Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 23 November 2014), September 1714 (17140908).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 8th September 1714.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King'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 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Days of September, 1714. In the First Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

BEfore the Rt. Hon Sir SAMUEL STANIER , Knight, Lord Mayor of the City of London, Mr. Justice Littleton Powis , Mr. Justice Dormer, Mr. Baron Pennystone, Sir Peter King , Kt. Recorder, and several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and County of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as followeth.

London Jury.

John Shaw ,

Nathanael Chavet ,

Richard Blagrave ,

John Horn ,

William Norris ,

Edward Davies ,

Matthias Johnson ,

Edward Meylin ,

Nathanael Robinson ,

Andrew Harrison ,

William Mills ,

John Chadwell .

Middlesex Jury.

Charles Munden , Gent.

Nicholas Parker ,

Daniel Hawkins ,

William Greenhill ,

John Street ,

John Page ,

Henry Newman ,

Nathanael Ravener ,

Simon Ravener ,

John Butteridge ,

Robert Dix ,

Marmaduke Branley .

The Proceedings were as followeth.

Obadiah Leman , of the Parish of St. Mildred in the Poultry , was indicted for stealing a Peruke, Value 5 l. (the Goods of Richard Bridgman ) privately from the Person of Edward Hodgkins , on the 31st of July last. Hodgkins swore, that going from his Master's House to carry the Wig to Mr. Bridgman's, the Prisoner and another met and thrust him up to the Wall, and he lost it out of the Box; and another Witness depos'd that he saw the Prisoner take the Wig out, (the Box being open'd by squeezing) and put it into his Bosom; and, when Hodgkins cry'd out, saw him drop it, and he took it up. The Prisoner had nothing to say but that he was not the Person, and the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Brown , of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the East , was indicted of stealing 3 Silver Spoons; value 30 s. out of the House of William Graves , on the 2nd of August last. It was sworn, that she was seen to run out of the Prosecutor's House in Bell-Court in Mincing-Lane ; and being pursu'd, was taken, and the Spoons found dropt in the Court. She pretended it was another Woman ran out of the Court, and had like to have beat her down; but that not being believ'd, she was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Hoskins of the Parish of St. Mary le Bow , was indicted for privately stealing out of the Shop of George Bond , 3 pair of Thread Stockins, value 3 s. 6 d. on the 17th of July last, which being plainly prov'd upon him, he was found guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Pooley , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn , was indicted for stealing a Gold Ring, Value 28 s. the Goods of Joseph Holiday . It was prov'd, That the Prisoner going to visit Holiday's Wife sent her to fetch a Pot of Drink; and while she was gone, stole the Ring out of a Window where it lay, and went away with it. She had little to say in her Defence, and was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Anthony Elson , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, Value 3 s. from the Person of Thomas Smith , on the 28th of August last. Mr. Smith swore That going through Bishopsgate , he felt something press him; and putting his Hand in his Pocket, miss'd his Handkerchief, which he found upon the Prisoner; whereupon he was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Anne Denford , of the Parish of St. Michael Woodstreet , was indicted for stealing 2 Silver Forks, and a Spoon, the Goods of John Eggleston , and a Snuff Box from Margaret Hewetson , on the 25th of August last, It appear'd she was a Chearwoman in the House, and found Opportunity to steal the Goods; which she confess'd when taken and that she had pawn'd the Fork for 7 s. The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Stephen Nott , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for stealing 4 Geese, Value 6 s. the Goods of Simon Sylvester , on the 11th of June last. The Witness was one concern'd in the Robbery, who swore, That the Prisoner and he and another, lifted up a Board of the Prosecutor's Stall, and took the Geese, which were shar'd amongst 'em. He was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Joseph Johnson , of the Parish of St. Gregory , was indicted for privately stealing a Snuff-Box, Value 20 s. from the Person of John Barret , on the 5th of July last: But the Evidence not being very full, and he having several to his Reputation, the Jury acquitted him.

John Marshall was indicted for privately stealing a Snuff-Box, Value 10 s. from the Person of Samuel Dudley , on the 28th of August last. The Fact was plainly prov'd, and the Box taken upon him, whereupon he was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Daniel Ryder , of the Parish of St. Christophers , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, Value 3 s. from the Person of John Gardener , on the 18th of August last. The Prosecutor swore, That he was walking on the Exchange , he felt a Hand in his Pocket; and turning quick, saw the Prisoner have his Handkerchief.The Fact being so very plain, he was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Walker , (a Boy ) of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for stealing 26 Yards of Norwich Crape, Value 30 s. and other Goods, out of the Shop of Thomas Roberts , on the 28th of August last. The Witness swore. That she saw the Prisoner run across the Shop with a Bundle under his Arm; upon which she cry'd out, and he was taken with the Goods upon him. He had nothing to say in his Defence, and was found Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

