Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 21 December 2014), February 1698 (16980223).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 23rd February 1698.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commission of the Peace, AND Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the OLD-BAYLY,

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, being the 23d, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 28th Days of February, 1697.

And in the Tenth Year of His Majesty's 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, Saturday, and Monday, being the 23d, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 28th Days of February 1697. Before the Right Honourable Sir HUMPHRY EDWIN , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Sir Salathiel Lovell , Kt. Recorder of the said City; with several others of His Majesty's Justices for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors are as follow:

London Jury.

Francis Smartfort

Joseph Anderson

Paul Chamberlain

John Burd

Nathaniel Weeks

Henry Rhodes

John Thurrogood

Thomas Jones

Jacob Eyles

Walter Lloyd

Richard Pickering

Cave Wiseman .

Middlesex Jury.

Simon Smith

William Gunson

Edward Wade

Richard Adams

Bennet Giles

Samuel Lynn

William Wyld

Moses Cook

William Silcoks

Thomas Stibbs

Marmaduke Francis

William Pedly .

The Proceedings were these.

Alice Tomlen and Elizabeth Hoskins of the Parish of St. Christophers , were Indicted for feloniously Stealing from Thomas Collins , on the 29th of January , 60 Yards of Indian Cloth, value 6 l. To which Indictment Tomlen pleaded Guilty , but Hoskins put her self upon her Tryal. It appeared that the Prisoners came into the Prosecutor's Shop to cheapen some Stuffs, and the Goods were missing; and being suddenly pursued, the Goods were found dropt by them: but there being no positive Evidence that saw Hoskins drop the Goods, the Jury brought her in Not Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Riggs of the Parish of St. Buttolphs , was Indicted for feloniously Stealing from Ralph Hutcheson , on the 29th of January , one laced Head-dress value 20 s. It appeared that the Prisoner took the Head-dress out of a Seamstresses Shop-Window, where it was sent to be made up ; and being seen take out the Goods by some of the Neighbourhood, he was immediately pursued, and dropt the Goods. He had little to say in his Defence, the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

William Martin, alias Peter , of the Parish of St. Mary Wilmot , was Indicted for Robbing Mary Jelly on the Highway, on the 3d of February , and taking from her one laced Headdress value 6 l. another Head-dress value 15 s. and other Goods, of Peter Wey . It appeared that as the Maid was carrying the Goods in a Band-box through Little Lombard street about six at Night, the Prisoner stopt her, by standing up against her whilst some others took the Goods out of the Band-box: upon which she cried out Murder, and the Prisoner was seized, but the rest escaped with the Goods, which were afterwards brought to him in Prison, and he delivered them to the Marshal's Man. The Prisoner had little to say in his Defence, the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Lay of the Parish of St. Sepulchers, in the Ward of Farringdon , was Indicted for feloniously Stealing from Richard Hawks , on the 21st of December , a parcel of Gloves . appeared that the Prosecutor had the Goods returned him from the Country by a Waggoner to the Swan Inn on Holborn-bridge, were put into the Ware-house, and suddenly after mis'd; upon which the Prosecutor gave notice to several Shops, that if the Goods should be brought to be sold, they might stop the Person; and a little after the Prisoner offered to sell 10 dozen of the Gloves, which appear'd to be part of the same that the Prosecutor lost: But the Prisoner in her Defence said, that she had them from a Young-man to sell; and it not fully appearing that she stole the Goods, she was acquitted .

Samuel Palmer of the Parish of St. Buttolphs without Bishopsgate , was Indicted for feloniously Stealing from Thomas Talver , on the 1st of January , 180 Yards of Silk value 20 l. It appeared that the Prisoner came into the Prosecutor's House and carry'd off the Goods, which he confess'd when taken; part of which were found in his House, and told where he had disposed of the rest, where they were found accordingly. He had little to say in his Defence, the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Laplow and Katharine Wilson of the Parish of St. Swithens , were Indicted for feloniously Stealing from Patrick Oliphant , on the 15th of January , one Box Iron, a pair of Pattens, and other Goods . To which Indictment Laplow pleaded Guilty , but Wilson put her self on her Tryal. The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner came to the Prosecutor's House, pretending to take a Room; and after they were gone, the Goods were missing: But it did not appear that Wilson took the Goods, she was acquitted .

