Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 21 April 2014), October 1694 (16941010).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 10th October 1694.

THE PROCEEDING OF THE King and Queens Commissions ON THE Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex at Justice-Hall in the OLD-BAYLY, On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Days of October, 1694. And in the Sixth Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.

THE Sessions of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, Held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bayly, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday being the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Days of October, 1694. 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.

William Empson ,

Richard Martin ,

John Pardue ,

James Hulbard ,

Isaac Ash ,

Thomas Carpenter ,

James Stancliffe ,

William Billers ,

John Lawford ,

Robert Greenougla ,

John Wilford ,

Samuel Eyre .

Middlesex Jury.

Henry Russel ,

John Johnson ,

John Wyan ,

Nicholas Rufford ,

William Halbrook ,

Robert Hopkins ,

Samuel Morris ,

William Munden ,

John Illford ,

Richard Aubrey ,

John Ross ,

Thomas Wilkes .

Elinor Stockdon was Arraigned for stealing a Silver Tankard val. 6 l. from one Thomas Scot , on the 17th. of September last: To which Indictment she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elinor Pelsome was Tried for stealing 12 Pair of Stockins, val 9 s. on the 18th. of September last, the Goods of Jane Wells , Wid She came to the shop to cheapen some Worsted, and got the Stockins under her Coat , which were found about her before she got away, with a Flesh hook also to hook any thing off a shelf, or the like: Being asked what she did with the Hook, she answered, That she found it lying on the ground near a Butcher's-stall, but she had no Witnesses; so she was found Guilty of Felony.

[Death -. See summary.]

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Lester and Jane Ruttey were both Arraigned for stealing 34 Yards of Silk Ribbon, val. 12 s. the Goods of Daniel Thomas : Ruttey confest the Felony upon Arraignment; Lester was afterwards Tried, and the Proof against her was. That both of them came into the shop to buy Ribboning, and slipt away the 34 Yards of Ribbon; they were pursued, and Ruttey was seen to fling the Goods behind her; but no one could swear she had the Ribbon, yet she was found Guilty of a Petty. Larceny .

[Lester: Whipping. See summary.]

[Ruttey: Branding. See summary.]

Joseph Towle was Tried for stealing 3 l. in Money, from William Underhill Esq ; at the Three Arrows Brewhouse in Golden-Lane ; the Prisoner was seen to come out of the Counting house, (being Cooper to the Brewhouse) and afterwards the Drawers were found open, and the Money gone; and he being strictly examin'd about it, confest that he had broke open the Drawers before this time; and the Prisoner gave the Clerk 50 s. back again, desiring him to be kind to him; he had nothing to say for himself, but that he was drunk, and did not know what he did; but that was of no advantage to him, for he was found Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Button , Mary Button his Wife , and James Parsons , were all Three Tried for High Treason, in forging and making 100 Shillings of False Metal ; upon the Evidence it was made appear, That Button's House being search'd in Brewers-street at Westminster , there was found in the Cellar a Forge, and Parsons standing near it; and in a Hole of the Wall was found Two Papers of False and Counterfeit Shillings newly made, and Shears, Melting-Pots, and some Clippings of False Money, which were all produced in Court as corroborating Evidence. Mr. Button said he knew nothing of the matter, and that he was a Clockmaker , and used the Tools about his Trade, and that Parsons went down to clean the Cellar, but he could not prove it; yet the Jury being merciful acquitted them, not being satisfied with the Proof against them.

Robert Selman was Tried for a Rape committed upon the Body of one Margaret Durant , an Infant aged 5 years . The Mother of the Child deposed, That this Child, with another that suck'd, was put to the Prisoner's Wife to nurse, but she could not swear that the Prisoner did it; and the Surgeon could not swear that there was any Penetration, but that there was an actual Gonorrhea; so there being no Proof of Felony against the Prisoner as to this Fact, he was acquitted of it; but a new Indictment was preferr'd against him for a Trespass, upon which he was Tried and Acquitted.

Henry Adderton was tried for breaking the House of Rowland Danvers Esq ; in Durrham Yard , about 8 a clock at night, the first Instant . He was tried upon two Indictments: The first, for breaking the House, and stealing a Silver Salver, value 6 l. 19 s. The second was laid, for breaking the House, and stealing away two Silver Salvers, value 8 l. five Spoons, 12Knives, 30 s: 12 Forks, 30 s. nine Napkins, and a Table-cloth, &c. Madam Danvers swore, That as she was sitting in her Parlor, she heard a piece of Plate drop, and looking out at the window she saw a man, and a Cry being made, of Stop Thief, Four of them were pursued, and in Half-moon-street the Prisoner was seized, and the rest were not taken, but nothing was found about the Prisoner, only a piece of Plate was seen lying near him in the street. He had the fortune to be acquitted , but not with but strong suspition of being guilty.