Katherine Priest , of the Parish of St. Mary le Bow , was indicted for privately stealing a Guinea, and 19 s 6 d. in Money, from the Person of John Spencer , on the 11th of June last. The Prosecutor swore, That going along Cheapside about 11 at Night, he met the Prisoner and another Woman, who catch'd hold of him, and pretended to kiss, and be very familiar with him, and presently he found his Pocket cut out, and his Money gone; whereupon he endeavour'd to seize them, but was assaulted by two Men, and prevented; but that, understanding who the Prisoner was, and that she frequently walk'd Cheapside, he afterwards took her, and then she own'd she had 3 s. 6 d. of the Money. She us'd a great many Words in her Defence, but nothing to the Purpose, and was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Homby of the Parish of Christ-Church , was indicted for stealing a Basket, and 100 Eggs, Value 6 s. the Goods of Anthony Byway , on the 12th of August last. The Witness swore, That he saw the Prisoner come into the Oxford-Arms Yard in Newgate-street , and take away the Eggs, and follow'd, and took him. He said he was employ'd to carry them, but had no Proof, and was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Samuel Ellis , of the Parish of St. Michael Cornhill , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, Value 2 s. from the Person of Isaac Rodriguez , on the 4th Instant. The Prosecutor swore, That going down Cornhill he lost his Handkerchief, and another, That he saw the Prisoner take it out of his Pocket, and immediately took him, and saw him throw it upon the Ground. He was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Penelope Darket , of the Parish of Christ-Church , was indicted for privately stealing Two Guineas and 27 s. in Money from the Person of Humphry Witby , on the 6th of July last. The Prosecutor swore, That going by the Prisoner's Door, she ask'd him to come into her House, where he lost the Money out of his Pocket (no Person being in his Company but the Prisoner) and that after he had made some Stir, he got 50 s. back again. The Prisoner in her Defence said, That she keeping a publick House , the Prosecutor came in to drink; but that she seeing he had too much before, refus'd to let him have any; whereupon Words arose, and he swore she had robb'd him: But being perswaded to pull off his Breeches, the Mony dropp'd upon the Ground. She also prov'd, that he offer'd to compound the Matter, and brought People to her Reputation; upon which the Jury acquitted her.

Dorothy Hall , of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the East , was indicted for stealing a Diaper Table Cloth, a Dozen of Napkins, and other Goods from John Scott , on the 7th of July last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner was a Servant to Mr. Scot at the Dolphin Tavern in Tower Street ; and he having lost several Things, at length the Prisoner began to be suspected; whereupon a Box of hers, which stood at another House, being search'd, the Goods were there found: She confess'd the Fact when taken up, but wou'd have denied it at her Trial. She was found Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

O - H - of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, Wastcoat and Breeches, val. 38 s. the Goods of John Mitchell , on the 15th of July last. Mr. Mitchell depos'd, That the late dreadful Fire in Houndsditch being very near his House, he remov'd his Goods; and in the Hurry, amongst those who came to assist him, the Prisoner pretended to be one; who having got a Bundle, went into an Ale-house in Narrow-Alley, and was follow'd by a Friend of the Prosecutor's, who seeing where he plac'd what he carried; put hers there too, and went and fetch'd more. When the Hurry was over, Mr. Mitchell was inform'd by her where she had carried the Goods; and going to the Place, found some of them, and got Intelligence of the Prisoner, who was afterwards taken with the Goods mentioned in the Indictment upon his Back. He said in his Defence, that he had been at work all Night is assisting at the Engine, and had left his own Coat, and was very wet, and therefore put the Cloaths on, but intended to carry that, and the rest of the Goods to the Prosecutor. But that being look'd upon as a forg'd Story, he was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Stone , of the Parish of St. Ann and Agnes, in the Ward of Aldersgate , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, Value 40 s. a Broad-piece of Gold, and 12 s. in Money, (the Goods and Money of Isaac Low ) out of the Dwelling house of Peter Wey , on the 22d of July last. Low swore, That the Prisoner came into his Master's House, and drank till 'twas late, and then prevail'd to lye there, and in the Morning got out of Doors, and was gone; That when he (the Witness) rose, he miss'd his Breeches, and upon search found 'em under a Bench in the Kitchen, but his Watch and Money gone; whereupon the Prisoner was search'd after, and in some Days taken, when he confess'd where he had pawn'd the Watch, and it was found according to his Direction. He deny'd it at his Tryal, alledging the Prosecutor's to be an ill House, and that they wanted to get Money of him. Upon the whole, the Jury thought fit to bring him in Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.

He was a 2d time indicted for stealing a Silver Mug, Value 3 l. out of the House of Dorothy Walford , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , on the 10th of August last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner came to the Prosecutor's House, and call'd for Drink, and had a Pint or two, and then, pretending to be very Drunk, wou'd have a Silver Mug to drink out of, some other Customers being drinking out of such a one; and after a while (the other Company being gone) he found an Opportunity to carry off one of the Mugs, as they believ'd, but cou'd not swear he had it. It was sworn, That he confess'd it, and offer'd to make Restitution: But the Jury not being satisfy'd in the Evidence, acquitted him.

He was a 3d time indicted for stealing a Silver Can, Value 3 l. the Goods of John Gray , on the 11th day of May , in the 12th Year of the Queen. It was sworn, That the Prisoner had been once at the Prosecutor's House, and had some Sausages dress'd; and coming again a while after, had a Pint of Drink in a Silver Can, which he watch'd his Opportunity to run away with. The Fact was plainly prov'd upon him, and he was found Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Sarah Comins and Jane Noble , of the Parish of St. Vedast, alias Foster , were indicted for privately stealing 179 Yards of Silk Ferret, Value 24 s. 6 d. out of the Shop of Thomas Fletcher , on the 10th of July last. The Prosecutor's Servant swore, That the Prisoners came into the Shop, Comins pretending to buy, and while she was amusing him, he saw Noble convey a Piece of Ferret into her Lap, and several others after, and that after he had let them go a little away, Comins was coming back to fetch a Bundle she had left; but being both stopt, the Goods were found dropt by Noble, and the Bundle being open'd, was found to contain 12 pair of Stockins. They had some who gave them a pretty good Character, but were found Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.

