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Old Bailey Proceedings, 23rd April 1707.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE Queen'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, and Saturday, being the 23d, 24th, 25th, and 26th Days of April, 1707.

In the Sixth Year of Her MAJESTIES Reign,

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir Robert Bedingfeld , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, my Ld. Chief Justice Holt, Mr. Justice Dormer, and Mr. Baron Bury, &c. with divers of Her Majesties Justices of Peace, for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as followeth:

London Jury.

Edward Norman

Thomas Fawdery

Thomas Clark

William Warren

William Ford

Thomas Powle

Edward Kimber

Michael Higginson

Edmund Harvy

William Terrett

Ichabod Dawkes

Thomas Phipps

Middlesex Jury.

Robert Bampton

Thomas Sutton

Willilliam Munden

Richard Winckfield

William Pannet

John Brooks

William Patridge

Robert How

Francis Parker

John Millet

William Avis

Guy Stone

The Procedings were as followeth.

Thomas Dickson, alias Dickinson , of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking open the Dwelling House of Joseph Jury , Esq ; between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the Night, on the 28th Day of March last, and taking from thence, 1 Silver Spoon, 3 Dozen of Pewter Plates, 3 Brass Candlesticks, 66 Pewter Dishes, 6 China Cups, 20 ll. Weight of Cheshire Cheese, a Breast of Mutton, a Laced Night Cap, a pair of Shoes, a Holland Neckcloath, a Flower Bagg, with other things, the Goods of Joseph Jury. A Silver Spoon, a Silver Coffee-Pot, 3 Coats, 2 pair of Breeches, 2 Perukes, 2 Hats, 2 Holland Frocks, &c. the Goods of Nathaniel Hodges . 4 Holland Handkerchiefs, a Holland Smock, a pair of Worsted Stockings, the Goods of Judith Dickinson . A Suit of Muslin Headcloaths, the Goods of Mary Howel . The Evidence Deposed, that the Prosecutor's House was fast at one a Clock that Morning the Fact was commited, and when the Family arose about 6 a Clock, they found a Pantry Window that leads to the Kitchen, broken open, and an Iron Bar bent so that a Man might get in, and the Goods mention'd in the Indictment taken away. The Evidence further Deposed, that upon Enquiry, divers of the Goods, and particularly a pair of Shoes of the Prosecutor's, a Serge Frock, and a Neckcloath of Mr. Hodges, and a Suit of Headcloaths of Mary Howel were found upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner could say little in his Defence, and being an old Offender, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Isaac Coulthouse , was Indicted for Feloniously stealing a pan of Brass Scales, a Steal Tobacco-Box, a Knife, 2 Brass Weights, 4 ll. Weight of Sweetmeats, 200 Apples, 50 Oranges, with other things , the Goods of Anne Simpson , on the 10th Day of April last. The Evidence Deposed, that coming by the Prosecutors Stall about 12 a Clock at Night, found it broken open, that at the same time he heard a rattling of Scales about the Prisoner, and having seiz'd him upon Suspicion, found divers of the Goods upon him, which prov'd to be the Prosecutors. The Prisoner could give no account of his Reputation, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Goodwin, alias Plug , of the Parish of St. Leonard's Shoreditch , was Indicted for breaking open the Dwelling House of Alexander Hurrick , about 7 at Night, on the 13th of January last, and taking from thence 200 Yards of Durant Stuff, value 8 l. the Goods of John Cope . The Prosecutor Deposed, that on the 13th of January last about 7 at Night, the middle Wooden Bar of his Parlour Window was broken, and the Goods which lay upon a Table were taken away. Another Evidence was one Low a Person concern'd in the Fact, Deposed, that himself with Matthews (that was Executed last Sessions) and the Prisoner commited the Robbery. He further Deposed, that himself stood Centry with a Pistol some distance from the House, and the Prisoner came to him with the Goods. The Prisoner in his defence denyed the Fact, but could call none to his Reputation, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Jane Kemp , of the Parish of St. Botolphs Aldersgate , was Indicted for stealing 10 Yards ofBone Lace, value 30 s. the Goods of Thomas Norris , on the 18th Day of April last. The first Evidence Deposed, that he saw the Prisoner take the Goods, and being pursu'd, a second Evidence saw her drop them, which prov'd to be Prosecutor's. The Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Lightfoot , of St. Anns Westminster , was Indicted for Feloniously stealing a Feather Bed, value 50 s. 2 Gold Rings 20 s. a Feather Bolster 10 s. with other things , the Goods of Bethia Rich , on the 10th of April last. She was a second time Indicted for stealing 140 Yards of Ribbon, 40 pieces of narrow Ribbon, 2 Stuff-Gowns 2 Stuff Petticoats, 2 Guineas, 2 broad Pieces, with other things , the Goods of Vere Melchham , on the 10th of April last. The Evidence not being positive against the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted her of both the Indictments.