James Leonard, alias London , James Elliot , both Soldiers , and Elizabeth Bullen, alias Middleton , were all three tried for a Robbery on the Highway, upon Richard Pearson . The two former were tried as Principal , that woman as Accessary after the Felony was committed . Mr. Pearson swore, That as he was going from St. John's street to Islington, between 10 and 11 a clock at night, where he lived, the two Prisoners met him on the highway [Text unreadable in original.] ber last, and presented Pistols gag'd him, and then stript him naked, taking away his Hat, value 12 s. a Wastecoat 8 s. a pair of Breeches 10 s. his Shoes, Shirt, Crevat, besides 4 s. 2 d. in money. On the next morning Mr. Elliot going up Holbourn, near Rose-Alley he met Elliot with his Shoes on his Feet, whereupon he seiz'd him, and afterwards took Leonard and the woman, viz. Bullen, at the Sign of the Leper in Picadilly. The Evidence against the Woman was, That she sold the Coat to a Broker, which she owned. An Inkhorn was found in Elliot's Pocket, which was Mr. Pearsons. And Pearsons Hat was found upon Leonard, and the Hathand was taken out of his Pocket, which Pearson swore was his; and likewise was positive that they were the men that robbed him. Leonard denied the Fact, and that he accidentally went to drink with the woman when the Constable came to apprehend him. Elliot alledg'd that it was very strange, that Pearson should know their Faces in the dark, and that he was never guilty of any such matter, and called one Mr. Keat to prove that he was in his Quarters the same night, but he could not. Others gave a fair Character of his former Behaviour; and as to the Pistols Elliot said he had them to clean, but could prove nothing. So Pearson's Evidence, together with other strenuous Circumstances, gave the Gentlemen of the Jury such satisfaction, that they found the men both guilty of the Robbery, but the woman was acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Story was arraigned for Felony, in stealing from Thomas Lodwick 20 Yards of Holland Cloth, value 30 s. on the 22d of September last , to which she pleaded guilty .

[Death -. See summary.]

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Edwards, alias Wright , was likewise arraigned for stealing 18 Yards of Flanders Tabby Silk, value 8 l. the Goods of Henry Sherwin and Partner to which she pleaded guilty .

[Death -. See summary.]

[Transportation. See summary.]

Lewis L'Roose was tried for stealing a French Pistole, and 3 s. and 6. d. in Silver, from one Richard Graham in Holbourn . The Prisoner came to the Prosecutor's Shop to buy a pair of Gloves, in company with a woman whom he called his wife, and whilst Mr. Graham was sitting her, he pickt the Compter with a Whalebone liquor'd with Bird-lime or Turpentine ; and the money was found upon him, before he went out of the Shop: Besides, his Confession was read in Court. He said upon his Trial, That he was out of his Senses, and almost frighted out of his Wits. But that did him no good, he was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

James Hughes was tried for stealing a Coat, value 40 s. from Thomas Meade on the first of September last. Mr. Meade said, That he sent his Coat in his Boat from Fulham, and the Boat being left at the Three Cranes Stairs , the Prisoner went into it, and stole the Coat, which he confest before the Justice of Peace. He was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Morrell, alias Cambridge Mall , was tried for picking the Pocket of William Andrews of 42 s. and a Purse, value 1 d. Andrews swore, That as he was going along Shoe-lane , the Prisoner, and some more women, came near him, and shoved him into an Alley, and pickt his Pocket, and she owned to have had the money. The Prisoner alledg'd that she was innocent, and that one Hancock pickt his Pocket, when she drank with him at the Crooked-Billet in Shoe-lane; but Andrews declared that he never drank with her. O my Lord, says the Prisoner, he will say any thing: 'Tis very sad, my Lord, that I should suffer for that which another woman did. Another Evidence for Andrews, was a woman that happen'd to be near him when his Pocket was pickt, declared farther, that she saw the Prisoner, and another woman, take the said Andrews into the Alehouse, and that she had always been an ill woman and said that she had told the Constable that she lived by picking of Pockets, and she believed she had picked a hundred Pockets in her time. She was found guilty of Felony.

[Death -. See summary.]

[Transportation. See summary.]

