Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 30 August 2014), May 1698 (16980504).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 4th May 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 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th Days of May, 1698.

And in the Tenth Tear 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 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th Days of May 1698. 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.

George Stroud ,

George Frye ,

James King ,

Isaac Stanton ,

Richard Turner ,

Thomas Walden ,

John Cafold ,

John Everingham ,

John Marshall ,

Christopher Brown ,

John Banks ,

Matthew Sanders .

Middlesex Jury.

Timothy Thornbury Esq;

Robert Bampton Gent.

Henry Jones Gent.

Daniel Byfeild Gent.

Thomas Heams Gent.

Edward Bennet Gent.

Peter King ,

Hugh Merchant ,

Richard Wingfeild ,

Thomas Lunt ,

John Franklyn ,

Thomas Ripping .

The Proceedings were these.

Mary Greemes of St. Allhallows , was Indicted for stealing from John Perrier , on the 23d of April 20 Yards of Holland Crape : To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Howell of St. Mary-hill , was Indicted for picking the Pocket of Thomas Collins , on the 15th of April , of one Silver Taster, value 30 s. It appeared, the Prosecutor being in a throng, missed the Taster out of his Pocket; and searching the Prisoner, found it in his Sleeve. The Evidence being plain, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

William Clerk of St. Andrews Holburn as Principal, and Katheren Douglas, alias Cary, alias Pather, alias Stewart , as Accessory, were Indicted for breaking the House of Robert Hardin , and taking thence one Silver Tankard, one Silk Mantle Gown, 4 Silk Petticoats, 10 Guineas, 20 s. in Silver, and other Goods, on the 17th of April . It appeared, the Prisoner Clerk took a Lodging in the Prosecutor's House, whither he brought a Trunk full of Stones, which he seem'd very earnest to have kept safe; and taking occasion when all the Family were at Church but the Maid, to knock at the door, it was opened; and another gagging and binding the Maid, Clerk broke open 9 Locks, and took out the Goods, while the other staid in the Room with the Maid, and carried them off; which were shared afterwards at a Tavern in Sheer-Lane. The Evidence was very full against Clerk, but not against Douglas; The Jury acquitted her, and brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Ward of S. Sepulchres , was Indicted for stealing from William Robinson , on the 30th of December , 10 Yards of Muslin : To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Sherly of St. Peters Cheap , was Indicted for secretly taking from Allen Wooten , on the 12th of March , one Silver handle Sword, value 12 s. The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was coming along Cheapside the Prisoner took the Sword from him, and escaped, whilst others of the Gang stopt him; and before he could come up with the Prisoner he had disposed of the Sword, but offered to make Satisfaction for it. He had little to say in his Defence; he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Wood of St. Buttolphs Aldgate , was Indicted for breaking the House of Lion Pollack ; and taking thence 22 Peuter Platters, and other Goods, with a Head-dress belonging to Ann Collins , on the 14th of April . It appeared, that in the Morning when the Prosecutor came down, he found 3 Pains of the Window broke, and the Window open at which the Goods were taken out; and upon searching found part of them at a Shop where the Prisoner had sold them. The Prisoner said she had the Goods from 2 Persons to sell, but could not prove it. The Burglary not plainly appearing, she was found Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Theodore Pouland of St. Magnus was Indicted for stealing from Thomas Collins , on the 6th of April , one lac'd Headdress, value 3 l. and other Goods . But there not being sufficient Evidence, he was acquitted .

Emanuel Hamilton of St. Buttolphs Aldgate , was Indicted for stealing from Ralph Hutchinson , on the 12 of March , 5 Papers of Stockings, value 4 l. It appeared the Prosecutor being abroad, the Prisoner and some others took the Advantage when there was none in his Shop but a Girl, to enter it; and pretending to buy some Worsted, two of them stood before the Girl while the rest took the Stockings, and escaped . Having little to say in his Defence, he was found Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Payn of St. Mary Magdalen , was Indicted for stealing from a Person unknown, on the 4th of April , one Saddle covered with Velvet, and other Goods ; But there not being sufficient Evidence he was acquitted .

William Jackson of St. Clements Danes was Indicted for picking the Pocket of Charles Baldwin Esq , on the 25th of March , of a Cambrick Handkerchief, value 3 s. 6 d. The Prosecutor deposed, that coming along Sheerlane the Prisoner jostled him up to the Wall, and took the Handkerchief out of his Pocket, which was found about him. He had little to say in his Defence, he was found guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Flower of Stepney , was Indicted for the Murder of Anthony Flower her Husband, on the 3d of April , by giving him one mortal Bruise with a Poker, value 2 d. on the Head near the right Eye, of which he languished to the 9th and died . It appeared, the deceased being arrested for the Prisoner's Brothers Debt, occasioned some Difference between the deceased and the Prisoner, and so enraged the deceased, that he threw a Fire-shovel at her, upon which she retired out of the House for some time, till his Passion might be over; and returning, the deceased threw the Poker at her, which she taking up, threw back at him, by which he received the Wound. But no premeditated Malice appearing, but on the contrary great Love betwixt them; and she being greatly provok'd, she was found guilty of Manslaughter only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Henry Conniers, alias Collier , of St. Anns Westminster , was indicted for the Murder of Henry Lemell , on the 14th of April, by giving him one mortal Wound with a Rapier, value 2 s. of the bredth of half an Inch, and 2 deep, of which he instantly died . It appeared, the Prisoner and the Deceased being drinking together, some Words past between them, on which the Prisoner left the Deceased and went home; and a little after the Deceased followed, and drew his Sword upon him, with which he wounded him in the right Hand, which made the Prisoner be upon his Defence: but no premeditated Malice appearing, and great Provocation given by the Deceased in a surprizing manner, after a hot pursuit, the Jury brought it in se defendendo .

