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Old Bailey Proceedings, 17th May 1716.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, AND

Oyer and Terminer , and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the C I T Y of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly,

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 17th, 18th, and 19th, of May 1716. In the Second Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Before the Right Hon. Sir CHARLES PEERS , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Lord Chief Justice King, Mr. Baron Price , Mr. Justice Eyres, Sir William Thompson , Kt. Recorder; with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and Country of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as followith:

London Jury

Nathaniel Bernardiston

Thomas Badwell

Robert Thompson

Robert Rogers

Edward Brackstone

Smith Duckwell

John Stanley

James Smith

Thomas Upsall

John Gibson

George Wright

John Coleman

Middlesex Jury

Robert Kent , Gent.

John Hinton

Thomas Beckington

Joseph Partridge

William Attly

John Charlewood

John Curtis

Abraham Brown

John Hern

Henry Wright

Robert Bowman

Aaron Gibbs

The Proceedings were as followeth,

Daniel Whitehead , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for an Assault on the Person of Abigail Wood , and for robbing her of a Dimity Pocket, value 6 d.1 Pair of Gloves,6 d.1 Key,2 d. and 1.s 6 d. in Money , on the 12th Instant. It was fully prov'd that the Fact was committed by the Prisoner, as the Prosecutor was passing thro' Newgate, and the Jury found him Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Miles Bennet , Anne Bennet , and Alice Beemont , of the Parish of St. Brides , were indicted for an Assault on the Person of Margaret Chapman on the 23d of April last, and taking from her 3 s. But the Fact was not prov'd to the Jury's Satisfaction, who thereupon acquitted them.

William Watts of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Suit of lac'd Head-cloths , value 5 s. and 40 Yard of Thread-laces from the Person of Mildred Saunders , on the 14th of April last. Mildred Saunders depos'd, That going along Shooe-lane , the Prisoner and another Boy met her and dodg'd her; That they held down her Hands, and that the Prisoner put his Hand into her Band box and took away the Goods abovementioned, and then they both ran away; but the Prisoner was taken with the Headcloths in his Bosom, after he had been seen to drop the Lace. This Evidence was corroborated by another's, and the Jury found him Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Sarah Floyd , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Callicoe Petticoat , value 20 s. 1 Pair of Stays, 10s. and other Goods from Seth Martin , on the 26th of April last. The Prisoner was in the Prosecutor's Service when she stole the Goods, and going away immediately after, the Prosecutor missing his Goods, fetch'd her in a Chamber at an Inn from whence she was to go next Morning into the Country, and found them there. The Prisoner said they were given her by the, Prosecutor's Niece for an adequate Consideration; and that her Master brought upon her this Disgrace and Trouble for not complying with his unlawful Desires; but not being able to prove any part of her Defence, nor having any to her Reputation, the Jury found her Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Abbott of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the East was indicted for feloniously stealing a Deal-Box, value 6d. and in it the Value of 238 l. in Gold and Silver, the Goods and Monies of John Tappenden and others , on the 7th of November last. It appeared by the Evidence. That the Prisoner having made herself acquainted with a Servant Maid of Mrs.Leonard's, who liv'd at the Kentish-Hoy in Thames-street , where the Goods aforesaid were lodg'd; one Day, after Mr. Leonard was burnt out, she chanc'd to meet her, and told her if she pleas'd she might live with her as accordingly she did, which gave the Prisoner several Opportunities to importune her to rob her Master, and to corrupt her every way; but she resisted a long while, till at last, when her Master was re-establish'd, and she liv'd with him again; at which time she was prevail'd on to discover the Nature of his Business, and the Value of his Effects to her, who, having fix'd upon her Project, came one Saturday Night into the House, and desir'd Liberty to lodge there, pretending to come from on Board a Hoy, and to be unprovided with such Conveniency and at last persuaded Mrs. Leonard to Agree to let her lie with her Daughter, she looking like a clean honest Woman; to requite which, on the Monday after she sent a Box home, which was every way exactly suited to receive that mention'd in the Indictment wherein was the Money, and having an Opportunity, put it in it, and pretending to pay honourably for what she had had, sent away the Box (which but pass'd for the same which she brought in) to a Coach which she took, and went away. The Fact was fully prov'd upon her, and the Maid herself was one of the Evidences. The Jury found her Guilty .

