel Murther the Prisoners stood accused of The first Evidence swore, that the Prisoners were (on the 4th of November last) found late at night in Salisbury Court , demeaning themselves after a very disorderly manner, swearing great Oaths that they would have the Constable out of his Chair; and another Witness swore, that he heard three men swear one at another, Damn em, they would kill the next man they met; and within three minutes after, murther was cried, and the man was kill'd; another Witness swore, that the Prisoners were the same persons that threatned they would kill the first man they met; another (viz) the Maid of the next House, swore that they all three came to the Door about 12 a Clock at Night, and enquired for a Gentleman, one Bill, that lodged there; and because they could not get admittance, they broke the Windows; and the said Hutton going out to see what was the matter, and demanding satisfaction for his Windows, Mr. John Breames first struck Mr. Hutton over his Head with a Sword, and then stuck his Sword into his Body; and when he had so done, he run away, leaving the Sword sticking in his Body; they all endeavoured to escape, but were soon stopt and taken; and whilst Mrs. Hutton was hanging, about her Husband to save him, John Breames thrust his Sword under her Arm, and stuck it into his Body, as aforesaid, of which Wound he died on the next night; the Sword was thrust into Mr. Hutton's Body 8 Inches deep, and there it stuck till Mr. Hutton pulled it out himself. Thus far was Evidence for the King. The Prisoners called several Persons of good Quality to their Reputation, who (in the general) gave a favourable Report of their former behaviour. Upon the whole matter, it appeared that they were all equally ingaged in the Quarrel, and that Mr. Kelsey was seen to strike the deceased: but Mr. John Breames was the person that gave the said Hutton the fatal wound, and that without any provocation given by Mr. Hutton. The Court summ'd up the Evidence on both sides to the Jury very distinctly, desiring them to be very considerate about a matter of so great consequence: so after all, they returned this Verdict, That they were all three guilty of the Murther, and Mr. John Breames upon the Statute of Stabbing.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Stokes, alias Edwards , was tried for marrying two Husbands; the first named Thomas Adams , to whom she was married on the 15th of July, five years ago at St. James's Duke-place ; the second was one Sebastian Judges , to whom she was married the 5th of November last, at the same place ; The Evidence to prove both the Marriages, swore it plainly against her, that she had married one William Brown besides, and that she stay'd with Judges but one night, and run away in the morning; and she stayed 8 days with Adams; afterwards she was married to one William Carter , which made four in all; after that she was taken at the Red-Lyon in Bishopsgate-street; she said that she was advised that she might safely marry another Husband, having been convicted before for marrying two Husbands about half a year ago: Upon the whole it appeared, that she was an idle kind of a Slut, for she would get what money she could of them, and then run away from them: She was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

William Trapps was tried for committing a Robbery upon the High-way, upon Henry Crisp , Esq ; and Mr. William Hawtrey ; Mr. Crisp gave Evidence that the Prisoner and Abraham Stacey , and several other persons met him, and Mr. Hawtrey on the Road, between Stratford and Illford, on the 30th of November last, and took from him a Sword, val. 10 s. and about 5 l. in money; Mr. Hawtrey gave the same account upon Oath, and that he was one of the High-waymen that assaulted them; the Prisoner did not deny but that what was sworn against him was true; adding, that he would not give the Court any further trouble, but would refer himself to the mercy of the Bench .

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Bullymore was tried for stealing a Wether-sheep, val. 25 s. from John Pinchbank of Islington ; the Prisoner was found in the Field, where he had stuck the Sheep with a Sword, and was going to carry it away: He was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Allen was likewise tried for stealing a Wether-sheep, val. 12 s. and a Ewe Sheep, val. 11 s. from Robert Bates of Islington. The proof was very plain against him; how that one of the Sheep was found upon his back about 5 a Clock in the morning, on the 13th of November last, in Islington Fields ; the Prisoner said that he was hired to carry the Sheep to Market, but he could not prove it; afterwards he said he did it through necessity: He was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Powell was arraigned for stealing 23 Sheep, value 16 l. and two other Sheep, val. 40 s. the Goods of Henry Hankin of Islington ; To which Indictment be pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Evans was arraigned for Felony, for stealing (on the 2d of November last) a Silver Fork, val. 8 s. a Spoon, val. 8 s. a Bottle, val 40 s. the Goods of Sir Edward Brampton , Baronet . She pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Sarah Watts was tried for High-Treason, in Cutting, Clipping, Filing and Diminishing the Currant Coin of England ; Upon Evidence it appeared, That the Prisoner was drinking with a man in an Ale-house in Charter-house Lane, and they had a dispute about a bad Shilling; one said it was good, the other said it was not; so they laid a wager of a Crown about the Shilling; at last one saw her put a paper under her, which gave so much suspicion, that a Constable was sent for, and in the paper was found a parcel of Clippings; the man got away, but she was taken: The Prisoner made a rambling foreign Story in her defence, and denied that she knew any thing of the Clippings: The Evidence was very sure that she pulled the paper of Clippings out of her Pocket, or somewhere else, and clapt under her; she had some Witness that said they knew no harm by her; she did not offer to give any account how she came by the Clippings; yet there being but one Evidence, she was acquitted ; and then kneeling down, said, Pray God I may never come here again.