John Wittingham , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for breaking open the House of Thomas Carpenter , and taking from thence 9 pair of Men's Shoes value 27 s. 6 d. 5 pair of Women's Shoes, value 11 s. On the second Day of April last, about a 11 of the Night of the same Day . The Prosecutor Deposed, that himself and Family went to Bed about 8 a Clock when this Accident happen'd, and about 11 he was called up by the Watch, and found his House broken open and his Goods gone, but making Enquiry after them, the next Day found them all upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner could say little in his Defence, but Day Light not being shut in when the Prosecutor and his Family went to Bed, the Jury found him guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

William Parker , of the Parish of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was Indicted for the Murder of Robert Mould , by driving the near hinder Wheel of an empty Coach drawn with two Horses, in and upon the right Side of the said Robert Mould, which gave him divers mortal Wounds, on the third Day of March last, of which Wounds he languished till the eighth Day of the said March, and then died . He was a second time Indicted upon the Coroners Inquisition for the Manslaughter of the said Robert Mould. The Evidence Deposed, that a Gentlewoman in Kings-Street Covent-Garden , call'd for a Coach, that the Prisoner with another Coachman came with their Coaches, that the Gentlewoman took the Prisoner and sent away the other, the Evidence further Deposed, that while the other Coachman was shutting his Coach, the Prisoner whiped his Horses, which set them a running, and the Deceased going to stop them, was beaten down by the Spring-tree of the Coach, and run over by the near hinder Wheel, which gave him divers Wounds and Bruises, of which the Chirurgeons Deposed he died. The Prisoner in his Defence produc'd divers Witnesses, who Deposed that the Prisoner did not strike the Horses. The Jury upon the whole acquitted the Prisoner of the Murder, but left the Manslaughter to a special Verdict .

Jane Bowers , and Anne Langley , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , were Indicted for privately stealing out of the Shop of Henry and Paul Desbrosses , 20 Yards of Muslin, value 7 l. the Goods of the said Paul and Henry Desbrosses , on the 8th of April last . The Evidence Deposed, that the Prisoner came to the Prosecutor's Shop, to cheapen some Goods, but as the Prosecutor's Back was turn'd, Bowers made use of that opportunity to take the Goods, and went off with them, but being pursu'd and search'd, they were found upon her. The Jury found them both guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

Sophia Ballard , was Indicted for buying of 200 Yards of Durant Stuffs of Luke Matthews , and John Goodwin , the Goods of John Cope , she knowing the same to be stolen , but the Evidence not proving the Fact upon her, the Jury acquitted her.