Elizabeth Laplow and Katharine Wilson were a second time Indicted for feloniously stealing on the 28th of January , one Silver Cup value 50 s. one Silk Mantua Gown value 4 l. and several other Goods : To which Indictment Laplow pleaded Guilty , but Wilson put her self upon her Trial when it appeared, that she and Laplow came to the Prosecutor's House and took a Room, where they lodged one Night, and next Day sent the Maid out for some Drink, took occassion to rifle the House, and went away with the Goods; part of which were found about the Prisoner Wilson when seized, and other part discoveredelsewhere. The Prisoner had little to say in her Defence, she was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elenor Watson , Wife of John Watson , of the Parish of Islington , County of Middlesex, was Indicted for privately taking from John Trout , on the 20th of January , 3 Guineas value 3 l. 3 other pieces of Gold value 30 s. 25 s. in Money, and some other Goods . The Prosecutor deposed, that he went into the Prisoner's House and call'd for some Drink, and that as sitting by the Fire, the Prisoner sat close by him; and when he lookt for Money to pay his Reckoning, he miss'd his Money, but could not be positive that she took it: and besides, several Persons who were present, declared they did not see her touch him, and that he owned that the last time he felt his Money was at High-gate; and withal, abundance of substantial People were call'd to her Reputation, who gave her a very good Character: she was acquitted .

Valentine Brenant of the Parish of St. Clements Danes , was Indicted for feloniously Stealing from Frances Peppet , on the 20th of January , 3 Dozen of Leather Gloves, value 20 s. It appeared that the Prisoner took the opportunity to enter the Prosecutor's Shop when she nor none else were there, and carryd off the Goods : which being perceived by some Neighbours, he was immediately pursued, and the Goods found about him: He had little to say in his Defence, the Jury brought him in Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Chambers of the Parish of St. John Wapping was Indicted for the Murder of John Milman on the 18th of February , by giving him one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 2 s. on the Left part of the Body nigh the Left Pap, one Inch in breadth and three in depth, of which he instantly died . He was likewise Indicted upon the Statute of Stabbing. It appeared that the Prisoner and the Deceased, with some others, being Drinking together, some Difference hapned about the Reckoning; the Prisoner, without any other provocation than a Lye, gave the Deceased the Wound. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he had other provocation given him by the Deceased, but could not prove it: he was found Guilty of Murder.

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Williams of the Parish of St. Mary Will-church , was Indicted for Stealing from Christopher Willen , on the 26th of January , 280 Pound weight of Lead : but there not being sufficient Evidence to convict him, he was acquitted .

Thomas Shaksby of the Parish of St. Buttolphs was Indicted for Stealing from William Hampshire , one brown Gelding value 3 l. on the 15th of February . It appeared that the Horse was taken off the Prosecutor's Ground, and brought to an Inn in this City, where he had Notice the Gelding was, where he was owned by the Prisoner, and he was thereupon seized; and some of the Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner told them in the Compter, that he did not steal the Horse, but the Horse stole him; for that the Horse lying in a narrow lane in his Passage, he was afraid to pass by his Head for fear of being bit, and to pass by his Tail for fear of being kickt; so that endeavouring to step over his back, he got up unexpectedly, and ran away with him to London: Which Defence he had the Impudence to make at his Trial, without any other Proof how he came by the Horse and Bridle, which was owned by the Prosecutor: the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Edward Fuller of the Parish of Great St. Helens was Indicted for Stealing from George Bodington Esq ; on the 10th of December , 24 Yards of broad Cloth, value 13 l. But there not being sufficient Evidence to convict him, he was acquitted .

