Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 20 April 2014), February 1695 (16950220).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 20th February 1695.

THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE King's Commission on 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 and Friday, being the 20th, 21st and 22d Days of February, 1694/5. And in the Seventh Year of His MAJESTIES Reign.

THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, Held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bayly, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, being the 20th, 21st and 22d Days of February, 1694/5. before the Right Honourable Sir Thomas Lane Kt. Lord mayor of the City of London, and Sir Salathiel Lovell Kt. Recorder of the said City, with several others of His Majesties Justices for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as follow:

London Jury.

Thomas Lambert

John Hammond

John Pettit

Paul Derby

Caleb Hook

Josias Smith

Samuel Ewers

Samuel Thare

Francis Kane

Edward Chettingham

Charles Mawle

Ebenezer Jones .

Middlesex Jury.

William Dynn , Esq;

Peter Hall

Bryant Turbevill

Robert Wood

Peter King

George Polfrey

John Preston

Paul Winkle

Bennet Giles

Robert Smith

William Tomson

Ambrose Henborrow .

The Tryals are as follow.

Richard Talent was arraigned and tried for Picking the Pocket of one Mr. Edward Butler ; who swore, that on the 9th of this Instant February he was coming by Temple Bar , and there being a stop with the Coaches, caused a great Crowd, amongst which his Pocket was pickt of 6l. in Money; he seized the Prisoner, but nothing was found about him. He could give but little account how he came there or what was his business; and was deemed to be an old pick-pocket, yet the Evidence did not touch him home enough to find him guilty. So he was acquitted .

Elinor Griffeth was tried for stealing a Gold Ring from Samuel Hawkes , value 16s. on the 9th Instant . She came to Mr. Hawkes's Shop to buy a Gold Ring, and was very difficult to be pleased; and in handling the Rings she [Text unreadable in original.] a Brass Ring amongst the Gold ones into the Box, and told Mrs Hawkes, that she would go and call the Man to whom she was to be married, and come again to fetch the Goods; so she went a little distance from the Door, and Mrs Hawkes finding the Brass Ring in the Box, presently sent her Apprentice after her, who with some kind of force brought her back, and put her into the Kitchen where she dropt the Ring, which was owned by Samuel Hawkes to be his. She had nothing to offer in her defence [Text unreadable in original.] So she was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Hitch was arraigned for stealing four Weather Sheep, value 16s. on the 16th of January last, the Goods of Robert Austin ; to which he pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

Priscilla Hamar was arraigned for stealing Ten pair of mens Wosted-stockings, value 3l. from Abraham Wilmot ; to which he pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Martha Free and Elizabeth Jefforson , were both arraigned for stealing 3 Legs of Mutton, value 6s. 6d. a Shoulder of Mutton 18d. 5 Quarters of Lamb 10s. 6d. a Lambs head 6d. a Hind-quarter of Veal 6s. the Goods of James Lauson , a Butcher , in Newgate-market . Jefforson immediately confest the Fact, but Free was tried for the same; and Lauson swore, That he lost his meat out of his Shop the 13th of this Instant February at night, which was found upon Jefferson, and the Prisoner Free had sold some of it in St. Giles's at a Cooks, and she was concerned with Jefforson in carrying on the whole matter, and employ'd her to carry the meat, which she confest before the Justice when first taken. She was found guilty of Felony, to the value of 10d.

[Free: Whipping. See summary.]

[Jefforson: Branding. See summary.]

Ann Harvey of Stepney , was tried for breaking the House of William Matthews , about 10 a Clock in the day-time, there being no Person in the same, and taking away feloniously (on the 12th Instant) 5 Dowlace Shirts, value 15s. 5 Smocks 10s. 3 pair of Sheets 15s. 2 Cloath Coats 20s. &c. Mr. Matthews swore, That he went out about 7 a Clock in the morning, and lockt his Door fast, and at his return about 10 a Clock he found his Door bolted, and so going to the Back-door he found it open, and the Goods lying packt up together upon the Floor in the Kitchen; and upon further search, she was found sitting in the Cellar hiding her self. The Prosecutor said, That the Goods she had packt up, were but of the value of 5s. and the Lock of the Door was only pusht back, and nothing was found broke; yet by a late Act of Parliament, it is made Felony without benefit of Clergy, to break open and rob any House in the day time; but nothing was carried away, and the Goods were but 5s. value, as aforesaid; and it could not be proved, that she broke the House, and no Goods were carried away. So she was acquitted .