Theophilus Brown , of London, was Indicted for Feloniously stealing 2 Cloath Hatts, value 24 s. the Goods of George Turner , of the Parish of St. Anns Black fryars , on the 6th Day of February last . John and Joan Revel were likewise Indicted for buying the said Goods of Theophilus Brown, they knowing the same to be stolen . The Evidence proving the Facts upon Theophilus Brown and Joan Revel. The Jury found them guilty of Felony, but acquitted John Revel.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

Mary Newman , of London, Spinster , was Indicted for privately stealing out of the Shop of Henry Lynnly , of St. Dionis Back-Church , 1 pair of Silk Stokings value 16 s. the Goods of the said Henry Lynnly, on the 22d of March last . The Prosecutor Deposed, that the Prisoner came to his Shop and cheapen'd a pair of Black Silk Stokings, and as he was busy with another Customer, She made use of that Opportunity, to take the Goods, and went off with them; but being pursued, was taken with the Goods upon her. The Prisoner could say little in her Defence, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Crossfield , of London, was Indicted for privately stealing 21 Yards of Shalloon, value 32 s. the Goods of John Guillam of the Parish of St. Bartholomew the less , on the 10th day of April last . She was a 2d time Indicted for private stealing 8 Yards of Dutch Check, the Goods of Thomas Newman , on the 9th day of August last . The Evidence to the 1st proved clearly, that the Goods were stolen by the Prisoner, out of the Prosecutors Shop. But there not being clear proof to the other, the Jury found her guilty of the 1st to the value of 10 d. but accquited her of the last.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Hannah Steward , of London Spinster , was Indicted for stealing a Callico Counterpain value 18 s, a Stuff Gown 20 s. the Goods of Deborah Corner Widow , of the Parish of St. James Coleman Street , on the 4th day of March last. The Prosecutor Deposed that she miss'd her Goods, and Suspecting the Prisoner, upon search found them upon her. The Evidence being Positive, the Jury Found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Floyd , of London, was Indicted for privately stealing 19 Yards of Muslen, the Goods of Thomas Norman , of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the East , on the 18th of April last . The Evidence Deposed that the Prisoner came into the Prosecutors Shop, and took the Goods, put them up her Petticoat and went off with them, and being pursued they were found upon her. The Prisoner offering nothing in her Defence, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Jane Booth , of the Parish of S. Anns Westminster , was Indicted for stealing 5 Pewter Plates, 2 Pewter Dishes, a Pewter Tankard, a Brass Cover of a Pot , the Goods of Gideon Bennoist , on the 27th day of March last. The Evidence Deposed that the Prisoner came to the Prosecutors House and took the Goods, and went off with them; hebeing pursu'd, they were found upon her. The Prisoner calling none to her reputation, nor giving any account of her self, the Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Maunders, alias Galloway of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing a Suit of Lac'd Head Cloaths, 10 Muslen Neckcloaths, and a pair of Holland Sleeves , the Goods, of Henry Carr , on the 29th of March last. The Evidence prov'd the Fact fully upon the Prisoner. The Jury found her Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

Mary Lydal , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing a Stuff Mantua, Gown, a Stuff Petticoat, a pair of Worsted Stockings the Goods of Christopher Gould and 8 Yards of Ribbon the Goods of Phoebe Hodder . The Evidence Deposed that the Goods were Stolen from the Prosecutor and taken upon the Prisoner. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Kingston , of London Labourer , was Indicted for the Murder of John Cook , by giving him a Mortal Wound in the Left part of the Head, with an Iron Cleaver on the 22d day of March last, of which Wound he Languished till the 29th of the same, and then Dyed . He was likewise Indicted for Man-slaughter, upon the Coroners Inquest. The Prosecutor Deposed that the Prisoner on the 22d of March last, struck the Deceased with a Basket, the Deceased took him by the Sleeve, and asked the Prisoner the reason, at which the Prisoner took up a Cleaver from the Deceased's Stall, and struck him on the Left part of his Head. Several Surgeons (that dress'd the Wound of the Deceased and opened it after his Death) Deposed that it was the Occasion of his Death. The Prisoner in his Defence, Produc'd Divers Witnesses who gave him the Character of a half Witted Man, that for his Simplicity the Butchers in Newgate Market, used frequently to vex and teaze him by Pulling him by the Hair, Breaking his Head and Dragging him about the Market &c. which kind of sport would make him commit all manner of extravagances. The Evidence farther Deposed that the Prisoner had been thus Baited before he struck the Deceased. The Jury considering the Matter found him Guilty of the Man slaughter only.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