Jonathan Gibbons was tried for stealing an Iron Halfhundred Weight, value 7 s. from Richard Jones , on the fourth Instant. He was seen to take away the Iron Weight from off Dyers Key , and that he carried it away in a Basket. Jones wr the Iron to be his. The Prisoner denied it, and said he it from two of his ship Mates, that belonged to the London, who were now on Ship-board, so could have no Witnesses. Jones having his Iron again, he was found guilty only to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Ayland was tried for stealing one Yard of Flanders Lace, value 3 s. one Yard of Point Lace, value 6 s. the Goods of John Oswelstone . She was a Nurse in the house and [Text unreadable in original.] to go to the Drawers so no body could in but her, summed by Mrs Oswelstone. The Prisoner had credible Evidence for her Reputation, and that Mrs. Oswelstone said, that either the Prisoner had it, or else her own Sister. So the Jury were not satisfied with the Evidence she was acquitted .

Elizabeth Smith was tried for High-Treason, in Clipping the currant money of the Kingdom . It was sworn, That the Prisoners house being searched in Panton-street near Picadily , in the Garret she was found standing there and upon the Bed there were Clippings and Clipt money found, and Sheets which lay upon the Beds feet, which was positively sworn by the Constable, and others concerned. The Prisoner declared, that a Woman, an Acquintance of hers brought the things and desired to leave them with her, but she never came for them; and one of the Witness for the King said, he saw a Woman go into the house with some what in her Lap but whilst he went for a Constable she was gone She was acquitted .

Ann Wilson, alias Mayheu , was tried for stealing a Blue Linen Pocket Apron, value 2 d. and 15 s. in money , from Elizabeth Spooner . Spooner lodged in the house with the Prisoner, and she was seen to take the money off the Table but nothing was found about her; indeed the Apron and Cloth, in which the money was, were thrown out of the window where the Prisoner lay. She was found guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Weaver was tried upon two Indictments for Felony. The first, for Robbing Robert Grymes upon Chadwell Common in Essex , on the 2d Instant, of a Pistole, two Guinea's, and 36 s. in money . A second, for Robbing John Kneaves at the same time, of 22 l and 10 d in money . They both deposed upon Oath, That about ten Highway men met them, and Robbed them, and some other Butcher s, who afterwards pursued them; and the Prisoner's Horse failing him, he was taken in Whitechappel, but the rest got away. He had a Lac'd Hat on when he was taken, and a Guinea, and a Brass Halfcrown, and a Brass Shilling was found in the Prisoner's Pocket, which Grimes swore was his money, besides 32 l. odd money; and Bullets and Powder was found about him. Kneaves swore positively to a couple of Halfcrowns, and a Nine-pence, which were found about him. The Prisoner said he had no Arms. How should he be a Highway man then? But it was sworn by a Gardener that helpt to take him, that he Had a Sword on, but he had quitted his Horse, and was endeavouring to make his Escape over the Fields. There were several other men Robbed besides, all which Robberies were done about the hours of 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the morning. They stopt the Post-Boy too. The Prisoner declared in his Defence, That he had the money of his Mother, one Susanna Weaver , who was called, and said that she gave him 33 l. in money, be being newly married, to help him to begin the world. And as to the Bullets found about him, he said he used them as he was a Soldier , having been so for these five years. None of the Evidence could swear that he was one of the Highway men, only believed he was. Kneaves swore farther, that the Prisoner's Mother offered him a Sum of money not to prosecute him. The Prisoner's Mother alledged further, that she lived in good Credit at Colchester, and the Mayor thereof (if he were here) would give a fair Testimony of him; he was called, but did not appear. The Prisoner added moreover, that one piece of money might be like another, &c. All the defence that he could make, availed him nothing; for he was found guilty of both Indictments

[Death. See summary.]

Richard Gardner was Tried for robbing one William Manning , on the Highway near Chadley in Essex , on the 2d of October , being the day that Grymes and Kneaves, and the rest of the Butcher s were robbed near Rumford, as they were going to Market . Manning could not swear the Prisoner was one, but aHalf-Crown and a Shilling was found in his Pocket's and a Bullet Mold and a Pistol was found dropt upon the Road near Stratford: he was taken in Whitechappel, his Mare that he rid upon falling under him. The Prisoner owned the Fact before the Justice, and said it was the first that ever he did; but upon his Trial said that he borrowed the Money of a man in the Strand, but could not prove it: He had one Witness, who said that he knew no harm by him. Being asked how he came by the Mare, because he owned that he kept none, he answered, My Lord, I was coming on foot out of the Conntrey, and I found the Mare loose upon the Road, and those men pursuing some men that had robbed them, the Mare run away with me, and I could not stop her, which was but a feigned story. He was found Guilty of the Robbery.

[Death. See summary.]