Richard Ludlab of Shadwel , was Indicted for stealing from Richard Hinton , on the 10th of April , 2 Muslin Neck-cloths; and other Goods . It appeared, the Goods hanging on a Line in the Prosecutor's Yard, the Prisoner took them off; and being pursued, dropt them. The Prisoner said he was in drink, and knew not what he did: He was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Ann Wigens of St. Giles's in the fields , was Indicted for stealing from James Johnson , on the 22d of April , 12 Yards of Stuff, value 18 s. and 20 Yards of Linen . It appeared, that the Morning the Fire hapned in Drury-lane , the Prisoner coming by the Watch-house in Holburn with a Bundle in her Lap, was stopt, and the Goods taken from her, which the offered to part with if set at liberty; and notice being given of it to the People who were obliged to expose their Goods for fear of the Fire, they were owned by the Prosecutor. The Prisoner had little to say, only that she found the Goods. The Jury brought her in Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Miller of Stepney was Indicted for breaking the House of Henry May the 14th of February , and taking thence 100 Yards of Antereen Stuff, value 6 l. It appeared, the Prosecutor's Window was broke open, and the Goods taken out, part of which was found in the Prisoner's Custody, and the rest discovered to be sold. The Felony being plain, but the Burglary not, he was found Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Humphrys , Elizabeth Green , and Elizabeth Barro , Wife of William Barro , all of St. Andrews Holburn , were Indicted for stealing from Richard Battle , on the 15th of April , 16 Yards of strip'd Stuff, value 20 s. to which they all pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Robert Herrien of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing from Thomas Jones , on the 17th of March , one Silver Tankard, value 5 l. To which he pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Martha Faircloth of Stepney , was Indicted for breaking the House of John Phipps , on the 12th of March , and taking two brass Pots, value 15 s. one Sauce-pan, value 5 s. It appeared, the Latch of the Prosecutor's Yard-door was lifted, and the Goods taken out of the Buttery by the Prisoner, which she dropt when pursued: but the Burglary not being fully proved, she was found Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Brown of St. James's Westminster , was Indicted for stealing from John Dryver , on the 10th of March , one brass Pot, value 20 s. one brass Skellet, and other Goods . It appeared, the Goods were missing out of the Prosecutor's Yard, part of which were sold by the Prisoner, and the rest offered to be sold to a Brasier, where he was stopp'd: He was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Cooper , Peter Anderson , and John Thomas, alias Black Guard Jack , all of St. Clements Danes , were Indicted for stealing from William Robinson , on the 18th of March , 30 pair of Silk Stockings, value 20 l. 20 pair of worsted Stocking, value 50 s. It appeared, the Prisoner Thomas and one of the Evidence watched an opportunity, and entered the Prosecutor's Shop on their Hands and Feet, and carried off the Goods : The Evidence was full against Thomas, but not against the other two; they were acquitted , and Thomas found Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Perry Wife of Devereux Perry , of St. Martins in the fields , was Indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Butterworth , on the 23d of April , and taking thence 25 Hats, value 30 l. But there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

George Newton and William Bruce , both of St. Dunstans in the West , were Indicted for stealing from Richard Shiply , on the 19th of March , 7 pair of Leather Shoos, value 13 s. 6 d. It appeared, Newton came into the Prosecutor's Shop to cheapen some Shoos, while Bruce stood at the door; and when the Servants Back was turned, took up 3 pair of Shoos , and then both of them went off; but being pursued by the Servant, they dropt the Shoos: The Evidence being plain, they were brought in Guilty .

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Nex of St. John Wapping , was Indicted for stealing from James Squire , on the 17th of March , one Cloth Coach Seat, value 10 s. another Coach Seat, value 6 s. It appeared, the Prisoner was discovered in the very Act, having taken one, and going to take out the other, as the Coach was standing in the Street. Having little to say, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

James Ray of St. Andrews Holburn , was Indicted for breaking the House of John Seywell , on the 22d of April , and taking 4 Hens, value 3 s. It appeared, the Hens were found about the Prisoner; but the Burglary being clearly proved, he was found Guilty of Felony only .

