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Old Bailey Proceedings, 17th October 1727.

THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, For the CITY of LONDON.

AND ON

The King's Commission of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily; for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex.

ON

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the 17th, 18th and, 19th of October, 1727, in the First Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

(Price Four Pence.)

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir. JOHN EYLES , Bart. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable Sir Robert Raymond , Lord Chief Justice of the King's - Bench, the Honourable Mr. Baron Hale ; the Honourable Mr. Baron Thompson , Recorder of the City of London, and John Raby , Serjeant at Law; and others His Majesty's Justices of Goal-Delivery, and Oyer and Terminer aforesaid: Together with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace.

London Jury.

John Elliston ,

John Weeks ,

John Prudom ,

Samuel Mayward ,

William Playstake ,

Jonathan Roberts ,

Edward Lambeth ,

Richard Grundy ,

Thomas Pate ,

Richard Lane ,

Edward Leppage ,

Thomas Humpstone .

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Ingram ,

William Thame ,

Thomas Richmond ,

Thomas Harrison ,

William Frith ,

John Durson ,

Thomas Sams ,

Charles Lacy ,

William Brown ,

Richard Powell ,

Cornelius Blackwell ,

John Morris .

Stephen Eades , of Twickenham , was indicted for stealing a Steel Trap, value 7 s. on the 1st of September last, the Property of the Hon. James Johnson , Esq ; He was a Second Time indicted for a Misdemeanor, in entering the Gardens of the aforesaid James Johnson , Esq; and taking thence 36 Peaches, and some Apricocks, val. 7 s. John Kemp and William Love depos'd, That the Prisoner asked them to go with him to steal the Trap, which they deny'd. Richard Growen depos'd, That he confess'd to him that he took the Trap out of the Hon. James Johnson's Gardens, and threw it in the Water. It appear'd by other Depositions, and the Confession of the Prisoner, that he clamber'd over the Garden-Wall, and seeing the Trap, which was placed in the Garden to catch Thieves, he put a Scull (being a Waterman) into the Trap, and it snap'd, and that then he carried it off the Grounds, and slung it into the Water, which not appearing a felonious Action, he was acquitted of the first Indictment , but found guilty of a Misdemeanor, for stealing the Peaches and Apricocks .

[Fine. See summary.]

William Fry , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing a Suit of Cloaths, lin'd with Crimson Shagreen, val. 7 l. on the 1st of June last, the Goods of Richard Guest . The Prosecutor depos'd, That he being a Taylor , had for some Time employ'd the Prisoner as an Undertaker , and intrusted him, to buy such Things as he had Occasion for, and carry home the Work when it was finish'd; but on the 1st of June he carried home a Suit of Apparel to Madam Phipps for her Son, which she return'd to the Prisoner, because they would not fit; after which he embezzel'd them; and the Prosecutor being ignorant of the Matter, sent in his Bill some Time afterwards to Madam Phipps with the Goods, mention'd in the Indictment, charg'd to her Account. The Fact appearing plain upon the Prisoner, the Jury found him guilty to the val. of 39 s.

