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Old Bailey Proceedings, 26th February 1724.

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, and Friday, being the 26th, and 28th of February, and Monday the 23d of March, and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the 30th, 31st of March, and 1st, 2d, and 4th of April, in the Tenth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir PETER DELME , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Baron Gilbert , and John Raby , Esq; Deputy 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.

The London Jury.

James Collier ,

Thomas Eaton ,

Thomas Farrel ,

Thomas Rudley ,

Obadiah Smart ,

Charles Woodhouse ,

George Simmonds ,

William Bembrick ,

Philip Roberts ,

Henry Aubin ,

John Dear ,

James Tomlins .

The Middlesex Jury.

Nathaniel Chandler ,

John Long ,

Benjamin Forster ,

William Waddell ,

William Devenish,

John Allen ,

Robert Chads ,

Samuel Chandler ,

Jacob Broughton ,

John Ford ,

Robert Brighcliff ,

John Petty .

The Proceedings were as followeth, viz.

John Vantier , of the Parish of St. Ann Aldersgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Hat, from the Person of William Stephens , the 3d of February last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That as he was going Home from a Burying in St. Ann's Lane , his Hat was snatch'd off from his Head, and a Person who was with him, pursu'd the Prisoner, and took him, with the Hat. This was confirm'd by Richard Clarke , the Person who was with him. The Prisoner had no Defence to make, but a bare Denial of the Fact, which being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .

John Skeldon , of the Parish of Christ-Church , was indicted for the Murder of Williams Douglas , the 13th of February last. John Wells depos'd, That he being with the Deceased, the Prisoner came riding along a full Gallop, about 8 a Clock at Night and the Deceased being a Carman , was leading his Horse, when the Prisoner riding, against him, threw him down, and fell upon him with his Knees against his Breast, and afterwards the Prisoner's Horse recovering he rode away; that he set the Prisoner up, and he told him he was a dead Man, and thereupon he following the Prisoner, seized him, and that he struck him three or four Times, in attempting to stop him; that the Deceased died the next Day. The Prisoner call'd several Persons to his Reputation, who gave him the Character of a peaceable inoffensive Person. The Jury found him guilty of Manslaughter . Burnt in the Hand .

William Witherington , of St. Martin's Vintrey , was indicted for privately and feloniously stealing 38 Guineas, and other Money, from the Person of Ann Anns , the 18th of February last. Ann Anns depos'd, That going along Thames Street , at the Time mention'd in the Indictment, between seven and eight a Clock at Night, the Prisoner came behind her and pull'd off her Pocket, and ran up College-Hill, she crying out, and her Son that was with her pursuing him, he was apprehended by the following Evidences. William Bond depos'd, He hearing a Cry of stop Thief, pursued the Prisoner, struck up his Heels, and he fell of his Side, and the Prosecutors Pocket was found under him. George Wats depos'd, that he coming up when the other Evidence had stopp'd him, he suspected he would put what he might have stolen down the Cellar Window, against which he seem'd to endeavour to fall, he put his Hand under him, and found the Pocket. The Money was all in it. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and said he knew nothing of the Matter, but believed the two Evidences that apprehended him did the Robbery. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .

Thomas Allen , of St. Peter's Cornhill , was indicted for feloniously stealing 450 Asparagus, value 10 s. the Goods of Persons unknown , the 5th of February last. It appeared to be rather a Trespass than a Felony. The Jury acquitted him.

Elizabeth Morrice , of St. Ann's Black Friars , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Guinea, and 6 s. in Money , the Property of Edward Dixon , the 6th of February last. The Fact was plainly prov'd, and the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Henry Thorp , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, from the Person of Thomas Marriot , the 23d of February last. The Prosecutor depos'd, he lost his Handkerchief. And Jonathan Vicount depos'd, He saw him take the Handkerchief out of the Prosecutor's Pocket. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10d. Transportation .

William Forster , of St. Olave's Hart-street , was indicted for privately stealing 170 Pound of Tobacco, value 3 l. the Goods of Persons unknown, in the Warehouses of Persons unknown , the 17th of August last.

He was also indicted a second Time, for privately stealing 80 Pound of Tobacco, value 50 s. the Goods of Thomas Mercer , Humphry Bell , and Benjamin Hatley , in the Warehouses of the Persons before mentioned . It appear'd by the Evidence that the Prisoner had convicted one Pollard of buying Tobacco of him, knowing it to have been stolen, and that he was taken with some Tobacco upon him, that he acknowledg'd he had taken out of a Warehouse. The Facts not being prov'd to the Satisfaction of the Jury, the Jury acquitted him of both Indictments.

James Hopkins , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Shoe, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of John Strange , and Benjamin Heslop , the 22d of February last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Shoe was taken from the Shop Window, and taken upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner having a good Character given him, and it seeming to them to be the Effects of Drink, the Jury acquitted him.

William Faro , of the Parish of St. Margaret's Queen Hithe , was indicted for feloniously stealing 5 Sacks, value 10 s. the Goods of John Freeman , and 20 Bushels of Malt, value 50 s. the Property of a Person unknown , the 19th of March last. But the Fact not being prov'd to the Satisfaction of the Jury, they acquitted him.

Mary Hill , alias Hilliard , of the Parish of Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Sarah Randolph , Widow , the 4th of February last. The Prosecutor depos'd, she had lost various Goods, and some were found where the Prisoner had pawn'd them, in Ratcliff-High-Way; this appear'd plain by the Evidence. The Prisoner pretended she found them in her Mother's Room. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the value of 10d. Transportation .

Mary Lees , alias Hipworth , of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for privately stealing the Goods of Katherine Knapp , in the Dwelling-house of the said Katherine Knap , the 2d of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty of the Indictment. Transportation .

James Thompson , of St. James Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Black Gelding, value 8 l. the Property of Elizabeth and Frances Chase , and Richard Hasker , the 20th of September last. Thomas Jones depo'd, The Horse was lost, and he found him in the Custody of Thomas Extal . Thomas Extal depos'd, He bought the Horse of the Prisoner, at the Bear in Piccadilly. Joseph Goss depos'd he made a Boast of having stolen a Horse and sold it, and so he caused him to be taken up, (he was the Prisoner's Father in Law, having married his Daughter) Thomas Goslin depos'd, he vouch'd the Horse at Smithfield for the Prisoner, who sold him to Mr. Extal, a Waggoner. The Prisoner pleaded, He bought the Horse of a Higgler, at or near Bagshot. His Father depos'd, The Voucher had paid the Money back again to Extal, the Owner had the Horse again, and Goslin had got a Note of him for 5 l. The Jury upon considering the whole Matter, acquitted him.

Robert Spicer , of the Precinct of St. Catherines , was indicted for feloniously stealing Wearing Apparel, value 34 s. the Property of Cornelius Davis , the 13th of February last. The Goods were lost out of the Prosecutor's Cabin on Board of Ship, and taken on the Prisoner. The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Transportation .

George Gale , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing Crape, in the Shop of Henry Season , the 18th of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence that the Prisoner was seen to put his Hand into the Shop, over the Hatch, and take out the Crape, and give it to another Boy. The Fact was plainly prov'd. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Christian Adams , alias Cheesmore , was indicted for marrying George Mobs , her former Husband John Cheesmore being alive . The Facts not being plainly prov'd, the Jury acquitted her. But order'd her to give Security for her good Behaviour.

Jane Spencer , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Pair of Flaxen Sheets, value 20 s. the Property of James Ashley , the 21st of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Prisoner was at the Prosecutor's House, and took the Sheets, and pawn'd them. The Prisoner pleaded, Her Husband gave them to her, and she was oblig'd to pawn them, lest he should knock her on the Head. The Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .

Thomas Church , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing Wearing Apparel, value 30 s. the Property of Christopher Humble , the 3d of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd That the Prisoner was his Servant , and he lost his Clothes. Another Evidence a Watchman depos'd, that he apprehended the Prisoner with the Clothes, late at Night, who told him several contradictious Stories about coming by them. The Prisoner pleaded, That he had a Design to run away from his Master, and in the Dark, took those Clothes in the Stead of his own. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

Matth.ew Deuty , of Finchley , was indicted for feloniously stealing 5 Geese, value 12 s. the Property of John Harrard , the 17th of February last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .

James Jackson , and Ann Osbourne , of St. Mary White-Chappel , were indicted for privately stealing Goods, in the Shop Anthony Holman , the 17th of February last. Jackson's Confession of the Fact was read in Court, but there being no Evidence against Ann Osbourne, she was acquitted , and James Jackson was found guilty to the value of 4 s: 10 d. Transportation .