Alice Bates and [Grace] Hornby of the Parish of Christ-church , were Indicted for Stealing from Henry Honner and James Honner , on the 14th of February , a parcel of Thread-Stocking : To which Indictment they pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Simon Duburgy of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields as Principal, and Mary Dyer and Mary Hollis of the same Parish as Aiding, Abetting, and Assisting, were Indicted for the Murder of John Mallony , on the 16th of January , by giving him one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 5 s. which the Prisoner Duburgy held in his Hand, on the Left part of the Breast near the Coller-bone, half an Inch broad, and 6 deep . It appeared that the Prisoners and the Deceased went altogether into a Tavern and call'd for Wine and Victuals, and a Quarrel hapned between the Deceased and Duburgy: The Evidence deposed, that they saw the Deceased have a drawn Sword in his Hand, and afterwards saw the Prisoner have another naked Sword betwixt his Legs as he sat at Table: That the Deceased seem'd to be in a great Passion, at last it came to Blows, in which the Deceased received the Wound; and Duburgy made his Escape, but was suddenly after taken. But it did not appear that there had been any premeditated Malice, but on the contrary, a very good Understanding for some Years between Duburgy and the Deceased, and a great Provocation given by the Deceased: and there nothing appearing against the two Women, they were acquitted , and Duburgy was brought in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Cheader of the Parish of St. Anns, Liberty of Westminster , was Indicted for Stealing from John Gayat , on the 2d of February , one Muslen Head-dress value 5 s. another Head-dress, and 22 s. 6 d. in Money numbered . It appeared that the Prisoner had got into the Prosecutor's Service, where she had been 3 or 4 Days, and took the opportunity when all the People in the House were a bed, and stole the Goods, leaving Fire under a Bed where the Children lay, and escaped; and one of the Children crying out Fire, alarm'd the House, and by the assistance of some Neighbours it was extinguished without doing any damage; and next day the Prisoner being searcht after, was seized, and the Goods found about her, and confest the taking of them. She had little to say in her Defence, the Jury brought her in Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Foule of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the West , was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, for breaking the House of John Spelman on the 20th of December , and taking thence 4 Guineas in Gold value 4 l. and 10 l. in Moneys numbred . It appeared that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Landress; had a key to his Room, came in and went out upon occasion; and the Prosecutor having missed several Sums, had some suspicion of the Prisoner: whereupon he procured two Persons to lie in wait in private Places of the Room, who heard her open the Closet-door with a false Key, and immediately seized her in the Closet with the 4 Guineas which she had taken out, which she re-delivered to the Prosecutor when had before a Justice: But there being a seeming Trust reposed in the Prisoner, and the unlocking of the Closet door in an upper Chamber not appearing plain to the Jury to find her Guilty of the Burglary, they brought her in Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elisius Burges of the Parish of St. Pauls Covent-Garden , was Indicted for the Murder of Halibrand Hording , on the 19th of May , in the 8th Year of His Majesty's Reign, by giving him one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 5 s. on the Right part of the Breast near the Right Pap, of the length of half an Inch, and 6 deep of which he instantly died . It appeared that the Deceased and some others being at the Rose Tavern in Covent-Garden , and as coming away, stopt a little at the Bar, where they drank a Glass of Palm Wine; and in the interim the Prisoner and his Company, who were placed in a Room adjoining to the Bar, having occasion for some of the Servants, call'd several times, and one of them coming to open the Door, found it stiff, which was a defect in the Hinges or Latch; which being unknown to them, supposed the Deceased's Company had kept it fast, which occasion'd some Words betwixt the two Companies, and terminated at last in drawn Swords, with which several Passes were made, one Party against the other, in which the Deceased received the Wound, but by whom there was no positive Evidence more than that one Mr. Pitts and the Deceased were observed to be standing opposite one to the other: and some of the Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner and another Gentleman were engaged, and no Malice appearing in the Case, and no Wound being seen to be given, the Accident having happen'd in a sudden Quarrel, Mr. Burges call'd several to Reputation, and to prove his Innocency: the Jury brought him in Not Guilty .

Christopher Young of the Parish of St. Buttolphs without Aldgate , was Indicted for Stealing from Elizabeth Croger on the 5th of February , a parcel of Gloves value 30 s. The Prosecutor deposed, that the Prisoner came to her Shop, pretending to buy a pair of Gloves ; and not liking them he had seen, desired the sight of some more; which the Prosecutor making search for, another person came into the Shop in the mean time and carry'd off the Gloves, and bid the Prisoner come away, which he did; and the Goods being presently miss'd, he was pursued and taken, and offered to send for the Gloves, and his Apron as a Pledg to let it be known he was taken: but it being late at Night, he was carry'd before a Justice. He had little to say in his Defence, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Young , Henry Barton , and William Mees , all of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for Stealing from Richard Jones , Francis Watkins , Mr. Frontyn , and some others, on the 23d day of January , out of a Cellar at Whitehall , 10 Gallons of Claret value 40 s. 10 Gallons of Cherry value 6 l. 6 s. 5 Pewter Pint-pots value 4 s. 2 d. It appeared that the Prisoners brought the Pewter to be sold, and were stopt,and had disposed of some Quantities of the Wines, which they confessed when taken; and having little to say at their Trial in their Defence, they were all Three brought in Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