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

Sarah Hillier , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, value 4 l.1 Silver Chain 2 s.6 d. 1 Silver Seal 1s. 6 d. from the Person of John Bill on the 12th of February last Mr. Bill depos'd, That his Fob Pocket being torn he put his Watch into his Wastcoat Pocket, and going along Ludgate-hill he met the Prisoner, who ask'd him some Questions, which he did not agree to, and presently she ran away. After this he miss'd his Watch, and at last heard where it was pawn'd, from whence it was trac'd to the Prisoner; who denied she ever had or saw it and the Pawnbroker not appearing to fix it upon her, she was Acquitted .

Martha Purdue of the Parish of St. Sepulchres was indicted for breaking (with Elizabeth Fry , not taken) the Dwelling-House of Alice Brigg Widow, on the 4th of April last in the Day-time, no Person being therein, and stealing thence a Coat, a Hat, a Shirt, a Shift, some Aprons,1 Silk Hood, and other Goods, the Property of Sarah Langworth , Mrs. Langworth depos'd, she had lock'd the Door of her Room, and was gone out, but on her Return found it broke open, and the Goods aforesaid taken out of her Trunk. Another depos'd he saw the Prisoner with a Mob about her for offering to sell a good Hat for a Shilling, which occasion'd her to be suspected for a Thief, and to be apprehended. Upon her Trial she made a very poor Defence and could not satisfie the Court that she came by the Goods honestly The Jury found her Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Benjamin Rhodes of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Linnen Sheets, 2 Flaxen Sheets, 2 Shifts,&c. the Goods of Matth.ias Shepherd , on the 5th Instant: The Fact was fully prov'd, and the Jury found him, Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Hankerson of the Parish of St. Michael Queenhithe ; was indicted for breaking the House of Richard Lisle , in the Night-time and stealing thence 12 Guineas and 3 Half Broad Piece, 1 Broad Piece, 1 Moydor, 25 l. in Money, 2 Portuguese Pieces of Silver value 18 s. 2 Gold Rings, 5l. 40 Bathmetal Buttons 6s. 3 Silver Buckles 8s. and other Goods from the said Richard Lisle on the 29th of April last

He was a Second Time indicted, of the Parish aforesaid, for feloniously stealing 44 Gallons of value of Gallons Brandy, value 20s. 20 Gallons of Colourd Water,8 Gallons of Cinnamon Water, 8 Gallons of Dr. Stephensts Water, 8 Gallons of Surfeit Water, 130 Gallons of Vinegar, 120 gallons of Wormwood; 112 Gallons of Angelica Water; and 12 Gallons of Lyme-juice , the Goods of the aforesaid Richard Lisle; on the 30th of April

Mr. Lisle depos'd, the Prisoner had been his Servant and much in his Favour; upon which he trusted him very much in the Management of his Business but missing at Times Quantities of Money, he grew jealous of him, and at last paid him his Wages, and discharg'd him: But the Prisoner beg'd earnestly that his Trunk might be left till he had a Conveniency to fetch it away to which he consented; but about 11 a Clock at Night a Watchman call'd him up; and told him this Cellar Window was broke open; as soon as he came down, he went to his Compting-house and found some Money gone; but observing a Till shut where he had the most Money which was always used in the Way of this Trade, he cry'd Well, the Thief is very civil, he has not taken all, but to his Surprize upon opening it he found the contrary, and a 100 l. Bag with the Money and Goods mention'd in the Indictement, gon : That he believ'd the Prisoner, pretending to go to his Trunk, took an Occasion to slink into a Cellar, where he lay till the Family was a bed, and then committed the Fact. Upon this (being sure it was the Prisoner that rob'd him) he cross'd the Water to Southwark where he heard the Prisoner had taken a Shop, to search for him and at last found him going to take Water at a By-pair of Stairs; then he desir'd him to go with him to his House, which he agreed to, but when he came there, would not own any thing of the Matter he was charg'd with, tho' intreated to it in the kindest Manner. At last he was charg'd with a Constable; and as they were going before my Lord Mayor , the Prisoner was seen to drop something, which the Constable took up, and told Mr. Lisle 'twas some Buttons and a Buckle; then Mr. Lisle said, if they were his they were Bathmetal Buttons, and the Buckle was Silver, as they were found to be: Then he was search'd and the Bag aforesaid with 55 l 6 s.6 d. the Top of a Tea Canister, and other Things that he had lost, were found upon him. This was all confirm'd by the Evidence of several others. As to the Spirits and Liquors, one Maun who dealt with Mr. Lisle depos'd he had some of the Prisoner, in Consideration of a Watch he had made for him but did not think the Prisoner stole them, being then in Credit with his Master; and afterwards more in Consideration of a Clock which he bespoke of him for the Use of his House which he had taken in Southwark . The rest were found in the Prisoner's Shop; and a Porter Swore he carried them there from Mr. Lisle's by the Prisoner's Order. The Prisoner in his Defence brought a Person who swore she saw him borrow 50 l. of one Rowland in Shoreditch , and remember'd some Talk about a 4 s, and 6 d. Piece, a half Moydore, and other odd Pieces which she could not name nor distinguish. He denied he had any Buckles or Buttons of his Master's and as: for the Liquors he said he paid for them, to Cash; which Mr. Lisle denied, and proved the contrary. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments .

[Death. See summary.]

Roger Hewit and Jane Sparkes , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , were indicted for feloniously stealing 1. Cloth Coat, Wastcoat, and Breeches,1 Callicoe, Gown and Petticoat, in all value 14 s. the Goods of Samuel Serjeant , on the 27th of March last. Serjeant swore, the Prisoner Hewit lodg'd in his House, and one Morning when he was gone to Rumford Market, took his Opportunity to run away with the Goods; but a Fortnight after he met him in Old Gravel-Lane, with his Clothes upon him. The Prisoner in his Defence said the Prosecutor had lent him the Clothes once before, upon Condition to pay him 9 s. if he did them any Injury and having occasion for 'em to go on board Ship; he thought he might take 'em upon the same foot without Offence; but being detain'd on Board a Fortnight, as soon as he could he came to London, and was in the Way to the Prosecutor's when he was apprehended. There was no Evidence against the Woman; and the Jury acquitted them both.

, of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for privately stealing 5 Yards of Thread Lace, value 4 s. out of the Shop of John Rivers , on the 15th Instant. The Fact, was fully prov'd, but the Jury considering her Age, and other Circumstances, brought her in Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Ward , of the Parish of St. Peter's Cornhill , was indicted for privately stealing 12 pair of Worsted Stockings, value 16 s. out of the Shop of, Mary Jackson on the 18th Instant. The Prisoner was prov'd Guilty and was accordingly found so by the Jury to the Value of 4 s.10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Taylor , of the Parish of St. Andrew in Holbourn ; was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Rugg, value 5 s.1 Blanket,1 s.2 Sheets,2 s. and an Apron,6 d. the Goods of Elizabeth Peters , on the 28th of April last. Which Fact was also prov'd, and the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Attly , of the Parish of St. Andrew in Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the House of Richard Young , in the Day-time,(together with one George Wale , not taken) and stealing thence 2 China Gowns, value 4 l.1 Silk Petticoat,16 s.1 Cloth Petticoat,20 s. and other Goods from the said Richard Young , on the 28th of March last. The Evidence against the Prisoner was very mean and of indifferent Reputation, and the Prisoner (tho' an old Offender) made a notable Defence; upon which the Jury acquitted him.

John Corny , of the Parish of St. Margaret Pattons , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Cloth Coats, value 10 s.1 Silver Watch and Chain,4 l. a Seal,1 s. and other Goods belonging to Thomas Barnes , out of the House of George Willinghurst . Mr. Barnes depos'd he lost the Goods, and found some at Pawn Brokers, who produc'd the Prisoner. The Prisoner said he bought them of a Man that cries Old Clothes about Streets, in Pepper-Alley, and call'd several Persons to his Reputation, who gave him the Character of a very honest Man; upon which he was acquitted .

Abel Ball , of the Parish of St. Martin Ludgate , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Cambrick Neck-cloth, value 2 s. from the Person of Charles Pycott , on the 19th of April last. This Prosecution appearing to the Jury to be trifling and litigious, they acquitted the Prisoner.

Samuel Ellis , of the Parish of St. Pauls Covent Garden , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Silver and Mother-of-Pearl Snuff-box, value 10 s. from the Person of John Salt , on the 14th Instant. It was very plain, that the Prisoner pick'd Mr. Salt's Pocket coming out of the Play-house, and that he afterwards dropt the Box. The Prisoner but denied the Fact, and was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Martha Collins , of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing some Sheets and other Linnen, under the value of 40s the Goods of Mary Allen , Widow , on the 15th of March last; which being fully-prov'd, she was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Branding. See summary.]