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Howard , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for stealing a Cloth Coat, Wastecoat and a Peruke, the Goods of Robert Water , Gent . and a Silver Spoon, a Scarlet Cloak, and a quilted Petticoat, the Goods of Ursilla Warter , in the House of Wm Howard , sen. on the 29th of Aug . last, the Prosecutor depos'd That some Time after he had lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, he found the Prisoner with a pair of his Stockings on, which he knew by several Marks, and carrying him before a Magistrate; he confess'd the Fact, which Confession being read in Court, the Jury found him guilty to the val. of 39s.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Dinah Thomas , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for stealing 5 Yards of Lace, val. 10 s. on the 29th of Sept . last, the Property of Edward Tonge . The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner was indebted to him about 14 or 15 Pounds; and she being an Embroderer , and very Poor, he had taken her into his House to work the Money out at her Business, but missing several Things, they laid this Lace in a Place carelesly, that they might have an Opportunity, if she was guilty, to trap her, and accordingly it was soon missing, and upon searching her, they found it in the Caul of her Cap: The Prisoner having nothing to say in her Defence, but that they found it in her Hand, the Jury found her guilty to the val. of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ann Barrett , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing several small pieces of Money, as Silver Groats, and Two Pences , which being prov'd upon her by the Depositions of the Prosecutor and the Constable who took her, the Jury found her guilty to the val. of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Sarah Griffiths , of St. Ann's Westminster , was indicted for a Felony and Burglary, in breaking, open a Box, in the House of Daniel Turner , and taking thence a Silver Spoon, val. 10 s. 5 Gold Rings, and 49 l. in Money, on the 13th of Sept . last, the Property of Daniel Turner aforesaid . The Prosecutor thus depos'd, The Prisoner at the Bar was my hired Servant ; and on the 13th of Sept. I had a Closet broke open, in which was a little Box, or Cabinet, which was likewise broke open, and the Things taken out, which are mention'd in the Indictment, The same Day the Prisoner quitted my House without Notice, pretending to go for some Soap, but went immediately and took Coach for Worcester; next Day I finding my House had been robb'd, I knew not who to suspect but the Prisoner, and accordingly I advertis'd her in the St. James's Evening-Post, and sent after her to Bewley, where it seems she heard of the Search I made after her, and made the best of her Way again for London in the Worcester Waggon; but the most material Circumstances are to be discover'd by the Constable who took her. John Plat , Constable, depos'd, That he took the Prisoner at the White Horse in Friday-Street, and searching, found 3 of the Rings upon her, and another they found next Day, which she had pawn'd in the Compter, which Rings being produc'd in Court the Prosecutor swore they were his. Mark Savill depos'd, That he was present at her Examination, when she confess'd she opend she Locks with a Knife, and took the Money and Rings, with which she had liv'd very extravagantly; adding, that the Waggoner she came up with never had such a Passenger in his Life. Richard Grayson depos'd, That the Prisoner coming to his House in Friday-Street with a Waggon, and suspecting by the Advertisement in the St. James's Evening-Post, that she was the Person, he took her on Suspicion, and was present when the Rings were found upon her, and at her Confession, when she own'd her opening the Locks, and taking the Rings with the Money mention'd in the Indictment, which appearing indisputably plain, the Jury found her guilty . Death .

Richard Scurrell , of Hadley , was indicted for privately stealing 4 Guineas, and 3 l. in Silver , on the 4th of this Instant October , the Property of Elizabeth Lenton . The Prosecutor depos'd, That she came from Market on the Day aforesaid, and having the Money in a Bag, opening her Door, she laid the Money down whilst she Struck a Light; immediately came in the Prisoner, and ask'd for Four pennyworth of Eggs, which she sold him, and he was no sooner gone, but she miss'd the Money; but tho' the Circumstance appear'd strong against the Prisoner, yet it appearing that he had half a Peck of Apples, and two Geese in his Apron when he came to the Prosecutor's House, and being loaded with them, she put the Eggs in his Pocket? But no positive Proof being given the Jury acquitted him.