Robert Bailey , of St. Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing a Snuff Box, from the Person of John Hussey , the 12th of February last. It appear'd by the Evidence that the Prosecutor lost his Box in Westminster Hall, near the Court of Exchequer, and missing the Box, the Prisoner being the only Person that stood near him, he taxed him with the Box; that the Prisoner said he had taken up a Box, and return'd it to the Prosecutor. That when some Gentlemen went to seize him, he ran away, ran into a House, and ran down into the Cellar, and hid himself behind a But. The Prisoner pleaded he found the Box, and when the Prosecutor enquir'd for it, he return'd it, and as to his running away, and hiding himself, it was to secure himself from being thrown into the Thames. The Jury acquitted him.

Hannah Bayne , of St. Mary Islington , was indicted For stealing Goods , the Property of Sarah Burbeck , the 20th of February last. The Fact being plainly prov'd. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Mary Lary , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn , was indicted for privately stealing 7 s. 6 d. from the Person of Joseph Brandon , the 21st of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That as he was going in the Evening, along Holborn , with two Friends, he stop'd to make Water, and the Woman came up to him; and he ask'd her what she wanted; upon which two Men came up to him, and beat and abused him very much, and he felt the Prisoners Hand at his Thigh, near his Pocket, but he would not swear that she picked his Pocket. The Prisoner pleaded, the Prosecutor met her, and pull'd and hall'd her about, and would have her drink with him, which she refusing, he threatned to charge her with robbing him, whereupon two Men coming to her Assistance, he fought with them, and tore one of their Shirts, there not being sufficient Evidence against the Prisoner, she was acquitted .

John Field , and Edward Wintland , of St. Martins Orgars , were indicted for feloniously stealing Indico, the Goods of a Person unknown, to the Value of 7 l. 10 s. the 12th of March last. Ralph Cook depos'd, He had lost Indico to a considerable Value, and the Prisoner Wintland brought Indico to him to sell; saying he bought it of a Person at Wapping. Edward Holt depos'd, That the Prisoners came to his House to drink, and brought a Bag of Indico, of 25 l. and ask'd him to recommend them to a Customer for it; that he having taken a Sample, went to Capt. Hodges, a Dyer, and treating with him about it, he told him that Mr. Cook had been robb'd of Indico; that when they came again, he carried them to Mr. Cook, and he searched them; and when before Sir Francis Forbes some Persons were produc'd in Wapping, of which they said they bought it, the Persons deny'd it; then they said they had it of one Ailswel, a Porter, who belong'd to the South Sea Company, but he deny'd it, as he also did in open Court upon Oath. The Prisoner Wintland pleaded at the Bar, that tho' he offer'd it to sale, it was on the Behalf of Field. Field pleaded he bought it of a Person unknown. They both called some Persons to their Reputation, who gave them a good Character, and that they work'd on board of Ships. The Jury acquitted them.

Samuel Dickweed , of St. Michael's Quern , was indicted for privately stealing a Diamond Ring, Value 13 l. in the Dwelling-House of Charles Jones , the 12th of February last. It appeared by the Evidence, that the Ring was laid in a Draw, and set upon a Table in a Fore-room, and that the Prisoner living at a publick House, went for Pots, and after, the Ring was missing, and produc'd by the Prisoner. The Prisoner pleaded he found the Ring, and produced his Fellow-Servant , and other Evidences, that depos'd, he shew'd them the Ring, and said he had found it in the Street. The Jury acquitted him.

Robert Betty and Robert Hambleton , alias Hammond , were indicted for feloniously stealing three Hundred Weight of Logwood, Value 30 s. the Goods of William Dovy , the 8th of February last. It appeared by the Evidence of the Prosecutor, that a great Quantity of Logwood lay upon Porters-Key , &c. and there was three Hundred Weight of it wanting. Stephen Aldersey depos'd, That he working upon the Keys as a Labourer , with the Prisoners, they carried off about three Hundred Weight of Logwood, and laid in Tower Ditch, and the next Morning early, carried it away, and sold it at Times, to a Dyer, in Fashion Street, in Brick-Lane, for 5 s. a Hundred Weight. The Watchman depos'd, That he saw several Persons loitering about the Logwood, at an unseasonable Time, that he heard the Logwood rattle, he went and stopped one of them, but he got away, and he believes it was Aldersey, and there was afterwards three Hundred Weight of it missing. Betty had confessed before the Justice, That he and the Evidence Aldersey had taken about 70 l. of Logwood out of the Mud, at Wiggen's-Key, and sold it for 5 s. Betty own'd that he sold 70 l. of Logwood out of the Mud, which he suppos'd had fallen out of the Scale in Weighing, and had lain there several Days. Hambleton own'd nothing, but that he was employ'd to carry it. The Jury found them both guilty, to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

They were also indicted a second Time, some for privately stealing of Tallow, in the Shop of Joseph Cooper , the 8th of February last. Joseph Cooper depos'd, He had a Basket of Tallow that stood in his Shop, and it was stolen away about Eight of the Clock at Night. Stephen Aldersey sent him an Account of it, that he and others stole it: That he went to Betty in the Compter, and having spoken to him of Tallow, he own'd, that there was Tallow that he had found. Stephen Aldersey depos'd, That the two Prisoners took Tallow off the Shop Window of the Prosecutor, and sold it to one Mr. Pitts, a Tallow Chandler at St. Catherines. Betty own'd a Letter to Mr. Pitts, wherein he mentions a Person having said he had sold Tallow to him. The Jury found them both guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

Robert Hambleton , of Buttolph-Lane , was indicted for feloniously Stealing 107 Pounds of Raisins, Value 29 s. 6 d. the Goods of Philip Barreau , the 26th of February . It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Barrel of Fruit was taken off the Keys, at Buttolph's Wharf , and found upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner pleaded he was in Drink, and found the Cask in his Way, kicking it, took it up. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

Ann Leadbeater , of St. Bartholomew, near the Exchange , was indicted for feloniously stealing a quilted Petticoat, Value 20 s. the Property of Susan Staples , the 27th of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor, and took the Petticoat and sold it to Susan Elliot ; her Confession of the Fact was read in Court, but she deny'd it at the Bar. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Elizabeth Hutchinson , was indicted for feloniously marrying William Nichols , her former Husband Percival Hutchinson being alive . Two Evidences depos'd, That they were present at the first Marriage to Hutchinson, and one of them depos'd, That Hutchinson was at her House the last Week; two other Evidences confirm'd the second Marriage. The Prisoner did not deny either, but in Extenuation of the Fact alledg'd, that her Husband Percival Hutchinson was taken from her within two Hours after she was married to him, and they never bedded together, and that Hutchinson had married another Wife, and that Nichols knew that Hutchinson had married her, and went with a Warrant to take him up to prosecute him for it, before he married her himself. The Prosecutor Nichols did not deny it, but acknowledg'd his Folly, and want of Consideration of the Consequences. The Jury acquitted her.

John Mills , of St. Buttolph Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard, Value 50 s. the Property of a Person unknown , the 31st of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Prisoner brought the Tankard to him to sell, without either Lid or Handle; that he suspecting it to have been stolen, stopp'd the Prisoner, that he prevaricated in his Story, saying one Time he brought it from one Place, and another Time from another. It appear'd the Prisoner was a Gentleman of a good Family, but reputed Crazy, there not being Proof he stole it, he was acquitted .

Ann Ingersol , and Elizabeth Franklin , of Queen-hithe , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Gold-Chain, Value 36 s. the 26th of March , the Property of Henry Dunwell . It appear'd that the Chain was taken off a Child's Neck, in the Street, and was offer'd to Pawn by the Prisoners. They confess'd the Fact before the Justice. Several Persons appeared to the Reputation of both the Girles, who gave them an honest Character till the Commission of this Fact. The Fact was plainly prov'd, and the Jury found them both guilty of the Indictment. To be Whipt .

Margaret Jackson , of St. Andrews Holborn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Stew-Pan , the Goods of Elizabeth Robinson , the 3d of February last. It appeared by the Evidence that the Prisoner was seen to take the Stew-Pan out of the Prosecutor's Yard, and was apprehended immediately with the Pan. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

John Mead , of the Parish of St. Magnus the Martyr , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief from the Person of Trail Waldron , the 20th of February last. The Prosecutor depos'd, He took the Prisoner in the Fact. Which being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Martha Mountier , of St. Martins Ludgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Suit of Headclothes, &c. in the House of John Beckington , the 7th of March last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor, and after she had liv'd with him three Days stole the Goods and went away; the Goods were found where she had pawn'd them. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

John Sturges , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Fore quarter of Mutton, Value 5 s. 6 d. the Goods of Joseph Billington , the 11th of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. To be Whipt .

