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Old Bailey Proceedings, 27th February 1712.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE Queen's Commission of the Peace, AND Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the OLD BAYLY, On Wednesday and Thursday, being the 27th and 28th Days of February, 1711/12.

In the Tenth Year of Her MAJESTY's Reign,

BEfore the Right Hon. Sir ROBERT BEACHCROFT , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Mr. Justice Powel, Mr. Baron Price, Mr. Baron Lovell, and Mr. Serjeant Richardson; with several of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as followeth.

London Jury.

John Nichols

Joseph Edmunds

John Cooper

William Langmore

John Appleby

Daniel Woodrof

Peter Airs

George Trim

Francis Holford

Thomas Stone

Benjamin Noden

John Little .

Middlesex Jury.

John Wyburn

Benjamin Boltby

Richard Ivory

John Warner

John Penkman

John Eddy

Edward Catmore

Richard Savage

John Adams

Thomas Haynes

John Calwich

Nevil Meal .

The Proceedings were as followeth:

Jane Sawyer, alias Holloway , and Jane Boreman, alias Pope , of the Parish of Alhallows Staining , were indicted for privately stealing 6 Pair of Stockings, value 20 s. from Robert Peake , on the 10th of February last. The Prosecutor's Wife swore that the Prisoners came together to cheapen stockings, and having been shew'd several, at last bought one Pair; but she suspecting them, pursu'd and took them, with part of the Goods upon Sawyer. The Prisoners made some Offers at a Defence and Sawyer had some Witnesses, who said that she was an industrious Woman, and work'd at Ribbon-weaving ; Boreman also produc'd some to her Reputation: Sawyer was found guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. and Boreman acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Davis , Mary Clay , and Elizabeth Cole , of Alhallows Dowgate , were indicted, Davis as Principal, and the other two as Accessaries, in feloniously stealing 22 Pieces of Stuff, call'd Bunting , the Goods of Henry Whistler , Esq ; and Tho. May , on the 1st of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Goods being put out to dye, and Davis Apprentice to the Dyer, he convey'd them away at several times, and carry'd 'em to the Prisoners; and that Cole sold several Pieces; and that a Lodger of Clay's sold two Pieces and a half for her at Rag-Fair, as also that she had burnt some of it; and upon Search some of it was recover'd again, which was produc'd in Court, and sworn to by the Dyer. One Evidence said she bought a Piece for 5 s. tho' the Dyer said it was worth 22 s. Davis pleaded guilty ; and the other two having none to their Reputation, they were found guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Sarah Smith , of the Parish of St. Faith , was indicted for privately stealing from Henry Lewin , on the 22d of January last, a Snuff-Box, value 2 s. and 13 s. in Money . The Prosecutor depos'd, that coming late from t'other end of the Town (which he said was the only time he ever did so in his Life) at St. Martins le Grand met two Women, who went with him to drink, and while he was between 'em both, one of 'em pick'd his Pocket, and went off; but that he found the Box and part of the Money with the Prisoner; she said there was a kind of a Crowd, and he had the other Woman with him, who jostled her, and threw her down, and thereupon had her to drink some Brandy; and the other Woman going away, he miss'd his Money. The Jury considering the Matter, found her not guilty .

Anthony Gery , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldersgate , was indicted for assaulting and robbing Anne Noel , on the High-way, on the 21st of February Instant, and stealing from her 4 Ells and 3 Quarters of Holland, a Gown, and other Goods, value 17 s. The Evidence depos'd, that as she was going through Little Britain , with the Goods ty'd in a Handkerchief, the Prisoner snatch'd 'em, and ran away; upon which she crying out, he was pursu'd, but wounded one Person with a Penknife before he was taken. He had nothing material to say for himself, whereupon the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Page , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing a Linnen-Gown, and other Goods from Tho. Ivery , and others, on the 21st of February Instant. It was depos'd, that the Goodswere stoln by one Anne Ingram , not yet taken; and the Indictment not being prov'd, she was acquitted .