Anne Gill was Tried for robbing Peter Stringer of two Gold Rings, val. 18 s. and 40 s. in Money . Stringer swore that as he was going along Ratcliff Highway he heard a Noise of Musick, and being got pretty merry he went in, and there he met with the Prisoner, who came to him and enticed, him from thence to her own house in Elbow-Lane near Cock-hill , but first they went to the Tavern; when he came to her house he being heavy to sleep went to bed, and she made bold to come to him, as he said; and afterwards he saw her take his Breeches from under his head; and in the morning about 7 a clock he missed his Rings and Money, and asking her for it, she said, What is freer than Gift? Did not you give me the Rings to lye with me? but however, she gave him the Rings. There were other Evidence who appeared for the Prisoner, that gave an account that she was a Washer-woman , and took great Pains for her living but indeed at this time she was much in drink; and so was the said Stringer, insomuch that they were forced to hire a Coach, tho it were not above two stones throw; All the Witnesses agreed that the man was drunk too, throwing his Money about at the Tavern, not knowing what he did; and that he was crack brain'd and did not presently charge her with the Felony. So she was Acquitted .

Mary Atkins was Indicted for Robbing one Edward Cook in St. Martin's Lane , of 5 dozen of Silver Buttons, some Broad Cloth, &c all of good value , on the 3 of August last. Mr. Cook deposed, That the Prisoner was his Servant , and hearing a very good Character of her, his Wife entrusted her more than any other Servant; but he could not charge her to have taken the Goods; but when she was first taken she made her Escape from the Constable. She said in her defence, That her Mistress was a Drunken Woman, and that she was wrongfully accused; and that her Master was a Lascivious Man, and would have lain with her, and gave her more Money than her due; and when she asked him why he did so, he said, Oh, 'tis no matter for that, I'll - it out. She was acquitted .

Richard Piggen and Samuel Sherwin were both Tried upon Two Indictments of High-Treason; the first for Coining of False Money , the second for Clipping the Currant Money of England . The Witness for the King was first the Constable of Shoreditch, one Eudall, who declared upon, Oath, That he having Information that the Prisoners were Clippers, &c. he went together with his Assistants, to the Prisoners House in Crown-Ally in Upper Moorfields , and knocking at the door Mr. Sherwin came and let them in, upon which they searched his Pocket, and found above Forty Counterfeit Shillings; and in his Room they found a Melting Pot, a File, and a Burnishing Tool, and some Whitening and such like stuff, which is used about Coining. Then in Mr. Piggen's Room was found a Parcel of False Money, which was upon the Head of his Bed, and a Flatting-Mill, and a Pot of stuff called Fage, and a parcel of Powder of Argyle. In the Kitchen was found a Pair of Bellsars; and in another place was found an Ingot-Mold, and several Files, and a Ladle, &c. all which Implements were produced in Court. Mr. Piggen was not at home when the Search was, but was taken that night coming home, and in his Pocket was found 3 or 4 l. of False and Counterfeit Money, and could give no account how he came by it. Sherwin said that he used what was found upon him about his Trade, being a Tin-man ; and that he used to make Toys for his living, but of late he studied Physick . Piggen said, That he had the Money which was found about him, of one Edward Higget , that was gone to Ireland. They were both found Guilty of High Treason upon both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Murrey of St. Paul Covent-Garden , Widow , and Jane White, alias Bridgeman , were Tried for taking a Watch and 40 s. out of the Pocket of Robert Attey , who being Evidence for the King, said, That he met Murrey and another Woman that he pickt up in the street, and offer'd to give them Wine if they would go to the Tavern; upon which they went with him, and drank a Pint of Red Wine, and then told him they must go and make water, and so they gave him the slip, and got away. Attey said also, That he was a Farrier , and liveth in St. Giles's, and had not gone with her if he had not been drinking. Murrey the Prisoner said, That the Evidence against her was a great Rogue, and that she drank no Red Wine with him, but White; and that the reason of her being apprehended was this: That this Farrier having caused Bridgeman to be taken up for Picking his Pocket, and she knowing her to be guilty she, was much concerned, and went to Attey to know the reason of it, telling him that she was in his company, and the other woman was not; upon which Robert Attey offered to get her discharged, if she would swear against Bridgeman; and that because she refused it, he had Indicted her; and she further said, that when she met him first, one Elizabeth Palmer an ill woman, was in his Company, who she doth suppose did steal his Watch, if it was lost; and that although she had been a light person, yet no one could say she ever pickt a Pocket. The Prosecutor owning in Court that he was drunk when he met them and went to the Tavern with them, was Reprimanded by the Court, and the Prisoners were both acquitted .