James Bourne , of St.George's Hanover-Square , was indicted for feloniously stealing several Deal Boards, to the val. of 8s. on the 8th of Sept . last, the Goods of James Gunter , which being plainly prov'd upon him, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Rosamond Bruce , of the Parish of St. Sepulchre's , was indicted for stealing a Pair of Sheets, two Pillowbiers, and a Blanket, value 5 s. on the 15th of May last, the Goods of Francis Collins . The Prosecutor thus depos'd, I need say nothing against her, she has said enough against herself, for she has directed me where I might find them, and confess'd before a Magistrate that she stole them from my House; which Confession being read in Court, and sign d with the Prisoner's own Hand, the Jury found her guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Hugh Ansles , alias Ansells , of the Parish of St. Paul's Shadwell , was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon value 14 s. on the 27th of September last, the Property of Lawrence Mac oy , which appearing very plain upon him, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Susannah Low of Tottenham was indicted for stealing a Skreen value 4 s. a Washing-tub, two Wastcoats, eighteen Caps, a Mantle, and Several other Pieces of Child-bed Linnen on the 1 st. of September, 1726 , the Goods of John Owen , who thus depos'd, The Prisoner is my Mother-in-law, I married her Daughter, who is dead the Prisoner lived in the House with us, but some Time since moving away to another Place, she took the Goods with her which are mentioned in the Indictment. Joseph Stafford depos'd, That he went with a Warrant by the Direction of the Prosecutor to the Prisoner's House, and found there a Skreen, two or three Caps of no Value, and a Washing-tub that dropp'd to Pieces as they went to move it, which Goods the Prosecutor said were his, and accordingly he carried her before a Magistrate, and swore the Theft upon her. Several Witnesses depos'd, That they had seen the Goods in the Prosecutor's House, and did believe them to be his. The Prisoner said in her Defence, that when she lived with the Prosecutor, he had no Goods which he could properly call his own, she supplying him with all Necessaries. Joseph Brown depos'd, That they had lived together in a House of his, and he could never learn but that the Goods where the Prisoner's. The Prosecutor being very poor, It was ask'd the Prosecutor if he bought the Goods himself, or did really give his late Wife Money to buy them? to which he answer'd, with some Hesitation, that he believed his Wife bought them with his Money, for he gave her all that he earned; but he being a poor indigent Person, it did not appear to the Court that his Wife could lay out such a Quantity of Money without this immediate Knowledge; and she having a good Character, and moving the Goods at Noon-day in an open Cart, the Jury believing them to be her own, acquitted her.

Moses Coster , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 s. in Money, in the House of Nicholas Bons on the 31st of August last. The Prosecutor depos'd, That he having lost Money cut of his Drawer at several Times, he suspected the Prisoner and making a Hole in the Partition of his Warehouse, he watch'd the Prisoner, and saw him draw the Staple of his Drawer, and take the Money mention'd in the Indictment. Edward Seales depos'd, That he being in Officer and the Prosecutor's Neighbour, he acquainted him with his Suspicions, and that he was an Eye-witness with the Prosecutor, in seeing the Prisoner open the Drawer and take out the Money, which being so plainly proved upon him, the Jury found him guilty of single Felony .

[Branding. See summary.]

Richard Lyn , of St. Sepulchre's was indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of John Boyce on the 24th of July last in the Night-time, and taking thence a Suit of Apparel, a Hat, a Pair of Sheets, and 4 Napkins . The Prosecutor depos'd, that his House was broke open on the 24th of July about 12 at Night, and the Goods mention'd in the Indictment taken, and that next Day he saw the Prisoner in Whitechapel-Fields with the Suit of Cloathes on his Back, but he being in Company with some Russians, he did not then think proper to Seize him for fear of being murder'd, but finding him afterwards he apprehended him, at which Time the Prisoner confess'd his breaking open the House and taking the Goods. And as a farther Confirmation of the Fact, the Prosecutor depose'd, That when he came into his Room, out of which his Cloaths were taken, he found a Pair of old Shoes and a Pair of Breeches which he had given to the Prisoner some Time before. He had little to say in his Defence, but that the Prosecutor found him in the Street, and asked him to go home and lie in his House, but his appearing to be at another Time, and the Fact plain, the Jury found him guilty . Death .

Richard Hews , of Hornsey , was indicted for stealing 3 Geese, val. 6 s. the Property of Thomas White ; but it not appearing plain he was acquitted .