George Mayne was tried, for that he together with William Mayne his Brother (not yet taken) did steal two Barrow Hogs, val. 3 l. 10 s. a Sow, val. 25 s. the Goods of William Atley of Fulham ; A Butcher that bought the Hogs, swore, That he met the Prisoner, and his Brother William Mayne, beyond High-gate with the Hogs driving before them, and that he bargained with them for 31 s. a piece for them. They came to London for to receive the money, and there the Prisoner was seized; but the other, William Mayne, run away; The Prisoner declared for himself, that he knew not that the Hogs were stole, and his Brother gave him a Shilling to help him to drive them; and the Evidence could not swear that he had any hand in the Felony: So he was acquitted .

James Levingston of St. Margaret's Westminster , Gent. was indicted for the Murther of Charles Howard , Gent. giving him a mortal wound near to the Right Pap, of the breadth of one inch, and of the depth of six inches, of which he instantly died . The Evidence for the King (in the general) deposed; First, that Mr. Levingston and the Deceased Mr. Howard, with some other Gentlemen, were at play at Tennis together, and a distaste was taken amongst them about a Buckle that was lost out of one of the Gentlemens Hats, which increased to such a heighth between Mr. Levingston and Mr. Howard, that on the morrow (which was on the 18th of October last) in the Forenoon, they went into the Fields at Westminster , near the Lord Peterborough's Wall, and there Mr. Levingston was seen to run after Mr. Howard with his Sword drawn, and Mr. Howard fell down in a wet place, and afterwards was found lying upon his back wounded in the Breast, and almost dead, could not speak, only breathed a little, and died in about half an hour after, his Sword lying by him in the Scabbard; Mr. Levingston endeavoured to make his escape, by leaping over a Ditch, and so took water at the Horse-ferry, but was taken afterwards in Prescot-street; he declared also on his behalf, that he was heartily sorry for so great a misfortune, but it was occasioned by Mr. Howard; For that night after they had played, they parted (as he thought) very good friends; on the next morning Mr. Howard came to Mr. Levingston's Lodging in Downing street, and enquired of him where Mr. St. Leger was? he replied he could not tell; so Mr. Howard desired Mr. Levingstone to go with him towards the Field about Cupid's Gardens, where Mr. St. Leger was wont to be; when they came into the Field, M. Howard calls Mr. Levingston aside, (as if to whisper with him) and told him, that he had led him a dance about to no purpose, and that Mr. St. Leger and he had combined so to do, and therefore he desired Mr. Levingston to make him satisfaction; Mr. Levingstone endeavoured to wave the fighting part, but Mr. Howard still urged it; so they drew, and wounded each other, and Mr. Howard received the wound aforesaid; and Mr. Levingston had several wounds, one in the Belly above an inch deep, which was a slant wound, or else he had been kill'd too; Mr. Levingston called a great many Credible Witnesses, and persons of good quality, who said that he never was a person that was given to quarrelling, and had always been very kind to Mr. Howard, giving him money several times in his necessities; and that very morning, before they fought, Mr. Howard was taken with a vomiting, and M. Levingston was observed to be so kind to hold his head, and was never known to carry himself disrespectfullytowards the Deceas'd, nor never offer'd any thing to him that did in the least favour of malice. Upon the whole he was found guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

James Hulk and Anthony Hancock , were tried for breaking the House of one John Menfas in Chick-Lane , with an intention to steal his Goods ; on the 26th. of November last they were tampering at the Window, and had got the Bar out in order to get into the House; but Mr. Menfas hearing the Noise, he rose out of his Bed, and took them before they got into the House, so they mist of their intended Prize; they were both acquitted .

