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Old Bailey Proceedings, 13th May 1714.

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-Bailey, On Thursday and Friday, being the 13th and 14th Days of May, 1714. In the Thirteenth Tear of Her MAJESTY's Reign,

BEfore the Rt. Hon. Sir SAMUEL STANIER , Knight, Lord-Mayor of the City of London, Mr. Baron Price , Mr. Serjeant Richardson, and 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.

Samuel Tale ,

Henry Dobson ,

Thomas Warner ,

Matthew Trigg ,

Charles Brown ,

Thomas Clark ,

James Bonwick ,

Thomas Barwell ,

Nicholas Tooke ,

Henry Burlace ,

George Hurst ,

Thomas Brown .

Middlesex Jury.

William Pannet , Gent.

John Smith ,

Robert Kent ,

John Ilford ,

Richard Newland ,

James West ,

John Stone ,

John Robertson ,

Richard Sanders ,

John Hinton ,

William Burchet ,

James Odell .

The Proceedings were as followeth.

Roderick Awdry and William White , of the Parish of St. Margaret Lothbury , were indicted for entring the House of Thomas Gibson , Gent. on the 19th of April last, and taking 11 Silver Spoons, 2 Salvers, 2 Salts, and other Plate . The Evidence was the Prosecutor's Servant, who swore, That having been abroad, at his return he saw White standing at his Master's Door, and going in, found Awdry sitting in the Parlour, who told him, his Lady sent him thither on an Errand; whereupon the Servant seiz'd him, and with Assistance secur'd White also, who had a Salver taken upon him, and the rest of the Plate was found upon Awdry. The Matter was very plain; and tho' Awdry endeavour'd to excuse the other, by saving he gave him the Salver to carry to a Place for him, and that he knew not he had stole it, the Jury found them both guilty upon the new Satute.

James Jones of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for breaking the Shop of Amram Fordham , on the 27th of April last, in the Night-time, and stealing 7 Dozen of Stockings, value 3 l. and other Goods . The Evidence were two Watchmen, who swore, That hearing a Noise in the Shop, they went in, and found the Prisoner there, and the Goods put up in a Bag; and that the Padlock of the Door was broke off, and the Stock-lock pick'd. He had nothing to say in his Defence, but that he was a Stranger come from Bristol, and that he found the Shop open, and went in to lye there, having no Lodging. The Jury found him guilty of Burglary.

Mary Pantile , of the Parish of St. Bartholomew the Less , was indicted for stealing a Holland Gown and Pettycoat, a Hood and Headcloaths , the Goods of Margaret Allen , on the 12th of April last. It appear'd, that the Prisoner having been a Lodger in the House, went away, and the Goods were miss'd; and she being taken up on Suspicion, own'd where she had dispos'd of the Gown and Pettycoat, and had a Cap and Handkerchief upon her. She said in her Defence, the Prosecutor gave 'em her to pawn; but that not being believ'd, she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

Elizabeth Nichols , Sarah Bell , Mary Still , and Esther Partridge , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldersgate , were indicted for privately stealing a Piece of Silk, and a Piece of Worsted Camblet, out of the Shop of Thomas Lownes , on the 8th Instant. The Evidence set forth, That the Prisoner and another Woman standing in the Street together, he thought them suspicious Persons, and thereupon observing them, he heard one of them say, do you three go in, and we two will stay in the Street. This increasing his Suspicion, he watch 'd them, and saw the three go into the Prosecutor's Shop, and the other two hanker about the Door; whereupon he went to a Shop over-against them, and told what he suspected, and after a while seeing the three come out, he and another seiz'd them all five, but one made her Escape. The Goods were found upon one of them, and it was plain they were all Confederates; but the Jury considering the Prosecutor had his Goods again, found them guilty of Petty Larceny only .

George Savin , of the Parish of St. James Duke's Place , was indicted for breaking the Shop of Maurice Powell , on the 8th Instant, and stealing thence 11 Pair of Leather Breeches, value 3 l. The Prosecutor swore his Shop was broke open, and that seeing a Man with a Pair of Leather Breeches on, he desir'd to look on 'em, and found 'em to be his own; by which Means he discover'd the Prisoner, and found another Pair upon him, and where he had sold 4 Pair more. In his Defence, he pretended he bought 'em, and would have turn'd it upon the Person to whom he sold them; but that was prov'd to be false, and he was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.