George Grahams of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for Robbing Jane Shudbrook on the Highway, on the 9th of February , and taking from her two Past-board Boxes value 2 s. with some Head-dresses and other Goods belonging to Richard Shudbrook . It appeared the Prisoner met the Maid in the Strand ; and passing by her, suddenly turned back, and snatched the Boxes from her, and run away; upon which she cried out stop Thief, he was closely pursued into the House, where he was seized, and the Goods found about him; He had little to say in his Defence, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Henry Harding as Principal, and James Dancy Gent. as Accessary, both of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were Indicted, for that they, together with Abraham Hobbard and George Hughs , did, on the 31st of January , murder William Fisher , by giving one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 5 s. on the Left part of the Body, half an Inch long and 8 deep, of which he instantly died . It appeared that the Prisoners and the other two came in a Coach to the Cock Alehouse, corner of Exeter-street in the Strand ; where calling for some Drink, it was brought them; and the Deceased, who was a Bailiff , having notice that Mr. Dancy was there, said he had a Writ against him; and one of his Followers coming out, saw Mr. Dancy have a drawn Sword in his hand, and re-entring the House, the Deceased came out and drank with them, and told Mr. Dancy he had a Writ against him: upon which his Follower immediately disarmed Mr. Dancy, call'd out an Arrest, and continued some time strugling with him; and the other three taking the Alarm, drew their Swords upon the Deceased, amongst them Harding; and pushing at, and slashing of him, he received the Wound, and fell down in the Street, and all of them made their Escapes. There were several other Circumstances against Harding, viz. that when he and Hobbard came home to their Lodging, about an hour after Harding Swore that he had been in the length of his Hand with some of them, and that his Sword was so far bloody. He was also heard say, when the Deceased was wounded, That it was that he came for: And when he was seized at Chatham, he said he was a dead Man; and that this was a very bad thing; and that he had been in many Broils with his Master, but this was the worst. The whole Course of Evidence seem'd very plain against Harding, but did not seem to affect Mr. Dancy either as to the opposing of the putting the Writ in execution after he had notice of it, or as to the killing of the Deceased, more than that he endeavoured his escape. He was acquitted , but Harding was brought in Guilty of Murder.

[Death. See summary.]

John Dunval was Indicted for Stealing from Sarah Dobson , on the 31st of January , one Stuff Mantua-Gown value 15 s. and some other Goods : To which Indictment he pleaded Guilty .

John Davis of the Parish of St. Mary Christ-church , was Indicted for Stealing from Peter Collason on the 21st of January , 9 pair of Leather Gloves value 18 s. But there not being sufficient Evidence to convict him, he was acquitted .

Jane Grant and Ann Webster of the Parish of St. Brides , were Indicted for Breaking the House of Richard Ely on the 11th of December , about 10 at Night, and taking thence one Cloth Coat, and several other Goods belonging to the said Richard Ely; some Stockins and other Goods belonging to Thomas Clark , and several other Goods belonging to Thomas Climpson . It appeared that Grant was a Lodger in Ely's House, where Webster came to her, and watching an opportunity when the Family were gone out, broke open the Rooms where the Goods lay, and carry'd them off, part of which were found in Bishopsgate-street according to the direction of Grant, and part of them on Saffron-hill, which were pawn'd in Webster's Name: upon rifling of the House, Grant deserted her lodgings; Webster owned the breaking open the Doors and taking the Goods: but the Burglary not appearing plainly against Grant, she was brought in Guilty of Felony , and Webster was found Guilty of Felony and Burglary.

[Grant: Branding. See summary.]

[Webster: Death. See summary.]

John Edmonds, alias Great Jack , of the Parish of Staines , Middlesex, was Indicted for Robbing Edward Billingsly Esq ; on the Highway, the 13th of September , and taking from him one Princes Mettle hilted Sword value 40 s. a Saddle, two Keys and 30 s. in Money : But there not being sufficient Evidence to convict him, he was acquitted .

John Edmonds was a second time Indicted for Stealing from the Right Honourable the Earl of Bridgwater , on the 3d of December , one Sorrel Gelding value 30 l. and another Gelding value 30 l. It appeared that upon the Horses being missing out of my Lord's Grounds, search was made after them, and discovered to be taken by the Prisoner and another Person off his Lordship's Ground, and carried further down into the Country; and according to Information given by a person who saw the Prisoner riding on the Sorrel Gelding and the other person they were at last discovered to be brought to the Green-Dragon in Bishopsgate-street, where the Prisoner and the other fellow put them up: It also appear'd, that upon the Prisoner being desired to return the Horses to the Owner when he was in the Country, or he would be hang'd for them; he answered, That if he thought he not in any danger, he would cut the Horses to pieces to prevent a discovery. The Evidence was very full against him both as to his taking and having of the Horses in his Possession, and had nothing to say in his Defence, more than that he had the Sorrel Horse on a Swap, which he could not prove: the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Robert Pain of the Parish of Little-Elfort, in the County of Essex , was Indicted for the Murder of John Oliver on the 23d of August , by giving him a mortal Bruise with his right Elbow, on the Left Part of his Body, near to the Left Pap, of which he languished to the 27th of November, and died in the Parish of St. Sepulchers . It appeared that the Deceased being Travelling in the Country on Horse-back, met the Prisoner; who crossing his way, rode full against the Deceased, and gave him the Bruise: Some of the Evidence deposed, that the Deceased complained very much of the Bruise, and had vomited above a Gallon of blood: About a Week after the Surgeon who opened man said, that the Bruise had occasioned the Blood to congeal at his Heart, and prevented its due Circulation through it, which was the occasion of his Death; which might probably sooner have happen'd, if it had not been for his Vomiting and Purging of Blood. But the Prisoner's giving the Deceased the Bruise not being very plain, and withal one who rid along with the Prisoner when the Bruise was supposed to be given, declared he saw no such thing, and abundance of Gentlemen giving the Prisoner a very good Character, the Jury brought him in Not Guilty .