Martha Green , alias Baker , of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for breaking the House of Richard Hously in the Day-time, no Person being, therein, and stealing thence 1 Poplin Mantua Gown and Petticoat, value 20 s. another Petticoat value 8 s.1 Pair of Stays 15 s.1 Silk Handkerchief 1 s.6 d. and other Goods belonging to the said Richard Hously , on the 13th of April last. Mrs. Hously swore that she was robb'd of the Goods aforesaid; but could not be positive that the Door of her House was shut. The Goods were found in Rag-Fair, and the Person who had them swore she bought them of the Prisoner for 9 s. Who in her Defence said, she had them of a Woman to sell for her, but could not prove it nor bring any to her Reputation. The Jury found her Guilty of the Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Gee , of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Gold Rings ; the Goods of Richard Davis , on the 2d Instant; which being a plain Case, she was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Jonathan Daws , of the Parish of St. Anne Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Cloth Coat, value 20 s. the Goods of the Right Honourable the Lord Willoughby of Brook. A Coachman depos'd he saw the Prisoner steal the Coat off the Coach-box, but being pursued he drop'd it; which Evidence was confirm'd by another's and the Jury found him Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Rachel Allison of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 5 s. in Money from the Person of Edward Lloyd , on the 7th Instant. Lloyd swore he was stop'd by the Prisoner, who would have had him gone with her to drink; but he refus'd it, and immediately heard the clinking of Money, and searching his Pockets, found he had lost 5 s. upon which he call'd for the Watch, who coming up, search'd her, and he saw a Pocket-piece, which was a crooked Shilling remarkably bent, pass thro' her Hands to a Confederate. She was found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Joseph Dickenson , Isaac Colter , and John Gardiner , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch were indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Holland Sheets value 20 s. the Goods of John le Teict , 1 Holland Sheet,6 s. the Goods of John Tomkins , and 1 chequer'd Holland Apron, value 1 s. the Goods of Joan Frost , on the 2 d Instant. It appear'd, Mrs. Frost had put a Quantity, of wet Linnen into a Tray in order to be Hung up to dry; some of which were accordingly so hung up, but the Lines not being sufficient for all, the rest remain'd in the Tray, which were soon after stole and the three Prisoners, were discover'd with the Goods, which Dickenson threw over a Wall. The Jury found them all Guilty to the Value of 10 d. each .

[Whipping. See summary.]

James Green , of the Parish of St. Mary White-chappel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Pair of Flaxen Sheets, value 16 s.1 Pound of Raw Silk,2 Bibles, and other Things from Nathanael Lamb on the 15th Instant. It seems the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Servant ; That he stole the Goods and went away, but was afterwards caught selling some of them in Rag-Fair. The Prisoner denied it, and said his Master lent him the Books to read, and knew nothing of any thing else; but he was not credited and the Jury found him Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Sarah Smith and Mary Wilson of the Parish of St. Mary Islington , were indicted for assaulting John Adams on the King's Highway, and robbing him of 3 Gold Rings, value 30 s. on the 4th Instant. Adams depos'd he was going by the Broomfield near Rosemary-branch , and one of the Prisoners call'd to him, and said a Pig followed him, and ask'd him if it was his, and he said No, upon which Wilson came to him and took him by the Throat(he being an old Man) and threw him down saying G - d d - n you, but it is You have stole it from yonder House; and then pull'd off his Rings, and if it had not been for some Boys who had been washing themselves thereabouts, would have murder'd him. One of the Boys swore, that hearing, a Noise, he went up with some others and heard Wilson say to the other Prisoner, Hold him, Sarah till I go and call my Husband. But the Prosecutor swore his Rings were put under his Door a little-time after and that he had them again. The Prisoners (especially Wilson) endeavour'd to represent it a Malicious Prosecution, the Effect of Mr. Adam's peevish morose Temper, and related some Circumstances to confirm it, which the Jury considering, Acquitted them both.

James Robinson of the Parish of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for breaking the House of Joseph Benning in the Day-time, and stealing then 1 pair of Cloth Breeches value 10s; a Stuff Mantle 4s. 2 Yards of Child's Stuff 2 s. and Goods of said Joseph Benning, no Person being therein .

He was a Second time indicted of the Parish of St. Leonard's Bromley , for feloniously stealing 4 Dowlas Shirts, value 8 s. 2 Dowlas Shift 2 s. , the Goods of Mary-Long , Widow , on the 16 th Instant.