John Brown , of the Parish of St. Ann's Aldersgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Pair of Leather Breeches, in the Shop of Henry Turner , the 20th of March last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Prisoner came into the Prosecutor's Shop, and took the Breeches, and went away, but was pursued and taken, and drop'd the Breeches upon his being apprehended. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

Christian Busbey , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privately taking a Hat from the Person of John Harris , the 2d of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd, the Prisoner with a Person she called Husband came out of a House in Fleet-Lane , and the Prisoner snatch'd his Hat off from his Head, and both ran away; but he pursued, and caught her, but the Man made off, but the Hat he did not find upon her. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Mary Cowley , alias Curtis , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for feloniously stealing divers Goods, in the Dwelling House of Robert Noblet , the 21st of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner pretended to be the Prosecutor's Country Woman, and by that Means, had several Times Access to the House, and took the Opportunity to carry away the Goods, which were in a small Trunk; some of the Goods were found where she had pawn'd them. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Thomas Blew , of St. Mary White-chapel , was indicted for stealing a Basket, and 3 Half Peck and quartern Loaves , the Property of James Riston , the 23d of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence, the Prisoner took the Basket and Bread, where it had been set down, at the Corner of Leaden-hall Market , and carried it to Rag-Fair, to sell the Bread. The Fact was plainly prov'd. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. To be Whipt .

Stephen Fowles , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Cloth Coat, value 5 s. the Property of William Allison , the 17th of February last. The Prisoner pleaded, An Acquaintance of his desired him to pawn the Coat for him, which he did, and knew nothing of the other. The Jury acquitted him.

He was indicted a second Time for feloniously stealing a Cloth Coat, value 10 s. the Property of Benjamin Clarks , the 8th of January last. Several appear'd to his Reputation, who gave him a good Character. He was acquitted of this Indictment also.

Alice Tuffey , of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing Money, the Property of John Dolphin , Esq ; in the Dwelling House of John Shelton , the 29th of March last. Mr. Dolphin depos'd, That the Prisoner was Servant in the House where he lodg'd, and he lost Money out of a Purse, which was in a Closet. The Prisoner's Confession was read in Court, in which she confess'd the Fact. The Jury found her guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

Frances Tuffey , of the Parish of Hadley , was indicted for feloniously stealing divers Linnen, in the House of Thomas Ellis , the 20th of December last. There not being sufficient Evidence to convict the Prisoner she was acquitted .

Richard Kirk , of the Parish of Hadley , was indicted for feloniously stealing 30 l. in Money, in the Dwelling House of Thomas Ellis , the 20th of December last. There being no Evidence against the Prisoner, he was acquitted . It also appear'd by the Evidence, that the Prosecutor was Father in Law to the Prisoner, that their Mother being dead, and having said before she died, she had 30 l. which the Prisoners knew where it was, because they did not produce it, he therefore indicted them of Robberies, which appearing to the Court to be a malicious Prosecution, the Court ordered them a Copy of their Indictments.

James Ferrel , of the Parish of Enfield , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2000 Nails, value 3 s. and a Pound of Tobacco, value 1 s. the Goods of Francis Williams , the 20th of January last. It appear'd by the Evidence that the Prisoner was Porter to the Prosecutor, and took the Goods. The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .

James Collins , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for that he together with 2 other Persons not yet taken, did on the 25th of November last, break the House of Thomas Cross , in the Night Time, and feloniously take from thence, a Box with 17 Guineas, and 24 l. in Money, the Property of Stephen Tone , and Robert French , and divers other Goods, of other Persons . There not being sufficient Evidence against the Prisoner, he was acquitted .

Robert Hancock , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Bullock, value 10 l. the Property of , the 7th of February last. But the Evidence being deficient, the Jury acquitted him.

Charles Barber , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Nicholas Abrahams , the 20th of January last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 4s. 10 d. Transportation .

Thomas Chapman , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing Goods in the Dwelling House of William Anderson , the 23d of January last. The Fact being plainly prov'd the Jury found him guilty to the value of 39 s. Transportation .

Henry Page , of the Parish of St. James Clerkenwell , was indicted for privately stealing 13 s. from the Person of Ann Bailey , the 11th of March last. There not being Evidence sufficient to affect the Prisoner, and many reputable People appearing who gave him a good Character, the Jury acquitted him.

John Badrock , of the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing an Iron Grate , the Goods of William Cooling , the 10th of December last. The Fact being plainly prov'd the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Abraham Appleby , of the Parish of St. John Wapping , was indicted for privately stealing Goods, in the Shop of Christopher Ruscum , the 23d of February last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Piece of Cloth was taken out of the Prosecutor's Shop Window, and was found upon the Prisoner immediately. He confess'd the Fact before the Justice, which Confession was read in Court. He called several Persons of Credit to his Reputation, who had never known any ill Action by him, and gave him a very good Character, as a sober honest Person. The Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Francis Walkup and Eleanor Clifford , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were indicted for stealing two Silver Spoons, a Snuff-box, 4 Guineas, &c. in the Dwelling House of Jane Forster . It appear'd by the Evidences, That the Prisoners did lodge in the Prosecutor's House, and the Prosecutor depos'd, That she left the two Prisoners together in her Room, while she went up to supper with one of her Lodgers, and that when she came down, the Prisoners went to Bed, and the next Morning she went to look for her Money, and the Lock of her Scriptore was broken, and the Lid being put up, and not being lock'd, fell down and hurt her, and she found her Money and Plate gone. And Samuel Davis depos'd, a Pencil of Ivory (that the Prosecutor depos'd she had had 20 Years, and was in a Book in the same Place, was left by Walkup, with him, where he had the next Morning bought a Pair of Shoes and Stockins. John Wilden depos'd, that Eleanor Clifford did in the Gaol affirm to the Face of Walkup, that he did throw up the Flap of the Scriptore, and it stuck, tho' it was not lock'd. The Jury found Walkup, guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation , but acquitted Clifford.

Thomas Williams , of the Parish of Hesson , and Dorothy his Wife , were indicted, with one Minton, not yet taken, for breaking the House of William Trantam , between the Hours of 6 and 8 at Night, and feloniously stealing divers Linnen, Plate and Money, to the Value of 10 l. the 3d of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That Thomas Williams, and one Dowman came into his House between 6 and 8 a-Clock at Night, and Dowman came in first, and Williams after him, but they were in Disguise, and Williams had in one Hand a Pistol, and in the other a naked Bayonet, and swore they came upon a desperate Design, they came for Money, and Money they would have; that Williams went up with him, and took a great deal of Linnen, his Spoons, Cup, and 2 Guineas, and 13 s. 6 d. out of his Pocket, and afterwards bound them all and went away. Thomas Dowman depos'd, That he lodg'd with the Prisoner Williams at Hounsloe, and he had often sollicited him to go with him a Robbing on the High-Way, and offered to get him Pistols, and did so; that also he proposed to rob the Prosecutor, saying, that he was a Farmer, and none but he and his Wife, were old, and worth Money; and Dorothy Williams his Wife, encouraged him, saying. There must be Money, for that she had borrow'd Money upon Rings there; and there must be also a great deal of Linnen, which they could never wear out. That they all went out about five in the Evening, and went to the Prosecutor's House, and Williams shew'd him the back Way into the House, where he saw the Prosecutor and his Wife sitting by the Fire; that being got into the Yard, over the Wall, he open'd the Door to let Williams in, and then they consulted how to get them to open the Door; and Williams said that such a Neighbour thereabouts used to entertain Lodgers, and to send for Eggs to the Prosecutor's, and he should knock at the Door, and say he was that Woman's Son, and wanted Eggs, and they would let him in; he did so, and the Door was open'd; he went in first, and Williams follow'd, and he staid below Stairs, while Williams went up and took he Money and Goods, and a great Quantity of Linnen, and went away; but the two Guineas and the Cup he conceal'd. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death . But acquitted Dorothy Williams.