They were a 2d time indicted for stealing 12 pair of Worsted Stockins , the Goods of Benjamin Dawson , on the same Day. The Evidence was, That 12 pair of Stocking being stopt at Mr. Fletcher's Shop, enquiry was made, and Mr. Dawson own'd them, which were sworn in Court to be his Goods, and that they were lost out of the Shop. The Prisoners not being able to give a good Account how they came by 'em, were found Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

John Thompson , Gent. of the Parish of Alhallows Barkin , was indicted for the Murder of Isaac Bennet , by giving him a mortal Wound on the Wrist of his Left-hand, on the 9th of April last, of which he languish'd till the 16th of June, and then dy'd . It appear'd by the Evidence for the King, That the Prisoner stepping on the Deceased's Hoy, in order to go over, the Hatches broke, upon which high Words happen'd betwixt them, and the Prisoner stepping on Shoar again, went up to the Deceas'd, and gave him a Shove, who return'd it by a Blow on the Face, which made the Prisoner's Nose bleed; whereupon he drew his Sword, and made a Blow at the Deceas'd, and then the Witness stept in and wrench'd the Sword out of his Hand, but he could not say the Deceas'd receiv'd any Wound: That when he had so taken away the Sword, he gave it to the Deceas'd, who gave it back to the Prisoner, and so all was over. Another depos'd, That coming over Tower Wharf, he saw the Deceas'd (with whom he was well acquainted) between whom and the Prisoner, he understood there had been a Quarrel, and that he perswaded them to be Friends, and take a Glass of Wine together; and all seem'dto be very well, the Deceas'd not knowing any thing of his being hurt: That he and the Deceas'd did go and drink together, and a Gentleman in Company seeing some Blood about the Deceased's Hand told him he believ'd he was wounded, but he said, no, he believed 'twas some of Thompson's Blood which issu'd from his Nose, however, upon looking, he found he had a small kind of a Hurt a little above the left Wrist-bone, but made nothing of it, That the next Morning he sent for the Witness (who is a Surgeon) and he found his Arm swell'd, and out of order, and applied proper Remedies; and upon the Day mentioned in the Indictment, the Deceas'd dy'd, but he could not say the Wound was the Cause of his Death, he being otherwise an infirm Man. The Prisoner in his Defence deny'd he push'd the Deceas'd; but said he came peaceably up to him, and took him by the Button, asking him the Cause of so much ill Language, and that thereupon the Deceas'd gave him a very violent Blow on the Face so that the Blood gush'd out of his Nose, which did provoke him to draw his Sword, but he was not sensible he struck the Deceas'd. He had also some Witnesses who depos'd, that the Deceas'd first assaulted and struck the Prisoner, and that they knew not how he came by his Hurt in the Scuffle. There were several Surgeons and others, who took it upon their Oaths, that they believ'd the Wound was not the Cause of his Death, he being of a very ill Habit of Body, and frequently ailing before. Upon a full hearing the Jury acquitted him.

William King , of the Parish of St. Martin's Ludgate , was indicted for stealing a Hair-Trunk, 3 Wooden Boxes, a Silver Gorget, and other Goods , of John Hale , on the 1st of June last. It appear'd to be a kind of a brangling Business, and no Proof of Felony; whereupon he was acquitted .

Thomas Revel , of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , was indicted for breaking the House of Mark Lambert , on the 26th of Feb. last in the Night time, and stealing thence several Goods, and 10 s. in Money . The Prosecutor's Wife swore the House was broke open that Night, and an Accomplice in the Fact swore, That he, and the Prisoner, and Two more, broke the House; and carried away the Goods. The Prisoner in his Defence said, The last Witness swore against him for spight, because he did not help him with what Subsistance he desired in the Marshalsea; and the Jury not entirely giving credit to that Witness, he was acquitted .

William Stevens of the Parish of St. Peter's Cornhill , was indicted for privately stealing a Pair of Silver Buckles, value 9 s. and a Seal Value 2 s. out of the Shop of William Hillyard on the 9th Instant. It was sworn, That he came into the Shop pretending to buy a Seal, and stole the Goods out of the Drawer, which were taken upon him. He was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Richard Pearson , of the Parish of Alhallows Barking , was indicted for stealing a Boat, 2 Oars and other Goods , from John Cuts , on the 8th Instant. The Prosecutor swore he lost his Boat from Somer's-Key , which was found in a Hole near the Bridge, and the Oars were taken upon the Prisoner. Another deposed, That he saw the Prisoner rowing the Prosecutor's Boat, and that they spoke to each other. The Matter was plain, and the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Edward Dalton , was indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Cunningham , but it appear'd to be a foolish Prosecution, and he was acquitted .

John Harris , was indicted for speaking scandalous Words relating to her late Majesty, viz. God d - n the Queen, she may kiss my A - se . The Evidence was a Constable, who swore, That the Prisoner came raving and swearing along the Street late at Night; and among others, us'd the Words in the Indictment; whereupon he thought it his Duty to secure him. It appear'd upon his Trial, that he was somewhat Lunatick, and had been under Cure for the same; whereupon he was acquitted .