Elizabeth Williams , of the Parish of St. Mary Aldermary , was indicted for stealing 3 Gowns from Michael King , on the 21st of February Instant the Prosecutor's Servant depos'd, that seeing the Prisoner come down with a Bundle, she call'd to her Master, and then pursu'd and took her with the Goods. The Prisoner said another Woman dropt 'em, and she took 'em up; but that was look'd upon as frivolous, and having none to her Reputation, was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Welsh , alias Jones , was indicted for wilful Perjury, in making Affidavit before Mr. Justice Blencoe, concerning an Escape-Warrant, against one Smith, in order to set aside the said Warrant . The Evidence was very plain against him, whereupon the Jury found him guilty .

[Fine. See summary.]

[Pillory. See summary.]

Robert Davis , was indicted for wilful Perjury, in swearing, at Doctors Commons, that he had seen and bought divers Parcels of Sheep of one Welsh of Wormlayton, at Daintry in Northamptonshire (particularly September 14. 1709.) in order to countenance a forg'd Will of the said Welsh, thereby to entitle Welsh that was last try'd to be his Executor . The Evidence was very full, and it did not appear he had ever been at Daintry in his Life. He had a very villanous Character, and none to give him a good Word, so he was found guilty .

[Fine. See summary.]

[Pillory. See summary.]

O - W - a Sweetner , was indicted for a Misdemeanour, in cheating James Hathaway of 20 Guineas at a Game on the Cards, call'd Preaching the Parson . Hathaway depos'd he was going to Market, and met the Prisoner in a Country-man's Habit, who enter'd into talk with him, and after they had walk'd a little way, invited him to a Tavern; where they had not been long, but another came in, and as'd for a Snuff-Box, which he pretended to have left behind him; and a Snuff-Box being upon the Table, he threw down half a Crown, and was going away; but O - perswading him to sit down, they drank a while, and then a Pack of Cards were produc'd, and they two felt to the Game aforesaid, and at length drew in the Prosecutor, till they had won what he had in his Pocket, and then prevail'd upon him to go and borrow 20 Guineas, of which they cheated him likewise. One Welsh, an Accomplice of O - 's, was the other Person, who being since become a Discoverer of such Practices, swore the Matter also against him, and that they had done the same in several Counties of England; he was found guilty .

[Pillory. See summary.]

Jane Pope , was indicted for stealing 76 Yards of Norwich Crape, from Matthew Herbert upon Ludgate-hill ; but no Evidence appearing, she was acquitted .