John Truelove of the Parish of St. Clements Danes , was Indicted for Stealing from James Hern , on the 23d of February, one Brass Kettle : It appeared that the Prisoner came into the Prosecutor's House for some Drink, and going into the Yard, put the Kettle into a Sack which he brought with him, and was found upon the Prisoner as endeavouring to carry it off. He had little to say in his Defence: the Jury brought him in Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Skillington of the Parish of Edgworth , County of Middlesex, was Indicted for Stealing from John Grover on the 6th of February , one brown Gelding value 10 l. It appeared that the Prisoner stole the Horse off the Prosecutor's Ground, and swapt him with another person, in whose Possession he was found, and who delivered him to the Prosecutor. The Prisoner said he bought the Horse of a person on the Road, but could not prove it: the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

William Dobson of the Parish of Stepney , County of Midlesex, was Indicted for the Murder of Elias Red , on the 31st of January , by giving him one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 2 s. on the right part of the Body near the right Pap, of the length of half an Inch, and 3 in depth, of which he instantly died . It appeared that the Deceased came to the Prisoner's Lodging, and demanded a Sixpence which he was indebted to him, which the Prisoner said he would give him next Pay-day: but this not satisfying the Deceased, he said he would then have it or Satisfaction, and gave very threatning Words to the Prisoner, and obliged him, in his own Defence, to fight him; in which the Deceased received the Wound. The Provocation being fully proved, the Jury brought him in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Death. See summary.]

Ann Thompson as Principal, and Margaret Griffeth as Aiding and Abetting, both of the Parish of St. Margarets Westminster , were Indicted for the Murder of Ann Thompson's Male infant Bastard Child, on the 29th of January , by placing the Child under two Bolsters, where it was almost smothered, and languished by the Bruise to the 30th of January when it died . It appeared that when the Churchwardens and Overseers came to see Thompson, who was Lying-in, they met Griffeth on the Stairs, who told them there was no body Lying in there, and said she would call Thompson down to them, which she did; but they pushing up stairs, met Thompson at the door, and enquiring after her big Belly, she answered, She had had none: but that not satisfying, they entered her Room, where they observed Symptoms of a Woman's being newly Delivered; and upon searching all the Room over, found the Child at last put under the two Bolsters in the Bed, lying on its Back. But it appearing that she had made someprovision for the Child; that she hid the Child to conceal her Shame; and that the Child lived above 24 hours afterwards, and was Baptized, she having been Delivered but about a quarter of an hour before; upon these and some other Circumstances, they were both acquitted .

Richard Hannoway of the Parish of Chelsea , County of Middlesex, was Indicted for the Murder of Thomas Hudson on the 29th of December , by giving him one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 5 s. on the Right part of the Body near the Right Pap, of the length of one Inch, and 5 in depth, of which he languished to the 31st of the said Month, and died : But there not being sufficient Evidence to convict him, he was acquitted .

Mary Russel of the Parish of St. Clements , was Indicted for Stealing from Margret Pour , on the 14th of February , one Silver Tankard value 9 l. and other Goods . To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Ann Burrous of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for Stealing from Thomas Matthews , on the 30th of December, two Holland Aprons value 2 s. 6 d. and other Goods . To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Wooton of the Parish of St. Dunstans , was Indicted for secretly taking from Joseph Henn , on the 12th of November , one Pocket-book and 19 s. in Money . It appeared that the Prosecutor and the Prisoner being together in the Prisoner's Room, he miss'd his Pocket-book, in which were 5 Exchequer-Bills and the Money, which he had when he enter'd the Room, there being none there but them two; and that she deserted her Lodging, and owned having the Bills, and offered to compound the Matter. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and call'd several to her Reputation, who said nothing as to the matter of fact: she was found Guilty of Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Sacksford of St. Buttolphs Aldersgate , was Indicted for Stealing from John Slaymaker on the 25th of November , one Cloth Gown, two Petticoats, and other Goods. It appear'd the Goods were placed in a Farriers Shop-window, where they were taken by the Prisoner , who sold them for 20 s. in Shoreditch. The Evidence was very positive, and the Prisoner having little to say, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

John Arnaut of the Parish of St. Mary-Hill , was Indicted for Stealing from David Douglas , on the 11th of January , one Cloth Wastcoat, a Silver Watch, a Silver Tobacco-box, 20 s. in Money, and other Goods . It appeared that the Prisoner being on board the Prosecutor's Ship, entred the Cabin, and took the Goods, which were afterwards found about him, and owned by him when taken, which he did not deny upon his Trial: He was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

William Hitchcock and H - G - were Indicted for Assaulting and secretly taking from John Hatchet two Exchequer-Bills . It appeared that the Prosecutor having just received his Pay as a Mariner , was stopt by the Prisoners, and the Bills taken from him by Holmes, who was known to be an old Offender, and Hitchcock of the same Gang: They were found Guilty of the Trespass and Assault.