Diana Barthrop , Sarah Musgrave , and Mary Simpson , of Tatnam , were Indicted for stealing from Richard Husk , on the 3d of May , 16 s. Yards of Norwich Stuff, value 13 l. and other Goods . It appeared, that Simpson and Musgrave being in the Prosecutor's Wagon, as coming over Stamford-hill , they cut one of the Packs, and took out the Goods; which as soon as they alighted from the Wagon were missed by the Wagoner, whereupon he pursued them, and they let them drop from about their middle. Barthrop was also concerned in the Felony: They were all found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Deiy of Hillingdon in Middlesex , was Indicted for breaking the House of William Walton , on the 12th of March , and taking one Damask Gown, value 12 s. and other Goods . She was a 2d time Indicted for breaking the House of John Miller , on the said 16th of March , and taking 3 Holland Shifts, value 6 s. and other Goods . She was a 3d time Indicted for breaking the House of Richard Millward , on the aforesaid 16th of March , and taking one Fustian Frock, value 5 s. and other Goods . It appeared, that the 3 Houses being near one another, the Prisoner broke them all open in one Night, and carried off the Goods; and the Prosecutors immediately making search, found the Prisoner in Custody about a Mile from Uxbridg, where she was seized in a Church yard with the Goods about her. She said she had the Goods from her Husband, but could not prove it, and was found in several Stories: She was found Guilty of all the three Indictments.

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

Jane Jenkins of Farringdon within , was Indicted for stealing from John Taylor on the 28th of October , a parcel of Cloth, value 10 l. To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Murray and William Harris , both of St. Clements Danes , were Indicted for breaking the House of John Nichols Gent. on the 27th of April , and taking one pair of Pistols, value 4 l. one Caster Hat, value 7 s. It appear'd, the Prosecutor and his Family being out of Town, his House was broke open, and the Goods taken out: One of the Evidence deposed, that he entered the House, and delivered out the Goods to the Prisoners and two others, which were afterwards disposed of by Murray, and the Money divided. But it not appearing that any Person lodged in the House, they were found Guilty of Felony only .

Robert Graycock of Cripplegate-Parish , was Indicted for stealing from William Wray , on the 10th of April , one Silver Tankard value 10 l. He was a 2d time Indicted for stealing from Roger Paxton , on the 14th of April , one Silver Tankard value 5 l. But the Felonies appearing to have been committed before the late Act of Grace , he was acquitted of them. He was a 3d time Indicted for stealing from John Ord one Silver Tankard value 5 l. It appeared, upon searching the Prisoner's House the Tankard was found in his Custody, as were a great number of other Goods; the Tankard was owned by the Prosecutor, and was stolen from him about a Year and a half ago, having the Name scratch'd out. The Prisoner could not prove how he came by it only said, he bought it among other Goods: The Jury broughthim in Guilty . He was a 4th and 5th time Indicted for stealing the Goods of George Woodburn and George Ridly , for which there being no positive Evidence , he was acquitted . He was a 6th time Indicted for stealing a Lanthorn from George Prince , which was found in his Possession, and could not prove how he came by it: The Jury brought him in Guilty of that Indictment.

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Bentiman of Fullham , was Indicted for breaking the House of Ann Richardson , on the 16th of March , with intent to carry off her Goods . But there not being sufficient Evidence, he was acquitted .

George Oliver of St. Clement Danes , was Indicted for breaking the House of William Barnes , on the 3d of February , and taking thence 7 Guineas, and 3 l. in Silver . The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner and another came into the Prosecutor's House, call'd for a Room above stairs, and after having some Drink chang'd a Guinea; and continuing some time after in the Room, were removed to another near the Prosecutor's Bed-chamber, to make way for a Company who usually dined in the room where they had been; and immediately after the Prisoner and the other were gone, the Prosecutor miss'd his Money out of the Bedchamber. But it appearing the door was shut when he went into the room, and other Company in the House, he was acquitted .

John Boutcher was Indicted for stealing from Benjamin Overton , on the 7th of November , in the 8th Year of his Majesty's Reign, one Cloth Cloak value 3 l. and other Goods . He was also arraigned on 3 other Indictments, for stealing the Goods of Sir Edwin Anderson and others : To all which he pleaded Guilty , he being an old Offender.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Smith of St. Brides was Indicted for stealing from Caleb Greenfield , on the 2d of May , 17 Yards of Stuff, value 20 s. To which she pleaded Guilty .

William Clifton , William Harrison , and John Clifton of St. Mary Islington , the first as Principal, and the other two as assisting, were Indicted for the Murder of Samuel Parker , on the 21st of March , by giving him one mortal Bruise on the right side of the Head, near the right Ear, with a wooden Rammer, of which he languished to the 25th of that Month, and died in the Parish of St. Mary le Bow : It appeared, that as the Deceased and 6 others were coming towards London, all on Horseback, they were stopt at the River-house beyond Islington by the Prisoners, who were at work in levelling the Passage; and told them, it was no common way, and therefore they should not pass; on which some words happen'd, and from that to Blows, in which the deceased received the Wound by the Prisoner Wil. Clifton, the two other Prisoners being engaged with some others; and the Evidence deposed, that when the Prisoners were taken up, Wil. Clifton said he valued not what the law could do to him for it. But it appearing that Passage was no common way, but only upon suslerance, and that the Deceased and his Company gave great Provocation, and there seeming to be no premeditated Malice, but a sudden Accident, the Jury acquitted Harison and John Clifton, but brought William Clifton in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Brown was Indicted for counterfiting Spanish Money, with a Design to cheat his Majesty's Subjects : To which he pleaded Guilty .