It was swore to the first Indictment, That the Prisoner was been hiding the Goods in the Field, but finding himself discover'd, he ran away, however, he was taken, and the Prosecutor swore to the Goods, which were taken out of his House, which was left fast lock'd. As to the second, a Girl swore she went to a Neighbour's to light a Candle, and coming back found the Goods were taken away. They were all together in the Bundle the Prisoner hid, who only said he had them from the Rag Fair; but could not prove it, nor produce any Persons to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty of Felony of both Indictments.

[Branding. See summary.]

Benjamin Williams , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Stuff Gown and Petticoat, value 6 s. 1 Quilted Petticoat, and other Goods , from John Knight , on the 5th Instant. The Proof was full and the Prisoner found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Mary Dikes , of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Cloth Coat, value 4l. 1 Cloth Wastcoat, 30 s. 1 Cloth pair of Breeches, 15 s, and other Goods, from George Somerset , out of the House of William Jordan , on the 20th of April last.

She was a Second time indicted, of the Parish and Day aforesaid, for feloniously stealing 1 Silver Spoon, value 9 s.1 Silver Tea Pot, 9l. 2 Silver Pint Pots, 7 l. and other Goods , from William Jordan . The Facts were both proved; but the Jury considering some Circumstances, brought the Prisoner in Guilty of Single Felony of each Indictment .

[Branding. See summary.]

George Perdy , of the Parish of St.Clement, Danes was indicted for, feloniously stealing 1 Holland Shirt, value 15 s. 1 Holland Neck 3 s. the Goods of Christopher Dighton on the 20th of April last. There were several Witnesses to the Fact and a Dark lanthorn, and other suspicious Things were found upon him. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Arnold Powell of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields was indicted for breaking the Dwelling House of Sir Richard Reynolds , Bart. in the Night time, and stealing thence an Iron Chest value 4 l. a Diamond Necklace 100l. the Goods of the said Sir Richard Reynolds Bart. The Evidence which most affected the Prisoner only saw him help to carry the Chest; upon which the Jury found him Guilty of Felony, and acquitted him of the Burglary .

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Hathaway of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for that Edward Hathaway (Since fled from Justice) did kill and Murder Thomas Brown by giving him Mortal Wound with a Pen-knife near the left Pap, on which he lanuguish'd to the 4th of April and then died, he the said Richard Hathaway was aiding and assisting in the said Murder . He was also indicted upon an Inquisition before the Coroner for the same. It was very plain, That the Deceas'd was murder'd by the said Edward Hathaway, without any Provocation; and that Mr. Briggs his Friend was also much abus'd by the Prisoner; but it was agreed on both Sides that there had been a Quarrel at Mr. Main's; and one Collier depos'd who was concern'd in it) that one Day he happen'd to reprimand the said Edward Hathaway very severely for his insupportable Insolence and Profaneness, upon which he threatened to take away his Life; and beliv'd the Deceas'd, who was going to his House, being his Servant, was mistaken for himself and that the Deceas'd told him, when he receiv'd the Stab, he heard Edward Hathaway. Damn ye, what do ye want. Upon the whole it had the Face of a very mad rash Action; but it did not appear to be premeditated against the Deceas'd; upon which the Jury brought the Prisoner who was very active on the same side as his Brother, and in the same Circumstances in the Eye of the Law Guilty of Manslaughter only.

[Branding. See summary.]