Thomas King , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for breaking the Stable of William Steed , on the 31st of July , and stealing from thence a Saddle, Value 10 s. The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner having work'd with him some Time as a Servant , he suspected, and took him, and he immediately confess'd he had the Saddle, and had sold it for 3 Shillings. He own'd the same at his Trial, but deny'd breaking the Stable, so he was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Sarah Clare and T - E - , of the Parish of Hampstead , were indicted for stealing a Feather-Bed, Value 40 s. out of the House of Thomas Baily , on the 17th of August last. It appear'd that E - was the Prosecutor's Servant , and (a Window of the House opening to Hampstead Heath ) that she put the Bed out at Noon Day, where Clare was ready to receive it; and it was afterwards found where she had sold it. They neither of them deny'd the Fact; but each wou'd have clear'd her self by accusing the other. The Jury, considering the Master, found them both Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Edwards , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for assaulting Seth Turner on the Highway, and taking from him 2 Guineas , on the 17th of August last. It appear'd, That the Prosecutor and Prisoner quarrell'd about their Workmanship (being Cooper s) and had a little Scuffle together, wherein the Prosecutor swore he lost 2 Guineas; but the Jury look'd upon. it as a frivolous Indictment, and he was accquitted .

John Neale , John Barker, alias Hull , and Elizabeth Barker his Wife , of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted for High-Treason, in counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom, viz. 6 Pieces of counterfeit Money call'd Guineas, one 5 s. Piece, 5 Half-Crowns, and 10 Shil. To which the 2 Former pleaded Guilty . They were also indicted for procuring and knowingly having in their Custody Tools or Instruments for coining, contrary to a Statute in that Case made and provided . To which Neal pleaded Guilty , and the other Two putting themselves upon their Trial, the Fact appear'd thus: Upon the 6th of August last, one Mr. Rodam (a Captain in the Tower Hamblets) receiving Orders to make Search for suspected Persons and Arms, was inform'd by the Beadle, that there were Two Men who us'd to come by the Watch late at Night, and had liv'd in Three-Colt-street at Limehouse about 6 Months, but he knew not what they were; whereupon the Captain took a Constable and what Force he thought proper; and going to the House, upon Search found the counterfeit Money mentioned in the Indictment, a Fire lighted, some melted Metal, 4 Flasks (one of which was Warm) 2 Edgers, a Press, and a great many other Instruments for Coining; all Three of the Prisoners being then in the House. Barker did not deny his Knowledge of the Tools, but said his Wife knew nothing of them, nor did it appear by the Evidence that she was in the Room where they were found; and had she known of them, the Property being in her Husband, the Court were of Opinion she was not Guilty; whereupon she was acquitted , and he found Guilty of High-Treason .

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Tayler and Elizabeth Richardson , of the Parish of White Chapel , were indicted for privately stealing 160 Diamonds, Value 40 l. 4 Diamond Rings, Value 24 l. some other small Diamonds and Jewels, and a Silver Watch, from John Spencer , on the 22d of July last. The Prosecutor swore, That being much in Drink, and coming by Stocks-Market late at Night, Tayler ask'd him for a Dram, which he gave her, and was perswaded by her to go into a Coach, which drove to her Lodging; where when they came, she got half a Pint of Brandy, and he drank it off, and then she put him to Bed; and about Ten the next Morning he wak'd, and found himself robb'd of all his Money and Moveables; whereupon he made what Enquiry he could of the Passages that had been over Night, and upon Search found Tayler and some of the Goods upon her, but had nothing material to alledge against Richardson. Tayler in her Defence said, she did meet the Prosecutor, and he pick'd her up, and call'd a Coach, and she did go along with him, but did not rob him of any thing. The Jury upon considering the whole Matter, were pleas'd to acquit them both.

William Mantle , of the Parish of St. Ann Westminster , was indicted for breaking the House of Alice and Susannah Kepburn, and stealing thence 40 Yards of Calliminco, Value 40 s. on the 1st Instant. It was sworn against the Prisoner, That he was seen to break a Square of the Window, and thrust in his Hand, and pull out the Goods, which were also taken upon him; whereupon he was found Guilty of Felony; but the Jury not being satisfied it was in the Night (it being about 8 o'Clock) he was acquitted of the Burglary .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Cane and Thomas Trevor of the Parish of St. John Wapping , were indicted for breaking the House of William Stevens , on the 8th of July last, in the Night Time, and stealing thence a great Quantity of Linnen . Mrs. Stevens swore the House was not open11 at Night, and by 3 the Cellar Door was broke open, and the Goods gone. Another Witness deposed, That (being a Baker) he was up about his Work, and heard a Boy cry out, whereupon he went into the Street, and saw the Prisoners and another, and suspecting them to be ill People, he follow'd them at some Distance, till he got some Help, and then went forward in the Pursuit and that he saw Trevor with a Bundle upon his Back, which afterwards he gave to Cane, and Cane carrying it a little Way, threw it over into a Garden, and jump'd after it, upon which one of the Pursuers went into the Garden after him, and took him and the Bundle, in which was found the Linnen lost out of Mr. Stevens's House. Trevor for that Time made his Escape, but on the Sunday following one of the Witnesses seeing him by chance, dog'd him into a convenient Place, and then took him. He said in his Defence, that Cane gave him the Bundle to carry, and told him 'twas run Muslin: But the Fact being very plain against them both, they were found Guilty of Burglary .

[Death. See summary.]

George Hans and Robert Evans , of the Parish of Kensington , were indicted for stealing 4 Shirts and a Shift, out of the Garden of John Walsh , on the 18th of August last. Hans confess'd the Fact, and Evans was acquitted .

[Hans: Whipping. See summary.]