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Forfeiture of lands and goods. See summary.]

John Worley was Indicted for forging a Discharge under the hands of Sir John Houblon and Sir Robert Rich , Lords of the Admiralty, on the 2d of March, with an intent to discharge one James Oston from on board his Majesty's Ship the Maidston . It appear'd, the Prisoner agreed with Oston's Father and Mother for 30 s. to procure a Discharge, and accordingly brought them an Order signed as aforesaid, which was disowned by Sir John Houblon. The Matter being plainly proved, he was found Guilty .

[Fine. See summary.]

[Pillory. See summary.]

Thomas Wood of St. Giles's in the fields , was Indicted for robbing Sarah Cook on the High-way, and taking from her a Silver Chain value 4 s. 6 d. a purse value 6 d. and 4 d. in Money . The Prosecutor deposed, as she and her Mother were coming to Town, the Prisoner came up with them 3 Miles this side of Torcester, and being desirous of Company, bore the Prisoners Charges to Town, and lent him some Money besides; and that having communicated to him where they design'd to go, he told them he would see them safe thither; and after carried them up and down the Streets, and at last to the Fields, where threatning to cut their Throats with a Razer, he robb'd them of their Goods, but the Mother not appearing, and the Prosecutor being in love with the Prisoner, whom she frequently visited in Prison, and furnished with Victuals, and it seeming to be out of Revenge for refusing to marry her, he was acquitted .

Arthur Slinsby of St. Dunstans in the West , was Indicted for the Murder of William Watts on the 21st of February , 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 bredth of half an Inch, and 3 in depth, of which he languished to the 22d, and died . He was also Indicted upon the Statute of Stabbing. It appeared that the Prisoner, the Deceased and others; being in Company at the Horseshoe-Tavern in Chancery-lane , where they were very friendly, and asking for a Reckoning, another Quart of Wine was call'd for, when the Prisoner and the Deceased went down into a dark room, not being mist by the Company; and having quarrelled there, the Deceased received his Wound; and coming up again with a drawn Sword in his Hand, threw it on the Table, and call'd 3 several times for a Chair; on which sitting down, the Company being jealous, ript open his Brest, and discovered the Wound: Immediately after the Prisoner came up, and the Deceased said, the Prisoner had murdered him, who ask'd Pardon for what he had done. The Prisoner call'd several to prove the Provocation, two of whom declared, that entring the Room where the Prisoner and the Deceased were, they saw the Prisoner standing up by the Wall, and the Deceased before him with a drawn Sword pointing at his Breast, requiring the Prisoner to beg his Life, which he did, but did not see the Wound given the Deceased. It also appeared, that there were two Swords drawn, that it was no prepeuse Malice, but a sudden Quarrel; and the Prisoner's Witnesses declaring his Unwillingness to be that day in Company, and that they never knew him given to quarrelling, he was found Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Burchet and John Jenkins , both of Stepney , were Indicted, for that they, together with William Newin , Mary Jones , and one Maxfield, did break the House of John Roberts , on the 11th of October , and took thence one Cloth Coat value 25 s. and other Goods . It appeared, the Prosecutor's Window was broke open, and the Goods taken out; and one of the Evidence deposed, he was in the same Robbery with them, that Burchet cut the Pin of the Window, that Maxfield went in and delivered out the Goods, which were sold, and the Money distributed: But the Burglary not being plainly proved, they were found guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Ethrington and Joseph Tunbridge , of St. Mary Matfellon in Middlesex, were Indicted for stealing from John Hecker , on the 30th of April , 250 Pound weight of Tinn value 14 l. 5 dozen and half of Calf Skins value 5 l. and 9 elephants Teeth . It appeared the Prisoners hired a Carman to carry the Goods from Battle-bridg to White-chappel, for which he was paid by them, who brought a quantity of the Tinn to a Peuterer to sell, which he suspecting to be stoln, stopt them. The Prisoner Ethrington said he found the Goods in an open Boat, in which there was no Person; but it appearing they were taken out of the Prosecutor's Ship, the Jury brought them in Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Bradford of St. Anns Westminster , was Indicted for breaking the House of John Thomas , on the 10th of January , and taking one Cloth Coat value 6 l. and other Goods . The Prosecutor deposed, that he seized the Prisoner in his House, and being several times robb'd before, told her, if she would confess whether she knew who it was, he would not prosecute her; on which she own'd she had robb'd him of the Goods 10 days before Christmas. But there being no Evidence to prove the Burglary, she was found Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Warbattle of St. Margarets Westminster , was Indicted for breaking the House of Christopher Jackson , on the 30th of March , and taking one Stuff Coat, a pair of Breeches, and other Goods . The Prosecutor deposed, that being a Day-labourer , he went out early in the Morning about his Business; and returning about 7 at Night, found his House broke, and the Goods taken out; and suspecting the Prisoner, on search found his Shoes on her Feet, which she did not deny, and confest where she had pawn'd the rest, which he fetch'd by a Justice's Warrant. There being no Evidence to prove the Burglary, she was found Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Brown and John Walford , of St. James's Westminster , were Indicted for stealing from John Dry , on the 8th of April , a quantity of Beef and a Cleever . It appeared, that the Prosecutor missing the Goods out of his Slaughter-house, suspected the Prisoners; and searching a House where they frequented, found part of the Beef; which was brought thither by Walford to be dress'd for Dinner. But nothing appearing against Brown as to his taking the Goods, he was acquitted , and Walford found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Edward Short of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for robbing Peter Newell on the High-way, on the 8th ofMarch of a Hat value 2 s. and a Periwig value 5 s. The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was coming up St. Martins-lane the Prisoner came up to him, snatch'd the Hat and Wig off his Head, and then escaped; but being pursued, he dropt the Wig, but the Hat was found under his Arm: He was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Hall alias Web , of St. Anns Westminster , was Indicted for breaking the House of Ann Rhodes , on the 25th of February , and taking one looking-glass value 30 l. and other Goods . The Prosecutor deposed, that her House was broke open, and the Goods taken out; and on searching the Prisoner, part of the Goods were found about her, and the other part brought to an empty House, where the Prisoner pretended to take a Lodging. There being no Evidence as to the Burglary, she was found Guilty of Felony only .