Robert Trimble jun. Gent , of the Parish of St. Mary le Bone , was indicted for the Murder of Moses Pierce , by giving him a Mortal Wound with a Rapier near the right Pap; of which he instantly died , on the 13th of April last. He was also indicted upon the Coroner's Inquest for the Same Murder. It appear'd by the Evidence that the Decease'd was Journey-man Carpenter , and believing himself to have atain'd Some Skill in Small Sword, would always wear one, or have one by him; which made his Behaviour founded upon that Conceit, unsupportable. Sometime before this unfortunate Action, the Prisoner and the Deceas'd being in Company, they differ'd about the Manner and Posture of holding the Sword; and the Prisoner told the Deceas'd he knew nothing of it, which took Root in him, and made him restless; and the Day on which the Action was done, the Prisoner came to him and told him he heard he wanted to speak with him, and the Deceased answer'd he did; You say (said he); I have no Skill in Small Sword but I have, and I am ready to answer you; and if you don't fight me, I'll beat you. Name your Ground then, said the Prisoner; The Road said the Deceased and away they both went: Before any of the Evidence came up the fatal Wound was given; but they found the Deceas'd holding the Prisoner's Sword very thirsty and desirous of a Dram of Brandy; crying out, he would fight the Prisoner again, he would have his Blood, and presently after fell down dead. The Jury brought the Prisoner in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Brooks , of the Parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Fan, Value 5 s. Silk Hood,10 s. 2 Gold Rings,30 s. and several other Goods , from Walter Jones , on the 25th of February last. The Prosecutor's Wife charg'd, the Prisoner with the Fact, but had no material Evidence against him; she said he lodg'd with her two Years, in which Time she lost the Goods: and that she found a Fan that she had lost upon his Bed's Tester; but this was sometime, after the Prisoner was gone away, In a Word, the Evidence was very trifling and weak; and the greatest Incitement to the Prosecution was from a modern Piece of Conjuration, by putting a Key upon the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Verses of the 50th Psalm, and then naming, the Persons suspected, which being done by Mrs. Jones and another Woman or two, the Key (as they said) turn'd round at the Prisoner's Name, and fell down; this confirm'd her he was the Man; but it appear'd she had charged others with the Fact before;) and was accounted a Woman of Strange Notions and Caprice. The Prisoner had several reputable Witnesses to his Reputation, and the Jury acquitted him.

Judith, Brooks , of the Parish of St. Mary White-chappel was indicted for privately stealing 3 Guineas, from the Person of Robert Pritchard , on the 15th of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd That having receiv'd some Money in Broad street; he went into a Brandy Shop in Wapping , and the Prisoner ask'd him to go up Stairs which he consented to, and found a Bed in the Room; and having drank part of 5 Pints of Punch, in about two Hours he miss'd his Money. The Prisoner said the Prosecutor took her up Stairs, and gave her 6d. to let him lie with her; but refus'd to do it at that Price upon which he swore this Robbery upon her. The Jury acquitted her .

William Giles and Thomas Middle , of the Parish of St. James Westminster were indicted for breaking the Dwelling-House of Mary Gough , in the Night-time and stealing thence 1 Feather Bolster, value 5s. 1 Callicoe Quilt, 5s. and 4 Callimancoe Curtains, value 20s. on the 6th Instant. The Fact was prov'd upon them by one of their Confederates, whose Evidence was confirm'd by others; except the Burglary, in lifting up the Sash; upon which the Jury found them Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Powell , of the Parish of St. James Clerkenwell , was indicted for feloniously stealing (together with Thomas Hart and John Butler ) 1 Weather; value 27 s. 2 Ewe 20s; the Goods of William Hopkins , and 1 Weather value 14s. the Goods of William Prior , on the 10th Instant. But there was no Proof of the Fact against the Prisoner; who was acquitted .

John Tyre , of the Parish of St. James Clerkenwell ; was indicted for stealing 2 Weather Sheep value.30 s. the Goods of Joseph Wendy , on the 26th of April last. But the Fact not being fully prov'd upon the Prisoner, he was acquitted .

Mary Harris of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 20 Yards of Velvet, value 5 l. 6 Yards of Cloth, 4o s. the Goods of the John Lewis , on the 6th Instant. The Prisoner was taken with the Goods upon her, which where the Lining of a Coach. And the Jury brought her in Guilty of single a Felony under the Value of 40s. .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Macgrah , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Silver Spoon, Value 10 s , of the Goods of William Manning ; on the 12th Instant. Mr. Manning depos'd the Prisoner us'd to drink at his House but has left it some Time, and on the Day aforesaid came to it again, and took away the Spoon, and 5 s. and 4 d. out of a Drawer; and absconded. The Prisoners said he did it but in Waggery to vex the Maid. Then Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Gillingham , of the Parish of St. James Westminster , was indicted for, feloniously, stealing 2 Carbines, value 4 l.2 pair of Pistols; value 40 l. the Goods of my Lord James Cavendish , on the 12th of November last. It appear'd the Pistols were taken out of a Cart, and a Gentleman of the Horse Guards depos'd he bought 1 pair of the Prisoner for Half a Guinea. The Gunsmith's Mark, and my Lord's Crest, were erased out. The Prisoner said he bought them at his Shop for 9 s. and his Daughter and Servants made Oath they saw him pay the Money for them; whereupon he was acquitted .