Letitia Redmons , was indicted for stealing a Gold Ring, val. 10 s. a Ridinghood 8 s. a Petticoat 15 s. 2 Guineas, one half Guinea, and 7 s. and 6 d. in Silver , on the 30th of March last, the Property of Susan Raynhold . She was a second time indicted for privately stealing 20 s. in Money from the Person of the aforesaid Susan Raynhold , of the first Indictment she was found guilty to the val. of 10 d. but of the Second she was acquitted .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Daniel Hudson , was indicted for stealing a pair of Silver Lace Shoes and Clogs, and a Tea Pot , the Property of John Clark , and found guilty to the val. of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Thomas Saunderson , Gent . of St. Brides , was indicted for the Murder of Robert Strange , on the 11th of October last, by giving him one mortal Wound on the Left Side near the Short Ribs, of the Breadth of 1 Inch, and the Depth of 6 Inches, of which he instantly died . Ann Thomson depos'd, That the Prisoner came into her Shop (a Pastry-Cook's) with a Woman, and asked for a pound of Plumb Cake, and the Deceas'd being there, offer'd her a Coronation Favor, which she refus'd; upon which the Deceas'd ask'd her, why she would not accept it, saying, There has Favours pass'd between you and I before now; upon which, Words arising between the Prisoner and the Deceas'd, the Prisoner told him he was Saucy for affronting the Gentlewoman; the Deceased ask'd if it was his Wife's the Prisoner said Yes; the Deceased said, She had been his before now; which the Prisoner resenting, threatned to knock him down, hitting him a slap on the Face, and taking the Woman with him they went out of the Shop. Henry Hines depos'd, That he was present in the Shop, and saw the Transactions mention'd by Mrs. Thompson; adding, that when the Prisoner went out of the Shop himself, the Deceased, and one Baxter hiss'd and laugh'd at him; upon which the Prisoner turning back, bid them desist, and the Deceased offer'd to fight him at Small Sword, or at any thing else (if he'd lay his Sword by) for 10 Guineas; That the Prisoner chuck'd the Deceased under the Chin, and the Deceased struck the Prisoner with his Cane, and hit him on the Lip; upon which the Prisoner drew, and push'd at him, and then broke his Sword, and flung away the Pieces. Richard Baxter depos'd; That the Deceased run between the Prisoner and the Gentlewoman before the slap on the Face was given by the Prisoner, that the Deceased would have struck again, but this Deponent hinder'd him; that he this Deponent wou'd have persuaded the Deceased not to follow the Prisoner, but he would not be persuaded, saying he would have a stroak or a knock at him; and following the Prisoner to the Corner of Shoe-lane, the Deceased Struck the Prisoner with his Fist, and that then Several Blows succeeded with their Canes, but he did not see the Sword drawn, nor the Wound given. This Deponent being ask'd, if he did not know that the Deceased made a Practice of taking Women away from Men in the Streets? answer'd Yes, the Prisoner had confess'd to him that he had done such Things. George Turvin depos'd, That when he took the Prisoner, he confess'd, that if the Deceased was dead he had stabb'd him. Mr. Ridout the Surgeon depos'd, That he searched the Wound, and did believe it to be the Occasion of his Death. The Prisoner in his Defence, said, He was sincerely griev'd for the unfortunate Accident, and humbly hop'd, that from the Evidence given, it would appear that the Deceased was the Aggressor, and that what he himself had done, was to avoid the Danger he apprehended of being murder'd. Mrs. Avery depos'd, That in the Pastry-Cook's Shop the Deceased gave the Prisoner very insulting Language, and josled him from her, and that after they came out, and the Quarrel began, the Deceased caught hold of the Prisoner's Cane, and he with others laid on the Prisoner with Sticks, or Canes, as if going to beat down the Side of a House. William Mournsey depos'd, That he saw one or two upon the Prisoner, the one striking him behind, and the other before, in a violent Manner before he drew his Sword. Walter Lee depos'd, That he saw the Deceased hold the Prisoner's Cane, whilst he hit him, and the Prisoner would have persuaded them to go about their Business. Edward Lee , and Moses Odebar depos'd to the like Effect, the latter adding that before the Prisoner drew, his Cane was twisted our of his Hand; he further depos'd, That he saw the Deceased die, and dying, he said, Lord have Mercy upon my Soul, a family forgive the Gentleman, for 'twas through my own Neglect. Several appear'd, and gave the Deceased a very indifferent Character; that he was much addicted to mobbing, &c. and on the contrary, several Gentlemen of Honour and Reputation appear'd in behalf of the Prisoner, giving him the Character of a sober, mild, and discreet Gentleman: Upon the whole, the Jury found him guilty of Manslaughter .