Thomas Hoyle and Samuel Gibbons , Gentlemen , were both tried upon two Indictments for a Robbery on the High-way, committed on Michaelmas-day last; First upon Samuel Pepys ; Esq ; Secondly upon John Jackson Esq ; Mr. Pepys gave Evidence, That as he was Riding to Chelsey in his Coach, accompanied with Mr. Jackson and his Lady, and some other Ladies, on the 29th of September last, in the dusk of the Evening three Persons (having their Faces covered with Vizard Masks) met his Coach, (being all on Horse-back) and holding a Pistol to the Coachman's Breast, and another against Mr. Pepys, commanded the Coach to stand, demanded what they had, which Mr. Pepys readily gave them; which was a Silver Ruler, val. 30 s. a Gold Pencil val. 8 l. Five Mathematical Instruments, value 3 l. a Magnifying Glass, value 20 s. a Gold and Silver Purse, val. 10 s. Two Guineas and 20 s. in Money these were Mr. Pepys Goods and Money. The things they took from Mr. Jackson were, a Silver Hilted Sword, val. 50 s. a Hatband, val. 2 s. &c. Mr. Pepys and Mr. Jackson could not Swear the Prisoners were the men that Robbed them, because they were Masked; Mr. Pepys conjured them to be Civil to the Ladies, and not to Affright them, which they were; and by their demeanour of themselves, my Lady Pepys saved a Bag of Money that she had about her; Mr. Pepys desired them to give him a particular Instrument that was of great use to him; and one of them told him Sir, You are a Gentleman, and so are we; if you will send to the Rummer Tavern at Charing-Cross to Morrow, you shall have it there: Mr. Pepys did send, but there was nothing left. Another Witness for the King Swore, That the Prisoners were Two of the Three that committed the Robbery, for that Mr. Hoyle had oftentimes sollicited him to go abroad with him to take a Purse; at last he told them he would; and at the same time, viz. on the 29th of September last, they went upon this design; but this Witness shifted the matter, under some pretence of an accidental business, and so they went away by themselves; but however he immediately followed them, with a purpose to see what they did: and he saw them stop the Coach, and commit the Robbery; and they pulled off their Masks after they had done the feat, and he saw their Faces plainly. The man that let them the Horses Swore, that they had Three Horses of him at the same time, about Michaelmas-day, and that Mr. Hoyle Hired them, and that they returned back about Six a Clock in the Evening. They were taken at Westminster in a short time after, and Mr. Hoyle had a Pencil about him, which was Mr. Pepys his Pencil; they were taken at the Rummer Tavern at Charing-Cross.

The Prisoners called some Witnesses, who said, That they were elsewhere when the Robbery was done; and Mr. Hoyle urged that he was Sworn against out of Revenge, and a Malice that was ingrafted in the bosome of one of the Witnesses that Swore against him, upon account of a former Quarrel that happened betwixt them about beating a Boy. Other Evidence on his part, declared that he was Sick, and had taken Physick; he further said that he was an Officer in the Army , and never wronged any Person, neither Man, Woman, nor Child. Mr. Gibbons said, That he mounted the Guard at the same time, which he called a Corporal to declare; but it was presumed he might do so, and yet be in the Robbery too. He being askt how he came by the Pistols? He said he bought them to go to Flanders. The Evidence was very particular for the King against them: So the Jury having considered the matter very distinctly, they brought in a Verdict, That they were both guilty of Felony and Robbery.

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Powel a Youth , was tried for stealing Two Ship Masts, val. 3 l. 10 s. the Goods of Mr. James King ; which he Stole from off Mr King's Wharf at Horslie-Down : The Prisoner alledged that a Waterman Stole the Masts, and gave him Half a Crown to Convey them to Queenhithe; which was but a feigned story; He was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Heyden was arraigned for stealing a Black Cow, val. 6 l. and a Brown Cow, val. 3 l. the Goods of Tobias Lane ; which he confest upon the Arraignment.

[Branding. See summary.]

Abraham Turner and Thomas Harris were both Tried for Stealing 168 Pound of Salt Butter, from Roger Hazzard , val. 3 l. 19 s. and 3 Wooden Firkins , which was found upon them, as they were carrying it away; So they were both found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Katherine Highmas was arraigned for Stealing a Brass Kettle from Richard Holliday , val. 5 s. but no Evidence appearing against her in Court; She was acquitted .