Rachel Smith , of the Parish of the Holy Trinity , was indicted for breaking the House of George Edwards , and stealing thence a Peruke, a Pair of Gold Ear-rings, and divers other Goods, on the 3d of April last. It appear'd, That the Prosecutor's Wife being a Milkwoman, had some Knowledge of the Prisoner, when she was Servant to one Mr. Proctor in the Poultry; and that being out of Place, she prevail'd to stay in the Prosecutor's House, till she could get in again; and that on the 2d of April she went away, and pretended she had got a Place; but the same Night was seen about the Door, and next Day the Goods were miss'd; and she being taken up on Suspicion, confess'd the Fact, and that she had taken the Key of the Street Door away before. Some of the Goods were also found where she had pawn'd 'em, and the Ear-rings with a Cunning-Woman in Ratcliff, to whom she had given them to tell her some News of her Sweetheart. She said in her Defence, that one Joyce Brown stole the Goods, and gave them to her to dispose of: But the Fact appearing very plain upon her, she was found Guilty of Burglary.

Katherine Kirk , of the Parish of Alhallows Lombard-Street , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Can, value 50 s. and a Silver Spoon, value 10 s. out of the House of Mary Dry , on the 10th of April last. The Evidence was Mrs. Dry's Servant, who depos'd, That the Prisoner came to her, and told her she came from one Madam Hill, and could help her to a good Place; and that the Can and Spoon were brought into the Room while she was there, and miss'd as soon as she was gone. She deny'd herself to be the Person, and said she was taken by mistake, another being accus'd before; but there was nothing of Truth in that, and she was known to be an old Offender, whereupon she was found guilty of the Indictment.

She was a second time indicted for stealing 3 Silver Spoons, a Piece of Lace, a Holland Frock, and other Goods, out of the House of Robert Ward . It was prov'd she came in the same manner to a Servant there, pretending one Madam Johnson sent her, and that she could help her to a very good Place; and the Servant going up Stairs, she went off with the Goods, which were miss'd as soon as she was gone. This being very plain upon her, the Jury found her guilty of this Indictment also.

George Twelves , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldersgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Cloath Coat, value 40 s. the Goods of Edward Oakley , and a Riding-hood, the Goods of John Stamper , out of the Shop of the said John Stamper , on the 19th of February last. The Prosecutor swore, That the Prisoner came to fetch a Pair of Breeches that were mended for him; and going back into the Shop to put them on, as soon as he was gone, he miss'd the Goods, which he was positive were there when he came in. He had nothing material to say for himself, and was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.

John Mason , of the Parish of St. Bridget, alias Brides , was indicted for privately Stealing a Holland Shirt, value 10 s. from the Person of George Bateman , on the 13th of April last. The Prosecutor swore, That as he was going up Ludgate-Hill , with the Shirt in his Pocket, the Prisoner justled him a pretty while, and as soon as he got clear of him, he miss'd it, and upon Pursuit, took him with it in his Apron. He pretended he found it, but that was not believ'd, and he was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

John Williams , and Joseph Weston , (two little Boy s) of the Parish of St. Dionis Backchurch , were indicted for privately stealing from the Person of Priscilla Birch , 7 s. 6 d. in Money , on the 13th Instant. The Prosecutor swore, That standing ata Poulterer's Stall in Leadenhall-Market to pay for Butter, she went from thence to buy some Pork, and there miss'd her Money; and the Prisoners being taken upon Suspicion, it was found upon one of 'em; whereupon they were found guilty to the value of 10 d.

Tho. Wilmot , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldersgate , was indicted for breaking the House of Henry Hurdesly , in the Night-time, and stealing thence an Earthen Mug, tip'd with Silver, value 12 s. and a Paper Book, value 6 d. on the 20th of April last. The Prosecutor swore That being in his Counting-House about 11 at Night, he suspected some-body was under the Window, where-upon he remov'd some Money he had there, into another Place; and afterwards making some Search, he found the Sash thrown up, and the Mug and Book taken away. A Gold-smith depos'd, That the Prisoner and another coming to sell him a Silver Tip, he suspected and stopt them, and the Prosecutor own'd it to be his. The Prisoner pretended it was given him by one Richardson; but had no Proof, and was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

Mary Skinner , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for stealing a Holland Shirt, 2 Shifts, an Apron, 2 Pettycoats, and a Gold Ring, the Goods of Hanna Watson , out of the House of John Watson , on the 1st Instant. It was sworn, that the Prisoner was employed in winding Silk ; and going away, the Goods were miss'd, and she taken about 10 Days after, with part of them upon her. She pretended the Prosecutor lent them to her; but she appear'd to be an old Offender, and was found guilty of Felony.