Daniel Lawrence , of St. James's Clerkenwell , was indicted for stealing a Cock, value 10 s. the Property of John Bradshaw . He was a second Time indicted for stealing a Cock value 10 s. and a Hen value 10 s. the Property of John Mapp ; of both which Indictments he was acquitted .

Elizabeth Morrill , of Shoreditch , was indicted for privately stealing a silver Watch, value 4 l. and a Handkerchief, value 6 d. on the 4th of this Instant October , the Property of Edward Price . And,

Grace Brown , was indicted for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen . The Prosecuter depos'd, That he happened to get in Liquor, and the Prisoner Morrill pick'd him up, and brought him to her Lodgings, and would have persuaded him to go to bed; that he there fell asleep, and waking, miss'd his Watch, &c. and the Prisoner gone; that on the Friday following he took her up with Grace Brown , and having a Constable they searched the prisoners, but found nothing; however they both promised if they would be easy they should have the Watch again, but they not producing it, Edward Price followed the Prosecution, and proved by several Witnesses that the Watch had been seen in the Custody of Eliz. Morrell, of which she was found guilty . Death . And Grace Brown was found guilty as Accessory.

[Brown: Transportation. See summary.]

Anne Johnson , alias Bewley , Christopher Johnson , and Mary Williams , were indicted for High Treason, in filing and demolishing the current Coin of this Kingdom , but for want of sufficient Evidence they were all acquitted .

John Johnson and John Watson , were indicted for High Treason, in counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom; in particular 13 half Crowns, 18 Shillings and 5 Sixpences, which they Made of Pewter, Lead, and other mixed Metals, and endeavour'd to put off and distribute for good and lawful Money of Great Britain . Mr. Nut depos'd, That Johnson came to his Shop on the 29th of July last, and bargaining for a Pair of Shoes, for which he was to give 4 s. and 6 d. he flung down two Half Crowns, which Mr. Nut examining, found to be Counterfeit, and sending for a Constable, they Search'd and found a Bag of the same sort of Money in his Breeches; upon which he confessed the Fact, and betrayed Watson; and upon their searching Watson's Lodgings found the Moulds, Crucible, and other Utensils with which they made it; but the Fact not appearing plain upon Watson, he was acquitted , and Johnson who did not eny the Fact, was found guilty . Death .

John Turner , was indicted for assaulting Tho. Air , Esq ; on the Highway on the 1st of July last, taking from him a Purse value 1 d and 3 Guineas and 1 Half Guinea in Money . The Prosecutor thus depos'd, The Prisoner came up to the Side of my Coach at the Time aforesaid, and after stopping my Coach, held out a Pistol, and said, I must have your Purse, I answered, How do you know I have a Purse? He said, You look as if you had; and after I delivered it; he asked my Pardon, and said, he could not help it: I bid him look upon the Men hanging in Chains. (for it was on Hounslow Heath , in Sight of the Gibbet) I took particular Notice of him, and do verily believe this to be the Man, and since I have seen the Mare on which he was taken. I am satisfied he was on the Back of that Mare when he stopp'd my Coach. Several other Circumstances concurring with the Depositions of the Prosecutor, the Jury found him guilty . Death .

Mary Shelton , of Stepney , was indicted for stealing a Gown, a Suit of Pinners, and other Things , the Goods of Tho. Holliday ; but the Fact not appearing plain, she was acquitted .

Mary Green , of St. Pancras , was indicted for stealing 3 Guineas out of the House of Eleanor Randal , but for want of sufficient Evidence she was acquitted .