Thomas Nichols was arraigned and tried for Feloniously stealing one Seat of a Coach cover'd with Flowred Velvet, value 40s. the Goods of John Smith Esq ; of Hackney. The Coachman swore, that as he was passing from London to Hackney, about seven a clock at night, with his empty Coach, (having been carrying some persons to London that dined that day with his Master) the seat was stolen out of the Coach between Bishopgate and Shoreditch Church, as he conjectured, for that there was no person upon the Road afterwards. There was a Woman produced as a Witness for the King, who swore that she had bought several pieces of Velvet of him, some of which were produced in Court, made into a pair of Breeches. The Coachman said, he believed that it was his Master's Velvet. The Prisoner replied, that he bought the Velvet of one Charles Thomas a [Text unreadable in original.]-man in Rosemary-lane for 18d. which was reckoned a ping pennyworth. He could give no good account how he came by the Velvet, so he was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Kennedy was tried for stealing seven pair of Womens Wosted Stockins, value 2s. the Goods of Timothy Lucas . This Fellow, and three more, came to the Shop of Mr. Lucas in Coleman-street , and pretending to buy some Hose, they took away the Stockins ; but being pursued, they dropt them. The Stockins were brought to Mr. Lucas's Shop by a stranger that took them up. The Prisoner was only stopt and seized, the other getting away: But the Evidence could not swear that the Prisoner stole the Stockins, and he denying the Fact, was acquitted .

Benjamin Rogers was tried, for that he, together with one Henry Howes not taken, did steal five Childrens Clouts, value 10d. two Caps 20d. &c. from Edward [Text unreadable in original.] . The evidence could not say that the Prisoner was the man that stole the Goods, but when apprehended about it, he strived to shuffle the matter off of himself, and to put it upon Howes. In his defence he said, that Howes brought the Cloaths to him, and desired him to leave them there, so he did, but he had none that could give any account of him. Howes was called for (by the Cryer) who came into Court, (being Bailed) and was arraigned upon the same Indictment, and tried for the Fact: But none could swear they stole the Goods, so they were both acquitted .

Abraham Harris was tried for robbing on the 26th of January last, one Samuel Howard Gent of a Sword, value 10s. and 17s. in money . Mr. Howard was going along Fleetstreet in a Crowd, and the Prisoner being amongst them, he took him upon suspition, having lost his Sword from his side and his money out of his pocket: But neither Sword nor Money could be found upon him, so he could not be found guilty, therefore was acquitted .

Mary Goffe was arraigned for stealing a Stuff Petticoat, value 30s. and divers other Goods of value , from one Christopher Pearse . To which she pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Erick Cornelius was tried for stealing 232 yards of Serge of a great value . To which he pleaded guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

John Bath was tried for High-Treason, in counterfeiting and making several Halfcrowns, which were of false and counterfeit Metal . The Evidence for the King swore, that the Prisoner's house being searched near Hidepark, there was found in the Cellar a pair of Flasks, some Shears, melting Pots, Files and Crucibles, with all other convenient Utensils, fit for the Trade of Coining, besides several pieces of false money; all which were brought into Court, and shewed to the Jury. The Prisoner was found in the house alone, and no one else; and there was a Fire-place where there had been a Fire lately made, for the Bricks were even hot when they came into the Room, and in the house there was several pieces of false Metal found. There was a stranger who was wont to frequent the house, who was suspected to be a great Clipper, &c. and an Associate of the Prisoners, but he is fled, and not yet taken. The Prisoner said, when first apprehended, that he had let the Room to one Baldwin, but could not produce him. He denied all the matter of Fact, and said that he knew nothing of the matter. So he did at the Tryal, saying Baldwin had taken the Room of him, and what he did there he knew not; neither could he tell where he was, nor the stranger, and denied that he knew him. But the King's Witnesses swore, that he barr'd the Door against them, and stuft the Key-hole with old Rags, denying them entrance at first. He disown'd all that was swore against him. Being asked what Trade he was? Answered, that he bought Hair, and was a Peruke maker , which he called divers Witnesses to prove, who could say no ill of him. He said that being afraid of being Arrested, made him so timorous. The Evidence was not so clear, as to satisfy the Gentlemen of the Jury that he was guilty, so he was acquitted ; which caused him to pray for the King, and the Honourable Bench, with tears in his eyes.

Mary Foster was Tried for stealing ten Yards of Norwich Stuff value 17s. a Stuff Gown 8s. on the 16th Instant , the Evidence was that she did confess that she Robbed the house of the Prosecutor, one Lewis Williams 's and took away the Goods, which she said she gloried in doing of, the Prisoner declared in her defence that the Stuff was her own, that was taken up at the Taffy Manapos;s; but as to the stuff Gown she knew nothing of it; but then again Williams swore, that she did confess before Mr. Justice L that she did steal the Gown which was owned to be Mrs. William's Gown, so she was found guilty to the value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