Joyce Hodgkis, of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for the Murder of her Husband, John Hodgkis on the 18th of August last, by giving him a mortal Wound with a Knife on the Left Thigh, near the Groin, or which he instantly dy'd . The first Evidence swore, that she lodging in the House, and hearing a great Noise and Scolding between the Prisoner and the Deceas'd, came down, and looking into the Room, saw the Prisoner run at him with a Knife, and immediately saw Blood run out at his Breeches. Another swore, That she liv'd over the Way, and hearing an Out-Cry, ran over to the House, where she heard the Man groaning, and saw the Blood run violently out of his Breeches, and asking the Prisoner how it came, she told her that cursed Knife had done it (shewing her an old Butcher's carving Knife) and that he would have stab'd her with it; and that the cursed Wretch had been the Ruin of her and himself too. When a Surgeon was sent for, he was dead, and the Surgeon asking her how it came, she said he did it himself. In her Defence, she said, That they had Words about keeping his Mother, and that he took up the Knife threatning to stab her; and she running away to avoid it, when she turn'd back again saw him bleed, and that he did it himself. The Fact was very plain, and she was found Guilty of Petit-Treason .

[Death. See summary.]

James Dobbins , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted upon the Statute of Stabbing, for the Murther of Charles Blount , by giving him a mortal Wound with a Rapier on the right Side of the Body, near the Pap, of the Breadth of half an Inch, and the Depth of 3 Inches, of which he instantly dy'd . The Evidence set forth, that the Prisoner and the Deceas'd, with some other Gentlemen, had been drinking at the King's Arms Tavern near Hungerford-Market , till between 3 and 4 a Clock in the Morning, and that the Prisoner having talk'd a great while of his Pedigree, the Deceas'd advis'd him to leave off, telling him he need not talk so much of it, for his Mother sold Ale in Ireland. This caus'd other Words, and the Prisoner drew his Sword (the Deceas'd's hanging upon a Peg) which as soon as the Company saw, they interpos'd, and took it from him, but did not see him wound the Deceas'd, who soon fell down and dy'd. Being ask'd if the Deceas'd had any Cane in his Hand, they cou'd not say he had; but were sure there was no Sword drawn but the Prisoner's. A Drawer swore, That hearing a Noise, he ran up, and saw the rest of the Gentlemen between the Prisoner and the Deceas'd; and being ask'd if the Deceas'd had a Cane, said he saw none. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that the Deceas'd having given him ill Language, he reply'd he was a Gentleman, and as good as he; whereupon the Deceas'd struck him several times with a Cane, and he did draw his Sword, but did not make any Push, and believes the Deceas'd might in his Eagerness run upon the Point. To prove the Deceas'd cau'd him, one Mrs. Evans made Oath, that she lives just over-against the King's Arms Tavern; and being up in her Chamber, and hearing a great Noise, she went to the Window, from thence the Sashes being up) she could plainly see and hear all that pass'd in the Room, where the Prisoner and the Deceas'd, and the other Gentlemen were, it being a Room upon a pair of Stairs; and that she did hear the Deceas'd (as she since understood it to be) give the Prisoner a great many hard words, and afterwards saw him strike him, but could say nothing to the drawing the Sword. Another Woman swore, That going along the Street on the other side of the Way, she heard a Noise in the Room, and saw the Deceas'd strike the Prisoner with a Cane or a Stick several times. The same was sworn by a Watchman, that he heard the Words into the Street, and saw the Deceas'd strike the Prisoner 3 times. There were also several who had look'd at the Room where the Accident happen'd, from Mrs. Evan's Chamber, and from the other side of the Street, and swore, that high Words might be heard, and Persons distinguish'd from either of the Places. The Prisoner had several Gentlemen who said their Meeting was accidental, and that the Deceas'd and he never had the least Disagreement, and also, that the Prisoner had at all times behav'd himself after a very ineffective and courteous Manner, and that he was born a Gentleman, his Grandfather and Father being both Justices of Peace in Ireland, whereupon the Jury brought him in guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Hague , of the Parish of St. Mary le Bow , was indicted for breaking the house of Thomas Milton, and stealing thence a Silver Watch, a Gold Ring, and 10 s. in Money, the Goods of Randal Page , on the 7th of August last. It appear'd that the Prisoner had been a Servant in the House, and being seiz'd upon Suspicion, confess'd he had the Goods, but the Jury not being satisfy'd as to the Burglary, he was found guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Alice Cotton , of the Parish of White Chapel , was indicted for privately stealing 6 s. and 6 d. from the Person of Tho. Badnage , on the 2d of July last. The Prosecutor swore, That being in drink, she pick'd him up in Well-Close , and he went and drank with her, and own'd also he lay with her, and afterwards miss'd his Money. She was acquitted .

Henry Plunket , of the Parish of St. Ann Westminster , was indicted for the Murther of Thomas Brown , by cutting his Throat with a Razor , on the 30th Day of August last. The first Witness was a Servant in the House where the Deceas'd lodg'd, who swore, That seeing the Prisoner come down Stairs in some haste, and having heard a Noise above, she ask'd him what was the Matter, and he said there was fighting, which she did not believe, Mr. Brown being (as she thought) at work by himself: That a while afterwards the Deceas'd came down with both Hands at his Throat, bleeding; whereupon she cry'd out, and several People came in, and he was laid upon a Bench in the Yard. Another depos'd, that hearing of the Matter, he went in while the Deceas'd lay to, and that he gave him some Keys and Money out of his Pocket, but could not speak; and that a Surgeon being sent for, came and dress'd him, and laid him on a Bed, where the Surgeon by farther Application, brought him to his Speech, and then he describ'd the Prisoner, but knew not his Name; only said 'twas he that came over from Ostend with Mr. Reignard (which it, was prov'd the Prisoner did) and that he came behind him, pull'd back his Head, and cut him twice on the Throat. The Prisoner's Sword and Gloves were found on the Bed in the Room where the Deceas'd was murder'd, and he was taken the next Day. He had nothing to say in his Defence, but that he had bespoke a Wig of the Deceas'd, who ask'd him 7 l. for it, and afterwards came to 6 l. and that he bidding him 4 l. for it, he, in a Passion, took up a Razor that lay by him, and said he would cut his Throat first, which he did accordingly, and that he ran away, because it is the Custom in France (in which Country he said he was born, and from which he fled for killing a Man) that whoever is in the Place where a Man is kill'd, shall answer for his Blood: But this being look'd on as a very weak Defence, he was found guilty of wilful Murther.