William White , Thomas Thurland , and John Chapman , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn , were arraigned for assaulting John Knapp , Gent . on the Highway, and robbing him of a Hat, value 1 s. and a Peruke, value 3 s. on the 31st of March last.

They were arraigned a second time, William White for the Murder of Mary Knapp , Widow, by giving her a Mortal Wound with a Bullet in the left Cheek near the Eye, of which she instantly died; and the other two for aiding and assisting in the said Murder . Also on the Coroner's Inquest for the same.

William White , Thomas Thurland and John Chapman , were a third time arraign'd for an Assault on the King's Highway, on the Person of John Gough , and robbing him of a Brown Gelding, value 5 l. one Fustian Frock,5 s.2 Pair of Silver Buttons,1 pair of Silver Buckles, and other Goods .

James Russell and William White ; were arraign'd for breaking (with Timothy Dunn not taken) the Dwelling-house of George Barkley , and stealing, thence 4 Gold Rings,2 Stuff Coats,6 Handkerchiefs,1 Sattin Gown, 1 Pair of Stays, 4 Guineas, and Several sorts of other rich Goods , on the 1st of April last; and Deborah Stent as Accessory to the Fact, in receiving the same, knowing them to be stole .

To all which Arraignments, White and Thurland refus'd to plead, but stood obstinately without speaking or holding up their Hands; upon Which the Court read the Law to them, by virtue of which their two Thumbs were tied together with Whipcord, and drawn by the whole Force of two Men, each above a Quarter of an Hour, which having no Effect upon their, contumacious Humour, Sentence was pass'd upon on them to be press'd to Death according to Law but when they saw Death so near and terrible they relax'd, and pleaded Not Guilty to each Indictment. Then they challeng'd all the old Jury, and a new one being sworn, the Jurors Names were, as followeth

John Mills , Gent.

John Brooks

Joseph Oakly

William Gunstone

Edward Prior

Jeremy Lewin

John Toward

Richard Winch

Edward Barnet

Joseph Winkle

William Hughes

Benjamin Chapman .

Then they were all indicted as above; and the Witnesses being called to the first and second indictments, Mr. Knapp swore, That a Gentleman who had made his Mother a Visit a few Days before, among other things in Conversation, was pleas'd to express himself very well satisfied with the Diversion he met with at Sadler's Wells; upon which she, was very desirous to see it, and on the Evening which prov'd so fatal they both went there together and perceiving his Mother inclin'd to stay, he went to the Bar and ask'd them if they could provide him a Link, which they did, and he and his Mother staid till 10 a Clock and then he lighted it, and went away with her without meeting any Accident till they came within 40 Yards of the Houses, where they first met a Soldier, who prov'd 2 very honest Fellow, but they did not like him; and in an Instant of Time his Link was blown out, his Hat and Wigg taken off, and he himself beat down to the Ground; which made his Mother scream out, upon which one of them fir'd a Pistol close by him, and immediately he heard his Mother say, Lord, help me, help me; and then the Rogues fled. Then he went immediately to the Houses for Help, and the Soldier came to his Assistance, and having a Light, he found his Mother upon the Ground dead. This Evidence as far as it concern'd the Action was confirm'd by Isaac Ragg (one of the Gang) and the Soldier, but Ragg swore, That when they (himself and the Prisoners) came back to drink together, they all pull'd out their Pistols, having each a Brace to examine, who had discharg'd and they found that the Prisoner White had discharg'd one of his; and being ask'd the Reason of it, he said he did it to frighten the Woman and make her hold, her Tongue, which she did immediately, Who confess'd he shot the Woman to another; but said he did not intend it, but only sir'd to frighten her. This was done by Grass-Inn Garden-Wall . There were several others who saw Mrs. Knapp lie dead. The other Prisoners Thurland and Chapman were sworn by Ragg to be concern'd in the Murder and Robbery, which neither of them could deny upon Trial. The Jury found them all Guilty of both Indictments .

Then the Witnesses were sworn to the Indictment of the Assault and Robbery of Mr. Gough, committed by the aforesaid Prisoners; and Mr. Gough depos'd they robb'd him; between Holloway and the Half Way-House , took away his Horse and all his Cloths. That Thurland took his Breeches off; That he was bound and thrown into a Field, without any thing to comfort him but Promises of more Company; Which was also confirm'd by Isaac Ragg, who swore, That White and Chapman, and two more (Timothy Dunn and William Parker ) not taken, were concern'd with him in the Fact. The Jury found them all Guilty of this Indictment .