William Hall and G - C - were tried for stopping one William Styles in the King's Highway near the Tower of London, together with Thomas Hall not yet taken, and for putting him in Fear, and for taking from him Four Guinea's, and 52 s. in money . Mr. Styles swore that William Hall and Thomas came to his Shop to buy Shoes, which they bargained for, and bid him bring them to the Salutation Tavern at Billingsgate, which he did; where he found William Hall and Thomas; but at last they removed to the Bull-head, where G - came into the Room, and then Thomas Hall went away with the Shoes he bespoke, they keeping the said Styles in discourse, telling him, that they understood that he had been abused by a Neighbour of his, and they would put him in a way to be revenged of him, which was to be done thus. Says G - I have lost money at a Race at Bamstead Downes, and I am vext, I'le tell you what you shall do; I'll procure you some Clippings, and you may find a hole in the house to put them in. But he the said Styles refusing to submit to their counsel, another man came into the Room, personating himself to be Mr. Macey of the Tower, who presently set his Breech against the door, and they all fell upon him, held him by the Arms, and searcht his Pockets, threatning, that if he would not set his hand to a Paper, and would not lay the Clippings in his Neighbour's house, they would do him a mischief; and they took away his money, putting him in great Fear. That G - C - swore, God damn him, if he would not submit, they would kill him; and much more menacing language. The Drawer of the Tavern proved that G - Hall and Styles were all there, and that he heard no disturbance in the house, but that they parted friendly at the door. Then Styles declared, that one went before him, the other behind him, threatning him, that if he cried out, they would be severe upon him. Styles swore farther, that G - took 7 l. from him at the same time; and that he offered to agree with him about the matter, which one Captain Platt could prove, who was called, but did not appear. The Tryal lasted very long, and all that G - alledged in his defence was That he was a Butcher by Trade, and lived in the Borough of Southwark in good Credit; and that he the said Styles was represented to him as a Broad-money Changer: so he met him at the aforesaid Tavern, with an intent to get matter against him, to apprehend him for an ill man. Upon which Mr. Styles called some of his Neighbours, to prove himself honest; who gave such satisfaction to the Court and Jury, that they gave a Verdict that G - was guilty of Felony, but not upon the Highway . William Hall was acquitted , because no Evidence affected him as to any particular Point in the whole Concern.

[Death. See summary.]

Edward Clark of Hendon was tried for stealing an Ewe Sheep, value 13 s. from Thomas Etheridge , on the 18th of September last. Etheridge swore, that the Prisoner was caught taking and killing the Sheep, and took the Tallow out of her. Another man, one John Nichols , said, My Lord, I was coming by the ground, and I saw the Prisoner ripping up the Sheep, and immediately I went and raised the Neighbourhood, and seven or eight of us took him, and knockt him down, he endeavouring to run away. The Prisoner alledged, That he was lying under a Haycock, being weary, and he espied the Sheep ript open, which was done by two men, he said, he saw go from the place where the Sheep lay. This being a small Excuse, he was found guilty of a Petty Larceny .

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Bayley was tried for breaking open the house of Hannah Blagrave of Isleworth , and stealing a Coat, value 10 s. a Wastecoat and a Shirt, and other Goods, owned by Robert Inn , who swore that his Chamber-door was broke open. The Prisonerafterwards was taken Robbing an Orchard at Elling, and left Inn's Wastecoat in part of satisfaction for the Apples, which Wastecoat was owned by Inn, where he took him when he came to redeem the Wastecoat. The Prisoner said he found them in a Hedge, but that was a Lye; so he was found guilty of Felony to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elinor Alford was arraigned for stealing on the first of September last, from James Blundall three Silk Petticoats, value 15 s. a Cloth Petticoat 18 d. a Covering for a Bed and a Bolster, &c. To which Indictment she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

J - S - was Indicted and tried, for that he did trayterously Coin and make several Halfcrowns, and several Shillings, which were made of false Metal . There was found in his house only an Ingate, and some Brass Pieces; but in Bridgwaters-Gardens there was found a Crucible and a File. The Prisoner said he used the Implements to make Buttons. He was acquitted .

Thomas Lester and Elizabeth Lester his Wife , were bath tried for Clipping, and also for Coining false money, viz. 40 Halfcrowns, and 100 shillings, &c. Mr. Ewdall the Constable declared upon his Oath, that he found in Lester's house 9 l. lacking one Shilling, of most base and counterfeit money, with some few Clippings and Stamps to make Halfcrowns, likewise an Ingate. The money was found in the Drawer of a Table, together with 207 l. or thereabouts, which was good money. The said Lester proved that he used the Ingate, &c. about his Trade, being a Clockmaker ; and none could swear that he made the money, or Clipt any, so he and his Wife were both acquitted .