[Death. See summary.]

John Steel , and Humphry Clements , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , were indicted for breaking the House of Alexander Hammond , in the Night-time, and stealing thence 3 Leather Jacks, and a Tipt Mug . The Burglary being sufficiently prov'd, they were found guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Fisher , of the Parish of White Chapel , was indicted for the Murther of her Husband Will. Fisher , by giving him a mortal Wound with a Knife on the right Side of his Body, near the Pap, on the 21st of July last, of which he languish'd till the 8th of August, and then dy'd . By the Evidence it appear'd, that the Prisoner coming down Stairs, said to a Person who had heard a Noise, and came to see what was the Matter, that she had kill'd her Husband, and he going up, found him wounded, and he told him he had given his Wife very great Provocation, and had got a Mischief by it. A Woman who nurs'd the Deceas'd in his Illness, swore, that he told her he had misus'd and beat his Wife to a great Degree; and that thereupon she catch'd up a Knife, and was going to cut a Pair of Boots that were in the Room; which he endeavouring to prevent, in the Scuffle the Knife struck him in the Breast. The Prisoner in her Defence said to the same Purpose, that he had beat her with a Horse-whip as long as the small End would last, and then that she in her Rage did attempt to cut his Boots; but knew not how he came by his Hurt. There were two Surgeons who open'd his Body, and depos'd he did not die of the Wound, for that it had not penetrated the Trunk of the Body, and that he had been an infirm Man for a great while before; whereupon the Prisoner was acquitted .

Robert Cook , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the House of Elizabeth Cook on the 16th of August last, in the Night-time, and taking thence two Brass Kettles, and other Goods : But the Evidence not being sufficient to convict him, he was acquitted .

G - P - , Gent. was indicted for the Murder of Dudley Moor , Esq ; on the 25th of August last, by giving him a Mortal Wound with a Rapier of the Breadth of one Inch, and the depth of 10 Inches, of which he languish'd till the 1st of September and then dy'd . The Evidence depos'd, That being at Young Man's Coffee-House about 9 of the Clock in the Evening, with several of his Acquaintance, a Discourse arose concerning the Lords Address in Ireland in Favour of Sir Constantine Phipps, then Lord Chancellor, and one of the Lords Justices of that Kingdom, Whether the Address was made upon the Examination of Witnesses? And Mr. Moor then coming into the House, and being ask'd his Opinion of the Address, said, It was without Examination into the Fact; and added, That Sir Constantine Phipps was a Rascal and a Villain; upon which the Prisoner said he was much surpriz'd to hear any Gentleman so forward to condemn a Person in so high a Station; and that it was taking the Power out of the Legislature, and fixing it in himself; to which the Deceas'd reply'd, he would tell him as much to his Face when he saw him; and seem'd much to be displeased with the Prisoner for what he had said, telling him he was under the Protection of the Coffee-House, and if he had him in another Place he would use him scurrily; The Prisoner answer'd he would endeavour to return his Usage; whereupon the Deceas'd bid the Prisoner hold his prating, and call'd him Puppy; upon which Words there was a Silence in the Coffee-Hose for a while, and then some of the Deceased's Friends talk'd of a Supper, and he said he would go to the Kitchen and order it, which he repeated twice, and then went out; and the Prisoner going out a little after, clashing of Swords was heard, and some of the Company ran out, and found the Deceas'd wounded; and he being ask'd how it came, said, Fair, fair, very fair. Margaret Bateman swore, That she saw the Prisoner and the Deceas'd pass at one another, but could not tell who drew first; but that Mr. Moor being carry'd into the Kitchen, said Mr. G P. had done very fairly by him. The Prisoner in his Defence said, The Deceas'd had given him ill Language, which was acknowledg'd by the Witnesses on both Sides; and that, when he pretended to go to order Supper, the Deceas'd look'd him full in the Face, as if he expected he should follow him; which he did, and found him in the Passage, with his Face towards the Coffee-House Door; and when he saw the Prisoner, he advanc'd with his Sword drawn; whereupon the Prisoner drew, and they had several Passes; and that he receiv'd two slight Wounds before the Deceas'd got his. A Minster depos'd, That being sent for by the Deceas'd, after he was wounded, to administer the Sacrament to him, he told him he was sorry he had given the Prisoner such provoking Language; and that when he went to bespeak Supper he had some thoughts he would follow him; and that what the Prisoner had done was very fair, and if the Law might be dispens'd with, he wou'd not have him Prosecuted; but if he recover'd, he shou'd have as great a Value and Esteem for him as for any Man in the Nation. And the Witness asking the Deceas'd if he might declare this, he reply'd, It is my desire you should if there be Occasion. The Prisoner had a great many Gentlemen to his Character, who upon their Oaths declar'd him to be a modest, courteous, inoffensive Man, and had so behav'd himself in several Stations, Civil and Military; and it appearing to the Court that the Prisoner and the Deceas'd were Strangers to each other, the Jury found him Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