James Fleming a High German was Tryed upon two Indictments, the first for stealing from one Rants-Lowe a Guinea and 8s. in money , and the second for Robbing George Neale of 5s. Rants-Lowe's Evidence swore that the Prisoner and another man came to his shop, to Cheapen some [Text unreadable in original.]and offered a Guinea to be changed, and so by the Art of Legerdemain took away the money abovesaid, which was positively sworn and was the more readily discover'd by Neale, whom he had served so before, and by whom he was Apprehended, as is set forth in the second Indictment; to which Neale was called to swear, and deposed that the Prisoner, and one George Barbara came to him being a Trunk-maker , to buy a Trunk, and offered him two Guineas, desiring him to exchange them, which he took a Bag to do; and Barbara standing by whilst he lookt out, the money; offered to help him, and would be fingering the money; insomuch that he could not keep his hands out of the heap, which was poured out of the Bag, to tell out enough to change the two Guineas, so afterwards going down Stairs, they could not agree for the Trunk and a way they went, so the said Neale having a suspicion of being Cheated, he Immediately repairs to his Bag and found 3l. wannting except 3s. this was lookt upon to be a strange kind of a Cheat; and a meer Trick that had not been a little while practised by those two foreign Sparks, not only upon these two Persons, Neale and Rants-Lowe, bit it might be presumed others had been served so before them, &c. The Prisoner by an Interpreter denied that he knew any thing of any ill design of a Cheat; for that he had no hand in it, only that he came along with the other man to buy the Goods; and he was really a stranger to the matter; but that would not work upon the Gentlemen of the Jury to believe him, so he was found guilty upon both Indictments.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

James Mersham a French man, was indicted for Robbing one Peter Debofree , and breaking his House; and carrying away three Watch Cases val. 50s. three Brass Movements 10l. an Alarm 3l. two Pereuks 30s. a Hat 50l. a Brass Sun-Dial 30s. and other Goods, besides 3l. 7s. in Money . Mr. Debofree swore against him by an Interpreter, that his House was broke open, and robbed on the 13th of December last, about 6 or 7 a Clock at night; but he could not swear against the Prisoner, only that he spread Bills amongst the Watchmakers, one of which was one Mr. Herbert, who said that the Prisoner at the bar brought some Movements to him to Sell; and he suspected the Goods not to be honestly come by, so he stopt him and the Goods, and had him before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor; and the Movements were owned by Mr. Debofree to be his, so he was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Davis alias Davye , was Arraigned for a Robbery on the High-way near St. Pancras Church , and Tryed for the same ; the Evidence first was Mr. John Wheeler , who swore that on the 1st of September last, as he was coming from Hampstead about 9 or 10 a Clock at night, four or five Men met him in the Lane near St. Pancras Church; and took him into a Field, and bound him, and after took 25s. in money, and a pair of Buckles out of his Shoes; this was Corroborated by Mr. Stephens and Mr. Frymley who was with him at the same time, as they swore, but Wheeler the Prosecutor could not swear to the Prisoner: the Prisoner utterly denied the Fact, and that he had much wrong done him, and that he did not know Mr. Stephens; but Mr. Frymley declared, that he brought the Prisoner and Stephens first acquainted, and that they had attempted to break open a House once together; Mr. Stephens said further, that they Robbed a Coach the same night of about 3l. The Jury having considered of the Evidence, he was found guilty of the Robbery.

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Symbole , of the Parish of St. Anns Westminster , together with her Two Sisters, were all Indicted, First, For that they, together with Jacob Reginer , not taken, did kill and murder one Isaac Symbole , late Husband of the said Elizabeth Symbole . Secondly, For being present, aiding and abetting the said Jacob Reginer, in the stabbing of the said Symbole, he having no Weapon drawn, nor having first struck him . The Indictment set forth, That they, together with the said Jacob Reginer, not having the Fear of God before their Eyes, but being Instigated by the Devil, the 30th of January last past, In and upon the said Isaac Symbole they did make an Assault, and the said Jacob Reginer, with a Rapier which he had in his Right Hand drawn, did give to the said Isaac Symbole One 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, &c.

The Councel for the King, first opened the Nature of both the Indictments to the Gentlemen of the Jury, shewing how malicious a Fact, and what a Barbarous Murder the Prisoners at the Bar stood charged with; it being the more aggravated, because the Relation and Affinity was so Conjugal as the Wife to the Husband, therefore it was no less than Petty-Treason in her, as well as Felony and Murder: Therefore it was a Crime of a very High Nature in them all, if so be that they should be found guilty of it; and it required their serious and mature Consideration.