Then came on the Trial of Russel, White and Stent, for the Burglary in breaking the House of Mr. Barkley and receiving the stol'n Goods. Mr. Barkley depos'd, his House was broke and the Goods, stole; and Ragg swore he was concern'd in it with the Prisoners and Timothy Dunn , That they watch'd Mrs. Burkley's going out with some Linnen.(as she used to do about that Time) to a Member of Parliament, and forc'd open the Door; That two said (at the Door, while the other two went in and took away the Goods, which) they sold to Stent, as they had done others several times before, using the Expression which they had stole for Her. There was a Chissel and a Bayonet left in the Room; which Bayonet Mrs. Barkley was inform'd by some Mark belong'd to the First Regiment of Foot Guards, by which means and the help of a Serjeant, she discover'd Russel, who discover'd Stent, and her, House being Search'd, some of the Prosecutor's Goods were found there. Stent denied she knew them to be stole, the rest said nothing. The Jury found them all Guilty of the Indictment.

[White, Thurland, Chapman, Russell Death. See summary.]

[Stent: Branding. See summary.]

Priscilla Spencer , of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted for breaking, the House of the Reverend John Harris , D.D. and Stealing thence a Hat,7 Wiggs, 1 Gown, and three Cassocks, value 8l. in the Day-time , on the 5th Instant. The Evidence was very clear and strong against her, and the Jury found her Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Williams and Thomas Muntsy , of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , were indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Gold Rings, value 11s. 1 Silver Necklace, 3 s.1 Silver Locket 2 s. and 57 Shillings in Money , the Goods and Money of John Wilks , on the 21st of March last. Mr. Wilks depos'd the Prisoners were his Servants and worked in his House, but having been the Day aforesaid in Spital Fields when he came Home, found his Goods and Money were all gone, but the Prisoners being taken about 3 Weeks after they confes'd Fact, which William subscrib'd before a Justice but the other refus'd it. However upon Trial Muntsy would have taken it all upon himself, and said the other knew nothing of the Goods being stolen. The Jury brought them both in Guilty to the Value of 39 s. each.

[Branding. See summary.]

Margaret Kating alias Griffin , of the Perish of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing 11 Sheets,4 Diaper Towels, 9 Flaxen Table-cloths, and other Goods , from Diana Smith , Widow , on the 10th of January, in the 13th Year of the late Queen : But no body appearing against her she was Acquitted .

John Chapman , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the Shop of Henry Cross , being part of the Dwelling-house of Mary Wilkinson , and stealing thence 5. Pistols and other Goods, value 5 l. the Property of several Persons, on the 3d of March last, in the Night-time Mr. Cross depos'd his Shop was shut, and he was out with him Men being Saturday Night, but coming Home, found his Lock broke, and the Goods gone. That one of the Pistols was found upon the Prisoner when taken.(These Pistols were divided amongst that Gang that murder'd Mrs. Knapp.) However, the Burglary did not appear plain upon the Prisoner, and the Jury found him Guilty of Felony only .

James Traverse , of the Parish of St. Ann Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing an Ewe Sheep, value 7 s. the Goods of a Person unknown , on the 18th of April last. A Watchman swore he saw the Prisoner with the Sheep on his Back at One a Clock in the Morning and stopp'd him; who afterwards confess'd he stole it before a Justice, and discover'd who were his Confederates. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

The Trials being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as followeth:

Receiv'd Sentence of Death,10.

Daniel Whitehead , William Watts , Mary Abbott , William Hankerson , Samuel Ellis , William White , Thomas Thurland , John Chapman , James Russell , Priscilla Spencer .

Burnt in the Hand,21.

Sarah Floyd , Martha Purdue , Benjamin Rhodes , Thomas Ward , Martha Collins , Martha Green , Elizabeth Gee , Jonathan Daws , James Green , James, Robinson, Benjamin Williams , Mary Dikes , Arnold Powell Richard Hathway , Robert Trimble , Williams Giles , Thomas Middle , Mary Harris , Deborah Stent , Thomas Williams , Thomas Muntsy .

To be Whipt,8,

R - M -, Elizabeth Taylor , Rachel Allison , Joseph Dickenson , Isaac Colter , John Gardiner , George Perdy , John Macgrah , James Traverse .

Mary Abbott and Priscilla Spencer pleaded their Bellies, and a Jury of Matrons being impanell'd, Mary Abbott was found quick with Child, the other not.

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