Jane Jylks was arraigned for stealing a Silver Plate, value 9 l nine Spoons 3 l. a Porringer 35 s. and some other Plate of good value , which she immediately confest .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Wilson was tried for Clipping the Currant money of England . She was taken the first of October Instant, at her house in New-street ; and a Drawer being opened, she standing by, she clapt her hand upon a Paper, in which was a small Paper of Clippings, she having the Key of the Drawers her self. Besides, in her Cellar was found a pair of Shears, and a pair of Scales. She called her Neighbours to her Credit, which was so manifest, that she was acquitted .

Elizabeth Harris was also tried for Clipping money on the 24th of September last . A House being searcht in Black-Fryers , kept by one Wright, the Prisoner was found in the said House, and in her hand was taken a Box of Clippings; and afterwards, she being left in custody with a young man, she leapt out at the window, and the man after her, who took her, and brought her back. When she was searcht, and the Box taken from her, she cried out, O Lord: O God: being in a great Constetnation and Trembling. She said she found the Box near Newington, and that she had been at Harford to see her Husband, so he might give it her. She was acquitted .

Hannah Purser was arraigned and tried upon Suspition of stealing a Silver Spoon, value 12 s from one George Westbrook ; but there was no colour of Evidence against her. The Prosecution favouring of Malice, she was acquitted .

W - I - was tried for Cutting and Clipping the Currant money of the Kingdom . It was sworn by a Constable without Cripplegate, that he met the Prisoner in Forestreet, about 12 a clock at night, and having suspition of him, (being out so late) he searcht his Pockets, and found several false Halfcrowns ready cast for stamping, and on the next day was found in his House some Files, and some old Shoes, whereon money had been Rubbed, and some money ready Clipt. He was found guilty of High-Treason.

[Death. See summary.]

Humphrey Burton , John Thomson , Thomas Castle , Richard Lewis , Richard Whiting , Richard Scot and Joseph Jones , were all seven Tried for Felony, in Robbing one W - J - of 12 Lac'd Cornets, val. 10 l. 12 Coifs, 6 Muslin Nightroils val 42 s. 4 Peticoats 40 s. 20 Hoods val. 14 s. and some Gold . Mrs. W - deposed, That she had been in Holland, and when she landed at Harwich, her Trunk (wherein the Goods were) was search'd by some Persons that pretended to be the Officers of the Customs, but they took nothing away then; and when she came to London, at the Saracens-Head Inn at Algate several persons came and search'd again, asking Mrs. W - , What News from Holland? Then she taking Coach to go to Westminster with Two Gentlewomen more, the Braces of the Coach were cut in Paternoster-row , and it fell down, and the Trunk was taken away amongst the Crowd. It was proved that Burton and Thompson were there, and would have helped the Gentlewomen to another Coach. Burton and Thomson denied the Fact, yet they were both found Guilty of Felony, but no Evidence affecting the rest, they were acquitted .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Shepherd was Indicted for stealing a Flanders Head-dress, val. 3. l. 10 s. a Pair of Sleeves, 10 s. the Goods of John Adams . There was no one in the House when the Goods were miss'd, but the Prisoner, which was September the 23th she came occasionally to fetch a Hood she had sent to Mrs. Adams to be wash'd, and whilst her back was turn'd she took the Goods. She was found Guilty .

[Death -. See summary.]

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Wittway was Tried for breaking the House of Robert Walsham , and taking thence 30 Pair of Worsted Stockins . Mr. Walsham deposed, That the House was broke open, and the Goods taken away; and that upon Enquiry he found two pair of Stockins at a Brokers, who told him they were brought by Witway to him, who pawn'd them by the name of James Gilbert; and when he was apprehended one Pair was found upon him. The Prisoner alledg'd, that the Stockins were his own, and made by him, but could not prove it; so he was found Guilty of Felony, but acquitted of the Burglary .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Thomas Wood was Tried for stealing a Piece of Coined Gold, val. 5 l. 10 s. on the 29th of September , from Margaret Nicholson , who deposed, That as she was going into the City, with a Piece of Holland, the Prisoner with two more jostled her against the Wall, and threw down the Cloth; and that then she put the Gold which she had in her hand, into her Pocket; and that presently after she miss'd it; but she could not say the Prisoner was one that robbed her; so he was acquitted .