Then the Witnesses for the King were called and sworn; the first was one Jane Williams, Mr. Symbole's Servant, who deposed, That on the 30th day of January last, Mr. Reginer, and Mrs. Symbole's two Sisters, viz. the other two Prisoners, came to Mr. Symbole's House in the Afternoon, and found Mrs. Symbole in the Kitchen; so she ordered her to make a Fire in the Parlor, which she did, and then they went to Cards. Mr. Reginer had brought some Wine with him, which they drank, and were merry. Then Mrs. Symbole sent the said Williams for her master to one Mr. Lamberts, but he did not come home till [Text unreadable in original.] of the clock at night; when he came in, a Supper was ordered, which they eat together, seeming to be good Friends; and after Supper they went to Cards again, playing at a Game called Bone Ace, at a Farthing Bone, and a Farthing Ace. Then she went down Stairs, and there fell asleep; afterwards awakening, hearing the Watchman knockt at the door, she went up stairs, where she found Mr. Reginer standing in the Room with a Naked Sword in his hand, all bloody, which he wiped his Coat; and her master she found sunk down in his Chair behind the table, with one Leg upon the Chair. She going towards him, he put his hand out to her, and made as if he would speak, but could not, and immediately died. In the mean time the said Reginer got away, as also the two Sisters, her mistress Symbole being only left, who seemed to be in a great Agony; then she run down stairs, and called one Stoneman, and one Springback, that were Neighbours, who came immediately, and lifted up Mr. Symbole from the ground, and perceiving his Lips to move, they got Strong-waters, and poured into his mouth, but to no effect; for he instantly died. Stoneman and Springback deposed the same. A Watchman being sworn, declared that he was at the Door but about a quarter of an hour before the murder was done, and knockt at it, but some Woman answer'd him out at the Window, saying, All was well. There was other confirming Proofs how, and in what manner Mr. Symbole was found, and that Mrs. Symbole was much troubled, crying out, She was undone. Being asked, Who it was that murder'd her Husband? She would give no account at first, only said it was a Lawyer belonging to the Temple; at length when more people came in, she told them his Name was Reginer. It was further deposed, that Mrs. Symbole nor the other two did not offer to stop the said Reginer, but suffer'd him to go away. The Surgeon gave in Evidence, that upon search of the Body of the deceased, he found no less than 18 Wounds about him, five of which were mortal; that they were all made with one and the same Sword as he believed; and that there was a Bruise under his ear, which was perhaps done by his Fall off his Chair, for one of the Searchers (an old Woman) swore that she thought that was done by a fall, for it could not be blacker, except he had died at the Tree, as she call'd it; she knew it very well, she said, by experience, for that she had been an old Stripper. This was the sum of the Evidence for the King against the Prisoners, &c.

Then they were all call'd upon to make their Defence; and Mrs. Symbole first began, who said, That she was wholly Innocent of the Murder, and declared the whole matter, how that Mr. Reginer, and her Sisters came to her House whilst Mr. Symbole was abroad, and brought some Wine, and that she sent to look for Mr. Symbole to come home and bear them Company, so they went to Cards; and about Nine or Ten a Clock at night Mr. Symbole came home, and was in a very good Humour, very kindly embracing Mr. Reginer, telling him that he had highly honoured him with his Company, and complemented him very civilly; after which, a Supper was provided (by Mr. Symbole's Order) which they eat very amicably together; after which they played at Cards again, at Bone Ace, and Mr. Symbole and Mr. Reginer, happening to turn up two Sevens each of them; Mr. Symbole said, That the Cards should be dealt again, which Mr. Reginer denied, upon which high Words arose: Mr. Symbole telling Reginer, That he had been in the Crown-Office. Reginer replying, That he never was in the Pillory; so to boxing they went, and Mr. Reginer drew his Sword and stabbed Mr. Symbole. She further declared, That she was so much affrighted, that she knew not what she did, and that she screamed out as loud as she was able; but the Old Woman being asleep in the Kitchen, could not make her hear, besides, she called a whole Cloud of Witnesses to prove that her Husband and she had always lived very lovingly together, and that Mr. Symbole had been often times heard to speak very respectively of his Wife, and loved her very well; besides, she had divers very credible Persons, who appeared in Court, and gave an Excellent Testimony of Mrs. Symbole's Reputation; and that she had been always bred very Religiously, and had a very modest Carriage and Behaviour, not guilty of any manner of [Text unreadable in original.] or Disregard in the Comporting of herself towards Mr. Symbole, never since she was his Wife, and being much surprised she knew not how Mr. Reginer got out of the House, it being supposed that her Sisters had gone out before him, and [Text unreadable in original.] ; so he got away before any Assistance came.

One Sister in her defence, alledged, That she was there the same night the Murder was Committed, and that Mr. Symbole and Mr. Reginer were good friends, till they fell out about turning up two Sevens; and that she being so much affrighted when she saw them fight, she ran down Stairs and went home crying out and making a noise, but did not know what she did, only she remembered that in the Quarrel, Mr. Symbole called Mr. Reginer Cowardly Rogue, and told him, That he had been in the Crown Office. Then Mr. Reginer replied, that he never was so great a Rogue as to stand in the Pillory.

The other Sister declared to the same effect, as did the former, That she was also much affrighted, and her Sister going away in the time of the Quarrel, she went also; but as to the designing any Murder, she knew not. They had both the same Evidence as to their Reputation, as had Mrs. Symbole. So, then all the Witnesses having been examined fairly on both sides, with a great deal of patience and Indulgence from the Court, for their Trial lasted very long; the Court gave the Charge to the Gentlemen of the Jury, distinguishing the Law in the Case of Murder; and because, where any Person shall stab another, other People being by, and not interrupting him yet he only is guilty of the Stabbing and Death of the man, because he gave the thrust; so this Evidence did not affect the Prisoners upon the Statute of Stabbing, so they were all acquitted of the Penalty of that Statute; and there being no positive Proof that they did Abet, Aid, or Assist the said Reginer in the Perpetration of so Barbarous and Bloody a Murder, or had any hand in the same, the Jury brought a Verdict that they were all not guilty of it.