Ann Wilkinson , of the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , was Indicted for Stealing a Suit of Muslen Headcloaths, value 5 s. the Goods of Elizabeth Johnson . She was a 2d time Indicted for stealing a Cambrick Handkerchief, value 2 s. the Goods of Simon Degg Esq ; on the 18th of February last. There being no Positive Evidence against the Prisoner. The Jury acquitted her.

Thomas Waldram , of London was Indicted for Feloniously stealing 16 Guineas and 12 l. 16 s. in Silver , the Goods and Mony of James Hubbard , on the 1st day of March last. But the Evidence not proving the Fact upon him. The Jury Acquitted him.

Robert Amy , of the Parish of St. James Westminster , was Indicted for Feloniously stealing a Diamond Necklace value 40 l. the Goods of Jasper Provero , on the 6th of April last. But the Fact not being Proved upon him. The Jury acquitted him.

John Turner , of the Parish of St. Martins in, the Fields , was Indicted for the Murder of Sam. Bumby , by driving his Coach over him, on the second Day of April last . It appearing by the Queen's Evidence that it was a more Accident the Jury acquitted him

Henry Fern , of the Parish of Haddington Labourer , was Indicted for stealing 9 Chickens , the Goods of Samuel Powsey , on the 16th of April last. The Fact being plainly prov'd upon him, the Jury found him Guilty

[Whipping. See summary.]

Joyce Dalt , of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for stealing an Iron Spike, value 14 d. 2 Iron Rings, value 3 d. 13 l. of Iron, value 3 s. 6 d. the Goods of William Johnson Esq ; on the 12th of April last. The Evidence could not prove the Fact upon the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted her.

Elizabeth Black , of London, was Indicted for Feloniously stealing a Silk Damask Gown, a Silk Damask Petticoat, 12 Diaper Napkins, 3 Diaper Table-cloaths, with other things , the Goods of Henry Mollinex , on the 7th of March last. The Evidence could fix nothing upon the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted her.

Alice Gray , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for aiding and assisting John, alias Thomas Smith , in the committing of a Rape on the Body of Catherine Masters , of the Age of 10 Years and upward, on the 28th of February last . The first Evidence was the Girl her self, who Deposed, that the Prisoner and her self lodged together, that the Night when this thing happen'd, she went to Bed at eight a Clock, and about 11 the Prisoner came with a Man to her Lodging, that being sleepy, she did not perceive when the Prisoner came to Bed; but awaking about 2 a Clock in Morning, found a Man in Bed with them, that as she was endeavouring to get away, the Prisoner pull'd her back again, and held her down in the Bed, and stopt her Mouth, (that she could not cry out) while the Man gain'd the perfect knowledge of her Body. Others Deposed, that the Girl the next Morning acquainted them how she had been abused, and Inspecting her Body, found that a Man had been with her, and had given her the Pox. The Evidence being very plain against the Prisoner, and she saying little for her self, the Jury found her guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Margaret Underhill , of London, was Indicted for Feloniously stealing a Gold Watch value 15 l. 2 Cloath Coats, 2 Cloth Wastcoats, with Divers other things the Goods of Samuel Dole , on the 19th of February last. But there being no Positive Evidence against the Prisoner. The Jury acquitted her.

Edward Willis , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing a Flaxen Sheet value 3 s. The Goods of Sarah King on the 24th of February last. It did not appear by the Evidence that the Prisoner took the Goods. The Jury acquitted him.