Elizabeth Hall of St. James's Westminster , was a 2d time Indicted for breaking the House of John Watkins , on the 6th of March , and taking 137 Pound weight of Tobacco, value 6 l. The Prosecutor deposed, that about 4 in the Morning he was call'd up, and found his Cellar Window broke open, and the Goods carried away; and understanding some Theeves frequented a House in Colston-Court near Drury-lane, search was made, and the Tobacco found in an empty House opposit to it, of which the Prisoner had the Key. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and said she had the Key from her Land-Lady, but could not prove it, nor how she came by the Goods. The Jury brought her in Guilty .

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

James Hobbs of Thistleworth in Middlesex, was Indicted for breaking the House of John Potfield , on the 15th of February , and taking thence 15 Hens and a Cock . It appeared, the Prisoner had put the Goods in a Sack, which he carried off, and invited one of the Evidence, who saw him take the Goods, to eat a share of them at his House. There was no Evidence to prove the breaking of the House, he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Bates of St. Pauls Shadwell , was Indicted for breaking the House of Alexander Watson , on the 13th of March , and taking one Silk Mantua Gown and other Goods . But there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

John King and Peter Johnson , of St. Johns Wapping , were Indicted for stealing from John Fell a brass Kettle . They were Indicted a 2d time for stealing from Robert Blake a brass Kettle value 30 s. But the Evidence being defective, they were acquitted .

William Parr and John Ingrum , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , were Indicted for stealing from William Mosley , on the 14th of March , 3 Callicoa Peticoats and other Goods . It appeared the Prisoners were seen standing by the Prosecutor's House about 2 in the Morning by the Watch, whose Dog barking, they fled into a Neighbouring House of Office to hide themselves, and kept the Door last against the Watch; and being seized, a Betty was found in Ingrum's Pocket. The Prisoners had little to say; they were found Guilty .

Philip Barlow of St. Martins in the fields , was Indicted for stealing from William Mills , on the 20th of March, one Silk Gown value 25 s. He was a 2d time Indicted for stealing from John Ness 2 Ells of Holland . But there not being sufficient Evidence, he was acquitted .

Peter Bennet, alias French Peter , of St. James's Westminster , was Indicted for breaking the House of Francis Kertaly Esq ; on the 20th of October , and taking one pair of Silver Candlesticks value 5 l. The Prosecutors Servant deposed, that he placed the Candlesticks in the Parlor; and having occasion to go down to the Kitchen, before he came up they were carried off. Another Evidence deposed, that he and the Prisoner taking their rounds, he thrust open the Prosecutor's Door, and brought out the Candlesticks, which the Prisoner sold for 50 s. and divided the Money. The Burglary did not plainly appear; he was found Guilty of Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Shepherd and Ann Richardson , of St. Clements Danes , were Indicted for breaking the House of Joan Buthen , on the 12th of April , and taking 4 Muslen Cravats, and other Goods . It appeared, the Prosecutor having occasion to go abroad, lock'd her Door, and carried the Key with her; and a little after the Prisoners were seen to go into the House, which it was supposed they opened with a pick-lock Key, and come out again with each a Bundle, and went away; and afterwards part of the Goods were discovered at a Broker's Shop where they had pawn'd them. The Prisoners had little to say; they were found Guilty .