Edward Withers , alias Saunders, alias Evans, alias Pool , was indicted for breaking the House of John Denton , in the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , on the 20th of December last, in the Night-time, and taking thence 5 Silver Tankards, value 40 l. 5 Cups 20 l. 6 Casters 16 l. and abundance of other Plate and Gold, a Diamond Ring, and Cloaths, to a very great Value ; and Dorothy Gawen as Accessary to the same before the Fact. It appear'd by the Evidence, that Mr. Denton being at Islington for his Health, his Wife went to him on the 19th at Night, and returning in the Morning, found the Street-Door shut as she had left it, but the inner Doors, with Chests of Drawers, Trunks, &c. broke open, and the Goods gone; and having afterwards, a Suspicion of the Prisoner, with some Difficulty found out his Lodging in Fetter-Lane, where he had like to have been taken, but made his Escape; and his Lodging being search'd, a Purse was found, which Mrs. Denton knew to be hers. After which, he remov'd to Fulham, where it was prov'd he melted some of the Plate, and where a Trunk with several of the Goods in it was found, in which was also some Cloaths belonging to the Prisoner. It was also prov'd, that he sold a Gold Watch-Case and Chain, part of the Goods, to a Goldsmith, to whom afterwards coming to sell some melted Silver, he stop'd him, and carry'd him to the Compter, together with the Man where he lodg'd at Fulham, and by the way he dropt a Bag with a Quantity of melted Silver, to the Value of about 50 l. The Evidence was exceeding full and clear against him, and he having nothing material to offer in his Defence, nor any one to appear to his Reputation, the Jury found him guilty of Felony only . As to Gawen, the Evidence was but circumstantial, and that not strong enough to convict her, she was acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Warman , of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for stealing 18 Yards of Linnen out of Mr. Olive 's Yard , on the 5th of February Instant. One Evidence swore he saw him take it off the Tenters, and another, that he was taken amongst the Cloaths, but had dropt the Goods. The Jury found him guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Anne Hodges , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for stealing a Coat, Wastcoat and Breeches, Linnen, Rings, and other Goods of Susannah Butterwick , on the 12th of February . The Evidence was, that hearing a Noise in the Room, they were going to see what was the Matter, and saw the Prisoner go along with the Goods in her Apron in Old Gravel-Lane; whereupon they pursu'd and took her. She had nothing to say in her Defence, and was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Davis , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, 2 Handkerchiefs, &c. the Goods of Elizabeth Hawkes , on the 1st of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that going abroad, she lock'd her Chamber door, and when she came home round the Door and her Chest of Drawers broke open. And having a Suspicion of the Prisoner, found upon Enquiry that he was gone by the Waggon into Oxfordshire, whereupon he was pursu'd and taken at Dorchester in the said Country with the Watch upon him. The Prisoner alledg'd that the Prosecutor had given him the Watch; but it being prov'd that he was up the Stairs where the Prosecutor lodg'd while she was abroad, he was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Appleton , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Gown and Petticoat, &c . the Goods of Elizabeth Butler , on the 28th of January last. The Prosecutor swore she lost the Goods out of her Shop; and another Evidence, that he met the Prisoner with a Bundle, and knowing him to be an Offender, seiz'd him, and found 'em to be the Goods produc'd, and he confess'd he stoke 'em from the Prosecutor. He made a frivolous Defence, that he was sent of an Errand; but being an old Offender, (tho' but a Lad) the Jury found him guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Rebekah Windham , of the Parish of St. Giles's in the Fields was indicted for stealing 2 Gowns, 2 Petticoats, and divers other Goods , of John Hill , on the 5th of December last. It appear'd she was aLodger in the House, and stole the Goods, and went away and being afterwards taken, confess'd before the Justice that she had sold them to one Mrs. Britain in Cole-yard in Drury-Lane. She pleaded she was a Servant in the House, but had not the Goods; and that she went away so suddenly for fear of Debt: but had one to her Reputation, and was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Keech, alias Jones , of the Parish of White-Chapel , was indicted for stealing 2 Coats from Edward Davy , on the 19th of February The Goods were found at a Brokers in Cloth-Fair, where it appear'd she had sold 'em, and said they were her deceased Husband's. The Prisoner said she beg'd for her Living, and that a Woman came by and gave her half a Crown to sell 'em for her. She had Evidence, who find she was at her Lodging at the time when the Goods were lost, and that they believ'd her an honest poor Woman; so she was acquitted .

Alice Farendon as Principal, and Katherine Johnson as Accessary , of the Parish of White-Chapel , were indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard value 7 l. 2 Gold Chains, a Cloth Suit, a Pair of Sheets, and 42 Guineas , the Goods of John Roberts , on the 5th of February . It appear'd that Farendon was the Prosecutor's Servant , and stole the Goods first, which she carry'd to Johnson, who pawn'd 'em, under pretence they belong'd to a Friend of hers who was engag'd in a Law-Suit; and afterwards stealing the Money at Several times, they were so honest as to redeem the Plate and Cloaths, which Farendon convey'd into her Master's House again. Farendon confess'd the Fact; but Johnson deny'd she knew the Goods or Money were stole, and that Farendon gave 'em to her to carry to a Man, but could not tell who. The Jury upon a full hearing found 'em both guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Henry Norris , George Soams , and Mary Soams , were indicted for feloniously stealing out of the House of Margaret Brewer , on the 13th of February , 5 Pair of Sheets, 8 Shirts, 3 Shirts, and other Linnen , the Goods of Rachel Lodge . Upon Information that two Boys were seen to go out of a Coach, and carry a Bundle into Soams's House, Search was made, and the Goods found; and an Evidence appear'd, who was at Soams's when they were brought in, which Soams acknowledg'd, but said two Boys brought 'em in, and she thought would have carry'd 'em away with 'em; but going without, they were soon after seiz'd as stoln Goods; and being produc'd in Court, were sworn to by the Prosecutor. The Jury found them not guilty .