[Hitchcock: Death. See summary.]

[H G: Branding. See summary.]

Ann Dutton , Wife of Edward Dutton , was Indicted for Stealing from Ann Gerard a Crape Gown, a Silk Scarf, 50 s. in Money, and other Goods , on the 16th of February . The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner owned her Husband stole the Goods, and that she pawn'd and sold them; which not being sufficient to convict her, she was acquitted .

Thomas Nichols of the Ward of Cripplegate , was Indicted for Counterfeiting the Current Coin of this Kingdom, on the 22d of January , in the 9th Year of His Majesty's Reign . It appeared the Prisoner had several times offered false Money to be put off; which one of the Evidence having inform'd of, was advised to take some of him; accordingly at their next meeting the Prisoner offered him 9 false Shillings for 6 good ones, and said he could help him to 5 or 10 l. more if he took care how he put it off. And when the Prisoner was seized, there was Counterfeit money found about him, on which he said he was undone, and that Necessity put him upon it. There was found in his Room a false Shilling, some Mettle of which the Money was made; and all the Instruments fit for that hellish Trade were found thrown into the House of Office. The Prisoner said he found the false Money in Moorfields, and call'd two Persons who said they saw him take it up; and did not know how the Instruments came into the Vault. But the Evidence being very plain against him, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Underwood , Wife of William Underwood of St. Anns Black-friers , was indicted for Counterfeiting the Current Coin of this Kingdom on the 21st of February last . The Evidence deposed, the Prisoner had given one of them 6 s. of false Money for 5 of good; and at another time 12 s. 6 d. of false Money for 10 s. of good, and so greater Quantities proportionably. Some of the false Money found about her was produced in Court; and upon searching her Room, the Mettle was found in the Closet, and a Charcoal-fire just put out, and all the Tools fit for the purpose. But the Prisoner being seized abroad, and it not appearing she actually coin'd the Money, but it appearing rather to be her Husband, who is fled, whom she seem'd to impeach, she was acquitted .

Jane Backhurst of the Parish of St. Anns , was Indicted for putting off 50 Counterfeit Shillings . The Evidence deposed she had taken several Parcels of false Money from the Prisoner, which she owned as such, and had given her lesser Quantities of good Money for them; That the Prisoner owned she had the false Money from one Underwood and his Wife, but at last said she got nothing by it; that therefore she would bring her acquainted with the Underwoods. The Prisoner denied the Fact, calling several to her Reputation, who declared they had received divers Parcels, all of good Money, from her, and never knew her question'd on such account, and that she was an industrious Woman: and Malice seeming to appear in the case, she was acquitted .

Hanna Hutt was Indicted for putting off 20 false Shillings . But there not being sufficient Evidence, it rather appearing to be Malice, she was acquitted .

Ann Mills of St. Sepulchers was Indicted for Stealing from Mary Bucknall and Edward Hinkly a Pistol value 3 s. a Silver Thimble, a Holland Shift, and other Goods . But there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

David Jones of St. Andrews Holburn , was Indicted for breaking the House of Samuel Crew , and taking one Silver Watch, 3 Pieces of Gold value 25 s. each, 10 Guineas, and 5 l. in Money, and other Goods of John Burch . It appeared the Prisoner being Chamberlain of the Inn where the Prosecutor lodged, carry'd the Prosecutor's Trunk up to his Chamber, and at Night lighted him to Bed, lock'd the door, and put the Key under it: but in the Morning the Prosecutor found the Window opened, and his Trunk carry'd away, as was his Breeches from under his head. The Trunk was found broke open in the Gallery fronting his Chamber window, and part of the Goods strew'd about it, as were the Keys of some other Rooms the Prisoner had in his custody, and pretended to he in his Room when upon occasion call'd for. But it not appearing he broke the Glass, not any of the Goods found about him, he was acquitted .

Ann Symons was Indicted for privately taking from Elizabeth Price , on the 22d of January , 3 s. 6 d. the Goods of John Price : but there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

John Palmer and James Gordon were Indicted for taking from Mary Jelly , on the 3d of February , one laced Headdress, and other Goods of Peter Wey but there being no Evidence, they were acquitted .