Sarah Becket , was Tryed for Robbing the House of her Mistress, one Lydia Campion of St. Andrews Holborn ; on the 4th of January last, and carrying away a silver Cann value 50s. a Salt 10s. two Silver Porringers 4l. 20 Ounces of silver 5l. with other Plate of great value ; Mistress Campion swore that she was brought to her, to be her Servant , the 4th of January last, and the same night, she went away with the Plate, which was found upon her in the street by some Boys, and a Mobb that gathered about her, who brought her back to Mistress Campions, with the Plate also; she had been an old Offender before, she had no defence that was material, she was found guilty of the Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Robert Geeris a Chirurgion , was Tryed for stealing a Mare price 9l. from Richard Biggs , the Evidence was that the Mare was stolen out of the Orchard of Mr. Biggs, at a place called Branton Gleeford in the County of Wilts , and that the Mare was found at London at the Woolpack at Smithfield-Bars, in the Custody of the Prosecutor, he being seized and taken; so the said Biggs had Intelligence by one of his Neighbours, that the Prisoner had the Mare, so the Mare was found at the Woolpack abovesaid, and the Prisoner owned to Mr. Biggs his Son in Newgate that he had the Mare, and told him if it had not been for one damn'd Son of a Whore he might have had the Mare again; the Prisoner behaved himself very impudently in Court, and said that he bought the Mare of one Feazy a Prisoner now in Newgate who was fetch't down, and being examined, he said he had known the Prisoner for half a year, but that he never bought any such Mare of him, for which the Prisoner was Repremanded; why says the Prisoner I thought he could have given an account but he will not, he can if he will, then the Prisoner said further, I had a Horse that I called Old Broom which I led in my hand to London, so I had no need to steal a Mare; Then being asked what Inn he Lodged at when came to London, he answered (with a kind of Laughter) that he was a stranger at this Town; and he had forgot the Sign, but it was like a Lyon, or some such Sign; then he being askt if he had any more to say, he answered, That he had no more to say, only that the Mare cost him 6 Guineas, which was a dear Bargain, and nothing vext him so, but that he had given the Mare so much Corn, which had cost him a great deal of money; so upon the whole he was found guilty of Felony, at which Verdict he Laught, but it was no Laughing matter, &c.

[Death. See summary.]

Susannah Pryer , B - E - Elinor Goffe , and Elizabeth Rogers , were all tryed for robbing their Lodging of a Quilt val. 2l. One pair of Sheets, 2l. a Table-cloth, and other Goods ; the Goods of one Francis Tegg , who swore, That Pryer and E - came and took a Room of him, and Lodged with him above a quarter of a year, and then the other two, Goffe and Rogers, came to visit the said Pryer and E - upon which the Goods were stolen away, and Goffe was seen to carry away a lap full of things, upon the 9th. instant, but she came again at night, and so did the rest, and none of them did absent from their Lodgings; Goffe said, that she carried but foul cloaths to be washed abroad: They were indicted only upon suspicion; so the Evidence being but [Text unreadable in original.] , they were all acquitted .

Jane Pollard , a Girl was tried for stealing the L[Text unreadable in original.] Corronet val 20 s. on the of December last the of Samuel Percy ; the witness swore that the Girl worked in the Shop with them (being two [Text unreadable in original.]net was missing when she was gone [Text unreadable in original.] this was all they could say: and the Girl called [Text unreadable in original.] for her reputation who gave a fair counsel of her, that she was an honest girl and had always behaved her self honestly, so she was acquitted .

Elizabeth Barnes was tryed for Felony, for stealing a Black Petticoat fringed with Silver Lace, value 5 l. [Text unreadable in original.] Twilight 12 l. a Gown 40 with divers other rich Goods of great value . She was found guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Charles Robertson was Tryed for stealing above the value of 7 l. the Goods of one George [Text unreadable in original.] who swore 1 l. Boat lay at Wapping [Text unreadable in original.] and Mr. Robertson being a Custom-House Officer seized the Boat thereby to engage the said Mr. [Text unreadable in original.] which he would fain have neglected to do, so the said [Text unreadable in original.]. Acquitted .