Josiah Coney , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the House of John Glover , on the 26 of January last, in the Night-time, and taking thence 8 Plates, 3 Napkins, and a Riding-hood, value 18 s. and Elizabeth Farrer as Accessary after the Fact . The Prosecutor depos'd, that going up Stairs, she left her Door lock'd, and coming down again, found a piece of Glass taken out, the Window and Door open, and the Goods gone; and having a Suspicion of Brown's House, got a Constable, and upon Search found the Goods there, part hid in two Beds, and the Riding-hood thrown out at the Window. One Witness swore that he met Coney with the Goods in Covent-Garden, and he confess'd it when taken. Brown said the Goods were brought into her House unknown to her; and her Maid said she receiv'd them from the Boys, and hid them without her Mistress's Knowledge: some Persons also appear'd to her Reputation; so she was acquitted , and Coney found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Daniel Potter , Edward Morris , and John Prestridge of the Parish of Hendon , were indicted for stealing 2 Lambs, value 11 s. on the 22d of February , the Goods of Mary Nichol . They were a second time indicted for stealing 2 Geese, value 2 s. and one Gander, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Dorothy Gibb , at the same time and place. Both the Prosecutors swore to the Loss of their Goods; and the Prisoners being stopt by St. Giles's Watch, they were found upon'em in a Wallet. They had little to say, but that the Goods were dead when they found 'em. They were all found guilty to the Value of 10 d. each

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Ewers , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for stealing 3 Pound Beladine Silk : But the Evidence not being sufficient, she was acquitted .

John Jones , John Mills , and Elizabeth Salmon , of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted, the two first for stealing, and the last for receiving 2 Brass Mortars, and an Iron Pestle , on the 22d of February , the Goods of Edward Barnard . The Prosecutor depos'd that he miss'd the Goods out of his Shop on the Day aforesaid; and another, that she saw the two Boys bring them into Salmon's House, who carry'd 'em out to sell; and they had confess'd the Fact before the Justice. They had nothing material to say, and the Boys were found guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

William Lane , of the Parish of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for assaulting Robert Murrel on the Queen's High-way, and taking from him a Sword, value 16 s. on the 15th of February . The Evidence was not sufficient, he was acquitted .

Mary Best , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for stealing a Silk Scarf, value 14 s. and 2 Hoods , the Goods of Thomas May , on the 17th of January last. The Fact was plain upon her, and she had nothing to say, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Blake and Richard Cecil of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldersgate , were indicted for stealing out of the House of Francis Oliver on the 17th of February , 1 Sheet, 2 Napkins, 8 Shirts and Shifts, and divers other Linnen . Mrs. Oliver swears, That about 7 a Clock in the Evening she went out and latch'd the Door; and coming in again presently, found it open, and the Goods gone; and that upon search, some of the Goods were found in a Trunk at Blake's House, and one of the Shifts upon her Back. She said in her Defence, that she bought 'em of an Earthen-ware Woman, but had no Witness; whereupon she was found Guilty : But the Evidence not being sufficient against Cecil, he was acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

David Richards of the Parish aforesaid, was indicted in the same manner as the two Persons foregoing . It was prov'd that some of the Linen was found in his House; and he in his Defence said, that Blake had desir'd to hang some Clothes drying, which his Girl gave leave for. He produc'd a great many to his Reputation, and the Jury acquitted him.