Francis Pye of Harlington in Middlesex, was Indicted for Stealing from Henry Rutter , on the 7th of February , one Sheep value 10 s. It appeared the Prosecutor missing his Sheep, search'd for it, which was found cut in Quarters, and hid in a hollow Tree near the Prisoner's House: and the Prosecutor having got some to wait for such as came for it, took the Prisoner's Daughter, who said her Father sent for it, which the Prisoner confess'd afterwards, and did not deny on his Trial. He was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Joseph Warner of Stepney , was Indicted for breaking the House of Sarah Ingram , and taking thence 10 Ducks on the 14th of February . It appeared the Prisoner was found in the Prosecutor's Cow-house with the Ducks put up into two Bags: but it being an open Out-house, and appearing he did it out of Necessity, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Scales , Israel Bridges , James Niblet , and Alice Dandy , all of St. Giles's in the Fields , were Indicted for Stealing from Arundel Walding Widow , on the 10th of February , 6 Flaxen Shirts value 26 s. 6 d. and other Goods . To which the first Three pleaded Guilty and the Evidence deposed that Dandy came into the Prosecutor's Shop with the rest to cheapen some Goods: but it not appearing she took the Goods, or any of them found in her Possession, she was acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]

Jane Ramsey , Wife of John Ramsey , was Indicted for privately taking from Thomas Wilkison , on the 12th of February , 4 Guineas . It appeared the Prisoner and Prosecutor drinking together, the Prisoner sat down upon his lap, and took occasion to pick his Pocket; and pretending to go out for more Wine, forwhich the Prosecutor had given her a Guinea, she did not return; and when seized, said, If she did known she should have been prosecuted she would have taken all he had. The Prisoner said that the Prosecutor gave her the Money to lie with her, that she had been acquainted with him above a year, and as familiar with him as with her Husband; and it not appearing she pickt his Pocket, she was acquitted .

Mary Gregory, alias Ewen , of the Parish of Hackney , was Indicted for Stealing from Thomas Rome , on the 8th of January , 12 Pewter Plates value 12 s. It appear'd that the Prisoner being a Lodger in the Prosecutor's House, went out about 6 in the Morning, and carry'd away the Plates, which she confest, and where she had sold them. The Prisoner had little to say in her Defence she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

David Roberts, alias Monky Davy , of St. James's Westminster , was Indicted for breaking open the House of Laurence Mortimer on the 30th of December , and taking thence one Cloth Coat, a Cloth Wastcoat, a quilted Covering, and other Goods . It appeared that the Prisoner and another having entred the Prosecutor's street door, went up, and forced the Chamber-door open where the Goods lay, none of the Family being above it but those below hearing a Noise, and going up, Monky, Davy was seized: and some going up afterwards, met the other on the Stairs, whom they also seized; yet there being none in the House but Women, the two Men over-powering them, the Prisoner escaped, but the other, viz. Richardson, condemned last Sessions, was detained. The Prisoner had little to say in his Defence, the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Jeremiah Bartram of St. Anns Westminster , was Indicted for Stealing from John Morgan one Trunk value 2 s. one Cloth Coat, and 24 l. in Money : But there being no positive Evidence he was acquitted .

Constance Green of St. Mary White-chappel , was Indicted for Stealing from Robert Worell on the 17th of December , one pair of Sheets, 6 Aprons, and some other Goods . It appeared the Goods were hung on a line to dry, and taken off by, the Prisoner; part of them were found about her, and part given by her to be washed, where they were discovered. She said she had them from a Woman that died, but could not prove it; she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Pratt , Wife of William Pratt , was Indicted for Stealing from John Graves , on the 19th of February , 2 Silk Scarfs, a Bible, and other Goods : but there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

Francis Orford , and Sarah Orford his Wife , late of St. Sepulchres , were Indicted for Stealing from George Jackson , on the 10th of February , 2 Sacks, and one Bushel of Meal value 18 s. It appeared the Sacks were found under Orford's Bed, which he did not deny; but nothing appearing against her, she was acquitted , and he found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Daniel Hobson , and Thomas Hales , of St. Pauls Covent Garden , were Indicted for Robbing Thomas Hanmore on the Highway of a Cloth Cloak value 3 l. on the 1st of February : but there not being sufficient Evidence, they were acquitted .

Elizabeth Haycock of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for Stealing from Alice Spencer , on the 20th of December , a Serge Gown, 2 Sutes of Head-cloths : but the Evidence not being sufficient, she was acquitted .