Richard Jones was Arraigned for stealing a [Text unreadable in original.] value 4 l. from Joan Hatley to which Indictment they pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Jane Brown and Elizabeth Belwood were Arraigned for that they together with Anne York not taken, did steal from Thomas Gratwick Mercer in Covent Garden , 16 Yards of Lute string Silk value 4 l. to which Indictment they pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mark Fenton, alias Felton , was Tryed for breaking the House Sr. John Brownlow Knight , Scituate in the Pall-Mall ; the Evidence for the King swore that the Prisoner came to see the House (it being to Lett) a little before Christmas last; as also a little before the House was broke and robbed, so he was suspected to have done the mischief, there was lost Tables, Stands, and Looking Glasses, besides several Feather-Beds, Bolsters, Pillows, Blankets, Rugs, Coverlets, flower'd silk Curtains, divers new Cane Chairs, Sheets, fine Bed Linnen of all sorts; the Sockets of two Glass Sconces a Portmantua Trunk, two Coppers, a Brass Frying pan, and an Iron Dripping pan, with other Houshold Goods of a very great value, and no less then three Cart Loads of Goods, &c. The Prisoner pretended that he came to take the House for another Person and did not, therefore his House being searcht, there was found a Feather-Bed marked with Sir John Brownlows name, as also a Japan Looking Glass, several Kane Chairs, and some silver Sconces &c. all which were owned to be Sir John Brownlows Goods; there was an Iron Betty found in the Prisoners house, which was lost by a Butcher, which the Thieves call an Embroidering Needle, the Robbery was first discovered to be done by a Chairman that Lodged in the Prisoners house (he hearing the printed Bill read that was publisht to give the World an account of the Loss;)took Notice of the Goods which he saw in the House; and he gave Notice to the Prosecutor: There was a Maid that showed the House, swore that the Prisoner was the man that came with the woman to see the House, in order to take it. The Prisoner could alledge nothing that was material in his defence, but told a long Story, and said he bought the Goods of one Mr. Molkin an Upholsterer, with whom the Key was left to shew the House, and that he paid 25 l. for them, but that was false, for he run away when first T ed; which was on the 10th of January; and was not found till the 22d Instant; upon this whole he was found guilty of Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

Giles Matolister was Tryed for Committing two Robberies on the High-way near Hackney; the first for Robbing Mary the Wife of one Dukes , of a [Text unreadable in original.]and 10 d. in money ; the second for Robbing Thomas Otborn a Gentleman in at Stoutbridge near Kingstone of 3s. 6d.in money and a few Farthings ; Mrs Dukes swore that she was Robbed at Stoutbridge; but could not say the prisoner was [Text unreadable in original.]. Otborn says that on the 9th of January last as he was going from London driving his Coach, by the aforesaid place three men met him, and stopt his Horses, and rifled his Breeches, and took away the money abovesaid, but he could not Swear that the prisoner was amongst them; but two [Text unreadable in original.] pursued them, that this prisoner away amongst them, and [Text unreadable in original.] Life; and called his Landlady where he Lodged, and some Neighbours besides who gave a Credible account of his Reputation, as also a noble Captain in Court who knew him in Flanders, he was in the end Acquitted .

William Skale and Elizabeth his Wife , were tried for stealing a Looking glass, value 14 s. a Set of Curtains 20 s. a p [Text unreadable in original.] a Blanket, a Pewter Tankard, and divers other small Houshold Goods from George Vaughan . They came to lodge at his House on the Tuesday before Christmas day last, and after they had been there 9 days, they stole the Goods, went away with them, and were not found till six Weeks after, at which time they confest that they had the Goods, having sold them. So the Wife was acquitted , by reason that what she did was in C [Text unreadable in original.] to her Husband; but he was found guilty of Felony to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Lane was indicted, for that he together with one William Tuttle not taken, did Conspire, and Charge one Mr. Hall , a Merchant , with the Offence of Buggery with one John Bates . The Evidence was first Mr. Hall who swore, That the said Bates sent for him to a Tavern, where he went; and immediately the said Lane and Tuttle came into the Room, and Lane presently charged the said Hall with Buggery and Tuttle took him into another Room and told him, That he had committed the Sin of Buggery with Bates. And he answered that he was innocent of such a thing being a Person of another sort of Conversation. But then Mr. Tuttle still persisted and told him, That he could produce one that would swear it, so said Lane it is so, said he. So Mr. Hall being in a great Consternation, agreed with Tuttle to give him a Bill of 36 l. which he did, but Lane only said thus, Mr. Hall it is so, and we can prove it. Mr. Bates Sister swore, That the Prisoner and Tuttle came to her Brother; and he told the Court, that Tuttle would have perswaded him to lay the Buggery upon Mr. Hall, and if he would do it, then he should be provided for as long as he lived, &c. But Bates refused it; and could not say, That Mr. Lane spake any thing to him. The Prisoner called some Witnesses to prove his Reputation, who all said, That he been bred well, and served an Apprenticeship to a Wier-drawer , and that he never was given to do any evil thing; and that if he had done amiss now, it was the first Fact, or words to the same effect in favour of him; yet for all this, his Innocency was not cleared. For says the Court, What business had Mr. Lane with Mr. Hall, along with Tuttle; Was it to advise him about the Charge and Conspiracy, how to defend himself? Surely no, for he was altogether a Stranger to him; therefore it must be conjectured that he went along with Tuttle out of a sheer design to get money out of Mr. Hall. And the Gentlemen of the Jury were to consider of the business of the Fact, that men should be so impudent to impose upon a Citizen, and so worthy a Merchant, as Mr. Hall was. So that in the end the Prisoner was found guilty of a Misdemeanor in conspiring against the said Mr. Hall, and for charging him with so great a Falshood.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Pillory. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