S - S - was indicted for Clipping the Currant Money of England ; upon Evidence for the King it appeared, that in the Room where the Prisoner was (or in a Closet near it) was found a Box, containing in it several pieces of Clipt Money, Clippings, a Pair of Shears, a couple of Crucibles, and other Clipping Instruments, &c. which were shewed to the Jury, as a further Evidence. The Prisoner said, That the Room where the things were found, was a Gentleman's Room (one Johnson) who was gone out of Town, about Three Weeks before the Searchers came; but he could not produce him nor any one else, tho he called for one Mr. Sherwin; He was asked how his Shears came into that Room, because he hired the Room to put his Tools in (being a Tyn man as he said) which was attested by his Landlady; he said he lent the Shears, &c. to the said Johnson; there was no positive Evidence So the Jury were so kind as to acquit him.

Charles Smith and William Moon were both tried for stealing a Silver Tankard from one John Morris , value 6 l. they came to drink at Morris's House, and whilest the Man of the House was busy waiting on other Guests, the Tankard was gone, and the Men too, without paying the Reckoning: Smith had some Witnesses who gave a good Character of him in the general. Moon said, That he was at the House, and having no Money to pay the Reckoning, he went away, but left the Tankard behind him They were both acquitted .

William Styles was tried for a Robbery on the Highway committed upon James North , who deposed, That as he was drinking at a little Ale house at Newgate Lane end going to Finchly , the Prisoner pulled him off his Horse and took from him 9 l. 8 s. which he swore positively, and that he had known him above twelve years . One Clare deposed upon Oath, That the Prisoner, and several other Persons, met him upon the Road, and robbed him also; but he was not Indicted for that Robbery. Now there was Malice appeared in the Case; for that the Prisoner had Arrested North for Debt, and it was done above a year ago, and he did not prosecute him for it till now. He was acquitted .

John Urwin of St. Giles's in the Fields , was tried for that he together with Edward Harding , not yet taken, did Kill and Murder one Bryant Ryley , giving him a mortal Wound near to the right Pap, of the depth of ten Inches, of which he died immediately . The Evidence was, That Mr. Ryley was killed in Monmouth street , and that the Prisoners presently after sent for a Woman of their Acquaintance to an Ale-house; and Harding was much in Drink, but Urwin was Sober; and Harding told the Witness, That he was afraid that he had killed a Man; and at the same time he wounded one Mr. Horton, that went to keep them from killing Mr. Ryley, The Prisoner said, he knew nothing of the Murder; but the Evidence was positive, and Harding is run away. So he was found guilty of the Murder.

[Death. See summary.]

Peter Wallington and Ann Wallington , his Wife , were tried for High-Treason in Clipping the Currant Money of England ; it was sworn, That the Man offered some Clipt-money for Guineas; and he was seized; the Constable went to his House at Charing-Cross , where they found betwixt the Jaume of a Chymny and the Wall, a Pair of Shears, a File, a Thumb-stall, and a parcel of Clipt-money was found about the Woman. The Man said he knew nothing of the matter only, That he was desired to change the Money for one James Wats; but he could not produce him; the Woman likewise pleaded her Innocency: And they both said, They had lived but three days in the Room where the things were found; the Money was newly Clipt, and shew'd to the Jury; but the Evidence being Circumstantial, they were both acquitted .

Francis Rossington of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , Gent. was tried for the Murder of one Robert Fownes , Gent giving him a mortal Wound upon the left Buttock, of the depth of 14 Inches on the 31st of October last : The Evidence for the King deposed, That the Prisoner and the Deceased were found near the May Pole in the Strand fighting, and Mr. Fownes had a Wound quite through his Thigh, of which he died the 3d of Novem. following. And the deceased declared, That the reason why Mr. Rossington gave him the Wound, was by reason of a Quarrel that was in Nov.last was twelve month, about a Quarrel in a Coffee-house. It was further sworn, that Mr. Fownes declared, That the Prisoner had confest enough to hang himself, and that he overtook him in the Strand, and followed him; and Mr. Fownes askt him why he Bullied him; with that the Prisoner drew his Sword upon him, and Mr. Fownes drew his Sword, which was a small Spanish Tuck, and Mr. Rossington palm'd it, and held it fast, having a Glove on; and that he desired his Friends to forgive Mr. Rossington, altho he had kill'd him barbarously; for he held his Sword whilst he kill'd him.