He was also indicted a second Time, for Assaulting and Robbing Williams Cole , of a Gold Watch, a Hanger, a Snuff-box, &c. the 22d of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That at Smallberry Green, near Hesson , two or three Men met him; that they struck him, and cut him in a barbarous Manner with a Hatchet on his Head, and robb'd him of the Things mentioned in the Indictment; and that the Prisoner confess'd to him in Newgate, that he did the Fact, and that he had the Watch, Snuff-box, &c. again, upon the Information of Dowman; and they were found hidden under the Boards in the Prisoner's House. Dowman depos'd, That he and the Prisoner, and one Minton, went out to rob on Smallberry Green, and beat about the Lane, for an Hour; that meeting with no Prey, they at length met the Prosecutor; that they robb'd the Prosecutor, as he had related, took those Things from him, and carried them to William's House, and his Wife hid them under the Boards; and he upon being apprehended, inform'd the Prosecutor where they were, and they were found accordingly. The Jury found him guilty of this Indictment likewise.

He was also indicted a third Time, for assaulting John Fletcher , on the High-Way, and Robbing him of 15 s. a Silver Stud, &c. the 23d of December last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that being on the Road near Southal, in Windmil-Lane , the Prisoner and two others met him, and knock'd him off from his Horse, and robb'd him of 15 s. and a Silver Stud. William Dowman confirm'd the Fact, that it was done by the Prisoner; himself, and Thomas Piper , since dead in Newgate. That Williams carried out a Hatchet under his Coat, and having been out to rob three Nights, and not met with any Body to rob, he was in a Rage, and swore he would rob the next Man he met; and that if either of them flinch'd him, he would cut him to pieces. That some Time after they met with the Prosecutor and robb'd him; and the Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner in Newgate own'd that he was at the committing of the Fact, and gave him his Silver Stud. The Prisoner not having any Thing material to say in his Defence, the Jury found him guilty of this Indictment also. Death .

Susannah Ware , of St. Mary White-chapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Cane Hat, value 3 s. 6 d. the Goods of William Melton , the 18th of February last. The Fact not being plainly prov'd, the Jury acquitted her.

John Wild , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing a Watch , the Property of David Loyd , the 18th of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner and some others being standing together a pricking at the Garter, and seeing him have a Watch, they desired him to see what was a Clock; he took it out to see; and the Prisoner snatched it out of his Hand, and ran away with it; but he persued him and took him. The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .

James Fletcher , of the Parish of Alhallows in the Wall , was indicted for privately stealing Iron in the Shop of Henry Glover , the 27th of February last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

Joseph Smith , alias Ashbourn , of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the West , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, &c. from the Person of Joseph Dennis , the first of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

William Botfield , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Mare, value 33 s. the Property of Richard King , the 27th of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd, he lost his Mare; and Henry Crampon depos'd, He bought the Mare of the Prisoner. The Prisoner pleaded he had the Mare in exchange for another Horse, and divers Persons appear'd to his Reputation, the Jury acquitted him.

Elizabeth Evans , of Queen-Hithe , was indicted for feloniously stealing Goods , the Property of John Hall , the 23d of December last. The Fact being plainly proved, and she having confest it before the Justice. And also, She was indicted a second Time, of the Parish of St. Nicholas Cole-Abby , for feloniously stealing Goods , the Property of David Roberts , the 9th of December last. This Fact also being plainly prov'd, she having also confest it before the Justice. The Jury found her guilty of both Indictment. Transportation .

Sarah Beech , of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Susan Ruffield . The Fact being plainly prov'd, she having confest it before the Justice. The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Nicholas Jones , was indicted for feloniously stealing Leather, value 5 s. the Goods of John Humes , the 10th of February last. The Evidence not coming up to the Satisfaction of the Jury, they acquitted him.

John Howard , alias Tailor , and Hannah Tailor , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , were indicted for privately stealing a Wig, value 3 l. and a Tea Spoon, in the Dwelling House of Edward Partington , the 22d of March last. The Jury not thinking the Evidence sufficient to convict the Prisoners, they were acquitted .

John Pitt , of the Precinct of St. Katherine's , was indicted for buying 144 Pound of Tallow, that was stolen by Robert Betty , and Robert Hambleton , in the Shop of Joseph Cooper , the 8th of February last, who were convicted for the Fact this present Sessions. The Prosecutor depos'd. That being inform'd by one Aldersey, that the Prisoner had bought his Tallow, he got a Warrant for apprehending him, and he own'd he bought it for 8 or 9 Shillings, and had burnt the Basket, and described the Basket, so that by his Description it appeared to be his Basket, and there was in it such sort of Stuff, that any Tallow-Chandler must needs know that it was stolen. Two other Evidences depos'd, The Prisoner own'd that he bought such a Parcel of Tallow and burnt the Basket. Stephen Aldersey depos'd, He and his Accomplices sold the Tallow to the Prosecutor for 9 s. and 6 full Pots of Drink, and that he said if they would bring him any Tallow, he would let them in at any Time at his back Door. The Prisoner own'd that he bought the Tallow; but the Persons that sold him it, told him that it was honestly come by, and he gave the full Value of it. He called several to his Reputation; but the Jury being satisfied in the Evidence against him, he was found guilty . Transportation .

Isaac Deacon , of the Parish of St. Mary White-Chappel , was indicted for buying 300 Weight of Logwood, knowing it to be stolen, the Goods of William Dovey , that had been stolen by Robert Betty, Robert Hambleton, and Stephen Aldersey, for which the 2 former were convicted this present Sessions . One Evidence depos'd, The Prisoner owned he had bought between 2 and 3 Hundred Weight, and it was very dirty. Another Evidence depos'd, That there was 2 Hundred and Three Quarters of Logwood, brought to the Prisoner to the Three Cranes in Brick Lane , he came and look'd upon it, and bid them bring it over, and gave them after the Rate of 5 s. a Hundred, and told them if they could get him any Indico and Sugar, he would buy it of them. The Prisoner pleaded, That it was dirty, and therefore weigh'd the heavier, and weigh'd but 2 Hundred 7 Pound, and that it was damag'd and rotten. And John Burton depos'd, that the Wood was bought at his House publickly, and some of it appear'd to be damaged, and therefore there was Allowance made for it. Thomas Jones depos'd, That it was his Business to cut the Wood, and a Stick of about 3 Quarters of a Hundred was damag'd and rotten, and good for little, and that tho' he had work'd for him Several years, yet he never knew that he bought any Logwood but of the Salter, and paid him for Cutting it by the Salter's Bill. He call'd several to his Reputation, who gave him a good Character. The Jury acquitted him.

Mary Harris of St. Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Edward King , the 9th of March last. It appeared the Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor, and stole the Goods. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

William Bradshaw , of the Trinity Minories , was indicted for feloniously stealing 190 Pound of Tobacco, in the Warehouse of Micajah Perry , the 18th of January last.

Thomas Gumes depos'd, That the Prisoner and Harding and himself broke open the Warehouse, and stole the Tobacco, and sold Part of it in Ratcliff-High-Way, and Part to Mr. Baldwin in Rosemary Lane. Mr. Baldwin depos'd, That the Prisoner, and Thomas Gumes the Black, came to him, and sold him 5 Pound of the Tobacco, which the former Evidence depos'd had been stolen, but he knew not but that they came honestly by it. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. Transportation .

William Morgan , of Whitechapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Richard Richards , and Company , the 17th of January last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .

Ann Southernwood , of St. Magnes the Martyr , was indicted for picking the Pocket of Alexander Chance , the 5th of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That having been at an Entertainment in Southwark , on the Day mentioned in the Indictment, he was much in Drink, and coming over the Bridge a Woman attack'd him, and turn'd him round, and pull'd at his Watch and broke the String, and at the second Attack pick'd his Pocket of his Money and Watch, and he endeavouring to catch at her, she run away, and he fell down in the Dirt. Richard Mackdonnel depos'd, He going over the Bridge, saw the Prosecutor much in Liquor, and the Prisoner going together, he was apprehensive that she would pick his Pocket; and another Person coming by with a Link, he bid him keep a little back to observe, and presently he saw her give him a turn round, and run away, that the Prosecutor sell down, he saw the Watch glittering in her Hand, they pursu'd and took her. Thomas Oman confirm'd what Mr. Mackdonnel had depos'd, and that carrying her to the Watch-House she had the Watch in her Hand, and would have return'd it to the Prosecutor. The Constable depos'd, That she afterwards said, she could not help it if she must cross the Water for it, and lead Monkeys to Water. The Jury found her guilty . Transportation .

William Harding , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for receiving a Silver Salt, and Knives, the Goods of Dr. Lewis , that had been stolen by John Yarwood , who was convicted for the Offence, in a former Sessions. There not being sufficient Evidence against the Prisoner, he was acquitted .