William Cannock , Gent. was tried for the Murther of Thomas China , Gent. by giving him a mortal wound with a Rapier, val. 2 s. 6 d. upon the left Thigh, near to his Groin, of the breadth of one Inch, and of the depth of three Inches, of which he instantly dyed ; the Evidence was, first, two Watchmen who said, that they found the Prisoner and the deceased standing in Arundel street with their Swords drawn about three a clock in the Morning, and when they came up to them, they put up their Swords, and walking together a little way, Mr. China fell down dead; the next Witness was the Gentleman that kept the Rummer Tavern near Arundel street, who said that they, with another Gentleman, were drinking Wine at his house till Two a Clock in the Morning the same Night, and were very merry and civil; another Witness a Coffee-Woman, who lived in Milford lane, declared, that they were both in her house the same night, and there they quarrelled about Fighting in Flanders; and China called Cannock a Villain and Rascal, and spit in his face and told him, That if he would not come out and fight he would kick him. Mr. Cor[Text unreadable in original.] gave account, That the wound was above Three Inches deep, which was near his Groin, and was Mortal. The Prisoner in his defence called one Mr. Isaacson to be a Witness for him, who declared the whole matter from [Text unreadable in original.] to what before has been sworn. He further [Text unreadable in original.] did own that Mr. China did dye by his by his hand, for which he was very sorry, but what he did he was forced to do in his own defence, because Mr. China prest so hard upon him. [Text unreadable in original.] was found Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

Jane [Text unreadable in original.] was tried for High-Treason in Clipping of Currant Coin of this Kingdom . She was taken in the Liberty of St. Katherines, on the 11th of February last. The Evidence swore, That they went to search her house for stolen goods [Text unreadable in original.] there was found about her a small parcel of Clippings, and her Bed were found some shears and files. She declared in her defence, That she did not know how the Clippings came there, and called several of her Neighbours, who justified her Reputation, and that her Husband was a very loose idle Person. So in the conclusion she was acquitted .

Ann Banks, alias Wilson , was tried for robbing William Martyn of St. Andrews Parish (on the First instant) of 8 pair of Sleeves, val 5l. 9 pair of Flaxen Pillowbers 18s. some Hoods, and divers other Goods . But the Evidence was not sufficient to find her Guilty, so she was acquitted .

Mary Sudcole , a Maiden, was tried for stealing two Muslin Nightroyls, val 2s. the Goods of Phyamete Cotes . The Evidence could not charge her fully, and she had good Evidence that she was an honest maid. So she was acquitted .

Matthew Coppinger was tried for entring the house of Mary Mottershed in the day-time, and putting her in Fear, taking away a Watch value 7l. and 7l. in money . Mrs. Mottershed swore, that the Prisoner came to her House with another man, one B - and told her that she was a Clipper, and would swear it, giving her threatening language, that she should burn as Fire burned. But before this, the Prisoner asked her to lend him some money, for that he was in Law; but she refusing it, he caused her to open her Trunks, wherein was the Watch and the money. He pretended to search for Clippings and clipt money, but found none; the Watch and the money lying upon the Bed, whilst Mrs. Mottershed went into another Room to dress herself (to go to Newgate as she thought) being in great terror, did not mind the Prisoners motions, upon a sudden the Prisoner, and the other man B - (not yet taken) went down stairs, and away they went with the Watch and money.

The Prisoner alledged that he was maliciously prosecuted, and that Mrs. Mottershed went by several Names, viz. Tomson, Sturgess, and Mottershed, and that all her Neighbours knew her to be a Clipper; but that was no such thing, for she was a person of known integrity. Then he offer d a warrant for his doing, signed by Hugh Chamberlain Esq; Justice of the Peace of Middlesex; but he had no Witness to prove that the Warrant was a true one granted by Mr. Justice Chamberlain. There was no proof that he broke anything, and Mrs. Mottershed having her Watch sent her from B - by a Porter, she paying four Guinea's to fetch it out of pawn, the Prisoner was found guilty but of Felony .

Matthew Coppinger was a 2d time tried for Felony and robbery. The Indictment set forth, that the Prisoner, together with one John Brandon , and Thomas Smith , did go to the house of one Humphrey Davis near Lincolns-Inn Fields , where was one Mrs. Elizabeth Powell , Wife of George Powell , and there did rob her of 30 Guinea's ; the said Brandon having a Sword drawn in his right hand, did put Mrs. Powell in fear, and afterwards the Prisoner tells Mr. Powell that he had a kindness for him, therefore came to acquaint him that there was a Warrant of High-Treason against him and his Wife for Clipping, which would be sworn against him by own Rogues that he knew, &c.