The Prisoner called abundance of Witnesses; some to prove that Mr. Fowens was given to Quarreling; others to prove, That he was a Gentleman of a quiet Behaviour, and of a fair Reputation; and Mr. Rossington did not deny that he kill'd Mr Fownes but not with that degree of Malice, as was sworn against him; for one Witness for the Prisoner declared, That he heard Mr. Fownes say, That he would have the Blood of Mr. Rossington, by reason of the Quarrel in the Coffee-house, and another about paying a Coach one Night. The Court summ'd up the Evidence distinctly to the Gentlemen of the Jury, telling them, that if they did find that the Prisoner, Mr. Rossington, did Bully Mr. Fownes, (as they call it) and did make the first Assault, and was the occasion of the Quarrel, then he is guilty of Murder; but if on the other side, they found that Mr. Fownes had a spight against Mr. Rossington, and did provoke him; why then it would be no more than Manslaughter. The Jury brought this Verdict, that the Prisoner was guilty of Manslaughter only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Edward Price was arraigned for feloniously taking from Samuel Facey , 2 Silver Tankards, value 10 l. 2 Spoons, value 8 s. a Silver Cup, value 2 l. a Scarf, value 5 s. &c. to which indictment he pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

T - A - of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was tried for the Murder of one Joseph Loftus , giving him a mortal Bruise in and upon the right part of his Head, on the first of December Instant, of which he died the next day . The Evidence for the King deposed, That the Deceased was a Servant (in the Nature of a Foot-boy ) to the Prisoner's Lady, and she calling for her Clogs to go abroad, they were not cleaned (at least, not so well) as was expected; and the Boy justifying himself in the matter, the Prisoner corrected him, and gave him several blows on the Head. The Witness said, He gave ill Language to the Prisoner, his Master; after which he went abroad with Madam A - into Lincoln's-Inn Fields, but there fell a Vomiting, and so ill, that he was brought home in a Hackney-Coach, and was put to Bed, saying, Lord have Mercy upon me, I am a dead Man. The Chyrurgions gave evidence, that they opened his Head, and that there was a Fracture, and a Depression upon the Skull, and a clod of Blood which prest upon the Brain, that the Spirits could not have free motion, and that it was the occasion of his Death.

Mr. A - declared, That it was a great misfortune; such a one that he was troubled for, and might have befallen any other Gentleman ; and called several Persons, who were some of them his former Servants, and had lived with him for several years; who declared, That Mr. A - had always been very kind to them; particularly one of them, who had served him 11 years, said, That he had never struck him but once, and that was because his Son desired him to draw him some Beer, and he told him he would not; so he gave him a box on the Ear; and that if he had a Son of his own, he should serve him before any Gentleman in England. Besides, there were some Persons of great Quality in Court, that gave account that Mr. A - was a Gentleman of a very serene Temper, and sedate Behaviour in all his Conversation, which the Court was very sensible of; being a Gentleman very well known in Court; he was found guilty of Manslaughter , and gave Bail to appear the next Sessions to answer the Penalty due to Manslaughter.

Ann Smith , Wife of Francis Smith , was tried for robbing Michael Lance of two pair of Sleeves, value 10 s. a laced Head dress, value 5 s. and other small things : The Prisoner and her Husband Lodged in Lance's House, and stole the Goods; but the Husband being not taken, what the Wife did was only in Coertion to him. So she was acquitted .

William Stiles was a second time indicted for Robbing one Joseph Thorne in the King's High-way, and taking from him two Gold Rings, value 22 s. and 20 s. in money . The Evidence was the same as in the former Tryal, in the Indictment against him for robbing James North , which was no full proof So he was acquitted .

William Rock and John Pointer , were both tried as stealing four Bushel and a half of Wheat, value 30 s. the Goods of Sampson Burrows ; there was one Patrick Jones concerned with them, but he is not yet taken: One Evidence swore, That William Rock confest to have stole the Wheat; but Rock had good witness for his Reputation; and no Evidence affected Pointer. So they were both acquitted .

Samuel Benham was tried for stealing a Mare, coloured Bay, price 5 l. on the 10th of October last, the Mare was one Thomas Ashdowns : There was no Evidence that could say the Prisoner stole the Mare, and he did discover where the Mare was; And the Man had his Mare again; (as the old Proverb is). So he was acquitted .

William Trueman was tried for Stealing 29 Pound Weight of Iron, val. 3 s. 7 d. from Richard Weeks at Westminster . Mrs. Weekes Swore that she found the Iron in his Lodging, which he presently confessed that he stole it to make Two Smoothing Irons for his Wife; He was found guilty of a Petty-Larcenary .

[Whipping. See summary.]

James Perkins was tried for a Misdeameanor, for that he Falsly and Maliciously did pretend to have an Authority from Sir John Trenchard , to dispose of certain Places, to several Persons in the Custom-house, particularly a Store-keeper's Place to one Mr. Roger Middleton ; and a Land-waiters Place to one Mr. Edward Blunt , and that he would have 30 Guineas of each of them; he got 6 Guineas and 6 s. from Blunt in part of payment; he further pretended that he had an Order from Sir John Trenchard to dispose of 35 Places more , and he produced a Paper, which he told them was a Copy of an Order from Sir John Trenchard; but there being no Hand and Seal to it, they askt him what was the reason? why, says he, the Original has John Trenchard to it, and that it was Sealed; the words of it are as follow;

These are to Order you immediately upon sight hereof, to cause your present Storekeepers to Rule their Accounts, and likewise of your Land-waiters, having others to put into their places.