Charles Jones , of St. Michael's Cornhill , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Ring and Money , the Property of Hannah Williams , the 4th of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .

Lewis Hussare , of the Parish of Shoreditch , was indicted for the Murder of Ann Hussare , his Wife , the 26th of February last. He was also indicted a second Time on the Coroners Inquest. Ann Rondeau , the Mother of the Deceased, depos'd, That she living in Swan Alley, in Shoreditch , a Boy came to her between 7 and 8 of the Clock, telling her a Gentleman wanted to speak with her, at the Sign of the Black Dog within Bishopsgate, that her Daughter inquiring of the Boy, what sort of Person it was, the Boy answered, a Gentleman in whitish Clothes, and that she went and found no Person who wanted her there; that thereupon she return'd immediately, and whereas when she went out, she left her Daughter sitting by the Fire, and very well, when she came back she found her sitting in her Chair as tho' she had been asleep, with her Hand leaning against the Chimney Piece. That she calling to her, saying, what are you asleep? And she not answering, she took hold of one of her Hands, upon her letting it go it fell down, which surprizing her, she look'd upon her, and seeing Blood, immediately saw her Throat had been cut. Being ask'd by the Court, after what Manner he had behav'd himself to the Deceased? She answered, that they had been married 6 years, but he had not liv'd with her, but little of the Time, but had by Gaming consum'd all that she had, and left her; and 2 Years after, she having been furnish'd with Household Goods, he came, and under Presence of behaving himself better to her, had induc'd her to come and live with him, but having gotten the Goods into the Cart, carried them to a different Place than what he told her, and made away with them, and absconded from her. That since Christmas last, he pretended to come to see her, and she complaining of some Pain in her Stomach, he pretended to give her something that would do her good, and pretending to be a Surgeon as well as a Barber, went and fetched what he call'd Conserve of Roses, which he gave her, which in an Hour's Time set her so violently a Vomiting for several Hours, she thought she would have died, and afterwards she lay as in a Swoon, senseless; that she apprehended she was dead, nor did she recover it for a Fortnight; and always after it complain'd of a great Pain in her Stomach, and said that she should never be well after it. Being ask'd how she left the Door when she went out? She reply'd, upon a French Latch, which open'd on the Outside, which the Prisoner had put on the Door himself. Martha Rupert depos'd, That as she thinks, between 7 and 8 of the Clock, she did see a Boy and Man, such a one in Person as the Prisoner, near the House where the Deceased did live, that he had whitish Clothes on, she could not swear it was the Prisoner, he having his Hat flapping over his Face. That the Boy and he were together, and the Man ask'd the Boy which Way she was gone, and the Boy said that Way, and the Man went towards the Deceased's House, and the Boy ran towards Shoreditch. Martha Bread and Wine depos'd, That she living within 2 Doors of the Deceased, and going for a Pail of Water between 7 and 8 a Clock, she saw a Boy and a Man running towards her, that the Man was in a whitish Coat, and the Boy in a brown colour'd Coat; that the Boy went down the Steps to the Deceased Mother's House; that the Man was as to Height and Person every way like the Prisoner. Solomon Rondeau depos'd, That about 8 a Clock his Mother came to him, and told him his Sister's Throat was cut, he ran and saw it, that the Wind Pipe was cut clear asunder; that after he had a little recover'd his Surprize, he ran to the Black Dog, but hearing nothing of any Person, suspecting it had been done by the Prisoner, he went to Lothbury to enquire for him, and being directed from Place to Place, at last went to the Blew Ball, in Princes-Street, but was answer'd by the Maid, he was not there. That the next Morning he got a Constable to go to apprehend him, and the Maid deny'd that he was there, and refus'd to open the Door; but he asserting he was there, and saying he was an Officer, she open'd the Door, they went up Stairs, and knocking at the Door, his second Wife answered, and in a little Time open'd the Door, having slipt on a Petticoat, that the Constable telling him he came to apprehend him on Suspicion of having murthered his Wife Ann Hussare, the Prisoner set up a kind of a Bravado-Laugh, bidding him look in his Face, if he had any Thing in his Countenance that should induce him to believe he could be guilty of such a Fact, saying, he knew nothing of it. Thomas Barnard the Constable depos'd, That Solomon Rondeau coming to him to go to apprehend the Prisoner they were inform'd in Lothbury, that he had married another Wife, and did lodge at the Blew Ball, in Princes Street; that going thither, the Maid deny'd his lodging there, but he telling her he was well assur'd he did, and that he was come to take him on Suspicion of the Murder of his Wife, she told him what Room he was in, and they apprehended him in the Manner before related; that upon telling him that it was on Suspicion of the Murther of his Wife, he seem'd to shew but very little Concern, saying he was entirely innocent. That he found in his Pockets a Razor, and a Case of Lancers. Elizabeth Waldridge depos'd, That the Prisoner having a Room in her House in Swan Alley in Coleman-street, without Bed or Furniture, in which he used sometimes to work, he came thither that Night the Fact was committed, about 6, or between 6 and 7 of the Clock, staid there a Quarter of an Hour, had a white Coat on when he came in. That afterwards, she being sent for to him, when he was in Newgate, and in the Condemn'd Hole, he desired that she would not say that he was at her House that Night the Fact was committed. Elizabeth Hill depos'd, That she liv'd at Mrs. Waldridge's House, and that the Prisoner came there that Night about 6 of the Clock in his shaving Coat, and that when he went away he had a great Coat on of a whitish Colour, and a Cane and Sword. Mrs. Deborah Sprag depos'd, That the Prisoner's new Wife being her Acquaintance, came to her House, at the Turk's Head, near the Workhouse in Bishopsgate-Street, on a Visit, and her Apprentice with her, and said her Husband the Prisoner was to come and fetch her Home, that her Maid came and told her it was past 8 of the Clock, and ask'd if she might shut in the Shop, that she did do it, and fetch'd out Victuals for the Apprentice, that he had just done his Supper, having eaten the Meat when the Prisoner knock'd at the Door, and when he came in he said to him, If I must not eat with you I will drink with you, that he eat no Supper, and sat in a musing Posture by the Fire side, and having set his Cane in the Chimney Corner by him, on a sudden catch'd it up and gave a great Start, at which Motion she being a little surpriz'd, ask'd him the Reason of it; to which, after a Pause, he reply'd, he was concern'd least her Husband should come Home, and see him, he being to dirtily dress'd, having just come from his Business. Clarges Fradding depos'd, About a Year since the Prisoner having the Liberty of his Shop to make a Wig in, in some Discourse with the Prisoner, he said to him, he wondered how he could pretend Courtship to so many young Women as he did, when if he gain'd their Consent he knew he could not marry them, having a Wife already; that he reply'd, That he would do well enough as to that; that his Wife was of such a Religion, that she deserv'd to be burnt, and that it would be no more Sin to kill her than to kill a Dog, whether he did it, or any Body else: And that he said before Sir Francis Forbes , that she was a Socinian. Lewis Marriot depos'd, That he talking with the Prisoner's second Wife, after the Fact was done, she said she had been married about five Weeks, and afterwards hearing that he had another Wife, and taxing him with it, he swore that he had not, and offer'd to take the Sacrament upon it, that he had not; that upon this she told him, if it was not so, he ought to arrest those People, and clear his Reputation, or else she would not cohabit with him. That he reply'd, My Dear, be not uneasy, I will make you sensible in a little Time that I have no other Wife.

The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and asserted he had not seen his deceased Wife since December last. And call'd the following Evidences. Edward Satchel depos'd, The Prisoner came to his House about six a-Clock, the Chimes at the Change having newly gone, desir'd to borrow six Pence of him, saying he was going to Newgate-Street, and that he came to his Lodgings again about Half an Hour after seven, and had then the Clothes on which he appear'd in at the Bar. Elizabeth Payton depos'd, That he went away from her Mistress's Lodgings, Madam Hern's, to put on some Clothes to go to her Mistress at Madam Sprag's, at the Turk's Head in Newgate-Street, and that when he came in the Second Time it was not eight a-Clock, and said he was going to Madam Sprag's; and as he was going down Stairs, she told him his Back was white, he said it was no Matter, went away directly, and came Home with her Mistress between eleven and twelve. Francis Pipe , Servant to Mrs. Hern, depos'd, That he having been out, came home about five a-Clock, and the Prisoner was he afterwards was gone out; that he afterwards went to Madam Sprag's and as she had before related, when the Prisoner came there, it was past eight a-Clock. Lucy Stock depos'd, When he came to Mrs. Sprag's it was between eight and nine a-Clock. Lewis Haynes depos'd, He saw him, as near as he could guess, in Throckmorton Street, about eight a-Clock, in the Clothes he had on at the Bar, which did not answer in Colour to the whitish Clothes he was suppos'd to be seen in, near the Place where the Murther was. Though several of the Presumptions against the Prisoner were very strong, yet not amounting to legal Evidence, the Jury acquitted him; But the Court told him, That though he had been acquitted of the Murther, he should be prosecuted for Bigamy.