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

F - P of St. Giles's in the fields , was Indicted for washing and diminishing two pieces of Gold call'd Guineas, on the 28th of February , with a sort of poisonous Liquor, intending to defraud his Majesty's Subjects . One of the Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner and he meeting accidentally at a Coffee-house in Pallmal, they had some Discourse relating to the Mathematicks: He told the Prisoner he had an excellent Receipt to make good Vineger, which he offered to sell to the Prisoner for the Benefit of his Servant, which the Prisoner refused; and after more Discourse the Prisoner desired him to visit him, which he did; and the Prisoner told him, he knew of an excellent Liquor that would diminish Guineas 15 or 20 d. each, without defacing the Characters; and that if they had a Banker to furnish them with Guineas, he could wash 500 a day: All which the Evidence declared to his Grace the Duke of Schomberg, who advised him to get a Banker, and accordingly he bespoke one; who seemingly engaged; and a Meeting being appointed in St. James's Park, the Matter was again discoursed, and agreed upon, and the Banker gave the Prisoner two Guineas to make an Experiment, which he did in presence of the Evidence, and took off each Guinea to the value of 4 s. and the Prisoner giving him the Guineas diminished, he delivered them to the Duke of Schomberg, and his Grace ordered him to bring them next day to Kensington, where his Majesty viewed them, and the Guineas were delivered to Mr. Secretary Vernon, upon which Order was given to secure the Prisoner. As to the Experiment, he deposed, that the Prisoner put the Guineas into Water on the Fire, and stirr'd them a pretty while; having weighed them both before the washing and after in the Evidence's Room in Deanstreet; and further deposed, that he bought the Druggs, &c. which were put into the Water by the Prisoners Order. Another deposed, that being acquainted with the Matter, and the Secret being enough to ruin the Nation, he was appointed to be at a Meeting with the Prisoner in St. James's Park, (where he told him of the Secret) and was chosen Banker, to supply him with Guineas; who told the Evidence, that if he could not furnish him with 400 Guineas a day. It would not be worth his while; and a little after he saw the two diminished Guineas, which he did not like, being too much diminished, on which the Prisoner condescended they should only be diminished to the value of 18 d. each, for the more easy covering the Cheat, and told the Evidence, that one of the Guineas he had washed might be exposed, but not the other. The Evidence further deposed, that he told them, he designed suddenly to go to France, when he would leave'em the Secret for their pains, they allowing him 30 l. per Month, which they were to remit thither; but in the mean time all the Profit while he staid here should be his own. The 2 Guineas were produced in Court, and swore to be the same the Prisoner diminished; one of them was 4 s. too light, and the other 3 s. 6 d. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and said, it was one of the Evidence that tried the Experiment: He call'd several to his Reputation, and some Witnesses to lessen the Credit of one of the Evidence, who said he had been guilty of endeavouring to suborn Witnesses to swear falsly against one Camelle. But the Evidence against the Prisoner being plain, and withal the Names of the Druggs to be used being writ in one of the Evidences Pocket books by the Prisoner's own Hand, which he owned in Court, the Jury brought him in Guilty of High Treason.

[Death. See summary.]

Katharen Alederidge and Margaret Kingston , of St. Andrews Holburn , were Indicted for the Murder of Ann Barker , by giving her a mortal Bruise with their Hands, Knees and Feet, of which the languished and died . The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoners came into a Publick House where the Deceased was, and saying they would be revenged of her for picking Kingston's Husband's Pocket, pulling her down gave her several Blows; but it appearing the Deceased had an Imposthumation contracted a long time, and her Liver being spotted, the Chyrurgeons gave it as their opinion, she died of that Distemper; and no fresh Wounds being observed upon her, the Jury brought them in Not Guilty .

William Bromfield of Great Stanmore in Middlesex, was Indicted for robbing Edward Wood on the High-way, on the 15th of March , and taking from him a Leather Purse, and 17 s. in Money numbered . But there not being sufficient Evidence, he was acquitted .

Thomas Smith , Jasper Smith , and Nathaniel Billington were Indicted for endeavouring and intending to maim George Red on the 15th of September , by lying in wait on purpose, and striking him on the right Eye, by which he lost the sight of it . But it not falling within the Statute, they were acquitted .

John Sherly, alias Searle , was Indicted for stealing from Jeremiah Tibbets a Mare value 6 l. But the Prisoner making appear from whom he bought the Mare, and it not appearing to be the Prosecutor's, he was acquitted .

Elizabeth Rouse and Susanna Montague , were Indicted for stealing from Joseph Ballion , on the 29th of April , 8 Yards of Muslen, and other Goods . They were a 2d time Indicted for stealing the Goods of James Child . Rouse pleaded Guilty ; and there not being sufficient Evidence against Montague, she was acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Price of Stepney , was Indicted for stealing from James Cruchly , on the 14th of January , one Stuff Mantua Gown, and other Goods . She was a 2d time Indicted for stealing the Goods of Nicholas Thornton . To both which she pleaded Guilty .