Mary Aid was indicted for Perjury in swearing, on the Behalf of Samuel Lynn , who was indicted last Sessions , That she saw him take up a Purse (which it was prov'd he pick'd out of the Pocket of Dorcas Roberts;) and also that she liv'd at one Wood's, a Carpenter in Houndsditch, whereas no such Person was found to live there. The Indictment being faulty, she was acquitted .

Proby Phesaunt , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for secretly stealing 47 Yards of Mantua Silk, value 15 l. 7 s. 17 Ells of Lustring, and 4 Yards and a half of Sarsnet, the Goods of Thomas Bellamy , from the Person of Frances Larkin , on the 17th of April last. Larkin depos'd, That being entrusted by her Master to carry the Goods, and the Prisoner going with her, under pretence of shewing 'em to a Lady, when they came into Dunning's Alley in Bishopsgate-street , the Prisoner took the Goods from her; and she getting Help, took her and the Goods again. The Prisoner said in her Defence, that she bargain'd with Mrs. Bellamy for the Goods, and had a Bill of Parcels, and the Maid was appointed to carry them for her; and that she went to a Gentleman's House in Mugwell Street, where she sold part of them, the Maid going into the House along with her; and that afterwards, it being too late to shew 'em to a Lady she had design'd, when she came near her own Lodging, she bid the Maid give them her to carry home. The Person to whom she sold that Part in Mugwell street, swore, That she had a Bill of Parcels, which she shew'd him, and said was written by Mrs. Bellamy. The Court considering the whole Matter, directed the Jury, and the Prisoner was acquitted .

S - R - , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the House of Henry Masterman , Esq ; on the 19th of April last, in the Night-time, with Intention to steal the Goods and Money of the said Henry Masterman . The Prosecutor's Servant swore, That being waiting on his Master at Supper at 9 at Night, he heard a Noise; and afterwards going out, found the Sash at the Stair-head thrown up, and the Prisoner upon the Stairs; who going to throw himself out of the Window over a Wall, the Servant catch'd hold of him, and he fell into the Yard, and there was taken. To defend himself, he said, That as he was coming thro' a Court joyning to the Prosecutor's House, he met a drunken Man, who threw his Hat upon the Ledge over the Window at the Stairs-head, and he got up to the Window to fetch it, but was not in the House: But the Evidence being very positive that he was upon the Stairs, he was found guilty of Burglary.

R - A - , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing 3 Flaxen Sheets, 2 Holland Smocks, and other Linnen , the Goods of Robert Gooding , on the 10th of April last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner being a Lodger in the House, and the Goods taken away, he took her up, and she confess'd the Fact, and that she had pawn'd them to one Bray, where they were found. Upon her Trial she said Bray stole the Goods, and persuaded her to take it upon her self; but that being a frivolous Excuse, she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

Elizabeth Cotes , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing 126 Yards of Ribbon, value 30 s. the Goods of Roger Hasketh , on the 28th of April last. The Prosecutor swore, That meeting the Prisoner upon the Stairs, she pretended to enquire for a Ferret-Weaver; whereupon she was stopp'd and going to be search'd threw the Ribbon on theFloor, and had Pick-lock keys found in her Pocket. The Fact was very plain, and she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