Mary Morgan , of the Parish of Islington , was indicted for the Murther of her Child . She was also indicted on the coroner's Inquest for the same. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner was Servant at the Red Lion at Holloway ; that being with Child, and tax'd with it, she deny'd it, although she had a Husband, but afterwards own'd it before her Delivery, and being deliver'd privately, afterwards said it was over now, for she had miscarried, but being constrained to tell where the Child was, it was found buried in a Garden, and had two Stabs in the Belly of it, when taken up. A Midwife depos'd, It was a Child at its full Time. The Prisoner said, she wanted three Months of her Time, and that it was born dead: But one Evidence depos'd, She had own'd it was born alive. But giving no Account how it came by the two Stabs in the Belly, one of which was depos'd to be such an one that the Bowels came out, the Jury found her guilty upon both Indictments. Death .

William Nichols , of St. Ann Aldersgate , was indicted for Ravishing and carnally knowing Dorcas Reeves , an Infant of five Years of Age, the 9th of February last. He was also indicted a second Time for an Assault upon the said Dorcas Reeves . The Mother of the Child depos'd, The Prisoner being her next Door Neighbour, was at her House, when his Sister having call'd to him to look after the House, she being then going out, he went Home, and took the Child along with him, under Pretence of bearing him Company; and some Times after when she came a way he gave her a Half-Penny, bidding her buy some Plumbs: That some Time after the Child complain'd much of her being sore, and pointed to her private Parts. That examining her, she found she was in a very sad Condition, and enquiring of her how it came, she told her the Prisoner had made her kneel upon his Knees had taken up her Coats, and had hurt her sadly. Mr. Bradbury depos'd, That he had seen the Child, and she had been very much injured, that the Parts were much inflamed and excoriated, and that there had been a manifest Perforation: That he also had the Assistance of Mr. Fern the Surgeon, who was of his Opinion, and that the Child had been very much damaged; and that the child did say it had been done to her by the Prisoner. The Child being too young to swear to the Fact, the Jury acquitted him of the Rape, but found him guilty of the Assault.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

Thomas Hare , of St. Michael's Cornhill , was indicted for stealing Brass Coach-Buckles, and Housings , the Property of Nathan Watson , the 19th of March last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That they were cut off from the Horses Harness as the Coach was standing in the Street, which being found upon the Prisoner, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Jonathan Wheeler , and William Williams , of the Parish of St. Brides , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Tea-Table, value 30s. the Property of Abraham Momford , the 28th of December last. It appearing to be a groundless and malicious Prosecution, the Jury acquitted them, and the Court granted them a Copy of the Indictment.

Frederick Schmidt , late of St. Martins in the Fields , in the County of Middlesex, was indicted for erasing and altering a Bank Note. For that he did wickedly, and fraudulently, intending unjust Lucre, to acquire and obtain, and as well the Governor and Company of the Bank of England , as well as divers other Subjects of the King, to Deceive and Defraud, after the publishing of a Statute, in this Case made and provided (that is to say, the 16th Day of January, in the 10th Year of the King , at the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields ,in the County aforesaid, by Force of Arms, feloniously, unlawfully and fraudently, Forge and Counterfeit a Note in Form of a Bank Note, bearing Date the 24th of December, 1723, sign 'd in behalf of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, for the Payment of the Sum of one hundred Pounds, to Mr. William Richardson, or Bearer; against the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity, and the Statute in that Case made and provided .

The Case was open'd by the Council, setting forth, That the Prisoner having gotten into the Acquaintance of the Baron de Loden and Eleonora Sophia , Countess of Bostram, he entrusted the Baron with a Bank Note of 600 l on which he would have had 200 or 300 l. borrow'd upon, under pretence that it was left by a Person to transact his Affairs, who was gone Abroad for a small Time, and so when he came, he would willingly return him the self same Note. He thereupon went to one Mr. Perrier, but he not readily coming into it, afterwards, he applied to one Mr. Minet, a Merchant but he refusing, this Baron goes to Mr. Wilday and bought of him Goods to the Value of 200 l. and gave him the rest, to the Value of 600 l. in Money and Notes. That besides this, there was another Note, which was the Note in Question, which was payable to one Mr. Williamson, which was originally only a 20 l. Note, which was carried to the Shop of Messieurs Mallory, and tendered to them as a Note of 85 l. in Payment for about 12 Pounds worth of Goods, in exchange of which, the Baron receiv'd of Mr. Mallory, a Bank Note of 20 l. Goods and Money to the Value of 85 l. which 20 l. Note was by the Prisoner altered to a Note of 100 l. and negotiated as such to a Goldsmith, in buying a Service of Plate. The Prisoner demanded a party Jury, which was granted him.

Juratores diversarum Linguarum.

Nathaniel Chandler ,

Noah Moyer ,

Benjamin Forster ,

Nicholas Vanderhoven ,

John Ford ,

Stephen Saroon ,

Robert Shad ,

John Sennysear ,

John Long ,

Peter Belford ,

John Allen ,

John Delaport .

John Allyingham depos'd, That the Note of 85 l. was originally a Note of 20 l. and that he made it in the Name of Mr. William Richardson . Daniel Mallory depos'd, That the Baron de Loden came to his Shop the 15th or 16th of January, and having bought about 12 Pounds worth of Lace, &c. that he gave him in Exchange of it. Money and a Bank Note of 20 l. The Baron de Loden depos'd, That he gave this Note to the Prisoner, which he had receiv'd of Messieur Mallory, that he desired the Key of this Evidences Lodging, which was up two pair of Stairs, they being at that Time in the Lodgings of the Countess, which was up one Pair of Stairs, that the Prisoner was by himself alone for some Time, and when he came down the Sum Twenty was quite taken out of the Note, the Place being blank, that then he drew the Note through a Plate of Gum-water, and afterwards having dried it between Papers, smooth'd it over between Papers with a Box Iron, and afterwards wrote in the Vacancy (where Twenty was taken out) One Hundred, and also wrote at the Bottom of the Note 100 l. instead of 20 l. and after the Prisoner had thus altered the Note, he gave it to him (this Evidence) to buy a Service of Plate with; that he went with it and bought Plate to the Sum of 40 l. and upwards and delivered it to the Interpreter, to carry to Mr. Schmidt the Prisoner, and in about an Hour after he being taken up, he could not tell whether the Interpreter delivered the Plate to the Prisoner or not. He added, that the Prisoner had told him he could write 20 sorts of Hands, and that if he had but 3 or 400 l. he could get 50000 l. Eleanora Sophia, the Countess of Bostram depos'd, That when she saw the Note first it was a 20 l. Note, and that it had been altered in the Manner as had before been depos'd by the Baron, not varying in the least Circumstance, and that she saw the Note afterwards blank'd as to the Sum, and that with her Eyes, she saw him write the Words, On Hundred Pounds; and besides the Oath taken in Court in Form, added this by way of Confirmation, before God. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and produced a Letter in Court, as written to him by the Baron, the Purpose of which was, to contradict his having charg'd the Prisoner with altering and giving him the Note, and to charge it upon one Collier. The Baron own'd his having given the Prisoner that Letter, but said that the Prisoner came to him after he was apprehended, and was in Newgate, and said to him, what good would it do him to hang him, and that if he charg'd it on a Person that could not be found, he would come off himself well enough, and that the Prisoner himself did dictate to him what he should write, and he did write what he dictated to him, upon his Persuasions. Mr. Frazier depos'd That the Prisoner did send a Letter to his Correspondent at Amsterdam, that he would send him Word whether Notes of the Bank of England for large Sums were current there. Which the Prisoner did not deny, and pretended that he came from Breslau in Silesia, to England, to Negotiate an Affair for the Duke de Alvarez, who was the last of the Family of the Duke de Alva, (so famous for his Cruelty in the Netherlands) in Relation to a large Sum, to the Quantity of about a Million of Money, owning to him from the Government, or the Executors of the Lord Godolphin, and call'd some Evidences. Mr. Myer and Mr. Frazier depos'd, that he had talked to them of such an Affair, and show'd them some Writings, which he pretended were Powers to transact such an Affair; and also he desir'd there Assistance; but they could not understand, not had any Opinion of the Matter being Real, and therefore desir'd to be excus'd in concerning themselves about it. The Matter of Fact being plainly prov'd against the Prisoner, as to the altering the Bank Note, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .

Mary Crosby , and Mary Simpson , of St. Katherine's Coleman Street , were indicted for privately stealing Goods, in the Shop of Absalom Norton , the 20th of February last. It appear'd by the Evidence that the Coat was stolen from the Prosecutor's Shop Window. Mary Crosbey had confest the Fact before the Justice, which confession was read in Court. The Jury found them both guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Coustantine Mac-yennis , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for the Murther of Frances the Wife of Richard Williams , the 15th of February last. He was also indicted a Second Time, on the Statute of Stabbing, and a Third Time, on the Coroners Inquest. Alice Brumpton depos'd. That she living in Essex-Court, was up one Pair of Stairs making a Fire, and looking out at the Window, saw the Prisoner dragging the Deceased along the Passage; and having dragg'd her out, he made several Pushes at her with his Sword; that when he was dragging her along the Entry, the Deceas'd Mouth was bloody, and his Hand bloody; that he flung her down on the Stones, and she strick'd a little, but her Voice was very low; that the Prisoner said she was a Witch, and he would burn her, that this was about half an Hour past Six a-Clock on Saturday Morning. Benjamin Robinson depos'd, That he being walking in the Temple, heard a Noise, and going into Essex-Court , saw the Prisoner flourishing his Sword over the Deceased, and said, I'll stick her again; that he call'd to him, saying, Are not you a base Man to abuse a Woman so? that he reply'd, D - n you, you Dog, I'll stick you too; that she was then on her Hands and Knees, and he stuck her into the Breast, and ran after him; that then some Tub Folks coming up, they surrounded him, and he desired them not to use him ill, surrendring himself. The Deceased's Husband depos'd, That his Wife had been the Prisoner's Laundress, and used to do his Business in the Chambers; that she had told him the Prisoner had threatened her on the Thursday, and she was under some fear of going to him, and that thereupon he bid her not go; but she said that he was always before a civil Gentleman, and she believ'd he was drunk, or had been at a Masquerade, or something that had disordered him, and so she did venture to go on the Thursday in the Afternoon, and he ordered her to come the next Morning to make a Fire; she did so, and so afterwards he had Word brought him, that the Prisoner had murthered her. Jane Offley depos'd, That on Thursday in the Afternoon she saw the Deceased come to the Prisoner, and he bid her come the next Morning to make him a Fire, and he appeared at that Time very sensible and civil. John Bouch depos'd, that hearing of the Disturbance, he went and secured the Prisoner, and having got to Devereaux Court, the Prisoner said he would go no farther, and said he should catch Cold for Want of his Wig, and said the Deceased was a Witch, and that there had been a Murder committed in the Tower, and he could not discover it, because she had be witch'd him, that he thought him to be in Liquor, he smelling very strong of it; that he putting him in Mind of what a Crime he had committed, he reply'd, then he must die for it. That the Prisoner asked him if he were a Magistrate, he answered him he was a Constable, and thereupon he desir'd him to take Care of his Chambers, because there were Things of Consequence there. Richard Glynn depos'd, That a Person came by, and cry'd not to the Deceased's Husband, there is a Man stabbing your Wife in the Temple, and he ran and saw the Prisoner with his Sword in his Hand, and the Deceased on her Hands and Knees, and he said to the Prisoner, are you not ashamed? And he reply'd, she had bewitch'd him; that he said to him, you must be hang'd, whereupon he reply'd, I know it. That the Tub Men coming up, he cry'd to them, why don't you pull off your Yokes and secure him? And bidding the Prisoner surrender, he reply'd, I am ready; that then he said, why do not you deliver your Sword? That then he taking it by the Blade, reach'd it out to a Person who stood by. Francis Field depos'd, That he being in Essex Court, saw the Prisoner having his Sword naked, that he asked him why he kill'd the Woman? That he reply'd, if he had not kill'd her she must have been burnt, and a little Time after he gave him his Sword, and said he would discover the most barbarous Murther that ever was committed. Luke Hill depos'd, That on the Friday, the Day before the Commission of the Fact, the Prisoner called to him to go of an Errand for him, to one Mr. Sexton in Grays Inn, to bid one Mr. Twiney come to him, that he gave him Directions more than once, very sensibly took his Answers, and talk'd very rationally, paid him, and he perceived no Disorder in him then. Michael Payne depos'd, That he saw the Deceased lying at the Bottom of the Steps on her Hands and her Knees, and the Prisoner flourishing his Sword over her, and he bid him take the Deceased away, and he asked him what he must do with her? That he answered, that he did not care, he might carry her and burn her if he would. Mr. Beach the Surgeon depos'd, That he viewed the Body of the Deceased, and it had 19 Wounds, and one under her Breast that had penetrated her Heart, and alone was enough to have been the Cause of her Death.

The Evidences for the Prisoner were chiefly for the Proof of his being Lunatick. Mary Price , Servant at the Temple Eating House, depos'd, That the Prisoner used to eat at her Master's House, and sometimes she used to carry his Victuals to his Chambers, and that on the Thursday before he kill'd the Woman, she carried him his Dinner, and he sat by the Fire, and spoke not a Word to her, but look'd very gruff, that some Time after she went, and the Laundress was in the Room, a making his Bed, and she said, Sir you have not done, (he not having eat any) and he reply'd, I will eat no more, and that he eat but very little on the Wednesday, at their House. Mr. Jenkins depos'd, That some Time before this happened, he went to the Prisoner, and he being going to Breakfast, ask'd him to drink Tea with him, and going into the Closet to see for some Milk, and finding none, he made use of some Imprecations against his Laundress, saying, that she was a Witch and a Cat, and had drunk up his Milk, and had put Straw upon the Fire, and had made a Rash come out upon him; and that on the Friday he met the Prisoner, and he treated him in a ludicrous Manner, and he perceiving some great Alteration in him, had shun'd his Company. Francis Garvan depos'd, That the Sunday before, the Prisoner came to him, and told him that there was a Scheme laid to draw him into a Plot, and that there was a Juncto of them, and that Mr. Gordon was the chief of them, that one wanted to see him write, and another to see his Seal, and he found his Papers rifled, and said there was a Letter in Mist's Journal, that was levelled at him; that in Westminster Hall the People whispered and pointed at him, and that he was under much Apprehension of being taken up, and was for making the best of his Way out of the Kingdom. That he went to Doctor Fitzgerald, and acquainted him with it. Doctor Fitzgerald depos'd, He was sent for by Mr. Sexton, to see the Prisoner, on Thursday in the Evening he found him under a Disorder, and he talk'd of a Friend, one Mr. O-Neal, who had been barbarously murthered, and that himself had been the Occasion of it, in having told the Rogues which Way his Friend was to go; that Mr. Sexton reply'd, that he had a Letter of his safe Arrival in Ireland. That enquiring of the Prisoner how he rested, he told him that he had not slept in 5 Nights. That he perceiving his Disorder, ordered a surgeon to be sent for, but when he came he swore he would not be blooded, setting himself against the Wall, and holding his Sword in his Hand in the Scabbard. Another Evidence depos'd, as to his getting upon a Coach-Horse, and beating the other with his naked sword. There were several other Evidences, who spoke to several circumstances of his acting like a crazed Person, for a Week or 10 Days before the Time when the Murther was committed and that Mr. Sexton and other Friends were about to have him taken Care of; too many here to be inserted at length. After a long Trial and a full hearing of the Matter, the Jury acquitted him of all the 3 Indictments, being a Lunatick at the Time of the Commission of the Fact .