Signed, J. Trenchard.

He was carried before the Right Honourable Sir John Trenchard, where the Cheat was discovered, and he Committed for so great and notorious Offence; he could make nothing of any defence, the matter of Fact was so plainly proved against him; so he was found guilty of a Misdeameanor.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Pillory. See summary.]

Susan Grant was tried for Robbing James Nash of a Frize-coat, value 14 s. a Wastcoat, value 11 s. She was a Second time indicted for stealing a Frize Coat from Joseph Haward ; but the Evidence could not prove any thing against her. So she was acquitted of both Indictments.

Mary Painter was tried for stealing a Silver Cup, value 30 s. from Richard Graham , on the 4th of November last; she came into the House and had drank in the Cup, and she put it into her Pocket; but the Prosecutor had the Cup again, which was found hid in the Ashes. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and none could swear she hid the Cup; she was acquitted .

John Riggs , Mary Serfant , and Susan Lockwood , were all three tried for breaking the House of Elizabeth Whitaker in the Night time, on the 1st Instant, in Shoreditch: Taking away 5 pair of Sheets, value 9 s. a Pillow-bear, and a Child's Mantua, &c. Mrs. Whitaker swore, That she could not be positive that the Doors were lockt, for she was abroad all day, and she had her Goods again; she seemed unwilling to swear against them, and no other Evidence did affect them. So they were all acquitted .

Joan Brown was Tried for breaking the House of Thomas Bickerstaff , of St. Giles's , on the 12th. of November last ; she was stopt at the door going out; and being taken into the Parlor, the Goods dropt out of her Petticoat, viz. three yards of Lace, val 3 l. two Holland Aprons, and some other goods; the Prisoner said she was affrighted by some Bailiffs, and so run into the house for shelter: The Burglary was not proved, so she was found guilty of Felony only .

[Death. See summary.]

John Wiggin was Tried for stealing Seven Weather Sheep from John Butcher ; which he confest when taken; he denied it at his Trial, but was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Hannah Brown, alias Batson , and Esther Collingwood , were both Tried for stealing a Gown, val. 20 s. six Napkins val. 6 s. a Table-Cloth 6 s. the Goods of John Racey ; and a Gown and other Goods from Mrs. Ann Smith ; Brown was Mr. Racey's Servant ; and whilst he and his Wife were abroad, she robbed the House, which she confessed when taken: and a Mantua and Petticoat was found upon Collingwood; but it did not appear that Collingwood had any hand in the Felony, so she was Acquitted , but Brown was found guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Judith Fellowes , and Mary Gale , were Arraigned for Felony in stealing a Silver Tankard from one Thomazin Pynes , val 5 l. on the 14th of November last; which Felony Judith Fellowes confest upon the Arraignment. It was sworn that Gale and the other were drinking at Pynes's, and Fellowes run away with the Tankard; no one could swear against Gale, so she was Acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

Anne Duck was Indicted for breaking the House of John Squibb , on the 28th. of October last, there being no person in the house; and took away a Gown val. 16 s. five Dowlace Cloths val 7 s. 3 Gold Rings val 25 s. The House was broke open about three a Clock in the Afternoon, and the Goods were found upon her; she confest the Fact before the Justice; she was found guilty of the Felony, but not of the Burglary .

[Branding. See summary.]

Samuel Hughes of St. Andrew's-Holborn , was Tried for stealing a Nag val. 4 l. from Tho. Humphreys , on the 17th of September last; the Prisoner sold the Horse in Smithfield to one Barrom, and could give no account how he came by it, only said that he bought it of a Soldier that was gone beyond Sea, but did not prove it; he was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Elinor Bradley was Tried for Robbing one Phillis Marchant , of two Gold Rings val. 30 s. and 8 l. in Money : The Prisoner lay in the Prosecutor's house as a Lodger; and she being abroad, left her in the house alone; and when she came home, the Rings and Money was missing; she had good Evidence on her side: She was Acquitted .