Peter Letune and Joseph Williamson , of the Parish of Edminton , were indicted for Breaking the House of John Palmer , on the 17th of July last, in the Daytime, no Person being therein, and stealing a pair of Sheers, a Gown, and Pettycoat, and other Goods . Palmer' Wife swore, That she went out about 11 a Clock, and when she came home at 3 found her Window broke open, and the Goods gone; and the Prisoners being look'd upon as suspicious Persons, were follow'd cross the Country, and taken with the Goods upon them. Letune wou'd have taken it upon himself, and said he hired Williamson to carry the Goods; but the Matter appearing plainly to be otherwise, they were both found Guilty of the Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Tinsley of the Parish of South Mims , was indicted for stealing a Black-brown Mare, Value 4l. the Goods of Thomas Goddard , on the 17th of April last. The Prosecutor swore he lost the Mare out of his Grounds; and hearing the Prisoner was in Newgate, went to him, and he told him she was at the Three Crowns at Bow, being put there by one Cole at Limehouse, to whom he had Sold her for 50s. and that he (the Prosecutor) found her there accordingly.

He was a 2d time indicted for stealing a Black Mare, out of the Grounds of William Mitchel , on the 21st of May last. It prov's that he confess'd this Fact also, and that he had sold her to the same Man he did the other, and she was found accordingly; whereupon he was found Guilty of both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

John Edwards , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted upon 3 several Indictments, for stealing Linnen from several Hedges near Rumford , on the 25th of August last; which being taken upon him near Bow, and he having nothing Material to say for himself, he was found Guilty of all Three felonies.

[Branding. See summary.]

James Ward , of the Parish of St. Paul Covent Garden , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Ring sett with an Emerald and 4 Diamonds, Value 25l. out of the Dwelling-house of Henry Cooling , on the 3d of June last. The Prosecutor swore, That the Prisoner (who is a Barber's Servant ) coming to Trim him, he pull'd off his Ring, and laid it in the Window, from whence it was taken away; and that having some suspicion of the Prisoner, he had him before a Justice, where he swore he knew nothing of it: But it appear'd that afterwards he deliver'd it to one Mrs. Ross, who was to buy it for 30s. The Constable depos'd, That he confess'd it to him; and he had no Excuse, but that he took it away amongst his Linnen unknown, he was found Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Martha Harwood , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for stealing a Dowlas Shirt and Smock, and other Linnen , the Goods of John Fletcher , on the 5th of August last. To which she pleaded Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Bonner , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for stealing a pair of Andirons, and a Spit , the Goods of Cornelius Jackson , on the 8th of July last. The Prosecutor swore, That having lost his Goods, he found them in the Custody of one Kendrick, who swore he had them of the Prisoner; whereupon the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10d.

He was a 2d time indicted for stealing a Rule, an Iron-Adds, a Hatchet, and other Tools , from Edward Turner , on the 30th of July last; which being plainly prov'd upon him, he was found Guilty to the Value of 10d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Isaac Ray and John Cane , were indicted for breaking the dwelling-House of John Lord Brereton , on the 13th of May last in the Night-time, and stealing thence a Pendulum Clock, Value 30l. the Goods of Anne Tipping ; a Buckle set with Diamonds, Value 40l. and other Goods of the said John Lord Brereton . The Clock was produc'd in Court, and sworn to be brought by the Prisoners and one Matthews to a House were it was taken; but the Burglary not being sufficiently prov'd, they were found Guilty of Felony only .

[Rag: Branding. See summary.]

John Perry and Thomas Howel were indicted for stealing a Calimancoe Pettycoat, Value 12s. the Goods of Thomas Wood , on the 14th of July last. It appear'd, That when the Fire was in Houndsditch , the Prisoners were stopt in White-Chapel with the Coat, which upon Enquiry was found to belong to the Prosecutor. Howel (who had the Coat) said he had been working hard all Night at the Fire, and a Person going along with a Bundle of Goods, the Coat slipt off, and he bid him take it up till he came back; and that not seeing him afterwards, he knew not whom to give it to; but that not being believ'd, he was found Guilty to the Value of 10d. and Perry acquitted .

John Hewen , of the Parish of White-Chapel , was indicted for stealing a Brass Pot, Value 15s. the Goods of Jonathan Widowson , on the 4th of July last: But there being no Proof, he was acquitted .

William Robinson and Mary his Wife , were both indicted for stealing a Sheep out of the Grounds of Thomas How at Hampsted , on the 3d of July last. The Prosecutor swore he lost the Sheep; and it was prov'd by a Watchman that he stopt the Prisoners with a Sack, in which was part of 2 Sheep, one of which had the Skin on with the Prosecutor's Mark. The Prisoners said they found it in a Ditch; and, being miserably Poor, were carrying it home to their Three Children. There were several creditable People who gave them a good Character, and they were acquitted .

Sarah Pavior , of the Parish of St. Paul Covent-Garden , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Ring, Value 25 s. and a Guinea, from John Clements , on the 21st of August last; But the Prosecutor's Evidence not being strong enough to satisfy the Jury, she was acquitted .

James Robinson , of Stoke-Newington , was Indicted for stealing an Eew Sheep, Value 10 s. the Goods of a Persons unknown, on the 17th of August last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner being seen with a Sack upon his Back, was suspected and taken, with the Carcas of a Sheep in the Sack; which being plainly prov'd upon him, he was found Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Isaac Cordell , of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for breaking the House of Mary Ware on the 1st Instant, and stealing divers Pieces of Linnen , part of which were found upon him, and he was stopt selling them: The Jury thereupon found him Guilty of Felony, but acquitted him of the Burglary .