Francis Soaper , of the Parish of Fulham , was indicted for the Murther of Isaac Wrench , the 22d of February last, by giving him one mortal Wound in the Throat . The Wife of the Deceased depos'd, That she suspected the Prisoner to have murthered her Husband, because he was a very ill Liver, a scandalous Fellow, having two Wives, and not living with either of them. And for Reasons to be given by other Evidences; that the Deceased had been that Saturday Night at a Club, and was coming home from Fulham Town, and in Fulham Lane , between Parsons Green and Fulham, was kill'd after the Manner as Butchers kill Sheep and Lambs, being stabb'd into the Throat about four Inches, that she Suppos'd he had been first knock'd down, there being two great Confusions on his Head, and that the Blood appear'd about 4 Yards from the Place where he was found lying muthered. Richard Hopkins depos'd, That the Deceased went from his House between 10 and 11 a Clock at Night, and in a Quarter of an Hour after, News was brought that he was murthered in the Lane. Sarah Hewlass depos'd, That she liv'd over against the Prisoner's Mother's House, where he lodg'd, and he owing her Money, She watch'd for his coming Home, but did not see him come home that Night, and his Mother being abroad, she saw no Light in the House all that Night, tho' she watch'd till after the Time the Murther was committed, and that very narrowly. Robert York depos'd that he had been informed that the Prisoner came over Parson's Lane, when he pretended to come over Thomas'd s Field. William Swanton depos'd, he went to Newgate and enquired which was Francis Soaper, and the Prisoner told him he was the Man. That he asked the Prisoner how it went with him, whethere he had been call'd to the Bar the Day before and if he saw any Evidences there, and where he was when the Murther was done? That the Prisoner told him, that he was lying asleep on some Place on the Outside of the House, being not willing to disturb his Mother, she being sick.

Benjamin Wrench depos'd, That the Prisoner had varied very much in his talk; and that when they went to apprehend him, which was not till the next Day in the Afternoon, he saw the Key on the inside of the Door, but tho' he knock'd, no Body answered; and that setting a Ladder up to the Window, he saw that Some body was in the Room, and then he being commanded by the Constable to come down and open the Door, they went in, and saw a Knife lying on the Chest of Drawers. Other Evidence depos'd. That a Waterman told them he set him over on that side the Water not long before the Murther was committed, nor did the Prisoner deny it. And that his Pretence for lying on the Out-side of the House, least he should disturb his Mother, was a Fiction, for that she was not at home, not had been for a Month or five Weeks, being out a Nursing. And Jane Woodroff depos'd, That she had given him the Key of the Door about 12 a-Clock that Night. There not being Evidence sufficient to convict the Prisoner, he was acquitted ; but ordered to be continu'd in Custody till he find Sureties for his good Behaviour .

James Mutloe , of St. Andrews Holborn , was indicted for feloniously stealing Brass Ware, called Roses, &c . the Property of John Gage , the 9th of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

James Collins , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-House of Thomas Cross, or Crossfield , the 25th of November , in the Night Time, and stealing 17 Guineas, 24 l. in Silver, and divers wearing Apparel in a Chest, the Property of the Prosecutor and some other Persons . The Evidence being positive, and the Prosecutor's Coat and Breeches, which were in the Chest being found where the Prisoner had sold them, were Produced in Court, and Sworn to by the Prosecutor; and E Butterworth depos'd, She bought them of the Prisoner. The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .

Susanna Lee , of St. Clements Danes , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Spoon , the Goods of Frances Wetherhead , the 29th of February last. The Fact was plainly prov'd, and the Jury found her guilty . Transportation .

James Newborne of Wilsden , was indicted for stealing 9 Hens and a Cock , the Property of John Franklin , the 24th of February last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

John Mason , of Isleworth , was indicted for stealing Hens and a Cock , the Property of Giles Burt , the 28th of January last. Which Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Faith Collins , of Shoreditch , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Samuel Gould , the 22d of January last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Dermot O Conner , was indicted for marrying a second Wife, his first being alive ; but the Evidence being deficient, he was acquitted .

Mary Williams , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for picking the Pocket of Henry Powel , the 1st of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Christian Jefferies , of Whitechapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Money of John Hudson , the 14th of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Paul Eaton , alias Layton , of St. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Coat , the Goods of Robert Pearson , the 7th of March last. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

Alice Probert , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Smock , the Goods of Elizabeth Acton , the 9th of March last: Which Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d. Transportation .

William Minton , of Heston , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling house of William Trantum , and stealing divers Goods and Money , the 3d of January last; in the Company with Thomas Williams , before condemn'd for the same Fact: But there not being sufficient Evidence against the Prisoner, he was acquitted .

Margaret Godfrey , of the Parish of Aldgate , was indicted for stealing a side of Lamb, Value 5s. the Goods of Ann Turvey ; but sufficient Evidence not appearing against the Prisoner, she was acquitted .

Ann Watts , of St. James Westminster , was indicted for stealing 3 Guineas, a Smock, &c. the Goods and Property of Margaret Walker , the 5th of March last: But no Body appearing against the Prisoner, she was acquitted .

James Blynn , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for stealing the Goods of Jane Ford , the 1st of April last: But no Evidence appearing against the Prisoner, he was acquitted .

Rebeckah Stone , was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Thomas Chapman , the 1st of August last. But no Body appearing against the Prisoner, she was acquitted .

Edward Jones , and Thomas Kine , of Islington , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Game Cock , the Property of James Mortimer , the 1st of January last: But no Body appearing against them, they were acquitted .

John Wallis , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a 100 of Bricks, Value 2 s. the Property of Robert Tailor , the 25th of May last: But no Evidence appearing, he was acquitted .

John Kennedy , of St. Andrew Holborn , was indicted for privately stealing 5 Books, Value 15 s. in the Shop of Thomas Osbourn , the 28th of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd, The Prisoner using to come frequently to his Shop, and there read Books, he had miss'd Books, was inform'd by his Servant that no Body had been there but the Prisoner, and that he had seen him once put a Book in his Pocket, and carry'd it away without saying any Thing to him. That he gave Orders to watch the Prisoner narrowly; and he coming to his Shop the Day mentioned in the Indictment; he went out, leaving only the Maid to look after the Shop, and plac'd himself so that he could see the Prisoner, and the Prisoner sent the Maid out to fetch him some Brandy; while she was gone he put the Books into his Pocket, and after the Maid was come back, and he had drank the Brandy, he went away, as in a Hurry; that he follow'd him, and taxed him with having the Books, but the Prisoner deny'd it, till he took one or two of them out of his Pocket, but afterwards pull'd out the rest, and offer'd him 5 Guineas not to take any further Notice of it. The Prisoner did not deny his taking the Books, but alledg'd, it was his common Method, when he saw Books, that he had a Mind to read, to take them in his Pocket, and if he lik'd them, to come afterwards and pay for them, or to return them: and said, that when he was going out, he told the Maid he had the Books, but she deny'd it. Mr. Mayham, a Bookseller testified, That he had taken Books as clandestinely in his Shop, and came afterwards and paid honestly for them, tho' he knew nothing of his having had them; and added, that the Books which the Prosecutor valued at 15 s. were scarcely worth above 5 s. A great many persons of Character appeared to his Reputation, who gave him a very good Character; but of late he was a little disorder'd in his Head, and sometimes did Actions through Incogitancy, which were irregular. They also produced Evidences, that the Prosecutor demanded 50 Guineas to drop the Prosecution: then 20, and then came down to, and insisted on 15. Upon a full hearing of the Matter, the Jury acquitted him.

As to those Persons who were bound over to prosecute any of the Persons aforegoing, and did not appear, the Court ordered their Recognizances to be estreated.

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

Receiv'd Sentence of Death, Six.

William Witherington , Thomas William : Frederick Schmidt , John Wild , Mary Morgan , James Collins .

To be Transported, Forty Seven.

John Vantier , Elizabeth Morris , Henry Thorp , Mary Hill , alias Hilliard, Robert Spicer , George Gale , James Spencer , Thomas Church , Matthew Dewty , James Jackson , Hannah Baynes , Robert Betty , Robert Hambleton , Mary Crosbey , Mary Simpson , Margaret Jackson , John Mead , Martha Mountier , John Sturges , John Brown , Christian Busbey , James Ferrel , Thomas Chapman , John Badcock , Charles Barber , Alice Dursey , Mary Cowley , Francis Walkup , James Ketcher , Joseph Smith , Elizabeth Evans , Sarah Beech , John Pitts , William Bradshaw , Mary Lees , alias Hipworth, William Morgan , Ann Southernwood , Thomas Hare , Charles Jones , Susannah Lee , John Mutloe , James Newhowrne , John Mason , Faith Collins , Mary Harris , Christian Jefferies , Paul Eaton alias Layton, Alice Probert .

Burnt in the Hand, Seven.

John Skeldon , Abraham Appleby , Henry Robinson , John Horn , Ann Brown , Henry Johnson , Michael Wilson . The five last former Convicts.

To be Whipt, Six.

Thomas Blew , Ann Ingersol , Elizabeth Franklin , Thomas Langsdel , Thomas Jones , Mary Jones . The three last former Convicts.

William Nichols , fin'd Forty Marks, and to suffer three Months Imprisonment.