Sara Lester , Ann Duncomb , Sara Shaw , and S. W. were Indicted for stealing from Sir Tho. Yarborough , on the 27th of April , one Silver dressing Box value 5 l. and other Goods . To which Indictment Lester pleaded Guilty : and it appear'd that W. and Shaw brought the Goods to be sold, and were stopt: They said they had them from Lester, but it did not avail them: they were found Guilty , and Duncamb acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Wells of Stepney , was Indicted for stealing from Thomas Wright , a Weather Sheep value 9 s. He was a second time Indicted for stealing a Cock and a Hen from Sara Ingrum . The Prisoner did not deny the Felony, part of the Goods being found about him; he was found Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Charles Cooper was Indicted for stealing from Henry Bowen , on the 7th of April , 11 Ells of Holland, and several other Goods . It seems he had confest the taking of the Goods, which he did not deny upon his Trial; he was brought in Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Ann Jones and Mary Norman , were Indicted for stealing from W. Hodges , on the 20th of Jan. 2 pair of Plush Breeches . They were a 2d time Indicted for stealing 20 yards of Linen, and other Goods of Cornelius Hunt . Norman pleaded Guilty to both. And there being sufficient Evidence against Jones as to Hodges's Goods, she was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Clarege was Indicted for Counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom, on the 20th of August , in the 7th Year of his Majesties Reign . One deposed that the Prisoner first drew him into Coining about 4 years ago, and that he wrought with him for 6 s. a Week; and that search being made for them, they removed; that they Coined several Species of Money. Another deposed, that the Prisoner carried some Ounces of Silver from one Sherwood to be coined, which was brought to the Evidence and Sherwood rough, and afterwards finished: The Prisoner called several to his Reputation, who gave him a good Character: and there being other Circumstances in his Favour, he was brought in not Guilty .

Barbara Potbrook , was Indicted for stealing from Hugh Gaff , a Muslen Apron and a Muslen Cravat . But there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

John Dickeson and Peter Mackdonald , of Stepney , were Indicted of Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of William Burd , and taking 18 Canvas Aprons, and other Goods . They were a 2d time Indicted for breaking the Warehouse of Joseph Lacy , and taking 250 pound weight of Tobacco . As to the stealing of the Tobacco, one of the Evidence deposed, that Mackdonald told him he knew a Warehouse where they might make a Purchase of Tobacco; and accordingly they went, and took the Lock off the Door and each a bag of Tobacco, which they carried to Mackdonald's Lodging; that Dickeson confest being concerned with them; that they sold the Tobacco for 25 s. In Whitechappel. As to the breaking of Burd's House, the Prosecutor deposed, that his Window was broke open, and the Goods taken out; and one of the Evidence deposed he was in the Robbery; that they got up to the Window by a Ladder; and as taking out the Goods, were frightned and dropt them, but afterwards carried them to Dickesons Lodging. The Evidence being full, and the Prisoners having little to say, they were found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Ann Moss of St. Giles's in the fields , was Indicted for stealing from Eliz. Meers , two pair of Flaxen Sheets, and other Goods : But there not being sufficient Evidence, she was acquitted .

William Price was Indicted for robbing on the Highway ; but there being no Evidence, he was acquitted .

John Ward and Eliz. Leach , were Indicted for stealing from Richard Streton , 100 pound weight of Pork . But it appearing the Goods were stolen in Kent, and brought into Middlesex, they were acquitted .

Elizabeth Hadley of St. James's Westminster , was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, for breaking the House of Margaret Hall , and taking 3 stuff Petticoats, and 3 gold Rings . The Prosecutor deposed, that having gone out, she lockt has Door, which the Prisoner owned was opened by one Clerk; that the Prisoner coming down her Stairs with a Bundle, she dropt it, and escaped; but being taken, confest she went up Stairs and took the Goods. But the Burglary not being clearly proved, she was found Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Price was Indicted for stealing from Thomas Tibbs , 6 pound weight of Candles, and one brass Candlestick . It appeared that at the late Fire in Drury-lane , the Prosecutor lost his Goods, which were found in the Prisoners lodging, which he confest when taken, but denied at his Trial: he was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Francis Havata, alias Sanguinisca, alias John Baptista , of St. Andrew Undershaft , was Indicted for stealing from Moses Francher , a Silver Tankard value 10 l. It appeared the Prisoner came to the Prosecutors House to ask for Charity; and being left in the Passage, he was observed to look into the Kitchen; and while the Maid went up, the Tankard was gone, and no Body below but the Prisoner and his Boy who sat at the Door. But it not being clearly proved that he stole the Tankard, he was acquitted .