Andrew Harper , of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted upon 4 Indictments, for robbing upon the Highway; viz. the two first for robbing Michael Biddulph of 8 s. in Money , and Francis Woodhouse of 14 s. in Money in the Cirencester Stage-Coach on the 1st of March last about 6 in the Morning. Mr. Woodhouse swore, that as the Coach was just driving by Mr. Wise's Gates on this Side Kensington , the Prisoner rode up to it, and putting his pistol in, demanded Money; and having some Silver given him by the Passengers, demanded Gold, and had half a Guinea; and that looking out at the Coach-Window, he saw him stop the Glocester-Coach. The other two for robbing William Lloyd of 40 s. and George Cook of a Watch, and 20 s. in Money, in the Glocester Coach , on the same Day. Mr. Lloyd swore, that he put his Pistol into the Coach as before, and demanded Money, and when he had Silver given him, said he must have Gold; and that the Prisoner thrust his Hand into his Pocket, and took out two half Guineas. And Mr. Cook swore, that while the Prisoner was rifling Mr. Lloyd, he snapt a Pistol at him, but miss'd Fire; whereupon the Prisoner rifled him also, and took his Watch and Money, and then rode off. That then he got out of the Coach, and pursu'd him as far as he could, and rais'd a Cry after him; whereupon he was follow'd thro' Knights-bridge, up Tyburn-line, and quite to the Soil-pond in Mary bone Fields, where his Horse being mir'd, he was oblig'd to quit him, and was at length taken. It appear'd that he dropt Mr. Cook's Watch in the Road by Knightsbridge, where it was taken up. He pretended that he was coming from Portsmouth, and came from Godlyman that Morning; and riding very peaceably along the Road, he heard a Cry of Highway-men, and saw a Man upon a Grey Horse ride by him (that being the Colour of the Horse be rode himself;) and the Outcry coming forward, he endeavour'd to get out of the Way, for Fear he should fare the worse for having been an old Offender. The Proof being very plain, and his Defence frivolous, he was found guilty of the Indictment.

Walter Cantwell , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for stealing a Bible, value 1 s. a parcel of Tennis-Balls, Glass-Necklaces, and other Things , the Goods of Mary Bearing , on the 14th of April last. By the Evidence it appear'd, that the Prosecutor had a Stall in Holbourn , and a Person coming by early in the Morning, saw it open, and the Prisoner in it; and watching him, saw him come out, and drop some of the Goods, whereupon he took him, with the rest upon him, and some Picklock-Keys in his Pocket. He had nothing material in his Defence, and was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

William Griffin and Humphry Clements of the Parish of St. Giles Cripple-gate , were indicted for stealing a Holland Shirt, two Shifts, and other Linnen (the Goods of several Persons) from Mary Draper a Washerwoman , on the 10th of April last. To which Griffin pleaded guilty ; and the Fact being prov'd upon Clements, he was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.

John Greycroft and Elizabeth Greycroft , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , were indicted for stealing a Tortoise-shell Snuff Box, with a Gold Hinge and Rim, and 17 Diamonds on the Lid, value 20 l. two Silvers Spoons, a Salt, and divers other Goods, out of the House of Adrian Metcalf , Esq ; on the 14th of April last. It was sworn, That the Woman liv'd about half a Year as a Cook-maid in the Prosecutor's House, by the Name of Hether; and Mr. Metcalf finding his Drawer open, and the Snuff-Box and other Things gone, made Enquiry among his Family, and then she went away, after which he was inform'd the other Prisoner us'd to lie with her; and upon a strict Search it was found that he carried the Snuff-Box to a Friend to sell for him, and said it was his own, left him by an Uncle at Nottingham. The Prosecutors Stockins, Shirts, and some other things, were also found at his Lodging, and the Proof was very full that he had them. He said, in his Defence, That the Woman gave them to him, and that she was not his Wife. She own'd she was not his Wife, but deny'd that she ever knew any thing of the Goods; whereupon the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment, but acquitted her.

John Guy , of the Parish of Acton , was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon, a Pistol, and other Goods, from Robert Chich , on the 2d Instant . The Goods being produc'd in Court, the Prosecutor would not swear they were his; but the Prisoner's Confession was sufficient for the Jury to find him guilty to the value of 10 d.

James Dickinson , of the Precinct of St. Katherine , was Indicted for stealing, a Drawer, value 2 d. and 12 s. in Money, privately out of the Shop of Katherine Martin , on the 15th of April last. A Witness swore, That she saw the Prisoner come into the Shop without his Shoes, and reach over the Counter; whereupon she got him pursu'd and taken. He dropt the Money and Drawer, and had his Shoes in his Pocket; whereupon he was found Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.

Thomas Cotterel , of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , was Indicted for the Murder of Edward Smith , by giving him a Wound with an Iron Poker on the third Finger of the Right Hand , on the 24th of January [Pages missing in original.]