Mary Gathorne was tried for taking away six Ells of Holland, and a quantity of Scotch Cloth, with 13 Yards of Diaper, &c. from George Mallett . The Prisoner was Mr. Mallet's Servant , and a Nurse that lived in the house, swore that she saw the Prisoner take the Goods out of a Press; but the Jury were not satisfied that she stole them, it seeming to be rather a Malicious Prosecution; she was acquitted .

Captain G - R - was tried for the murther of one Charles Morrison , which he did, by giving him a mortal Wound on the Left part of the Body, of the depth of Four Inches . The first Evidence was one John Cole , who deposed, That the Prisoner was at a Musick-house at Ratcliffe , in company with the Bar keeper, and in comes Mr. Morrison, who asked Mrs. Mortimer for a Ring of his. She reply'd she had none of it; then he told the Prisoner that he had it, and had pawn'd it at the Crown Tavern in Wapping; and that he would have it before he went, or else he would do the Prisoner a mischief. Upon that Mr. R - drew his Sword, and run at Mr. Morrison through the Door-way, then Morrison went into the Room to Mr. R - and fell upon him, having no Weapon but a Cane, and fought with Mr. R - and beat him, till he made him cry out Murther. The Prisoner desired Cole might be asked, Whether he did not see the Deceased to assault the Prisoner in the Room, and throw him on the Couch. The Evidence answer'd, he did. The next Evidence for the King, was a Lad of about 16 years of age, who declared, that the beginning of this Accident was on this manner: Some time since a Gentleman coming to drink in the House, not having money, left a Ring with Mr. Morrison that then was a Drawer in the said House, which Ring Morrison wore on his Finger. Mrs. Mortimer the Bar-keeper seeing him wear it, did ask him for it, and he, in a jesting manner, held out his Finger, and Mrs. Mortimer took it from him, keeping it some time; and afterwards going abroad with Captain G - R - the Priner, she let him have it. Some time after the Gentleman that owned the Ring, went to Morrison the Deceased, and demanded it. Morrison then being gone from the place, and living in another Service, took occasion one day to go to his old Masters for the Ring, where he found Captain R - talking with Mrs. Mortimer the Bar-keeper, whom he asked for the Ring. She told him she had it not, but that Captain R - had it, (and some body there said, that R - had pawn'd it to a Broker for 5 s.) then the Deceased asked R - for it, and he said he had it not, and would not give it him, for he ow'd him nothing. Upon which, rough words arose between them, and R - drew his Sword, which Morrison fended off with his Cane, and immediately Morrison was wounded, as aforesaid, of which Wound the Chyrurgion made Oath that he languished, and within three days died. Then Thomas Harris the Lad stood up again, and the Court asked him, Whether he saw the Wound given? He answer'd, That Harrison put off the first Passes with his Cane, but afterwards he saw R - stab theDeceased with a Sword. Then the Prisoner called Mrs. Mortimer, who gave a very favourable Report of him, yet owning all the matter of the Ring, saying the Captain had it from her. Then Mrs. Baker stood up, saying, That Mrs. Mortimer had no need to give him the Ring, for the Captain had a Wife, and Mrs. Mortimer was but his Mistress. The Captain made a notable Defence, if he could have proved what he alledged. Then he called divers Persons as to his Reputation, some of whom were of good Quality: But the Brother of the Deceased having divers credible Persons to confront them with some former Actions, he desisted, and none were heard as to that matter on either side. So after a long Hearing, his Lordship proceeded to give the Charge, and the Jury brought him in guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

Ann Charlton the Mistress, and Elizabeth Taylor the Maid , were both tried for stealing from John Mitchell Gent. three Diamonds, value 3 l. 140 Twenty shilling pieces of Coined Gold, value 140 l. which was done the 6th of September last. Mr. Mitchell swore that he lost his money out of his Trunk, and they lodged in the House at the time when the money was lost, but he could not charge them to have stole it. He looking into his Trunk again some few days after, he found some Diamonds that were left, but the Gold was gone, and they both left their Lodgings, which gave a Suspition upon them, and never came any more, but were in some small time after taken. There was found three Guinea's upon Taylor, and one Diamond upon Ann Charlton; but Mr. Mitchell did not swear they were his Goods, and Mrs. Charlton said she was under some ill Circumstances, being in Debt, made her leave her Lodging so soon. She produced Witnesses for her good Reputation, so they were both acquitted .