Dorothy Springall, alias Springet , the Mother, and Susan Springall, alias Springet , the Daughter, were both Tried for Clipping the Currant Money of England , there were Clippings and Filings produced in Court, and shewed to the Jury, which were found upon one Mary Goodman , who said that they belonged to the Prisoner; upon which the House was search'd, but nothing was found. They were both Acquitted .

John Sybey was Tried for stealing four Silver Spoons, val. 30 s. from Mary Goswell ; two Gold Rings, and a Watch, the Goods of Anne Casbert ; it was proved that the Prisoner had the Goods, and had pawned them at a Broker's-Shop; and they were pawned in his Name, as the Ticket made appear in Court. The Prisoner could make no good defence, but behaved himself very impudently in Court. He was found Guilty of the Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Edward Woodward was Arraigned for stealing a Weather-Sheep from John Pynchbank of Islington , Price 25 s. but no Evidence appearing against him, he was Acquitted .

Anne Wyllowbey was Arraigned for robbing John Ansty of several Goods, to the value of 4 l. to which Indictment she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Ellyot was Indicted for stealing divers Goods of a considerable value , from Humphrey Eades ; which she confest upon her Arraignment.

[Branding. See summary.]

Sarah Dent was Indicted for stealing a Gold Ring, and other Goods , from Robert Leesly ; to which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Anne Chellingworth was Arraigned for stealing 26 l. in Money , and some other Goods from John Churchill , unto which Indictment she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Now follows the Trial of John Dyer , the famous Newsmonger, (so publickly known both in City and Countrey), who was Tried for Composing, Writing, and Publishing False and Scandalous News, to the Encouragement of Their Majesties Enemies, and to draw the hearts of Their Majesties Loyal Subjects from their Duty and Obedience, &c.

ON Friday morning, the third day of the Sessions, Mr. Dyer, having been Bail'd to appear, came into Court, and the Jury being sworn to Try the Issue, the Proceeding were as followeth,

There were Two Indictments read against him, which set forth, That be being a Person evil affected to the present Government, and of an evil disposition, maliciously minding and intending Sedition to raise and stir up among Their Majesties Subjects , on the 30th. day of May last past, he did Compose, Write, and Publish four most false and scandalous Libels, in which were these Words;

In the first Letter, The Shallops or Well-Boats which have with so great diligence been fitted out, are now ordered to be laid up again at Portsmouth, and the Stores to be taken ashore.

In the Second Letter, The States of Amsterdam have made their Complaint in the Assembly of the States of Holland, of the condition of the Fleet of the States, and do demand, That the Fleet of the States may no more act in conjunction with that of Holland. 'Tis also said, they prest Peace, and endeavoured to incline the other Towns to do the same; which 'tis believed they will never consent to till France is reduced to a lower Estate.

In the Third Letter, Some French Privateers a few days since landed some men at Altam in Essex, and burnt some Houses, and took some Farmers Daughters on Board, who they soon put on shore again.

In the Fourth Letter, The States of Amsterdam are still of the sentiment to have a Fleet of 70 Men of War at Sea next Summer, and to act apart.

Then, after Mr. Dyer was taken up a second time for writing those scandalous Reports, he writ another Letter, (for which he was not now Indicted) in which were these Words, That the Author of this Letter having received fresh Trouble, and that he was reflected upon by scandalous Scriblers, notwithstanding all of it was true, &c.

The Counsel for Their Majesties opened the Indictments; and to prove all this several Witnesses for the King were called, some of which were Coffee-men to whom he sent the Letters; and one was a person that was his Clerk, and writ some of the Letters himself; who all swore positively, That Mr. Dyer was the Author of them, and that they were by his immediate Order sent abroad and published.

To contradict this Charge against Mr Dyer, his Counsel called several Witnesses, which were of two sorts; the first was to prove that the Shallops or Well-boats were so laid up at Portsmouth, which they could not do: The second was to his Reputation, who gave account, That Mr. Dyer was a man very well affected to the Government, for ought, as ever they found by him; and that they never heard him speak, nor never knew him write any thing against it; and that he very ill resented the Imprisonment of the Bishops, and other irregular Proceedings in the late Reign; (that might be): But then as a further demonstration of his Loyalty, he had put 200 l. into the Exchequer for the use of Their Majesties. What if he had? so do many others (that perhaps, are no Friends nor Well-wishers to the Government) because of the benefit they receive by so doing; so that all he could do would not make him so honest as he hoped the Court would believe him to be; for the Court summ'd up the Evidence on both sides very distinctly to the Gentlemen of the Jury, (who were men of unbiass'd Principles, and would not easily be wrought upon), telling them, That tho he was troubled at the Imprisonment of the Bishops, and had put his Money into the Exchequer, any man might be and do so, and yet be disaffected, for it was well known how sensible the Bishops were of their Troubles themselves, and yet for all that it was as well known too, how they acted afterwards, and what a great Defection they made; and altho a man had been a Friend formerly to the present Government, yet he may be against it now, notwithstanding all his pretences to the contrary; and that there was nothing tended more to the weakning of this Government, and breaking the Confederacy, than to tell the world, That the States of Holland will not let their Fleet go out another year; and that these things were of very great consequence, and therefore it behoved them to consider well of the matter; and if they believed (from any thing that they had heard), That Mr. Dyer was guilty of this Offence, then they ought to find him so; but if not, they must acquit him.