He was a third time arraigned for a misdemeanour, in conspiring against the said Mr. Powell and his Wife, for falsly charging them with the Crime of High-Treason, thereby to bring them to final death . The Evidence for the King first swore, that the Prisoner said he had been with the Parliament to get a Warrant or Order for to take up the Clippers, and Mr. Powell declared that the Prisoner came to him to his house, and told him that there were two men at a Coffee-house hard by, had a Warrant of High-Treason against him, and he knowing him to be his Friend, and a worthy Person, he came to let him know of it to secure himself; so he and Coppinger went out to a Tavern, and just as they were entring in at the Door, comes Brandon and Smith up to him, and in a rude manner accosted him, telling him that they had a Warrant against him and his Wife for High-Treason; and immediately seized him, and took him into the Tavern, and threatened him in a strange manner, with horrid Oaths and Execrations, that he and his wife were Clippers, and that he should be hang'd, and his Wife burnt; at which Mr. Powel was much surprised; and they went and fetch'd Mrs. Powel, and then removed from the Tavern to an Alehouse, where they said that they would swear it downright against them; upon which Mrs. Powell was very much affrighted, and fell into a Swoon; so Coppinger came to her, and bid her not to be troubled, pretending to be a Friend, and that it was nothing but a Trick, and that the two men were Rogues, and only wanted money; so they at last compounded the matter, and took 30 Guineas, which Mrs. Powell had fetch'd from home, unknown to her Husband; so away they went. They came with a Warrant, but without any Constable; and it appeared upon the whole matter, that the Prisoner Coppinger was privy to the whole Design, and joined with the said Brandon and Smyth in carrying on the Villany, and that he was at the Horse-Shoe Tavern in Drury-Lane just after they had received the money. Mr. Powel did not know the said Brandon nor Smith, nor had any great Acquaintance with Coppinger. Other Evidence proved that he had part of the Guineas to his Share: And that he made his humble Application to Mr. Powel (by Letters), That if he would pardon him, and be so merciful to him as to make him an Evidence against the said Brandon and Smith, he would upon Oath discover the Design, for that the said Brandon nor Smith did ever know the said Mr. Powel. He could not urge any thing material in his Defence; and the Court being very well satisfied of the Heinousness of the Fact, and of the Innocence of Mr. Powel and Madam Powel, being Persons of an unblemish'd Reputation; this therefore was duly considered by both Court and Jury; So he was found Guilty of Felony and Robbery; and the Misdemeanor died in course.

[Death. See summary.]

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

Burnt in the Hand, 17.

Thomas Nichols, Mary Goffe, Elinor Griffeth, Priscilla Hamar, Thomas Hitch, James Fleming, James Mersham, Errick Cornelius, Richard Jones, Mark Fenton, William Cannock, Elizabeth Jefforson, Elizabeth Barnes, Sarah Becket, Jane Browne, Elizabeth Belwood, Jane Newel.

Received Sentence of Death, 3.

Robert Geerish, John Davis, Matthew Coppinger.

James Pattison, formerly Convicted for Clipping, was called to his former Judgments.

To be Whipt, 3.

Martha Free, Mary Foster, William Skale

Thomas Lane was fined 40 Mark, and ordered to stand Three times in the Pillory, once near the Mitre Tavern in Fenchurchstreet- a second Time at the Royal Exchange, and a Third Time in Cheapside, on the usual days; and to find good Sureties for his Quiet Behaviour for a Twelvemonth.

Thomas Hitch, James Fleming, Errick Cornelius, and Richard Jones, took a Lifting Shilling in Court, and were entertain'd into His Majesty's Service

An Indictment was brought against Owen Sullivan , Daniel Kane, alias Kalligan , for that they together with Thomas Dunning , Charles Macartey , Timothy Brenot , and others, did break the Savoy Prison, whereby several persons who were committed there for High Treason, made their Escape; they were ordered to be Tried for the Offence next Sessions.

The Humble Presentment of the Grand Jury of London, to the Lord Mayor, Judges, and Justices of this Honourable Court, on the 20th of February, 1694/5.

Whereas by sad Experience, the currant Coyn of this Kingdom is diminished, defaced, imbased, and counterfeited to less than one half of the due Intrinsick Value, to the Ruin of Trade, and great Dishonour of the Nation, which we find by Exchange abroad, and to our great Detriment at home, if not speedily prevented by some new Law, which shall punish Confederate Dispersers of Clipt money, and mercenary Exchangers of Broad money, as well as the Criminals taken in the Fact of Clipping, will have a great tendency to the inevitable Ruin of Trade, and Disturbance in the Kingdom, than can be retrieved.

That we conceive there is a necessity of further Power to be given to Justices of the Peace, and other Magistrates for frequent Examination of Loose and Unsettled persons that have no Habitation nor Business, but live on Pilfering and Begging; and upon Examination of such Persons so found and detected, that they be imployed in the Service of the Kingdom, as Soldiers, would prevent the unreasonable Imposition by Press-masters; and the loose vicious Women, and Black-guard Boys be sent to the Plantations.

That Salisbury-Court, White-Friers, and other pretended Priviledge places, are notorious for entertaining Lewd People, Clippers, and Highway-men, and sheltering such as Defraud their Creditors.

That all Lotteries, except what be established by the Government, be supprest as publick Nusances to the Debauchery and Ruin of Youth and Servants.

All which we humbly present fit to be recommended by this Honourable Court, to the Wisdom of this Parliament, that such Laws may be enacted to redress these Grievances.

Signed by

James Denew

William Carbonell

Richard Mead

Peter Cartwight

William George

John Barker

Charles Herle

Richard Cahmbree

James Parr

Josiah Ragdale

Jonathan Kendale

Thomas Shaw

Anthony Stratton

John Talbot

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