William Ross , and Isabella his Wife , were both Tried for High Treason in Clipping the Currant Coin, &c The Prisoners House being search'd on the 7th of September last, there was found in the Garret 3 Pair of Shears, and in the Yard buried under a board in an Earthen Pot was found some Weights, and a little Bag of Clipping; and in a Purse about Mrs. Ross was found 13 or 14 Shillings that were newly clipt; and in another Purse was found a little Piece of Clipping, and a few Filings of Silver &c. There was nothing suspicious found upon Mr Ross; and the Kings Evidence said further, That they were informed, that the Woman used to Clip when her Husband was at the Brewhouse, he being a Tub-man . There was nothing affected Mr Ross; and his Wife said she knew not how the things came into the House; and that one Wood lodged in her House, who she lately prosecuted for killing her Son-in-Law, and he vow'd Revenge upon her. She called abundance of her Neighbours, very substantial persons, who all gave a very good account of both their Reputations, that they were very Laborious People. They were both acquitted .

Anthony Demeany , Mary Demeany his Wife , John Santrey and Claud Santrey his Wife, were all Tried for stealing a Silver Tankard, val. 5 l. 10 s. from Mr John Roberts . The Prisoners were all drinking at Roberts's House, and in a Cupboard in the Room where they were, there was a Silver Tankard, which was missing before they all went away; only Santrey and his Wife went away, and came again afterwards. They had good Witness to their Credit, and the Evidence could not be positive, so they were all acquitted .

Katherine Stephens was Tried for stealing a Flanders-Lace Head-dress val. 4 l an Apron 10 s. a Lace-Crevat, and divers other goods of value , from William Southerne , who swore, That the Prisoner was his Servant in April last, and that she robbed him of the Goods aforesaid, which she confest to have sold in Duck-Lane for 5 s. where they were found. The Prisoner in her Defence at the Trial alledg'd, That she being a poor Countrey Girl, and not able to speak for her self they laid this Felony to her Charge. Southerne had his Goods again, so she was only found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Frances Randall was Indicted for Clipping the King's Coin ; but the Evidence for the King and Queen not appearing against her, she was acquitted .

Thomas Davis was also Arraigned for High Treason in Cutting, Clipping, Filing, and Diminishing the Currant Coin of the Kingdom ; but the Evidence against him was Mary Shepherd his Servant, whom he Indicted for robbing him, as in the next Trial; so he swore against her now, but could prove nothing, so she was acquitted .

Mary Shepherd , before Tried on London-side, was now again Arraigned for robbing Thomas Davis of a Mantua Gown val. 25 s. a Petticoat 20 l. 2 Holland Aprons, &c. Davis said that she was his Servant , and robbed him of the Gown, which was found upon her back; but the Prisoner said his Wife gave it her, and Mr. Davis could not prove the contrary, so she was Acquitted , as in the preceding Trial.

Jonathan Hunt , and Elizabeth Hunt his Wife , both tried for stealing Six Pound and Fourteen Ounces of dy'd Silk, value 6 l. 10 s. But the Evidence being only Circumstantial, they were acquitted .

Richard Latchfeild Sollicitor at Law was tried, for that he, together with William Ballendyne and William Belwood , did endeavour to cheat Mr. Alexander Rood and Mr. Richard Conyers , Goldsmith s of London, of divers Pieces of Plate of great Value . Mr. Bellandine came to them and agreed for the Plate, for the Payment of which there was a Bill drawn upon Belwood, who lived then in Abchurch Lane, but is since gone aside, and the Money is not paid. The Evidence was not full enough to find the said Latchfield Guilty, tho he was suspected to have acted more than became an Honest Man in the Concern. So he was Acquitted of the Misdemeanor.

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

Burnt in the Hand, 7.

Jane Ruttey

Joseph Towle

G - R -

Elinor Stockdon

Elinor Alford

Ann Wilson

Jane Jylks.

Received Sentence of Death, 14.

Mary Murrell, alias Cambridge Mall.

W - I -

G - C -

James Leonard, alias London.

James Elliott

John Weaver

Richard Gardner

Richard Piggen

Samuel Sherwin

Elinor Pelsome

Elizabeth Story

Elizabeth Edwards

Mary Shepherd

Lewis l'Roofe.

Mary Murrell, Elinor Pelsome, Elizabeth Story, Elizabeth Edwards, Mary Shepherd, were Respited after Judgment, in order to Transportation.

To be Transported, 3.

Humphrey Burton

John Thompson

William Whitway.

To be Whipt, 6.

Elizabeth Lester

James Hughes

Jonathan Gibbons

Katharine Stephens

Edward Clark

John Bailey

There will be a General Pardon pleaded on Thursday next, by several Convicts; a Particular Account of which will be Publish'd at large. Together with the Presentment of the Grand Inquest of the City of London.

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