[Branding. See summary.]

James Fonner , of the Parish of White-Chapel , was indicted for privately stealing a pair of Silver Buckles, Value 8 s. a Brass Pot, and other Goods, out of the Dwelling-House of Peter Smith , on the 14th of August last: But the Evidence being insufficient, he was acquitted .

James Robinson of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the House of Sarah Fowler , on the 9th of July , in the Night time, and stealing thence 3 Pewter Dishes, 5 Plates, and other Goods . The Witness was an Accomplice, who swore, That the Prisoner and he, and one Gardener not taken, went into the House, and stole the Goods about 3 in the Morning, and that it was pretty light, whereupon the Jury acquitted him of the Burglary, and found him Guilty of Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

Lewis Morris , of the Parish of St. Mary Le Bone , was indicted for breaking the House of Daniel Whitfield in the Night-time, and stealing thence a Frize-Coat, a pair of Breeches, and other Things . The Prosecutor swore, That he took the Prisoner in as a Servant ; and after about 11 Weeks he sent him of an Errand, and he came home no more; but soon after his Cellar Window was broke open, and the Goods gone; and hearing the Prisoner was in the Marshalsea for robbing another Master, went thither, and found the Breeches upon him. The Burglary not being prov'd, he was found Guilty of Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Deverell , of the Parish of Heston , was indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Wayt in the Night-time, and stealing thence a Silver Spoon, val. 8 s. a Bottle-Screw, val. 6 d. and 20 s. in Money : But the Proof not being sufficient, he was acquitted .

Robert Thompson , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for robbing Sarah Holgate of a Box of Linnen on the Highway , on the 17th of August last: But it appearing that the Prosecutor deliver'd the Box to the Prisoner to carry, the Indictment was not prov'd, and he was acquitted .

Elizabeth Herbert , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Lac'd Pinner, val. 10 s. and 2 Dowlas Smocks, val. 8 s. the Goods of Benjamin Tyse , on the 10th of July last. It was prov'd, That the Prisoner having been up in the Prosecutor's House, was stopp'd as she was going out of the Entry, and the Goods found upon her, which she had stolen out of a Chest of Drawers in the Chamber. She was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Roberts , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for stealing a Flannel Pettycoat, val. 2 s. and other Goods , from Henry Hudson , on the 30th of July last. The Prosecutor swore the Prisoner was a Lodger in the House, and went away without Warning, and then the Things were miss'd, and in 2 Days was taken with them upon her, whereupon she was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Edward Andrews , of the Parish of St. James Westminster , was indicted for assaulting William Annesly in the High-way, and taking from him Two Gold Rings , on the 27th of July last. All that appear'd in it was, That the Prisoner and Prosecutor had a Scuffle in the Street, in which the Prosecutor had his Rings pull'd off, one of which he immediately found upon the Ground, and knew who had the other. The Jury consider'd it as a very trifling Matter, and the Prisoner was acquitted .

Ann Parker was indicted for being Accessary with Frances Dye after the Felony, in stealing the Goods of William Fountaine , but the Indictment was faulty, and she acquitted .

L - D - , was indicted for marrying a second Wife, his former being still living , but there was no Prosecution, and he was acquitted .

Gerald Fitz-Gibbons was indicted for speaking dangerous and seditious Words , on the 28th of June last. The Evidence was one Averal, a Taylor, who swore, That the Prisoner us'd these Words, God d - n the Whigs, the Pretender is King James the Third, and right Heir to the Crown of England. To disprove this, the Prisoner had a great many Witnesses, who swore that Averal was very much in Drink, and had us'd provoking Words to the Prisoner, calling him Irish Papist, and saying such as he would bring in the Pretender; upon which the Prisoner said, God d - n all the Whigs in England, and God bless the Queen and all her Mothers Children, and no such Words as were in the Indictment; upon which he was acquitted .

Enoch Bradley was indicted for a Misdemeanour, in personating Richard Moreton , in order to receive his Prize-Money at the Office on Tower-Hill , on the 15th of June last, which being plainly prov'd upon him, he was found Guilty .

[Pillory. See summary.]

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

Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 10.

Katherine Priest , John Neal , John Barker , John Cann , Thomas Trevor , Joyce Hodgkis , Henry Plunket , Peter Leinne , Joseph Williamson , Thomas Tinsley .

Burnt in the Hand 22.

John Walker , Dorothy Hall, O - H -, John Stove , Sarah Commins , Jane Noble , Sarah Clare , T - E -, William Mantle , James Dobbins , John Hague , John Steel , Humphry Clements, G - P -, John Edwards , James Ward , Martha Harwood , Isaac Rag , John Robinson , Isaac Cordelt , James Robinson , Lewis Morris .

To be whipt, 19.

Obediah Leman, Elizabeth Brown , Thomas Hoskins , Mary Pooly , Anthony Elson , Ann Denford , Stephen Nott , John Marshall , Daniel Ryder , Thomas Hornby , Samuel Ellis, William Stevens, Richard Pearson , Thomas King , George Hans , Thomas Bonner , Thomas Howell , Elizabeth Herbet, Eliz. Roberts.

Enoch Bradley to stand in the Pillory.

John Neal and John Barker to be drawn upon Sledges, and Executed as in Cases of High-Treason; and Joyes Hodgkis to be burnt to Ashes.

Katherine Priest and Joyce Hodgkis pleaded their Bellies; and a Jury of Matrons being impannell'd, they found the first to be with Child, and the last not.

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