James Roberts , Jane Smith , Alice Jones , were all three Indicted for a Misdemeanour, in Cheating Joseph Swallow and his Wife of 8 l. pretending to leave as a Pledge of Bone Lace, a quantity of Muslen and Holland Cloth, when in reallity it was nothing but old rags, Bed Matting and Sand , but the Evidence not reaching the Indictment. The Jury acquitted them.

Margaret Lincoln , of St. Martins in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing 2 Pewter Plates, the Goods of Richard Wotton , a Silk Hood, the Goods of Sarah Brown on the 1st of January last. But the Evidence not proving the Fact upon the Prisoner. The Jury acquited her.

James Johnson , of the Parish of Stepney , Labourer was Indicted for 3 several Buggeries, and for an intent to commit a fourth . But the Evi- not Satisfying the Jury. He was acquitted .

Sarah Bromley , of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for stealing a Holland Smock value 5 s. and 17 l. in Mony , the Goods and Mony of Josias Milward , on the 22d of March last. The Evidence proving the Fact upon the Prisoner. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Margaret Hamilton , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for stealing a Gold ring, 2 Silver Spoons, a Silver Fork, with Divers other things, and Money to a Considerable value , the Goods of Nicholas Turner , on the 22d Day of November 1795. But the Fact not being prov'd upon the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted her.

Elenor Rodway , was Indicted for Aiding and Assisting a Person unknown in the Committing of a Rape on the Body of Margaret Mule a Virgin of 10 years and Upward, on the 16th Day of March last . The Evidence not coming up to the Indictment. The Court Ordered a New Indictment for a Misdemeanour committed by the said Elenor Rodway for Assaulting the Girl and Assisting one in endeavouring to Ravish her. But the Evidence not Proving the assault upon the Prisoner. The Jury accquitted her of both.

John Goostree , of London, was Indicted for Feloniously stealing 11 l. weight of Lead value 10 d. the Goods of Antony Waters on the 1st of March last. There being clear proof of the Fact upon the Prisoner. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Webb , of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was Indicted for stealing a Holland Mantua Gown and Petticoat, with other things , the Goods of Martha Smith , the Evidence being positive against the Prisoner, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Gibbons , of the Parish of St. Anns Westminster , was Indicted for stealing a pair of Flaxen Sheets, a Huccaback Tablecloath, with other things , the Goods of Elizabeth Scarf , Widow . The Evidence proving the Fact upon the Prisoner, the Jury found him Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

Martha Brocknell , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was Indicted for stealing a Flaxen Sheet, value 8 s. the Goods of Martha Stone . But it not appearing by the Evidence that the Prisoner took the Goods. The Jury accquitted her.

James Roberts of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for Feloniously stealing 40 Lamb Skins , the Goods of Richard Phelps , on the 1st Day of March last. The Evidence proving the Fact upon him, the Jury found him Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

G - C - was Indicted on three Indictments, the first for the Murder of Daniel Johnson , by giving him several wounds with a Sword, on the 28th of March last, of which he languished till the 1st of April, and then Dyed . The 2d was on the Statute of Stabbing. And the 3d on Coroners Inquest. The Evidence appearing to be very Scandalous Women, and contradicting each other in their Evidence, and it likewise appearing by the Evidence of several Surgeons that he was poxt, and most of his Bowels wasted and rotten. The Jury having consider'd the matter acquitted the Prisoner of all 3 Indictments, and that he died Visitatione Dei.

The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as followeth.

Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 3.

Thomas Dickinson, John Goodwin, Alice Gray.

To be Burnt in the Hand and put to hard Labour, Pursuant to the late Act of Parliment, 9.

John Gibbons, Anne Langley, Jane Bowers, Theophilus Brown, John Kingston, Elizabeth Maunders, Joan Reves, James Roberts, John Wittingham.

To be Whipt, 12

Mary Newman, Hannah Steward, Mary Floyd, Jane Kemp, Mary Crossfield, John Goostree, Jane Booth, Isaac Coulthouse, Mary Lydal, Sarah Bromley, Henry Fern, Elizabeth Webb.

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