John Gibson , of the Parish of St. John Wapping , was indicted for stealing a Scarlet Cloak, and other Goods , of John Ward , Esq ; on the 10th of January lost. The Evidence depos'd, That having a Suspicion of the Prisoner, they serv'd a Warrant on him, upon which he immediatelyconfess'd, and restor'd the Goods. The Prisoner said in his Defence, That (being a Tayler ) he had bought some Cloaths that Day, and afterwards meeting with some Friends, drank pretty plentifully; after which, going to enter some South-Sea Bills at Mr. Ward's, he took (he believ'd) the Goods for his own, which he had lost. He had several credible Witnesses to his good Behaviour, but his Defence not being sufficient, he was found Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Broadhurst of the Parish of White Chappel , was indicted for stealing a Table-cloth, value 7 s. 6 d. from Alice Scrimshaw , on the 25th of September last. The Evidence not being sufficient, she was acquitted .

William Yarwood and Rodry Awdry (two Boys ) of the Parish of White Chapel , were indicted for stealing 3 Silver Salvers, 5 Casters, 6 Tea-spoons, and other Goods, to the value of 30 l. the Goods of Daniel Mahon , on the 11th of January last. The Evidence depos'd, That the Parlor-door was open'd, and the things taken away, but cou'd not give any account which way. But afterwards by accident it was discover'd by a Coachman, that he took up two Boys near Aldgate on the Day abovesaid, and carry'd 'em to Hockly in the Hole, where by some Passages they had a Suspicion, and upon search found the Prisoners, who own'd the Fact, and that they had sold the Plate for 8 l. Yarwood said that Awdry invited him to go with him in a Coach to see his Aunt. He was found Guilty , and Awdry pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Isabella Miller of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for stealing 20 Guineas and a Half-Guinea , the Goods of Tho. Perkins , on the 3d of February . The Evidence was Perkins's Mother, who swore the Prisoner was a Servant ; and having Leave given her, went abroad; and a while after, the Money being missing out of a Drawer, she suspected her to have taken it; but nothing appearing to strengthen such Suspicion, she was acquitted .

John Jones , John Mills , and Joseph Fisher , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for stealing a Pair of Brass Scales, and a Brass Candlestick , the Goods of Sarah Eland , on the 23d of Febuary . It was sworn that the Candle was blown out in the Shop, and the Candlestick and Scales taken away. Elizabeth Salmon was also indicted for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . Mills and Jones own'd the Fact, but Fisher deny'd it; and it was prov'd that Salmon bought 'em for Half a Crown. They were all found Guilty .

[Fisher:Whipping. See summary.]

[Jones, Mills: Branding. See summary.]

Alice Pendergrass , Margaret Gill Sen. and Margaret Gill Jun: of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , were indicted for stealing Money and Gold to a considerable Value , from Zacheus Wisdom on the 8th of February . The Evidence was Mrs. Wisdom, who depos'd, That the Prisoners coming to see her, she miss'd her Money, which was stoln from between the Bed and the Mat; and upon Search part of it was taken in Pendergrass's, and and part in Gill's Lodging, which was produc'd in Court. The Matter being very plain against them, the two first were found Guilty , and the other being a Girl , was young acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

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

Received Sentence of Death, 1. Anthony Gery .

Burnt in the Hand, 23. Tho. Warman , Anne Hodges , Tho. Davis , John Appleton , Rebekah Windam , Mary Clay , Eliz. Cole , John Davis , Eliz. Williams , Alice Farendon , Katherine Johnson , Edward Withers , Mary Blake , Henry Norris , Josiah Coney , William Yarwood , John Gibson , Alice Pendergrass , Margaret Gill , John Jones , John Mills , Rodry Awdry, Jane Sawyer , alias Holloway.

To be Whipt, 5. Daniel Potter , Edward Morris , John Prestridge , Mary Best , Joseph Fisher .

John Welsh and Robert Davis fin'd 20 Nobles each, and to stand in the Pillory at Field-Lane End, St. Paul's Church-yard, and Cheapside Conduit.

O - W - to stand 3 times in the Pillory, and be removed to Exeter.

Edward Withers to be sent to Bridewell, and there be kept at hard Labour for two Years.


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