Anne Gardiner , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver Toothpick-case, and a Pencil , the Property of Peter Lambeth , of which she was found guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Peters and Mary Harris , of St. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted for stealing a Common Prayer Book, and a Sermon Book , the Goods of Joyce West , and both acquitted .

Charles Holt , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for stealing a Nightgown, and a Pair of Stockings , the Goods of Gibeon Waldon , and acquitted .

John Jones , of St. Pancras , was indicted for feloniously marrying Grace Ridge , his former Wife Katherine Upp , being alive ; but no Evidence appearing he was acquitted .

George Winterton , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing a Gold Watch, value 20 l. a Chain and Swivels, value 8 l. on the 23d of September last, the Property of Mrs. Holliston . It appear'd that the Prisoner being a Glazier , was employ'd to mend the Prosecutor's Windows, and he passing through the Room where the Watch lay, he was suspected to have stolen it; but no positive Evidence appearing, and the Prisoner having a good Character, he was acquitted .

Samuel Johnson , alias Cabbage , was indicted for feloniously returning from Transportation . He being convicted of Felony, and order'd for Transportation, returned before the Expiration of 7 Years. He said in his Defence, that he had a Distemper of which he could not be cured without coming into England, which was the Cause of his returning. He was found guilty . Death .

John Rowdon , alias Hucks , was indicted for a Misdemeanour in endeavouring to break and enter into the House of Mr. Stoko , with a Design to steal and bear away ; but for want of sufficient Evidence he was acquitted .

Patrick Fitzgerald , was indicted for feloniously marrying Mary Hastings , his former Wife Hannah Greenhill being alive , but no Evidence appearing, he was acquitted .

Edward Farrell , was indicted for a Misdemeanour, in defrauding Henry Arthur Herbert , Esq ; of 120 Guineas , but it not being prov'd, he was acquitted .

Syprus Prestoe , was indicted for stealing a Sattin Gown, val. 5 s. the Goods of Dorothy Langham , and being found guilty , he was order'd to be Whipt ,

Patience Fry , of St. Dunstan's , was indicted for picking the Pocket of John Crowder of a Watch, val. 3 l. on the 25th of Sept . last. It appear'd that the Prosecutor being in Drink, and the Prisoner being an evil dispos'd Person, pick'd him up, and carried him to a Bawdy-House (Mrs. Fowler's, in White Horse Alley, Chick-lane ) where after committing some lewd Actions, she took his Watch The Jury found her guilty to the val. of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Charles Buckley , was indicted for stealing an Ox's Head and Tongue , the Property of John Jarvis , and acquitted .

Hanah Twinning , was indicted for stealing a Coat and Hat , the Property of John Daucey , and acquitted .

Ann Taylor , was indicted for stealing a Gold Watch, val. 16 l. a Cornelian Seal set in Gold &c. from the Person of William Turner . Joseph Lucas depos'd, That the Prisoner keeps a notorious Bawdy-House, next the Anchor and Crown on New-street Hill, Fleet-street ; but the Prosecutor not appearing to fix the Fact upon her, she was acquitted .

The Sessions being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows:

Receiv'd Sentence of Death 6.

Sarah Griffiths , Richard Lyn , John Turner , John Johnson , Eliz Morrill , Samuel Johnson , alias Cabbage.

Burnt in the Hand 2.

Moses Coster , and Susannah Man .

Transportation 12.

William Fry , William Howard , Dinah Thomas , Anne Barrett , James Bone , Rosamond Bruce , Hugh Ansills , Letitia Redmourns , Daniel Hudson , Grace Brown , Anne Gardiner , Patience Fry .

To be whipt 1. Syprus Prestoe.

Stephen Eades , fined 20 Nobles for a Misdemeanour.

Eliz. Murrill pleaded her Belly, and a Jury of Matrons being impanell'd, brought in their Verdict, That she was not quick with Child.