James Butler was Indicted, for that he after the 10th of March 1691. during the War with France, being a Subject of King William, did as a false Traitor to the King, pass to and from France without Licence from his Majesty, against the duty of his Allegiance, and the Statute against Corresponding with his Majesties Enemies . One Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner told her in Aug. 95. that he was going to France, and had Money of her to accouter himself; and did go, and return again about 5 weeks before the Christmass following, and told her he saw the late K James, had the Pr. of Wales in his Arms, and brought over with him 37 Commissions from K. James for his Friends here, which he let the Evidence see: That he told her he carried over a List of Names from Ireland to the late King: That he had borrowed above 130 l. of her for those that were to bring in K. James, and kill K. William; that when he was taken up about 2 Years ago, he wrote her word that now he would not have such a Trial as before, and that he was a dying man; which Letter was produced in Court, and the Prisoner denied it not to be his hand. She further deposed, that having got a loan of the Key of Hide-park-gate, she took the Impression of it on Clay, by which one was made, and given to the Prisoner with a design to lie in wait and kill the King; that when the Prisoner was in the Marshalsea, he told her if he were at Liberty he'd kill the King, by which he said many Poor men would be the better, and threatned her for advising him to the contrary, but rather to make an ingenuous Discovery. Another Evidence deposed to the same Effect. A 3d deposed that the Prisoner owned he had been at Valenciens about the time swore to before, and described the Governor to him. It was likewise deposed that the Prisoner said if it were known he had been in France, he should come to the same end one Mr. Pike did, who was hang'd. The Evidence being positive, and the Prisoner having little to say, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Henry Bouts as Principal, Samuel Venner , and John Douty , as Accessories, were Indicted for the Murder of Thomas Hutten , by giving him a mortal Bruise on the left side of the Head, of which he languished and died . The Evidence deposed, that the Prisoners and the Deceased came into the Sun-Tavern on Snow hill ; and Words hapning between Bouts and the Deceased, they went up, and were followed by Venner; and a Noise being suddenly heard, one of the Evidence went up, and saw the Deceased lying on the floor bleeding. Another Evidence saw Bouts give the Deceased one Blow; and the Surgeons deposed, that the Bruise was the occasion of his Death, his Skull being deprest. But some deposing they saw none in the Room but Bouts and the Deceased, when on the floor, by whom great Provocation was given; and there being no Evidence that affected Venner and Douty; and there appearing no premeditated Malice, the 2 latter were acquitted , and Bouts brought in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Smith was Indicted for stealing from Abraham Bonn a Silver Cup and other Goods , but for want of sufficient Evidence acquitted .

Elizabeth Devell was Indicted for stealing from John Lacy 24 Ells of Silk Lace ; but for want of sufficient Evidence she was acquitted .

Thomas Jenings and Mary Jenings his Wife , were Indicted for counterfeiting the Coin of this Kingdom . One Evidence deposed, that the Prisoners lodged 3 Weeks in his House; and having occasion to go abroad, on his Return surprized them,finding him coining Half-Crowns; who perceiving himself discovered, confess'd he had coined some hundreds of Pounds, and practised it 14 Years: That the Prisoner coined several pieces in his sight; that next day he threatned to kill the Evidence, fearing a Discovery; that he removed his Lodgings to Westminster, where some Materials for that hellish Trade were found in his Room, and several Utensils also found under his Bed at the Evidence's House. Another deposed much to the same effect, but did not see him coin; that he owned he had followed the Trade in Wiltshire. The Prisoners call'd several to their Reputation, and to prove they wrought hard for their Living; and there being no positive Evidence against her, she was acquitted , but he brought in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Howard Mitchell was Indicted for stealing from John Ladley two pieces of Muslen : The Evidence being clear, and she having little to say, she was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Bencomb was Indicted for stealing from Ann Dresdalt one Silk Petticoat, and other Goods : To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Sherman was Indicted for stealing from one Mr. Losters 4 Gold Ear-rings ; but for want of sufficient Evidence acquitted .

John Hawkins was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, for breaking the House of Richard Dalt , and taking 7 Shifts, and other Goods ; but for want of sufficient Evidence acquitted .

Jonathan Saunders was fined 10 Groats for Counterfeiting a Seaman's Ticket .

Charles Mills was fined 10 Groats for Counterfeiting two Letters of Attorney .

The Trials being over, the Court proceeded to pronounce Sentence as follow.

Received Sentence of Death, 14.

Will. Jackson, Mary Dey, Edward Short, Mary Shepherd, Ann Richardson, Eliz Hall, F. P. Peter Mackdonald, John Dickeson, John Bouther, Will Howell, Will. Clerk, James Butler, Thomas Jenings.

The 4 Women pleaded their Bellies, and were found with Child.

Burnt in the Hand 37.

John Miller, Will Brown, Rob. Graycock, Arthur Slingsby, will. Burchet, John Jenkins, Tho. Ethrington, Jos. Tunbridg, Peter Bennet, Harbert Herren, Charles Cooper, Eliz. Flower, Ann Wiggens, Martha Farecloth, Diana Barthrop, Sarah Musgrave, Mary Simpson, Mary Bradford, Mary Warbattle, Eliz. Hamphrys, Eliz. Barrow, Elizabeth Green, Eliz. Rouse, S - W - , Sara Shaw, Sara Lester, Mary Norman, Ann Jones, Eliz Hadley, Eliz. Sutton, Will. Clifton, Henry Boats, Mary Greemes, Eliz. Ward, Mary Shepheard, Mary Wood, Mary Bencomb, Howard Mitchell.

To be whipt, 7.

John Sherly, Richard Ludlab, George Newton, Will. Bruce, John Walford, James Hobbs, John Price.

To be Transported 3.

John Thomas, Tho. Wills, Emanuel Hamilton. John Brown was sentenced to lie in Prison during the King's Pleasure, and to forfeit all his lands and Goods.

John Worley was fined 20 Marks, and to stand three times in the Pillory, viz. at Temple-bar, Maypole in the Strand, and Charingcross.

Jonathan Saunders was fined 10 Groats for Counterfeiting a Seaman's Ticket .

Charles Mills was fined 10 Groats for Counterfeiting two Letters of Attorney .

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