The Gentlemen of the Jury having considered of a Verdict, they brought Mr. Dyer in Guilty of a Misdemeanor upon both Indictments.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

Abraham Stacey , the Noted High-way Man , that has made such a noise abroad who shot the Constable in Fleetstreet when he was taken, and was once burnt in the hand, and not long since received the benefit of Their Majesties most gracious Pardon; was now indicted for a Robbery on the High-way, committed upon Henry Crisp , Esq ; and one Mr. Hawtrey between Stradford and Illford , to which indictment he pleaded guilty ; and pleaded the Good Services he had done since his Confinement; giving a Petition to the Court, which set forth the Contents thereof.

The Court told him he had been a Notorious Offender, and therefore must expect no mercy here; withal exhorting of him to mind nothing, but to prepare himself for another World.

[Death. See summary.]

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

Burnt in the Hand, 25.

Marryham Hatley, William Heyden, Ann Chellingworth, Katharine Moor, Mary Vyncent, Elizabeth Edwards, Ann Willowbey, Thomas Pritchard Edward Brumbrick, John Bullymore, John Allen, John Powell, James Levingston, Francis Rossington, Edward Prince, John Wiggen, Prudence Shorter, Alice Jones, Sarah Pember, Mary Evanes, Hannah Brown, Judith Fellowes, Sarah Dent, Ann Duck, Elizabeth Ellyott.

Ordered to be Whipt, 3.

Mary Rippen, Thomas Powell, William Truman.

Received Sentence of Death, 16.

Abraham Turner, Thomas Harris, Mary Stokes, Nicholas Chappell, James Benn, John Sybey, Joan Brown, Abraham Stacey, John Breames, Arnold Breames, Richard Kelsey, William Trapps, Thomas Hoyle, Samuel Gibbons, John Urwin, Samuel Hughes.


John Dyer, for the first Indictment was fined 20 Marks, for the second 40 Marks; and if he continue to write News-Letters, to find Sureties for his Good behaviour for a Twelvemonth.

James Perkins was fined 40 Marks, and to stand in the Pillory three times; the first time at Chancery-Lane-end in Holborn; the second time at the Maypole in the Strand; and the third time at Charing Cross.


ON Friday next will be published, The Works of F Rabelais, MD or the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Savings of Gargantua and Pantagruel. Done out of French by Sir Tho. Urchard. Kt. and others. With a large Account of the Life and Work of the Author; particularly an Explication of the must difficult Passages in them. Never before publish'd in any Language.

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The Life and Death of the Reverend Mr. John Eliot, who was the first Preacher of the Gospel to the Indians in America: With an Account of the Wonderful Success which the Gospel has had amongst the Heathen in that part of the World. The Third Edition.

Bishop Barlow's Remains: Containing near an Hundred distinct Subjects, Theological, Philosophical, Historical, &c. in Letters to several Persons of Honour and Quality. To which is added, The Resolution of many abstruse Points, as also Directions to a young Divine for his Study of Divinity and Choice of his Library. Published from his Lordship's Original Papers.

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In Grays-Inn-Lane in Plow-Yard, the third Door, lives Dr Thomas Kirleus, a Collegiate Physician, and Sworn Physician in Ordinary to King Charles II until his Death; who with a Drink and Pill (hindring no Business) undertakes to Cure any Ulcers, Sores, Swellings in the Nose, Face, or other Parts, Scabes, Itch, Scurfs, Leprosies, and Venereal Diseases, expecting nothing until the Cure be finished: Of the last he bath cured many hundred in this City, many of them after Fluxing, which carries the Evil from the Lower Parts to the Head, and so destroys many. The Drink is 3 s. the Quart, the Pill 1 s. a Box, with Directions; a better Purger than which was never given, for they cleanse the Body of all Impurities, which are the Causes of Dropsies, Gout, Scurvies, Stone or Gravel, Pains in the Head, and other Parts.

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