George Maxfield of Stepney , was Indicted for Stealing from Richard Hurford , a Silk Pure and 6 l. in Money . It appeared the Prisoner and another came into the Prosecutor's House, call'd for a Room above Stairs, and took occasion to enter the next Room, and took the Money out of the Drawers, none having been above but them two between the Moneys being seen and its missing: having little to say in his defence, he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Shacksford , and Thomas Morgan , were Indicted for breaking the House of Elia Arnold , and taking a pair of Breeches and other Goods , but the Evidence not being sufficient, they were acquitted .

Ann Stowell of Finchley in Middlesex, was Indicted for breaking the House of John Bramly on the 20th of February, and taking one Cloth Coat and other Goods . It appeared the Prisoner, when there was none at home, broke a Pane of the Window, and got in; and opening the Back-door, let in a fellow who assisted her, and carry'd away the Goods, which she offered to sell at Islington, where she was stopt, and part of the Goods found about her, which she confest when taken. She had little to say: the Jury brought her in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

William Long was Indicted for Stealing from Samuel Migly , on the 16th of February , one pair of Cloth Breeches, a pair of Shag-Breeches, and other Goods : but the Evidence proving defective, he was acquitted .

Richard Cooper of the Ward of Aldgate , was Indicted for Stealing from John Plant , on the 11th of May , 49 Yards of Stuff value 40 s. and other Goods : But there not being sufficient Evidence, he was acquitted .

Robert Martin of Stepney , was Indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Diss , on the 19th of Feb. and pair of Buckskin-Breeches, 5 Gold Rings, two Guineas, 1 l. in Money, and other Goods to a great Value . It appear'd the Prisoner broke into the House when the Family were absent, and carry'd away the Goods, part of which were found about him; that he confest where he sold the rest, and the Burglary when seized, saying he was a dead Man. He said he had the Goods of a Man on the Road to carry for him; but it did not avail him, the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Huggins and Eliz Mason of St. James's Westminster were Indicted for breaking the House of Dorothy Courtis . It appeared the Prosecutor's Glass Window was broke by Huggins, and the Goods taken out, which were owned by her when seized, and part of the Goods returned to the Prosecutor. But it no way affecting Mason, she was acquitted , and Huggins found Guilty of Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]

H - G - and William Hitchcock , were Indicted, for that they with one John Thompson not taken, did on the 10th of Nov. steal from William Wooliston one Silver Watch value 3 l. from the body of Jane Wooliston his Wife . It appeared Mrs. Wooliston having business at the King's Bench in Westminster was shuffed up close by the Prisoners, Thompson, and another; the latter of which deposed that he pickt her Pocket of the Watch, which they pawn'd for 12 s. and shared the Money, and afterwards offered to sell it. But Mrs. Woolision not appearing to Swear to her Pockets being pickt, and it not being clearly proved against the Prisoners, they were found Guilty of Felony only .

William Howard of Stepney was Indicted for Stealling from a person unknown, 3 s. six dollers value 4 l. 5 s. and 4 l. 15 s. in Money, on the 6th of February . It appeared the Prisoner and 4 others came to the Watch-house at Mile-end about 12 at Night, pretending to have come from beyond Sea, and sent for some drink, when a Dutchman came in without Breeches, on which the Prisoner and the others made their escape, and dropt the Money and breeches which was owned by one Dutchman, who said he was robb'd and tied to a Tree. But it not plainly appearing the Prisoner was of the Gang, he was acquitted .

Francis Cooper of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for Stealing from Nicholas Blick on the 1st of Nov. 100 pieces of carved Wood for Frames, value 10 s. It appeared the Prosecutor had discovered part of the Goods at places where the Prisoner had sold them: the Prisoner said he bought them, but could not prove it: he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to pronounce Sentence, as followeth:

Received Sentence of Death, 21.

William Marslin, Thomas Shackshy, Ann Webster, John Edmonds, Thomas Nichols, John Chambers, George Grames, Henry Harding, William Skillington, David Roberts, Robert Mannin, Mary Huggins, Ann Stowell, William Riggs, John Arnant, Israel Bridges, William Scales, John Sacresford, William Dobson, William Hitchcock, James Niblet.

Burnt in the Hand, 15.

Samuel Palnier, Elizabeth Laplaw, Jane Tomlens, Mary Russell, Ann Burrous, Grane Hornby, Jane Grant, kathren Wilson, Simon Dubury, Elizabeth Foule, H - G - William Skillington, George Maxfield, Elizabeth Wooten, David Roberts, Alice Bates.

To be Whip'd, 13.

Valentine Brenant, Mary Cheader, Christopher Young, Tho. Young, Henry Burton, William Mees, John Truclove Francis Pye; Joseph Warner, Mary Gregory, Constance Green, Francis Oxford, Francis Cooper.

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